bet365
metal talk
twitter facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk

FEATURES
  OPETH
'Heritage'
Jeff Kent


jeff kent

Pin It
Share |


arch matheos sympathetic resonance

"I love the music, but I can't get past the vocals". How many times have I heard people say that about Opeth? Most even say it with a bit of regret; they WANT to like it, even love it, but that one element of their sound ruins it for them. Guys... this album is for you!

If you've been an Opeth fan for the last ten years or longer then you had to see this coming. Mikael has been dabbling with clean vocals more and more over the years. They even released 'Damnation', which was all clean and mostly acoustic, but it was paired with 'Deliverance' in all its heavy brutality so everyone was happy. 'Heritage' definitely marks a stylistic change for Opeth, though one may argue just how dramatic that shift is.

Article continues below...

   


'Heritage' opens with the somber title track, a solo piano piece played by Joakim Svalberg. The melody is based in Swedish folk music and wouldn't have been out of place on any past Opeth album. So far so good.

'The Devil's Orchard' hits right away with the heavy guitar riffs and Hammond organ that have become commonplace recently. The track settles down with a laid back drum and keyboard section that builds tension that you might expect to be broken by one of Mike's Satanic howls, but no. Instead of release the mood shifts to an almost 70s Jazz Funk feel with some incredible bass work by Martin Mendez.

There is what seems like a longer than normal pause before 'I Feel The Dark' and that will become a theme on 'Heritage', silence and if not total silence a sparse soundscape. Acoustic guitars and vocals along with 'Mellotron' open and each instrument lives in its own space, nothing really competes for attention and everything can be heard.

The recording quality is astounding and this might actually be where the shift in style is most apparent. Not going for a band sound as much as showcasing musicianship and the sound each instrument makes on its own.

'Slither' is a straight ahead rocker that would fit on a Deep Purple or Iron Maiden album which is made more understandable when we see that it was recorded as a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio. This might be Mikael's most impressive vocal performance as he's not screaming or whispering or creating a mood, he's just... singing. The acoustic outro seems a little long to me, but given what comes next I can see the need for a transition.

Here's that dramatic shift we've been expecting. The first half of 'Nepenthe' is very quiet and again the drum and bass work is the most impressive thing here. The middle section kicks into another Jazz Fusion jam with a ripping guitar solo. In between these seemingly disparate parts you can almost see the band members smiling at each other in the studio and taking in the moment. I feel like they found their stride in these silences. It's the silence that makes you listen.

One of the things that makes Opeth great is the juxtaposition of quiet intensity and explosive intensity. 'Heritage' has the same moments but the quiet parts are almost silent and the explosive parts are more about big bass lines and heavy-handed Hammond organ.

It might be an interesting exercise to see just how much of 'Heritage' features only one band member playing at a time. 'Haxprocess' continues in the same vein as 'Nepenthe' and as each song progresses you really start to see where Mike was headed when he made that choice early on in the writing process to move away from the 'Watershed' type songs he'd already finished.

'Famine' comes across as their version of 'Powerslave' and feels like a soundtrack for being trapped inside a pyramid overnight. If you noticed the percussion and thought it sounded a little outside of Axe's scope of knowledge, then you'd be right... that's none other than Jazz legend Alex Acuna (Weather Report).

This track features some of the heaviest Hammond organ work by Per Wiberg who left the band after finishing the record, hence his head falling off the tree on the cover. It even has some Ian Anderson style flutes! Clocking in at over eight minutes it's also one of the longer pieces on the album.

Since I just mentioned Per's head on the cover, it may be worth pointing out some of the symbolism in Travis Smith's gorgeous artwork. The band/tree has its roots in Hell, but has grown. Band members have gone, but remain close to the roots. People congregate at the tree, even line up for it and the city in the distance is burning…read into that what you will.

'The Lines In My Hand' has the best bass line I've heard in a long time. It's Maidenesque in the way it carries the melody more like a lead guitar than a rhythm instrument. Bass players are going to love this. This may be the shortest song Opeth has ever recorded if you don't count the various intros, outros and interludes.

'Folklore' ventures a little close to Spinal Tap at first, but soon becomes more of a Pink Floyd thing. The band sounds comfortable, almost relieved to have taken things down a notch. I hate to make the comparison because it's not entirely accurate, but Metallica said part of the reason they wrote the Black Album was that the 'Justice...' songs were too long and hard to be fun live. Where Metallica could be seen to have dumbed down their songs, Opeth have opened theirs up and allowed more light and space into them.

