Marishi Ten formed as 2011 turned into 2012, sparked by the desire of Linda Lou (former front woman and guitarist of the all female rock outfit Cockpit) to concieve a band that would encompass the foremost
characterists of time-honored metal and hard rock
Joined by drummer Patrick Martin, lead guitarist John Hatfield, and bassist Carl Raether, Marishi Ten has done just that.
After the success of their 2013 recording Kickstarter campaign, Marishi Ten began working in the studio to create their debut EP “Dawning”. This hard rock project rooted in classic metal influences is sure to forge its way into new territory.
Tharsh infused Doom Metaller’s CASTLE will release their second album “Blacklands” on September 11th on their new North American label PROSTHETIC RECORDS. ‘Blacklands’, the band’s second album, was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California and produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Eyehategod, Sleep). “It’s an altogether different beast to ‘In Witch Order’”
is how Mat describes it. “The debut took five years start-to-finish, whereas the new one was done relatively quickly, in six months. It was deliberate on our part to do it like that. We wanted to have a live feel and an edginess to the album and I think we got that. It sounds bigger and hits harder. And I wanted the songs to be epic. There were elements of that on our debut but I deliberately set out to achieve that with most of these songs.”
That said, ‘Blacklands’ still features classic-sounding heavy metal songs with a thrash temperament, huge character and fluid solos. It’s an album of great riffs and strong songs, the backbone of Castle’s sound. The album also boasts the classic power trio swagger. “The power trio aspect is one of our strengths as a band,” Mat says. “I love that sound.”
Originally conceived by guitarist, songwriter and producer Mat Davis as a solo project, a meeting of hearts and minds gave the necessary impetus to create a band to finally bring his songs to life. “I met my wife Elizabeth [Blackwell] in 2009,” he explains. “At that point I had already written and demoed most of the songs that would end up on our debut album ‘In Witch Order’. I had tried several times to start a band in San Francisco to no avail. Meeting Liz” – who would go on to become the band’s vocalist and bassist – “breathed new life into the project. We began working on vocal melodies for the songs which at that time were mainly instrumentals, and soon after I reached out to Al McCartney, an old friend and musical collaborator from Toronto to play drums on the record that had started to take shape.”
Having decided on the name Castle the band recorded their debut album ‘In Witch Order’ which was released by Germany’s Ván Records in the spring of 2011. On its release, as both a CD and vinyl LP, ‘In Witch Order’ picked up a number of accolades including Metal Hammer Norway’s album of the year as well as Roadburn Festival’s ‘newcomer of the year’.
Displaying an infectious blend of technical skill and powerful song-writing ability, Temtris are taking their unique sound and appeal to the world.
Temtris are a metal curiosity, a direct result of the band’s constant conviction to their craft and their fans. Featuring founding members Anthony Roberts (Guitar) and Genevieve Rodda (Vocals) and joined by drumming legend Wayne Campbell (Mortal Sin,
Grungeon), in 2002, the group sought a more aggressive edge, and enrolled guitarist/songwriter Llew ‘Ahzael’ Smith (Deiform, Malice, Ravensgate) and Aaron “Azgard” Worboys (Malice, Bane of Isildur) on bass.
Losing Wayne and Aaron to other commitments the band discovered a young and talented drummer in their home town by the name of Tom Wallace, quickly dubbed ‘The Machine’ for his machine-gun like double kick abilities, followed by bass guitarist Gavin Swan.
It had been a long time between albums and fueled by the enthusiasm of the new recruits Temtris headed back to the studio. The result was ‘Masquerade’ a dark and edgy collection of songs which in many ways pushed the band further into the ‘unique’ label with its raw sound and musical experimentation. Temtris continue to carve their own unique and dynamic musical niche in the metal realm. Temtris became “Dark Metal”.
The departure of Tom and Gavin saw Temtris on the hunt again for a competant rhythm section.
Enter Dale Green (Delinquent, Soul Trickery) on bass and James Rodwell (The Mud Luck Trio) on drums.
This line up combined with newly enlisted producer Syd Green (Mantissa, Dirty Lucy, Iota, Matt Tonks) has produced one of Temtris’ most exciting songs to date in “Your time has come”.
As always happens, life makes it difficult for bands to stay together and this saw the departure of James leaving an open spot on the throne for a young and very talented drummer by the name of Ben Hart (Eyes of Idevale). Now with one of the strongest line ups to date the studio awaits.
Burning Daisy are a Calgary based keg full of inebriated rock. Melodically angry guitar riffs float between powerful haunting vocals, and heavy, crashing drums all swimming in a haze of rumbling bass lines.
Liz Pomeroy sits down with our own Jayson Shell Saturday August 10 to discuss Burning Daisy, their music and much more.
The story of Burning Daisy begins in early 2012, with the meeting of musical minds Liz Pomeroy and Al Pujo.
Vocalist Pomeroy who was born in Ireland, moved to Calgary from Ottawa, in 2011 and was looking to start on a new musical adventure out west. She has been involved in numerous projects across the Atlantic as well as gigging in Ottawa before her move to Calgary.
Bass player Pujo has played in Calgary bands for over 14 years, and found himself bouncing around from jam to jam and project to project unable to find the right musical fit.
Pomeroy and Pujo met over a frosty pint at Local 510, on Calgary’s Red Mile in January 2012 — there was an instant rapport between the two. They decided to begin creating music together.
Shortly after, the Irish front woman connected Russ Edworthy through a mutual friend. Edworthy brought a decade of experience as a songwriter and guitarist. The group of three set to work on writing songs, and creating a fledgling album.
But the trio needed a fourth — a drummer. After working their way through numerous percussion artists, a Calgary community of musicians connected Pujo with Jon Blaskovich — a talented and well seasoned drummer. His inspiring and hard hitting style was a welcome addition to the group.
In March of 2013, the missing piece in their signature sound was discovered, right under the nose of bassist Pujo. His longtime friend and former band mate — musical genius Jonny Vincent. A long time Calgary musician, and sound engineer, he was brought in as a second guitarist, adding a welcome touch of flair, and completing the “wall of sound” sound that Burning Daisy had been looking for.
In early April, Burning Daisy pooled their hard-earned cash from shows to put together a self-titled single. Working with the technical mastery of Ian Dillon from Electric Park Studios, Burning Daisy recorded three tracks for the single.
With their usual tenacity, Burning Daisy are due back in the studio in late April and early May of 2013 to record a new full length LP to replace their album lost in legal limbo in 2012.
Along with working furiously to write new material in preparation for the new album — the band will be part of the Doomination Tour, June 1 to June 9, 2013. .
Burning Daisy are also currently working on booking a fall tour in eastern and central Canada, as well as a short European tour in spring 2014.
Liz Pomeroy – Vocals, keys
Al Pujo – Vocals, Bass
Jonny Vincent – Guitar, Backups
Dustin Frick – Drums
Burning Daisy – Evil Monkey – 2013.
Burning Daisy – Heavy Human Err – Released 2012