Asylum New, March 18th 2017 edition

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Hey folks, we're back again with another quick update of what we got cooking down at The Asylum.

We had a few cool bookings land on our door step this last week that we're going to tell you about, a new relationship with our local community radio station, some show listings and new tickets on sale, an album review, a featured artist profile and some news about our latest Community Effort to do some good in Sudbury this month.

Just a little something to enjoy over your Saturday morning coffee, hope you dig it.  Dig it.

James from Ruptured Birth says "Good Morning."

TONIGHT:  Blind Cats and The Radissons with The Hammock District

Blind Cats endlessly play shows all over Ontario with regular events at the legendary Bovine Sex Club, Sneeky Dees, Rancho Relaxo, The 460 and many other places that welcome a packed house. With their sophomore album to be released later this year, The Blind Cats already have recorded an EP, One More Year(2010) and their 2009 album The City Blues which is self described as "punk-rock n' roll-blues" with surf influenced undertones. This amalgamation of genres and a thoroughly engaging and energetic live performance from the band illustrates them as an act unrivaled in the GTA.

The Radissons is a 5 piece country/rock band from Sudbury Ontario formed in 2016. The band was founded by Patrick Yasko with original members Greg and Andrew, with later members Chris and John joining later on. The band has performed many shows since their inception in mid 2016.

The Hammock District is a punk band from North Bay coming back from a brief hiatus and featuring members of several prominent North Bay bands like Ryan Problems, Genetile, Face The Hate and more!

Be sure to come and check out these energetic performances tonight!

Check these cats out tonight at The Asylum!
The Radissons 

Some Wicked New Bookings This Week:  Kissing Candice, Big Hoodoo, Merkules, Ninjaspy and Lutharö

Kissing Candice, Big Hoodoo, Dr. Bong
This is going to be one bad ass show.  New York and Detroit are coming to Sudbury and simply put, the only person in Sudbury prepared for it is Dr. Bong.

Victory Records artists Kissing Candice from New York have picked up the mantle where Slipknot left off and are bringing their pretty, ugly, gross, bloody, pissed, catchy, heavy show to the North in a rare event not to be missed. Their new album Blind Until We Burn is one of the most blood-drenched doses of violence that has been put to ears. Distinct themes of angry defiance and horror-laced hysteria snake throughout.

Check out our Kissing Candice profile on The Asylum's website to have listen!

Kissing Candice - Ghosted
Kissing Candice:  "Ghosted"
Coming with them is Detroit's Big Hoodoo, a big man with a big sound who's sure to have our halls thumping.    His debut album Crystal Skull was co-written by Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and is packed with 100% authentic Detroit “wicked shit” that Juggalos and hip-hop fans have been clamoring for.
Detroit rapper Doe Dubbla, also known as the Jinx, aka Big Hoodoo, comin at ya, Live at The Asylum on April 3rd.
Check out his dope video "Hexed".  It's full of wicked sh*t.  
Big Hoodoo:   "Hexed"
Freshly lined up a couple of days ago, we've got coming at us all the way from Vancouver Canada, the mighty Merkules  Never heard of him?  Perfect, he likes that, so he made a video for newcomers, stop right now and listen to this:
Merkules - ''Panda'' Remix.  
Pretty well sums it up right?  The kid spits rhymes like I spend dimes and isn't afraid to put himself out there.  His confidence shows, angry with a sense of humour, he takes himself down a notch while taking other rappers down six.

You'd be missing out not to watch him do his thing live in Sudbury on May 13th.


Featured Canadian Artist:  Ninjaspy

Vancouver Ska/Reggae Prog Metal

“I am so scared of this…but that’s good.” – Bob Ezrin (Producer: KISS, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, PHISH, Deftones, Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple)

We are also scared for this, but that's good too! Stoked to announce that Ninjaspy is coming through Sudbury and will be direct support for Romania's Negura Bunget on May 24thNinjaspy is a Ska/Reggae/Prog-Metal/Hardcore musical octopus with some serious talent and years of touring and accomplishments behind them!

