Kataklysm Tell Us About the Metal Scene in Canada

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Canada isn't the first country that comes to mind when it comes to death metal. But, the country is actually home to a thriving death metal scene, and is home to such big name heavy hitters as Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Beneath the Massacre, and Kataklysm, who have been churning out a rabid, sped up hyper blast beat based brand of brutal death metal for over two decades. With nearly a dozen studio albums, and countless tours of the world, the band's latest tour is entitled Kill The Elite, 2014 and will hit Anaheim's Mirror Image Studios on April 18.

The band's guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais recently took time to speak with the Weekly about the metal scene in Canada, the craziness of touring, being able to earn a living in the music business in a death metal band, and some of the difficult parts of a lifestyle devoted to extreme metal.

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The Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands

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Weedeater
No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you're into that slow burning, hazy sound or a faster heavier more intense variety, there are as many ' stoner' metal bands as there are strains of marijuana. The following artists are best heard in a more mellow state of mind; but be warned, while some of these bands might look stoned in appearance, they all possess similar sound waves and patterns that heavy are enough to shatter your glass bong. So burn a bowl of your best stash, and turn your speakers up loud for the following. Here's our list of the Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands.

See also: The 10 Best Folk Metal Bands


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The Five Best Metal Shows in April

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Motorhead with special guests Graveyard
April 11

Club Nokia
What is amazing about this legendary band, is the dedication that heavy metal iconic front man Lemmy Kilmister has for the fans. Despite the numerous health problems the 68-year-old has endured over the past few years--including heart surgery, diabetes and a severe blood clot and bruising that caused him to cancel a European tour last year--Motorhead has vowed to make a return to the stage, performing a special concert for fans in downtown LA at Club Nokia, prior to the band's scheduled appearance at this year's Coachella Music festival. If you have not yet experienced Motorhead live, now would be the best time, the band still puts on a show that will rock your socks off with its sonic, loud and powerful classic sound of metal's finest and oldest bands. Special guests are the Swedish doom metal band Graveyard.

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Top 10 Grindcore Bands

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The subgenre of extreme metal known as 'grindcore' combines the speed and aggression of hardcore punk, with the brutality of death metal. There are blurry lines that separate death metal, grindcore, and thrash metal and even black metal; some bands certainly overlap these genres. What sets grindcore apart mostly is how bands push the limits known to extreme music with more intensity, speed, intensity and lyrics. Short, buzzing riffs fast enough to snap necks; guttural vocals, and blast beats underneath it all define some of grindcore's key characteristics. Grindcore developed in the '80s, all around different regions of the world as a result of earlier extreme metal bands such as early Metallica, Slayer, Mercryful Fate and Venom and continues to flourish in underground and even somewhat mainstream metal communities, from Singapore, Colorado, the UK, and even locally, in the OC (see Phobia). We now present the Top 10 Grindcore Bands.

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The 10 Best Metal Drummers


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Top 10 Metal Love Songs

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In honor of St. Valentine's Day, we wanted to offer you a list of love songs. But, these aren't the ordinary love songs about boys falling in love with girls, or girls getting their heart broken. The following heavy metal songs represent the madness and chaos of love's firm grip on the human psyche. These songs all include tales and stories of torment, romance, lust, sexuality, jealousy, betrayal, the question of evil and the nature of sadomasochism, and even, the unspeakable acts, of the sexually/criminally insane. Most of all these songs are passionate and full of that spirit and energy (and rage) that only love can conjure up.We now present Metal's Top Ten Love Songs.

See also: Top 10 Christian Metal Bands


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The Five Best Metal Shows in February

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Stone Sour--See Thursday
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The House of Blues Anaheim
February 6

Vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root--two of the main masked madmen of Slipknot--join bass guitarist Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and drummer Ray Mayorga to form Stone Sour, a band built less around chaos than slipknot, featuring four less members. Stone Sour's music is best described as melodic and accessible but still carrying on metal's influence for a mainstream modern rock with an edge type audience. But, don't let that fool you, Stone Sour is way more than jut a side project, having formed in 1992. As a unit, the band showcases the collective talent, musicianship, and songwriting ability that each of its members contributes. This is a band that is definitely not as heavy or dark as Slipknot, but for many fans, just as passionate. Make no mistake about it; Stone Sour is a stripped down, hard rock band where no masks are required.


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The Top 10 Christian Metal Bands

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Although many heavy metal purists might agree that all the best bands are affiliated with Satan, it's not a requirement for all bands who were born to head bang. On the contrary, there are plenty of Christian metal bands that range from death metal, to metalcore and '80s metal. Some artists in this realm often wish critics and fans would focus less the religious aspect--claiming it detracts from the music--while others embrace the Christian themes expressed in their songs. The end result is a sound that one might never guess is based on a love for Jesus. We now present our list of the Top 10 Christian Metal Bands.

See also: The 10 Best Metal Drummers

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Why Eyehategod's Cancelled Australian Tour Was a Blessing For SoCal Fans

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Liz Ciavarella-Brenner
New Orleans' infamous sludge metal head bangers Eyehategod were in LA on Jan. 12th, to play a show with Cattle Decapitation, at Los Globos nightclub in Silverlake. Soon after, the band had plans to embark on a tour of Australia; Jan. 16th thru Jan. 20th. But things didn't quite pan out that way. The tour was called off last minute. "It was poor planning on the promoter's side," vocalist Mike IX Williams told the Weekly.

"What happened was, when we showed up at the airport and when there was literally less than one hour left before our flight took off, we found out there were only two tickets , when we have a crew of people," Williams says. "So we get the promoter on the phone and this guy tells us to just pay for the rest of the tickets out of our pocket, and that would have been at least 10 grand. There was no way we were going to buy our own tickets. It's just the most absurd unprofessional bullshit I've ever heard of."


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Six Things You Learn From Being Addicted to Metal

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Most people regard metal music as an anti-intellectual, chest-beating, noisy fit for cavemen. Despite this being 100 percent true, there are a few positive things that result from having an intense dedication toward one of the most juvenile forms of music out there. While listening to metal may still sentence you to a life in your parents' basement, at least you'll have learned a few things on the way to sleeping on a pile of empty potato chip bags. Here are six things you learn from being addicted to metal.

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The 10 Best Metal Drummers

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Andrew Youssef
Chris Adler--Lamb of God
Heavy metal wouldn't be heavy metal without the guitar. However, the drums will always be the adhesive that holds all of the band's insane shredding together. Percussionists are sometimes overlooked in many genres of music, but this isn't the case when it comes to heavy metal. To be a metal drummer, one has to acquire more than the art of musicianship. Heavy metal drummers need to have precision when it comes to speed, rhythm, keeping and holding down a beat, timing, flexibility, endurance and power. It is not just force and speed alone that makes a great metal drummer. Some of the following drummers showcase their talent and creativity by playing in more than one band and expanding to play more than one sound. We now present our list of the Ten Best Metal Drummers.

See also: The 10 Douchiest Drummers of All Time

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