Exclusive Interview: LAST PLAGUE

Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.

How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?

Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.heath

What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?

The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.

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SHREDDY KRUEGER Stream Cover Of FOO FIGHTERS “My Hero”

shreddy kruegetLast week I posted about Shreddy Krueger, a band I had just heard about because they covered my favorite Alexisonfire track. Well, the band is back and they have released their cover of Foo Fighters hit song “My Hero.” Their cover does a lot of justice to the original and I dig it. You can check out the cover after the jump. I’m assuming all of these will be put on an album eventually. That’s what people do, right? Check it.     Continue reading

FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS Release Music Video For “Bombay”

ForTheFallenDreams-Promo-600Post-metalcore act For The Fallen Dreams released their pretty rad new album Heavy Hearts and the band has now released a music video for their track “Bombay.” I really love this track and the video is pretty cool, so check it out after the jump, wontcha? If you’re new to the band, Heavy Hearts is a great place to start and it’s available now through Rise Records. Enjoy.       Continue reading

SHREDDY KRUEGER Release Cover of ALEXISONFIRE’s “This Could Be Anywhere In The World”

shreddy kruegetSo, I love when I stumble across the words “Alexisonfire” in stories because I absolutely adore/miss that band. I came across it today along with the band name Shreddy Krueger, which I have never heard of before. Shreddy Krueger has released a cover of Alexisonfire‘s “This Could Be Anywhere In The World,” which happens to be my favorite AOF track. I really dig Shreddy‘s execution other than a few times during some of the clean vocals that just didn’t have the same punch to it as the original. All in all, I think it was very well executed. Check it out after the jump and sound off in the chat.     Continue reading

NO BRAGGING RIGHTS Streaming New Track “Fallen Masters”

No_Bragging_Rights_-_The_Concrete_FlowerA few weeks back No Bragging Rights released a track off of their forthcoming album The Concrete Flower and now the band has followed up with another new jam. This time around, the band has premiered “Fallen Masters” which I really dig. It’s a fun, melodic track featuring a sample from Sylvester motherfuckin’ Stallone. Check out the track after the jump as well as the bands upcoming tour dates alongside Senses Fail.      Continue reading

XERXES Streaming New Track “Exit 123″

xerxes - collision blondeI fell head over heels for Xerxes a while back and then the band kinda fell off of my radar. Well, look who’s back and kicking ass? Xerxes will be releasing a new record titled Collision Blonde in October and the band has also *unveiled a rad new track titled “Exit 123,” which can be heard below. I love this new track and I honestly think it is one of my favorite Xerxes tracks to date. Stay tuned for more.      Continue reading

NO BRAGGING RIGHTS Streaming New Track “Brave Hearts”

No_Bragging_Rights_-_The_Concrete_FlowerNo Bragging Rights will be releasing their new album in late September and the band has unleashed a new track titled “Brave Hearts” for you to enjoy. I wasn’t really familiar with NBR before this post, but I’m digging this quite a bit. You can hear NBR‘s new track, which features guest vocals from Gideon‘s Daniel McWhorter. Check it out:     Continue reading

OLD WOUNDS Announce North American Tour

New Jersey metallic hardcore act Old Wounds have announced a string of North American tour dates in support of their forthcoming EP, Death Projection, which is due out on September 16th via Good Fight Music. The trek will extend from September 12th through the 27th and will see the band joined by Canada’s Exalt throughout the tour. You can check out the dates after the break.

Be sure to stream their new track, “Dead Beat Blues”, if you haven’t already.

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TO THE WIND Release Video For “Vacant Home” + Tour Dates With SENSES FAIL

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}I have really become a fanboy of Pure Noise Records over the last few months. With albums from bands like Vanna and My Iron Lung, I have become a huge fan of all the music the label has been putting out and their latest offerings are no different. To The Wind are a band that I have only gotten into very recently and I am loving their new album Block Out The Sun & Sleep. The band has just released a music video for their track “Vacant Home,” one of my favorite tracks off of the album. It’s a pretty rad video and I love the song, so it works! Check out the video after the jump. DO IT.     Continue reading

OLD WOUNDS Streaming New Track “Dead Beat Blues”

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Old Wounds have premiered a new track from their forthcoming EP and follow up to their 2013 debut,  From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest, Death Projection, over at Revolver. The new track is entitled “Dead Beat Blues” and it will crush you under its metallic weight in just two-minutes time. Get flattened by solid metallic hardcore at Revolver now.

Death Projection will be released on September 16th via Good Fight Music. Pre-orders can be placed at this location.

EXES Streaming New Album “Phantasmaboring”

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Brighton-based Exes (Narrows, Tropics) have premiered their forthcoming album, Phatasmaboring, over at Punktastic. The album will be self-released by the band on July 28th and can be pre-ordered here. The album comes across as a cross between These Arms are Snakes’s brand of math rock/post hardcore and Botch’s chaotic sensibilities. Check out for yourself over at Punktastic.

 

AS WE DRAW Streaming New Track “Losing Ground”

As We DrawThroatruiner Records has yet to release an album that I have not enjoyed. With amazing records from Plebeian Grandstand, Cortez, Vuyvr, Bone Dance and more, you just can’t go wrong. The label will be releasing the new album from French post-hardcore band As We Draw and you can hear a new track from that effort right now. MetalSucks has premiered the track “Losing Ground” and for the life of me, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t enjoy it. It’s heavy, it’s amazingly organized and it’s As We Draw. Check out the track below, courtesy of MetalSucks.     Continue reading

HOLY TONGUES Streaming New Track “Filters”

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Holy Tongues (ex-Ruiner) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming debut album, Weak People, over at Brooklyn Vegan. The new track is the five minute, lumbering beast “Filters” and it channels a healthy amount of early post-hardcore aggression. You can stream the track over at Brooklyn Vegan now.

Weak People will be released on August 5th via Melotov Records.