Special Guest and Juno Nominated
Born from the gutters of the Toronto metal scene in 2006, SKULL FIST have grown to be one of Canada's best live acts. After tours in Japan, Brazil, all over Europe and supporting gigs for bands such as Megadeth, W.A.S.P., Sabaton and Sabbat, SKULL FIST were ready to take the world by storm. Then a broken neck stalled that plan for awhile, but not for long! Since then the band has been nominated for a Juno award, a tour including 30 dates in 14 countries, an extensive swing through Mexico and have played just about every metal and hard rock festival in North America or Europe... All except one little, grass roots festival tucked away like a hidden gem in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.
Check out information on the artists performing this year at the Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Festival. Read their bios or check out their links below!
The mission statement is simple. The will is unflappable. The music is incendiary. It’s pure dirty, fun hard rock and roll, the likes of which you haven’t heard in a long damn time.
Aron Scott Earthquake, the band, came to be after the 2015 release of the debut album by Aron Scott of the same name. The album, upon its release, garnered international attention with reviews and articles in UK and European print as well as blogs and radio play on both web based and mainstream radio both locally (Moncton, Toronto) and in the UK, Europe and Australia.
Originally formed only to promote the album, the band has now taken on a life of its own and has grown into a musical force to be reckoned with. A rock n roll band the continually leaves roofs blown off of venues and an ever increasing legion of sweaty, satisfied fans. With a new video and their sophomore album looming on the horizon, Aron Scott Earthquake is just getting going.
Black Moor plays pure, unapologetic, heavy metal. Think bullet belts, air guitar solos, denim, and leather to get on the right track. A melting pot to the face of 80’s thrash and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with a progressive twist. Never taking themselves too seriously, the boys bring a sense of fun and an explosive live show to the stage which has made them one of the premiere metal acts on the Canadian East Coast.
Their approach to making music is simple: play metal the way they’ve always loved to hear it.
We are COUNTER CLOCKWORK and play what we call Toasty Metal out of Moncton, NB. The band started in 2015 and has been working hard trough these last years by playing various shows in NB, NS, PEI, Quebec and Ontario as well as writing and producing a full-length album. We are a very energetic group mostly influenced by stoner rock and metal while giving it a little twist. Not only are we here to have fun and enjoy these moments, we hope we can inspire people to do the same! In other words, COUNTER CLOCKWORK brings a party to the party!
DARK SHRINE combines elements from groove metal, power metal, progressive styling and thrash. Raspy clean to harsh and heavy vocals, electrifying riffs and leads, stampede bass booming and hard hitting technical drum patterns! All wrapped together within a high energy driving metal stage performance! Think Metallica slapped Rammstein in the face with a Meshuggah album while Black Sabbath looked on at the scene with judging eyes.
The band has been playing gigs and festivals for the last five years and is currently recording their first full-length record at the Echo Chamber in Halifax! The band also won Bronze for Best of Halifax – Metal in 2016 and plans to continue the heavy metal thunder!
Dark Sky Parks is a three piece melodic punk/rock band from Halifax, NS. Since their official formation in January 2016, the band has played at the Pavilion, opened up for Double Experience, have been played on college radio, and have been featured in an advertisement with a local Halifax clothing line.
In August 2016, the band released their first EP “Don’t Believe Everything You Tell Yourself” which is available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Spotify and Itunes. Dark Sky Parks is planning on releasing their second EP during Spring 2017.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017, Doom Machine have spent that time spreading their brand of doom infused metal across the Maritimes. They have shared the stage with Deicide, The Agonist, Skull Fist and Castle to name a few and were voted second in the Best Of Halifax’s Best Merch category and third in the Best Band To Turn Up Loud in 2015. Look for their 4th full length album due out in June 2017.
“It’s like being chased through a haunted house by a tornado”
We are a band.
ELECTRIC SPOONFUL is a fuzz rock quartet hailing from Cape Breton Island. The band is now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with hard hitting drums, fast driving guitar, thunder fuzz bass and a gruff gritty voice behind the mic. The high energy and very prominent stage performance can get pretty messy. These elements make this band great for throwing back a beer, or twelve and gettin’ down to some dirty tunes. Electric Spoonful draws on the sounds and styles of acts such as The Black Keys,The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Spooky Tooth, Led Zeppelin and The Doors.
Electric Spoonful has recently put out their debut EP Live at Caper Radio and have been hard at work in the studio getting together some more recordings to drop in the near future. They also went on their first Eastern Canadian tour at the end of summer 2016. Going from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario and back, the boys spread their grease through towns like Moncton, Montreal, Charlottetown and even at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto!
Generation Idiot is the punk band with quick catchy riffs that turns quiet suburban streets into old cranky people filled with horror and anger from their HQ in their Windsor garage. With the hooks of Green Day and the punch of the Ramones and rawness of the Sex Pistols, their fast melodic punk/garage rock and high energy will have your head bobbing and toes tapping even with the shortest of attention spans.
