The Insane Show: #601

It’s been a year and a half since the last episode of the show, a long road of recovery from health issues that will be with me forever but The Insane Show returns! The Insane Show #601 features music videos from Salem Trials, The Scars Heal in Time, Hangtime, The Bloodstrings, Extinguish the Sun, Ragdoll, Black Market Tragedy, and Final Drive.

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Order of Appearance

  1. Salem Trials “Carousel” – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  2. The Scars Heal in Time “Save Me” – Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
  3. Hangtime “One Nine Nine Five”- Toronto, Canada
  4. The Bloodstrings “Born Sick” – Aachen, Germany
  5. Extinguish the Sun “Letters” – Dixon, Illinois, U.S.A.
  6. Ragdoll “Playing God” – Perth WA, Australia
  7. Black Market Tragedy “Red Awakening” – Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
  8. Final Drive “What Comes Next” – St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

More Info on Artists on this Episode

Salem Trials

Salem Trials is an alternative metal band from Ottawa, Ontario. Drawing influence from progressive and hardcore genres, ST is an aspiring touring band with goals to take the world by storm.

The Scars Heal in Time

The Scars Heal in Time spent the last few months in the studio writing a full-length record with Los Angeles based producer/songwriter John Espy of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. This is the first release since their last EP ‘Unidentified’ and, with its moving lyrical content, powerful vocals, and theatrical percussion this song is delivering the kind of energy we’ve been asking for. The single is mixed and mastered by Cody Stewart of the Browning and the energetic new music video is directed by Jon Vulpine of Black Dagger Films. With extensive touring plans and more music releases planned for the near future, this band is on its way to make some major waves.


Hangtime ‘Invasion’ (March 1, 2019) is Hangtime’s third release and their first E.P. It contains six songs of aggressive “Canadian Melodic Punk Sweetness”. This is just a sampling of what is yet to come from these four Toronto pop-punk veterans. “We have at least two more full albums worth of songs that will be recorded and released ASAP, but these first six are the ones that got the nod to be on the new E.P.”

The Bloodstrings

The Bloodstrings Founded in 2009 The Bloodstrings wildly mix punk rock with elements of psychobilly, hardcore, and metal. Having played over 250 shows all over Europe they played festivals such as the legendary Wacken Open Air, played headline shows as well as supports for some of their favorite bands. Making friends everywhere, touring and playing the music that they love, this is the passion of the four friends from Aachen, Germany.

Extinguish the Sun

Extinguish the Sun formed in the Fall of 2015, emerging out of members of three fairly disparate local acts, chapter seven, Trippin Molly, and Panic Stations. After releasing their first full-length, Antihero, the band played numerous shows. In the wake of releasing this record, EtS have played in and around the Dixon–Sterling–Rock Falls area with various diverse acts. Beyond playing shows in their immediate area, EtS recorded a session with Carl Nelson in DeKalb for WNIJ’s local music showcase, Sessions from Studio A. The band have also worked to extend their reach to other Midwest cities and bring their music before broader and more diverse audiences.

Around one and half years after the release of Antihero, in January of 2019, they entered Straightaway Productions with local engineer Drew Widolff to record their EP, Oceans, slated to be released later in 2019. Comprised of six tracks of completely new material, this EP shows the band in their true form, experimenting, evolving, and honing their sound, but always remaining true to their initial intent of intensity, melody, and originality. As 2019 unfolds, guitarists Nick Grobe and Jeremy Toms, bassist Daniel Edmunds, singer Jeremy Miller, and drummer Michael Morley have continued rehearsing and writing songs. With a broad range of influences and musical tastes, EtS work to continue writing compelling songs and releasing them, getting out and performing live as much as possible. The band continue booking shows and laying out their schedule for the coming year.


Ragdoll have taken their singular brand of hard rock from Perth, the world’s most isolated capital city, to some of the biggest stages in the world. Led by the powerhouse vocals of Ryan Rafferty and backed by Leon Todd on guitar and Cam Barrett on drums, Ragdoll burst onto the international scene with their 2012 release Here Today and and an appearance at the renowned Rocklahoma festival in the USA, which quickly drew comparisons to classic power trios King’s X, Rush and Trapeze.

2013’s “All I Want Is Everything” and 2014’s “Ragdoll Rewound”, in addition to a grueling touring schedule through the USA and Australia, saw Ragdoll refine their sound in a modern rock direction. Support slots with Seether, Skid Row, and Uriah Heep expanded their audience and saw them expand their appeal beyond the traditional melodic hard rock market, all as a self-funded a self-managed act.

2016’s full length “Back to Zero” was simultaneously heavier and more melodic, drawing positive reviews at home and from the USA and EU. “Back to Zero” drew comparisons to Whitesnake, Alice in Chains and Shinedown. “Back to Zero” saw the band undertake their most extensive tour to date, spanning the USA, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Australia.

Black Market Tragedy

Black Market Tragedy are a hard rock female-fronted band with melodic melodies and powerful vocals. Sweet, yet sinister. Come feel the force that grabs you deep within!

Final Drive

Final Drive is a Southern Groove Thrash Metal band from St. Louis, Misery, delivering fast-paced, high-energy, infectious auditory assault. “DIG DEEPER” Final Drive’s latest effort, independently released on Feb 3rd, 2017, debut at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart is available now.