Instagram introduces the “Instagram Direct”

Instagram recently announced on their blog about their newest cool feature that will surely be enjoyed by Instagrammers. It is called “Instagram Direct”. It is a new way to send your photo and video messages to friends, privately.

A demo displayed from Instagram’s blog post:

This feature lets you share your photos and videos through Instagram only with your desired recipients. You may click “Direct” and choose the friends you wanted to send your photo and they will receive a Direct request from their Instagram app! Select “Followers” if you wish to share your media to everyone you follow or your followers on Instagram.

Instagram for iOS version 5.0 is available now for download in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 5.0 is available today on Google Play. Instagram for Windows Phone is in beta. Stay tuned for future updates.

Watch the trailer below:

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Last Week’s Top 5

I’ve been so very busy the past weekend and I realized I forgot to post last week’s top 5 favorites. So here ya go! Better late than never!!!

5. “Paper Waves” by The Gathering – (Triprock/Alternative rock)

4. “Sleep All Day” by Jazon Mraz – (Pop rock)

3. “Promises” by The Cranberries – (Indie Rock)

2. “Sennen” by Ride – (Shoegaze rock)

1. “Ever Dream” by Nightwish – (Symphonic Power metal)
[Live performance from Wacken Open Air 2013 with Floor Jansen]

Iced Earth released new song “Among The Living Dead”

Heavy metallers, Iced Earth unveiled another new song from their forthcoming album “Plagues of Babylon”. The new song is called “Among the Living Dead” which is now available for streaming!

Listen here:

Track listing:
1. Plagues Of Babylon
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit Of The Times
12. Highwayman

The new album will be released in 21st January 2014, and the band will kick-off their Headlining tour at the North America together with Sabaton and ReVamp in 4th of April. You can check all dates here.

Pre-order are on-sale now at CM Distro. Album and merchandise packages include the following:

– Standard CD (28-page booklet; jewel case; collectible top spine)
– Limited-edition deluxe CD/DVD (standard CD; DVD with “making of” documentary, alternate album mixes and gear guides; 32-page booklet with alternate cover artwork on cover; 6-panel matte digipack, collective top spine)
– Double LP (180 gram; gatefold sleeve on matte-laminated heavy cardboard; printed inner sleeves; available in black or limited-edition silver wax)

Listen to the first track from the new album, “Plagues of Babylon” here.

MaYan’s new album “Antagonise” – studio trailers!

Dutch metal band, MaYan recently posted some studio moments and some trailer of their upcoming album “Antagonise”, to be released in 31st of January 2014 via Nuclear Blast records.

Watch here:

Pre-order the album here (Europe only).
Worlwide Pre-order will be available soon.

The band will present the new album with 2 release shows in 30th January at Mezz Club, Breda and 31st January at Tivoli, Utrecht.

Tickets are available now!
Tivoli: Click here.
Mezz: Click here.

Swervedriver release new single

English shoegaze act, Swervedriver recently released their new single called “Deep Wound”, which was recorded last 20th August 2013 after their successful five-date tour in Australia. The said single will be included in a new upcoming album after 15 years since their last album, which was the “99th Dream” (released 1998 February). The single is available for download directly from the band, and also includes the song called “Dub Wound”, which is a B-side re-working track for the kind of driving Krautrock vibe hinted at on Adam Franklin solo releases. This also features Mark Gardener of Ride on backing vocals.

Listen to the song here: (or click here if link didn’t load)

The band also made a public performance on the Jimmy Fallon TV show of their newest track last year.

Read more news about Swervedriver here.

FaceCulture Interview with Anneke van Giersbergen

FaceCulture recently had an interview with the amazing, Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering). The interview talks about the new album “Drive” as well as some personal things about touring with her son, how their recording process was done and touring with her band.

Read more:
“My Mother Said” music video
MetalXS Interview with Anneke van Giersbergen