This past summer I interviewed Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy’s new vocalist, Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of the band The Agonist. You can read the interview in the next issue of Rock N Roll Industries magazine that will be hitting Guitar Centers in December, 2014. After meeting Alissa and talking to her about the change and following the foots steps of one of the most powerful woman lead singers in metal, I had no doubt that she would blow people’s minds during their tour. On November 12th at the House of Blues in Anaheim I made it just in time to see German metal titans Kreator who were direct support for Arch Enemy. Sad to say I missed Huntress, but I heard from my fellow headbangers in the pit that they did an awesome performance, and that their frontwoman, Jill Janus, had an epic wardrobe!
War Eternal is the first album release from Arch Enemy with their new singer, and was released this past summer. Their set was a mix of old Arch Enemy and new material from War Eternal. I personally feel it was the perfect combination to satisfy new and old fans. Alissa did an excellent job on the new songs like “War Eternal,” “As the Pages Burn” and “You Will Know My Name.” What-is-more, she also took the older material to new heights with her guttural growl and demonic vocals.
If I didn’t already know her, it would be hard to believe that such a powerful and brutal sound could come out of such a petite and very pretty young lady. She made this metal chick right here very proud! I was right up-front in the pit watching here command the stage. She is so captivating, and I love how she uses full body movements and hand jesters when she sings. She uses the whole stage, and also utilizes her mic stand as a prop to encourage the crowd to pump their fists! A fan screamed out: “I love you!” She heard it and yelled right back: “I love you too!” The fans ate it up and so did I. You can tell she cares about her fans, and throughout the set she engages with them all the time. She keeps the melodic style of death metal and the aggression in the vocals Arch Enemy is famous for. Highlight of the night was getting my paws on one of Michael Amott’s guitar picks: Security let me get in front of the barricade and Michael handed it right to me! Awesome show! I can’t wait to see what’s next for Arch Enemy! Oh, and other very cool highlight, was seeing Doyle, ex-guitarist for the Misfits, standing on side of the stage taking pictures of the band and watching his girl annihilate!
- Enemy Within
- War Eternal
- Revolution Begins
- My Apocalypse
- You Will Know My Name
- Bloodstained Cross
- Under Black Flags We March
- As the Pages Burn
- Dead Eyes See No Future
- No Gods, No Masters
- Dead Bury Their Dead
- We Will Rise
By Raquel Figlo
On November 4 photojournalist Enrique Nunez was sent to the House of Blues to catch Flyleaf on their Between the Stars tour. What makes their shows so special? Perhaps it’s how much they put into performing and connecting with their fans and audience. From doing special secret performances for VIP members, to coming down the stage to meet and greet the fans. You don’t want to miss them if they come to a state or city near you.
Be sure to get a copy of our next RnR mag for exclusive shots and interview with Flyleaf!
Watch the video as they update us on their tour and fun experiences!
Pictures and video by Enrique Nunez.
If you missed their interview as we went Behind the Scenes on their making of “Set Me On Fire” music video back in July, watch it here!
Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won.
See below for all current tour dates, including EXODUS one-off dates this month and next!
EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – SOLD OUT
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA – SOLD OUT
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ – SOLD OUT
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater (EXODUS ONLY)
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers (EXODUS ONLY)
On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week. That’s a staggering 76 charting spots higher and nearly double the sales above the band’s last release in 2010! This concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date.
Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
Check out the official ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ music video, directed by Shan Dan Horan of the Shadow Born Group (Buckcherry, Carnifex, Winds of Plague), here via Revolver Magazine: http://smarturl.it/exodus-bibo-premiere. The video features hundreds of dedicated Bay Area fans that came out in droves to perform as extras in the video after a wide casting call.
Also, take a look at Steve “Zetro” Souza’s tattoos in his new Inked Magazine feature here: http://www.inkedmag.com/metal-blood-steve-souzas-return-exodus/
Check out what critics have to say about Blood In, Blood Out!
Yahoo Music calls Blood In, Blood Out, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, and Rolling Stone calls the band “among the first and best” of thrash metal and touts the album as “recommended”.
“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from About.com Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.” “With the return of vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, the true follow-up to Tempo of the Damned has finally arrived in the form of Blood In, Blood Out… one of the best heavy releases of the year,” adds PunkNews.org.
“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GUITAR CENTER AND DIRECTV FEATURE ICONIC GUITARIST SLASH IN ORIGINAL 2-PART DOCUMENTARY AND LIVE CONCERT EVENT
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES INTERVIEWS WITH DAVE GROHL, ALICE COOPER, JOE PERRY, DUFF MCKAGAN, NIKKI SIXX, DAVE MUSTAINE AND MORE
- Concert special ‘SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip’ will debut on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (channel 239) Nov 7th at 9pm
- Filmed at Hollywood’s iconic venue The Roxy, the concert special features songs spanning SLASH’s storied career
- Directed by Martyn Atkins, ‘SLASH Raised On the Sunset Strip’ documentary will debut on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (channel 239) Nov 13 at 10pm
Los Angeles, CA (October 29, 2014): Guitar Center and DIRECTV announced a two-part documentary and live concert event examining the life and music of GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist SLASH. With a world tour on the horizon and his new album World On Fire debuting in the top ten and garnering worldwide critical acclaim, the iconic guitarist remains one of the leading influences in music.
In a 90-minute live concert event – SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip –viewers get a front row seat to Slash’s recent show at one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues, The Roxy, as part of Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound, the special features songs from SLASH’s recently released album World on Fire as well asclassic Guns’N’Roses and Velvet Revolver hits. The concert brings a rock legend back to the stages where his career began: The Sunset Strip.
