• Get the fuck down to your local JB right now! ... Fuckers

    Nov 2 2008, 4:51

    Normally that's not something I'd say to people as I'm big on supporting the independent retailers. Many of the good one's in Sydney, (Such as Utopia, Red Eye, etc) know me by name, others I'm a familiar face. But I digress, today, I took a trip on the dark side, I did a massive splurge in JB, but give a guy some credit, fuck I picked up some goodies:

    At Vance - Chained [Limited Edition First Pressing]
    Axxis - Paradise In Flames
    Battleroar - Age Of Chaos [Limited Edition Digipak]
    Candlemass - King Of The Grey Islands [Limited Edition Digipak]
    Edguy - Burning Down The Opera
    Edguy - Lavatory Love Machine [Single]
    Gamma Ray - Skeletons In The Closet [2CD Digipak Edition]
    Kataklysm - Northern Hyperblast/Victims Of This Fallen World
    Kataklysm - Live In Deutschland: The Devastation Begins [Limited 2 Disc Edition]
    Labyrinth - 6 Days To Nowhere
    Lullacry - Vol.4
    Majesty - Hellforces
    Mystic Circle - Open The Gates Of Hell [Limited Edition Digipak]
    Norther - Mirror Of Madness
    Overkill - W.F.O.
    Rebellion - Miklagard - The History Of The Vikings, Volume II
    Rhapsody - The Dark Secret [Limited Edition Digipak]
    Steve Vai - Sex & Religion

    All that came to $79.80... SEVENTY NINE DOLLARS AND EIGHTY CENTS. That's all. That's 20 CDs (6 limited editions) & 2 DVDs, that's $3.63 per disc. There's some pretty quality shit, go buy it, then you can look as cool as me with a massive metal CD collection and people will be all like "Whoa, look at the size of that guys CD collection" it's like owning a Porsche only people won't think you're compensating for something. :)
  • Damn it all to hell!

    Lug 2 2008, 8:20

    This is why I should be banned from Utopia Records and all other CD stores in general, people like me too much, I get discounts and am henceforth then encouraged to buy more, I could just stop, but hey when you're getting 25% off for no real reason you tend to just buy shit, fucking hell.

    So last week I ended up coming home with...

    Alchemist - Organasm
    Antonamasia - Keeping Nothing [EP]
    Blind Guardian - Tales From The Twilight World
    Darkane - Expanding Senses
    Demons & Wizards - Touched By The Crimson King [Limited Edition Digipak]
    Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
    Dream Evil - The Book Of Heavy Metal [Limited Edition]
    Frameshift - Unweaving The Rainbow
    Frameshift - An Absence Of Empathy
    Ihsahn - angL
    Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 2
    Malpractice - Deviation From The Flow
    Mortal Sin - An Absence Of Faith [Signed by the whole band]
    Nevermore - Enemies Of Reality [Limited Edition]
    Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
    Susperia - Unlimited
    Synperium - Transfiguration [EP]

    I also ended up with
    Children of Bodom s/s Australian Blooddrunk 2008 tour shirt
    Synperium s/s shirt
    Killrazer l/s shirt
    And a Bane of Isildur hoodie.

    All up I think it was like $400 worth of shit, or something along those lines, I may be broke right now, but I'm nonetheless pretty fucking happy. :P
  • Well it's about fucking time... Zing!

    Giu 5 2008, 10:38

    Wintersun, the Finnish band led by former Ensiferum singer Jari Mäenpää, has issued the following update:

    "It's been over a year since our last update. We are very sorry for that, but there's also a good reason. We have been struggling with the new album [tentatively titled 'Time'] more than enough and the main reason in the last year has been with lots of computer problems. We had to do this album in a way that Jari finishes the album at his home studio, when the drums, bass and rhythm guitars were done at Sonic Pump Studios. We didn't predict how much problems this would bring us more. This is the first time when we work like this and were very too 'green' understanding what it takes from the computer to handle hundreds of audio and midi tracks. For fast and efficient composing of the orchestrations you need lots of horsepower from the computer. It's a must have to get as many VST instruments running realtime as possible. And for this you need lots of RAM, but there's a 4GB limit in 32bit apps, so this has been really painful for Jari. So we are hoping that the change to 64bit era will happen soon, which will put an end to this RAM limit misery. And also with more powerful processors give us the freedom to write and record albums much faster for you!

    "Thank god we got Nuclear Blast to help us! We have now a new powerful computer and things seem to work much better now. Also we have to thank a lot our manager Stefan Hattinger from Rock The Nation for being so patient with us and helping all the time! Also we want to thank you fans for being so patient and understanding!

