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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The Last Stand Tour- SABATON, TWILIGHT FORCE, ACCEPT | 31.3.2017 | Live Review

We started the evening slowly by walking to the concert hall. We arrived 40 minutes before the doors were to open.

The show started on time and the lights were dimmed down. TWILIGHT FORCE, a newly established Power Metal band, was the opening the gig. The band was dressed as if they came right out of The Lord Of The Rings. It’s always nice to see a band that has a concentrated onstage wear. The band was formed in early 2011 and very recently released their second full length album Heroes Of Mighty Magic via Nuclear Blast. These guys surely  know how to make a big entrance. Power Metal is sadly an underrated genre.

Swedish band Twilight Force proved to be something quite different, with blistering guitar solos and an insane amount of fast drumming. The songs were done to perfection, a really good  stage presence and most of all a surprisingly good band. The group set the standard for the night. Twilight Force, inspired by Stratovarius and Rhapsody, showed that they have the potential to become one of the big names in Power Metal. I think it’s safe to say that Ronnie James Dio would have been very pleased with them. After a short break to give you just about time to wander off to the merch stand, ACCEPT enters the stage.

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Accept, formed in the 1970s in Germany, is well known as the pioneers of Heavy Metal.  Accept is a great live band, no doubt about it. I miss their earlier singer Udo Dirkschneider fronting the band, but I must admit that the new singer Mark Tornillo does a good job filling in the shoes for Dirkschneider. My impression is that the set list was taken out of their old and new materials. With the audience consisting of people from the ages of 15 up to 70, for a band like Accept that has been around for a while and the elderly fans felt more connected. The top hits for the night were two classic tunes, Fast As A Shark and Balls To The Walls. SABATON was the band everyone had been waiting for. The intro to the song Ghost Division began as the band is about to enter the stage.

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While watching Sabaton, you already know what exactly what you’ll get. For the real fans of Sabaton, truly are the greatest. And they usually have a big stage show with pyros and loads of light. There were so many things going on the stage, that I found it hard to really focus on the actual songs, even though it looked beautiful. The set list for the night  was as always the same as you’d expect from a Sabaton show. Some older and some new songs. You have a feeling that you have seen and heard it all before. Sabaton is one of those bands that you either love or hate. In my opinion, Sabaton needs to come up with something new to keep their position as one of the leading bands. The crowd as a whole  seemed to enjoy them and sing along to their songs. To sum it up,  the band TWILIGHT FORCE was the only band, I felt with some sort of desire to see more. ACCEPT was good and tight but it was not the best set list. They should have been given more time. SABATON is just like always good but not great.

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Oliver Dahlback (Metaljesus Magazine)

Why do metalheads prefer Black?

Outside your favourite metal club the air smells like cigarette smoke, grungy looking guys stand around talking about their favourite bands, and asides from the music they all have one thing in common. Everyone is dressed in black. What motivates metalheads to wear black all the time? The phenomenon is so common that it has become something of a joke.

So what makes black such an important colour in the world of metal? Well, on one level you could say that it is due to metal being, by nature, a dark music. It wouldn’t make sense for fans of music about the darker side of society to be dressed in white right? Yet maybe, there are some deeper roots behind this. On a more primitive level black is often viewed as the colour of death, since ancient times in Indo- European culture. For the ancient Greeks, whose literary culture is strongly associated with metals themes black was the colour of the underworld. If you want to tie wearing black to more atavistic Norwegian black metal traditions then one should consider the Oskorei, who rode horses from the sky down onto their enemies.

So, next time you see a metalhead in a black T-shirt, consider that maybe, there is something beyond conforming to the groups norms. On some level, our wearing of black clothes represents the darkness that the pagan and Roman forefathers of Europe were so disturbed by. So by extension wearing a black t shirt, in a way represents a level of comfort with the darkness of society. Or maybe, black t shirts just look cool.

Written by- Matt Bacon

Guitarist ANDERS BJÖRLER quits AT THE GATES; the band vows to moves on!

