Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Gullibility factor test

This test is an interesting test, for entertainment puropses only. You'll learn alot from this test, although it does have a liberal bias to it. However, I don't mind the liberal bias of this test, I'm progressive with my politics. :  

Fuck sodium nitrate, I'm voiding that from my diet, and fuck these doctors that have not much education in nutrition..

Be cynical and you won't look like an ass taking this test.

Thanks-Tee-\m/ -l-

My results:

Your GF score is 79.(Out of a range of 0 - 100, where 0 = mind slave, and 100 = free thinker.)

Mind slave Free thinker 0 (You) 100 Free Thinker

Welcome to the top 5%. You're a true free thinker and a person who is well informed about the reality in which you live. Although you may have been easily manipulated earlier in life, you eventually gained lucidity and developed a healthy sense of skepticism that you now automatically apply to your observations and experiences. You are endlessly curious about human behavior and the nature of the universe, and you have one or more lifestyle habits that most people would consider odd or unusual. You are not only of very high intelligence, you are also extremely creative in one or more areas (music, art, software development, inventing, etc.)

If you were in The Matrix, you would have taken the red pill, completed the combat training, and started fighting (and beating) agents from day one.

Your architects: You have cast off reality distortions taught to you by your parents, schooling, corporate advertising and government propaganda. You create your own beliefs based on what serves you best, without much regard for what the rest of the crowd is doing. You are guided by your own internal code of ethics (which may or may not agree with politically-correct ethical codes) rather than any pre-set system of ethics (such as from any one religion).

Take test and have heart attack later; The Gullibility Factor tes tIn this simple, anonymous test, you can assess your own Gullibility Factor (GF) score. Simply answer TRUE or FALSE to the following questions, click SUBMIT, and your score will be instantly calculated and displayed along with an explanation and the correct answers.

Your GF score will tell you whether you're a free-thinking individual, or a total mind slave. Please answer all questions, or your score will be artificially low.

This test was authored by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, primary author at NewsTarget.com. This test is offered for entertainment purposes only.

True False Drinking milk helps people lose weight. True False Silver fillings are safe to put in your teeth. Otherwise, dentists wouldn't use them. True False Cattle in the U.S. beef industry are routinely fed chicken poop, animal blood, expired household pets and other undesirable food sources. True False People who watch television are not persuaded by television advertising. True False Food manufacturers offer coupons because they want to help people save money. True False The history taught to American children in public school is true and accurate. True False Many common grocery products (including yogurt, fruit drinks and candy) are colored with an ingredient called "carmine" that is actually made from insects: dead, ground up husks of female cochineal beetles. True False My government would never knowingly lie to me. True False Pharmaceuticals cost so much only because drug companies need more money to invest in finding cures for disease. True False The Federal Reserve is a branch of the U.S. government. True False Banks offer to finance home loans because they want to help people own their homes. True False The fluoride added to drinking water is sourced from naturally-occurring fluoride mineral deposits. True False Surgical procedures must be proven safe and effective before being practiced on patients. True False Private gambling and internet gambling has been outlawed because the government wants to protect people from the evils associated with this activity. True False Inflation is a natural side effect of a healthy, growing economy. True False Prescription drugs approved as safe by the FDA are safe to consume on a long-term basis. True False The U.S. is the most technologically advanced nation in the world. True False Processed and packaged meat products (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, etc.) are preserved with an ingredient that both the food industry and the USDA absolutely know causes cancer. True False Buying a home is one of the best financial investments you can make, and home prices will always continue to rise. True False Medical schools give doctors a solid education in nutrition, disease prevention and healthy lifestyle habits. True False The mainstream news outlets (cable news, national newspapers, network news) in America accurately report war events in Iraq. True False The United States of America is a Democracy. True False Anything that hasn't been scientifically proven isn't true. True False Vitamin E is dangerous. True False When you deposit money in a savings account at a bank, that bank holds your money for you until you ask for it back.  True False All the clean hydrogen we need to power the world is already contained in crystals at the bottom of the ocean called gas hydrates. True False In 1945, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on civilian populations in Japan in order to force Japan's surrender and "save a million lives." True False Having a baby is a patent violation because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office routinely grants patents on human gene sequences found in all humans. True False People should avoid all exposure to the sun (or use sunscreen) in order to protect their health. True False There is no cure for cancer. True False All foods and beverages are safe to consume in moderation and can be part of a balanced diet. True False Most common diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes) are caused by bad genes and bad luck. True False Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a genuine brain chemistry disorder that must be treated with drugs to help children.

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Monday, August 29, 2005


After months of trying to negotiate a new lease and court battles with our landlord, The Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), we still do not have a new lease and need your help.

Even though the Manhattan Court ruled in our favor and clearly stated that we were mis-billed and do not owe any back rent, enormous legal fees are mounting and The BRC is appealing this ruling. In addition to these expenses we may have to fight an eviction process starting this Thursday. Please help us defray these costs and donate to Save CBGB today!

All money donated to help Save CBGBs is going directly into a separate Save CBGB account and will be used only for the purpose of saving the club!<?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o:p> </o:p>

We have again asked our landlord to meet with us and have stated we would pay a fair percentage increase in rent in addition to helping the BRC raise significant money through ongoing benefits. So please help us today by:

Ways to help:
  1. Donate a few bucks to Save CBGB to help with legal bills.
  2. Contribute through going to one of our benefit concerts
  3. Contribute through our online auction (tons of items going up tonight!)
  4. Contact the Mayors office.(see draft letter below)
  5. Write New York Newspapers Editors and tell them why CBGBs is important to you (please include your name and contact info so they will know it is you)
  6. Ask all of your friends to sign the save cbgb petition (we delivered over 30,000 signatures to the Mayor of New York)
  7. Wear your CBGB shirts (new or old) this week to show your support
  8. E-mail all your friends to take action!

Contacting The Mayor's Office:

If you have not contacted the Mayor of New York's Office and asked them to get involved in Saving CBGBs - please use the link below to write the mayor a friendly letter (we are asking for his help to save the club)

Click here to write your letter.

Please read the following draft letter:

Draft Letter
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
City Hall
New York, N.Y. 10007

Dear Mayor Bloomberg, We ask that you use your influence to ensure that CBGB's receives a new lease from the Bowery Resident's Committee (BRC) that has been unwilling to negotiate a new lease.

As you maybe aware, Judge Kenney ruled in a Manhattan Civil Court last week, that CBGBs does not owe the BRC money - and yet the BRC still refuses to sign a new lease.

CBGB's is not only a cultural icon, it is an important and vibrant tourist destination, and a live music venue for over 75 bands every week! Furthermore, the rock bands it develops includes: legends like the Ramones, Blondie, B52s, Talking Heads to modern day bands like Strokes, Bouncing Souls, Goo Goo Dolls, and Thursday.

CBGBs evolving art and music have helped generate thousands of jobs for the city while the BRC is non-profit charity almost exclusively funded by the city and state.

It would be inappropriate for taxpayer money to be used to evict this important NYC landmark. Thank you for your time and consideration.


(please include your name, address, and phone number so the Mayor's office knows you are a real person that cares)!

Other ways to contact the Mayor:

Please call the Mayor's Office directly at: 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC or 311 in NYC

You can also FAX your letter to Mayor Bloomberg at: (212) 788-2460


The benefit shows are going great and it is amazing to see so many bands coming together and helping the cause. More and more benefit shows

Save CBGB Campaign Today (Save CBGB T-shirt designed by Ramones Artist Arturo Vega!)

