Posts Tagged “Passion”

Dutch/Mexican symphonic/progressive metallers STREAM OF PASSION performed three new songs — “Earthquake”, “The Curse” and “Secrets” — during their September 27 concert at Gigant in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.

STREAM OF PASSION recently raised more than 43,000 euros in a crowdfunding campaign for their forthcoming fourth studio album, tentatively due in 2014.

The band’s last CD, “Darker Days”, was released in North America in July 2011 via Napalm Records. The effort was recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Holland.

In an interview with Sea Of Tranquility, STREAM OF PASSION singer Marcela Bovio stated about “Darker Days”, “The drive behind this album has to expand our musical horizons and incorporate new influences and ideas into our writing. We also wanted to go for a more organic sound; instead of layering all instruments on top of each other we tried to give each instrument its own moment in the songs. So make the heavy, guitar riff parts entirely about the guitars; and on the soft parts let the piano, the strings and the vocals take over.”

She added, “I think we made a huge step from ‘Embrace The Storm’ to ‘The Flame Within’. On ‘Embrace The Storm’, Arjen Lucassen (who was still in the band back then) had the absolute lead on songwriting, with me doing the vocal lines and melodies. For ‘The Flame Within’, I had to face the challenge of writing songs from scratch, instead of writing on top of what someone else already had done; so in a lot of ways our second album was also our first. Now with ‘Darker Days’, we’ve taken our ‘real’ second step as a band. And I think it was clear from the start that our goal was to keep refining our sound, to keep incorporating unique qualities to the music.”

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Miseo has now inked a deal with Bastardized Recordings for the digital release of the band’s latest EP, and the label comments: “Death metal is their passion. Around famous German death metal bands Lay Down Rotten and Milking the Goatmachine some new projects arise, with the latest development of these hessian musicians being Miseo. With their brutal and misanthropic death metal this band will catch the attention of the scene.” Miseo also comments: “We are proud to announce that Bastardized Recordings will do the digital release of our debut EP ‘The Dead Will Predominate.’ Bastardized Recordings for us is a well known label for years.

The post Miseo Signs With Bastardized Recordings, Posts Music Video appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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AltRockLive.com conducted an interview with drummer James Cassells of the British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s third album, “From Death To Destiny”, sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce stated about the band’s musical progression on “From Death To Destiny”: “When we recorded ‘Stand Up And Scream’, we were kids — we were 17 to 19 years old. We all loved ’80s music then. [However] I don’t think we were brave enough or competent enough to show our passion for ’80s rock back then at the time. With ‘Reckless And Relentless’, it was the same thing; there was a little bit more of it and you could see our ’80s rock ‘n’ roll love coming through, but again, I don’t think we had the balls to go out and fully do it. But this time around, we sat down and intentionally said, ‘OK, we want to show our love of ’80s music in this record.’ But we don’t want it to sound like a regurgitated ’80s album because we’ve been there, we’ve done that. It wouldn’t be fun, it wouldn’t be fresh and it wouldn’t work, so we had the challenge to try and incorporate modern day rock and metal into our love and passion for the ’80s. I think we did a really did a good job of it.”

Asked how important social lmedia is in promoting a band like ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Bruce said: “I think it’s a vital part of promoting a band. There are so many different bands out there. It’s not like back in the day where you were put in a magazine and everyone would subscribe to that magazine. You knew lots of people were going to read about you in a magazine. These days, magazines still sell but they’ve taken a huge hit, just as record sales have. The biggest platform anyone has these days to release any information regarding whatever it may be, for instance, our new album, is the Internet. The harder you work at that and try and connect with your fans, the more they feel a connection with their favorite band and therefore the more interested they become. It grows. We have 3.5 million followers on our Facebook page, which is a shit-ton of people. [laughs] You can’t even imagine 3.5 million people. Although it’s just a number on a screen, essentially you are writing a letter to each one of these people to tell them about our album coming out or we’ll be playing this city on this day, so I think it’s absolutely vital these days to make the most of your social networking.”

