Thanks to the folks at the Tuska Open Air Metal festival, Metal-Rules.com is giving away TWO tickets for the Tuska 2016 festival. To enter, you only need to answer the below questions.
- MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2017 (May 24, 2016)
- Bloodstock Open Air 2016 Less Than 3 Months Away! (May 23, 2016)
- Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza Passes (May 22, 2016)
- SODOM, DARK TRANQUILLITY and DEMOLITION HAMMER confirmed for Metalitalia.com Festival 2016 (May 19, 2016)
- Grimposium Presents The Norwegian Invasion – July 2 & 3, 2016 - Blekkmetal (Canadian Film Premiere) and Bardspec (Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved) in Montreal (May 19, 2016)
- Sunburst - Guitarist Gus Drax (May 15, 2016)
- Shotgun - Zinny Zan (May 12, 2016)
- Millennial Reign - band leader/bass player Dave Harvey (May 10, 2016)
- Interview with Thomas Hertler of Massacre Records (May 9, 2016)
- Krisiun - Moyses Kolesne (May 5, 2016)
- Netherlands Deathfest - Tilburg Hollan (May 17, 2016)
- Spiritual Beggars with support act Saffire on Sunrise To Sundown European Tour 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (May 9, 2016)
- Roadburn - Tilburg Holland (Apr 29, 2016)
- Cannibal Corpse & Krisiun : Nosturi Helsinki Finland (Apr 26, 2016)
- Overkill @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow (Apr 25, 2016)
The 2017 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the 7th edition of the ultimate hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, will set sail February 2-7, 2017 aboard a new ship and has expanded to six days, visiting two additional ports in the Caribbean for the first time.
Appropriately titled Gathering of Titans, this year’s five-night/six-day exclusive full ship charter cruise will set sail out of Tampa, FL aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting Georgetown, Grand Cayman andCozumel, Mexico and feature 15+ artist performances, including headliners Vince Neil “The Voice Of Mötley Crüe,” Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Queensrÿche, Night Ranger, Saxon and Stryper. As in past years, the cruise will also feature an optional Pre-Cruise Party in Tampa on the evening of Wednesday, February 1st (details TBA).
The cruise goes on sale now with cabins starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy), plus government fees, taxes, and gratuities. For booking and more info, visit monstersofrockcruise.com and connect on Facebookand Twitter.
Bloodstock, the UK’s biggest and best heavy metal festival is back again this year at Catton Park, Derbyshire, with as monstrous a line-up as ever.
The four day event, also featuring four stages, will be presenting headliners Twisted Sister, Slayer and Mastodon alongside thrash gods Anthrax, black metal innovators Venom, and American progressive metallers Symphony X.
Sadly, we’ve lost yet another metal legend. Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza was performing last night at the nightclub called “The Baked Potato” with his band called OHM. Reports are that he collapsed on stage, possibly due to a heart attack.
An official announcement, available below, in part reads:
“I have been asked by his family to be their public representative though this tragic and difficult time, so will be fielding all press inquiries. His mother Rose and father Don ask for privacy and prayers for them, and Nick’s two young boys. News of a service, remembrance and celebration of Nick’s life and music will be announced in the days to come.”
Metalitalia.com and Eagle Booking Live Promotion are proud to announce the first confirmed bands for the new edition of theMetalitalia.com Festival, set to take place Saturday, September 10th 2016 at the Live Music Club in Trezzo Sull’Adda (Milan, Italy).
Legendary thrash metal veterans SODOM will be one of the co-headliners of this year’s edition. These Germans have always been extremely popular in Italy and we are very happy to bring them back for what is going to be their only Italian performance for 2016. The band is working on a new album and we are looking forward to hear new songs along with a lot of classic numbers!
Grimposium Presents The Norwegian Invasion – July 2 & 3, 2016 – Blekkmetal (Canadian Film Premiere) and Bardspec (Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved) in Montreal
Blekkmetal Video Trailer – https://vimeo.com/158059799
Blekkmetal Extended Trailer – https://vimeo.com/165600936
Bardspec Promo Video – https://vimeo.com/160902696
Vivek Venkatesh and David Hall proudly present a unique celebration of film and music featuring key members of the Norwegian extreme metal music scene. The Norwegian Invasion will feature the Canadian premiere screening of the concert film Blekkmetal, and the Canadian premiere soundscape performance of Norwegian composer Ivar Bjørnson’s Bardspec project. The Blekkmetal screening is free to the public and will take place at 19h00 on July 3 at the VA114 cinema at Concordia University (1395 René-Lévesque Ouest) (Facebook event page). The Bardspec performance will take place at 20h00 on July 2 at Co-op Katacombes; tickets are $15 at the door or online at lepointdevente (Facebook event page).
NETHERLANDS DEATHFEST 2016
by iñaki pinhead of SHOOT EM ALL PHOTOGRAPHY!!
(Please note the translation from Spanish to English is rough and we thank Inaki for covering this show and writing this story in a language other than his own. We tried to limit the editing to a bare minimum to capture the original words. )
Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Brother Cane, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper) is pleased to announce his first solo electric project with the ‘Echo’ EP, released in March 2016.