This brings up the question of lyrics. In the past Mikael has been known to refer to his lyrics as "pure Black Metal nonsense" and let's be honest, you couldn't really understand them anyway. Now everything has been laid bare, there's no hiding behind the growl. You have to wonder how much more thought goes into the lyrics now.

'Folklore' winds down in a perfect way to end an album, but we're treated with an additional instrumental passage, 'Marrow Of The Spirit.' to close things out.

'Heritage' rewards repeated listenings in different settings. Try it on headphones, in the car and on the stereo. Each time I promise you'll hear something new.

If you like it the first time, you'll love it the more you hear it. If you don't like it, give it some time and you may come to understand it. I'd like to think that Opeth still has some Death Metal in their future, but the more I listen to 'Heritage' the less sure I am. I think they've really hit on something here that they should be proud of.

This will no doubt be the most polarizing record of their career. It will surely win them some new fans while alienating some longtime fans.

The question has even been raised as to whether those fans were ever really Opeth fans or just generic Death Metal fans as a 'real' fan of the band would appreciate the natural growth and progression of such a talented group of musicians.

2.10.11



Pin It
Share |



bet365


Sign up here for your free MetalTalk Newsletter...

Yes, please send me the MetalTalk Newsletter
Please remove me from the list

Enter your e-mail address:

Please confirm your e-mail address:




HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND



 
absolva ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE FIRST TOUR DATES FOR 2015
"We're very lucky to be able to add my brother Luke Appleton of Iced Earth on second guitar for these tour dates..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL UNLEASH NEW SONG & VIDEO 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS'
A new dawn rises and Dark Funeral open the gates to a new chapter of furious, intense and merciless Black Metal...

almighty THE ALMIGHTY CLASSIC EARLY ALBUMS TO BE OFFICIALY RE-LAUNCHED COMPLETE WITH EXTENSIVE BONUS CONTENT
The first two Almighty Re-issues will be made available via Spinefarm Records on February 9th 2015...

36 crazyfists 36 CRAZYFISTS ANNOUNCE FEBRUARY 2015 HEADLINE UK TOUR PLUS NEW ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED
This month-long outing aligns with the February 16th release of the group's sixth album, 'Time And Trauma'...

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN DATES
Tickets for AC/DC at Wembley will go on sale from 9.30am Wednesday 17th December...

eric martin ERIC MARTIN CONFIRMS RESCHEDULED UK TOUR DATES AND ADDS FOUR NEW SHOWS
Eric will play thirteen shows in the UK and Ireland over a two and a half week period to make up for the unfortunate circumstance that caused the cancellation...

john altman JOHN ALTMAN LAUNCHES CHRISTMAS SINGLE WITH JOAN OV ARC
The single is a very serious contender for Christmas number one and could launch the girls into the big time...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR EARLY 2015
Rival Sons are delighted to announce they will be heading back in March and April 2015...

skegness THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STELLAR LINE-UP
Year after year, The Great British Rock & Blues Festival delivers....

rainbow BREAKING NEWS: THE WHO POSTPONE THIS WEEK'S LONDON O2 ARENA SHOWS
Bad news for everyone who was planning on seeing The Who at the O2 Arena in London this week...

black star riders BLACK STAR RIDERS RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 'THE KILLER INSTINCT'
"The video is about strength, endurance and overcoming adversity. It's about belief, love and compassion in a world of doubt..."

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE WARSAW, POLAND AS NEXT DESTINATION ON 2016 WORLD TOUR
Manowar return to Poland after their debut performance there in 2014...

exploited THE EXPLOITED ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
Great news that the punk legends are back and ready to go following singer Wattie Buchan's heart attack...

rainbow RAINBOW RELEASE 'A LIGHT IN THE BLACK' NEW 6 CD/DVD BOXSET
This career box set covers the entire Polydor career of Rainbow, featuring rare and unheard tracks as well as fan favourites and the famed concert at Monsters of Rock in 1980...

metalhead FEATURE FILM 'METALHEAD' STREAMS ONLINE AT VIMEO-ON-DEMAND IN SELECTED COUNTRIES
The award-winning film 'Metalhead' has a classic soundtrack and dark intense performances...

