Windsor, Nova Scotia

July 6-7, 2018

Windsor, Nova Scotia

July 6-7, 2018

Festival Headliner


Alex Erian – Vocals
John Campbell – Guitar
Terrence McAuley – Guitar
Cory Wilson – Bass
Stevie Morotti – Drums


In the years since the phrase, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger” was first attributed to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it’s become something of a tired cliché. But to an underground band like OBEY THE BRAVE, relentlessly touring the world’s clubs, against obstacles great and small, the maxim still carries the weight of reality. Like the best of the heavy metallic hardcore bands in rock music history, OBEY THE BRAVE embodies Nietzsche’s stark sentiments with furious musical determination.

OBEY THE BRAVE churns out anthems of empowerment born of adversity. It’s the songs that embolden the spirit and exorcise personal demons, whether in the pit or on a day’s commute. Songs like “Raise Your Voice,” “Full Circle,” and “Get Real” are quintessential metalcore bangers.

Mad Season, the band’s diverse and defiant third album, arrives after the most turbulent period of the group’s career. Yet as vocalist Alex Erian puts it with appropriately blunt eloquence: “We’re back stronger than ever.”

Since forming just a handful of years ago in their native Canada, OBEY THE BRAVE has toured the world alongside fellow modern metalcore genre standard bearers like The Amity Affliction, Whitechapel, Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin, Emmure, All Shall Perish, We Came As Romans, and Miss May I, forging meaningful relationships with each audience, show after show.

A series of hardships and obstacles followed the release of the group’s well-received sophomore album, Salvation (2014), which built upon the early promise Young Blood (2012). Both are albums full of raw crunch, sincere attitude, metallic bite, and unadulterated adrenaline. The group weathered two lineup changes, a string of bad luck with an overseas promoter, and a series of false starts in the studio before finally emerging with Mad Season, the band’s most focused, ambitious, and urgently visceral album thus far.

Songs like “Drama,” “The Distance,” and “Rest in Peace” (one of two Mad Season songs delivered entirely in the band’s native French) are packed with power derived as much from real life emotion as huge power chords.

Named for the tumultuous period of its creation, Mad Season is a truly collaborative effort musically and lyrically. Joining shortly into the touring cycle for Salvation, Terrence McAuley (guitar) and Cory Wilson (bass) gelled instantly with original members Erian, John Campbell (guitar), and Stevie Morotti (drums). McAuley also served as co-producer, alongside engineer and mixer Dean Hadjichristou, who has worked with Obey The Brave’s fellow Canadians Protest The Hero and labelmates Parkway Drive.

When it came time to record vocals, Erian reunited with longtime collaborator Antoine Lussier, whose Ion Dissonance bandmate, Kevin McCaughey, guests on “The Distance.” “RIP” features French Canadian rap group Loud Lary Ajust, capturing the party element the band often brings in the live setting.

“Drama” boasts a guest appearance from Steve Marois of Erian’s other band the semi-recently reformed deathcore pioneers Despised Icon.

“I grew up in the death metal scene but Obey The Brave has always been my outlet to explore other aspects of my musical roots and passions,” Erian explains. “Now that Despised Icon is back, I have that outlet for really heavy extreme music, so I can explore with Obey The Brave even more now.”

Mad Season demonstrates a true artistic evolution for the band. Part of that progression includes the introduction of singing vocals alongside the genre’s traditional screaming. This isn’t “emo” crooning, however; it’s much more akin to the raspy declarations of Rise Against and old-school punk.

“We stepped out of our comfort zone with this record,” Erian says. “We didn’t want to put out the same record three times in a row. I spent an entire year trying to perfect my singing. There’s still a lot of screaming on the album, but it was really important for me artistically to try something different and give it my all. It’s very exciting to try to reinvent yourself.”

A mission statement of sorts for OBEY THE BRAVE is right there in the title track: “We all want it / it’s our passion / we’re all lost in the right direction.”

“Sometimes when you’re facing these obstacles, you’re like, ‘why am I still here? Why am I doing this in the first place? Should I get back to the regular nine-to-five and try to get some security?’” Erian confesses. “But this is who I am. This is what I do. This is who we are. We just can’t help ourselves. That’s why ‘though we may feel ‘lost,’ we are lost in the right direction.”

Ultimately each and every step along the way for OBEY THE BRAVE has been worth it, because indeed, “that which does not kill us…” Or to quote another fitting well-known proverb: “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

“In a weird twisted way I’m thankful for everything it took to get this record made because it all tested our commitment to the band and we’re still here, you know, we’re still swinging,” says Erian. “The bottom line is, we put so much of ourselves into Mad Season and the music speaks for itself.”


