In our second post of the day, we're covering some big recent news, including new videos from two very different local bands, two out of town bands looking to play here, and first up, new bands on two very promising upcoming concerts! Read on below for what you need to know, and check out this month's Defunct Local Band Profile on Insipid Brutality in the post below this one!
Striker-headlined show at The Roosevelt Hotel on June 25th, as local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters and returning local horror punk/metal quintet Frightlight will open this concert! While The Bear Hunters are no strangers to recent live events, this will be Frightlight's first live appearance in 8 months, so take note of their long awaited return set in two weeks! Though not an exact match for Striker's entertaining old school metal sound, there's a lot of clear talent and heaviness to be had, so click here for full details! The other new addition is to the 3rd annual Sewer Swampstravaganza on August 10th, as local/North Shore death metal quartet Crimson Crusade are the ninth confirmed band for this massive all ages show! I believe this will be their first ever Oddfellows Hall appearance, though drummer Robert Crossley almost played at last summer's Swampstravaganza with Inhuman Methods before they dropped out.
Nice to see the guys gaining momentum and playing more venues, so keep them in mind come August, stay tuned for updates on the final band to complete the 10 band lineup, and message promoters at this link if your band is interested in playing!
Xul, who are hoping to get a concert booked for Sault early next week (on either the 17th or 18th), as per recent e-mail correspondence with their publicist Jon Asher. I forwarded him some contacts, but can you help in case those don't work out? Xul have a very brutal sound full of dark influences and lyrics, and some intense themes and riffs, and they'd be more than welcome here, so if you can help out, message the band at this location! The other band searching for a local date that I know if is Hamilton metalcore quartet Deterrence, as per recent contact with bassist Yannos Pigadas. Though a preferred date wasn't mentioned, I gave him some contacts too, but just in case, can you help? Their hardcore hybrid sound has a lot of intensity and moshing promise, but if you can help Deterrence get a local show, message Yannos at this link, and stay tuned in case either band come through the Soo this year!
We'll close today with new videos, starting with the long awaited upload of young local hard rock band Ashes To Dust's first studio original track "Forgotten Lives"! Uploaded to their YouTube channel as expected on Saturday, it's a well played hard rock original with nice lyrics, but the verses seem very simple, and I'd like to hear louder guitars and quieter vocals in the mix. Noah Morden's singing is on good display though, and the choruses are highlights, so give Ashes To Dust's new song a listen below, and don't miss the guys at the Swampstravaganza on August 10th!
Crucify The Whore in a live setting! Among three other recent song postings in the past week (all of which have possibly disturbing imagery and/or offensive song titles) that you can stream at the band's label Blood Shed Productions' YouTube channel, this video was just posted yesterday, and it features project mainman Ringsnaps Gibson pig squealing and playing guitar with what I assume is a backing track. The sound quality's alright, but the cell phone dimensions of the video are somewhat restrictive. It's nice to put a face to the project, and you can see more talent than some of the songs may have indicated based on their general length and themes, but I'm still hoping that he expands to a full band and plays live at some point, as I think they'd gain a local foothold faster that way. At least things are expanding slowly, so check out the first live Crucify The Whore video below, and stay tuned for more recent uploads from other Blood Shed Productions acts!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news shortly, including (if all goes well), our review of Haggith's newest CD! Thanks everyone!