...Ok, this band isn't "new", but they recently emerged from inactivity with coverable material, so here's what you should know! The band is Swampghas, a death/thrash metal trio from nearby Eckerman, Michigan, and they've actually been around longer than you think! The band features Jason Mills of Life's Eclipse on vocals & bass, "J.R." from the band Black Market Body Parts on guitar (I'm unsure of his full name), and former Half A Man drummer Doug Reed. According to the biography on their MySpace page, Swampghas actually formed circa 2001 during their then-bands' respective downtimes, but "outside influences" got in the way. Eight years later, Swampghas reunited to commence work on their debut album "The Raco Tower Incident", and we're finally hearing some real details on it! The album will be released through Jason's independent label Werehold Records, and though it's current status is largely unknown, Jason did upload one Swampghas demo to the Werehold Records YouTube channel!
Entitled "Bog", it's a shorter track with no vocals yet, but it's very heavy and has a groove metal influence! It doesn't feel finished, but there's some heavy promise there, so definitely give "Bog" a look below, and stay tuned for more news from Swampghas, Life's Eclipse, and other Werehold Records projects!
Now for the LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, as local horror punk quintet Frightlight have scheduled a new headlining concert for THIS SATURDAY at Foggy Notions! This is the second straight year that Frightlight have played a concert at Foggy's concurrently with the Rotaryfest stages, but unlike last year's afternoon benefit concert, this one will have a normal 9:00 PM start time & a 19+ age limit (and their current lineup, of course!) Plus, if you don't wanna miss the Second Stage, it's literally less than a block from Foggy's, so you can catch most of it before the action at Foggy's begins! Frightlight will of course bring tons of horror movie-influenced punk/metal to the table, so they'll be worth checking out! The opening act will be former Terminal bassist Greg Callaghan, who'll be playing a solo set. No word on how his solo material sounds, but I'd put my money on acoustic indie rock. He's a talented musician regardless though, so he's worth checking out! There will be a $3 cover for this concert, and apologies for the short notice, the concert was only just announced yesterday evening. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Nice to see Frightlight rocking Rotaryfest weekend again, this should be an interesting show! Stay tuned for more on this show in our weekend concert previews later tonight!
And now, here's some news from local blackened doom metal standouts Woods of Ypres! Since the Madden brothers left last month, there hasn't been a ton of new band updates, but frontman David Gold has uploaded some new videos onto his YouTube channel of a Woods of Ypres-nature! Most of them relate to his 2007-2008 period where he worked in South Korea and drummed for Necramyth, including a few new videos of South Korean settings with "You Are Here With Me (In This Sequence Of Dreams)" as the backing music. They're basically seasonal variants of a winter-set version that was posted in March, so they're largely similar, but search for the song's title on the above links to see all three! Is a fall version coming next? These, along with this video of a very.... suggestive park in Seoul, are apparently gonna be part of a travelogue documentary that David's been working on about the South Korean metal scene called "Korea Metal - Into Exile: "Can You Get Here in 10 Days?", which shares a title with a "W4" song. A 10 minute preview of the film is also now on David's channel, and though it's mostly focused around South Korean culture and Necramyth band happenings (including concert footage), it does have a similar vibe to a Woods of Ypres tour vlog, so it's familiar in theme!
I'd be interested to see the full film, especially if David offers some narrative about the South Korean scene's positives & negative, similarly to Sam Dunn's work in "Global Metal". Plus, for Woods of Ypres fans, they do make cameos in the preview video, including their video for "The Northern Cold" in a public setting, their cover of Unrestrained! Magazine, and the winter-themed "You Are Here With Me" video at the start! Very interesting so far, hopefully more comes out, so check out all the new Korean videos at the above links, and here's the 10 minute preview below!
And finally, here's three assorted shorter stories from the last little while! As always when we end a post like this, these are in alphabetical order by band name:
- If you're still wondering why Desbarats death metal band For All That Is Lost didn't show up on Sunday for their set at the Fatality/Immersed concert, it looks like we now know why. Guitarist Allen Piche left the band for personal reasons that same day, and the band dropped out as a result, though promoters didn't get the message until after the show ended. Get more details at this location! Sucks that he left, but hey, he's gotta do what he's gotta do, and check the above links for more on how you could try out for the band!
- I deleted the inactive local hard rock band Sunday Life from our band listings, as someone connected with the band shut their MySpace page down at some point this year. As far as I knew, they didn't have audio material there, and I don't think they had a lot posted beyond bio information, so it's not a huge loss, but still, I'd have left the page up for archival reasons. Still, if you noticed they were gone from our listings, now you know why!
- Local extreme metal quintet Winkstinger have been confirmed as the second local openers for August 1st's Alcoholic White Trash/Lesbian Fist Magnet concert at The Canadian Nightclub, joining RedD Monkey! Nice addition, we have a great mix of punk, hardcore, and metal now for this ALL AGES show! Click here for more details, and I'll keep you posted!