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Tuesday, December 31, 2002
It's been a long time I was planning to review that masterpiece so i take benefit from having a day off to do it! Simple as that.
Check it here :
Monday, December 30, 2002
Sweden's VINTERSORG, featuring vocalist Vintersorg of the Norwegian band BORKNAGAR, have set the tentative track listing for their upcoming album, "The Focusing Blur", due in early 2003 through Napalm Records.
The follow-up to this year's "Visions From The Spiral Generator" will contain the following cuts:
01. Prologue Dialogue
02. The Essence
03. The Thesises Seasons
04. Matrix Odyssey
05. Star Puzzled
06. A Sphere In A Sphere (To Infinity)
07. Blindsight Complexity
08. Artifacts Of Chaos
09. Dark Matter Mystery/Blackbody Spectrum
11. A Microscopical Macrocosm
According to Vintersorg, "The next album is going to have the format of a concept/theme album, a story running through the albums entirety, and with a musical flow that includes small compositions between the 'real' songs. The music takes off from 'Visions From The Spiral Generator' and twists and turns through a vast genre spectra (as always with VINTERSORG). From mellow prog to extreme metal, to ambient and folky vibes, spiced with a lot of effective contrasts, changing directories but united under a solid musical kingdom."
Saturday, December 28, 2002
The Led Zeppelin Tribute CD 'The Music Remains The Same' featuring B L A Z E awesome version of 'Dazed & Confused' is now available to buy from the official BLAZE online store.
The full track listing for the cd is as follows:
BLAZE 'Dazed & Confused'
PRIMAL FEAR 'The Rover'
DORO 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You'
ELEGY 'Rock & Roll'
TIERRA SANTA 'Communication Breakdown'
GRAVE DIGGER 'No Quarter'
MASTERPLAN 'Black Dog'
CONSORTIUM PROJECT 'Immigrant Song'
MAGO DE OZ 'Whole Lotta Love'
AXXIS 'Good Times, Bad Times'
WHITE SKULL 'Stairway To Heaven'
Friday, December 27, 2002
Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has reportedly joined the new project formed by ex-ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz and IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain.
The as-yet-unnamed group, who are said to follow an "extremely heavy" musical direction, commenced the recording sessions for their debut album six months ago and have thus far completed the drums and guitars for the effort, with Ellefson set to record the bass tracks early next year. It is presently unclear who will handle the vocal duties in the band, which is not yet believed to have secured a record deal. No further information is available at this time.
Thursday, December 26, 2002
German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA are scheduled to record their next album between Apr. 9 and Apr. 25, 2003 at Stage One Studio in Bühne, Germany with producer Andy Classen. A late 2003 release through Century Media Records is expected.
Wednesday, December 25, 2002
Below you will find a download link to a rare live recording of Post Aeternitatem (After Forever), recorded during a recent sold-out Sabbatum tour in Estonia. The song was specially re-arranged for the tour and sounds completely different from the original version of the track found on the "Sabbatum" CD!
To download the MP3 file to your computer, please rightclick on the song title and choose "Save target as..."!
Song to download
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
German melodic metallers EDGUY are in the studio mixing their first-ever live album for a tentative April 2003 release through AFM Records. "The [CD] booklet will be jam-packed with fun photos that the guys took on their journey across the world during the 'Mandrake' tour," according to the band's official web site.
BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Marcus Siepen has posted the following message via the group's official web site:
"We just finished our World Tour 2002 which you guys made the biggest and most successful tour in our history, thanks a lot! Next on the list are the upcoming festival season in 2003, which is about to start in a couple of weeks with a show in Barcelona and of course our new live album. We'll start working on this one in the middle of January, which means we'll have to listen to tons of tapes to find out what recordings came out best but before all of that it's time to take some days off with our families. Merry Christmas and a happy new year from us to all of you, see you again next year."
