Saturday, July 2, 2011

Where Are The New Albums? July Update

I hope you guys enjoyed your Canada Day! As has been a monthly mainstay for almost a year now (this is the 12th installment, shockingly), we're here to tell you all the announced news, hints, previews, and statuses of a pile of upcoming metal albums in Sault Ontario! This is a slower (yet packed) installment in that, though we still have a record 17 bands with 18 announced studio albums, only six have substantial updates (as indicated by having the album title in italics), so there isn't much new to say this month. Still, if you've been wondering "Where Are The New Albums?", hopefully this will help, so let's get things started!
April Eyes - Hollow Hope

Rumoured Songs: "Goodbye", "Left Behind", "The Only Road I've Ever Known", "Fall", "Reflections", "Obsession", Escape", "I Can't Let Go", "Absolution", "Hollow Hope"

Background: The oft-renamed April Eyes (previously known as By The Gods & Animas) is the solo project masterminded by Bear Hunters guitarist and Stillbroke guitarist Mitch Sirie. He's been working on solo material for some time now, featuring him on all instruments, including vocals and bass along with the guitar tracks. Over time, Mitch has deleted older audio tracks and blog entries from this project's MySpace page, but continually replaces them with newer material, although some aren't planned for an imminent album release. Recent blog entries have alluded to Mitch recording and releasing a solo concept album named "Hollow Hope", which he claims will be a "shocking" full length album, though it's been set back due to "circumstances". Featuring a mix of progressive & death metal with acoustic folk and indie rock, check out the newest samples of April Eyes/Mitch's solo material at his official MySpace page!

Current Release Status: I have no real idea. Honestly, this might not even get a release where it'd be on sale anywhere, but who knows! Mitch told me in e-mail conversations that he hopes to have a physical release of "Hollow Hope" this year, for what that's worth. The musical quality and songwriting on his material is very underrated, so I imagine that a release of "Hollow Hope" would get a good reception! Mitch was hoping for a release in 2010 on a past MySpace status, but with a new year having long since begun, who knows when it will come out. I'll keep you all posted!
As It Stands' third EP

Rumoured Songs: "Conception", "Big Problem, Little Lock City", "Rise Above", "One Last Chance", "One Less Than Wayne Gretzky", "Big Bucks, No Whammy", "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Ho", "Stay Together For The Kids" (Blink-182 cover)

Background: Continuing their high success levels since their local re-emergence in August, hardcore quintet As It Stands started recording sessions for their third EP with Metalworks Studios in Mississauga last month with producer Kevin Dietz. The sessions lasted just a few days, but from what I hear, a lot got accomplished! You can see some of the happenings from the sessions on their official studio vlog, which features some audio samples and video of some members recording their parts. The vlog also confirms that their cover of Blink-182's "Stay Together For The Kids" was recorded in Mississauga, and that the songs will be part of an EP, not a full length album as was previously believed. It's currently unclear whether the songs they recorded at Stereo Soul Studios last year and/or in Stoney Creek earlier this year were re-recorded at Metalworks, or will be added to the album as is. Details on their new CD have been slow since, they wrapped up, so stay tuned for updates!

Current Release Status: I'll guess the late summer or early fall, as As It Stands seem to have everything under control and well planned for the sessions and their studio work. With public word minimal over the past month, the next while is up in the air in some ways, but keep an eye out for updates, album information, and so forth!
The Bear Hunters - Bloodthirst

Rumoured Songs: "Bloodthirst", "Succumb To Eternity", "Dominate", "Overthrown", "Casualties Of War", "Collapse The Sun", "Render This Void", "Karma"

Background: Local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters formally announced that they'd begun recording for their debut album on May 10th, just three days after adding guitarist Josh Stephney to the band. The news was broken on their Facebook page, though details are scant so far on the CD. Named after their song "Bloodthirst", this will be an EP release, and it is being self-recorded. There's more to say on the recording front as it related to others in the scene, but nothing's been publically stated. Guitarist Mitch Sirie's Facebook page has also kept fans updated as to the EP's progress, if you wanted to get possible details there as well. More details are sure to leak in soon, so keep an eye out!

