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This news was part of our April Fools joke 2011.

First it was .Net. Then it was version 4.0.Now Metal Storm is taking the next step towards total world domination. No, we aren't looking to overthrow a Eastern European government and installing ourselves as a Metal Oligarchy. Our plans are much more insidious.

We are proud to announce the launch of Metal Storm Music!

That's right. We're taking the steps to become our own label! We figure with the number of acts throwing stuff at us for reviews or write-ups in the Clandestine Cuts features, and hoping some label signs the brightest and boldest, why not just cut out the middle man and start putting stuff out our damned selves. After all, we've been telling all of you what is worth listening to in metal for nearly a decade.

So today, we announce the first stable of bands to Metal Storm Music. We'll have some interviews with our "Founding Fathers" that will be popping up in the near future. Check 'em out. And be sure to check them out again once we get the ball rolling on recording and putting albums out!

Forty-Two Tits
Angelic Power Force Redemption
Black Death Suicide
T.I.D.T.T.S.I.D.I.I.T.S.O.T.C.D.T.W.L.U.T.T.D.T.W.B.T.O.W.T.S.A.A.N.S.F.C.S.
BitchTroll
Deathday 666

UPDATE! Check out BitchTroll's The Siren rough rough pre-mix demo!

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Posted: 01.04.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (59)


Metal Storm Awards 2010 Results!

Dear Metal Stormers, in case you haven't noticed, the new layout is not the only big news of the day. The Metal Storm Awards 2010 are now closed and the results are freely available for your viewing pleasure!

Let me take this moment to thank our Staff members and Elite users for the insane amount of work that they put into compiling nominees and making sure the Awards are as successful as they are. Naturally, none of this would have been possible without our loyal member-base and all of us over at Metal Storm HQ would also like to extend our deepest thanks to them for making this edition by far the most popular Metal Storm awards ever!!

Please go ahead and visit the Metal Storm Awards 2010 page to see all the results. Also, don't forget that we will be publishing our Staff Picks of 2010 soon.


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Source: metalstorm.net
Posted: 01.03.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (92)


Gary Moore Passes Away

Earlier today, Irish blues and rock guitarist and vocalist Gary Moore was found dead in his hotel room in Spain. His inspiring, emotional playing style made him into one of rock's guitar gods and his influence can be heard in all kinds of blues, rock and metal music. He was known for participating in several projects and bands such as Skid Row (the Irish band in the 70s) and Thin Lizzy, as well as for his own, highly successful solo career. Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell: "I still can't believe it, he was so robust, he wasn't a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy."

So far, no information about the actual reason for the death has been reported. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, here is Gary performing his biggest hit "Still Got The Blues":


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Source: bbc.co.uk
Posted: 07.02.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (66)


Metal Storm Awards 2010 - Voting Open!!!

Dear Metalstormers,

The 2010 Metalstorm Awards are here!

Throughout the year, a dedicated team at the Metal Storm HQ donates countless hours making the definitive list of all the worthwhile albums in every possible metal subgenre released throughout the year. In January, amidst heated arguments, we prune this list to an exclusive grouping of what we believe to be truly the best and most influential albums released. Our team also spends insane amounts of time preparing descriptions and making sure each and every nominee's music is easy to access and listen to.

This year, we're introducing the new Clandestine Cut Of The Year category. We're very excited to be promoting some of these fresh and hungry artists based on their excellent demos and EPs. Please take some time to check out this section.

Please don't ignore all this effort - check out all nominees before voting. Please vote for the best, not for the most well-known! You can cast your votes HERE. Voting will be open all month; winners will be announced March 1st.

Finally, don't forget to tell all of your friends to register at Metal Storm and help make these awards the most luxurious and definitive metal awards out there! Please feel free to post links to the awards on your blogs, twitter pages and social networks.

And most importantly - don't forget to have fun! 2010 was a year rich in awesome releases, here is your chance to discover some of them!

The Metal Storm Awards 2010 Team

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Source: metalstorm.net
Posted: 01.02.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (103)


Dwail - New Album And More

French band Dwail is about to release their first album Helter Skelter in Digipack format on April 9th by Klonosphere Propagande / Seasons Of Mist. The record is mixed and mastered by Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly, Gojira).

The band also offers eager fans a bit of a nice deal if they decide to pre-order Helter Skelter. If you decide to pre-order, not only do you get the album 2 weeks before it is released, you also receive a nice pack of goodies along with it. This pack includes:
- The exclusive Beatles cover « Helter Skelter » (not on the record) received by email in Mp3 format.
- Dwail pin badge
- Participation to a contest (suscribers only) to win tickets for the upcoming Dwail’s concerts in France.
- Stickers

Go to this page if you're interested.

