Widow’s Peak thrashing through Canada

Widow’s Peak will play at Better Than Fred’s at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 as part of its Crusty Cross Canada Cruise. Tickets are $10 at the door. Courtesy of Widow's Peak

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A Calgary-based band with local roots is playing niche technical death metal during its Crusty Cross Canada Cruise this August and September.

Widow’s Peak will make its local stop on its national tour 8 p.m. Sunday evening at Better Than Fred’s. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Lead guitarist Chris McCrimmon stated that while the band had done their “Release the Grease” tour of Western Canada in 2018, this year would be their first national excursion.

“When we played Grande Prairie last year, it was a little out of the way of our tour,” McCrimmon said, who spent his teens in the Swan City.

“But I told every(one) that Grande Prairie was such a good place to the band and all that, that it was really worth a special trip for and, of course, we just love it so we’re heading back.”

McCrimmon was originally born near Fort Nelson, B.C. He then moved to the Grande Prairie area when he was around 12 years old and later left for Calgary at 19.

“It was cool to kind of see the music scene start to develop,” McCrimmon said.

“Specifically within metal, I felt like it was young kids who really developed the music scene because there really wasn’t much else going on,” he added. “Suddenly, you had 16 (and) 15-year-old kids who were going out and renting out the Legion and trying to put something together where there wasn’t anything.”

McCrimmon had played bass in Grande Prairie-band Arrival of Autumn before heading to Calgary with his wife for various reasons, including starting a new band.

Widow’s Peak itself began in 2016. McCrimmon noted that the band was originally supposed to have more choreography but is relying on the music to carry them for now due to one band member having issues with his leg.

The lead guitarist expressed his eagerness to revisit Grande Prairie, largely due to the welcoming music community that he grew up with.

“They’re just lovely people and they always make people feel at home, whether I grew up in Grande Prairie or if it’s some other band coming through Grande Prairie for the first time,” McCrimmon said. “That community’s really starting to develop.”

Forging a love of metal

McCrimmon first got into music as an excuse to properly bond with his father who played guitar. He described music as a “guaranteed way” to get this one-on-one quality time in a house with four children.

“When I got a little older, I started getting into metal mostly because I was impressed with the technicality of it,” McCrimmon said.

“I’m kind of an obsessive personality, so it really drew me in,” he added. “It was something you could be so committed to and really just keep pushing and stuff like that. It was never an emotional release kind of thing. I was just interested in it.”

Widow’s Peak specializes in technical death metal, which McCrimmon defined as a more compact and technically challenging than typical death metal.

McCrimmon warned that the technical death metal wasn’t for everyone, describing it as “really loud, really heavy.”

“It’s probably an acquired taste,” he said. “It probably has a lot to do with being pretty moody in your teen years.”

“I know Grande Prairie, last time I was there, there was still no Hot Topic, so you got to buy a guitar and be angry with that instead,” he added.

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