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Friday, December 31, 2004
We at Penny Dreadful hope you all had a great xmas, and we wish you a happy 2005. Thanks for your support in 2004! :D
Several early pictures and a rare, early demo of the classic Bay Area thrash band MORDRED produced by Doug Piercy (HEATHEN, ANVIL CHORUS, THE COMPANY) have been posted online at the Earth-Dog Lounge. The demo contains songs sung by original vocalist Steve Scates featuring a much different sound to the one that the group later became popular with. The tracks featured on the demo are "Sever & Splice", "Mordred", "To There And Back" and "Spellbound".
"OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com about the group's current search for a new label home and the band's songwriting process, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
HailMetal.com: Recently your label Music for Nations closed down, leaving OPETH stranded. How has the search for a new label been, and any ideas who are the most likely contenders to sign with?
Mikael Åkerfeldt: "We've gotten a wide array of offers, everything from big labels to labels who want us to pay $200 to appear on some obscure compilation tape.
"To be honest, I don't care who we sign to as long as they can do the job right. I concentrate on the music while our management is taking care of the business.
"Right now I think we've gotten 12 serious offers that we're looking through."
HailMetal.com: Last year "Damnation" was released, an obvious change of style from more aggressive metal to pure melodious rock. I'm aware that this is something of a one-off, and that is wasn't an overall change of style for the band. With this in mind, what did you expect to achieve from this album, and how has the response been?
Mikael Åkerfeldt: "It's been good overall. I think most metal dudes accepted this album as they knew we're into '60s and '70s psychedelia and so on. I love the album. I think it's one of our best however different it might be. 'Damnation' has outsold the previous record and I think the reason being that we've reached out to people who are into rock and psychedelia, like PINK FLOYD or whatever. Many people say to me that they've never been into metal, but they love 'Damnation' and got into OPETH through that album. We're bringing some new people into the metal scene!"
HailMetal.com: The DVD also includes a lengthy documentary on the recordings of your last two albums, "Deliverance" and "Damnation". It seems that your producer Steven Wilson played a strong part in those recording sessions, in both creation and production. Will he be contributing as strongly in the next album, or will his role be downplayed?
Mikael Åkerfeldt: "I don't know. I've asked him to help us out again and he said yes. He's going to produce the next album but we're not sure how it's gonna work. His contribution is very 'heat of the moment' as is the entire recording process for us. If he comes up with an idea, we'll try it. That's basically as far as it goes."
Read Mikael Åkerfeldt's entire interview with HailMetal.com at this location."
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
- Check out this video of Jerry in the studio recording the new album!
- How about Ty tracking a vocal part?
- ...Ty recording some feedback for one of the songs...
- ...and Ty dubbing some guitar parts!
Thursday, December 23, 2004
According to Metal-Rules.com, Finnish metallers SENTENCED revealed the track listing for their as-yet-untitled new album during a recent listening session for members of the media.
The follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, THE 69 EYES) and is scheduled for release in April 2005 via Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:
01. May Today Become the Day (4:00)
02. Ever-frost (4:19)
03. We Are but Falling Leaves (4:28)
04. Her Last 5 Minutes (5:40)
05. Where Waters Fall Frozen (0:56)
06. Despair-ridden Hearts (3:41)
07. Vengeance Is Mine (4:15)
08. A Long Way to Nowhere (3:27)
09. Consider Us Dead (4:51)
10. Lower the Flags (3:34)
11. Drain Me (4:34)
12. Karu (1:04)
13. End of the Road (5:00)
Total running time: 49:53
SENTENCED frontman, Ville Laihiala, recently completed work on the sophomore album from his POISONBLACK side-project, tentatively due in early 2005 through Century Media.
(source metal rules)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Gig report by Ed "pax eternum" Graham
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Ragnarök 2, March 12 2005, Hollfeld (Germany)
Circle Of Obscurity
XIV Dark Centuries
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
RockHarz Open Air 2005, July 08-09 2005, Osterode/Dorste (Germany)
source: http://openair.rockharz.de - http://www.grave-digger.de
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Black Lotus Records announced the signing of the legendary CRIMSON GLORY singer, Midnight, who returns after 16 years in the wilderness. The Press Release issued follows:
"Words are not enough to describe his truly unique voice, which has marked the history of recorded music and placed him among the most influential singers of the 1980’s. The years have passed, but Midnight refused to get involved in any musical projects after the amazing CRIMSON GLORY albums… and the silence breaks so he returns to the frontline with his first stunning solo work titled “SAKADA” to be released around April 2005. In his comeback, he is surrounded by new musicians (Phil Anderson/Hammer Dulcimer, Drums, Washboard, other percussion, Scott Gibson/ Electric Guitar, Bass, Mandolin) as well as old friends, like Ben Jackson (the rhythm guitarist of CRIMSON GLORY) and other special guests. Prepare your souls for a unique journey across the desert at night on a camel that has no eyes… riding far away to a lonely paradise…. Midnight is here to stay..."
