THOR Returns To Hollywood To Celebrate ONLY THE STRONG Deluxe Re-Issue

May 10th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Metal Warriors THOR Return To Hollywood For An Exclusive Show,
Celebrate The Deluxe Re-Issue Of ONLY THE STRONG!

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Muscle-bound superheroes THOR are set to fly to heavy metal’s very own Valhalla, Hollywood CA, on Saturday, May 24th, for an explosive performance at the Loaded club on Hollywood Blvd. This Vancouver outfit originated in the early ‘70s with body building champion and former Mr. USA Jon Mikl Thor, and quickly gained a devout following thanks in part to the band’s elaborate and supremely entertaining live shows, which frequently featured Jon performing not just outstanding anthems of metal but also astounding feats of strength – bending steel bars with his teeth and exploding water bottles with his lungs!Jon would go on to appear on the Merv Griffin Show in 1976, which led to a licensing deal with RCA and the release of THOR’s debut album Keep The Dogs Away the following year.

But it wasn’t until the group’s 1985 album, Only The Strong, that Jon Mikl & Co. really began to flex their muscles. Recorded in the UK, the album produced two British chart-topping classics, “Let The Blood Run Red” and “Thunder On The Tundra,” and earned the band a truly international following. Now, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of its release, Deadline Music will offer a special deluxe CD/DVD edition of this metal masterpiece! Billed as the COMPLETE THOR experience, this set includes the entire Only The Strong album along with several rare and unreleased bonus tracks PLUS an incredible 60 minute concert DVD capturing the band in live performances during their early ‘80s heyday, performing stunts and ripping through their best songs – all packaged in a gorgeous 8 panel digipak with a full color 16-page booklet!

Jon Mikl Thor enthuses, “I am ready to take the THOR visual and sound experience to the entertainment capital of the world! What better place to launch the Only The Strong CD/DVD deluxe edition! As the Superhero Thundergod of Rock N’ Roll, I promise a night of startling metal and entertainment for all!”

For venue information, visit: http://www.LoadedHollywood.com
LOADED Hollywood
6377 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA  90028

For the latest information on Thor, visit: http://www.thorcentral.com/

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OPETH delay ‘Pale Communion’ album release

May 10th, 2014
by EvilG

The release of OPETH’s hotly anticipated eleventh studio album, ‘Pale Communion’ has been rescheduled for 25th August. The opus was previously set for a mid-June release via Roadrunner Records.

Opeth mainman and visionary, Mikael Åkerfeldt explains; “Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the release of ‘Pale Communion’ has indeed been pushed back to late August. Several circumstances prevented us from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly, and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview with Steve Souza of Hatriot

May 9th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Steve Souza of Hatriot

by Helias

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Metal-Rules.com caught up with Hatriot, ex-Legacy (aka Testament), Dublin Death Patrol, ex-Exodus Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza and talk about the new Hatriot album, the social media, the possibility of his return to Exodus, the most electric band of the world: AC/DCand many more…

Metal-Rules.com: Hello! It’s Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

I’m doing great, and have been busy doing interviews in support of the new album, “Dawn Of The New Centurion.”  Checking in from the birthplace of thrash metal – the Bay Area here in Northern California.

Metal-Rules.com: Congratulations for the new album DAWN OF THE NEW CENTURION. What’s the new thing on this record in compare with your debut album HEROES OF ORIGIN?

I think “Dawn Of The New Centurion” is a step up in all areas.  The songwriting is more mature, the band is tighter, and I think the record is heavier than “Heroes Of Origin.”  We have been a band for another year, and the guys have grown as players.  There is more experience under our belt now, and that reflects in the music.  These new songs have more dynamics and more complex arrangements.  It’s just a stronger record in all areas.

 HATRIOT BAND

Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell us some words about the production of the album, and who is involved and responsible for the sound and mixing?

That would be Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios.  He did engineering and production on both Hatriot records, and has worked with a lot of big bands like Machine Head, Testament, and Exodus as well.  Juan is the Bay Area’s secret weapon.  He’s fucking killer!

Metal-Rules.com: How did you come up with the band name?

We chose the name Hatriot because it connects this band to my days in Exodus.  The word is in the lyrics of the Exodus song “Scar Spangled Banner,” and it sounded angry and aggressive, so we went for it.

MetalRules.com: As I have heard you new album, it sounds as a primal thrash metal album, a mix of Exodus and Testament sound. Do you agree on that?

It is definitely an old school thrash metal record, but there are hints of moderns sounds in there.  An thrash riff with my vocals over it is going to have a remote similarity to Exodus, just because of my signature vocal snarl, but in my opinion this record has a lot more early Testament influence in there, especially in the melodies and song structures.  If you took the Exodus album “Tempo Of The Damned” and crossed it with the first Testament album you would get a sound similar to what Hatriot is doing these days.  It will definitely make the old school thrashers proud.

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 Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics, did anything particular inspire you?

 

I’m inspired by this fucked up world we all live in.  The more violent the world becomes, the more violent and aggressive the music becomes.  It all goes hand in hand.  I write about dark subjects, and no topic is off limits for me.  This record has songs about cabin in the woods killers, pedophile Catholic priests, corrupt world leaders, the end of the world, and a whole lot more.

