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!
Andrew Spicer is a one-man-rock-band from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada. He operates with a DIY approach; creating all the backing tracks from scratch and engineering a unique system on which to do it. Consisting of a laptop, guitar and vocals, the band might only have one member, but has the sound of a full rock band.
He has played as a solo unit since the early 2000’s. Having been in full bands over the years, Andrew discovered the freedom of making music his own way. Which was not an option while in a band with other musicians.
Andrew’s songs are built with heavy, punky guitar riffs mixed with catchy pop melodies.
He has previously released 3 full length albums and 3 EP’s since 2006. A new album in 2018; Bi-Polar Bear, featuring the singles “Astronaut” and “Rotten”.
The mission statement is clear, the will is unstoppable, the music is fire. This is rock n roll like you haven’t heard it in a long damn time.
Aron Scott Earthquake, hot on the heels of their sophomore album “RAGER” is on a veritable crusade to restore dirty, noisy, whiskey soaked rock and roll to it’s rightful throne, destroying venues and shattering as many eardrums as possible along the way.
In the last year, ASE has been played on the radio both domestically and internationally, including a seven song feature on Los Angeles fm station KVCM, have been featured in a national music magazine, received award nominations and was honoured times a million when Motörhead official fb shared their video tribute “Ace of Spades” helping the video reach over 112 thousand views!
Be ready MMHRF7, an Earthquake is coming and it’s gonna hit hard.
Black Moor plays pure, unapologetic heavy metal. Think bullet belts, air guitar solos, denim and leather and you’re on the right track. Heavily inspired by many greats of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal as well as 80’s thrash and some progressive rock, Black Moor’s approach to making music has always been simply to play metal the way they’ve always loved to hear it.
Brass Knucklehead hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Comprised of veteran musicians spanning several genres, this band has carved out their own unique sound. With borrowed influence from some of the worlds greatest musicians, they’ve tailored a sound that is sure to appeal to music fanatics, the world over.
From Halifax Nova Scotia, Dazor is the sound of East coast vibes with echoes of Seattle. Drawing on influences from the alt rock/grunge movement of the 90s, their sound is biting guitars, pounding rhythm and rousing choruses topped with a spitball pop sheen that sits in the sweet spot of heavy and melodic. Dazor has played shows throughout the maritime provinces including performances at “Riverfest”, Nova Scotia Music Week and was last years Battle Of The Bands Winner at Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Festival.
Born out of the Great Fire of Saint John, DEATH BY DISCO rise out of the ashes with a new twist on some old school metal and punk! Danny Clarke, Dave Doughty, Jimmy Chandler, and Dayne Ring join forces to bring you an up beat sound that will keep you moving and head banging all night long!!
For the past 10+ years Doom Machine have been constructing their own brand of doom infused, classic style metal by merging the sounds of bands like Black Sabbath, COC, Savatage, Maiden and many more! Having 5 full length albums under their belt and sharing the stage with acts such as Deicide, The Agonist, Castle and more Doom Machine have solidified their spot as one of the top hard rock/metal acts in the Maritimes. They have been voted in the top 3 Best In Halifax for “Best Band To Turn Up Loud” and “Best Merch” in 2014 and their 2017 album, “Let There Be Doom/ Vol. 4.5” was voted the #1 album of 2017 by CKDU’s all metal program Drag The Waters.
Enemy Designed have been in the Maritime Metal scene since 2012 and have shared the stage with notable bands such as; Arkona, Kalmah, Vital Remains, The Agonist, Exes for Eyes and Endast.
Undergoing a lineup change in 2018, they’ve since come back to create a unique blend of heavy groove metal. Blend this with crushing vocals with themes of death, destruction, sex, drugs and Rock & Roll, Enemy Designed will guarantee that you feel it the next day.
Their anticipated Full – Length Album ‘Rebirth’ will be released in 2019.
Crowds can expect a set packed with intensity, and breakdowns that’ll make you want to bang your head off the concrete.
Halnova is a three piece progressive metal band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, with influences from death metal, groove, thrash, and psychedelic music. With fast paced blast beats, pounding chugged guitar and screamed vocals. Windmilling is our specialty. It is one of our goals to become one of the heaviest bands in Halifax.
Playing an energetic brand of stoner metal guaranteed to get your blood pumping and headbanging, Hitman have been unleashing their unique whiskey rock assault since 2011. Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, they have been gaining notoriety by playing hundreds of gigs along with festivals plus Rob Halford of Judas Priest supported the band by wearing a Hitman T-shirt onstage during a performance in Halifax in 2015.
Together, unified as a five-piece based-out of Halifax, Nova Scotia – Monsters Are Human are determined and ready to make a massive impact in music this year. Seizing the inspiration of their instant chemistry and creating, jamming & writing bold new cuts that wickedly blend the haunting, heavy & melodic as one. With old and new material being written and soon recorded and live-shows planned for summer of 2019 – the gripping sound of Monsters Are Human is set to rip the modern-day mainstream apart and unleash a beastly new approach to music that hits the mark on every level. You’ve been warned.
Formed in 2015, Red Usurper combines their many disparate influences into a furious sound that defies rigid classification. Blending elements of sludge, doom and groove, this Saint John NB group crafts a unique style that is both crushingly heavy and delicately nuanced. They play loudly and passionately using themes of destruction, ruin and redemption to examine the darkness that exists within us and beyond. The band has recently self-released their debut album The Sphere of Time on September 7th, 2018.
With an appetite for no-holds-barred rock and roll, Shadow of Everest are strongly aligned with such massive artists as Tool, Black Sabbath, Mastodon and Pink Floyd. Heavy progressions and syncopated rhythms are accompanied by dissonant tones and powerful, haunting vocals. Their debut album, IDLE HANDS (June 2017), has garnered listeners internationally. Formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2014, the band’s membership consists of guitarist/vocalist John Vriend, bassist Shaun Cowell, drummer Matt Burton and guitarist Andrew Welsman. The band will release their second EP in 2019 titled THE HUNTING GROUND; a circus of rhythms recorded at the iconic Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport and the award-winning Sonic Temple Recording Studio in Halifax.
An intense bass line, the kick of the drums, intricate and deadly guitar wails and then the vocals hit you. Your strength is in the acceptance of the hard rock experience that is The Continuance.
Originally formed in 2007, The Continuance has grown from a dream of guitar/vocalist Trevor Robichaud’s to an acoustic sound with bassist Rob Brown, to the musical powerhouse now hitting stages in Atlantic Canada.
Robb Gilroy adds technical fireworks on lead guitar and Blake Robichaud brings powerful groove and no holds drumming. Kent Beattie on lead vocals rounds the sound with unmatched harmonies added by Trevor.