Numenorean: What’s in a name, eh?

CALGARY — “In Tolkien’s Middle Earth, The Black Númenóreans were a race of men who eventually died out because they let greed and power ultimately corrupt them. We have destroyed our earth for that very same reason. Our full-length will be based around those themes and on the collapsing human condition.”

Numenorean started as a two-man project by brothers Byron and Brandon Lemley in 2011. They’ve since grown to a quintet and are officially releasing their two-song demo in December, a self-titled affair released by Winnipeg’s Filth Regime Records. Written and played by Byron with all vocals by Brandon (save for a touch of help from Aiden Crossley on track one, “Let Me In”) the release is their first, a cathartic exercise in post-black metal that conveys a grand emotionality. Well-placed acoustic guitars and fast high-pitch electric guitars create a bipolar crux of deep crevices and high summits.

“Working on our first release I was dealing with depression and a longing for something I don’t think even exists,” explains Byron. “The music is written in a way that you feel the different stages of grief and sorrow throughout, be it calm, ethereal clean parts… then into a wall of aggressive melancholy, similar to the ups and downs one must go through after such a devastating change to their life. Both songs end in similar ways, a climatic change of tone and feel that takes you into not necessarily a happy place but a place where you have accepted who you are and what you’ve become.”

Given Calgary’s heavily saturated thrash and death metal scene, finding members to round out their line-up was a difficult task. After two years of passing around demos, they finally cemented one, featuring Roger LeBlanc on guitar, Steven Tillapaugh (Vaalt) on bass, and David Horrocks (Moradin) on drums.

A full-length album is in the works with all members contributing. For now, however, performing live takes precedent.

“[It] can be an exorcism or a baptism through fire, that’s the joy of putting yourself up in front of people, you invite them into your emotional landscape and they will either explore or experience what we have to offer or vandalize and spit on it,” says LeBlanc.

Inevitably, Numenorean’s “baptism through fire” and demo release show will be vulnerable and destructive; don’t miss it.

By Serena Navarro

See Numenorean at the Nite Owl on Friday, December 12th.

Thanks to Beatroute for publishing my article.

Powerchord Podcast-June 14th 2014

Powerchord Radio is rocking and silly as hell with Erik, Coleman and I!

Podcast

Playlist:

Kylesa – Insomnia for Months – Static Tensions
Mortillery – Despised in Blood – Origin of Extinction
Iron Storm – Take the Wheel – Wraithwind
Dark Forest – Winds and Waves – Aurora Borealis
Bloated Pig – Age of Slavery – Ways to an Early Grave
Bison BC – Finally Asleep – Lovelessness
Gatekrashor – Sign of the Gatekrashor – Gatekrashor
Ritual Dictates – Track 2 – demo 2
Fuck the Facts – Vent du Nord – Amer
Sepultura – Beneath The Remains – Beneath The Remains
Eyehategod – Medicine Noose – Eyehategod
Gruesome – Savage Land – demo
Skull Vultures – Reclaim – Skull Vultures
Kvelertak – Sultans of Satan – Kvelertak
Bongripper – Satan – Satan Worshipping Doom
Tombs – Thanatos – Savage Gold
Pallbearer – Gloomy Sunday – 2010 demo
Kyuss – Green Machine – Blues for the Red Sun
Immortal – Norden on Fire – All Shall Fall

Hosting Powerchord Radio for the first time – June 7th 2014 Podcast

I hosted Powerchord Radio for the first time (with help from my friend and fellow co-host, Coleman) on June 7th 2014 and I haven’t looked back since. It has been one hell of a ride. To pay tribute to the history of Heavy Metal I played Pentagram, Venom and Judas Priest as my first three tracks!

Podcast

Playlist:

Pentagram – Sinister – Relentless

Venom – Countess Bathory – Black Metal

Judas Priest – Painkiller – Painkiller

Exit Strategy – Overzealot – The Atrocity Machine

Mitochondrion – Plague Evockation – Parasignosis

Nylithia – Infector – Infector

Gorguts – Le Toit du Monde – Coloured Sands

Crowbar – Ageless Decay – Symmetry in Black

Eyehategod – Robitussin and Rejection – Eyehategod

Iron Maiden – Flight of the Icarus – Piece of Mind

Meshuggah – The Demons Name is Surveillance – Koloss

Pig Destroyer – The Diplomat – Book Burner

Electric Wiazrd – Funeralopolis – Dopethrone

Abnormality – Contaminating the Hive Mind – Contaminating the Hive Mind

The Devin Townsend Project – Kingdom – Epicloud

3 Inches of Blood – Leather Lord – Long Live Heavy Metal

Grand Magus – Self Deceiver – Iron Will

Asphyx –Vault of the Vailing Souls – Embrace the Death

Autopsy – Parasitic Eye – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

Mastodon – Shadows That Move – Call of the Mastodon

Metallica – Battery – Master of Puppets

Powerchord Radio on CITR in Vancouver B.C. Canada

Powerchord Radio has been on air for almost 30 years now! Thanks to Ron for keeping Heavy Metal alive on CITR.

 

 

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Being a host at Powerchord Radio for almost a year now has been one of the most awesome experiences of my life. Not only do a listen to amazing heavy metal bands but I get to search out awesome bands from all over the world and more importantly, here in Canada! I love supporting the small local artists that do what they do because they love it.

I will be posting many Powerchord podcasts here at HEAVYMETALHELPS!

The Facebook link is where you can find all the updated information on Powerchord radio and all the bands we spin on air!