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Canada's 2013 International Battle for Wacken winner Crimson Shadows has officially inked a deal with Napalm Records! The label comments:
"Please welcome Toronto's Crimson Shadows to the Napalm Records battle ranks! The performance at the Wacken Open Air Band Battle simply left us amazed! The Canadian melodic power / death metal quintet has already released a brilliant debut album and we are confident that new album will further establish the band and catapult Crimson Shadows to the Main Stage of Wacken!"
The band states: "We are very excited to announce our addition to the Napalm Records family. Its an honour to join the roster of one of the most reputable international record labels. We can not wait to deliver our brand of heroic metal that only the ice-clad lands of Canada can forge! Battle Hard!" More...
Epic Canadian death power metallers and 2013 International Battle for Wacken winners Crimson Shadows of Toronto have announced that they will enter the studio next month to record their follow up to 2013's EP "Sails of Destiny" with Jonathan Lefrançois and Jee Gagnon at Silverwing Studios in Montreal. The record will be mixed by Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios.
As the winners of the 2013 International Battle for Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, Crimson Shadows is fresh off a triumphant year and started 2014 strong with a recent first run in the United States with thrash band Battlecross. Known for a Canadian twist on epic power European metal, the band is also set to make an announcement that they are signing to an international record label who will release the new record this summer. The band commented:
"Our new songs show a progression of the band as we have been through a lot over the past few years. With a full length and an EP behind us we look forward to this new record and working with Jo and Jee at SilverWing Studios to make these songs truly come to life, and have Eyal provide the finishing touches," said drummer Cory Hofing.
I'm really looking forward to spending a couple weeks in beautiful Montreal to hammer out these new tracks and show everyone what we've been up to since coming back and winning the metal battle in Wacken." More...
Canadian outfit Crimson Shadows has announced the band's first ever U.S. tour dates, supporting Battlecross later this month with stops in Pittsburgh (1/22), Cleveland (1/23), Toronto (1/24) and Detroit (1/25).
Crimson Shadows drummer Cory Hofing comments: "We are really excited to be making our way south of the border, its something we have wanted to do for a while now and to be sharing the stage with our friends in Battlecross makes it that much better! We have also decided to unleash a couple brand new tracks we have wrote for our next album on this mini tour so everyone will get a taste of whats to come."
Winners of the 2013 International Battle for Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, Crimson Shadows beat out Canadian underground metal bands such as Vesperia, Hollow, Dissension, Adrenechrome and more.
1/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
1/23 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
1/24 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
1/25 Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
The Heavy Metal Association of Canada is proud to present "Canuck Metal Vol. 3," featuring 25 annihilating tracks from Canadian bands for free download.
You can download the songs at Bandcamp or stream them in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. A Scar For The Wicked - We Shall Prevail 03:09 (Perth, ON)
2. Answer With Metal - Generations 05:29 (Stouffville, ON)
3. Alphakill - Rebellion 04:54 (Winnipeg, MB)
4. Blasphemy Reborn - The Rebirth 05:38 (Melfort, SK)
5. BornBroken - Control 03:50 (Montreal, QC)
6. Buffalo Theory - Monstro 02:59 (Montreal, QC)
7. Crimson Shadows - Beyond The Mountain Wasteland 05:50 (Toronto, ON
8. D3ATHCHARGER - Forged In Steel 05:04 (London, ON)
9. Darkness In Aurora - Selflishly Used 03:24 (Peterborough, ON)
10. Edge of Attack - Forever 03:46 (Grand Prairie, AB)
11. Entropia - Wolves To The Slaughter 04:00 (Vancouver, BC)
12. Gales of Avalon - What Hell Have I 04:30 (Calgary, AB)
13. Ghoulunatics - King of The Undead 06:04 (Montreal, QC)
14. Hell Chamber - Bring Me Down 03:48 (Vancouver, BC)
15. Idillicah - Gone 03:00 (Brampton, ON)
16. Leah - Old World 04:02 (Vancouver, BC)
17. Lost In The Revolution - The Go Light Stop Machine 03:52 (Nanaimo, BC)
18. Monobrow - Mordrake's Revenge 04:59 (Ottawa, ON)
19. My Own Chaos - Because of Me 03:43 (Vancouver, BC)
20. Pronostic - Deviated Inner Spectrum 03:52 (Montreal, QC)
21. Psychotic Pulse - Obsession 03:53 (Toronto, ON)
22. Reason Prevails - No Kings 03:46 (Montreal, QC)
23. Sanktuary - Raise The Flag 04:25 (Yukon, NT / Halifax, NS)
24. Teach Her Treason - Annihilation 04:19 (Toronto, ON)
25. Through Death - Orphaned 03:38 (Montreal, QC) More...
Originally scheduled as a two day fest in Toronto, Spread The Metal Fest will now only be taking place on Saturday, Sept 7th at the Opera House with the following line-up:
Beheading of a King
Answer With Metal
The all-day heavy metal music celebration will be hosted by The Governor, from the "Governor's Ball podcast." All profits are to be donated by Spread the Metal Records to Kiva.org. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the doors, with ticket info available right here.
