03:40 - Redn1ght I mean, fuck.. Some Japanese get way too stressed about the competition-level of the school systems there. No joke.
03:39 - -DC-002- You're right Redn1ght. Asia may have better statistics (who cares) in school but the way they go about it is awful. The education system is a machine to get results and grow more servants with a stunted viewpoint of reality.
03:31 - Redn1ght And of course, fear of being a fucking disgrace to your whole family also helps to boost the morale there. :^)
03:19 - Redn1ght The only reason Asian schools are better is because they are like "Ultra-Hardcore Mode, NO FAILURE MODE!" rogue likes. :P
02:53 - deadone No, their public school systems are generally better - more results orientated and less hippy "feel good about yourself" crap with teachers that don't know where Paris is or what 4x7 is (types of teachers I know).
Keep Of Kalessin have posted the following update:
"The Keep Of Kalessin MySpace-page has been updated with the artwork from our upcoming album "Kolossus", which will hit the stores worldwide in June!
We have also uploaded one of the tracks from the album so you all can hear it.
It's the track called "Ascendant" and we just finished the videoshoot for this song in Gothenburg. The video will be directed by Patrick Ullaeus who has worked with Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, In Flames and many more. So you can expect nothing else than an epic video!
"Kolossus" Release Dates:
Europe: June 6th
America: June 10th
Check out the new MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/keepofkalessin"
Metal Mind Productions will release the first-ever DVD from Polish extreme metallers Decapitated, entitled "Human's Dust", on June 9 in Europe and June 10 in the US.
The DVD will be available in two versions: as a standard DVD and as a very unique star metalpack DVD edition limited to 3,000 copies (more information about the DVD content is available here).
Also you can see an exclusive preview track entitled "Spheres Of Madness" on MetalMindPoland's official site on YouTube at this location (or by clicking here for a direct link to the video).
(Thanks to White Winter Sun for this piece of news!)
In other Decapitated news, Polish metal band Masachist have issued the following update:
Latvian metallers Heaven Grey have made a new song, recorded in 2008, available for streaming online at the band's official MySpace page. The song is called "Regret" and is part of the new material the band has recorded after their debut album "Northwind", which was released ten years ago. A live video of the song can be watched at this location. The video is shot at club "Melnā Piektdiena" on 25 April.
UK's very own The Rotted (previously known as Gorerotted) have created a short video sting for their upcoming album "Get Dead Or Die Trying". It can be viewed on the band's MySpace page (or by clicking here for a direct link to the video on YouTube). Full length tracks will be added in the coming weeks on the band's MySpace site!
"Get Dead Or Die Trying" tracklisting:
01. Nothin' But A Nosebleed
02. The Howling
03. A Return To Insolence
04. Kissing You With My Fists
05. Angel Of Meth
06. A Brief Moment Of Regret
07. The Body Tree
08. Get Dead Or Die Trying
09. It's Like There's A Party In My Mouth (And Everyone's Being Sick)
10. Fear And Loathing In Old London Town
Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm's latest album, entitled "Prevail", can be streamed in its entirety for one week exclusively at the band's MySpace page.
"Prevail" was mixed at AudioHammer Studios in Orlando (Florida) with producer Jason Suecof. The CD, which is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23 in Europe (May 27 in North America), features guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (Cannibal Corpse), Dave Linsk (Overkill) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself.
German Folk metallers In Extremo have posted online a video for their single "Frei Zu Sein". The song is from their last released album "Sängerkrieg", which was released on 9th May by Motor Music. You can see the video at this location or via YouTube here.
"The Man Who Would Not Die", the title track of Blaze Bayley's new album, is available for streaming on Blaze's MySpace page.
Due on July 7 via Blaze Bayley's own independent label, "The Man Who Would Not Die" was engineered by James Dunkley and produced by Blaze Bayley.
According to the band, the album promises to take Blaze in new song writing directions, ushering in a new phase of an already renowned career. It is also the first recorded showcase for the line-up that comprises Nico & Dave Bermudez (guitar and bass from Under Threat), Jay Walsh (guitar from Anger Management/Fourwaykill) and Lawrence Paterson (Chokehold/Arbitrator)on drums.
