Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of The Ramones, has died aged 65 in New York. The drummer died on Friday following cancer treatment. Green Express from Brazil, our former FRESH ACT, made their album GEX available worldwide, also itunes etc! More info www.greenexpressmusic.com
The first bands for the METAL4SPLASH OPEN AIR 24.- 26.07.2014, Weichelsee, Rotenburg, GER, are confirmed: Hatesphere, Suidakra, Orden Ogan, Deadlock, Lay Down Rotten, Dark Tranquility www.metal-splash.de
The new site gigflip.com uses the crowdfunding concept for the promotion of live events to connect artists and fans. Website is in German language only / for German area only at the moment, but keep an eye on the site and their proceedings ...
Usually when faced with a one-man project and something that hints at Black Metal (like the title "Spellbook"), I tend to hide under the kitchen table, begging for mercy. Yet it´s worth to risk a glimpse from under the table because there can be positive surprises.
Haiduk, this Canadian one-man-project, namely guitarist Luka Milojica, is such a positive surprise. First, nothing to do with Black Metal (well, at least not much) - it´s a fistful of Old-School-Thrash right in your face right from the start. When STALKER colleague Fuchs found flaws in the sound of the previous release, I cannot find anything to criticise about the sound on this one. This self-release can compete with "professionals" in every aspect, also regarding artwork, booklet layout etc - all very well done, and nice graphics for the lyric sheets.
As those 10 songs hardly display any of those BM criteria I was so afraid to hear, I am pleased indeed. Only "Hex" features BM elements, a more epic-atmospheric sound and moderate groove. Otherwise I´d compare this mix of technical Thrash-Death, aggressive and precise Speed-Riffs, Blastbeats and a devilish growl voice with early Slayer or Morbid Angel. And I can hardly find anything to complain - well, a bit more diversity in the songwriting maybe and I´d given even more points. For Slayer-fans this must be a 10 out of 10... a good album indeed, recommendable!