Thursday, November 29, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Queensryche), Suicide Kings Concert Preview, And Much More!!

It's time for our last news post of the month (with a CD review to go), so what's in store? Today, we have this week's classic video, lineup news for a new local band, and a preview of a hard rock concert this weekend, but first, here's a major LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for early next year, so here's what you need to know!

The first Sault Michigan metal concert of 2013 has been announced, and it's a doozy, as Bellevue, Washington progressive metal legends Queensryche are coming to The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on January 12th! In case you were curious, this is the original band featuring most of their original lineup, not ex-singer Geoff Tate's version that launched in September. This is (I think) Queensryche's first stop in the Sault area, and area fans are bound to recognize them from the late 1980s-early 1990s peak, including their multi-platinum CD "Empire" and for hit songs like "Silent Lucidity", "Real World", and "Sign of the Times", so they're bound to impress with their technical and melodic hard rock stylings, even if Geoff's not on vocals for the original band anymore! If there's planned openers, I don't know of them yet, but I can confirm that tickets go on sale TOMORROW at 8:00 AM for either $32.50 or $28.50 depending on seating! I imagine this show will be all ages, and they'll be on sale at this location, Kewadin's box office in person, or at 1-800-KEWADIN. Check the above links for more details!

This should be a great way to kick off 2013 for major concerts at Kewadin Casino and in Sault Michigan, so hopefully there's a huge turnout, and you know we'll keep you guys posted if updates roll in! I'll need to bone up on Queensryche material too, I'm not a scholar of their work but probably should be. Stay tuned for additional details and info when and if I get it, and get your tickets A.S.A.P.!!

Next up, here's a preview of a concert this weekend (the only heavier one in the area that I currently know about), as new local hard rock quartet The Suicide Kings will make their Rockstar Bar debut THIS SATURDAY to help kick off the last month of 2012! Fresh off of a busy weekend at both the Bushplane Museum and Toystock, this rising local band look to entertain their existing fans and hopefully more new ones on Saturday, so if you've missed The Suicide Kings' first 4 shows, or wanna check them out again, you know where to go! Unlike their debut shows, this is a one night only engagement. Admission should be around $5 for Saturday's show, you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds like this should be an interesting concert, and with two originals and plenty of covers in store (including likely some more heavier renditions), you won't wanna miss their debut at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday! For a preview, here's The Suicide Kings playing their song "Into The Fray" at Toystock this past weekend!

Thirdly for this post, here's the latest lineup news from new Sault Michigan hard rock band 415E! On Monday, the band confirmed on their Facebook page that they had enlisted rhythm guitarist Devin Anderson & drummer Sonny Menard to round out their full five-piece lineup, with both taking over duties that lead guitarist Chris Hubbard handled for the recording sessions for 415E's planned debut album. Devin is best known locally as the guitarist in defunct local hard rock band Free Refill (last seen with them in February), while Sonny is a relation of 415E singer Dave Menard (I assume), but I can't say that I know the exact connection, nor remember him from any prior local music work. The family connection is nothing new though, as Chris & Dave's old band Splitshot featured not only Chris' dad, but both Kyle & Gary Beaumont, so it's nice to see this pattern continuing! In the same post, 415E hinted that they hope to begin playing live next month or in January, but any definite concert dates or venues are not yet known. I'm very curious to hear the guys make their debut (and release that CD), so stay tuned for updates and news from the 415E camp as it rolls in!

And finally, here's this week's classic video! With local death metal notables For All That Is Lost returning to the stage this past Monday for The Locals Attack, I wanted to focus on them in this video series for the first time, and we're heading way back to their early days for this week! As previously featured in our CASS Cafe Video Showcase posts this summer, F.A.T.I.L. got their start at Central Algoma Secondary School's concert series in early 2010, and one such performance that April was well documented with two publically viewable videos! One was posted on YouTube afterwards, while the other (which is longer and higher quality) was posted on MySpace on April 21st of that year, featuring both songs that they played at this CASS Cafe set! One (which is embedded below) is a song that I still can't place a name for, and the other was an early version of "Viscosity of Blood", and as both were caught in full on MySpace, I split them up into individual videos for YouTube! F.A.T.I.L.'s original lineup is featured here, with singer Tyler Sperry, bassist Ben Deslauriers, and drummer Kameron Nicholson joined by ex-guitarists Allen Piche & Graeme Caughill.

The performances, though early in their run, show For All That Is Lost's talent well, and the extra dimension of two guitarists is nice to see again! Of course, F.A.T.I.L. have grown a lot since 2010, but these are worth checking out even still, including from the original location of these videos, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED, and all credit goes to F.A.T.I.L. and the original filmer! So give their "Viscosity of Blood" performance from April 2010 a look at the above links, and here's the first song!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for my review of Late & Loud's debut EP TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!

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