Posts Tagged “Metaphor”

On August 25, The Mighty Z of Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Cristiano Trionfera of Italian symphonic death metallers FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is performance footage of the San Francisco concert.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE‘s new album, “Labyrinth”, was released on August 16 in Europe and August 20 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed and mastered by Stefano “Saul” Morabito. The cover artwork was once again created by Colin Marks, who was also responsible for several neoclassical pieces of art in the massive inlay.

Comments FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE‘s Francesco Paoli: “‘Labyrinth’ is THE album for FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. It’s the perfect combination of all our strong points with the best production we’ve ever had. It’s definitely the most FLESHGOD thing we’ve ever thought with the most FLESHGOD riffs, lyrics, melodies, drumparts, solos, etc. We went deep inside the core of this music, we broke it, and we finally unleashed these eleven songs.”

Added Tommaso Riccardi: “The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticolous research, we managed to create a metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.”

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Matt Sullivan of the Nashville Scene recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On politics:

Mustaine: “You’ve got all these politicians saying that they’re your friends, and they’re not. Republican, Democrat, whoever they are, they’re all the same monsters, and they don’t care about us. When they passed that bill exempting them off of Obamacare, that was the cherry on top of the cupcake for me. All I have to say is, ‘I told you so.’ ”

On openly embracing Christianity:

Mustaine: “I don’t think that my faith has anything to do with my lyrics. I try and keep religion out of it. Frankly, for me, I don’t believe in religion. I have a personal relationship with God and with Christ, and that’s it. I don’t push that on anybody; it’s private. I kind of leave it there. Dave‘s [Ellefson] real open about it.”

On his days in METALLICA:

Mustaine: “I remember when I was in METALLICA, the second-to-the-last show that I did with those guys, [IRON MAIDEN bassist] Steve [Harris] came and checked us out. I was talking to him after the show and he goes, ‘Yeah, I think you guys are going to be big.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I think so, too.’ Little did I know.”

On up-and-coming metal bands:

Mustaine: “Regardless of their age, if they’re young or they’re old or whatever, they’ve got talent. I’ve got to say that. But the originality is like flaxseed oil. To me, it’s absolutely tasteless.”

On how much of his competitive fire is still there:

Mustaine: “I’m not going to say I’m complacent, but put this into another metaphor. You’re a gunslinger. Just because you’re the best doesn’t mean you have to keep your gun out on the table all the time. You get respect. When people want to challenge you, they’ll let you know. It’s like, if you’re standing in front of a samurai, if he pulls his sword out even one inch, you’re fucked. Excuse my French.”

Read the entire interview at Nashville Scene.

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Kaaos TV conducted an interview with Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend prior to his August 10 performance at Jurassic Rock in Mikkeli, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.

Townsend played a special concert October 27, 2012 at the Roundhouse venue in London, England as part of a one-night-only event, dubbed “The Retinal Circus”, that was recorded for both DVD and Blu-ray, to be released on October 29 in North America (Sepember 30 in Europe) via InsideOut Music.

“The Retinal Circus” will be released on several formats, including a lavish and bonkers limited edition befitting of the man himself, and which took months of hard work to put together. The complete list of formats is below:

* Standard 2-disc DVD
* Standard 1-disc Blu-ray
* Standard 2-CD audio
* Special edition (2 DVDs/1 Blu-ray/2 CDs) box set
* Diehard deluxe fan box including 2 DVDs, 1 Blu-ray, 2 CDs (full details of contents to be revealed soon)

Says Devin: “So closing in on eight months of work, we’re almost finished with ‘The Retinal Circus’!

“It’s been a huge amount of work for everyone, from the show, down to DVD and Blu-ray authoring, artwork, logistics (not to mention the show itself!), but we’re almost there, and when watched in its entirety, it’s really a heck of an experience!”

Devin previously described “The Retinal Circus” as “a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a ‘circus’ of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music.”

