Podcast Episode 8 – We Are Now West of Hell

This is an episode full of guests! West of Hell recently passed through Kelowna on their Canadian tour. Chris “the Heathen” Valagao and *blank* join us in this episode to chat the new album, touring, filming videos atop a bus and Zimmer’s Hole. That’s right. Will there be a new ZH album? We want answers and we get them! Also Jesse Valstar of Odinfist join to discuss the upcoming Armstrong Metal Fest and more!

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Negro Terror

Negro Terror‘s singer Omar Higgins recently passed away. Please so them some love and support by purchasing their music!

What is “dungeon synth?”

From Wikipedia, dungeon synth is a subgenre of dark ambient but early pioneers were mainly associated with the black metal scene. Classic dungeon synth focuses largely on recreating medieval musical styles and textures with synthesizers.

Below is the project Fief and a perfect example of dungeon synth music. Bellkeeper is the project we talk about on the podcast.

Napster vs Spotify

Cole Gluszkowski bassist of, Terence’s band, Dracula Black drops in to discuss illegal streaming, Napster and MP3s.

This is an article based on how much each streaming service payout to artists.

Streaming services: Napster, Spotify, Tidal.

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Armstrong Metal Fest Lineup:

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Bands/people mentioned:

Inter Arma, Burzum, Bellkeeper, Allegaeon, Numenorean, Master Boot Record, Author and Punisher, Gene Hoglan, Metallica, Sun O))), Danko Jones, Ravenous, Smoulder, Ossuaire, Zaum, Issfenn, 3TEETH, Ho99o9, Limp Bizkit, Henry Rollins, Rollins Band, Dragonforce, Pendulum, 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, Nekrogoblikon, Eagles of Death Metal,

We Are All West of Hell

West of Hell Tour

West of Hell rolled through town Wednesday night while on the tail end of their The Infidels Tour Canada 2019 with support acts Expain From Vancouvber and Nomad hailing from North Okanagan.

As you can see in the image below they started out in Red Deer, Alberta, went across Canada to Quebec and back to the island. Making a pit stop in their home town of Vancouver for a show before crossing to the island for a final stop in Victoria.

Setting up the podcast rig

We had a different set up this time on the other side of Muninn’s where we had a round table to sit at and record the podcast. We had Asher Media Relations set us up with an interview with West of Hell (even if Terence was friends with most of the band anyways). Which is totally fine. I wouldn’t say it is a headache contacting bands and keeping track of interviews but it definitely is no easy task!

There won’t be many details here regarding the recording of the podcast. That will be saved for a future blog entry when we post the interview (next week? Possibly!). What I will say is that it was a real blast and we had quite a few people drop in to chat with us. Whispers of guests from Odinfist and Dracula Black and Armstrong Metal Fest

Now is a good time to say that, yes, Metal as Medicine will be at Armstrong Metal Fest this year! I’m a little ashamed to say it but it will be my FIRST time there. Being as I had been so into the Euro extreme scene most my life I never took any notice to any of the bands playing at AMF aside from maybe Neck of the Woods, 3 Inches of Blood, and the odd big name like Suffocation and Kataklysm. It is safe to say I’m regularly listening to and highly enjoying many of the bands on the bill this year. We will also be setting up our podcasting rig to get as many bands as possible sitting down with us to talk the festival, the band and whatever else comes to mind.

Nomad (North Okanagan, BC) – groove metal

Nomad north okanagan metal band at muninn's post in kelowna

Nomad was up first at 8:00pm. I had never listened to them before and quite frankly I am unsure if they are on Bandcamp or anywhere else. For the life of me I just couldn’t find them anywhere but on Facebook. Actually there isn’t much at all that I know about this band.

Nomad north okanagan metal band at muninn's post in kelowna

Nomad sounded fairly tight as far as I could tell without hearing studio recordings. The vocals were very good and I was impressed for being in a live setting. A mixture of rough clean vocals with growls and screeches. It kind of felt like while the vocalist was top notch the guitarists and bassist seemed to be looking at their instruments quite a bit. That’s alright for being sure they are hitting the notes but there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of interaction with the crowd.

Now this is just from my recollection of the night. I very well could be dead wrong. This is definitely a band I would love to see play again live a couple times. It looks like they are playing Armstrong Metal Fest. So we’ll get a chance to see them there again if not some time sooner!

The track Choke (as seen below) stood out for me. With the clean tone guitar intro with clean vocals then breaking into more heavier sections. It was a long one too clocking in at over 8 mins. So what or who do they sound like? It could be said they sound similar to Neck of the Woods’ self-titled album. Where it is like, okay maybe a form of death metal or deathcore but not quite there. So it ends up with this type of unique metal sound.

