Red Fang Book Headlining Shows

Red Fang

Here’s some news that’s sure to get Canadian fans amped. Red Fang have lined up some North American festival appearances and headliners ahead of their upcoming tour with Opeth and In Flames. Sadly, there’s no New York date. Those shows follow below: 8/31: Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival 9/9: Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater (feat. […]

Opeth Streaming New Album

Pale Communion

If you wanna hear it, you’ll have to go here. Because they did not make the stream accessible to everyone, just Pitchfork. I will be spending the morning with the album, and giving Pitchfork lots of traffic. Opeth’s Pale Communion is set to arrive on August 25, my birthday. Pre-order it here, and receive an […]

In Flames Release Music Video

In Flames

If you turn the volume down, you’d think it was a Linkin Park video. If you turn the volume on, you’re going to think its not an In Flames song. The video is for a track called “Through Oblivion,” and is a fucking departure if ever there was one. I wonder why In Flames totally […]

Sanctuary Detail Forthcoming Album

The Year The Sun Died

Legendary Seattle metal band Sanctuary has posted the artwork for their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, online. It is attached to this post, of course. The art was created by Travis Smith, known for his work with Nevermore and Opeth. The album will be released in North America on October 14 (October 6 […]

In Flames, Opeth Announce Co-Headlining Run


They both have new albums out and both hail from Sweden. So In Flames and Opeth have decided they need to head out on a North American run together. The 15-date co-headlining tour kicks off December 3 in Chicago and runs through December 21 in Toronto. Red Fang will serve as support. Tickets for the […]

Angra Working On New Album

Angra with Jens

It’s true. Brazilian and Italian metal act Angra have entered a recording studio to start working on a new album. The band’s holed up in Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren to begin recording their new album for a tentative late 2014 or early 2015 release. Jens has worked with a ton […]

New Opeth Track Surfaces Online

Pale Communion

I know a lot of you didn’t dig Heritage because it was too proggy and not heavy enough. Man are you going to hate the following Opeth track, which debuted online today. The song is called “Eternal Rains” and sounds like a leftover from the Heritage writing sessions. But the track actually comes from Opeth’s […]

Readers’ Bands: Temple Of Void Are Pretty Effin’ Sick

Temple Of Void

I usually dread the middle of each week, as it means I’ve gotta write something about another of the site’s readers’ bands. Usually, the Readers’ Bands column gives some exposure to duds who’ll never get beyond the confines of their regional scene. But ever so often, I am thoroughly impressed by something a band’s doing, […]

Opeth Frontman Discusses Attending One Direction Show

Mikael Åkerfeldt

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt tells Metal Hammer he recently took his daughter to see boy band One Direction. Sitting through a set by those fruits makes Mikael a good dad. “I was in the minority there, being an old dude for one,” starts Mikael. “But it was two sold-out nights at the Friends Arena which […]

Enslaved, Wardruna Guitarists To Curate 2015 Roadburn Festival

Ivar Bjørnson

This is kind of cool. Enslaved’s guitarist Ivar Bjørnson will team with Wardruna’s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik to curate the 2015 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The fest is set for April 10 at 013 with both of their bands also planning special sets that honor the Norse gods. As curators, both Ivar and Einar will […]