01:45 - mz yeah that Masterity album is truly the most chaotic album I\ve ever heard
01:44 - Apothecary 3rd, you have just been sharing a ton of great albums today
01:41 - !J.O.O.E.! I've been meaning to show my housemate Inland Empire for quite a few months now. Should probably get around to that sometime.
01:28 - saveusrandy Talking about Twin Peaks & Opeth, imagine a cover album of Julee Cruise songs by them.
01:27 - Netzach Indeed. Sadly a couple actors passed away (BOB, Log Lady and Pete afaik). Also, Lynch's style has changed quite a bit since the early 90's so anything is possible. Good to see a couple other Lynch fans around here anyway.
01:26 - saveusrandy Whats wrong with Sabaton? Their songwriting is excellent. Not as good as Steven Wilson or Lordi, but close.
01:23 - !J.O.O.E.! Has a lot to live up to. Might try and avoid it until it's out to avoid hyping myself up.
Meredead, the new album from Leaves' Eyes, will be released on April 22nd through Napalm Records. The album was produced and mixed by Leaves' Eyes vocalist Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio.
The album will be available as a limited edition mediabook CD, which includes a bonus track and bonus DVD: Live at The Metal Female Voices Festival 2010, as a strictly limited deluxe box set and as a regular jewel case.
With their fourth album, Meredead, the 4-nation formation unleashes a tidal wave that will leave the music world breathless, or so says the press release. A song-by-song commentary can be read at this location.
God Is An Astronaut have issued the following band update:
First up, Michael Fenton will be taking care of drumming duties on our European April tour and beyond, Lloyd Hanney will be taking a break from music due to personal commitments.
Some good news for the USA, planning is underway for our 3rd US tour, looks like it will take place in August, either way the next ground tour will be in the US, we should have news by May.
Unfortunately the Northern European tour for May will not be taking place and is postponed, we are not sure when it will be rescheduled but not anytime soon. The reason for this is that certain promoters in certain countries didn't see fit to offer us any concerts or concerts with a fair deal. We are very disappointed to say the least and really wanted to bring our Age of the Fifth Sun tour to France, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries but for the moment this is beyond our control.
Hungarian pagan/gothic metal outfit The Moon And The Nightspirit will release their new album Mohalepte under their own name later this month.
Mohalepte marks the beginning of a new era in the life of The Moon And The Nightspirit: "In the beginning of 2011 we decided to leave our former label Equilibrium Music in order to walk our own path. We departed as friends. We are very grateful for their great work on our previous albums. We couldn't make it this far without them."
Four album samples are available for streaming at this location.
EMI are proud to announce the release of From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010, a double-CD set spanning twenty years of Iron Maiden history.
This release follows the huge success of 2010's studio album The Final Frontier, which hit the number one spot in 28 countries around the world. It also became the band's highest-charting album in the USA where Iron Maiden have just been awarded their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance, for the song "El Dorado", taken from The Final Frontier album, and which is included in this selection.
From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010 will also be made available as a Digital Download Album and as a Limited Edition Triple Vinyl Picture Disc.
After five years Dragonland's latest masterpiece, fifth album and follow up to 2006's Astronomy is nearing completion. This latest opus is set to be recorded at Hansen Studios starting May 31st.
Several different studios will be used to put this utterly ambitious album together, though Jacob Hansen is set to put his magic touch to the mix. Twelve songs will recorded, and the music itself is founded upon a a deep and emotional story, picking up where second album Holy War left off nine years ago.
Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "After 5 years of doing concepts, writing lyrics and composing we are seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel! After Astronomy we knew we needed to explore our music further not to risk becoming a band that releases music every year cast in the same mold, so the idea from the beginning was; what would it be like with a metal album based in fantasy that respects the literary genre, that actually tries to be mature and that enriches said fantasy world with inspiration from millenias of human mythology? To make a neoclassical album filled with overly bombastic clichés of steel clad warriors was out of the question - instead we explored the themes and sounds around various fantasy movies, new and old, and also countless computer RPG soundtracks to infuse the musical aspect with a genuine fantasy feel, and as previously stated heaps and stacks of tomes on every mythological tale from Gilgamesh to the Aeneid provided a genuine and credible backdrop to the story.
Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce to the world that the mix of From Chaos To Eternity is now at the end and that the new album will be released by Nuclear Blast on June 17th, 2011.
The band issued the following statement: "It is the end of an era. This historical release will end the Rhapsody's sagas once for all after 15 years of fantasy oriented lyrics and for the last time we'll hear Sir Christopher Lee narrating in one of our albums the last dramatic events of a legendary tale started in 1997 and told through 2 different sagas and 10 full length albums. We are surely very sad but we also know that for this same reason the upcoming release will remain in the history of the band for its artistic importance and unique epic!"
In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow's retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded Iced Earth's management team. But one name kept popping up - Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth.
According to Schaffer, Robert Kampf, CEO of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.
"Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on," said Schaffer. "We heard one of Stu's incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, 'Damn, that dude has serious range.'"
Of Tides And Desert, the new album from Italian melodic death metal band Ritual Of Rebirth, is now available for streaming in its entirety/free download over at this location (press "Scarica" for download (email sign-up required) or "Ascolta" for the stream).
The band's 2008 debut album, Ethical Disillusion, is also available for free download/streaming at this location.
Of Tides And Desert tracklist:
01. Of Tides And Desert
03. All Is Blank
05. Sick Shylock
06. Zebra Stripes
07. Hell To Pay
08. The Blind Watchmaker
Hammerfall will release their new upcoming album, Infected, on May 20th through Nuclear Blast Records.
Laying down the foundation themselves in their own studio in Sweden, the band then traveled to Nashville, TN, to finish it up with acclaimed producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, Meat Loaf). He also mixed the album, giving it a decisive updated edge without losing anything of the essence of the band.
"James helped us create something that was new and exciting while still in the line of our heritage", Oscar Dronjak, guitar player and founder of the band, explains.
"Never before have we sounded this fresh and up to date without losing the essence of what HammerFall is all about: Pure "Infected" Heavy Metal!", comments vocalist and frontman Joacim Cans.
In case you were wondering, Manowar are still the loudest band on the planet... 'Cuz when they're in town, the power explodes.
During the sound-check last Friday afternoon (March 11th) for their first of two shows at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio, the self-proclaimed kings of metal blew one of the city's power grids, causing a massive blackout on the entire city block where the venue is located.
Workers at the local electricity company took 24 hours to get the grid back online. Temporary generators had to be rushed in to run Manowar's sound and lights, and a lot of extra gear was brought in for the show. Fortunately, the generators worked and the show was not cancelled.
California hard rockers Warrant have been in the studio recording their seventh studio album with legendary producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Scorpions) at the helm.
The CD - featuring singer Robert Mason (ex-Lynch Mob) - is tentatively titled Rockaholic and will be released worldwide in May through Frontiers Records.
In a recent Twitter update, the band states: "Three new songs mixed and sounding killer... stoked! 11 more to go."
Bassist Jerry Dixon commented: "The last few years has been like holding in a big "secret"from the world and now we get to share it. I really think we captured a perfect mix of the past and present on this record. Each song has its own vibe that's going to take people on a kick-ass Warrant rollercoaster ride. To help achieve an old school sound mixed with the flair of today, we called on the legendary Keith Olsen to do the production. There's enough '80's influence on songs like "Tears In The City" and "Sex Ain't Love" to keep the die-hard Warrant fans rocking while introducing them to new material."
Saxon will release their new upcoming album, Call To Arms, on May 23rd through Militia Guard Music, UDR & EMI.
The album was recorded at the Brighton Electric Recording Studio in Brighton earlier this year.
Call To Arms tracklist:
01. Hammer Of The Gods
02. Back In 79
03. Surviving Against The Odds
04. Mists Of Avalon
05. Call To Arms
06. Chasing The Bullet
08. When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory Soundtrack)
09. No Rest For The Wicked
10. Ballad Of The Working Man
11. Call To Arms