ARCH ENEMY Part Ways With NICK CORDLE, JEFF LOOMIS Joins The Band

November 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Metal icons ARCH ENEMY are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) will be joining their ranks for their upcoming European tour which kicks off November 26, as well as all future tours in 2015.

Jeff Loomis states:

”I’m very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I’m really looking forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!”

After a great year of intensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, Arch Enemy are parting ways with guitarist Nick Cordle who states: “With War Eternal I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future.”

USA fans will be able to catch a special reunion as Christopher Amott (the brother of ARCH ENEMY founder/bandleader Michael Amott) has joined the band for the remainder of their American headlining tour.

Michael Amott (guitars) comments: ”We all wish Nick the very best in his new endeavors and we are sure that you will hear much more from him. We’re also super grateful to my brother Christopher for stepping in to finish the current American tour!”

”The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world in my opinion, as well as being a long time friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the War Eternal’ touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!”

See below for all upcoming ARCH ENEMY tour dates.

ARCH ENEMY – live in North America with KREATOR, HUNTRESS, STARKILL
Nov. 18, 2014 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN *
Nov. 19, 2014 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Nov. 20, 2014 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Nov. 21, 2014 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
Nov. 22, 2014 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 23, 2014 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
*=without STARKILL

ARCH ENEMY – live in Europe with KREATOR
Nov. 26, 2014 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France
Nov. 27, 2014 – L’Usine – Istres, France
Nov. 28, 2014 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Nov. 29, 2014 – La Riviera – Madrid Spain
Dec. 1, 2014 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France
Dec. 2, 2014 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France
Dec. 4, 2014 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec. 5, 2014 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany
Dec. 6, 2014 – Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, Germany
Dec. 7, 2014 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany
Dec. 8, 2014 – Docks – Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 9, 2014 – Huxleys – Berlin, Germany
Dec. 11, 2014 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
Dec. 12, 2014 – Eventhall – Geiselwind, Germany
Dec. 13, 2014 – Tonhalle – München, Germany
Dec. 14, 2014 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 16, 2014 – Institute – Birmingham, UK
Dec. 17, 2014 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK
Dec. 18, 2014 – The Forum – London, UK
Dec. 19, 2014 – Academy – Manchester, UK
Dec. 20, 2014 – Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Dec. 21, 2014 – QMU – Glasgow, UK
Dec. 22, 2014 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK

ARCH ENEMY – live 2015
Jan. 22-26, 2015 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
Jan. 29, 2015 – Teatro Estudio Cavaret – Guadalajara, Mexico
Jan. 30, 2015 – Jose Cuervo Salón – Mexico City, Mexico
Feb. 01, 2015 – Coliseo el Salitre Bogota, Colombia
Feb. 03, 2015 – Club Blondie Santiago, Chile
Feb. 04, 2015 – Rock & Soccer Antofagasta, Chile
Feb. 06, 2015 – Circo Voador Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Feb. 07, 2015 – Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Feb. 08, 2015 – Music Hall – Curitiba, Brazil
Feb. 10, 2015 – El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Feb. 12, 2015 – Plaza de toros Belmonte – Quito, Ecuador
May. 2, 2015 – Karmoygeddon Festival – Kopervik, Norway
Jun. 04, 2015 – Out & Loud Festival – Geiselwind, Germany

ENSIFERUM – To Release Upcoming album “One Man Army” on February 2015

November 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Finally!

As some of you know, the Finnish legends Ensiferum have been in the studio for a while and working on their upcoming album. Furthermore, the band has also revealed the upcoming tour dates for 2015.

Yesterday, Metal Blade Records has finally made a statement regarding the new album. According to the statement, the name of the upcoming album will be titled “One Man Army” and it will be released on February 24 in North America, and February 23/20 in UK/Europe. New music, art, track listing, and video clips from the studio will be online within the next few weeks. Next week, Ensiferum will be filming a brand new music video with Grupa #13 in Poland. Grupa #13 is the production house behind some of the most spectacular music videos in metal, including videos from Behemoth, Amon Amarth, and more.

Vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos comments :

“We worked hard and long days one after another while Kippo kicked our asses to make us do the very best, and you can hear that in this album. It’s a killer album with killer sound. I’m very proud to a part of this masterpiece!”

