Okanagan Disintegration 2019 Day 1

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!

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Okanagan metalheads outside Muninn’s Post (Photo by Logan Pay)

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?

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It’s about the scene and community we build (Photo by Logan Pay)

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.

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Photo by Logan Pay

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

Check them out on Spotify! We have an Eden Echo playlist our YouTube channel too.

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.

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The Unending (photo by Logan Pay)

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

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Thousand Arrows (Photo by Logan Pay)

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.

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Photo by Logan Pay

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.

ArkenFire

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!

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ArkenFire (photo by Logan Pay)

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.

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Jacob (photo by Logan Pay)

The Prison of Belief

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Blackwater Burial (photo by Logan Pay)

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.

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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

Photo by Logan Pay

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!

Headcrusher Crushing Kelowna

Headcrusher, hailing from Colombia and later Texas, made their last stop on their tour a crushing one here in Kelowna. Warming up the crowd (and like they needed it after AMF!) was local start-up band Pharm and The Unending.

Pharm (Kelowna, BC) – hard rock/metal

These young talented dudes slapped out a set to warm up Muninn’s Friday night. The crowd definitely didn’t need warming up. The place was buzzing with energy following last weekend’s Armstrong Metalfest (podcast episode 1 and episode 2). I had seen the band name show up a number of times in my FB feed but hadn’t had a chance to see them live yet. My understanding was that this was their second ever live show? Someone can correct me on that if I got it wrong!

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Their fusion of proggy rock/metal is a refreshing sound that really got everyone into the show. It was super exciting to see. There were a lot of people at Muninn’s Post from the get go and it seemed like the majority was really digging the set they threw down.

The band was really into it too. I got a chance to meet up with Matt before and after their set and he seemed like a really motivated guy really into what he was doing. On stage, damn the guy wouldn’t stop moving! He was really loving it up there and put on a really good show. The whole band did not just him alone!

The Unending (Kelowna, BC) – extreme metal

These guys are sick! Seriously. They’ve played a half dozen times this year and my work schedule has allowed me to only attend two shows. The first show was back when I was still testing stuff out for this blog and Friday. Since then they seemed to have grown in popularity. There were a lot of people present and highly enjoying the show.

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The Unending t-shirt was available at the merch table (which now I’m realizing I should’ve taken a picture of it). Whether they sold out or not I don’t know buuuut there sure were a lot of fans wearing the shirts by the end of the night!

Tyler and the boys’ songs are fucking killer. This groovy melodic death metal fusion shit just slaps and the band has only gotten tighter as the year has progressed. The first time I saw them I recorded almost the entire set and put it up on my personal YouTube channel. Wow, now that I look back at it I have a whole bunch of videos there. One day I will get some time to move them over to MaM.

Unfortunately The Unending doesn’t have any recorded material so I cannot share a stream here. Check out their Facebook page, follow them to find out when their next shows are and please try to make it out. It’s a blast when these guys play and you need to come out and throw down with them!

Headcrusher (Columbia and Austin, Texas) – deathcore

The last show on their tour. Coming all the way from Columbia and Texas. These guys ripped hard!

So before the show I had booked a podcast interview with them and as an international act it would have been a great episode to record. So many questions and (I am sure) stories to tell about what it is like being an international band. These members are from all over the place.

Unfortunately the Okanagan Tattoo Show (an early sponsor) was taking place on the weekend and our equipment was being utilized else where. I do promise to have these guys back on the show no matter if they come to BC or I need to hunt them down else where on Earth!

Damn did these guys slam hard. They gave it all for their last show and sounded just as tight as their album material that I had been listening to on Bandcamp.

What’s really amazing is that we can get these out of town bands coming through Kelowna. But wait, not only that. Also that lots of people come out to support and have a great time! I was really excited to see Headcrusher and was definitely not disappointed one bit.

Support Headcrusher

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See you at the next show because we know you’re coming to it!!

