My official time with FlinkTO has come to a close but I’ve started a new story on the site called The Zombitrol Files. Head on over for interviews with Ensiferum, Battlecross, and Insect Ark. Stay tuned to Zombitrol.com for some brand new interviews coming very, very soon.
Here’s a rundown of the stories and interviews I wrote for FlinkTO (site scrolls left to right):
Wacken Open Air: Journal of the Holy Land
Relapse Records: Twenty-Five Years of Extreme Memories
Coal Chamber: Nu-Metal Underground
Testament: The Ultimate Thrash Contenders
Nightwish and the Art of Film Score Metal
The Triumph of Wovenwar
Alestorm: Pillaging Your Heart (and Your Liquor Cabinet)
Arch Enemy’s Perpetual Revolution
Watain: Gods of High and Low
Behemoth: Anti-Mainstream Phenomenon
Lacuna Coil: Modern Melodic Metal Icons
Napalm Death and the Politics of Grindcore
Radio Be Damned To Hel! or Amon Amarth and the Norseman in Heavy Metal
Plus there was the New Heavy & Hard series:
Issue 1: Crimson Shadows, Hammercult, Grave Pleasures, Cretin, Persekutor
Issue 2: Royal Thunder, Seremonia, Untimely Demise, Beyond Creation, The Monolith Deathcult
Issue 3: Sólstafir, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Raven, Heidevolk, Hollow
Issue 4: Exodus, Periphery, Butcher Babies, Upon a Burning Body, World Gone
Issue 5: Sigh, Adrenaline Mob, Barren Earth, Hard Action, King Parrot
Issue 6: Kommandant, Forgotten Tomb, Helleborus, Titan's Eve, We Butter the Bread with Butter
Issue 7: Santa Cruz, Abyss, Gruesome, Antigama, Lightning Bolt
Issue 8: Melt-Banana, Lucifer, Ranger, Unsacred, Carach Angren
Zombitrol Productions presents a Tuesday night of classic thrash metal!
Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00pm
Coalition 282 Augusta Ave., Toronto
Nagasaki - 9:15
Black Absinthe - 10:05
Aggression - 11:05
Poster by Jennifer Pilles
FlinkTO Presents: A Zombitrol Productions / Blacktooth Entertainment Joint
Fuck The Facts
with special guests
Spewgore & Ayahuasca
Saturday March 14th
Hard Luck Bar - 772a Dundas St. West
19+ - $10
Fuck The Facts’ Die Miserable was nominated for a Juno in 2012 and the band appeared across Canada on the cover of Exclaim! magazine in 2008. Their latest release is the Abandoned EP (2014), and a new album is coming out later this year.
This year through my involvement in the Wacken Metal Battle Canada and the Headbanging For A Cure cancer benefit I decided to reach out to the Toronto mayoral candidates to gauge their support for underground and subcultural arts in the city. The most sensational result of which was a video of support from Olivia Chow for Headbanging For A Cure, where she does a great job of throwing the fabled metal horns, despite admitting that she’s “not much of a headbanger”.
Candidate Sarah Thomson took things a step further and actually appeared onstage at the second night Headbanging For A Cure at Toronto’s historic El Mocambo to do her own horn throw while introducing legendary Canadian thrash metal band Razor.
Photo by Danielle Griscti
It was through these events that Metal For Mayor was born. An organization dedicated to the promotion of underground music and subcultural events. Metal For Mayor believes that nothing is more important than having a good time. That’s why you work, go to school, and generally drag yourself around this city. You do it because your reward is a good time, in whatever shape that takes. For many hard-working folks in Toronto, that good time involves music. Whether it’s rock and metal, dance and electronic, hip-hop and r&b or anything in between, Metal For Mayor believes that this is the lifeblood of Toronto.
The major candidate support has been incredible, but the most pleasant surprise I’ve had is my acquaintance with candidate Dewitt Lee. Dewitt agreed to appear at the first night of Headbanging For A Cure and surprised many with his enthusiastic embrace of the heavy metal community and his recognition of the genre as an intricate and diverse art-form. As a music publisher and community activist he understands the need for diversity in the arts and how a variety of entertainment is essential to the city.
With this in mind I am proud to accept Dewitt’s invitation to appear as a guest-host at his campaign fundraiser this evening (Saturday October 25th) to officially have Metal For Mayor endorse his candidacy. Check out all the details on the event here and please like Metal For Mayor on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
#MetalForMayor logo by Jennifer Pilles