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.

Jeff Loomis & Jim Sheppard Rejoin Sanctuary Onstage In Seattle, WA

During Sanctuary’s March 5 set at El Corazon in Seattle, Washington, the group were joined onstage by former guitarist Jeff Loomis and former bassist Jim Sheppard. You can see footage of Sheppard playing “Future Tense” and footage of Loomis playing “Taste Revenge” below (skip to the 11:30 mark for their performances). The band have been out on the road with Iced Earth, paying tribute to the late Warrel Dane. Their current touring lineup includes guest vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) and guest guitarist Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence).

[via Blabbermouth]

Jeff Loomis Didn’t Write Much On The New Arch Enemy Album

It looks like Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore, etc. didn’t really get the opportunity to write too much on Arch Enemy‘s new album “Will To Power“ (out September 8). Michael Amott told Malcolm Dome the following when asked if Loomis contributed:

“No. I mean, he’s a strong songwriter, but not in the style of Arch Enemy, I feel. He’s always writing and recording with his own stuff. He has a project called Conquering Dystopia, he has his solo stuff, [and] he obviously wrote most of the Nevermore stuff. I’ve always respected him, and continue to respect him, as a guitar player—he’s amazing and an amazing human being; he fits in perfectly. [There’s] a great chemistry [between us].

But, you know, I’ve always written most of the music, so it’s difficult to… I don’t really wanna change the sound of the band too much. The band sort of started around my songwriting and my ideas, and those continue to be the most dominant ones, I guess. But, you know, who knows [what can happen] in the future?”

[via Blabbermouth]