Album News: Arch Enemy, Gravves, Pain of Salvation, Workhorse III

End of the week is traditionally release day. Here’s a bunch more albums and EPs for you to keep an eye out for over the coming weeks and months…

Arch Enemy

arch-enemy-as-the-stages-burnArch Enemy have announced a new live DVD – As The Stages Burn! was filmed at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this year and was is the band’s largest stage production to date. This performance marks the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal.

It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track, “War Eternal” which went on to become the band’s most successful video in their career, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube. The release of the War Eternal album also saw Arch Enemy reaching their highest US and German chart positions to date while going on to play over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined Arch Enemy during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.

The DVD highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! As The Stages Burn! is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on March 31st, 2017.


Northern noisy newcomers Gravves are poised to break out to the nation and have the perfect ammunition in the shape of their blistering new EP Rattle, which hits stores on Friday 10th February, through Loner Noise Records.

gravves-rattleThey say it’s a bit grim up north. Gravves hurl out a sound which superbly echoes this sentiment. The freshly-formed North West noise beasts have been reared on a hearty diet of. Since their inception, the alternative rock unit have wasted no time in hitting the road and have already chalked up shows with Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, DZ Deathrays, God Damn, Heck and Misty Miller, as well as pinning down festival slots at Focus Wales, Tramlines and Threshold Festival.

Due to a series of high profile and energetic performances and airtime on BBC Radio and Amazing Radio, the band’s stock is beginning to rise, and now loaded with their debut EP entitled Rattle, national status beckons. The EP, recorded by Michael Whalley (Mums, Kong, Bipolar Sunshine), is a blistering piece of engulfing noisy rock. The full-frontal assault and aggressive beatings of the opening “My Pet Rihanna” swiftly bludgeon your senses into submission, and before you have time to catch a breath, the darkly drones of “Heartbeats” consume you, drawing you even further in. Their new single “Tribes” thrashes and pounds ferociously before dropping down a killer hook, and “Hollow Bones” rounds off proceedings with its hypnotic grooves that contort and twist. With such an impressive debut offering in hand, Gravves are destined for a killer 2017.

Pain of Salvation

pain-of-salvation-in-the-passing-light-of-daySwedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation have announced the worldwide release of their long-awaited new studio album In the Passing Light of Day for Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

Working together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dugout Studio in Sweden, the band have crafted an album that sees them returning to their much praised heavier sound, featuring the syncopated rhythms, glorious melodies, and intensely personal themes that Pain of Salvation fans have long loved about the band.

Inextricably linked to the near fatal illness that band-leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person’s mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life.

Workhorse III

workhorse-iii-closer-to-relevancePhiladelphia power trio Workhorse III will self-release their third album Closer to Relevance on December 9.

Though Workhorse III consider themselves a hard rock band, the riff-driven diversity of the music makes them so much more! The one certainty is that vocalist/guitarist Lisa Lyne Flynn (aka Lisa Christ Superstar), bassist/vocalist Steve McCarthy, and drummer Eric Perfect (also a world renowned tattoo artist of 26 years) worship at the altar of the mighty riff!

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