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Michael Amott of Arch Enemy talks Khaos Legions with The Age Of Metal

Formed in 1996 Arch Enemy quickly became a sensation in the international metal scene. From the minds of Michael Amott (Carcass) and his Brother Christopher Amott (Armageddon) and with the idea of form a band with a melodic character, but also driven by aggression in a technical environment. Arch Enemy rose as one of the most extreme bands worldwide and has been up there ever since. In the year 2000 the band suffered an alteration on its original line up, as the original vocalist left the band and was replaced by Angela Gossow. and in the last 15 years the band had put out 6 studio albums, 2 live DVD’s, and played hundreds of shows around the world, spreading the gospel of rebellion and belligerence.

In 2o11 Arch Enemy returns with a new studio album after four years. Khaos Legions is a literal slap in the face of tyranny and oppression. the drive of the band has not change at all, pure aggression from beginning to end. The album presents itself to be more melodic and more technical than anything the band have produce so far.

Last night and after four long years of absence, the band played in Arizona again. A show that let us with no voices, “slayer necks” and body sores after Khaos was release into the mosh pits. The Age Of Metal talked with Michael Amott guitarist and founder of Arch Enemy, about the new record, the current tour and the future plans of the band. This is what he told us:

How is the tour going so far?

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The past June you released your 6th album Khaos Legions, which follows  the same line of rebellious, anarchic, and anti-religious trent of its predecessor Rise Of The Tyrant, what is the concept or idea now behind the lyrics of Khaos Legions?

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What is your favorite track out of the album and why?

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Khaos Legions came out after four years of releasing Rise Of The Tyrant, what the band did during all this time?

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The album was produced by Rickard Bengtsson, who produced Doomsday Machine and mixed by Andy Sneap who had work with the band before,  how was the experience to working with them this time around.

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The album is more melodic but at the same time more aggressive, than anything that you guys have done before, musically, how do you describe Khaos Legions?

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How has been the response from the fans to the new record so far?

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Arch Enemy teamed up with Amnesty International for this tour to raise awareness of social injustices, how this alliance came to be? and in your opinion what is the worse social injustice that you have seen either personally or that had cause you an impression?

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I heard you gonna be recording the show on Cologne Germany for a future DVD release, why Cologne? and what the fans can expect on that show?

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You are also an active member of Carcass and Spiritual Beggars, what are the state those bands now?

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What is next for Arch Enemy?

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Thulcandra – Under a Frozen Sun (2011)

Thulcandra is made up of Stefan Kummerer (Obscura), Seraph (Dark Fortress) as well as Tobias & Sebastian Ludwig (Helfhart) and the end result is mind blowing. Thulcandra’s existence is paved from heavy influences by Dissection & Unanimated and man have they nailed it. Their sound encompasses the infamous Swedish Black Death Metal style of raw aggressive riffs and electrifying melodies. Their second release Under A Frozen sun is a beautiful continuation of Dissection’s legacy and should appeal to fans of the genre. Although I have a few favorite songs on this album (Ritual of Sight, Echoing Voices, Gates of Eden) I have to say they all are brilliantly crafted and nothing short of magical, with complementary melodies and exploding heaviness that will be sure to keep you interested.

One thing I want to make sure of is that these guys are far from a cheap imitation of Dissection. Yes, they acknowledge that they are a tribute band that is reviving Dissection’s signature style but their music is original enough, and should be appreciated for the homage being paid to some great influential bands. If you are one whose musical preferences looks for cutting edge originality look elsewhere, but if you like melodic black metal and can appreciate Thulcandra’s rendition, I think this will impress you.

Release Dates:

* Spain, Finland, Sweden: September 28

* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: September 30

* Rest Of Europe: October 3

* USA, Canada: October 4

 

TRACKLIST:

1. In Blood and Fire

2. Black Flags of Hate

3. Ritual of Sight

4. Under a Frozen Sun

5. Aeon of Darkness

6. Echoing Voices (A Cold Breeze of Death)

7. Gates of Eden

8. Life Demise (Unanimated Cover)

Warbringer – Worlds Torn Asunder (2011)

Warbringer is a band that has won me over right from the start, and with their third release, Worlds Torn Asunder, they have once again yielded a thrashing masterpiece. There is a great range of tempo changes that keep you engaged and the energy levels are powerful. I definitely recognized some familiar riffs from Slayer and Exodus on some of the songs, but this is still very much the Warbringer we have come to know. They are able to maintain originality about with plenty of speed. I think Warbringer is a leading contender of Thrash Metal bands out there, they have truly revitalized the genre and Worlds Torn Asunder shouldn’t be overlooked.  Also they put on a killer show so give them support and check them out on their headlining tour this year and experience a great modern thrash band!

