July 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Source : rollingstone.com
Yes, you read it right!
The legendary British band Pink Floyd is about to return to the scene with a brand new album called “The Endless River”, which will be released on October 2014. Polly Samson, the wife of singer-guitarist David Gilmour, surprised fans on Saturday when she casually announced over Twitter that the band has a new record in the works and it’s coming out this fall. A representative for Gilmour confirmed the release of the album to Rolling Stone.
“Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River,'” Samson wrote. “Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” (Keyboardist and founding member Wright died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.)
The band had just celebrated the 20th anniversary of 1994’s The Division Bell with an extravagant reissue of the album on July 1st. The new material appears to be connected to unreleased recordings made during the Division Bell sessions.
Durga McBroom-Hudson, a singer who toured with Pink Floyd in the 1980s and 1990s and is apparently involved in the new project, offered more details on The Endless River through her Facebook page. “The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that Nick Mason spoke about),” she explained. “Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.” She went on to emphasize that the new album will consist entirely of unreleased songs.
May 25, 2014 § 3 Comments
Well.. on 24th of May 2014, there was Metal Summer Festival, which hosted some bands like Fallen, Kırmızı, Mezarkabul ( Pentagram ), Arch Enemy and Manowar. I was so excited to see Manowar after 4 years ( my last time was in 2010 at Sonisphere İstanbul ) but this time, it turned out to be the worst concert of my life.
The sound system was so awful and sound technicians were also terrible. At first two bands, it was OK but possibly it was because of the fact that those were the first hours of the event and people really didn’t care about the warm uppers. Fallen was ok, I was late to concert a bit due to traffic but it’s OK right? :D
Then Kırmızı took stage ( A band which consisted of only female members,which is a little bit rare thing here in Turkey ). Personally their own songs are not my type. Lyrics mostly sounded like “I hate all male creatures.” “Don’t say goodbye.” “Stupid, asshole males.” to me. Anyway, the songs they covered were pretty good; they played Overkill‘s “Necroshine” and I screamed my ass off!
After these two bands, Mezarkabul took stage. After Murat İlkan departured the band due to his medical conditions, their new vocal Gökalp Ergen ( ex- The Climb, which was an awesome band ) is pretty much a big disappointment for me. His performance on old songs were really bad, yet his breath cannot take him to the end of any song he sang, even the songs he composed after he joined the band. But all of these aside, the sound was so low and even though I was close to the stage, I could figure it out and people were like “What the hell?“.
Photo: Caner Güneri
When Arch Enemy took stage, I was so excited to see the new vocalist live, Alissa White-Gluz with them but again a new disappointment occured. But this time it was not also the band but the sound system. The sound was so low, it was so low that the crowd lost their interest in the band’s performance but started to boo and curse the sound technicians. Afterwards people started throwing things to the sound technicians where they do their mojo. At a moment, everyone started to protest and sit down during the concert. Then they opened up the volume a bit but it wasn’t enough. Personally I didn’t understand the band’s performance at all. Well, they also left the stage early. I can’t even write a full set list here due to the fact that I have no idea what they played at some point because I didn’t even hear them.
And then Manowar here on stage at last. Before they took stage, we heard from a couple of organizers that the sound technicians were Manowar’s crew and they didn’t let warm up and support bands to sound equal with them. But there is no official statement released and I can only say these were rumours. Well, if this is true, shame on Manowar. It was the worst coward move ever a band did, seriously.
If we talk about their performance it wasn’t even close to a good performance, yet I can clearly say that it was really really bad. During the first three songs, there were a lot of synchronization problems. Furthermore, the sound on guitars were on and off during the concert like when you try to plug your headphones to mp4 player yet you couldn’t push enough and it sounds like a little bit horrible or on and off sometime to time, it was like that. The sound was high but still they couldn’t fit the instruments each other. Like guitars were lost behind the drums and I was nearly dead after hearing so much sub bass. During the concert there were a lot of video shows between some songs. The sixth song was Blood of the King and it was the song that I joined the concert at last. The video before the song made me so excited, I screamed like hell. Well you can guess it = ) it was The Warrior’s Prayer!
Manowar concert had ups and downs during the performance. At some point Joey Demaio played a solo performace and personally it was so bad that I wanted to kill myself after it. It sounded so horrible. People made the same expressions with me ” What the fuck was that?”. Well, after this concert I can only say they were OK. Classically they came back one more time again but made it look like they came on stage two times during the performance. However, I told to myself “please, one time is enough, just end this terrible performance right now.”