Dozens of new items will be posted tonight! Autographed items by: Sting, Motorhead, Anti-Flag, The Bangles, Elvis Costello, and many many more -
visit our online auction!


To read more about the ongoing battle and the support we are receiving visit: Newsday.com, Bloomberg News and Little Steven's Underground Garage!

All donations will be used for CBGBs efforts to renew their lease and solve their landlord/tenant issues - All additional funds will be donated to the homeless once this dispute is settled. Contributions to SaveCBGB.org are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Thanks for all the help and support - we will keep you posted!

The Save CBGBs Team

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

ITP V.05 ONLY ONE PER COFFIN: RIP Denis Amour (Voivod)

Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, guitarist of Canadian progressive thrash legends VOIVOD passed away to colon cancer 8/26/2005.

 VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, the famed Canadian six stringer indeed did pass on last night (Friday, August 26th) at approximately 11:45 p.m. due to complications from advanced colon cancer - cancer so advanced that the disease had spread to his liver. D'Amour slipped into a coma Thursday night and died less than 24 hours later in the palliative care unit of a Montreal hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He was 45 years old...Rest in Peace...

An outpouring of emotion has been received from the metal community. CRISIS guitarist Afzaal Nasiruddeen commented, "The metal world lost a legend last night. A guitar player that stood head and shoulders above the vast majority of copycat metal axemen, Piggy was a true pioneer and visionary, along with his bandmates in VOIVOD."

May PIGGY  RIP \m/ -l-
Stay HEALTHY, Stay Brootal, Stay METAL- Tee \m/ -l-

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

THE RAVE ACT of 2002/2003 vs. electronic music

Let me suggest something for ravers with "brains", save the consumption of drugs for "after hours" parties, at your OWN risk on your own.Don't bring drugs to a rave or venue, it's just common sense peeps..Save electronic music, SAVE YOUR SCENE..                                                                                                                                                           The culture of DJ's nearly KILLED the burgeoning live music scene here in the HV area of NY in the 90's (yes, live BANDS complete with musicians)  as clubs would only book DJ's spinning CRAP instead of live bands performing originals... DJ's spinning top 40 crap/rap/bad house tend to draw more so than live bands performing originals..  
However, the RAVE ACT can set a dangerous precedent beyond rave/hippie drug culture. The argument of "Ohh why doesn't our fascist government go and bust alcoholics whom drink to their liver pops, and drive while intoxicated" doesn't fly. We are beyond alcohol prohibition and alcohol is legal if you're 21 and over..There are DWI laws.
If someone was perhaps doing drugs at a metal show does that mean the whole SHOW gets raided and SWAT teams come in with tear gas? Does that mean a whole sub/counterculture gets criminalized for the acts of a few? Well any way, the authorities are probably more concerned about the "brootal" moshing at metal shows.Thankfully, in heavy music genres and extreme metal, that chemical "brain rush of adrenaline" is kept in the MOSH PIT, induced by the brutality of the music itself.. As opposed to drug induced euphoria or chemical induced mania of drug enhanced raves... . ...                                                                            Although clubs like NYC's LIMELITE did get shut down for drug dealing and usage as that club hosted a few good metal shows.
Technically speaking by law, any one, not just ravers, can be arrested for being in the same house (or car) as someone who is in possession of illegal drugs. A cop doesn't ask "Hey son, who do these drugs belong to?" (if in a vehicle with a person in possession of narcotics)  you're both busted and considered in possession, if even you're living or in the same house of someone in possession of narcotics. Even if you didn't buy or use the drugs or are not technically in possession, even if those drugs are someone elses, if you're over 18 and specifically if you're over 21.
20 years in prison is too looong for a dude who smoked a blunt at "Uncle Joe's barbecue"..That's WHY there are organizations against mandatory minimums. Shit, 20 years for smoking a blunt is a life time to some people, and that's more time that idiots that murder, or are guilty of statutory rape, or other crimes do. Ugh, the IRONY in this, is that these same politicians that legislated the RAVE ACT are sending kids off to war, and Bush's is extending our troops stay in IRAQ..
Techno is a progression from 70's the disco movement, which was killed by punk rock.. (as disco thankfully died from it's own drug/sex indulgences of the 70's)  The Detroit electronic scene rocked the nation in the 80's and added hip hop as a by product with other elements of electronic... Industrial is the "darker" side of electronic as opposed to  the happy/hippie, techno ravers. Industrials roots are in European goth rock,electronic and dark, subliminal sub cultures.
Music/Drug culture needs to separate itself  from one another, or police itself as the (live) music culture will fail to exist.
Since when in 2K do people go to prison for 20 years for smoking POT..Smoking pot, that should be just a misdemeanour or violation.
Either legalize the less lethal/addictive drugs: (pot, hash, E) or see drug addiction as a medical/mental health condition and decriminalize addicts (offer free rehabs, detox's ect.) as in Europe..Mandatory Minimums seem to be excessive sentences in what could be a world of alternatives. Certain addictions can be treated, when in essence they are cutting education and rehabs in prison, plus parole. Now's the time to e-mail PATAKI..
Of course the blatant double standard and hypocrisy of the RAVE ACT is that it predominately targets raves and electronic music. However, huge hippie fests like the "Gathering of the Vibes" or even the "Rainbow Gathering" still exist in the underground of  hippiedom.
God forbid some kid gets killed in a DRUG RAID while breakdancing to drum and bass..
JOKE about music fans (whom are co dependent on drugs at concerts) that feel that drugs enhance their musical experience:
What did the Grateful Dead fans say when they saw the DEAD sober? "Doood, the music sucks man".

