11:54 - Overrwatcher I had to leave Knotfest after Trivium due to dehydration issues ($5 water when I'm broke), Carnifex was so fucking good. Got autographs and a busted nose. 100% worth.
11:52 - !J.O.O.E.! Everyone should stop arguing and listen to Crimson [link]
11:50 - Overrwatcher I oversimplified it quite a bit, my bad on that. Marcel is right, Opeth has growls but no other DM characteristics. DM-influenced? Definitely. Actually DM? Definitely not.
11:47 - Overrwatcher My god, people are STILL arguing about my late night Opeth post? To clarify, I meant that the average person will go "wow, death metal can be good", regardless of whether or not Opeth is DM.
10:24 - Joe Zombie Let's play a game. I'll post a track and you have to tell me if its Opeth, or Mumford & Sons.
10:08 - Mr. Strawberry Judas Priest's "Better By You, Better Than Me" is really a weird song (lyrically)
09:42 - Mr. Strawberry I'm not really sure..., but I hope no one will steal my name "Mr. Strawberry" as their band name. My name sounds really cool and smart anyway.
One Man Army And The Undead Quartet have uploaded three samples from their upcoming studio album, The Dark Epic. You can check out teaser clips for "Skeletons Of Rose Hall", "Inside The Head Of God" and "Stitch" at the band's MySpace.
The Dark Epic will be released in February. More album details were previously reported here.
"Tragedy", the brand-new single from traditional metallers Icarus Witch, is now available for streaming at the band's Myspace profile.
The track was produced by Dave Watson at Soundscape Studios in Pittsburgh and mastered at Prairie Cat Mastering in Belvidere, Illinois by M.J.R. This marked the first time Icarus Witch recorded with an engineer other than longtime producer Eric Klinger (Pro-Pain, Built Upon Frustration) who recently relocated to Belgium.
After the US tour, Icarus Witch will return to the studio to record a new full-length album for a 2011 release.
In a short Facebook update Russian neo-folk/ambient metal act Kauan has announced they are done writing music and lyrics for the new album, entitled Kuu... The band also signed a record deal with Avantgarde Music.
Shining guitarist Peter Huss has joined Swedish black metal act Apostasy after the departure of Ludvig Johansson in early October.
The band revealed the following statement: "Apostasy is very pleased to present our new guitarist, Peter Huss. Peter Huss has done tons of session/live works and can play any type of music. He will be a great addition to Apostasy on our upcoming songwriting/recording/live/drinking sessions. We're excited to have this amazing guitarist onboard. And the best thing beside his chops is that he's a really nice and easygoing dude with a great sense of humor and great passion for music.
Peter also play guitar in the legendary Swedish band Shining. He has toured with Sinergy in 1999 as a session guitarist replacing Alexi Laiho. Some of the bands/albums Peter has participated on lately are Swedish death metal band Ruined Soul, Dutch/Belgian death metal band Unlocked, Norwegian metal band Pantheon I, and he did all guitars on the ISSA Sign of Angels album with monster drummer Uli Kusch among others. Weird fact: Apostasy drummer Thomas Ohlsson is playing in the ISSA "I'm Alive" video."
Watch the first clip from Grave Digger's upcoming DVD The Clans Are Still Marching: the clip to the anthem "Rebelllion" is available below. The Live at Wacken 2010 DVD will be released in early March 2011 via Napalm Records.
The Clans Are Still Marching cover art] tracklist:
01. Intro: Scotland The Brave
02. Scotland United
03. The Dark Of The Sun
04. William Wallace (Braveheart)
05. The Bruce
06. The Battle Of Flodden
07. The Ballad Of Mary
08. The Truth
09. Cry For Freedom
10. Killing Time
12. Culloden Muir
13. Ballad Of A Hangman
15. Heavy Metal Breakdown
+ Behind The Scenes
+ Interview In English
+ Interview In German
+ Axel Ritt's iPhone Clips
The Mask Of Sanity, the sophomore release of Scarpoint is scheduled for a February 23, 2011 release. More details will be announced soon.
The single "Only Truth" from the upcoming Scarpoint album "The Mask Of Sanity will be released exclusively on Spotify the 17th of January. On other digital platforms like Itunes the release date is 31st of January.
Two teasers clips are still streaming on the band's MySpace profile.
Détente has decided to throw in the towel almost three years after the cult Canadian 80's speed band reformed.
The group released the following statement: "Today (December 20) the Cognitive Records reissue of 1986's Recognize No Authority sold out, with nearly 3000 copies sold we would call it successful given a few years ago Détente were more of a trivia question (despite selling 10's of thousands of copies in the 80's). Détente's Decline has also done well with over 1000 sold in the first few months.
