Heavy Metal Canada Day, eh? The throwback edition

Hellbound.ca wishes you a heavy Canada Day, eh!

Here at Hellbound it’s been our practice to honour our Canadian origins with regular celebrations of Canadian heavy metal. We do this every year’s end with our top Canadian albums lists, but we also do this every July 1, Canada Day, when we Canucks celebrate our nation’s birthday. This year’s post is, in part, a look back at much of the Canadian metal we have celebrated in the past, but it’s also a glimpse of some of the Canadian history you can find in Canadian metal.

Canadian metal favourites according to Hellbound

Favourite Canadian metal album (2009):

This list was too open for much consensus, but the artist named the most often was… VOIVOD.

Staff Picks: Favourite Canadian Metal Albums

Favourite Rush song (2010):

Winner: “2112

Runner up: “Subdivisions

Staff/Guest Picks: Favourite Rush Song of All-Time

Favourite Rush album (2010):

Winner: Moving Pictures

Runner Up: A Farewell to Kings and 2112 (tie)

Staff/Guest Picks: Favourite Rush Album Of All Time

Favourite Canadian metal songs (2011):

As with our favourite Canadian metal albums, this list produced a wide range of selections. The winner, by a slight margin, was…

Anvil – “Metal on Metal”

Staff Picks: Favourite Canadian Metal Songs

Best Canadian metal album of 2012:

Mares of Thrace – The Pilgrimage


Best Canadian album of 2013:

Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season of Mist)


Best Canadian metal albums from years ending in “4”:

Rush – Rush (1974)

Voivod – War & Pain (1984)

Cryptopsy – Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994)

Woods of Ypres – Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth (2004)

Archspire – The Lucid Collective (2014) … as of July 1 list, or, Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise (2014) … as of Dec 31 list

Canada Day 2014: Best Canadian metal from years ending in ‘4…

Hellbound’s best of 2014: our Canadian metal top 10

Some Canadian albums we appreciated in 2015:

Abyss – Heretical Anatomy

Adrenochrome – Tales from Adrenechrome

Norilsk – The Idea of North

Sea Witch – The Blackened Sea

Vile Creature – A Steady Descent Into The Soil

Canuck Metal You Don’t Wanna Miss: the best Canadian metal of 2015

10 Great Canadian Albums You May Have Missed in 2015

Best Canadian metal albums of 2016:

Winner: Anciients – Voice of the Void

Runner up: Blood Ceremony – Lord of Misrule


But there’s more.

This year Canada, as a political entity, turns 150. It’s a nice round number but doesn’t, of course, encapsulate the history of human activity on these lands and, clearly, fails to honour the peoples here long before European colonization. We can’t correct this with a simple post on a metal site, but we can draw attention to where Canadian metal has tried to engage with the history of this land and the political institutions that have been erected upon it.

Ahna – “Colony”

“From across the sea / He finds a land to claim his own…”


Longhouse – “No Name, No Marker”

“No mark where we lay / Our names not engraved / But not forgotten”


Forteresse / Chasse-Galerie / Monarque / Csejthe – Légendes


Forteresse / Chasse-Galerie / Monarque / Csejthe – Légendes 7"

Happy Canada Day. Let’s celebrate what’s great about this country, but let’s also remember that it hasn’t been great here for everyone. And, while we’re at it, why not imagine how Canada could be even better.

Laura is associate editor of Hellbound.ca and co-host of weekly metal show Kill Eat Exploit the Weak on CFMU 93.3 FM. She loves doom, prog, cats and basketball, believes in equity and social justice and is not cool with any form of discrimination, marginalization, harassment or oppression.