Edguy - New Album Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 17:31

Today the new Edguy album, Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown, sees its official release in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records, and the band is streaming the full album, complete with two bonus tracks, right at this location. Head over there, listen to it and tell us what you think about it. Read more...

TRIPTYKON's TOM GABRIEL FISCHER Talks To 'Metal Hammer' Radio Show About 'Melana Chasmata' (Audio)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:35

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas recently conducted an interview with former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST and current TRIPTYKON singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) for the "Metal Hammer" radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. TRIPTYKON and Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records have announced a special limited-edition box set of the band's second album, "Melana Chasmata", containing the album's main Mediabook CD edition as well as a selection of unique TRIPTYKON paraphernalia. The "Melana Chasmata" Mediabook features a 32-page booklet and an additional 12-panel fold-out cross-booklet; the paraphernalia comprises a silver TRIPTYKON "T" necklace, 2 specially manufactured TRIPTYKON candles, a TRIPTYKON tote bag, a poster, and 3 postcards. The box set will be limited to 2000 copies worldwide. Says Fischer: "Some time ago, I voiced my personal disapproval regarding the original concept for the planned TRIPTYKON 'Melana Chasmata' box set as scheduled for release by our licensing partner, Century Media Records. It is to Century Media Records' credit that they listened and subsequently approached me to address my misgivings and create a box set that represents the group's ideas and intentions far more comprehensively. I am grateful for such an open and creative collaboration, and I deeply respect Century Media Records for sparing neither effort nor expenditure to please TRIPTYKON and the band's audience. I wish record labels would have acted like this in the 1980s." "Melana Chasmata" was released on April 15 (one day earlier internationally). The CD was made available through a collaboration between TRIPTYKON's own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant Century Media Records. This is the same label partnership already responsible for CELTIC FROST's final album, "Monotheist" (2006), HELLHAMMER's "Demon Entrails" demo compendium (2008), and TRIPTYKON's debut album, "Eparistera Daimones", and "Shatter" EP (2010). Like its predecessor "Eparistera Daimones", the album was produced by TRIPTYKON's singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura's own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at TRIPTYKON's rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014. Those who have heard "Melana Chasmata" have described it as "atmospheric, dark, diabolical, and dramatic", "diverse, epic, and doomy, but on an entirely different level", "a fierce boulder of abhorrence", or "very heavy and yet very aesthetic at the same time". "Melana Chasmata" features the following nine songs, at a playing time of around 67 minutes: 01. Tree Of Suffocating Souls 02. Boleskine House 03. Altar Of Deceit 04. Breathing 05. Aurorae 06. Demon Pact 07. In The Sleep Of Death 08. Black Snow 09. Waiting To commemorate the unveiling of "Melana Chasmata", Century Media has released a collector's gatefold seven-inch vinyl single, featuring the songs "Breathing" and "Boleskine House". The single was made available on March 17, and is limited to a pressing 1000 (of which 200 are in red vinyl). "Breathing" and "Boleskine House" are also available as a digital single (including the option for a digital booklet), and they are being streamed via the YouTube clips below. "Melana Chasmata" is further distinguished by featuring, for the second time for TRIPTYKON, the extraordinary art of legendary Swiss surrealist HR Giger. Following "Eparistera Daimones", the group began to make arrangements for an entirely different cover for the second album. Completely unexpectedly, HR Giger approached Tom Gabriel Warrior in October of 2011 to express his appreciation of how TRIPTYKON had used his art on the first album and to propose a continuation of the artistic collaboration. This development thus marks the first time any musical artist has worked with HR Giger on three albums (CELTIC FROST's "To Mega Therion", and TRIPTYKON's "Eparistera Daimones" and "Melana Chasmata"), and it commemorates a collaboration that has now lasted for 30 years. "Melana Chasmata" features Giger's dramatically mysterious "Mordor VII" (work no. 283, 100 x 70 cm, acrylic on wood, 1975) as a front cover and Giger's "Landschaft XVI" ["Landscape XVI"] (work no. 209, 100 x 70 cm, acrylic on paper on wood, 1972) as gatefold art. TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

Electric Wizard - New Record Label, Complete New Album

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:34

Stoner/doom metal heavyweights Electric Wizard have finally completed work on its new studio album, whose title is yet to be confirmed. The effort will be the band's first release through Spinefarm Records and follows 2010's Black Masses. Let the anticipation begin... Read more...


