Apprentice sits down with us to have a conversation about their debut album and what they’ve been working on lately
Apprentice was recently in Kelowna throwing down their entire debut album plus more for the metalheads of Muninn’s Post. They put on a great show with a wicked blend of progressive power metal and melodeath.
The Apprentice podcast
Progressive power/melodeath metallers Apprentice joins us to discuss their debut album The Strength of Mortality and what they’ve been working on for future releases. Yo-yo action and much Devin Townsend fills this episode!
As per usual before their set Richard and I took the opportunity to record a video interview with the band for what has become our 26th episode of the podcast. Usually we do audio but we are testing out all the equipment we have access to and continue to progress and expand our capabilities.
So we again have both a video and audio podcast available for your listening or viewing pleasure. It is most interesting that this time around it is our first band interview that we’ve gone and recorded. Thank you to Apprentice for agreeing to do this and taking the time out of their day to record with us.
I say this often but I really do mean it every time. It was a pleasure having the band on the show and we look forward to hosting them again sometime in the future where we can hopefully implement more features to the product we put out there for the Internet.
Later in the conversation Joey brought up that the band had yo-yos on sale at their merch table and promised to show us some tricks. So we present to you Joey Hockin’s yo-yo tricks!!
Vancouver’s progressive power/melodeath Apprentice in Kelowna at Muninn’s Post Saturday night. Along with them for the ride out was heavy metallers Greyhawk coming up from Seattle for their first show ever in Kelowna.
We recorded podcast episode 25 the week leading up to the show so Richard and myself recorded some videos where we discussed both Apprentice’s debut album and Greyhawk’s EP. Naturally it would be a great opportunity to sit down with one of the bands and discuss their album, live show, the band blah blah. Discuss the usual stuff that goes into making a good podcast episode!
So we did. Apprentice joined us in our first video recorded podcast! So go ahead and enjoy the podcast episode as you journey through this experience we have created before you!
Apprentice in Kelowna
As always this was a great time. I’m really looking forward to the new album(s) being worked on and it may be a little time before we hear from these guys again especially around these parts. But I do feel the next time we see Apprentice in Kelowna they will have some awesome new material to put forth for us. Having said that the set was really amazing and they ended up playing their entire debut album along with a new song. It doesn’t make for a lot of ground to cover but hot damn they did a wicked good job of pulling it off.
Greyhawk already sounded killer on their debut EP which blended everything awesome about 80’s metal into one solid record. It was something else to see them play these songs live and just shred the hell out of The Post.
Yo-Yo tricks by Joey Hockin
Apprentice in Kelowna was selling branded yo-yos because Joey is quite the talented yo-yoer himself! He gladly showed off his skills for us and now for the rest of the Internet too!
Man these guys are serious shredders. In our album video for Ride Out Richard and I discussed in depth why these guys are good and exactly what they bring with their EP. Seeing them live hands down is so much better than what you hear on the album. Dueling guitars, shredding solos, fantastic live vocals (and show) by Rev Taylor.
I am looking forward to seeing what they can do with more time in the studio and a full-length album. Richard and I had a little chat with them before the show and they have some fantastic themes and wicked influences that should mash together into a really fine album of 80’s styled metal.
Take a moment to support these awesome “homage to the 80’s” metallers! Seriously, the show they put on is incredible. Facebook Bandcamp
Podast episode 25 marks back to back discussion episodes without a band interview. This hasn’t been done in a few months! It doesn’t mean we are done with the interviews we have tons lined up and lots of people to talk with. For this episode though we pile up the album discussions to three. We discuss debut albums from BC local progressive metallers Apprentice and Seattle heavy metallers Greyhawk. Both of which put out debut releases which are both stellar in their own ways.
I’m not sure if you have heard this already but Tool has released an album. It has been out now for almost a couple weeks and that has given us time to digest it and allowed our discussion to deep into what makes this album a top notch progressive rock/metal release but the legendary Tool Band. It has taken a long time for the band to get around to releasing this album and not without good reason.
