Wolfheart Share Music Video For New Song “Ancestor” Featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach

Wolfheart have premiered a new video for their new song “Ancestor.” This track features Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach and it will appear on the band’s new album “King Of The North,” which is set to be released on September 16.

Tuomas Saukkonen said the following about the song:

“Finnish mythology is full of Nordic gods, tales and beliefs, but there is only one king of the forest. And because of that, a song about this feared and honored beast is an ideal first single. Musically diverse from blast beats to majestic chorus with legendary Jesse Leach, bringing the song onto a whole new level and lyrically diving deep into the album’s theme.”

He also added the following about the album:

“After ‘Wolves of Karelia’ it made a lot of sense to continue writing thematic albums, but this time I wanted to travel a lot further in history than 2nd world war and went straight to the tales about creation of nordic world, ancient gods of north and the majestic nature. The colorful theme also inspired me to write the musically most diverse Wolfheart album and also bring the biggest variation of vocals than ever before, putting Lauri and Vageliss in their well-earned spotlight.”

“King Of The North” Track Listing:

01. “Skyforger”
02. “Ancestor” feat. Jesse Leach
03. “Knell”
04. “Desolated Land”
05. “The King”
06. “Cold Flame” feat. Karl Sanders
07. “Headstones”
08. “Fires of the Fallen”
09. “Eternal Slumber”

Killswitch Engage Announce Three Headlining Shows

Killswitch Engage have booked some headlining shows around their fall tour with Lamb Of God. Here’s the dates:

09/19 Charleston, SC – Music Farm (feat. Suicide Silence)
09/22 Albany, NY – Empire Live (feat. Suicide Silence and Lybica)
10/05 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Metal Blade Records 40th anniversary show) (feat. Fit For An Autopsy and Visigoth)

Jesse Leach On New Killswitch Engage Album: “It’s Probably Gonna Be Some Of The Most Positive Stuff That I’ve Ever Written”

During a recent interview with Australia’s Heavy, Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach offered an update on the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the new material is “probably gonna be some of the most positive stuff that [he has] ever written.”

Leach said the following about the group’s current plans:

“Well, as of right now, I think the big thing that was looming over us was it’s been a long time since we sat and wrote a record. So getting back on the road and touring — we did a tour with SLIPKNOT here in the States, and we did our own headlining tour with LIGHT THE TORCH and AUGUST BURNS RED — that sort of fulfilled, like, ‘Oh, we’re back. We’re doing this again. We’re playing shows. We’re in front of an audience.’ We weren’t able to interact as much as we would have wanted to [because of the pandemic], but we were still doing it. But I think the conversation kept coming up of, like, ‘What should we do?’ Internationally traveling kind of fell to the wayside for not just the pandemic but the conflict in the Ukraine. So once all that touring went away overseas, we had a bunch of time. So we’ve started to work on demos on for a new record. And we just confirmed a tour here in the States with LAMB OF GOD and a plethora of other bands as support. So we’ll be doing that in the fall. But predominantly between now and then, and then after then, we’re really gonna be working on the record, trying to get that wrapped up and done quickly too, because we want it to be a record that’s not gonna take a lot of time to create. We want that raw, fresh feeling, so a lot of these demos I’m trying to [get] through quickly just to get the energy and then we’ll sort of dissect them as new get into the studio. So I think there’s a real spirit within us to put out new material and then tour on that new record come next year, hopefully. So that’s kind of what we’re all thinking.”

He continued when asked for a timeline for the record:

“We’ve got a couple of sessions [scheduled]. We haven’t really put deadlines or anything. But I’m personally setting goals for me to create quick, very emotional, raw stuff for the demos and then probably taking a little more time, once we get to the studio, to polish that up and make it sound really good. Some of these demos I’m getting ready to send to the guys, if you would listen to them, most people would probably laugh ’cause they’re just me going nuts, just trying to get the idea out quick and then we’ll worry about re-recording it and polishing it and sort of making it sound KILLSWITCH-y.