Bassist Sami Hinkka adds:

“Hi folks! We are extremely proud to announce that the album is 100% done! The recording session was incredible experience for us. We can’t express our gratitude enough for Mr. Anssi Kippo, who never lost his nerves, was full of crazy ideas and worked like a madman for weeks! The shortest working day was 12 hours and the average was around 16 hours! After all “blood, sweat and tears” it feels great to tell you that the result for years of hard composing and weeks of intense recordings is without a doubt the best Ensiferum album song- and soundwise. Material is pretty diverse and each song tells a tale of it’s own instead of being a crappy copy of previous song so no fillers included. Next week we go record the new music video, but that’s another story… Stay tuned!”

What about the tour then? The tour dates for 2015 are below :

ENSIFERUM
+ special guests
11/03/15 DE – Bochum – Zeche
12/03/15 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
13/03/15 DE – München – Backstage
14/03/15 CZ – Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
15/03/15 HU – Budapest – Club 202
16/03/15 AT – Wien – Szene
18/03/15 IT – Milan – Live Club
19/03/15 CH – Lausanne – Les Docks
20/03/15 FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
21/03/15 CH – Pratteln – Z7
22/03/15 FR – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
23/03/15 FR – Paris – Le Bataclan
24/03/15 UK – London – O2 Academy Islington
25/03/15 NL – Haarlem – Patronaat
26/03/15 NL – Zwolle – Hedon
27/03/15 BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
28/03/15 DE – Bremen – Tivoli
29/03/15 DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
30/03/15 DK – Copenhagen – Vega
31/03/15 SE – Stockholm – Göta Källare
01/04/15 SE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
02/04/15 NO – Oslo – Inferno Metal Festival

ENSIFERUM
w/ Orphaned Land
26/11/14 JP – Tokyo – Club Duo Exchange
27/11/14 JP – Osaka – Mamba Rocket
29/11/14 CN – Shanghai – Mao Livehouse
30/11/14 CN – Bejing – Yu Gong Yi Shan

2015 Festival Appearances
13/12/14 NL – Eindhoven – Metal Meeting
22/01-26/01/15 US – Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
13/08/15 RO – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extremefest
13/08-15/08/15 DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival

ENSIFERUM is:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Emmi Silvennoinen – Keyboards/Backing vocals

http://www.ensiferum.com/
http://twitter.com/EnsiferumMetal
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

[PREVIEW] SKALMÖLD, ARKONA and ELUVEITIE @ Bremen

November 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Who : Skalmöld (IS), Arkona (RUS), Eluveitie (CH)

When : 20.11.2014

Where : Tivoli, Bremen

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Here’s something for the folk metallers out there!

Icelandic “battle” metallers SKALMÖLD are currently on tour with Arkona and Eluveitie. This Thursday on 20.11.2014, the band will be playing at Tivoli in Bremen, Germany.

If you have not heard the name Skalmöld before, here’s some little info. The band has been active since 2009 and the band’s first record “Baldur” has been released in 2010, which has been then released via Napalm Records in 2011. On the same year, the band has toured with the genre’s biggest names in HEIDENFEST, which made them even more known and appreciated when it comes to viking metal.

One of the biggest highlights in the band’s career is surely the collaboration with Iceland Symphony Orchestra for three sold-out shows in Iceland! If you wanna know how that gig has been like, go buy the DVD and get a glimpse of that true Icelandic viking vibe :D

Skálmöld plays music that could be described as Battle Metal, a potion of Epic Viking Metal, old school Death and Thrash Metal, entwined with the Icelandic heritage. The lyrics are all written under the strict rules of the ancient Icelandic poetry and influenced by the heathen roots of the Nordic nation. The outcome is a powerful mixture of Heavy Metal and Heroic Sagas, erupting from the boiling core of the frozen Island.

So for those who are craving for energetic live shows from the vikings themselves, then don’t miss them on tour!

