March 22, 2017
Women in Metal
Ladies featured in Annual
Ashcroft concert July 1-2
John Asher, Asher Media
Forsaken Rite will be one of the
bans at Metalfest in Ashcroft.
in Valemount, BC, near Jasper National Park, with the beautiful backdrop of
the Canadian Rockies, there stands an outdoor festival that just doesn’t
celebrate Heavy Metal, but embraces the power of women in metal.
Formed in 2016,
METALOCALYPSTICK FEST was created to present a
unique experience within the Western Canadian metal community, a
gathering of similar views, aspirations and musical taste. (similar
to former mainstream music festival Lilith Fair.)
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 in her own and decided to produce the event.
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 woman are still looked as
lesser. I want to showcase all these bad ass ladies and celebrate
the differences of men and woman rather than pretend we are all
equal. Truth is we are different why can't we celebrate that?” says
addition to the festival celebrating women in metal, the
METALOCALYPSTICK FEST gives back to the community by being
a non-profit organization dedicated to raise funds and donating 100%
of proceeds to local charities Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape
Relief and Women’s Shelter, Earth Protectors plus an audience picked
1st annual Metalocalypstick hosted female influenced metal bands
from across Canada and the world such as Brazil’s Nervosa (Napalm
Records), Egypt’s Massive Scar Era, Hollywood’s The Maension,
Valfreya, Scythia, Mortillery (Napalm Records), Van Halst, Dead
Asylum, Juliet Ruin, Violent Betty, Omega Crom, Körperlose Stimme,
Elysium Echoes, Solborn, Monarch Sky, Forsaken Rite, Anarcheon, and
Preparing for their 2nd annual
year, the outdoor festival for women in metal is proud to
announce their first batch of bands added to the line up with Tessitura, Körperlose
Stimme, Meteor Tree, Scythia, Hedks, Forsaken Rite
Gigfly.ca is being held during Canada Day weekend on July 1st
and 2nd in Valemount, BC. For tickets and more info, please visit
the following links:
Event Page- www.facebook.com/events/1158984924137688
Ride Share -
the first batch of metal queens and their band's performing
Cyn Mercredi has
been a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian Metal Scene for
years. Aside from being an active contributor to the underground
metal community by working at the local venues and volunteering
countless hours of time to promotion and festival work, she boasts
an impressive resume of membership in heavy hitting bands. Prior to
her work with Tessitura, Cyn's undeniable vocal
talents were showcased in Kriticos and The Dead Cold. Upon joining
Tessitura in mid-2016, the band was taken aback by
the sheer talent and raw energy that she brought. The addition of
Cyn offered a widened sound with a dual vocal attack, as well as an
unmatched energy in the live environment.
Edmonton-based Tessitura have been taunting the
western Canadian underground metal scene with their eclectic
blend of melodic death metal, progressive music and classic
meticulously craft their unique sound by layering the
edge-of-your-seat, earth-shaking guitar work of Stephan Ceña and
Chris Devries, backing it up with Leillyn McColman's up-lifting
bass lines and the driving drum patterns of Gord Alexander, and
finishing the sound with the dual-vocal freight train of Ceña
and lead vocalist Cyn Mercredi's powerful screams and haunting
Tessitura can be heard at one of their thunderous live
performances, or on their current releases, 'Savage
Embrace'(2013) & 'Battle to Eternity'(2010).
Edmonton, AB vocalist / guitarist Verteidigung Frostkeit first
found her voice and talent with the crushing metal of Angrif. The
path was laid and the bridges burned to light the way forward into
the sonic assault known only as Korperlose Stimme.
Korperlose Stimme formed from the ashes and remains of some of
Edmonton's finer projects. With that in mind, they forged ahead to
create something unique in metal. Both blackened and deathlike, the
sound is not like anything heard before.
Vocalist and Guitar: Theresa Bishop.
Bassist: Ana Eries Luyben.
love of music bubbled out of a need to heal the emotional traumas
she endured throughout her life. This "antidote" has been infused
with her aboriginal background; creating her own unique way of self
expression. Theresa feels that as long as there is music and art
being birthed on this planet, there is still hope for humanity.
Bassist: Ana Eries Luyben
Eries Luyben is a bassist who gravitates towards the healing
mechanisms of art. Always pulled by this magnetism, she met her
husband and fellow Meteor Tree band member at a
young age. As a bassist, her absolute pleasure is creating dark
grooves and contact with spirits through the vibes, which are the
elements she hopes to birth into the music of Meteor Tree. Ana left
El Salvador at the age of 4 and is fascinated by ocean currents.
object holds the potential of propagating a wave of frequency into
our universe. Affecting everything, like droplets hitting a puddle
of water. An input of energy to any object disturbs the particles
and forces the object into a vibrational motion; at its natural
frequency. Any musical scale, with its pure fluidity of mathematics
and nature, is a discovery-not invented. The vibrational physics of
music is heard as a language by the creature it captures; acting the
part of a true universal language connecting all beings.
