OPERATION: MINDCRIME Sign Worldwide Deal With Frontiers

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

OPERATION: MINDCRIME — featuring singer Geoff Tate, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) — has signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl for their forthcoming trilogy project.

“All of us in Operation: Mindcrime are looking forward to the new frontier with our new label, Frontiers Music Srl,” states Tate regarding the signing. “They’re giving us the creative freedom necessary to do the trilogy project I’ve envisioned for the past few years. It’s going to be great fun for all of us involved and we hope our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we plan to enjoy creating and recording it.”

Ecstatic to have the band on his label, Frontiers Music Srl President Serafino Perugino comments, “As a long time fan of Geoff Tate and Operation: Mindcrime (the album), I am truly honored that he decided to sign with my label to give a home to his forthcoming trilogy. We look forward to release Operation: Mindcrime’s new music to the world!”

Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories though his music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.

“I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy.”

OPERATION: MINDCRIME, named after Queensryche’s epic concept album from 1988, recently entered the studio to begin recording the album that is expected to be released in the late Spring / early Summer of 2015.

Stay tuned for further details of the project in the months ahead.

All things “OPERATION: MINDCRIME” can be found on their official site at www.operationmindcrime.com.

Frontiers Music Srl can be found online at www.frontiers.it.

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Scion Audio Visual Post Extended Video Interview With Tom Araya Of SLAYER

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Tom Araya of Slayer gave an extended interview for the Scion AV All Purpose Show. Host Prince Paul spoke with the soft-spoken bassist and vocalist of the band that Araya says started out wanting to be “the heaviest and the fastest” around.

For over 30 years Slayer has been attracting passionate fans, and he begins his talk with Paul discussing his thoughts on the phenomenon of Slayer tattoos. Araya continues on, describing the group’s humble beginnings self-funding the sessions to record their music, to their years of collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, to their current state where they can record a new album when they feel like it. But despite the changes in their circumstances, when Slayer plays live, the goal remains to blow every other band off the stage—as they’re still doing on their current Scion-sponsored tour of North America.

Look out for more in-depth interviews from the latest episode of the Scion AV All Purpose Show this week. Also below check out the Scion x Slayer Driven video where Tom Araya and Kerry King take you to the ESP Guitar facility, a snake warehouse and studio tour.

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Behemoth debuts “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” Live Video, announces “Xiadz/Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” EP

December 3rd, 2014
by EvilG
Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Polish blackened death merchants Behemoth have premiered a new live video for their song “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” from their heralded latest album, “The Satanist,” via their official youtube channel. This marks the first ever official live video for the band. Sparing no expense or artistic integrity, this video was shot by long time Behemoth video collaborators, Grupa 13.

Furthermore, after receiving numerous emails from fans asking the band to release both of their latest EPs on CD, the band have answered. Front man Nergal comments: “We have talked about this for a long time – whether do this or not. Finally, we’ve decided to make it happen. BUT still in a strict limit to keep this stuff exclusive.”

Today, the pre order of “XIADZ / Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” on CD digipack begins. The preorder is available exclusively via the Behemoth web shop HERE, and will start shipping (together with all other items put in the same order with the CD) on December 10th. CD’s are strictly limited to 2000, so hurry up to claim yours!

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Another ten acts confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival!

December 3rd, 2014
by EvilG

unnamed-35.jpgPreviously, 38 acts have been announced for next year’s Sweden Rock Festival. Here is another ten:

Legendary guitarist Slash, whose latest album “World on fire” went to #1 in the Swedish charts a few weeks ago, will perform at Sweden Rock for the first time next summer. And naturally, he is bringing vocalist extraordinaire Myles Kennedy (also in Alter Bridge) and his cohorts in The Conspirators. Expect the best Slash songs along with classics by both Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver in the setlist!

Dokken was one of the big bands of the 80s, with an influential blend of classic hard rock and melodies á la what some refer to as hair metal. The band has not played Sweden Rock since 2001, so it’s about time they return. Notably, singer Don Dokken, drummer Mick Brown and demon guitarist Jon Levin are joined by the celebrated singer Mark Boals, known for his singing with Yngwie Malmsteen and Royal Hunt among others… as the bands bassist!

Hardcore Superstar from Gothenburg have been one of Sweden’s most popular hard rock bands for years. Their latest Sweden Rock appearance was marred by heavy rain and although most of their audience persisted, they are well worth a new shot.

In 1998, a new band featuring members from Katatonia, Opeth and Edge Of Sanity was formed in Stockholm. They took the name Bloodbath and quickly became connoiseurs’ faves, and all but mythical since they hardly ever performed live. Earlier this year, their fourth album “Grand Morbid Funeral”, featuring new vocalist Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost) was released and their Sweden Rock appearance will be their only in Sweden this summer.

