ARCH ENEMY announce New Album + Tour Dates!

In March 2017, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY completed the “War Eternal” album cycle with the highly successful “As The Stages Burn!” live release, which was filmed and recorded at the band’s massive headlining show at Wacken Open Air 2016:

Now, it is time for the next chapter in the band’s history as ARCH ENEMY hereby announce the title and release date of their forthcoming tenth studio album, “Will To Power”, with a worldwide release on September 8th, 2017 through Century Media Records and via Trooper Entertainment in Japan.

Shortly after the album’s release, the “Will To Power” touring cycle will kick off with shows in Eastern Europe, Austria, Finland and Russia, to be followed by an extensive North America tour in October / November. A full European tour can be expected in early 2018. Dates will be announced soon!

Michael Amott comments: “After many months of writing and recording in the studio we are delighted to have finally completed work on our 10th studio album, “Will To Power”. We are looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. We are equally excited to announce the first leg of our “Will To Power” world tour… Can’t wait to play new and old songs for our fans, see you all soon!”

Will To Power” will be a bold sonic statement that ARCH ENEMY in this day and age is virtually unstoppable.

ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrave, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY
“Will To Power Tour 2017”
w/ special guest Jinjer

15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Rumania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia*
*without Jinjer

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KATATONIA [JONAS RENKSE]: We formed in 1991 as teenagers.

KATATONIA was born in Sweden in the year 1991 and have released around 10 Studio albums so far. Their music is characterised by an amalgamation of Progressive Rock and Metal but however does not adhere to a particular sub-genre. Their last album ‘The Fall of Hearts‘ released in 2016 and has garnered exceptional reviews and response since then. We are speaking to the band’s founder and front man, Jonas Renkse. Excerpts:

MJM. How did your 10th album, ‘Fall of Hearts’ come about? In the studio, or during tours?  How much time did the recording process take?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: We wrote most of it during the downtime after the releases ‘Dead End Kings’ and the ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned’ version of the aforementioned album and their respective tours. Recording took a couple of months I think.  

MJM. What were the inspirations for the album, both lyrical and musical?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Same as always. Mostly ourselves. Some other music. And a drive to always get closer to the perfect album. 

MJM. When do we expect the next album?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: No idea. 

MJM. How has Katatonia’s music evolved or changed in the last years? And why?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Depends on what time frame you are talking about. In the more recent years, it hasn’t changed too much, as we have crafted a style where we are very comfortable. 

MJM. How do you prepare for shows? Is the essence more pure while writing or performing music?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: I prefer writing music. The live part is about trying to match the recording but also add a different energy. We usually have a drink or two and listen to some of our favourite music before a show. 

MJM. Could you tell us a bit about when the band was formed? Did you think you’d be going strong in 2017?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: We formed in 1991 as teenagers, I don’t think we could even see as far as to 2017 back then. The future then was of no interest, we were living in the “here and now” pretty much. 

MJM. The ‘The Great Cold Distance’ is also celebrating its tenth anniversary. Congratulations.

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Oh, yes! Thanks. 

MJM. How do lineup changes affect your music?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: I guess it depends on the individual members and their qualities etcetera. It’s always a problem if someone has to be replaced, but usually it works out.

MJM. You have an extensive tour lined up. When do you find time to write new material?  

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: After the touring. 

MJM. Do you guys get to pursue other hobbies, unwind or sight see?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Yeah, a little bit, if there’s time. Otherwise, we just relax between the shows, have some drinks, watch movies and stuff like that. 

MJM. What kind of music do you guys listen to? In other genres too? 

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Everything that’s good to our ears, and from all kinds of genres. 

MJM. Your playlist for today?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Today, I have only listened to the radio and the distant noise from outside my window. 

Katatonia– Shifts (from The Fall of Hearts)

MJM. Your favourite releases of 2016?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: I have no idea what has been released in 2016, sorry. 

MJM. Do any of you work on any side projects? 

