American power metal band Reverence, fronted by Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest), Pete Rossi (Overland, Sanxtion), Michael Massie (Overloaded, Inner Recipe), Steve ‘Doc Killdrums’ Wacholz (founding member of Savatage, Crimson Glory), is thrilled to announce that their new album ‘Gods Of War’ Cover Artwork (cover artwork below, done by Jobert Mello). ‘Gods Of War” will be let loose to cause havoc on Asia/Japan on October 21, 2015 through Marquee/Avalon Records and will be unleashed to conquer the rest of the world through Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The impending power metal assault is coming you way, take cover!
- GUS G Launches New Music Video Featuring Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) On Vocals (Nov 27, 2015)
- Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Gregg Bissonette 'Eat 'Em and Smile' 30th Anniversary Show (Nov 25, 2015)
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- The WIZARDS OF WINTER Holiday Tour Experience Begins! (Nov 22, 2015)
- CANADIAN METAL TRIO CAULDRON PREMIERE 'NO RETURN / IN RUIN' MUSIC VIDEO (Nov 22, 2015)
- Leaves' Eyes - Interview With Liv Kristine @ Islington Academy (Nov 27, 2015)
- Diabulus In Musica - Interview With Zuberoa Aznárez (Nov 26, 2015)
- Undersmile - Interview with the band @ Damnation Festival (Nov 23, 2015)
- The Wounded Kings - Interview with Steve Mills @ Damnation Festival (Nov 23, 2015)
- Lost Society - BrainDead- listening party at Sonic Studios Helsinki (Nov 21, 2015)
- Leaves' Eyes @ Islington Academy, London (Nov 25, 2015)
- Act Of Defiance on 'Friday the 13th' of November, 2015 in Brooklyn NYC. (Nov 24, 2015)
- Damnation Festival 2015 @ Leeds University Student's Union (Nov 23, 2015)
- Sepultura - Helsinki Finland (Nov 19, 2015)
- Endstille @ The Barfly, Camden (Nov 19, 2015)
SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford
Interview conducted by Robert Williams
Video courtesy of William Prewitt
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres
British heavy metal legends Saxon recently toured the U.S. for the second time this year, on a monster billing recalling the now-classic “Bombers & Eagles Tour” of ’92, alongside the monolithic road-dog punters in Motörhead and the up-and-coming hard rockers in Crobot. I was lucky enough to catch up with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford prior to the band’s performance in Austin, Texas for a pre-show interview, Biff went into depth on the band’s new album “Battering Ram” as well as Saxon’s lengthy history with Lemmy & Motörhead. September 1st marked my third interview with the NWOBHM legend for Metal-Rules.com and later that night Saxon delivered in full once-more to a capacity crowd of “Denim & Leather” clad metal warriors who all stood up to be counted! Saxon is a timeless band more than capable of putting on an unforgettable night of heavy metal classics, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of fellow fathers of the craft like Accept, Priest, Maiden or Manowar. Their dedication to heavy metal is nothing short of inspiring and their lineage and discography grows stronger year-by-year as they continue to push the envelope, metallicly speaking. Here’s to many more years of “Heavy Metal Thunder” from Saxon! Read the rest of this entry »
Evil EyE Industries are excited to announce in conjunction with the impending Venom INC / Vader / Divine Chaos European Tour, a fan art competition where one lucky winner will receive a plethora of awesome prizes. We invite fans to interpret, ideate, sketch and submit their artwork of what ‘evil is lurking behind the mask’ from the first official tour poster feastured below. Read the rest of this entry »
Interview with Bobby Blitz
8th September 2015
Interview by Jarod Lawley
With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.
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Interview with Daniel Droste
9th September 2015
Interview by Jarod Lawley
Shortly after the release of Ahab’s fourth album, The Boats Of Glenn Carigg, we spoke to frontman Daniel about the record’s concept, recording process and extremely vibrant artwork.
Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans. Launching with glowing early reviews – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “Slayer continues to reign” (Kerrang!), “as unrelenting as all of their 11 previous” (SPIN), “the sound of Slayer telling you that it still recognizes its essence” (New York Times), and “a potent release that is undeniably Slayer” (Loudwire), the band is showing they are, as the British daily The Guardian put it, “still the masters of this stuff.”
