Monday, January 15, 2018

Bloodshot Dawn Announces Canadian Tour with Aepoch

        UK Death Metal monsters, Bloodshot Dawn, will be embarking on a two week cross Canada Tour in support of their new album "Reanimation" released on January 12th, 2018. Kicking off on April 17th in Quebec and running until May 1st in Calgary, Bloodshot Dawn will be tearing up Canada with support coming from Cambridge, Ontario Technical Death Metallers Aepoch who will be releasing their debut full length album in April.

        Aepoch Guitarist Kyle Edissi says: "We are extremely honoured to be apart of Bloodshot Dawn's first ever Canadian tour! Both bands will have killer sets that you won't want to miss! See you in the pit!"

        Bloodshot Dawn's own Josh McMorran says: "We are honoured to be touring Canada! As Morgan's home country this makes it our 2nd home."

        Needless to say, this may be a one time chance to see this tour come through, tickets will be available through your usual outlets and through most the venues themselves. Bloodshot Dawn and Aepoch are kicking off 2018 with some good old Death Metal!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top 10 Albums of 2017

               Hello everyone, Welcome to Five Magics Music's top 10 albums from the past year of 2017. With so many great records being released this past year, much like most years, it was a tough decision, but we got there so without any further hesitation here is the top 10 albums from 2017!

10. Slave One – “An Abstract and Metaphorical Approach to Deceit” – Dolorem Records

                This was an incredibly surprising release to me. Death Metal is always kind of touchy when it comes to checking out new bands, there are far too many that follow the same copy and paste formula with a slightly different sound and expect to make it to the size that Cannibal Corpse or Obituary have reached. Slave One though, have a different tone to them. This is a band that knows how to take the formula and shake it up, “An Abstract and Metaphorical Approach to Deceit” deserves it’s spot on this list solely for the balls it took to include a Death Metal cover of Dimmu Borgir’sBlessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny” which brought a breath of life back to a dormant and momentarily stale band.

check out our review of the album

North American Cover
European Cover

9. Kreator – “Gods of Violence” – Nuclear Blast Records

                I’m sick of hearing “there were no good Thrash metal albums this year” when the year kicked off with probably one of the best Thrash Metal albums out there. Kreator has a little bit of.. let’s say numbness, with song of their past albums, while “Phantom Antichrist” stood as an anthem to me when it came it “Gods of Violence” brought back the extremity and intensity of Kreator for me. Songs like the title track “Gods of Violence” and “Satan Is Real” have become synonymous with the band at this point while the album continues to create more anthems with “Hail to the Hordes”.

8. Warbringer – “Woe to the Vanquished” – Napalm Records

                So again, how were there no good Thrash Metal albums this year? Warbringer dropped this monster “Woe to the Vanquished” and it is straight to the point. The biggest draw I find in Warbringer is the war focused lyrics, war, having always been an interest of mine, it entices me. With some of the most intense Thrash Metal songs you’ll hear this year like “Shellfire” and “Descending Blade” along side the heavier and slower tracks “Spectral Asylum” and the epic “When the Guns Fell Silent” there was just too much to miss on this latest record for any real Thrash Metal fan.

check out our review of the album

7. Astaroth Incarnate – “Omnipotence – The Infinite Darkness” – CDN Records

                Black Metal and Death Metal have always gone hand in hand, but none more than the first EP released from Toronto’s Astraroth Incarnate. Compared to the bands original demo, it is night and day the change in maturity in this band, the vocals sound less demonic as a turn but come out much more frightening in the end and with tracks like “Curse of the Black Plague” blasting you away alongside “Unfleshed” and “Re-Creation” this was a release that should have made it into the collections of any Black Metal band.

check out our review of the album

6. Aborted – “Bathos” – Century Media

                Another EP release, Aborted dropped “Bathos” and fans were stoked, best thing about Aborted is their consistency with music, releasing stuff far more often than most bands do and the quality of the music is always outstanding and nothings shows this better than this release. Consisting solely of two tracks, it’s an EP you can listen to on repeat for hours, there is so much packed into the two songs that thinking about it, it should be an overabundance, but instead comes out as the essential mix of Grindcore and Death Metal that most bands miss the mark on.

