The darkest of the metal lords

Lucky number 13

It’s been more than two and a half months since the ceremony and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath still hasn’t received his Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance of 2014. Not that he̵...
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The weirdness is catching

It takes many thousands of records to make a band like Saskatoon’s Shooting Guns. To be precise, it takes thousands of records plus an avowed music-nerd philosophy as a common thread among band...
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Wylde goes acoustic

The idea of hard rocker Zakk Wylde playing acoustic versions of his songs might seem a little strange to you, but not to Wylde himself. The 47-year-old former Ozzy Osbourne sideman and leader of Blac...
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Soulfly

If you’re in a new metal band and you suddenly get a message from Max Cavalera, don’t just write it off as a prank. The singer and guitarist for Soulfly actually does like to reach out to...

Gary Debussy

But for an ultimatum from bassist Tim Wilson it’s possible that Edmonton trio Gary Debussy might never have left the basement. “He said that he was going to murder us if we didn’t p...

Rick Reid

The last time Rick Reid was in town things didn’t quite pan out as they were supposed to. The singer for Eternal Husbands—and immediate antecedents City Streets—was stoked on showing off his la...
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What the future holds

Art Bergmann’s plan to get back on the political soundstage “There’s a man that you should see / A Generation X Bukowski / Who knows about life / The life imitating art.” —Low...
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Cockatoo

It's astonishing how a judicious helping of fear can kickstart an artistic endeavor. In the spring of 2012, when Edmonton's Cockatoo found out that it was in line for a Rawlco Radio grant the...
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Switches

The bad news is that most of the members of Switches are now laid off. The good news is, strangely, also that they're laid off. After all, a day job just gets in the way of musical creativity, an...
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Justin Rutledge

Ten years on from when he first arrived as a heralded singer-songwriter and Justin Rutledge is afraid that he may already know his place in the annals of Canadian music. “The sad bastard, that&...