Win Tickets for Tuska 2016

May 14th, 2016
by Metal Rules

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.

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – Live at The Circus, Helsinki

August 23rd, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

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REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

American rock legend and “cult band” Blue Öyster Cult finally returned Finland 25 years after their previous visit. Back in 2001, the band released its last studio album CURSE OF THE HIDDEN MIRROR. Since the music industry has changed, the band has avoided the recording studio to focus on touring. Blue Öyster Cult has never enjoyed mainstream success here in Finland, with the exception of the radio hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the size of the crowd tonight. Although ticket pricing was really high (over 50 euros) and the show was on Sunday, there were about 600 people in Club Circus who wanted to see the bands’ (possible) last gig in Finland.

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Anthrax with support on For All Kings European Summer Tour 2016 – leg 2 – at Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark

August 23rd, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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For All Kings European Summer Tour 2016 – Leg 2 –
Impalers – support act

Pumpehuset
Copenhagen
Denmark
11/7 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Lemmy Tribute hosted by Travis Moore

August 21st, 2016
by EvilG

On August 25th, 2016, Travis Moore will be hosting the Pop-Up Art Event at Art On Scene on 8521 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA at 7PM. This opening reception will feature a red carpet, catering, quality entertainment and live art, and will be run out of a pop-up space located in close proximity to The Rainbow Bar & Grill. The VIP invite-only event will be comprised of invited guests, celebrities, patrons, as well as friends and family of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, Motörhead and the artist Travis Moore, many of which will also be attendance at The Kilmister Unveiling and Dedication party.

The event will consist of over fifty pieces of original art produced by Sharpie Artist and Kilmister Statue creator Travis Moore, which will focus on music and its role and history in Los Angeles’ iconic imagery. In addition, there will be a “Mini-Lemmy” Museum that will feature Lemmy’s personal items,a s well as all the pictures drawing and work done to complete the Lemmy Kilmister Statue. Featured will be exclusively signed posters, prints, shirts, and event miniature reproductions of the statue.

Travis Moore, a local LA artist has been selected to create the life-size bronze sculpture of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, former bassist and frontman of Motörhead. Travis is a native of Texas, holds a BA in Fine Art as well as a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been creating art from the age of two, even having a short 3 panel comic strip in his local paper at age five. His talent was fostered by his mother, who herself has an Art degree from SFASU; her friends and artists Grace and Loyd Carey; and his junior high and high school art teacher, J.D. Beltran. Travis was mentored by Gary Frields while at SFASU, a tremendously dedicated instructor and amazing artist. It was there at SFASU that Travis first began to experiment with his own individual drawing process, which he refers to as “Sharpism”. Travis came to the Los Angeles area in 2005 and has since been part of a number of shows in the area, including two Sharpie sponsored shows at Crewest Gallery and hosted Art Jam: a live art and music event held at The Whisky a Go Go.
Los Angeles artist, Travis Moore, has made headlines for spearheading the new artist movement involving Sharpies, creating completely unique and complex artwork, creating the movement of “Sharpism”.

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D.A.D with support on Summersixteen – 2 classic albums live 2016 at Sundsparlan Helsingborg, Sweden

August 21st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

D.A.D – Summersixteen – 2 classic albums live 2016
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Open Air Festival
Sundsparlan
Helsingborg
Sweden 1/7 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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PORISPERE – feat. Twisted Sister and Metal Church

August 20th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

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 REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Porispere festival, now held for the sixth time, has gradually grown into one of the most significant festivals in Finland. Although Porispere is still unable to compete financially against the bigger festivals, they have managed to capture a couple of very interesting artists every year. This year, those were the two US metal bands – Metal Church and Twisted Sister. Porispere’s main idea has always been try to please everyone. And because of that, the festival’s supply was at the very least, peculiar. There were artists from all genres; starting from Finland’s leading pop stars, schlager and rap artists, children’s bands to metal bands. Although there were a couple of other interesting names on the festival too, like Children of Bodom, I only reviewed the legends.

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Hellraiser Fest! An interview with founder Byron Stroud.

August 19th, 2016
by J P

Hellraiser Fest!  

