The Faceless Perform Without Michael Keene After He Reportedly Suffering Muscle Spasms

The Faceless performed without band mastermind Michael Keene this Wednesday, June 20th, in Winnipeg, MB. Keene reportedly was unable to perform and was taken to the hospital after suffering muscle spasms. No official statement has been released regarding Keene‘s current health condition so far.

In February Keene himself opened up about his substance abuse problems, referring to himself as a “recovering drug addict.”

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Inverted Serenity Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “As Spectres Wither”

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based progressive / technical death metal outfit Inverted Serenity from Winnipeg in Canada premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “As Spectres Wither”, which comes out this Friday, October 6th via Bandcamp.

Check out now “As Spectres Wither” in its entirety below.

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Dri Hiev Announces “ContraVirtual” EP, Tour Dates

Calgary, AB’s blasphemous noise quartet Dri Hiev is releasing the “ContraVirtual” EP and touring across Canada starting in September.

The EP is slated to be released the same day as the kickoff to a cross Canadian tour in the band’s hometown of Calgary, Sept. 23 at Bamboo Tiki Room. A stream of the song “Good Shirt” can also be heard below.

Guitarist and drum machine musician Dan Auger had this to say about the album’s release: “Last year we lost our drummer and released an EP. By the time that EP was released we had become a different band and that music became irrelevant. We spent the next eight months writing and trying to re-evaluate what we wanted to do as a band. ‘ContraVirtual’ is the result of those eight months. It represents where we are and where we’re going.”

Sept 23 Calgary, Alberta – Bamboo
Sept 24 Lethbridge, Alberta – Electric Manor
Sept 25 Regina, Saskatchewan- The German Club
Sept 26 Winnipeg, Manitoba- UMFM
Sept 29 Sudbury, Ontario- TBA
October 7 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Big Fun HQ
October 8 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Horse Club
October 9 Calgary, Alberta – Tubby Dog
October 10 Edmonton, Alberta – Acid Church

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KEN Mode Streaming “I Just Liked Fire”

KEN mode is now premiering another new song taken from forthcoming sixth full-length “Success,” which has been scheduled for a June 15th (June 16th in North America) release.

The power trio from Winnipeg, Canada is currently streaming the track “I Just Liked Fire” below. You can also see the band live on these dates:

06 Jun 15 Poitiers (FR ) Less Playboy Is More Cowboy Fest
07 Jun 15 Clermont-Ferrand (FR) Raymond

16 Jun 15 Toronto, ON (CA) The Shop (Parts & Labour) (+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini)
17 Jun 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Turbo Haus (+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini)
18 Jun 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) St. Vitus (+Fight Amp +Pyrrhon +Couch Slut)
19 Jun 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Kung Fu Necktie (+Fight Amp)
20 Jun 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace of Cups (+Fight Amp +Lo-Pan)
21 Jun 15 Chicago, IL (US) The Burlington (+Fight Amp +Gobo’s Cvit)
26 Jun 15 Winnipeg, MB (CA) The Goodwill (+Pop Crimes +Teethmarks)

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Solanum/Epidemic Releases “Passages To Lunacy”

“Passages to Lunacy,” the new split album from Winnipeg’s Solanum and Epi-Demic of Alberta, was recently released on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The crossover/thrash split is streaming in its eight-song entirety below in the player.

In related news, Solanum will be opening for the Cro-Mags at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, MB on February 22nd in an evening that will also feature the bands Withdrawal and Burn Your World.

Passages To Lunacy “Split” by SOLANUM / EPI-DEMIC

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Sabbatory Posts New Track “Infantasy”

Winnipeg, Manitoba death metallers Sabbatory have teamed with for the exclusive world premiere of “Infantasy,” taken from their upcoming debut full-length, “Endless Asphyxiating Gloom.” Stream it over here.

Sabbatory has several years of experience playing live and recording a prior demo, and members have also played in numerous other Winnipeg acts, including the death/thrash machine Besieged. “Endless Asphyxiating Doom” is set for release May 27th on Unspeakable Axe Records, with distribution coming from Dark Descent Records.

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Vesperia Streaming New Song “To Times End We Ride”

Canadian metallers Vesperia have released another song from upcoming release “An Olden Tale.” Spanning a solid 7 and a half minutes, the new song “To Times End We Ride” is available for streaming below.

Vesperia boasts: “This song by far has the most tracks running simultaneously than any other song on An Olden Tale!”

Pre-orders for the album are available at this location. Vesperia’s new album “An Olden Tale” was recorded between October 2012 and March 2013 with Thomas Ireland (Icehouse Studios, Battlesoul) in Goderich, ON. The cover artwork for the album was done by Jan Yrlund, whose art credits include Tyr, Manowar, and more.

