EP Review: False Flag – Nest of Vipers (Independent)- That Metal Station

The press release lauds Calgary’s False Flag as the Canadian answer to Meshuggah and, while there are certainly elements of those Swedish juggernauts in the mix, I wouldn’t quite go that far. In fact, labeling them as a “Meshuggah clone” actually does the band a disservice as they are certainly their own beast entirely. They have a lot of modern metalcore influences (think along the lines of The Acacia Strain), and I certainly hear some faint echoes of Machine Head in there, but they are taking it in their own unique direction. Vocalist Russ Gauthier mixes things up quite a bit with a wide range of vocal styles – from death metal growls, to hardcore screams, to straight up clean singing – and he pulls each one off extremely well. It’s like having multiple vocalists in the band and it certainly is a welcome breath of fresh air in a genre where most vocalists have one just one gear. I’m also quite fond of the guitar work, especially in terms of the composition of the lead guitar work. It’s not gonna blow you away like Rings of Saturn or anything like that, but guitarists Mike Harach and the aforementioned Gauthier definitely take their time to carefully craft every phrase and note. The solos are like mini-songs within songs, especially as evidenced in the closing solo on track 3, “Reversion of Sin”, and I just love when bands take the time and care to do shit like that as it just adds so much more to the overall impact of the music. The main riff of track 2, “Perfidious” is worth the price of admission alone with its gnarly use of harmonics. The best track of the 4 found here is definitely the closing title track where the band really lets it all hang out with multiple tempos shifts and a go-for-the-throat attitude. These guys don’t just write riffs, they craft songs and that’s the best compliment I can give any band. I look forward to hearing a full length from these guys as if they can keep up this kind of quality over the course of a full album then they will definitely be a forced to be reckoned with on the metal scene.


Calgary’s Groove Metallers FALSE FLAG Set To Release ‘Nest of Vipers’ EP + Western Canada Tour Dates (July 2015)

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Calgary’s Groove Metallers FALSE FLAG Set To Release ‘Nest of Vipers’ EP + Western Canada Tour Dates (July 2015)

Top (left to right): Mike Harach (Guitar), Dan Ishak (Bass), Russ Gauthier (Guitar/vocals), and John Byskal (Drums)

Photo credit: Channing Peterson

     It’s coming…. ‘Nest of Vipers’,  the third release from Calgary’s False Flag, and this time they are taking it on the road. Their signature bottom end sound is mastered by Alan Sasha Laskow at Perfect Fifth (Every Hour Kills, Divinity, Death Toll Rising, and Titan’s Eve) and their new EP is slated to be available Tuesday, August 4, 2015 and can be pre-ordered at the following link HERE. The group is travelling across the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan to hit 6 different cities (dates listed below).

“We are very excited to share our new EP “Nest Of Vipers” with our fans and peers, but especially the…

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Metal Riot Helping Us Announce Our New Album & Tour


Calgary groove metallers False Flag have big things in the works.

They are ramping up to do a tour in July entitled the ‘Nest of Vipers’ tour.

Afterwards, the band is scheduled to drop their third EP Nest of Vipers on August 4.

Check out tour dates here.

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False Flag Releasing Nest of Vipers, Upcoming Live Dates

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NEWS: Calgary’s Groove Metallers FALSE FLAG Western Canada Tour Dates + ‘Nest of Vipers’ EP Due Out Aug 4th

It’s official! We are going on our and release a brand new EP for all of you. read this for more details

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“In their punishing debut, Calgary metal trio False Flag skirt between multiple sub-genres while never fully committing to one. As such, they’ve created something original and crushing that is never cliché.” – Sarah Kitteringham, BeatRoute

Calgary’s Groove Metallers FALSE FLAG Set To Release ‘Nest of Vipers’ EP + Western Canada Tour Dates (July 2015)

Top (left to right): Mike Harach (Guitar), Dan Ishak (Bass), Russ Gauthier (Guitar/vocals), and John Byskal (Drums)

Photo credit: Channing Peterson

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