10:02 - Risto Yeah, there are still albums being released that are easily as good as the top 200 of this site
09:31 - Lethrokai ...albums released from that point are more likely to have lower ratings. (+vote abusing has become more noticeable...) It's a pattern you'll find on most music rating sites.
09:27 - Lethrokai Eh, the rise in popularity of the internet explains that best. New albums are always judged more harshly upon their initial release, and as such with more people to judge those new albums due to the rise in internet popularity...
08:45 - Moose Interesting... Axioma Ethica Odini by Enslaved (2010) is the most recent album in the top 200. Meanwhile, 67 albums from the 00's feature in the list.
07:25 - Soulhole new soilwork, nile, and ahab today. im in valhala!
05:31 - no one kiwi, your names a bit false advertising isn't it?
04:53 - LeKiwi I believe Digipak needs to capitalised as it is a registered trademark, where as digipack simply refers to that style of packaging. Not entirely sure...digipack might just be a spelling mistake, however logical :P
Swedish metallers Scarpoint (featuring ex-General Surgery drummer Erik Thyselius) have uploaded two teaser clips on their MySpace page. The songs, entitled "Only Truth" and "The Extinct" are off the band's upcoming sophomore album The Mark of Sanity which is scheduled for release sometime in June. More details are expected to be announced soon.
Shining vocalist Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson has recorded vocals for a track on the forthcoming Torturmantra album from Norwegian Black Metallers Gravdal. The track, "Mishandlet", was recorded in Sweden at the Erebus Odora studios and produced by Peter Bjärgö. Torturmantra, is due for release on Unexploded Records in early 2010, and will be the second full-length album from Gravdal, whose debut album Sadist was released in 2008.
According to the band, Torturmantra will be a huge step forward in Gravdal's development: "You will still be able to find the madness that was apparent on Sadist but our song writing skills have developed considerably since we produced that album, and our new material has much more depth and variety to it, both in sound and concept. Kvarforth's handling of the vocals on the "Mishandlet" track caught us completely by surprise. It's a very different song for us, more along the lines of a Black Metal "ballad", and his whole approach to it, and his delivery, is amazing. The track deals with abuse, and he conjures up a terrifying atmosphere of pain and suffering".
Australian hard rockers Airbourne will tour Canada in support of their upcoming No Guts, No Glory. The band will fill the opening slot for the notorious glam rockers of Mötley Crüe. The tour schedule is below:
23.01.2010 - CAN, Victoria, BC - Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
24.01.2010 - CAN, Vancouver, BC - GM Place
26.01.2010 - CAN, Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
27.01.2010 - CAN, Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
28.01.2010 - CAN, Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
29.01.2010 - CAN, Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
01.02.2010 - CAN, London, ON - John Labatt Centre
02.02.2010 - CAN, Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
04.02.2010 - CAN, Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
05.02.2010 - CAN, Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Belgian metallers Enthroned have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Here is the tracklist of Pentagrammaton (in no particular order):
In Missi Solemnibvs
Ornament Of Grace
The Vitalized Shell
Magnvs Princeps Leopardi
The Essential Chaos
Ad Te Clamamvs Exsvles Morvua Liberi
The album will be available at the "Pentagrammaton Release Celebration" two weeks before any shop, distro etc... which will take place on March 5th 2010 at Le nouveau Magasin 4 in Brussels."
UPDATE (thanks to BudDa)
Cover artwork for the upcoming Enthroned album Pentagrammaton has been revealed. Check it out here. The album is scheduled to be out March 22nd of 2010.
Italian Symphonic Power metal outfit Derdian are set to release their third opus, entitled New Era Pt. 3 - The Apocalypse, on March 2nd through Magna Carta Records. Derdian entered the studio last May to release the following part to War Of The Gods, in the New Era series.
New Era Pt. 3 - The Apocalypse cover art] tracklist:
02. The Spell
04. Black Rose
05. Her Spirit Will Fly Again
07. Divine Embrace
08. The Prophecy
13. The Apocalypse
Ulterium Records will release the debut album When Worlds Collide by German power metal band Sinbreed (previously called Neoshine) on March 26th for the European market. Release dates for Japan and North America will be announced shortly.
Sinbreed is the project around 27 year old Guitarist Flo Laurin who joined forces with dedicated artists of the European metal scene, including Blind Guardian drummer Frederik Ehmke. The blistering combination of speed, melodic and aggressive arrangements combined with high and soaring vocals characterizes Sinbreed's distinctive Power metal.
Sinbreed full line-up is:
Herbie Langhans Seventh Avenue] - Vocals
Frederik Ehmke Blind Guardian] - Drums
Alexander Schulz - Bass
Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera has issued the following update on his MySpace blog:
"After 6 weeks, the new Armored Saint record is done. Well, not entirely... We still have to have it mastered which should be done in the next 2 weeks. So technically, there's plenty of time for more arbitrary bouts of stress. But all of the tunes have been recorded and mixed. And I have the dark circles under my eyes to prove it!
As the producer of the record, I did in fact work very long and hard on this. But I didn't work alone. Everyone involved worked their asses off. Gonzo, John, Phil and Jeff all came in and gave it everything. Engineer Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss were the work horses who kept up the pace in this session which for the most part meant putting in 12 - 14 hour days. I can't say enough about Bryan, Nuss and Annette Cisneros from Tranzformer Studios in ...Burbank... This is a first class operation and to boot, they all gave heart and soul into the project which these days you just cannot even pay for. We are in much debt with them. Truly wonderful people.
