00:03 - Korah Yeah, MS ratings on new albums are totally f****ed! You just have to watch ratings from 2000 and ratings from 2016! Metal was'nt so much better than today releases.
23:53 - Czerny Reiter There's a dearth of reviewers on the site and most of what gets reviewed ends up getting a good grade (on the grounds that pro-bono reviewers mostly review what appeals to them).
23:48 - Overrwatcher I feel as if SSUS's review backlash is a perfect example of this. When he gave a 2/10 people didn't say much. When he gave a 9/10 people questioned his review integrity.
23:42 - Overrwatcher I will always bring up BMTH's "There Is A Hell" in this regard. Very well received literally everywhere but MS. Here it's one of the lowest rated albums in the database.
23:38 - Overrwatcher Bands can put out similar quality records to 10 years ago yet get over 1 point less. People have been much more negative recently. And MS also seems to shit on some albums at random.
Six Feet Under has canceled all dates on their earlier announced Christmas Metal Tour. The band released the following apology message:
"Circumstances and events beyond our control has forced the cancellation of our December tour in Europe. We are deeply aware of the burden this puts on our loyal fans and we apologize. We live to play in front of our Fans and our commitment to our European fans could not be stronger.
You have always been there for Six Feet Under and we do not take that for granted. You are important to US! In April 2011 we will do a tour of Europe to support our new DVD Wake The Night! Live In Germany. We will make up as many of these canceled dates as possible while adding many more. Thank you for understanding but more importantly, thanks for supporting Six Feet Under"
Earth is pleased to announce the arrival of a new album. Coming February 2011 from Southern Lord Records, we welcome Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I. Produced and recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle,Washington by Stuart Hallerman (notable engineer behind Earth 2), this new album features the following line-up:
Adrienne Davies - trap kit and percussives
Dylan Carlson - electric guitar and devices
Lori Goldston - cello and devices
Karl Blau - electric bass guitar
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I cover art] tracklist:
01. Old Black
02. Father Midnight
03. Descent To The Zenith
04. Hell's Winter
05. Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1
US metallers Hammer Horde returned to Dimmworks Studios on November 26th to begin recording their sophomore album, expected to be released sometime in 2011.
The band has launched an official studio diary with studio reports, photos, and more - including the announcement of the new album title, Vinlander. Keep up with the band's studio progress each week at this location.
Lebanese metallers Kimaera have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"After a whole decade of dedication to Kimaera, we are sorry to announce that one of the very few remaining original members, the longtime bassist Wissam Abiad decided to part ways with the band, due to his own personal reasons.
Your musicianship, brotherhood and drunkenness will be missed, we wish you all the best...'"
The Meads Of Asphodel are proud to announce the online debut of "Life In The Shadows".
"Life In The Shadows" can be watched online at www.themeadsofasphodel.com.
"Life In The Shadows" explores the dark, complex world of underground English Black Metal band The Meads Of Asphodel. A band with convtroversial opinions, hidden identities and a determined rule that they will never play live.
The film shows the band at their most vulnerable, gaining exclusive access to the Meads world. Metatron explains his controversial lyrics and ideas on religion, J.D Tait guides us around the Meads' Bridge Gate Studios and Urakbarameel vents his annoyance at being labelled a 'Battle Metal' band.
US metallers Atheist will embark on a headlining tour of Europe in April 2011. Support act will come from US metallers Exhumed.
Frontman Kelly Shaefer commented: "Greetings everyone, thank you all for the overwhelming support of our new album Jupiter, we are humbled by all of the nice things being said about the new stuff and cannot wait to bring it to the stage. So now it's time to come pull some faces off in Europe on our first headlining run in support of the new album! And we are stoked to share the tour with the boys from Exhumed. We are able to play a few places we have never been before so we are all very excited about that, as well as the fact that we of course have some fun new shit to play live - the songs from Jupiter along with songs from all three prior albums. See you all on tour in 2011!"
Kings of Swedish death metal Amon Amarth have just announced the title of the band's forthcoming album as Surtur Rising.
Due out in the spring of 2011, Surtur Rising marks the group's 8th full-length studio release and undoubtedly one of 2011's most anticipated releases by fans and critics alike. Surtur Rising is the follow up to the highly acclaimed, 2008 release, Twilight of the Thunder God, which landed the #7 spot in Revolver Magazine's Top 20 Albums of 2008 and what Metal Sucks called " bottomless gauntlet of riffs that the band endlessly takes gargantuan swigs from, sounding both lush and emotive as well as skull crushingly heavy... every goddamn one is a chest-beating anthem."
Hot on the heels of the release of In War And Pieces comes the news that Sodom has decided to end the cooperation between the band and long-time drummer Bobby Schottkowski.
Frontman Tom Angelripper and guitarist Bernemann released the following statement: "After personal and private problems between Tom and Bobby, was decided, by mutual agreement, the end of the cooperation between Sodom and the drummer Bobby Schottkowski. Tom and Bernemann will announce as soon as possible a replacement drummer. The shows from January will be performed as planned and the upcoming tour in February will take place in any case. Until then we will have incorporated the new drummer."
Korpiklaani are set to release yet another new album, called Ukon Wacka, on February 4, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.
On Ukon Wacka, the band's seventh album, Korpiklaani took things even further: seven-string guitars, mandoline, mandola and jouhikko are just a few of the instruments that were used on Ukon Wacka.
The album title refers to "a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish", frontman Jonne explains. One title doesn't seem very Finnish though: the drinking anthem "Tequila" which is dedicated to all South American fans of the band.
The official release date for Remorse, the upcoming album of Finnish doom metal outfit Ordog, has finally been decided. After a long waiting the band is proud to announce that their third album will be released on the 12th of January 2011 by Violent Journey Records.
The album is said to contain 7 tracks of pure death/doom metal with over 70 minutes of music. One of the new tracks, called "Abuse" is still streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Remorse cover art] tracklist:
01. Human Shell
06. Boneyard Horizon
07. Meant To Be An End
Tommy Rogers, lead vocalist, keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning North Carolina progressive rock band Between The Buried And Me, will release his debut solo album Pulse on February 1, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
The versatile front man and multi-instrumentalist, who not only self-produced the record, but also arranged, composed and played all instruments on the recording, will use the pseudonym Thomas Giles (his given middle name) as his moniker for the project.
Recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC, Thomas Giles' Pulse is a challenging rock record designed so that the parts build up to a larger, cinematic-like structure where everything from production to arrangements to lyrics to album art is carefully crafted towards a unified purpose. Testing the limits of what he can do naturally with his voice, Rogers' strikingly beautiful falsetto and dynamic range conjures tales of anxiety, collapse, end-times and strength against swelling, heart-lifting arrangements and pristine backdrops of ambient loops, digital burbles, analog hiss and woozy drones. Exploring combinations of the outré genres of both post-rock and glitch, the music's emotionally resonant yet textural sounds draw reference to artists such as Radiohead, Björk, the Verve, Beck, Stereolab and Spiritualized, balancing both rock and electronic impulses.