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Vomitory - Napalm Death Cover Online

Just in case you missed this, Swedish death metallers Vomitory have recently uploaded their cover version of the Napalm Death song "Mass Appeal Madness". You can check it out at this location.

Commented Vomitory: "Since spring 2005 we have had this little piece of brutality laying in our digital drawer, and we admit it's a shame it hasn't seen the light of day until now!"


Band profile: Vomitory
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Lovecraft | Comments (0)

Metal Storm - Wants You! To Be Part Of Our Think Tank

Metal Storm Wants You!

In our everlasting quest for new features and developments for your favourite website, we've decided to venture into the world of smartphones. Their presence in today's society is undeniable - and still rapidly growing. We want to bring you your daily dosage of Metal as convenient as you wish, wherever you wish, whenever you wish. That's why we have to build our own Metal Storm App!

And although we know pretty much everything about Metal (just kidding guys... ), we're not so experienced in the world of applications and smartphones... which is why we need you!

If you:

- own a smartphone (doesn't matter which one / on which OS it runs - but please do specify which one/what system)
- want to contribute to this project with your experience and knowledge on this subject
- know your way around this site (doesnt have to be as a registered member, as long as you're aware of most of the features)
(- if you have experience with app development or know someone that does, please tell us!)

please send a mail to Lucas or Together we'll discuss what you, the user, want from it (in other words, what this app needs to do/show/have) and what the possibilities, difficulties, restrictions and pitfalls are.

Further instructions will follow through PM/mail.

And what's in it for you... ? Well, you'll get the opportunity to work with some of the finest minds of Metal Storm (once again, just kidding, we're not that arrogant... ), you'll be able to make a contribution to your fav. Metal site (right?) and who knows, if you really prove your value, we may have more in store for you...

- The Metal Storm Staff


Posted: 28.09.2010 by Lucas | Comments (64)

Vektor - Writing New Material

US Thrashers Vektor are in writing mode for a yet untitled album tentatively penciled in for a 2011 March/April release. The band states:

"Our main focus right now is writing for the next album (while two of us finally get school out of the way in December). We're working hard with new material and a lot of it is coming out awesome so far. Once it gets tightened up, tweaked, and finalized, our aim is to get in the studio some time in the winter. Probably early 2011, putting the album out around March or April. Don't hold us to that, it's just an estimate. Might be earlier, might be later.

After that we head to Europe for Keep it True and a few weeks of shows out there (TBD), then probably some VERY extensive touring after that. Once school is out of the way we're going to go pretty all out as far as touring goes, and we hope to take it as far as we can. We do need all the help and support we can get from YOU though.

So since we are sort of in writing/rehearsing mode, don't expect a lot of major updates until November or December. But keep in touch! We can't wait for everyone to hear the new material and to see everyone out on tour again."

The full band update can be read here.


Band profile: Vektor
Posted: 28.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (7)

Forbidden - New Track Online

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden have uploaded the track "Forsaken At The Gates" to their official MySpace page.

"'Forsaken At The Gates' is Forbidden's new thrash anthem for the 2010's and beyond," commented guitarist Craig Locicero. "If we could go back in a time machine to when we called it a day in 1997, there still would have been no way that we could have written 'Forsaken…" back then. We needed the distance and hind-site to write this record and had to get a grip on what the hell Forbidden was all about when we started. Our vision is clear. We are a Thrash Metal band! "Forsaken At The Gates" says it all.

If I were to compare "Forsaken At The Gates" to any of our old songs, it would be "March Into Fire", which was one of the first songs that I'd ever written in my life. Ironically, "Forsaken..." was the last song we'd written for Omega Wave. Funny how things work.

As far as the song itself, Mark was a fucking beast when we tracked it! I knew we had a monster on the first take, great energy and sense of urgency in his performance. It made one hell of a spine to connect all of the other moving parts to. Everyone blasted through their tracks with the same sense of urgency too. Playing those riffs, my blood pumps harder then in any other song I've played on. It was an intense session to track and Matt cruises through the entire thing like a bulldozer! The solo section brings me back to the good 'ol days when trade-offs were all over the classic metal records we all love. I really love playing and writing with Steve, he makes me so much better and I think we make a great team.