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Yes, Anders and I have the band Bloodbath, Niklas is in death metal band called LIK, Daniel plays with a Death/ Doom band called Heavydeath and Roger plays with Tiamat sometimes. 

MJM. How do you feel when you look back at your earlier music?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: I feel proud that we had such a drive to become an original band.

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MJM. Your songs have a melodic backbone. How do you come up with initial melodies and lay the foundation?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Experimenting with chord progressions and trying to come up with interesting vocal melodies on top. 

MJM. Some songs have electronic elements in them. What are they exactly? And why use them?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: A lot of different sounds. We use them because we think it suits the music. 

MJM. Would you be open to use other ethereal instruments like sitar, to expand your musical horizons?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: You never know, it has a cool sound for sure. 

MJM. How was your experience in India with your recent most show? 

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: A bit different from last time. If we come back I’d like to play normal shows as opposed to festivals. 

Katatonia – Old Heart Falls (lyrics video) (from The Fall of Hearts)

MJM. India has a lot of active bands projects from a variety of genres and release music regularly, in spite of not being supported by record labels, unlike other countries. This gives the artists a freedom with their music but sometimes a lack of international promotions, global marketing and sales, studio capital etc. What are your thoughts on this practice? And how do record labels affect bands?

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Yes, it’s a balance between the freedom of doing your own marketing versus having a record label doing most of the promotion. I don’t really know what works best for the indian market. If bands from India want to go international I think having a record label would be best. 

MJM. Amidst all the commercialism and boom in artists from different genres, what is your advice to young artists pursuing metal? 

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Simple and effective way is to, develop in their own pace and not try to copy what’s hot at the moment. 

MJM. Thanks for speaking with us. All the best! 

(Katatonia) Jonas Renkse: Cheers.

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Varun Gopalkrishnan (Metaljesus Magazine)

DEMONIC RESURRECTION release new music video for the track ‘Narasimha- The Man-Lion’

Indian Metal veterans DEMONIC RESURRECTION have unleashed a brand new music video for the track Narasimha- The Man-Lion taken from the recent most album ‘Dashavatar‘. Read the review of the album here- Dashavatar review.

The track is packed with an agonizing sensation that rips through our ears. Poisonous guitar sections, with great drum work and terrific vocals by Demonstealer. The video compliments what the track stands for. Directed by Guilherme Henriques. The video describes the enmity that prevails between Lord Vishnu and Hiranyakashipu. The latter’s younger brother, Hiranyaksha was slain by Varaha, one of the Avatars of Lord Vishnu. Enraged by this incident, Hiranyakashipu decided to gain immortality by performing a penance for Lord Brahma, one of the Hindu gods, alongside Lord Vishnu and Shiva; who promised to give him a boon of his choice. Hiranyakashipu made a smart choice in choosing his boon. This video depicts his tale of desiring power over others and the strength of God’s protection above the world. It also describes Hiranyakashipu’s hatred towards his son, who betrays him and becomes a devotee of Lord Vishnu, his enemy. Angered by this move, he attempts to kill his son as well. In the final phase, he gets killed by the Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu in the most gorifying way.

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Pirate Metal band ALESTORM announce new album Artworks + Tracklist!

Scottish Pirates ALESTORM have announced their latest album titled, ‘No Grave But The Sea‘. This is officially the band’s fifth Full-Length album and also their ninth successful year with Napalm Records. “No Grave But The Sea” will be released worldwide by Napalm Records on May 26th 2017!

Track-list-

1. No Grave But The Sea
2. Mexico
3. To the End of the World
4. Alestorm
5. Bar ünd Imbiss
6. Fucked with an Anchor
7. Pegleg Potion
8. Man the Pumps
9. Rage of the Pentahook
10. Treasure Island

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The official art works for Alestorm‘s ‘No Grave But The Sea’ to be released via Napalm Records.

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Finnish Winter Metal band WOLFHEART release their 3rd album with a new music video!

Finnish winter metal band WOLFHEART have finally released their 3rd album that carries the name TYHJYYS (Finnish meaning: Emptiness). The album is officially out via Spinefarm Records.

