04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
In our everlasting quest for new features and developments for your favourite website, we've decided to venture into the world of smartphones. Their presence in today's society is undeniable - and still rapidly growing. We want to bring you your daily dosage of Metal as convenient as you wish, wherever you wish, whenever you wish. That's why we have to build our own Metal Storm App!
And although we know pretty much everything about Metal (just kidding guys... ), we're not so experienced in the world of applications and smartphones... which is why we need you!
- own a smartphone (doesn't matter which one / on which OS it runs - but please do specify which one/what system)
Just a quick message to inform you we've got a new type of article floating around, currently going by the name "Clandestine Cuts #1". You can find it here.
As you can read in the introductory statement of the article, we felt that the demos of unknown metal bands (a.k.a. the future of metal) definitely deserve attention - but maybe not as much as the big shots of the metal scene (yet). So we gave them their own place, the Demo Spotlight, where we describe the music, share MySpace links and show the cover art.
We hope you like the article (check it here!), because we plan on writing many more! As this is the first of a series, we still might decide to fine-tune it a bit in upcoming editions and suggestions are always welcome! Post a comment or send a PM to a Staff member to share your thoughts.
The brand new India-based record label Diabolical Conquest has announced it's first release ever. They posted the following announcement:
"The second full length album of The Dead is a brilliant mix of twisted, brain-warping death metal and miasmic sludgy doom like no other. Perfectly arranged to maintain a sublime, engrossing balance, the combination of sharp, visceral hooks and massive doom trudges with remarkably groovy parts render Ritual Executions one of the most unique and fascinating albums to be released in this era. The remixing and remastering done by Aphotic Mote (Portal) specially for this DC Records version makes the originally dense and suffocating Ritual Executions much more breathable but retains the rawness and underground vibe that bring The Dead to life. The modified artwork sketched by vocalist Mike Yee suitably captures the essense and horrific otherwordly feel of The Dead's music - only a band member could achieve that.
What started as a rumour on twitter and various websites has now actually happened. Earlier in the day/night it was denied by Wendy Dio, stating that Ronnie James Dio was "still hanging in there", but a few moments ago the official Ronnie James Dio website posted the following statement:
"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away."
The news is spreading as wildfire, the official Dio website might be down due to too much traffic.
Our condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Ronnie James Dio. Rest in peace.
The Metal Storm / Pensées Nocturnes contest is now officially over, as you may have noticed already. The correct answer to the question: "What is Vaerohn's favourite type of food? (this may, or may not, be a trick question)" was... ...*drumroll*... nothing! He does not have a favourite type of food! You could have found the answer in one of his old interviews.
The winners of this contest are:
Congratulations you three! The contact information of the three winners has been passed on to the Pensées Nocturnes' record label Les Acteurs De Lombre. You'll be contacted by them for your adress and then your prizes will be shipped. We hope you are happy with your prize (do tell us what you think of the album) but remember, Metal Storm is not responsible for items lost/damaged/stolen in the mail.
E.M. Hearst from The NULLL Collective threw the following bit of news out through e-mail:
"International Funeral Doom Cult The NULLL Collective have signed with legendary U.K. underground label Aesthetic Death Records. The label will release the Collective's debut full-length CD De Monstris this summer.
The NULLL Collective is made up of three veteran Funeral Doom artists: E.M. Hearst (Torture Wheel, Wraith Of The Ropes, Synaptic Fracture), Stijn Van Cauter (Until Death Overtakes Me, Wijlen Wij, The Ethereal, Beyond Black Void), and S.P. White (Uncertainty Principle). The sound of the debut album is morbid, crushing, raw, monstrous, hateful Funeral Doom of a highly twisted and experimental nature.
Rosetta has posted the following news on their website:
"Our new full length album, A Determinism Of Morality, is almost finished mastering and should be out sometime around May of this year. It has seven tracks. Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Pelican, Cave In, etc.) engineered it for us, and Mike Wohlberg did the artwork, with photographs contributed by Christina Brown.
Translation Loss is doing the CD as usual, we hear MusicFearSatan is doing the LP."
The tracklist is as follows:
2. Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin
3. Blue Day For Croatoa
7. A Determinism Of Morality
Metal Storm was a bit late on this, we were probably too busy being metal and all, but teaster kindly pointed it out to us.
Moribund Records issued the following bit of news today:
"Today, Moribund Records officially announces the signing of Finland's Wyrd, one of the underground's preeminent pagan metal bands. Formed and fronted by erstwhile Azaghal guitarist Narqath, for the past decade Wyrd have released eight full-length albums, each one more celebrated than the next, on a number of cult underground labels, including Avantgarde, Solistitium, Millenium Metal Music, Omvina, and Naga Productions.