“Pay attention Canadian recording industry, Ninjaspy is on the rise and the people’s salvation is at hand.” – Absolute Underground Magazine
“Ninjaspy has a unique sound mixing rock, hardcore and ska together.” – Pure Grain Audio
 “They harmoniously blend metal, ska, grunge, hardcore, reggae, funk, surf and jazz for a unique mashup sound” – Monday Magazine (Vancouver) 
“The group’s reggae-tinged hardcore is anything but generic, and the group’s unique swagger had fans creating a skank-mosh hybrid that quickly turned into a circle pit.” –Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
“Think a 3 piece Mr. Bungle with Patton’s vocals taking a turn for the better, add some laser beams and dreads, turn it all up to eleven, stand the fuck back and enjoy.” –Ground Report , NYC
“Bloody well are entertaining. All dreadlocks and fricking samurai swords, giant pants and flying limbs. Not a speck of the stage was left untouched by this band’s chaotic feet.” –Cord Magazine (Vancouver)

The quotes go on and on, you can read em all in this Press Release by Asher Media Relations.  We were sold on "a 3 piece Mr. Bungle".  Take a listen to their video for "Speak" below and if you think that it is awesome, then best head on over to our site and listen to everything we've got on them. Their new Album Spuken drops on April 14th.

NINJASPY:  "Speak"
See Ninjaspy live with Negura Bunget and Hamilton's Lutharö on May 24th!
See Ninjaspy live with Negura Bunget and Hamilton's Lutharö on May 24th!

The Asylum Album Review: The Wring

The Wring
Coming out of nowhere with a completely experienced, well produced and polished debut record full of complex compositions and dynamics for vocals, guitar, bass and drums is Sudbury's newest best kept secret:  The Wring.

To describe The Wring as merely a Hard Rock band is an extremely misleading label. There is a lot going on musically on this album and it can be quite condensed in parts as all the instruments fire on all cylinders.  Often taking off in all different directions at once, you can single out the guitars, drums and bass consistently.  The bass is often off doing it's own thing, playing private melodies under the vocals and during quieter moments while the guitars and drums play their matching riffs and fills.  In fact one of my favorite things about giving this album a spin is listening to Jason Henrie's bass guitar, it is always clear in the mix, often distorted and plays some of the best riffs on the record.

So the sound - everyone wants points of reference so I'll get right to it.  When I hear this album, I hear notes of Opeth and Tool.  There are analogue synths.  There's old Rush. There are some moments that transport you back to the 70's great progressive albums.  Guitarist Don Dewulf definitely gives an amazing performance throughout the entire album.  The guitars are heavy and everywhere, permeating the mix, crisp and crunchy, chugging along and riffing hard in a lot of the songs or chord filled and shimmery when the moment requires it, holding down a great background to the vocals.  Rob Straughan's drumming holds it all together, strong and loud but never overbearing, mixed well, with progressive time signatures, groovy hi-hat work and great thoughtful fills peppered everywhere within the songs structures.  Some of the fill/riff combos are quite awesome.   The solo work all over the album is amazing as well and not just guitars, the bass and drums all have their moments in the spotlight.  The opening guitar solo section in the 2nd track Sticks & Stones has a striking resemblance to Santana and then crescendos into a sweeping arpeggiated swirl before disappearing into a mist of 70's keyboards and music that sounds like something off the second side of Rush's Hemispheres - before wrapping it up with a pure, in your face Heavy Metal ending. It's the songwriting versatility that makes this record stand out. This is more than verse chorus verse chorus songwriting. The compositions are strong and so are the performances.

Vocalist Dan MacDonald is pitch perfect and he's great because he has a unique voice.  His timber stays mostly in the midrange and he's definitely solidly in the realm of Rock/Metal Singer. He's gravelly voiced, snarls like old Dave Mustaine and can be quite angry sounding but he also has a higher pitch down for singing the more anthemic chorus moments.  I have a hard time comparing him to anyone I know though, which is a good thing. Once they put out some more material, that voice will help them stand out.

Like all good progressive albums, this is meant to be listened to from start to finish, not in some random playlist and is crying out for a vinyl release.  With that said, if I had to describe the journey song by song, here we go:

The Wring:  A perfect introduction, an overview of what you are in for in more detail.  They clear the air with the chugging intro riff and then they proceed to try to trick you into thinking they are a conventional band for the next couple minutes.  A solid verse kicks in followed by a perfectly catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head right away.    And then halfway through the song, they begin showing you who they truly are...