I’ve always been really hard on myself — a perfectionist, if you will — and I think it’s hindered me in the demo-making process. So my approach to this record is I wake up in the morning and I write lyrics out of the sleep. I listen to the music. It’s moving very quickly for me, and it just feels fresh; it feels new. And then us getting into a room and jamming on that shit together, which we haven’t done in years, that’s the vibe we’re going for. We kind of wanna bring that live feeling, that live sound to this next record… I want that energy to be there.

Live music shouldn’t be perfect. I don’t like the studio fixes, I don’t like the tuning — I hate all that shit. So the less that can happen, I’m into it. I’d rather keep it raw. It’s rock and roll, man — it shouldn’t be perfect. I think metal, over the years, has become very compressed and very manufactured. To me, I’m all about pushing away from that. So I think this next record will be a push-and-pull, ’cause [KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist and producer] Adam [Dutkiewicz] is very much a perfectionist with the way he likes things to sound. So it should be interesting. He’s on board of that too — sort of getting more of a live feel to what we’re doing. I think it comes across. When you come see a band live like us, it is a little different than a record. But it should be.”

He also added the following about the lyrics:

“I’ve purposefully been extremely spiritually minded and positive and trying to write uplifting things that are gonna help people process what we’ve been through.

I think there’s two ways you can go — you can get angry and write hyper-political stuff and anti-government or whatever, which I’ve done in the past, and I still stand by that, but I think, for me, where my gift lies, after what we’ve been through, is more of a comfort, more of an uplifting thing. So I’m leaning hard on that — a little more existential, more looking forward, if you will, lyrically. It’s probably gonna be some of the most positive stuff that I’ve ever written, and I’m doing that on purpose — for myself, but also for the listener. I think it’s just time for us to put out a record that’s just beaming with positivity and hope. And that’s what I’m going to do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, Jinjer, Etc. Drop Off 2022 Aftershock Festival, Danzig, In Flames, Etc. Added

Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, Jinjer, If I Die First, and Nita Strauss have all dropped off of this year’s Aftershock Festival. Danzig, Joey Valence & Brae, In Flames, Prong, and Set It Off will now be taking their places. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 6-9 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 6: Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, Ghostemane, Nothing More, Ice Nine Kills, Alexisonfire, Code Orange, Fever 333, Crown The Empire, Royal And The Serpent, Poorstacy, Prong, Taipei Houston, Dead Sara, Cherry Bombs, Vended, Solence, Superbloom, and Eva Under Fire.

October 7: KISS, Danzig, Lamb Of God, Chevelle, Falling In Reverse, Meshuggah, Clutch, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, GWAR, In Flames, Apocalyptica, Helmet, Jeris Johnson, Joey Valence & Brae, Aeir, Crossfaith, Set It Off, Against The Current, Wargasm, Mike’s Dead, Nemophila, Orbit Culture, and Archetypes Collide.

October 8: My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, Yungblud, The Distillers, Theory Of A Deadman, Beartooth, City Morgue, Thursday, Enter Shikari, Thrice, The Chats, Airbourne, Lilith Czar, Zeal & Ardor, Ho99o9, Point North, Trash Boat, Mothica, Ego Kill Talent, Crooked Teeth, and As You Were.

October 9: Muse, Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Action Bronson, The Pretty Reckless, The Interrupters, The Struts, Underoath, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Zakk Sabbath, Bayside, New Years Day, Amigo The Devil, Carolesdaughter, The Warning, Maggie Lindemann, Band-Maid, The Mysterines, Bloodywood, The Alive, and Jared James Nichols.

Ghost, Mudvayne, Ice Cube, Etc. Added To 2022 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More bands have been added to this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on September 8-11 and the updated lineup can be found below.

