Things Are Going to Get Heavy

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The 4x4x4 Tour brings metal to the masses.

4x4x4Some of the region’s most fine-tuned aggressive acts will be touring the Maritimes over the next few weeks as part of the 4x4x4 Tour – four bands, four cities, four shows.  The tour, featuring Orchid’s Curse (Halifax), Death Valley Driver (Charlottetown), Dischord (Moncton) and Hero’s Last Rite (Fredericton) will visit each band’s hometown beginning this weekend with stops in Moncton and Halifax.

“The original idea, I believe, came from Brian Jones from Orchid’s Curse and Dan Hodgson from Death Valley Driver. A multiple bands, multiple cities idea,” said HLR’s Tim Gorman. “Then Josh Hogan (Orchids Curse and Red Tentacle) took it from there. He dealt with all the logistics; getting everyone’s schedules, then dealing with booking the venues. Probably a bit of nightmare when dealing with 19 band members plus four venues.”

While all four acts have shared stages in the past, his tour will mark the first occasion all four bands will perform together.

“Hero’s Last Rite has played with all the bands but not all four bands on the same bill,” said Gorman.  “There is a lot of talent with these four bands, which will make these shows insanely powerful.”

In May, Halifax record label Diminished Fifth Records announced they would be closing up shop after nine years spent promoting and releasing some of the region’s heaviest music. While the news came as a major setback for East Coast metal fans, 4x4x4 is a great indicator of the continued strength of the Maritime metal scene, bringing together four accomplished and well-respected acts for four nights of adrenaline-filled music.

“I think there are a lot of great bands in Fredericton and in the Maritimes in general,” said Gorman. “There are a number of people and groups trying to promote metal around various areas and for the most part, all on their own time.”

Gorman credits an incredibly supportive scene for helping to encourage existing acts and continue to inspire new projects throughout the Maritime Provinces.

“A major part of the scene on the East Coast is the people that help all the bands.  Whether it is the fans, promoters, filmmakers, photographers, radio DJ’s, or actual club owners that want to help the local music scene regardless of the genre of music.”

4x4x4 kicks off this Friday with a show at The Esquire Tavern in Moncton before making its way around the region.

“I think the 4x4x4 will be a success,” said Gorman.  “Metal fans will get the chance to hear some different styles of metal and maybe hear some of the bands for the first time. Get to the shows early, the bands are rotating each night.”

4x4x4 | The Esquire Tavern | Moncton | June 5, 2015 | 10 p.m. | $8 | View Event

4x4x4 | Gus’ Pub & Grill | Halifax | June 6, 2015 | 10 p.m. | $8 | View Event

4x4x4 | The Capital Complex | Fredericton | June 26, 2015 | 10 p.m. | $8 | View Event

4x4x4 | The Sportsman | Charlottetown | June 27, 2015 | 10 p.m. | $8 | View Event

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