Vesperia and Crimson Shadows are currently on tour in Canada together, but tonight's show in Lethbridge has been cancelled. Vesperia comments:
"Unfortunately due to financial reasons, we will not be performing in Lethbridge tonight. We would like to thank Ethan Lentz and West of Hell for the opportunity. We would like to make it up to both of them in the future. Because we are broke, we are hanging out in Walmart instead." More...
Spread The Metal Fest is gearing up for upcoming events in both Halifax on August 24th and 25th and Toronto on September 7th and 8th with bands such as Deicide, The Agonist, Skullfist, Black Moor, Deathpoint, Death Valley Driver, Sanktuary, Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Kittie, Nephelium, Derelict, Crimson Shadows, Deathpoint, Edge of Attack, Hallows Die, Beheading of The King, and many more!
In promotion of these two fests, Spread The Metal Fest is offering fans an aural assault of free metal. Check them out below.
The Halifax edition:
1. Deathpoint - For Your Eyes Only 05:45
2. Doom Machine - Shallow Grave 05:35
3. Evertrapped - Depression Unrest 06:18
4. Malixria - Chrous of Hatred 04:48
5. Sanktuary - Hail The Villain 06:45
6. Severed Reign - Will To Live 03:35
7. Spew - Tube Fed 02:30 More...
Canadian epic power/death metallers Crimson Shadows from Toronto, ON have won the international 2013 Wacken Metal Battle. The Wacken Metal Battle website issued the following announcement:
"A decision has been made! The Award Ceremony of this year's Metal Battle is over and the winners are Crimson Shadows! With their mix of epic death & power metal they left their competitors from almost 30 other countries behind.
"Besides the desired label deal with Nuclear Blast the band also won lots of high quality endorsements from Marshall, Washburn, Markbass, Paiste, Woodbrass and Vision Backdrops. Congratulations to the band! We are curious and are looking forward to your musical future!
Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia comments: "I'm honoured that Crimson Shadows have taken the title here at Wacken. It's a great accomplishment for the band and for Wacken Metal Battle Canada. We have great metal music to show the world and this is a big step towards proving that."
Wacken Metal Battle Canada champions Crimson Shadows are premiering the first single "Maidens Call" from upcoming EP "Sails of Destiny" on Quebec based podcast Ondes Chocs, along with an interview with drummer Cory Hofing.
The song and interview are available for download and stream in the player below or over at teh Ondes Chocs SoundCloud page here.
In other news, Crimson Shadows and Vesperia will hit the trans-Canada Highway from Southern Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide for the Western Crusade Canadian tour. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Canadian epic metal bands Crimson Shadows, recent winner of Wacken Metal Battle Canada, and Vesperia have announced plans to join forces on their first trans-continental run entnitled the Western Crusade Canadian tour.
This August, Vesperia and Crimson Shadows will hit the trans-Canada Highway from Southern Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide. Check out the Facebook event page right here.
August 5th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Zoo
August 7th - Calgary, Alberta - Dickens Pub
August 9th - Victoria, British Columbia - TBA
August 10th - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theatre
August 12th - TBA
August 14th - Edmonton, Alberta - DV8 Tavern
August 16th - Medicine Hat, Alberta - Liquid Niteclub
August 17th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - TBA
Prior to the upcoming tour, Crimson Shadows will be on its way to North Germany to take part in the International Wacken Metal Battle. The band's upcoming EP "Sails of Destiny" was recorded at Icehouse Studios in Goderich by Thomas Ireland (Battlesoul). Orchestrations and mixing on the EP were done by Jonathan Francois-Leduc (Blackguard, Ex-Deo) in Montreal, QC. Pre-orders are available at this location.
One band to rule them all! Toronto epic power/death metallers Crimson Shadows move forward to play the international finals of Wacken Metal Battle after winning the Canadian final in Toronto, ON.
