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Arise Blackguard disciples! Drink beer, cry and mosh!

The absence of Blackguard the last few years as I awaited news of their long delayed STORM album charred my soul. It was the Chinese…nay, Canadian Democracy that would never come. It was worse than waiting on a Tool album. I don’t even give a shit about Tool anymore in the slightest. But awaiting STORM? It made me a bitter person, a shriveled gnome forced to sleep 100 years and subsist on berries and ants in my dreams, believing my day of joy would never come. Eternal darkness. Some people I know even irresponsibly had careers and families in the meantime as I pined beneath a solitary boulder for more Blackguard.

Thankfully today I awoke and felt lifeforce flood my limbs as epic metal triumphantly roared across the skies. The boulder had squished me flat but somehow the metal revived me! I shoved the stone aside and then cowered at news of the awesomeness of the holy grail of lost albums I had anticipated for so long.

Behold, the first Blackguard Storm single “By My Hand” featuring Morgan Lander of Kittie…at last! Firefight was the anthem of all the obnoxious metal alkies in my city and the dry spell was rough. Many of us perished in the meantime of drought. No other metal could compare to quench our lust for battle.

Sez the band:

“This has a been a very long time coming, but we’re all elated to finally share with you our first single from ‘Storm’. We have no shame in saying this album is by far our best/heaviest/fastest/bla bla bla, you’ve heard it all before, but sooner than later everyone is going to know why we feel this way. We’d like to send a huge thank you to Morgan Lander of Kittie for doing an amazing job on the chorus of this song, hopefully, she can make it out to a show or two to perform it with us.”

The band recently broke their long hiatus to announce their first show in four years on March 22nd in Toronto with longtime friends Crimson Shadows and Borealis at Coalition.

STORM will be the band’s first album in 8 years and fourth overall.  The group will release the record independently on a surprise date in the coming weeks.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by longtime producer and former BLACKGUARD keyboardist Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at Silver Wings Studio in Montreal.

The video for “By My Hand” was created by Chris Kells (The Agonist) of FTB Visuals and Artwork by Rainsong Design.


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“We strive to create. It is an essential part of who we are as individuals. We will only stop when we are dead!” – Matt

Cryptopsy vocalist Matt McGachy  was awesome and checked in to tell us about the Back To The US 2015 Tour the death metal veteran tyrants are engaging in (Tickets HERE! Get them). Cryptopsy have been curdling blood since before you popped pubes, so give them respect! Also, check their new crowd funding effort and chip in, metalheads!

I’ll tell you what…I just rode 6 hours on a bus today. Mother’s Day I went to babysit my sister’s kids out of state as a favor. It was good to se family but the long ride back to Upstate, NY was ringing my ears. People in early summer in NYC are either amazing to look at, day walker hipster scum or Romero zombie/walkers who stink of piss and mental illness. I mean, it depends on where you are. I love NYC to death, even now. Still, I had forgotten to take my meds for 3 days and swicthed seats so a nice Asian couple could sit together and my last hour home this “large framed” woman in a sleeveless shirt was sweating and fainting on me half asleep, really edging me out. Seeing all this beautiful former countryside roll by as I came back through Rhode Island and Mass and then crawled past NJ adult gift stores and empty lots, it bummed me out. I try to be compassionate and believe in the best in humanity but sometimes you see the swarming, hungry masses just now learning to not have GMOs in their Chipotle and you wanna barf and scream “why, God?! Why are we such slaves to wolfish, murderous impulse.” Then you want to listen to metal and scream and cry.

Fucking Cryptopsy, whichever album (and I do mean ALL of them – seriously, how could you think “The Headsmen” wasn’t fucking insane?!!) have more guts, dedication and tenacity than half the citizens of the United States in guitarist Chris Donaldson ‘s little picking finger alone. These dudes have slaved over countless riffs, logged many miles and held on to the torch of extreme and deadly music long before social media troll-core blog page comment nazis started wearing big ass ear gauges.

Read this exclusive interview with Canada’s dark soldiers BELOW. Special thanks to Paul Ablaze from Blackguard for hooking this up!

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Chaos Fest announce 2015 headliners

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:28 PM (PST)


Hamilton, ON indoor fest Chaos Fest has announced its headliners.

Headliners include: Liferuiner, Blackguard, Erimha and Crimson Shadows

Festival organizer Eric Camilleri said of the fest, “I am extremely excited to announce the 4th annual Chaos Fest line up. We are doing a few things different this year by adding a couple more venues along with a wide variety of bands. We think it’s going to be a hit!”

If you are a band interested in playing the fest, it isn’t too late to apply!

Check out a full rundown of bands here.

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Canada’s awesome Blackguard part ways with Victory Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM (PST)


Finally some news from Blackguard, one of the best bands in modern metal and most down to Earth. They have parted ways with Victory Records. The label still has Wretched and Sister Sin, among others, but Blackguard was a great signing. That said, their pending STORM release was taking forever so if this is what it takes to finally hear it, I’m all for it.

Announcement from the band BELOW.

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Interview: Ages – Canadian Super Metal is upon us

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM (PST)


Ages are a new band. Death metal from Montreal featuring Blackguard/ex-Ion dissonance members .  That alone should tell you all you need to know, but the rest of the news the bring is pretty freakin’ exciting as well.

And the music? A senses assaulting fluid progression of numerous victories in song writing, technical daredevilry and just plain mosh. Get ready.

Click HERE for our exclusive talk with vocalist Paul Zinay, the man “Ablaze” himself.

