I hope you’ve got some money in your wallet and your liver can still metabolize alcohol, because we’re all in for a great month.
American label 20 Buck Spin has picked up the excellent Australian trio Cauldron Black Ram, who sing about the “occult, pirates, myths” through a shroud of blackened death metal. It sounds cheesy, but in practice, it rips. Check out Stalagmire on Tuesday, April 1.
On Friday, April 4, the SuicideGirls will be in town for the first time in over six years performing burlesque. Featuring “stripteases and performances poking fun at Game of Thrones, The Big Lebowski, Planet of the Apes, and Star Wars,” the event is sure to be a blast. Head to the Marquee Beer Market and Stage (4630 Macleod Trail South) for the show; tickets run from $25 to $75, the gig starts at 8 p.m.
Although the D has once again closed down, the Wacken Metal battle Calgary has been rescheduled and continues on. Round three will happen on Saturday, April 5 at Dickens Pub (1000 9th Ave S.W.). Featuring performances by Osyron, The Cadavor Dog, Morbidly Depraved, Vile Insignia, Hell Hounds, and Enemyus, the show costs $10 at the door and starts at 9 p.m. Make sure you thank Nathan Renaud for busting his ass to keep the event running smoothly.
Tom G. Warrior’s Triptykon will release Melana Chasmata on Tuesday, April 14, and it’s quite frankly incredible. A dirgey, gothic affair, the release will adorn your best of 2014 list.
Despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to get relentless hardcore punk rockers Trash Talk on the phone to chat about their upcoming performance on Wednesday, April 16. They will be performing with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Retox, and Shining at the Republik (219 17th Ave S.W.). If you enjoy fists flying in your face, crowd surfing, and the occasional piece of hardware getting hurled into a crowd, you’d be stupid to miss it.
That same evening, an equally kick ass show will happen at the Ship & Anchor Pub (534 17th Ave S.W.). Electrogrime trio Breathe Knives will be performing, alongside their Vancouver based noise rock pals in Anion. Providing support is The Weir. The show is free, so you have no excuse!
Vancouver hell raisers Chapel will perform on Friday, April 18 at the Dog and Duck Pub and Restaurant (5340 2nd Street S.W.). The Cadavor Dog, Fornication, and Gatekrashör will kick off the evening. Doors are at 7 p.m.; bands are later.
On Saturday, April 19, London prog/djent act TesseracT will descend upon the Republik with Intronaut and Cloudkicker. Local progressive titans Illuminated Minerva will be opening. Tickets are $22 plus service charges; show starts at 8 p.m.
Round four of the Wacken Metal Battle will take place on Saturday, April 26 at Vern’s Pub (622 8th Ave S.W.). This is the second last show of the series; this event will feature The Reckless Heroes, Anakronis, Black Pestilence, Hammerdrone, Slagduster, and Scythia. Tickets are $10 at the door; show starts at 8 p.m. on the dot. Get there early!
Several strong releases will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 29. Check out the newest by Vancouver tech-death collective Archspire, titled The Lucid Collective (and be sure to see them open for Kataklysm); recently rejuvenated sludge masters Floor will unveil Oblation via Season of Mist.
The fine folks over at Concert Works are offering up two free tickets to a bunch of great metal gigs! If you are interested in any of the following shows: Destruction on April 5 (Edmonton), Kataklysm on April 10 (Edmonton) or April 11 (Calgary), TesseracT on April 18 (Edmonton) or April 19 (Calgary), the Metal Alliance Tour featuring Behemoth, 1349, and Inquisition on April 29 (Calgary) or April 30 (Edmonton), PaganFest 2014 featuring Korpiklaani (Calgary), or Iced Earth on May 9 (Edmonton), please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All you need to do is write in the subject line “Free Tickets – (Insert band of choice here)”. Whoever emails first about each show wins; you can only win one set of tickets.
Listings and photo by Sarah Kitteringham