Meteor Tree is our discovery of this language.
Celine has been drumming for 17 years and has been Scythia's
drummer and backup vocalist since 2010.
She's been in
various bands from the Vancouver area and in 2010 filled in as
touring drummer for the punk/metal band Fattooth (Montreal).
Her drumming skills have taken her across Canada, US, to Brazil,
Germany and Finland for performances and recordings.
She is also the guest co-lead vocalist for Vancouver's
power/thrash band Omega Crom and has sung (guest) vocals on a
dozen other projects.
Her drum influences include Tool, Fear Factory, Blind Guardian,
Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Clutch… Her style of drumming fuses
elements of early progressive rock with metal.
Her vocal influences include Rob Halford, Maynard James Keenan
and Ann Wilson (Heart).
Twitchy and Taser of HEDKS of Vancouver, BC.
"Twitchy" Carreras is a Vancouver heavy music veteran, playing
in bands such as Joyce Collingwood, Life Against Death and the
short, but magnificent Wisteria. A dedicated technical player
Twitch effectively ties together sludgy grooves, power chugs and
tasty leads for every stoner-thrash-punks wet dream. The unique
ways of boosting her every growing sound combined with her wild
and menacing on stage presence, Twitch, the guitar player and
vocalist for HEDKS is a force to be reckoned
Taya 'Taser' Fraser is the drummer of stoner-thrash group
HEDKS. Her playing style is unique- emulating
the rock greats of the late '70's - '80's fused with today's
elements of punk and metal. A very active member of Vancouver's
music community, she books local and touring bands with
promotion/ management company Art Signified as well as
co-founding and hosting numerous events at Studio Vostok, an
arts and entertainment venue located in Vancouver's historic
Vancouver BC duo HEDKS brings you the tastiest
morsels of sludge, doom, punk and metal neatly packaged for
immediate consumption. No refrigeration required. Setting
themselves apart from the standard limitations expected from a
two piece, HEDKS have managed to perfect the
huge sound, catchy hooks, and melting riffs typically found in
stoner thrash bands with more members and more beards. Since the
band’s conception they have been steadily making a name for
themselves among peers and fans alike.
and welcome back Sevi and Adaria of
from the southern plains of Saskatchewan, Adaria's past was
lived out with an early desire for adventure and glory.
Though she had enjoyed her days of progressive and power
Metal, she knew that there was something more she was
yearning for in the world. Journeying West in search of
change and a new life, Adaria came to discover the world of
folk metal along the way. She knew that this was what she
had yearned for, she had her purpose in place. Though search
of party members was at first slow, Adaria eventually caught
word of the war master Archon, who had just emerged from the
darker realms of music in search of something new. Adaria
quickly convinced Archon to consider the adventure that she
offered and it soon after came to pass that Forsaken Rite
was born. Though quiet and somewhat shy, Adaria brings a
fierce determination to the war party unlike any other. Her
honesty and loyalty ringing true, her foundation brings a
unity to the band that binds them strongly together. Her
thunderous drums boom and well throughout their songs and
bring a most immense power to the war party. The
sword-maiden ties them to one another and brings to their
tales the virtues of friendship and camaraderie.
to Forsaken Rite from the forested lake
lands of Western Alberta. The war party had found its
footing in the world, but still lacked a certain magic and
splendor to its ways. A long-time companion to both Archon
and Eiveen, Sevi's keen ear for the classical arts as well
as her passion for the piano (among other instruments) made
her an immediately appealing addition to the band. After
making her way to Edmonton and eventually finding a home in
the capital, it was not long until Sevi procured the
appropriate equipment and became Forsaken Rite's
keyboardist. Along the way she found a desire to pursue the
Accordion. With passion in her heart she made the change to
Accordion. With a wistful and reserved, yet graceful and
defined nature, she brings to the stage both a flowing and
magical beauty of symphonic melodies, as well as the jovial
and hearty rhythms of the accordion. It is not in her way to
engross the listeners of our tales with power and awe, but
instead to enchant them with a harmonious and natural
beauty. The druidess of Forsaken Rite ties
the war band to nature, and the beauty and wonder of the
world we live in.
the northern plains of Canada in the city of Edmonton,
Alberta on October of the year 2012, Forsaken Rite
had emerged. As far as the mountains of the west and the
frost bitten plains of the east they at last came together
to birth the war party in its infancy. Though small in
number they used the inspirations they had all brought from
their pasts to form a sound unlike any they had done before.
After many seasons of change, struggle, and friends come and
gone, Forsaken Rite was ready to take the
land by storm.
South is a drummer from Edmonton, Alberta! She enjoys
cooking, sports, tattoos, martial arts, her dog and of
course drumming with the guys! She strives to push herself
to have no limits and always work hard for what she wants.
Remnants is a hard hitting metal band hailing from
Edmonton Alberta carrying multiple influences from each of
us as individuals we enjoy all ranges and genres of metal
and music alike.
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