An interview with founder Byron Stroud.

by JP

There is a killer new Metal fest happening in Kelowna, BC,  on September 2nd and 3rd, 2016 called Hellraiser.

http://www.ticketweb.ca/search?q=hell+raiser+fest

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One of the founders and organizers Byron Stroud (City Of Fire, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Tenent,  Zimmer’s Hole etc)  took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions.

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Evergrey – Interview with Tom Englund

August 19th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Evergrey

Interview with Tom Englund

30th July 2016 @ Imperial Hotel, London

Interviewed by Oliver M.

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Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

August 19th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.

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The Duskfall to record the sixth album

August 16th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Swedish melodic death metallers THE DUSKFALL is preparing to record their sixth album “The Everlasting Shadows” from which they have already released a couple of teasers in their youtube channel. While waiting for more the band just released a 46 minute documentary movie from their first ever trip to Japan containing action from both on and off stage. Also a bonus was included when they play a tribute to legendary Gates of Ishtar. Here’s the link to the movie:
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Alex Julius – Scanner

August 14th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH AXEL JULIUS  OF SCANNER

The German power metal outfit Scanner has soldiered on since the late 80’s navigated by the guitarist Axel Julius. Despite long breaks and line-up changes Scanner have always been activate by putting albums. The latest output called JUDGEMENT presents the razor sharp power metal to the bone. Metal-Rules.Com contacted the band’s mastermind Axel Julius to talk about the new album and something about the past. 

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen


 

Hows it going in the Scanner camp ? What have you been doing lately ?IMG_7761

Well , our last show we played was in Cyprus last weekend and we are in summer holiday mode for a few weeks now. After that, we will start to work on our new album.

Scanner recently made the first ever visit to Finland, well I can’t help asking what kind of expectations did you have beforehand and were you surprised to see the legion of the Scanner metal maniacs singing Hypertrace ?

It was a nice experience to meet the metal maniacs in Helsinki, we wished we had have more time to see more of the town and meet the people. We did not expect nothing in special, but it was nice to get the warm welcome from the fans. For us it was a long day with a long trip going from Germany early in the morning to Amsterdam first and then making it over to Helsinki where we were entering the stage late past midnight. So the after show party was a bit shorter this timeJ.

THE JUDGEMENT – The story continues

 The most recent Scanner output called THE JUDGEMENT saw the light of day 2015.. there is a 13 year gap between the new and previous albums. Why such enormous hiatus between albums ? Was Scanner on hold or did you have to look for certain musicians for the Scanner rank or were you kind of fed up with the whole metal thing ?       

Well, after SCANTROPOLIS in 2002 the band has found new, so to speak what does not mean that we had split up in the meantime. We de477465finitely did not split. But after we knew we would not continue with LISA and some of the former line- up we were again looking for a singer. We decided to concentrate more on the traditional strengths of SCANNER to distinguish ourselves from the female singer concept of Scantropolis clearly. Then with Efthi we played our shows from 2003 on, and the poor man  had the almost impossible task to interpret 4 SCANNER singers +  Ralph Scheepers. Not an easy task. Especially since one of the singers was a woman. When our line-up has finally appeared as stable, we decided that it would be time now for a new SCANNER album.We started doing so in 2013 after we had built our own studio. So we must no longer produce so expensive and with too high risk somewhere else. After our show in Moscow in November 2013, we have included ourselves in the studio and finished our album.

But to explain 13 years of hiatus in releasing a new album; In 2003 our first effort, it was not to run into the studio to record our next album, but first just to play primarily live and having some fun.I mean, actually we had a repertoire that could be put together out of five albums and we delivered an entertaining show of SCANNER classics with it.  This can make very much fun for a while. But the point was the requests for a new album became naturally louder. And then you do not you tell the fans that you do not intend to make a new album, but promise a new one coming soon. But when you are playing for the second time, same locations, telling the same story and the new album was not done in the meantime, things get tight and somewhat embarrassing.  However, the time had come to make the album finally.

You Axel have been responsible for the mixing of the album, but how did you end up having Svante Forsbäck to take care of the mastering ?