Anti-Rave Bills
BackgroundThe RAVE Act which threatens to squash live music and free speech was passed in 2003 when it was tacked onto an unrelated child protection bill. In 2004 there were two additional pieces of legislation considered - the CLEAN-UP Act and the Ecstasy Awareness Act - that threatened to widen the laws to prosecute anyone who holds an event and fails to prevent illicit drug use.
Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) forced the controversial legislation, widely referred to as the "RAVE" Act, through both houses of Congress as an attachment to an unrelated child abduction - AMBER Alert bill (S151). The "RAVE" Act had not passed a single committee before being attached to the AMBER Alert bill. In addition, it was so controversial when it was introduced during the 107th Congress that two Senators withdrew their sponsorship.
The "RAVE" Act makes it easier for the federal government to prosecute innocent business owners for the drug offenses of their customers - even if they take steps to stop such activity. The "RAVE" Act attached to the AMBER Alert legislation passed both the House and the Senate despite the fact there had been no public hearing, debate or vote in Congress this year. Due to overwhelming opposition to the "RAVE" Act, legislators were forced to remove some of the most egregious language before it passed. For example, the word "rave" was removed from this version of the bill. Also, the original bill suggested that prosecutors should view the sale of water and the presence of glowsticks or massage oil as evidence of drug use. These preposterous "findings" were removed in large part due to activists who sent nearly 30,000 faxes to their Senators between January and April 2003, urging them not to support such dangerous legislation. The AMBER Alert billwith the "RAVE" Act attachment was signed into law by President Bush on April 30, 2003. Click here for a legislative history of the RAVE Act.
The Consequences
The Rave Act has the force to stop licensed and law-abiding business owners from hosting events out of fear of massive fines and prison sentences. Shortly after the act became law, a federal agent in Montana usedit to shut down a benefit to raise money for Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The DEA agent told managers of the Eagle Lodge in Billings, Montana that the Lodge could be fined $250,000 if anyone smoked marijuana during a planned benefit to raise money for a campaign to pass a medical marijuana law in Montana. The Eagle Lodge canceled the event.
The law applies to any business owner, including bar owners, motel owners, concert promoters, and cruise ship owners. Because of its broad language, the law could even potentially subjectpeople to twenty years in federal prison if guests smoked marijuana at their party or barbecue.
The Man Behind the Plan
The Drug War isn’t a purely Democrat or Republican issue. Members of both parties support punitive policies, perpetuating the stigmatization of drugs and drug users. A Democrat, Senator Joe Biden, introduced the Rave Act in the Senate in 2002. Biden’s RAVE Act was co-sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Charles Grassley (R-IA), JosephLieberman (D-CT) and Strom Thurmond (R-NC) - with pressure from the Drug Policy Alliance counter-campaign two of the original co-sponsors of the bill, Richard Durbin(D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) withdrew their support for thebill because it was too broad and goes too far.
The Drug War is Biden’s pet issue, one he pays close attention to. Senator Biden was one of the original drafters of the legislation that created the Office of National Drug Control Policy, an anti-drug office of the White House. In addition, Biden helped to craft the original crack-house statute designed to punish owners of properties on which drug offenses take place and co-sponsored legislation that created federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. Then Biden turned his attention to ecstasy and raves, most likely in response to media hype about the "dangerous drug parties" corrupting our nation’s young people. His reaction may have been in order to win votes, to keep his constituents happy or because he truly fears for the lives of America’s youth. Most likely it is a combination of all these factors. Politicians are known to react viciously when faced with new "dangers": for example, "crack" in the '80s.
DEA vs Electronic Music
Since its beginnings the electronic music dance phenomenon has been condemned by forceful politicians, sensationalist media and concerned parents. Today, electronic music parties are being directly targeted by law enforcement. It is the official position of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that a rave is nothing more than a venue for drug sales, distribution and use and consequently, the agency has sought to criminally prosecute electronic music concert promoters under the federal "crack house" statute and encourages local authorities to do the same.

What Can We Do?
Thanks to thousands of our supporters who sent faxes to the Senate and attended protests around the country, Drug Policy Alliance and its coalition of partners were able to stop earlier versions of the proposed federal legislation. More recently, you helped shine a spotlight on undemocratic and discriminatory arrests at a nightclub in Michigan when 3,000 of you contacted the Flint mayor and city council.
The Alliance will continue to fight to protect property owners, prevent any further criminalization of dance and music events, mobilize opposition and advocate amending this dangerous law. We will maintain support for the Electronic Music Defense Education Fund EM:DEF, hold public forums on rave culture and drug war harms, work with business owners to protect their rights, and maintain connections to dancers, performers and youth advocates working to draft model legislation regulating electronic music dance events in a manner that protects First Amendment freedoms and promotes the health and safety of all involved. If the Illicit DrugAnti-Proliferation Act has been used to intimidate, threaten or prosecute you, fill out an incident report to inform EM:DEF, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the ACLU.
Donate to Drug Policy Alliance's fight to help overturn this bad legislation.
Learn more about what you can do to help fight the RAVE
More about the RAVE ACT 2002/2003 from the electronic music defense fund:
News and Information
Nov 2003
'Ecstasy Awareness Act' Targets Electronic Dance Music Not Drugs  (H.R. 2962)
    This bill would make it a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $2,000,000 in fines for "whoever profits monetarily from a rave or similar electronic dance event, knowing or having reason to know that the unlawful use or distribution of a controlled substance occurs at the rave or similar event".  Using EM:DEF's Action Center, it only takes two minutes to write your elected Representative about H.R.2962.
Nov 2003
'CLEAN-UP Act' Could Devastate Entertainment Industry  (H.R. 834)
    This bill makes it a crime — punishable by 9 years in federal prison — to promote "any rave, dance, music, or other entertainment event, that takes place under circumstances where the promoter knows or reasonably ought to know that a controlled substance will be used or distributed."  Take action and write your Representative.  H.R.834 info
Sept 2003
TECHNO PARADE 2003 - Paris, France - September 13, 2003
    Techno Parade is an annual event organized by TECHNOPOL, a French association for the defense and promotion of Electronic Music, Art, and Culture.  This year over 300,000 people took to the streets of Paris to assert their rights.  TECHNOPOL website and English translator for TECHNOPOL's website
Sept 2003
ROAR! 2 - Capital Grounds, Washington D.C. - September 6, 2003
    A demonstration against the assault on music and a festival for our civil liberties organized by ROAR!  Featuring djs: Junior Vasquez, DJ Craze, D:Fuse, Jesse Saunders, Polywog, Reid Speed, The Zelch Brothers, Apple Rochez, Proxxy, Implicit, and more.  Guest speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union, Drug Policy Alliance, Students For A Sensible Drug Policy; and industryspeakers Sam "The Man" Burns (DJ Hut), Amanda Huie (Buzzlife), Keith Haas (2AM Artist Manage
Jan 2003
Racine Citations Dismissed
    The ACLU does it again!  The city of Racine agreed to dismiss all the disorderly house citations.  Police in Racine Wisconsin raided a benefit show and issued all persons in the "techno room" a $968 citation for being "inmates of a disorderly house with narcotics."  Event attendees who were not in the techno room were allowed to leave the venue unmolested.  read story

The RAVE Act   S.2633 / H.R.5519
    The RAVE Act - Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 (S.2633/H.R.5519) targets music promoters and venue managers rather than drug users or drug dealers.  Punishing innocent businessmen and women for the crimes of their customers is unprecedented in U.S. history.  Business owners, medical professionals, legal experts, and electronic music fans are concerned that the RAVE Act is a threat to civil liberties, public health, and freedom of expression.   more info
Thanks-Tee Stay Metal and Stay Brootal-\m/ -l- 
Have you ever been experienced?, well I have..-Jimi Hendrix


