Thursday, July 26, 2012

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile: Under Earth

It's time to look at our 38th band in our Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile series, and yes, my Anvil review's coming! These videos just take forever to upload. In our penultimate monthly feature post of July, we're taking a look at a recent project from a prolific Sault Ontario native that has some merits, if not an abundance of material, but it's another worthy chapter in our series of bands from out of town that have a local musician in their ranks! Read on below to learn more, and if you have any additions or corrections, please tell me! (Updated on November 26th, 2014)
Under Earth (Windsor, Ontario)

Lineup: (Saultites in RED)

Delina Rees (vocals)
Ash Richtig (all instruments/backing vocals)

Official Facebook page:
Official Reverbnation page:

Local Info: Under Earth is one of the many Windsor-area music projects headed up by Sault Ontario native & St. Mary's graduate Ashley Richtig, who you may best recognize from his drumming & bass work in bands like The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles and NeanderTHRALL! He's also made waves down south as bassist in The Line Drawn and the now-defunct Repetitions and as one the administrator at The Windsor Zene which covers the area's music community and shows. Though his bands aren't frequent sights back home, his local connections are strong, and his talents as a musician are always present!

Band Bio: Launched by Ash Richtig in July 2006 as a solo project, Under Earth didn't visibly gain an online presence until November 2011 when their online pages were created, with Ash adding partner & fellow Windsor Zene contributor Delina Rees as the project's new singer. Planned to be a metal project from varying influences, Under Earth was called a "polar opposite" from anything Ash had done before musically, and they were working on material towards a debut demo concept EP from last fall through at least early 2012. Following a posting of a 2006 demo track onto their Reverbnation page in January, visible online updates for Under Earth dried up, and they're likely considered inactive currently. Though there isn't a lot to say on Under Earth, their only available song "First Wave" does have some promise! I have a feeling they would be heavier than any of Ash's other bands, and the riffing is very heavy, but the guitar solo needs a lot of work, and as it's an early demo, the audio quality isn't high. I can't say how Del's singing would affect this material, but she'd likely add something interesting if there's any recordings with her on them, especially as Ash's singing on the demo is fairly monotone.

Under Earth have promise, and if Ash revisits the project, I'd like to see him branch out more and explore every area of metal if possible, as he has the talent, but if nothing else, his current bands should entertain most metal & punk fans! Check out "First Wave" below, and hopefully Under Earth pop up again down the road!

I hope you guys liked this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! Next month, we're taking a trip back to the early 2000s for the Montreal/Windsor metal band Mister Bones, as they briefly featured late Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold as their drummer! That should be an interesting post, and somewhat of a challenge, so look out for it on or around August 26th! That's all for now, but stay tuned for our Anvil concert review either tonight or tomorrow morning! Thanks everyone!

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