Burst of Silence Official Biography

Burst of Silence was formed in the later part of 1991 with Ryan Hollingworth on vocals, Zak Husted on bass, Sam Mamone on drums and Christian McMaster on guitar. They formed from different circles around the city of Hamilton, but they all went...

Valleys Of The Living

Valleys of the Living

Valleys of the Living is a brilliant new project by Howard Change, composer/director. Howie was previously associated with Arcanum, Throne of Mortality, Funeral Junkie and Black Albatross. He has also been a featured guest on “The Last...

System Overload Interview

System Overload were a hardcore/punk band from Halifax, NS during the mid to late 80’s. They were also the first punk band I ever saw live at a free outdoor show in downtown Halifax. As well, I got to see their last show in 1989. I...

OneDaySavior Recordings Interview on Canadian Releases

OneDaySavior is actually a New York based record label, but Christ Tzompanakis has worked with quite a few Canadian bands that I wanted to interview him about his encounters and relations to Canadian hardcore. Also being one of my favorite...

Redstar Records Interview

Redstar Records was a record label operated by Brendan Munn and Paul G. from Hamilton, Ontario. Their best remembered release was the Confine/Avarice split CD, but everything they put out was amazing and did really well in hardcore (as you will...

Chris Gray & Loveless .1. Official Biography

Loveless .1. (pronounced “Loveless One”) was Chris Gray’s solo band’s name. It is perhaps one of his most obscure endeavors. The name was used briefly from 2001 to 2002, between periods when Chris Gray performed under...

Say No More Official Biography

Say No More was a band that anyone could have easily passed by. But I hope to change that. Louis-Pierre Parenteau and his brother Marc-Olivier formed the band in 2002 after the first Shark Attack 7″ came out, and they became influenced...

Structure Records Interview

Structure Records was a short lived record label operated out of Hamilton, Ontario, by two notorious hardcore personalities; Jeff Beckman and Chris Logan, two members of Chokehold. They put out three releases and abruptly ended but those...

Orpheus

Orpheus

Orpheus is a British atmospheric and progressive rock band based in Bournemouth, England. It was founded in 2008 by James Young and Thomas Vallely, already established on Abridged Pause Recordings’ roster with his other project Omega...

Neighbourhood Watch Interview

Neighbourhood Watch were from Fredericton, New Brunswick and existed between 1985 and 1988. They released a 7″ EP called Death At The Hands Of Time on Real World Records based in Durham, UK. There were a few other bands with the same...

The Chitz Official Biography

The Chitz were a punk/hardcore band from Halifax, Nova Scotia and were around from 1994-1998. Drawing influence from a wide range of bands such as The Exploited, Agnostic Front and even Ramones-y pop punk, the band released an LP, split LP, 2...

Workshop Records Interview

This was a great little record label based in Campbellville, Ontario in the mid 90’s to early 2000’s. They were known principally for giving Grade their debut release, as a split with Believe (later repressed as the split with...

The Asexuals Official Biography

The Asexuals were a Montreal punk band that started in 1983. They went on to release several records but due to personal bias were are just going to talk about their good stuff. The original line up was John Kaster, Sean Friesen, T.J. Collins...

Drop Forge Official Biography

This bio was sent to me exclusively for this blog by band founder Paul Schedlich. I doubt I could have written a better one on this fantastic midwest emo band from Pickering, Ontario. I don’t find many Canadian bands with this specific...

Guilt Parade Interview

Guilt Parade were a punk hardcore band from Fredericton, New Brunswick from the mid 80’s. They self released 2 demo tapes and then moved to Toronto where they put out an LP on Fringe Records. An often overlooked band when it comes to...

Seer Official Biography

Marc Stonestreet, Tyler Smith and Stephen McIntyre had all been friends since elementary school. In 1994 while they were in ninth grade, they got together with their first instruments and started learning how to play. Marc actually got...

Crisis of Faith Official Biography

Crisis of Faith was notorious for their short association with Chokehold, but they were really an entire band apart, with completely different beliefs. Guitarist Adam Payne and drummer Paul Abrash formed the band in early 1990 as a “side...

Engage

Formed in 1998 by Eric Neufeld, Engage started out as a 4 piece with Ben on vocals, Dave Pifco on guitar, Eric Gaudet on bass and Eric Neufeld on drums. The band played regularly with other local band Notoriety. After building a good following...

Dirge Official Biography

Dirge was an early to mid-90s metalcore band from Ontario, which eventually became Day of Mourning. At first they were almost what you now call nu-metal, though a lot heavier. But their later material became just like DOM. Dirge formed in 1994...

Two Line Filler Official Biography

Two Line Filler (or 2 Line Filler) was one of the best appreciated and most successful emo bands to come out of Canada in the 90s. And everything they did was amazing! Every release was a masterpiece. I wouldn’t say this band...

Vision Éternel Interview for The Inarguable

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted on October 13th 2010 for The Inarguable webzine. We have decided to repost it here for archival purposes and because it is truly an amazing read. -What are the origins of Vision Éternel? Vision...

Alexandre Julien Interview for WTF Metal Music

Editor’s note: this interview was originally conducted on October 10th of 2010 for the Francophone metal website WTF Metal Music, and was eventually published on November 1st of 2010. -Peux-tu me parler de ce que sont tes anciens et...

Ignorance Never Settles Official Biography

These guys were amazing! I always found they were the equivalency to Morning Again in Canada. Unfortunately they were always evolving and changing members which were slowing them down and preventing them from getting as big as they should of...

Confine Official Biography

Confine formed in early 1997 as one of southern Ontario’s (Oakville) most aggressive and chaotic hardcore (without being screamo). The original line up was Rob Blakely on vocals, Neil Hamilton and Gordie Ball on guitars, Mike Earp on bass...