    "Last year hasn't really been easy for us, but now there's some light in the end of the tunnel. We will get back to you all as soon as we know more about how things are evolving. We really don't want to disappoint everybody again by promising a release date, because we've seen how it has gone before. But we promise to do our best and get this album done as soon as the conditions let us. We will play at Metalcamp [in Slovenia] in July anyway, but that's the only show we do this summer. We will concentrate finishing the album and then go back on the road."

    The above is taken from Blabbermouth, they probably took it from the Wintersun website or Myspace, I'm too lazy to check & yes I'm well aware of the lameness of my journal entry title. I like power metal, deal with it.
  • R.I.P Stratovarius

    Apr 2 2008, 20:23

    One of the most epic chapters in power metal history has finally come to a close, late yesterday (My time at least) Timo Tolkki announced what a lot of us had seen coming, Stratovarius will be no more, you can read the whole letter here.

    It's a shame to see it end like this, that there couldn't be one last show & that they never toured down here so I never got to see them live & I disagree with Tolkki on one main point. The band should have ended after Elements Part 2, that's where they essentially died for me, just thinking about the self titled album makes me want to vomit blood. But there is somewhat hope with Tolkki's new project, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

    RIP Stratovarius, 2/4/08, lest we forget *Power metal fist in the air*
  • Money + Beer = Metal

    Mar 9 2008, 4:39

    So the past few weeks I went a little nuts with my money, I'm not sure why, perhaps it was the booze or just because I could. But I went and saw Helloween, Black Majesty, Pain Division, Insect Warfare, Agents Of Abhorrence, Crux, Kill A Celebrity, Lycanthia, Shackles & Paradigm... So there goes a shit load of money, but totally worth it. I got some great videos at the Helloween gig as well as their tour shirt and it was awesome to see BM playing their new stuff (finally), got their European Tour shirt for Tomorrowland as well.

    As if all that wasn't enough, the real madness set in when I went to Utopia yesterday... twice, & JB Hi-Fi, I woke up this morning with the following now added to my collection, and before I start, let me say, I REGRET NOTHING!

    Ayreon - 01011001 [Limited Edition]
    Ayreon - Actual Fantasy [Revisited]
    Ayreon - Universal Migrator Part I & II [Special Edition]
    Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera
    Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
    Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
    Dark Moor - Tarot [Special Edition]
    Evergrey - In Search Of Truth
    Iron Maiden - Ed Hunter
    Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark
    Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying
    Kamelot - Epica
    Kamelot - Karma
    Kamelot - One Cold Winters Night [DVD]
    Kamelot - The Fourth Legacy
    Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin [Limited Edition]
    Pain Division - Pain Division
    Sentenced - Amok + Love & Death [2 On 1 Deluxe Edition]
    Sentenced - North From Here [2CD Re-Issue]
    Sentenced - Shadows Of The Past [2CD Re-Issue]

    I now have every Ayreon album, all the Kamelot albums I want bar The Black Halo which I'll be buying soon and I'm waiting for Sentenced to re-release The Cold White Light & The Funeral Album before I buy those because chances are they will.

    Although in the light of trying to save money for things like Metalstock & well, the fact I DO still kinda need to get to work this week... Someone needs to work out a way to keep me away from CD stores... :P
  • Barlow is back in Iced Earth!

    Dic 11 2007, 23:59

    Now don't get me wrong, I think Ripper is a great singer and all, but Matt Barlow & Iced Earth together again... Best news I've had all year.

    Quoth Jon Schaffer:
    Hello Dear Friends!

    Once again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result.

    While out on the European tour I had several in depth discussions with many loyal Iced Earth fans. A common theme of these discussions was how much Matt is missed. I agreed with the fans that things were not the same and that it was a very special period in Iced Earth’s history.

    When I heard several months ago that Matt was going to be doing a project in music again, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing what his intentions were. I didn’t act on this because I was so focused on the writing of the new epic, and frankly, it just didn’t seem realistic.

    Well, after getting out on the road and speaking with many of you directly, I decided to call Matt and see how he was doing and if he was interested in working together again. I am proud to say that he is coming back to Iced Earth and we will be getting back to work in the studio very soon.

    Matt will be singing on Part 2 of the Something Wicked concept CD and we will be looking forward to getting out on tour and delivering a series of Iced Earth shows that will rival any in the history of the band. And there will be a proper DVD filmed from this period, something we’ve all been waiting for.

