Annihilator Recruit Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer) And Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth) For “Metal II”

Annihilator will be releasing a reworked version of their 2007 album, “Metal,” on February 18. The effort, which has be retitled “Metal II,” will feature new contributions from ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and ex-Iced Earth singer Stu Block. They will join the star-studded guest lineup that appeared on the original record.

“Metal II” Track Listing:

01. “Chasing The High” [feat. Willie Adler (Lamb Of God)]
02. “Downright Dominate” [feat. Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)]
03. “Army Of One” [feat. Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil)]
04. “Couple Suicide” [feat. Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones]
05. “Heavy Metal Maniac” [feat. Dan Beehler (Exciter) and Allan Johnson)
06. “Haunted” [feat. Jesper Strömblad (ex-In Flames)]
07. “Romeo Delight”
08. “Detonation” [feat. Jacob Lynam]
09. “Clown Parade” [feat. Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy)]
10. “Smothered” [feat. Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted)]
11. “Kicked” [feat. Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)]

Guitarist Jeff Waters had the following to say about reworking the album with Lombardo and Block:

“Dave was in my favorite band ever (Slayer) and continues to evolve and play in many diverse bands, like Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, Mr. Bungle and many other projects. It was an honor to be on the same record as Lombardo. And he uses the ‘Reign In Blood’ ride cymbal!! Yes! The ACTUAL ride cymbal we hear on that classic record.

Stu has been the vocalist that I have (publicly) wanted to be Annihilator’s singer, ever since I heard him in the Canadian band Into Eternity, but I never got the opportunity to get him! He is the next generation of amazing vocalists that is grabbing the microphone from such icons as [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford. And our paths SHOULD have crossed a long time ago, but we are here now!

So I got a hold of them both and they both loved the tunes and both said ‘FUCK YES’! And I said to Stu, ‘You’ve got three takes’, so there’s blemishes and warts and fuck-ups everywhere. And I said the same to Dave, ‘get it done’. And watching pros do this is mind-blowing because you don’t have the best sounds, but you have the best players.”

“Metal II” will be released ahead of an extensive reissue campaign covering 18 records and long-lost rarities.

Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Late Journalist Malcolm Dome

Heavy metal journalist Malcolm Dome has sadly passed away at the age of 66. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to honor the writer and some of their tributes can be found below:

Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath):

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath):

Lars Ulrich (Metallica):

Iron Maiden:

Doro:

Metal Allegiance:

Phil Campbell (Motörhead):

Saxon:

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Mille Petrozza (Kreator):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Members Of Arch Enemy, Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Etc. Contributed Alien & Creature Voices To The New “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Video Game

A number of metal musicians worked with La Fabrique De Monstres to contribute alien and creature voices to a new video game based on Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” The following artists took part: Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy), Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist), Simon Girard (Beyond Creation), Sébastien Croteau (Necrotic Mutation), Roxana B.L. (Your Last Wish), Raphael Osorio (Our Souls Evolve), Misha Standjofski (Growlers Choir), Corinne Cardinal (Valfreya), Jeff Mott (Hands Of Despair), Marie-Hélène Landry (Obsolete Mankind), Jessica Dupré (Fall Of Stasis), and Emcy Mary Cloud. If you’re interested in checking it out, the game is currently available on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. A trailer can be found below:

Arch Enemy Premiere “Deceiver, Deceiver” Music Video

Arch Enemy have premiered a new video for their new song “Deceiver, Deceiver.” Guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Wait…what? Has it really been four years since we last released new Arch Enemy music? Time flies…especially when you tour the world for a couple of years, decide to take some time off…and then we all get hit with a global fckn pandemic! Everyone’s been through hard times these last couple of years, and it’s beautiful to see everything coming back now. This very much feels like the right moment to return with a brand new song, ‘Deceiver, Deceiver‘! Not the happiest of tunes, but believe me – we’re ecstatic to be back!”

Slipknot, Nightwish, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Set For 2022 Knotfest Finland

Slipknot have revealed the details for the first-ever Knotfest Finland. The event will be held in Turku on August 12-13, 2022 and it will feature: Slipknot, Nightwish, Bring Me The Horizon, Arch Enemy, Stam1na, and Blind Channel. The latest Knotfest came about after Slipknot were forced to postpone their August 2021 show in Turku due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets purchased for that concert will be valid for the August 13 date of the festival. They can also be upgraded to a two-day pass without any extra service fees until November 21. Refunds are also available until that date as well.

