Headbang of the Week: ARCH ENEMY – Yesterday Is Dead And Gone

A proper farewell to the leading lady of metal!


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Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow steps down…The Agonist vocalist takes up the mantle!

Long time Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow has decided to step down to focus on managing the band.

Filling in her shoes will be The Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, who has since left the band due to her new role.

So probably no drama involved, especially since she will not only manage the band but is also the wife of guitarist Michael Amott.

Angela had this to say in a press release:

Dear Arch Enemy fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being Arch Enemy’s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for Arch Enemy, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.

I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.

I want to thank all Arch Enemy fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories – I will cherish them forever!

I am looking forward to the next decade of Arch Enemy madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed Arch Enemy at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this Arch Enemy chapter, albeit in a different way – revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage, I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!

And…here is the new band pic with the new lineup.

arch enemy 2014

We’ll miss you Angie!

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Headbang of the Week: Pathfinder by Fleshgod Apocalypse

I love it when a band this heavy are from a place like Italy that aren’t really known for their Metal contribution.

Just goes to show that Metal is just as heavy outside of the USA, Norway, Sweden, and the UK.

Warning: The below contains hazardous headbang material.

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Metal News Headlines (Mar.03.2014 – Mar.09.2014)

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Embryonic Devourment Announces April Tour

Northern California’s death metal juggernauts Embryonic Devourment will hit the road next month as part of The Brutal Alliance Tour 2014

Sorcier Des Glaces “Ritual of the End” now available

Ritual of the End is now available via Obscure Abhorrence Productions

Cradle Of Filth Working On New Album

Cradle of Filth have issued the following update

Black Sabbath To Release Masterpieces Collection

After forming BLACK SABBATH in 1969, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler, and Bill Ward went on to record one of the most influential canons of music in the history of rock and roll.

Deftones To Hit The Road In May

Grammy-Award winning alternative rock band Deftones has announced that they will hit the road this May for a string of shows that kicks off with the Rocklahoma festival in Oklahoma on May 23rd.

Vader Completes Recording of New Album

VADER have completed their work at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland recording their twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI.

Sercati Announces New Album

We are glad to announce that Sercati signed with Grom Records for releasing their new studio album on both, physical CD and Digital release worldwide.

My Ruin Announces UK Tour Dates

LA-based MY RUIN have announced tour dates in the UK in support of their new album, The Sacred Mood, with special guests SANCTORUM.

Negura Bunget Announce World Tour

NEGURA BUNGET are currently recording the new album Tau, the first part of a complex musical and visual trilogy about Transilvania.

Countess announce new album

Countess announce new album and release new video

Century Media Records To Re-Issue Entombed Album

“Where ‘Left Hand Path’ and ‘Clandestine’ helped define a genre and launch a sound, ‘Wolverine Blues’ was the foundation that Entombed laid down for a new style in extreme music

Every Time I Die Enters The Studio

New York hardcore group Every Time I Die is currently recording new material at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts

Texas In July Announces U.S. Dates

This Spring, Texas In July will head out on a U.S. headline tour with support from Structures, Erra (4/22-4/27), Myka, Relocate (4/29-5/10), and Elitist.

SATAN Announces More Live Dates

SATAN have announced a series of live dates in North America and Europe.

The Haunted Check In From The Studio

THE HAUNTED have started recording their eighth studio album at Antfarm Studio in Denmark with their newly revamped band lineup.

Ulver Drop Off Maryland Deathfest

Ulver cites health concerns for dropping off two big shows including MDF.

Arch Enemy Reveals New Album Details

Three years after the release of Khaos Legions and their most successful world tour to date, extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY have started mixing their ninth studio album with Jens Bogren

Kataklysm To Film Video For Sacred Reich Classic

KATAKLYSM have recruited friend and director Tommy Jones (TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, EX DEO) to shoot a new music video with the band early next month in the New Jersey area.

Rotting Christ Confirm New Dates

ROTTING CHRIST has updated their tour schedule to include a total of 18 upcoming shows

Meshuggah Added To Amnesia Rockfest

Canada’s Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec has announced the addition of Sweden’s extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH to their Friday, June 20th festival line-up.

Ozzy Osbourne To Be Honored At 10th Anniversary Musicares MAP Fund Benefit Concert

The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert will honor Black Sabbath’s GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE, and owner/CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg.

Sunken Sign With Nordavind Records

Danish based Atmospheric Black Metallers SUNKEN have announced their signing to the Portuguese label Nordavind Records.


All news headlines taken from thegauntlet.com


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Top 10 Rock Bassists of All-Time

The unsung heroes of the industry….

Overlooked and underestimated….

The bassist and the bass line are the glue of any song, pulling the various sounds of drums, guitars, and even vocals together.

The following legends of bass guitar are my top 10 of all-time.

10. John Myung – Dream Theater


9. John Deacon – Queen


8.Flea – Red Hot Chili Peppers


7. Les Claypool – Primus


6.Cliff Burton – Metallica


5.Steve Harris – Iron Maiden


4.John Paul Jones – Led Zeppelin


3.Paul McCartney – The Beatles


2.John Entwistle – The Who


1.Geddy Lee – Rush


Honorable Mentions:

Geezer Butler – Black Sabbath

Tom Araya – Slayer

Frank Bello – Anthrax


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Headbang of the Week: Master of Puppets by Metallica

On this day we celebrate the 28th Anniversary of Metallica’s epic 1986 release Master of Puppets, let’s all raise our horns in tribute to Metallica!


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Metal News Headlines (Feb.23.2014 – Mar.02.2014)

tim lambesisDew-Scented Begin Writing New Material

DEW-SCENTED have started writing material for a new full-length, tentatively due in early 2015.

In Flames Cancel Tour Dates

In Flames has posted the following brief statement online about canceling upcoming tour dates

Katatonia Announces Fill-In Guitarist

KATATONIA recently announced that they had parted ways with guitarist Per ‘Sodomizer’ Eriksson.

Immortal Bird Tour Kicks Off Today

Chicagoan blackened death thrash behemoths, IMMORTAL BIRD, will bring their scathing psalms of sickness to the stage on a ten-city run starting today.

Crowbar Announces New Album

Crowbar will release a new full-length album entitled “Symmetry in Black,” due out on May 27th, 2014.

Fossils Stream New Album

Denmark’s off-the-chain drums/bass duo, FOSSILS, is ready to provide their meaty sophomore LP, Flesh Hammer, this coming Monday, March 3rd.

Tom Warrior Recommends Fans Don’t Buy Box Set Of Latest Triptykon Release

Triptykon’s upcoming sophomore full-length album, “Melana Chasmata” will be released on April 14th (Europe) and April 15th through Century Media Records.

Rob Zombie Announces U.S. Dates

Rob Zombie adds a dozen U.S. dates to his world tour starting, with Monster Energy’s Fort Rock Festival in Fort Meyers, Florida, on Saturday, April 26

Cormorant Reveal Cover Art And Album Details

The Bay Area alchemists behind the progressive black/death/trad metal of CORMORANT have completed work on Earth Diver

Morbid Angel To Perform Covenant Album Live In Australia

MORBID ANGEL have confirmed three Aussie dates where they will be performing the acclaimed 1993 album Covenant in its entirety.

Whitechapel Announces New Album

Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is WHITECHAPEL.

Motley Crue Add More Live Dates To Farewell Tour

Dark Angel Comment On Rehearsals

“Hey everybody, just to let you know, Dark fuckin Angel has been working real hard behind the scenes, and I can’t tell you enough how happy we are to bring this beast back to the fans.”

Tim Lambesis Pleads Guilty In Murder For Hire Case

AS I LAY DYING singer Tim Lambesis pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Montage releases a new 1960’s inspired single

Finnish prog/hard rock act Montage have released a new song from their upcoming debut album.

Exciter Guitarist Quits Band

It is with a heavy heart that EXCITER announces the departure of guitarist John Ricci.

Destruction Announces U.S. Tour

Touring to support their 2013 release Spiritual Genocide, German thrash metal institution DESTRUCTION will launch their North American headlining tour on Tuesday, March 18th

Enthroned Releases New Song

Belgium’s leading black metal force ENTHRONED returns with a new studio album, entitled Sovereigns.

Infant Annihilator vocalist quits band

Infant Annihilator vocalist, Dan Watson, has issued the following announcement

Helix Announces New Guitarist

John Claus has now left the band to pursue other interests and has been replaced by Cambridge, Ontario native Chris Julke.

All headlines taken from thegauntlet.com
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The Hottest Ladies of Metal & Rock

Ladies and Gents….we are gathered here today…to check out the extremely sexy and fabulous women who have rocked their way into my New Top 10 list of Hottest Ladies in Metal & Rock.

They are and will remain the hot as hell light that brightens the dark side.

10. Maria Brink – In This Moment

Maria Brink In This Moment

9. Jill Janus – Huntress

Jill Janus Huntress 2

8. Ash Costello – New Years Day

Ash Costello New Years Day

7. Brooklyn – Picture Me Broken

Brooklyn Picture Me Broken

6. Sarah Anthony – The Letter Black

Sarah Anthony The Letter Black

5. Heidi Shepherd & Carla Harvey – Butcher Babies

Heidi Sheperd and Carla Harvey Butcher Babies

4. Cristina Scabbia – Lacuna Coil

Cristina Scabbia Lacuna Coil

3. Nita Strauss – The Iron Maidens/Consume The Fire

Nita Strauss The Iron Maidens and Consume The Fire

2. Taylor Momsen – The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen The Pretty Reckless

1. Lzzy Hale – Halestorm

Lzzy Hale Halestorm

Who are your favorite hotties?

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Leo’s Pick: Top 10 Metal Covers of All-Time

10. Cradle of Filth – Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)


9. Fightstar – Fear of the Dark (Iron Maiden)


8. Machine Head – Battery (Metallica)


7. Graveworm – Losing My Religion (R.E.M)


6. Metallica – Die Die My Darling (Misfits)


5. Megadeth – Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols)


4. Arch Enemy – Aces High (Iron Maiden)


3. Zakk Wylde – The Wizard (Black Sabbath)


2. Pantera – Hole In The Sky (Black Sabbath)


1. Judas Priest – Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)


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Headbang of the Week: Throwdown – Holy Roller

Our favorite Pantera tribute band (and I mean that in a positive way) kick ass with this awesome track off of their 2007 release Venom & Tears.

Also, check out the single off their 2014 album Intolerance set for release on 21,Jan. 2014 and available now for streaming on soundcloud.

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