Delivering a high caliber of Western Canadian and international bands with the glorious backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in the Okanagan valley for the last eight years, ARMSTRONG METAL FEST is proud to announce the first eight bands to join the 2017 line up taking place on July 14th and 15th at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, BC.
Confirmed for the fest are the following:
Odinfist (Armstrong, BC) – http://www.odinfist.bandcamp.com
Hard hitting Viking power thrash, for fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and 3 Inches of Blood. Odinfist has been around the Okanagan Valley for a number of years now and has participated in a variety of major shows in their area including headlining Armstrong Metalfest in 2009 and 2010 along with co-headlining in 2011. They have supported a variety of other bands such as Kataklysm, Thor, 3 Inches of Blood, etc. Odinfist’s latest album, “The Old Lighthouse” is available now!
Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB) – https://eyeofhorusofficial.bandcamp.com
A Canadian death metal band that hails from the industrious town of Edmonton, Alberta, Eye of Horus profess a global initiative, an industrious work ethic, and a love for their craft. A strict practice regime has shaped their live performance to be a tight, crushingly heavy sound that supports a melodically and vocally engaging performance. The band further draws the audience in with lyrical content ripe with elements of rich, visceral storytelling. But make no mistake, Eye of Horus delivers a death assault that bangs heads and evokes infernal nightmares. Eye of Horus is actively seeking shows and tours to add to their repertoire of accomplished artists such as; Exhumed, 3 Inches of Blood, Dying Fetus, Abiotic, Wretched, Havok, Bermuda, and Goatwhore. The band’s latest EP “Obsidian” is out now.
Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC) – http://gatekeepervinland.com
Five guardians of true epic heavy metal from the frigid plains of Canadia. Jeff Black formed Gatekeeper in the dismal haze of 2010 as a spitting retort to everything happening on a musical level in the frost-kissed prairies of Alberta. In a land dominated by blast beats, scooped mids and vocalists who couldn’t find a melody in a shopping bag, Gatekeeper stands upright and unchained, continuing the legacy laid down by such luminaries as Robert E. Howard, Bathory, Frank Frazetta, Manowar, Candlemass and Manilla Road. If your interests lie in the direction of things ancient, lost and far away, Gatekeeper might be for you. If not? Good riddance.
Xul (Vernon, BC) – https://xulmetal.bandcamp.com
A five piece group based out of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL have left the beaten path and set out to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal. The band’s latest EP ‘Extinction Necromance’ is out now.
Tales of The Tomb (Edmonton, AB) – https://talesofthetomb.bandcamp.com
Every town has stories to caution or warn, every police officer has a seen a crime that keeps them awake at night, and every coroner has seen death in ways that the rest of us could never imagine. Murder, conspiracy, supernatural horror, and real-life terror are stains on the cutting room floor where Edmonton-based group Tales of The Tomb paints their canvas. The band has their eyes poised to victimize their audiences anywhere they can reach. Their debut album Volume One: Morphras EP was unleashed on audiences November 27, 2015. This concept album about murder was mixed and mastered by Euro-death metal master Dan Swano (ex-Bloodbath, Unisound) and is just the first of many more sonic crimes to come from Tales of The Tomb.
Aggression (Vancouver, BC) – http://www.rawthomatopokay.com
Seraphic Nihilist (Prince George, BC) – https://www.facebook.com/SeraphicNihilist
A quintuplet of epic black metal crossed with crazy grindcore ready to slaughter many at shows and eardrums.
Early bird pre-sale weekend passes are on sale for $90 CAD with camping included until February 1st. Weekend passes will then increase to $120 CAD for regular pre-sale and will be $160 CAD at the gate. Day passes will be available at the festival gate only for $70 CAD. Camping is an additional $20 CAD for day passes per night. Please visit the following link for details and purchase: https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/
About: Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but eleven local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul and Odinfist to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 was the eighth year of the festival and was its largest year for music and attendance. Previous years of the festival have seen line ups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Beyond Creation, Dayglo Abortions, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Anciients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, Gomorrah among many others.
For more info, please visit www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca
*Calgary Metalfest – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com
*Farmageddon Open Air – http://www.farmageddon.ca
*Loud As Hell – http://www.loudashell.com
*Absolute Underground Mag – https://www.facebook.com/AbsoluteUndergroundTV
*Asher Media Relations – http://www.ashermediarelations.com
*Askew’s Foods – http://www.askewsfoods.com/index.php
*Broken Neck Radio – http://www.brokenneckradio.com
*Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio – http://www.xtrememetalradio.ca
*Metal Master Kingdom – http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com
*Metal Nation Radio – http://www.metalnationradio.com
*No Messiah – http://www.nomessiah.net
*Old Style Pilsner – http://www.oldstylepilsner.com
*PureGrainAudio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com
*Rancho Vignola – http://www.ranchovignola.com
*The Green – http://www.thegreen.ca
2016 AMF Free Digital Sampler – https://armstrongmetalfest.bandcamp.com/album/armstrong-metalfest-2016-mountain-moshpit-vol-1
(over 90 minutes of headbanging tracks from bands on the 2016 line up)