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The Heavy Metal Roadshow

The Heavy Metal RoadshowThe Heavy Metal Roadshow is a roadie-led international scene report on the state of Heavy Metal as it approaches its 40th Birthday. It consists of an inside look at the people who make up the fabric of heavy metal in the UK, the US and Sweden from both a historical and current perspective. All four episodes are now Continue reading →

Slipknot defend drummer’s health issues

Joey JordisonSLIPKNOT have put an end to speculation surrounding their drummer’s health.  The rockers said they had to scrap some of their shows because of personal reasons but insisted drummer Joey Jordison is not “dead or dying”. The band pulled out of a music festival appearance in Washington on 22 August after the star was allegedly hospitalised with a “severe medical emergency.”  The group then cancelled all their upcoming shows in August and September which sparked fresh fears for Jordison’s health.  Bassist Paul Gray issued a Continue reading →

PRIMITAI – new single and live dates announced

Primitai South East 80-style rockers Primitai release their new single “The Craft” on September 14th through Green China Records. It’ll be available from iTunes and all major download sites. Primitai return with their new single ‘The Craft,’ a high energy fuelled rock / metal offering from the South East based group. Nick (lead guitar & backing vocals) and Jamie (bass) are based in Sandhurst, Guy (vocals) is located in London, Chris (drums) resides in Southampton and Srdjan (guitar) originally from Bosnia, lives in Reading. Since forming in 2003 whilst at college in Sandhurst, they have built up a dedicated fan base from constantly gigging across the UK. Their experience from playing live combined with their improvisation and the ability to put on a phenomenal live show is what helped them reach the finals of ‘Surface Unsigned.’

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paradise-lostFor the first time, British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST will be releasing their demos “Paradise Lost” (1988) and “Frozen Illusion” (1989) officially on CD! These raw recordings, which saw the band still firmly rooted in the field of doomy death metal, are being accompanied by six live tracks from the “Plains Of Desolation” bootleg, which has never been officially released as well. All songs have been digitally remastered and the release is strictly limited!

Guitarist Greg Mackintosh states:

“Well what can I say about the re-release of our demos? This delves right down into our murky, sludgy beginnings. They may not be the best produced demos ever, but they really sum up the raw honesty of a very exciting time in the UK and European underground heavy music scene. We always preferred our demos to our first album as we felt that the demos more succinctly captured the “wallowing in a quagmire” sound. Hopefully these recordings will be taken for what they are …
the prime evil foundations of what was later to become Gothic Metal!”

Featuring extensive liner notes by vocalist Nick Holmes and a stunning vinyl replica packaging, “Drown In Darkness – The Early Demos” is a must-have for every PARADISE LOST fan and despite all its roughness, a sonic manifest of the early days of one of the most influential metal bands ever!

See below for the exact track-listing:

PARADISE LOST – “Drown In Darkness – The Early Demos” (57:26)

1. Drown In Darkness (4:38)
2. Internal Torment (5:05)
3. Morbid Existence (2:38)
4. Paradise Lost (5:24)
5. Internal Torment (5:40)
6. Frozen Illusion (5:16)
7. Internal Torment (live) (4:40)
8. Our Saviour (live) (5:56)
9. Plains Of Desolation (live) (4:10)
10. Drown In Darkness (live) (4:37)
11. Paradise Lost (live) (5:34)
12. Nuclear Abomination (live) (3:48)

Tracks 1 – 3 taken from the “Paradise Lost” demo (1988)
Tracks 4 – 6 taken from the “Frozen Illusion” demo (1989)
Tracks 7 – 12 taken from the “Plains Of Desolation” bootleg (1989)

“Drown In Darkness – The Early Demos” will be released via Century Media Records in Europe on May 25, 2009! The brand-new PARADISE LOST studio album is expected to surface in September 2009!
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The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show.

eurovision-song-contestAlready for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…

How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Ambitious project
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!

The successes
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.

The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

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