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Arch Enemy’s Will To Power: Middle School Lyrics, Loomis Restrained

By Andrew Catania

Arch Enemy releases their new album, Will To Power today.  This is the second album with Alissa White-Gluz.  Alissa is the third singer for Arch Enemy.  Will To Power also marks the first studio effort with Jeff Loomis.

I was looking forward to this release since this would be the first with the addition of Loomis.  Sadly, Loomis doesn’t have any writing credits or makes an impact on this album fans of his would’ve liked.  His playing is great on Will To Power; you can feel he’s somewhat restrained.  I’m sure this was done by design seeing the album was produced by founding member/guitarist Michael Amott.  If given a chance, Loomis would’ve schooled Amott on how to write great songs.

The lyrics haven’t improved.  I was hoping with White-Gluz in the band they would.  The album isn’t a total fail.  Songs like “The Word Is Yours” sounds like some of the band’s classics.  “The Eagle Flies Alone” is a masterpiece musically.   Lyrically, Will To Power sounds like Amott got together with a bunch of middle schoolers and wrote about pre-pubescent issues.

Arch Enemy still kicks ass live.  Alissa White-Gluz and Jeff Loomis are welcomed additions to the band.   Amott has to give up some creative direction of the band to other members.  Until then, we’ll have to deal with the same sixth grader lyrics and basic riffs he plays.  He won’t unleash Loomis because he knows he’s a superior player and writer to him.  7/10 stars

Arch Enemy & Trivium Announce Co-Headlining North American Fall Tour

ARCH ENEMY & TRIVIUM Announce Co-Headlining North American Fall Tour;
Additional Support from While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy.

Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 4 @ 10:00 A.M. Local Time

ARCH ENEMY and TRIVIUM are excited to announce plans for a co-headlining tour across North America later this Fall. Featuring support from English metalcore outfit While She Sleeps and New Jersey deathcore act Fit For An Autopsy,
the tour will kick off on October 27 in Orlando, FL and make its way across the U.S. and Canada before finishing on December 6 in Houston, TX.

Founding ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott exclaimed, “Very much looking forward to returning to North America with this tour! We are aware that it has been long overdue and we appreciate everyone’s patience while we’ve been creating our new “Will To Power” album. This run will be like a family reunion with our old friends in Trivium; together we’ll be crushing city after city with the power of Heavy Metal! Good times ahead, don’t miss the fun!”

TRIVIUM further stated, “We’ve been joining forces with Arch Enemy for over a decade now.  From Ozzfest 2005,  through arenas across the U.K.,  Europe,  and Australia on The Black Crusade.  This next chapter is going to be one for the ages:  Trivium,  Arch Enemy, While She Sleeps, and Fit for an Autopsy!!  DO NOT MISS THIS!!

Tour dates can be found listed below or in the above admat. General admission tickets will go on-sale to the public on Friday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time.  Watch a trailer video for the tour at http://smarturl.it/AE-TourTrailer.

ARCH ENEMY & TRIVIUM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2017
(featuring support from While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy)
10/27    Orlando, FL – House of Blues
10/28    Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/29    Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/31    Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
11/1    Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theater
11/3    New York, NY – Playstation Theater
11/4    Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/5    Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/7    Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
11/8    Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/10    Sioux City, IA – Anthem At Hard Rock
11/11    Kansas City, MO – The Truman
11/12    Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
11/14    Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
11/15    Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11/17    Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/18    Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/20    Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
11/21    Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
11/23    Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
11/24    Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
11/25    Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/27    Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/28    San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/29    Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
12/1    Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
12/2    Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
12/4    Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
12/5    San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
12/6    Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

 

Melodic metal legends ARCH ENEMY will be returning with their tenth overall album on September 8 via Century Media Records, “Will To Power”, a powerful statement of their reigning heavy metal supremacy.

Will To Power is the first studio album to feature the band’s current line-up, marking the debut recording appearance of guitar mastermind Jeff Loomis, the sophomore vocal appearance from Alissa White-Gluz, and a return from founder Michael Amott on guitars, Sharlee D’Angelo on bass and Daniel Erlandsson on drums.

Pre-order “Will To Power” on physical or digital format at willtopower.centurymedia.com!

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TRIVIUM will return with a new album this fall via Roadrunner Records, details of which are yet to be announced.

