Calling all women in metal! Metalocalypstick Festival has opened up submissions for its 2020 edition in the beautiful setting of Lone Butte, BC. The thunderous sounds of the festival will rock the pristine setting once again, with the unique characteristic that each band will have at least one women playing.

The festival will take place on the weekend of June 27-28th, 2020 and along with a myriad of international talent the event will also include life-size metal foosball, a hot sauce challenge, and various other activities that can be enjoyed by attendees.

Last year, bands from Canada, Tasmania, Mexico, Egypt, and the USA graced the stage in a phenomenal display of feminine power at the premiere Canadian festival that puts an emphasis on women. Metalocalypstick is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving back to the community and donates 100% of the proceeds to local charities including Girls Rock Camp and the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. On top of these charities, they also select an independent band to be sponsored and be given opportunities to further their career in music.

Don’t delay! Submission to play this one of a kind festival in beautiful British Columbia close on November 18, 2019.

Apply at http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks/.

Festival Location:
Lone Butte Community Hall
5994 Hwy. 24
Lone Butte, BC

Links:
Metal Hammer: Meet The People Making Festivals A Better Place For WomenBillboard Magazine: Canada’s Metalocalypstick Fest Will Celebrate Women in Rock While Giving Back Vancouver Sun: Metalocalypstick Festival showcases women of metalFB: www.facebook.com/metalocalypstickfest
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Instagram: @metalocalypstickfest

About:

Featured in publications such as Metal Hammer and Billboard, Metalocalypstick Fest not only celebrates women in metal, but also gives back to the community. Formed in 2016 as a non-profit organization, they are dedicated to raising funds and donating 100% of proceeds to local charities Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, and Earth Protectors plus they sponsor an independent band picked by Metalocalypstick Fest judges.

The festival was founded by Kaija Kinney of Vancouver’s Anarcheon after researching a lack of female based metal festivals to apply her band to, Kinney took matters into her own and decided to produce the event.

“This festival means the celebration of both sexes coming together and creating something amazing. People like to say women in metal aren’t a big deal anymore and that we are all the same. I feel that is untrue, this is still a male-dominated world and women are still looked at as lesser. I want to showcase all these bad ass ladies and celebrate the differences between men and women rather than pretend we are all equal. Truth is we are different why can’t we celebrate that?” says Kinney.

Canada’s Premiere Women Centric Festival, METALOCALYPSTICK, Opens Band Submissions For 2020

NECRONOMICON Streaming New Album “UNUS”

New Album “UNUS” Out October 18, 2019 via Season of Mist

“A Relentless Onslaught US Tour” w/ Belphegor, Suffocation, Abiotic

Canadian blackened death metal horde NECRONOMICON are now premiering their entire new album, “UNUS”, which will be released this Friday, October 18th. “UNUS” can be streamed at THIS LOCATION.

“UNUS” can be pre-ordered in various formats HERE.

NECRONOMICON‘s new album “UNUS” is a searing cacophony of blistering riffs, machine-like drums, and a symphonic ambiance, culminating in a sound that calls to various metal icons such as DIMMU BORGIRSEPTICFLESH, BEHEMOTH, and DEICIDE. The record combines the furious elements of death metal with the orchestral prowess of black metal, creating the perfect synthesis of both genres. Standout tracks like ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Singularis Dominus’ only solidify NECRONOMICON’s ability to continuously produce high-quality metal that’s just as dark and brutal as it is elegant.

In additional news, NECRONOMICON will be hitting the road for “A Relentless Onslaught US Tour”with Belphegor, Suffocation, and Abiotic. The 26 date tour kicks off on October 24th in Sauget, IL and will end on November 23rd in Reading, PA. 

