Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Local Solo Album Releases, Shit Liver Updates, And More!!

Things have been somewhat quiet as of late, but we are back with a new news post on this Tuesday morning, featuring a few short new videos from each side of the border, and to kick things off, two new albums from regional hard rock musicians, so here's what you should know!

The newest album from Dafter, Michigan solo hard rock musician Ken "SweetKenny" Sutton was released as scheduled this past Wednesday! Entitled "Escape of the Desert Rat", this is his eleventh to be themed as a score for use in other media, though Ken visualizes it as a video game score, even giving it a plot outline on his website. If left up to him, the story is about a United States military colonel who leads an elite strike force team, but has to escape capture by Sudanese rebels, but potential licensees could theoretically adapt it as they wished. "Escape of the Desert Rat" is available for $9.99 on his Bandcamp page, and while it is his first new album release of 2018, remember that we will not be reviewing it this month. Instead, we'll be looking at SweetKenny's August score album "The Dogs Are Watching", as it's material is slightly heavier, so look for that review soon!

Also, while his scores remain his current focus, one new traditional original is now on his YouTube channel, so what should you know on it? Entitled "Bikini", it's a rock instrumental with a 1960s British Invasion vibe that fans of his older material should enjoy! However, I have chosen not to embed it here due to it's featured video (borrowed clips from a rap music video and of bikini models suggestively washing a car), as some of the content may be considered inappropriate or objectifying. Give it a listen if you want though!

Next up, here's another new solo hard rock album to take note of from a local musician, that being Sault Ontario's own Mike McCleary, who put out his surprise EP "Hourglass" on January 8th! This is not a renaming of the previously announced "Weight of the Truth", that's coming in the near future, but Mike noted on his Facebook page that he chose to release "Hourglass" first due to "the timeliness of its message." In particular, this five song EP addresses topics like assimilation, gender inequality, racism, and poverty, and how they are handled in reality. All five songs have previously been shared in varying forms on Mike's Soundcloud page, and if you're missing a favourite, watch for follow-up releases. It should be noted that Mike did release a debut album called "In Ruins" to online streaming services last June (before we discovered him for site coverage), but it has since been pulled from iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer, and was never acknowledged on Facebook, so he may intend to rework that album and/or it's songs.

"Hourglass" is available on Bandcamp for $4.95 and is also on iTunes and Spotify, so consider streaming or buying it through those sites to hear Mike's newest (first official?) release! As for when to expect a review of it... next month is very possible, though if teasers regarding "The Weight of the Truth" prove to see it's release in the coming weeks, we could pick that instead. "In Ruins" wouldn't jump ahead in line as it's not a "new" album anymore, and who knows if it's being tinkered with. In any event, February is very possible for our first ever Mike McCleary album review, so stay tuned for updates!

Also today, here's the latest from local/St. Catharine's grindcore trio Shit Liver, so what's new from their camp? Well, they will hit the road with a Southern Ontario tour run with Owen Sound sludgecore band Cruel Bloom early next month, which join a previously announced Windsor show in two weeks where they'll help open that city's thrash band Plague's CD release concert. No word on a local concert return yet, but it's great to see the guys keeping busy! Shit Liver have also been seen in a few news Facebook page videos from late last year, including this 2 second video from New Year's Eve featuring Matt Baic drumming while standing up. Ultra brief, but he's definitely in the zone for those 2 seconds! The other video is a proper live clip from their Hamilton concert at Doors in November where they opened for past local headliners Uncle Ray, as shared from attendee Zixuan Chen's page. While it's also brief (37 seconds), at least we get some solid quality footage from a high camera angle, so give it a look below!

Finally for today, here's some brief new videos from Sault Michigan independent label Werehold Records' YouTube channel, though these aren't your standard postings. Instead, these feature label head/Life's Eclipse guitarist Jason Mills testing five microphones across two videos by playing the same heavy guitar riff. You can see the second part (featuring a pair of MXL microphones) at this link, but embedded below is the longer video comparing three. I think the MXL 990 on the second video has the clearest sound, but the SM57 has a scratchier tone that might work better for a punk song. Compare for yourself above and below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on The Sault Metal Scene as the week rolls along! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The End Of Eclipse, New Mike Haggith Songs, A Local Punk Video From 1987, And More!!

