19:06 - Zaphod Ah, thanks, I didn't know that. In that case, I have no idea which will be harder for Finns. I also know Basque isn't related to Indo-European. Or any language group for that matter.
19:06 - Redn1ght Finnish, closest languages in pronunciation are: Italian and parts of Japanese. To get a sense of it.
19:05 - ScreamingSteelUS It would depend on your linguistic background, of course, but I would imagine for Europeans or myself as an English-speaking American that Polish would be easier, since it at least is of the same language descent.
19:01 - ScreamingSteelUS Finnish doesn't. Finnish, Hungarian, and Estonian are part of the Finno-Ugric language group, which is one of a very small number of European languages not related to the Indo-European family.
18:55 - Zaphod Although, to be honest, I have no idea where Finnish fits into the Indo-European language family.
18:53 - Zaphod Also, it depends where those foreigners are from ;) If you're talking about you or me, Chinese will be the hardest, since it has completely different origins than our own languages.
18:49 - Redn1ght Yeah, I would guess Chinese is harder because of the tone/pitch change rules in the language...
Alright folks, here it is - the final 3! The round is simple; pick your #1 favorite from these 3! The highest picked album artwork for this round will be considered the Metal Storm users favorite album art!
Before seeing the top 50 covers that made it into Round 2, let's explain how Round 3 is going to work; this time, you pick your top 4! The 4 you choose MUST be from the list below (the 50 most popular choices from Round 1). Round 3 will see this list of 50 drop down to 20. Be sure to check out as many of these as possible, you may have missed some awesome artwork!
Please message Doc Godin with your TOP 4 picks from Round 2.
Here is the list for Round 2:
Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
Alcest - Écailles de lune
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thundergod
Amorphis - Skyforger
The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
Have you ever taken a good look at some albums in your collection and thought to yourself "My God, if only this piece of shit album was half as good as the album artwork that covers it, it would be a solid 10/10." Pretty much anyone who owns Manowar's Anthology has surely thought that at some point or another.
The point being, it's time to give some props to the unsung heroes who create the album artwork of your favorite, and not-so-favorite albums. We want to know what Metal Storm, as a collective, considers the very best album artwork of all time.
Here's how it works:
Step 1: Go through your album collection, pick out your top 3 favorite album covers of all time, regardless of the quality of the music on the albums.
Well, we hope you enjoyed yesterday's hijinks. While we are looking to raise enough revenue through advertising to cover operating costs, by no means would we turn into a metal-oriented adult website and the redirection to our new url, MetalPorn.net was just an April Fool's goof.
As usual, we had the jackwagons who figured it out early and had to post "look at the date!' bright and early on the news thread to ruin the fun rather than just play along. We're also sorry if we inconvenienced any of you with the NSFW images and sounds of yesterday's merry prank. To the one angry user who pm'd BitterCOld in all caps and curses that he was suspended from school when the teacher walked by his desk and heard the screaming female orgasm and braying donkey sounds looped over death metal riffing.... we'd feel bad for you, but hey, you should not have been visiting the site in class.
Ladies and gentlemen! It's a hot season for free stuff here at MetalStorm HQ! The Myconid were kind enough to donate 3 copies of their debut album Myconid Madness to give away to a few lucky MetalStorm users. All you gotta do to qualify for the draw is go here and answer the skill-testing question (hint: the answer can be found in this interview).
It's official, folks! After 18 long years of incarceration, The West Memphis 3 have finally been freed.
For those of you unfamiliar with The West Memphis 3, they are a group of men who were tried and convicted as teenagers on May 5, 1993 for the murder of 3 young boys. Damien Echols was sentenced to death, while his friends Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. were sentenced to life in prison.
Listen up boys and girl! The first Clandestine Cuts issue of the year is now up! You all see how your votes got some great new up and comers an even bigger spotlight in the 2010 MetalStorm Awards? Well guess what - our tournament of yet-to-be-champions for 2011 begins today, so check out these bands, and if you find one in particular that rules above all else, give them a vote! Tell your friends to come and vote! Teach your cat how to use MetalStorm, then teach it how to vote (chances are it will put more thought into it's vote than you). Point being, continue to show your support for these struggling acts and we'll do the same by throwing the 10 best into a bigger spotlight in next years awards.
Ladies and gentlemen! You know what time it is! It's time for our monthly Demo/EP/Single spotlight special! This month features Astrophobos, Rising, Australis, Desert Beneath The Pavement, Albatross, Heathen Beast, and Sanity Of Impiety! Check it out here.
We could write a long story here about how this feature is by the people - for the people, but frankly we don't need to! You show your support for the underground by giving these guys a listen and giving them a vote if you like 'em. Is it working? Well, since the release of our monthly feature, Skull Fist have found themselves a record & booking deal, and Apsis have apparently been contacted by a few labels. Are these great developments because of our combined efforts? It's impossible to say for sure, but the timing is remarkable. Either way, it's because of people like you that these bands are finding some success. So go vote for your favourite from issue #4! Voting closes for all issues on January 14th, nominees will be revealed shortly thereafter.
Ok, so it's time for the scheduled (almost) monthly Clandestine Cuts! This month features Razorwyre, Disintegrated, Everfailed, Apsis, Magrudergrind, Gallowbraid and Catuvolcus. Go read it here.
Now, you're probably wondering what the big changes are to this issue? Well, it's quite simple; we're giving you! Yes, you! Some more power regarding the MetalStorm awards. We've attached a poll to the bottom of the article, where you get to vote for what you think is the best demo, EP, or single from that issue. The top 6 chosen will be nominated in the 2010 MetalStorm awards under a new category!
During the MS awards, we experience some of our highest traffic all year. Now, a nomination in the MetalStorm awards may not mean all that much to a band like Iron Maiden, but some massive exposure in the awards may be huge news for some of these bands that just need to get their name out there. Think a certain band has got that sound that more people should hear? Show it! Give them a vote!