Apollyon, Death Machine, Eden Echo and Drunk High Die host the Australian Wildfire Fundraiser
The Australian Wildfire Fundraiser took place on the 15th of February at Muninn’s Post. This event kicked off 2020 for metal in the Okanagan.
It has been a minute since the last article here at Metal as Medicine. Back in November when Kelowna graced by the pirate metallers Alestorm. This doesn’t mean things haven’t still been in motion. We are working hard in the background fine tuning an awesome metal experience that is slowly taking shape. There is just no rush to jump into what we have planned and we want to execute it as perfectly as possible.
Now that we are up to speed with the activities of MaM let us move forward to the real reason we are here today… MORE METAL!
Australian Wildfire Fundraiser
Spencer Budworth of Death Machine organized the Australian Wildfire Fundraiser show to help raise funds for the relief effort in Austrialia. Pre-sale tickets sold out days before and the door sold out 15 minutes after opening. This was one PACKED show!
The fundraiser was a success. The goal of $750 was smashed with a total of $1250 collected! So not only was the turn out amazing but the donation jar was stuffed!
Drunk High Die
Surprise! Kelowna has another new prog metal band by the name of Drunk High Die. Formed about 4 weeks ago and jamming since they showed up to the Post this past weekend as the warm up band. They jammed out a number of instrumental tracks to warm up the sold out crowd.
It is safe to say music goers of Kelowna love prog metal and it seems the newest band on the block gained quite a few new followers. I sure hope we hear more from this group of wonderful musicians!!
It has been awhile since seeing Eden Echo play (Okanagan Disintegration to be exact) so it was a pleasure to see these boys on stage again. With them came some new songs! Quite frankly I don’t think they played any tracks from their first EP release.
Once again they were having a blast on stage as the crowd cheered on their take on progressive metal. The new material sounding fantastic and a step up from their EP.
Kelowna’s showcase tech death band Death Machine destroyed. That’s all I have to say. There are no other words. New tracks, recently released singles, older songs played at twice the speed. What more could you ask for from a budding tech death band?
Taylor McDonald blasted his way through a drum solo.
With the recent release of their two singles Decrepitude and Claustrophobic these boys are riding as high as ever. And well deserved too. Head over to their Bandcamp and check out the quality (musicianship and recording) of their songs. These dudes have such a bright future. Good on them!!
Blackened death metal wonder Apollyon rounded up the night with what could’ve been described as their most intense set yet. These guys never fail to create a gritty underworldly atmosphere. The huge presence of Matt Deper on stage belting out some of the gnarliest vocals to be heard is something all metalheads should bare witness to. At least once in their life time. The rate these guys are going and the way their new songs are sounding… yeah, more and more people will know about them.
Every band this evening out performed their last show and not only that but debuted lots of new and amazing material.
2020 started off with a wicked good bang and the Kelowna metal scene is off to a fantastic start. We’ll keep this ball rolling through the year with some amazing shows, great content and metal to make your ears bleed!
Come on out to the next show and don’t forget to share all the content you see online to give maximum exposure to our fantastic community!
Here is our roundup for day two of Okanagan Disintegration!
This is the follow up from our first article covering the Friday Night of Okanagan Disintegration 2019. Day two started earlier than the majority of shows at The Post. Which didn’t stop people from showing up early.
It was a real pleasure to see new faces out at The Post.
Two reasons to show up early: it’s Okanagan Disintegration 2019 … and DEATH MACHINE was opening up the show. For the first and only time they performed as a five piece.
Dylan took a step back from the band for reasons and was replaced by the young and incredibly talented Tanner Benedict. With Dylan returning to the band and Tanner now stepping out they took the opportunity to send him off performing all together.
This was one loud beasty performance by this tech groove death thrash [insert more sub-genres here] band. We’ve covered these talented guys many times including being the first guests on our show! They are only getting better over time. Be sure to come out and see them!
Hallux returned to Kelowna after playing here a couple months back. One of two bands from Vancouver on day two and they brought their thrashy death metal.
It was great to see these guys again and that they made the trek from Vancouver to party with us over the weekend.
Total Isolation was a total surprise to me! With only the “WINFIELD demo” up on their bandcamp and minimal information beyond that there was a shroud of mystery for me while researching what I could. I enjoyed the demo and was slightly skeptical while awaiting their set.
