07:12 - theFIST wormed are at willowtip, they toured with those 2
06:35 - Apothecary We'll just have to agree to disagree then, as much as I love both bands, I still consider Zeppelin and Deep Purple hard rock at the very most
06:34 - flightoficarus Big sale at Willowtip. Best band there besides Ulcerate and Gigan?
06:33 - Apothecary Doom/stoner/sludge has its roots in Sabbath, and power and speed/thrash in Priest. I'd say everything else was just bands taking those categories and then building upon them to create new ones
06:30 - deadone That doesn't preclude Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin being pioneers in heavy metal and as such considered part of the genre, even though they happily sit outside it sometimes.
06:28 - Apothecary You're probably right for NWOBHM, but I would say that was because they were mostly influenced by Priest, not Sabbath. I think those bands very much started two divergent roads in metal, but both were the unofficial "pioneers"
Swedish metallers Narnia have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Some of you may have heard rumors, and some of You may be surprised by what you're about to read. We confirm today that we're facing the end of the journey of this band. We want to thank all our fans, friends and our families who stood behind us all the time. Thank You for believing.
The decision was made around new-year 09/10. It's time to move on. Music business is tough, and it's getting tougher every day. But it's also the greatest business to be in thanks to the crowds and the people we've met along this long road. Thank You for sharing Your stories and for letting our music and message be a part of You lives.
The Swedish progressive metal band Darkwater will start recording their second album next week. Joining them on the album is Simon Andersson (ex-Pain Of Salvation) on bass. The yet untitled album will be mixed this summer by Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir) at Studio Fredman, and is planned for a fall 2010 release through Ulterium Records.
Henrik Båth of Darkwater comments: "We're thrilled and eager to head into the studio and record our second album. Our debut album was received so much better than we could have hoped for, but still we feel that we can top it. We've got some great material ready to be recorded, and with the addition of Simon Andersson on bass as well as Fredrik Nordström for the mixing of the album everything feels right. We're definitely ready to take everything to the next level with this release."
The new album Phlegethon, of Italian progressive metallers Kingcrow, will be available worldwide on May 17th 2010 through Scarlet Records.
A new song "Evasion" from that album is available for download at this location (.mp3). More samples are available here.
The album Phlegethon is described as "a new overall and exciting concept, representing the very best of their progressive rock/metal approach. According to the band: "This new discs finds us exploring paths of progressive rock and metal we've never ventured before - it is an exciting time for us and we feel more confident about Kingcrow's future then ever".
"Describing the band today is quite a difficult task, but one could state that the influence of such artists as Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, Orphaned Land or even Dream Theater in their more subtle moments are all present in the music of Kingcrow. With each release Kingcrow has taken a step further away from their original roots as a classic hard rock / metal band and is today one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer."
Finnish metal band Tarot has released a brand new official video clip for a song "I Walk Forever". The video clip has been shot in Cairo, Egypt. The song comes off the band's new upcoming album entilted Gravity Of Light which will be released on April 24th via Nuclear Blast.
Soulfly will be traveling overseas for a string of UK shows next month in the days leading up to the release of the new album Omen. Dates for the full European tour are expected to extend throuhgout the entire summer and will be posted as they're are confirmed. Omen will be in stores everywhere by May 25, 2010. All album info here.
May 16 - Southampton - Brook
May 17 - London - Islington Academy
May 18 - Preston - 53 Degrees
May 19 - Edinburgh - Studio 24
May 20 - York - Duchess
May 21 - Wrexham - Central Station
May 22 - Northampton - Roadmenders
Abigail Williams have completed recording of individual performances for their still untitled second album. Captured at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland, Ohio, eight new songs were laid down with vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron and engineer Cole Martinez controlling the audio takes. The songs are currently being mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) and are expected to be completed later this month.
Commenting briefly on the new material, Sorceron notes: "There is a lot less keyboards on the new songs. They are far more guitar-driven and have a bit more of a traditional sound in some ways but still very Abigail Williams sounding. We let ourselves have much more room with writing this album; kind of a more open, free environment than any we have employed before. The studio experience this time round was very natural to us. We recorded everything with much more ease and I think it has helped in capturing a very honest vibe."
KNAC, Blabbermouth, The Gauntlet and many other sources claim that Peter Steele of the New York Gothic Metal outfit Type O Negative has passed away on Wednesday 14 April 2010 due to cardiac arrest.
Peter Steele, also known as frontman of the band Carnivore, has already died once as a publicity stunt back in 2005. Due to this, we are not yet going to believe in the rumors of his passing this time around. We'll keep you updated as we find out more.
If he's dead, that sucks. If not, fool me once...
Sadly, Peter Steele's death has now been confirmed to us by an SPV representative. Blabbermouth and even the band's official website also contain confirmation.
