Industry Profile: Ula Gehret

While the artists are the centerpieces of the music industry, the people behind the scenes are often just as important. It takes as much blood, sweat, and sacrifice to create and maintain success for those who work off-stage. We are taking an opportunity to spotlight one of these unsung heroes, metal industry veteran, Ula Gehret. He was a pivotal figure in Century Media‘s rise in the late 90′s/early 2000′s. He now runs his own consulting firm with fellow industry vet, Leif Jensen (vocalist for DEW-SCENTED). We reached out to Ula in his homebase of the Netherlands, who was happy to share his journey through the metal scene.
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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2010

December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy!
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PESTILENCE – Resurrection Macabre

Following the footsteps of their progressive/technical death metal peers from the 90′s, namely CYNIC and ATHEIST, Dutch legends PESTILENCE have “resurrected” and offered us a great blast from the past. The legacy of PESTILENCE ended on a sour note as the members were less interested in death metal and released the much detested Spheres album. Although ahead of its time, Spheres was a far cry from classics such as Consuming Impulse and Testimony of the Ancients, which turned off many, if not all the fans they had at the time.

Fortunately, PESTILENCE has returned! Resurrection Macabre starts off exactly where Testimony of the Ancients left off, as “Devouring Frenzy” attacks with a vengeance! While mainman Patrick Mameli‘s vocals pale in comparison to former PESTILENCE and current HAIL OF BULLETS frontman Martin Van Drunen, Mameli‘s vocals do the job, and the drumming and music make up for it. Drummer extraordinaire Peter Wildoer has been extremely busy in the last year, appearing on the new DARKANE, OLD MAN’S CHILD albums, and now lending his talents on Resurrection Macabre. His ability to blast and add intricate details enhance the PESTILENCE experience, which makes the album refreshing, instead of simply being Testimony of the Ancients Part II. “Horror Detox” has all the qualities that old PESTILENCE fans have been yearning for all these years, and with “Hate Suicide“, the band brings out the entire artillery, as pummeling blasts, double bass, and catchy riffs are all in check.

The classic PESTILENCE guitar riffs can be found on the track “Synthetic Grotesque” as Consuming Impulse flashes back into the listener’s head. Resurrection Macabre gets a bit dull towards the middle of the album, as there is much ground to cover in this 54 minute slab of pure death metal. The title track starts off similar to MORBID ANGEL‘s “Day of Darkness” and ends up as one of the slower tracks on the album. The intensity picks back up on “Hangman” with some superb drumming showcased by Wildoer. “In Sickness and Death” is a mid-paced track which contrasts to what comes next: re-recordings of three classics from Malleus Maleficarum, Consuming Impulse, and Testimony of the Ancients, respectively. Ironically, most of the songs on Resurrection Macabre are in the 3-4 minute range and the longest tracks are the re-recordings. The re-recorded versions are pretty much in tact in their original form, but it’s always nice to hear re-recorded versions with clean production of the classic songs.

Unfortunately, bass wizard Tony Choy‘s parts are not as prominent in the mix as his previous recordings with CYNIC or ATHEIST, but that has no ill effect on the album, as PESTILENCE fans can once again rejoice with this solid effort. If PESTILENCE calls it quits again, at least Resurrection Macabre will be a fitting end, instead of tarnishing their importance in death metal history, as they did with Spheres. (Mascot Records)

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Los Angeles Murderfest Version 3.0: More Bands Confirmed; Tickets on Sale

The Church of the 8th Day is proud to announce it’s second round of confirmed headliners for the Los Angeles Murderfest – Version 3.0 which will take place on March 24th and 25th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood California. Rounding out Saturday’s headlining package will be the only scheduled US appearance in 2007 for OBITUARY, an exclusive West Coast re-union for ATHEIST and a rare live performance from REPULSION. Sunday will be highlighted with the previously released exclusive West Coast re-union of BRUTAL TRUTH, and two rare live appearances from ANAL CUNT and PIG DESTROYER.

National support carries on with the trend of exclusive, rare and first time appearance from bands such as LACK OF INTEREST, WACO JESUS, CRETIN, KYLESA, GENGHIS TRON, STRONG INTENTION, KILL THE CLIENT plus many more special guest appearances to be confirmed within the upcoming weeks.

Tickets have just been made available through Ticket Web (www.TicketWeb.com) as well as through the Knitting Factory box office. Advance tickets are suggested to all those wanting to attend this year’s fest as the capacity of the venue is limited to 900 people per day.

The Los Angeles Murderfest will be celebrating its second consecutive year as well as its third year in existence with Version 3.0. Originally the brainchild of Church of the 8th Day founder Daniel Dismal, the Los Angeles Murderfest was born out of the idea that L.A. needed a fest that embraced the various styles of metal, hardcore and punk. Borrowing the initial formula from the highly successful New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, the Murderfest has begun to carve out its own niche within the festival circuit in an amazingly short amount of time. With an ultimate goal to incorporate the feel of a European style festival in an American setting, the Los Angeles Murderfest will once again prove to be the staging ground for rare and exclusive Los Angeles appearances and reunions from some of the best outfits in each genre. Cutting back from the 3 day structure to a more concise 2 day structure, Version 3.0 will feature 40 plus bands on two stages within a 48 hour period while playing host to some of the industries top vendors and record labels in what is being labeled as an Underground Flea Market. Whether it’s the legends, the legends to be or a chance to save tons of money on merchandise, the Los Angeles Murderfest Version 3.0 promises to be one for the record books. Boasting an overall door price that’s rivaling the standard cost off a 5 band show, the Murderfest is definitely booked and priced with the sole purpose of becoming a yearly staple within the underground scene.

DARK TRANQUILLTY: Tour Report from Korea; Live Video of New Song

DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted a report from their current tour in Korea:

“Finally got some time out of the hectic schedule to issue a website update from the luxurious bar of our hotel in Korea. The tour has been a truly phenomenal experience so far, and we want to extend a huge ‘THANKS!’ to the all the awesome people that made the shows in Japan and Australia so successful.

“After traveling for 24 hours straight, via three different flights, we’ve finally arrived to Seoul and spent some quality seightseeing time visiting the 63 building and the War memorial of Korea before getting some well-needed rest for the first time in two weeks. Hence, tonight’s show at the Rolling hall is bound to be a massive energy explosion that will leave no-one unaffected.

“Speaking of Korea, the fine people at Dope entertainment have issued a re-release of Character to coincide with our gigs here. The new version features the “Lost to Apathy” and “The New Build” video clips.

“Tip of the day: If you’re a fan of technical/progressive bands like ATHEIST and CYNIC, check out the excellent ALARUM, who supported us on the Sydney and Melbourne dates.

“Btw…we played some new stuff in Australia. In the words of the BLACK EYED PEAS: Check it out!”

The “new stuff” they speak of can be checked out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwZf_4MJ4qQ

DARK TRANQUILLITY also recently announced that they will be recording their forthcoming newalbum at Studio Fredman and Rogue Music in Sweden. Mixing will be handled by Danish producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED) at his Antfarm studio. Some songtitles to appear on the forthcoming effort include “Blind at Heart“, “The Lesser Faith“, “InsignifiCunt” and ““The Plunge