Leaves Eyes Interview @ The Garage, London

February 2nd, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Leaves Eyes Interview

@ The Garage, London

19th January 2014

Interview by Ben Spencer

Photography by Graham Hilling

Liv Kristine - Leaves Eyes

Liv Kristine – Leaves Eyes

Having just interviewed her husband and waiting around for her previous interviewer to finish, it was time to interview front woman Liv Kristine of Gothic Metal band Leaves Eyes and learn more about the bands journey through the years.
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EXECUTER: Confirmed first European tour

February 1st, 2014
by EvilG

Brazilian Thrash Metal band formed in 1987, EXECUTER, has just confirmed their first European tour.

The band will travel in April 2014, initially to perform about 20 dates. Check out the dates below… Read the rest of this entry »

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THAT METAL SHOW Episode 3 Airs Feb 1st With Special Guests Dave Ellefson & Frank Bello

January 31st, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming, “That Metal Show,” is the true destination for all things hard rock & heavy metal. This Saturday’s episode marks the television debut of Altitudes & Attitude, a new side project for Anthrax bassist, Frank Bello, and Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson. Frank and Dave sit down with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine to discuss the new project as well as give updates on “their day jobs”, Anthrax and Megadeth. Episode 3 features the mobile dual-neck guitar virtuoso Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses as the musical guest, Lzzy Hale from Halestorm joins us from her recording studio on the Metal Modem, and the hosts pick the Top 5 Anthrax songs of all-time in the TMS Top 5. The TMS Book Club segment features a vivid excerpt from Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, and the fan-favorite, Stump the Trunk, has one lucky fan stump Eddie to win an actual David Ellefson Hartke bass cabinet from the 2011 Big 4 tour with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. “That Metal Show” Episode 3 premieres this Saturday, February 1st at 11:00PM ET/PT.

“That Metal Show” brings the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, and this upcoming episodes will include original Kiss members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler, and guitar heroes Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, Ted Nugent, and the incomparable Joe Satriani. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, comedian Jim Breuer, and pop musician Matt Nathanson will also join the show over the next few weeks.

Season 13 of “That Metal Show” continues the trend of having the best musicians in hard rock and metal perform each week, and this season features a mix of guitar and drumming masters. Playing guitar this season will be Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Hoey, Chris Caffery, Lita Ford, and Tom Keifer of Cinderella. Pounding the skins will be Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy, and the thrash metal drumming master from Anthrax, Charlie Benante.

Season 13 consists of 12 brand new episodes making it the longest season in the show’s history. Fans can catch the complete Season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app. New episodes of Season 13 will launch on the web and on the app every Sunday morning following the show’s Saturday on-air premiere.

“That Metal Show” premiered on VH1 Classic back in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock & heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in rock including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche, and Heart.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of heavy metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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Destroyers of All to release their debut EP, “Into The Fire ”

January 31st, 2014
by EvilG

he first steps of the Portuguese band date back to the end of the year 2011, when Guilherme (ex-Seventh Seal , ex-Out of Me and Tales for the Unspoken), Alexandre (Strikeback) and Filipe (Existence:Vøid, Antichthon, ex-Imperivm, ex-Crystalline Darkness) decided to invest and focus on a common ancient desire: to create a musical project different from what they had done until then.

Mixing diverse musical influences from various styles like Thrash, Death, and even Black metal, to the Hard Rock and Progressive Metal feeling… Quickly the first rehearsals began, and thus, the first compositions of Destroyers of All were born.

As time went by, the vocalist position was filled by João Mateus, a friend of the members, who agreed to accept the invitation to join the group, showing up ready for the challenge. Already with a stable lineup, and the songs taking shape, a consensus was reached that another guitarist would be necessary to complete the desired sonority of the band. It was then that Guilherme took the reins of the second guitar and Bruno da Silva (Antichthon) filled the bassist position.

With the lineup complete, it didn’t take long for Destroyers of All to release their debut EP, entitled “ Into The Fire ” and they will storm the extreme music scene!!

INTO THE FIRE
Track listing:

1. Beginning of the end
2. Soul Retrieval
3. into the fire
4. M4
5. astral Projection
6. nothing left

» Filipe Gomes (Drums)
» Bruno da Silva (Bass)
» Guilherme Busato (Guitar)
» Alexandre Correia (Guitar)
» João Mateus (Vocals)

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TÝR debut “The Lay of Our Love” video

January 31st, 2014
by EvilG

TÝR has unveiled their latest music video, “The Lay of Our Love,” from their most recent album, “Valkyrja.” The song features a vocal duet with Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. So, naturally, fans will be excited to see that Kristine joins Heri Joensen and the rest of TÝR in this new video! The video was produced by Stanimir Lukic, directed by Ivan Colic.

TÝR comments on “The Lay of Our Love”: “We’ve wanted to make a CGI video for a long time, and this is our first one, so we’re obviously excited for the release and reception of the video. On top of that, the presence of Liv in the video makes it even more special. All in all we’re very pleased with the result.”

TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their “Halo of Blood over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14th in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at SHOWstubs.com.

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Ted Nugent confirmed to play Sweden Rock Festival. Only European show in 2014!

January 31st, 2014
by EvilG

He had his first hit, “Journey to the center of the mind”, as a member of the Amboy Dukes in 1968. 1975 marked his official debut as a solo artist. Today, Ted Nugent is a long established icon in American hard rock history. He’s one of the major guitar heroes. Songs like “Stranglehold”, “Motor city madhouse”, “Dog eat dog” and “Cat scratch fever” are classics and perennial faves with fans of fat and groove-based rock. To date, Ted Nugent has sold around 30 million albums and made way over 6 000 concerts. In 2014 he returns to SRF, teamed up with his classic vocalist/rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Greg Smith (ex-Alice Cooper, Rainbow) and drummer Mick Brown (ex-Dokken) – which will also be his one and only European performance this year.

Sweden Rock Festival 4-7 June 2014. Confirmed bands: Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Wasp, Alter Bridge, Megadeth Transatlantic, Rob Zombie, Q5, The Rainmakers, Magnum, Queensrÿche, Emperor m.fl. Totaly 84 band!

Tickets: www.swedenrock.com!

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SATAN’S HOST premiere new video, prepare new album and festival dates

January 31st, 2014
by EvilG

Today, cult metal legends SATAN’S HOST premiere the new video for “Dichotomy.” The track hails from SATAN’S HOST’s newest album, Virgin Sails, released late last year by MORIBUND RECORDS to widespread international acclaim. Cited by many journalists as 2013′s “Album of the Year,” Virgin Sails showcases SATAN’S HOST in blazing Satanic fury, delivering a hellish opus of new standards and metal classics, taking the band and scene to new heights. With Harry “Leviathan Thisiren” Conklin surpassing all prior vocal performances, buttressed by riveting black-axe master Patrick Evil and the rock-solid rhythm backbone of drummer Anthony “Evil Hobbit” Lopez and bassist Margar, SATAN’S HOST unleash another metal classic. Witness for yourself the band’s unique, eternal “Dichotomy” HERE (and below)

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Hellcannon release video for “Lost Cause”

January 30th, 2014
by EvilG

Check out “Lost Cause”, the blistering new release from Hellcannon! Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Hellcannon is preparing to release their second full length album TERMINAL on Vile Records (www.vilerecords.com) in Oct 2014. The driving forces behind Hellcannon are Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Fiorita, drummer Bryant Morrison, and guitarist Jim Nickles, a former founding member of death metal legends Malevolent Creation. Jim is also the owner of Vile Records and Shredly Studios, where TERMINAL is being produced. Catch Hellcannon on their European tour with Sodomizer (Brazil) in Oct when they will hit Germany, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, and more!

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Days Of Anger: New Video Available

January 29th, 2014
by EvilG

Days Of Anger: video of the song “A Case Of Insanity” taken from the album “Rise Above It All” available and confirmation for Total Metal Festival 2014

The video of the song “A Case Of Insanity” taken from Swedish Thrash Metal/Hardcore Days Of Anger album entitled “Rise Above It All” out on 4 June 2013 via Coroner Records can be seen below:

Days Of Anger has been confirmed with Moonspell, Annihilator, Death Angel and more for Total Metal Festival 2014 will take place on 19 and 20 July 2014 in Bitonto (Italy).

For more information about Total Metal Festival 2014 please follow this link: http://www.totalmetalfestival.com

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Audio Fidelity To Release Classic ALICE COOPER Album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ On Hybrid SACD On February 4

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Alice Cooper Billion Dollar SACD Mockup

Alice Cooper fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Alice Cooper’s classic album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ on Hybrid SACD on February 4, 2014! As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated ‘Billion Dollar Bill’

With ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, Alice Cooper refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the US and UK album charts. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album, is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the 70′s only three years into the decade.

Song for song, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles “Elected”, “Hello Hooray”, “Billion Dollar Babies”,and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards – the disturbing necrophilia ditty “I Love the Dead” and the chilling macabre of “Sick Things”.

After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the US box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones. The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.

“Other than the original ‘Alice Cooper Band’ being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, our second biggest achievement was when our album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ went to Number #1 in all three music trade magazines at the same time in April of 1973. Number #1 in Billboard, Number #1 in Record World and Number #1 in Cash Box. We had hoped it would sell Gold or Platinum as a follow up to the success of our album ‘School’s Out’, but a Number #1 album was something that was totally unexpected. Over the years the title track “Billion Dollar Babies” has become my signature song because of the recognizable drum intro.” – Neal Smith, Alice Cooper drummer and founding member

“I remember we were out on the road when the album finally came out in February 1973. I listened to it in my hotel room and just got this really big smile. I was thinking, ‘It’s amazing, we’re really pulling this off’. The album was very, very unique and very, very different. I was really proud of the songs, especially ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Generation Landslide’.” – Michael Bruce, Alice Cooper guitarist/keyboardist and founding member

TRACKS:
1. Hello Hooray
2. Raped and Freezin’
3. Elected
4. Billion Dollar Babies
5. Unfinished Sweet
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation Landslide
8. Sick Things
9. Mary-Ann
10. I Love the Dead

Produced by Bob Ezrin
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

“…it remains one of rock’s quintessential classic albums!”

