On April 6 2014, Ultimate Warrior returned to WWE for his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Three days later, the iconic Superstar who was born as James Brian Hellwig passed away all of a sudden. Requiescat in pace and thanks for the show.

On April 6 2014, Ultimate Warrior returned to WWE for his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Three days later, the iconic Superstar who was born as James Brian Hellwig passed away all of a sudden. Requiescat in pace and thanks for the show.


Harsh Sounds of the Week #2

This week had been clouded by the too soon death of Dave Brokie, who as Oderus Urungus fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades. Brockie remained a constant in the band that has had a revolving door of members, including lead guitarist Cory Smoot (34), who was found dead on the band’s tour bus in North Dakota in 2011. GWAR released it’s latest album, Battle Maximus in Septemer 2013 and from this very album I’d like to play a tune as the first entry of this weeks Harsh Sounds of the Week.

Gojira

The band which originates from Bayonne in south-west France was formed in 1996 and had been previously known as Godzilla. Joe Duplantier, the older of the two founding brothers, was also bassist for Cavalera Conspiracy from 2007 to 2008. Their style is not easily classifiable as they blend several styles. Though loosely rooted in (technical) death metal, they are also highly influenced by by thrash, groove and progressive metal. Gojira plays a technical and rhythmic style of heavy metal with precision drumming, unusual rhythm patterns, and start-and-stop riffs. If you are expecting the standard verse, chorus, verse thing you might get the shock of your life as this is the most uncommon way of songwriting to Gojira. Vocals are ranging from screaming to growling and clean parts.

The band is by no means new to me, but they released a new video to their 2012 released album L’Enfant Sauvage.

Hamferð

If you have read last weeks Harsh Sounds of the Week you might remember that I stated that I never had the Faroe Islands on my personal metal map. I have never been so wrong. Ironically I just saw Hamferð which are originating from the Faroe Islands live on wednesday night as the supporting act to Amorphis. Hamferð is a Faroese word that describes the epiphany of dead/missing seamen. Their sluggish, depressive and purely griefing interpretation of doom metal reminded me a lot of a modern version of Forest of Equilibrium by British Doom Metal legends Cathedral. Founded in 2008, this six piece outlet won the Wacken Metal Battle competion at the W:O:A 2012.

Nervosa

Hailing over from São Paulo, all-female Brazillian Thrash Metal band Nervosa have released their debut album Victim of Yourself on March 11. They feature strong influences from classic old-school thrash metal bands, such as Slayer, Sepultura and Exodus, perfectly mixed with original and characteristic features inserted in the songs by each of the bandmembers.


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The smile of a loved one. Your childhood blanket. A handsome bodyguard to take you in his arms. “Security” can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says “security” like Tumblr’s two-factor authentication. It’s available as an option in your Settings page as of right now.
You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard.
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The smile of a loved one. Your childhood blanket. A handsome bodyguard to take you in his arms. “Security” can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says “security” like Tumblr’s two-factor authentication. It’s available as an option in your Settings page as of right now.

You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard.

Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile. Learn more about two-factor authentication today.

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The Art of Flow. Awesome demonstration of Karambit, Stick and Sword flows by Doug Marcaida of Rochester Kali.


David Murray Brockie (50), better known as #GWARs founder and lead singer Oderus Urungus, was found dead inside his home on the evening of March 23. There has not been reported any cause of death yet. Goodbye, Dave. Requiescat in pace.

David Murray Brockie (50), better known as #GWARs founder and lead singer Oderus Urungus, was found dead inside his home on the evening of March 23. There has not been reported any cause of death yet. Goodbye, Dave. Requiescat in pace.

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Harsh Sounds of the Week - Reloaded

Recently I noticed that there is a lack of activity on my site, especially in terms of original content. Though Tumblr is pretty much about reblogging which makes it easy to generate content, I have never been much into that so I avoid it as far as I can.

While thinking on how to generate a bit more activity I recalled for some reason a statement by my twin sister in spirit — Carmen, you rock! — roughly quoted:

I always thought I know something about metal music, but if I see Jens and you keep posting on #metalmittwoch all sorts of stuff across all genres than I feel that I know nothing.

There was a regular post series on my blog prior to moving to Tumblr which was called Harsh Sounds of the Week. Addressing new or rarely known bands as well as generally my findings during the course of the week had been the main purpose of this series. The idea of doing so is still quite appealing to me and therefore it is right now kick-off time.

Suffer Yourself

Terrorizer describes polish based trio Suffer Yourself's debut album Inner Sanctum as “tortured, depressive doom majesty”, and boy, it really is a majesty. Majesty is the keyword, the album is epic by all means, but the label of Funeral Doom Metal is somewhat misleading as there is such a heavy death metal influence that it should be rather considered as very, very, very slow played death metal album than actually doom metal.

Website: Suffer Yourself

Reduced to Ash

Reduced to Ash is a four piece hailing from Tórshavn which is the capital of — brace yourself — the Faroe Islands. Tórshavn is quite popular for an annually held Jazz Festival, but not for metal in particular, at least I cannot come of with any other metal band from there. To date they just released a demo which can be downloaded for free from their Soundcloud account offering a quite pleasing melodic death songwriting.