A Relentless Onslaught US Tour” w/ Belphegor, Suffocation, Abiotic
10/24 – Sauget, IL – Pops
10/26 – Dallas, TX- Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
10/27 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
10/29 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/30 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
10/31 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
11/01 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/02 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720
11/05 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
11/07 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
11/08 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/09 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center *
11/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
11/11 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/12 – Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
11/13 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/15 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/16 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
11/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
11/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
11/20 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/21 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/22 – Patchogue, NY – Stereo Garden
11/23 – Reading, PA – Reverb
* No Belphegor

Track Listing:
1. From Ashes Into Flesh  (04:23)
2. Infinitum Continuum (05:27)
3. Paradise Lost (04:55)
4. The Price of A Soul (01:56)
5. Singularis Dominus (04:50)
6. The Thousand Masks (03:20)
7. Ascending The Throne of Baator (04:54)
8. Fhtagn (01:59)
9. Cursed MMXIX  (04:13)
10. Vox Draconis (04:13)
Album Length: 40:10

Recorded at Silver Wings studio, produced by Rob The WitchMixed and mastered at Darth Mader music studio by Logan Mader (Machinehead)Recording line-up:
Rob the Witch: Guitar/vocals/bass
Divider: drums
Special feature: Geirlioz (Dimmu Borgir) on Piano in ”From Ashes Into Flesh”.
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Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary grimoire, NECRONOMICON formed in 1988 by founding guitarist and singer Rob “The Witch” in the deep, northern part of Canadian province Quebec, Fjord of Saguenay. NECRONOMICON have a well-earned reputation for quality by releasing material only when ready and satisfied with the outcome ever since their demo entitled ‘Morbid Ritual’ (1992) firmly established their name within the underground. ‘The Silver Key”EP (1996) led to mainstream recognition on a national level, but their debut album ‘Pharaoh Of Gods” (1999) and the sophomore ‘The Sacred Medicines’ (2003) did even more to establish the band as a household name in Canada.

‘Return Of The Witch’ (2010) marked the international break-through for NECRONOMICON, and saw them performing at prestigious festivals such as Inferno (Norway), Ragnarok (Germany), and the Barge To Hell metal cruise among others, while sharing stages with acts such as CRADLE OF FILTHDIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH, and MORBID ANGEL, to name but a few. Their steady advance around the globe grew considerably in impact by their next full-length “Rise Of The Elder Ones” (2013). By the time the band released ‘Advent Of The Human God’ (2016), they were met with international critical acclaim. Now, with ‘Unus’ out October 18, 2019, the band show that they aren’t slowing down and are ready to deliver another vicious strike! Prepare for the darkness to envelop you. In 2019, NECRONOMICON was presented with a certificate of honor for over 30 years of service via H.S. production/Tommy Tremblay, and the people of Saguenay Lac-St-Jean, making them the second band after VOIVOD to ever receive this honor.

“Best moments of BEHEMOTH and symphonic death à la GODFLESH APOCALYPSE while remaining entirely Necronomicon.” – Bravewords

“Advent of the Human God is a truly diverse album, perfectly balancing plenty of atmosphere with their iconic chugging riffs and pummelling blast beats.” – Exclaim!

“Advent of the Human God boasts both a Behemoth-like epic savage grace and Dimmu-esque orchestral pomp. But it also delivers a more primal ferocity and maintains the thematic air that has become Necronomicon’s forte” – Metal Rules

“”Their sound is akin to an Anti-Christ infant spawned from the blasphemous union of Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth.”” – Metal Underground

“The drums crash like Nordic avalanches on tracks like “Alchemy of the Avatar.” With its blazing jugular seeking guitar riffs and crazed piano breaks over top double kick drum insanity, this last song makes for a perfect ending to a blistering listen.” – Beatroute (AB)

“‘Necronomicon opened the show with a thoroughly impressive display of symphonic death metal… The best way to describe them would be a symphonic version of Winds of Creation-era Decapitated, with perhaps some Vital Remains mixed in. Lots of cool grooves and hair spinning moments!’” – Metal Injection (Live Review)

NECRONOMICON Streaming New Album “UNUS”; Out This Friday, Oct 18th + Tour w/ Belphegor, Suffocation

