VAN HALST Supporting ‘Because I Am A Girl’ Benefit Concert – Toronto – May 28th

VAN HALST Supporting ‘Because I Am A Girl’ Benefit Concert – Toronto – May 28th

Out Now! New Album ‘World of Make Believe’

VAN HALST Upcoming Shows:
April 29 – Calgary, AB @ Overtime Sports Bar (Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio Fest) – Event info

May 29 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Rock Cafe (Because I Am A Girl Benefit Concert) – Event info

Aug 18-21 – Nevis, AB (OurFest) – Event info

Photo Credit: Renee Robyn

Album Stream – Bandcamp | Soundcloud

     Edmonton, AB’s VAN HALST is proud to announce they will be performing at this year’s 2nd annual ‘Because I Am A Girl’ benefit concert on May 28th in Toronto, ON at the Hard Rock Cafe. The benefit concert features all acts with female musicians in honour of of supporting and raising proceeds for Plan Canada’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ initiative, which helps to create a brighter future for girls in the developing world. For more info on Plan Canada, please visit the following link:

Vocalist Kami Van Halst comments:
“We are very excited to be apart of the fundraiser for the Because I Am A Girl foundation. Because I Am A Girl is a global initiative working to end gender inequality. This is something very important to us, we speak a lot about feminism in our music and believe that no one should be held back from achieving their potential due to gender or sex.”

A fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal with strong socially conscious lyrics and advocacy for female rights, VAN HALST recently released their debut album ‘World of Make Believe’ on March 4th, 2016, which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.

VAN HALST, a project that first began as a solo endeavour for whom the band is named after — Kami Van Halst, has since become a full group producing socially conscious, lyrical tracks that focus on disenfranchised and marginalized populations. The band’s influences stay true to goth rock with Kami Van Halst demonstrating an agile vocal delivery in combination with pummeling growls. Lyrically, the band draws from black metal due to its focus on people suffering from isolation and rising to overcome the preconceptions of a judgmental society. In This Moment’s industrial fusion remains a primary influence for Van Halst, employing a sampler, synthesizer, and distorted vocals.
Kami Van Halst dominates as the vocalist performing both growls and soaring vocals (Surviving Suzanne), Scott Greene (Derina Harvey Band/Dirty Pool) and Strathon J. Bajowsky (Havok Way) craft the guitar work while Brendan McMillan (bass) (My Darkest Days) and Brett Seaton (drums) (Cultured by Fire) drive the rhythm section of the band. Kami’s range and virtuosic vocal ability always captivates an audience and her attitude on stage truly delivers the meaning behind the songs. The main writing forces for the band are Kami and Scott working together to give listeners a vivid image of social injustices. The band’s live performance is a theatric experience as the utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.

1. The End (4:31)
2. Save Me (4:12)
3. Ryan’s Song (4:11)
4. World of Make Believe (3:46)
5. Questions (3:23)
6. Denying Eyes (4:08)
7. Monster (3:29)
8. Plastic Smile (5:11)
9. Put Him Down (4:33)
10. Perfect Storm (4:44)

Album Length: 42:14

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Shantak launched Album Promo video @ Sliptrick records



Shantak is a Melodic Death Metal project born in Brescia, Lombardy (IT).
The founding members Matteo “Dreary” Spada and “Nicola “Chaerberus” Belotti start off the band in July 2013.
They began as a black metal cover band.
August 2013: Integrated Federico “LeechFace” Albini and Simone “Mazza” Mazzardi.
After a few months from the foundation they began to write unpublished music.
September 2013: Played 4 songs on the stage of a party in Gardone Val Trompia.
October and November 2013: Changed lineup and integrated Luigi “Ildorac” Colucci at the guitars.
February 2014: Played 6 pieces on the stage of Circolo Colony in Brescia with Darkend and Confusion Gods.
April 2014: Recorded “Alpha for Awakening” demo at OmicronStudio di Invernici Francesco.
May 17th 2014: Released “Alpha for Awakening” demo.
June 18th 2014: Signed with Senseless Life Records
June 21th 2014: Played 7 songs on the stage of “Festa della musica Brescia” playing for the first time “The Disinterment” and “Standing on the Left Side of the River”.
October 30th 2014: Played 7 songs on the stage of Circolo Colony with Malograno and Magenta Harvest (from Finland).
March 9th 2015: Signed with Sliptrick Records.
April 3rd 2015: Changed lineup and integrated Luca Abbattiscianni at the guitars.
Summer 2015: Changed lineup and re-intefrated Luigi Colucci at the guitars.


