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On March 14, Project Alpha TV conducted an interview with vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid of Swedish metallers SOILWORK at this year’s Hammerfest, which was held at Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire, Wales. You can now watch the chat below.

As previously reported, Dutch singer Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) joined SOILWORK on stage last night (Friday, March 21) at Circus in Helsinki, Finland. The concert was filmed for SOILWORK‘s first-ever live DVD, to be released later in the year.

The choice of location for the shoot of the first-ever SOILWORK audiovisual live document was an easy one since Helsinki has always been a second home to the band. The venue itself, Circus, was just the right one to offer a full-on SOILWORK show.

The show marked SOILWORK‘s only Scandinavian show of the spring.

The DVD is being produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who also helmed the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD, “Showtime, Storytime”.

SOILWORK‘s ninth studio and first dual-disc album, “The Living Infinite”, sold around 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 60. The effort also landed at No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Hard Music chart. “The Living Infinite” entered the iTunes Metal Top Albums chart at No. 1 and was the No. 1 most added album on the CMJ radio chart.

“The Living Infinite” was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) and boasts artwork by MNEMIC‘s Mircea Gabriel Eftemie. The CD features Justin Sullivan — lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY — as a guest vocalist on the track “The Windswept Mercy” and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

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Dutch singer Floor Jansen (pictured; NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) will join Swedish metallers SOILWORK on stage on March 21 at Circus in Helsinki, Finland. The concert will be filmed for SOILWORK‘s first-ever live DVD, to be released later in the year. SOILWORK says: “The song that Floor will lend her beautiful and powerful voice to will remain a secret for now, as I’m sure you understand… Just make sure you don’t miss out on this!!!”

Adds Floor: “I have been a fan of [SOILWORK‘s] music for years! They will record a live DVD this special evening; definitely a show you don’t want to miss! The show takes place in Circus in Helsinki, Finland. See you there?!”

The choice of location for the shoot of the first-ever SOILWORK audiovisual live document was an easy one since Helsinki has always been a second home to the band. The venue itself, Circus, was just the right one to offer a full-on SOILWORK show.

The show will mark SOILWORK‘s only Scandinavian show of the spring.

The DVD will be produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who also helmed the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD, “Showtime, Storytime”.

SOILWORK‘s ninth studio and first dual-disc album, “The Living Infinite”, sold around 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 60. The effort also landed at No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Hard Music chart. “The Living Infinite” entered the iTunes Metal Top Albums chart at No. 1 and was the No. 1 most added album on the CMJ radio chart.

“The Living Infinite” was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) and boasts artwork by MNEMIC‘s Mircea Gabriel Eftemie. The CD features Justin Sullivan — lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY — as a guest vocalist on the track “The Windswept Mercy” and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

SOILWORK released a lavish deluxe version of its 2001 classic breakthrough album “A Predator’s Portrait” on October 18, 2013 in Europe and October 15, 2013 in the U.S. The effort was reissued as a digipack with an all new artwork and will contain two previously unreleased live bonus tracks.

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“Crucial Velocity”, the new Aisha Tyler-directed video from Maryland rockers CLUTCH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s latest album, “Earth Rocker”, which sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Released via CLUTCH‘s own Weathermaker Music label, “Earth Rocker” entered the German Media Control chart at No. 71. In the U.K., the CD landed at No. 50 on the regular chart, No. 3 on the Rock/Metal Albums chart and No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart.

Produced by Machine (LAMB OF GOD, FOUR YEAR STRONG, FALL OUT BOY) at the Machine Shop studio in Belleville, New Jersey, “Earth Rocker” was described by CLUTCH vocalist Neil Fallon in a recent interview with DCHeavyMetal.com as “probably faster than most of our recent albums. Maybe compared to some other bands, it’s not the fastest thing on planet Earth. For us it was definitely a step up in the tempo. And I think the other thing that kind of stands out about this one is the blues influences that we’ve been flirting with over the past couple records is more or less absent in this record, which didn’t really happen intentionally until we looked back at it. As a whole, it’s just much more of a straight-up rock and roll record.”

The artwork for “Earth Rocker” was created by Nick Lakiotes, longtime CLUTCH art director, who has worked on previous efforts, including “Robot Hive/Exodus” and “Strange Cousins From The West”.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain feels that the band needs to stay true to their ’80s sound to stay alive on modern rock radio. JOURNEY‘s last studio album, “Eclipse”, was released in May 2011. The Walmart exclusive debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13 — eight spots lower than the band’s previous album, 2008’s “Revelation” — which also went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Independent Albums chart. Although Cain co-wrote all but one song on the album, guitarist Neal Schon had pressed the band into trying a heavier sound than casual fans might’ve expected.

Cain told The Pulse Of Radio that for JOURNEY to continue to make in-roads in radio, they need to have one foot in the past and one in the now. “It’s hard when you bring a new guy in to, y’know, get that commitment in radio,” he said. “Y’know, ’cause it’s not Steve Perry, it’s the new guy, ‘Well, why should we play this?’ ‘Cause it sounds like JOURNEY, that’s why! Y’know? So there’s signs of it, y’know? It’s gotta be undeniably soundin’ like the new JOURNEY. It can’t be soundin’ like some heavy version of JOURNEY. They’re just not gonna go for it. And it has to be so recognizable, that they’re like ‘Oh, wow, we gotta do this. We gotta play this!'”

The Independent Lens documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” chronicles the rags-to-riches story JOURNEY‘s current Steve Perry-sound-alike lead singer, Arnel Pineda, from his poverty stricken days in the Philippines to fronting the band today.

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” will receive its TV premiere on September 30.

