Saturday, September 22, 2012

YouTube Channel Profile Series: soundguyjoe's Channel

It's time for this month's latest YouTube Channel Profile, and for the first time since the spring, we're looking at just one channel, but it's full of stuff! As always, this monthly feature looks at 1-3 randomly selected YouTube channels with at least a 50% concentration of local metal-relevant videos, and we're once again looking at said channel's background, videos, information, and reasons why you should check it out or subscribe. There's plenty to get to this month from a few years back in the local scene, so read on below for this month's YouTube Channel Profile! (Edited on October 16th, 2013)
soundguyjoe's Channel (

Owner: Sault Ontario native and likely Sir James Dunn graduate soundguyjoe, real name unclear (though his first name is likely Joe or something similar)

Channel Timeline: Launched on March 30th, 2007; Videos posted between then & November 2009

Channel Summary: This channel serves two distinct purposes, with soundguyjoe focusing it's uploads on local concert videos through the summer of 2008. These include two videos each of defunct local metal bands Fabio, Sindicate, and Creatures of the Night from mid-late 2000s concerts, along with two videos from Dunnplugged concert sets from the former Sir James Dunn Collegiate & Vocational School's student concert series, and one video of local punk band Free Beer (now Sarah's Valley) in 2008. However, the channel's last six videos from late 2008 & 2009 are focused on original film productions that he worked on, likely after he moved out of town & at least partially in conjunction with a college course. These include a parody "As Seen on TV" commercial, a partial adaptation of "King Lear", and a 12 minute short film named "A Trio of Treatments", among others.

Why Should You Watch: For the first nine videos, you should check them out because they offer an interesting glimpse at a few inactive local metal/punk bands, most of which are only publically visible by these uploads! Joe's video quality tended to be good or better, and there was talent visible in these bands, but it's too bad he's gotten no concert footage since 2008. That said, the original films and movies are of varying quality for acting and intent, but they tend to be well edited and produced, and they are worth checking out if you like and support independent film production! Note however that this channel has seen no new uploads in almost 3 years, in case that may change your mind on subscribing, but the channel is still sporadically used for personal needs.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

Fabio - Hit The Lights: The earliest videos on soundguyjoe's channel (by film date, not upload date) are these two videos of defunct local metal quartet Fabio performing at a 30 Hour Famine event at Sir James Dunn Collegiate (I think) in April 2006. The videos are of Fabio covering Megadeth's "Sweating Bullets" and (as embedded below) Metallica's "Hit The Lights", and despite generally dark lighting, the videos are of good quality with clear sound! Though Fabio have no surviving online pages, and I don't remember their full lineup, I remember them fondly from some of my earliest local metal shows, and aside from some vocal messiness on the "Sweating Bullets" cover, their talent and intensity comes through well here, especially if you love pure thrash metal!

Rock In The Park - Sindicate - The Trooper: The only metal concert videos here to come from a non-school event are two videos of defunct (and pageless) local metal quintet Sindicate's set at the Rock In The Park event at the Bellevue Park Bandshell on August 18th, 2007, where they joined The Unforgiven and other local metal bands for an all ages night of outdoor metal mayhem! Featuring James Green on vocals, guitarists Nick Rhodes (Creatures of the Night) and Jared Lambert, and Sarah's Valley's Ryan Gray & Keith Gagnon on bass & drums, the videos are of Sindicate covering Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell" and (embedded below) Iron Maiden's "The Trooper". The videos are well shot (even including professional looking title bugs), but the music is patchy on both, especially vocally, as James is hard to hear and doesn't really have the range to pull off either song flawlessly. The guitar work's great though, and it's nice to see these videos so long after Sindicate broke up!

KISS: Creatures Of The Night - Detroit Rock City : The most popular (and latest) metal video on Joe's channel is of defunct local Kiss tribute band Creatures of the Night playing "Detroit Rock City" at a Sir James Dunn event on February 21st, 2008! It's one of two videos from this performance online (joining a version of "Strutter"), and their lineup featured Andrew Addante on vocals & guitar, Mike Gualtieri on bass, and the aforementioned Nick Rhodes & Keith Gagnon on guitar & drums. The video quality is nice (if very blue), with a surprisingly good stage setup given the high school setting, but the band are inconsistent. Great instrumentation and knowledge of Kiss, but the vocals don't have the range or power to match up with Paul Stanley, which is a problem. Still, for a high school tribute band, Creatures of the Night did better than I would expect, and these videos show promise!

 I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, we'll return to a multiple channel model, as the first channel we randomly selected only had two metal videos, but what are we looking at on or around October 22nd? Next month, we'll be profiling former The Shit guitarist Austin Pine's YouTube channel (featuring two videos of them playing live covers) and the channel of YouTube user hoopy31, featuring one live video from Buckcherry's first concert here at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino, so watch out for that next month, and stay tuned for more news and notes likely tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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