Well the best thing happened in concert was Demaio’s 10 minute-long Turkish speech. He also expressed his condolences to the crowd regarding the mine accident at Soma, Manisa, where 300 people lost their lives tragically.
By the way between the concerts, Timur Akkurt was going the be the DJ but Manowar crew didn’t let him perform. He also confirmed that they only let other bands perform 25 decibel lower than Manowar. He made his statement to us after the concert (Well we were all drunk and chatted by coincidence )
In conclusion Metal Summer Festival was quite bad. An investment to music that had been wasted in mist.
Here are the setlists of last 3 bands;
Mezarkabul aka Pentagram
1- Intro/1000 in The Eastland
5- Geçmişin Yükü
6- Şeytan Bunun Neresinde
7- Give me Something to Kill the Pain
8- Beyond Insanity
9- Gündüz Gece
10- Lions in the Cage
13- For Those Who Died Alone aka ftwda (Closure after performance)
Arch Enemy ( Well if I heard it right it was something like this )
1- Enemy Within
2- War Eternal
4- My Apocalypse
5- Dead Eyes See No Future
6- As the Pages Burn
7- No Gods No Masters
2- Blood of my Enemies
3- Sign of the Hammer
4- The Lord of Steel
5- The Dawn of Battle
6- The Warrior’s Prayer ( Fallen Brothers video – a memory of the lost brothers )
7- Blood of the Kings
8- Kingdom Come
9- Heart of Steel ( Before the song a video )
10- bass solo-Sting of the Bumbelee
11- Wheels of Fire
12- Hail and Kill
13- Kings of Metal
14- Warriors of the World United ( Before the song Joey Demaio speech )
15- Black Wind Fire and Steel
16- The Crown and the Ring ( Closure )
May 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
We recently encountered with German symphonic and gothic metal band Xandria. Past few months they changed their vocalist and not long ago they released a brand new album “Sacrificium”.
Today Xandria is celebrating their 20th year in music and still rocking hard despite the changes in the line-up like Manuela Kraller‘s [former vocalist] departure. We talked about a lot of stuff stuff with the guys but let’s not spoil it more. Here are the words of Steven Wussow [bass] and Dianne van Giersbergen [vocals].
Hello! Thank you accepting our interview. As we begin; I want to ask about your new album “Sacrificium” . How do you feel about it, and how are the feedbacks so far?
Dianne: Hi! And thank you so much for your interest. We are very happy to promote our new album and to speak to you. Speaking of the album: we are thrilled and so, so happy about the many positive feedbacks we have been receiving so far. Every day more compliments are coming to us through our pages, the tour is going great and the people really seem to enjoy our new songs live. We couldn’t have hoped for anything better!
Steven: Also a nice “Hello” from me! Yes we are still so stoked, so overwhelmed by all the positive reactions on “Sacrificium”. We are having the time of our lives right now.
It has been a while since Manuela Krallers left but could you tell us what happened?
Steven: Actually nothing dramatic. She just didn`t want to do it anymore. She wanted to have time for other things or projects. Just take a step back from the music business in the way it is handled with a touring band like Xandria. A sad, but understandable decision. So what could we do instead of wishing her all the best & letting her go.
I know it has been a while but how did Dianne join the band? Dianne van Giersbergen is a really good vocalist in my opinion and as
far as I listened, “Sacrificium” has been ‘risen’ by her contribution.
Steven: You are absolutely right. Dianne puts the whole material onto another, even higher level. We are still impressed. By the time it became clear that Manuela is leaving, we all sat together and thought about who might be a good lady to fill the vacant spot. Actually our co-producer Joost van den Broek came up with Dianne’s name. We met, rehearsed one Saturday afternoon and there we were again. Dianne is not only an excellent singer & musician, she also has a great sense of humor, which made it pretty easy to connect with us boys. Guess we found a little diamond ;-)
Your first music video of the album has been shot for the song ‘Nightfall’ ( If she’s there, say hi and I might fall in love with her :D ). Do you have any other plans to shoot another one? ( Well, there’s the lyric video of ‘Dreamkeeper’ too. )
Dianne: Haha well ‘hi’ to you too! And thank you for your compliment! Shooting a video takes up a lot of time, of course there is the actual day of recording, but it all begins with writing a script, getting the location and props organized, making sure nothing is overlooked and of course handling everything budget wise. The purpose of the video is also to provide the audience with a first glimpse of the album before it is released and to be a teaser, so to say.