check out our review of the album

5. Alestorm - “No Grave But the Sea” – Napalm Records
                The pirate based Power/Folk Metal band are back with another set of tales upon the high sea. “No Grave But the Sea” is simply a whole lot of fun, everyone who knows the band knows they don’t take themselves too seriously, that being said, each of the musicians take the music itself seriously. Tracks like the heavier “Alestorm” which consists mostly of keyboardist Elliot Vernon’s harsh vocals and the softer “Fucked With An Anchor” which, while it sounds like it should have the harsher vocals, is actually more of a ballad, show off that the band cares about the music, the lyrical content itself may be silly but the songs are very well written. As much as some of you may like the most extreme of the extreme, this is the kind of music that’s fun to drink and enjoy yourself to.

Check out our review of the album
Check our our interview with Chris Bowes

4. Trilateral - “Elliptic Orbits” – Independent Release
                Jazz infused Technical Death Metal band Trilateral dropped an incredible album pretty close to the beginning of the year. This twelve track release should be enough for anyone looking for the more Technical side of things to get their rocks off. Songs like “Whalefall” and “Nomad” are the real standouts, pulling the entire things together, the jazz influence comes through incredibly blatantly and it’s actually the real draw the album has, most Tech Death bands hide the more jazzy tone underneath the insanity, but much like Beyond Creation, Trilateral put it upfront on display.

Check out our review of the album

3. Unbowed – "Through Endless Tides" – Independent Release

                This is a band I’ve had a soft spot for ever since I saw them for the first time back in 2014 opening for Battlecross, Unbowed have always been the kind of band to drop an album unlike anything they’ve done before, every single release has become more expansive and intense than what came before it. The original “Unbowed” EP was a Blackened Death Metal release along the vein of Behemoth, then came “Collapse the World” which incorporated a more Melodic side and “Dogma” to infuse it with a bit more of Symphonic element. “Through Endless Tides” is the next heir to the throne for Unbowed infusing a more modern sounds, I hesitate to consider it a “Metalcore” sound, but it’s not completely off the mark. Becoming much more focused on the overall sound and quality, not to say the quality of anything in the past was bad by any means, the focus became the end product this time around instead of what more can be added into the music and much like Metalcore which is a genre that seems to always have incredible production compared to its more extreme counterparts, it made Unbowed’s latest release sound HUGE and gave the band the last push it needed to find the key sound it deserves. Through 4 releases and a lot of hard work on the bands side, “Through Endless Tides” is the end product they deserve and it’s hard to imagine how they’ll step up from here.

2. Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten – Season of Mist Records
                The latest story from Carach Angren is one of the harder ones to follow, not in a bad way. The past releases from Carach Angren have become a little less on the nose with the story they write, “Where the Corpses Sink Forever” was a split up story that crafted an overarching story and “This Is No Fairytale” was one you had to read a little more into for the full story. Carach Angren have figured out how to make more diverse stories and less obvious stories, “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten” follows the trend, based around Ouija boards and possession, you’re introduced to our main antagonist Charlie. Things continue to get strange as we discuss the strange “Blood Queen” and “Pitch Black Box” are outstanding tracks but the album ends on a high note with “Three Times Lightning Strikes”. Carach Angren get better with each release, the struggle is getting gathering the story at this point, it gives the album replay ability, makes it easy to listen to over and over again.

