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.

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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:

Eden Echo YouTube playlist

Eden Echo Spotify

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.

Death Machine YouTube Playlist
Death Machine Bandcamp

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.

Dead Asylum YouTube Playlist
Dead Asylum Bandcamp

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.

Drop Dead Fred YouTube Playlist

Drop Dead Fred Bandcamp

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 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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Wolfheart, Dead Asylum and Shatterless in Kamloops, BC

During their tour with Children of Bodom and Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart scheduled this one off show in Kamloops, BC with Vancouver death/thrash act Dead Asylum and Kamloops’ own Shatterless.

I originally wanted to take the 4-5 hour trip down to Vancouver to see the Children of Bodom tour. This is something I have normally done throughout the years. Last time they were in town I went down to see them play their 20th anniversary tour. But having seen them so many times (7 I believe now) and Swallow the Sun as well. I had decided to sacrifice seeing Wolfheart live and NOT go down for the show.

This was before I had heard the new CoB album Hexed in its glory. Now I am kicking myself for deciding not to go. Well almost.

When I found out Wolfheart was to play a headlining show in Kamloops with two local acts I had to jump all over it. Especially for only $10!!! And in a city I haven’t seen a gig at before. This was a chance to also make some connections in the local scene.

I worked the night shift the night before the show. So I was forced to sleep the morning of the show and drive up to Kamloops in the afternoon. As I do with all gigs I attend (granted it’s available) I checked out past setlists on Setlist.fm and made a couple of Spotify playlists of Wolfheart and Dead Asylum‘s most recent sets. These were basic guesses considering I wasn’t sure how long a setlist Wolfheart would play and the Dead Asylum setlist I found was 1.5 years old.

I had one ear in through my nightshift playing the Wolfheart playlist. The drive to Kamloops was spent listening to a mix of Wolfheart and Dead Asylum. I hadn’t had time to seek out and listen to Shatterless which I felt bad about as I am always wanting to listen to fresh new music.

I arrived an hour before the doors opened so that managed to give me some time to seek out Taylor Pottle and the Shatterless members after their soundcheck. I had the opportunity to sit down with Taylor for an interview and then with Justin Bentley in an alleyway behind the Blue Grotto as well.

Not only does Taylor put on shows in Kamloops with T&A Productions but he also does vocals with the Okanagan-based symphonic black/power metal act Gladius Sky.

Shatterless

Shatterless kicked it off at 8pm with a three song set which they plowed through very quickly with the 20 mins they had. I am now listening to their album on Spotify and, yes, they’d definitely need longer than 20 mins taken the length of their songs.

They put on a really good performance. Progressive heavy rock with some metal influences. I found Justin’s vocal range from clean melodic to death growls/screams to be very well performed along with (other) Justin’s drumming sounding very tight. It was a pleasant surprise to hear how well they were live.

You can listen to their album Galactic Sorcery on Spotify and contact the band on their Facebook page to support them by purchasing it.

Dead Asylum

I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Mike and Samantha before their show. They were very nice people who really looked forward to coming to Kelowna for their gig and an opportunity to sit down on the podcast.

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Mike turned out to be extremely comfortable on stage and interactive with the crowd. His intensity along with the shredding of Jay and Roger enhanced the music beyond how it sounded in the studio. Samantha may not have been playing her own drumset but that didn’t stop her from sounding tight and keeping the songs driving forward.

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I’m really looking forward to their Kelowna show that is coming up.

You can purchse Dead Asylum’s music from their Bandcamp page.

Wolfheart

I’ve always felt Tuomas Saukkonen was one of those artists that changed his projects when he either received a new source of inspiration or felt his own writing and playing skills had reached a new level.

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His previous projects had always been part of my rotation. Not heavily rotated but I always checkout out his newest releases and have had a very soft spot for his style of melodic death metal. It is a very Finnish style with long melodies that have a very melancholy overtone to them.

While I was living in Kouvola, Finland I had met a fellow named Mikko Heikkilä who, at that time, was playing in the gothic metal band Sinamore and Tuomas’ then project Black Sun Aeon.

During this time (this was 2009-10) I was also part of an amateur photography club in Kuusankoski called Versus. We had one photoshoot take place with a band. Now with this part my memory is a little fuzzy. I cannot remember if it was Sinamore or Tuomas’ project Before the Dawn. Some research into the bands shows that Mikko was never in Before the Dawn.

Also my trusted list of gigs I’ve been to shows that I attended Before the Dawn and Black Sun Aeon on May 14th, 2010 at the Donnington Rock Club in Kouvola. I also saw Sinamore and Black Sun Aeon play at the Dark River Festival in 2010. So I have some history seeing Tuomas and related projects perform live.

This show was quite dark. The lights lit up the backdrop with almost nothing in the front so it made for a dark setting. It fit very well for the music but as for my footage maybe not so.

I had been listening to my Wolfheart playlist which was a full set that they had almost matched. I recall hearing Aeon of Cold, Strength and Valour, Zero Gravity, I and Ghost of Karelia. It didn’t seem to be a complete set. Maybe 45 minutes. But damn did the band put their all into it. The only things I could think of which dampered the show slightly were the keyboards and acoustic guitars were all pre-recorded.

Wolfheart playlist (4 songs)

I also met up with Mikko Kotimäki and Juho Räihä from Swallow the Sun who were just hanging out at The Blue Grotto enjoying the night off. Juho is from Kouvola so I got to spend some time reminiscing on the old times of living in Finland.

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Swallow the Sun hanging out in Kamloops

Throughout the night I got to meet a few new people. One person in particular was a man from Revelstoke who visits Kamloops often for work. He does his best to plan his worktrips around live music events due to him being a musician himself. Metal isn’t really his go to for music but he loves coming out to metal shows because of the sheer talent these musicians have. I do remember his stating he played bass(?) in a band of his own but I do not recall him telling me the name of it. That’s too bad because it would have been nice to hear his band too!