Tuesday, October 22, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Bear Hunters), Two New Local Bands, And New Videos!!

Today's post is stacked with big new updates, including a new live concert video, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, and a pair of new local metal/hard rock bands, so let's not stall any longer! As usual, read on below for all you need to know, and check out this month's YouTube Channel Profiles in the post below this one!

One of the new bands we have today is one that we alluded to on the SMS on Sunday, that being the new local hard rock band Project Legion! Fresh off of their late notice debut at 180 Projects on Saturday, this is the new band from former Chronic Demonic frontwoman Sabrina "Strange" Lavoie, who sings and plays guitar in this act. She's joined by two musicians known more recently for solo work, including alternative solo singer/guitarist Chase Wigmore (who has metal experience from projects like The Smiling Giraffes) and skilled local solo singer/bassist James Watterworth (a.k.a. Delusionair Lionhair), and this all adds up to a promising and talented lineup! A full time drummer is apparently being sought (though they have the position filled on a temporary basis by an uncredited performer), so if you or someone you know are interested in trying out, message Project Legion at their official Facebook page. There, the band is described as "a project of discovery" that will play a diverse mix of everything from funk to metal (including both originals & covers), with Tool, Megadeth, and Nirvana cited as influences

I have a feeling that Project Legion will be a welcome deviance from the norm in some respects, and I know all three current members have the talent, so hopefully they find a drummer and make some waves! As for how they sound, two cover videos were posted on their Facebook page yesterday of Sabrina & Chase at a recent Coch's Corner open mic night covering Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and (as embedded below) Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and while these lack the full band experience (and have bad visual quality), they show a nice chemistry and solid vocal range, so check out the Nirvana cover below!

The other new band definitely isn't new to the site, but they only just recently had a Reverbnation page launched to cover them, and the band in question is Rotopsy, the "porngrind" duo that is among the newest public acts on Ringsnaps' independent grindcore label Blood Shed Productions! Launched last year under the name Spitneck before finally making their public debut under their current name last month, this project features singer Dylan Taylor alongside label head Ringsnaps Gibson (also of Crucify The Whore & Malignant Neoplasm) on guitar, backing vocals, and programming. According to their Reverbnation page, they want to "bring grind to everybody", and they also included some bio information and links to some material of theirs that was previously posted on Blood Shed Productions' YouTube channel. Musically, there is something of a fuller sound here than on some of the one man acts through Blood Shed, with Dylan's vocal style a bit harsher and more accessible, but their music is still something of an acquired taste unless you're already familiar with grindcore. A full demo is planned for next year, but when can you see Rotopsy live?

Next week, in fact, as both Rotopsy and Project Legion are among the performers at an ALL AGES Devil's Night concert at The Oddfellows Hall on Wednesday, October 30th! Sort of short notice for an Oddfellows concert, but it's all good. The event is being promoted by Social Suicide bassist Tyler St. Amour (ex-March Into Regression) and Blood Shed Productions, and many of their artists will be making their live debuts next Wednesday, or at least their first outside of a house party. Two full established local death metal bands will headline the show, with The Bear Hunters closing out at 12:30 AM and Crimson Crusade coming on at 11:15 PM, in both of their first concerts since The Big Loonie Bus Show in Echo Bay. The four preceding acts are all Blood Shed roster members, including local goregrind project Crucify The Whore at 10:15 PM, the aforementioned Rotopsy's live debut at 9:30 PM, Project Legion guitarist Chase Wigmore in a solo set at 8:30 PM, and the debut of Austin McRae's one man death metal act Brutaly Fatal at 7:45 PM.

The opening bands include Chase's Project Legion bandmate James Watterworth in a solo set of his own at 7:00 PM, with Project Legion themselves making their Oddfellows Hall debut to open the night at 6:15 PM. Doors will open at 6:00 PM next Wednesday with a $7 admission at the door, though you can get advance tickets for $5 by messaging Blood Shed Productions at this link. This show runs oddly late despite being ALL AGES, but with 14 performers among 8 live acts, including a lot of new faces, death metal & grindcore fans should find something to like! I hope to be there myself, so visit the Facebook event page for more details, and both Project Legion & Rotopsy are now in our active Sault Ontario band links!

Finally for today, here's another live video from new local classic/power metal quartet The Hydra's Teeth's live debut at The Algonquin Pub last month! Uploaded to frontman Brendan Christie's YouTube channel on Sunday (and from the same filmer of his prior videos from this show), this is of The Hydra's Teeth playing their song "Army of Bones", as preceded by a drum solo by Roy Kreutzberger, and both song & solo live up to their early promise! Solid talent and energy all around, and hopefully there's more to come soon, so check out The Hydra's Teeth's newest live video below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this week! Thanks everyone!

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