Know Your Metal: Vancouver’s Anciients

[Resident metalhead Andrew Epstein is on the case again.  – AC]

Vancouver metal outfit Anciients caught a lot of attention when they were long-listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for their debut album Heart of Oak, a stoner-prog opus rooted in acoustic folk music. But despite opening for heavyweights like Lamb of God and Sepultura, they’ve only just completed their first Canadian headlining tour.

I met up with vocalists/guitarists Chris Dyck and Kenny Cook (who was pulling double-duty on tour, playing guitar for openers Black Wizard) before their performance at Toronto’s Hard Luck Bar to speak about how word-of-mouth has benefited the band, their acoustic roots and love of grunge, and how they don’t fit in to the modern perception of prog music.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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