    I want you all to know that it was you who made this a reality. I have missed Matt’s presence onstage and in my personal life in a big way over the past few years, so I appreciate your honesty in our discussions. It did help me realize the decision to move forward with pursuing this. The fans have spoken and we have delivered!

    You true fans know that I’m a straight shooter, I say what I mean and mean what I say. And though I value your opinions greatly, you must believe that this is a decision that comes completely from the heart and is not motivated by anything other than what feels the best for Iced Earth. This is the way that things have always been dealt with, for better or for worse, but always honestly and from the heart.

    Tim Owens is a great and talented singer and I wish the best for him and his future on a personal and professional level.

    There will be more news soon as to further developments and plans. This will push back the release of Part 2 a bit. Not because we couldn’t be ready to record in time, but because of a new addition to Matt’s family in early 2008!

    I am very happy to announce that Iced Earth is truly BACK!

    Have a great holiday season. We’ll be in touch very soon with more details.

    I am curious as to what this will mean for Pyramaze and the commitment Barlow has already made to them, honestly I was really looking forward to that since Melancholy Beast is hands down the most impressive debut album I've ever heard.

    But Barlow being back in Iced Earth is seriously one of the best things any IE fan could have hoped for this Christmas, now Jon just needs to announce a tour to Aus and it'll be complete!
  • A month in review

    Ago 23 2007, 9:16

    So originally I was going to do individual reviews for some of these gigs, but then I got lazy, it never happened, now I’m bored, so I’m writing one big review for the whole month.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Ok starting with Saturday the 4th. The first gig for the day was at Utopia in the afternoon, the playing order was Regression, Chaos Divine & Black Asylum. Now everything was going wrong at this gig, Regression didn’t have their own mic leads and Utopia’s were broken, also the start time distributed by the bands was a 1/2 hour earlier then what the actual start time for all gigs on at Utopia are, so everything was running well behind. So Fish, Dave and myself decided to head across the road for a couple of drinks and a few games of pool.

    When we came back I never actually got to see Regression play as I bumped into Shane upstairs and found out about the new Transcending Mortality album, from what he tells me it should be awesome, can’t wait to hear it. I was told that Regression put on a pretty good show, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them in the future.

    Chaos Divine were up next, I was really impressed with the performance they put on, the crowd was so damn small, but they still gave it 100%, I really respect that in a band, it tells me they’re in the music business for the right reasons. I also had a chat to their roadie during their set which made me look forward to the gig coming up that night even more. He said they’d already been up there (At The Mandarin Club) to check out the venue and found they’d have a 35-channel sound board at their disposal.

    Utopia gigs are always hit and miss like that, there’s only a 6-channel soundboard and they keep changing the setup down there, plus the fact it’s for all intense and purposes a large concrete box, it doesn’t exactly have great acoustics. Which brings me to the last band for this afternoon gig, Black Asylum. Oh man was I ever disappointed. Not with them, I actually really like these guys, but having seen them live a couple of times before and knowing how good they can sound, it really was disappointing that they couldn’t have had a better setup.

    Now by this stage I know it sounds like I’m totally bad mouthing Utopia. I’m not, you get what you pay for and the gigs are free, which really gives you no grounds on which to stand in the way of bitching. I’m coming more from the point of view, I know how good these guys can sound, and this is not it. But I still would recommend Utopia gigs to my friends, they’re always free and in the afternoon, so they don’t clash with other events and it’s a good way to discover bands you might not otherwise have listened to/seen live. The downsides of course being the poor sound and you might have some fucking retarded douche-bah in the audience practicing karate (Anyone there on the day knows what I’m talking about).

    Time to move onto the evenings proceedings, this was my first time at The Mandarin Club and I was looking forward to it, not just for the bands, but also for the $4 bourbons gr8fuldead had told me about. :P Though since it was heretic_boy’s birthday, we ended up on tequila shots and never got around to having any bourbons. Anyway, onto the gig itself, the playing order was Synperium, Corpsickle, Chaos Divine & Amongst The Demons (I think, this was awhile ago now, Synperium & Corpsickle may have been the other way around, I don’t really remember).

    Kicking off the night was the tech death metal stylings of Synperium, who I actually didn’t mind, I find it hard to get into tech death live straight up, especially with a band I don’t know, I prefer to warm up with something else a little more melodic/rhythmic first, but nonetheless, their performance was pretty solid, I’ll have to try and get a hold of their EP.

