Vancouver’s NINJASPY, a trio of blood brothers that have created a metal fusion of hard, heavy, hook-laden music that runs the gamut of reggae, surf and more will be one of the headlining bands at this year’s ARMSTRONG METAL FEST alongside Boston tech death / thrash titans REVOCATION, Canadian 80’s thrash legends AGGRESSION and Vancouver Whammy Award Best Local Metal Artist winner GOLERS among many more from across Western Canada. The two day metal festival is being held on July 14th and 15th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena. Full fest details can be found at http://armstrongmetalfest.ca.

NINJASPY comments:

“It has been way too long since we had the honour of playing AMF. So long, but I will never forget that weekend. We have been telling and re-telling the stories ever since. Can’t wait to get back and get a few more battle scars partying with some of the best metal bands in the west.” 

SET TIMES – BAND
11:00am – 11:25am – DAHLMERS REALM (Edmonton, AB) (Broken Neck Radio People’s Choice Winner)
11:35am – 12:00pm – SPORE (Nelson, BC)
12:10pm – 12:35pm – THE AVULSION (Lethbridge, AB)
12:45pm – 1:10pm – SERAPHIC NIHILIST (Prince George, BC)
1:20pm – 1:45pm – ARKENFIRE (Kelowna, BC)
1:55pm – 2:20pm – ATROUS LEVIATHIAN (Victoria, BC)
2:30pm – 2:55pm – OSSIFIC (Winnipeg, MB)
3:05pm – 3:30pm – NOMAD (Enderby, BC)
3:40pm – 4:05pm – ZUCKUSS (Vancouver, BC)
4:15pm – 4:40pm – APOLLYON (Kelowna, BC)
4:50pm – 5:15pm – EXPAIN (Vancouver, BC)
5:25pm – 5:50pm – DROP DEAD FRED (Kelowna, BC)
6:00pm – 6:30pm – WMD (Calgary, AB)
6:40pm – 7:10pm – ANGELMAKER (Vancouver, BC)
7:20pm – 7:50pm – EXIT STRATEGY (Calgary, AB)
8:00pm                     100 MAN SHOTGUN (Beer Event)
8:15pm – 8:50pm – ODINFIST (Armstrong, BC)
9:10pm – 9:55pm – XUL (Vernon, BC)
10:15pm – 11:00pm – NINJASPY (Vancouver, BC)
11:20pm – 12:20am – GOLERS (Vancouver, BC) (Vancouver Whammy Award Best Local Metal Artist winner)
Saturday, July 15
SET TIMES – BAND
11:00am – 11:25am – TRAIN BIGGER MONKEYS (Calgary, AB)
11:35am – 12:00pm – THE DRAGSTRIP DEVILS (Kelowna, BC)
12:10pm – 12:35pm – GATEKEEPER (Vancouver, BC)
12:45pm – 1:10pm – GARDENER (Vernon, BC)
1:20pm – 1:45pm – TALES OF THE TOMB (Edmonton, AB)
1:55pm – 2:20pm – CELL (Winnipeg, MB)
2:30pm – 3:00pm – CITIZEN RAGE (Calgary, AB)
3:10pm – 3:40pm – GLADIUS SKY (Vernon, BC)
3:50pm – 4:20pm – SLAGDUSTER (Grand Forks, BC)
4:30pm – 5:00pm – GALACTIC PEGASUS (Vancouver, BC)
5:10pm – 5:40pm – EYE OF HORUS (Edmonton, AB)
5:50pm – 6:25pm – DEAD QUIET (Vancouver, BC)
6:25pm – 6:50pm – TRASH WRESTLING EVENT
6:50pm – 7:30pm – TERRIFIER (Vancouver, BC)
7:30pm – 7:55pm – TRASH WRESTLING EVENT
7:55pm – 8:35pm – COCAINE MOUSTACHE (Vancouver, BC)
8:35pm – 9:00pm – TRASH WRESTLING EVENT
9:00pm – 9:45pm – PLANET EATER (Regina, SK)
10:10pm – 10:55pm – AGGRESSION (Vancouver, BC)
11:15pm – 12:15am – REVOCATION (Boston, MA)

NINJASPY‘s performance at the festival will be in support of their newly released full length Spüken” produced by GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mudvayne, Gallows) and Ben Kaplan (Biffy Clyro, Atreyu, Haste The Day). Spüken” features a culmination of nearly a decade of songs that have been narrowed down to an epic 10 track experience to demonstrate all their downbeats to breakdowns to their weaving of reggae, hardcore, metal and much more to follow their 2013 EP / graphic novel “No Kata” and 2007 debut “Pi Nature”.

Vocalist / guitarist Joel Parent comments:

“Spüken is the musical equivalent of a magician removing his own entrails. The guts just keep coming, like handkerchiefs from a sleeve, and its painful, colourful and cathartic all at once, in the same way that vomiting after hours of nausea is such a relief. The musical ideas that came together in this project span many years and come from many influences. Hearing them all together is a trip. There were a lot of hard times in the years while this record was being written and most, if not all of these songs are tied together by the search for something greater than oneself. Empowerment by going through ones pain, all this is woven into an album that is another spastic stylistic roller coaster not unlike our previous albums, but with smoother blending. From song to song there is a lot of variance, but within songs we have managed to take contrasting genres and combine them in more nuanced ways, with less hard cuts. This album is colourful, and the palette is dark.”

‘Spüken’ is available on the band’s online storeiTunesCD Baby and Bandcamp.

Album Stream – https://ninjaspy.bandcamp.com/album/sp-ken-2


Music Video – Speak –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32B6xJBNHYs

1. Speak (4:43)
2. Shuriken Dance (4:02)
3. Brother Man (4:54)
4. Dead Duck Dock (4:45)
5. Become Nothing (3:18)
6. What! (3:08)
7. Jump Ya Bones! (3:55)
8. Grip The Cage (4:10)
9. Azaria (4:02)
10. Slave Vehemence (5:44)
Album Length: 42:44

Show Dates:
June 24 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
July 15 – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong Metal Fest w/ Revocation, Aggression, Golers and more – info

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“Pay attention Canadian recording industry, Ninjaspy is on the rise and the people’s salvation is at hand.” – Absolute Underground Magazine
 
“Ninjaspy has a unique sound mixing rock, hardcore and ska together.” – Pure Grain Audio
 
 “They harmoniously blend metal, ska, grunge, hardcore, reggae, funk, surf and jazz for a unique mashup sound” – Monday Magazine (Vancouver) 
 
“The group’s reggae-tinged hardcore is anything but generic, and the group’s unique swagger had fans creating a skank-mosh hybrid that quickly turned into a circle pit.” – Georgia Straight (Vancouver)

“The Vancouver-based trio Ninjaspy have made a name for themselves over the past few years, and it’s easy to see why: they’re really good. ” – Metal Sucks

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