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.
23:36 - Overrwatcher I'd say that MS is generally somewhat close to the general consensus, with exceptions. Melodeath gets overrated, metalcore underrated. And there is a notable difference in modern album scores.
23:28 - !J.O.O.E.! One could argue that that album's appeal is underground =V
The European PaganFest Tour 2011, taking place in March 2011, will be headlined by Korpiklaani. Support on the tour will come from Unleashed, Moonsorrow, Varg, Arafel and Kivimetsän Druidi. And also Eluveitie and Heidevolk will be appearing on select dates only. Paganfest 2011 will go through the following cities:
March 04 - Wien, Austria - Arena
March 05 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
March 06 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
March 07 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Outback
March 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
March 09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
March 10 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
March 11 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall (extended show - with special guests Eluveitie and Heidevolk)
You can now listen to two new Theatres Des Vampires songs, called "Camilla" and "Medousa", at MySpace. The tracks come off the band's upcoming effort titled Moonlight Waltz, to be released on 14 January 2011.
Moonlight Waltz features guest appearances by Snowy Shaw (Therion), Cadaveria (Cadaveria) and Eva Breznikar (Laibach). All other album details can be checked again here.
"Camilla" is also streaming at the band's official Facebook page. In related news, the band is currently shooting a music video for the song as well.
Kalmah is heading back to Canada next March. Support on the "Return To Vinland" trek comes from WarCall. Check dates and venues below. More details at this location.
10.3.2011 - Montreal @ Studio Juste pour rire
11.3.2011 - Rouyn @ Petit Théatre du vieux-Noranda
12.3.2011 - Sudbury @ Serbian centre
13.3.2011 - Toronto @ The Mod Club
14.3.2011 - Hamilton @ Club Absinthe
15.3.2011 - Ottawa @ The Rainbow
17.3.2011 - Sherbrooke @ le Bar Magog
18.3.2011 - Drummonville @ Salle Gaston Mandeville
19.3.2011 - Saint-Hyacinthe @ Bar le Trash
Stratovarius are putting the finishing touches on their thirteenth full-length studio album Elysium in 5-by-5 studios, Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, Finland. The album will be released on January 12th, 2011 by JVC in Asia and worldwide on January 14th, 2011 by Edel/EarMusic.
Elysium cover art] tracklist:
01. Heavenly Divine
02. Infernal Maze
03. Elysium, Part I, II And III
05. Darkest Hours
06. Under Flaming Skies
07. No Return
08. New Horizon
09. Move The Mountain
10 Castaway (Japan Bonus Track)
A single with two new songs of Elysium will be released on 26 November this year, coinciding with the start date of the 7 Sinners World Tour on which Stratovarius will join Helloween as very special guests - kicking off the same day in the Szene, Vienna (all tour dates here). The single also contains a demo track, and two unreleased live tracks recorded earlier this year on Stratovarius' wildly successful 2009/2010 Polaris world tour.
Swedish metallers Nocturnal Rites have issued the following update on their official website:
"Hi everyone! We thought it was time for a fresh start. As you can see we are working on a brand new website which will be online very soon, we hope! And it will contain lots of new stuff and information for you.
We are currently writing songs for the new album and rehearsing for the gig at the Sabaton Cruise in Stockholm, 2nd of December 2010. The song-writing is going well we have lots of new material for our 9th studio album. We have some really dark and aggressive stuff written as well as some more melodic, so this new album will definitely cater to all aspects of the Nocturnal Rites legacy!
Seven years after their last collaboration, Season of Mist and Defiled are joining forces again! The label is pleased to welcome back the Japanese death metallers in the fold. Irashaimasu!
"Our long awaited new album, In Crisis is finally at hand", band leader Yusuke Sumita comments. "Since our previous effort Divination (released on Season of Mist in 2003), SOM have been waiting for a new Defiled album, so we are very proud to be back home on Season of Mist, the best label on this planet."
In Crisis, Defiled's fourth full-length, has been scheduled for a January 17th, 2011 (January 25th in the US) release. Expect nothing but pure technical & brutal death metal!
