May 30th, 2013
by Metal Rules


by Ryan Bartek & Andreas Kegel



When the notorious Czech metal promoter known to the underground as “Curby” announced his masterplan to stretch his legendary OBSCENE EXTREME festival across the globe, grind fans all over the world began salivating. For it’s 15 year anniversary this unparalleled beast of Eastern European metal fests (and consequently the most prestigious grindcore fest on earth) would have a full-scale international tour. The vision of this Dystopian Woodstock was 4 different multi-day open air concerts with an avalanche of bands performing nonstop with the same back-line, only being held back by 10 or 20 minutes between bands from noon until 3 in the morning.

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LORDI w/Kaledon @ Hostile @ The Relentless Garage

May 30th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


With Kaledon & Hostile

@ The Relentless Garage

12th May 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe

Photography by Michelle Murphy



The 12th of May, 2013, was a rainy day in London when the monsters finally rolled into town. We made our way to the Relentless Garage to see the mighty Lordi tear up London and check out what kind of reckless and shocking stage show they have prepared for us this time. It took 4 years for Lordi to return to the UK, and now they were back with a new album To Beast or not to Beast, slightly different line-up and sounding bigger and better than ever.

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WARBEAST to Join PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS on 2013 “Technicians Of Distortion” Tour

May 30th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

This month it was announced via Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals that Texas thrashers WARBEAST will join them on the first leg of their 2013 North American headline tour, dubbed the “Technicians of Distortion” tour. Tickets are on sale now at www.thehousecorerecords.com. The tour kicks off in Tulsa, OK on July 31st at Cain’s Ballroom and hits major cities through its close in New Orleans, LA on August 22nd at Tipitina’s. Also joining the tour will be one-man band Author & Punisher.

“It was an honor for WARBEAST to be on the War Of The Gargantuas split album with Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals back in January because it was the first chance for the world to hear some of Philip’s solo material,” states WARBEAST vocalist Bruce Corbitt. “So to be able to open for his very first solo tour only seems appropriate, and of course it’s a huge break for us! We can’t wait to get started.”

WARBEAST is touring in support of their new album Destroy, which you can buy now at www.thehousecorerecords.com. While you’re on the web, check out the band’s new werewolf-themed video for ‘Blood Moon’ here.

In the midst of their upcoming North American run, WARBEAST will make a stop at the annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA on August 17th at Hadad’s Water Park! Tickets for the GWAR-B-Q will be available June 6th at www.gwarbq.com and come in three different versions. Visit www.gwarbq.com/media for info on the ticket options and to view a brand new commercial for the event. Other bands performing this year at the GWAR-B-Q include Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Battlecross and more.

WARBEAST Tour Dates for June/July 2013:
6/14 – Dallas, TX @ Trees – Mike Scaccia Birthday/Tribute Show w/ Goatwhore, Hammer Witch, Rotting Corpse – Event Page
6/28 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar – Savage Summer Showcase – Event Page
7/25 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links w/ Havok

WARBEAST dates with Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals:
7/31 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
8/02 – De Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
8/04 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/06 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
8/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
8/09 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
8/13 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/14 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/16 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/17 – GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA @ Hadad’s Water Park
8/18 – Silver Springs, MD @ the Fillmore
8/20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s

WARBEAST @ Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival (10/25-10/27):
10/25 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s – PHILIP ANSELMO’s First-Ever Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival

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Leprous – Interview with Einar Solberg

May 29th, 2013
by Peter Atkinson

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LEPROUS – Interview with Einar Solberg

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from www.facebook.com/leprousband

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New PHILIP ANSELMO Track Available to Stream

May 29th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


“Walk Through Exits Only,” the title track from Philip Anselmo’s upcoming solo album, due out July 16 on his own Housecore label, is making its premiere today at Loudwire.com

Produced by Philip Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at his New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band The Illegals – Marzi Montazeri/guitar, and drummer Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzales, Walk Through Exits Only is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.  The album’s eight songs are as unstrained as it gets, from “Battalion of Zero” to “Usurper’s Bastard Rant,” to the album’s title track that goes against the grain and right through the exits.  Brash, brutal guitars cut through punishing percussion as Anselmo screams with uncompromising ferocity and uncontainable fire.

Anselmo will take to the road for his first-ever solo tour, “Technicians of Distortion,” which will kick off July 31 in Tulsa, OK.  On this tour, Anselmo will be joined by The Illegals – Montazeri, Jose Manual Gonzalez on drums, and bassist Steve Taylor.  Dates are below.

