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!

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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
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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!

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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.

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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
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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

Dead Asylum Kicks Off Western Canadian Tour in Kelowna

Death/thrash metal band Dead Asylum kicked off their Western Canadian tour in Kelowna last night. Along with Drop Dead Fred playing their first show in 1.5 years and opening acts Death Machine and Eden Echo.

Death/thrash metal band Dead Asylum kicked off their Western Canadian tour in Kelowna last night. Not only that but local band Drop Dead Fred played (and headlined) their first show in 1.5 years. Opening acts Death Machine and Eden Echo.

I arrived early with the new podcast gear that I had spent some time during the week setting up. It was very easy to do and basically a plug’n’play with a couple tweaks. A far cry from the set up Terence and I had “working” for the few weeks prior to this show. This turned out to be a very good thing because I had lined up Mike and Samantha from Dead Asylum to join me in an interview. I have to admit there was a bit of nervousness having the equipment all set up outside of my familiar surroundings. In the end it all worked out and I felt really good about how the night went!

Eden Echo

This was the third time now that I have seen this group live and once again they played their hearts out and the crowd really opened up to them. Before the show I sat down with the boys of Eden Echo as well. One interesting tidbit that came up was when I asked the band about how I sort of hear a folk-like influence in the music and Matt brought up that a few members of the band were in Opeth. When he told me that it clicked with me and made a lot of sense. There is influences of Opeth and more of a folk-rock vibe.

Eden Echo playing in Kelowna

It is clear they are getting tighter and gaining more confidence every show.

They played a couple of songs that are not on their new EP “Kingdom of the Shadow“. One of which I managed to capture here:

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Death Machine

A great blend of tech and traditional death metal. Maybe only traditional death metal for the time being. That is until they have more material that they don’t need to play their demo songs anymore. Whenever I run into Spencer or Chandler (rocking an Equipoise shirt last night) and get talking about metal the bands and influences they speak about are much more tech death than straight death. The newer songs are much more technical and have very interesting parts.


Death Machine playing live in Kelowna, BC

Honestly I really enjoy watching Death Machine. Such an intense and menacing performance. Taylor really gets the crowd going and gives it his all behind the drums. It will be a real pleasure watching where this band ends up going and how they get there.

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Dead Asylum

Hot off their show in Kamloops with Wolfheart and Shatterless Dead Asylum kicked off their 8 date Back to Western Canada tour at Muninn’s Post. Like in Kamloops they put on a really good show here in Kelowna. Each member is interacting with the crowd and have build a stage presence that is engaging and fun to watch.

Vocalist Mike and drummer Samantha sat down with me before the show to discuss the metal scene in British Columbia and what it takes to be a band with members spread across the country. That episode should be coming up real soon.

If Dead Asylum is coming to your area for this tour I recommend seeing them. It’s worth the price to hear some good death/thrash metal performed by a tight and great group of people.

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See Dead Asylum on one of their upcoming dates as they tour through BC and Alberta.

Dead Asylum Back to Western Canada tour

Drop Dead Fred

There was a medical emergency that I attended to for part of Drop Dead Fred’s set and for that I feel really bad that I didn’t get any photographs to share on social media for them. Unfortunately as a train health care attendant sometimes situations happen where I need to do my duty for the public.

Yes, everyone was fine. 🙂

I’ve not listened to this band before so this was my first experience with them. Generally I don’t like going in blind to shows and like to have at least an idea of what to expect. Here I felt very adventurous and went in blind. Only this morning to look them up and do some research.

At first their sound was quite death metal but I felt there was enough core influences that they were actually deathcore. The breakdowns that happened in the last few songs eventually did confirm this.

GREAT INTENSITY. I felt these songs were really tight and entertaining. Music I would listen to outside of seeing the show.  Even searching them online I find it difficult to find any real solid information outside from their FB, YouTube and Bandcamp page.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys play again. As anyone following the blog and podcast would know I’m really digging deathcore lately and this is absolutely no different.

I got to meet a few new people last night as well. A couple really into glam and hair metal and as far as I could hear (god damn loud metal!!) they were wanting to come out and support the local scene and bands. That was a really nice conversation and I really hope to meet them again at a future show. I invited them to next week’s ArkenFire show with WMDVillianTime Rift and Roadrash. The whole heavy/speed/power thing might be up their alley.

It’s always amazing introducing people to new metal music or metal in general. There is truly so much to gain from it.

If you enjoy the bands consider coming out to the shows and if you cannot support them on their Bandcamp!!



Podcast Episode 5 – Hear Me Black Bear


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What are we listening to?

New Devin Townsend Empath is out and it is amazing.

Whitechapel‘s discography. About the theme to The Valley.

Ghost touring North America stopping in Penticton. Discuss my first impressions of Ghost?

New releases

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News

New Rammstein single and self titled album coming May 17.

Static-X news, first images of touring vocalist, mystery regarding identity, recorded new versions of WDT songs; Tony Campos addresses critics, curious choice of words especially when taken into context of the post made by former Tour Manager.

Ronnie James Dio hologram to tour this summer. What do you think about hologram concerts of passed musicians? Would you attend?

Bands mentioned:

Pantera, Slayer, Wolfheart, Devin Townsend, Frank Zappa, Rammstein, Whitechapel, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Ghost, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Static-X, Dope, Amon Amarth, Darkthrone, Gloryhammer, Iron Maiden, Wormwitch, The Exploited, Creed, Inter Arma, Blackguard, Enterprise Earth, Danko Jones, Sunn O))),