Lineup:

  • Slipknot
  • Disturbed
  • Ghost
  • Mudvayne
  • Ice Cube
  • 3 Doors Down
  • A Day To Remember
  • Halestorm
  • Lamb Of God
  • Alice Cooper
  • Tenacious D
  • Falling In Reverse
  • I Prevail
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Seether
  • Gojira
  • Underoath
  • New Found Glory
  • Pennywise
  • Skillet
  • Anthrax
  • Pierce The Veil
  • Killswitch Engage
  • Hollywood Undead
  • In This Moment
  • Motionless In White
  • Ice Nine Kills
  • Daughtry
  • Jelly Roll
  • Down
  • Nelly
  • Saliva (feat. Josey Scott)
  • Nothing More
  • Theory Of A Deadman
  • Sevendust
  • Wage War
  • Pop Evil
  • Badflower
  • Knocked Loose
  • Candlebox
  • Starset
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Thrice
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Insane Clown Posse
  • In Flames
  • GWAR
  • John 5
  • God Forbid
  • Apocalyptica
  • Spiritbox
  • Grandson
  • Fever 333
  • Puddle Of Mudd
  • The Amity Affliction
  • We Came As Romans
  • Bad Wolves
  • Kittie
  • Hatebreed
  • Silverstein
  • Queensrÿche
  • Shadows Fall
  • Story Of The Year
  • All That Remains
  • 3OH!3
  • Baroness
  • Buckcherry
  • Hoobastank
  • Hinder
  • Electric Callboy
  • Bad Omens
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Enter Shikari
  • Fit For A King
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Whitechapel
  • Zero 9:36
  • Suicide Silence
  • Slaughter To Prevail
  • Demon Hunter
  • Saving Abel
  • Adelitas Way
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Attila
  • Nonpoint
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Lacuna Coil
  • From Ashes To New
  • The Union Underground
  • Chelsea Grin
  • Red
  • Mushroomhead
  • Powerman 5000
  • The Plot In You
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Lacey Sturm
  • Dayseeker
  • Texas In July
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Counterparts
  • A Skylit Drive (original lineup)
  • Cold
  • Sion
  • ERRA
  • Bleeding Through
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Crazy Town
  • Municipal Waste
  • Butcher Babies
  • Comeback Kid
  • Fit For An Autopsy
  • Terror
  • Fire From The Gods
  • Stray From The Path
  • Tetrarch
  • Attack Attack!
  • Nita Strauss
  • Unearth
  • Darkest Hour
  • Norma Jean
  • Kublai Khan
  • Smile Empty Soul
  • The Word Alive
  • Silent Planet
  • Crowbar
  • Otherwise
  • Twiztid
  • Point North
  • Jeris Johnson
  • Project 86
  • Upon A Burning Body
  • Redlight King
  • Icon For Hire
  • Palisades
  • Siamese
  • Holding Absence
  • Hollow Front
  • Orbit Culture
  • Vended
  • Close Your Eyes
  • (hed)p.e.
  • Emo Nite Brooklyn
  • Solence
  • Brand Of Sacrifice
  • Dying Wish
  • Alpha Wolf
  • The Dead Daisies
  • Blacktop Mojo
  • Islander
  • Small Town Titans
  • Traitors
  • Varials
  • Left To Suffer
  • Zao
  • He Is Legend
  • SeeYouSpaceCowboy
  • Afterlife
  • Sleep Token
  • No Resolve
  • Any Given Sin
  • The Lonely Ones
  • GFM
  • Vampires Everywhere!
  • Get The Shot
  • Silvertung
  • Vangogo
  • Burden Of The Sky
  • Dying Oath
  • Kings County
  • Lansdowne
  • Relent
  • Hollow Intent
  • Velvet Chains
  • Dead Fervor
  • Next Attempt
  • The Other LA
  • Frame 42
  • Two Sides Of Me
  • Last Nights Villain
  • Braincell
  • Preacher
  • We Demand Parachutes
  • Plainview
  • Noble Poets
  • Crystal Cages

Lamb Of God To Release New Album “Omens” In October, Announce Fall North American Tour

Lamb Of God have revealed the details for their new album “Omens.” The effort will be released on October 7 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

“Omens” Track Listing:

01. “Nevermore”
02. “Vanishing”
03. “To The Grave”
04. “Ditch”
05. “Omens”
06. “Gomorrah”
07. “Ill Designs”
08. “Grayscale”
09. “Denial Mechanism”
10. “September Song”

Randy Blythe commented:

“The world is crazy and keeps changing. ‘Omens‘ is a reaction to the state of the world. It’s a very pissed-off record. It is extremely pissed-off.”

