Review: Boreal Tundra – Boreal Tundra (Full Album Stream)

Boreal TundraCanadians are their darn atmospheric black metal! Always giving me something ENJOYABLE with SUBSTANCE, how dare they?!?! Do you know how much music is submitted to me?! I mean I get this self titled album from a band called Boreal Tundra, from a label called Neckbrace Records, and I just wildly enjoy what I hear. The next morning, I listened to the album on the commute to work, the chilling environment went well with the music that was coming out of my speakers. Cold and callous production, howling and grim vocal work, thick yet well placed bass tone and hauntingly torturous guitar tone and riffing. Toss in the tragic keyboard ambiance and you have a solid piece of art here. Boreal Tundra kicks 2015 off right with a solid atmospheric black metal release that raises the bar on lo-fi, self produced recordings. How am I going to review other albums when I just want to constantly listen to this!?

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joel violette 2Joel Violette, a man I admire. A man with intellect, talent and a desire to continue on after hard times. Joel is the main writer of the Canadian Blackened Folk band “Thrawsunblat” and ex-lead guitarist of Woods of Ypres. Now focusing on Thrawsunblat, we’re going to be seeing new music and much more coming from this band in the near future. I had a couple of questions for Joel and I enjoyed what he had to say. So sit back, relax and enjoy the deep responses this man gives.

Listen to Canada 2010 while you read this. Enjoy.

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MUSIC VIDEOS: ODIUM (Metal), Mandroid Echostar (Progressive Rock), Every Time I Die (Hardcore) & Over Your Threshold (Melodic Technical Progressive Death Metal, lol)

Odium, an unsigned Canadian band that has potential. The music is pretty good but I don’t like the vocals singing on the track. The growls are fine but the singing makes it too close to Five Finger Death Punch to me. Which I can’t stand. The song/video is still worth checking out so DO IT!

Odium – “At the Bottom”

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Happy Birthday David Gold!!!!

David Gold, founder and frontman of the great band Woods of Ypres, would have been 32 today. Remember him and listen to his great work. Listen to Woods of Ypres and hear him play drums in Thrawsunblat and Necramyth!!! HAIL DAVID GOLD!!! We all miss you man. You still continue to inspire and influence me to this day. See you on the other side my friend. Cheers!!!!

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WRETCHED announces US and Canadian tour!

Wretched has announced a US headlining Summer 2012 tour with King Conquer starting June 14 and will continue on to Canada on July 4, 2012 to support 3 Inches of Bloodin their tour.

Wretched is super stoked to get back on the road this summer and complete their fifth headlining show before heading to Canada to support 3 Inches of Blood. Vocalist, Adam Cody said, “I’m pumped to visit our Canadian fans again. Even more so because the trek will include the metal powerhouse 3 Inches of Blood. They are fun to watch live and are a genuinely nice group of dudes!”

Tour dates:

Jun 14, 2012 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/King Conquer
Jun 15, 2012 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero w/King Conquer
Jun 17, 2012 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/King Conquer
Jun 18, 2012 Springfield, VA @ Empire w/King Conquer
Jun 20, 2012 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/King Conquer
Jun 21, 2012 New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/King Conquer
Jun 22, 2012 Trenton, NJ @ Championships w/King Conquer
Jun 23, 2012 Allentown, PA @ Crock Rock w/King Conquer
Jun 24, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks w/King Conquer
Jun 26, 2012 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/King Conquer
Jun 27, 2012 Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew w/King Conquer
Jun 28, 2012 Fort Wayne, IN @ Broadripple w/King Conquer
Jun 29, 2012 Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail w/King Conquer
Jul 1, 2012 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/King Conquer
Jul 4, 2012 Montreal, QC, CA @ Underworld w/3 Inches Of Blood
Jul 5, 2012 Hamilton, ON, CA @ The Casbah w/3 Inches Of Blood
Jul 6, 2012 St. Catherines, ON, CA @ Level 3 w/3 Inches Of Blood
Jul 7, 2012 London, ON, CA @ Call the Office w/3 Inches Of Blood
Jul 10, 2012 Thunder Bay, ON, CA @ Crock’s w/3 Inches Of Blood
Jul 12, 2012 Regina, SK, CA @ The Exchange w/3 Inches Of Blood
Jul 13, 2012 Calgary, AB, CA @ The Gateway w/3 Inches Of Blood

Album Review! Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living

Cancer Bats upbeat rockin’ album “Dead Set On Living” reminds me of just good times, drinkin and being with friends. The music reminds me of Black Label Society A LOT; the writing style, techniques and harmonics make this highly noticable. The riffs are catchy and I found my self really getting into the songs and headbanging a lot. Groovin’ along with the tunes as I worked. I really enjoy Liam Cormier’s vocal style, it’s unique…he has this tone that isn’t super low, super high nor is it bad in any way. It’s very fitting with the music and gives the album more of it’s own personality. The sound of the album is good, the rhythmic drumming patterns and bass work make the album sound powerful but without going overboard. It will definitely rock your house at the next party you throw, which I suggest playing this album if you have people over for some beers and good times. This is definitely one of those albums.

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Album Review! Woods of Ypres – Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light

I’m going to begin this review with the notes that were found within the promo. Canada’s WOODS OF YPRES push their haunted brand of bleak metal into new dimensions of tortured gloom. ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light‘ defines the sound the band have been striving for, marrying downbeat doom rock with catchy melody and hooky choruses into a sound that promises hope on one hand and delivers desolation on the other. Band mastermind David Gold delivers his dry Nick Cave-esque lyrical approach with a rumbling, rich baritone offset with a heartfelt ‘regular’ vocal, laying his soul bare on tracks such as ‘Career Suicide (Is Not A Real Suicide)‘ or the frail ‘Finality‘. With a rich production courtesy of John Fryer (Depeche Mode, NIN, White Zombie, HIM), the lush orchestration sets the emotions on edge in songs such as ‘Traveling Alone‘ or ‘Death Is Not An Exit‘. Woods of Ypres manage to make music that sounds catchy and upbeat, while crushing hearts at the same time, producing a dangerously addictive combination of self depreciation and eternal hope making ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light‘ a dark curse for those who dare to dream.

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This week I want to feature Thrawsunblat for the Wreckommendation of the week. If you’re a fan of black metal, folk metal or whatever it is that makes Woods of Ypres & Agalloch so special, then you’ll abso-fucking-lutely love Thrawsunblat. Oh and Joel Violette & David Gold from Woods of Ypres are on this, maybe that’s why it’s so damn good. I wrote about this band early on when this blog started and it doesn’t lose it’s charm. I could try to chat you up on how good this is but you should just listen to it instead. Check them out on Bandcamp and Facebook! Enjoy Thrawsunblat.