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May 2014 Best Heavy Metal Albums

Monday June 2, 2014

May was another great month for new metal releases. Picking the number one slot was extremely difficult, with Misery Index getting the nod by the slimmest of margins. Check out our choices for the best metal albums released in May.

May 2014 Best Heavy Metal Albums

(album cover courtesy Season Of Mist)

Amon Amarth Tour Dates

Sunday June 1, 2014

Amon Amarth will be returning to North America in September for a headlining tour in support of last year's album Deceiver Of The Gods. Opening bands will be Sabaton and Skeletonwitch.

Amon Amarth says "Yes, we are coming back to North America, and this time we're doing Canada and the U.S. together with our friends in Sabaton and Skeletonwitch! We can also announce that we'll be bring the Viking ship to the show in New York City! So get ready North America, this time we'll take no prisoners!"

Amon Amarth, Sabaton and Skeletonwitch Tour Dates:
09/25 -- Riverside, Calif. -- Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 -- Santa Cruz, Calif. -- The Catalyst
09/27 -- Sacramento, Calif. -- Ace of Spades
09/29 -- Portland, Ore. -- Wonder Ballroom
09/30 -- Seattle, Wash. -- El Corazon
10/01 -- Vancouver, British Columbia -- Commodore Ballroom
10/03 -- Edmonton, Alberta -- Union Hall
10/04 -- Calgary, Alberta -- Flames Central
10/05 -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- Louis' Pub
10/06 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba -- The Garrick
10/07 -- Thunder Bay, Ontario -- Crocks
10/10 -- Toronto, Ontario -- The Sound Academy
10/11 -- Montreal, Quebec -- Metropolis
10/12 -- Quebec City, Quebec -- Imperial
10/14 -- Burlington, Vt. -- Higher Ground
10/15 -- Hartford, Conn. -- Webster Theatre
10/17 -- Albany, N.Y. -- Upstate Concert Hall
10/18 -- New York, N.Y. -- Best Buy Theatre *no Skeletonwitch
10/19 -- Columbus, Ohio -- Newport Music Hall
10/21 -- Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Track 29
10/22 -- Knoxville, Tenn. -- Bijou Theater
10/24 -- Charlotte, N.C. -- The Fillmore
10/25 -- Jacksonville, Fla. -- Freebird
10/26 -- Birmingham, Ala. -- Iron City
10/27 -- New Orleans, La. -- The Civic
10/29 -- St. Louis, Mo. -- The Pageant
10/30 -- Joliet, Ill. -- Mojoes
10/31 -- Detroit, Mich. -- Royal Oak
11/01 -- Milwaukee, Wis. -- The Rave
11/02 -- Des Moines, Iowa -- Wooly's
11/04 -- Lincoln, Neb. -- Bourbon Street
11/05 -- Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Diamond Ballroom
11/07 -- Austin, Texas -- Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 -- El Paso, Texas -- Tricky Falls
11/09 -- Tucson, Ariz. -- Club XS

5 Questions With Sabbatory

Saturday May 31, 2014

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Sabbatory are from Winnipeg, Canada, and their debut album is Endless Asphyxiating Gloom. Vocalist/guitarist Kier Keating introduces us to his band.

Give us a brief history of Sabbatory, including how you decided on the band name.
Sabbatory was born in 2011. We started it because we are all black and death metal freaks and there were no bands from our city who played metal in that style. Nick came up with the name.

Describe the songwriting and recording process for Endless Asphyxiating Gloom.
Most of the songs were written by me and Marshal. Usually it would consist of me and Marshal sitting around putting riffs together for hours and then we would rehearse it with Dan and work out the imperfections. After that I would write the lyrics. This seems like the only way to do it for us.

Recording the album was a lot of fun. We started tracking in the summer of 2012. All I can recall about the recording session was setting up at Marshal's parents house and then we bought about six cases of beer!

How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?