Podcast Episode 3 – At Doom’s Gate

After a weekend of two sold out gigs in Kelowna we have a lot to say about what we saw and heard. Have you ever heard the soundtrack to Doom 2016? Since we can’t stop listening to it we decided to give it some discussion! The show down between two melodic death metal bands is on. Hold on tight as we compare two bands that are and yet are not similar.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/264290/1005153-at-doom-s-gate.js?player=small



What happened the last week?

Thursday the 14th – Enterprise Earth and Aethere show
Saturday the 16th – Truent and Technical Damage show
 
News
 
Black Guard’s new single with Kittie-frontwoman Morgan Lander.
New Amon Amarth track Raven’s Flight.
 
DOOM

Mick Gordon’s video on the Doom 2016 soundtrack.
 
The 4 Easter eggs hidden in his music. On Feb 7th the final easter egg was discovered 2 years after the game’s release.
Doom Annihilation trailer.
 
Other
 
When people wear shirts from bands they don’t listen to or don’t understand where it’s from.
 
Upcoming
 
3rd round of Wacken Battle of the Bands at Muninn’s Post March 23rd.

Truent and Technical Damage at Muninn’s Post

Vancouver metal bands Truent and Technical Damage played Muninn’s Post on Saturday night (March 16, 2019) with supporting acts The Unending and Eden Echo. As far as I knew this was still one of Eden Echo’s first live shows. They have maybe a half dozen under their belt. This was also The Unending’s first show in a long time with a new lineup too.

I also had the pleasure of meeting a number of new people whom I struck up conversation with. One woman coming from Vernon to see the shows at the Post due to the lack of metal culture in Vernon. As we touched on in our dialogue Vernon does have the odd metal show and the blackened death metal band Xul hails from there as well. It is not a lost cause! Also, as she told me, it is worth driving the 45 or so minutes to Kelowna for a show. She also has a relative in a black metal band called SVNEATR which is coming to town this year. I’ll be contacting them for an interview. I listened to their album and really dig their old school style of black metal.

There was one man I met who had said that he had been going to metal concerts in Kelowna since the 80’s. The other night when Enterprise Earth and Aethere were in town was the first time he was turned away at the door because the show was sold out. This show is the second sold out this week. It is starting to feel like metal is really on the verge of becoming something bigger in this area.

Eden Echo

Eden Echo presented their songs very well. The style felt a little like a slight mix of Jari’s Ensiferum meets his first Wintersun album. Very creative with tons of different vocal styles and musical influences. These guys have a great opportunity to tighten their sound and continue creating awesome music!

YouTube playlist (2 songs)

The Unending

Wow, I was very impressed with The Unending. I had the pleasure of talking with Tyler a couple evenings before. He will be on the podcast in the future to discuss this band along with his metal history. This was their first show in, if memory serves me correct, five years and Tyler has been writing music for 9-10. These songs sounded very tight, interesting and very hard hitting. All the members had a fantastic onstage presence and were 100% into the show.

The Unending was a pleasure to watch and I’m looking forward to seeing them again. I had a difficult time describing the style so I will just let the videos do that for me.

YouTube playlist (4 songs)

Technical Damage

Technical Damage has this machine like sound to their tone, riffs and licks. It sounds unique to my ears and wasn’t something I could really get into at first. I had listened to their Bandcamp songs enough that I purchased their newest release and continued to listen to it for some time. Eventually it grew on me and I quite enjoy it now. They put on a great set. Lots of intensity and I highly enjoyed it.

YouTube playlist (3 songs)

Truent

These guys put on a hell of a show. Great stage presence and very tight sounding. Unfortunately the singer and guitarist Johnny Roodenrys had an injured hand so not only was he unable to play guitar but also had to cut the set short. He still put on a fantastic show despite his injury. The entire band did.

I purchased their EP off Bandcamp after they so graciously asked me to for listening to it too much. I felt they had the potential to put on a great show with their style mixing (which sounds to my ears like) Lamb of God, early SYL and System of a Down. They absolutely did not disappoint.

YouTube playlist (4 songs)