When looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.
Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene. Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts. You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.
Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years. Continue reading →
TÝR, hailing all the way from the Faroe Islands, are currently recording their new album in Denmark. For drum tracking on this album, TÝR has enlisted the services of drum god George Kollias (NILE). A video featuring drum tracking highlights, as well as a short message from Kollias, can be seen below.
George commented on the experience: “Hey TÝR fans, this is George Kollias and I hope you are ALL ready for a crushing new album from TÝR!!! I had the pleasure to record the drums on the new album, we had an absolutely great time in the studio and I gotta tell you, the material is super strong and catchy, I’m 100% sure you will all love this new album!! Big thanks to Heri, Terji and Gunnar for the opportunity and to Jacob Hansen for his incredible work with the recordings!”
TÝR commented: “It was a pleasure to have George in studio. He’s an amazing drummer and he certainly made an impact on this album. We’re very excited to release this album.”
A recent announcement on the TÝR Facebook page has confirmed that the band has parted ways with drummer Kári Streymoy. The band commented on the amicable split: “We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the rest of the band have parted ways. Kári suffered a back injury in 2008, and since then he has had some issues with his drumming. That is the main reason that the co-operation has been problematic for some time now, and we finally decided to part ways, While you can emulate congas and bongs with some electronic devices, it is best to buy a real cajon drum because emulating its sound it is not a good idea. In reality, cajon drums are very affordable instruments, getting one is pretty much a must have nowadays.
. We want to thank Kári for his time in the band. It’s been great to have you with us, we wish you the best of luck in the future and we hope you recover fully some day.” This album will be the band’s seventh full length effort. One of the new tracks, “The Lay of Our Love“, will feature a duet with TÝR vocalist Heri Joensen and Liv Kristine from LEAVES EYES.