22:20 - moonflash You should rectify that asap man. It is one of my favourite game series, great level design, absolutely brilliant narrative with an unforgiving, dense atmosphere. Still the greatest story in vampire lore I have come across.
22:12 - !J.O.O.E.! I've never actually played the full game of that. I had a demo of it from a magazine and played it a whole bunch of times.
21:56 - moonflash Castlevania should not be forgotten in this conversation. The guy playing in this video can't possibly be human. [link]
21:54 - !J.O.O.E.! I haven't played Dragon's Crown yet, but everything of his I've heard is great. He has a very distinctive sound.
21:51 - moonflash Not familiar with much of Hitoshi san's work apart from Vagrant story (which was stellar) but the games he's worked on looks like a list of stuff I've been meaning to check out for ages! (like Tactics ogre and Dragon's Crown)
A new prog supergroup has arisen called Psychic For Radio - the band line-up is:
Michael Sadler (vocalist, ex-Saga)
Mark Zonder (drummer, Slavior, ex-Fates Warning)
Shawn Gordon (keyboardist and guitarist)
The history of the band goes as follows:
"In early 2005 Shawn Gordon and Henning Pauly were having a conversation about music when Shawn shared a story about hearing songs in his head that then were on the radio and said "I'm psychic for radio", to which he also joked it would make a good band name. At this point Shawn and Henning came up with an idea to basically do a punk album with a group of people living at the studio for 3 or 4 days and video tape the whole thing like a Spinal Tap mockumentary. Shortly after, they were talking to Michael Sadler at CalProg and trying to talk him in to doing it as well, which he seemed open to.
Master-producer and veteran guitarist Andy Sneap has collaborated with fellow bandmate, vocalist Martin Walkyier of the British Pagan Thrash band Sabbat, to contribute to the new album from the reunited Hell, the early '80s UK metallers.
Andy Sneap posted the following message: "Something I'm sure you've heard both myself and Martin mention in the past is the huge influence Early 80's Derbyshire metallers Hell had on Sabbat. Things have been odd in a good way recently with alot of old friends crossing my path again, and thankfully one such friend is Kev Bower, the old Guitar player.
So, because I'm too lazy to type all this out, here's Kev's blog on what we are up to. Anyone wanting a new Sabbat album should take note, this is the only project Martin and I will be working together on in the foreseeable future."
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has formed a new side project called Methusaleh. According to Ian, the group features "some lovely fellows that play in some major bands. I can't say shit about it right now other than the songs are fucking heavy, like a more metallic Kyuss."
In other Anthrax news, it has been reported that the band has already written 8 songs for the follow-up to 2003's "We've come Come For You All". This will be the first new studio release in 5 years. The hairy-chinned bald-man said "it sounds like Anthrax from 1987 through a 2008 sound system, if that makes any sense!"
Vicious Rumors have announced the addition of guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan to their veteran San Francisco Bay Area sound. Drum Media Music reports that Kiyo is a long time musician in the Bay Area scene and in Vicious Rumors he'll bring an old school rock and metal flavour with powerful, anthemic riffs and thrashy-yet-melodic leads.
According to a blog on the band's MySpace, new Axe man Kiyoshi Morgan completes the 2008 Vicious Rumors line up! Kiyo is a long time SF Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands covering the styles of Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Alice In Chains.
With the support of Gibson Guitars and Sfarzo Strings, Kiyo has found an identity in Vicious Rumors as an old school Rock and Metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering, yet musical leads! Original guitarist Geoff Thorpe's comment on Kiyo and the new line up: "Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well... and this guy can shred!! Our new line up is as strong as ever. I cant wait to unleash the new VR beast"
Finland's Kalmah have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "For The Revolution" Link], scheduled for release on April 2 through Spikefarm Records. Cover art artist is former Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta who also did the artwork for previous Kalmah album "The Black Waltz". Kalmah's new album was recorded at Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland with producer Ahti Kortelainen and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden.
In the meantime, the "For The Revolution" title song has been added to the official Kalmah MySpace profile. The song is the opening track of the album.
"The taste in your mouth for the last time. Then silence, the hours that go by slowly, the winding nights. Eyes lost in the Milky Way chasing memories. In the tail of a cold comet, with arms stretched out; the heavens suggest words unsaid, phrases unheard. Should we never meet again, this is the music we will listen to until we bleed. With our walkmen, across people who will never know. Hoping not to belong to anything but to distance, to solitary paths, to the city that sleeps, to ghosts of the past.
Klimt 1918's third album is set to be released in June and will be entitled "Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again (Soundtrack For The Cassette Generation)" cover]. It will be available as limited Digipak CD and Jewelcase CD - and there will be also a format for the cassette generation."
Brazilian thrashers Chaosfear have entered the studio to record their new album, entitled "Images Of Disorder". The follow-up to "One Step Behind Anger" "will include 10 new songs and will be recorded with our original lineup," according to drummer Danilo De Freitas.
For more pictures of the recording sessions, go to http://www.chaosfear.com.
"Images Of Disorder" is scheduled for release in the fall/winter through Old School Metal Records.
Chaosfear was recently rejoined by original guitarist Edu Boccomino. Link]
After quitting Scars, Boccomino was interested in joining up with his brother Fernando once again. "Everything happened so naturally because we have been friends for such a long time," Chaosfear previously said in a statement. "We just had a quick talk and started playing again. The band is very excited to have the original lineup back together."
