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The Great Northern Scenekill

by Senate

Canadian melodic Thrash band with black/death and progressive influences.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Thrash/Speed Metal
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1. Intro
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2. Victorious Hatred
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3. Queen Of Sorrow
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4. A War Without End, Amen...
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5. Crucifixer
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6. Anti!
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7. Recommit Rising
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8. Whispers
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9. Draconis
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Since forming in 2003, SENATE has established itself as a dominant force in Canadian Metal.

SENATE are leaders of a growing pack of young, talented heavyweights to emerge from a suddenly thriving Canadian metal scene, ready to bear the flag and carry it into the future on a global scale.

All veterans of the Canadian Metal scene, SENATE's 5 members- Matt Di Franco (Vocals), Jay Siebert (Lead Guitar), Jay Hudson (Rhythm Guitar), Keith Gillam (Bass) and Pat Hamelin (Drums) possess the talent, experience, vision and creative fire required to create and execute such vicious demanding music.

SENATE combine Thrash, Black Metal, Melodic and Progressive Metal to forge an ultra-aggressive, hook- laden style of their own.

On Dec 17 2006, SENATE independently released its full length debut album 'The Great Northern Scenekill'. The (self-financed) record was recorded at Silo Studio in Hamilton, ON with Producer Julius "Juice" Butty (Alexisonfire, Protest The Hero, Cancer Bats).

The album was mastered at Antfarm Studios in Denmark by Tue Madsen (Rob Halford, Lamb Of God, The Haunted).

The album contains eight sonic slabs of masterfully executed metal. No quantizing or sound replacement was used in the creation of 'The Great Northern Scenekill'.

In June, 2009 SENATE will return to the Silo with Julius Butty once again at the helm to record a new EP, entitled "In The Kingdom Of Gods". The EP will contain 4 new songs. The band hopes to tour the remainder of 2009 and in early 2010, record its full-length follow-up to 2006 "The Great Northern Scenekill".

Senate has been featured in several magazines including 'Metal Maniacs', 'Unrestrained!', and 'Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles' who named 'The Great Northern Scenekill' as one of the top 3 independent albums of 2007.

Senate has also received generous amounts of airplay on several internet and college radio stations, as well as extensive coverage in many webzines across the world.

Matt Di Franco- Vocals
Jay Siebert- Lead Guitar
Jay Hudson- Rhythm Guitar
Patrice Hamelin- Drums
Keith Gillam- Bass Guitar

Nov 2005- The Queen Of Sorrow (EP)
Dec 2006- The Great Northern Scenekill (LP)
June 2009- In The Kingdom Of Gods (EP)

SENATE is currently number 4 in Canada on the Thrash Metal charts, and number 7 on the Death Metal charts (April 23rd, 2009)

'Queen Of Sorrow' is receiving internet radio play on several stations and sites such as Audio Aggression (NYC), Metal Rage Radio (Detroit, MI), The Killswitch Stream (Seattle,WA), KWTF,PURE ROCK RADIO and ALL AROUND RADIO (, Pure Grain Radio (Toronto, ON), Hard Beyond Driven (CKRG 89.9FM Toronto, ON).

SENATE has been number one on Hamilton college radio (Feb 6-Feb 20, 2007):



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Review by Aaron Small (Brave Words& Bloody Knuckles) - July 2007
"Don't be fooled by the jazzy instrumental intro. Senate erupt into an infuriated killing machine on 'Victorious Hatred', a song that instantly gets stuck in your head.

Combining elements of Black and Thrash metal with melodic hooks, these Canadians managed to tap the highly respected Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Witchery) to master this nine song sonic warhead. Arch Enemy is an apt starting point, simply for comparison's sake, however Senate quickly carve out their own bold niche.

Instinctively angry, the entire band possesses stealth-like precision, from battering blast beats to shredding dual guitars and skin-peeling vocals.

Believe in Senate!


Review by David Brenner- September 2007 Metal Maniacs
Genre-bending in the Canadian post-death fashion is the name of the game for this outfit, as the relentless debut full length implies. They've had all kinds of professional producers and studio guys to help 'em attain the perfection they desired, but even if this one bore a more unprofessional sound, the songs speak for themselves. Lifting the Swedish thrash template of At The Gates and Carnal Forge-style speed attacks and cyber-tech pummeling techniques a la Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad and Textures are intertwined to create a crushing, high-octane, pit-monger of a release. Could fit well on a death metal tour, metalcore festival or anything in between. I suspect bigger things are in the works... - Dave Brenner, Firing Squad column, Metal Maniacs, Sept 2007 issue


Review from Exclaim! Magazine, December 2007
The Great Northern Scenekill
By Jill Mikkelson

It is a rare feat for a band to release a record that sounds this good, not only musically but especially production-wise, without the connections and cash that come with signing to a label. With members from Threat Signal and Martyr, and hailing from both Ontario and Quebec, the hidden gem that is The Great Northern Scenekill offers an invigorating twist in the ever-eclectic Canadian underground. Senate draw influence from the European melody meets thrash stylising of bands like Darkane but incorporate a distinct North American edge along the lines of the Black Dahlia Murder, without the pseudo-black metal and tendency towards generics. Though some songs are needlessly long, the repetition isn't mind numbing simply because it offers you another chance to absorb the awesome. Having already attracted a decent amount of hype from Canadian metal magazines, as well as a good deal of attention on their myspace page, it's only a matter of time before they take their place alongside Canada's other world class metal acts. (Independent)