It's amazing how fast big news hits the wire, because we've got another news post tonight to get you guys caught up with! Below, we have news on an upcoming local metal album, how local high school students can help promote some upcoming concerts, and leading off, some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for this month and next, both of which are very notable in different ways, so here's what you need to know!
A new battle of the bands has been announced for Sault Ontario, and it will take place in exactly ONE WEEK! Due to high demand for an opening slot for the 3 Inches of Blood-headlined concert at The Roosevelt Hotel on July 9th, promoter J.D. Pearce has announced a battle of the bands on Tuesday, June 12th at The Rosie to determine the concert's second local opening band, which is an awesome opportunity! Four bands have been announced to compete at this battle, and in alphabetical order, they include Desbarats death metal quartet For All That Is Lost, local grimecore trio Shit Liver, deathcore standouts The Valentine's Day Massacre, and extreme metal quintet Winkstinger, which adds up to a talented group of area metal bands for this battle! For F.A.T.I.L. and The V.D.M., this will be their first battle since their three-way third place tie at the Sault Humane Society Battle of the Bands in April, so that alone makes this battle a close call! The other two bands will make their first local battle appearances on Tuesday, though Shit Liver bassist Mike Kyle guested with Bring The Fallen at their Downtown Showdown victory in 2010, and Winkstinger's Jesse Cook & Jonas Gasperas placed fourth at the YMCA Battle of the Bands in 2009 with Operation: Killdozer, so there's successful battle competitors all around!
This battle, entitled "Battle For The Blood!", will apparently be judged by fan vote, which isn't typical from other recent battles, but hopefully the bands all have great responses & turnouts to make it competitive! Rules and time restrictions haven't been made public yet, but the 4 band battles in 2009 & 2010 in Sault Ontario that had set limits of either 3-4 songs or a half hour length, so I imagine it will be similar on Tuesday. There will be a $3 cover, doors open at 9:00 PM, and I expect this will probably be a 19+ event. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Though this is short notice for a battle of the bands, this should be a really cool event, and hopefully very competitive among these four talented area metal bands! I had fears that a battle for just a 3 Inches of Blood opening slot might be too skewed towards a specific audience or be not big enough to attract a wide notice, but 3IOB are a fast rising and very popular Canadian metal band, and interest in seeing them live and opening for them was noticeably good, so hopefully this battle is a rousing success! Stay tuned for updates on this battle as they come in!
The other new concert today is also courtesy of J.D., and he's outdone himself here, as Anvil are coming back to the Soo! The Toronto heavy metal legends and stars of the acclaimed 2008 documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" have been announced to headline a major upcoming concert at The Canadian Nightclub on July 25th, which should be a huge event! Though this isn't their first concert here (having headlined at the former Ramada Inn in April 1984, among other possible shows), it's been far too long since Anvil have rocked Sault Ontario, and their highly influential and heavy brand of speed metal will surely bring in a huge crowd next month! There will be three local opening bands, including horror punk quintet Frightlight (in their first Canadian gig since Dead In The Van), popular local metal quartet Garden of Bedlam, and one more band to be announced. Solid opener choices for sure so far, and they'll set the tone very nicely for Anvil's long awaited local return, but hopefully the last local openers are picked well! This concert will be ALL AGES (similar to other recent metal shows at The Canadian), an 8:00 PM start time is listed, and tickets will be $20 when they go on sale at local retailers (though ticket holders from the 3 Inches of Blood show will get first crack at advance tickets.)
This should be an incredible concert, and it's about time that Anvil came back here for a show! Now I can put my Metal Pounders Union card to use and enjoy material new & old from these Juno nominated metal legends! Of course, stay tuned for updates on this show as they come in, as you know this will be a can't miss event!
Finally for notes relating to concerts promoted by J.D. Pearce, he's on the lookout for area high school students that can help do some concert promotion & advertising at their school! As revealed in a posting on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group on Sunday (under his Frightlight stage name Johnny Pints), he is looking for "dedicated young music fans" that can advertise all ages concerts that he is promoting and/or playing on, via such possible means as putting up event posters at area high schools or holding contests at the school for tickets. Anyone who helps will be rewarded with merchandise and free entry into said concerts, and he also hinted that this may help younger original acts get bookings in the area. The Weak Ends-headlined show on June 20th at The Oddfellows Hall that Frightlight are playing on is the first show that would fit into these plans, but J.D. has more coming this summer! If you attend a high school in the area and are willing to help promote & advertise upcoming metal & punk shows in Sault Ontario, contact J.D. at this location or reply to his post at the above links! I wish this was more prevalent when I was in high school, as I rarely (if ever) remember concert posters or advertising at Bawating, but hopefully there's some young music/concert fans that can help out! I encourage anyone who fits to jump on this oppurtunity, it could be a big help for many upcoming all ages shows!
And finally for today, Sault Michigan classical metal band Theatre of Night have revealed some big new details on their upcoming second album "The Dawn's Early Light"! As posted on their Facebook page this morning, they've revealed all 12 songs to be featured on this American patriotic-themed album, including previously unannounced renditions of "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee" and "America, The Beautiful" and one original song named "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier", referring to a grave where the remains of unidentified soldiers are interred. They call that song "an astonishing original composition", and I can't wait to hear it! The other big news is that Theatre of Night plan to release this album (presumably on various online platforms) on July 1st, so get amped up for this upcoming album release! I'm honestly surprised that they're aiming to release it on Canada Day and not July 4th, especially with the album's theme and message lending itself more to an Independence Day release, but no matter what, the time is drawing near! Saying this comes out next month as scheduled, I can definitely see reviewing "The Dawn's Early Light" next month on the site, but we still have June to worry about, so keep an eye out for updates on our next CD reviews and more upcoming local metal albums as I hear of them!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for new videos, weekend concert previews, and that second Woods of Ypres archive interview soon! Thanks everyone!