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Angela Gossow, who revealed earlier this week that she was stepping down as frontwoman of ARCH ENEMY and was being replaced by former THE AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, has released the following message via her official Facebook page:

“Thank you for all your kind words, your support, your understanding. I am sorry some of you are really sad 
So am I, in many ways.

“It’s really hard to say goodbye.

“I have had a lot of time to reflect on my life in 2013.. I had to turn a page. We all get to this point in our life sometime. I do embrace this change, I hope you do too.

“I am very busy with [my continued role as the business manager for] ARCH ENEMY right now, as you can imagine. They got a lot of things lined up.

“The music [on the forthcoming ARCH ENEMY album, ‘War Eternal’] is still 100% ARCH ENEMY, trust me.

“Thank you for the last 13 years; they have been truly wonderful. I enjoyed playing live for many of you, meeting you, interacting with you.

“I am not sure yet what I’ll do with this page, I will most likely use it to keep you up to date with all things ARCH ENEMY, my band management business and whatever else my busy little brain comes across… thoughts, inspirations, things that make me laugh.

“Be well, take good care of yourselves and enjoy life. It’s too short to look back.”

Due in North America on June 10 via Century Media Records, “War Eternal” was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden.

ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and many more. A full headlining tour in North America and Europe will take place in fall/winter 2014.

ARCH ENEMY in 2012 amicably parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott and replaced him with American musician Nick Cordle (ARSIS).

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Former GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle will fill in for UNEARTH bassist John “Slo” Maggard on the Massachusetts band’s upcoming U.S. “Tsunami Of Metal Tour” with SEPULTURA.

Says Coyle: “I have to say it is a complete and total honor that the boys in UNEARTH have considered me for the position.

UNEARTH and GOD FORBID came up together in the mid/late-’90s hardcore scene slogging it out in the same VFW halls, basements, and rec centers. They are truly dear, old friends, and I can’t wait to spend a month together smelling their farts. I am especially psyched to hit the road since it’s been almost been a year since I’ve toured. Let’s see if my headbangin’ neck stick works.”

Also appearing on the bill will be KATAKLYSM and DARK SERMON, with SCAR THE MARTYR and ANCIIENTS featured on select dates.

Coyle quit GOD FORBID last month, explaining in a statement that “there are elements of disorganization and unprofessionalism within the group that have made it impossible to be an effectively active band. I don’t feel like I’m being treated in a way that meets my standards, so I have to remove myself from the equation.”

UNEARTH recently signed a North American record deal with eOne Music and European deal with Century Media.

The band’s latest album, “Darkness In The Light”, sold 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart.


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Turisas: Proper heroic, them

Turisas have unveiled a special making-of feature showing the coming together of their ludicrously fun latest single, Ten More Miles.

Check it out below…

Ten More Miles is taken from the guys’ latest album, Turisas2013, out now via Century Media. Catch Turisas on the following dates this month:

08.10.2013 UK – Bristol, The Fleece
09.10.2013 UK – London, 02 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 UK – Nottingham, Rock City
11.10.2013 UK – Glasgow, Cathouse
12.10.2013 UK – Manchester, Club Academy

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Deicide: extreme metal royalty

Death metal legends Deicide will release new album In The Minds Of Evil on November 25 via Century Media.

“Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Satan singing along to the new Deicide”, boasts mainman Glen Benton of the album. “[It’s] like King Kong taking a shit on a daisy”.


In The Minds Of Evil Track List

1.     In The Minds Of Evil
2.     Thou Begone
3.     Godkill
4.     Beyond Salvation
5.     Misery Of One
6.     Between The Flesh And The Void
7.     Even The Gods Can Bleed
8.     Trample The Cross
9.     Fallen To Silence
10.  Kill The Light Of Christ
11.  End The Wrath Of God

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Bentonites rejoice–legendary death metal act DEICIDE have set November 25 as the release date for their brand new full-length album In the Minds of Evil on Century Media Records.

The post DEICIDE to release “In The Minds of Evil” on November 25 appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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The official lyric video for the song “Industry” from Kansas City’s deathcore/electronica band THE BROWNING can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Hypernova”, which is due to be released on October 1 in the USA via Century Media/Earache, and on October 7 in Europe through Earache. The CD was recorded at Planet Red Studios in Richmond, Virginia with producer Andreas Magnusson (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, IMPENDING DOOM).

