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Five years ago the metal scene lost a champion when David Gold from Woods Of Ypres died in a car crash.
Now on the fifth anniversary of that sad event, bands from around the world are sharing their remembrances of David and their thoughts on how Woods Of Ypres influenced them.
Wallachia had this to say: "December 21st - The longest night of the year. In memory of David Gold from Woods of Ypres. 5 years ago on this date, David was tragically killed in a roadside accident on the Canadian Highway, on the way home to unite with his family for the Holidays.
"David was one of the nicest persons I've ever been in touch with in the underground music scene, and he was so enthusiastic over the fact that his music had reached far up North - to the lands were a lot of his own influences came from.
"Woods of Ypres is by far the band that has influenced me the most during this past decade, and a lot of David's songs and lyrics feel tailor-made to my own personality and life experiences.
Thank you, David, for continuing to inspire and enlighten even now after your passing. Rest in Ypres, my friend." More...
Canadian epic metal quartet and 2015 Wacken Metal Battle champions Vesperia will soon trek across Canada with death metal masters Necronomicon and Floridian tech-death metallers Abiotic for the "Okkultis In Canada" tour presented by PureGrainAudio.com.
The tour will kick off in Ottawa, ON on August 4th and head as far west as Vancouver to wrap up back east in Vesperia's hometown of Oshawa on August 27th. This is Vesperia's second cross Canada tour in 2016, previously supporting Finnish band Kalmah during the month of April.
"We are back for another assault upon Canada! This time we look forward to joining forces with Necronomicon and Abiotic! We can't wait to see all of our Canadian fans again soon!" comments vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider.
Vesperia is currently completing the recording of a new album to follow to 2015's "The Iron Tempests" EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater). More...
Just in time for 2016's Wacken Open Air that will see another 75,000 metalheads having the time of their lives, UDR Music is pleased to announce the release of "Live At Wacken 2015 - 26 Years Louder Than Hell.
This double CD/DVD (or BluRay) set is hitting North American stores on August 26th. Transport yourself back to 2015's stellar lineup with over 120 bands on eight stages. The full track listing is as follows:
DVD1 / Blu-ray1:
01. JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller
02. IN FLAMES - Paralyzed
03. IN FLAMES - Everything's Gone
04. AMORPHIS - My Kantele
05. AMORPHIS - Magic And Mayhem
06. RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger
07. RUNNING WILD - Riding The Storm
08. BEYOND THE BLACK - Rage Before The Storm
09. BEYOND THE BLACK - Songs Of Love And Death
10. ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ - Horsemen
11. ARMORED SAINT - Left Hook From Right Field
12. ANNIHILATOR - Creepin' Again
13. ANNIHILATOR - Alison Hell
14. DEATH ANGEL - Voracious Soul
15. DEATH ANGEL - Buried Alive
16. EXUMER - Possessed By Fire
17. BURGERKILL - Under The Scars
18. SABATON - To Hell And Back
19. SABATON - Night Witches
20. DANKO JONES - The Twisting Knife
21. DANKO JONES - Full Of Regret
22. ULI JON ROTH - Dark Lady
23. ULI JON ROTH - Virgin Killer
24. THE POODLES - Night Of Passion
25. EUROPE - War Of Kings
26. EUROPE - The Second Day More...
After unleashing new album "Advent of The Human God" this past March via Season of Mist, Canadian death metal masters Necronomicon will be hitting the road for a first headlining tour across Canada since 2011.
Support will come from technical death metallers Abiotic and epic death metal quartet Vesperia and the "Okkultis In Canada" tour will kick off in Ottawa, ON on August 4th. The trek heads as far west as Vancouver to wrap up back east in Oshawa, ON on August 27th.
Following the Canadian tour, Necronomicon will meet up with Swedish black metallers Marduk plus label Greece's extreme metal titans Rotting Christ and Dutch symphonic black metal trio Carach Angren for a USA September tour.
Necronomicon's Rob The Witch comments: "After spending these last 4 years mostly in US while on tour, we decided that it was about time to hit the road at home. We'll be touring Canada for 'Advent of the Human God' with the brutality of Abiotic and our Ontario brothers Vesperia. We are cranked up to see old friends and new ones and can't wait to see all of you this coming August before joining Marduk, Rotting Christ and Carach Angren for our September US tour. See you soon." More...
Recently wrapping up a cross Canada tour with Finnish metal masters Kalmah during the month of April, Vesperia is proud to now announce the band will be back on the road for dates in Ontario during the months of May and June for "The Tempests Over Ontario" tour.
The trek will also include Vesperia headlining the Kitchener Metalfest on May 28th, plus acting as local support for the June 1st tour stop of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and Primal Fear at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON.
Vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider comments: "After touring from coast to coast with Finland's Kalmah, we have decided to do a short run of shows in our home province! All these towns have a significant history for the band and how we got our start. We also cant wait to share the stage with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and Primal Fear during their Toronto stop!" More...
Currently on a cross Canada tour with Finnish outfit Kalmah, the Toronto, ON based Vesperia will also be local support for the June 1st tour stop on Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and Primal Fear at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club.
Vesperia vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider comments: "We would like to announce our addition to the Toronto stop for Rhapsody and Primal Fear! Though our sound may be routed with a more death metal element, we feel these power metal fans will appreciate our orchestral elements and high speed dexterity!"
In addition to that support slot, Vesperia will be headlining this year's Kitchener Metalfest on May 28th in Kitchener, ON, which is a charity event to raise funds for the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.
After tour, Vesperia will also complete the recording of a new album to follow 2015's "The Iron Tempests" EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with the art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater). More...
Vesperia will support Finnish group Kalmah on a cross Canada tour from April 4th - 24th (dates listed below). The Oshawa-based band has been rising up the ranks after winning the Canadian and International 2015 edition of Wacken Metal Battle.
Prior to the tour, Vesperia will be entering Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada this March to record the follow-up to "The Iron Tempests" EP. Helming the project will be engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx). The new album will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians and the art will be created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theatre).
The band has launched an Indiegogo campaign to give fans many special and unique perks for their contributions, including mead made by Vesperia' front man Morgan Rider, drinking horns, album pre-releases, stage banners and much more. Full details are available here. More...
Canada's epic metal outfit (and 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Champion) Vesperia will enter Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada this March to record the followup to 2015's "The Iron Tempests" EP.
Helming the project will be engineer / producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx). The new album will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians and the art will be created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theatre).
An IndieGogo campaign is now live, offering fans many special and unique perks for their contributions, including mead made by the band's frontman Morgan Rider, Vesperia drinking horns, album pre-releases, stage banners and much more.
The band comments: "With the new year comes much and more from the Vesperia camp! We have been labouring away diligently behind the scenes to breath life into what will be our largest and most ambitious project to date! But to realize our ambitions, we are turning to you: our dear fans, family and friends for help in this new endeavour. More...
It's that time of year: put up your hails horns \m/\m/ and get in the mosh pit spirit for Asher Media Relations' latest holiday sampler!
"Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 5" features a stunning 51 tracks and just under four hours of headbanging tunes from bands they've had the honour of doing PR for in 2015. Listen in below, while the full track listing is available after the jump.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada's top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world each year.
For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions 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.
This year's 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC's Lower Mainland, Island and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia comments: "It's hard to believe that we are already on our 4th edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we're very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal."
After cancelling a U.S. tour due to visa issues, Canada's Vesperia has announced teh band will support Finland's Kalmah on a 2016 tour.
Vesperia vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider comments: “We are extremely excited to announce that we will be direct support for Kalmah on their Canadian headlining tour next spring! We will be playing 20 dates from coast to coast on our biggest tour yet! We will see you again soon, Canada!”
Catch Vesperia on these upcoming tour dates: More...
Canada's epic metal quartet (and Wacken Metal Battle 2015 international champions) Vesperia announce due to visa conflicts that group has been forced to cancel upcoming U.S. dates this November. Vesperia comments:
"Our friends, it is with deep displeasure and disappointment that we must cancel our upcoming US dates this fall on The Tempests Over the East Tour. We were notified that we would not be receiving our visas until the winter, making our attempt at crossing the US border impossible. Though we were given an opportunity to expedite the visas, it is just too expensive for us as an independent metal band at this time.
"We are truly sorry and apologize deeply to the fans, bands, promoters and our US agent for this news. We will definitely make it up to you all next year with a tour of epic proportions and a massive new album!
