Decrepit Birth, The Browning, Xul, Eye Of Horus, and More Booked for Armstrong MetalFest

Western Canada’s Armstrong MetalFest has announced the lineup for its 14th edition, taking place July 12th and 13th at the Hassen Arena, Armstrong, BC, by the Okanagan Valley. This year will be headlined by Decrepit Birth, The Browning, joined by many others. Ghost Cult is an official media partner for the festival in 2024. Head into the article below for the full lineup and more.
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Free Download: Happy Metal Annihilation Vol 5

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Asher Media Relations has a new holiday sampler Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 5 available as a free download below.

The track listing is as follows:
01: Accursed Spawn – Clotheshanger Abortion
02: Adrenechrome – The Lead Elephant
03: Aggression – Cut Your Sins Off (Galy Records)
04: Arrival Of Autumn – Like Fire
05: BLEED – Hate March Kill
06: BornBroken – A Nation of Ignorance
07: Cryptic Hymn – Revel In Disgust
08: Defect Designer – Crusaders (Sleaszy Rider Records)
09: Display of Decay – Created To Kill
10: Elderoth – Black And Blue
11: Éohum – Equatorial Rains
12: [Evertrapped] – Palace of Injustice (Hellstorm Recordz)
13: Evilheart – Decimated Opposition (Test Your Metal Records)
14: Exes For Eyes – Done For Good feat Speed Strid of Soilwork
15: Fall City Fall – Love And Art
16: Fallen Angels – Nightmare (Cyberdyne Records)
17: False Flag – Nest Of Vipers
18: FUCK THE FACTS – Solitude (Noise Salvation)
19: Gomorrah – A Disaster’s Nightmare (Test Your Metal Records)
20: Haiduk – Syth
21: Helleborus – Coils
22: Hibria – Pain (Test Your Metal Records)
23: id. – Sagittarius A
24: Infalling– Distorted Visions
25: Inverted Serenity – Everscending
26: Keychain – Shock Rock City
27: Leave The Living – Word of a Whore
28: Meridius – Walk the Plank
29: MUTANK – Corporate Child
30: New Jacobin Club – Parade of Innocents (Manticore Music Group)
31: Odium – Return to Form
32: Psychostick – Obey The Beard
33: Puttin’ On The Foil – Giver To The Liver
34: Pyramids On Mars – Heaven’s Gate
35: Saints of Death – Blood Vendetta
36: Scissortooth – 10 30 (Galy Records)
37: Seven Year Storm – Dyatlov
38: Silent Line – Black and White
39: Striker – Too Late
40: The Apex – Glass Walls
41: The Order of Chaos – Apocalypse Moon
42: Them County Bastardz – No Easy Way
43: Titans Eve – War Path
44: Train Bigger Monkeys – Lack of Morality
45: Tylor Dory Trio – Time The Beholder
46: Van Halst – Save Me
47: Vantablack Warship – The Pit
48: Vesperia – The Western Tempests
49: WILT – Illusion of Hope (Bindrune Recordings)
50: Windy City Slaughter – A Grave For Two
51. XUL – Orbit of Nemesis

XUL – Extinction Necromance


XUL was one of those bands for me that I always heard in conversation but always forgot to look them up when I got home from shows. So needless to say, I was quite surprised seeing their latest EP release, Extinction Necromance (Self-Released), in my stack of albums to review. The EP is 4 tracks spanning just shy of 30 minutes and was just the right sample size I needed as a new listener and fan. While XUL’s sound does not seem groundbreaking, it still gives the blackened death metal genre a breath of fresh air. Each song has its own distinctive parts that make each song a different journey which is always a plus in my book.

The first track, ‘Frozen, We Drown’, has more of a death metal feel to it to start of the album. But just when you feel they stick to that one side of the spectrum, the zoom over to a black metal sounding interlude/bridge. I found each of the tracks had differing percentages of how much of the song would be death versus black metal. Most of the time it felt like an even amount of both in just the right formula for each song. However, the last track, ‘Summon The Swarm’, felt much more like a black metal song that at times reminded me ever so slightly of Watain.

Overall I did find this album to be pretty solid through the few tracks it has to offer. There were times I thought I could do a slow nod to a black metal riff and then wanted to Frank Mullen my hand around to death metal sections. Where I think this is a great place for new fans to listen to a small selection of songs from XUL, I am thinking of seeking out their full album at some point to give that a try as well. If you are looking for a new blackened death metal band or just new music in general, Extinction Necromance from XUL is a hell of a starting point.



