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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
Now this wasn’t a full tour with Apollyon opening up. This was a meeting of two tours. Neck of the Woods was on a Western Canada spring tour while Majestic Downfall and Helevorn were touring North America together.
Apollyon just wanted to bang out some songs and kill it. Which they did as usual.
This was another sold out show for Muninn’s Post and man was this place packed. It was tough to get off good shots during the show as the stage was rushed (and moshes going) the majority of the time. So please bare with the photos I took this time around.
This was also the first show I had been to in about 2-3 weeks. With West of Hell being the last. After a large cluster of shows lately it was strange to go some weeks without a show. There were a couple that I couldn’t make with another on Wednesday which is a huge shame as I love Invicta’s new album Halls of Extinction. Not only that but our boys The Unending and Indecipherable Noise are playing as well.
Apollyon (Kelowna, BC) – Blackened death
Hot off their appearance at the Wacken Metal Battle BC Finals (okay maybe 2 weeks off but still) Apollyon warmed up the crowd playing their same set as mentioned battle. This included the performance of the new track Wretched Grandiose. Which, to my understanding of never asked and only assuming, is the third time this track has been played live. This is a great track that I advise you to take the three and a half minutes to watch and listen to the clip here:
This was not recorded on the 11th of May but instead at the Wacken Battle of the Bands Round 3 which took place in Kelowna on March 23rd. This video clip is however the live debut of the track.
One of the things I find most intersting about Apollyon is their crowd interaction. Matt does such a great job getting the fans into it. He will leave the stage with his wireless mic to join the crowd for headbanging as well as seeking out those who know the lyrics to sing along with.
What occurred next may have happened at past shows and I just missed it but guitarist Jesse stood in the middle of the moshpit and played some FAT RIFFS while a circle pit formed around him. Damn was it a lot of fun and I couldn’t help but clench my teeth just waiting for someone to crash into him. Naturally I am processing and calculating all possible outcomes. That takes a lot of nerves to stand there and play. So hats off to Jesse.
Gothic metal is a genre I really struggle with. On one side of the coin atmospheric music is incredible and gothic metal oozes of it. On the other side I really have to be in the mood for it or else it is possible for me to deem it boring.
Helevorn surprised me. Josep Brunet‘s vocal performance was a huge surprise for me. I found myself engaged in his vocal styling which in turn tuned my ears to the music. I spent most of the time standing to the side or in the back of the venue with my eyes closed and letting the music flow through me.
Later after the set I sat down with my friend Veronica to pick her brain of what she thought of the band. She said that someone else mentioned it was good music to take a nap too. This was pretty spot on! The mood and atmosphere was definitely of that through the music and venue during the set. This comment also felt like a solid description too considering the fact that I stood with my eyes closed letting the music consume me through and through.
Take a peek at their Bandcamp page and show them some love if you are into gothic metal.
Here I have to be truly honest (like I strive for). I do not know much about Majestic Downfall at all. There is a good chance I looked them up knowing they were coming to town though never actually dove in to listen to them. I will say I really enjoyed their style of old school doom death metal.
Their set the other night had big feels of My Dying Bride or Katatonia. Quite possibly some early Opeth but I could be stretching there and really grasping. Doom metal isn’t a genre I am particularly well versed in but I do try to keep up to speed with the going-ons.
The vocals were fantastic and really added to the doom atmosphere. They are growled and belted out in a way that sounds like there is some true agony coming from deep within. The guitar melodies and dooming chord progression really added well to the overall performance and sound. Not much for a stage presence or energy level nevertheless it was a death doom show so sometimes, in these cases, the atmosphere and minor chords/melodies are what make the show.
If you were at the show and enjoyed their performance or are checking out this band for the first time now please consider supporting them: Bandcamp Spotify
Neck of the Woods (Vancouver, BC) – progressive/death/metalcore/something
This is at least the second time I’ve seen Neck of the Woods play in Kelowna. Live music is about exposing your music to an audience both new to your sound and veterans of old material. The crowd will get into the music as long as the band puts on a great performance. Now this doesn’t work with every genre. There are types of metal where this doesn’t quite work. See the previous two bands on this list where their genre of metal (gothic and doom/death) don’t always necessarily give off tons of energy. Then the performance isn’t as easy to get into. This doesn’t take away from actually enjoying the music though.
Neck of the Woods does not only have some high energy (and catchy) tracks but also put out SO MUCH in their performance. It was late and I only had a chance to see the first four songs (and record one) but dammit was it not an amazing show.
Since this is a blog about metal and my experience in the culture first hand and because of that I can take the time where and when I want mention what I please.
Neck of the Woods tour after thoughts of an aging metalhead
So with that I must say I am doing a bad job of sticking around to get the proper amount of footage and pics for the headlining bands. Could it be due to my age and inability to stay up late at night? No it couldn’t be that. Okay maybe a little. I am no senior citizen but there is a good chance I am one of the older metalheads there (and making friends with the others). This in no way means anyone should NOT come up and talk to me. I love meeting new people and there is a great chance that I’ll gladly say hello and spark up conversation about metal or whatever else is interesting.
So bear with me on some of these blog entries and fear not that I am always striving to get gud!