The battle included some of the country's underground best like Vesperia, Hollow, Dissension, and Adrenechrome. 39 independent Canadian bands competed over nine qualifying rounds, three semi-finals, and a national final that was judged by Glen Drover (Megadeth / Testament), Martin Popoff (BW&BK / HardRadio), Sarah Lutz (Metal Blade Records), Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Adam Sewell (Stereo Dynamite Records /Monster Voodoo Machine) and Rob Urbinati (Sacrifice).
The Wacken Metal Battle international finals will be during this year's Wacken Open Air Festival from August 1st-3rd in Wacken, Germany, with Crimson Shadows playing alongside Evile Invaders (Belgium), Industrial City (Georgia), Rotten Souls (Central America), Nin Treasures (China), SIV (Faroe Islands), Karma Zero (France), Chronosphere (Greece), Kill With Hate (Hungary), Ophidian I (Iceland), Overoth (Ireland), BackJumper (Italy), Mysterious Priestess (Japan), La Chudra (Lithuania), An Apple A Day (Luxembourg), Gnida (Poland), Utopium (Portugal), God - The Barbarian Horde (Romania), Trallery (Spain), Vengha (Sweden), Bull-Riff Stampede (UK), Rotten State (Uruguay) plus more to be announced.
Spread The Metal Festival has added all-female Canadian heavy metal band Kittie to the Toronto line-up, which also includes Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist, Nephelium, Derelict, Crimson Shadows, Deathpoint, Edge of Attack, Hallows Die, Beheading of The King, and many more.
The bands will be performing to raise funds for Kiva, an organization that reduces poverty by providing monetary support to struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries.
This year's Toronto edition will be held at the famed Opera House on September 7th and 8th. Ticket info is available at this location. The lineup will be:
Beheading of a King
Answer With Metal
Edge of Attack
Canadian epic metal bands Vesperia and Crimson Shadows have just announced plans to join forces on their first trans-continental tour entitled the Western Crusade Canadian tour.
This August the bands (which both just recently rose to the finals of the 2013 Wacken Battle Canada) will hit the trans-Canada Highway from South Ontario to Victoria British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide.
Vesperia also recently announced a pre-order campaign for the digital release of new album "An Olden Tale," that will begin on Monday, June 24th.
"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, Korpiklaani, and more. More...
The organizers of the Spread The Metal Festival have announced this year's Toronto edition will occur at the famed Opera House on September 7th and 8th. The fest will see Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist and many more perform in raising funds for Kiva, an organization that reduces poverty by providing monetary support to struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries. Festival organizer Matt Day comments:
"This is the second of many Spread the Metal Festivals to come, and this one comes to you in the form of Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist, and 12 more tearing up The Opera House stage in Toronto. 100% of the profits from the festival are going to Kiva.org in order to fight poverty and eventually injustice around the world. There's a lot in it for fans this year as well though, since they can make off with signed albums, VIP experiences, album downloads and so much more. Now go forth and Spread the Metal."
To compliment the festival, the label is launching a crowd funding campaign in order to raise additional funds for Kiva. Among the perks are signed albums and set lists from every band at the festival (including some that aren't), guitar picks, album downloads, etc. As well, fans will have the chance to attend the sound check, hang out with the headliner of their choice, and even punch a record label exec. More...
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Hollow (Montreal qualifying) and Crimson Shadows (Toronto semi-final) have advanced from their battling rounds.
Hollow will perform at next week's Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes with Dissension, Trainwreck Architect, Fallstaf, & Crosstitution, where two bands will move on to join Crimson Shadows at the national final in Toronto on June 22nd at the Opera House.
The final will see two Toronto semi-finalists and two Montreal semi-finalists along with a wild card band compete for one to rule them all at Wacken 2013 this summer.
The next semi-final in Toronto will be on June 7th at the Rivoli along with the Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes . All bands will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives.
Check out the battle chart over at Scene Magazine.
In additional news, Toronto's skrap metal innovators Final Trigger have been announced as the special guest band to perform at this year's Wacken Metal Battle Canada final. The band recently returned from their USA tour with Mushroomhead and will be releasing their new album "Skrap Metal Vol. II" on Boonsdale Records on July 9th. Their first single/music video 'Face It' can be viewed at YouTube.
This September 7th and 8th, Spread the Metal Records will host the Spread the Metal Festival in Toronto, ON. The festival will see 100% of its profits donated to Kiva, a non-profit organization, which helps people around the world to lift themselves out of poverty.