Album Stream: Xul – Extinction Necromance


Vernon, BC blackened death metaller Xul is streaming their new EP Extinction Necromance below. The band has upcoming live dates

Jun 05: Calgary Metal Fest – Calgary, AB
Jun 11: Farmageddon Open Air – Ryley, AB
Jul 17: Armstrong Metal Fest – Armstrong, BC
Jul 31: Loud As Hell Fest – Drumheller, AB
Aug 14: Metallion Fest – Vanderhoof, BC
Oct 03: Bill Kergan Centre – Lethbridge, AB


Track Listing: XUL – Extinction Necromance
Frozen, We Drown (8:17)
Orbit of Nemesis (7:17)
Chaos Requiem (5:39)
Summon The Swarm (8:17)
EP Length: 29:31

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Obey The Brave, Ken Mode, etc Confirmed For Loud As Hell Metal Festival


The 2015 Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival will be held at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds in Drumheller, Alberta from July 31 – August 2, 2015

Obey The Brave
Ken Mode
West of Hell
Death Toll Rising
Tyrants Demise
Without Mercy
Planet Eater
Stab Bleed Pull
Leave The Living
Black Pestilence
Dahlmers Realm
Every Hour Kills
Iron Storm
The Dead Cold
Die Upon A Dead
Hellborn Death Engines
Burning Effigy
Maimed Wolf
Unity Through Tragedy
Statue Of Demar

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XUL Releasing Extinction Necromance On May 19th


Vernon, BC blackened death metallers XUL is releasing their new EP Extinction Necromance on May 19, 2015.

Track Listing: XUL – Extinction Necromance
Frozen, We Drown (8:17)
Orbit of Nemesis (7:17)
Chaos Requiem (5:39)
Summon the Swarm (8:17)
EP Length: 29:31

XUL will be supporting Gorguts on April 18, 2015 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC’s Nothing Is Heavy’s weekend fest with Sacrifice, Anciients and more.

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Farmageddon 2015 Releases Schedule and Lineup

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The third edition of Western Canada’s loudest open air metal festival Farmageddon has released their schedule and lineup, which is held in Ryley, AB (80 KM east of Edmonton) from June 11-14, 2015.

The Difficult Brown – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Sub Atomic Chaos– 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Statue Of Demur– 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
Citizen Rage – 12:00 AM-1:00 AM

The Dead Cold – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Korperlose Stemme 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Ironstorm – 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
Bleed (CD RELEASE) – 12:00 AM-1:00 AM

Wive’s Tail – 8:00 – 8:45 PM
Wraith Risen – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Cryptopsis 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Awaken The Abstract – 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
This Monster Won’t Die – 12:00 AM-1:00

NOTE: All holders of HELLRIDER passes are able to attend any of the 3 kick off shows for FREE, by presenting their ticket at the venue!

FARMAGEDDON OPEN AIR 2015 @ FOA Festival Grounds
FRIDAY, JUNE 12 2015
Sleeping in Traffic – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Kyoktys – 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Altars Of Grief– 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Idolatry – 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Villanizer – 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Into Eternity – 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Cellardor – 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Tyrant– – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
With Malice – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Leave The Living – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Farmageddon Burlesque Performances – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Cryptic Enslavement – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Edmonton “Battle Of The Bands” Winner – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Calgary “Battle Of The Bands” Winner – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
My Own Chaos – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Viathyn – 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Samandriel – 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Noire – 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Archspire – 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Incantation – 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 2015
Naraka– 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Valyria – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Ides Of Winter – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Odinfist – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
False Flag – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Gatekeeper – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Order Of Chaos – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Xul – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Aggression – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Pallbearer 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Grim Reaper– 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM


Grim Reaper, Pallbearer, Incantation, Into Eternity, etc Confirmed For Farmageddon Open Air 2015


Western Canada’s loudest open air festival Farmageddon has locked in veteran British metal act Grim Reaper, Pallbearer, Incantation, Into Eternity and Archspire as featured acts to perform on the 2015 edition, its third year in Ryley, AB (80 KM East of Edmonton) from June 11-14, 2015.

Watch a video teaser for the event here.

FARMAGEDDON OPEN AIR – Full Line Up: June 11-14, 2015
Grim Reaper
Into Eternity
The Order Of Chaos
Ides Of Winter
This Monster Won’t Die
Statue Of Demur
Sub Atomic Chaos
Cryptic Enslavement
Wraith Risen
The Dead Cold
My Own Chaos
Altars Of Grief
Sleeping In Traffic
Awaken The Abstract
Leave The Living
Pinky Eats Brain
Wive’s Tail
Citizen Rage
The Difficult Brown
False Flag
With Malice
Korperlose Stemme
Lylia Chorosive
Chalie Vegas
Alice Asphyxia
Ivy Voltage

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