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Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Festival

Thanks for this wonderful description of the festivals Tony.HERE WE GO!!! The "Double Fest Press Release"!!!
SHARE this press release (copy and paste this entire post) AND one of the two, or both of the posters and you will be entered to win 1 of 5 PAIRS OF WEEKEND PASSES to the event of your choice!!!!
On February 28th, we will go through all the shares, from all the pages this contest is posted on and will choose the winners.


Alright East Coasters… Your Weekend-Long, Musical Paradise Awaits!!!
One town…. One Weekend…. TWO Festivals!!!

July 6th and 7th, 2018 at Hants County Exhibition Grounds in Windsor, NS we will be hosting SMOKIN’ BLUES FEST 8 and MARITIME METAL & HARD ROCK FESTIVAL 6. Different areas of the same venue, completely isolated from each other, but we will offer “Floater Passes” so that folks who enjoy a wide spectrum of music can get the ultimate weekend of musical insanity and float between the events.

Tickets for BOTH of these events go on sale FRIDAY, FEB. 9th at 5PM Atlantic time. Please take advantage of our EARLY BIRD prices…. There are a LIMITED # of Early Bird passes for each festival.

“A Beacon of East Coast Blues”
A family-friendly celebration of East Coast blues and blues rock. We’re happy to announce that a portion of ticket sales this year will be going to Laing House. So not only are you enjoying a great weekend, but you’re supporting a great cause. The focus this year is to showcase the best of the best up-and-coming Maritime acts, with a few legends and veterans in the mix to balance things out. With on-site camping, lots of food and craft vendors, an Open Mic on Friday and Saturday and a special addition of a “Late Night Open Jam”, we are certain this will be our best year yet. If you’re in the mood for getting a dose of the future of East Coast blues… THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU! Multiple award-winning acts to make us East Coasters proud. Round up your crew, grab your tickets, reserve your campsites and get ready for some “summertime blues”.
Featuring Christine Campbell Band (NS/PEI), John Campbelljohn (NS/CB), Beauwater (NFLD), Stonehouse (NS), Kendra Gale Band (NB), Dan Doiron (NS/CB), Ced, Marty & Dave (NS), Curtis Matheson (NS/CB) and Logan Richard Band (PEI). We’ve got Atlantic Canada/The Maritimes covered!
Show your support to these fine acts and treat yourself to a wonderful affordable weekend. Just minutes-walk away from NSLC, SUPER 8, Superstore and much more.
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Tickets at , all Ticket Pro outlets or toll-free at 1-888-311-9090

“Loud Times in The Maritimes”

This all-ages event does what a lot of other events in Atlantic Canada will not do…. Showcase the heaviest of the heaviest metal, punk and hard rock bands, giving them the support they deserve for their talent and art. You’ll also be supporting Canadian Mental Health Association because once again, we will be donating a portion of ticket sales. This year is absolutely-destined to be the best yet. With “Special Guest Headliner” from Ottawa OBEY THE BRAVE bringing the goods, these guys will show the East Coast why they are one of the fastest-rising heavy bands in the world. New additions to this year’s festival include “Maritime Metal Olympics”, “Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Tattoo Competition”, “Maritime Metal Karaoke Contest”, “Maritime Metal Flea Market”, “The Sunday Morning Banger’s Hangover Breakfast” and the return of our Saturday afternoon “Band Battle”. Check out this phenomenal lineup of loudness…
Obey The Brave, Brass Knucklehead, Lionsault, Last Call Chernobyl, Doom Machine, Spirit of the Wildfire, Monsters are Human, Glacial Skies, Elevate the Virus, Jester, Obscure Illusions, Dark Shrine, The Dead Minutes, The Meat Sweats, Impact Eleven, Dark Sky Parks, Monteith, Keith Doom & The Wrecking Crew, Aron Scott Earthquake, Engage the Threat and 7 Mile Stare.
Just minutes-walk away from Super 8, NSLC, Superstore and much more… the area has everything you need.
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Tickets at , all Ticket Pro outlets or toll-free at 1-888-311-9090
As of pre-release, we are 20% SOLD OUT…. so don’t snooze and lose.
Want water and power for your campsite…. Go splits with your crew and it’s a VERY, VERY cheap way to keep your phone charged, your lights on and fresh, drinkable water right at your home for the weekend. ONLY $25, plus tax.
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Hants County Exhibition
221 Wentworth Rd,
Windsor, Nova Scotia