Posts Tagged “Inspirations”

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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Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA, was interviewed by Travis Rodriguez of “Daytime At Nine” this past May in San Antonio, Texas. You can watch the chat below.

Keifer‘s debut solo album, “The Way Life Goes”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group‘s Independent Label Group).

In a recent interview with Examiner.com, Keifer stated about the prospect of going solo: “It was a little scary at first. I’ve played with the same band for nearly 30 years. Going out on your own is like being on a little block of ice, floating out to sea, I guess. But I’ve got an incredible band out here, and they’re not only great musicians but they really great guys and we get along really well. And Savannah [Tom‘s wife] is out here and she’s part of the show. She comes out and sings some songs with me. The show’s a really nice mix of new songs and we’re doing a lot of the old CINDERELLA songs so that’s familiar for me. It’s ingrained in me.”

Regarding his songwriting process, Tom told Music Junkie Press: “Well, I try to write from real inspirations and it always starts from a lyric for me. Even the hard and heavy songs that you would think that started on guitars actually started from lyrics. So that inspiration can come at any time; you can be driving down the road or in aisle 6 at Home Depot. You got this idea in your head and then you are racing for an instrument to try and figure out what you are hearing. I will hear a lyric, a songtitle, or a chorus or line or something usually with a melody and it grows from there.”

Tom also spoke about the growing trend by music consumers of purchasing and downloading individual songs through digital outlets rather than experiencing full-length albums as they were intended to be heard by the artists that created them.

“I think every generation has their way and it is not wrong,” he said. “I think that what would probably help people to be more into whole works of arts or records is that artists create whole works of art or whole records. Like a ‘Physical Graffiti’ or an ‘Exile On Main Street’, or ‘Hotel California’ — [those] are some of the ones I grew up on. Or FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Rumors’, AEROSMITH‘s well of them; ‘Toys In The Attic’. Those were incredible albums from beginning to end. I think there are still some artists that still do that, but I think with the shrinking budgets at record companies, artist development isn’t what it used to be, recording budgets are not what they used to be. So I think less and less, we are not getting great full albums. That is the Catch 22 of the lost revenues from downloading. I don’t know that the average listener out there or fan realizes that by swiping music you kind of hurt the art itself and record companies. I mean, I know everyone views the record companies as the big evil corporate thing or whatever, but there is a lot of good that comes from them too. They do help to develop artists, and back in the ’60s, ’70s and the ’80s when we were coming up, they stayed with you and they developed you. They made sure you were working in the best studios, working with the best engineers and the best producers and that is a good thing. That is how you get great albums. That still goes on today; don’t get me wrong, I just think it is less artists get the opportunity for that because of the budgets and the mentality of the record companies have changed, due to lost revenues and we all know why. There are many reasons of why that has happened and a lot of that has to do with the technology we have. The second the first audio file transmitted over the Internet we were really all sunk. In terms of what the door it had opened up for causing problems within the industry.”

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AXEWOUND, the project featuring Matt Tuck (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) on guitar and vocals, Liam Cormier (CANCER BATS) on lead vocals, Mike Kingswood (GLAMOUR OF THE KILL) on guitar, Joe Copcutt (RISE TO REMAIN) on bass, and Jason Bowld (PITCHSHIFTER, KILLING JOKE) on drums, has commenced work on material for its sophomore album. Tuck tweeted earlier today (Monday, August 19): “Can’t wait to get back in studio with the ladz.”

AXEWOUND was forced to cancel its North American tour at the end of 2012 because the bandmembers were “unable to obtain the proper visas” in time for the trek.

The group’s debut album, “Vultures”, was released in the U.S. last October via The End.

AXEWOUND is an outlet for the musicians to make music that is more extreme than they can and do in their regular bands. Their inspirations for doing so hark back to a golden generation of metal acts — to such heavyweight names as PANTERA and SLIPKNOT.

The roots of AXEWOUND go back to 2010, when Jason Bowld filled in for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas on a brace of shows. He and Tuck kept in touch and last year began discussing working together on a project separate from the hugely successful Welsh metallers. They eventually got together in December 2011 to write the songs that make up AXEWOUND‘s debut album, “Vultures”.

Cormier was the obvious choice to front and pen lyrics for these songs. He and Tuck had been friends for years, CANCER BATS having supported BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE on numerous tours.

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Singer reveals the inspirations behind their long-awaited fourth album.

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Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) took part in an interview and live performance at the 2012 National Middle Market Summit on October 23-24 at Ohio State University.

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The Odious has posted the 3rd and final studio update for new album “Joint Ventures,” which can be viewed below. This clip discusses artwork and conceptual inspirations for the album. “Joint Ventures” is due out on December 18th, 2012. A previously posted lyric video for the song “Minutia” can also be found at this location.

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The Odious has posted the 3rd and final studio update for new album “Joint Ventures,” which can be viewed below. This clip discusses artwork and conceptual inspirations for the album. “Joint Ventures” is due out on December 18th, 2012. A previously posted lyric video for the song “Minutia” can also be found at this location.

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The Odious has posted the 3rd and final studio update for new album “Joint Ventures,” which can be viewed below. This clip discusses artwork and conceptual inspirations for the album. “Joint Ventures” is due out on December 18th, 2012. A previously posted lyric video for the song “Minutia” can also be found at this location.

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Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) took part in an interview and live performance at the 2012 National Middle Market Summit on October 23-24 at Ohio State University.

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Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed more details on the band’s forthcoming new album “Crrimen Excepta.” In the latest post on Facebook, the band announced two guest appearances and one cover song for the release:

“It’s time, to reveal few more details about our new album… There will be two special guests on ‘Crimen Excepta’: David Bower, vocalist of Hell appear in the title track, while Vader mainman Peter will be heard in the cover version of the classic Vader song ‘Tyrani Piekiel,’ which will be available as the bonus track on the first, limited edition of the album. So most probably Crystal Viper is the first ever Heavy Metal band, which re-arranged and recorded Death Metal cover song.”

Singer Marta Gabriel commented on the new album and the guest appearances:

We already announced that fans should expect the unexpected. The new album is different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. Of course it’s still traditional Metal, and it’s still Crystal Viper – but this time, everything was different, starting from the compositions, through our attitude and inspirations, up to equipment we used and the recording session itself. It was amazing to have Peter in the studio, we all are huge fans of Vader, and I think he was also amazed when he heard how our voices sound together in this Heavy Metal version of ‘Tyrani Piekiel’. And when you will hear the lines of William The Judge recorded by David of Hell, you will have jaw on the floor. We had.

“Crimen Excepta” is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 via AFM Records.

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