Today the band present a new playthrough video which highlights the phenomenal skills of their drummer Reykr. Watch his dextrous decimation of ‘Whispers Of A Husk‘, a track from their fearsome debut album, Horror Vacui, at the Sathamel YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lgm6itgRiY

In further news, you will also soon have the chance to see Reykr and the rest of the band in the flesh, as Sathamel return to live action in November with two fantastic shows. First up, on the 9th, the band will be heading to the south coast to join VoicesAklashShadowflag and more for Winter Assault II at the Green Door Store in Brighton.
https://www.facebook.com/events/318327992085141/

Then, on the 23rd, Sathamel will headline Darkness Over Northampton at The Lab – with support coming from Stereo SkullMaster’s Call and Primal Holocaust.
https://www.facebook.com/events/374342473277727/

Meanwhile praise continues to be lavished upon Sathamel’s fearsome full length debut album, Horror Vacui…

“Sathamel’s onrush of darkness and void will leave you completely disoriented from start to finish, proving once and for all there’s nothing better than some first-class Blackened Death Metal hailing from our beloved United Kingdom to feed all of our inner demons and fears.” – THE HEADBANGING MOOSE

” This is an album of complete brutality and is relentless throughout.” – INDEPENDENT MUSIC SHOWCASE

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SATHAMEL announce live dates and unveil devastating drum playthrough video!

I’ve never really payed much attention to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Even as someone who writes about music. With its confusing, wildly inconsistent and political selection process and off-base snubs I found it extremely difficult to like and respect the archaic institution. However there have been in the past and are some really great nominees this year with whom I adore such as Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Soundgarden and The Doobie Brothers all of which I whole heartedly would love to see inducted.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an organization with the power to both honor and snub as they see fit according to their agenda. With every band inducted into the Hall, it seems like there are dozens of acts passed over despite iconic status.

There’s Ozzy Osbourne (who’s in the Rock Hall as a member of Black Sabbath but not as a solo artist), Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera, Judas Priest and dozens of others. For some reason, most of these acts have never even received a nomination, while others have been nominated but quickly forgotten after not making the cut.

Heres a little bit of history for the rock and roll hall of fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame established in 1983 is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, that documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced the development of rock and roll.

Originally, there were four categories of induction: performers, non-performers, early influences, and lifetime achievement. In 2000, “sidemen” was introduced as a category.

The only category that has seen new inductees every single year is the performers category. Artists become eligible for induction in that category 25 years after the release of their first record. In order to be inducted, an artist must be nominated by a committee that selects anywhere from nine to a dozen candidates. The performers that receive the highest number of votes and more than 50 percent of the vote are inducted. The rest of the categories are voted on by special committees.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has garnered criticism for allegedly allowing the nomination process to be controlled by a few individuals, nominating too many artists in too many genres that are not rock ignoring entire rock genres altogether and using technicalities to induct groups who may not have been among the top vote getters.

Over the years we’ve had many accomplished and distinguished inductees into the hall of fame. However there are also many individuals who are not in the hall of fame who deservedly belong there such as, Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, Jethro Tull, The Cure, The Smiths, Slayer, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Bad Company, Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Jane’s Addiction, Pantera, Joy Division, Black Flag, Faith No More, The Guess Who, Boston, Motley Crue and Kiss, to name only a few.

Here are the 2020 “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame” nominees.

  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Pat Benatar
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraft Werk
  • MC5
  • Motorhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy

Is the “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame” still relevant today? let’s look back at all the previous classes’ absences, sorted by most to least petty rationale.

The Anti–Rock Hall Crew

Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia (1994)

Although he never offered a formal comment on his absence, it was reported at the time that Garcia thought the Rock Hall was “stupid” and was opposed to its bigger message about music artistry. The remaining Grateful Dead members disagreed, and showed up to accept the honor — with a Garcia cardboard cutout in tow.

Sex Pistols (2006)

In perhaps the most infamous Rock Hall diss of all time, all surviving members of the Sex Pistols — Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and John Lydon — published a handwritten letter to condemn the institution and everything it stands for. It deserves to be read in full, typos and all:

Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming. Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons. Your anonymous as judges, but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL.

