Adrian Erlandsson – At The Gates, The Haunted, Paradise Lost

December 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen




 Adrian Erlandsson is known for his work with several bands, but especially The Haunted, Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth and of course At The Gates. The last mentioned returned with the ultimate comeback album called WAR WITH THE REALITY proving the band still kicks and is able to create lethal riffs and above all, one hell of an album. At The Gates recently made the first club tour crisscrossing Finland and Metal-Rules.Com had a great privilege to talk briefly before the five piece hit the stage.

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HERFST to work with DAN SWANÖ again for upcoming release

December 7th, 2014
by EvilG

Belgian necromantic metallers Herfst are entering the studio to record the successor to their self-released ‘The Deathcult Pt. I: An Oath in Darkness’. For the second time in a row, the band will join forces with UNISOUND Studios where none other than renowned producer DAN SWANÖ will be responsible for mixing and mastering.

The band aim for an early 2015 release and have already released a snippet from an early preproduction, which can be listened via the link

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HELL OVER EUROPE: Aborted Origin Exhumed Miasmal Oslo Norway

December 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen



Pokalen Pub, Oslo, Norway, 25.11.2014

Review and pictures by Petri da Costa


Late November started the Hell Over Europe tour featuring an amazing line up of death/grind bands such as Miasmal, Exhumed, Origin and Aborted. This was one of those tour packages that fans of the genre couldn’t miss, and although the Pokalen Pub wasn’t packed as I had imagined beforehand, there was a good turn out of fans, especially considering that the gig happened on a Tuesday.

Even though it was advertised in some internet pages that the gig would start at 8pm, the first band, Miasmal from Sweden, had already started to play around 7.30 pm. Unfortunately I arrived a bit before 20 and was unable to see the whole Miasmal gig, and at that point there weren’t even many fans presented at the Pokalen. Nevertheless the Swedes delivered the goods and they are one of those the bands to be on the look out.

To keep things on a fast pace so the whole evening wouldn’t end late, Exhumed got on stage a bit after 20 and once again demonstrated why they are on a roll. With no new material to promote, however with new bassist/vocalist Matt Ferri among them, Exhumed played a mix of their latest album, like “Necrocracy”, “Coins Upon The Eyes”, “Dysmorphic” and their classic stuff like “Forged in Fire”, “Necromaniac”, “Limb from Limb” and others. It was great to see that their “mascot”, the maniac surgeon, made also an apperance couple of times, “killing” guitarrist Bud Burke, waving the saw and also taking an bloody head from the microwave and pooring blood among the first row fans. They closed their short but powerfull set with “All Guts, No Glory” and “As Hammer to Anvil”.

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Now with more fans inside Pokalen, some who didn’t even know that Miasmal and Exhumed had already played, Origin hit the stage in a phenomenal and brutal way. The band has been promoting “Omnipresent” and their energy on stage was non stop. From “Expulsion of Fury” to“Redistribution of Filth” to “Saligia”, Origin gig had some stage dives and a wall of death during their technical and heavy set. Without a doubt their gig was a madhouse.

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 Finally it was time for the mighty Aborted to keep the crowd going and end the night. The band has been on the road promoting their killer new album, “The Necrotic Manifesto” and was also on top form. Drummer Ken Bedene seemed to play in such an efortless way, altough playing fast and brutal, it was something to watch and admire. Obviously with the new album out, they played songs like “The Extirpation Agenda”, “Necrotic Manifesto”, “Cenobites” and Matt Harvey from Exhumed joined Aborted to sing with Sven during “Coffin Upon Coffin”, which was one of the highlights of the night.

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And just like, fast & brutal, the Hell Over Europe ended in Oslo. This tour package was one of the best of the year and hopefully tour packages like this, featuring great death/grind bands, will continue to come to Europe and also everywhere else, since it’s something that the fans wouldn’t miss it.