That’s not it though! The headliners ELUVEITIE and the other supporting act ARKONA will also play so it will surely be a blast and a night full of folk and pagan metal! Get your tickets now! :)

Who : ELUVEITIE with ARKONA and SKALMÖLD

When : 20.11.2014

Where : Tivoli, Bremen

Doors open at 19:00

Gig starts at 20:00

Tickets :

http://www.aladin-bremen.de/veranstaltung/eluveitie/

http://www.eventim.de/

FORMER MEMBERS OF PAGAN BLACK METALLERS DRAUGR LAUNCH SELVANS AND DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING RELEASE FEATURING THE LATE JONNY MORELLI

November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on PATRICIA THOMAS BAND MANAGEMENT:

A year ago almost to the day, Pagan Black Metallers DRAUGR called it a day after an illustrious ten-year career that saw the band, whose music paid tribute to their Pagan ancestors,  firmly at the top of the genre in Italy, and with a solid and ever-growing following world-wide.   It is fitting, therefore, that some of DRAUGR’s original members have chosen this time to announce the launch of their new band – SELVANS.  But it is a bitter-sweet moment because, in a lineup that includes Selvans Haruspex (Ursus Arctos of DRAUGR)  on vocals,  keyboards and traditional instruments , Sethlans Fulguriator (Mors of DRAUGR) on guitars,  and DRAUGR co-founder Stolas on bass, one very important member is missing – drummer and DRAUGR co-founder Jonny Morelli, who was tragically killed in a motor bike accident in June of last year.

With a new website and Facebook page launched yesterday, SELVANS have today…

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[LIVE REPORT] She Past Away and Golden Apes on Halloween

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Date : 31.10.2014

Bands : She Past Away (TR), Golden Apes (DE)

Location : Schlachthof Bremen

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What’s better than Halloween/Samhain? A Halloween full of darkwave/gothic music of course! :D

This Halloween, Turkish darkwave band She Past Away were to play at Schlachthof Bremen. The support act were the German dark/gothic rock band Golden Apes. Even before the show, the crowd gathered in front of the venue to wait for the bands to play; it was surely obvious that it was gonna be a crowded evening. The venue was decorated quite well which fit to the Halloween concept; little dolls were hung on the ceiling and the eerie atmosphere was created quite well.

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Golden Apes started the set with “doomy” and “gothic-like” synths and so the Halloween started. The dark vibe that the band created was what kept me hooked on their live show. All in all, we are not talking about a newcomer band; Golden Apes has been around since 1998 and they have released 7 studio albums so far. In this sense, the impression they have left on the stage was not just “darkwave/gothic” like; throughout the show, I felt that I was hearing a harmony of different genres, from alternative/indie to gothic/darkwave or even hard rock;  the band managed to warm up the crowd in this magical night although most of the people in the venue were waiting for She Past Away and there wasn’t so much movement in the audience.

Another great higlight of the show – apart from the beautiful and magical synths- was the bass guitar played by Christian Lebrecht ; I think that the band used that aspect very well in their live show. I think that the bass guitar can be quite important and astonishing in the genre of darkwave/gothic/doom (Type O Negative/Sisters of Mercy, anyone?). My favorite songs of the night were “Happy Losers” and “Archers”.

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What can be said about She Past Away? Anyone who is craving for 80s retro elements and darkwave music knows this Turkish band of course. As soon as they were on stage, the audience (which was more crowded than before) clapped along and started dancing. It was amazing to see how these 2 guys can take over the whole stage; they have got this charismatic and cool attitude but yet so much energy in their songs that it’s hard not to dance.

The band started the set with “Belirdi Gece” (The Night Emerged) from the album with the same name, released in 2012. What was great about their stage show was the dark and dynamic aura that they created; vocalist Volkan Caner’s deep vocals added that ‘dark’ vibe to the music whereas bassist İdris Akbulut’s bass added a great dimension to the music. I also loved the fact that the band sometimes changed the songs while keeping the essence; the songs they played live did not exactly sound like the album version but much more unique and ‘atmospheric’. I gotta say that I did not see many bands do this but She Past Away definitely proved how authentic they are in this sense. It’s no wonder how successful and adored they are in many countries worldwide.