Well. I like and appreciate his work on VOLBEAT’s album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies very much and when I saw he did RAMMSTEIN as well in the past.  I got the idea to ask Svante if he would master our album.

How come you didn’t want to take the mastering by yourself  ?

The thing is that you are not a 100% objective anymore after recording and mixing an album. And a pair of fresh and objective ears can make a big difference for the mastering job. Secondly Svante has a whole bunch of special mastering equipment in his Studio and is specialized on this. So for me it was the best choice to let him do the job, since my capabilities in our small studio compared to Svante’s in his studio are very limited.

When did you start doing and creating the song platform for the next album and how do you usually start doing a new song, like in IMG_7740this case of THE JUDGEMENT ?  

With the Judgement, we had started a few times without a result, because we were not motivated to release a new album at all. We preferred rather to play live for a while and to wait for the right constellation. How to create the songs it depends; sometimes you come up with a simple riff idea and let it inspire the song around. Sometimes you have a whole idea of an arrangement around a melodic chorus or verse or you start the whole process inspired by lyrics, which already exist.

Do you usually come up a riff and ideas for songs by yourself or do the other band members bring something on the table or do you share ideas in a rehearsal room ?  

In Scanner everyone can bring up his ideas for a song etc. but mainly I do the composing. I’m always inspired if somebody else has a good riff to offer too since this is very motivating for me and for the one who is introducing himself to the band’s work also, I think. Otherwise, it would just feel like a one man’s project, which I never strived.

Could you tell a little bit more the lyrics as far as I know they are all based on the sci-fi thema ? And does the front cover of the album refer to the lyrics ?  

The cover describes the scenery when the SCANNER returns to earth, while there is devastation and the war of religions on its climax. The alarming thing today is that almost all people who rely on religion are still directly related to violence also, especially when it comes to conflicts. One can see that especially in the extremes in Syria and Iraq with the IS. In addition, the current development in Turkey is alarming with Erdogan’s megalomania.
So the question may arise what religion actually contributes to peace in general. Or, isn’t religion the root of all conflicts and misleading evil perhaps.
The exciting question is: If there was no religion and man would not believe in a higher power would the human race be more able to live in peace than all the millennia with religion? This is the question the title song “The Judgement” is dealing with. The main idea in almost every song of the album is that something is going wrong on the planet in terms our ethical value system. This runs up through all religions and societies. But today,it is really getting worse and is actually unworthy for a highly developed and technologized human race of the 3rd millennium still having to deal with these ultra-archaic mindset.

What’s the hardest part of writing and composing new riff for the Scanner album in general ?

It is always the start and beginning and to get into the flow. If you are in the flow once everything works fine and feels like leaded by hand of ghost.

LINE-UP CHANGES THRU YEARS

Efthimios Ioannidis joined Scanner back in 2003 as far as I know, how did he land the gig for the singer ?     IMG_7753

We have made several auditions at that time and Efthi was one of the participants. He was definitely the best of all and after a short interview checking his ambition and his attitudes; we knew he was the right man for SCANNER.

Before Efthimios, Scanner had the female vocalist during the era of 2002-2003…, I can’t help asking if your purpose was to draw more attention to the band by having a female vocalist or how did you end up a female vocalist ? Yes, it was like this. Since we were so unlucky with our singers before, we wanted to check it out if it works out better with a female singer. We had a very good female background singer, which did a great performance on Wacken O.A. with us as well and we offered the job to her. But she was quite a bit anxious to be a front singer and scarified the offer although she did an awesome SCANNER- demo for our record company. However, the idea of a female front singer was already born with it. Therefore, we started to search for HER.

What has been the main issue for such changeable line –ups thru these years ? And what keeps you motivated to guide Scanner all these years without calling its quit permanently?

It was different from case to case, some wanted to change their whole life, some did not want to be as professional anymore as we do the thing and others were just overestimating themselves with their ambitions of a solo career. Well, SCANNER is my baby, and you don’t stop loving it and caring about it if someone leaves the band, even if it means to start from the beginning nearly. I’m a fighter, if not so I would be fan of Bayern München and a public servant with a nice house and a much nicer garden.1118

When members have come and the gone, have you kept the contact to some of them or when they have quit the band, is it like an end of a marriage and the contact lost permanently ?     

