Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Local Metal Video Showcase!!

We haven't done one of these in a while without attached reviews & previews, but here's a local metal video showcase (and this time, none are YouTube music postings!) They include another major recent concert video, a bunch of live clips from a local band, one band's new lineup's first footage, and a new solo performance, so let's begin! The first video is one more video from the Shinedown concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on July 21st, as another clip of the Jacksonville hard rockers playing the last portion of their Lynyrd Skynyrd cover "Simple Man" at the show were posted online last week! Uploaded by YouTube user hoopy31 (who previously uploaded a local Buckcherry video from last year), this has fantastic audio (especially for when the crowd completes the "kind of man" portion of the chorus, but the camera doesn't focus to the stage well, and I believe this video had the auto-stability fix put on it after uploading, so it has some odd movements as a result. Nice video, if abbreviated from some other local clips of this song, but give the newest Shinedown Kewadin video a look below! (Updated at 11:30 PM)

Next up, let's cover the last of the hard rock/metal videos on Brenda "Leather" Roy's YouTube channel, as her other hard rock concert footage comes from shows played by local classic/hard rock quartet Griphook! No less than 10 videos are featured from various shows that they've played at four different local venues this year, all of which were uploaded in May and June. Only partially labelled by song in the title (with one credited as frontman Jim O'Leary alone), the videos include covers of Alice In Chains' "Would" and Deep Purple's "My Woman From Tokyo" at The Rockstar Bar, Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", The Tragically Hip's "Locked in the Trunk of a Car", Incubus' "Drive", and AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" at Docks Riverfront Grill, Finger Eleven's "One Thing" and another "Drive" cover at The Nicolet Tavern, and Seether's "Country Song" & Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" at The Roosevelt Hotel, so click each link to check them out! (Note as well that the "Drive" covers are mislabelled as "Maybe Tomorrow", and the Hip cover is wrongly identified as "I Won't Back Down") So, how do these 10 videos look and sound overall?

The quality is more consistent than on some of Brenda's older videos, and Griphook's talents and chemistry are clear throughout, but the audio is occasionally a bit muffled, and the lighting can be very dark. It's good to see a pile more Griphook videos than I thought existed, so kudos to Brenda for all of her video postings (see more in our post from Wednesday), and here's Griphook covering Deep Purple at The Rockstar Bar earlier this year, with guitarist Brian Oja on lead vocals (and thanks to Glen Thomas for helping identify the Tragically Hip song!)

Also, here's the latest jam session videos from newer local classic metal quartet The Hydra's Teeth! Uploaded to guitarist Brendan Christie's YouTube channel on Wednesday, these constitute their first videos featuring new second guitarist Anthony Orazietti (ex-Sativa Rose/Winkstinger), and they're videos of their songs "Live By The Axe... Or You'll Die By The Sword" and (as embedded below) "The Circle"! Note that these are both in black & white, and Brendan deleted the older YouTube videos of these tracks that Anthony wasn't featured on. The fuller guitar sound is welcome, and these videos retain the promise that The Hydra's Teeth have (especially if you miss Late & Loud), so check out more above, and here's "The Circle"!

Finally for today, here's the latest solo guitar cover from Ashes To Dust's Alex Hemy, and this differs from his other recent videos as it features him singing! Uploaded to his YouTube channel last week, this is a cover of The Eagles' "Already Gone", and while it's not a heavy song, his vocal abilities are actually pretty good! They at least work for this style, but he can carry a tune and he has a good tone to his voice, but I think his voice should improve as it gets a bit deeper. The guitar work is solid as ever too, so check out his Eagles cover below, and stay tuned for more from Ashes To Dust and Alex's solo work as we hear it!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news soon! Thanks everyone!

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