It's time to bring March in like a lion with our first news post of the month, so what's on tap? We have a new local band to introduce (as well as a related new label/recording studio), along with the last remaining concert previews for the coming weekend, and a cool archive glimpse at a local band, so read on below for what you need to know!
Crucify The Whore! A solo project by a local musician named Ringsnaps Gibson (real first name unclear), the project was launched circa November 2012, and it's the flagship band on Ringsnaps' new independent label/studio Blood Shed Productions (more on them in a second.) Since the end of last year, Ringsnaps has been uploading original material to the Blood Shed Productions YouTube channel (both from this project & his own solo horrorcore/rap songs), but in terms of C.T.W., he's already recorded and released a number of original songs (many with titles and lyrics that some readers may find questionable), and while there have been two different CDs produced, they're all homeburned demos with handwritten titles and paper sleeves from what I can tell. Future plans involve some sort of split release with an artist named Splitneck, although full details aren't yet known. I imagine fans of grindcore & goregrind music will enjoy C.T.W., but I admit that this music is a really acquired taste.
Ringsnaps has skills at multiple instruments & programming, but the short, repetitious songs & distorted, guttural (and often low) vocals have the ability to wear on uninitiated listeners. It's not really my thing, but it does what it's supposed to do, and while I don't agree with or speak in favour of many presented statements, I admire the unapologetic stance for their lyrics & imagery (though supporters of Amanda Todd will want to steer clear.) If you like grindcore & goregrind metal, give Crucify The Whore a listen and see what you think, and I've embedded one of their songs below to check out!
While we're on the subject, let's touch on Crucify The Whore's label/studio Blood Shed Productions! Also launched last fall, the label already plays host to various newer local projects (mostly solo), including a death metal project named Brutally Fatal led by label co-owner Austin McRae (who apparently just released a disc of some kind), plus some horror rap performers like Miracle Man & Phat Boii, and others yet to be revealed. As well, March Into Regression/With Blood Builds Character bassist Tyler St. Amour's recently inactive death metal band Social Suicide will apparently be relaunched "soon" with new material, a new sound, and a new name under the Blood Shed Productions banner, as per a recent Facebook page posting. Judging by updates on their page, the band has also parted ways with every surviving former member except Tyler, though with no media posted from their earlier incarnations, there shouldn't be any jarring changes from what we already knew. I'm impressed with how quick this has all come together for B.S.P.'s performers, but I wonder if they would go further musically if some of them joined forces in a full band rather than assorted solo acts?
Brutally Fatal especially seems unfinished, as Austin has bass skill and decent growling abilities, but maybe things will be shored up with time for them and others. There's some ambitious plans in the works, so if goregrind and horrorcore appeal to you musically, check the above links, and both Crucify The Whore & Blood Shed Productions are now linked on the SMS on your left!
Next up, here's our previews of the remaining concerts this weekend, as Marquette/Ishpeming hard rock quartet Nudge will return to The Satisfied Frog in Sault Michigan TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Their first local stops since the end of last year, the guys should be raring to go with a quality night of hard rock and metal covers & originals, and hopefully their local fans will be at The Frog in full force this weekend to drink it all in! Note that unlike most of Nudge's recent local concert weekends, there was no mid-week acoustic shows, so if you wanna see the Danzo, Scott, and the guys in action, you haven't missed anything yet! Admission should be free for tonight & tomorrow's shows, you must be 21 to attend, and there are 10:00 PM start times in effect. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It'll be great to see Nudge back in Sault Michigan, and hopefully the guys bring some awesome covers and originals back to their local fans all weekend long! For a preview, here's Nudge covering Motley Crue's "Shout At The Devil" last year in Marquette!
Finally for today, here's a little bonus discovery relating to the subject of our most recent CD review. While researching defunct local hard rock band Aftersight towards our review of their only CD "Waiting For Lightning", I discovered that the website cited on the back of the jewel case (though long since expired) survives via The Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which archives & preserves websites of the past for people to look at in the present day! Three different incarnations of Aftersight's website have been archived from 2003, 2004, and 2005 respectively, but what does each contain? The 2005 archive is bare bones and features mainly placeholder text and little band info, while the 2004 version appeared to mainly exist as a host for songs from their album, though neither the mp3 files nor most of the page's images have survived. The 2003 version, however, is in surprisingly good form, despite many missing photos and page elements!
Included within is info on the band's "Hottie of the Week" contest, news on concerts at venues like The Eastgate Hotel, references to old local bands like JaxxMadd, band member bios, a number of surviving band photos, a setlist (with covers), and much more, so if you can get past missing and dead portions, check the full thing out at this location, and see more at the above links! Hopefully I'll find more similar local band pages with archives like this at some point!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news & notes shortly, including this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post tomorrow! Thanks everyone!