visigoth VISIGOTH TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'THE REVENANT KING' JANUARY 26TH ON METAL BLADE RECORDS
In Visigoth's realm, there are no frills, no gimmicks; there is only Heavy Metal...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD ANNOUNCE ROUNDHOUSE LONDON SHOW FOR MAY 2015
Electric Wizard will also appear at the Un Tune Music & Arts festival, Berlin...

nightwish NIGHTWISH RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'ÉLAN' ON FEBRUARY 13TH 2015
As the release of the as yet untitled eighth studio album draws closer, details of the first single are revealed...

attica rage ATTICA RAGE RECORD A CHRISTMAS UPDATE
Discover Attica Rage's highlights of 2014 in this special festive review of the year...

western sand WESTERN SAND RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'DARK HORSE' SINGLE
Western Sand's new single is full of their trademark riffs and energy...

alan parsons THE ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT ARE CONFIRMED FOR LONDON 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE ON MARCH 18TH
The greatest hits show will be the first UK concert in over ten years for the prog luminaries...

slam cartel SLAM CARTEL ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR BRAND NEW DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLE
'Vanishing Worlds / Hypnotised' is released on 16th December, with tour dates to be announced...

cattle decapitation CATTLE DECAPITATION TO RECORD NEW ALBUM IN 2015
Cattle Decapitation will also head out on the road for one last run of dates for 'Monolith Of Inhumanity'...

hayseed dixie HAYSEED DIXIE TO PLAY JOOLS HOLLAND'S ANNUAL HOOTENANNY 2014
The hillbilly cover artists will bring their own versions of classic rock tracks to the BBC 2 New Years Eve celebrations...

scott stapp CREED'S SCOTT STAPP CLAIMS HE IS ON A MISSION TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT OBAMA
A tape of a 911 call from relatives has emerged, detailing another extraordinary happening in the continued downward spiral of Creed's Scott Stapp...

saxon SAXON DRUMMER NIGEL GLOCKLER UNDERGOES SURGERY FOR BRAIN ANEURYSM
Saxon had to postpone all their remaining tour dates earlier this week after drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital...

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE UK AND IRELAND STADIUM DATES
The 2015 AC/DC world tour is coming and they could contain the band's last ever dates...

kk downing KK DOWNING LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST EVER HEAVY METAL FRAGRANCES
"I think I just woke up one morning and thought of the word 'Metal'..."

hellfest HELLFEST ANNOUNCE ANOTHER WAVE OF BANDS PLUS WEEKEND TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT
The second wave of bands have been confirmed for Hellfest in Clisson, France...

jack black JACK BLACK GUESTS IN NEW OFF! VIDEO 'OVER OUR HEADS' AS A SKY DIVING COACH ON AN LSD TRIP
Check out the first chapter of an epic two part video right here...

ginger wildheart NEW POWERWOLF ALBUM COMING IN 2015
"There's songs to go wild to, there's epic and atmospheric stuff - and a lot of wolfish Metal madness in between..."

ginger wildheart GINGER WILDHEART OFFERS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN EXCHANGE FOR THE WORST CHRISTMAS GIFT
Send in the most awful Xmas gift you have ever received for the chance to have a specially written song - the most personal and precious item Ginger can offer to his fans...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT'
The album will be released on 30th March, followed by tour dates in October...

saxon BREAKING NEWS: SAXON FORCED TO POSTPONE REMAINING UK TOUR DATES
"Devastating news that our friend and drummer Nigel has been taken ill..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY RELEASES VIDEO FOR CHRISTMAS HIT 'OK FATHER CHRISTMAS'
The official video to the John Otway Christmas hit 'OK Father Christmas' has now been released...

bob daisley BOB DAISLEY SAYS CLASSIC ROCK SHOULD BE "ASHAMED" AFTER GIVING SECRET AWARD TO RANDY RHOADS
"I co-wrote the music with Randy, I wrote more than 90% of the lyrics..."

europe EUROPE TO RELEASE 'WAR OF KINGS' ON UDR RECORDS IN MARCH 2015
Swedish rock legends Europe will also embark on a UK tour with Black Star Riders to celebrate their 10th studio album...

christmas number one JOHN OTWAY AND IRON MAIDEN IN TOP FOUR PLACES FOR CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE BETTING
"Rock And Roll's Greatest Failure" truly believes in what he's doing and his Christmas single is no exception...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK REVEALS FINAL HEADLINER TRIVIUM, PLUS SABATON AND AGALLOCH FOR 2015
Bloodstock HQ have got your back, with three more crackin' bands announced before the holidays, including the final headliner...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN NEW TRACK 'TWILIGHT OF THE GODS' NOW ONLINE - LISTEN HERE
"It is impossible for us to choose a song that represents the whole album..."