Marduk are proud to anounce the Asian Black Death Redemption Tour 2010. The Swedish black metal band will be reaching the far east for a crusade; territories to be reached are China, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. Asian Black Death Redemption live dates are as follows:
04 Dec - Beijing, China - Mao Livehouse
06 Dec - Bangkok, Thailand - Rock Pub
07 Dec - Singapore, Singapore - Substation Theatre
09 Dec - TBA
10 Dec - Surabaya, Indonesia - Graha Pemuda
11 Dec - Semarang, Indonesia - Gor Tri Lomba Juang
12 Dec - Jakarta, Indonesia - Bulungan Outdoor
US true metal torch-bearers Sacred Oath have released a second single from their brand new album World On Fire. The song, "Sweet Agony," can be heard as a free stream MySpace or below.
"We really feel strongly that this is the best work we've done yet," says Rob Thorne, vocalist/guitarist and producer for the band. "And yet we're struggling, more now than ever, to survive in this business. We need more metal fans to know about Sacred Oath, and these YouTube singles seem like an ideal way to get the word out."
Like the first single "Meet Your Maker," the new single "Sweet Agony" is part of the Dune concept that the album draws its inspiration from. "There are many parallels to be drawn between the futuristic world of Dune and the global crises we face here today," said Thorne in a recent radio interview. "If Dune was ahead of its time, well, sadly it was less than we thought." American author Frank Herbert first published Dune in 1968.
Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive preview track from Control Denied's upcoming reissues of The Fragile Art of Existence. You can stream the full track of the demo version of "Consumed" - the first track on the second disc - in the player available at this location.
Relapse Records will be reissuing The Fragile Art of Existence in two editions. The album, first released in 1999, was remastered, repackaged and features liner notes from the band's drummer Richard Christy. The standard version includes the original album plus a bonus CD of early demo material. The second, limited edition version, will be limited to 1,000 copies and is a three-disc set including an extra bonus disc of demo tracks, many of which feature Death's Chuck Schuldiner on vocals. The three disc set will be made available through the Relapse Records webstore. Two versions of the reissue will be released on October 26, 2010 and you can pre-order the limited edition 3-disc version here.
Crimfall has joined the ranks of Spinefarm Record label and the release date of the yet unnamed second album has been set to be March of 2011.
Crimfall merges many genres from folk to black metal and wraps it up with expression better known from the world of movies and their soundtracks. The band itself describes their new album to be more epic, grandiose, extreme and more dramatic than their debut piece. Upholding the chosen path from the previous work but leading the listener to new sceneries and seasons; as the debut album's themes were of fire and summer's swift ending this one takes us to the coldest winter and unto brace of war with its ruthless reality stripped from heroics and glory. The album also features many visitors well recognized from Finnish Folk Metal Scene.
Engel have premiered their new video for the song "Six Feet Deep", off the European release of Threnody. You can watch it below.
The band added the following: "We are very proud to announce the premier showing of our new video "Six Feet Deep". This is one of the stunning new tracks from the European release of Threnody, one of the exclusive songs available from Seasons of Mist on November the 8th so be sure to pre-order your copy now!
The video was made by Engel and the ever talented PA Nilsson for whom we are eternally grateful for his wonderful vision and helping us as always to achieve the almost impossible. PA has been a significant and much valued film director/editor and its always a pleasure to work with him as well as being a great friend. As always, making this video was great fun and the results are visually stunning!"
After two years Polish death metallers Hate are back with a new opus entitled Erebos, that will be released in November (Europe) and January (USA) on Listenable Records.
Erebos was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski (Decapitated, Vader). The new album contains ten new songs, which are said to be a fusion of blackened death metal, industrial and ambient sounds, deathcore and heavy metal. More details available here.
Haven't gotten a chance to see Finnish cello metal act Apocalyptica on tour yet? You are in luck as the band has just announced more dates for their forthcoming tour of the United States. Check them out below and stay tuned for more info. The band is currently touring in support of their latest studio effort, 7th Symphony.
Nov. 25 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
Nov. 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Nov. 27 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
Nov. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Nov. 30 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Dec. 04 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
Dec. 05 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
Dec. 07 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Dec. 08 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
"Wolves of Chernobyl", the brand-new video from crossover thrashers Municipal Waste can now be viewed below. The song comes off the bands 2009 effort, entitled Massive Aggressive. The clip was directed by My Good Eye.
A video description reads as follows: "Contrasting the serious tone of the aforementioned work, My Good Eye takes on Municipal Waste's "Wolves Of Chernobyl", providing a hilarious romp through what feels like a long-lost John Hughes metal-montage, complete with flying Vs and ample shredding."