Melodic metal pioneers IN FLAMES have finished recording their latest album, Sounds of a Playground Fading, and they have just released their 3rd webisode that was filmed during the recording process. Like nearly every band that has existed for more than 10 years, IN FLAMES have been the butt of criticism for an evolving sound. I will admit, I personally am a fan of every album; however, my favorite is everything from Clayman and earlier. Those early sounds are what originally attracted me to the band, but I can still say I enjoy their newest music although it is a bit different. (more…)
If you are a fan of heavy metal, and I will assume you are considering you are reading this, it’s probably a safe bet to say you have heard your fair share of metal criticism – from fellow metal heads as well as non-believers. Often I will hear people (especially parents and people totally alien to metal) say that it’s just noise and you can’t understand what they are saying. To them, I say bologna. Metal music is some of the most pure, energetic, and to put it simply, awesome sounds that exist in the entire universe. To their comment of not being able to understand the singers – in many cases, I whole heartedly agree. (more…)
Ohio's MARGIN OF ERROR recently released their newest album, What You Are About to Witness, and they seem to have started things off with a controversial bang. In today's music video world, I find it all too common for bands to take the easy way out when it comes to making music videos.
Dennis Lyxzén, lead singer to the deceased Swedish hardcore band REFUSED, has resurfaced as he is in the process of writing a book detailing his experiences in the band. What would make rock and roll lifestyle stories interesting without all of the sex and drugs? I can't answer this, but apparently Mr. Lyxzén thinks he can entertain the public with his personal stories and experiences even with being a straight edge vegan. Plus, the guy has the letters "yxz" appearing in order in his last name. (more…)
For fans of SOILWORK or comics in general, you are in for a treat at this years Boston Comic Con as Swedish melodic metal pioneers, SOILWORK, are being featured in their very own comic book – starring themselves. The comic book will be titled "Soilwork: An Evil Upon Us" and in a nutshell, is about the Swedes fighting the powers of darkness deep in the Transylvanian mountains. (more…)
Apparently Texas is the place to be when it comes to heavy music these days. First you guys get the only Ozzfest date in 2008. You've already got to bear witness to the killer SXSW festival, and now Texans can rejoice at the arrival of Chaos in Tejas which will take place in Austin, Texas from June 2-5. (more…)
Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie just finished up their North American tour with 3 Inches of Blood, Holy Grail, and System Divide. Having been a fan since the release of Spirit, I was super pumped to finally see them live. As any fan of theirs knows, they have a vast array of musical instruments that they blend so well with their heavy metal roots. I wondered how this would turn out live and if they could pull it off, and sure enough, they pulled it off and then some! I always find it hard for a band to meet my expectations if I have never seen them live and I am used to only their records; however, Eluveitie were able to raise the bar! (more…)