To our disappointment, Alex Lifeson just stated that Rush is basically done. Of course, a band that started its career in the 70s can't continue forever, but it is always sad for the pure fan to realize that his favorite band calls it quits.

Let's see what Lifeson, the guitarist of prog rock titans Rush, had to say. He told The Globe and Mail: "It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough. I have actually been busier lately than I have been in a while. I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me".    

According to Doro Pesch, the writing process of the new Doro album is done and the band is currently finalizing the mixing. She comments: "This new record is going to be a diverse album with many fast songs and countless metal anthems. To be honest, one of these songs could become the next 'All We Are'!". And she reveals: "The first song that I've written for the new album is a song dedicated to Lemmy. It's called 'Living Life To The Fullest'!". The new Doro album will be released on 3rd of August 2018, via Nuclear Blast Records. 

In other Doro news, the band of the German metal queen will embark on a huge worldwide tour during late summer 2018. After these shows, Doro will play certain live gigs in Germany and Austria. These are the confirmed dates:

16.11. GER Bremen - Aladin
17.11. GER Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
18.11. GER Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus
20.11. GER Görlitz - Kulturbrauerei
21.11. AUT Vienna - Simm City
23.11. GER Memmingen - Kaminwerk
24.11. GER Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
25.11. GER Saarbrücken - Garage
27.11. GER Frankfurt - Batschkapp
28.11. GER Erfurt - Stadtgarten
30.11. GER Cologne - Live Music Hall
01.12. GER Bochum - Zeche 

Let's hope that Doro Pesch visits Greece!

Rob Halford, the legendary frontman of Judas Priest, spoke to Metal Hammer UK and he referred to the new album of the band, "Firepower". Let's read some quotes from this interview.

About the lyrical themes covered on "Firepower":

"We're an open book. We can go anywhere, and that's my job, where the proverbial word 'challenge' comes into play. I'm looking for things around me in the real world and in the metal fantasy world, so I'm making political comment and comments on the environment, as metaphorically as I can. We've always tried to be a bit ambiguous, so our fans can make up their own mind, but on this one, you know, we are talking about Mother Earth and places like 10 Downing Street [the headquarters of the government of the United Kingdom]," he continued. "But we've always found a balance in not making the message too intense, while showing that we're connected as a bunch of metalheads in the real world."

About producer Andy Sneap: 

"We are aware of the elements that are important to Priest, that have been our anvil in everything we've done, but in working with Andy, who is such a sought-after, contemporary metal producer, he's been able to dial everything in and get an effect where what you hear coming out of the speaker sounds like a young, fresh metal band," he said. "I've always tried to keep up with what's going on in metal, and I really feel confident that this sound is as strong as it ever was."

We have to be patient, until the 9th of March, when "Firepower" will be released (via Epic). The new Priest album was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and sound engineer Mike Exeter. Chilean/Italian digital artist and photographer Claudio Bergamin designed the cover artwork.

 

Melodic death metal masters At The Gates have completed their new album and reveal now the album title. The follow-up to 2014's "At War With Reality" will be entitled "To Drink From The Night Itself" and will be released on May 18 via Century Media Records. The new At The Gates album is produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, The Haunted, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in the UK.

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg comments: "We have wrapped up the recordings of the new record, and we are super psyched! It has been a smooth process, and very creatively fullfilling. All people that we have worked with on this project have stepped up to our vision of the final product, and we are very excited about the result. 

"As you might have seen, we have worked with Russ Russell on this one, and he is really a master of getting the most intense takes out of us, and also has an ear for the rawness that we were after for this one. The vocals were recorded with Per Stålberg here in Gothenburg, and he always makes me deliver to a 100 percent. Right now we are getting the mastering done, and every new song that is bounced to us produces huge grins on our faces. This album sounds hungry and mean. 

"The title of our new record will be 'To Drink From The Night Itself' and it is again a conceptual record. More details about the concept will be revealed once the album is more on its way. But it connects with the deep roots of the band, and has connections with some of the themes on 'The Red In The Sky Is Ours'."

At The Gates 2018 line-up is as follows: 

Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
Jonas Björler - Bass
Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar - Guitar
Martin Larsson - Guitar

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