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 Interview with Chen Balbus, of Orphaned Land

December 7th, 2014
by UK Team

7th November 2014

Interview by Victoria Fenbane

Metal Rules UK Team member Victoria Fenbane, grabbed an interview with Chen Balbus, guitarist for Israeli oriental metal act Orphaned Land , before they took the stage at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London.  They discussed the band’s musical influences from home, the inevitable politics questions and how the band ended up becoming associated with the metal fusion belly dance phenomenon.

Orphaned Land 2013 Promo Photo

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Aborted – Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé

December 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen



Interview by Petri Da Costa Seppänen

Aborted has had a terrfic year so far. The new album, “The Necrotic Manifesto”, came out earlier this year and has gathered many positive reviews from the press and fans. Not only that, the band is close to celebrate 20 years of existence and this year they played many gigs bringing their gory death/grind to the masses. I caught up with lead vocalist and founder of Aborted, Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé, while on the Hell Over Europe tour in Oslo to talk a bit about the band history, their future plans and much more.

Let’s start off talking about the the beginning of Aborted, which was almost 20 years ago. How were the early days for the band and what were the musical influences that made you form IMG_8652Aborted?

 Well, it was very different from now, that’s for sure. When we started, death metal wasn’t at its peak, it was actually on its way down because during the early 90’s death metal was doing well, but then black metal became really popular. So there wasn’t that much death metal going around. Our influences must have been mainly Carcass, Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Slayer.

You mentioned that death metal was back then on decline [in the mid 90s], so was it difficult to get the band going and people interested forming the band with you?

 It was difficult to get the right people.

Besides the musical influences you mentioned, what kind of horror or gore movies made you pursue lyrically this gore theme?

 Well, obviously the Hellraiser series was very important, also Re Animator, Evil Dead, that kind of stuff. The old 80’s slasher crap. (laughs)

Looking back now not only to the death metal scene, but the whole metal scene in Belgium, how was that?

 Well, there were more people going to shows and all that. There were way less shows too. I mean, you gotta watch everything in perspective, there’s less people at shows now but there are a lot more shows. The metal scene wasn’t doing bad, black metal and the whole Gothenburg scene was starting to explode. So back then that stuff was more popular than what we were doing.

Do you think that nowadays is a lot more easier or more difficult to get people interested in the band?

 Well, it’s easier coz the band is bigger since we worked for such a long time. On the other hand, let’s say that if the position where are now was 20 years ago, we’d be a much bigger band coz there was less going on.

Through these almost 20 years of band, you are the only remaining original member, how difficult was to keep the band going with all these line up changes and like you said, getting the right people?

 It was tough, but you do it because you like doing the music. Once we found Ken here [Ken Bedene – Aborted’s drummer], the last couple of years have been Strychnine_covereasier. We’ve been working for a bunch of years, J.B. [J.B. Van Der Wal – Aborted’s bassist ] too, he’s been on and off with us since 2008, Ken since 2010 and the other guys have been for two and half years. It’s been pretty solid the last couple of years.

But was there any point in your career when you thought that maybe you should quit facing so many difficulties?

 After the “Strychnine.213record I wanted to, but then I really didn’t want to end on a shit record, coz I hate that album, which is why we took a year break. In 2009 we didn’t do shit, then we came back 2010 with “Coronary Reconstruction” and things are getting better since then.

And through all these records, is there a specific one that you are the most proud of or one that you could say it was the turning point for the band?

 Well, the “Coronary Reconstruction” EP and the new album probably.

Let’s talk about the current tour, the Hell Over Europe. How has it been so far?

It’s been really good so far. We have done five shows now, it’s been really good. The only show that wasn’t so good was Cologne, but you know that city is known for not being so good for our style of music. But the vibe on the tour is good and everybody is nice, we all know each other for years, besides Miasmal, but yeah it’s been pretty easy.IMG_9853

You had Matt [Harvey] from Exhumed singing with you “Coffin Upon Coffin” in Hamburg, is that something that’s gonna…

He’s doing every night with us.

Oh every night? I thought it was just then that happened. That’s pretty cool. Are you joining them on stage as well or?