You can also catch the band live:

August 5th – Winnipeg, MB – The Royal Albert
August 6th – TBA
August 7th – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub
August 9th – Victoria, BC – venue TBA
August 10th – Vancouver, BC – Venue TBA
August 12th – TBA
August 13th – TBA
August 14th – Edmonton, AB – DV8 Tavern
Agusut 15th – TBA
August 16th – Medicine Hat, AB – Liquid Niteclub
August 17th – Winnipeg, MB

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Endast Announces New Tour Dates, Posts Teaser

Endast will be heading out on the “Festbound and Down” tour at the end of the month, with dates available after the jump. The band has also posted a teaser clip online, available below. To hear more from Endast, check out the band’s “Martyr” video right here.

Thursday 30/May Toronto
Friday 31/May Thunder Bay
Saturday 01/Jun Winnipeg
Sunday 02/Jun Regina
Tuesday 04/Jun Medecine Hat
Friday 07/Jun Calgary
Saturday 08/Jun Red Deer
Sunday 09/Jun Edmonton
Monday 10/Jun Saskatoon
Wednesday 12/Jun Thunder Bay
Thursday 13/Jun London, ON
Friday 14/Jun Ajax, ON
Saturday 15/Jun Hamilton, ON

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7 Horns 7 Eyes Announces Canadian Headlining Tour Dates

Seattle’s 7 Horns 7 Eyes has announced the band’s first ever Canadian headlining tour with support from Winnipeg’s Annex Theory for February 2013. Dubbed the “Throes of Existence Tour” and sponsored by Heavy Blog is Heavy and Stuff You Will Hate, the trek will start in Winnipeg and end in Ottawa.

Commented 7 Horns 7 Eyes guitarist Aaron Smith: “We are excited to be hitting the great frozen hostile wasteland (as Jim Carrey put it), also known as Canada. This is a totally untapped market for us in terms of live performances, and we’re looking forward to bringing the show to our Canadian fans alongside Annex Theory! It’ll be some very wintry driving for us, so if you live along the tour routing, come on out and give us a proper Canadian welcome!”

Continued vocalist JJ “Shiv” Polachek: “We can’t wait to finally hit the great north with such a sick band like Annex Theory! These shows will be special to everyone who attends, because due to the fact that we have to fill up a headlining time slot, we get to play ‘Throes of Absolution’ in its entirety! So make sure to come out and enjoy some epic BDC jams, and generate some heat by moshing and headbanging your balls off with us! I can’t wait to wear ten layers of clothing at all times! Someone please buy me drinks because my Florida blood is thin and I don’t know if I can survive a place like Canada! Please respond!”

Dates are as follows:

February 7th – Winnipeg – The Zoo
February 8th – Regina – TBA
February 9th – Calgary – The New Black
February 10th – Kelowna – Lake City Bowl
February 11th – Vancouver- Columbia Theatre
February 14th – Prince George – Westwood Pub
February 15th – Edmonton – Avenue Theater
February 16th – Saskatoon – Lepps
February 19th – Thunder Bay – Black Pirates Pub
February 22nd – Toronto – Hard Luck Bar
February 23rd – Montreal – TBA
February 24th – Ottawa – The Rainbow


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Laika Announces The "Laikaruptour 2012" Dates

The following press release has been issued about Canada’s Laika heading out for the “Laikaruptour 2012” featuring Abhorupt:

“The time has come again, its tour season. Laika is going our west again and bringing along local technical death metallers Abhorupt with them. It has been a busy year for laika after completing a massive Eastern Canada tour and gearing up to record their second full length album.

“With this new tour we are showing the newer sound of Laika and exposing fans to true winnipeg Melodic Death metal We have enlisted Ronnie Ladobruk to join us on the journey out west taking over guitar duties. If this name sounds familiar, you may know him from this years Canada’s Got Talent! He was apart of the Winnipeg Auditions. Ronnie has been putting a crazy amount of effort to make this tour a succesful one, awesome guitarist and cant wait to show him tour life.

“After the tour Laika will be heading into the studio with Ryan Forsyth again to record the long overdue follow up to 2010’s Crafting the Cataclysm which was self released and made available for free download on their website.”

July 23rd – Regina, SK – Exchange/the club
July 25th – Prince George, BC – Pizzaricos
July 26th – Vancouver – Red Room Lounge
July 27th – Edmonton – Avenue Theater
July 29th – Calgary – Lord Nelsons
july 30th – Saskatoon – The Fez
July 31st – Brandon – TBA
August 1st – Winnipeg – The Zoo

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