For The Metal VoiceKenny Kessel caught up with Ashes of Ares and former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow at his home in Delaware. Barlow talked about his new E.P. Thorn Of Iniquity and gave an update on his new up coming full length album.
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Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voicealong with Queenryche’s singer Todd LaTorre interviewed guitarist Michael Gilbert and singer A.K. Knutson about their new album ‘Blood in the Water’ which will be released June 4 2021 via AFM Records.
Michael Gilbert spoke about the release of the new album in the context of trying to outdo the bands last effort (The End of Chaos) he said,” We weren’t sure what the outcome was going to be when we started writing for it. Are we going to be able to top the Chaos record? That was kind of a stress we were having. When it all started coming together and you listen to AK on this, with huge choruses and I think I am really proud of it and I think the rest of the guys in the band are too. If it is not better than Chaos it is just as good.”
Singer A.K. continued, ” This album was a lot of fun to do but at the same time we were taking apart every two seconds of every song. Is this going to be right? Is this good enough? It was just on and on about making sure every last bit of it was cool. After a while we were just like it’s fine, it is what it is, if people like it they like it, if they don’t, they don’t.”
Todd LaTorre also chimed in about potentially touring together as a opening solo act for the band on a few dates, LaTorre said,” I can play my own (solo) shows and I would love to jump on some shows with Flotsam as an opener, just to get in front of that kind of audience that is heavier and more thrashy.”
Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke with HELLOWEEN’s guitarist Michael Weikath about the reunited classic line-up and the new upcoming studio album on June 18 via Nuclear Blast.
How did the band reunite to create this album? “It just happened on the way we have been doing the shows and then someone said you have to do a Pumpkins United track (single), which we did. Then we had these concerts (Pumpkins United ) and everything went so well, which had people crying in the first rows. it went so well we kept going. It was enjoyable and someone said because you have done the Pumpkins United recording (one single) and you proved that you can, you will have to do an album. The fans said so, the media said so, the record company said so and management said so and then we said yes.”
When asked about the musical style of the new album “We did try to put some Queen parts in it. Also Kai Hansen has a Brain May Audio Plug in which he also used wherever he could and that is the Queen aspect of it we always forget to mention. There is a bit of Judas Priest in there cause I wanted to mimic Priest Riffs or things they are known for on their older albums because they are so compatible with Helloween stuff.The album is magic in the way that it comes across and the way it sounds. Also everything was transferred onto analogue tape and mixed by analogue means.”
Why did Michael Kiske not contribute as a songwriter on the new album? “Kiske said to me I guess I quit for this time (meaning not contributing a song) He said I got so so many ideas but it did not sound so much like Helloween, it sounded more like poppy or country stuff, the way I understood. And that was ok cause we had enough of other music and he had stuff to do being involved in a full fledged Helloween production like this. He (Kiske), arranged with Deris the vocal lines. So I guess that was already a plethora of things to be done without one of his own tracks being produced.”
Produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and Dennis Ward, the new HELLOWEEN LP was recorded in part at the H.O.M.E. Studios in Hamburg (where everything started in 1984). The same recording console used for such HELLOWEEN albums as “Master Of The Rings”, “Time Of The Oath” and “Better Than Raw” was utilized to record the band’s new material. The effort was mixed at the Valhalla Studios of Ronald Prent (IRON MAIDEN, DEF LEPPARD, RAMMSTEIN).
Track listing: 01. Out For The Glory 02. Fear Of The Fallen 03. Best Time 04. Mass Pollution 05. Angels 06. Rise Without Chains 07. Indestructible 08. Robot King 09. Cyanide 10. Down In The Dumps 11. Orbit 12. Skyfall
QUEENSRYCHE Interview- Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, New Album Update Live on The Metal Voice, today, April 18 2021. The band joins the conversation on location at their rehearsals space.
Jimmy Kay and Former Anthrax Singer Neil Turbin spoke with Singer of ARTILLERYMichael Bastholm Dahl. They talked about the new Album X as well as Turbin and Artillery’s touring history. X will be released May 7 via Metal Blade Records.
Tell us about the making of the album “When we finished off the Face of Fear album (last one) we knew that Morton’s health was not that good but we went out and played like we always did. When we started with the recording of X and the writing process we were looking for something to justify to do this album. One of the reasons we decided to go on that was Morton’s wish, he wanted us to go on. Then all of sudden all these old demos from Morton started to appear. Peter the bassist had a lot of demo tapes lying around back from the days of ‘By Inheritance’ Album from Morton. Morton also had demos from the ‘Face of Fear’ album that didn’t make it onto the album. So we took quite a bit of material that Morton had prepared and put into the album, so that was nice cause it felt like he was there. The whole Recording process and writing of the New Album X was a bit Like therapy, the mourning of Morton and honouring his legacy. I know he was present in everyone’s mind. On the album we tried to think of what Morton thought so he was much present in spirit
Tell us about the musical direction of the new album
“In general we don’t over think it that much we are just trying to do what we feel what is natural for us and what we would like to hear. I know a lot of people think they want Artillery to sound like they did on the first two albums. But things today are flowing quite naturally. We wanted this new album to feel like things were moving forward and trying new terrain and still honour the old elements of the band as well. One part melodic but of course the heavier thrashier stuff. But we have been doing ballads as long as I have been in the band and I enjoy writing songs like that where you can have more contrasts in the songs.”
Co-founding member Morten Stützer passed in 2019. Having played a big part in shaping Artillery’s songs and appearing on every album up to 2018’s riveting The Face Of Fear.
Tracklisting: 1 The Devil’s Symphony 2 In Thrash we Trust 3 Turn up The Rage 4 Silver Cross 5 In Your Mind 6 The Ghost of Me 7 Force of Indifference 8 Varg i Veum 9 Mors Ontologica 10 Eternal Night 11 Beggars In Black Suits