PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Magnus Karlsson will sit out the band’s upcoming touring activites during 2014 so that he can spend more time with his “little kids.” Filling in for him will be PRIMAL FEAR‘s founding member Tom Naumann.
Says Karlsson: “My friends in PRIMAL FEAR are very understanding about my situation and for that I’m grateful.”
Frontiers Records will release “Delivering The Black”, the tenth studio album from PRIMAL FEAR, on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America.
Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on the CD can be streamed at Amazon.com.
After some very intense songwriting sessions and pre-production schedule, the band started to record the new CD in summer 2013 at the House Of Music studios in Germany, with bassist/producer Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN). The band then moved to Denmark in September to finish the album, with acclaimed producer/engineer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRETTY MAIDS, AMARANTHE) handling the mix at his Hansen studio in Ribe.
“Delivering The Black” combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. The centerpiece of the album are two epic tracks, “When Death Comes Knocking” and the 10-minute opus “One Night In December”, spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.
Classic and ultra-fresh PRIMAL FEAR riff-rockers like the title track, the album opener “King For A Day” or the groove monsters “Alive And On Fire” and “Road To Asylum” hit the bulls-eye just like the untamed speed killer “Rebel Faction”. The outstanding ballad “Born With A Broken Heart” shows a new side of PRIMAL FEAR with an acoustic guitar vibe and the addition of Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES) on backing vocals.
Says PRIMAL FEAR singer Ralf Scheepers: “We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production that we were working on something very special this time. And now the result is just an amazing metal album I’m extremely proud of!” Sinner adds: “The songs, the production, the sound — this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view, everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob was fantastic choice to mix the album!”
The arrival of “Delivering The Black” is preceded by the release of the digital-only single/video “When Death Comes Knocking” on December 2 — a song which sets the pace for the outstanding quality of production and songwriting displayed on the full album.
Check out the “When Death Comes Knocking” video below.
“Delivering The Black” will be made available in a regular CD edition, deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and — in cooperation with Soulfood Music — vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a super-deluxe version, including a metallic eagle.
“Delivering The Black” track listing:
01. King For A Day
02. Rebel Faction
03. When Death Comes Knocking
04. Alive & On Fire
05. Delivering The Black
06. Road To Asylum
07. One Night In December
08. Never Pray For Justice
09. Born With A Broken Heart
10. Innocent Man *
12. Man Without Shadow *
13. When Death Comes Knocking (Single Edit) *
* Only available on deluxe edition
DVD (only available with deluxe edition)
* When Death Comes Knocking (video)
* King For A Day (video)
* Making Of The Album (video)
PRIMAL FEAR‘s “Eagles And Lions Tour 2014” will kick off in Germany on January 24 and will include stops in 10 European countries. Support on the trek will come from Swedish hard rockers BULLET.
PRIMAL FEAR will return to North America in the spring with a headlining run that is scheduled to launch April 29 in Baltimore, Maryland and wrap on May 24 in Rochester, New York.
Frontiers and PRIMAL FEAR in January announced that they have renewed their partnership for another multi-album deal, which will include two more studio releases and one live CD and DVD.
PRIMAL FEAR‘s latest album, “Unbreakable”, landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Knoxville, Tennessee death metallers WHITECHAPEL have canceled their previously announced dates in New Zealand and Australia — including their participation in this year’s Soundwave festival — due to the death of an immediate family member. The band apologizes to promoters and the fans for any inconvenience caused and asks for understanding at this time.
The remastered version of WHITECHAPEL’s debut album, “The Somatic Defilment”, came out in April 2013. The band placed the CD in the capable hands of Audiohammer Studios producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER) for a complete remix, along with a remaster by Alan Douches. The results are staggering and give “The Somatic Defilement” a modern luster up to the standards of the band’s most recent recordings.
WHITECHAPEL is currently on the road with GWAR, IRON REAGAN and A BAND OF ORCS.
The self-titled album from WHITECHAPEL was released in June 2012 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was engineered and mixed by Mark Lewis, who also handled production duties alongside the band. The artwork was created by Aaron Marsh of Forefathers Group with art direction provided by WHITECHAPEL.
Metal Blast recently conducted an interview with new ARCH ENEMY singer Alissa White-Gluz. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal Blast: When you were first offered the position as Angela’s [Gossow] replacement, how much of a challenge did you feel you were going to face filling her shoes?
Alissa: Angela is very iconic and broke down a lot of barriers not just for women in music, but in music in general. It’s not a simple task to step in after her, but I feel confident in the album we wrote, and I know I have her support in this, since we’re all a team working towards a common goal. I’m just going to do my absolute best, and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.
Metal Blast: Angela is still involved with ARCH ENEMY, working in management. How much influence did she have on you being picked for the band, and what sort of influence does she still have in you and in your performance for ARCH ENEMY?
Alissa: It was actually Angela’s idea for me to be her successor, so to speak, so she definitely had a big role in that choice. For now she doesn’t really have any influence in terms of the performance of the music, but she works very hard as the manager, so I speak to her every day about the business side of things.
Metal Blast: Did she give you any advice that you felt was important in terms of your performance in ARCH ENEMY?
Alissa: Yeah, I guess so; everyone in the band has kind of offered advice, because they all know what it’s about. She hasn’t really given anything specific, but she’s always been good at giving me advice. For years and years she’s been sort of a mentor to me, so if she offers it, I always listen. I mean, who better to learn from, right?
Metal Blast: It’s interesting because metalheads are quite an interesting breed, so to speak. Once fans develop some sort of sense of possession in regards to your band, they get very protective of the sound or what they want the band to be. For instance, when you think of Blaze Bayley replacing Bruce Dickinson in IRON MAIDEN, or Anette Olzon replacing Tarja Turunen in NIGHTWISH, there was a backlash where people said “That’s not what we want.” Was there some fear of facing the ARCH ENEMY’s fans who associate the band mostly with Angela?
Alissa: Yeah, but we’ve been pretty fortunate in this case. I’ve seen a couple of singer switches happen right before my eyes, one being Roy Khan to Tommy Karevik in KAMELOT, and the other was Anette Olzon to Floor Jansen in NIGHTWISH. Those happened with me present, and I saw how well the fans took to these singers because they were presented in the proper way. That’s why we wanted to be careful with how we presented these news, and make sure that people knew that this is what the band wants. This is what Angela wants, this is what Michael [Amott, ARCH ENEMY guitarist] wants, this is what everybody in the band wants. We wanted to have new music right away, so fans wouldn’t have to wait and wonder what it was going to sound like; we showed them [the title track of the new ARCH ENEMY album] “War Eternal” right away, so that they could put their fears to rest. I obviously understand what it’s like. Even when Angela told me she was stepping down, I was, like, “Hey, wait, but I wanted you to keep singing!” [laughs] But people change, priorities shift, and this is what Angela wanted, so in the end it all worked out well for us, and we’re very happy with the music. We just hope that the fans will also understand that we’re still the same band, we’re still making the same music, and that it’s just a new era for us. So far, they have been very receptive to the music.