18:43 - LeKiwi You don't have to enjoy something to appreciate it's quality. If I hated an album, there would probably be something wrong with it and hence would get a lowers score. However, for higher ratings: appreciation vs. enjoyment.
18:42 - Troy Killjoy Exactly. It isn't vote abuse if you just rate it what the general public rates it, right?
18:42 - Fearmeister Troy was just afraid of being reported for vote abuse ;)
18:41 - Troy Killjoy That's all I ever did. Everything I rated less than 5 was actually a personal favorite.
18:41 - Erik M. LeKiwi, you're implying that a reviewer doesn't judge music according to his/her tastes? Well sorry, but THAT does not make sense. Reviews are still subjective to a certain extent, whether you believe it or not.
18:40 - Fearmeister @LeKiwi But... reviewers ratings are based on their tastes... Kind of pointless of a review to say "I hated this album, 9/10"
18:37 - Erik M. And well, when someone is totally convinced that the government is poisoning people by using chemtrails, that person is a conspiracy nut in my book. Ilham, yes I am. Heike Langhans.
In support of their new studio album, Winter Kills, DevilDriver announced a co-headlining North American tour with fellow Americans Trivium for this September and October, with support from After The Burial and Sylosis. Trivium will also be touring in support of their upcoming new album Vengeance Falls.
Avulsed has revealed the first song from their upcoming new studio album Ritual Zombi. The Spanish death metallers are streaming "Dead Flesh Awakened" which comes off of their 7th album, set to be released on September 1st, 2013. You can check out the song, as well as more details about the album below.
American band Gwar has revealed Battle Maximus as the title of their new album, the first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player Flattus Maximus. The band has also premiered the new song "Madness At The Core Of Time" as a first taste of the album and you can now enjoy it below. Their new and 13th album drops on September 17th via Metal Blade Records.
Progressive/djent group The Safety Fire have premiered the second video off of their upcoming album Mouth Of Swords. This new video for the song "Yellowism" was directed by Jamie Carter and can be viewed below. As usual with The Safety Fire, you can expect some crazy antics.
German melodic death metal act Parasite Inc. is currently streaming three songs off of their upcoming new album. The songs come from the second album Time Tears Down which is set to be released on August 2nd via GoodDamn Records. You can check out the newest track streaming, "The End Of Illusions", and also the music video for "The Pulse Of The Dead" below as well. It should give you an idea of what to expect from the album.
Swedish gothenburg metal act Deals Death announced today that their third album, entitled Point Zero Solution, will be released on September 13th via Universal/Spinefarm Records. This album will be the first to feature the new bassist Kammo Olayvar. The album cover art and tracklist can be appreciated below. Do you like?
German power metallers Human Fortress are back after a five-year hiatus. The band parted ways with their singer in 2010, and now announced Gus Monsanto (ex-Adagio) as their new vocalist. The band also announced that they have signed with AFM Records for the release of their new upcoming album. The new album recordings are finished and the album will be released by the end of the year.
UK progressive outfit Aeon Zen has made a full live set available for download at their official website. The show was professionally recorded, mixed and mastered. You can simply name the price (if any) and then download the full set. The band also posted a video clip of them performing "Warning" live on their YouTube channel. This video shows Aeon Zen performing the track live on June 2nd, 2013 at the Robin 2 in Bilston, UK as a part of their performance of their new album Enigma in its entirety. You can check out the video below.
French stoner metal outfit Wheelfall has posted online their second episode of the YouTube series Live Studio Sessions featuring a cover from Melvins' famous single "Joan Of Arc". You can watch the video below where Wheelfall performs "Joan Of Arc" live at the Studio de La Forge, Dombasle sur Meurthe (France). Their debut album Interzone came out last year.
The Eternal have posted a ten-minute sampler of their upcoming album When The Circle Of Light Begins To Fade. You can check it out below. The band also revealed some additional details on the album. It was engineered and produced by vocalist/guitarist Mark Kelson and is the first album to feature the new guitarist Brad Cook. According to their Facebook page, this album "sees the band return to a darker sound with the band releasing some of their most emotive and personal material to date." You can also hear their new single "Beneath These Waves" over here and see if that is true.
Cattle Decapitation will be releasing a 7" single this summer. Titled Your Disposal, it features the B-side, "An Exposition Of Insides" which was previously available only as a Japanese bonus track on the band's most recent assault Monolith Of Inhumanity.
German thrashers Kreator have recently released the second trailer for their upcoming DVD release, Dying Alive, which is due out in Europe on August 30th and North America on September 3rd. The second teaser is available for viewing below, and the first teaser can still be found here as well as the DVD tracklist and more details.
American heavy metal act Seven Witches premiered a new song from their upcoming album, Rebirth. The song is entitled "Man In The Mirror (Enemy Within)" and is the second single off of their new album, which is due out on July 16th, 2013. You can check out the song below.
Scottish folk power metallers Alestorm have announced a North American headlining tour for this fall, with the addition of guests Trollfest and Gypsyhawk. Alestorm released their last album, Back Through Time, in 2011. The band will also release a new DVD this fall called Live At The End Of The World, with more details yet to be announced. You can confirm the tour dates below.