Crystal Mess

Crystal Mess

February is traditionally a slow month for big tours, although lots of events and releases are coming up that are worth trudging into the slushy snow for.

On the first day of the month, head to Lord Nelson’s Bar & Grill (1020 8th Ave S.W.) for an evening of metal organized by the Calgary Beer Core. Featuring World Class White Trash, Leave the Living, and more, the show should start around 9:30 p.m.

Check out the Sunn O))) and Ulver collaboration at, which will be made available for purchase on Tuesday, February 4 from Southern Lord. Featuring the American drone masters and black metal turned ambient/ free jazz/ experimental Norwegian quartet, the release is a gorgeous myriad of acoustic instruments performed through contemporary orchestration. Quiet, unsettling, and haunting, it’s worth a listen. That same day, Polish black metallers Behemoth will unveil their 10th studio album The Satanist.

The following Sunday, February 9, head to the D (222 7th Street S.W.) early for Winnipeg’s Commencing Human Desperation. The band will perform with South Sea Strategy, Our Last Crusade, and Lie Among Us. Tickets are $10 in advance, and music starts at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, February 15, Gatekrashör vocalist and BeatRoute/Iron Fist writer Dan Neild will be running the second metal swap meet at Dickens Pub (1000 – 9th Avenue S.W.).  From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the sale/trade will feature tables from Calgary metal collectors and merchants. The last was a treasure trove of records, t-shirts, patches, tapes, CDs, and miscellaneous items; head down to trade or sell or buy some heavy metal! Arrive early, because later that night is a show in Edmonton that is worth driving up for. Death (DTA) will be appearing for an exclusive Canadian performance with grind and death powerhouses Disciples of Power and Exit Strategy. The show will take place at Union Hall (6240-99 St.) and costs $32 + service charges in advance. Tickets may be purchased at As you may know, Death (DTA) is a band comprised of Human (1991) era members of extreme metal titans Death. Featuring guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, the role of the departed legend Chuck Schuldiner is fulfilled by Max Phelps, whose can also be heard in Exist. Organized by Perseverance Holdings Ltd., which is run by Calgary metal scene champion Eric Greif, the event is intended to celebrate the band’s legacy and raise awareness for American charity Sweet Relief. The charity provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

Head to Lord Nelson’s Bar & Grill on Friday, February 21 for the Farmaggedon Fundraiser. The event features bands that “you can expect to see at Farmaggedon 2014” including Moosifix, Vile Insignia, Shrapnal, and Outlaws of Ravenhurst. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The metal band that everyone loves to make fun of, but in reality has an incredible legacy and makes the best fist pumping tunes around, will release the next rerecorded album in their pantheon on Friday, February 28. Manowar’s King of Metal MMXIV is a revisiting of their sixth studio album, 1988’s Kings of Metal.

On Friday, February 28, arguably the best local show of the month will be unleashed at Lord Nelson’s Bar & Grill. Featuring the fantastic Crystal Mess, Mass Control, The Cadavor Dog, and Profits of Crime, the event costs $10 at the door and will also be the birthday celebration for metal lover Amanda Miller. Get her and yourself a few drinks, and bang your fucking head!

Words and photo by Sarah Kitteringham

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