After that, it's Russ that's next fucking level! Tim and I got him fired up and locked him behind the glass until he sounded as crazed as they lyrics are intended to convey. The song itself is about turning away the masses from the numerous underground shelters around the planet that will try to seek protection from any natural or unnatural disaster that would effect all of us on the surface. The main line of the song says 'Corpses laid out for the Rapture, New World Order buried in it's tomb.' In other words, if the surface isn't worth living on and the powers that be decide who lives in a canned air bunker for future generations to come...let them rot down there, that's not a world worth living in!"

Vocalist Russ Anderson added: "Looking back on recording our first album Forbidden Evil and recording Omega Wave, there really is no comparison. During the recording of Forbidden Evil, we were in a time crunch and I sang the whole album in about one and a half days, impossible some could say, but true. I was happy with the results because that gave the album it's rawness, that in my opinion goes down in history as true as a thrash album gets.


Band profile: Forbidden
Posted: 28.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)

Unearth - Original Bass Player Dies In Scooter Crash

In case you haven't heard, last week original Unearth bass player Chris "Rover" Rybicki passed away. He lost his life from injuries sustained four weeks ago at the hands of an alleged drunk driver. The article reporting the incident can be read here.

Added the band: "Rover hadn't been in Unearth since 2001, but he remained a good friend to us all throughout the years and this tragedy has hit us hard.

Not only was Rover a talented musician, but he was also one of the funniest dudes you would ever know. His wit, dark humor and don't give a fuck attitude made him a unique person that we all loved having in our lives. His memory will live on amongst his family and friends with the countless stories of Rover being Rover. He will be sorely and forever missed.

Rover played on our our EP Above the Fall of Man, our debut full length The Stings of Conscience and also on two tracks off our 2002 EP Endless. We would like to take a second to urge people to not drink and drive. Please be responsible so these tragedies stop happening."


Band profile: Unearth
Posted: 28.09.2010 by Dominus | Comments (13)

God Dethroned - New Album Details Revealed

Dutch Death Metallers God Dethroned recently finished the recordings for their sophomore new album Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross. The band's 9th album has been recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: "Just like with our two previous albums, we've been recording at the Soundlodge Studio's in Leer, Germany with producer Joerg Uken. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross is another concept album about World War One. Having done a concept album about this topic before didn't make it an easy job, but reading Ernst Juenger's "In Stahlgewittern" (Storm of Steel), which is his biography of his daily experiences in the trenches during the war, gave me so much inspiration that I managed to do a good job on the lyrics and I'm really satisfied with the result, but this is of course something you will have to check out for yourselves.

Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs. Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time."

Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross will be released the 19th/22nd of November 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on the 23rd of November in North America.

Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross cover art] tracklist:

01. The Declaration Of War
02. Storm Of Steel
03. Fire Storm
04. The Killing Is Faceless
05. Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross
06. Chaos Reigns At Dawn
07. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
08. The Red Baron
09. On Fields Of Death & Desolation


Band profile: God Dethroned
Posted: 28.09.2010 by Lovecraft | Comments (3)

Obscura - Unveil New Album Title

Progressive death metal act Obscura has unveiled the name of their forthcoming full-length as Omnivium.

Omnivium was recently recorded and now being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress). The nine-track album will see an early 2011 release date. Additional album details will be made available shortly.

Obscura's Steffen Kummerer issued the following update from the studio: "Although we recorded again with our long time friend and producer V. Santura in the Woodshed Studios, the studio sessions were hard work and lots of sweat. It was for the best though since Omnivium is definitely the next step for this band."

Christian (Muenzer - guitar) recorded some outstanding solos with a new 8 finger tapping technique, Jeroen (Paul Thesseling - bass) brought his own stamp of fretless tone into the mix again, and Hannes (Grossmann - drums) recorded his heaviest session to date and broke through the 260 bpm line. Everyone brought lots of great ideas to the table and made Omnivium a truly collaborative band effort. Omnivium sounds solely like Obscura, and brings us a step closer to reaching our unique vision of progressive death metal."



Band profile: Obscura
Posted: 28.09.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (15)

Metal Storm - The Demo Spotlight

Hey all!

Just a quick message to inform you we've got a new type of article floating around, currently going by the name "Clandestine Cuts #1". You can find it here.

