22:15 - E.Mols86 Zaphod, Belgian is more ridiculous, hahaha (right back at ya!). And no, Dutch is totally not ridiculous, but it does SOUND ridiculous and annoying, in case of Akelei's clean vocals.
22:09 - Apothecary Yeah, I think Elysian Blaze is pretty fairly rated in the BM and doom scenes, Blood Geometry especially gets a lot of (well deserved) dick sucking
22:07 - Fritillaria hahah I was about to say the same thing, but I was worried to offend anyone's feeling about the language, but really this language doesn't much of rhythms or music within it, that's why probably why dutch literature is not very si
22:05 - Zaphod Because Dutch is a ridiculous language :P
22:04 - Fritillaria why you dislike Dutch lyrics ? I'd love to know.
21:55 - E.Mols86 Same here Zaphod. I really dislike Dutch lyrics. I highly prefer English lyrics, but it's not that bad when it's in a different language. I find Kauan's clean vocals somewhat annoying admittedly, though.
According to a very brief video-blog at the official Nightwish website, the band have finished writing the material for their next album. They are now preparing to record pre-production versions of the songs, after which they will be edited and arranged. To check out the video-blog go here
The band are currently seeking a replacement for departed singer Tarja Turunen before entering the studio in September 2006 to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Once", tentatively due in mid-2007.
As posted on the official site by Jon Schaffer on 2006-06-30:
I just wanted to make a quick but significant announcement. After auditioning some very good guitar players I've made a decision. The man who will be handling the majority of the guitar solos on the next record as well as touring with us on "The Wicked World Tour" is an awesome player named Ernie Carletti. As has been the case in the past we may have a few guests do a solo or two on the epic that this way comes, but the majority will be handled by Ernie. He is a world class player and truly one of the best guitarists I've had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with. We're going to make a good team, I'm sure. We were introduced through Bernie at Bernie Rico, Jr. Guitars who is the son of the BC Rich founder/legend Bernie Rico. If you want to see some amazing top quality hand built guitars go to www.ricojrguitars.com and see what this master builder has been up to the last few years.
Blind Guardian will be guests at this year's Earthshaker Fest. Due to release their new album "A Twist In The Myth" in the fall (on September 1, 2006), some of the band's new songs will be premiered over the PA for everyone in attendance to hear. The band will also be holding an autograph session on Friday night; more details will be announced soon.
In any case, it is confirmed that there will be a massive giveaway for the fans in attendance:
1st Prize - a Meet & Greet session for 10 people with Blind Guardian at the Earthshaker Fest 2006. The winner will receive a big fan package containing a CD, DVD, shirt and a commemorative photo with the band.
2nd Prize - 20 people will have the chance to participate in soccer goal target practice against Blind Guardian. Each person who wins against Blind Guardian will receive a special Earthshaker package that includes a t-shirt, poster and CD sampler.
As posted on Metallica's official web site, all nine shows from the band's recent European "Escape From The Studio '06" tour are now available for download via the LiveMetallica.com web site. The posting reads:
"Check out Berlin with the first-ever performance of The New Song or maybe Donington, which includes a performance of "Nothing Else Matters" with Jerry Cantrell on vocals. All nine shows have the complete "Master of Puppets" album played live and of course each show has its own unique vibe and local flavor".
Shows currently available for download are:
Jun. 03 - Rock Am Ring Festival - Nurburgring, GER
Jun. 04 - Rock Im Park - Nurnberg, GER
Furia and Season of Mist are sad to announce that Mehdi Khadouj (keyboards & backing vocals) will leave the band just after the last three shows scheduled.
Mehdi wishes to focus exclusively on his band Beyon-D-Lusion, in which he plays the guitar. We all wish him good luck for the future, but please note he will stay close to FURIA, and will probably appear on stage with the band from time to time.
Mehdi won't be replaced, since Furia's most recent songs are all about power and guitars, and the keyboards will take a smaller part in the band's future.
Dark Lunacy inform that Bajkal, drums and Imer, bass, left the band for personal reasons. Enomys: "It is a hard blow and I find it hard to believe, but we will keep on with our projects. We will carry "The Diarist" throughout Italy and the world. Two substitutes will help us in our live concerts and then, after the band finds a new steadiness we will start to write new stuff. We count on our strengths to go on and most of all we count and trust on the support and the enthusiasm of our fans who have never abandoned us."
The new Gwar album "Beyond Hell" is mixed, mastered and ready for you to hear. Produced by Devin Townsend, Oderus says "I can say with utmost confidence that this one is going to take yer fucking head off." The record isn't set to be released until August but that won't stop you from hearing the first single from the new album. Gwar pays homage to the original master of shock rock, with a bone-crushing version of his most famous song. The first single from "Beyond Hell" is a cover of Alice Cooper's Schools Out, it can be heard at this link: http://www.gwar.net/schoolsout/
Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have parted ways with their bassist King Ov Hell. The following was posted at the band's official website:
"King has recently had problems fronting some of the ideological aspects of his band Gorgoroth's agenda. As a result, it has now been mutually agreed upon that henceforth he is no longer a member of the band Gorgoroth."
Goregiastic Records is proud to announce the acquisition of one of the most promising yet sickest underground labels in the scene today: Grind Syndrome Records. This acquisition includes all the currently available Grind Syndrome releases as well as their entire distro inventory. We are very excited at the prospect of merging the two labels together and look forward to bringing you some of the sickest releases in the genre as well as one of the most dedicated & comprehensive distro services in the scene today!.
Grind Syndrome Records will work as a Goregiastic Records sub-label, promotion, distribution and general marketing for all Grind Syndrome releases will be provided by Goregiastic Records. Unlike the main label, Grind Syndrome will concentrate and specialize in releasing recordings of a "more underground" nature than Goregiastic's (well, if possible!). Grind Syndrome will also cover re-issues of extremely obscure, lost gems in the genre as well as rare and hard to find demo recordings of extreme underground bands.
Emeth will do the belgium "Reticulated" release show at the Gentse Beesten show july 15th 2006. A few weeks later Emeth will be gearing up for a devastating show in Tel Aviv Israel around 10 august 2006. Where we will share the stage with Whorecore & Aborted. After a short break we start playing again around autumn at several european fests & shows. With the possible highlight of playing a string of dates in Greece which shall finish at the Athens Death Fest!!
"Now you can download an edit version of the opening track BURN from the upcoming album "As Rapture Comes" The track is only available here and on the Century Media websites. Check it out now and spread the word"
Cannibal Corpse - have lined up the following dates in Australia/New Zealand:
Oct. 03 - The Hifi Bar - Melbourne, AUS
Oct. 04 - The Gaelic Club - Sydney, AUS
Oct. 05 - The Arena - Brisbane, AUS
Oct. 06 - 420 - Auckland, NZ
Oct. 07 - Indigo Bar - Wellington, NZ
Oct. 09 - Fowlers Live - Adelaide, AUS
Oct. 10 - Club Capitol - Perth, AUS