Calgary Metalfest Announce Headliners ANNIHILATOR, EXCITER (original lineup), RAZOR, SACRIFICE

Calgary Metalfest

calgary metalfest

Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music Proudly Present CalgBig Nate Productions ary Metalfest V! A Historic Night of Canadian Metal!
On September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, international touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing, will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe, and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment.
Club shows will be held at The Ship and Anchor Pub, Distortion – Live Music Venue, and Dickens Pub, September 14th through 16th. All shows 18+. Full lineups and more to be announced!
Tickets and VIP Passes for September 17th will go on sale Friday May 6th at noon MST through and Sloth Records in Calgary. More info as it becomes available at and

Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, was started in 2012 by festival organizer Nate Reno after his experiences working with Monsters of Rock (2008) and Noctis Metalfest (2008-2013).

Source: Asher Media Relations


WITHOUT MERCY Return With New EP ‘Mouichido’ Out May 27th; New Music Video ‘Worthless’ + Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Shimon Karmel


Upcoming Show Dates:

Apr 8 – Wings and Things – Prince George, BC –info

Apr 9 – The Dungeon – Burns Lake, BC Apr 15 – Distortion – Calgary, AB –info

Apr 16 – The Vat – Red Deer, AB Apr 18 – Moose Lodge – Lethbridge, AB –info

May 27 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC –info

(CD Release Show) Jul 23 – SBC Restaurant – Vancouver, BC

It’s been two years since Vancouver, BC’s WITHOUT MERCY last EP ‘Reborn’ savaged the lands of Canadian metal. After hitting the studio with a new vocalist Alex Friis and bass tracks recorded by Tristan Martin and live performance being done by Ryan Loewen, the band is ready to unleash its latest offering ‘Mouichido’, a re-release of re-recorded material from their 2014 EP ‘Reborn’. Newly added to EP is also a guest appearance by vocalist Mark Hunter of Chimaira on track ‘In Waves’. ‘Mouichido’ is set for release on May 27th, 2016 and is available for pre-order at the following link

“’Mouichido’ is the Japanese word for “Repeat” or “to do one more time”.  We chose this as the title to signify the re-release of a previous version of this record. After the release ‘Reborn’, we faced an issue with our vocalist, which caused us to part ways with him.  On the advice of our legal team, we recorded the album again with our current vocalist in an effort to terminate possible legal action.” says  Band founder and guitarist DJ Temple. “In addition to that, I hold close ties with Japanese culture so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce those lines into our music.  Facing the incredible difficulty with the last record and the way the vocalist departed the band, the stress was compounded by the financial burden left with a record we couldn’t release.  By venturing back to some of my martial art roots, I found the strength to maintain my tenacity and get the record back on track.  The result, is “Mouichido”. Fans should receive this as the ultimate reason to never give up. Take the aggressive nature of the songs and allow the culture of the Japanese writing to envelop you in a way that will carry you through each track. Let this EP be the story that inspires you to push through something difficult and come out the other side a stronger and more experienced person.”
The band’s first video ‘Worthless’ can be viewed at the following link:

without-mercy, mouichido

1. Worthless (3:48)

2. In Waves (Ft. Mark Hunter of Chimaira) (4:06)

3. Burn (4:27)

4. Morphine (5:56)

EP Length: 18:19
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Tenacity, work ethic and originality. There’s no excuses anymore.

Vancouver-based Without Mercy certainly stays true to its name. Ruthless and menacing, these Canadian metal titans have cultivated and redefined the phrase, “Fuck Pussy Metal”.

Founded in 2004, Without Mercy has gone from strength to strength over the years. They released their first EP “All Else Fails” in 2007 completely independently and used its humble beginnings to start the catapulting of performances, internet presence and radio play. In 2009, Without Mercy went on to record their self-titled full length album using the same team that worked on records by Devin Townsend, Mudvayne, and Marilyn Manson.  Without Mercy rode the attention wave of their self-titled debut, using the escalation to begin a relentless performance schedule that would lead them far from their hometown and include over 200 live performances.  No stranger to tenacity, in only a few short years Without Mercy have achieved; being the only indie metal band in Western Canada to have two tracks available on Rock Band 3, being featured in Tattoo Savage Magazine, and pioneering the phrases, ‘You Smell Like A Bitch’ and ‘Fuck Pussy Metal’ – which have now become synonymous with the band.

In 2014, Without Mercy unleashed third studio release, “Reborn”.  Another massive evolution for the band, Without Mercy sought to bring back the organic metal sound and combine it with a high production standard.  Fast forward to 2016, some line up changes with a new vocalist and bassist, the band is ready to share with fans re-recorded material from ‘Reborn’ on their new EP ‘Mouichido’ that even features Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter on their track ‘In Waves’. The EP is set to be unleashed on May 27th, 2016 and will be supported with a steady rotation of touring and appearances across Canada and the USA. All of course, independently.

