02. The Watchmaker’s Dream
03. Black Orchid
04. Where Clock Hands Freeze
06. Savior in the Clockwork
07. Invoke the Machine
08. What’s Left of Me
09. Dweller in a Dream
10. The Mystery of Time
Over the years since its initial inception in 2000, Tobias Sammet‘s Avantasia has moved out of the realm of a simple side-project, and many would regard it as his main musical focus to date. With a new album being released every two years, the rate of output has far exceeded that of his original band, Edguy. And as focus shifts, so does quality. While Edguy and Avantasia have both been highly enjoyable and exceptional projects from the get-go, the latter has increasingly grown in scope and grandeur(eh, kind of), while the former has become little more than a passing whim, with the majority of Sammet’s inspired ideas going towards Avantasia. This fact has irked many an Edguy fan, but for those simply looking for high caliber power metal releases, the sentimental attachment for Edguy can easily be forgotten in lieu of the sheer force that is Avantasia.
02. Carve My Cross
03. Handbook For The Recently Deceased
04. Choking On Sand
05. Let Me Be The One
06. Sunglasses At Night
07. Martyred Or Mourning
08. No One Lies To The Dead
09. I Share In Shame
Among extreme metal fans, Arsis are usually referred to both with reverence and disappointment. Their initial releases are regarded by many as hallmark technical/melodic death metal efforts. But as they proceeded further into their career, they appeared to lose their spark. Many longtime fans became disenchanted with frontman/mastermind James Malone’s descent towards the same hole that Children of Bodom‘s Alexi Laiho seemingly fell in. But the recently (via Scion A/V) released EP Lepers Caress indicated that Malone was taking the band back into the heavier, darker direction it came from. The EP wasn’t entirely convincing, but it was a step in the right direction. Shortly after the EP, Arsis’s fifth album Unwelcome was announced; and even the artwork of the album hearkened back to the older Arsis albums. Now that Unwelcome is upon us, it’s clear that Malone has regained his muse, and that the Arsis that fans originally fell in love with is back, after all these years.
You may remember, way back in July last year, we ran a post about the new artwork for an upcoming Arsis album, talking about how it was way darker and crustier than anything else they’d released recently and, despite the near 8 month time gap in between, details have finally started to emerge again.
Dark Sermon are an up and coming death metal band from Tampa, Florida. Their sound is reminiscent of The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For a Cowboy and Behemoth. Basically, constant heavy fast riffs with some ambience thrown in. Their debut album In Tongues will be released on the 12th of April via Nuclear Blast in Europe, and eOne/GoodFight in the US. That’s some pretty strong backing for a debut album, so what do Dark Sermon actually sound like? Thankfully, they’ve released a video for the title track of their upcoming album. You can check it out below.
Legendary Swedish Death Metal band Hypocrisy‘s upcoming album End of Disclosure has been quite the anticipated release for some. They’ve had quite a solid career, and their twelfth album is looking to be just as good as anything they’ve ever done. They’ve made available the track ‘Tales of Thy Spineless’ for listening, which you can listen to after the jump.
For all of you progressive metal fans out there, you will probably agree with my saying that Symphony X are one of the better prog bands. Their fusion of classical music with progressive metal is pretty cool, and while I haven’t liked anything as much as The Odyssey or Paradise Lost, their whole discography is pretty good. Unfortunately, this news is not, as it has come to our attention that their drummer, the powerhouse that is Jason Rullo, has suffered heart failure and won’t be back in commission again for at least 3-6 months. Bummer. An official statement from the band’s Facebook page:
It’s pretty well known around the Heavy Blog camp that I’m not the biggest fan of death metal. Not that I have anything against the sub-genre, it’s just that I don’t connect with many bands therein. However, there are a handful of straight up death metal acts that I really enjoy, one of those bands that have continually kept my attention through the last half decade is the New York based band Immolation. It’s been nearly two years since the last release from Immolation, the Scion A/V release Providence. And while that EP was rather spectacular, it was more or less just B-sides from the band’s 2010 effort, Majesty and Decay. So it’s about time that the band release another full album.
I don’t really know much about the band, but from what I’ve heard off of their new record, I dig them. Really good, quality metal. And the best part? Now you fellow metalheads can listen to the album, too! Metalsucks has the full album stream here. Nuclear Blast has pre orders here. And while you’re here, be sure to backtrack and discover more about the band than you ever knew before.
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
Testament were always one of those bands that I was aware of, but never really got around to listening to very heavily. I have owned a few of their records for quite some time and they’re not collecting dust by any means; I’m just never in a Testament mood anymore. Needless to say by virtue of that introduction, Dark Roots of Earth has remedied me of my usual nonchalant attitude toward the band.
Witchcraft sound like an entirely different band compared the slow, plodding Sleep and Sabbath worship of their early material. ‘It’s Not Because Of You‘ from their upcoming release Legend sounds a lot more upbeat and rocking, more in the vein of The Sword (who they actually shared a split with a while back) than anything else, and while it may not be the most original thing you’ve heard all year, you’ll catch yourself unaware humming that chorus. Legend is set to be released September 25th and is to be their debut release for Nuclear Blast, marking the bands return after a 5 five lull, but by the sounds of it, the wait was worth it.