Saturday was a hot day filled with even hotter music at the first (annual?) Heavy Brantford.
Knights of Columbus was host to a pantheon of epic metal bands who tore it up all day long.
From start to finish, it was a day filled with violently pleasurable music that kept the crowd pumped.
In between sets Wally and his crew of comedy misfits kept the show going with their
hilarious Comedy Car Crash (check them out Tuesdays at club NV!)
It was awesome to see bands, volunteers and fans come together to bring Heavy Brantford to life.
Metal-heads may love to smash each other in the pit, but they also love to help each other out of it.
No man, woman or child was left out of the camaraderie.
The full line-up of bands:
No Name Band (Oxford County)
From Beyond The Sky (Guelph)
Battery Inc (Brantford)
Zealots Desire (Woodstock)
The Smashing Machine (Brantford)
Enslave The Masses (Brantford)
Door To Door Human Gore (Brantford)
Ending Tyranny (Brantford)
A Rebel Few (Cambridge)
The lineup for the Comedy Car Crash side stage:
hosted by Wally Warwick
Tributes were the theme of the day.
No Name Band gave it their all (at noon..still amazed) with a number of great covers.
Battery Inc tore it up with their Metallica tributes (who changed up their set-list a bit after hearing No Name Band play an awesome version of Four Horsemen).
Zealots Desire decided to forgo their originals for a sweet tribute set to System of a Down.
Finally, KnotSlip showed us why they’re the greatest Slipknot tribute band around.
Between Zealots Desire and KnotSlip, some frantically fantastic originals slammed upon the crowd.
The Smashing Machine took the music to a decisively darker place, dragging the hardcore out into the light of day,
where we can only assume it received third degree burns from exposure.
Enslave The Masses (with Dusty performing back-to-back drummer duty in both TSM and EtM!) played their deep crawling death metal with a new young singer who belted it out with practiced precision.
Door To Door Human Gore spewed forth some dark and wonderfully nasty metal. Thick and beefy bass layered upon with the madness of guitar, vocals and drums.
Ending Tyranny tore through the very fabric of reality with their fast and technical death metal. Playing new material from their forthcoming release, they sprinkled in a selection of fan-favorites.
A Rebel Few thrashed the crowd like a hooker looking for her money. Though the sun had by then receded in fear, A Rebel Few proceeded to burn up the stage with their classic metal grooves.
The love of all things heavy was readily apparent today,
there were no sh***y bands, only f@%#ing awesome metal from those who live to rock hard.
KnotSlip tied up in the night in a noose of eternal glory.
At first it seemed that there was too much awesome for the stage to handle, with a couple of power issues causing a bit of mayhem.
After a couple tweaks, KnotSlip proceeded to give a stellar performance.
KnotSlip doesn’t just cover Slipknot, they become Slipknot.
Within their full replica costumes stand a crew of metal maniacs who present their love of the band in vivid technicolor.
Just when it seemed the power issues were a thing of the past, it happened again.
This time the power issue led to a once in a lifetime audience participation event:
Power Outages can’t stop KnotSlip!
video courtesy of Media Broadcasting Center
from Paul Webster:
So last night, were playing our set, right;
So the power keeps going out
(not enough sources to support our 20+ plugs and yes, it’s noted lol).
The one time, during Before I Forget, the power cut out
and all the audience could hear was the drums at half volume.
Well the crowd kept on singing it (the chorus, thankfully)
for about 20 seconds+ until it was switched back on.
We all kept playing the parts and when the power came back,
the music did too, right on cue (obviously).
Was quite epic, something I don’t think I’ll forget, ever.
Where to start… so many people to thank for yesterdays amazing event!!
First all the people who came together and made it happen,
people who worked the door, the bbq, the stage,the side stage, the clean up..
just so many to try and list.
The bands came out an a hot ass day and gave it their all,
every hour another and came out and rocked it!!
From opening act No Name Band to Knotslip this day was impressive to say the least!!
I personally want to thank all the guys in the band …
you guys took it to a whole new level last night and I am proud as hell to be a part of it!!
An unforgettable foray into the soul of local metal.
An awesome job-well-done to DoubleBooked Productions, all the bands, all the comedians, all the volunteers,
and all of the fans who brought out the best in each other for a kicka$$ day of heavy metal in the sun!
Tags: a rebel few, battery inc, brantford, dark, death metal, Door to Door Human Gore, ending tyranny, Enslave the Masses, from beyond the sky, Heavy Brantford, KnotSlip, live, metal, Metallica, Music, no name band, originals, Slipknot, System of a Down, the Smashing Machine, thrash, zealots desire
Door to Door Human Gore, Harangue, We Are Human, Blastomycosis & Reliving the Prophecy @ Manny’s Place – June 26
Metal mayhem invades Manny’s Place!
Get musically molested (in the best way possible) by five groups of metal maniacs:
‘We’re All Doomed‘ by Door to Door Human Gore
covered in flies and afterbirth
‘Covered in Flies and Afterbirth‘ by Blastomycosis
|Door to Door Human Gore|
|We Are Human|
|Reliving the Prophecy|
|Who?||Door to Door Human Gore | Harangue
We Are Human | Blastomycosis | Reliving the Prophecy
|Date?||Friday, June 26th|
|Time?||7pm – 2am|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #metal
Future for Molly, Scott’s Legacy Lives On.
Ten (10!) great bands
all coming together to remember Scott Randall
and raise what they can for his daughter Molly.