This three-hour performance included:

* A retrospective of Devin Townsend‘s entire career
* Full choir and theatrical cast
* Visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date
* Several special guests
* Circus and carnival performances and cast
* Art exhibit of Devin‘s albums, including explanations of each album

In an interview with Metal Insider, Townsend stated about “The Retinal Circus”: “It’s like such a clusterfuck on stage. Whether or not people who’re new to it understand what I’m trying to do, I like the idea that it’s like… When I watch it, I’m, like, ‘That’s pretty much how I feel it should look like.’ For better or for worse, it’s like this crazy chaos.”

Regarding what inspired the setlist for “The Retinal Circus”, Townsend said: “I tried to get a bit of everything, but at the end of it, it was most important to include the songs that we could illustrate the best. The show itself had this peculiar story and so that story arc required me to choose songs that would contribute to that, rather than just elbow it in there. So we missed some stuff. ‘Terria’ wasn’t in there, and whatever, but it leaves room for the next thing.”

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Japan’s Metal Moment podcast has uploaded an audio recording of legendary Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend‘s press conference at this year’s Masters Of Rock festival on July 12 in Vizovice, Czech Republic. You can now stream it using the audio player below.

Press conference (audio):



Townsend played a special concert October 27, 2012 at the Roundhouse venue in London, England as part of a one-night-only event, dubbed “The Retinal Circus”, that was recorded for both DVD and Blu-ray, to be released on October 29 in North America (Sepember 30 in Europe) via InsideOut Music.

“The Retinal Circus” will be released on several formats, including a lavish and bonkers limited edition befitting of the man himself, and which took months of hard work to put together. The complete list of formats is below:

* Standard 2-disc DVD
* Standard 1-disc Blu-ray
* Standard 2-CD audio
* Special edition (2 DVDs/1 Blu-ray/2 CDs) box set
* Diehard deluxe fan box including 2 DVDs, 1 Blu-ray, 2 CDs (full details of contents to be revealed soon)

Says Devin: “So closing in on eight months of work, we’re almost finished with ‘The Retinal Circus’!

“It’s been a huge amount of work for everyone, from the show, down to DVD and Blu-ray authoring, artwork, logistics (not to mention the show itself!), but we’re almost there, and when watched in its entirety, it’s really a heck of an experience!”

Devin previously described “The Retinal Circus” as “a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a ‘circus’ of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music.”

This three-hour performance included:

* A retrospective of Devin Townsend‘s entire career
* Full choir and theatrical cast
* Visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date
* Several special guests
* Circus and carnival performances and cast
* Art exhibit of Devin‘s albums, including explanations of each album

In an interview with Metal Insider, Townsend stated about “The Retinal Circus”: “It’s like such a clusterfuck on stage. Whether or not people who’re new to it understand what I’m trying to do, I like the idea that it’s like… When I watch it, I’m, like, ‘That’s pretty much how I feel it should look like.’ For better or for worse, it’s like this crazy chaos.”

Regarding what inspired the setlist for “The Retinal Circus”, Townsend said: “I tried to get a bit of everything, but at the end of it, it was most important to include the songs that we could illustrate the best. The show itself had this peculiar story and so that story arc required me to choose songs that would contribute to that, rather than just elbow it in there. So we missed some stuff. ‘Terria’ wasn’t in there, and whatever, but it leaves room for the next thing.”

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Fresno-Livermore heavyweights HateFX, featuring Glen Alvelais (ex-Testament, Forbidden) have released the official lyric video for “Play it by Fear,” a track off their new release “Under Destruction,” which can be seen below. The single will be released on May 27th in North America. About the first single, the band states: “‘Play it By Fear’ — is a metaphor for the fear that takes control when someone is being blackmailed/pressured into unwilling obedience to keep compromising information in disguise

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GunShyAssassin.com has hooked with Chicago’s Trials for the premier of “Blueprints of Metaphor” off the band’s upcoming release, “In the Shadow of Swords.” Check out “Blueprints of Metaphor” at this location . Friday, April 19th, Trials will take the stage at The Cobra Lounge in Chicago for the In the Shadow of Swords Record Release Party. Afterimage, The Blank Standard and Malicious Resolve will also be on the bill

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Today, Decibel Magazine offers up the ear-laceration that is “Todos Somos Humanos” from Birmingham blackened grindcore miscreants, Anaal Nathrakh. The tune comes from the band’s forthcoming “Vanitas” full-length, scheduled for North American release through Candlelight Records on November 6th.

