Alestorm in Kelowna Friday night blew off the roof with an onslaught of pirate metal in front of a sold out show at Rutland Centennial Hall.
Early morning I showed up to set up on location for our podcast episode. The hall doesn’t have any kind of backstage area so room was limited but sometimes you have to be creative and figure it out.
The band had already showed up by the time I got there which was at 11am. They had to have driven through the night to have arrived from Calgary before that time. When I was inside letting Jesse know I was able to help out there were a few Alestorm crew members walking about and a couple of them seemed very tired. The crew was a much perkier.
We unloaded the drum riser brought down by Nomad from Armstrong. The very one used at Armstrong Metalfest. Then helped out unloading the Alestorm gear which we got into the venue within minutes with all the help.
After some quick running around I picked up Richard for the interview which went rather interestingly. Chris most likely does not remember it taking place.
Mixing traditional death metal with some tech bits and maybe some kinda grind these guys warmed up the trickling in crowd.
Honestly prevails… I didn’t know these band was even a thing! I vaguely remember seeing the band name on the poster and forgot that they were replaying when I was at the show. I feel super bad. Sorry fellas!
I haven’t been able to find a trace of these guys online. No websites, pages or recordings. Maybe we’ll hear more from them. Anyone out there with information drop me a line!
Dylan with those deep vocals. The damn man is a beast on stage. Does he inhale at all? He’ll most likely never tell… though he probably does not. Vocalist Dylan joined us for one of our more fun episodes Armstrong Metalfest Day 1.
The boys of Nomad slapped hard and really brought their A game. It’s too bad people usually don’t start coming in till the bigger bands play because a band like Nomad cannot be over looked. They are damn dedicated too. Showed up early to help set up their stage and manned the merch booth all night selling their sweet swag.
Rav and the gang drove in all the way from Calgary to play support to Alestorm in Kelowna. Snow nor wind stopped these power metallers from gracing us with their various drinking songs.
No time to waste as they literally powered through their set non-stop with infectious choruses and blazing solos. Rav not only sang but took up duty as rhythm guitarist too.
We were offered an interview with Aephanemer but unfortunately they arrived late to the venue and we had to reschedule it to another time (and probably place). When they did arrive we got a chance to talk with them for a few minutes before they had to soundcheck. This was about the right amount of time to welcome them to Kelowna and discuss where they were from, how the tour was and other usual small talk topics.
Their music and set is definitely the talking point. The style of melodeath is very similar to that of Norther, Emperanon and other similar Children of Bodom clones that came about in the late 90’s early 20’s. Now saying that this band is definitely not a clone. They have their own great twist to the genre to make it its own.
On stage they were having so much fun. Bassist Lucie Woaye Hune was smiling the entire set. Watching the crowd and interacting with her facial expressions. Switching places with Martin through the set. Vocalist/guitarist Marion sounded fantastic. Great vocals and riffs all around from this budding band.
Alestorm in Kelowna
OH WOW! The moment we have all been waiting for! Alestorm in Kelowna for the first time ever! It really has been awhile since we had a bigger metal band roll through here. Sure we had Judas Priest back in the summer and Penticton gets a lot of bigger bands like Slayer, Megadeth and most recently Ghost (if you consider them metal that is. Some don’t. I do). Kelowna has been post host to a number of big bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Kalmah, Devin Townsend Project, Devildriver… to name a few. That’s dwindled down to nothing much beyond our exceptional independent bands.
So Alestorm sailed into town and tore the roof down.
Exceptional showmanship by the entire band. Christopher Bowes effortlessly crushed every song vocally and keytarlly. Mate nailed every guitar solo. Elliot and those base drops. We need to talk about those.
Seeing Alestorm like makes me feel like they are much more of a party band these days than they are pirate metal. They have definitely progressed into the folk realm over power metal as of the latest couple albums. These dudes are loose, hilarious, having fun and really just don’t give a fuck!
Whats to come?
We have plenty of behind the stage gears in motion to continue to bring local independent metal from the stages of British Columbia straight to the internet. Show wise, there are a few things lined up in Kelowna before the year (and decade) end.
I had the day off of work (this doesn’t happen often) and went up mid afternoon. In the car that I have it doesn’t even feel like driving so the 2 hour road trip isn’t a problem at all. It was a real pleasure meeting up with both bands at the Blue Grotto which in itself is a neat venue to visit.
After the bands (Anomalism and Widow’s Peak) rolled in from their Nelson, BC show they quickly unloaded their gear before having a little parking lot BBQ.
The day after (Friday) Widow’s Peak and Anomalism made their way to Kelowna to play at The Post along with Death Machine and Exterminatus. The latter playing their first show ever in Kelowna. I ended my day at 8:00pm after a 12 hour shift and ripped from work to the metal show. Naturally I did stop at home first to throw on my Anomalism shirt.
Burn It All (Kamloops, BC) – metal
I had never heard of Burn It All before. Saw their name on the poster for Kamloops. From there I found my way to their Facebook page where they have some jam sessions. Honestly I don’t quite remember what the music was like at the time I watched their videos. So this quickly turned into one of those sets where I don’t know what to expect.
Burn It All has this style similar to Evanescence. The songs sound structured like rock songs with Amber singing in a sort of style similar to Amy Lee but almost gives me a more doom or traditional heavy metal style. There were a lot of riffs that sounded like a Kittie crossover. Kinda like a nu-metal/heavy metal style.
This ended up being a really great set by a new band hailing from Kamloops. I got the opportunity to catch up a little with Burn It All after I had arrived in Kamloops and they were really great people. They informed they that they were involved somehow with a podcast that comes out of Kamloops. I’ll have to dig a bit deeper and find out more about that one.
They had a long set which I found out later was only about half the songs they’ve written. I also caught up with Travis later who says they are recording their first release too. It’ll be great to listen to and get a chance to record a podcast with them when the material is ready.
Check them out on Facebook for some jam session material.
When you gotta go you gotta go
Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to spend at the show in Kamloops and I had to leave shortly after Burn It All’s set. This meant I had to completely miss Nomad’s set which totally bummed me out as I really feel like they slap hard and put on a wicked good set.
I did get a chance to say hi to Dylan and Bretton. Dylan, of course, made it out the next day to the Kelowna show so it was nice to catch up with him for a short while there. I was quite tired after the trip to Kamloops and then work but I highly enjoyed myself and would easily do this back to back shows again!
Death Machine (Kelowna, BC) – Okanagan death metal
I arrived 2 songs into their set so I jumped right in and recorded some footage of these boys. They really appreciate the exposure and it will continue to come my friends!
Death Machine is one busy band. They’ve been touring, writing and (hopefully) recording a lot this year. If you have been coming out to the shows you’d easily be able to tell that they’ve gotten tighter since the spring.
Dylan had to take a break from the band due to work and Tanner Benedict as per this Facebook post:
Tanner is 14 years old and destroying it in a death metal band! This young man is extremely talented and has such a bright future. I really hope we get to see more of him in Death Machine and any other bands he happens to be creative with.
Death Machine sounded tight af with their groovy intense tech death metal. The songs are insane. How they switch tempos mid section by speeding up the riffs is just insane. Listening to the music just blows me away. Honestly, I think back to all the metal bands I have enjoyed in the past. Hypocrisy, Bloodbath, Opeth (earlier stuff), Arch Enemy. It all amazed me back when I started listening to metal. Especially shit like Penetralia and Arch Enemy’s Wages of Sin. These days some of these bands just blow that shit out of the water.
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These boys don’t have much material out but give it a chance and help support these awesome guys.
Joining Widow’s Peak on this particular leg of the tour is Anomalism. Hailing from Winnipeg they hit us real hard on their debut EP Parasitic Spawn. Released in January 2019 this tech death EP hits with some devastating riffs, rhythms and the odd melody.
Mike Palmer’s vocals spew out over a mix of tech death and brutal traditional death metal riffs. Some extremely intense and interesting material especially on my personal favorite tracks Cryptosphere and the title track Parasitic Spawn.
Listening to debut material like this just leaves me to wonder how it was even possible to completely enjoy the metal of the 80’s and 90’s. When I go back and listen it just seems so much less entertaining to listen to. This could be a reason why I am always pushing forward to find new material I have never heard before. Metal just keeps getting better!
I had spent some time reading the lyrics and getting to know the kick ass music. It really is this intense tech death(core-ish) music that kicks a lot of ass. There is just enough of an old school vibe to make the songs come across as refreshing without the continuous onslaught of tech death. The lyrics and artwork of the shirts and album come off with that fictional look most deathcore bands have. I’m loving it. As a huge fan of sci-fi or high fantasy this band really appeals to me.
We may have gotten together to record a short podcast in Kamloops but ultimately I ended up missing their set in Kamloops. Fortunately I did not in Kelowna and it was such a great time! The intensity was unmatched by any other three piece I’m yet to see on the stage.
Exterminatus (Vancouver, BC) – Technical death metal
They Exterminatus cause they ain’t us. I recently watched The Interview again.
These boys slap HARD. It was their first show in Kelowna and they put out. The crowd was deeply into it. The pit was going insane with Josh Reaver in there marching around like Jotunn.
The sound of Exterminatus hits hard and is relentless. Even in the instrumental parts like the intro to The Great Attractor is heavy af. Max’s drumming is extremely interesting to listen to and watching this song live is something else. Unlike some tech bands that go hard which each song and don’t quite have that quality that makes it memorable. I can say that Exterminatus has some very unique riffs and fills that make the songs memorable and actually rather easy to pick out of the bunch.
