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Norris have been ripping their way through Canada leaving behind a trail of fans who are happy to be beaten to a bloody pulp by this band’s extreme blend of metal and hardcore. It’s been just over a year since the release of their last EP, Bone Crusher, and now the boys are hard at work on their first full-length album which is sure to be a great addition to the music collection of anyone…

Before You Fled is a band that knows what they want and are determined to get it. Right now that’s a solid EP, getting signed to a label, a country-wide tour and a killer, ever-growing audience to go along with it all. And considering how far this Arizona band has come since they got together in 2008, all of that sounds completely within this band’s reach.

Ensiferum are hitting the road again with a whole batch of new material off their recently released, fourth album, From Afar. The upcoming months are going to be non-stop for the band as they start off their huge European and North American tours, bringing their folk-infused metal to an anticipating audience. With dates set from now up until the early days of the new year, chances are they’ll be tearing through a city close by and you probably don’t want to miss out.

“I met Steve one afternoon stumbling through a forest, covered in blood and frantically trying to escape unseen assailants. We looked at each other and instantly know we were allies,” told Gustavo De Beauville about the onset of what would eventually grow to become progressive rock band The Unravelling. While ensuring that De Beauville’s story…

The Unravelling are like a breath of fresh, haunting, brutal, skilfully written air. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, they’ve been together for about a year and are getting ready to put out their debut full length album, 13 Arcane Hymns. With tactfully diverse music that’s overflowing with a bloodthirsty passion, it’s going to be an album, as well as a…

Even though NXNE is coming to a rest for 2009, there are still amazing bands who played this year that need to be talked about. One of which is Burning Brides. With music that sounds like a bit of a throwback to what some people like to call “the better days of rock and roll,” this band knows how to make straight up rock without sounding stuck in the past. They…

NXNE is officially well on its way to overrunning Toronto with movies, conferences and, of course, a ton of live music. And one of the bands playing today that you should be setting your eyes and ears on is Ottawa’s Benefit of a Doubt. Catchy doesn’t even begin to describe this band’s melody driven songs. They have a brand new album…

It’s that time of year again in the great city of Toronto. North by Northeast is upon us, once again, to bless us with all of its musical glory. In celebration of the next four days, an interview from one of the hottest bands of each day will be posted right here. And today that band is Ume. This trio out of Texas is more than meets the eye.

Work. Tour. Work. Tour. It’s a routine that Assemble Me have gotten used to since they started up in 2007. Currently living out the “tour” part of this pattern, they’re out promoting their new release Atelophobia, an album which guitarist and vocalist Dan Thomson calls their “greatest group effort yet”, paying special attention to the word “group.”