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Sight of Emptiness

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Formed: 2005
From: Costa Rica
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Sight of Emptiness news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sight Of Emptiness Announces Japanese Shows

Japan, rejoice: a global death metal attack is headed east as Costa Rica's finest metal exports in Sight Of Emptiness join forces with Canadian technical death masters Gorguts, Brazilian kings of violence Krisiun, and U.K. outfit Bloodshot Dawn this November!

Sight Of Emptiness will be touring in support of latest album, "Instincts," which is out now and supported by lead single "Essence" (featuring Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe). A video for the track can be viewed below.

Nov 6 - Osaka @ Nanba Rockets
Nov 7 - Nagoya @ Imaike Club3star
Nov 8 - Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Announces Album Release

Costa Rica's Sight Of Emptiness has been hard at work towards making an impact on the global metal scene since the release of "Trust Is A Disease" in 2007 - the same year the band won the Bloodstock Unsigned Contest and played the mainstage of Bloodstock Open Air.

The band's hard work culminates now, as Sight Of Emptiness prepares to unleash third full-length album "Instincts" on January 21st, 2014. The following press release was issued about the album:

"'Instincts' is a heavy-hitting dose of melodic death metal that will hit home with fans of Amon Amarth, At The Gates, In Flames and the like. It is also a very targeted effort to reach the worldwide metal masses.

"Produced by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson (Watain, Scar Symmetry, etc), 'Instincts' features a who's who of incredible musicians guesting on the album. Tracks featuring Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth), Christian Alvestam (Scar Symmetry) and Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) make the album standout on looks alone, but the songs themselves will have fans coming back for more!

"Not only has Sight Of Emptiness caught the attention of their peers, but also the Costa Rican government as 'Instincts' also features a guest appearance of Manuel Obregon, the Minister of Culture & Youth for Costa Rica's government." More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Premieres New Song "Obsession"

Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from the band at the Sight of Emptiness Facebook page.

Costa Rica's Sight of Emptiness has been hard at work towards making an impact on the global metal scene since the release of "Trust Is A Disease" in 2007 and now the band is releasing a new album titled "Instincts."

Metalunderground.com is proud to today bring you an exclusive listen to a track off the album, featuring a guest appearance by Ralph Santolla (Obituary). Check out "Obsession" in the player below, and let us know what you think of the tune in the comments section.

Explaining the changes taking place on this album, guitarist Rafael Castro comments: "We are searching for our own musical identity; our own sound, so we decided to incorporate a lot of new elements. There´s a lot of electronic atmospheres and sequences all over, and a lot of melodic sections combined with complex patterns. We´re very glad we could get to experiment a lot. Our goal is to keep evolving."

Tracking for the new "Instics" album took place at Hits Recording Studios in Costa Rica, while mixing and mastering was handled by Thomas "Plec" Johansson from Sweden's The Panic Room Studios.

The band's recently released music video for "Essence" can be viewed at this location.

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Sight Of Emptiness Gearing Up For Album Release

Costa Rica's Sight of Emptiness has been hard at work towards making an impact on the global metal scene since the release of "Trust Is A Disease" in 2007 - the same year the band won the Bloodstock Unsigned Contest and played the mainstage of Bloodstock Open Air.

Since then the band released another album independently in 2009 and supported heavyweights such as Megadeth, At The Gates, Obituary and more -- even playing national concerts for the Costa Rican government to over 15,000 people and being invited back to play Bloodstock Open Air in 2012.

The group's hard work culminates now, as Sight of Emptiness prepares to unleash third full length album "Instincts." The following press release was issued about the coming album: More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Posts Official Video

Costa Rican melodeath band Sight Of Emptiness has just released an official video for the track "Essence," which was filmed and produced by Andres Montero Conde. In the video, vocalist 'Filthy' Eduardo trades vocals with the clean vocal cameo done by Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe.

Sight of Emptiness is appearing tomorrow, September 11th, along with Amarillo Cian Y Magenta at Mundoloco El Chante bar and restaurant in the San Pedro Montes de Oca suburb of San Jose. Watch the "Essence" video below. The song will be part of Sight Of Emptiness' upcoming album "Instincts."

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Sight Of Emptiness Streaming "Paradox"

Sight of Emptiness has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to stream new track "Paradox" online. Check out the song here or in the player below. The band also comments:

"This is Paradox, a new song from our upcoming album Instincts, featuring Costa Rica's minister of culture Manuel Obregón. Exclusive streaming available at the one and only Decibel Magazine's website. What ya think? Let us know."

