22:59 - Kurty Wurty Lol Che did you just go to that show knowing lulz would be inevitable to see? Not gonna lie, I like his stuff, gets me feeling all upbeat and shit while I'm playing on P'km Showdown. Great story though!
Amon Amarth will be headlining Tuska Open Air, set to take place July 22-24th in Helsinki, Finland.
In addition to the Swedish vikings, Finnish Turisas and Omnium Gatherum have been added to the bill for next summer. The new fourth stage presenting more underground artists has Finnish black metal pioneer Black Crucifixion and psychedelic black metallers Oranssi Pazuzu added to the line-up. More bands will be added to all days.
In related news, the organization is also sorry to announce that Bay Area thrash legends Exodus have been forced to cancel their appearance at Tuska 2011.
At The Gates, Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Katatonia and Amorphis, among others, already confirmed their participation in the festival. An up-to-date festival billing is available over here.
Saxon have penned two tracks for the forthcoming British film Hybrid Theory.
The movie will be directed by James Erskin (One Night in Turin), and is starring Noel Clarke (Kidulthood), Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Clash of The Titons), Martin Compston (Disappearance of Alice Creed), Craig Conway (Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday). Shooting will begin in June this year.
The tracks feature on Saxon's new album Call to Arms and have been written specially for the film.
Hybrid Theory follows a group of British soldiers who find themselves in a life or death battle with an enemy beyond their wildest nightmares in this slick Sci-Fi/Horror with a twist.
Hybrid Theory producer Lionel Hicks sums up the collaboration: "It's great to have a band like Saxon involved in the soundtrack to this film. These new songs really capture the mood of the film, and everyone working on it is thrilled."
To commemorate "Record Store Day" on April 16th, Deftones will be releasing a special vinyl collection of cover songs, imaginatively titled Covers.
This LP is a collection of classic Deftones' cover tracks, pressed together on limited edition vinyl for the first time ever. Only 3K of these will be produced. The set spans a wide range of genres, including covers from artists The Cure, Drive Like Jehu, The Cars, The Smiths, Lynryd Skynrd and Duran Duran.
Covers cover art] tracklist:
01. Drive (The Cars)
02. Caress (Drive Like Jehu)
03. Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths)
04. No Ordinary Love (Sade)
05. Savory (Jawbox)
06. Do You Believe (The Cardigans)
AFM Records proudly announces the signing of Swedish symphonic power metallers Dragonland.
The band comments: "We in the Dragonland camp are very excited to bring everyone the news that we have signed with AFM Records! These guys are experts in dealing with our genre, and we are looking forward to a long cooperation with them! It also means that things regarding the new album will start to move on quite quickly from here, so stay tuned for a release date and much more soon!"
System Of A Down have announced a batch of North American shows. The first group of dates is listed below.
Stated the band: "We're excited to announce a handful of North American headline shows before our trip to Europe this summer. Gogol Bordello will be joining us as special guests."
System Of A Down - North American Tour:
5/10/11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
5/12/11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
5/13/11 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
5/15/11 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
5/18/11 - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
5/19/11 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Casino presents The Pavilion
5/22/11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
English symphonic power metal band Pythia are currently working on their sophomore release, the follow-up to Beneath The Veiled Embrace.
The band issued the following short update on the progress: "We are currently putting the finishing touches to our second album and will have it finished in the next few weeks. We are very excited by the songs on the album and can't wait to share them with you later in the year as well as getting back to playing some shows!"
After their highly successful Neckbreaker's Ball European run, Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm will return for more headlining dates in May and June. Support on the road will come from Krisiun this time around.
Spread The Venom World Tour - Europe Part 2:
18.05.2011 - (ITA) Rome / Init Club
19.05.2011 - (ITA) Bruneck / UFO Bruneck
20.05.2011 - (SLO) Ljubljana / Gala Hala
21.05.2011 - (B&H) Sarajevo / Dom Mladih
22.05.2011 - (BUL) Sofia / RBF Club
24.05.2011 - (ROM) Bucarest / Silverchurch
25.05.2011 - (ROM) Timisoara / tbc
26.05.2011 - (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara
27.05.2011 - (A) Mining / Metalfest 2011
28.05.2011 - (CH) Pratteln / Metalfest 2011
29.05.2011 - (GER) Dessau / Metalfest 2011
Swedish death metal band Vomitory have revealed the album artwork and tracklisting for their long-anticipated eighth studio album Opus Mortis VIII.
