The newest installment of Metal From My ‘Hood has come forth. I’ve been running through some of the tightest, most impressive bands from Western Canada; mostly, Vancouver. This time I’m leaving that fine city to focus on some talent a little more east.
When it comes to small town bands, I find the truly great music is a little hard to come by. Armstrong Metal Fest does a great job highlighting the best of the unsigned in small British Columbia populations, but compared to it’s much larger brethren, some small cities have little to no active groups at all.
Grand Forks, British Columbia, is a quiet town that’s a 500 kilometer drive to Vancouver and home to just around 4,000 denizens. Although, what they do breed there is top-notch metal bands. One that is the pick of the litter is interior B.C. stalwarts Slagduster.
If you dig the old school Sepultura feel, you’ll absolutely fall in love with these four fine lads — much like I have. There’s so much groove to their brand of metal, and they’ve been blazing a path all over Western Canada, sharing stages with heavyweights such as Suffocation, 3 Inches Of Blood, Napalm Death and KEN mode, among others.
They’re a staple at the aforementioned Armstrong Metal Fest and every time I’ve seen these guys perform live, they tore the house down. Very intricate in it’s delivery, the riffs are spine-tingling and so technical. There’s solid melody but it’s still brutal with a good, raw feeling to the product.
2010 was the year they got into the studio and recorded their first full album entitled Nature. Humanity. Machine. To say it’s one of the best independently produced albums out there is a major understatement. Color me impressed. It’s ten tracks of sheer metal mayhem and they should be very proud of what they accomplished with it. They’re currently in pre-production on their forthcoming release and that is due out sometime this year.
Shane Sherman is the vocalist and guitarist and ironically enough, looks eerily similar to Max Cavalera. He’s channeled Max and has been screaming his head off before so many people, he is leaving quite a mark.
He’s metal as fuck, which is an intangible quality that not many local musicians possess. Joe Northcott is the slayer behind the skins. The ridiculous ability oozes off this man. Not one to shy away from the spotlight, he’s more than comfortable showing off his “pasty, white, delicious skin” at a moment’s notice. He’s also not shy to show off his skills, of which he has a vast amount.
Alex Huber is the lead guitar player and he brings the music to such a high level with his shred capabilities. The core melody never deviates and the twin guitar attack is profound in pretty much every song they’ve recorded and played live. Zak Waterlow is the master bassist, which lends to the beautiful rhythm section and he has a huge part in the recording of their music as well.
If it weren’t for the fact that these dudes live in a place with a four-digit population, they would be just as far as some tip top Vancouver metal bands are today.
Record labels, take note. Sign these boys now. Let them tour and thus take over the world.
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