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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA 2019
Ottawa - Preliminary Round 2
MESSORA (Ottawa Progressive Death Metal)
Formed as a solo recording project in 2016, Messora is a band that obscures genre. To the band, the music is what feels best in the moment. To the fans, it is a kaleidoscope of sound that appears different at every glance and to every eye. Messora has been described as Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Melodic Metal, and Doom Metal by fans and showgoers.
The band knows how to set themselves apart from others musically as well as aesthetically, with showmanship and presentation second only to musical performance during their live show. They demand attention with their look, but keep it with strength of their performance and musicianship.
INFRARED (Ottawa Thrash)
If Infrared sound like classic thrash metal, that’s because they are! And rightfully so since they were making music as teenagers in the mid to late 80s back when the Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) were just becoming famous. They literally lived and breathed that scene as it was happening and garnered national attention in Canada through their song and video for Thoughts Caught (In Between).
Then....life happened and members took different paths and the music, that was hot in the underground metal scene and loved by demo tape traders near and far, went dormant for 27 years! Now, Infrared are back and their songs have finally been captured, as they should have been so many years ago, on their debut album No Peace. Better than ever, it's time to make up time!
SOVEREIGN COUNCIL (Ottawa Metal)
From headlining performances right off the bat as well as supporting slots for some of the biggest bands in metal Sovereign Council have hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since they formed in 2012. Sovereign Council has released two full-length albums to date: New Reign (2013) and Laniakea (2015). They have received tons of attention here in Canada and even more so internationally. From raving reviews, radio appearances, magazine features it is clear that Sovereign Council is definitely a band you should check out!
Sovereign Council is comprised of five members: Alexander MacWilliam (vocals), Lisa Thompson (vocals), Chris Thompson (guitar), Shaun Vanhooser (bass guitar) and Brandon Schneider (drums). This band lineup lends a noteworthy blend of male and female vocals, which is particularly unique to the metal scene.
The group’s blend of vocals has earned them comparisons to Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, Delain, Nightwish, and Kamelot. Like these bands, Sovereign Council embraces metal head on, with all of its throttling guitar riffs, intense bass lines, driving drums and fluctuating vocals that are at times guttural and at others more mellow and introspective. Their latest album Laniakea even included Timo Somers (Delain) and Marina Andrade (Santuarium) adding the European and Brazilian influences into music.
This sound has propelled Sovereign Council to near instant success among fans locally, nationally and internationally, especially in South America, and their online fan base grows exponentially with each passing month.
CYCLE OF TWELVE (Ottawa hard rock/alternative)