Listen to the track right here. You can also hear the previously posted “Of Fire, And Fucking Pigs” in the player below.

The track listing for “Vanitas” is as follows:

1. The Blood-Dimmed Tide
2. Forging Towards the Sunset
3. To Spite the Face
4. Todos Somos Humanos
5. In Coelo Quies, Tout Finis Ici Bas
6. You Can’t Save Me, So Stop Fucking Trying
7. Make Glorious The Embrace of Saturn
8. Feeding the Beast
9. Of Fire, And Fucking Pigs
10. A Metaphor for the Dead

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Devin Townsend: mad genius

Proggy, heavy, maddeningly brilliant heavy metal genius Devin Townsend will be filming his inevitably fantastic and batshit insane Retinal Circus show in London for a DVD and Blu-Ray release, as well as streaming it live online.

Devin has promised us a show the likes of which we’ve never seen when he invades the Camden Roundhouse on October 27 (so a nice warm-up for our Halloween show, right?), noting, “My goal has always been to make shows, and this is the first opportunity I have been given to do a high-end production that puts it all together! It’s the closest Saturday to Halloween, and the goal is to make something amazing that we can all enjoy… details to come… psychedelic!”

The gig will be streamed online exclusively on Live Music Stage, with tickets to watch it available for £7.99. Expect the show to feature the following:

– A retrospective of Devin Townsends entire career
– Full choir and theatrical cast
– Visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date
– Special guests
– Circus and carnival performances and cast

Ziltoid will blates make an appearance. Blates.

Devin adds that the Retinal Circus is “a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a ‘circus’ of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music.”

So big. So. Big. Devin’s latest album Epicloud is out now via HevyDevy.

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Candlelight Records today confirms November 6th as the North American release date for “Vanitas,” the new album from England’s Anaal Nathrakh. Produced by Mick Kenney (Bleeding Through, Ingested), the album carries the band’s signature union of black metal and grindcore.

Anaal Nathrakh will tour Canada for the first time just as “Vanitas” is released. Beginning in Montreal on November 7th, the tour will end in Sherbrooke on November 18th. Full tour dates are available on the band’s official Facebook page.

The album’s track listing is:

1. The Blood-Dimmed Tide
2. Forging Towards the Sunset
3. To Spite the Face
4. Todos Somos Humanos
5. In Coelo Quies, Tout Finis Ici Bas
6. You Can’t Save Me, So Stop F*cking Trying
7. Make Glorious The Embrace of Saturn
8. Feeding the Beast
9. Of Fire, And F*cking Pigs
10. A Metaphor for the Dead

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Symphonic/power metal band Heliosaga is proud to welcome new vocalist Chelsea Knaack, who is known for her lead vocals in the now disbanded DesDemon. The following press release was also issued:

“Damien Villarreal formed Heliosaga in 2010 with a dynamic selection of musicians around San Antonio, Texas. Heliosaga’s powerful moving melodies, enhanced by Chelsea Knaack’s passionate soprano voice, will make Heliosaga a force among the ranks of the female fronted genre.

“Heliosaga is writing new material and will begin pre-production for label representation following Chelsea’s relocation to Texas this Summer. The name Heliosaga is a metaphor derived from helios, the Greek word for sun, and saga meaning the story/ history; thus, Heliosaga represents the journey of life.”

Chelsea Knaack states, “I was looking for a new chapter in my life with a new adventure and Heliosaga fit the plan. It was also the chemistry with the guys; we are all very similar in many ways. It will be a great adventure indeed.”

Heliosaga also commented, “Chelsea’s vocals are moving, her stage presence is captivating and she has an immense passion for this kind of music. Shortly after meeting we realized how well we click on personal and professional levels, so we can say that we have gained a great friend and an incredible band mate! We are eager to begin recording our debut album together, which will be released early next year.”

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