Benchwarmer

I can’t find much to say on Benchwarmer. They were from Victoria, BC and featured Paul Block who would go on to do great things in Render Useless. Not that Benchwarmer is bad in anyway. It’s great, as you can assume since they were...

She Kills

She Kills was a metal hardcore band from Halifax, Nova Scotia that was formed in the summer of 2003 after the break up of the bands Flesh Made To Suffer and Tomorrows Demise. The band played a style of metal and hardcore that now has been...

The Fullblast

Oakville had so many good bands, and The Fullblast is one of the few punk rock bands that I really like even if I’m not fan of the genre. Maybe it’s for the simple fact that Gordie Ball was in it. Their first release was the pretty...

From This Day Forward

This is my lucky first find of Winnipeg’s emo outputs. This band was a sister band to Grace Like Winter, but they were really poppy emo, like later Keepsake. They really weren’t around for long (May 1999 to 2000), and their split...

Endless Fight

Endless Fight was formed in 2004 in Winkler, Manitoba (later stapled as a Winnipeg band, not sure if they moved there or only because it was close to Winkler). They had a demo, which i unfortunately never heard. They then self-released their ep...

Parabstruse Interview

Editor’s note: This interview was originally published on Sadness By Name back in January of 2010 as “Interview with Garry Brents of Parabstruse”. Garry Brents has been a close collaborator for many years and it was an...

Winter Records & Rhythm of Sickness Records Interview

Winter Records was a label formed by Paul Bright (of As We Speak and Shoulder) in 1994. After putting out four releases, the label changed name to Rhythm of Sickness Records, named after lyrics of a Shoulder song. I conducted an interview...

This Day Forth Official Biography

This Day Forth is my first post about Newfie hardcore. These guys were from St. John’s, and they were really good. Similar to Ignorance Never Settles (stories connect as you will read later). They formed under the name Fallen in August...

Grace Like Winter Official Biography

Grace Like Winter was one of Winnipeg’s best band, in my opinion. So far i keep being blown away with bands from Manitoba, (a scene which I am still not too familiar with, but seems to be very religiously inclined, not that it would...

Upheaval Records Interview

This is the second interview in a series of Canadian record labels, and this is one of my all time favorite record labels! Everything released by this dude was amazing! And it definitely stands the test of time! Dan actually has copies left of...

The Republic of Freedom Fighters

I found it pretty hard to find information on the band, other than the actual releases. It seems they were only around for a year or two, all their releases occurred in 1996.I found them incredibly melodic, and sort of experimental type of emo...

M Blanket

M Blanket was one of the earliest BC emo bands. Sometimes more punk, sometimes some ska thrown in (i know this doesn’t sound to their advantage, but I assure you, you will fall in love with them).I’m not sure why they always...

The Wolfnote

The Wolfnote doesn’t seem like it much fits in with the bands on this blog, but it totally does! These guys are my first Alberta band on here. Great post-hardcore. These guys were pretty intense. After some home burnt compilation demos...

Render Useless

This is what i like! Something I just discovered, that I didn’t think existed in Canada. New Jersey type screamo, all the way out in Victoria, BC. This three piece was around from 1995 to 1998. At the time the band was formed, Paul was...

Officer Down

This is my first post on a band from Manitoba. These guys were from Steinbach. And I love them! They had these incredibly melodic parts on their hardcore, something I can’t seem to pin point in any other band. The band formed in 1997 and...

Burden

Burden was Vancouver’s first straight-edge band, and probably one of the first to bring a hint of new school hardcore into the local scene. At the time, there really wasn’t much to brag about in the western Canadian hardcore. All...

The Black Hand

I can’t find too much original information on this band. Pretty much this is what half of Ire became. This was a lot more thrash/crust oriented, and its pretty strong. They first did a cassette demo, which was re-issued by Scorched Earth...

Blue Monday

I’m trying to expand to other provinces rather quickly. And one band i already knew of from Vancouver was Blue Monday (since Jason Kehoe from Day of Mourning played drums with them). They are very similar to the type of hardcore that...

In Dying Days

In Dying Days were one of the few bands in Quebec doing the really metallic style of hardcore which was big in Florida. They were often compared to Poison the Well and Morning Again, but personally I would compare them to This Day Forward. They...

Searchingforchin

Searchingforchin (or sometimes Searching For Chin) was awesome!!!! And I’ve been wanting to post this band for a while. Only it took me forever to collect what I could find from them. When they started in 1999 they were a lot more...

Ire Official Biography

And here it finally is. The first post about a Québec band. This band is a bit hard to classify. I’ve read people call it emo (Yannick Lorraine’s description from a 1996 review of the band, and while maybe back in 1994, 1995 the...

13th Day Recordings Interview

This interview with Domenic Romeo was the first record label interview posted on the blog. It focuses solely on his first record label, x13th Dayx Recordings. The complete discography on 13th Day includes: Day Of Mourning – Guilty...

Rosesdead Official Biography

Ok this band is pretty new to me, but I cannot tell you how severe of an impact it had on me. This band has got to be one of the best things to ever happen to recent metalcore. Unfortunately they decided to break up in 2008, so I wont ever get...

The Abandoned Hearts Club

The Abandoned Hearts Club was a band that unfortunately never got to release as much as planned. The band was formed out of most members from Karenza, which evolved into Spread the Disease, and continued along the same lines as The Sheer Force...

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Upcoming releases

Our website is under construction, so our Myspace is our main output for the moment. We have two releases out at the moment, but a load more are to come. Now that APR1 – “Diluvian Temperals” compilation and APR2 –...

The Zyphoid Process & Great White North

The Zyphoid Process (sometimes stylized as The Zyphoïd Process) was probably the only band from Quebec that I actually truly adored. This melodic, chaotic, post-metalcore band featured members from various locations in the West Island of...