Current Release Status: Given the lack of concrete information we've heard, I have no positive idea, but I would put an early guess on the fall. It's definitely being recorded, but public word on the sessions is either slow or secretive (or both), so we'll keep a close watch to see when more details come in! Stay tuned, as I know The Bear Hunters do want to see this disc completed!
Bring The Fallen's debut EP

Rumoured Songs: "Defiling Despondence", "Exposed Embankment", "Stand Before", "Night Riders", "Nostalgia"

Background: Possibly from the studio time earned at some of the battles of the bands they won, Bring The Fallen had announced plans for a debut EP in 2009, recording it in September of that year with producer (and SBD bassist) Brad Griffith. The band posted unmastered mixes of three original songs onto their MySpace page, and had publicly announced that it would be out in "Winter 2010". However, since then, all traces of an imminent EP release have disappeared from their internet pages, and nothing has came of it in a few months. With the band's breakup in April, the prospects for this EP being released took a major hit, though a defunct local band releasing an album isn't unheard of.

Current Release Status: Not good, especially with their formal breakup. The band confirmed that it was waiting to be mastered in their interview from the fall 2010 issue of The Fresh Magazine, but discussion of the EP did vanish from their pages for a reason, and with their breakup, that doesn't bode well regardless. I'd love to see it released, but I'm not holding my breath. However, you can check out three of the unmastered studio recordings at this location! Very promising stuff, nice and brutal, though it does need to be refined.
Garden of Bedlam - "Everything Will Die"

Rumoured Songs: "Against The Grain", "Three Days", "New Rain", "Everything Will Die", "Torment", "Your Disgrace", "Around The Bend", "With A Spark", "Emptiness Without A Name"

Background: Sessions for Garden of Bedlam's debut full length album began last June at Stereo Soul Studios with producer Miguel Gauthier, who kept fans up to date on the recording sessions at his Facebook page. Recording for the album wrapped up on September 9th, though the band were still working on extra tweaks and changes as of October 6th. Miguel's page and Garden of Bedlam's Facebook group did a good job of keeping fans posted on the sessions, head there to check out updates! Select fans heard their first taste of unmixed tracks from the CD at Garden of Bedlam's Kiss afterparty on August 10th at The Rockstar Bar. The album was said to be sent away for mastering and duplication "very shortly" as of October 21st. In April, the band uploaded studio versions of "Against The Grain" and "Three Days" onto their Battle of the Bands page, so stream them there to help tide yourself over until the CD comes out! Most recently, the band announced that they'd be doing a photoshoot for the album on May 28th, but nothing else has been said about it specifically since.

Current Release Status: Past claims had suggested a 2010 release during varying points of the year, but we're obviously past that point. Drummer Derek Turner confirmed on their Facebook group that the album will be released "in the new year" (2011), although a general timeframe wasn't added. Band activity was sparse for much of the year so far, but they're back in the swing of things with a bunch of scheduled shows! However, a release (likely tied in with a local CD release concert) isn't known at present. I'm leaning towards a late summer timeframe for the CD to come out, but I'm not positive. In the meantime, search for Garden of Bedlam on YouTube to hear live versions of their newest originals, and check the above links for much more!
Gates of Winter's second full length album

Rumoured Songs: "The Stars Call My True Name", "Edin Na Zu", "Dimensions", "Time Warp", "From Nothingness" (leftover song from 2008 sessions)

Background: Despite a hiatus from live performances lasting over two years, Gates of Winter never broke up, and are slowly working on their follow-up to 2008's "Lux Aeterna". The first glimpse of the new album was unveiled in February 2010, when frontman and producer Lee Maines uploaded a snippet of their new song "The Stars Call My True Name" onto his YouTube channel, and he followed that up with two more demo clips in June of that year. The band launched a new Facebook page in August to keep fans updated on the sessions, including the unveiling of a new song title, "Time Warp". Aside from Lee's announcement in November that Sault native Jon Morrison will provide the drum tracks for the album, not much surfaced until some live rehearsal videos were posted online at this location in May. Work on the album is ongoing, and it sure sounds like their heaviest and darkest yet, which should get any Gates of Winter fan excited!

