Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Weekend's Local Hard Rock/Metal Concert Previews!!

Our busiest month ever caps off today, and in this 37th post of March, it's time to preview this weekend's local metal and hard rock concerts! I know of eight, but I could be missing some. For now though, here's all you need to know for this weekend's concerts!

We'll start TONIGHT at The Roosevelt Hotel, where Dismembertainment presents the latest metal night! Three more local metal bands are ready to melt some faces to close out March, including one local band making their live debut! Headlining tonight are local hardcore quintet As It Stands, fresh off some successful recent concerts in Southern Ontario! With a rapidly increasing profile and some hard hitting and aggressive metal to share with their fans, get ready to mosh when they take the stage tonight! Also scheduled tonight are grimecore trio Shit Liver, coming off well received supporting slots for We, The Undersigned and The Rebel Spell earlier this month. Will their crusty blend of punk and death metal be what you're looking for tonight? I could very well be! Opening tonight's concert will be the debuting Skull After Betrayal, the new metal quartet featuring Bear Hunters guitarist Mike Vincent, Despised Eyes bassist Adam Brett, guitarist Justin Polutanovich, and drummer Anthony D'Agostini! Though their posted demos are rather poor in quality, be prepared for some entertaining covers and originals when they make their live debut tonight! As always, tonight's show is a 19+ affair, there is no cover, and it all starts at 9:30 PM! Check out the above links for more details!

Sounds like a fun night of metal, fingers crossed that I can be there! I definitely intend on being at at least one Dismembertainment show this weekend, optimistically both, so I hope I can see you guys there tonight! For a preview, here's As It Stands playing their song "One Last Chance" at The Rosie last month!

Next up, it's the debut of Turner Up V4.0! After 3/5ths of the band left earlier this month, the local classic hard rockers will have a new look in their return to the stage this weekend, with only drummer Scott McClurg remaining in the exact same position as he previously had! Talented local singer KT Antler replaces Krista Marshall, Asylum Country/ex-Stillbroke bassist Kyle McKey replaces Len Ward on guitar, and founding member Robert Brown switches from guitar to bass to replace Jeff Gray in this new four-piece Turner Up incarnation! So things will look (and sound) a lot different when Turner Up return to the stage this weekend, but where will they be? They'll return to The Nicolet Tavern tomorrow night & Saturday night to debut their new lineup in what should be a good weekend of music! I don't know how the band will sound as a whole, but Rob & Scott have good eyes for talent, and KT and Kyle will deliver! There is no announced cover charge, you must be 19 to attend, and it all starts at 10:00 PM! For more details, check the above links and the Facebook event page, and if audio/video material comes online featuring the new lineup, I'll have it here!

Also in Sault Ontario this weekend for your Friday and Saturday concert needs are AC/DC tribute band Who Made Who! One of the most frequently seen tribute bands in the area, Who Made Who recently upped the ante from just playing one show this weekend to two, making this an even bigger weekend of high voltage rock n' roll than we're used to from this talented band! AC/DC fans should have all the more reason to go now, as Who Made Who deliver an authentic AC/DC sound at each show they play! As usual, they'll be back at The Canadian Nightclub tomorrow night and Saturday night, there is a $5 cover to attend either night, and as always, you must be 19 to enter. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! If you're an AC/DC fan, do yourselves a favour and check Who Made Who out this weekend, they'll deliver just what you're looking for! For a video preview, here's Who Made Who playing the AC/DC classic "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" live in Thunder Bay last year!

Let's take a quick detour to Sault Michigan, as Cheboygan hard rock quartet The Darwin Project return to the area for another weekend of hard hitting original music! Unlike their most recent local stops, they'll in face hit The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino for the first time in a noticeable while! These will be their first of at least three spring concerts in Sault Michigan, and their original radio hard rock should attract some good responses from local fans this weekend! There's no announced cover charge, you must be 21 to attend either tomorrow's or Saturday's show, and everything starts at 9:00 PM or later! Unlike past concerts, there's no Facebook event page for this one, but the band hyped these shows on their Facebook page, and Kewadin Casino's entertainment page also lists it, so click the above links for more! The Darwin Project are a talented and often catchy band, and you should check them out this weekend if you're in the area! For a preview, here's The Darwin Project playing their song "Pushing Daisies" early last year!

And finally, we'll end as we started: With a Dismembertainment concert! On Saturday night, an out of town metal band hits Sault Ontario for a night of metal, and that band is Montreal sludge quartet The Great Sabatini! With a slow and heavy sound with some classic metal influences, get ready for a unique and brutal set from this talented Canadian metal band! You don't see stuff like them much here, so make note of their show on Saturday night at Foggy Notions! Opening for them on Saturday are local melodic death metal quintet The Bear Hunters, and in their second show of the weekend, Shit Liver! The Bear Hunters were hyping the possibility of new original material for Saturday, so that in itself is notable, and Shit Liver fans must be eager at the thought of two shows in a four day span! There will be a $3 cover on Saturday night, you must be 19 to attend, and everything starts at 9:00 PM or later. For more details, visit the Facebook event page! Sounds like a brutal night of metal, and I definitely plan on being there for this show! I hope to see you all there! Check the above links for more, and for a preview, here's The Great Sabatini playing their original "Fire & Flood" at a Saskatoon concert in 2008!

That's all for now, but I might have one more post to cap off the month tonight, and I hope I can get to The Rosie tonight as well! Stay tuned, and thanks everyone!

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