Vancouver Island band up against Metallica, Slipknot for Grammy award

Vancouver Island band up against Metallica, Slipknot for Grammy award
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A metal band from humble Vancouver Island has been nominated for a 2024 Grammy award.

Relative newcomer Spiritbox has been nominated for Best Metal Performance of the year for its song, Jaded.

It’s among heavy hitters like Slipknot and Metallica for the award, as well as Swedish rock band Ghost and American heavy metal band Disturbed.

Spiritbox formed on Vancouver Island in 2017 and amassed more than 66 million streams before they even released their first album, LP Eternal Blue, in 2021, according to the band’s website.

Once Eternal Blue dropped, it reached #1 on the U.S. and Canadian Rock and Hard Rock charts and made its way to #13 on the Billboard 200 at the time.

The album also broke the Australian rock chart’s top 10 list, and the top 20 list in the U.K. and Germany when it released, the band says.

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The band says it gets its namesake, “Spiritbox” from a device that some people believe can be used to communicate with the dead.

“The experimental aspect of our music is a key part of Spiritbox,” said vocalist Courtney LaPlante, who started the band with her husband, guitarist Michael Stringer, on Vancouver Island.

“We’re very open with our approach, and in some ways, we’re still figuring ourselves out,” she said about the band’s history on its website.

“All we do is make the music we feel compelled to create – there’s no grand plan here. We go with our feelings; if I’m pissed-off or I’m mad, we run with that and see what happens,” said LaPlante.

Drummer Zev Rose and bassist Josh Gilbert round out the rest of the four-person band.

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Range of Canadian nominees

Spiritbox is among other high profile Canadian musicians that are nominated for a Grammy.

Popular rapper Drake is among the Canadian nominees, as well as folk icon Joni Mitchell.

Toronto DJ Deadmau5 is also on the list, as well as singer-songwriter Allison Russell.

A full list of 2024 Grammy award nominees can be found on the organization’s website.

Final voting for the awards takes place on Dec. 14, 2023, to Jan. 4, 2024, with the winners being announced at a ceremony on Feb. 4.

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With files from the Canadian Press.

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