OPETH “Evolution XX: An Opeth Anthology” 03-Dec-2009
Sweden’s OPETH, easily one of the most revered and respected bands in the metal scene and beyond for the past two decades, will commemorate their twentieth anniversary in Spring 2010 with six exclusive shows that will take place across the globe in; Stockholm Sweden, Essen Germany, Paris France, London UK, New York City and Los Angeles USA.
Front-man Mikael Åkerfeldt had the following to say on behalf of the band;
”I can’t believe it, but...fuck...we’re celebrating 20 years!! 20 years I’ve been in this band, ever since I was 16! It’s insane! As far as I remember, we’ve never had a release party, never celebrated anything officially. Well, now is the time, you hear? We’ve set up a string of shows, 6 of them actually, around the world. To say that they will be super-exclusive is beyond an understatement!
We’ve discussed the set list already and it seems like we’ll pull out a few songs we’ve never played before, some of which fans all over the world have been demanding to hear for years and years. Our main agenda for these shows is to have “fun” whilst trying to blow your fucking minds, you could say business as usual, but really…it’ll be special, trust me!
I can’t stress enough how exclusive this will be! We will not add any more shows on top of the 6 that we’ve confirmed already, so please make up your mind early on whether you wanna go or not (of course you fucking do!) as I would assume there’s quite a few of our fans that might be interested in seeing a thing like this.
We’ll spend the better part of January-March rehearsing for this. All to make YOU fucking happy! OK, we’ll be tight, very tight indeed…come see us! It’s a celebration!!!!
At each show, the band will perform two sets. The first set will feature the band playing its breakthrough epic Blackwater Park in its entirety. The second set will consist of mixed material from the band’s extensive catalog. The band will be playing for over two hours at carefully selected venues in order to achieve an element of intimacy and exclusivity, and an overall “You had to be there” vibe!
The venues include the famed and prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the luxurious Lichtburg in Essen, the oldest fully seated cinema in Germany.
The band will offer exclusive VIP ticket packages to all shows which include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to each show, access to sound check, a meet ‘n greet with Opeth, a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, a signed tour programme and a special edition CD/DVD of Blackwater Park, with a 5.1 mix and a 30-minute, never-before-seen documentary all nicely packaged in a hard cover digipack designed by artist Travis Smith. The special edition will be released in March 2010 through Sony Music. All the Opeth loot will be included in an Opeth rucksack. The VIP laminate will also allow early access to venues without seat allocation so that VIP’s can get the best seats in the house.
Below are the dates and venues:
March 30 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden April 1 – Lichtburg – Essen, Germany April 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France April 5 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK April 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY April 9 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
so i saw deicide tonight in detroit, along with 5,000 other fucking bands that sounded like total shit (and that includes vital remains, who were fucking terrible and are one of the most boring death metal bands i've ever heard). i sat around for 6 hours waiting for them to play and then they played for 40 minutes and only played 4 songs that weren't straight from their shitty late '90s period. waaa waaaaa. glen benton is a cheeseball, too (surprise, surprise)---between songs, he told the crowd that "there were a lot of evil little bastards out in the crowd tonight, which is great cuz i'm an evil little bastard, too". i wonder what it's like to have been in a (somewhat) influential death metal band for 21 years only to end up playing to a bunch of nu metal looking noobs in eastside detroit. i also wonder what it's like to be in your early 40s and still insist on writing every goddamn song you write about how much you hate jesus. grow the fuck up. "holy deception" was the pinnacle of the night, though.
I thought the word w****r went out in the late 90's like Eminem? I found it amusing that the blogger for Metal Inquisition used it to describe this latest video from Winds of plague.
"As you can see from the video, they somehow manage to combine elements of tough guy hardcore, goth, cheesy commercial black metal, deathcore, and wiggerish arm movements. Look, I get it. I love Bleeding Through and wigger slam as much as the next guy. I've been on 18 Visions and Suffocation's dick since forever. But some things just aren't meant to be combined! Nobody is asking for a beef jerky-flavored energy drink, and nobody asked for wigger black metalcore!"
DIRTY POWER - the entire Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac and yeah, it's my band and it's not a youtube video ....but I thought it came out pretty awesome and if you click through you can download the whole thing for free, so there!
i just joined this community, so i thought i'd drop a line and introduce myself. i'm shaun and i'm into metal and hardcore and other stuff but whatever. my favorite bands are torche, his hero is gone, dropdead, tragedy, eyehategod, dismember, obituary, burning witch, etc. generally, slow and sludgy gets my goat so if any of you could recommend bands in that vein i'd be much obliged. thanks!
The two albums are packaged together as a double CD/LP but each have different artwork and liner notes.
....yes, I did say "LP" as in vinyl record and they look fucking amazing! click for bigness
It's my first disc with this band and was a tough to make. The singer before me, Mike Scalzi had a very unique voice. Even though a lot of the vocals are stacked with harmonies, Scalzi's voice was huge part of the bands sound. This is also a band that has an intense an fan base within the underground metal and prog scenes, I know because I am/was/still one of those fans. So, its been difficult for me to be objective about my performance, and thats only because I hold the bands three previous albums in very high regard. Though I'm not alone in this since this is also the first Hammers album featuring Jessie Quatro on vocals and I think she did an amazing job. check out a few songs here: 1. Train 2. Rats Assembly 3. Church Of Broken Glass
I found this article on yahoo and found it worth posting on this group.
Has the ritualistic cranking up of the volume of music tracks finally reached a tipping point? Now many of the fans of heavy metal outfit Metallica are complaining that the band's latest effort, Death Magnetic, is too simply loud. And yes, that's a bad thing.
I last wrote about the loudness issue in June 2007, where I outlined the common complaints about audio tracks that have been bothering audiophiles for decades. To recap: The problem stems from pushing the overall audio levels on a track as high as possible. While volume is increased, variation is diminished. This means that while a track is nice and loud, its details are lost. After all, in a digital track, there's only so much room for data in the finite number of bits available on a CD, so something has to go. But no one wants to have a song that's less loud than the next band on the rack... and so the cycle continues.