Unleash your inner demons

BC Death metal band launches concept album

  • May. 18, 2011 1:00 p.m.
Unleash the Archers, originally from Victoria, are launching a new album.

Unleash the Archers, originally from Victoria, are launching a new album.

BC Death metal band launches concept album

 

Vancouver melodic death metal band, Unleash the Archers, is unleashing it’s latest album, Demons of the AstroWaste, and kicking off their cross-Canada tour with two shows in Victoria.

“It’s a concept album,” says Brittney Hayes, who provides the femme-fronted vocals.

“We’ve pretty much spent the past four months writing it. It’s much more streamlined than our previous album because we were writing one song here and one song there. This one, you can listen to it from beginning to end and get the whole story.”

The album follows a mercenary who finds a mystical sword stuck in the earth, which gives him supernatural powers capable of making him the worst man in the universe. The mercenary must survive the battle between good and evil. “It’s like a gift and a curse,” Hayes says. “We all have our own demons we deal with and fight against, his  demons become embodied in the sword.”

Kicking off Friday at Lucky Bar, alongside The Order of Chaos and Abriosis, Unleash the Archers will be inviting metal fans to join them by “throwing up the horns and singing along,” Hayes says. The following evening, UTA is playing an all ages show at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion (411 Gorge).

“When you play at the bar, you cut out half your fans. We want to be around for a while and they can grow with us as our sound develops,” Hayes says.

Originally from Victoria, UTA made the move to the mainland in 2010 to capitalize on a larger market and make touring more affordable. “We’re heading all the way to Halifax. We have 35 solid dates now, but we’re hoping we’ll have 40-plus gigs when it’s all said and done,” Hayes says.

“We’re hoping the CD release will be pretty big,” Hayes says. “We always go out and support other bands and throw up the horns for them— hopefully they’ll do the same for us.”

May 18 marked the launch of their first music video for the track ‘Dawn of Ages’ and new website. “This is the first music video we’ve ever done. It’s pretty low budget, but we’re excited,” Hayes says. “It’s huge for us.” They will also have a merchandise table at the show with all new hoodies, t shirts and  of course, the new album.

Unleash the Archers were the winners of Monday Magazine’s M-Award for Favourite Hardcore/Punk/Metal Artist or group for 2010. They are: Brittney Hayes on vocals, Brayden Dyczkowski on guitar and screams, Scott Buchanan on drums, Zahk Hedstrom on bass and a special guest from Victoria will be accompanying them on guitar.

“People better save their energy for this full hour set,” says Hayes. “It’s a  galactic sound with lots of delay and reverb with great sound effects. It’s more of a fuller sound than Behold the Devastation which was very crisp and clean. This album is more of a wash. It all comes through all at once and hits you in the face.” M

 

 

Unleash the Archers

CD release

Two shows:

Friday, May 20,

Lucky Bar (517 Yates)

All ages: Saturday, May 21 at the

Pro Patria Legion

(411 Gorge) Tickets: $10 at the door.

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