THIS MONTH IN METAL: JANUARY 2014

Skull Fist

Skull Fist

Start 2014 off right! Go on Facebook, visit http://www.wingsofmetal.com/, and note the date! Montreal’s excellent Wings of Metal Festival will be announcing bands and ticket sales in late December and early January. In 2013, the festival featured such acts as Satan, Magic Circle, Manilla Road, Voor, and Midnight and 2014 promises to be equally fantastic. Now that Noctis is done, it’d be stupid to miss it!

On Friday, January 3, head to Vern’s Pub (622 – 8 Ave. S.W.) for an evening of metal featuring Edmonton’s Kryosphere, alongside Calgary acts Statue of Demur, Graveyard Nemesis, and Dethgod.  Show starts at 10 p.m., tickets are $8 at the door.

Toronto traditional metal warriors Skull Fist will release their long awaited second full length on January 10 via NoiseArt Records. Chasing the Dream is available directly from the band at http://www.skullfist.bigcartel.com/. To learn a little bit more about the band and Canada’s metal history, read Dan Neild’s piece Metal on Ice in this section!

On Friday, January 10, head to Nose Creek Valley Museum (1701 Main St. S.E.) in Airdrie, Alberta for Of Articulate Design, Collections, Our Last Crusade, and Letters to the Ocean. Doors are at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $10 at the door. This is all ages. No drugs, no alcohol, no fighting.

The D (222 – 7 St. S.W.) will host an early show that same evening featuring Moosifix and Blackest Sin alongside Saskatoon metal band Agony Spawn. The kitchen is open till 2 a.m., appetizers are two for one from 4-8 p.m. and you’ll get destroyed by blast beats.  Win, win, win. Show starts at 9 p.m.

The following evening, on Saturday, January 11, you’ve got plenty of shows to choose from. First, you can head over to the Kataplexis album release party – first read the excellent story that Tanner Wolff wrote on them in this section – at Dickens Pub. Another excellent option is the Gales of Avalon, Occulus, Frightenstein gig at The D. That show costs $10, and is organized by Whorehammer Productions and will also be a birthday celebration for Ms. Tamara Marr, who is a kick ass drummer and vocalist who deserves all the high fives and beers. Bands start at 9 p.m., you might as well show hop.

Former black metallers turned shoegaze band Alcest will release their fourth full length Shelter on Tuesday, January 21 via Prophecy Productions. You can pre-purchase the album on CD, vinyl, and in several different special formats at http://en.prophecy.de/alcest-shelter.html. Iced Earth, who now has a permanent vocalist with Saskatchewan’s operatic metal icon Stu Block, will release their 11th studio album, Plagues of Babylon, that same Tuesday. According to bandleader and guitarist Jon Schaffer, the record is partially focused on his Something Wicked saga, which revolves around the origins of man and his eventual downfall, while the remaining tracks are standalone.

On Friday, January 24, Vile Insignia will perform with Blackrat, and Display of Decay at Vern’s Pub. Prince Albert’s Druidus – who describe themselves as “stenchful, grimey, primitive chaos with influences ranging from black, death, grind and crust” – will be joining them. Tickets are $10 at the door. Bands start after 9 p.m.

Listings and photo by Sarah Kitteringham

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