There has been talks for a few years now of a project between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath). Originally, the project was also supposed to have Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on board, but it was determined that drums were not needed for this project (WTF?). According to Blabbermouth.net, Steven and Mikael have finished writing material for a project that is tentatively dubbed Storm Corrosion. However, that does not mean that all the recording has been completed. According to Steven Wilson, “There’s still a lot of recording work to do, but this should definitely be out in early 2012.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Blackfield is one of my favorite bands. They’ve put out some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking, yet at the same time, cathartic music, in the last several years (just listen to ‘My Gift Of Silence’). They’re a band that I keep coming back to and appreciating. So, when it was announced that there was going to be a third album, ‘Welcome To My DNA’, I was already happy enough.
However, Blackfield have just announced that they are doing a N. American tour in support of the album. You better believe that I’ll be at the Detroit show at St. Andrews Hall. Funny story: St. Andrews Hall is where I first saw both Porcupine Tree and Opeth. It was the same show, no less (The ‘In Absentia/Damnation Tour’). Check after the jump for tour dates. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting scored an exclusive interview with Clandestine guitarist/programmer Dan Durakovich. With ‘The Invalid’, their first full-length album, coming out Feb. 15th, I spoke to Dan about the album, his influences (where he cites Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and Bjork as a few), plans for after the release and what he thinks about horror. Check out the exclusive audio interview after the jump.
Blackfield, the project of Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson and Israeli mega star Aviv Geffen, will be releasing ‘Welcome To My DNA’, their third album, on March 28th. A teaser video that snuck onto the web in which you can hear samples of many (all?) the songs on the album. Check it out here. I really enjoyed the first CD but the second Blackfield album is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. So I’m really looking forward to hearing this when it comes out.
Blackfield, easily one of my favorite bands, has set late March release date for the upcoming, as of yet untitled, third studio album. A whole slew of festival tour dates have been announced on the Blackfield Facebook and a North American tour announcement will be coming soon.
Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land has announced that they will be recording two shows in Tel Aviv in December, one on the 9th which will feature Greg Mackintosh from Paradise lost and one on the 10th, featuring Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker. Both shows will feature Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree on stage. Both shows will be filmed as well as all sorts of backstage shenanigans and interviews to make for a full DVD experience. You can check out our exclusive interview with guitarist Yossi Sa’aron below.
One of my favorite bands, Porcupine Tree, has released the video for their second single, ‘Bonnie The Cat’, off their latest album ‘The Incident’. Unfortunately, I couldn’t embed it so you’ll have to GO HERE to check it out, which I highly recommend that you do as this video is beautifully done and has a very creepy vibe about it.
Okay, so it’s been quite a bit since I’ve done a Retro Review but I’ve been thinking of how I wanted to approach this. So I decided, I’ll do one at the end of each month but I’ll leave it to YOU, the readers, to decide what album to do next. To suggest an album, simply leave a comment below with what you’d like me to review. The only guideline is that the album has to be at least 10 years old. I know that my first Retro Review (Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia) doesn’t fit that guideline, but hey, I’m starting this anew. So from here on out, with each Retro Review, leave a comment, I’ll pick an album at random and that will be the next month’s review. But for now, on to ‘Slaughter of the Soul’.
While on tour for their album, ‘The Incident’, I had a chance to catch up with Colin Edwin, bassist of British prog-rock band Porcupine Tree. We sat down to discuss how the tour is going, what were some funny stories that happened on tour, how the various members side projects are going and what some of Colin’s favorite horror movies are. Check the interview below and let me know what you think!
Israeli progressive folk metal band Orphaned Land have just released a ‘Making Of’ video showing how their video for ‘Sapari’, off of ‘The Neverending Way of ORwarriOR, was created. CLICK HERE to check out the video!
Late last year, while in Israel, I was fortunate enough to interview Orphaned Land and then stick around to see them in action at a concert in Tel Aviv. It was a great experience and I walked away feeling very excited for the follow up to the 2004 album, Mabool. And now, The Neverending Way of ORwarriOR is finally out.
The first thing I noticed was the incredible rise in production value. While Mabool was an amazing album that was a musical journey, the sound quality was often a bit painful and piercing. But not on The Neverending Way of ORwarriOR. With Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Opeth, No-Man) behind the mixing board, the overall sound quality rose dramatically. Each instrument is clearly definable and the subtle ambiences are beautifully placed in the mix. READ MORE
Israel’s ORPHANED LAND pioneered Middle Eastern metal music and their highly anticipated fourth studio opus The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is now available everywhere. It’s a sophisticated concept album taking ORPHANED LAND’s unique brand of exotic, heavy music to soaring new heights in terms of complexity and catchiness. READ MORE
I got an e-mail a few weeks ago that had my digital copy of Guitar Edge within. Seeing as how Alice in Chains was on the cover and the cover promised several other interesting stories, I started clicking through the pages to see what was new in regards to gear, tabs, interviews and articles. One of the articles/interviews in the magazine was with an Australian band named Karnivool. READ MORE
In the summer of 2003, I randomly purchased the Porcupine Tree album, “In Absentia” based solely on the cover. It was of half a face, close up and painted blue but aged and cracked with a hand pulling apart the eyelids grotesquely, the eye rolled completely back. Sounds pretty sweet, right? The cover satisfied my joy of all things “horror” and randomly buying an album just seemed like such a “cool” thing to do. Man was I going against the system! Plus, who the hell had heard of Porcupine Tree then?