NIGHTWISH – Cover art for “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”

December 22nd, 2014
by EvilG
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Presenting: Endless Forms Most Beautiful- March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US)

The detailed cover-artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful features eleven new songs.

  • Standard CD
  • Digibook (incl. instrumental CD)
  • 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colours
  • Earbook (incl. instrumental and orchestral CD)
  • Earbook (deluxe version incl. bonus vinyl)
  • Download

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Behemoth @ The Forum London, December 09, 2014

December 21st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Behemoth

@ The Forum London

9th December 2014

Review by Ben Spencer
Photography by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Behemoth @ The Forum

Behemoth @ The Forum

After battling against the London rush hour and being squashed up against the window of the Northern Line Tube it was time to head return the London Forum to get an early week fix of metal in the form of Behemoth.

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Machine Head @ Glasgow 02 Academy

December 21st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Machine Head

Glasgow 02 Academy

December 13th 2014

Review by Ritchie Birnie

Pics by Gavin Lowrey

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Machine Head

 

Can you believe Machine Head have been on the go for 23 years? No matter what genre of rock/metal you follow you know who they are. Even the haters recognise the input to metal these guys have made. They have trodden a lot of boards since Burn my eyes hit the scene during the grunge era. This is one of the bands that shook up the establishment and got us away from that whiny, sad MTV period and for that I thank them from the bottom of my Heart.

It may have meant less rock/metal on TV but I get a bit uncomfortable when our music gets too popular. A bit like a good thief. its best kept with a low profile. Who cares if its not on radio or TV? Definitely not Machine Head. They have burned their path regardless and built a following and a reputation without any of that crap and in return they are tattooed down the spine of metal forever.
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Interview with At the Gates

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with At the Gates

By Chris Brown
Photography by Michelle Murphy

Having come back from the ashes to reform back in 2007, At the Gates had previously stated that there would be no further material being recorded to succeed the 1995 release of ‘Slaughter of the Soul’. However, 2014 sees the release of highly anticipated and widely acclaimed ‘At War With Reality’. To promote this, ATG are embarking on a European Tour with Swiss black metal giants Triptykon and fellow Swedes Morbus Chron. We caught up with vocalist Tomas Lindberg ahead of the opening night at London’s HMV Forum.

At the Gates

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Interview with Triptykon

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Triptykon

By Chris Brown

Having just played their first show back home in their native Switzerland in over 2 years, Triptykon have since embarked on a European Tour with At The Gates to promote their latest release ‘Melena Chasmata’. We caught up with legendary front man; Thomas Gabriel Warrior ahead of the German leg of the tour.

Triptykon

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Interview with Morbus Chron

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Morbus Chron

By Chris Brown
Photography by Michelle Murphy

Before embarking on a month of dates across Europe to promote their new album ‘Sweven’, along with Swiss black metal giants – Triptykon and fellow Swedes – At The Gates, we were able to chat to Morbus Chron on the opening night of the tour at the HMV forum in London.

Morbus Chron

Morbus Chron

 

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At The Gates w/ Triptykon @ HMV Forum, London

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

At the Gates with Triptykon

@ HMV Forum, London

4th December 2014

Review by Chris Brown
Photography by Michelle Murphy

Having released their first album in 19 years, it was a surprise for many, albeit a welcome one, to see At the Gates touring again. When the band first reformed in 2007, they had released a statement that there would be no further records under the name At The Gates, evidently with their fingers crossed behind their back. The new record; ‘At War With Reality’ was both highly anticipated and widely acclaimed and this was to be the first night of a European tour, at the HMV Forum in London, to promote the album with support from Swiss black metal icons Triptykon and fellow Swedes Morbus Chron.

