Friday, June 15, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Hallows Die & Destroyer), Weekend Concert Previews, And Battle For The Blood Updates!!

Hey guys, here's our latest news post, and it's full of recent stuff to check out! Today, we have news on an upcoming battle of the bands, a preview for the only heavier concerts of the weekend that I currently know of, and leading things off, LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, so here's what you need to know!

A stacked lineup of out of town metal bands is coming to The Canadian Nightclub on June 29th, headlined by the return of Hallows Die! The Toronto death metal notables will make their first local concert appearance since the Ypres Metal Fest in April, and first full set since last fall's Napalm Death show, and their explosive & proficient blend of death metal will surely be welcomed back to the Soo in two weeks! A number of notable Northern Ontario metal bands will open this show, including Sudbury improv comedy/death metal trio 85 Pound Poutine (on their Canada Day Weekend Beaver Slap Tour), who I think feature Wolven Ancestry frontman Mark Howitt in their lineup under a stage name. If you can make out the vocals on their originals, you'll find some amusing stereotypical Canadian lyrics and themes, and they'll definitely be a welcome change from more serious metal on June 29th! Joining them are Sudbury blackened death metal quintet Before The Black Gates (nice to finally see them here) and North Bay death metal band Buried Out Back (featuring Empyrean Plague guitarist Dave Strba), so they should bring lots of brutality in a couple of weeks at The Canadian!

The lineup is rounded out by local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters (guitarist Mitch Sirie is fittingly booking this show), and you know they'll add well to the proceedings and set the tone nicely! This show will be an ALL AGES event as other recent Canadian Nightclub metal shows have been, there will be a $10 cover charge, and a 9:00 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This sounds like one hell of a concert, and in some ways, it feels like a continuation of the Ypres Metal Fest with it's common musicians and Northern Ontario links. I need to get more familiar with Buried Out Back, but the rest of the bands are definitely talented and brutal, and B.T.B.G. are particularly overdue for a local stop! Kudos to Mitch in bringing all of these bands here on the 29th (he's outdoing himself this summer), and stay tuned for another note on one of his upcoming concerts later in this post!

Also in new concerts, Kiss fans should prepare themselves, as a high profile Canadian tribute to the hottest band in the world are coming back to Sault Ste. Marie! Destroyer: Canada's premier Kiss tribute, are hitting The Rockstar Bar on July 14th for their first local concert appearance since April 2010, so it's definitely been a long time coming for them to rock the Soo again! These guys deliver a great Kiss look and sound to the stage at every show, as fans at their 2010 Rockstar Bar show would probably attest. At least this time, the show won't be in the shadow of the real thing playing here in a few months, so hopefully it's an even bigger hit this time around! Tickets will be $10 in advance or $12 at the door (both down in price from last time), this is a 19+ event, and a 10:30 PM start time is listed. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This sounds like a great time for Kiss Army members and even casual fans of Gene & company, especially knowing the authentic experience that Destroyer provide, and if you don't believe me, check the above links to hear and see for yourselves! Stay tuned for more on Destroyer's local return on July 14th as I hear of it, and both of these new shows are now in our Sault Ontario concert listings!

Next up, here's a preview of the only verifiable hard rock/metal concerts going down this weekend at present time, and they involve the return of Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's acoustic solo concerts TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Tym will hit The Service Grill on Korah Road once again for his second solo concert weekend with his new guitar tonight & tomorrow, and if you enjoy his hard rock & metal covers in this more intimate setting, you'll wanna check out the proceedings at some point this weekend! Like his other recent Service Grill gigs, Tym will be playing two sets each tonight & tomorrow, with 4 hour sets at both 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM, so times are definitely workable for most schedules! Admission should be free, and there's no likely age limits, given the concert's setting. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Tym should deliver some great acoustic renditions of many of your metal and hard rock hits over the next couple of nights, so keep his Service Grill dates this weekend in mind over a quiet stretch of shows (though next week will be very busy!) Check the above links for more, and for a preview, here's Tym covering Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" earlier this year!

And finally, here's a couple of updates for the Battle For The Blood at The Roosevelt Hotel on Tuesday! Firstly, a fourth band has been added to the lineup of competitors, that being the recently returned local hardcore quartet Changing Waves, ostensibly replacing Shit Liver as the battle's fourth band. Promoter J.D. Pearce confirmed their addition on the Facebook event page yesterday. This will be Changing Waves' first battle, but it returns bassist Terrence Gomes to a local battle of the bands, having competed with defunct punk band Creedon & The Animal Detectives at the Algoma University Battle in December 2009. Changing Waves' diverse and heavy sound should add a new wrench into the voting process on Tuesday, and as of right now, it's anyone's game between them, For All That Is Lost, The Valentine's Day Massacre, and Winkstinger! Who will open for 3 Inches of Blood at The Rosie next month? We'll know on Tuesday! The other battle news is that the performance order will be randomly drawn on Tuesday night prior to the battle, though set limits and restrictions have yet to be made public (I'd be very surprised if the bands got more than a half hour each though.) Check the above links for more details on the Battle for the Blood, and I'll have more news on it over the weekend hopefully!

That's all for today, but stay tuned hopefully for a new news post over the weekend! Thanks everyone!

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