Podcast Episode 23: We Know You’re Out There

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Our last guests hail from Vancouver, BC and slap us hard with their intoxicating groove/thrash metal. Truent’s Spencer McIntosh and Nic Landry join us in Kelowna to converse about their Western Canada tour, the inner workings of the band, dank memes and what the future holds of Truent!

Richard MacKenzie (Skull Hammer) also sat in for his first recording with Metal as Medicine! We are so pleased to have him as part of the team and he will bring some fantastic skills as we expand this community further and deeper into the Internet.

These Vancouver boys hit hard with their catchy riffs and infectious hooks. The unique style reminds me a lot of early 90’s groove metal with a death touch to it. Strapping Young Lad vibes too to be honest. Spencer is a really great guy and I had a lot of fun talking with him.

Dank Truent memes

As we slowly unleash the British Columbia metal community to the Internet that means I’ve been ramping up on the memes. This was by far the dankest ever and if you ever want to attempt to make memes JUST START DOING IT. Similar to any other skill the more you practice the better you’ll get. Then you’ll realize that it is actually a lot of fun and won’t be able to stop.

Shout out to Sienna Brie Nyberg and Majestic Mayhem for the photo!

Truent’s set was sick as hell which is absolutely not unusual. They were showcased here back when the podcast first started and Saturday night was no different.

We are looking forward to what Spencer, Nic and the rest of the lads have in store with us. Their new track The Wendigo slaps hard with a different slightly more aggressive take than previous songs. This shows great progress and a bright upcoming future for Truent!

Support Truent

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Truent’s Tour Ending Kelowna Date

Truent’s tour ended in Kelowna with support from Liberatia and Apollyon

Truent in Kelowna! They made it! The last stop on their tour and believe me when I say Kelowna is definitely the place to do that. Why? Cause that’s what everyone says. You’ll understand better after attending a banger of a show like we saw this weekend (two to be exact). The community is thriving, people are coming out, the metal is loud and intense, the musicians talented af.

Last time they were here was way back when Metal as Medicine was just starting out and here we are some half year later covering them again! Back at that point in time I had no idea who anyone was and felt a little awkward coming in and covering the community has it was. Like some kinda outsider. Now I am an insider?

Truent in Kelowna

The boys rolled into town with Liberatia from their Prince George stop the night before. Psyched and ready to go Spencer and I sat down to record a podcast episode (which I promise is coming very soon!). It was a blast learning about the ins and outs of the band and I’m looking forward to sharing the experience. But in this case it’s all about the music and live show right now. So let’s carry on shall we?!

Liberatia (Courtney, BC) – thrash/death metal

After seeing them at Armstrong Metalfest last month I was very excited to experience the set up close and personal. Boy did these lads deliver.

Liberatia in Kelowna

We sure hope you like crabcore because it’s finally making a comeback. It has only been 9 years or so but Liberatia knows what’s up!! If anyone understands it is definitely them.

Liberatia crabcore
Crabcore 2019.

If you like thrashy death metal from the Island. Well, shit, it can be from anywhere really that doesn’t matter. Then check these guys out and show them some support. Throw them a few bucks on their Bandcamp to show some love.

Support Liberatia

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Apollyon (Kelowna, BC) – blackened death metal

What is there not to say about these guys? They have some really killer tracks. Extreme intensity and a mixture of old school death metal with a blackened touch. Matt’s vocals are devastating and his presence on stage is far different from anyone else. We can sum it all up in a meme:

meme here

Apollyon Kelowna

Eventually Matt will turn around. This guy moves so much up there that I have a hard time getting good shots with my phone.

Apollyon Kelowna

They have been working hard on new material and as I am randomly recording songs of the bands I’ve managed to get Wretched Grandiose and Nightmaker twice each now. There is nothing wrong with that. This gives visitors a chance to see the band from different angles and settings as well as gives the band the ability to watch themselves and learn/grow!

Support Apollyon

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Truent (Vancouver, BC) – groove/thrash metal

Truent in Kelowna! What an original sound these guys have. The riffs and licks have some real personality and the melodies are distinct in sound. These guys groove hard and it damn well shows on stage.

Above is even a brand new song that isn’t released yet. It’s damn good and these boys put on a tight show.

Truent in Kelowna

Once the band is grooving on stage I seem to find this groovy rhythm to bounce my head along to. It is contagious as you can see so many others doing the same thing.

truent in kelowna

So please give these guys a moment of your time and if you like what you see and hear please consider coming out to their show and/or showing support through their Bandcamp!

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This was a blast of a show with lots of familiar faces to the scene out enjoying the metal. It’s so much fun being part of this because it truly feels like a giant family. Each member gets along with the other and they bring their unique skills to the community. If you have some way you can contribute please drop us a line and we’ll see where you can fit in! We are always looking for more volunteers!

See all you fellow metalheads at the next show!!

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
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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

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)