Monday, December 23, 2002
We are really proud to tell you our new album "Souvenirs" (psyn 0004) is finished! Throughout the last 2 years we worked on 20 songs, which 3 of them were released on our miniCD "Black Light District" (psyn0003), released this summer. The band celebrated their 12 years of making music, and signed a deal with Psychonaut records, the bands own imprint record label. Because of the huge success of this miniCD (11.500 copies sold worldwide!) we decided to release our new full length "Souvenirs" on Psychonaut too. "Souvenirs" will be out in Europe the 24th of February 2003 in Europe, and rest of the world will follow the 12th of March. The album will contain the following 10 tracks:
-These Good People
-Even The Spirits Are Afraid
-We Just Stopped Breathing
-You Learn About It
-A Life All Mine
What can we say? We think we made the best Gathering record ever. "Souvenirs" breathes a modern, dark and gloomy sound in which we tried to reach a perfect musical balance between organic and electronic sounds, without forgetting the atmospherically, psychedelic attitude. Together with producer Zlaya Hadzich (Sonic Youth, Motorpsycho, Low, Agrésion) we streamlined a mere 55 minutes of pure music, with help from some people, like Trickster G (Ulver), who sings the song "A life all mine" together with Anneke. We tried to escape the pigeonhole of nowadays music, and made an album bending modern sounds into beautiful, experimental and emotional music. Diversity and unity together. We think we succeeded. Hope you think the same.
Of course we will promote the album with an extensive tour through Europe and the rest of the world. The first leg of the European tour will start half March, which will bring us in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and Czech republic. In May we will do the Benelux and a lot of festivals. The second leg of the European tour will bring us to Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Mexico and Greece, though we have no confirmed dates yet. Check out the homepage for more news, it will be posted there when available. Fact is, 2003 will be a year full of touring.
The Gathering wishes you a happy Christmas and a superb 2003! Hope to see you all!!!
source: The Gathering Newsletter
Sunday, December 22, 2002
I've posted the holiday Dreaditorial, which you can find here.
Check my bad opinion on that cd and feel free to post your disagreement after my review :)
Luca Turilli review
They deserve that special xmas package (interview, cd review, gig review, radio play and bom) don't they? ;)
Band of the month : TCS
I've just reviewed yesterday's TCS gig in Epinay sur orge. Good good stuff!
TCS gig review
Saturday, December 21, 2002
Here's Time Curve Symmetry's 2002 mini cd release.
Check how the band has grown in maturity there :
TCS mini cd review
Friday, December 20, 2002
The set, which contains a recording of the band's performance at Stockholm's Klubben on August 31, 2002 — will include the following track listing:
01. Mirror Mirror
02. Bewitched /
03. Dark Are The Veils Of Death
04. Demons Gate
05. Under The Oak
06. At The Gallows End
08. Dark Reflections
09. Mourners Lament /
10. Black Stone Wielder
01. Well Of Souls
02. A Sorcerers Pledge
03. Bearer Of Pain /
04. Ancient Dreams /
05. Somewhere In Nowhere
07. Crystal Ball
The lyrics for two songs from Skyclad's upcoming album "A Semblance of Normality" (Anotherdrinkingsong by Kevin Ridley and Roman Wall Blues by W. H. Auden) have been posted at the official Skyclad homepage and at the band's official forum respectively.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
CELTIC FROST bassist Martin Ain will handle lead vocal duties on at least two songs on the band's upcoming studio effort, which is currently being recorded for a 2003 release.
The band's frontman, Tom Gabriel Fischer, has posted the following update on the recording sessions for the upcoming CD, tentatively titled "Probe":
"The vocals to about ten songs have been completed, with a further six to eight still to follow until spring.
"The vocal styles used so far are very wide-ranging, more so than ever before on any CELTIC FROST album. I have not yet used the exact same 'tragic' vocals as on 'Into the Pandemonium', but I would like to do that very much. I have always liked them a lot. We have experimented with such vocals on a couple of songs, but later found that other vocals fit these particular songs better. There are some lead vocals, however, which are rather closely related to the 'tragic' style.
"The songs so far completed feature vocals which range from extremely heavy to utterly fragile and intimate. There are a lot of parallels to the original first three CELTIC FROST albums, but also a few more modern ideas. For example, we have explored the vocal style used for the back-up vocals in 'The Inevitable Factor' from the 'Into the Pandemonium' album and have used it for lead vocals. And so on.
