Saturday, March 3, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tym & Caveman Morrison), More "Woods V" Reviews, And Lots More!!

It's time for another news post at the SMS, and if you're a fan of Tym Morrison and his band projects, you'll find a lot of news and updates related to them today! Also on tap is some new "Woods V" reviews and this week's classic video, but let's launch things with some Tym Morrison-related LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!

Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison is staying very busy with his acoustic solo concerts, thanks to another weekly concert arrangement being added to his schedule! According to a new Facebook event page, Tym will bring his unplugged sets of hard rock covers to The Rockstar Bar "every Thursday" starting next week on March 8th, with new shows likely for the following weeks. Assuming that his Saturday afternoon arrangement at Bossy's Pub N' Grub is alive and well, this will be the first time that Tym has ran two weekly concert arrangements simultaneously since last summer's brief run at both The Service Grill & The Tilt'n Hilton in Hilton Beach. Like usual for his non-Bossy's shows, Tym will be on at The Rockstar Bar at 10:00 PM on Thursdsay, you must be 19 to attend, and I'd bring cash for a cover just in case. Check the above links for more details! It'll definitely be interesting to see Tym solo at The Rockstar Bar, but hopefully these shows gain a following similar to his other weekly arrangements, and maybe the nighttime setting will encourage larger crowds! Stay tuned for more on his next solo shows at Bossy's, The Rockstar Bar, and elsewhere as I hear of them!

Also in new concerts involving Tym Morrison, his band Caveman Morrison are returning to the live concert stage at the end of the month! This talented metal trio will make their 2012 debut for a full weekend set at The Nicolet Tavern on March 30th & 31st, over three months after they last rocked the stage, which isn't as long of a wait as some others have been! Notably, these shows will feature the debut of their new lineup, but I'll have more on that in a bit. Admission is likely free for both the Friday & Saturday shows, you must be 19 to attend, and a 9:30 PM start time is listed for both concerts. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page and the band's newly relaunched Facebook group! It's great to finally see Caveman Morrison back rocking the area, and hopefully there's a lot more in store beyond this month from them! While Tym's acoustic shows are always fun, the plugged-in metal onslaught of Caveman Morrison is always a welcome sight, and it's nice to see them back at it locally!

That said, their lineup will look different from it's late 2011 incarnation, as Caveman Morrison have welcomed Bear Hunters drummer Johnny Belanger back to the fold, replacing Rick White. A reason for Rick's departure wasn't publicized, though I heard from both Rick & Tym earlier this year that he'd left amicably. I just waited for official word from band pages to plug it here, which came via the band's Facebook group yesterday. This ends Rick's brief second tenure with Caveman Morrison, but it's great to see Johnny back! He had originally been Caveman Morrison's drummer in late 2010 after replacing Jeff Richards, but didn't play with them long before Willie Bellerose replaced him the following year. He was a good fit with Tym and company, and he'll surely be back rocking it with them later this month! Notably, Johnny's return also reunites him with his former Browbeat bandmate James White, and they had chemistry together themselves, so hopefully Johnny's return pays off all around, and don't miss Johnny's return to Caveman Morrison at the end of the month!

Fourthly today, let's share some more reviews of Woods of Ypres' final recorded album "Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light" today, seeing as there's many more of them to touch on! On February 10th, "Steel Druhm" from the metal blog Angry Metal Guy gave "Woods V" a 4.5/5, calling it "emotionally crippling" and referring to how unusual it was to review given the lyrical content and frontman David Gold's passing, but praised it's simplicity and did call it their best album to date. Nice review, but you can definitely see the struggle in reviewing it, so check it out at this location! Also last month, Doc Godin from the website Metal Storm declined to give "W5" a rating, but still reviewed it positively. He called it a "pretty decent" album, but criticized those who tend to overrate it due to David's death, and he did point out some recycled melodies and boring stretches among some very heartfelt moments. It's good to see a more honest & critical (yet still positive) review of "Woods V", so click here to give it a read! And finally, "GyZ" from the music blog Noise Shaft gave this album a 9.3/10, praising the band for their brand of "underground retro gloom" and calling it a "pleasant surprise", though the review on the whole is written differently from most reviews of this album I've seen. Visit this link to check it out, and stay tuned for more "Woods V" reviews soon!

And finally, here's this week's classic video, and I know this is fairly late in the week, but better late than never! To help spread things out a bit, we're going with a video not tied in with a band playing this weekend, as this week, we're focusing on Shit Liver! The local grime/crust death metal trio haven't been seen on a local stage at all yet this year, but their following is still noticeable, and fans should like this week's classic video of their cover of Dystopia's "Backstabber"! Not a recent sight in their setlists, this comes from (I think) the 5th Roosevelt Hotel metal night on January 20th, 2011. You may have seen a clearer and closer video of this same performance via the band's official YouTube channel last year, but it never hurts to get a different angle on a song! Shit Liver fans will definitely like this video, but as usual, their sound can be polarizing, and non-fans probably won't see this video on the same level. The camera work is shaky and dark too, but I did lighten the quality after uploading this to YouTube. This video was filmed by an attendee and was later posted to Facebook by drummer Matt Baic on January 24th of last year, with the original video still visible at

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED!! All credit for this video goes to Shit Liver and the original filmer, I'm just trying to share this video with a wider audience like it deserves! I appreciate Shit Liver's sound and approach, and fans are bound to enjoy this Dystopia cover, so give it a look below, and watch out for their return no later than next month's Ypres Metal Fest!

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