Peter Steele is dead at 48. His cause of death is not yet confirmed. There are a lot of fans of the band amongst Metal Storm staffers and users and all of us definitely feel devastated by Pete's untimely passing. You still had a few great albums in you, Peter. It is a shame we will never hear them.
A new humorous documentary film, directed by Kalle Kujala, titled Rautaa Rajan Taa - roughly translated as The Iron Cross - debuts today, on the 16th of April, 2010 in Finnish theatres. The film features many important Finnish metal bands and artists including Amorphis, Hanoi Rocks, Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish, Korpiklaani, Sonata Arctica, Eicca Toppinen from Apocalyptica, Diablo, and rising band Dauntless.
The film is a tribute to Finnish metal music and hard rock's success abroad. The main topics of the film include the Finnish government's subsidies for metal music and the current popularity of heavy metal music in Finland. It explores the importance of metal as a cultural export and the reasoning behind tax reimbursements as attested by Mauri Pekkarinen, also know as the "Parliament Terrier", the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs. Finnish television and radio personality Jone Nikula is also featured.
Australian power metal act Black Majesty have posted some song samples coming from the new album, In Your Honour. The album's European release date is set for May 14th through Limb Music with other territories soon to follow. In Your Honour was produced by Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) and cover artwork was handled by Dirk Illing (Scorpions, Wizard).
Cloudscape is working on a fourth album to be entitled New Era. Here's an update from the band:
"As some of you might have noticed it has been quite silent around Cloudscape for some time. We have updated a few minor news in order to send you all some life-signs. Nonetheless as mentioned, Cloudscape is still fully alive and hungrier than ever. But, 2009 and parts of 2010 have been quite struggling years mainly because of member changes and stuff which have prevented us from moving on. Roger Landin and Haynes Pherson left Cloudscape in early 2009 because of personal issues and they were shortly replaced by Fredrik Joakimsson (drums) and Håkan Nyander (bass). Fredrik and Håkan have filled the band with new fuel and inspiration and the song-writing for our fourth album is going really damn well and all of us are very excited about the new songs.
Equilibrium just launched the "Countdown To Recreation": "From now we will post a cool surprise every week until the day of release of Rekreatur on June 18. For a start the album cover art and the tracklist have been posted.
The cover has been designed by Alev who already did the design for Unbesiegt. Furthermore we also uploaded a brand new song. Since the songs on Rekreatur are way more diverse and varied than ever, it wasn't an easy decision which song to post first. We chose "Die Affeninsel" ("The Monkey Island") to begin with."
Andreas Völkl (who wrote the lyrics) shares a bit more info about the song: "Die Affeninsel" is about an adventure in a land far away where three tests must be passed to fullfil a fraternity pledging. It's been inspired by an old pirate tale that some gamers of you might know."
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that the name of his new album is Scream, and that the album's first single will make its worldwide debut in a US TV drama.
Scream will be released in July and will be preceded by debut single "Let Me Hear You Scream". The song will make its debut in the show CSI:NY on 14 April (in the US) during a prison riot scene. The show's executive producer Peter Lenkov, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the episode, admits Osbourne's new tune was perfect for scenes in which show regular Hill Harper is trapped in a prison during a riot.
Lenkov says, "We were looking for something high energy and irreverent to sell the madness of a prison riot. We immediately responded to the new Osbourne tune. The song exceeded our expectations and brought exactly the right tone to the episode."
Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson has posted the following update on the official Stratovarius forum:
"Four Chinese shows in the end of May 2010 have been confirmed, please check here for live gig details as usual.
Also we have a bit tentatively started work on a new studio album. We all recently got together in Sotkamo for a while to throw around some new ideas. Lauri made a little video and you can watch it here."
Bassist Lauri Porra adds: "The little piece of music in the end is from a demo of one of the songs we are working on at the moment, made by guitarist Matias Kupiainen. We have a lot of great material and I think the next album will kick all kinds of asses. I love Polaris, but now we are taking it to the next level."
Sonata Arctica are extremely excited to announce their upcoming recording of their second DVD which will take place at the Alcatraz in Milan, Italy on September 30th, 2010.
The band will perform a pretty unique show of at least 120 minutes. Next to songs of their latest albums The Days Of Grays and Unia they also will perform some of the older songs from previous albums plus some very rare songs they didn't play live during the last years. For sure this will be an unforgettable event and a journey from the beginning of their career as one of the most popular Finish metal bands until now.
The DVD will be released in spring 2011 (more release details TBA) through Nuclear Blast Records and Marquee Inc. in Japan and will, next to the show in Milan, contain another show, recorded 2009 during the Sonata Arctica Open Air Festival in their hometown Kemi, Finland. And of course there will be massive bonus material such as "The Making Of", interviews, and plenty of video footage the band recorded the last few years during their career on tour.