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Source: klonosphere.free.fr
Posted: 15.01.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (0)


Metal Mind Productions - Founder Tomasz Dziubiñski Passed Away

The CEO of Metal Mind Productions, Tomasz Dziubiñski, has passed away yesterday after struggling with an unspecified illness for many years. Tomasz was a pivotal personality of the metal scene in Poland and also in Europe. He was responsible for promoting many Polish artists that are now household names, was the Editor-In-Chief of the Polish edition of Metal Hammer and the main organizer of Metalmania festival. He has definitely had an enormous influence on how metal music has developed in the last 20 years.

Metal Storm would like to express deepest condolences for Dziuba's friends and family and offer a friendly shout-out to Metal Mind Productions and Metal Hammer Polska.

Source: metalmind.com.pl
Posted: 17.12.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (4)


Mushroomhead - Release New Album And Video

Here's some news from Mushroomhead:

New York NY - Mushroomhead have finished its new video for the first single "Come On." It was directed by "House" of Precinct 13 and features fight scenes, bloody combat with stylish cinematography. House directed the band's MTV Headbanger's Ball Video Of The Year 2007 called "1200."

"Conceptually, it's about having the opportunity to vent your rage," says Mushroomhead's Skinny. "The song 'Come On' is a sucker punch and it's a metaphor for everything that's gone wrong. It's a modern day anthem for everyone who are fed up with everything, just like us."

PREVIEW LINK OF VIDEO:

Mushroomhead's new album Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children is out on September 28, 2010. The visionary masked band combines theatrics with a mixture of rock, metal and atmospheric elements. Mushroomhead's prior album, Savior Sorrow, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at # 50.

The band recently debuted new songs at the 2010 Rock on the Range Festival, where SPIN declared Mushroomhead as "One of the 10 Best Moments" of the festival saying "Mushroomhead's industrial-tinted metal prowled and roared, degenerating from slow-burn angst into full-on spazz-outs."

Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children is a diverse effort, as keyboardist and band comedian Shmotz says, "Mushroomhead never draws a line without blurring it first."

Known for their stunning visuals, the band will debut new masks and a stage set-up that has been building up over the last few years of touring. The band's ground-breaking video "1200" was voted MTV's Headbangers Ball 2007 Video Of The Year.


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Source: band's manager
Band profile: Mushroomhead
Posted: 24.09.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (1)


Tool - Information About Gear Revealed

Guitar pedal and effects manufacturer Dunlop recently posted videos about what kind of gear Tool uses. Here they are:

"Ever wonder how these pioneers of progressive metal get their psychedelic sounds and monstrous tones? We take a look at the rigs of both bass player Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones during their set up at a show in San Francisco. Check out the awesome demo of our Heil Talk Box in the Adam Jones interview. Tool fans and tone chasers prepare for an overload! On Adam Jones' rig we saw: Phase 90, Micro Amp, 535Q Crybaby, Heil Talkbox. On Justin Chancellor's rig we saw: MXR Bass Envelope Filter, MXR Bass Octave Deluxe .Check out the videos below."


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Source: jimdunlop.com
Band profile: Tool
Posted: 20.09.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (6)


Drunken Bastards - Founder Diagnosed With Cancer

A statement from Hungarian metalpunks DRÜNKEN BASTARDS reads: "Pete Fire, the founding guitarist of Drünken Bastards, has been diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks ago. The treatments have started already and the doctors, family and his friends are confident that he's going to get better. So far, he has been taking it good, but the whole treatment could take up to six months. This means that the band had to cancel all the shows which were booked for autumn. Of course, we won't stop working and together we decided to write our third upcoming album and to make up for all the canceled shows in spring after Pete gets better. Hope for him to get better and meanwhile wait for the second album, Horns Of The Wasted, which will be release on Hells Headbangers on August 31st. Of course Pete's other band Bridge To Solace has also decided to cancel their last shows and wait for Pete to get better, hence the next spring won't go easy on nuclear hardcore and metal/punk attacks." For more info, consult www.myspace.com/drnkenbastards.

Source: band
Posted: 05.08.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (11)


Chain Reaction - Embark On Baltic Tour

Chain Reaction, Polish modern thrashers are heading on tour. In September, during BALTIC TOUR, they are going to play 8 shows in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Nevertheless, this will not be their first time in that area. Last year they gave two shows in Latvia and this year played during one of the biggest festivals in that country - FonoFest.