Starting out as The Outcasts, Generation Idiot have been plugging away since August 23, 2013. The current lineup is Ryan McGinn, age 18: Lead vocals/ guitar, Tyler (Bob) Horne age 16: bass/ backing vocals, and Jonny Renken age 19: drums/ backing vocals. Over the past few years the band has been under the mentorship of ECMA winner Jake Smith of the Fed Pennies, Generation Idiot wouldn’t be where we are now without him. We get a lot of inspiration from a lot of punk bands from the ’70s, 80s, and the ,90s, with bands such as the Ramones the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Misfits, the Replacements, Forgotten Rebels, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Sum 41 and most of all Green Day. With songs about pumped up rage, individuality and snotty attitudes our music is for the outcasts of this generation. “They’re young, ambitious, frustrated and hilarious”. -Northern Pen.
Hailing from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew are ready to release the sound of pure aggression all over Maritime Metal & Hard Rock.
Ripping through the Cape Breton music scene since 2014, the crew have established a delicious mix of vintage dirty punk rock with a modern hardcore feel that will only leave you wanting more. Loud, goofy and just a touch of groove coming from their basements to your ear holes, KDWC delivers high energy riffs with sing along lyrics discussing hot topics such as road maintenance, stopping for smokes, and urinating all over New Brunswick. These self described nice boys will wrestle any one, any time. Want a shot at the title? Meet them at Maritime Metal & Hard Rock July 2017.
Formed in 2012. We are an original down tuned and dirty blues based,hard rock band from Halifax, N.S.
Born from such influences as :Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Motley Crue, Last Kick brings to life a solid mix between southern rock and and blistering blues to create a unique sound.
Fueled by the solid vocals from Stephen Poole and Rick Jones’ haunting leads, Andrew Arsenault’s thick bass and Serge Arsenault’s thunder double kick. Last Kick is a hard rocking good time.
Hard n’ heavy East Coast rock n’ roll. A hard-hitting, in-your-face hard rock sound, touched by classic rock and complimented with a modern metal twist, with intense melodic female vocals leading the way. Recently nominated for the East Coast Music Awards 2017 Loud Recording of the Year for their debut album ‘Are You Feeling Lucky?’. Their latest single ‘In the Wild’ was chosen as the goal theme for the QMJHL team the Moncton Wildcats. Took home Music New Brunswick 2016’s Fans’ Choice and Members’ Choice awards. Tearing up the East Coast more and more every day with plans of world domination in the glorious name of rock n’ roll.
Whether our monsters are good or our monsters are bad, we all have monsters inside us. Halifax alternative metal / heavy rock / synthwave band takes you on a journey into the darkness of your own psyche. Monsters Are Human
Sleepshaker sits at the crossroads of a fast-paced, aggressive hardcore mentality and emotionally driven vocal melodies. It is a sound that plays off of a tension built through harsh vocals and driving guitars only to be relieved into powerful choruses of melody and vocal harmony. This combination sets the band apart from contemporaries in a unique fashion, resulting in music that wraps its hand around your heartstrings, and then tears away without warning.
Tri City Villains are a hard rock band raw and straight to the point. Bluesy riffology and intricate vocal melodies supplied by the voice of Jay Corkum and Steve Cole. This vocal style is supplemented by the crunchy guitar of Jay and backed up by the tight rhythm section of Sean Sawler and Dave Pickup. Add the screaming soloing ability of Steve to the mix, and you have a force to be reckoned with.
Ever since Winterhearth’s 2013 inception the beast matures exponentially every year and now they are ready to devour Nova Scotia at the Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Festival.
Within their debut year Winterhearth released Curse the Summer which swiftly gained recognition from the local media outlets such as The Scope and The Newfoundland Herald giving them enough exposure to reach number six on Fred’s Records chart and sell out of the album’s first run. When Metaheads Forever Magazine heard Winterhearth’s Curse the Summer they reached out for an interview which paved the way for a slew of new international fans. The melding of early black metal influences with a heavy dose of thrash and death elements manifested Winterhearth’s 2016 sophomore album Resettlement into a dense audio force that showed the band has no intention of simply recreating the same experience on every album. In promotion of Resettlement Winterhearth furiously riled fans into a frenzy as support for Canadian legends Anvil and then again when they took the stage with Cauldron at 709 Metalfest 12. After realizing that Winterhearth is the raw embodiment of metal, Metalheads Forever asked the band to record an official anthem for the community and the result was 3:30 minutes of amalgamated metal insanity released early 2017.
Now venture forth to behold the beast as it lurks out of its Newfoundland den and CHECK WINTHEARTH when buying your ticket for the Fifth Maritime Metalfest.