Posts Tagged “Redemption”

David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

DeadRhetoric.com: The band has been active on the live front since the release of “X”, but did it ever cross your mind that as a recording entity, FATES WARNING may never record another album?

Ray Alder: Yeah, it definitely crossed my mind. People were doing their side-projects all over the place, and it was never discussed or anything that “We might not get around to doing another album, it’s been so long.” It was always in the back of my mind that we would, though. Jim [Matheos, guitar] and I are pretty proud in that way and don’t want to just fade away. I knew we’d get around to do another album, it was just a matter of when. All of these fucking side-projects, but here we are now and I’m completely happy.

DeadRhetoric.com: You had a stretch where REDEMPTION was your main thing, obviously.

Alder: I think I did four albums with REDEMPTION. Jim was doing OSI, and they seemed like his main thing. It was never meant to be that way, but I had the opportunity to tour and record with REDEMPTION and I don’t want to sit around and do nothing.

DeadRhetoric.com: There’s been a lot of patience from your fanbase. You haven’t totally fallen off the map. There’s genuine interest in another FATES WARNING record. Did that help with getting the album together?

Alder: I think it’s nice and great. We never completely went away, and even if we weren’t touring the States, we were touring in Europe. We’d always go over there and do a few shows and do three-week tours — maybe subconsciously so people wouldn’t forget about us over there. [laughs] Our European fans knew that we were always around; it was American fans that probably feel a little left out. It’s nothing personal – it’s a lot harder to tour in America than in Europe. Everything is so far away and expensive, while in Europe, shows are usually no more than four or five hours away.

DeadRhetoric.com: Going back, you joined the band in ’88, so that’s 25 years. The storyline of you replacing [John] Arch is well-known at least from his vantage point, but how about yours?

Alder: I remember being completely intimidated and scared. I was a young kid. They were my favorite band in the world and I had never even left Texas and the only reason I left was to go to Connecticut to audition with those guys. I remember getting off the plane and having dinner…it was the weirdest thing ever, scary. I got through it and did a good job, and [Metal Blade‘s] Brian Slagel came in and I remember thinking, “Oh God, Brian Slagel!” Now, we’re great friends. It was exciting and new, and I had no idea where it was going to go, but I didn’t care. It’s funny because music wasn’t my dream — I was just doing it in local bands, but once I started, it was amazing.

DeadRhetoric.com: Do you remember what songs you auditioned with?

Alder: “Quietus”, a part of the from “Beyond The Ivory Gates”. I remember I recorded that on a four-track.

DeadRhetoric.com: Your voice back then was so high…

Alder: [laughs] It was so ridiculous. I was trying to do the John Arch thing, and that was the ’80s — everybody was doing it, so I thought it should do it too. As I got older, and before my voice started to change, I just didn’t want to sing high anymore. Chris Cornell, he can sing high now and he doesn’t sound silly to me. It’s not operatic; it’s screaming… I love his voice. Then you have other singers (mimics falsetto)…

DeadRhetoric.com: See, you still got it in you.

Alder: I think my voice has changed because I didn’t want to be over the top; probably because of the cigarettes and booze. [laughs]

Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.

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Hungarian extreme metallers EKTOMORF have entered the studio to begin recording their new album for an early 2014 release via AFM Records.

The latest two webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the studio can be seen below.

EKTOMORF‘s most recent CD, “Black Flag”, was released on August 31, 2012 via AFM. The cover was once again created by German illustrator and designer Tim Eckhorst, who previously did illustrations for the Wacken Open Air festival and various other bands.

EKTOMORF‘s very special “acoustic” album, “The Acoustic”, was released on February 17, 2012 via AFM Records. The CD contained cover versions (LYNYRD SKYNYRD‘s “Simple Man” and “Folsom Prison Blues” by JOHNNY CASH), re-recorded EKTOMORF classics (“I Know Them”, “Redemption”, “Who Can I Trust”, “Stigmatized” and “I’m In Hate”), plus five brand new tracks, written specially for this release.


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RSPTV conducted an interview with bassist Mike D’Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has tapped McFarland & Pecci, the company co-owned by award-winning directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci, to helm the video for its song “Always”.

McFarland & Pecci previously worked with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on the 30-minute documentary “New Awakening”, about the recording process for the band’s fifth studio album, “Disarm The Descent”, and the video for the CD’s lead single, “In Due Time”.

“Disarm The Descent” sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2 via Roadrunner Records.

“Disarm The Descent” is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002’s now-classic, genre-defining “Alive or Just Breathing”. Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by bassist Mike D’Antonio.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Leach stated about “Disarm The Descent”: “Mike D’Antonio thought up the title ‘Disarm The Descent’ even before I started writing. He approached me with a concept. Initially, it was ‘Disarming The Descent’. After some discussion with him, I said, ‘Let’s just shorten it up.’ I thought it was a great title. We talked about it a bit, and I wrote that at the top of the page and began writing notes from there. It’s kind of a concept record.”

