Eddie In High-Res Apr27

Eddie In High-Res

As many of you already know, Iron Maiden have just released their entire back catalog in 24-bit high-res format on both OnkyoMusic in Europe and e-onkyo in Japan. A US release will soon follow (my guess is through HDTracks). Here is the official press release: “Onkyo & Pioneer Innovations are delighted to announce the exclusive release via their high res audio download service of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalogue albums encoded from 24-bit high resolution masters, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from their original analogue and digital...

Tidal Whimper Apr23

Tidal Whimper

A few weeks ago, Jay-Z and a star-studded cast of popular artists relaunched Tidal, a subscription based music streaming platform that will supposedly revolutionize the way we consume music. The relaunch event featured some of the biggest names in music over the last few decades, including industry icons like Madonna, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Rhianna to name just a few. If you haven’t yet watched the full press conference for yourself, then here it is for your viewing pleasure: The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. So how did Rhianna, Niki Minaj, and Madonna...

In Flames: Back On Wax Apr22

In Flames: Back On Wax

I’ve covered each of In Flames’ best four albums: Jester Race, Colony, Whoracle, and Clayman, in our Classic Wax section (some might say only good four, but let’s not have that argument here.) At the end of each, I begged and pleaded for somebody, anybody, to reissue the albums on proper heavyweight black vinyl, as the originals, with the sole exception of Whoracle, were all only ever released as limited picture discs, and their scarcity meant prices were sky high. Well it seems somebody at Century Media may have been listening. Last year, every In Flames album from their 1994 debut, Lunar Strain, up through 2011’s Sounds Of A Playground...

Record Store Day 2015 Apr17

Record Store Day 2015

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Well, it’s official. If you thought Record Store Day (RSD) was just another lame, hallmark holiday then buddy boy (or girl), think again. Because now RSD has an official beer. That’s right, this year it’s time to kick back, spin, and get buzzed. And Dogfish Head is not only brewing its Analog Beer in honor of RSD this year, but also hosting its second annual Analog-A-Go-Go, with tickets on sale this Tuesday (only 1000 will be sold). Drink beer, spin vinyl, enjoy live music – life is good. As I think...

Eddie Gets Mastered For iTunes Apr15

Eddie Gets Mastered For iTunes

Iron Maiden recently announced that their entire back catalog has gone through the Mastered for iTunes process and is now available to purchase through iTunes. Here are the pertinent bits from the official announcement: “Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) are delighted to announce the release of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalogue albums which have been Mastered For iTunes (iTunes.com/IronMaiden), encoded from 24-bit/96 khz high resolution masters and now re-mastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from...

Maladie – …Still… Apr09

Maladie – …Still…

Maladie are actually not a band per se but an eclectic bunch of German musicians under the aegis of Björn Köppler, lead guitarist and founding member of Tombthroat. The project originally started as just a solo one, with Köppler humming material on and off for over a decade. But because of the project’s unusually long incubation period, his initial “plague metal” concept grew in such scope that it required outside help to fully realize it. Consequently, Köppler scoured all across the Rhine, enlisting a number of talented musicians to the cause, including the likes of Ahab drummer Cornelius Althammer, lead Shapeshift...