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
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
01:42 - Marcel Hubregtse BlackEssence is 100% right with his sludge comment. On average of every 20 albums I have to review each month at least 10 are sludge
Grave Digger's last collection of all-new material, Return Of The Reaper, was released in July 2014 via Napalm Records. Their latest release, however, was Exhumation - The Early Years, a special 35th anniversary album containing re-recorded versions of the band's classics. Now it's time to release new material. The heavy metal band has announced that they are entering the studio in June to begin recording their new album for an early 2017 release.
Spanish black metal band Noctem is entering the Firework Studios in Valencia, Spain today to start recording their 4th album! The quintet has been touring Europe for the last two years gaining experience and we can expect a dark album. How will the follow-up to 2014 Exilium sound? We will have to wait a bit longer before we can tell. The release date is expected around September.
Doomsters Electric Wizard are currently forging a new album. The band is working on their ninth studio album, with delivery expected in time for a Halloween 2016 release on Spinefarm Records. This is all the information available, for now. The whereabouts of the band and the recording/mixing details are not currently known.
When bands sign deals with new labels, it usually means new releases are coming. That is also the case for The Agonist as they are preparing a new album to follow Eye Of Providence. However, it will be released worldwide under Napalm Records, their new label. They are currently in the studio recording the new album with producer Mike Plotnikoff (Otep, Like A Storm, Escape The Fate, Halestorm, Drowning Pool, Fear Factory, Flyleaf, and more).
Finnish monster rockers Lordi have announced that they have "slammed into the studio with producer Nino Laurenne to record some killer new tunes", possibly for an upcoming album. If you forgot who Lordi is, they kind of "revolutionized" the Eurovision Song Contest by winning the whole thing in 2006 with their hit "Hard Rock Hallelujah".
Svartelder unleashes an audio trailer of their upcoming debut album, Pyres. You can discover the first sounds taken from the Norwegian black metallers upcoming release here, courtesy of their label Dusktone. Pyres is set for release in April of this year. Stay tuned.
As Ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day celebrating independent retail, Metallica will have a special exclusive CD release, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France - June 11th, 2003. They will be donating all profits to the victims of the attacks in Paris in 2015. For now, check out a sneak peek of the cover art below and a preview of the music with "Fade To Black."
Last week, Finnish melodic metallers Insomnium hinted that they were hitting the studio, possibly to start the recording for a new album. Insomnium can now reveal that they are on their last day of recording drums in SF Sound studio. So far, they haven't given the fans any specific details about what they are recording exactly, but it seems like we have to brace ourselves for some cold, shivering tunes.
Opeth are very pleased to announce two new headlining shows. On November 19th, they'll headline the highly prestigious SSE Wembley Arena, in London, UK! Moreover, Opeth will also headline New York's Radio City Music Hall on October 1st.
The follow-up to Deep Purple's NOW What?! latest album is being forged as we speak. Recently, the legendary band has updated fans from the studio about the recording process. According to them, they have thirteen new songs recorded so far, except for the vocals, to be recorded in April.
The melancholic melodic death metal band Insomnium has posted a small statement on their own Facebook page today, and it reads: "Alright, it seems that we've booked some studios..." It seems that they are going to record a new album soon in the near future or at least another new release.
Swedish metallers Twilight Force have just announced that they have joined forces with metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast in the form of a record deal. In the wake of their successful first release, Tales Of Ancient Prophecies, the symphonic power metallers have returned to the studio to craft their second opus, set to hit stores in September.
Almost precisely 20 years after the Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral released their debut and landmark album, The Secrets of The Black Arts, and six years after the release of their last full-length studio album, the group is finally entering the studio again to create another blasphemous output.
New Orleans sludge metal veterans Crowbar will enter OCD Recording and Production studio in Louisiana with engineer/producer Duane Simoneaux on February 17th to begin recording the follow-up to 2014's Symmetry In Black album. A summer release is expected for their new output.
Sad news arrive today. Former Rainbow and Dio bassist, and more recently in Last In Line, Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68. He was gearing up for the launch of Last In Line's debut album later this month, and the band were taking part in Def Leppard's cruising festival in the Caribbean. Currently, the exact circumstances of his death are unknown.