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Expain (Vancouver, BC) – melodic death metal

Second up was Expain which seems as though this wasn’t their first, second or maybe even third romp in Kelowna. Seasoned vets for The Post it seems. Either way they put on a fantastic show. Throwing down some serious melodic death metal in, again, a unique style that I am finding hard to match in another band.

expain vancouver metal band playing in kelowna

I was speaking with Terence earlier in the night about how a lot of these Vancouver bands have this groove style that is very reminisce of such bands as SYL, Zimmer’s Hole and other seasoned Vancouver acts that had that groove machine sound to it. Not that this is in the same vein as Truentor Technical Damage. Both those bands have that style more prominent in their sound.

What nice guys! They even went and wished Taylor McDonald (drummer of Death Machine) a happy birthday! The metal scene is this tight nit family that once you connect with fellow metalheads you’re in for life. Even if they hang out daily or once and awhile once you’re part of the metal family that’s it. It truly is one of the most exciting part of the scene.

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Maybe one day someone could explain “tiny horns” to me? The phrase was tossed around by vocalist Sean Ip a few times during their set. It is some kind of meme that seemed to be popular for a bit at The Post. No matter it looked hilarious!

Seriously, these guys are so so good to watch live. All the members are very into it. Interacting with the crowd, great facial expressions and a shit ton of energy. Yeah, I say this every time, if you get the chance to see them live do yourself a favor and see them!

Expain YouTube Playlist
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West of Hell (Vancouver, BC) – thrash metal

The West of Hell tour stops here. Naturally. With West of Hell. Lead by Chris “The Heathen” Valagao of Zimmer’s Hole and SYL fame and with a new album hot off the press these guys RIPPED. There is no doubting it they put on a fantastic must-see show.

west of hell tour in kelowna

As the West of Hell tour stops in Kelowna they brought the flames and fire with them. Whether grinding away at thrashy power metal songs or literally grinding the mic stand these guys put on a great show.

west of hell tour in kelowna

Thrashing their way through old and new songs alike it really was impossible to tell that these guys were on the last legs of a long tour. Unfortunately I didn’t stay till the end of the show as my nursing duties called in the AM. But still what I did see was nothing short of sheer awesomeness.

This is a band that is well loved across the global metal scene even if they’ve been around only a short time and have only two albums under their belts. It helps that these are just awesome dudes that have great personalities that translate so well in the music and stage presence.

west of hell tour podcast in kelowna

This was a fantastic experience sitting down hearing stories of being on the road as well as sharing some great laughs. This episode should be up next week some time so please have a listen when it is available!

West of Hell YouTube Playlist
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Podcast Episode 7 – When Minds Develop

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WMD (When Minds Develop) sat down with us on Good Friday before their gig at Muninn’s Post in Kelowna, BC. They were supporting a stacked line up with ArkenFire, Time Rift, Villain and Roadrash which you can read about in our blog entry .

When Minds Develop is a great thrash band providing some old school styled thrash. All about drinking beers, thrashing out and having fun. Sticking it to the man! All in good faith and the freedom of people. Which is what thrash has always been about.

I’ve really been enjoying their new album and highly encourage people to stream it. They put in the right amount of attitude and it is clear how passionate they are about their music. Highly dedicated to their work and progress so far surely there is a bright future ahead for these young thrashers.

Take a look at the links below and if they are coming to play in an area near you consider taking the time to come out and see them. You really will not be disappointed. Yeah, I do say that quite often about a number of the bands that I am blogging about here but, you know, when I say it I really do mean it!!

The song you here in this episode is Capture and Kill by WMD.

when minds develop talking about heavy metal on the Metal as Medicine podcast

If you enjoyed this interview and liked WMD’s music please consider visiting their Bandcamp and supporting them buy purchasing their album!

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A Night of Heavy Metal

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W.M.D. (When Minds Develop)

Last night Muninn’s Post was invaded by a night of heavy metal. There was everything from speed to thrash to hard rock to heavy and power metal.

Terence sound checking the Metal as Medicine podcast set up

Things began rolling at the usual time of 5pm. Gear setup, greetings to everyone. It was Good Friday so things were slow at that time. Only a couple patrons were there with Tyrone and a few others setting up equipment for the night. Terence was there with me to talk with a couple of the bands. We had a request from four of the five bands for interviews and we managed to get through two of them. It would have been a great opportunity to interview every band particularly when four of them are from out of town. But we did what we could.

W.M.D. talking about heavy metal on the Metal as Medicine podcast

The interviews were definitely longer than what I was able to do in Kamloops with T&A Productions and Shatterless and last week with Dead Asylum and Eden Echo at Muninn’s Post. As this project progresses on things will become easier and more streamlined.

poster of ArkenFire show in Kelowna on April 19

Five acts! It truly was a night of ripping speed/power and thrash metal. True to form and traditions. Just by the poster it was difficult to predict what the line up would be and by looking at the template I created a week or so ago I could tell now that I was way off. It didn’t matter. Every band kicked more than enough ass and definitely entertained!!

