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terça-feira, novembro 16, 2004

MAYHEM
MANIAC SAI, ATTILA REGRESSA


O vocalista Maniac está definitivamente fora da formação actual dos noruegueses Mayhem, tendo sido rapidamente substituído pelo lendário Attila Csihar. O músico húngaro está a trabalhar com o trio formado por Blasphemer, Hellhammer e Nebrobutcher, desempenhando - a partir deste momento - o papel de frontman do colectivo. Num comunicado enviado à imprensa durante a tarde de hoje, o colectivo garante que "apesar de todos os rumores que circulavam no meio há vários meses, nada estava decidido até este momento". Para além disso, explicam que "a mudança de formação está relacionada com assuntos privados mas a incapacidade de Maniac participar em digressões mais longas acabou por precipitar a decisão". Recorde-se que Attila já trabalhou com os Mayhem no passado, tendo gravado com eles o clássico «De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas». Para além disso, o vocalista é sobejamente conhecido pelas suas colaborações com os Tormentor, Plasma Pool, Aborym, Anaal Nathrakh e, mais recentemente, Sunn O))).

"Maniac was, and will always be a part of our legacy, and it has been an honour to work with him for the last 10 years. Respect!" MAYHEM

quinta-feira, novembro 11, 2004

IRON MAIDEN NO TOP!

«The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Years», o novo DVD assinado pelos britânicos Iron Maiden, entrou directamente para o #14 da tabela portuguesa de venda de DVDs. Na semana de lançamento este disco-duplo ocupa também as seguintes posições no território europeu:

#1: Espanha
#1: Finlândia
#2: Noruega
#3: Reino Unido
#23: Holanda

terça-feira, novembro 09, 2004

Disco Do Mês - LOUD!#46, Novembro 2004



Para trás deixam dois discos – «Cult Of Luna» e «The Beyond», distintos por um lado, idênticos por outro – e foram esses mesmo que chamaram a atenção para a inabalável parede sonora que pareciam querer criar à sua volta, melódica e arrastada, de olhar ameaçador e sorriso melancólico. «Salvation» é o seguimento natural desses dois trabalhos, sem grande distância, mas ao que se junta a incontornável vontade de fazer e ir mais longe. (...) Pode parecer assustador, verdade é que se passa uma hora em que somos integrados num contexto sonoro capaz que nos conduzir tanto pelos momentos mais pesados e agressivos, como por outros bem ambientais e envolventes, num desfecho que nunca deixa de ser intenso e esmagador. (...) Arriscaram-se, portanto, a seguir o mais suave e ambiental caminho do qual já havia vestígios nos primeiros trabalhos e para os fãs do género é – sem qualquer dúvida – uma das melhores propostas que este ano pode oferecer. [9] A.P.

sábado, novembro 06, 2004

Ecos informativos [www.blabbermouth.net]:

DARK TRANQUILLITY Singer Talks About New Album - Nov. 1, 2004

DARK TRANQUILLITY singer Mikael Stanne recently spoke with Portugal's
LOUD! magazine about the band's upcoming album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The Swedish band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost to Apathy", as a teaser for the upcoming full-length. It includes four songs, a video-clip (for the title track) and a screensaver. Several excerpts from Stanne's interview with LOUD! follow:

On "Lost to Apathy":"If you like that song, you'll like the rest of the album… that's at least how I feel about it. It's a good indication of where the album is leading, but… I don't know, it's something that we did with the record company just to show off the record. We were really divided on the subject, actually. All six of us got different opinions of which song we should pick for this release, so we just let the record company decide and in the end I think it's the right choice. There are also a couple of the songs on the EP that are exclusive to this release… One is a remix of a song off the album ['The Endless Feed (Chaos Seed Remix)'], we just decided to focus on the electronic elements and tried to do something different from the original version, which is more guitar-oriented. The other one ['Derivation TNB'] is actually bits and pieces of different tracks on the record… we took some melodies, give them a different treatment and came up with kind of a trailer to the album."

On "Character":"The album is very diverse. There are songs that are heavier, other ones that are much more complex and a couple of others that are really fast. Overall I feel it's more varied and also much angrier, the whole thing just fells different. We wanted to make an album that wasn't that easy… We don't want people to listen to one of our records today and think it sounds great, just to forget about it two weeks later. We tried to do something that sticks with the listener, which they can explore over a long period of time. I personally haven't got tired of it yet, so I think we managed to do it pretty well — we didn't want to be too obvious with this one. It was actually kind of a conscious effort to do it this way… We love music with a progressive edge and we played around with these songs for months, worked every little detail to make it as interesting as possible [for us] to play."

On the recording process:"We worked again at Studio Fredman but we did it all by ourselves, we actually didn't have a producer working with us. We fell pretty comfortable and think it's easier to do it this way; we just need a good studio and [we] were left alone for a couple of weeks. It's not a big production or anything like that… We have a pretty good idea of how the material should sound and basically just try to get the sound that we have in our rehearsal place in the studio. We spent so much time writing these songs that we didn't even feel the need to bring an outside ear to the recordings; we have plenty of different ideas between each other. Fredrik Nordström just came along in the end, to mix the tracks… And that was it. We finished it some time ago, but it still sounds fresh and everybody's totally happy with the final result."

On the new record deal:"Actually we had some other offers and that was one of the reasons why the album got a bit delayed, but… We heard all these bands complaining about their labels, terrible stories about record companies and know that most of them are true. We talked to a lot of people and just decided to sign a new deal with Century Media. It's not easy to talk with someone at a big company, some of these labels try to control everything about the band and we were obviously not interested in that. We know that the people at the label are metal fans and really care about what we do, so there was no big reason to change. Thankfully we've always been really lucky with the labels we worked with and that feels really good."

DARK TRANQUILLITY will be teaming up with long-running German thrashers KREATOR for the "Enemy of God Tour 2005" beginning in February 2005. Also appearing on the bill will be Hungarian hardcore/thrash metallers EKTOMORF and Danish thrashers HATESPHERE.

(Thanks: José Rodrigues /
LOUD!)

Ecos informativos [www.blabbermouth.net]:

Updated: DEICIDE Cancel European Tour - Nov. 5, 2004
DEICIDE have cancelled the remaining dates on their European headlining tour due to a "family crisis" (believed to be the death of drummer Steve Asheim's father). The group's last live appearance took place on Friday, November 5 at at the Hard Club in Porto, Portugal, where the band reportedly performed for less than 45 minutes. Joining founding members Asheim and Glen Benton (bass/vocals) in the group's touring lineup were guitarists Jack Owen (ADRIFT, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Dave Suzuki (VITAL REMAINS). No further information is currently available.
(Thanks: Emanuel Ferreira / LOUD! magazine)

[UPDATE: The group's booking agent, Adam Elfin of First Contact Agency, has since issued a statement explaining that only part of the tour has been postponed due to the death of Steve's father. The group are said to be "determined to play this tour for the promoters, venues and most importantly their fans, and despite all the adverse circumstances."]

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