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In early June 2014, Arch Enemy will unleash 9th studio album, “War Eternal,” worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. In what seems like but apparently is not an early April Fools joke, Century Media records has issued the following statement about the band now replacing front woman Angela Gossow: “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.

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General Music News: "Shows don’t always run on time, but we had a flight to catch in just a few hours," the band explains.

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Original GREAT WHITE bassist Lorne Black has died. He appeared on the band’s 1984 self-titled debut, 1986′s “Shot In The Dark” and 1987′s “Once Bitten…”.

Original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell, who is currently touring with a version of the band calling itself JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, has posted the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Lorne Black yesterday [Friday, September 27]! Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans.

Lorne was a huge part of the first incarnation of GREAT WHITE! May he rest in peace.”

Added GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall: “I saw [Lorne‘s] cousin Robert a few months ago and we were in touch. Robert told me Lorne wasn’t too good then.

“I lost Robert‘s number when I changed phones, which bums me out. He used to work for us.

“I loved Lorne and I am truly sad to get this news. I know he has battle demons for along time and I am so sad to hear of his passing.

“RIP, my friend…”

Lorne Black can be seen standing on the left in the photo below.

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Fan-filmed video footage of DELAIN‘s September 20 performance at Slim’s in San Francisco, California as the support act for KAMELOT can be seen below.

DELAIN recently released a special album, “Interlude”, via Napalm Records. The effort is described in in a press release as “a fantastic blend of brand-new songs, special versions and mixes of popular DELAIN tracks, covers, and the beautiful single ‘Are You Done With Me’. Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a new-found splendor. The album includes a special DVD featuring exclusive live footage and clips from the band’s career. ‘Interlude’ is not only a must for loyal DELAIN fans, but also for those who have not experienced the music by DELAIN so far. It is the perfect introduction to the world of DELAIN and the starting point to an emotional and bombastic journey!”

DELAIN‘s third full-length studio album, “We Are The Others”, was released in North America via the New Jersey-based top-tier progressive metal label Sensory Records. CNR Entertainment handled the release in The Netherlands and Roadrunner Records issued the CD in the rest of Europe.

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Fates Warning have been the rock on which heavier progressive music was founded since their inception in 1982, and show no signs of slowing down with their 2013 release Darkness In A Different Light. To put it plainly, Darkness In A Different Light is everything older Fates Warning fans would want in a record without repeating …

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Peter Hodgson of IHeartGuitarBlog.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: The previous album seemed like you were trying to make the definitive DREAM THEATER album, whereas this one seems a little more relaxed, more exploratory. Is that an accurate assessment?

Petrucci: We definitely approached “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” like we had something to prove as we were writing it, and we wanted to make sure we created something that was going to really assure our fans that we were here to stay and that everything was okay and that we were moving forward in a positive way. Definitely the tone of that album comes across that way, for sure. Now, this one: after that album came out and thankfully was received so well, we had a successful tour where we were able to learn more about Mike Mangini as a person and as a drummer, and we were able to, as you said, go into this album and let our hair down and forge ahead with a new sound, a new approach, maybe more experimental. I think that the music on this album comes across as having a more gusty rock thing. When we were doing some of the solo sections, we wanted to capture the vibe of playing live and improvising and playing with that kind of real fire that happens when you’re playing together as a band. That’s how we wrote it and that’s how we think it’s coming across. With the last one, there wasn’t a drummer in the room as we were writing it, so it’s probably more controlled-sounding, and this one is — and I’ve used this term before to describe Mangini — unleashed. Freer-sounding.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: Did you do anything in particular as a producer to facilitate that way of working?

Petrucci: Yeah, absolutely. From the beginning, in order to capture that, what we did totally differently was not only did we set up in the studio where everyone’s playing live, but we made sure that the sounds that we were capturing at that very early stage were usable sounds that could be performances on the album. So we took some extra time in the beginning to get all the drum sounds, the guitar sounds, bass and everything, so as we were writing, if we captured that moment of fire and passion when it was written, we were able to actually keep that and integrate it along with whatever we had overdubbed as well. And that was really, really helpful. As a producer, I was able to hear what the album was sounding like right from the beginning. I didn’t have to wait for the mix to hear how the guitar would sound once it was hyped up. Everything was already sounding that way. When you’re hearing on the album is what it sounded like from day one, pretty much.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: It must be a strange moment before the album comes out, when you’re sitting on it and hearing feedback from people who have heard it but the general public hasn’t got their hands on it yet.