Now, Narqath brings his muse and Wyrd to Moribund Records, and is currently working on the band's ninth full-length album, to be titled Death Of The Sun - a release for the latter half of the year is tentatively planned. Narqath also intimates that plans are afoot for a professional promo video, and that mixing/mastering chores for Death Of The Sun will likely be a high-profile metal producer. More info coming soon.
Nathan Birk of Moribund Productions sent out the following message concerning US Thrashers Nocturnal Fear:
"Riding high on the critical acclaim afforded last year's Moribund album Metal Of Honor, hailed by many critics as THE thrash metal assault of 2009, Nocturnal Fear guitarist/founder Chris Slavehunter PhD reports that he's nearly settled on a new bassist and, above all, that writing has commenced for the follow-up album, currently titled Excessive Cruelty. Tentative song titles at the moment include:
I Am War
Murder For Hire
You're The Disease (I'm The Cure)
World War 3
Nocturnal Fear's Excessive Cruelty is slated for release through Moribund during the second half of 2010. Slavehunter concludes the update with the following prophetic words: "We plan on raining on people's parade with this next disc and continue to call out the fucking posers and smashing faces with our ruthless bullet-belt assault." For more info, consult Moribund's official website and Nocturnal Fear's MySpace.
"Swedish Extreme Metallers Shining have completed work on their seventh album and have today revealed details and cover art. Scheduled for release on Indie Recordings in March/April 2010, the 6-track album will have the title "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" (Born Loser). Track listing as follows:
1. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
2. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
3. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
4. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
5. I Nattens Timma
According to founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth (also of Skitliv), with "Född Förlorare" Shining will "take a deep dive into the darkest of all musical genres you could imagine". Making guest appearances on the album are Erik Danielsson (Watain), Peter Bjärgo (Arcana) and Nordman. (Cover art can be found here.)
Slagmaur's spokeswoman has sent out the following message:
""Klokker Tramp", a track taken from "Von Rov Shelter", the new album from Black Metallers Slagmaur, is now streaming on the band’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/slagmaur. "Von Rov Shelter", which means "Lair of the Beast" in Norwegian, was released this month on Osmose Productions.
The album was composed using much the same techniques as those used by 18th Century composers, but with standard rock instruments mingling with the more classical instrument such as cellos and double basses, which Slagmaur's mastermind, General Gribbsphiiser, learned to play especially for the album. "Von Rov Shelter", was produced by Gribbsphiiser and Snorre W. Ruch of Thorns, and includes lyrics by Thomas B Whitaker, an inmate on Death Row at the Polunsky Unit, in Livingstone, Texas, and guest vocals from Krush and the late Steingrim (Kaosritual, Celestial Bloodshed, Selvhat), who was recently killed in a shooting accident.
Record company HG Fact sent out the following e-mail concerning the Japanese Hardcore Punk band Blowback today:
"Hello everyone. I'm sending this message to all my forign friends. Coz I wanna ask you some help. World wide firendship support really needed. Seiichi, our brother, guitar player from BLOWBACK/Niigata, Japan. On 30th/August, right after paintbox/world burns to death/blowback tour finnished, he felt in heavy sickness. and still in unconscious critical condition.
He's been had major liver problem for long time, his liver has malignant virus in it, on this last tour, he was over tired, exhausted & stressed out. And finally his body/health situation turned to very weak condition. Then... suddenly, virus in the liver start working hard inside of his body, liver & some other internal organs stop working & lots of poison in blood running through all over his body, he was almost dead that time.
"NY avant-doom metal enigma Bloody Panda have completed work on their suffocating sophomore opus, "Summon".
The follow up to the acclaimed "Pheromone" release, "Summon" sees the nightmare Bloody Panda initially conceived (with their split LP with experimentalists Kayo Dot) taken further into the depths. Recorded in various locations and in different times and spaces, and by crafting a more nightmarish and cryptic opus than all previous works, "Summon" is an artful time-stretching opus that lurks within the deep dark chambers of doom metal horror.
In two recent blogs (blog one, blog two), M. Dragynfly of The Angelic Process announced that she still has a few copies of "Weighing Souls With Sand" available for sale. In the same blog she announced that Decaying Sun Records might be resurrected again, to spread the musical legacy K. Angylus left. As if that isn't enough, she also told us that re-releases of their work are coming.