Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted/At The Gates) has issued an update on his upcoming solo project dubbed Antikythera. According to him, additional guitars and bass tracks were recorded at Dark Tranquillity keyboardist Martin Brändström’s Rogue Music Studio. Björler also issued a lineup for the band, which you can see below.
The last thing Björler mentioned was that some special guests might be present on the album. While no particular names were mentioned, the possibilities are very exciting! Let the guesses fly! READ MORE
Guitarist Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted, At The Gates) has updated the cover page to his upcoming solo project, which he says is, “…100% instrumental, and kind of resembles film soundtrack music in the structure.” In doing so, he has also shown that the name of the project has been changed from The Antikythera Mechanism to simply Antikythera. The full banner can be seen below along with studio footage of drums being recorded.
In a very brief chat with Björler, he told me that currently the drums are being recorded while bass and additional guitars will be laid out in March. The album will then be mixed in April at which point it will be shopped to record labels.
Said to be inspired by Italian composers such as Goblin and Fabbio Frizzi as well as UK artists King Crimson and Brian Eno, the project will be released sometime in 2013. READ MORE
In an interview with MetalSucks, At The Gates and ex-The Haunted guitarist Anders Björler discussed the split between The Haunted and Peter Dolving as well as his own departure from the band as well as an upcoming solo project that, from his description, sounds pretty incredible.
In regards to the harsh words from Peter Dolving, Björler says, “I was pretty sad he had to blame me and Jonas for everything. There’s no need going into details or to throw shit at Peter. I am just not that kind of person. I just hope people are smart enough to make up their own minds and think for themselves. There’s not just one side to this story. There are five.”
Talking about his upcoming solo album: “I am completing my first solo album which will be released soon. I finally decided to do something that I wanted to do for years. It’s 100% instrumental, and kind of resembles film soundtrack music in the structure. The album will reflect my love for Italian soundtrack music like Goblin, Bruno Nicolai, Fabio Frizzi, Walter Rizzati, etc., mixed with influences from progressive UK bands (King Crimson, Camel, UK, Alan Holdsworth), Post Rock (Explosions In The Sky, MONO), ambient (Harold Budd, Brian Eno) and Jazz/Swedish Folk Music (Jan Johansson, Esbjorn Svenssons Trio, Lars Gullin, etc.). That’s maybe a lot of different influences you might say, but I hope this will help explain the style somehow.”
That description makes me super excited to hear his album. King Crimson with Goblin and sprinkle in a dash of Explosions In The Sky? Yeah, I’m all for it. Make sure to click the link above to read the entire interview. READ MORE
While vocalist Tomas Lindberg doesn’t say one way or another, he has stated in an interview with Kill Your Stereo that when it comes to a new studio album from the Swedish melodic death metal band At The Gates, “…I’ve learnt never to say never.” Lindberg continued, stating, “We said we’d never do any more shows whatsoever and now we’re doing shows [again]. 2008 was the last tour we were going to do and now we are doing more [shows]. I learned not to say never you know.”
Now, there are a few things to consider here. First of all, the Bjorler brothers’, Anders and Jonas (who were the guitarist and bassist of At The Gates respectively), other band The Haunted are currently in a hiatus due to singer Peter Dolving quitting the band. Also, ATG has been doing a lot of touring, so the possibility of creative ideas flowing out naturally while on the road is pretty high.
All I can say is that I would be VERY interested to hear a new ATG album. I’m a huge fan of 95′s Slaughter Of The Soul (review) and I feel that hearing what this band could do after 17 years of growth and maturation would be pretty damn awesome. Who agrees? READ MORE
We’ve come to the halfway point in BD’s Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. If you’re not caught up with the list so far, check out 25-21 here and 20-16 here. Then, if your neck isn’t too sore, make it on down below for the next five riffs! READ MORE
Legendary bands Converge and Napalm Death have come together for a split release, bridging the worlds of personal and politically driven extreme music.
Recorded as part of their new album sessions, Converge offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes“. Already a staple of their live set, this whirlwind of an emotional charged song is a soon to be a discordant hardcore/metal anthem for the band. Also on the release, Converge offer a “We Are The World” styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic “Wolverine Blues“. Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must Die, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), and more. A new Converge album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.
On the flip side, metal pioneers Napalm Death offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. A buzz of brutal guitars and a crushing blast beat lay a foundation for Barney Greenway‘s vicious vocal attack. All of it uniquely bleeding together to paint a vivid picture of social unrest. Also on the release, Napalm Death offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)“. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Without question, “No Impediment…” is truly a powerful and poignant moment for this legendary band.
