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If you're a fan of metal music, you'll want to check out some of the great Canadian metal bands. From death metal to black metal, these bands create some of the most intense and visceral music in the world. And if you're looking for some amazing Canadian musicians to watch live, there are plenty of great shows available too. Тhere's sure to be something for you.

Metal Divas – Talented and Rebellious

Shocking Blue Mariska Veres
Mariska Veres

Women have been making their mark in the rock and metal genre since the 1960s, but their influence can be traced back even further to the roots of soul music. Female artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Tina Turner laid the groundwork for future generations with their powerful voices and commanding stage presence. In the 1960s, these women’s influence could be seen in the emergence of female rock icons such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Mariska Veres and Wendy O. Williams, who brought a new level of energy and attitude to the genre. These pioneering women broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations of female rockers, proving that women could be just as talented, rebellious and powerful as their male counterparts.

Rising Up: The Talented and Rebellious Metal Divas Taking the Scene by Storm

  • Lita Ford: She was the lead guitarist for the all-female rock band The Runaways in the 1970s and later had a successful solo career in the 1980s.
  • Doro Pesch: She was the lead singer of the German heavy metal band Warlock in the 1980s and later had a successful solo career.
  • Wendy O. Williams: She was the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics in the 1970s and 1980s and was known for her powerful stage presence and controversial performances.
  • Janis Joplin: She was a rock singer and songwriter in the 1960s and is widely considered one of the greatest female rock singers of all time.
  • Grace Slick: She was a singer and songwriter for the rock band Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s and later for Jefferson Starship, and her powerful and emotive voice made her one of the most iconic female singers of that era.
Alissa White-Gluz
Alissa White-Gluz
  • Tarja Turunen: She was the lead singer of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish from 1996 to 2005. She is known for her powerful operatic vocals and her ability to blend classical music with heavy metal.
  • Angela Gossow: She was the lead singer of the melodic death metal band Arch Enemy from 2000 to 2014. She is known for her aggressive growling vocals and her powerful stage presence.
  • Floor Jansen: She is the current lead singer of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, she joined the band in 2013, she is known for her powerful operatic vocals and her ability to convey emotion through her singing.
  • Cristina Scabbia: She is the female vocalist of the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil, She is known for her powerful and versatile voice, and her ability to convey emotion through her singing.
  • Alissa White-Gluz: She is the lead vocalist of the Canadian melodic death metal band Arch Enemy and also a member of the band Kamelot. She is known for her powerful, versatile voice and her ability to switch between different vocal styles.
  • Lzzy Hale: She is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the American hard rock band Halestorm, she is known for her powerful voice and her ability to convey emotion through her singing, and her musicianship skills.

In conclusion, the names mentioned above are just a few examples of the talented and rebellious metal divas who have made their mark in the rock and metal genre. These women have not only shown their musical talents, but also their determination and strength in breaking down barriers and proving that women can be just as powerful and influential in the rock and metal scene as men. They have inspired generations of female musicians and continue to do so. They are not just singers but also composers, guitarists and band leaders, showing that women can excel in any role in the metal scene.

The Agonist Once Only Imagined

Agonist Once Only Imagined

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  • All lyrics written by Alissa White-Gluz
  • All songs composed by Danny Marino, Alissa White-Gluz, and Chris Kells
2.“Rise and Fall”4:02
3.“Born Dead, Buried Alive”4:32
4.“Take a Bow”4:05
5.“Trophy Kill”3:39
6.“Business Suits and Combat Boots”5:27
8.“Memento Mori”3:09
9.“Void of Sympathy”4:21
11.“Forget Tomorrow”3:37

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The Agonist is a Canadian metal band that was formed in 2004

The Melvins | House Of Strombo

The Strombo Show presents The Melvins in an intimate performance from the home of George Stroumboulopoulos to celebrate their new album, Pinkus Abortion Technician!

1:56 Kicking Machine
4:38 Stop Moving To Florida
9:11 Don’t Forget to Breathe
16:13 Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
19:38 The Talking Horse
25:14 Evil New War God

The Strombo Show / House of Strombo is the home of the best records played in the best order, from the 1-2-3-4 to the 808’s and beyond. For over two decades, George Stroumboulopoulos has been working on behalf of you to find and champion the songs that’ll get you through the night. Interviews, intimate sessions and out-of-its-mind full blown house concerts. The Strombo Show reflects the beautiful and the badass of Canada’s diverse cultural landscape. There are no boundaries, with the gamut running from Aretha Franklin to Slayer and everything in between.