Also Blaze Bayley will play a series of shows in the UK, Norway and Finland prior the album release in May 2008, full tour dates are available at this location.
Belgian metallers Leng Tch'e have issued the following update:
"Today is another step in the never ending evolution of Leng Tch'e. Boris has decided to step down and will be replaced by Serge Kasongo from southern Belgian band Ackros. None of our upcoming shows will be cancelled and the recordings of the split CD with Fuck The Facts will also go ahead as planned."
A picture of the new line-up can be found at this location.
Here is Boris' statement on the matter: "After 4 of the coolest and craziest years of my life, I've decided to quit my activities in Leng Tch'e. A difficult decision, considering the fact that I really loved the shows/touring and hanging out with these guys. However, I came to a point in my life where other things start to matter. I don't have the energy and commitment anymore that I used to have, so the time has come to part ways with Leng Tch'e. For me it feels like ending a long term relationship and I think it will feel really strange knowing they will go on without me. Nevertheless, I know this is a well considered decision and wish them all the best in the future. Leng Tch'e has made me who I am today. Thanks for that!"
Meshuggah have unveiled the video for "Bleed" in all of its gory, uber-frightening glory. The clip was produced by Ian McFarland and Killswitch Productions. Directed, written and edited by McFarland and Mike Pecci, "Bleed" boasts a fittingly-cinematic horror flick tone, and some genuine scares - seriously!
Killswitch Productions had this to say: "Working with Meshuggah was truly an honor for us. It's extremely cool to work with a band who is willing to allow the music and imagery to speak for itself and who does not insist on themselves being the prominent focus of the video. I think that takes real balls and I admire them as a group for doing so."
You can see the video at the official Meshuggah MySpace.
"Exactly 10 years ago (1998), I (Luke Kenny) was given the opportunity to Re-mix 2 songs for the legendary Death Metal Band "Morbid Angel". For a lot of metal fans this was their first taste to my unique sound and it really helped me get started.
After such a positive response to my (Morbid Angel) re-mixes I was offered a 4 album deal with Earache Records which I spent the next 10 years completing, amongst 100's of live performances all over the world.
With the creation of our own record label "Berzerker Industries" (for the sole purpose of releasing our new material), this means we are now in the position to offer a similar opportunity to you. (because we own the copyright)
Underground thrash legends from Louisiana, Exhorder, have confirmed that this year will see the return of the band and in case that hasn't excited you enough, they'll be working on new music. The lineup for the reunion is as follows:
Kyle Thomas - Vocals
Vinnie Labella - Guitar
Jay Ceravolo - Guitar
Chris Nail - Drums
They are currently awaiting a permanent bassist to complete the lineup. A word from the band can be found here.
Exhorder's classics "Slaughter In The Vatican" and "The Law" are also to be re-released this year through Metal Mind. The following press release regarding the re-issues was posted on April 25:
"The 80's and early 90's metal scene was known for being overcrowded with thrash metal acts, one more repetitive than the other. But despite this generic flood, there were a few names back then that gave new meaning to the word "thrash". One of them was the Louisiana-based Exhorder, a band who had a massive impact on all of future thrash metal. The group released two classic albums - Slaughter In The Vatican and The Law, which to this day stand as the embodiment of sheer thrash power and aggression. While during their career they were rather overlooked, Exhorder resurfaced years later as a thrash metal legend, highly praised by heavy music enthusiasts for their two amazing albums. Rumors of a reunion still echo around the metal scene, but as always - nothing is certain.
Norwegian thrash/death metal band Pica Fierce won the "Norwegian Wacken Metal Battle" final this past Friday night (May 9). The competition was held in Trondheim and featured five of the most promising bands in the Norwegian metal scene today. The winner's prize is a slot at this year's Wacken Open Air festival which is being held July 31 - August 2 in Wacken, Germany.
Pica Fierce posted the following retrospect:
"We had a lotta fun and we will sure do our best to kick ass - representing the Norwegian underground metal-scene in the international finale of Wacken Metal Battle. A huge thanks goes to the jury, and Zone for giving us this great opportunity!"
Check out the winners at: http://www.zone-home.net