Recorded throughout 2015, the 5 track EP sees Johnson taking the lead with vocals, guitars and other instruments alongside drummer Jarred Pope and bassist Tony Nagy, and is the perfect showcase for Johnson’s songwriting and guitar playing. Big riffs sit alongside driving rhythms and the instant melodies.
‘Echo’ was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz – whose credits includes Rush, Alice In Chains and Foo Fighters – at Rock Falcon Studio in Nashville. Johnson says “We worked together on Black Star Riders ‘Killer Instinct’ album. A few weeks later Nick asked me if I had any solo songs I wanted to record and we were off and running. His contribution to ‘Echo’ is immense. I’m very proud to share this music with the world,” he adds.
The EP tracklisting as follows:
2. Nobody Usin’,
3. The Waiting Kills Me,
5. Just Move On
Damon Johnson has a rich history as a rock guitarist. The Alabama native first came to prominence with his band Brother Cane before moving on to play guitars for Alice Cooper and contributing songs to the likes of Stevie Nicks, Ted Nugent, Skid Row, Queensryche and Carlos Santana. Damon left Alice Cooper to play alongside the legendary Scott Gorham in Thin Lizzy (the band is playing a series of shows in 2016).
Most recently Damon has been a founding member and songwriter with the critically acclaimed Black Star Riders. The “Echo” EP is the next step of his rich musical pedigree.
Guitarist Gus Drax- Sunburst
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Sunburst is a brand new band from Greece that released their debut album FRAGMENTS OF CREATION in February this year. I had the pleasure to talk to aspiring guitar hero Gus Drax about the debut and about when and why the band was formed. Sunburst singer Vasilis Georgiou is also involved with Drax in the band Black Fate, so if you’re into well produced and executed progressive metal make sure to check out the music of Sunburst.
Tags: Biomechanical, Black Fate, Bob Katsionis, Firewind, Fragments Of Creation, Greece, Gus Drax, Inner Wound Recordings, Kostas Milonas, Paradox, Serious Black, SUICIDAL ANGELS, Sunburst, Vasilis Georgiou
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Combining a heavenly destruction of heavy riffs with beautiful melodies, Vancouver, BC’s European influenced symphonic metal band CELESTIAL RUIN create catchy, singable and epic tunes that draw on lyrical themes of fantasy and horror, plus sometimes implying deeper meanings or just celebrating the subject matter at hand. Their new EP ‘Pandora’ is due out on May 20th to follow their 2012 debut album ‘The Awakening’ and before it drops they have teamed up with Metal-Rules.com for the full stream premiere of the release.
Vocalist Larissa Dawn comments on the track:
“All the lyrics on “Pandora” were written about unleashing destruction into the world. Chaos caused by all the pain that negative emotions can create. A sort of cause and effect scenario. Each of the songs tells a different story and explores what happens when you make the wrong decision or fail to make any decision at all. Remaining stagnant and letting the world collapse in on you. The only song that kind of swerves from this theme is “No Quarter”, this song is more of a movie told through song. It follows the story of infamous pirate Davy Jones and the battle that ensues between him and a rival ship.
Pandora has a much darker feel to it and I hope it paints different pictures in peoples minds when they hear it. I want them to be able to imagine exactly what is going on, like it’s their own personal movie.”
For more info, please visit: http://www.
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of “Angel In the Ashes”, an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to feed homeless and refugee families in Greece. The song is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy songwriter and vocalist Matt Smith. You can watch a studio video with the track below.
“Angel In the Ashes” features vocals by Rob Rock (Solo, Impellitteri), Daísa Munhoz (Vandroya, Soulspell), Vasilis Georgiou (Sunburst, Black Fate), Leah McHenry (LEAH) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Gus Drax (Sunburst, Black Fate). The artwork was created by Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony).
Project Aegis previously released the charity single “Collide and Spark” in 2014, the proceeds from which went to feed the homeless in the Nashville, Tenn., area of the U.S.
“I’ve been wanting to do another charity single since we had such a great experience the first time around,” says Smith. “The challenge was finding the time and the appropriate cause, as well as putting together a lineup worthy of the caliber of talent we had on the last song. I think we did it!”
“The song is about someone who decides to take that first step to help a person in a dark or dangerous situation. I was talking to some friends of mine who live in Greece, and every weekend they help feed the huge number of poor, homeless and refugee families in that area. It’s a massive need, and the dollar you spend on this song can make a huge difference in providing a hot meal or a blanket for someone. It’s a very worthy cause, and everyone involved in the track freely gave their time and talent to make this happen. We hope you enjoy it!”
“Angel In The Ashes” can be purchased at the links below:
Zinny Zan – Shotgun
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer at Rock’n’Growl Promotion for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Rock’n’Growl Promotion for the promotion pictures of the band.
