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Formed: 2008
From: Vancouver, Canada
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Unearthing The Canadian Metal Underground

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time to explore three more lesser known bands in the metal underground. Today’s exploration to the underground world features our neighbors to the north, which is home to its fair share of metal legends, from the most extreme to the most melodic. We’ve actually looked at Canadian acts several times before, specifically focusing on Toronto and the Maritimes previously, and today we’ll trek there again for three bands that cross the genre spectrum.

I suppose I should start out with a bit of disclosure: I’m not from Canada, and I’ve only been there once for a fishing trip years ago, although the border is only a few hours north of me. So unfortunately these are bands I know solely via their music and their online presence, and I haven’t had the pleasure of interacting with them in the live scene personally.

While working on the review for the new Chariots of the Gods album “Tides of War,” I got to thinking about the very solid lineup of bands from the frigid north, especially in the underground metal scene. There’s a fairly large grouping of what are essentially “second tier” bands currently active – these guys bring the metal full force, but they haven’t gotten signed with Nuclear Blast or Metal Blade or any of the larger labels focusing on heavy music. They still manage to get hooked up with PR companies to keep their presence known however, release high quality albums, and a good deal of them stay busy with touring and festival appearances.

Chariots of the Gods

Is this Ottawa act composed of thrash maniacs who are really into melodic death metal, or are they in an MDM band that can’t give up their love for Megadeth? Either way, this is pretty crushing, headbanging-mandatory stuff.

Chariots of the Gods will be officially dropping debut full-length album “Tides of War” later this month (January 29th to be precise), and the band has already released teasers that should more than pique the interest of metalheads. We recently had the opportunity to premiere the track “Unbound,” which features a guest appearance by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther, and you can also hear the album’s title track below. For some more background on the band and info on the album’s themes, check out our recent interview here.

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Scythia Posts 2012 In Review Video

Canadian folk metal band Scythia posted a recap video of the more candid moments of the band's activities in 2012. Back in September, Scythia released its EP "For the Bear" (which is still streaming in full over at this location). Over the holiday season, the band issued a re-mix of the holiday song "...Of Santa," which can be heard over here.

Check out the year end recap video here:

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Asher Media Offering Free Sampler

Asher Media Relations, which represents some of Canada's best up and coming metal talents, is proud to offer a holiday sampler to fans near and far to head bang their season greetings.

Featuring nineteen tracks of AMR's 2012 roster, the sampler showcases metal genres ranging from brutal death, thrash, power, prog to folk, and a taste of some heavy rock. Download the sampler for free via Bandcamp here or listen in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Titans Eve - Destined To Die 03:08
2. Adrenechrome - Titans Fall 03:18
3. Chariots of The Gods - Tides of War 03:20
4. Auroch - From Forgotten Worlds 04:35
5. Tribune - The Succubus 03:14
6. Mortor - Under The Flag 03:00
7. Psychostick - Jolly Old Sadist 03:24
8. Dark Century - Kill The Crowd 03:55
9. XUL - Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
10. Odium - No Way Out 04:18
11. Vesperia - Pints Held High 04:21
12. Scythia - Sailor's Accolade 03:19
13. Edge of Attack - Forever 03:46
14. All Else Fails - This Burden of Life 05:13
15. The Rabid Whole - Future 03:56
16. Arcane Saints - Never Say Die 04:07
17. Project Mars - Hey! 03:07
18. New Jacobin Club - My Smile 02:36
19. The In & Outs - Sleepy Sheep 03:35 More...

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Scythia Streaming Re-Mixed Holiday Track

Canada’s purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia, are back once again with a re-mixed and re-mastered version of their holiday tune "...Of Santa," a cheerful track about Santa and his brave reindeer. Check out the song below.

In additional news, Scythia recently unleashed a "Video Game Medley" video in support of the new EP "For The Bear" released early this fall. Watch the clip over at this location. More...

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Axis Of Metal Releases Second Compilation

Axis of Metal has now released a second free online compilation (check out the first one here), which can be streamed or downloaded via Bandcamp or in the player below. Axis of Metal also commented:

"Axis Of The Underground Volume 2 will treat your eardrums to the thrashiest of metal, heinous black metal, putrid death metal, empowering traditional metal, methodical doom metal, boundary pushing progressive metal, the grooviest of groove metal, avant-garde madness, and bouncy folk metal among many other genres and incarnations of heavy sounds.