1. Artificial Brain – “Infrared Horizon” – Profound Lore Records

                While these have been in no particular order, Artificial Brain’sInfrared Horizon” is easily my favourite album of 2017. This monster of a Death Metal album takes you on a Sci-fi journey though the post-apocalypse, I would say it’s a pretty safe bet that the character on the cover would be our narrator. While the music itself may be incredible, that isn’t the stand out factor, that honour is for the lyrics, throughout the album there is a conversation happening, the narrator has dialogue. This is such a unique thing to concept albums and while I’m not 100% sure his classifies as a concept album it already makes me excited for the third album from Artificial Brain.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Allegaeon "Animate" Single Review

        For anyone who paid attention to Allegaeon's latest release "Proponent For Sentience", you would have recognised a well known Canadian band was covered at the end of the album. Rush's "Subdivisions" is a widely unrecognized and underappreciated song from the band's massive discography, but there is another track that is probably even more off the radar. This time around Allegaeon are taking a stab at "Animate" from the 1993 album "Counterparts".

        From beginning to end this is a very faithful cover, Rush is a band that's hard to nail and still make it your own, Allegaeon take what Rush had done to begin with make it a bit it more Hard Rock (this barely breaks into Metal territory, which is actually good) while in the original version the song was a fairly soft piece, Geddy Lee's voice was a bit more sing-song in it than his regular tone in some more recognisable songs, Allegaeon stuck true to this while maintaining the faintest bit of aggression in the vocals. Instrumentally, this version covers the same idea, add some distortion and play a little faster, but all around very faithful.

        Allegaeon won't be back in the studio until March 2018 to record their follow up to "Proponent of Sentience" but for the time being, they'll be gracing you with this digital single on 1.6.18 definitely check it out if you're a Rush fan, or even if you have no idea who Rush is and you just liked the "Subdivisions" cover!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Drop Oblivion "Damaged Goods" Single Review

It's been a busy time, we've been slacking on reviews and we're sorry. We are back though, with lots of stuff in the works including a rather big and probably unexpected review coming tomorrow. Today though, we are talking about a band that reached out recently to get our opinion on their new track "Damaged Goods". The band in question is Drop Oblivion, a new Melodic Death Metal band out to find their feet with this track, so lets get in there and check it out!

        Instantly, "Damaged Goods" gives you the full Melodic Death Metal experience. The intro isn't anything to extraordinary, but gives you the taste for blood. The vocals, once they kick in take on an almost Blackened Death approach. I am personally a fan of the vocals, they're strong and match the tone and pace of the song incredibly well, which is where a lot of Melodic Metal falls short. Front to back, musically "Damaged Goods" is a great piece of work, but there are a couple of complaints to note. First of all, the drums and bass are mixed so low that one is inaudible and the other is almost there (in sure you can guess which is which). The other is the fact that Drop Oblivion uses symphonics in the music, now that isn't the complaint as I love symphonic Metal, Drop Oblivion seem almost intimidated to make the commitment to having the symphonic element in the music with, yet again, it being mixed so low is just sounds like filler to the music itself. The vocals are high above everything else with the rest of the instrumentals fighting for second place.

        I'm a big fan of Drop Oblivion's single and you will absolutely be seeing a review of a full release when the time comes, the music itself is great and these guys know what they're doing and while the aforementioned complaints do take away from the sound a little bit, "Damaged Goods" is still a killer piece of Melodic Death Metal anyone should check out!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Battle of The Unsigned Bands! One Band To Win A Record Deal

Swimming With Sharks Entertainment Presents:
Battle of The Unsigned Bands! One Band To Win A Record Deal