TRIVIUM catapulted into the first ranks of modern metal with 2004’s Roadrunner debut, “Ascendancy”, which was named “Album of the Year” by Kerrang! 2006’s “The Crusade” incorporated new melodic colors into the band’s sound, resulting in widespread critical applause and a top 25 Billboard 200 debut. “Shogun” followed two years later and received even greater acclaim and chart success, including a #1 debut on the UK’s Rock Albums Chart. “In Waves hit #1 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” upon its 2011 release, not to mention a stunning top 15 debut on the overall Billboard 200 and 2013’s “Vengeance Falls” arrived at #2 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart while making Top 10 debuts in Australia, Germany, representing some of band’s highest international chart debuts to date.

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ARCH ENEMY Reveal Cover Art & Further Details On New Album, “Will To Power”, Out September 8 Via Century Media Records

Metal powerhouse ARCH ENEMY is ready to bring their fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as they announce details on their upcoming album, “Will To Power“, out September 8, 2017, via Century Media Records. The band is excited to reveal the album’s captivating cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork:

“It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the ‘Will to Power’ cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double-edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake Ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat, and a vampire bat… All representing self-determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power”

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis‘ (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of their most acclaimed album to date, “War Eternal“, which saw the band reach their highest charts in the US and Germany to date, “Will To Power” will continue to smash records worldwide.

While full details and pre-order information on “Will To Power” will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the “Will To Power” Deluxe Box Set Edition. For further details and to have your name included, please visit: http://willtopower.centurymedia.com/

Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international “Will To Power Tour 2017” which will commence from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests, Jinjer. A full list of their upcoming appearances can be found below. There will be a US tour coming this fall as well. Stay tuned for further tour dates!

ARCH ENEMY live:

ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

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Michael Amott: Arch Enemy’s Mastermind Guitarist

By Andrew Catania

Just who is Michael Amott? Despite the success of the well-known heavy metal band, Arch Enemy, few are familiar with this phenomenal Swedish guitarist. He has contributed greatly to the rock music genre and came in at position 74 of 100 as one of the greatest all-time guitarists. He has catapulted his band by being able to present quality music after quality music in every album.

Michael became fascinated with the guitar and begun nurturing his unknown talent. Players like Uli Jon Roth and Dave Mustaine were some of his greatest musical inspirations. His style features memorable lead lines, a wide vibrato and a passion for double guitar harmonies. His preferential musical group is Pentatonics and has stated in guitar magazines that his soloing style is close in comparison to Michael Schenker.

In 1988, Michael met up with singer Johan Liiva and formed Carnage, a death metal band. With this came the release of two widely recognized cassette demos and instant popularity. The duo would eventually record Dark Recollections, their single album, with Michael as the only original member. The band would later be broken up by the release of the album on Necrosis records in 1990. He joined Carcass in the same year and released ‘Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious‘, the seminal album in the following year.

In 1993, Michael ceased to be a member of Carcass due to differences in creativity. He went on to form Spiritual Beggars, a band mostly influenced by classic rock. The following year, the band managed to release their debut album ‘Spiritual Beggars‘ that led to another unexpected Music for Nations record deal. The record deal brought about the release of ‘Another Way to Shine‘ later on in 1996. Things couldn’t work out any better for Michael. W.A.R Records, a new Swedish record label at the time, offered to record a death metal project along the same line as Carcass. Michael reached out to Christopher Amott, his younger brother and Johan Liiva, the original Carnage vocalist and formed Arch Enemy.

Bury Me An Angel“, their first hit single, received massive airplay that was totally unexpected. The quick success of the band was overwhelming on Michael’s part. He recruited two more band members, bassist Martin Bengtsson and drummer Peter Wildoer. Johan Liiva left the band in 1999, prompting Michael to recruit Angela Gossow in 2000. The following year Arch Enemy released ‘Wages of Sin’ and received worldwide recognition, thanks to the attractive voice of their new frontwoman. In 2003, US MTV aired the “We Will Rise” video from their album ‘Anthems of Rebellion‘ for the first time. There was now no limit to their worldwide popularity. In 2005 ‘Doomsday Machine‘ was released, which saw Christopher Amott exit from the group to further his education.

Still, in 2005, Michael made his return to Spiritual Beggars and released another album, “Demons“. The following year he made his debut into voice acting when he made an appearance on ‘Metalocalypse’, an Adult Swim show. He voiced Dr. Amomolith Chesterfield.

Today, Michael is recording with Arch Enemy and making tours all over the world. He, however, does not rule out a Spiritual Beggars comeback in the near future.

Review: Arch Enemy’s As The Stages Burn DVD

By Andrew Catania

Arch Enemy has unleashed their DVD, ’As the Stages-Burn’’ in March 2017, celebrating their 20th anniversary. The new DVD would feature their world’s largest stage performance till date from their Wacken Open-Air set in Germany.