On this Saturday afternoon, we have lots of stories to touch on, including some assorted recent updates, a 30 year old video from a big local punk concert, and a revived solo project's new material, but first, here's a note on a removal from our active band links!

We regrettably have to remove local hard rock quartet Eclipse from our band links due to the deletion of their Facebook (and only online) page at some point in the past few months, which seems to signal their second and final breakup. A reason for their apparent demise hasn't been announced, but rumours of internal issues have came up more than once last year, so read into those if you want. This does mirror the recent deletion of frontman Curtis McKenzie's solo Facebook page, though I don't know if the two were deleted for the same reason. As you may recall, the Haggith successors initially reunited early last year after their tumultuous original split in November 2016, with the guys notably opening for bands like The Hazytones, The Raygun Cowboys, and Speaker in 2017, among other events, with their tribute turn as "SSM of a Down" at The Algonquin Pub on Halloween weekend appearing to be their last public appearance.

Eclipse were a talented band with good chemistry and a fun selection of originals and covers, and their disbandment (and page deletion, sigh) is disappointing even if you factor in certain rumours. Hopefully we see Eclipse back down the road (or their originals/prior bands' songs carry over to a new project), best of luck to Curtis, Daniel, Fred, and Chris in the future, and don't miss Daniel in Jack Spades!

Next up, here's the first new original songs from former Din frontman/Haggith drummer Mike Haggith's solo project since the release of "The Warinside" in 2015! As you may know, Mike moved to Thompson, Manitoba for work last fall, and announced that he was resuming his solo project shortly beforehand, so we're starting to see some new material from him in this new year. Both of these songs were uploaded as solo performance videos to his Facebook page, and they are titled "Come On Home" and (as embedded below) "An Act of Strength". Both are acoustic solo performances in this current form, but Mike has indicated that a proper album entitled "Bridges" (source here) will come out later this year, presumably with a full band structure. The former song is more of a downbeat soft ballad, and while the latter has backing instrumentation and a drum track, it also has serious subject matter about a friend who survived domestic abuse.

It's great to see Mike finally getting his solo career back into first gear with some solid first demos, and remember, he has dozens of official studio albums, so this is old hat for him! Most of the Windsor-era ones aren't on his official pages anymore, but he still has a good deal of solo albums online to listen to, including some songs later played by his local bands. No word on if he'll resume work on "Neighbourhood Watch Revisited" in Thompson too, but check out Mike's new songs above and below, and visit his Bandcamp page to hear his Sault Ste. Marie-era solo output!

Also today, here's a surprising YouTube find: footage taken during Toronto hardcore punk band Hype's local concert appearance way back in 1987! This was uploaded to their promotional company Reuben Kincade Productions' YouTube channel late last month, and features the band arriving in the Soo for their show, setting up for it, and leaving for Winnipeg (you can see more of the trip there at this link.) Unfortunately, no concert video footage survives from this channel, but you can see that from other stops if you check out the other six videos of the tour. I wasn't born until May 1989, so I definitely can't comment on the scene as it was then, but you see lots of familiar sights on Gore Street surrounding this concert, including Rad Zone predecessor Radical Records (Paul Muncaster himself was key for getting Hype here), and there is a funny moment when Hype run into some kids going to a birthday party.

This video is a nice time capsule of downtown Sault Ste. Marie, but the audio quality is it's achilles heel, often sounding like the camera is attached to a propellor. You can't complain too much, as this is over 30 years old and no one could have forecasted putting this on the internet back then, but overall, kudos for putting this online! Hype themselves were an explosive and fun band, as you can see through other videos on the channel, and they were apparently the first hardcore punk band from Toronto to release a full length album, so it was cool to see them here on their second tour! Give this a look below, and see more from Hype at the above links!

Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or event name:

  • The opening band for the Big Wreck concert at The Machine Shop on February 13th was quietly announced last month, as Winnipeg alternative rock trio Attica Riots will join them on their "In Loving Memory Of..." 20th anniversary tour! Playing more of an upbeat power pop/indie sound in support of their new CD "Sunshine & Hysteria", they'll add an interesting contrast next month, so give them a listen as well, and get your tickets A.S.A.P.!
  • A musicians' competition is being held at Bird's Eye Outfitters at 107 East Portage Avenue in Sault Michigan on Saturday, January 27th, with gift cards awaiting the winners! There is a $10 registration fee, but solo artists and full bands are welcome, drums & a PA system are supplied, and while the term "battle of the bands" isn't being thrown around, this sounds like a fun way to showcase some local talent, so click here for more details! Also, if an outdoor equipment store strikes you as a peculiar venue for this, keep in mind that Bird's Eye Outfitters used to be Golanka's Bar, a.k.a. The Bird!
  • In advance of their live concert return TONIGHT at the Joni Radford benefit, Sault Ontario punk quartet Redundant announced on their Facebook page that they are recording their long awaited debut album at Mission Control Studios with producer Dustin Jones starting next month! This seems to imply that their 2012-2014 recording sessions are now completely discarded, but if they wanted to include Yannick, they'd have to rework things anyway.  Exciting news all around, Dustin is be a great choice to get this album sounding as good as possible, so stay tuned for updates!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site next week! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (The 3 Day Millionaires) & This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

The second concert weekend of the year is nearing, so here's our weekend concert previews for you hard rock and punk fans! Barring any late notice announcements, here's what you should know for the next few days, starting with LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, half on SHORT NOTICE!

Local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires will play their first concerts of 2018 TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT at Reggie's West, with newly announced returns to The Rockstar Bar on January 26th & 27th also now on their calendar! Apologies for the short notice on the Reggievelt gigs, those were only announced via their Facebook event page on Monday. After the cancellation of their planned Top Hat one-off show last week, this weekend's trip to the former Roosevelt Hotel will be a more familiar site for many fans as this veteran fan favourite group kick off the year in stle, having not played there since August. Meanwhile, the Rockstar Bar shows in two weeks are part of a batch of new concert announcements at that venue from their Facebook group (one more hard rock show is coming soon), and will be their first bookings at The Algonquin's upstairs venue in about three months.

It's great to see Steve, Jeremey, Bill, and Scott back at it finally in the new year, so don't miss them TOMORROW, SATURDAY, or in two weeks at either venue! All four dates have 19+ age limits, 9:30 PM-ish start times, and no cover charge. Visit the above links and this link for more details, and here are The Millionaires live at the latter venue!

Next up, we'll move to entirely previously announced concerts with the next weekend of acoustic matinee concerts from former Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison, who will keep up his ongoing run of Gliss Steak & Seafood shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Now in the fourth calendar year of his weekly run at The Quality Inn's house restaurant, this will be the second week of shows since he began his biannual retraction from thrice weekly gigs to twice a week, so don't worry, you didn't miss a Thursday nighter today! Tym's unplugged hard rock covers have been a reliable source of live entertainment for years now at Gliss, so keep these next two in mind for our evening plans this weekend! Both shows have 6:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and no age limits, but remember that this is a formal sit-down restaurant. Visit the Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live in concert a few years back!

Also this weekend, we'll take a detour to The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino  in St. Ignace, Michigan TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, where Traverse City metal trio Scarkazm will make their first E.U.P. appearances of 2018! Playing their third and fourth shows anywhere of this young year, these will be Scarkazm's first stops in St. Ignace in just under a month, and they should be another good opportunity to see Peril's sister band in our neck of the woods, so don't miss this fan favourite outfit this weekend either! As usual for their Kewadin stops (hopefully there's more coming), expect 9:00 PM start times for these dates, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there are no announced cover charges. Visit the official Facebook event pages (linked here & here) for more details on these shows, and for a preview, here's Scarkazm live last year!

Finally for today, we'll head back to Sault Ontario for the long awaited Joni Radford benefit concert at The Canadian Nightclub THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! As you may know, Joni is a local woman battling breast cancer for a second time, so this event is to help with medical expenses for her and her family during this difficult time. To that end, this benefit will feature numerous prize and raffle draws, plus a silent auction, toonie toss, pizza, and Northern Axperts' ax throwing cage, so be sure to visit the official Facebook event page for full non-musical details on Saturday! The musical lineup will include three local punk bands, including the long awaited return of the newly expanded  Redundant after a year+ stage hiatus (with debuting second guitarist Yannick Casavant in tow), and the second live concert appearances of punk trios A Dire Setback and Stegadeth's current lineups, so if you missed Chris' debut on vocals for the former or Johnny's debut on drums for the latter, here's your next chance!