Sticks & Stones:  When this songs starts, it could be anything, it could be the 80's and they are opening for The Police.  It's a very radio friendly moment that quickly goes not-radio-friendly and suddenly into a wondrously heavy 70's prog rock masterpiece.  One of the strongest songs on the album, I know why they put it second on the track list.

Rain:  A solid mid tempo rocker - until halfway through when they go Full Opeth until coming back to the chorus.  Also a completely solid song that, if they cut out the best part, the middle, I could see on regular radio rotation.

Victims:  Another song rooted firmly in that heavy 70's prog rock with tones of Sabbath or Dio, sitting in a dark basement with candles, a record player and smoke everywhere.  This song also contains my favorite moment on the entire record at exactly the 3 minute mark.  It happens all too fast, but it's amazing while it lasts.

Thrall:  Starts off sounding like Tool.  Then again, those vocals come in to break any comparisons to other bands quickly and remind you you are listening to The Wring and nothing but. One of the more standard song on the album songwriting wise. Totally solid and heavy - this where they earn the label Hard Rock.

Third Bass:  I bet this song rips live.   Really cool riffage all over this song, lots of heavy moments and an awesome ending.  A bit out there musically, you can tell we're getting near the end of the record where the weirder songwriting bits usually end up.

Down:  One of the best songs on the record.  Heavy as shit, great breakdown and solo section and distorted-bass on full display and grooving hard.  This is Heavy Rock done right.

Eclipse:  The best song on the album.  I like to believe the title is a nod to the name of the last track on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon, another masterpiece, but it could be coincidence.  It's weird, heavy, complicated, full of imagery about space, has a David Bowie quality to the vocals, a Frank Zappa / math metal breakdown in the middle and the oddliest catchy "chorus" I've heard in awhile.  The album fades out on one of those heavy closing riffs that just never ends.

I give this album a solid 63 out of the 67 moons of Jupiter, including all four Galilean moons.  Highly recommend it for fans Tool, Opeth, Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine, or if you listened to your dad's records growing up.

The Wring's Official Website:

The Wring on iTunes:

Check out the opening track of the debut album by Sudbury's The Wring.
The Wring's very First Public Live Performance is set for Friday March 24th and if you live in the Sudbury area and like good music, this is a chance to be a part of history because this band is going places with a debut record this good.

The Asylum Community Efforts

We decided to take some action and help those less fortunate in the community, so we are hosting a local "Foodraiser" event to help with 2 great causes and organizations in Sudbury, the Sudbury Food Bank and the YWCA Genevra House.

We're bringing 3 bands up from down south and featuring a local heavy hitter to bring you a night of high energy live music, and if you contribute to the foodraiser you get to see them all for just $5! There will also be raffles held with some awesome prizes from supportive local businesses, worth over $1000! Proceeds of the raffle are being donated to the YWCA Genevra House in Sudbury, which helps women that are needing assistance in our community. We even have some local Comedians from Nickel City Comedy hosting the event to introduce the bands, announce the raffle winners and give you some laughs between sets so prepare for a whole evening of good times!

Let's Feed Sudbury!


1) STUDIO 613 Electric Tattoo Co.
$100 Gift Certificate + CD's

1 Month Membership + CD's

Muay Thai/Jiu Jitsu Classes + CD's

Starter Kit + CD's

Concert Tickets, Sudbury Metal Shirt, Merch Package + CD's for every raffle prize

Merch Package (CD's, Vinyl, Shirts etc) + Additional CD's

"Guest List For A Year" + CD's (if you went to every show, it's well over $1000 in savings)

8) CKLU 96.7FM
Interview with your band on CKLU Community Radio + CD's

**Additional sponsors/raffle prizes TBA


New Partnership with CKLU

Why didn't we do this sooner?  We like music, they like music, they have artists over, we have artists over... seems like we have a lot in common.

In a show of mutual respect and shameless mutual self-promotion, CKLU Radio and The Asylum have struck up a friends-with-benefits relationship.

The Asylum will begin working with CKLU to help promote our events on the air more often, taking a more direct role in acting as liaison between the artists hitting our stage and CKLU DJ's.  We're talking about artists interviews and studio visits, broadcasts from The Asylum and generally providing something to talk about on the air as we draw in musical and comedic talent from around Canada, the US and the world as we even have the odd foreign travellers visit our stage such as Negură Bunget from Romania, Arkona from Russia, The Algorithm from France, Cyclamen from Japan etc...

