Farmageddon 2015 Releases Schedule and Lineup

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The third edition of Western Canada’s loudest open air metal festival Farmageddon has released their schedule and lineup, which is held in Ryley, AB (80 KM east of Edmonton) from June 11-14, 2015.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 2015 – KICK OFF SHOWS
CALGARY KICK OFF @ DICKENS PUB
The Difficult Brown – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Sub Atomic Chaos– 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Statue Of Demur– 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
Citizen Rage – 12:00 AM-1:00 AM

EDMONTON KICK OFF @ THE STARLITE ROOM
The Dead Cold – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Korperlose Stemme 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Ironstorm – 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
Bleed (CD RELEASE) – 12:00 AM-1:00 AM

RED DEER KICK OFF @ THE VAT
Wive’s Tail – 8:00 – 8:45 PM
Wraith Risen – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Cryptopsis 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Awaken The Abstract – 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
This Monster Won’t Die – 12:00 AM-1:00

NOTE: All holders of HELLRIDER passes are able to attend any of the 3 kick off shows for FREE, by presenting their ticket at the venue!

FARMAGEDDON OPEN AIR 2015 @ FOA Festival Grounds
FRIDAY, JUNE 12 2015
Sleeping in Traffic – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Kyoktys – 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Altars Of Grief– 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Idolatry – 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Villanizer – 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Into Eternity – 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

SATURDAY, JUNE 13 2015
Cellardor – 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Tyrant– – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
With Malice – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Leave The Living – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Farmageddon Burlesque Performances – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Cryptic Enslavement – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Edmonton “Battle Of The Bands” Winner – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Calgary “Battle Of The Bands” Winner – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
My Own Chaos – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Viathyn – 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Samandriel – 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Noire – 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Archspire – 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Incantation – 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 2015
Naraka– 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Valyria – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Ides Of Winter – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Odinfist – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
False Flag – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Gatekeeper – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Order Of Chaos – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Xul – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Aggression – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Pallbearer 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Grim Reaper– 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

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Grim Reaper, Pallbearer, Incantation, Into Eternity, etc Confirmed For Farmageddon Open Air 2015

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Western Canada’s loudest open air festival Farmageddon has locked in veteran British metal act Grim Reaper, Pallbearer, Incantation, Into Eternity and Archspire as featured acts to perform on the 2015 edition, its third year in Ryley, AB (80 KM East of Edmonton) from June 11-14, 2015.

Watch a video teaser for the event here.

FARMAGEDDON OPEN AIR – Full Line Up: June 11-14, 2015
Headliners:
Grim Reaper
Pallbearer
Incantation
Into Eternity
Archspire
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Idolatry
Villanizer
The Order Of Chaos
Samandriel
Xul
Aggression
Ides Of Winter
Noire
Odinfist
Tyrant
Ironstorm
Kyoktys
This Monster Won’t Die
Statue Of Demur
Sub Atomic Chaos
Cryptic Enslavement
Wraith Risen
The Dead Cold
My Own Chaos
Altars Of Grief
Sleeping In Traffic
Bleed
Awaken The Abstract
Leave The Living
Naraka
Cryptopsis
Pinky Eats Brain
Gatekeeper
Wive’s Tail
Citizen Rage
Viathyn
The Difficult Brown
False Flag
With Malice
Korperlose Stemme
Valyria
Lylia Chorosive
Chalie Vegas
Alice Asphyxia
Ivy Voltage

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Viathyn – Cynosure

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I think it says something about me that the phrase “Progressive Power Metal” ranks considerably higher up the list of music I’m interested in than “mates band” does – though let’s face it, mates bands are usually shit. I’m not quite sure what it is that it says (other than “shit taste, nobber”), but it’s always with enthusiasm that the triangle of play is hit on an album of that ilk. It also says something about Progressive Power Metal that it is quite possibly the uncoolest of uncool subgenres to date. So uncool it hasn’t even become cool through its uncoolness.

If you consider that insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results (Wikipedia can’t make its’ mind up if Einstein or Franklin should be attributed the source quote – it was probably neither) then the white coat is being sized up for me right about now, because by now that wave of enthusiasm should really be a cynical mistrust. Because it’s rare. Rarer than a 20 year old buxom beauty queen genuinely loving a rich octogenarian with a dodgy ticker that the potential and promise of Progressive Power Metal actually delivers.

There are two traps Progressive Power Metal bands fall into – being overly prog but without fully understanding the dynamics and nuances of the genre and end up boringly noodling with some helium-vocalled loon in a flowered shirt thinking he’s the reincarnation of Michael Kiske. Alberta, Canada’s Viathyn avoid that trap with consummate ease. Phew. But don’t wipe that brow just yet, because, no, they dive headfirst into the other trap… That they’re actually a Power Metal-lite band who love a bit of twee, and the prog bit is a misnomer. Have they never seen Spinal Tap? Those “folky” bits…? Stonehenge more like it.

With one metallic bear-trap having wrenched their first leg off, they’re soon left without a leg to stand on, as the jaws of trap two snap down thigh high (obviously catching the nadgers too, cos this is fucking testicle-less) as there is very little that’s vaguely memorable. Part of it is because Tomislav Crncovik is a vocalist as unremarkable and indistinct as the music he writes, but in the main because the album is a loop of double bass drums and inane leads  interspersed with underwhelming vocals and less dynamic movement than a dead fish. Though ‘Countess of Discordia’ and ‘Three Sheets To The Wind’ at least have choruses that differentiate from the verses.

Look, Viathyn can clearly play blah blah blah… Who cares? Their album is boring and uneventful. And I like this sort of stuff. Get A Sound Of Thunder‘s latest instead. Also, if you’re self-releasing an album through Bandcamp at least put some fucking band/album details on there, will you?

 

4.0/10

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STEVE TOVEY