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne (2006)

In a stunning reversal, Osbourne decided to accept an induction honor years after prematurely writing the Rock Hall to take Black Sabbath “off the list” of potential inductees. “Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it’s not voted on by the fans,” he wrote at the time. “It’s voted on by the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who’ve never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is irrelevant to me. Let’s face it, Black Sabbath has never been media darlings. We’re a people’s band and that suits us just fine.” Flanked by his bandmates Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler, Osbourne ended up happily enjoying their ceremony in 2006, where they were inducted by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. “I realized I don’t have the right to speak for Black Sabbath. All I am is the singer,” he later reflected. “If we’d all sat round a table and talk about it, that would’ve been okay, but I didn’t have the right to say that, and I truly apologize.”

Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose (2012)

In a long letter addressed to the Rock Hall, Rose declined his induction with Guns N’ Roses and asserted that the honor had zero significance to him. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf,” he wrote, in part. “Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction.” Days after the ceremony, Rose wrote another public letter to apologize to fans and the city of Cleveland about his decision not to attend, and insisted he did not “attack” the institution. “These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about,” he clarified. “I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially ‘rock’ enough to be in the Hall?” The rest of the band went to play at their induction without Axl at the helm (and also sans guitarist Izzy Stradlin), replaced by Myles Kennedy from Slash’s backing band.

We’re not getting the band back together, man

The Beatles’ Paul McCartney (1988)

Despite the presence of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono, an ongoing squabble about songwriting royalties swayed McCartney from attending. “After 20 years, the Beatles still have some business differences, which I had hoped would have been settled by now,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, they haven’t been, so I would feel like a complete hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion.” McCartney would later induct John Lennon into the Rock Hall in 1994 and Ringo Starr in 2015; he also happily attended the ceremony for his solo work in 1999.

The Supremes’ Diana Ross (1988)

Ross and Mary Wilson, the two surviving original members of the Supremes, had harbored a feud in the many years leading up to the Rock Hall, which accelerated in 1986 when Wilson very unfavorably wrote about Ross in her memoir. Wilson showed up for the band’s induction, while Ross stayed home with her newborn child.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters (1996)

Lingering bitterness between Waters and his fellow Pink Floyd members prevented him from attending the ceremony, which primarily stemmed from a 1986 lawsuit that he lost to his bandmates, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, regarding the use of the Pink Floyd name. (Gilmour and Mason would later extensively tour without Waters, although they invited him on numerous occasions to participate.) Years later, Waters admitted that he regretted the legal action and his behavior.

Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and David Lee Roth (2007)

Various threads of drama inconveniently plagued the band at the time of their induction, which can be quickly recapped as such: Eddie was in rehab, Michael Anthony was fired and replaced with Eddie’s son, and David was generally pissed at how the Rock Hall wanted to handle their induction. Oh, yeah, and they were planning a reunion tour, which was postponed because of those aforementioned three things. Anthony and Sammy Hagar ultimately attended the induction, where they likened it to a “bittersweet” moment in their career.

Chicago’s Peter Cetera (2016)

Thanks to a wildly specific disagreement, co-founder Cetera chose not to attend Chicago’s induction due to his bandmates refusing to change the keys of their hit song “25 or 6 to 4” to better accommodate his vocals. “Unfortunately this scenario doesn’t work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it’s just not meant to be,” Cetera said in a pre-ceremony statement. “Personally I’m frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it’s time to move on.” Fellow band member Robert Lamm admitted the situation was “unfortunate” and wished they found a solution to the impasse. “If Peter didn’t want to play or couldn’t play or couldn’t sing or whatever, at least he could have stood with us,” he explained backstage at the ceremony. “I think he certainly deserves it.”

Suspiciously timed scheduling issues

Van Morrison (1993)

Due to vague “work commitments” overseas, Morrison had his pal Robbie Robertson accept his award on his behalf. “However, thank you very much for inviting me, and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very enjoyable evening, and hope that everything goes well,” Morrison wrote as a short speech. “Best wishes.”

