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AT THE GATES: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Gothenburg Concert
Fan-filmed video footage of AT THE GATES' November 27 performace at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. AT THE GATES's new album, "At War With Reality", was released on October 28 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR). AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg recently told Horns Up Rocks! abour the writing and recording process for "At War With Reality": "We've been very, very meticulous with this one. With the writing process, it went through a thousand different filters before we actually said that we were finished with the writing. But, you know, the way we did it — like, we didn't announce that we were doing a new record until we had all the material, so we actually wrote in secrecy, so we weren't stressed about what other people might think or how they would react. So we actually had an idea that anything goes — we should try anything that comes into our heads, but also anything could be thrown away. So it's lot of 'kill your darlings' — everybody has to agree about everything that was recorded. And that takes a lot of time. But if you have a positive, creative vibe where everybody is willing to sacrifice their favorite parts, or whatever, to make the best compromise, you will come up with a great album, if you take your time… That's where the maturity comes in. Back in [our] early 20s, it's your way or the highway, whereas now, it's actually [more] important for me that everybody else is happy than I'm happy. It's a totally different vibe when we do this now." Regarding the "At War With Reality" title, Tomas said: "It's actually an old title that Martin [Larsson, guitar] had been fooling around [with] back in the '90s. And when the idea of the album came up and I started writing lyrics, I actually remembered that title and felt that it could be a good starting point for the concept of the record. So that's why we used it."
Audio samples of the last five songs from PLANETARY COALITION's 14-track debut album, which was released on November 11, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. An ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians from all over the world, PLANETARY COALITION is driven by the acoustic guitar of Alex Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO), metal (TESTAMENT), and world music (RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, ISHTAR). He says: "It started with a lone, handwritten sentence on a notepad, describing a musical vision: 'An ethnically flavored collective of musicians from all over the world, driven by acoustic guitar and bringing together inspirational melodies, in-depth improvisation and the passion of the musical styles of gypsy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, East Asian, Mediterranean, Balkan/Eastern European, African and other indigenous lands.' "The reality: coordinating over two-dozen musicians from five continents. "Yet despite the numerous logistical challenges, PLANETARY COALITION has been guided by a single hope: that by weaving the threads that connect musical expressions with regional identities, we can bridge the gap between diverse cultures and people, and increase awareness of the ecological and social issues facing the planet, our island in the sky." In an interview with Chris McGovern, Skolnick stated about PLANETARY COALITION: "It's a bit of an ambitious project, and it's going to be my first crowd-funded project, but basically it's going to be my first acoustic album, my first world music album, and it'll have some electric as well. But that's just the musical side of it. I've already written some music for it and recorded it with some great local musicians, including Max Z.T. and violinist Rachel Golub. Depending on how things go, the goal will be to involve musicians from all over the world, from different cultures and regions, and to write music around them, collaborate with them, and eventually have a social component too, where we actually tell the story of some of these regions — the untold story from their perspective, including slide shows, video, etc. It's a vision I've had for a while now, and the few times I've performed the music, the response has been very good. Even on this metal web site, BLABBERMOUTH.NET, where they hate everything, they actually seemed to really like this music. Even though it's not metal music, it has an intensity." "Planetary Coalition" track listing: 01. Island In the Sky 02. Salto 03. Passage to Pranayama 04. Taksim Square 05. Playa La Ropa 06. Django Tango 07. Old World Dance 08. Alla La'Ke 09. Back To the Land 10. Mojito 11. Rock of Ramallah 12. Negev Desert Sunset 13. Return of the Yi People 14. Sleeping Gypsy
Scott Stapp & Our Lady Peace…
Scott Stapp is currently broke, living out of his truck and going hungry. Wind-Up Records has stolen money from him. The IRS is after him and he has turned to Facebook seeking legal representation. Check out the video… Kinda sad… Our Lady Peace will be giving out rare b-sides and other unreleased tracks. Check ourladypeace.com […]
Release Day..
The following releases are now available: Album Releases Soundgarden – ‘Echo of Miles…‘ (A&M) – Amazon MP3
Soundgarden, Sixx:A.M. & AC/DC
Soundgarden have a hypnotic new video for “Storm“. Check it… Sixx:A.M.’s “Stars” music video is on the Interweb. Last, but not least, AC/DC have a video for “Rock or Bust“.
Theory Of A Deadman & Hinder.
Theory of a Deadman have a music video for “Angel” streaming. Hinder’s new single “Hit the Ground” on the Internet! Check it! and now, a video.
The Pretty Reckless, All That Remains, Soundgarden & …
All That Remains will be releasing their new compact disc, ‘The Order of Things‘, on February 24th! Periphery – “The Scourge“. Soundgarden are streaming the b-side “Kristi“. The band will release ‘Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path‘ on November 25th. ’68 have a video for “Track 5” on the Interweb. Young The Giant […]
Paramore, Faith No More & …
Paramore will release ‘Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe‘ on November 24th. The new compact disc includes previously unreleased music, a new version of “Hate to See Your Heart Break”, eight live tracks and a demo of “Tell Me It’s Okay”. Faith No More’s new single “Motherf##ker” is on the Internet. Stick to Your Guns have announced their […]
Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins & …
Foo Fighters announced their 2015 tour plans earlier today! Tickets go on sale at the venue box office ONLY this Saturday, November 22nd with online ticket sales starting December 4th and 5th. Dates and other neat info on foofighters.com! Smashing Pumpkins will perform in Berlin, Germany on 11/30; London on 12/5; Paris on 12/6 and […]
Release Day!
The following releases are now available: Single Releases David Cook – “Wait For Me” – Amazon MP3 Slash w/ Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – “Bent to Fly” (Dik Hayd) – Amazon MP3 The Pretty Reckless – “Follow Me Down” (Razor & Tie) – Amazon MP3 You Me At Six – “Forgive and Forget” (Prospect […]
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