Dark Angel (band)
Dark Angel is an American thrash metal band from Downey, California that formed in 1981. Their over-the-top style earned them the nickname "the L. A. Caffeine Machine". Although Dark Angel had never achieved a mainstream breakthrough in their initial career, they are credited as one of the leaders of the second wave of the thrash metal movement of the 1980s. Dark Angel released four full-length studio albums before splitting up in 1992. After a short-lived reunion from 2002 to 2005, the band reunited once again in 2013, they are notable for featuring drummer Gene Hoglan, a member of Dark Angel since 1984, since their initial breakup in 1992, he has played in several notable bands, such as Death, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory and Dethklok. Dark Angel formed in 1981 under the name Shellshock in Downey, right around the time when the Bay Area thrash movement was beginning to take place, they were forced to change their name to Dark Angel in 1983 due to another band using the name. They played in local clubs, acquiring a cult following in the metal underground.
The band began recording and releasing several demos before releasing their debut studio album We Have Arrived in March 1985. Dark Angel promoted We Have Arrived with its first tour, opening for bands like Slayer, Venom, Savage Grace, Corrosion of Conformity, Possessed, D. R. I. Exodus and Agent Steel. In November 1986, Dark Angel released their second studio album, Darkness Descends, considered to be their seminal release. Around the same, several other thrash metal bands such as Metallica released seminal albums and started to gain more popularity. Although Darkness Descends did not reach the Billboard 200 charts or become a commercial success, Dark Angel spent most of 1986 and 1987 touring behind the album, with bands like Motörhead, Possessed, Overkill, Sacred Reich, Cryptic Slaughter and The Crumbsuckers. After the Darkness Descends tour ended in August 1987, vocalist Don Doty left Dark Angel in order to start a family and was replaced by Ron Rinehart, who would stay with the band until their breakup in 1992 and rejoin for their subsequent reunions.
Dark Angel performed their first show with Rinehart at the Fender's Ballroom in Long Beach, California on January 29, 1988. At this time, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine asked Eric Meyer to join Megadeth, but he declined in order to stay with Dark Angel. According to an interview in Voices from the Dark Side, Eric Meyer claims he did not feel comfortable with the situation. In January 1989, Dark Angel released their third studio album Leave Scars, their first release with Rinehart on vocals and Mike Gonzalez on bass, their last with guitarist Jim Durkin, who left the band before the tour and was replaced by former Viking guitarist Brett Eriksen, leaving the band with no remaining original members. Leave Scars received positive reviews from music critics, was Dark Angel's only album to reach the Billboard 200 charts, where it peaked at number 159; the band toured through much of 1989 and 1990 with several bands, including Death, Nuclear Assault, Acid Reign and Overkill. A live album, recorded at the Country Club in Reseda on April 22, 1989, was released in 1990 as Live Scars.
Dark Angel released their fourth and final full-length studio album, Time Does Not Heal, in February 1991. Time Does Not Heal showed progressive song structures and Hoglan's lyrics dealing with psychological issues and trauma. To promote Time Does Not Heal, Dark Angel embarked on the "Years of Pain" world tour, supporting such bands as Exhorder, Mordred and Re-Animator. In 1992, despite working on a fifth album, Dark Angel announced they were breaking up to pursue individual careers. Since 1993, Hoglan had been collaborating on a number of musical projects, he achieved greater attention during the mid-1990s playing with Death, at the same time that bandleader Chuck Schuldiner was taking that group into a more progressive style. Subsequently, he recorded one album with the thrash metal band Testament, made the acquaintance of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend, forging a lasting friendship, he has since recorded several albums with Townsend, both as part of the speed/industrial/death metal band Strapping Young Lad and under Devin Townsend's name.
Rinehart formed the band Oil in 1997 after converting to Christianity. After a 10-year hiatus, Dark Angel reformed in 2002 with a new lineup featuring Ron Rinehart on vocals, Eric Meyer on guitar, Danyael Williams on bass and Gene Hoglan on drums. During the reunion, Dark Angel performed the Metallica song "Creeping Death" which appeared on the 2004 Metallica tribute album Metallic Attack: Metallica - The Ultimate Tribute. By 2005, Rinehart had begun suffering health problems, an accident that year, which caused a severe spinal injury, so serious that if Rinehart had continued singing it could have resulted in him being unable to talk, thus ending Dark Angel's reunion. On August 10, 2013, it was reported that Dark Angel had reunited with original vocalist Don Doty, would headline Keep It True XVII festival in Germany in April 2014, it was reported that drummer Gene Hoglan, guitarists Eric Meyer and Justin Zych, bassist Mike Gonzalez would be involved in the reunion. On August 16, 2013, six days after the "reunion" was announced and Hoglan released statements addressing the "reunion rumors" in an attempt to "put any confusion to rest."
