SWEDEN – Swedish melodic death metal titan, Arch Enemy, has begun recording a new studio album, the long awaited successor to 2007’s acclaimed Rise Of The Tyrant album. After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009), the band’s ninth studio album will mark a return to new, original material.
The yet-to-be-named album will be self-produced by Arch Enemy, and engineered/mixed by Rickard Bengtsson (whom produced 2005’s Doomsday Machine). The band has recently entered Sweetspot Studio in the south of Sweden for the album’s recording process, and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who just finished off tracking his parts, checked in with the following report:
“After an intense but inspiring stay in the studio, I’ve just completed recording the drum tracks for the upcoming Arch Enemy album! We’re working once again with Rickard Bengtsson, who produced ‘Doomsday Machine’, and he quickly dialed in an absolutely pristine drumtone! I’ve also had the expertise of local drum guru Beppe Wackelin at hand, helping out with tuning and kindly letting me use some of his vintage drums. This time around I’ve used a Pearl Reference drum kit, while incorporating various snare drums on songs that demanded a slightly different feel.
We had a very inspiring and creative time writing this album, I think this is definitely evident when listening to the new songs. There’s tons of variation in the material, ranging all the way from very melodic to extremely heavy. As you can expect there’s no shortage of killer riffs and intricate guitar work, the Amott Bros have come up with some very cool yet demanding ideas! This album has some of the fastest songs I’ve ever recorded, along with a bunch of heavy pounding mid tempo songs. As always, it’s difficult to describe music in words – but rest assured – this album will be one heavy fucker!”
A video of Daniel recording can be seen below:
The band has confirmed several summer dates and festivals in support of the forthcoming album.
ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:
27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
04-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Hungary
05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
12-July-2011 – Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
14-July-2011 – Lez’ Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France
22-July-2011 – Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
18/19/20-August-2011 – Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany
27-August-2011 – Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany
Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – featuring guitarist Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, WITCHERY) – started working with Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) as a new singer after parting ways with JB (GRAND MAGUS) and finished the recordings of their 7th studio-album at Sweetspot Studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson, who already produced the On Fire (2002) and Demons (2005) albums, and is also known for his work with Arch Enemy, OPETH, etc.
“The new Spiritual Beggars album is to my ears some of best stuff I’ve ever done with this band and I’m very much looking forward to releasing the seventh Spiritual Beggars studio album, Return To Zero, with the help and expertise of the InsideOut team! At the end of the day it was a no-brainer to do a new licensing deal with the InsideOut label, they did a great job on the Demons album and the Live Fire! DVD (2006). Since then, they have merged with the Century Media company whom I have a long and successful history with. I already know a lot of the people that will be involved in this release, and that feels good.” says founding member Michael Amott. “I respect InsideOut label boss Thomas Waber for being a true music fan and for his undying enthusiasm and efforts in making this deal happen.”
Also Thomas Waber (IOM) is really happy about re-signing a deal with Spiritual Beggars and welcomes the band again to the InsideOut roster. “We had a great experience with the Demons album and are looking forward to working the new one as well. After all the turmoil last year, things are back on top and better than ever and Spiritual Beggars will no doubt benefit from this!”
The new album, Return To Zero, will be released on August 30th in Europe. In an interview with the Japanese Burrn! Magazine Michael Amott talks about the new singer Apollo and the new album and gives a short impression of how the album sounds like “Apollo’s influences are very much rooted in the classic rock and metal of the 70s and 80s. He is the same age as the rest of us in Spiritual Beggars so we instantly shared a lot of common ground musically, and he really connected with the songs and delivered emotional vocals that really impressed us all. I was always aware of the fact that he is great singer. However, even I was surprised how well his voice fit Spiritual Beggars, in the new and the old songs. Apollo is showing a range and depth on this album that I believe will both surprise and please the Spiritual Beggars fans! The new album has a lot of the typical Spiritual Beggars trademarks, it’s heavy rock with a 70s atmosphere – but I also hear a definite progression and a deeper sense of melody in the songwriting and performances. It’s exactly the kind of record I wanted to make with Spiritual Beggars in 2010!”
On the Spiritual Beggars official MySpace page, the band uploaded a short audio sample of the new album as a pre-listening.