"There are also quite a few female vocal tracks, one of them a duet between our now regular female singer Simone Vollenweider and myself. We didn't really plan on using so much 'female color,' it simply happened as the songs grew over the past couple of years. We also decided that we should be able to use female vocals regardless of everyone else doing it, too, since we were among the first to incorporate such vocals into heavier music.
"Simone is not an opera singer, although I'm sure she has the capability to do that, too. Her vocals as used by CELTIC FROST are very melodic and extremely feminine. She has sung harmonies and back-ups for us, along with the above mentioned duet with me on one new song. We first worked with her during the recording sessions of APOLLYON SUN demos in 1999/2000.
"Simone will do further work with CELTIC FROST in the future, and it is very likely she will accompany CELTIC FROST onstage as well.
"One of the biggest new things for us all is the fact that Martin has so far sung the lead vocals for two songs, and that he shares lead vox with me on one further song ('Human Dirt'). More might follow. His vocal style is very heavy and sick.
"There are no 'Cold Lake'-type vocals, though... -)
"As of this past weekend, a very small, select group of music industry contacts have now heard select pre-production recordings from the new CELTIC FROST album here in London - the very first time anybody outside of the band has been given access to the new material.
"At this point, everything is still financed from within the band, to the point of complete financial ruin for me personally, and we have not yet put our signatures under a contract (although a negotiated recording deal is ready and on the table). But the reactions to the new music have so far been overwhelming and extremely enthusiastic, and we are very happy.
"Still, it will be the CELTIC FROST fans who are going to make the final decision."
SAVATAGE are currently writing material for their next album, tentatively due in late summer. A world tour will kick off in the fall.
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
It has been announced over on PlanetBlaze that drummer Jeff Singer has decided to leave B L A Z E.
We at BlazeFans would like to wish Jeff all the best in the future and say a massive thank you for being a big part of our favourite band during the past couple of years.
The new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album "Nocturama" will be released on 3rd of February 2003.
For a Nocturama Press Release, Nocturama Lyrics and Nocturama Playing Credits check out
Sunday, December 15, 2002
Turismo sent in the following:
Just saw that the new QNTAL album will be released on 10. February 2003 (titled QNTAL III). A single ("o tristan") will be released on January 3rd.
My source is www.qntal.de.
Saturday, December 14, 2002
My people! I have acquired the new Lacuna Coil album! A review awaits thee:
Friday, December 13, 2002
Stratovarius' new album Elements pt.1 leaked to internet few days ago, more than month and a half before its official release date, which is 27th of January. Apparently one of journalists uploaded the promo he received for reviewing. When this fact became known to the band, Jens Johansson (keyboardist) said this on official Stratovarius forum: [...]
Follow this link to read more. :)
Thanx to Alex D!
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Well, I guess we shouldn't believe everything Blabbermouth says... Trolls deny making any "official" statements on this metter, and even Mr. Wilska himself doesn't sound too sure:
"Hi y'all my name is Wilska, now pay some attention.
At the time of writing this, NOTHING has been settled, sworn or written in stone. I was supposed to do the Manowar show as the vocalist and then think about the future. Well that went to hell as most of ya know. We have rehearsed a few times with the trolls, gotten drunk, discussed it, and the (near) consensus now is: We are negotiating some gigs for after the new year, to see how it functions. I have been on the road with the dudes a "few" hours as a soundman and lighting tech so we get along very well. (Not counting some unfortunate insidences over german breakfasts, eh, Trollhorn? Sorry, bro...)
If I go on as a vocalist for this band, you will be the first to know. All in due time.
But do not kid yourself to expect some unified, carved-in-stone proclamations from this band, no one in the band knows what happens tomorrow...
As for the quotes from me in the Blabbermouth thingie, that was just me talking on a messageboard about the Manowar gig. I guess I have to get a bit more wary in my writing, these guys seem to dig up stuff quite thoroughly...
