I popped over to Nuclear Blast Europe's YouTube channel to check out the new Anthrax cover of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" (the new Anthrax covers CD "Anthems" is out in a couple weeks) . . .

So after my Anthrax song finishes up, next on the playlist is this little gem, "Hopeless Days," from Amorphis:

I knew nothing of Amorphis prior to yesterday. Turns out they're Finnish, and have been around since the early 1990s. On the one hand, I feel like a tool for knowing zero about a band that's older than my high school diploma. But, on the other hand, it's cool because now I have a solid melodic/dark metal band with a whole s**tpile of music to discover. Amorphis add to their discography on April 30, with the release of "Circle," which contains the above song.

Finally, new Mad Season. You're thinking "the hell, you say?!" Mad Season only finished one record ("Above"). But, according to a story appearing in the Seattle Times, Mike McCready found some recordings which would have been part of Mad Seasons second album. Obviously, that album never happened. But some of that material will see the light of day as part of an "Above" re-release, which includes all the original album material, a few new songs (like the one just below), and a DVD of Mad Season's final show.