Posts Tagged ‘Opeth’

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No much change in the piracy charts this week, which in itself says something about the music being released.  Add to that the limited amount of new releases this week and the charts show little change.  Read on for the top 10!

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From 2005 through 2013, Digby Pearson ran an “Ask Earache: blog where he answered fan question.  Since March of last year the blog has been inactive, but I’ve selected some of the more interesting and informative posts here for your reading pleasure.

Question:  Since you’re very open and honest about the “business” of the music biz- can you just help set it straight on what the bands make as their “pay” JUST from album sales/downloads and what is Earache responsible for?

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In this new weekly column here at Brain Trust we’re going to highlight the weeks top 10 pirated heavy metal albums for the week.  While not 100% accurate, it does paint a fairly potent picture of what nefarious heavy metal fans are downloading by less than legal means.  Here is the list:

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The ups and downs continue as this week we only have a few releases.  Enjoy what you can find!

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Roadrunner has released a video for the first track from their new album, Pale Communion. The album, which will be released August 26th, will be available as a CD, double CD, LP, deluxe edition including the 2CD set plus three 7″ singles, and digital download.

After hearing the track I firmly believe that after selling their souls to the major labels, Roadrunner truly has the ability to ruin once great bands.

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Opeth’s set from Rock am Ring, which took place June 7th, is now available for streaming.

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Saturday the 19th of April is the annual record collector holiday, Record Store Day. The first RSD was held on April 19th, 2008, and was independent music retail’s answer to Free Comic Book Day, which is held at comic book stores across the nation. RSD’s intent is to get exclusive product for mom and pop, brick and mortar record stores and help struggling retailers from closing due to the influx of big box stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy, which traditionally devalued music by using it as a loss leader. While a great strategy for immediate results, the long-term effect resulted in music being almost invisible at big box retailers. What else would you expect from Wal-Mart?

That original edition of RSD in 2008 included releases by Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M., Vampire Weekend, Stephen Malkmus, – essentially the hipster music collective. With each successive RSD the releases have become more numerous and genres more diverse.

For this years edition the releases number in the hundreds and contain reissues no one wanted. A previously available Christian Death reissue 7” with new artwork in an edition of 2500 units. Really? Consumers want this, and in those kinds of quantities? Other highlights include not one, but two Everly Brothers reissues on vinyl, Otis Redding, vinyl, and lullabies of David Bowie songs on vinyl. Most of these are questionable releases at least.

This isn’t to say there aren’t some exciting titles included on the schedule. Machine Head, for example are releasing a 10” EP with a new track on the A side and two Ignite covers on the B side, while Opeth is reissuing 2008’s Watershed album on double green marble vinyl. My personal favorite is the TAANG! Records: The First Ten Singles box set. Each 7” is housed in full on recreations of the original jacket. Lot’s of time and effort has gone into putting this release together.

More after the break including a list of this years metal and punk titles:

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