Alestorm in Kelowna

Alestorm in Kelowna Friday night blew off the roof with an onslaught of pirate metal in front of a sold out show at Rutland Centennial Hall.

Early morning I showed up to set up on location for our podcast episode. The hall doesn’t have any kind of backstage area so room was limited but sometimes you have to be creative and figure it out.

The band had already showed up by the time I got there which was at 11am. They had to have driven through the night to have arrived from Calgary before that time. When I was inside letting Jesse know I was able to help out there were a few Alestorm crew members walking about and a couple of them seemed very tired. The crew was a much perkier.

We unloaded the drum riser brought down by Nomad from Armstrong. The very one used at Armstrong Metalfest. Then helped out unloading the Alestorm gear which we got into the venue within minutes with all the help.

After some quick running around I picked up Richard for the interview which went rather interestingly. Chris most likely does not remember it taking place.

Traceless Dimensions

Mixing traditional death metal with some tech bits and maybe some kinda grind these guys warmed up the trickling in crowd.

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Honestly prevails… I didn’t know these band was even a thing! I vaguely remember seeing the band name on the poster and forgot that they were replaying when I was at the show. I feel super bad. Sorry fellas!

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I haven’t been able to find a trace of these guys online. No websites, pages or recordings. Maybe we’ll hear more from them. Anyone out there with information drop me a line!

Nomad

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Dylan with those deep vocals. The damn man is a beast on stage. Does he inhale at all? He’ll most likely never tell… though he probably does not. Vocalist Dylan joined us for one of our more fun episodes Armstrong Metalfest Day 1.

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The boys of Nomad slapped hard and really brought their A game. It’s too bad people usually don’t start coming in till the bigger bands play because a band like Nomad cannot be over looked. They are damn dedicated too. Showed up early to help set up their stage and manned the merch booth all night selling their sweet swag.

Ravenous

Rav and the gang drove in all the way from Calgary to play support to Alestorm in Kelowna. Snow nor wind stopped these power metallers from gracing us with their various drinking songs.

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No time to waste as they literally powered through their set non-stop with infectious choruses and blazing solos. Rav not only sang but took up duty as rhythm guitarist too.

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Aephanemer

We were offered an interview with Aephanemer but unfortunately they arrived late to the venue and we had to reschedule it to another time (and probably place). When they did arrive we got a chance to talk with them for a few minutes before they had to soundcheck. This was about the right amount of time to welcome them to Kelowna and discuss where they were from, how the tour was and other usual small talk topics.

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Their music and set is definitely the talking point. The style of melodeath is very similar to that of Norther, Emperanon and other similar Children of Bodom clones that came about in the late 90’s early 20’s. Now saying that this band is definitely not a clone. They have their own great twist to the genre to make it its own.

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On stage they were having so much fun. Bassist Lucie Woaye Hune was smiling the entire set. Watching the crowd and interacting with her facial expressions. Switching places with Martin through the set. Vocalist/guitarist Marion sounded fantastic. Great vocals and riffs all around from this budding band.

Alestorm in Kelowna

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OH WOW! The moment we have all been waiting for! Alestorm in Kelowna for the first time ever! It really has been awhile since we had a bigger metal band roll through here. Sure we had Judas Priest back in the summer and Penticton gets a lot of bigger bands like Slayer, Megadeth and most recently Ghost (if you consider them metal that is. Some don’t. I do). Kelowna has been post host to a number of big bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Kalmah, Devin Townsend Project, Devildriver… to name a few. That’s dwindled down to nothing much beyond our exceptional independent bands.

So Alestorm sailed into town and tore the roof down.

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Exceptional showmanship by the entire band. Christopher Bowes effortlessly crushed every song vocally and keytarlly. Mate nailed every guitar solo. Elliot and those base drops. We need to talk about those.

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Seeing Alestorm like makes me feel like they are much more of a party band these days than they are pirate metal. They have definitely progressed into the folk realm over power metal as of the latest couple albums. These dudes are loose, hilarious, having fun and really just don’t give a fuck!

Whats to come?

We have plenty of behind the stage gears in motion to continue to bring local independent metal from the stages of British Columbia straight to the internet. Show wise, there are a few things lined up in Kelowna before the year (and decade) end.

Lakeman album release show on November 29th at Muninn’s Post

Rising Sun w/ The Unending and Planetkiller (EP release) November 30th at Muninn’s Post

Okanagan Disintegration 2019 Day 2

Here is our roundup for day two of Okanagan Disintegration!

This is the follow up from our first article covering the Friday Night of Okanagan Disintegration 2019. Day two started earlier than the majority of shows at The Post. Which didn’t stop people from showing up early.

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It was a real pleasure to see new faces out at The Post.

Two reasons to show up early: it’s Okanagan Disintegration 2019 … and DEATH MACHINE was opening up the show. For the first and only time they performed as a five piece.

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Dylan took a step back from the band for reasons and was replaced by the young and incredibly talented Tanner Benedict. With Dylan returning to the band and Tanner now stepping out they took the opportunity to send him off performing all together.

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This was one loud beasty performance by this tech groove death thrash [insert more sub-genres here] band. We’ve covered these talented guys many times including being the first guests on our show! They are only getting better over time. Be sure to come out and see them!

Hallux returned to Kelowna after playing here a couple months back. One of two bands from Vancouver on day two and they brought their thrashy death metal.

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It was great to see these guys again and that they made the trek from Vancouver to party with us over the weekend.

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Total Isolation was a total surprise to me! With only the “WINFIELD demo” up on their bandcamp and minimal information beyond that there was a shroud of mystery for me while researching what I could. I enjoyed the demo and was slightly skeptical while awaiting their set.

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After some discussion with Richard we came to the conclusion that Total Isolation comes close to sounding like Bolt Thrower in their earlier days. This was by far the one band that was straight forward death metal. No gimmicks, no melody, just straight up death. I was told they had played in Kelowna previously and it would be great to see them again sometime in the near future!

Sludge/doom metallers Gardner came down from Vernon to set the atmosphere for the continued night of devastation in the Okanagan. Their music was another one that I didn’t listen to before hand so decided to go in blind. Their set was highly enjoyable and helped break up the night through the heavy metal death metal bands throughout the lineup.

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The guitar tones reminded me more of heavy/doom styled metal while the vocals progressed into more of a post-metal style. All around highly enjoyable with some really great sounding material.

Local blackened death metallers Apollyon hit us extremely hard with their last Kelowna show for the year. This also marked the last show for drummer Nic Depper who will be dearly missed! Fellow metalheads threw down in the pit to old and new material.

Much like a lot of the bands we cover here they’ve been hard at work on new material even though their latest release came out a mere year ago. But it is the creative drive that keeps amazing projects going!

Apollyon has previously done a podcast with Metal as Medicine and we have plenty of footage as well.

Truen’t: the missed opportunity

Spencer and the boys of Truent love memes and I feel like not naming the band Truen’t is a hugely missed opportunity!

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Anyways Truent blew us away again with some of the grooviest metal around. Even bringing some new tracks with more technical riffs and licks left me wanting a new studio recording by these guys! They arrived early too showing up at The Post some time in the afternoon. That’s some dedication to bring the metal to the Okanagan.

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It’s always a fantastic time when they come to put on a show for us. I do believe this is now the third time (or more maybe) that they’ve played in Kelowna this year. Which we’ve covered two of their visits and we’ll cover them again and again!

WAKE

I had never listened to WAKE before but knew of their grindcore/death style. Man, these fellows brought it hard. Thanks to them for stopping by Kelowna to finish up the festival in a mind blowing manner.

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Final words

What a fantastic weekend! Much love and respect to Braden for organizing such a fantastic festival and Muninn’s Post for hosting it. We look forward to coming back again next year and doing it all over!

Please take some time to consider purchasing some of the music of the bands that took part in Okanagan Disintegration.

Okanagan Disintegration 2019 Day 1

Kelowna was given time to prepare themselves for Okanagan Disintegration 2019 but were they truly ready? It was a gathering of Okanagan metalheads at Muninn’s Post for the first iteration of the festival. Huge success? YES. IN DEED IT WAS. Will there be more? Damn straight there will be! There better be!

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Okanagan metalheads outside Muninn’s Post (Photo by Logan Pay)

The showcasing of the best metal bands from the Okanagan including a few out of town gems. But who are the real stars? The bands or the community coming out to band together and show support for local metal?

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It’s about the scene and community we build (Photo by Logan Pay)

In my word they are both equally as important. We would not have one without the other. The scene couldn’t be as vibrant as it is without the bands and the bands wouldn’t be so eager to continue on without the huge support.

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Photo by Logan Pay

For me this is the pinnacle moment of an amazing year. The last hooray before hunkering down for the winter and working on what the future will bring.

Friday night metal

The night kicked off with our lads in Eden Echo bringing their progressive metal to the stage for all the early comers. As a warm up band they have always done a great job engaging the fans and it has been a pleasure watching them improve over the last year.

Unfortunately one of Eli’s strings broke during the set which caused some improv to complete their set. These kind of things are going to happen from time to time and in fact it wasn’t the only string to break during the first night. This meant they had to switch up their last song and ended up not performing Mortal Wordsmith (my personal favorite). You can see back from the fist

Check them out on Spotify! We have an Eden Echo playlist our YouTube channel too.

Tyler Lawrence and his crew have spent much time under the flag The Unending perfecting some really awesome songs. With the different bands and style of metal floating around Kelowna it’s easy to say that The Unending has a level of energy unique from all the others. Tyler is a hell of a front man for the band and an overall down to Earth great guy. We’ve previously covered The Unending when they’ve opened for headcrusher and earlier this year with Truent and Technical Damage.

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The Unending (photo by Logan Pay)

The Unending unfortunately does not have any recorded material to share online but we do have a YouTube playlist to enjoy!

