Mayhem remaster and re-issue ‘Grand Declaration of War’

Mayhem
remaster and re-issue
‘Grand Declaration of War’

Style: Black Metal

Black metal legends MAYHEM are announcing the re-release of ‘Grand Declaration of War (2000), which is completely remastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios (UK). The album is slated for release on December 7th, 2018.

To get a taste of the new offering in comparison of the original 2000 version, please check out the special made video here..

Line-up GDOW (2000) Maniac – vocals Necrobutcher – bass  Hellhammer – drums Blasphemer – guitars

The cover of ‘Grand Declaration of War (2018)’ has been created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, BÖLZER, ZHRINE)

In 2018, “Grand Declaration of War” was remastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano in the Orgone Studios (UK). He comments on the remaster:

“It was a challenging remix to do, starting with the now obsolete format it was recorded in (ADAT). When we got the tapes, they were sent to a tape transfer specialist here in the UK and they were in a tape incubator for a couple of days to ensure the the tapes weren’t destroyed when played back on the ADAT deck (tape doesn’t age well if not stored correctly). Although the overall recording of GDoW was done to a very high standard, the main two things that bugged me was the drum sound and the overall crispiness/digital thin-sound of it (ADAT’s don’t sound very good IMO). The biggest challenge (you guessed it) was the drums.

Hellhammer recorded on an early Roland Vdrum kit with real cymbals. Back then those clicky, super compressed drum sounds were cool, but I think most of us agree these days that it’s an unnatural sound and the samples themselves weren’t that good. I had to split each tom hit into a separate track, which was very time consuming. I literally had to go pretty much though every drum hit to make sure the new samples were triggering correctly and believe me, there are A LOT of drum hits on this album. My goal was to make it sound more like a real kit. After much work and refining, Hellhammer came to visit me at my studio for a few days where we went through every drum track to ensure it was accurate to his performance.

The bass guitar pretty much didn’t exist on this album! After bringing it it forward and beefed it up, I was surprised to hear some very cool bass lines that I’ve never noticed before. The recorded guitar sounds were killer actually, they were just a little thin and crispy so I gave them more “body” and a bit more “warmth” without hindering Rune’s quantum precision. I was told by Rune that Maniac didn’t want any changes to his voice and I totally respect that. I painstakingly compared the original album vocal effects and levels to preserve it as close as I could. I ended up mastering the album to analogue tape to get a bit more warmth, depth and bottom end. I hope you all enjoy this new mix of this legendary album!”

On further news, MAYHEM are releasing a unique box, containing not only both LP versions of ‘Grand Declaration of War’, but also the 12″ LP’s of ‘Chimera’ (2004) & ‘Ordo ad Chao (2007)’, the 10″ EP of ‘Wolf’s Liar Abyss’ (1997), and two 10″ EP’s containing never released bonus tracks all bound together in a very special leather box.

Tracklist
1. A Grand Declaration of War (4:15)
2. In the Lies Where upon you lay (6:01)
3. A Time to Die (1:49)
4. View From Nihil; Pt. 1 (3:05)
5. View From Nihil; Pt. 2 (1:17)
6. A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun, Pt. 1 (0:34)
7. A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun, Pt. 2 (4:28)
8. Crystalized Pain In Deconstruction (4:11)
9. Completion In Science Of Agony, Pt. 1 (9:47)
10. To Daimonion (3:27)
11. Untitled I (4:54)
12. Untitled II (0:07)
13. Completion In Science Of Agony, Pt. 2 (2:15)
Total: 46:10



Formats:  CD Digipak – LP Gatefold in various colours and Cassette.

Mix & Master (2018)
Jaime Gomez Arellano, Orgone Studios (UK)

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Photo-report GHOST at Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival 2017.

Photo-report GHOST at Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival 2017.

Rock-Pix Media was once again guest, like every year at Alcatraz Hardrock and Metal Festival and bring you a daily photo-report in word and image,  A full ALCATRAZ report follows asap by another co-operator.

