Tuesday, November 8, 2011

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tym Morrison & Sativa Rose) And Huge News From Gates Of Winter!!

Well guys, here's some more news for this Tuesday evening, and we've got a lot of big stuff here! Tonight, we have some big news from a prominent local metal band, new videos from them, and some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for this month, so here's what you need to know!

Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison has two more acoustic solo concerts lined up for you local fans, both of which take place this weekend! His first new show will be his debut at Feedback on Friday night in a rare non-Service Grill concert from him! Though his acoustic metal covers are new to Feeback as it currently exists, you may remember him from a number of Foggy Notions shows in the past, including a weekly concert arrangement there that started late last year and ended in February, so he's no stranger to this bar! That said, if you're used to his Service Grill shows, never fear, as he'll also be back at the Korah Road restaurant on Saturday night as well with lots of hard rocking hits to play for his fans! He's back there after another off weekend, suggesting a bi-weekly arrangement now for his shows there, but there hasn't been a finite weekly schedule for them since September. Neither show this weekend has an announced cover charge (bring cash just in case for Feedback though), he'll be on at 10:00 PM on Friday and 8:00 PM on Saturday, and though I know it will be a 19+ show on Friday night, I don't believe the age restriction will apply for the Service Grill. Click here and here for each show's respective event pages! It's great to see Tym playing some more solo shows this weekend, so check them out if you can! Stay tuned for more later in the week!

Also for new shows, it's the long awaited return of Sativa Rose to the local stage! The classic metal quintet will finally make their debut live appearance with new singer Marisa Valois at this show, after initially dropping out of Sunday's Skull Fist concert, when they rock The Roosevelt Hotel three weeks from today on November 29th! After a four month hiatus, how will they sound? Time will tell! At this concert, Sativa Rose will be among the local openers for Toronto pop punk trio The Unbelievers, who recently played with local standouts Frightlight when they opened for The Misfits last month in Toronto! Good to see them here, their stylish punk attack will be sure to turn heads at The Rosie! As well, the new local band T. Rex Manning (who were briefly advertised for the Coch's Corner Halloween Party before dropping out) are scheduled to open this concert as well. I still don't know much about them, but I can confirm they're Frightlight frontman (and this show's promoter) J.D. Pearce's new band, alongside guitarist Tiffany Stocco, bassist Bill Bennett, and drummer Daniel MacDonald. Punk covers and some metal, from what I understand, but hopefully we see and hear more from them soon! Thanks to Tiffany for filling me in!

Doors open at 10:00 PM for this concert, you must be 19 to attend, and there's a $3 cover charge, which is well worth it. Check the official Facebook event page for more details! Sounds like an interesting lineup of bands, and hopefully a good crowd turns out for the punk and metal within! If I hear any updates, you'll absolutely hear them here!

Next up, here's some huge news from Gates of Winter! If you've been wondering what they've been up to lately, bassist Steve Furgiuele will tell you in the video below courtesy of the band's official YouTube channel. Firstly, he announced that Gates of Winter's forthcoming second studio album will be entitled "Perihelion" (which means the point of a planet's orbit when it's nearest to the sun), and the planned release for it will be in December... of 2012. That's a ways off, but at least we have a tentative idea of when to expect the CD! He also announced in the video that Gates of Winter plan to re-record some material from their 2008 CD "Lux Aeterna" and release it in some form in the summer. I'm glad to see they're not abandoning it all like past pages had alluded to, and hopefully the new versions of whatever songs they re-record showcase their current talents well! Nothing about a potential live return was announced in the video, but my fingers are crossed! Also, he plugged that "Lux Aeterna" is on sale now on iTunes (click here to pick it up for $8.91 or 99¢ a song), and he referred to the band's website at http://www.gatesofwinter.com which now redirects to their Facebook page, replacing that error-filled fan page that had taken the domain name since 2009.

Nice to see some more detailed word from the band on their next steps, and the audio clips bookending Steve's portion sound brutal and very promising! If the December 2012 release date for "Perihelion" sticks, it will be almost 5 years since their last album came out, but knowing how they want to improve and emphasize newer material, you know they're making it worth every second of waiting! Check out the full video below, and get hyped up for "Perihelion" next year!

And finally in Gates of Winter news, the band has uploaded two new 2008 concert videos onto their YouTube channel! Though their live instrumental demo of "From Nothingness" and their "Gates TV" episode were disappointingly deleted from the channel, the band has replaced them with two live videos from what (I think) was their surprise return show at The Grand Theater in September 2008, and also their first of two local concerts with former drummer David Gold. The posted videos, which apparently have never been released to the public before, are of Gates of Winter playing their song "Winter Flight" and their unreleased song "Torment", which was axed from "Lux Aeterna" before it's release. Very nice quality footage from a high viewpoint, and I've always liked how much heavier the vocals were on the later version of "Winter Flight" especially! Always good to hear "Torment" too, though I wish the band would have released it on a CD. Check the above links to see this newly posted Gates of Winter footage, and here's the "Winter Flight" video! Awesome stuff!

That's all for today, but in case there's no news tomorrow, stay tuned for our next Defunct Local Band Profiles & weekend concert previews on Thursday! Thanks everyone!

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