Sunday, November 3, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Infathom), Haggith Updates, And New Concert Videos!!

As we slowly clear out our news cache, we have another full post to touch on today, including new videos from two big metal shows this fall in the Sault Ontario region, and some updates on a band breakup and members' next plans, but first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for later this month!

Munising, Michigan metal quartet Infathom will play their second Soo-area concert of the year when they headline a special benefit event on Saturday, November 23rd at Bay Mills Resort & Casino in nearby Brimley! A rare metal-featured concert at this regional casino, the event (entitled "Nick Cam Jam") is to help raise funds for Nick Cameron, a Bay Mills resident who is currently battling cancer. To help the cause, there will be a 50/50 draw and maybe a raffle, and admission will be $10 at the door, so it's nice to see promoters and the featured artists helping Nick and his family out! Infathom (featuring ex-Half A Man singer Dillion Semasky) will be joined on the lineup by local cover rock quartet Chump Change, young local hard rockers Tantrym Tyme, and duo acts Adrian & Taylor Hatfield and Candy & Larry Fultz, neither of which I'm overly familiar with. The Nick Cam Jam has a special 18+ age limit, and a 9:00 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!

Hopefully the bands can raise lots of money for Nick and his family, and it'll be nice to have Infathom back in the area again! Them and Tantrym Tyme should give this event a nice heavy kick, so keep it in mind in three weeks, and if updates come in, we'll have them here!

Next up, here's the latest updates relating to the impending (and still surprising) breakup of Sault Ontario grunge/alternative quartet Haggith, courtesy of their Facebook page on Friday! Though a public reason for their coming end still hasn't been made, most of the band's external plans are becoming clearer, and in their most recent Facebook post, they did note that they hope to release their fourth & final studio album on December 7th at their last show at The Algonquin Pub! Entitled "Apocalypse II", it's likely the sequel to their zombie-themed second album from last fall, and it's likely being/already was recorded at PaperClip Productions under the same non-mainline technique, but the only public indication of it prior to Friday was the album cover's reveal in May (it's on your left), so I don't know if sessions are done or still ongoing. The other new news relates to drummer Mike Haggith's next plans, which include preliminary work on his 48th solo album "The Tower", and that he may be drumming with James Watterworth & Chase Wigmore full time going forward, though it's not clear yet whether this is with Project Legion and/or James' solo project.

The post also noted the launch of new local quartet Punch (featuring 2 members of Haggith & The Suicide Kings respectively), though nothing new was stated there beyond what was already public. It's nice to see most of the band staying busy (no word on Caleb Cachagee's next music projects), and Haggith do seem to be going out with a bang on December 7th (similarly to how Bring The Fallen released their EP for their farewell show), but I have to imagine fans still have a lot of questions as to why Haggith are disbanding. Hopefully things are working out how they're intended to, and that the band are doing what's right for them going forward, so stay tuned for updates, and don't miss their second-last gig at The New A on the 22nd!

We'll close today's post with new videos, starting with new footage from last month's Big Loonie Bus Show at La Cucina in Echo Bay, and it's another clip from headliners AlgomA's set! Uploaded to their YouTube channel yesterday, this one actually has two of the sludge/doom trio's songs from that set ("Go On, Git!!!" and "Fell Down A Well"), capped off with a thank you note to the bands who played with them that night, along with a tease that they hope to put on a second Big Loonie Bus Show in Echo Bay in the first quarter of 2014 (i.e. between January & March.) This video shares the same recording quality and angle as most of the other videos from this show, albeit with less intercut photos like in the "Tertiary Syphillis" clip, but the guys sound very brutal and sludgy as we've come to expect this year, so check out AlgomA's newest live video below!

Finally, here's some new videos from Wednesday night's all ages Blood Shed Productions-promoted concert at The Oddfellows Hall! Uploaded to the label's YouTube channel on Friday, these videos (both under 2 minutes long) come from porngrind duo Rotopsy's set, as filmed by an attendee on a cell phone camera, though sadly on the tall vertical angle. These capture their expanded, heavier, and freer flowing live set well, though the lighting can often be dark, so if you missed the show (or prefer Rotopsy live to in studio), check these out! The first (and longer) video is below, the second can be seen at this link, and stay tuned soon for some Facebook exclusive videos!

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

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