Metal-Rules.com: Best of 2016

January 21st, 2017
by Metal Rules

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2016. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2017, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

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Wacken Metal Battle USA Philadelphia & Boston Round Winners! 

March 22nd, 2017
by EvilG

Philadelphia Winners = POWER THEORY, CORPSE HOARDER

Boston Round 2 Winner = GOBLET

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air

One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads! 

Wacken Metal Battle In America For The First Time! 




Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce the first ever Philadelphia round winners conquered by POWER THEORY and COPRSE HOARDER. The bands will now move on to the national final in New York City (date to be determined). The round was held on Saturday, March 18th at Whiskey Tango along with other competing bands In The Presence of WolvesFatal AggressionAssayerMalphas.

Boston Round 2 was won by GOBLET, who will now move on the Boston city final on April 19th and will join round 1 winner COFFIN BIRTH. Round 2 was held on March 21st at Once Somerville along with other competing bands PathogenicCarnivoraRavage. Remaining qualifying rounds listed below.

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Please watch the following video trailer to see all the metal fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xjt8Qp3TE

Boston, MA

Round 3 – Wednesday, March 29 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365881590142958/
Upheaval – http://upheavalboston.bandcamp.com/
Leather Lung – http://leatherlungcult.bandcamp.com/
Birnam Wood – http://birnamwood.bandcamp.com/
Concilium – https://www.facebook.com/conciliumdoom/

Final – Wednesday, April 19 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/364745117238312/
Round 1 Winner – Coffin Birth – https://coffinbirth.bandcamp.com/
TBA
TBA

New York City
(dates coming soon)

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How it works:

Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals, selecting the top band to move forward to the national final in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by city.

2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City

For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattlusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wackenmetalbattleusa/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WackenBattleUSA 

For more info on international battle, please visit: http://www.metal-battle.com

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com

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ANTHRAX Debuts New Track, “Vice of The People”

March 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Anthrax’s absolutely gorgeous “‘For All Kings’ Limited Edition 7-Inch Box Set, available worldwide (Megaforce), hits stores this Friday 3/24, and the band has just made a new track from the set available, “Vice of the People,” previously released as a bonus track only in Japan.  Check the song out here:  https://goo.gl/DAqOML  and more info on the collector’s item box set are here:  http://anthrax.com/for-all-kings-7-vinyl-box-set/

The week before “KillThrax,” the Anthrax/Killswitch Engage co-headline tour, kicks off in Montclair, NJ, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be the special guest drummer sitting in with The 8G Band, the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” house band starting tonight, Monday, March 20 through Thursday, March 23.  The show airs on NBC-TV starting at 12:35AM ET and PT/11:35PM CT.

Then, the day before the “KillThrax” launch, members of Anthrax will celebrate the release of the band’s very own craft beer, Wardance, with a five-bar New York City “beer crawl” that will begin at 6PM at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village.  Fans are invited to any and all of the five destinations to enjoy a few pints of the Wardance pale ale with band members.  Go to http://anthrax.com/anthrax-announces-its-wardance-new-york-city-beer-crawl/ for the complete five-bar locations and times.

Dates for “KillThrax” are as follows:

MARCH
29   The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30   Express Live, Columbus, OH
31   Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL  (Anthrax only)
31   The International, Knoxville, TN  (KsE only)

APRIL
1   Little River Casino, Manistee, MI  (Anthrax only)
1   Norva, Norfolk, VA  (KsE only)
3   The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD
4   The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT
5   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
7   20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
8   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
9   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
11   The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
12   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
13   House of Blues, Orlando, FL
15   Texas Independence Festival @ Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
16   Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX
17   House of Blues, Houston, TX
18   House of Blues, Dallas, TX
20   The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
22   The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
23   The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
25   Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
26   Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
28   The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
29   Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
30   Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

MAY
1   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
3   Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON  CANADA
5   Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
6   Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
7   House of Blues, Boston, MA

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Guitarist DARIO LORINA Releases Video For ‘Death Grip Tribulations’ Title Track

March 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Dario Lorina’s new instrumental album DEATH GRIP TRIBULATIONS is out NOW via Shrapnel Records!

