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Music Review: Food Metal – Food Metal

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Genre: Food Metal
Label: Independent 

Alum, sodium, zinc, etc… I get plenty of metal in my food. Now if I can just manage to get some food in my metal… wait, what? Native Californian and sometimes New Zealander James Perry?! Why are you putting your guitar in the oven? Ohhhhhhh…

Food Metal apparently started off as an exercise in song writing and snowballed into a legitimate project (think Tim Lambesis’s Austrian Death Machine only with no celebrity impersonations and less attempted uxoricide). This self-titled offering is a savory selection of songs that blend hard rock, metal, gastronomy and humor together to make an album that’s not heavy on calories, but heavy where it counts.

Mr. Perry borrows from a multitude of subgenres before butchering them, marinating them in his own distinct style, broiling them and finally serving them up on Food Metal‘s sonic smorgasbord. “Fries” takes bit of a slower paced thrash approach (“For Whom the Bell Tolls”), while “Pass The Beets” finds James in more familiar territory (for me at least) with a slower, more melodic (almost poppy) tune. But, in terms of balls out headbanging, the cake surely goes to “Where the Hell is My Food”. James’s vocals, dirty rollin’ riffs and lines about being pissed off about shitty customer service fit perfectly together here.

My only complaint here is that I felt a bit like Oliver Twist towards the end. “Please Sir, may I have some more?” (Ok, not an apt comparison since James would gladly give an orphan all the metal he/she could handle and I’m a fully grown ragamuffin.) I guess I should ask him if he plans on serving seconds in our forthcoming interview?

Food Metal Site
Food Metal Facebook

News: With Malice Announce Band Split, Final Show October 8

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With Malice - Promo 2015 by Dustin Ekman
With Malice – Alex, Ryan, Jessy, Jonathan – Promo 2015 by Dustin Ekman

It has been announced by the Edmonton thrashy death metal collective With Malice that they are parting ways. A statement on the band’s Facebook page, written by bassist Jonathan Schieman is as follows:

So after a great 5 year run, With Malice are calling it quits.
There is no ill-will between band members, just time to move on to new opportunities. That being said, Oct 8 will now be our final farewell show. Please come out and tear down the Rendezvous Pub with us one more time. All merch will be sold off for only $5.
And of course the band wants to thank everyone who has supported us, all the bands we’ve had an amazing time playing with and of course we must thank every fan and person that has come out and banged their head to some fuckin death/thrash! We thank you all and hope to see you one last time on Oct 8!

Jonathan personally had this to say on Facebook:

All good things…
So, after a good 5 year run With Malice are calling it quits. October 8 will be our final show.
I want to thank all our friends and family who put up with us. I want to thank all the bands we’ve had the privilege to share the stage with. I would like to thank the venues and promoters for giving us opportunities. And of course, I want to thank every person that bought a ticket or t-shirt or CD or picked up a sticker or just checked us out. If you want, I still have some tickets left for our final Oct 8 show.
While this is the end of With Malice it is not the end of me playing metal in Edmonton. I will be pursuing new opportunities so while the end of With Malice has come the music scene hasn’t gotten rid of me just yet.
Thank you again!

Vocalist Jessy Leduc had this to say:

It is with regret that we announce that With Malice last show will be on the 8th of October. After a 5 years run, we believe it is time to move on. It is unclear yet what are the future [endeavours] of each band members at this point but rest assured that we will keep being part of the Edmonton metal scene & make music. Thanks for the great years of support & thanks to all the band that we had the opportunity to share the stage with.

The October 8th show was originally going to be held as a fifth anniversary for With Malice, but it has instead become their fifth anniversary and farewell. It is both presented both with pride and sadness by Crown of Viserys. Digital tickets are available at the CoV BigCartel here, while physical tickets are available at Blackbyrd on Whyte, as well as the show’s venue, Rendezvous Pub.

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News: Mortillery Premier Lyric Video for Radiation Sickness from Shapeshifter

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Edmonton’s Mortillery are prepping to release their new album Shapeshifter through Napalm Records, and today Napalm have posted a lyric video for the album’s opening song “Radiation Sickness”. If this track is anything to judge the album on, expect a massive thrash attack with a nice dose of power metal and traditional metal influence, for fans of Judas Priest and Death Angel.