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Terry Fox Run
The Terry Fox run is taking place September 15th at the Mission Sportsfield in Kelowna, BC. Richard is volunteering there and it would be great for people to come out get some exercise and support a fantastic cause! Registration is at 10:00am and the non-competitive run starts at 11:00am. Terry Fox truly was metal before the term was created.
In podcast episode 25 we discussed Apprentice’s debut album. They are coming to Kelowna on September 14th to Muninn’s Post and thought it would make for a good chance to listen to and discuss their album The Strength of Mortality before seeing their live show.
We clipped the album discussion and embedded it above for those who want to see just that section. We highly recommend listening to the album and consider coming out to any shows they may have going on near you.
They are on Spotify and also Bandcamp for those who want to support the band by throwing a few bucks their way in the digital world.
A ripping good time is had by anyone who listens to Greyhawk. Somewhere between traditional heavy metal and power metal these guys find themselves the right spot of showing off their influences but not without their own flair.
Tool released a new album. The first in many years. 13 to be exact. How is it? What did we think? We dive deep into the album and exactly what it means to us and how it will be received by the masses of rabid Tool fans that are out there.
Thanks for taking the time to listen to podcast episode 25. It really means a lot to us as we continue to advance this project further into the realm of multimedia.
Our neighbors from the south have produced yet another traditional heavy metal band! Greyhawk Ride Out review is here and kicking it 80’s style. Another release from last year that we are going over here but that doesn’t mean anything. My favorite saying, there is no such thing as old music just music you’ve never heard before. Yeah, if you are a continuous listener of the podcast I am sure you’ve heard that saying before and it won’t be the last time.
Greyhawk Ride Out Review
This review comes on the heels of our Apprentice album discussion which both come before their show here in Kelowna.
Hailing from Seattle these traditional metallers really wear their influences on their sleeves. Judas Priest, Dio, Manowar, there are so many influences heard here that it is hard not to enjoy this EP. For me it is Rev Taylor’s vocals that really stand out. His range is fantastic and should translate very well on the stage during the live experience.
The title track with its screaming solo, catchy chorus, fun melodic interlude and great outro all add up to a killer track. The skill level is high with these dudes. They do have a little bit of experience behind them to help reach this level with the bass player Darin Wall bringing lots of known experience with him to the band.
I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys shred on stage. I’m not deep into traditional heavy metal but I do highly enjoy and appreciate it. There is one thing I know about the genre is the bands that are nested in it always put on a great show.
Now you’ve watched our Greyhawk Ride Out review video and read the little bit I added here. Maybe checked out some of their links. It’s time to listen to the EP below and throw them a few bucks in support!
Welcome to our Apprentice review of their album The Strength of Mortality. As I sit here with a cup of black coffee while listening to this album again for the first time since our recording I can truly say this is a real treat of an album. It has that raw energy and atmosphere of a new band. With that tho is so many styles and techniques that they sound like a well established band who are demoing out some new material.
The search for the familiarity continues. I still can’t quite place the vocal styles on whatever other band it was that Eric reminds me of. Either way the transitions from melodic to intense moments is great. The continuous melodies throughout the songs with the change in octave or smooth transition to a new melody is great and well enjoyed by myself and Richard. I’d also like to add that I enjoy listening to the more thrashier parts as the riff is continued but with a guitar melody over top. Top notch stuff with such potential of killer material in the future.
The artwork is fantastic too. It was done by Everardo Sanchez which from a quick DuckDuckGo search I couldn’t find much about. If anyone out there knows more about his artwork could they drop me a line? It would be nice to see more by him.
This is their first full length album and third release listed on Metal Archives. The first two being a live EP and a studio EP both with the same songs (one extra on the studio EP). Both of which appear on the full length album as Order 66 and Desecrated Miranda.
Apprentice is coming to Kelowna this weekend (September 14) and that would be a great time, for those readers and listeners from the Okanagan, to come out and show some support. Buy some merchandise and allow these boys the opportunity to tour more and write/record more material.
If you can’t come out you can show some love to the band by purchasing their album and EP on their Bandcamp page.