 

Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

The same way any kid does really.  I grew up around heavy rock and all my buddies were aspiring musicians.  My brother played bass and had a few bands.  The defining moment was when I saw AC/DC play a festival show in 1979, and right then I knew I wanted to be a singer.  The first band I formed was called Metal Warrior, with Phil Demmel, who went on to be in Machine Head and Vio-lence.  After that Legacy was formed, and the rest is history…

STEVE SOUZA- THE DAYS OF LEGACY BAND 

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I like most anything that is in the rock genre.  It can be hard rock, classic rock, or whatever – as long as it rocks!  I hate rap music and despise country music.  I can recognize a good song, and there are good songs in other genres of music, but I’m a fucking rocker.  I like my music hard and heavy!

 

Metal-Rules.com:  Is there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage? Suicidal Angels, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Firewind and Gus G. to name a few.

That is really a question for my guitar player, Kosta Varvatakis.  He is full blooded Greek!  As for these bands, I am definitely familiar with Firewind and Rotting Christ.  Maybe not their music, but I have seen their names in magazines and that kind of thing.  I would love to share a stage with any of them!

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Metal-Rules.com: What are the plans for you in the near future?

We have a full plate this year.  Right now we are doing a lot of press promoting “Dawn Of The New Centurion,” and writing new songs as well.  In July we are going to Europe for a tour with Artillery and Onslaught.  We come home in August and do a local show with DRI (w.n.: they are gods!!!) that is being filmed for a Hatriot DVD.  After that we head to South America for some dates, and then get back into the studio for record number three!  This band is working hard and we are kicking ass!

Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?

I think it’s very important.  The riff and the groove of the music is generally what catches people’s attention in the beginning, but after that there needs to be a real meaning to the words.  That’s my opinion anyway, but I view myself as having something to say lyrically.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

I think it is in the shitter.  I think the internet has made music less important to people.  Gone are the days of really getting into a band, and listening to a record over and over, while reading the lyrics and really absorbing it.  Now people just quickly browse the internet, and maybe stream a song and see if they like it, and then they are on to the next thing.  It’s just quick and disposable.  There are too many bands out now, because it’s so easy to record and distribute a record.  All we can do is roll with the changes and try to adapt the best that we can.

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Technology is definitely a part of my life, but not to the degree of some people.  My sons run my social media pages.  I don’t live on a computer like a lot of people do.  I check email from my phone, and that’s about the extent of it really.

Steve-Zetro-Souza

Metal-Rules.com: Will be released something new with Dublin Death Patrol?

I think Dublin Death Patrol is over, at least for now.  There’s just not enough time to devote to that thing.  Chuck is busier than ever with Testament, and I want to focus all my energy on Hatriot.  DDP was never meant to be a real full time band.  It’s a fun project that we do with our friends.  We don’t tour or try to make it a big band.  That defeats the purpose.  We created DDP as a fun thing to get away from the bullshit that comes with being in our ‘real’ bands.  Right now there’s just not enough time to mess with it.

Metal-Rules.com: If Rob Dukes will announce that he will leave from Exodus, would you be consider yourself as a perfect candidate for the vocal post as you know it very well?

Definitely not!  That chapter in my life has been closed, and I have put way too much into building Hatriot at this point.  I would be letting the rest of my band down, and it just wouldn’t make sense.  If I went back to Exodus we would just be a retro act.  I am building Hatriot at a nice pace, and we are putting out an album every year to a year and a half.  It’s been four years since the last Exodus disc.  I can’t work like that.  I’m very happy where I’m at right now with Hatriot.

STEVE SOUZA OF HIS EXODUS ERA

Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

I think the only way it can go is heavier and more extreme.  Like I said earlier, as the world gets more violent, the music will get more violent as well.  I believe extreme music is the future.

Metal-Rules.com: One of the last trends in music business is iTunes. More and more metal bands sell albums through this way. What’s your opinion on that?

Personally, I like a physical product.  It can be CD, vinyl, or even cassette.  I just like a tangible product.  I like opening the shrink wrap, holding the cover, and reading the liner notes.  However, iTunes is the new medium that everyone is going to.  We just have to roll with the changes.  It’s not my thing really, but I have accepted it.  It’s not going away, so you might as well accept it and find a way to make it work.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Living or dead?

Metal-Rules.com: Pick one being still alive and one from the dead.

If he is alive I’d say Jimmy Page.  Why?  Because he’s Jimmy fucking Page, that’s why!  If we are talking dead musicians I’d have to say Bon Scott.  Why?  He’s my ultimate hero and the reason I sing.

Metal-Rules.com:Which big metal loss affected you the most?

It would definitely be losing Ronnie James Dio.  That was devastating to me.  Exodus toured with Black Sabbath in 1992, and I became good friends with Ronnie.  We stayed in touch in the years following that tour, and I’m honored to be able to call him a friend.  He will forever be an icon in heavy metal, and will forever be missed.

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Metal-Rules.com:  Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

Thrash metal: My love and my craft.  It’s what I was put here on Earth to do.

Greece: Fucking insane metal fans!

Politics: Hate it, but I get good heavy metal lyrics from politics.

