Metal News for September 11, 2013
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Russia's Tantal has posted a lyric video online for the new single "Nothing," which marks the band's first output with new front woman Milana.
The song will be included on Tantal's upcoming record "Expectancy," due out later this year. Watch the clip below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.
New York City quartet So Hideous (formerly So Hideous, My Love...) announces the October 22nd release of its debut full-length album, "Last Poem/First Light." The following press release was issued about the band:
"Like New York itself, a place of sewer depths and skyscraper heights, So Hideous combines utter extremes and makes them one. On Last Poem/First Light, the band redefines the term 'epic' with a violently beautiful sound, uniting the ugly and the majestic, the anguished and the grandiose.
"On one hand there are rabid vocals leading a torrent of blackened hardcore that evokes the intensity of 90s German legends Acme. On the other hand there are angelic melodies and lush atmospheres recalling The Cure's masterpiece, Disintegration, or the symphonic swells of a John Williams film score. These two sides, equally prominent, coexist in unison, strengthening each other and creating one supremely cathartic sound.
"Last Poem/First Light was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Agnostic Front, Lucero) and mastered by Scott Hull (not the Pig Destroyer guitarist but the mastering engineer whose credits include Sting and Lou Reed).
"Six songs, 33 minutes, the album was crafted for maximum sonic impact - drums explode and rich tones haunt with crystal clarity. Most of the orchestral and choral sounds on the album were performed live in the studio by The First Light Orchestra, a New York-based group consisting of ten string players, a tuba, and four vocalists!"
The track listing is as follows:
2. Stabat Mater
3. My Light
5. Last Poem
6. Glory More...
City In The Sea has posted the track "Becoming Stronger" online, which features Aaron Matts of Betraying the Martyrs.
You can listen to "Becoming Stronger" in the player provided below, or listen to the previously posted track "Convoluted" over at this location.
"Blood Vaults -- The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum -- Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris)," the fourth LP from German enigma The Ruins of Beverast, is now playing in its entirety as album sees its conquering delivery this week via Ván Records.
Check out the album below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Celebrating the ten-year mark since The Ruins of Beverast was founded, and following a four-year wait between LPs, Blood Vaults... is undeniably one of the year's most awe-inspiring creations associated with the extreme metal underworld. The record flows and rages with nearly an hour and twenty minutes of grandiose, dominating black metal infused with unforgiving doom metal overtones, cryptic soundscapes and passages, brilliant organ-enshrouded orchestration, choral arrangements and some of the finest blasting percussion one can track down anywhere; the signature attack of The Ruins of Beverast.
"As always, every element of the new album's precision percussion, axemanship and synth-laden atmospheres over its nine winding movements was fully conceived and executed by Meilenwald, the devastating drummer and one of the chief songwriters for now defunct legion Nagelfar, in addition to drummer for Truppensturm, Verdunkeln and more. The LP's striking cover art by Axell Hermann (Asphynx, Grave, Samael, Sodom) boldly portrays the religious depravity and brilliant decay of the album's lyrical tone.
"'Blood Vaults -- The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum -- Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris' is available now via CD digibook, gatefold 2xLP, a lavish 2xLP pressing and digital once again through the act's direct cooperation with the cult label Ván Records (Nagelfar, The Devil's Blood, Urfaust, Year of the Goat) as with the three previous TROB LP's." More...
Attika 7 will be appearing live this Friday (Sept 13th) and Saturday (Sept 14th) at KUPD’s Desert Uprising in Phoenix, AZ and Operation Kick Ass in San Diego, CA.
The band will be performing new material "Dance of the Dead" and "Darkness," along with a cover of "Witchy Woman" by The Eagles, which is exploding on the radio all around the country. Look for an official release of the track coming soon.
Also, make sure to watch the new current season of Sons of Anarchy, co-starring Attika axe man Rusty Coones as "Rane Quinn," the SOA Nomads President. More...