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From The Lyons Den: Technology and the Future of Metal

Saturday May 31, 2014

Todd Lyons has been involved in the music industry for a while, in several different capacities. Back in the day he wrote for Creem Magazine, and he's also worked in A&R and as a composer and engineer. His tracks have been used on television shows, commercials and movies. And of course he has written for About.com Heavy Metal for the past few years. Once a month we let Lyons roar, giving him a platform to speak his piece on a music related issue. This month, Todd shines the spotlight on technology and what impact it is having and will have on metal's future.

From The Lyons Den: Technology and the Future of Metal

Twelve Foot Ninja Interview

Thursday May 29, 2014

The Australian band Twelve Foot Ninja just wrapped up a North American tour. I chatted with guitarist Stevic about their recent Best New Talent Award at the Golden Gods awards, touring in the U.S., the obstacles of an Australian band trying to break through in North America, the timetable for their next album and other subjects.

Read the complete Twelve Foot Ninja Interview

(photo courtesy Volkanik Music)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 5/27/2014)

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Every week we collect a whole bunch of short reviews in one convenient location to give you an overview of the latest metal releases. This week's reviews include 21 Octayne, Among Gods, Arkan, Black Anvil, Blood Of Kings, Emptiness, Enabler, Funereal Presence, Hollow, Jar'd Loose, Powerman 5000, Sabbatory, Sarcofago, Serpentine Path, Vanhelgd, We Are The Damned and Zoldier Noiz.

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 5/27/2014)

New Full Heavy Metal Album Reviews:

Bury Tomorrow - Runes
Crowbar - Symmetry In Black
Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto
Kiss - Kiss 40
Metsatoll - Karjajuht
Sabaton - Heroes

(album cover courtesy The Path Less Traveled Records)

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: May 27, 2014

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

May 27, 2014
21 Octayne - Into The Open (AFM)
Among Gods - Monument (PRC)
Annisokay - The Lucid Dream(er) (SPV)
Arkan - Sofia (Season Of Mist)
Arthemis - Live From Hell (Off Your Rocka)
Asa-Noir - Fall Of The Angels (The Orchard)
Black Anvil - Hail Death (Relapse)
The Black Dahlia Murder - Fool 'Em All DVD (Metal Blade)
Blood Of Kings - Starvation (Tridroid)
Blood Red Fog - On Death's Wings (Saturnal)
Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples (War Anthem)
Bury Tomorrow - Runes (Nuclear Blast)
Crowbar - Symmetry In Black (eOne)
Dead Congregation - Promulgation Of The Fall(Profound Lore)
Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto (AFM)
Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole (Dark Descent)
Enabler - La Fin Absolue Du Monde (The Compound/Creator Destructor)
Expulsion - Certain Corpses Never Decay (Vic)
Eyehategod - Eyehategod (Housecore)
Eyes of Mara - Akkadia EP (Imminence)
Funereal Presence - The Archer Takes Aim (Ajna Offensive)
Gluttony - Beyond The Veil of Flesh (Vic)
Hellspirit - Dawn Under Curse (Saturnal)
Hollywood Monsters - Big Trouble (Mausoleum)
Ice Dragon - The Burl,The Earth,The Aether Re-Release (PRC)
Ice Dragon - The Sorrowful Sun Re-Release (PRC)
Ice Dragon - Tome Of The Future Ancients Re-Release (PRC)
Icon Of Evil - Syfilis Mentalis (PRC)
Insense - De:Evolution (Mas-Kina/Indie)
Jar'd Loose - Turns 13 (The Path Less Traveled)
Kiss - Kiss 40 (Universal)
Lillian Axe - One Night In The Temple (CME)
Marty Friedman - Inferno (Prosthetic)
Metsatöll - Karjajuht (Spinefarm)
Misery Index - The Killing Gods (Season Of Mist)
Obsequiae - Suspended In The Brume Of Eos (20 Buck Spin)
Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future (T-Boy)
RetConStruct - Denizens of the Depths (Pavement)
Sabaton - Heroes (Nuclear Blast)
Sabbatory - Endless Asphyxiating Gloom (Unspeakable Axe)
Sakara - Forgetting What Was (Pavement)
Sarcofago - Rotting Re-Release (Greyhaze)
Secrets - Fragile Figure Deluxe Edition (Rise)
Serpent Ov Old - Antiquity Ov Old (HPGD)
Serpent Skies - A Claim For Reality (Sliptrick)
Serpentine Path - Emanations (Relapse)
Shakra - 33: The Best Of (AFM)
Spiders & Snakes - Year Of The Snake (Sansei)
Tentacle - Ingot Eye (PRC)
Vainaja - Kadotetut (Svart)
Vanhelgd - Relics Of Sulphur Salvation (20 Buck Spin)
Various Artists - One and All, Together, for Home (Season Of Mist)
Violation Wound - Violation Wound (Vic)
Waxen - Agios Holokauston (Moribund)
We Are The Damned - Doomvirate (Lifeforce)
YAITW - When Life Comes To Death (Deathwish)
Zoldier Noiz - Regression Process (Unspeakable Axe)

