From Massive Addictive 2014
The official video for “War Eternal”, the title track of the ninth studio album from Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
Due in North America on June 10 via Century Media Records, “War Eternal” will introduce a new member to ARCH ENEMY‘s ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.
Alissa White-Gluz previously stated about her addition to the ARCH ENEMY lineup: “I am very honored and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favourite and globally respected bands, ARCH ENEMY. ‘Wages Of Sin’ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen.
“It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with ARCH ENEMY! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!”
“War Eternal” was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden.
ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and many more. A full headlining tour in North America and Europe will take place in fall/winter 2014.
ARCH ENEMY in 2012 amicably parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott and replaced him with American musician Nick Cordle (ARSIS).
“…fucking hell. watch out for the new Heaven The Axe single…I was privvy enough to hear it and it knocked my fucking head off. Well done Phoebe Pinnock and Steve Watts”
– Liv Repas, HEAVY MUSIC MAGAZINE, Publisher
I got fucking goose bumps when I watched this.
Then I watched it again.
You have a room full of dirty sweaty nasty looking metal heads (including different drummers) ready to tear your face off.
Then you have Phoebe up front to take that edge off, until she proceeds to spit venom and scare you into submission.
Throw in two brutal guest singers in Youngy from King Parrot and Danimal from Frankenbok and.. well.. just watch.
Then hit replay and watch it again.
Australia, stand up and be proud!”
– Higgo, Anchor Triple M/Triple M Distortion
‘Wow, this Melbourne band have taken a serious dose of the angry pills, and gone several miles into left field. They released their debut album a couple of years back, and have now hit back with a brand new single. And they’ve taken the very gutsy step of releasing just about the least commercial track you could possibly imagine from them.
Not only is it angry to the point of being quite vicious, not only does lead singer Phoebe Pinnock sound like she’s about to kill someone as she screeches out her vocals, not only have they enlisted the help of two of the most out of control vocalists in Aussie heavy music to sing some of the backing vocals (Matt Young from King Parrot and Dan from Frankenbok), but the arrangement of the song is quite off-kilter. And yet it still seems to flow very nicely indeed.
It’s not just a snarling, angry song however. Pinnock’s schizophrenic vocal delivery intersperses sexy, sassy melodic lines amidst the angst, and the blistering lead guitar lines provide further colour. It’s a song of stark contrasts, a song of fury and beauty all at once.
This is not the song you’d expect from a female fronted heavy rock to metal act to release as a first single from a new album, and that is a truly wonderful thing”
– Rod Whitfield
Credit: Heavy Mag.com.au
KARI RUESLATTEN, founding member of the progressive doom metal band THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, will release her fifth solo album, and first in nearly a decade, in February 2014 on Despotz Records. To whet the appetite of fans around the globe, Rueslåtten has launched a music video for the album’s first single, ‘Why So Lonely’.
‘Why So Lonely’ originally appeared on the 1994 The 3rd And The Mortal album, Tears Laid In Earth, and has been rearranged by Rueslåtten with the help of Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on piano and keys, Jostein Ansnes on guitar and Rune Arnesen on drums.
“I decided to look back in time and make a cover version of one of my favorite songs from the early years with The 3rd and the Mortal,” said Rueslåtten. “In a way, it can be seen as a tribute to those who have showed interest in my music through so many years. What really triggered me to start making music again were all the kind messages I got from fans around the world asking me when new music would surface. I am most humbled and grateful to find that there are people out there who have followed my music since my early beginning, back in The 3rd and the Mortal-days, and through all my solo-albums.”
Rueslåtten’s natural talent, combined with classical training and roots in the Norwegian folk music tradition, has resulted in a voice that is difficult to describe. Her music has been compared with artists like TORI AMOS, KATE BUSH and BJORK, maybe not necessarily because the music sounds very similar, but because of each artists’ distinctive vocal delivery.
Rueslåtten will start the recording of her brand new, 10-song album this fall. The album will be recorded in Øra Studio in Trondheim and produced by Jostein Ansnes, one of Norway’s best guitarists, known for his work with the critically acclaimed Norwegian band DADAFON with singer Kristin Asbjørnsen.
More information can be found on Kari’s website at this location.
Danny Shipman of Reality Check TV conducted an interview with Elize Ryd of Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE on July 30 at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California.The 37-minute report, which includes performance footage, can be seen below.
AMARANTHE’s sophomore album, “The Nexus”, sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
AMARANTHE’s first U.S. headline tour kicked off on July 17 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Support on the trek came from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS. “The Nexus” was released on March 26 (one day earlier internationally) via Spinefarm. The cover artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes.
The album was once again recorded at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. AMARANTHE’s self-titled debut album was released in Europe in April 2011 via Spinefarm Records.
Ryd has been filling the female singer spot on KAMELOT’s European, South and North American tours.