Arch Enemy Comments On “Will To Power” Chart Positions

Arch Enemy is breaking records with new release “Will To Power,” entering sales charts on top ranks all over the world. “Will To Power” premiered at these chart positions after releasing on September 8th:

#1 US Hard Music Charts
#10 US Rock Charts
#1 iTunes Metal Charts (International)
#3 German Album Charts
#3 UK Rock Charts
#2 Finnish Album Charts
#5 Swiss Album Charts
#5 Czech Album Charts
#11 Swedish Album Charts (last album #40)
#11 Dutch Album Charts (last album #38)
#19 French Album Charts (last album #42)
#26 Australian Album Charts (first chart entry ever)
#37 UK Album Charts (last album #85)

Michael Amott comments: “This is quite overwhelming to be honest… Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to all the fans that picked up ‘Will to Power’ during the first week of release! This has resulted in some of the best chart entries in Arch Enemy’s history! The ‘Will to Power’ tour has just begun and the reactions to the new songs are just phenomenal. This is just the beginning, we’re very much looking forward to going around the world a few times! We’ll see all you metal maniacs out there soon and thank you once again from Arch Enemy!”

Arch Enemy is currently on a headlining jaunt across Eastern Europe with special guests Jinjer and will next head out on a co-headlining North American tour with Trivium featuring support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy from October through December.

The band will continue touring into the new year with a January trek across Europe with support from Wintersun, Tribulation, and Jinjer. Full dates can be found listed below.

9/20 Bucharest, RO – Quantic Club Open Air Stage #
9/21 Sofia, BG – Universiada Hall #
9/22 Athens, GR – Piraeus 117 Academy #
9/23 Thessaloniki, DE – Principal Club Theater
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 &
1/12 Munich, DE – Tonhalle ^
1/13 Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn ^
1/15 Zurich, CH – Komplex ^
1/17 Milan, IT – Alcatraz ^
1/18 Lyon, FR – Transbordeur ^
1/22 Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini ^
1/23 Paris, FR – Bataclan ^
1/24 Antwerp, BE – Trix ^
1/26 Oberhausen, DE – Turbinenhalle ^
1/27 Geiselwind, DE – Music Hall ^
1/29 Hamburg, DE – Grobe Freiheit ^
1/31 Malmo, SE – KB ^
2/2 Stockholm, SE – Arenan ^
2/3 Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn ^
2/5 Berlin, DE – Huxleys ^
2/6 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof ^
2/7 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage ^
# with Jinjer
& with Trivium, While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy
^ with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer

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Kremlin Signs With Godz Of War Productions

Godz Ov War Productions has announced a partnership with the Canadian barbaric death metal squad Kremlin, featuring past/present members of Infernäl Mäjesty and Outre-Tombe.

The band’s debut album entitled “Decimation of the Elites” will be released this fall exclusively on CD.

Godz ov War comments: “The three-piece Canadian act fits the label’s roster perfectly, expanding it with its pretty old school death metal with some modern touches to it (production wise in particular). The eight tracks that ‘Decimation of the Elites’ is made up of mean thirty-plus minutes of unrelentless, furious, bestial and evil death metal played the American way, with some echoes of the 1980s/1990s European, Swedish in particular, scene too.

“Relentless, straightforward, brutal yet melodic death metal devastating your ears from the beginning to the end. No remorse, sheer aggression. And the trio deliver all that with crushing and crunching, robust yet feral sound that make the album even more interesting to listen to.”

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Video Clip For New Song “Repent My Sins” Posted By Nocturnal Rites

Re-activated Swedish metal act Nocturnal Rites issued a video clip for the new song “Repent My Sins.” This is the third new song and second video clip released from the long awaited new album “Phoenix,” which will be out on September 29th via AFM Records.

Pre-orders for the album can be made at this location. The track listing are as follows:

1. A Heart As Black As Coal (see music video here)
2. Before We Waste Away (song streaming here)
3. The Poisonous Seed
4. Repent My Sins
5. What’s Killing Me
6. A Song For You
7. The Ghost Inside Me
8. Nothing Can Break Me
9. Flames
10. Used to be God
11. Welcome to the End

Check out “Repent My Sins” here:

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Lyric Video For New Song “What’s Behind The Fields” Available From Kaipa

Legendary Swedish progressive rockers Kaipa, led by mastermind Hans Lundin, released another new song from the new studio album “Children of the Sounds,” expected for release on September 22nd via InsideOut Music. Check out the lyric video for “What’s Behind The Fields” in the player below.

