A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, record producers, or to other artists. Musicians use demos as quick sketches to share with bandmates or arrangers or for personal reference during the songwriting process. Demos are recorded on crude equipment such as "boom box" cassette recorders, small four-track or eight-track machines, or on personal computers with audio recording software. Songwriters' and publishers' demos are recorded with minimal instrumentation - just an acoustic guitar or piano, the vocalist. Both Elton John and Donovan gained studio experience early in their careers by recording publishers' demos for other artists, since their managers handled music publishing, as did Garth Brooks, so impressed when recording the demo of "Friends in Low Places" that he asked to release the song himself.
Many unsigned bands and artists record demos. These demos are sent to record labels in hopes that the artist will be signed onto the label's roster and allowed to record a full-length album in a professional recording studio. However, large record labels ignore unsolicited demos that are sent to them by mail. Many signed artists record demos of new songs before recording an album; the demos may allow the artist to provide sketches for sharing ideas with bandmates, or to explore several alternate versions of a song, or to record many proto-songs before deciding which ones merit further development. Demos may include as few as one or two songs or as many as would be contained on a full-length album. Demo recordings are heard by the public, although some artists do release rough demos in rarities compilation albums or box sets, such as the album Demolicious by Green Day. Other demo versions have been unofficially released as bootleg recordings, such as The Beatles' The Beatles Bootleg Demos and the Beach Boys Sea of Tunes series.
Several artists have made official releases of demo versions of their songs as albums or companion pieces to albums, such as Florence and the Machine and Cults on the EP Sunday Jams. The event of a demo tape appearing on eBay has happened in the past, with the recordings being leaked onto the internet. In rare instances, a demo may end up as the final released recording of a song, as was the case with Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks"; the version of "Pumped Up Kicks", released as a single and subsequently became a hit was a demo recorded by frontman Mark Foster alone, before he had formed the group. In 1982, Bruce Springsteen recorded ten demo songs in his New Jersey bedroom that he intended to record with his E Street Band, but he subsequently decided that he preferred the acoustic demos, released them as the 1982 album Nebraska. In more underground forms of music, such as noise music, black metal or punk, demos are distributed by bands to fans as self-releases, or sold at a low price.
Amateur musicians may choose to make demos available to interested listeners through websites such as SoundCloud or Bandcamp in order to share new ideas, receive feedback and/or provide fans with "behind the scenes" access to the songwriting process. Collection of Demo Covers Music From the Demo Scene
Disclosure in Red
Disclosure in Red is the first studio album by the Norwegian gothic metal band, Trail of Tears. All music by Trail of Tears except "Illusion?" by Frank Ørland. All lyrics by R. Thorsen and H. Michaelsen "When Silence Cries..." – 5:10 "The Daughters of Innocence" – 3:54 "The Day We Drowned" – 4:40 "Mournful Pigeon" – 5:00 "Swallowed Tears" – 4:40 "Illusion?" – 3:26 "Enigma of the Absolute" – 4:05 "Words of the Fly" – 2:59 "Temptress" – 5:19 "The Burden" – 8:05 "Once a Paradise" – 4:34 "Orroro" – 1:56 Ronny Thorsen - vocals Helena Iren Michaelsen - vocals Runar Hansen - lead guitars Terje Heiseldal - guitars Kjell Rune Hagen - bass guitar Frank Roald Hagen - synths Jonathan Pérez - drums
Sweden Rock Festival
Sweden Rock Festival is an annual rock/metal festival held in Sweden since 6 June 1992. While having a clear rock/metal focus, the festival is noted for its diversity across these genres, having featured southern rock bands such as Molly Hatchet to death metal legends like Obituary; the first version of the festival was held with nine bands performing. The next five years, the festival was held in Karlshamn, but this was changed in 1998. Since the festival has been held in Norje, outside Sölvesborg; when the festival first began in 1992, it featured nine unknown bands and it only lasted one day. The next year the festival was expanded to two days and more bands were added to the line-up. From 1993 to 2002 the festival would last two days. In 2000 the festival was expanded to three days but it returned to two days the following year. From 2003 to 2006 the festival lasted three days and had by featured some of the biggest acts in metal and rock. From 2007 the festival has been expanded to four days and will feature 120 different bands/artists.
