Music Review: Trasig – Sør​-​Afrikasessions

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Trasig - Sør​-​Afrikasessions

Genre: Minimalist Black Metal
Label: Independent

Starting with a thunderous drum under pretty keys and chanting, Trasig‘s newest album Sør​-​Afrikasessions brings to mind a lot of influences. Among these is the obvious, black metal from Norway, as well as atmospheric music, ambient soundtracks, and the exotic world that is South Africa.

“Wait, what?” you might be thinking. “South Africa?” Yes, it’s true. Anfinn Halland, the sole member of Trasig, is currently based in South Africa, despite being from Trondheim originally. The change of location is clearly an influence, infusing the cold music with a warmth and richness that can’t be explained any other way.

Sør​-​Afrikasessions continues where the last album left off, an atmospheric and minimalist black metal, but it still has it’s own identity. Barely a year has gone past since the release of Jammer og nød, but clearly in that year Anfinn has become a better composer, writing music that is even more engaging and catchy. The album has a lot of instrumental parts, using the vocals as highlighter rather than a pen.

I would definitely recommend fans of minimalist black metal to check out Trasig’s newest album, which at the time I write this, is only a day old.

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News: Immortal Bird Embarks on First Euro Tour with Moshpig

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Blackened death grind unit Immortal Bird will bring their surly odes overseas for a European live takeover later this month. Set to begin October 21st and level fifteen cities through November 4th, the journey marks the band’s first time ever performing in European territory. The band will be joined by French grindcore maniacs Moshpig. See all confirmed dates below.

“It’s our first time touring Europe,” says vocalist Rae Amitay. “We’re going out with a super intense and fun French grindcore band, Moshpig, hitting four countries in two weeks, and a couple of the highlights will be the Damnation Prefest in Leeds and Bilbao Deathfest in Spain with Sete Star Sept, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Internal Suffering, and a bunch more. Very stoked to get out of the US for a minute!”

Immortal Bird continues to tour in support of their critically-adored Empress/Abscess full-length, released in 2016 via a collaborative effort with Broken Limbs Recordings (vinyl/cassette) and the band’s own Manatee Rampage Recordings (CD/digital).

Empress/Abscess was tracked by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York,and continues to traumatize the ears of fans and critics globally.

Bilbao Deathfest 2017

Immortal Bird with Moshpig:
10/21/2017 Excalibur – Reims, FR
10/22/2017 Riveter – Nancy, FR
10/23/2017 Epplehaus – Tübingen, DE
10/24/2017 La Comedia – Montreuil, FR
10/25/2017 Le Dock – Grenoble, FR
10/26/2017 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
10/27/2017 Bilbao Deathfest – Bilbao, ES
10/28/2017 La Scene Michelet – Nantes, FR
10/29/2017 O’Flaherty’s Pub – Lorient, FR
10/30/2017 Bar Live – Roubaix, FR
10/31/2017 The Dev – London, UK
11/01/2017 The Alma Inn – Bolton, UK
11/02/2017 Trillians Rockbar – Newcastle, UK
11/03/2017 Damnation Prefest – Leeds, UK
11/04/2017 The Golden Fleece – Nottingham, UK

 

News: ConcertWorks and Crown of Viserys to Present Pallbearer and Gost

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Pallbearer with Gost In Edmonton

It is with extreme pleasure that I get to announce this show. Pallbearer and Gost will be coming to Edmonton, and Crown of Viserys will be working with ConcertWorks to put the show on. For those that don’t know my music tastes, Pallbearer is pretty much right up my alley for so many reasons. Gost, however, are new listens for me, and I’m really enjoying what I’m hearing.

The show will be taking place at Brixx, which is under Starlite Room, on Sunday, August 13.

Get your tickets online through TicketFly or in real life at Blackbyrd Myoozik.

News: Helleborus Unleash New Single “Prayer of the Undying”

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Colorado’s Helleborus have unleashed a new single, and it’s fucking awesome. “Prayer of the Undying” is pretty much a perfect example of what Helleborus does: fast, deep drumming; slow, hypnotic guitars; and the voice of a dead god reaching across time and space to drown you in a blackened abyss. Fans of the band’s debut album The Carnal Sabbath should love this new offering.

News: Idolatry Part Ways with Nox Invictus, Seek Replacement

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Farmageddon 2015 - Idolatry - Nox Invictus - Photo by Dustin Ekman
Farmageddon 2015 – Idolatry – Nox Invictus – Photo by Dustin Ekman

Edmonton’s black metal horde Idolatry have parted ways with their guitarist Derek “Nox Invictus” Braun, and are currently seeking a replacement. From Chuck “Daemonikus Abominor” Murphy:

Announcement:
Idolatry, on good terms, has parted ways with our long time guitar player Nox Invictus (Derek Braun), so, we are looking for his replacement. We still have label backing, major goals, new material, and other long term plans currently in the works, including a prime slot on the Considered Dead Festival in Quebec in September, so we are looking for someone who wants to do more than just play locally. No pussies or posers! We take this shit seriously! Must be willing to put in the time, effort, and sacrifice that will be required. Must have a fucking job, be able to financially contribute, and of course, able to tour (including cross a border). Send a message to the band, or to one of the members if you or someone you know might be interested. AVE!

News: Protosequence Announce the Greasy BC Tour

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Protosequence - The Greasy BC Tour

Edmonton’s technical deathcore champions Protosequence are hitting the road this June to the summery climes of Western British Columbia. June 10th through 13th sees them play four nights, with a homecoming show on the 17th. This is not a show to be missed, as Protosequence put on a hell of a performance.

Protosequence – Greasy BC Tour 2017
June 10 – Abbotsford – Brothers Billiards
June 11 – Victoria – Intrepid Theatre
June 12 – Nanaimo – The Cambie
June 13 – Vancouver – 333
June 17 – Edmonton – Rendezvous Pub

News: AfterEarth Seek New Members

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AfterEarth - In the Shadow of Destiny


One of Calgary’s best and hardest working death metal bands seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth awhile back, but finally they have made a statement as to why. From the AfterEarth Facebook page:

Hello Everyone!
Garrett here,
I figure its time to bring everyone up to speed!
AfterEarth is not dead as one might have assumed do to inactivity as of late. Jesse and Andrew decided to leave AfterEarth for reasons of their own. There is no bad blood, and we are all still friends, but people grow and seek in life. With that leaves quite a large void in the band, to which Dustin and myself have been deliberating on a course of action for quite a few months now.
We’ve decided to continue on, and we need your help!
We’re looking couple of dedicated musicians that share our vision to join up and continue on with us. Bass and Guitar/lead positions specifically.
Looking for people that have :
-stage experience
-gear and the ability to transport themselves and said gear.
-Love for Death Metal.
Currently we are working on new material, and would invite potential candidates get involved in the writing process if he/she desired.
We also have studio time booked in July to record a new single & 3 song ep.
Thanks so much!
-Garrett
-AfterEarth

I don’t know about you, but I know I am excited. I’ve seen AfterEarth a handful of times, and every time was spectacular. I was introduced to the band back at Farmageddon 2014, when they played in full sunlight. They then did a couple shows in Edmonton, including Black Mourning Light 2015, finally going off the radar last year.

AfterEarth - Dustin Hahn - Photo by Dustin Ekman
AfterEarth – Dustin Hahn – Photo by Dustin Ekman