Album Discussion: Detherous and Blackwater Burial

In our first ever video podcast Richard and Erik discuss their thoughts on two new and extremely hot albums by Detherous and Blackwater Burial. This was a test run we did for future video content we have planned. It turned out so well that we decided it would be best to share it with the community!

Detherous and Blackwater Burial

Detherous and Blackwater Burial, both albums are brutal in their own ways. One is influenced straight up from old school death and thrash metal the other rips and tears your face off with tech death with a sprinkle of melodic death here and there. Which one do you like and why? Let us know!

Detherous – Hacked to Death

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Detherous was on the podcast earlier this year when they toured through Kelowna in support of this album which was finally released! The tour may have been well ahead of release but they put on such a great show and their music so memorable that the album’s release wasn’t left forgotten. In fact highly anticipated by a number of fans here in British Columbia and I am sure even more out in Alberta and further beyond.

This album truly rips. By carrying their 80’s influences on their sleeves Hacked to Death sounds like a freshing take on death metal as bands nowadays attempt to have high quality releases. The rawness gives off a fantastic live atmosphere on the album and whether they recorded it on the floor as a band or tracked doesn’t matter. They pulled this off so well! This will be on my playlist for a long time to come and the band will definitely be one to follow for years to come.

Support Detherous

The above video is their title track song live at Muninn’s Post. This was taken back when they played with Plaguebringer. Below you can listen to the album and support the band by purchasing the digital version! This may not get you a physical copy of the album but the band gets supported and that is most important!

Blackwater Burial – The Prison of Belief

You ever get that feeling that current belief systems are a prison and we should be allowed to freely think how we will? The title of Blackwater Burial’s debut album sure has us feeling that way.

This sucker slaps beyond belief. Each song attempts and succeeds to rip your face right off your skull. Whether the riffs be technical sweeping or grinding tremolo melodeath-ish this group of guys bring it hard. The clean intros of Existential Crisis and Cerebral Peptides are breaths of fresh air as the fuzzed distorted guitars drag you back into this tech death ripper.

Honestly there is so much to love about this album. When Eli’s vocals kick in and I’m attempting to listen to what the lyrical content is I always get distracted by the catchy tech riffs and intense drumming. Also I haven’t been able to find lyrics online so I still haven’t had a chance to understand exactly the concepts being conveyed but I’ll get there. There is just so much interesting work going on here that it’s hard to stay focused on a single element as it is to enjoy the songs and album as a whole.

Serious shout out to the instrumental end to Existential Crisis and solo on 2 0’s. Both parts are as equally fantastic as they are different.

Support Blackwater Burial

Blackwater Burial has not played in Kelowna since Metal as Medicine began operations so we unfortunately do not have any live footage to share. That will soon change as they are playing Okanagan Disintegration 2019 on October 11th at Muninn’s Post. We recommend you to purchase tickets ahead of time and come see them play. What we have seen looks fantastic and it’s going to be a helluva show!

Other bands mentioned

Fleshgod Apocalypse, Slayer, Death, Sodom, Opeth

Podcast Episode 14: Hacked to Death

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This is the Detherous podcast! Guests this episode are the members of Calgary death metal band Detherous. Recently signed on Redefining Darkness Records we discuss what it took to put together their debut album Hacked to Death due out August 16th.

Detherous live at Muninn’s Post:

We go extensively through their short but sweet discography and tackle what it took to create the sounds of each release.

In the Detherous podcast how many Marks are there?

You can read about their show in Kelowna and see videos of all the bands that performed here.

detherous live in kelowna

Detherous – Demo

The demo that was recorded 2 weeks after Dimitri joined on drums and recorded in his garage. Can you tell it was recorded with a Rock Band mic?

Detherous – Live at Distortion

Ahh, the live EP that isn’t as good as the demo because it isn’t as raw. Some people just like different styles and sounds when they listen to metal. Much like black metal death is just as much of an exception.

This EP was recorded by Nate Reno (Big Nate Productions) at Distortion Live Music Venue in Calgary.

detherous podcast distortion venue in calgary
RIP Distortion. You looked like a blast!

Lyrical content

Damon goes through his lyrical inspirations touching on a bunch of songs from the upcoming album.

If you can find and figure out what the lyrics of NIRC are about please contact the band and let Damon know. He wrote them after drinking NyQuil. It very well could be about someone being hacked up in an odd situation.

Dimitri and Dylan also play in a death/thrash band called Animosity. Well maybe death/thrash. They insist that it is a no genre band that plays whatever the fuck they feel like.