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:24

Pete Bailey of TeamRock Radio recently conducted an interview with former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and current DEVIL YOU KNOW vocalist Howard Jones. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), will release its inaugural effort, "The Beauty of Destruction", on both physical and digital formats on April 25 in Europe and April 29 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "The Beauty Of Destruction" was produced by Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA, DEVILDRIVER, SOULFLY) and mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, SOULFLY). Artwork for the album was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND). "When Travis Smith presented us with the initial sketches we were blown away,” commented Jones. “He captured the concept of the album perfectly. It’s hugely different than anything that’s out there and will be immediately recognizable as DEVIL YOU KNOW." "The Beauty Of Destruction" track listing: 01. A New Beginning 02. My Own 03. Embracing The Torture 04. For The Dead And Broken 05. Seven Years Alone 06. It's Over 07. A Mind Insane 08. Crawl From The Dark 09. The Killer 10. I Am The Nothing 11. Shut It Down 12. As Bright As The Darkness 13. Sacrifice (bonus track - vinyl LP only) As previously reported, DEVIL YOU KNOW will support BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on this year's Revolver Golden Gods Tour, which will kick off on April 16 in Portland and wrap up on June 7 in Los Angeles. Also appearing on the bill is DOWN. "It's the record I've waited my entire life to make," Artusato said about "The Beauty Of Destruction". "Logan really pushed us and brought the best out of us and now Zeuss is making it sound amazing!" DEVIL YOU KNOW's touring lineup is completed by guitarist Roy Lev-Ari and BLEEDING THROUGH bassist Ryan Wombacher. Said Jones said of the band's new additions: "After a period of being so intensely creative writing and recording the album, it's exciting to finally take it out on the road. "It's great to have the two new guys. "Roy is a great fit. "Ryan and I have played tons of shows together in BLEEDING THROUGH and KILLSWITCH and have known each other for years." DEVIL YOU KNOW made its live debut on February 15 at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. The group also took part in the 2014 edition of Australia's Soundwave Festival. DEVIL YOU KNOW was born out of Artusato and Sankey's creative quest to stretch beyond their extreme metal backgrounds. The two had written over a dozen songs before even attempting to lock down a singer. "We were unsure if Howard would be interested," said Sankey." Yet, when KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's former frontman received the material, a creative ideal began to solidify. Finally connecting in Los Angeles during the last months of 2012, a highly distinctive sound began to become apparent. "It turned from bare-bones musical ideas into something that surpassed any of our expectations," said Jones. "It went from something we thought was going to be a fun, heavy project into something very real." It was during a recording session at the start of 2013 with producer and former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader that DEVIL YOU KNOW's ideas began to alchemize into something none of the bands members would ever expect. "It became a departure from what I'm known for," said Artusato. "I wasn't focusing on technical guitar parts (even though I still love that aspect of writing) but simply on writing what felt best for each individual song." The writing and recording process for DEVIL YOU KNOW's debut album "was surprisingly easy," stated Artusato. "When we get together it just works." The band is also quick to sum up the studio vibe with producer Mader as "intensely creative," said Sankey. "Logan definitely helped us realize and define the DEVIL YOU KNOW sound." Jones agreed: "He went from producer, to unsung member, to friend." "It's a different style of music for me," said Jones of DEVIL YOU KNOW's unique sound. "It's heavy as anything any of us are known for but I get to do some different things people won't expect. I've been singing almost all my life. Being around good songwriters and musicians in my former bands really helped mold me into who I am now." Interview: "Seven Years Alone" video:

Powerwolf - To Release Box Set And Picture Discs

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:18

This should be a treat for Powerwolf fans. Metal Blade Records has announced three Powerwolf releases for June 24th. First off, there will be The History Of Heresy, a massive box set containing two CDs, one DVD, a book and more. Additionally, and for the first time ever, Lupus Dei and Return In Bloodred will be released as Picture Discs on June 24th in an edition of 500 copies each. Read more...

Accept - European Tour Confirmed

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:12

In support of their upcoming new release, Blind Rage, German heavy metal veterans Accept announced a headlining Blind Rage Eurpean Tour, which will be executed this September/October. The complete list of tour dates is available below the flyer. Check it out! Read more...