To purchase: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/alice-cooper-billion-dollar-babies

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Canadian Thrashers ANNIHILATOR to Release Limited Edition Version of “Feast” with Bonus Live DVD on March 11

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Looks like you zombies can‘t get enough of the Feast! ANNIHILATOR‘s latest masterpiece is let loose again as Limited Edition No. 2  – with re-recorded ANNIHILATOR classics on CD and the full Wacken Festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover!

This edition contains:
-   The new album Feast in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet
-   The 15-song bonus CD Re-Kill with newly recorded ANNIHILATOR classics
-   Plus a never-seen-before live DVD filmed at last year‘s Wacken Open Air, when the band opened the festival relentlessly regardless of the blistering heat!
-   Not to mention a brand new 3D cover taking over where the original Feast cover left us. Which means: More zombies, and they are coming closer!

That‘s 35 songs-worth of the finest Canadian thrash metal. Pretty cool package, eh?
The Feast Ecolbook version will be available in US on March 11, 2014.

ANNIHILATOR’s 14th studio album Feast was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim and reached the charts in several countries, among them Germany (#20), Finland (#17), Switzerland (#36) and France (#76). Read the rest of this entry »

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RED DRAGON CARTEL Debut Out Now And World Tour Kicks Off in March

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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The time has come for music fans to see what all the fuss is about as the self-titled debut by Red Dragon Cartel is available worldwide. The album, featuring guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley, is now available around the globe via Frontiers Records. The band recently released a new music video for “Deceived,” which was viewed over 47,000 times in one week, proving excitement level is high for Red Dragon Cartel. The video for “Deceived” can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/DeceivedVideo. Fans can order the digital album on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel where it stormed to #5 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Chart and #53 on the Top Albums Chart. Red Dragon Cartel is also available on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1aYjMng.

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Circle of Silence – Bass player Björn Boehm

January 29th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Bass player Björn Boehm – Circle of Silence

Interview by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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Once again it’s time to check out what’s happening in the Circle of Silence camp. I and bass player Björn Boehm hooked up to have a chat about what’s happened since the last time we spoke. The brand new album is titled THE RISE OF THE RESISTANCE and is jammed with brilliant heavy metal music. Our chat was of course about the new album, the past and present of the band, and what lies ahead for Circle Of Silence in 2014. If you’re into heavy metal music then be sure to check out the German act Circle Of Silence.

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STRYPER Frontman, MICHAEL SWEET Takes Center Stage With Solo Disc And Autobiography In 2014

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Michael Sweet, frontman for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, will release a new full-length solo album, I’m Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, on May 6, 2014, via BIG3 Records. Fans can get a sneak peak at the album courtesy of the all-new lyric video for the song, “The Cause” – which premieres today at 12:00 p.m. EST exclusively at Loudwire, Noisecreep and NewReleaseTuesday. The new Michael Sweet website also launches today at www.michaelsweet.com with a free preview of Chapter One of the upcoming book. Read the rest of this entry »

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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Retire; Final Tour Dates With Special Guest ALICE COOPER Announced

January 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Motley-Crue-All-Bad-Things-Must-Come-to-an-EndThis afternoon (Tuesday, January 28th) MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference in Los Angeles confirming their retirement, as well as a 72-date North American tour alongside ALICE COOPER.

On a stage dressed with headstones donning the names of the band – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – the press conference streamed live via the band’s official website.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow (January 29th) for VIP fan club members and Friday (January 31st) and Saturday (February 1st) for the general public.

“We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.

“We want to leave a legacy,” added guitarist Nikki Sixx. “We want to have some dignity.”

The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Motley Crue after 2015.

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

Dates confirmed so far are below, with more to be announced!

July

2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest

5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

9 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena

13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center

15 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center

16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion

21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amp

23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

26 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheater

27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

29 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater

30 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater

 

August

1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp

2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

5 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip

6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center

8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

10 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amp

12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

13 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

15 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp

16 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park

17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp

19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

24 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing. Arts Center

27 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair

29 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing. Arts Center

 

October

10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena

11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion

12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center

14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live

19 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena

21 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

22 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center Phoenix – AK-Chin Pavilion

26 – Montville, CT – Mohegan Sun

29 – Syracuse, NY – The OnCenter Complex

 

November

5 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast College

6 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center

9 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center

11 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center

12 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center

13 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

16 – Fargo, ND – FargoDome

18 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

19 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

21 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

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