Divinity Recruits Second Guitarist Gord Olson

Divinity just announces the addition of 2nd guitarist Gord Olson to the band line-up. Olson is a dedicated and talented 7-string shredder who is endorsed by Schecter Guitars and is also currently active in numerous projects such as Ye Goat-Herd Gods and Demisery.

Vocalist Sean Jenkins comments: “The band had originally asked Gord to join the band about four years ago, but timing and commitment didn’t work out. Recently, about 2 months ago, Gord was hanging out at a jam session and by the end of it we all sort of realized that the opportunity for Gord to learn some songs and start jamming was now possible. Gord really took bull by the horns and has learned a 10-song live set in a matter of just weeks… and he’s nailing it; really adding another huge layer of thickness and some killer leads too! We couldn’t be more stoked to have dual guitarists again!”

Divinity will embark on a dual album release tour with Vancouver, BC’s Expain. The tour will be in promotion of Divinity’s latest album “The Immortalist,” along with Expain’s forthcoming EP “Pinching Nerves.”

September 21 – Innisfail, AB – The Zoo
September 22 – Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room – info
September 23 – Calgary, AB – Distortion – info
September 24 – Lethbridge, AB – Cornucopia (ALL AGES)
September 25 – Drumheller, AB – Neighbours’ Corner Pub
September 26 – Banff, AB – Hoodoo

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Shredmonton Festival 2017 Lineup Announced

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce the 2017 lineup for Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference, Shredmonton.

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s festival will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s doom funeral Psychotic Gardening, and Edmonton gore masters Bleed from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14ththat the Mercury Room (full band list below).

This year’s festival also features an ALL AGES event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments: “We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past.”

Friday, May 12

Show (18+)
Doors 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 – Days I Die (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – Osryon (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Sleeping in Traffic (Edmonton, AB)
11:00 – 11:45 – Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB)
12:15 – 1:00 – Psychotic Gardening (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, May 13 Seminars (ALL AGES)

Publicity/Promotion Clinic – 1:00-1:30 pm
Vocal clinic 1:30-2:00 Guitar Clinic – 2:00-2:30 pm
Stage Moves with Jesse Valstar – 2:30-3:00 pm
Festival Seminar – 3:00-3:30 pm
Recording/Live Sound Clinic – 3:30-4:00 pm

Show (18+)
Doors 6:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 – Valyria (Edmonton, AB)
8:00 – 8:45 – Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – W.M.D. (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 – 11:45 – Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
12:15 – FIN – Unleash The Archers (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, May 14

Show (All Ages)
Doors 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 – Disturb The Dead (Devon, AB)
4:00 – 4:45 – Scarlet Serenity (Edmonton, AB)
5:00 – 5:45 – Krepitus (Calgary, AB)
6:00 – 6:45 – Voltang (Hamilton, ON)
7:00 – 8:00 – Bleed (Edmonton, AB)

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Archspire Announces Headlining U.S. Tour Dates

Technical death metal force Archspire just announced a headlining U.S. tour. The tour begins on March 18th, and sees the band touring across the country before concluding on April 5th. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Archspire recently finished recording a forthcoming new album at Flatline Audio in August with producer Dave Otero. The as-yet untitled new record will follow highly -egarded 2014 release
“The Lucid Collective.”

Working track titles for the new album include “Involuntary Doppelgänger,” “Relentless Mutation,” and “From Solitude to Infamy.” The new record will be released later this year.

