Sunday, July 12, 2009

Music News & Notes

SECRETS OF THE MOON: 'Privilegivm' Artwork Unveiled

German progressive black metallers SECRETS OF THE MOON will release their new album, "Privilegivm", on September 11 in Germany and September 14 in the rest of Europe via Prophecy Productions. According to the band. The CD's cover art was designed by "France's best media artist" Metastazis.

"Privilegivm" was was produced by Markus Stock and was mastered by Peter in De Betou at Stockholm, Sweden's Tailor Maid Production.

The group also recorded two more tracks, including the cover of a song from "a well-known band."

SECRETS OF THE MOON last year announced the addition of guitarist K.S.A. to the group's ranks. According to the band, "His skills and his exigent nature just feel right for the band and he already contributed some extremely good ideas to what will become the new album."


Sonata Arctica Unveil Cover Art And Tracklisting For New Album

SONATA ARCTICA, hailing from Finland, have unveiled the new artwork, track listing as well as the album title of their forthcoming album.

“THE DAYS OF GRAYS” will see a worldwide release (excluding Asia) through Nuclear Blast Records on September 21st, 2009



Cesena, Italy's AWAKEN DEMONS has inked a deal with Trustkill Records. The band's new album, "The Mirror", will be released on CD and vinyl on August 25. According to a press release, the CD contains "10 songs of pure aggression" and includes guest appearances by Vincent Bennet (THE ACACIA STRAIN) and Karl Buechner (EARTH CRISIS). Both the European version of the CD and the vinyl release will feature exclusive and rare bonus tracks.

Look for the band to invade the U.S. in 2009 with a full tour kicking off in September as well as a full European tour in November and December.

AWAKEN DEMONS released its debut album, "From Heaven To Hell", in 2007 through Seventh Dagger and subsequently invaded the U.S. with their friends xAFBx and RHINOCEROS.


Sir Paul- The Political Beatle?

So he says, 40 years later, hmmm. Sir Paul has said that it is he who turned the Beatles on to politics, introducing John, Paul and Ringo to the evils of the Vietnam war.

Whereas John Lennon was widely considered the "political one," penning songs like "Revolution" and "Give Peace a Chance" Sir McCartney is now presenting an alternative history. In a forthcoming interview with Prospect Magazine, Sir Paul claims to have been the catalyst for the group's anti-war position.

"Just when we were getting to be well known, someone said to me: 'Bertrand Russell is living not far from here in Chelsea, why don't you go and see him?'" McCartney said. Russell, then in his 90s, was a prominent philosopher and activist. "So I just took a taxi down there and knocked on the door."

"He was fabulous. He told me about the Vietnam war – most of us didn't know about it, it wasn't yet in the papers – and also that it was a very bad war. I remember going back to the studio either that evening or the next day and telling the guys, particularly John, about this meeting and saying what a bad war this was.

"I politicized the Beatles," McCartney insists.

And now he has passed the "megaphone" to a new generation of political artists, he said. People like Bono. Yeah, Ok Sir Paul, we believe you. Yeah, and I am the freaking walrus (how odd for the truth to come out now because John lennon IS the political Beatle- always was- always will be!)


Should Be A Good Flick

The history of the electric guitar as seen from the point of view of three significant musicians: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge and the White Stripes' Jack White:

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