Some of the highlights of the show – apart from everyone sweating and the venue getting warmer and warmer :D- were the songs “Sanrı”, “Monoton” and “Kasvetli Kutlama” (which was definitely everyone’s favorite I guess). Apart from that, the band also played the For Against cover “Fate” and Suspiria cover “Allegedly, Dancefloor Tragedy” . The audience loved the show so much that the band had to come to the stage 2 times after ending the show. For the last time then, they ended the show with “Ritüel” (which they played for the 2nd time!). She Past Away was simply just amazing, no words needed for that! :D

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Links :

Golden Apes Official

She Past Away Facebook

STATIC-X Frontman WAYNE STATIC Dead At Age 48

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Such sad news.. :(

The charismatic frontman, Wayne Static, of the band Static-X has passed away.

So far, no official cause of death has been announced. Here is the statement on the band’s official Facebook page :

“November 1, 2014 – Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as WAYNE STATIC, passed away at the age of 48.

WAYNE STATIC was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months.

No additional information is available at this time.”

My condolences to his family,friends and bandmates :(

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Nothgard – Age of Pandora

November 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Nothgard

Album : Age of Pandora 

Genre : Epic melodic death metal

Release Date : 12.09.2014

Record Label : Trollzorn Records

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Nothgard is a German epic metal band. Formed in 2008, the band’s style can be described as a mixture of death/epic metal with influences from folk and pagan metal.

The band’s first debut album “Warhorns of Midgard” was released in 2011 and shortly after that, the band has toured with bands like Gernotshagen, Northland and Skyforger. In 2012, Skaahl (Wolfchant) joined the band as the 3rd e-guitarist and the line-up is now stronger than ever. The band released their latest album “Age of Pandora” on September.

Age of Pandora greets us with the energetic beginning that resembles the soundtrack music of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Seriously! When I first listened to the intro, I got the impression that an album full of orchestrations and epic metal is awaiting us and I wasn’t wrong.

What’s great about this record is (as mentioned) the perfect harmony of the orchestrations and the epicness of metal music. So far, the only band that could pull that off has been Wintersun but with Nothgard, the direction of this harmony is quite different and also unique; the harmony of the orchestrations and the epic metal make this record just dynamic and “fun”; with “dynamic”, I really mean it! With the intro, the energy is built and from the second song “Age of Pandora”, the energy in the music just explodes. This aspect clearly shows that Nothgard has improved with this album. I cannot say that they have matured completely in a musical aspect since there are still influences from some legendary folk/epic metal bands but I am sure they will musically evolve with the next albums.

Musically, it’s worth mentioning that the production is really successful. Normally, with metal albums full of orchestrations, the production can be a bit ‘over the place’ or even ‘messy’ but the band managed to give us an aggressive and a ‘raw’ record with a clean production.  The rawness of this album surely can be heard within the vocals; I found the vocals really strong and confident which is one of the highlights of this album.

Another interesting aspect is the combination of e-guitars; as the Nothgard fans know, the line-up consists of 3 e-guitars. As much as I enjoyed the riffs and solos in the album, I think that the band would be just fine with 2 e-guitarists. I felt that the band sometimes overdid it musically with the 3 e-guitars but that’s just my opinion; I am sure people who are looking for many riffs and solos would be pleased to hear the mixture of double-leads and the rhythm guitars in this album. This also does not mean that e-guitars killed it; as a matter of the fact, the highlight of this album – along with the vocals- are the e-guitars of course. Not convinced? Listen to “Obey the King” or “Mossback Children” and you will know what I mean! :D Personally, my favorite is “Black Witch Venture” though.

If you are looking for epic musical orgasm filled with e-guitars, stories and melodies, then “Age of Pandora” is your answer. It’s like a roller coaster ride from the beginning until the end!

Rating: 8/10

Tracklisting:

  1. Of Light And Shadow
  2. Age Of Pandora
  3. Blackened Seed
  4. Black Witch Venture
  5. In Blood Remained
  6. Anima
  7. Obey The King
  8. Wings Of Dawn
  9. Mossback Children
  10. No One Holds The Crown

NOTHGARD is :

Dom R. Crey – Vocals / Lead-Guitar
Vik S. – Bass
Daniel K. – Lead / Rhythm-Guitar
D. Ziegler – Drums
Skaahl – Rhythm-Guitar

Links:

Nothgard Official

Nothgard Facebook

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