stab.twist.pull wins the Big Nate Productions Promoter Choice Award at The 2018 Calgary Beer Core Awards!



The people voted and the Big Nate Productions Promoter Choice Calgary Beer Core Award went to stab.twist.pull! Congrats fellas! It’s been a pleasure to work with you!


The 2018 Calgary Beer Core Awards – Big Nate Productions Promoter Choice Award!



We will be presenting the Big Nate Productions Promoter Choice Award tonight at The 2018 Calgary Beer Core Awards to one of these bands that Nate has worked with in the studio; Concrete Funeral, DETHGOD, stab.twist.pull, Statue of Demur, and Vile Insignia! Please join us! It’s always a good time!

BNP Nominations for the Promoter Choice Award at The 2018 Calgary Beer Core Awards!



We have nominated five rad bands that Nate has worked with in the studio; Concrete Funeral, DETHGOD, stab.twist.pull, Statue of Demur, and Vile Insignia for the Promoter Choice Award at The 2018 Calgary Beer Core Awards! Vote here:

Thank you from Wacken Metal Battle Calgary and Big Nate Productions – April 2018


Another year of Wacken Metal Battle Canada is finished for us. Good luck to Hammerdrone as they move on to represent the West at the Canadian Final in Toronto on June 9th!


Thank you to everyone involved throughout the battles!


The bands, Accostal, Beneath the Wicked, Blackest Sin, Detherous, DETHGOD, Gales of Avalon, Hammerdrone, Heyoka’s Mirror, King Mammoth, Nuclear Oath, Red Cain, Subsume, To The Mountains, and WORLD CLASS WHITE TRASH. You were all awesome!


The bands that traveled through our unending winter for the Western Final, Apollyon, Protosequence, and Wasted Heretics.


The judges, Joshua Wood (, Wally Laurier and Laura Vezer (Rock Bottom – CJSW 90.9FM), Chad Persley (Absolute Underground), Jim Martin (Calgary Beer Core), last minute fill-in preliminary round judges Renee and Natalie (Metalheads United), and special guest judges for the Western Final, Jesse Valstar (Armstrong MetalFest – AMF) and Geoff Bourie (Loud as Hell Festival).


The venues and staff at Dickens Pub and Distortion – Live Music Venue.


Media partner Asher Media Relations and photographer Xavier Cattarinich from RavenKin Photography and Metal Master Kingdom.


New sponsor Sunrise Records. For the first time a shopping mall music store chain has welcomed local show posters!


The crew at Big Nate Productions. Nancy for organizing and running the shows. Nate and sound techs Ian Dillon and Casey Rogers for making the bands sound and look great!


Most of all to the metal fans! Without you this wouldn’t happen!



Congratulations Hammerdrone! Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Western Final Champions!



Congratulations to Calgary’s Hammerdrone on winning the Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Western Final! Now go crush the East in Toronto! Then, on to Wacken Open Air in Germany!


Thank you to the bands that participated in this competition. You were all worthy contenders! Huge thanks to the judges on taking on the difficult task of judging art! Thank you to the venues, media partners, and most of all the fans, we couldn’t do this without you! See you all next year! \m/ \m/

Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Western Final! – Friday April 6th at Dickens Pub


The battle for the chance to represent the West at the Canadian Final!

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

Apollyon (Kelowna)

Hammerdrone (Calgary) [WINNER]

Protosequence (Edmonton)

Wasted Heretics (Saskatoon)

Doors 8pm ~ Show 9:30pm ~ $10 cover ~ 18+

Running order determined prior to show start.

The winner will meet the Eastern champion in battle at the Wacken Metal Battle Canada Final on June 9th in Toronto for the chance to represent Canada in the international battle at Wacken Open Air in Germany!

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The winning band in Toronto will receive:
– A slot at the 2018 Wacken Open Air Festival. Full professional backline provided.
– Return flights to Germany, including VIP camping at the festival.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada: “We’re all very excited about the 2018 Metal Battle. After the pause from last year, we expect a good batch of quality submissions from across the country, both from existing bands that have been honing their craft, and from new bands that have emerged during the break. We’ve also made some tweaks to the round structure which will include a Western Final and Eastern Final leading up to the grand finale in Toronto. So it will be more of a hockey playoff style, which I think will work out better, with the Final being technically on neutral ground.

Often under-estimated, but always a force to be reckoned with. Canada has forged such heavyweights as Exciter, Annihilator, Skull Fist, Devin Townsend, Voivod, Anvil, Razor, Into Eternity and more. The Quebec region, renowned for their love of extreme metal, has spawned the likes of Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Martyr, Gorguts and Quo Vadis. Not to mention an impressive new wave of modern metal including Alexisonfire, 3 Inches of Blood, Protest The Hero, Cancer Bats, Baptized In Blood and Despised Icon.

