SWEDEN ROCK 2013

July 12th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Swedenrock 2013

SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2013

Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

“Welcome to the show” – welcomed by KISS  when headlining the second day of the Sweden Rock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Sweden Rock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2013 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there witnessing bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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PHILIP ANSELMO’s Great Expectations For His Fans

July 12th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Philip Anselmo has put together a series of, well, intimidating but humorous video clips in anticipation of his “Technicians of Distortion” tour that kicks of July 31.  The clips instruct fans as to what Anselmo expects of them at the shows.  So far, two have been made available, and you can see them here: Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview with Giles of Dragonsclaw

July 12th, 2013
by J P

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Giles Lavery, vocalist of  Australia’s Dragonsclaw

Interview by JP

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ARTILLERY signs to Metal Blade

July 11th, 2013
by EvilG

Metal Blade welcomes legendary Danish Thrashers ARTILLERY to their arsenal!

Denmark’s ARTILLERY is one Europe’s earliest thrash metal exports, and their contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights.

ARTILLERY was formed in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Since then, ARTILLERY have gone thru numerous line-up changes and released six studio LPs. The first period of ARTILLERY‘s existence gave the world the three classic albums Fear of Tomorrow, Terror Squad and By Inheritance, featuring some of the finest moments of thrash metal Europe has ever put out.

After an eight-year hiatus ARTILLERY returned in style in 1999, sounding as fresh and hungry as ever before without sounding like one of those nostalgia acts. The three albums B.A.C.K., When Death Comes and My Blood put ARTILLERY not only back on the map, but also to the top of their genre.

ARTILLERY comments on the signing: “Artillery is very proud to have signed with legendary Metal Blade Records! Metal Blade is the company who released Metallica’s first song, Slayer’s and Trouble’s debut records and who in their line-up have our fellow Danes Mercyful Fate/King Diamond signed. With their over 30 years of experience in the business this is a big step forward for Artillery. We can’t wait to have our new album released on Metal Blade, and we are looking forward to promote it with our first American tour ever. We also want to thank Metal Mind and Agnieszka for the last 5 years!” Read the rest of this entry »

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WINTERSUN: To Perform New Song + “Time I” and “Wintersun” Records in their Entirety on Tour!

July 11th, 2013
by EvilG
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Wintersun

After several sold-out shows last year on their inaugural North American co-headlining tour with ELUVEITIE, Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN will return to our shores once again for a headlining tour this August/September sponsored by MetalSucks! The band is excited to announce the they will be playing a very special set, which will include a brand new song and the entire Time I and Wintersun albums. Joining them are Italian symphonic death metal champions FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, melodic tech-death kings ARSIS and up-and-comers STARKILL.

Commented the band: “On the upcoming North American Tour we are exclusively going to play the new song ‘The Way Of The Fire‘ for you live!

We are very much looking forward to these special evenings with all of you, also in light of celebrating a part of the brand new album which will be out 2014. That´s our gift to you and truly something special. We cannot wait for you to hear the TIME II material!

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EnChanTya – Singer Rute Fevereiro

July 11th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Rute Fevereiro – EnChanTya

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pictures

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From Lissabon Portugal comes the progressive goth metal act EnChanTya. The band released their debut album at the end of last year. I recently had the chance to talk to lead singer Rute Fevereiro (ex- Black Widow) and we talked about the band, the metal climate in Portugal, and lots more. Check out EnChanTya if you’re into great music with some brilliant growl/clean vocals. Read the rest of this entry »

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KROKUS – Bassist Chris von Rohr

July 11th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Chris von Rohr

Chris von Rohr of KROKUS

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INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Switzerland’s most successful hard rock band of all time, Krokus, are back with their new album DIRTY DYNAMITE. The new album presents Krokus at their best. It’s all about bluesy hook-filled hard rock performed by the classic line up of the band: vocalist Marc Storace, guitarists Mark Kohler, Fernando von Arb and Mandy Mayer and bassist Chris von Rohr. The band enjoyed large international success in the early 80’s. During that period the band released such classic albums as ONE VICE AT TIME, METAL-RENDEZ VOUS and HEADHUNTER but later on the band went through several personnel changes and slowly their popularity started to vanish. The classic line up announced re-union in 2008 and the band released album HOODOO in 2010. It’s been five years since the reunion and as said earlier the band is now back with DIRTY DYNAMITE. Krokus performed at Sweden Rock festival in early June and there I was able to sit down and discuss various topics with bands founding member Chris von Rohr. Read on!