It depends what was the reason for quitting and if they had gone just for their own benefit if you know what I mean. If somebody leaves because of health problems or incompatible reorientation in life, it is much easier to keep in contact with than with somebody who left you in the lurch and causing you some big problems with it afterwards. But in general, you are right saying it feels similar to the end of a marriage somehow.

When looking for new members, how do you usually track a possible suitable musician down ?! Do you have an official audition session ?!

If we have no musicians to choose from recommendations of people around us we invite those candidates found by announcements to an audition. But the easiest and best way is always if friends recommend others because they mostly know who could be a fit for us.

BACK TO THE TIME OF THE HISTORY

You started the pre-Scanner back in 1985 called Lions Breed, which later evaluated to Scanner with the three members out of five – Did you want to start a new band with a new approach or were you advised to make changes ?

Yes, it was a new approach with a new drummer and singer and we had been advised by our management to change our band’s name not to get in any troubleIMG_7754 with rights etc. when changing the record company. In addition, we changed our style slightly and the band’s image with this line-up change, so it was the best solution for the band. .

The debut album came out on Earthshaker records, which released albums from Holy Moses and Living Death, how was Earthshaker Records – what kind of label were they ?

Well, so to speak, it was the one man label of Axel Thubeauville, a man who had an extraordinary nose for interesting and good metal bands. As you already mentioned a few, not to forget DORO who was discovered with the band Warlock by him too. And honestly spoken there were plans to get Doro into Lions Breed after Earthshaker had dissolved the deal with Warlock. Axel Rudi Pell was also one of our mates there when he was still in STEELER.

When you started Scanner, was one purpose to get rid of the deal with Earthshaker Rec ?

Yes, somehow, because we wanted to join a bigger label with better conditions as fixed in the contract with Eartshaker Rec. and the label has had some problems anyways.

HYPERTRACE came out on Noise, I can’t help if having a deal with Noise like a dream-come-true feeling for a German metal band back in the day because of Kreator and Helloween were on the label ?

Mhh, not really, I mean ok, it was cool but for us it was just the next step in our career and we had offers from other big labels and record companies as well. Moreover, honestly spoken to have the choice was not easy at all. Finally, today I have to say we have made the wrong choice with Noise, definitely.  Today I would have preferred to sign better with EMI or SPV back then.

Do you however have the rights for all the albums ? I mean by that the HYPERTRACE album was re-released by Divebomb RecordsIMG_7762 for a record store day.

Yes, and  DiveBomb Records got the permission to release the first two albums as Re-Releases for a limited time, now Massacre Records got the Rights for these. “Mental Reservation” and “Ball of the Damned” are with Greece Ear Metal Records. And “Scantropolis” is to contract out still.

The debut Scanner album HYPERTRACE features the current Primal Fear singer Ralf Scheeper, do you still keep the contact to each other or do you keep your open on what Scheeper is doing with Primal Fear ?

No, there was just one collaboration with Ralph Scheepers (ex- Gamma Ray, Primal Fear) on “Ball of the damned” where he sung “Puppet on the string”. And a few years ago we had planned to play a special “Hypertrace” -show with him, but he had to cancel it because of other obligations. On this album he was singing in the choirs and supported MAJOR.

Have Helloween or Blind Guardian members collaborated with you and Scanner within these years ?

No, there was not any collaboration so far.

Are you on Massacre or independent label ? What kind of deal do you have with Massacre ?

We are on Massacre Rec. and we have a tape transfer agreement.

THE STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION

Since HYPERTRACE the lyrics have dealt with the sci-fi thema. As far as I know it all starts with the WW II as the army has created a selected commando team as genetically transformed. Does this sci-fi story line continue by going thru each album ?1077

Yes, the story dealt around this period. However, no, it did not continue so far. It stopped with “Terminal Earth” already because the new singer did not want to continue the story and our imageL. Then the following album “Mental Reservation” was a concept album with a very different story again.

How did you get interested to pen about such topics in the first place ?

