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

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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!

Odinfist Release Party

ODINFIST RELEASE PARTY! Time to get our groove on at Muninn’s Post! Odinfist made the trek from Armstrong to Kelowna this past weekend to throw a big party with us in celebration of the release of their fifth album Let the Gods Decide.

Support came from Eden Echo (Kelowna), Orchestry (Vancouver), and groove metallers League of Corruption (Vancouver).

Eden Echo (Kelowna) – melodic metal

Honesty is a thing I always strive for with this blog and life in general. That previous sentence may think some deep philosophical analyzation is incoming but no it is just about the genre of Eden Echo. Honestly I still have no idea how to describe this band. Melodic metal is about the closest I can come up with.

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Their set consisted of songs from their new EP Kingdom in the Shadow. So because of this I didn’t take any video has I believe I have already recorded most of the songs from it at other shows. Instead I took the chance to see how their performance has developed over time. They seem to be loosening up on stage and having more fun. The music is sounding so much tighter and I do believe the next show I see them play at I’ll record some footage for comparison of their stage show and sound.

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These guys deserve tons of love and support and the fans really show it. So please take some time to listen to their music and consider donating to them by purchasing their album!

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Orchestry (Vancouver, BC) – progressive metal

This was my surprise act that evening. First it was completely unknown what was coming. Orchestry doesn’t have much info online, videos, etc. Just a few clips that I could find and no studio recordings to stream (that I could find). DAMN did they impress me with their Dream Theater style of progressive metal. Lots of instrumental moments, solos, licks, arpeggios, riffs like you wouldn’t believe. There was also hints of Devin Townsend here and there in some of the melodies and solos.

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It would be a pleasure to experience Orchestry live again but with their keyboardist present. They performed with a tracking off a laptop of their keyboard parts. If you look on their Facebook page (if you dare, Facebook is shit) there is a clip of them performing Broken Mirror with a live keyboardist. So we know they exist!

Even after a roughly 40 minute set I was itching to hear more. I took the initiative to contact them on Facebook about any kind of studio recordings. If anyone knows whether they have any or not please contact me. They have to record eventually and get their great sound out there!

League of Corruption (Vancouver, BC) – groove metal

League of Corruption is another band that I just cannot find online for the life of me. Even their Metal Archives page doesn’t have any releases listed. There were three songs on their Myspace page which seems all of them were part of the millions of songs lost by them earlier this year.

These guys are about crushing beers and playing metal which is great because their style of groove metal (to something of the likes of Pantera) was pretty spot on. The crowd was into it and there were some that new the words to a few songs it seemed. My back was bothering me so I had to sit down for most the set to give it a rest.

The video won’t embed so here is a link to their song I recorded: https://youtu.be/fwjIwNKwhvQ

Odinfist (Armstrong, BC) – power/thrash metal

Because we did sit down and talk about the album before the show for the podcast episode so it had me extra excited to see them play. Their stage show is full of energy as Jesse is jumping around playing his bass. He really gets into it and has a great time on the stage. Tyler sings just as great as in the studio as they played through their first two tracks to open the show.

I did have to leave early due to work in the morning (and a double at that) so unfortunately I didn’t get to see the entire show. They did mention during the discussion that they were playing songs from all five of their albums.

Their style of thrashy power/heavy metal is just the kind I like (keyboards are awesome too!) so I’ve been highly enjoying all their releases. There new album Let the Gods Decide is probably their best yet. I’m anxiously awaiting for them to upload it to their Bandcamp page not only to be able to purchase and support them but also to read the lyrics for the story. See our podcast episode for the explanation of what the story is about.

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I’ve been listening to Let the Gods Decide while writing this blog post and now there is nothing more I’d want to see than Odinfist play the entire album live. That would be a great show. Hell have a stage show at the same time acting out the story. At least the next time they play I’ll get to see the entire set. Fingers crossed. At Armstrong Metal Fest in July.

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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.

Wolfheart, Opeth, Equipose, The Black Dahlia Murder, Rivers of Nihil, ArkenFire, Whitechapel, Enterprise Earth, Ratt, WMD, Villain, Time Rift, Roadrash, West of Hell, Expain, Nomad, Ravenous, Padova

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:

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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.

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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.

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See Dead Asylum on one of their upcoming dates as they tour through BC and Alberta.

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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

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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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