According to Blabbermouth, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes and original Motörhead drummer Philip "Philthy Animal" Taylor have joined forces in a brand new band. The duo will discuss their collaboration on "The Donnie Lawless Show" on Sound Spectrum Radio this coming Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Holmes also comes clean about being in W.A.S.P. and his marriage to Lita Ford.
To listen to the show via the Internet, get the free tuner at this link
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of White Lion for the band's first studio album in 16 years, entitled "Return Of The Pride". The CD was produced by Mike Tramp and Claus Langeskov during 2007 in both Australia and Copenhagen and is scheduled for release on March 14.
According to singer Mike Tramp, the album title could be interpreted in two ways. "In a musical sense, we have taken a step back in time rather than a step forward in time," he says. "Over the course of this album, lyrically and musically many concepts and themes have been explored. Maybe "Return Of The Pride" means something entirely different."
White Lion will hit the road again in the summer of 2008. "We are not interested in fixing what isn't broke," says Mike. "Our mission is simple: to bring the classic sound of White Lion to the people that still live for that music." Mike adds that the band's new album will be "classic rock in its truest form and a representation of the musical influences that have attached themselves over time.
Dutch metallers Epica have announced the following statement on their website:
The extra weeks of rest, as a result of the cancellation of most of this month's shows, have helped Simone a lot in recovering from her MRSA infection. Three out of the four aspects in her latest test already showed negative, which is a major step forward! Unfortunately this also means that one of these still showed positive. As optimistic as we may be about these final test results, we just cannot risk her health by having her go on tour this soon already.
We have come a great way already and we must continue this way to overcome this. Therefore we have decided to ask our good friend Amanda Somerville to substitute Simone on our upcoming USA tour. As you all know, Amanda has been involved with Epica from the beginning as a vocal coach and can also be heard on every album as backing vocalist as well as part of our choir. We are very happy that Amanda is willing to help us out on this and we are most positive that these extra weeks of rest will give Simone enough time to fully recover from this infection so that she can join us on stage again during our Dutch club shows.
Ayreon official website have published a press-release about a new Ayreon EP to be released at the end of April 2008 called "Elected."
On January 25, 2008 the rock operas of Arjen Lucassen and Tobias Sammet, respectively Ayreon's "01011001" and Avantasia's "The Scarecrow," were released simultaneously. The music press, always eager for a story, called this event the "Clash of the Titans," gleefully portraying the two musicians as bitter rivals and urging each to comment on the other in countless interviews. There was much speculation about which album would be more successful, but upon release both albums immediately charted in several countries around the world. When asked about the so-called rivalry, Arjen explains: "I'd not yet even heard Tobias's album, but when I found out he'd managed to get my all-time favourite artist Alice Cooper to guest on The Scarecrow, I totally freaked out and sent a hate-mail to Tobias's MySpace. Fortunately, he never received it."
A new full song from the forthcoming Circle II Circle album "Delusions Of Grandeur" has been posted at the band's official website, in the "Sounds" section. The song is called "Fatal Warning" and is the opening track of Circle II Circle's fourth album. Click here to check it out.
"Delusions Of Grandeur" is set to be released on April 25 2008 via AFM Records.
Todesbonden - the US classical, renaissance influenced gothic/doom-metal band created by Laurie Ann Haus (Autumn Tears, Ephemeral Sun, Nest, Rain Fell Within, Garden Of Shadows) - are finally releasing their long-awaited album "Sleep Now, Quiet Forest" through Prophecy Recordings on June 24.
"Sleep Now, Quiet Forest" was mixed, produced and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Daylight Dies, Pain Of Salvation) from Fascination Street Studios.
"Sleep Now, Quiet Forest" tracklisting:
01. Surrender To The Sea Listen]
02. Surya Namaskara
04. Angus Og's Fiddle
05. Fading Empire
06. Ghost Of The Crescent Moon Listen]
07. Flow My Tears
08. Sailing Alone
A few days ago, Swedish Heavy Metallers Wolf have posted the following message on their MySpace:
"As many off you know, and many of you DON'T know, Wolf did a cover of Mercyful Fate's "A Dangerous Meeting" on the 2002 release "Black Wings". We thought we'd share that with those off you that missed out, so we "gave" the song to the Wolf UK MySpace site. We're fans of metal, good metal that is, and there's no doubt about the impact Mercyful Fate have had on Wolf so we did a cover of 'em to show our appreciation. Getting the (devilish) blessing from several Mercyful Fate members for that version made us believe in metal even more! So go to http://www.myspace.com/wolfwarriorsuk and enjoy goddamnit, enjoy!"
"German technical death metallers Obscura have posted three brand new tracks on their official MySpace page. The unsigned band is currently working on a pre-production for the second album, which will be released in 2008. The new material will be very brutal again but with a more technical approach.
Late 2007 - after several line-up changes - Obscura announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new lineup was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist) as permanent guitarist.
For further information please visit http://www.myspace.com/realmofobscura."
Steffen Kummerer - guitars, vocals
Christian Muenzner - guitars (ex-Necrophagist)
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - bass (ex-Pestilence)
Hannes Grossmann - drums (ex-Necrophagist)