May 042012

“Titillating”: pleasantly stimulating or exciting; also: erotic.

That’s the definition of the word provided by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. It looks like the Spanish translation of the word would be “excitar, estimular placenteramente”. It’s a great word, because it sort of sounds like what it means, at least to me. But that may be because it begins with “tits”, as in “this is the tits”.  Speaking of which, THIS is the tits, and it’s also titillating:

Costa Rica-based metal band Sight of Emptiness have finished recording their third album, to be released later this year, and it features a line-up of guest appearances that will make you look twice. If you’ve been a regular NCS reader, you already know about this talented band because we’ve written about them frequently and even helped them premiere a new song and video. If you don’t know about them yet, check this out.

Now, let’s start with the name-dropping: First, the album was recorded at SoloHits Studios in San José, Costa Rica by Swedish producer Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain, Solution .45, Miseration), who traveled all the way to Costa Rica to work with the band for 22 days. Johansson will also handle the mixing and mastering at Panic Room Studios in Skara, Sweden.

Second, here’s the list of guest appearances:

Glen Drover (King Diamond & Megadeth)

Christian Älvestam (Scar Symmetry, Miseration, Solution .45

Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal

Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth, Obituary)

Ole Halvard Sveen (Extol, Mantric, Lengsel)

and last but not least . . .

The Minister of Culture of Costa Rica, Manuel Obregón , who plays the marimba and the acoustic piano on the album!

I don’t know how SoE arranged all this, but it’s pretty damned impressive, and yes, it’s titillating. It begins to get us excited, in a kind of sexual way, for the new album. (By the way, these guys are looking for a label, so if any label reps happen to come by this site under the mistaken impression that what we think matters, here’s what we think: Sign SoE!)

If you’re going to the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in the UK this summer, you can see SoE perform there, and you can find them on Facebook via this link. Now, here’s their latest video update from the studio. This, by the way, is really well-done, and I say that as someone who usually isn’t entertained by studio updates:


Well, fuck it, that was so much fun that I might as well include the first video update, too:


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