Iced Earth are back with their second offering since former Into Eternity frontman Stu Block has taken over vocal duties. While many fans saw the last album, ‘Dystopia,’ injecting a bit of new life into the band, ‘Plagues of Babylon’ continues in the same manner with some fresh songwriting ideas from guitarist Jon Schaffer.
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Almost a decade after founding guitarists Eric and Brian Hoffman left the band, Deicide are back with 'In the Minds of Evil,' their fourth album in the new era. Mainstays Glen Benton and Steve Asheim are rounded out by guitarists Jack Owen, who has been in the band since 2004, as well as on-and-off six-stringer Kevin Quirion, who makes his recording debut with the band.
Ghost B.C. are among 2013's biggest buzz bands and with the well-received 'Infestissumam' already under their robes, they continue to give fans more with the Dave Grohl produced 'If You Have Ghost' EP, which includes four ecectic cover songs and a live version of the new hit 'Secular Haze.' The song selection might be unfamiliar to a lot of Ghost's fans, but offers key insight to how the band developed their trademark sound.
Less than four months after the release of The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1,‘ the guys in Five Finger Death Punch are back with 'Volume 2,' another full-length album of brand new material.
Inquisition leader Dagon has made a career of making Immortal frontman Abbath pay dearly for only writing ‘Pure Holocaust’ once. The band takes such influence from the Immortal album that it can almost be pegged as the sole inspiration for Inquisition’s Satanic cosmological black metal onslaught. The duo who make up this band have added another astral offering to their growing legacy with ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse.’
Every time Brazil’s Sepultura release a new album, there is a buzz of curiosity with fans wondering if they will return to their beginnings. The band’s trademark thrash era produced some of the finest albums of the genre, but they abandoned the sound by 1993 in favor of groove on ‘Chaos A.D.’ and the polarizing ‘Roots.’ Vocalist Derrick Green has been with the band for 15 years now, and ‘The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart’ is his seventh and best album since joining.
What is a ringmaster? Though he's the show's most visible performer, a ringmaster charismatically showcases awe-inspiring acts while focusing the spotlight towards a myriad of characters outside of himself. In more modern eras, a ringmaster has been even known to sing and dance with his performers during the show. Devin Townsend knows this, and he plays the ringmaster perfectly throughout his new live CD/DVD 'The Retinal Circus.'
Crowd funding has quickly become a popular way for bands to pay for new albums, and Canadian rockers Protest the Hero's new disc ‘Volition’ represents the epitome of a successful crowd funding campaign. The band ended up raising an incredible $341,000 via Indiegogo. That would probably pay for one Katy Perry song to be recorded, but for a metal band’s recording budget, it’s a massive amount of dough. With those resources available, it raised the bar and increased the expectations for ‘Volition.’
Ihsahn is one of extreme metal’s most revered and complete musicians. His work with Emperor speaks for itself, but one aspect many don’t account for is Ihsahn’s age when he released those four game-changing albums. In 2001, he folded Emperor in order to focus on other projects like Peccatum. Following Peccatum’s demise, he ventured into solo territory with his first album ‘The Adversary’ in 2006. The solo outfit Ihsahn is a blend of progressive metal with some black metal elements retained. ‘Das Seelenbrechen’ is the fifth studio album from the mastermind and is by far his most expansive work to date.