Acrid Official Biography

Acrid was a sludgy/doomy/grindy-metalcore band from Mississauga that was initiated by Neil Rodman on vocals, Jeff Almond on guitar and Dave Buschemeyer on drums. This was in November of 1995, right after Jeff Almond had quit Ignorance Never...

Unheard Official Biography

Unheard was a Canadian metalcore band from Mississauga, Ontario, founded by Mike Charette and his friend Dave Buschemeyer, after Dave was kicked out of Sun Still Burns in September 1993. The duo recruited Ian Pryde on vocals and went in to...

Montgomery 21 Official Biography

Montgomery 21 was a brit-pop influenced emo band from Mississauga, known for (and mostly made up of) featuring members of New Day Rising. Chris Gray formed the band in the fall of 1995, composing the core music on vocals and guitar, with Jeff...

Face Down & Sun Still Burns Official Biography

-Face Down (Spring 1993 – September 1993) Face Down was a hardcore band from Oakville, Ontario. No doubt that you will recognize the names of many of these members, as they would go on to great fame with their later musical endeavors...

Gates of Dawn Official Biography

Gates of Dawn is one of the obscure bands from Ontario that just doesn’t seem to have reached anywhere to be remembered. I had to dig far to get info from this band out. This band was fronted by Nat Coté with Adam Bratt and Paul...

Emissary & Breaking Violet Official Biography

-Chapter 1: From “Boize” to “Emissary” (May 1993 – July 1993) Emissary was a bluesy heavy metal band from Montreal, Canada. Founded in June of 1993, the band was a direct continuation of Boize, whose final line-up...

Jonathan Thomas Official Biography

Jonathan Thomas is a bit of a forgotten gem in the history of Ontario emo hardcore. In late 1994 Kyle Bishop was signing in Grade but felt that it wasn’t enough, so he bought his first guitar and started writing a couple of songs. At the...

Boize Official Biography

-The Foundation (May 1989 – December 1989) Boize (pronounced Boys) was a heavy metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, founded by guitarist Robert Kourie (aka Floyd Harem) and bassist and keyboardist Stephane Fania (aka Zany Shultz) in May...

Vision Éternel Interview for Abridged Pause Blog

This interview was conducted with Alexandre Julien for the Abridged Pause Blog on August 30th of 2013. -Hello Alex. Thank you for taking the time to answer these few questions. First of all, what has been happening with Vision Éternel since...

Soufferance “Travels” boxset introductory video

We just filmed a quick video to show you what the new Soufferance “Travels” boxset looks like. Yes there are pictures already but this is better! And besides what more can you ask for than the artist talking about his work, right...

Canadian Various Artists Compilations

Since this blog mainly concentrates on band and label posts, I found it hard to include various artists compilations. Here is where they will be posted. These will be compilations released by Canadian record labels or compilations that feature...

Abridged Pause Recordings welcomes Soufferance

We are proud to officially announce our first real news of working with dark ambient project Soufferance. Soufferance has been making music since the summer of 2006 and has always been very impressive with each of their release. Not only has...

Firestorm Official Biography

Firestorm was one of the early “all-star bands” that formed in Southern Ontario. Matt White (from Two Line Filler) used to go down to Hamilton during his summer vacations. In 1993, he hooked up with Ryan Hollingworth, Christian...

New various artists compilation in the works

I would like to officially announce that a new various artists compilation is in the works at Abridged Pause Recordings! After the immense success of our last compilation, “Diluvian Temperals”, (which was also our very first release...

Raise Them and Eat Them Official Biography

The origin of Raise Them and Eat Them, as an idea, could have begun as early as 2002 (as some sources claim). But the band didn’t actually come together until January of 2004. The initial line-up featured Ken Galbraith on bass and...

Slow Death Interview

Slow Death were a punk/hardcore band from Summerside, Prince Edward Island circa 1984. Arguably, they were the first straight edge band in Canada and certainly the first punk or hardcore band from PEI. They released one demo tape in 1985 and...

New Kailash and Vision Éternel albums are out

New Kailash and Vision Éternel albums are out!  We are really happy to announce that the new Kailash album “Past Changing Fast: Faster Ahead” and the Vision Éternel EP “The Last Great Torch Song” are now officially...

Abridged Pause Recordings 2012 news update

New website, new releases Welcome to the new Abridged Pause Recordings website! This is the second version of the website, once again brilliantly designed by Jeremy Roux. This new version features high resolution pictures of all the bands and...

Abridged Pause Recordings signs Kailash

Abridged Pause Recordings signs Kailash! Kailash becomes part of the official Abridged Pause Recordings roster! Kailash has been part of the guest Abridged Pause Recordings roster since 2009, with the inclusion of their song “Past...

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...

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...

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...