A trailer for Primordial's forthcoming DVD release, All Empires Fall, has been posted online.
The All Empires Fall DVD is due out via Metal Blade Records in March, and will feature footage shot at the band's January 24th, 2009 show at the Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland, as well as documentary footage.
A limited edition set will include bonus features and a bonus audio CD. Further details to follow.
Official press release
Irish Pagan masters Primordial will release their first ever DVD All Empires Fall on February 28th / March 1st 2010 via Metal Blade in Europe. It will be a DVD-set containing two discs full of quality material.
Disc 1 is the centrepiece of the DVD and features a full Primordial headline show recorded live on the 24th of January, 2009 in their hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The show was filmed with five cameras and has an exceptional vintage look due to the hard work in post production. A truly impressive and powerful live gig, exciting from start to finish in front of die hard Primordial audience and a perfect sound track that is available in stereo and 5.1.
A preview for the entire Monolith album, the upcoming new offering by In Mourning is available at this location. The album will be unleashed in Europe 25th of January, and in North American territories 16th of February.
The mini-site for Monolith is now launched and can be accessed at this location. Fans can finally hear the new album in its entirety, with high-quality streaming. The mini-site also includes essential information such as album tracklisting, band biography and as well as some photos and videos taken from the Monolith recording sessions.
Monolith cover art] tracklist:
01. For You To Know
03. The Poet And The Painter Of Souls
04. The Smoke
05. A Shade Of Plague
06. With You Came Silence
Noctiferia have just signed a worldwide deal with Listenable for 3 albums, first one bearing the title of Death Culture due to be out in March 2010!
Noctiferia's Igor Nardin (guitar/programming) shares his enthusiasm: "We are really excited to join forces with Listenable Records. We've followed the label and its bands for quite some time and really respect their work and treatment. We feel that Death Culture fits in perfectly with the label's catalog and we share the same vision about music industry and band development. This is a perfect beginning of 2010, the year of Death Culture."
Finnish metallers Sotajumala entered Studio Audio in Jyväskylä, Finland earlier today (Monday, January 11) to begin recording their third album, Kuolemanpalvelus, for a late spring release through Cobra Records.
The album will be tracked at Studio Audio and Basement Alliance studios with Tuomas Kokko while the mastering will be handled by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers in Helsinki on February 8.
Kuolemanpalvelus tracklist (order subject to change):
Syvyydessä (In The Abyss)
Paratiisin Kutsu (The Call Of Paradise)
Kuolleet, Toinen Jae (The dead, 2nd Verse)
Sinun Virtesi (Your Hymn)
Luut Sinusta Muistuttaen (Only Bones Remind Us Of You)
Toinen Tuleminen (The Second Coming)
Norwegian metallers Sarkom have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"One of the founding members, Renton, has decided to quit his job as drummer for the band. However, a couple of upcoming 7" releases will still include his work as both drummer and songwriter, as this already have been recorded.
To replace Renton's seat behind the drums, we have found our longtime friend J. Folkedal, which also handled the drums on our last tour. If he will join the band as a pemanent member is still undecided, but as for now, he will join the force at all our upcoming live performances!
We are very grateful for all the work and effort Renton has put into this band and wish him all the best for the future!"
US metallers Drowning Pool have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"After months of lockdown in the recording studio in New Jersey, we are proud to emerge with our most solid and dynamic album yet. "Feel Like I Do" is our first single from the new self titled record due out in April. All you Drowning Pool Fans will dig the new tunes so crank it up and rock out with us!"
"Feel Like I Do" is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The South African festival MotherFUDD The Gathering 2010 will be hosting the first ever Official Guinness World Record for "The Most People Headbanging Simultaneously". The record will be set on 13 March 2010 at 2pm at the Malonjeni Guest Farm in Johannesburg.
The organization states: "We are very proud indeed, not only that it will be us Fudders that make our international mark but also that it's South Africans that will be setting it. Everything is good to go."
The song that will set the World Record will be a remake of Blackmore's Night - All For One. The .mp3 can be downloaded here.
21 of South Africa's top metal acts are set to play the festival. The full line-up includes the following bands: Agro, All Forlorn, Architecture Of Aggression, Bile Of Man, Chromium, Emperium, Erebus, Fragmented Children, Haggis And Bong, Instrametal, Juggernaught, Loathe, Mazaru, Nighthawk, Red Helen, Reverend Henry Kane, Rhutz, Riddare Av Koden, Sacrifist, Sathern and Stigmata Dawn.
Fleshgod Apocalypse are going to hit "16th Cellar Studios" this week to record their new EP called Mafia.
Bassist Paolo Rossi states: "We can't wait to spread this new material around, these new songs sond more epic than ever, faster and violent as well; so get ready for a new blast of classical insanity! Moreover, that's the first effort of the new line up and we're very excited about that."
Recording line-up will be:
Tommaso Riccardi - Lead Vocals, Guitars
Paolo Rossi (ex-Tyrannic Ethical Reconstruction) - Vocals, Bass
Cristiano Trionfera - Vocals, Guitars
Francesco Paoli (Hour Of Penance, ex-Tyrannic Ethical Reconstruction) - Drums, Guitars and Vocals