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Kreator @ The Forum, London

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kreator @ The Forum

18th December 2014

Review By Tim Bolitho-Jones

Photos By Graham Hilling

Kreator

Kreator

Without meaning to disrespect their rivals, it’s pretty fair to say that Kreator are the biggest non-American thrash band in the world. Since 2001’s ‘Violent Revolution,’ they’ve been on a constant upward trajectory and haven’t delivered a bad album for thirteen years. They’re one of the few bands whose post-millennial output has been arguably better than the stuff they did in the eighties (yeah, we went there) and tonight’s high octane show at the Forum demonstrates they’re just as capable live as on record. It’s also one of the few occasions where a band winds up throwing bits of birthday cake into the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Abstract Reality Tour – Calgary AB – Nov 22

December 20th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Abstract Reality Tour 2014

Co-headliners Devin Townsend Project and Animals As Leaders

w/ Monuments

November 22, 2014

Review & Photos by Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

The Abstract Reality tour with Co-headliners Animals as Leaders and the Devin Townsend Project stopped at the Gateway in Calgary, Alta., on November 22, 2014. It was a technically skilled line up with a variety of genres. Support for this tour was Monuments from Washington DC. The show was sold out and a bigger venue could probably have been chosen – there were many people looking for tickets and still trying to score some tickets from anyone they could up to the day of the show.

Monuments started at 8pm sharp. Having played in Calgary previously they developed a solid fan base here. The venue was almost full at this point and crowded up at the barrier. A few songs into the set, vocalist Chris Barretto jumped up on the barrier, balancing quite well while singing into the crowd. Throughout their set he was leaping up on the barrier and even strolling back and forth across the narrow surface with some minor help from fans. The setlist was energetic and the musicianship versatile and engaged. The crowd on this night enjoyed the short performance.

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Monuments © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders had the audience enthralled with their technical musicianship. A stillness settled in as the band stoically delivered their completely instrumental songs and everyone watched and listened, taking in the tight delivery. The LED screens were put to use at this point playing psychedelic like images. Guitarist Tosin Abasi – who held a guitar clinic at Noctis 666 the last time he was in Calgary – played his complex riffs and solos with ease, and often with his eyes closed seemingly lost in the music.

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

Animals As Leaders © Monika Deviat

The Devin Townsend Project played at the Gateway in 2011 and that was an amazing and intimate experience. This time there was a the barrier erected between the band and fans and there was a new stage that was raised just barely more than a foot above the ground making the show a little less intimate and harder to view. Luckily Townsend had his own riser on stage where he spent most of the set. The rest of the band was difficult to see though drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen would stand up and salute the crowd with his sticks. Newest addition Mike St-Jean on keys/synths was somewhat hidden behind cabinets. The band was mostly backlit as the lights in front of the stage were turned off for DTP’s set. It’s always fun to watch Townsend interact with the crowd and his quips and random stories are always hilarious – to quote from the Calgary show “I hate potato pancakes. Fuck you mom.”

The set started off with “Regulator” off of Ocean Machine [HevyDevy, 1997] then went through a selection of songs off of Z2 [HevyDevy, 2014]. The Ziltoid themed songs, like “Ziltodian Empire” and “March of the Poozers”, had Townsend asking the crowd to “show me your Ziltoids!”. Off of the Sky Blue side of the album “Rejoice”, “Midnight Sun” and “A New Reign” were included. “Bad Devil” was a surprise but one that had the crowd dancing, especially one gentlemen that Townsend spotted side stage near the sound board, who had some excellent and enthusiastic dance moves. A single song encore of “Death Ray” ended the night and afterwards Townsend came right up to the crowd to shake hands, bump fists and say a quick hello to the fans.

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

Devin Townsend Project © Monika Deviat

 

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THE ANSWER Reveal Artwork and Track Listing For New Album

December 20th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Irish Rockers THE ANSWER will release their new album Raise a Little Hell this March in North America via Napalm Records. This is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 release New Horizon. The album is set for release on the following days:

G/A/S/Europe/AUS: 06.03.2015
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: 09.03.2015
SE/ESP: 11.03.2015
USA/CAN: 17.03.2015

The artwork by Sebastian Jerke and final track listing has now been revealed. The record was produced by Guillermo ‘Will’ Maya and mixed by Chris Sheldon.