venom_cover VENOM REVEAL STUNNING ARTWORK FOR 'FROM THE VERY DEPTHS'
The album will be released on January 26th and promises to be every bit as striking as the artwork...

pretty reckless THE PRETTY RECKLESS END UK TOUR WITH INTIMATE ACOUSTIC SET
Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips played a short acoustic set for 100 lucky fans...

gammaray GAMMARAY RELEASE 'THE BEST OF' AND OTHER CATALOGUE RE-RELEASES
A chance to own a superb collection from one of the most solid flagships in classic and power Heavy Metal...

finsterforst FINSTERFORST RELEASE BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK
'Mach Dich Frei', the new epic album, is released on February 2nd, followed by a European tour...

eric martin mr big ERIC MARTIN FORCED TO POSTPONE UK SOLO TOUR
"It has not been made clear to SD Entertainment nor Eric and his management of what specifically is required more so than usual..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH REVEAL FIRST EVER OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO
Watch the striking video for 'Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer' here. The band head out on a UK tour next week...

aquostic STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC' UK TOUR
The 'Aquostic' album takes twenty five songs from Status Quo's back catalogue and makes them shine in a stripped down format with a fully acoustic reworking...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH UNVEIL THE ALBUM ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR 'APEX PREDATOR - EASY MEAT'
"There are many meanings that you could grab from the new album artwork, but one is the representation of how our natural and most basic needs for happiness and communication are being stripped away by materialism and pre-packaged garbage..."

grand magus GRAND MAGUS REVEAL VIDEO FOR 'STEEL VERSUS STEEL' AHEAD OF UK TOUR DATES
Catch the Swedish riff lords supporting Behemoth in December...

neal morse THE NEAL MORSE BAND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'THE GRAND EXPERIMENT' TO BE RELEASED IN FEBRUARY 2015
The band have also confirmed European tour dates with Beardfish...

nickelback NICKELBACK ANNOUNCE SHOW AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY FOR NOVEMBER 24TH 2015
Nickelback's tenth world tour will end on a high with a spectacular show in London...

korpiklaani KORPIKLAANI PLAY THE O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON THIS THURSDAY 4th DECEMBER
Both bands are currently supporting Sabaton on their UK tour this month, which coincides with this special show date...

atreyu ATREYU ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOW AT CAMDEN UNDERWORLD, LONDON
The intimate headline show takes place on April 29th. A new album, their first since 2009, is also due in 2015...

robin trower ROBIN TROWER CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM AND SPECIAL GUEST JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR ON UK TOUR
'Somethings About To Change' is the stunning new release from the distinguished guitarist...

hornet HORNET RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'CRY WOLF'
The track is taken from Hornet's new EP which will be released in 2015...

fm FM ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR
Following the epic 30 year anniversary celebrations, FM launch 'Heroes And Villains' for 2015...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN POST FIRST ALBUM TRAILER FOR 'BEYOND THE RED MIRROR' ON YOUTUBE
Take a glimpse into the spell binding new opus from Metal's most epic storytellers...

dave mustaine MEGADETH'S DAVE MUSTAINE'S MOTHER-IN-LAW FOUND DEAD
In a tragic week for the Megadeth frontman, the body of Sally Estabrook, Mustaine's mother-in-law is found after a six week search...

soto SOTO TO RELEASE 'INSIDE THE VERTIGO' ON 2ND FEB 2015
Jeff Scott Soto returns to his heavy roots. "The past 5 or more years have propelled me a plethora of anger and frustration, I'm actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, Soto is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion..."

one way mirror FRENCH ROCKERS ONE WAY MIRROR RELEASE TRAILER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM 'CAPTURE'
The album will be released in January 2015 and live dates will be announced shortly...

papa roach PAPA ROACH ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR FOR MARCH 2015
"We are super stoked to get back to do a headlining show for the fans in the UK and we've got tricks up our sleeve for this tour so be ready, it's gonna be off the chain!"...

venom VENOM TO PERFORM ENTIRE NEW ALBUM ON BOARD 70000 TONS OF METAL
Catch the world premiere of the band's 14th studio album on the world's biggest and best Heavy Metal cruise...