Spiritual Beggars lineup:
Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass) – Guitars
Ludwig Witt (Firebird) – Drums
Per Wiberg (Opeth) – Keyboards
Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind) – Vocals
Thanks to Taija Holm of Pro Promotion for setting up the interview for us
The ever-popular Swedish metallers Arch Enemy visited Helsinki on April 13rd 2008, as a part of their "Tyranny And Bloodshred" world tour. The following interview was done with Michael Amott in Helsinki, Finland – nearly 4 months ago, but due to many unfortunate circumstances, it wasn´t published until now. Thanks to Tony Gabriel for taking care of the transcription with such a short notice.
Michael talks about many things that are naturally currently close to Arch Enemy, but also Carcass´ reunion shows, Spiritual Beggars, etc. Read on…
Live photos by Lord of the Wasteland Transcription by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes
Anyone even remotely familiar with the metal scene knows who Michael Amott is. With the recent announcement of a long-awaited Carcass reunion and the increasing popularity of his main band Arch Enemy, Mike is a busy man. Fortunately I was able to speak with him during his current North American tour and get his thoughts on everything.
Interviewed and pics by Anders Sandvall Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for the help with this interview
I met up with bass player Sharlee D’Angelo of Arch Enemy as he, and the band, were about to kick off the Scandinavian part of the “Close Up Made Us Do It” tour in Malmö Sweden. Unfortunately, the interview was brief, but here is what Sharlee and I talked about.
Central Park Kaisaniemi Helsinki Finland 30.6-2.7.2006
Pics and article by the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team respectively (Luxi “The Keeper of Moshpit” Lahtinen, Arto “The mighty servant of metallic death” Lehtinen & Marko “KISS my ass” Syrjälä)
Once again thousands and thousands of metal fans arrived to conquer the capital of Finland, Helsinki. This was of course for the annual and prestigious Tuska Open Air Festival. The festival is arranged in the heart of the town, namely the central park Kaisaniemi. Nearly 33,000 freaks of all ages, possessed by metal, gathered to enjoy the metallic feast to the central park. Unlike the previous events of Tuska having been totally sold-out, instead a few days of the event this year weren’t sold out for some strange reason. Obviously the line-up didn’t manage to convince everyone to check out for example Sisters Of Mercy, Opeth, Celtic Frost.
Frankly, from our point of view, the bill for 2006 didn’t definitely offer any groundshaking names. Celtic Frost and Venom stand for the more nostalgic trip back to the 80’s in the eyes of several old school thrash metal maniacs, but in the positive way. Picking up Sisters Of Mercy to conclude the first opening day went beyond the sense of humour of several people. To be honest, none of these bands would have been the right ones to be a headliner for each day. But all in all the bill was based on covering a variety of different metal genres ranging from hyper-blasting metal to a more melancholic Finnish mainstream rock stuff ala Timo Rautiainen. Especially odd and strange sounding names booked to the festival had room to perform stuff of their own. Having a large range of metal and other types of rock proves Tuska is not limited to one certain metal category as everyone had something to feel, taste and see during these three long days.
Now it is definitely true that The Gods made and created Metal as the weather was extremely warm and hot during the whole weekend as there was no single rain cloud floating above the festival area. In general the atmosphere was peaceful and bigger problems managed to be avoided, thanks to the common metal spirit of the Finnish die hard metal freaks.
As usual, it has turned out to be an annual mandatory tradition for compiling this article of the Tuska festival in Metal-Rules.com with both pleasure and pain. Therefore the Finnish Metal-Rules.com pain squad spent the whole weekend testifying several acts in action and tried to feel and taste the spirit of Heavy Metal and soccer during three insane long days in the beautiful central park of Kaisaniemi with several friends as well as everlasting enemies as usual. Enjoy…
Interview With Sharlee D’Angelo Interviewed in Jan. 2000 by EvilG
Bassist Sharlee D’Angelo is a name you cannot escape. This guy has contributed bass skills to several bands including technical melodic death metal gods Arch Enemy, super-group Sinergy, and the ill-fated Ill Will. Sharlee is currently an active and full-time member of both Witchery and Mercyful Fate. I spoke with Sharlee in early January on the eve of the European Witchery tour.