Behemoth’s Nergal Recruits Lamb Of God, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Etc. Members For New Me And That Man Album “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 2”

Me And That Man, the dark folk project featuring Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski, have revealed the details for their new album “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 2.” The effort will be released on November 19 and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s the guests that will appear on the record:

  • Gary Holt (Exodus)
  • Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
  • Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)
  • Devin Townsend
  • David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel)
  • Hank Von Hell (ex-Turbonegro)
  • Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden)
  • Olve “Abbath” Eikemo (ex-Immortal)
  • Doug Blair (W.A.S.P.)
  • Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver)
  • Jeff “Mantas” Dunn (Venom Inc.)
  • Michale Graves (ex-Misfits)
  • Chris Georgiadis (Turbowolf)
  • Mary Goore
  • Anders Odden (Cadaver, Satyricon)
  • Chris Holmes (ex-W.A.S.P.)
  • Douglas Blair (W.A.S.P.)
  • Ralf Gyllenhammar (Mustasch)
  • Myrkur
  • Frank The Baptist

Here’s the track listing:

01. “Black Hearse Cadillac” (feat. Hank Von Hell, Anders Odden)
02. “Under The Spell” (feat. Mary Goore)
03. “All Hope Has Gone” (feat. Blaze Bayley, Gary Holt, Jeff Mantas Dunn)
04. “Witches Don’t Fall in Love” (feat. Kristoffer Rygg)
05. “Losing My Blues” (feat. Olve “Abbath” Eikemo, Frank The Baptist, Chris Holmes)
06. “Coldest Day In Hell” (feat Ralf Gyllenhammar, Douglas Blair)
07. “Year Of The Snake” (feat. David Vincent)
08. “Blues & Cocaine” (feat. Michale Graves)
09. “Silver Halide Echoes” (feat. Randy Blythe)
10. “Goodbye” (feat. Alissa White-Gluz, Devin Townsend)
11. “Angel Of Light” (feat. Myrkur)
12. “Got Your Tongue” (feat. Chris Georgiadis)

Nergal said the following about the album:

“Here we go again, mother lovers! ‘New Man, New Songs, Same Shit VOLUME 2‘. You guys know the drill, I recruited the best of the best in heavy music to collaborate on some unique tracks me and the Polish, Italian and Ukrainian crew have been working on over the last 18 months.

Once again, the result, amazing and the performances, inspired! Thank you, Comrades – Abbath, Alissa, Amalie, Anders, Blaze, Chris G, Chris H, David, Devin, Douglas, Frank, Gary, Hank, Jeff, Kris, M.Goore, Michale, Ralf and Randy. Who knows when we’ll get together to play these songs but I will try my best to make it happen! Enjoy it everyone!”

A video for the effort’s first single, “Got Your Tongue” (feat. Chris Georgiadis), can be found below:

Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, And Unto Others Postpone European/UK Tour To 2022

Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, and Unto Others have postponed their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for 2022. Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Nobody’s more disappointed than us about this, that’s for damn sure. But it is what it is, and we’re already looking forward to getting back to it in 2022! Stay healthy, stay Metal!”

2022 Tour Dates:

09/27 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
09/29 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
09/30 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
10/01 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
10/02 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
10/04 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
10/05 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
10/07 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu de Lisboa
10/08 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
10/09 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
10/11 Lyon, FRA – Le Radiant
10/12 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
10/14 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/15 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
10/16 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/18 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/19 Katowice, POL – Spodek
10/21 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
10/22 Den Bosch, NET – Mainstage Brabanthallen
10/23 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
10/25 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
10/26 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
10/28 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/29 Dusseldorf, GER – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
10/30 Hamburg, GER – edel-optics.de Arena
10/31 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
11/02 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
11/04 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
11/05 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum
11/06 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz Guests On New Version Of Powerwolf’s “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

Powerwolf have teamed up with Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz for a new version of their song “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” The updated take on the track will be featured on a bonus album, titled “Missa Cantorem,” which will be included with select editions of the band’s new album “Call Of The Wild“ (out July 16).

White-Gluz commented:

“I enjoyed putting a woman’s spin on ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend‘; altering the lyrics to fit a strong message of female empowerment and delivering them with a mighty roar! Thanks to Powerwolf for being open to having their song reconstructed like this!”

Powerwolf’s Christian “Falk Maria Schlegel” Jost added:

“It was a pleasure to work and perform together with Alissa for the very first time on our joint video shoot for ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend‘. Immediately, there was a great energetic atmosphere on set! Alissa is such a wonderful artist and interacting with her during this shoot as well as re-interpreting this video together was an amazing experience.”