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DO NOT TALK TO THE COPS

WHO ever you are , and WHERE ever you are, say ONLY these 5 words to police if taken into custody -
" I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY"
Remember these five words.
This will save you in many cases.
" I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY"
You can be held for what seems like days and possibly be (physically and mentally) abused by the cops, but DO NOT SPEAK TO THEM other than,
" I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY"
even if they stop at your door and ask questions, DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS,
" I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY"
The police have stolen from my personal belongings in the past and I wonder if those items will appear in a future crime scene!
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Regent Law Professor James Duane
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/SLAUGHTER-Canada/12169425739

Thursday, January 23, 2014

upcoming concerts

 Friday, Jan.24th, 2013
https://www.facebook.com/events/706375052707591/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

200 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2R8

Cherry Cola's Rock 'n' Rolla Cabaret & Lounge - with guests We're Doomed &; Hell Storm. SLYDE will be playing old stuff not performed in years, as well as new songs, along with fan favourites from "Feed The Machine" and "New World Sympathy".

SLYDE - http://www.slyde.ca/ - http://slyde.bandcamp.com/

WE'RE DOOMED - http://www.weredoomed.ca/

HELL STORM - https://www.facebook.com/hellstormofficial

9pm doors - $5 cover charge - 19+

The Crow: City of Angels 1996
The Crow: Salvation 2000
The Crow: Wicked Prayer 2005
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yeah,yeah, "prog", bah,
BUT,
you have to check out this band HELL STORM !!!

Great headbanging, heavy metal, inspired by the NWOBHM.
If you have the Firefox add-on for grabbing Soundcloud mp3's, then you are all set!
https://soundcloud.com/hellstormofficial
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SAT. January 25th, 2014
2014-01-25
AXXION, THE ROUGH BOYS, AND MANACLE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1402719589967364/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

SHREDS 19TH BIRTHDAY BASH!!

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH TOP NOCH HEAVY METAL TUNEAGE.

DOORS 9:00 PM
542 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2B5

https://www.facebook.com/AXXIONCANADA

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rough-Boys/126390394750

https://www.facebook.com/manaclemetal
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Sat.Feb.1st, 2014
2014-02-01
EMPYREAN PLAGUE / VALKYRIE'S CRY / SINISFEAR / JINN ARCANA / SLUDGEHAMMER
https://www.facebook.com/events/401417683322257/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

CZ Comfort Zone
480 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

SFM presents an evening of extreme metal with...

EMPYREAN PLAGUE ( Black Metal, North Bay, ON)
https://www.facebook.com/Empyrean.Plague
VALKYRIE'S CRY ( Heavy Speed Metal, Toronto, ON)
https://www.facebook.com/valkyriescry
JINN ARCANA ( Beer Drinking Satanic Heavy Metal, Toronto, ON)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jinn-Arcana/118281874950473
SINISFEAR ( Face Ripping Death Metal, Port Hope, ON)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sinisfear/160523224063239
SLUDGEHAMMER ( METAL! Toronto, ON Ex Lethal Voltage / Svolder Drummer)
https://www.facebook.com/sludgehammermusic
DOORS 9:00 PM

PLEASE SPREAD THE GOOD WORD BY RE-POSTING THIS EVENT PAGE & INVITING YOUR FRIENDS!
CHEERS,
SFM
http://skullfuckingmetal.blogspot.com/

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other future Comfort Zone gigs

Sat.Feb15th -Desekratewhore, Into Oblivion,+ TBA

July 2nd - Nuclearhammer, Into Oblivion+TBA

ABYSS

 How about time for some Toronto death metal ?

I bought their 2012 demo on the Dark Descent Records label, last year
THEN
found out where they were from,
AND
that MEGIDDO's founder had a hand producing it!

Tapes are probably sold out, but you can listen+download off their bandcamp site.
OK, just checked,
and so does Dark Descent still.

ABYSS blogspot
http://www.aphoticabyss.blogspot.ca/

ABYSS 2012 The Reins of Horror demo
http://abyss666.bandcamp.com/album/the-reins-of-horror



ABYSS 2013 Heretical Anatomy album
http://abyss666.bandcamp.com/album/heretical-anatomy






http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Abyss/3540324629

MIDNIGHT MALICE - preview track from PROVING GROUNDS (2014) album


They had a great 3 song CD/demo a few years ago
This should be as good as the AXXION and SKULLFIST releases.

MIDNIGHT MALICE
https://www.facebook.com/midnightmalice

Buy their merchandise from here http://midnightmalice.bigcartel.com/

Listen here http://midnightmalice.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-dead-of-night


Sunday, January 19, 2014

SVOLDER - Desecration of the Five Holy Pillars (2014)


Digital release of Desecration of the Five Holy Pillars 

Immediate download of 8-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more).

Soon this will be released on tape and CD and vinyl.

http://svolder.bandcamp.com/


Immoral Hazard (Grc) (2014) Convulsion [full length]



Hello, we are a Greek metal band named Immoral Hazard and we are interested in submitting our full length album for review.