All I can say now, been a friend and a fan of the band since the beginning, love the music, would be honoured to do this if possible (especially as it was my brother Katla who in the first place asked me to do this...), but we'll see what the future brings...
All the best to ya all,"
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Finland's FINNTROLL have enlisted singer Tapio Wilska as the permanent replacement for Katla, who was forced to step down as vocalist earlier in the year due to problems with his vocal cords. Wilska had previously fronted a number of acts, including SETHIAN and WIZZARD, and had done session work with several high-profile Finnish groups, such as NIGHTWISH and TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS.
"I feel pretty overwhelmed donning Katla's fur coat," Wilska stated a few weeks ago before his permanent status in the group became official. "[FINNTROLL] has been one of my favorite bands since their debut, and doing the songs is great fun for me. I, as probably every other fan of the band wishes that Katla will get better and will return to the band in the future. But I have to say that although SETHIAN remains my No. 1 priority, I'll give 100% to this thing when needed. Hey kiddos, it's only a question of time management... As for Swedish [all of FINNTROLL's lyrics are written in Swedish—ed.], I speak it adequately, I studied it further at the [university] as my second language."
As previously reported, FINNTROLL are tentatively scheduled to enter a makeshift studio during January to begin recording an "acoustic/experimental" EP for a spring release. A full-length album will follow in late 2003
Monday, December 9, 2002
Just another review. Been listening to The 69 Eyes' new album. See for yourself.
BREAKING NEWS FROM Helloween!!
Mark Cross, the band's drummer, managed to pick up some horrible disease and is out of the picture for a few months. Meanwhile the band is right in the middle of recording their new, as-yet-untitled album and have to pull-up with the recording schedule. So Helloween got themselves a studio drummer. And what drummer he is!!! So, prepare yourselves, because the new CD of German Power Metal legend will feature the session appearance of...
...Mickey Dee (Motorhead, ex-King Diamond), playing on all tracks!!! The guy himself is a drumming legend - anyone who's familiar with Motorhead's later works ("March Or Die" - onwards) or King Diamond's early works (up to "Conspiracy", 1989), will agree with me on that. Such a shame that he's only a studio drummer. Would be a blast to see him in Helloween on full-time terms!!
Sunday, December 8, 2002
Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have set Mar. 3, 2003 as the release date through Spinefarm Records for their new album, entitled "Jaded". A single will precede the album on Feb. 3.
"Jaded" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and features a "much heavier and faster" musical direction than before, according to guitarist Joonas "Jope" Koto. Former SINERGY and current NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala has supplied guest vocals on the album.
Among the song titles set to appear on the upcoming CD are "Too Much Ain't Enough", "Dying Embers", "Silence Tells More", and the projected title track, "Jaded".
ICED EARTH mastermind Jon Schaffer has revealed several more song titles that are set to be included on the group's upcoming "Glorious Burden" CD, due in late spring/early summer.
The guitarist — who is simultaneously working on the material for the sophomore effort from DEMONS & WIZARDS, his side project with BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kursch — is hoping to begin recording the effort in January, most likely at Tampa's Morrisound Recording, where all of the band's previous albums were tracked.
Among the titles set to appear on "Glorious Burden" are the following:
01. The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)
02. Hollow Man
03. And The Anger Flows
04. Honesty and the Damage Done
05. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
06. When the Eagle Cries
08. Red Badge of Courage
09. My Life
10. Tale of a Sale
11. Solitude II
12. The Glorious Burden
13. The Opportunist
14. The Haunting
15. This Virus Called Man
16. A Gift Or A Curse?
17. Ignorance is Bliss
18. Deception in the Desert
Thursday, December 5, 2002
Next Yearning album will be recorded not until next summer and it will be released early Autumn 2003. Wait for this one...
Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Reunited hard-rock/funk pioneers LIVING COLOUR have signed with Sanctuary Records and are presently completing work on their latest CD at bassist Doug Wimbish's Nova Sound studios in Connecticut. An early 2003 release is expected.
