By: Curtis Dewar
Despite the bad rep we have for being the home of Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Celine Dionne, we Canucks actually have a shit ton of great bands. From classic rock icons like Neil Young and The Guess Who to heavy metal legends like Voivod, Helix, Rush and Strapping Young Lad, there is no shortage of great music from the land of the great white north. For this Canada Day I've come up with a list of five of my favourite Canadian albums for you to rock out to. These are in no particular order. Crank em up and let me know if you enjoy:
Loverboy – “Big Ones”
Are they metal or are they rock? Who knows and who cares. While the band probably fits more into the AOR/Hard rock label than metal per se, they still have a ton of classic songs. Who hasn't rocked out at some point to tracks like "Working For the Weekend", "Hot Girls in Love" or "Lovin Every Minute of It"? No one.
Cauldron – “Burning Fortune”
Cauldron are one of those bands that people seem to love or hate. The band's blend of trad metal with thrash pays homage to the 80's while also sounding fresh at the same time. While it's tough to pick just one of their album's I'd probably say that “Burning Fortune" is probably my favorite overall, beating "Into the Cauldron" by a hair.
Skid Row – “Skid Row”
Before anyone pipes up-Yes I know Skid Row is technically from
, but Sebastian Bach is Canadian,
so fuck you I'm counting it. While the band is commonly lumped in with glam
metal, the fact is that Skid Row always leaned more towards the heavy
side of things. The band's debut album is a beast and one of the best heavy
meta albums of all times with classics like "Big Guns", "Sweet
Little Sister", "18 and
Life" and "Youth Gone
Wild". New Jersey
Goat Horn – “Threatening Force”
Vastly underrated band that features Jason Decay pre-Cauldron. While the band isn't too far off stylistically from what Jason did later in Cauldron, the band made a ton of great songs before eventually splitting up. Recommended tracks "Threatening Force" and "Right Heavy Metal".
Mitochondrion – “Parasignosis”
Awesome blackened death metal band from
While it's not exactly music to party to, you can't deny that this is one of the
best extreme metal albums of the last 10 years. Vancouver