In Flames, Ex-HIM, Etc. Members Join Forces In We Sell The Dead

Niclas Engelin (In Flames, Engel), Jonas Slättung (Drömriket), Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM), and Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind) have joined forces in a new Jack The Ripper and Victorian era inspired band called We Sell The Dead. The band’s debut album “Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full” will be released on February 23.

“Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full” Track listing:

01. “The Body Market”
02. “Echoes Of An Ugly Past”
03. “Leave Me Alone”
04. “Imagine”
05. “Turn It Over”
06. “Too Cold To Touch”
07. “Trust”
08. “Pale And Perfect”
09. “Silent Scream”

earMUSIC posted the following about the band:

WE SELL THE DEAD go beyond the strains of conventional storytelling and create a multi-media experience of premium quality heavy metal music embedded in visually stimulating and atmospheric visuals.

Heavy, yet melodic sounds transport the listener into a Victorian inspired world that is defined by pompous manors and daunting luxury standing in deep contrast to the harshness and cruelty of the gutter. It is a world that reeks of hysteria, but above all a sense of mysticism and dark romanticism. WE SELL THE DEAD’s music rises above this, not merely pointing out this injustice, but expanding the narrative into the extreme, playing with themes of ghosts, death or religion.

But not only…

Despite a reference to Victorian times, We Sell The Dead maintains a very modern and ever-so-current approach that translates to the world we live in today.

Slättung also added:

“From the late 1800, an era that has inspired our band enormously, comes one of the greatest and darkest crime mysteries of them all: Jack the Ripper.

We don’t know 100% who he was but we know his horrendous deeds. All the visuals we had in our mind, combined with the sometimes slightly morbid lyrics, made us think that this is what music would have sounded like if heavy metal had existed in the 19th century, or if Jack the Ripper had travelled forward in time to join a metal band. We Sell the Dead would have been his natural choice for a backing band. He probably would have felt right at home with us.

But, at the same time, the world hasn’t exactly evolved into a beautiful place since the 1880’s.
In the 1979 movie, ‘Time After Time’, Jack the Ripper escapes justice by, indeed, fleeing in a time machine to 1979. After getting caught by his followers, The Ripper utters this line of wisdom:
– back in 1893, I was a monster. Today…I’m an amateur.”

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Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob, & Ex-Rockstar Supernova Members Join Forces In Stereo Satellite

John Moyer (Disturbed), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), Jordan Cannata (Adrenaline Mob), and Lukas Rossi (ex-Rockstar Supernova) have joined forces in a new band called Stereo Satellite. You can find a preview of their track “Glass Houses” below, and catch them on the Shiprocked cruise on January 23.

Former Massacre, Bolt Thrower, Etc. Members Join Forces In Troikadon

Vocalists Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, etc.), Dave Ingram (ex-Bolt Thrower, etc.), and Karl Willetts (Memoriam, ex-Bolt Thrower) have joined forces with guitarist Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, etc.), bassist Jonny Pettersson (Ashcloud, Wombbath), and drummer Travis Ruvo (Cropsy Maniac, Echelon, etc.) in a new band called Troikadon. Their full-length album “Triumvirate Of Death” will be released in 2018. Lee designed the below logo:

Ingram commented:

“We’ve all been busy as hell lately. Myself and Jonny are rehearsing for the Just Before Dawn live shows next year, plus I’ve had a few guest vocal spots to write and record. Rogga is writing and recording the second Garpedans album. Kam is using all of November to move house and then finishing up the next Nattravnen album with Jonny. Travis is working on multiple drum projects, including the new ECHELON album and Hellfrost & Fire’s debut, plus Karl has begun writing the new Memoriam album, ‘The Silent Vigil’. Not just busy as hell, but busy as all fucking hell!”

“We just wanted to let people know that everyone involved in this still has the same enthusiasm as when it was first suggested,” says Ingram. “The guitar and drums tracks are all but finished, and next there’ll be a pre-mix by Jonny (with bass tracks) so us three crumblies can get writing and recording the vocals. We’re setting up a Facebook page for future updates, so follow it here.”

Sharon Den Adel Launches New Project My Indigo, Says Within Temptation Will Release New Music In 2018

Sharon Den Adel has launched a new solo project called My Indigo. You can check out her first single, an eponymous track, below. In other news, she also confirmed that Within Temptation will release new music in 2018.