U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled "Darkness In A Different Light" on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Another song from the new album, "I Am," can be heard in the player below. You can also check out the previously posted track "Firefly" at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. One Thousand Fires
5. I Am
7. Into The Black
8. Kneel And Obey
9. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves
Next to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" will also be available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180gr. vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with the following four bonus tracks:
1. Firefly (Extended)
2. Falling Further
3. One (Live)
4. Life In Still Water (Live) More...
As debut full-length "To Sail Black Waters" nears release in the first week of October, today Oakland-based doom sextet Secrets of the Sky proudly unveils a new video for "Decline."
Check out the video below courtesy of MetalInjection.net. The following press release was also issued:
"Having sought out DIY director and filmmaker Andrew Nethery (Melvins, Kyuss Lives, Six Feet Under, Dead Meadow, Death By Stereo) to guide and capture their vision, Secrets of the Sky traveled to the Southern end of their home state and set up camp for several days. The vibrant video traverses through an extensive but abstract storyline shot in a variety of locations, as well as brilliant performance footage of the band filmed at Unit A Recording Studio, in Palm Springs, California. Through the years, the studio walls have recorded rock legends such as Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, and many more. The newest owner, Robbie Waldman, continues to operate it as a full recording studio, having recently recorded Brian Setszer, Karma to Burn, John Garcia and the list goes on."
The band comments: "We shot the video with director Andrew Nethery in the Coachella Valley; basically in the middle of the desert near Palm Springs. It's about a ten-hour drive from the Bay Area, but it was a no-brainer to go with Andrew based on the quality of his previous work for bands. There are definitely thematic conclusions to be drawn and an overall message to be had, but we didn't want to just give it away... choosing rather to keep it abstract and allow the viewer to decide what it means for themselves. The video is edited down for time and continuity reasons from the original 12 minute version which appears on the album." More...
The black/death barbarians in Perdition Temple today reveal the title and cover of their new, forthcoming album for Hells Headbangers, to be titled "The Tempter's Victorious."
The band's first album for new label home Hells Headbangers, "The Tempter's Victorious" will feature eight new tracks and striking cover art by Adam Burke. The album will also be preceded by a 7" EP, with an exclusive original track as well as a special B-side cover track.
Recordings for "The Tempter's Victorious" will begin in the coming months for a projected release by early 2014. More...
Singapore's Oshiego will be releasing new album "The Great Architect Of Nothing" via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions on October 15th, 2013. Check out the title track below. The album's track listing is:
1. The Great Architect Of Nothing
2. The Inexorable Monarch
3. Black Flags Of Khorasan
4. Harbingers Of Judgement
5. Companions Of The Left Hand
6. The Prisoner
9. The Voyage (Vomitory cover)
Southern California's Prey On The Fallen has officially released a first video for the band's title track, which was filmed and edited by Matt "The Lord" Zane. Check it out below.
The band’s debut, self-titled CD was recorded, produced, and mixed by Ryan Greene (Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Jay Z, Usher).
Finland's Tuoni has released a new single titled "Räsäinen Risti." A music video for the track has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Tuoni was formed in 2003 and has released two albums: "Elävät & Luolleet" (2005, Ranka Recordings) and "Tuli Lulkee" (2007, Spinefarm Records). A third album is in the works, and will be released at the beginning of 2014.
The German quartet Zodiac has posted a teaser online for sophomore album, "A Hiding Place," due out October 29th. Check it out below.
Formed in 2010 when Long Distance Calling drummer Janosch Rathmer and guitar wizard Nick Van Delft teamed with Rocketchief member Stephen Gall (guitars), Zodiac recorded “A Hiding Place” at Germany’s Megaphon Tonstudios earlier this year, just a few months after the release of 2012 debut “A Bit of Devil.”
According to the band, “A Hiding Place” is ”more diverse and more dynamic, and we had an intense and passionate time during the recordings. We are so proud of it and hope you’ll like it the same way we do!”
