Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement
Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
With a musical career spanning three decades, KREATOR, ambassadors of Germany’s distinctive brand of smoldering thrash metal, will be returning to North America once again, this time as direct support to Sweden’s unstoppable melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY.
Sponsored by Dean Guitars, the 26-show co-headlining “War Eternal – American Tour 2014” features support from California’s HUNTRESS and Chicago’s STARKILL (on select dates). The trek launches on October 23rd in Baltimore, Maryland, includes eight Canadian shows, and ends on November 23rd in Cleveland, Ohio.
“It’s been three long years since ARCH ENEMY last played North America, but now the wait is over!” states ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott. “We’re riding a veritable metal tsunami in Europe with our new album War Eternal and look forward to spreading the chaos on this North American run!ARCH ENEMY is very proud and excited to be teaming up with Teutonic thrash titans KREATOR as well as HUNTRESS and STARKILL! Miss this show at your own peril!”
“Both bands have been talking about touring together for many years, now it becomes reality,” states KREATOR guitarist frontman Mille Petrozza.“KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY on one bill in the USA and Canada! We are looking forward for another killer run in support of our album Phantom Antichrist before we will start writing new stuff in 2015! With ARCH ENEMY’s new album War Eternal being a monster, this will be THE metal tour of the fall. Don’t miss it!”
We join Alissa White-Gluz and Micheal Amott in the Century Media Records offices in Camden Town, right by the Camden Lock in London, UK, and just a bridge away from arguably the most frequented metal bar in the area. The setting is pleasantly metal on a tranquil spring afternoon.
Arch Enemy has received a lot of publicity lately, following the announcement in March that Angela Gossow will be stepping down as a vocalist. Plus their new album, War Eternal (2014), is on its way out. We are curious to find out more.
Extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The artwork for the album was created by Costin Chioreanu (http://twilight13media.com/), who previously worked with Michael Amott on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ re-issue of their self-titled debut.
Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: “I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we’ve been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who’s work I’ve admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he’s delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we’ve ever had with ARCH ENEMY!”
ARCH ENEMY’s upcoming album, War Eternal, was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the official video for the album’s title track, created by Patric Ullaeus: http://youtu.be/InRMwptcgAo
German fans can watch the video here: http://www.muzu.tv/centurymedia/war-eternal-official-video-video/2184580/
In early June 2014, Arch Enemy will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their 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), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.
Angela Gossow comments:
“Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY’s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster. I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.
I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories – I will cherish them forever! I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way – revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!”
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN
LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
The legendary Carcass returned with a vengeance! Their new album SURGICAL STEEL is an amazing piece of evidence showing how the band has remained stainless and sharp. The album has literally blown both new and old fans easily away. Carcass embarked on their European tour with Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth and British occult metallers Hell. They arrived to Helsinki to play a sold out show for the Finnish metal freaks. Before the show, Metal-Rules.com talked to Bill Steer about touring, Carcass re-union time, past times, and of course the new album. Read the rest of this entry »
ARCH ENEMY have been forced to cancel all their European festival appearances, including their Wacken Open Air performance, due to private family matters.
An official statement from the band follows: “It is with great disappointment that we have to cancel our shows at European festivals this summer. The reason for this being private family matters that demand our full attention, making it difficult to fulfill our commitments in that time frame. We are currently looking into the possibility of rescheduling these festival slots for next year. We would like to thank the festival promoters, and of course the fans for their understanding and continued support. We will use this downtime to finish up the work on our upcoming DVD/Blu-ray and continue with the songwriting process of the next Arch Enemy album. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014! Metal on!”
Although their local climate may get down to temperatures that could freeze your bits off, Canadian metallers Titans Eve’s fingers certainly aren’t getting cold in cracking out wave after wave of serious modern thrash. Unleashed only a few months ago, Titans Eve’s second album ‘Life Apocalypse’ has managed to fill even bigger boots than those of its predecessor ‘The Divine Equal’. With the band preparing to hit Europe for the first time with the backing of Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), guitarist Kyle Gamblin doesn’t leave us out in the cold…
The Night Flight Orchestra (classic rock project for Soilwork and Arch Enemy members): preview of a song and album preorder
“Internal Affairs” is the title of The Night Flight Orchestra’s brand new album that will be released worldwide on June 18th 2012 via Coroner Records.