Shapeshifter comes out May 27, and Mortillery can be seen at Shredmonton, May 7 on the Starlite Room stage.

Shapeshifter Tracklisting:
1. Radiation Sickness
2. Age Of Stone
3. Bullet
4. Mantis
5. Black Friday
6. Wendigo
7. At The Gates
8. Torture
9. Shapeshifter
10. Patient Zero (Vinyl/Digipak Bonus Track)
11. Neckbreaker (Vinyl/Digipak Bonus Track)
12. Shine (Motörhead Cover) (Digipak Bonus Track)

For more Mortillery, check out this interview I did with them way back in August of 2014.

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News: Wacken Metal Battles Canada Releases Free Compilation

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Once again the Canadian Wacken Metal Battles are releasing a free download compilation. Monday, February 29th sees the official release of the compilation, but you can listen and download it today here!

So far featuring 92 tracks, with more to possibly be added, the fourth Wacken Metal Battle Canada Compilation is an excellent snapshot of the Canadian metal scene as a whole, with bands from across the country featured. Some of the select songs include Van Halst‘s “Save Me”, Valyria‘s “Steel Inquisition”, Tyrant‘s “Against the Wall”, Tales of the Tomb‘s “The Pigfarmer”, Sentient‘s “Ceremonial Murder”, Ossific‘s “Witness Tree”, Mongol‘s “The Last Ride of the Merkits”, and Commencing Human Desperation‘s “The Wit”, among a ton more. Listening to this comp will put multiple subgenres of metal directly into your ears, so turn it up, crack a beer, and throw the horns.

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News: Wacken Metal Battles Edmonton Lineups Revealed

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The dates and lineups for the Edmonton editions of the Wacken Metal Battles have been fully unleashed. If you’re an Edmontonian, or even an Albertan in general, you’ll want to see these battles. All of them are pretty damn stacked and having some big names in the Edmonton scene sharing the stage in one night will make for some legendary shows.

ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, MARCH 11 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Tales of the Tomb
These Colours Don’t Run
Silent Line
Redskull Ritual

ROUND 2 – SUNDAY, MARCH 20 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Mongol
Monarch Sky
Tessitura
Shadows Of Malice

ROUND 3 – THURSDAY, MARCH 31 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Van Halst
Tyrant
Tides of Kharon
Valyria

ROUND 4 – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Armifera
Tymo
Within The Ashes
Vehement Dissent

EDMONTON FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 15 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Bands TBA, winners of the first four rounds to battle it out one last time, with the winner moving on to the Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)

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News: Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announces the Battle Rounds and Lineups

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce this year’s 2016 battle rounds and line up of over 100 bands competing across the country in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. This is WMBC’s fourth year showcasing Canada’s top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions in Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.

2016 BANDS AND BATTLES:

VANCOUVER
ROUND 1 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
Mournir
Uncle Sid
Process
Sleepcircle
Aetherion

ROUND 2 – SUNDAY, MARCH 20 – @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
Meridius
God Said Kill
The Fall of Day
Drop Dead Fred
Majora

ROUND 3 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
Exterminatus
The Mountain Man
Slaughterhauser
Saints of Death
Occasionally Dropped

VANCOUVER FINAL – SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)

EDMONTON
The Lineups for the Battles are still not solid, but the dates of the Battles and all the bands in the Battles are. The following are Edmonton’s bands:
Armifera
Monarch Sky
Mongol
Protosequence
Redskull Ritual
Shadows Of Malice
Silent Line
Tales of the Tomb
Tessitura
These Colours Don’t Run
Tides of Kharon
Tyrant
Van Halst
Vehement Dissent
Within the Ashes

ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, MARCH 11 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
ROUND 2 – SUNDAY, MARCH 20 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
ROUND 3 – THURSDAY, MARCH 31 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
SEMI-FINAL – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
EDMONTON FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 15 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
(winner will move on to Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)

CALGARY
ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, JAN 29 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)
Sentient
From the Wolves
Skymir
Awaken The Abstract

ROUND 2 – FRIDAY, FEB 12 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)
Ripper Alley
Terminal Human Condition
Stenno
Statue of Demur

