00:03 - Korah Yeah, MS ratings on new albums are totally f****ed! You just have to watch ratings from 2000 and ratings from 2016! Metal was'nt so much better than today releases.
23:53 - Czerny Reiter There's a dearth of reviewers on the site and most of what gets reviewed ends up getting a good grade (on the grounds that pro-bono reviewers mostly review what appeals to them).
23:48 - Overrwatcher I feel as if SSUS's review backlash is a perfect example of this. When he gave a 2/10 people didn't say much. When he gave a 9/10 people questioned his review integrity.
23:42 - Overrwatcher I will always bring up BMTH's "There Is A Hell" in this regard. Very well received literally everywhere but MS. Here it's one of the lowest rated albums in the database.
23:38 - Overrwatcher Bands can put out similar quality records to 10 years ago yet get over 1 point less. People have been much more negative recently. And MS also seems to shit on some albums at random.
Amon Amarrth have posted the following update on their official website:
"This weekend we are off to that magical island called the UK for a show at legendary Donington Park and the Download Festival. It's sure to be a full weekend of mayhem - and then some - as we're also doing an appearance on the Metal Hammer Awards after party before we return to Stockholm on Tuesday.
In other news we are completely finished with the recording of the new album and Jens (Bogren - producer) has started the mixing process. If everything goes to plan, the mixing will be done by the end of next week and we are confident that this will be a killer album."
Songtitles to be included on the album are "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have issued the following update:
"On May 1st, (Labour Day here in Sweden) we enter Fascination Street Studio to start recording our seventh full-length album. We have 10 killer songs, some classic Amon Amarth tunes, some really epic moments and some of the most brutal stuff we've ever written! We are confident that this will be our best and most diverse album to date!
Jens Bogren will be producing the album, he produced "With Oden On Our Side". We're looking forward to yet another successful collaboration. We'll barricade ourselves for the next month and a half. The album will be recorded in the traditional way, starting with drums, followed by guitars, bass, and vocals.
Metal Blade has released the following official press release:
Amon Amarth, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking influenced music, has just renewed their contract with Metal Blade Records. The 3 album, worldwide deal, will kick off with the band's follow up release to 2006's highly praised With Oden on Our Side, which the band is currently hard at work writing. "The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer" states the band. There will be more details to come in the following weeks & months so stay tuned for more updates from the band.
The Amon Amarth tour in Australia and New-Zealand has just finished, the band will now begin writing new material for their next album. The band states:
"Our touring is done for this time, and even though we do have a couple of shows coming up this spring, our main effort will be writing and recording a new album. The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer."
Album cover, album title and tracklist to be announced.
Amon Amarth have posted the following message regarding their "Wrath Of The Norseman North American Tour 2007" with Himsa and Sonic Syndicate:
"There will be a series of meet and greets on our North American tour. The meet and greet will be half an hour long beginning from when doors open. We are looking forward to meeting our fans in person and we'll try to make them happen at every show. Unfortunately due to time restraints, we will be unable to have a meet and greet on the dates where there will be in store signing sessions.
Because of the recent tragic events, Decapitated will not be able to be part of the North American tour. We are deeply sadden by the events and are disappointed that our metal brethren will not be able to share the stage with us.
"We have exciting news for our fans Down Under. There has been rumours in the past few days about a possible Amon Amarth tour in Australia. Well, the rumours are true. We are thrilled about this tour in Australia. This will be the first time that the band sets foot on the continent. The tour will be in early January. Tour dates and locations can be found in the tour dates section. We are looking forward to performing for and meeting our Australian fans for the first time. See you at the shows!"
Australia and New Zealand tour dates 2008 are as follows:
01.04 - Adelaide - Fowler's Live (All Ages)
01.05 - Perth - Amplifier Bar
01.06 - Sydney - The Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
The dates for the first headlining tour of Amon Amarth have been announced, as well as the support acts, Decapitated (PL), Himsa (USA) and Sonic Syndicate (SWE). The dates so far are :
11/19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
11/20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
11/21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
11/23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
11/24 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11/25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
11/26 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
11/27 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
11/28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11/29 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
11/30 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
12/01 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
12/02 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
12/03 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
This is message is published by Amon Amarth's official website:
"You've heard the rumours already, but now we can finally confirm from our part that we will take part of the European tour with Dimmu Borgir.
We're really glad to be a part of that package and look forward touring with our fellow Scandinavians.
The tour starts in late September and runs until beginning of November. Check them here:
22.06 (DE) BALINGEN / BANG YOUR HEAD OPEN AIR www.bang-your-head.de
23.06 (FR) HELLFEST www.hellfest.fr
24.06 (B) GRASPOP METAL MEETING www.graspop.com
29.06-01.07 (DE) WITH FULL FORCE OPEN AIR www.withfullforce.de
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR homepage
w. Gwar, Chimera, Shadows Fall + more
Artwork for Norwegian Melodic Black metallers Dimmu Borgir's upcoming album, "In Sorte Diaboli" — which is scheduled for an April 24 release in North America — has been banned by retailers.
Slipcover artwork can be viewed at this location.
Dimmu Borgir will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Dubbed "The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007", the trek will feature Sweden's Amon Amarth in the direct-support slot. Confirmed dates are as follows:
A second video from MS Melodeath Award 2006 winner "With Oden On Our Side" is done.
The video was directed by William C. Schacht and was recorded in the late of January 2007.
Amon Amarth commented: "It took 20 hours of blood, sweat and pain, in minus 14 degrees celcius, to get the video done. We would like to thank the production team, for a job well done. But especially we would like to thank the generous people of Balders Hird. Without their dedication and proffesionalism this video would not have been possible."
The video can be watched and downloaded here (Windows Media) or on YouTube here.
The following message was posted by the band on their official website:
"The last two months have been hectic, but we've had a blast. The headlining tour in Europe went over expactations and we'd like to thank Wintersun and Tyr, as well as our European crew and of course everyone who came to the shows. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
After the last show in Hamburg we flew straight to Detroit to join Children of Bodom, Gojira and Sanctity on the North American leg of the tour and although it was taxing and with some off stage problems, the tour was nothing but awesome and successful for us! It was great to see the support we got every night and we want to thank you fans for that."
Amon Amarth and Powermad have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 22-23, 2007 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Here is the festival's billing (Alphabetical order) :
Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth has rescheduled the Swedish dates that they were forced to cancel in late November/early December in order to join the Children Of Bodom North American trek.
UPDATED (thanks Damnated)
The new dates are as follows:
Jan. 31 - Göteborg, SWE @ Musikens Hus
Feb. 01 - Malmö, SWE @ KB
Feb. 02 - Huskvarna, SWE @ Folkets Park
Feb. 03 - Oslo, NOR @ John Dee (Inferno Festival kick-off party)
Feb. 04 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth's new video of the song 'Runes To My Memory' has been posted online, here (Windows Media required). The track comes off the Swedish metallers' latest album, "With Oden On Our Side", which was issued through Metal Blade Records on 25 September 2006 in the following formats: limited-edition red vinyl LP, standard CD, limited-edition two-CD digipack, and standard LP.
As previously reported, the last three shows of the European tour in Scandinavia got cancelled since Amon Amarth got the chance to support Children Of Bodom in the U.S. - an opportunity they simply couldn't miss. Amon Amarth fans all over Scandinavia shouldn't be too sad though - the band will play a much more extensive leg in Scandinavia in early 2007!