Thursday, March 14, 2013

Another Local Metal Video Showcase!!

Here's one more post before we preview this weekend's metal/hard rock concerts (we'll likely have that up tomorrow morning), and for the second time in the past week, it's a local metal video showcase! This time however, the videos are mostly new (only one's from before 2013), and they include new audio tracks from two local hard rock musicians and a Shaw TV interview relating to a recently active recording studio, qnd some new solo guitar cover videos! However, we'll start today with new original material courtesy of Sault Ontario grunge quartet Haggith, who uploaded the studio version of their new song "Clifton Hill" onto their YouTube channel on Sunday! Oddly not featuring bassist Caleb Cachagee (Curtis McKenzie handles vocals & bass on the track), this song is slated to be a part of their forthcoming third album "Deuce", and without fully reviewing it (I'm waiting to look at the whole album), it's an upbeat rocker that should please existing Haggith fans! Give it a listen below, and if you're participating at this year's Relay For Life, don't miss Haggith's first live sets in two months on Saturday!

Next up, here's the latest solo original songs from Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison! Uploaded on Monday, these include a re-recording of Tym's 2011 original "How I'm Wanting You More" and a new-ish instrumental named "Classical D", but how is each? The former track is very similar to the 2011 version, but Tym produced it clearer, and he's added some extra guitar flourishes and backing effects, which add to it's slower emotional feeling! "Classical D" is a completed version of a song Tym wrote in high school, and while it too isn't heavy, it has a soft ethnic feel and is clearly well performed! No word on if either of these songs will appear on Tym's long-gestating second solo album, but if you're up for some (sort of) new performances from this talented local metal frontman, give his new audio recordings a listen above, and "Classical D" is below!

Also today, Ashes to Dust guitarist Alex Hemy has uploaded three new solo guitar covers onto his YouTube channel! Posted over the last three days, these include covers of Three Doors Down's "Away From The Sun", and (in his first hard rock/metal covers since the fall) Three Days Grace's "Riot" and System of a Down's "Toxicity"! The videos all make use of multiple camera angles (though continuing with the lack of on-screen title bugs), and all feature the original song faintly in the background, but while the heavier videos are just of Alex on an electric guitar, the Three Doors Down cover features him on both acoustic guitar & bass, and he handles both well! The other videos show Alex's skills nicely, and the camera work and angles give them a very professional feel that I hope people caught on his previous clips! Check out his cover of "Toxicity" below, and check out more at the above links, including a preview of YouTube's new "YouTube One" channel layout!

And finally for today, here's a new-ish Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie interview piece with local folk musician and Smoke & Oak Room Studio owner Dave Pihlaja! This was actually aired in November before being uploaded to Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie's YouTube channel, but as he hadn't began his 2013 work with heavier bands, I missed it at the time. Done with Free Beer alum Christian Lemay (who handles most of the hard rock-relevant news pieces for channel 10), it features Dave discussing the inspiration for the studio's name, his post-secondary background which led to his studio work, how the Smoke & Oak Room was built up and started, and his then-recent work with acts like Al Wood & The Woodsmen, Hornepayne folk project Lyndon's Frozen Lake, his ex-Blackwater bandmate Cody McMillan, and ex-Stillbroke keyboardist Joseph Kargi, along with the rewards of his production work. It's a nice video that shows Dave's work and projects well, and it's a nice preview at how professional and high quality Dave's work is! Check out the video below, and get in contact with The Smoke & Oak Room if you want to do some recording!

That's likely all for today, but stay tuned for this weekend's metal/hard rock concert previews tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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