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In case you haven't been following the podcast or other news, you might have missed the dispute between German technical death metal band Obscura and former guitarist Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlager. We've covered parts of this situation, however the short version is that Tom was let go from Obscura in a fashion where he felt was unjust. There has been an ongoing back-and-forth between the two sides, which has resulted in Tom's social media accounts being blocked due to copyright claims from the band. The band have released a statement, however Tom is unable to respond due to not having a platform, which is also hurting the release of his upcoming album. Tom has contacted us with his statement, and we are airing it below, after the quote from the band that sparked this response.
I actually enjoyed the "don't really bother to put stuff in the description" format as it makes my life easier, but hey, I guess I can make an effort once a week. Just kidding, we have new music or related stuff from: Oddland, Orphaned Land, Mephistopheles, Jimmy Pitts and Equipoise, Imperium Dekadenz, Drudkh, Inquisition, Periphery, Gojira, Hadal Maw, Iron Maiden, Exotype, Ayreon. We talk about the split between Obscura and Tom Geldschlager getting heated (check out his new song by the way!), this interesting article on language in metal, Insomnium cancelling their show in Turkey, and the recent trend of sexual assaults at festivals. Then we do the long-awaited Balls Deep on In Flames, hence the episode title (it refers to the band, not us)!
So, we're back, unsurprisingly. This week we cover a lot of news, and go deep on politics! Specifically, Brexit and how it affects the music industry, the whole hubbub about complaining about SJWs in metal (not gonna link that article) and the counter-hubbub, David Maxim Micic's Stock Challenge where he made an EP with just free stock plugins, Steven Wilson's cover of Prince getting removed from streaming services, this relatively older article about Spotify's research on metal fans being more loyal listeners, Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel complaining about elitism on their new video, more info about the Agalloch breakup, Cavalera Conspiracy performing Sepultura's Roots in its entirety live on its 20th anniversary, Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlager and his copyright troubles with Obscura, Einar from Leprous joining Haken onstage, Wardruna/Enslaved/Skuggsja's Norse By New York event, and Incendia management's music PR event. We also talk about new music from Fountainhead, Periphery, Soilwork, Thank You Scientist, The Dear Hunter, Ringworm and Myrkur. Finally, we talk about hype culture and how it poisons everything. Enjoy!
Not every supergroup works. Sometimes, when you put really talented people together, they do the musical equivalent of people talking over each other, and the end result is confusing and less than a sum of its parts. When you put together Jimmy Pitts (Scholomance, Eternity's End), Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Paul Gilbert, so many more), Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlager (Fountainhead, Nader Sadek, Obscura) and Jerry Twyford (Scholomance), that's a very impressive line-up and at a glance this project could go anywhere. Well, it goes to amazing places full of jazz fusion and old-school progressive metal. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Yeah, that's the actual title! Thanks for listening to us for 20 episodes now! We're going to keep going. This week we talk about a bunch of new music, including Sylosis, Babymetal, Voivod, Myrkur, Vektor and Danny Tunker's (Alkaloid) Bare Trap! We also talk about the controversial Patreon by Ne Obliviscaris. Then we go into two topics, the balance between being in a band with friends versus professionalism, and bands that take forever to release their next albums. Then we do our now-weekly "balls deep" on Blind Guardian, which we both really love! Also don't forget the cool people time at the end!
We have two very special guests today! Jimmy Pitts and Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlager, who are involved in so many projects that it's kind of ridiculous. Between them, they've worked with Christian Muenzner, Hannes Grossmann, Obscura, Spastic Ink, Scholomance, Nader Sadek, Cerebric Turmoil and many more. Jimmy's currently playing keyboards for Muenzner's power metal band Eternity's End, and him and Tom are currently crowd funding the Pitts Minneman Project's new album, The Psychic Planetarium on Indiegogo. Top notch prog metal/jazz fusion. We invited them over to have a chat about their projects, but of course it all devolves into talking about a whole slew of topics, and we had a great time!
Me and fellow editor Nick are always on the lookout for more jazz fusion. A lot of progressive metal has jazz influences, but those usually feel more like metal with jazz on the side, whereas pure jazz metal is hard to find. Enter Pitts Minnemann Project, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's an instrumental prog/jazz fusion project featuring Jimmy Pitts of Scholomance and Marco Minnemann of, well, every band ever (Necrophagist, Ephel Duath, Joe Satriani and more). Also in the lineup are Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlager on guitar (including fretless guitar, which he also played on the latest Obscura album) and Jerry Twyford (Scholomance). Excited yet? Well, their new track "Imaginary Numbers" off their upcoming crowd-funded album The Psychic Planetarium is a delightful jazz piece with tasteful sax and trumpet usage. I mean, can it be any more enticing?