As you can read in the introductory statement of the article, we felt that the demos of unknown metal bands (a.k.a. the future of metal) definitely deserve attention - but maybe not as much as the big shots of the metal scene (yet). So we gave them their own place, the Demo Spotlight, where we describe the music, share MySpace links and show the cover art.

We hope you like the article (check it here!), because we plan on writing many more! As this is the first of a series, we still might decide to fine-tune it a bit in upcoming editions and suggestions are always welcome! Post a comment or send a PM to a Staff member to share your thoughts.

Enjoy the read on your hungover, lazy sunday afternoon!

- The Metal Storm Staff


Posted: 26.09.2010 by Lucas | Comments (26)

Kauan - Working On New Album

The guy and gal of Kauan are working on a new album. In yet another short update, the band says that the writing process for the material on a new album is done. The bands last output Aava Tuulen Maa was released only last year.


Band profile: Kauan
Posted: 26.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)

Rob Zombie - New Track Online

Rob Zombie has premiered the track "Everything Is Boring" on The track features Joey Jordison of Slipknot bashing behind the kit, John 5 ripping on the axe and Piggy D holding the bass groove. It's one of Zombie's most explosive and engaging salvos ever. The track is available on the special edition of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 hitting shelves on September 28 via Roadrunner Records. The special edition offers two other songs with Jordison on drums "Michael" and "Devil's Hole Girls and the big Revolution" as well as a documentary entitled Transylvania Transmissions. Of course, there's also "Everything is Boring"

Rob checks in:"It's such a funny phrase, but I often end up saying, 'Jesus Christ, everything is so fucking boring," laughs Zombie. "When I'm flipping TV channels or doing anything, I find myself saying that a lot. I thought, 'Alright, I'll make a song out of it.'"


Band profile: Rob Zombie
Posted: 26.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Empyrium - Empyrium Are Back

The German label Prophecy Production has issued the next statement on their official website :

"We are incredibly happy to announce that EMPYRIUM, the most renowned Prophecy act ever, has decided to reunite and to record new music! Here's the official statement of Schwadorf on the reunion: "Since the rumours start to spread we think it's about time to make this official: EMPYRIUM is alive again! Our first new sign of life will be the song 'The Days Before The Fall' on the Prophecy Prod. compilation 'Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings' but we have plans for more! The spirit is back and it really feels right to us to start writing songs with EMPYRIUM again. We are not in a rush though so don't expect a full lenght today or tomorrow but we have the patience and faith to make this new songs outstanding and unique. Just as EMPYRIUM ever was...."

Band profile: Empyrium
Posted: 26.09.2010 by InnerSelf | Comments (29)

Devin Townsend - Free Acoustic Show

Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has announced a special, intimate acoustic show set to take place on October 7, 2010. This free event is taking place at Vancouver's only all-metal specialty store Scrape Records. The event is to celebrate the shop's 13 years in business. The show is set to begin at 2 P.M.

The show should be for free, but there is a notice from Scrape: "Priority entrance will be given to those who have purchased or will purchase their DEVIN TOWNSEND tickets from SCRAPE or show up the day of the performance wearing any generation of SCRAPE gear. If you already have a ticket please stop by SCRAPE asap with your ticket to get your priority. Watch out for contests!!"


Band profile: Devin Townsend
Posted: 26.09.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (4)

Sacred Oath - New Song Online

Sacred Oath has posted the new single "Meet Your Maker" online, which is coming from the band's album "World on Fire". The song was posted on Youtube. Footage includes some band's promotional photos. Sacred Oath's new album "World on Fire" is set to be released this fall. Release date is to be announced.


Band profile: Sacred Oath
Posted: 26.09.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (1)

Star One - New Song Online

Following update appeared on Noisecreep portal:

"Noisecreep is proud to introduce you to Star One by premiering the Dutch band's brand new song, 'Earth That Was,' from the band's new album, 'Victims of the Modern Age'."

Song can be streamed at this location. Star One's new album 'Victims of the Modern Age' is coming out in October.


Band profile: Star One
Posted: 26.09.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (14)

Benighted - Recording New Album

In case you were wondering what happened to French brutal death metal outfit Benighted, this should put some of your doubts to rest.
The band has posted a very short update on their official facebook page about them recording a new album. When the yet-untitled album will be released is yet-unknown but at least this should calm your nerves.


Band profile: Benighted
Posted: 24.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (11)