Soooo. Late last night, as I was dozing off, I was listening to AM radio, and on a good night, I can get reception of radio stations from as far away as the South, and Midwest. Well low and behold, with spotty reception, I get a radio station that reports on a HUUGE,. well promoted rave that got shut down by way of, well, A LOT of police. I mean a SWAT TEAM, helicopters, tear gas and the whole 9 yards.
GEEZ ::rolls eyes:..Although I don't live, (and never have lived) in the Mormon state of UTAH, my perception is that this is the RAVE ACT of 2002/'03 in action, although I don't approve of the aggressive tactics by local 50 in UTAH..
The RAVE ACT of 2002/2003 states that police can raid a club (under the crack house laws of the 1980's) if rave goers are using, dealing and in possession of illegal drugs. (Look out candy ravers!)..
Now of course as I've said in journal entry late last month, when do we stop criminalizing the culture and electronic music of raves (or any music subgenre/sub culture as well) and only punish the dealers..Under the RAVE ACT of 2002/2003 party goers can be arrested for what they WEAR (yes, WEAR) to a rave, including glow sticks,pacifiers, candy raver gear ect. ::rolls eyes:
WHY, should people be punished for what they wear, the music they dance and listen to, and a DJ who spins repetitive beats? The drug dealers walk free, while a whole sub/counter culture of music is criminalized, bullshit.
Of course anti rave laws have been inacted in England and Europe as well. The UK's anti RAVE act states that music (sic) predominated by repetitive beats, and spontaneously thrown parties attended by more than 200 (?) people and mass gatherings of such can be shut down by LAW.
Of course back in the late 80's and 90's, spontaneous (and legendary) raves were thrown in warehouses in Europe all the time, sometimes in fields in the middle of now where. A rave party would be promoted at such and such address, with a number posted on the flyer for further info. In route to the party you would find this RAVER helping the lost party goers... (Get it?)..If you looked like a poser, he would point you towards, well 20 miles out of the way of the rave, and if you looked "scene" they would point you towards the RE-location of the RAVE..There fore, spontaneous parties, and well hidden from the authorities.
Of course, my perception is that this rave in UTAH, was a little too well promoted (theoretically speaking on paper, perfect promotion).. That's why this rave got busted and shut down, because after all, 1, 500 tripping (the tripping part is an assumption not based upon fact that early in the night) ravers in the Mormon state of Utah could cause quite the commotion.
Sad but true, the romantic notion that all night parties of that magnitude still exist, is just that, nostalgia and few and far between. The only "party" that was complete, well debauchery was RAVESTOCK/WOODSTOCK '94, '99 (I didn't attend WOODSTOCK '99, thankfully because of shitty music, lack of $, and of course the riots at Woodstock '99) which was attended by NON ravers and stupid kids listening to rap/metal.
My perception is that rave culture, even the "clean" raves and "juice/smart" raves are being unfairly criminalized..In a Mormon state like UTAH, even if a rave is 100% "legal", the conservatives will criminalize mass gatherings of counter cultural people. This is very sad, along with the overall politics of these conservatives, I hope they fuck off..
If you don't like these stupid laws (RAVE ACT of 2002/2003) meant to suppress and quell mass gatherings, VOTE, sober up and VOTE!
Hmm, here's sad the story from the UTAH RAVES.COM:..
Thanks-Tee-Stay Metal, Stay Brootal- \m/ -l-
. This is seriously frightening. Expect events like this to occur all over the country soon.

Please repost this if you care about basic human rights and feel that this is wrong. This happened in Utah please read below.

Here is the video footage:


Knick of Evol intent puts the night's events into his own words::

Last night, I was booked to play an event about an hour outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The hype behind this show was huge, they presold 700 tickets and they expected up to 3,000 people total. The promoters did an amazing job with the show.. they even made slipmats with the flyers on them to promote in local shops.

So, we got to the show around 11:15 or so and it was really cool. It was all outdoors, in a valley surrounded by huge mountains. They had an amazing light show flashing onto a mountain behind the site, the sound was booming, the crowd was about 1500 people thick and everything just seemed too good to be true really. Well...

At about 11:30 or so, I was standing behind the stage talking with someone when I noticed a helicopter pulling over one of the mountain tops. I jokingly said "Oh look, here comes big brother" to the person I was with. I wasn't far off.

The helicopter dipped lower and lower and started shining its lights on the crowd. I was kind of in awe and just sat and watched this thing circle us for a minute. As I looked back towards the crowd I saw a guy dressed in camoflauge walking by, toting an assault rifle. At this point, everyone was fully aware of what was going on . A few "troops" rushed the stage and cut the sound off and started yelling that everyone "get the fuck out of here or go to jail". This is where it got really sticky.

No one resisted. That's for sure. They had police dogs raiding the crowd of people and I saw a dog signal out a guy who obviously had some drugs on him. The soldiers attacked the guy (4 of them on 1), and kicked him a few times in the ribs and had their knees in his back and sides. As they were cuffing him, there was about 1000 kids trying to leave in the backdrop, peacefully. Next thing I know, A can of fucking TEAR GAS is launched into the crowd. People are running and screaming at this point. Girls are crying, guys are cussing... bad scene.

Now, this is all I saw with my own eyes, but I heard plenty of other accounts of the night. Now this isnt gossip I heard from some candy raver, these are instances cited straight out of the promoters mouth..

- One of the promoters friends (a very small female) was attacked by one of the police dogs. As she struggled to get away from it, the police tackled her. 3 grown men proceeded to KICK HER IN THE STOMACH.

- The police confiscated 3 video tapes in total. People were trying to document what was happening out there. The police saw one guy filming and ran after him, tackled him and his camera fell, and luckily.. his friend grabbed it and ran and got away. priceless footage. That's not all though. Out of 1,500 people, there's sure to be more footage.

- The police were rounding up the staff of the party and the main promoter went up to them with the permit for the show and said "here, I have the permit." The police then said, "no you don't" and ripped the permit out of his hand. Then, they put an assault rifle to his forehead and said "get the fuck out of here right now."

Now.. let's get the facts straight here.

This event was 100% legal. They had every permit the city told them they needed. They had a 2 MILLION DOLLAR insurance policy for the event. They had liscenced security guards at the gates confiscating any alcohol or drugs found upon entry (yes, they searched every car on the way in). Oh, I suppose I should mention that they arrested all the security guards for possession.

Oh another interesting fact.. the police did not have a warrant. The owner of the land already has a lawsuit against the city for something similar. A few months ago, she rented her land for a party and the police raided that as well. And catch this, the police forced her to LEAVE HER OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY. That's right. They didnt arrest her, but made her leave her own property!!!

Don't get it twisted, this is all going down in probably THE most conservative state in the USA. And this is scary.. a gross violation of our civil liberties. The police wanted this party shut down, so they made it happen. Even though everything about this event was legal. The promoters spent over $ 20,000 on this show and did everything they had to to make it legit, only to have it taken away from them by a group of radical neo-con's with an agenda.

This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really necessary?

This needs to be big news across the USofA. At least in our music scene (edm as a whole)... this could happen to any of us at any time. When we're losing the right to gather peacefully, we're also letting the police set a standard of what we can get away with. And I think that's BULLSHIT!

The system fucked up last night... They broke up a party that was 100% legal and they physically hurt a lot of people there at the same time. The promoters already have 6 lawsuits ready to file with their lawyers and the ACLU is already involved.

I'm sure some pictures (and hopefully some video) will surface soon. I'll make sure to post them up here on 404, so you can see the Police State of America at work.

the video with sound they didnt want you to see

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Joanna aka Syze
Date: Aug 21, 2005 11:59 PM


Hey everyone, by now most of you know that I was set to perform at the Versus 2 in Salt Lake City Utah last night August 20th 2005. I am mad, sad, and disturbed at what happened. Here is more info and thank you all for your kind words.......please spread this all around and write letters so we can be heard and fight this.

Ravers mauled by K-9s, beat up by police, CAMERAS CONFISCATED & DESTROYED, SWAT brandishing ASSAULT RIFLES, women KICK IN THE STOMACH by cops, TEAR GAS dispersed!
Make sure to check out Knick's post, linked towards the bottom of this blog.