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Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Maryland rockers CLUTCH recently gave U.K.’s Rhythm magazine some rudiment tips. Check out the four-minute clip below.

CLUTCH‘s new album, “Earth Rocker”, sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Released via CLUTCH‘s own Weathermaker Music label, “Earth Rocker” entered the German Media Control chart at No. 71. In the U.K., the CD landed at No. 50 on the regular chart, No. 3 on the Rock/Metal Albums chart and No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart.

Produced by Machine (LAMB OF GOD, FOUR YEAR STRONG, FALL OUT BOY) at the Machine Shop studio in Belleville, New Jersey, “Earth Rocker” was described by CLUTCH vocalist Neil Fallon in a recent interview with DCHeavyMetal.com as “probably faster than most of our recent albums. Maybe compared to some other bands, it’s not the fastest thing on planet Earth. For us it was definitely a step up in the tempo. And I think the other thing that kind of stands out about this one is the blues influences that we’ve been flirting with over the past couple records is more or less absent in this record, which didn’t really happen intentionally until we looked back at it. As a whole, it’s just much more of a straight-up rock and roll record.”

The artwork for “Earth Rocker” was created by Nick Lakiotes, longtime CLUTCH art director, who has worked on previous efforts, including “Robot Hive/Exodus” and “Strange Cousins From The West”.

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– July 17th, 2013 – BATTLECROSS’ latest album, “War of Will,” has debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart.

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Thy Art Is Murder: br0000dal

It’s hard to zero in on what exactly it is that has seen Thy Art Is Murder receive the kind of international attention and widespread adulation that is usually reserved for future arena headliners and (forgive us for dropping this term) “Hot Topic Bands”. Is it because they manage to be ball-burstingly, gut-churningly brutal while simultaneously showing that they can write memorable songs and killer hooks? Or is it the fact that their live shows are fast becoming the things of folklore? Perhaps it’s because we’re just not used to seeing extreme metal from Down Under throw up a band that carries serious critical weight behind it. Or, most likely, it’s a combination of all three sprinkled with the simple fact that Thy Art Is Murder are really rather fucking good.

Formed in 2005 in Sydney, a world away from the rising US deathcore movement of the mid-noughties, the five-piece nevertheless went about the rather simple business of obliterating their way around the country, quickly whipping up a frenzy of support and a level of hype both at home and abroad that hasn’t been afforded to a death metal band since the likes of Cannibal Corpse were sending parents sprinting in tears from their local record shops. The result? The rather outstanding distinction of becoming the first death metal band to ever chart in the national Top 40 with second and most recent album, Hate.

“It’s absolutely mindblowing for any sort of metal band to do that, let alone a //death metal// band,” says vocalist Chris “CJ” McMahon in mild disbelief. “I think we charted at Number 1 in Independent Albums and at 25 in the Top 40. It was absolutely ridiculous. We’re stoked and totally blown away by that sort of stuff.”

It’s seen them manage to land tours around the globe in the months since Hate’s release, including a trek across Europe and on these very shores with Here Comes The Kraken and Martyr Defiled.

“I think it’s happened for us because we work exceptionally hard,” muses CJ. “We recorded Hate at an amazing studio in New York, The Machine Shop, with Will Putney [Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body, The Amity Affliction], which had a lot of do with the production value of the album, but I think that we really want to be a hugely successful touring band. That’s what we want to do with our careers, and that’s where there’s a lot of pressure on us to write something as successful as Hate.

“We just write what we wanna write and don’t preach about our beliefs,” he adds matter-of-factly when pressed on the rather evocative nature of naming an album Hate in the first place. “Most of the lyrics are self-explanatory, but the reason we called the album ‘Hate’ is that the songs are all derived from some sort of hate – social injustice, religion, personal events…but we try to not give too much away.”

What the band have given away is a formidable live reputation that has recently seen them tear through venues like London’s intimate Barfly with frightening confidence, with fans travelling from places as far and wide as Israel and even Australia itself to see their heroes play the UK. To push the point once again; this is all for a band that sounds like Behemoth fighting with The Black Dahlia Murder with breakdowns so huge they make the mass majority of “deathcore” also-rans look like Hoobastank.

“We’ve come together with what we believe is the best collection of songs we have in us,” confirms CJ. “I guess it’s strange to see a heavy band coming out of Australia. It’s fucking bizarre; every time we post something on Facebook we have people from America asking us to go out there, and we’ve just sold out dates in Europe where most of the crowd are singing along to every song that we play. To have that off the back of Hate is just incredible. Everyone’s had such a positive response to us. We’re super-stoked.”

Catch Thy Art Is Murder the next time they come over to the UK and you’ll be pretty fucking super-stoked, too.

Hate is out now via Nuclear Blast. Thy Art Is Murder play Ghostfest in June.

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ new album, “Oceania”, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Independent Albums Chart this week.

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ new album, “Oceania”, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Independent Albums Chart this week.

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Morbid Angel recently released the band’s first full-length studio album in eight years, titled “Illud Divinum Insanus” (reviewed here). The band has now announced the following chart positions for the new release:

USA Billboard Top 200: #141
Top New Artists / Heatseekers: #3
Top Current Albums: #127
Independent Current Albums: #24
Current Hard Music Albums: #13
Top Hard Music Albums: #15
Top Current Rock Albums: #48
UK # 37 Top 50 Independent albums
UK #18 Top 40 Rock chart
Danish Album chart #49
Morbid Angel in Dutch Alternative Charts, week 24 #30 (charts entry), 1st week.
German Trend Chart #23
Norway Top 100 #85

Morbid Angel was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column. Live footage of Morbid Angel performing the new song Existo Vulgore is also available here, or you can check out a humorous video of Adolf Hilter reacting to the album’s musical direction at this location.

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