 Not tonight. (laughs) I don’t know, it’s up to them.

Are you guys going to extend the current album tour for next year or is this current the last one to promote “The Necrotic Manifesto”?

 I think we are still touring but it’s mainly going to be North America. As far as Europe goes, this current tour and maybe some festivals. We haven’t done US with this new album, so we wanna go once or twice next year. After that we’ll do a dvd of the 20 years of the band, with an extra cd that has all the audio from the dvd, plus maybe four new songs.

Ok, coz I was just gonna ask about the band’s 20th aniversary, so that’s the plan?

 Yes, it’s gonna be a mixture of a full live show, actually couple of live shows and a documentary but in a horror movie style. We are trying to come up with some original ideas.

You guys worked again with Jacob Hansen on the production of “The Necrotic Manifesto”, so are you guys going to work again with him since he also worked on “Global Flatline”?

We have actually done four albums with him. We were with him and we left for a few records to try out different people, but we just came back to him. I think it Aborted+-+Coronary+Reconstruction+EPfits the best for us.

Talking about the new record, you guys released a special edition on cd that came with a card game. Who came up with that idea and have you played it already?

Yeah, we played it, of course. We are all gamers, but basically Danny [Tunker – Aborted’s guitarrist] and I came up with the game and I made it in about two days. Two days of intense work.

Was this game based on something specific or a particular game that you like?

 Not really, I mean he [Danny] knew the zombie card game, so we very loosely based it on that, but basically we came up with that from start to finish.

You guys have frequently recorded a lot of covers, and recently Max Cavalera said that he liked a lot the “Arise” cover. Have you guys meet him or you found about his opion just from the press?  

 We haven’t met him, but we have seen in many interviews where he has spoken about it. We saw a picture of him with a [Aborted] t-shirt that he must have bought it somewhere, that actually was really cool to see. Last year we were on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, we were in Stockholm and we met L-G from Entombed and he was speaking very highly about our Entombed cover. It’s been really cool to get some feedback from the bands that were very influential to us back in the day.necrotic

You talked a little bit about your feelings regarding the death metal scene in Jason Netherton’s book [Extremity Retained: Notes from the Death Metal Underground], you said it was a bit more special then. I don’t know how you see this but nowadays there’s this nostalgia going on, whether is the bands releasing more vinyls and cassete tapes, plus the whole retro thrash scene, so do you think this a general feeling from most people? That back then was more special, that they want to bring back for example the 80’s feeling or how do you see this?

 I think it’s a mixture of hipsters and people who miss the old shit. I can’t imagine a 16 or a 17 year old kid missing tapes, you know what I mean? (laughs)

What about you: you like the vinyls better? Whats your take on the whole digital era?

 I listen to my music, sadly, mainly on my phone or my computer or in the car. I still have a huge cd collection, but I don’t even have a cd player here. I still buy them, but I also buy digitally, it’s just more convenient. I still love vinyls because of the artwork.

Well, thanks for the interview and hope the rest of the tour goes well!

 Thank you, right on man.

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EKTOMORF: new video clip “Whisper” available

December 6th, 2014
by EvilG

Ektomorf is here with their new video for “Whisper” from the latest album “Retribution”. The clip contains tour footage, recorded by band and crew, and it is truly a showcase of the Hungarian quartet’s live intensity. Stage moments of their latest headlining tours and Summer festivals dominate the video, while for short moments you may check some backstage action too. “Whisper” is considered as a fan-favorite, and the band certainly hopes that their fans are going to recognize themselves in the video, moshing & jumping in the crowd.
EKTOMORF “Outcast Bells” tour:

17.12.2014 Berlin K17 (GER)
18.12.2014 Frankfurt Nachtleben (GER)
19.12.2014 Hartberg Neo-Music Club (AT)
20.12.2014 Cham L.A. Lifestyle (GER)
21.12.2014 Bielefeld Metal Christmas (GER)


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WOLFPAKK: the melodic metal allstar-project releases its third album in February

December 6th, 2014
by EvilG

The two alpha wolves Mark Sweeney and Michael Voss continue their journey on February 27th whenWOLFPAKK‘s third album “Rise Of The Animal” will be released. For the follower to „Wolfpakk“ (2011) and „Cry Wolf“ (2013) again many high-class musicians contributed to make this a very special album once again.

