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Big Rock Brewery & Metalheads United present the 420 Music & Arts Festival at Distortion - Live Music Venue in Calgary, AB this coming April 20th - 22nd, 2017.
The 420 Music & Arts Festival is a three day celebration featuring 22 stoner, desert rock, doom & sludge metal bands. Headlining this inaugural year all the way from Dallas, TX for a first Canadian performance will be Wo Fat alongside Vancouver's Anciients and Edmonton group Black Mastiff.
In addition to all the rad music, festival attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase the work of select local artists, artisans and craftsman at the 420 Expo, Saturday, April 22nd at Distortion from 10am-4pm. Interspersed with vendors of interesting and eclectic wares will be information on medical marijuana and hemp products and even more 420 enthusiasts. NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will be in attendance to answer questions.
If that isn't enough, each night of the festival there will be an opportunity to show off your glorious facial hair in a beard contest. Celebrity judges will decide who moves onto the final round on the last night of the festival where one beard will rule them all! More...
Chris Dyck from Vancouver-based group Anciients just issued this announcement via Facebook about parting ways with the band:
"Hey there Anciients people! After some weeks of serious thought I have decided that I need to move on from the band. I love Kenny, Boon and Hannay like brothers and wish them all the best in the future!
"This decision has literally nothing to do with any internal bullshit or issues within the band or anything like that. In fact we all get along great, always have. The real reasons are fairly simple and they are all just your standard 'no time for it, no money for it, different life priorities' type vibe.
"Like I said, I love the guys, the music, our support team including our amazing label Season of Mist! This is a really bittersweet day/post for me. On one hand I lose the band I helped create and define from its inception, on the other hand I gain the freedom to do my own thing (if anyone cares to know I am obsessed with motorcycles and early 90's death metal haha). This has been a tough call to make, but I think its time to let er go. More...
Following a full stream of new album "Voice Of The Void," Vancouver group Anciients is now releasing a live performance clip for the song "Following The Voice."
The video, presented as a 360 degree virtual performance, is streaming now via the official Vancouver Sun Youtube channel. New album "Voice Of The Void" will be released on October 14th worldwide through Season Of Mist and was recorded by Jesse Gander at Rain City Recordings. The full track listing is:
1. Following the Voice
2. Buried in Sand
6. Ibex Eye
7. My Home, My Gallows
9. Incantations More...
Vancouver's Anciients is now streaming all of forthcoming album "Voice of the Void" in the YouTube playlist available below. Regarding the album, guitarist/vocalist Kenneth Cook comments:
"This record includes some of our heaviest music, and darkest themes to date. We traveled a bit further from some of the classic rock elements that were throughout our previous record , and focused a bit more on the metal aspects of our sound this time around. I can speak for all of us when I say this record is something we are very stoked on, and we couldn't be happier with how the final product turned out. I think we have upped the ante in a lot of ways when compared to Heart of Oak. The overall sound quality and recording of 'Voice of the Void' turned out amazing ! I think this record compliments our previous work quite well. We can't wait to hit the road and share this new material with our fans in a live setting."
Guitarist Chris Dyck continues: "'Voice of the Void' for me, is the logical progression musically and lyrically from Heart of Oak. It goes further in each direction we explored on the debut; heavy parts are heavier, fast parts are faster and so forth. In terms of theme/lyrics. this record is far more cynical and less hopeful than the debut. It metaphorically addresses some life choices/paths etc and what we see happening in the world. Its a darker and more pissed off album. I feel like we have hit our stride and I'm stoked as hell to get on the road and play these songs live!" More...
Now only two weeks away from official release, a fourth song has come online from "Pentacle," the impending full-length album from Vancouver band Anciients.
Check out the thrilling progressive metal crusher titled "Pentacle" in the SoundCloud player below. "Voice from the Void" will be released on October 14th worldwide via Season Of Mist and bears the following track listing:
Vancouver's Anciients will release upcoming album "Voice of the Void" on October 14th worldwide via Season Of Mist and today another advance track has come online. Listen to new Anciients song "Ibex Eye" below. The full tracklisting is as follows:
Vancouver's Anciients is streaming a crushing new track track taken from upcoming album release "Voice from the Void." The track, a grandiose slow-burner titled "Serpents," is streaming below.
"Voice from the Void" will drop on October 14th worldwide and was recorded by Jesse Gander at Rain City Recordings. Regarding the new track, guitarist Chris Dyck comments:
"Once the song started to take shape we noticed it was headed into power ballad territory (for Anciients). We all had a laugh, started calling it 'The November Rainer,' and just went with it. I love how this song turned out. [To me] there's shades of late 80's Metallica/GnR riff-wise and shades of Soungarden vocally. I'm glad we put a song like this on Voice of the Void, and how it opens the door for us to do more slow and wide-open songs in the future. We really hope everyone enjoys it!" More...