Hoglan admitted that he and the members of Dark Angel had been "talking about doing something" in 2014, stated that some shows could be in the works, but "r
MusicBrainz is a project that aims to create an open data music database, similar to the freedb project. MusicBrainz was founded in response to the restrictions placed on the Compact Disc Database, a database for software applications to look up audio CD information on the Internet. MusicBrainz has expanded its goals to reach beyond a compact disc metadata storehouse to become a structured open online database for music. MusicBrainz captures information about artists, their recorded works, the relationships between them. Recorded works entries capture at a minimum the album title, track titles, the length of each track; these entries are maintained by volunteer editors. Recorded works can store information about the release date and country, the CD ID, cover art, acoustic fingerprint, free-form annotation text and other metadata; as of 21 September 2018, MusicBrainz contained information about 1.4 million artists, 2 million releases, 19 million recordings. End-users can use software that communicates with MusicBrainz to add metadata tags to their digital media files, such as FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis or AAC.
MusicBrainz allows contributors to upload cover art images of releases to the database. Internet Archive provides the bandwidth and legal protection for hosting the images, while MusicBrainz stores metadata and provides public access through the web and via an API for third parties to use; as with other contributions, the MusicBrainz community is in charge of maintaining and reviewing the data. Cover art is provided for items on sale at Amazon.com and some other online resources, but CAA is now preferred because it gives the community more control and flexibility for managing the images. Besides collecting metadata about music, MusicBrainz allows looking up recordings by their acoustic fingerprint. A separate application, such as MusicBrainz Picard, must be used for this. In 2000, MusicBrainz started using Relatable's patented TRM for acoustic fingerprint matching; this feature allowed the database to grow quickly. However, by 2005 TRM was showing scalability issues as the number of tracks in the database had reached into the millions.
This issue was resolved in May 2006 when MusicBrainz partnered with MusicIP, replacing TRM with MusicDNS. TRMs were phased out and replaced by MusicDNS in November 2008. In October 2009 MusicIP was acquired by AmpliFIND; some time after the acquisition, the MusicDNS service began having intermittent problems. Since the future of the free identification service was uncertain, a replacement for it was sought; the Chromaprint acoustic fingerprinting algorithm, the basis for AcoustID identification service, was started in February 2010 by a long-time MusicBrainz contributor Lukáš Lalinský. While AcoustID and Chromaprint are not MusicBrainz projects, they are tied with each other and both are open source. Chromaprint works by analyzing the first two minutes of a track, detecting the strength in each of 12 pitch classes, storing these 8 times per second. Additional post-processing is applied to compress this fingerprint while retaining patterns; the AcoustID search server searches from the database of fingerprints by similarity and returns the AcoustID identifier along with MusicBrainz recording identifiers if known.
Since 2003, MusicBrainz's core data are in the public domain, additional content, including moderation data, is placed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0 license. The relational database management system is PostgreSQL; the server software is covered by the GNU General Public License. The MusicBrainz client software library, libmusicbrainz, is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which allows use of the code by proprietary software products. In December 2004, the MusicBrainz project was turned over to the MetaBrainz Foundation, a non-profit group, by its creator Robert Kaye. On 20 January 2006, the first commercial venture to use MusicBrainz data was the Barcelona, Spain-based Linkara in their Linkara Música service. On 28 June 2007, BBC announced that it has licensed MusicBrainz's live data feed to augment their music Web pages; the BBC online music editors will join the MusicBrainz community to contribute their knowledge to the database. On 28 July 2008, the beta of the new BBC Music site was launched, which publishes a page for each MusicBrainz artist.
Amarok – KDE audio player Banshee – multi-platform audio player Beets – automatic CLI music tagger/organiser for Unix-like systems Clementine – multi-platform audio player CDex – Microsoft Windows CD ripper Demlo – a dynamic and extensible music manager using a CLI iEatBrainz – Mac OS X deprecated foo_musicbrainz component for foobar2000 – Music Library/Audio Player Jaikoz – Java mass tag editor Max – Mac OS X CD ripper and audio transcoder Mp3tag – Windows metadata editor and music organizer MusicBrainz Picard – cross-platform album-oriented tag editor MusicBrainz Tagger – deprecated Microsoft Windows tag editor puddletag – a tag editor for PyQt under the GPLv3 Rhythmbox music player – an audio player for Unix-like systems Sound Juicer – GNOME CD ripper Zortam Mp3 Media Studio – Windows music organizer and ID3 Tag Editor. Freedb clients can access MusicBrainz data through the freedb protocol by using the MusicBrainz to FreeDB gateway service, mb2freedb. List of online music databases Making Metadata: The Case of Mus
Leave Scars is the third studio album released by the American thrash metal band, Dark Angel, released on January 24, 1989. It was their first album with vocalist Ron Rinehart and bassist Mike Gonzalez, the last to feature guitarist Jim Durkin for 24 years until his return to the band in 2013. Leave Scars was Dark Angel's most successful release, peaking at number 159 on the Billboard 200. Ron Rinehart - Vocals Eric Meyer - Rhythm and lead guitar, Backing vocals Jim Durkin - Rhythm and lead guitar, Violin bow, Assorted instruments, Backing vocals Mike Gonzalez - Bass, Backing vocals Gene Hoglan - Drums, Rhythm guitar, Assorted instruments, Backing vocals Ron Eriksen - Guest vocals on "The Promise of Agony"
Darkness Descends is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Dark Angel, released on November 17, 1986. The album is considered a landmark in the thrash metal genre. Though bassist Rob Yahn appears on the album, Mike Gonzalez received credit in the liner notes. Darkness Descends was Dark Angel's final album to feature original vocalist Don Doty; the album is the first to feature influential drummer Gene Hoglan. In August 2014, Revolver placed Darkness Descends on its "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own" list. Decibel Magazine placed it 9th on its "50 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums of All Time." Darkness Descends on Philiadelphia - DFA Live at the Trocadero, October 23, 1988 Darkness Descends on Resda - DFA Live at the Country Club April 22, 1989 Don Doty - Vocals Eric Meyer - Lead guitar Jim Durkin - Lead guitar Rob Yahn - Bass Gene Hoglan - Drums Ron Rinehart - Vocals Mike Gonzalez - Bass The song "Darkness Descends" is about the comic book characters known as the Dark Judges from the Judge Dredd comic book series, contains their famous statement, "this city is guilty, the crime is life, the sentence is death."
"Death Is Certain" deals with euthanasia. "Black Prophecies" deals with Nostradamus. "Perish In Flames" deals with a nuclear apocalypse
Eugene Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer, acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of abstract devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms. His technical playing is accurate at high and challenging tempos, earning him the nicknames "The Atomic Clock" and "Human Drum Machine." He is best known for his work with Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory and Testament. Hoglan completed work on Dethklok's fourth album The Doomstar Requiem, released in October 2013, he released the successful Gene Hoglan: The Atomic Clock DVD, rejoined Testament to record the drum tracks for their tenth album, Dark Roots of Earth, released in July 2012. Hoglan was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine November 2010, he won Terrorizer magazine's Reader's Poll for Best Drummer 2010, Modern Drummer magazine nominated Hoglan for Best Metal Drummer, Best Recorded Performance on their 2011 ballot. He was nominated for Best Drummer in Revolver magazine's 2010 Reader's Poll.
Hoglan got his first drum kit when he was 13 and is self-taught. He started jamming along to his Kiss and Rush records, with Peter Criss and Neil Peart being his early influences. Cozy Powell, Tommy Aldridge, Robb Reiner of Anvil, Rob "Wacko" Hunter of Raven and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor got him into double bass drumming. Other influences include Stevie Wonder, Alex Van Halen, Steve Smith, Deen Castronovo, Mark Craney, Terry Bozzio, Bill Bruford, Steve Gadd, Sonny Emory, Rick Colaluca of Watchtower, Bobby Jarzombek, Dave Culross. In 1983, Hoglan began his music career as a roadie for the thrash metal band Slayer, where he played the drums during concert soundchecks, he did backing vocals on the song "Evil Has No Boundaries", from the first Slayer album Show No Mercy. He contributed in the recording of Haunting the Chapel, holding Dave Lombardo's drum kit together while recording "Chemical Warfare" because there was no carpet in the studio, said drum kit including a china cymbal owned by Hoglan.
He became an influence in Lombardo's drumming speed. Lombardo had just had the double bass added to his kit and it was the first double bass Hoglan played. Lombardo was impressed with Hoglan's playing, Hoglan gave Lombardo tips regarding the use of the double kick drum. In 1984, Hoglan was part of the band War God with Michelle Meldrum. At the end of the same year he was asked to join the thrash metal band Dark Angel as the drummer, he penned most of the lyrics for Dark Angel's next three albums. He achieved greater fame during the mid-1990s playing with Death, at the same time that bandleader Chuck Schuldiner was taking that group into a more progressive style. Subsequently, he recorded one album with the thrash metal band Testament, made the acquaintance of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend, forging a lasting friendship, he has since recorded several albums with Townsend, both as part of the speed/industrial/death metal band Strapping Young Lad and under Devin Townsend's name. Hoglan was part of thrash metal band Tenet, a side project of Strapping Young Lad guitarist Jed Simon, from 2003 to 2007.
Hoglan left the band on amicable terms in January 2007. He was replaced by Adrian Erlandsson only to return to the group in June of the same year. Hoglan recorded his drum parts for the entirety of the following album in a mere two days. On the Vancouver, British Columbia, stop of Opeth's 2004 Lamentations tour, Hoglan stood in for drummer Martin Lopez, said to be having panic attacks. Opeth's drum tech had filled in for the two previous dates on the tour and Lopez rejoined the band for the Seattle, show. In 2005, Hoglan stood in for Lopez for the majority of the Sounds of the Underground tour when Lopez began having more panic attacks. Hoglan played double duty by playing a set with Strapping Young Lad performing with Opeth in the evening, it was announced Lopez had a rare blood disorder and was seeking treatment. Hoglan appeared in Opeth's music video "The Grand Conjuration" as they filmed it on the tour while in Los Angeles, California. Other bands have recruited Hoglan as a session drummer.
He has recorded albums with the Norwegian black metal band Old Man's Child and the Danish death metal band Daemon. Additionally he has done engineering work for other albums and demos. Hoglan was recruited by Vancouver thrash metal band The Almighty Punchdrunk, appeared as a band member for their only album to date, Music for Them Asses, released in 2001. Hoglan is working with the band from the animated TV show Metalocalypse; the show was co-created by stand-up comedian/actor/musician Brendon Small, who composes or performs all of the music. Hoglan features in Dethklok's debut album, The Dethalbum, released on September 25, 2007, he toured with Brendon Small and the live band during the summer of 2008. Besides working with Dethklok, Hoglan is a guest star by voicing a health inspector in one episode of the series, he performed on Dethalbum II, the sequel album released on September 29, 2009, again toured with Dethklok. The two collaborated to make Brendon Small's Galaktikon using extra studio time from the Dethklok studio sessions.
Hoglan filled in as the drummer for Unearth when their drummer, Mike Justian, quit while on tour. He has joined the metal band Pitch Black Forecast, with Mushroomhead singer Jason Popson, as the band's permanent drummer. More Hoglan was announced as the drummer for the reunited Bay Area Thrash metal band Forbidden's reunion tour, replacing original drummer Paul Bostaph. Hoglan pla
Time Does Not Heal
Time Does Not Heal is the fourth studio album by Dark Angel, released in 1991. When the album was released, it came with a sticker, reading "9 songs, 67 minutes, 246 riffs!". Time Does Not Heal was Dark Angel's final album before their break up in 1992. Work on a follow-up album, under the name Atrocity Exhibition, was prepared, but never advanced past a few demos. In 2007, the band Exodus released an album with the title The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A, named after the novel of the same name by J. G. Ballard. Time Does Not Heal was Dark Angel's only album with former Viking guitarist Brett Eriksen, who replaced Jim Durkin two years earlier. Time Does Not Heal was ranked at number five on Loudwire's top ten list of "Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4". Ron Rinehart - Vocals Eric Meyer - Guitars Brett Eriksen - Guitars Mike Gonzalez - Bass Gene Hoglan - Drums
Devin Garrett Townsend is a Canadian musician and record producer. He founded extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad and was its primary songwriter and guitarist from 1994 to 2007, has an extensive career as a solo artist. After performing in a number of heavy metal bands in high school, Townsend was discovered by a record label in 1993 and asked to perform lead vocals on Steve Vai's album Sex & Religion. After recording and touring with Vai, Townsend was discouraged by what he found in the music industry, vented his anger on the solo album Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing, released under the pseudonym Strapping Young Lad, he soon assembled a band under the name, released the critically acclaimed City in 1997. Since he has released three more studio albums with Strapping Young Lad, along with solo material released under his own independent record label, HevyDevy Records. Townsend's solo albums, a mix of hard rock, progressive metal and new-age, have featured a varying lineup of supporting musicians.
In 2002 he formed the Devin Townsend Band, a dedicated lineup which recorded and toured for two of his solo releases. In 2007, he disbanded both Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Band, taking a break from touring to spend more time with his family. After a two-year hiatus, he began recording again, soon announced the formation of the Devin Townsend Project; the project began with a series of four albums, released from 2009 to 2011, each written in a different style. Townsend continued to record and tour under the new moniker until January 2018. Across all his bands and projects, Townsend has released twenty-three studio albums and three live albums. Townsend's trademark production style, featuring a multitracked wall of sound, has been compared to the styles of Phil Spector and Frank Zappa, his vocal delivery ranges from screaming to an opera-esque singing. Townsend's musical style is rooted in metal, his albums are written to express different aspects of his personality. Devin Townsend was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on May 5, 1972.
Townsend picked up the banjo when he was five, began playing guitar when he was 12. As an early teenager he befriended Brian "Beav" Waddell, who would play guitars as part of the Devin Townsend Band and bass on the Devin Townsend Project, he participated in several metal bands while he was in high school, founded Grey Skies at the age of 19. Around the same time he joined a popular local group called Caustic Thought, replacing Jed Simon on guitar and playing alongside bassist Byron Stroud, both of whom would become members of Townsend's flagship band, Strapping Young Lad. In 1993, Townsend began writing material under the name Noisescapes, a project he described as "just as violent as Strapping Young Lad". Townsend sent copies to various record labels. Relativity Records responded to Townsend with a record deal and Townsend began work on what was to be the first Noisescapes album, Promise. Shortly afterward, the label introduced him to musician Steve Vai. Impressed with Townsend's vocal work, Vai offered him the role of the lead vocalist on his new album Sex and Religion.
After recording Sex and Religion, Townsend accompanied Vai on a world tour in support of the album. Townsend soon landed a second touring gig, this time with the opening band of Vai's tour, the Wildhearts, he played live with the band throughout half of 1994 in Europe, appeared as a guest musician on their single Urge. Ginger, the band's frontman, remained close friends with Townsend co-writing several songs on Infinity and the Christeen + 4 Demos EP. While on tour with the Wildhearts, Townsend formed a short-lived thrash metal project with Metallica's then-bassist Jason Newsted; the band, known as IR8, featured Newsted on vocals and bass, Townsend on guitar, Tom Hunting of Exodus on drums. The group recorded a few songs together, although Townsend says that they never intended to go further than that. "People heard about it and thought we wanted to put out a CD, not true," he explains. "People took this project way too seriously." A demo tape was put together, but the material was not released until 2002, when Newsted published the IR8 vs. Sexoturica compilation.
Though Townsend was proud of what he had accomplished so early in his career, he was discouraged by his experience with the music industry. "I was becoming a product of somebody else's imagination, it was mixing with my own personality," he reflected. "This combination was appalling." He pushed to get his own projects off the ground. Despite getting notable touring gigs with other musicians, Townsend continued to face rejection of his own music. Relativity Records dropped Noisescapes from their label shortly after Townsend accepted Vai's offer, seeing no commercial appeal in Townsend's music. "I have a hunch they only offered me a deal to get me to sing with Steve," he mused. While touring with the Wildhearts, Townsend received a phone call from an A&R representative for Roadrunner Records, expressing an interest in his demos and an intention to sign him; the offer was rescinded by the head of Roadrunner, who regarded Townsend's recordings as "just noise". In 1994, Century Media Records offered Townsend a contract to make "some extreme albums".
He agreed to a five-album deal with the record label, provided much of the guitar work on the 1994 album Millennium and the 1995 album Hard Wired by Vancouver industrial band Front Line Assembly. Townsend began to record material under the pseudonym Strapping Young Lad, he avoided using his real name at this point in career, looking for a fresh start after his high-profile Vai gig. "At the beginning, I wanted to avoid at all cost to use my name because I was k