Friday, January 3, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Anvil & Tym Morrison), And More Recent News Updates!!

We're back with a new news post on this cold Friday evening, and today, it includes a bunch of recent assorted stories, news from a recently reactivated metal project, and LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS concerning a pretty big event this spring, and first, a show TONIGHT and recurring four more times this month, so here's what you need to know!

Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will (as expected) continue his weekly concert arrangement at The Harp Bar & Grill TONIGHT, and for the rest of the month too! Apologies for the short notice for tonight's event, Tym only just publically confirmed this show earlier this evening via it's Facebook event page. Entering the fifth week of his current arrangement with the former Madison's Pub, Tym's newly updated calendar on his official website (which now runs off of Google Calendar, a big improvement) confirms that he'll be back at The Harp over the next four Fridays as well (January 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st), while the entries there elaborate the theme of his Harp gigs too, as while Tym is the primary performer and host of the events, they also double as jam/open mic nights, so if you like performing at such events, keep that angle in mind! Tym's shows this month (including TONIGHT) all start at 10:00 PM, none have an announced cover charge, and you must be 19 to attend. For more details, check the above links!

It's great to see Tym giving attention to his website's calendar/schedule again, so hopefully these give us a "new" outlet to hear about his solo and band dates! This arrangement with The Harp is going well so far, so don't miss Tym there TONIGHT or over the other Fridays this month, and for a preview, here's Tym and ex-Half Past frontman Luke LeBlanc covering Extreme's "More Than Words"!

Next up, a huge concert's coming our way on Saturday, March 15th at The Canadian Nightclub, when Toronto metal legends Anvil return to the Soo! Last seen at The Canadian 20 months ago in July 2012, the stars of the acclaimed documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" are still touring in support of their newest CD, last year's "Hope In Hell", and if their 2012 show here was any indication, they'll put in another wild and very heavy set of classic and highly influential originals in March! Drummer Robb Reiner's son Tyler's hardcore/metal quartet Caym will also return to the Soo as openers at this show, marking their second local stop after opening for Skeletonwitch at The Canadian last June, and their extreme hybrid sound should fit in well in their return this spring! Local support will include local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades (in their second announced date with new guitarist Jesse Cook), which will also mark members J.D. Pearce & Tiffany Stocco's second time opening for Anvil in town, as they both played with Frightlight at the July 2012 concert, so they'll fit in nicely again!

The other currently confirmed opening band is new local classic metal band Project 421 in their second announced concert (and Canadian Nightclub debut), so look for these talented veterans to rock the stage once again in March! A third local opening band is being sought, and though their identity has yet to be confirmed, The Suicide Kings, Punch, Telephone & Address, and The Danger Cats have shown public interest in the empty slot. We'll keep you posted when something's announced! This 19+ concert has an advance ticket price of $20 or $25 at the door, and while you can buy them online right now at this link, they will be on sale through local merchants in the near future. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's great to have Anvil and Caym back in Sault Ontario after their own well received dates here in recent years, and there's a promising lineup of local openers too, so stay tuned for updates as they roll in, and get your tickets A.S.A.P. online at the above links! Kudos to J.D. once again for another huge concert, he outdoes himself over & over!

Also today, here's the latest concerning a recently dormant Blood Shed Productions death metal project, that being Social Suicide, who appear to be getting back off the ground after a few months of dormancy! The Tyler St. Amour-led band is apparently working on new jam sessions of their original songs and covers, along with lots of new material, as per their Facebook page yesterday. The post also indicated that they'll have an all new lineup plus "a secret non-credited member of the original lineup", which would imply that either Anthony Boudreau or Keeghan Rosso is back in the fold, but again, Tyler did say that his identity was "secret" for one reason or another. Social Suicide have been active under varying lineups since at least August 2011, but they have only seen scattered activity since, though they did play at least one public set (which I believe was solo) at a Blood Shed Productions event in August of last year. Hopefully we'll get lots more updates soon from Social Suicide, as for a project around for this long, I'm surprised they haven't done a lot more. Stay tuned for updates as we hear them!

Finally for today, here's a handful of assorted shorter news stories from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band name:

  • According to singer/guitarist Darby Wigwaus' personal Facebook page, local sludge/doom metal trio AlgomA played an impromptu set on New Year's Eve during Honest Job's concert at 180 Projects, marking their first live appearance in over 4 months, and returning them to the site of their debut show from last spring (which also featured Honest Job.) Nice to hear that AlgomA are back at it, and hopefully 2014's a huge year for them!
  • Local progressive metal solo project The Hiroshima Mutant Mindframe have posted a handful of new djent recordings onto their Soundcloud page in the last few days, including a Periphery cover, a different version of their original "Whatever", and some "Drop E Riffage", which all sound very promising and brutal, so give them a look at the above links! Matt's talented, don't bypass his work!
  • Woods of Ypres fan Jacob Brooks has posted an unofficial "Live & Rarities" album onto BandCamp that compiles 9 live recordings from one of their last concerts in St. Paul, Minnesota along with two rehearsal tracks of Woods of Ypres playing "Shedding The Deadwood" & "I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery", neither of which was played in official setlists at the time. All proceeds from the album (which is on a "name your price" model) go to David Gold's family, so consider picking it up or checking out these nice quality recordings from late in their run!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news soon, including perhaps our next CD review? Find out shortly! Thanks everyone!

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