Current Release Status: I have absolutely no idea. The band have openly admitted that the recording sessions for this album have been a slow and steady process due to ongoing work and education, as stated on their Facebook page. Plus, with Jon and bassist Steve Furgiuele living out of town, that can't make things any quicker. But don't worry, the album is still in progress, and when updates come out, we'll know! Conversations I've had with Lee have pointed towards a release NEXT year, so I wouldn't hold my breath for anything soon. For now though, check out Gates of Winter's posted demos by clicking here!
Half Past's self-titled debut album

Rumoured Songs: "Dead Again", "War Inside My Head", "One More Day"

Background: The local hard rock quartet officially announced that they were working on their debut album on their Facebook page on November 13th! The first snippet of their studio material, recorded at their own Half Past Studio Productions, was posted in a Facebook video that same day, with a following note confirming the news. The aim (at the time) was to release the album in the spring and return to the stage before it's release. Little information on it has been posted since, though I imagine the band's recent vocalist switch from Luke LeBlanc to Jordan Rains will postpone things further, and I expect any possible vocal recordings featuring Luke to be removed as a result.

Current Release Status: I couldn't begin to make a reasonable guess, especially with Jordan's relative newness to the band. Nothing has pointed to it being finished anyway, and I honestly think that this could not see a release in the form they were suggesting when Luke was still involved. Either way, this won't be a quick process, as it is being self-recorded and all that, but they know what they're doing, and when the album comes out, it will be definitely worth picking up!
Late & Loud's debut album

Rumoured Songs: "Midnight Man", "Down Like This", "Whipeout", "Never Again"

Background: A newer metal band in the Sault Ontario metal scene, Late & Loud surprisingly announced plans to being recording a demo in late January, despite their relative newness to the scene, not having launched internet pages until November. Though described as a demo, Late & Loud's debut does appear to be packaged more like a standard album, with a photo shoot for it having taken place on February 26th (click here to see the photos.) I believe this is being self-recorded at present, though official updates on it haven't been too frequent, especially since their recent hiatus which will end later this summer. Keep up to date by visiting Late & Loud's official Facebook page!

Current Release Status: No idea. I don't know enough about the band yet to guess on whether it's close to being released or not, but I can attest to their talent! They should know what they're doing, given their past solo and other band projects. Time will tell, but when details come out concerning their debut album, you'll be sure to find it here! In the meantime, click here for some recent live videos of Late & Loud in action, as some of the enclosed songs could be on the demo!
Lion Ride's first full length album

Rumoured Songs: "Stick It In", "Snail Trail", "Bang Bang"

Background: Lion Ride entered the studio for the first sessions of their upcoming full length CD in April 2010 at Toronto's BWC Studios with producer Greg Dawson, same as when current and ex-members of the band recorded Detroit's newest album in 2009. The band recorded four songs at those sessions, including "Stick It In", which was uploaded onto their MySpace page in early May as a preview. The studio version of another original "Snail Trail" was later posted on BWC Studios' MySpace page, with another new song "Bang Bang" also being played at live concerts. Delays did take place over the summer while drummer Iron Mike Bison acted as tour manager for The Envy on their tour dates with Kiss (including their Sault Ontario show in August), but the band are back in action now! Lion Ride finally acknowledged and apologized for the sparse album updates on their Facebook page on November 27th with this video featuring studio session clips set to "Snail Trail", and as of February, were back writing new material presumably for this album. A Facebook posting on March 7th hinted towards a return to BWC soon, likely for more recording, but little has popped up since.