The Animals’ Eric Burdon (1994)

Burdon was touring in Europe as a soloist when the Animals were inducted, with the front man ultimately choosing not to cancel his tour dates. Still, he has nothing but good things to say about the Rock Hall, and would later perform with Bon Jovi at the museum’s opening a year later. “It feels like being a part of a musical family,” he said of the institution. “Every time I visit, my wife and I are warmly welcomed and treated well. I think they are doing a great job.”

David Bowie (1996)

Bowie was touring around Europe for his Outside album when the ceremony occurred, and he never issued any kind of statement in acknowledgment of the honor. David Byrne did the induction proceedings, while Madonna accepted the award on Bowie’s behalf.

Genesis’s Peter Gabriel (2010)

In a similar situation to Yorke, Gabriel was undergoing extensive rehearsals around Europe with an orchestra at the time of the ceremony, a commitment that was planned months prior to learning of Genesis’s induction. However, when Gabriel was inducted as a solo artist four years later, he happily showed up and joked about his previous no-show. “I’m very grateful to have gotten in again,” he said. “It’s a huge honor since it’s for your whole body of work and not just a specific project.”

The Hollies’ Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott (2010)

Founding members Hicks and Elliott were performing with their “new” iteration of the Hollies in England, and decided not to cancel a few gigs to fly to America for a reunion. The remaining members, including Graham Nash, performed at the ceremony with the help of Paul Shaffer.

Roxy Music’s Brian Eno and Paul Thompson (2019)

The band’s publicist issued a statement that said founding member Eno, as well as longtime drummer Thompson, had “other commitments” to tend to the evening of the ceremony. Neither of them issued an additional comment regarding their absence. We should probably note that Eno and frontman Bryan Ferry were prone to feuding when they were both in Roxy Music, although we can’t say for sure if this contributed to Eno’s decision.

A hodgepodge of excuses and misfortune

Rod Stewart (1994, 2012)

Pour one out for Stewart, who not only missed his induction as a soloist, but also with his band, the Faces. In 1994, the deadly Los Angeles earthquake prevented him from flying out for the ceremony because of the need to look after his “terrified” children. Almost two decades later, Stewart also had to miss reuniting with the Faces because of a strep-throat diagnosis that left him bedridden and unable to speak. “I’m absolutely devastated,” Stewart said prior to the ceremony in a statement. “Shattered that I’m going to miss my second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — and this time alongside my mates.”

Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick (1996)

Despite the rest of the San Francisco band coming together at the induction, Slick refused to attend, based on her opinion that “all rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire.” She added a few years later: “I’m not comfortable being an old person on stage. Rock is like sports. You have a certain run, then get out.” The last time she performed live with Jefferson Airplane was in 1989.

Joni Mitchell (1997)

Weeks prior to her Rock Hall induction, Mitchell was reunited with her daughter, whom she had given up for adoption as a newborn about 30 years prior. Fearing a tabloid media circus would eclipse the evening’s honor, Mitchell opted not to attend in favor of spending time with her family.

Neil Young (1997)

Young’s Rock Hall ideology is a bit all over the place — he showed up for his 1995 induction as a soloist and has inducted five acts into the Hall over the past three decades — however, his 1997 ceremony with Buffalo Springfield is a different story. He decided to boycott the event that year, owing to his belief that the intimate ceremony shouldn’t air on television for public consumption. “This presentation is in direct opposition to what I believe,” Young wrote. “Although I accept the honor, in the name of rock and roll, I decline to take part in this TV presentation and be trotted out like some cheap awards show. There are already too many of these.”

Queen’s John Deacon (2001)

Deacon retired from the music industry in 1997, and he’s slowly become more and more reclusive from public life in the years since. He refused to attend the band’s induction for that reason, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor later admitting that Deacon had “completely retired from any kind of social contact” and is “a little fragile.”

ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog (2010)

Fifty percent of the Swedish pop quartet were no-shows, owing to separate reasons. Per an interview fellow band members Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad did in the lead-up to the ceremony, Fältskog’s fear of long flights hindered her from leaving Scandinavia, while Ulvaeus had to deal with “a big family thing” that couldn’t be rescheduled.

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (2012)

Yauch’s ongoing battle with cancer prevented him from flying to Cleveland. Out of solidarity for their friend, Yauch’s fellow bandmates, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, canceled their scheduled induction performance. During their speeches, Diamond and Horovitz read Yauch’s remarks on his behalf, which thanked the Rock Hall for honoring hip-hop and the group’s loyal legions of fans. A month later, he died at the age of 47.

Linda Ronstadt (2014)

Like Yauch, Ronstadt — who made limited public appearances in the years leading up to the Rock Hall — was too ill to make an appearance following her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. However, in a statement released prior to the ceremony, she implied she wouldn’t have come even with good health. “I haven’t given it one thought, I have to say,” she explained. “It wasn’t anything I ever thought about. I never thought of myself as a rock n’ roll singer; I sang it, but it’s just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn’t go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. I don’t have anything against it; you just don’t do things for those reasons. If you’re working for prizes, you’re in trouble.”

Dire Straits’ Mark and David Knopfler (2018)

The sibling front men squashed fans’ dreams of a reunion with very different rationale: David claimed the Rock Hall “reneged” on its promise to cover the required travel expenses to get to Cleveland from his native England, while Mark, well … didn’t say anything at all. It’s been a year, and he still hasn’t commented or offered a response as to why he didn’t show up. The closest we have to any reasoning comes from the band’s bassist, who says Mark insisted that “he didn’t feel like coming” and “it didn’t appeal to him.”

In conclusion while there have been many trail blazers in the past carving a revolutionary path it seems that people are beginning to wake up and the antiquated methods of the powers that be have always relied upon to serve their own agendas are coming to an end. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is in desperate need of restructuring to adapt to an ever changing musical culture if its going to be saved. There’s no place for politics in music unless its written in song. The people are calling for a more philosophical attitude that embodies musical justice.

Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Judas Priest Lead 2020 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

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Third Chamber has been lurking around the Calgary metal scene for years, biding their time and working tirelessly to bring to you their debut EP “Harvesting Our Decay” on November 22, 2019.

The greasy and chugging death metal is a myriad of genre flavours taking into account the styles and influences of the five musicians who have been gracing stages for decades in their other projects and bands. Now they have come together to produce a mechanical blackened sound with lyrical content that is not for the faint of heart. The band explains:

“Lyrically the songs are based on the current politicized state of the world. Environmentally, economically and socially everything is used by the beating drums of those in power to maintain control and their position. Musically we are aiming to help you cope with said issues by providing an aggressive yet melodic 25 minutes of blackened death metal sure to make you drive faster and work out harder and maybe even help people realize that a 1st world problem is the least of their problems.”

The five-song EP is introduced with the title track as a single which takes a look at how humanity is destroying the environment with constant wars, exploitation of natural resources and endless pollution. As the band quips:

“We’re f*cked and won’t survive the earth once the healing truly begins.”

Watch the ‘Harvesting Our Decay’ lyric video via its exclusive premiere on Ghost Cult Mag HERE.

With influences primarily being old school death metal, Third Chamber adds a spatter of modern death metal aesthetics to the tune of Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, At the Gates, Misery Index and a touch of Napalm Death.

EP pre-order here. (Digital, CD and a limited quantity of hand-numbered cassettes)

Third Chamber will be playing live in Alberta in November and December. Don’t forget your earplugs.

Show Dates:
Nov 23 – Red Deer, AB – The Krossing 
Nov 29 – Medicine Hat, AB – Heartwood Cafe
Nov 30 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room Temple 
Dec 6 – Calgary, AB – Dickens

Track Listing:
1. Parasitic Communion (4:45)
2. Mind Rot (3:05)
3. Choke (4:07)
4. Harvesting Our Decay (4:24)
5. Terror Formed (4:28)
EP Length: 20:51For more info:
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Comprised of several musicians with a long history in Calgary’s metal scene, Third Chamber is cooking up a new, yet familiar death metal sound that will nourish even the pickiest of metal enthusiasts.

