Somewhere between sheer, apocalyptic heaviness and precise riffing, lays otherworldly Anciients—a Vancouver-based rock juggernaut forging crushing heavy metal evocative of veterans High on Fire and contemporary sonic craftsmen, Opeth.
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 Anciients released its self-titled EP in 2011.
They released their critically acclaimed debut full length Heart of Oak through French Label Season of Mist in 2013, which landed them on North American tours with the likes of, Lamb of God, Decapitated, The Death to All Reunion, and Tesseract just to name a few. The band also toured Europe with ASG, and were invited to play at the legendary RoadBurn Fest in 2014.The album was nominated for a Juno award (the equivalent to a Canadian Grammy) and was also nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.
With their latest album, Voice of the Void, ANCIIENTS have remarkably honed their composition skills and moved further into their very own musical territory, which makes it considerably harder to just liken this band to kindred spirits such as MASTODON, KYLESA, BARONESS, THE SWORD, and HIGH ON FIRE and happily drop them into the same box without second thought. Those amazing vocal duels between grim growling and clean singing, which have been brought to perfection, would alone support the constant tension and high dynamics of this record. Yet of course, a barrage of crunchy riffs as their instrumental counterpart maintains the proper balance.
The band have recently replaced guitarist Chris Dyck with Brock McInnes, who has proved to be a great fit with the band on recent tours with Intronaut, and Goatwhore.