Here’s Sharon Den Adel’s full message (transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“I know you’ve all been waiting a long time to hear a release date for the new WITHIN TEMPTATION album. How much I’d like to give you one now, I’m not able to yet.

“The thing is, when I came back from the tour last time, I went to the studio, like I always do when I come back from a tour, and I wanted to write music again, new stuff. And normally I have a lot of energy and a lot of inspiration, but this time it wasn’t there; I didn’t have it. And on top of that, I found myself in a bigger crisis than not being able to write songs; something happened in my family. And I felt that I needed more time for everything and to deal with this, so I did. No deadlines, no end date to fight against to finish stuff, no pressure to perform and spending time with my family and my friends.

“So here I am, two years later — [after taking a break] which did help to [make me] more relaxed and [saw me] taking more time for things. And I’m proud to say that we have some really kick-ass songs for WITHIN TEMPTATION now. They’re still in demo phase. We’re going into the studio soon, and there will be a release in 2018.

“In the meantime, I have been working on songs, but it’s not WITHIN TEMPTATION material. These are very personal songs, because it was for myself that I wrote these songs, and especially to get through everything I was dealing with.

“I gave it a name. It’s called MY INDIGO, and the first song from this project is also called ‘My Indigo’. I hope you like it. Go and check it out.

“My apologies about the statements and putting everything on black and scaring some people. I hope you understand a little bit better why I did so, or we did so.

“I hope to see you on the road. And take care. Thanks.”

Dave Davidson Discusses New Revocation Material & Upcoming Side Project

Revocation’s Dave Davidson was recently interviewed by Ghostcultmag.com, and discussed some of the new material the band have been working on. You read what he had to say about that and his upcoming side project with Berserk Lout (Ayahuasca) below.

Davidson on new Revocation material:

“We are writing new material right now. We got a lot of cool songs in the works. I’m really excited about the new material. We’ve definitely been on a trend of getting more and more death metal on each release, and I think it’s gonna continue on that path. This is probably going to be our most death metal album to date. It’s also super progressive though. It’s going to be like a mean, progressive death metal record, with some thrash elements thrown in. I’m stoked on it.”

He also added the following about his new side project:

“We wanted to use Virus as a base for our sound. From there it’s developed and morphed out into it’s own thing. Vocally it will be all singing, there’ll be no screaming. It sounds like a weird amalgamation of avant-garde influences like Virus, some cool hooky vocal melodies, like some parts remind me of Alice In Chains, some parts remind me of Faith No More.

The dude I’m working with, Lout, he’s a Canadian, he lives up in Toronto, he’s the guitar player for Ayahuasca. They’re an incredible metal, rock band, and it’s a real pleasure to work with him. He’s super talented, and yea, I think we have about seven songs written so far, so we need like three more to go and we’ll have a full length. I’m probably saying too much right now cause I have no idea when we’re gonna get other members, or thinkg about recording, but that’s been in the works…”

[via The PRP]

Jason Daunt Exits Flaw, Forms New Band With Other Former Members

Jason Daunt has officially announced his departure from Flaw. He will be moving on in a new band called Scars Of The Unbroken. That project features other former Flaw members Ryan Jurhs, Tommy Gibbons, and Corey Sturgill, along with frontman Cory Britt (Breathing Theory).

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Daunt commented:

“I was going to wait a few more days as I had been asked about a month ago when I informed Chris [Volz] I would be leaving Flaw and starting a new band with Cory Britt, Ryan Jurhs, Tommy Gibbons and Corey Sturgill, but it appears Chris‘s drinking and lies have forced my announcement sooner.

I decided to leave Flaw not only because Chris and his drinking had gotten out of control to the point I was having to prepare new musicians every tour as they would quit each time Volz pulled one of his drunken I think I’m GI Joe stunts I could go further into the issues but those who know us know the rest.

I thought it would be handled more professionally and without the lies as I was nice enough to hold off announcing I was leaving and the band I created. I guess some things will never change but I should have known that. I appreciate all the fan support and even though it’s not warranted I still wish my old friend Chris the best of luck.

