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.
SWEDEN – Europe’s premier extreme heavy metal act, Arch Enemy, has uploaded some behind-the-scenes footage fresh from the road on the band’s current headlining tour, “North American Khaos 2011.” Head over to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQzSsdpYMYo (or watch below) for a backstage glimpse of “North American Khaos,” as the band and crew prepare for the final week of the run.
The North American leg of Arch Enemy’s World Tour kicked off in Baltimore on September 8th and features an all-star lineup of DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.
Arch Enemy is touring in support of Khaos Legions, the band’s first collection of new material since ’07, which hit stores in June on Century Media Records.
Stay tuned to the all-new ArchEnemy.net for more information on Arch Enemy, “MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011” and Khaos Legions.
“MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011”…
The Tuska Open Air Festival has become one kind of institution amongst all metal festivals in Europe. Tuska was previously arranged in the heart of Helsinki in the central park Kaisaniemi during the past 10 years. The park underwent construction to have a better environment and other mandatory improvements. The organization of Tuska didn’t have a choice but to find and switch the whole festival to a new area. This new area is still located in Helsinki, but only a few kilometers away, to a place called Suvilahti. Having this area was definitely a big part of the whole idea and concept of Tuska. The Kaisaniemi park brought an intimate picnic and park feeling with the grass and trees. Whereas Suvilahti was more like an industrial environment with the burning and redhot asphalt under the feet.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be in the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date. However, the line-up looked amazing after all. Morbid Angel and Amon Amarth were headliners, so was Devin Townsend once again. Cult metal bands like Hell, Bulldozer and then something type of stuff such as Jex Thoth, Church Of Misery. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 28000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and check out the new Tuska area.
ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCES HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR – “METALSUCKS AND FULL METAL JACKIE PRESENT: NORTH AMERICAN KHAOS 2011”
“Khaos Legions” in stores now on Century Media Records
SWEDEN – Sweden’s extreme heavy metal act Arch Enemy has announced its return to North America, a headlining run on the “MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011” tour, set to launch in September. The North American leg of Arch Enemy’s world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th, and features an all-star cast of DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.
“We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal ‘Khaos’ to your shores!” said vocalist Angela Gossow. “We can’t wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!”
“We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus!” added guitarist Michael Amott. “We’re working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!”
Arch Enemy is touring in support of its first collection of new material since 2007, Khaos Legions, which hit stores in North America on June 7th via Century Media Records.
“MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011”… Sept. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Sept. 09 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
Sept. 10 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sept. 12 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial
Sept. 13 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Sept. 14 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
Sept. 17 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Center
Sept. 19 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
Sept. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 23 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
Sept. 24 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Sept. 26 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Center
Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
Sept. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
Sept. 30 – Albuquerque, NM – The Sunshine Theater
Oct. 01 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theater
Oct. 03 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 04 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
All North American pre-orders will receive an autographed Arch Enemy photo, a code for a free bonus download of the live song “Dark Insanity” (recorded at the Metal Female Voices Fest 2010) via email when the album drops, and be entered to win weekly prizes from Altec Lansing’s (www.alteclansing.com) line of award-winning audio products.
Two brand new songs “Bloodstained Cross” and “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone” are currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/archenemy.
Stay tuned for more information on Arch Enemy and Khaos Legions.
Extreme metal titans ARCH ENEMY present their brand new video, for the song ‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’ (directed by Patric Ullaeus / Revolver.se). Head over to KhaosLegions.com and click on the red marked countries on the world map to find out where you can watch this stunning video, which perfectly fits to the concept of the upcoming album, Khaos Legions.
Michael Amott comments: “Here’s the visual companion to our new song ‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’. As you will see – we had a riot making it! The new album is to my ears our most diverse and musical creation to date. I’m looking forward to unleashing the Khaos worldwide in a few weeks from now!”
Arch Enemy will release Khaos Legions on May 30th in Europe and June 7th in North America via Century Media Records.
Arch Enemy "Khaos Legions"
Khaos Legions tracklisting:
‘Khaos Overture’ (instrumental)
‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’
‘Under Black Flags We March’
‘No Gods, No Masters’
‘City Of The Dead’
‘Through The Eyes Of A Raven’
‘Cruelty Without Beauty’
‘We Are A Godless Entity’ (instrumental)
‘Cult Of Chaos’
‘Thorns In My Flesh’
‘Turn To Dust’ (instrumental)
‘Vengeance Is Mine’
‘Snow Bound’ (acoustic)