"We’ve loaded our heavy metal shotgun and are discharging the most comprehensive of compilations to satisfy even the pickiest of nay-sayers and nitpickers. Axis Of The Underground is our way to give back to the genre that has brought all of us years and years of elation and enjoyment. So sit back, crack a cold one, or roll a herbal cigarette and hit play on the bandcamp player below, and be prepared to be whisked away to a heavy metal nirvana. "

1. Obduracy - Virtue And Vice 04:38
2. Razorwyre - Knights Of Fire 03:23
3. Wings Denied - Clockwork 04:50
4. Desultor - Black Monday 03:13
5. Monsterworks - Freewill 04:28
6. Rusted Brain - Caught In The Fire 02:29
7. Scythia - Sailor's Accolade 03:19
8. Symptom - Into The Scalding Spring 05:43
9. Eryn Non Dae - Hidden Lotus 06:12
10. Lich King - In The End, Devastation 04:36
11. Cultfinder - Archangel Burial 02:51
12. Derelict - Shackles Of Indoctrination 05:14
13. Infiltrator - Crush The False 05:59
14. Mares Of Thrace - The Gallwasp 04:36
15. Cryptopsy - Damned Draft Dodgers 03:57
16. Entropy - Encryption 07:11
17. Auroch - From Forgotten Worlds 04:35
18. Fatality - Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep 05:25
19. Gypsy Chief Goliath - St. Covens Tavern 05:56
20. Adrenechrome - Titans Fall 03:18
21. Invective - Systemic 03:22
22. Dire Omen - Deserving Of Ash 03:09
23. Mortor - Under The Flag 03:00
24. Bushwhacker - Forest Lord 08:09
25. Abstract Violence - S.N.M. 03:25
26. Seprevation - Sea Of Thoughts 03:02
27. Luna Azure - Meadows Of Spring 06:43 More...

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Scythia Posts "Video Game Medley" Video

Folk metal warriors Scythia are proud to share with fans the "Video Game Medley" clip, which was filmed in Vancouver, BC by James Weekes and Rosie Anson of Hammer Records. Check out the video below.

The song is an adaptation video game theme songs from Wizards and Warriors, Castlevania, Skyrim, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VI, and Tetris and is off the band's new EP "For The Bear."

In additional news, Scythia will be gathering in Vancouver for a headlining performance for Aesir Promotions' second annual Nerdfest on November 23rd at The Biltmore Cabaret:

November 23, 2012 - Nerdfest @ The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC More...

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Scythia Posts Teaser For "Video Game Medley" Video

Canadian folk metal act Scythia posted up a preview clip for the upcoming music video for the song "Video Game Medley," the instrumental track inspired by classic video game music. The song appears on the band's latest EP "For the Bear." The video will premiere on the band's YouTube Channel on November 7, 2012 at 12:00pm PST.

The track list for "For the Bear" is as follows:

1. Sailor's Accolade
2. Fierce Rider of Scythia (remix)
3. For The Bear
4. Black Death (remix)
5. Dies Irae, Pt. 1
6. Mattawa Reel
7. Video Game Medley

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Scythia To Play Nerdfest 2

Vancouver's favorite gathering of medieval nerds returns as Aesir Promotions is proud to present "NerdFest: A Night of Medieval Fantasy" at The Biltmore Cabaret on Friday, November 23rd.

Celebrating its second year with a variety of local artists, Nerdfest will showcase live music from local headlining folk metal band Scythia, which recently released new EP "For The Bear" and will be wrapping up a cross Canada tour at the event along with support from The Whiskey Dicks and The Carnival Band.

Dave Khan, Scythia's vocalist and guitarist comments: "We are pleased to be awarded the opportunity to play at such an awesome convention once again. Nerdfest II is a great opportunity to share Scythia's unique blend of storytelling, theatrics and metal with a diversified audience. We can't wait to be at home among our fellow costumed enthusiasts and vendors of Medieval wares." More...

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Scythia Streaming New EP Online

Canada’s purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia, are now streaming their upcoming EP "For The Bear" on MetalRecusants.com. Check out the whole thing right here.

The EP will be officially available on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 and can be pre-ordered on bandcamp. The following press release was issued about the EP:

"A short, but sweet seven-track adventure that departs from the orchestration and central concept of its predecessors, 2011's '...Of Exile' and 2010's '...Of War,' the EP represents a leaner, faster and sharper folk metal machine.

"The folk warriors will also be trekking across Canada for their 'For The Bear Tour' that will kick off at their EP launch show in Vancouver, BC on Sept 26th at the Rickshaw Theater and will see the band venture east with a performance at Noctis Metal Fest on Sept 29th alongside such names as Venom and Agalloch and heading as far as Montreal, QC and back west over the month long tour." More...

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Scythia Announces "For The Bear" Tour Dates

Canada’s purveyors of folk/prog metal Scythia are proud to announce their cross Canada "For The Bear Tour" that will kick off at an EP release show in Vancouver, BC on Sept 26th at the Rickshaw Theater.