Shotgun is the name of the new outfit of what was the legendary Swedish band Shotgun Messiah. The band have played a few shows in Sweden since 2013 and now the band is back with original singer Zinny Zan and drummer Stixx along with new members – guitar player Rob Marcello & bass player Chris Laney – that completes the line-up. Now, 3 years later the guys release a live album called “LIVE – DOWN DECADENCIA DRIVE”. The live material is taken from the Gothenburg show they did back in 2013. Personally, I think it’s a little late to release a live album now when the band was put to rest in 2014. I hooked up with singer Zinny J Zan to talk about the new live album and about why original members Tim Tim and Harry K Cody were not on board this time and why the band did so few shows. Read more about it down below….
Tags: Chris Laney, Danger Danger, glam metal, JK Knoxx), LIVE - DOWN DECADENCIA DRIVE, Rob Marcello, shotgun, Shotgun Messiah, Stixx, Welcome to Bop City, Zan Clan, Zinny Zan
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Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announce 2016 National Final Line Up – One Band To Rule Them All!
Prizes from PureGrainAudio.com & Los Cabos Drumsticks
2016 Trailer Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQcxqsxchkQ
Free Download – Vol 4. Compilation featuring over 90 bands and 7 Hours of Canadian Metal – here.
WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA is proud to announce the line up for this year’s national final on June 11th in Toronto, ON at The Opera House for ‘One Band To Rule Them All’ and play at Wacken Open Air 2016 in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. After battle rounds across the country during the months of January to May, the following bands listed below will be judged by a panel of industry professionals (to be announced at a later date) during their performance plus will be joined by special guest headliners and 2013 WMBC champions Crimson Shadows.
“The National Final is upon us once again. In the name of Canadian metal, and in honour of all who have participated and supported the 2016 Metal Battle, we’re very proud to present some of Canada’s finest metal acts. Let us rally together and give the winning band a proper send off to Germany.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Distorthead – (Montreal, QC – Quebec Final Winner) – https://distortheadmetal.bandcamp.com
All 2016 Battle Rounds info can be found here.
The national final winner will also be given a drummer prize pack from Los Cabos Drumsticks that includes 12 pairs of sticks of their choosing, a stick bag, a practice pad, and other Los Cabos Drumsticks swag plus automatic eligibility for endorsement (full details here). This year’s runner up will receive a prize from our media partner PureGrainAudio.com, which will be giving a promotional package (valued at approximately $3k) that includes a video interview shot and edited by PureGrainAudio, a featured contest of the band’s choosing (giveaway of signed merch, music, etc.), a free song download article that’s featured at the very top of PureGrainAudio’s Audio section for at least 1 week, a photo shoot with the band (either a live show shoot or band pics.) and one month free web banner advertisement on the site. (Full details here)
This is WMBC’s fourth year hosting the competition across country in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.
Live Video @ Wacken – 2015 – Vesperia – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lwkzc4zGUY
Live Video @ Wacken – 2014 – Mutank – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrLaG8BPL4
Live Video @ Wacken – 2013 – Crimson Shadows – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOdgG4OwQU
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred band’s from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 30 other countries for an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 26 years. Oshawa’s Vesperia (2014 winners – video at Wacken), Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken) have had that honour playing in front of thousands. The 2016 festival will be taking place from August 4-6.
How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2016 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON on June 11th at Opera House with one being selected to perform at the 27th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 4-6. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.
The finalists will be selected as follows by province.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video: http://youtu.be/gQcxqsxchkQ
For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com
Mötley Crüe: The End,’ the Legendary Band’s Final Show, Comes to Select U.S. Cinemas for One Night, on June 14
On December 31, 2015, legendary rock icons Mötley Crüe completed their 35-year touring career as a band with a spectacular final concert at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA, just 10 miles from the Sunset Strip where the band’s infamous and decadent career first launched. The band thrilled the sold-out arena with performances of such mega-hits as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Dr. Feelgood.” While not everyone was able to see their Final Show live, Crüe fans can now catch all the action when Fathom Events, Live Alliance, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Tenth Street Entertainment present “Mötley Crüe: The End” in select U.S. cinemas on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time for only one night. In addition to the epic concert footage, cinema audiences will be treated to behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s last global tour.
Tickets for “Mötley Crüe: The End” can be purchased beginning Friday, May 13, 2016 online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 250 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
In January, 2014, Mötley Crüe held a press conference announcing their Final Tour, complete with a “cessation of touring” agreement signed by all members prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the Mötley Crüe name. Mötley Crüe’s two-year concert trek, saw the band — Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) — perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets grossing over $100 million. Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley Crüe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year’s Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx’s bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional, “thank you” speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, “Kickstart My Heart” with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching “cherry-pickers.” Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of “Home Sweet Home” from the second stage riser in the center of the audience.
Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said, “We’re excited to bring the opportunity for Mötley Crüe’s legion of supporters to experience their Final Show and relive the magic one more time. Filled with their hard-rock anthems and unforgettable stage presentation, this show is not to be missed.”
“Mötley Crüe: The End” was produced and distributed by Live Alliance and Eagle Rock Entertainment. Christian Lamb directed the concert portion. Jeff Tremaine, creator of the “Jackass” series, directed the documentary segment. For more information about the band visit www.motley.com.
Band leader/bass player Dave Harvey – Millennial Reign
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band