Its been a rather slow week in terms of new releases or band updates. However, there is enough chatter around to warrant another edition of the weekend news roundup. This time, covering indie and metal.
1) Amon Amarth release artwork for the upcoming release.
Do I need to say anything more? New album with album art screams of typical Amon Amarth being Amon Amarth.
Age of Mythology meets nordic viking lore meets I’ll stop now before this gets out of hand.
Deceiver of the Gods is expected to be released later this year. Download a larger version of the album art here!
2) New Turisas album?
Happened to be browsing on reddit. When I see this little gem posted on r/progmetal:
We woke up this morning and realized not everything is alright. Something was missing. Then we registered on Reddit and all was good again. In short: hell-o, Turisas here. Just popped in to say that we’re pretty much done with the new album and it should be out this (late) summer. New battle metal for your system. Everybody always tells they didn’t go and re-invent the wheel: well, neither did we, but it sure sounds fresh and different. Like if someone had a gangbang with Queen, Gogol Bordello, Manowar and Jethro Tull and then some. It sounds like us all the same
Nothing else has been released yet. No single, no artwork or track list. Not even an album name. But am I excited? Well of course. If a band can successfully pull off a fantastic metal cover of classic pop that is Rasputin, they’re already winning in my books.
Stay tuned for further updates on his front! Probably the only time browsing reddit has borne some fruit, apart from reasons I clearly cant state publicly.
3) Coachella is here!
Hello lovers of indie music, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (or Coachella for short) is happening this weekend and the next. For those of you who’ve never heard of it, Coachella is an annual three-day music and arts festival that takes place in Indio,California. It brings together well known artists and also features new voices of music to an indie-hungry crowd.
Now,the first day of this awesome festival is over,but there are still two more days to go for weekend 1. Some of the artists yet to perform include Franz Ferdinand, Puscifer, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Yeasayer. You can catch the live stream on Coachella’s website. Head over there and happy listening!
4) Daft Punk is finally back
Apparently, a teaser trailer of Random Access Memories (Daft Punk’s new album) was aired during Coachella. The footage contained Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers; performing a new song, presumably titled “Get Lucky”. This is the best possible footage till now. Apart from Pharrell Williams, the other contributors to this album will be Paul Williams, The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, Chilly Gonzalez and DJ Falcon. Random Access Memories will be out 21st of May.
We all last heard the French duo within the stylish walls of Tron Legacy (2010), and their last album was 8 years ago! It’s been too long,you helmet-headed dudes. Welcome back.
5) DragonForce to start recording a new album.
For those of you who still care about Dragonforce, they released the following statement on Facebook.
DRAGONFORCE have completed writing the follow up to last year’s “The Power Within” album, which was their first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the band in July of 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with the band in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with Iron Maiden as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the album.
With a new found wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the DRAGONFORCE machine will be at it’s most powerful when they enter Fascination Studios in Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X to name a few, a killer-sounding album will be the inevitable result. Shredmaster Herman Li says:
‘Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic DragonForce music ever written. With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the DF sound to the next level and beyond!’
I will now type DRAGONFORCE in caps. All hail shredmaster Herman Li.