Australian Wildfire Fundraiser at Muninn’s Post

Apollyon, Death Machine, Eden Echo and Drunk High Die host the Australian Wildfire Fundraiser

The Australian Wildfire Fundraiser took place on the 15th of February at Muninn’s Post. This event kicked off 2020 for metal in the Okanagan.

It has been a minute since the last article here at Metal as Medicine. Back in November when Kelowna graced by the pirate metallers Alestorm. This doesn’t mean things haven’t still been in motion. We are working hard in the background fine tuning an awesome metal experience that is slowly taking shape. There is just no rush to jump into what we have planned and we want to execute it as perfectly as possible.

Now that we are up to speed with the activities of MaM let us move forward to the real reason we are here today… MORE METAL!

Australian Wildfire Fundraiser

Spencer Budworth of Death Machine organized the Australian Wildfire Fundraiser show to help raise funds for the relief effort in Austrialia. Pre-sale tickets sold out days before and the door sold out 15 minutes after opening. This was one PACKED show!

The fundraiser was a success. The goal of $750 was smashed with a total of $1250 collected! So not only was the turn out amazing but the donation jar was stuffed!

Drunk High Die

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Photo by Savannah Bagshaw

Surprise! Kelowna has another new prog metal band by the name of Drunk High Die. Formed about 4 weeks ago and jamming since they showed up to the Post this past weekend as the warm up band. They jammed out a number of instrumental tracks to warm up the sold out crowd.

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Photo by Savannah Bagshaw

It is safe to say music goers of Kelowna love prog metal and it seems the newest band on the block gained quite a few new followers. I sure hope we hear more from this group of wonderful musicians!!

Eden Echo

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Photo by Savannah Bagshaw

It has been awhile since seeing Eden Echo play (Okanagan Disintegration to be exact) so it was a pleasure to see these boys on stage again. With them came some new songs! Quite frankly I don’t think they played any tracks from their first EP release.

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Photo by Savannah Bagshaw

Once again they were having a blast on stage as the crowd cheered on their take on progressive metal. The new material sounding fantastic and a step up from their EP.

Death Machine

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Photo by Savannah Bagshaw

Kelowna’s showcase tech death band Death Machine destroyed. That’s all I have to say. There are no other words. New tracks, recently released singles, older songs played at twice the speed. What more could you ask for from a budding tech death band?

Taylor McDonald blasted his way through a drum solo.

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Photo by Savannah Bagshaw

With the recent release of their two singles Decrepitude and Claustrophobic these boys are riding as high as ever. And well deserved too. Head over to their Bandcamp and check out the quality (musicianship and recording) of their songs. These dudes have such a bright future. Good on them!!

Headliners Apollyon

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Photo by Chris Geistlinger

Blackened death metal wonder Apollyon rounded up the night with what could’ve been described as their most intense set yet. These guys never fail to create a gritty underworldly atmosphere. The huge presence of Matt Deper on stage belting out some of the gnarliest vocals to be heard is something all metalheads should bare witness to. At least once in their life time. The rate these guys are going and the way their new songs are sounding… yeah, more and more people will know about them.

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Photo by Chris Geistlinger

Every band this evening out performed their last show and not only that but debuted lots of new and amazing material.

2020 started off with a wicked good bang and the Kelowna metal scene is off to a fantastic start. We’ll keep this ball rolling through the year with some amazing shows, great content and metal to make your ears bleed!

Come on out to the next show and don’t forget to share all the content you see online to give maximum exposure to our fantastic community!

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!

Truent’s Tour Ending Kelowna Date

Truent’s tour ended in Kelowna with support from Liberatia and Apollyon

Truent in Kelowna! They made it! The last stop on their tour and believe me when I say Kelowna is definitely the place to do that. Why? Cause that’s what everyone says. You’ll understand better after attending a banger of a show like we saw this weekend (two to be exact). The community is thriving, people are coming out, the metal is loud and intense, the musicians talented af.

Last time they were here was way back when Metal as Medicine was just starting out and here we are some half year later covering them again! Back at that point in time I had no idea who anyone was and felt a little awkward coming in and covering the community has it was. Like some kinda outsider. Now I am an insider?

Truent in Kelowna

The boys rolled into town with Liberatia from their Prince George stop the night before. Psyched and ready to go Spencer and I sat down to record a podcast episode (which I promise is coming very soon!). It was a blast learning about the ins and outs of the band and I’m looking forward to sharing the experience. But in this case it’s all about the music and live show right now. So let’s carry on shall we?!

Liberatia (Courtney, BC) – thrash/death metal

After seeing them at Armstrong Metalfest last month I was very excited to experience the set up close and personal. Boy did these lads deliver.

Liberatia in Kelowna

We sure hope you like crabcore because it’s finally making a comeback. It has only been 9 years or so but Liberatia knows what’s up!! If anyone understands it is definitely them.

