Century Media Records have announced that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary by teaming up with iTunes to bring you 25 albums for only $7.99 or less. The sale begins today and runs through December 16th and sees albums on sale from such artists as In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Celtic Frost, Nachtmystium, God Forbid, In This Moment, and more. A full list of the bands and albums for sale can be found below. READ MORE
Melancholic prog-rock band Katatonia has released a lyric video for “The One You Are Looking For Is Here” (which features guest vocals by Silje Wergeland of The Gathering) from the upcoming Dethroned And Uncrowned release. The album will feature the music of last year’s phenomenal release Dead End Kings and remove the drums and distorted guitars, relying entirely on the ambience and acoustics that remain. Head on below to give it a listen.
Guitarist Anders Nyström states, “The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album. Also by pledging you are helping the bands ability to be able to tour further afield. Although the songs are the same and the track listing doesn’t change, we hope the end result is something entirely different! Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s ‘Dead End Kings’.”
Theatrical, kooky, insane, calculating, genius… These are just a few words that can be used to describe Devin Townsend, someone who I consider to be one of the hardest working musicians in the industry these days. When he is not constantly releasing albums, he is producing or guesting on albums, some of which might make a person raise their eyebrows. And now the man is gearing up to release Retinal Circus, the live London performance from fall 2012.
With over three hours of performance, the concert spanned the history of Townsend’s career and included a full choir, theatrical cast, special guests, and visual/aural enhancements that were unlike anything Townsend had done before.
The first clip from the concert, a video “Grace”, can be seen below. Frequent Townsend collaborator Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) has a front and center appearance. Check it out below! READ MORE
I won’t stop saying it, Anathema‘s Weather Systems is nothing short of pure genius and is a work of art. It is one of the best albums I’ve heard in years and I simply cannot get enough of it. I love it so much that it was my 2012 Album Of The Year.
Now, Off The Record has posted two fantastic videos that feature Anathema’s Danny Cavanagh and ex-The Gathering singer Anneke Van Giersbergen performing unplugged, the first of which is a beautiful version of “Untouchable, Part 2″, which comes from Weather Systems. The second video is of The Gathering’s song “Leaves”, which comes from their 1997 album Mandylion. Head one below to see them. READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Well, this is it folks, the last day of 2012. It’s been a year just like any others. We’ve had good stuff happen, we’ve had bad stuff happen. But now is the time to look forward and feel excitement. After all, it’s a new year! It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, etc… And what makes things better than some new music, right? So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with 14 albums that I just cannot WAIT to get my grubby little mitts on. Check ‘em out below and make sure to leave your most anticipated albums in the comments! READ MORE
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
So we’re kicking things off this year with our music list! I know a lot of you folks are into metal, and we’ve got plenty of that. But we’ve also got a few surprises tucked in there as well! Extra thanks to Jonathan Barkan for his suggestions, they’re designated as “JB”.
Btw, I’ve mainly included iTunes links – they have a “gift” option – to these releases. Even though I prefer discs, I realize I’m a relic so I’m saving links to physical products for the special Box Sets where it’s really worth it to go whole-hog and impress someone special. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
Excuse me for on moment. Ahem…ahem ahem…FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!! I’m a HUGE Ayreon fan. The Human Equation is one of the greatest concept albums ever released and 01011001, while I personally don’t think is as good, is still an incredible album.
So, getting to the news, even though Arjen Lucassen released Lost In The New Real, a solo album, earlier this year, he is already hard at work on the next Ayreon record! No release date has been schedule but it is tentatively scheduled for 2013 (hurry up already!). Below is a lighthearted video of Arjen recording electric and acoustic guitars as well as keys for the release. Check it out below!
Personally, one of the things I always get excited for with a Lucassen release is the game where we have to figure out who the guest singers are going to be. Considering the stellar talent that he gets for each release, from Dream Theater‘s James LaBrie to Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt to ex-The Gathering‘s Anneke van Giersbergen, my expectations are at near fever-pitch. READ MORE
Devin Townsend Project has made a new song available for streaming via Metal Hammer. The song, entitled “True North”, is off the upcoming DTP album Epicloud, which comes out Sept. 18th. The album will also feature vocals from ex-The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen. You can hear the song below. READ MORE
Dutch atmospheric rockers The Gathering have released a near 11-minute video for “Heroes For Ghosts”, which comes off the band’s 10th studio album Disclosure, out Sept. 25th via Psychonaut Records (pre-order here). The band has also made the entire album available to stream via their Bandcamp page. You can check out the video and stream the album below.