Pat Travers is a Canadian hard rock legend. He made his debut in 1976 and instantly established his style: fundamentally blues based hard rock spiced with unorthodox rhythms and unabashed pop melodies. On his later works, blues is the predominant influence, with the characteristic Travers guitar sound fully noticeable.

Swiss outfit Eluveitie is one of the most successful folk metal bands today. Their sound mixes melodic death metal (Gothenburg style) with Celtic folk music, featuring traditional instruments like bagpipe, violin and miscellaneous flutes and pipes. In 2015 they make their SRF debut, and their only Swedish performance next summer.

Refuge is in fact the reunited 1988-1994 line-up of German heavy/power metal icons Rage: Peavy Wagner (vocals/bas), Manni Schmidt (guitar, ex-Grave Digger) and Chris Eftimiadis (drums). The trio reunites to perform songs exclusively from what some consider the best period in the history of Rage, and albums like “Perfect man”, “Secrets in a weird world”, “Trapped” and “Missing link”. The name Refuge is used since the current version of Rage, front man Peavy’s day job, remains active.

Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott (RIP) called keyboardist Darren Wharton the band’s most talented member ever. Since 1985, the same Darren Wharton fronts Dare – originally a melodic hard rock band which has gradually turned towards a more ethereal and Celtic sound. Next spring will see the release of the eighth Dare studio album, shortly before them returning to Sweden Rock.

Dan Hylander earned his place in Swedish rock history as the leader of Raj Montana band. When the group was disbanded in 1984, Dan Hylander continued as a solo artist and producer for artists like Totta Näslund and Tomas Ledin. In 2011 he made a comeback album and next year he makes his Sweden Rock debut – a suitably rocking setlist has been promised.


Yesterday we also announced Swedish band Egonaut for the Nemis Stage!


Longer biographies on all the bands, other information and tickets can be found at www.swedenrock.com.


The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Sölvesborg on June 3rd-6th 2015. Tickets are available.

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December 3rd, 2014
by EvilG

OPERATION: MINDCRIME. Photo Credit Larry Marano (C) 2014

OPERATION: MINDCRIME — featuring singer Geoff Tate, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) — has signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl for their forthcoming trilogy project.

“All of us in Operation: Mindcrime are looking forward to the new frontier with our new label, Frontiers Music Srl,” states Tate regarding the signing. “They’re giving us the creative freedom necessary to do the trilogy project I’ve envisioned for the past few years. It’s going to be great fun for all of us involved and we hope our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we plan to enjoy creating and recording it.”

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SWEET & LYNCH Premiere New Video For “The Wish”

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Sweet & Lynch are releasing the first official video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the album opener “The Wish” and premiered on Ultimate Classic Rock (http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sweet-lynch-the-wish/). The video shows Michael Sweet and George Lynch performing the song together amongst imagery that corresponds with the song’s lyrics. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly to name a few. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/jmmolV-B7xE.

“After almost a year of talking about the Sweet & Lynch album we’re extremely proud to premiere the first music video, ‘The Wish,’ states Michael Sweet. “The song takes you back to a time when guitar heroes ruled the airwaves and melodies soared. The thought was to bring back the late 70’s/early 80’s with a modern twist and remind people of one of the best eras in hard rock/metal.”

Only To Rise is scheduled for release in the United States on January 27th, 2015 via Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch. The album is also available via Amazon at: http://geni.us/SweetLynchAMZ.

“George and I are proud of how this album turned out and we’re counting the days for the release,” adds Sweet. “We’re equally as proud of the fan base out there. So many people have been there through thick and thin and this album is a testimony to the perseverance of working hard and working even harder.  George, Brian, James and myself gave 110% to every note played and sung and we hope that it shows.”

From the opening notes of “The Wish” to the drum solo finish on the album-closer “Only To Rise,” it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs “Dying Rose,” “Me Without You” and “Strength In Numbers” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track “September” which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/i5G5uzrYWXw. An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: http://youtu.be/BPYIoe0fTqI. Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.

Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.


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U.D.O. “Decadent” cover artwork and new tourdates!

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob


U.D.O. reveal cover artwork of their new album “Decadent” (which will be released on January 23rd in Europe and February 3rd  2015  in the US) and announce the first dates of their European tour 2015. More dates will follow soon.

