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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!

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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

Video: News Bit 003 – Altar of Betelgeuze, Augurium, Crypt Rot, and more

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Here is the second episode of the Crown of Viserys News Bit. In it I talk about some of the upcoming albums in April as well as the upcoming shows from Crown of Viserys that happen in April.

If you’re liking what you see with the news bit, let me know, and if you are in a band that would like to be featured in the news bit, also let me know.

Video: News Bit 002 – Ordoxe, Royal Thunder, Casket Huffer, and More

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Here is the second episode of the Crown of Viserys News Bit. In it I talk about some of the upcoming albums in April as well as the upcoming shows from Crown of Viserys that happen in April.

If you’re liking what you see with the news bit, let me know, and if you are in a band that would like to be featured in the news bit, also let me know.

Live Review: Necronomicon with Vesperia, Abiotic, and Tales of the Tomb

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Necronomicon - Okkultis in Canada Tour 2016

When: August 17, 2016
Where: Brixx

Oh man. It’s taken me awhile to get to type this up, but I really had to get these thoughts onto screen. This was a big night for me, a show that was more of a collection of bands that I really like in one room.

First up on the stage was a band that needs no introduction in Edmonton. One of the fastest rising bands this city has is Tales of the Tomb, a death metal band obsessed with serial killers. The Snowtown murders, Pickton and his farm, and 9/11 are just some of the topics that they tackle. This set was one of the best I’ve seen from them, and I’ve seen them a lot! Just this year alone I think I’ve seen them seven times or so. Not a band to miss in a live setting, and that’s agreed upon even by Rob from Necronomicon, who thanked Tales and said they were one of the best opening bands he’s had for the tour.

Second up was Miami, Florida’s Abiotic, who broke up shortly after this tour. This was my second time seeing them live, the first being with a different singer as they toured with Dying Fetus. This set was better than the last time, but there was some problems at the beginning of the set that caught my ear and almost made me dismiss them. The sound was just… quiet. There was nothing there. During the second song, however, the sound tech found where he wanted the band and everything went from somewhat flat to a wonderfully dynamic and fucking loud volume. Seriously excellent shredders on all instruments, but Travis Bartosek on vocals stole the show for me. If you’re one of those people who film with your cell phones though, I warn you: he’ll take it out of your hand and do some filming for you, giving you a phone video you won’t soon delete. It’s unfortunate that they split because I honestly could tell there was an amazing future ahead for this band if they did one more album. It’s the curse of being underrated and not quite getting the big push they should have gotten.

Third up was Vesperia, from Ontario. They all have a small-town attitude but hail from the big city of Toronto, so it’s always a treat to see these guys on a stage. Imagine Amon Amarth but from Canada, and you’re kind of in the right territory. Not so much a Viking metal sound, but a death metal with symphonic elements and a huge feel. They are truly an epic band to behold. The vocalist, Morgan Rider, has such an expressive voice with a large range. Sometimes they even get clean in the vocals, and this is where Vesperia shine for me. As I said, Morgan has a large range, and his cleans are the stuff legends are made of. It would never surprise me if they got picked up by Napalm or Nuclear Blast. In fact, it would surprise me if they didn’t. For those that might be thinking the name is familiar, it is probably because they won the Wacken Metal Battles in Canada, and played at Wacken as a result, winning the world-wide Battles.

Finally, the band that everyone came to see, the legendary Necronomicon took the stage. This is a band that has perplexed the death metal world since their Morbid Ritual demo in 1992. They sounded like Behemoth do now, back when Behemoth were still worshiping Norwegian black metal. Symphonic death metal, with black metal influences and overtones, this power trio is a true force to reckon with on a stage and on record. And since 1988, when Rob the Witch founded the band, they have been completely underrated because no one knew what the fuck they were watching and listening to. Yes, this is death metal. Yes, there’s pretty sounding and ominous keyboards in it. Yes, there’s songs with 100% black metal lyrics in them. No, this doesn’t really make sense, but fuck making sense, man! Sit back and enjoy just how huge these three dudes sound and look on a stage. Rob stole the stage from Brixx, he took it, he made it his and he owned it. Simply put, this band is one of Canada’s best, and we seem to take them for granted on our soil. The fans in the USA and Europe seem to understand them a little bit more, perhaps, because that is where their biggest successes are. But ultimately, they are just three dudes from Quebec making the noise they want to make. And goddamn they are good at it. If you missed out on this tour, you missed out big.

NOTE: This live review was originally published on September 15, 2016. Republished on March 23, 2017 after being reformatted for this version of the Crown of Viserys website.

Music Review: Shark Infested Daughters – These Tides, Our Tombs

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Shark Infested Daughters - These Tides, Our Tombs

Genre: Metalcore
Label: Independent

Shark Infested Daughters is a local abnormality making waves in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta. They are one of the few local bands who manage to garner as many rabid haters as devoted fans. When expressing dislike for the band, people rarely make mention if it’s the music they dislike, or if they think the members are pricks; the subjectivity of music is ignored, it’s just straight up, fuck that band.

I assume these people haven’t listened to SID since they released Reflections of the Dead (EP) in 2013, which is a unfortunate mess of unrefined vocals, misplaced guitar solos and heavy does of egregious synth abuse. SID has definitely come a long way in 3 years. Their latest release, These Tides, Our Tombs shows a far more mature sound with a multi-dimensional feel where most metalcore tends to fall flat and become monotonous. One of the most appreciated enhancements is less dramatic use of keyboards and the clean vocals taking a far more prominent role, providing a soothing break from the chaotic harsh vocals. Sticking with the typical metalcore format, the riffs are fast and heavy with more aggression and less emotion than previous releases. We are given an album that shows dedication to improvement, complete with creative, progressive riffs, intricate melodies and a cohesion not typically found in the ‘core’ genres.

Keeping in mind that this is metalcore, the album is pretty close to flawless, managing to seamlessly blend perspicacious lyrics on top of a formidable metal sound, compiled together with expert production. This is an album that has the originally to break down genre walls and create a truly diverse and dedicated fan base. A revised sound that maintains the positive elements of past releases that veteran fans know and love, compounded with enough creativity to attract a plethora of new listeners. It’s rare to find such a definitive offering from an unsigned local band, that I’d consider a shining example of everything that can go right with underground original music. If haters are a sign of success, then SID deserves them. If they have improved this much in 3 years, I’m personally very interested in seeing what washes up on shore in the next 3.

Favorite track – Hitokiri