Armstrong MetalFest is happening on July 14th and 15th in Armstrong, BC, with the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies in the Okanagan Valley. While you can get a preview of this year’s 2023 lineup with Warbringer, Fallujah, Entreprise Earth, The Zenith Passage, Vale of Pnath, Striker and more by checking out the festival’s Spotify playlist below, we thought we’d give you more details on the bands.
LA thrashers WARBRINGER are ready to make the mosh pit one of the festival’s biggest to date! They’re bringing an onslaught of speed metal!
San Francisco tech-death giants FALLUJAH are performing for the first time on AMF. They unleashed their latest album Empyrean on Nuclear Blast, and are a tour de force to tear up the stage!
Spokane, WA’s Entreprise Earth is no stranger to the festival, performing at last year’s event. They melted faces off with their brand of deathcore so beautifully that they just had to be invited back. The band’s new album is called The Chosen and is out now!
Los Angeles’ The Zenith Passage is hitting the stage at AMF in support of their new album Datalysium, which drops on July 21st and is eagerly awaited by their fans.
While far too many progressive and technical death metal bands are happy to walk the same path and stick to a tried-and-true sound, on their second full-length, The Zenith Passage forge new and exhilarating territory. From start to finish, Datalysium is driven by imagination, and played by artists who have full command of their instruments, creating something that stands out of any pack while maintaining what made them such a riveting proposition in the first place.
When asked to describe the record, the band does so vividly:
“Imagine if Necrophagist and Meshuggah were married, and Cynic and Extol got married, then years later they went to a swingers party to spice up their relationships, which then became a regular thing. From this, they all had a kid together, no one knows who the biological father is, but that’s cool because they’re co-parenting. That kid then grows up, idolizing David Lynch, Ridley Scott, and film noir. He then goes to film school for a couple of years, but drops out because he’d rather play synth music, but ends up broke and homeless. Then Datalysium would be that kid.”
Denver’s H.P. Lovecraft extreme metallers Vale of Pnath is a vast pit in the underworld, filled with a mountain-sized heap of bones, and is the spot into which all the ghouls of the waking world cast the refuse of their feastings. Enormous worm-like creatures burrow through the Vale and often carry with them helpless victims, where they are left to die.
Edmonton’s Juno award-winning heavy metal champions Striker have made shredtacular anthems since 2007. The band has toured multiple times across Europe and North America along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany), and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade-plus career.
The band has been honoured with multiple Best Album awards in their home country of Canada, from the JUNO Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and the Edmonton Music Awards. Since their inception, Striker has released six studio albums Eyes in the Night (2010, Iron Kodex), Armed to The Teeth (2012, Napalm), City of Gold (2014, Napalm), Stand in the Fire (2016, Record Breaking), Striker (2017, Record Breaking), and Play to Win (2018, Record Breaking).
They are currently working on their yet-to-be-titled seventh album with producer Josh Schroeder (Lorna Shore, Tallah, King 810).
If you’ve yet to get your tickets, then find them here: https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/.
Prices are as follows:
– Pre-sales $179.99 (Until July 12th)
– Door sales weekend pass $219.99
– One-day admission $119.99
Get your blood running and get mosh pit-ready!
Armstrong MetalFest 2023 Lineup:
Warbringer (Los Angeles, CA)
Fallujah (San Francisco, CA)
Enterprise Earth (Spokane, WA)
The Zenith Passage (Los Angeles, CA)
Vale of Pnath (Denver, CO)
Striker (Edmonton, AB)
Golers (Vancouver, BC)
Wormwitch (Vancouver, BC)
Greyhawk (Seattle, WA)
Pound (Seattle, WA)
The Hallowed Catharsis (Vancouver, BC)
Empress (Vancouver, BC)
Blackwater Burial (Vancouver, BC)
Liminal Shroud (Victoria, BC)
Atavistia (Vancouver, BC)
Truent (Vancouver, BC)
Nomad (Okanagan, BC)
Tymo (Edmonton, AB)
Our Last Crusade (Calgary, AB)
Traceless Dimensions (Kelowna, BC)
Bogue Brigade (Edmonton, AB)
Thousand Arrows (Vancouver, BC)
No More Moments (Siksika Nation, AB)
Storm The Empire (Kelowna, BC)
Blackthrone Ascension (Vancouver, BC)
Cranial Fungus (Okanagan, BC)
Bleak Valley (Kamloops, BC)
Param-Nesia (Vancouver, BC)