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Last year we celebrated the 10th edition of the Metal Storm Awards, and earlier this year we observed the Awards' 10th anniversary with its own special competition. Now, finally, the 2014 Awards have come to a close. Countless bands and users alike have come and gone in those years, but the spirit of the Awards has remained the same; as we like to say, it's not about who wins and loses, but about discovering new bands. While this year's Awards had a smaller voter turnout than the previous couple, 2014 still had its fair share of friendly competition.
It was a good year for overturning the dynastic dominance of the Big Band Beat-Downs. Bands like Behemoth, Arch Enemy, and Opeth failed to secure not only nominations, but significant numbers of write-in votes. This was also the first year in Metal Storm Awards history without a release from Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, or Be'lakor, meaning that for once the Melodeath category was open to some fresh, healthy, and legitimate competition. In other words, Insomnium swept it by an absurd margin.
Shining are revealing an 8-minute brand new track today. Their forthcoming full-length is called IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends and today they are showcasing the song "Besök Från I(ho)nom". Go ahead and stream the tune here or over here, among other options. Do you prefer it to the previous song "Vilja & Dröm", for instance? Give it a spin.
Later this year, Amorphis will be heading out on tour with Nightwish and Arch Enemy but they have more tricks up their sleeve. In fact, you can expect the band's new album pretty soon, around September. The Finns started off the year by demoing new songs for their upcoming 12th studio album and will start pre-production this March in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The album recordings will begin in April at Bogren's Fascination Street Studio in Stockholm. What will they bring to the table on their next album? We will have to wait and see.
Nightwish have now announced their first European leg of the Endless Forms Most Beautiful world tour. They will be supported by none other than Arch Enemy and Amorphis on all shows. The three metal heavyweights will bring their sets to Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Belgium. If you want to check out this live package, Nightwish, Arch Enemy and Amorphis, see the dates below. They might be playing in a town near you.
While they haven't released a new album in five years, God Dethroned are now working on new material. The death metallers reunited on board the 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 and that seemed to have sparked them to write new music. The band has a few shows lined up for this year and hopes to record this year as well. The follow-up to Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross is coming. Good news then!
Abiotic, the progressive deathcore/tech death metal band from Miami, is set to release their upcoming new album, Casuistry, on April 21st on Metal Blade Records. In support of the album, the band will be hitting the road starting this April for an extensive North American tour. The band is heading out alongside Boris The Blade, Alterbeast and more. The Cast Into The Depths Of Desperation tour kicks off April 12th and wraps up May 8th in San Francisco, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.
While previously you had the chance of listening to two tracks from the Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute, now you can hear the entire release! UDR Music just released the tribute album to the influential guitarist Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne). You can listen to the entire Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute right now below. Give it a shot and share your impressions.
Slough Feg, whose last album Digital Resistance was in the running for Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album on Metal Storm Awards 2014, have a new drummer in the fold. Addison Filipczyk, who is 25, will have big shoes to fill following in the wake of Harry Cantwell's departure, but after several months of rehearsal the group is confident that they are in capable hands and feet.
"Amen" is the new video from Halestorm. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, Into The Wild Life, which is due out on April 14th. The band has shared quite a few new material so far and this is the third song you get to hear. Get rocking! What do you think of this tune?
Windhand are back at it after their massive Soma album. The Richmond doomsters have entered the studio with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High On Fire). The band is recording their anticipated third full-length album at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, WA. The currently untitled album will see a fall release via Relapse Records and promises to be their most ambitious record to date. The album will contain nine songs including titles like "Two Urns", "Hyperion" and "Kingfisher".
Pyramids' new album is upon us and the band just keeps sharing new tracks. Why complain? And now you can enjoy the new tune "Indigo Birds" from the upcoming album A Northern Meadowover at Noisey. Mark your calendars for a release on March 17th through Profound Lore Records. More importantly, enjoy the music.
Remember the 1982 No Life 'Til Leather demo? And cassettes? Well, Metallica will celebrate this year's "Record Store Day" with the release of an exact duplication of the band's 1982 demo tape as a limited-edition cassette on April 18th. The artwork was made from Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's own copy and will feature his handwriting. At the time, the group consisted of vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Ulrich. Some of the songs from this demo became classics of the band and all but "The Mechanix" would appear on their debut Kill 'Em All.
The brand new self-tilted album from Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic can now be streamed in its entirety through the SoundCloud player below. Psycroptic is the band's sixth full-length, which is set to be officially released on March 10th via Prosthetic Records but you can enjoy the album beforehand! Play it loud.
As reported last year, British doomsters My Silent Wake have been working on a new album to be released on House Of Ashes. While the details of their next album are still unknown at this point, the band has a new song titled "Of Fury" online available for your streaming pleasure (or otherwise) below. This year is also their 10th anniversary. Were you impressed by the new song?
Sepultura are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a tour in North America in May and June. The thrash legends released their first music 30 years ago in 1985, Bestial Devastation. Bassist Paulo Jr. remains the only original member in the band but there is also guitarist Andreas Kisser, who is in the band since 1987. Now they can't wait to travel in time through their history with their fans in the U.S. and Canada. Sepultura will join forces with the mighty Destruction and Arsis, as well as Boris The Blade, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Micawber, and Starkill as rotating openers. See the dates below and join the celebration.