ROUND 3 – FRIDAY, FEB 26 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)
Nuclear Oath
Naraka
Concrete Funeral
Hrom

CALGARY FINAL – FRIDAY, MARCH 11 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)
(winner will move on to Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)

SASKATOON
DATE AND VENUE TBA
(two bands from round will move on to SK final)
Singularity
Maelstrom Vale
TMHM
Corvathra

REGINA
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 @ The Exchange (2431 8 Ave)
(three bands from round will move on to SK final)
Magnetic
Northern Fallout
Planet Eater
Scythra
Deadrot
Kelevra

SASKATCHEWAN FINAL – FRIDAY, MARCH 25 @ The Exchange (2431 8 Ave)
(winner will move on to Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)

WINNIPEG
The Lineups for the Battles are still not solid, but the dates of the Battles and all the bands in the Battles are. The following are
Winnipeg’s bands:
The Void
Perilous
Inverted Serenity
Commencing Human Desperation
Speed Demon
Ossific
Cell
Five Hundred Pound Furnace
Angstrom

ROUND 1 – SATURDAY, FEB 27 @ The Windsor Hotel (187 Garry St.)
(two bands from round will move on to MB final)

ROUND 2 – SATURDAY, MARCH 5 @ The Windsor Hotel (187 Garry St.)
(two bands from round will move on to MB final)

MANITOBA FINAL – FRIDAY, MARCH 18 @ The Windsor Hotel (187 Garry St.)
(winner will move on to Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16

PRAIRIE FINAL – SATURDAY, APRIL 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)
Finalist – Calgary – TBA
Finalist – Edmonton – TBA
Finalist – Saskatchewan – TBA
Finalist – Manitoba – TBA

HAMILTON
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 @ This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St. N.)
(winner will move on to semi-final in Toronto on April 16)
Lutharo
Profaner
Act of Sin
Full Dead
Death Perception

LONDON
ROUND 1 – DATE & VENUE TBA
(winner will move on to semi-final in Toronto on April 22)
Bloodmoon Collective
Wind Cries Mary
Nothing Left For Tomorrow
Bloodless Child
Saudade

TORONTO
ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, MARCH 4 @ Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen St. W.)
Six of Swords
My Frost
Mental Circuit
Crawl
Python

ROUND 2 – FRIDAY, MARCH 11 @ Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.)
Pyramid Theorem
Vodnik
Slow Death Lights
Devilz By Definition
At Dawn’s Edge

ROUND 3 – SATURDAY, MARCH 19 @ Hard Luck Bar (772A Dundas St. W.)
On the Verge
Mirrelia
The Parallax
Odium
Milk Room

ROUND 4 – FRIDAY, MARCH 25 @ Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen St. W.)
Dawn Vally
Earth’s Yellow Sun
Blastomycosis
Cellphone
Door To Door Human Gore

ROUND 5 – FRIDAY, APRIL 1 @ Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.)
Astaroth
Strike the Storm
Out of the Ruins
Phear
Centuries of Decay

SEMI-FINAL – SATURDAY, APRIL 16 @ Hard Luck Bar (772A Dundas St. W.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)

SEMI-FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 22 @ Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)

OTTAWA
(winner will move on to semi-final in Toronto on April 22)
ROUND 1 – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ House of Targ (1077 Bank St.)
Ominous Eclipse
Diabholico
Scarecrowz
Signs of Chaos
A Scar for the Wicked
Chariots of the Gods

MONTREAL
ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, FEB 26 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)
Seismic Breach
Mellevon
Ordoxe
Kruhl

ROUND 2 – SATURDAY, MARCH 26 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)
Distorthead
CroMagnum
Devora
Meet the Mailman

ROUND 3 – SUNDAY, APRIL 3 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)
Confined to Oblivion
Helpless
Requiomend
Thistorlord

ROUND 4 – FRIDAY, APRIL 8 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)
[Evertrapped]
Demise the Crown
Starlight Ritual
Smirking Revenge

ROUND 5 – SATURDAY, APRIL 16 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)
Skeleris
Vantablack Warship
Distoriam
Sacrificed Alliance

SEMI-FINAL – SATURDAY, MAY 7 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)

CANADIAN FINAL – SATURDAY, JUNE 11 @ OPERA HOUSE (735 Queen St. E.), Toronto, ON

About:
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred band’s from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 30 other countries for an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 26 years. Oshawa’s Vesperia (2014 winners), Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken) have had that honour playing in front of thousands. The 2016 festival will be taking place from August 4-6.