The new effort was produced, engineered and mixed by Rikard Löfgren in his own Leon music studios. Unsurprisingly the album "proves to be the best sounding Vomitory album ever!"
Opus Mortis VIII will be released on April 23rd/26th in Europe through Metal Blade Records. The limited first edition will be a Digipak featuring four exclusive bonus tracks. Those tracks are re-recorded versions of songs taken off the first two Vomitory albums.
Commented drummer Tobias Gustafsson (The Project Hate MCMXCIX, Torture Division): "Opus Mortis VIII is our eighth album (no shit!) - our eighth Opus of Death. And I dare to say that this is one of the strongest albums we've done, and it most certainly has the most powerful production we've ever had on any album, hands down. For the third time, we worked with Rikard Löfgren in his Leon Music Studios. We raised the bar quite a few notches in the studio - both production-wise and performance-wise, and we couldn't be happier with the result. We are not breaking new death metal ground with this album - that was never Vomitorys' mission - but Opus Mortis VIII offers diversity and dynamics that you haven't quite heard from Vomitory before. Still, this is a very intense and aggressive album in the true Vomitory tradition - all the essential signature details are there. Once you hear the opening track, "Regorge In The Morgue", you will need no further proof of that!"
UK based metal heroes DragonForce have announced that their long search for a new vocalist is finally over.
After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, the band welcomes 23 year old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the band in March of last year.
Says Marc: "I'm really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family. It's always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I'm going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!"
Born in Oxford England, Marc was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they'd found their man. Since the age of 16, Marc has been building his vocal skills gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.
Dear Metal Stormers, in case you haven't noticed, the new layout is not the only big news of the day. The Metal Storm Awards 2010 are now closed and the results are freely available for your viewing pleasure!
Let me take this moment to thank our Staff members and Elite users for the insane amount of work that they put into compiling nominees and making sure the Awards are as successful as they are. Naturally, none of this would have been possible without our loyal member-base and all of us over at Metal Storm HQ would also like to extend our deepest thanks to them for making this edition by far the most popular Metal Storm awards ever!!
Please go ahead and visit the Metal Storm Awards 2010 page to see all the results. Also, don't forget that we will be publishing our Staff Picks of 2010 soon.
The new Metal Storm version is now online, just in time for the closing of the MS Awards! Quite a few things changed in the layout, but hopefully it won't present a challenge - we tried to keep things simple.
Navigation menu is now on the top, with the login/user and search menus. Instead of two sidebars, there's now only one. Several things from the old layout are missing, but some of them will come back (New releases/Top 200 in the sidebar). Other things will be adjusted with time.
It's now also possible to register/login with Facebook. If you want to connect your account to Facebook account, go to the 'Edit profile' page and enter your Facebook ID there. After that logging in will be a single-click thing.
Kamelot has confirmed their long-awaited North American Tour in support on the band's newest release, Poetry for the Poisoned. Support will come from Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist.
Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Poetry for the Poisoned.
Khan states: "I am here in Norway still recovering from what seems to have been a severe burnout syndrome. I am getting better but still under medical care. My priorities at the moment are my health & family. My future endeavors in Kamelot and music in general are being evaluated, however at this time my focus is on getting back on my feet and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!"
Spiritual Beggars - the Swedish stoner band featuring Arch Enemy's Michael Amott and Sharlee D'Angelo, and Firewind vocalist Apollo Papathanasio - will release a live CD titled Return To Live: Loud Park 2010 through their Japanese record label Trooper Entertainment on March 16th.
The disc features eight songs, capturing the bands high-energy performance at the Loudpark Festival at Saitama Super Arena, Japan on October 17th, 2010.
The live recording was mixed in Sweden by Staffan Karlsson and Rickard Bengtsson at Studio Landgren 5.3 and The Sweet Spot Studio, in December 2010. Artwork and design was done by Hippograffix.
Return To Live: Loud Park 2010 cover art] tracklist:
Amorphis celebrated Kalevala Day (aka Finnish Culture Day) by releasing the finalized details for their upcoming new album, The Beginning Of Times. The band's tenth studio album will be released at the end of May through Nuclear Blast Records.
The first single off the album is entitled You I Need, and is scheduled for release in April. Also in June, Amorphis will embark on the extensive The Beginning Of Times Tour, scheduled to continue through 2012. Date will be announced soon.
The band describes the album as follows: "The new album is the most challenging Amorphis album so far in terms of both music and lyrics. Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen. The Beginning Of Times was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith's magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a duck's egg."