Tickets are available now at
The sudden passing of our dear family member and friend Scott Randall, has left our hearts with an emptiness that words can’t explain.
Scott’s beautiful, amazing and extraordinarily intelligent eleven year old daughter lives on without the companionship, fun and financial aid that her father provided.
Let’s come together for a fun night of music, food, prizes and camaraderie in Scott’s memory and get the lovely Molly a giant start on her education fund!
Also, many of you have asked, “what can I do to help?”
As you know, Scott was a chef (and a very good one, at that!!), and he loved food.
We would love to have people bring something they love to eat to share.
We’ll have live music right from 4:00pm on.
Thee Empty Hours 4:00 – 4:45
Chris Strei 5:00 – 5:45
Pay No Mind 6:00 – 6:45
Gag Order 7:00 – 7:45
Synchronized Silence 8:00 – 8:45
Waking Life 9:00 – 9:45
High Heels Lo Fi 10:00 – 10:45
The Whatever Device 11:00 – 11:45
Familiar Fiends 12:00 – 12:45
The Dirty Kulprits 1:00 – 1:45
‘Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei
‘Feed the Greed‘ by Gag Order
‘You Win Again, Tequila‘ by High Heels Lo Fi
|Thee Empty Hours|
|Pay No Mind|
|High Heels Lo Fi|
|The Whatever Device|
|The Dirty Kulprits|
|Who?||Thee Empty Hours, Chris Strei, Pay No Mind, Gag Order,
Synchronized Silence, Waking Life, High Heels Lo Fi
The Whatever Device, Familiar Fiends, The Dirty Kulprits
|Date?||Saturday, June 13th|
|Time?||3pm – 2am|
Kids 6-12 $5 at door, 5 and under free,
|Age limit?||All Ages until 9pm
19+ after 9pm
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #futureformolly
Tags: acoustic, alternative, charity, Chris Strei, experimental, Familiam Fiends, folk, Future for Molly, Gag Order, High Heels Lo Fi, June 13 2015, Manny's place, metal, Pay No Mind, punk, rock, Scott Randall, Scott's Legacy Lives On, Synchronized Silence, the Dirty Kulprits, The Whatever Device, thee empty hours, Waking Life
Hota Rex Reckords, out of Philadelphia, PA, are currently accepting unsigned artists for their End of the Year Mixtape. A great chance for some international exposure!
What genres of music are we looking for on this tape?
Heavy Metal, Black, Death, Thrash, Crossover, Doom, Gore, Grind, D- beat, Occult Crust, Instrumental Rock, Stoner Rock, Experimental, Ambient and Hallways in-between.
How it works?
You simply choose the best track that represents the current direction of your music/album you want to promote and send it to us in a high quality, uncompressed .wav format. We also put a link to your bandcamp of course in the liner notes.
- International compilation featuring the best of premium unsigned underground artists.
- This is pro-pressed on cobalt cassette tapes limited to 500 w/ a J-card, imprint ink on the shell and shrinkwrapped.
- Each band receives a % of the press as payment for use of their material – excellent way for promotion/to sell a physical release on your Bandcamp or at shows.
- We send 33 of the mixtapes for promotion to only the most relevant/cult print zines in the world for review.
Fill out the Hota Rex Kontact page to submit your band and be a part of a kicka** Hota Rex mixtape!
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Tags: ambient, artists, bands, Black, cassette, Crossover, D-beat, death, doom, duo, End of the Year Mixtape, experimental, exposure, For The Greater Good, Gore, Grind, Heavy Metal, Hota Rex, international, Intrumental, metal, Occult Crust, opportunity, rock, solo, Stoner Rock, thrash, trio, unsigned
Two Doors Down has a long history of supporting local bands in Brantford, and they continue that tradition with great zeal. Though they’ve remained at the same location, the setup has changed over the years. The furnishings are eccentric yet refined with elements such as an elaborate ceiling painted in an almost rustic fashion, various rock and roll memorabilia and a pool table that converts into a table..table. There’s a fair amount of seating with lots of standing room around the bar and stage to enjoy the music while consuming the alcoholic libations.
Mammoth Seed brought the rock HARD.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to catch opening bands Dylan Browne or the Carpenteers though we heard great things about them.
What we did hear was Mammoth Seed slamming out the heavy beats that had the crowd head banging along throughout the night.
Massive beats from Alex Sousa laid the foundation for Ty Quackenbush’s deep and solid bass riffs. Upon this solid base Andy Dmytryshyn brought down killer rhythm and epic solos while Alex Dickens laid his vocal soul bare for all.
Alex channels the spirit of Jim Morrison and Frank Zappa with his guttural vocals, especially when talking to the crowd. Ty’s funky / grungy bass playing is reminiscent of Black Sabbath especially interwoven with Andy’s Iron Maiden-esque wailing guitar lines.
The band evokes a 70’s/80’s heavy metal feel with deep heavy bass lines overlayed with shrieking guitar and all held together by solid driving drum lines.
I will say that the levels at this show could’ve been several decibels lower…
I know, sacrilege! At certain points the overpowering monster that is Mammoth Seed was almost too much to take.
Highlights of the night included a song dedicated to Canadian national sport Curling, and a beautiful Mannequin torso with taped off ti**ies adorning the set.
All in all, a serious slamming set that leaves us eager for more Mammoth Seed.
Can’t wait to hear more youself? Check out their track online: