And here is some of the metal + music news so far this week…
Sydney’s Annandale Hotel faces sale
This iconic Sydney hotel will be forced to go up for auction if an investor can’t be found within the next three months. While the owners say that the news is devastating, they’re also realistic: running a live music venue is simply becoming increasingly less viable. But to their credit, they refused to blame the music scene:
“Banks are very tight with hotels at the moment… we do need an investor to build the back of the hotel,” he said. “It can’t just be a venue anymore… you can’t open three hours a night. Venues need to figure out ways to get people in and have them stay longer.”
For the full article, click here.
Music industry berated for exaggerating the impact of piracy
After the recent Limewire piracy case was thrown out for being ‘absurd’, and the music industry having been repeatedly knocked back in court cases over piracy, it’s interesting to read more and more reports that perhaps the industry is exaggerating the impact of piracy. Rather, one argument is that file sharing and piracy online is shifting the seat of power – and that it is this that is really the issue.
A paper by University of Wisconsin Economist, Joel Waldfogel, states:
“We find no evidence that changes since Napster have affected the quantity of new recorded music or artists coming to market. We reconcile stable quantities in the face of decreased demand with reduced costs of bringing works to market and a growing role of independent labels.”
The industry itself, though, is still saying that the potential damage must be incorporated.
For an interesting way to spend a moment of your time, read the full article here.
20 Buck Spin to release debut by thrashers, VASTUM
4. Umbra Interna
5. Carnal Law
6. Spirit Abused
NUCLEAR hit the road for JEHOVIRUS – in Europe!
As some of you might know, Nuclear (thrash metal – Chile) will be heading Europe to promote the album “Jehovirus” during the summer season 2011.
The album, recorded in Chile and mastered in UK by the reknown engineer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited, etc) has received countless reviews and notes by the worldwide metal media such as Metal Hammer Magazine (UK), Terrorizer Magazine (UK), Metal Injection (USA), Close Up Magazine (Sweden) and now it is ready to hit European soil.
Read all reviews at the band’s MySpace blog
The band along with the Insano Booking Agency are still scheduling some dates and looking for promoters, venues and bookers all over Europe for June 2011.
Besides Jehovirus, Nuclear have released two previous records: “Heaven Denied” (2006) , “Ten Broken Codes” (2008) and the live album “Mosh Detonation”(2009). The band shared stage with several bands such as Brujeria, Destruction, Voivod, Forbidden, Toxic Holocaust, Hirax, Joey Belladonna, Grave, just to name a few.
The tour will be supported by italian thrash metal act Amethyst.