Saturday, December 10, 2011

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Garage Inc. & Savage Roar

It's December 10th, which means it's time for our final Defunct Local Band Profile(s) of 2011! As always, this series outlines a local band that is either broken up or has been visibly inactive for at least one year, but this month, we're profiling two such bands, as the first one I RANDOMLY chose didn't have enough material to warrant a solo profile. That said, this month's selected bands range from a Sault Michigan solo project to a short lived Sault Ontario band with a lot of familiar faces, so let's get these profiles going, and if there's any errors or omissions, please let me know! (Updated on August 19th, 2013)
Garage Inc.

Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Members: (Members not in their last full lineup in italics. This information may be inaccurate or incomplete. E-mail me at if you know of any omissions or errors to their lineup!)

Craig Murphy (After-Shock), vocals/guitar
Brian Lester (No Shadows Cast, After-Shock), guitar
Kyle McKey (Sailor's Tongue, Full Circle, Stillbroke), bass
Gavin Prosser, drums
Jacob Rendell (Blues Harvest, The Pesto Shirts), vocals
Ryan Seabrook (Quite Frankly), vocals/guitar?
Josh Donofrio (Thin Ice, Blues Harvest), bass

Audio/Video: None to speak of, although their official website features a setlist from early 2005 that included two original songs & covers ranging from Metallica & AC/DC tracks to songs by Green Day & 3 Doors Down, along with some potentially amusing theme song parodies. There's no material on their website, and knowing the paths most members took musically after Garage Inc.'s breakup, it may be hard to pinpoint their sound. I'll assume that guitarist Brian Lester's solo project No Shadows Cast would be the most similar, but I may be wrong.

Info/Analysis: Presumably named after the Metallica album, Garage Inc. were a local metal band that existed under many different formations between 2004 & 2006. They became a decently frequent sight at local school concerts & events in 2005, and they also took part in the Live Air anti-smoking concert at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion in mid-2006. Updates on Garage Inc. are hard to source (especially from 2004 & late 2005), but they apparently ended at some point in 2006 due to creative differences. I'm sure Garage Inc. had a lot of talent, but what surprises me the most is the bands that former Garage Inc. members joined after leaving (notably Blues Harvest, Thin Ice, & Craig Murphy's solo work), as they mostly divert away from the metal that Garage Inc. were known for. That said, it's a sign of how diverse they are as musicians, and hopefully we'll hear some of Garage Inc.'s output down the road! Give them a look at the above links!
Savage Roar

Genre: Industrial/Thrash Metal

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Members: (E-mail me at if you have any additions or corrections!)

Solomon "Sol Daddy" Blake, all instruments

Info/Analysis: Savage Roar (formerly known as Shishiku) was a solo metal project masterminded by former local guitarist & MMA fighter Solomon Blake, a.k.a. Sol Daddy the Red Headed Ninja. Active from roughly 2006-2009, Sol planned to record & release original metal material for use with comic artwork of his, but nothing was ever directly released to the Savage Roar MySpace page before band activity dried up in the spring of 2009. However, Sol did post three videos featuring his solo guitar work in 2008 & 2009 onto his personal MySpace page, though all were sadly deleted with the recent MySpace layout changes, including some vlogs and fights of his. Featuring some original guitar riffs & jamming, he did show some clear talent as a metal guitarist, though there are rough moments and some repetition. It's too bad Savage Roar didn't expand too much further, but check out his posted guitar videos at the above links, and I did upload his heaviest video "Sol Daddy Plays The B'Twang" to our YouTube channel as well, so give it a look below!

I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles! After a run of three two-band profiles in the last 4 months of 2011, I'm happy to say that we're starting 2012 off with a bang in this series, as I've randomly selected a very notable band from recent years for next month's profile, that being defunct local death metal quintet Bring The Fallen! This should be a great look back at one of recent history's more notable local metal bands, so watch out for that on or around January 10th! That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news over the coming week! Thanks everyone!

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