As the Stages Burn” marks the era of the Arch Enemy’s War Eternal cycle; the bands first ever record with the former Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Also earlier this year, they decided to give all their fans a DVD named War Eternal Tour- Tokyo Sacrifice, but then the Wacken set seemed to have much more impact than the previous releases.

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The stage was all set, to begin with, the performance of the lifetime. The decoration was perfectly put together, just like the original Arch Enemy. The band started with a very energetic and impactful song “Yesterday is Dead and Gone” by Alissa which brought the crowd to their feet and it seemed that they are quite enthusiastic and were looking forward to more.

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Arch Enemy has done a great work with the DVD and has given an outstanding performance on the stage. The main criteria for the whole performance were to keep the fans involved throughout the show and they did it pretty well. The song choices and the changing backdrops at the end of every song made it even more mesmerizing. The energy and the solo from Jeff Loomis set the stage on fire and what else could anyone have asked for that night. “On This Special Night” as sung by their vocalist Alissa was completely flawless over the stage. She totally pumped up the crowd once again and made them go gaga with the whole flow of the song, jumping, clapping and singing along with her until the entire song was over. The band was totally on the minds of the crowd leaving such a huge impact on them.

The DVD that captures their entire performance as a masterpiece is probably what you need to experience the true magic of this band. It was a perfect recording of the whole performance from the music to the shots of the band lined up quite well. One could just feel the best of the live show even through the DVD because of the amazing picture quality and the camera movement all across the stage; moving very smoothly without any break of shots.

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The strongest choice of the entire performance “We Will Rise”, is an amazing and powerful song towards the end of the show. They chose to end up the performance by “Fields of Desolation”, an amazing way to end the set.

Guitarist Michael Amott told Spark TV that that was indeed the perfect album cycle to document. He added that it was a fresh piece that had taken them over two years on the roads preparing and that it was time to piece it together and see how the audience would take it. He was also quick to remark how special the show at Wacken was and that among other things, it was one of the biggest things to look forward to on the album.

This live DVD includes behind the scenes footage of the band and videos from the War Eternal Album.  This is a flawlessly executed DVD and one of the best I’ve seen.  9/10 stars.

Guitar Whiz Jeff Loomis

By Andrew Catania

It took only a year of serious training before Jeff Loomis won Wisconsin’s Guitar Wars contest at the age of 16. Although Loomis got his first guitar when he was around nine years old, he only started practicing with passionately at 15.

Today, Loomis is an American guitarist who has become famous globally for his skills as a former lead guitarist for Nevermore -a progressive metal band that he was a part of from 1994 to 2011.

As a young teen, Loomis took inspiration from great artists like Marty Friedman, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Brian May. Before finding a career in music, he drifted from one cover band to another and played with three death metal bands before joining more established bands.

After his victory in Wisconsin, Loomis took the plunge and auditioned to be the lead guitarist for the iconic thrash metal band, Megadeth. To his disappointment, he was told that one day he would make a great guitarist, however, was far too young for the band as a sixteen-year-old. In 2005, the prediction came true in a surreal manner when Megadeth invited Loomis to come join them as a lead guitarist. However, Jeff declined in order to continue working on his solo album.

His path to success was not direct. After playing with numerous unknown bands and being rejected by Megadeth at 16, he refused to accept rejection and joined Sanctuary in 1990. To his disappointment, Sanctuary broke up 4 months later due to differences with the record company representing them. Starting in 1991, he spent three years conceptualizing a new band called Nevermore with some of the former members of Sanctuary. At last, he was rightly offered the lead guitar position in Nevermore in 1994.

Not only was Loomis the main songwriter for Nevermore, but he also set the precedence for the sound Nevermore adopted as a signature sound using 7 string guitars that are still being used till date. On April 21, 2011, he and Van Williams left Nevermore, citing personal and musical differences with Warrel Dane.

During his time with Nevermore, Loomis often focused on personal growth. For example, Loomis took some time off in 2005 during which he decided to record a solo album, stating, “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for some time… It will be like a Jason Becker/Marty Friedman kind of thing.”

The solo album, titled Zero Order Phase was released in 2008, featuring guest solos from Ron Jarzombek and Pat O’Brien amongst other artists.

Since leaving Nevermore, it was announced that Loomis joined melodic death metal band – Arch Enemy – on November 17th, 2014. Arch Enemy will be releasing a live DVD/CD on March 31st, 2017.  Arch Enemy is also working on a new record. With Loomis as an integral member of the band – we can only hold our breaths till we can catch hold of the teaser because we’re sure it’ll be legendary.