Scythia is also offering fans a free download of the first single "Sailor's Accolade" from new EP "For The Bear," due out on September 25th, 2012. Snag the single at this location. The band's upcoming tour dates are:

September 26, 2012 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC w/ Nylithia, Terrifier (formerly Skull Hammer)
September 28, 2012 - Rockwater Grill & Bar - Golden, BC
September 29, 2012 - Mac Hall Ball Room (Noctis Festival) - Calgary, AB w/ Venom, Agalloch
September 30, 2012 - TBA - Medicine Hat, AB
October 2, 2012- The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB
October 5, 2012 - Rotillicious - Ajax, ON
October 6, 2012 - TBA - North Bay, ON
October 7, 2012 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes
October 11, 2012 - Coaches and Horses - Windsor, ON
October 13, 2012 - Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON
October 15, 2012 - Crocks - Thunder Bay, ON
October 17, 2012 - TBA - Regina, SK
October 18, 2012 - Lepps - Saskatoon, SK
October 19, 2012 - Rendez Vous - Edmonton, AB
October 20, 2012 - Branding Iron - Armstrong, BC More...

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Scythia Streams New Song "Sailor's Accolade"

Canadian folk metal act Scythia is streaming the new track "Sailor's Accolade." The song appears on the band's forthcoming EP “For The Bear," which is due for release September 25, 2012. The song is also available as a free download at this location.

The track listing for the EP is as follows:

1. Sailor's Accolade
2. Fierce Rider of Scythia (remix)
3. For The Bear
4. Black Death (remix)
5. Dies Irae, Pt. 1
6. Mattawa Reel
7. Video Game Medley

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Scythia Posts "For The Bear" Teaser

Scythia, Canada’s purveyors of folk/prog metal, are proud to reveal to fans a sneak peak of their latest sonic attack, “For The Bear," due out on Septmeber 25tth, 2012.

Vocalist / guitarist Dave Khan comments, "Scythia is proud to present the artwork and more for our upcoming release. The artwork was painted by the talented Mika Harju of Finland, he has experience designing metal albums before and we needed something tough and harsh looking to capture the intensity of the music. As you can imagine, it probably doesn't get much tougher than duelling barbarians from atop a bear in the dead of winter. We are also including a teaser track that gives a little prelude of the sonic intensity that accompanies this imagery."

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Scythia Releases "Spirit Of The Quest" Video

Canadian folk metal warriors Scythia are proud to present their new music video for "Spirit of the Quest," taken from their sophomore album, "...Of Exile," which was released in 2011. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan comments:

"Scythia is pleased to finally reveal Spirit of the Quest. This video has been a long time in the making as we've made several attempts to capture our excitement and enthusiasm as well as the story on the album with an indie budget. Filming and editing it was an extremely fun and humorous process, we worked with James Weekes and Rosie Anson of Hammer Records to capture the footage. They were both great at capturing wicked content and amping us up to get into character." More...

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Scythia To Play Animal Protection Society Benefit

Canada’s wizards of folk-progressive metal fusion, Scythia, have set aside their time hunting trolls and have come to the rescue of the Richmond Animal Protection Society for a benefit concert to help raise funds for the RAPS two animal shelters in dire need of supplies.

Scythia's vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan commented, "Scythia is stoked to rock out for an honourable cause like animals. A huge inspiration for our breed of folk metal is having a symbiosis with animals and nature... Especially bears, but dogs and cats are awesome as well. We are also stoked about the killer line up, we have played with all of these bands before and believe that each and every band on this bill are top notch musicians capable of delivering incredible performances."

With support from local Vancouver speed thrash metal titans Cradle To Grave, power metallers Aeterna and Nanaimo, BC's Viking warriors Eye of Odin, Scythia along with event organizer and Oboe of death player Morgan Zentner of Aesir Promotions are conquering higher ground for this great cause to help our furry companions in their time of need.

"As the promoter and creator of this event, I am proud to say that Aesir Promotions will be putting on a show to help support such a worthy cause. As an animal owner and lover, I feel that abandoned pets are easily over looked and I was very happy to find the Richmond Animal Protection Society, which is a no kill shelter." says Morgan Zentner, "We have support from bands all over BC and Alberta donating merch for raffle prizes and the support from the metal community in Vancouver has been fantastic. All of the performers for the show are of high caliber and we are all looking forward to helping out our furry friends."

Also for your viewing pleasure, one of Vancouver's best belly dancers, the radiant Mahafsoun will be joining Scythia on stage for a memorable performance. Details are as follows: More...

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Scythia Announces Canadian Shows

Canada’s masters and wizards of folk-progressive metal fusion, Scythia, have once again donned their medieval garb, dusted off their oboe of death and summoned the echoes of thunder in preparation for their up-coming Western Canada mini tour dubbed the "No More Trolls" tour.

