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
French metallers Heol Telwen have issued the short following update on their official MySpace blog:
"Hi all !
We are currently working on new tracks, 5 are already composed and other ones are on the way ! We already play 2 of these new songs on stage. Our second release will be a concept album based on old breton legend. No recording date or release date have been planned for now. Stay tuned for more informations!
Swedish metallers Månegarm have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Månegarm part ways with bassist and long time member Pierre Wilhelmson. The band will not look for a replacement since Erik Grawsiö will handle both vocals and bass on future recordings and live performances."
Scars On Broadway, the System Of A Down spin-off featuring guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, have a new song online. The brand new track is called "Fucking" and can be streamed via SoundCloud over at this location. To unlock the free "Fucking" mp3 download, you'll need to share this page with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Scars On Broadway returned to the live stage on 2nd of May after a 17-month absence to play a headlining show in West Hollywood, California, where they performed another new song, called "Talkin' Shit". The band will also play in Los Angeles in August. There is however no word on any further new studio material of the band.
In anticipation of the upcoming new Helloween album 7 Sinners, to be released somewhere around Halloween, the band will release a new single in September - though reportedly in Japan only. The disc will be titled Are You Metal? and will be in Japanese stores on the 22th of September.
Are You Metal? tracklist:
01. Are You Metal?
02. Raise The Noise
03. I'm Free
Imperfect Harmonies, the new album from Serj Tankian will be available to purchase on September 7 on iTunes and in stores. The iTunes LP comes with exclusive photos, a bonus track, and even interactive lyric sheets that you can play with the music!
There's even going to be a limited edition version of the album that you'll only be able to get exclusively through SerjTankian.com, so stay tuned for details.
Imperfect Harmonies cover art] tracklist:
01. Disowned Inc.
02. Borders Are...
05. Reconstructive Demonstrations
07. Gate 21
08. Yes, It's Genocide
09. Peace Be Revenged
10. Left Of Center
11. Wings Of Summer
Annihilator has posted a new song online, called "Betrayed". You can check the track out on the band's official website. Another song, called "Coward", is still available for streaming at the Earache Records' MySpace page.
The new songs come off the band's next self-titled album Annihilator which will be released in Europe on May 17 via Earache Records, in Japan via Marquee and in Australia by Riot Entertainment.
Heidevolk have released their first video ever. The clip for the song "Nehalennia" is available for viewing below. The track comes off the band's recent album Uit Oude Grond released on Napalm Records.
French pagan metallers Belenos have announced the new album Yen Sonn Gardis should be finished soon. A tentative release is set for the summer on Northern Silence Productions, with limited edition. All songs are exclusively sung in Breton language, English translations will be present in the booklet.
Yen Sonn Gardis tracklist:
02. Hollved Hirisus
03. Ene Kelt
04. Skorn Ha Tan
05. Baleerien An Are
07. Mestr Ar C'Hoad
09. En Argoll
Due to a lot of problems and personal reasons, Belenos will stop their live activities again. Last chance to see the band live on stage will be the Black Druid Fest near Metz (close to the border with Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany).
Alestorm drummer Ian Wilson bailed out his band... again. Here is Wilson's final statement:
"So aye, I quit Alestorm earlier this week because I'd basically just had enough of all the bullshit that goes with being in that band. I'm not going to divulge much information because I'm totally done with it. But I will say that for me I had nothing more to give to the band and had no time left for some of the people in Alestorm. So that was what my final decision was based on.
The positive from this is I can now focus all my attention on music I want to play! I've been writing material for my new band The Bloodless which I've formed with some old band mates from Catharist, and I've also been able to recruit my boy Pat Henry (Swashbuckle) on vocals which I'm excited about. We're playing some old school death metal inspired by shit like Hypocrisy, Entombed and Death Breath and I'm quite sure it's gonna be a success judging by the material we've got already!"
SEGA has announced that two-time Grammy-nominated metal act Lamb Of God are creating an exclusive song for the upcoming Iron Man 2 video game.
The new song, "Hit the Wall", is described as the perfect complement to the super-powered action found in Iron Man 2: The Videogame.
"The music of Lamb of God definitely evokes the intensity of Iron Man action, and we are very excited to have them working with us for the game," said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "This new track will add even more atmosphere to the cinematic gaming experience that Iron Man 2 brings to the table."
"Working on a piece of music specifically for the Iron Man 2 video game was a new challenge for us, said vocalist Randy Blythe. "A few of us are real game and comic fans, so the partnership with SEGA has been really exciting. We can't wait to play the game and hear our music as Iron Man kicks ass."
The new Eluveitie album Everything Remains As It Never Was is being streamed in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
The album is scheduled for release on February 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Here's the tracklisting again:
02. Everything Remains As It Never Was
05. The Essence Of Ashes
07. Kingdom Come Undone
08. Quoth The Raven
11. Sempiternal Embers
13. The Liminal Passage
Eluveitie have uploaded "Thousandfold", a first song off the upcoming album Everything Remains (As It Never Was), on their MySpace page. Also the video for the song, shot in Poland by Grupa 13 (Behemoth, Sonata Arctica) has been uploaded. You can watch it here.
Everything Remains As It Never Was is scheduled for an early 2010 release.
The band posted the following words on their myspace :
"On September 28th, 2009 ARCH ENEMY will release their new studio album "The Root Of All Evil" in Europe. It contains a selection of completely re-recorded tracks from the band's first three albums "Black Earth" (1996), "Stigmata" (1998) and "Burning Bridges" (1999) reenergized and unified by the band's ultimate line-up!
Originally recorded with ever changing band members (i.e. former vocalist Johan Liiva, drummer Peter Wildoer, bass player Martin Bengtsson), "The Root Of All Evil" presents classic tracks as "Beast Of Man", "The Immortal", "Transmigration Macabre" or "Bridge Of Destiny" with the insane vocals of Angela Gossow, several completely new bass lines by Sharlee D'Angelo, the ever-present guitar wizardry of the Amott brothers as well as Daniel Erlandsson's merciless punch. The entire project was approached with the idea of having the possibility to re-add these songs to the bands live set and follow up the release with some special touring activity.
Danish Folk Metal band Svartsot have posted 2 new demo songs (called "Æthelred" and "Højen På Glødende Pæle") on their MySpace with the following message:
"Seeing as many people have been wondering how the new line-up and new material sounds, we thought we'd put a couple rehearsal room demo tracks up. Those of you who have been fortunate enough to see the new line-up perform at one of the last three concerts will have heard these already. But we hope you enjoy them just the same..."