Doors open at 7:00 PM for this 19+ benefit concert, and while tickets are $25, remember the charitable nature of this show, Joni and her family will appreciate all of the support! You can get tickets by phone from those listed on the Facebook event page, as well as at The Upper Deck Bar & Grill above the venue, and delivery is available for those who need it. I don't know Joni well, but she's a fighter with a good spirit, and hopefully she can beat this thing once again, so definitely consider coming to The Canadian for the cause on Saturday night! See above for more details, and here's Redundant (minus Yannick) live at The Canadian a few years ago!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site this weekend! Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Crimson Crusade

It's now time for our first Defunct Local Band Profile of 2018, as we're continuing our monthly spotlights of 1 or 2 local metal, hard rock, or punk bands that, while no longer active, still deserve a revisit for current readers! This month's 100% random selection takes us to a prominent young metal band active locally from 2010-2013, so here's what you should know!
Crimson Crusade

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie/Hilton Beach/Thessalon, Ontario (credited as "North Shore Area Algoma" on Facebook)

Members: (Members not in their last full lineup in italics.)

Devon Lucier (The Dirty Few), vocals/guitar
Robert Sartini (Pillory, The Peach Thieves, The Issues), guitar
Riley Marshall, bass
Robert Crossley (Inhuman Methods), drums

Curtis Moir (Inhuman Methods), vocals
Brent Beaulieu, guitar
Brock Pinder, guitar

Audio/Video: Crimson Crusade independently released their only EP "Upon The Eve Of War" on June 3rd, 2013, as recorded with producer Dave Pihlaja that winter, and while it is no longer in print, you can stream it in full at this link via frontman Devon Lucier's YouTube channel (though their actual YouTube channel only has one early demo track.) A handful of late-period live concert videos can be found on YouTube as well, primarily from our YouTube channel, but here's a full set of theirs from one of their final gigs that October, during Six, Two, Oh.'s Big Loonie Bus Show in Echo Bay!

Info/Analysis: One of a cluster of young extreme metal bands to come out of Central Algoma Secondary School and their CASS Cafe events in the early 2010s, Crimson Crusade launched in the spring of 2010 and spent their first couple of years as a sporadically seen act in varying Algoma District settings, debuting at a Hilton Beach event that summer, and eventually playing their first Soo show at The Bellevue Park Bandshell in August 2011. After months of practice and some big lineup shifts, Crimson Crusade fully relaunched in November 2012 at that month's Locals Attack event at The Canadian, shifting from mostly covers to an original-heavy setlist, inspired greatly by the band Death. Notable local appearances in 2013 included that summer's Skeletonwitch, Warsenal, and Ahna concerts, though a brief breakup that summer stunted their post-EP momentum. The band played their final show at The Oddfellows Hall on Devil's Night, and announced in 2014 that they were "on a hiatus."

Though only briefly a prominent sight on Sault Ontario stages, Crimson Crusade got a lot done in a short time, and developed a brutal sound unlike any of their local contemporaries! They owed a lot to Death, but Devon could definitely channel Chuck Schuldiner with ease on vocals, he and Robert Sartini were a devastating two-pronged guitar attack, and Devon and Robert Crossley were also very effective during their run! While their 2010-2011 material and early lineups were works in progress, fans who followed along saw their evolution, and their EP helped validate their prior work. Hopefully we see the guys back at it in some form in the future!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! Next month in this series, our random selection will give us a more recent band than usual for us to spotlight, but one that deserves a spotlight nonetheless, they being classic metal rockers Project 421! Look for that on or around February 10th, and stay tuned for this weekend's concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Video Postings, Plus Lots Of Assorted Recent News & Notes!!