31     Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK

2     Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
3     First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
4     House of Blues, Chicago, IL
6     House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
7     The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
9     Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
10    Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT Canada
11    Heavy MTL Festival, Montreal, QC Canada
13    The Palladium, Worcester, MA
14    Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
16    Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY
17    Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
18    The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
20    The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta, GA


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May 29th, 2013
by EvilG
TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “The Land of New Hope”

TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “The Land of New Hope”


(New York, NY) – Timo Tolkki’s Avalon new metal opera, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE (Frontiers Records), has made impressive album chart debuts in Europe, with several Top 100 album chart bows, including a Top 10 album chart debut in composer Timo Tolkki‘s native Finland.  The exciting concept album debut #s are as follows: Finland – #7, Sweden – #42, Switzerland – #59, Norway – #80 and Germany – #90.  The album is available digitally and in regular and deluxe physical versions.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE takes place more than 40 years in the future when most of the planet has been destroyed by natural disasters.  The title of the opera refers to the safe haven that a small group of survivors seek.  THE LAND OF NEW HOPE is composed by one of the forefathers of the power metal genre, former Stratovarius main songwriter and guitarist, Timo Tolkki.  Click here to check out the sultry video for first single “Enshrined In My Memory,” featuring the beautiful Elize Ryd (Amaranthe).  Click here to check out the official EPK and click here to access cover art.  The album is available in two formats: a standard CD and a deluxe edition featuring a 30-minute documentary on the making-of the album and two videos.

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ORPHANED LAND premieres new video for “Brother” online

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

Israel’s ORPHANED LAND has now teamed up with Metal.de to debut the atmospheric video for the band’s latest single, “Brother”. This track is taken from ORPHANED LAND’s upcoming 6th studio album, All Is One, which is due out June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Watch the video for “Brother here.

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ORCHID – wrap up highly successful European tour

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

San Francisco-based heavy rockers ORCHID finished their highly successful European run (in support of the brand new chart smashing album, »The Mouths Of Madness«) last monday in London where the band played a sweat-driven show at the packed Underworld club. The tour also saw the band perform as a headliner at Berlin Desertfest in front of 2000 fans and a frenetically celebrated gig in front of around 8.000 euphoric fans at renowned ROCK HARD Festival, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

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WITHERSCAPE launches new track, “Astrid Falls,” online

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

WITHERSCAPE, the stunning new atmospheric and progressive dark metal outfit formed by Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö together with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, has confirmed the release of their debut album, The Inheritance, to be July 29th in Europe and August 6th in North America via Century Media Records.

For a preview of WITHERSCAPE’s upcoming concept album, click this link to hear “Astrid Falls”.

Dan Swanö comments about the track: “‘Astrid Falls’ is one of my many favourite songs on the album.  It represents the WITHERSCAPE sound in a good way. It’s showcasing the clean and growling vocal interplay and the overall ‘vibe’ of my and Ragnar’s playing as well as the dynamics of our songwriting.” Read the rest of this entry »


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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER stream “Goat of Departure”

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has partnered with LoudWire.com to stream a brand new song from Everblack. Beginning today, fans can listen to “Goat of Departure,” exclusively on LoudWire.com HERE. The Vans Warped Tour begins four days after Everblack is released in North America. For tour dates and tickets, visit vanswarpedtour.com.

Vocalist Trevor Strnad reveals the concept behind “Goat of Departure”: “This song is about how the goat came to represent Christian evil and the origins of the infamous ‘horns’ metal hand sign.” Read the rest of this entry »


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AMON AMARTH: First Of Three-Part Mini Documentary Posted

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

AMON AMARTH unveils the first of their special three-part mini documentary titled Forging Mjölnir. Filmed and directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com), the up-close-and-personal clip — which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork — celebrates the imminent release of the band’s ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods.

Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic via the band’s microsite at http://deceiver.amonamarth.com.

Not many bands can claim their ninth album as the most powerful, dynamic, and plainly aggressive of their career, but then AMON AMARTH have consistently upped their game with every successive release. Having exploded onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998’s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers. “Every time we start working on new music we begin with the idea that we’re going to write the best album ever,” Hegg states. “We knew we wanted a more aggressive, live feeling to this record but there’s no formula behind what we do. We just try to write something that takes us a step further than the last record, and is something that will excite us and our fans. Deceiver Of The Gods is the result.”

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DARK TRANQUILLITY releases new album, ‘Construct,’ today in North America

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

 Melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY have released their highly anticipated 10th studio album, Construct, today in North America via Century Media Records! To purchase the album, please head over to iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats.

For a preview of Construct, be sure to check out the following previously released album tracks:

For Broken Words

The Science Of Noise


Endtime Hearts

Decades after their inception, Gothenburg’s DARK TRANQUILLITY remains at the forefront of the scene that they helped to define as one of the longest-standing melodic death metal bands. Their 10th studio album, Construct, continues in the tradition of their past records by not straying from the band’s roots, while also putting a fresh spin on their trademark sound. After over 20 years together, DARK TRANQUILLITY yet again proves that they are more vital than ever.











