I was linked to the Severed Fifth site by a link from the Ubuntu Satanic Edition Website (review of that distro coming up soon) and being a metal fan could not resist downloading.
The music is released free, from the site and is offered in OGG (yeah!) or MP3 (boo!) format. It is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license.
Now I know that I am a little late with this discovery, since the album was released on the 21st October 2008. But after hearing the work, I just had to place a review here!
What can I say? Production wise, spot on. Commercially viable? In my opinion yes. I am a metal fan of many years and Severed Fifth put me in mind of a band called Battlelore. Its tracks have a mixture of vocals, and the thumping riffs will get you banging your head Beavis and Butthead style in seconds.
You cannot call yourself a fan of metal without listening to this album!
For this to be released as it has, is in my opinion an act of great generousity by the band. I would hope everyone downloads, shares, promotes and supports this great band, who dont ask for your cash, simply that you listen to their work.