The album's track listing is:
3. Underneath My Bed
4. Leave Me Blind
7. I Wanna Know Part 1
8. I Wanna Know Part 2
9. Cortez The Killer (Neil Young cover)
10. Sleep Of The Hollow (digital bonus track)
11. Leave Me Blind (Extended) (digital bonus track)
Cadaveria will release a new double DVD titled "Karma," which is due out October 22nd via Scarlet Records. The band selected live and backstage video material, unreleased interviews, and more for a total running time of 2:40 hours. The contents of the double DVD are listed below.
Introduction by Cadaveria
Complete videography 2002-2013, including the making of the music videos
Studio reports for The Shadows’ Madame, Far Away from Conformity and Horror Metal albums
Exclusive behind the scenes of In Your Blood and Horror Metal photo sessions.
Rare Home Video VHS 2003
Soundtracks: Spell / Declaration Of Spiritual Independence / Circle Of Eternal Becoming / The Dream / Atypical Suggestions By A Dead Artist / Blood And Confusion / Anagram / Hypnotic Psychosis / Whispers Of Sin / Assassin / Flowers In Fire / Death Vision / Black Glory More...
Brazil's Soulfly (led by iconic frontman Max Cavalera) has released a brand new video trailer in which Max talks about the guest appearances on the band's upcoming groove bomb, "Savages," also giving some short impressions on the featured songs. Check it out below.
"Savages" is set for release on October 4th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The artwork was created by Paul Stottler.
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Terry Date, "Savages" will be released as a limited edition digpack CD, 2LP vinyl and digital download via Nuclear Blast. More...
British extreme metal legends Carcass have made their third track-by-track video available, which breaks down the songs from upcoming album "Surgical Steel" (reviewed here).
Watch guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Dan Wilding explain the songwriting process for “Unfit For Human Consumption,” “316L Grade Surgical Steel,” “Captive Bolt Pistol,” and “Mount Of Execution” below.
German power metal act Mystic Prophecy posted a trailer for the upcoming new album "Killhammer." The album's limited edition will contain a DVD of the band's performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta from 2012. "Killhammer" will be released on September 27th via Massacre Records.
The track listing for the album is:
2. Armies of Hell
3. To Hell and Back
4. Kill the Beast
5. Hate Black
6. Children of the Damned
7. 300 in Blood
8. Angels of Fire
9. Warriors of the Northern Seas
10. Set the World on Fire
11. Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne Cover)
Check out the trailer here: More...
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the signing of the symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance. The band's debut album "Enlighten" will be released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America. The label comments:
"Fronted by the emotional vocals of Federica Lanna and the epic songwriting from guitar player Federico Truzzi, Sleeping Romance creates something really exciting together that should appeal to fans in the scene. 'Enlighten' was mastered by Roberto Priori [Los Angeles, Danger Zone, Vision Divine] and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]."
A teaser can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
01. Hybrid Overture
03. The Promise Inside
04. Soul Reborn
05. Free Me
06. December Flower
07. Finding My Way
08. Passion Lost
09. Devil's Cave
10. Aeternum More...
Fort Worth's Pinkish Black is streaming sophomore effort "Razed To The Ground" online today. Check it out via Pitchfork here.
Pinkish Black will be doing a full U.S. tour with Kylesa next month in support of Razed To The Ground. Dates are as follows: More...
Eyes Wide Open has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Aftermath," which can be found below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Wings of Redemption
4. The Altruist
5. New World Order
7. No More Stars
8. The Dark Inside
9. Sink or Swim
Devildriver will be hitting the road tomorrow in support of latest release "Winter Kills" (reviewed here).
This co-headlining run with Trivium features support from Sylosis and After The Burial and will run through October 17th.
Today Devildriver has also announced a second leg of the North American co-headline tour with Trivium. Support on this leg will come from After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done. The dates begin November 5th in Seattle and will run through December 14th in San Diego, CA. More...
German heavy metal act Wizard has posted online another song taken from forthcoming studio album "Trail Of Death."