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Sight Of Emptiness Streaming New Track

Costa Rican melodic death metal powerhouse Sight Of Emptiness is streaming a new track, "Passion," from its upcoming album "Instincts" over on Brave Words. Visit that location to hear it, or stream it below. The track tells the story of wildlife sharing the planet with man and its deep fear and unease when looking to the future of coexistence. The track was mixed and mastered by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson at The Panic Room Studios, Sweden. The album features the following tracklisting:

'Essence' (featuring Whit Crane - Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal)
'Instincts' (featuring Ole Halvard Sveen - Extol, Mantric)
'Obsession' (featuring Ralph Santolla - Deicide, Death, Iced Earth, Obituary)
'Fearless' (featuring Glen Drover - Megadeth, King Diamond, and Christian Älvestam - Scar Symmetry, Solution .45, Miseration)
'Paradox' (featuring Manuel Obregon - Costa Rica's Minister of Culture)
'Deception' (featuring Christian Älvestam - Scar Symmetry, Solution .45, Miseration)
'Hostility' (featuring Christian Älvestam - Scar Symmetry, Solution .45, Miseration)
'Passion'
'Genetics'
'Sanctuary' (Instrumental)
'Departure'
'Obsession 2.0' (Remix Version)

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Sight Of Emptiness Posts More Studio Footage

Costa Rica's Sight of Emptiness has released a second studio video report for the band's new album, which is being produced by Thomas "Plec" Johansson. Check out the new studio video below, or find the previously posted first clip in the series at this location.

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Sight Of Emptiness Gives Studio Report

Costa Rican melodic death metal band Sight of Emptiness has finally published its first studio report for the recording of its third album. We have already streamed the "Transition" single for you, and now you can see more of the recording process that the band has been on with Swedish producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson (who won the Swedish grammy in 2010). The full article about that (in Spanish) can be read by going here.

Sight of Emptiness has several guest musicians on the new one ranging from Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe), Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth, Obituary), Glen Dover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Ole Harvard Sveen (Extol, Mantric, Lengsel) and pianist/Costa Rican Administrator of Culture Manuel Obregón. Several other guests will be on this album too, and for now the band is keeping that under wraps.

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Sight Of Emptiness Returning To Bloodstock

Costa Rican powerhouse Sight of Emptiness has announced that it will be making its return to Bloodstock this summer, sharing the stage with such artists as Alice Cooper and Behemoth. The band played there for the first time in 2007, winning in the "best new unsigned artist" category. Now as invited guests, they got to choose the date they play on - which will be Saturday, August 11th.

Bloodstock Open Air will take place on August 9 at 12:00 pm until August 12 at 12:00 am at Catton Park, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire. The headliner will for Bloodstock will be announced on 06/06 at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the event and the band roster, go to Bloodstock's Facebook event page. Below is an upload of Sight of Emptiness' most recent offical video, the lyric one for "Transition," after the jump.


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Iced Earth And Sepultura Confirmed For Bloodstock

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Iced Earth
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Sepultura
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
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Nile And Mayhem Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that death metal outfit Nile and Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem are the latest bands to be confirmed for the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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Sight Of Emptiness Debuts New Single

Sight Of Emptiness has just debuted it's new single "Transition" over on the No Clean Singing site. Costa Rica's premier melodic thrash metal band plans to include this song on it's third album in progress. Sight Of Emptiness has been busy touring Central America, and you can check out the video for their gig in Tegucigalpa, Honduras by going here. Check out Sight of Emptiness' recent official video for "Predictable Tragedy," filmed in Parque Morazan in downtown San Jose.

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Sight Of Emptiness Uploads New Music Video

Costa Rica based act Sight of Emptiness has uploaded a new music video for the song "Predictable Tragedy," taken from the "Absolution of Humanity" album. You can view the music video in the player below.

Sight of Emptiness was also covered in the Costa Rican edition of Metalunderground.com's "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be found here.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Costa Rica

Many years ago, I grew up and graduated from High School in this small Central American country. Nestled between the political hotbeds of Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica has maintained it's status as a democratic bastion while it's neighbors are plagued by coup'd'etats and upheaval. Only a couple hours either way from the capital city of San Jose to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica has the ideal party atmosphere. The breathtaking beauty of the country coupled with the cultural tolerance they exhibit has awakened a phenomena in the metal scene.

Back in the old times, Costa Ricans ("Ticos" - as they are referred as) would clamor to several AOR stations to listen to Budgie or Judas Priest, or be found in a downtown bar shooting darts to Saxon. Yes, the Ticos love their metal every bit as much as any salsa or folklorico music. Nowadays they have definitely evolved with the times and share plenty of love for foreign metal and all things imported. Restrictions are not so hard on entrance visas to foreign musicians hereby opening the floodgates to plenty of stellar international talent. Big name acts are a monthly thing now, especially since Costa Ricans have a good standard of living and can afford to buy tickets and fill the clubs. Bookings into such venues as Pepper's Disco Club and a whole host of local bars is routine.

Back in the 80's, I had only seen Santana and Sting ever come down and perform. Since Iron Maiden played in 2008, visits from such luminaries as Anthrax, Moonspell, Therion and countless others ( Slayer this June) are now the norm. In fact, Marduk raised the hairs on the Catholic Church's neck with their visit last July. But even the priests are of a gentle nature in Costa Rica. "Don't use religious artifacts in an obscene manner on stage," implored a local monsignor.

