Monday, March 9, 2015

Speak Easy Battle Of The Bands Video Showcase!! (Part 2)

(Updated at 2:09 PM) In what will likely be out last post dedicated to last Thursday's Speak Easy Battle of the Bands (at least until our rewind profile on it next year), let's now take a look at the last three videos from the event that Sault Online's Mike Caruso filmed and uploaded to his YouTube channel late last week! Just in case you missed them, we covered Mike's first four videos in yesterday's post, and the recap video before that, so check them out if you haven't seen them. Also, remember that we're not going to review or critique the last three videos, as all feature bands that are still involved in the VM Radio Battle of the Bands at The Canadian that I'm a judge for. Now, let's begin where we left off with the fifth band at this battle, local death metal veterans The Bear Hunters, who placed in third at this battle, and their video from the event is of their newer song "The Void".

This video was actually re-uploaded earlier today after viewers noticed some issues with the audio in the original copy, including skipping issues and an echo on the vocals, so everything sounds better now, and thanks to Mike for re-posting this! Congratulations to The Bear Hunters on their finish in this battle, check out their video below, and don't miss their finals set at the VM Radio Battle on March 25th!

Next up were local post-punk/garage quartet Gnaeus, who won the fan voted battle on Thursday and claimed the $400 top prize! Their video from Mike's channel is of them playing their new original song "An Excerise in Self Awareness", and without critiquing it, I'll say that it's a mid-tempo rocker with aggressive vocals. Congratulations to Gnaeus on their victory, and don't miss them in the VM Radio Battle semifinals on March 18th (one week from Wednesday!)

The battle ended with local classic metal quartet Project 421, whose filmed video is of their cover of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (and yes, bassist Daniel Horton did get a haircut!) Though they didn't place at this battle, give their video a look below, and don't miss them alongside Gnaeus, Mike Haggith and the Din, and The Apocalypse Afterparty next Wednesday in the last VM Radio Battle semifinal!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for our preview of night #2 of the VM Radio Battle of the Bands TOMORROW, plus this month's Defunct Local Band Profile and more in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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