Canada continues to be a strong supporter in the global metal scene by offering such contributions as the Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles publication, filmmaker Sam Dunn’s series of Metal documentaries including the critically acclaimed Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, and the Heavy MTL festival.

In 2013, Canada’s own Crimson Shadows were crowned the Metal Battle international winner. A feat not easily achieved, and one of which we take much pride. It launched the band to an international level and earned them a record contract with Napalm Records.

In 2015, Canada re-lived that success with Vesperia, once again taking the 1st place at Wacken. In 2016, Canada followed up with Profaner taking the 2nd place win.

The year 2018 will be Canada’s 5th participation in the Wacken Metal Battle and will include 12 major cities in total: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and BC Interior. Canadian Final to be held on June 9th at The Opera House in Toronto.

Only the strongest of contenders will be chosen to participate, to yield one true champion, and represent their nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival. Let the battle begin!”

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Rehearsal Factory –
FACTOR – (“We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters”)
Pearl Drums –
Boonsdale Records –
TicketFly –
Los Cabos Drumsticks –
Dungeonworks –
The Invisible Orange –
Concertworks –
Big Nate Productions –
Rose Management –
Indie Week –
Ibanez –
Band-Brand –
Axe Music –
Sunrise Records –

Media Sponsors:
Absolute Underground –
Asher Media Relations –
Beatroute Magazine –
Bravewords –
Broken Neck Radio –
Bucketlist Music Reviews –
Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio –
Hellbound –
Metal Master Kingdom –
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Pure Rock Radio –
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Zombitrol –

Gigan and Sunless with Train Bigger Monkeys and Dethgod – Wednesday May 2nd at Dickens Pub



Metalsucks Presents: Undulating Waves Across North America Tour 2018
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Gigan (Chicago, Illinois)
“The world’s state-of-the-art psychedelic extreme metal band.”
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Sunless (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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With Local Support:

Train Bigger Monkeys


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Wednesday May 2nd at Dickens Pub
Doors 8pm | 18+ | $10
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GIGAN is the brain-child of founding member; multi-instrumentalist and lyric/conceptual mastermind Eric Hersemann. GIGAN’s existence began more than a decade ago in 2005, after Hersemann’s stints in Tampa, FL’s Diabolic and Hate Eternal. Prior to that, Eric’s time was spent sharpening his blades in his hometown of Chicago, IL with the likes of Chicago legends Burnt Offering and Death-Thrash innovators Lord Blasphemer. After writing, recording and releasing GIGAN’s “Footsteps of GIGAN” demo and the first two GIGAN albums (Order of the False Eye on Napalm Records and Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes on Willowtip Records) in Tampa, Eric relocated to his roots in Chicago and began the writing process for GIGAN’s critically acclaimed masterwork : “Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super-Science”.

“Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super-Science” was recorded with Eric’s longtime partner in crime; engineer Sanford Parker (who has recorded all three GIGAN albums) , and released in October 2013 on Willowtip Records, to almost universal praise and enthusiasm. In addition to worldwide coverage and publicity in the form of interviews and rave reviews, GIGAN has continued to be blessed with amazing touring opportunities both domestically and internationally. Having been a dedicated touring act for ten years GIGAN has been able to bring Hersemann’s twisted visions around the world; much to the delight of GIGAN’s ravenous and open minded fan base. GIGAN has been fortunate to share the stage and tour with Cattle Decapitation, Psyopus, Lightning Swords of Death, Grave, Immolation, Vital Remains, Misery Index, Belphegor, Blood Red Throne, Jungle Rot, Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain and many more. GIGAN’s first foray into the European concert markets saw them on tour with their peers Ulcerate (Relapse Records)and Wormed (Season Of Mist Records) in October 2014. The tour went well enough that GIGAN was immediately invited back to headline a tour of their own in Europe in October 2015! After returning from their second European tour, Hersemann began the most recent writing process and next musical evolution of GIGAN.

“Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence”; GIGAN’s fourth full length album, was recorded at Big Bad Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA in the Spring of 2017 with longtime friend, engineer and ally Sanford Parker. Colin Jordan once again, was in charge of the mastering process. All art and layout was completed by Dr.Winter. The official street date is September 15, 2017!!!

Often imitated but NEVER duplicated, GIGAN has and always will be dedicated to the craft of making the most imaginative, fearless and thought provoking extreme metal in the known Universe!!! THRASH IN SPACE!!!