Hans comments: “I think we all want to explore what’s behind the fields. Sometimes we take that trip and sometimes it’s just a journey to a place somewhere in our rare and open minds.”

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Children of the Sounds 11:31 (see lyric video here)
2. On The Edge of New Horizons 17:10
3. Like A Serpentine 12:52
4. The Shadowy Sunlight 6:57
5. What’s Behind The Fields 9:31

Check out “What’s Behind The Fields” here:

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Fornhem Posts New Song “Úrdjupets Svärta”

Primeval Swedish black metal duo Fornhem will release debut album “Ett Fjärran Kall” (“A Call From Afar”) this coming August 25th release via Trollmusic. Today, new track “Úrdjupets Svärta” comes online and can be heard below.

Fornhem was established in 2013 with a desire to conjure up the mysteries of nature. While members Vafthrudner (drums, vocals) and Solbane (guitars, bass, stringed instruments) undoubtedly owe a lot to the aesthetics originally crafted by the pioneers of Scandinavian black metal, they nevertheless create their own approach and style by interpreting influences from a broad spectrum of folk and rock music in a consciously minimal and almost hypnotizing way. The band’s lyrics are in Swedish and inspired by history, Norse mythology, nature and Swedish poetry.

“Our aim is to make music that moves forward, even if it’s minimal and repetitive, and we think that adding something or making slight alterations in a riff or chord progression makes it come alive and breathe, so to speak, which would be the whole meaning of music-making,” explains Vafthrudner. “Black metal in general is quite beautiful music behind all the layers of noise and we want to enhance that by using minimalism. Quieter moments or acoustic instruments create interesting dynamics that oppose the ‘wall of noise.'”

Reflecting on the folk aspect of Fornhem, Solbane adds: “I think folk music — as well as metal — has an inherent catchiness to it. It’s simple and direct music that comes from the heart. We are certainly influenced by a wide variety of Nordic folk and 70’s and 80’s classic hard rock and metal, but our main influence is old school black metal. Most notably Burzum, Darkthrone and Bathory.”

1. Ett Fjärran Kall
2. Kosmisk Dvala
3. Úrdjupets Svärta
4. Fornhem

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Bloodstock Festival Reveals Rock And Metal Museum’s 2017 Exhibitors

UK’s Bloodstock Festival (also know as Bloodstock Open Air) has become in recent years, one of Europe’s most illustrious Metal gatherings. An undeniable proof of the fest’s panache is the inclusion of bands like Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Ghost, Testament, Kreator, Hatebreed, Arch Enemy in the 2017 line-up. This event also sponsors the Rock And Metal Museum (RAM)—a gallery that exhibits original artworks and other items related with Heavy Metal visual imagery. The upcoming edition will take place from August 10th to 13th within Bloodstock’s premises and promises to be a true feast for the senses. Let’s meet some of this year’s exhibitors.

PAUL RAYMOND GREGORY
This illustrious British artist is Bloodstock’s mastermind and the creator of RAM. He has painted dozens of album covers for collectives like Saxon, Dio, Blind Guardian, and is also well-known for his gigantic J.R.R Tolkien-inspired canvases. His leading role has proven crucial fro the development of both the gallery through the years.

Gregory explains: “I had my own gallery many years ago holding some notable exhibitions. I decided to sell the gallery to concentrate on my own work which was inspired by Tolkien’s fictional universe. It was one of my Tolkien pieces that came to the attention of Saxon’s manager in 1983 the album was Crusader released in 1984. In 2014 I decided to celebrate my thirtieth anniversary with the music industry by returning to my roots with a gallery at Bloodstock… The gallery will always be adding new artists, authors, photographers and any other talented muse we feel will sit well with the gallery and its aims. I never looked upon it as a money-spinner. For me was a passion that I wanted to create something that was unique and that I could see developing. So I think for me it has to be the passion of doing something you want to do, and that is how it has worked.”

