The Great Old Ones @ The Black Heart, Camden

March 23rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The Great Old Ones

@ The Black Heart, Camden

21st March 2015

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

The Great Old Ones @ The Black Heart

The Great Old Ones @ The Black Heart

With winter now over, what better way to mourn the passing of our favourite season than with an evening with French black metallers The Great Old Ones?
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Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM »PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS« REVEALED

March 23rd, 2015
by EvilG
Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY - PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

The creators of CINEMATIC METAL are finally back with their most outstanding record: »Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus«, which is set to be released on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK), June 30th (US) by Nuclear Blast Records.

The album was composed and produced once again by Luca Turilli, responsible as always of all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Bonfire a.o.) and mastered by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK a.o.) at MSM studios.

Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mix, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Dan Lucas (KARO) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69). Including 70 minutes of epic music, sounding cinematic, bombastic and dramatic as never before, the new Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY masterwork will lead the listener to an emotional and memorable journey between quantum gates, parallel dimensions, myths and legends hiding cosmic truths, ancestral secrets and spiritual revelations.

And this time it was not enough for the band to simply sound CINEMATIC. It came the time for RHAPSODY to finally “look” CINEMATIC too. Therefore, the new cover artwork and the album booklet, introducing the new cinematic graphic style of the band, were realized by the well-known amazing artist named Stefan “Heile” Heilemann (EPICA, LINDEMANN a.o.).

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Edu Falaschi: 25th career anniversary ITALIAN Tour 2015

March 23rd, 2015
by EvilG
Edu Falaschi

Edu Falaschi

Edu Falaschi is to be back to Italy in June 2015 to celebrate his 25th career anniversary together with Italian fans. The anniversary Italian tour will pass through such cities as Rome, Milan, Parma among others. The musician will perform the most significant songs of his career as a frontman of his former band Angra and the actual one Almah, like MILLENIUN SUN, REBIRTH, WISHING WELL, ACID RAIN, etc.

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Wacken Metal Battle News: Ottawa Round Winner: A Scar For The Wicked

March 23rd, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

OTTAWA ROUND Winner from March 21st @ Mavericks – A Scar For The Wicked- www.facebook.com/ASFTW

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1549850741958140/

JUDGES are:
Topon Das – Fuck The Facts / Apartment 2 Recording / Noise Salvation Recordings
Jeremy Harley – CKCU 931. FM Hammer Smashed Radio
Christina Kasper – Black Widow Promotions
Lee Whiskey – MUTANK (2014 WMBC WINNER)
Stephen Reynolds – MUTANK (2014 WMBC WINNER)
Jeff Waters – Annihilator

Bands:

ENDEMISE www.facebook.com/Endemise

A SCAR FOR THE WICKED www.facebook.com/ASFTW

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods

SCARECROWZ www.facebook.com/Scarecrowzband

DEATHROW SIX www.facebook.com/deathrowsix

…FROM THE DEEP www.facebook.com/fromthedeepmetal

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Desecration – Interview with Ollie Jones

March 22nd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Interview with founder Ollie Jones

By Oliver Manso

One year after the release of their critically acclaimed infamy “Cemetery Sickness“, UK brutal death metal masters Desecration have recently been touring in the UK to spread their gory art to the great satisfaction of their fans. Following a crazy tour in Thailand and Malaysia, their leader and founding member Ollie Jones has granted us an interview covering their last bloody offering and their whole career as well.

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Black Star Riders / Europe @ Glasgow 02 ABC

March 22nd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Black Star Riders (BSR) / Europe
@ Glasgow 02 ABC

5th March 2015

Review by Ritchie Birnie
Photography by Gavin Lowrey

It’s early March and already we have had a raft of Gigs in Scotland’s biggest city. Tonight sees the second co headline tour of the year with Black Star Riders and Europe hitting the Glasgow 02 ABC for the 1st of a two night stint. The second night sold out early on and this one is filling up nicely( so much for rock is dead Gene). So who won the battle of the headliners tonight? Read on…… Read the rest of this entry »

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Wacken Metal Battle – Toronto Round 3 Winners

March 21st, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Toronto Round 3 Winners from March 20th: Winners Phantom and Droid

The Rivoli -https://www.facebook.com/events/323635467827412/

Judges:

Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik,, Famous Underground)

Darrell Shelley (Scene Magazine)

Shawn Davidson (Wacken Anthem Composer)

Competing Bands:
Draft  www.drafttheband.com
Eternal Rising  www.eternalrising.ca
Droid  www.facebook.com/DroidDroidDroid
AMMO www.facebook.com/AmmoToronto
Phantom  www.facebook.com/X6X.PHANT0M.X6X

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RAVEN Post Lyric Video For New Track “Destroy All Monsters”

March 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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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!

Today RAVEN presents the first lyric video from their upcoming album ExtermiNation.  The lyric video is for the song “Destroy All Monsters”.  Check out the video HERE (and below):

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SOFA KING VINYL Teams Up With MADROST For Record Release Project

March 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Madrost – Frozen Beneath The Snow – Lyric Video – http://youtu.be/o6cWC3l8ZxU

Sofa King Vinyl are excited to announce that they have teamed up with Southern California’s Madrost (pronounced “muh-drawst”) for their first vinyl release project as part of the label’s launch. What this means is Sofa King Vinyl will be launching a pre-order campaign with exclusive bundles via Kickstarter. If the goal is met, Sofa King Vinyl will press 500 copies of Madrost’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Into The Aquatic Sector’ on 140 gram audiophile quality vinyl. If Sofa King Vinyl doesn’t hit the goal then nobody pays a dime and the records don’t get pressed while they basically kick rocks. Sofa King Vinyl are a brand new label with no investors, and they’d like to keep it that way as they want complete creative control. A Kickstarter campaign just makes the most sense in order to kick this label into gear.

PRE-ORDER Now via Kickstarter here – Exclusive Bundles Available!

Release details:

140g black audiophile quality vinyl
Mastered for vinyl from original 24-bit hi-res mixes
Poly-lined inner sleeve
Projected release date if Kickstarter goal is reached – August 24th, 2015
For more info, please visit http://www.sofakingvinyl.com

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WACKEN METAL BATTLE – EDMONTON ROUND #3 WINNER

March 20th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

EDMONTON ROUND #3 WINNER: BLËED -www.bleedband.com

Event Link March 19 at Pawn Shop https://www.facebook.com/events/876592109050020/

Judges:
Mark Rodgers – CJSR FM 88.5 – Soul of The City
Lacey Paige – Absolute Underground TV / Mag
Ross Ferguson – Metal Nation Radio – Sedation Saturdays
Anthony Farratto – Sony

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STEVE’N’SEAGULLS Go From Viral Sensation To Signed Act

March 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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What became a genuine international viral phenomenon, actually started out on a farm in central Finland; in a barn, to be precise…

There, a bunch of like-minded countrymen-with the emphasis on “country”-played a customized version of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” using homespun instrumentation, everything from banjo picking to anvil bangin’ to achieve their original take on a classic. They filmed the event, posted the results on YouTube, and within a couple of weeks, the clip had accumulated over five million views. It’s now topped out at 10 million.

Pretty impressive, right?

For STEVE’N’SEAGULLS, this was a bolt from the blue, but then, as history shows us, the greatest stories ever told tend to start in a stable… Yes, a stable.

Now, the band is gearing up to release Farm Machine on Spinefarm on May 12. “Finally it’s complete!” exclaims the band. “And the fruits of our labour please us. We are now preparing to take on the world!”

The band has just revealed the video for its version on another AC/DC stalwart -“You Shook Me All Night Long.” Video features hilarious moments in the barn, as well as awkward moments at the ice hockey rink.
Shakin’ Steves all night long!

http://www.vevo.com/watch/stevenseagulls/You-Shook-Me-All-Night-Long/FIUV71500011?syndicationid=bb8a16ab-1279-4f17-969b-1dba5eb60eda&shortlink=VcKgRt&country=CA

If you need a refresher on who, exactly, STEVE’N’SEAGULLS are, then settle in and get schooled.

