Friday, July 3, 2015

Adstock 2015-The FREE Event Keeps Happening Year After Year!!--Updated!!

July 5th will mark the 11th years that this event is happening here in town again.Heading the event again is Adam Rayburn who dreamt up  the idea and in previous years has had headliners such as Ninjaspy and D.O.A.
The main reason for the event is to bring awareness to the local music scene all the more reason to have this event a FREE event , therefore people may be more inclined to check it out.

Here's the set order
1:00pm - 1:30pm Death Preacher
1:45pm - 2:15pm Zavaglia
2:30pm - 3:00pm Truent
3:15pm - 3:45pm Vacant Eyes
4:00pm - 4:45pm Unbeheld
5:00pm - 5:45pm The Still Spirits
6:00pm - 6:45pm The Hallowed Catharsis

7:00pm - 8:00pm The Brass Action




Some of the bands at this years event are :


Set Time
230-3

Founded in 2012
Genre
Metal, Hard Rock
Band Members
Spencer McIntosh (Bass/Vocals), Johnny Roodenrys (Guitar/Vocals), Matt Pancoust (Guitar), Nic Landry (Drums)
Hometown
Maple Ridge District Municipality
Short Description
Loud music your mom will hate from Maple Ridge, BC, Canada.

Instagram/Twitter: @truentband
Bio
"Looking back while moving forward". That's probably the best description of the loud, aggressive sound that TRUENT creates, drawing influences from 70's hard rock all the way into modern day metal bands and everything in between. There is an incredible amount of skill and talent to be found in TRUENT, each member possesses incredible skill on their respective instruments and have a knack for songwriting not normally found in bands their age. Their debut 4-song EP 'House of Cards' is now complete, give it a listen!






Set Time 
6-645

Founded in August 2013
Genre
Metal
Band Members
Sean Ip - Lead Vocals; 
Kyle Bains - Lead Guitars; 
Chris Turner - Lead Guitars; 
Nick Savoie - Lead Bass; 
Kevin Emms - Lead Drums
Hometown
Vancouver, BC
Record Label
Unsigned
Short Description
The Hallowed Catharsis is a Vancouver, Canada based metal band founded in August 2013.

Music and Merch: https://thehallowedcatharsis.bandcamp.com
Long Description
The Hallowed Catharsis is a metal band with influences from a wide range of different styles of music. Combining huge leads with crushing rhythms, contrasting high paced riffs with soulful melody, the band aspires to create a musical journey both hard hitting and exciting.





Set Time
1-130

I had asked Micheal Watson(drummer) for some info:

My brother and I have played together for years but have only recently formed a complete band. We decided to post an ad on Craigslist to see who we could find and surprisingly enough, that's how we found the rest of our band. I didn't really expect to find anyone around our age group with the talent that these guys have but we got lucky somehow. Brenden  is our rhythm guitarist  who we played with for about a month or so before we found Trevor, our singer, who knew of a bassist, Gabi, that was interested in playing with us. We showed them songs that my brother and I had worked on for years and they liked what they heard and we've just kind of went on from there. 

Death Preacher on Soundcloud



Set Time
315-345

Started on May 1, 2013
Genre
Death Metal/ Groove
Band Members
Zach - Vocals
Brad - Guitar
Zack - Bass
Ryan - Drums

Hometown
Vancouver
Long Description
You can find us on most social media under these names:

Twitter // https://twitter.com/VacantEyesBC
Instagram // http://instagram.com/vacanteyesbc#
YouTube // www.youtube.com/channel/UCbftSLOaBblmtZgyubTyyNg
Bio
Formed in early 2013, Vacant Eyes looks to expand upon the current idea of what comes to mind when you think of 8 string music.
Current Location

Vancouver, BC




Set Time
4-445

Death Metal

Band Members

Noah Reinheimer: Guitar
Israel Langlais: Drums / Vocals
Jason White: Bass
Kyle Hamagishi: Guitar / Vocals

Hometown
Maple Ridge

Unbeheld Website

This bands name was Damn The Eyes who had a good following with a member of the band stepping down they then changed their name to Unbeheld.





