03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
01:42 - Marcel Hubregtse BlackEssence is 100% right with his sludge comment. On average of every 20 albums I have to review each month at least 10 are sludge
The Finns To/Die/For are gearing up to release a new album. They took their time after Samsara (2011). Now they are showcasing a brand new video for the tune "In Black" which comes from band's new album Cult. The video was filmed and produced by Junkyard Films, the single recorded, mixed and mastered by Juho Räihä at SoundSpiral Audio. You can be the judge of the quality of the music. Share your thoughts about it.
After a long silence, To/Die/For just revealed that they are recording demos and writing new songs. So, good news for the fans of the Finns! In fact, the band has already released for streaming their new single "Screaming Birds", which is available now for your listening pleasure below. The band is filming a video for the song today in Helsinki. Regarding the new album, Massacre Records will release their seventh studio album in Europe on May 22nd, 2015.
To/Die/For mainman and vocalist Jape Perätalo has checked in with the following update:
"Time between Wounds Wide Open and 2010 is been too long time without doing "almost nothing" with To/Die/For.
We tried to create it with Tonmi Lillman and we used one year but things did not go forward as it should go. Tonmi is very great drummer and recorder and musician. But he is having so much other things to do also (Vanguard, Ajattara). To/Die/For is a thing I wanna do with all of heart and that's why I decided to be free, and do it without Tonmi again. It is sad but I have my life too and I cannot just wait and wait all the time. Of course there is other reasons too but nothing personal problems. I love him as a friend always. So... I saw two possibilities: Trying to it with Tonmi it would take too long and album would not come before 2020 or do it sooner with guys whos are living more near me, rehearsing would be easier etc. etc. many reasons.
After Jape Perätalo's last - somewhat confusing - message, he decided a few months later he will continue To/Die/For after all. What's more, the band is busy working on a new album. Here's the update:
"At the moment, me (Jape Perätalo) and Tonmi "Malakias IV" Lillman are writing new songs. We have a lot of material and in August we will hit the studio in Helsinki for the first recordings.
We have no guitarist(s) yet. At the studio we will use... someone. It is not that easy to find a human being who would be able to work with me and Tonmi, and especially he should not be 'a metal' guy at all.
We are not gonna fill new songs with guitars! (Which does not mean that there is not guitars at all!) This time we will create something new, but it will sound as To/Die/For, for sure. Main idea is that it must be fresh!
Vocalist Jape Perätalo of Finnish metallers To/Die/For has issued the following lengthy announcement about the band calling it a day:
"My nerves, stress level and Life came to the point that I really need to get some rest, and say goodbye for these Stressful and still nice days with To/Die/For. Since 2005 we have been through so many shitty things. We have been unlucky to meet so many shitty promoters etc. FUCK YOU ALL (this is for all of those so called promoters who ruined some of our tours, and are also one of TDF's killers.) Also I have to thank some promoters, like AYU from Mexico. And of course we met other great and friendly promoters too around the world! But... a few asshole really can kill you!?
Finnish metallers To/Die/For have issued the following update:
Autumn came to Finland,and it took one sheep from To/Die/For clan within. Santtu who's been To/Die/For drummer from 2004 quit drumming in the band. There is no any kind of fight between us. He is still our lovely Friend!
He had no motivation enough for rehealsaling... as we saw it. Now when we are writing songs for a new album, we need to live in this for 200%. Santtu is having a lot of another things to do, and it is good for him, but time is what we need and especially motivation and rehealsaling. And there must be To/Die/For flame burning in our souls... otherwise this is not worth to do...
Anyway, our feelings at the moment is better than ever! We have a new drummer, and we are friends with Santtu. Maybe Santtu is gonna be our drum tech. On some shows so... he may be travelling with us anyway.
"One of the newest TDF song is named "Johnny The Vampire", it is parody about a gothic boy. Is it going to be on TDF's next album? Who knows? Let's see.
TDF will hit the studio between the 8th and 11th in July. Recording demos. In July you can hear some samples here at TDF MySpace. Next album will include a cover song of course. It could be a song from the lords of the new church, or from Duran Duran."
On October 19 To/Die/For have posted the following blog on their MySpace page:
"Today we will travel to Russia Moscow by train. We are on same train with Charon so... it´s gonna be blast and we do not know are we still alive after that trip. Anyway, this is our last confirmed show and we really do not know what will happen for us then?
We still do not have a new label, we haven´t recorded new demos yet etc...
So our future is wide open... maybe we will release sixth album someday maybe we don´t who knows? Now there is gonna be other projects going on... Joonas is recording next malpractice album and there will be other "side-projects"coming too... If we will get a new label which would be ready to do real work for us then we will continue. Otherwise we do not. So let´s put our future this way anything can happen."
To/Die/For have announced the following European tour dates in support of their forthcoming album, Wounds Wide Open. Dates are as follows:
06 - Kouvola, Finland at House Of Rock
04 - Helsinki, Finland at Kaapelitehdas
11 - Moscow, Russia at Relax
12 - St. Petersburgh, Russia at Arktika
15 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
16 - Berlin, Germany at K17
25 - Budabest, Hungary at Gothica Festival
30 - Paris, France at Espace Curial
29 - Tampere, Finland at Klubi
An audio sample of 'Like Never Before' is available here. Wounds Wide Open will be released on October 4th through Spinefarm. Release dates for other territories will be announced as soon as they have been confirmed.
According to To/Die/For's official website, the band have finished the recordings of their new album, tentatively entitled "Wounds Wide Open". Recorded by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studios and Jari-Jukka Nippala at Sonic Image, the album will now be sent to Abyss Studios where Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) will mix it.
"Wounds Wide Open" is set to be released in October. Tentative song titles scheduled to appear on the album include 'Wicked Circle', 'Guilt Ridden State', 'Quiet Room' and 'Liquid Lies'.
A message by To/Die/For was posted in their official Forum explaining the situation about the guitarist Mika Ahthiainen:
with sad hearts To/Die/For has had to let their guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen go.
After playing and touring together for years, it just became obvious that we needed to go our separate ways. This was a decision Alli and To/Die/For made together and we hope you will respect our decision.
There is no big drama involved, nor is there anyone to blame. Sometimes things just go the way they need to go and the inevitable must be faced.
What had to be done, is now done and we must continue on our own paths and see where the road will take its travellers.