Mark Morton added:

“The inner workings of the band have never been better. You can hear it in ‘Omens‘. You can see it in our performances, and if you’re around us for five minutes, you can feel it.”

In other news, the band have also announced a fall North American tour with Killswitch Engage. Baroness, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, Animals As Leaders, Suicide Silence, and Fit For An Autopsy will also perform on select dates. Morton said the following about that:

“Two decades ago, Lamb Of God, along with Killswitch Engage, were a part of a new wave of American heavy metal music. Our scene grew from a small, loosely connected network of underground shows in basements and warehouses, into a global phenomenon that helped define an entire generation of modern heavy metal.

We are thrilled to announce The Omens Tour, which celebrates not only the perseverance and impact of that original movement, but also the creativity and originality of the bands that it influenced. Heavy metal is alive and well. The Omens Tour proudly showcases the depth and diversity of our scene. This is not a tour to miss.”

Tour Dates:

With Killswitch Engage, Baroness & Suicide Silence:

09/09 Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island
09/10 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
09/11 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Music Festival
09/13 Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
09/14 Baltimore, MD – Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
09/16 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
09/17 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
09/18 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/21 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
09/23 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival *No KSE, No Suicide Silence
09/24 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
09/25 Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amp at Freedom Hill
09/26 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
09/30 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

With Killswitch Engage, Motionless In White & Fit For An Autopsy:

10/01 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great SaltAir
10/02 Grand Junction, CO – Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park
10/04 Fresno, CA – Exhibit Hall at Selland Arena
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival (no Fit For An Autopsy)

With Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox & Fit For An Autopsy:

10/09 Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
10/10 Kent (Seattle), WA – Accesso ShoWare Center
10/11 Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds

With Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders & Fit For An Autopsy:
10/13 Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
10/14 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
10/15 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
10/16 El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
10/18 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
10/19 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
10/20 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Killswitch Engage Premiere “As Sure As The Sun Will Rise” Live Video

Killswitch Engage have premiered a new live video for their song “As Sure As The Sun Will Rise.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film, “Live At The Palladium,” which was officially released today (June 3). That effort features the band’s August 6, 2021 livestream show in which they performed their 2000 self-titled debut album and their 2019 album “Atonement” in full at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Jesse Leach commented:

“This was an uplifting song for me as soon as I heard the demo. It’s about spiritual redemption and hope amidst this troubled world. It’s a call to arms for those who seek a just and righteous path in this life. The message is fight through the darkness and perils to overcome the war of spirit and flesh.”

Muse To Replace Foo Fighters At 2022 Aftershock Festival

Muse have been added to this year’s Aftershock festival. The band will be replacing Foo Fighters, who cancelled all of their shows following the tragic death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins. The festival will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 6-9 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 6: Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, Ghostemane, Nothing More, Ice Nine Kills, Alexisonfire, Code Orange, Fever 333, Crown The Empire, Amigo The Devil, Ho99o9, Poorstacy, New Years Day, Cherry Bombs, Vended, If I Die First, Solence, Superbloom, and Bloodywood.

October 7: KISS, Judas Priest, Lamb Of God, Chevelle, Falling In Reverse, Meshuggah, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, GWAR, Jinjer, Apocalyptica, Helmet, Jeris Johnson, Plush, Crossfaith, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Mike’s Dead, Nemophila, Orbit Culture, and Archetypes Collide.

