04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
"Myron & Cole" video is available for downloading on the band website. This video represents a part of the band live performance from Markens Cafè, Kristiansand, dated from October 2004.
For downloading/viewing it, follow this link:
The Austrian Dark-Gothic band Vanitas posted online the video "Endlosschleife" for free downloading on their webpage. Follow the link:
"The time has finally come for Bloodbath to invade the stage and debut as a live band. We have chosen this extraordinary moment to be fired off at THE european metal festival - Wacken Open air!
However, we're facing some changes in the band's line-up and will confirm the actual performing members asap, so please be patient for further announcements. Also, to be taken into account is that this gig will be worldwide exclusive for 2005 (and who knows... perhaps even beyond that!?), so this is your best shot to rush that stage and bang your heads with us!!! Details on exact date/playing time tba".
"The new year will begin for Iced Earth with the delivery of the long-awaited Gettysburg DVD. This unique release will feature the epic work "Gettysburg (1863)" from 2004's The Glorious Burden stepping out of its stereo confines and expanding into a powerful 5.1-channel surround-sound mix. In fact, there will be two different surround-sound mixes (one "metal" and one "theatrical"), set to moving images. Additionally, the DVD will feature a historical commentary from the Gettysburg battlefield, and an in-depth interview with Jon Schaffer. More details will follow.
A brief trailer for the DVD can be seen at the Downloads page".
Anders posted the following message on Katatonia's official website:
"During the following 6 months, we'll be very busy with the making of our new album. Nevertheless, we won't be locked up in the studio the entire time as we have just confirmed 3 live dates in march - the Metal Mania festivals (http://negativeart.hu/metalmania.html), that will take place in Hungary, Czech and Poland. Other bands appearing on the bill are Cradle of Filth, Apocalyptica, Moonspell etc. This will be only opportunity to catch the band for a long time, so show up and rock with us!"
"Consign to Oblivion" will be the title of the upcoming Epica album which will be released in March/April of this year.
Philip and Sascha have just worked out the last details on the mix and the result is really amazing!!! The cd is now waiting to be mastered which will happen next Monday by Peter van '/t Riet at Soundfactory. More info will follow soon so stay tuned!
Once an underground phenomenon, the Canadian quartet STRAPPING YOUNG LAD are now on the verge of a major genre-defying breakthrough with Alien, their highly anticipated fourth studio album. This offering is quickly going to redefine the meaning of extreme. Follow the link (http://mp4.centurymedia.com/audio/syl_shitstorm.mp3) to download the mind-blowing track "Shitstorm" from Alien, the group's most maniacal and outlandish offering yet. Take some time to sit down, clear your mind and prepare yourself for devastation.
Beginning Feb. 8th the first segment of "The Making of Alien" will be online and a new installment will be posted each Tuesday leading up to the album's release on March 22nd.
Elend founders Iskandar Hasnawi and Renaud Tschirner will be the guests of
www.schwarzes-leipzig.com for an online chat of approx.1 hour on Monday, January 24, 20.00 CET.
Questions can be asked in German, French or English.
For more info, including technical details:
"First of all from the bottum of our hearts we wish you lots of love, health and joy in 2005! Furthermore we want to thank you so much for your faith, your support and your believe in us, which made it possible, that Lacrimosa is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year!! Sincere gratitude!!
As mentioned earlier, we are at the studio right now, recording our anniversary-album... and already now we can promise, that it's gonna be an exceptional album! Addinional we will play a large-scaled tour and some more surprises are to come this year...!
Into this senses we look upon the future with great expectations!
The singer Tomi Joutsen, from Nevergreen, is the new singer of Amorphis, according to a message posted on the band's website (http://www.nevergreen.org/).
"New Amorphis singer is Tomi Joutsen. The band brought him into stage this evening (8.1.05). Amorphis did a benefit show and gave the income over to The United Nations Children´s Fund to help kids who suffered Tsunami. This page is going to be updated next week with new photos and news regarding new album etc... The band says that new songs are stronger than ever".
Taken from the official Lacrimosa homepage:
"I have no idea how you see it, but I love Chistmas and everything that belongs to it! And that is why I enjoy every minute these days and I hope that you find lots of good and heart-warming moments in this special time of the year!
I wish you a wonderful season of Advent and peaceful Christmas!
And then to something else that might be of your interest... several days ago I started the recordings for the new Lacrimosa-album...
According to the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com, CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho broke his arm and will most likely be forced to sit out the upcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held in Helsinki, Finland on January 15, 2005. Laiho's replacement for the concert will be announced at a later date.