Bison (formerly Bison B.C.) is a heavy metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Formed in 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by vocalist and guitarist James Farwell. The band was formerly signed to California-based Metal Blade Records The band was released from its contract with Metal Blade Records in February 2013.

There has been some confusion over what the band’s official name actually is. They signed to Metal Blade Records under the name Bison B.C. The name change was done to avoid any confusion with other bands of the same or a similar name.

In an interview with, Bison B.C. guitarist Dan And gave their reason behind adding “B.C.” to the name stating, “The “BC” doesn’t actually stand for any one particular thing. In fact we chose it because it could be interpreted in a few different ways. After a couple years as a band we discovered that there were a few other bands with the same name but of completely different musical styles. After some friends of ours experienced a horror show of legal trouble simply because of a name dispute we decided to cover our asses just in case.” The band have officially changed their name back to Bison with the 2014 release of the One Thousand Needles EP.

  • James Farwell – guitar, vocals (2006–present)
  • Dan And – guitar, vocals (2006–present)
  • Matt Wood – drums (2011–present)
  • Shane Clark – bass (2015–present)

From end to end this debut album features some of the most abrasive, sludgy heavy metal out there and is highly recommended for anyone looking for a modern metal beat down with an old school vibe-Metal Underground

Latest News

No List Records is pleased to announce that they will re-issue Bison’s classic Earthbound EP on CD and vinyl. The album was originally released in 2007 but is now set to be re-released on April 20th 2018 to coincide with their spring European tour.

Earthbound will be available for the first time ever on vinyl and  is limited to 666 copies.

Pre-order’s are available at

 BISON 2007 line-up

Brad McKinnon-Drums
Dan And-Vocals and guitars
James Farwell-Vocals and guitars 
Masa Anzai-Bass guitar

Recorded in March 2007 at The Hive Creative Labs in March 2007 by Jesse Gander.

Tour dates:

March 30 – Vancouver – Rickshaw 
March 31 – Victoria – Capitol Ballroom
April 21  •GER, Leipzig, Doom over Leipzig* •
April 22 • NL, Tilburg, Roadburn Festival •
April 23 • DK, Copenhagen, Beta •
April 24 • SWE, Linköping, tba •
April 25 • DK, Oslo, Revolver •
April 26 • SWE, Stockholm, Kraken •
April 27 • SWE, Jönköping, Sofiehof Underjord •
April 28 • GER, Hamburg, Droneburg Festival •
April 29 • NL, Utrecht, Dbs •
April 30 • GER, Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte •
May 01 • GER, Wiesbaden, Schlachthof •
May 02 • BE, Brussel, Magasin 4 •
May 3 • CH, Bulle, Ebulition •
May 4 • CH, Porrentruy, Galerie du Sauvage •
May 5 • FR, Paris, L´escape B •
May 6 • UK, London, Desertfest •
May 8 • CZ, Prague, Underdog´s •
May 9 • AT, Vienna, Viper Room •
May 10 • CR, Zagreb, Vintage Industrial •
May 11 • RO, Cluij, Hard Club •
May 12 • RO, Craiova, tba •
May 13 • RO, Bukarest, Control Club •
May 14 • HU, Budapest, Robot •
May 15 • PL, Cracow, Alchemia •
May 16 • PL, Warsaw, Hydrozagadka •
May 18 • GER, Kiel, Alte Meierei •
May 19 • GER, Berlin, Pelagic Fest •

BISON – Earthbound

BISON – Stressed Elephant

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Band location – Surrey/Courtenay/Winnipeg Canada

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