:: CONCERTWORKS.CA Presents ::
DEATH (DTA TOURS)
Obituary, MASSACRE, Rivers Of Nihil, UNTIMELY DEMISE, Reverend Kill
2500 University Drive NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Doors 6:00 PM
This event is all ages
DEATH (DTA TOURS)
DEATH ceased to exist as a band in 2001 when Chuck died from cancer. The DEATH DTA tours was randomly named to make it clear that it is not an attempt to re-launch DEATH but is a tribute to Chuck & DEATH by the people who knew Chuck - his musicians, family & manager. DEATH, DEATH DTA TOURS and DTA are all United States trademarks of Perseverance Holdings Ltd.
Beginning their career as Xecutioner in 1984, Obituary remains one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre, one which they helped to create. Hailing from the sunny state of Florida with a bevy of bands with a decidedly un-sunny take on metal Obituary along with Death, Morbid Angel, and Deicide, combined hyper-speed guitar riffing, complex arrangements and guttural screams to create a bleak and violent soundscape that defined a genre. Unlike their peers though, Obituary avoided the more common trappings of this style of music shunning the Satanic bent of the lyrics and the breakneck pace of the dual guitar assault.
In 1989 Obituary released their debut album, Slowly We Rot, a death metal milestone. Brilliant in both its complexity and brutality, Slowly We Rot gave us but a glimpse of things to come. They followed it up in 1990 with Cause of Death, which saw Allen West replaced by former Death guitarist James Murphy (Cancer, Disincarnate) and bassist Daniel Tucker replaced by Frank Watkins (Hellwitch). 1992 saw the release of The End Complete and showcased the talents of a band clearly at the top of its game. With the departure of Murphy and the return of West, The End Complete is vicious and tight ripe with intensity. In 1994 death metal fans were treated to both Don't Care and World Demise. After a three year hiatus, Obituary returned with Back from the Dead, proving that old habits die hard . . . and heavy. Back from the Dead was unrelenting in its power and craftsmanship, proving once and for all that the band that started it all could still do it the best.
Now the band returns with Anthology, a retrospective of their ten year career as death metal masters! Over ten years, half a million albums sold and almost 500 shows later . . . Obituary close the coffin on a decade of death.
Resurrected 1990s Florida-based death metallers MASSACRE will release their long-awaited comeback album, "Back From Beyond", on March 24 in Europe and April 1 in North America via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Tim Vazquez of CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and features original MASSACRE "From Beyond" members Rick Rozz on guitar (ex-MANTAS/DEATH) and Terry Butler on bass (OBITUARY, ex-DEATH/SIX FEET UNDER), with new frontman Ed Webb on vocals (ex-DIABOLIC/EULOGY) and new drummer Mike Mazzonetto (ex-PAIN PRINCIPLE). The cover artwork was created by Toshihiro Egawa (CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, DEVOURMENT)
Keep yourselves prepared for the brutality of a new MASSACRE album and world tour. Believe it! (Back From Beyond) 2014.
Rivers Of Nihil
Forget everything you think you know about Rivers of Nihil. The Reading, PA quintet announced themselves as one of the most promising and forward-thinking metalbands in the world today with their first two releases, The Conscious Seed of Light (2013) and Monarchy (2015). But on March 16th, 2018, they will shatter all expectations with their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name.
Whereas Seed and Monarchy were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, Where Owls Know My Name represents the fall. And although that season is usually associated with death, for Rivers of Nihil, the autumn serves as a rebirth. Formed in 2009 by guitarist Brody Uttley, bassist/lyricist Adam Biggs, and vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, Rivers of Nihil quickly made a name for themselves in the death metal scene, attracting the attention of legendary DM titan Erik Rutan. Rutan, revered for his work as both a musician (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) and producer (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore), insisted on recording The Conscious Seed of Light. The results were, unsurprisingly, spectacular, with Heavy Blog Is Heavy going so far as to assert that the debut "rivals even the most legendary work of some of [Rivers of Nihil's] peers and influences." They continued along this trajectory with Monarchy, which Metal Injection praised as an "incredibly striking" demonstration of how "Rivers of Nihil have evolved into a monster."
The group further cemented their reputation as a young band to watch by annihilating audiences with their live show, which Metal Wani called "a mind numbing force of modern death metal with a vivid darkness in the sound." To date, Rivers of Nihil have toured with such heavy hitters as Whitechapel, Obituary, Darkest Hour, Misery Index, and Cryptopsy.
But Where Owls Know My Name represents a massive evolutionary leap for Rivers of Nihil, as different from its predecessors as Homo sapiens are from amoeba. The band - now rounded out by guitarist Jon Topore and drummer Jared Klein - has delivered an album which is often just as punishing as its predecessors while assimilating ingredients from musical genres as varied as electronica, jazz, alternative, folk, and the golden age of Shrapnel Records. The resulting music is indescribably progressive, a multifaceted soundscape that goes beyond the wildest dreams of even the group's most ardent admirers. All bets are off; listeners are simply not prepared for the magnum opus that is Where Owls Know My Name.
'Untimely Demise have pulled off the impressive trick of making their complex music sound easy' -Metal Hammer UK
(Sophisticated thrash with deathly touches) -Malcolm Dome
'City Of Steel is a confident debut, seven tracks of slick physicality and some mighty impressive shredding...Just one album in, and they're looking like Saskatchewan's best metal export since Into Eternity' -Decibel Magazine
'....think Annihilator meets Kreator with a touch of Chuck Schuldiner' -Terrorizer Magazine
'This intense strain of blackened thrash shows that Canadians really love their metal and take its exercise seriously' -Hails and Horns
'This is some seriously sweet blackened thrash. They play a great style of thrash, but on top of that, the leads and solos on these songs are definitely something to take notice of'. -Metal Sucks
'old school thrash metal that reminds most of Kreator and Destruction' -Blabbermouth
'...a culmination of Carcass's whole-note holding patterns and melodic solos, Kreator and Death Angel-esque vocals, Testament's elongated arpeggios...and Death's hammering mid-tempo onslaught...these guys are diehard enthusiasts with impeccable agility.' -Exclaim! Magazine
Matt Cuthbertson (Lead Guitar and Vocals)
Murray Cuthbertson (Bass Guitar)
Sam Martz (Lead Guitar)
Cory Thomas (Drums)