Mar. 17 Tacoma, WA @ Real Art
Mar. 18 Bend, OR @ Third Street Pub
Mar. 19 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Sideroom
Mar. 20 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Mar. 21 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Mar. 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Mar. 23 El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Mar. 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
Mar. 25 Beaumont, TX @ The Gig
Mar. 26 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity
Mar. 27 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Mar. 28 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
Mar. 29 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage @ Champ’s
Mar. 30 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Mar. 31 Frederick, MD @ Café 611
Apr. 01 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
Apr. 02 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Joint
Apr. 03 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Apr. 04 Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theater
Apr. 05 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Apr. 06 Boise, ID @ The Shredder

May 04 Edmonton, AB @ Mercury Room
May 06 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
May 08 Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
May 11 Sherbrooke, QC @ Murdoch

w/Psycroptic:
May 13 Halifax, NS @ Gus
May 14 Moncton, NB @ Le Coude
May 16 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
May 17 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 18 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
May 19 Rouyn-N., QC @ Petit Théâtre
May 20 Toronto, ON @ The Coalition
May 22 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
May 23 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
May 24 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
May 25 Vancouver, BC @ Modified Ghost Festival

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Scythia Announces North American Tour Dates

Canadian folklore metal group Scythia recently released newest full-length offering, “Lineage” and today, the band is pleased to announce an upcoming conquest of North America.

The trek begins on October 26 in Regina, SK and hits several major U.S. and Canadian cities, coming to a close on November 19 in Edmonton, AB.

Scythia guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan states, “We are very excited for this upcoming tour. A lot of the bands we’re playing with fit right into the mood of Scythia’s music. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, especially since we are hitting the road over Halloween! Scythia loves touring in the US and 2016 sees more dates south of the border than the last two years!”

10/26 – Regina, SK @ The Artful Dodger
10/27 – Portage La Prairie, MB @ Masonic Hall
10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Bar
10/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
10/31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Backstage Café
11/1 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes
11/3 – Nashville, TN @ Daisy Duke’s
11/4 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
11/5 – Marietta (Atlanta), GA @ Tavern 120
11/11 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/12 – Lethbridge, AB @ Smoke House
11/18 – Calgary, AB @ Overtime Bar and Grill
11/19 – Edmonton, AB @ The Mercury Room

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Hibria Announces 20th Anniversary Tour Dates

Brazilian power metal band Hibria is proud to announce a 20th anniversary North American tour presented by PureGrainAudio.com and Test Your Metal Records that will kick off in Vancouver, BC on August 10th and wrap up in New York City on August 28th. Hibria released a fifth and latest self-titled full-length album last year via Test Your Metal Records.

08/10 Vancouver, BC – The Red Room
08/12 Calgary, AB – Dickens
08/13 Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
08/16 Winnipeg, MB – Kings Hotel
08/18 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
08/19 Chicago, IL – Reggies
08/20 Toronto, ON – Hardluck Bar
08/23 Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
08/24 Quebec City, QC – Bar La Source
08/26 Montreal, QC – TBD
08/27 Boston, MA – Middle East Up
08/28 Queens, NY – Blackthorn51

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Blessthefall Premieres New Live Music Video For “Oathbreaker”

Blessthefall premieres a new live music video for “Oathbreaker”, taken from the band’s new album “To Those Left Behind”, out in stores now via Fearless Records.

Check out now “Oathbreaker” below.

Blessthefall, Like Moths To Flames, Get Scared and Picturesque will take to the road in July for “The Back To Basics Tour”. Check out all dates below:

07/08 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
07/09 Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk
07/10 San Francisco, CA – Slims
07/12 Tacoma, WA – Real Art Tacoma
07/13 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
07/15 Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
07/16 Calgary, AB – Distortion Live Music Venue
07/17 Spokane, WA – The Museum (Outdoors)
07/19 Reno, NV – Jub Jub’s
07/20 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl
07/22 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
07/23 Tucson, AZ – The Rock

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Without Mercy Streaming “Mouichido” EP

Set to unleash upcoming EP “Mouichido” on May 27th, Vancouver, BC’s Without Mercy is now streaming the mini-album online in full.

