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I’ve just heard the news that Alestorm will be coming to New Zealand. This is exciting for 2 reasons – 1. I quite like them and it will be an epically fun night (and I can dress up like a pirate wench, which I probably will do) and 2. If this is a success, it means more of these kind of bands – and by that I mean bands with folky stuff – might come here, and then I wouldn’t have to spend so much money on tickets to Europe. So yay!

But you don’t want to know about that, you want to know about links. What’s happening the in the world of metal and the internet at large?

apocalyptica

They look pretty bummed

The biggest news I’ve seen this week is that Rammstein are suing Apocalyptica for putting a sticker on the front of their album saying it featured Rammstein, when in fact it only featured the singer. Or, I should say, the label is suing Apocalyptica’s label, as I’d like to think Rammstein wouldn’t care all that much, and Apocalyptica probably had no control over the sticker whatsoever. They want about 60 000 euros, which is … a lot of money – more than a tour will earn. I don’t know what this means for Apocalyptica, but it’s probably not good.

And, Rebellion, who wrote one of the best concept albums I’ve ever heard, have lost their drummer and two guitarists. If you’re keen, they’re looking for new members.

I love this concept of a moveable city on rails. The concept by jagnefail milton architects won third place in a design competition for the village of andalsnes in Norway. The idea being the city could be moved for optimum placement for weather, and that every time the tourists returned, they’d be greeted with a whole new city.

Full Metal Jacket. (Yes, this is a jacket)

Gargoyles and Grotesque

A great new feature on No Clean Singing, and a great article, taking a retrospective look at Astarte, a band I’ve always quite liked and thought got a lot of unnecessary flack.

I read this, and it made me feel really sad. Like I should give the writer a hug. Remember how blessed you are to have people who love you!

STFU Parents is a strange site, I think expressing the frustration of those of us who are not that fussed on the wee ones who find ourselves suddenly surrounded by parent talk.

Doom and Gloom for album sales in 2010.

Oh, also, this cracked me up. Dani Filth got the most votes in a competition to find the “icons” of Soffolk. But then the organisers dropped him from the race, despite the fact he had over 11 000 more votes than the next highest runner.

Abandoned NYC subway station

Everything You Need to Know about Bands in 10 seconds.


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