Utah Raves Forum:

My story on Seattle DNB


Knick from Evol Intents story


Monday, August 22, 2005

The problem with music from Steve Albini

This is the legendary post from Steve Albini (former NIRVANA producer) swiped from DOWNHILL BATTLE and Negativeland.com.. The problem with music. Thanks-Tee-Stay Metal/Stay Brutal \m/ -l-

The Problem With Music
by Steve Albini

Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed. Nobody can see what's printed on the contract. It's too far away, and besides, the shit stench is making everybody's eyes water. The lackey shouts to everybody that the first one to swim the trench gets to sign the contract. Everybody dives in the trench and they struggle furiously to get to the other end. Two people arrive simultaneously and begin wrestling furiously, clawing each other and dunking each other under the shit. Eventually, one of them capitulates, and there's only one contestant left. He reaches for the pen, but the Lackey says "Actually, I think you need a little more development. Swim again, please. Backstroke". And he does of course.

Every major label involved in the hunt for new bands now has on staff a high-profile point man, an "A & R" rep who can present a comfortable face to any prospective band. The initials stand for "Artist and Repertoire." because historically, the A & R staff would select artists to record music that they had also selected, out of an available pool of each. This is still the case, though not openly. These guys are universally young [about the same age as the bands being wooed], and nowadays they always have some obvious underground rock credibility flag they can wave.

Lyle Preslar, former guitarist for Minor Threat, is one of them. Terry Tolkin, former NY independent booking agent and assistant manager at Touch and Go is one of them. Al Smith, former soundman at CBGB is one of them. Mike Gitter, former editor of XXX fanzine and contributor to Rip, Kerrang and other lowbrow rags is one of them. Many of the annoying turds who used to staff college radio stations are in their ranks as well. There are several reasons A & R scouts arealways young. The explanation usually copped-to is that the scout will be "hip to the current musical "scene." A more important reason is that the bands will intuitively trust someone they think is a peer, and who speaks fondly of the same formative rock and roll experiences. The A & R person is the first person to make contact with the band, and as such is the first person to promise them the moon. Who better to promise them the moon than an idealistic young turk who expects to be calling the shots in a few years, and who has had no previous experience with a big record company. Hell, he's as naive as the band he's duping. When he tells them no one will interfere in their creative process, he probably even believes it. When he sits down with the band for the first time, over a plate of angel hair pasta, he can tell them with all sincerity that when they sign with company X, they're really signing with him and he's on their side. Remember that great gig I saw you at in '85? Didn't we have a blast. By now all rock bands are wise enough to be suspicious of music industry scum. There is a pervasive caricature in popular culture of a portly, middle aged ex-hipster talking a mile-a-minute, using outdated jargon and calling everybody "baby." After meeting "their" A & R guy, the band will say to themselves and everyone else, "He's not like a record company guy at all! He's like one of us." And they will be right. That's one of the reasons he was hired.

These A & R guys are not allowed to write contracts. What they do is present the band with a letter of intent, or "deal memo," which loosely states some terms, and affirms that the band will sign with the label once a contract has been agreed on. The spookiest thing about this harmless sounding little memo, is that it is, for all legal purposes, a binding document. That is, once the band signs it, they are under obligation to conclude a deal with the label. If the label presents them with a contract that the band don't want to sign, all the label has to do is wait. There are a hundred other bands willing to sign the exact same contract, so the label is in a position of strength. These letters never have any terms of expiration, so the band remain bound by the deal memo until a contract is signed, no matter how long that takes. The band cannot sign to another laborer or even put out its own material unless they are released from their agreement, which never happens. Make no mistake about it: once a bandhas signed a letter of intent, they will either eventually sign a contract that suits the label or they will be destroyed.

One of my favorite bands was held hostage for the better part of two years by a slick young "He's not like a label guy at all," A & R rep, on the basis of such a deal memo. He had failed to come through on any of his promises [something he did with similar effect to another well-known band], and so the band wanted out. Another label expressed interest, but when the A & R man was asked to release the band, he said he would need money or points, or possibly both, before he would consider it. The new label was afraid the price would be too dear, and they said no thanks. On the cusp of making their signature album, an excellent band, humiliated, broke up from the stress and the many months of inactivity. There's this band. They're pretty ordinary, but they're also pretty good, so they've attracted some attention. They're signed to a moderate-sized "independent" label owned by a distribution company, and they have another two albums owed to the label. They're a little ambitious. They'd like to get signed by a major label so they can have some security you know, get some good equipment, tour in a proper tour bus -- nothing fancy, just a little reward for all the hard work. To that end, they got a manager. He knows some of the label guys, and he can shop their next project to all the right people. He takes his cut, sure, but it's only 15%, and if he can get them signed then it's money well spent. Anyways, it doesn't cost them anything if it doesn't work. 15% of nothing isn't much! One day an A & R scout calls them, says he's 'been following them for a while now, and when their manager mentioned them to him, it just "clicked." Would they like to meet with him about the possibility of working out a deal with his label? Wow. Big Break time. They meet the guy, and y'know what -- he's not what they expected from a label guy. He's young and dresses pretty much like the band does. He knows all their favorite bands. He's like one of them. He tells them he wants to go to bat for them, to try to get them everything they want. He says anything is possible with the right attitude.

They conclude the evening by taking home a copy of a deal memo they wrote out and signed on the spot. The A & R guy was full of great ideas, even talked about using a name producer. Butch Vig is out of the question-he wants 100 g's and three points, but they can get Don Fleming for $30,000 plus three points. Even that's a little steep, so maybe they'll go with that guy who used to be in David Letterman's band. He only wants three points. Or they can have just anybody record it (like Warton Tiers, maybe-- cost you 5 or 7 grand] and have Andy Wallace remix it for 4 grand a track plus 2 points. It was a lot to think about. Well, they like this guy and they trust him. Besides, they already signed the deal memo. He must have been serious about wanting them to sign. They break the news to their current label, and the label manager says he wants them to succeed, so they have his blessing. He will need to be compensated, of course, for the remaining albums left on their contract, but he'll work it out with the label himself.

Sub Pop made millions from selling off Nirvana, and Twin Tone hasn't done bad either: 50 grand for the Babes and 60 grand for the Poster Children-- without having to sell a single additional record. It'll be something modest. The new label doesn't mind, so long as it's recoupable out of royalties. Well, they get the final contract, and it's not quite what they expected. They figure it's better to be safe than sorry and they turn it over to a lawyer--one who says he's experienced in entertainment law and he hammers out a few bugs. They're still not sure about it, but the lawyer says he's seen a lot of contracts, and theirs is pretty good. They'll be great royalty: 13% [less a 1O% packaging deduction]. Wasn't it Buffalo Tom that were only getting 12% less 10? Whatever. The old label only wants 50 grand, an no points. Hell, Sub Pop got 3 points when they let Nirvana go. They're signed for four years, with options on each year, for a total of over a million dollars! That's a lot of money in any man's English. The first year's advance alone is $250,000. Just think about it, a quarter million, just for being in a rock band! Their manager thinks it's a great deal, especially the large advance. Besides, he knows a publishing company that will take the band on if they get signed, and even give them an advance of 20 grand, so they'll be making that money too. The manager says publishing is pretty mysterious, and nobody really knows where all the money comes from, but the lawyer can look that contract over too. Hell, it's free money. Their booking agent is excited about the band signing to a major. He says they can maybe average $1,000 or $2,000 a night from now on. That's enoughto justify a five week tour, and with tour support, they can use a proper crew, buy some good equipment and even get a tour bus! Buses are pretty expensive, but if you figure in the price of a hotel room for everybody In the band and crew, they're actually about the same cost. Some bands like Therapy? and Sloan and Stereolab use buses on their tours even when they're getting paid only a couple hundred bucks a night, and this tour should earn at least a grand or two every night. It'll be worth it. The band will be more comfortable and will play better.

