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Archive for November, 2010

Operation Payback Shuts Down IFPI Site

“Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s main IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) website is down. Not coincidentally, there’s an Operation Payback post addressing the Pirate Bay crew’s lost sentencing appeal: ‘Dear IFPI, MAFIAA and other parasites, The recent verdict in the Swedish Appeal Court (ThePirateBay spectrial) provoked this statement from Operation: Payback. We emphasize our statement with a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack aimed at the IFPI’s website.’”

This probably isnt going to amount to anything but I think its a nice gesture to show the “MAFIAA” and the like the collective annoyance towards them.

Piratebay founders lose appeal

“Three of the four founders of The Pirate Bay have lost an appeal against their conviction last year of helping to share copyrighted material. It wasn’t a total waste of time, however. The three have had their one-year jail sentences cut to between four and ten months. (The fourth founder was too ill to appear in court, and will appeal separately.) The foursome also had their fine bumped from 32 million kronor ($4.5 million) to 46 million kronor ($6.5 million).”

I call this bullshit but i guess thats what you get for going up against the deep-pocketed copyright holders

Sued for helping others?

The US Copyright Group has sued Graham Syfert, an attorney that created a packet of self-representation paperwork for individuals sued for P2P sharing of certain movies and moved to have sanctions placed against the defense attorney. Syfert sells these packets for $20, and the USCG claims the 19 individuals that have used it have cost them over $5000.

So you can get sued for helping people win court battles? I wonder when the copyright holding leeches are going to do some actual work and stop clinging to their outdated Business-model.

Devin Townsend: Deconstrupdate 1

Devin “I can’t seem to post shit online fast enough” Townsend has now posted the first video documenting the recording process of the third album in his planned “Devin Townsend Project” 4-album series, titled “Deconstruction”. Here it is:

Very entertaining watch as usual, and it should come as no surprise since for the past year or so, Mr. Townsend has honed his internet media skills by posting anything and everything that crosses his mind on twitter, Facebook, youtube and maybe even MySpace.

Seriously, I can’t think of a single day when I don’t get a fresh new update from The Dev regarding his meals, movie watching experiences or spiritual enlightenment. Maybe he should cut that back a little and try to focus on the actual music, because honestly, its been kinda whack as of late.

Ever since he started releasing these preview videos containing actual song bits or demos, the music in them sounds pretty cool. Then the album comes out and you realize all the cool parts were in that preview. Not cool. And now this new video comes out with the same song bits and stuff, but without the cool. There isn’t a single riff/melody/sound on this video that I could qualify as “good”. Not even “interesting”. Is this a sign of worse things to come? Because I was promised the heaviest metal album of all time, not some rehashed “Addicted” album with a different drummer and a faster tempo.

Let’s hope I’m wrong, but as of right now, I’m officially not excited for “Deconstruction” anymore. Maybe “Ghost” will be good? I don’t know. In the meantime, I’ll go check my twitter, which is more than likely overtaken with what I like to call “Devin Townsend’s Mind Farts”.


ITE: Never cease to underwhelm, THE METALSCAPE REQUEST CHALLENGE ENTRY PICKS, excitement for several reasons, Stand Up Comedian Zach, Metalscape on Financial Stability, Italian Dinosaurs, deep vaginas and how they relate to your slut level, The Masters of Realness and the most embarrassing fail in Metalscape History.

Destroyer 666 – Ride the Solar Winds
Rhapsody – Reign of Terror
F.K.U. – Marine Marauders
Electric Wizard – Funeralopolis
Falkenbach – Havamal
Lorn – Tomorrow
Hirax – Warlords Command
DJ Shadow – Six Days

Intro: DeadMau5 – Hey Baby

Music Bed: Kaya Project – “Desert Phase”, Doctor Rockit – “The Unnecessary History of Doctor Rockit”

2010 Request Challenge is still on!

Don’t believe me? Check out the art that will emblazon the prize shirt:

We’ll be picking the participating entries in an upcoming episode near you. You can probably slice the tension in the air with an Emerald Sword.

I’m hilarious.

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