The song is titled "Black Death" and can be streamed below. The full track listing for the band's tenth album is as follows:
01. Creeping Death
02. War Butcher
04. Angel Of Death (streaming here)
05. Angel Of The Dark
06. Black Death
07. One For All
08. Post Mortem Vivere
09. Death Cannot Embrace Me
10. Machinery Of Death
11. We Won’t Die For Metal More...
Svart Records today sets October 18th as the international release date for Seremonia's second album, "ihminen," to be released on both CD and LP formats.
Finnish for "human," Sermonia's "ihminen" follows the band's self-titled debut album, released last year. The new album's track listing is as follows:
4. Suuri Valkeus
5. Painajaisten Maa
6. Luonto Kostaa
8. Itsemurhaaja II
9. Vastaus Rukouksiisi
10. Tähtien Takaa
11. Hallava Hevonen More...
Italian keyboardist/composer/vocalist Gabriels announced that his sophomore release will be a rock opera for the victims of 9/11 entitled "Prophecy." The exact release date for the album has not been announced, however the following musicians will make appearances:
Mark Boals (Iron Mask): Vocals
Dario Grillo (Ex-Thy Majestie): Vocals
Kiour Griften (Clairvoyant): Vocals
Ana Maria Barajas (Nova Orbis): Vocals
Dario Beretta (Drakkar): Guitars
Antonio Pantano: Guitars
Salvatore Torre: Bass
Antonio Maucieri: Bass
Giovanni Maucieri: Drums
Davide Pereuzza (Metaphysics): Lead Guitars
Simone Fioletta (No Gravity): Lead Guitars
Andrea "Tower" Torricini (Vision Divine): Bass More...
Known for his unique bass playing, Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (Beyond Creation, Augury, Teramobil, etc.) has released a new playthrough video for the Beyond Creation track "Coexistence."
This progressive tech death epic can be found on the band's "The Aura" album, available through Season Of Mist Records.
Beyond Creation was also covered in our look at technical death metal bands here.
Faroese metal act Týr posted a new video for the track "Blood of Heroes." The song appears on the forthcoming release "Valkyrja," which is scheduled for release on September 16th (EU) and September 17th (North America) via Metal Blade Records.
The track listing for "Valkyrja" is:
1. Blood of Heroes
2. Mare of My Night
3. Hel Hath No Fury
4. The Lay of Our Love
6. Another Fallen Brother (streaming here)
8. Into the Sky
9. Fánar Burtur Brandaljóð
10. Lady of the Slain
12. Where Eagles Dare (Iron Maiden Cover)
13. Cemetery Gates (Pantera Cover)
Check out the video here: More...
Pestilence will release new album "Obsideo," the follow-up to 2011's "Doctrine," this coming October 21st, 2013 via Candlelight Records.
Pre-orders are now available at this location, and the cover artwork can be viewed below.
The new album's track listing is:
3. Aura Negative
10. Superconscious More...
Malmort has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new live guitar player:
"Our live guitarist Orlock Exsecutor left the band to concentrate on his many projects, we salute him for the two years passed inside the band and we wish him all the best in his musical activities for the future.
"Here is the name of his replacement: Sÿskùrr. Also known for its activities in Lugnasad. He will make his first concert in Malmort at the Black Arts Ceremony in Lyon (Fr) - 28/09/13 with Acherontas / Gospel Of The Horns and many more." More...
Denmark's Dawn of Demise has posted the following message online about parting ways with drummer Simon Blaabjerg:
"Hey guys! Simon here. I’m very sad to announce that I won’t be playing with the band anymore. We just slowly drifted apart due to lack of time in my everyday life, so nothing personal at all.
"I had some amazing experiences that I’ll always look back upon with a smile on my lips. I hope they’ll find a new guy to take my throne behind the drums that can live up to your expectations. Love you all, rock on!!" More...
Lacuna Coil has officially begun work on an upcoming new studio album, which will be follow-up to "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here), released back in January 2012.