Sporting possibly the greatest band name in history, S’N’S, comprised of an acoustic guitarist/vocalist; a banjo player; a double-bassist; a big dude wearing overalls and a beaver hat playing mandolin/keyboards/accordion/whatever-he-gets-his-hands-on; and a cajon-straddlin’ percussionist, have delivered a 13-track album featuring rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with “hillbillified” versions of immortal heavy metal standards-the track listing is below.

It’s a body of work best enjoyed with a bathtub of moonshine close at hand, but really, as foot-stompingly enjoyable as S’N’S are on record, you ain’t seen nothin’ ’til you’ve experienced The ‘Gulls live.

The redneck show tours nonstop, rocking the honky-tonks overseas… for now.

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS will skedaddle off to Swedish and Norwegian soil, before raisin’ hell at European festivals.

In September, they are planning to head over to the U.S. and Canada before returning to Europe for further merriment and mayhem.

Let the hillbillification commence…

Track Listing:

“Grand Opening”
“Black Dog”
“Thunderstruck”
“The Trooper”
“Ich Will”
“Paradise City”
“Nothing Else Matters”
“Over the Hills and Far Away”
“Seek and Destroy”
“Holy Diver”
“Run to The Hills”
“You Shook Me All Night Long”
“Cemetery Gates”

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A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister

March 20th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

 

A.J PERO

Interview and pictures by  Marko Syrjala in 2003 Transcription by JP

I managed to catch legendary drummer A.J. Pero from Twisted Sister during their visit in Swedenrock festival 2003. Here is the interview which was done at about 4.30 AM! It was also just a day before their world premier show with full makeup and costumes, which is reviewed here. ENJOY!!! Read the rest of this entry »

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TWISTED SISTER – Drummer AJ Pero passes away

March 20th, 2015
by EvilG
AJ Pero

AJ Pero

“The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero”

“The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”

He band mates in Adrenaline Mob posted today saying:

We write this with tears in our eyes & our hearts broken to pieces.. our beloved brother AJ Pero peacefully passed away in his sleep this morning on the bus. We are in complete shock & our hearts & prayers go out to his family. It has been nothing short of an honor to have shared the stage with such a beautiful soul & legend! We love you AJ, rest in peace.”

Anthony Jude (AJ) Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.

AJ Pero Page was the drummer for Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob & TRED w/Rudy Sarzo, Mike Orlando, Tim Ripper Owens.

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Acherontas + Crest of Darkness + Mord’A’Stigmata + Towers of Flesh @ The Black Heart, London

March 19th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Acherontas

@ The Black Heart, London

7th February 2015

Review & Videos by Oliver Manso

Photography by Jo Blackened
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Acherontas @ The Black Heart, Camden

Acherontas @ The Black Heart, Camden

After a successful short tour in France and Switzerland in January 2015, Acherontas offered a dark ceremony in London on Saturday 7th March for the first time ever in the UK. It was a very special event for the Coven (as they nicknamed themselves) as it marked the launch of their new album “Ma-IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)” released by the excellent German black metal label WTC Productions. This fifth opus has received outstanding reviews from the whole international press so far and is already considered as a masterpiece. Thus, it’s not surprising to see that they are doing more and more shows throughout the European continent.

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Steel Panther Live @ 02 Newcastle

March 19th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Steel Panther, Skindred & The Lounge Kittens @ 02 Academy Newcastle

10th March 2015

Review and Photos by: Karla Trainer

Steel panther @ o2 Newcalte

Steel Panther @ o2 Newcastle

The hairspray filled time machine coming straight from the 80s landed in Newcastle and I could sense while standing in queue the excitement and enthusiasm. Yes, Steel Panther were in town and the “All You Can Eat” tour is surely, something you cannot miss, whether you are an 80s rock fan or not.

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