Some notable appearances in the past have been Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Bruce Dickinson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Twisted Sister, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Motörhead, Nazareth, Status Quo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Porcupine Tree, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Testament, W. A. S. P, ZZ Top, The Orchestra, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Guns N' Roses; the festival has worked as a comeback scene for bands like Triumph and Thundersteel line-up Riot. Bachman & Turner started their world reunion tour here in June 2010. In 2013 both Rush and Kiss together with Europe were headliners for the festival. Sweden Rock Festival – official website Pictures from Sweden Rock Festival since 2001 Sweden Rock Festival – Russian website, руcскоязычный сайт о фестивале – TheClosedCircle for Sweden Rock 2015
Green Carnation is a progressive metal band from Kristiansand, Norway formed in 1990. Green Carnation's trend of music has continuously become less heavy after every release. Green Carnation is the creation of former Emperor bass player Terje Vik Schei, founded before Tchort joined Emperor in 1990, it split, with the remaining members X-Botteri, Cm:Botteri and Anders Kobro creating avant-garde metal band In the Woods.... Green Carnation's first album, Journey to the End of the Night, wasn't recorded until 1998 and was released in October 2000 through German record company Prophecy Productions; the release was a folk inspired doom metal album. The Botteri brothers, Alf Tore Rasmussen and Geir Solli left the band after recording the debut album, Anders Kobro from In The Woods... joined up with Tchort and them two made the foundation and arrangements for the whole song that became Light of day, day of Darkness. They did a pre-production in dub-studio with Endre Kirkesola helping out with the bassguitar, Tchort did the guitars and Anders Kobro the drums.
This was enough to convince Bjørn Harstad, Stein Roger Sordal, Kjetil Nordhus and Bernt Andrè Moen to join the band in time for the actual recording for the album Light of Day, Day of Darkness, a single track, 60-minute progressive metal epic again recorded in Dub-studio. The album was released in 2001 via Prophecy Productions in Europe, whereas the US release was handled by The End Records; the album is regarded, is one of the longest single songs in metal. Following this release, the band released their 2003 full-length album A Blessing in Disguise through French record label Season Of Mist; the album consisted of a blend of progressive metal/rock elements gothic tinges, hard rock elements and brought the band into another musical terrain. Bjørn Harstad left the band after the recording of A Blessing, a decision he made due to his other work commitments. Bernt Moen decided to quit the band due to obligations with other artists and solo projects after the Blessing in Disguise tour of 2003. Two years the band followed up with the album The Quiet Offspring, introducing Kenneth Silden on keyboard and Michael Krumins on guitar.
The album was released through Season Of Mist in Europe and The End Records in the US. This album brought the band into an more hard-rock style of music and is seen by many to be their most commercial-sounding release. At this point, they made the decision to replace Anders Kobro with drummer Tommy Jackson. Jacksonville was a natural choice since he had been a long-time friend and partner of Stein Sordal's other projects, Soxpan and Plutho ++). In 2005, the band released an EP entitled The Burden Is Mine... Alone; this EP marked the debut of bassist/guitarist Stein Roger Sordal as a lead vocalist in the band, with the song that shares the name of the EP and the song was written and performed by him. Drummer Tommy Jacksonville debuted as song writer and lyricis on the EP, he wrote the song Transparent Me for the album. This release worked as a taste of what was to come with their following full-length album.. Early 2006 marked the release of their fifth full-length The Acoustic Verses; this album was yet another stylistic shift for the band.
On the album, the band played all acoustic instruments, showing off a softer, warmer style for the band while retaining the progressive and darker feels they established since their debut. According to Tchort's writings in the booklet to The Acoustic Verses, Green Carnation's next studio release is going to be the second part of "The Chronicles of Doom" trilogy, which began with Light of Day, Day of Darkness, is going to be titled The Rise and Fall of Mankind. In February 2007 Green Carnation recorded their second live DVD, A Night Under the Dam, where they played the entire'Acoustic Verses'-album as well as a few other songs; the DVD was recorded under a 30-meter-tall dam in the Norwegian mountains and was the last release to be seen by the band's current line-up. On August 17, 2007, Terje Vik Schei announced that due to the poorly organized American tour and subsequent financial and motivational losses, the line up of Green Carnation had split up.. Tchort stated that he would "continue writing music under the name Green Carnation, but will never play live again with the band."