Kicking off in Calgary, AB on May 5th, the tour will see trolls running for cover across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia until June 2nd when Scythia will play a very special charity show at the Astoria in Vancouver, BC, benefiting the Richmond Animal Protection Society. Hunting trolls, saving dogs and cats – the best motto to live by.

And for those who don’t have a chance to see the band performing live, Scythia will be unleashing a new folktastic music video of epic proportions for "Spirit of the Quest” from sophomore album, "...Of Exile." Check out Scythia's music at Bandcamp.

May 5, 2012 - Lord Nelsons - Calgary, AB
May 7, 2012 - DV8 - Edmonton
May 9, 2012 - Amigos - Saskatoon, SK
May 10, 2012 - Rendez Vous - Edmonton, AB
May 11, 2012 - The Vent - Coaldale, AB
May 12, 2012 - Riverfront Pub - Grindrod, BC
June 2, 2012 - Astoria - Vancouver, BC - (Charity Fundraiser for Richmond Animal Protection Society)

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Asher Media Offering Free Compilation

Asher Media has posted a sampler album online for streaming and free download featuring 13 bands on the company's roster. You can check out the songs through the player below or via Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. All Else Fails - This World In Flames - 04:04
2. Auroch - Astral King - 05:03
3. Bolero - Pints Held High - 04:21
4. Fallstaf - The Cost - 03:21
5. Fatality - Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep - 05:25
6. Kill Matilda - Geisha With A Switchblade - 04:21
7. Nephelium - Merciless Annihilation - 06:17
8. Ninjaspy - Evolution of Skid - 02:58
9. Scythia - For The King - 05:08
10. The New Jacobin Club - This Treason - 05:01
11. Titans Eve - Judgement - 04:47
12. Versus The Nothing - Killer - 03:00
13. Without Mercy - Chasm - 04:31 More...

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Scythia Posts "Of Santa" Single

Canadian folk metal band Scythia posted a new holiday single entitled "Of Santa" (heard below). The band describes the single as "Scythia's epic run in with the dark lord of Christmas." Check the track out in the player below:

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Scythia Posts Nerd Fest Teaser

As was previously announced, folk metal act Scythia will be headlining the Nerd Fest, which takes place in Vancouver on November 19th at the Rickshaw Theatre. Scythia has now posted a teaser trailer for the festival online, which can be viewed below.

Nerd Fest is a night of medieval fantasy that will showcase local folk metal clans Scythia, Eye Of Odin, and Celestial Ruin along with entertainment ranging from sword fighting, tattoo artistry, burlesque dancing (Tiffany Truth), fantasy multimedia (films), a costume contest, and a multitude of vendors who will showcase unique local-made crafts for medieval enthusiasts.

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Scythia To Headline Nerd Fest

Nerd Fest, a night of medieval fantasy, returns to Vancouver on November 19th at the Rickshaw Theatre with local folk metal clans Scythia, Eye Of Odin, and Celestial Ruin. Scythia will be headlining the fest after the band released second studio album "...Of Exile" last month.

Fantasy metal won't be the only entertainment at Nerd Fest; the festival also incorporates everything from sword fighting, tattoo artistry, burlesque dancing, fantasy multimedia, a costume contest and a multitude of vendors whom will be present to showcase their unique local-made crafts for medieval enthusiasts. Tickets are available here.

Dave Khan vocalist/guitarist of Scythia and one of the event organizers of Nerd Fest commented on what fantasy fans can expect: "Nerd Fest is a night dedicated to celebrating our love for all things fantasy. And we will celebrate by making it sexy with burlesque and cool with some really prominent local fantasy bands. We are really stoked to be putting on a multimedia variety night with a theme. It's been a blast organizing it because it's been really easy to garner support. The idea seems like something that really resonates with the sponsors and performers that we are recruiting."

Event details are as follows:

Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
The Rickshaw Theatre
254 E Hastings
Vancouver BC (Downtown)
Min. Age: 19+
Dress Code: Costume preferred
Admission: $15

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Scythia Streaming New Album "...Of Exile"

Vancouver's folk metal clan Scythia has officially released the band's sophomore album "...Of Exile" today, and the group is offering the digital release through a "pay what you want" format. Head over to the Scythia Bandcamp page to check out the album.

"...Of Exile is a fantasy concept album that blends storytelling with neoclassical and progressive metal. The album features 10 tracks that are linked together with cinematic sound effects and lush narration showcasing a range of different styles at play from medieval folk to 70's rock and all the way to full-blown power metal," commented vocalist/ guitarist Dave Khan.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude
2. Spirit of the Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice of the Sword
7. For the King
8. Fortress
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth's Inn

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