Keeping that all in mind it is not very likely to shoot another video for this album. But I must agree that the music we make is really suited to be accompanied by video so if we get a good offer for it you can count me in.
Well I am pretty sure that Xandria fans are waiting to see you guys live. Do you have some upcoming concert dates for us?
Steven: Right now we are on the first part of a European Tour which is mostly covering Germany, Austria & the UK. Second part might happen late this or early next year. Then we have some summer festivals, the US tour with Sonata Arctica & Delain, more festivals in October and another tour that is not 100% confirmed… You see: A busy year for us.
The Sacrificium World Tour will last something like 2 years and will hopefully take us to every place where people want to hear us play.
Can you tell us about your lyrical themes? Your songs are mostly deep and sometimes giving hope but sometimes touching the broken hearts.
Steven: At first Marco [Heubaum; guitars,vocals,keyboards] is a great lyricist! He has the gift to wrap up different topics in beautiful pictures and awesome metaphors. So we have a wide range of introspective, sociocritical or even beautiful love stories on this album. Just take your time to discover the lyrical world of “Sacrificum”. It will be worth it! Promise!
What is your favorite song in the album and why?
Steven: This is a mean question. It is like having 13 kids and you are forced to name your favorite one… There is actually no song that I don`t like a lot. But the one that has a special personal meaning for me is ‘Dreamkeeper’.
Dianne: When I joined Xandria I have been already for 20 years in the business. Playing for everyone who wanted me to do so. So I thought 20 years might be enough and it could be good time to call it a day with making music no-one ever wanted to hear. I wanted to maybe write a book no-one wants to read. Hahaha..
Then the Xandria boys invited me to a rehearsal. I drove up there in the middle of a terrible snowstorm (no joke!). And the rest is history. My dream is still alive and Xandria is my “Dreamkeeper”.
This question is directly for Dianne. You have a beautiful voice, a trained voice I assume? How do you protect your voice and any suggestion of practicing to fans on the road of singing the way you do?
Dianne: Correct, I have studied classical music at the conservatory for 7 years. First the Bachelor course and then a Master for which I also researched the vocal cross over between metal and classical music.
It is through this study but also the experiences I build up through concerts with my other band Ex Libris that I have learned how to handle my voice. But I must admit that with every tour I learn a little bit more.
The trick is really to take good care of your instrument, like every musician. In my case this means: get as much sleep as I can, live healthy, don’t smoke and avoid smoking areas, don’t drink alcohol (I only drink alcohol –wine- when I do not have to sing that day or the next), and always sing to your best technical capabilities.
What do you guys do besides music? Any other occupation or hobbies?
Dianne: A favorite hobby of mine is making jewelry. If you watch our ‘Nightfall’ video, then you will see me wearing a necklace made from bass guitar strings and a headpiece, both of them I made myself.
Steven: I love listening to music (which I usually do in every free second!) or going to concerts if there is any time left for it. So no real hobby for me ;-) Just Rock`N`Roll.
What do you think about musical evolution? There is so much crappy music ( I’m ashamed to call that music but.. ) on the world and
personally industrial and popular music has been killing pure, good and real music. What can you say about those situations?
Steven: Puh difficult question… You know I try not to judge about other people’s efforts making music or art. If you don`t like it, just don`t listen to it. Just like I do. Hahaha. But what can we and our comrades do? Just make the best records we can make and hope to as reach as many people as possible and make the world a better place with much more rock`n`roll!
The world is working on cruel basics and yet another catastrophe occured in Turkey and hundreds of souls lost by accident in lignite
coal mine in Soma/Manisa. When do you think this corporate greed will end or will ever end and start giving value to life?
Steven: Yes this is cultural, worldwide problem. Or should I better say it is THE main problem of our society, of the whole wide world. Humanity is on decline. No one cares about the people anymore. Everyone only sees the money that is earned with those people`s bitter & hard work. The rich getting richer and the poor starve in their shit. When will it end? When every one of us starts changing his mind and his attitude towards these mechanisms. We have the freedom of speech, the right to vote… these are our tools. If a change is still possible? I don`t know. But we will never find out if don`t try!
Thank you for sharing your time to answer our questions but before we close our conversation, do you have any last words for fans?
Dianne: Thank you so much for your support and faith in Xandria, and also for giving me a warm welcome into the band. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and singing our music for you!
Steven: A huge “Thank You” also from me for all your love, support and dedication! We really, really appreciate that! Hope to meet as many of you somewhere out there! See you on the road my friends!
Special thanks to : Dianne van Giersbergen, Steven Wussow and Mona Miluski at Napalm Records.