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Featuring SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY Members: Helsingborg Concert Footage

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:09

Fan-filmed video footage of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — the new classic-rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Sharlee D' Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) — perfoming on March 29 at the A World Of Music Festival at The Tivoli in Helsingborg, Sweden can be seen below. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's debut album, "Internal Affairs", was released in June 2012 via Coroner Records. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Strid and David Andersson (MEAN STREAK, session musician for SOILWORK) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007. Björn and David were bonding over what they considered "classic" or not, from rock and roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you're on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling. The classic escape. The never-ending road trip. The transatlantic night flight. It may sound simple and naive, but what it all comes down to is that we all need that soundtrack to feel extra special, whether you have been arrested in a lobby or not. It didn't take long before bass player D' Angelo joined forces as well as keyboard player Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK). The goal was to reclaim the '70s/early '80s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage. Anything that will have you spitting out the word "classic." From "Tarot Woman" to "Badlands", from "Rhiannon" to "Running on Empty", from "Blind Man" to "Night Moves", from "Deuce" to "Separate Ways", from "Elected" to "Set me Free". The list goes on. It's all about reclaiming the "classic." THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA made its live debut in August, 2013 at Dina-scenen in Lidköping, Sweden. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is: Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK) - Vocals David Andersson (SOILWORK) - Guitar Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY) - Bass Richard Larsson - Keyboards Jonas Källsbäck - Drums

SEBASTIAN BACH Talks To About 'Give 'Em Hell' Album (Audio)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:57

On April 16, John Doan of conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. You can now listen to the chat at this location. Bach's new solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", will be released on April 22 via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Kicking & Screaming" was once again produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, BLACK SABBATH and SHINEDOWN, among others. The video for the CD's first single, "Temptation", can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patrick Fogarty, who has previously worked with BLACK VEIL BRIDES, PICTURE ME BROKEN and THE BURNING OF ROME. Of the new album, Sebastian Bach enthused: "I could not be more proud of the new CD, 'Give 'Em Hell'. As a rock music fan myself, I listen to it every single day. As a musician, I honestly feel like I have reached a new level of album recording. As an audiophile, I could not be more blown away by the sound! The production and mastering sound so good that it's perfect to show off your high-end stereo system. "Ever since my first record, 'Skid Row', on through 'Slave To The Grind' up to 'Kicking & Screaming' and 'Angel Down', I have always been concerned, first and foremost, with making quality records for my fans. And I can honestly say that 'Give 'Em Hell' meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past. "I can't wait for you all to hear this record! Let's 'Give 'Em Hell' in 2014, mothertruckers!" Fans who pre-order from iTunes will be able to get the first taste of new music as the pre-order includes an instant download of the song "Hell Inside My Head", a classic loud and heavy rocker from Bach. "Give 'Em Hell" was mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker. Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES), and not one but two top-class guitar players: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL). Rounding out the lineup on the CD are Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING) on drums. Duff and Sebastian previously collaborated on Duff's solo album "Believe In Me". The cover for "Give 'Em Hell" (see below) was once again handled by Richard Villa, who worked on "Kicking & Screaming". Incorporated into the album design is one of the paintings by Sebastian's late father David Bierk, who painted the artwork for SKID ROW's "Slave To The Grind", inside artwork for SKID ROW's "Subhuman Race", and Bach's solo albums "Angel Down" and "Bring 'Em Bach Alive!". "Give 'Em Hell" track listing: 01. Hell Inside My Head 02. Harmony 03. All My Friends Are Dead 04. Temptation 05. Push Away 06. Dominator 07. Had Enough 08. Gun To A Knife Fight 09. Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game 10. Taking Back Tomorrow 11. Disengaged 12. Forget You Bach previously stated about "Give 'Em Hell": "We have captured some kick-ass rock and roll magic and producer par excellence Bob Marlette is the wizard behind the board. "It is such an awesome feeling to be able to say to the planet if you like the music I have put out before, I can guarantee you will dig this one! I cannot stop listening to it and that is the whole intention. "For those of you who dig my high crazy-ass screams of the other records, well, I am proud to say this new disc features all the ranges and textures I have been known for, clean soaring melodic ballads and blood-curdling death screams from hell." "Taking Back Tomorrow" lyric video: "Give 'Em Hell" EPK: "Temptation" video:

Archspire - Full New Album Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:48

Tech death metallers Archspire are about to release their new album set for April 29th in North America (April 25th worldwide) via Season Of Mist. However, you can stream the entire piece right now online. Enjoy it while you can! The band's second album is called The Lucid Collective and is available in full at this location. Read more...

