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WASTER

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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Jun
04
WASTER @ The Marquee Room Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jun
01
WASTER @ Fernwood NRG

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

May
29
WASTER @ Sugar Nightclub

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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C’est nouveau, c’est canadien, c’est puissant, c’est crasseux, c’est punk metal et c’est hardcore. Je parle ici d’un nouveau band du Manitoba du nom de Waster. Après avoir vu le vidéoclip de la chanson Rocket Rider sur les ondes de Much Loud, j’ai tout de suite eu envie d’en savoir plus sur ce nouveau groupe qui, pour l’instant, semble pratiquement inconnu de tout le monde. J’espère bien que cette critique vous donnera le goût comme moi d’en savoir plus sur cette excellente formation canadienne.

Waster fait dans le rock n’ roll à saveur punk et hardcore avec une grosse touche de stoner qui peut nous rappeler par moment des groupes comme Pantera, Lamb Of God, Dance Laury Dance et Red Fang. C’est avec les guitares en avant-plan que le groupe nous défonce les oreilles avec sa musique plutôt entraînante et abrasive! La voix du chanteur Nick Wiebe décape tout sur son passage avec des screams vraiment intenses et puissants qui ne sont pas sans rappeler Randy Blythe ou même Phil Anselmo.

Les moments forts de l’album Thunder Pit sont sans contredit la chanson-titre, Rocket Rider, So Devil, Forty Creek et 40 Speed. Il y a aussi d’autres chansons plus lentes et plus lourdes qui donnent une belle balance à l’album. J’ai particulièrement apprécié Slumberjack et Tongue Cancer dans ce genre.

Waster est un groupe à découvrir et un trésor canadien bien caché pour le moment. Je vous invite donc à visiter ce lien pour écouter leur album : http://waster.bandcamp.com/album/thunder-pit
Allez aussi voir la vidéo plus bas! Si mon instinct ne me fait pas défaut, on devrait entendre parler de Waster en 2012.
- www.musikuniverse.net


My hands were freezing by the time I finished my second king-can in the back alley beside Mondragon. My friends were passing around a water bottle full of whiskey and coke. We were wearing our most appropriately “metal” outfits, as we waited for the headlining band, WASTER, to start.

Rocking combat boots, black nail polish and cut up t-shirts; we chugged the remainder of booze and entered the basement venue, “The Death Trap”, below the FYXX in the Exchange District.

The guys of WASTER were already set up, they checked the equipment one more time, and walked around the floor anxiously. They were ready to start.

We found a place on the right side of the stage. Only, The Death Trap doesn’t have a stage, only a rug on the floor and large stacked speakers separating the crowd from the band. The walls are concrete and are painted black with glow-in-the-dark spray paintings of cats and demon faces painted on them.

The anticipation in the room started to rise as the audience swarmed towards where the band was set up.

The lead singer, Nick Weibe, grabbed the Mic and stepped up onto the small platform. The platform only put him only a head taller than the rest of the crowd.

He screamed out the first couple lyrics to the song, as the rest of the band jumped full gear of the first song.

The crowd was already sweaty, they started to push and shove each other; the mosh pit commenced.

We were in The Thunder Pit.

WASTER, is a five-piece metal groove band from Winnipeg. They were recently signed to Gold Stock Records, and release their first 10 song-album “Thunder Pit.” This past week was the kick show for their 9 gig Western Canada tour.

Michael Fardoe and Nic Herzog’s quick riffs, Tim Halbert ripping bass, Casey Fiorante’s heavy drums, and Nick Wiebe’s tearing voice come together to make a full bad-ass sound.

If you get the chance to check these guys out, at The Death Trap or elsewhere, I strongly suggest going. Even if you aren’t the biggest metal fan, the energy this band gives off is worth checking out.

Their album is also available for download on iTunes.
- Square Peg City


My hands were freezing by the time I finished my second king-can in the back alley beside Mondragon. My friends were passing around a water bottle full of whiskey and coke. We were wearing our most appropriately “metal” outfits, as we waited for the headlining band, WASTER, to start.

Rocking combat boots, black nail polish and cut up t-shirts; we chugged the remainder of booze and entered the basement venue, “The Death Trap”, below the FYXX in the Exchange District.

The guys of WASTER were already set up, they checked the equipment one more time, and walked around the floor anxiously. They were ready to start.

We found a place on the right side of the stage. Only, The Death Trap doesn’t have a stage, only a rug on the floor and large stacked speakers separating the crowd from the band. The walls are concrete and are painted black with glow-in-the-dark spray paintings of cats and demon faces painted on them.

The anticipation in the room started to rise as the audience swarmed towards where the band was set up.

The lead singer, Nick Weibe, grabbed the Mic and stepped up onto the small platform. The platform only put him only a head taller than the rest of the crowd.

He screamed out the first couple lyrics to the song, as the rest of the band jumped full gear of the first song.

The crowd was already sweaty, they started to push and shove each other; the mosh pit commenced.