Comments THE BROWNING frontman Jonny McBee: “It has been a crazy two years for THE BROWNING. We have done crazy tours all over the world and I am so proud of everything we have accomplished! But our new album, ‘Hypernova’, is my proudest thing to be a part of in my life. I can’t wait for the world to hear how far we have pushed electronics in metal with ‘Hypernova’!”

THE BROWNING has just kicked off a headlining U.S. tour. The seven-week trek features support from THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE, HONOUR CREST, TEAR OUT THE HEART and MYKA RELOCATE.


Jonny McBee – Vocals/Electronics
Collin Woroniak – Guitar
Drew Ellis – Bass
Cody Stewart – Drums


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Dream Theater: proggy style

Many longtime Dream Theater fans feared the worst when iconic drummer Mike Portnoy left the fold in 2010. The rather suitably titled A Dramatic Turn Of Events followed a year later, introducing Mike Mangini to the prog metal world and kickstarting the most significant new chapter in the band’s entire history. With Mangini now firmly embedded within the Dream Theater collective, the prog legends’ new, self-titled album has arrived, promising more direct involvement from their new sticksman and a breathtakingly bold addition to their legacy as true innovators of progressive, forward-thinking music. Check it out via Roadrunner.

In a whole different universe comes the blinding new album from London smashers, TRC. While 2011 debut Bright Lights was a definitive highlight of the UK’s fast rising hardcore scene, Nation is a monstrous collection of thunderous groove metal riffs, endless hooks and a star turn from frontman Chris Robson, whose lyrical prowess has grown immeasurably. If you want to see rap metal done right, this is your next album right here. Grab it now via SOAR/Century Media.

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For a band having frequently found itself on the negative end of publicity, Swedish black metallers WATAIN still maintain a level of credibility and not just amongst their own sect of outsiders. This is a band that started with their infamous “Go Fuck Your Jewish ‘God'” demo that will reportedly never see the light of day again. Later accused of anti-Semitism when they mocked the National Socialist Black Metal movement by wearing t-shirts of the well-known NSBM group, ABSURD (and tossing off a Hitler salute for kicks), WATAIN has still managed to shirk would-be crucifiers who’ve turned their wrath upon subgenre figurehead and purported hate monger, Varg Vikernes.

The fact of the matter is Erik Danielsson and WATAIN couldn’t care less about any of that. As theistic Satanists, they’re the real deal. Endpoint there. Ideology aside, WATAIN has proven to be a force in underground metal music. The succession of 2003’s “Casus Luciferi”, 2007’s “Sworn to the Dark”, and 2010’s “Lawless Darkness” are considered by many as top of the heap works of dark art.

Now on their fifth album and their first to breach into a broader metal market via global powerhouses Century Media, WATAIN continues to blend their scorching chamber cadence with melodic cogitations including, surprise of surprises, a PINK FLOYD-esque, clean-sung anti-ballad.

“The Wild Hunt” will do nothing to keep the DISSECTION and BATHORY comparisons off WATAIN‘s backs, but Erik Danielsson, Hakan Jonsson and Pelle Forsberg have never felt obliged to elude those associations. Over the years, WATAIN has managed to drain some classic power metal grooves into their work, which has kept their music honest and honestly metal. “The Wild Hunt” may grind and gore in the early portion with “De Profundis”, “Black Flames March” and “All That May Bleed”, but the tone of the album takes a decided artistic verve in the middle section with the banged-out, organ splashed “The Child Must Die” and a spectacular, slow-met rock elegy, “They Rode On”.

As the first time Erik Danielsson employs clean vocals on “They Rode On”, the strategy may or may not come as a shock to black metal loyalists, but the break from all of the shrill dirges and death hisses is a win here, not a loss. There’s a dirty choke to Danielsson‘s straightforward vocals on “They Rode On”, but he still paints a pretty picture in contrast to the largely ugly airs of the album. While there’s a hallucinogenic feel ala PINK FLOYD to “They Rode On”, Pelle Forsberg complies with the song’s intent by weaving a gorgeous solo that’s up to the moment. Even his prolonged, searing solo on the progressive-felt “The Child Must Die” is fabulous.

