New Nightwish Singer Floor Jansen to begin recording vocals for new REVAMP album

Via: Blabbermouth.net 

REVAMP, the band led by former AFTER FOREVER and currentNIGHTWISH touring vocalist Floor Jansen, recently entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore album for a fall 2013 release via Nuclear Blast RecordsREVAMP states:

States Jansen: “I will start recording the vocals for the second REVAMPalbum next week! Been working on the last vocal lines and lyrics today and have some days ahead to spend on this great part of my work as musician!”

She adds: “The [other] guys [in the band] have been working their asses off already recording the drums, guitars, bass and keys. Can’t wait to hear the finished result pounding through the speakers… but we all have to be patient a while longer.”

An 11-minute video clip in which members of REVAMP answer fan-submitted questions about their forthcoming second album — filmed last September — can be seen below.

REVAMP returned to the live stage in January 2012 at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands as the support act for EPICA.

Video footage of REVAMP performing a brand new song, entitled “Sins”, during the concert can be seen below.

Jansen appeared at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil in November 2011 as a special guest of MAYAN, the band featuring EPICA/ex-AFTER FOREVERguitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst. This marked his first live appearance since her burn-out in 2011, which forced her to put on hold all concert activities.

REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

REVAMP is:

Floor Jansen: Songwriter/Singer
Arjan Rijnen: Guitar
Jord Otto: Guitar
Jaap Melman: Bass
Ruben Wijga: Keyboards
Matthias Landes: Drums

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LAMB OF GOD frontman returns to the Czech Republic to Stand Trial for Manslaughter

Via: Bravewords.com

 

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe is back in the Czech Republic, standing trial on manslaughter charges in the death of a fan, Daniel Nosek, at a Prague concert over two years ago. Nosek’s parents are demanding compensation of 10 million Czech Koruna (approximately $530,000).

The day after his first appearance in court (on February 4th), Blythe issued the open letter below via Instagram:

“I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me, many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and, of course, things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. It is all I can do, except be honest and fight for my freedom in my own way. I also have heard of some people (not on here) talking smack about the Czech Republic, saying, ‘Fuck the Czech Republic,’ etc. This is not how it should be. This is a very sad case, not something to rage at people you do not know over. I am not angry with the Czechs at all. A fan of my band is dead; what do I have to be angry about? I am an INNOCENT man, but I am also a very sad man right now. To not be sad in this instance would be inhuman. But mad at the Czech people? Why would I be mad at them?

Here, look at this picture; a mother watches her baby. The child reaches out for something new, laughing and chasing a pretty picture in the air. It is the same here as everywhere else. Do you see?!?!? Life is beautiful.

I hope to see y’all soon.”

According to Blesk.cz, Blythe arrived for court about 15 minutes before the scheduled start time this morning (Monday, February 4th). Before court he did not speak with reporters, but remained in conversation only with his lawyer.

“And so it begins. I am calm and prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers”, he wrote via Instagram.

In court, Blythe stated: “I kept my word. I said that I’d get to court today and I did. I do not shy away from responsibility. I’m not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do.”

Randy explained that normally fans are strictly forbidden from going on the stage. But here it was different. People climbed up and got between the band members.

“The death of a fan breaks my heart”, said Blythe.

Read more and view video footage at Blesk.cz.

As previously reported, the court, which had three months to set a trial date, deemed there was enough evidence to proceed with the case, acting quickly after the Czech State Attorney officially filed manslaughter charges against the 41-year-old in early December.

Blythe was held in custody in the Czech Republic after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Czech police at the Prague airport on Wednesday, June 27th. It is alleged that during a May 24th, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed the 19-year-old fan, who had climbed onstage, back into the audience. The fan lapsed into a coma and died of a bleeding in the brain fourteen days later.

Check out the new Lordi Album Cover and tracklist…

Via: http://www.lordi.fi/

This is  the album cover of To Beast Or Not To Beast.
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Mr. Lordi, who designs the cover and all the visual artwork of Lordi comments on the cover: “The album cover painting is actually a part of a larger picture. The original artwork had this vintage- styled lady holding a horned skull, which, however, was not the main point of the art piece.There was something not quite right with the setting, so I made experiments with various versions and frames. Album title was Upgradead at that point in time, and the painting was done with that title in mind.”

He goes on: “But now, with a changed concept of the artwork, the title did not seem to fit anymore. We did not consider it an A-class name either. Our guitarist Amen came up with the final title, which we felt suitable and perfect both for the cover artwork and the album.”

The first single of the album “The Riff” will be released on February 8th 2013.

The album track list is:

We’re Not Bad For The Kids (We’re Worse)
I Luv Ugly
The Riff
Something Wicked This Way Comes
I’m The Best
Horrifiction
Happy New Fear
Schizo Doll
Candy For The Cannibal
Sincerely With Love
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Giant X CD Review: I

Giant X

CD review: I

By: Tj Fowler

GIANT X “I”
Release Date Europe:                             January 21st, 2013
Release Date Germany:                          January 18th, 2013
Release Date USA/Canada:                   January 22nd, 2013

Label: Steamhammer / SPV 

Giant X

 

I recently was given the opportunity to review a CD of the side project of Running Wild’s frontman and founder Rolf Kasparek and fellow collaborator Peter Jordan, who has also worked with Rolf since 2005 in Running Wild and another side project of theirs, Toxic Taste.