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ABIOTIC confirms dates with Within The Ruins

May 28th, 2013
by EvilG

South Florida’s ABIOTIC has a busy summer schedule ahead. In addition to their previously announced dates with The Faceless, as well as being confirmed to open the July 29th Summer Slaughter show, ABIOTIC will join up with Within the Ruins for a string of dates this June. Fans can catch the bands together June 21-29 beginning in Henderson, NV and wrapping up at the Pennsylvania Deathbed Festival. For the confirmed list of dates, visit metalblade.com or facebook.com/abioticfl.

ABIOTIC’s Symbiosis is available now. Fans can stream the music video for “Facades”, as well as order a copy of the album, at metalblade.com/abiotic.

06/08 Columbus, GA Summer Side Show Festival
06/09 Johnson City, TN Mecca
06/11 Steger, IL Another Hole In The Wall
w/ The Faceless, Within the Ruins, Rings of Saturn
06/12 Columbus, OH Kobo Live *no Within the Ruins
06/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
06/15 Peoria, IL The Brass Rail
06/16 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon
06/17 Odessa, TX Far West Event Center
06/19 Tucson, AZ The Rock
End Tour
w/ Within the Ruins
06/21 Henderson, NV Eagle Aerie Hall
06/22 Mesa, AZ The Nile Theatre
06/23 Amarillo, TX The Wreckroom
06/24 Abilene, TX The Backroom w/ Impending Doom
06/25 Houston, TX Walters
06/26 Tupelo, MS Good Time Charlies
Pennsylvania Deathbed Festival
w/ Impending Doom, Texas In July, Within The Ruins, I Am King, Fit For An Autopsy, Rivers Of Nihil, Existence, In Dying Arms, Life As A Ghost, My Heart To Fear, Sicker Than Most, The Merciless Concept
06/29 Allentown, PA Maingate Nightclub

The Summer Slaughter Tour
special appearance w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Aeon, The Ocean, Revocation, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder
07/29 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues



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May 28th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


The brand new Official Video for the song ‘Necropolis‘ from Canadian Metallic Hard Rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND is a definite call to arms. Taken from their self titled international debut release. In stores world wide June 2013 via DOTT Records. The video can be viewed below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUHhKBffAgs

Frontman Nicholas Walsh recently checked in with the following update: “Just letting you all know that we’ve been prepping for our official debut release. We have done a photo shoot with renowned photographer Darko and have been finishing up the artwork as well as the mixes on our bonus tracks. Though we have been in the studio tracking some ‘new, new’ songs, those will only see the light of day for our upcoming live performances, and will not be a part of our debut release. They will be reserved for F.U. #2. Thanks goes out to all of our Canadian fans for all of your support since the beginning. It’s time to share your homeboys and girl with the rest of the world.”

The Famous Underground line-up is:

Nicholas Walsh – vocals/guitars
Laurie-Anne Green – bass/vocals
Rick Corvese – guitars
Darren Boyd – guitars
Desche Sparboom – drums

According to a press release, Famous Underground’s sound and music is edgy, melodic and hooky bringing a paradigm shift to the arena of rock. It’s been said, that they have created something fresh and exciting in an otherwise stagnated genre. With the conclusion that no-one has definitive comparisons, Carl Begai writer with elite hard rock/metal magazine BW&BK describes the new recording as “it’s a darker if-METALLICA-were-GUNS N’ ROSES direction with this brand new album.”

Famous Underground’s self-titled studio release produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (THE BLACK CROWES, SACRIFICE) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.

These musicians have independently garnered critical acclaim supporting such acts as MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, KID ROCK, BLACK SABBATH, BILLY TALENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, APRIL WINE and many other international acts.

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Skelator – Jason Conde-Houston

May 26th, 2013
by Robert Williams


Interview with Jason Conde-Houston of Skelator

Conducted by Robert Williams

Seattle, Washington’s true metal warrior’s Skelator hit me like a ton of bricks the first time I heard them. I had gathered a stack of promo’s I received in the mail to listen to on the drive down from Austin to San Antonio for an Iron Maiden concert and from the second their latest album “Agents Of Power” was introduced to my admittedly jaded ears it would be month’s upon month’s before that disc would leave my car stereo.  Skelator plays heavy metal with a certain reverence and purity to the genre that is something of a rarity these days. Their songs are finely crafted, revealing reflections of some of metal’s all-time great forefathers while still carving their own respective niche in the genre. Skelator vocalist Jason Conde-Houston recently took the time to speak with Metal-Rules.com about the band’s early beginnings, where they are at as a band now and what all we can expect from them in the immediate future. Do yourself a favor metal brethren and seek out their music at once! Read the rest of this entry »


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