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)

Official website
Facebook

Armstrong Metalfest Lineup

armstrong metal fest

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

A Night of Heavy Metal

w.m.d heavy metal kelowna
W.M.D. (When Minds Develop)

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.

Terence sound checking the Metal as Medicine podcast set up

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.

W.M.D. talking about heavy metal on the Metal as Medicine podcast

The interviews were definitely longer than what I was able to do in Kamloops with T&A Productions and Shatterless and last week with Dead Asylum and Eden Echo at Muninn’s Post. As this project progresses on things will become easier and more streamlined.

poster of ArkenFire show in Kelowna on April 19

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

Guitarist Randy of ArkenFire performing at Muninn's Post on April 19, 2019

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.

Jacob of ArkenFire performing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna.

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!

ArkenFire YouTube Playlist
ArkenFire Bandcamp

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.

W.M.D. guitarist standing on amp

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!

Calgary's W.M.D. performing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

They ended up playing a collection of songs from their first full-length album (available on their Bandcamp!) and some new material too.

W.M.D YouTube Playlist
W.M.D Bandcamp

Time Rift (Portland, OR) – hard rock/heavy metal

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.

Portland's Time Rift rocking at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

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.

Time Rift bassist playing and singing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

Gotta admit there isn’t anything like rocking out to cultured music and Odin!

Time Rift YouTube Playlist
Time Rift Bandcamp

Villain (Toronto, ON) – heavy metal

Toronto Villain playing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

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.

singer of Villain playing at Muninn's Post in Kelowna

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.

Villain YouTube Playlist
Villain Bandcamp

Roadrash (Vancouver, BC) – speed metal

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?

Speed metal is RIGHT!!

Roadrash YouTube Playlist
Roadrash Bandcamp

As always if you enjoy any of these bands please consider going to their shows and buying some merch or at least supporting them on Bandcamp!