According to PlanetBlaze.com the BLAZE live album 'As Live As It Gets' will get it's worldwide release on March 24th 2003.
FINNTROLL are tentatively scheduled to enter a makeshift studio during January to begin recording an "acoustic/ experimental" EP for a spring release.
The band, who have yet to find a replacement for departed frontman Katla, will then focus their attention on their next full-length album, for which they have already completed three songs so far.
"[One of the completed songs] is called 'Ursvamp' and it is fucking fast Humppa-styled song, drawing influences from Slavic traditional music and country," keyboardist Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali told Metal Provider. "It is made by Tundra and me. The other one has no name yet, but it is 'traditional' FINNTROLL indeed, this time sounding a bit like what happens if you crossbreed MIDGÅRDS SÖNER, BAL-SAGOTH and Danny Elfman's various works. It's done by yours truly, and he is very pleased with it. About the half-made ones, there is some surprises coming up, maybe some Oi!-influences and more evil and more 'disturbed' stuff.
"The new album will most likely be done in summer '03, as we all have zillions of other bands to taking care of too, especially now when Somnium has joined IMPALED NAZARENE, which takes his time pretty much at the moment," the keyboardist continued. "I don't think there shall be any major style- changes, but as I said previously, we're trying to capture a more 'evil' atmosphere on the forthcoming record, you know, the one we had in 'Midnattens Widunder'. Personally I can't stand 'Jaktens Tid', being so 'clean', so 'nice' and containing too many Power Metal influences. (yes, I know I was responsible for them, but still... :) Trolls are supposed to be mean, ugly and hairy, and those images are not something which, in my opinion, can be associated with the music from 'Jaktens Tid'. But the next FINNTROLL album shall define the synonym for the word 'trollish' again. Period."
With regards to the group's vacant vocalist slot, Sorvali said, "Whatever happens concerning the studio, one thing is for sure: Katla will take care of every single lyric and song title on the album. We are trying some new fellows, and may actually have already decided who it will be, but I can't give any proper information until we all have agreed about it. Most likely Katla won't sing in the album, and thus we have two alternatives left: Either we find a suitable, non-compromising (no second- rate trolls approved!) brutal, trollish and evil vocalist.....or then we do the screeching and roaring by all of the members left. How we do that on stage then, is another and a very good question indeed. However, most likely a new vocalist will step in."
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
3rd December 2002 - Skyclad Christmas Charity Bash!
The band will be playing an impromptu Charity Show at The Cooperage, The Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne City Centre on Friday 27th December 2002. The proceeds will be donated to two causes, a charity of the band's choice and one of a member of the audience, which will be decided on the night by their ticket number. The show will feature some of the material from their next album along with older songs, and they will also be having a bit of fun with some festive cover versions! Part of one of the new songs will be recorded live the at the show and will feature on the next album along with video footage of the gig to be included on this very website. So if you want to join the party and be a part of their next album, showtime is 7.30pm and tickets are a mere £3.00 and can be ordered by mail via the following address;
SKYCLAD CHRISTMAS CHARITY BASH
PO BOX 113
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!
Monday, December 2, 2002
Nebel has been invited to do a Hagalaz' Runedance tour through South America in September next year; this trip will include Argentina, Chile, Mexico and possibly Brazil. She's quite excited about it, so try not to miss these unique performances.
Faith and the Muse have now officially starting the recording process for their new as yet untitled CD, to be released next Spring. The CD promises to be "a blend of old and new musics: experimentation in organic and electronic, tribal and futuristic sound. A classic feel of our diversity in songwriting, but with a sense of having evolved and matured in many ways." Details soon...
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN frontman Blaze Bayley, will release a double live album on Mar. 24, 2003 via SPV Records. A new studio album is also in the planning stages and can be expected in late 2003.
For those of you into the medieval scene, check out my review of 'Worldes blysse' by the more angelic singer ensemble I've ever heard, aka the Mediaeval baebes.
Worldes blysse review
Cladman has reviewed a Nick Cave album here!
Nick Cave album
Yar, new Dreaditorial posted by yours truly.
The Golden Wings of Icarus