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Posted November 16, 2014 by

After seeing Teleportoise for the first time this past summer, I was once again blown away by the diversity of talent within the Guelph metal scene. Teleportoise was both atmospheric and ferocious at once – offering something visceral and exciting to metal-loving ears. The band was a bit of a mystery to me, so I dove in with bassist Adam Ujhelyi […]

Posted October 3, 2014 by

A couple years ago when I was new to Guelph and its bursting live music scene, I stumbled upon Unbowed – a young metal band that immediately caught my attention for having a different sound than many of their local peers. Back then, the group had recently released an EP and I sat down with Alex Snape and […]

Posted June 25, 2014 by

We have a city full of very talented musicians, but it takes that “extra something” for a band to really stand out and make you take notice. That’s exactly what Teleportoise did on Saturday, June 21 when they played A.N.A.F. Club along with Quiet Lakes, Saprophyte, and IRN. Nothing prepared me for seeing Teleportoise live for […]

Posted March 26, 2014 by

In the early 2000s Pureblank appeared on the Guelph music scene with an impressively intense and heavy sound. After releasing an EP with Year of the Sun Records, playing loads of local shows and touring Canada, the band eventually went their separate ways and onto new musical projects. Now, approximately ten years later, they’ve decided […]

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Anyone involved in Guelph’s heavy music scene will no doubt already know or has heard of “Unkle Rick.” That familiar face we see running shows and banging his head in the pit along with the other fans is Rick Hall, owner of KronikNoise Promotions. Rick’s intense passion for metal and enthusiasm for live music is […]

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Self-described as “ham fisted rock ‘n’ roll skirting the boundaries of punk, metal and hardcore” Toronto-based Maximum RNR has been around the block. With roughly 400 shows under their belt, this punk rock juggernaut shows no signs of slowing. Armed with a DIY attitude, Maximum RNR does everything on their own terms, and their live show […]

Posted November 6, 2013 by

If you live in Guelph and love music, you’ve probably heard of GAIN Music – a promotion and production company currently run by a very small group of passionate people. GAIN Music has been responsible for bringing us many of the great live music events in the city over the past few years. We sat down […]

Posted October 29, 2013 by

This summer marked one year ago that my partner and I picked up and left Toronto after 15 years and relocated to Guelph. I often get asked why we made the move out here, and my initial response is always “because Guelph is awesome.” That answer is usually followed by a perplexed look that requires […]

Posted September 10, 2013 by

Guelph’s own Wakeless has been around for a couple of years, and I just recently picked up their debut album Desolation Diaries. Offering up some diversity to the local heavy music scene, Wakeless is sometimes slow, southern and sludgy, and other times quite heavy and intense. Influenced by several musical genres, Wakeless does each one […]

Posted August 15, 2013 by

We arrived in Montreal late in the evening on Friday, August 9th. As we enter the hotel to check-in, I’m immediately greeted by a random guest who enthusiastically asks “Here for Heavy MTL?!” “Yeah,” I say “how did you know?” he shrugs and replies “You just know.“ Yes, we’re in Montreal for Canada’s biggest and […]

Posted August 1, 2013 by

This Friday, August 2nd GAIN Music and KronikNoise will host “Rock Extravaganza” at the A.N.A.F Club in Guelph. One of the bands on the bill is Toronto/Ottawa-based progressive metal band Slyde. But trying to pin one musical genre on Slyde is impossible. The band has a very unique sound that is entirely their own. They’re a […]

Posted July 20, 2013 by

Every once in a while, a show comes to town where the excitement leading up to it is palpable. This was the case with the recent GAIN Music & KronikNoise event – Misery Signals, The Color Morale, Intervals, The Kindred, and Arkham Awaits at Club Vinyl on Saturday, July 13. The night was abuzz early […]

Posted July 9, 2013 by

There is so much happening in the Guelph music scene lately – it’s fantastic! One of the bands I’m really excited about is Arkham Awaits – a post-hardcore metal group, drawing their influences from bands like Thrice, Alexisonfire, Hopesfall, Tool and Deftones – just to name a few! I got a hold of their “Meridian” EP earlier this […]

Posted June 25, 2013 by

Mounting projects at work and a super busy personal life (I got engaged!) have kept me from the blogosphere for a few weeks. So please accept my apologies for the tardiness! Dear Guelph Music Club, I have neglected you, BUT you have never been far from my thoughts! I was so diligent in weeks one […]

Posted June 10, 2013 by

Friday May 31 saw the continuation of the Out Loud Series at Red Papaya with GAIN Music and KronikNoise hosting Skynet, Partycat, Seducing Medusa, and In the Act of Violence. Once again, loads of metal heads came out to support some awesome Ontario metal. Oshawa’s In the Act of Violence filled in at the last […]

Posted May 23, 2013 by

The long weekend kicked off with a bang, with GAIN Music and KronikNoise hosting American Hell, Anu Beginning, Unbowed, and Jetpacks to Jupiter at Red Papaya on Friday, May 17. Red Papaya is a large Thai restaurant – and bless their hearts, they also host metal shows! It was my first time there, and I […]

Posted May 12, 2013 by

I recently got a chance to sit down with Alex Snape (guitarist) and Nick Lennox (drummer) from local metal band Unbowed, to talk about their recent EP and future plans. Though I would’ve preferred a Viking ship as the location to conduct our interview, they’re a little hard to come by, so me and the […]

Posted April 28, 2013 by

On Friday, April 26th, The Ward Skatepark hosted an all ages punk show with the lineup of local and nearby talent Noiz A Noiz, Kill Sid, and Maximum RNR. As we all know, Guelph is a hotbed of live music, and with other metal/punk events in the city that night (big name metal act Opeth […]