Podcast Episode 16: Armstrong Metalfest 2019

The members of Armstrong Metalfest (Bretton, Andrew, Jesse and Heather) gives a run down on the history of the annual festival and how it came to begin. The tenth Armstrong Metalfest will take place July 12-13 in Armstrong, BC.

The Armstrong Metalfest is inspired by the European metal festival scene. Born to mimic the idea behind a festival held in Kamloops called Metalokaloops (spelling?). I tried digging up information about the festival from the Internet but couldn’t find anything relevant.

Armstrong Metalfest Guests

Bretton Melanson (Founding member, President of West Metal Society, drummer of Nomad)
Andrew Kutzner (Volunteer Coordinator, Vice President of West Metal Society)
Jesse Valstar (Founding member, Treasurer of West Metal Society, bassist of Odinfist) (Odinfist release party for their new album)
Heather Lemon (Health and Safety coordinator of AMF, Secretary of West Metal Society)

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Armstrong Metalfest Lineup

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This is the first year that AMF is having European bands on the bill. Betraying the Martyrs and Within Destuction (Slovenia) are both playing on the Saturday.

Kelowna bands include Apollyon, Death Machine (our very first episode!), Indecipherable Noise, and Arkenfire.

armstrong metalfest stage times

The festival takes up two days and has bands playing from 11:00am through till midnight both days. Metalheads are welcome to camp over night in the designated area or at one of the local hotel/motels.

The billboard

The team got together to build a billboard along the highway to help advertise the festival.

Andrew, Bretton and Jesse constructing the billboard
armstrong metalfest
The final product!
Jesse’s sign selfie

Band submissions

During the episode Jesse and Bretton go over some of the factors they take into consideration when taking band submissions. If you are interested in submitting your band to play at Armstrong Metalfest please see this website.

Songs played during this episode

Odinfist – Search Party (Bandcamp)
Apollyon – Past the Reaches of the Sun (Bandcamp)
Truent – Another Day in the Dirt (Bandcamp)
Roadrash – Burnout (Bandcamp)
Exterminatus – The Final Days (Bandcamp)
Centuries of Decay – The Architect (Bandcamp)
Arkenfire – Raid Winds (Bandcamp)

Bands playing the festival

If you enjoy any of these bands please show support by purchasing their music and merch! Come out to the shows and give support to the awesome metal scene we have!

Origin
Betraying the Martyrs
Wake
Entheos
Within Destruction
Nekrogoblikon
Centuries of Decay
Odinfist
Apollyon
Nomad
Sentinels
Pound
Arkenfire
Obsidian
Gross Misconduct
Apprentice
Widow’s Peak
League of Corruption
Roadrash
Truent
Arctos
Exterminatus
Tessitura
Hazzerd
Death Machine
The Vth Circle
Myopia Condition
Disturb the Dead
Indecipherable Noise
Liberatia
Conniver

Podcast Episode 11: Let the Gods Decide

The Odinfist podcast! The band sits down with Erik to explain the concept and storyline behind their fifth full-length album Let the Gods Decide. This recording took place before their release party show at Muninn’s Post on May 18th. The band discusses the story behind all 10 tracks of their new album as well as behind the scenes, recording information, when and how songs were developed.

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Let the Gods Decide is the fifth full-length album from the power/thrash/heavy metal band Odinfist.

Jesse Valstar and the band put a ton of work into worldbuilding and developing a story with character progression, conflict and resolution as well as side stories and lore.

It was a real pleasure sitting down with the guys and learning about the story that goes along with this awesome album. It really makes the album much more enjoyable understanding how it all flows together with the story.

If you like power/thrash metal, fictional stories and just not taking anything too seriously this could be the album and band for you.

For the Odinfist podcast I included a playlist below so you can stream the album on Spotify or Bandcamp after listening. Also below is some of the artwork that we spoke about on the podcast. I’m not sure what artwork (if there is more) is included with the physical CD. Tyler promised he’d update the Bandcamp page so I am holding out for that to purchase the album.

Stream the album

Here is an embedded Bandcamp playlist so you can follow along with the tracklisting then listen to the album afterwards.

This is a great time to consider purchasing the music off Bandcamp and supporting the band directly!

Album artwork to support the story

odinfist podcast fenrir's jaws artwork
Fenrir’s Jaws
The dam

Support Odinfist

Thanks for listening to the Odinfist podcast. They put together a really fantastic album so please consider purchasing their albums online. For those who can make it to their shows consider purchasing some merchandise from the band. Every little bit helps and our support for these great bands go a long way in continuing to bring us entertainment.

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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.

eden echo at odinfist release party

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.

odinfist release party eden echo band

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.

orchestry at muninn's post for odinfist release party

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.

odinfist release party

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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