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Formed: 2007
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Striker News

Below is our complete Striker news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Striker Debut New Music Video "Pass Me By"

Edmonton shredders STRIKER are unleashing their latest music video "Pass Me By" in support of their huge hails horns news that they have been invited to perform at this year's Bang Your Head Festival in Germany on July 13th.

Guitarist Tim Brown comments;

"What's more fun than shredding on a roof and smashing shit? Playing Bang Your Head Open Air!"

Watch STRIKER go VHS retro and demolish the headbanging masses below:

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Striker Revels In "Former Glory"

Edmonton shredding crew Striker is riding quite the bullet train this year in support of a self-titled album released this past February via indie label Record Breaking Records.

Touring Europe with Sonata Arctica, plus performing on 70,000 Tons of Metal along with an award win (Edmonton Music Award) and a nomination for a Western Canadian Music Award for "Metal / Hard Rock Artist of Year," there's no stopping these Canadian metal titans.

Currently on tour with Dark Tranquillity and Warbringer in North America (dates listed below), this power quartet today unleashes new music video "Former Glory." The video captures the classic heavy metal of past and showcases Striker bringing it to the forefront of present day headbanging. More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces North American Tour

Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity is pleased to announce a return to North American soil; this time taking form of a month long headlining tour.

The band continues to support latest studio album, "Atoma," and has been touring worldwide on the strength of the 2016 release. Joining Dark Tranquillity on these upcoming shows in the U.S. & Canada are veteran thrashers Warbringer and heavy metal rebels Striker.

Tickets and VIP packages can be found right here and all upcoming dates and venues are as follows: More...

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Striker Announces Record Release Shows

Striker will be returning to the band's shredding grounds of Alberta in April for first Canadian shows since unleashing a fifth studio album last month on February 24th. The band has been on tour across the USA plus Europe with Sonata Arctica in support of the album for last three months.

April 13th in Calgary at Dicken's Pub, hometown return on April 14th in Edmonton at Starlite Room, and April 15th in Red Deer at The Vat will be CD release events for Albertan fans that have been loyal over the years supporting Striker's career in the province and beyond.

"This is 35 minutes of your life you'll be glad you can't get back. A potent mix of shred that will remind you why you fell in love with metal in the first place," comments the band.

Mar 16 Antipode Rennes, France
Mar 17 Engine Rooms Southampton, United Kingdom
Mar 18 Marble Factory Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 19 Tramshed Cardiff, United Kingdom
Mar 20 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 22 Club Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 23 Corporation Room 1 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Mar 24 The Classic Grand Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 25 Limelight 2 Belfast, United Kingdom
Mar 26 The Academy Dublin, Ireland
Mar 28 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Mar 29 Le Splendid Lille, France
Mar 30 X Hereford, Germany
Mar 31 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Apr 01 Effenaar Eindhoven, Netherlands
Apr 02 Tivoli Pandora Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 04 Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany
Apr 05 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany
Apr 06 Hellraise rLeipzig, Germany
Apr 07 KB Malmö, Sweden
Apr 08 Frimis Salonger Örebro, Sweden
Apr 09 Pustervik Göteborg, Sweden
Apr 13 Dicken's Pub Calgary, Alberta
Apr 14 Starlite Edmonton, Alberta
Apr 15 The Vat Pub Red Deer, Alberta More...

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Striker Posts Full Album Online

Canada's Striker will unleash a fifth studio release on Friday, February 24th via the band's own independent label Record Breaking Records. Today all the songs have come online early and can be heard below.

The band comments: "This is 35 minutes of your life you'll be glad you can't get back. A potent mix of shred that will remind you why you fell in love with metal in the first place."

Striker is currently on European tour in with Sonata Arctica till mid April (dates listed below). The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Former Glory (3:59)
2. Pass Me By (3:33)
3. Born To Lose (3:58)
4. Cheating Death (0:53)
5. Shadows In The Light (3:29)
6. Rock The Night (4:30)
7. Over The Top (4:38)
8. Freedom's Call (4:30)
9. Curse of The Dead (3:49) More...

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Headline News

70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Dalriada Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Cruise

Dalriada will be joining the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise ship this February alongside Anthrax, Testament, Gojira, Therion, Death Angel, Arch Enemy, Testament, Moonsorrow, Pain, Devildriver, and many more.

The 70,000 Tons of Metal organizers comment: “We've got three more solid contenders for the Cripper Award for you Sailors! Throw your horns up for Dalriada from Hungary, Striker from Canada, and Witchtrap from Colombia!

"They will join you and 2,999 other die hard headbangers on board the original, the world’s biggest heavy metal cruise! That brings the count to 59... which means there's only one more. Who will it be? You will know... SOON!”

Dalriada had this to say about the news: "70000 Tons of Metal is definitely a huge step up for us. Cruising in the Caribbean, hanging out at the pool, slurping ridiculous cocktails while literally TONS of metal are shaking the boat! We didn’t even dream about a scenario, where one day WE, a bunch of drunk guys from Bumfuck Nebrahoma :) are gonna play at one of the most prestigious and exclusive metal festivals of the planet. Well, I guess there’s still a lot more to come." More...

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Heavy Metal In Video Games Part 5

Heavy metal and video games are such an obvious combination that its baffling the collision doesn't happen more often. Despite four decades of games to work through, the number of titles that specifically revolve around metal themes or use heavy metal soundtracks is just abysmally low.

Today we're going to take another look at the limited options available, covering some old and some new entries that should be sitting on your shelf or taking up space in your Steam library.

For those who missed our previous three articles discussing various games with heavy metal soundtracks, be sure to go back and check 'em out (and let us know if you end up playing or re-playing any of these gems!):

Part 1: the amazing Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload

Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.

Part 3 (the retro edition!): Rock And Roll Racing, Beavis And Butthead, F-Zero X, Earthbound, and Heavy Metal Geomatrix

Part 4: the return of music games with Rock Band in addition to Carmageddon, NeverDead, and NeverGone. More...

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Striker Releasing New Album

There's no time wasted when it comes to Canadian metal group Striker. In 2016, the band unleashed award-winning fourth album "Stand In The Fire" via independent label Record Breaking Records.

Kicking off the new year, these shredders return in 2017 with a fifth and self-titled studio album due out on February 24th, along with tours across the USA and Europe from January till mid April (dates listed below). Striker comments on the upcoming release:

"This is our no bullshit album. We cut out everything that wasn't absolutely necessary and kept everything short and to the point. We pray at the altar of heavy metal everyday, and there are some musical ideas that persist through time and some that don't. We focused in on what keeps listeners coming back and got rid of everything else. You can't climb Mount Everest dragging any useless shit with you; if you want to make it to the top, only bring with you what is absolutely necessary: Lethal Amounts of Shred." More...

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Striker Releases "Phoenix Lights" Video

Riding high on the success of the band's independent label, Record Breaking Records, Striker is among the fastest growing metal bands out of Canada. 2017 will see the release of a fifth album, and while we wait on full details, today a music video has come online for "Phoenix Lights" taken from previous release "Stand In The Fire."

Striker will also be on tour in the United States from January 15th to February 15th to go along with the pre-order campaign for the new album, in addition to providing direct support for Sonata Arctica in Europe from February 20th to April 10th, with more tours to be announced shortly.

In additional news, Striker's music was featured in the new heavy metal-themed PC game "Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods."

Jan 20 - Highline, Seattle, WA
Jan 21 - The High Water Mark, Portland, OR
Jan 22 - Old Nick's Pub, Eugene, OR
Jan 23 - Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
Jan 24 - Complex, Glendale, CA
Jan 25 - Club Red, Mesa, AZ
Jan 27 - Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
Jan 28 - Rudyards, Houston, TX
Jan 29 - Siberia, New Orleans, LA
Jan 31 - Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
Feb 01 - Haven Lounge, Winter Park, FL
Feb 07 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Feb 08 - Fubar, St. Louis, MO
Feb 09 - Reggie's, Chicago, IL
Feb 10 - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN More...

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New Heavy Metal Game Coming To Steam

Didn't you always dream of saving the world with the help of your guitar, giving some bad ass guitar gods the low-down and fighting fierce riff battles alongside your brothers and sisters in metal?

Well, "Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods" is everything you’ve ever asked for… a game by metalheads for metalheads, delivering the ultimate 3D rogue-like shooter.