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May 22, 2014 § 3 Comments
Source : themetalfoundry.net
Currently on tour in Russia, Polish metal act BEHEMOTH has been detained by Russian authorities for having the “wrong visas.” Frontman Nergal has released the following statement (loosely translated from Polish to English):
“We’ve been stopped by the immigration services for ‘wrong visas’. When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service. We tried to reach polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone. If possible – please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multihour hearing. The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then – to Poland. No matter how hard we try – we cannot pass it all.”
Second statement from Nergal :
“Looks like it’s going to be a normal arrest. They’ll take our phones soon. At 9am we’ll have a court case, then a judgement and maybe a deportation.”
Hopefully everything goes a bit more smoothly regarding the band and the touring schedule..
May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Source : metalmouth.net
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was sentenced today (May 16) to six years in prison in a San Diego Superior Courtroom for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.
Last February, Lambesis plead guilty to the charge of soliciting the murder of his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis in an attempt to win the mercy of the court.
Ex-bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert looked on as the verdict was handed down. Many of Meggan’s supporters wore small yellow felt hearts pinned to their shirts to make their sentiments known. With more than 80 spectators packing the gallery, defence attourney Tom Warwick told the judge that he had a lot of people who support Tim and he wanted “some kind of parity” with the seating in the room.
Mike Murphy, Meggan’s father, was the first to speak to the court. As Lambesis watched intently, Murphy explained that some people talk about being a Christian, but Meggan lives a Christian life and that his daughter has influenced other people to adopt children, too. Murphy went on to claim the family still fears assassination: “We know that prison is a great alibi for someone who wants to complete the deed.”
After meeting with Lambesis’ attourney regarding a civil suit, the singer reportedly showed no remorse. “He was only worried about the money. Tim is only sorry he got caught.” He closed by calling for the maximum sentence of nine years.
Meggan’s mother spoke next, claiming that Lambesis had been “abusive” and that he had regarded her daughter’s life “as was a mere inconvenience to this narcissistic child.”
When Meggan finally spoke, Lambesis turned in his seat to listen but didn’t look into her face. The wife and mother of three adopted children, Meggan said Lambesis’ behavior changed in the prior months. He had bullied her. He had become “dangerous.” Reading a prepared statement, she claimed her life “felt as fragile as a piece of paper that could float away at any moment.”
Meggan explained to the court that Lambesis texted her the day before his arrest asking for his children’s social security numbers: “He was tying up loose ends,” she said. She now believes he was fantasizing about killing her in advance, quoting a favorite line from the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film Total Recall where he shoots his wife and says, “Consider that a divorce.”
Meggan closed by requesting the maximum sentence and a lifetime restraining order.
Prosecutor Claudia Grasso added that Meggan Lambesis was inconvenient in Tim Lambesis’ “perfect rock star world.”
Defence attourney Warwick filed 200 pages of pleadings for the sentencing and explained that Lambesis has forever given up any future contact with the adopted children. Blaming the trainer at the gym who gave Lambesis the steroids, Warwick claimed that “Tim’s aberrant behaviour” would not have occurred if it were not for the steroids, claiming Lambesis put on 40 pounds and, with the steroids combined, “morphed” into a different person.
Struggling to speak, Tim Lambesis wept before he could look at his wife.
Meggan stared steadily, fearlessly into his face. He said he could not verbally apologize before because of his restraining orders. “I do feel deep remorse. I want to thank you… for your prayers… in the midst of everything that I’ve done… that you have still have the heart that you do.”
Judge Armour pointed out that other men use steroids but do not plot to kill their wives, saying that it must be a “flaw of character” and “something twisted inside a character” to move into murderous thoughts. Even more disturbing to him was that the metal frontman wanted to use his children as an alibi.
Lambesis stared at the judge as his verdict was read: six years in prison with 48 days credit for custody already served. The judge also confirmed Meggan and children would receive 10 years’ protection.
Meanwhile, Lambesis will return to court where he faces a civil suit from Meggan, who is looking for $2 million in the suit.
According to an anonymous post on the band’s website, As I Lay Dying is “sleeping rather than dead.” With none of the members claiming to have posted the note, the mysterious post outlines Lambesis’ future, saying, “In terms of music, Tim doesn’t want to pursue performing live music full time regardless of what length his sentence ends up being. His sentence certainly won’t be forever, but even so, touring full time doesn’t seem healthy or practical given his new outlook and goals. Creating new music is the part Tim loves most and he will always continue to release albums.”