Joining Lacuna Coil in Italy to record the album is producer Jay Baumgardner, whose credits include P.O.D., Sevendust, Evanescence, and more. Says frontwoman Cristina Scabbia of the new album:
"I am so excited to work on new stuff... I am sure a lot of people will be mesmerized by the cinematic vibe of the new album that's underway. I'm very happy to have the chance to work with Jay. Not only is he a pro in what he does, but I am just loving the fact we are going to experiment with new sounds and are getting a different point of view about our art. We're swamped with the music already... LACUNA COIL is back baby!!!" More...
After splitting with the band's guitarist during the Summer, Canadian act Laika has now checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"Long time no update. We are heading into the studio sometime in the winter to record the long overdue Somnia album. 8 brand new songs no one has ever heard.
"Look for more news in the coming weeks in regards to album art, release date and potentially a release show regarding it. We arent dead yet.."
For more info on Laika, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Halcyon Way and Artizan announced through Intromental management that both bands will provide direct support to Fates Warning on the upcoming North American Tour. Fates Warning is releasing its new album "Darkness In a Different Light" on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via InsideOutMusic. Halcyon Way has an upcoming release "Conquer," the release date of which has not been revealed as of yet. Artizan just released its latest album "Ancestral Energy" back in May via Pure Steel Records.
The following dates will feature Fates Warning with Halcyon Way:
Nov. 15 -- Joliet, IL -- Mojoe's
Nov. 16 -- Detroit, MI -- Harpos
Nov. 17 -- Louisville, KY -- Diamond Pub & Billiards
Nov. 18 -- Cleveland, OH -- Peabody's
Nov. 20 -- Toronto, ONT -- Mod Club
Nov. 21 -- Poughkeepsie, NY -- The Chance
Nov. 22 -- Hartford, CT -- Webster Theater
Nov. 23 -- New York, NY -- The Studio @ Webster Hall
Nov. 24 -- Clifton, NJ -- Dingbatz
Nov. 26 -- Amityville, NY -- Revolution
Nov. 27 -- Lancaster, PA -- Chameleon Club
Nov. 30 -- Spartanburg, SC -- Ground Zero
Dec. 1 -- Atlanta, GA -- Masquerade
The following dates will feature Fates Warning with Artizan:
Dec. 3 -- Houston, TX -- Scout Bar
Dec. 4 -- San Antonio, TX -- Backstage Live
Dec. 5 -- Dallas, TX -- Trees
Dec. 7 -- Phoenix, AZ -- Rocky Point Cantina
Dec. 8 -- San Diego, CA -- Brick By Brick
Dec. 10 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Whisky
Dec. 11 -- San Francisco, CA -- DNA Lounge
Dec. 13 -- Portland, OR -- Hawthorne Theater
Dec. 14 -- Seatlle, WA -- Studio Seven
Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica posted a new music video for the track "Alone in Heaven."
The song appears on the band's latest release "Stones Grow Her Name," which was issued last year via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).
Comments vocalist Tony Kakko: "'Alone In Heaven' got sparked lyrically after I had suffered few personal losses in relatively short period of time. Those will make you think about a possibility of after life and such things. At least for me it was like that. I will always remember those passed on thru this song every time we play it. I was initially a little hesitant whether or not this is a suitable track for SONATA, being rather 'hard/soft rockish.' But the guys fell in love with it immediately and it fell right in on the quite mellow mooded 'Stones Grow Her Name' album.
"I think it's a nice emotional rock song with some extremely beautiful parts to it. It has become a little bit of a fan favorite and crowd pleaser, being quite approachable and straight forward arrangement wise. Very live friendly track we'll surely play also in the future. The video is like the song, fairly simple and ...soft. Enjoy."
Check out the video here: More...
U.K. progressive metal act Aeon Zen posted a trailer clip for the band's upcoming EP release. The title and release date have not yet been revealed, however the EP is expected to drop by year end. The release is the follow up to the "Enigma" LP, which was issued earlier this year via Nightmare Records (see review here).
