In an article by Will York on the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Goulds talks about his label Koolarrow:
'BEING AN INDEPENDENT label now is kind of like volunteering your services driving retarded kids to the dentist," Koolarrow label head Bill Gould says. "It's like, 'What a good guy! That's nice, and I'm really glad you're doing it. But I wouldn't do it.'
"People who do the right thing are stupid."
Hey, wait a second.
"No, I'm stupid," Gould freely admits. "Absolutely, I'm totally stupid. I'm gonna do it anyway because I like to do it, and luckily, with Faith No More, I made some money where I can afford to be stupid."
Anders Jakobson the fouding member remaining in the band had posted the following message:
"Welcome back to nasum.com! After more than three months we're finally back with a brand new version of nasum.com, completely re-designed and re-programmed (we've moved from a Windows based server with asp/access to a Unix based server with php/mysql, for you webnerds out there!). I hope it's not too buggy, but get in touch if it is.
Many things have happened since the identification of Mieszko's body on February 17 2005, the day we closed down nasum.com. I wrote "You know why" on the page that met the visitors. Truth is that you don't know the whole truth. We closed the webpage down to pay respect to the memory of Mieszko, but we also closed it down to escape the fans.
Drummer Snowy Shaw (DREAM EVIL, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) has released more information about his upcoming project with singer Mats Levén (AT VANCE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TREAT). As previously reported, Shaw and Levén will begin demoing material at the end of May.
In an e-mail to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Shaw commented, "Mats and I really clicked and it turned out we very much shared the same musical preferences. After he turned down the offer to replace the singer in another band I'm in, the two of us decided to form something new on our own. We've been writing a lot of material and will start demoing some stuff shortly."
Shaw's video for the track "XXX - Le Masochiste" has been posted online in the "Downloads" section of his official web site, SnowyShaw.com.
The following is a studio report posted by drummer Martin Kearns on the band's official site:
"The time has finally come - recording the new album! Can't wait to get on my kit and knock out some new tunes!! It's a real pleasure recording at Sable Rose - the studio's killer, but dead relaxed, Andy is a great engineer (and comic genius), so I know the next couple of months are definitely gonna be memorable!! Ok, here goes..
Get picked up by Phil (the drum tech), and we spend the day setting up the kit on the new rack, and re-skinning it all. I went for old-style pinstripe heads on the toms, and they're sounding really cool. The new snare I'd bought for the recording sounded ok, but it wasn't blowing me (or anyone else) away, but thought I'd see how it's sounding when it was miked up.. A hour or so later and the kit's got all the (13!) mics on - we start soundchecking the kit: everything is sounding killer, except the new snare. Back to the drum shop
Mathias Lodmalm, Cemetary's mainman, posted the following message explaining his decision of retire from the band and the scene:
"Thank you for tuning in !
I'm leaving Cemetary and the "scene" for good (insert applause).
I've had enough of the people I do business with and the relationship with them has basically killed off the little inspiration I had left to do anything more connected with this whole thing. Pyrotechnics can cause quite alot of trouble in a sewer so best get out before it blows ! That sums up how I feel pretty good. At times I really don't know if I'm the spark, sewage or maybe both nuking my own ass !
Life moves on and so do I. I'm not a nostalgic person and maybe that's why I don't fit in with these folks. I'm not a retro kinda guy. I'm a futurist. I'm happy to move along, for my sake and for the sake of music. Making music to uphold some dumb ego or bank statement has never been for me (guess I never had the chance either so fuck it, lol). I embrace and produce whatever comes to me and what feels good in the heart.
The band, consisting of Lance King on vocals (Pyramaze, Shining Star, ex-Balance Of Power, ex-Defyance, ex-Kings Machine, ex-Empire, ex-Gemini, ex-Mattson), Jonah Weingarten on keyboards (Pyramaze, Lilitu, ex-Infernal Method, ex-Shallow Grave) and Yan Leviathan on guitars, have David Ellefson as guest on their debut album "From The Depths of Time" the tracklist of the album is a follows:
1) Through The Past and Into Forever (Instrumental)
2) As The World Burns
3) Black Masquerade
4) The Fear
5) Final Frontier
6) Across The Millions (Instrumental)
7) Time And Space Part I: City of Peace
8) Single Blade of Vengeance
9) Two Sides Collide
10) Blinding Force
11) Time Is All We Need
12) Queen of the Insane
Nocturnal Art Productions is now entering into full time collaboration with Candlelight Records on a worldwide basis. The two labels have already been cooperating for several years with Candlelight licensing various Nocturnal Art titles for the North American territory. This new collaboration sees a full on worldwide cooperation with all coming Nocturnal Art titles being marketed through the Candlelight Records network.
Candlelight label manager Edward Christie had the following comment about the collaboration "We are delighted to be working with Samoth and N.A.P. and look forward to building a successful partnership. It was a natural step for both companies as Candlelight look after the N.A.P. releases in the USA and of course we have been working together for a number of years with EMPEROR and ZYKLON."
The band posted the following message on their website:
"we are working on new material that will be recorded some day...
some new working titles of finished songs are: preludium apocalypsis, invocation of doom runes, black magick sorceres, fisher of souls, the devils (imperium magnum infernalis)."
The band is currently hard at work on the new album, tentatively titled "Disintegrate," and will record as soon as the band feels that the material is ready & perfect. Confirmed titles are: "Disintegrate", "Vile Ritual", "In Hindsight", "Subversive Faith", "Vulture" and "Wrenched".
The new material is said to follow more or less in the same footsteps as the critically acclaimed "Aeon", only more aggressive and intense.
Candlelight Records has announced that Zyklon will play at the Rockwave Festival in Athens, Greece in July with no other than Slayer, Twisted Sister, Accept, Dio, Anthrax, Dismember and more! Check complete line up at: www.didimusic.gr
VISION DIVINE frontman Michele Luppi will release the debut album from his solo project, MICHELE LUPPI'S HEAVEN, in mid-July via Scarlet Records. Entitled "Strive", the CD was produced and arranged by Michele Luppi and is said to be "a must for all AOR/melodic hard rock lovers into bands like MR. BIG, EUROPE, JOURNEY, BON JOVI and KISS." 10 songs are featured on the album, which includes featuring special guest appearances by Alex De Rosso (DOKKEN), Olaf Thorsen (VISION DIVINE), Oleg Smirnoff (VISION DIVINE) and Maurizio Solieri (VASCO ROSSI).
"Strive" track listing:
02. If You Walk Away
03. Feel Alive
04. Always Remember You
05. Tell Me About It
French death metallers FURIA have parted ways with lead guitarist Sébastien Lobut who has decided to left the band for personal reasons. According to a band update, "He will be with us until July 15thy. Of course, this departure won't change the band's objectives for this year. (new MCD, new album, new musical orientation, new logo). The band is now searching for a new guitarist. People interested can contact us here
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org ."
Furia's upcoming MCD, Re-Birth, featuring artwork by Chris Saiyan, will be issued by Adipocere Records on June 11.
The band posted the following message on their website:
"We can now officially announce that Opeth has signed a worldwide contract with Roadrunner records. The rumours were true! The new album is set to be released sometime in the late August or early September of 2005.
Opeth has cancelled their Vienna/Austria Aerodromme festival appearance (May 27) due to the recording taking longer time than expected. We are very sorry for the fans who expected to see Opeth there, but we hope to return to Austria as soon as humanly possible!
The recording process is going well. One song is mixed and done, another one in the process of being mixed. Solos are being recorded as well as death screams. Some songtitles? "Ghost of perdition", "The baying of the hounds", "Isolation years" and "Harlequin forest" The record plan to be done by June 1.