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Last year we celebrated the 10th edition of the Metal Storm Awards, and earlier this year we observed the Awards' 10th anniversary with its own special competition. Now, finally, the 2014 Awards have come to a close. Countless bands and users alike have come and gone in those years, but the spirit of the Awards has remained the same; as we like to say, it's not about who wins and loses, but about discovering new bands. While this year's Awards had a smaller voter turnout than the previous couple, 2014 still had its fair share of friendly competition.
It was a good year for overturning the dynastic dominance of the Big Band Beat-Downs. Bands like Behemoth, Arch Enemy, and Opeth failed to secure not only nominations, but significant numbers of write-in votes. This was also the first year in Metal Storm Awards history without a release from Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, or Be'lakor, meaning that for once the Melodeath category was open to some fresh, healthy, and legitimate competition. In other words, Insomnium swept it by an absurd margin.
Pyramids' new album is upon us and the band just keeps sharing new tracks. Why complain? And now you can enjoy the new tune "Indigo Birds" from the upcoming album A Northern Meadowover at Noisey. Mark your calendars for a release on March 17th through Profound Lore Records. More importantly, enjoy the music.
Remember the 1982 No Life 'Til Leather demo? And cassettes? Well, Metallica will celebrate this year's "Record Store Day" with the release of an exact duplication of the band's 1982 demo tape as a limited-edition cassette on April 18th. The artwork was made from Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's own copy and will feature his handwriting. At the time, the group consisted of vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Ulrich. Some of the songs from this demo became classics of the band and all but "The Mechanix" would appear on their debut Kill 'Em All.
The brand new self-tilted album from Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic can now be streamed in its entirety through the SoundCloud player below. Psycroptic is the band's sixth full-length, which is set to be officially released on March 10th via Prosthetic Records but you can enjoy the album beforehand! Play it loud.
As reported last year, British doomsters My Silent Wake have been working on a new album to be released on House Of Ashes. While the details of their next album are still unknown at this point, the band has a new song titled "Of Fury" online available for your streaming pleasure (or otherwise) below. This year is also their 10th anniversary. Were you impressed by the new song?
Sepultura are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a tour in North America in May and June. The thrash legends released their first music 30 years ago in 1985, Bestial Devastation. Bassist Paulo Jr. remains the only original member in the band but there is also guitarist Andreas Kisser, who is in the band since 1987. Now they can't wait to travel in time through their history with their fans in the U.S. and Canada. Sepultura will join forces with the mighty Destruction and Arsis, as well as Boris The Blade, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Micawber, and Starkill as rotating openers. See the dates below and join the celebration.
French extreme metallers Orakle have revealed their first new track in seven years, extracted from their upcoming album, Éclats, set to be released on May 11th via Apathia Records. You can discover the 6-minute version of "Humanisme Vulgaire" below now. Enjoy the musical journey!
If you like to read and also like death metal and grindcore, this could be perfect for you. Originally released on Feral House back in 2004, Choosing Death: The Improbable History Of Death Metal and Grindcore is widely recognized as the definitive history of its titular extreme music subgenres. For its (more or less) 10-year anniversary, author Albert Mudrian - editor-in-chief of Decibel Magazine - has chosen life after death in the form of an expanded and revised edition, which flaunts 100 additional pages of new content.
The new video for Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock new song has premiered online. "Live And Let Live" is the song you can enjoy below which also serves as the opening track from the band's upcoming Spirit On A Mission album. But there is more. You can preview the entire album here plus enter the official competition to win album copies and concert tickets.
After a few years without new releases, Brazilian extreme metallers Grave Desecrator just announced their return! They will release their next album through their new label Season Of Mist in 2015. Now we just have to wait to see what they have produced this time around. Expect more news soon.
Swedish heavy metal quartet Sister Sin present another new official video from their latest album, Black Lotus, which was released in October, 2014. Video clip for the track "Desert Queen" is now available for viewing through the YouTube down below. It was directed by 11Frames productions.
It's time to hear some new material from Coal Chamber. The Los Angeles metallers fronted by Dez Fafara are back but is it with a bang? You can judge their first new single for now. It's called "I.O.U. Nothing" and it's their first new material in a long time. You can stream the song at this location.
Leaves' Eyes are back in the studio! The symphonic metallers are working on the follow-up to Symphonies Of The Night (2013) and the recordings are taking place at Mastersound Studio. The band has posted a photo today of singer Liv Kristine in the studio and updated on the new record. You can expect the album later this year already.
Finnish death metal veterans Convulse premiere a brand new official video for the new track "Pangaea", which can be viewed in its entirety through the YouTube player below. The track is the first preview of Convulse's forthcoming new album for Svart Records, which follows their comeback album, Evil Prevails, released in 2013. Further details will be revealed as they become available. For now, enjoy the new video!
If you were waiting to hear the entire new Enslaved album In Times, you are in luck because it is being streamed in its entirety over on YouTube right now. Nuclear Blast Records has made the whole thing available online today and for free. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. Did it match your expectations? Is it what you were hoping for after listening to the new songs? Enjoy it while you can!