The agent says a band on a major label can get a merchandising company to pay them an advance on T-shirt sales! ridiculous! There's a gold mine here! The lawyer Should look over the merchandising contract, just to be safe. They get drunk at the signing party. Polaroids are taken and everybody looks thrilled. The label picked them up in a limo. They decided to go with the producer who used to be in Letterman's band. He had these technicians come in and tune the drums for them and tweak their amps and guitars. He had a guy bring in a slew of expensive old "vintage" microphones. Boy, were they "warm." He even had a guy come in and check the phase of all the equipment in the control room! Boy, was he professional. He used a bunch of equipment on them and by the end of it, they all agreed that it sounded very "punchy," yet "warm." All that hard work paid off. With the help of a video, the album went like hotcakes! They sold a quarter million copies! Here is the math that will explain just how fucked they are: These figures are representative of amounts that appear in record contracts daily. There's no need to skew the figures to make the scenario look bad, since real-life examples more than abound. income is bold and underlined, expenses are not.

Advance: $ 250,000 Manager's cut: $ 37,500 Legal fees: $ 10,000 Recording Budget: $ 150,000 Producer's advance: $ 50,000 Studio fee: $ 52,500 Drum Amp, Mic and Phase "Doctors": $ 3,000 Recording tape: $ 8,000 Equipment rental: $ 5,000 Cartage and Transportation: $ 5,000 Lodgings while in studio: $ 10,000 Catering: $ 3,000 Mastering: $ 10,000 Tape copies, reference CDs, shipping tapes, misc. expenses: $ 2,000 Video budget: $ 30,000 Cameras: $ 8,000 Crew: $ 5,000 Processing and transfers: $ 3,000 Off-line: $ 2,000 On-line editing: $ 3,000 Catering: $ 1,000 Stage and construction: $ 3,000 Copies, couriers, transportation: $ 2,000 Director's fee: $ 3,000 Album Artwork: $ 5,000 Promotional photo shoot and duplication: $ 2,000 Band fund: $ 15,000 New fancy professional drum kit: $ 5,000 New fancy professional guitars [2]: $ 3,000 New fancy professional guitar amp rigs [2]: $ 4,000 New fancy potato-shaped bass guitar: $ 1,000 New fancy rack of lights bass amp: $ 1,000 Rehearsal space rental: $ 500 Big blowout party for their friends: $ 500 Tour expense [5 weeks]: $ 50,875 Bus: $ 25,000 Crew [3]: $ 7,500 Food and per diems: $ 7,875 Fuel: $ 3,000 Consumable supplies: $ 3,500 Wardrobe: $ 1,000 Promotion: $ 3,000 Tour gross income: $ 50,000 Agent's cut: $ 7,500 Manager's cut: $ 7,500 Merchandising advance: $ 20,000 Manager's cut: $ 3,000 Lawyer's fee: $ 1,000 Publishing advance: $ 20,000 Manager's cut: $ 3,000 Lawyer's fee: $ 1,000 Record sales: 250,000 @ $12 =
$3,000,000 Gross retail revenue Royalty: [13% of 90% of retail]:
$ 351,000 Less advance: $ 250,000 Producer's points: [3% less $50,000 advance]:
$ 40,000 Promotional budget: $ 25,000 Recoupable buyout from previous label: $ 50,000 Net royalty: $ -14,000 Record company income:

Record wholesale price: $6.50 x 250,000 =
$1,625,000 gross income Artist Royalties: $ 351,000 Deficit from royalties: $ 14,000 Manufacturing, packaging and distribution: @ $2.20 per record: $ 550,000 Gross profit: $ 7l0,000 The Balance Sheet: This is how much each player got paid at the end of the game.

Record company: $ 710,000 Producer: $ 90,000 Manager: $ 51,000 Studio: $ 52,500 Previous label: $ 50,000 Agent: $ 7,500 Lawyer: $ 12,000 Band member net income each: $ 4,031.25

The band is now 1/4 of the way through its contract, has made the music industry more than 3 million dollars richer, but is in the hole $14,000 on royalties. The band members have each earned about 1/3 as much as they would working at a 7-11, but they got to ride in a tour bus for a month. The next album will be about the same, except that the record company will insist they spend more time and money on it. Since the previous one never "recouped," the band will have no leverage, and will oblige. The next tour will be about the same, except the merchandising advance will have already been paid, and the band, strangely enough, won't have earned any royalties from their T-shirts yet. Maybe the T-shirt guys have figured out how to count money like record company guys. Some of your friends are probably already this fucked.

Steve Albini is an independent and corporate rock record producer most widely known for having produced Nirvana's "In Utero".

ITP V.05 THE MUSIC BUSINESS: The music industry, nothing ever changes..

Soo, it's one of those things. Local bands around here (some of whom have yet to put out a single demo) want to be signed to label X and sign their  life, and art away. Think TWICE, because the music industry is a cruel, cold, explotive place..Perhaps a band or artist could use a good entertainment lawyer, entertainment being the operative word, because not just any lawyer will do.
It's amazing that bands jump after any dangling carrot, just to get signed, when in essence they are signing themselves into potential indentured servitude, and this could hinder themselves and thier careers.
Not that I haven't liked many of Relapse's releases, and I'm a fan of Nile and Necrophagist. However, I have told friends that Mastodon are just a cash cow for Relapse (as they have since signed with major label Warner) as they and DEP get all the promotion from that label.
When I say, I'm DIY, I MEAN it. Perhaps international distribution on likewise genre of music distro, and a good booking agent for national/international touring ( booking agents just for touring purposes, book your self, DIY locally and regionally) is all you need. The music industry has changed since NAPSTER, and record labels, specifically the major corporate, monopolies are starting to fold, be bought off, and lose money there fore squeezing the artist. I have THAT much more respect for Ani Difranco or Ian McKaye of Fugazi (sure Ani and Ian are NOT METAL) for starting their own record labels, and blowing off the majors, as in the "Million You Never Made"..
Nothing against Relapse or their  roster (as we all know that DEP and Mastodon get the benefit for better promotion and good tours). Who in the hell needs record labels anymore?. I mean ya got PRO TOOLS, P2P file sharing, mp3 service providers (international distro right there)..If it wasn't for the RIAA, a coup de ta would have overthrown the industry and this "need" for indentured servitude  towards this dependency on what we call  "the recording industry" would have ended these record labels....A band might NEED international distro with a good booking agent for national and international touring...That, touring, international distro is the only reason why record labels these days exist, and international distro can be found seperate from record deals/labels..
Only because most booking agencies will only book bands that are signed to small or major indies or above that, and whom plan on TOURING. Unless of course you have friends in high places that will take on the road/under their wing or have been in previously signed projects..OR if you're inbetween record deals and have previously toured. Other wise, it's DIY..                                                                                                         If you play buttfuck Kansas on tour and no ones ever heard of you, you have not much (if any) distro, no record deal, no radio airplay, and haven't toured before, ummm, it's "Who the fuck are you?" from the audience...                                          Of course, NOW there's the internet, P2P file sharing, where ya could of heard a band before they were signed, or before you saw them live, OR BEFORE they had a record deal.  Hate Eternal did an interview recently (Hate Eternal are signed to Earache) about being "underexposed" and fans can't find thier CD's in record stores. That's a shame really, a band signed to a major indie doesn't get the best distro as in house record store buyers won't STOCK thier CD's.
Most indie bands have that problem, at best, you can order from the record store, or from the labels website or mail order, but even with international distro, touring is mandatory so at least you an sell a few copies of your latest release on the road..
Shit, the music industry has ALWAYS been this way BEFORE NAPSTER.
All record labels are like this, although Relapse still is a decent international distro (mail/internet order) it's sad to know that even Relapse could be devoid of integrity towards it artists..However, who knows what's going on between TITD and RELAPSE (as all contracts are confidential), and many RELAPSE staffers deny making much $ at all (that's more the truth as opposed to label owners) this could be the "SANDBOX". I wish that Steve Austin would elaborate on this post on SMNNEWS.COM further.
Bands/artists btw, don't make a red penny until they pay back their  label "recoupment" (think of record labels as a bank that "Loans" you $ for your recording, promotional, marketing, and sometimes touring needs). Until a band or artists makes a label a profit, the artist doesn't see a dime. Even then, an artist may only make ten cents per $20.00 CD sold. That's why extreme metal bands tour relentlessly and sell merchandise on the road (buy the MERCH, there fore support the artist so they can EAT and make it with tolls and gas to the next stop on thier tour itinerary), since death/extreme metal is an underground and not so profitable genre..Don't quit your day jobs, or realize than you will have to juggle (and financially struggle) a day job and take off time from work to tour. If there is "job security" in your line of employment, keep your job as there is not much "stability" in being in an extreme metal band. Ask, Jon Vesano whom left Nile late last winter, or Sherwood whom left Skinless last year for more "stability" in their lives.. Gawd forbid ya got kids or a mortgage to pay....
Today Is The Day's Steve Austin - "We Have Wanted To Be Off Relapse Records Since 1999" posted on 08-22-2005 @ 2:04 PM
TODAY IS THE DAY founder Steve Austin has posted the following message on the band's official SMNnews.com hosted message board (NOTE: The following message has been edited since posted, in which almost all content has been removed. See the posting at this location.):

"hi TODAY IS THE DAY fans and friends,

the talk of what label we will be on has been coming up and i wanted to set the record straight on our plans. we know that TODAY IS THE DAY means alot to you and we wanna keep you informed.......

there will be a full-length announcement on the home page of the www.todayistheday.org websiteconcerning our label deals later this week.

we signed with relapse records in 1998 for 4 records. we gave them 3 full length cd's, a double album, and an ep. way more than our contact called for. we have wanted to be off of relapse records since 1999, and have been on the label against our will since then. kiss the pig finalizes our contract and we are free.

we have been offered several deals by lables that we dig that are based on integrity and honesty. some big and some small...we are also going to release supernova, willpower, and self-titled cd's and live dvd's on our own label, supernova records.

we appreciate thehard work that key people did that worked for relapse, but most of those folks have moved on and we are not down with the relapse scene at all, anymore......we created it and have been the cornerstone of integrity for this label.....

------------- was the founder of the label with ------------ as a partner. the label only had NEUROSIS and AMORPHIS when we went into partnership with them and got their fledgling label off the ground.

soon bands like SOILENT GREEN and THE UNSANE signed on and the ball was rollin'....

later in 1999, ------------ was pushed out of the picture by a little man, with a very small mind and penis, named ------------ at relapse records. so, it goes the quality and the integrity with the changing of the guard at what was once a home for underground driven music.

now, it's all about bullshit and personal vendetta's being fulfilled by little monkeys, like ------------.

notice how there are like "2" bands that exist on relapse and the rest of the roster gets treated like a bunch of start-up kid bands with no promotion.....

the artists like TODAY IS THE DAY, get nothing while a corporation grows bigger and bigger......

pushing safer and safer music that is accessible and will play on radio and mtv.

we wish the best to all of the great artists on relapse records and hope they all get a good lawyer to help resolve any of them ever getting paid for anything they have done while on relapse records......

after 4 albums, 1 ep and appearing on 4 dvd's for relapse records, today is the day has never recieved one penny for anything we have made for the label.

but, we are not special because from knowing alot of the other bands on this label, that are leaving, no one else has either. only the monkeys behind the computer screens in the office have been paid and paid well...

you have seen us on the cover of metal maniacs because we are friends with the people who run the mag. we asked if we could be on it. you have seen our videos on uranium. the label couldn't even send the videos to uranium....i guess there were "problems" with shipping.....anyways, we are friends with uranium too, and they play our videos because they want to.....we supply them...

so, as you can see we have been totally diy all the way. the only thing relapse has done for us is put a logo of their label on our records and make money off of us.........

don't be fooled by bullshit kids......

there is no "team".....

the underground is real. it's just not what you might think it is....there is a lot of shit to make 1 think, wow this is soooo cooool.....well, if making music from your heart is what you wanna do and you want people to hear it, you don't need a "cooool" record label to put it out on......

more than likely, you'll tour for them for hundreds of shows and the cash will go into their pockets, financing sick cars and nice homes.....while you and your family struggle just to make ends meet.......

again, we are very happy to be free and make "axis of eden" be the way we want it to....no censorship, no bullshit, just real music and words the way that we mean it.

support the good bands on relapse and any other label for that matter.

we play music because we want to. i have a job to make a living with called engineering and i don't play my songs to get paid. i play them because they are in my heart and i have to let them be heard.....

thanks to everyone who has supported TODAY IS THE DAY.

also, please note that the sadness will prevail and live till you die combo, is not our idea. it is a money making scheme to sell more records by relapse. also, they will keep putting out dvd's and records of our's withoutour approval, due to loopholes and contract crap.

we do not approve of any other releases including all of the contamination, recollection dvd's........that again we have never been paid 1 dime for. don't buy the shit, they are just using you for a paycheck.

remember today is the day and your favorite bands will get none of the money you plunk down for those releases.

be smart, download it.....

steve austin

"axis of eden"spring 2006."

(Disclaimer: Names have been removed at the label's request)
I'll find Steve Albini's post on the music industry from DOWNHILL BATTLE and post it here soon..Thanks-Tee-Stay Metal, Stay Brootal- -l- \m/

Saturday, August 20, 2005

ITP V.05 ONLY ONE PER COFFIN: Former Vader drummer DOC dead at 35

Krzysztof "Docent" Raczkowski (a.k.a. Doc), drummer for Polish death metal legends VADER has passed away.
This is a very sad day for extreme death metal... I can barely wipe the tears from eyes. Vader's (Polish Death Metal band) former drummer DOC has passed away, as he left Vader (March 2005) to deal with his serious co dependencies and alcoholism.
DOC from Vader was an EXELLENT drummer.. Just listen to the track "Wings" of off the Vader release LITANY. (or Doc's exellent drumming off of VADER's De Profundis).  DOC's drumming and double bass, (wich may be a little triggered) KILLS, and CRUSHES you from the get go. I've seen Vader tons of times and they are an exellent live band, as VADER ALWAYS get a rabid response from the crowd... When Vader play in Poughkeepsie, NY everyone always chants, VA-DER, VA-DER, VA-DER.
Apperantly after leaving VADER DOC joined DIES IRAE..? I think DOC was in DIES IRAE around 2002...
Vader are one of the very first Polish death metal bands to come from behind the "Iron Curtain" before the USSR dissolved after the late 80's...
DOC's death may be somewhat traumatic for his former bandmates in VADER, so I hope they are still able to tour ths USA/N.America in the fall with Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Aborted, Decapitated ect.
All I can say is, "Blast in PEACE (RIP) DOC", we miss you..All this on what WOULD have been Darryl "Dimebag" Abbott's 39th birthday had he not have been murdered in December of 2004, RIP DIMEBAG... .