Check out Paul Raymond Gregory’s epic paintings and illustrations at: www.studio54.co.uk

ELIRAN KANTOR
This is the first time that Israeli visionary, Eliran Kantor, exhibits his works at the Rock And Metal Museum. Widely known for his arresting cover illustrations for Testament, Sigh, Atheist, Soulfly, Iced Earth, etc. this Berlin-based artist is considered of the greatest artists working in the Metal scene today.

Regarding his RAM participation, Kantor comments: “I’m very excited about being invited to attend the RAM at Bloodstock this year by Paul Raymond Gregory. There will be 5 of my pieces added to the permanent collection and on display this year. Not sure I can say which one – come and see for yourself!”

See more of Eliran Kantor’s work at: www.elirankantor.com

AND JUSTICE FOR ART
This is the second consecutive year that the book “And Justice For Art” will be exhibited at the Rock And Metal Museum. The difference is that this time, author Ramon Martos-Garcia will be exhibiting the Revised Edition of this 264-color pages volume. The new edition includes more than 450 images and 105 exclusive interviews with members of Amorphis, Slayer, Cradle Of Filth, Carcass, Cattle Decapitation, Anthrax, Enslaved, Cormorant, At The Gates, Katatonia, etc. regarding the creation of some of Metal’s most iconic album covers.

When asked why he decided to create a revised edition of the book, author Martos-Garcia says: “I didn’t want to just re-print the same book again. I had new material available—new images and commentaries. So, I decided to add as much as I could and bring something new to the table while keeping intact the essence of previous edition. There are new comments, more graphics, but it’s still the same book… dramatically improved and updated.”

A signed copy of “And Justice For Art” will be given away to a lucky Bloodstock ticket holder. Check out the book exclusively at the official store: www.andjusticeforart.bigcartel.com

CHRISTIAN SLOAN HALL
American illustrator, Christian Sloan Hall has been widely praised for his striking, Viking-inspired illustrations for Swedish metallers, Amon Amarth. In addition, he’s also produced visuals for Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Sunn o))), etc. He’s already familiar with RAM and Bloodstock. Last year, he created an exclusive artwork for the Rock And Metal Museum—personally commissioned by Bloodstock’s main man, Paul Raymond Gregory.

“Amon Amarth are headlining this year, so Paul thought it would be cool to display some of the work I’ve done for them over the years,” Sloan Hall comments. “Two of the battle scenes I’ve done for them that have been used for backdrops will be on show, as well as some of the illustrations I’ve done for tour shirts, and a few others like some pieces I’ve done for DC snowboards, etc… Events like RAM are beyond important. The once flourishing illustration industry has been a dying one for decades, struggling to survive in the face of constant exploitation and digital emulation. Events like this are crucial in the battle to keep the industry alive but restore Illustration and art to its former glory. I’m greatly honored to be able to be a part of it!”

Find out more about Christian Sloan Hall at: www.deathlord.co.uk

PAUL HARRIES
Paul Harries’s photo-portfolio includes shots of Rock/Metal luminaries such as Metallica, Nirvana, Ghost, Muse, Green Day, AC/DC and Osbourne, among many others. He’s currently one of Kerrang! magazine’s leading photographers and has even published a Slipknot-inspired photo-book titled, “Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits.”

“I have not expectations really, I just like to show my work,” the British photographer admits. “The images on show will be from Lemmy, Slipknot, Ghost, Slash, Lamb Of God and Lizzy Hale. I thought this selection would fit in nicely with the Bloodstock vibe… Prints are available to purchase so if I sell a few that will be great.”

Check out Paul Harries’ photographs at: www.paulharries.com

CYNOSURE GUITARS
Custom-made Cynosure guitars and basses, have been part of the Rock And Metal Museum for years. Hailing from England, these super-exclusive instruments have become one of RAM’s focus of attention. “Cynosure can be defined as ‘something that attracts attention by its brilliance’,” says mastermind, Oliver Andrew. “Paul Gregory appreciated my postmodern approach to visualization of the instruments and requested that I showcase my “fantastical” instruments among his artwork. The whole experience was most humbling, having some of my favorite artists and bands take notice of my art, not only offering their opinions, but expressing genuine admiration for my work.”

Over the years, Gregory has commissioned several Cynosure guitars, exclusively for Bloodstock and RAM, including the official RAM guitar, and Motorhead and Saxon-inspired six strings. “The guitars built for Paul Raymond Gregory, have been played by bands such as, Carcass, Emperor, Crowbar and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth,” Andrew says. “The idea is to create a guitar that would be multi-faceted, an art-piece that would be recognized as such, however, still maintaining its distinction as a playable instrument.”

