Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A New-Ish Local Band, A New Album Release, And New Videos!!

Before we preview this weekend's metal & hard rock concerts tomorrow, we have a stacked new news post today featuring news on a recent local hard rock CD release, a new cover from talented local hard rock musicians, and a new preview video, but first, here's info on our newest addition to our band links, so here's what you need to know!

New-ish local grindcore/experimental metal duo This Is Your Band On Drugs finally have a Facebook page, so now we can add them to our local band links! Launched as early as last June via a Sudbury busking video (though they've only began a major local concert presence this month), their lineup includes Strange Coyotes frontman and creative local solo musician Chase Wigmore on vocals & guitar alongside Nick Burns on lead vocals, with programmed drums for live concerts. If you missed them at the Fuck The Facts show, the Swampstravaganza, or yesterday at The Moose Lodge, never fear, as T.I.Y.B.O.D. are now offering a free "album" to download from Google Drive at this link! The download features 14 original songs (though curiously not "Arthurs Everywhere") and the artwork seen on your right, the songs don't have the clearest recording quality, and vocals are very muffled, but their unique grind blend comes through even still! Check everything out above and via the band's YouTube channel, and stay tuned for more updates!

Next up, we have a new paid album release to plug, as Haggith drummer Mike Haggith quietly released his 48th solo album "A Place Of Our Own" this past Saturday to coincide with his solo set at the Sewer Swampstravaganza! CD copies sold there cost $5, and will be on store shelves (presumably including The Rad Zone) within the next week. The BandCamp digital copy also went up later on Monday, though online, it's available on a "name your price" model, so it can be free if you choose, but pay for it to support Mike's music work! Possibly most surprising to note for fans of Mike's solo project is that there were no song or title changes from the originally announced track listing, though Mike told me in conversation that it was due to the conceptual nature of this release. In terms of when to expect a review of this album, I'm targeting next month for it, as this month is reserved for Jack Spades' EP, and for clarity's sake, note that I chose "A Place Of Our Own" over Mike's last unreviewed album "The Present Din" as it's heavier.

I won't comment too much on my thoughts of this new album until the review, but buy it at the above links to enjoy Mike's new solo material, and stay tuned for updates on his next solo work as it rolls in!

We'll close today's post with new videos, including this cool new cover of Alice In Chains' "Nutshell" by Skeyes of Seven bandmates Cory Murchison & Alain Fletcher! Posted onto Al's YouTube channel on Monday, this may have been a partial result of their well recieved acoustic set at Medi-Fest in March, but it's just nice to hear new media of these guys, especially as Skeyes of Seven haven't played live in over a year. This is a well done cover, though it does feel a bit slowed down compared to the original. Solid rendition, so check it out below, and hopefully we get some new updates from Skeyes of Seven soon also!

Finally for today, Sault Michigan classical metal band Theatre of Night are featured in a unique (and short) preview video for their upcoming studio work, as posted on keyboardist Craig Harrison'sYouTube channel yesterday. The video most notably features a brief stop motion animation clip of a weird looking creature playing guitar and giving the devil horns, before transitioning to close up photos of band members, and closing with credits. Sort of cryptic, but I wonder if this will be expanded on in future projects? In any event, check out this new clip below, and stay tuned for much more from their newly updated website!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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