Thrash metal goes far in time, something that first came to be from the American shores and that travelled fast in a non- internet era to Teutonic lands. Thrash metal is for some metal-heads, especially those that were born before 1990, the go to genre when it comes to fast riffs, blasting drums and diversified lyrics themes. It is one of those genres that have lasted many years in the ears of many, without dramatic changes in the structure. It seems only fair that a thrash metal legend such as Death Angel decide to release a documentary portraying what has been in their long history.
It shall come as a contradiction, but in truth the significance of owning a streaming radio station has shifted to a lesser relevant purpose with the passing of years. The competition nowadays has overwhelmingly ousted as thousands of green streaming sources appeared and service providers grew affordable by providing everyone with the utmost opportunity to sustain and nurture a playlist or an on air live streaming radio show at ease. But is it viable, or do we need so many radios online? The answer remains debatable.
I understand that getting your work to be played and to be heard is getting harder and harder, and to catch new listeners has become a herculean job; but releasing an entire album for streaming seems a long way to go. Nightrage is taking a huge bet by releasing today their latest work on its entirely through Soundcloud, a link you can check below.
Slayer, one of the veterans in metal that gave the proper hint to many youngsters around the world that there was something more encrypted in the strings of a guitar, has finished the recording of their latest album. You may like they old stuff, you may believe that without Hanneman there is a vital part of the band gone with the wind, but something is clear for us all, they are not going to stop just yet.
Paradise Lost, with its new approach to music makes many metallers around the world to take a look to whatever they post online. Those of you who are more loyal to the old school death metal look upon the latest work with certain caution and even disdain. For those who are more attracted to the more melodic vibe almost reaching Goth shades, works like 'Gothic' and 'In Requiem' represents the very essence of their taste in both music and style. With ‘The Plague Within’, Paradise Lost is reaching new depths in the way they approach their own music and topics which are illustrated in the lyric video ‘No Hope In Sight’ that you can see below.
One of the greatest and strongest Portuguese metal festivals bears the name of SWR Barroselas Metalfest, and its eighteenth edition is scheduled to take place from April 30th to May 2nd, in the small village of Barroselas, in the north of Portugal. The festival is preparing to commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of a three days special edition highlighting numerous recognizable acts meeting most or all metal genres.
German black metallers Thyrgrim, before this time known as Kältetot from 2004 to 2005, are arranging to enter the studio this June to record the successor to last year’s 'Erwachen'. They have reserved the studio for the period of two weeks to record their fifth album, which until date remains untitled.
Even though I am Portuguese, in most cases I favor to prioritize other European countries other than my own, this not on purpose but due to the shortage of time to correlate further with my scene. However, I must acknowledge that Portugal is well known for top-notch events and artists, and certainly justifies my closer attention. Vagos Open Air Festival have been emailing me their updates and just today I succeeded to catch up with their information and take the opportunity to address one of Portugal’s most dominant festivals of all times.
Gojira is literally gearing up at every level to enter the studio and record the follow up to ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’. And how? By no other means than working in Joe Duplantier’s very own recording studio.
Surprisingly fewer are the acts of the sort that rotate on my deck for a second and third overhear, and Norwegian black metal Satyricon are one of those. Noticeable is my uneasiness approaching the black metal scene that progressed throughout the past years while witnessing the abounding propaganda of new black metal records and newcomers that worsen to meet the expectations, specially if those newcomers emphasize in portraying themselves as the darkness itself while bearing the standard, now often ridden, corpse paint.
Multinational religious eerie power act Powerwolf have published the mixing completion of their forthcoming studio album, ‘Blessed & Possessed’. The record-keeping of the new opus took place at the Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with masterminds Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd.
Not quite regularly, we have the opportunity to greet a novice to the uproar, counting with heavyweight musicians on its wholly. Cut Up is a Swedish death metal act convened by former Vomitory musicians, endowed in early 2014 by drum player Tobias Gustafsson and vocalist, bass player Erik Rundqvist after the Vomitory demise by the end of 2013.
