Jeff Loomis Joins ARCH ENEMY as Live Guitarist; Chris Amott Rejoins for Rest of U.S. Tour

Big news out of the ARCH ENEMY camp:  Guitarist Nick Cordle is out of the band as guitar extraordinaire, Jeff Loomis, will join the band as live guitarist.  However, before Jeff joins up with the band’s current tour, original guitarist, Chris Amott, will take over Nick‘s spot for the rest of the U.S. tour.  Now, who doesn’t want to catch the band on tour?  Awesome.

Check out the official statement from the band and Jeff Loomis here.

 

IHSAHN: Eremita Release Date Announced

Candlelight Records has announced that Ihsahn’s new album, Eremita, will be released in North America on June 19, 2012.

Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (LEPROUS), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (SHINING (Norway)), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (LEPROUS), and Heidi S. Tveitan (STAROFASH). The album’s packaging has been created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz viewable here.

Reflecting on the recording process Ihsahn notes, “This is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jorgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet.”

A special two-minute video preview for Eremita, featuring audio segments from the record and exclusive footage filmed during the album’s creation can be viewed below:

Eremita will be available on standard CD and a limited edition deluxe digibook (featuring an exclusive bonus track).

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2012 Show Report

Every year, NAMM bestows upon us shiny new toys for musicmakers of all genres to make new (and old) sounds with. NAMM 2012 was no less a musical heaven for the products, gadgets, and innovations that help make metal happen. We took a spin through the showroom floor at Anaheim Convention Center to check out some new equipment that our metal cohorts use and abuse. Full report after the jump.
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NEVERMORE Announce Departure of Jeff Loomis and Van Williams

NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from the group. The two have released a joint statement:

“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave NEVERMORE. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”

Loomis and Williams had been with NEVERMORE since the band’s first album, 1995′s self titled, Nevermore.

NEVERMORE recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with SYMPHONY X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.

CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Pat O’Brien to Fill in for SLAYER’s Jeff Hanneman

CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O’Brien will fill in for EXODUSGary Holt when Holt leaves the SLAYER European tour to play with EXODUS at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.

Holt‘s last show with SLAYER will be April 4 in Padova, Italy. O’Brien will join the band for the April 6 show in Croatia, and will finish the European dates with SLAYER that wrap up on April 14 in Holland.

Hanneman has amazed his doctors with his speedy recovery from an infection thought to have been caused by a spider bite. Following surgery on his right arm, he continues his physical therapy and has already been practicing with his guitar.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2010

December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy!
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SEPULTURA Announce North American Headlining Tour

Brazil’s SEPULTURA have announced a North American headlining tour in support of their forthcoming Nuclear Blast debut. The tour will take place throughout April and May and feature a rotating array of support from BELPHEGOR (4/18/11-5/22/11), KEEP OF KALESSIN, HATE, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD, NEVERMORE (5/23/11-5/31/11), and D.R.I. (5/7/11, 5/8/11 only).

Dates as follows (at the time of this post):
04/18/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/19/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/22/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/23/11 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/24/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/25/11 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/26/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
04/27/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/28/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/29/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/11 Clicks – Tyler, TX
05/02/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/03/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/05/11 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
05/06/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/07/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/08/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/09/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/10/11 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/11/11 The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
05/12/11 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/13/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/14/11 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/16/11 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
05/18/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/19/11 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/20/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/21/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/22/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
05/23/11 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/24/11 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
05/26/11 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
05/27/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
05/28/11 Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
05/29/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
05/31/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

Special VIP tickets that include a pre-show meet-and-greet are available now through EnterTheVault.com through December 28th, at which time they go on sale through all other ticketing systems.

Visit the band’s websites for all up-to-date touring information:
www.sepultura.com
www.myspace.com/sepultura

NEVERMORE Tour with WARBRINGER, HATESPHERE, BLACKGUARD Kicks Off Today

NEVERMORE’s headlining North American fall trek is set to kick off in the band’s hometown of Seattle tonight. This is the band’s first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years and features WARBRINGER, HATESPHERE and BLACKGUARD in the support slots.

This quintessential metal band was formed out of the ashes of Seattle, Washington, based thrash act SANCTUARY in 1991 by Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass), with the addition of Jeff Loomis (guitar, who had played in the final line-up of SANCTUARY).

