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Friday July 1st 2011

 

THE END

All good things may come to an end. When I started Art For The Ears, first as a radio show on Friday January 1st 1999 and then as a webzine in fall 1999, I never thought it would exist until this very day. Art For The Ears has always been the work of one person: Me. I saw bands, record labels and webzines come and go. But I went on.

However, now the time has come to pull the plug. There are many reasons to stop updating this website, some very small, some bigger. The main reason is the difficulty of gathering news. The music scene is always evolving, with new bands coming up and old ones disappearing. You need to be on the front line to stay in touch with what's happening in the scene.

The last couple of years I used myspace.com as the main source of information. I built a network through myspace, getting all the blog entries from bands that I associate with Art For The Ears. However, more and more bands are turning their backs on this social network, in favour of Facebook. I could have decided to start a new network on Facebook, but I lack the motivation to do so. It takes a lot of time, and through the years I got other obligations and responsibilities in life.

So, this is it. Art For The Ears will no longer be updated. I'm sure I'm going to miss it, as I'm still a big fan of hard music. But I called it a day.

THE PHILOSOPHY

Finally I want to say something about the philosophy behind Art For The Ears. The format was focused on hard music by artists who have something to do with christianity in a positive way. Through this approach I hoped to offer great music from bands with a lifestyle and message that are more or less in line with what I believe in.

Christianity is not about believing in the existence of a God, nor even believing Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. It's all that and much more. It's about putting your faith in God, to live for Him. It's a lifestyle by people who want to belong to the creator of the world. The creator who, one day, will renew this world. All people belonging to him will enherit this new world.

Many bands in this world are encouraging something else. They are about getting drunk, caring about themself alone, and a promiscuous lifestyle. But others are encouraging a christian life, or are at least writing from a positive perspective. By paying attention to them, I hope Art For The Ears encouraged you to follow the same road as I do.

FINAL CONTRIBUTION

My last contribution to this site is my final choice for CD of the Month. One of the first CD's of the Month was the first Blindside album. It seems appropriate to end with a CD of the Month from the same group: With Shivering Hearts We Wait.

One last comment. This website will stay online for a while. You can still find old interviews and reviews.

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Friday June 24th 2011

Relient K is about to release an EP with covers, entitled K Is For Karaoke. The disc was produced by Mark Lee Townsend and Matthew Thiessen. The band covered the following tracks: Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper), Here Comes My Girl (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Baby (Justin Bieber), Doctor Worm (They Might Be Giants), Crazy (Gnarls Barkley), Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears) and Surf Wax America (Weezer).

Red published the video for the song Feed The Machine:



Stryper is part of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. From February 25th-28th cruise ship MSC Poesia will be sailing from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to the Bahamas and Key West. Aboard will be classic rock bands. Besides Stryper also Cinderella, Tesla, KIX, Y & T, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Black ‘N Blue, Bang Tango, Faster Pussycat, Keel, XYZ, John Corabi and Eric Martin are booked. You can be part of this event by booking your passage. More information can be found on Monstersofrockcruise.com.

August Burns Red made a trailer for their new album Leveler:

Ferret Records will release a new album from The Devil Wears Prada on September 13th. The album is yet untitled. One of the songs is Born To Lose and you might possible hear it through this link. The new record was engineered by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage).

The Crimson Armada has a new album out called Conviction. Right now you can see them on tour with MyChildren MyBride and Impending Doom. This so-called Nocturnal Alliance Tour is in California at the moment. You can hear the new song Call To Arms on myspace.

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Friday June 17th 2011

Blood Covenant is a black metal band from Armenia. Earlier this year they made their first music video. It's for the song The Blood Of The New Covenant:

Blood Covenant also released a live dvd. This is a preview video:

August Burns Red put the new song Poor Millionaire on their website augustburnsred.com. In four days their new album Leveler comes out.

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Friday June 10th 2011

In the fall of 2011 John Coffey will enter Studio Grondahl in Stockholm, Sweden, to record their second record. They will be working with producer Pelle Gunnerfeldt. Pelle produced hardcore records for Refused and The Ghost Of A Thousand and did all the records for The Hives. Making an album with Pelle Gunnerfeldt is a dream come true for John Coffey. Jag Jago, guitar player for The Ghost Of A Thousand will be working as an assistant engineer on this record. Right now John Coffey is raising funds for the album through Sellaband.com. Get more information through this video:

The Canadian rock band Thousand Foot Krutch released their live DVD/CD Live At The Masquerade.

As you might have heard, The Spirit That Guides Us have been working on a new album over the last two years. Last week they finally finished their new album called Innocent Blood. It comes out in early October.

August Burns Red put a new song called Divisions up on Youtube.com:

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Friday June 3rd 2011

This month Mortification begins the recording process for their fifteenth studio album. The record will be called Scribe Of The Pentateuch. The band will first record five songs from June 10th to June 18th. These songs will then be sent to Europe in the endeavour to secure a record deal. Mortifcation hopes to have a new album out in early 2012.

August Burns Red posted the new song Internal Cannon on their myspace.com profile. The song comes from their album Leveler (out on June 21st). The group also has an Acoustic Contest for Internal Cannon. See the video below for more details. The contest ends on June 21st.

Facedown Records released new shirts. First there's a new War Of Ages shirt, with all the proceeds going to the families in Joplin, Missouri, who were hit by the tornado. Second a Gideon Alabama Hardcore shirt benefiting the families affected by the recent Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornados.

Facedown Records also re-signed A Plea For Purging. This band is currently working on songs for their next album, the follow-up to The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell. A Plea For Purging will be in the Random Awesome studio in August, with producer Josh Schroeder.

The Brazilian metal band Scelerata put a new live video on youtube:

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