Judged By A Panel of Music Industry Professionals

Swimming With Sharks Entertainment is pleased to announce a unique competition, a Battle of The Unsigned Bands, in which the winning artist will WIN A RECORD DEAL. The only requirement for entering the contest is to submit ONE SONG in the form of a link or video. This is a worldwide competition open to anyone and everyone from all over the world, who are not signed to a major label record company. The goal of this competition is to find talented, hard-working bands and help them take the next step in their careers and get their music to the masses.
The Battle of The Unsigned BandsContest was created to help up-and-coming, unsigned bands gain exposure and be placed in the hands of highly experienced music industry professionals. SWS is offering great opportunities, prizes and the chance to get your music heard by judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and music industry professionals.
Ahrue Luster – Producer and Guitarist for bands such as Ill Nino and Machine Head
Austin D’Amond – Drummer for bands such as Devildriver, Chimaira, and Bleed the Sky
Tommy Gibbons – Guitarist for bands such as Tantric and Flaw
Joshua Wickman – Producer for bands such as KING 810 and Within The Ruins
Jonny McBee – Producer and Vocalist for bands such as The Browning and As Blood Runs Black
Noah Robertson – Drummer for bands such as Motograter and The Browning
The winning artist will receive the following:
- A ONE YEAR, Worldwide Deal with either Swimming With Sharks Records or Zombie Shark Records (depending upon the artist’s genre/style). This includes Worldwide Digital Distribution to all major outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, Tidal, and many more.
- Professional Marketing, Promotion, Public Relations, and Ad Campaigns focusing on your group and/or music release.
- Guaranteed Radio Play, Magazine Features, and more.
- Dedicated Album Review Campaign including Submission to Media Sites and Review Sites.
- Feedback from high-profile recording artists and music industry professionals.
- Consulting and Artist Development from experienced music leaders.
- And much more!
- You must be an artist, group, or band that is NOT SIGNED to a record label.
- You must have a recording (Single, EP, or LP) that is READY to be professionally distributed. This includes artwork and wav files, finished/ready to go.
- All music and genres are accepted, however your music must not contain hate speech.
STAGE 1: After all submissions are received an A&R team will review all submissions and decide which artists will be moving on to the next round.
STAGE 2: A list of bands will be posted online and the general public will be prompted to vote for their favorite bands.
STAGE 3: Their team of qualified judges will decide which band takes the GRAND PRIZE.
STAGE 4: The winner will be announced in January of 2018.
TO ENTER please visit

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Slave One "An Abstract and Metaphysical Approach To Deceit" Review

        Someone suggested we check out Slave One's newest EP "An Abstract and Metaphysical Approach to Deceit", so we did as we were told and decided to look it up. This is a 4 track EP (3 if you buy it digital, you're missing out on a Dimmu Borgir cover) of Technical, Progressive and Melodic Death Metal that I'm excited to delve into, so let's take a look and see what Slave One has to offer.

        The EP opens strong with "Tunguska" mixing together elements from Progressive, Technical and Melodic Death metal to kick everything off on the right foot. For a good chunk of the EP, I was getting Black Crown Initiate meets Beyond Creation vibes, between the blissful and punishing tones of the instrumentals and the jazz/blues inspired solos the album kicks off perfectly and "Tunguska" alone would be enough to sell me on how good these guys are, but it doesn't end there and Death Metal isn't for one hit wonders.

        "Through Illuminated Void and Meditative Resonance" continues the onslaught with a bit more technicality. The guitars specifically seem more welcome to do their thing and the whole release starts to feel a lot more like something Beyond Creation would drop. The instrumentals are emotional and as stated before, jazz infused. When the song quiets and lets the guitar do its thing, which is quite often in this track, it doesn't sound like the band is doing a solo for the sake of doing a solo, you can hear the blood, sweat and tears put into this EP.

        Slave One knocked it out of the park with "An Abstract and Metaphysical Approach to Deceit" and for any of you die hard Beyond Creation fans waiting ever so patiently for the follow up to 2014s "Earthborn Evolution" this album should help you hold off at least through the holiday season. Absolutely killer Technical and Progressive Death Metal!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Live Report: Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell and Artificial Brain "Inhuman Beings" Tour at The Opera House

        The Opera House is a venue that Metal fans in Toronto visit a lot, so many shows happen here, for good reason as it's an outstanding venue with great staff. It's Halloween night and Toronto is full of spooky people, but tonight Cattle Decapitation bring their "Inhuman Beings" tour through the city with Revocation, Full of Hell and Artificial Brain to show the Death Metaller's in the area how it's done.