Website: Reduced to Ash

Bucovina

Bucovina is a historical region on the northern slopes of the northeastern Carpathian Mountains and the adjoining plains as well as the name of a traditional/folk five piece from that very region. The band had been founded in 2000, and released two full-length albums till today. Taken from their 2010 released EP called Duh.

Website: Bucovina

The Big Jazz Duo

Franceschetti, Perna, Gilardenghi, Salerno and Pigoni - euphonious last names, as well as Alessandria in Bella Italia sounds beautiful and lovely. Do not get deceived. This five guys are playing a quite brutal deathcore since the bands foundation in 2011. On 4th November 2013 they released their first EP called Of Imperishable Heroes, demonstrating that deathcore is serious shit.

Website: The Big Jazz Duo

Meytal Cohen

Last but not least and not in particular a band, but Meytal Cohen totally impressed me with her talent and skills showcased in a drum cover of Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy.

Website: Meytal Cohen


Scavenger Hunt

March is apparently a good month for metal related news, either to the better or worse. Bad news first, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society became the prey of a perky thief who stole his Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar along with his leather vest out of his tour bus approximately 10PM Friday night (March 14th). Anyone with information on the thievery is urged to contact Wylde via his Twitter account @ZakkWyldeBLS or the local police in Chicago which is on the case.

Arch Enemy announced on March 17th, that Angela Gossow will leave the band as the singer which is actually bad news, but she gets replaced by Alissa White-Gluz the former vocalist of The Agonist. The Agonist itself is now with Vicky Psarakis, a vocal teacher originating from Athens/Greece.

Opeth is going to release their 11th studio album during the course of June. Heritage, the predecessor of the upcoming album, generated a lot of controversial commentary throughout the fanbase and there is a reasonable suspicion this will also apply for the next shot:

”If it sounds like us, that’s good. And if it sounds like something we don’t know, that’s also good,” begins Åkerfeldt. “This album has some parts that sound like us and some parts that sound kind of new too. It’s a bit heavier than Heritage at times and it’s a bit more melodic. I think it should be a bit easier to get into this record because there’s a lot of focus on the melodies. We’re a progressive band. Sometimes we sound like a metal band and sometimes we don’t.”

In my humble opinion Heritage had been a fantastic album, proving once more that artistic impulses dictate their direction rather than pure commerce.

Speaking of Mikael Åkerfeldt, the biggest news is coming from one of his former involvements. Bloodbath is currently about to record a new album.

Based on the original cryptic note from the band released in February, it became apparent that there will be a new vocalist on the album — one who is neither Mikael Åkerfeldt nor Peter Tägtgren. The band started a scavenger hunt and provided a clue to the new vocalist’s identity by listing a string of deadly disasters that all occurred in 1971 — the year of the new vocalist’s birth. On 27th Februrary they dropped the next hint, leaving a photo with this attached comment: Behold the new Bloodbath lead beard!

Yesterday the band published the above photo accompanied by the following statement:

We start recording drums in.. 4 days! Meanwhile, the new singer calls in from his abode to make a it very clear that he accepts no ‘smartphone metal’ on this album! So it shall be done!”

Taking the call booth in front into account and the general look of the houses, this looks sort of a rural british village. Either this means the new vocalist is coming from the UK or most of his recording sessions had been done there. I suspect it is more likely to be the first, so who could be the new singer?

Many sites threw Jörgen Sandström of Torture Division and The Project Hate MCMXCIX into the game. Great choice, but he is clearly from Sweden so way off place. Born in 1971, coming from the UK, cultivating a beard and matching Bloodbath in some way; the only candidate I can think of who meets all of those requirements and therefore is my current guess is:

Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost.

Any other ideas?


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Music back in the day

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Music back in the day

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A perfect blend of a legend, a freak, a beast and a wookie

While compiling my playlist for last weeks #metalmittwoch on Google+, I noticed that there is an upcoming album by a new metal supergroup named Killer be Killed which looks quite promising. Actually I have intended to add a track of their debut album to my playlist, but could not find one last week. In the meantime Nuclear Blast released two songs in a video on their YouTube channel.

For those who missed it so far, Killer be Killed is the new project launched by Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (ex-Mars Volta). Though I have never been fond of using the term “Supergroup”, but Killer be Killed has all the collective talent to become one of the best supergroups in history. Each member has achieved extreme success in their many endeavors so expectations are high for the new quartet. The debut album, which is supposed to be released on May 9, 2014 in Europe (UK: May 12, Rest: May 13) had been produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira).

Finally, here is the video.


IE9 vs Linear Gradient/Border Radius

Do you know this feeling when you’d love to bang your head on the table in endless agony as you have to maintain a web-based UI or Website and Internet Explorer does not play well along once again? To cut a long story short: I have to maintain such a web-based UI and had to solve an issue with a div-based dialog which did not want to close by the ‘x’ button. After some investigation it turned out that PIE.htc and the minified CSS/JS of the UI had been an unfortunate combination.

The main reason to utilize PIE rests upon the fact that Internet Explorer promises some CSS3 features which are either broken or had been declared as finished after half way. One of the things that simply suck are linear gradients in combination with border-radius as they are often used in buttons, in one word: FAIL.

With IE9, you can avoid this issue by using an inline SVG background in the CSS which is also supported almost everywhere. Ironically Microsoft even created an SVG Gradient Background Creator. If you should use it, you should manually wrap the URL in a single-quote to avoid issues with CSS minifiers [url(‘..’) instead of url(..)].


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