Local concert promotion agency Heavy North Entertainment will end a 3 month hiatus when they host Vancouver technical death metal quintet Archspire at an all ages show at The Oddfellows Hall on Sunday, August 3rd! Previously teased on H.N.E.-linked pages, this show takes place in the middle of Archspire's "Tech Trek II: The Next Degeneration" tour, and if you love brutal progressive metal and complex song structures (plus some of the fastest growling vocals you'll hear live), you won't want to miss Archspire's live set next month! Three local opening bands are signed for this concert, ironically all fresh off of their Touch of Death Festival appearances in Cochrane, and they include local death metal quartet The Bear Hunters, sludge/doom metal trio AlgomA, and local goregrind solo act Crucify The Whore, and all are great fits for this show, so don't be late for their sets, and C.T.W. might have copies of their new demo too! There will be a $10 door charge on August 3rd (no word on if advance tickets will be sold), this is an ALL AGES event, and start times are not yet announced. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!
I'll also note that H.N.E. founder Tyler St. Amour revealed on their Facebook page on Saturday that this show "could be Heavy North's last & heaviest", which leaves open the possibility that he may stop promoting concerts after this one. Hopefully he doesn't, as he's put on some brutal and fun concerts since last fall, and the Archspire show should add to that catalog, so just in case, don't take this show for granted, and don't miss out on all of the metal action in 4 weeks!
Next up, we've found some more videos from Alice Cooper's headlining concert at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino last month, so what should you know on these? YouTube user Saundra K. (user name Duguay1711) uploaded these to her YouTube channel on Thursday, and while they're far from her first concert videos on the channel, they're just her second from a local show (Kellie Pickler was first.) She shot 12 videos at the show, though curiously, all are 92 seconds or less, so maybe that was the time limit on this camera? In upload order, the videos are of Alice playing "House of Fire", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "School's Out", "Caffiene", "Welcome To My Nightmare", "Go To Hell", "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)", "The Ballad of Dwight Fry", "I Love The Dead", a cover of The Beatles' "Revolution", "I'm Eighteen", and "Poison", so click each link to see each clip! Aside from the abbreviated video lengths, Saundra shot some nice videos from the show, getting a close zoomed in angle of the action, though the audio can be scratchy. Check the clips out above, and here's Alice playing "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)"!
Also today, I'd meant to share a new Theatre of Night video, but curiously, it (and everything else on their YouTube channel) was recently deleted for unknown reasons. That's a shame, hopefully something big's coming there though! Instead, we have a new guitar performance video from former Insipid Brutality/Swayze Train guitarist Scott Savoie's YouTube channel, marking his first upload there since 2012! This is Scott's submission for The Mayones/Seymour Duncan Worldwide Solo Contest, where the best guitar solo will earn the guitarist a new Regius 7 Custom guitar with Seymour Duncan pickups, and he shreds a pretty nice solo here that should get some consideration in the contest! Judge for yourself below, and hopefully we hear more from Scott soon!
Finally for today, here's three shorter recent news stories from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- I've moved Sault Michigan hard rock cover quartet Dirtbag In A Dress to our inactive band links (under their more used older name Bucksaw) due to a year's inactivity. Unless we hear otherwise, we're treating LemmaFest 2014 performers Mr. Fister as a separate band due to the name change and 50% different lineup (Ryan Franklin & Mikey Bishop weren't in the latter band.) If they're the same, we'll add them back, but even still, I have not found a Mr. Fister online page yet. Hopefully we'll see the guys before next year's LemmaFest in any form!
- Apparently, the all ages metal show at The Moose Lodge on May 13th (featuring what's now The Revolution, This Is Your Band On Drugs, and Rotopsy) also featured an additional late notice act, as local keyboardist/street performer Damjan "Spider Fingerz" Binda played a set that night as well. Interesting addition, though Damjan is quite talented and unique, so hopefully everything went well! My source for this info is Revolution drummer Brandan Glew in a personal conversation.
- Since May 10th, you may have noticed photos of the stage setup for three events we didn't cover on here on local hard rock trio Stiffler's Mom's Facebook page, including at the round barn in Sowerby, a nurse's conference at a local hall, and the Sault Accessible Sports Incorporation's "A Night To Remember" fundraiser at The Bushplane Museum last month. The first two appear to have been private events, but the S.A.S.I. fundraiser was publically attendable, and it slipped us by completely when originally announced. Our sincere apologies for missing it, hopefully it was a great event!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our second local punk band introductory post tomorrow! Thanks everyone!