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Archive for November, 2009

Scarlet sins is done

For a while now ive been listening to an all female band called Scarlet sins. They arnt the heaviest shit around, and maybe not the best, but i consider myself a fan of their one and only self-titled album. Unfortunatly, they just called it quits. Apparently its due to the band members having musical differences, and instead of “making a mockery of their debut album”, they decided to quit instead.

For those who hasnt heard them here’s the video “drown”

Scarlet sins – drown

And here a picture of the (mostly) hot band members

Scarlet sins members

FREE Concert Stream: VADER, DECREPIT BIRTH, WARBRINGER, SWASHBUCKLE

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I saw this one MetalStorm and thought it was cool as shit. Here’s how it works gice:

To access the free live concert stream:

1) Go to http://www.theravelive.com/webcast
2) Click on the “Free Signup” button at the upper right of the page
3) Choose the “Fan” option and fill out the information
4) Sign in on November 14th and click on the “Live Webcast” tab and you’re ready to see the show

The free, live stream will begin at 4 pm Pacific / 5 pm Mountain / 6 pm Central / 7 pm Eastern. Not as good as a live Metalscape episode, but better than nothing right?

NUCLEAR BLAST: All Your Symphony X Are Belong To Us

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Guess who’s the newest band joining the endless ranks of German Super Label Nuclear Blast? Well Symphony X obviously. It’s right there on the title.

A weird move by the massive band black hole that is Nuclear Blast, since Symphony X have already released the shitfest of an album more popularly known as “Paradise Lost”, and the label’s Modus Operandi so far seems to pick up bands at the peak of their popularity/talent and then work them like illegal Mexicans to release terrible albums every 3 months until either their contract expires or they die of exhaustion (both of which happen to coincide).

At least the new Symphony X album (due in Spring 2010!) will hopefully have some updated production, if the suits manage to pry away the mixing board from Michael Romeo’s cold, dead hands. And maybe they can do something about their fucking ugly ass website.

UNITED KINGDOM: Gimme your Coins

The Mysteriously Legendary Metalscape forum member known simply as the “Sheriff” is, for personal reasons he does not wish to divulge, looking for (collectible/antique?) coins.

That’s right folks. Be it particularly long absences from the boards due to “fishing trips”, allegations of actually being Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson or generally random old man hijinks, the Sheriff never ceases to be mysterious. Or legendary.

If you live in the UK and would like to help out a fellow metalhead, read on:

For personal reasons I do not wish to divulge here,
I am presently actively looking for the following
pre-1971 decimalization UK denominations (in MINT state):

- a HALF CROWN from 1952 up to 1970 (the older the better)
Half Crown

- a SIXPENCE from before 1960
Six pence

and, especially, a FARTHING, from 1950-1959 (or possibly 1948-1949)
Farthing

If you have access to such coinage, and would be ready to
part with it under conditions to be agreed on, here is the procedure:

- Post a RECENT AUTHENTICATED VERY GOOD QUALITY PICTURE
of the coin, next to a VERY RECENT newspaper or to
your favourite Power Metal album for example, in this thread.
(Anybody can find irrelevant pictures of coins on the interwebs,
so please kids, only serious contenders need apply..)

- I’ll evaluate the coin and send you private instructions
on further transactional steps, IF a transaction seem
worthwhile to me at that point.

- PLEASE, no assholes/rich daddy xxxXxx/wise owl NONSENSE.

Thanks.

If you think you might be able to help, please reply in the comments section or directly on the original thread.

Take your disbelief and shove it up yer Ass

A while ago I talked on the show about a Christmas postcard I got from HevyDevy records and how it was actually signed by The Dev himself. I of course was met with disbelief by my cohort, because he is a grumpy old man who does not believe in pen technology. He accused the signature of not being actually from Devin or it being printed on the postcard and not hand-signed.

Well in this video you can clearly see that Devin actually signs stuff himself, and that his signature is definitely the one present on my postcard:

Here’s a picture of the back of my postcard for comparison purposes:
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Ha!

Dear Periphery: Please fire your vocalist

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What the shit is Periphery? It’s one of those bands that me, Ron, is the only person in the whole of Metalscape-dom likes (or knows for that matter). The other more popular example is Meshuggah.

A few years ago this band started as a bunch of (awesome) tidbits of songs by this dude, Misha Mansoor, more popularly known across the internets as “Bulb”. I came to know about him in my early years of partaking in the Search for the Ultimate PODxt Guitar Tone. While I was struggling with recording anything that resembled a real guitar this guy was producing audio that rivaled (and in some cases surpassed) professionally recorded bands. His Soundclick page remains to this day one of my favorite online spots to go for a good/original/metal/random music listening experience. As I’m sure was the case for a lot of other people out there, since his stuff was (and still is) incredibly popular among budding guitarists/amateur producers/metal musicians.

He eventually got a band running, Periphery; and a few years and a lot of line-up changes later, he’s finally inked a deal with Sumerian Records. They’re currently on the Thrash and Burn tour across the US and they’ll be recording their debut afterward (or something like that). You can check out some of their songs and awesome studio diaries over at their MySpace.

I love the guy’s music. While the Meshuggah influence is definitely palpable, he manages to forge a sound all his own. Great riffing, interesting melodies, intelligent songwriting and terrific drumming. It actually reminds me a lot of Sikth; a heavier, faster and more elegant sounding Sikth. Yes, instrumentally this band is awesome. Then the fucking vocals come in and shit on everything.

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ELUVEITIE: Everything Remains as it Never Was

Whatever the fuck that means, it’s the title of Eluveitie’s new album, scheduled for release in Spring 2010. I thought these dudes were gonna release the follow-up to their surprisingly entertaining acoustic album thingy next, but I guess I thought wrong. Here’s some artwork and track listing action:

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01. Otherworld
02. Everything Remains As It Never Was
03. Thousandfold
04. Nil
05. The Essence Of Ashes
06. Isara
07. Kingdom Come Undone
08. Quoth The Raven
09. (Do)Minion
10. Setlon
11. Sempiternal Embers
12. Lugd┼źnon
13. The Liminal Passage

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Gay luthiers, Guitar Surgery and the birth of RGEM 1.0

I don’t think any of you remember me bitching about a replacement guitar body I ordered from Patrick Sims from the Sims Custom Shop for my Ibanez RG 550, but after 6 months of waiting for what should have been a 1 month job (I frankly thought my money was lost) it finally came in the mail.

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Here’s a warning to my fellow guitar players out there: DO NOT EVER BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS ASSHOLE. He said the job would take 1 month (he was going to paint the body, that takes a while), and he says he’ll start to work as soon as he gets the money. I ask if I can give him half now and half when I get the goods, he says “No”. I’m thinking “well that’s kinda asshole-ish” but whatever, at this point I have a boner just thinking about that beautiful matte-white alder/ash JEM body, so I paypal him the money. If you’re thinking “gg Ron”, you’d be correct.

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ROB HALFORD’s Christmas Album

You read that right. Rob Halford’s “Winter Songs” will mark his debut in the list of no longer-relevant-musicians that come out with Christmas albums . Now Zachary will have something else to play besides Trans-Siberian Orchestra on the Metalscape Xmas Special.

You can go over at Rob’s site if you’re interested in ordering the album or downloading the single “Christmas for Everyone” for free.

EPISODE CXXI now available!

The previously unavailable awesome episode of your favorite metal podcast is now… available!

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TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!!!
7 Years and 20 Days and it's finally out!