* Looks like BCW, a Scottish wrestling promotion, is expressing a bit of interest in me writing entrance music for their wrestlers. More as it develops.
* Might be starting Ninjutsu; there’s a Dojo in Glasgow, Glassford St, to be precise. Got an email reply from the teacher, or Shidoshi of the place. They’re running a couple of weekend courses over the next weekends and they run 1.5-hour classes in the evenings at a fiver a pop. Looks like a good way to lose my paunch and learn to kill people. Woo.
They filmed it this afternoon, nighttime Japan time, at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo. Here’s the setlist.
AS I AM
THIS DYING SOUL
BEYOND THIS LIFE
WAR INSIDE MY HEAD /
THE TEST THAT STUMPED THEM ALL
TRIAL OF TEARS
ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
GOODNIGHT KISS /
STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
PULL ME UNDER
IN THE NAME OF GOD
You will all buy this, then proceed to be pwned by the DT. Oh yes.
…And it’s The Human Equation by Ayreon, a.k.a Arjen Lucassen and a bunch of guest singers, keyboardists, and a guy called Ed Warby on drums.
For me, the real draw is the idea of having three of my favourite vocalists on one CD (sometimes even in the same song); James LaBrie (Dream Theater) Devin Townsend (Steve Vai, Strapping Young Lad, solo) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath). The music is varied and dynamic, but never straying too far from classic prog, with some very Pink Floyd-esque sections. But sometimes the guitars get cranked to 11 and everything goes all \m/METAL\m/ with Devy and Mikael growling/screaming away, double bass drums pounding etc.
The album isn’t out until May 24th, but I *cough* acquired a promo copy of it. I’m going to buy the limited edition though, as it’s an Inside Out limited edition, and Inside Out’s LE’s have killer packaging, and this one also comes with a bonus DVD.
So, yeah. May 24. Ayreon. The Human Equation. Buy it, or I’ll digitally imprint the badger dance animation into the inside of your eyelids until you’re locked ina rubber room yelling ‘SNAAAAKKKEE!! AAHHOOOHHH IT’S A SNNAAAAAKKKEE!’
The new EP, simply entitled ‘Beatallica’ (which I and no doubt countless others have nicknamed ‘The Grey EP’) is available on www.beatallica.org. For those who aren’t fully-fledged Beatallibangers yet, imagine Beatles songs, done in the style of Metallica with a spot on impression of James Hetfield.
It’s great. Get the first EP there too, while you’re at it.