Posts Tagged “Curiosity”

Nordvis Productions has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Sweden’s Lustre: “As the midsummer sun stands high and transcends night into day, Nordvis is proud to announce that the label will work together with Lustre for two albums. “After Lustre’s successful EP Of Strength & Solace, released by Nordvis last year, it has become a natural step to strengthen the collaboration between the two parties. The work of multi-instrumentalist Nachzeit, Lustre has brought a fantastic amount of atmosphere to the Nordvis family, and so it is with great inspiration and curiosity we look forward to walk even further along this trail… “The fourth and next Lustre album will be released during 2013

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Iceland-based act Kontinuum will release new album “Earth Blood Magic” in North America through the Candlelight USA Cult series on January 8th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:

“Kontinuum present their unique blend of structured occult ambient noise via debut Earth Blood Magic. North American metal fans finally get to hear what Terrorizer calls ‘epic, progressive black doominess.’

“Formed in 2010 by vocalist/guitarist Birgir Thorgeirsson with the aim to make hypnotic and spiritual musical noise, the quintet are already finding the curiosity of media stateside. This is Not A Scene calls Earth Blood Magic, ‘an album which shows a lot of unique qualities and character… an unexpectedly great and sombre effort.’”

You can also stream the full release through the SoundCloud player below.

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For the first time in over a decade, the Vans Warped Tour will be coming to the UK when it takes over London’s Alexandra Palace this Saturday (November 10).

 

Think that Warped is only for punks and scene kids and whatnot? Think again. As always Metal Hammer has your back, so if you’ve bought a ticket our of curiosity, ended up having to take your missus along because she really loves Lostprophets, or, you know, you actually do want to see Lostprophets, seeing as they were pretty cool once, we’ve got five killer bands that will be stealing the show for ya. You’re welcome.

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NASA reveales that they use various songs to wake up the Mars Rover Curiosity each morning, including The Beatles, The Doors and Simon and Garfunkel.

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According to BusinessInsider.com, ANTHRAX’s cover version of JOE JACKSON’s “Got The Time” is one of several songs that have been used to wake up the Mars Science Laboratory rover, nicknamed Curiosity, since it touched down on the Red Planet’s surface on August 5.

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According to BusinessInsider.com, ANTHRAX’s cover version of JOE JACKSON’s “Got The Time” is one of several songs that have been used to wake up the Mars Science Laboratory rover, nicknamed Curiosity, since it touched down on the Red Planet’s surface on August 5.

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Perhaps nowhere is a striking cover image more important than in death metal. Countless metal musicians say that what drew them to death metal – or what initially repelled them but piqued their curiosity – was the cover art for bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. Death metal bands are still trying to one-up each other with explicit and grisly images from slaughterhouses or crime scenes. Check out Justin M. Norton’s gallery of the goriest and most memorable death metal album covers. Warning, this one is not for the faint of heart!

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After previously posting the single “Haunting Your Daughter”, Autumns Eyes is now streaming another new song online from the upcoming “Please Deceive Me” album. You can check out the new track “Blood in the Woods” in the player below, and the band also commented:

“In response to curiosity sparked from Dan’s comment saying this track was his favorite song ever written, fans demanded to hear it…and their demand has been answered! The song paints a sad story of strange guy who disappears every night into the woods, and an anxiety ridden girl who won’t leave her house…with an ending that nobody saw coming…”

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

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Almah is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to the 2008 album “Fragile Equality.” The band has now posted two studio video clips online, which can be viewed after the jump. Guitarist Marcelo Barbosa also checked in from the studio with the following update:

“The last few weeks I live between the trips from my home city Brasilia to Sao Paulo and back: at first, it was preproduction of the new material and right now, we’re recording the guitars for the new CD of Almah. The whole atmosphere in the studio is very good and we are convinced that the album will be great. As the songs are taking shape, we start to realize the weight and profundity of them and of their arrangements. All the guitar basics have been already recorded and at the moment we are doing some details and the solos. I have to return to Brasília for the week-end because of some shows and appointments there. But I believe that before the middle of the next week we’ll finish all the guitar and acoustic guitar parts.

