Soilwork To Join The New York Islanders For Millitary Appreciation Day

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Soilwork, by Rich Price Photography

 

Swedish metal meets NHL Hockey this Monday as Soilwork gets joins the New York Islanders Franchise to support Millitary Appreciation Day. Details below:  Continue reading

Video: Wovenwar Releases Lines In The Sand From Honor Is Dead

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Wovenwar will be releasing their highly anticipated new record, Honor Is Dead, on Friday, October 21st via Metal Blade Records, and they’ve just unveiled the new ‘Lines In The Sand’ video. Continue reading

Wovenwar Announces “Honor Is Dead” Details And Releases A New Song

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After the success of their debut album back in 2014, Wovenwar has announced that they will be releasing the highly anticipated follow up, Honor Is Dead, on October 21st via Metal Blade Records. Continue reading

Lyric Video + Tour: Revocation – Labyrinth Of Eyes + Tour With Veil Of Maya

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Revocation is streaming a lyric video created by Wovenwar guitarist and director/animator Nick Hipa for “Labyrinth Of Eyes,” off of their latest album Deathless, out now via Metal Blade. The band will be hitting the road with Veil Of Maya on an upcoming tour.

May 20: Crofoot – Detroit, MI
May 21: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
May 22: Waterstreet Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 23: Revolution – Long Island, NY
May 24: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
May 25: Canal Club – Richmond, VA
May 26: Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
May 27: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
May 28: Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
May 29: Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
May 30: State Theater – Tampa, FL
Jun 02: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
Jun 03: The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Jun 04: Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 06: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Jun 07: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jun 08: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Jun 11: The Republik – Calgary, AB
Jun 12: The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
Jun 13: The Exchange- Regina, SK
Jun 14: Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB

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Wovenwar and Sylosis Book Upcoming May European Tour

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Wovenwar and Sylosis have book an upcoming May European tour together.

May 12: O’Sullicans – Paris (FR)
May 13: Patronaat – Haarlem (NL)
May 14: Biebob – Vosselaar (BE)
May 15: Colosaal – Aschaffenburg (DE)
May 16: Die Stadtmitte – Karlsruhe (DE)
May 17: Strom Linienclub – Munich (DE)
May 19: Kiff – Aarau (SI)
May 20: Factory Milano – Milano (IT)
May 21: Szene – Vienna (AU)
May 22: Rockfabrik – Nurnberg (DE)
May 23: Magnet – Berlin (DE)
May 24: Logo – Hamburg (DE)
May 25: Underground – Cologne (DE)

In Flames Book New Dates With All That Remains and Periphery As Support

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In Flames has announced a new batch of headline Spring tour dates with All That Remains and Periphery as support. Booked dates are posted below.

With All That Remains and Wovenwar
Feb 20: The Canyon – Agoura Hills, CA
Feb 21: Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Feb 22: House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
Feb 23: House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Feb 25: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 27: The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 28: Senator Theatre – Chico, CA
Mar 01: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar 03: The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
Mar 04: Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
Mar 05: Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
Mar 06: Roseland Theater – Portland, Ore.
Mar 07: Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
Mar 09: Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
Mar 10: Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
Mar 12: Encore – Edmonton, AB
Mar 13: Flames Central – Calgary, AB
Mar 14: O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Mar 15: The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Mar 16: Bismarck Civic Center – Bismarck, ND
Mar 18: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

April 26: Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
April 27: Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (With All That Remains + Periphery)
April 28: The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL (With All That Remains + Periphery)
April 30: Shreveport Municipal Auditorium Shreveport, LA (Supporting Five Finger Death Punch)
May 01: Pop’s Nightclub – Sauget, IL (With All That Remains + TBD)
May 02: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN (With All That Remains + TBD)
May 03: Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
May 04: The National – Richmond, VA (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 06: The Emporium – Patchogue, NY (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 07: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 08: Webster Theater – Hartford, CT (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 09: Rise Above Fest – Bangor, ME
May 10: Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY (With All That Remains + TBD)
May 12: Imperial – Quebec City, QC (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 13: London Music Hall – London, ON (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 14: Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 15: The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 16: Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH
May 18: Reverb – Reading, PA (With All That Remains + TBD)
May 20: Yolo Event Center – Ft. Wayne, IN (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 21: Mojoes – Joliet, IL (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 22: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA (With All That Remains + Periphery)
May 23: Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 24: River City Rockfest – San Antonio, TX

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Battling The Sirens: Niklas Engelin of In Flames

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Maintaining their sound while staying relevant in modern times is never an easy task for anyone, and for veteran Swedish metallers In Flames, they have found new ways to keep their sound growing after over two decades of existence.