Forthcoming EP “Mouichido” is a rebirth for the band as it’s a re-release of re-recorded material from the 2014 EP “Reborn.” In additional news, Without Mercy will be hitting the road for a cross Canada tour in support of the EP:

May 27 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – info (CD Release Show)
June 3 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat
June 4 – Calgary, AB – Distortion
June 6 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
June 7 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
June 8 – Lethbridge, AB – Attainable Records
June 10 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor
June 11 – Brandon, MB – North Hill Inn
June 16 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate’s Pub
June 17 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum
June 18 – Oshawa, ON – The Diezel Room
June 19 – Woodstock, ON – Illusions Night Club
June 20 – Toronto, ON – Coalition T.O.
June 21 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
June 22 – Sherbrooke, QC – Le Murdoch
June 25 – Timmins, ON – TBA
June 28 – Portage la Prairie, MB – Masonic Hall
June 29 – Regina, SK – TBA
June 30 – Medicine Hat, AB – TBA
July 1 – Penticton, BC – TBA
Jul 23 – SBC Restaurant – Vancouver, BC

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Without Mercy Announces New Canadian Tour Dates

Set to unleash upcoming EP “Mouichido” on May 27th, Vancouver outfit Without Mercy will be hitting the road following that release for a cross Canada tour. Catch the band live on these upcoming tour dates:

May 27 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – info (CD Release Show)
June 3 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat – info
June 4 – Calgary, AB – Distortion – info
June 6 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s – info
June 7 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
June 8 – Lethbridge, AB – Attainable Records
June 10 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor – info
June 11 – Brandon, MB – North Hill Inn – info
June 16 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate’s Pub
June 17 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum – info
June 18 – Oshawa, ON – The Diezel Room – info
June 19 – Woodstock, ON – Illusions Night Club – info
June 20 – Toronto, ON – Coalition T.O.
June 21 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
June 22 – Sherbrooke, QC – Le Murdoch – info
June 25 – Timmins, ON – TBA
June 28 – Portage la Prairie, MB – Masonic Hall
June 29 – Regina, SK – TBA
June 30 – Medicine Hat, AB – TBA
July 1 – Penticton, BC – TBA
Jul 23 – SBC Restaurant – Vancouver, BC

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The Algorithm Posts “Userspace” Music Video

The Algorithm’s new record “Brute Force” is out now via FiXT. This is the third effort from 26-year-old French electro / metal artist and producer Remi Gallego.

A new music video from the album is also now online – check out “Userspace” below. The previously posted video clip for “Pointers” is also still online right here.

The Algorithm will bring his “Brute Force” tour to Canada this May for a 16-date trek with support from Modern Day Babylon and Evolution. Dates are as follows:

05.13.16 – Vancouver, BC – 333
05.14.16 – Kelowna, BC – Knights of Columbus
05.15.16 – Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
05.16.16 – Medicine Hat, AB – Kinplex Social Room
05.17.16 – Lethbridge, AB – Attainable Records
05.17.16 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
05.19.16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
05.20.16 – Winnipeg, MB – Bandwidth Theatre
05.22.16 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Asylum
05.23.16 – Guelph, ON – Dstrct
05.24.16 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05.25.16 – London, ON – Star Billiards
05.26.16 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
05.27.16 – Toronto, ON – Coalition
05.28.16 – Montreal, QC – Club Lambi
05.29.16 – Quebec City, QC – Source de la Martinière

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Abiotic Announces Headlining September Tour Dates

Abiotic will be back on tour beginning September 4th: the Florida natives are heading out on a two week trek and will be joined by Reaping Asmodeia on shows beginning September 7th. More dates are still TBA, and the confirmed listing is below.

Abiotic released sophomore album “Casuistry” in April on Metal Blade Records. It cracked two of the Billboard charts and landed at #50 on the Current Hard Music Album Chart and #68 on the Billboard New Artist Chart.

09/04 Panama City, FL The A&M Theater
09/05 Houston, TX Walter’s
09/06 Austin, TX The Hoodang Music Festival

w/Reaping Asmodeia
09/07 Fort Worth, TX Tomcat’s West
09/10 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s Live Music
09/11 Milwaukee, WI The Borg Ward
09/12 Winnipeg, MB Zoo Cabaret
09/13 Edmonton, AB Mercury Room
09/14 Calgary, AB Nite Owl
09/15 Vancouver, BC Funky Winkerbeans

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