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#341 of 348 OFFLINE   Don Giro

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Posted January 30 2014 - 04:18 PM

Some of it...problem is that there are FOUR duets on it:  one with Tarja (great song), one with Howard Jones (the ex-Killswirtch Engage singer, not the cheeseball English guy from the '80s), another with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum (please), and a fourth with...rapper Xzibit.  It's out next Tuesday...

 

I have finally made peace with the fact that WT are now a rock band FAR removed from the Gothic/Symphonic band I loved so dearly.  New WT is better than NO WT...


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#342 of 348 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted February 03 2014 - 12:04 PM

Oy.


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#343 of 348 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted February 07 2014 - 11:42 AM

There's a preview of Sirius/ XM at the moment, and this morning on the Octane channel, they mentioned that Within Temptation will be doing an in-studio acoustic set at noon tomorrow. I have no idea whether they delay stuff on the west coast.

 

I probably won't have a chance to hear it, but from the reactions to their new material so far, it doesn't sound like I'll be missing much. :(


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Posted February 18 2014 - 04:01 AM

Finally heard the new album...and I like it!  I can't believe I'm saying it, but having Xzibit rap on that track actually adds a lot of power to the song!  In other WT news, "Hydra" sold 15,000 units in the U.S. its first week of release, which is UNHEARD of for a band in this genre (not even Nightwish).  They are now bona fide rock stars in Europe...they're headlining Wembley Arena in the UK soon...

 

Saw Leaves' Eyes last night, so I've now seen all of my "Big 4" of female-fronted symphonic metal live (Nightwish, Epica, WT, and Leaves' Eyes).  They were far better than I even expected them to be!  I thought that Liv was one of those singers who stands in one spot all night, but I couldn't have been more wrong.  She was all over the place!  She headbangs and "throws the devil horns" a lot, too.  The place went batshit crazy when she hit the high notes during "Symphony of the Night."

 

A big highlight for me was that there was a woman there with her tiny daughter sitting on her shoulders.  She couldn't have been more than four years old, with her hair in pigtails, a huge smile on her face, and the tiniest Nightwish T-shirt I've ever seen.  What was even better was she had her tiny hand up in a "devil horn" salute the whole night.  A few folks thought she may be Alex and Liv's daughter, but it's doubtful.  The huge smile of surprise on Liv's face when she spotted the little girl was priceless, and the gesture of acknowledgment was very nice.  The only thing I DIDN'T like was that you'd think the mother would have supplied ear plugs for her...

 

Not sure if you know, but Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity (who went on before L'sE) have interchangeable members.  One of the guitarists plays in both bands, and Alex Krull sings in both, so between both sets, it's like a headlining show for those guys.  What's weird is that neither band had a bass player; I guess the backing tracks provided that bottom end.

 

I've never been the biggest Moonspell fan in the world, but they were phenomenal live!  I had to leave before their set ended (I work very early in the morning).  Spectacular night out, all around..


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She comes at night, when you're all alone
And when she whispers, your blood shall run cold
You'd better hide before she finds you...

#345 of 348 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted April 08 2014 - 09:12 AM

I suppose this could've gone in the Kickstarter thread, but this one needs the traffic. :)

 

https://www.kickstar...rst-full-length


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Posted May 20 2014 - 02:45 AM

I FINALLY got to see Floor Jansen live with her band ReVamp a few weeks back, opening for the always incredible Iced Earth and surprisingly great Sabaton.  She was absolutely amazing, and is without a doubt the best female rock singer alive.  Being the first band on a three-band, male-dominated bill, I was completely taken by surprised at how well she was received by the crowd, who kept chanting "ReVamp!  ReVamp!" after they left the stage.  We couldn't get anywhere near her merch booth when she arrived there to meet fans, so we just stared at all six feet of her in awe.  I went to the bathroom, and when I came back, my friend John was still in the same spot, just gazing at her.

 

Big shows coming up later this year, all in October for me:  Sonata Arctica/Delain/Xandria, followed by Within Temptation/Amaranthe (I had something to do with Amaranthe getting the tour, believe it or not), and then Eluveitie four days after that.

 

I started writing record reviews for a British forum called Black Phoenix Rising, and they're pretty happy with my work.  The first I did is for the debut album by Savn, a "supergroup" of sorts from two guys from The Sins of Thy Beloved and Carmen from Midnattsol.  It's possibly my favorite album of 2014 so far.  I just reviewed the new Xandria album as well, a reviewI am much more pleased with (I haven't done anything like this on over 20 years, so I'm a little rusty).  Now they want me to review an upcoming EP by an unknown (but excellent) band, so I haven't found much time to explore the new Epica album (I've only heard it once so far...it's WAY better than the last one).

 

I just heard "Herons," the new album from Evenoire last night, and it is pretty spectacular...

 

If you'd like to read what I've written about Savn and Xandria, just follow the links...


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She comes at night, when you're all alone
And when she whispers, your blood shall run cold
You'd better hide before she finds you...

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Posted June 03 2014 - 05:34 AM

My most loved reward (other than the second show) is the hour-long :"tour journal" of the band going all through the world. It's just about surreal when they go from playing expansive venues and celebrations all through Europe and Japan, and afterward seeing them sound-weighing in a TINY club in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their transport driver brings up the little venue, and the band appear as though they simply couldn't care less, in light of the fact that they FINALLY got to play in the U.s....



#348 of 348 OFFLINE   Don Giro

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Posted June 06 2014 - 02:36 AM

I just realized that all those shows I mentioned are in September, not October...

 

 

My most loved reward (other than the second show) is the hour-long :"tour journal" of the band going all through the world. It's just about surreal when they go from playing expansive venues and celebrations all through Europe and Japan, and afterward seeing them sound-weighing in a TINY club in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their transport driver brings up the little venue, and the band appear as though they simply couldn't care less, in light of the fact that they FINALLY got to play in the U.s....

 

You're talking about the Within Temptation "Black Symphony" tour diary, right?  I LOVED the part with the tiny club!  Have you ever seen the tour diaries they did with the "Silent Force Tour" DVD? There's about three hours of "tour diaries" on that one.  You need a DVD player that can play PAL:  The Silent Force Tour DVD


When she embraces, your heart turns to stone
She comes at night, when you're all alone
And when she whispers, your blood shall run cold
You'd better hide before she finds you...




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