Find out more about Cynosure at: www.cynosureguitars.com

Other RAM 2017 exhibitors are; Art Vinyl, Darkaya books, Daniel P. Carter and Heathen Wax Works. Find more about them at: https://www.facebook.com/RockAndMetalMuseum/

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Incantation Posts “Lus Sepulcri” Lyric Video

The vertigo-inducing death metal overlords from Incantation have dropped a festering and fetid new song, “Lus Sepulcri,” in the form of a dark and foreboding lyric video available below.

The song is taken from forthcoming 10th full-length album, “Profane Nexus,” which hits streets on August 11th via Relapse Records.

In addition, the scheduling for Incantation’s upcoming tour with Swedish black metallers Marduk has been announced. See the full listing of dates and venues after the video.

8/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Union
8/20 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
8/22 – SanAntonio, TX – Korova
8/23 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
8/24 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
8/25 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
8/26 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
8/27 – Reading, PA – Reverb
8/28 – Frederick, MD – Café 611
8/29 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
8/30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
8/31 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
9/1 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
9/2 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
9/3 – Rouyn-Noranda, QC – Petit Théätre

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Mordatorium Debuts New Track “The Culling” From Upcoming New Album “Obsessed With Death”

Chicago death metal trio Mordatorium is proud to announce the August 25 release of new album “Obsessed With Death”. Inspired by the likes of Grave, Carcass, and early Entombed, Mordatorium deliver harsh, biting death metal fueled by the sounds of the early British and Swedish scenes.

With main man Andrew Oosterbaan handling guitars, bass, and vocal duties alongside Pearl Kacew on drums, recording for “Obsessed With Death” began over the final months of 2016 and the album was completed in the spring of 2017. The cover artwork and visual design was created by Lauren Gornik Illustration.

Check out now “The Culling” below.

Obsessed With Death by Mordatorium

Andrew Oosterbaan comments:

“We’re very excited to present this album, as it has been a long time in the making. A couple of the songs are almost two years old now! It’s also a big pleasure to be able to unleash the first full-length Mordatorium release featuring acoustic drums and my longtime partner in crime Pearl. Obsessed With Death continues the trend begun on 2014’s Raw, steering away from the more melodic and experimental material of Mordatorium’s early years in favor of some more straight forward and nasty sounding death metal. I absolutely love the old-school looking artwork that Lauren did for us, as I feel it fits the current style of the band nicely.”

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Lyric Video For New Song “Children Of The Sounds” Posted By Kaipa

Legendary Swedish progressive rockers Kaipa, led by mastermind Hans Lundin, recently announced the release of their new studio album “Children of the Sounds” for September 22nd via InsideOut Music.

Now, the band is pleased to reveal the lyric video for the album’s title track which you can see in the player at the bottom.

On the song, Hans comments: “I’ve often wondered where all those notes are coming from when the inspiration suddenly hits me in one of those magical moments when I just have to start writing a new song. Maybe I have a huge library of notes that I’ve collected during all my life, hidden somewhere in my sub-consciousness.

“Maybe these notes have been played before and then they just vanish in the air. After slumbering for many years, they suddenly wake up eager to start a new life and to form new combinations, and so they guide me through the writing process.”

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Children of the Sounds 11:31
2. On The Edge of New Horizons 17:10
3. Like A Serpentine 12:52
4. The Shadowy Sunlight 6:57
5. What’s Behind The Fields 9:31

Check out “Children of the Sounds” here:

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Necroart Signs Deal With The Goatmancer Records

Italian avantgarde metal crew Necroart just inked a deal with The Goatmancer Records for the release of an upcoming album. The label comments:

“Formed in 1999 and after releasing three demos and three critically acclaimed full-length albums, Necroart are now back! They are ready to start recording the new album to be released early 2018. More details to be revealed soon.

“Born and grown up taking influences from the 90’s extreme metal sonorities (Moonspell and the early Swedish Death Metal scene), the band renewed its sound focusing on a more progressive yet extreme approach in the vein of Arcturus and Schammasch, starting a new journey into obscure territories and esoteric themes.”

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