#1
I know we have some Absu fans here, correct? Well think back to Tara... do you remember the last track (the last real track not the recapitulation with the bagpipes) and the inclusion of some epic ass guest vocals? Well those would be courtesy of Ronnie Trent, a member of *drum roll* 10 Kingdoms, an amazing heavy metal band with some thrash influence thrown in for good suit. They are another Texan band, formed in '98 in Dallas. Michael Kelly (ex-Absu) used to be in the band. They are currently on-hold unfortunately but they've put out two great EPs that I highly suggest you check out, especially Knife Through Bone.

Linky: http://www.myspace.com/10kingdoms
#2
*ahem* WTF PEOPLE?!?! That thread on the new Machine Head album starts a conversation but this generates no response? You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Good solid band. Unique with great vocals. 7/10, not the next Judas Priest but worth checking out.