Finland-based symphonic metal masters Nightwish sold 18,342 copies of Endless Forms Most Beautiful in its first week of sales in the United States. The record hit # 34 on Billboard U.S. Top 200, making it the third time that Nightwish made the coveted chart. Their last full length release, the 2011 Imaginaerum, sold just under 12,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Metal Storm and Asher Media present a chance for YOU, lucky reader, to win a free CD and some swag from Canadian metallers Edge Of Attack! Back in February, these talented young musicians released their self-titled debut which is full of traditional heavy and power metal with a healty dose of modern metal and energy.
Read Metal Storm's interview with the band here and our album review here. Stream the album at Bandcamp page.
Enter your contact details HERE to win this free Edge Of Attack pack!
Alternative metallers Drowning Pool are heading out on tour TODAY in support of their latest album, Resilience. Check out the tour dates below.
One way you can get pumped for this tour is entering to win some gear from the band! Metal Storm has teamed up with Drowning Pool's label Eleven Seven Music to bring one lucky reader a free copy of the album and a poster signed by the band. To enter, head over to the contest page and answer a simple trivia question. Closing date is the 18th April 2013.
So what can you expect on tour, other than their classic hits "Tear Away", "Sinner", "37 Stitches" or the massive "Bodies"? Well, check out our review on Resilience to find out. Or make up your own mind and listen to the new album in full right here:
We have devised a neat little trivia game for you to flex you metal knowledge muscles.
The idea is very simple: we (and you!) add questions in form of trivia, image or short audio sample - and everyone can then try to guess the band (and sometimes the album).
- Questions appear randomly
- You have 2 tries and one hint (if provided)
- Questions have point value from 2 to 6, depending on difficulty. Half of the value is determined by band popularity on MS, and half by the submitter.
- Using a hint subtracts half of the points, failing on first try subtracts 25% of the points. Guessing the album is +1 point.
- If you're the submitter or have been to the question's edit screen (meaning, you know the answer), the question will never appear for you.
More good news from Metal Storm - the t-shirts are back after 5 years of absence!
As before, we offer 6 basic types - regular/sleeveless/longsleeve for men/ladies. All t-shirts are black Fruit Of The Loom. The front side image is the MS logo with a faint background (view in higher resolution). The back side is blank.
New t-shirts are printed once a month, based on paid orders during that month. Getting the t-shirt should take somewhere between 1-6 weeks.
Collecting orders, printing and shipping is handled by Barry Anderson - if you have any questions, please contact him by PM or e-mail.
Throughout January we have been painstakingly working to provide you with a run-down of our nominations for what we feel are the best albums of 2011. It is now your job to check out the cream of the crop, and vote for your favourites.
This is the eighth year of the Metal Storm Awards, and as always you have the month of February to cast your judgement. This year however, we have introduced a couple of new categories; Melodic Black and Djent/Math metal, and also split up a few of the categories that were coupled in previous years.
Don't forget to share this news with your friends, or even start your own campaign over the internet for your favourite bands to win. We have done the hard work bringing you these nominations, now let's have some fun. Useful banners and buttons can be found here.
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.
In Legend, the new project of Van Canto drummer Bastian Emig, which introduces the piano as primary element into heavy metal music, has now released its first official music video for the song "Pandemonium" (off the debut EP Pandemonium).
Just in time for the release of this insane and destructive visual work, the band also launched its new official homepage, which can now be found at http://www.inlegend.de and which contains a lot of information and specials about the band and their music! In order to always stay up-to-date in terms of the visual releases of the band, feel free to subscribe to their official YouTube channel!
The 6th annual Metal Storm Awards are here, and they need your votes! To make your life easier we picked a selection of nominees for most categories, though in some (like The Biggest Surprise/Letdown) the decision is traditionally entirely up to you. Still, if your favorite album of the year is not included, please don't trash your monitor or send us hatemail - in each category you can add a write-in vote (on second thought, hatemail is our favorite form of entertainment, so it's OK too). And feel free to use this thread for discussion.
The voting will be wrapped on the 28th of February, with results posted the next day.
The Wacken Livestream - presented by Tempodome, eventim.de and www.rockalarm.com - started on 29th of July! Party on and heavy metal for everyone, who was not able to purchase a ticket for the legendary Wacken Open Air.
Amongst others, the following bands will be broadcast during the livestream: Lacuna Coil, Running Wild, Napalm Death, Doro, Gwar, Amon Amarth, Saxon, Volbeat, Coheed And Cambria, Bring Me The Horizon and Der W. The up-to-date line up can be found at http://www.eventim.de/wacken.
The 20th Wacken Open Air metal festival has been sold out for months already, but the fun continues online since Rockalarm.com is broadcasting the event live and exclusively in the internet in cooperation with Tempodome.com and eventim.de. The transmission begins in the morning and goes on until the early morning. Gigs happening simultaneously on two separate stages will be filmed and broadcast one after the other.
Queensrÿche will take their acclaimed American Soldier Tour online by broadcasting an entire show live in high definition at cdpulse.tv. When the band takes the stage at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on May 19 at 8PM ET, fans worldwide can watch a high definition stream of the performance live as it happens. Fans can gain access to the show by purchasing an e-ticket at cdpulse.tv for the cost $5.95 for an advance ticket or $7.95 for a ticket on the day of the show. The show can be viewed virtually worldwide in high definition clarity via premium content delivery access systems featuring 43,000 servers in 17 different countries. For more details and technical information, please visit cdpulse.tv.
The world of Rock and Roll has one Metal God - Rob Halford. The multi-Gold and Platinum Producer, Songwriter, Vocalist has graced the world's largest stages for decades leading his revolutionary solo acts: Halford, Fight and the legendary Judas Priest.
Developing new standards for the Rock and Metal genres with blazing vocals, dynamic themes, adorned head-to-toe in glass, leather and steel - The Metal God is universally recognized as an artist whom continually inspires and drives today's global Hard Rock industry.
With an eye on defining consumer-fashions for today's Rock and Roll lifestyles, Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to debut a new garment entity: Metal God Apparel.