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Unleash the Archers is a Canadian heavy metal band from Victoria, BC. They are currently signed with Napalm Records. The band is notable for its Creator Couple Brittney Slayes and Drummer Scott Buchanan, their rotating bandmates, as well as its unique take on Power Metal using some death metal elements with growls.

They primarily toured Canada up and down throughout the early 2010s, and finally broke into prominence primarily on the heels of their Time Stands Still album, and followed it up with the Concept Album Apex, about a terrible Matriarch who summons an immortal to do her bidding.

    Line Up 

Line Up

  • Current
    • Brittney Hayes (a.k.a. Brittney Slayes) – clean vocals (2007–present)
    • Scott Buchanan – drums (2007–present)
    • Grant Truesdell – guitars, unclean vocals (2011–present)
    • Andrew Kingsley – guitars, unclean vocals (2013–present)


  • Mike Selman – guitars (2007–2011)
  • Zahk Hedstrom – bass (2007–2012)
  • Brad Kennedy – bass (2012–2013)
  • Brayden Dyczkowski – guitars, unclean vocals (2007–2013)
  • Kyle Sheppard – bass (2014–2016)
  • Nikko Whitworth – bass (2016–2018)
  • Nick Miller – bass (2018–2020)



  • Unleash The Archers - Demo (2008)
  • Behold the Devastation (2009)
  • Demons of the AstroWaste (2011)
  • Defy The Skies - EP (2012)
  • Dreamcrusher - Demo (2014)
  • Time Stands Still (2015)
  • Apex (2017)
  • Explorers - EP (2019)
  • Abyss (2021)



  • 2011: "Dawn of Ages"
  • 2012: "General of the Dark Army"
  • 2015: "Tonight We Ride"
  • 2015: "Test Your Metal"
  • 2016: "Time Stands Still"
  • 2017: "Cleanse the Bloodlines"
  • 2017: "Awakening"
  • 2020: "Abyss"
  • 2020: "Soulbound"

Unleash the Archers' music provide examples of:

  • All Are Equal in Death: The symbolism of the video for "Faster than Light". The band members have a Mundane Made Awesome race on a running track... except the judge starts killing them with the starting pistol. First one member trips and is shot, then another member runs out of breath, bang! The third man jumps the fence to run away after passing one of the corpses on his next lap and is shot In the Back. Brittney crosses the finish line and gets in a car to leave... only to have the judge lean over the back of the passenger seat and shoot her as well.
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  • Big Bad: The Matriarch is this in Apex.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: It stars in the video for Dawn of Ages, where it kidnaps the band one by one... only to reveal it's a huge fan, and wants to see them play.
  • Careful with That Axe: Brittney is usually good for one really good powerful belt to start most of their singles.
  • Concept Album: Apex is the most obvious one, though many of their post-2011 releases are structured so eerily like one you could almost make the story yourself.
    • Abyss will continue the story from Apex with a massive Time Skip.
  • Contralto of Danger: Brittney's singing voice is fairly deep.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: In the video for "Northwest Passage", Brittney finds the tombstone of her male bandmates in one of the alternate timelines she jumps through. At the end of the song she pulls a Kill and Replace on her own counterpart and takes that Brittney's place onstage.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Ten Thousand Against One", the singer calls out the subject for sending out soldiers to fight a war for his selfish interests.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their early stuff has more emphasis on Brittney's voice and on the drums, with relatively simple guitar and bass work. Time Stands Still and Apex comparatively are much more epic in sonic scale.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: "Faster than Light" depicts the Immortal doing, well, what it says in the title.
  • Gender Flip: There's a minor running joke in the band's fandom that Brittany is Ronnie James Dio's daughter, based on her vocal performance.
  • Genre Shift:
  • Harsh Vocals: Andrew and Grant.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In "Cleanse the Bloodlines", the Matriarch commands the Immortal to slay her sons. She's doing it to slake her bloodlust, but the succeeding songs show the sons aren't terribly good people either.
  • Kill and Replace: One Alternate Timeline version of Brittney does this to another timeline's version at the end of the video for the "Northwest Passage" cover.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch:
    • The video for the Cover Version of "Northwest Passage", which is about the speaker traveling across Canada and reminiscing about the daring deeds of European explorers, depicts Brittney jumping through a series of alternate timelines and encountering different versions of herself and her bandmates. She finally fatally pushes one version down a flight of stairs at a music venue and takes her place onstage.
    • The video of "Faster than Light" does this as an intentional joke: the lyrics are about the Immortal traveling faster than light to escape the Matriarch, but the video depicts the band having a Mundane Made Awesome race on a running track.
  • Male Band, Female Singer: Brittney is on record as disliking the term "female-fronted metal" because it doesn't actually tell you very much about what genre a band belongs to or what it might sound like.
  • Metal Scream: Brittney, Grant, and Andrew. There are plenty of examples, but they all get a solid one in during the intro of "Tonight We Ride."
  • Offing the Offspring: In "Cleanse the Bloodlines", the Matriarch tells the Immortal about how she plans to kill her sons to maintain her own immortality. We also see this in the music video.
  • One-Man Army: The Immortal in "Ten Thousand Against One". It's in the title.
  • Power Metal: A notable North American example.
  • Revolving Door Band: The only consistent members are Brittney and Scott.
  • Sequel: Abyss continues the Immortal's story from Apex, the first time the band has done this.
  • Shout-Out: The music video for "Tonight We Ride" heavily references The Mad Max Franchise.
  • Soprano and Gravel: An unusual example for Power Metal: in contrast to bands like Nightwish, Brittney is a contralto and sings in a decidedly non-operatic register. They accent this with Harsh Vocals from her male bandmates.
  • Stage Names: Brittney's real last name is Hayes.
  • Stock Footage: The lyric video for "Ten Thousand Against One" uses footage of US military exercises, including multiple shots of an A-10 Warthog.
  • Tired of Running: Over the course of "Faster than Light" the Immortal comes to the realization he'll never escape the Matriarch. In the next song, "The Wind that Shapes the Land", he turns and fights. And wins.
  • Title Track
    • Apex
    • Time Stands Still
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: These songs state the horrible deeds of the individuals in their respective album.
    • The Matriarch
    • General of the Dark Army
  • Trash Can Band: The end of the Dawn of Ages video has the band playing the song on whatever they could get their hands on to play for Bigfoot.
  • Vicious Cycle: Dawn of Ages discusses the terrible cycle of destruction created by a magic sword that was intended to bring a land to everlasting peace.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The video for "Faster than Light" is a parody of Stephen King's The Long Walk.


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