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Fozzy’s Autumnal Sins

 

Marvellous purveyors of metallic rock excellence, Fozzy.

In other news, unrelated to delightful dogs and fine cities, excellent US rock band Fozzy are touring the UK with Soil this Autumn…and they’re not really playing near me.  This is clearly a heavy-handed attempt on the behalf of excellent touring rock bands to keep me at home for at least part of November.  For shame, sir!

I shall have to content myself with listening to their new record, “Sin and Bones”, which Century Media releases on August 13th.  If you’re thinking that you recognize Fozzy‘s lead singer, that’s probably because you’ve been a fan of WWE and all that wrassling carry-on – yes, that’s Chris Jericho rocking the mic and a fine job he does of it too.

 

 

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Maiden America

Oh, Eddie – why must you desert me?

Picture via Iron Maiden.com

Over on the Metal Hammer blog you can get a look at the current Iron Maiden US tour, “Maiden England“, which is taking the founding fathers of modern metal to Stateside cities – Charlotte, North Carolina, for example – where the band haven’t played since 1988.

Puts a two or three wait between UK Maiden dates into perspective, doesn’t it?

You can read more at Iron Maiden’s site – in the meantime, I’ll be working on my teleportation device, so that I can get my wizened butt into an Enormodome to take in the awesome.

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Today, in amazing album covers…

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There are some album covers which grab your attention – and then there’s artwork like that above, which graces the current release by Norwegian Power-Prog Metal band, Tomorrow’s Outlook.

So many questions arise from it, not the least of which is “When did the fragile truce between the Polar Bear and Demonic Wraith community become so strained that violence ensued?  And what’s that flying car got to do with it?”

I regret that I can offer you little by way of illumination and can only gaze, open-mouthed, at that extraordinary cover art – this isn’t the kind of thing which one typically gets from You Me At Six and I think that I can confidently say that their fans are the poorer for not having Josh YMAS on their CD sleeves fighting off dragons and junk.

Missed opportunities, folks, missed opportunities…

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Soul Shredder – Support Your Scene!

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Further to my earlier ‘Support Your Scene’ post concerning the local bands we should all try to support, I’ve happened across local Metal band Soul Shredder thanks to the wonders of Google-Fu.

Led by guitarist Stu Gibson, Soul Shredder have a nifty, almost traditional metal sound which I’d compare to Kobra And The Lotus (the band has a female vocalist, Cookie) or 3 Inches Of Blood (the new spin on traditional metal) – the riffs are thick and chunky with excellent solos, the vocals are soaring and melodic and the overall sound blasts along in a punchy and pleasingly dynamic fashion.

“Prepare for Annihilation” has a thrashy chug and great double-bass drum sections, “Kijo” starts with a latter-period, Iron Maiden-esque proggy section before moving into a riff which recalls (in the best way) Hetfield and Hammett riffing from the “Black” album era – they’re both songs that you can listen to on the band’s website as part of their self-titled 2011 EP.

The band are playing in my home city in July as part of the annual “Tram Lines” free music festival – I’d be daft to miss them, and you would be to, if you happen to be in my fair city over the weekend of 20-22nd July 2012.  Of course, given the organisers complete terror of including rock bands in the main line-up (not hipster-friendly enough, it would seem), Soul Shredder are playing out of the main line-up and can be found at West Street Live on Sunday 22nd.

I could bemoan the musical timidity of the organizers, but that’s a subject for another post, perhaps…

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Tarja – “Act One” artwork online

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Former Nightwish vocalist and High Priestess of Rock drama, Tarja Turunen, has posted the artwork for her upcoming “Act 1” live album and DVD/Blu-Ray – the cover of the HD version is above, because that’s how I roll.  Pretty, isn’t it?

Currently scheduled for an August 24th release, the album comes in 2 CD, 2 DVD and Blu-Ray configurations and has a tracklisting which looks something like this:

Act I CD Track Listing:


CD 1
01. Anteroom Of Death
02. My Little Phoenix
03. Dark Star
04. Naiad
05. Falling Awake
06. I Walk Alone
07. Little Lies
08. Into The Sun (previously unreleased)
09. Nemo (Nightwish)
10. Never Enough (previously unreleased)
11. Still Of The Night (Whitesnake)
12. In For A Kill

CD 2

01. Boy And The Ghost
02. Lost Northern Star
03. Ciaran‘s Well
04. Tired Of Being Alone (written with Schiller)
05. Where Were You Last Night / Heaven Is A Place On Earth / Livin’ On A Prayer
(Medley)
06. Underneath
07. Oasis / The Archive Of Lost Dreams
08. Crimson Deep
09. The Phantom Of The Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
10. Die Alive
11. Until My Last Breath
12. Over The Hills And Far Away (Gary Moore)

Yes, copy and paste is very much my friend.

If you’re expecting there to be slight, collector-baiting differences in track listing between the CD and DVD versions, you’d be correct (the Blu-Ray is the same as the DVD, only shinier and prettier) – got to maximize that geeky fan desire to catch all of those formats.

I will, of course, be picking this up but I’m having a Dickens of a time pre-ordering the record on my online retailer of choice – it’s almost as though the niche pop culture pursuits of nerds don’t mean a serving of Pannukakku to Jeff Bezos’ happy shopping cyber-elves…

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“A Game of Thrones” – Metallic K.O.