You can download the album at the following link: 



We also included a brief bio of the band with contact links, a band photo and the album tracklist/credits.


Release date: March 9th 2014

Thank you,
Immoral Hazard



I am not sure if this band has read any of my previous posts, but I prefer to mention bands only if they supply a download link for you readers, or at least a bandcamp link for listening.

If the download link they gave dies, then so might this post.

Here is my review-
Good, tightly executed, heavy metal/thrash metal - late 1980s style.
Has enough of a mix between a LOT of old Metallica, and old Sepultura; between Bay Area metal and a foreign flavour , to where I am interested enough where I might buy this.
Excellent gritty/gravelly singing, imagine if in 1988, Max Cavalera was impersonating James Hetfield !

Hopefully this comes out on vinyl or an inexpensive cassette.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Immoral-Hazard/130392713659587

 http://immoralhazard.bandcamp.com/album/convulsion-2

 http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Immoral_Hazard/3540342497

20 Sneaky Rules About Being in a Band That No One Ever Told You

READ the article at:

http://saridelmar.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/20-sneaky-rules-about-being-in-a-band-that-no-one-ever-told-you/

It has good advice , such as:

#4 Promoters Don’t Like to Share with Each Other 
So you are gaining some steam and every promoter in town wants you to play their venue! Yahoo! Great news. BUT there’s some politics with this. If one of the bars or bookers in town took a chance on you 8 months earlier (example time frame) and helped you gain the momentum you have now, going to the other booker in town would piss them off and hurt their feelings. They are feeling invested in your career and proud of you, and then you go and take it away from them to play a show with their competitor? This creates lots of tension and they curse your name and say things like “I’m never helping that band again!” They drag your name through the mud with other locals and industry. This is no good…

Why do they care?

Well because they need to grow their business. Their job is to pack a room and sell concert tickets. When they started helping you out 8 months ago you could only draw 10 people. You lost them money, but they helped you anyways. They put you on support shows or did extensive postering campaigns to help you grow! They invested real dollars in your success in the market so they could help get you to 100 tickets. Their reason in doing so is so they could fill that room and profit from your growth. You are an investment and partner of theirs now. Sure it’s not so formal, BUT it is an unspoken arrangement and if all goes well you will make each other lots of money for many years to come. Going to one of their competitors once you are able to draw irks them because of this.
If you do get offered a gig and you’d strategically like to do it with one of their competitors, the right thing to do is to talk about it with your promoter on record first and ensure they’re all cool with it.
Make sense? Play nice!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Quarter Tank (2012) turn it up.



 Dyneomight  shared a link.
(x-DYNEOMIGHT) QUARTER TANK IS.......VERY LOUD PISSED OFF HEAVY METAL from Toronto, Canada
FREE DOWNLOAD OF NEW CD AVAILABLE @

http://quartertank.bandcamp.com/album/turn-it-up

Monday, January 6, 2014

9 Things Every Musician Needs To Know About The Sound Guy

original link is http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2014/01/06/sound-guy

9 Things Every Musician Needs To Know About The Sound Guy

soundguy
As much time as you spend in your rehearsal space perfecting your sound, it won’t mean anything if it’s botched coming out of the PA. All the money you spent on new pedals, amps, guitars and strings doesn’t matter if the mix is off in the club.
The sound guy (or gal) is the most important component of your show that most bands don’t really think about. He (going with he for this piece out of ease – and most are men) can break your set (few sound guys can actually MAKE your set if you suck).
So, you have to know how to approach sound guys right and get them on your team for the short amount of time that you have with them.
Get His Name
The first thing you should do is introduce yourself to the sound guy when you arrive. Shake his hand, look him in the eye and exchange names. Remember his name – you’re most likely going to need to use it many many times that night and possibly a couple times through the mic during your set. If you begin treating him with respect from the get go he will most likely return this sentiment.
Respect His Ears
All sound guys take pride in their mixing. Regardless of the style of music they like listening to in their car, they believe they can mix any genre on the spot. However, most sound guys will appreciate hearing what you, the musician, like for a general house mix of your band’s sound. Don’t be afraid to tell him a vibe or general notes (“this should feel like a warm back massage” or “we like the vocals and acoustic very high in the mix” or “we like keeping all vocal mics at about the same level for blended harmonies” or “add lots of reverb on the lead vocals, but keep the fiddle dry”). He’ll appreciate knowing what you like and will cater to that. He is most likely a musician himself, so treat him as one – with respect. He knows music terms – don’t be afraid to use them.
Don’t Start Playing Until He’s Ready
Set up all of your gear but don’t start wailing on the guitar or the drums until all the mics are in place and he’s back by the board. Pounding away on the kit while he’s trying to set his mics will surely piss him off and ruin his ears. Get there early enough for sound check so you have plenty of time to feel the room out (and tune your drums).
Have An Input List
If you need more than 5 inputs, print out an accurate, up to date list of all inputs (channels). A stage plot can also be very helpful – especially for bigger shows. Email both the stage plot and input list over in advance. The good sound guys will have everything setup before you arrive (this typically only happens at BIG venues). If you’re at a line-check-only club, then just print it out and give it to the sound guy right before your set.
Ex:
Channel 1 – Kick Drum mic
Channel 2 - Snare Drum mic
Channel 3 - Hi Hat mic
Channel 4 - Tom 1 mic
Channel 5 - Tom 2 mic
Channel 6 - Drums Overhead mic
Channel 7 – Bass Amp DI (back stage right)
Channel 8 – Guitar Amp mic (back stage left)
Channel 9 – Fiddle DI (stage right)
Channel 10 – Acoustic DI (center)
Channel 11 – Keyboard DI (stereo-L) DI (stage left)
Channel 12 – Keyboard DI (stereo-R)DI (stage left)
Channel 13 – (lead) Vocal mic (center)
Channel 14 – Vocal mic (stage left)
Channel 15 – Vocal mic (stage right)
Channel 16 – Tracks DI

