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Metal Shopping Guide in Singapore

We often receive enquiries from metalheads coming to Singapore about where to get their dose of heaviness. Here’s a short guide to metal shopping in Singapore. In this guide, we cover physical platforms by which you can get your metal fix – whether it is for records, t-shirts or accessories.

We understand that there have been multiple guides on vinyl and music shopping in Singapore posted online, so here we list down only those that have a particular interest in metal and its related genres.

Record shops – please get in touch with us to be listed here.

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GHOST’s Secular Haze – Circus Music?

So who hasn’t heard the new Ghost track? Anyway, here it is, and embrace yourself for some of the most ridiculous 5 minutes:

Circus, festival, carnival music, anyone?

Opus Eponymous lived up to its title and its hype, but for now, we can only hope now that this is the worst song from the upcoming album…

WINTERSUN To Release Finnish Democracy

Jari was one of my personal favourite musicians during my first forays into extreme metal, first following his works with Ensiferum and later Wintersun, with the self-titled Wintersun leaving a particularly deep memory and eventually becoming one of my favourite melodic death metal albums of all time. The epic soundscape that the band managed to create, along with the songs and themes of winter were extremely charming, and could easily be considered one of its kind, if not, the best of its kind at the point of its release.

Over the years though, mainman Jari has continuously postponed updates and the release of information regarding the follow-up album, Time. 8 long years later, the band finally confirms some details of the album, including the fact that the album will be released in 2 parts, Time I and Time II. After so much delay, the hype has certainly died down a little, with fans’ patience long being worn out. But the band promises the album to be one that will be satisfying, as the October release date for Time I draws near.

From now till the official release (or leak) of the album then, we can only hope that this wouldn’t be another Chinese Democracy. And that Time II will not present another of such long wait.

BEHEMOTH On The News (Singapore)

And so for the first time, Singapore media does not portray metal in a completely negative light. This time it’s Behemoth‘s Nergal and the Demon energy drink that he endorses in the spotlight. Sure, there’s still that implicit and underlying assumption that all metal are related to “demons” and the devil, but at least the headline makes it sound more positive… Though they also make the mistake of calling Nergal a “retired Polish death-metal singer”. Here’s to wishing that the next Behemoth album would be an excellent one, with Nergal back from the gates of Hel.

BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL Now Streaming On Dailymotion

After the move by festivals such as the recently concluded Wacken Open Air 2012 Festival to have a concurrent stream on YouTube, Bloodstock Festival has announced a similar move, with a live stream of the festival being put on their page on Dailymotion. So for the next 2 days (or nights for us Singaporeans), expect to be stuck at home waiting for performances from bands like MayhemTestament and Nile.

Finally, a way for those unable to get to such festivals a way of living the experience of real festivals.

On a sidenote, what were your favourite moments from this year’s Wacken Open Air?

AGE OF SINFONIA Releases Jogjakarta Video Journal

Singaporean symphonic metal band Age of Sinfonia has certainly come a long way since their humble beginnings, watching them perform to a small crowd a few years back at a (non-metal) festival, to performing in front of hundreds on their recent performance at Jogjakarta, Indonesia. To see how much they have improved not only as musicians, but also as performers and songwriters, and their reflections of their recent performance, watch their video journal to their Jogjakarta tour below:

Related articles:
Age of Sinfonia – Capriccio: An End & A Beginning Interview with Age of Sinfonia

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ZAGANOTH Releases New Instrumental Track

Zaganoth is a really hard band to take seriously despite the death metal tag that they give themselves, what with the various stage antics that they have attempted in recent gigs, like the stripping down to nothing but underwear to having weird costumes. Just look at frontman Jaarvis and his getup. And to be honest, I have never really been aware of the band’s original materials, with the band perhaps being known for their tongue-in-cheek covers and rather unexpected song choices. But this week, the band presents their new instrumental track, Defying the Heavens.

Those who want to skip the nonsense and go straight to the song can just scroll straight down. The music on Defying the Heavens hardly reeks of the aggression of death metal, and instead has a rather heavy groove along with a nice melodic lead guitar, sounding more like a ballad track instead, removing all prior impressions of the band as one that does not take themselves seriously, or one that is just full on aggressive death metal. Drums get a little synthetic though. Whatever it is, just enjoy the track.

Album Preview: J – Schism of Precepts

From humble beginnings as a bedroom guitarist, J eventually progressed beyond music making and assembled his own home studio. Releasing a few covers in 2008, J gained sufficient experience to finally record, mix and produce his first demo, Apotropaic, in 2009. Heavily influenced by funeral doom and sludge such as YOB, Colosseum, The Funeral Orchestra, Esoteric etc, J sets out to enshroud Singapore and Asia within a nebulous cloud of funeral depression.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F917051 Schism of Precepts by heavymetaltribune

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