The Kaster Troy-directed video for the song “Death Grip Tribulations” from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Dario Lorina can be seen below. The track is the title cut of Lorina’s second instrumental album, which was released in February via Shrapnel Records, known for discovering and recording guitarists of extraordinary ability.

Dario’s new record is a powerful show of songwriting infused with shred guitar, vintage modern influence, and a richly musical band consisting of longtime musical partner Dan “D.C.” Conway (drums), BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bandmates John “J.D.” DeServio (bass) and Jeff Fabb (drums), along with former LIZZY BORDEN bandmate Marten Andersson (bass). It also features a song with MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell. Engineered and mixed by Fred Archambault, known for his work with ALICE COOPER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, among others, this effort is a sheer embodiment of this high caliber guitarist’s vast skill set.

Says Shrapnel’s Mike Varney: “‘Death Grip Tribulations’ makes it clear that Dario Lorina has become a force to be reckoned with, as at twenty-seven years of age, he draws from experience far beyond his years, creating a collection of songs built on forceful rhythms, strong melodies and an arsenal of advanced guitar chops.”

Lorina began his professional career in 2006 at age 16 as the touring guitarist with the late Jani Lane (ex-WARRANT). At age 19, he joined veteran metal act LIZZY BORDEN, whom he toured with for four years.

Dario released his first instrumental record on Shrapnel in September 2013. In January 2014, he joined BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and has since been touring worldwide with Zakk Wylde, performing on both guitar and keys, most recently on Wylde’s “Book Of Shadows II” tour.

Purchase personally signed CDs here: http://www.dariolorina.com/store/deat…
Purchase on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dea…
Purchase from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Grip-Tri…

Official Website: http://www.dariolorina.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dariolorinaofficial
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dariolorina
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dariolorina
Shrapnel Records: http://www.shrapnelrecords.com/content/dario-lorina-death-grip-tribulations

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RAVEN Announce 2017 Tour Dates

March 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

NWoBHM legends RAVEN announce the first live dates for 2017. The band is excited to go back on the road again:

“Hi there…after a longer than expected break RAVEN are ready & raring to get out on the road again…a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard in 2017 – and squeeze in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!! LETS ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!” (John, Mark & Joe)

RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

The current album “ExtermiNation” was released in April 2015 as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, download and stream through SPV/Steamhammer.

RAVEN Live 2017:

5/18:US-Chicago, IL – Reggies
5/19:US-Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
5/20: US-Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina

03.06.SE-Tyrolen – Muskelrock
07.06.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
08.06.D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
09.06.D-Essen – Turock
10.06.NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
11.06.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
12.06.D-Osnabrück – Bastard Club
13.06.D-Dresden – Chemie Fabrik
14.06.A-Dornbirn – Schlachthaus
15.06.I-Firenze – Circus Club
16.06.I-Milan – Blue Rose Club
17.06.F-Montbeliard – Aterlier des Moles

15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
27.07.SLO-Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
29.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air

10.08.E-Villena – Leyendas del Rock Festival
13.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival

10/6: US-Ventura,CA – Frost & Fire Festival

01.-02.12.GB-Sheffield – O2 Academy (The X Mas Rocka NWoBHM)

“Battle March/Tanks Treads” Video: http://youtu.be/ao0ygllIdXg
“Destroy All Monsters” Video. http://youtu.be/skb0oN1GftI

For More Info Visit
www.ravenlunatics.com
https://www.facebook.com/ravenbandofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

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SNAKECHARMER Release “That Kind of Love” (Official Music Video)

March 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob


From the album SECOND SKIN. Get your copy NOW:

http://radi.al/SecondSkin
– Amazon: http://radi.al/SecondSkinAmazon
– iTunes: http://radi.al/SecondSkiniTunes
– Google Play: http://radi.al/SecondSkinGooglePlay

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Syron Vanes – singer/guitarist Rimmy Hunter

March 21st, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Singer/guitarist Rimmy Hunter – Syron Vanes

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Promo pictures taken by: William Gunnari
Thanks to Mighty Music for the promo pictures of the band
Additional live pictures taken from the archives of: Anders Sandvall

From the southern parts of Sweden comes Syron Vanes who are one of the first Swedish NWOBHM acts, formed in 1980. Singer / guitarist Rimmy Hunter (aka Rimbert Vahlström) sat down to discuss issues like the band’s new album, CHAOS FROM A DISTANCE, released at the end of January’17, the band’s new label, former and current members, and what’s up in the near future for the band….enjoy!

