Here's another news post to kick off the coming week! Today, we have some assorted random news and notes, a new interview concerning a prominent local band, updates to the lineups of two shows this coming week, and leading things off, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so here's what you need to know!
One day before their LemmaFest-opening set outside of Dondee Lanes, Brimley metal band Half A Man will return to The Bird (a.k.a. Golanka's Bar) in Sault Michigan THIS FRIDAY!! This will be the band's first live concert appearance in over a year, their first gig since the departure of guitarist Denny Breslin last summer, and their debut as an official three piece band, though they temporarily played with 3 members only for their first show in 2010. Details on the show are fairly scant at the moment, but the guys should have loads of brutal original material and select covers in store for their long awaited live return, so if you can't make LemmaFest on Saturday (or if you just miss Half A Man), go see them at The Bird on Friday night! There is no announced cover charge, you must be 21 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is listed. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Also, I understand that Half A Man will be interviewed on "Scott & Brian In The Morning" on Rock 101 on Friday morning at or around 8:00 AM, so tune in to 101.3 FM on your radios on Friday to hear the interview and maybe some studio material? Time will tell, but don't miss Half A Man's busy and long awaited return this coming weekend!
Next up, here's some lineup updates to a pair of upcoming Sault Ontario-area metal concerts this coming week! First, local grimecore trio Shit Liver have replaced Desbarats death metallers For All That Is Lost as the headlining act at Thursday's 46th Roosevelt Hotel metal night. The news was broken on the Facebook event page this past Thursday by promoter Mitch Sirie, but a reason for F.A.T.I.L.'s exit was not announced. Nice to see Shit Liver still playing at The Rosie this week following their dropout of the Battle for the Blood on Tuesday, and they and The Bear Hunters will continue their frequent alliance in this series well this time around! As for For All That Is Lost, you can still see them this week at both the aforementioned battle & at their own "F.A.T.I.L. Gathering" on Neebish Road in Laird on Friday, which has it's own lineup additions! Fellow Desbarats death metallers Inhuman Methods have been added to the lineup for their second show with new singer Anthony Tverdal, bringing the lineup of named bands to seven. Solid addition, hopefully their opening slot at The Rosie on Thursday is a harbinger of good things for the F.A.T.I.L. Gathering on Friday! As well, the Facebook event page also notes that "others" will be playing as well, but what could that imply?
I wouldn't be surprised if the "others" refer to a band made up of assorted musicians, possibly similar to the one-off band Blood Messiah from a F.A.T.I.L. event in Thessalon last August. That band featured ex-Bring The Misery alumni Dan Souliere, Daeson Lesage, and Travis St. Amour alongside a fourth member I can't place, and Facebook has a bunch of photos & videos from said event. Travis has indicated on the event page that a band he was in was playing as of June 4th, but is this the "others" being referred to, or is it something else? If I hear anything, I'll let you guys know, but check the above links for more details!
Third today, here's a new Woods of Ypres interview you guys might be interested in! The Indian music blog Trendcrusher interviewed guitarist Joel Violette towards a post in February, where Joel answered questions about the circumstances surrounding the release of "Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light", the songwriting process for the album, recording with producer Siegfried Meier and mixer John Fryer, why the "W5" sessions weren't documented much like for the band's earlier releases, the band's evolution from black to doom metal, and the future for both Woods of Ypres and Joel's Thrawsunblat project. Solid interview with Joel answering to the best of his ability when he didn't know the answers first hand (i.e. David Gold's though process and choices), and there's some interesting new tidbits! Joel did reveal that original pre-release plans called for video releases and studio diaries to chronicle material being recorded for the album, but none of that has been released (I'd love to see them leak out in some form though), and while there won't be a new Woods of Ypres studio album, Joel does plan to find a new drummer for Thrawsunblat, as David provided drums for them prior to his passing as well. Rae Amitay, possibly? Click here to read the full interview, it's definitely worth checking out!
And finally, here's three assorted shorter stories from the last little while, and as always, these are in alphabetical order by band name:
- Kinross hard rockers Banned apparently played a set yesterday at 5:00 PM at the Blaney Park Rendezvous motorcycle rally (east of Manistique) as per their Facebook page. Even if this was in our local range, there wasn't enough advance info or details to cover it here, but it's great to see Banned continue their slow spread across the U.P., and hopefully this gig was a huge hit!
- Sault Ontario classic hard rock quintet That's Chester also played a show with little to no advance word yesterday, that being at this year's local Relay For Life event, as per their Facebook page. A venue or specific details (i.e. if it was open to the public) weren't promoted on band pages, but this isn't the first time That's Chester have rocked out for this great cause, so kudos to them! Also note that this was likely their first show with drummer Ric Datson since March following a joint injury.
- Sault Michigan classical metal notables Theatre of Night have announced on their Facebook page that the final mixing and mastering for their second album "The Dawn's Early Light" is now underway. Awesome to hear, so stay tuned for the release of their very patriotic new album on July 1st, if all goes according to plan!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for last month's poll results and this month's new poll tomorrow, along with a bunch of mid-week concert previews over the next little while! Thanks everyone!