Having completed an extremely comprehensive worldwide touring campaign in support of their comeback album, “At War With Reality”, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have announced the departure of their co-founding guitarist Anders Björler.

Says the band in a statement: So, it is now official that Anders Björler is no longer a part of AT THE GATES. He will always be part of the AT THE GATES family, of course, but he will no longer write, record or play with us live. “This is something that we, the rest of the band, have felt was on its way for quite some time, as that special spark was no longer with him the last year. We are grateful for all we have experienced together with him, all the records, all the songs, all the gigs, all the laughs and good times. The rest of us have, in the meantime, started the work on the follow-up to ‘At War With Reality’. We already have three songs written, and the direction is set for an intense, hungry follow-up album. Jonas [Björler, bass] has always written a considerable part of the band’s material and we are fully confident that the new material will live up to the standards set by our previous records. It is ripping. “The four of us still have the burning urge to create death metal together, and we love playing live in front of our fans, so we will go on, with an even stronger intent. While writing the new record that we intend to record in the beginning of 2018, we are trying out Anders‘s replacement. Some auditions are being held as we speak, and we will get back to you with news on the matter as soon as we know more.”

Anders Björler added: “Just a quick note to let everybody know that I am leaving AT THE GATES permanently. The passion is just gone. There might be a more lengthy statement in the future, but at the moment I feel no need to explain further. He adds, “This is a personal decision, and it has 100% to do with the music side of things. The reunion in 2008, and the subsequent tours, as well as the comeback album, ‘At War With Reality’, really helped revisiting our friendship, and it brought us together in a way I will always remember and cherish. I would also like to thank all the people that supported us throughout the reunion shows as well as the ‘At War With Reality’ album. Thanks a lot!”

“At War With Reality” was released on October 28, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR). AT THE GATES completed a short U.S. tour after its appearance on the 2016 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. The trek also featured THE HAUNTED and DECAPITATED (direct support) and HARMS WAY.

Source- Blabbermouth and read more at: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/guitarist-anders-bjorler-quits-at-the-gates-rest-of-band-vows-to-carry-on/#8H3ttr3Gp4jIE28X.99

[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] AMPULEX DEMENTOR- Crimson Highway

AMPULEX DEMENTOR, Death Metal from the cold plains of Sweden is all armed to release their newest release ‘Crimson Highway’ under their Polish label Via Nocturna this January 27th, 2017. . For a band that plays good, raw, old school Death Metal with elements of Brutal Death are all set to stun audiences with their music. The track, ‘Unholy War’ is noted with characterized by slow riffs with a touch of Doom and brutality, reminding us of bands like Obituary, Six Feet under to name a few. Its slow, but picks up with intense blast beats and strong vocals.

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[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERES] MORTALITY- For whom the Bomb Tolls

MORTALITY are a Swedish Thrash Metal that rides heavily on influences from Metallica and the typical 80s Thrash; their very album title might indicate somethings. The track for today is entitled ‘Damnation‘ taken from the upcoming album For Whom The Bomb Tolls set to release this January 27th under Polish label Via Nocturna.

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The track carries a beautiful atmosphere through out but some where down the line you are left wondering that the band can make it sound a lot more different from Metallica. It’s not bad but it can be something more original. The track Damnation is one such track. Riding high on heavy double bass drum work, solid guitar melodies and vocals which remind you instantly of James Hetfield. All this summed up, we can say that the band is up for something that’s full of Thrash. Let’s see what the album has in store for you!

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[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] IN REVERENCE:The Sixth Bloodletting (Lyric Video)

Swedish Atmospheric Death Metal house IN REVERENCE have finally released a brand new official lyric video for the track The Sixth Bloodletting. The single taken from the album- The Selected Breed.

The track starts off with blast beats and rich double bass drums that strikes with a powerful bash; packed with ghastly vocals, tremendous drum work and admirable guitar melodies whose rhythm have uplifted the track’s mood, complimented by  an atmospheric vibe through out.

 

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(Featured photo by- Sandra Thulin Photography)

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