He added: “[The title is] a creative way of saying ‘redemption’ or rising again. You’re in a state of your life where you’re approaching rock bottom and you find a way to pick yourself up again before you hit the floor.”

Asked about his lyrical approach on “Disarm The Descent”, Leach said: “This album is very different from anything I’ve written. That comes from trying to develop as a write over the year. I have a project called THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL. The last EP we put out was a total concept record where I wrote a short story and we made an album about it. It’s broken down into three parts, and we finished one of the three. It’s a continuing story that will tell a story from start to finish, word for word. I thought it was a cool idea because I’d never written that way. I mixed that idea with my own introspective and cathartic lyrics I did with TIMES OF GRACE. It’s a culmination of the writing I’ve done over the years. I wanted to find a way to blend it all together. Vocally, I’m trying to come up with different sounds of my voice and mix the screaming and yelling. I made an effort to push myself with the writing and vocals.”

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Anna Dave Bertram of Sweden’s Access: Rock conducted an interview with bassist Mike D’Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has tapped McFarland & Pecci, the company co-owned by award-winning directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci, to helm the video for its song “Always”.

McFarland & Pecci previously worked with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on the 30-minute documentary “New Awakening”, about the recording process for the band’s fifth studio album, “Disarm The Descent”, and the video for the CD’s lead single, “In Due Time”.

“Disarm The Descent” sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2 via Roadrunner Records.

“Disarm The Descent” is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002’s now-classic, genre-defining “Alive or Just Breathing”. Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by bassist Mike D’Antonio.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Leach stated about “Disarm The Descent”: “Mike D’Antonio thought up the title ‘Disarm The Descent’ even before I started writing. He approached me with a concept. Initially, it was ‘Disarming The Descent’. After some discussion with him, I said, ‘Let’s just shorten it up.’ I thought it was a great title. We talked about it a bit, and I wrote that at the top of the page and began writing notes from there. It’s kind of a concept record.”

He added: “[The title is] a creative way of saying ‘redemption’ or rising again. You’re in a state of your life where you’re approaching rock bottom and you find a way to pick yourself up again before you hit the floor.”

Asked about his lyrical approach on “Disarm The Descent”, Leach said: “This album is very different from anything I’ve written. That comes from trying to develop as a write over the year. I have a project called THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL. The last EP we put out was a total concept record where I wrote a short story and we made an album about it. It’s broken down into three parts, and we finished one of the three. It’s a continuing story that will tell a story from start to finish, word for word. I thought it was a cool idea because I’d never written that way. I mixed that idea with my own introspective and cathartic lyrics I did with TIMES OF GRACE. It’s a culmination of the writing I’ve done over the years. I wanted to find a way to blend it all together. Vocally, I’m trying to come up with different sounds of my voice and mix the screaming and yelling. I made an effort to push myself with the writing and vocals.”

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Corrections House didn't impress me all too much on their first single, but the new song 'Serve or Survive" is an extremely badass redemption. "Serve or Survive" can be streamed on Pitchfork. It's a pretty long song but the band manage to keep it interesting despite sticking to a pretty close-knit group of sounds. If the …

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Professionally filmed video footage of the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE performing two brand new songs, “Redemption” and “Fallout”, on May 18 at the Rock Hard Festival at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany can be seen below.

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Fan-filmed video footage of the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE performing two new songs, “Fallout” and “Redemption”, during their June 6 oncert at José Cuervo Salón in Mexico City, Mexico can be seen below.

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Sweden’s CULT OF LUNA has released a new remix from legendary artist and producer Justin Broadrick (GODFLESH, JESU).

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Heaven Shall Burn have released a video for their track Hunters Will Be Hunted. View it below.

It’s taken from the German outfit’s latest album Veto, which came out this week.

The band chose a nineteenth-century painting of Lady Godiva for the album cover, based on a 13th-century folk tale of how the noblewoman rode through the streets of Coventry naked after her husband said he’d only cut peasant taxes if she did. The people of the city turned their backs to preserve her modesty – except “Peeping Tom,” who was struck blind (or in some versions struck dead) for his betrayal.

Guitarist Maik Weichert explains: “It as an icon regarding the fight for social justice. The image represents a contemporary issue – today’s leading class being isolated from the people, and the conflicts arising from that. It is a great way to show our fans how current problems and topics can be reflected and derived from historical artworks.”

Veto tracklist

01. Godiva
02. Land Of The Upright Ones
03. Die Stürme Rufen Dich
04. Fallen
05. Hunters Will Be Hunted
06. You Will Be Godless
07. Valhalla
08. Antagonized
09. Like Gods Among Mortals
10. 53 Nations
11. Beyond Redemption

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Milwaukee’s Enabler has locked down several new bouts of Spring tour dates in support of the brand new “Shift Of Redemption” EP, out this week via Think Fast! Records. Hear the full “Shift Of Redemption” EP right now via Invisible Oranges

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