Favorite TV series: Dexter

Black Sabbath: The gods!  The creators of metal!  They are The Beatles of heavy metal.

Strip show: Don’t waste your money on strippers.  They are all hoes!

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of Hatriot all the best!!!

Thank you for the opportunity.  I hope to see all of you on tour very soon!

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GWAR Throbblehead Set featuring Oderus Urungus and Balsac “The Jaws of Death”

May 8th, 2014
by EvilG
GWAR Throbblehead Set

GWAR Throbblehead Set

AGGRONAUTIX and Slave Pit Inc proudly present the GWAR Throbblehead Set featuring Oderus Urungus and Balsac “The Jaws of Death”.

Oderus, GWAR’s lead singer and broadsword swinger, stands an imposing 6.5″ tall and will lay waste to any opposing his reign of terror. Dutifully worship Balsac, guitarist for GWAR, while keeping out of decapitation distance. He stands 7.5″ tall from horn to hoof. Will you be one of the worthy few to own this collectible set? Worship your masters, human filth!

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Dave Brockie Fund, a charity with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, and preserve the legacy of Dave’s works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity.

100 special limited edition Throbblehead figures signed by GWAR available exclusively from Slave Pit Inc at

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Interview with Elysion

May 8th, 2014
by J P

Interview with  Christianna of Elysion

by Helias 

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The “Silent Scr3am” is a dreamlike and out of this world debut for Elysion and the first time I heard it I wanted to know much about this band. From this interview with frontwoman, Christianna, two distinct impressions came out; the first includes all that you will read below, and have to do with the album, the band is interested and several around it. The second one isn’t reflected here. It is what one obtains, speaking with such a cultured, smart and energetic person who is the leading lady of dark and gothic/symphonic scene of Greece!

Metal-Rules.com: Hello! This is Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com, I am very happy and glad for this interview! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

Big hello to you too from all Elysion,let us hail all dear readers!I am very excited about chating with you too, we are all doing great and enjoying another beautiful sunny afternoon in Athens:)

Metal-Rules.com: How did Elysion get started and how did you come up with the band name?

Things began back in 2006, when Johnny Zero started the band with the rest of us joining him onboard gradually throughout the years, speaking of our current lineup. As for the name, well it has a mythological reference to the ancient Greek ”elysian fields”, an imaginary island of rest for the souls of brave soldiers after their death, like an ancient Paradise. We thought that this overall sense of hope and romanticism behind this term suits Elysion’s identity perfectly and as it turned out it really fits us like a glove!

Metal-Rules.com: More and more female fronted band join the metal scene every year. What’s the thing that puts Elysion apart from the others?

Could there ever be anything apart from a band’s personality that sets it apart from the rest…?We don’t like to feel piece of a whole bunch of female fronted bands, even the term ”female fronted” hardly gives any real information of what a band sounds like. Our atmosphere and music forms Elysion’s identity, be it embraced or disliked by someone, this is it.

Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell us some words about the songwriting and recording sessions?

Elysion work as a team, especially now that our lineup has been completely stable for many years it feels great to get inspired by one another and know exactly what we are about. I like the fact that we never stop composing, regardless of whether it’s time to focus on a new album. So by the time we hit the studio for the recordings we are pretty much fully organized, with our pre-production already sounding very close to what we wish the final outcome to be.

Metal-Rules.com: Who is responsible for your albums as producer?

We have been working with Mark Adrian for many years now, so he’s more like the sixth member of Elysion and we consider him family by now. In SOMEPLACE BETTER album, we ourselves were very much involved in the entire production process which was a very illuminating experience. And, of course, Dan Certa and Dave Collins’ perspective over the album’s mixing and mastering influenced the final sound a lot.

Metal-Rules.com: Is a new Elysion release in the works? If yes, what new things would it bear on it in compare with the previous ones?

I think it’s quite early to talk about details of a new release since Someplace Better was only released a couple of months ago.We do have new material under construction that we never stop working on, but for now our priority is to play live as much as we can and enjoy this new album in as many gigs as possible. We are looking forward to travelling along with our music and fill the Elysion ”diary” with many exciting new entries, that will become inspiration for future use.

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Metal-Rules.com: There are several female fronted metal bands out there that try to increase their hype and noise around their name by showing the woman’s beauty and sex appeal or they are on the ‘hottest chicks’ list. There are a few of them that have already done a topless photo shooting to promote their band. Is this right for you? Did Elysion have the same proposal by a promoter? If you have this proposal tomorrow, how would you react?

I ‘d rather not place all bands in one bag as I only like to comment on someone individually, every case should be very different. Also,I highly respect everyone’s right to choose their way of trying to succeed, not all same things work for different people and I hate to place ethical judgements in general. I can only speak for Elysion so the answer is no, as far as I know we never had any proposal of this sort. To lighten things up a bit, I’m sure my four fellow bandmates would not object to themselves appearing topless :P. I’m kidding. I don’t think anyone would believe Elysion’s atmosphere could be enhanced by some sexy photo shoot that would be a very bad marketing idea.

 

Metal-Rules.com: You are a Greek band. So, I’d like to ask you some questions about it. A lot of bands are more respected in other countries than their homeland. How is Elysion received in Greece? I’m just asking as Greece is not a country where symphonic/gothic metal grew up.

