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Friday, July 31, 2009

Slayer at Blossom, on Classic Metal Show, plus Manson, Mushroomhead

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:42 AM

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Slayer headlines the Rockstar Mayhem Festival at Blossom tonight (doors 2:15 p.m., Tickets: $25-$49.50). Canton's Marilyn Manson (check your yearbook for Brian Warner) co-headlines. Mushroomhead is playing this show and two other Midwest dates. And you're a damned fool if you don't show up early for Behemoth's set; the black/death metalers will leave bruises all over you, even if you avoid the pit. Their new album, Evangelion, is ridiculously brutal.

Sunday night, you can catch Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo on the Classic Metal show, with an interview by former Metal Show host Chris Aiken.

Slayer's upcoming LP, World Painted Blood, is due late this summer, possibly in early fall. The band will likely play the first single, "Psychopathy Red," tonight. The second single, "Hate Worldwide," is streaming live at ShockHound.com. It's also available as a CD single, exclusively at Hot Topic stores. Talk about your signs of the apocalypse. Read more about the record here.


Marilyn Manson's past couple albums might be duds, but his new feud with the relaunched Buddyhead is pretty amusing. —D.X. Ferris

Skeletonwitch Unveils Gnarly New Album Cover

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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Skeletonwitch — the death/thrash metal band that called Cleveland home briefly — have almost finished recording their second full-length LP, Breathing the Fire.

It won't be out until October 13, but they've just revealed its wicked new artwork by Andrei Bouzikov, who also created the grisly new Municipal Waste cover.

The Cleveland alums are working with producer Jack Endino, who recorded the most recent High on Fire album, in addition to the first Nirvana and Soundgraden records. Check out both parties here. —D.X. Ferris

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cleaning Up Elvis' Last Great Album

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

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Ernst Mikael Jørgensen knows his Elvis Presley history. He can tell you about the quality of the home recording of “Baby What You Want Me To Do.” He can explain why “America the Beautiful” was erased from the Graceland sessions and speculate on the likelihood of previously unreleased Sun Studios material ever seeing the light of day. In other words, he’s the perfect person to oversee an Elvis Presley reissue (and he’s worked with RCA on a number of them). As the producer of the just-released From Elvis in Memphis: Legacy Edition, he hunted down everything from those early 1969 sessions that took Presley back to his Memphis hometown for his first significant recording there in 13 years.

“The challenge is always with technology that gets more and more complicated,” he says, adding that he had to search through 5,000 tapes to put together From Elvis. “You want to replicate these original masters even better. When [Legacy A&R rep] Rob Santos said, ‘We should have the original singles in mono.’ I went like, ‘Where are those tapes?’ We had to dig for them. Of course, everything should be in a vault, but everything isn’t in a vault. A mono back then was a conscious effort to create a sound. It would have been interesting to go back and ask the producers and engineers in detail what exactly they did. Forty years later, that ain’t gonna happen.”

The remastering, however, sounds spectacular: “Stranger in My Own Home Town” retains its harsh blues sound and “In the Ghetto” has a gentle power to it. Backed by the studio band informally known as the Memphis Boys, Presley sounds reinvigorated. The two-disc collection also includes 10 mono singles.

“I think the album cuts on From Elvis in Memphis are very much underrated,” says Jørgensen. “It’s fine that you know ‘In the Ghetto’ and ‘Suspicious Minds,' because pretty much everyone does. But the true beauty of Elvis sitting at piano and hammering out ‘I’ll Hold You in My Heart’ and the drama of ‘Long Black Limousine’ or the fun of ‘After Loving You’ or the blues of ‘Stranger in My Own Hometown’ is just as important. I can see the difference between the hits and non-hits. But that doesn’t matter today. Today, it’s important that there are all these other gems.”

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Prog-Rockers Syzygy Return With a New Prog-Rock-Titled CD

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM

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Local prog-rockers Syzygy celebrate the release of their new album, Realms of Eternity, with a show at the Beachland Ballroom at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The group released its first album, Cosmos and Chaos, as Witsend in the early ’90s. After a lengthy hiatus, they returned with a name change and a new album, The Allegory of Light, in 2003.

The band includes guitarist Carl Baldassarre, keyboardist Sam Giunta, drummer Paul Mihacevich and bassist Al Rolik. Although all the band members sing, on Realms of Eternity, Mark Boals — known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen and Uli John Roth — gave the band a vocals boast. The album, a series of musical reflections on the afterlife, was recorded by veteran local producer/engineer Chris Keffer, who recently joined the staff at Ante Up Audio.

To cap off their celebration, Syzygy travel to Pittsburgh next weekend to perform at the Three Rivers Prog festival at the Pepsi Roadhouse on a bill with veteran prog-rockers Crack the Sky and King’s X. —Anastasia Pantsios

Photo Show: Dave Matthews Band at Blossom, 7/29

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

What wouid you say if we told you Johnny Angell went to see the Dave Matthews Band last night and brought his camera?

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Phantasy Update

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM

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Following a nearby fire earlier this month, two of Lakewood's three Phantasy clubs remain open.

Manager Michele De Frasia says the Chamber is still being cleaned and will remain closed through at least August 11. All Chamber events are taking place in the neighboring Symposium.

Read on for this weekend's adjusted schedule.

Phantasy Nite Club:
Fri. July 31st: Johnnymixxxx BDay Bash feat. Hosted by Lady Phab, Music by DJ Ball. Doors and music 9 p.m., $10 21+/$13 18-20.

Sat. Aug. 1st: The TBS Band with Dead Celebrities (moved from the Symposium to the Phantasy). 8 p.m., $6 21/$9 18-20.

Symposium:
Thurs. July 30: Vanattica, Trenton & Guests. 9 p.m., $6 21+/$9.99,18-20.

Fri. July 31st: Two events:
7 p.m., Royal Waves, Nights, Monolith at Tycho, Stell Park, DeVenny. $6 21+/$9,18-20.

11 p.m., Legion Of Doom w/ Dj Darknave and Dj PhoeniXXX (moved from the Symposium), $3, 21+. —D.X. Ferris

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