Petrucci: Absolutely! I’m dyin’! It’s like you have something you’re so proud of and you just want to say, “Check this out! Listen to this!” There’s this feeling of excitement and anticipation and a little bit of anxiety, but generally it’s pride. You feel like you worked really hard on something and you just can’t wait to share it. That’s what it’s all about: sharing it and having that experience with our listeners that we’re really lucky to have.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: Well just looking at the reactions to “The Enemy Inside” when it was released…

Petrucci: Yes!

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: I don’t think I saw any negative comments!

Petrucci: Y’know what? Yeah! That was so awesome! That was so incredible to see. And it just puts a smile on my face. I love our listeners because they’re very discerning but they’re very passionate and really supportive of what we do, so when I saw that kind of reaction I was like, “Y’know what? That’s freaking awesome.” Because to put out something you’re proud of and to have people react in the way that you would hope means that you’re all on the same page, and it’s just a great beginning to this whole process.

Read the entire interview at IHeartGuitarBlog.com.

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Reunited for the first time since 2009, Metal Church plan on putting out their new record, Generation Nothing in late 2013. Any Metal Church fans up in here? Seeing as I've listened to Metal Church about zero times in my entire life, I figured I'd give the dudes a shot with the teaser above. They've …

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When METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opens in 3D IMAX on September 27, fans will see the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years. The Pulse Of Radio asked bassist Robert Trujillo if there is any chance of taking that stage show on the road. “Well, that’s the plan, you know,” he said. “I don’t think you build something that incredible and not, you know, share it with the world. Obviously we’re just trying to get through this phase of the journey and gonna release this beast to the world and present it on the IMAX screens, and then after that, you know, we’ll see where the adventure takes us, you know. We do have this stage, we should put it to use.”

The band has released a third chapter in its “Hit The Lights: The Making Of Metallica’s Through The Never” series of videos.

The new segment focuses on the conception and construction of the stage and live production.

The movie will expand to theaters around the country on October 4 after its limited IMAX opening on September 27.

The film, a blend of concert movie and fictional narrative, stars Dane DeHaan as a member of METALLICA‘s road crew who is sent on a mysterious mission while the band performs at a sold-out arena and events outside grow more bizarre.

This Saturday (September 21), METALLICA will play a special show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the promotion for the film.

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AFI: Back in bl-oh you know how it goes

Post hardcore legends AFI return with new album Burials next month. Tom Doyle grabbed frontman Davey Havok to talk anniversaries, changing skin and leaving scenes behind.

Hi Davey! You guys have obviously evolved a hell of a lot over the years. Will Burials keep AFI relevant to fans from The Art Of Drowning days?

“To be honest, it may or may not be depending on how long those fans have stuck around. If those fans are still here and they came in in ’97 then I think it’s extremely relevant because if you’re still with us at this point it shows that you have a really true understanding of AFI and a band who evolves with every record. If you see and appreciate that with each album there is growth then I think you will understand that, as in the past, what we are delivering with Burials is something new, something fresh and something that doesn’t really sound like Crash Love or Sing The Sorrow or Black Sails…. It is different whilst keeping with the tone of what we do. It’s very honest and very pure, grew very naturally and represents who we are now as musicians and writers.”

AFI: Chillin’

What do you think the Davey Havok of 2000 would think of Davey Havok in 2013?

“In a way, things have come full circle since the very early days. In the inception of the band and when I was new to writing I hadn’t really found my voice both figuratively and literally I was writing very direct lyrics. Similarly, Burials is very direct and very candid. In that respect there is a very strong parallel between what was going on stylistically in 1995 and now, although the scenes are starkly different and the mood and tone is starkly different. In that middle period around ’99, 2000 I grew into creating a mood more through symbolic and metaphoric imagery but I am back to being much more lyrically direct.”

Do you feel that the amount of time you have been around and the influence you have make you, in some way, custodians of a scene?

