09:39 - Jaeryd17 Are you kidding? I loved the ending to Mass Effect 3. I think everyone was just looking for a happy ending and threw a toddler-fit because they didn't get it. Also, Boxcar, have you played Fallout 1 or 2 yet?
06:45 - huascaman The EA sports NHL games are the best. \m/
06:29 - Unhealer Jaeryd17, agree Mass Effect is excellent. Also, I didn't mind the so-hated ending that much.
06:23 - BoxCar Willy I really only play Fallout. Ive beaten both at least 10 times, (new Vegas probably even more). They are just the best, they capture everything I love. They just need a metal soundtrack and dirtbikes. Lol.
06:20 - Jaeryd17 No best game series, I don't think... but Mass Effect comes incredibly close. Love me some Halo, Metroid, Zelda, Borderlands, Battlefield, and Elder Scrolls, though.
05:59 - psykometal I've done like dozens of playthroughs using the Oghma to level boost, to try out several different character builds (since there used to not be respec option), so I now I want to actually complete it, or come real close. :)
TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued the following update on the band's current and upcoming activities:
"In prepping for the next studio album, TESTAMENT re-opened its Driftwood Studios at a new location. They had shut down the Oakland industrial-area site when Chuck Billy was going through his eventually-successful cancer treatments. With state-of-the-art HD ProTools upgrades installed, Driftwood continues an aggressive cutting edge approach that TESTAMENT embarked upon in Oakland with 'Demonic' , its 1997 #1 Metal Album. The prior Oakland location was also the recording home of their 1999 #1 Metal Album, 'The Gathering' .
"The new site, in downtown Pittsburg , CA , is an older cement-brick & mortar building with previous recording-studio history, a fact unknown until recently to Peterson and Billy . The new installation has an eerie-inhabitant vibe, because the deep-in-the-catacombs control-room motion detectors frequently go off at late-night/pre-dawn hours — while no access to the building interior is possible without triggering the perimeter security systems, which remain silent. Oddly, the interior motion detectors never go off in daytime hours; and each time the late-night activity is investigated, no evidence of entry is detected and nothing is disturbed. No mice droppings — no nothing.
Andy Winter's (Winds, Age Of Silence) solo project:
Winds front man Andy Winter is heading into the studio tomorrow to record a Limited Edition mini CD for The End Records. The music is going to be classically oriented piano music. Andy has never done a solo project, this will be his first. If you have ever sat down and listened to any of the Winds or the Age Of Silence records you know that this is going to be something special. This release will be SUPER limited.
Charon will begin recording their new, yet unnamed, album in 14 Feb 2005. They will be heading to the legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki with renowned producer Mikko Karmila. Recording sessions will continue until mid-March, after which Karmila will mix the album. The first single will be released in April, and the entire album is slated to be released in August.
New songs, 13 pieces altogether, are versatile, more live-oriented and dark-toned than earlier Charon material. There are many new elements in the music, just because of a new guitarist, and using a producer in a different studio setup.
Charon will tour in Finland to promote the album in the autumn. However, the band can be seen on stage on summer festivals as well. The next scheduled gigs are at the end of May in Helsinki, Tampere and Oulu.
A message posted on Lacrimosa official page by T. Wolff & A. Nurmi:
"We are still working on our new album, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel! Therefore we can tell you already now the date, when our nineth studio album will be released:
Monday, May the 2nd, 2005
There are still some days to come untill then, but we are sure, the 2nd of May will be a very special day in the history of Lacrimosa!
"Mikael Åkerfeldt has been confirmed as the vocalist for the first and last Bloodbath gig. This will take place at Germany's famous Wacken open air festival on the 4th of August. The band will perform songs from all three albums including the non-Åkerfeldt death-bomb "Nightmares made flesh" that featured Peter Tägtgren on vocals. The all star line-up will consist of: Anders Nyström (Katatonia), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Dan Swanö (legendary multi musician), Martin Axenrot (Nifelheim, Witchery etc) and Mikael Åkerfeldt. Be there or....well, of course you'll be there!!