ArkenFire (Kelowna, BC) – epic power metal

Guitarist Randy of ArkenFire performing at Muninn's Post on April 19, 2019

ArkenFire tears it up with their epic brand of power metal. Seriously. They played a mixture of old and new songs as well as a cover of Breaking the Law by Judas Priest. That one ended up being sung by not only Jacob but a number of fans as well. So I also learned that their song Night Sister is about Star Wars in which now I must go and read the lyrics and see exactly what it covers. Maybe Luke and Leia’s relationship? Wow, now looking at that Reddit post I found that’s some really interesting speculation about their relationship. That’s my first guess just from the title. Also that Against All Odds is about Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. I’d say most likely the later than former.

Jacob of ArkenFire performing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna.

They’ve played a number of recent shows in Kelowna so I have seen them play a lot. They definitely deserve to be performing on a bigger stage. Actually all these bands do!

ArkenFire YouTube Playlist
ArkenFire Bandcamp

W.M.D. (When Minds Develop) (Calgary, AB) – thrash metal

W.M.D, or When Minds Develop, was the first band to contact us for an interview. That was almost immediate when we launched the podcast. These guys were really awesome and I highly enjoyed chatting with them. It is sad to hear about the Calgary metal scene but as we discussed it does go in waves so maybe we are only in a bit of a downturn before things pick back up again.

W.M.D. guitarist standing on amp

The show was fantastic and full of energy! They were climbing on equipment, bonging beers on stage and the bassist even sat on someone’s shoulders while playing. The crowd was really into it. So much that at one point the floor got covered in beer from a dropped cup and everyone started moshing on a slippery floor. Damn that’s scary stuff but thrashers gonna thrash!

Calgary's W.M.D. performing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

They ended up playing a collection of songs from their first full-length album (available on their Bandcamp!) and some new material too.

W.M.D YouTube Playlist
W.M.D Bandcamp

Time Rift (Portland, OR) – hard rock/heavy metal

This hard rock/heavy metal act put on a really nice set. I really dug their brand of metal/rock. It is always fun watching a three piece entertain a crowd. It felt like most the crowd was taking a break after W.M.D.

Portland's Time Rift rocking at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

This group definitely looked like rockers from Portland, Oregon! The area is well known for its hipster scene. Not that these guys looked like hipsters but it is a very cultured area. Well maybe they are. Truly I do not know. There may be a small movement here in Kelowna but it isn’t as big as the scene down there. Having said that I highly enjoyed their music and would see them again when/if they roll through again.

Time Rift bassist playing and singing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

Gotta admit there isn’t anything like rocking out to cultured music and Odin!

Time Rift YouTube Playlist
Time Rift Bandcamp

Villain (Toronto, ON) – heavy metal

Toronto Villain playing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

Wow! Villain sure did have a great get up. Everyone looked amazing. In fact just as amazing as their music. I don’t think I have ever seen such great outfits. It is clear that a lot of work was put into them. It is possible that I am more of an extreme metal fan than glam/heavy. No wait, it isn’t that I am not a fan of glam/heavy. All metal is appealing to me it is just that I listen to more extreme than anything else.

singer of Villain playing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

As I am climbing up there in years I find it harder and harder to stay till the end of shows. There is something about climbing into bed that is always itching at the back of my mind. Buuuut when metal is this damn good I have no choice but to stay.

Villain is this awesome style of 80’s glam/heavy metal that just shreds like no other. Once they hit the stage and start belting out songs there is no choice but to be mesmerized by their show. It could be that I have never seen a lot of shows like this but these guys just grabbed me and sucked me right in.

Villain YouTube Playlist
Villain Bandcamp

Roadrash (Vancouver, BC) – speed metal

Hot off the release of their new single Accelerator, Roadrash put the pedal to the metal and brought the speed and attitude to Muninn’s post Friday night.

Admittedly I wasn’t going to stick around for the last act but a couple of friends convinced me to stick around to at least see their live show. I am glad I did. They have the sickest performance. So much energy. Looked incredible and shredded the shit out of their music. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos and I feel real bad because they looked excellent on stage. Running around falling on equipment. Surely it was all part of the show, right?

Speed metal is RIGHT!!

Roadrash YouTube Playlist
Roadrash Bandcamp

As always if you enjoy any of these bands please consider going to their shows and buying some merch or at least supporting them on Bandcamp!

Podcast Episode 6 – Welcome to the Dead Asylum


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Dead Asylum started their Back to Western Canada with a show at Muninn’s Post Friday night (April 12th). Headlining was Drop Dead Fred along with openers Death Machine and Eden Echo. Erik sat down with the members of Eden Echo to discuss their new EP Kingdom in the Shadow and Dead Asylum to discuss a progressing metal scene and being a band with members all across Canada.

Wolfheart, Opeth, Equipose, The Black Dahlia Murder, Rivers of Nihil, ArkenFire, Whitechapel, Enterprise Earth, Ratt, WMD, Villain, Time Rift, Roadrash, West of Hell, Expain, Nomad, Ravenous, Padova