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George Tsalikis joins Overlorde on vocals!

March 21st, 2017
by EvilG

OVERLORDE is excited to announce that George Tsalikis has joined the band on lead vocals!

OVERLORDE - L-R: George Janeira (Drums), Mark "M.E." Edwards (Flying V), George Tsalikis (Lead Vocals), John "Kong" Bunucci (Bass)

OVERLORDE – L-R: George Janeira (Drums), Mark “M.E.” Edwards (Flying V), George Tsalikis (Lead Vocals), John “Kong” Bunucci (Bass)

Many in the metal community will know George as the face of ZANDELLE, as well as lead vocalist for PORPHYRA, and most recently his first ever solo album, THE SACRIFICE.

M.E., John, and George J. could not be happier with this development. Per M.E.: “I have known of George for 17 years, first becoming aware of Zandelle and him when Overlorde reunited in 2000. Overlorde appeared on the same festival bill as Zandelle a few times, and seeing him live was impressive. Then last year, I performed my solo instrumental act at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NY and had the good fortune to see George sing with BLACQUE JACQUE SHELLACQUE. That performance included an excellent cover of QUEEN OF THE REICH. We talked and things proceeded from there”.

George says: “I’m very excited to be a part of such an amazing band. We clicked instantly both musically as well as personally and I look forward to us bringing forth a new Overlorde era to the Metal world.”

George officially joined in early November 2016, just before the holidays. Overlorde had already recorded three new demo songs prior to him joining the band, so it was simply a matter of George jumping in and getting right to it. The songs are done and in the process of being mixed.

Drummer George Janeira stated : “George took the demo songs and textured them with his vocals….. it was an amazing thing to hear the songs come to life. It’s a kick ass ride to be cooperating musically with these guys and George really compliments Overlorde and our music at every level. His musical intuition is unparalleled and I can’t wait to climb on a stage with him fronting. Strap in because Overlorde is not for the weak of heart! Cheers!!!”

John echoes that sentiment: “It is an absolute honor to be playing with George. His vision fits Overlorde like a glove.”

Once completed and uploaded to the web, the songs will showcase the new lineup so the band can begin talking with record labels for the release of their next album. The band is also open to possible festival performances.

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Gojira + Code Orange + Car Bomb @ O2 ABC, Glasgow

March 20th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Gojira + Code Orange + Car Bomb

@ O2 ABC, Glasgow

March 17, 2017

Review & photography by Gavin Lowrey

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Wacken Metal Battle USA Philadelphia Round Winners! POWER THEORY + CORPSE HOARDER

March 20th, 2017
by EvilG

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air

One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads! 

Wacken Metal Battle In America For The First Time! 




Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce the first ever Philadelphia round winners conquered by POWER THEORY and COPRSE HOARDER. The bands will now move on to the national final in New York City (date to be determined). The round was held on Saturday, March 18th at Whiskey Tango along with other competing bands In The Presence of WolvesFatal AggressionAssayerMalphasRemaining qualifying rounds listed below.

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Please watch the following video trailer to see all the metal fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xjt8Qp3TE

Boston, MA

Round 2 – Tuesday, March 21 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841549376120623/
Pathogenic – http://pathogenic.bandcamp.com/
Carnivora – http://carnivora.bandcamp.com/
Ravage – http://www.RavageTheEarth.com/
Goblet – http://goblet2.bandcamp.com/

Round 3 – Wednesday, March 29 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365881590142958/
Upheaval – http://upheavalboston.bandcamp.com/
Leather Lung – http://leatherlungcult.bandcamp.com/
Birnam Wood – http://birnamwood.bandcamp.com/
Concilium – https://www.facebook.com/conciliumdoom/

Final – Wednesday, April 19 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/364745117238312/
Round 1 Winner – Coffin Birth – https://coffinbirth.bandcamp.com/
TBA
TBA

Philadelphia, PA

Round 1 – Saturday, March 18 @ Whiskey Tango (14000 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/618215298370947/
In The Presence Of Wolves – http://inthepresenceofwolves.com/
POWER THEORY – http://sentinelmusic75.wixsite.com/powertheory – WINNER