The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today
The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means:
to feel no regret or remorse. Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered. Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”), Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”).
This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.” For the “Repentless” video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”
Repentless was produced and mixed by Terry Date and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. The album is Slayer’s first release since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and features band members Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt.
Interview with frontman Nature Ganganbaigal
Interview by Melanie Brehaut
Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry have undergone a major change recently, with the band permanently relocating to America and vocalist Nature Ganganbaigal recruiting new members for this most international of bands. Melanie Brehaut spoke to Ganganbaigal about the recent changes, and what it means for the band’s future.
Interview with Vesperia Part 2
CONGRATULATIONS TO VESPERIA, WINNERS OF THE WORLD WACKEN METAL BATTLE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2015!!
Vesperia beat hundreds of bands worldwide to take the title. A Canadian band has won the WMB two out of the last three years!
See their winning performance below.
Vagos Open Air
by special guest writer and photographer Keith Devereux
It’s the second weekend of August so it must be Vagos Open Air (VoA), when the peace of the little town of Vagos is shattered by the roar of guitars, the pounding of drums and the delighted screams of a thousand metal fans. In its several years of existence VoA has gone from a small two day festival featuring local bands to a three day international festival that plays host to metal bands from all over Europe and beyond. That Vagos can attract international bands like Within Temptation, Overkill and Black Label Society, who were also playing at Bloodstock in the UK the same weekend, speaks volumes for the hard work of the promoters, Prime Artists, in creating a great festival with a good reputation.
British progressive metal heroes THRESHOLD have just announced a special headline date at London’s Islington Academy for January 24th as part of a European Tour titled ‘The Journey Continues’. Threshold will perform their latest studio album, the acclaimed ‘For The Journey’ in its entirety plus a selection of classics and old favourites.
O2 Pre-Sale tickets are available now and go on General Sale 10am Saturday morning, available from the following link: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/
Sacred Oath launches brand new website and announces “Ravensong” CD / iTunes pre-order with instant-gratification track “Taken”
US power metal quartet Sacred Oath launched a brand new “Ravensong” website in anticipation of their worldwide album release with Angel Thorne Music/ILS/Caroline/Universal coming September 18th. www.sacredoath.net features art, photography, and music from the new album and the recent string of live performances in the New York metro area.
Pre-order for the “Mastered for iTunes” album began September 4th, at Apple Music and includes an instant-gratification track and a 12-page digital booklet. The album clocks in at over 52 minutes in length and contains 10 new songs.
Sacred Oath is also offering signed “Ravensong” CDs directly on their website www.sacredoath.net. Purchases will ship immediately – a full 2 weeks ahead of the actual street date. Pre-orders on the physical CD include a collectible poster and sticker.
“Ravensong” is the band’s 7th studio album and first worldwide release with Caroline/Universal.
From Hell’s Heart:
Top 5 Metal Movie Soundtracks
To be considered for the list, entries should be for MOSTLY metal soundtracks for movies. Preference is given to “metal movies” but if the movie is just, for example, a horror movie and it has a metal soundtrack, then no problem! One metal song on a soundtrack filled with pop, or whatever, is not included.
INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WILTON OF QUEENSRYCHE
CONDITION HUMAN, being the 13th full length album by Queensryche, proves the legendary metal squad is back on track. With the current frontman Todd LaTorre, Queensryche has risen from the ashes to show the band is alive and doing more than well. Therefore Metal-Rules.com talked to the band’s guitarist Michael Wilton about the upcoming album and the summer festival tour through Europe. Read the rest of this entry »
INTERVIEW WITH STEVE GRIMMETT AND NICK BOWCOTT
by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Grim Reaper gained a cult following and had their greatest success in the 80’s by touring and releasing three albums SEE YOU IN HELL, FEAR NO EVIL and ROCK YOU TO HELL. When legal matters occurred, the band was forced to call it quits and frontman Steve Grimmett joined the British thrash metal force, Onslaught. However, Grimmett has continued playing Grim Reaper material as Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper. The legendary British metal band hplayed at Swede Rock in June 2015 with the original guitarist Nick Bowcott returning to their ranks. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant task to sit down to talk with these two British gentlemen about Grim Reaper and several other topics.