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December 2017
Released: 2017, Indie
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Carnage! Because I am a true patriot, once or twice a year I like to do a quick spotlight and some short reviews on newer, independent, underground Canadian Metal bands. That time is now! Thanks to all of the bands who sent me material for my spotlight. In the spirit of the PMRC, I have chosen a ‘Filthy Fifteen’ (+1!) as some (but not all!) of the bright lights, innovators and leaders of Canadian Metal. Most of them are independent bands releasing their debut album or EP in 2017. Check these bands out, they are the future of Metal! They are (listed alphabetically)…

Abomb (Calgary)

Decatur (Toronto)

Emblem (St. John’s)

Evereal (Mission)

Hammerdrone (Calgary)

Heaven’s Fire (Toronto)

Hounskull (Mississauga)

Ice War (Ottawa)

Maglor (Calgary)

Monarch Woods (London)

Operus (Toronto)

Osyron (Calgary)

Solarus (London)

The Lightbringer (Quebec City)

To The Mountains (Lethbridge)

Votov (Winnipeg)

Each year when I do these features I usually don’t pick favourites but in this case my vote goes to Calgary’s Osyron.

Formerly known as Morbid Theory out of Edmonton the band changed it’s line-up, changed names and moved to Calgary. The reissued the debit Morbid Theory album as the debut Osryon album but since then have had a significant stylistic change to the Progressive Power Metal they now play.

KINGSBANE is a very nicely put together CD package. They have a winning combination of a cool name, cool logo and font, great album title, even better album art. Inside it is even better, musically this is one of my most preferred style of music. European flavoured Progressive Power Metal. This reminds me of Evergrey, Symphony X, Kamelot, Tad Morose, Conception etc…all those classic 90’s bands… with later-era Bruce Dickinson singing. Superb! The longer songs are well composed, the musicianship is top-notch and there is a dynamic energy and excitement in the songs. From the raging opener ‘To War’ to the epic 10 minute finale ‘Kingmaker’ every song is a totally winner with highlights being ‘Razor’s Wind’ and Viper Queen’.

I’m always so excited to see and hear local bands play in this style. Everything about KINGSBANE is supremely well done. They are one of my new favourite Canadian bands!
Track Listing

1. From Ashes
2. To War
3. Razor's Wind
4. Viper Queen
5. Griefmaker
6. Kingsbane
7. Empire of Dust
8. Kingmaker


Curtis Manzys Drums
Kris Stalmach Guitars
Bobby Harley Vocals, Guitar
Jordan Dayman Bass



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