The concert special leads into a 90-minute documentary directed by Martyn Atkins that takes viewers into the studio with the rock legend, combining new and archival footage with interviews from the artists and colleagues that influenced his incredible career. Tracing the rock icon’s incredible journey, SLASH Raised on the Sunset Strip covers his childhood in both England and California’s Laurel Canyon, his discovery of the guitar and arrival on the Sunset Strip, his meteoric rise with Guns’N’Roses, the evolution of Velvet Revolver, SLASH’s solo career and his current band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.
SLASH speaks in intricate detail about his drive and approach to the craft, successes, challenges, influences and collaborations with multiple artists. Interviews with rock legends including Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Nikki Six, Duff McKagan, Steven Alder, Matt Sorum, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy, Dave Mustaine, Marc Canter, Alan Niven, SLASH’s wife Perla Hudson and more reveal the stories of how it all came to be and, more importantly, where he’s heading.
Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/TS5h5NHc1XY
Air Date Schedule
November 7, 2014 at 9pm SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip
November 13, 2014 at 10pm SLASH Raised on the Sunset Strip
“Our incredible partnership with DIRECTV has allowed us to produce nearly 100 episodes of award-winning television, present cinematic musical experiences and now, venture into documentary filmmaking. We are honored to feature Slash, an artist of such incredible character and talent and someone with whom we share a 30-year relationship. This project not only celebrates the songs of one of rock’s most iconic figures, but the story behind the man that made them a reality and is another step in the evolution of our mission to develop engaging, inspirational story driven films and broadcast content. We plan on continuing this foray into documentary production by telling the stories of other influential and iconic musicians in order to inspire our viewers and perpetuate a culture that celebrates musicians.”
-Dustin Hinz, Vice President of Brand Experience and Entertainment Marketing, Guitar Center
“DIRECTV is thrilled to present a film that captures the history of an extraordinary music icon,” said Bart Peters, Vice President Production and Development, DIRECTV. “Slash embodies not just prolific talent, but, more so, the spirit of rock and roll. This film allows fans can hear to his compelling in his own words and through is iconic his music. Slash’s distinctive sound has made him an international superstar, and we’re proud to take this ride with him back to the Sunset Strip.”
- Bart Peters, Vice President of Production and Development, DIRECTV
Guitar Center and SLASH have a long-standing history of working together. Past partnerships include Your Next Record with Slash, Guitar Center Onstage with Slash, Guitar Center Masterclass with Slash, Guitar Center Sessions and more. Slash Live from the Sunsent Strip is presented by Gibson and Epiphone along with proud partners Dunlop and MXR.
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash(2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear(2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. On Sept. 16, 2014 SLASH and his band unleashed their new album WORLD ON FIRE to worldwide acclaim (pull quotes here http://tinyurl.com/k52e5qz). WORLD ON FIRE marks SLASH’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten and achieved over 12 Top Ten debuts around the world. The title track and first single “World On Fire” has ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. WORLD ON FIRE is SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). www.slashonline.com
DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 37 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its over 20 million customers access to more than 195 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 13 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 17 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include two Regional Sports Networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh), and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com .
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Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment, with more than 260 stores across the U.S. 2014 marks the milestone 50th anniversary of the Guitar Center Brand as we continue to help people make music from coast to coast. In addition, the Music & Arts division operates more than 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors, and students since 1952. With an unrivaled in-store experience and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com.
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This October/November, metal icons ARCH ENEMY will be returning to North American soil to tour in support of their new, critically acclaimed album, War Eternal! To celebrate this momentous headlining trek, the band will be releasing a split 7″ with KREATOR, who are direct support on the run. Available starting at the Baltimore show tonight (October 23), be sure to purchase this exclusive transparent red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) at the merch table; a dark red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) will also be available on KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY’s European tour, which sees ARCH ENEMY as direct support.ARCH ENEMY covered the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Breaking The Law” for this special release; to hear their version of the track, head over to Revolver Mag.com for the premiere:
Michael Amott (guitar) comments: “When we do covers, we have a tendency to pick somewhat obscure songs. However, the iconic ‘Breaking The Law’ anthem by JUDAS PRIEST is anything but that of course! This just started with a fun jam in the studio, and during the process, we tried to make it sound as ARCH ENEMY as possible – it turned out pretty f’n cool, and here it is…Enjoy!”
ARCH ENEMY/KREATOR split 7″ track-listing:
ARCH ENEMY is currently touring the world in support of War Eternal, which was hailed as the band’s “strongest album in years” (DECIBEL MAGAZINE). To purchase War Eternal, head over to iTunes or AmazonMP3 for a digital copy with a bonus track; a variety of physical formats is also available at CM Distro and your local retailer.
For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the following previously released videos:
A special Spotify playlist by ARCH ENEMY front-woman Alissa White-Gluz can be seen here: http://open.spotify.com/user/thecenturymediafamily/playlist/1f81exjGr27u1maERAlHQf
See below for all upcoming ARCH ENEMY dates (a trailer for the USA tour can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/uLvk9z9GnbQ). VIP tickets for the North American tour are now available here: http://archenemy.soundrink.com
ARCH ENEMY – live in North America with KREATOR, HUNTRESS, STARKILL
KREATOR – live in Europe with ARCH ENEMY
ARCH ENEMY – live 2015
ARCH ENEMY online: