Interview with Finnish deathcore band : BLOODLANDS

September 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW w/ BLOODLANDS

   Interview by Petri da Costa

Live pictures by Jetro Staven

 Formed a few years ago in Helsinki, Finland, with some members from different hardcore bands, Bloodlands has recently released its debut album “Nihilistic Dimension”. I sat down with vocalist Jaakko and guitarist Olli to talk about the band’s formation, their first record and much more.

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Cover Artwork Unveiled for Upcoming Heavy Metal Art Book …And Justice For Art.

September 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Veteran Metal/Rock journalist, Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos (MetalUnderground.com/THIS METAL Magazine/ PureGrainAudio.com) just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer’s “Reign In Blood,” Morbid Angel’s “Blessed Are The Sick,” Metallica’s “And Justice For All,” Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death’s “Symbolic,” Carcass “Heartwork,” Cormorant’s “Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and  many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) among many others.  In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by critically-acclaimed illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments the artwork’s creator American illustrator, Vertebrae33—who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon’s project come to fruition!”

Obviously impressed by the imposing artwork, Martos comments:  “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth… That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.”

Martos is now running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing and distribution of this book that, according to Morbid Angel’s frontman, David Vincent (who wrote the foreword), has all the potential to become “a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”

Obituary’s drummer, Don Tardy declared, “I think this is an important book and will help to keep alive all these artworks.”

Cattle Decapitation’s infamous frontman, Travis Ryan, commented that the volume is “exactly what the music world needs to remind us all just how important album covers have been to all of us that grew up surrounding ourselves with physical media.”

Find out more about …And Justice For Art by visiting their Indiegogo campaign (link here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-print-and-justice-for-art/x/8492332) or checking the book’s hyper-informative Facebook, which also functions as a source of information for everything related to Metal album covers, visual artists and more. https://www.facebook.com/pages/And-Justice-For-Art/123376774515018 .

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Legendary Photographer GENE KIRKLAND Unearths Rare, Never-Before-Seen Images of Rock History’s Greatest Moments

September 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Legendary rock n’ roll photographer Gene Kirkland, who is recognized worldwide for photographing the biggest names in rock and metal throughout the 80’s and 90’s, has opened up his archives for the first time in history! Twelve months ago, Kirkland teamed up with Black Lightning Gallery (www.BlackLightningGallery.com) to unearth a generous stash of shots that had remained hidden and locked away since those glory days – many spanning back nearly twenty years!

Black Lightning Gallery undertook what can only be described as a painstaking labor of love to curate, restore and unveil these rare images. In addition, they worked to select iconic, renowned shots to be released as limited edition fine art prints (see below for more info).

Kirkland, in association with Los Angeles’ Black Lightning Gallery, has unveiled the first selection of images from the collection, including Guns N’ Roses during the “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” video shoot, Ozzy Osbourne backstage with a white dove, Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena in 1985, Motley Crue during the “Girls, Girls, Girls” video shoot, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai with David Lee Roth, Metallica with Cliff Burton, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen and many more.

MAKE THESE PRINTS YOUR OWN!

Visit Black Lightning Gallery now via BlackLightningGallery.Com and experience their brand new online presence! The new site features many exclusive images, hand signed by Gene Kirkland himself, which are all available to the public for purchase as limited numbered editions. The website has many fan bonuses including exclusive looks at images of backstage passes from the shows, personal memories from Gene Kirkland and many more.

***Once the numbered limited editions sell out, there will not be reprints! More historic images will be added over time.

“I hope you enjoy looking back at these amazing memories as much as I enjoyed capturing them. These photographs hold very dear memories of a glorious time and I am proud to have them available to fans worldwide.” – Gene Kirkland, Photographer

“Black Lightning Gallery is honored to be working with Gene in releasing these seminal works in the history of Rock and Roll. As huge music fans ourselves it’s incredible to see these frames and just as exciting for us to know fans would have a chance to own one.” – Rohan Ocean, Black Lightning Gallery

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Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena in 1985
 

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PAUL DI’ANNO – Preview Of The Beast Arises

September 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

The Beast is back! The original voice of Iron Maiden, and the front man of such bands as Killers, Battlezone and Gogmagog, arises to bring his fans a show of sheer heavy metal brutality! Paul Di’Anno returned to Poland in April to play a string of live shows. One of the shows –  at Lizard Club in Kraków on April, 9th – was recorded for the purposes of a live DVD release “The Beast Arises”.