As you can see in the image below they started out in Red Deer, Alberta, went across Canada to Quebec and back to the island. Making a pit stop in their home town of Vancouver for a show before crossing to the island for a final stop in Victoria.
Setting up the podcast rig
We had a different set up this time on the other side of Muninn’s where we had a round table to sit at and record the podcast. We had Asher Media Relations set us up with an interview with West of Hell (even if Terence was friends with most of the band anyways). Which is totally fine. I wouldn’t say it is a headache contacting bands and keeping track of interviews but it definitely is no easy task!
There won’t be many details here regarding the recording of the podcast. That will be saved for a future blog entry when we post the interview (next week? Possibly!). What I will say is that it was a real blast and we had quite a few people drop in to chat with us. Whispers of guests from Odinfist and Dracula Black and Armstrong Metal Fest…
Now is a good time to say that, yes, Metal as Medicine will be at Armstrong Metal Fest this year! I’m a little ashamed to say it but it will be my FIRST time there. Being as I had been so into the Euro extreme scene most my life I never took any notice to any of the bands playing at AMF aside from maybe Neck of the Woods, 3 Inches of Blood, and the odd big name like Suffocation and Kataklysm. It is safe to say I’m regularly listening to and highly enjoying many of the bands on the bill this year. We will also be setting up our podcasting rig to get as many bands as possible sitting down with us to talk the festival, the band and whatever else comes to mind.
Nomad (North Okanagan, BC) – groove metal
Nomad was up first at 8:00pm. I had never listened to them before and quite frankly I am unsure if they are on Bandcamp or anywhere else. For the life of me I just couldn’t find them anywhere but on Facebook. Actually there isn’t much at all that I know about this band.
Nomad sounded fairly tight as far as I could tell without hearing studio recordings. The vocals were very good and I was impressed for being in a live setting. A mixture of rough clean vocals with growls and screeches. It kind of felt like while the vocalist was top notch the guitarists and bassist seemed to be looking at their instruments quite a bit. That’s alright for being sure they are hitting the notes but there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of interaction with the crowd.
Now this is just from my recollection of the night. I very well could be dead wrong. This is definitely a band I would love to see play again live a couple times. It looks like they are playing Armstrong Metal Fest. So we’ll get a chance to see them there again if not some time sooner!
The track Choke (as seen below) stood out for me. With the clean tone guitar intro with clean vocals then breaking into more heavier sections. It was a long one too clocking in at over 8 mins. So what or who do they sound like? It could be said they sound similar to Neck of the Woods’ self-titled album. Where it is like, okay maybe a form of death metal or deathcore but not quite there. So it ends up with this type of unique metal sound.
Second up was Expain which seems as though this wasn’t their first, second or maybe even third romp in Kelowna. Seasoned vets for The Post it seems. Either way they put on a fantastic show. Throwing down some serious melodic death metal in, again, a unique style that I am finding hard to match in another band.
I was speaking with Terence earlier in the night about how a lot of these Vancouver bands have this groove style that is very reminisce of such bands as SYL, Zimmer’s Hole and other seasoned Vancouver acts that had that groove machine sound to it. Not that this is in the same vein as Truentor Technical Damage. Both those bands have that style more prominent in their sound.
What nice guys! They even went and wished Taylor McDonald (drummer of Death Machine) a happy birthday! The metal scene is this tight nit family that once you connect with fellow metalheads you’re in for life. Even if they hang out daily or once and awhile once you’re part of the metal family that’s it. It truly is one of the most exciting part of the scene.
Maybe one day someone could explain “tiny horns” to me? The phrase was tossed around by vocalist Sean Ip a few times during their set. It is some kind of meme that seemed to be popular for a bit at The Post. No matter it looked hilarious!
Seriously, these guys are so so good to watch live. All the members are very into it. Interacting with the crowd, great facial expressions and a shit ton of energy. Yeah, I say this every time, if you get the chance to see them live do yourself a favor and see them!
The West of Hell tour stops here. Naturally. With West of Hell. Lead by Chris “The Heathen” Valagao of Zimmer’s Hole and SYL fame and with a new album hot off the press these guys RIPPED. There is no doubting it they put on a fantastic must-see show.
As the West of Hell tour stops in Kelowna they brought the flames and fire with them. Whether grinding away at thrashy power metal songs or literally grinding the mic stand these guys put on a great show.
Thrashing their way through old and new songs alike it really was impossible to tell that these guys were on the last legs of a long tour. Unfortunately I didn’t stay till the end of the show as my nursing duties called in the AM. But still what I did see was nothing short of sheer awesomeness.
This is a band that is well loved across the global metal scene even if they’ve been around only a short time and have only two albums under their belts. It helps that these are just awesome dudes that have great personalities that translate so well in the music and stage presence.
This was a fantastic experience sitting down hearing stories of being on the road as well as sharing some great laughs. This episode should be up next week some time so please have a listen when it is available!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
They ended up playing a collection of songs from their first full-length album (available on their Bandcamp!) and some new material too.
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.
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.
Gotta admit there isn’t anything like rocking out to cultured music and Odin!
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.
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.
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?