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Swedish hard rock act Astrakhan is streaming the new track “Shadow of the Light.” The single appears on the upcoming LP “Retrospective,” which is scheduled to drop on November 15th via Power Prog Records. Astrakhan features vocalist Alex Lycke, who worked with Ebony Tears, bassist Per Schelander (Royal Hunt), keyboardist Jörgen Schelander (Misth) and drummer Martin Larsson (Misth), as well as special guest guitarist Marcus Jidell (Evergrey/Avatarium).

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CADAVERIA — the Italian band featuring former OPERA IX vocalist Cadaveria and ex-OPERA IX drummer/NECRODEATH vocalist Marçelo Santos (a.k.a. Flegias) — will release its first retrospective DVD, “Karma”, on October 22 via Scarlet Records. The double-disc set will live and backstage video material, unreleased interviews and much more, spanning the band’s entire career, for a total running time of two hours and 40 minutes.

A detailed list of the DVD’s contents can be found at this location.

The official trailer for “Karma” can be seen below.

CADAVERIA‘s fourth album, “Horror Metal”, was released on January 31, 2012 via Bakerteam Records, a division of Scarlet Records.

The group’s long-awaited follow-up 2007’s “In Your Blood” (released on French extreme metal label Season Of Mist) has been described by Cadaveria as “the most obscure, raw and horror-filled work ever produced by the group.”

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CADAVERIA — the Italian band featuring former OPERA IX vocalist Cadaveria and ex-OPERA IX drummer/NECRODEATH vocalist Marçelo Santos (a.k.a. Flegias) — will release its first retrospective DVD, “Karma”, on October 22 via Scarlet Records. The double-disc set will live and backstage video material, unreleased interviews and much more, spanning the band’s entire career, for a total running time of two hours and 40 minutes.

A detailed list of the DVD’s contents can be found at this location.

CADAVERIA‘s “Death Vision” video can be seen below. The song comes off CADAVERIA‘s fourth album, “Horror Metal”, which was released on January 31, 2012 via Bakerteam Records, a division of Scarlet Records.

The group’s long-awaited follow-up 2007’s “In Your Blood” (released on French extreme metal label Season Of Mist) has been described by Cadaveria as “the most obscure, raw and horror-filled work ever produced by the group.”

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Six years after-the-fact, Metal Mind Productions re-releases Blaze Bayley‘s 2007 double concert album, “Alive in Poland”. Captured at the 2007 Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland with the debut lineup of the BLAZE BAYLEY band, faithful Bayley supporters were served up a round robin indulgence.

Despite a tumultuous time in the ex-IRON MAIDEN and WOLFSBANE singer’s career (including the disintegration of his previous BLAZE unit), “Alive in Poland” is a cool though spotty live retrospective of Bayley‘s career. Included amongst his solo cuts on the sixteen-song set list are a heaping handful of Bayley-era MAIDEN tracks including “Virus” from “Best of the Beast”, never performed by MAIDEN, but proven to crop up at Bayley‘s shows. Also making an appearance on “Alive in Poland” is WOLFSBANE‘s “Tenth Dimension”.

While there’s a decided bitterness hovering over Blaze Bayley circa 2007 in which he grumbles with ignited F-bombs against becoming a record label write-off (no doubt the scorn handed him by IRON MAIDEN fans was also lying dormant in his mind at this point), by-and-large, “Alive in Poland” is enjoyable. Certainly those in attendance at the Metalmania Festival were entertained, judging by their enthusiastic reception. It’s no wonder Metal Mind has re-released “Alive in Poland” while Bayley sets out to revamp his career with a proposed best-of anthology, a classical-themed EP and a brand new BLAZE BAYLEY band studio album.

The BB band lineup at the time of this show included Rich Newport and Nick Bermudez (guitars), David Bermudez (bass) and Rico Banderra (drums). While the sound capture is occasionally muddy and the band betrays occasional mistimes, “Alive in Poland” should still satiate Bayley‘s fans and power metal freaks at-large.

Knowing that the core vibe of Bayley‘s solo work heralds SAXON and the NWOBHM, songs such as “Speed of Light”, “Alive”, “Tough as Steel”, “Ten Seconds”, “Kill and Destroy” and “Born as a Stranger” rip and tear like metalhead pleasure pills. As for the six IRON MAIDEN covers in the set, “Man On the Edge”, “Sign of the Cross” and “Virus” are the best, while “Two Worlds Collide” and “Futureal” are a bit lacking despite some wicked shred soloing. It’s not just that the tunes are devoid of Steve Harris‘ thrumming bass gallops and Nicko McBrain‘s polished drives and rolls; there’s too much sloppiness undermining from top-to-bottom, not that anyone in the audience seems to mind. The crowd whoa-ohs along with Blaze on “Two Worlds Collide”, and they egg him on through the morose intro to “Look for the Truth”. When Blaze coaxes them to call back on the latter song, you just know he’s enjoying a private “Fear of the Dark” moment. Kudos, at least, to the BB band for mostly pulling off the nine-minute sojourn of “Sign of the Cross” with raw convincingness.

Longtime fans will enjoy the chunky take on “Tenth Dimension”, which is played on the edge despite some random roughness in Bayley‘s pipes. As we’ve come to learn since this recording, Blaze has soldiered through health issues on top of personal trials. The wear and fatigue in his voice is detectable all throughout this show, but give the guy credit for standing tall when he’s had everything go against him ever since IRON MAIDEN‘s “The X Factor” was released.

While this lineup of the BLAZE BAYLEY band was short-lived, “Alive in Poland” is a mostly solid outing with pockets of shortfalls. Never question Blaze Bayley‘s heart, however. If anyone carries the banner for metal in his own modest way, it’s this guy.

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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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Decibel magazine’s July issue (on newsstands in June) features a nine-page tribute to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman in the form of a moving retrospective obituary, some of Hanneman’s most biting quotes, and a litany of heartfelt remembrances from EXODUS, Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA), AT THE GATES, TESTAMENT, CANNIBAL CORPSE and countless other contemporaries, including Metal Blade Records

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Decibel magazine’s July issue (on newsstands in June) features a nine-page tribute to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman in the form of a moving retrospective obituary, some of Hanneman’s most biting quotes, and a litany of heartfelt remembrances from EXODUS, Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA), AT THE GATES, TESTAMENT, CANNIBAL CORPSE and countless other contemporaries, including AT THE GATES and LOC

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Decibel magazine’s July issue (on newsstands in June) features a nine-page tribute to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman in the form of a moving retrospective obituary, some of Hanneman’s most biting quotes, and a litany of heartfelt remembrances from EXODUS, Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA), AT THE GATES, TESTAMENT, CANNIBAL CORPSE and countless other contemporaries, including BEHEMOTH guitarist/v

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Decibel magazine’s July issue (on newsstands in June) features a nine-page tribute to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman in the form of a moving retrospective obituary, some of Hanneman’s most biting quotes, and a litany of heartfelt remembrances from EXODUS, Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA), AT THE GATES, TESTAMENT, CANNIBAL CORPSE and countless other contemporaries, including CANNIBAL CORPSE bass

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