attica rage ATTICA RAGE TO SUPPORT GRAHAM BONNET IN GLASGOW
Get a special discounted ticket price for the gig on December 4th when you buy direct from the band...

fish FISH EMBARKS ON DECEMBER UK TOUR
The Moveable Feast tour contains the dates originally scheduled for May 2014 in support of the album 'A Feast Of Consequences'...

lord impaler LORD IMPALER CELEBRATE 16-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW EP
The Melodic Black Metallers from Greece revive their demo era in advance of new studio album...

megadeth BREAKING NEWS: MEGADETH FALL APART AS BRODERICK AND DROVER QUIT THE BAND
There has been no comment from Megadeth at all and the split leaves Dave Mustaine and co-founding bassist David Ellefson as the only current members of the band...

michael schenker METALLICA TO PLAY READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS 2015
It will be Metallica's fourth appearance at Reading having first played there in 1997 and again in 2003 and 2008...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUESTS ON UK DECEMBER TOUR
Michael Schenker embarks on a nationwide UK tour at Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday 10th December...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
Catch the acclaimed band touring in support of the 'Last Act Of Defiance' album...

german panzer THE GERMAN PANZER GIVE FANS A SNEAK PEEK AT NEW VIDEO FOR 'DEATH KNELL'
Not long to wait now until the debut album 'Send Them All to Hell'. Check out the preview and first track here...

the skull THE SKULL ANNOUNCE DECEMBER U.S. TOUR DATES
There will be nine dates to promote the debut album 'For Those Which Are Asleep'...

foreigner FOREIGNER RELEASE INSTANT DOWNLOAD OF 'NIGHT LIFE' FROM 'THE BEST OF 4 & MORE'
The full homage to Foreigner's most successful album ever will be released on December 8th in the UK ...

patrick kistler PATRICK KISTLER ISSUES STATEMENT ON DEPARTING ELUVEITIE
"In the end the majority but not all of the band decided to expel me from the Eluveitie hood by a democratic vote, we're still very Swiss..."

sanctuary SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
The tour starts next March with a very special show in London before they join the mighty Overkill for a run of mainland shows...

metal all stars METAL ALL STARS POSTPONE EUROPEAN DATES
All November and December dates, including Brixton Academy, will now be rescheduled to Spring 2015...

ac/dc AC/DC: 'ROCK OR BUST' STREAMING NOW ON iTUNES
AC/DC may be going through it, but it sounds like it's all worth the wait. 'Rock Or Bust' is streaming now for free on iTunes...

absolva CHRIS APPLETON OF ABSOLVA RELEASES FREE SONG FROM FORTHCOMING SOLO ACOUSTIC ALBUM - LISTEN HERE
Absolva frontman Chris Appleton is to release a solo acoustic album, 'Restless', on 2nd February 2015...

arthur brown ARTHUR BROWN ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2015
The Showman Of The Year will be telling his story in his own unique style and also performing shows with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown...

system of a down SYSTEM OF A DOWN ANNOUNCE A ONE-OFF SHOW AT THE SSE ARENA WEMBLEY
April 10th 2015 sees System Of A Down play their first UK indoor show in ten years...

krushfest KRUSHFEST TO TAKE PLACE IN OCTOBER 2015
Classic Rock Tours honour the icon and legend Krusher Joule with his own festival...

eluveitie ELUVEITIE PARTS WAYS WITH PATRICK KISTLER
"After six years and four albums, he leaves big shoes to fill..."

heat H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE 'LIVE IN LONDON' ALBUM
The powerful performance of the Swedish rock sensations is captured here, from their date at The Garage in May 2014...

revolution saints REVOLUTION SAINTS TO RELEASE EPONYMOUS DEBUT ALBUM
Put three rock titans together - Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich - and you have the new exciting supergroup of melodic rock...

ufo UFO ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND 2015 TOUR DATES
"A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas..."

battle beast BATTLE BEAST RELEASE NEW TRACK 'TOUCH IN THE NIGHT' - LISTEN HERE
"'Touch In The Night' is probably the farthest away from typical Battle Beast sound we've ever gone..."

sebastien SEBASTIEN RELEASE NEW LIVE VIDEO FROM MASTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL
The track is a version of Black Sabbath's 'Headless Cross', recorded earlier this year...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH DEBUT FIRST SONG FROM 'APEX PREDATOR - EASY MEAT' ALBUM
A first online teaser from the new album is now available. Napalm Death are currently on tour in Europe...

