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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.
Canadian epic death metal quartet Vesperia has unveiled an unsettling teaser for new music video "The Western Tempests," which was filmed and produced by the eminent Toronto-based Ax Woods Visual.
The short clip offers a glimpse of the dismal imagery the band is honing in on for newest EP, "The Iron Tempests," which will span around 18 - 24 minutes long and is 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 front man Morgan Rider at his own White North Studios. Stay tuned for full details.
Vesperia has issued the following announcement about streaming a new live track online:
"We know you have all been very patient over the last couple years since we released 'An Olden Tale,' so we have been working our asses off on our new EP ('The Iron Tempests') to make it sound the best possible.
"We are still working on it and plan to release a sample soon. To keep your appetites whetted, here is a live recording of us playing a brand new song called 'Liegelord' in Montreal this past winter!"
You can also see Vesperia live on these upcoming dates:
June 5th - London, ON @ The APK
June 6th - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
June 8th - Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
June 9th - Charlottetown, PE @ Hot Shots
June 11th - Halifax, NS @ Gus' Pub
June 12th - Moncton, NB @ Esquire
June 13th - Fredericton, NB @ Charlotte Arts Ct More...
Canadian epic death metal band Vesperia has put the finishing touches on a brand new music video for the as-of-yet unreleased song, "The Western Tempests."
After filming, the band emerged from the famous Camp 30 - which is a dilapidated and abandoned prisoner of war camp in Bowmanville, Ontario. Check out a still photo from the shoot below.
"The new music video for 'The Western Tempests' is dark. Very dark," comments band bassist and frontman, Morgan Rider. "We built the story of the video around the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Spending from sundown to sunup over two weekends to give the video its clutching darkness and disturbing atmosphere have definitely given us the result we were looking for."
In additional news, Vesperia will be touring both Eastern and Western Canada this coming June & July with select dates supported by Winnipeg's melodic death metal band Laika. More...
Vesperia is proud to announce the band will be hitting the road this June for dates in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in addition to previously announced Ontario shows in April and May, which includes a support date for Septicflesh, Moonspell and Death Stars in Toronto on May 13th.
Vocalist / bassist Morgan Rider comments: "We are incredibly excited to finally hit the road again and for the first time play some dates in the Maritimes of our lovely homeland of Canada! These shows have been a long time coming as we have had many fans emailing us to play over the years and in some cases - driving to Ontario or Quebec to catch a show. June cannot come quick enough!"
Vesperia is also prepping a new EP for release titled "The Iron Tempest." Helming the engineering side of the effort will be Ryan Bovaird (frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die). The artwork below was created by none other than Vesperia's frontman Morgan Rider at his own White North Studio. More...
Following a steady period of complete recluse, Canada's Vesperia has burst forth through the gates of sequestration and begun to fans the embers that will surely become an inferno.
After recently announcing the band's new lineup with the addition of talented young drummer (and son of Lawrence Gowan), Dylan Gowan, Vesperia now plans on entering the studio next month to record a short EP follow-up to 2013's "An Olden Tale."
The title for the upcoming EP will be called "The Iron Tempest" and will span around 18 - 24 minutes long. Helming the engineering side of the effort will be Ryan Bovaird (frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die). The artwork below was created by none other than Vesperia's frontman Morgan Rider at his own White North Studios.
In addition, Vesperia will be performing a string of intimate shows throughout Canada - including an exclusive show with Septicflesh from Greece, Moonspell, from Portugal and Deathstars from Sweden. The dates are as follows:
03.13 - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
03.14 - London, ON - The APK
04.17 - Kingston, ON - Overtime
04.18 - Belleville, ON - Belle Pub
04.24 - Sudbury, ON - Little Montreal
04.25 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
05.13 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House (w/ Septicflesh, Moonspell & Deathstars) More...
After recently announcing the band's new lineup with the addition of talented young drummer (and son of Lawrence Gowan), Vesperia now plans on entering the studio next month to record a short EP following 2013's "An Olden Tale." Front man Morgan Rider comments:
"We are going to be recording 2 brand new original songs that we have been playing live and in rehearsal for the better part of the last year as well as a special cover song from a well-known piece of Norwegian classical music. We realize that none of us hold much Norwegian heritage, but we really love this piece of music and would love to record our take on it."
The title for the upcoming EP will be called "The Iron Tempest" and will span around 18 - 24 minutes. Helming the engineering side of the effort will be Ryan Bovaird (front man of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die).
In addition, Vesperia will also be performing select intimate shows throughout Canada during March and April. Dates are as follows:
February 27th - Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
March 6th - Toronto Wacken Battle @ Bovine Sex Club
March 7th - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria
March 13th - Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
March 14th - London, ON @ The APK
April 17th - Kingston, ON @ Overtime
April 18th - Belleville, ON @ Belle Pub More...
After a half year of relative recluse, Canadian epic metal quartet Vesperia returns to the fray with an onslaught of fresh news.
In addition to a new logo created by the band's frontman / bassist Morgan Rider, the group is also very pleased to announce drummer Dylan Gowan (Hallow's Die) to its ranks, commenting:
"Dylan immediately clicked into place when the guys began to jam with him. He understands the concept of our music and is able to interpret and execute the extreme drumming style we seek for Vesperia! We have been extremely quiet lately rehearsing all of the new material for the next release and planning our approach to touring and recording through 2015."
Vesperia is busy tidying up the pre-production tracks for a new album with the intention of recording a professional-quality EP to demonstrate the next chapter of the band.
A message from the band reads: "As of yet, we have not determined a definite track list or title for the album, but we have a general theme based off the written lyrics of solitude in the harshest extremities, balancing the scales of order and chaos and emerging a victor from every battle." More...