Long-time readers may have noticed a change in the Shrapnel section in the past year and a half. In an attempt to discover and celebrate more underground music and support the amazing metal community that Western Canada has fostered, we’ve been covering fewer bands that are “mainstream” (no disrespect) and are focusing more on showcasing the lesser-known acts that pepper the metal landscape. Thanks to this change, this column has accordingly morphed. More frequently, we are including information on the bigger shows that are booked at an array of venues. With that in mind, if you are a promoter or band who is booking shows at any venue, big, small or in-between, please feel free to keep us updated on them for inclusion. Send an email to, and we’ll help you any way we can. ALSO! If you are in a local band, and are interested in coverage, premiering your album on our site, or other such things, send an inquiry my way.

Housekeeping issues aside, there are a ton of shows in Calgary this month. First off, head to The D (222 – 7 St. S.W.) for a late “Halloween Howler” featuring Pervcore, Junkies Rush and Enemyus. The show starts early; bands will play from 8 until 11 p.m. A week later, see Pervcore again when they open up a show at Broken City (613 – 11 Ave. S.W.). On Thursday, November 7, join metal amalgamators His Last Words for the release of Sapience. Stab.twist.pull will also perform. Tickets are available at the door; show starts after 9 p.m.

The following Friday, November 8, there are two show options that are so good it sucks to have to pick between them (probably just for me…. I digress). Head to Vern’s Pub for the Primitive Black Metal Tribute, which has been covered extensively in this section, or head to Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave. S.W.) for a stacked lineup of local prog prodigies, including Atomis, Phantom Limb, Illuminated Minerva and possibly the last gig ever by local instru-metal favorites Truck. The latter announced they were calling it quits; don’t miss out on your opportunity to see them! Tickets are $10 at the door, show starts around 10 p.m.

All the bands you loved when you were in junior high or high school are playing together on Friday, November 15 at the BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way S.E.). Watch Lamb of God with Testament, Killswitch Engage and Huntress. You can buy tickets from Ticketmaster; they start at $54.25

For a night of grind and powerviolence, skedaddle over to Tubby Dog (103 – 1022 17 Ave. S.W.) on Saturday, November 16. Performing will be WAKE, Ghetto Hawk and feed them fucking glass. The show is free, and marks the vinyl release of False, WAKE’s second full length. It’s a ripper chock full of grindy goodness, so buy a damn copy. If that doesn’t pique your interest, head to Siksika (take the highway 901 East out of Calgary) to see local band Fall City Fall on their North American Tour with Asightforsewneyes and Kennedy. Also performing will be After the Prophet, Our Friends Never Came, and No More Moments. Tickets are $10 at the door, show is all ages, and doors are at 6:30 p.m.

The next evening (on Sunday, November 17) folk enthusiasts will be thrilled to see Finland’s Finntroll at the Republik (219 – 17 Ave. S.W.) They will be performing with Montréal’s Blackguard and Estonia’s Metsatöll.

Be safe, stay warm, keep your drugs and alcohol consumption in check, have fun, bash the shit out of your instruments and enjoy some metal!

Words and photo by Sarah Kitteringham

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