The band has put much work into the reunion and believes that while it has been hard work, that it has been a positive experience: having the opportunity to see so many of our friends on our last EU tour was especially cool! The fact is like everyone else, the band has daily responsibilities and the logistics of keeping Détente moving is no longer possible. While it is conceivable that we could get together for a festival in the future we believe it is time to call it a day.
Dutch death metallers Sinister have announced the addition of bassist Joost van der Graaf (Cypher, Creepmime) to the group's ranks.
The band commented: "For people who don't know this... Sinister has a new bass player. His name is Joost van der Graaf. We practiced now a couple of times together and it's going fucking amazing... The band is really happy with him and we cannot wait to show this to you by one of our live gigs."
There has been a plethora of rumors, misinformation and speculations surrounding the whole Mike Portnoy affair. Here's an attempt to clear up some confusion.
Numero uno: Mike Portnoy didn't get kicked out of Avenged Sevenfold.
Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement a couple of days ago:
"For the past few months, we've been blessed with Mike Portnoy's talent and humanity. When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we'd need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it's time for us to take that next step."
And here's what Avenged Sevenfold's manager Larry Jacobson wrote to West Coast Sound denying any correlation between Mike Portnoy's departure and the Australian tour's cancellation:
"Coming off a triumphant headlining tour in the UK last month with support by Grand Magus, Chthonic and Malefice, metal masters Arch Enemy have begun recording a new studio album. After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun - Live In Japan Live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album The Root Of All Evil (2009), the new studio effort marks the long awaited successor of 2007's acclaimed Rise Of The Tyrant album.
Arch Enemy's new album will be self-produced by the band and engineered/mixed by Rickard Bengtsson (who already produced 2005's Doomsday Machine album). The band has recently entered Sweet Spot Studio in the south of Sweden for the album's recording process and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who just finished off tracking his parts, now checks in with the following report:
Earlier today, German Symphonic metallers Xandria have unveiled their new singer and frontwoman, Manuela Kraller.
She started singing at the lately age of 23, took classical lessons and sang in church and gospel choirs. As her interest towards rock and metal music grew up on her, she found herself performing in a Swiss metal band called Nagor Mar. She also became a singer in the famous act Haggard as a tour musician. You can watch her personal introduction video below.
The band stated earlier: "The search has been long, but it has been worth it! She is the one we have been looking for! We already have begun working on the finalization of the music for the new album with her, so we hope to enter the studio for recording the new album in the new year as soon as possible."
US Thrasher's Anger As Art is currently in the pre-production of their fourth studio album. In a lengthy "End Of Year" update, the band vocalist and guitarist, Steve Gaines, states the following:
"You guys have no idea what kind of absolute rage has been un-corked in the music we are writing for album #4. Yes, I said it here - we are now in pre-production for our 4th full length release. With the tentative title of Hubris, Inc - once again the subject matter is about rising against. If you all walked in our shoes, you'd know (and many of you do. That is why we speak not just for you, but with you!!!). At this point, I cannot say anything more than it sounds like Anger, the logical next step after Disfigure. Song titles so far:
Reunited Dutch Speed metal band Martyr are in the middle of recording their new as-yet-untitled album, to be released around May 2011.
Currently five songs have been recorded at Jack's Pace Studio, Belgium with producer Jack Nobelen (Horizon, Savage, Stilletto). Five more songs are to be recorded in the first two months of next year, and will be far more heavy and up tempo compared to the earlier 2CD release Fear The Universe (released in 2009 through Rusty Cage Records).
In related news, the band is also switching to another record company in between, before they will hit the stage in Europe in March again (including an appearance at Up The Hammers Fest VI in Greece).
Because Martyr does not want to have their fans waiting too long before any new material will see the light of day, they have pre-released a brand new track, called "Circle Of 8". Watch the video below.
Amon Amarth have announced a string of European headlining shows, scheduled for May 2011. Support on the road will come from The Black Dahlia Murder. As previously reported, Amon Amarth will support Children Of Bodom and Ensiferum on the UK/Ireland leg of their Ugly World Tour. Get dates here.
Amon Amarth's upcoming album, Surtur Rising, will be released on March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
May 13 - Oslo, NOR - Betong
May 14 - Stockholm, SWE - Tyrol
May 15 - Gothenburg, SWE - Tradgarn (without The Black Dahlia Murder)
May 17 - Copenhagen, DEN - Vega
May 18 - Hamburg, GER - Grosse Freiheit 36
May 19 - Antwerp, BEL - Hof Ter Lo
May 20 - Amsterdam, NET - Melkweg
May 21 - Cologne, GER - E-Werk