As for myself it was simply time to move on and I have been working with the aforementioned musicians on the new project tentatively entitled Scars Of The Unbroken. Cory Britt from Breathing Theory is currently laying vocals and we should have samples up soon. The members of this new band are the most talented group I have ever worked with in the writing process and I can’t wait 2 push this forward. More to come soon much love.”

Daunt commented after Volz previously said the following:

“Hi Flaw Family, I hope you are all well. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to make an official statement about the recent member changes and clarify some issues FLAW has gone through over the years. As most of you know, I have devoted my life to this project and music as a whole for the past 20+ years.

Let me say with all sincerity, music is my true love and passion, but it is also one of the hardest things I have EVER done, one of the hardest industries to break into, and stay relevant in, period, for many different reasons. When we started this project over 2 decades ago we were all in our early 20’s, and didn’t have a care in the world besides music and this band.

As the years went by many things happened to all of us. People get married, people have kids, people change, people get tired of touring constantly, people get tired of making mediocre money and squeezing by on bills, people lose their drive to succeed in a certain industry…..etc. This happens to all bands, as you can easily see by looking at any genre of music. You really have to love it more than you love yourself in some ways.

The industry has changed SO much in the past 20 years, and it has been a true test to adapt with it. There are so many variables that come into play when a group of people decide to start a project or band together. You become full fledged business partners. There are many sacrifices that must be made equally by each party involved. You spend a lot of time away from home and your loved ones, I have personally averaged being away from home for 9 months out of the year, for the past 20 years.

It has wreaked havoc on my personal life and relationships, and affected my family life as well, but it was necessary to succeed. You are in a very close quarter environment for long periods of time with the others in said band, and that can cause problems with even the very best of friends. You are also not making much money most of the time so you are financially stressed out a lot, and that can lead to problems in business and home life.

Without your better half also working while you are on the road touring, it is virtually impossible to stay afloat and cover your bills back home. I won’t name names, but I will never fault you for leaving because you can’t afford to tour anymore and need to make more money for your family. Essentially, all of these things, when compounded, can cause division, animosity, and ultimately lead to dissention that causes some people to lose the passion they once had for the profession or band.

There is no secret to success in this industry, you just really have to want it more than anything else that can and will try to get in the way. So my point in all of this is to explain that there is no one to blame, it is what it is, and I hold no hard feelings towards any of my guys who have made the decision to walk away. Everyone has their own reasons, situations, and life experiences that lead them to make the decision to stop touring, playing with a band, or playing music professionally. However, I am not one of them.

No matter what difficulties come into play, I will always persevere. Improvise, adapt, and overcome is all I know. There have been many fill in members of FLAW over the years, and that is okay. There are so many talented musicians out there and I have developed a skill over the years in recognizing people who can write amazing music that I can thrive off of lyrically. This is where we are today.

I am not willing to let someone become a ‘full’ member of this band until they have proven that they can withstand the hardships of this job and life, and have worked on new music or written an album with me. It is not personal, I just have to protect the mission and message of this band with all my will. To the ones who have come and gone, I wish you the best as always.

To the ones who are soon to come, I wish us only luck and success in our new adventures. This band is a team and a family, and I will do my best to make our creations the best they can possibly be, for us and our listeners. To the Flaw Family and all our fans, I will stay true to the message in my lyrics, as I have for the past 2 decades, and will never give up. FLAW will always persevere because of you, and because the message is true, positive, and needs to be heard.

No guitar player, or bass player, or drummer alone has ever made FLAW what it is today. It has always been a cohesive group of musicians working together on the same page, towards the same goal, regardless of the specific individual. It has and always will be a positive message, mixed with passion and talent, coupled with raw emotion, delivered in the most profound musical manner possible.

That being said, we are currently writing a new album that will be released somewhere around June of next year on Pavement Entertainment/Sony-Red. After that I am also putting out another solo record which I am very excited about. In closing, I wish to express my extreme gratitude to all our fans who have made this possible, and to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey for over the past 20 years, over 12 different members.

You know who you are, and you will always be a part of the FLAW story, development, and legacy. The journey is far from over and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store….. See you all very soon on tour, we are booked solid all the way through March of 2018 and not slowing down after that! -Only The Strong Survive!!!

–C.Volz 11/08/17″

[via The PRP]