Current Release Status: According to their new BandCamp page, their current release timeframe is "Summer 2011?", though the question mark could imply uncertainty on a release this season. Remember that they once announced a release last fall too. I don't know when we'll see the album, what with the lack of real album updates recently. I'm thinking maybe August if the claim on their site sticks, but I wouldn't be surprised if the album doesn't come out until the fall, unless recording sessions we don't know about happened. However, you can get a preview of the CD by checking out the studio versions of "Stick It In" at this location and "Snail Trail" by clicking here!
Mike Haggith - Space 82

Rumoured Songs: "Who Owns Space 82?", "Orion", "On A Cloud", "Limb Coast"

Background: Scheduled to be local solo musician Mike Haggith's 45th full length studio album, "Space 82" is scheduled to be a concept album based on differing human experiences. Planned for release on September 1st through Rotten Records (which could be renamed before then), "Space 82" should be available on both mp3 and CD formats, and four tracks have been announced for it so far, including the already unveiled "Limb Coast". Discussions about possible videos and album covers can be seen at this location, while the Facebook discography entry implies that "Space 82" will have a jam style and many longer tracks. Stay tuned to the above links as Mike updates fans to the status of his next album!

Current Release Status: I assume the September 1st release date will stand, as Mike is generally correct on his release dates, and honest and forthcoming if they have to be changed. Of course, things could always change, so keep your eyes peeled, and check the above links for all the current details on "Space 82"!
No Arrow - "Souls For Sale"

Rumoured Songs: "Genocyde Revealing Pt. 1", "Sikkha", "Lighter", "Delayed Reaction", "Souls For Sale", "One On The Line", "Most Of All", "Substitute Victim", "The Pissing Song", "Genocyde Revealing Pt. 2", "Colderside Of The Sun", "Cuts"

Background: Self produced, recorded, and mixed at Organized Rhyme Records from 2007-2009 and mastered by Chris Daniels at Brighton Recording/Mastering House in the United Kingdom, "Souls For Sale" is completely finished with album artwork and liner notes completed as well. So why hasn't it been released? Well, from conversations I've had with frontman Dann Pichette, the gist of it is that he wants to wait to book a CD release show before sending it to press, but hasn't been able to wrangle together the members of the band to reunite yet. Dann has kept fans posted here and there with commercials for the album and some new jam videos on his YouTube channel, but nothing finite about a "Souls For Sale" CD release has came up at all, even though it's been over THREE YEARS since recording began. The band's return to the stage in February at Foggy Notions was a promising sign, but there's been no sign of No Arrow (or any of Dann's bands) since.

Current Release Status: I have no idea. We've heard rumours of it coming out soon for a few years now, and each time we got excited, nothing came of it. However, you CAN hear the entire album for free, all you have to do is ask the band to send you the mp3s and artwork by e-mailing their MySpace page! Also, I have uploaded (with Dann's blessing) the entire album onto the SMS YouTube channel, so check it out there too! The hopes of an official "Souls For Sale" release are NOT dead, so stay tuned in case something pops up!
Riverin's self-titled debut EP

Rumoured Songs: "Attitude", "They Lost You", "A Cold Wind", "Deflower", "Valentine", "Raining In December", "Trenches", "Something Else"

Background: The new industrial hard rock project from former Dirty Virgin & Silver Dream bandmates Matt Hicks and Matt Clement, Riverin slowly worked on their debut EP for much of 2010 at Matt Hicks' Quartertone Studios. The original recording sessions for this self-produced EP have finished, and it was said to be released "soon" as of July. All six songs to initially be included on the EP are now featured on their MySpace page to stream for free! E-mail correspondence with Matt Clement in the fall detailed how the band were looking into the CD development process to release the album in time for a planned CD release show in the future featuring guest musicians. Two new songs, "Trenches" & "Something Else", have been announced, with "Trenches" later posted online in May, but it's unclear if they'll be on the EP or not.

