04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
Canadian stoner metal band Dopethrone has released a preview from their upcoming album Dopethrone III. The sample features the track "Hooked", which will be the second track on their new album expected to be released in the fall. You can listen to it below.
Proggers Opeth have recently announced that they will be doing a Swedish Heritage Tour this coming November and December, starting in Malmö on November 29th and concluding in Norrköping on December 7th. The shows in Gothenburg on December 2nd and 3rd plus the Stockholm shows on December 4th and 5th will be 'Unplugged' shows. The special guests for this tour will be announced shortly and the tickets went on sale yesterday with a limited number of special, VIP tickets available.
Canadian stoner metallers Dopethrone have announced on their Facebook page that they have finished recording/mastering the band's third album, which is being called Dopethrone III for now. According to their last update, the band is now working on the album artwork for the follow-up to last year's Dark Foil. New details about the release are expected to surface soon.
Swedish progressive rockers Opeth have posted the following message on their Facebook page about Mikael Åkerfeldt's injury which prevented the band from performing yesterday in St. Paul, Minnesota: "Many have already learned that yesterday's performances at The Myth in St. Paul had to be cancelled due to Mikael having an accident. Right before stage time Mike bumped his head on the tour bus which resulted in a pretty deep cut that required urgent medical attention."
Swedish progressive metallers Opeth have announced a co-headlining North American tour with Mastodon. Ghost will be their special guests opening all shows. The tour starts on April 4th in Portland, Maine, and will end on May 12th in Atlanta, Georgia.
The newest Opeth's release Heritage is bringing very good news for the Swedish metallers. Opeth have been nominated once again for a P3 Guld Award in the Rock/Metal category. For the first time, it is up to the public to cast their votes rather than the professional industry, which didn't happen in previous editions in the 8 year history of the awards. Opeth already won the award once in 2003 and since then have been nominated many times but never managed to win again.
Swedish metallers Opeth have premiered a new video for their song "The Devil's Orchard" at Pitchfork.com. Alternatively, you can watch it below. The song is off of the band's latest output, Heritage, out now via Roadrunner Records. The video for "The Devil's Orchard" was directed by Phil Mucci.
Hot Topic is now exclusively streaming at this location one of the bonus tracks entitled "Pyre" off of the deluxe edition of Opeth's latest release Heritage, which came out on September 20th on Roadrunner Records. Alternatively, you can listen to it below. More details about the deluxe edition of Heritage can be found here. "Pyre" is one of two bonus tracks found on the Heritage Limited Edition CD/DVD and the Heritage CD/DVD/2LP Box Set.
The September 2011 issue of Germany's Rock Hard magazine will include a big cover story and world-exclusive live CD by Swedish progressive metallers Opeth that won't be available at record stores.
The Devil's Orchard - Live At Rock Hard Festival is a five-song, 50-minute effort which is described as "an outstanding recording made in 2009" when the band stunned the audience with an awesome performance in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The CD will also include "The Devil's Orchard", the first single from Opeth's long-awaited new studio album, Heritage.