Headlining the festival will be Suffocation, with additional headliners to be announced at a later date. Direct support will be provided by The Agonist, Augury and Skull Fist. Additional support bands include Beheading of a King, The Catalyst, Edge of Attack, Deathpoint, Crimson Shadows, Nephelium, Hallows Die, Evertrapped, Answer With Metal, and Sanktuary.
2 day tickets for the festival can be found at this location (individual day passes on sale June 1st).
To complement the festival itself, the label is launching a crowd funding campaign in order to raise additional funds for Kiva.
Among the perks are signed albums and set lists from every band at the festival, guitar picks, album downloads, etc. As well, fans will have the chance to attend the sound check, hang out with the headliner of their choice, and even punch a record label exec! Full list of available perks below on the crowd funding page here.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada has unleashed a free download compilation to promote some of the top Canadian metal talents competing in this year's contest for one true champion to represent the nation at this summer's 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.
The free download is available via Bandcamp here, or you can stream the tracks below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Adrenechrome - Led Elephant 05:37
2. Answer With Metal - Two Wrongs (Don't Make A Right) 05:06
3. Cecile Monique - Never Over 03:37
4. Crimson Shadows - Beyond The Mountain Wasteland 05:50
5. Cryptik Howling - Ulysses Death 03:58
6. Dissension - Of Time And Chronic Disease 06:58
7. Dreamers - No Place To Hide 04:23
8. Eclipse Eternal - Deathbound 08:29
9. Embracing Soul - Luna 03:42
10. Fallstaf - The Cost 03:21
11. Laugh At The Fakes - Blinded 05:28
12. Mastery - Step Up 04:23
13. Mürtenscythe - (Smoking weed) Through The Horn of Satan 08:30
14. Panzerfaust - The Apple of Infinite Knowledge 08:15
15. Powered By Death - Hit The Surface 03:00
16. Pyramid Theorem - Another Day Slips Away 06:28
17. Sanguine Glacialis - Into The Heart of Chaos 06:44
18. Slyde - New World Sympathy 03:36
19. Spewgore - The Ride 02:12
20. Through Death - Orphaned 03:38
21. Trainwreck Architect - The Door Slam Shut 04:14
22. Venomenon - Temple of Lies 07:13
23. Vesperia - O' Hail The Northlander 04:49
24. Virulys - Endless World 04:40
25. Warcall - Faces of Death 04:49
26. WarMachine - Moving On 04:04 More...
Crimson Shadows will be touring with Vesperia starting this Saturday, March 30th in Belleville, ON and doing several dates all over Ontario and Quebec over the next 4 months, leading up to a West coast trek where both bands will be touring out to Victoria, BC. Drummer Cory Hofing comments:
"We are really excited to be hitting the road once again with our brothers in Vesperia! Seeing as myself and our bassist Morgan Rider play in both bands it makes sense to save on gas and time to tour together. Yes, this does mean we will be playing 2 sets back to back every night but we have done it before and I'm sure we shall do it more in the future!"
Upcoming Ontario dates for Crimson Shadows are as follows:
*March 30th - Belleville @ Belles Pub drs @7pm (Benefit for Red Cross)
April 6th - Brampton @ All Stars Sports Bar (Headlining set)
*April 12th - Oranageville @ Hogey's Pub
*April 13th - North bay @ Granite Curling Club
April 29th - Toronto @ Wreckroom W/ Arkona and Valfreya
*May 3rd - Brantford @ Charlies 43 Oak St.
*May 4th - Kitchener TBA
*May 10th - Hamilton TBA
*May 11th - London TBA
(*shows with Vesperia )
Crimson Shadows will be releasing a new soon-to-be-titled EP in the coming months, which is currently being mixed and mastered by Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at SilverWing Studios. More...
The Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is proud to announce headliners Morbid Angel, along with Blackguard, Cryptopsy and Last Call Chernobyl as the next batch of bands added to the line up to support the festival charity fundraiser.
Matt Day, STM owner and festival organizer, commented: "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."
The lineup is as follows:
Answer With Metal - 12pm
Last Call Chernobyl - 1pm
Dischord - 2pm
Hallows Die - 3:15pm
Descend - 4:30pm
Fallen Joy - 6pm
Blackguard - 7:30pm
Kataklysm - 9:15pm More...
Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, which has a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada with 100% of ticket revenues, is proud to announce the first round of Canadian bands supporting the fest and charity fundraiser.
STM Records owner and festival organizer Matt Day commented, "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."
Further details on the festival are available here and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Answer With Metal
Cry Oh Crisis
Death Valley Driver