Let's get some more news and updates out there for you guys on this, our 1,000th post on The Sault Metal Scene's blog/website! I've got nothing special planned site-wise, but I do wanna thank you guys for supporting the SMS in the three+ years we've been based off of Blogger to help us get to 1,000 posts, and I appreciate all of the interest and readership! You guys are awesome! As for today's news, we have some new videos from a notable local band, another video from a Sault Michigan drummer, updates on the early days of a local hardcore act, and, finally, some "Woods 5" reviews, so here's what you need to know! (Updated Thursday at 1:12 AM)
Winkstinger drummer Jonas Gasperas posted four more live videos of Winkstinger in action onto his YouTube channel yesterday! Nice to see some new live footage, it always helps to get some new videos of this talented and brutal quintet! The newest upload comes from Winkstinger's concert at Foggy Notions (most recently known as Feedback) on December 18th, 2010, when they opened for Garden of Bedlam for Foggy's one year anniversary since their 2009 re-opening. Of their song "Feel All My Hate", it appears to be from the same filmer of their "From Bullshit To Buzz" video that we posted last year, and it's a nice quality and very heavy song, so click here to check it out! Most of the new videos, however, come from sets that Winkstinger played at various Roosevelt Hotel concerts in mid-2011 (specific dates weren't given, but I wasn't at all of them.) Of the three videos, we get amusingly titled songs like "Move It, Peenie-Weenies, My Hands Are On Fire!" and "Jimmy Got His New Legs (Derp)", but I've embedded their set opening performance of "Stop! You Can't Interrogate Someone With Brain Damage!" (preceded by an instrumental cover of Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose") below to check out!
These are good quality for the audio, but the videos from the Rosie are very dark, with only the old lighting brightening most of the band. You can't even see guitarist Jason Ladouceur most of the time, but that's not the filmer's fault. Solid videos, and kudos to Jonas for posting them finally! Check out the first video from their Roosevelt Hotel show below, and remember to see them and their new singer there THIS THURSDAY!!
Next up, here's some assorted news from local hardcore quartet Changing Waves (well, these are older, but they're new to me!) Following their surprise debut at the Total Chaos-headlined Oddfellows Hall show in November 2010, it was some months before they finally posted an official band page... or so we thought. While doing research for another SMS post the other day, I came across a MySpace page for a local band named FallsColour Turn Spring that were active for about a month in the fall of 2010, and as it turns out, they appear to be an early incarnation of Changing Waves, judging by the inclusion of their original lineup (including ex-bassist Devan Lauzon) and the posting of early versions of some Chaging Waves originals! Two ("Tital" and "Divine Intervention") are frequent sights at their concerts, but an extra song named "Hands of Gid" (did they mean "God"?) is posted there, and it has some familiar elements while still bringing some heavy metal! It'd be cool to see that in their live sets more, but overall, it's cool to find their early incarnation's MySpace page, even if their old name doesn't quite roll off the tongue! Check out more from Changing Waves at the above links, and also check out their SignMeTo page which I also just recently found at this location!
Thirdly today, Trail's End drummer Jake LaLonde has posted a new solo performance video onto his YouTube channel, and unlike his well performed though unexpected cover of Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You", this goes back to some hard rocking, as he covered Breaking Benjamin's "The Diary Of Jane" in his newest video that went online yesterday! Filmed in black & white from overhead of him & his kit, he definitely has the original song down well, and the drumming's nice and audible! Very good work once again, so give Jake's new drum video a look below, and stay tuned for more from him and Trail's End very soon!
And finally for today, I wanted to finally share some of the recent reviews for Woods of Ypres' final recorded album "Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light" on here, which we're way overdue for as it is. I had to do some searching to find some of these, and there's much more to come, but this is at least a start! On Friday, "Juular" from the metal website Heavy Blog Is Heavy gave "Woods V" a perfect 5/5 stars in a lengthy review exploring Woods of Ypres' evolution, the doomier sounds on this new CD, and how bleak and depressing it is, even suggesting that David Gold's death may have helped with that vibe. Overall, he called it the band's crowning achievement and "nearly flawless", so check out that full review at this location! Also, David Gehlke from the metal site Blistering gave "W5" a 7.5/10, dismissing what he percieved as David overly copying late Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele, while highly praising the music and themes, saying that the album stands on it's own regardless of the circumstances. Read his review by clicking here! Finally for today, David Perri of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles gave "Woods V" a perfect 10/10 that he explicitly said it was deserving of, not thanks to sentimentality. He called it the band's "artistic pinnacle" and a rebirth for Woods of Ypres, even suggesting that some songs induced shivers when listening. Another great review, click here to check it out, and stay tuned for much more "Woods V" updates soon!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news shortly, including weekend concert previews, a likely review of Thursday's Rosie metal night, last month's poll results, and this month's new poll! Thanks everone!