06:35 - Apothecary We'll just have to agree to disagree then, as much as I love both bands, I still consider Zeppelin and Deep Purple hard rock at the very most
06:34 - flightoficarus Big sale at Willowtip. Best band there besides Ulcerate and Gigan?
06:33 - Apothecary Doom/stoner/sludge has its roots in Sabbath, and power and speed/thrash in Priest. I'd say everything else was just bands taking those categories and then building upon them to create new ones
06:30 - deadone That doesn't preclude Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin being pioneers in heavy metal and as such considered part of the genre, even though they happily sit outside it sometimes.
06:28 - Apothecary You're probably right for NWOBHM, but I would say that was because they were mostly influenced by Priest, not Sabbath. I think those bands very much started two divergent roads in metal, but both were the unofficial "pioneers"
05:24 - deadone That's historical revisionism. Bare in mind most NWOBHM metal bands didn't do " dark, heavy." Most speed/thrash wasn't that heavy either. Indeed Sabbathian heaviness was kept alive by doom metal.
Cult Of Luna will be celebrating 10 years of one of their crowning jewels, 2006's classic Somewhere Along The Highway. And they will do that by performing the entire record at Roadburn 2016 in The Netherlands. The band performed at both the 2008 and 2013 editions of Roadburn and are among the most requested bands. Cult Of Luna will be playing the album in full at the 013 venue on Thursday, April 14th, 2016.
With the release of the Nail Them To The Cross single earlier this year, Swedish black metal masters, Dark Funeral, are now preparing the release of their next studio album. And it will happen in 2016 at last. Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus, their previous album, was released in the distant year of 2009. Last year, they introduced new vocalist Heljarmadr and bassist Natt. The black metallers will enter the studio early next year and record the new material.
Yes, Pomegranate Tiger is releasing a new album! The Canadian prog/djent outfit saw their last album Entities make it to the Metal Storm Awards 2013 on the Best Djent / Math Metal category and this December they will release Boundless. Their second album drops on December 11th and the first song available is called "Cyclic". It's from their forthcoming album and Martin Andres recorded a playthrough video for it.
Entombed A.D. will return with a new album on February 26th, 2016! In 2014, Entombed-founding member L-G Petrov returned with the band's revitalized yet lethal new incarnation Entombed A.D. and released the album Back To The Front. Its follow-up will be entitled Dead Dawn. A first single will be released in mid-December and shortly before the album's release, the death metal commando will present the new material alongside classic tracks on tour. So, you can start getting ready for more from the group.
Melodic doom masters Swallow The Sun have just released their eagerly awaited new triple full-length album, Songs From The North I, II & III. To celebrate the album's release, the Finnish band also launched a brand-new video for the song "Rooms And Shadows", taken from part 1 of the record. The video was directed and produced by ex-Sentenced and The Man-Eating Tree drummer Vesa Ranta. Have you listened to the new album already? Check out the video here.
"Hair I Go Again" is a new documentary about the determination and failures of a former hair band chasing its dreams, and will be released worldwide on March 10th, 2016. In anticipation of the event, the producers have unveiled its newest trailer and key art. You can check out both below.
Last year, Emperor announced their Complete Works vinyl box set, spanning the black metallers entire career. The box set will be the first time their works have been remastered specifically for vinyl and presented as special editions. It will be released by Finnish label Blood Music which has started revealing its contents now. Emperor's The Complete Works will be a 24-LP, one 7", and one book box set. The public pre-order date for the box set is slated to begin on December 9th, 2015.
Weeping Birth, the black/death metal project of Vladimir Cochet (Mirrorthrone), has revealed the fourth extract of its upcoming and long-awaited album, The Crushed Harmony. While previously you had the chance of listening to the track "A Surface", the song "Sunburnt" is now available by clicking on the video below. This is also the last track to be revealed before the album's release.
After coming back from a hiatus, Swedish gothic metal act Beseech released a few new singles last year. It was the first taste of new material from the outfit in years. But now a new album is finally taking shape. At long last, Beseech will release a new record called My Darkness, Darkness on the 4th of March after they signed a worldwide record deal with the Swedish label Despotz Records. Start getting excited!
We have great news for the fans of Jag Panzer! After quitting back in 2011 following The Scourge Of The Light and returning in 2014, the U.S. metallers announced earlier this year that they were recording a new song with original vocalist Harry Conklin. However, that will turn into a new album. In fact, the band will hit the studio in May 2016 for their new studio album entitled The Deviant Chord via SPV Records.
A decade into their career, Southampton/Portsmouth quintet Bury Tomorrow are releasing a new album in early 2016. 2014's Runes was a breakthrough record for the band and enabled them to take their live show to festival main stages across Europe and the UK. Now with Earthbound, they are stepping things up yet another gear. The new album is set to be released on January 29th 2016 on Nuclear Blast. You can already check out the title track of the record as a foretaste here.
Ereb Altor chose to record 7 Bathory classics for a special vinyl only release entitled Blot - Ilt - Taut (which is old Swedish and means "Blood - Fire - Death"), where they praise with reverence and much respect the mighty works of Tomas "Ace" Börje Forsberg (Quorthon) who sadly passed away in 2004. Check out the album teaser below to whet your appetite.
The brutal death metallers Hate Eternal are joining forces with powerhouse drummer Hannes Grossmann. The former Necrophagist and Obscura drummer is now focusing on Alkaloid and also has a solo project. He will play for Hate Eternal on their upcoming North American tour in support of the new output, Infernus. Due to family matters, drummer Chason Westmoreland has chosen to leave the band and his stint in Hate Eternal was short-lived.
Gama Bomb are dropping their next thrash metal attack Untouchable Glory soon. More precisely, it's coming out this October 30th via AFM Records. The first video released to promote the new record is for the song "Ninja Untouchables / Untouchable Glory". So, yes, you can expect some martial arts and ninjas on the video. Did you enjoy that?