I have been a big Running Wild fan for many years and actually consider them one my favorite bands.  When Rolf decided to call an end to Running Wild in 2009 (Though, Rolf just released a new RW album ‘Shadowmaker’ in 2012 and a new album is planned for 2013), I was a bit sad but also I could understand his reasoning.  It seemed like he was ready to try some new things and that maybe the subject matter of the songs in Running Wild was running its course for him at the time.

So what did Rolf and company have up their sleeves outside of Running Wild during this time span?  The first offering was a band called Toxic Taste with their CD Toxification which consisted of songs that were very punk rockfish/glam party tunes.  Which was a big departure from Running Wild pirate songs.  Next up in early 2013 we have Giant X with their debut album ‘I’.

So the questions here are, ‘Is it good?’, ‘Is it bad?’, ‘Is there anything that Running Wild fans have to look forward to here?’ and the all important question, ‘Is it hotter than Megan Fox?’.   Well the good news is, is that it’s not a bad album.  The bad news is, that it’s not hotter than Megan Fox…actually…maybe that’s good news too.  I don’t want to think of Rolf as Megan Fox.  Read on for my review!

‘I’, as an album, is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of what works and what doesn’t.  You have songs that range from more of a hard rock serious tone, to songs that are more party oriented and two songs that are blues based.  There is even a ballad thrown in for good measure.  How does it all work?  Well let’s start with the Hard Rock tunes shall we!

The opening track of the album after the intro is ‘On a Blind Flight’.  To me this is by far the strongest of the hard rock tunes on the album, and one of the best songs overall on the album.   The guitar sounds good and Rolf’s voice has a bite to it that makes the tune stand out and grabs the listener’s attention.  This also is probably the closest song that would resemble a Running Wild song in terms of how Rolf is singing and the speed/heaviness of it.  This is also how I wished Rolf continued to sing on the rest of the album’s more hard rock tracks.  There is something in his voice on this track where he seems more energized in how he is singing.  In the other songs he by no means is singing poorly but it also seems like he is in more of a relaxed mood or his voice hasn’t got that same kind of bite and meanness to it as it does in this song.

Some other of the hard rocking tracks such as ‘Now or Never’ and ‘Friendly Fire’ have a good driving guitar and ‘Now or Never’ has a good upbeat chorus to sing along to also.

Now on the flip side of the coin we have the party anthem songs.  The album sports about 3 to 4 of these.  These songs is where I don’t mind Rolf having a bit of more relaxed and fun feel to his voice as it suits the songs well.  The song, ‘Don’t Quit Until Tomorrow’ is very obviously a crowd participation song with the “Oh Oh OH..” parts.  It also reminds me something of a song you would hear from a pop rock 80’s band and maybe even in a soundtrack from a movie of that time.  The other party songs like ‘The Count’ is a very catchy tune, though when they actually start to count in the song it kind of put me off at first but after a few listens it’s not too bad(Though I don’t want to think I am listening to a Sesame Street episode either).  ‘The Count’ is also one of the tracks that could have easily been on the Toxic Taste album as it has a sound that is very similar to the songs on there.  ‘R.O.C.K.’ is the closing song on the album and also a tribute/party/nostalgic song that references other bands in the lyrics and is actually a good song to close out with as it is fun to listen to and kind of a sign off.

‘I’ also sports two blues based tunes that according to Peter Jordan was Rolf’s creation musically while Peter said he came up with the more heavier guitar sounds on the album.  The two blues songs ‘Badlands Blues’ and ‘Rough Tide’ musically sounds fine, with ‘Rough Tide’ having a heavy Mississippi Blues intro.  As for the songs themselves, they are ok not bad but also not my cup of tea as I am not a big into the blues much.

So what does Giant X’s ‘I’ have to offer a fan of Running Wild.  Well honestly, if you are looking for a Running Wild offering go pick up 2012’s Shadowmaker and wait for the new Running Wild album in 2013.  This is not meant to be a Running Wild album and it shouldn’t be.  It’s a Giant X album.

Now, what does it offer someone looking for a hard rock/party album?  ‘I’ gives several strong songs for the listener to enjoy such as ‘On a Blind Flight’, ‘Don’t Quit Till Tomorrow’, ‘The Count’ and ‘R.O.C.K’ and a few others.  Then it offers up some other decent songs to listen to and pass the time with.  The album doesn’t have any BAD songs as they are all listenable, fun and enjoyable.  The production on the album is well done, though I do wish it sounded a bit grittier and not so polished in some places.

So if you are looking for something that if a bit of a departure from your normal listening habits, Giant X’s ‘I’ is a nice diversion that won’t disappoint.  But it’s no Megan Fox!! Sorry Rolf!

2.75/5

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