When U.K.'s Sylosis sprung upon the scene with the praiseworthy EP "Casting Shadows" back in 2006, a young vibrant and exciting brand of modern thrash was born. This "modern thrash," which the band has branded "enlightened, neck-wrecking turbo-thrash" - a more technical, serious and melodic version of the beer soaked, speed driven "old school" styles - is laced with a much less migraine inducing metalcore screech and features a boatload of riffs, the speed of which is both c
Born from epic doom laden mastermind known as Leif Edling, Avatarium sprung on the scene in 2013 with the self titled debut, the band immediately seized your author's heart into a black dismal grip and filled it with dark raw sultry lust. Not since Candlemass has a band completely captivated the imagination all centered around metal's best frontwoman (by far), Jennie-Ann Smith and guitarist, songwriter, producer and husband Marcus Jidell (Doomsday Kingdom/ex-Evergrey). Now on
Back in 2012, Sabaton began an ambitious solo headlining tour, the band's first such tour of North America. Vocalist Joakim Broden and bassist Par Sundstrom had just split with guitarist Oskar Montelius, guitarist Rikard Sunden, drummer Daniel Mullback and keyboardist Daniel Myhr. Then new members guitarist Chris Rorland, guitarist Thobbe Englund (who left in 2016, replaced by ReinXeed/Majestica's Tommy Johansson) and drummer Robban Back (who left in 2013, replaced by Ex-Eve
You know that bands like Amon Amarth have made it in the U.S. when the venues and stage shows get dramatically larger. I had the honor and privilege to see Amon Amarth grow in popularity here, with the biggest stage set up being the dragonhead drakkar longboat, which appeared at a special show at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. When the announcement came a long while back about a U.S. tour that not only featured Amon Amarth, but Arch Enemy, At the Gates and the most
Its been just over three years since French blackened shoegaze act Alcest presented its fans with the stellar (and throw back) album "Kodama." Though the days of the band's raw black metal style still much farther in the distant past, the band has flirted with a "return" by adding more blackened elements into their melodic shoegaze stew. This continues on "Spiritual Instinct," but its the melodic and prototypical droning blackhaze that still highlights the talented band's si
Photo galleries of Aenimus, Fleshgod Apocalypse & Hypocrisy from The Palladium in Worcester, MA USA on Saturday, March 30, 2019! All Photos Copyright 2019 Blazing Metal Photography AENIMUS FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE HYPOCRISY #Aenimus #FleshgodApocalypse #Hypocrisy #deathmetal #extrememetal #symphonicextrememetal #symphonicdeathmetal #melodicdeathmetal #NuclearBlastRecords #concertphotography #BlazingMetalPhotography
Since breaking out with the debut full length "Spirit" in 2006, Eluveitie has sat on top of the heap of folk metal acts, breaking subgenre barriers and tackling intriguing lyrical concepts. Having survived the 2016 split of essential members Ivo Henzi, Merlin Sutter and Anna Murphy, the band, under the leadership of founder Chrigel Glanzmann, launched its first post-split salvo in the form of the nearly unplugged, but formidable "Evocation II - Pantheon" in 2017. Now the ban
After the cancellation of several concerts last year and fans being worried about the future of the band, My Dying Bride vocalist/lyricist Aaron Stainthorpe has released the following statement:
“Many of you have been wondering what has happened to the band since we cancelled all our shows back in late 2017. Well, here is the answer.
"In September 2017 my beautiful little daughter, just five years old, was diagnosed with cancer. This event devastated the whole family as w
Denver metal/doom quartet Khemmis released the anxiously-anticipated third album "Desolation" today (June 22nd) in North America via 20 Buck Spin and the rest of the world via Nuclear Blast. Grab a copy now over here! To celebrate, the band is streaming the entire album in full over at Bandcamp at this location. As 20 Buck Spin's 100th release, "Desolation" will be available as a CD, digital download and LP - with a foil-stamped jacket and 8" inch lyric booklet. "Desolation"
Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica is streaming the new single "If Inside These Walls Was A House", which can be heard in the player above. The song appears on the special covers EP release entitled "Epica vs. Attack On Titan." Mark Jansen comments: "'If Inside These Walls Was A House'" is my favorite track on the EP and it sounds most like an Epica song. We have played this track together with some other tracks from the EP in Japan live in front of a thousand enthusiastic fa
Metal Allegiance began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.