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Finntroll announce North American tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM (PST)

Finntroll Finnish metallers Finntroll have announced they will be trekking through North America in November and December.

Finntroll will be joined by Blackguard and Metsatoll.

Check out tour dates and a tour preview video here.

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Victory Roster wishes you Happy Holidays

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM (PST)

Victory Records artists like Emmure, Sister Sin, our beloved Blackguard and even God Forbid want you to have a safe and Merry Christmas or whatever else you are celebrating, dammit. This isn’t the most metal thing in the world, perhaps, but it might make you feel warm and cozy inside and want to go drink some eggnog and mosh.

Victory had a great 2012 and 2013 looks just as exciting for the label with upcoming releases from Otep, Fall City Fall and Continents in the early new year. Pre order packages are available HERE in the Victory Webstore.

To watch the Season’s Greetings video click HERE.

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Blackguard to support Kamelot on upcoming European tour

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Canadian power metal band Blackguard have announced their return to Europe supporting Kamelot on an upcoming tour. The band will travel over seas starting on November 2nd following a North American leg of the tour.

You can see the full tour dates here.

Frontman Paul Zinay stated:
“We had a blast conquering North America with Kamelot and now it’s time to conquer some new territories. We are very honored that we were asked to join them on this tour and we’d like to give our deepest thanks and gratitude to Thomas and all of the Kamelot crew for extending us this invitation. This will be the last tour supporting our latest album Firefight and we can’t imagine ending on a higher note than this.”

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Blackguard hard at work on new album

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM (PST)

Blackguard Band Picture …Or at least their pre production part of the album.

Blackguard is working on their material for their fourth album, although they have not set an exact release date, they hope to have the album out sometime in 2013, and they will start tracking in the studio come September.

To see comments from their vocalist click here.

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MR Exclusive Interview: Paul Ablaze of Blackguard

Posted by JDKleinhans on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM (PST)

Dick feet! That pretty sums up how this interview went. Actually, it was more of an hour long conversation of randomness that often occurs when you get several people such as this sitting on some comfy ass futons waiting for the start of a metal show. It was a helluva a good time and a helluva show. Check out the highly edited interview here.

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Stage commander/vocalist Paul Zinay of Victory Metal’s proud Canadian sons (and sister) Blackguard took the time to tell us his thoughts about touring the world, playing with Kittie, the next Blackguard record, Emilie Autumn and more.

See what he had to say in this exclusive interview HERE.

You can also check out Paul’s video interview with our very own MetalRiotJD over this way.

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The evening started with an awkward handshake. It ended with a man hug. Potential friendships had begun to be forged that mid-spring night. I suppose I should start at the beginning.

Upon arriving at the historic Rave / Eagles Club just west of downtown Milwaukee, I made a quick phone call to a gentleman who some call “Ablaze”. Between the wrought iron bars surrounding a school ground, I watched as the frontman for Blackguard raised his hand up in the air and spun around in a circle. This was going to be an interesting night indeed.

Instead of having the usual casual interview that I typically strive for – as I am very sensitive to the fact that I may be interrupting some pre-show ritual – I ended up sitting around on a futon while having a very laid back and oftentimes “inappropriate” 90 minute conversation with various members of not only Blackguard but Bonded By Blood and Kittie as well. If the show itself was going to be anything like this pre-show “interview” (stay tuned), then it was going to be a very memorable night indeed.

To see if the show itself was as memorable, head on over here.

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Interview: OTEP-Raised Fist Atavist

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM (PST)

Hard rock/metal fusion poet OTEP recently completed the ATAVIST TOUR with fellow hard-chargers Destrophy, Blackguard, One-Eyed Doll and Sister Sin, a package that was one of the finest and loudest overall tours of the summer. The variety of great bands and energy of the shows was killer and were an inspired, great way to celebrate the release of one of Otep Shamaya’s best releases, the very realized in vision and expansive ATAVIST (Victory Records).

Even in an age when more and more people can’t be bothered to feel there are STILL bands that fight to keep heavy music alive and well, sharing a primal sensibility.

Click HERE to read an interview with the always outspoken Otep about ATAVIST as well as quotes from members of Blackguard and Sister Sin on what made the tour so special.

This interview also includes many exclusive live tour pics of ALL THE BANDS!

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Sabaton confirm North American World War Tour 2011

Posted by Ehrila on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM (PST)

Swedish power metal ensemble Sabaton have officialy confirmed dates for the North American World War Tour 2011. The tour also includes Sweden’s Evergrey and some of the dates Canada’s Blackguard.

Check out the tour dates here.

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Interview: Blackguard-Defenders Of The North

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10:46 PM (PST)

Paul “Ablaze” Zinay, lead vocalist of Blackguard, wants to make something very clear. “Ok, first of all we’re not Pagans and we’re not Pirates, and the next writer or reviewer to call us either of those things I’m going to drop kick off a building.” That may be the case, but this writer did ingest a more than fair amount of Captain Morgan Black with the group during a first failed attempt at interviewing the best new metal force to charge forth from Canada. I ended up getting so sloshed I don’t remember what happened and had to reschedule! It was worth it, though.

Paul talked with Metal Riot about the dedicated, hard touring acts’ latest exciting melodic death metal scorcher FIREFIGHT (Victory Records) and also touched on subjects as diverse as hockey babes, good advice, Judas Priest and the bands current killer tour with Otep, Sister Sin and Destrophy! Blackguard really distill the essence of the modern heavy metal band and deserve much support and major hails!

Click HERE for the interview!

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