Cormac Neeson from the band commented:

“We’re delighted to announce the track listing and artwork for our new album Raise A Little Hell. This is a special record that reflects a return to the hard ass blues rock ‘n’ roll we hold so dear. Our good friends at Napalm have created some great formats for you guys to enjoy including colored double vinyl, a special digi pak with a live recording of our recent ‘Road Less Travelled’ tour, another digi pak with an extra bonus CD containing 6 exclusive bonus tracks plus all sorts of other great stuff. It’s an impressive package with some equally impressive artwork from Sebastian Jerke. Most importantly; this album truly showcases who we are and the best of THE ANSWER in full flow. We can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

Raise A Little Hell  -Track Listing:
1.      Long Live the Renegades
2.      The Other Side
3.      Aristocrat
4.      Cigarettes & Regret
5.      Last Days of Summer
6.      Strange Kinda’ Nothing
7.      I Am What I Am
8.      Whiplash
9.      Gone Too Long
10.     Red
11.     I Am Cured
12.     Raise A Little Hell

THE ANSWER –  2015 RAISE A LITTLE HELL TOUR:
06.03.15 IRL       Belfast / Limelight
07.03.15 IRL       Dublin / Whelans
09.03.15 UK         Manchester / Academy 3
10.03.15 UK         Leeds / The Key Club
11.03.15 UK         York / Fibbers
12.03.15 SCO      Aberdeen / The Lemon Tree
13.03.15 SCO      Glasgow / The Garage
14.03.15 UK          Newcastle / Riverside
16.03.15 UK         Grimsby / Yardbirds
17.03.15 UK         Liverpool / Arts Club
18.03.15 UK         Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
20.03.15 UK         Birmingham / Institute
21.03.15 UK         Sheffield / The Corporation
23.03.15 UK         Norwich / Waterfront
24.03.15 UK         Bristol / Motion
25.03.15 UK         Brighton / Concorde 2
26.03.15 UK         London / O2 Islington Academy
27.03.15 UK         Exeter / Lemon Grove
28.03.15 UK         Southampton / 1865
09.04.15 FR         Paris / Le Divan Du Monde
10.4.15 NL           Leiden / Gebr De Nobel
11.4.15 NL           Zwolle / Hedon
14.04.15 DE         Berlin / Magnet
15.04.15 DE         Hannover / Faust
16.04.15 DE         Hamburg / Knust
17.04.15 DE         Weinheim / Café Central
18.04.15 DE         Köln / Luxor
20.04.15 DE         Wiesbaden / Kesselhaus
21.4.15 CH          Zurich / Rote Fabrik
22.4.15 CH          Soloturn / Kogmehl Raumbar
24.4.15 IT            Milan / Legend Club
25.4.15 IT            Pinarella Di Cervia / Rock Planet
26.04.15 DE         München / Strom
27.5.15 AT           Vienna / Chelsea

12.6.15 CH          Greenfield Festival
13.6.15 AT           Nova Rock Festival
20.6.15 FR           Hellfest Festival
30.7.15 DE           Wacken Festival

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MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD

December 19th, 2014
by Metal Rules
MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD

MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD

Rob Halford is a heavy metal icon and his influence on the genre is immeasurable. Bands such as Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer and Metallica have cited Rob Halford and Judas Priest as a major inspiration on their own music. This book isn’t about Judas Priest as such, though it inevitably touches on the subject, but rather Halford’s varied solo music.

Made Of Metal explores the solo music of one of the greatest singers of all time. From Halford’s first post-Judas Priest project Fight through to his controversial collaboration with Trent Reznor with the album Voyeurs right up to his metal rebirth with his self-titled band, Halford, this handy guide celebrates Halford’s creativity and love of all things heavy metal.

From the author of the acclaimed The Story Of Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith, Rock Landmarks – Judas Priest’s British Steel and Dawn Of The Metal Gods – My Life In Judas Priest And Heavy Metal (with Al Atkins), Made Of Metal is the first book to exclusively explore the solo music of the Metal God himself, Mr. Rob Halford. Made Of Metal celebrates Halford’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and music writers. There are also many previously unpublished live photographs of the heavy metal icon.
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GWAR Wraps Up Their North American Devastation (for now)

December 18th, 2014
by Celtic Bob
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Gwar © Monika Deviat

Citizens can rest safely (for the time being) as your Lords and Masters GWAR have completed their trek of destruction across North America, the “GWAR Eternal Tour.”  52 shows of utter devastation saw new lead singer Lord Blóthar assuming vocal duties alongside his Scumdog Brothers, and futuristic sister Vulvatron, as they scoured the universe looking for their lost leader Oderus Urungus. In the end, the tour gave fans, and the band themselves, a chance to mourn, celebrate, and honor Oderus Urungus, the greatest rock and roll singer to ever walk the face of Planet Earth.

