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Metal Monday: So Long, Farewell

It wasn’t long ago that I was pondering the history of my Metal Monday column, and just how long it had been since its inception. July 20, 2009. Almost three and a half years ago; my how time flies. At this juncture, it’s time for me to bid all of you faithful readers adieu in this post, my last post for the OurStage magazine. Listen, it’s not you… it’s me. Y’all should keep on being your awesome selves and keep up on the latest happenings here on the OurSage Magazine (you’re in good hands). As a bit of a going-away present, though, I’ve compiled some of my favorite metal jams I’ve found on OurStage over the years into a playlist for you. Even I was surprised with just how many gems I have accumulated over the years and I’m more than happy to share them with you one last time, especially for those of you who are newer readers. Enough babbling, though, it’s time to shred. (more…)

Metal Monday: Metal Podcast Round 2

Welcome to the second installment of OurStage’s Metal Monday podcast. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether the first installment was a resounding success or not (it was, right?). We covered some news, we played some great songs, and we had fun. I also featured three OurStage metal jams, and for those that need a refresher, those songs were:
Before we move on, did anyone recognize the song that was used as the intro track? If you guessed “Pirates” by one of my all-time favorite OurStage metal bands, Derelict, then congratulations are in order. But enough with the shenanigans, it’s time for the second installment of the Metal Monday podcast to smash you in the eardrums.
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    I’ve been writing this metal column for a while now (about two and a half years), and in that time I’ve covered some pretty fantastic OurStage bands. From the former Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris to completely undiscovered gems like WoodHaven to Parisian street hardcore acts Danforth, there has been quite a spread of talent, and many of these acts are still going strong. If you have been a longtime reader, then you might remember some of these acts and wonder where they are now”good thing for you that I’m here to tell you just that. Let’s cover some of the awesome new happenings of some of OurStage’s seasoned metal pros.
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    THE POTENTIAL NEW FACE OF CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE DEATH METAL

    When thinking about Canadian metal, a few bands that might come to mind would be Quo Vadis, Strapping Young Lad, Into Eternity, Despised Icon, Cryptopsy, Voivod, or a multitude of other big names.  With any luck, Derelict will be among these soon enough.

    Derelict has been around on OurStage for several months, and has achieved a fair amount of success in the metal channels (as consistent as any metal band on OurStage).  Even given the success that Derelict has had on OurStage, with no full-length release and no label backing, it’s nearly impossible to strike it big.  Now, they have a full album completed and lots of positive media feedback, but still no label. Last month, the band kicked-off a full Canadian tour with an album release show for their newest release, Unspoken Words. This album shows a lot of potential that is reminiscent of the Strapping Young Lad sound, and fits in with the new Agonist sound, but is still very unique. The sound they have borrowed from many other progressive death metal bands from Canada is a very dense, with thick and crunchy guitar tones, and mid-range evil vocals, and a drum sound that sounds like machine guns over drums of war. To help their situation, Derelict was the opener for a show on the Agonist’s latest tour to support their new album, Lullabies for the Dormant Mind.

    We had a chance to catch up with the guys and get to know a little more about them from their label prospects to their opinion of the metal scene in Canada. Read on for the inside scoop and discover even more great Canadian metal bands:

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    A HEFTY DOSE OF METAL

    We’ve all been there: work getting you down, crappy weather lately, etc. Don’t worry, we have just the thing for you: a list of the most awesome and angry metal songs on OurStage; a list of ten songs that are sure to make your blood boil (in a good way). Go ahead, play these songs loud, too loud in-fact, and rage like you have never raged before. It will be a good healthy dose of metal for your day. If it leaves you wanting more, head to the OurStage metal channel and get your headbang on. Horns to the heavens, people!