08:09 - BlueMobius Just got my tickets for the Decibel Magazine tour! :D
07:14 - ScreamingSteelUS My top choice was Persefone's "Spiritual Migration." Next was In Vain's new album, and after that I couldn't decide between Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. Omnium Gatherum's I liked.
06:31 - AngelofDeth also think it was the fact that not much else came out that was good. Beyond is Omnium's best yet so I gave my vote to them but damn it still not that great an album
05:52 - deadone My problem goes down to individual albums where songs blur into one tedious dirge
05:51 - Unhealer Wonder what would have happened if the staff hadn't nominated them. Would they still win as write-ins?
05:38 - ScreamingSteelUS I wouldn't go that far, but I agree they can be repetitive. For me, it's one of those cases of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." "Twilight of the Thunder God" may be my favorite, though.
So this, the 10th Annual Metal Storm Awards, have come to pass.
The awards have continued to grow, with numerous categories surpassing 1000 votes cast, despite a lack of big name clout. For point of comparison, Therion was the biggest vote getter in our first ever awards, racking up 191 for Lemuria. In 2014 they barely would have cracked the Top 25. And that is only if Kvelertak doesn't score two more votes as I type this during the waning hours of the month. That is some growth.
While in general this lack of big names in many genres lead to some closer contests, as with each of the prior 9 editions, we also had the typical big name beat downs. Carcass racked up nearly 600 votes, nearly half cast in the Death Metal field. Tesseract also pulled nearly half the votes in Djent, thumping their competitors. Ever popular Amorphis exorcised Ghost B.C. by over 200 votes, and garnering a third of the vote in a busy Heavy/Melodic metal.
Pryapisme will reissue their debut album, Rococo Holocaust, (originally released in 2010) on vinyl via Apathia Records. The release is planned for the end of May. This edition was specially remastered for vinyl by Simon Capony (Basalte Studio).
Black/death metallers from Spain Noctem have recently released a brand new video. The official video is for the track "Eidolon", extracted from the new album Exilium. Their first video in almost four years was directed by Henry Menacho from Kronic Produccions and written by Beleth. Enjoy the final result right here.
Finnish metal group Antipope returns from hiatus with a new music video for the track "Army Of Christ". The song in question is a previously unreleased track, which will be released as a digital single later on. Watch the video right here.
As you may already know, Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. is ready to release his solo album I Am The Fire in Europe on March 17th and North America on March 18th through Century Media. Here you can find further details. The Greek guitar virtuoso already shared with us the track "My Will Be Done", featuring Candlemass' Mats Levén, while today we have the chance to enjoy the official video for the title track, "I Am The Fire", featuring Devour The Day.
Beneath the burden of their fans' anticipation with regards to the new vocalist, Barren Earth plans to enter the studio in March to partially record the follow-up to their 2012 release, The Devil's Resolve. Due to keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson's schedule conflicts, they will return to the studio to finish off the album later in the year. Jón Aldará, who stepped in for renowned Swallow The Sun frontman Mikko Kotamäki, hails from Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð. You can read up on the subject over here and here.
The official new album details from Brazilian black metal horde Patria are here. First of all, the band is very pleased to announce that they have recently signed with Indie Recordings, which will unleash their upcoming effort, Individualism, on April 21st (Norway/Europe) and April 25th (Germany/Austria). The album mastering was made by Øystein Garnes Brun from the almighty Borknagar, and the cover art was created by the artist Costin Chioreanu. Other details are available below, as well as the band's new single "Blood Storm Prophecy", which can be streamed through the YouTube player.
Do you want to listen to a new song from symphonic metallers Delain? The band just released the first single off their new opus The Human Contradiction and you can stream it online at your pleasure. The song is called "Your Body Is A Battleground" and it features Marco Hietala (Nightwish). Listen to the song through the lyric video below and tell us what you think about it.
Care for another album from Enslaved? In a recent interview, Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved commented on the band's plans for the future and mentioned that a few side-projects will be revived/born. He also confirms that the band will work on a new album this year.
Black metallers Xanthochroid are about to release their second full length album called Of Erthe And Axen. The band is currently in the pre-production phases, where they're compiling ideas, practicing and recording demo tracks. Another Xanthochroid album is on the way to follow Blessed He With Boils. The album is expected to be released in the Fall/Winter of 2014.
Last time we heard of Nachtmystium, its mastermind Blake Judd announced the end of the band and the release of a final album called The World We Left Behind. Nachtmystium are returning to Belle City Sound today to put the finishing touches on the band's farewell album. The album will be released via Century Media Records worldwide in late spring/early summer 2014. An exact release date will be announced when it is confirmed.
As the release of Impaled Nazarene's new album approaches, the Finnish band has now released the cover artwork that will grace the impending Vigorous And Liberating Death. The album will be out on the 14th of April via Osmose Productions. You can expect a total playing time of 33:48. Do you like the cover?
Italian outfit Eldritch premiere a brand new official video clip for the track "Alone Again", taken off their recently released album Tasting The Tears, out in stores from February 17th. The video was shot by Luca Passerotti and directed by Skrotosound. You can check it out below through YouTube.
Today Finnish black metal horde Sargeist has premiered the new track "The Shunned Angel". The song hails from their anticipated fourth album, Feeding The Crawling Shadows, set for international release on March 31st via World Terror Committee Productions for the CD version, with a gatefold vinyl version to follow at a later date. Dive deep into the black pit and listen to the song here. Also, check out the new album details below.