It might be so but Greece has always had a very dynamic and devoted metal fan base .We would be the last ones to complain about the way our homeland has treated us ,as this would be enormously ungrateful. I know Elysion always meant to treat our Greek crowd with respect and it was obvious, from our very first steps, that we were awarded with equal respect from this crowd. I don’t believe in behaving snobbishly with any type of audience, it just shows a band’s inability to win someone over. If what you have to offer is true, that will be acknowledged sooner or later.

Metal-Rules.com: Is there any other Greek metal band that you would like to share the stage or do collaboration in a record?

Sure, there are many. As a matter of fact, in SOMEPLACE BETTER we had the honor of collaborating with the amazing Fotis Benardo (Septicflesh,Sixfornine) who plays drums in ”Our Fate”. There are truly many Greek musicians we admire so it would be a thrill to join forces with them, be it in an album or on stage.

Metal-Rules.com: A compatriot band, Suicidal Angels have recently moved to Germany to keep their thrash metal flag up. Another compatriot band, Septicflesh have taken a more symphonic approach to their death/goth metal and that was a success story for them. What steps or approach would be taken by Elysion if they would like to get bigger than they are?

We only wish to be as big as our music can makes us. No less, no more. We wouldn’t deliberately stray from our musical identity to pursue a more fruitful passage, even if there was such a thing as a resipe to success. Since you mentioned Septicflesh, I think their amazing talent and character made them who they are. It’s being unique that made them, not being followers, and suggesting that their majestically overwhelming contribution to the scene was a result of practical thinking is inaccurate. You can’t write music on purpose and hope to make a carrier out of it, or everyone would have figured how to succeed by now. I don’t know what could make Elysion bigger and what exactly bigger means. I wish for us to evolve and write more beautiful songs, be better at what we do.

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Metal-Rules.com: Many new female fronted bands have taken a progressive, heavier, or more complicated approach to their music. Your band, however, keeps it more simple and straightforward. What inspired you to go in this direction?

We never decided to go for one direction rather than for another…I don’t know what other bands do and why they choose to sound the way they do, I only know that in Elysion we don’t have any recipes, this is just what comes out of us. So far it has been straight forward, like you said, and let me say it could be more difficult this way because staying simple is quite hard. You have to only choose what’s most important. Still, who knows what will happen in future..?If we get to have a different inspiration, we won’t hesitate to surprise ourselves!

Metal-Rules.com: What music label would be the most suitable for Elysion’s music? Symphonic metal, gothic metal or?

oh, but you can’t rely on a label to tell you what you can only hear and feel with your heart.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s the main influences on you and Elysion as a band?

Elysion have very wide musical backgrounds and we differ with each other but somehow this makes a fine blend. I have been listening to all extremely wide platform of rock /alternative heavy metal/atmospheric different clans of music since I was ten years old, that covers a lot of differentially:)If I had to only name one band, although the influence in Elysion cannot be noticeable, this band could only be Iron Maiden because if it had not been for them none of us would be doing what we do today.

Metal-Rules.com: Can you share the best billing for a female fronted Fest?

Well I’d like to enjoy different oriented bands in the same gig, so apart from Elysion, if I could add us to the billing, I’d love some differentiallity, like maybe Halestorm, Within Temptation and Arch Enemy. I’m a huge fan of them all!

Metal-Rules.com:  Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

With pleasure! Since I’m the one doing this interview right now I’ll feel free to fill in wharever I please, hope my four Elysion bros don’t object too much! Hehehe!

Favorite female-fronted band:Halestorm

Nightwish: changed my life something like 15 years ago, can’t listen to the older albums without crying over this dive into memories.

Greece:a sacred land abused without mercy for hundreds of years mostly by its own children

Politics: the art of commiting the most savage crimes against humanity and getting away with it.

Favorite TV series: oh so many!I’ll stick to the ”Big Bang Theory” ,can’t get over my love for nerds since I’ve been, and still am, proudly, the queen of Nerds!

Favorite comic character: Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone

Best video game ever: hmmmm,could be God Of War.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for your time and this interview. I wish you and the rest guys of Elysion all the best!!!

Once more, thank you for this honor and pleasure! Elysion hope to catch up with as many of you as possible from stage, in a live show this year! Take care and pack your bags for Someplace Better!

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Metal Alliance Tour 2014 Hits Calgary

May 7th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Metal Alliance Tour 2014

MacEwan Hall, Calgary Alta.

April 29, 2014

Review and Photos by Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

On April 29, 2014 the Metal Alliance Tour rolled into Calgary Alta. for a very early show. The venue at the University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, had a very early curfew for the show and so doors were opened at 5pm with the first band on at 5:45pm. The early start time unfortunately reduced the number of attendees, as did the lack of Inquisition on bill who were unable to cross the border. The three more well-known acts on the bill, Goatwhore, 1349 and Behemoth have played packed venues in Calgary previously. Due to the size of the hall and the division between the beer gardens at the back of the room and the all age’s section in front of the stage, the crowd looked a little thin.

