Sunday, April 12, 2015

Shit Liver's Canadian Tour, A New Gnaeus Video, And Much More!!

In our last post before I return home to the Soo, we're clearing out most of our backlogged news items from the past week, and I promise, this month's Defunct Local Band Profile is coming next, likely tomorrow morning! Today, we have lots of shorter assorted notes, the surprising fulfillment of a rising young band's promise for hitting 300 likes on Facebook, and first, big tour plans from a prominent local metal band, so here's what you should know!

Local/St. Catharine's death/crust metal trio Shit Liver have announced their first ever full Canadian tour! As revealed on their Facebook page yesterday, their "Homeland Debauchery Tour" will take them from Sudbury to Vancouver in leg 1 between April 24th & May 16th, and presumably back east to Southern Ontario (and beyond?) for the second leg to be announced. Most locally notable is a tentative local date on Saturday, April 25th, which would be Shit Liver's first in the Soo since last summer, but a venue and full information have yet to be revealed. Of course, we will keep you posted! Though Shit Liver have played often in Southern Ontario (and even in Quebec) since moving to St. Catharine's in 2013, this will be hude for their growth and rise in the Canadian metal scene, and hopefully they make lots of new fans over the next month+! For reference, Shit Liver will play alongside such locally familiar bands as The Dayglo Abortions and Hallows Die during the first leg.

To announce the tour run, Shit Liver posted this video on their YouTube channel yesterday, which frontman Josh Penno points out isn't like a usual tour announcement video. It features a look into their jam session area (including performance footage there), a sped-up demonstration of how the guys make their official t-shirts, and some outtakes of their host segments. Light and amusing with enough brutality to go around, give Shit Liver's new video a look below, and check Facebook for info on announced dates!

Next up, here's the resolution of a recent challenge that local garage/post-punk quartet Gnaeus put forth on their Facebook page, where they said that if they got 300 likes on Facebook, they'd post a video of guitarist/synth player Brad Irwin covering Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"... naked?! Honestly, I thought the promise was just a joke, but they did pass 300 likes, and on Tuesday, the band followed through on their YouTube channel! And don't worry, the video is safe for work, nothing obscene is shown. It features Brad walking through a house playing the song, joining the rest of the band (also apparently naked) at a table, and closing with Brad thanking fans for their support. Amusing, and nice to see the guys follow through beyond what I expected, so give it a look below, and stay tuned for more from the guys, presumably clothed!

Finally for today, here's six assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • Local sludge metal trio AlgomA will head east to Sudbury for a concert at Little Montreal on June 28th, where they'll play alongside Sudbury's own Horse Lung (who are playing in the Soo later this month) and Toronto blackened thrash outfit Ax Minister. Sounds like a good show, and hopefully there's a great turnout! Click here for more details!
  • Bear Hunters guitarist Mitch Sirie was inquiring on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group last week as to where to record, mix, and master their planned second album "The Dead Testament", which they hope to begin in July. Mitch hopes to "go big or go home" with a "massive yet clean sound" and production that rivals their favourite bands. There's already visible interest from local studios, but if you can help out, message Mitch above or at this link!
  • Gates of Winter frontman Lee Maines has quietly been posting some new samples of material from the band's still-forthcoming third album "Perihelion" on his personal Soundcloud page in recent months, including an orchestral sample and one titled "Promethean Brass", presumably from their song "Prometheus". Nice to see things progressing, if slowly, and hopefully we hear much more on this album in 2015!
  • Local goregrind duo Rotopsy have quietly posted a new song onto their Bandcamp page towards their next full length release in recent weeks, and though I won't give the title here due to potentially offensive content, it's 24 words long, and may have been space limited due to it's abrupt ending. Give it a listen above for more of Rotopsy's consistent minimal goregrind brutality!
  • Dafter, Michigan solo hard rock artist Ken Sutton (a.k.a. "SweetKenny") posted another new song named "Check Out!" to his Reverbnation page last week, which does have spoken word vocals. Fans of his existing material should enjoy it, but we'll hold comment for now, especially as we might be reviewing the album that this song will presumably be featured on. Check out "Check Out!" above though, and stay tuned as more rolls in!
  • Sault Michigan classical metal band Theatre of Night have posted two new original songs on their Soundcloud page in the past week, which are entitled "The End of All" & "Symphony of the Dead". Both are largely cinematic orchestral pieces with no vocals (yet?), but should be appreciated by fans, and hopefully we'll see Theatre of Night's long anticipated original album soon! Give them a listen above!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile next, I promise! Thanks everyone!

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