The Agonist’s Danny Marino Says He Wouldn’t Rule Out Touring With Arch Enemy

During an appearance on the “Vox&Hops” podcast, Danny Marino was asked if The Agonist would ever consider touring with Arch Enemy, who feature their former singer Alissa White-Gluz. The guitarist responded by saying he “would consider it if there was an open discussion between” the two bands.

Marino said the following when asked if the two groups would ever tour together:

“Now, no… I’m not one to be, like, ‘Never forgive,’ or anything like that, which is the title of an ARCH ENEMY song, since [Alissa] joined [them] — ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’… So, I’m never like that. I would consider it if there was an open discussion between their band and our band.”

He also added that he doesn’t like having bad blood between him and White-Gluz:

“Not only do we live in the same city [Montreal], we live in the same district of the same city. She lives on my street — at the other end of it. But it’s not a long street. And she hasn’t moved. And neither have I. And I’ve never seen her [after she left the band], which is crazy, if you think about it. The fact that my drummer, who lives on the other side of the city, has seen her multiple times on the street. And the last time [she saw him], I think, she crossed the street. But then, at the same time, she saw [bassist Chris] Kells at a show, and there was a bunch of people around from different bands that everyone knew each other — I forget what show it was he was at — and she said hi to him.”

However, Marino went on to say that he did take issue with the way White-Gluz talked about the band after her departure:

“That’s what I said when I released the statement outlining the whole thing, the whole drama, that I don’t understand why she was on to a much better place, financially and business-wise speaking, but in every interview that she did — ’cause she did a lot in the first album release that they did — she had to mention all this negativity and purposely put us down and call names and all this stuff. And I was, like, I didn’t understand how you could be punching down like that. You decided to take a leap to make yourself better and more popular and advance yourself as an artist, and then you’re mad at us because we’re not being your side band. It’s, like, no, we wanna be an ‘A band’ too. That’s what we’re gonna continue to do.”

This news comes after The Agonist’s current singer Vicky Psarakis recently said she would be open to talking to White-Gluz, after previously claiming that “she has been trying to kill [the] band ever since she was fired.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Man Dies After Getting Stabbed Outside Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Etc. Show In Edmonton (UPDATED)

UPDATE: According to CBC, the deceased male has since been identified as David Cox. The article also confirmed that the accused is now facing one count of manslaughter and is scheduled to appear in court on October 10.

Original Story:

According to CTV News Edmonton, a 34-year-old man died after getting stabbed while leaving Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Grand Magus’ September 30 show at the Edmonton Convention Centre in Edmonton, AB. Officers said the man was involved in an altercation on a Jasper Avenue sidewalk before the stabbing occurred. Bystanders caught the 36-year-old suspect and held him until police arrived. The victim was sent to a hospital, where he passed away from his injuries.

Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz Voices Character In “Gears 5”

Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz has revealed that she has voiced the “Swarm Hunter” in “Gears 5.” That game serves as the latest installment in the “Gears Of War” series and it will be available on September 10.

Arch Enemy & Hypocrisy Added To Amon Amarth’s Upcoming European Tour

Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy have been added to Amon Amarth’s fall European tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/14 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
11/15 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/16 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
11/17 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
11/19 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
11/20 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
11/22 Barcelona, SPA – Sant Jordi
11/23 Madrid, SPA – Vistalegre
11/25 Paris, FRA – Zenith
11/26 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
11/28 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
11/29 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
11/30 London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy
12/02 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
12/03 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
12/04 Berlin, GER – Velodrom
12/06 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
12/07 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
12/09 Helsinki, FIN – Black Box
12/11 Malmo, SWE – Arena
12/12 Aarhus, DEN – SCC
12/13 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
12/14 Oberhausen, GER – Koning Pilsener Arena
12/15 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live

Thunderball Clothing Closes Down Following Arch Enemy/Photographer Dispute, Angela Gossow & Photographer Comment

As previously reported, photographer J Salmeron got banned from Arch Enemy shows due to a copyright dispute involving a picture he took of Alissa White-Gluz at the FortaRock Festival. The frontwoman shared the photo on Instagram and it was reposted by Thunderball Clothing, the company that created her custom outfit. Salmeron took issue with this because he believed it was being used for commercial purposes and sent an email to Thunderball founder Marta Gabriel, who got both White-Gluz and manager/former singer Angela Gossow involved. Now, after previously apologizing, Gabriel has decided to close down her business following online harassment.