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Over at A Metal State of Mind, atleastimhousebroken, sterling writer, metalhead and fan of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice & Fire” series has penned a series of posts matching characters from the epic fantasy saga to apropos metal songs (Sansa Stark?Nightwish!).

I confess that it’s testing my geek resolve – this bank holiday weekend in the UK might be the one in which I take my first steps into Westeros…

So many books/tv series – so little time…

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“Game of Thrones” theme goes Metal.

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Dinklage throws the horns and all is well in the world...

 

Via our dear friends at the UK’s most heavily metallic publication, Metal Hammer, comes a link to a none-more-metal cover version of the theme song to “A Game of Thrones” (AKA, that show that I know I’ll love and still haven’t watched).  If you can think of a TV show more deserving of such musical treatment, you’re a finer nerd than I (if you just said My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic, please feel free to depart the blog forthwith).

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Frankly, what’s not to like?  Erstwhile shredder and YouTuber ERock331 also does bad-ass covers of the themes from Doctor Who (yes, yes – thrice YES!), Back to the Future and other geek-friendly loveliness over on his YouTube channel and confirms his (newly-confirmed, by me) status as a gentleman, scholar and delightful nerd.

Respect is, quite clearly, due…

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Matt and Liam’s Axe Wound

Supergroup - how much more Seventies can a phrase be?

That is to say, lead vocalist of Bullet For My Valentine, Matt Tuck, and Cancer Bats screamer Liam Cormier, who’ve joined their not inconsiderable lungs to form Metal supergroup, Axe Wound, along with various escapees from Rise to Remain, Pitchshifter and Glamour of the Kill.

What a lovely name for a band – you could bring it home to meet your parents and everything.  Ahem.

You can grab a track from the band by shamelessly hitching your e-mail address to their Tumblr blog and take in a sound which apparently skews more towards the likes of Slipknot than Bullet’s ‘crunchy old school riffs and massive choruses’ blueprint.

As a fan of both Bullet’s sing-along anthems (if not their frequently paint-strippingly bad lyrics) and Cancer Bats’ cheery punky abandon (go watch this glorious video for “Lucifer’s Rocking Chair”), I’m down with this side-project for Messrs Tuck and Cormier, albeit a little bemused how it fits into both groups’ touring plans for 2012, as both bands have albums out this year and now this side-project is in the mix, too.

Axe Wound are on for Download this June and some of the European summer festivals – who knows what lies beyond that?

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▶ Tenacious D streaming “Rise of the Fenix”

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▶ Rize of the Fenix by Tenacious D – streamed by the band over at Soundcloud (being from the D, it goes without saying that you should expect some NSFW language…).

If you still need to steal music when a band are letting you hear it before you buy, then there’s no reasoning with some folks…

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(Don’t) Steal This Music

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Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my opinions about illegally downloading a band’s music.  If you want to try a track out, there are probably streaming services that you can check out and, most likely, the band will post samples of their songs on their website. There isn’t really a great argument for stealing a band’s work – as frustrating as it can be when a record isn’t easily available, there are usually legal ways to get a cd or pay for an album.

For the most part, I feel that serial downloaders just grab music so that they can say that they have it – they arguably have no intention of ever listening to the stuff they’ve got on their hard drive, but they have boaster’s rights on having 20,000 songs on several drives.

Lead singer of Canadian metal band The Agonist, Alissa White-Gluz, has a very direct and honest take on the effect that stealing an artist’s music has on them over in an interview carried at Blabbermouth.net, ahead of the summer release of the band’s next album, “Prisoners”.

Bands at The Agonist’s level do not have the support of CD sales to help support touring costs any more and can’t rely on selling a quarter of the records which they might have done before the advent of P2P and file-sharing decimated the careers of ordinary working musicians – that side of things has gone almost completely by the wayside.  This would be fine if iTunes/Amazon and stores of that ilk had stepped in to fill the gap left by physical retail locations and if consumers bought music rather than nicked it, but we know that there’s an entire generation of kids who don’t have an issue with theft if it means that they can listen to songs and music on a whim.

As to who pays for those songs to be recorded, who funds artwork, mastering, the cost of musical instruments, rehearsal space hire, pays rent or buys food – none of that stuff seems to occur to a kid searching a torrent site and seeding and reseeding the latest album by a band or artist which they profess to love.

I wonder if it’s a problem of perception – a kid sees Katy Perry or Will.I.Am living the life of tabloid-created pop celebrity and somehow conflates that exaggerated single example into a deluded narrative where every musician lives large.  A single download of their favourite band’s album is justified because somebody’s buying the record, surely and we don’t live in a world where the vast majority of people who would have bought music no longer do so?

This kind of logic-skipping justification is easy to imagine and, I feel, one factor in why this problem exists – it’s a crime where the after-effect isn’t seen by the perpetrator because it happens at a remove and anonymously, for the most part.

None of which is part of my clarion call to get you to stop doing what you might be doing and to save the recorded music industry.  I think that the best effect of making music more digitally available should be to remove the barrier between fan and artist – a punky, DIY approach to distribution of music rather than a model which hides bands behind artificial barriers and doesn’t allow artists to directly communicate with the people who love their work.  If you can buy from the band’s website and giving them more money than they were ever getting under the model of CD buying, shouldn’t that be a goal?

Most people don’t have a lot of cash at the moment but that isn’t an excuse to steal from people who’ve worked hard at their art and deserve some recompense. Not an imagined millionaire’s lifestyle, but a decent amount of money for doing their job.

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