Well I was studying Astronomies at that time and had a fable for SF in general. So had MAJOR, our singer, and he liked PERRY RHODAN lecture a lot. So the idea came up to this band concept.

 How far does the sci-fi story can go on ?

With “The Judgement”, the story continues somehow, because the SCANNER has returned to Earth after some time of absence and is reflecting about the current events as you can see in our cover artwork. The scene in the artwork was forward-looking somehow to the current events and we are dealing with these subjects of religion and violence on this album also.

As far as I know you work as a produce under a different name, am I right or mistaken ?

You are right. I used the name Nigel Boston e.g. in the past.

What is the next step for Scanner ?

We are going to write the new album this autumn and produce it this winter.

I for one thank you for the interview for Metal-Rules.Com I hope all the best for Scanner… Of course the last words are yours…

Thank you, Arto, for the interesting and nice questions. And a big thank you to our fans for their support over the years, keep it heavy.

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Victory Records Issues Statement On Court Case With ‘A Day To Remember’

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Victory Records has issued a detailed response to a recent article in Kerrang! Magazine referencing the litigation filed against it by the band A Day To Remember. Victory Records is compelled to provide the following information to the public, specifically in response to untrue statements made by band leader Jeremy McKinnon.  Victory did not file this lawsuit, A Day To Remember did so in order to avoid their remaining recording commitments to Victory. In fact, Victory was blindsided by the lawsuit that the band began to surreptitiously prepare as early as 2010.

The core issue in the lawsuit is how many “Albums” A Day To Remember delivered under its agreement with Victory Records. Not once before filing the lawsuit did ADTR claim to Victory or to the public that they had satisfied their 5-Album recording commitment. They never asserted that Victory’s efforts concerning the marketing, promotion and distribution of the albums was anything less than stellar. During the years ADTR considered itself a Victory artist, they never complained about royalties.

Including the recent article in Kerrang!, virtually every press outlet that has covered ADTR’s album releases since 2006 have reported the number of full length studio albums ADTR released in total – this includes the three albums released by Victory (2007’s For Those Who Have Heart, 2009’s Homesick, 2010’s What Separates Me From You), Old Record (a 2008 re-release of a previous ADTR album on Indianola Records as part of a separate agreement), 2013’s Common Courtesy (the “Fifth” album), and now Bad Vibrations (the “Sixth” Album). ADTR’s inherently absurd claim that they delivered 13 “Albums” in the first two years of their agreement with Victory defies common sense, logic and reality.

Victory continued to pay A Day To Remember royalties even after the band filed this lawsuit. Victory ceased paying royalties when ADTR interfered with Victory’s merchandise sales to Hot Topic which was well into the lawsuit. Victory asserted a “Set-off” counterclaim in the lawsuit, which in this situation permits the withholding of payments that may be otherwise due based on ADTR’s material breaches of their agreement – which includes selling merchandise and music via ADTR.com, to other retailers, and refusing to deliver two commitment albums to Victory. As a result of these breaches, Victory sustained damages in the millions of dollars.

In August 2011 (two months after ADTR filed the lawsuit) Victory made its first of many settlement offers to resolve this dispute. They were all rejected by the band. ADTR rejected Victory’s settlement proposals again in 2013 and instead self-released Common Courtesy. This was a very obvious indicator that they never had any intention of settling their lawsuit.

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GWAR Pimps Products Available at GWAR B-Q ’16

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Listen up, Bohabs! The Scumdogs and their partners have graciously bestowed quite a selection for you to choose from in their ever expanding line of unique and praiseworthy brand creations designed for your consumption or collection! You decide that part but, meanwhile, feast your eyes on all your Lords and Masters will have on hand at GWAR B-Q ’16 for you to peruse and choose from…

We’ll be introducing the world to the greatest elixir ever invented, ARCTIC SNOW GWAR VODKA! You can make vodka out of a bunch of different things, but we went with a potato vodka because you can shoot a potato from an air cannon. It also tastes better. It was made in Richmond, Virginia, home of the GWARbar, by JAMES RIVER DISTILLERY. They’re small and mainly make craft gins. After we swung some battleaxes and severed some limbs they saw through the mist of blood and viscera, plugged their sucking chest wounds, and made our awe inducing Arctic Snow. It’s smooth. It’s delicious. Chicks dig it.