With it´s eight tracks TYHJYYS– the album is even more darker, colder, faster and versatile, WOLFHEART is giving the listener a brutal scent of the Finnish blizzard! They has also released a new music video for the track WORLD ON FIRE to mark the release of TYHJYYS. The video is the last single of the new album and it ends the story what was started in the previous video THE FLOOD.

World on Fire is noted for it’s precise melodic guitar work riding heavily on Extreme Metal, the Scandinavian way. Apt blastbeats with rich bass lines and a rich tone has boosted the track’s sound. It’s groovy, nonetheless. The production is solid and has slayed!

Watch the video here-

TYHJYYS album track list: 

01. Shores Of The Lake Simpele
02. Boneyard
03. World On Fire
04. The Flood
05. The Rift
06. Call Of The Winter
07. Dead White
08. Tyhjyys

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XANDRIA- Theater of Dimensions [Album Review]

German Symphonic Metal giants XANDRIA have unleashed upon another journey that has astounded listeners with their brand of music! Theater of Dimensions is the band’s newest outing that has amassed their musical ingredients portraying a new story and divulging a fresh concept.

The album sets off with the track ‘Where the heart is home’ that initiates with symphonic pomposity carrying a moody intro that progresses into eerie choral chants and splendid guitar work that sounds thunderous, complimented by an interesting drum pattern. It’s intriguing to see how the band has excelled in amalgamating these elements to create a vibrant song that grows on you. All throughout the album, the band has used massive orchestral work that has stood ground laying the foundation that rocks you out. The melodies have been written so beautifully that it unwraps eventually as each song evolves into something otherworldly. Theater of Dimensions is one of those albums that has surpassed the grandiosity of their previous releases like Neverworld’s End or even Ravenheart to name a few. I think it’s safe to say that.

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That’s exactly what astonishes me about Symphonic Metal or any of the sub-genres that go down the line; the soul of the music is mirrored affluently; not to forget the artistic proficiency. Dianne has embraced her vocals. Her operatic passages are perfect! The track ‘We are murderers’ can be easily passed on as the heaviest track in the album. The track also features Björn Strid of Soilwork. The stunning drum pattern has elevated the track by a notch higher. The Folk elements in tracks like ‘Ce’ili’, ‘Burn Me’ are quite welcoming. It’s quite a brilliant transition during the latter half of this album.

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Overall, it’s a perfect album in every department! The album is supported by flawless production, inter-dimensional symphonies, robust vocals and hard hitting dual guitars with sturdy drum work.

Ratings- 90%

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EXIST IMMORTAL- Breathe | ALBUM REVIEW

UK based Modern Metal band EXIST IMMORTAL have unleashed their latest outing titled ‘Breathe‘ that released via Primordial Records. The band formed in 2011 have written some great music over the years, with some very interesting song structures, powerful drumming with precise grooves and concrete guitar riffs and stunning melodies that compliments the writing style of the band.

Honestly, this is the first time I am listening to this band and it definitely has made me dig their music more. As someone who grew up being exposed to a lot of Extreme Metal, this was different and I have always been fascinated by the whole concept of how bands have evolved over the years to explore more unconventional song writing, concepts and so on; thereby bringing about a very modern feel to it, these days. Exist Immortal have commenced into a world that is both Modern and Melodic, producing an admirable sound that has a unique semblance.

The vocals are note-perfect and I find that amusing. I think it has advanced the whole album’s perception. Tracks like ‘Saviour’, ‘Erode’ are a highlight. I haven’t heard their previous album but I think this is good for a starter who wants to check out this band. The drums are energetic and are supported by a lot of variety, which has made the album a lot more listenable. The spellbinding guitar work reinforced with great melodies and ambience have uplifted the mood. I think the atmosphere produced in this album is definitively worth taking a note at. Thanks to their stupefying production and studio work which has been a big pillar for this album!

For fans of SKYHARBOR, TesseracT.

Ratings- 80%

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