“Too many things happen at the same time and I must confess that I’m getting a bit crazy because of it. But let come what may!

“I’ve made two videos with parts of the new songs. They are short because we can’t reveal all the secrets before their time, but I think it could be enough to stimulate your curiosity. Some elements remind Fragile Equality, after all, the band remains the same with the same guitarists. These elements are a part of our sound’s identity. But I’m sure that for the most part of the album we are daring enough and many things will be different from the stuff presented on the previous CD.

“Sorry, I made a mistake recording the second video with my iPhone, I did it in the vertical position that is why the picture is too narrow. Anyway, what is really important, the sound is there. Check out the videos, we will show you more things soon. Stay tuned!”

You can also check out a previous recording update from the band by heading over to this location.

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Since 2003, my friends and I have frequented the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival without missing a year…until 2011. I have seen some amazing performances, comebacks, first performances at Metalfest, and as a result, it was the go to festival in the North East. However, for the last couple of years, I have noticed a gradual decline in the quality of the festival, with it being marked by heavy doses of scene-related standouts like Emmure, the entirety of the deathcore scene, Iwrestledabearonce, etc. The inclusion of mainstream metal and hardcore music isn’t surprising to me, as Scott Lee (one of the founders of Metalfest) and his cohorts, have always been leaders in promoting up and comers. I may not enjoy all the bands Scott has put together in the past, but what kept me and my friends going, was the knowledge that if we didn’t like one band, there would always be bands that we really wanted to hear, or some acts that sparked our curiosity. If there was some down time, no problem, we could make a run to grab a beer or go grab some lunch, this is the nature of the festival scene, you aren’t supposed to spend all 12 hours a day glued to each and every band. Last year should have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, but the headliners saved the show from being completely drowned out by a torrent of deathcore. This year, with the likes of Attack Attack! (as headliners nonetheless), A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Dr. Acula, *insert deathcore/slam band here* and Hatebreed, Job For A Cowboy and BTBAM headlining…again, amongst other bands that have played time and time again, I couldn’t bring myself to go. Where is the originality Scott? Why must the festival devote an entire day to scenester bullshit that legit metal and hardcore fans (you know, the ones that have frequented the festival for years?) could care less about?

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Friday’s line up was legit in terms of hardcore with the re-uniting of Blood For Blood and the original line-up of Bury Your Dead amongst other quality acts (Trapped Under Ice anyone?). It’s been awhile since Metalfest provided a real, quality helping of back to back hardcore, new and old, featured on the main stage. With that said though, this is the Metal AND Hardcore Festival, not the “Let’s Throw Scene BS on Thurs, Hardcore on Friday and Metal on Saturday” Festival. I respect Scott for pulling out all the stops for the hardcore community, but now me, primarily a metal fan, am reduced to attending Saturday only, whereas in previous years, I’d always buy weekend long passes for all days. Now though, there’s no diversity, I have nothing to look forward to. So Saturday would be my only option, but Saturday is loaded with bands that have played this festival so many damn times. Yeah, there are some stand outs that I would have liked to have seen like Lazarus A.D., Cephalic Carnage, Dying Fetus and Withered, but I am not going to attend a “festival” to see a handful of bands on one day. In a word, it’s a waste.

I actually had the opportunity last month to speak with Scott on the phone about this very festival after I told him about my displeasure with this year’s line up. I won’t get into what was discussed as it was a casual conversation and not an interview, but while I respected the man for facing up to his criticisms and wanting to hear me out, I just wasn’t satisfied with the answers I was given. Now, Scott doesn’t have to answer to me, clearly he knows the ins and outs of this festival far better than I do, as an attendee, but as a paying customer, I wanted to voice my dis-satisfaction then, as I am doing now, because what once was a fantastic yearly getaway, has turned into a tide of partisan musical tastes, with a complete ignorance to the rest of the wonderful local, national and international artists that are burgeoning, which may not fit into the tidy, convenient stereotypes of the mainstream aggressive music scene that Lee tends to covet.

I’ll be honest, I thought I’d be disappointed when this weekend rolled around that I wouldn’t be attending this year, but I’m really not. Maybe next year will hold some surprises, but unlike previous years, I won’t be waiting in anticipation.

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