Tour dates:
10.09 - Liepaja (LV) Fontaine Palace
11.09 - Riga (LV) Rock N Riga
17.09 - Kaunas (LT) Blue Orange
18.09 - Vilnius (LT) Bix Baras
22.09 - Tartu (EST) Zavood Pub
23.09 - Narva (EST) ArtRoro
24.09 - Rakvere (EST) Kara Kants RockPub
25.09 - Cesis (LV) - FonoKlubs

"Cutthroat Melodies", Chain Reaction's second LP was recorded in the last months of 2009 and is to be released in May 2010, once again by Kolony Records. Even before its release "Cutthroat Melodies" proves to be the band's biggest achievement as "Twinge", the first track from the album already won the charts for Metal channel on Ourstage.com and is included on "Kill City Vol.22" compilation released by 272Records in Hollywood.

Band profile: Chain Reaction
Event: Chain Reaction Baltic Tour
Posted: 04.08.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (1)


Tokyo Blade - Post A Message About Their Reunion

British heavy metal band Tokio Blade have posted the following video and message about their return to the scene:

Warmest Hello to all Tokyo Blade Fans and supporters.

We are officially announcing . . .
~TOKYO BLADE'S RETURN~

Tokyo Blade is well known in all of Europe since their formation in 1981, and are rapidly building popularity in the United States.

Tokyo Blade is preparing to make their 11th album with legendary metal record producer, Chris Tsangerides. The album will be released this year 2010 with 4 of the original Tokyo Blade members . . .

Andy Boulton (guitar, founder and band leader),
John Wiggins (guitar)
Andy Wrighton (bass),
Steve Pierce (drums)
and ANNOUNCING THE NEW VOICE OF TOKYO BLADE . . . .
Nicolaj Ruhnow (from Domain and Nick Hellfort)

ARE YOU READY FOR THE HEAVY METAL EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR?!
WITH THE POWERFUL VOCAL ENERGY BEHIND NICK RUHNOW AND THE POWERFUL ENERGY BEHIND THE BOYS OF TOKYO BLADE, THERE'S NO STOPPING THEM!
ARE YOU READY TO RIDE THE HEAVY METAL HIGHWAY THAT'LL ROCK YOUR WORLD?!!

To further improve this experience for the new Album, we have legendary producer "The DARK LORD" himself, Chris Tsangarides!
Chris Tsangarides, as you know, is a British Grammy nominated record producer who is known for his work with many heavy metal bands, including Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Anvil, DIO, Thin Lizzy, Helloween and many many more.

With the Management Team of Lozen Brown Bear and Joe "Bear" DeVito, there are no stones unturned... ALL FOR YOU !!!!!

This new Album has been long in waiting, the fans waiting to exhale in anticipation.
A new Album, music videos and promotions galore!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES! UNTIL THEN STAY HEAVY! STAY METAL!

Whew, they sure do seem excited...

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Source: Joe "Bear" DeVito
Band profile: Tokyo Blade
Posted: 27.07.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (2)


Godflesh - To Re-Release Streetcleaner

Original news, posted on 01.02.2010

The seminal Godflesh album Streetcleaner is about to get a re-release to coincide with the band's brief reunion for Hellfest. Justin Broadrick is currently re-mastering the album.

From his blog: "I have had a few questions/assumptions on Twitter regarding the news that the Godflesh Streetcleaner LP is being reworked. The truth is that I am finally remastering the album, there are no remixes/re-recordings or such nonsense. Additionally, I am hoping to compile an extra discs worth of rough and original mixes from the Streetcleaner studio sessions, also rehearsal versions, etc. More news as I compile this. If all goes to plan, this will be a very exciting and much needed update of the Streetcleaner LP. Planned for release on Earache in June 2010 to coincide with Godflesh at Hellfest."

UPDATE (thanks to Wilkinson)

Earache Records has announced more details about Streetcleaner, the seminal 1989 album from Godflesh, that is to be remastered and reissued in a deluxe digipak.

Streetcleaner is being brought up-to-date as a special expanded version, with all tracks remastered by Godflesh founding member Justin Broadrick. The album also includes a bonus disc featuring 12 previously unreleased live tracks, alternate mixes and demos, and comes housed in a deluxe multi-panel digipak with detailed liner notes.

Godflesh founding member Justin Broadrick comments: "Long awaited, and now fleshed out to the MAX, Streetcleaner, THE most direct statement of intent we made as Godflesh, finally presented as it should be...."