Worry not, purists, because “The Wild Hunt” gets mucky in a hurry with the mincing “Sleepless Evil”, where Hakan Jonsson delivers a riveting sequence of choppy snare strikes on the verses while switching between blast and thrash modes elsewhere. The abrupt, extensive interlude in-between the speedy segments of “Sleepless Evil” is malevolent and sincerely frightening, take heed.

WATAIN throws another curve with the crawling and morose title track, again blending in some PINK FLOYD translucence amidst cryptic group chanting and ugly bass tones. As with “They Rode On”, Erik Danielsson slides back into clean mode and this time, he makes “The Wild Hunt” sound gloomy and tormented.

“Outlaw” is one of the fastest tracks of the album, even with tradeoff mid-tempo break-ins, while the clunky tempo of the mostly instrumental “Ignem Veni Mittere” is overshadowed by Pelle Forsberg‘s masterful assumption of hypnotic soloing, eloquent picking and later, brutish chugging. All mixed by shadowing sweeps that give way to shoegazing echo fugues in the final bars. As decorative as he is throughout “The Wild Hunt”, here is Forsberg‘s stronghold of finesse.

Leaving these guys to their personal devices, “The Wild Hunt” is another triumph for WATAIN, proving they have what it takes to smash into the reaches of the mainstream without compromising one iota of themselves. “The Wild Hunt” exhilarates in spots and terrifies in others, and similar to VREID, they represent not just pure black metal, but pure metal in general, with diligence and maturity that hardly reflects the shock tactics of their infancy years.

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David Garlow of recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. You can now listen to the chat below.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Jericho stated about FOZZY‘s latest album, 2012’s “Sin And Bones”: “We worked really hard on ‘Sin And Bones’. We had a lot of momentum with the ‘Chasing The Grail’ record in 2010, and we wanted to keep it going. It was our debut on Century Media, which is the biggest record company we’ve ever been on, and we knew this was our chance to take things to the next level. We really focused on making ‘Sin And Bones’ our ‘Black Album’ [referring to METALLICA‘s 1991 self-titled LP]. What I mean by that is the Black Album is a very cohesive record from start to finish. It takes you on a journey. All of the songs have a similar vibe, even though they’ve got different styles. We wanted that for ‘Sin And Bones’. We wanted to make a very groove-oriented, dark kind of record you could listen to from the first song to the last and it would take you on a journey. It was meant to be listened to in sequence. Whenever you can do that, it becomes a memorable piece of work. With the reviews we got and the response, it was the highest-charting, biggest-selling, and best-reviewed of our career so far.”

Jericho also spoke about getting a matching HELLOWEEN tattoo with M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

M. Shadows and I have been friends for a long time,” he said. “That’s why I asked him to help us with [the FOZZY song] ‘Sandpaper’ [off ‘Sin And Bones’]. He did a great job with the arrangement and the vocal parts. One thing that made us even closer kindred spirits is the fact that we both love HELLOWEEN. We were coming to the Roxy [in West Hollywood] to do a show, and he came down. I was like, ‘Dude, we should get a HELLOWEEN tattoo!’ We talked about it for a couple of days before and figured out the pumpkin we wanted to get. He’s got so many tattoos that his pumpkin was like the last little bit of real estate he had on his arm. I don’t have a lot of tattoos, so it was like I had this pumpkin in the middle of my forearm for no apparent reason, so I thought I’d put something around it. I came up with the idea of doing my four favorite bands and putting them all together. It’s METALLICA, HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, and THE BEATLES. It ended up being pretty cool.”

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Swedish melo-death titans In Flames have unleashed a new video for the title track from their latest album Sounds Of A Playground Fading. Comprising footage from the band’s extensive touring activities since the album’s release, the clip was directed by award-winning video guru Patric Ullaeus, who has previously worked with Children Of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy and many more.

Sounds Of Playground Fading is available now via Century Media. In Flames play a one-off show at Stockholm’s Gröna Lund amusement park on September 27. Sounds awesome. Can someone pay for our flights, please? Thanks.

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