Vancouver's Anciients today unveils details surrounding forthcoming new album "Voice of the Void," which will be released on October 14th worldwide. "Voice of the Void" was recorded by Jesse Gander and first new track "Following The Voice" can be heard below, courtesy of Blabbermouth.
Regarding the new track, Anciient comments: "Following the Voice" is about struggles with inner demons that many people face. Knowing what the right thing to do is, but not listening to your conscience and choosing the path that is best for yourself but harms others in the process. It is about following the evil voice in your head as opposed to the voice of reason.
"The new Anciients record is titled 'Voice of the Void' and somewhat of a step in a new direction lyrically and musically. I think it still has the sound we developed on 'Heart of Oak' but the riffs are a lot heavier and the lyrics are far more cynical and dark. With all of the chaos happening on this planet it seems as though things will get worse before they get better, and that kind of embodies the theme of this album as a whole." More...
Vancouver's Anciients has finished recording a bran new album to follow debut full-length "Heart of Oak" (reviewed here).
This new album will be released by Season of Mist later in 2016. The disc was recorded once again by Jesse Gander at Rain City Recordings in Vancouver, Canada. Anciients had this to say:
"Our follow-up to 'Heart of Oak' is tracked and ready for release! It was recorded this past winter with the amazing Jesse Gander at Rain City Recordings here in Vancouver. We couldn't be more excited with this new batch of material and how great the songs turned out. We have a great mix of music on this record and can't wait to share it with everyone." More...
Vancouver's Anciients has announced two special headlining performances in the band's native British Columbia later next month. The group will be performing in Victoria on August 27 and in Nanaimo on August 28 respectively. Event details can be found below.
Anciients is also deep in the process of writing material for a new album, due ot be released by Season of Mist in the months to come. If you haven't heard it, the previous album "Heart of Oak" is available for full streaming below.
8/27 Victoria, B.C. @ Distrikt Nightclub w/ BUSHWACKER and TORREFY
8/28 Nanaimo. B.C @ the Cambie w/ BUSHWACKER and RAVENSUN More...
It’s now less than a month until Armstrong Metalfest flings its doors open to the gathering masses, welcoming in another round of Canada’s long running camping festival.
Co-founder Jesse Valstar comments: “Bretton [Melanson, the other co-founder] and I started this when we were 19, and it was a large undertaking. Now we’re 26 and it’s grown beyond us! But now we have the necessary reputation to put on a hell of a show.”
And what a show it is: 36 bands in two days, topped off with Californian deathgrind stars Cattle Decapitation and Canada’s own extreme metallers Anciients. The rest of the bill is a feast of Canadian and U.S. metal, from the vicious deathcore leanings of Angelmaker to the technical heavy metal leanings in Caveat, the power-infused melodeath of the hotly-tipped Crimson Shadows to the blackened death metal roar of Xul.
As well as a stellar lineup, there’s plenty of other forms of entertainment to keep a metalhead amused. Not least, AMF have announced a full-sized wrestling ring, kindly provided by BC’s very own Thrash Wrestling, which will stage a 2-hour show, the winner receiving a custom-made AMF Championship belt. There’s also a farmer’s market on the Saturday, “perfect to get blueberries for a hangover,” quips Valstar, and a long-standing tradition of a Beer Helmet March, where the creator of the most inventive beer case helmet gets two free passes for the next year. Random participants also get merch donated kindly from various bands of the festival, so it can pay off to slap a beercase over your head and walk.
Psycho California has announced the headliners for this year’s event: Cult of Luna (May 15th), Sleep (May 16th) and Pentagram, who will perform "First Daze Here" in its entirety (May 17th).
"2015 is going to be a slow year for Cult of Luna. However as much as we are musicians we are also fans,” said Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson. “Evaluating if the offer to play Psycho California was worth dusting off our instruments was not hard after looking on the line-up. Being on the same bill as Pentagram, Sleep and a festival packed with the best bands around is a privilege in itself and we’ll try to live up to that honor."
The lineup for Psycho California is: Sleep, Pentagram, Cult of Lune, Kylesa, OM, Earth, Russian Circles, Bedemon, Conan, Wrench, Eyehategod, Indian, Earthless, Pallbearer, Stoned Jesus, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Acid Witch, Truckfighters, Tombs, Bang, Electric Citizen, Coffinworm, SubRosa, Eagle Twin, Mammatus, True Widow, Anciients, Bellwitch, Dead Meadow, Lord Dying, Death By Stereo, Radio Moscow, Ancient Altar, Samsara Blues Experiment, Atriarch, Elder, Mothership, The Well, Deathkings, Wo Fat, Rozamov, Destroyer of Light, Highlands, Bloodmoon, Slow Season, Goatsnake, Crypt Trip, Wrench, Lords of Beacon House, Tumbleweed Dealer, Sinister Haze, Blackout, Red Wizard, Banquet and Loom.
