Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, retired headteacher, Geoff Dunsmore, travels to Basra to see exactly where his son Chris, an RAF reservist, was killed in 2007. Whilst there he aims to find out the impact of the war and occupation on the lives of the ordinary people there. Has the western involvement in Iraq improved things for ordinary Iraqi people?
In Vain is back, ready for their 3rd attack of progressive extreme metal! “Ænigma” is their most extreme work to date, mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Borknagar, etc). The album contains 8 songs of In Vain’s unique trademarked sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, and “Ænigma” sees excellent appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald. Prepare to be amazed by In Vain’s strongest album so far!
Hailing from Madrid, Spain, In Vain are an independent 5-piece power metal band with thrash influences. They are by no means a new name on the scene, but have been plugging away since 2005, with a pair of demos and a previous full-length CD (entitled ‘Of gods and men’) already under their bullet belts. The self-released ‘In death we trust’ marks their sophomore outing, and represents the efforts of a band that is ardently seeking to make the leap to broader exposure in the international metal community, if only the proper label backing can be found.
To coincide with the electronica revolution of the late '90s, Bill Laswell remixed a number of Bob Marley records as ambient dub for the Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub album. If these songs were remixed by any other producer, the results could have been disastrous, but Laswell is one of the masters of intellectual dub – he knows what to take out and what to add, creating a spacious, cavernous mix that is provocative without being extreme. Some longtime Marley fans will balk at the very idea of the album, but the results are undeniably impressive, even if it's a little too restrained and cerebral to qualify as first-rate ambient dub for clubs.