It was a slow start when Black Crown Initiate came on stage. There were very few people in the venue and no line up outside because of the early start time. A few more people trickled in over the course of the set but it was a very noticeably small crowd. Their technical death metal infused with progressive influences was enjoyed by the audience, and a sizable amount of people moved up towards the stage to show their appreciation of the music. The songs flowed seamlessly from an instrumental introspective intro into their heavier catalogue.

Black Crown Initiate, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, © Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, © Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, © Photo Monika Deviat

Louisiana’s Goatwhore always gets a good response in Calgary, filling larger bar sized venues with raucous fans. Although there were considerably more people for Goatwhore’s set, it still looked like small crowd due to the room size. Frontman Ben Falgoust demands the audience’s response with his intense stage presence as he prowls around the stage striking epic poses and headbanging in between ferocious vocals.  Sammy Duet shredded through driving riffs and razor sharp solos. Bassist James Harvey was an indomitable presence as he delivered tight bass lines and Zack Simmons was menacing behind his drum kit. The set sampled from the bands previous albums with songs like “The All Destroying”, “When Steel and Bone Meet”, along with a new tune from the upcoming album Constricting Rage of the Merciless [Metal Blade Records, 2014] called “Baring Teeth For Revolt”. The set finished with favorites that really got the crowd moving “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult” and “Apocalyptic Havok”.

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Norway’s 1349 brought a more malicious atmosphere to the line-up. The stage was awash in red as the band took the stage. Vocalist Ravn was an intimidating force, holding up gauntleted fists to crowd to emphasize his venomous vocals.  Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) was filling in once again on drum for Frost and did an excellent job with the relentless drum beats. “Sculptor of Flesh” started off the set and after a few songs the band gave the crowd a taste of upcoming album with “Slaves” which seemed well liked by the crowd.  They finished off with “When I was Flesh” and “Atomic Chapel”.

1349, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

1349, © Photo Monika Deviat

1349, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

1349, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth never fails at putting a performance that shows thought put into every detail. From costumes and backdrops and sets, to stage presence and character, it all holds the audience enthralled. Whether or not you are a fan of their newest offering the Satanist [Nuclear Blast, 2014], which was heavily featured in the set list, the performance delivered entertained and engaged. The band strode on stage with Nergal following last, ceremoniously walking out with fire torches held in both hands. Nergal stood with his back to the audience, torches crossed, and the anticipation was built up until they launched into “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”. Orion was towering and ominous with his bass. Inferno pounded into his drums, though was mostly hidden behind his kit for the majority of the set. Seth shredded on his guitar with Nergal and stalked around the stage.  Behemoth gave fans some older favorites like “Conquer All”, “Christians to the Lions”, and “Chant for Eschaton 2000” mixed in with the new, including the title track from The Satanist. Their excellently executed set ended with “O Father, O Satan, O Sun” and the band donned horned masks to finish with a very evil atmosphere.

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

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BELPHEGOR: “Conjuring the Dead” Artwork Released!

May 7th, 2014
by EvilG
BELPHEGOR: "Conjuring the Dead"

BELPHEGOR: “Conjuring the Dead”

Diabolical Death/ Black Metal giants, BELPHEGOR, have just revealed the cover design of their forthcoming album Conjuring the Dead. The artwork was created by Greek artist, Seth Siro Anton who also painted the cover of Pestapokalypse VI in 2006. “The spectacular cover, the offensive lyrical content, the Death Musick. BELPHEGOR´s nine new sound collages are a new dimension of intensity and dynamics,” states the band’s imposing vocalist/guitarist Helmuth. ”Once you can customize the basic principles of Renaissance painting and deriving energy/data from chaotic reservoir of unconscious,…you get BELPHEGOR´s Conjuring the Deadcover art,” adds bassist and longtime partner in slime, Seth.

Conjuring the Dead was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida under the direction of Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSEGOATWHORE,HATE ETERNAL). Three and a half years have passed since the highly praised album Blood Magick Necromance was released. BELPHEGOR are back to conquer; possessed, on fire and stronger than ever!

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Sage release their fourth video and single “Blacksmith’s tale”

May 7th, 2014
by EvilG

We present to you the forth video single Blacksmith’s tale, of a Croatian metal band called Sage. The song was recorded at J.M. studio under the watchful eye of Fedor Boid and Franjo Valentid, and was mixed in the Morrisound studios on Florida by Jim Morris. Jim worked with great bands like Sepulture, Iced Eartha, Savatage. By Jim’s side is also their producent Casey Grillo also known as the drummer of a progressive/melodic power metal band called Kamelot. Blacksmith’s tale is the fourth song out of twelve that creates the conceptual album „Anno Domini 1573“.

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TESLA Debuts New Single “So Divine”

May 6th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Multi-platinum selling rock act TESLA have debuted an all new single titled “So Divine…” today exclusively via Ultimateclassicrock.com.
LISTEN HERE

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TESLA will release an all new LP titled SIMPLICITY on June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording’s arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.

SIMPLICITY will be the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”

1. MP3
2. Ricochet
3. Rise and Fall
4. So Divine…
5. Cross My Heart
6. Honestly
7. Flip Side
8. Other Than Me
9. Break of Dawn
10. Burnout To Fade
11. Life is a River
12. Sympathy
13. Time Bomb
14. ‘Till That Day

TESLA locked themselves away for weeks writing the new material that would become SIMPLICITY with long time A&R man Tom Zutaut. Fourteen solid tracks later the band sank their teeth in while recording began at bassist Brian Wheat’s very own J Street Recorders. Legendary engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) was then tapped to put the final touches in place.