Guest vocalists and musicians are a.o.:

Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween)
Marc Storace (Krokus)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Andi Deris (Helloween)
Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio)
John Norum (Europe)
Axel Rudi Pell
Al Barrow (Magnum)
Bob Daisley (ex-Black Sabbath)
Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC)
Simon Philips (ex-Toto)

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ENUFF Z’NUFF Release Whacky New Video For “The Stroke”

December 6th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

It’s been 30+ years since Billy Squire unleashed his debut single “The Stroke,” and gave teenage boys everywhere a reason to grab their instruments and get strokin’. Now, Enuff Z’nuff just gave them one more! The classic hard rock group, who this year celebrate their 30th anniversary, just released a light-hearted and sexy video for their cover version of Squire’s rock anthem. The video, directed by David Stekert, stars Enuff Z’nuff founder, bassist, singer and namesake, Chip Z’nuff, fronting an all female band who romp their way through the song at double speed, like a Benny Hill sketch trapped in a studio rehearsal room. The video also features a guest appearance by Jesse Camp, everyone’s favorite shaggy-haired stoner and winner of MTV’s first “Wanna Be A VJ” contest in 1998!

Established in Blue Island, IL 1984, Enuff Z’nuff scored its first major success in 1989 with their gold-selling debut album, containing the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle.” In 1991, the second album Strength appeared, which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them “The Hot Band Of The Year” as well as earning them numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. The mid-late ‘90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the Enuff Z’nuff torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums. Earlier this year the band released its first ever covers album, Covered In Gold, a collection of 12 eclectic cover tunes from Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and Nirvana’s “All Apologies” to Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown,” all of which showcase this group’s incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. Covered In Gold, like Enuff Z’nuff, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, “When it comes to Rock N’ Roll, you don’t need anybody else.”

“These guys deserve Rock Superstar status!” – Howard Stern

“This band writes great songs!” – Paul Stanley

“One of the more exciting and gifted bands on the scene today!” – Rolling Stone magazine

“Enuff Z’nuff is one of the most underrated bands in the world!” – Steven Van Zandt

Track List for Covered In Gold
1. Everything Works If You Let It (Cheap Trick cover)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
3. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover)
4. All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
5. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
6. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Run For Your Life (The Beatles cover)
8. When Doves Cry (Prince cover)
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles cover)
10. The Stroke (Billy Squier cover)
11. Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth cover)
12. Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
13. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Live on Howard Stern)
14. New Thing (Live Unplugged In London)

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EXODUS Drummer TOM HUNTING Performs for New Jersey Music Students at Master Class Clinic

December 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

This past Sunday, November 30th, students at The Old Bridge Music Center School in Old Bridge, New Jersey, were treated to a special Master Class clinic with EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting. The event was part of the school’s ongoing “Meetings with Masters” series that offers young music students the chance to learn from top music industry professionals from around the world.

Highlights of the Master Class included an inside look at Hunting’s successful career, drum tips and techniques, advice to young musicians looking to have a career in the music industry, and a Q&A session. Students were then given the opportunity to play along with Hunting on a second drum set with other student musicians in a series of “Double Drum” jams to close the event, much to the delight of all in attendance.

“Wow! What an amazing day! We had such a great time and it was really inspiring to take part in the very important work that The Old Bridge Music Center School does,” states Tom Hunting. “I couldn’t be happier about how the day went. We talked a lot about touring, and the lifestyle, practice techniques, different styles of music, and pretty much every aspect of music. And the kids were so smart, extremely talented, and very engaged in the process. I left there wishing we had more time to talk and jam!

