More On Painmask
Even by the lofty standards of ambitious Dutch symphonic metallers Epica, their seventh record The Holographic Principle is something special. From the defiance of "Universal Death Squads" melodic and complicated heart to the new "Beyond The Matrix" video , the band are inspiring you to "be the master of your own energy." Simone Simons remains a near ideal for this style with her graceful mastery of the genre and powerful range, while even without Mark Jansen in a big role the group soldier on. Not held back by trends, the group reach for the stratosphere with complex but stirring arrangements and have a great track record that ensures new fans will have hours of material to dive into. Rather than just mere escapism, even the weirdest forays into, excuse the term, 'epic' magniloquence and showy musical moments reward rather than school the listener with a heavy hand. Surely one of the more confident and important acts out there, Epica have earned deep respect.
Painmask gig w/Cro-Mags, Update on Joey Z (Life Of Agony) produced new songs
Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM (PST)
Kingston, NY’s hardcore kings Painmask are underground vets who real heads know have been in this dogfight for decades. Now, the band have an upcoming gig with Cro-Mags and Sub Zero in Poughkeepsie, NY
Says intelligent vocalist Jay Avery:
“Were really excited for this upcoming show and the chance to meet and hang with great local acts and support two legendary New York Hardcore bands. Both Subzero and Cro-mags have pioneered the style and scene that we have always been proud to be part of. We’re taking this opportunity to introduce new members of the band and material that is soon to be released. We’re confident that the new additions to the Painmask roster will once again deliver! Were a solid group of lifelong metalheads with endless ambition. Our strict mission is to deliver the most intense, thought provoking, heavy music set one could ask for. And If you don’t believe me come see for yourself. We offer a money back guarantee!”
I asked Avery how about the material they recently tracked with Joey Z. of Life Of Agony fame at various studios?
“Were working on final mixes with the new tracks and couldn’t be more happier with the outcome. We were a little concerned at first with the recent member changes, but what has emerged is incredible! Life’s circumstances have parlayed into something bigger and stronger then we could have imagined. JoeyZ really is a cut above to work with. His advice and professionalism is second to none! But with the recent resurgence of Life of Agony and their European shows this month, we’ve had to take a short pause from mastering. We should have these songs available by mid September. But if you’re one of the lucky ticket holders and we see you at the sold out LOA reunion on Sept 13 in Sayreville NJ. I might even have a copy for you.”
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