Metal For The Masses

By Cherelle Evelyn on June 25 2014

“THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT
PLAY MUSIC, BUT THERE’S VERY
FEW THAT STAY TOGETHER,” SAID
BRAD FOSTER.

As one-third of Deveined, Foster is currently experiencing that musical synergy with Sean Robinson and Les Figura. Formed in the summer 2010, the trio is made up of Prince George metal mainstays who have a combined 100 years of musical experience between them. Members have recorded, toured and been part of the metal promotion scene for decades. “It’s what all three of us were born to do, for sure,” said Foster. “Even when I was in a band for five years, I still put on concerts for other bands with my gear.” It’s a commitment to a scene that’s not always committed in return.

“Prince George particularly is very fickle,” said Foster. “The music scene – for metal anyways – goes up and down.” This summer, Foster and Deveined are bringing their musical expertise to give the metal scene a kick in the ass. The inaugural Metallion heavy metal and rock festival takes over Vanderhoof Aug. 15-16 for two days of balls-to-thewall music. Nearly 20 bands are slated to play what the organizers hope is the first of many Metallion Festivals, this year held at the Brookside Resort, 65 kilometres west of P.G. A $65 ticket includes a weekend camping pass to experience bands such as Endast, Over the Coals, Cocaine Moustache, Cradle to Grave, Deviened, Axis Disrupt, Mathias Rock, Kleaver, Red7, and Seraphic Nhilist. Tickets are available at Brookside Resort, Electron Sound and Percussion (Prince George), Earthen Ware (Vanderhoof) and Loonie Bin (Fort St. James).

Where bands may have pulled in an audience of 400 strong to a local show five years ago, today it might only be about 70 of the most hardcore supporters. But that doesn’t stop Foster and his ilk from going out there and melting faces. “I would compare it to if country band are riding around in an old jalopy, the metal bands get to rip around in their Ferrari,” laughed Foster. “It’s a completely different sensory overload.” More than 300 people have already indicated they’re attending Metallion on the event’s Facebook page. “People should get to know their local metal scene,” Foster said, citing bands such as Hell Men, Crucible of Scorn, Ashes of Descent, Damned Before Birth, Red Seven, Axis Disrupt, Kleaver, The Adonis Effect and Seraphic Nihilist. “That’s what I wanted, even when I was putting on shows – for the scene to be successful.”

CHARELLE EVELYN

REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

Website: pgcitizen.ca

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