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.

Arch Enemy’s Jeff Loomis Joins Graham Bonnet’s Version Of Alcatrazz

Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, ex-Nevermore) has officially joined Graham Bonnet’s version of Alcatrazz as the band’s new guitarist. Despite the new role, Loomis says he will still “be a very active member of Arch Enemy.”

Bonnet commented:

“The cat’s out of the bag! It is with tremendous pride and excitement that I am announcing that Jeff Loomis is officially the new guitar player of Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz. Jeff is a power-house of a musician, a brilliant writer and a great guy. His skills are unparalleled and I am thrilled at the prospect of recreating the magic of the early days of Alcatrazz but with a modern, heavier sound.

When I first heard Jeff, I was astonished by his technique coupled with his great feel and incredible melodies. You can have a little taste of it on the upcoming Graham Bonnet Band album as Jeff is one of our guests.

Just to be clear, Jeff is still an active member of Arch Enemy as I am still with the Graham Bonnet Band. More news coming soon.”

Loomis added:

“I’m super excited to be working with Graham Bonnet. I’ve been a longtime fan of his vocals and lyrics for many years, and it’s going to be an honor to craft some amazing music together and play some select live shows.

I want to let you all know I’m still a very active member of Arch Enemy and will be seeing you all on the road very soon with them.”

Jeff Loomis Working On New Solo And Arch Enemy Albums

During an appearance on “The Riffhard Podcast,” Jeff Loomis offered an update on his current plans. The guitarist says he is working on a new solo album and a new Arch Enemy album.

Loomis said the following about his next solo record:

“It’s my third solo album for Century Media, it’s gonna be an all-instrumental thing. So really I’ve keeping busy doing that, doing guest solos for people. I’m actually writing a little bit of music for video games.”

He also added the following about the new Arch Enemy album:

“I’m also doing solos for the new Arch Enemy album. I don’t even know when we’re going to release that yet, but I’m gonna start work on that very soon. We have a tentative tour coming up for September, if that happens. Let’s hope so.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lost Symphony Premiere “No Exit” Video

Lost Symphony have premiered a new video for their new song “No Exit.“ The track, which features Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis, and House Of Lords guitarist Jimi Bell, is from the band’s new album “Chapter II,“ which will be released on October 16. Benny Goodman commented:

“‘No Exit‘ is about feeling trapped to the point of panic. The music is the soundtrack to the torment that goes through your mind when one is deprived of their regular day. It’s truly a dream come true to be able to play with David Ellefson, Jimi Bell and Jeff Loomis on a song. Never in a million years did I think my anxiety would lead to my dreams coming true.”

[via bravewords.com]

Late All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert Featured On New Lost Symphony Song “Conflagration”

Lost Symphony have premiered a new song titled “Conflagration.“ The track, which features late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre, and Conrad Simon, is from the band’s new album “Chapter II.” That effort will be released on October 16 and it will also feature members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, etc. Lost Symphony‘s Benny Goodman commented:

“When I hear the song, I just think of the whole world burning. Basically, the guitar players are getting us out. It has the most testosterone. It was literally blowing up my speakers like a ‘Conflagration.’ The adrenaline speaks for itself.”

“Chapter II” Track Listing:

01. “The World is Over” (feat. Marty Friedman & Jeff Loomis)
02. “Leave Well Enough Alone” (feat. Jason Costa & Conrad Simon)
03. “Negation Delirium” (feat. Oli Herbert, Joey Concepcion & Jimi Bell)
04. “No Exit” (feat. David Ellefson, Jeff Loomis & Jimi Bell)
05. “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” (feat. Oli Herbert, David Abbruzzese, Rusty Cooley, Jimi Bell, Joey Concepcion, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
06. “Conflagration” (feat. Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
07. “A Murder Of Crows” (feat. Jon Donias, Matt Bachand & Jimi Bell)
08. “The Long Wait For The End” (feat. Oli Herbert, Conrad Simon & Matt LaPierre)

Arch Enemy, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members To Join Metal Allegiance At Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance have added more special guests to their January 16 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Here’s the full list of participants: Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), Dave Davidson (Revocation, etc.), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, etc.), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Jack Gibson (Exodus), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, etc.), and Alex Skolnick (Testament). WWE wrestler Erick Rowan will serve as the MC at the event and Exmortus, Weapons Of Anew, and Trauma will open.

Disciples Of Verity (Living Colour, Ex-God Forbid, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Worthy”

Disciples Of Verity, the band featuring Corey Glover (Living Colour), George Pond (ex-Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (ex-God Forbid), Mark Monjoy (Sekond Skyn), and Danny Puma (Negative Sky), have premiered a new song titled “Worthy.” This track features Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy) and it will appear on the group’s upcoming album “Pragmatic Sanction.” Glover commented:

“No matter what you go through, as long as you’re breathing and still here to see another day, it is another chance. Being worthy though, that is the rub you are always trying to figure out. The heart and mind play against each other. Your mind may say you aren’t good enough, but your heart knows you are worthy. That said, I am here for a reason. I am ‘worthy.'”

[via Revolver]

Listen To Decapitated’s Cover Of Meshuggah’s “Sane” Feat. Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy)

Nuclear Blast officially released their “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII” compilation today (October 19) and one of the highlights from the effort is Decapitated’s cover of Meshuggah‘s “Sane.” The track features Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, ex-Nevermore) and Jakub Zytecki (Disperse) and it can be heard below:

[via The PRP]

Decapitated Preview Cover Of Meshuggah’s “Sane”

Decapitated have shared a preview of their cover of Meshuggah‘s “Sane.” The track features Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, ex-Nevermore) and Jakub Zytecki (Disperse) and it will appear on Nuclear Blast‘s “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII” compilation, which is set to be released on October 19. Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kiletyka commented:

“For me, it is a huge pleasure because covering Meshuggah is something special. They are one of my favorite metal bands ever. Plus I find it a big challenge. We had very special guests, Jeff Loomis and Jakub Zytecki, and both did epic solos for it. Also to be on the same compilation with some of the best metal acts in the scene, is nothing but a big pleasure. Doing this for Nuclear Blast Records which is not just a label for us but after years, a friend’s label, is an honor.”

Decapitated, Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Etc. To Be Featured On Nuclear Blast’s “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII“ Compilation

Nuclear Blast have announced the return of their “Death…Is Just The Beginning” compilations. A new volume, titled “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII,“ will be released on October 19 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Track Listing:

01. Benediction – “Tear Off These Fucking Wings” (demo) (previously unreleased)
02. Kataklysm – “The Awakener” (Re-Recorded)
03. Hypocrisy – “They Lie” (The Exploited cover)
04. The Spirit – “Illuminate The Night Sky”
05. Memoriam – “The War Rages On” (demo)
06. Insidious Disease – “Soul Excavation” (previously unreleased)
07. Possessed – “Abandoned” (demo) (previously unreleased)
08. Thy Art Is Murder – “The Son Of Misery”
09. Immolation – “Morbid Visions” (feat. Max Cavalera) (Sepultura cover)
10. Nailed To Obscurity – “King Delusion” (previously unreleased)
11. Bleeding Gods – “Beloved By Artemis”
12. Decapitated – “Sane” (feat. Jeff Loomis & Jakub Zytecki) (Meshuggah cover)
13. Aenimus – “Before The Eons” (previously unreleased)
14. Paradise Lost – “Frozen Illusion”
15. Carcass – “A Wraith In The Apparatus”
16. Brujeria – “Viva Presidente Trump!”

The compilation is being released around the same time as the “Death…Is Just The Beginning” European tour, which is set to feature Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, and The Spirit.