RIVAL SONS: 'Open My Eyes' Track Available For Streaming

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:41

Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS has released a brand new track from the band's forthcoming album, "Great Western Valkyrie". "Open My Eyes" is available immediately for everyone who pre-orders the album on iTunes, along with a previously released song, "Electric Man". Another new cut, "Good Things", will be available for instant grat download on May 17. The iTunes version of the album also includes five exclusive bonus tracks which are available only to those who pre-order the album, and will not be available after release date. The "Open My Eyes" song and commentary are available below. "Great Western Valkyrie" will be released on June 10 in the USA (one day earlier internationally). The CD was recorded with producer Dave Cobb at LCS Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Comments RIVAL SONS frontman Jay Buchanan: "Every time we set out to make a record, the experience ends up being some of the old and some of the new. Same studio, same town, same on-spot writing/recording process with the same guys. Actually, not the same guys; we have a new bass player in Dave Beste, and we had my buddy Ikey Owens (THE MARS VOLTA, JACK WHITE) throw down some craziness on keys while he was in town. "I'd like to think we became a little bit more of ourselves making this record and that the selection of influences has broadened a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Miley during the recording; I believe his playing on this record is his most lyrical and musical yet and that's probably a direct reflection of Beste's fresh blood in the mix. "Speaking of Beste, whoa. Thunder from his hands all over this album. "I think Scott really expanded his approach in these songs and you can definitely hear it in the moodier tracks, while on the hot tracks you can hear him forcing his aviary of Firebirds to drink moonshine. Dangerous. "There are some serious house burners on 'Great Western Valkyrie' but there are also a couple where thesis dictated more subtlety from the arrangement. "My performance? I think it's more of the same on my end, but Cobb did tell me that my finest performances were given in these sessions, but what the fuck does he know? "They say the truth is in the taste — I'd say this record is the filthy magazine hidden in the hymnal." "Great Western Valkyrie" is available to pre-order now on digi-sleeve CD and limited-edition coloured vinyl, as well as an ultra-limited box set including the following: * Double LP on limited clear vinyl with etched fourth side * Signed band photo insert * Custom vinyl slipmat * 5-bonus-track CD * Album cover t-shirt * Woven throw blanket * Album presentation box An "Great Western Valkyrie" audio preview is available below.

TESLA To Release 'Simplicity' Album In June

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:30

Frontiers Records will release TESLA's brand new studio album, "Simplicity", on June 6 in Europe. The Sacramento rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. "Simplicity" is TESLA's seventh all-original studio album which follows a six-year creative break from the release of the previous album, "Forever More". After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the TESLA roots. The bandmembers produced it themselves, as they did with "Into The Now", their successful comeback effort from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut, who was the man behind the best TESLA albums, this new CD rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist — not sounding like another. The first new song off the new album, "Taste My Pain", was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5-6, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new song is, according to the band, "A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and TESLA trademark blazing guitars." Guitarist Frank Hannon says about "Simplicity": "I must say that this new TESLA album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than 'Forever More', and the style is pure TESLA back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!" "The opening track is called 'MP3'," continues Hannon, "and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values...and has a heavy-ass riff! Then we segue into a rock and roll song called 'Ricochet' that talks about Uncle Ted... [I] can't wait to play this stuff live!” "Simplicity" (European version) track listing: 01. MP3 02. Ricochet 03. Rise And Fall 04. So Divine... 05. Cross My Heart 06. Honestly 07. Flip Side! 08. Other Than Me 09. Break Of Dawn 10. Burnout To Fade 11. Life Is A River 12. Sympathy 13. Time Bomb 14. 'Til That Day 15. Burnout To Fade (writing demo version) * "Simplicity" was mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, DOKKEN, ACCEPT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, WHITE LION, EXTREME, POISON, MEGADETH, OVERKILL, TESTAMENT). * Bonus track TESLA is: Jeff Keith: Lead Vocals Frank Hannon: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Bass Brian Wheat: Bass, Vocals, Piano Troy Luccketta: Drums and Percussion Dave Rude: Guitars, Vocals, Bass

Liv Kristine - Recording New Album

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:28

Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) is currently working hard on her new solo album to follow Libertine. Liv is already recording the new album which will be called Vervain. According to her label Napalm Records, a tentative release period is scheduled for late fall 2014. Read more...

Trees Of Eternity - Announce Bassist For New Album

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:19

Trees Of Eternity have revealed another piece of the puzzle of their debut album. Mattias "The Crypt" Norrman recorded the bass parts for their first full-length. Norrman, currently in October Tide, also played in Katatonia until 2009. Read more...


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:38

New rock supergroup SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.) — featuring multi-platinum Canadian vocalist and Juno Award winner Sass Jordan, with Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, BILLY IDOL, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE) on guitar, Michael Devin (WHITESNAKE, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD) on bass and Tommy Stewart (GODSMACK, LO PRO, EVERCLEAR, FUEL) on drums — has released a follow-up single and video for the "Nomad (Rock Radio Edit)", along with three new songs on Robo Records, wherever digital music is sold. The "Nomad" EP features a new "rock radio" version of the single "Nomad". James Wood of raved about the music, calling it "reminiscent of the classic big album sounds of the 1970s. It's raw, real music from the days when records were played on a turntable and cranked up to 10." The EP also features two stunning cover songs of core classic rock artists, the Neil Young classic "Hey Hey My My" and a live acoustic guitar version of Paul McCartney's monster piano ballad "Maybe I'm Amazed", "one of the best songs ever written," according to Tichy and Jordan. The other new song on the EP is the explosive "Going Going Gone". Tichy describes it as "all melody and power chords. It's old JOURNEY meets Joe Walsh." He adds: "And the snare drum sounds killer!" S.U.N. released its debut album, "Something Unto Nothing", to rave reviews in 2013 and is currently working on its sophomore release. "We've already completed about six songs, but have decided to release this EP in the meantime due to popular demand," says Jordan. The members of S.U.N. are grateful for all the support and positive feedback. "All of us in S.U.N. are psyched the album and new EP are both available in stores and that we have been getting great reviews from the media and fans alike," says Brian. "You would have thought we were paying people to write this stuff! I had to ask Sass if she was mailing out checks for all these great words of support and high accolades!" "Nomad" EP track listing: 01. Nomad (Rock Radio Edit) 02. Hey Hey My My (Into The Black) 03. Going Going Gone 04. Maybe I'm Amazed (Sass Jordan & Brian Tichy - Live Acoustic Stomp)


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:16

Terry "Beez" Bezer of Download Festival's official TV show "The Lowdown" recently conducted an interview with guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and vocalist Jesse Leach of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. You can now watch the chat below. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent", sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. "Disarm The Descent" is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing". Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by Mike D'Antonio. In an interview with ARTISTdirect, Leach stated about "Disarm The Descent": "Mike D'Antonio thought up the title 'Disarm The Descent' even before I started writing. He approached me with a concept. Initially, it was 'Disarming The Descent'. After some discussion with him, I said, 'Let's just shorten it up.' I thought it was a great title. We talked about it a bit, and I wrote that at the top of the page and began writing notes from there. It's kind of a concept record." He added: "[The title is] a creative way of saying 'redemption' or rising again. You're in a state of your life where you're approaching rock bottom and you find a way to pick yourself up again before you hit the floor." Asked about his lyrical approach on "Disarm The Descent", Leach said: "This album is very different from anything I've written. That comes from trying to develop as a write over the year. I have a project called THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL. The last EP we put out was a total concept record where I wrote a short story and we made an album about it. It's broken down into three parts, and we finished one of the three. It's a continuing story that will tell a story from start to finish, word for word. I thought it was a cool idea because I'd never written that way. I mixed that idea with my own introspective and cathartic lyrics I did with TIMES OF GRACE. It's a culmination of the writing I've done over the years. I wanted to find a way to blend it all together. Vocally, I'm trying to come up with different sounds of my voice and mix the screaming and yelling. I made an effort to push myself with the writing and vocals."