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Calgary’s Syryn continues exploring the realms of pirate metal on “Heads or Tails”

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Calgary metal band Syryn continue to explore the unexplored seas of pirate metal on their new sophomore CD “ Heads or Tails.

They return to the Slice, Saturday, Aug. 20 with local bands  Eons of Earth and Chernoff.


“We never set out to be a pirate metal band, it just found us. It is kind of a rare niche. I was singing about sirens and we just rolled with it,” said vocalist Sloan Voxx, adding she is pleased with the new CD, which is officially released Aug 26.


Syryn return to the Slice, Aug. 20  pHoto by RichardAmery

“ It’s our second  full length, eight track album. We continued the theme of a siren (a creature from Greek mythology known to lure sailors to their deaths with their alluring voices). But it is more from the pirate’s perspective,“ she said.


“ We veered away from the pirate theme, but we still kept it,” she added, noting  the lyrics delve deeper then just the pirate milieu.


“The lyrics usually come last. The music is first and sometimes I was writing lyrics on the way to the studio,” she said.


Syryn’s core including  guitarists Paulo Rage, Byron Gorieu and drummer Brian Campbell have been together for six years. Bassist Alexis Rose joined approximately a year ago.

“ We’re like a second family. We do things outside of just band practice too,” Voxx said.


Voxx’s powerhouse voice is at the bow of the Syryn ship.


 It has evolved naturally.


“ I started out with the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and voice and then started singing with an a cappella singing group in school,” she said, adding she eased her way into metal.


“ My parents always listened to country music, then I moved into pop, then R and B, then classic rock, then hard rock and then metal,” she said adding seeing the band Into Eternity set her on her course.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 August 2022 11:07 ) Read more...

Tyrants of Chaos celebrate new wave of British heavy metal with third CD and videos

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Local metal stalwarts Tyrants of Chaos are excited to release their third release and first full length album “Relentless Thirst for Power” which is officially out on Aug. 19 on all platforms.

Tyrants of Chaos have released their new album Relentless thirst For Power. Photo by RichardAmery

 The new album gives a massive head banging nod to the new wave of British heavy metal icons like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. 


That means there are plenty of galloping rhythms powered by bassist Sean Simpson and drummer Ryan Dyck, twin guitar pyrotechnics from Arik Wagner and Curtiss Vaselenak, not to mention the operatic, multi-octave vocals of Phil Sirias, which go from unearthly growls to ear piercing air siren screams , sometimes in the space of a single song.


 They have released videos for  “T.O.C” and  “ Slay the Hostages,” which they shot in their north side rehearsal space earlier this summer.


“Everyone in the crowd for the ‘Slay the Hostages’ video is local, so you’ll recognize some familiar faces,” said Vaselenak, before a band rehearsal in the former Hothouse Studios.

“ A lot of people are looking at the videos and sharing them,” said lead singer Phil Sirias.


The band is excited about the new album and hired a top management team and  PR  team to promote it. It has received interest from metal and rock publications all over the world.


“It’s pretty amazing that people in  Italy and Germany are writing about us,” Vaselenak said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 August 2022 17:59 ) Read more...

Plenty of blues,roots and rock happening this week

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A cornucopia of roots and blues shows mark an extremely busy week that begins with Charlie Jacobson and ends with the Lethbridge Roots and blues Festival in Legacy Park with late addition Little Miss Higgins.


Charlie Jacobson returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Photo by RichardAmery

Luke James Bruce hosts the open mic at Mojo’s Pub on Monday.


 You might remember guitarist extraordinaire  Charlie Jacobson from his outstanding set at Harpdog Brown’s memorial in May.


The Red Deer based guitarist returns to Lethbridge, Tuesday, Aug. 16 to play the Slice for a special show featuring Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few.

 The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $10.


The Owl Acoustic lounge’s weekly open mic is on Tuesday, Aug. 16. 


If you’re in an alt country mood, Aug. 18 is a rare chance to catch Edmonton/ alt country duo the  Goddamsels, who kick off a quick Albertan tour at the Slice on Wednesday.

 The show begins at 9 p.m.


 It will be an eclectic Thursday.

 Staying in the alt-country lane, local favourites Starpainter play  Rotary Square outside Casa for Upside Downtown from 5-7 p.m. James Moore plays festival square outside    The Telegraph Taphouse  beginning at 6 p.m.


Impromptu’s Drunk Queer-prov returns to Good Times, Aug. 18.

David Gabert, Erica Barr, Mark Ogle, Jon Kirsch and Greg Wilson perform all your favourite improv games beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.


The Slice features the Butch Sassidy Burlesque Cabaret with Ruffen Tumble, Easton West, Rip Em, Dayna Hart, Bitch Sassidy and Karla Marx performing all your favourite ear-worms. The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.


 For something little more mainstream, this is the last week to Catch the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s performance of hamlet.  They are in Galt Gardens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Aug. 18. They close their run at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19.


 There are a heap of shows on Friday. Redhead Mack aka Kevin  Phillips, brings his Ale Trails tour to Spectrum Ale Works, at 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19.

Ribfest returns to the Enmax Centre parking lot with  live entertainment .

 New West Theatre‘s production of Decades continues at  the Yates Theatre, Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. 



 Saints and Sinners opening Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. followed by  the Midnight Sons  at 6 p.m. and the JDs ending Ribfest at 7 p.m. 

Circle Ridge Country host Honkers Pub”s open mic on Friday at 7 p.m. 


 Lawless Murphy rock Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each night.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 August 2022 08:50 ) Read more...

The Goddamsels explore sisterhood and friendship on debut CD

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The Goddamsels are all about friendship.


 The Edmonton meets Montreal alternative country duo will be playing the Slice, Wednesday, Aug. 17.


 The duo, Montreal based Frédrique “Freddi” MacDougall and Mallory Chipman met while playing with the house band of popular Edmonton venue the Blue Chair, and found an instant connection.

The Goddamsels play the Slice, Aug. 17. photo submitted

 MacDougall was playing with the band  in 2011 and Chipman joined in 2015. They decided to form the Goddamsels in 2017 , finding common inspiration in modern acts like First Aid Kit and country artists Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmy Lou Harris plus the Chicks.


“ I also grew up listening to people like Lucinda Williams,” she said.


  MacDougall loves singing with Chipman.

“It’s great . It’s a lot of fun. I  love the way she can sing harmonies. She sings just the right harmony. She’s so talented,” said MacDougall from Montreal.


“Our voices blend so well together. She sings higher and my voice is lower,” she said.


“For years people said they liked how our voices complemented each other so we decided to start a group together. And then the pandemic happened,”  she said, adding they had just started to write music together. 


“ It’s challenging, but it also opened up a creative space for new narrative in country music,” she said, adding they started working on new music in fall 2020.


“We started working together around the same time I moved to Montreal. So we did  a lot of FaceTime and sending texts with lyric ideas,” MacDougall said.


 In August 2021, they got in the studio with producer Scott Franchuk, who has worked with a lot of popular groups including Scenic Route to Alaska.


“ I do a lot of back and forth from Montreal to sing with her,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2022 11:47 ) Read more...

Kobo Town keeps Wide Skies grooving

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Kobotown was the perfect soundtrack to sweltering summer weather at Sandman Signature, Aug. 3.


 The Toronto  band brought a Carribean feel  to the Geomatic Attic’s second Wide Skies music Festival event  in as many weeks.

Kobo Town wound up Wide Skies 2022 in the Sandman Signature parking lot. Photo by RichardAmery


 While I missed Blue and Gold ( Trish Kevin and Ndidi O)and Alameda, the crowd was well warmed up for Kobo Town and dancing in the parking lot.



Kobo Town wound up Wide Skies 2022 in the Sandman Signature parking lot. Photo by RichardAmery

 They had an unstoppable, toe tapping, yet laid back  groove,. They emitted a  beautiful peaceful, loving vibe.


The bassist played in the pocket and  the audience gleefully danced the night awa  their cups overflowing with love and positivity.


A crack saxophonist and a trombonist  added the toe tapping melodies.


 They were called back for an encore, the apt “Summer Light,” as the moonlight beamed over the coulee.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:46 )
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