With death being the main ingredient in their metal melting pot, hints of grindcore and hardcore also stand out amidst flavours of politically charged lyrics. Third Chamber is not music for the soft, besides being musically ferocious, the lyrical content is a brutal reflection of the current state of the world. From negative motivations of religious organizations, the effects of social media on mental distress, the ever-growing pride of ignorance, the exploitation of our natural resources for the profit of the wealthy and the manipulation and lack of actual truth in most media consumed by the ever-growing bewildered herd.

In 2019, Third Chamber is releasing their debut five-track EP “Harvesting Our Decay”.

Calgary’s THIRD CHAMBER Premiere First Single Off Politically Charged EP “Harvesting Our Decay”

DECIMATE METALFEST 2.0 certainly presented its fair share of challenges, but thanks to the love of metal, a wonderful community, amazing venues, absolutely epic bands and the best of fans, DMF has persevered into another year.
DECIMATE METALFEST3 will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada over the weekend of June 12th, 13th and 14th and will include an All-Ages component once again this year! They encourage bands of all ages to apply for the festival! (More detail on this to come!)DECIMATE METALFEST are also pleased to announce that this year they will be working with some outstanding partners and sponsors both again and for the first time!
With that said, TAG A FRIEND, TAG A BAND, SHARE, and let’s get those submissions rolling in for DECIMATE METALFEST 3!
Bands interested in performing at the festival can apply at https://decimatemf.wixsite.com/decimateme/submit or via e-mail to decimatesubmissions(@)gmail.com.
(Submissions deadline is October 31, 2019)

“There are no limitations to who can apply to Decimate! We love diversity! So if you’re not in a Metal Band, APPLY ANYWAY, if you’re a Burlesque act, APPLY ANYWAY, if you’re a solo artist, APPLY ANYWAY! We look forward to each and every submission that comes through!”  – Sloan Voxx, DMF organizer.

Previous years of DECIMATE METALFEST included bands such as: Into Eternity (Regina, SK), Hammerdrone (Calgary, AB), Centuries of Decay (Toronto, ON), Tortured Saint (London, ON), Quietus (Edmonton, AB), SYRYN (Calgary, AB), KOSM (Vancouver, BC), Hazzardous Material Burlesque, (Calgary, AB), School of RockCalgary South (Performance Band -18), Ninjaspy (Vancouver, BC), Widow’s Peak (Calgary, AB), NYLITHIA (Vancouver, BC), Blackwater Burial (Vancouver, BC), Insurrection (Gatineau, QC), Pecado (Calgary, AB), Sludgehammer (Toronto, ON), Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC), BLQ – Benevolent Like Quietus (Calgary, AB), ODINFIST (Armstrong, BC), Tessitura Official (Edmonton, AB), Filth (Shelby, NC), Insvrgence (Austin, TX), and many more!
DECIMATE is the brainchild of Sloan Voxx of Voxx Promotions, which is destined to become an annual Canadian metal pilgrimage to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With the many yearly festivals becoming part of the national metal heritage, Sloan wants DECIMATE to become one of the best-known events alongside the various festivals located within Alberta, and Western Canada. With Voxx Promos booking and promotional experience, and the support of metalheads internationally, there is nothing to stop them from reaching their goal of bringing in the masses and putting on incredible metal festivals for years to come!”
(Writing Credits: Sloan Voxx & Ingrid Newton)
If you are interested in volunteering at DMF, please send in your volunteer application at:
https://decimatemf.wixsite.com/decimateme/volunteer

If you are interested in helping sponsor DMF, please contact decimatemf(@)gmail.com

For more info:
Facebook.com/decimatemf/
Instagram.com/decimate_mf/
Twitter.com/decimatemf

DECIMATORS! DECIMATE METALFEST 2020 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!