Burns Lake-based death/thrash-metal band Primal Stance is about to hit Prince George.
The Ancestral Retribution Tour, which features Primal Stance as well as Vancouver-based Deadriver Wasteland and Prince George’s own Gyibaaw, kicked off in Kamloops on Feb. 19 and will arrive in Prince George April 1 for a show at Pizza Rico’s.
Primal Stance was created by long-time friends Matt Mathews (guitar/vocals) and Julian Brown (drums/vocals), who had been playing music together since their high school days at Lakes District Secondary.
New member Calvin De Tremaudan (bass guitar) has been with the band for about nine months.
“I started teaching Calvin guitar lessons and I was blown away by his playing,” said Mathews.
The band got their start by playing metal covers at local parties and events.
According to Brown, the group began to take their music more seriously after a tragic car accident that took the life of Brown’s sister, Tamara Charlie, Mathews’ brother, Brody, and their good friend, Tory Wiebe, on July 5, 2008.
“We crawled out of the rubble that our lives had become after the accident,” he said. “Matt and I are a hardcore support system for each other.”
The Primal Stance song Hate For July was written in memory of the tragedy.
According to Mathews, he and Brown began to get serious about their music and set about creating a four-song demo which included their original songs Hate for July, Anger, Starvation Sun and Battle of the Gods.
“We began to create a style of metal we could call our own,” said Mathews.
“We have our own style which we like to call homegrown metal,” said De Tremaudan, who went on to explain that there are many sub-genres of heavy metal.
“Glam-metal, punk-metal, folk-metal, they all have a different sound,” he said.
“We have a unique sound,” Brown added, “but if you were to classify us we would be closest to death-metal or thrash-metal.”
The group say they do not follow a particular style or go after a particular sound, they are completely original.
“Nobody has been able to describe our sound so far, we have elements of death and thrash but also elements of other types of metal,” Mathews said.
“We have a full three-piece sound, and it is very powerful,” he added.
De Tremauden, Mathews and Brown say they draw their inspiration from a wide variety of artists including Dying Fetus, Dissection, Pantera, Megadeth, Mastodon, Nile and Slayer but they also look towards classic bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doors.
“These are the groups we listen to, it’s all about phases, we don’t try to reproduce their sound, we believe in originality in music and just being yourself,” said Brown.
The group are currently working on writing songs and developing music to release their first full-length album.
“We are still in the writing process at the moment but hope to have the album out in the summer of 2010. The album will have between eight to 10 original songs on it,” said Mathews.
Four of the songs will be taken off the Primal Stance demo CD which was recorded in a studio in Prince George.
“The full-length album is possibly going to be recorded in Prince George but we are looking at maybe recording it on the southside (of Burns Lake), we are not sure yet,” said Brown.
“It is going to be a kick-ass album,” he added.
According to Mathews the band usually writes the music first, then comes up with the vocals.
“We jam and come up with some good stuff then we modify what we have when we add the lyrics,” said Brown.
According to Brown, Prince George and Terrace have a large metal scene compared to Burns Lake.
“Terrace and Prince George took us in and made us feel local,” he said, adding he hopes Burns Lake locals catch on.