Platform & Roosevelt Interview

Editor’s Note: This interview was initially sent to Tim Kirkpatrick, James Glayat and Chris Irving at the same time back in September of 2009. Each member responded with their own version of the story. Bellow the interview, Tim...

Phlegma & Stagnant Waters "Sea of Abandoned Polaroids" split. Released August 24th 2009 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR2).

Phlegma / Stagnant Waters – Sea Of Abandoned Polaroids

We all know of the great Smohalla. Well when its divided in two, there’s Phlegma on one side and Stagnant Waters on the other side. Phlegma was a solo project by Slo which was created before the formation of Smohalla, and Stagnant Waters...

“Sea of Abandoned Polaroids” is out now

Phlegma and Stagnant Waters bring you an amazing split EP, “Sea of Abandoned Polaroids“. Now you may be asking yourself, “Who are these bands? How come I’ve never heard of them before and yet they are so good!”...

Various artist "Diluvian Temperals" compilation. Released August 24th 2009 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR1).

Various Artists – Diluvian Temperals

“Diluvian Temperals”. This is the first release by Abridged Pause Recordings, and its a great pleasure to introduce these 13 bands which we will be working with in the future, with 13 exclusive songs, never heard or released before...

“Diluvian Temperals” is out now

Well, it’s finally here! The very first release by Abridged Pause Recordings! “Diluvian Temperals” took months to put together but I’ll tell you, it was worth it! It was worth the wait, the pain and the struggle. What...

FaceDown

Ok, there are at least half a dozen bands named “Facedown” in the hardcore genre alone. I must admit that I really like the Belgian one as well. But this one, from Canada of course, is probably the heaviest of them all. If the...

Left for Dead

Left for Dead was a short lived power-hardcore/violence-hardcore or whatever you want to call it band from Hamilton in the mid-late 90s. They were fierce and fell like a punch in the face. They released a live split with Chokehold in 1996 on...

Union of Uranus

This great grindcore band has been distributed over and over again throughout North America and Europe. There is so much to be found on this band all over the net, so I’ll be straight to the point. Their discography, “To This Bearer...

Day of Mourning

So I had to follow with a third great band (not that there is a lack of them here) so I chose the ultimate metalcore band from Ontario. At least in the 90s they were the ultimate. Day of Mourning was this supper powerful metalcore band that...

Vision Éternel Interview for CenZu Zine

Editor’s Note: This interview was published on June 10th 2009 for CenZu magazine.  -Hey there, how has the year begun for you? Have you had a lot of time developing material Vision Éternel? The year has been great so far. Not only for...

Stagnant Waters

Stagnant Waters is the experimental side of Dreams of the Drowned. Inspired by Dodheismgard, Mr. Bungle, Atomsmasher and such, Camille created the band in 2007, and was later joined by Aymeric (of Pryapisme). The early demos were released as a...

Phlegma

Before their was Smohalla…their was Phlegma. Early form of post/blackened screamo, this short lived idea created just what it was intended for. Any word of praise would still be an understatement about this. Collaborating with Stagnant...

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“Diluvian Temperals” is almost here

Changes are slowly occurring to this website. What we mean by slowly is that most of it is done, as you can see, but about 25% of it has yet to be finished. Our graphic designer Jeremy Roux assures us that it will be done in June though...

Sveta Istina Vještica

Sveta Istina Vještica is one of the overlooked project of Slo and Camille from Smohalla. Their debut “Witches in the Air” is due to be released on Abridged Pause Recordings on 10″ vinyl in early 2010. Share...

Dying Sun

For a band like Dying Sun, the terms sludge and post-metal can only be used in appreciation. Their first EP “5,125” was a teaser to all who heard it. Now be ready for more! This is incredibly enveloping metal. It simply wraps you...

Omega Centauri

In a world where black metal has become extremely overdone, and simply unoriginal in any possible phase that may come forth, certain bands manage to stand out and make you wonder, this new phase could actually be good. Omega Centauri is a prime...

Last Minute to Jaffna

Last Minute to Jaffna needs no introduction. They are huge. The music is huge, the releases are huge and their shows are huge. Even going to open for Isis. This is pure heavy post-metal. It's just incredibly overwhelming. This is a typhoon...

Tower

Tower is a straight up post-metal band from France. Everything they do is right in your face and you can’t miss it. After quietly releasing their debut slef-titled ep, the band was quickly approached by Abridged Pause to have one of their...

Semiosis

Post-rock is already in a new level. It has evolved into a more electronic based theme, and Semiosis is one of Western Europes first to do it. And they set the bar high enough for other artists to make it hard to match. After an incredible...

Somnam

Somnam

Somnam’s beauty can only be described audibly. Since 2005, the band has released two demos, and an incredible full-length on Paradigms. The band’s second album is very much anticipated, especially after their song on Diluvian...

Pet Slimmers Of The Year

Pet Slimmers of the Year

Pet Slimmers of the Year’s extremely atmospheric sound of metal has been an ear catcher from the moment they released their EP in early 2009 and the band quickly gathered international attention. This trio from England intelligently put...

Kailash

Kailash

Kailash is a well known name in the post-black metal community. Their music has been turning heads since their earliest inception as Krom in 2002. After reducing members, they changed name to Kailash in 2006, and their first self-titled album...

Smohalla

Smohalla

The genre “post-black metal” has often been mislabeled. Smohalla represents one of the few occasions when it can be used appropriately. Incredibly well-composed music with an intelligent progression. Smohalla began in 2006 with...

Feos

Feos

Now that the term post-black metal has been used enough to be accepted, bands are blooming in the genre. Feos is part of this newcoming scene of intelligent individuals who manage to mix beauty within the style of black metal and post-rock...