In return for the help, we've given CKLU some nice real estate on the front page of our website with their branding and have included their station's live stream right there - perfect for tuning into Hell Bent For Metal and Anarchy In The Industrial Complex - Metal, Punk and Industrial all in one 4 hours span! Now you have no excuse to miss it if you're sitting in front of your computer on Thursday nights.  Feel free to tune in our our website whenever you wish, there's always good programming going on over there.


Get Your Tickets Online Now!

Tickets for these events are available online.  Just click the images and secure your spot for live experiences you will never forget right here in Sudbury!

Kissing Candice, Big Hoodoo, Dr. Bong
Jason Rouse

...and watch out for these upcoming shows this month!

Fernandez The Hypnotist
Industrial Night
Harbour, The Twentiest, Wilt/ed
See you next time you voluntarily check yourself in!

The Asylum Staff

Latest News

Apr 2017

The Extroverts in Sudbury for The First Time!

The Extroverts are coming to the Nickel City!
TOUR NEWS! NEW VIDEO! Extroverts are heading to Toronto and other Ontario cities for the FIRST TIME EVER! Our first-ever Toronto show is a showcase set at Canadian Music Week. And to celebrate, here is a new video for Marilyn Monroe's Eyes from our album SUPPLE.
Apr 2017

Featured Out Of Towner: Return For Refund

Return For Refund is a rock band who create a gritty, precise, and high-energy sound filled with infectious riffs and hard hitting rhythms. By combining the sensibilities of the blues, the energy of metal, and the expressive influences of grunge-era alternative rock, the band has found something unique and unapologetically new.
Apr 2017

Featured Local Artist: Save The Strange

Save The Strange is what some might call the latest "Supergroup" to form in Sudbury, Ontario. Formed in April of 2015, the band features members from many classic and memorable Sudbury bands including Sushi, Weatherly, Backroads, Hyland Drive, Konflit Dramatik, Breaking The Breakdown, Sex & Summer and Sulfur City.
Mar 2017

Featured Outta Towner: Laugh At The Fakes

Proggy melodic goodness alert this Friday!!

Mar 2017

Featured Local Artist: Behind These Eyes

These boys know how to rock, and rock hard! Behind These Eyes have been busy working on materials for their upcoming album and have been playing some of these gems live at their local shows to give people a taste of what's to come.

Mar 2017

Featured Local Artist: The Wring

With an impressive debut record just released, Sudbury's The Wring is set to do some damage to the local music scene.  With a heavy prog rock tone and snarling vocals, they are a 4 piece that create a massive sound with solid mid tempo grooves and complex musical passages full of interesting lyrical imagery.

Mar 2017

Asylum New, March 18th 2017 edition

Hey folks, we're back again with another quick update of what we got cooking down at The Asylum.
We had a few cool bookings land on our door step this last week that we're going to tell you about, a new relationship with our local community radio station, some show listings and new tickets on sale, an album review, a featured artist profile and some news about our latest Community Effort to do some good in Sudbury this month.
Mar 2017

Artist of the Day: Ninjaspy

“I am so scared of this…but that’s good.” – Bob Ezrin (Producer: KISS, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, PHISH, Deftones, Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple)
Mar 2017

Cody & Cory's Birthday Celebration

It's our bartender Cody's birthday tonight, w00t!   Still a young 'un and yet beats the drums with the intensity of a thousand suns.  Come on down and watch him have to work on his Birthday muhahahah!  Facebook Link
Mar 2017

Asylum News, March 10th 2017 Edition

Blackwood Sinners, the winners of the 2016 Q92 Rock Band Rumble, just got signed to a record deal with Ariella Records and are playing a show on our stage with The Lad Classic and Vintage Slang on May 5th.
Mar 2017

New Show Added: Harbour with The Twentiest and Wilt/ed

New show with Harbour, The Twentiest and Wilt/ed booked today for all you home grown punk rock fans!

Mar 2017

Hilarity For Charity This Week At The Asylum - October 24th 2016

October 24th 2016 - Sudbury Star Article:

Three Edmonton comedians and two Sudbury funnymen will take the stage at The Asylum Oct. 25 for Hilarity for Charity.

