ANGRY: Wild Ox Shangri-La: CD

Formed in 2012 in the wake of two of Vancouver, BC’s aggressive music juggernauts, JAKARTAH and LAST PLAGUE, ANGRY’s debut album is nine tracks of angry music. Guitarist Richard Fudalewski, drummer Kyle Ledingham, vocalist Heath Fenton and bassist Wes Cook are the guys who created this group of songs that shoot for the jugular.

“Right Loose” is the hard as nails opener where vocalist Fenton seems to be shredding his throat as you listen to him, especially with his screams of “Right Fucking Loose”, the band seems to be trying to destroy their instruments by bashing them as hard as they can and it all ends up as a glorious mess of a track, “Bad Day” comes crashing in like a typhoon and wipes out everything in its wake, more of the insane screaming and heavy bass, speedy guitar playing and incessant drumming, “Colony Of Murder” has great stop / starts that put it into more of a sludge type groove, and “Shoot The Messenger” has fantastic drumming and great over the top screaming. The band has a lot of talent and even with all of the craziness going on, you can hear the little nuances that they throw into the songs, like the keyboards on “Shoot The Messenger”. The rolling bass playing from Cook and the strong drumming from Ledingham really complements one another, guitarist Fudalewski plays fast and hard, but throws in some sweet licks every once in a while that you nod your head along to and Fenton’s screaming shows how pissed off he is at pretty much everything. Some of the songs that stood out to me were, “Umbrella Fight”, and “Humanical”.

This is an intense album to listen to, with Fenton screaming venom and bile at you for the course of the entire album and no let up. You could hear the emotion coming at you from the band with the tight and concise playing and it shows that even though a lot of people think Canadians are quiet and reserved, we all know that we bottle up our anger and scream obscenities when we get the chance…at least Fenton and I do.


Vancouver, BC’s HIDDEN TOWERS formed in 2009 and won CITR radio’s Shindig competition; making them the first heavy band to win the competition since 2001. Their first EP called  Great Conjunctions came out in 2010 and the band was put on hiatus due to incessant line-up changes and careers. Now we have their debut full length album called Olympus Mons, seven tracks of hard rock that bring to mind the classic rock of yesteryear, but updated for today.

“Smoke Cloud” is the first song on the album and has a touch of THE DOORS at the beginning of the song with the Jim Morrison styled vocals by Chris Cantrell on guitar and vocals, then it becomes more of a modern rock song with Chris Cornell style singing and heavy grunge mixed with hard rock playing. The guitar work by Cantrell is very hard-edged and melodic, the bass by Ben Holland rolls along nice a smooth, and Jakub Svoboda’s drums are nice and full. “Gleaming The Cube” has a TEA PARTY feel to it, kind of mystical and a late 1960s rock song, “Son Of The Dragon” has more of the hard rock / modern rock sound with intense playing that draws you in, and “Gainsford, AB (Cup Of Blood)” is the hardest track on the first half of the album with more of that SOUNDGARDEN sound. HIDDEN TOWERS really show off their skill at their respective instruments on this album with tight playing that veers in different directions and eras, but is still a cohesive sound that makes everything work together. Svoboda’s drums are heavy, but very melodic, just like the bass from Holland which complements Svoboda’s playing and Cantrell’s guitar playing goes from being soft and gentle to raging and hard in the blink of an eye, along with his chameleon-like vocals which go from grunge to classic rock sounding. “Nobody Knew How High She’d Get” has a nice groove that is a great 1960s type song with great guitar playing from Cantrell, “Comoving Distance” is an epic with the fast and slower parts of the song drawing you in and making you nod your head along to, and the closer “Drowning in the Baptismal Front” is a fantastic end to the album with everything heard during the previous songs gelling into one intense track.