00:46 - Erik M. Fair enough. I have the opposite since this sort of folk doom metal really clicks with me, as it's highly atmospheric/ambient. Its themes are also somehow appealing and refreshing. I like pretty much everything, really.
00:44 - Fearmeister Also, I think Erik is confusing 'average' with 'generic' :P
00:44 - Karlabos Yeah, the hispano folk elements were what I was looking for when I discovered it, but somehow didn't like it very much. I did like another band (russian btw) named Tenochtitlan thought... But you probably already know it
00:43 - Fearmeister I wouldn't call Raxa Russian folk since the subject matter is Central America :P
00:42 - Karlabos Well, original it surely is. By rating average I just mean that it clicked on me on the same level an average metal album would, or something like that.
00:40 - Erik M. Raxa reminds me of Kauan at times. Both are Russian. Hmmm, have to check out more Russian folk doom bands I guess, haha. Seriously, give Raxa a 2nd chance. I love that sound. The folk elements especially.
00:35 - Erik M. [link] Well, tastes can change... how is it average exactly? In any case it's very original, so there's that. I like it a whole lot.
US doomsters Witch Mountain have just premiered online a brand new track off their upcoming new opus Mobile Of Angels. The 8-minute song is called "Psycho Animundi" and you can give it a try here. Satisfy your curiosity. Was it any good?
"Chimera", the first single/video from The Silverblack, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled debut album, tentatively scheduled for an autumn/winter release. The Silverblack is a brand new industrial metal project formed by vocalist Claudio Ravinale (known for being the voice of Disarmonia Mundi, The Stranded and 5 Star Grave), the multi-instrumentalist and producer Alessio Nero Argento (active with his main band NeroArgento and The Stranded as keyboardist, besides being involved in many collaborations worldwide both as a producer, arranger and musician) and multi-instrumentalist Zombie Sam (mastermind of the horror metal band Hallowtide and soundtrack composer).
The first new song off Threshold's new album premiered today. This means you can listen to some new material from For The Journey right here. "Watchtower On The Moon," the first single of the opus, is available to be streamed on the lyric video available below. What do you think about this first taste of the progressive metallers' new album?
Alter Bridge just premiered a brand new video. The hard rockers are showcasing the song "Cry Of Achilles" from their latest album Fortress, out since last year. It is an animated clip which was directed by SiLee films via Genero. Watch it now below and let us know what you think.
Bölzer's new EP is called Soma and as of now, you can listen to it in its entirety. The Swiss extreme metal duo has made the two-track release available for streaming here below. Alternatively, you can listen to it over at Noisey. Start your day with new music from Bölzer.
Voyageur Press has set an August 15th release date for The Big Book Of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History Of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. The book was written by acclaimed heavy metal journalist Martin Popoff. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press' Rush: The Illustrated History, Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of Megadeth, and Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and VH1's Metal Evolution. If you are curious about it, check out the book description below.
Wovenwar is the new band formed by Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of San Diego act As I Lay Dying, and Shane Blay (vocals) of Oh, Sleeper. The group has been sharing previews of their impending self-titled debut album this week. You can now hear previews for the songs "Death To Rights" and "Tempest" below. Tell us if you think the songs sound promising for what's to come.
A few years on from their first gig in the U.S., Japanese legends X Japan are returning and performing on Madison Square Garden on October 11th for one night only. It'll mark the band's first performance in the States since their 2010 North American tour.
Enchant are finally releasing a new album! After more than 10 years of silence, the proggers return with The Great Divide and a first teaser for the new record is now available here as well as the album cover art. Enchant's 8th studio album will be released on September 29th, 2014 in Europe and on September 30th in North America via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.
Bay Area-based Botanist is in a sharing mood and decided to unveil the second track off its new album today. With two weeks until the new release VI: Flora drops, you can now enjoy "Stargazer" which is also the album opener. VI: Flora will be out on August 11th, 2014 on The Flenser.
Heavy metal outfit Stryper will release a concert CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky on September 23rd in North America and September 19th in Europe via Frontiers Records. The live recording was captured at a sold-out show last November at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California. For now, you can watch the DVD trailer below!
Austria's death/black metal troop Belphegor are premiering the official music video for "Conjuring The Dead" - the title track of their brand new opus. This gives you an opportunity to listen to another new song from the album. The clip was shot and edited this past May by director Walter Fanninger with German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror embodying the main character on screen. You can watch it now here.
Sadly, blackened post-hardcore outfit Castevet have officially broken up, after 8 years of existence. The New York City based band released two full-length studio albums: Mounds Of Ash (2010) and Obsian (2013).
Visual-kei survivors Dir En Grey resurfaced last week with a new live DVD and Blu-ray, Dum Spiro Spero At Nippon Budokan. Filmed over two nights back in March, the double-disc set contains both concerts in full. The limited edition also boasts assorted extras and behind-the-scenes footage, plus a bonus CD featuring alternate versions of most songs from 2011's Dum Spiro Spero.