Yes, Oderus is gone, but GWAR lives! Reviews of the tour were nothing short of spectacular with plenty of packed houses and sold out shows. Devastation was on the menu in New York,Denver,Dallas,Los Angeles, Toronto, Columbus, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Francisco just to name a few cities…

What does 2015 hold in store for GWAR?  Stay tuned, as the band gets ready to celebrate 30 Years of GWAR!  #Hail Oderus! #Hail Flattus! #Hail GWAR!

Finally, the band’s irascible lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus offered these words of thanks to GWAR fans everywhere…

“We are humbled by the fact that you are still willing to lay down your lives for GWAR. We have the utmost appreciation for the fans who supported us on this recent journey and are eternally grateful. You are the reason we continue.”

HAIL ODERUS
-Pustulus Maximus

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Black Flames Of Blasphemy. Black/Death Festival November 14-15th Helsinki, Finland

December 17th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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The Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival held in the darkest period of the year, has excellent timing and is a way to unleash the most barbaric and nihilistic black/death metal bands sent to spread the blasphemous hymns. The Nosturi club was totally packed when both the nights were totally sold-out. It was overwhelming to witness a large legion of foreign extreme metal worshippers. The line-up was beyond expectation, and the organizers of the festival have topped themselves again. Here is the brief article of the black/death metal madness…

Article by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova

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REVOLUTION SAINTS Launce PledgeMusic Campaign

December 17th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Revolution Saints, the band comprised of three icons of rock music, have just launched a pre-order for their upcoming self-titled debut album. Revolution Saints is slated for release on February 24th via Frontiers Music SRL. The band has launched a pre-order via PledgeMusic containing various exclusive merchandise items including posters, signed items, clothing apparel and even drink koozies. Fans can go to  http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/revolutionsaints to place their order.

Revolution Saints is easily one of the most-anticipated new projects of 2015. The band features guitars by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). Last week the band released the video for the song “Turn Back Time” which has been viewed almost 40,000 times. The video was directed by Devin DeHaven known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/KeZKAVUyKQc.

From the opening notes of “Back On My Trail” to the piano outro on the album-closer “In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song),” it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs “Locked Out Of Paradise,” “Dream On” and “Here Forever” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen’s band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on “Way To The Sun” and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on “You’re Not Alone.” The album’s 80’s vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, but with a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZReg and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZDlx. Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes at http://geni.us/RevSaintsiTunes will receive an automatic download of “Turn Back Time.”

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here: http://youtu.be/xOKjuLhUkKs.
Alessandro Del Vecchio produced the album.

The track listing for Revolution Saints is:
1.       Back On My Trail
2.       Turn Back Time
3.       You’re Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4.       Locked Out Of Paradise
5.       Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6.       Dream On
7.       Don’t Walk Away
8.       Here Forever
9.       Strangers To This Life
10.    Better World
11.    How To Mend A Broken Heart
12.    In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song)

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ANTHRAX Announces It’s Own Bourbon; Indians

December 17th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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What better way for the members of Anthrax to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, “Indians.”

Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson’s Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition “small batch” whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys.  Anthrax’s “Indians,” a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.

“We’ve been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster,” said the band’s Frank Bello “and ‘Indians’ was perfect.”

Anthrax’s “Indians” bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company – http://acbottlecompany.com/ .  “Indians” will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.

Anthrax – Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, and Joey Belladonna – lifted their “Indians”-filled shot glasses last Friday when they found out that “Neon Knights,” the band’s cover of the Black Sabbath song (from Sabbath’s 1980 release, “Heaven and Hell”) recorded for the “Ronnie James Dio – This is Your Life” tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance category.

“It’s been an honor everytime we’ve been nominated,” said Anthrax’s Benante, “but this one is particularly special.  To have been asked to contribute ‘Neon Knights’ to Ronnie’s tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best.”

Anthrax has just gone into the studio to begin recording their next album, the follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Worship Music.

Anthrax’s Grammy nominations include:
1991 – “Persistence of Time”
1992 – “Attack of the Killer Bs”
1995 – “Bring the Noise” (live, Anthrax and Public Enemy)
2012 – “I’m Alive”
2014 – “T.N.T.”
2015 – “Neon Knights”

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