Fresh off the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the band has quite the itinerary of tour dates throughout the rest of 2014. Click here for all tour dates.

Formed in 1981, TESLA have firmly carved out their own space in rock and roll history. The band saw great success with their own rendition of the 1971 classic “Signs” and their own hit single “Love Song” from the The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989.

TESLA is: Frank Hannon – Brian Wheat – Jeff Keith – Troy Luccketta – Dave Rude

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Nasty Idols release video for “Night By Night”

May 5th, 2014
by EvilG

As posted by Nasty Idols: “On November 16:th last year we gathered on location in Malmö eager to shoot what was going to be the first of two videos presenting the new Nasty Idols members, Andy, Rikki, Zoak and Anton. We had an awesome day filming with Rainer Holmgren… and although Andy sadly left us just a few weeks later here It is. What was supposed to be a beginning now represents the end and last hoorah!  Rock’n roll, Andy It came out just the way you planned it.. of course.
Enjoy
/z”

Nasty Idols video “Night By Night”

 

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Gamma Ray to play at Summer Breeze

May 5th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

With their best album in the last few years the next band confirmed for SUMMER BREEZE 2014 not only have climbed to the upper regions of the charts, but will also provide loads of fun and headbanging action in Dinkelsbühl. From the far north of Germany, GAMMA RAY will fly in for SUMMER BREEZE!

Once again we play genie in the bottle as we book one of the bands that you have been vehemently requesting for SUMMER BREEZE: Please welcome ESKIMO CALLBOY to the festival in Dinkelsbühl!

More info on the bands booked to Summer Breeze 2014

http://www.summer-breeze.de/en/bands/index.html

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Canadian Icons HELIX Release ‘Bastard Of The Blues’ CD

May 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Canadian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal icons Helix have just released their 13th brand new full length CD entitled BASTARD OF THE BLUES. The first single “Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Home Town)” was issued to radio stations across the Country earlier last week. The CD features guest vocals by Nick Walsh (Famous Underground/ex-Slik Toxik) on one track as well as former Helix bassist Jeff “Stan” Fountain on another. This new album can be ordered at www.planethelix.com

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TRACKLIST;

Bastard Of The Blues
Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Hometown)
Screamin’ At The Moon
Metal At Midnight
Axe To Grind
When All The Love Is Gone
Winning Is The Best Revenge
Hellbound For A Heartbreak
Skin In The Game
The Bitch Is A Bullet
Sticks & Stones

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HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS Sign With Mausoleum Records

May 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Classic hard rockers HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS, featuring Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker), Vinnie Appice(Dio, Black Sabbath), signs a record deal with Mausoleum Records. The new album, ‘Big Trouble‘, to be released on 23th May via Mausoleum Records. A brand new song “Move On” can be streamed using the Soundcloud player.

https://soundcloud.com/thehollywoodmonsters/move-on-feat-vinny-appice-tim-bogert-don-airey-steph-honde

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“Big Trouble” track listing:

01. Another Day In Grey – Pt 1
02. Move On
03. Big Trouble
04. The Only Way
05. The Cage
06. The Ocean
07. Oh Boy!
08. Underground
09. Village Of The Damned
10. Song For A Fool

Bonus track

11. Fuck You All

Your favourite Classic Hard Rock artists together! Ever track a bone shaking experience when old and new friends get together for a blast of hard rockin’ musical mayhem!

Hollywood Monsters are:

Steph Honde – Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Bass
Paul Di’Anno – Vocals (track 11)
Denis Baruta – Guitars (tracks 5, 9 & 11)
Tim Bogert – Bass (tracks 1, 2 & 10)
Olivier Brossard – Bass (track 11)
Vinny Appice – Drums (all tracks except 7, 10 & 11)
Don Airey – Hammond B3 (track 2)
Emmanuel Lamic – Drums (tracks 10 & 11)
Laetitia Gondran – Drums (track 7)

Hollywood Monsters are the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, composer, Stéphane “Steph” Honde, a French expatriate, who’s been living in California since 2012.

Honde first became noticed when fronting Mamooth, subsequently garnering a well-deserved reputation as a guitar virtuoso when playing in Café Bertrand, a French rock group he joined in 2004. The band toured, playing humongous stadiums such as the Stade de France, with an audience capacity in excess of 80.000 – performing with classic rock giants such as AC/DC and Deep Purple, the latter for whom they opened on thirty-six dates across Europe in November 2006, and another 12 in March of 2007.Honde recorded two albums with Café Bertrand – both critically acclaimed and commercially successful – “Les Airs Empruntés” (2005) and “L’Art Délicat du Rock’N’Roll” (2008), before leaving the band in 2011.

Honde then embarked on a length tour with Paul Di’Anno, oriignal voaclist with Iron Maiden before absconding to California.

Once in Los Angeles Stéphane Honde befriended Tim Bogert, coaxed him out of retirment and convinced Bogert to play on his debut album…and voilà, the Hollywood Monsters were born.