NEVERMORE Headlining Tour
Sep. 24 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Sep. 25 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sep. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 28 – Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 30 – The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
Oct. 01 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Oct. 02 – U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
Oct. 03 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Oct. 05 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Oct. 06 – Marquee – Tulsa, OK
Oct. 07 – Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
Oct. 08 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Oct. 09 – Numbers – Houston, TX
Oct. 11 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
Oct. 13 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Oct. 15 – Jaxx – West Springfield – VA
Oct. 16 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Oct. 17 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 19 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Oct. 20 – FouFounes – Montreal, Que
Oct. 21 – Music Hall – London, Ont
Oct. 22 – Opera House – Toronto, Ont
Oct. 23 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Oct. 25 – Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 26 – Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
Oct. 27 – Blondies – Detroit, MI
Oct. 29 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
Oct. 30 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 31 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
Nov. 01 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Nov. 02 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
Nov. 04 – The Republik – Calgary, AB
Nov. 05 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB

NEVERMORE – The Obsidian Conspiracy

The arrival of a new NEVERMORE album should always be considered a gift to the metal community and The Obsidian Conspiracy is no exception. Both great and good songs are what make NEVERMORE’s latest another success. And as we’ve come to expect, there are the invaluable, intangible characteristics of powerful emotions, fierceness, and metal spirit. “And the Maiden Spoke” is highly reminiscent of KING DIAMOND-style story telling as it deals with the ghost of a maiden. “Emptiness Unobstructed” is hands down one of the best songs that the band have ever written. The song opens up with a brilliantly emotional and compelling chorus led by vocalist Warrel Dane. “Without Morals” contains another one of the band’s best and passionate choruses. “The Obsidian Conspiracy,” scorches with urgency and the kind of tension that perfectly ends the album.

As much as the band have demonstrated just how insanely proficient and talented they are at their respective instruments, there are times on the new album when you feel as if they’ve gotten even better. Just the opening riff of the album with its lighting speed notes and precision is enough to make you shake your head. One aspect of the brilliance that lays on The Obsidian Conspiracy is the band’s ability to take a commonly used metal riffing style, tempo, etc. and give it a fresh, inventive, and invigorating stamp on it. As much as there are these young metal bands being touted for their technical prowess, few bands aside from latter era DEATH, DECAPITATED, or NILE can touch NEVERMORE’s absolutely intense, technical brilliance.

While it may or may not be obvious, Warrel Dane is one of the best (clean) vocalists in one of the heaviest bands in metal. His charisma and his ability to make all his memorable vocal lines sound absolutely natural and potent is something that should never be underappreciated. He may be one of the last of a dying breed.

If you want to know what defines “modern metal,” The Obsidian Conspiracy is exhibit 1. (Century Media Records)

NEVERMORE Announce North American Tour with WARBRINGER, MUTINY WITHIN, HATESPHERE

Seattle’s NEVERMORE have announced a North American fall headlining tour in support of their new full-length, The Obsidian Conspiracy. The tour kicks off September 23rd and runs through November 5th. Support will come from WARBRINGER, MUTINY WITHIN, and HATESPHERE.

Tickets are on sale now exclusively through www.EntertheVault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on sale through all normal ticket outlets. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for a pre-show meet and greet with NEVERMORE.

Here are the tour dates:
9/23 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
9/24 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/25 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
9/26 Slim’s – San Francsico
9/28 The Key Club – Los Angeles
9/30 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana
10/1 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona
10/2 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
10/3 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
10/5 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/6 Marquee – Tulsa, OK
10/7 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
10/8 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/9 Numbers – Houston, TX
10/11 Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
10/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/14 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
10/15 Jaxx – West Springfield – VA
10/16 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/17 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/19 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/20 FouFounes – Montreal, Que
10/21 Music Hall – London, Ont
10/22 Opera House – Toronto, Ont
10/23 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/25 Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
10/26 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
10/27 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
10/29 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
10/30 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/31 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/1 Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
11/2 The Exchange – Regina, SK
11/3 The Republik – Calgary, AL
11/4 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AL

The Obsidian Conspiracy drops June 8th in North America. Several formats will be available for purchase:
–Regular 10 song edition
–Limited Edition digipack featuring the cover song “Temptation” (THE TEA PARTY).
–ITunes version featuring the cover song “Crystal Ship” (THE DOORS).
–LP version with a bonus 7″ featuring “Temptation” and “Crystal Ship
–Limited edition, import only box set only available at CM Distro in North America (features songs “Temptation“, “Crystal Ship“, and a bonus disc, Play the Guitar Like Jeff Loomis)

Pre-order the album here: http://www.cmdistro.com/Artist/Nevermore/10219