On March 6, 2015, we were shocked to learn that one of our own, the bright, talented and young Hann Ng, had been killed in a traffic accident in his home country of Malaysia. We would like to send out deepest and sincerest condolences to all of Hann’s family and friends.
On this page we pay tribute to some of his work with Metal-Rules.com by featuring some of his words and photos.
“When I wrote My Future, I was actually having a lot of issues going across my mind. Mostly things about moving on from past relationships or friendships. I never quite wrote a song about this kind of subject before but I find it’s always interesting to try something new. Especially just as long as I find it’s natural and appropriate. The overall sound of this song is a little bit inspired from In The Rain from the first album, except with a few new dynamics to it. Some of the more obvious new dynamics would be the far eastern influences and the added syncopation. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how this song turned out. It’s definitely a song that sticks in my mind.”
• All songs performed by: Collin McGee
• All songs written by: Collin McGee
• Produced by: Collin McGee
• Mixed by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc
• Mastered by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview. Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.
Bass player Martin Mannhardt from the German band Wicked Sensation hooked up with us to talk about the bands’ brand new album ADRENALINE RUSH. This is their fourth album from this melodic hardrock six-piece act. Besides talking about ADRENALINE RUSH we dedicated our conversation to handle the singer Robert Soeterboek’s status in the band, what part session singer David Reece plays on the album and which members are featured in the current line-up. Read the rest of this entry »
Only 2 weeks after the release of their new masterpiece “Ma-IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)”, Occult black metal masters Acherontas offered a special ceremony in London on the 7th of March to launch their fifth album. We took the opportunity to interview this cult Hellenic horde (previously known under the name of Stutthof) before their ritualistic show. Due to sickness, Gionata Potenti (drums) couldn’t be with us. I asked some questions to their leader and founding member Acherontas V. Priest with the presence of Indra (guitarist of cult Greek act Naer Mataron) and Hierophant (bass). Due to lack of time (the band had to soundcheck), most part of this interview was done by e-mail. I deeply thank Acherontas V.Priest for his kindness and for the time he granted us.
Released on 20th of March 2015 by Ulthar Records on Cassette & DD
Ulthar Records is delighted to announce the release of the first demo from Deheubarth.
Deheubarth is the fear of ancient Cambria and the manifestation of the spirit of the Brythons. Raw, atmospheric despair in reverence of the old ways of Black Metal, while also drawing power from early 90’s English Doom.
‘Darkwinter Possession‘ was unleashed on limited cassette tape and digitally on the 20th of this month.
Deheubarth will make their debut live appearance at Gathering of the Morbid III in October, alongside Haar, Pale Mist, Crypt Lurker, & Barshasketh.
S.F.D. from Australia are a reminder of the timeless quality of thrash metal. Originally active around 1991-1993 (the ‘Regression’ album happened later and was probably unreleased), the band put out some of the most potent thrash music to come out of their region. It’s clearly not as derivative as you’d think – more listens would only unravel the thought put behind the song structuring beyond the obvious relentless shredding (read – ceaseless headbanging momentum). It’s like an itch that you can’t get enough of. It’s sufficiently heavy, undeniably juicy and just as raw as you’d like to get your blood rushing and fists swinging. The music brings to mind classic thrash of Bay Area in parts, old Teutonic thrash, as well as the more technical kind such as CORONER’s style of thrash – evidently, S.F.D. have been mixing it up and serving it with a shot of adrenaline and immeasurable passion. Take any material from this release – it won’t leave much to be desired, and will deliver fairly raging, involved and varied thrash metal that will lure you in with each listen.
Warriors!!! Hear the sound of the battle cry! With their new album Dawn Of The Nine, legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED have forged a modern death metal weapon from the blood and spirit of their Viking ancestors. The band is offering fans a taste of their forthcoming masterpiece in the form of part three of their track-by-track trailer.
Pittsburgh Heavy-Metal combo LADY BEAST announce the release of their new & second album ! Simply entitled “Lady Beast II”, this new album will include 9 songs of pure Heavy-Metal fury ! We have no doubt here at INFERNO Records that the band will kick your ass again.. but this time, even harder!
PHRENETIX is a young promising THRASH Metal band hailing from Vilnius/Lithunia, that got formed in 2011.
The band first played shows actively and released in 2013 their first demo, made of 5 songs which got very positive feedback from underground media.
RIOTOR – the Beast from Québec/CANADA has inked a deal with french label INFERNÖ Records ! RIOTOR, formed back in 2007 in Québec/CANADA, are no newcomers in the underground METAL circuit! After a brilliant debut album released in 2010 (on BESTIAL INVASION Records) and many live shows where the BEAST spat his venomous Metal style in the face of many metal maniacs, a new album is in the making & will be released on INFERNO Records ! This one will be entitled “Rusted Throne” and will include 10 new devastating songs ! To be released on CD & Cassette.
With their new self-titled album having been released in the UK just two days prior, Santa Cruz arrived in the UK ready to play the Islington Academy in London in support of Amaranthe.
Straight after their sound check Metal Rules spoke to Archie (vocals & guitar) and Johnny (guitar) to find out more about their second album and the recording process. You can also hear more about their upcoming video for ‘My Remedy’ and the fate that awaits poor Middy.
If you missed them on this leg of the tour then worry not as they may be back later in the year….maybe.
On the sixth night of their tour Amaranthe arrived in the UK to play the Islington Academy in London. After sound check Metal Rules spoke to Jake E (vocals), Elize (vocals) and Olof (guitar and keys) to inquire about how they were finding the tour so far.