U.D.O. Decadent Tour:

Mar 06, 2015 D-Würzburg – Posthalle
Mar 07, 2015 D-München – Backstage
Mar 11, 2015 D-Hamburg – Markthalle
Mar 13, 2015 D-Kiel – Pumpe 6
Mar 14, 2015 DK-Kolding – Godset
Mar 18, 2015 D-Bochum – Zeche
Mar 19, 2015 D-Losheim/Saarland – Eisenbahnhalle
Mar 20, 2015 D-Andernach – JUZ
Mar 21, 2015 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
Mar 22, 2015 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
Mar 25, 2015 D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
Mar 26, 2015 D-Berlin – C Club
Mar 27, 2015 D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
Mar 28, 2015 D-Regensburg – Airport
Mar 31, 2015 GB-London – The Garage
Apr 03, 2015 GB-Nuneaton – Queens Hall
Apr 09, 2015 E-Madrid – Sala Caracol
Apr 10, 2015 E-Valladolid – Polideportivo
Apr 11, 2015 E-Zaragoza – CC Delicias
Apr 12, 2015 E-Barcelona – Sala Salamandra
Apr 14, 2015 E-Ibiza Wacken Cruise – tba
Apr 16, 2015 E-Valencia – Sala Rock City
Apr 23, 2015 S-Stockholm – Klubben
Apr 24, 2015 S-Borlänge – Liljan
Apr 25, 2015 S-Gothenborg – Trädgårn
Apr 26, 2015 S-Malmö – KB
Apr 30, 2015 N-Oslo – Vulkan Arena
May 01, 2015 N-Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
May 02, 2015 N-Trondheim – Byscenen

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LUDICHRIST To Release ‘1985 Demos’ and ‘CBGB off the Board’ Next Week

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Digital collection out December 9

Legendary N.Y. hardcore punk act, Ludichrist, will release a commemorative digital collection of demo and live recordings from the early part of the band’s celebrated decade-plus career. The albums, 1985 Demos and CBGB off the Board, will release December 9 through Dead City Records.

Dead City is also selling exclusive Ludichrist merchandise through its web-store at: www.deadcitymerch.com to celebrate the releases.


1985 Demos Track Listing*:

4. F.S.S.B.S.

*Tracks 1-12 June 1985 Demo.  Tracks 13-16 November 1985 Demo. Tracks 17-19 “Exposure” Tape Comp.


CBGB off the Board Track Listing:

8. F.S.S.B.S.

Ludichrist started in 1984 and was quickly embraced by the New York hardcore, punk, and thrash metal scenes. Rising from the underground, the popularity of Ludichrist exploded with the release of its first demo cassette recorded in June 1985. This demo was highly circulated among tape traders and officially put Ludichrist on the map, making the band one of the most popular from New York.

Ludichrist went back into the studio to record a second demo in November 1985 which featured two new songs and two re-recorded songs from the first demo. In early 1986, a tape compilation called “Exposure to Conviction” also featured three Ludichrist songs which were variations of existing demo songs.

In the mid-1980s, live performances recorded at the legendary CBGB club in New York City became a popular series of tape cassettes titled “CBGB off the Board.” Ludichrist recorded two shows at CB’s (in April and May 1986) and the official cassette release titled “Ludichrist, CBGB off the Board” featuring 15 songs was released soon after. A vinyl LP compilation of various bands featured from the “Off the Board” series featuring two Ludichrist songs was also released.

On the strength of their 1985 demos, Ludichrist went on to release its debut studio album in 1986 titled Immaculate Deception and a follow up LP in 1988 titled Powertrip. These releases cemented Ludichrist as a legendary act in the hardcore, punk and metal scenes.

Stay tuned for more information on Ludichrist and the 1985 Demos and CBGB off the Board digital collection, out next week on Dead City Records.


Ludichrist online…


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TANK Sign New Deal With Metal Mind Productions

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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

Cliff Evans, TANK’s guitarist, comments:

“We are very pleased to announce that we will be continuing our successful relationship with Metal Mind Productions who will be releasing our new studio album planned for March 2015. Since originally signing with Metal Mind in 2009, they have released two of our best selling and most critically acclaimed albums ‘War Machine’ and ‘War Nation’ and were instrumental in the production of our very first official DVD ‘War Machine Live’. We enjoy working with an established metal label that understands what needs to be done to make a successful album release and we look forward to many more future collaborations.

After our recent successful tour of Brazil, we’re excited to be heading into the studio with our new band members to start creating and laying down some serious metal tracks.
Joining Mick Tucker and myself on the new album will be Vocalist ‘ZP Theart (Dragonforce), Drummer ‘Bobby Schottkowski’ (Sodom) and Bassist ‘Barend Courbois’ (Blind Guardian). These guys are the ‘Big Guns’ who will help to push the limits of Tank to a new level. Their pedigree speaks for itself. We’ll soon be announcing the album title along with studio updates and teasers.

We will also have the pleasure of playing songs from the new album for the very first time at our performance on the ‘70,000 Tons of Metal’ cruise in January 2015. European shows and festivals are now being scheduled for the new year and we will also be returning to South America later in 2015.

The Mighty TANK Rolls On!”

More details to be announced soon.

TANK – official website:

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Exlibris – new single featuring Evergrey’s Tom Englund now on YouTube

December 1st, 2014
by EvilG

To coincide with the European release of Exlibris’ new album “Aftereal”, another track has just been  revealed on Metal Mind Productions’  YouTube channel. The track “Closer”, featuring guest appearance by Evergrey’s guitarist and vocalist Tom Englund, is available at this location: http://youtu.be/EyZJ1da305g

Exlibris, the heavy metal sensation from Poland, return with their third studio album entitled “Aftereal”.  The band are sure to surprise their fans this time around, also because of the many outstanding guest musicians featured on the album, Evergrey’s Tom Englund being one of them!

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SATAN – Brian Ross & Steve Ramsey

November 30th, 2014
by Robert Williams


Interview Conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of Andy Gonzalez – Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

NWOBHM legends Satan toured the U.S. (albeit briefly) for the first time in their career this past April performing six dates on the East Coast before returning for a more comprehensive tour of America this past October. Satan has kept busy since reforming for Germany’s “Keep It True” festival in 2011 releasing “Life Sentence” their third full-length offering in 2013 and “Trail of Fire: Live In North America” earlier this month. We caught up with vocalist Brian Ross and Steve Ramsey prior to their performance in Austin, Texas at the Beerland venue and they brought us up to speed on all the excitement surrounding their current U.S. tour, the new studio album, even newer live album and much more… Read the rest of this entry »

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VENOM to perform entire NEW ALBUM on board 70000TONS OF METAL!

November 30th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Legendary Metal band VENOM have confirmed that they will join
70000TONS OF METAL on it’s voyage from Florida to Jamaica in January

VENOM will play two sets on board, one will focus on greatest hits and
one will be an Exclusive Live World Premier of their forthcoming new
album which will be released later in 2015.

Originally formed in 1978 and hailing from the English town Newcastle
Upon Tyne, this will be VENOM’s 14th studio album.

VENOM will join the 60 band roster of 70000TONS OF METAL 2015,
including Alestorm, Amorphis, Annihilator, Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy,
Artillery, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Crucified
Barbara, D.A.D., Einherjer, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, God Dethroned,
Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Kataklysm, Korpiklaani, Lake Of
Tears, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock, Municipal Waste, Napalm
Death, Origin, Primal Fear, Tank, Therion, Threshold, Triosphere and

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal
Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 aboard the Royal
Caribbean “Liberty Of The Seas” from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to
Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return you to the real world until
Monday, January 26, 2015.

There are very few tickets remaining, prices start at US$666 plus
US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board
entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals
in the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room

Check out www.70000tons.com for more information.

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KILLERS’ Albums Coming On Vinyl In December

November 30th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Metal Mind Productions is proud to present exclusive vinyl release of three albums by the heavy metal band Killers, led by Iron Maiden’s ex-vocalist – Paul Di’Anno. Coming together in 1991, Killers was one of the first metal super groups to exist. Featuring members of Iron Maiden, Tank, Raven, and Battlezone, they were hailed by the press as the “Natural successor to Judas Priest”.

Killers’ vinyl  will be available in the colours of the British flag: blue (“Murder One”), white (“Menace To Society”) and red (“South American Assault”).

Killers on vinyl

Cliff Evans, guitarist comments: “We’re really excited about the upcoming vinyl releases of the three Killers albums we made back in the early 90’s. They were all recorded on 24 track analog tape machines so it will be great to hear those records again on the original format they were designed for. There’s no doubt that vinyl does have a superior sound quality over the digital CD, especially when listening to rock and metal. ‘Murder One’ was recorded at the legendary Power Station studios in New York and was produced by Rob Fraboni who had previously worked with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton among others. He captured one of Paul Dianno’s best vocal performances and the power of the band can really be best heard coming out of the grooves of a vinyl analog record. There’s also the satisfaction of holding the album in your hands and studying the liner notes and artwork. It’s not surprising that the vinyl album is making a comeback.
Can’t wait to get my hands on them.”

Killer’s vinyl are set for release on December, 2nd. All albums are also available in exclusive digipak CDs edition released by Metal Mind Productions in 2013.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, Texas

November 28th, 2014
by Robert Williams

FFF 2014-10

By Robert Williams

Photography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Fun Fun Fun Fest is an annual music, comedy and extreme sports destination festival held in Austin, Texas. A barrage of different music genres make Fun Fun Fun Fest a one of a kind experience, mixing punk, metal, acoustic, electronica, hip-hop and everything in between. This year’s roster boasted headlining performances from Judas Priest & King Diamond and was held at the outdoor Auditorium Shores venue the weekend of November 7-9th.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ethereal Interview with Vocalist Naut

November 28th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Naut of Ethereal

@ Camden Underworld

19th November 2014

Interview by Ben Spencer

Video by Jo Blackened


After travelling to the Camden Underworld and stumbling into a sound check by one of tonight’s band’s it was time to set up our recording equipment and get the latest from one of the UK’s most promising Black Metal band’s Ethereal.
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