Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
Hola! Max Cavalera and his men delivered a really heavy album, Enslaved. It´s good that one can´t see or smell Max when listening to the album because it could turn one off from the otherwise mighty creation. Brutal hardness is mixed with melodic and slightly oriental impact. It looks like bassist Tony Campos (Ex-Static-X) and Drummer David Kinkade (Borknagar) really brought in some influences. Six grandiose songs and three somewhat boring fillers two of which are joined in with guest singers- is the result. Dez Fafara (Devildriver) and Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) in „Resistance“ and „Redemption of the Man by God“ could have been left out. But let´s get to the six hard-hitters: „Intervention“, „Gladiator“, „Legions“, „American Steel“, „Treachery“ and „Revengeance". „Revengeance" is the last track and the most personal one in the slavery-themed album. Like the songs "First Commandment", "Pain", and "Tree of Pain", it´s dedicated to his stepson, Dana Wells, who passed away in a car accident in 1996. Mr. Cavalera sings together with his stepson Richie and his brother Igor, who also plays bass -furthermore, his son Zyon plays drums. As far as the production goes, there is nothing to complain. Nice, nice. The only minus points come from the fillers.