22:23 - EMols86 @.starrk Hehe, okay then. :P No time to relax though since I'm graduating and terribly busy, so chatting here won't help. :-) @DarkSymphony I don't like them, why? Too "poppy" for my tastes.
"Peaceville will be issuing a limited edition compilation entitled 'The Black Sessions' featuring selected material from the "new era" (defined 1998-2004) as opposed to the "old era" material covered in 'Brave Yester Days' at the end of January. The packaging will be a box set of two discs featuring all the single's b-sides, cover songs and selective songs off 'Discouraged Ones' up and til 'Viva Emptiness' (including one unreleased track from this recording session). There'll also be a third disc in the form of a live DVD with a Katatonia live show from April 2003 that was shot in Kracow, Poland. The layout of a 12 page booklet + poster will be handled by Travis Smith.
The band Rata Blanca extended some months the recording of its next record work. Now one calculates that the same one will leave just the next year on sale, to give time to finish it them as it corresponds. Nevertheless they speculate whereupon by the end of year they can present live some subjects of the future plate. The name of the disc continues without defining.
Check out the Mp3 page(http://truemetal.org/october31/mp3.html) for 2 mp3s from the new album "No Survivors". These are unmastered songs right from the final mix. There are also mp3s there from past OCTOBER 31 releases.
View the front cover here(http://truemetal.org/october31/no_survivors_cover.jpg).
Also the band in previous report:
Recordings for the new album "No Survivors" will begin in late September. In OCTOBER 31 tradition, it will again be recorded at Oblivion Studios, Maryland with Mike Bossier at the board.
02. Rivet Rat
03. Commit To Sin
04. No Survivors
05. What Waits Beyond
06. Back Alley Murders
07. Wrecking Crew (OVERKILL cover)
Richard recently completed the recording of his solo album at Bryn Derwen studios in Wales. Guesting on fretless bass is Percy Jones (Eno, Brand X ), and on acoustic / electronic drums Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack, The Bays). It's expected that the album will be available online before Christmas, and in stores early next year. More details soon.
In the meantime "Cosmic Prophets" is an audio sample CD recorded by Richard Barbieri and Japan based musician Jan Linton. It was originally released for the Japanese market a few years ago, but the PT Store has acquired a limited quantity. Please note this is not a conventional album, but a sample CD of sounds, textures, loops and FX that can be sampled and used in a musical (or non musical) context. It features vintage synthesisers such as the Prophet 5 and Roland System 700.
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are currently offering another live "bootleg" in DVD format for sale in the "Merch" section of the group's official web site. "Testament - Live at the Omni 1988" was filmed at the Omni in Oakland, CA on December 30, 1988.
"Testament - Live at the Omni 1988" (view cover here) track listing:
01. Into the Pit
02. The Preacher
03. Alone In the Dark
04. The New Order
05. First Strike Is Deadly
06. Disciples of the Watch
08. Burnt Offerings
09. Do or Die
10. Day of Reckoning
11. Eerie Inhabitants
12. Trial by Fire
The video is available for $18.00 in the U.S. or $23 overseas (+ $5.00 shipping & handling). For more information, go here: http://www.testamentlegions.com/merch2.htm
"On November 30th Century Media will make available for the first time in the U.S. two previously unavailable Nightwish releases the End Of Innocence DVD and the Over The Hills And Far Away EP. Fans will revel in the detailed film footage and interview history as well as videos, live footage, and photo gallery found on the DVD. The EP's title track is one of the band's most coveted singles, and the additional three studio tracks and six live tracks round out this magnificent experience. Additionally, Century Media will be releasing Nightwish's From Wishes To Eternity DVD on January 25th, 2005. Content details for all the Nightwish releases can be viewed at the band's website, and they will be available from the Century Media website".
Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have set "Character" as the title of their new full-length album, due on January 24 in Europe and January 25 in North America. An EP, entitled "Lost To Apathy", will precede the album on November 15. Both releases will surface through Century Media Records, who recently signed the band to a brand-new three-album deal.
