Have you been wondering where The Bear Hunters have been lately? The prominent Sault Ontario death metal quintet have been very quiet in recent months, only sporadically updating online pages, and with no concerts since early August, the recent hiatus of the Roosevelt Hotel metal nights that guitarist Mitch Sirie books, and their absence from the final Woods of Ypres tribute album track listing, there may have been some fan concern for their status. Well, no worries, as they are alive & well! As revealed on their Facebook page on Friday, the guys have been focusing on studio work this fall towards their full length demo, but things have been stalled due to the death of the computer they were recording with, which forced them to both record everything again from scratch, and to miss the final deadline for submitting their cover of "Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)" to the Woods tribute CD. However, they've expressed optimism that the new recordings will be even better & more focused, and they hope to have the album completed "before the end of the world" (Mayan reference?) No word on if the band will try and re-record their Woods cover, but I can't be alone in wanting to hear it!
It's great to see The Bear Hunters hard at work on getting their originals recorded and ready for a future release, and hopefully these setbacks will just be bumps in the road to their destination! I'll assume the studio work is partly to blame for the Rosie metal nights' recent hiatus, but hopefully Mitch will bring them back better than ever at some point in the near future, as that series is missed! Stay tuned to the SMS and Bear Hunters pages for updates as they roll in!
Next up, here's the latest solo cover video from Ashes To Dust guitarist Alex Hemy! Uploaded to his YouTube channel earlier today, this is of him covering the Def Leppard song "Gods of War", and doing a pretty good job of it! Even more so visually, as he intercuts three different videos of him playing lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and bass together so we see him playing each instrument, and though the cuts aren't fluid, the audio flows well and he definitely has a solid grasp on this underrated Def Leppard track, so check out Alex's latest solo cover video below!
Also today, here's three assorted shorter news stories from the last little while, and as always, these are in alphabetical order by band or artist name:
- Local/North Shore death metal band Crimson Crusade have quietly parted ways with guitarist Brock Pinder, as per his removal from their lineup on their Facebook page. A reason for his departure was not announced, but hopefully it was amicable, and best of luck to Brock in the future! He has yet to be replaced (that I can tell), but Crimson Crusade are planning to return to the stage at an upcoming CASS Cafe set, so keep an eye out for further band updates!
- Former No Arrow/Half Past bassist Harley Syrette is looking for a singer for his new local band, as per his posting on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group on Monday. The band will be covering acts like Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Slash, so they're likely similar to his old band Quite Frankly, for reference. If you're interested in trying out, check the above link or message Harley at this location!
- Local grimecore trio Shit Liver recently resurfaced for a set at Winkstinger drummer Jonas Gasperas' birthday party! I don't tend to mention more private/personal stuff like this on here, but it's notable as Shit Liver's first live concert set in 4 months, so it's great to see them play live, even for just a birthday show! Also, Winkstinger played too, as you might have figured.
And finally for today, here's some recent updates and edits to the info and pictures in our monthly CD reviews! Just a reminder first that actual content of the "review" of each album hasn't changed, and almost all of these have had photo restorations due to dead/expired links, including some without other changes. In our review of SBD's "Sonic Expirements: Mulligan Edition" album, I edited references to the band's inactive status and the fact that this album is now out of print, while I updated info on how to buy Kiss' live album from their 2010 Sault Ontario concert, as for some odd reason, Simfy Live (the company who recorded and released Kiss' live albums from that tour) is "no longer available" in Canada. All of this despite the fact that the show took place in Canada, and is still for sale there, but what do I know? If you wanna buy a copy of it still, just find a way to hide your IP address, or order it in the States! Finally, I updated our review of Frightlight's debut CD "It's A...Live!" to add notes on the band's officially endorsed torrent of the album, websites where it can be streamed, and newer pressings' altered artwork, which now has a purple tint. Stay tuned for more CD review updates as I have them!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews and more very soon! Thanks everyone!