We have welcomed many musical guests onto the program, including major international artists like A.R. Rahman, Against Me!, Alice Cooper, Ani DiFranco, Anthrax, Bill Murray, Bjork, Bonnie Raitt, Charles Bradley, Chuck D, The Cult, De La Soul, Diana Krall, Dinosaur Jr., DMC, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, Gene Simmons, Ghostface Killah, Grandmaster Flash, James Franco, James Hetfield of Metallica, The Kills, Lady Gaga, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Little Stevie Van Zandt, Loretta Lynn, Maynard James Keenan of TOOL, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Missy Elliott, Mix Master Mike, Moby, The National, Neko Case, Patti Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robbie Robertson, Saul Williams, Slowdive, SPOON, Steve Earle, Thurston Moore, Tom Morello and Vampire Weekend; Canadian talent such as A Tribe Called Red, Alexisonfire, ARKELLS, BadBadNotGood, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, City And Colour, Coeur de pirate, Death From Above 1979, Gordon Lightfoot, Joel Plaskett, Rheostatics, RUSH, STARS, Tegan & Sara and The Tragically Hip; emerging acts that include Courtney Barnett, Dilly Dally, Father John Misty, Jazz Cartier, Jessie Reyez, Kate Tempest, Leon Bridges, Lowell, The Lemon Twigs, Mac Demarco, Margo Price, Partner, Pussy Riot, Sampha, Thundercat, Weyes Blood and The XX.

Director: Alex Narvaez
Camera: Alex Narvaez
Editor: Alex Narvaez
Recorded by Todd Macdonald
Mix by Todd Macdonald
Photo Credit: Dustin Rabin

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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Test Your Metal (Official Video) | Napalm Records

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Directed & Edited by Richard Olak of Brotherhood

9/8: Philadelphia, PA @ 3rd and Grand
9/9: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus
9/10: Columbia, SC @ TBD
9/11: Atlanta, GA @ Prog Power USA (Center Stage)
9/13: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
9/14: Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
9/15: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
9/16: Asheville, NC @ TBD
9/17: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
9/18: Allentown, PA @ Jabber Jaws Bar & Grille
9/19: New Castle, DE @ JB McGinnes
9/20: Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony
9/22: Long Island, NY @ Even Flow Bar and Grill
9/23: Boston, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)
9/24: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
9/25: Revere, MA @ Sammy’s Patio
9/27: Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51
9/29: Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
9/30: Quebec City, QC @ Salle Unisson
10/1: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/2: Oshawa, ON @ The Atria
10/3: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
10/4: London, ON @ APK
10/5: Chicago, IL @ Livewire Lounge
10/6: Joplin, MO @ Black Thorn
10/7: Lexington, KY @ Backstage Café
10/9: Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/10: Fort Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes Lounge
10/11: Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
10/12: Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
10/13: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
10/14: Brandon, MB @ City Center
10/16: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
10/17: Edmonton, AB @ The Mercury Room
10/31: Vancouver, BC @ Smiling Buddha Café

Canadian shooting stars UNLEASH THE ARCHERS have been on the road since their inception in 2007. Since then they have created an immensely loyal North American fan base. With a fresh sound, precise songwriting and the incredible feeling for heaviness and melodies, this power quintet with singer Brittney Slayes are now ready to take the rest of the world. Their new studio album Time Stands Still, is fast-paced and wildly entertaining; the combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks and complex drumming provide a little something for everyone. Time Stands Still is kick ass heavy metal with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can’t help but sing along to.

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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Northwest Passage (Official Video) | Napalm Records

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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS on “Northwest Passage”:
“This song means a lot to us as a band, we like to put it on during those long drives on tour and it always brings us right back home. We originally recorded it to be a bonus track for our last full length album Apex, but we loved the track so much we knew it needed special treatment. We held on to it for a bit and eventually decided to release it as its own 7″ vinyl EP with another Canadian cover song as the B side. The song “Northwest Passage” is all about touring through Canada, which Stan Rogers did a lot, and how it equates to being an explorer looking for the passage all those years ago. It really hits home with us, we’ve toured through Canada too many times to count, so we know just how Stan was feeling. That’s where the name of the EP came from too; every time we hit the road on tour it’s like we too become Explorers, with the great big unknown stretching out before us.”

Video created by Rod Scobie of Multipass Productions

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