Friday, November 28, 2014

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile Updates (November 2014)

Hey guys, as promised, here's our special update post for our past Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profiles, as we went back and updated (if necessary) the info, photos, links, and lineups of the 63 bands we've profiled in this series since 2010! This has became an annual break of sorts for the series, but it's a great chance to keep tabs on bands that we don't cover every day, as these bands are all from out of town (they just featured one or more Saultites in one of their lineups.) With that said, read on below for everything that we changed, and each band's name links to their original profile!
Phatstick: Along with replacing now-deleted band photos and removing their website's expired link, I noted that Phatstick appear to have dissolved again, as they have not posted any online updates since their reunion show in Brantford in October 2013. If they are done, it is disappointing to see them inactive again, especially given their talent, but hopefully Jason, Joe, and the guys reunite again down the road!

Will of the Ancients: The only changes reflect the band's 2014 activity, as they released their new album "To Our Glorious Dead" in February and have toured frequently since, including a well recieved August tour of Eastern Canada with Psychotic Gardening, so be sure to keep an eye on them for more brutal black metal! Also, the band's smaller quartet lineup has remained the same since last year.

Papa Fogals Chair: I noted P.F.C.'s most recent one-off reunion gig, which took place at bassist Mike Bird's stag & doe at The Moose Lodge in May of this year, while also noting frontman Andy Chillman's newest work in the London acoustic/folk band The Bird Stone Revival. Other than those notes, some info clean-up, and a larger band logo, everything else is fine, as the band hasn't fully reunited beyond that one-off show.

The Sexual Vigilantes: Aside from adding to Brent Ellis & Curtis Faux's band work (including adding Destroilet & The Bombed Squad to Brent's info and The Cola Heads & Chainbreaker to Curtis'), there weren't any major changes, as The Sexual Vigilantes have remained inactive since 2009. If you miss the guys though, don't miss Detroit's reunion show next month at The Algonquin Pub, as some of their originals started as SXVGLNTES songs!

Feral Noise: All I updated here was guitarist Tym Morrison's info, as he's largely transitioned to solo concerts in the past couple of years, with his local metal band Caveman Morrison being inactive since Boxing Day last year, along with adding a note on singer Nathalie Boudreau's recent solo work of her own. Feral Noise remain inactive, with members living in many different locations at present.

Sadomasochism: No changes. The Grand Rapids death metal band remains inactive, and their profile needed no photo or video updates, but you can see frontman John Rios play similar material with his current band From Hell!

Levitate: No changes. Levitate have remained inactive in the past year, and while frontman Cory Murchsion remains active with the local hard rock band Skeyes of Seven, they haven't played live in the past year and haven't done enough new stuff to really warrant an edit to this profile. I full expect additions next year though!

Necramyth: Again, no changes. Necramyth have also not reunited in the last year, and haven't shown any sign of life since ex-drummer David Gold's passing, but you can check out frontman Pedro Chae's current band Embloodyment for similar metal action!

Human Disorder: The only edits reflected the inactivity of members Jason Taillefer & Joe LaVergne's later hard rock band Phatstick, who went dormant after last fall's reunion show, as already addressed above. Nothing else needed to be changed, as Human Disorder have been defunct since 2000.

Summon: Aside from restoring dead photo links, all that was added was a note that frontman Chas Schoals can now be seen in Inebriated, a newer death metal band out of Lansing, Michigan. Summon themselves remain inactive, having last properly updated their Facebook pages in 2010.

The Disciples of Rock: Like last year, updates were limited to bassist James White's recent local band work, including acknowledgements of his recent work with The Elements & Haggith, and a downplaying of his cover band Caveman Morrison, who have been inactive since the end of 2013. Everything else is good, as the band has not visibly reunited in the past year.

Violet Fuse: Updates here were mainly to confirm the band's presumed breakup, as they have not posted a known online update since December 2012, so it's likely that they quietly dissolved last year. Disappointing, especially given their talent, but you can catch drummer/Saultite Thom Edwards with his current band The Gypsy Ghosts! We also restored both photos due to dead links, and replaced their Facebook group's link there with their more used Facebook page.

Jar.: Along with a replaced band photo, all that was changed was some condension of their bio, which was overly long. Though Jar. are still active and update their online pages frequently, the guys haven't done a lot of major activity in 2014, but hopefully they have some more concerts and recordings in the works!

Thrawsunblat: I added fiddle player Jeff Mott to their current lineup, while also restoring a band photo, replacing a less used Facebook page with their new Twitter page, and made notes on their recent CD recording sessions. The band remains a studio-only project, but as the spiritual successors to Woods of Ypres, don't bypass them!

