02:23 - Bad English Madi - in Luleå we have no sun at all ;p wel it has between 10:00 and 13:00 but half sun not ful, you need nbe in high mountan to see it
01:24 - !J.O.O.E.! Aha yeah, that's true. I would also add lack of social inclination is probably going to be a part of it sooner if I don't get out and sort it.
01:21 - snake? snaaaake! @joe Low mood, anhedonia (no pleasure in things you usually enjoy) and low energy are the 3 major depressive symptoms, not that I'm diagnosing you over the shoutbox.
01:19 - no one feeling down as fuck is depressed isnt it?
01:19 - !J.O.O.E.! I don't really feel down as such. More like numb; I'm having trouble enjoying typical things, lack of motivation, low energy, also a fair amount of light nausea the past few days. It gets dark here around 4 / 4.30pm at the moment.
01:16 - mz I don't really think that lack of sun for just two hours can cause a physiological reaction, but it can feel me down as fuck.
01:15 - no one its a fact more people are depressed in areas with less light
Stratovarius have issued the following update from the road, revealing details on future tour and album endeavours:
"We're still in the middle of the Polaris world tour, but we do have a bit of news.
The European summer festivals earlier this year were nice and relaxing as always, and then we embarked on a long three-month leg which covered the Far East, North and South America, and Finland. One highlight was Beijing, a place none of us in the band had played or visited before. Some of bassist Lauri Porra's video blogs from the past year can be found at this location.
After a break for the holidays, the caravan will roll on in 2010, and we will do a long tour of Europe in January and February. You can always check an up-to-date list of any upcoming dates at this address.
James Owen Sullivan, drummer and backup vocalist for Avenged Sevenfold, has been found dead at his home in Southern California, authorities have confirmed.
Police Lt. John Domingo said the 28-year-old Sullivan, who went by the stage name "The Rev", appears to have died of natural causes on Monday in Huntington Beach. Police were notified by firefighters who had responded to Sullivan's home about 1 p.m. The Orange County coroner's office is investigating the death.
Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999 - Sullivan was a member from the beginning - and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. According to their MySpace page, the five-man metalcore band was working on their fifth album.
British independent label Unbelievable Music UK - an emerging label, and current home to shredmeister Andy James and classic rockers Boned - are seeking tracks for a new metal compilation. This is primarily aimed at unsigned metal artists. The compilation will initially be released worldwide online in early 2010. The deal will be non-exclusive, but all tracks submitted must be previously unreleased/unpublished. This represents a great way to gain more exposure for the artists and also generate some revenue. Bands can submit material initially via email (info unbelievablemusic co uk) or web link.
German gothic metallers Crematory have revealed more details about their upcoming album Infinity, to be released on January 29 2010. Here's what the official press release says:
"Lyrically and vocally Crematory use again English lyrics on Infinity but also two german tracks have made it on the album. The splitted vocals of Felix and Matthias, the extreme duel of clean vocals and deep growls surely was kept and even improved.
Crematory deliver hot fireworks of their catchy trademark tunes, topped with massive guitar riffing which turned out heavier and darker than on their previous albums. Gothic-Thrash-Metal is exactly the right description for this new masterpiece.
A cover tune can never beat the original - Crematory know that too but they already proved quality versions of Sisters Of Mercy's "Temple of Love" and Metallica's "One" in the past which undoubtly have their own characteristic sound.
Guitarist Tony Warburton of UK thrashers Cerebral Fix has announced the passing of their drummer Neil Farrington. Farrington passed away on Sunday 20th December, he was 38 years old.
"Just a short note as I am still in shock. It saddens me to bring the news that our most recent drummer (and my good friend) Neil Farrington has passed away. A Facebook group has been set up by his girlfriend for people to leave any thoughts/comments or you could just leave them here."
Next to Cerebral Fix, Neil Farrington drummed in bands such as Lacerator, Darksied and Warlord UK.