(source : metalinvader.com)
Saturday, December 11, 2004
CelticFrost.com forum member Redfish666 had the chance to listen to "about a random third of the music for the new album" in Celtic Frost's rehearsal studio.
You can read about his impressions here.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
Germany's Letzte Instanz have finally found a new permanent bassist - his name is Michael Ende. There's still no information about a replacement for singer Robin, though.
For details check bmouth:
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
In an interview with http://www.vampire-magazine.com Gorefest guitarist and founding member Frank Harthoorn mentioned that the band's new material is "pretty loud" but has "No blues in there". That's a bit sad imho as I still think Chapter 13 is a masterpiece - anyway the next release is probably an album to look forward to. :D Gorefest are working on five songs right now, there are no demos though and it seems there haven't talked to any record labels - yet.
In related news, Gorfest is the first band confirmed for next year's Dynamo Open Air.
Monday, December 6, 2004
German Folk/Vikingmetal act Equilibrium have put up three mp3 clips from their first full-length album. "Turis Fratyr" is scheduled for release in January or early February, 2005.
Sunday, December 5, 2004
Both the stereo and 5.1 mixes of the new Porcupine Tree album are complete and were mastered in New York in November. While work on the artwork and packaging (including a very special limited edition version) is underway, a website dedicated to audio, video and other media relating to the new album will launch in the very near future.
Saturday, December 4, 2004
Gilles "Tarswelder" Delévacq has just reviewed the new angra.
Check his impressions here!
You can find them on the band's site.
(source tristania 's official site).
PARADISE LOST have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Paradise Lost", due on February 21, 2005 release date through G.U.N. Records. A single, entitled "Grey", will precede the album on February 7, 2005.
"Paradise Lost" — named in celebration of the group's 10th studio album since their full-length debut, "Lost Paradise", was released in 1990 — was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life" is the group's first to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).
"Paradise Lost" track listing:
01. Close Your Eyes
03. Red Shift
04. Sun Fading
05. Don't Belong
06. Laws of Cause
07. For All You Leave Behind
08. Accept the Pain
11. Forever After
12. Over the Madness
The group's world tour in support of the album is expected to kick off in April.
Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have entered Polar studios (ABBA, GENESIS, LED ZEPPELIN) in Stockholm to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 via an as-yet-undetermined label. Read a studio report and check out photos from the recording sessions at Candlemass.net.
CANDLEMASS have just released a compilation CD, entitled "Essential Doom", containing the group's best material plus their newly recorded and previously unreleased song "Witches". The album comes with a bonus DVD featuring video footage of the band's performance at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany in 2003.
As previously reported, CANDLEMASS have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany.
VINTERSORG mainman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) has issued the following update regarding the group's current activities:
"We're working hard on the new material. The songs feel very artistic, some progressive elements are of course there, but it's taken a more symphonic approach. The recording of the piece will take place next year and we're really looking forward to it. With so many ideas and visions, we feel that we can produce a very good album. I've also written material for a MCD that takes a look back to the past, while remaining innovative and inspiring. We plan to to record it in 2005 as well."
With regard to his FISSION project, in which he is joined by VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, Hedlund said, "In the FISSION camp everything is great. We have four songs for the next album and are now fine-tuning our sound. So be prepared for a very energetic and thrashy album, where melody is still present. It will have some very haunting moments as well."
(source : blabbermouth)
A brand new video from the recording sessions for THE CLAN DESTINED's first official demo has been posted online at .
THE CLAN DESTINED is the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL). Joining Walkyier and Iscariah in the new formation are Lee Cassidy (guitar), Kara Sutra (vocals), Emily Dolan Davies (drums), and Tony Wildwood (guitar).
As previously reported, this very limited-edition release, which will be made available solely via the group's official homepage, will contain the following cuts:
01. Swinging Like Judas
02. More Than War
03. I Am Because We Are!
04. We’re Wolves
05. A Beautiful Start To The End Of The World
06. T.C. Lethbridge (JULIAN COPE cover)
(thanks to evenstar from the board and blabbermouth).