The expected album, The Rise and Fall of Mankind, has been postponed with no current release date, but Tchort has said that the album will be released sometime in the future. On February 20, 2014, the band members announced that they would reunite for a second version of A Night Under the Dam on July 31, 2014 ). In the same press release, they further announced their availability for shows. A short documentary about the reunion show has been released on the Norwegian website Eternal-Terror. Terje Vik Schei − Guitar, Lyrics Stein Roger Sordal − Bass, Guitar, Lyrics Kjetil Nordhus − Vocals, Lyrics Kenneth Silden − Piano, Keyboards Michael Krumins − Guitar, Theremin Jonathan Pérez -Drums Christopher "C:M." Botteri - Bass Anders Kobro - Drums Christian "X" Botteri - Guitars Richart Olsen - Vocals Alf T. Leangel - Drums B
Marseille is the second-largest city of France. The main city of the historical province of Provence, it nowadays is the prefecture of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, it is located on French Riviera coast near the mouth of the Rhône. The city covers an area of 241 km2 and had a population of 852,516 in 2012, its metropolitan area, which extends over 3,173 km2 is the third-largest in France after Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,831,500 as of 2010. Known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as Massalia, Marseille was an important European trading centre and remains the main commercial port of the French Republic. Marseille is now France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce and cruise ships; the city was European Capital of Culture in 2013 and European Capital of Sport in 2017. It is home to Aix-Marseille University. Marseille is the second-largest city in France after Paris and the centre of the third-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon.
To the east, starting in the small fishing village of Callelongue on the outskirts of Marseille and stretching as far as Cassis, are the Calanques, a rugged coastal area interspersed with small fjord-like inlets. Farther east still are the city of Toulon and the French Riviera. To the north of Marseille, beyond the low Garlaban and Etoile mountain ranges, is the 1,011 m Mont Sainte Victoire. To the west of Marseille is the former artists' colony of l'Estaque; the airport lies to the north west of the city at Marignane on the Étang de Berre. The city's main thoroughfare stretches eastward from the Old Port to the Réformés quarter. Two large forts flank the entrance to the Old Port—Fort Saint-Nicolas on the south side and Fort Saint-Jean on the north. Farther out in the Bay of Marseille is the Frioul archipelago which comprises four islands, one of which, If, is the location of Château d'If, made famous by the Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo; the main commercial centre of the city intersects with the Canebière at Rue St Ferréol and the Centre Bourse.
The centre of Marseille has several pedestrianised zones, most notably Rue St Ferréol, Cours Julien near the Music Conservatory, the Cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves off the Old Port and the area around the Hôtel de Ville. To the south east of central Marseille in the 6th arrondissement are the Prefecture and the monumental fountain of Place Castellane, an important bus and metro interchange. To the south west are the hills of the 7th and 8th arrondissements, dominated by the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. Marseille's main railway station—Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles—is north of the Centre Bourse in the 1st arrondissement; the city has a hot-summer mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm to hot dry summers. December and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of around 12 °C during the day and 4 °C at night. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of around 28–30 °C during the day and 19 °C at night in the Marignane airport but in the city near the sea the average high temperature is 27 °C in July.
Marseille is the sunniest major city in France with over 2,900 hours of sunshine while the average sunshine in country. It is the driest major city with only 512 mm of precipitation annually thanks to the Mistral, a cold, dry wind originating in the Rhône Valley that occurs in winter and spring and which brings clear skies and sunny weather to the region. Less frequent is the Sirocco, a hot, sand-bearing wind, coming from the Sahara Desert. Snowfalls are infrequent; the hottest temperature was 40.6 °C on 26 July 1983 during a great heat wave, the lowest temperature was −14.3 °C on 13 February 1929 during a strong cold wave. Marseille was founded circa 600 BC as the Greek colony of Massalia and populated by settlers from Phocaea, it became the preeminent Greek polis in the Hellenized region of southern Gaul. The city-state sided with the Roman Republic against Carthage during the Second Punic War, retaining its independence and commercial empire throughout the western Mediterranean as Rome expanded into Western Europe and North Africa.
However, the city lost its independence following the Roman Siege of Massilia in 49 BC, during Caesar's Civil War, in which Massalia sided with the exiled faction at war with Julius Caesar. Marseille continued to prosper as a Roman city, becoming an early center of Christianity during the Western Roman Empire; the city maintained its position as a premier maritime trading hub after its capture by the Visigoths in the 5th century AD, although the city went into decline following the sack of 739 AD by the forces of Charles Martel. It became part of the County of Provence during the 10th century, although its renewed prosperity was curtailed by the Black Death of the 14th century and sack of the city by the Crown of Aragon in 1423; the city's fortunes rebounded with the ambitious building projects of René of Anjou, Count of Proven
Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion. "To Mega Therion" is Greek for "The Great Beast" and was a title used by occultist Aleister Crowley. A death metal band, Therion adjusted its musical style by adding orchestral elements, including choirs, classical musicians, a full orchestra at their concert performances; as a result, they are considered pioneers of the symphonic metal genre. Therion takes its themes from different mythologies and practices, including occultism and ancient traditions and writings. Thomas Karlsson, the head and founder of the magical order Dragon Rouge, provided lyrics for the band since 1996-2010. Therion originated as the band Blitzkrieg in Sweden. In 1987, Christofer Johnsson, who had played bass for three months, teamed up with guitarist Peter Hansson, whom he had met in several musical groups, drummer Oskar Forss, Johnsson's old schoolmate; the band's main influences were Metallica and Slayer.
