Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tym Morrison), End Of Existence Updates, And Next Month's CD Review!!

I wasn't expecting to have a new post up tonight, but with an extremely short notice LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for TONIGHT, I had to pump one out! So for today, we have that (and some related new shows for later this month), updates on a local band's new album, and all of the latest news from End of Existence, but let's start with all of the new concerts! (UPDATED, Thursday at 2:18 PM)

Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will bring his solo acoustic concerts back to the stage for three more 2012 dates, starting with two shows this weekend at two of his recent favourite venues! These will be Tym's first solo concerts in almost two months, and they include a trip to The Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Trunk Road (NOT The Zone Roadhouse in Goulais River) THIS FRIDAY and a return to The Eagles Club in Heyden THIS SATURDAY! (Note that this show was incorrectly listed as taking place tonight originally, but was corrected within a few hours. Apologies for any confusion!) The other new show sees Tym returning to The Roadhouse Bar & Grill on December 28th, in what I assume is Tym's last solo show of the year. It's always nice to see more heavier music in the east end, and hopefully Tym's shows at The Roadhouse and The Eagles Club go off without a hitch!

All have 10:00 PM start times, you must be 19 to attend any of them (I believe), and none have an announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details! Tym always delivers a proficient and fun night of metal and hard rock classics at his solo shows, so keep his upcoming dates in mind, and stay tuned for previews of his concerts this weekend!

Next up, I'd like to officially confirm our first CD review of 2013, and it will be of local old school hardcore punk quintet Destroilet's new CD! The first full length release (and second overall) from Destroilet, it's not yet officially on sale, but drummer Matt Waples was kind enough to drop off an advance copy with me earlier today, so I can confirm some extra details on it! The liner notes confirm that the 6 new songs on the disc were recorded at "The Litter Box", which I assume is a home recording studio, while guitarist John Conway did the production and mixing for the new recordings. My assumption that they were covering the Nirvana song "Tourettes" was correct, while the liner notes also credit their cover of "Evil God Hater" to The Fuckin' Burnouts (so I assume the Fistmagnet version was itself a cover.) The liners include lyrics for just one song (the original "Eternal Fire"), and the disc is styled like a vinyl record, as was the case last year. Finally for new details, the CD is ordered with the 2012 originals first, then the 2012 covers, and then last year's EP in the exact same order as it was on that release.

I have yet to hear the new CD in full (last year's songs and online preview tracks aside), but I'm eagerly awaiting to shortly! As soon as full release details (and yes, a hopeful return to the stage) come out, I'll have them here, but for now, check out their cover of "Evil God Hater" at their MySpace page (which is brand new to stream there), and as for our review? I've got it pencilled in for early January, so keep an eye out!

Thirdly today, here's the latest news from local/Grand Rapids classical metal band Theatre of Night! Two weeks after we posted some info on the band's planned second re-release of their debut album "Christmas Night" , we have some big news from their camp, but not related to the 2012 reissue. Over the past couple of days, the band posted audio versions of their renditions of "What Child Is This?" and "Carol of the Bells" onto their Reverbnation & SoundCloud pages, both featuring German soprano vocalist and metal musician Gaby Koss, who joined the project in April. These mark the first publically available audio recordings of the band with vocal accompaniment, but how does Gaby add to these tracks? She adds a very talented classical voice to both songs, and she has clear operatic skill, especially on "What Child Is This?", which has a better mix on a first listen. According to SoundCloud, Theatre of Night's long planned "Christmas Night" reissue with Gaby on vocals will be released next fall, and will feature brand new recordings and mixes, while it will reportedly also feature some other yet-disclosed guest musicians.

This all sounds very optimistic, but what about the announced 2012 re-release of "Christmas Night"? We've heard little for announcements since last month, but two of the bonus free download tracks may be up on their Reverbnation page for streaming, including a rendition of "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" and an original (I assume) named "Dreams of Winter Night". They seem likely for a reissue of this Christmas/seasonal CD, but there are a number of older tracks there as well that never made it to their released albums, so I figure we'll find out more soon for everything new that's in End of Existence's plans! Finally for Theatre of Night updates, drummer Greg Giles did mention to me in recent conversations that they plan on recording some new metal songs with Gaby on vocals, while also indicating that they're still searching for a permanent lead singer for their still-active main project End of Existence (message the guys if you wanna try out!) Check the above links for all of the current details, and I'll keep you all posted when updates roll in!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews, this week's classic video, and much more in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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