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Traveler, Hatchet (San Francisco) and Hazzerd

Traveler, Hatchet (San Francisco) and Hazzerd
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Traveler, Hatchet (San Francisco) and Hazzerd

Where: Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7 Avenue S.W Calgary
18+ with government issued identification
When: Thursday October 3rd, 2019
Doors: 9:00pm
Admission: $12.00 advance. Tickets available at or

Calgary, Alberta’s TRAVELER was created in 2017 by guitarist, bassist and primary songwriter Matt Ries, who in addition to his regular duties with GATEKRASHÖR and HROM, developed an itch to branch out with his own song ideas in order to have a fresh outlook on music. Joined by vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud (also of GATEKEEPER) and drummer Jan Loncik, TRAVELER shacked up at Richobo Studios in Calgary with Loncik manning the production boards. TRAVELER’s up-tempo, pounding style puts the sound of RIOT and MANILLA ROAD on overdrive with a preponderance of soaring twin guitar harmonies and Abboud’s effortless, but always convincing vocal delivery. -

Hatchet (San Francisco)
An uncompromising thrash metal outfit based out of San Francisco, Hatchet emerged at a time when classic Bay Area thrash was being eclipsed by technical death metal and post-hardcore. Citing influences like Megadeth, Slayer, and Overkill, the group forged a fiery sonic path that paired caustic riffs and relentless beats with the D.I.Y. punk ethic of their heroes, resulting in a record deal with Metal Blade. Debuting in 2008 with Awaiting Evil, the band went on to issue a string of well-received LPs like Dawn of the End (2013) and Dying to Exist (2018), cementing their reputation as leading lights in the New Wave of Bay Area Thrash movement.

Fear Beyond Lunacy Formed in the mid-2000s around the talents of Eric Lundgren (vocals), Julz Ramos (guitar), Sterling Bailey (guitar), Ryan King (bass), and Alex Perez (drums), Hatchet first made a name for themselves with some high-profile shows in 2006 and 2007. An appearance on the Thrash Metal Warriors compilation led to a pair of big events, the first being an opening slot for the Possessed, and secondly a record deal with Metal Blade in 2008. Their acclaimed debut full-length, Awaiting Evil, followed shortly thereafter. They moved to the End for their sophomore effort, 2013's Dawn of the End, which showed some New Wave of British Heavy metal influence. 2015's Fear Beyond Lunacy, also released via the End, debuted a new lineup which featured co-founder Julz Ramos on guitar and vocals, guitarist Clayton Cagle, drummer Ben Smith, and bassist Devin Reiche. The band signed with Combat Records, a relaunched imprint operated by David Ellefson's EMP Label Group, in 2018 for their fourth studio long player, Dying to Exist. -

HAZZERD primarily excels in two areas: (1) writing memorable, hooks; and (2) penning in your face lyrics. "Absolute Destruction", "Misleading Evil", and "Under the Influence" are just a few examples of the band's ability to knock out choruses that are catchy as fuck. Thrash is supposed to be fun and HAZZERD Misleading Evil makes one throw a fist in the air, and give one a bad case of whiplash. Filled to the tits with first-rate fierce solos, catchy, and memorable full-on Thrash Metal Armageddon on every track. Assaulting on all fronts, with every gun a blazing. An album that will end up one of the very best Thrash Metal releases of 2017. -

*This event takes place on the territory of the Blackfoot and the people of Treaty 7 Region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T'ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.


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