Re-read that last thing. Learn it. Love it. Live it. It’s important!

To accompany Arctic Snow, we have some diabolical GWAR concoctions cooked up for your drinking pleasure. There will be smoothies and, er, “punches” to delight you! And extremely liberal doses of TEXAS BEACH BLOODY MARYS, brought to you by the man Imbibe Magazine named “Bartender of the Year 2015”, the LEGENDARY BARTENDER (don’t call him a mixologist!) DEREK BROWN. Derek is a driving force in the DC cocktail scene and his restaurants, Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and the Columbia Room have been serving some of the finest drinks to be found on the planet! What boozy creation has come out  of this unholy union? THE CROTCH PUNCH, that’s what!. The deadly spirit will be available at the GWAR-B-Q AND at the MORNING AFTER CHILL at the GWARbar.

If that doesn’t make your blood boil, try some BOHABANERO HOT SAUCE! Wimps can’t handle this gravy but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor for heat’s sake. Affectionately named after YOU, Bohabs, our hot sauce blends the smack of habanero peppers and the subtle sweetness of carrots in a distinctive combination! If you crave equal parts pleasure and pain, Bohabanero Sauce is what you’ve been seeking and you can try it for the first time at the GWAR B-Q!

In fact, pour it on BALSAC THE JAWS OF DEATH FAMOUS PORK SHOULDER SANDWICH if you wanna! Sure. It’s pork. Tastes like pork. Looks like pork. Could be pork. Could be Nigerian email scammers, but probably pork and Balsac perfected this dish at the GWARbar, and it’s become a favorite among Bohabs everywhere!

Smoked, braised, grilled to perfection, then slathered with equal parts GWAR-B-Q Sauce and the blood of innocent victims.

But mostly GWAR-B-Q SAUCE which is always at the fest to delight your greedy tastebuds! The metal monsters’ original signature sauce has jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, L’il Lucy’s Hot Pepper Ale, and some other exotic ingredients. Here’s a potion with the power to transform the lowliest cut of meat from a scrap unfit for a dog into the height of gastronomic perfection! Whether you slather it on ribs, chicken, seafood or road kill, it makes all dead things taste better! The perfect blending of sweet, smoke, spice and heat. GWAR-B-Q sauce is the ultimate weapon for any grill master!

And by now you know to wash it all down with ODERUS ALE!

CIGAR CITY BREWING is coming back to GWAR B-Q with their tribute to our Lord and Master with Oderus Ale – a most worthy sacrifice to the heaviest demigod to ever slay the universe, the one, the only, Oderus Urungus!

Need a smoke afterwards, Earth Dust? Then straight from MOUNT BAKER VAPOR comes the the newest flavors in our specialty line of GWAR FLUIDS: There’s “KEYSLYME PIE” where you can inhale the loathsome fruit of Slymenstra’s labor! Keyslyme Pie is a sadistic twist on a classic key lime pie recipe so delight in the sweet taste of destruction! Or try “ANTARCTIC ICE.”Throw your taste buds into the deep-freeze with a relentless hodgepodge of dragonfruit and citrus, frozen solid by savage gales of menthol. Then there’s “IMMORTAL CORRUPTOR.” This delectable e-juice drowns pineapple, marshmallow, and whipped cream in an infernal sea of pistachio pudding. Are you worthy of this sweet, sweet corruption?

And, if you want the real thing, because you start fires and grip cylindrical objects all day anyway, why not spark up a CiGWAR?TATUAJE CIGARS, the world famous cigar experts helmed by Pete Johnson, bring their expertise and Nicaraguan tobacco to make these hand-rolled luxury items designed exclusively for GWAR. JiZMak da Gusha was blown away by the CiGWAR, saying “It’s the second best thing I’ve ever had in my mouth!”

As an actual doctor of time and space, Doctor Nick was the only logical choice for GWAR when it came to selecting premium male grooming products. This was, of course, largely due to the fact that he is the only known curator of such products who also possesses the ability and desire to transcend space and time through the past few millennia.