Gabriel said the following:

“STATEMENT 30/12/2018 – UPDATE / THE END OF THUNDERBALL CLOTHING
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As many of you seems to follow this story, here’s an update, and a final statement (you can see my previous statement and an apology from December 28 in my previous post).
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The photographer, J. Salmeron, accepted my apology for reposting the photo he took, without having his permission, and as this was his request, I made a donation to the charity organization of his choice (the Dutch Cancer Society). I believe we can say this ends the dispute between us.
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However, as I’m not able to handle the amount of hate and threats that I received and keep on receiving, I decided to do what I think is best in this situation. To end the being known as Thunderball Clothing (it’s hard to use a word “company” here, as since day one it was just one person – me). I apologise for not being strong enough, and for not being next Internet hero that keep on saying “haters gonna hate”.

Within last 2 days I received literally hundreds of comments and messages that I’m a whore, a nazi, a communist, a worthless cunt, and that I either should quickly die, or that I should kill myself. There is no anger in me, and I apologise everyone that felt hurt or upset by this situation. Anyway, there is no Thunderball Clothing anymore. You won.
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Marta Gabriel, Thunderball Clothing“

Gossow also commented:

“Dear whoever is interested in the subject,

I am reacting to the bully rally this photographer has set lose with his well crafted (he took 6 months to get it done and released), well timed mash up of different subjects at hand.

The details often get lost in the emotion of the narrative – and the narrative is often controlled by who presents the story first. Mr photographer threw a bunch of different things into one pot and highly emotionalized it. Lets differentiate:

1)

Copyright issue. Arch Enemy did not post any of his pictures, no breach of copyright there.
Alissa only re-tagged his image and got written permission of said photographer and actually got asked to re-post, after she fearfully removed the said photo. She refrained from doing so.
Conclusion: Zero involvement of the band or Alissa in any of the addressed matters. Leave Arch Enemy and Alissa out of it.

2)

Thunderball clothing / Marta: The lady re-posted the picture and said ‘thank you for wearing my custom made outfit’ along with it. Copyright breach, as this can be interpreted as commercial use. Not intentionally, because she wasn’t aware of that fine line – a lot of people on the internet are not actually.

Anything you re-post is a breach of copyright actually. She removed as well immediately. She did not react to the donation request because she was not sure if its scam. Donating to a cancer research fund is not going to buy her the rights to use the photo commercially. Only a paid invoice to said photographer would do. So why didn’t he just invoice the 500 EUR and went ahead and donated it to said charity? That would have been much more transparent in every aspect.

The internet hate campaign has destroyed Marta’s business – all existing customers have cancelled their orders and/or returned their orders. She has received numerous death threads, accusations of being a Nazi and worse. She has closed her shop she built up for 8 years over this. Is mistake really that severe to justify this? NO. Is it justified to destroy an artist over this? NO.

3)

Angela Gossow, management:

This is an unfortunate situation and a private business conversation that was never meant for public consumption (unethical and contrary to the code of conduct for European lawyers) was being abused for this campaign. I was doing my position in my efforts to aggressively represent and protect my client and her business partner. I’m sorry that this has been made public and the issues are now misconstrued. I am personally shocked by the fact a business dispute turned into such a destructive wave of hate.

The claim I had him blacklisted with all agents, festivals etc is false! I did inform my circle of people I do not want him in the Arch Enemy photo pit again. I did not ask any promoters, festivals, magazines or whoever to ban him. Mr. photographer, give me one person who has removed you from their payroll because of me. Nobody? Thank you.

Why I changed some words in my previous posts – I received a legal letter from said Mr. photographer asking me to, otherwise he would pursue me legally for my wordings. The same happened to Alissa and Jeremy Saffer, who took his entire post down. So those going out on the fence defending us are being silenced. Freedom of speech? No, I don’t think so. I am sure I will have to edit some of this post as well because I expect to receive a legal letter from him again within the next 24 hours. Just saying.

Oh, and I took away the word sheep because those people who damaged Marta beyond repair, who are threatening Alissa and me in very serious ways are not sheep – they are much worse. They are bullies.

We wish to move on from this and wish Mr Photographer the best with the career.

You are welcome to discuss on my facebook page – no comments disabled. I will not tolerate any threats concerning my person, my family and my friends. These will be pursued.

Thank you for your time to read this.