My interest is at an all time peak with these guys so I’m quite excited to see what they put out next after this. At the very least they need to come play Kelowna again. Their Facebook page reads no upcoming gigs. Let’s bring Exterminatus back again!
We were supposed to meet up at AMF and things fell through due to unforeseen mix-ups. So instead of recording a podcast (which we will do eventually!!) we did a written interview to help give the band some promotion.
Exterminatus at AMF
I found some lost footage of Exterminatus perfroming The A.R.C. at AMF. Watch below!
What these boys offer on their debut EP Graceless and in their live show is utterly and disgustingly fantastic. The moment you hit play and Debt Collector kicks in you know you’re in for a slamming time. Matt Yeomans’ vocals are full of range and add a texture to the music that feels unmatched by bands that are at similar stages in their careers.
Chris McCrimmon and Scott Cressman supply the sweeps, technical, and sometimes melodic riffs. With the odd power cord and tremolo picking to help manifest the downright destructive atmosphere.
Graceless is a onslaught of sound from beginning to end that no tech death fan should skip. You hear that! Don’t even consider scrolling past their social media post. Click that shit and enjoy!
Sadly I didn’t get to see Widow’s Peak play at all either Thursday or Friday night. Which is a shame cause I loved their set at AMF and it would have been a pleasure to experience them again.
Widow’s Peak destroys AMF
You know what is awesome? I found some AMF footage and one of the videos just happened to be Widow’s Peak!
Widow’s Peak just happened to destroy the stage at Armstrong Metalfest this summer as well. Like there was no stage left and they had to cancel the rest of the festival after they left it a smoldering crater. Okay so maybe that didn’t happen but it SOUNDED like it did. The dudes were also supposed to meet up for a podcast episode which they DID for a bit but we were so busy in conversation with Thomas from Sentinels that we didn’t get to chat a whole lot about the band.
That’s basically why I went all the way to Kamloops to meet up with these awesome dudes.
Take the chance to come out and see these guys play on one of their dates. Widow’s Peak are currently on their cross-Canada tour and there are so many dates that there is bound to be one close to you!
Also touring with Detherous who were on the podcast earlier this year letting us know about their new album Hacked to Death which should be out on the 16th. They play an old school style of death metal in the vein of Death and Obituary.
Wrapping up another week
This was an intense week of metal in the Okanagan giving us yet another reason to be a metalhead. It’s a great time to be in the scene and it’s a real pleasure coming out and meeting everyone every week and covering this amazing scene.
There are a few more shows scheduled over the next few months:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Black metal ruled the night hosted by Numenorean in Kelowna. In support of their new album Adore the band made a stop on their way down to Vancouver to play the Modified Ghost Festival. It was nice Jesse and Siobhan to get them booked for a show as there was a lot of love and support for the post-black metal act from Edmonton. Arctos (Edmonton), Svneatr (Vancouver) and Indecipherable Noise (Peachland) all provided amazing support.
I had spoken with Brendan from Svneatr before hand about recording a podcast and he eagerly agreed. So before the show I sat down at the round table with all four members of the black metal band and we had a great time discussing the band and joking around. That episode should be coming in the next week or so. Stay tuned for that one!
Indecipherable Noise (Kelowna, BC) – instrumental progressive metal
These guys are sounding real tight. There has been a show or two since I last saw them perform but I can say that they have gotten much tighter sounding and put on a great last night.
Their debut album The Howl, The Whisper, The Hunt has been on my playlist since I found them. A blend of atmospheric type black metal with some Darkthrone worship (there is nothing wrong at all about this!!) makes for an entertaining album in my books.
A fellow metalhead who makes the trek down from Vernon for shows introduced me to Svneatr. From there Brendan and I began following each other on Twitter and finally after finding out about their show in Kelowna got together for the podcast.
The band was nice enough to allow me to share a new song of theirs called Lavender:
Super fucking intense black metal! Holy shit. Really that’s the first thought that comes to mind while thinking about their set last night. I felt some real Dissection or Naglfar influence in their sound both during the show and on the 2017 EP A Spire Silent.
They played some new material which they said was from an upcoming album. I’m pretty stoked on that. They’ve got some good shit going on so far.
Their sophomore album Adore came out in mid-April and has been a staple in my weekly listens since. It’s got some amazing atmosphere and, if it can be said, catchy songs that pull me in when I listen with my headphones. So having a chance to see Numenorean in Kelowna live is really something else.
This whole post-black metal movement that’s been going on the last few years has really pulled me in thanks to this new album. I hope these guys come back again soon. In fact all the bands. This was a great night for metal and thus the world.
Thanks for making it this far through the blog! If you enjoyed any of these bands through the recordings or video please consider supporting them! Get out to the shows and show some love for all our amazing metal bands.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.