19:29 - Ilham I didn't know Fnac was in Belgium. Not surprising actually they opened two stores in Morocco last year. I don't give them three more.
19:29 - !J.O.O.E.! Haha indeed. To be honest I just like having books around me, owning them. Just comforting knowing they're there.
19:28 - Zaphod Yeah, I know that feeling. I often buy books and look at the cover art a few times, flip some pages, read the blurb, hug it, but never actually start reading.
19:24 - !J.O.O.E.! Not since my course as much, however I often buy books with the intention of reading them and never do. I have dozens waiting for me.
19:24 - Ilham Interesting article on all this; a keynote speech from the man behind Shellac: [link]
19:23 - Zaphod Joe, I thought you didn't read? Ilham, the only record stores in Belgium these days are indie, all the major ones also went bankrupt :P well, we still have Fnac and Media Markt, but those aren't Belgian.
19:22 - flightoficarus86 Bottom line, I can't afford to pay $20 per album with all that I listen to.
The Melvins have announced an European tour in support of their new album, "Nude In Boots," recently released on Ipecac. The band will play an extensive series of tour dates across the continent, with more to be announced. Supporting acts will be Big Business and Porn. The band is currently on the American Summer 2008 Tour.
Confirmed Melvins European tour dates:
September 10, 2008 Cardiff, UK - The Point
September 11, 2008 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
September 12, 2008 Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
September 13, 2008 Hamburg, Germany - Flakbunker (Uebel & Gefährlich)
September 14, 2008 Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
September 16, 2008 Berlin, Germany - Maria Am Ostbahnhof
"In the "Waste 'Em All" years, Municipal Waste developed a reputation that they are still living up to today. It was due to the early, insane live performances that set the bar for what people expect to see at a Waste show. Wind swept circle pits, 69 stage dives, wacky costumes, and pizza shark boogie bongs still show up whether the band plans it or not. Maybe it was just the off stage antics, excessive drinking, or the tendency to eat all the food out of an unsuspecting victim's fridge that sent the message that was (and still is) very clear: Municipal Waste is gonna fuck you up!
Now you can't rewrite history, but you can relive it on Friday, August 15th 2008 at Alley Katz in Richmond, VA. The Waste will be reuniting the "Waste 'Em All" lineup for one show as part of the 7th annual Best Friends Day Weekend. The lineup, which includes Brandon Ferrell on drums, Andy Harris on bass, Tony Foresta on vocals, and Ryan Waste on guitar, will be playing the "Waste 'Em All" album in it's entirety along with some other classic cuts.
During the August 2nd Press Conference on Wacken Open Air 2008, it was announced that the festival will have its first date outside Germany.
On 2009, when Wacken goes to its 20th Anniversary, the first Brazilian edition of the festival will go live, by a partnership between Wacken, Atos Entretenimento and Roadie Crew magazine, both Brazilian companies.
The festival will have the name of WACKEN ROCKS BRAZIL, and São Paulo (SP) will host it on May 16th and 17th 2009.
Thomas Jensen, one of the owners of "Wacken", commented during the press conference about the Brazilian edition: "There are talks happening to bring Wacken spirit to different places in the world, like Australia, but the first festival with the name 'Wacken" outside Gernamy will take place in Brazil on May 2009, and will be know as "Wacken Rocks Brazil". We have here our Brazilian partners, and we have just signed the contract between ICS-WOA, ATOS and Revista Roadie Crew", answering an australian reporter question.
Los Angeles metallers Static-X has announced the release of its first full-length live concert DVD, entitled "Cannibal Killers Live", on October 7 via Reprise Records. The concert was shot during a show in Spokane, Washington on June 2, 2007, shortly after the release of the band's latest album, "Cannibal".
Wayne Static has issued the following statement on the band's official site:
"I am proud to announce October 7th as the release date for our much anticipated, first full-length live concert dvd entitled "Cannibal Killers Live." The show was recorded in Spokane, Washington shortly after the release of our sixth cd "Cannibal" last year. The 17 song set list on that tour included material from our entire career, all the old favorites like "Push It" and "Bled For Days," new songs from "Cannibal," and everything in between. This dvd looks and sounds absolutely awesome, and I can't wait to share it with you! And if the live show isn't enough, we're also throwing in every music video we've ever made and a separate audio cd of the concert. Check back here for pre-order info and details on the special edition package, which includes yet another entire concert from 1997 recorded at The Whiskey in Hollywood, two years before the release of our first cd "Wisconsin Death Trip!"
Agalloch have updated their Myspace page with the following message:
"Firstly, we announce the release of "The Demonstration Archive." This is a full-length retrospective CD collection chronicling our unsigned years (1996 - 1998). This release includes both the "From Which Of This Oak," and "Promo '98" demos. We are also including our never released 7-inch that was originally entitled "Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor" (later released via The End Records with bonus tracks). From the primal opening riffs of "The Wilderness" to the epic closing of "The Melancholy Spirit," the "Demonstration Archive" tracks the gradual evolution and refinement of the Agalloch sound and style finally heard on the landmark debut album "Pale Folklore"."