Hunting adds, “Teaching is something I plan to pursue as a career when all the touring, recording, and traveling with EXODUS settles down in the future. This was my first time teaching (other than a few private lessons) and I left Old Bridge inspired and with a feeling that this is a good path for me. I wanna thank both of the Gregg’s and Zipperhead and everyone else involved in this school for one of my favorite days I can ever remember!  It was a true pleasure and I can’t wait to get back to Old Bridge! Cheers!”

To learn more about the Old Bridge Music Center and their programs, please visit,, or

Tom Hunting and EXODUS are currently wrapping up their tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. Afterward, EXODUS will embark on a quick run of headline shows from December 7th through December 14th. See below for all remaining tour dates.

12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN

EXODUS Headline Dates:
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers

On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week, which concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date. Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.


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TANK – new record deal with Metal Mind Productions

December 4th, 2014
by EvilG

We are very happy to announce the extension of the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, we have re-released the band’s back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for March 2015.

The band’s current line-up includes:

Cliff Evans – guitars
Mick Tucker – guitars
ZP Theart (Dragonforce) – vocals
Bobby Schottkowski (Sodom) – drums
Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) – bass guitar


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December 4th, 2014
by EvilG



Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.

The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily.  This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing. Read the rest of this entry »

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MELECHESH to Release “Enki” Early Next Year

December 4th, 2014
by EvilG

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH return this winter with their sixth full-length album! On February 27th (EU), March 2nd (UK) and 10th (US) 2015 MELECHESH will release Enki, the follow-up to their 2010 masterpiece The Epigenesis. With this deep and personal album, filled with metaphor and spiritual/philosophical references, MELECHESH are yet again ready to spread their sonic magic and enlightened revelations to the cosmos! Pre-order your copy here:

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VENOM Reveal Stunning From The Very Depths Cover Art!

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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VENOM announced the January 27 release of From The Very Depths (Spinefarm Records) last week, news that was met with elation among the metal community, from tastemakers to fans. The metal icons, who are pretty much responsible for authoring their own genre, have followed up the album release news by sharing the two-horns-up album artwork.

The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable VENOM logo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011’s Fallen Angels, also released via Spinefarm.

And to think this is merely the cover! The album’s accompanying music slays, and early praise indicates that this could be one VENOM’s best releases…ever. Even the album title is 100 per cent ‘Venomous’, referencing the band’s infamous live intro tape.

Screw the holiday season. January 27 can’t get here fast enough!

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HACKNEYED – are back / new video clip on Xmas

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

After a long break the German death metal machine HACKNEYED is back – louder than ever. The recordings for their upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and it is set to be released in spring 2015.

But now the band wants to give their fans a little foretaste and Xmas present with an exclusive world premiere of a video clip of the brand new track “The Flaw Of Flesh”.


“Check out the exclusive video premiere for our brand-new song “The Flaw of Flesh” on December 24th! Preparations for our upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and this track will give you a foretaste of what to expect. Mark the date. Be prepared. We’re back. More power, new influences and bone-crushing new music!”

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Napalm Records Signs PRODUCT OF HATE

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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“Hailing from the Kenosha, Wisconsin area, PRODUCT OF HATE have been crafting their vicious blend of groove, thrash, and new-wave metal for the past few years. Sharing the stage with some of the biggest bands in metal including TESTAMENT, LAMB OF GOD, GWAR, CHIMAIRA, UNEARTH, MESHUGGAH, JOB FOR A COWBOY & LAZARUS A.D. PRODUCT OF HATE is now set to take on the world.

PRODUCT OF HATE have signed with Austrian Metal Powerhouse Label Napalm Records, and will release their debut album in early 2015.Their new album is being currently being mixed and mastered at SafeHouse Production by James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary)

Vocalist Adam Gilley on signing with Napalm Records:

“On behalf of PRODUCT OF HATE we are proud and thankful to be apart of the Napalm team. We look forward for all to hear our new album & touring til we drop!!!”
~Adam Gilley~

Band Lineup:
Adam Gilley
Cody Rathbone
Gene Rathbone
Mark Campbell
Mike McGuire

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