Release Dates:

Europe: 9/26/2011

North America: 9/27/2011

 

Track List:

1. Living Weapon

2. Shattered Like Glass

3. Wake Up… Destroy

4. Future Ages Gone

5. Savagery

6. Treacherous Tongue

7. Echoes From The Void

8. Enemies Of The State

9. Behind The Veils Of Night

10. Demonic Ecstasy

Interview with Ville Friman guitar player of Insomnium

With more than 14 years of experience and 4th full studio albums recorded, Insomnium is one of the flag bearers of the melodic death metal scene, and  after the success of their last album Across The Dark in 2009. The band returns with a new album One For Sorrow, a more melancholic and melodic album that takes its bases on old english rhymes and folklore stories, The album is plan to be released in October under Century Media Records, and it will be followed by a european tour. We had the chance to catch up with Ville Friman guitar player of the band, and talk about the record, the status of the band and the upcoming tour. This is what he told us:

You will releasing your fifth studio album, one for sorrow this coming month, what can you tell us about it?

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Is there any concept behind the album?

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What is the difference between Across The Dark your earlier release and the new material?

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you came back to Fantom studios to record this album, how was the experience to work with Samu Oittinen this time around?

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What can you tell us about your new video clip Through the shadows?

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How has been the movement from Candlelight Records to Century Media?

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You recorded a single call Weather The Storm with Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquility, how the idea of recording a song with him came to be and it will be release within the new record?

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Insomnium, will be touring Europe this coming november, what are your expectations of the tour, and what can the fans expect from Insomnium?

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Are there any plans to come back to the US?

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What is next for Insomnium?

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Anthrax – Worship Music (2011)

Anthrax - Worship Music (2011)

Anthrax has had more lineup changes over the years than Nadia Suleman (Octomom) has children, but yet the band has made it 30 years. Their newest album, Worship Music, was actually supposed to come out in 2009 but after the departure of Dan Nelson (singer #8), the band decided to re-record the vocals with then reunited singer, John Bush. However, Bush left before that happened and the band was rejoined, again, by longtime frontman Joey Belladonna. With a now stable line-up, the band released this long-awaited follow-up to 2003′s We’ve Come For You all.

After the intro track, Worship Music kicks off with a swift and powerful kick in the balls entitled “Earth on Hell.” The blast beat to start the track is a foreshadowing of the tasty treats that await. The songs are tight and the guitar duo of Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano spit out some of the catchiest solos the band has laid to tape in years. With the exception of the interludes, “Hymn 1,” “Hymn 2,” and the mid-paced tracks “Crawl” and “Constant,” Worship Music really doesn’t give you much time to recover. “Judas Priest” is a sharp-as-hell slice of heaven that will have you banging your head so hard that your chin will put a dent in your chest. Seriously.

Although the band has had good vocalists throughout the years, for many fans, Joey Belladonna is really the only one that belongs behind the mic. With the huge gap between studio albums and recent exposure the band has been getting with the Big 4 shows around the world, Anthrax needed this album to make a statement. With Belladonna back in the fold, the statement has been made in a huge way. Worship Music is the album fans have been waiting years for since 1990′s “Persistence In Time,” interestingly, the last time Belladonna was in the band.

Track Listing:
1. “Worship”
2. “Earth on Hell” *
3. “The Devil You Know”
4. “Fight’em ‘Til You Can’t” *
5. “I’m Alive”
6. “Hymn 1″
7. “In the End”
8. “The Giant”
9. “Hymn 2″
10.”Judas Priest” *
11.”Crawl”
12.”The Constant”
13.”Revolution Screams” *
14.”New Noise” (Refused cover)

* Editor’s Choice tracks

Hatesphere- The Great Bludgeoning (2011)

The Great Bludgeoning is Danish metalers, Hatesphere, seventh full-length album since 2001, and second released on Napalm Records. I have not heard any of their music until now. I would say they have taken a modern melodic twist on thrash metal, and they appear to have a fluent style throughout this album. They have some strong riffs throughout as well as some catchy predictable tunes. A lot of the songs were accompanied by a series of slow riffs but still maintained some heaviness about them. However, it was average for me, nothing was of a surprise or stuck out to me musically. I would have liked to have seen some more variations in the songs, although they flowed well, they were a little to similar. I would say that if you have The Haunted, Machine Head, or Shadows Fall highly rated in your collection The Great Bludgeoning may be worth looking into.

