12:43 - Zaphod Well, any other country than my own would be an amazing opportunity if I ever decide to start a band, I was just giving it as an example because that's where Jari's from.
12:39 - Redn1ght Zap, Finland isn't that great apparently for touring bands.. (They seem to avoid it like a plague tormented country...)
12:31 - Zaphod Yeah, the comments on that guy's long post are also pretty entertaining.
12:30 - MelancholiaC Just curious, if he indeed turns his fanbase into a charity service, how is that any more ethically honest than "those greedy bloodsucking record companies"? (and I doubt Nuclear Blast can really be called one...)
12:26 - MelancholiaC I see that in the fb comments one guy in particular has called him out on it in a long response. Most people just want to throw their money at him through paypal...
12:20 - Zaphod The fact that I saw him live in my own country (Belgium) says enough. If I ever get a chance to tour Europe and play in Finland with my non-existent band I'll already have achieved more than I could ever hope for.
Progressive rock mastermind Steven Wilson, frontman of the renowned band Porcupine Tree and several other projects, has recently revealed the details of his third solo album called The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories).
According to an interview with Vicious Volume, a metal radio show in Singapore, Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) is forming yet another project whose confirmed line-up so far features Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta). This promising supergroup hopes to end the writing process on December and enter the studio next year.
Upon the release of their new concept album Exile, the female-fronted and jazz-influenced progressive metallers To-Mera have made it available for stream in full on their Bandcamp page. It is also available for digital download on the same location. Exile has been officially released today.
A teaser featuring several excerpts from the symphonic progressive metal act To-Mera's upcoming concept album Exile, was uploaded by band to Youtube and can now be viewed below. Exile will be released by Illusionary Records on September 24th; their first output since 2009's EP Earthbound. The album can be pre-ordered from the band's official website.
Progressive/experimental rock artist Steven Wilson has released a video of the live performance of "Harmony Korine" as a preview for his upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray titled Get All You Deserve, which is set to be released on September 25th via Kscope. The two-hour long performance was recorded live in Mexico City on April 13th, 2012, at the Teatro Metropolitan. The special edition DVD/Blu-Ray/2 CD version is now available for pre-order here. You can watch the video below, directed by Lasse Hoile.
Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide, previously members of the now disbanded post metal act Isis, have recently stated that they have started a new project called Palms alongside Chino Moreno from alternative rockers Deftones.
Storm Corrosion, the collaborative project between Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree, has premiered a video for the single "Drag Ropes", which you can watch below. The video was animated by a South African stop motion animator called Jess Cope. The song comes off their debut album Storm Corrosion, which will be released on May 7th through Roadrunner Records. More album details were previously reported here.
"Voodoo Mon Amour", a brand new song from Swedish avantgarde metallers Diablo Swing Orchestra is now available for streaming online and you can listen to it below. The song is the first single off their upcoming album Pandora's Piñata, to be released on May 22nd via Candlelight Records (Europe) and The Laser's Edge/Sensory Records (North America). More album details were previously reported here and here.
Danny Carey, the drummer of US progressive metal act Tool, has stated in a recent interview with his drum sponsors Vic Firth that the band plans to start the tracking for their new album in June/July. He speculates that recording, mixing and mastering could take around four months and so the record could be ready at the end of the year.
This album would mark Tool's first release in six years, since 2006's 10,000 Days. You can watch the full video interview with Danny Carey at this location.
Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono's Canadian epic death metal side project Ex Deo has announced the tracklist and release date for Caligvla, the follow-up album to their debut Romulus, released back in June 2009. Caligvla will be released on August 31st via Napalm Records, marking the 2000th birthday of Caligula according to the band.
So far it's been confirmed to feature collaborations by Mariangela Demurtas from Tristania on vocals and Francesco Artusato from All Shall Perish lending a guitar solo. More album details were previously reported here.
Dutch symphonic metal act Epica has been uploading teasers of the new song "Monopoly On Truth" over the past weeks, adding a new layer of music with each upload. Now the final layer has been added and the complete song can be heard in the video below. "Monopoly On Truth" comes off Epica's new effort Requiem For The Indifferent, to be released on March 9th in Europe and March 13th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Amazon uploaded audio samples for each song from Imaginaerum, the new upcoming album from the Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish. The samples were uploaded to the band's Soundcloud website and you can now listen to them here.
Nightwish posted the following on their official website: "Here are the official tasters from Imaginaerum! Even Amazon was so enthusiastic about the album, that they had to share these samples without asking us... If you want to experience the true impact of the album, we recommend that you do something else and not listen to these. With lots of respect!"
Forefathers of Progressive Metal Cynic have recorded a new EP entitled Carbon-Based Anatomy, to be released on November 11th in Europe (November 15th in North America). Contrary to last year's Re-Traced, this new EP exclusively consists of brand new material.
Sweden's most revered and respected progressive metal mavens Opeth will release Heritage, their third album for Roadrunner, on September 20th. The first video and single will be the song "The Devil's Orchard". Heritage follows up 2008's Watershed and 2005's Ghost Reveries, each of which garnered the forward-thinking, genre-bending band some of the best reviews of their career.
Back in September, we introduced you to MaYaN the new project led by Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen.
The line-up is completed with guitarist/vocalist Frank Schiphorst and ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen, together with fellow Epica band mates Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Ariën van Weesenbeek (drums). Due to his "very busy schedule," Obscura/Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling recently left the band and got replaced by Delain bassist Rob van der Loo.
The band's debut album Quartertpast is scheduled for a May 20th release through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (Epica, Kamelot). You can download an album teaser at this location (mp3).