There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of "fuck it/let's really go for it" more than others. NY's Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.
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Italian folk/power metal band Elvenking have released a two part track-by-track breakdown of their upcoming album titled Era. The record is slated for release September 14, 2012 on AFM Records. Recording was handled by Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne who also helped with the band’s The Winter Wake and The Scythe records.
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Era is the follow up to Elvenking’s 2012 AFM release titled Red Silent Tides.Add to My Radar
Congratulations to February’s Cover Art of the Week Winner, Elvenking. “Red Silent Tides” (AFM Records) quickly gained the lead and never gave it up, as they finished with a dominating 59% of the vote.
Elvenking had this to say about their win: “We are very honoured the fans of metalriot.com chose “Red Silent Tides” cover as best cover of the month. As a band we have always been very focused on creating covers in order to fully represent the musical contents of the albums. ”Red Silent Tides” shows all the passion and emotions described in the album music and lyrical poetry. Samuel Araya did a marvelous job bringing on colours and images the romanticism and struggling of the album.”
For a complete list of all the winners and nominees so far, head on over here.Add to My Radar
How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? I have found many a hidden gems and a few utter disappointments but there are few things greater in this world than gently cracking open the liner notes for the first time as the smell of ink and paper washes over you.
In the world of iTunes and Pandora, the art form that is the album cover is slowly dying. But we’re here to remind you that in the world of heavy metal, the art of the album cover is alive and well! So each Tuesday we’ll present to you the best album covers of the week to declare what we all already know – Heavy Metal is art.
So welcome to another episode of: KICK ASS ALBUM COVERS OF THE MONTH!!! (insert blistering guitar shred here). It was an interesting week watching Stratovarius “Elysium” (Edel Music) battling it out with Defiled “In Crisis” (Season of Mist) but ultimately Stratovarius came out on top.
We missed the first few months of 2011 so we are now giving you the opportunity to let us know what the Album Covers of the Month should be. This week we’re heading back to February. For a look at the Top 4, head on over here and make sure to VOTE.Add to My Radar
Drummer Zender has left the Italian folk power metallers Elvenking for “personal” reasons and has been replaced by Symohn.
The band comments the news:
“We had a wonderful journey with Zender in these long 12 years. Thinking about where we started together back in the time and what we have achieved along the path, it really looks incredible. We were a bunch of kids when we started together with nothing but a dream, and now we are here. We cannot feel anything but proud and we are sure Zender feels exactly the same.
“Being in a band like Elvenking it is not the easiest thing in the world, since you are not that big to live out of your passion, but you’re big enough to have a lot of stress, busy days, lots of things to do and manage, long travels, flights, etc. etc. The split has been in total friendship and with no bad blood at all.”Add to My Radar