Canadian, Listen, Metal, Music

[Listen] Waster – Ghost March

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Some slowhand doom metal from Waster. Ah, nothing like it first thing in the morning! For a bunch of metal-heads from Winnipeg these guys actually have something to say about the how desensitizing and dehumanizing our society has become. I love the final line: “Take that hammer from the God above and throw it in his face.” Yeah! And … then maybe hit the snooze button and get a little bit more shuteye before work.

Canadian, Metal, Watch

[Watch] The Great Sabatini – Life During Wartime

No Comments 25 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Great Sabatini very effectively mesh their droning metal distortion with footage from the 1993 cult classic ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ (one of my favourite animated movies of all time).

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music

[Listen] Protokult – Get Me a Beer!

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Ah, nothing says Weird Tuesday like an odd mixture of genres. Here’s “Get Me a Beer!” a pagan folk metal song from Protokult. Bound to keep you chuckling all the way down to the bottom of the keg.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music, Punk

[Album Review] Anchoress- Crime & Compass

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Label: File Under: Music

Despite the themes of social decay and destruction, and despite the spit-in-your-eye punk onslaught of the music, ‘Crime/Compass’ is not a work of pure nihilism. The lyrics tackle issues such as ecological disaster, societal breakdown, alcohol abuse, self-loathing and disaffection with poetic phrasing and reflective thought. These guys actually care about these issues. Anchoress may not be the first intellectual punk band in history, but you’ll be hard pressed to find such a stark contrast between the blistering, steel-edged assault of the music and the beautiful intelligence of the prose.

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Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Black Valley Gospel – Mean Old World (LP)

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
black valley gospel

Black Valley Gospel is a band whose bark is worse than its bite. They have described their own music variously as “post-apocalyptic death rock”, “post-atomic spaghetti western music” and a cross between old blues and 80’s trash. As intriguing as all of that sounds, none of it’s really true. To give you a better idea, their latest album ‘Mean Old World’ features folk-rock (“The Haunted Sea”), gypsy rock (“The Lobotomist”), psychobilly (“Ain’t I Evil?”) and some Iron Butterfly-style psychedelia (“The Septic Winds of Commerce”). A predilection for heavy fuzzed-out guitar distortion and the occasional screamed lyric is about as metal as things get. So not as scary as they make it sound. That’s not to say that there isn’t a sinister edge or that there isn’t the odd disturbing passage (“wasps built a nest inside your heart”), but overall it’s just good clean carnival-style fun.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music

[Album Review] USA Out of Vietnam- Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: May 5th, 2014
Label: New Damage Records / Aurora Borealis

‘Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes’ is an impressive effort, to say the least. Recorded at Montreal’s renowned Hotel2Tango with a gaggle of guest musicians, the album is a richly layered cornucopia of musical sounds. It’s progressive drone metal, but that’s a label that is more limiting than illuminating.

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Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop, Punk


No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

“See You in Hell” is from the latest album by psychobilly maestros The Creepshow, and it features their new lead singer, Kenda Legaspi.

See You In Hell by The Creepshow on Grooveshark

Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Metal, Music, Psychedelic


No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Progressive middle eastern psychedelic experimental drone metal. No, I’m not kidding. Come on, try it! And it’s from New Brunswick — I should be made an honorary citizen of that province!

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Metal, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Gob- Apt. 13

No Comments 24 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: New Damage Records

Gob started their career over 20 years ago, so some of you may be simply too young to know who they are. Even if you were listening to music back in the ’90’s you could be forgiven for not recalling them; after all they’ve only put out one album in the past 10 years, and that one was way back in 2007. To make matters worse, they’ve been promising us a new album since 2009, so many of us just stopped paying attention. But anyway, here we are, it’s 2014 and we have a new Gob album on our hands. Was it worth the wait? Yes, probably. They may not be blazing any new trails into the 21st century, but at least they are doing us the great favour of not rehashing their own musical past.

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Canadian, Instrumental, Listen, Metal


No Comments 08 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
sacred white noise

Metal fans rejoice because Toronto’s Thantifaxah has released their first full-length album ‘Sacred White Noise’. Their brand of black metal may be a bit harsh for some (I personally love it), but this instrumental may have broader appeal. It sounds like a lost King Crimson track, so naturally I just fell for it immediately.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Metal, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Kuato- The Great Upheaval

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 24, 2014
Label: Acadian Embassy

Kuato consists of five talented musicians from Halifax who practice their craft in the shadowy world of post-rock, which is a genre that is often misunderstood and sometimes even maligned. This is not prog rock for the 21st century, in fact it is “progressive” only in the broadest sense that it seeks to go beyond traditional rock stylings and structures. Nor is it merely instrumental metal. For one thing, post-rockers are not head-bangers, they are serious composers who approach their art the way classical musicians do, albeit with electric guitars and drums rather than violins and trumpets. Furthermore, on ‘The Great Upheaval‘ the music is just as often soft, almost ambient, as it is thunderous and loud. The only track that could be considered metal is “Battle of Bloody Creek”, but the title of the song should give you a good clue as to why it’s metal. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Metal, Watch


No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Video of “Limitless Part 2″ by Montreal progressive metal band MIRE. Fans of Tool will love this.

Alternative, Canadian, Concerts, Metal, Music, Punk

A Primitive Evolution, Sumo Cyco and Here Below @ The Hideout 7/4/2014

No Comments 08 July 2014

by Ashley Smith
A Primitive Evolution
Friday night the Hideout was packed and sweaty—and for good reason. The bill was stacked with Toronto talent. I really like the Hideout; it has a rock and roll atmosphere and great staff, the kind of place that was the perfect setting for the show I was about to enjoy. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music, Punk

[Album Review] White Lung- Deep Fantasy

No Comments 30 June 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Label: Domino Records

Warning: take a deep breath before pressing the start button on ‘Deep Fantasy’ because once you do it’s a headlong rush, with no time for anything as mundane as inhaling. White Lung lets loose an unrelenting torrent of scorching metal-tinged hardcore. They take no prisoners. It is punk perfection. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Metal, Music, Punk

[Listen] Dan Potter Sings- Self/Tilted

No Comments 26 August 2013

by Tiana Feng
Dan Potter Sings is a one piece alt-rock band. Wait one piece? That isn’t so evident in Self/Tilted. His metal-tinged guitar parts are perfectly in sync with the tight drums. Vocals are in the back of the mix but despite their band name, it’s the instrumentals that make this project interesting. From punk sensibilities to blues psychedelia, a lot of different classic styles can be heard throughout.

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