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Ancients

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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It’s hard to overstate just how good Ancients are. Their storming “Built To Die” showed that it is possible to seamlessly combine melody with brutality by making it an integral part of the song’s arrangement, rather than just tacking on a cheesy chorus as an afterthought as so many bands do. Each one of their songs is an expansive, sprawling epic with a dizzying number of brilliantly crafted riffs. They’re biting hard on the heels of Bison B.C. as Vancouver’s most formidable masters of metal. Let’s hope an album will soon be forthcoming, because big things are surely afoot. - Discorder


Having recently recorded what's rumoured to be an amazing full-length album at The Hive, Ancients decided to kick off the next big phase of their existence with this show at The Rickshaw. It's a large venue for a local showcase gig, but they drew an impressive crowd—bigger than for many of the touring acts I've seen there.

Graves started the night with some tight, hardcore-infused metal. The quartet looked awfully young up there. I wouldn't say they were breaking any new ground, but they kept it straight-up and unpretentious at least. Courtney Karg led the way with her scathing vocals. A solid opening set!

I last caught East Van sludge grinders Cathar at DIEcember Fest last year at the Biltmore. They were even better this time out. They've got something sick and twisted going on. Movie dialogue samples link their short, blunt songs, and their frontman kind of mumbles to himself during moments when nothing else is happening. Scabrous and hateful, sure, but pretty entertaining as well.

Nylithia shredded the place. I saw them a few years ago at one of my friend Colin's Food 4 Music shows, but I wasn't prepared for the thrashing they laid down this time. As if their insane musicianship wasn't enough of a spectacle, they brought out a giant cardboard "Trainsaw" prop, which proved no match for the crowd, who tore it apart as soon as it was offered to them. One resourceful dude used the detached sawblade to terrorize the pit for a little while.

Burning Ghats were yet another band I was seeing for a second time, and again, their set was pure chaos and ferocity—a storm of flailing guitars, twisting bodies, and feedback. If Southern Lord got on board with Baptists, then they should definitely take a look at Burning Ghats as well. They took the gig to the heights of madness, providing the perfect setting for Ancients to mellow us out (relatively speaking) with some hard-riffing heavy rock.

Ancients are all amazing players and a killer live act. If you're into old-school-meets-new-school metal in the manner of Mastodon and Baroness, you really need to check out Ancients. It's a big stage at the Rickshaw, and they looked awesome up there. It helps that guitar teammates Kenny and Chris play left and right-handed respectively, creating that golden "V" of axe-necks. They sounded great too—the Rickshaw PA had been consistent (and loud) all night. I didn't time their set, but they must have played the better part of an hour...and it whizzed by, with song after quality song where the only criteria seemed to be "Does this part rule? If it does, it's in." I have no doubt this album of theirs is going to rule as well. For the grande finale, they brought out Kyle (Nylithia's vocalist) and Sacrifice bassist Scott Watts for a mighty dash through what might as well be Canada's official HM anthem: Sacrifice's "Reanimation." Respect was given and tribute was paid in spades. Jesse dove off the stage to his apparent death (yet again) and there was no encore demanded or necessary. Nothing could have topped that. Well played, Ancients. - Difficult Music


2 page article for Discorder's march 2012 edition. - Discorder


This was my first time seeing Ancients and I was immediately impressed, these guys are top-notch and it showed from their first note. Occasionally veering into serious Mastodon waters, at other times in their set I caught a whiff of Torche in what they do, especially vocally (check out ‘Built To Die’). I even got a bit of a Red Fang vibe from them at times, when they weren’t busy being all epic (see end of ‘Humanist’). Ancients are completely professional and personally, the band of the night for me (though Galgamex were a ridiculously-close second). - Hellbound.ca


If there is one Vancouver metal band that has steadily been building a buzz over the past year, it’s Ancients.

The epic/thrash-infused metal quartet — guitarist/vocalist Kenny Cook (who also lends a hand with retro-stoners Black Wizard), guitarist/vocalist Chris Dyck, bassist Aaron “Boon” Gustafson and drummer Mike Hannay — has been spotted mid-bill at many of the city’s metal shows last year, but it shouldn’t take long before they creep to the top.

Ancients are devastating: A thunderous, crushing force with a solid melodic backbone. The band recently revealed it was headed into the studio to work on its debut with Jesse Gander at the Hive. One can expect 2012 has plenty of good things in store for these guys. - Vancouver Sun


This week, we’re excited to shine a light on Vancouver, Canada’s Ancients. This quartet was formed following the demise of party-rock band SpreadEagle two years ago with singer/guitarist Kenny Cook hoping to find a more creative outlet for music. Following a year of writing material, the band began to make a name for themselves on stage, having played with bands like 3 Inches Of Blood, Cancer Bats, Barn Burner and many others. - Metal Insider


Discography

2010:

ANCIENTS EP - 2 Tracks, 13 mins
Humanist
Built To Die

2012:
Untitled Album - 9 Tracks, 60 mins

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Ancients have combined fuck-off-huge chords with mind-altering riffage that takes you on an unfamiliar trip. Their eponymous debut (available as a free download via bandcamp) reeks of colossal harmonies, shattering rhythm sections and distinct, powerful vocals.

This quartet—made up of: Kenny Cook (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Chris Dyck (Guitar and Vocals), Aaron “Boon” Gustafson (Bass) and Mike Hannay (Drums)—started as the brainchild of Cook, hoping to find a more creative outlet for his music. Fully realized once Cook and Dyck’s creative efforts were combined, the band’s line-up solidified and Ancients released its self-titled EP engineered by Shawn Penner and mastered by Stu Mckillop.

Fast forward a handful of impressive shows and praises in local music rags, we now find the group preparing their full length album with help of Jesse Gander at the Hive Studios.
What to expect from the band’s next release? More of the same hard-hitting, meticulously-crafted riffs laced in pungent metal glory. The Hashes of the Pharaohs continue to burn as Ancients revels in its mysterious power.