Friday, November 11, 2011

Local Metal Video Showcase!!

Happy Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, 11/11/11, and of course, National Metal Day! Let's get a post in for you guys tonight, and it's another local metal video showcase, featuring new videos from four YouTube channels! This includes new footage from members of two local bands, this week's classic video, and leading things off, some new jam session video footage from a prominent local band, so here's what you need to know!

First, we have two new jam session videos of local extreme metal quintet Winkstinger! We haven't heard much from them since the summer, but YouTube user (and friend of the band) Cjlundquist66 shot the band playing two originals on what appears to be a cell phone camera at a recent jam session, and on Monday, he posted them on his YouTube channel! I believe they're of their songs "Sadist", and "Cheese Grater Face", but by all means correct me if I'm wrong! Though C.J. is critical of the audio quality in the comments for these videos, they honestly don't sound bad for audio, so fans shouldn't complain too much. The video quality isn't great, with the cell phone dimensions and his behind-the-band angle not helping matters (you only really see Alan Wells & Jesse Cook in frame), but it's nice to hear some good sounding new videos of Winkstinger in action! Fingers crossed they return to the stage soon! Check the above links for more, and because it's first, longer, and not cut off, here's Winkstinger playing "Sadist" at this jam session!

Next up is a new solo performance video from End of Existence, Theater of Night, and Dust N' Bones keyboardist Craig Harrison, who posted this lead synth riff video onto his YouTube channel on Sunday! It's at a similar angle and lighting to his other recent solo clips, but this is of a heavier riff that would go well with a track for one of his heavier projects! Very nice, and fingers crossed he posts some more solo clips soon, so check out Craig's newest video below!

Also in new solo videos are two new clips from ApocalyptiCDistroyeR frontman Jesse Middaugh, who posted two new solo performances onto the band's YouTube channel over the past couple of days. Recent updates for this band have mostly revolved around Jesse's solo videos, but he does have guitar talent, so give his newest videos a look, especially if you like Linkin Park! Both of these videos are of Jesse covering their songs "The Messenger" and "Iridescent" on an acoustic guitar with vocals, and though I'm admittedly not a fan of newer Linkin Park material, he does a good job with these! Vocals aren't too powerful, but they're not bad, so give Jesse's newest performance videos a look below!

And finally, here's this week's classic video! Six weeks after we last featured them in a classic video upload, we're giving Caveman Morrison the spotlight again, seeing as frontman Tym Morrison is rocking two local venues this weekend! Like our upload of their Billy Joel cover, this also comes from the very same late 2009 show at The Rockstar Bar, only this time, it's of their cover of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl", with a hard rock spin, of course! Once again, this features the band's 2009-2010 lineup, including Tym on vocals & guitar, current drummer Rick White on bass, and his former Frightlight bandmate Jeff "Shrek Ogre" Richards behind the drumkit. This video's quality isn't as good as our last classic upload of theirs, mainly because it freezes up at points & has a green watermark near the end, but that's the fault of the original camera & conversion program. You'll see the quality's no different on the original video, which is posted on the band's website at, though I did do some minor colour correction. Still, it's a solid performance, and Caveman Morrison show their talents well at making another older non-metal song rock!

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED!! All credit goes to Caveman Morrison and the original filmer for this video, I'm just sharing it with a wider audience like it deserves! That said, give Caveman Morrison's cover of Van Morrison a look below, and go see Tym in action TONIGHT at Feedback and tomorrow night at The Service Grill!

That's all for tonight, but hopefully I'll have a new news post tomorrow or Sunday, so keep an eye out! Thanks everyone!

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