Current Release Status: Not sure, but things did seem to be on the right track, given that the EP's tracks are all recorded. The way it's sounding to me, the release of the EP will likely tie in to their debut concert as a CD release show, but we haven't heard anything on a date range for it, so a concrete release date is up in the air. Hopefully when it does come out, it will deliver a good package of unique music, so stay tuned for updates!
Sense of Truth's debut EP

Rumoured Songs: "Push & Pull", "Crawling", "Land of Greed", "Pieces of a Mirror", "Vicious Cycle"

Background: Sense of Truth began work on their debut EP in February 2010 with Miguel Gauthier at Stereo Soul Studios, finishing the recording sessions the next month. Again, Miguel kept fans up to date on the sessions at his Facebook page, with some updates on Sense of Truth's Facebook group as well. The songs were mastered last spring, and the band announced that the EP would be sent off to print after June of last year. Songs from the EP are on rotation on Energy Rock Radio, numerous originals have been played at their concerts, and samples of multiple songs are posted on their MySpace page & on Stereo Soul Studios' website, but we haven't heard much from the band since their last concert on May 22nd, partly due to drummer Ryan Haryett's out of town work commitments. An "early summer 2010" release date was announced, but Miguel confirmed on September 9th that the artwork (picture here) had yet to be finished, and as of March 17th, the band were still waiting for the artwork to come back before sending it to press. Bassist Curtis Beauchamp has shared some cool release details with me, but I won't post it here without online sourcing. I really doubt that guitarist Steve Myers' departure will affect it's release, for what that's worth.

Current Release Status: I'd originally guessed that we would see this before Garden of Bedlam's album as it was recorded earlier and was shorter as a whole, but I'm really second guessing that. Honestly, with Ryan's out of town work and the artwork issues, I would not be surprised if this EP didn't come out for yet another few months, and at this point, guessing a date wouldn't help much. Curtis did hint on Facebook in February that Ryan would be home soon, if that helps. Still, when it comes out, it will deliver lots of great hard rock, and will be well worth the wait! Remember to hear four full songs at the above links, and check out Energy Rock Radio for your first taste of full songs from the EP!
Silver Dream's debut album

Rumoured Songs: "My Heart Stops", "Evangeline", "Sunshine", "Every Minute", "Baby I Love", "Talk To Me"

Background: Not a lot was known about the recording sessions and progress of Silver Dream's debut album, but what we did know was that they wanted to record the majority of their first album before playing live, instead of typically doing it the other way around. Former frontman Matthew Silver kept fans updated on his now-deactivated Facebook page through image files as to progress of recording. We did see one taste of their sessions, a YouTube upload of "My Heart Stops", in June of last year. The quality of the recording wasn't bad either, so they knew what they were doing! Other songs were confirmed through image files and some solo performance videos on YouTube. However, since Matthew left the band in July to follow a religious path, most traces of Silver Dream vanished from the internet, and their debut show was cancelled, leaving their future in doubt.

Current Release Status: Personally, it doesn't look good. With Silver Dream's frontman, namesake, and driving force gone, I can't see the remaining members doing much with what was recorded. Matthew did announce that the band would still be active, with bassist Mike LaRue looking for a new singer, but what that means for the recordings is unknown at best. I'd like to see what was finished come out at some point, but if I were you, I wouldn't hold your breath for an official CD release, at least not in the form we heard earlier in the summer.
Sykotyk Rampage - "Genius Mushrooms With Thoughts Of Intellect" and "Genius Mushrooms With Thoughts Of Stupidity"

Rumoured Songs (for 1st album): "Parked", "Fear", "Sicked", "Text", "Sky", "Underhead", "Bubblie", "GDS", "Twisted", "Manure", "NT22PSDB", "Nobody"

Rumoured Songs (for 2nd album): "Running", "Legend, "Garden", "Metal", "Rain", "Parley", "Wait", "Shrooms", "Dynamite", "Acreage", "McDonalds", "Alright"

Background: Originally announced in their "Attack Of The Garage Bands" profile on The Barking Eye in June of last year, "Genius Mushrooms With Thoughts Of Intellect" will be Sykotyk Rampage's 24th album. It was later announced in August that the album, originally a double release with 25 songs, would be split into two 12 song albums, with one song, "Silence", removed from the track listing that makes up the second album, "Genius Mushrooms With Thoughts Of Stupidity". Details on both albums, including songs and album covers, can be viewed at this location. Once again, Sykotyk Rampage recorded these new albums at River Front Recreation Studios, with sessions taking place at varying points over the latter half of 2010. These albums are part of the conceptual "Genius Mushroom" series which delves "into the realm of hallucinogenic musical brainscans." Despite Brian Cattapan's move to Sudbury, he will be a part of both albums, having recorded parts for both albums and playing live with the band this year. Guitarist Dirk Becker confirmed with me that educational commitments have postponed the albums releases, so make note of that!