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
        Like we said, it's Halloween and bands and fans alike are taking advantage of it. Artificial Brain opened up the show and I was stoked to finally see these guys live, their last album "Infrared Horizon" is a Death Metal monster you need to check out, and the band will be playing a handful of songs from both their albums tonight. Paulo Paguntalan took over vocals for the band tonight dressed up as a lovely lady donning a night pink dress and fluttering around stage flirting with the boys at the barricade. His vocals matched the band very well, makes sense why they picked him to fill in tonight, with the only real noticeable difference being his higher growls weren't as well annunciated as Will Smith's but nevertheless the band killed tonight. songs like "Anchored to the Inlayed Arc" and "Worm Harvester" were intense live, and right off the bat the crowd was ready to go with heads banging and the pit spanning a good chunk of the venues floor. After only 5 songs though, the band were done and left for the night, only to be seen again in the crowd all night enjoying the rest of the bands.

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
        Full of Hell hit the stage next with their blend of Experimental and Grindcore, the band were all wearing dippers showing off their legs tonight. Full of Hell didn't exactly stick out to me, the music had a lot of samples going on and while I understand the idea of Grindcore is to be fast and intense, the joke of "showed up 20 minutes late to a Grindcore concert, missed the first 3 bands" seemed inherently true. The band even pulled Paulo back on stage for a cover of Napalm Death's world record song "You Suffer" near the end of their show. I can't deny the band has fans, a ton of people were pushing their way through the crowd and into the pit and the pit pretty much hit full size during Full of Hell's set, but personally the band did nothing for me.

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
        Luckily, Revocation had the exact opposite effect on me and the band put on an outstanding show. Opening with the 80s Spider-Man Theme playing over the PA Spider-Man aka Dave Davidson entered the stand to introduce the rest of the Avengers before the band stated. Enter stage right Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Spider-Man who made up the entirety of Revocation. After about 5 minutes of joking around, the band broke into "Teratogenesis" and "Communion", the first single from their newest album "Great Is Our Sin", eventually the show was broken up with the Spider-Man Theme coming back and the band's stage hand entering to give Dave a different guitar dressed as a spider. After some joking about Spider-Man, not spider, man, the band continued their set and hit the song most fans were excited to hear, "Empire of the Obscene" the title track from the bands first album. Again later, the theme song came back and enter the band's stage hand as Spider-Woman, who decided afterwards to crowdsurf all the way from the stage to the back of the venue. With "Dismantle the Dictator" came the end of Revocation's set and a huge pit, a lot of crowd surfers and more spider jokes, but it was time fore the band to call it a night, and Spider-Mans exited stage right.
Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole
        Last but not least of the Halloween festivities, our headliner and Death Metal masters, Cattle Decapitation. This is the second time I've managed to make it out to catch these guys and a far larger venue than last time (for all you Toronto locals, last time I saw them was the upstairs of Sneaky Dee's). If I had to guess this will be the bands last outing for their album "The Anthropocene Extinction" which the band played the majority of. Kicking off with fan favourite's "The Carbon Stampede" and "Dead Set On Suicide" the band hit the stage fast, each member outside of Travis Ryan dressed as another animal, Travis Ryan was dressed as the bands mascot, a goat headed creature draped in cloth very similar to the Grim Reaper, which only makes sense. For anyone unaware, the band have a habit of displaying the horrific nature of slaughter houses and animal life on farms being bred for slaughter and depicting humans in the same conditions. None is more obvious than when the band broke into "Not Suitable for Life" which was preceded by "The Burdon of Seven Billion" being played over the PA. The crowd was wild, the pit ate most of the floor and for anyone wanting to avoid it, you would have had to hide at the very far back of the venue, fans were showing the band what they had. Probably my favourite track off the new record and the first single "Manufactured Extinct" came near the end of the set and one thing interesting is the fact that the band has clean vocals in the song where you will see all the fans singing along. Before long though, after a chant for the band to reclaim the stage and "Your Disposal" was presented as our encore, the band called it a night and seeing everyone outside, while no one wanted to see it end, everyone was pleased with the set.

Photo Credit: Samantha Carcasole