Thursday, January 12, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Powerslug), A "New" Local Band, And A New Woods of Ypres Video!

It's time for another news post at The Sault Metal Scene, but first, just a reminder that our next post will feature weekend concert previews, including for Tym Morrison's second show in his new Bossy's arrangement and the Frightlight/Merves concert at The Canadian, so watch out for that tomorrow! Right now though, we have some new videos of a local metal relevance, a newly discovered local band, and leading things off, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so here's what you need to know!

Sault Michigan hard rockers Powerslug will return to The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino on March 2nd & 3rd! The band formerly known as River Witch weren't among last additions to the concert schedule on Kewadin Casino's entertainment page, but it's nice to see them confirmed in these latest additions! With the lack of a band page now, there's no official confirmation yet from Powerslug members, but Kewadin's entertainment page has always been reliable in the past, so don't worry! Barring new dates next month (there is an opening on Kewadin's schedule), this will be Powerslug's first concert weekend at The Rapids Lounge in three months, so if you've missed them recently, circle those dates on your calendar! I expect they'll have start times of around 10:00 PM with no cover charge and 21+ age limits. Check the above links for more details! It's good to see Powerslug back on stage for some hard rocking good times, and hopefully we'll hear more at some point from some source about their next concerts or how they sound! Stay tuned for updates!

Two more quick notes relating to the latest Kewadin schedule updates: Firstly, if you're wondering about the band named Bittermoon that are playing there over the next two months, they're a top 40/country/rock quintet that formed last year. Though they're a talented band, they don't fit in our genre range. Give them a listen though! The other note is that Kewadin's schedule mysteriously removed the announced dates from April onward, which included Monkey's Uncle & Swayze Train shows. This has happened before, and the last time I remember it happening, it wasn't due to concert cancellations, so unless I hear otherwise, these shows are still on, so don't worry!

Next up, here's a new-ish local band I just recently discovered! Well, they actually broke up last month, but they're new to us (and I apologize for missing them until just now!) Named These Sins of Time, they were a hard rock trio influenced by artists like Papa Roach, Hinder, and Metallica. They were fronted by a young local solo artist named Alexa LeClair, who had used the name These Sins of Time in projects dating back to 2009 (like on this MySpace page), but the current incarnation existed only last year. They also featured guitarist Dalton Boissoneau & drummer Mitch Harris, and from what I can tell, they would have played heavier music than in Alexa's solo project, who reportedly released an EP last year which featured production & contributions from prolific local musician Kyle McKey (Full Circle, Stillbroke, etc.) These Sins of Time launched their Facebook & Twitter pages in April, and reportedly played some sort of gig at The Steamy Bean coffeehouse last spring featuring Alexa and Dalton. Posts alluded to recording a demo, playing more gigs, and adding more members last year, but updates stalled after October, and Alexa announced that T.S.O.T. was "no more" last month on the band's Twitter page.

I don't know why These Sins of Time broke up, but I'm surprised I've never heard of them until now! I can't judge the band (no posted material), but Alexa is a really good singer and a nice guitarist, and I'm sure that made a great foundation for the band when they were around! I probably wasn't familiar with her due to her age, but give her stuff a listen, she's someone to watch locally over the next few years! While there's no T.S.O.T. videos online that I know of, Alexa does have a few videos on her YouTube channel, including this video of her acoustic cover (with guitar) of Avenged Sevenfold's "Fiction". The audio quality could be clearer, but she does a good job on this one, so check out Alexa's work below and at the above links, and These Sins of Time are now in our inactive Sault Ontario band links!

And finally for today, here's a brand new Woods of Ypres video from 2010! This comes courtesy of Atlanta-based musician Jordan Owen, who was the former singer in a doom metal band named Incarceri 9. They opened for Woods of Ypres when they headlined at the One Eighty in nearby Stockbridge, Georgia on July 12th, 2010, and when Jordan was transferring files to a new computer, he found video clips that he shot of Woods of Ypres' set at this show, so he posted them onto his YouTube channel in one video on Tuesday! The video opens with text rememberances (set to "Crossing The 45th Parallel") of Woods of Ypres and both their and David Gold's impact on him, along with memories of the Stockbridge concert. The video footage starts 56 seconds in, and includes clips of "The Shams of Optimism", "Crossing The 45th Parallel", and "Your Ontario Town Is A Burial Ground", though nothing is shot in full, and it concludes with a picture of Jordan & David at the concert.

It's a nice video overall, and I like seeing Jordan add his rememberances of David and Woods of Ypres at the beginning! The video quality isn't bad either, but battery life precluded longer clips from what I can tell. It's great to see this online finally, even 18 months after the fact, so kudos to Jordan, and here's his Woods of Ypres video from Georgia in 2010!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews and more tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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