Opeth will be entering Fashination street studios on March 15 to record their 8th yet untitled opus. The band are currently in rehearsal mode, which is a rare occasion having recorded the last 4 records without rehearsing. The recording will be overseen by the uprising recording mogul Jens Bogren. As of today no names for production duties have surfaced and it looks like the next record will be a band produced effort. Nothing has been decided regarding who's taking care of the mix either so we'll have to keep you wondering.
Reuters is reporting that LED ZEPPELIN got a "whole lotta" belated love from the music industry on Saturday, earning a lifetime achievement Grammy in recognition of a career that changed the face of rock 'n' roll.
The English band was one of 10 performers, alongside the likes of rockabilly hellraiser JERRY LEE LEWIS, blues belter JANIS JOPLIN and country crooner EDDY ARNOLD, celebrated at a luncheon one day before the Grammy Awards.
During their 12 years together, LED ZEPPELIN never won a Grammy, even though they were arguably the biggest band of the 1970s, a combo whose blues-based rock anthems resonate loudly to this day.
LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones showed up with the two children of late drummer John Bonham to receive crystal trophies. Singer Robert Plant, busy rehearsing for a tour, sent in a video message.
Long-running Dutch death/thrash metal band THANATOS are busy writing new songs for their fifth full-length album, to be recorded before the end of the year.
THANATOS' fourth album, "Undead. Unholy. Divine", was released last summer through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Angelic Encounters", "Undead. Unholy. Divine" was produced by Hans Pieters and the band at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland and was mastered by Attie Bauw (JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, GOREFEST).
The web site of New Jersey prog-metallers SYMPHONY X has been updated with the following message:
"They're working at a good pace on writing the new CD, they have parts of songs put together at this point that are equal to about half of the new CD, and have lots of ideas that they're working with. They're being very critical with this CD, wanting to kick it up a notch from 'The Odyssey' and make it the best stuff yet; thus far they're working with material from Michael Romeo , Michael Pinnella and Michael LePond . Mike sounded really intent on cranking out some excellent music; he's in 'the writing zone', and only good things come of it when he's in that mindset.
According to Iltalehti, a new song from the forthcoming Stratovarius album has been suspended by the band's own record label, Sanctuary Music German Division. The opening intro of that song was supposed to start with the speech of Hitler. According to Timo Tolkki who points out the song is completely anti Hitler and therefore appeals to the freedom of the art. Tolkki adds that he has always been interested in Hitler and what made Hitler become such a monster, the song is as antifacist as possible. The lyrics of the song has been sent to the censorship department of the Ministry of the Interior Of Germany, which will make a decision about the legality of the song.
We bring sad tidings.
Our friend and drummer Andre has been admitted to hospital. De doctors have found cancer and surgically removed a tumor.
The medical staff is satisfied about the result of the surgery.
In consultation with Andre and his friend Cris we decided to continue our show in The Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on February 11.
Ed Warby will replace Andre for this occasion,but Andre will be more present than ever on this evening.
If you want to support Andre in this difficult period in his life you can send a card or letter to:
Andre Borgman Tromsöldreef 50 3076 DL Rotterdam The Netherlands
We count on you and expect a load of reactions and consolation for Andre. Via the site we will keep you informed.
Former PESTILENCE singer MARTIN VAN DRUNEN participates together with former PESTILENCE bassist JEROEN PAUL THESSELING in the recordings of PROJEKT TABUN.
PROJEKT TABUN was founded by KING LOCUST guitarist/ producer NIELS DRIEËNHUIZEN and JEROEN PAUL THESSELING. The tracks will result in a unique blend of Moorish-oriented lines, brutal grunts and palmas rhythms.
"After 11 years since we started this adventure, after 6 years since the band started its official activities and after three album released together as VOID OF SILENCE, we decided to put an end to this band.
We took this decision with sadness and bitterness, also we must admit we yet reached our initial goal.
We would like to thank our worlwide fans, those who always trusted us and those who supported us along the way.
A special thank you to Fabban and Alan Nemtheanga, who gave us the possibility to release such incredible albums and to the whole code666 staff, always supportive towards our music.
A great hail also to our old friends Andrea Toro, Alessandro Bianchi, Riccardo Tran and Fabio Restano, who were beside us in the beginning.