Saturday, November 5, 2011

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Bear Hunters), A New Local Band, And The Skull Fist Concert Preview!!

News has sure slowed down since Halloween wrapped up, but I have some big stories today to share with everyone! So today, we have a new local band, a preview of a big metal concert tomorrow night, and leading things off, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so here's what you need to know!

Roosevelt Hotel metal nights are officially back! After a three week absence following a promoter switch, the Thursday night metal shows at the Korah Road bar are back this Thursday for your headbanging needs! This will be the 38th metal night at The Rosie, but the first from new booker (and Rosie manager) Stephane Vincent, and he's secured a solid lineup of local talent for Thursday night, so here's who to look out for! The announced headliners will be local melodic death metal quintet The Bear Hunters, in their first local concert since the Napalm Death show and their record-tying 16th Rosie metal night appearance, so they'll fit in extremely well on Thursday! Backing them up are local punk trio Redundant (fresh off of a pair of Halloween weekend concerts of their own) and local grime/death metal outfit Shit Liver, themselves rocking a Rosie metal night for a record-tying 16th time! Sounds like a good first lineup for the new metal nights, and it's good to see an all local lineup again for a change! Admission will be free as usual, you must be 19 to attend, and an 11:00 PM start time is announced. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!

It's great to see Thursday metal nights continuing, and though I don't know if they'll remain weekly or have any future adjustments, things seem on par with the Dismembertanment-promoted Thursday nighters! Also, here's a neat little fact: The first Roosevelt Hotel metal night (which featured Breaking The Fourth Wall & local openers) was on November 11th, 2010, almost exactly one year before the day they'll relaunch! Good timing, huh? Stay tuned for more on the metal nights' return as the week goes on!

Now to a concert preview, and in an otherwise quiet weekend on the local metal scene, we'll end the weekend strong tomorrow night, as Skull Fist are making their long awaited return to Sault Ontario! The always-entertaining Toronto heavy metal quartet will bring their old school sound back to The Canadian Nightclub tomorrow night, 15 months after last rocking Saultites to the core! This time however, they're touring in support of their new album "Head Of The Pack", and they'll look to end their cross-Canada tour in style here in the Soo! Unlike last year though, this concert will feature local openers instead of touring acts, including local classic metal quartet Late & Loud! After a busy stretch of late-October concerts, this talented outfit will be sure to deliver a great night of metal in what could be their first ever show at The Canadian! Fellow classic metallers Sativa Rose were initially announced to join them tomorrow in their debut with new singer Marisa Valois, but they have dropped out of the show due to personal reasons. Disappointing, hopefully nothing bad happened! That said, they have been replaced by a new band named View To A Kill, and I'll have more on them in a second.

And of course, this is the first metal concert to take place at The Canadian since the major flooding that devastated the Pim Street bar in July, so tomorrow's a great opportunity to see the renovations & how things look now at The Canadian! Admission will be $3 for this concert, everything starts at 10:00 PM, and you must be 19 to attend. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds good to me, and the metal will surely flow with the best of them tomorrow night, so I'll absolutely be there! I live right near The Canadian, how could I not go? For a preview, here's some awesome pro-shot footage of Skull Fist from earlier this year from the Metal Assault festival in Germany!

And now, let's mention the new local metal band named View To A Kill that are replacing Sativa Rose tomorrow night. If you're bummed that Sativa Rose aren't playing, it might be some solace to know that guitarist Andrew Angelic and bassist Adam Veale are in this new band, and that alone is promising! Whether this is Andrew's new band that was hyped for the Green Christmas Bash at Feedback or not isn't known yet. The other members of View To A Kill are State of Misery's own Steve Rhodes on vocals, as well as Kyle Umgeher on drums. I'm not familiar with Kyle at all musically, but it's nice to see Steve back out on a local stage for the first time since June! I have no clue if the existence of View To A Kill means anything "final" for Sativa Rose or State of Misery, but if I hear anything on their statuses, you'll be sure to find it here! Other details on View To A Kill are minimal so far (zombie Pokemon photo on their Facebook page aside), but they appear to play a form of hardcore metal, and have influences similar to those of their other bands. Their lineup sure sounds promising, and hopefully they deliver where Bring The Misery fell short tomorrow night! I'll have news on them (and the members' other bands) as I get it, but for now, check out View To A Kill at the above links!

That's all for now, but I'll see you guys at the Skull Fist show tomorrow night, and stay tuned my review of it, our next Defunct Local Band Profile, and much more this coming week! Thanks everyone!

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