October 8: My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, Yungblud, The Distillers, Theory Of A Deadman, Beartooth, City Morgue, Thursday, Enter Shikari, Thrice, The Chats, Airbourne, Lilith Czar, Zeal & Ardor, Taipei Houston, Point North, Trash Boat, Dead Poet Society, Mothica, Ego Kill Talent, and Crooked Teeth.

October 9: Muse, Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Action Bronson, The Pretty Reckless, The Interrupters, The Struts, Underoath, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Zakk Sabbath, Bayside, Dead Sara, Royal & The Serpent, Carolesdaughter, The Warning, Maggie Lindemann, Band-Maid, The Mysterines, Eva Under Fire, The Alive, and Jared James Nichols.

Slipknot, Falling In Reverse, Queensrÿche, Etc. Added To 2022 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More bands have been added to this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on September 8-11 and the updated lineup can be found below.

Lineup:

  • Slipknot
  • Disturbed
  • 3 Doors Down
  • A Day To Remember
  • Lamb Of God
  • Alice Cooper
  • Tenacious D
  • Falling In Reverse
  • I Prevail
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Seether
  • Gojira
  • Skillet
  • Anthrax
  • Pierce The Veil
  • Killswitch Engage
  • Hollywood Undead
  • In This Moment
  • Motionless In White
  • Ice Nine Kills
  • Jelly Roll
  • Down
  • Nelly
  • Saliva (feat. Josey Scott)
  • Nothing More
  • Theory Of A Deadman
  • Sevendust
  • Wage War
  • Pop Evil
  • Badflower
  • Knocked Loose
  • Candlebox
  • Starset
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Thrice
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • In Flames
  • Jinjer
  • God Forbid
  • GWAR
  • Apocalyptica
  • Grandson
  • Spiritbox
  • Puddle Of Mudd
  • The Amity Affliction
  • We Came As Romans
  • Bad Wolves
  • Hatebreed
  • Silverstein
  • Kittie
  • Queensrÿche
  • Shadows Fall
  • Story Of The Year
  • All That Remains
  • Hoobastank
  • Buckcherry
  • Zero 9:36
  • Electric Callboy
  • Bad Omens
  • Fit For A King
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Whitechapel
  • Enter Shikari
  • Suicide Silence
  • Fear Factory
  • Demon Hunter
  • Saving Abel
  • Adelitas Way
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Attila
  • Nonpoint
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Lacuna Coil
  • From Ashes To New
  • The Union Underground
  • Chelsea Grin
  • Slaughter To Prevail
  • Red
  • Lacey Sturm
  • Mushroomhead
  • The Plot In You
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Texas In July
  • Like Moths To Flames
  • Counterparts
  • Stray From The Path
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Dayseeker
  • A Skylit Drive (original lineup)
  • Cold
  • ERRA
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Bleeding Through
  • Crazy Town
  • Municipal Waste
  • Butcher Babies
  • Comeback Kid
  • Fit For An Autopsy
  • Tetrarch
  • Terror
  • Fire From The Gods
  • Attack Attack!
  • Nita Strauss
  • Sion
  • Unearth
  • Darkest Hour
  • Norma Jean
  • Kublai Khan
  • Smile Empty Soul
  • The Word Alive
  • Silent Planet
  • Siamese
  • Holding Absence
  • Otherwise
  • Crowbar
  • Hollow Front
  • Upon A Burning Body
  • Redlight King
  • Volumes
  • Orbit Culture
  • Vended
  • Icon For Hire
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Dying Wish
  • (hed)p.e.
  • Alphawolf
  • The Dead Daisies
  • Blacktop Mojo
  • Islander
  • Small Town Titans
  • Traitors
  • Varials
  • Left To Suffer
  • Zao
  • He Is Legend
  • Afterlife
  • Any Given Sin
  • No Resolve
  • The Lonely Ones
  • GFM
  • Vampires Everywhere!
  • Get The Shot
  • Silvertung
  • Vangogo
  • Dying Oath
  • Hollow Intent
  • Dead Fervor
  • Next Attempt
  • Last Nights Villain
  • Braincell
  • We Demand Parachutes
  • Crystal Cages