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Cayem Interviews spoke to the British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s third album, “From Death To Destiny”, sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce stated about the band’s musical progression on “From Death To Destiny”: “When we recorded ‘Stand Up And Scream’, we were kids — we were 17 to 19 years old. We all loved ’80s music then. [However] I don’t think we were brave enough or competent enough to show our passion for ’80s rock back then at the time. With ‘Reckless And Relentless’, it was the same thing; there was a little bit more of it and you could see our ’80s rock ‘n’ roll love coming through, but again, I don’t think we had the balls to go out and fully do it. But this time around, we sat down and intentionally said, ‘OK, we want to show our love of ’80s music in this record.’ But we don’t want it to sound like a regurgitated ’80s album because we’ve been there, we’ve done that. It wouldn’t be fun, it wouldn’t be fresh and it wouldn’t work, so we had the challenge to try and incorporate modern day rock and metal into our love and passion for the ’80s. I think we did a really did a good job of it.”

Asked how important social lmedia is in promoting a band like ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Bruce said: “I think it’s a vital part of promoting a band. There are so many different bands out there. It’s not like back in the day where you were put in a magazine and everyone would subscribe to that magazine. You knew lots of people were going to read about you in a magazine. These days, magazines still sell but they’ve taken a huge hit, just as record sales have. The biggest platform anyone has these days to release any information regarding whatever it may be, for instance, our new album, is the Internet. The harder you work at that and try and connect with your fans, the more they feel a connection with their favorite band and therefore the more interested they become. It grows. We have 3.5 million followers on our Facebook page, which is a shit-ton of people. [laughs] You can’t even imagine 3.5 million people. Although it’s just a number on a screen, essentially you are writing a letter to each one of these people to tell them about our album coming out or we’ll be playing this city on this day, so I think it’s absolutely vital these days to make the most of your social networking.”

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Ara Harris of Virago Magazine recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward about his groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Virago Magazine: What songs have created the most vivid pictures based only on rhythm?

Bill Ward: All of the songs that I played with BLACK SABBATH, but the first song that comes to mind is “Black Sabbath”. It is full of passion and I regard it as our rallying point. So the energy on stage when we play “Black Sabbath” is absolutely outstanding. I visualize just a huge sound and I mean, it’s a huge sound. I put myself into it wholeheartedly to create as much volume as I can with my symbols… whatever I can to add more to this ominous sound. A typical visual would be “Iron Man”. People say… “How did you begin ‘Iron Man’? How did you create ‘Iron Man’? How do you make people think it’s ‘Iron Man’?” So the only thing I could think of was a bass drum. Ozzy put a vocal on and I could see “Iron Man” — I could visualize “Iron Man”.

Virago Magazine: When I first heard about your art, I never imagined that rhythm could produce images that were so intricate. I looked at a lot of pieces and I was particularly fascinated with the piece “Hello I Don’t Think We’ve Met (Yet)”. I think I stared at that piece for about 25 minutes. I could see so many pictures within a picture.

Bill Ward: There has been some manipulation. It’s true, I created a lot of streams and things but there was a lot of camera work that was put into this, as well. So some of the actual faces and figure heads that you can see in there were created by camera imagery. I’m not sure what these guys did, but I think there were some techniques that they might have used to do that. For me, I didn’t actually paint those while I’m drumming, I can’t bring about that image. So, does it feel like that’s misleading now? Is that upsetting to hear?

Virago Magazine: No, it’s not upsetting to hear I’m just wondering how you felt when you saw that picture. Did you appreciate that they did that…that they manipulated with the cameras or would you have preferred them to stay more organic?

Bill Ward: At the time of doing this, I really didn’t have a whole lot of information on what the cameras were going to materialize. As we were doing the shoot, I would say… “Is everything OK?” I was kind of blind. I was handed different colored sticks and I played as much as I could. I played different beats to create as many shapes as I possibly could and a lot of that shows up on the pictures. However, I didn’t know that there was going to be some camera added work. When I saw it, I was like… “Well, that’s interesting. Not quite sure how I feel about that.” But then I was asked to title the pictures and that was when I felt fully involved. Not only as a drummer playing a fury of drum patterns but involved because I was able to look at the pictures and see that there was a lot more happening to me than I was aware of. I’ve been quite emotional lately over issues that were going on. I’ve been sad. A lot of different feelings. So when I looked at the pictures, I thought… “My God, these pictures really seem to actually show my emotions.” For instance, the piece “Grief”. I have no idea how that picture came about. And when I looked at it the only thing I could think about was grief because I’ve been grieving terribly for about eighteen months. And I felt such sadness. So, when I looked at it, I looked at my grief and that’s when it became personal. That’s when it became vulnerable. That’s when it became much more than playing drums with different types of sticks. It became more than just camera people, three of four different cameras going off, lots of different lighting attitudes what have you. It became more than that. It turned into something really therapeutic, really personal, and really vulnerable.