Festival interludes will be provided by Housecore Records’ artist Author & Punisher and vinyl DJ set from Bob Lugowe (Relapse Records) and Sean Pellet (Last Daze Here).
Previously announced early bird tickets sold out immediately. Tickets for the festival are on-sale this morning with both a 3-day pass ($149.50) and a 3-day VIP pass available ($256.66)
VIP packages include a 3-day festival pass, a signed screen print concert poster by David D’Andrea, express entry via artist check-in booth, access to artist VIP lounge, a limited edition Thief X Obey festival tee, a Psycho record bag and patch as well as access to a complimentary craft tequila bar, premium microbrews and artisan snacks. More...
Anciients performed at the Roadburn Festival 2014, and now audio from the set is streaming online at this location.
The Canadian band's Roadburn performance was its first-ever European show, and kicked off a 2014 tour with ASG.
Anciients has also announced a U.S. appearance as part of next year's Psycho California Festival. Now in its third year, the Psycho California Festival (formerly Psycho de Mayo) encompasses 54 bands across two stages, live art collaborations and more. The 2015 edition runs March 15th - 17th. More...
Vancouver's Anciients just announced a West Coast appearance as part of next year's Psycho California Festival.
Now in its third year, the Psycho California Festival (formerly Psycho de Mayo) encompasses 54 bands across two stages, live art collaborations and more. The 2015 edition runs March 15th - 17th, and sees Anciients perform alongside Russian Circles, Pallbearer, label-mates Kylesa, Om, Orange Goblin, Cave In, and many more.
Anciients recently finished the tour cycle for debut album, "Heart of Oak," and are deep in the process of writing material for a new album. The as-yet untitled album will be released in late 2015 by Season of Mist. More...
Footage of drummer Mike Hannay from Vancouver's Anciients perfroming the track "Faith and Oath" has surfaced online and can be seen below.
The footage was taken during a show as part of CBC Radio's "The Toque Sessions" - a series of Mid-winter concerts at the CBC studios in downtown Vancouver. All shows as part of the Toque Sessions are free, and showcase music from national talent in the genres of rock, blues, country, classical, electronic and more.
Anciients recently finished the tour cycle for debut album, "Heart of Oak," and is deep in the process of writing material for a new album. The as-yet untitled album will be released in late 2015 by Season of Mist.
Vancouver's Anciients is kicking off a North American west coast Winter tour. The tour, which sees the band play alongside Intronaut, begins tomorrow in Sacramento, CA, and runs for two weeks. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.
11/6 San Franciso, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/7 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite
11/8 Portland, OR @ Branx
11/9 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/10 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/14 Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats
11/15 Houston TX @ Fitzgerald's
11/16 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/18 Alburquerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/19 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
11/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
11/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/22 Portland, OR @ Slabtown More...
Vancouver's Anciients is about to embark on a Canadian summer headlining tour. The Bravewords.com sponsored tour begins tomorrow, June 17th in Vancouver, BC, and runs for six weeks from coast to coast.
The tour also includes both Black Cobra and Black Wizard. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Just days after a headlining West Coast run with support from The Cutthroats 9 and Wizard Rifle, Black Cobra is back out on the road on a new thirty-three show North American tour starting tonight.
Beginning in Los Angeles, Black Cobra will tour through Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane and ending in Missoula June 19th, with support from Wizard Rifle.
The next day, Friday, June 20th will see the beginning of Black Cobra's trek through much of Canada and the northern edge of the continental U.S. alongside Anciients and openers Black Wizard.
Black Cobra is currently constructing highly volatile new material; stand by for additional news on the band's 2014 actions to be released in the near future. More...
Vancouver's Anciients has announced a Canadian summer headlining tour. The Bravewords.com sponsored tour begins on June 17th in Vancouver, BC, and runs for six weeks from coast to coast. The tour additionally features Black Cobra and Black Wizard. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
The Juno-nominated Anciients is also preparing for the band's first ever European tour, which kicks off at the Roadburn Festival on April 10th. Anciients will tour across Europe alongside North Carolina's heavy rockers ASG.
Vancouver's Anciients has announced a string of headlining tour dates in British Columbia. The band will play Abbotsford, Mission, Victoria, and more, as well as a special set as part of the CBC Radio's Toque sessions. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
The Toque Sessions are a series of Mid-winter concerts at the CBC studios in downtown Vancouver. All shows as part of the Toque Sessions are free, and showcase music from national talent in the genres of rock, blues, country, classical, electronic and, more. More information on the Toque Sessions can be found here.
Anciients also recently announced the band's first ever European tour. The tour kicks off at the Roadburn Festival on April 10th, and will also include stops at the Berlin and London editions of Desert Fest. Anciients will tour alongside North Carolina's heavy rockers ASG. More...