"That being said, we will still continue on with our Canadian dates and include an additional date in Fredericton, NB on Monday November 9. We also have some huge news to reveal soon! Thank you all for your understanding."
Crowned the 2015 international champions at the 11th annual Wacken Metal Battle, Canada's epic metal quartet Vesperia is proud to premiere a new music video for "The Western Tempests'" - check it out below, hosted by none other than the Wacken festival itself.
Vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider also comments: "Finally we have a new music video! We are excited to release The Western Tempests music video, which we filmed with our ex-keyboard player's new company Ax Woods Visual! We ventured into the haunted and dilapidated ruins of Camp 30 in Bowmanville, Canada - which was a prisoner of war camp during WW2. Enjoy!" More...
Coming off recent performances being local Toronto support for Eluveitie and The Agonist, Canada's epic metal quartet Vesperia is proud to announce the group will be performing live shows across Eastern Canada and the USA for "The Tempest of The East" tour in support of latest EP "The Iron Tempests."
Vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider comments: "We are very excited to announce our next multi-week foray on the road! We will once again be bringing our epic show to the Canadian Maritimes, but this time we will also be including 2 weeks of shows for the first time ever in the United States! We can't wait to see and play all of these new places for us as well as meet all the awesome fans and fans to be!"
Vesperia's new EP "The Iron Tempests" was released on July 10 and was co-produced with the effort of Ryan Bovaird, frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die. More...
With the future leaders of the world going back to their educational institutions, Asher Media Relations is proud to offer a new FREE download compilation of artists the company has worked with this year.
The "Back To School Vol. 1" sampler features over 30 tracks to prep students for a deafening mosh to make those class rooms of higher learning just a bit more bearable! Enjoy the headbanging tunes below, or download your own copy at this location. More...
Vesperia was recently crowned the 2015 international champion at the 11th annual Wacken Metal Battle during the world's largest metal festival in Germany,
This Canadian epic metal quartet is now sharing with fans a behind-the-scenes video from their experience at the festival. Check out the "Road To Wacken" documentary clip below.
Canadian outfit Vesperia has been crowned the international champions of the 11th annual Wacken Metal Battle during the 2015 Wacken Open Air (July 30 - Aug 1) in Wacken Germany, which has an attendance of over 80,000 people.
Vesperia beat out 30 other competing countries to win over international judges and fans. Bassist / vocalist Morgan Rider comments:
"We are extremely excited to accept the title of the 2015 international Wacken battle champions. There have been many ups and downs on this trip so far, but we have encountered so many amazing people, bands, press and organizers. Thank you SO MUCH for making this happen for us!"
Top 5 Standings:
1. Place: Canada – Vesperia
2. Place: Israel – Walkways
3. Place: Middle East – Blaakyum
4. Place: United Kingdom – Metaprism
5. Place: Denmark – Savage Machine
Canada's epic metal Vesperia is proud to unleash new EP "The Iron Tempests" today (July 10th). This three-track release was co-produced with the effort of Ryan Bovaird, frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die.
The EP artwork was also created by none other than Vesperia's frontman Morgan Rider at his own White North Studios. Listen to all three songs below, or pick up your own copy at Bandcamp here. Morgan Rider also comments:
"Finally we can offer everyone a glimpse of what we have been so silent about over the last year and a half. If anyone has seen us live on our recent tour dates, they will have heard a couple of these new songs in our set. We are feeling especially excited about the cover song we chose 'In The Hall of The Mountain King' by composer Edvard Grieg. Enjoy, everyone!"
1. The Western Tempests 04:32
2. Iron Saga 06:13
3. In the Hall of the Mountain King 02:12 More...
Vesperia - the Canadian epic metal quartet and recently crowned 2015 champions of Wacken Metal Battle Canada - just released a track titled "Iron Saga," which is one of three songs offered on upcoming EP "The Iron Tempests" being released on July 10th.
The EP was co-produced with the effort of Ryan Bovaird, frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die. The EP artwork was also created by none other than Vesperia's frontman Morgan Rider at his own White North Studios.
Rider comments: "'Iron Saga' is about the forging of steel blades from the viewpoint of the steel itself as a sentient, blood-hungry presence. The lyrics talk about the steel coming to awareness while being shaped and it's eagerness to leave the forge to see battle and taste blood. As the song progresses, the steel recalls the ebb and flow of ancient battles and the shaping of the world." 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.