The band had only two concerts. In March 1988, it split up after some disagreements with Forss. In 1988, the band reformed with the moniker Megatherion, based on the album title To Mega Therion by the Swiss heavy metal band Celtic Frost. Johnsson likens it to Belphegor. Johnsson switched from bass to guitar and Peter Hansson played guitar. Johan Hansson became its bassist, Mika Tovalainen its drummer. After the band shortened its name to Therion, Erik Gustafsson of Dismember replaced Johan Hansson as the bassist, Oskar Forss returned and replaced Tovalainen as the drummer. In 1989, Therion released two demos: Paroxysmal Holocaust and Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness. In 1990, the band worked with House of Kicks, a local record store, to print and release the Time Shall Tell demo; the latest release enabled the band the sign a one-album record deal with Deaf Records. Therion's first full-length album, Of Darkness... released in 1991, featured songs that Johnsson had composed in the 1980s.
The band called it "both a debut album and the end of an era", described it as progressive death metal, since it contained elements that did not quite fit the standards of death metal at the time. The lyrics were political, in the vein of Napalm Death and other late-1980s hardcore punk bands. Therion signed with Active Records for Beyond Sanctorum. Prior to the recording sessions, Gustafsson left the band to return to the United States, so Therion continued as a trio with Hansson and Johnsson, the last of whom covered the bass; the album shows a more experimental edge to the death metal music. After the recording, Therion changed members again. Forss left the band, Hansson had to quit for health issues. For the Central European gigs, Johnsson brought in drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk from his old band Carbonized, bassist Andreas Wahl, an old friend. Therion released Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas in 1993, its style was more doom metal. The band experimented with elements of jazz, industrial music, traditional 1980s heavy metal and religious chanting.
Masses sold about 10,000 copies, more than the band's first two albums, but hardly a financial success. In order to scale down operations, Active Records stopped releasing new records, transferred the band to Megarock Records; as the band's touring gigs were not that profitable and Wahl quit the band, Fredrik Isaksson was brought in as the new bassist. After a hiatus where Johnsson worked as a vocalist for Messiah, it received an offer to join metal label Nuclear Blast. Megarock Records, lacking the resources to properly promote the band, decided to release Therion without any strings attached. Therion signed with Nuclear Blast in 1994, has remained with them since. Therion's first album with Nuclear Blast was Lepaca Kliffoth, with its single "The Beauty in Black" released in advance of the album. To Johnsson's surprise, "The Beauty in Black" sold 12,000 copies in Europe, before the company stopped printing; the album experimented with more elements: "a classic soprano and bass-baritone, more keyboards, more Persian influences, more melodies".
Johnsson had "a new style of singing". The album sold around 15,000 copies over the following weeks. Isaksson had some personal problems, was released from the band. Therion brought in bassist Lars Rosenberg from the death metal band Entombed; the band toured with Annihilator in Germany, did a small headlining tour in Argentina and Chile. In 1996, Therion recorded Theli; the album featured the vocals of two choirs, as well as vocals from Johnsson and guest vocalist Dan Swanö. The album featured keyboards and classic samples, labeled the "Barmbek Symphony Orchestra" after the subway station next to the studio. Jason Ankeny of Allmusic noted that the album "was universally acclaimed as the apex of Therion's career to date realizing Johnsson's taste for elaborate, operatic grandeur". In a month, the album sold more than double that of Lepaca Kliffoth. Personal issues plagued the band's members. Jonas Mellberg, who had joined as a guitarist from Unanimated, had severe alcohol problems, walked out during the mixing and mastering sessions.
Wawrzeniuk was busy with his studies, so Johnsson brought in more members for their tours, including Tommy Eriksson of Shadowseeds. Rosenberg's drinking problems got worse and he was fired from the band. In 1997, Therion released A'arab Zaraq - Lucid Dreaming, which co
The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, four to six strings or courses. The four-string bass is tuned the same as the double bass, which corresponds to pitches one octave lower than the four lowest-pitched strings of a guitar, it is played with the fingers or thumb, or striking with a pick. The electric bass guitar has pickups and must be connected to an amplifier and speaker to be loud enough to compete with other instruments. Since the 1960s, the bass guitar has replaced the double bass in popular music as the bass instrument in the rhythm section. While types of basslines vary from one style of music to another, the bassist plays a similar role: anchoring the harmonic framework and establishing the beat. Many styles of music include the bass guitar, it is a soloing instrument. According to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, an "Electric bass guitar a Guitar with four heavy strings tuned E1'-A1'-D2-G2."
It defines bass as "Bass. A contraction of Double bass or Electric bass guitar." According to some authors the proper term is "electric bass". Common names for the instrument are "bass guitar", "electric bass guitar", "electric bass" and some authors claim that they are accurate; the bass guitar is a transposing instrument, as it is notated in bass clef an octave higher than it sounds. In the 1930s, musician and inventor Paul Tutmarc of Seattle, developed the first electric bass guitar in its modern form, a fretted instrument designed to be played horizontally; the 1935 sales catalog for Tutmarc's electronic musical instrument company, featured his "Model 736 Bass Fiddle", a four-stringed, solid-bodied, fretted electric bass guitar with a 30 1⁄2-inch scale length, a single pick up. The adoption of a guitar's body shape made the instrument easier to hold and transport than any of the existing stringed bass instruments; the addition of frets enabled bassists to play in tune more than on fretless acoustic or electric upright basses.
Around 100 of these instruments were made during this period. Audiovox sold their “Model 236” bass amplifier. Around 1947, Tutmarc's son, began marketing a similar bass under the Serenader brand name, prominently advertised in the nationally distributed L. D. Heater Music Company wholesale jobber catalogue of 1948. However, the Tutmarc family inventions did not achieve market success. In the 1950s, Leo Fender and George Fullerton developed the first mass-produced electric bass guitar; the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company began producing the Precision Bass in October 1951. The "P-bass" evolved from a simple, un-contoured "slab" body design and a single coil pickup similar to that of a Telecaster, to something more like a Fender Stratocaster, with a contoured body design, edges beveled for comfort, a split single coil pickup; the "Fender Bass" was a revolutionary new instrument for gigging musicians. In comparison with the large, heavy upright bass, the main bass instrument in popular music from the early 1900s to the 1940s, the bass guitar could be transported to shows.
When amplified, the bass guitar was less prone than acoustic basses to unwanted audio feedback. In 1953 Monk Montgomery became the first bassist to tour with the Fender bass guitar, in Lionel Hampton's postwar big band. Montgomery was possibly the first to record with the bass guitar, on July 2, 1953 with The Art Farmer Septet. Roy Johnson, Shifty Henry, were other early Fender bass pioneers. Bill Black, playing with Elvis Presley, switched from upright bass to the Fender Precision Bass around 1957; the bass guitar was intended to appeal to guitarists as well as upright bass players, many early pioneers of the instrument, such as Carol Kaye, Joe Osborn, Paul McCartney were guitarists. In 1953, following Fender's lead, Gibson released the first short-scale violin-shaped electric bass, with an extendable end pin so a bassist could play it upright or horizontally. Gibson renamed the bass the EB-1 in 1958. In 1958, Gibson released the maple arched-top EB-2 described in the Gibson catalogue as a "hollow-body electric bass that features a Bass/Baritone pushbutton for two different tonal characteristics".
In 1959 these were followed by the more conventional-looking EB-0 Bass. The EB-0 was similar to a Gibson SG in appearance. Whereas Fender basses had pickups mounted in positions in between the base of the neck and the top of the bridge, many of Gibson's early basses featured one humbucking pickup mounted directly against the neck pocket; the EB-3, introduced in 1961 had a "mini-humbucker" at the bridge position. Gibson basses tended to be smaller, sleeker instruments with a shorter scale length than the Precision. A number of other companies began manufacturing bass guitars during the 1950s: Kay in 1952, Hofner and Danelectro in 1956, Rickenbacker in 1957 and Burns/Supersound in 1958. 1956 saw the appearance at the German trade fair "Musikmesse Frankfurt" of the distinctive Höfner 500/1 violin-shaped bass made using violin construction techniques by Walter Höfner, a second-generation violin luthier. The design was known popularly as the "Beat