She's one of the best human's on the planet, and keeps us here at MIRP in line. She is the voice of reason, our mediator, the organizer, and an authentic lover of music.
She is always down to see any genre of music with an open mind, she's the only one in a good mood at the end of a hot, all-day outside music festival, she's a great listener, and makes the best pancakes. She keeps your secrets, and I've never heard her say a negative word about anyone. She is void of gossip, and she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
She's also hands-down the best friend anyone could have.
Happy Birthday Susanna, we love you!
It has been reported that one of the guitarists for Babymetal (Mikio Fujioka) has died at the age of 36.
“The ‘Little’ Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES,” Per Babymetal's social media.
MSN, Metro.co.uk and NME have reported that Fujioka died on Jan. 5 "from injuries sustained after falling from an observation deck on Dec. 30," but as far as we at MIRP could find, it has not been confirmed.
Our condolences to Fujioka's family, fans, and friends.
By: Susan Dusse
The first metal releases of 2018 were all about European black metal bands that started in the 1990s.
Released on January 5, 2018 were:
Shining - "X-Varg Utan Flock (Sweden)
Summoning - "With Doom We Come) (Austria)
Watain - "Trident Wolf Eclipse (Sweden)
Sweden’s ViciSolum Productions Signs Denmark’s Road To Jerusalem; MIRP Speaks to Per Møller Jensen (drums) and Josh Tyree (vocals)
Road To Jerusalem just signed a deal with Sweden’s ViciSolum Productions. With their debut release scheduled for early 2018, and a tour currently scheduled as support for Orphaned Land in the spring, anticipation for their full release and the ability to see them live is in full force.
MIRP recently sat down with Road To Jerusalem’s energetic and talented vocalist Josh Tyree and talked at length about the band. You can hear the entire audio interview below.
MIRP also had the pleasure of sitting down with Per Møller Jensen a few months ago, and asked him if the two available songs (“Behold In Now,” and “Under Your Skin”) are a good representation of the entire album. “I think the record covers a lot of ground, so there are more songs that would differ quite a bit from the two mentioned. But I would say yes, because the sound of the band is unmistakable throughout the entire record.”
We also asked Jensen why now was the right time for Road To Jerusalem. “It just feels so right at this point. There were some personal issues in the band, some things had to be overcome and taken care of. The wait became a little longer than any of us had wished, but the strength we had as a group, once united, told us that we picked just the right time.”
You can also view the entire earlier interview with Per Møller Jensen here: http://www.mirp411.com/road-to-jerusalem-inter.html
Road To Jerusalem is:
Andreas Holma - Bass
Josh Tyree - Vocals
Michael Skovbakke - Guitars
Per Møller Jensen - Drums
MIRP and the Portland Metal Community Raise Money to Buy Toys for the Children at Doernbecher Children's Hospital
By: Susan Dusse
Jer (Dimes) had an idea early in 2017. One night at dinner, he said to his team, “Lets put on a series of benefit shows and have local bands record holiday songs for a holiday CD, and every penny we make, lets buy toys for kids at Doernbecher’s Children’s hospital.” Doernbecher was selected because the facility and its amazing doctors and staff treated his brother when he was a child. Well, Jer's vision came to fruition this past weekend. MIRP was able to purchase $1,707 worth of toys for Doernbecher’s and delivered them just in time for Christmas.
We at MIRP would like to thank the following for their participation in this cause. Your talent, time, expense, and love made this possible. Truly, without you, we could not have done this. Together, we did what turned out to be one of the best, most rewarding experiences. We are grateful and so touched by your kindness.
The 8088s (Benefit Show)
Within Sight (Holiday CD)
Othrys (Holiday CD)
McSpencer (Holiday CD)
Von Doom (Holiday CD and Benefit Show)
Boudica (Holiday CD)
Human Studios (Mastering and Production of the Holiday CD)
Magnetic Graphics & Designs (Flyers and CD Printing)
WS Studios (Recording)
Etched in Bone Studio (Recording)
The ThunderBlunder (Recording)
Jake Neely Studios (Recording)
Jar of Lies (A tribute to Alice in Chains) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
Under a Pale Grey Sky (A tribute to Sepultura) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
Motorbreath (A tribute to Metallica) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
Parabola (A tribute to Tool) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
The Brandon Sill’s Project (Benefit Show)
Particle Sun (Benefit Show)
Toxic Zombie (Benefit Show)
The Dope Show (Benefit Show)
Vintersea (Benefit Show)
Agnozia (Benefit Show)
Amerakin Overdose (Benefit Show)
Chainbound (Benefit Show)
We would like to say thank you to Derek Smith and his team at Rock Hard PDX for hosting the events, Christopher Richardson of Smak Dab's for his amazing food, Crave Dog for printing everything, and Magnetic Graphics & Design for creatively designing our materials.