Mar 2017

TONIGHT, Jar of Dirt will be crankin' tunes from the all mighty Alice in Chains!

Stack Brewing is also sponsoring our tribute nights and each event, we'll have a stack brew on special! Up to bat is HELTER SMELTER FOR 5.75$. This all powerful 10.4%, black as night Imperial Stout is a chocolaty coffee delight sure to explode in your mouth. Get em' while we still have them in stock!

Mar 2017

Asylum Closed: Snow Day

It's been decided due to inclement weather and treacherous ongoing conditions mother nature is dishing out, we're giving our staff at The Asylym a snowday!

BUT FEAR NOT! We'll be back into operation tomorrow for our Comedy night featuring some out of towners and our hometown belly laughing specialists. Go enjoy some Timmies today and a beer tomorrow!

Be Safe!

Feb 2017

Happy Birthday Justin!

A BIG Happy Birthday goes out to our Bartender Justin Rienguette!

From The Asylum Staff! Have fun you big sexy booze slinger \m/



Sep 2016

Beaver Slap: Thrashy, Angry and Estrogen-Fueled

Beaver Slap is a Barrie-based female punk band slated to play Sudbury's Asylum at 19 Regent St. on Friday night on a bill with Artificial Dissemination, The Therapists and The Twentiest. Its members are Julie Marchione, Cailyn Fitzgerald, Kalei Lynn and Natalie Mason. The Star contacted Beaver Slap and the band answered a series of questions ahead of the gig.

Aug 2016

Little You, Little Me and Motherhood Team Up

Members of New Brunswick bands Little You, Little Me and Motherhood have a wealth of different projects on the go, running arts collectives, record labels, music festivals, studios and recording projects. Amidst all this, the two groups will find time to hit the road on tour together with a cross-Canada trek.

Aug 2016

Sudbury rapper returns home next month

CheZZa takes the stage at the Asylum September 17.


Sudbury-born rapper CheZZa will return to his hometown for a Sept. 17 show at The Asylum to promote his new album “i am...".

Jul 2016

Sudbury's New Live Music Venue

The Asylum will be open seven days a week from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. and its owner promises to continue showcasing national and international acts, as well.

"It has been a long process transitioning from an all ages music venue into a licensed establishment, but it's been well worth the wait," said owner Mark Howitt.

Jul 2016

Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs at The Asylum

Toronto-based Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs are playing a show at The Asylum Sudbury at 19 Regent Street in Sudbury on July 31 beginning at 7 p.m. The show includes Dirty Princes, Lightmares and Skin Condition. The show is licensed, but is for all ages. Tickets are $7 and the show starts at 7 p.m. sharp. The Star spoke with Iron Lungs guitar player, Timmins native and former Star reporter Joel French.

Jul 2016

Get your metal fix at The Asylum next month

Hitting the road for their first cross Canada tour since 2011, Montreal-based death metal masters Necronomicon will be performing in Sudbury on Aug. 9 at The Asylum. 

Jul 2016

Sudbury Venue Growing and Evolving

Nickel City has a new spot for metalheads to find 'Asylum'

Set near a relatively quiet corner at Regent Street and Elm Street is the home to some of Sudbury's loudest shows.

Jun 2016

Vesperia shows chops in Sudbury tonight

How big is Wacken Open Air (W:O:A)? The annual hard rock and heavy metal festival draws almost 100,000 headbangers to the small German town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein the first weekend in August. 

It is a powerchord pilgrimage destination for global metalheads. For bands in the genre, there is no other festival you want to be performing at.

May 2016

Music 'Saved' Sudbury Man From Oblivion

Heavy metal saved Mark Howitt's life.

It helped him overcome depression, kick addiction and gave him the confidence to leave despair - and homelessness - behind.

"If it wasn't for music I don't think I would be here right now," said the 34-year-old musician, show promoter and founder of Sudbury Metal Fest.

"Music has always been an outlet for me."

Oct 2015

Sudbury Metal Fest returns for 2015

Sudbury Metal Fest, Northern Ontario's premier extreme music festival returns for its seventh year supporting Canadian metal with 36 bands from across the country, along with showcasing international talent that includes Negura Bunget and Grimegod from Romania, plus Dyanfari from Iceland.


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