They are on their co-headlining tour of North America with Opeth, and are about to perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA in support of their latest album Siren Charms. Band guitarist Niklas Engelin appeared to be in good spirits about the tour.

“It’s doing good. We’re playing with Opeth and Red Fang. It’s a great lineup. It’s always good to hook up with Swedes as well. It’s always a rare thing. We always tour with American dudes. Great bands and everything’s great, and sometimes it’s nice to talk in your own language.”

Niklas Engelin of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Niklas Engelin of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

The band spent the end of 2013 writing and recording what has become Siren Charms. Unlike past recording sessions, they chose to shake up the process by moving themselves to Berlin, Germany to record their new album.

“This was the first time we moved out of Sweden. By doing that, you are leaving your comfort zone, such as wife, family, kids and friends. Then we loved the whole recording to Berlin, Germany and it was during November and December (2013). During that period of time, it’s very gloomy and very moody, in Europe and Scandinavia as well.”

“We recorded our album at Hansa Studios, which is where U2, Devo and David Bowie recorded their stuff well back in the 70s. You can feel that vibe within the walls at Hansa,” he explained.

Peter Iwers of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Peter Iwers of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Recording at an iconic studio such as Hansa Studios pushed them to create a different type of an album. The location of the studio also brought out a different vive out of the band as well.

“Then we had two factors – the studio and being in Berlin during that period of time. Then you have the third factor – it’s such a historical place, because from where Hansa Studios is, it’s 200 meters from where the [Berlin] Wall used to be – east and west, and where the Holocaust and the second World War and everything. It’s still there as a memory. I’ll never forget this. Those elements shined through in the recording, because the album is very dynamic but very moody. It’s a melancholic album.”

Anders Friden and Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Anders Friden and Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Much like past records, In Flames has built their songs around various themes and the past few albums have been loosely based around societal themes.

“We’ve been touring all over the world and we meet people in countries and cities. I think that this album, from the beginning, is a creature who lived in water, maybe a mermaid or whatever – she was calling the sailors or whatever. She was calling the old sailors way back in time. ‘Come down to the water and I’ll give you eternal life…’ or whatever like that, and then she drowned them one after another. That’s a metaphor for vices. We’ve all got vices. I love soccer. There are all sorts of vices,” he explained.

Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Engelin spoke about the theme behind Siren Charms, as some of their past few albums have tackled various topics such as the environmental themes on 2011’s Sounds of a Playground Fading.

Some of the vices they tackled on this album became a bit too surreal in real life at times. “As I said before with this creature, this beautiful woman looking creature lurking underneath the sea – he was watching a lot of documentaries about drug addicts. There’s a place in Vancouver where they’re allowed to be there. You walk around here and you see that. How can a human being actually choose to live like this?”

“We were playing yesterday at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA and outside of that venue…my god! Never seen such decadence. We were taken by that and it came out that way,” he said.

Niklas Engelin and Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Niklas Engelin and Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

While they have travelling around the globe and playing in front of a variety of audiences, they have experienced how each society handles its issues and how much of it they will make public.

“All cities have their addicts. Some cities hide it very well. I think yesterday at the Warfield, just those blocks around that area – that’s where they can be. That’s their central haven or whatever you call it. But if you walk a block from there, it’s all posh.”

“Back home in Gothenburg we have the drug addicts as well. You’re not seeing it like this. So this is something new to us,” he explained.

Anders Friden of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Anders Friden of In Flames. Photo By Kaley Nelson

Another aspect behind Siren Charms is In Flames’ gradual shift towards more of a song oriented sound than their trademark guitar harmonies-sound of the past.

“I think it was a decision to do such a thing but sometimes you just go with the flow. I know it sounds corny but the music is supposed to take you somewhere. I think we never forced it. We just tag along for the ride, and that ride ended up with Siren Charms,” he explained.

As for 2015, In Flames appears to have a full plate of touring behind the new album. They are working on an upcoming live DVD filmed in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is their first since Used & Abused, out nearly ten years ago.

“We recorded a live DVD back home in Gothenburg. That will be out [in the first part of 2015].”

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They have recently announced the next leg of their US Tour with Wovenwar and All That Remains, plus an appearance at Rock On The Range.

“We’re off for six weeks and then we start in the US again in late February. Then back home and then do the UK. Then we’re back here again and do Rock On The Range and radio festivals. Then it’s summer time.”

The summer time has them set for a number of European festivals, such as Hellfest in France and a number of others. Engelin sounded ecstatic about this. “We’re doing Wacken, which is always good, and doing these festivals is always nice to do. They’re very well organized. Always amazing bands on the bill and you get to know a lot of the band members. In some ways it’s like an old class reunion.”

Interview By Rei Nishimoto