14:55 - Apothecary I can guarantee you that I would not know at least 75% of the metal bands that I do today had it not been for this site
14:54 - Apothecary We care about giving those who are just starting out and getting going their time of day and the exposure they deserve. It isn't JUST MS that does this, but we do seem to be where that attitude is strongest
14:54 - Apothecary What makes Metal Storm so great, and what has kept me around here, is that we focus on the metal scene AS IT IS EMERGING. We don't just care about pimping bands that are already well established and that people know about already
14:10 - Kuroboshi Me one of them. Proud (mostly) lurker since 10 years back. Mostly too busy with regular life to have time to review etc.
UK progressive metallers Threshold have started writing material for the follow up to their last album Dead Reckoning. The new album is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records sometime in 2011.
Threshold will record the new volume at Thin Ice Studios in the UK, with production as usual by Karl Groom and Richard West. The band's last studio album Dead Reckoning was released in 2007 and enjoyed chart success in the UK, Germany and Holland. Threshold have since released a double album compilation The Ravages Of Time and a box set entitled Paradox - The Singles Collection.
US Melodic Death/Power Metal band Structure Of Inhumanity - featuring in its ranks members from Pyramaze, Arsis and Suspyre - are debuting the Scott Hansen directed video for the song "The Ruin" taken from their upcoming debut album Completion Integration.
The band was formed in 2005 by Jonah Weingarten (keyboardist known for Pyramaze and Lilitu), as part of his vision for creating a unique sounding blend of melodic death, progressive rhythms, powerful heavy metal, and cinematic orchestration. Joined by Noah Martin (bass/growls - from Arsis), Clay Barton (clean vox - from Suspyre), guitarists Mike Iuzzolino and Brandon Ellis as well as drummer Gabriel Marshall (Suspyre), Jonah recorded the album together with James Murphy (Testament, Death, Obituary) and Peter Wichers (Soilwork, Warrel Dane). Murphy is also mixing and mastering the album.
Samael want to give their fans a taste of what's to come with their Antigod EP and the upcoming studio album. You can check out the track "Antigod" at this location.
The Antigod EP will be out on November 19th as a digital download exclusive, while the band's next album is due in 2011.
Samael vocalist Vorphalack comments: "Here's the song we chose to give you a taste of our new album. Sound wise, "Antigod" stands between the up-tempo tracks and ultra heavy ones of our new recordings. As for the lyrics, we've expressed our views on the religious matter before but with this track, we made our position clearer than with any previous song. "Antigod" doesn't resume the whole album but it gives you a good idea of what's about to come... "
Swedish death metallers Diabolical are very proud to announce the release of a new CD, entitled Ars Vitae, which will be out January 21, 2011. The album will be released by ViciSolum Productions. It will also be released in the US around the same time.
Ars Vitae contains 17 tracks; both new studio recordings produced at Necromorbus Studio during this year, and previously unreleased recordings. One track from the record, called "Eye", is available for streaming at the band's website or on YouTube below.
The band will be touring Europe under the Black Steel Worship European Tour banner later this month with Interment. Get dates here.
The Reitermania never stops! Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will be releasing their new album Moral And Wahnsinn on the 25th of February 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. Album trailer available below.
Commented the band: "We are leaving the studio with the feeling of having created something unique that will last forever. This album unites all our musical sides and strengths with lyrical brillance focusing on the highs and lows of human insanity and also the morality in each one of us. Insanity is imagination, morality a barren womb."
Moral And Wahnsinn cover art] tracklist:
01. Die Boten
02. Gib Dich Hin
03. Hammer Oder Amboß
04. Dir Gehört Nichts
05. Dr. Pest
06. Moral & Wahnsinn
Using the remaining time between the last festival and the upcoming South American tour (25th of November), Rammstein has visited a studio on the outskirts of Berlin in the past week. This week the light and sound rehearsals for the upcoming shows start again.
Kirill Zmurciuk, guitarist and founding member of Moldovan progressive death metal band Neuromist, has announced the departure of their drummer and vocalist. Here's the full message:
"Without any introduction I will get straight to the point - we have yet another line-up changes. Both Mihail Grigorash and Vladimir Ghilien have left the band a few months ago for personal and very positive reasons. Both are waiting for their wives to give birth to their children, and that's very good news for us. Guys simply don't have the time to focus on music so they decided to leave the band. All we can say is good luck for their families that will get bigger very soon
As for our little family, we are glad to announce our new/old drummer - Serghei "Liolik" Petrenco. Those of you who have seen us supporting Sadist in Chisinau on 30th of October already know that the founding drummer is back in the fold and he's kicking some serious ass behind the kit. He has agreed to stay with us permanently after this show, and we're very excited about it since he's a real pro and there's not doubt that our music will get even more technical and aggressive with him joining us. So, welcome back to the family!