Keyboardist Frank Boeijen, who also sings for the first time on this album states, “Disclosure is the most personal soundscape the band has ever made, both lyrically and musically. The album is a great marriage between electronic and organic sounds, and has a wide range of colorful songs. With long, epic songs, we stayed close to ourselves. We are incredibly proud of this album which is a reflection of what we do best, and our urge for experimentation. Every band says the same thing about their new album, but we think we’ve made our best album yet.”
Devin Townsend has released a video teaser that features samples of all the songs on the forthcoming fifth Devin Townsend Project album Epicloud. The album, which comes out Sept. 18th via Inside Out Music and HevyDevy Records, has 13 tracks and will feature ex-The Gathering vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. You can hear the samples below.
I’m a big fan of Devin Townsend and his work, so I’m very excited to hear Epicloud. But I have just one problem: is it pronounced “Epi-cloud” or “Epic-loud”? Help me out here people! This is driving me nuts! READ MORE
In October of 2009, I became a contributor to Bloody-Disgusting Music. I submitted two album reviews, one being Rammstein‘s Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da and the other being Katatonia‘s Night Is The New Day. So, in a strange way, being given to opportunity to review Katatonia’s newest effort, Dead End Kings, is, in a way, a full circle journey.
But it’s more than that. One of Katatonia’s earlier albums, Viva Emptiness, was an album that shaped my view of metal, molding it into an understanding of how nostalgia and melancholy can be used as to make the listener feel incredibly powerful and poignant emotions.
So, with this history firmly in mind, I began my journey into Dead End Kings, apprehensive but hopeful of the musical path that was open before me. READ MORE
Easily one of the hardest working and most eclectic musicians today, Devin Townsend is a whirlwind of musical thoughts and energy. Each release of his is something out of this world, an auditory journey that never reveals the ending until the last notes fade away. Basically, I’m a huge fan.
In anticipation of the release of By A Thread: Live In London, two more video clips have popped up. The first is “Awake” from the Addicted album. Guest singer Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) was at the show and the combination of her and Devin’s vocals are unbelievable. The second video is the title track from the Ghost album. Both are below for your viewing pleasure.
By A Thread: Live In London came out today and is available for order here. Devin Townsend will also be co-headlining the “Epic Kings & Idols” Tour with Katatonia. Support comes from Paradise Lost. Check out the tour dates below. READ MORE
Anyone who listens to metal has, at some point, heard the work of Devin Townsend. It may not have been one of his musical projects (of which there are many) but definitely one of the vast numbers of production efforts he has put out. This is the man who did vocals on the Steve Vai album “Sex and Religion”. This is the man who produced the Lamb of God album “As The Palaces Burn”. The list goes on and on and always has me wondering how this man has any time to put out any of his own material. And yet, here it is: The second of a proposed four album series, “Addicted!” by The Devin Townsend Project.
“Addicted!” starts off with the title track and is a heavy hitter. Thick guitars, huge drums and insane ambient noises in the background are topped off by Devin Townsend’s signature frenzied, growl-singing with lush harmonies provided by ex-The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The song finishes and immediately blends in with the next track. This pattern continues as almost every song, upon ending, blends into the next track. Now, another interesting note is that the title track, in a sense, feels somewhat off from the majority of the album. “Addicted!” (the track) is a true heavy hitter and feels like a great Devin Townsend metal song. Much of the rest of the album has a more “happy” feel to it. Many of these songs are played dominantly in the major scale and the feel of the song reflects that.
The production is unmistakably Devin Townsend. If you’ve heard any of his other albums, then you know what to expect: Everything is beautifully recorded and mixed. The guitars sound thick, large and articulate. The bass rolls easily and has a great presence, making sure that the bottom end of the sonic spectrum is taken care of. The drums have a solid thump while the cymbals sizzle nicely. The vocals are mixed wonderfully with all the harmonies coming together beautifully. The ambient soundscapes that hover almost continually add a haunting 3rd dimension to the music. But like Devin Townsend mixes, it seems that each track is saturated in reverb, making it sometimes difficult to pick out individual instruments.
“Addicted!” is a very solid album that shows the progression of The Devin Townsend Project. Fans of any of Devin Townsend’s previous works will find themselves enjoying “Addicted” and for those who haven’t had a chance to experience the music of Devin Townsend, this may very well be the best place to start.