Hacked to Death out August 16th on Redefining Darkness Records

Support Detherous

If you enjoyed the Detherous podcast and if you can’t make it out to a show to purchase merch and support the band you can pre-order their album here:

Detherous Bandcamp
Hacked to death on Redefining Darkness Bandcamp

Mentioned in this podcast:

Plaguebringer, Protosequence, Wasted Heretics, Death Machine, Apollyon, Exterminatus, Kayas, Truent, Death Peacher, Waking Mayhem, Skalds of Surt,

Plaguebringer West Coast Tour Raises Diabolos

It’s been a busy time for me so I didn’t get a chance to build the template for the Plaguebringer west coast tour show that took place Monday at Muninn’s Post. After the Numenorean show things got a little hectic in the personal life. Nothing too insane or bad in anyway but still kept me from working on the blog portion of Metal as Medicine. Not that a few days later is late by any means but it seems like the business doesn’t have much of an end in sight at the moment.

plaguebringer west coast tour

Plaguebringer and Protosequence stopped in Kelowna Monday evening to perform the second show on their tour taking them down the west coast of North America. Opening for them were Wasted Heretics and Detherous both of whom were on their own tour to create a meeting of the bands in Kelowna.

As with all bands coming through town I listen to them to familiarize myself with the music (if they are bands I hadn’t heard before) so I know the songs to expect and it just makes for a more enjoyable experience for myself. I knew this was going to be a hell of a show. I really enjoy the Plaguebringer album Diabolos (can’t believe it is their first!), Protosequence has this awesome not restrained to genre death metal, (the recently signed) Detherous with their old school death metal and Wasted Heretics the young but devastating melodeath band.

Yes it does seem like I pump up these bands a lot that come through town but damn if they don’t actually kick ass. The conversation comes up quite often between the local metalheads that metal nowadays isn’t anything like what it used to be. This isn’t in some derogatory, “damn kids these days”, kinda way. This is in the way of metal was very unique throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s it was fresh and new but also very simple. Bathory arguably the creators of black metal and then Viking metal were very simple on their best albums (or even all) even more so to say Slayer too.

Nowadays compare it to any of the metal bands we have going on locally (or check the YouTube channel) and as young as they are they are educated musically and metally as well as technical and talented as fuck IN THEIR YOUNG AGES.

So yes when I get excited about bands coming through it has a lot of backing to it.

Wasted Heretics (Saskatoon, Sk) – melodic death metal

There isn’t much to be found about Wasted Heretics. As some sort of self proclaimed internet detective (or just loser who sits online 24/7 lol) I’ve uncovered very little for this young band. That is common with opening acts that roll through town and starting groups. BUT DAMN IF THEY DID PLAY SO GOOD.

wasted heretics live in kelowna

They describe themselves on their Bandcamp page as a “melodic death metal band that refuses to be confined by the typical boundaries of death metal”. Which 100% would normally be a restraint that some metalheads would expect especially when you say “oh they are a melodeath band” or whatever genre you label it. There is groove, there is intense death inspired riffs, melodic sections, blast beats. There really isn’t any constraints at all.

Most definitely the standout performance was the vocals provided by Michael Pichula the range on him makes him a fucking beast. Also the drumming by Carly Brown was fantastic. It was a pleasure watching her perform.

Support Wasted Heretics


Detherous (Calgary, AB) – death metal

Recently signed to Redefining Darkness Records death metallers Detherous are back in Kelowna for another round to hack Muninn’s Post to death. They are currently on their own tour with Wasted Heretics in support of their upcoming album Hacked to Death out on August 16th.

detherous live in kelowna

Take some time to listen to their music because damn if it isn’t some old school shit. They aren’t joking around either when they say each song is pretty much about dying or hacking something/one up.

I sat down with them to discuss a bit of their history and the upcoming album. These dudes are fantastic people and have the best intentions in just sharing their creativity and music with the fine metalheads of the world.

Support Detherous


Protosequence (progressive death metal) – Edmonton, AB

Having listened to their new single a number of times and loving it I was quite excited to see Protosequence live. One thing I won’t do before seeing a band perform is watch live footage (if I can help it). It’s always a surprise to see how they perform their music and what kind of show and experience they put on for the crowd.

protosequence live in kelowna

This is one band I definitely am glad I have not seen footage of. These guys had an awesome show and the vocal performance by Josh Hahn. It’s like if Roberto Trujillo became some kinda insane crab-being Decapodian vocalist.

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Plaguebringer (blackened death metal) – Calgary, AB

So I have been listening to their debut album Diabolos for a few months now and the more I listened to it the more excited I got to see them live. Having said that I am notorious for leaving early and not actually staying to see much more than a song or two of the headlining band. Which can be shitty of my early tiredness because sometimes there are bands that I am really looking forward to seeing.

These guys were not disappointing from the get go and leaves me proud of myself for sticking around. It was so good that I wanted to stick around to see at least half. Which I did! Not much of an accomplishment but at least it was something.

It felt like these guys nailed every damn song they played. That’s from my recollection of course. Actually from that comes the thought that they were playing, what felt like, one continuous song for the first 3-4 of them. Like every song continued almost immediately after the other. Naturally that could be the late night blur.

There is a lot of fucking good metal coming out of Alberta recently. Plaguebringer is no exception. Just listen to that first song Maleficarvm. The band is “blackened death metal” but don’t let that fool you. There is a shit tonne of technicality to it as well. A relentless attack. My only gripe with the show is the same with any other band that has atmospheric synths or keyboard work. There is no keyboardist!

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