Greek demons Septicflesh just finished recording the successor of 2008's Communion. After a long period of intense work in Athens, Prague and Sweden, the evolution of the band's Symphonic Death sound has been achieved with the help of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague and well known artist/producer Peter Tägtgren.
130 musicians were involved in the recording process. Besides the traditional classic orchestra instruments, this time Septicflesh incorporated harpsichord, some bizarre ethnic instruments and a boy soprano to their sound, pursuing a more "horror soundtrack" approach. Of course, the guitars will still shred you to death!
The release of the forthcoming 10-song album is expected for the first quarter of 2011. In the meantime, a brand new song will be available worldwide as an exclusive digital download single from this December 17th on. So keep your eyes on this site for updates!
Swedish death metallers Aeon have released the following press statement:
"As you all may know, we have been searching for a new drummer since early September this year. We have gotten a great deal of drummer-applicants from various countries. Some of them where really awesome drummers, to say the least. We would like to take the opportunity to thank every single one of you for showing interest and sending us drum-videos of you playing our songs etc. Thank you so much and good luck with your future endeavors.
Without really thinking about it, the best solution for us was lurking around the corner. Arttu Malkki, our first original drummer (1999-2002) has during the last year been showing interest in playing faster death-metal once more. After his departure from Aeon back in 2002, Arttu has mainly been playing in heavier/slower metal bands Sanctification, The Equinox Ov The Gods and Souldrainer, ed.].
Coronatus are currently writing songs for a new album.
The band had the following to say: "A few weeks ago, we started with the songwriting for the new, upcoming album. We already filed around 10 songs in rough basics, which will be now completed and arranged by the band. Hopefully we can present you some samples soon."
The album will be the first with new singers Mareike Makosch and Natalia Kempin.
"Heaven Nor Hell" is the brand-new video of Danish rockers Volbeat. You can watch the clip at Rocktube.
The song comes off the band's recently released Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. The album will be released digitally in the U.S. on November 9 and as a physical CD on December 15. Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was released in Germany on September 10 and in the rest of Europe on September 13 via Vertigo/Universal. Album samples of the new Volbeat album can be found at this location. More album details are available here.
Norwegian black metallers Urgehal are streaming two new tracks, called "Death Is Complete" and "Beyond The Nightmare" at their official MySpace page.
Added the band: "The two new added tracks are taken from the upcoming 7" which is a tribute to old dirty fucking Black Metal. The reason for the sloppy drumming on the song "Death Is Complete" is that Trondr Nefas did it himself after not having played drums on a regular basis since '97. These two songs are staying here for a short while and the necro release is due after "Happy New Year". So just drop dead or fuck off!"
Go check out the two songs of pure primitive hell here.
Death metallers Abysmal Dawn finished recording the new album last month already, but have waited to announce more details until now.
Anyway, the follow-up to 2008's Programmed to Consume will be entitled Leveling The Plane of Existence. A North American release date has been set for February 1st, while the album will be released in the UK on February 7th, in Germany and the Benelux on February 11th and on February 14th in the rest of Europe.
Album tracklisting and cover artwork will be revealed shortly.
Abysmal Dawn began recording Leveling The Plane of Existence in May 2010. The drums were recorded at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Phobia, Intronaut, Hirax) with the rest of the instrumentation being produced and recorded by Mike Bear (Artisan, ex-Prototype), at Artisan Road Studios in Encino, CA. Leveling The Plane of Existence is being mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL.
Earlier this week, the news got out that soprano Tarja Turunen will perform a unique Christmas tour 2010 with well-known Finnish musicians - Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman and Markku Krohn. They will perform in churches in Oulu, Lahti, Kuopio, Pori and Keuruu. The Artistic Director of the concerts is Kalevi Kiviniemi and the concerts are organized by Rowan3 Productions. Tickets are on pre-sale now.
Christmas Concerts 2010:
29.11.2010 19:00 - Oulu, Tuomiokirkko
30.11.2010 19:00 - Kuopio, Tuomiokirkko
02.12.2010 19:00 - Pori, Keski-Porin kirkko
03.12.2010 19:00 - Lahti, Sibeliustalo
05.12.2010 19:00 - Keuruu, Keuruun Uusi kirkko
Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf has announced the departure of longtime guitarist Ed Mundell, who decided to leave the band earlier this week after eighteen years of service. Here's the word from Wyndorf:
"After 18 years Ed's left Monster Magnet for "personal reasons" What can I say? He told me this two months ago and I gave him some time for him to perhaps reconsider but no go. It's a bummer, yeah but we've been through this kind of thing before. Make no mistake, Magnet goes on. We start the "Mastermind" tour tonight in Cologne, Germany with Phil Caivano and Garrett Sweeny handling duel guitar chores.
I'd like to thank Ed for the immense talent he's brought to the band over the years and wish him good luck in whatever he decides to do next. Good luck Ed, we''l miss you!"