The holiday season is in full swing, and tomorrow is what I'm calling the first day of our holiday concert season at The Sault Metal Scene, with at least nine metal/hard rock concerts confirmed through the end of 2010, and that doesn't even count some additional metal shows that promoter Rich Moreland has yet to officially confirm! Because of the amount and consistent stretch of shows, I'm breaking them up a tiny bit by previewing tomorrow's concerts ONLY tonight, with more to come on or around Friday. So we'll get to that soon, but first, here are some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!
We'll go in chronological order, starting with the long awaited local return of Sault Michigan hard rockers Elipzis! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is their first local concert set since July's Kewadin Casino 25th Anniversary Summer Festival! After five months of shows all over Michigan, they're back home for a New Year's Eve concert at The Corner Pub Bar & Grill! A 7:00 PM start time is announced, and they'll be rocking well into 2011 at this concert, taking place one week from Friday! No cover charge has been announced, and given that this is a bar, you must be 21 to enter. It's great to see Elipzis back in town one more time to cap off the year, and I can safely say after finally seeing them live that they'll rock the house with their energetic brand of music! For more information, visit the above links and the official Facebook event page! Also, if you guys are Pop Evil fans and don't mind travelling, Elipzis will be supporting Pop Evil at a show in Traverse City on January 21st, get more details on it at this location! Stay tuned for more from Elipzis as I hear it!
The other new show involves a local hard rock musician's return to The Big Cheese in Heyden, just outside of Sault Ontario! That musician is Tym Morrison, who brings his acoustic solo project back there after quite a long hiatus from shows at that concert spot. The last one I can remember was in December 2009, so this has been a long time coming! He's confirmed for a show there on January 7th, with a 10:00 PM start time and a likely 19+ age limit, so if you live in the Heyden area, circle that on your calendars! But that doesn't appear to be all, as the Facebook event page hypes that Tym will be at The Big Cheese "every Friday". Additional dates after January 7th haven't been announced yet, but if this holds, he'll be there every Friday on a similar arrangement to his weekly Sunday night shows at Foggy Notions. It's great to see Tym booking so many shows so consistently, but I have to ask, what will happen with the Big Cheese arrangement once Caveman Morrison return? Usually, they do shows on the Friday and Saturday of a given weekend, so something likely has to give at some point once the new Caveman Morrison lineup debuts! For now though, get ready for Tym twice a week, every week for the next little while, and as the next Big Cheese dates after January 7th get announced, I'll let you all know!
For now though, we still have Tym Morrison solo dates in 2010 to get to, so here's a preview for one taking place TOMORROW NIGHT! Tym returns to The Bottoms Up Lounge for the first time in two months tomorrow for a set full of acoustic metal and hard rock classics, and more! This show is part of The Bottoms Up Lounge's Christmaspalooza concert week featuring some of their favourite local performers hitting the stage for the Christmas season! None of the other scheduled performers are in the hard rock/metal vein, but if you want to see what's on the horizon there, click here! Tym's likely to be on at 10:00 PM tomorrow night, with no announced cover charge and a 19+ age limit. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's always fun to see Tym Morrison live, he has a huge setlist and lots of talent to go around, so hopefully you guys can make it out to see him tomorrow night, or on Sunday at Foggy Notions, which we'll preview on Friday!
For more from Tym's solo project, visit his official website, or check this video out! Yes, we finally have video footage of Tym Morrison solo, thanks to YouTube user Dave Running, who posted this video of Tym playing a very solid cover of Eric Claption's "Tears In Heaven" from his Foggy's show this past Sunday onto his YouTube channel! Check it out below!
The other local metal show taking place tomorrow night is the next metal night at The Roosevelt Hotel, who recently announced on their Facebook page that they'd be expanding the schedule to include metal nights every two weeks! Awesome to hear, hopefully it sticks! For now though, we focus on tomorrow's concert, featuring a slate of four local metal bands! The announced headliners are, in their live concert debut, local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters! Featuring 3/5ths of the classic D.O.T.H. lineup, plus singer Nik Deubel (ex-Dark Salvation) and guitarist Mitch Sirie (Stillbroke), they're sure to turn heads in their first official concert appearance! They'll be joined by three other local bands, including local grimecore trio Shit Liver, in their first live show since opening for Total Chaos last month! Whether you get their sound or you don't, they'll leave an impression with their dirty and grimy take on punk and death metal! New local death metal band State of Misery also return for this show, after debuting at the last Rosie metal night concert! I've heard and seen good things from their first concert, here's hoping the success continues tomorrow night! And finally, local classic metal cover trio Sativa Rose return to the stage for the first time since September to rock The Rosie in their debut at this venue! They may not growl or have originals that I've heard, but they've gotten a good response since debuting, so look out for them as well! For more on each band, check out the above links!
There is no announced cover charge and a 9:00 PM start time for tomorrow's show, and yes, you must be 19 to enter. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! None of these bands are al that established locally yet, but they all have their own style of music that will find fans locally, as these four bands could be a vital part of the local metal scene in years to come! Definitely head to The Rosie tomorrow night if you can! For a video preview, here's The Bear Hunters playing their song "Casualties of War" (minus Nik Deubel & Mike Vincent, and plus former guitarist Andres Duchesne) from a jam session earlier this summer!
Before we wrap up today's post, here's one more Bear Hunters note, that being a brand new audio sample! Posted three days ago on their MySpace page, it's an instrumental take of their original song "Collapse The Sun". It's the first audio recording of the band that we've seen, and it's also the first time we've heard them with current guitarist Mike Vincent, though once again, Nik Deubel is nowhere to be found. I wonder why we've heard nothing with vocals yet? The song itself is actually really impressive, the riff's proficient and catchy, and the band show good chemistry and heaviness! I really like Mitch's solo too! If "Collapse The Sun" is a sign of things to come, than fans should be VERY excited! Click here to check it out! That's all for tonight, but stay tuned for more news and notes in the next few days, along with more concert previews on Friday night, and more to follow! Thanks everyone!