Monday, September 30, 2013

Big Loonie Bus Show Updates, A New Brutaly Fatal Song, And Much More!!

This has been our busiest September ever at the SMS (nice to see, given how things usually dip in this month), so let's send it off by clearing out most of our backlogged news items, including some feature profile updates, a new song posting, more assorted notes, and first, all the latest on a unique regional metal concert next month, so here's what you need to know!

Let's start with the latest on next month's Big Loonie Bus Show, the AlgomA-headlined concert at La Cucina (underneath Bucci's Place) in nearby Echo Bay, Ontario on Saturday, October 12th! The promotional push continues with a new poster for the event, hype for a huge merchandise table, and of course, a lot of effort to up the ticket sales. Tickets for the show (complete with a free chocolate loonie, given the location) are now on sale from AlgomA members and at The Rad Zone, and there has been concern at slow sales for the event, which has raised the possibility that promoters Oh! Right Arm! Promotions may not rent the bus designed to charter fans to and from Echo Bay for the concert if not enough people will take advantage. The bus is a great idea to help people get to the event and back without a drunk driving risk, or if you don't have a car, so message promoters or head to The Rad Zone A.S.A.P. to get yours! The band will even deliver tickets TO you, so why not get one? Finally, a new promotional video was posted onto AlgomA's YouTube channel earlier today to hype The Big Loonie Bus Show (also AlgomA's fourth ever, counting the private Tacofest), so what should you know on that?

It mostly features pictures of the performers (including fellow local metal acts The Bear Hunters, Crimson Crusade, and Destroilet) overtop of guitar feedback, along with again hyping a "special bonus attraction", with the end featuring scattered black & white movie footage and 10 seconds of AlgomA's set at The Rosie in June. Effective promotion, so check out the video below, and GET YOUR TICKETS A.S.A.P.! Let's make sure this unique and brutal concert goes off without a hitch, and helps bring more shows to Echo Bay!

Next up, here's the newest song from Blood Shed Productions solo death metal act Brutaly Fatal! Uploaded to the label's YouTube channel on Saturday, this song is named "Cold Pulse", as featured on the Austin McRae-led project's first demo "Acidic Sky's". Like Austin's past solo songs, I get the vibe that this is extremely unfinished, as while he is a good bassist and death growler, there's nothing else to compliment it. At least it's of a solid length, but give this new Brutaly Fatal posting a look below!

Also today, here's three assorted shorter stories from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by company or band name:

  • Local2's Shaylan Spurway was in attendance for last week's Night Ranger/John Waite concert at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino, and wrote this article about the show that was posted onto Local2 yesterday. Oddly focusing mostly on John Waite's set (complete with interview excerpts), 10 photos from the show are also included. Well done overall, despite the lack of Night Ranger talk, so read the full article above!
  • Also in Local2 updates, it was announced this morning that the parent company of fellow local news website SooToday had purchased Local2, and while the two sites will continue to operate independently, Local2 will now focus on online local television production (similarly to it's original early-2000s format as LTVNews.) We can definitely use more locally-produced television, even if it's aired online, so we'll have to see what comes of this, including possible coverage of metal bands/shows! Click here for more information!
  • Sault Michigan alternative hard rockers Plastic have parted ways with drummer Paul Burns, as announced on their Facebook page yesterday. Though a reason wasn't announced, Paul stated on his personal Facebook page that he is looking for a new project, and he may be moving out of state (which could be related to his exit.) At least everything sounds amicable, but this is really surprising given Plastic's extensive out of town schedule this fall. Best of luck to Paul in the future, and stay tuned for updates on Plastic's next plans!

Finally for today, here's some updates to some of our monthly feature posts at the SMS! In our Defunct Local Band Profile on Sneaky Pete, I added references to members Mike Oakley & Sean Berlinguette's similar new band Glitch, who launched earlier this month. Moving to our Battle of the Bands Rewind Profiles, I updated our Skid Row Battle Profile to replace Kalle Mattson (who no longer feature battle alumni) with newer local rock quartet Nikkfitt (featuring Scary Uncles bassist Andrew MacDonald) in the section on later bands with battle performers, while I also added notes on Sikamikanico drummer Jesse Cook's later battle success as a metal guitarist with Operation: Killdozer & Winkstinger. On our profile of the 2008 Case's Music Battle, I replaced the now-inactive Moves with Stillbroke guitarist Sam DeDominicis' current London-based funk rock band Lucky Widmore in the section on performers' later bands, while I made a similar switch on our YMCA Battle profile to replace Glass Statues keyboardist Benn Garside's old band Lazer Queen with his current band The Hydra's Teeth. Stay tuned for more feature profile updates next month!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and concert previews this week, including this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post on Wednesday! Thanks everyone!

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