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Crabcore 2019.

If you like thrashy death metal from the Island. Well, shit, it can be from anywhere really that doesn’t matter. Then check these guys out and show them some support. Throw them a few bucks on their Bandcamp to show some love.

Support Liberatia

Bandcamp
Spotify

Apollyon (Kelowna, BC) – blackened death metal

What is there not to say about these guys? They have some really killer tracks. Extreme intensity and a mixture of old school death metal with a blackened touch. Matt’s vocals are devastating and his presence on stage is far different from anyone else. We can sum it all up in a meme:

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Eventually Matt will turn around. This guy moves so much up there that I have a hard time getting good shots with my phone.

Apollyon Kelowna

They have been working hard on new material and as I am randomly recording songs of the bands I’ve managed to get Wretched Grandiose and Nightmaker twice each now. There is nothing wrong with that. This gives visitors a chance to see the band from different angles and settings as well as gives the band the ability to watch themselves and learn/grow!

Support Apollyon

Bandcamp
Spotify

Truent (Vancouver, BC) – groove/thrash metal

Truent in Kelowna! What an original sound these guys have. The riffs and licks have some real personality and the melodies are distinct in sound. These guys groove hard and it damn well shows on stage.

Above is even a brand new song that isn’t released yet. It’s damn good and these boys put on a tight show.

Truent in Kelowna

Once the band is grooving on stage I seem to find this groovy rhythm to bounce my head along to. It is contagious as you can see so many others doing the same thing.

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So please give these guys a moment of your time and if you like what you see and hear please consider coming out to their show and/or showing support through their Bandcamp!

Support Truent

Bandcamp
Spotify

This was a blast of a show with lots of familiar faces to the scene out enjoying the metal. It’s so much fun being part of this because it truly feels like a giant family. Each member gets along with the other and they bring their unique skills to the community. If you have some way you can contribute please drop us a line and we’ll see where you can fit in! We are always looking for more volunteers!

See all you fellow metalheads at the next show!!

Podcast Episode 16: Armstrong Metalfest 2019

The members of Armstrong Metalfest (Bretton, Andrew, Jesse and Heather) gives a run down on the history of the annual festival and how it came to begin. The tenth Armstrong Metalfest will take place July 12-13 in Armstrong, BC.

The Armstrong Metalfest is inspired by the European metal festival scene. Born to mimic the idea behind a festival held in Kamloops called Metalokaloops (spelling?). I tried digging up information about the festival from the Internet but couldn’t find anything relevant.

Armstrong Metalfest Guests

Bretton Melanson (Founding member, President of West Metal Society, drummer of Nomad)
Andrew Kutzner (Volunteer Coordinator, Vice President of West Metal Society)
Jesse Valstar (Founding member, Treasurer of West Metal Society, bassist of Odinfist) (Odinfist release party for their new album)
Heather Lemon (Health and Safety coordinator of AMF, Secretary of West Metal Society)

Official website
Facebook

Armstrong Metalfest Lineup

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This is the first year that AMF is having European bands on the bill. Betraying the Martyrs and Within Destuction (Slovenia) are both playing on the Saturday.

Kelowna bands include Apollyon, Death Machine (our very first episode!), Indecipherable Noise, and Arkenfire.

armstrong metalfest stage times

The festival takes up two days and has bands playing from 11:00am through till midnight both days. Metalheads are welcome to camp over night in the designated area or at one of the local hotel/motels.

The billboard

The team got together to build a billboard along the highway to help advertise the festival.

Andrew, Bretton and Jesse constructing the billboard
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The final product!
Jesse’s sign selfie

Band submissions

During the episode Jesse and Bretton go over some of the factors they take into consideration when taking band submissions. If you are interested in submitting your band to play at Armstrong Metalfest please see this website.

Songs played during this episode

Odinfist – Search Party (Bandcamp)
Apollyon – Past the Reaches of the Sun (Bandcamp)
Truent – Another Day in the Dirt (Bandcamp)
Roadrash – Burnout (Bandcamp)
Exterminatus – The Final Days (Bandcamp)
Centuries of Decay – The Architect (Bandcamp)
Arkenfire – Raid Winds (Bandcamp)

Bands playing the festival

If you enjoy any of these bands please show support by purchasing their music and merch! Come out to the shows and give support to the awesome metal scene we have!

Origin
Betraying the Martyrs
Wake
Entheos
Within Destruction
Nekrogoblikon
Centuries of Decay
Odinfist
Apollyon
Nomad
Sentinels
Pound
Arkenfire
Obsidian
Gross Misconduct
Apprentice
Widow’s Peak
League of Corruption
Roadrash
Truent
Arctos
Exterminatus
Tessitura
Hazzerd
Death Machine
The Vth Circle
Myopia Condition
Disturb the Dead
Indecipherable Noise
Liberatia
Conniver