Doctor Nick’s beard oils and other grooming products are simply a dream for any carbon based life form who’s concerned with the appearance of its hair covered meat bag and these special oils are no exception. Straight from the bowels of Antarctica, through a 9-mile time chasm and right onto your face that only mother can barely love. Each of them is crafted from only the finest organic bullshit that’s 100% guaranteed to not contain anything the media says is bad for you and chock full of everything they say is. So pinkys up! You look good, and everyone should fuckin know it.

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SODOM Release Lyric Video for “Caligula” New Album Decision Day Scheduled For Release August 26th, 2016

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

German Thrash Metal legends SODOM release a lyric video for the new song “Caligula” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming studio album “Decision Day”, which will be released worldwide on August 26th.

Tom Angelripper says about the song: “CALIGULA IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS ON DECISION DAY. IT`S ABOUT THE MOST NOTORIOUS AND RELENTLESS TYRANT WHO EVER RULED THE IMPERIUM. ONE OF HIS FAMOUS QUOTES READS AS FOLLOWS: “LET THEM HATE ME, SO LONG AS THEY FEAR ME”.

“Decision Day” Tracklisting

1.In Retribution  06:14
2. Rolling Thunder  04:22
3. Decision Day 04:03
4. Caligula  04:01
5. Who Is God?  04:35
6. Strange Lost World  04:59
7. Vaginal Born Evil  05:15
8. Belligerence  04:00
9. Blood Lions  03:17
10. Sacred Warpath  05:34
11. Refused To Die  04:27
12. Predatory Instinct  04:44 (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)

Configurations

=> DigiPak incl. doublesided poster

=> Double gatefold LP with printed innersleevs, 180 g, red Vinyl, CD in cardboard sleeve and bonus track

=> Boxset limited to 1.500 units:Digi, 2LP,poster, hand signed photo card, sticker, button, patch and a flag

=> iTunes exclusive version incl. bonus track

=> Download version

SODOM live 2016

13.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air
20.08.SK-Zvolenska Slatina – More Than Fest
27.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival
10.09.I-Milan – Live Club
16.09.D-Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards
04.11.RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
05.11.RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta
26.12.D-Munich – Backstage

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SLAYER Talks About Fall Tour

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

SLAYER has just released a brand new video clip with Tom Araya and Kerry King talking about the band’s upcoming Fall tour of North America.  Fellow Big Four members Anthrax will Special Guest, and Death Angel will support.
Tour dates:

SEPTEMBER
9   Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10   Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12   Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13   Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17   Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18   Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24   Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25   Knotfest, Devore, CA
27   Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28   Fillmore, Miami, FL
30   Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

OCTOBER
1   Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3   Norva, Norfolk, VA
5   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
7   Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8   ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10   Fillmore, Denver, CO
11   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17   ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19   S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20   Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
22   Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
23   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27   El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**

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ETERNAL CHAMPION To Release “The Armor Of Ire” In September

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

The US Epic Heavy Metallers ETERNAL CHAMPION will release their long awaited debut album titled “The Armor Of Ire”, on September 27, 2016, on No Remorse Records. The album will be available as CD and limited edition LP.

“I Am The Hammer” lyric video:

ETERNAL CHAMPION was formed in 2012 and features members of GRAVEN RITE, IRON AGE and SUMERLANDS. Their barbaric Heavy Metal, inspired by the epic fantasy tales of Michael Moorcock, and savage, pre-Christian war sagas, has been presented on their well received demo “The Last King Of Pictdom” (2013) and the split single with GATEKEPPER, which has been released in 2015.

“The Armor Of Ire” track listing:
1. I Am The Hammer
2. The Armor Of Ire
3. The Last King Of Pictdom
4. Blood Ice
5. The Cold Sword
6. Invoker
7. Sing A Last Song Of Valdese
8. Shade Gate

In other news, ETERNAL CHAMPION has been confirmed for the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL XX, which will take place on April 28 and 29, 2017, in Lauda-Konigshofen in Germany, and when the band will share the stage with cult heroes such as MANILLA ROAD, OMEN, Q5 or MEDIEVAL STEEL, as well as other young Metal acts such as NIGHT DEMON or VISIGOTH.

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