Enter power metal with Thousand Arrows

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Thousand Arrows (Photo by Logan Pay)

The first out of town band to play at Okanagan Disintegration 2019. This is, as I would find out later, the first show of the band outside of the lower mainland. Having never listened to Thousand Arrows before I was pleasantly surprised to such a great thrashy power metal style with some real epic solos. It reminded me quite a bit of the likes of power metal acts such as Seven Kingdoms, Delain, 3 Inches of Blood, and naturally Unleash the Archers all rolled into one. Maybe even a little Amberian Dawn but minus all the keyboards.

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Photo by Logan Pay

The music was very interesting to listen to and the instrumental and solo sections by Eijaz and Colton were a lot of fun. Both in watching and they appeared to be having a great time on stage.

ArkenFire

Kelowna’s own heavy/power metal act ArkenFire played their last Kelowna show of the year. These boys always bring it with their nerd-fueled metal which totally kicks ass!

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ArkenFire (photo by Logan Pay)

Jacob’s vocals sounded very good, Netto always with the bright grin on his face and Millan, Randy and Ian moving around and having fun throughout the set. Long sentence! Fewf. I’m really excited to hear what ArkenFire creates next.

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Jacob (photo by Logan Pay)

The Prison of Belief

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Blackwater Burial (photo by Logan Pay)

Blackwater Burial slaps HARD. This album is still my AOTY main contender with their album being our first album discussion video on our YouTube channel. Their live show is just as brutal and technical as their debut album.

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This was my most anticipated set of the weekend and naturally Eli and the boys did not disappoint. The live show complements the studio recordings so well that it is something you don’t want to miss.

Each member of the band plays a unique and important roll in completing their sound. Everyone brought their best and it really showed.

Day 1 summary

Photo by Logan Pay

The first day was a huge success. I mean, the entire festival was a huge success before it even began with it being sold out and all. It is really amazing to see such a small place as Muninn’s Post jammed full of so many metalheads.

It showcased many of the bands we have here in the Okanagan and beyond. The lineup may not have been as heavy and intense as day 2 was lining up to be but the talent was in abundance. For myself the stand out performance was Blackwater Burial. They brought it hard as they always seem to do. We will be rounding up day 2 shortly so stay tuned!

Apprentice and Greyhawk Power Up Kelowna

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!

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Greyhawk shreds and you know it!

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.

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The Hallowed Catharsis Tour Leaves No Remains

The Hallow Catharsis tour made it’s last stop in Kelowna Sunday night. The Summer Explosion tour made it’s way through BC and Alberta with support from No Faith in Fortune, Bushwacker (on select dates) and Technical Damage joining in the total destruction of Kelowna.

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No Faith in Fortune (Post-Metalcore) – Vancouver, BC

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Super interesting! I had never heard NFIF before nor knew much about them beyond them being on the bill. I thought they had a really interesting set and loved the fact that they had a keyboardist on stage with them.

Vocalist Matty Toth put on an interactive show having him down on the floor with the crowd. Now whether he does that at shows to be in among the crowd or the fact that Muninn’s has a smaller stage. Unknown to me! We’ll have to talk about it when/if we have them on the show eventually!

Their album EP Designing Yesterday was released in May and really hits hard with some quite intense moments such as the track Dead Possessions.

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Technical Damage (Vancouver, BC) – groove/metalcore/metal

Technical Damage I had seen earlier this year when they were here with Truent. Funny that they are then playing the same weekend in Kelowna (just different nights). They also have a groove similar in ways to Truent only with more of a groove/metalcore sound.

When the intense moments kick in they are not when expected and really give a kick in the ass. Their album The Introspect has some progression to the music. Each song takes you through a progression of sections that flow together so well to the ears. There are catchy moments you least expect with sudden changes in the verse sections that groovely well.

This second video is one I took back in mid-March and have it uploaded to my personal YouTube channel for whatever reason:

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The Hallowed Catharsis (Vancouver, BC) – progressive death metal

Ah yes, The Hallowed Catharsis tour. The whole reason we are here. These guys SLAP HARD and put on such a great show. At this particular gig each metalhead there participated in their own way in moshing, cheering, headbanging away. What an incredible sight to see.

This live footage we streamed on Facebook will give an example of just how intense it was. The quality isn’t good as it was streaming over the LTE network and not a secure ethernet connection. What is important is we captured what it is like to be at a show on The Hallowed Catharsis tour to help motivate even more people to come out to the show and experience this!

We also captured this song which still has a title that is unknown to us. Hopefully we will learn soon but I couldn’t find it on any of their current releases.

Seriously though, these are some of the coolest dudes. Sean (vocalist) hung out with us after the show and it was a really nice time talking with him and learning more about the band and the people behind the creative music.

Check out their latest single below. Well worth the listen and throw them a couple of bucks too! The support is much appreciated and goes a long way.

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Thanks for making it to the end of the page! We have some really amazing stuff in the pipeline that will surprise a lot of people so please stay tuned!

Until then we have some shows coming up in September including:

Seax, Warsenal, Hyperia, LunAttack and Eden Echo on September 6th at Muninn’s Post. Eden Echo having been on the podcast previously with lots of good footage of these talented guys.

Apprentice, Greyhawk and Pharm on September 14th also at Muninn’s Post. Pharm footage here!