Lambesis’ former bandmates Jordan Mancino, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert announced last month they would release new music under the name Wovenwar, with vocal duties being handled by Oh, Sleeper’s Shane Blay. The band signed to Metal Blade Records with their first single “All Rise,” now available, and a self-titled debut album due for release this summer.
May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Great news for folk metal fans! :D
Award-winning Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE have revealed great details about the upcoming album via their official Facebook Page. According to the statement from the band, the new album will be titled “Origins” and it will be released on August 1st (worldwide) , August 4th (England, Scotland, Ireland) and August 5th (North America). What about the artwork then? There it is below! :D The artwork was created by the mainman Chrigel Glanzmann, by the way.
The full statement from the band :
With the finished album finally in our hands, we are extremely excited to begin sharing some details of our latest work with you. Let’s begin by answering the question you’ve all been asking: Our new album is called ‘Origins’, and it will be released in just under three months – on August 1st worldwide, August 4th in England, Scotland and Ireland, and on August 5th in North America! Check out the wonderful cover artwork created by Chrigel Glanzmann below.
We would also like to take the time to share some first insights on the lyrical and historical themes of ‘Origins’ with you. In Chrigel’s words:
“ORIGINS deals in-depth with Celtic mythology, or to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular. Hence we’re facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities. Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread – like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater.
Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know it’s likely that we’re dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again – from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today’s northern Spain all the way to later statues in today’s Switzerland, France and elsewhere.
Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one.
The album cover of ORIGINS is designed after the hammer/club-shaped ‘halo’ of Sucellos, as seen on a statue, that was found in a shrine of a gallo-roman household in today’s France. It was created under the scientific supervision of experts from the university of Zürich.”
I, personally, cannot wait to hear this album! I loved the fact that it’s spiritual and all, maybe we will hear some old Elu tunes? Who knows? Let’s wait and see :D
The band will also embark on a European tour this fall with ARKONA and SKALMÖLD. Check out the dates below!
May 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Well, recently Warbringer announced that their co-founder and guitarist John Laux and the drummer Carlos Cruz are out of band. After these events vocalist John Kevill made a facebook announcment and made some minds confused. His statements indicate that the two members were not even with the band on the previous tour and that is also not really clear. Personally Warbringer some blood during the IV: Empires Collapse album that was released in 2013. Despite some “It’s awesome man!” critics they were not really on the table. I guess that might made the two members decide to leave. After the departure of these two bandmembers, the band might really call the game over gong.
Well here’s his statement without a scratch;
“So guys, all our fans and supporters, Kevill here up way too late drinkin’, there’s some bad news and as our awesome fans you guys deserve to know. I don’t feel right about our prolonged silence on this issue and I think it’s time we clear things up.
Drummer for the 3rd and 4th records Carlos Cruz and founding guitarist John Laux have left the band. This is a huge and devastating blow to us, and it makes even my own self doubt our future. Carlos made great contributions on the last two records, and John Laux started the band with me, we wrote our first songs together.
The more astute listeners have noticed this, as our last tour we did not have either of them on board. As for the why’s, I don’t entirely understand it myself, so I can’t provide a decent explanation here. I really wish I understood more than I do.
Still remaining is myself, founding member Adam Carroll (he’s back) and bassist of the fourth record Ben Mottsman.
This is why you haven’t heard much from us lately, why the nonstop touring machine has grinded to a halt, and why any updates here are more about the past than they are of the future.
Honestly I have my own doubts on if we can continue, or if it will be right if we do. At the same time, I started this band out of high school, it is my first and only band, and everything I feel I’ve accomplished in life that I can really be proud of is tied to this in one way or another. I have plenty of ideas left, and Adam has a million sweet riffs, and to be honest I never wanted this to be over, I wanted to tour straight through the fourth album and go onto the fifth. I felt like this band has evolved on every album, developed its own brand of ripping thrash metal, and I only wanted to continue that further.
So I need to ask all you guys, what do you think of this? In light of all I just said, do you want to hear another Warbringer record, or come see us again?
Basically, are you guys still with us?
At any rate, if you listen to any of the music we have made, remember to play it loud. Whatever the outcome may be, keep rocking.”
( Yeah yeah, a sad black and white photo… )
Well as you can see he is asking fans’ opinion about the future of the band and he left the door wide open. So before acting too quick and write “go on man!” on their pages; think it through. Do you think the band will rock hard with two new members or they will suck like hell? Do you really want to see your dream band fall or rise like a phoenix? Give me your opinion people.
The poll is on!