Set Time 
5-545

Born in 2011

Genre

Busking/Bluegrass/Olde Time
Band Members

Erik "Skiff" Kallweit - Vocals/Backwoods Banjo
David Gough - Double Bass/Vocals
Jonny "Bones" Aaron - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Jesse Williams - Madolin/Harmonica/Vocals
Jeremy Addinell - Washboard/Spoons/Vocals
Willie Navarro - Kick/Percussion/Vocals/Stare-Downs

Hometown
Maple Ridge

Record Label
please?

Short Description
Mom always said that if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.
Long Description
The Still Spirits make bad decision(ings)
and are poor planners.

Bio

Formed in 2011, after the floods.... but before the drought....






Artwork by Steve @ COMBINATION13
Set Time
7-8 PM

Punk ska with a dash of rockabilly
Band Members
Evan
(Time Bomb)
Rich
(Donald Trumpet)
Ryan
(Guitarin', Skankin' and Singin')
Tyson
(Tromboner, Stanky Leg)
Garrett
(Bass Action Hero)
Hometown
Vancouver
Short Description
www.thebrassaction.com
Long Description
The Brass Action is high-energy horn-driven punk at its finest! This 5-piece band brings with it a wide variety of influences and styles to the stage. Be prepared to dance, skank, mosh, sweat, and find out why we're called The Brass Action. 

www.twitter.com/theBrassAction
Bio
http://thebrassaction.bandcamp.com/
Gender
Plural (male)
Current Location

Vancouver, BC







Please Note:
I had no information for Zavaglia at the time in which I did this no pictures or music to add. 


Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Interview With Karen Lam--Writer/Director of Evangeline : Lover Of Film , Literature & Cats

I have known Karen Lam for a while I also knew she is a filmmaker it was just by chance that the studio that would release her film "Evangeline" would also be one that I only a month before would be asked to review for them.

Thank you Karen for the interview, can you tell me what got you interested in making movies and what your inspirations were?
I'm a lifelong cinephile, but it was a fairly winding path to end up making films. I have a strong arts background -- classical music for over 16 years, painting and photography, my first degree is in English literature with a minor in comparative religion. I studied fashion design before dropping out and going to law school. When I got into the film industry, I had no designs to write or direct, but I knew I had found my creative family.
I am probably most inspired by literature -- gothic horror stories and dark fantasy.


Why horror ? Don't get me wrong I love horror just curious why others like horror as well.
I love all the fantastical genres, particularly when the stories defy hard definitions. But I tend towards the darker end of the spectrum, mainly because I love the dread and fear that underlies horror. I prefer how genre film festivals broaden out the scope and call the films "fantastic", and I think it applies in every sense of the word.


Women in Film, Women In Horror, do you find those statements help or hinder the process of just being a filmmaker?
Not at all. Despite what I say about expanding the definitions of horror and fantastic films, people need this terminology to focus their discussion. The industry overall is so unbalanced that any terms that highlight the issues are important. We can move into nuance after people start engaging with the bigger, broader issues.


For Angelinne there are some great undertones of angels and demons which I thought really brought the film a different feel than just a standard revenge plot film, your thoughts on that?
I grew up with a strong religious background, and the angels, demons and ideas about revenge and forgiveness play a huge part in my world view. I'm not traditionally religious, but I have a foundation in Christian theology and world religions, so it definitely comes out in the work.
Are you currently working on anything that you might be able to share?
I'm trying to get two feature script rewrites going, but it's been way too beautiful of a summer in Vancouver (and I've recently adopted two 3 month old kittens so there's distractions...)


Do you yourself like the modern horror trend of the found footage films or the PG-13 films?
It's all about the creativity, really: found footage can be a really effective device; limiting the amount of gore and violence can really force a filmmaker to focus on atmosphere and story, rather than falling into familiar tropes. What offends me is heartless, corporate filmmaking. When companies use the latest trend to make soul-less, unimaginative drivel for the sake of cashing in. It's not like we can stop them, of course, but it makes me really angry to have our genre exploited this way.
Is there a genre of film that you want to try at writing or directing?
I've been really lucky: I've been making the films I want to make. The new scripts I'm working on are horror, dystopic fantasy and I have a dark comedy-fantastical-road trip script as well. Rest assured, I'm not pining to make a romantic -comedy  or a Christmas movie.
If you could cast your favorite actress/actor in your films who would that be?
Wow, it's hard to narrow down. I'm a huge fan of Emily Blunt, Cate Blanchette, Rebecca West...the issue is developing and finding something that showcases their abilities...


