Posts Tagged ‘caribbean’

Stream the New Cretin Album Right Now!

Grincer connaisseurs  Cretin  recently popped their heads up when they were on the Decibel Magazine Tour last year, but other than that, they’ve been relatively quiet for quite some time. Eight years, to be exact, because that’s when they released their debut album,  Freakery . These guys have been long overdue for a new album, and now we finally get our wish: Cretin’s sophomore album,  Stranger , will be released next week, and the band is streaming it in full! Check out more info after the jump. Our pals over at No Clean Singing have the premiere, and it would behoove you to listen to it right this instant. If you’ve never heard Cretin but consider yourself a fan of grindcore and death metal, than man, have you been missing out. Cretin play a savage hybrid of death and grind a la  Repulsion  and  Napalm Death,  and they are fantastic. I consider  Freakery  to be a modern classic of the genre, and  Stranger  is a more than worthy continuation. It’s filled to the brim with blast beats, indecipherable vocals and razor-sharp grooves; what more could you ask of a grind record? Strangers  will be released next week on Dec. 9. It could very well be a late contender for year-end lists, so listen to it, get that list finalized and then share it with us here ! -AL

Linkin Park’s Music for Relief Organization Rallies for Hurricane Sandy Donations

Mary Ouellette, Linkin Park and their Music for Relief organization are hard at work once again following Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in both Haiti and the U.S. last week. Co-vocalist Mike Shinoda is raising awareness for Music for Relief’s efforts, which will provide assistance to those in need in the aftermath of the natural disaster. Shinoda says, “We really started the organization to provide relief in the wake of natural disasters, so when something like this happens, this is really what Music for Relief is designed for … Following Hurricane Sandy, we’re going to work for people not only in the U.S., but also Haiti.” While most are aware of the destruction in the U.S., Hurricane Sandy also claimed the lives of 66 people in the Caribbean last week, and much like in the U.S., there have been major power outages. Shinoda reveals that Music for Relief has partnered with the Save the Children organization in the U.S. and the International Medical Corps in Haiti in their attempts to help out. The vocalist says that he’s been hearing from those affected by Sandy through Twitter. He says, “I was talking to fans the next morning and they were submitting pictures and telling stories and stuff. One thing that’s nice to see is there are people who are a little more upbeat about it and making jokes about it, and they’re not talking about something light, so that sense of perseverance is cool. But definitely people uploaded some pictures that were horrendous — stuff underwater and cars basically demolished, destroyed by the hurricane. It’s really scary stuff, especially when you see it on homeland soil, and I know that a lot of fans are trying to help out so that’s why we’re spreading the word about” To make a donation, you can go to or mail a check payable to “Music for Relief” to: Attn: Music for Relief c/o GSO 15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 You can also help by joining Music for Relief by pledging to match donations from other fans and sharing messages via Twitter and Facebook that mirror the following sample postings: SAMPLE TWEETS Join @musicforrelief to help the millions affected by Hurricane #Sandy. Donate today to assist families as they recover and rebuild Hurricane #Sandy caused extensive damage and flooding. Donate to @musicforrelief to aid the survivors Music for Relief is raising funds to support those impacted by Hurricane #Sandy in the U.S. northeast and in Haiti. There were millions affected, and they need your help. SAMPLE FACEBOOK POSTS Hurricane Sandy left 66 people dead in the Caribbean, and an additional 29 (and counting) here in the US. With billions of dollars in damage, the families affected need your help. Donate to support the recovery effort in the U.S. and Haiti. Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, businesses and took lives away. Music for Relief is supporting the relief and recovery effort. Donate today to send aid to families affected by this worst storm recorded in the Northeast region. Watch Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Discuss Music for Relief’s Efforts [button href=”” title=”Next: Linkin Park Nominated for People’s Choice Award” align=”center”]

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