We were in The Thunder Pit.

WASTER, is a five-piece metal groove band from Winnipeg. They were recently signed to Gold Stock Records, and release their first 10 song-album “Thunder Pit.” This past week was the kick show for their 9 gig Western Canada tour.

Michael Fardoe and Nic Herzog’s quick riffs, Tim Halbert ripping bass, Casey Fiorante’s heavy drums, and Nick Wiebe’s tearing voice come together to make a full bad-ass sound.

If you get the chance to check these guys out, at The Death Trap or elsewhere, I strongly suggest going. Even if you aren’t the biggest metal fan, the energy this band gives off is worth checking out.

Their album is also available for download on iTunes.

- Josie Loeppky - Squarepegcity.com


If listening to their new album Thunder Pit inspires you to seek and destroy, then local groove-metal meisters Waster have done their job.

“Put it on and break your parents’ furniture,” says guitarist Michael Fardoe. “Make bad decisions and break your parents’ shit. That’s what I want this record to do.”

Fardoe and his bandmates – vocalist Nick Wiebe, guitarist Nic Herzog, bassist Tim Halbert and drummer Casey Fiorante – will release the 10-song disc with a show at the Death Trap this Saturday, Oct. 8.

The band formerly known as Fame released an EP of Pantera-inspired metal in 2009 titled Can’t Get Right.

They say that with Thunder Pit, they wanted to lose the breakdowns and keep their punk, rock and blues-infused metal sounding dirty.

“Breakdowns are dead. Don’t need those,” Fardoe says. “We thought we should probably play faster all the time. Or way slower. And just make it crushing. Just really loud – like, way too loud. Obnoxiously loud.”

“Half the time when you play the album through a CD player, it sounds like your speakers are dying,” Herzog adds.

Waster tracked Thunder Pit last October at Rain City Recorders in Burnaby, B.C. with Stu McKillop (Living With Lions, A Textbook Tragedy). The disc was recorded, mixed and mastered in 12 days, during which the band slept in the studio.

“Me and Tim would sleep in the sound room on a futon, so we really didn’t leave the studio,” Wiebe says. “There’d be bands and producers coming in and we’d be there in our underwear, scratching our balls and playing Super Mario World.”

It’s taken a year to get the record out because the band wanted to find the right label to release it. They eventually settled on Vancouver-based Gold Stock Records, home to bands such as Carpenter and Lowtalker.

Wiebe says the group decided to change its name from Fame this past summer because the new record sounds different from Can’t Get Right and they feel like a brand new band.

They went with “Waster” because it sounds gross.

“The definition of the word ‘waster’ is someone who does something that other, normal people would consider a waste of time,” Fardoe says. “Which is perfect, because we play in a metal band and I’m pretty sure everyone thinks it’s a waste of time.”

“And it probably is,” Wiebe adds with a laugh, “but we don’t know any better.”
- Uniter Magazine


Caught in a mosh. After much delay, Waster released Thunder Pit this past Tuesday. The Winnipeg metal band — formerly named Fame — recorded its debut full-length album back in October of 2010.

"We’ve been sitting on it for so long, it feels so good to finally birth. It was like a full on pregnancy," says vocalist Nick Wiebe says.

The hard rock hold-up was because Waster was waiting for the right label to release the record. The band — which also includes bassist Tim Halbert, guitarists Michael Fardoe and Nic (Phil) Herzog and drummer Casey Fiorante — eventually found a suitable home at Vancouver punk rock imprint Gold Stock Records.

"We recorded the record with Stu McKillop at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver," says Herzog, 24. "He and Dan Sioui from Carpenter co-own Gold Stock and they just really saw some potential in us and saw that we were willing to work hard to get this out."

And play hard too. Like sonic contemporaries Pantera, Cancer Bats and Every Time I Die, Waster likes to have fun with its groovy, riff-driven sound, a fact reflected in such song titles as Slumberjack and Highabetic.

"Let’s just say we recorded it in B.C.," Wiebe says. "There was a candy machine in the studio that got refilled two or three times while we were there and Super Mario got beat like three times. B.C., candy machine, Highabetic."

Yes, Waster likes to party — just check out the video for lead single Rocket Rider. Directed by Randy Frykas (Call to Arms: The Story of the Royal Albert, White Noise), the context of the clip is a mock house party. Well, kind of.

"It started out as a fake party and then just turned into a real party," Wiebe says. "I remember having to wake up a certain guitar player (motioning towards Herzog) to finish the last couple scenes."

A passed-out Phil won’t slow Waster down. In May, the band toured Canada with 3 Inches of Blood and Cancer Bats and on Friday, Waster starts its own seven-city Western Canadian run. The band also has plans for a 7-inch release and full-length follow-up to Thunder Pit.