Read the entire interview at Virago Magazine.



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Season Of Mist has announced the signing of the instrumental progressive band EXIVIOUS. The Dutch quartet consists of Tymon Kruidenier (ex-CYNIC) and Michel Nienhuis (DODECAHEDRON) on guitars, Robin Zielhorst (ex-CYNIC) on fretless bass and Yuma van Eekelen (ex-PESTILENCE, THE NEW DOMINION) on drums.

EXIVIOUS‘ forthcoming second album is entitled “Liminal” and is scheduled for a November 8 release (November 12 in North America).

“We’re very pleased to announce that EXIVIOUS has found a home with Season Of Mist,” the band comments. “After being independent since the beginning of the band, it’s an exciting step for us to get signed. As such, we’re proud and honored to be taken in by one of the most prestigious metal labels out there. Season Of Mist is driven foremost by their passion for good music and they have an impressive roster of bands. We’re very optimistic about a long and successful collaboration.”

The sound of EXIVIOUS is hard to define; it operates in a space where metal meets fusion meets post-rock and still is none of the above. The band blends a wide variety of musical genres into a coherent, unified sound that’s driven by the incredible chemistry shared by the four musicians.

You can get an idea of what “Liminal” will sound like by listening to “Entrust”, the opening track of the album.

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KillYourStereo.com recently conducted an interview with former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

KillYourStereo.com: How far into the future are you looking in terms of where you want to take [NEWSTED]?

Newsted: As far as we can. I guess it’s not like you are asking a 25-year-old guy who is starting his first band how far he wants to take it because of all the things that have already happened. I just turned 50 and got married and all that kind of thing, so there’s a lot of different kind of worlds going on. [laughs] I’ve been so touched and so surprised by the positive vibes, and acceptance from the fans we’ve played to across the world. As long as my shoulders and neck keep working, I’ll keep going at it, keep chasing it. As long as people keep giving a shit and keep giving us this acceptance, I’ll keep chasing it. As long as we can still come up with music that reaches a certain standard for us to be able to share, then I’ll keep doing that. It’s so important when to say when especially in a business like this. But, we’ve only got to play about 15 to 17 countries so far on this first six months of the band and I’ve got a lot more to play. I ‘ve got a lot more things to do.

KillYourStereo.com: I think the title itself, “Heavy Metal Music”, is quite reflective because it is something that has been a career, a lifestyle, a passion of yours for a long time. These days, do you feel it’s easier or harder being a metal musician?

Newsted: I think for any kind of musician or entertainer or journalist, it takes a lot more. We’ve got to work four times as hard for half as much as you used to get. There’s so much more competition. There’s so much of this instant-gratification stuff and people feeling entitled. There are fewer jobs and more people trying to get them. Everybody wants to be famous and all this different kind of silly shit, and there are factors that maybe weren’t there before. They were there, but not as intense as they are now since the Internet and the “everybody is somebody” vibe. [However] just like any of these things we just mentioned, if it’s a person that is gifted and it’s a genuine article, then the cream will rise to the top and they will have a proper career, and people will learn to appreciate it. People will see through it if it’s fake. For me personally, I’ve got to say, I’ve been pretty enlightened these last couple of months as I’ve travelled around the place playing music for people. The metal world is in better shape than I thought it was before I went out there. That’s my take on it now. I’m happy to be a metal musician. It is harder to be one, but those of us that have been in it for a long time and done the right thing, we will be here forever.

KillYourStereo.com: As you were saying there, you’ve done this for a long time. Probably one of the biggest changes in music is the role of social media. How important is it to interact with that medium and specifically interact with fans more directly?

Newsted: I’m finding that it’s all-important. That channel wasn’t really available last time I was in a big band. A lot has changed in the last ten years since I was in the business. I guess pretty much everything has changed. [laughs] Only a couple of [major] things have changed [though]. You’ve still got to take the music to the people, you’ve still got to have that human interaction exchange with the rock when the volume is up and [with] the sweat — you’ve got to have that. A computer can’t change that…it can’t take it away either fortunately. The ability to press one button and get to the corners of Timbuktu and all that is amazing to me. It’s still so new to me that I’m fascinated by it. I repelled it for so long and I’ve only just taken on my Facebook of November last year. It is kind of real, real new. I was always a fan-based guy myself, so having the ability to rekindle relationships with long-time fans and also make new ones [is great]. I used to have to go out right to the city itself, out in the middle of wherever, to find out what music people were listening to. I had to play in their town and shake their hand, and say, “What bands do you listen to?” to know what was going on there. Now I can just go on the Internet to see what is going on in that area or region, and who is popular where. It’s amazing. Learning about it every day my man. [laughs]

Read the entire interview at KillYourStereo.com.

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Daily-Rock.ca recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Daily-Rock.ca: When you are creating new music or have some inspiration coming in, how do you decide for which band that inspiration goes to?

Ashba: You know, I’m a songwriter, also a producer, so I really study the style and I eat, sleep and breathe that style or that band while I am writing for that band. For me, SIXX: A.M. and GUNS N’ ROSES [are] two completely separate worlds. It’s easy for me to separate my brain; it’s like painting black-and-white versus colors. There’s no GUNS N’ ROSES song that will ever sound like a SIXX: A.M. song and vice versa.

Daily-Rock.ca: How do you manage to make your brain work for both music and art?

Ashba: You know, it comes from my heart. I don’t watch what other people are doing, there is no bullshit with me. Not everything I do succeeds, but the greatest thing about failure is that you can start over, with more intelligence.

Daily-Rock.ca: Since you are basically multitasking all the time, do you have some tips? How do you that?

Ashba: Well, I have a great group of people that surrounds me and works for me. We have a lot of projects going on; we have the clothing line, Ashba Media, Cirque du Soleil… I love to work, that’s my passion. Every day, I’m a creator; I love to create, you know. Half of my brain is music, the other is art so when I get off tour, it’s nice to do something creative that has nothing to do with music.

Daily-Rock.ca: Talking about creativity, how would you describe your projects? Do you put a lot of passion into them?

Ashba: I really do. You know, it doesn’t matter if it gives you money… none of that matters! I don’t need the money from the clothes, it’s just about creating stuff that people enjoy wearing and that’s something I’m very proud of it. When I see a fan wearing a t-shirt from the collection, that’s winning. Knowing that this t-shirt has come from a little sparkle in my mind, that’s awesome… There is no money that can buy that! Whatever I put my stamp on, I really do care about the quality, high quality that people enjoy.

Daily-Rock.ca: What is the best thing about being you, DJ Ashba?

Ashba: Honestly…when I lay down at night, I’m just proud. I made a lot of mistakes but always did things from my heart but I don’t regret any of the mistakes I have made. I have a very blessed life and I pinch myself every day that I’m in one of the greatest bands in the world. I take a few steps forward and try to be a good person.

Read the entire interview at Daily-Rock.ca.

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Pilot, entrepreneur and IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will be the keynote speaker at the National Leadership Summit, set to take place October 22 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.

National Leadership Summit is described as a one-day intensive forum devoted to exchanging ideas about how senior executives can engage in passionate and creative leadership for innovation, survival and growth — whether in the private, public or non-profit sectors.

Bruce left IRON MAIDEN in 1993 in order to pursue a solo career, his passion for fencing and an interest in becoming a pilot. Bruce rejoined the band in 1999 and has gone on to release four albums; despite this, he hasn’t stopped flying Boeing 757s.

Bruce is very keen to speak on his projects tying it in with business start-up, entrepreneurship and business creativity. In addition, he is willing to talk about the parallels between his music and business careers. He is also able to deliver team building experiences focused around his flight simulator.

For more information, go to this location.

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Pilot, entrepreneur and IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will be the keynote speaker at the National Leadership Summit, set to take place October 22 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.

National Leadership Summit is described as a one-day intensive forum devoted to exchanging ideas about how senior executives can engage in passionate and creative leadership for innovation, survival and growth — whether in the private, public or non-profit sectors.

Bruce left IRON MAIDEN in 1993 in order to pursue a solo career, his passion for fencing and an interest in becoming a pilot. Bruce rejoined the band in 1999 and has gone on to release four albums; despite this, he hasn’t stopped flying Boeing 757s.

Bruce is very keen to speak on his projects tying it in with business start-up, entrepreneurship and business creativity. In addition, he is willing to talk about the parallels between his music and business careers. He is also able to deliver team building experiences focused around his flight simulator.

For more information, go to this location.

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