Readers of the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet - one of the larger daily newspapers in the Nordic countries - have chosen In Flames' 2006 album Come Clarity as the best Swedish album of the past decade. In Flames got about a quarter of all votes, ending up as the only metal related band in the top 10. Four albums of Swedish rock band Kent appeared in the top 10 too. Top 10 results "Best Swedish Album Of The Decade" here.
Bruce Springsteen's 15th studio album Magic, released in 2007, was voted best album by a foreign (non-Swedish) artist, before Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park. See the top 10 here.
New York death metal veterans Immolation just announced the title and tracklist of their new album, marking the first one for their new label Nuclear Blast Records.
The album, scheduled for an early 2010 release, will be entitled Majesty And Decay.
Majesty And Decay tracklist:
02. The Purge
03. A Token Of Malice
04. Majesty And Decay
05. Divine Code
06. In Human Form
07. A Glorious Epoch
09. A Thunderous Consequence
10. The Rapture Of Ghosts
11. Power And Shame
12. The Comfort Of Cowards
New York death metal legends Immolation just revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming 8th album Majesty And Decay.
Belgian metallers Gorath have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"New blood joins the ranks of Gorath. After some years of spreading the plague K. Deleener got replaced by B. Vanderheyden - Known from other bands such as Ill Fares The Land and Storm Upon The Masses."
The band's current lineup is as follows:
F. Dupont (guitar, vocals)
B. Put (guitar)
D. Grondelaers (bass)
B. Vanderheyden (drums)
German metallers Varg have posted online a new song, "Blutaar", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, Blutaar, which is scheduled for release on January 22, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Blutaar cover art] tracklist:
02. Viel Feind Viel Ehr
04. Sieg oder Niedergang
08. Zeichen der Zeit
10. Alter Feind
11. Blutdienst II (Des Adlers blutge Schwingen)
US progressive power metal band, Armory, has officially announced that they are in the studio recording their second album. The album, entitled Empyrean Realms, will contain nine original songs. Compared to their debut album, The Dawn Of Enlightenment, Empyrean Realms is described by the band as having "more dynamic composing and arranging, with more colorful melodies, head-banging riffs, and progressive elements. The lyrics are also more articulate, centering on the themes of metaphysics, cosmology, and the power of human will. Cover artwork has been chosen which will enhance the cosmic scope of the album."
Empyrean Realms will be engineered by the band themselves and take place at Mystic Star Studio, based in Townsend, Massachusetts. The expected release date is mid-to-late 2010. On their official website and MySpace page Armory has posted a video compilation of the drum and guitar tracking to give fans a sneak preview of what their second album has in store.
Polish metallers FOE will release their debut album Madness in January 2010, via Let Them Come Productions.
This Polish band, once known as Alkoholika, performs an old school death kind of metal with a touch of thrash and progressive elements. The sound of the album Madness can be described as raw. One of the tracks from the album, called "Cold", has already been added to the label's profile, and can be found at this location. A picture of how the cover artwork will look like can be seen here.
We are pleased to announce that with immediate effect Germany's Blast Corpse Promotions will handle all live bookings for the European region. We feel confident that we can now leave all this side of things in the capable hands of Blast Corpse Promotions's Mike Heinemann, and very much look forward to working with him.
Anyone wanting to book Shining should contact Mike directly mike bcp-agency com. Any requests regarding European bookings that come to the band page or to Patricia's page, will be passed onto Mike, therefore please feel free to bypass us so that your enquiry can be dealt with more quickly.
A short headlining tour in March has already been booked, dates as follows:
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has issued the following long-winded and sappy update:
"I want to start with saying Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that you all have a wonderful, rewarding day. Anyway, I went to go get a Coronary Calcium Cat scan or in other words, a heart scan, and I have good news! They found one!!
All kidding aside, I had my heart scan done and my score was a mind blowing zero. This means that I have 0% plaque in my heart and my mom died from congestive heart failure, and that stuff is hereditary I hear, so I was worried.
I am so stoked about the result and I owe it to my family, band mates, and my advisors and handlers for inspiring me to get better, to be better, and to stay better. I can't tell you how much my team, even the label have really supported me and helped me understand what we can and cannot do, instead of what "I" can't do.