I’m a sucker for animated music videos. There, I said it. Claymation, animation, CGI, etc…, I love ‘em. So when I saw this video for I.N.C.‘s Fist Of Fascista, I just had to share it with you amazing readers. Put together by More Frames (the same lovely folk behind Lamb Of God‘s Ghost Walkingvideo), the video mixes performance footage of the band with fascist imagery and children being taken over by…well, why don’t you just watch the video below!
This track comes off the band’s latest album, Heaven Sent…Hellbound (iTunes), which came out last August via Candlelight Records and was produced by Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Opeth, In Flames). READ MORE
Sure, I could’ve chosen to do ‘Master Of Puppets’, but what’s the fun there? That album has been pored over and loved since its release. I wanted to do ‘Ride The Lightning’ for a couple of reasons. First of all, some of my favorite Metallica tracks are on here. Second of all, the album was released when I was a month old, so I feel a strange connection with it. So, join me readers, as we head back to 1984 to check out Metallica’s sophomore album.
2010 was the first full year of Bloody-Disgusting Music and it’s been one hell of a ride. We’ve worked hard to bring you readers contests, exclusives, reviews, originals and more, all because of our love of music and horror. For me personally, I’ve gotten to hang out with some of the coolest musicians, listen to great albums and write about what I love. Because of all of this, here is a random list of personal favorites from this year in Bloody Disgusting Music.
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.
Earache records have announced the release of ‘Extreme Stage Diving’, a FREE game for iPhone and iPod Touch that features ten full-length blistering metal tracks for you to beat the ever living crap out of those damn stage divers. The object is to throw the stage diver off the stage as far as you can while avoiding bottles, merch stands and portable toilets. Want your FREE copy? Just click HERE! Also, check after the jump for the full track listing of the game.
Okay, so it’s been quite a bit since I’ve done a Retro Review but I’ve been thinking of how I wanted to approach this. So I decided, I’ll do one at the end of each month but I’ll leave it to YOU, the readers, to decide what album to do next. To suggest an album, simply leave a comment below with what you’d like me to review. The only guideline is that the album has to be at least 10 years old. I know that my first Retro Review (Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia) doesn’t fit that guideline, but hey, I’m starting this anew. So from here on out, with each Retro Review, leave a comment, I’ll pick an album at random and that will be the next month’s review. But for now, on to ‘Slaughter of the Soul’.
Dark Tranquillity has just released the first official video off their new album, We Are The Void, entitled “Shadow In Our Blood”. We Are The Void is scheduled to be released between the dates of Feb. 24 (Sweden) and Mar. 9th. (U.S.A.) by Century Media Records. The special edition of the album contains two bonus tracks, a DVD with a documentary of the making of We Are The Void filmed by Anders Björler (ex-At The Gates, The Haunted), two live videos, the making of the “Shadow In Our Blood” video, and more.
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY triumphantly return with We Are The Void, a scorching effort that will undoubtedly add an exhilarating new chapter to the genre’s storied history. The disc is set for a March 9th North American release and the band are extremely proud to kick off this massive worldwide album touring cycle in the U.S. on Feb. 4th with the mighty Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada. Head over now to their newly revamped MySpace page (www.myspace.com/dtofficial) to stream the blistering new tracks, “At The Point of Ignition” and “Dream Oblivion” and to view their entire tour itinerary.
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are set to release THE FLAMES OF THE END, a brand new 3-disc DVD set, through Earache Records.
AT THE GATES released their definitive album, SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL – often regarded as one of the all-time greatest metal albums – on Earache in 1995, before touring the world and abruptly disbanding. Members of the band went on to play major roles in other notorious metal acts such as THE HAUNTED and CRADLE OF FILTH, before reforming for a one-off tour in 2008 to rapturous response.
Now, to celebrate AT THE GATES’ massively influential career and historical reunion tour, the band will be releasing THE FLAMES OF THE END, an extensive, in-depth and definitive 3-disc DVD set on February 22nd, 2010.
Housed in a deluxe six-panel DVD digipak with a 40-page colour booklet, THE FLAMES OF THE END will include three indispensable DVDs:
Disc 1 ‘Under A Serpent Sun – The Story of At The Gates’ – a brand new
documentary with a running time of over 2 hours, detailing the band’s entire career with exclusive interviews and footage, filmed and directed by guitarist Anders Bjorler.
Disc 2 ‘Purgatory Unleashed – Live at Wacken’ – a 75-minute live set from
the band’s reunion set at the Wacken festival in 2008 in front of 100,000
Disc 3 ‘Only the Dead Are Smiling’ – 26 rare and archive live performances
of the band playing in locations around the globe from 1991 – 2008.