Bassist James MacDonough recently spoke to the Iced Earth fan site http://www.iced-realm.de/ about his departure from Iced Earth and his new gig as the bassist for Megadeth. Several extractions from the interview follow:
Iced-Realm.de: How did you get the gig with Megadeth?
James MacDonough: "I knew the album was recorded at the beginning of the year and the guy that did the bass tracks was a session player named Jimmy Sloas, I didn't know if he was going to do the tour or not and e-mailed Dave (Mustaine, Megadeth mainman) about the position. I got a response a couple of days later that started the communication going. He told me this could be a very good thing and would keep me on a short list. Dave McRobb, Megadeth's webmaster got the ball rolling and was feeling people out for both the guitarist and the bassist position. The next thing I knew I was on a conference call with Dave and Dave, he told what he planned and what he expected of the person that would fill those shoes. I quickly knew that I had formed two very good friendships and the ball kept rolling. I videotaped myself playing a couple of Megadeth tunes and within a couple of days got a call from Dave Mustaine saying that he wanted me for the position."
ANOREXIA NERVOSA offered us to put a new track ' Codex veritas' from their upcoming album 'Redemption process' on the LISTENABLE records website as well as JIGSORE TERROR , the new grindcore heroes a la TERRORIZER with 'Gorging on exposed arteries' from their debut album ' World end carnage' . Both albums are due to be released in Europe on Oct 12th. DOWNLOAD NOW !!!!
IMMOLATION : 'Bring down The World ' DVD is finally available from LISTENABLE records !
The definite masters of pure, genuine and unhealthy death metal IMMOLATION are finally releasing their debut DVD on 20/09/04 after many various manufacturing delays.
From Amorphis official page:
"A good time to inform that the rehearsings with JP Leppäluoto goes further exellent. We have been now two days in rehearsing flat and the result is great, JP has improved the band with a great talent and his voice matches perfectly to Amorphis songs so no worries. Also people who are sceptic about how the old tracks are going to be performed will be surprised... We´ll keep you updated about how the tour is going and try to put tour diary up. Shine on! -esa-"
The Gathering gives an unreleased song for the tribute CD to Telefunk
On Sunday October 17th 2004, the Gathering will pay their respect to Arnoudt & Simone by playing during the Songs for a Silver Surfer mini festival at the Burgerweeshuis in Deventer. On this day, a special Tribute CD will be available with all the bands on it that are participating this day! All the money goes to Simone and the 2 kids.
One year ago, the Gathering recorded some songs for an educational CD-ROM used as a part of History lessons. The Gathering has given one of those songs to contribute to the CD: Thunder Without Frequencies is a totally new and unreleased song. Please buy this CD in order to support Simone and her kids, to help them to build a new horizon line to their future!
Here is some great news for Ayreonauts everywhere! For the past month and a half Arjen has been hard at work in his studio, piecing together the puzzle of all the recording tapes of Actual Fantasy, Ayreon's second album.
The reason for all this work? Among other things, Arjen wanted to experiment with releasing his music as a 5.1 surround remix, and Actual Fantasy- a little bit of a 'forgotten' album in the Ayreon collection- is sonically and electronically the most extreme release. Furthermore it is hailed by many fellow-musicians as their favorite Ayreon release.
And in order for Arjen to make this 5.1 surround remix- he needed to piece together all recordings and to separate the parts that had been 'glued together' in the studio at the time of the recording... This meant re-recording some parts as well.
The re-issue of The Universal Migrator Part 1 & 2 is already in stores everywhere and the next re-issue by the InsideOut label is already on our doorstep. The long awaited 'Into the Electric Castle', Ayreon's best seller double album will be available (again) in stores on September 27th, 2004 in Europe, and October 12th, 2004 in the United States.
The re-issue features revamped artwork and also linernotes written by Arjen.
On top of this, the release comes with two CD-ROM tracks (Quicktime movie), one on each disc, in which Arjen tells you about what went into making this stellar album.
Among other things, you get to hear stand-alone vocal performances of each of the vocalists as well as some instrumentalist sections. Total duration of the CD-ROM tracks is 30 minutes!
In early 2002, Alex Skolnick Trio emerged as a refreshing and surprising new voice of improvisation: a former speed metal guitar virtuoso who had fallen in love with jazz, gone back to music school in New York, and hooked up with a fiery young rhythm section. Their debut recording ("Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation") marked the first time such a group had used heavy metal songs as standards, incorporating lush arrangements and sonic textures that run the gamut from soft and delicate to loud and intense. The group has received raves from Downbeat, Jazziz, Billboard, and more and performed for audiences all over the US, including many who never knew they could like jazz before. Now the mission continues with "Transformation". In stores September 14th, 2004.
An EP, called "The Mold" taken from the first personal album featuring Chris Caffery (main guitarist of SAVATAGE, master of ceremonies & guitarist of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) as the singer besides his guitars duties is released in Europe through Black Lotus Records on September the 1th.
Includes two exclusive non album tracks.
Featuring Paul Morris (RAINBOW, DORO), Dave Z (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ZO2 (which band is an opening act for the current KISS tour in the States), Jeff Plate (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
World-wide tour will follow and appearance in Wacken Festival 2005
1. The mold
2. Fade into the X
3. God damn war
4. Fright knights (exclusive)
5. Forever we'll be (exclusive)
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have made their
entire "Breaking the Silence"
(1987) and "Victims of Deception" (1989) albums available for free
download in the media section
via their new official web site www.heathenmetal.com
HEATHEN new CD, "Recovered" OUT NOW!
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Divercia will release their second album, entitled "Cycle of Zero", through Karmageddon Media on September the 20th. The new album features 9 tracks as follows:
01. Of Steel & Man
02. Iron Hearted Cross
04. Cycle of Zero
07. 2nd Ghost
08. Start at the End
09. God for Gold
"Hi everyone, This morning I got a phone call from Marcus who told me that he is in hospital for quite a few days. Pretending to be a skateboarder he finally stumbled and fell right in front of his house and broke his leg, last Saturday. Since a regular fracture is not enough, Marcus took the severe way and made it a little more complicated. The leg got broken 4 times. He is going to undertake some surgeries and some serious therapies before he will be able to use his leg normally. First surgery will take place somewhere during the week. I will keep you informed.