19:55 - Moose Many thanks to whoever introduced me to Astronoid via the shoutbox the other day. Their new album, Air, is magnificent. I can even understand why some refer to their genre as "Dream Thrash".
19:12 - Opethian @Apothecary, I got to meet him when I saw them play at Denver this past January. Dude is down to earth and was a privilege to get to meet him and Dallas \M/
18:18 - Apothecary Yeah, you wouldn't want to get in a fight with him though. Just check out this vid lol, apparently at this show some dumbass was throwing beer on his pedals [link]
18:01 - Marcel Hubregtse Karl is a small,. albeit quite fattish mf. He is smaller than I am. And I am only 5'11"
17:56 - 3rdWorld He definitely isn't massive as he once was.
17:26 - Apothecary I think I am slightly taller, I'm about 6 feet. But he is definitely a bigger guy than I am, overall
Russian pagan folk metal band Arkona has revealed the cover art of their upcoming new album Slovo. Once again, the cover art and the booklet are signed by the hand of Kris Wervimp.
Slovo will be released in late August through Napalm Records.
According to the band's opinion this album is the most extraordinary and the most diverse in all of Arkona's history. For the first time in their history, the band worked with a professional choir and orchestra.
Chapitre V - Drama, the new upcoming album from French metalcore act L'Esprit Du Clan will be released on August 29th through XIII Bis Records. The album will be made available in Jewelcase, Collector edition including a DVD and Vinyl.
A studio report with some samples of this upcoming album is available over here.
The Lay Of Thrym, the new album from Viking metal band Týr, will be released on May 27th through Napalm Records.
The story of King Thrym, who dared steal Thor´s hammer "Mjollnir", may set the lyrical stage on Týr's latest album, but it does not prevent them from covering more current topics like in the track "Shadow of the Swastika". The Lay of Thrym follows the path of the band's previous releases by uniting classic heavy metal riffs with impressive drumming, traditional melodies, and powerful choruses. The result is a number of epic anthems, such as "Take Your TÝRant" and "Hall of Freedom", both of which will most certainly earn a permanent spot on Týr's future setlists.
The Song Remains Not The Same, the new acoustic album from Black Label Society, will be released on May 3rd through Entertainment One Music.
The album will feature acoustic versions of tracks from the band's latest record, Order of the Black, along with other songs recorded during the Order sessions. One of the acoustic tracks, "Darkest Days," will feature an appearance by country star John Rich.
The Song Remains Not The Same tracklist :
02. Parade Of The Dead
03. Riders Of The Damned
04. Darkest Days
05. Junior's Eyes
07. Bridge Over Troubled Water
08. Can't Find My Way Home
09. Darkest Days
10. The First Noel
"For Victory Or Death", another brand-new track from Swedish melodeath warriors Amon Amarth, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Metal Hammer.
Two other tracks, "Slaves Of Fear" and "War Of The Gods", are still streaming here and here respectively.
"For Victory Or Death" comes off the band's upcoming new album Surtur Rising, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on March 25th, in the rest of Europe on March 28th, and in North America on March 29th through Metal Blade Records.
To commemorate "Record Store Day" on April 16th, Deftones will be releasing a special vinyl collection of cover songs, imaginatively titled Covers.
This LP is a collection of classic Deftones' cover tracks, pressed together on limited edition vinyl for the first time ever. Only 3K of these will be produced. The set spans a wide range of genres, including covers from artists The Cure, Drive Like Jehu, The Cars, The Smiths, Lynryd Skynrd and Duran Duran.
Covers cover art] tracklist:
01. Drive (The Cars)
02. Caress (Drive Like Jehu)
03. Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths)
04. No Ordinary Love (Sade)
05. Savory (Jawbox)
06. Do You Believe (The Cardigans)
Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (trans: As Shadows We Wander In The Land Of The Dead), the new album from Finnish Viking folk metal band Moonsorrow, is now available for streaming in its entirety at Record Shop X (the stream will be available until March 1st).
The band's unpronounceable sixth full-length album was released earlier this week in some parts of Europe, the rest of Europe will have to wait till February 28th. More album details were previously reported over here.
"Yarilo", the new video from Russian pagan folk metal mongers Arkona can now be watched below. The energetic track comes off the band's most recent album Goi, Rode, Goi!, which was released in October last year.
According to Napalm Record, the upcoming Arkona album is scheduled is scheduled for a 2011 release. More updates as we get them.
You can check out "Heaven's Descent", the new song from German metallers Neaera at the Metal Blade band page available here. "Heaven's Descent" comes off Neaera's upcoming album "Forging The Eclipse", which is due to be released in Europe on October 22 via Metal Blade. Album details available here.
Just in case you missed this, you can still download the brand new Annihilator compilation album, Total Annihilation, for free.
All you need to do is surf to the Earache Records website and at the price of one e-mail address you can get a free download package of the album in case you haven't already (.mp3 - 320kbps).
Total Annihilation cover art] tracklist:
01. The Trend
04. Carnival Diablos
05. Back To The Palace
06. Nothing Left
09. King Of The Kill
10. Second To None
12. Refresh The Demon
13. Tricks And Traps
14. Never Forget
The new Serj Tankian album Imperfect Harmonies is being streamed in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
The album is scheduled for release on September 21 via Serjical Strike/Reprise. Here's the tracklisting again:
01. Disowned Inc.
02. Borders Are...
05. Reconstructive Demonstrations
07. Gate 21
08. Yes, It's Genocide
09. Peace Be Revenged
10. Left Of Center
11. Wings Of Summer