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.
Swedish prog masters Opeth confirmed that they will bring Pale Communion to the lands of Latin America. Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina and Brazil are the countries that will be part of this 10-day march, which will happen in July. All dates are available below the tour flyer.
The grave of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott from Pantera has been hit by a vandal. According to the band, it was the work of a musician who boasted about defacing Abbott's final resting place at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. However, the band (Nuclear Hellfrost) being accused of this act have denied any involvement with what they label a hoax put on by their former lead singer completely disconnected from the other members of the band. Reece Eber, their former singer, has admitted he vandalized Dimebag's grave.
The Faceless has a new face in the band. The tech death metallers have announced the addition of guitarist Justin McKinney. So, Michael "Machine" Keene is not alone in the band anymore after all members deserted last year. Justin McKinney is the guitarist and songwriter of The Zenith Passage. Also, Keene promised new music from The Faceless soon. Their new record is, according to him, almost done.
Almost everyone has left Nader Sadek, all but Nader Sadek, its artistic director. Travis Ryan, Martin Rygiel, Flo Mounier, and Rune Eriksen no longer wish to be associated with Nader Sadek and his project. According to them, the ongoing drama has intensified to a point where they have decided to focus their time on their other projects.
After going on an indefinite break back in 2012, Austrian black metallers Hellsaw have now announced that they will split up for good. It was the frontman Quentin "Aries" "Q. Woe" Nicollet who announced it via the band's Facebook page. However, fans will have a final opportunity to see the band live on the Black 'n' Thrash Inferno festival in Germany at the end of March.
Evertale have a new video online. According to them, in a spontaneous action they have decided to shoot a video for the title track "Of Dragons And Elves" from the remastered album which was released via NoiseArt Records worldwide on February 27th. The band thanks Philipp Hansert for the production and their former drummer Martin "Schumi" Schumacher who helped them. Enjoy the video!
San Francisco-based stoner representatives Acid King will be releasing their upcoming full-length, Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere, on April 14th independently, with the vinyl release coming out on Svart Records. To taste a piece of this effort, Acid King present a brand new track, "Red River", now available for streaming through the SoundCloud widget below. Check it out!
Motörhead recently returned to the studio to begin work on their 22nd studio album. The heavy metal legendary band released their latest album in 2013, Aftershock, but the band also faced a tough time after cancelling shows due to health issues of frontman Lemmy Kilmister. All of that seems behind them now as they are currently recording in Los Angeles with their longtime producer Cameron Web. Check out below some of the pics from the recording process.
Swedish melodeath trailblazers Unleashed have recently released the first single from their forthcoming studio album Dawn Of The Nine online. As of now, you can spin the track "Where Is Your God Now?" below and don't forget to share your impressions of the music.
Winterfylleth have officially announced their new guitarist, Dan Capp. He will fill the void left by guitarist Mark Wood who left the group to focus on other things. Dan Capp has already played with the band at Blastfest in Norway and on their UK tour.
Sorcerer formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 and was active until 1992. The doomsters got back together for a one-off show at the Hammer Of Doom festival in Germany in 2010 and has been an active band since. The band recently finished the album In In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross, which will be released by Metal Blade on March 24th. You can give a listen to the new track "Sumerian Script" now here.
Experimental death metallers from Brooklyn Pyrrhon are bringing their mind-bending sonic maelstrom overseas. The band will tour Europe throughout the month of April with French grinders Department Of Correction. France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and England are the countries that will be part of this tour. Check out a full list of confirmed dates below.
Today there is some more The Gentle Storm for you. Following the release of the track "Endless Sea" before, they have now launched the video for the track "Heart Of Amsterdam" which you can view below. So, here is another opportunity to hear more of the music that Arjen Anthony Lucassen created with Anneke Van Giersbergen. And also, you get to see Anneke with a wig and the band performing together. Enjoy the video!
After releasing two tracks from their debut as a foretaste, Lithuanian black metallers Au-Dessus are currently streaming their self-titled debut album in its entirety, exclusively at this location. Alternatively, it can also be enjoyed on the SoundCloud widget below. The album is released today under Witching Hour Productions.