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Voting on our 10th Anniversary Awards has closed and we would like to thank everyone who participated. It surely was a trip down memory lane for some and equally interesting to see which band won their respective category over the last 10 years.
We hope you all had fun voting on YOUR winners and while each genre received at least 500 votes, the biggest draw were clearly the progressive and alternative metal categories; with 1020 and 980 votes respectively.
Some winner were a given (Opeth - Ghost Reveries by a landslide of 200 votes over Ayreon - The Human Equation in the progressive metal category) while others had to fight for their spot on top (both AC/DC in hard rock and Amorphis in heavy / melodic metal won with a mere margin of 9 votes).
Dutch death metallers The Monolith Deathcult are premiering the first new track taken from their forthcoming EP Bloodcults, which has been scheduled for release on the 23rd of March via Season Of Mist. They are now streaming a lyric video for the song "Reign Of Hell". You can enjoy it as much as you want below. Did you like that?
Black Sabbath's bassist Geezer Butler was put behind bars after he apparently got into a bar brawl in Death Valley, California on Tuesday night. The heavy metal legend was arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. The incident occurred at the Corkscrew Saloon in Death Valley National Park. According to a sheriff's report, an argument led to "an individual being struck" and a "broken window." Butler spent the night in jail and was subsequently released following a detox and citation.
Power metallers Blind Guardian have announced the addition of Dutch bassist Barend Courbois to the group's ranks. He was the band's live bassist since 2012. Courbois has played over 4,000 shows and recorded over 60 albums. He has worked with such musicians as Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Zakk Wylde and Atma Anur (Journey). In 2004, he was voted best metal and all-around bass player by Guitar Player magazine.
After joining Century Media Records, the Finns Barren Earth have now shared the first track from their new record. The progressive death metal outfit, now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará, launched the title track of their upcoming third full-length. The album will be entitled On Lonely Towers and will be released on March 30th, 2015 in Europe and March 24th in North America. Enjoy the 11-minute song below and share your impressions of the music.
After recently releasing their new double release Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega, Periphery celebrate it by premiering a music video for the song "Alpha". You can watch below the clip directed by Wes Richardson, who also collaborated with the band on the "Make Total Destroy" video on the previous album.
Funeral doom/death quartet Lycus has signed to Relapse Records. The band will now enter Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, California this April to record their second full-length, to follow Tempest, and Relapse debut. The album should be released sometime next fall. You can start preparing for new material from the group. Are you excited about it?
Spinefarm Records is proud to welcome Airbourne to their roster. Airbourne, the champions of the hard rock cause, have signed a worldwide deal with the label. Now, with album number 4 likely to be released later this year, Airbourne have joined forces with Spinefarm Records in a new global deal that sees Spinefarm partnering with Universal Germany's Vertigo imprint for the German-speaking markets. The group is working on new material at the moment.
Singer Tony Harnell (ex-TNT) is teaming up with guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) again for a brand new Starbreaker album! Frontiers Music Srl will unleash the album in early 2016. The band has released two albums so far, the last one being Love's Dying Wish from 2008. Stay tuned for further details about this.
As Behemoth's frontman Nergal prepares to release his autobiography Confessions Of A Heretic in English, the band just announced the release of their official biography on Metal Blade Records. Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors by Łukasz Dunaj serves as an in depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band and a definitive Behemoth biography. If you want to get your hands on this book, you can already pre-order it.
The Greek astro-grinders Dephosphorus have shared some new music from their impending split album with Haapoja. You can listen to their 3-minute brand new song "Abstraction Maze" right now at this location. But that is not all. The song "Pakon Sanelema" from Haapoja is also available to stream online. You can give it a listen right here. So, what are your thoughts on these new cuts?
Dødheimsgard have released a short sample of the song "Aphelion Void" from their upcoming new album A Umbra Omega. The anticipated album from the experimental extremists will be out on the 16th of March on Peaceville Records. They haven't released new music in a long time. Give the little teaser a listen below! Does it make you even more curious about the new album?
Down have released a new video for the song "We Knew Him Well" which can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level crew. Check out the sludge metallers live in action performing a song from their latest EP Down IV - Part Two. Enjoy the heaviness below!
Currently touring in Europe, the bassist Ted Lundström of Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth recently did an interview with Metal Recusants at Colchester Arts Centre, United Kingdom. He has confirmed that the group is working on new material and that the successor of Deceiver Of The Gods should be released sometime next year.
How about a new tune from Voivod? The Canadian metal innovators recently recorded a new song for a split 7" vinyl release with Century Media labelmates At The Gates. The collector's item will be available in stores on April 7th and you can now check out the Voivod 7-minute track, "We Are Connected", in the YouTube clip below.