Stéphane Honde recently signed an agreement with Mausoleum Records for the release of the debut album entitled “Big Trouble” by his new band: Hollywood Monsters, scheduled for release in May 2014.

The talented Hollywood Monsters line-up on “Big Trouble,” besides Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus – on bass, additionally welcomes the performances of some more of Stéphane’s talented pals, including: Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker and dozens more – on keyboards), and Vinnie Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath– on drums), the latter for whom Stéphane had written the song “Village Of The Damned” as an hommage…before ever meeting Vinnie!

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Interview with Mitch Harris of Menace & Napalm Death

May 2nd, 2014
by J P

 INTERVIEW WITH MITCH HARRIS 

By Helias 

 

Napalm Death are credited with defining the grindcore genre by incorporating elements of hardcore punk and death metal, using a noise-filled sound. It’s very hard to be a defining act in metal music. Except for that, Napalm Death are the holders of a Guinness World Recordfor the shortest song ever recorded! Mitch Harris is here to talk about his new band Menace, Bjork, strip shows and more…

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Mitch! This is Helias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules, I am very happy and glad for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today? 

Thanks, me too, we’re in Malaga Spain.

Metal-Rules.com: Let’s kick off with questions about your new band, Menace. A band biography in the tiniest conceivable nutshell. 

Well, Season Of Mist signed Menace after hearing one song without vocals. They gave me complete artistic freedom based on a philosophy. Derek Roddy recorded the drums. He really did a phenomenal job of innovative beats that enhance the nature of the songs so much. Nicola Manzan played real strings, violin, viola and cello. It really added a new dimension to the existing epic approach to creating emotional soundscapes. Fred Lecerecq played bass, and added a progressive feel, Shane Embury also played on 4 songs, which he explored a different technique. We’ve always been close, and it’s really interesting to expand the boundaries further. The producer Russ Russsell added so much input and time to make this something special. Her really helped me develop a singing style, and become confident and also expand on vocal harmonies. It was the most uplifting experience of my life, and also one of the most memorable one for different reasons.

Metal-Rules.com: Menace is a whole different venture, focused on rock, with elements of psych, prog and an amalgam of different influences. So, Menace is not in the veins of 10,000MPH grindcore blasting of Napalm Death. What are the purposes of your new band?

I was only building on a concept linking at least 16 songs to the Menace approach of building on spontaneous performances, and thinking from an aspect without limitation to style or genre, combining many interests and prospects. My aim was to create a unique team, using music as a platform, a medium, a vehicle on which all levels of art forms can be combined in a way to help tell and re-inforce a story through audio installations. A.I.

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Metal-Rules.com: Menace collaborate with “Ukraine’s Got Talent” winner Kseniya Simonova for the video of ‘Painted Rust’ and I was completely amazed and blown away by the result. Also, I don’t know many bands that use Sand Animation in their videos! Please tell us about that collaboration.

Thank you! I was in the process of finding someone who might be able to tell the story of To The Marrow and Painted Rust. I came across Kseniya, after being inspired by her work, and goals, I noticed that she was helping a small group of Ukranian children cancer patients. There was instantly a common link, and I contacted her with my story about a tragedy that I witnessed as I was recording the guitars for To The Marrow. I was scarred by an incident where a 12 year old girl was hit by a car in front of my house. I assisted her, and kept her focused until she died being taken into the ambulance. They revived her in the ambulance, and she survived with life changing brain injuries. I relive this event frequently, and I decided that the song would be about my experience with her. Being helpless, and offering the only support that I could. My dream was to do something positive with the results, and that’s how Kseniya and I established a strong connection. The two videos are a bridge between her creative vision and description of the Menace material. She put so much energy, and love into what she produced. We are so blessed to be working with her. We’ve linked the videos to try to establish any kind of donations for Marina, the Sports Champion who has just been moved to the UK to continue treatment. I hope that our efforts can a least generate some positive energy for a family in desperate need.

Metal-Rules.com: What are the plans of Menace after the release of the debut album named ‘Impact Velocity’?

We have a series of 4 videos, and working on completion of a further 3 videos to be presented in April or so. We’re looking for creative management, and plan on doing a series of live performances. Kseniya has already agreed to perform live with us once for a special occasion once everything is up and running. Much thought has gone into the concept and theatrical presentation. This will take, time, money and coordination. When we finish the puzzle, it will be ready to make the best projection of thought projecting concepts that we can think of.

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Metal-Rules.com:  Now, let me focus on Napalm Death as it’s your main band. This legendary band has already released 15 studio albums and of equal number of EP’s. Let’s take a look on a possible upcoming album. How is it going on with that? What’s the new offering of Napalm Death by that release?

We enter the studio for phase 1 in early March. We are taking a different approach to recording. There is a lot of material that all seems very exciting and inspiring to me. Expect something extremely fresh and from the core of intensity.

Metal-Rules.com: You personally have been playing for the past 25 years in Napalm Death. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time… What makes you always keep pushing forward? 