Hellhitch: Aside from a shrunk band photo for aesthetic purposes, no changes. Hellhitch remain inactive, and I wasn't able to find any major updates concerning the band or their members' later music.

Kilacel: The only edits reflected former bassist Chris Leask's local band work, mainly to correct the spelling of his current band Power Slug and add their Facebook page's link, now that they actually have an online page. The rest is good, as Kilacel are going on 4 years for their hiatus, but you can still see Luke Ponce & Matt Millering with the similar Nunica hard rock band Coldville!

Fifth Way: I noted guitarist/LSSU grad Zak Stelmaszek's current work with the Milwaukee cover rock band King Kong, though he still rocks with his Detroit-based bandmates in Fifth Way! Nothing else on the write-ups needed a major update (they still play live regularly, and have avoided more bassist changes), but the previously featured video of theirs was privatized for unannounced reasons in the past year, despite it being from their 2010 show opening for Tesla in Sault Michigan. Disappointing, but they have other online videos, and now featured there is this music video for their song "Stomping Ground", which you can also see below!

Mark Rand: Aside from a replaced photo due to a dead link and an allusion to next month's Detroit reunion show, no changes. Mark hasn't revived his solo project in the past year, and has largely focused on his current Peterborough hardcore punk band Cross Dog, so follow them for their guitar-less brutality!

L'anguisette: Updates mostly referenced the status of a release of this former David Gold-featured metal band's unreleased album "Damning The Euphrates", and if you've read the post on their Facebook page in June, prospects for it don't look high despite some optimistic hopes. The only other updates were to restore expired photos.

S.C.A.R.: I restored the profile's photos, altered references to frontman Mike Haggith's local band work (mainly to remove references to the reunited Mike Haggith & The Din's inactivity), and I also noted that S.C.A.R. teased recording a new album last year as well. S.C.A.R. have remained inactive throughout 2014, but keep an eye out in case Mike & Dylon jam again over the holidays!

The Northern Ontario Black Metal Preservation Society: No changes. The N.O.B.M.P.S. has remained inactive since David Gold's passing in 2011, and I haven't heard of any new music work from Aaron Palmer since, but if anything turns up by next year, we'll let you know!

Maximum RNR: Most of the edits referenced the departure of singer Brenton Ellis (a.k.a. Diamond Brent Panther) a few months ago, and while the Toronto hardcore punk band hasn't updated any of their online pages since to confirm that, Brent confirmed he left the band in a personal conversation. Hopefully we hear more from RNR soon, they're a solid band! Other updates included Brent and fellow Saultite Curtis Faux's recent band work with Destroilet, The Cola Heads, and Chainbreaker, plus a restored band photo.

Buster Cherry: All that was edited was references to members/Saultites Terry Eaton & Vinnie Milosevich's recent band work, as Terry's local country band 2 Buck Beers has disbanded and he's since formed the heavier Mourning Wood, while Vinnie has played with bands like Knee Deep & Curse The Witch in recent years. The rest is good, but I did replace the redundant second photo there with a shot of Terry playing live with Asylum Country.

The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles: Aside from some light references to 2014 activity and two restored band photos, no changes. T.H.S.M.M. are still active and played live in April, but have been on a break since then due to personal commitments, so keep an eye out for their return!

Gravity Crash: No changes. Gravity Crash remain defunct, and the profile needed no full edits or changes, but be sure to give guitarist/Saultite Paul Melanson a look with his current Metallica tribute band Damage Inc.!

Jeff Nisbet: Aside from a restored photo, no changes, as Jeff hasn't updated his solo pages since 2011, and I've heard nothing concerning newer music work from him in any capacity in the past year.

NeanderTHRALL: Aside from the addition of their Twitter page's link and a restored band photo, no changes. NeanderTHRALL were active as recently as June, but haven't done a lot outside of some studio work this year, so the biography info doesn't need an imminent change... yet.

Infathom: The only updates were photo restorations and a minor edit to their recent activity level, as they still play often in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and still play a Sault Michigan-area date at least twice a year. Dillion and company are good bets to come back east for shows in 2015, so don't miss out when/if they do!

Paricide: One change referenced drummer Adam Veen's later band work, as Daillers appear to have broken up, but he's still active with the Oil Springs rock band The Mudd Buttons. As well, Sault native/ex-Sue Inside frontman Shane Fraser's recent work, as he most recently played in the Thunder Bay rock band Ostrich for a few months this year, though the band is now named Eleven Seventeen. The rest is good, as Paricide are pushing a decade since their breakup.

