It’s unfortunate but a lot of people aren’t aware that Canada has a fairly healthy hard rock/metal scene going. Several new bands are writing and releasing music on par with their U.S. counterparts including Hunter City Madness. The band is a five man metalcore act from Ottawa, Ontario that formed as recently as spring of last year. Rather than trying to describe the band myself I’ll offer a well worded quote from their official bio that says it all: Armed to the teeth with a ferociously creative musical approach and a take-no-prisoners attitude, “Hunter City Madness will grip you tight, kick your ass to next Sunday and then buy you a beer afterwards.”

The band credits a number of rock sub-genres as an influence on their sound including metal, punk, classic rock and even southern rock. In less than two years together they’ve already accomplished quite a bit for a young band. They’ve managed to play over fifty shows all over Ontario and some in Quebec including two cross Ontario tours, The Hunt is on… Tour in 2009 and The Ride the Moustache Tour in 2010.

One of HCM’s trips to Quebec included the recording of the band’s debut EP See You in Hell. The group worked with Matt Laperle at Red Dusk Studios in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec to record the seven song EP. So far since its release, the EP has received some good exposure including being played regularly on internet and college radio stations and it is even available on iTunes, Napster and HCM has worked tirelessly over the last year and a half writing and recording See You in Hell all the while touring as much as they can and building up a solid fan base.

The group is looking forward to getting out on the road for an extended period of time promoting See You In Hell. So far they have a few shows scheduled in Kitchener, Ottawa and Toronto over the next month with more along the way. If you’re looking for some good Canadian metal and a band that knows how to get the crowd going then give Hunter City Madness a try.

Check out the song: “The Old Habits Of Young Lovers”