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KISS – Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, Jul 4th, 2013

July 10th, 2013
by EvilG

KISS

Press conference, 40th anniversary tour
Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

by Metal Rules guest contributor, Darrin Pope
Pics by Fawn Downey

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

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Can you hear the Thunder?

July 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Thunderstone - live10.jpgRumours abound of the reactivation of the Finnish group Thunderstone.  As of today, the band’s Facebook page carries the rather cryptic message “very soon”… leading to speculation that big news is just around the corner.

Thunderstone has not released an album since 2009’s DIRT METAL which saw the introduction of new vocalist Rick Altzi who replaced longtime Thunderstone voice Pasi Rantanen.

Metal-Rules.com will monitor the situation and will post updates as they unfold.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/THUNDERSTONE-OFFICIAL/142811818326

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KISS: Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

July 9th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

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KISS

3’rd of June 2013

Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA BY COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. rockers KISS opened up their European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden on 1’st of June. The show was the World Premier of bands new spectacular stage titled “Spider”.  Now, two days later, the KISS circus arrived in Helsinki. The band has been a regular visitor to Finland during past few years but there’s still a lot of demand for the band since they sold over 15,000 tickets in Hartwall Arena. It’s KISSin’ time again!

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CARCASS: Trailer Previewing “Surgical Steel” Release Posted Online

July 9th, 2013
by EvilG

Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, have released a trailer http://youtu.be/hjvHn1IlK5c previewing music from their upcoming sixth full-length release, Surgical Steel. The eagerly-anticipated album will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America).

Surgical Steel, the band’s first studio release since their 1996 LP Swansong, was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWERGOREFESTCANNIBAL CORPSESINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). Expect some guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen as well, when Surgical Steel is finally released this Fall world-wide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Less Than A Week Left To Help Out The SIN CITY SINNERS

July 8th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Time is running out… Only a week remains in The Sin City Sinners quest to produce two new CD’s. Vegas’ favorite band has taken to the popular Kickstarter route, but has a lot of catching up to do. The Kickstarter site has become a great tool in helping independent artists fund their projects, but it’s not without it’s risks… Kickstarter is all or nothing, if you don’t reach your goal, all the money raised is returned.

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LORD Announce Asia Tour For September

July 8th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

LORD ANNOUNCES ASIA TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER
Appearing for the first time in Singapore and Malaysia.
Making their long awaited return to Japan.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF SUMMER

July 7th, 2013
by EvilG

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As the summer heat has really kicked in for many of us, it got us thinking about the albums we reach for on a hot summer’s day. The type of album best played while having a few cold ones, having a BBQ, sitting at a pool, going swimming, or just melting in our own hell!

We took in about 150 nominations from staff which we then narrowed down to the list that you see below. We applied some guidelines to the nominations: it had to be albums (not demos, no EP’s) and it goes without saying, the nominations had to be metal. Nominated albums were both new and old, and covered everything from glam to death metal. However, when scoring, the main point kept in mind was that the album had to remind us of summer, or we had to feel it was suited to summer listening. That means that what someone had as a #1 selection was not necessarily their favorite album from the nomination list, it was just the one they thought was best suited.

So load up your CD player, iPod, or whatever medium you prefer, crack a cold one and enjoy listening to some of the greatest summer metal albums available.

-EvilG, July 2013.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off in San Bernardino, California – June 29, 2013

July 6th, 2013
by Metalette

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013

San Bernardino, California
June 29, 2013

Review and band photos by Metalette
Crowd photos courtesy of Adrenaline PR

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013

The San Manuel Amphitheatre is situated in a classic California desert-mountain valley. It was in this harsh, desolate, and port-a-potty-covered wasteland that the first day of Mayhem Festival 2013 took place. There was literally nothing else around the festival; just tall, brown, shrub-covered mountains and lots and lots of dust. The day itself was so hellishly hot – peaking at a scorching 107 F – it was almost as if Satan himself had a hand with the weather (maybe he was even at the festival; he’s kind of into the metal scene, isn’t he?). I’m sure the Mayhem people made a fortune on the ice cold $3 waters and $6 lemonades they were peddling all day long, and I witnessed at least one girl pass out from the heat. But with a name like Mayhem, what else would you expect?

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