Today's post is mostly of the catch-up variety, in order to cover some recent assorted updates and tackle a couple of new videos, so here's what you should know on this Monday morning! We'll start with the newest song from Sault Michigan metal solo project The 1,000,000,000's Who Died, as posted to their label Werehold Records' YouTube channel on New Year's Eve! Entitled "Long Walking Upright", project leader Jason Mills indicated that this is his first new song recording with his new 9 string guitar. While it's a short showcase, it's a strong technical go for a first unveiling, and while the guitar's the star, I can't fault the bass either! Give it a listen below!

Next up, here's a surprise cover of AlgomA's "Reclaimed By The Forest" by The Black Lodge Masters, a new Sault Ontario electronic project from former Strange Coyotes guitarist & recent Autumn Roots member Chase Wigmore! Perhaps the end result of Chase's earlier plans to form an industrial band, The Black Lodge Masters already have a YouTube channel chock full of material, including their entire intended debut album, and while not a hard rock or metal band in the usual sense, there are glimmers of heaviness on many tracks. Creative and original, especially for this area, and despite these being instrumental, note that the song names seem to have a concept about a secretive fraternal lodge. That all said, The Black Lodge Masters do dip into metal waters with this cover of the title track from AlgomA's debut CD, so how does it sound? Definitely harbouring an industrial bent, this is a solid and unexpected cover of who Chase called "one of (if not) the best Sault bands ever"!

On a quick glance, you wouldn't even connect the two songs, but it's strongly performed with quality drums and effects, and if you're at all a fan of electronic and doom metal, this will be worth checking out! You can do so below, and hopefully Chase keeps churning out some quality music here!

Finally for today, here's six assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or event name:

  • Highway 63 frontman Henry Switzer announced on their Facebook page yesterday that, despite some fans fearing that he quit the Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover quartet, they're just taking time off until May, adding his automotive repair business Hank's Body Shop & his health as additional reasons for the break. However, Henry did announce plans to play a half-hair metal/1980s set when they do return, as he wants to play music he likes & excels in while he can, so keep their planned return in mind for then, and don't miss their side project Cousin Eddie in the interim!
  • Former Sneaky Pete/Glitch drummer Mike Oakley is looking for a keyboard player (preferably one with a synthesizer or piano/organ tones) for a new "rock & blues" band that he's working on in Sault Ontario. No word on if the band in question will fit our coverage range, but just in case, message Mike at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from New Year's Day if you're interested in trying out!
  • Want to hear more studio material from defunct local indie/punk quartet Nebraska Arms? Good news then, as drummer Adam Sauve posted 11 studio tracks to their new posthumous Soundcloud page last month! At least four of the songs aren't publically available elsewhere that I know of ("Presenteeism", "Clockwork", and two untitled demos), but this isn't entirely comprehensive, as "I Was A Runner" isn't featured. No word on if we'll ever get a full album-formatted posting of the entire "We'll Never Sleep Again" CD, but it's great to hear more from Guy, Dave, Wayne, and Adam, and you can do so at the above links!
  • Ride For Sight Northern Ontario chairman Dave Ostrowski-Gallant announced on their Facebook page on New Year's Eve "that there will not be any (Ride For Sight) events" locally this year. Dave and his wife Nicole had previously announced that they were stepping down in September for personal reasons, but a search to find new organizers doesn't appear to have panned out in time to put on the annual blindness motorcycle rally/concert in July. Very disappointing, especially given the event's successes and reception, but hopefully someone can take it on for 2019!
  • By chance have you seen reference to a new hard rock band named Sault on social media? Just to clarify, this band has nothing to do with Sault Ste. Marie, with the name being an intentional misspelling of "salt", in it's informal definition of having a resistance or toughness. Sault are actually the new side project from Kamelot bassist Sean Tibbetts, but they have more of a mainstream hard rock sound compared to his usual power metal material. While there is no local connection, give Sault a listen above, they aren't bad!
  • I have regrettably deleted local pop punk quartet Stereo North from our inactive band links due to the deletion of their Facebook (and only online) page at some point late last year. Stereo North had been on hiatus since June of 2016, but with their Facebook page gone (I hate when bands delete their pages like this), it's clear that they've fully disbanded. Hopefully we see them back again down the road, they were a fun sight in the mid-2010s, and don't miss Andrew Pucci's solo project or Bill Bennett with Stegadeth!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site this week! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Joni Radford Benefit) & Infathom Concert Videos!!

