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July 2004


Saturday, July 31, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:18 CET

Radio playlist updated again with 4 new tracks. Check out radio activity board.

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:33 CET

check radio activity board.

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CD Review : Midnight Syndicate "Realm of shadows"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:44 CET

Review by nebulae architect. Read it here!

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

CD Review : Rama and Reza "Two worlds"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:40 CET

Review here!

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Sunday, July 18, 2004

CD Review : Arcana "Inner pale sun"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:01 CET

My review can be read here!

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Friday, July 16, 2004

Angra complete work on new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:25 CET

Brazil's ANGRA have completed work on their follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this fall through SPV Records (NTS Records in France). The band have posted the following message regarding the as-yet-untitled effort: "First of all, the songs are awesome! Really, really good! The production is perfect too, the sound of instruments is even heavier and clearer than in our previous albums. The band sounds more powerful and tighter as well.

"This is a very complex record, truly sophisticated. It's not just another metal album, it’s much more than that. The richness of the songs can be felt in the concept, the versatility, the spontaneity, the technique, the feeling and the emotions that flow throughout the whole record. It's easy to figure out our emotions in the tracks. It's a special thing, totally unconventional.

"The story is about the saga of a crusader knight that ends up disputing the expansionist ideals of the Catholic Church in the eleventh century. He is known as The Shadow Hunter. His way of thinking changes step by step until he gets to the point of beginning a new reforming order. There's a lot of things happening in his life and each song is a chapter of the story. It's amazing to follow the lyrics as you listen to the songs. Each situation is totally different from the other.

"Overall, this album is a bit longer than the others ANGRA has made so far. We tried to do something new and didn’t think twice about the possibility of experimenting. After all, we always focus in the artistic side and in what has been ANGRA's most striking mark since day one: ORIGINALITY!

"Today is July 14th and we are leaving for Japan. We'll meet Kiko there (he's going from Brazil) and the three of us are gonna promote the album. We're doing a couple of acoustic gigs, plus interviews, photo sessions and so on. However, we look forward to coming back to Brazil and showing to the fans what we achieved in the new album, ANGRA's very best in our opinion."


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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

New Band of the month : Ashtar
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:57 CET

By blue horse : Read it here!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Interview : Bleeding black
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:54 CET

by Nebulae Architect. Read it here!

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Monday, July 12, 2004

CD Review : Diamanda Galas "Plague mass"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:16 CET

Review by Nebulae Architect. Read it here!

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Interview with Eric Adams (Manowar)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:15 CET

Interview by Max "nu-zeland" Thrasher. Read it here!

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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Tristania Update
Posted by: Matze @ 14:45 CET

From www.tristania.com

5th July 2004 - New album close to finished
Tristania has returned from 9 weeks in the TopRoom studio and report great confidence in the new-recorded material. Only minor elements remain before everything is completed. The final title has not yet been decided, but the planned release date is 18th of October. The band is anxious to release this album and show their fans what they have been up to these last few years. They are also looking forward to get back on tour and present the new material live.
Anders' summary of the new album is "heavy and organic". They are working on a comprehensive studio report, which we will post here on the site in the next few days.

5th July 2004 - New record contract with SPV
Tristania is about to sign with SPV. The band is very happy with the contract, which is being finalized now. They are satisfied with SPV as their future collaborator. Several companies were interested, but SPV made the strongest offer and seemed to be the ones who would best support the band's efforts.
SPV is a strong contender that will promote and distribute Tristania worldwide. SPV has previously acted as a distributor for Tristania, which the band regards as an advantage. They are looking forward to the cooperation with SPV in the coming years.

5th July 2004 - Tour in planning
The next few days will reveal the dates for the first tour after the release of the new album. It will be an extensive European tour. Tristania is looking forward to getting back on the road and back on stage after this long break from touring, due in large to work on the new album. The last European tour the band had was almost three years back - it's about time they headed back out!

Thanks, Ed! :)


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Friday, July 9, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:03 CET

Another update.

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Monday, July 5, 2004

Nick Menza rejoins megadeth?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:10 CET

A rumor i've found on many boards. Seems to be confirmed.

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CD Review : Northaunt "the ominous silence"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:42 CET

Review by Nebulae Architect.
Read it here


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Sunday, July 4, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:27 CET

Two new songs :
arcana "the cold sea"
gothica : "the cliff of suicide"


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Thursday, July 1, 2004

Tom Fischer (Celtic Frost) to release a solo album
Posted by: Matze @ 18:30 CET

Yes, I am working on a solo album, and I am aiming at releasing it next year. This will in no way negatively affect or delay work on the new CF album. Quite the opposite - I began work on my own album because of my frustration over the extremely long gestation period of the CF album and my inability (in spite of a number of efforts) to speed up its completion. I am, after all, only one factor of many that influence the pace and the ultimate result of a new CF album recording.

I never seriously pursued the idea of a "solo album" (and I actually find that term ridiculous). But a little over a year ago, I began to complete music for an album of my own. I felt (and feel) barely able to contain my impatience and frustration over the slow progress of the CF album, no matter how happy I was/am about the music we have written for it.

The CF album has become extremely heavy over the past year, and I have written virtually all of that music, together with Erol. It is amazing and intoxicating to see and hear the band like this. But it is as important to me that a CF album also contains the typical ingredient of material that is different and that no other band would dare to include - just as we have done on our first three albums. But a key member of the band disagreed. There were numerous songs I submitted for inclusion on the CF album that were turned down; it was felt that these songs did not have a place on a CF album because they were too experimental. The rejected music is very closely related to my personal life and emotions, and there was no way I was just going to throw it away.

The delays and the above scenario are the two reasons why I am working on my first album of my own. I have the music for eight songs completed and will begin vocal recordings this summer. The album will not sound like Apollyon Sun. It is much more somber and utterly dark, as has been my life in recent years. The music can perhaps be described as dark wave, electronica... or, much better, as my innermost feelings and emotions turned into soundscapes, aural paintings. Since I was no longer bound by the identity of CF when working on this material, the songs have become far more electronic than how I imagined them played by CF. On the other hand, when I showcased some material to my close friends, they all said it sounds exactly like Frost. They were also rather taken aback by the darkness of it all.

Musically, I am very happy right now, as I have the opportunity to complete two different but related works side-by-side. As much as I hate that it takes so long, the CF album will leave no questions unanswered. Of that I am sure. And my own album is very important to me personally. The parallel existence of CF allows me to focus solely on my own needs and to not be bound by sales or sound expectations. I am doing this just for me, and if only a handful of people out there will understand the emotions contained therein, these people and me will share something very special and very personal.

With much love and gratitude

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland
http://www.celticfrost.com


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