After 24 years, when I reflect on what we’ve done, I still see a logical and focused way forward. There is still much to achieve, and strengthen our philosophies and tactics, expanding strategies and learning from intakes. I’m happy with the way things have been, we have always been a close unit, basically, true friendship binds it all together. We’ve all been through hardships, and support each other in every possible way. It’s what helps us continue in a way where we operate as a family, and with all such a clear vision of what our objectives are this time around. We all essentially want the same thing, it’s meeting somewhere in the idle of where the magic takes place.

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Metal-Rules.com: Could you tell us some words about the writing sessions of ‘Scum’ album? Could you imagine that album would be a milestone of a metal genre? 

From a fan point of view, I loved the combination of influences, pushing the speed boundaries, and also remaining heavy. Cryptic Slaughter, Hellhammer, Repulsion, Slaughter, Discharge, inspired things was a determined approach to relating their message. The music was cutting edge, and the social awareness aspects shed the band in a different light.

Metal-Rules.com: How do you feel about the aspect that Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the grindcore style?

That’s cool and all, but expression should not be bound to people’s limited understanding of what a classification is, or therefore should be, where does it lead? That’s the point, refining, and redefining, without fear of ridicule I guess.

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Metal-Rules.com: Did you consciously decide it should be extreme so that it had its own niche and ‘stamp’ in the market?

All we do comes from the heart, it has nothing to do with markets, or niche’s or cliché’s. It’s always been completely natural, and will continue to do so. As long as it flows, than there is no telling which way the river will travel until it eventually meets the see. Some find it extreme, some find it comforting, sedating, and a way of realising we are not alone in collective thought.

Metal-Rules.com: How you compare writing sessions in Napalm Death and to, say, your current new band Menace?

It was all written at the same time as various Napalm albums, especially Utilitarian. Menace was just a different way on expanding on ideas that I felt required a different vocal approach, whatever that took to compliment the music in a way where I hadn’t approached before. any individual goes through so many moods and experiences in a day, in a lifetime. Menace and Napalm are both different angles and results of experience on a road where I still wonder where it leads, lol

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Metal-Rules.com: Some people believe that NAPALM DEATH should have changed their name because there’s only one original band member, Shane, left. Have you ever considered changing your name? (Personally speaking, I believe that all of you are original bandmembers as you love this band and force for it over 20+ years!) 

It’s not something I think about, we don’t let what others think to influence what feels like the right thing to do.

Metal-Rules.com: NAPALM DEATH holds the Guiness Record for shortest song ever recorded with the one-second “You Suffer” (1987). How do you feel about that? How did that Record come?

I don’t think that the song was ever intended for such a coincidental novelty factor to take place.

Metal-Rules.com: Guiness stated that it will no longer be listing said “shortest…” World Records. Do you know why? 

It’s not something that concerns me.

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Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I think a good song is a good song, no matter what genre or style it is. I love all kinds of music, and I like to be exposed to new things.

Metal-Rules.com:  Do you know any Greek heavy metal acts? Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage? Rotting Christ, Firewind, Suicidal Angels to name a few.

Yes, we have played with most of them. There is a loyal music scene in Greece!

Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the beginning of 2014 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER). Are the last 5 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

We’re all getting older, and touring is a difficult way of life. Health becomes an obstacle in some cases. Losing Jesse Pintado was the closest person I’ve lost in recent years. We must have a long term vision, and take care of ourselves and loved ones.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general? 

I like how different styles of extreme music that have been incorporated into what I hear on the radio when I’m driving. It shows a different angle on things. It takes a lot to get my attention these days, it’s usually centred around vocal melodies, that’s my main interest, understanding how things work…

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Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I’m a hopeless romantic, but I utilise the tools I need to operate while I’m away, and also on a creative front. We are all bound to technology, it’s nice to use it for something good, instead of weapons, or cures for the elite. Science is a big interest of mine, and I think it holds the key to our future. Unfortunately, it’s in the wrong hands… Until now… lol

Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?  

Hopefully something more heartfelt and artistic, my only concerns are for which way I will proceed. I’m not concerned of what’s the next big thing. We operate on a different frequency, and hopefully those with the skills can find direction in our message.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why? 

Bjork, because she’s Bjork:)

Metal-Rules.com: You convinced me! You are of the few death/grindcore metal musicians that can say what elements make a good death/grind metal song and album.

Innovation

Metal-Rules.com:  Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

Punk (as a music genre): 

The word has been watered down, and linked with many other things

Record Labels: 

Season Of Mist

Politics: 

Personal

Prison Break (TV series): 

Thrilling

Strip show: 

Intimidating

Michael Jackson: 

Probably the most inspirational one man crusade in history

Metal-Rules.com: Mitch, thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of MENACE and NAPALM DEATH all the best!!!

Thanks so much for the support!

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Destruction – Schmier

May 1st, 2014
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Video & Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

German teutonic-thrash metal legends recently returned to the U.S. for an early spring tour with supporting acts Krisiun and Exmortus. Although they are still technically touring in support of “Spiritual Genocide” released in late 2012, Destruction frontman Schmier still has much to discuss including the band’s recent appearances at the Rock In Rio and Beastival festivals, an upcoming splt vinyl with Tankard, some of his personal career highlights after thirty years of Destruction, as well as his involvement with the new as yet unnamed side project that also features Herman Frank of German heavy metal legends Accept fame. Read the rest of this entry »

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