Monday, June 13, 2011

A Major Concert Update, Some New Videos, And More!!

Well guys, this was a slow weekend for local metal news, wasn't it? All the better to work on some SMS 4th anniversary stuff, which will all be revealed on July 4th, in exactly three weeks! All that will be revealed in due course though, as we have real honest to god news to get to for this Monday! Today, we have some assorted stories from the last little while, new videos from Woods of Ypres & End of Existence, and to start things off, some major short notice news for an upcoming concert!

If you thought the lineup was final for Thursday's 20th Roosevelt Hotel metal night, think again, as a huge band has been confirmed as the new out of town headliners! Victoria, British Columbia punk/thrash quartet The Dayglo Abortions have been officially announced to headline this concert! How's that for a late coup? No strangers to Sault Ste. Marie, this controversial (yet very entertaining) band blurs the punk and metal lines in many of their songs, and have been going strong as a Canadian punk institution since 1979! It's about time they come back, and I can finally check them out in person, so definitely come out for The Dayglo Abortions on Thursday! The previously announced local lineup for Thursday (Skull After Betrayal, Frightlight, and Sativa Rose) is still intact, just likely with an earlier start time and condensed set times, so you won't miss any bands with the late addition! However, this concert will now cost $5, but seriously, it's The Dayglo Abortions, they're worth the money! A 9:00 PM start time is now announced, and as is usual for The Rosie, you must be 19 to attend. For more details, check out Dismembertainment's Facebook page and Frightlight's event page!

I was planning to go on Thursday anyway, but with punk/thrash legends like THIS headlining, now it's a can't miss concert! Stay tuned for updates through Thursday if they come in!

Next up, here's a handful of new videos from Woods of Ypres, who have now finished their "Pain & Piss" tour! Over the past few hours, frontman David Gold has uploaded four new videos from their concert in Saint Paul, Minnesota on May 14th onto his YouTube channel, so here's what you should know! Unlike the awesome quality video of "Falling Apart" from Rusty Nuts Productions, these likely are from the band's own cameras. Three are of full song performances, of their songs "The Sea Of Immeasurable Loss", "By The Time You Read This (I Will Already Be Dead)", and surprisingly enough, "The Sun Was In My Eyes: Part I"! The quality's nice, with solid audio, nice camera angles, about what you'd expect for official band video uploads! The other is of their condensed version of "Halves & Quarters", which sounds good, but the camera's focused early on the "slow" mosh pit going on during the song! You don't see that often with a slower heavy song, and it actually works well enough! I find the three videos end rather abruptly though, like they had to end as soon as the song did. Great stuff all around, check everything out at the above links, and stay tuned for more Woods of Ypres stories very soon! Because it's the longest of the four new videos, here's "The Sun Was In My Eyes: Part I" from Saint Paul!

Thirdly today, here's a brand new song from End of Existence! The Sault Michigan/Grand Rapids epic metal quartet have re-emerged from almost two months of limited news to give us a new original song named "Taken", which you can now stream at their YouTube channel! The song doesn't feature keyboardist Craig Harrison, but video comments indicate he'll be on a later version with an attached music video. Solid song though already, though I noticed a disparity between the instrumentation and Orb Hearthstone's vocals. Orb's in typical growl/clean chorus mode, and he's as good as we've ever heard, but the actual song seems very un-death metal, and comes across as more melodic hard rock. Catchy though, it's well played, and Steve Giles has some nice riffing and soloing to let us hear, though the fadeout at the end seems sudden. Not bad at all, give it a look below, and stay tuned for more End of Existence news as it comes in!

And finally, here's three assorted smaller stories from the last few days, in alphabetical order by band name:
  • Late & Loud guitarist Brendan Christie has finally posted a new solo song on his solo project's MySpace page! Easily his first new song since last year, it's called "The Foot Of The Hill", and it's an instrumental song with more of a bluegrass feel than we're used to. Well played and recorded though, nice to see his solo stuff back! Check out the new song (and more) at the above links!
  • I have removed the defunct local band Chillum from our band links, as the link I had for them (the YouTube channel for "Dingers Production") doesn't really count as a band page. I don't even know if a former Chillum member owns the channel, though it does feature 6 live videos from a pre-2007 show. Still, check the channel out, Chillum had promise, and there's some assorted metal-relevant videos there, one with Andrew Angelic from Sativa Rose! Anyone have any real details on Chillum though?
  • Sault Ontario hard rockers Late & Loud (who are still on hiatus) announced on their Facebook page that they have a music video on the way, along with "the lost episode", likely an allusion to "episodes" of assorted band happenings on their YouTube channel. Interesting, especially the music video news, I wonder how it will look? Stay tuned for more Late & Loud news, including some new live videos!
That's all for now, but we WILL have more news sooner than three days coming up, and yes, my sadly delayed "Soo Stories" review is coming too, so keep an eye out! Thanks everyone!

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