Some of you may be aware of who I am. AlucardXIX on youtube, amongst other websites. The guy who does all the Veil of Maya covers, the mind behind Encircle, and another writer on this here great ol’ blog. 2012 was both an interesting and disappointing year to me, musically. Some absolutely astounding albums came out this year, and some serious let downs as well (The Faceless, The Contortionist). Originally it was hard for me to pick a top ten; I thought about all the albums I’ve heard that I abandoned after a few listens, albums I loved at first listen and then wondered how I even thought that to begin with. I thought I could barely muster together 10 albums to begin with, but remembering back to the beginning of the year, I managed this humble fifteen:
A couple of weeks ago, Scar Symmetry announced a North American tour featuring support from Threat Signal and Stealing Axion which was set to take off next weekend, but the band has hit a bit of a snag with getting their visas, so the tour has been cancelled. Here’s the word from the band’s Facebook page:
NORTH AMERICANS can we have your attention please!
It is with deep regret that we bring you these news: due to unforeseen problems securing our US work visas in time, our North American headlining tour will have to be cancelled. The waiting time for a visa interview appointment was several weeks longer than what we’ve experienced before. Our sincere apologies to Threat Signal, Stealing Axion, Lord of War and Kings Field – you guys rule and we do hope for the opportunity to share a stage with you sometime in a not-to-distant future instead!
To our fans… we will work our asses off to make this up to you! Expect to see Scar Symmetry back in North America in 2013 – back with a vengeance!
Bummer. Hopefully the band will make good on their promise to return to North America next year with a bit more in the terms of extensive itinerary.
The HAARP Machine have announced their debut record Disclosure to be released October 16th.
Remember when I told you about this in late July? Well now I’m even more excited. The album trailer is up and we’ve finally gotten a glimpse of the impending perfection. It’s a little early to call this one of the best albums of 2012, but it’s entirely possible given the musicianship and overall writing ability of the band. Oh, and just in case those two new guys look familiar, they’re vocalist Mike Semesky (ex-Vestascension, Ordinance, Rest Among Ruins) and drummer Alex Rüdinger (ex-Threat Signal, Ordinance). All aboard the excitebike!
So what about the track list? If you pause the video right around 2:36 (good luck), there are a few frames of a board with seven tracks listed. They’re shortened names of the full songs, but three of them are ‘The Escapist Notion,’ ‘Pleiadian Keys,’ and ‘Esoteric Agenda.’ The other four are ‘Disclosure,’ ‘Machines,’ ‘Vanity‘ and ‘I TP‘ (or ‘1 TP‘). If you can properly identify those songs in the comment section below, I will personally reward you by reading your comment. There looks like there’s more above ’Disclosure,’ so don’t cry that it’ll be too short of an album.
Keep up with the band on their Facebook page for some pre-order information and maybe some tunes to hold us over.
Not content with releasing the excellentInternal Monolgues with Ordinance back in July, master drummer Alex Rudinger (also of Threat Signal) recently learned Soilwork‘s song “Stabbing The Drama” for a special occasion:
“A few months back Threat Signal had some gigs in Ontario, Canada. Bjorn Strid [Soilwork's vocalist] happened to be in the area and we decided that it would be cool to do a live cover of this song and have Bjorn perform with us. The show was a lot of fun and performing with a member of Soilwork was kind of a dream come true for me – I’ve been a huge fan since I was a kid.”
Not content with leaving it at that, Rudinger conscripted Ordinance bandmates Mike Semeksy and Greg Macklin to record the following video for it, laying down vocals and guitars/keys respectively. Czech it:
If you’re in Baltimore, Maryland on December 7th, make sure to catch Ordinance when they support Obscura with Abysmal Dawn and Enfold Darkness. You can also see them with Dead Walk The Earth, BlackHeart Ace and Last Nail Driven on December 16th in Newark.
After the jump, catch footage of Threat Signal performing with ‘Speed’ Strid!
Well shit, talk about some good-news gibbons (the polar opposite of bad-news bears, obviously). Featuring veritable drum-wizard Alex Rudinger (also of Ordinance), Canadian outfit Threat Signal have announced their forthcoming self-titled album will be released on October 7th in Europe and 11th in North America, complete with the spiffy artwork above, which ws done by Colin Marks (who amongst others did Origin‘s Entity and Scar Symmetry‘s Dark Matter Dimensions).
03. New World Order
04. Trust In None
05. Face The Day
06. Fallen Disciples
08. Death Before Dishonor
09. Buried Alive iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
Catch a recent video of Alex recording at Planet-Z Recordings in Hadley, MA after the jump.