Commented Leif Jensen of Century Media's European A&R department: "DARK TRANQUILLITY are the originators and innovators of the melodic death metal style and a total favourite band for Century Media's staff, so we are all extremely proud about the professional and very successful co-operation we managed to have with the band so far! And this is only the beginning because the band has signed a new worldwide contract with Century Media and we are looking forward to break new ground for them with their outstanding next album 'Character'. This one won't leave you unimpressed...watch out!"
A studio report came online earlier today on the official website www.ayreon.com
Arjen is currently putting the finishing touches on the Actual Fantasy 2004 edition named Actual Fantasy: Revisited. It features, among other things, a CD of the 2004 recording and a bonus DVD with a 5.1 surround sound remix of the 2004 recording. At the end of September Ed Warby recorded drums for this edition, and recently Peter Vink recorded bass guitars. Time to catch up with Arjen on how the process of revitalizing the 1996 recording has been so far.
After mixing "Star Child" in dolby pro-logic and "Day Eleven: Love" in 5.1, Arjen couldn't wait to mix an entire album 5.1. The first real opportunity came up when InsideOut began planning their release of the old Ayreon albums. He figured it would be great to give the least selling and seriously overlooked 2nd Ayreon album Actual Fantasy some new attention.
Mystic Prophecy will celebrate the release of their new album "Never-Ending" (due on October 25th) with a big party plus acoustic gig in Athens, Greece. The event shall take place on October 23rd in Athens' Texas Club.
"s their gig at the Kreuz in Fulda, Germany, on November 27th is completely sold out already, Edguy will play a second show at the same location on November 28th. Tickets are available at 0049 (0) 661 240230. If you want to see both concerts, you don't have to worry about possible monotony, as Eduy will use two different setlists!"
"Guitarist Oscar Dronjak announced the first Hammerfall live show 2005 on the
band's official website: It's Bloodstock 2005 in Derby, England, on September 2nd, and will be Hammerfall's second appearance in the UK ever.
"This makes me feel especially happy, as I was pretty much solely responsible
for us not making it to last year's festival (the motorcycle accident, remember?)" Oscar
writes in his statement. "This time, I promise you, there will be no cancellation."
More concerts are going to be announced within the next months.
In addition, work on the new Hammerfall album (due in March 2005) is progressing very well.
The band performing Martin Walkyier (ex-Sabbat, ex-Skyclad) and Iscariah (Necrophagia, ex-Immortal) between others, put an update on their website:
Recordings are taking place as we speak on various locations around the UK with top of the notch producers. So far drums, guitars and bass are done. The band will reveal more information about this in the coming days together with photos, video-clips and sneak previews. Info on this debut along with release date, which will only be released in a strictly limited edition through this website, will also follow shortly. Stay tuned for more...
Also the band previously post the name and track list of the demo:
The demo we're about to record will be entitled "In The Big Ending…" and will feature the following six songs; "Swinging Like Judas", "More Than War", "I Am Because We Are!", "We're Wolves", "A Beautiful Start To The End Of The World", plus a cover-version of a Julian Cope track called "T.C. Lethbridge".
Regain Records has set a November 22 European release date for the new album from Swedish black metallers MARDUK, entitled"Plague Angel". The CD, which was recorded at Endarker studio in Norrköping, Sweden with producer Devo Andersson, will be the band's first release with new singer Mortuus (previously a member of FUNERAL MIST and TRIUMPHATOR under the alias Arioch). A video for the track "Throne of Rats" is currently being produced by director Roger Johansson (THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL) and is being described as "a morbid masterpiece and a tribute to death and war."
Also SHAMAN are just in the "Gate Studio" in Wolfsburg to work on their (still untitled) new album. The EP of the Brazilian band around vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra) will be in stores in January 2005.