"I’d like to have another record out in a year, especially because we did this one a year ago," says Fiorante, 24. "We all still love the songs on Thunder Pit, but we’ve been writing for the last year while sitting on this record, so we’re excited to do new stuff." - Uptown Magazine


FAME

It’s been a career of flux for Fame, from falling prey to a fraudulent band manager while getting ready to release their debut EP in 2008, to dealing with departed band members of lineups past – most recently, drummer Ben Routledge.

While these types of things tend to sideline bands, usually almost permanently, it hasn’t slowed down the tenacity of this group of groovy Southern-style heavy metalers.

No, the band has kept busy touring their violent, riff-heavy metal across Canada, opening for bands like Silverstein and The Devil Wears Prada, and keeping its foot on the throat of Winnipeg’s metal scene.

In October 2010, the band wandered west to Burnaby, B.C., to record their first full-length album, Thunder Pit, with producer Stu McKillop. The album will be released later this spring.

Until then, the band is in the process of shooting a music video for their song Rocket Rider and gearing up to play Canadian Music Week in March. You can see them at the Albert before that on Friday, Feb. 25.

Visit http://www.myspace.com/famerock. - Uniter Magazine


The swamp, gators and bugs the size of your beer can. Bonfires made with pallets and waking up in the mud, thankful your girlfriend took your glasses earlier on in the night.

Besides the gators, the northern prairie has more in common with the Louisianan coastal wetlands then you’d think.

But southern metal? Where does the influence to sow sweaty riffage with that flare and swagger of the south come from?

“Pantera,” Michael Fardoe, guitarist for Winnipeg’s Fame, said during a recent interview. “[They] were the first to bring that groove back to the heavy metal.”

“It is all about the groove,” drummer Ben Routledge quickly chimed in.

And groove they do. Rounded out by bassist Tim Halbert and vocalizer Nick Wiebe, Fame is presently on the road for two weeks promoting their self-released debut, Can’t Get Right.

These seven tracks, recorded last year at Private Ear with hardcore wunderkind producer John Paul Peters (or as the band calls him, “Genius”) almost remained for private ears only.

“We got majorly screwed over by a manager who is Lord Voldemort right now,” Routledge said.

“Yeah, ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named,’” Wiebe added.



- See Fame Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Skate 4 Cancer benefit at The Forks.

- Other bands on the bill include Comeback Kid, The Lytics and Hope Atlantic.

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According to Fame, there was substantial misrepresentation in the manager’s ability to be honest and trustworthy. The details are fuzzy, but Halbert will say this:

“Imagine having to pay for this album twice.”

So we have a little hardship for our prairie heshers-cum-swamp dogs. This debut has got hardship all over it; face down in shit and ready to fight just about sums it up.

Its sound is huge and the riffs – the riffs roll and play like old Van Halen and perspire dirty like Black Oak Arkansas. Wiebe’s vocal performance is greasy like backwoods barbecue on the bayou.

According to the band, the songs they’ve been writing lately are more “rock,” moving away from the ubiquitous – and frankly, unimaginative – breakdown sessions that appear on five of the seven tracks on Can’t Get Right.

Meanwhile, songs like Hellcaholic and Swamp King keep the riffs snarled and tangled, skipping the easy temptation of max-out-the-mosh breakdowns.

Bands like Spitfire, Every Time I Die and Down are easy references for anyone unfamiliar with Fame. But don’t worry about comparisons – all you need to do is be sure to wreck your neck the next time you see this ambitious quartet.

Mastered by Alan Douches, whose final touch credits include Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon, the band hopes Can’t Get Right will be a calling card for larger labels.

“We want someone to spend some money on us for once,” Wiebe said with a laugh.
- Uniter Magazine


Discography

"WASTER" album releases March 15th, 2019

"GRIP OF THE HAND" album released May 13th, 2014

"THUNDER PIT" album released on October 11, 2011.

"ROCKET RIDER" single released September 23, 2011. Has received radio airplay across Canada, and been featured in heavy rotation on MuchLoud television.



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Bio

Since forming in 2010, WASTER have logged countless hours on the road back and forth across Canada—playing venues big and small. Their dedication to the road has garnered the band national tours with 3 Inches of Blood, Cancer Bats, This is Hell, Barn Burner and The Flatliners. The band’s 2012 release ‘THUNDER PIT’ received heavy rotation on Much Music Loud and their 2014 release ‘GRIP OF THE HAND’ debuted in the top 10 on the iTunes metal charts, further cementing the band as a staple in Canada’s diverse heavy music scene.


Waster’s third album, entitled ‘WASTER’, is set to release March 15th, 2019 and was produced by Jordan Voth (Comeback Kid). The new album features 10 brand new songs—from the straight ahead headbanger ‘Agony’, to the more diverse and pummelling excursions like ‘Fury & Thunder’. The album features a special guest appearance from Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid and Sights & Sounds fame on the song ‘Rumination’—a track finely balanced between the experimental and no-nonsense approach that the band has become well known for. 2019 promises to be a busy year for the band as they continue to show audiences and fans why Exclaim! heralded the act as “The Great Northern Trendkill, Canada’s Pantera”.