audrey horne AUDREY HORNE ARE NOW ON TOUR
'Pure Heavy' comes to Europe with an extensive run of dates..."

peckham cowboys THE PECKHAM COWBOYS UNWRAP VIDEO FOR 'BROMLEY GIRLS'
The song is a tale of "a young aristocratic lady of high breeding, led astray by a terrible man. Only the names have been changed, because we forgot them..."

abgott ABGOTT PLAY ONLY UK SHOW OF 2014 IN DECEMBER
The Black Metal heroes will play the Boston Music Rooms on December 5th...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Fear Factory will be concentrating on finishing their new studio album and will return in the Summer of 2015...

download KISS AND MUSE ANNOUNCED AS DOWNLOAD 2015 HEADLINERS
British rock trio Muse will headline the Saturday night of next year's event, which runs between June 12th and 14th...

magnum MAGNUM RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'ON CHRISTMAS DAY' ON DECEMBER 1ST
The poignant song is based on a true life incident in the WW1 trenches...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA DANCE ACROSS NORTH AMERICA IN HILARIOUS NEW VIDEO FOR GENESIS COVER 'I CAN'T DANCE'
"The experience ranged from no one even paid too much attention to us to people looking a little scared..."

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE GERMAN DATES FOR 2016 WORLD TOUR
The German dates are just the first of many live appearances, with plenty more to be announced. "And for 2016, we will have more surprises and an even bigger production..."

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ANNOUNCE ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE FOR 2015
"Kippo kicked our asses to make us do the very best, and you can hear that in this album. It's a killer album with killer sound. I'm very proud to a part of this masterpiece..."

hellfest BREAKING NEWS: HELLFEST ANNOUNCE MOTORHEAD, SCORPIONS, ALESTORM, SLASH, ZZ TOP, VENOM AND MANY, MANY MORE FOR 2015
Hellfest have announced a stellar line-up for the 2015 edition of the festival which will take place at on June 19th to 21st 2015...

download BREAKING NEWS: JUDAS PRIEST, SLIPKNOT AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR DOWNLOAD 2015
Slipknot will play the main stage at Donington on Friday June 12th, following Judas Priest...

chris appleton CHRIS APPLETON ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC ALBUM & TOUR
In the downtime between Absolva projects, Chris Appleton applies his skills to solo album 'Restless'...

out and loud NAPALM RECORDS ANNOUNCE LABEL NIGHT AT OUT & LOUD FESTIVAL 2015
The German festival gets off to a quality start with the warm up night on July 3rd featuring a fine cross-section of the label repertoire...

jeff loomis ARCH ENEMY WELCOME JEFF LOOMIS AS NEW GUITARIST
The ex-Nevermore guitarist will debut for Arch Enemy on the European tour starting November 26th as Nick Cordle's replacement...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
The two day showcase promises to give Glasgow a Rock and Metal party to remember...

periphery PERIPHERY ANNOUNCE DUAL ALBUMS FOR 2015
There will also be plenty of touring in next year, including a stint on the road with Devin Townsend Project...

anathema ANATHEMA ANNOUNCE 'RESONANCE' SHOW AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN APRIL 2015
This special show will be a celebration of the entire history of Anathema music...

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history..."

yardbirds THE YARDBIRDS RETURN TO LONDON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SOME VELVET MORNING
The Yardbirds will play Bush Hall on November 21st, fifty years after the release of the seminal 'Five Live Yardbirds'...

marilyn manson NEW MARILYN MANSON ALBUM 'THE PALE EMPEROR' COMING JANUARY 19th
The album is available for pre-orders now...

udo UDO, ONE OF GERMAN CLASSIC ROCK'S GREATEST, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
'Decadent' is mastered and due for release in January 2015...

fozzy FOZZY LAUNCH VIDEO CLIP FOR 'DO YOU WANNA START A WAR'
"Fog, slow motion camera shots, and chicks in military uniforms. Touchdown!..."

phil rudd 'PROCURE TO KILL' CHARGE AGAINST AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD DROPPED BUT OTHER CHARGES REMAIN
Rudd is on bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on November 27th and still faces one charge of threatening to kill...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN TO RELEASE 'BEYOND THE RED MIRROR' IN FEBRUARY 2015
"A story between science fiction and fantasy. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost..."

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2014, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery