Beseech released new songs, available for free streaming

Swedish gothic metal band, Beseech announced two new songs available for streaming. It is after being announced that the band reunited with a new line-up after they disbanded in 2006. The band is currently working on their new album, which is almost a continuation of their critically-acclaimed album, “Souls Highway” which was released in 2002.

The new line-up will surely result to a new sound, but of course with the core sound of their original music. The latest addition to the band’s lineup are Johan Örnborg (bass), Angelina Sahlgren Söder (vocals) and Håkan Carlsson (drums).

The band have uploaded 2 new songs called “One Last Call” and “Ingredients”, which will be available for streaming until the end of January via SoundCloud.

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Trailer:

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The “Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour”

Brazilian Power metal band, Angra celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their 1995 debut album “Angels Cry”, with a special show held at the HSBC Brasil last 25th August. It is fronted by Fabio Lione, which has been touring with the band since the beginning of 2013.

Guitarist Rafael Bittencourt said: “For those who think we should quit, I tell you: we’re just getting started”. The band made a small tour through out Latin America to coincide with the celebration of the said album. The band performed with special guests featuring Tarja, who sung “Stand Away” and Kate Bush’s cover “Wuthering Heights”; Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions was also featured as well as the Brazilian string quartet Familia Lima appeared in 3 songs, and Amilcar Christopharo of Torture Squad played the drums on “Evil Warning”.

The track listing for the upcoming DVD:

1. Angels Cry
2. Nothing to Say
3. Waiting Silence
4. Lisbon
5. Time
6. Millennium Sun (intro w/ Kiko Loureiro on keyboards)
7. Winds of Destination (intersection w/ Kiko Loureiro on keyboards)
8. Gentle Change
9. The Voice Commanding You (Rafael Bittencourt on vocals)
10. Late Redemption
11. Silence and Distance (intro w/ Kiko Loureiro on keyboards)

Acoustic set
12. Reaching Horizons (Rafael Bittencourt on vocals)
13. Unholy Wars / Caça e Caçador (Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro on vocals)
14. A Monster in Her Eyes (Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro on vocals)
15. Make Believe (Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro on vocals)

Encore:
16. No Pain for the Dead (with Familia Lima on strings)
17. Stand Away (Tarja Turunen on vocals and Familia Lima on strings)
18. Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush cover) (Tarja Turunen on vocals and Uli Jon Roth on guitar)
19. Evil Warning (Amílcar Christófaro on drums)

Encore 2:
20. Unfinished Allegro (Familia Lima on strings)
21. Carry On
22. Rebirth
23. The Sails Of Charon (SCORPIONS cover) (Uli Jon Roth on guitar and Rafael Bittencourt on vocals)
24. In Excelsis
25. Nova Era

“Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour” will be released in November as a separate DVD and a double CD, containing over 20 tracks in total and extra behind-the-scenes footage captured during the latest tour. This release contains of songs from every single album they have released in the last 2 decades.

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Russian Circles – New album streaming for free

American Post-rock band, Russian Circles will be releasing a new album called, “Memorial” this 29th October via Sargent House. While there are only 6 days of waiting before the actual release date, the new album can be streamed and listened in FULL at Pitchfork’s Advance website here.

Tracklist:
1. Memoriam
2. Deficit
3. 1777
4. Cheyenne
5. Burial
6. Ethel
7. Lebaron
8. Memorial [feat. Chelsea Wolfe]

Pre-order the album here | View their upcoming shows here | Check their official web blog

Apple shows that they got “more”

From the recent October event by Apple (22nd October) held in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Apple uncovered the new lineup of their gadgets including the new iPads, new MacBook Pros and a lot more stuff.

The Event
The event started with Tim Cook entered the stage and started talking about the newly launched iPhones, the 5s and 5c. He also said that there are 9 Million iPhones sold as of last month since its availability. He also recapped the iOS 7 features and more importantly, emphasized about 200M devices have upgraded to iOS 7 in the first 5 days (including me, yay!). He also talks about the iTunes Radio and the stats show that: 20 million listeners and over a billion songs played since its launch. The App Store update has also made it to the topic as it reached 1 Million apps in the store, and its 60 billion cumulative downloads up to date.

OS X (Mavericks)
Craig F takes the stage and talks about OS X10.9 (Mavericks) and its 3 major focus areas: core technologies, features and apps. Users of Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and higher can download a free copy of Mavericks from the Mac App store. The new OS comes with over 200 new features including iBooks and Maps for Mac, a new version of the Safari web browser, enhanced multi-display support and Finder Tabs.

MacBook Pro
The 13″ MacBook Pro drops to 3.46lbs. and 0.71″ thin and is now with Retina display. Its new 4th generation Haswell Dual-Core chips improves the battery life up to 9 hours. It’s 90% faster than previous generated, obviously and here we have the Iris integrated graphics. This version comes in 3 configurations:
– 2.4GHz dual-core i5 base model with 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD ($1,299)
– 2.4GHz dual-core i5 model with 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD ($1,499)
– 2.6GHz dual-core i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD ($1,799)

The 15″ Macbook Pro, on the other hand, has the Intel Crystalwell chip quad-core i7 processor with Iris Pro Graphics, resulting to 90% faster than previous gen graphics. This unit also comes with GeForce GT 750M graphics card with 2GB memory available. This version comes in 2 configurations:
– 2.0GHz quad-core Intel core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD ($1,999)
– 2.3GHz quad-core Intel core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD ($2,599)

So to speak, MacBook Air and Retina Macbook Pro are the newest models from their Notebook catalogs. “That’s our news on MacBook today.” — did anyone expect updates as well for the non-retina MBP?

Mac Pro
Moving on, the new Mac Pro has been labelled as Apple’s “most radical Mac ever.” The previous generations had 8 fans, but this new one has only a single fan. The new Mac Pro will have the “Next-Generation Xeon” or the Intel Xeon E5 with quad, 6, 8 or 12-core designs, 30MB l3 cache, 40 lanes of PCI Express gen 3. It contains the fastest ECC memory, 1866MHz DDR3 ECC, quad-channel interface, up to 60GB/s of mem bandwidth, up to 64GB user accessible RAM. The quad-core model starts at US$2,999 while the 6-core model starts at $3,999.

iLife, iWork and more
The iLife has been updated, integrated with iCloud and brings the new version of iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand for iOS and MAC. The iPhoto has a brand new look on iOS, while the iMovie has a new UI that is cleaner, simpler and it’s more accessible for sharing and browsing videos. The GarageBand got a new feature called “Drummer” that is powered by real performances by actual musicians. Adding of new instruments or virtual drummers is available via in-app purchases.

Moving on to iWork, the apps: Pages, Numbers and Keynotes have been redesigned and updated for iOS7, while these 3 are completely re-written on the MAC. It contains brand new UI, cool updates and a lot more. Good news: iWork is completely free now!

iPad Air & Retina iPad Mini
The newest iPad is thinner, lighter, more powerful and it got a new name; that is the “iPad Air”. The new model has 9.7-inch retina display, smaller bezel, 7.5mm thick and weighs 1 pound; hailed as the lightest full sized tablet in the world. It is powered by an A7 chip, similar to the iPhone5s and promises to provide 8x faster performance and better graphics, as well as a better battery life. It also expands LTE support and some more upgrades such as the: 5MP iSight camera to have better optics, New FaceTime HD Camera with larger pixels and better backside illumination sensors and the dual microphones.

The only thing that’s missing on this new iPad is the Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner which is present at the iPhone 5s. Price starts at $499 for 16GB WiFi confirguation while $629 for the 16GB Cellular.

New iPad Mini? Yes! The new iPad Mini finally adapts the Retina display plus a “2048×1536” pixels (same as the iPad Air) but at 7.9″, powered by A7, 4x faster CPU than the first iPad Mini and got a 10-hour battery life. The new version has also 2x faster Wi-Fi with MIMO antennas with expanded LTE support and a FaceTime HD camera (same as the iPad Air). The new iPad Mini comes in silver/white and space grey/black, and price starts at $399 for the 16GB WiFi.

The old versions or models of the iPad and iPad Mini will be bought at its same prices, respectively.

BBM for Android & iPhone – Now Available!

Image screencap from http://us.blackberry.com/bbm.html

BlackBerry announced last 21st October than they’ve officially resumed the roll-out of the BlackBerry Messenger or the BBM for Android and iOS platforms. Based on the report posted by Engadget, the said application notches more than 10 million downloads in just 24 hours.

The roll-out details has been posted from the BlackBerry blog such as:
1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser.
2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line.
3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM.

TheVerge.com posted:
But unfortunately it appears that BlackBerry is still very much concerned about an initial surge of users. It’s implementing a registration wait list; upon opening the app, you’ll have to enter an email address to reserve your spot. Anyone that signed up for information about the mobile apps at BBM.com won’t have to wait, but new signups will have to deal with the virtual queue. Despite being despised by users, the wait list has become an increasingly popular tactic among startups. Still, it strikes us as odd to see BlackBerry using the strategy.

To get in touch with the updates, follow @BBM on Twitter. | To learn more about BlackBerry Messenger, click here.

MFVF Photos

Hello there! Yesterday, I made a post about the Excerpts and highlights from the successful Metal Female Voices Fest XI, in which contains the summary, the links to the setlists and some clips available on YouTube. Unfortunately, I haven’t posted any pics since I was not present at the said festival. Good thing, my friends, MC Sharq and John were present at the said festival and they posted their cool captions for us to check out.

Here’s from my American friend, John.
MFVF XI Impressions
DELAIN (with special guest: Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation)

He noted that he will upload more very soon, so keep an eye on his Facebook page here.

Here’s from my Dutch friend, MC SHARQ:

DAY ONE:
Eve’s Apple
Liv Kristine

DAY TWO:
LACUNA COIL
DELAIN (with special guest: Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation)
LEAVES’ EYES
Asrai
Kontrust
Kobra & the Lotus
Chaostar
Serenity
Imperia
Victorians
Magion
Azylya

DAY THREE:
TARJA
REVAMP
Anneke van Giersbergen
Crimfall
Dalriada
Stream of Passion
Hell City
Cadaveria
L’Endevi
Eleanor

For more info, you can check his website.

Apple event this fall for new iPad?

Based on ALLTHINGSD’s post last 8th October, Apple has more new products to be released before 2013 ends. As of the post, the event will be an invitation-only event and will take place in 22nd of October. The possibility of bringing a new iPad is considered, as well as the updates to Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks could be discussed and unveiled.

Sources declined to specify where this event is to be held, but there are some reports that it would be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, where the unveiling of iPad Mini happened back in 2012. No confirmation or press statement has been released yet from Apple.

Image source:
http://www.evolver.fm/

Read more here.

BREAKING NEWS! It was confirmed and the article can be read at Wired.com website.