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Now the band I’m going to touch on today is a five-piece hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Unlike many of their Van City brethren, they haven’t been around for very long. The city is filled with acts that have stood the test of time and are hardened veterans of the metal genre.
The Hallowed Catharsis on the other hand, have been around for less than a year. August of 2013 was their inception and in such a short time, they have made a huge statement. They are about as progressive as progressive metal gets. They combine some smooth melodies with some crushing riffs in a super tight package. The leads on the guitars are supplied by Kyle Bains and Vincent Yu and the musicianship is outstanding. It’s pretty impressive how far they’ve come along in such a short time.
Sean Ip is the frontman and he embodies everything a lead vocalist should be. Killer stage presence, a nasty snarl and good looks to boot. I think he’s good-looking because he’s basically a xerox copy of me. Or it could be the other way around.
Alex Forseille and Kevin Emms round out the group with a beautifully-crafted low end on the bass and drums, respectively. They have a cohesion that’s unmatched and it adds so much to the overall product. The band as a whole is stupidly talented.
A perfect example of their insane craftsmanship came the first time I witnessed their live show. Wacken Metal Fest held a Canada-wide “Battle of the Bands” to win the right to earn a spot on this years Wacken bill. The contest, still ongoing, boasts many superb local bands from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal. The Hallowed Catharsis managed to get on one of the battles back in March.
Although they didn’t come out victorious that night, they put everyone on notice that they are not a band that can be fucked with.
They managed this feat and it was their third show ever as a complete unit.
How they even got remotely close to this fantastic this quickly is downright baffling. I can’t even imagine after a few years of seasoning what this band will be up to. They’re releasing their debut EP on May 17 and it’s entitled The Uncanny Valley.
A couple tracks have already been released for free download and you can find them at their bandcamp page.
Vancouver is ripe with talent right now and this one of the many bands who need to be picked out. Your ears will thank me later.
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