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The story

The Animal Warfare Act is a horror metal band, originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, and now based in Toronto.

 

The band was started in 2018 as a solo project, by then 19-year-old vocalist and guitarist Manus ‘Hopskotch’ Hopkins.. Hopskotch had been a somewhat prominent member of the Yukon’s music scene for several years as part of teenage hardcore group Warrmauth. Because of his connections in the community, The Animal Warfare Act started getting offered shows before it was even a real band. 

 

After recruiting younger brother Cormac ‘Corndog’ Hopkins  as the band's drummer, the two brought The Animal Warfare Act from a hobby project into a legitimate band, eventually recording and releasing debut album The Doomsday Tapes in 2020, following it up with another, titled Please Don’t Feed the Animals in 2022.

 

In the fall of 2021, the brothers packed up a van and moved to Toronto, where they began gigging in the local circuit and surrounding areas. In 2023, The Animal Warfare Act signed with North Gold Entertainment and released a new single, “Another Prayer,” the first song off their upcoming 2024 EP. 

 

The Animal Warfare Act has become known in southern Ontario for over-the-top theatrical live performances and music that’s as catchy as it is heavy. Already garnering a dedicated cult following in their now-home city, there’s only one direction The Animal Warfare Act can go from here: up.

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The story goes that The Animal Warfare Act was created as a military initiative, with animals being genetically modified for combat. Their brains were fused with AI technology, which eventually led them to turn on humanity and eliminate the overgrown and destructive species. Soon, the world will recover from the catastrophic damage humans inflicted on it, as prophesized by The Animal Warfare Act through the group’s vicious music. 

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