The Lust Boys: Sadly, the Victoria, B.C. sleaze rock quartet amicably broke up following a farewell concert in February, so that's the main cause for updates to their profile, aside from photo replacements and the removal of their now closed website. Disappointing, especially as they never got a chance to play a local make-up date from their cancelled 2012 set, but you can see members Tommy Thrust & Doc Sxdryv in the new Victoria hard rock band Hell Camino!

Repetitions: Aside from restored band photos, no changes. Repetitions remain defunct since their 2012 dissolution, but Saultite Ash Richtig can still be seen alongside Repetitions bandmate Jay Buston with the similar Line Drawn, so give them a listen for the next best thing!

Age of Days: For their lineup, I added rhythm guitarist Dean Hartsell to their current lineup (replacing Mike Diesel), as he's featured in their current band photos, and played songwriting roles on their newest album "Radioactivity". I also updated their Twitter page to reflect their name's spelling change, but other than that, everything's good for their bio for now. Hopefully their tour dates with Buckcherry go well in January!

Mothership:The only updates (save for photo replacements) acknowledged their continued existence after their reunion last fall, which has been steadily similar to their original run. If you love Led Zeppelin, keep this tribute band in mind if you're in the Ottawa area!

Constructed Apocalypse:Updates were limited to a photo restoration, the deletion of their closed Facebook & Webs pages, and some updates to former singer Jeremy Hannah's local music work of the past year, including with The North Shore (formerly Like Father Like Son) and his new company Pure Sonic Audio. Everything else is fine, as the band remains defunct.

Winter of Silence: Aside from a restored photo, no changes, as Winter of Silence have not visibly been revived in the past year, but hopefully Ryan's still active in music!

Azriahl: I restored a photo there and added some notes on their current status, mainly that singer Sarah Mourning is hoping to revive Azriahl with a new lineup in the coming months, but until that happens (if at all), we'll leave their last full lineup in place on their page again. Hopefully they come back!

RedStone Riot: Though I restored a photo, updated their lineup to reflect the addition of Dexx Brown as their new rhythm guitarist earlier this year (replacing Ryan Fluharty), and noted their return to the stage in July after singer Rachel Kiger's recovery from recent health setbacks, she actually left R.S.R. in August, which briefly led the band to announce their breakup. At last word, they're "down, but not out", but like with Azriahl, we'll list their last full lineup until they do formally come back, if ever. Best of luck all around!

Under Earth: No changes, except for restored photos. This project has not been revived in the past year, but if you crave new music from Ash Richtig, he's got plenty of other bands you can follow!

The Georgian Skull: No changes. The band formerly known as Mister Bones is long since defunct, and nothing on the profile was screaming for an update, but you can see members Al Petrovich & Adam Saitti with the similar sludge metal band Gypsy Chief Goliath!

Beyond Haven: Though Beyond Haven are still very much active, their profile didn't need any major updates beyond photo restorations, as they still play live frequently and have been working on new songs. Give them a look for some entertaining modern hard rock!

Genocya: Lineup-wise, the Lansing black metal band brought former drummer Tim "Speedbag" Sever back to the fold in February (replacing Erik Stroude due to personal commitments), but everything else is good (save for restored photos), as Genocya still play live frequently, so keep an eye out for them in the Lower Peninsula!

The Dyadics: Aside from photo restorations, our only change here was to note that the London hard rock duo are currently working on a new album, so be on guard for updates on Kevin & Matt's next music!

Bury Your Demons: Photo restorations aside, all that was changed here was confirmations that the band is indeed defunct now, having not updated their online pages since April of last year, but hopefully the guys all stay active in music, as they had a good thing going!

The Line Drawn: I added the link to their YouTube channel, restored both photos, and amended some of our thoughts on them, as they're no longer a new band with little media online. Still active and gigging, look for a big 2015 from Ash and company!

Brynhildr: Sadly, this depressive black metal project are now defunct, as proven by the deletion of all of their online pages, so updates related to both that and photo restorations. Hopefully Ryan stays active in music, as he had talent and drive!

Flint: Though still active and busy, there wasn't a lot to really add to the profile beyond adding the band's first bassist Frank Pirker to their lineup info, though I also restored one photo. Keep an eye out for more from Flint!

Lead The Dead: No changes. Lead The Dead have not reunited since their 2011 dissolution, though you can see former guitarists Chris Page with local death metallers Giwakwa and Andre Fetchison with London's Mulletcorpse!

