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):

Michael Amott Reflects On The 25th Anniversary Of Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and Michael Amott has shared some thoughts on the milestone. You can read what he had to say below. Notably, the guitarist also confirmed that the band have “a new album on the way.”

Amott said the following:

“I must admit that it feels somewhat surreal that the year 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Arch Enemy.

I never imagined that we would reach a point in our career where we’d be looking back on two and a half decades of creating music, releasing albums and playing live shows all over the planet! It’s been an awesome experience, to say the least. As a group, we have been fortunate enough to achieve some incredible highs and accomplishments, but we have also lived through difficult times and lows. This is life, peaks and valleys… I have to say, whatever adversities we faced – we’ve always come through it all stronger than before. Overall, it’s been a great journey and one that I am extremely proud of. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Obviously, the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented us from doing any elaborate grand celebrations of the 25th anniversary, but we are doing some special merchandise and some other cool things – so keep your eyes peeled for that.”

A lot of my memories about the earliest days of Arch Enemy are connected to Japan. The first trilogy of albums, Black Earth (1996), Stigmata (1998) and Burning Bridges (1999) were all released first in Japan and we toured there on all those three albums. Before much of the rest of the world really cared about us, we had gained a fantastic Japanese fan base that has supported us throughout the years – to this day. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!”

With the release of our fourth album Wages Of Sin in the early 2000’s, we famously changed singer, a dramatic change from the classic Swedish Death Metal voice of original singer Johan Liiva to Angela Gossow – an unknown female German vocalist. A new concept at the time, and a bit of a gamble… I remember not being sure how the fans would react to the big change in the band. The new music we had written and recorded was also in a more straightforward style and the overall sound was a somewhat new direction for us. I needn’t have worried, the “Wages of Sin” album was received very warmly by the fans in Japan, quickly becoming our biggest selling album there. But maybe more importantly, it finally broke the band into the international Metal arena in a big way. We found ourselves embarking on a rigorous touring schedule in Europe, USA and beyond. We had arrived!”

One thing Arch Enemy always did was tour a lot, we strongly believed in building the band by proving ourselves on the live stage, city by city, country by country…one show at a time. We really loved performing the concerts and the touring lifestyle – we still do.”

Arch Enemy is always pushing to play new uncharted territory – we have on many occasions been the first Metal band to perform in a city or even country, which is always a huge thrill. Alongside building our own fan base on our countless headline tours and festival appearances, we also received fantastic opportunities with some of our early influences such as Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Slayer. They all brought us out as special guest on their tours, introducing us to their audience – for that we will always be thankful to them.”

In 2014 we released the War Eternal album and introduced our new singer Alissa White-Gluz to the world, kicking off a new exciting chapter in the evolution of the band. We hit the road harder than ever before, eager to show the world what the band could do with the new lineup. In the seven years that have passed since then, the band has grown far beyond my wildest dreams. Arch Enemy’s music continues to connect with new fans every day – it’s hugely inspiring and keeps us pushing forward.”

On a personal note, Arch Enemy has been my band, my passion as well as my work for half of my life now and I can’t really imagine what I would do if this band had not come to be all those years ago. I am eternally grateful to all the people that have helped us along the way in some way, shape or form… My dear band members/friends, all the people in the music business and underground Metal scene that believed in us, producers and engineers for making us sound great, our tireless road crew and all the ex-members of course. Most importantly, the incredibly loyal fans that we have, whom I’ll never be able to thank all in person. I can only promise that Arch Enemy will keep on making music (Yes, there is a new album on the way!) …and of course we will be out there playing live shows as we embark on what will be our biggest tour ever! I am very positive about the future. Here’s to hopefully another 25 years! See you in the pit! Metal is forever!”

Black Earth (Arch Enemy) Premiere “Burn On The Flame” Music Video

Black Earth, the band featuring current and former Arch Enemy members Johan Liiva, Michael Amott, Christopher Amott, Daniel Erlandsson, and Sharlee D’Angelo performing songs from the band’s first three albums, have premiered a new video for their song “Burn On The Flame.” This track is one of two new songs that were featured on a remastered compilation of ’90s material titled “Path Of The Immortal.” That effort was released exclusively in Japan back in March.