Fight against the curse that affects your metal mates and free them from an ancient evil with a soundtrack featuring original music from Diego Teksuo, Despite, Persefone, A Breach of Silence, Striker, Hyperion, Hyde Abbey, Legacy of Brutality, and Nameless Day Ritual.

The latest project by Spanish game developers Nuberu Games in cooperation with Kiss Ltd. will be available worldwide on November 18, 2016 via Steam here. More...

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Striker Awarded "Metal Artist Of The Year"

It's been an award winning year for Edmonton, AB's Striker. First the band won an Edmonton Music Prize along with the Edmonton Music Award for Metal Recording of The Year off the strength of "Too Late" from the "Stand In The Fire" album.

Now adding to that growing list of awards, the power new wave metallers have been celebrated with a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Metal / Hard Music Artist of The Year.

The band comments: "We are so very honoured to receive the award for Metal Artist of The Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards! Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us in getting our music out into the world, and we hope everyone is ready for another dose of Striker coming soon!"

Striker was nominated alongside the following Western Canadian bands:

KEN mode (MB)
Shooting Guns (SK)
Striker (AB)
Third Ion (SK)
Van Halst (AB) More...

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Striker Wins "Metal Recording Of The Year" Award

After wrapping up a USA and Canadian tour last week, Striker returned home just in time to receive an award at this year's Edmonton Music Awards for "Metal Recording of The Year."

Striker earned the win for the track "Too Late," from latest album "Stand In The Fire" released this past February. Guitarist Tim Brown comments:

"Huge thanks to Edmonton Music community, as well as everyone that has helped us out over the years including the AFA, Edmonton Arts Council, FACTOR, and many others! We hope this award can bring some awareness to all the other great bands coming out of Edmonton these days as well."

Striker was nominated alongside the following Edmonton bands:

Face First - Killing Me
Monarch Sky - Hell's A Little Closer
Striker – Too Late
The Order of Chaos - Apocalypse Moon
Vanity Red - Kingdom Come

In additional news, Striker was also nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in the "Metal/Hard Rock Artist of The Year" category alongside KEN mode (MB), Shooting Guns (SK), Third Ion (SK), and Van Halst (AB). The awards will be held in Regina, SK on October 13th.

Haven't seen Striker live yet? Catch the band at the Loud As Hell festival:

July 30 - Loud As Hell Fest - Drumheller, AB - info More...

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Loud As Hell 2016 Lineup Announced

Semchuk Productions, Jurassic Ink Custom Tattoo, Metal Nation Radio, Prairie Fire Events, and Asher Media Relations are proud to announce the return of this year’s 2016 Loud As Hell heavy metal festival in Drumheller, Alberta at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds.

Moving into its fifth consecutive year, Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year with three full days of face melting metal from July 29th – August 1st.

This year’s lineup includes Unleash The Archers, Striker, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Divinity, West of Hell, Disciples of Power and more! (full list below).

Friday, July 29

West of Hell - 11:30pm
Divinity - 10pm
The Order Of Chaos - 9pm
Leave The Living - 8pm
Dahlmers Realm - 7pm More...

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Striker Posts Full Album Online

The Edmonton, AB metallers from Striker are ready to set out on a new adventure with their forthcoming album "Stand In The Fire," being released via their own Record Breaking Records label on February 5, 2016.

You can order your copy here. The band is also streaming all of "Stand In The Fire" early - listen in to all the tracks below!

Striker will be hitting the road with Primal Fear across Europe in February 2016 on these dates:

Feb 5 - Barcelona, ES - Razz 2
Feb 6 - Madrid, ES - Arena
Feb 7 - Murcia, ES - Garaje
Feb 10 - Paris, FR - Divan Di Monde
Feb 11 - Siegburg, DE - Kubana
Feb 12 - Prague, CZ - Nove Chelmice
Feb 13 - Cham, DE - L.A. Cafe
Feb 14 - Hamburg, DE - Logo
Feb 16 - Hannover, DE - MusikZentrum
Feb 17 - Saarbrucken, DE - Garage
Feb 18 - Stuttgart, DE - LKA
Feb 19 - Pratten, CH - Z7
Feb 20 - Munchen, DE - HM's Calling
Feb 21 - Budapest, HU - Barba Negra
Feb 23 - Wien, AT - Szene
Feb 24 - Cracov, PL - TBA
Feb 25 - Berlin, DE - K17
Feb 26 - Wurzburg - Posthalle
Feb 27 - Essen, DE - Turock More...