Angela Gossow”

Salmeron and Metal Blast also issued a statement:

“We are sorry to hear that Marta Gabriel has decided to shut down Thunderball Clothing – Marta Gabriel Fashion & Design as a result of the backlash that she received due to the actions that Arch Enemy took against us after we complained about an IP infringement. This was never our purpose, nor was she the person that we held responsible for what happened.

According to Marta, after we contacted her due to the unauthorized commercial use of our photo, she was told expressly by Arch Enemy to ignore this matter, since they themselves would handle it. Had she known that the way in which they would “handle” the situation would be to try to strong-arm us, we would like to believe that she would have acted differently.

In any case, it is sad to see that Marta, who apologized and made amends for this problem, has suffered this negative consequence, while the people who took concrete steps to harm our careers, to ban us from concerts, have yet to apologize or to accept any responsibility for their actions.

On the contrary, since this situation started, the way in which they have handled it has included, but has not been limited to, calling their fans “sheep” for believing our accurate reporting of the situation, accused us of spreading “alternative facts,” accused us of committing the crime of extortion, implied misogyny in our actions, and said that we had sent them “threats” (all the correspondence has been posted, and you can see the truth for yourself).

What Marta made was a mistake, a mistake that in no way justifies her losing her livelihood or seeing her life negatively impacted to this level. She deserves, like all the rest of us, the opportunity to move on from it and to continue her creative career.

Finally, while we sincerely appreciate the support that we have received from thousands of people from around the world, we categorically and absolutely reject any and all threats of any kind made against Marta, Alissa, Angela or, frankly, anybody else.

Nobody deserves to be terrorized, or to fear for their safety, because of things like these. We have received plenty of death threats from fans of the band in the last couple of days, and we have made sure to pass the information to the competent authorities, and we hope that they will do the same, and report every single threat that they received.

We sincerely hope that Thunderball Clothing – Marta Gabriel Fashion & Design will be able to continue, and that the people who, in the end, left this company and its owner out to dry, will actually take responsibility for the enormous damage that they have caused.

All the best,

J & the Metal Blast team”

[via The PRP]

Thunderball Clothing Issue Apology Following Arch Enemy/Photographer Dispute

As previously reported, photographer J Salmeron ended up getting banned from Arch Enemy shows due to a copyright dispute involving a picture he took of Alissa White-Gluz at the FortaRock Festival. The frontwoman shared the photo on Instagram and it was reposted by Thunderball Clothing, the company that created her custom outfit. Salmeron took issue with this because he believed it was being used for commercial purposes and sent an email to Thunderball founder Marta Gabriel, who got both White-Gluz and manager/former singer Angela Gossow involved. Now, after all that, Gabriel has issued an official apology.

Gabriel said the following:

“THUNDERBALL CLOTHING – STATEMENT / APOLOGY

I would like to publicly apologise Mr J. Salmeron for reposting one of the photos he took, on my Instagram page, without having his permission. When few months ago I was reposting his photo from the Instagram page of the Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz, I was simply proud that such a great artist is wearing a clothing piece that I made, and wanted to share these news with my followers.

As I did the repost with an app that included all original credits and watermarks, I thought that it’s OK. I meant no harm, and it wasn’t my intention to promote any product, however, I do agree that it might looked like that, and I understand that the author of the photography could feel upset about it. And I am sorry about it.

After I received an email message from J. Salmeron, who introduced himself as a lawyer and author of the photography, I interpreted it as another spam or scam (well, all of us receive this kind of emails all the time). I saw the amount of 500 Euro and the name of Alissa White-Gluz, from whom I reposted mentioned photo, so without going deeper into that message, I did what I thought was most logic – I contacted her, forwarded the original message that I got, and asked her what to do.

I was instructed to take down the photo (what I immediatelly did), and was informed that someone else will take care of it. That again seemed logic, as I was aware that I’m not at the position of taking any actions on behalf of Arch Enemy, nor their members. I had no other contact with J. Salmeron, I haven’t heard from him since then, and to be honest, for the last 6 months I had no idea that something is wrong, especially as the photo was taken down.

That being said, I would like to apologise J. Salmeron once again. Not only I’m willing to discuss with him how to compenaste him and fix the situation, but also how to make sure similar situation won’t happen ever again. After all, we’re all playing in the same team, and we all have one thing in common. We love music.

Marta Gabriel, Thunderball Clothing“