The Great Bludgeoning” track listing:

01. The Killer

02. Venom

03. Smell Of Death

04. Decayer

05. The Wail Of My Threnode

06. Resurrect With A Vengeance

07. The Great Bludgeoning

08. Need To Kill

09. Devil In Your Own Hell

 

Release Dates:

* Spain, Finland, Sweden: September 21

* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: September 23

* Rest Of Europe: September 26

* USA, Canada: September 27

 

 

Chelsea Grin – My Damnation (2011)


Chelsea Grin’s new album My Damnation, while not bad by any means, is a little bit underwhelming. After hearing some buzz about this band, I was hoping for a record that was a little bit more interesting to listen to. Most of the songs don’t stand out from one another, and sound like a recycled formula, or filler at best. It’s certainly technically proficient – these guys know how to churn out some crushingly heavy music. The breakdowns on this album are straight up bulldozers of sound, though used way more often than necessary. The vocals, headed up by Alex Koehler, could have been the best part of the album: when he sticks to his low throat-ripping growl, he sounds great. But his high-pitched screeches come across as shrill and whiny. Fans of this type of technical deathcore will thoroughly enjoy the album, and it’s worth a listen, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. In a genre that is already overloaded, My Damnation just doesn’t stand out.

Chris and Justin of The Agonist checked in with The Age Of Metal

Last weekend The Agonist stopped by Tempe, AZ with Alestorm and Kamelot to show us some good music, good time, and an advance of their upcoming album with their new EP The Escape. It was an awesome show and a great vibe from the band and the crowd, many of them new to their music and attracted by their already established fame. the fans enjoyed the concert and gave a stamp of approval to the two new songs that the band present to us

The Age Of Metal had the chance to talk with Chris (bass) and Justin (guitar) who is filling on for Danny on this tour. We talked about the upcoming album, their tour with Kamelot & Alestorm and their new EP

how has been the tour so far?

The Agonist just release a new EP The Escape, and physical copies are available with you guys during this tour and at the Century Media distro website. what can you tell us about the two tracks featured on the EP?

Who made the album art for The Escape and what is the idea behind that art?

With that on mind, what can you tell us about the upcoming album? and what is it different from your previous album?

I understand that Tud Madsen is involved on the upcoming album, how has been the experience of working with him so far?

Justin, you filling in for Danny on this tour, how has been touring with The Agonist?

Over the summer The Agonist toured south america again, how was the tour? and  how was the response of the fans at the shows down there?

What is the next for The Agonist after the tour with Kamelot?

Interview with Chris and Gareth of Alestorm

They are pirates on stage and out of it, also they are Scottish so they know how to drink and have fun. I am talking about pirate folk metal band Alestorm, they are currently touring North America in support of their new album Back Through Time, and last week they passed through Tempe, AZ and play for us in company of The Agonist and Kamelot. their show was like always a debauchery of music and fun, you know like a good pirate tavern should be. We talked to Chris (vocalist) and Gareth (bass guitar) about their new album, the current tour, Serbian hot chicks and midgets. This is what they told us :

Van Canto – Break The Silence (2011)

Metal music advance every day and in many forms, that is the case of “A Capella” metal band Van Canto, and yeah you read correct “A Capella”,  no guitar, no bass guitar and no keyboard. Just drums and a lot of voices. The band’s 4th album Break The Silence is just phenomenal as it is their way to do music,  it has been 5 years since their début in the metal scene, and they already have put out 4 albums, played Wacken Open Air and revolutionized the way to do metal.

Break Of Silence is an epic album from beginning to end, tracks like If I Die In Battle and The Seller Of Souls are two of the most epic tracks on the album. Van Canto also presents in this album three covers adapted to their style, Primo Victoria original of Sabaton that features the very own Joakim Broden Sabaton‘s frontman on vocals, Bed Of Nails, original of Alice Cooper and Manowar‘s Master of the wind. The album also features Neuer Wind, the first ever song in german that the band have recorded, also on the track Spelled In Waters you will hear the guitar of Marcus Siepen of Blind GuardianBreak The Silence is a jewel among the metal other albums put out these days, not only because of its epicness, but also because the production is just amazing. So if you are into metal innovation Van Canto would not disappoint you.