After our first off day of the new year, we're back with a new post divided between the Twin Saults for two distinct topics: New concert videos from a major recent show, and a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for a big benefit fundraiser next week, so here's what you should know!

The performer lineup has been announced for the Joni Radford benefit concert at The Canadian Nightclub on Saturday, January 13th (exactly one week from today!), and it's an all-punk roster for the cause, as local punk quartet Redundant and trios A Dire Setback and Stegadeth will join forces next week! The lineup was announced by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce on the Facebook event page on Wednesday, and while he's not promoting this event, he has publically been helping regarding the concert aspect of it. Of course, this event is to support local resident and prior cancer survivor Joni Radford through the return of her breast cancer, with all proceeds going to her and her family while she's off work dealing with this unfortunate re-diagnosis. To that end, the benefit will also feature raffle and 50/50 draws, a silent auction, a door prize, a toonie toss, pizza, and the Northern Axperts cage will also be open for interested patrons.

In terms of the bands, this will be all three's first concert set of 2018, with Redundant notably debuting new second guitarist Yannick Casavant in their first live appearance in well over a year (not counting Justin's solo set at Rock 4 Autism in May), while this will be just the second live appearance of both A Dire Setback and Stegadeth's current lineups. Solid picks all around, and hopefully they rock at their best to help Joni out next week! Presumably a 19+ event with doors opening at 7:00 PM, the ticket will cost are $25, but remember that this is a benefit show towards Joni's cancer battle. Tickets are available from organizers listed on the Facebook event page, as well as at The Upper Deck Bar & Grill above The Canadian, and delivery is available if you can't get out there in these temperatures. And just in case, don't let the parking lot renovations at The Canadian scare you off, the venue is still open and things are coming along there!

I don't know Joni well, but everything I've heard of her has been very positive and encouraging to her character and personality, and if she can beat cancer once, I'm sure she can do it again! Kudos to everyone for helping her out at this time of need, stay tuned for more details on this event next week, and visit the above links for full current information!

We'll close this post with new videos from the Theory of a Deadman concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino last week, though these are not of the headliners. Instead, these are from Munising hard rock quartet Infathom's opening set, so what else is publically available beyond Chris Paci's videos? Well, how does their whole set sound? Filmed by their manager Michael Cole and uploaded to his YouTube channel on New Year's Eve, this marks his first upload there since last year's Alter Bridge concert, and first of Infathom since filming their outdoor Savoy Bar show in the Soo back in July 2014. In this half hour set, Infathom can be seen below playing their original (I think) "Nothing New", Guns 'N Roses' "Civil War", Buckcherry's "Lit Up", Candlebox's "Far Behind", The Beatles' "Come Together" (though it seems to take more from Godsmack's cover), and their originals "Live Tonight" and "Blissful Insanity".

Great angle of the band from the front corner of the stage, Infathom sound good, and I'd love to hear more original songs from them, but they do have a few songs that Dillion's vocal range isn't as suited for (plus, "Lit Up" was missing a lot of the first verse), and the camera's audio clarity isn't always pristine. Also, while the security crew-member is continually in camera range, I can't fault him, as he's just doing his job regardless of who may or may not be filming near him. Give this full set video of Infathom in Sault Ste. Marie a look below, and go straight to specific songs above!

Finally, here's one more Infathom video from the Soo Kewadin branch, this time courtesy of their own Facebook page very shortly after their set wrapped last week, and it's of their closer "Blissful Insanity"! Though the camera angle is very similar to Michael's full-set video, they are definitely from different filmers, as the video below wasn't on a stationary angle and does pan around and zoom a bit. Good audio and video quality, and the filmer does make more of an effort to not film the security, so this is also worth watching below, and hopefully Infathom come back east soon!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Scarkazm, Banned, And Tym Morrison), Plus Weekend Concert Previews!!

