As expected, Tym Morrison will return to Service Grill Pizza on Korah Road on Saturday for another acoustic set fill of hard rock classics! This is the third announced show in his weekly arrangement of Saturday sets at this local restaurant, and though it was expected to happen, we of course waited for official confirmation, as Tym's website's calendar isn't updated to reflect late summer bookings yet. So head out to The Service Grill either at 3:00 PM or 8:00 PM to catch either of his solo sets while enjoying some pizza, maybe a beer, whatever you want! I assume the sets are all ages given the setting, but I'd be wary of age limits for the nighttime set just in case. There's no cover charge, and get more details at this location! Sounds like fun, hopefully Tym's sets go well on Saturday! We'll preview his sets that day probably early Thursday. Also of note, if you live in or near St. Joseph Island, note that Tym will be playing a solo set on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM in Hilton Beach at the Tilton Hilton, which could start it's own weekly engagement if successful. Hilton Beach is too far out of our "local" range to cover (it's a 75 minute car ride), but as a former Island resident (I lived in Jocelyn Township until I was 4), I couldn't let that show slide, so definitely make note of Tym's trip to the island on Sunday as well!
Now for a mid-week concert preview, which I decided to break from the rest because it'd be insane to preview Friday or Saturday shows on a Tuesday. Big concert though, so here's what you should know! A high quality package of metal (with a hint of punk) is coming to The Oddfellows Hall TOMORROW NIGHT for an all ages show that's sure to melt a few faces! Despite the presence of out of town bands, local melodic death metal quintet The Bear Hunters will headline tomorrow's concert, with a high impact set of brutality in store for their fans of any age! That said, two touring metal bands from Halifax will be playing direct support tomorrow night, those being speed metal trio Sanktuary and the thrash influenced classic metal quartet Black Moor! If you love classic speed metal from the early 1980s, both of these bands will be perfect for your tastes, and they're a welcome change for out of town bands locally! The opening band will be local classical punk trio RedD Monkey, who replaced Sativa Rose on the lineup last week. Interesting choice, but RedD Monkey are very talented, quite original, and even "some metalhead" can appreciate them, so don't miss their set! For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!
Doors open at 6:00 PM tomorrow evening for this show, RedD Monkey kicks things off at 6:30 PM, there will be a $5 cover charge, and again, this show is ALL AGES! This will be a great concert, and I will absolutely see you guys there tomorrow night! For more details, visit the above links, and for a preview, here's The Bear Hunters at their last Oddfellows Hall show in April, playing their original song "Bloodthirst"!
Now to some brand new samples from the recent studio sessions of two local bands! Going in alphabetical order, we will start with Sault Ontario metalcore quintet As It Stands, who have released the first pre-production track from their May recording sessions in Mississauga onto their "BandPage" on Facebook! The song is strangely titled "Oh Herm, Herm Delish", but the song sure doesn't sound like the title may suggest! Very heavy, Justin's vocals are as brutal as ever, and there's some nice melodies thrown around too! It sounds familiar to their live shows, but I'm not 100% certain if they've played it live or not. Check the song out at the above links, and if this is a preview of what to expect from the new album, we should be very excited! The other new song is from Half A Man, and it's an unfinished clip of their song "Die In Disgrace" from their upcoming debut album! It's not complete and has no vocals yet, but it sounds very heavy, and effectively switches speeds at the drop of the hat! Good stuff, check it out at this location, and click here for a full live version shot in early May so you can preview what the finished product will sound like!
And finally for today, here's three assorted shorter stories in alphabetical order by band or venue name:
- I was able to dig up a few more details on Bucksaw, a Sault Michigan band who played at LemmaFest last month. According to photos posted at this location, Bucksaw featured singer/drummer Jason VanLuven, ex-Blind Baby bassist Bill Ogston on guitar, and Scofflaw bassist Barney Gravelle in their lineup. Though online posts indicate that the second guitarist was Mark Bowen, he looks different from the other guitarist in the photos, but I could be wrong. If anyone has any extra details on Bucksaw (pages, genre, audio/videos, etc.), please let me know!
- I've added a couple new photos to our Facebook photo album of local hard rock-relevant items at The Rockstar Bar! One is just an update to our old photo of a Lion Ride sticker on the wall (a Saigon Hookers sticker was placed beneath it), while the other is a photo of a cymbal signed by Half Past! The cymbal, which has the band's 2009-2011 lineup's autographs, is actually on the wall behind the drummer's spot on the stage, so it can be hard to spot. Check the new photos out at the above links!
- Can a cat roaming in a ceiling manage to evade Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold and guitarist Joel Violette? Watch what happens at this location, as filmed at a house the band were staying in during their Saskatchewan shows in May, when David accidentally left the wrong door open. Entertaining, especially for cat lovers!