"Doc pretty hard tried to 'fight' against his weaknesses, which were troubles for all of us. Finaly he had not prevailed over that battle... All in all, he attempted. . . VADER today is not just a friendship anymore — it's our life with armies of man involved in music, releases and — first of all — fans waiting for shows or new albums... This is a high responsibility, not too many know about. If a person, even the most talented one, cannot stand it — [he] has to leave... That was Doc's decision as well."

In an April 2005 interview with AbrasiveRock.com, VADER guitarist Mauser elaborated on Doc's "weaknesses," stating, "He had a problem with alcohol and this is the problem. Maybe in the future, if he will be alright, he may be back in the band. Maybe someday. We will see what happens."

(Thanks: Dreadu / www.mh.fan.pl)
Thanks-Stay Metal-Stay Brutal-"Blast in PEACE DOC"- Tee \m/ -l-

Friday, August 19, 2005

Greedy record label vs. Chuck Shuldiner/CONTROL DENIED

This is the saddest story of literal grave robbing that I ever heard, I mean ICK, just unadulterated GREED.  should know, this journal is entitled after the legendary Death CD "Individual Thought Patterns". So I love Chuck Shuldiner's project Death and his side project CONTROL DENIED. Chuck Shudiner died of a brain tumor in December of 2001, as the tragic news saddened the world of extreme metal.
There were benefit shows to help pay for Shuldiner's medical costs all around the globe, as Chuck Shuldiner did not (record labels don't offer medical insurance to it's roster of artists) have medical insurance.
Control Denied were last signed and obligated to Hammerheart records, whom were bought out by Karemegeddon records/media... Funny thing, I was offered an internship in Pennsylvania with Dutch extreme metal label Hammerheart and (thankfully) I turned it down when the label went under and was bought off. Knowing now, what I didn't know back then, looking back on this labels unethical business practices in retrospect, it's a good thing that I went with my gut level instict. I said no thanks.
Sure, all of us metal heads want to hear Chuck Schuldiner's/CONTROL DENIED last opus "When Machine and Man Collide", but fans want the stamp of approval from the artists themselves. If a band/artist writes music, they may NOT WANT to release unfinished demos until the product is completely finshed. That is artist pride and integrity, something that Chuck Schuldiner ALWAYS had..
This stupid label is not honering Chuck Schuldiner's and his families last wishes, and I consider that grave robbing out of pure greed. If it's not enough to lose a son, freind , musical influence, and great band, and I'm sure the Shuldiner family are STILL paying off medical expenses accrued to Chuck Schuldiner's illness, this record label tried to release an unfinished product just to make money.
That whole drama over "When Man and Machine Collide" is NOT ethical and not respectful of Chuck Schuldiner and his family. Boycott this label, btw, honer Chuck's final wishes, let the band finish the recording and release it when they see fit.
Over Chuck Schuldiner's dead body, greedy pigs.
"To satisfy greed, someone must starve"
THANKS TO Blabbermouth.net. Guido Heijnens, owner of the now-defunct Dutch record label Hammerheart Records (which has since been "resurrected" under the Karmageddon Media banner) has issued the following statement regarding the status of the unfinished recordings originally slated to appear on the sophomore CONTROL DENIED album (the band formed by the late DEATH mainman Chuck Schuldiner):

"Judgement by default was done on June 22nd 2005. The Schuldiner family have been ordered to hand over all the master tapes for the new CONTROL DENIED album. Failing to do so the Schuldiner family will have to pay a penalty of $**** for each day up to a maximum of $******. The Schuldiner family have also been ordered to repay $***** plus statutory interest and legal costs.

"Finally, the Schuldiner family has been ordered to carry out rectification by publishing on the Internet site the text specified in the judgment, failing to do so will lead to a penalty of $**** for each day up to a maximum of $******.

"All $-related numbers have been left out since these are business related matters.

"For anyone who does not understand what this means: Hammerheart Records B.V. have done nothing wrong and the court has ruled in all matters/subjects in their favour. The family has to pay all costs, rectify the things said on www.emptywords.org, pay back all costs plus interest and hand over the master tapes for the album!!!

"So to all the fans out there, let's see if Hammerheart Records finally will get this album to release it, or if the family remains stubborn and keeps on lying to the fans…"

As previously reported, Chuck — who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor — began work on the album (tentatively titled "When Machine and Man Collide") in 2001 but never managed to complete the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death. The remaining members of the group — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — subsequently announced their desire to complete the CD and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold (Karmageddon Media — formerly Hammerheart Records — have since issued various incomplete demo recordings as two separate low-quality albums, "Zero Tolerance" and "Zero Tolerance II").

Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, had previously stated about the unfinished recordings: "[Chuck's]last masterpiece deserves more than to be released as unfinished bits of rehearsal room recordings on CD, or to be grabbed for free on the Internet. It deserves to be finished by the rest of the band and to be released on a full-length album, titled: 'When Machine and Man Collide'."
Thanks-Stay Metal and Stay Brutal-Thanks-Tee \m/ -l-

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


I don't care if Hellfest is cancelled, it's just that Suffocation, Cryptopsy and Nile were on the bill, and the wait untill two days before the fest to announce this, bummer, bullshit. The official word from SMNNEWS.COM.

::Sarcasm: Ya mean no spin kicks for the hardcore kids?

Hellfest - Officially Cancelled This Year, Possibly Forever posted on 08-17-2005 @ 7:08 PM

After hours of rumors of this weekend's Hellfest being in jeopardy, it has now been confirmed by the Sovereign Bank Arena that it has in fact been cancelled. The press release is as follows:

"Hellfest 2K5 previously scheduled for Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena, has been cancelled, according to arena operators Global Spectrum.

All tickets previously purchased for the event are available for refund at the original point of purchase."

A link can be seen at this location.

UPDATE: The following message has been left on the official Hellfest.com website:

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Hellfest has been cancelled. After a full day in court in Burlington County, NJ, Hellfest was unable to meet unreasonable demands brought to Hellfest's attention by the Sovereign Bank Arena on August 16, 2005 at 6:21 PM, and to be met by August 17, 2005 at 7:00 AM. Actions were taken and Hellfest had an injunction filed by noon on August 17, 2005, but was overruled by the judge.

We send our deepest apologies out to the fans and everyone who was involved with the event and want you to be aware that legal action is being taken. For ticket refunds please contact the Sovereign Bank Arena box office.

More information to come."

The following email from Hellfest contact George Dassinger to a concerned fan has been posted as follows:

"A Burlington Country judge ruled this afternoon that since there was a disagreement with the venue it was not a safe environment for a 3-day concert. Hellfest had filed an injunction but it was ruled over and we cannot do a thing. The damage is great including that this is the end of Hellfest, thanks to Sovereign Bank Arena."

arrgh, no tanks-HELLFEST-later Stay Metal-Tee \m/ -l-