The band is proud to announce the release of the sophomore album "Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty" via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on September 7th. Pre-order the album now at this location. The thrash worshipi
Legendary vocalist Doro Pesch issued a the first in a series of trailer clips for the upcoming new double album "Forever Warriors, Forever United," which drops on August 17th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location. In the first album trailer, she tells the story and background of her songs and comments on the respective concept of the two albums. Also, some first impressions of representatives of the metal press are included! Check it out in the pl
German heavy metal legends Accept is experiencing more success than ever, and have hit its stride creatively! In the 10th year since the band's reunion, the quintet can look back on four top 10 albums in Germany, including an unbelievable #1 with "Blind Rage" (2014) and a brilliant #3 with the latest album "The Rise Of Chaos" (2017).
Six months after the success that was "The Rise Of Chaos" world tour, Accept will start the festival season on June 22nd at Rockfels Open Air,
Through his musical contributions in Epica, After Forever and MaYaN, Mark Jansen has introduced another piece of knowledge, spirituality and mystery into the Dutch metal scene. For the third time since the inception in 2010, the now 10 piece symphonic death metal band has joined forces for a new album, and the latest opus "Dhyana" is set to lift them to an entirely new level. "Dhyana" will enlighten your spirit on September 21st, with pre-orders starting next month. Today, th
On June 29th, British cult metal act Paradise Lost will release a remixed and remastered version of their eighth full-length album "Believe In Nothing." Initially released back in 2000, the artwork and production of the album never lived up to the expectations of the band. The quintet now presents a freshly reworked version of the album with more appropriate, gloomy artwork. Today, the band releases the third album trailer, in which singer Nick Holmes and guitarist Greg Macki
Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani posted the first trailer in a series of clips showcasing behind the scenes for the making of the new album "Kulkija," which is set to drop on September 7th via Nuclear Blast Records. In the clip - shown above - the band talks about the musical development for the album. If you missed the lyric video for the first single "Kotikonnut," check it out over at this location. More information on "Kulkija" is expected soon. Check out the album artwo
With the melodic black/death metal, The Spirit having already made waves in the European underground scene and with the self-released debut album "Sounds From The Vortex," being strictly limited and nearly sold out on the band's homepage, the band is now reissuing the icy black/death metal chimera through Nuclear Blast on August 10th. Pre-order the album at this location, where it is available as a CD, LP (black and clear) and digital download. The seven virtuosic tracks of t
Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica released a preview clip/interview series for the upcoming special covers EP release entitled "Epica vs. Attack On Titan." In part one, which is available in the player above, guitarist Isaac Delahaye and keyboardist Coen Janssen discuss the journey of writing and adapting the theme songs to fit the Epica sound. The release, which was originally only available in Japan, features metal versions of the theme songs from the highly successful man
Swedish AOR/classic rock act The Night Flight Orchestra - featuring Soilwork vocalist Bjorn 'Speed' Strid and Arch Enemy bassist Sharlee D'Angelo - released a fourth trailer clip for the new album "Sometimes The World Ain't Enough," which will be issued on June 29th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album over here. Check out the trailer in the player above. The album was produced by the band once again at Handsome Hard Music/Larsson Music Studio as well as Nordic Sound Lab i
Immortal has returned with the new album "Northern Chaos Gods" which drops via Nuclear Blast Records on July 6th! Pre-order the album in multiple formats at this location. Norwegian black metal legend, singer and guitarist Demonaz checked in about the band's beginnings and what inspired him to start a band in the underground metal scene of the early 90's:
“I have always been into the dark side of music. Heavy metal, thrash metal, then underground black and death metal band