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Jesu’s New Sister: Pale Sketcher

It seems Jesu’s days of infusing electronic elements into its otherwise guitar-laden sound are over. Justin Broadrick has decided to distance these two sounds in order to explore each one more extensively. Jesu will remain guitar-based, but the electronica side of Jesu has splintered off to form a new project called Pale Sketcher. Pale Sketcher will be Broadrick’s new outlet for his “Jesu electronica”.

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Porcupine Tree Tour/Live DVD

Porcupine Tree have announced that their concert film, filmed over two nights in The Netherlands during their Fear of a Blank Planet tour, will be released as a special edition in April and a regular retail edition in May.

The 130-minute concert film, Anesthetize, includes the entire Fear of a Blank Planet album and 11 other songs. It was directed by long-time collaborator Lasse Hoile, who also directed Steven Wilson’s Insurgentes film. The film was shot using high definition cameras and features both stereo and 5.1 surround mixes.

The special edition comes in a 120-page cloth bound hard back book, similar to the special editions of their latest album, The Incident, and Steven Wilson’s Insurgentes album, and will include the film on both DVD and Blu-Ray as well as 2 audio CDs featuring the entire concert plus one bonus track not featured in the film. The book and audio CDs are exclusive to this special edition version of Anesthetize.

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Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR

Israel’s prog-metal prophets are back six years after the release of Mabool with yet another biblical epic. That this band manages to write religious prog-metal concept albums and actually pull it off without coming across as incredibly pretentious or just lame still amazes me. Regardless of how you feel about religion or how silly or offensive you find a metal band singing about god to be, their music still feels genuine and honest and allows you look past any preconceptions you might have had.

That being said, I’m glad that the ridiculous promo shot I thought to be the album’s cover was only a promotional insert. Sometimes even bands you love do things you wish they wouldn’t, but you learn to live with those things and forgive them. You kind of have to as a metal fan. The costumes are pretty convincing though, aren’t they? At least it’s a well-made silly photo. This might actually be what makes Orphaned Land as good as they are. That they do everything with such conviction makes their work more than just novelty, and impossible to ignore. Continue reading

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