Wintersun take their Time to release albums, this is known. Time I was supposed to release years earlier than it did, and Time II was supposed to release within the same year as Time I. It’s been more than two years, and Time II is nowhere to be seen. We had heard a live version of a song from Time II earlier, but now we’ve heard another new one! It’s called “Forest”, and it’s about, well, forests, I guess. Check it out after the jump, because it’s pretty cool.
It’s been five years since the previous Keep of Kalessin album, and the band has gone through some odd times. But the Norwegian progressive black metal trio have finally returned with Epistemology, and they’re not holding back. They’ve refined their sound, rediscovered themselves and as a result created an album that hits the listener like a freight train of blast beats, chants and an orchestral section accompanied by frontman ‘Obsidian Claw’ Arnt’s trademark brand of ridiculous guitar playing. With all the epicness of power metal and speed of black metal, Epistemology is an invigorating and overwhelming tour de force.
Every once in a while there’s a band that comes out of nowhere and completely blows one away. Bloodshot Dawn did that with their self-titled 2012 debut, coming to a scene where melodic death metal was more or less dead, and they put a very strong statement of “No it’s not dead, everyone else is just doing it wrong” out there, with emphasis on the “death metal” part of “melodic death metal”. The self-titled album was excellent, but where can the band go from there? Turns out that they still have a lot of room to develop. Their follow-up album, titled Demons, was crowdfunded and released completely independently yet again, and it goes to show that the genre still has a lot more to offer.
Sometimes ideas that begin in high school don’t come to fruition until years later. Find out how that’s true for some current members of Rings of Saturn and Aenimus after the jump.
It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.
Earlier this year, we told you that the excellent UK-based melodic death/ thrash metal band Bloodshot Dawn were launching a Kickstarter campaign to help find the recording and release of their highly anticipated sophomore album. Well, they reached their goal in a mere four days, and have since been hard at work recording what is sure to be a beast of an album. After a period of relative silence, the band has finally released details and a release date for the upcoming effort, which they revealed will be called Demons. Check out more details after the jump!
Jari Mäenpää’s Wintersun has been somewhat of an elusive band over the years, with the long awaited Time albums attaining almost Necrophagist levels of infamy. But then late in 2012, Time I, the first half of the monolithic collection finally saw the light of day — and it was damn good. But give a metal fan an inch and he’ll take a mile, so the question everyone was asking was ‘when does Time II follow?’
Then we waited, and it was pushed back and then we waited some more. And now Jari Mäenpää has taken to his Facebook page to explain the situation:
I hadn’t heard of Bloodshot Dawn until just a few weeks ago, which was a grave, grave mistake. I am now obsessed with these guys and their amazing take on melodic death/ thrash metal. Our very own Noyan gave their debut album a perfect score, and even went as far as saying, “If anyone can bring melodeath back, these guys have a good chance of doing so. In essence, Bloodshot Dawn are the heroes that Gothenburg needs.” I couldn’t agree more with Noyan’s sentiments, and the band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of their highly anticipated follow-up album.
Devil Sold His Soul‘s previous album Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me, after watching their crushing sets at both Damnation Festival and opening for the Gojira/Ghost combo, their sweeping post-metal meets hardcore blend made so much more sense and impact. And despite parting with long-time vocalist Ed Gibbs, now replaced with Paul Green of The Arusha Accord, the band have returned with an album titled with the often fatal moniker of Time.
Few tours make as much sense as the pairing of Wintersun and Fleshgod Apocalypse, two bands from Nuclear Blast Records pushing the boundaries of extreme metal and fully exploring the potential for epic symphonic music. They’re on the second half of their North American tour with support from Virginian death metal mainstays Arsis, and you can view photos from the tour’s stop in Irving Plaza, NYC via Maclyn Bean Photography below.