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Cauldron Recruits Fill-In Vocalist

Cauldron is out on the road with Warbringer, Enforcer, and Exmortus, but unfortunately the band will not make the Calgary tour date, and future dates will feature a fill-in vocalist. Cauldron comments:

"Unfortunately we've had to pull out of the Calgary show tonight due to a throat infection that has left Jason will barely any voice and the risk of permanent vocal damage if we continue. We will return tomorrow in Edmonton with Dan Cleary of Striker filling in on lead vocals.

"The rest of the boys will still be hanging at show tonight with our new record and merch for those who are interested (though will show up a little later). Sorry and thanks for understanding, we hope to see you again soon."

Cauldron's new album "In Ruin" was released January 8th in North America on The End Records & will drop January 29th in Europe on High Roller Records. More...

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Striker Posts New Single

Edmonton, AB group Striker is ready to set out on a new adventure with forthcoming album "Stand In The Fire" being released via the band's own Record Breaking Records label on February 5th, 2016.

Today Striker reveals new single "Out For Blood," which can be heard below courtesy of Revolvermag. Guitarist Tim Brown comments:

"'Out for Blood' is our little slice of 80's cop-drama saxophone filled metal. We wanted to go completely over the top, stuff it full of solos and crazy shred, and just go nuts on every aspect on the song. Thrash metal Miami Vice!"

Striker also recently shared an amazing pit story with us about the healing power of beer - check it out here. More...

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Pit Stories: The Healing Power Of Beer

We've all got that one venue or record shop we fondly recall from back in a time when people bought music and mallcore wasn't a thing.

For this week's Pit Story, vocalist Dan Cleary of Striker not only reminisces fondly about one such mythical place, but also shares a tale of the amazing healing power of beer below. Photo courtesy of Dana Zuk.

A long time ago here in Edmonton we had this awesome venue/record store/screen printing place. We played some of our first shows ever there in the back of the Quonset Hut that was “Octopus Ink.” We used to go there and buy bullet belts (before they were being sold at the mall for posers) and rare vinyl like the $140 “Projects In The Jungle” by Pantera hanging up on the wall that none of us ever wanted to cough up the money for.

One night in particular things were getting a little rowdier than normal. We were about half way through our set and the pit in this tiny back room was getting intense. As usual everyone was good and drunk, there was always a lot of tailgating outside the place because it wasn't exactly... lets say... a "secure" venue. So the song kicks in, a fast one (can't remember which) and I watch in amazement as this short haired borderline black out drunk kid gets literally knocked the fuck out by some big league moshing.

Looking back at it maybe we should have stopped the song and made sure he was OK, but luckily for us there was a doctor in the room. A doctor who proceeded to lift this poor kid up, his eyes half shut clearly concussed, and pour beer down his throat. We thought for sure we were witnessing the final moments of a thrash youth, but to our surprise he sprung back to life and continued to mosh, albeit a little slower than before.

That's the first and only time I've seen someone get straight up knocked unconscious in a pit, and it turns out like everything else, beer is the answer.

The Edmonton heavy metal act will release new album "Stand in the Fire" on February 5th, 2016. Follow the latest info on Striker over at Facebook here. More...

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Striker Posts Guitar Lesson Clip

Edmonton, AB metal band Striker is ready to set out on a new adventure with forthcoming album "Stand In The Fire" being released via the group's own Record Breaking Records label on February 5th, 2016.

Today Striker shares an exclusive playthrough lesson for the song "Too Late". Check it out below. Guitarist Tim Brown comments about the lesson:

"In this guitar lesson, I'll teach you how to play our new song 'Too Late' off of our upcoming album 'Stand in the Fire,' due out February 5th, 2016. This song is full of classic 80's metal tricks, like using the push (or syncopation) in your rhythm playing, using broken chords over a changing background riff, and last but not least, all of the epic shred and tapping to melt your fingers on. Though simple on first listen, there are lots of complex parts that can increase the difficulty and challenge that will make this song fun for all levels of guitarist to play." More...

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51 Track Metal Sampler Up For Grabs

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.


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