The material from the DVD captures a sensational live show in a club full of audience that would not let Di’Anno leave the stage for a long time. The release features mind-blowing performances of the classic material from the first two Iron Maiden studio albums, “Iron Maiden” and “Killers”, as well as songs by Killers, Battlezone, and, to top it off, a fierce cover of Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” – all this making for an outstanding show that will leave no fan in doubt that the Beast has truly risen! The DVD also includes an interview with Paul Di’Anno, a photo gallery and other extras.

You can now see a short preview of the DVD on Metal Mind Productions’ YouTube channel. Track “Charlotte the Harlot” is available at THIS location.

“The Beast Arises” has been set for release on October, 6th in Europe and October, 7th in North America (via MVD). Formats available: DVD, CD and double LP (December, 2nd).

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Tracklist:

1. Sanctuary
2. Purgatory
3. Wrathchild
4. Prowler
5. Marshall Lockjaw
6. Murders in the Rue Morgue
7. The Beast Arises
8. Children of Madness
9. Genghis Kahn
10. Remember Tomorrow
11. Charlotte the Harlot
12. Killers
13. Phantom of the Opera
14. Running Free
15. Transylvania
16. Iron Maiden
17. Blitzkrieg Bop

Bonus video:
Interview with Paul Di’Anno

Extras:
Photo gallery
Discography
Desktop images

This English singer is best known as the first vocalist to record with the iconic band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981. Despite world-wide success lurking just around the corner, Di’Anno departed from the band by the fall of 1981 (he’s since admitted that he was partying a bit too hard around the time of his departure from Maiden). However, Di’Anno’s unique and extremely powerful voice had made a huge impression on rock music fans the world over, and also gained him an army of fans due to the sales of more than 20 million copies of the first two Iron Maiden albums (“Iron Maiden” & “Killers”) featuring Paul’s unique vocal talent.
In his post-Maiden career, Di’Anno has issued numerous albums, both as a solo artist and as a member of such bands as Gogmagog, Battlezone and Killers, and he has been featured (either as the artist or as a guest) on more than 60 albums released world-wide.
As a confirmed icon of the metal genre Di’Anno is constantly gigging (with his various bands) throughout all of Europe, USA, Canada, Central & South America, Australia, Asia etc.
Di’Anno has even had time to have his first full sized and highly acclaimed Book/Autobiography released entitled “The Beast”, which is a no holds barred journey through his turbulent and often disturbing car crash lifestyle, throughout the last two decades.
Although he only appeared on the first two Maiden albums, Maiden’s work with Paul Di’Anno remains among metal’s all-time finest, and to this day those two albums are idolized and thought of as “The All Time Classics” by most Metal fans and musicians alike throughout the World.

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EXODUS Fan Arrested for Posting Lyrics: EXODUS Releases Statement Regarding Man Arrested for Posting “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” Lyrics

September 4th, 2014
by EvilG

Exodus - Exhibit B.jpgThere has been an unfortunate situation that has come to the band’s attention.  A fan in Greenville, Kentucky has been arrested and is currently being jailed for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song ‘Class Dismissed’.

 

The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.

 

Follow this link for more information on the arrest: http://www.14news.com/story/26431395/lyrics-posted-on-facebook-lead-to-arrest-of-muhlenberg-co-man

 

“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”

 

Gary continues, “As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”

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Vile Records Open Air Festival, Sandborn, NY, August 16, 2014

September 4th, 2014
by Infamous Butcher

Vile Records Open Air Festival

Sanborn, NY

August 16, 2014

Review and Photos by InfamousButcher

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Philip H Anselmo and The Illegals with support on Technicians Of Distortion – European Tour 2014 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

September 4th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Technicians Of Distortion – European Tour 2014
Darkane – Special guest
Mörbultad – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
24/6 – 2014

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Interview with Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, Pantera)

September 1st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, Pantera)

17th August 2014

@ London Underworld

Interviewer: Steve Allen
Photographer: Michelle Murphy

Shortly before taking to the stage on the last night of a victorious U.K run of shows legendary Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul sat down with us here at Metal-Rules to chat about their latest album Blood For Blood, the band and what lies ahead.

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DEAD BY WEDNESDAY from USA releases New EP “Death of the Rockstar” & video for single “When in Rome”

September 1st, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Dead By Wednesday’s fourth release, ‘Death of the Rockstar’, is a powerhouse 5-song EP out on EarOne Productions. It’s in one sense the death of one long chapter of the band’s history due to the loss of long-time guitarist Ross Ragusa (who is still playing on this CD), but is also the rebirth of a hardworking, independent metal band that has morphed into a “real” unstoppable international act with the addition of touring guitarist Joey Concepcion (who also plays in Armageddon featuring former member Chris Amott of Arch Enemy). Along with band veterans Opus (drums), Mike Modeste (bass), and Joe Morbidelli (vocals), these guys are a tight unit live and in the studio, a band that can be put up on the same stages with any of the top metal contenders “of the now”, finishing a full direct support tour to Shadows Fall. ‘The Death of the Rockstar’ is also a metaphor for the dying music industry of today. This is not in regards to the art or creation of music by our fellow musicians, but rather the negative impact that the corporate politics involved has had on the current scene.

Watch their new video ‘When in Rome’ directed by Jessica Spinelli & Charles Winthral here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuP0NmBAsoY

Check out the band online:
Website: http://deadbywednesday.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DEADBYWEDNESDAY
Twitter: http://twitter.com/deadbywednesday

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BLEEDING RED – working on new album

August 30th, 2014
by EvilG

The German blackened death metal outfit BLEEDING RED is currently working on the follow up to their debut album “Evolution’s Crown” from 2012.

After long wrangling the band was finally able to get to an agreement with their former record company and start with the songwriting for the new, yet untitled album.

Vocalist and guitar player Timo states:

“It’s done! After a long and sapping struggle we have managed to exempt from our previous record company and are finally ready to go about a new album! We’ve got a couple of songs done in their basics and are already excited about what this new era will bring!” Read the rest of this entry »

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NOCTEM SIGNS WITH PROSTHETIC RECORDS TO RELEASE “EXILIUM” IN AUSTRALIA AND THE AMERICAS

August 29th, 2014
by EvilG

Iberian extreme metallers Noctem are proud to announce their signing with well-known NorthAmerican label Prosthetic Records to release their latest “Exilium” in América, Canada and Australia!!!

In words of Prosthetic Records:

Extreme blackened death Spaniards NOCTEM prove the adage “third time’s a charm” as they present their tertiary album“Exilium” through Prosthetic Records on Sept. 16 in North America.

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Alberto Rigoni: Overloaded video teaser and the concept behind the new album

August 29th, 2014
by EvilG

After the release of “Three Wise Monkeys” album which featured amazing contributions from legendary musicians such as KevinMoore (ex-Dream Theater), Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and prog rock composer Alberto Rigoni is now going to release his fourth album entitled “Overloaded” (October 1st 2014).

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, the new album, fully instrumental, is inspired by Alberto’s vision of our contemporary society. “I think that everything is going too fast today and one of the reasons is technology: hyper fast communications (mostly through social networks), multitasking activities, tons of information as well as misinformation, products, services… In a couple of words – we are OVERLOADED! The Internet has changed our lives, and even though it is indeed a great tool we have to be careful and use it judiciously. Excessive use may cause several diseases such as stress, depression, and social isolation.” explains Alberto.

At the following link you can watch the Overloaded video teaser directed by Gustavo Arteaga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpGPShm_GCY

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DECAPITATED – Polish tour in November

August 29th, 2014
by EvilG

We are greatly pleased to announce a tour of leading band of the Polish metal scene – DECAPITATED. A series of concerts during Blood MantraTour 2014 will promote the latest album, which will be released on 22/09/2014 by record label MYSTIC RODUCTIONS in Poland and 26/09.2014 by NUCLEAR BLAST worldwide. This is the first promotional tour in the last four years, where the band will perform as a headliner, presenting songs from the upcoming album!

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LPRHC FEST – Lappeenranta, Finland

August 29th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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LPRHC FEST

     Huhtiniemen Pallokentä, Lappeenranta, Finland

  August 1 – 2, 2014

Review by Petri da Costa

Pics by Jetro Staven & Timo Koponen

 Although Finland is mainly known outside for its heavy metal bands and for the heavy and rock summer festivals, there’s a great hardcore scene with many bands and gigs around the year. This year it was the sixth time the LPRHC Fest was organized, a fest which started back in 2006 very small and grew over the years. This time around there was a new location for the festival, more bands than the previous edition, a lot of expectations and some bumps along the weekend.


FRIDAY  

The first day of the fest started sort of early, around 16.30, and since I was only able to leave to festival in the afternoon, from Helsinki, I wasn’t able to catch the first acts of the day, which included a good combination of hardcore and punk bands like Become a Threat, Ydinperhe, No Shame, Kaupungin Valot, One Hidden Frame, Foreseen and Kivesveto Go-Go

Once inside the festival area the mood was great and although it seemed far from being full, there was a good number of fans and I was able to watch the end of Räjäyttäjät, a punk band in the second stage. Next up was supposed to be Misery Index’s turn (which substituted Ringworm after they canceled their gig in the fest), but the organizers changed the schedule and left Notkea Rotta Allstars to take on the main stage. During their near 60min. set they certainly pleased the crowd and kept the good vibe of the festival going.

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The last band of the second stage was Laineen Kasperi ja Palava Kaupunki, the second hip hop act of the day, which continued the good “party” vibe from Notkea Rotta Allstars. At the same time, in the bar area, singer Joey Luumäki was doing a short “acoustic” set, but it didn’t seem to get that much attention. It seemed a bit odd to have at the same time two different performances, and not so far away from each other, so the sound wasn’t that great throughout both perfomances, this was a problem that was even more noticable on the next day.

So it was finally Misery Index’s turn to close the first day of the festival. Promoting their lastest release, The Killing Gods, the band was as usual on top form with songs like “Conjuring the Cull”, “Manufacturing Greed” and “Traitors”, which closed their set, displaying their powerful death and grindcore sound. It was however a bit strange to notice that towards the mid of their set some people leaving the festival area. Well, those who witnessed them during the entire 60min. set left extremely satisfied and wanting for more.

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 SATURDAY

The second day of the festival seemed promising, after all H2O was finally going to play for the first time in Finland and many people were coming to the festival just to see them. Unfortunately around 14o’clock word came out that the band had missed their flight to Finland and wouldn’t be able to come to the festival. This sent a shockwave of disappointment and frustration for most, especially those who were coming from far just to seem them. The organizers then had to come with a substitute for them, which would be Pää Kii, a “new” punk band who has been getting a lot of fans over the last two years. There was nothing else to do but try to enjoy the festival, even though during the whole day there was still a certain bitterness over the very late cancellation of H2O.

On the previous day there was a good combination of hardcore and punk bands, plus the hip hop bands, but Saturday seemed like it was the “punk day”. From Relentless to Rejected to The Heartburns to Anal Thunder to Terveet Kädet and many more, the punk overtook the festival and many were wondering why there weren’t more hardcore bands on the schedule.

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 Regardeless of that, the music was good and the fans were enjoying the last day of the festival. It was noticeable to see that there were less people than Friday, but the bands gave their best and kept the crowd entertained and if there’s one band that fits that description well is Ratface. Their hardcore/thrash/punk short set on the main stage got everybody moving in the circle pit and moshing. One problem that occurred was that when they were still playing, the band who would follow them on the second stage, Bloodlands, started to do a bit of sound check and since both stages were very near, you’d hear a sound mixture from both stages.

ratface2 ratface5 ratface22Bloodlands took on the second stage a bit after Ratface and kept the intensity of the previous circle pit with their hardcore and death metal approach. It has to be said that their drummer was the “MVP” of the day having played earlier drums for Rejected and then in Ratface and right after in Bloodlands, not many could have pulled that off! During Bloodlands, Joey Luumäki was again on vocals/guitar in the smaller stage of the beer area and the sound was too loud, once again causing sound problems for those who were in the second stage watching Bloodlands.

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One of the most famous punk bands from Finland, Terveet Kädet, showed that they still got a lot of energy unlenshing their old school punk and the fans kept that pit moving. Right after came Hammertime and was also one of the bands that had more fans in the pit. From beginning to end they showed that the Finnish hardcore is strong and alive. The day was coming to an end and Anal Thunder was the one which closed LPRHC Fest 2014 in a very humorous way pleasing the fans.

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It wasn’t a perfect weekend, as mentioned there were some problems regarding the location and sound of the three different stages in the festival area. It’d have been also better to have more hardcore bands since after all the festival is called Lappeenranta Hardcore Fest, but I’m sure in the forthcoming editions of the festival these little bumps will be solved and the fans will come in greater numbers.

Full Friday and Saturday picture gallery:

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Bloodstock Open Air 2014

August 29th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

@ Catton Hall Derbyshire

7th- 10th August 2014

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Michelle Murphy 

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Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?

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