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Full Metal Racket

We’ve been getting threats… ‘we’re going to get you, one by one.’ If we go, we go together.”

The story of Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda over the past three years. Interesting!

This Week In Metal: Opeth, Raunchy, Estonian Idol vs. Lacuna Coil

Opeth have a new record out. This is big new for metal fans, prog junkies and hot topic wannabees across several continents. Trendy though wearing their shirts may be, the band does deliver the goods. There may be too much synth on “Watershed,” but the overall quality is very high.

For those searching for something a little more melodic, Danish “futuristic hybrid metal” pioneers Raunchy have streamed their entire new album on MySpace. The aptly titled “Wasteland Discotheque” is full of catchy hooks and dystopic rhythm passages. Does the record match the lofty standards set by 2004’s “Confusion Bay” and 2006’s “Death Pop Romance?” Time will tell.

In less relevant but more titillating news, Estonian Idol winner Jana Kask performed Lacuna Coil’s “Swamped” as part of one of the show’s final episodes. Apparently, two of the judges thought her version was better than the original. Better than the original?  Video evidence below-

Jana Kask – “Swamped”

Lacuna Coil – “Swamped”

This Week In Miscellanea: “Taking The World By Storm”

Homeless Online

FIRST: Homeless Nation

An initiative begun by documentary film maker Daniel Cross, HN seeks to enfranchise homeless Canadians by providing them with access to a virtual community and supporting them with online advocacy. Some of the site’s features are pretty chilling, but they do seem to work

SECOND: In The NewsThe Japanese Love Pussy

al-Qaeda is apparently on the run.

The Japanese like cats.

The BBC has wisely chosen Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett to create their mascots for the Beijing Olympics.

…and is the convergence of gaming and social networking the new definition of web 2.0?

THIRD: Heavy Metal of two different types

Military (SARCOS exo),

and Musical (Kataklysm – “Taking the World by Storm”).

 

Now On Your Metal Radar: Arsis, CoB, Heaven Shall Burn

\m/The mighty Children of Bodom have a new record out and the first single, “Banned From Heaven” is available for streaming on MySpace. Check out a new video as well.

Arsis are part of a new wave of American metal; best described as mixing old school thrash, technical death, and blackened vocals, the band is quick and brutal. Hear new music here.

…and for the politically minded, Germany’s Heaven Shall Burn are a must. Intelligent, beligerent and innovative, HSB’s style is a unique mixture of industrial, thrash and melodic death. The song “Endzeit” is perhaps the best I’ve heard so far this year. This is the new thinking man’s metal!

Neck Snapper’s Symphony

Trip, Dakalos – are you ready to freak out? You need to be sure you’re ready. Like, duct tape your headphones to your head or something. Are they taped on? Ok… GO!