Caste of Shadows: I added Marcell Puurveen to their lineup information as their new bassist (replacing Saultite Paul Melanson), while also restoring both photos and noting that the band returned after a year's hiatus this fall with new gigs, so we'll have to see where things go from here for them!

D3athcharg3r: In terms of their lineup, we've added Zach Guest to their past members, as he briefly joined D3athcharg3r earlier this year to replace Brad Coughlin (who left the band himself in the spring), though at last word, the band is operating as a quartet. As a result, we replaced one band photos to reflect the guitarist departures, though the rest of the info was good otherwise, and hopefully Steve & Andrew bring the band home!

Cross Dog: I restored a photo and made some minor references to their 2014 output and concerts, but the profile as a whole didn't need major updates. Hopefully Mark and crew take a jaunt back north for a show next year!

Damage Inc.: Some references to recent concerts and activity was cleaned up and made more current, along with a photo replacement and the addition of guitarist Oleg Usykov's nickname "Ole Gus". The rest is good, and if you're out west, keep a look out for this Metallica tribute band!

Life In Shadow: No changes, beyond a photo restoration. Life In Shadow have not issued a public updates since 2012, but hopefully the guys all stay active in music going forward!

The Lumbermen: Photos were restored there, and a link was added to their "Ego" music video, but The Lumbermen haven't been as active in 2014 for new additions, so the profile remains mostly as is. 2015 should be a big year though, so follow along to see what's next!

Curse The Witch: Aside from restored photos, the only major edits were to downplay references to the non-Leventic members of their listed lineup, as bassist James Farquhar and drummer/Saultite Vinnie Milosevich have not been referenced on Curse The Witch's online pages in recent months, which were also hyping musician searches this summer. The band played live as recently as September, but have not publicized their other members, if they're not just touring musicians. Hopefully we'll hear more soon!

Chainbreaker: Updates were mostly to refresh bassist/Saultite Curtis Faux' other band work (including his other active band The Cola Heads), and to add mentions of their 2014 concert slate, which saw them play alongside notable bands like IDNS and Bat, though we also restored the photos. Chainbreaker's thrash attack would be more than welcome up here, so hopefully they get the chance for a trip up north!

The Howling Bullets: No changes, save for photo restorations. The Toronto horror punk band haven't deviated far from what was written about them for their SMS profile in March, but there should be some exciting news ahead!

The Merves: Like above, no changes save for reviving a photo. The Merves keep plugging away with Ramones/Joan Jett tribute shows in Southern Ontario, and look for a likely local return next year!

Alpha Trion: Restored photos aside, all that was added was a note on guitarist Curtis Wells' newest solo video that was shared on Alpha Trion's Facebook page in June, which (if you count it) is their only sign of life since last fall. It'd be great to see the band back at it in full though!

Gatgas: For their lineup, I noted the departure of guitarist Corey Shipp (who left prior to Hardcore Homecoming for unannounced reasons), and at least as of yet, he has not been replaced. Other info updates related mainly to Gatgas' recent activity, including a show opening for The Ripcordz this year, but I did revive a photo & replace the video there, as we only had a slideshow with no actual video footage there previously. Instead, here's Gatgas playing "Back To The Asylum" at The Rockstar Bar in September!

Public Animal: No changes, besides a photo restoration. The Toronto hard rock band remains active and gigging with no major public changes in the past few months, but hopefully they try again to play a show here!

The Fairmounts: Same as above, as The Fairmounts are still working on new originals and playing assorted Southern Ontario concerts, but hopefully Mikey brings the guys back home soon!

Random Killing: No changes at all. The profile's still good and accurate from what I can determine, and hopefully Drew and company have another hardcore homecoming in the works!

The Labour Of...: Aside from the addition of guitarist Curtis Faux's Toronto thrash band Chainbreaker to his other band info, no changes. The Labour Of... remain defunct, but you can see Curt and frontman Jules Swift in their current band The Cola Heads!
I hope you guys liked this look at the changes (or lack thereof) to our past Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profiles! Given that we'll have 74 profiles to update at this point next year, I may explore a change to how we update this series' entries, but that's for another time to worry about. For now, I'll confirm that our next regular profile in this series (likely on Boxing Day) will be on Knee Deep, the Southern Ontario cover hard rock band featuring former Hollow drummer Vinnie Milosevich! Look for that then, and stay tuned for more news, previews, and more soon! Thanks everyone!

1 comment:

Vinnie said...

Thank you for the write ups Rob. Your doing a fine job, looking forward to the Knee Deep write up.