December 23rd, 2004

Kind-of, sort-of metal related...

Have any of you guys ever seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra,. I just got back from their show, and it was fuckin' amazing! The light show was so intricate that they had two computers running it...I can remember when I used run the lights for shows we didn't even have one computer- just a lighting board.
The first half was their Xmas routine that they do, but the second half they played mostly non-holiday stuff...a little classic rock, a little classical. Incredible arrangements...so yeah I suck at the whole concert review thing, but if you've never heard of these guys before I definitely recommend checking them out no matter how metal you are.

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hush [by me]

From Blabbermouth.Net

Okay, I have several bits of interesting news for you people here. All of this came from blabbermouth.net.

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The "ultimate" SLAYER tribute band, DEAD SKIN MASK, are in the studio putting the final shine on their CD of 7-8 SLAYER songs. They are looking for distribution and licensing rights for the songs. Tracks set to appear on the disc include "Sex Murder Art", "Dittohead" and "Angel of Death".

For more information, visit deadskinmask.com.

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For any of you that might live in Australia:

SHADOWS FALL and AS I LAY DYING will be teaming up for an Australian tour in February 2005. Support at the shows will come from brutal metalcore act PARKWAY DRIVE. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 16 - Brisbane, Australia @ Arena
Feb. 18 - Sydney, Australia @ Manning Bar
Feb. 19 - Canberra, Australia @ ANU Bar
Feb. 20 - Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel
Feb. 22 - Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers Live
Feb. 23 - Perth, Australia @ Monkey Bar

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Epic Records has set a March 29, 2005 tentative release date for the third MUDVAYNE album, "Lost and Found".

The follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come", "Lost and Found" was recorded at The Plant studio in Sausalito, California with producer Dave Fortman (former UGLY KID JOE guitarist), who has previously worked with SUPERJOINT RITUAL and EVANESCENCE, among others. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Fucking Determined" (first single), "Just", "Happy" and "Pushing Through". Photos from the video shoot for "Fucking Determined", which took place on October 17 at The Avalon (formerly the Limelight) in New York City, have been posted online at this location.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, MUDVAYNE guitarist Greg Tribbett said of the album, "People are gonna be surprised by the rawness. Instead of being all slick, we're definitely going for a raw sound on this record. The last one was pretty smooth and the first record, 'L.D. 50', was raw, so we're kind of mixing it up a little bit."

Upcoming MUDVAYNE shows:

Jan. 29 - Sacramento, CA - Boardwalk
Jan. 30 - Henderson, NV - Roadhouse
Jan. 31 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky
Feb. 02 - San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
Feb. 04 - St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
Feb. 05 - Alsip, IL - O'Malleys
Feb. 06 - St. Paul, MN - The Lab
Feb. 08 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Feb. 09 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Feb. 10 - Toronto, ON - The Reverb
Feb. 12 - Boston, MA - TBA
Feb. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star
Feb. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - TBA
Feb. 16 - Washington, DC - TBA
Feb. 17 - New York, NY - CBGB's
Feb. 21 - Bochum, GER - Matrix Club Vision Party
Feb. 23 - Berlin, GER - Columbia Club
Feb. 24 - Paris, FRA - Boule Noire
Feb. 27 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Mar. 01 - London, UK - Garage
Mar. 02 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts

Cross posted.