Posts Tagged “Demo Recordings”

Former BADLANDS bassist Greg Chaisson filled in for Ronnie Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, “Badlands” (1989) and “Voodoo Highway” (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray‘s death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album “Dusk”, consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998.

RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas’ The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko.

RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman’s Japanese roots, also features Darren James “D.J.” Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals, Ronnie Mancuso (BEGGARS & THIEVES) on bass and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums.

JAKE E. LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s setlist includes new material like the singles “Feeder” and “Deceived”, as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee‘s glorious past: “Bark At The Moon”, “The Ultimate Sin” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Rebel” (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as “Shine On” and “High Wire” (BADLANDS).

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THE MAN-EATING TREE — the atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE — has issued the following update:

“Our band has been working on a material for the third record for over a year now, with some very promising results.

“A few months ago, we went through all the material we’d already come up with and decided which songs we would continue with and would probably end up on the next THE MAN-EATING TREE record. At the end of August we’re about to enter the studio. We’re excited and certain that once again we’ve found some new elements to enrich our music. In the studio we have also some new things going on, this time we’ll be working with the producer/musician Aksu Hanttu.

“Describing our own music is always difficult, but you could say that our basic sound is getting somewhat heavier and more somber, but you still definitely recognize the old THE MAN-EATING TREE sound. Our new singer, Antti Kumpulainen, brings some new nuances to our sound. With him we’ve done more demo recordings than ever before.”

Says Kumpulainen: “I knew that my longtime friend Janne had this new band and I’d heard both ‘Vine’ and ‘Harvest’ and really liked the atmosphere there was. But what I didn’t know was that THE MAN-EATING TREE were looking for a new singer. So after a brief discussion with the members of the band, it became very clear that I wanted to be a part of THE MAN-EATING TREE.

“I’ve always been into music that has the light and the shade in it, some kind of ‘the beauty and the beast’ mentality.

“For me, music and lyrics together create an atmosphere that’s passionate, cathartic, beautiful, somber. Some sort of emotional passage which eventually will become cathartic.

“I have various musical inspirations, DEFTONES, NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, CULT OF LUNA, KATATONIA, PORTISHEAD and A PERFECT CIRCLE, to name some. But my main inspiration comes from the highs and the lows of our everyday lives.”

Adds Ranta: “Like I told you before, for the last year our band has been working hard with the new material. At the same time, our keyboardist Heidi Määttä was studying elsewhere in Finland. After her studies she felt that she’s no longer part of our band and therefore could not continue. There’s no drama, we just grew apart, that’s all. THE MAN-EATING TREE wants to thank Heidi for everything and wishes all the best for her.”


Antti Kumpulainen – Vocals
Janne Markus (ex-POISONBLACK] – Guitar
Antti Karhu (CLOCK PARADOX) – Guitar
Mikko Uusimaa (REFLEXION) – Bass
Vesa Ranta (SENTENCED) – Drums

THE MAN-EATING TREE‘s sophomore album, “Harvest”, was released in November 2011 via Century Media Records. The CD was once again helmed by producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS) and marked the recording debut of guitarist Antti Karhu.

THE MAN-EATING TREE‘s debut album, “Vine”, came out in Finland on September 22, 2010 via Cobra Records and in other territories through Century Media Records.

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Boston-based grind/gore/doom/death metal band Demoralizer has released their their 2012 demo, entitled “Demo 2012 and Some Bullshit” via bandcamp for “pay what you want” (no minimum). The collection includes all of their original demo recordings from 2012, plus some additional tracks of a semi-live recording (“Some Bullshit”). Next month, the band plans to entering the recording studio again to begin working on their half of a split 7″ record with Boxcutter Facelift.

The post Demoralizer Streaming 2012 Demo, Plans to Enter The Studio appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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There’s really no need for this. We’re sorry.

Nightwish keyboard maestro Tuomas Holopainen is working on a special project surround a Scrooge McDuck comic. Yes, Scrooge McDuck.

He fucking loves money!