The album will be available in Europe on June 21st, and in North America on August 10th.

Streetcleaner cover art] tracklist:

Disc 1:

01. Like Rats
02. Christbait Rising
03. Pulp
04. Dream Long Dead
05. Head Dirt
06. Devastator / Mighty Trust Krusher
07. Life Is Easy
08. Streetcleaner
09. Locust Furnace
10. Tiny Tears
11. Wound
12. Dead Head
13. Suction

Disc 2:

01. Like Rats (Original Unreleased Mix)
02. Christbait Rising (Original Unreleased Mix)
03. Pulp (Original Unreleased Mix)
04. Dream Long Dead (Original Unreleased Mix)
05. Head Dirt (Original Unreleased Mix)
06. Streetcleaner (Live In Geneva 1990)
07. Head Dirt (Live In Geneva 1990)
08. Pulp (Rehearsal May 1989)
09. Dream Long Dead (Rehearsal April 1989)
10. Christbait Rising (Rehearsal April 1989)
11. Deadhead (Original Demo Guitar & Machine 1988)
12. Suction (Original Demo Guitar & Machine 1988)

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Source: justinkbroadrick.blogspot.com
Band profile: Godflesh
Posted: 10.05.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (3)


Wacken - Vote For Unknown Band To Play At Wacken

Some news from the Wacken camp:

For the very first time in history of Wacken Open Air the W:OA: Metal Masters will be launched.

The Masters is a video-online voting for metal bands, the prize is a live-slot on the 21. Wacken Open Air in August.
Bands can upload a video on wackentube.com, all users will decide which video is the best during the time of 04/20/2010 to 06/30/2010.

The winning-band will have the once in a lifetime chance to play in front of a huge metal-audience at the Wacken Open Air.
Further informations regarding Metal Masters can be found at http://www.wackentube.com.

So go ahead and go to http://www.wackentube.com and vote, perhaps some good but unknown band might get a good chance for promotion...

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Event: Wacken Open Air 2010
Posted: 21.04.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (13)


Type O Negative - Peter Steele Dead At 48 [UPDATE]

KNAC, Blabbermouth, The Gauntlet and many other sources claim that Peter Steele of the New York Gothic Metal outfit Type O Negative has passed away on Wednesday 14 April 2010 due to cardiac arrest.

Peter Steele, also known as frontman of the band Carnivore, has already died once as a publicity stunt back in 2005. Due to this, we are not yet going to believe in the rumors of his passing this time around. We'll keep you updated as we find out more.

If he's dead, that sucks. If not, fool me once...

UPDATED

Sadly, Peter Steele's death has now been confirmed to us by an SPV representative. Blabbermouth and even the band's official website also contain confirmation.

Peter Steele is dead at 48. His cause of death is not yet confirmed. There are a lot of fans of the band amongst Metal Storm staffers and users and all of us definitely feel devastated by Pete's untimely passing. You still had a few great albums in you, Peter. It is a shame we will never hear them.

UPDATE

Here's the official word from the band:

"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Type O Negative front man, bassist, and our band mate, Peter Steele passed away last night of what appears to be heart failure.

Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow up to Dead Again released in 2007.

The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results. The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date. We'd like to share our thoughts and those of Peter's family below. We are truly saddened to lose our friend and appreciate the tremendous outpouring today from around the world."

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Source: knac.com
Band profile: Type O Negative
Posted: 16.04.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (93)


Chain Reaction - Release Of Second Album

Chain Reaction's management informs us that:

Italian Kolony Records will release Chain Reaction's second LP in Europe. „Cutthroat Melodies" will be out in stores in May 2010. The album will be also available through the band and label's websites and during live shows.
„Cutthroat Melodies" is a powerful album comprising of eleven energetic songs revolving around groove-thrash style.

Once again, the album was recorded and mixed by one of the best Polish rock Producers, Tomasz Zalewski, in ZED Studio in the last months of 2009.

Chain Reaction's debut, „Vicious Circle" was released by Kolony Records in March 2009

Cutthroat Melodies' track list:
01. Twinge
02. Prime Integers
03. God Lives Too Long
04. Elder Thrived
05. Insomnia Revised / H. B. Woodrose
06. Class „A" Prisoner
07. Projecting. AM
08. No Logo
09. When Road 'n Booze Collide
10. Intra Vires
11. Even if

I heard a bunch of these songs live and I thought they were better than the debut, although whether this is confirmed on the album itself remains to be heard... Lets see if the band has the guts to let us review it!

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Band profile: Chain Reaction
Posted: 16.02.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (0)