Check out the trailer clip here:
Danish thrash act Hatesphere is streaming a second new track from the upcoming new LP "Murderlust" The band's eighth studio album is set for release on September 27th via Massacre Records.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Murderlust (streaming here)
2. Pandora's Hell
3. Fear Me
4. The Violent Act
5. Punishable By Death
6. In Process
8. Darkest Of Forces
9. Refill The Chest
10. Assassin (Muse Cover)
11. Murderlust (Pre-Production) (Digipak Bonus Track)
12. 500 Dead People (Live) (Digipak Bonus Track)
Check out "Fear Me" here: More...
German hard rock act Mad Max, featuring Wolpakk vocalist Michael Voss, revealed that the band's eleventh studio album will be entitled "Interceptor." The release drops via SPV/Steamhammer Records on October 25th (Germany), October 28th (EU) and November 5th (North America).
The track listing for "Interceptor" is:
1. Save Me
3. Sons Of Anarchy
4. Rock All Your Life
5. Five Minute Warning
6. Bring On The Night
7. Streets Of Tokyo
8. Show No Mercy
10. Turn It Down More...
Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, unveiled the artwork for the upcoming release "The Theory of Everything." The piece was created by longtime Ayreon vet Jef Bertels.
Over the last month, Lucassen unveiled the names of guest stars set to appear on the album, including: Keith Emerson, JB Christoffersson, Marco Hietala, Rick Wakeman, Cristina Scabbia, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mills, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sara Squadrani, and Tommy Karevik.
The "Theory of Everything" is set for release on October 28, 2013 via Inside Out Music.
The track list is as follows:
1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)
1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20) More...
Swedish power metal act Persuader, featuring Savage Circus members Jens Carlsson (vocals) and Emil Norberg (guitars), have signed a deal with Inner Wound Recordings for the release of the band's first album in eight years - "The Fiction Maze." The album is targeted for release in late 2013/early 2014. Exact dates, track listing and more will be announced during the coming months.
The band commented on the new album: "So finally, we're back! A journey that began some five years ago has finally come to the end of the line and we're extremely proud to uncover the new Persuader album entitled "The Fiction Maze". A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we've done so far, expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals. Combined with a crushing production courtesy of mixer extraordinaire Ronnie Björnström [Aeon, Apostasy, Bone Gnawer] this turned out to be quite a beast of an album, the true pinnacle of our career so far. The time has come, now join us through the fiction maze!"
Persuader was formed in Umeå, Sweden 1997, and have since then released three albums: "The Hunter" , "Evolution Purgatory"  and "When Eden Burns" , all highly acclaimed in the metal scene.
Jens Carlsson - Vocals
Fredrik Hedström - Bass
Emil Norberg - Guitars
Daniel Sundbom - Guitars
Efraim Juntunen - Drums More...
Internationally respected, domestically loved, and locally interesting (“Look at all these black-shirted people walking into this Einstein Bagel Co!”), the ProgPower USA festival returned to its frequent home at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend for its fourteenth year of bringing quality metal to the stateside masses.
Through the hallowed gates (err… glass and metal doors) of the venue, almost anything was possible on the days of September 5-7. To some, it was an ocean of opportunity or a place to be reborn in metal. To others, a place to spend endless nights with the masters of the world themselves. To most of the 1,000+ attendees, it was where they went to reach within, feel alive, and leave with a sense of pride -- nobody was wondering “Why am I here?,” even if it was only the 1st chapter of their ProgPower story. (For this writer, the festival was also a chance to write 9 song/album titles from the bands that would be performing at the show into this second paragraph about the show. Because it sounded really cool.)
As previously detailed, the festival brought 5 bands to the states for the first time and 16 in total throughout the three days, with an extra 2 added to that in a separate Wednesday show. When I had arrived on Friday, the ProgPower elite who had come both days prior to it were feeling quite at ease and even had a sort of comfortable glow about them. I later learned that this was due in part to warm hangovers, but mostly due the awesomeness of the concerts on the days leading up to Friday, which were written about in part by Metal Underground admin CROMCarl. This, however, is the record of my time at this year's crazy heavy wonderland. More...