Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Local Metal Video Showcase!!

In our last post before TONIGHT'S VM Radio Battle of the Bands finals, here's a new all-video post for you guys on this Wednesday morning, including solo performance videos from two artists, live footage from a recent private event, and to kick things off, a new song from local alternative/hard rock quartet Haggith! With "Apocalypse II" now complete (though we await it's paid release), focus now shifts to their upcoming third "mainline" studio album "XIV", as the first full studio track from it is now live on their YouTube channel! It's for their song "Red", which is one of the newer songs for the planned album, and is being referred to as their "first single" from it. A short track featuring guitarist Daniel Horton on bass in lieu of Jordan Leach, it continues Haggith's recent up-tempo hard rock path, but as we do hope to review "XIV" in full in the future, I'll hold full comment for now. Give "Red" a listen below!

Next up, here's the latest from local goregrind solo project Crucify The Whore, who have been hard at work in recent weeks! The Tyler Gibson-led solo act has been campaigning recently to join the lineup of Montreal's Obscene Extreme Festival in August, and you can vote to help Tyler fulfill a longtime goal of his to play this event, so click here to show your support! C.T.W. are also teasing more split demos in the future with out of town grind projects, and two songs from the hinted split with North Bay's Scrotox are up on Bandcamp to check out as well! Most titles and the cover art aren't "safe for work" though, as it were. A sequel to last April's Dank Fest all ages show has also been teased, as have new material releases from many of his local music projects. Most recently, Tyler posted two new concert videos on the Blood Shed Productions YouTube channel this past weekend, both from a recent short notice private house party event, so what should you know?

The videos (one linked here) are of C.T.W. at a Weldon Avenue residence last week, though we won't give either's title here due to both being potentially offensive. Both are also short, and the audio quality is mixed, but they capture a lively fan response to the goregrind action in this more intimate atmosphere! Give the new videos a look above and before, and get more C.T.W. news at their Facebook page!

We'll close today with new solo guitar cover videos, including a few new postings from former For All That Is Lost guitarist Brook Moreau! Sporadic reunion teases aside, we haven't heard a ton from Brook since F.A.T.I.L.'s breakup two years ago, but he's recently began posting cover videos onto his new YouTube channel and on a Facebook page to compile them, so what's within? Two of his three uploads are of Killswitch Engage covers ("Take This Oath" & "Self Revolution"), but embedded below is his cover of August Burns Red's "Composure". He has a solid grasp of these songs, though the audio quality on the video is mixed. Still, give Brook's covers a look above & below!

Lastly, here's four new solo vocal/guitar covers from former Elipzis bassist/Nightmare Grin singer Ryan Harrison's new YouTube channel! A definitely diverse blend of covers includes renditions of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer", Roger Miller's "Me & Bobby McGee", Outkast's "Ms. Jackson", and (as embedded below) Blue October's "For My Brother", which Ryan dedicated in the memory of the late Jake Rameau, who fronted the Muskegon hard rock band Lakeshore Drive before being tragically killed last year when trying to chase down a car thief. Great sentiment, and my thoughts go out to Jake's family and friends! FYI, the man responsible was found guilty a few days ago, Muskegon news sites will have more details. Ryan delivers nice performances on each video, and the emotion shows through when needed, so give Ryan's new solo postings a look above and/or below!

That's all for today, but we'll see you guys TONIGHT at The Canadian for the VM Radio Battle of the Bands Finals! Thanks everyone!

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