Source: Asher Media Relations

Blacksmith Legacy

Blacksmith Legacy

  • Genre: Heavy Metal
  •  Band Members: Stellan Henborn (vocals),

    Torgil Sturesson (drums),
    Martin Sturesson (lead guitar 1),
    Mike Noberg (bass),
    Claes Karlsson (rhythm guitar/ lead 2)

  • Hometown: Munka-Ljungby, Sweden


  1. How the band started?
    In 2009 Torgil Sturesson (drums) wanted a band for his son Martin (lead guitar) so he started up the band with a couple of friends. The first rehersal place were in an old Smithy and there’s where the name of the band came from.
  2. Which band is your role model?
    A bunch of bands actually… All The classic Heavy Metalbands. Past and present. Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept, Helloween to name a few.
  3. What do You think about today’s metal scene?
    Quite exciting. The older end established bands still deliver and lots of new bands Come all The time. Metal is developing in many ways and directions, and the future really looks interesting.
  4. How would you describe in one sentence your work?
    Classic Heavy metal with the sound and freshness of today.
  5. Why did you decide to play this musical direction?
    Well for me personally (Mike Noberg -bass), i grew up with NWOBHM and i simply love the music. 
  6. Where would you most like to play a concert?
    Download (Donington) or Wacken. 
  7. Do you think that the  metal festivals are enough visited?
    The Big established festivals seems to be blooming and well but many smaller and local festivals are struggling. This makes it a lot harder for new bands to get out of the clubs and into the festivals.
  8. What are you listening to the most right now?
    Me personally again: Judas priest, In Flames and Nightrage (melodic death metal from Gothenburg)
  9. What would you say to your fans?
    Without you there would be no metal scene! You are the backbone of heavy metal! Rock on and be strong!
  10. What are your plans for the future?
    We are currently into writing process for an up coming full-length album.



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Artillery – Penalty by Perception

artillery, penalty by perception

Artillery- Penalty by Perception

1. In Defiance of Conformity
2. Live by the Scythe
3. Penalty by Perception
4. Mercy of Ignorance
5. Rites of War
6. Sin of Innocence
7. When the Magic Is Gone
8. Cosmic Brain
9. Deity Machine
10. Path of the Atheist
11. Welcome to the Mind Factory

Legendary Danish thrash metal band realised the album. This album is a kick ass apocalyptic trash metal album, the album demostrates the true power of thrash metal.

On the album it can be heard this raw trash metal sound with awesome solos, that are so amazing, that you can fill that clean and raw power through your own bones.

The vocal is very good, it’s like the vocal and the music are the one with another. This album is one of those albums, that are badass thrash metal, so perfect and brutal.

Tehnical compliance is brougt to ideal, acoustic is great, production is awesome. This album will take you to a world of death,apocylpse,chaos, destruction,pure trash metal power.

Artillery is the band, that has a unigue thrash metal style to it’s music, it’s raw, it’s brutal and insane trash metal music, because of this, the band is one of the best known thrash metal bands. This band is a ultimate thrash metal arrmagedon, that will blow your mind with the true essence and power of trash metal music, in the best way.

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Primeval Mass – To Empyrean Thrones


1.In Fiery Ascent
2.For Astral Triumphs
3.Their Eyes of the Abyss
4.Behind the Watching Shadows
5.With the Emblem of the Blackwinged
6.The Grand Ordeal
7.Hour of the Stellarnaut
8.The Mansions of Night

Greek one-man black metal band realised the album. This album is a pure evil old school black metal album, with the true power and essence of black metal.

On this album it can be heard this raw old school black metal sound, and there is a influence of thrash metal  and atmospheric music, but not in large extent, but inegrated phenomenally with the hole album and the songs.

Tehnical compliance is very good, acoustic is solid, and it can be way better, production is awesome.This album will take you for a ride through darkness,evil,chaos, apocylpse,destruction.

Primeval Mass is anonymos band  that desirves a lot of attention of public and listeners. This musician has created awesome old school black metal sound, that made on this album music, so pure and evil in black metal style, in the most best way.

primeval mass , to empyrean thrones

Rating Album: 10/10

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Proscenium realised the song ‘’The Betrayal’’

Proscenium realised the song ‘’The Betrayal’’

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Welsh Power Symphonic metal band realised thier new song ‘’The Betrayal’’.Also check out their other songs  ‘’ The Hangman’’ and  ‘’ Pantomime (Theatre of Dreams)’’.

This song is tehnically brought to ideal, acoustic is great, production is awesome. The grow vocals are fitted phenomenally with the song, The lead singer  Lee, with his unugie and special voice made this song more interesting. On the album there are generic sounds that are integrated phenomenally with the song too. The song is about love, hatred and it talks about feeling hurt by the one your love, the dark emotions of betrayal, a disappointment, because you know you made a big mistake, and them hell is unleashed. Awesome song, with great vocals. Pure symphonic atmosphere, with ultimate symphonic metal masters. Enjoy the song.