The Night Flight Orchestra is the new “Classic Rock” project with Björn “Speed” Strid from Soilwork and Sharlee D’Angelo from Arch Enemy.
1. Siberian Queen
2. California Morning
3. Glowing City Madness
4. West Ruth Ave
5. Transatlantic Blues
6. Miami 5:02
7. Internal Affairs
9. Stella Ain’t No Dove
10. Montreal Midnight Supply
11. Green Hills Of Glumslöv
12. American High (Exclusive Digipak Bonus Track)
You can listen to a preview of “West Ruth Ave (Radio Edit)” by clicking here.
Preorder “Internal Affairs” now!!!
Preorder now your copy of “Internal Affairs” in Digipak format at the Very Special Price of € 9,90 only on Coroner Records Shop. All preorders will be shipped worldwide on June 8th 2012, you’ll be the first to have the album in your hands.
Arch Enemy recently parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott in an amicable split. Christopher Amott was a member of the band between 1996 – 2005, and again between 2007 – 2011. The band welcomed 26 year old American guitarist Nick Cordle on board as Amott’s replacement, and they continue their touring activity following the release of their recent Khaos Legions (2011) album.
Footage from Arch Enemy’s April 8th rehearsal with Cordle, performing ‘The First Deadly Sin’, is available below:
Nick Cordle was raised in a musical family in Virginia by parents who teach classical piano and was immersed in 19th century piano music as a child. Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Liszt are his early memories. There were piano and violin lessons from a very early age but a rebellious streak led to the guitar at the age of 10, and within a few years he discovered the classic thrash metal albums by MEGADETH, METALLICA, and SLAYER. This was his first real musical passion and gateway into extreme music.
Nick studied jazz and music theory at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2007 but remains self taught in the ways of ”shred” and metal. Shortly thereafter, he joined American death metal band ARSIS playing bass and guitar over a three year period performing with them on various European tours and countless gigs across the US, Canada, and Mexico as well as performing and writing on their most recent album Starve For The Devil (2010).
Arch Enemy have been confirmed to headline the Ax-Mayhem Festival in Seoul, Korea on April 21st. Tickets are available here.
Arch Enemy’s tour schedule is as follows:
13 – Shibuya Ax – Tokyo, Japan
14 – Yokohama Blitz – Japan
16 – Diamond Hall – Nagoya, Japan
17 – Big Cat – Osaka, Japan
21 – Seoul, Korea – Ax-Mayhem Festival
24 – Chin Woo Stadium (Hall) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
26 – Diablo Open Air 2012 – Singapore
28 – Pulp Summer Slam 12 – Manila, Philippines
30 – Manning Bar – Sydney, Australia
31 – Billboard The Venue – Melbourne, Australia
28 – Peace and Love Festival – Borlänge, Sweden
30 – Dokk’em Open Air – Dokkum, Netherlands
13 – Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen, Germany
14 – Rock Harz Open Air – Ballenstedt, Germany
15 – Masters Of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic
18 – Hegyalja Fesztival – Tokaj Rakamaz, Hungary
20 – Devilside – Oberhausen, Germany
4 – Vagos Open Air – Vagos, Portugal
20 – Metal Female Voices Fest – Wieze, Belgium
21 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France
23 – Totem – Pamplona, Spain
25 – Capitol – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
26 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
27 – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain
ARCH ENEMY have parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott in an amicable split. Christopher Amott was a member of ARCH ENEMY between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011. The following is a joint statement from ARCH ENEMY:
“We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply does not feel at home with playing extreme metal anymore.
We have already chosen and rehearsed with a new guitar player and we will complete the ‘Khaos Legions’ 2012 touring cycle as planned. We are highly motivated and look forward to continue spreading our music around the world!
Finally, our deepest thanks go to the ARCH ENEMY fans, whose amazing support and belief inspires us ever onward.”
ARCH ENEMY are pleased to welcome 26-year-old American guitarist Nick Cordle on board as they continue their touring activity following the release of their recent album, Khaos Legions (2011).
Founding guitarist Michael Amott comments:
“Nick was my first choice as he ticks all the right boxes for Arch Enemy with his musicality and technicality as well as his personality and dedication. Looking forward to having him join us stage, the rehearsals have shown we have a devastating twin axe attack going on!”
Nick Cordle was raised in a musical family in Virginia by parents who teach classical piano and was immersed in 19th century piano music as a child. Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Liszt are his early memories. There were piano and violin lessons from a very early age but a rebellious streak led to the guitar at the age of 10, and within a few years he discovered the classic thrash metal albums by Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer. This was his first real musical passion and gateway into extreme music.
Nick studied jazz and music theory at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2007 but remains self taught in the ways of “shred” and metal. Shortly thereafter, he joined American death metal band ARSIS playing bass and guitar over a three year period performing with them on various European tours and countless gigs across the US, Canada, and Mexico as well as performing and writing on their most recent album Starve For The Devil (2010).
For more information on ARCH ENEMY, please visit: www.archenemy.net www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial www.twitter.com/archenemymetal www.centurymedia.com 2012 European Tour Dates:
23-March-2012 – Festival Mediterranéen de la guitar – Tunis, Tunisia
25-March-2012 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
13-April-2012 – Shibuya Ax – Tokyo, Japan
14-April-2012 – Yokohama Blitz – Japan
16-April-2012 – Diamond Hall – Nagoya, Japan
17-April-2012 – Big Cat – Osaka, Japan
24-April-2012 – Chin Woo Stadium (Hall) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
26-April-2012 – Diablo Open Air 2012 – Singapore
28-April-2012 – Pulp Summer Slam 12 – Manila, Philippines
30-April-2012 – Manning Bar – Sydney, Australia
01-April-2012 – Billboard The Venue – Melbourne, Australia
28-June-2012 – Peace and Love Festival – Borlänge, Sweden
30-June-2012 – Dokk’em Open Air – Dokkum, Netherlands
13-July-2012 – Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen, Germany
14-July-2012 – Rock Harz Open Air – Ballenstedt, Germany
15-July-2012 – Masters Of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic
18-July-2012 – Hegyalja Fesztival – Tokaj Rakamaz, Hungary
20-July-2012 – Devilside – Oberhausen, Germany
04-August-2012 – Vagos Open Air – Vagos, Portugal
20-October-2012 – Metal Female Voices Fest – Wieze, Belgium
21-October-2012 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France
23-October-2012 – Totem – Pamplona, Spain
25-October-2012 – Capitol – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
26-October-2012 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
27-October-2012 – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain
The Night Flight Orchestra, the new “Classic Rock” project with Björn “Speed” Strid from Soilwork and Sharlee D’Angelo from Arch Enemy, signs with Coroner Records for the worldwide release of its debut album.
The band is currently recording the album which will be released in June 2012.
“The Night Flight Orchestra” started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Björn Strid (Soilwork) and David Andersson (Mean Streak, Soilwork session player) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007.
Björn and David were bonding over what they considered “classic” or not, from rock’n’roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on.
All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you’re on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling. The classic escape. The never-ending road trip. The transatlantic night flight. It may sound simple and naive but what it all comes down to is that we all need that soundtrack to feel extra special, whether you have been arrested in a lobby or not.
It didn’t take long before bass player Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars) joined forces as well as keyboard player Richard Larsson (Von Benzo) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (Mean Streak).
The goal was to reclaim the 70′s/early 80′s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage. Anything that will have you spitting out the word “classic”.
Further details about official release date, tracklist, artwork, etc… will be revealed soon.
It’s a very cold Tuesday night in Sheppard’s Bush but that hasn’t deterred the army of metallers queuing up outside of the Sheppard’s Bush Empire well over an hour before the doors open. Personally, I found it much easier to plant myself in the pub next door where its warm and cosy and can drink a few beers before the bands start!
7:30pm and the doors have opened and the queue diminishes very fast and the venue soon begins to fill out just in time for tonight’s first band.