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Formed in 2015, SUNLESS draws influence from pioneers of extreme and dissonant metal such as Gorguts, Ulcerate, and Meshuggah, reinterpreting the sounds through an abstract lens that is all their own. Comprised of bassist Mitch Schooler (Nerves, Modulus), drummer Ben Iburg (Not From Here, The Eye Unclouded), and guitarist/vocalist Lucas Scott (Australis, Pestifere), the band features a prominent rhythm section, a scattered assortment of time signatures, interwoven and complex arrangements, and bellowing death growls, akin to the output of Baring Teeth, Artificial Brain, and Gigan.

SUNLESS has performed across the central United States in support of their debut full-length album Urraca with like-minded bands such as Plebeian Grandstand, Suffering Hour, and Pyrrhon. Tracked by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording (The Crinn, Ambassador Gun, Maeth) in their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and mixed/mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York, Urraca delivers a relentlessly engaging onslaught of complex and dissonant death metal with nine tracks encompassing a dense forty-four minutes. The album is presented appropriately in a psychedelic and abstract visual manner with artwork by friend, lyricist, and former bandmate Andrew Notsch (Youwretch).

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TRAIN BIGGER MONKEYS is an expression of society force fed life long corruption. Metal has a way of taking control, and TBM revels in the direction it takes them.

Formed in the winter of 2007, Train Bigger Monkeys have set out to destroy. With a sound that is both melodic and punishing, TBM has succeeded in creating music that melts faces and blasts minds. With a wide array of influences across numerous metal genres you get a taste of death, thrash, progressive, hardcore and straight up metal all rolled into one. Train Bigger Monkeys always bring an energy, technicality and a true passion to the stage that will challenge anyone not to get involved.

They have had the honour to share the stage with metal legends such as Massacre, Archspire, Incantation and Benighted, and have performed at multiple Death/Chuck Shuldiner tribute shows as well as Vernstock, Farmageddon Open Air, and Calgary Metal Fest. With 3 full length albums under their belts, and a line up that makes it look easy, the band is undoubtedly on their way to success with a sound that is constantly evolving and refining into something truly unique that can only be Train Bigger Monkeys.

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Native American Brutal Death Metal originating from Morley, Alberta. Forming a blend of enormously punishing guitar riffs, rhythmic thundering of the drums, the pounding rumble of the bass, and the deep roaring vocals. Behold the bloodthirstiness of DETHGOD!

Formed in 2012, formally know as AFTERDEATH. In 2013, The band had changed its name to DETHGOD. Beginning at first as death metal with both melodic and brutal tone. Then developing more technical as the members grew as musicians. The music style has since progressed and evolved into a more darker sound to suit the band’s genre. They are currently a three-piece band as of 2017.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Calgary Final – Friday February 23rd 2018 at Dickens Pub

The preliminary rounds have concluded leaving us with an epic battle between six worthy bands for one spot in the Western Canadian Final!

Featuring (in alphabetical order):



Gales of Avalon

Hammerdrone (WINNER)


World Class White Trash

Doors 8pm ~ Show 9pm ~ $10 cover ~ 18+

Running order determined prior to show start.
One band will move on to the Western Final.

Come out and support your favourites! We track who you are there to see, which may be factored into the scoring in the event of a tie!


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Western Final: Friday, April 6th at Dickens Pub in Calgary

Canadian Final (East vs. West): Saturday, June 9th in Toronto

The winning band in Toronto will receive:
– A slot at the 2018 Wacken Open Air Festival. Full professional backline provided.
– Return flights to Germany, including VIP camping at the festival.

Black Metal Sunday w/ Vile Insignia, Cell, Ossific, and Black Sacrament – Sun Feb 18th at Dickens Pub



Big Nate Productions Presents: Black Metal Sunday

Vile Insignia

Cell (Winnipeg)

Ossific (Winnipeg)

Black Sacrament

Doors 8pm | 18+ | $10

We will have our ghoulish friend Nekro doing corpseface painting during this show!

$5 for basic and $10 for extensive. Get grim!

Wacken Metal Battle Canada – Calgary Preliminary Rounds – January and February 2018



Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY: Round 1
Friday, January 12th at Dickens Pub

Blackest Sin


Hammerdrone (WINNER)

King Mammoth


Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY: Round 2
Friday, January 26th at Dickens Pub

Beneath the Wicked


Gales of Avalon (WINNER)

Nuclear Oath

Subsume (WINNER)


Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY: Round 3
Saturday, February 10th at Distortion – Live Music Venue

Accostal (WINNER)

Heyoka’s Mirror

Red Cain

To The Mountains

World Class White Trash (WINNER)


Calgary Final: Friday, February 23rd
Western Final: Friday, April 6th in Calgary
Canadian Final (East vs. West): Saturday, June 9th in Toronto

The winning band in Toronto will receive:
– A slot at the 2018 Wacken Open Air Festival. Full professional backline provided.
– Return flights to Germany, including VIP camping at the festival.

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