Friday, August 10, 2012

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Losing Ground

It's the 10th of the month, so let's roll out our latest Defunct Local Band Profile! Today, we're looking at yet another randomly selected defunct/inactive Sault Ste. Marie metal/hard rock band, and profiling them and what they've done and put out, and like the past months, they were randomly chosen from our band links with no biases for or against their members, genre, sound, talent, or longevity. This month's selection is a short lived band with a few familiar faces, so read on below to learn more in our latest Defunct Local Band Profile! (Updated on May 8th, 2013)
Genre: Heavy Metal

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Kevin Koprash (Stealing Kisses), vocals/guitar
Jonathan Tiberi (Late & Loud, The Daybreak Johnnies), vocals/guitar
Kevin D'Orazio (With Blood Build Character, State of Misery), bass
Nick Kainula (With Blood Build Character, State of Misery), drums

Audio/Video: Only two known videos exist online to document Losing Ground in action, which feature 3/4ths of their lineup (Kevin Koprash is absent in both) in a late 2009 jam session at drummer Nick Kainula's house. They're of Losing Ground's cover of Pentagram's "Forever My Queen" and (as embedded below) their original instrumental "The Wizard's Pipe", both of which feature a high number of video effects and captions when needed. Both were originally posted by guitarist Jonathan Tiberi on Facebook at this location, but they've since made their way to YouTube, so check the above links and below to see most of Losing Ground in action!

Info/Analysis: Losing Ground were a short lived local metal band that existed from late 2009 to early 2010. Essentially a replacement for the late 2000s local punk band Stealing Kisses, all three of that band's final members were joined by guitarist Jonathan Tiberi in Losing Ground, who played a much heavier old school sound than Stealing Kisses were known for. Their Facebook group was launched in December 2009, but it was only actively used for a few days, and Losing Ground quietly dissolved early the following year, with most of the band turning up in more successful metal bands like Late & Loud and State of Misery by the end of 2010. There's not a whole lot to say on Losing Ground, but they seemed to have promise in their brief run, and their sound definitely sounds like a precursor to Jonathan's recent work in Late & Loud in some ways. I don't know how Kevin Koprash would have impacted their sound compared to his punk work, but the videos I've seen show some good stuff and guitar riffs, especially on their original, but the Pentagram cover is somewhat messy. Stealing Kisses were a talented punk band, and while there's more to say and hear from them, metalheads will probably prefer Losing Ground for the heaviness displayed and the classic influenced material, so give them a listen if you like the members' later bands!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! Next month, we're gonna cover 2 bands once again, as the first band that I randomly chose doesn't have enough information to warrant a full profile by themselves. As a result, we're gonna profile a Sault Ontario band in a similar situation along with the Sault Michigan band we chose, so in September, we're profiling the late 2000s Sault Michigan metal trio Weed (featuring Clownsack alumni) and the mid-2000s Sault Ontario solo project PYSS, so look out for both of these on or around September 10th! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news & notes shortly! Thanks everyone!

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