How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2016 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON on June 11th at Opera House with one being selected to perform at the 27th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 4-6. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by province.
1 finalist from BC
1 finalist from Prairies (AB, SK, MB)
2 finalists from Ontario
1 finalist from Quebec

Farmageddon and Prairie Fire Events Present 2016 Metal Conference and Festival

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Farmageddon, one of Western Canada’s best and loudest open air metal festivals for the last three years has announced they will be putting 2016’s event on hold to present a more intimate indoor showcase and conference in Edmonton for late Spring 2016.

In order to present the conference/metal festival, Farmageddon organizers Prairie Fire Events LTD. are turning to crowd funding to help raise $10,000 to get this event off the ground. Donations can be made here; the GoFundMe video made to promote the crowdfunding is below.

Tyson, the founder of Farmageddon and for all intents and purposes the face of the fest as well, has this to say on behalf of Prairie Fire Events:

“Prairie Fire Events Ltd is the not-for-profit incorporation responsible for proudly organizing and operating the Farmageddon Open Air metal festival in Ryley, AB. Farmageddon Open Air was planned for 2015 to be a year that was built to be a milestone for the festival. However, the influx of exchange rates, foul weather, and a variety of other factors took its toll on the gross income of the festival.

The Farmageddon Open Air festival, among our other brethren Canadian metal festivals is designed to cater to the true heavy metal fan and the subculture that goes hand-in-hand with the music. Offering a hub for networking, a high-caliber live music experience, and a venue for fellowship are the top priorities, and main goals when it comes to the festivals hosted by Prairie Fire Events. That said, sustaining these festivals annually take a huge toll on those involved, both financially and physically. HOWEVER…we have no intention of stopping. Prairie Fire Events holds firm to our intention, that we will do everything in our power to create the most coveted metal festivals in Canada.

After much discussion, it has been decided that the Farmageddon Open Air festival will become an event that takes place every TWO years. This gives us more time to fund raise and promote the event. In its place during the off years, however, Prairie Fire Events is proud to announce that the early planning stages have begun for an indoor metal conference and festival! This festival will be held in the late spring of 2016, in premium venues located in Edmonton, Alberta.

As a sister festival of Farmageddon Open Air, a large goal behind this new festival is to bring the positive values and sense of family of the local metal scenes closer to the public eye, and assist in its discovery by new fans.

To obtain the funding needed to cement the backbone of these festivals for the upcoming years, we are reaching out to YOU for your support. Every penny counts, and we are humbled by your generosity. We can sincerely promise, that we will do our very best to invest all proceeds as wisely as possible to create events that lead to positive experiences that will stay memorable for years to come.

For all the latest info and updates on these 2 festivals, please visit us at Prairie Fire Events on Facebook.

Thanks again for all your support! We never forget who you are!

CHEERS!

Prairie Fire Events Ltd.”

For those that don’t know, Farmageddon 2015 featured some incredible bands, including Grim Reaper, Pallbearer, Incantation, Archspire, Into Eternity, Aggression, Xul, The Order of ChaosSleeping in TrafficKyoktysAltars of GriefIdolatryVillanizerCellardorTyrantWith MaliceLeave the Living, Cryptic EnslavementMy Own ChaosViathynSamandrielNoireNarakaValyriaIdes of WinterOdinfistFalse Flag, and Gatekeeper.

2014’s edition featured HavokWretchedDark ForestSanktuaryPsychotic GardeningDeath Toll RisingTyrant’s Demise, EyamWithout MercyScimitarScythiaVile InsigniaKyoktysGatekrashor, KryosphereEye of HorusMortilleryIronstormMoosifixBloated PigArmiferaWitch of the WasteMonarch SkyDruidusSkymirHazzerdCryptosisGales of AvalonMongolRiot CityDisplay of DecayAfterEarthDemise Without ReasonGrendel’s AwakeningLast HorizonIdolatry, and Blëed.