Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Local Metal Video Showcase!!!

Anyone in the market for some new local metal videos? I've got some for you today, including another Sewer Swampstravaganja video, a brand new music video, and the latest from Meatplow, and our latest weekly classic video, so let's get things rolling! And before anyone asks, yes I'm aware of the Woods of Ypres tour vlogs from Toronto, but I'm gonna feature it/them when completely uploaded in a Woods of Ypres-centric post. Stay tuned for that! Now, it's time for some new videos!

It's only fair to go in alphabetical order for the videos I didn't newly post, so let's start with Frightlight! You may remember yesterday when I mentioned Chantal Hopper's videos of As It Stands' set from Saturday's Sewer Swampstravaganja show at The Oddfellows Hall, but she has one more on her YouTube channel from Frightlight's set! It's just 1:25 long, but it features some good moshing footage from the floor! Like her As It Stands videos, the audio is VERY scratchy, but at least I can make out the song! Now before you freak out over the video's title, I want to note that this is NOT of Frightlight covering Limp Bizkit. I assume Chantal got this song confused with what sounded like a Limp Bizkit song, but I am 100% positive that this is of Frightlight playing their original "World War Z", which capped off their set. No worries though, I appreciate her posting it online, I just hope she corrects that before someone wrongfully assumes Frightlight are covering that band! Check it out below, and more at the above links!

Next up, here's a video that got a rather low key debut online, but should be seen! Last year, you may remember when Garden of Bedlam posted their music video for "The Truth Shall Set You Free", as produced by CML Productions and filmed by former Amethyst frontman Rick Dellavedova at a December 2009 concert. Well, the latest CML-produced music video of a Garden of Bedlam original is now online! It was quietly uploaded onto the band's YouTube channel yesterday, which is odd given the lack of promotion or advertising for it. Despite my own assumption of a new album track for pre-promotion, this is of their song "Shallow" from their 2009 debut EP, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon! Like their first video, this is largely in black & white and has a similar video quality, but the main difference (beyond the song) is that it lifts footage from multiple Foggy Notions concerts AND from their jam room! There's also some minimal colour use as well. Though similar in feel to the previous video, this stands on it's own and it supports a great song, so give it a look below, and click here for more Garden of Bedlam videos!

Thirdly, here's the latest video footage of the band (formerly?) known as Meatplow! Singer/drummer Phil Temporao uploaded a short new jam session video from a "private rehearsal" onto his YouTube channel yesterday, and it's of a teaser of a song named "Skeletonz Song"! The band looks a bit different here, with Dennis Porter on drums, Phil only singing, and for the first time, Mike Thiffault on guitar in the actual video! (If I have his name wrong, let me know.) From what we hear on this video, the band does sound a bit lighter than we're used to, with a simple and bouncy guitar melody, but Phil's vocals are still aggressive and rangy. I'll be interested to hear a full version of this song! The video and description for it also point out some new band details, like plans to release a DVD, and a mention that they are "the next upcoming 'Hottest Band' yet with no name", implying that they have dropped the Meatplow moniker. I'm for a change if it's true, as Meatplow suggests they'd sound like The Stone Temple Pilots, which isn't accurate. I'll keep you posted with updates on (formerly?) Meatplow as it comes in, but check out the new video below, and more at the above links!

And finally, here's this week's classic video! I decided to flip back to Sault Michigan for this week, especially considering the well hyped Half A Man concert on Saturday night, and wouldn't you know it, that's the band we're focusing on for this week's video! This comes from Half A Man's debut performance on July 17th of last year in Brimley at last year's Superior Whitefish Festival, and it's of the band playing their original "Drunk" to cap off their set! This video's unique in a few respects, in that it's of their first show, and of the lineup, which was shuffled from later incarnations. Then-drummer Doug Reed was absent, so bassist Gary Croad filled in for this set, and guitarist Denny Breslin handled the bass. So how did "3/8ths A Man" sound? Not bad, you honestly can't tell that two members are on different instruments, and the song has a heavy groove and a catchy quality that is making it a live favourite! Good stuff, and the video quality is awesome too! The original video can be seen at http://facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1493561548534 and NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED! This deserves to see a wider audience, and all credit goes to Half A Man & the original filmer! With that said, here's "Drunk"!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes very soon, including weekend concert previews! Thanks everyone!

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