After some discussion with Richard we came to the conclusion that Total Isolation comes close to sounding like Bolt Thrower in their earlier days. This was by far the one band that was straight forward death metal. No gimmicks, no melody, just straight up death. I was told they had played in Kelowna previously and it would be great to see them again sometime in the near future!
Sludge/doom metallers Gardner came down from Vernon to set the atmosphere for the continued night of devastation in the Okanagan. Their music was another one that I didn’t listen to before hand so decided to go in blind. Their set was highly enjoyable and helped break up the night through the heavy metal death metal bands throughout the lineup.
The guitar tones reminded me more of heavy/doom styled metal while the vocals progressed into more of a post-metal style. All around highly enjoyable with some really great sounding material.
Local blackened death metallers Apollyon hit us extremely hard with their last Kelowna show for the year. This also marked the last show for drummer Nic Depper who will be dearly missed! Fellow metalheads threw down in the pit to old and new material.
Much like a lot of the bands we cover here they’ve been hard at work on new material even though their latest release came out a mere year ago. But it is the creative drive that keeps amazing projects going!
Apollyon has previously done a podcast with Metal as Medicine and we have plenty of footage as well.
Truen’t: the missed opportunity
Spencer and the boys of Truent love memes and I feel like not naming the band Truen’t is a hugely missed opportunity!
Anyways Truent blew us away again with some of the grooviest metal around. Even bringing some new tracks with more technical riffs and licks left me wanting a new studio recording by these guys! They arrived early too showing up at The Post some time in the afternoon. That’s some dedication to bring the metal to the Okanagan.
It’s always a fantastic time when they come to put on a show for us. I do believe this is now the third time (or more maybe) that they’ve played in Kelowna this year. Which we’ve covered two of their visits and we’ll cover them again and again!
I had never listened to WAKE before but knew of their grindcore/death style. Man, these fellows brought it hard. Thanks to them for stopping by Kelowna to finish up the festival in a mind blowing manner.
What a fantastic weekend! Much love and respect to Braden for organizing such a fantastic festival and Muninn’s Post for hosting it. We look forward to coming back again next year and doing it all over!
Please take some time to consider purchasing some of the music of the bands that took part in Okanagan Disintegration.
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!
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Prison of Belief
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.
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
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!
Vancouver’s progressive power/melodeath Apprentice in Kelowna at Muninn’s Post Saturday night. Along with them for the ride out was heavy metallers Greyhawk coming up from Seattle for their first show ever in Kelowna.
We recorded podcast episode 25 the week leading up to the show so Richard and myself recorded some videos where we discussed both Apprentice’s debut album and Greyhawk’s EP. Naturally it would be a great opportunity to sit down with one of the bands and discuss their album, live show, the band blah blah. Discuss the usual stuff that goes into making a good podcast episode!
So we did. Apprentice joined us in our first video recorded podcast! So go ahead and enjoy the podcast episode as you journey through this experience we have created before you!
Apprentice in Kelowna
As always this was a great time. I’m really looking forward to the new album(s) being worked on and it may be a little time before we hear from these guys again especially around these parts. But I do feel the next time we see Apprentice in Kelowna they will have some awesome new material to put forth for us. Having said that the set was really amazing and they ended up playing their entire debut album along with a new song. It doesn’t make for a lot of ground to cover but hot damn they did a wicked good job of pulling it off.
Greyhawk already sounded killer on their debut EP which blended everything awesome about 80’s metal into one solid record. It was something else to see them play these songs live and just shred the hell out of The Post.
Yo-Yo tricks by Joey Hockin
Apprentice in Kelowna was selling branded yo-yos because Joey is quite the talented yo-yoer himself! He gladly showed off his skills for us and now for the rest of the Internet too!
Man these guys are serious shredders. In our album video for Ride Out Richard and I discussed in depth why these guys are good and exactly what they bring with their EP. Seeing them live hands down is so much better than what you hear on the album. Dueling guitars, shredding solos, fantastic live vocals (and show) by Rev Taylor.
I am looking forward to seeing what they can do with more time in the studio and a full-length album. Richard and I had a little chat with them before the show and they have some fantastic themes and wicked influences that should mash together into a really fine album of 80’s styled metal.
Take a moment to support these awesome “homage to the 80’s” metallers! Seriously, the show they put on is incredible. Facebook Bandcamp
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.
Support Death Machine
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: