Tony Harnell announces his departure from TNT

January 3rd, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

“Hey friends,

This was an amazing year for me and for all the TNT fans who were lucky enough to be at the concerts. Many of the shows were the best TNT shows ever in my opinion. Sadly it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…it’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul. I had really high hopes that it would last this time and that we would continue for years to come but it is a very volatile little machine. It’s a really great band with a wonderful catalog of music and I’m proud of all the work we’ve done and all we’ve accomplished over the years. I love our crew and appreciate all their hard work and dedication. I wish the other guys in the band well in life and in all their future endeavors. To the wonderful TNT fans…I know you feel deep disappointment right now and truly, so do I…more than you could ever know. My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys. To all those who’s cities we didn’t reach, I apologize. It wasn’t for lack of desire on my part to get to you this time.

Onward and upward!

Love you all!

TH”

Tony Harnell

Tony Harnell

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER’s Son To Fill In on Drums for SAXON’s UK Tour

January 2nd, 2015
by EvilG

British heavy metal legends SAXON have recruited Sven Dirkschneider, the son of legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, to sit behind the kit for their upcoming UK tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early February.

SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital last month after suffering a brain aneurysm (a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain). He has since undergone two surgeries, but “will not be 100% fit” by the start of SAXON’s UK tour. However, he “will be at the shows to meet and great the VIP ticket holders,” according to a posting on the SAXON Facebook page.

Later today (Jan 2, 2015) check https://www.facebook.com/saxon for a video statement from Nigel who is supposed to be released from hospital tomorrow!

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MOTLEY CRUE with very special guest ALICE COOPER – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

December 30th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

Final Tour poster

MOTLEY CRUE w/ ALICE COOPER

28’th of October 2014
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

REVIEW AND ALICE COOPER PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Motley Crue’s highly anticipated FINAL TOUR arrived in New York on late October. The tour was announced in January and it also feature a very special guest Alice Cooper. The tour has been a great success and so far all the dates have been sold out including this one in the legendary Madison Square Garden.


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MIKE TRAMP – Solo artist, ex-White Lion, Freak of Nature

December 30th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

Mike Tramp

MIKE TRAMP

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Mike Tramp is a Danish singer and songwriter, best known for his work on a very successful 80’s hard rock band White Lion. Later Tramp founded the band Freak of Nature, which released three albums before breaking up in the late 90s. Since then, Tramp has been a solo artist and he has released eight albums, including the newest MUSEM, which was came out earlier this year. People change over the years, and Mike Tramp is not exception here. Hard rocker days are long gone and his last two albums have been totally acoustic, a grown man albums that draw their inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s, where it all began. Tramp made his solo debut in Finland last October. Before the show I sat down with Mike and we discussed a variety of topics such as Mike Tramp’s new musical direction, changes in life, the craziness of the 80’s and the future of Mike Tramp. Read on!

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Sister Sin – Drummer Dave Sundberg and Singer Liv Jagrell

December 30th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

Drummer Dave Sundberg and singer Liv Jagrell – Sister Sin

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Rachel Rosenberg at Victory Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Victory Records for the promo pictures of the band

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Here’s a new interview with the Swedish metal band Sister Sin. They’ve just released a new album BLACK LOTUS earlier this year and its the bands 5th album. The band have raged on tour all over Europe but they did found time to do a interview with me and Metal-Rules.com. I spoke with the bands drummer Dave Sundberg and singer Liv Jagrell and here follows what they had to say about the new album, labels, future and the past. If you like metal with punk attitude, you have to check out this band right now.

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220 Volt – Guitarist Mats Karlsson and Thomas Drevin

December 30th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Guitarist Mats Karlsson and Thomas Drevin – 220 Volt

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica Promotion & Management for help with setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.

220_volt_promo_interview_2014_1220 Volt is a legendary metal band from Sweden that began their journey in the metal industry back in 1979. The band made its comeback in 2014 with the album WALKING IN STARLIGHT. I had the pleasure to talk to the two remaining original members in the band today – guitarist Mats Karlsson and Thomas Drevin. Besides talking about the brand new album and the comeback we also spoke about the turmoil in the past with members coming and going. If you like music in the veins of 80’s old school hard rock / metal, you surely will like 220 Volt and WALKING IN STARLIGHT.

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D.A.D. with support act’s on Disn30land Af30r D30k – 30 years tour 2014 – last show Ballerup Super Arena Copenhagen, Denmark

December 30th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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D.A.D.
Disn30land Af30r D30k – 30 years tour 2014 – last show
Go Go Berlin – special guest
Taras – support act

Ballerup Super Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
15/11 – 2014

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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Best of 2014 – JP

December 29th, 2014
by J P

Best of 2014 – JP

1. Gamma Ray-Empire Of The Undead (EarMusic)

GAMMA RAY: EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD

GAMMA RAY: EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD

A raging return to form after the (mildly) disappointing TO THE METAL  This one has it all; epics, fast songs, catchy songs, stellar performances and a faster, darker heavier direction than the past several years. The new drummer adds new fire to the band as well. Superb!

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Best of 2014 – Celtic Bob

December 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Best of 2014 – Celtic Bob

2014 was filled with a lot of great music. Reflecting back on it for this list it became blatantly obvious that the majority of the music I enjoyed this past year was released by older artists. Be it my Rock or Metal list it was ruled by musicians that have been around for awhile and have established careers in the industry. The album title may be different but this could easily have been my list back in senor year of high school. Let us hope 1989 never ends.

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1. Helix  – Bastard Of The Blues

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Helix has been a longtime favorite band of mine. This year they released their 13th studio album BASTARD OF THE BLUES. The band is now 3/5’s the classic 80’s line-up (Brian, Daryl and Fritz). This new album is the best release they’ve done since WILD IN THE STREETS and my most listened to disc of the year.

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Best of 2014 – Marko Syrjälä

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

BEST OF 2014 BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

1. ACCEPT: BLIND RAGE

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Accept – Blind Rage

As expected, Accept continues on directly where they left off with their previous STALINGRAD album. The third album with Mark Tornillo is another masterpiece from these German legends and it’s full of catchy riffs and melodies. Songs like like “200 Years” and “Dark Side of My Heart” are already live favourites and future Accept classics. In my opinion Accept is the best heavy metal band at the moment.

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Best of 2014 – Robert Williams

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Robert Williams

1. Evil United – “Honored By Fire”

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Evil United – “Honored By Fire”

I’m proud to say that Metal-Rules.com was one of the first online outlets to cover Evil United being provided with an advance copy of their debut self titled full-length prior to it’s release in mid September of 2011 by vocalist Jason McMaster himself. So I thought I knew pretty much what to expect when Jason handed me a copy of their new album “Honored By Fire” but I’ll have to admit that I was really and truly blown away by the latest Evil United material. Melody, Speed and Brutality duke it out in an epic battle for supreme metal dominance as the technical speed metal merchants fire off hit after hit with “Dead Can See” “Caesar” “Ripping Flesh” “Tombspawn” and “Viking Funeral” and that’s all before side two!

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Best of 2014 – Waspman

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Waspman

1. Primal Fear – Delivering the Black

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Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK

Over the years Primal Fear has just kept on doing their Judas Priest-inspired power metal thing, for better or worse. 17 years and 10 studio albums into their career, they’ve released what I consider their best album ever. DELIVERING THE BLACK is a crushing power metal tour de force that proves that Primal Fear are still at the top of their game and quite possibly, better than ever.

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Best of 2014 – Jarod Lawley

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules
  1. Behemoth – The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

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Best of 2014 – Jo Blackened

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules
  1. Behemoth- The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

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Best of 2014 – Brat

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Brat

1. Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

A perfect example of how to do female-fronted symphonic power metal. Strength, melody, speed and colour. A must have album for every lover of this genre.

Second year in a row my top pick is a female-front band. 2014 has been a good year for women in metal. It has been a year of metal feasting with so many of the ‘big’ names releasing albums, but I seem to have enjoyed listening to the newer bands this year.

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