Every once in a while in life you get to do something that makes your heart full. This was that for us, and words simply cannot express the magnitude of our gratitude. We want to say a very special thank you to each and every one of you - the bands, the businesses, all of the friends, fans, and family that supported us. THANK YOU! We are so proud of what we achieved together.
Within Sight – “From the Heart” - Video Review – December 6, 2017
By: Susan Dusse
When the request came to review Within Sight’s new video, I accidently watched the wrong video. So… let me just say, that “The Light Behind Your Lies,” ft. Nate and Thor of Fact and Fiction is a beautiful previously released song and video that you should watch AFTER you watch “From the Heart.”
OK, now to the task at hand.
Reviewing “From the Heart” didn’t feel like a task at all. It is a thoroughly enjoyable video and song. It’s a song that is pleasing to listen to from this Vancouver, Washington, melodic metal/rock/metalcore band. The video draws you into the story from its first moments, and you actually care about the characters. This is an excellent example of great vision and “concept to fruition,” by hotkarlproductions, who is undoubtedly now considered one of the, if not “the,” premier music video producers in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the classic tale of settling versus true love. It’s a feel-good story about love. It’s about the heart having what the heart desires. It’s about that true love that we all want.
The pretty Pacific Northwest scenery showcases our beautiful area nicely, and you realize that what we have in our own backyard is what others pay great money for. The coolest shot is at 3:38; I’ll let you see that for yourself. The videographer/editor’s great eye made something that could be mundane (a band playing live outside) very effervescent. The black rocks of the chosen location, juxtaposed with splashes of natural red tones from the band members’ hair, beards, cymbals, and leaves was beautifully done. While I’m sure it wasn’t accidental or organic, it feels as if it could have happened naturally. Knowing the work of hotkarlproductions, I’m sure it was very well thought out and planned in advance. I say bravo both musically and visually on this one!
From the start I wanted the lead lady to be with the love she longed for, and I wanted to know more about them. Why did they break up in the first place? And up until the final scene, I was still rooting for there to be NO twist in this story. This video kept my attention and I was fully invested.
The song itself, sans video, is a solid modern melodic ballad with an edge. I like this band. They’ve bridged the gap to where I think they will appeal to a wide audience. It’s commercial enough for those not into metalcore, yet still edgy enough to hold the attention of die hard/underground fans. Musically, it’s very well done. Vocally, I’d say the same. I realized while writing this, that I had no concept of time when I first heard the audio, and also when I first watched the video, and at just over five minutes, I would have expected the opposite. When a song stops time, to me that means the song is good, and time stopped for me. “From the Heart,” is pleasing, holds interest, and is very catchy. In much the same style as Amity Affliction, slower Buried in Verona, We Came as Romans, etc., this band has set itself up for success within the genre, with this song. “If you take my hand, I’ll take your breath away.”
Follow Within Sight here: https://www.facebook.com/withinsightband
Swedish medieval metallers APOCALYPSE ORCHESTRA have released a video for the album track, "Theatre of War," which is culled from their The End is Nigh release on Despotz Records.
The video was directed and edited by the band members themselves, using a multitude of photographers, including, Ida Long, Michael Larsson, Catja Ström, Jonas Hammar and Erik Larsson, with projected animations by Mio Dal from designavdal.se.
Regarding the video, the band collectively says, "War. The ultimate madness of the human race. Few things have shaped history as much. Imagine the horror of the peasant soldier, forced by a callous sovereign to march into battle. Bodies and limbs of those fallen strewn on the ground, a veritable feast for the carrion birds circling above . The survivors forever mentally scarred. A rain starts to fall. There is no glory in war."
On February 16, 2018, APOCALYPSE ORCHESTRA will make their first German festival appearance at Frostfeuernächte in Heidesee, near Berlin.
You can watch the video here:
By: Susan Dusse
It is a sad day today. Malcolm Young, co-founder and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC has died at age 64 after his long battle with dementia.
AC/DC is a band that everyone knows. Whether it’s a lyric, an image, an instrument, a riff, something about AC/DC has impacted all of us at some point in our life. Always taking a step back and allowing the spotlight to shine brightly on his little brother, Angus, Malcolm was an important force in AC/DC, and will be sorely missed.
“Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.” – Per a published statement via Rolling Stone Magazine.
“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.” – Angus Young – Taken from AC/DC’s Facebook Page.
Malcolm Young leaves behind his wife, O'Linda; children, Cara and Ross; son-in-law, Josh; three grandchildren; and his sister and brother.
The band plans to set up a memorial website for fans to send words of condolences and share stories.
It has been asked that instead of sending flowers and gifts, that donations be made to The Salvation Army.
All of us at MIRP send our condolences to his family, bandmates, friends, and fans.
See his last performance with AC/DC here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/flashback-ac-dcs-last-show-with-malcolm-young-20141118