“No, I really don’t and it is hard for me to accept or even recognise. I just don’t see us part of a scene, we don’t really fit anywhere and we never have and I’ve never seen or really heard anything that seems to be influenced by AFI. I sometimes speak to people who are kind enough to say that we have influenced a lot of bands and on occasion someone in a band might say ‘Hey, I’m in a band are you really influenced me’ and it’s very flattering, but I never really see evidence of it so it’s hard for me to truly accept it. I think what I’m more able to understand is when people say AFI have impacted their lives in a way that they make comparisons to artists that I feel very strongly about. That feels more real to me, that someone might think about me in the way that I feel about those particular artists that I love. It’s still surreal, though.”


There have been a lot of bands doing anniversary shows lately. Next year is 15 years since Black Sails In The Sunset, do you see yourself revisiting and touring that album?

“I have no interest in doing something like that. I’m proud of all of what we created, it was all a time and a place and they were great times, but those times are over. It would feel very inappropriate for us to try and go back and re-create them. If I was ever to do something like that, it would mean something was terribly terribly wrong with me.”

You’ve had quite a long break from AFI since you released Crash Love, how excited are you to get a new record out?

“It’s really exciting for us to be releasing Burials and I’m super excited for people to hear it. We spent over a year writing these songs and they came to life in such a complete way as we were working and demoing that I was very anxious for people to hear every one of them. There are songs that didn’t even make the tracking session that I’d love for people to hear some day but equally I’m thrilled for people to hear what we decided to call Burials – I really hope they enjoy it.”

Burials is out October 21

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On September 11, Andrew Schizodeluxe of The Rock Pit conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: Well, let’s talk about the new DVD, “Dying Alive”. How did the idea of this new DVD come about?

Mille: Basically, it was the middle of the tour that we felt it went very well, we had many people at the shows and we knew it was a huge production and we wanted to give fans something back, like the memory. We felt this was the perfect time after 10 years of our last official DVD release, “Live Kreation”. We felt it was about time to come out with a new live DVD/live record package and we talked to the record company about it and they supported us and went along. We got a team of 24 cameras into the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, which is very close to where we live, and we had full control over everything that happened to make sure that the quality was 100% guaranteed.

The Rock Pit: Watching the live show on the DVD, there seems to be so many cameras around, you seemed to have captured every angle possible. Was that the band’s idea or was that someone else’s idea?

Mille: That was our idea — ours and the director. We talked about this for a long time and we definitely wanted to make sure that… I mean, it’s always different to when you are in a room and watch a band, it’s a different feel than being in your living room and watching it from your sofa or whatever, so we wanted to make sure that we got an impression of what it’s like to come to a KREATOR show.

The Rock Pit: I ask this question with a few other thrash bands regarding the recent resurgence of thrash metal in general. Obviously, the genre has never gone away but it seems to have crept back in a big way recently, which we haven’t seen in quite some time. What’s your take on this new interest in the genre?

Mille: For me, it never felt like it went away. It quietened in the ’90s, but that was metal in general, but now it’s stronger than ever because people have grown up. A lot of the bands that have been around back then that are still around are a little more controlled with how they handle things and they are more experienced. It comes down to the music. Now they live by fans that have grown up with this kind of music. Back in the day, neighbors were like strangers to this music and so the whole industry has changed. In my opinion, it has a lot to do with self-confidence nowadays; it’s a whole different deal. Nowadays, we are more confident in what we do and I think I can speak for a lot of the bands, a lot of the old-school thrash bands that nowadays when you get the feedback from the new generation of bands, it gives you a lot of energy.

The Rock Pit: Obviously you did a bit of experimenting in the ’90s and then came back to the thrash sound. Do you think you would ever try a different direction again or do you think you will stay in the thrash genre?

Mille: I think we experiment within our music. In the ’90s, we experimented on a whole album, nowadays we experiment within certain parts of certain songs but people don’t see that experimenting as much as we did in the ’90s. A lot of the elements, like in “Phantom Antichrist”, for example, is something that we took from that era and put it into our new music, so it’s always in motion. Our music always develops and we can look back on many, many hours that we have tried, riffs or melodies that we tried in the ’90s and we still profit a lot from that. It was not for nothing, even though some of the ’90s experimental albums weren’t that well received by the audience, for us, musically, it made us grow.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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