After all the crappy trials and tribulations of the new Carcass record, Surgical Steel, it appears as though it's done! Or at least until something else catastrophic happens.
Viking metallers Ensiferum signed with Metal Blade Records before they killed them and pillaged their villages. (more…)
Heavy MTL is the biggest metal festival to hit Canada. While in previous years, it was accompanied by a Toronto version of the festival, this year, it's all Heavy MTL… happening August 10 and 11 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Canada.
The lineup is usually a good indication of which bands will be on tour this summer, as it's very rare for a band to just book this festival. So let's take a look at who's touring this summer, via the fest's just announced lineup: (more…)
We have just updated our photo gallery with some sweet new snaps. In addition to Norway's Bunker extreme metal festival that was posted yesterday, we just added two new galleries. First, Rodrigo Fredes checked out Wintersun, Eluveitie and Varg and submitted this great photo gallery. Meanwhile in Toronto, photog Jeffrey Chan checked out Sonata Arctica and Arsis and submitted this photo gallery. Check out those photos and our thousands of live show snaps in our photo gallery.
If you read my intro to last year's list, you already know how strongly I feel about music, an expressive art form, being forced into a competitive sport-like structure. I do however, love to share my passion of metal with the world every day, and as some of you know, spend more time seeking out and working with bands than almost anyone else in this business. So why not use this opportunity to spread some metal love? (more…)
Well, it's that time of year again, and as a student I can say that the month of December is nothing short of hell on earth — which is why my year-end lists usually don't come together properly until January/February. Add to this the fact that 2012 was an absolutely incredible year with an inconceivable amount of excellent releases and you've got one fumbling, stumbling, not-ready-to-commit review writer. So in honor of the upcoming Hobbit premiere, I will leave you with this quote from one Bilbo Baggins — to all the albums of 2012: "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
Being in a band that "made it" must be pretty awesome. You get to go on stage, and look out and see hundreds of fans screaming and head banging and getting excited all because your band is up on stage. This new video that Wintersun released pretty much confirms everything I thought it would be like to be in a successful band. Guitarist Jari Mäenpää strapped a GoPro to his head a recent show to let his fans see what he sees, and it looks like it's a lot of fun. Take a look: (more…)
The moment is finally here; the Time is now (hur-hur). I suppose the default question must be: "does it meet expectations?" But could anything, really? Could any album survive its own deification? A seemingly impossible task, I agree, but even through the suppression of my rampant fanboyism the answer is a resounding yes. Impossibly, unbelievably, against all odds — Time I not only meets expectations, it confidently and thoroughly shatters them. (more…)
I know more than a few people, and one in particular that is elated that Wintersun's Time I release is imminent. It comes out this Friday in some parts of the world, and early next week in the US. But thanks to the magic of advanced album streaming, you can now hear the whole thing for free on Wintersun's website. Prog-metal fans, was this worth all the time you had to wait for it?
Today has been a huge day for new music, as you could see by scrolling down a bit. The madness continues, and we thought we'd collect the rest of the new releases in an A/V roundup, which includes a new teaser from Wintersun, as well as new music from Thy Will Be Done, Behold The Arctopus, Encrust, Bison BC.
Encrust, who will be the opening band on the upcoming MetalSucks/Metal Injection/1000knives CMJ showcase along with Pig Destroyer, Ken Mode and Early Graves have posted their whole, crushing new album, From Birth To Soil which comes out tomorrow over at Noisecreep. (more…)
Wintersun need more time! THEY NEED MORE TIME! The band was all set to release their long awaited sophomore effort, Time I, it was all set to come out on October 16th, but now it's been delayed due to manufacturing issues. Thankfully, it's only delayed a week. The band laid it all out in a new Facebook message: (more…)
This is a tour-de-force for folk/melodic metal fans. Eluveitie have announced they will be teaming with Wintersun for a Winter US tour, and they're taking Varg with them. I repeat, Wintersun is going to be touring the US. I know one person who is already at the front of the line waiting for tickets. The tour kicks off in Tempe, AZ on November 28th and wraps up in Boston about a month later. Here is the full routing: (more…)
It's been (approximately) a million years since we've heard new music from Wintersun, but that all changes now. Snippets from two new songs off the band's upcoming Time I release are used in the Heidenfest 2012 trailer, which you can watch after the jump. (more…)
Winter(sun) is coming! Sorry, too much Game of Thrones today. We already knew about the release date and had some studio teasers, but I guess in the last few weeks, Wintersun changed their mind about the album art, because now we have this masterpiece. Here is what they have to say about the new piece: (more…)
We reported several weeks back that Wintersun will be releasing the follow up to their 2004 self-titled debut later this year. Today we've received even better news, as it looks like they've finally marked down a release date of October 19th for the first half of the double album, Time. As you may recall Time will be released in two separate albums, Time I and Time II, which will make up the full 80 minutes of music originally written for the record. Time II can be expected in 2013, with no release date scheduled as of yet.
Despite all the great new records I've been hearing in 2012 so far, I'm still pretty excited for the thought of new Wintersun coming soon. I know I'm not alone in the anticipation as you can see from blogs and videos that have surfaced over the past 8 years, such as this one. The band has even released a few (not so revealing) studio trailers to pump you up for this release. Check them out: (more…)