Corpse Hoarder – https://corpsehoarder.bandcamp.com/ – WINNER
Fatal Aggression – https://youtu.be/GW-oxme5duM
Assayer – http://assayermetal.com/
Malphas – https://malphas94.bandcamp.com/New York City
(dates coming soon)

 

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STRANGE KARMA To Issue New Vinyl LP ‘COLD BLOODED’

March 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

With many rock artists trying to figure out the best way to service their music to their fans, melodic rockers Strange Karma are returning back-to-basics – by issuing their latest album, ‘Cold Blooded,’ as a vinyl-only release. The ten-track album includes the lead-off single, “Devil from the Moon,” and is available for purchase via PayPal through the band’s site (in the US, it is priced at $24.95 + $7.80 shipping and handling): strangekarma.net/music/

Strange Karma has also issued a video for the song ‘Devil from the Moon’ that you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJq9_EbKaMc&feature=youtu.be

Comprised of members Martin Strange (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Paul Strange (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jason McDonald (drums), the group’s singer/leader is especially proud of the release.

“We all think this record is a great snapshot of what Strange Karma is all about – it showcases the versatility of the music we like to create and play.” ‘Cold Blooded’ was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Dylanava Studios by Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum engineer and producer David Ivory (Silvertide, Halestorm, The Roots) and co-produced by Joe Lam.
Thus far, the group (which has over 100K followers on Facebook) has received outstanding reviews concerning their style and approach, including Classic Rock Magazine describing them as “Wild, flamboyant and larger than life” and the WVOX Metal Mayhem stating “Strange Karma is one of the most refreshing and highly innovative bands I have ever had the pleasure of spinning on air.” And finally, Classic Rock Revisited hold Strange Karma in extremely high regard – “The band has been compared to Led Zep in many reviews, but I think that is unfair. A lot of bands copy Led Zep, but not Strange Karma…one finds a very unique and hard rockin’ band. Strange Karma is a true hard rock band that mixes old school tricks with a modern twist. In short, they rock!”

And with the new vinyl edition of ‘Cold Blooded,’ rock fans will get another chance to hear what all the accolades are about.

TRACK LISTING FOR ‘COLD BLOODED’ VINYL RELEASE:

Side A:

1) Freedom
2) Devil from the Moon
3) Crying for Your Love
4) Realize
5) I Believe (London Town)
Side B:
1) Heartbeat
2) Should’ve Seen It Coming
3) Cold Blooded
4) Hey Man
5) Dreams

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

Vinyl landing page – strangekarma.net/music
Website – strangekarma.net

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Ragnard Rock Fest – Interview with Andrea & Franco Giannelli

March 19th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Ragnard Rock Fest

Interview with Andrea & Franco Giannelli

By Oliver M.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: “Legendary Years” to be released on May 26!

March 18th, 2017
by EvilG
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: "Legendary Years" to be released on May 26!

RHAPSODY OF FIRE: “Legendary Years” to be released on May 26!

A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic power metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the “Rhapsody” years (1997 – 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result. Mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan). „Legendary Years“– out May 26, available as Digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-Vinyl!

Tracklist:

01. Dawn Of Victory
02. Knightrider Of Doom
03. Flames Of Revenge
04. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
05. Land Of Immortals
06. Emerald Sword
07. Legendary Tales
08. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
09. When Demons Awake
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames

 

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Glasgow’s Titan Breed Premiere Debut Video and Announce E.P. Release Date

March 17th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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SEPULTURA – guitarist Andreas Kisser

March 16th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

INTERVIEW WITH

ANDREAS KISSER OF SEPULTURA

Sepultura, as we all know, is the famous Brazilian metal export who gained a loyal fanbase all around, including Finland. The Brazilian metallers recently released their latest album MACHINE MESSIAH. The album is definitely one of the greatest and strongest releases of the Derrick Green era. Therefore it was a good time to sit down with Andears Kisser to talk about the new album, the old school Brazilian metal scene, and his old band before Sepultura. 

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Kreator + Sepultura + Soilwork + Aborted @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

March 16th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kreator + Sepultura + Soilwork + Aborted

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

March 2, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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