Listen To New Black Earth (Arch Enemy) Songs “Burn On The Flame” & “Life Infernal”

As previously reported, Black Earth, the band featuring current and former Arch Enemy members Johan Liiva, Michael Amott, Christopher Amott, Daniel Erlandsson, and Sharlee D’Angelo performing songs from the band’s first three albums, recorded two new songs, “Burn On The Flame” and “Life Infernal,” for a remastered compilation of ’90s material titled “Path Of The Immortal.” That effort was released exclusively in Japan last month and a fan has since uploaded the two new tracks to YouTube. You can check those out below:

Original Arch Enemy Members Record Two New Songs Under Black Earth Banner

Black Earth, the band featuring current and former Arch Enemy members Johan Liiva, Michael Amott, Christopher Amott, Daniel Erlandsson, and Sharlee D’Angelo performing songs from the band’s first three albums, have recorded two new songs, “Burn On The Flame” and “Life Infernal.” Those tracks will appear on a remastered compilation of ’90s material titled “Path Of The Immortal.” That effort will be released exclusively in Japan on March 20.

“Path Of The Immortal” Track Listing:

01. “Burn On The Flame” (new song)
02. “The Immortal”
03. “Dead Inside”
04. “Bury Me An Angel”
05. “Stigmata”
06. “Sinister Mephisto”
07. “Demoniality”
08. “Transmigration Macabre”
09. “Angelclaw”
10. “Bridge Of Destiny”
11. “Life Infernal” (new song)
12. “Beast Of Man”
13. “Dark Insanity”
14. “Diva Satanica”
15. “Pilgrim”
16. “Black Earth”
17. “Silverwing”
18. “Time Capsule”
19. “Fields Of Desolation ’99”

Michael Amott told Japan’s “Masa Ito’s Rock TV” the following about the release [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“Together with Trooper Entertainment, we’ve put together a compilation of our favorite tracks from the first, second and third album that featured these guys — with Johan [Liiva on vocals] and Chris [Amott on guitar] and everything. And we’ve put together a compilation album of that ’90s material. It’s been remastered here in Japan. I actually attended the mastering session last week, and it sounds incredible. It really brought the old tracks… it gave them a new life. And then we actually recorded two new songs in Sweden. So we’ve been quite busy with that.”

He continued:

“It’s quite complicated getting everybody together to do that. But we wrote these two new songs. I wrote one with Chris, and then I wrote one myself. They’re called ‘Burn On The Flame’ and ‘Life Infernal’ — two brand new tracks that are kind of in the style of what we used to do, I think. And they turned out really amazing too. We actually went back to Fredrik Nordström’s studio, Fredman, where we made the first three records. So we worked with the original producer. And he mixed it, and it sounds really powerful — very cool.”

He went on to say the recording sessions were a “very, very strange” experience, “because [they] just picked it up where [they] left off.” He also added:

“After about an hour or so, we were doing the same kind of jokes and the same kind of chemistry. And the sounds as well. I was thinking maybe it was gonna sound very different. Also because of us — we all progress and change over the years, and develop. And also Fredrik, of course. He had a new studio now, with some different equipment. But actually, he just managed to get that old-school sound. And it was a lot of fun. Kind of a little bit nostalgia.”

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Had a blast writing and recording 2 new songs for this release, they came out really sick! Hopefully we’ll get those tracks released in some shape of form worldwide soon! #blackearth #Repost @blackearthofficial ・・・ A Japan only compilation album consisting of 17 remastered tracks lifted off the first three Arch Enemy albums + 2 brand NEW Black Earth tracks written and recorded in December 2018 (mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman). Release date in Japan is March 20th. Front cover artwork by Mark Riddick. Japan tour in May 2019. アーチ・エネミーの初期メンバーで構成されたブラック・アース 新曲入りベスト盤の詳細発表 アーチ・エネミー(ARCH ENEMY)の初期メンバー(3rdアルバム『Burning Bridges』リリース時)で構成されたプロジェクト・バンド、ブラック・アース(Black Earth)。5月に来日公演も決定している彼らの新曲入りベスト・アルバムの詳細発表。アルバム・タイトルは『Path Of The Immortal: 暗黒の地球』。約20年ぶりに当時のメンバーで制作された新曲2曲に、アーチ・エネミーの初期3タイトルから選曲しリマスタリングした楽曲を収録。この作品は日本で3月20日発売予定。リリース元はTrooper Entertainment ●『Path Of The Immortal: 暗黒の地球』。 1.バーン・オン・ザ・フレイム(BURN ON THE FLAME) 新曲 2.ジ・イモータル(THE IMMORTAL) 3.デッド・インサイド(DEAD INSIDE) 4.ベリー・ミー・アン・エンジェル(BURY ME AN ANGEL) 5.スティグマータ(STIGMATA) 6.シニスター・メフィスト(SINISTER MEPHISTO) 7.ディーモナイアリティ(DEMONIALITY) 8.トランスマイグレイション・マカーブラ(TRANSMIGRATION MACABRE) 9.エンジェルクロウ(ANGELCLAW) 10. ブリッジ・オヴ・デスティニー(BRIDGE OF DESTINY) 11. ライフ・インファーナル(LIFE INFERNAL) 新曲 12. ビースト・オヴ・マン(BEAST OF MAN) 13. ダーク・インサニティ(DARK INSANITY) 14. ディーヴァ・サタニカ(DIVA SATANICA) 15. ピルグリム(PILGRIM) 16. ブラック・アース(BLACK EARTH) 17. シルヴァーウイング(SILVERWING) 18. タイム・カプセル(TIME CAPSULE) 19. フィールズ・オブ・ディソレイション'99 (FIELDS OF DESOLATION'99) BLACK EARTH ”BURNING BRIDGES” 20th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2019 愛知5月16日(木) NAGOYA CLUB QUATTRO 宮城5月17日(金) SENDAI RENSA 北海道5月19日(日)OTARU GOLD STONE 東京5月22日(水)SHIBUYA CLUB QUATTRO 東京5月23日(木)SHIBUYA CLUB QUATTRO 
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福岡5月26日(日)FUKUOKA DRUM LOGOS 
広島5月27日(月)HIROSHIMA CLUB QUATTRO 
大阪5月28日(火)UMEDA CLUB QUATTRO

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Black Earth (Arch Enemy) To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of “Burning Bridges” On Japanese Tour

Black Earth, the band featuring original Arch Enemy members Johan Liiva, Michael Amott, and Christopher Amott, along with current Arch Enemy members Daniel Erlandsson and Sharlee D’Angelo, will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Burning Bridges” on a Japanese tour. Here’s the dates:

05/16 Aichi, JAP – Nagoya Club Quattro
05/17 Miyagi, JAP – Sendai Rensa
05/19 Hokkaido, JAP – Otaru Gold Stone
05/22 Tokyo, JAP – Shibuya Club Quattro
05/23 Tokyo, JAP – Shibuya Club Quattro
05/25 Kumamoto, JAP – Chiba V1
05/26 Fukuoka, JAP – Fukuoka Drum Logos
05/27 Hiroshima, JAP – Hiroshima Club Quattro
05/28 Osaka, JAP – Umeda Club Quattro

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Stan Lee

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, who created or co-created numerous iconic characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Black Panther, Daredevil, Ant-Man, etc., passed away yesterday (November 12) at the age of 95. His work influenced countless people over the years including a number of rock/metal artists. You can find tributes from various musicians below:

Kirk Hammett (Metallica):

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Alice Cooper:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Rob Zombie:

Bring Me The Horizon:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

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Phil Labonte (All That Remains):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Brendon Small (Dethklok, Galaktikon):

John Dyer Baizley (Baroness):

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Ice-T (Body Count):

Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott Joins Megadeth Onstage At Hellfest

During Megadeth’s June 24 set at Hellfest in Clisson, France, the band were joined onstage by Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott. You can see footage of them performing “Symphony Of Destruction” below:

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]

Original Arch Enemy Members Reunite In Black Earth

Original Arch Enemy members, Johan Liiva, Michael Amott, and Christopher Amott have reunited in a new project called Black Earth. The group, which also features current Arch Enemy members, Daniel Erlandsson, and Sharlee D’Angelo, will head out on a Japanese tour in May, and plan on playing material from Arch Enemy’s first three albums.

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Michael Amott said the following:

“…Very awesome to finally announce this new project Black Earth, which will perform Arch Enemy‘s first three albums material live on stage. Old-school ’90s lineup. An extensive tour of Japan in May announced today!”

Tour Dates:

05/17 Tokyo, JAP – Shibuya Club Quattro
05/19 Fukuoka, JAP – Drum Be-1
05/21 Hiroshima, JAP – Hiroshima Club Quattro
05/23 Osaka, JAP – Umeda Club Quattro
05/24 Aichi, JAP – Nagoya Club Quattro
05/27 Sapporo, JAP – Lane24 Penny Sapporo