Åkerfeldt Says Opeth Is Still Metal

Mikael Åkerfeldt

Despite their most recent albums sounding nothing like the extreme metal stylings their fans had fallen in love with them for, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt insists in a new interview with this site that the band’s still part of “the metal world.” Says Mikey: “I don’t know anything else than the metal world, because that’s where […]

Opeth Frontman Talks Band’s New Direction


In a new interview with Therés Stephansdotter of Rocksverige.se, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth basically claim that if you didn’t like Heritage and don’t dig on Pale Communion (out today), you’re probably not going to like future releases. Says Mikael: “The best way for me to write is always to just write the […]

Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Third Ion’s Justin Bender

Third Ion

By now, you should know the drill. We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should. Today’s column comes from Third Ion member Justin Bender; check the band out here. […]

Sanctuary Streaming New Cut

The Year The Sun Died

At the end of this post, you can hear a brand new song from Sanctuary. It’s called “Arise and Purify,” and fuck me, I dig it. The instrumentation is rather distinguished, I must admit. The song comes from the band’s comeback album, The Year The Sun Died, which will be reeled on October 14 in […]

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 […]