    On next was Corpsickle, now grind really just isn’t my thing, but these guys were hilarious. Everything was about zombies, I was still sitting on one of the couches drinking with my friends at this stage, since the crowd was getting bigger as the evening went on we were now sharing said couch with a few people we didn’t know. At one point in their set this scene-kid (You could tell by the hair) turns to me and says “Have you noticed that all their songs are about Zombies?” to which I simply replied “Well they are called Corpsickle...” the irony was the very next song the vocalist says something along the lines of “Alright, this next song is called Zombie, in case you hadn’t noticed, all our songs are about zombies” oh the timing couldn’t have been more brilliant and sure enough the song was indeed about zombies, well, just that there was only one lyric for the entire song, repeated over and over, I don’t think I need to tell you what it was. I’m guessing this is some kind of in-joke with the band, but at least the rest of us can still get a kick out of it.

    And next up was who I’d been waiting all day to see (Properly), Chaos Divine once again gave 100% in their performance and this time they had a better crowd. Driving bass, blasting drums, blistering vocals and blazing guitar riffs, they had everything I love in a melodic death metal band and they’d thrown in some proggy stuff just for good measure. I had a chat to the guys from the band after the show, really nice people to boot. I’d bought a copy of their EP already that day so they all signed it for me and gave me a shirt for 1/2 price, bonus! Will definitely be seeing these guys when they come back in March next year. Hopefully they bring Pathogen with them... And Voyager, a west coast metal invasion of the east coast of sorts. :P

    I didn’t actually end up hanging around for Amongst The Demons, seemed not a lot of people did either. I would have liked to of seen them, but Fish whose place I was crashing at that night wanted to go and I’d already seen the band I came to see, so fuck it, next time, anyone want to tell me what they were like though?

    So that was a rather good day, 4/6 bands seen, many a drink had, few games of pool played (And of course I won). I also picked up the limited edition of Black Majesty’s new album while at Utopia, I haven’t actually opened it yet as I already had it on order, but the guy at Repressed Records wasn’t sure if he could get me the limited edition or not, so I’ll have 2 copies of their new album soon enough, with any luck I may well end up with 2 of the limited edition. :D

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Now for Saturday the 11th, I was off to see Heaven And Hell and I couldn’t fucking wait. Now I’ve heard a lot of people bitching about how they don’t play any Ozzy ear songs, or how it’s not even ‘true’ Sabbath, so I want to personally take this opportunity to just educate some moronic people:

    Heaven And Hell is the title of the first album Dio appeared on, it’s also his most famous recording with the band. The lineup which includes Ozzy Osbourne still exists they are considered separate. Now my guess is this name, that of H&H, was chosen to make it obvious even to the most intellectually challenged that they’ll be playing Dio-era Sabbath songs. The band has been doing Ozzy-era stuff for ages, this is a chance to play something different and it’d be a bit stupid having Dio do Ozzy songs.

    So that’s why they’re only playing Dio-era songs, come on people, common sense is all that’s needed to figure this out and not a whole lot of it. As for the ‘not true Sabbath’ well that’s just bullshit. Here are a couple of facts for you.
    Iommi owns the sole rights to the name “Black Sabbath
    Iommi writes 99% of Black Sabbath’s music
    Iommi is the only person to have always been a member of Black Sabbath

    So aside from the above mentioned facts, may I reiterate that this is Heaven And Hell. So stop bitching that it’s not ‘true Sabbath’ and also realise the fact that Sabbath exists without Ozzy, infact Sabbath can exist without anyone except Iommi. Everyone else has been replaced at one stage or another, he is the only constant, without Iommi Sabbath will cease to exist, everyone else in the band, even though they each play important roles, is no less replaceable.

    Now, moving onto the gig itself, first on was Down. To be honest I really didn’t know what to expect from these guys. Their music had a little something to it, but to put it bluntly I find their albums really dull, they just seem so... flat? There are songs on each that I like, but, I really don’t know how else to describe it, just flat. Maybe too much mastering? Maybe still developing a synergy as a band? I really don’t know. But fuck me sideways these guys deliver live. I didn’t get to see as much of their set as I would of liked as I caught wind that the H&H shirts were selling out fast and I had to get one (I’m a sucker for getting tour shirts) so I had to go get one, but from what I did see of them, I was very much impressed and it’s renewed my enthusiasm for the band in anticipation for Down III due out later this year.

    Then on came Heaven & Hell, now I really only have 4 complains about their set, none of which are real complaints.
    1.No bass solo
    2.No Lady Evil
    3.No After All

    I’m not entirely sure how long they played for, and believe me I was loving every minute of it, but I wanted it to be longer purely for the sake of being longer! More I say, more! MORE! MORE! When they finished playing I turned to [user]Mighty_Dougie[/user[ and said “Is that it?” To which he replied “Dude they’ve been playing for 90 minutes”. I think it was longer, in fact I’m actually pretty sure it was longer, but I guess that saying ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ is true after all... Anyway the set list was as follows:

    The Mob Rules
    Children Of The Sea
    The Sign Of The Southern Cross
    Vinnie Drum Solo
    Computer God
    Falling Off The Edge Of The World
    Shadow Of The Wind
    Iommi Guitar Solo-Die Young
    Heaven And Hell-Instrumentals-Dio Vocal Solos-Heaven And Hell
    Neon Knights (Encore)

    So despite lacking 2 of the songs I wanted, I was in metal heaven for a little while there (Or would it be metal hell? :P). Dio, oh man, I’ll be happy to just be alive at 65, while most musicians his age are hanging up their boots, Dio is still coming out rocking as hard as ever. Seriously this man is amazing, he puts on a better show then most vocalists 1/3 his age! And he still has a sense of humour, opening the performance with something along the lines of “Well, it’s taken us 26 years to get here, we’ll be back in another 26! Or dead... Or both!” The Elf man really is a metal god.

    The whole performance was just outstanding, the stage setup was fantastic, the lighting was fantastic, the sound was fantastic, the crowd was fantastic, the band was fantastic, everything was just done to perfection and it showed. Well worth the $130 I parted with for a ticket (Yes I only paid 130 not 150, why? Because I’m me).

    These are some photos my mate Macca took on his phone:

    And this photo my friend Lilen took at the Newcastle show, she also took a couple of videos which I will try and upload to YouTube sometime later today/tomorrow/this week.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Now onto Friday the 17th. This gig was going to be The Veil, Five Star Prison Cell, Daysend & Alchemist. I’d gone into the city early after my mate (Heratic_Boy) had told me he was drinking before the gig and the sooner I got there the better. So I got some free booze before the show, once again played pool and once again kicked some ass.

    Opening this gig was The Veil, I really still don’t know how to class their music, in all honesty it was just bad. I can’t even think of a genre they’d fit into. I just found their performance to be poor and their music boring, but they weren’t who I’d come to see so I didn’t care that much.

    Up next were Five Star Prison Cell and I was once again subjected to music I really didn’t care for, which was a shame, I’ve heard their latest album and though I didn’t think overly highly of it, I really didn’t mind it that much. But live, too much core, far too much. Yeah ok so I’m not really a fan of anything –core, this isn’t elitism on my part, I like to give bands a go regardless of genre (Though this does mean an actual band, to be called such you need some form of musical ability, so no, pop ‘alternative rock’ {BTW, dumb fucks, if you’re mainstream you can’t call yourselves alternative, because the definition of alternative is that of which is not the mainstream} rap, etc) Anyway, where was I, oh yeah. I’m not on a vendetta against -core bands, I’m just yet to find one I really enjoy, this is likely because I simply don’t like the style of music much.

    Anyway, onto Daysend, it’s been a long time coming for me to see these guys, many times I should have already, but for whatever reason I didn’t, blah blah blah, long story short, it was anti-climatic. If they removed the core-ness from their sound they’d be a rather good melodic thrash metal band. These guys are good, but not great, at least not in my opinion. I enjoyed finally getting to see them live after so long, but I’m not exactly going to be running out to see them again any time soon.

    On last was Alchemist, man I’ve been waiting so long to see these guys and at least this time it lived up to all I hoped it would be and oh so much more. Their live sound is as great as their album recordings, the long instrumental/ambient parts in between songs really do well to show off their musicianship not to mention bridge songs nicely. They played some classics like their rendition of Eve Of War (Speaking of, man I hope I get some money soon so I can go and see Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds at Acer Arena) & Chinese Whispers, plus quite a few songs off their new album. I really wish they’d tour more often

    Everyone and everything tried to ruin my evening. Because of the douche bag moron on the merch stand I didn’t get a copy of Tripsis even though I was the first over there when they brought out the albums. I didn’t get a setlist because when I was reaching for it some dickhead decided to snatch it, just to be an ass. I didn’t get a poster because either. The support acts sucked, but fuck it all, Alchemist were awesome and I was happy. Also stayed out drinking with my friends until about 4 in the morning. So I was a happy chappy even though I missed the Dred gig the following day, it's still be an awesome month of gigs.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Don’t think there are any more gigs on this month, but ahh well, I’m pretty broke at this stage anyway. Now with any luck there’ll be WotW next month, not overly impresse with the line-up for Festival Of The Death this year, but if I have money I’ll go anyway, Megadeth in November. Lord & Vanishing Point both have new albums coming out, with tours to boot, Hopefully Black Majesty will do a tour in support of their new album as well and with any luck Eyefear will come back up this way soon. It’s already been a pretty good year in the world of metal for me and from the looks of it, things are only going to get better \m/
  • "Wintersun - Time" delayed, AGAIN!