SeventyEightDays Official Biography

After Chokehold had broken up, Chris Logan, Matt Beckman and Josh Fletcher continued to rehearse together. Influenced by such bands as Drive Like Jehu and Hoover, but in a more straight hardcore fashion. They named themselves SeventyEightDays...

Vision Éternel Interview for Abridged Pause Blog

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted on September 21st 2010 for Abridged Pause Recordings Blog. We have decided to repost it here for archival purposes and because it is truly an amazing watch. Share...

One Eyed God Prophecy Official Biography

I don’t know what took me so long to get this post started… One Eyed God Prophecy was one of the most influential screamo/grindcore/crusty emo bands from Canada, and are still one of the most respected. And they are definitely the...

Castevet (CSTVT) Interview

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted with Will McEvilly of Castevet (CSTVT) in May of 2010. It was originally published on Sadness By Name. -Alright so Castevet started when exactly, and how did you all meet each other? And what...

Spread the Disease Official Biography

Spread the Disease was an extremely black metal influenced metalcore band, a genre that later became known as noisecore. They were fierce and unholy without being corny like most black metal acts of the 90s. This band formed out of Karenza...

Karenza Official Biography

Karenza was formed in late 1996 by Dave Buschemeyer (Bushman) on guitar and Trevor Dykstra (T-Bone) on bass after leaving behind the broken up New Day Rising (they would reform). The initial line up also featured Dave Johnston on drums, and Stu...

New Day Rising Official Biography

New Day Rising was huge. And I think that there are still a bunch of people getting into them these days. Even if the band has been broken up for over a decade, a bunch of blogs still talk about them and Eulogy Recordings still manage to profit...

Fans of Bad Productions Records Interview

This label was very special, so I did a special type of interview. It was more in the sense of a conversation with Chris Iler. It was great to do and the guy is a dictionary of knowledge of the whole Canadian scene. This label really helped a...

Eliot Rosewater Official Biography

Eliot Rosewater was a short lived band from Mississauga that was only around from December 1995 to October 1997, though they managed to record a great deal of material, and apparently had written over 50 songs. It featured Ian McPhedran on bass...

Vision Éternel Interview for Sadness By Name

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted on March 18th 2010 for Sadness By Name magazine. We have decided to repost it here for archival purposes and because it is truly an amazing read. -Hello Alex, can you introduce yourself and let...

Ache Hour Credo

Ache Hour Credo is what came between M Blanket and Breakwater (for Dave Wenger at least). It was fairly short lived, of about 1994 to 1996. Some say that the first unofficial song from this band was the last M Blanket song recorded, “Kid...

The Payback

Tough guy metalcore was all over Quebec in the early to mid 2000s (right after that ended, our whole scene ended). The Payback is another band from that scene and genre that came from Trois-Rivière. And I wasn’t able to find much on this...

Shoulder Official Biography

This was originally the very first post. It has since been edited, ameliorated and reposted, with much more material in the download link (thanks to Ryan Moon and Doug MacGregor for all the help). So I am proud to present one of my absolute...

Three Fine Days

This Halifax band was formed in October of 2000. They released a 3 song demo and a 4 song CD-ep in their short career, before disbanding in March of 2002. Drawing influence from bands such as Grade and Boysetsfire (and also covering both those...

Beyond the Dune Sea "Beyond the Dune Sea" LP. Released March 9th 2010 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR4).

Beyond The Dune Sea – Beyond The Dune Sea

Beyond the Dune Sea’s debut full length is a brilliant album. And it was done in such a “post-musical” style as well. A series of live jams were recorded and the whole thing was put together in post-production style by Adam...

Beyond the Dune Sea’s debut album is now out

Abridged Pause Recordings introduces its two newest releases! Beyond the Dune Sea and Vision Éternel are now fully active artists on the Abridged Pause Recordings roster. We really hope that you will take a bit of your time to check them out...

Vision Éternel’s EP “Abondance de périls” is now out

Abridged Pause Recordings introduces its two newest releases! Beyond the Dune Sea and Vision Éternel are now fully active artists on the Abridged Pause Recordings roster. We really hope that you will take a bit of your time to check them out...

Vision Eternel "Abondance De Périls" EP. Released March 9th 2010 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR3).

Vision Éternel – Abondance De Périls

“Abondance De Périls” is the new EP by Vision Éternel. As it’s third release, the band has moved to a newer sound, but still keeping the composition it is known for. This splendid short play will be your soundtrack to late...

Ragamuffin Soldier Records & Dirty Kidz Records Interview

Not many people may remember this label, but this about to change after you read this fantastic interview with Stephen Perry (who sang in One Blood and Countdown to Oblivion). He still has copies left of the Mexican Power Authority album...

Bonfires for Nobody

Bonfires for Nobody is the newest band of Jordan Leal, who was on Abridged Pause Recordings with his last band, Ethereal Beauty. A split between Ethereal Beauty and Vision Éternel has been in-the-making for the last 3 years, and since Jordan...

Beyond The Dune Sea

Beyond the Dune Sea

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's...

Abridged Pause Recordings signs Beyond the Dune Sea

Beyond the Dune Sea, a post-rock band from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has now joined the Abridged Pause Recordings roster! There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity...

Forsaken Trust Official Biography

This is my introduction to Gatineau hardcore. Forsaken Trust was probably the most well known band from there, and Rich Boivin was an important part of local hardcore, putting up shows and festivals with bands from all over North...

Shiner

Shiner was the first band to be released on the greatly important B.C. label Slow to Burn Records. Dave Brown who ran the label played in the band. This was B.C. emo in the early 90s and it was damn good. A lot more like the mid-west emo that...