Perhaps the godfathers of the local scene, a lot of credit must be given to Mantra. Formed nearly twenty years ago, these guys made so much possible for the younger crop of Tico musicians. Their 2003 release "Creature" marked the zenith of their creative career, spawning a couple of classic local death thrash songs. Unlike their younger counterparts, Mantra preferred to sing in Spanish and continue to do so. Nowadays, as with many bands that have been around for a long time, they have changed members and their style of metal a bit frequently. To listen to the classic track "El Ojo de Dios" from Mantra, click here.

Similar respect must be given to Sight of Emptiness who brought Costa Rican metal to the forefront with their win at the UK Open Air Bloodstock festival in 2007. They are usually the opener for most of the international acts that come, and we have posted plenty of news articles and videos about them in the past five years. If you are not familiar with their melodic techno thrash sound, listen to the video for "Desolation Whispers" here. Last week they were one of 27 bands to inaugurate the new National Soccer Stadium.

In January, the Documentary "Heavy Metal 506" was produced, showcasing the talents of Costa Rica's heavy hitters in the metal scene. (The title, incidentally, gets it's name from Costa Rica's country calling code). You can listen to the trailer right here. Also, the four part compilation "Costa Rican Metal" includes twenty bands from genres ranging from commerical metal, symphonic black metal, demonic thrash, brutal death and atmospheric. The first part has links to the other three parts and can be listened to here. Today we will take a look at a few of the bands that are also stirring up the Costa Rican scene.

Advent of Bedlam

You may have heard of Advent of Bedlam, who hail from the town of Heredia, or as they have called it before, "Hell-redia," by their previous name. Together over a decade, they used to be known as December's Cold Winter. Under that name, they put out some nice symphonic black metal and an album of enjoyable tunes. Deciding to go for a more blackened thrash sound, they changed their name to Advent of Bedlam a couple of years ago and have contined to receive great mentions, attaining an ACAM Award Songwriter of the Year nomination and a win for their "Ablaze all Shrines" LP. Their song "Manipulating Human Emotions" also appeared in Zero Tolerance Magazine's covermount CD. They produced their whole new album themselves, since the average Latino producer possibly wouldn't understand where they were coming from. Check out the new one from their "Behold the Chaos" album below, along with a few others.

Advent of Bedlam - "The Stench of Your Faith"

Advent of Bedlam - "The Darkest Alliance"

December's Cold Winter - "The Alabaster Corpse"
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Sight Of Emptiness Posts "Burning Silence" Video

"Burning Silence," the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band Sight of Emptiness, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in front of 15,000 metal fans as Sight Of Emptiness opened for Megadeth at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Sight of Emptiness Posts New Album Teaser Online

Sight of Emptiness has posted a video teaser for their 2010 studio album, "Absolution of Humanity," which can be viewed below:

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Sight of Emptiness Posts New Music Video Online

"Faceless Dream," the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Sergio Gutierrez and produced by Fernando Fonseca. The song comes off the band's second studio album, "Absolution of Humanity," which is expected to be released late February/early March 2010.

Sight of Emptiness - Faceless Dream from Sight of Emptiness on Vimeo.

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Sight Of Emptiness Announces New Album Details

Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band Sight of Emptiness has tapped Jens Bogren of Örebro, Sweden's Fascination Street Studios to master the band's upcoming second album, "Absolution of Humanity." The band issued the following announcement about the album:

"Having Jens Bogren working on our new album is unreal. He is responsible for numerous masterpieces: Opeth's 'Watershed', Amon Amarth's 'Twilight of the Thunder God' and Katatonia's 'The Great Cold Distance'. Having him on board makes us a lot more excited about our new creation; you can't go wrong with a guy like this. We gave him the green light and he is doing an awesome job; we love this guy already. He is a perfectionist and an honest and humble lad.

"Combining aggressive riffs reminiscent of At The Gates, with melodies similar to In Flames, and the tight structures of The Black Dahlia Murder, with a fresh Costa Rican twist of flavor you won't find anywhere else. The new album from Sight Of Emptiness will appeal to fans of all forms of extreme and melodic metal."

The "Absolution of Humanity" track listing will be as follows:

1. Predictable Tragedy
2. Infected
3. Faceless Dream
4. Witness of your Murder
5. Funeral March
6. The Art of Suffering
7. Judge me today...Die Tomorrow
8. Absolution of Humanity
9. Burning Silence

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Sight of Emptiness Post New Music Video Online

"Wall of Pain", the new video from Costa Rican metallers SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed here. The clip was filmed by Niclas Swanlund during SIGHT OF EMPTINESS' performance on the main stage at last year's Bloodstock Open Air festival.

SIGHT OF EMPTINESS has written nine songs for the follow-up to 2007's "Trust is a Disease" and expects to enter the studio shortly to begin recording the effort for a late 2008 release.

Labels interested in releasing the new album or signing the band can contact SIGHT OF EMPTINESS at eduardochz@gmail.com. More...

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