Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Tech-Death

Happy Canada day everyone! We Canadians take this day (July 1st) to celebrate the union of three separate colonies into the country we now live in. This day was formerly called Dominion day and happens on the anniversary of the Constitution Act in 1867! This is an exciting day for us, and I wanted to take a moment to put a bit of a spotlight on one of the great aspects of my country: our tech death scene. Here is a quick guide to some Canadian tech-death, which is designed as a quick crash course for everyone who is brand new to the wide world of Canadian tech.

Beyond Creation

From Canada’s metal capital, Montréal, Beyond Creation were formed in 2005 and has released two full length albums as of yet. They are currently active and are comprised of members Simon Girard, Kévin Chartré, Philippe Boucher and Hugo Doyon-Karout. Their latest album was released in 2014. This is one of the more well known bands in our tech death scene, and along with Cryptopsy and Gorguts, are some of Canada’s most important tech-death bands.


Formed in 1989, Gorguts is another Québécois band, although they are from Sherbrooke and not Montréal. They took a brief hiatus from 2005 to 2008, but are currently active. Current members are Luc Lemay, Kevin Hufnagel, Colin Marston and Patrice Hamelin, though Lemay is the only original member still present. They’ve released six albums to date.


Cryptopsy is one of the more well known Canadian tech-death bands. They were formed in 1988 and are from the metal capital of Canada: Montréal. They’ve released nine albums to date and are active at present time. Cryptopsy have gone through many lineup changes but currently are comprised of members Flo Mounier, Christian Donaldson, Matt McGachy and Olivier Pinard.


Formed in 1994, Neuraxis is another band coming from Montréal. They have released six albums, with the latest having been released in 2011. Members include Robin Milley, Alex Leblanc, Olivier Pinard and Oli Beaudoin.


Killitorous is a band from Ottawa (the capital of Canada). They are known for the comedic themes that accompany their music. They were formed in 2006, but did not release their debut album, Party, Grind, until 2014. They are currently comprised of members Youri Raymond, Aaron Homma, Eric Morotti, Nick Miller and Mathieu Dhani, although Aaron Homma is the only remaining original member.


All the way from the west coast of Canada, Archspire is a 5-man band from Vancouver, consisting of Spencer Prewett, Tobi Morelli, Dean Lamb, Oli Peters and Jared Smith. The band has released two full length albums, the latest of which was released in 2014. They formed in 2007, originally under the name Defenestrated, but assumed the name Archspire in 2009 and continue to be active with no changes at time of writing.

First Fragment

First Fragment stands out among Canadian tech death bands due to their recent lyrics being totally in French. The band is from Longueuil, Québec and is made up of Gabriel Brault-Pilon, Philippe Tougas, David Alexandre Brault-Pilon, Vincent Savary and Samuel Santiago. They were, in fact, the first Canadian tech death band in history to sing in French and be signed to an American label, which is good news for French speaking Canadians aspiring to make music in their first language. The band has released two demos, an EP, and as of this year, a full length album entitled Dasein.


Bookakee is from Montréal (big surprise), and was formed in 2007. The band is made up of Jo David, Simon-Pierre Gagnon, Mat Paré, Phil Langelier and Jean-Philippe Bouchard. They are currently not signed and have released one EP (2011) and one full length album in 2013, entitled Whorrific.

If you’re looking to venture into the vast world of Canadian tech-death, hopefully this quick overview of our most important bands will get you started on the right track. Thanks for reading, and happy Canada day!


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