Call him “yo sound man” if you want to piss him off.

How To Insult Your Sound Guy
Call him “yo sound man” if you want to piss him off. You got his name, use it. Or ask him politely again if you forgot. Don’t tell him that the house mix is “off” or “bad.” Everything is subjective. It may not be what you like, but it’s obviously what he likes. He most likely has WAY more experience mixing than you do. So get specific about what you like and don’t like for your band’s house mix from the get go or shut the hell up.
Know Your Gear
Know how you like your vocals EQed generally so you can say that. You can say “can we drop some of the highs on the vocals in the house.” You shouldn’t say “the vocals sound piercing – they hurt my ears.” You should know how your gear works inside and out so if anything goes wrong you point to the sound guy last. Pointing to him first is a sure way to piss him off.
He’s Part of the Club
The sound guy, door guy, bartender, booker, managers and servers are co-workers. Just like you and your fellow baristas are co-workers. They hangout, have work parties, hit the bars together and they talk. If you’re a dick to the bartender he’ll tell the sound guy and the sound guy may then decide to ruin your set out of spite. Or just not put any effort into mixing you.
Everyone Wants A Great Show
Believe it or not, your sound guy wants to perform at his best just like you do. Make his job easy by showing up prepared and not sucking. He most likely has his shit together so make sure you have your shit together as well. The stage is not the time for you to “see how it goes” and try stuff out. That’s what rehearsal is for. Show up prepared.
The Chip
There are sound guys out there (we’ve all worked with them) who seem like they have a massive chip on their shoulder from the moment they step in the club. These guys are typically older, failed musicians who have been at this club for decades. They are hardened from years of working with dick musicians who not only suck, but believe they are rock stars and that the sound guy is a peon – and treat him as such. You may not be able to change his outlook on life, but treat him with respect and dignity from the get go and he may lighten up just enough to put some effort into mixing your set.
Even though it should go without saying, use the golden rule. If you treat your sound guy as you’d like to be treated and work WITH (not against) him on putting together a great show – you most likely will have one.

Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based DIY musician and the creator of Ari’s Take. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake
 

Canada Post is raising prices January 13th, 2014


http://www.canadapost.ca

http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/business/productsservices/rates.jsf

http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets/pdf/business/parcels_changes_2014_en.pdf


Canada Post is raising prices January 13th, 2014 .

Been putting off sending packages ?

Start mailing out sooner, than later !

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sacrifice pre-ordered shirts extended for the weekend

In case you missed it,
http://torontothrash.blogspot.ca/2013/12/new-sacrifice-shirts-in-works-by.html

they need just a few more shirts to make their order, but also are giving fans that missed the deadline, one last chance.


you MUST be a member of this particular facebook SACRIFICE fan group, to be eligible to order the t-shirt.
If you aren't verified , I guess you will be refunded.

These are the original old-school fans doing this, and have the band's permission, so it seems to be an official t-shirt.

Hopefully there will be demand for more shirts (or sweatpants) in the future (I wished it was in white, or a longsleeve. Got enough metal band t-shirts in black  ! )

SACRIFICE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2397059604/



HARD & HEAVY ZINE

 I forgot to mentionm this with the Manacle post below.

HARD & HEAVY ZINE is a zine by Inti from hardandheavyreviews.blogspot.ca

ISSUE 1 Might be reprinted eventually, but for now, Inti is working on issue 2. 

The first issue was very cool, looking similar to Toronto hardcore/crossover fanzines from the 1980s like Pirates of Doom, and Still Thinking. 

He said #2 will be "improved", but I think it is perfect. It just needs to get spread out more in the underground, and sold to the only ones who care about printed matter (the real metal music fans that think webzines are crap).

He never asked for  a mention, but since he also runs a distribution service ( like Keegan of SFM ), then he might help you with reviewing or selling your band's release.

write to:

hardandheavycanada@gmail.com