You can now watch a clip of Within Temptation's new upcoming DVD "Black Symphony"! Through this link you can check out the song "Solemn Hour".
As Quoted Official: "Black Symphony will be released on double-DVD, double-CD and Blu-Ray disc on September 22nd. As mentioned earlier, it will contain the full concert we did at the Ahoy Rotterdam together with the 60-piece Metropole Orchestra and a 30-voice classical choir, as well as on-stage stilt performers, costume changes, and an array of stunning pyrotechnic, lighting effects and a 400m2 video screen with great WT visuals. The DVD will also contain a lot of extra footage from the show in Beursgebouw, amongst other bonus materials. More info on this will follow soon!"
Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass have issued the following update:
"The new Candlemass EP Lucifer Rising is finally recorded and due for release first week of October. It features two brand new tracks 'Lucifer Rising' and 'White God'. It also contains a re-recorded version of 'Demon's Gate' live in the studio. As a bonus you will get most of the gig from Athens last year: 'At The Gallows End', 'Solitude', 'Emperor Of The Void', 'Devil Seed', 'Under The Oak', 'Mirror Mirror', 'Of Stars And Smoke', 'Black Dwarf' and 'Samarithan'. Yes, it is probably the worlds longest EP!!"
We're thrilled to let the world know that we have signed a record deal with Napalm Records. From the beginning we had a very good feeling about all negotiations and talking to the nice people of Napalm; now it's the time to let you all know that a new chapter in the SoP history is about to be written!
More news will follow soon regarding the release of our new album, tour dates, etc. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years, we will soon see you back on the road!
Marcela, Johan, Eric, Davy, Stephan and Jeffrey
Australian metallers Vanishing Point have announced announced the addition of keyboardist Jake Lowe to the band's ranks. According to the band, "Jake has been playing with Vanishing Point for a while now, and was last seen when Vanishing Point supported Joe Satriani this year".
More information about Jake Lowe can be found at this location.
Swedish metallers One Man Army And The Undead Quartet have posted an audio sample of a new song, entitled "Cursed By The Knife", on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the band's third album, entitled "Grim Tales", which is scheduled for release in October/November via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at the Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry).
The band adds: "As you probably have noticed by now, the album is completely done. All that remains to do is all up to the company to complete, such as booklet, promotion and stuff like that. We are extremely happy with the result. Jonas has made our sound even heavier than before and our songwriting is also taken to the next level. It's brutal, melodic and a big fucking punch in your face. So for you guys that can't wait for the release we can now offer a small preview here on MySpace. It's for the song "Cursed By The Knife" which is part 3 in a trilogy. (No apparent motive, The supreme butcher). All other info will soon hit the web such as releasedates, editions and bonus features. So we really hope that you will dig this new album as much as we do and don't forget to come see us on the European Tour (with Unleashed, Krisiun and Commander) beginning on 14th of november. Cheers!"
A widget for the new Motörhead album, entitled "Motörizer", was posted at this location.
"Motörizer" was recorded in part (drums only) at Foo Fighters frontman/ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Cameron Webb, who also worked on 2006's "Kiss Of Death" and 2004's "Inferno".
"Motörizer" will be released through SPV Records on the following dates:
US: August 26
Germany: August 29
Rest of Europe: September 1
According to a press release from Arcane Promotions, Nocturnus will be touring their legendary "The Key" album later this year with their classic line-up from that period. Support will come from Violated (SWE), Punish (CH), Memorial (DK) and Slither (SWE)
So far the following dates have been announced:
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Hafenklang
Oct. 16 - Hengelo, NED - Metropol
Oct. 17 - Rotterdam, NED - Baroeg
Oct. 18 - London, GBR - Electrowerkz
Oct. 19 - Birmingham, GBR - The Asylum
Oct. 20 - TBA
Oct. 21 - TBA
Oct. 22 - Pratteln, SUI - Z7
Oct. 23 - Wien, AUT - Viper Room
Oct. 24 - Milano, ITA - Zoe Club
Oct. 25 - Giebelstadt, GER - Bringer Of Death Fest XVI
Wastefall have announced its decision to disband. Here's the official statement:
"The band's situation has not been really good the past few months, since Alexander was studying in Crete (island of Greece) far away from Athens. We did renew our contract with Intromental Management this year and after this we would have had the opportunity to play at ProgPower Scandinavia in October 2008. Our drummer Kostis passed the examinations and he will have to leave Greece this summer for a few years, since he will study in a musical university in England, so we found a professional session drummer to help us for this live show. Also Domenik has moved to Germany since 2007 and although he was doing all he could, it was not easy for us to handle our obligations. The band was spread out and it was difficult for all of us to organize our priorities in any way required. We were also in a very difficult economic situation and it was then that Alexander decided to leave Wastefall.