(Updated at 4:41 PM) The first concert weekend of 2018 is about to begin, but despite that, things are fairly quiet among currently announced hard rock shows, with only a handful of SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS to speak of for proven heavier concerts through Saturday. As such, this post has been rounded out with more new concert announcements through next month, so here's what you should know for this weekend and beyond! We originally led off this post with the announced Top Hat Billiards debut of local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires tonight, but that show was cancelled this afternoon. Bassist Bill Brouillard confirmed this in a Facebook e-mail, noting that the venue called off the show due to low attendance for their recent live concert bookings this season. For what it's worth, neither Top Hat nor The Millionaires ever acknowledged the show publically, with our initial source for the booking being a post on Bill's personal Facebook page this morning.

Very disappointing, especially so soon into Top Hat's live band experiment, but hopefully Top Hat tries live bands again in the future, look for new bookings elsewhere from The 3 Day Millionaires when they're publically announced, and thanks to Bill for confirming both this show and it's fate!

Next up, local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will kick off his 2018 slate of acoustic solo concerts this month with the continuation of his weekly arrangement at Gliss Steak & Seafood for matinee shows TOMORROW,and SATURDAY, plus January 12th-13th, 19th-20th, and 26th-27th! But that's not all, as Tym has announced a twice-a-month schedule at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill through (at least) March, which kicks off with Friday night shows TOMORROW NIGHT & on January 26th! Apologies again for the short notice on this weekend's three shows, remember that we go month by month for Tym's regularly scheduled gigs due to the amount and longevity of them, so January's are new to the site. The Gliss bookings continue his weekly run of acoustic solo gigs that began at The Quality Inn's house restaurant back in 2015, notably returning to a twice weekly schedule through June once again (no Thursday nighters), while his return to The Roadhouse on Trunk Road will be his first announced gigs there since last summer.

In other words, fans of Tym's hard rocking covers have plenty of changes to see him this month and beyond, including SATURDAY and twice TOMORROW! The Facebook event pages for each venue's shows (linked here & here) confirm Tym's twice-a-week slate through June, plus him playing the first and last Fridays of the month at The Roadhouse through March, but we'll approach those as each month comes. The Gliss shows remain 6:00 PM engagements with no announced age limit, the Roadhouse shows are at 10:00 PM with a 19+ age limit, and none have an announced cover charge. See above for more details, and here's Tym live!

Moving to shows with lots of advance notice, we can add our first hard rock concerts at Kewadin Casino lounges of the year to our concert calendar, as Kewadin's entertainment page has added shows taking place at Sault Michigan's Rapids Lounge and St. Ignace's Northern Pines Lounge through next month! That said, there's not much in the way of hard rock at press time, and a few bands are oddly credited in shortened form (TOC is The Touch of Class Band, for example, and I can't confirm who "Pard. Excus." are.) As far as I know, no confirmed Rapids Lounge bands are heavier, but a few playing the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace are, including Traverse City metal trio Scarkazm, who will play their first E.U.P. shows of 2018 when they hit The Northern Pines Lounge on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th! Coming just a month after their last shows at this venue, this should be another prime opportunity to check out this hard hitting and high profile Northern Michigan band on a regional stage!

Note that these shows are solely credited to Friday the 12th on the entertainment page linked above, but so is every other lounge show that's currently listed, so that appears to be another short form entry just to reference the entire weekend. In other words, don't worry! You can take in Scarkazm's heavy covers and possible originals next weekend at 9:00 PM both nights, these are 21+ engagements, and there are no announced cover charges. See above for more details, and stay tuned for more on when we'll next see Scarkazm (and Peril) in our neck of the woods!

Finally for today, we'll also see Kinross classic/hard rock cover trio Banned back at The Northern Pines Lounge in St. Ignace for shows on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd! Barring an interim announcement, these will be Alex, Don, and Wayne's first publically announced concerts of 2018, their first in about two months at any locale, and their first at The Kewadin Shores Casino in three months. Banned have been fairly quiet so far this winter, and have yet to acknowledge these or any 2018 shows publically, but hopefully they'll heat things up with their fan favourite and often heavy covers next month in St. Ignace! Like with the aforementioned Scarkazm shows, expect 21+ age limits, no announced cover charge, and 9:00 PM start times both nights. Check the above links for more details, and stay tuned for more from Banned when it becomes public!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site this weekend! Thanks everyone!