It is somewhat unclear if the Italian consonant yet theatrical death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse is either recording or settling on demo their freshest record. There is a confidence that encompasses the act regarding the growth on a new studio record, if any at all, as they lately published on their official Facebook Page a photograph that exhibits them in what it appears to be a small recording studio which has the caption "the time has come…"
Faith No More’s more recent work ‘Sol Invictus’ marks the return of this might band to the new material realm. unfortunately for those of you that lives in the US and that enjoy that vintage sound you can only get from the needle surfing through a vinyl record, that very anticipated experience will have to wait a little bit longer.
Even if bands are from different countries, there is a level of unity that surpasses the distance and allows bands to tour together. And for us fans, it’s always better to have two acts we like to tour together. Today, Krisiun and Origin announced the joining of forces to tour together in North America in the fall.
Swedish melodic death metal act At The Gates are currently planning to broadcast via live streaming their forthcoming concert on Monday, April 6th concert via Yahoo! directly from infamous House Of Blues in Chicago, this while engaging on a triumphant revival road trip alongside with American hardcore punkers Converge, doomy Pallbearer, and British label-mates Vallenfyre. The concert will haul place in Chicago as aforementioned, and has been declared as a very special live stream audit to be exclusively held by Yahoo!
We all subsist in a unisphere of multiple musical inclinations, and from the lighter sonorities to the heavier; we coincide. However, it is noticeable that the elitism and the zero tolerance in most situations to accept one another exist, traversing to a controlled concept of submission.
Sun And Sail Club, a stoner-meets-punk band from Southern California, will be releasing their second full length album ‘The Great White Dope’ via Satin Records Recording in May.
Overkill has been giving the world some high class metal suitable to tremor the very basis of your inner self since the 80’s. After working with Nuclear Blast for almost 6 year for the distribution of overkill’s material in Europe, both the band and the label decided to go to the next level, which means, from now onwards, Nuclear Blast will handle distribution of Overkill’s upcoming box-set with the full discography of the band.
Danish fusion rock’n’roll, heavy and rockabilly metallers Volbeat are truly one of the most original acts of the genres ever to feature on our pages. Ever since I got to listen to Volbeat, my experience as a listener was quite satisfactory, as from the album to album, Volbeat’s essence remains quite exquisite and open to different interpretations.
Killer Be Killed is a supergroup and a genuine mixed of different styles that somehow work well together, proving that fusion among genders of metal is, in fact possible. The band have already made their international debut down under during the festival season in Australia, where they received and overwhelming welcome from the fans. As part of their debut, Killer Be Killed stated that they would record all their on stage experience during their tour in Australia to make a live DVD out of it. Well, this far the collected material resulted on a black and white video of their new single ‘Curb Crusher’.
Amon Amarth is one of those bands that has gone through thick and thin through the almost two decades of existence, headbanging their heads off in every show, in every video. Today, Amon Amarth and long time member drummer Fredrik Andersson announced that their association will no longer be.
Finnish melodic epic folk metallers Ensiferum have delivered their latest studio record, ‘One Man Army’. It debuted on February 20th in Europe, 23rd in the United Kingdom and on 24th in North America, via Metal Blade Records. The new album was recorded over the course of three weeks at Astia Studio in Lappeenranta in their home country, Finland, with platinum-selling Finnish producer Anssi Kippo.
Tampa death metallers Six Feet Under are to partake in a headlining tour, the HateFest Tour, adjacent with Swedish blackened metal hordes Marduk, Polish death sourdoughs Vader and obscure Hate. Special guests on all weekend dates will be Germanic blackened death metal act Eisregen and countrymates, death bloodthirsty Debauchery. The HateFest Tour is programmed to begin in Europe this April.
Latin America is not well known for having extreme metal bands, that’s even more acute for countries located in the Caribbean region where, for most of people of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the place where there is a great exuberance of vegetation, beaches, and coconut drinks. Costa Rica is mostly known for being a hotspot for ecotourism, and for most metal heads it seems nearly impossible to get brutal sounds, but there are always exceptions to stereotypes. Corpse Garden, a death metal quintet from the green Costa Rica is ready to release their second album ‘Entheogen’ on May 15th.
Apparently Finland brings more than folk and Viking metal, (if you happen to know other Finnish projects, please let us now), and this week is the turn of Seremonia who announced the release date for their upcoming album ‘Kristalliarkki’.