Hey Gunshy Assassins! Metal is the reason you’re here and time and time again many people ask me if I know of any newer metal bands that are a part of local scenes. They might be just getting their feet wet or might have been established for a while. Either way, so many different places across the world have their own tight-knit metal scenes.
I’m very proud to be a part of the Vancouver metal district, and the amount of talent on the western side of Canada is dizzying.
Quite frequently, I attend local shows without even knowing any of the bands and many times, trek home with more friends and a bevy of killer bands that I need to hear more material from. So every couple of weeks, I’ll be highlighting one local band from western Canada. These bands are not only skilled but also comprised of really cool people. All they really want is their music to be heard and that isn’t much to ask is it?
First up is a band that I’ve grown very close to. They hail from Vancouver, British Columbia, and they’re a four-piece death metal outfit known as Dead Asylum.
They were formed in late 2011 with vocalists/guitarists Tyler Forde and Mike Lister, bassist Tyler Meierhofer and drummer Samantha Landa. I find they mix it up quite a bit in the songwriting as they have elements of thrash and death metal, with quite a bit of melody as well. Highly influenced by acts like Amon Amarth, Kreator and Dying Fetus, Dead Asylum have been gaining quite the reputation in the Vancouver scene.
Their shows are consistently packed and they’ve even shared the stage with such greats like Suffocation, Bison BC, Toxic Holocaust and Anvil.
They’re definitely a beloved member of the Vancouver metal family as their sense of humor rivals some of the funniest out there. Super gifted musicians and all-around class acts.
They released their debut album General Carnage in 2013. It was quite an impressive debut as the recording and sound quality is second to none. The dual high and low gutturals supplied by Lister and Forde are pretty fierce. Meierhofer has a great groove on the six string bass and Landa’s drumming ability is imposing. Don’t tell her she hits like a girl because she can blast beat with the best of them…once she’s finished blasting your face, of course.
They’ll also be one of the many bands who are a part of the Wacken Metal Battles across Canada. It’s a giant battle of the bands across the country and one lucky winner will get a slot on the bill at Wacken Open Air in Germany in August. Crimson Shadows were last year’s winners.
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