Watch the video to hear more about how the band developed with three vocalists, their song writing process, and the ideas behind the video ‘Drop Dead Cynical’ from their most recent album Massive Addictive.
earMUSIC has signed an exclusive deal with Entertainment One Distribution for distribution in the U.S., it was announced today. The deal is the first of many planned elements that will further nurture the earMusic label, brand and artists in the United States in 2015 and beyond.
Max Vaccaro, General Manager of earMUSIC comments, “During the first five years of earMUSIC, we have seen our label becoming a constant presence on the charts all over Europe. After some excellent years with our close friends at Eagle, we now feel its time to ‘walk on our own two feet’ and start developing our own presence in the United States. We approach this step in the most important market in the world knowing how challenging it will be to be as successful as we are in Europe. In a market where some of the best companies operate, we feel strong with having met a partner like eOne to share this ambition with.”
Michael Healy, Executive Vice President of eOne Music, states, “We feel very fortunate to be able to add EarMUSIC to our strong list of labels and artists. It will be exciting to be a part of their continued success as they take these next steps to expand their footprint in the U.S. marketplace.”
Scott Givens, VP Metal of eOne Music, adds, “I am thrilled to have earMUSIC join eOne Distribution and look forward to working with Max and his staff. This is another example of eOne’s ongoing commitment to the rock and metal genres.”
earMUSIC is the international record company of Edel Group. The label features an impressive repertoire of rock, pop, metal, and alternative rock artists. earMUSIC fuses the experience and tradition, a product of Edel’s 25-plus years of worldwide success, with a renewed musical direction and a fresh approach to further artist’s careers and to foster their new releases.
Additionally, earMUSIC offers artists a strong network of owned affiliates and long-term international partners. These top professionals and highly-regarded companies have been responsible for the success of countless independent labels and artists, all of which have benefitted greatly from their marketing, promotion, and distribution services, as well as their expertise, their experience, and their “know how.”
Domestic label management for earMUSIC will be provided by the U.S. team of international promotion and marketing firm International Solutions, headed by Elias Chios in New York.
Internationally, earMUSIC’s roster in Europe boasts some of the biggest names in rock music, including Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, Status Quo, Ash, Foreigner, Tarja, Thunder, Joe Jackson, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Stratovarius, Baby Metal, Christopher Cross, and many others.
eOne Distribution is the largest independent music and video distributor in North America and holds the highest market share of any independent. The company boasts an unparalleled roster ranging from leading independent labels to major Hollywood studios covering a wide spectrum of genres in both music and video. In addition to offering traditional wholesale and managed inventory services to some of North America’s largest retailers, the company’s fully staffed digital team operates its own in-house digital suite and provides a wide range of digital strategic services.
The first set of releases for May under this new deal are as follows:
Deep Purple, Long Beach 1971: The release is the latest in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple live series of the past two years, boasting rare material. Recorded at the Long Beach Arena on July 30, 1971 and broadcast on KUSC, 91.5 FM, this is a “must own” for fans of Deep Purple, spanning over 70 minutes of music that was remastered in 2014. earMUSIC has reached Gold Status with Deep Purple latest release “NOW What?!” in Germany where it charted at No. 1, and achieved over 10 top 10 positions worldwide, four of which were No. 1.
Angra, Secret Garden: Brazilian metal icons Angra, who have been a unit for two decades, are releasing their first music in over four years in the form of Secret Garden. It’s a concept album which asks a critical question: Can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent?
SOTO, Inside the Vertigo: Soto casts vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, formerly of Journey, amidst talented young turks who know their way around their instruments. The album is cathartic, as it finds Soto releasing the buildup of tension and frustration he has dealt with over the past several years, making for a fascinating listen that rock fans will love and be unable to turn away from.
Thunder, Wonder Days: One of the most enduring British bands of the past two decades, Thunder roar again with their 10th studio album—their first in six years. Their sound is a timeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power and they have rightfully ascended into the rock pantheon. The album entered the UK Top 10, a first for the band in over 20 years.
ASH Kablammo!: A brand new studio album from the pop-punk sensations Ash, one of the most successful bands to emerge from Ireland in the last 20 years, is upon us. The album offers a great collection of instant classics for a band that has managed to stop time. It’s a return home, as Ash had enjoyed great success in collaboration with the Edel network for their first three seminal albums.
Gamma Ray, Best Of: The German power metal institution offers a selection of their best, most representative songs on one album! It’s a collection of true greatness preparing the way to a complete catalogue reissue with extra disc made of brand new exclusive material.
Deep Purple have announced their 2015 North America Summer tour. Tickets and VIP Packages go on sale NOW in select markets. More dates to go on sale in the coming days.
VIP Packages will be offered in select markets on the 2015 Deep Purple North America Tour. The packages offered will be the following:
DIAMOND: MEET & GREET PACKAGE (available in select markets)
Premium Ticket (in first 5 rows in most markets) (or GA where applicable)
Meet n Greet with band member(s) (will not include Ian Gillan).
Exclusive Autographed Litho
1 Personal Item autographed
Exclusive VIP Merchandise- To Be Determined
Commemorative laminate & lanyard
GOLD: MERCHANDISE PACKAGE (available in select markets)
Premium Ticket (in first 15 rows in most markets) (or GA where applicable)
Exclusive VIP Merchandise To Be Determined
7/14/15 Lewiston, NJ
7/22/15 Englewood, NJ
7/24/15 Lynn, MA
7/25/15 Port Chester, NY
7/30/15 Mashantucket, CT
8/2/15 Nashville, TN
8/4/15 Sterling Heights, MI
8/5/15 Columbus, OH
8/7/15 Sioux City, IA
8/12/15 Costa Mesa, CA
8/14/15 Laughlin, NV
8/15/15 Indio, CA
More dates to be announced.