20:01 - Redn1ght Basically Jak II developers tried too hard being edgy kool kidz.
19:44 - Clintagram Yeah, it was. I missed the 3D platforming and collectathon parts of the first one. Not enough of that in Jak II.
19:22 - Redn1ght Jak 2 was pretty much them trying too hard to make a GTA game in Jak series. :P
18:44 - Dima Ye the flying cars was aids. Did not enjoy it one bit. So little that I don't remember anything else about the game. I wonder if the shark in Jak 1 will terrorize me as much as it did back in the day
18:41 - Clintagram I wish they had kept more stuff from Jak and Daxter for Jak II. Not enough platforming and too much GTA-style missions. And the save points are so bad. I still want to beat it for the story and Jak 3. We'll see.
18:40 - Dima WAY too realistic. 3d platformers with that art style needs to be preserved man :'( Legend of Kay just dropped on PC. Closest thing to Ratchet/Jak that I can think of that's on PC. Port pls be good
Estonian metallers Metsatöll have issued the following update on their official website:
"Last week, Metsatöll finished recording the demo version of their 4th album, which was begun earlier, in March. In mid-June, the entire studio was moved from Tallinn to a South-Estonian village of Hargla, where the songs received finishing touches. According to the guys themselves, leaving Tallinn behind meant a complete recovery of creativity, which can never be achieved in a big city.
Today (July 28), the band begins recording their 4th album in the Finnvox studio in Finland. The album is recorded and mixed by perhaps the most legendary Finnish producer Mikko Karmila. Over the years, he has provided his services to such bands as Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Stratovarius, Stone, Peer Günt, Kotiteollisuus, Amorphis, Waltari, Tarot, Sonata Arctica, etc. The album will be all about finished by early December, and will be released to the global distribution networks on 6 March, 2010."
Irish metallers Mael Mórdha have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"As many of you will know, we finished in the studio some weeks ago with some minor touches dragging things out ever so slightly. We are pleased to be able to let you know that mastering is currently in the final stages and Grau (our label) will soon be taking delivery of the finished album.
The album's title is no longer any great secret. It's called "Manannán", after the Irish God of the Sea. It's a concept album and we'll explain that a little bit in the coming weeks. There are eight tracks in total, the names of which are below. We can't be sure of a release date just yet, but we are extremely excited about this album and really want to get it out there as soon as possible.
US metallers Détente have revealed the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, entitled "Decline". The artwork was painted by Michael Leone, with additional graphic work performed by Christopher Leone.
Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Corrosion Of Conformity, D.R.I., Sacred Reich) will engineer the album. "Decline" is tentatively scheduled for a December release.
A brand new Axxis track "Utopia" is available for streaming on the AFM Records' MySpace page.
"Utopia" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Utopia", which will be released on August 28 via AFM Records.
"Utopia" cover art] tracklist:
01. Journey To Utopia
03. Last Man On earth
04. Fass Mich An
05. Sarah Wanna Die
06. My Fathers' Eyes
07. The Monsters Crawl
08. Eyes Of A child
09. Heavy Rain
10. For You I Will Die
12. Taste My Blood
13. 20 Years Anniversary Song
Norwegian metallers Thundra have posted online a new song, ''As I'', on their MySpace page.
''As I'' comes off the band's fothcoming album, entitled "Ignored By Fear", which is scheduled for release on August 29 via Einheit Productions. The album was mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound in Örebro, Sweden.
Also a collection of pre-mix samples from "Ignored By Fear" was previously posted online at this location.
Swedish funeral doom metallers The Funeral Orchestra have posted their first-ever video, for the song "Opium de Occulta", online. The video was directed by Morningstar Film Production in Sweden. The track for this video comes off the band's last year released EP, entitled "ODO".
Ulterium Records are very proud to announce the signing of the German power metal band Sinbreed to the label. Sinbreed was formerly known as Neoshine, but changed names in 2008 after a legal name-conflict with an American enterprise. The band is currently working on their debut album, which will be released early 2010.
...In Deviltry - the new band of ex-Theatre Of Tragedy guitarist Tommy Lindal - has issued the following update:
After months of searching and testing to find the "perfect" member, it is with great pleasure that we now can anounce that ...In Deviltry is complete and has started working and writing their own material. "It's been a very long, hard and confusing prosess, but we now feel very comfortable with our full lineup, says mainman Tommy Lindal. I really was loosing my hope to find the right people, but in the last stage of testing, something happened. During the test, everybody was playing, banging and the singing was perfect, the chemistry between everybody was united. This was it, this moment is what I've been waiting for all these months".
Thrashers Megadeth have announced an upcoming "down under" tour in October. They will tour Australia and New Zealand and will be joined by fellow Thrash juggernauts in Slayer. This will be the first time the two band have toured this area of the world together. Both bands will be touring in support of their respective upcoming new albums (Endgame for Megadeth and World Painted Blood for Slayer). Support acts will be announced soon and tickets go on sale at 9:00am on 10/08/09.
See below for the list of tour dates:
05/10 - Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
07/10 - Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia
08/10 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
09/10 - Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
"After months of rumors and speculations, it is now official: Jorn Lande will once again join forces with his old bandmates and work on what is expected to be yet another MASTERPLAN masterpiece.
"The new album is already in the works and Jorn is right now in Roland Grapow Studios in Slovakia recording his vocals.
"The release date is not yet decided, but the album is scheduled to hit the market sometime in early 2010."
Lande recently told Germany's Rock Hard magazine about his renewed collaboration with MASTERPLAN, "We never had problems with each other, but professionally, we decided for to go separate ways for a while. I am happy that we are working together again - mainly because the combination of MASTERPLAN's music and my singing truly something special."
The Gates Of Slumber has completed work on its new studio album, "Hymns Of Blood & Thunder". The album is slated to drop in North America on September 13, 2009 via Rise Above Records.
The band's hotly anticipated new album, "Hymns of Blood & Thunder", drops on the heels of the brightest and busiest year in the respected power trio's history; one that saw The Gates Of Slumber pack clubs during its first U.S. headlining tour and land atop many year-end media polls with "Conqueror", an album that was hailed as "a breath of fresh air within the doom/true metal underground." The record placed at the #5 position in Decibel's "Top 40 Albums of 2008" and made Village Voice Media's "Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008", joining an impressive list of some of the genre's finest including AC/DC, Judas Priest and Metallica.
"We are glad to announce that Burst will embark on our first US tour immediately following our appearance at the intriguing Planet Caravan festival in Asheton, NC on september 19. The tour will go through to October 10. Half the tour Burst and opener Zoroaster will be gigging with the draconian French metal philosophers Gojira on their Metallica off-dates, half the tour we'll do our own shows with Zoroaster. See all the dates here (a few extra dates TBA soon).
At the same time, we'd like to announce that our first US tour will also be our last. Following a band meeting at the end of June, we have decided that it is time to let Burst sleep.
Finnish power metallers Excalion have posted the short following update:
"Excalion will enter the studio and start recording the follow up to "Waterlines" in the end of august. Studio Watercastle will be the place where the magic happens once again. Every member of the band is thrilled to get the recordings going. Stay tuned for more info on the songs, schedule and release details."