The members of Periphery are just back from of Japan. So while he was travelling what was guitarist Mark Holcomb (really) listening to? The answer after the break.
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Swedish death metal supergroup Bloodbath stirred up a bit of buzz last week when it was announced that Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost would be assuming vocal duties for the band on Grand Morbid Funeral, their upcoming fourth studio album. This was largely due to the fact that Holmes’ main project has not released an album that is sonically similar to Bloodbath in a considerable amount of time. (Digression - It is worth noting, however, that Bloodbath‘s previous vocalist was Mikael Åkerfeldt, who belongs to a somewhat well-known band that is also fairly dissimilar to Bloodbath‘s sound. Furthermore, the bands also has representation from Katatonia, yet another band that differs in musical direction. – /End Digression)
Wary listeners now have the opportunity to judge Holmes’ performance themselves, as the band have released the track “Unite in Pain” from Grand Morbid Funeral, along with the album’s tracklist. Check all of that out after the jump!
It’s no secret that more often than not, being a member of a relatively successful and celebrated band often isn’t enough to pay the bills, let alone support of a family. With this in mind, it’s no wonder why bands like In Flames and All That Remains have become more commercial — death metal’s cool and all, but it won’t put food on the table like a catchy radio-friendly song will. We’re fascinated with the often “boring” 9-5 grind that many metalheads have to go through to be able to support their passions, and we bring it up in interviews all the time.
At the end of the day, music, merch, and ticket sales split five ways simply doesn’t make ends meet for many bands. Evidently Katatonia is one such band, and their situation has put drummer Daniel Liljekvist in a position where he has to choose either his art or providing for his family. This isn’t exactly a tough choice to make — when it comes down to it, making sure your kids come home to a house with proper food and utilities supersedes all — but it’s a harsh reality to accept. Liljekvist has left the band in order “to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.”
Good news, everyone! Up and coming progressive metal giants Gods of Eden (whom we posted about just yesterday) have confirmed via Facebook that they will be working with legendary producer/mixer/recording engineer/god among us Jens Bogren!
This prog metal dream tour was too good to pass up. Melancholic rockers Katatonia recently hit up North America for a run of headlining dates featuring Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract. The trek hit the Theater Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA on its third stop, and resident photographer Maclyn Bean was able to attend and capture the show. Check out the photo galleries below.
Recently, melancholic rockers Katatonia successfully crowdfunded a new album, Dethroned & Uncrowned, a re-imagining of last year’s Dead End Kings. The band sought to rework the songs across Dead End Kings to make them more atmospheric and stripped down, with emphasis on ambiance and acoustic instruments. On paper, this idea seemed wonderful, as the band’s sound could easily make the leap towards somber minimalism. In exhibition though… it works so much better than I thought.
Following the announcement of the unfortunately short run of dates from prog wonder tour lineup Cult of Luna, Katatonia, and Intronaut, Tesseract have announced that they will continue their North American trek with a headlining tour once their support run comes to a close. The group, who released their acclaimed sophomore album Altered State earlier this year, will tour the US and Canada with support from Scale the Summit and Anciients. Check out the tour dates below:
Yesterday, we spread the word that Katatonia, Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract were teaming up for North American prog trek. Now, the first round of dates have been made available, and they are as follows:
Another well-billed tour dedicated to prog is coming our way this fall, as Katatonia, Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract are gearing up for a North American tour, dubbed Uncrowned and Vertikal. I’ve heard a thing or two about Cult of Luna and Tesseract finally coming back to North America this year, but The PRP has confirmed the leaked tour lineup, with one date confirmed so far.
This is probably old news to those of you who supplement your Heavy Blog browsing with another site, but it’s better to be late than never mention something this cool at all. Earlier this week, Swedish melancholic rock group Katatonia launched a crowd-sourcing project to release a semi-acoustic and stripped-down version of Dead End Kings titled Dethroned and Uncrowned. Just three days later, the band have reached their goal and then some with 82 days to go. This release is definitely happening.