Truent and Technical Damage at Muninn’s Post

Vancouver metal bands Truent and Technical Damage played Muninn’s Post on Saturday night (March 16, 2019) with supporting acts The Unending and Eden Echo. As far as I knew this was still one of Eden Echo’s first live shows. They have maybe a half dozen under their belt. This was also The Unending’s first show in a long time with a new lineup too.

I also had the pleasure of meeting a number of new people whom I struck up conversation with. One woman coming from Vernon to see the shows at the Post due to the lack of metal culture in Vernon. As we touched on in our dialogue Vernon does have the odd metal show and the blackened death metal band Xul hails from there as well. It is not a lost cause! Also, as she told me, it is worth driving the 45 or so minutes to Kelowna for a show. She also has a relative in a black metal band called SVNEATR which is coming to town this year. I’ll be contacting them for an interview. I listened to their album and really dig their old school style of black metal.

There was one man I met who had said that he had been going to metal concerts in Kelowna since the 80’s. The other night when Enterprise Earth and Aethere were in town was the first time he was turned away at the door because the show was sold out. This show is the second sold out this week. It is starting to feel like metal is really on the verge of becoming something bigger in this area.

Eden Echo

Eden Echo presented their songs very well. The style felt a little like a slight mix of Jari’s Ensiferum meets his first Wintersun album. Very creative with tons of different vocal styles and musical influences. These guys have a great opportunity to tighten their sound and continue creating awesome music!

YouTube playlist (2 songs)

The Unending

Wow, I was very impressed with The Unending. I had the pleasure of talking with Tyler a couple evenings before. He will be on the podcast in the future to discuss this band along with his metal history. This was their first show in, if memory serves me correct, five years and Tyler has been writing music for 9-10. These songs sounded very tight, interesting and very hard hitting. All the members had a fantastic onstage presence and were 100% into the show.

The Unending was a pleasure to watch and I’m looking forward to seeing them again. I had a difficult time describing the style so I will just let the videos do that for me.

YouTube playlist (4 songs)

Technical Damage

Technical Damage has this machine like sound to their tone, riffs and licks. It sounds unique to my ears and wasn’t something I could really get into at first. I had listened to their Bandcamp songs enough that I purchased their newest release and continued to listen to it for some time. Eventually it grew on me and I quite enjoy it now. They put on a great set. Lots of intensity and I highly enjoyed it.

YouTube playlist (3 songs)

Truent

These guys put on a hell of a show. Great stage presence and very tight sounding. Unfortunately the singer and guitarist Johnny Roodenrys had an injured hand so not only was he unable to play guitar but also had to cut the set short. He still put on a fantastic show despite his injury. The entire band did.

I purchased their EP off Bandcamp after they so graciously asked me to for listening to it too much. I felt they had the potential to put on a great show with their style mixing (which sounds to my ears like) Lamb of God, early SYL and System of a Down. They absolutely did not disappoint.

YouTube playlist (4 songs)

Enterprise Earth and Aethere at Muninn’s Post

Spokane Deathcore band Enterprise Earth was playing at Muninn’s Post last night along with supporting acts Aethere, Vultures from Victoria and local hardcore band Ugly playing their first live gig.

I had never been to a deathcore gig before and I thought there would be no better time to start than today with a sold out show at Muninn’s Post. In fact I haven’t really listened to deathcore in general. So I took the opportunity to listen to the bands all afternoon before going to the gig. Aethere struck me as more technical and death influenced than core so it was a lot easier for me to get into and I quite enjoy their newest album Open My Wounds. So seeing them live was going to be interesting to see how they performed their songs.

Ugly was the opening act. A local hardcore band playing their first live gig in support of their new release VILE. I’m kicking myself for not have gotten pictures or video. They put on a good show, sounded very tight and had me second guessing if Vultures were actually playing. The topless singer wearing a balaclava was a great touch and was very fitting to the lyrics. I’d definitely watch them perform again!

Vultures

Vultures also put on a good show. It was entertaining to watch them from the back. Everyone was quite into it and the music sounded good. Hardcore is something also I haven’t really gotten into though I definitely see the appeal.

Aethere put on a great show and the crowd was really into it! Lots of moshing and crowdsurfing. It was really awesome to see how supportive the fans were with the crowdsurfing. Deciding between songs who’s going to be hoisted up and then everyone doing their part in carrying the crowdsurfer away from the stage. It looked like a lot of fun and really helps bring the people together to help one another out.

Aethere – Ash of Existence:


Aethere – Open My Wounds:


Enterprise Earth seemed to put on a really good show as well. I was very conflicted by these guys. Their albums sounded very deathcore without much death metal influence (unlike Aethere). Because of that it didn’t really sit well with me. I was waiting to see them live to see if their live performance changed my opinion. Sadly it didn’t really. I will have to give this band another chance to try and get into deathcore.

From what I have heard of the genre so far I understand the fushion of core/punk and death metal. It is an interesting blend that produces some styles that are very different from traditional metal genres.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the show Saturday night at Muninn’s Post. Local acts Eden Echo and The Unending supporting Truent and Technical Damage from Vancouver.

Horns up!

Podcast Episode 2 – Apollyon

https://www.buzzsprout.com/264290/995081-apollyon-interview.js?player=small This week Apollyon sits in with us and tells us about the band, as well as their new album, trap music and deathcore. Does Tool really have a new album coming out? Is this for real? We also cover some new releases including Finnish metaller’s Children of Bodom’s 10th album Hexed, Misery Index, and this new prog tech band called Equipoise.

Apollyon:
https://apollyon-ca.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/apollyondeathmetal/

Bands mentioned:

ApollyonMammoth Weed Wizard BastardChildren of BodomEquipoiseMisery IndexSinmaraBlack PyramidHigh On FireSeerTruentCannibal CorpseWormwitchExpainConvergeBaptistsWolves in the Throne RoomThe Black Dahlia MurderCattle DecapitationBehemothWakeAdversarial, Incantation, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Xul, AngelMaker, Fit For An Autopsy, Five Finger Death PunchTool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Deftones, Suffication, Cryptopsy.

Podcast Episode 1 – Death Machine

Our debut episode with guests Death Machine!

Terence and Erik sit down to discuss metal and the Kelowna metal scene with special guests Death Machine. A hot local tech death band playing live shows and hopefully recording some wicked good material soon. These boys rip every night they play and we highly recommend people come to Muninn’s Post to check them out!

What’s new in metal for the week of Feb 24th to March 2nd? Join us as we discuss Inter Arma, Children of Bodom, In Flames, and Devin Townsend. Metalstorm released the results of their 2018 awards! Join us as we go through some of the notables.

In the second half Kelowna death metal band Death Machine join us in the discussion. Yes, the whole band! We discuss Wacken Battle of the Bands and the Kelowna metal scene as well as where the band has been and where they’re going!

Death Machine:

Facebook
Bandcamp
YouTube

Armstrong Metal Fest
Muninn’s Post

Other bands mentioned in this episode:

In FlamesInter ArmaRotting ChristBattle BeastTestamentSlipknotKalmahDevin TownsendImmortalRivers of NihilAmorphisOmnium GatherumSoulfly