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VOIVOD release Kluskap O’Kom Video 7″ single and BEER

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Canadian Artist News, Featured, New Music, News, Photos, Previews, Releases, Reviews with tags , , , on December 6, 2013 by Randy

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD recently released a video for the song, “Kluskap O’Kom”. The video was directed by Syl Disjonk, known for his short horror film, Ethereal Chrysalis. The director of photography was JP Bernier (Despised Icon). The video originally premiered at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror FilmFestival in October in Austin, TX and can be viewed here…

Kluskap O’Kom (Official Video):

When asked about the meaning of Kluskap O’Kom, vocalist Denis “Snake ” Bélanger had this to say:

Sometimes described as a giant coming out of the woods, sometimes a monster in a lake or sometimes a powerful being that came from the sky, Kluskap is the name for this strange character and O’Kom is the place where he lives. Kluskap is inspired by a legend from a Canadian native tribe called the Micmacs. He once came to earth to kill all the Dinosaurs in order to help the humans to take over the planet. One day Kluskap will come back with another mission to the humans. There are many similarities between the Kluskap story and other legends from tribes all around the globe; stories told of encounters with beings from other worlds. This one is very unique I thought. So here it is; Hear the thunder, it is me, coming back!!!! KlusKap O’Kom!


Voivod also released a 7″ for the song, taken from their Target Earth, LP, the 7″ features artwork from Voivod drummer Michael “Away” Langevin, is limited to 1000 copies worldwide. The b-side features a live version of Kluskap O’Kom recorded in Berlin on the band’s last European headlining tour. The single comes in black, grey and black and white swirl colored vinyl and can be purchased here (

In related news, the band recently partnered with a local Montreal brewery to produce a limited batch of “Kluskap O’Kom” beer. Guitarist, Dan “Chewy” Mongrain elaborates:


Frederic Cormier , the brewer and owner of Hopfenstark Micro-Brewery, and I had this Idea for a couple years of crafting a Voivod beer. This year, with the new album, Target Earth, and our 30th Anniversary, the timing was perfect to celebrate and brew! So I asked the guys if they were into it and everybody thought it was a great Idea! We sampled different types of ale, lager, stout, IPA, season, wheat etc to come up with the type of beer we wanted to do. We also talked about the concept and decided to associate the Voivod beer not only with the band’s name but with a song from the latest opus. We choose Kluskap O’Kom, which is inspired by American-Indian legends and modern reality. We wanted the beer to have a taste from the woods, the terroir, so to speak. So Frederic had this idea of crafting the beer with Mugwort and Balsam Fir which we ended up picking up in the woods. The beer is made with fresh ingredients; it’s easy to drink yet with complex well balanced flavors. We just invited friends and fans to the release party in Montreal at Station (bar owned by the brewer) and it was a complete success! Lots of people celebrating the 30th anniversary of Voivod, making toasts with a Kluskap O`Kom beer listening to some Voivod, watching a 2 hours “making of” the beer, plus we had a surprise when our director friend showed up with a DVD to play the promo video of Kluskap O’ Kom!! It was a perfect magical evening…I ended up going to bed at 6am…smiling, how could life be better than that?

VOIVOD line-up:

Michel Langevin (Away) – drums
Denis Bélanger (Snake) – vocals
Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky) – bass
Daniel Mongrain (Chewy) – guitar


Posted in Artist Watch, Canadian Artist News, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Randy

Montreal, January, 2012 – The Montreal-based rock-alternative band GLO is back with a new single : “Don’t Believe”. The first single from GLO’s upcoming album “No One Hears Me” hits radio stations across Canada this week.

Written by GLO, three extraordinarily talented musicians, and produced by platinum-certified record producer John Nathaniel, “Don’t Believe” will soon be available on iTunes. Currently, the band is preparing for the album launch and shooting a new video. The 5 tracks album recorded in Montreal, “No One Hears Me”, will be out in April 2012.

About GLO :

Comprised of Eddie Mazzola (guitarist / keyboardist & bassist), Patrick Rowan (drummer) and Riccardo “Rick” Cordi (vocalist / rhythm guitars), GLO has had much success in Canada with their previous album called “On The Outside”. The lead single off that album – “Move Along” – took over the rock charts for four solid months — an accomplishment by any standards, let alone one for a completely autonomous band. Every recording on their previous CD — including the song “Move Along” was tracked, produced and engineered in Mazzola’s own studio, but for the final mix the group turned to veteran Los Angeles producer/engineer Paul Lani (Red Hot Chili Peppers & Megadeath).

For more information :

Listen to “Don’t Believe” here

GLO official website


Posted in Canadian Artist News, New Music, News with tags , , , , on November 10, 2011 by Randy

After an astute performance at last week’s annual Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth, NS, and a wildly successful European tour, Halifax’s Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers launch a Canadian tour this week. To support the release of their stunning new release In The Time of the Great Remembering, the band is temporarily bidding the Maritimes adieu to play a number of dates throughout November with Montreal’s Charlotte Cornfield.

“In the Time of the Great Remembering is easy to like. It doesn’t take many listens to get to know it and have bits and pieces of Caplan’s gruffly romantic songs stuck in your head,” reviewed the Dalhousie Gazette.

“Halifax is my home but there’s something really special about taking In The Time of the Great Remembering on the road again, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to play these songs to audiences I don’t see quite as often,” says Caplan. “I’ve spent the last three months on the road promoting this record and it’s been a really wonderful experience, touring is one of the greatest parts about being a musician.”

This fall has already seen Ben Caplan gracing stages at Reeperbahn Festival in Germany and sweeping through the United Kingdom converting boat loads of new fans along the way. Caplan always makes it of importance to play on home soil. He managed to make appearances at both Pop Montreal festival and Halifax Pop Explosion as well.

Paying homage to classic blues with tones faintly lit by folk, this release demonstrates Caplan’s uncanny response to songwriting. It takes a listener through a soulful, rousing adventure with arrangements of musical prowess molded by the likes of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Tour dates and download links below!

WATCH Ben Caplan performance of “Stranger” and interview for Balcony TV:

DOWNLOAD hi-res artwork and media materials here:

DOWNLOAD In the Time of the Great Remembering in full here:


Nov. 9 @ Strut Gallery, SACKVILLE (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 10 @ Plan B, MONCTON (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 11 @ The Capitol, FREDERICTON (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 12 @ Pepper’s Pub, ST. JOHN, NB (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 13 @ The Fusion Cafe, WOODSTOCK, NB (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 14 @ L’Agitee, QUEBEC CITY (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 16 @ The Supermarket, TORONTO (w/ Gabrielle Papillon, Revelstoke)

Nov. 19 @ Pearl Company, HAMILTON (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 20 @ Van Gogh’s Ear, GUELPH (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 21 @ Cafe Pyrus, KITCHENER (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 23 @ The APK, LONDON (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 24 @ The Phog Lounge, WINDSOR (w/ Charlotte Cornfield)

Nov. 30 @ Le Divan Orange, MONTREAL

Dec. 3 @ Viewpoints Gallery, HALIFAX (*Exhibit About Evolve Festival)


Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, Halifax’s Ben Caplan is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon. Perfectly coupled. Ben’s songwriting is as bold in range as it is in ferocity. Fueled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism, it’s the romance and the manhood crashing with his voice that gives Caplan a truly innovative and experimental artistry. A sound that bridges the gap between controlled composition and unruly passion.

Striding in pace with gypsy-inspired strings amid the sultry tones of clarinet and saxophone, Caplan has marked his place in the Canadian music landscape with a growling spirit similar to that of Tom Waits. Caplan’s tours have extended throughout the Commonwealth, the rhapsodic energy in his live show an elegant cacophony gaining attention around the world .

Breaking between guitar, banjo, piano, and melodica, Caplan’s stage show is almost reminiscent of a burly and bearded Freddy Mercury; a raging, strong, and exploratory songwriter, it’s the blues in his soul, and the heart in your chest pounding as one that makes Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers an act not to be missed.

Ben Caplan has been a touring musician since 2006. Seasoned in coast-to-coast travel, Caplan his seen stages in the UK and has performed a rolodex of festivals.



Posted in Artist Watch, Canadian Artist News, News with tags , , , , on November 3, 2011 by Randy

Canadian platinum-selling independent artist and four-time JUNO award winner deadmau5 will make history on November 5 as he will become the first Canadian artist as well as the first electronic artist to have a headlining concert at the Rogers Centre when he brings his state-of-the-art live tour show to Toronto (sample clip: The history of the building has played host to many great musical events and concerts, such as headlining tour shows by U2, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay and the Concert For Toronto special event, but has never had a Canadian artist headline their own show at the venue. Accustomed to communicating with his millions of fans online, deadmau5 will also share the first 25 minutes of the tour finale show with a free live stream from, marking the launch of his new live streaming website, produced by exclusive streaming partners, Influxis. This live stream will also take place in tandem with exclusive media partner, YouTube, with both airing the live portion of the performance at 12 midnight EST/9 PM PST/4 AM GMT.

Named after his cat Professor Meowingtons, deadmau5’s Meowingtons Hax 40+ date tour has broken several records already, beginning with its opening date in Chicago when he became the first electronic artist to co-headline the annual Lollapaloozafestival along with Foo Fighters. lauded his performance as the #1 set in The 10 Best Sets of Lollapalooza 2011 list and stated, “The level of spectacle that the Canadian electronic musician/producer commands is not just beyond any other electronic act, it’s beyond any other act period.”

Following Lollapaloozadeadmau5 set new records in Montreal and New York City within days of each other. In Montreal, he performed an unprecedented four consecutive shows at The Metropolis including a record three sold-out nights. His next tour market was New York City, where he performed an unprecedented six consecutive sold-out nights at RoselandBallroomRage Against the Machine held the previous honor with five consecutive plays at Roseland in the summer of 1996.

While on tour, deadmau5’s latest album4×4=12 (Ultra Music, December 2010) reached platinum sales status in his native country, making his release the only Canadian Anglophone album to achieve the prestigious accolade this year.

The Meowingtons Hax Tour has helmed headliner slots at Outside Lands and the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, as well as four sold-out consecutive shows at the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.  Other multiple sold-out datesinclude shows in AtlantaDallasBoston and Chicago. Following in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones, deadmau5 alsoheadlined his first baseball stadium show at PETCO Park in San Diego this past October.

deadmau5 on Tour
November 2011
3 :  Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, NY
5 :  Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON

About deadmau5:

Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’) is one of the world’s most respected electronic producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “I Remember” (with Kaskade), he has also released three critically acclaimed albums 4×4=12, For Lack Of A Better Name and Random Album Title. The single “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” garnered Canadian Gold certification this year with Ultra RecordsCanada. deadmau5-Live At Earls Court, a live DVD capturing his sold out performance at London’s historic 19,000 capacity Earls Court theatre was also certified Gold in Canada. The Meowingtons Hax tour performance at the Rogers Centre will also be filmed for a new DVD release. A new studio album is on the horizon for 2012. deadmau5 is ranked #4 in the world by DJ Mag followers and was recently voted Artist of the Year by the Beatport Community. His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan-base, of which counts over 4 million on his Facebook page. deadmau5’s current offerings include a remix package for “Raise Your Weapon” and the new deadmau5 Touch Remix app.

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