You use practical effects in your films such as the demon in Angelinne any desire or want to use CGI in the future?
I love CGI, particularly when it's done subtly and in support of the material. It's part of the reason I love the fantastical genre: being able to visually show something that doesn't exist in the "real" world.
In terms of execution, we do as much as we can with practical effects, but in the low budget realm, you'll pay for it one way or another: practical effects take a lot of production time across a lot of departments (make-up, spfx, camera) but it allows the actors to really react in a way that's authentic. But CGI requires just as much artistry, only the time is now in the animation artists and time in post-production.

I thank Karen Lam very much for the interview and Uncork'd Entertainment for asking me to do it.

Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau




CD Review: Straight Line Stitch-Transparency(Available Now)Pavement Entertainment




Started in 2000

Genre
Metal/Rock

Band Members
Alexis Brown - Vocals
Darren McClelland - Bass
Jason White - Guitar

Hometown
Knoxville, TN

Record Label
Pavement Entertainment

Short Description

Music - Metal/Hard Rock
Bio

Heavy metal and hard rock fans are a fickle and discerning bunch. Bands that attempt to make a career for themselves by trend jumping with half-hearted devotion do not last. Straight Line Stitch has been steadily ascending the ranks of metal and hard rock through authentic and impassioned performances, an organic evolution of their writing and recording, and a tried and true road warrior mentality towards touring. The band defined who they were early on in their career and held steadfast to their beliefs while making the natural progressions and growth of a committed touring band. While being genuine at the core of a band's being is an absolute necessity for credibility and longevity, it gets you nowhere fast if the songs do not matter
This is a heavy hitting band and has some brutal screaming and clean singing mixed as one as in the opening track which is actually the 2nd song as the first in only a lead into the song.
But "Dark Matter' was what I was referring too.

That being said this is really a 5 song album and really like the switches throughout even the first song-shows some great musicianship and their ability to change tempos, vocals and the mood throughout.


The mix between the poppy vocals and the sudden switch to guttural singing keeps it interesting vocally such a range that Alexis has and applaud them to sticking to their guns and releasing the album the way they wanted it and for Pavement Entertainment allowing them to do so as well.
"Wilderness" just pounces on you like a wild animal and does not let up -even when the vocal switch happens it's still heavy musically.

This is a great album enjoy it very much and hope to hear more from this group soon.



Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau








Thursday, June 25, 2015

CD Review: Tempel --The Moon Lit Our Path(Available Now) Prosthetic Records





Band Members:

Ryan - Guitars, Keys, Engineer
Rich - Drums

Hometown
Phoenix, AZ

Record Label
Prosthetic Records


Instrumental Metal from Phoenix, AZ *Formerly Temple*

Long Description
Temple is an instrumental metal duo from Phoenix, AZ. Formed in 2003 by Ryan Wenzel (Guitars, Keys) and Rich Corle (Drums), TEMPEL manages to blend metal's dark and melodic elements seamlessly. Upon its initial release, "On The Steps Of The Temple" developed a buzz in the underground community and received praise from notable press outlets such as The A.V. Club, who proclaimed, "Tempel takes things to uncharted-and astounding-territory... this is not your typical ethereal, chin-stroking post-metal." Featuring 53 minutes of towering riffs, crushing drums and hauntingly powerful compositions, "On The Steps Of The Temple" consists of "a perfect balance of dedication and originality" (Sludgelord).
Current Location
Phoenix, AZ
Website
http://tempelofficial.bandcamp.com/


Sometimes words are not needed when the music itself is quite capable to do the speaking for you , Tempel succeeds in doing so.


"Descending Into The Labyrinth" is a very powerful song has some great overtones and middle section of the song.


The title song is the strongest song on the album , really dig the overall tone of the song and the tempo is grungy and melodic as well.




I am greatly impressed by the overall depth of the songs and the structure in which they are played as well as the precision as well.

The riffs are catchy as are the bass lines and the drumming helps keep it all together with it also being over the map in a uniform mass of sound , this delivers on so many levels.


Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau