15:28 - !J.O.O.E.! That's circular logic. I was talking about submitting bands for potential votes based on their popularity, not the votes they get as a consequence of them being submitted.
15:23 - Redn1ght But since it's a vote-biased awards well, it will turn into a popularity contest by definition since the bands with highest votes win. :^)
15:21 - !J.O.O.E.! That's just my opinion of course, but the less of a popularity contest the awards is the better it is.
15:17 - !J.O.O.E.! Lol, I don't. Why pander to a profoundly weak album that already has more popularity than most other albums in then awards will ever have. Give the spotlight to some lesser known albums instead.
15:00 - Redn1ght Hmm... I don't remember bands that use breakdowns well in recent memory that aren't Theocracy.. Seems like they either overuse them or can't make them fit the other parts of the songs melodically...
14:54 - Cynic Metalhead I've gone transexual last year. Fed up with my weiner. :nono:
Ulver has issued the following band update on their MySpace site:
"Ok, so now we have been on the road, and it has been rewarding, all fear and loathing considered. We are a domestic pack these days. The children miss their parents and we miss them. So. We have decided to limit next year's touring to two shorter blocks, one before and one after summer, plus an odd festival here and there. We would also very much like to make a few apperances overseas.
2011 is the future, a Critical Geography, the new album of Ulver. The anthological presentation we've been hiding behind since Lillehammer is history after Warsaw.
We are stoked to say that our blood-brothers Virus have accepted the offer to play their debut concert with us at London-palace Koko, as a kick-off spectacular. This is Virus' Lillehammer, and they are a bit apprehensive. We are certain though, that if you show them the same courtesy that you showed us, this will be one to remember.
ProgPower USA XII, set to take place September 14-17 2011 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA, has announced its first bands. Here's the official press release:
A special U.S. exclusive show from Swedish progressive/experimental metallers Therion, a rare appearance from pre-Nevermore cult band, Sanctuary, and the first confirmed reunion show of Norwegian avant-garde metal originators, Arcturus, have been announced for ProgPower USA XII.
"ProgPower USA is definitely one of the better organized festivals we have attended and was a highlight on our first US-tour. We feel honored to have been invited again, and will prepare something special for the event, as this is the one and only chance for our US-fans to see us live in their Country," comments Therion's Christofer Johnsson.
Norwegian avantgarde metalers Vulture Industries have updated their MySpace with the following information:
"Finally the dates have been set for the release of our sophomore album on Dark Essence Records. The album will be out on CD and digital format on the 13th of September in Norway and the 4th of October in Europe. The album has the title The Malefactor's Bloody Register.
As last time the material is recorded at Conclave & Earshot Studios by Bjørnar Nilsen, who is also our frontman. The album was mastered by Brian Gardner (Isis, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie), and features a guest appearance by Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen on "Hammond Organ", as well as special guests on cello, viola and saxophone.