On Wednesday, June 4, the Calgary Metalfest Kick Off Party will, ummm, kick off at Ship & Anchor Pub (534 – 17 Ave. S.W.). Calgary bands WAKE, Chron Goblin, Throne of Vengeance, Alkatine, Million Dollar Fix, and Open Air will perform. Bands start at 8 p.m. and the show is free!
The rest of the weekend will feature performances by too many bands to even mention. Therefore, make sure you visit http://www.calgarymetalfest.com, and click on the schedule, so you can plan your weekend. Both Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave. S.W.) and Vern’s Bar (622 – 8 Ave. S.W.) will host shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Alongside the many acts featured in this section, there will be performances from Witch of the Waste, Soul Killing Female, Death Toll Rising, The Great Sabatini, Doberman, Psychotic Gardening, and many more.
On Monday, June 9, metalcore band Unearth will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their second full length, 2004’s The Oncoming Storm. They will perform at the Republik (219 – 17 Ave. S.W.) with Texas in July, Cruel Hand, and Armed for the Apocalypse. Tickets are $20 plus service charges; doors for the show are at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, June 10, experimental, blackened metal act Tombs will release their third full-length album Savage Gold via Relapse; crusty grinders Trap Them will release their fourth full-length Blissfucker on Prosthetic Records. The hugely influential Mayhem will release Esoteric Warfare via Season of Mist.
The following Thursday, June 12, Farmageddon Open Air Festival will begin with a free warm up show featuring Riot City, Powerslave, and Hazzerd at Filthy McNasty’s (10511 – 82 Ave.) in Edmonton. The next day, head 80 kilometres east of Edmonton, and hit the festival grounds off highway 14 near Ryley, Alberta. Bands performing over the weekend include Moosifix, Ides of Winter, Druidus, Tyrants Demise, Dark Forest, Bloated Pig, Ironstorm, alongside many more.
Several more releases will be available on Tuesday, June 17. Lecherous Gaze will release Zeta Reticuli Blues via Tee Pee, while the Vassafor and Sinistrous Diabolus split will be obtainable thanks to Iron Bonehead.
Though their metal offerings have diminished as each year goes by, Sled Island Festival will begin on Wednesday, June 18 and runs at numerous venues until Sunday, June 22. Heavier bands on the bill include Anciients, Black Cobra, Temple, The Weir, Witchstone, Wilt, The Man and his Machine, and YENT. Look for tickets on http://www.sledisland.com.
Although their trajectory has baffled many of their early era fans, Mastodon will release the follow up to 2012’s The Hunter on Tuesday, June 24. Once More ‘Round The Sun continues their prog metal trajectory. That same day, Corrosion of Conformity will release IX via Candlelight Records, Cemetery Lust will release Orgies of Abomination via Hells Headbangers, and Australia’s amazing Mournful Congregation will release the Concrescence Of The Sophia EP via new label 20 Buck Spin.
Finally…. Here is some crusty, evil, fucking crushing stuff to end your month. The second round of Wordless Invocation Fest will happen on Saturday, June 28 at the Pawnshop (10551 – 82 Ave. N.W.) in Edmonton. Alongside Adversarial (who are featured in the section) will be performances by Nuclear War Now! act Nuclearhammer, as well as sets from Dire Omen, Wroth, and Ominosity. Tickets are $20 in advance, check the Facebook page if you need to carpool. People are heading there from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and all over Alberta, jump in a vehicle and get rad.
By Sarah Kitteringham