GHOST was the headliner for Friday  11/08/2017 – 22:300:00  It’s been one hell of a year for Ghost. Rumors started circulating that the band had canned its entire lineup outside Papa Emeritus when he was the only one to show up to accept a Grammy, and the rumors were fueled even further once Magna Carta Cartel’s Martin Persner outed himself as a former member of Ghost.

But who is The man behind Papa Emeritus,Did you perhaps recognize him last Friday at Alcatraz ?…

Check our photo-report and Enjoy.

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Nieuwe single Silverstein

Silverstein Ghost

Nieuwe single Silverstein

De Canadese post-hardcore band Silverstein heeft een nieuwe single en videoclip uitgebracht.
Daarbij schrijven ze het volgende: “Hey everyone! We are so excited to be releasing a brand new single (and video) for you today! The song is called “Ghost” and we are super happy with how it came out. It was cool to spend so much time on just one track and we feel like this song really has it all. Have a listen (or a watch, or both) and drop us a line letting us know how you liked it. Hopefully this tides you over until next year when we have a new full lenght album! Peace & Love

 

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Psychedelic Stoner Rock – A DEVIL’S DIN – New Album ‘Skylight’ – Release Date: June 17th

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Psychedelic Stoner Rock – A DEVIL’S DIN – New Album ‘Skylight’ – Release Date: June 17th

If you’re a fan of Ghost, Syd Barrett/Floyd, Psych-era Beatles, Early Sabbath, 70’s prog: Yes, King Crimson, etc, QOTSA, Tool, My Bloody Valentine then this is one to check out! Montreal, QC based psychedelic stoner rockers with a tinge of metal A DEVIL’S DIN are returning in 2016 with their new album ‘Skylight’ being released via their indie label Island Dive Records on June 17th to follow up 2011’s debut ‘One Day This Will All Be Yours’.

I’ve included their links and info below and love to hear your thoughts on media coverage (review, interview, feature airplay of single, contests, etc.) Note: Limited CDs available.

The first single / video and album title track ‘Skylight’ was released earlier this week.

Vocalist / guitarist David Lines comments on the track:

“The heavy, fuzzed-out guitar riff leaps right out of the starting gate and sets the vibe for the rest of the song, which is the general theme of the album, an ode to the psychedelic experience we like to present. I wanted to write a song that illustrated some of the things I’ve seen or experienced under the influence of acid.

It truly is a subjective reality that we’re all living and you can’t really get to know that concept any better than when you’re dosed out of your gills. It [LSD] has had such a huge impact on my being; it’s helped me see the world differently, more connected, and helped me realize that we are energy masquerading as flesh and bone. So anyways, I wanted to put all this in a little rock song as a kind of a “thank you” to the chemical. If Albert Hoffman was still alive, I would have loved to have him hear it! To add, musically, ‘Skylight’ at its core, is a straightforward psych/rock nugget, but it is adorned with tasty guitar melodies that interweave with a very hooky vocal melody, something that the songwriting of A Devil’s Din works hard at creating. I like melodies that go places, that stretch out over bar or two, or more.

In the end, it’s things like the Beatles or even Burt Bacharach that wind up inspiring me to conceive of long, twisty melodies, that hopefully will burrow in your ear and stay a while!”adevilsdin-skylight-cover2016

Quick info: A DEVIL’S DIN is made up of 3 musicians born in the Old World who traveled across the ocean to find each other in Montreal, QC where they were drawn together by a mutual love of melodic, innovative, inventive and daring rock / metal tinged music. Fusing the colourful sounds of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd & the psychedelic-era Beatles with intensity of classic power bands like Sabbath, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, as well as the boundary-pushing adventure of Yes, Gentle Giant and King Crimson, A DEVIL’S DIN is an uncommon and uncompromising voice in modern music.

1. Skylight (3:14)
2. Phaze Ulysses (3:29)
3. Never The Same Thing (5:20)
4. Bow To Thee, Absurde (3:43)
5. I Don’t Know (7:06)
6. Nature Of The Beast (4:23)
7. For A While (5:38)
8. Eye’s Pie (4:05)
9. Prequel (5:20)

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