Print Edition: September 25, 2013
Mission metal band Anciients is a Fraser Valley success story that has toured with some of the biggest acts in the genre. Here’s a shuffle of bands they have played with in advance of their tour kick-off this Saturday in Mission.
A song about my favourite member of the UFV facilities staff, and Abbotsford’s favourite roadie. With riffs and guitar tone that make it perfect for a video game theme (think Megaman music with lyrics), this song is the perfect tribute to a guy who tirelessly supports this local phenomenon.
Lamb of God – “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For”
From their trend-setting album Ashes of the Wake, LoG have been the prevailing monarch of modern metal for over five years (by conservative estimates). Supposedly its social politics diverge from its foreign
politics, with sections of the album calling out the American war machine, and some less progressive ideals too.
Sepultura – “Roots Bloody Roots”
Saw this on top of a best Sepultura songs list. It’s kind of like asking hipsters for their favourite Radiohead song. The Miles Davis of metal, Sepultura and its members have been on the cutting edge of developments in metal for decades, and Anciients’ turn on the road with them is a watershed.
Kataklysm – “Blood in Heaven”
Kataklysm was my first-ever metal show, at Club Rockit on Church St. in Toronto. This Montreal institution, 20 plus years strong and counting, embodies the essence of metal. Heavy thrash, hair banging, and blistering riffs are what it’s all about. I did NOT take my chances in the pit, which is probably for the best.