Sworn Enemy Interview

Monday May 26, 2014

New York's Sworn Enemy have returned with a new album on a new label. Living On Borrowed Time is their fifth studio effort. Frontman Sal Lococo gives us the lowdown on the five year gap between records, the songwriting process for the new album, how their sound has progressed, tour plans and other topics.

Read the complete Sworn Enemy Review

(photo courtesy Rock Ridge Music)

Eluveitie Tour Dates

Sunday May 25, 2014

Swiss folk metal pioneers Eluveite return to North America in September. Their latest album Origins will be released in August. Opening bands for the tour will be Tyr and Metsatoll.

"In September, 2013, our massive Helvetios world tour came to a well-deserved end. After just over 200 shows, spread over 3 continents and including over 30 countries, it was time begin work on a new album," says drummer Merlin Sutter. "Now that we're finally holding Origins in our hands, we can't wait to share it with you - and what better way to do so than with a tour! We are extremely excited to kick off our new tour in North America this time, and you can expect us to make every single night one to remember."

Eluveitie, Tyr and Metsatoll Tour Dates:
09/19/14 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
09/20/14 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop
09/21/14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
09/22/14 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
09/23/14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
09/25/14 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
09/26/14 - San Antonio, TX - Tequila Room at Backstage Live
09/27/14 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
09/29/14 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
10/02/14 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
10/03/14 - San Diego, CA - Ramona Mainstage
10/04/14 - Sacramento, CA - Assembly Music Hall
10/05/14 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Opera House
10/06/14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
10/07/14 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
10/08/14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
10/10/14 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
10/11/14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
10/13/14 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
10/14/14 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
10/15/14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
10/16/14 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
10/17/14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater
10/18/14 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
10/19/14 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
10/21/14 - Boston, MA - Royale
10/22/14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza

5 Questions With Landskap

Saturday May 24, 2014

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. The British group Landskap just released their debut album I. Bassist Frederic Caure introduces us to his band.

Give us a brief history of Landskap.
Landskap was formed when George and I left our native countries Greece and Belgium and moved to London. We both wanted to start a new band and got in touch via some adverts. We met in a pub somewhere in November 2012 and a week later we started jamming. We soon involved Paul on drums and jammed as a trio for about 6 months. Out of these jams, we took some great riffs and composed what you now can hear on our debut album I. Whilst working on this album, we were also joined by Kostas on keyboard and Jake on vocals.

Describe the songwriting and recording process for I.
As I just mentioned, we just jammed the first 6 months not writing songs on purpose, just to try and find each other musically and to come up with great ideas. All our songs basically start from a jam. Once the songs were done, we booked the studio for a day, recorded the whole thing live in a few hours and did some overdubs at home. It was a very easy and straightforward process and I would definitely work like this again; no pressure, no deadlines, just good music.

How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?

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