“It all started with a story called Last Sled To Dawson, which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck magazine in the late ’80s,” explains Tuomas of the project, which is based on the Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck comic [see above]. “It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual ‘Life And Times’ opus, though, but ‘a companion story,’ set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12-chapter piece was released in mid-’90s, I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading The Lord Of The Rings as an 8-year-old, or seeing Raiders Of The Lost Ark for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home.

“With Scrooge, there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags. This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It’s about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It’s about love and family, gain and loss, darkness and rebirth.

“And on top of that, well, it’s just your good old-fashioned storytelling fun. I have been twiddling around with certain themes for some months now and have an idea for five songs, but I will start working on this project 24/7 after the Australian leg of the tour, in February 2013. The demo recordings are scheduled for May 2013, just before the festival season starts and we’re off with NIGHTWISH again. The actual recordings then start in August-September and should be finished by the end of the year, making a release during the first half of 2014 a possibility.

“Mr. Pip Williams has agreed to do the orchestral and choral arrangements and we will use pretty much the same London session musicians as we did on ‘Imaginaerum’. Troy Donockley will bring Scrooge’s Scottish origins to life with his pipes and whistles, and there will also be a few more guest musicians and singers involved.

“This journey is very, very dear and personal to me and I’m honored to have Mr. Rosa’s approval on the project. It’ll be a beautiful storytime, once again!”

We don’t really know what to say about this one apart from that the Duck Tales themetune was wicked:


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Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has the released demo recordings for the classic third full-length album by his ROLLINS BAND, “The End Of Silence”, on vinyl via his 2.13.61 record company.

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Former DIO drummer Simon Wright (pictured below) says that “three or four” unfinished demo recordings that were made prior to singer Ronnie James Dio’s death could be completed for a future release.

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Less than a year and a half after calling it quits, New Jersey metallers MUTINY WITHIN have announced plans to complete their sophomore album, the demo recordings for which were laid down in early 2011.

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A five-and-a-half-minute “pre-production teaser” containing demo recordings for “Neogenesis”, the fifth album from Swedish death metal masters DIABOLICAL, is available in the YouTube clip below.

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Lifeforce Records has officially signed a deal with Finnish act The Chant. “Since I was in touch with Jussi Hämäläinen about his other very promising band Hanging Garden for a while already it was only logical I gave The Chant a fair chance and I must admit I was sold after the first listen!” comments Lifeforce Records owner Stefan Lüdicke. “Being a huge fan of similar bands such as Anathema, Katatonia, or Paradise Lost, my decision to want to work with The Chant was made within a glimpse of an eye and their upcoming album ‘A Healing Place’ is on heavy rotation in my stereo since then!”

The Chant is a seven-member band from Finland. The current line-up was formed in 1999, but it took some years and a couple of demo-recordings, before band’s debut album “Ghostlines” was released in 2008, followed by 2010′ “This is The World We Know.”

“A Healing Place” is band’s third record and their first for Lifeforce Records. The label commented: “The majority of the songs were recorded by The Chant itself and showcase a band going deeper into an even more complex and layered sound with unexpected twists and an arcane ambience. The Finns take their listeners into a place where they have to fumble in grey mist, before being able to see all the shades of colour. The agonizing sides of life have to be faced, before being able to clean oneself from them. The seemingly positive exterior of ‘A Healing Place’ hides bitter and dismal moods.

“With ‘A Healing Place’ the Helsinki-based septet takes a stand as one of Finland´s progressive rockbands people have to be aware of. Based on a deeply atmospheric, almost cinematic sound THE CHANT rely on dreamy guitar melodies, spherical piano-playing and a remarkable voice. This album full of soundscape-driven, ambitious Rock music should please fans of Anathema, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and A Perfect Circle.”

“A Healing Place” is set to be released on the following dates:

August 14th, 2012 (North America + digital)
August 17th, 2012 (D/ AT/ CH)
August 20th, 2012 (Europe excl. Finland)
August 22nd, 2012 (Scandinavia)

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As both KROQ and AntiQuiet are reporting, Foo Fighters’ “Million Dollar Demo” recordings have started to surface.

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