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!

Striker, Lost Nebula and ArkenFire in Kelowna

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Last night Edmonton’s Striker came through Kelowna looking for a stage to shred up and they definitely found it! For a Tuesday night in July Muninn’s was packed full of metalheads headbanging along to the likes of ArkenFire, Lost Nebula and Striker.

Lasse at Muninn's Post

My good friend Lasse (from Finland) came out to his first show and visit to Muninn’s Post. He has been following the podcast since the beginning and during his trip he had been waiting to see what The Post is all about. Let’s just say he was really surprised by the metal scene here and what we had to offer. Something he figures they should have in Finland as well since most metal bars there have apparently closed down leaving just regular bars for metalheads and bands to gather at.

When people from outside of the area come and complement us on what we have here then we really have something super amazing and special going on in the Okanagan!

ArkenFire (Kelowna, BC) – Power/heavy metal

ArkenFire once again had a fantastic performance with some old songs off their EP Celestial Beasts and some new tunes they have been perfecting for an upcoming album. Time to put the heads down and get to it. These news songs are sounding stellar and there are probably a lot of fans waiting for a new album. I am for one!

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Jacob performing vocals

Jacob and the boys really put so much effort and passion into each song during each performance. Come out to Muninn’s during their next show to and show some support. Let them know how great they are. These and all artists appreciate it when they know their art is loved by people.

Enough talk about Luke and Leia’s forbidden love! Let’s get that new album out!

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Lost Nebula (Hermosillo, Mexico) – Progressive metal/rock

It is always fun to have bands from other countries to stop by The Post and play for us. I was unsure what to expect from Lost Nebula. Again a band that I didn’t listen to before hand and the idea of progressive metal/rock can always be really fucking good or not.

This is another huge surprise to me! I wasn’t sure how into it I was during the first song or two but as I moved forward to the front of the stage and actually watched them… wow! They really impressed me! Harry Gonzalez’s bass playing absolutely stood out. The intensity, riffs, through in solos and licks. This group gave it their all and I loved it!

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Striker (Edmonton, AB) – Heavy metal

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The Striker Kelowna show seemed to be one that a lot of people were looking forward to. It had been mentioned to me a few times and so I knew it was not one to miss. Traditional heavy metal isn’t really my forte but damn if I didn’t have a great time! All the metalheads in town that love their metal in the vein of 80’s heavy (or glam maybe) should have been in their element. Rightfully so I could see many in the front row headbanging away.

Striker has been around for a number of years and have put out a number of albums even on Napalm Records. Hailing from Edmonton it really feels to me like a lot of really awesome bands are coming from that area. And from different genres too. It feels to me like there isn’t a limitation to what kind of metal is developing in different areas. Lots of awesome stuff coming from everywhere.

Support Striker

They don’t seem to have their latest album on their Bandcamp but their website and Spotify has links to their new album! They were even giving away their new album for free with a ticket purchase.

Thanks and bye!

In conclusion this was another great night with my fellow metalheads out at The Post. Thanks for reading my thoughts and please take some time to consider supporting these bands and any other you find on the website and podcast!

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.

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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!

ArkenFire YouTube Playlist
ArkenFire Bandcamp

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.

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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
W.M.D Bandcamp

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!

Time Rift YouTube Playlist
Time Rift Bandcamp

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.

Villain YouTube Playlist
Villain Bandcamp

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
Roadrash Bandcamp

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 4 – Wolfheart Road Trip


After a wild Wacken Battle of the Bands Erik road trips to Kamloops, BC where Wolfheart is playing a one-off show with Dead Asylum and Shatterless. During his time there he meets up with the Gladius Sky vocalist Taylor Pottle to chat about the band and his business T&A Production. He also meets up with Justin Bentley from Shatterless to chat up the Kamloops metal scene and what it’s like to be a hard rock band in a smaller city.

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ArkenFire, Tzimani, and Indecipherable Noise at Muninn’s Post

ArkenFire and Tzimani entertain Kelowna Friday night.

Power and heavy metal takes over Muninn’s Post! ArkenFire headlined a show Friday night at the local Feast Hall along with Tzimani hailing from San Diego and progressive instrumental metal act Indecipherable Noise from Peachland, BC.

Indecipherable Noise

Instrumental progressive metal project of local talent Jevon Carignan (guitar), Dylan Gutierrez (guitar), Vaughn Janes (bass), and Mitchell Corbach (drums). They play a style influenced by Animals as Leaders and Rush. A great way to warm up the crowd and get people on their feet before the main acts took stage. I quite enjoyed it and they seemed to have some really nice ideas there.

Indecipherable Noise on Bandcamp

Tzimani

This two piece hailing from San Diego shredded their way through their set. Straight up heavy metal brothers rocking their way across North America. Eddie can really play the guitar. Each song they played were full of mean riffs and ripping solos.

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Their self-titled EP came out a year ago so still being somewhat fresh they played most songs off it. I’m not aware if they were playing any new material. Their songs have catchy choruses and great solos. There isn’t much more to ask for from a heavy metal band!

Tzimani on Bandcamp

ArkenFire

I only had time to stick around for the first three songs. Morning shift beckoned. Raid Winds and Night Sister were the first two songs played. I do not recall the third. The band sounded just as good as at Wacken Battle of the Bands. These guys are on fire every time they play. It is a real treat to watch them on stage and they definitely deserve a larger one at that. There is a soft spot in my heart for heavy/power metal and have been for years.

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ArkenFire on Bandcamp

There were lots of familiar faces among the crowd and a couple new ones. I brought out my good friend Justin who really enjoyed the music, met some new people and had an overall great night. He’s a huge fan of all genres of music and always a fan of metal but just doesn’t come to shows very often. That’s about to change! It always makes me feel good to see both familiar and new faces. The fan base here is a dedicated bunch of people who all contribute to the scene in their own interesting and unique ways.