    Apr 17 2007, 16:10

    Fucking hell, the irony of how much time it's taking Time to come out is no longer funny, this is just plain fucking annoying.

    The mix has been cancelled and the release of "Time" is delayed even more. I´m sorry to disappoint everyone...again, but the album is not gonna be released this year. And unfortunately Nino has the Sonic Pump Studios booked full for this year, so we might have to think of something else.

    Reason for this delay is that, I´ve set the bar really high on this album, but my equipment aren´t even close what I need to work faster. I have to push the gear what I have to the limits to get the best out of them and I have to do a LOT of workarounds which is very time consuming. Then all the thousand technical problems added into the mix isn´t helping. Basically every piece of gear has been broken at one time or another during the making of this album, feels like there´s a curse. Takes ages to solve the problems and send the stuff back and forth making the warranty changes. All this has made me very frustrated and un-inspired. Hasn´t helped with my stress about the deadlines either, slowing me even more. I work the best when I´m happy and lots of times I haven´t been. It´s been the most difficult record to make in my life. The album is very huge, I don´t know if it´s gonna fit even in the 74 minutes of a CD. The track count is very high, about 200 tracks per song. So it´s almost like two albums in one (or three Slayer albums :P). But I´m gonna finish this, no matter what.

    Now some update of the album progress: All the drums, bass and all guitars (rhythms/melodys/solos and acoustics) has been recorded (probably some add ons will be recorded when the synths and vocals are done). Then I´ve pretty much finished with the intro, that I´ve decided to include on the album. Really atmospheric and huge with some magical Japanese influences. I´ve also started to compose and arrange the synths. I´m trying to avoid the basic (and boring) layering chord stuff and create something really cool to boost the magic of the songs into new dimensions. I haven´t been able to start singing yet, because my preamp and mike "died", but hopefully soon I can. There´s been a demand to know what is going on, so there we have it. Unfortunately the news ain´t always good.

    I wish you all a great summer! (But sadly, it´s gonna be a Wintersunless summer).


    Taken from http://www.wintermadness.net/

    I get that he wants to make the best album he can and push himself and his gear to it's limits to produce high quality music rather then just churn out a shitty sub-par album, but for fuck sake, I want my music and I wanted it months ago! The first Wintersun was really great, with all the delays on this one, it's going to want to really be something above and beyond
  • Pyramaze finally announce a new vocalist!

    Apr 14 2007, 4:04

    At long last the new vocalist for Pyramaze has been confirmed and it'll be none other then Matt Barlow of Iced Earth fame, one of the very best vocalists the metal genre has to offer combined with one of the most exciting and interesting melodic power metal bands emerging from the scene today.

    Fuck I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with their next release.

    This announcement was confirmed in the current edition of Rock German Hard and you can read a transcript of the interview with Barlow on the ProgPower forums.

    And to round things out, the official statement posted by Michael Kammeyer and Matt Barlow on Pyramaze's Myspace
  • Eyefear - album update

    Mar 15 2007, 23:10

    Posted late Wednesday on their official site:

    Great news! We're proud to announce that we've signed a worldwide deal with Dockyard 1 Records for the release of our upcoming "A World Full Of Grey" album. The release will be May for USA (through a sublicense with an as-of-yet unnamed label) and June for the rest of the world. You can check out our page on their site: http://www.dockyard1.com/eyefear/default.asp nofollow=yes

    And posted early this morning on their Myspace:

    New album, new record deal ...

    We're proud to announce that Eyefear has signed a worldwide deal with Dockyard1 Records for the release of the upcoming "A World Full Of Grey" album. The release will be May for USA (through a sublicense with an as-of-yet unnamed label) and June for the rest of the world.

    We've already had some big names out our way and there's yet more to come and with new albums from Eyefear, Black Majesty, Lord & Vanishing Point to name a few it seems like 2006, 2007 is going to be a pretty good year for metal in Australia. \m/