A smattering of the day’s heavy metal news in one convenient post…
Xerath, the U.K.’s premier orchestral metal band ala Devin Townsend, are streaming their new album, II, in its entirety right now over at TrueCultHeavyMetal.com. II, the follow up to 2009’s I, will be released in North America on May 3 through Candlelight Records, features a guest appearance by Emil Werstler (Daath), and cover art by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Strapping Young Lad).
Go check it out and, as usual, sound off in the comments section.
Lot’s of full album streams today, this one from Norther, who released their latest full-length offering, Circle Regenerated, two days ago here in the US. Circle Regenerated marks the first Norther album to feature Aleksi Sihvonen on vocals after the departure of founding member and long-time vocalist Petri Lindroos.
Unfortunately, I can’t really get behind this Sihvonen. His screams/growls are tolerable but anytime he ventures into clean singing I cringe. I only made it through about half the record before I opted to listen to something… else. Perhaps even more unfortunately, the rest of the band is top notch but this record cannot get over the handicap of bad vocals to garner my support and, from what I gather reading various message boards, the support of even die-hard Norther fans. I’ll save my cash for the Twisted Tower Dire release out next month.
But don't take my word for it… have a listen for yourself and let me know what you thought.
After the jump: new music from Falconer, In Flames and Twisted Tower Dire; Symfonia’s new album streaming in it’s entirety; Turisas’ Stand Up And Fight video; and new album news from Taake.
Falconer’s press release on their new album, Armod, left some people, myself included, a little worried. Tales of the band going hyper-folk lead some of us to believe that they would not be bringing the metal along for the journey. Not so, I found out today when I heard the first track off the album, Svarta Änkan. Check it out:
What’d you think?
Armod will be released on June 3rd through Metal Blade Records and, until then… you will be the Falcon… and I will remain… The Falconer.
Thanks to some savvy last.fm user who turned me on to this, you can now hear a sample of In Flames forthcoming single, Deliver Us, which will appear on their new album The Sounds Of A Playground Fading (or some such nonsense) over at Amazon.fr. Go have a listen.
Sounds Of A Playground Fading will be released on June 15 through Century Media. The Deliver Us single will be released in May.
Symfonia, a new melodic power metal project featuring ex-members of Helloween, Angra, Sonata Artica, and Stratovarius, released their debut full-length, In Paradisum, on Tuesday. Now, for a limited time only, you can listen to it in its entirety over at AOL music. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet so if you get a chance to, let me know what you thought in the comments section. It will be most appreciated.
On April 26 Taake will release Kveld, a mini-CD featuring five tracks, four of which are re-recorded Taake classics, and one new song, Nordbundet, in anticipation of the release of their upcoming full-length, Noregs Vaapen. Little else is know about the album right now but as soon as I know, you’ll know.
Here’s the track listing for Kveld:
03. Hordalands Doedskvad 1
04. Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik 4
05. Nattestid Ser Porten Vid 1
A new video from Finnish metallers Turisas, for the track Stand Up And Fight, can be viewed over at RadioRock.fi. Stand Up And Fight is the title track off Turisas latest album released in February.
Twisted Tower Dire is awesome. You probably already know that if you made it this far into the article. You also know they have a new album, titled Make It Dark, on the way, yes? I should hope so. Well maybe this is news to you; a brand new song from that album, titled White Ghost, is available to stream over at Apochs.net.
It’s awesome, go check it out.
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