Current Release Status: The original announced release date for both was in December, and with no crash music in our hands, the release has obviously been pushed back. I figured there would be a delay to begin with, as the last few Sykotyk Rampage albums came out after the announced release dates. Their albums are known for being recorded and released pretty quickly compared to other local bands though. With the semester over, I'd bank on a summer release for both albums, so keep an eye out!
Tym Morrison's second solo album

Rumoured Songs: "Moon Patrol", "Dungeons & Dragons", "Nag Hamedi", "The Reason Why", "The Dark Shred", "Song For Jen", "No Name", "Amy", "Lay It On The Line", "Someday", "How I'm Wanting You More"

Background: I honestly don't know a lot about the background for Tym Morrison's second album, but he has posted samples of nine songs for his "next album" onto the music player on his official website! The songs are all of good quality, and feature Tym in familiarly good form! Original information about recording sessions for his solo album are either very sparse or were made quite a while ago, so I don't know a lot about it, but the songs were likely self-recorded at Morrison Studio Productions with Tym on all instruments save for the programmed drums. Recent status updates on Tym's personal Facebook page have alluded to recent recording sessions and plans for a double album, but it's unknown if the above songs would all be included. It should be noted that many of Tym's more recent solo songs on YouTube have been either acoustic or comedic in nature, but I can't see many of the comedic ones making the cut for an album release.

Current Release Status: I don't have any real idea, but recent news about recording sessions and a double album are certainly promising! Hopefully Tym does release these songs in the near future, as his older samples and newer material deserve an audience! For now though, check out the above links to hear what he has to share that could make the cut!
Woods of Ypres - "Woods 4.5: You Were The Light"

Rumoured Songs: "You Were The Light", "Falling Apart"

Background: Recording for what was intended to be Woods of Ypres' fifth album took place in August at Stereo Soul Studios. Intended to be a 5 track EP, Miguel's Facebook page kept fans updated on the sessions, along with Woods of Ypres' Facebook page & a topic on Woods of Ypres' official forum. Originally titled, "Woods V: You Were The Light", release plans noticeably changed when the band signed with Earache Records last fall. With the label desiring a full length follow-up to the recently reissued "Woods IV", frontman David Gold has indicated in a number of recent interviews that they will hit the studio this summer to record a new full length "Woods V", though whether the Madden brothers' departure from the band last month will affect those plans or not isn't currently known. Two songs were issued in a limited edition vinyl single release named "Home" through Practical Art Records in April (get ordering details here), though a formal release of all 5 songs in an album package isn't known at present. For now, check out the two unveiled songs at the band's CBC Radio 3 page!

Current Release Status: Given the news concerning Earache's full length ideas, a formal release of all 5 songs from the August sessions may be a ways off. I have a hunch that when they do come out, they could constitute a bonus disc (a'la the Necramyth CD with the original "Woods IV" pressings), as Earache Records aren't known for too many shorter "EP" releases. I'll still put my money on the "You Were The Light" album not coming out until 2012, not sure when specifically though. The Madden brothers' departure also sounds like a problem, but remember that Woods of Ypres released "Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth" after two members left as well, but they went uncredited. I do believe we'll hear the "new" Woods V before the complete "Woods 4.5" recordings, but for now, click here to check out the two unveiled songs, and consider buying them A.S.A.P.!
There we go, I hope you guys enjoyed the last "Where Are The New Albums?" post of this surprising series' first year on the site! We kick off it's second year of telling you guys local metal CD statuses on August 2nd, so keep an eye out! And yes, stay tuned later today for a new news post featuring a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for the surprising one-weekend return of a metal band that some of you older local fans might really enjoy, plus Titans Eve openers, and much more! Thanks everyone, and two days.....

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