Syron Vanes – singer/guitarist Rimmy Hunter

March 21st, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Singer/guitarist Rimmy Hunter – Syron Vanes

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Promo pictures taken by: William Gunnari
Thanks to Mighty Music for the promo pictures of the band
Additional live pictures taken from the archives of: Anders Sandvall

From the southern parts of Sweden comes Syron Vanes who are one of the first Swedish NWOBHM acts, formed in 1980. Singer / guitarist Rimmy Hunter (aka Rimbert Vahlström) sat down to discuss issues like the band’s new album, CHAOS FROM A DISTANCE, released at the end of January 2017, the band’s new label, former and current members, and what’s up with them for the near future….enjoy!

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George Tsalikis joins Overlorde on vocals!

March 21st, 2017
by EvilG

OVERLORDE is excited to announce that George Tsalikis has joined the band on lead vocals!

OVERLORDE - L-R: George Janeira (Drums), Mark "M.E." Edwards (Flying V), George Tsalikis (Lead Vocals), John "Kong" Bunucci (Bass)

OVERLORDE – L-R: George Janeira (Drums), Mark “M.E.” Edwards (Flying V), George Tsalikis (Lead Vocals), John “Kong” Bunucci (Bass)

Many in the metal community will know George as the face of ZANDELLE, as well as lead vocalist for PORPHYRA, and most recently his first ever solo album, THE SACRIFICE.

M.E., John, and George J. could not be happier with this development. Per M.E.: “I have known of George for 17 years, first becoming aware of Zandelle and him when Overlorde reunited in 2000. Overlorde appeared on the same festival bill as Zandelle a few times, and seeing him live was impressive. Then last year, I performed my solo instrumental act at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NY and had the good fortune to see George sing with BLACQUE JACQUE SHELLACQUE. That performance included an excellent cover of QUEEN OF THE REICH. We talked and things proceeded from there”.

George says: “I’m very excited to be a part of such an amazing band. We clicked instantly both musically as well as personally and I look forward to us bringing forth a new Overlorde era to the Metal world.”

George officially joined in early November 2016, just before the holidays. Overlorde had already recorded three new demo songs prior to him joining the band, so it was simply a matter of George jumping in and getting right to it. The songs are done and in the process of being mixed.

Drummer George Janeira stated : “George took the demo songs and textured them with his vocals….. it was an amazing thing to hear the songs come to life. It’s a kick ass ride to be cooperating musically with these guys and George really compliments Overlorde and our music at every level. His musical intuition is unparalleled and I can’t wait to climb on a stage with him fronting. Strap in because Overlorde is not for the weak of heart! Cheers!!!”

John echoes that sentiment: “It is an absolute honor to be playing with George. His vision fits Overlorde like a glove.”

Once completed and uploaded to the web, the songs will showcase the new lineup so the band can begin talking with record labels for the release of their next album. The band is also open to possible festival performances.

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Gojira + Code Orange + Car Bomb @ O2 ABC, Glasgow

March 20th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Gojira + Code Orange + Car Bomb

@ O2 ABC, Glasgow

March 17, 2017

Review & photography by Gavin Lowrey

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Wacken Metal Battle USA Philadelphia Round Winners! POWER THEORY + CORPSE HOARDER

March 20th, 2017
by EvilG

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air

One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads! 

Wacken Metal Battle In America For The First Time! 




Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce the first ever Philadelphia round winners conquered by POWER THEORY and COPRSE HOARDER. The bands will now move on to the national final in New York City (date to be determined). The round was held on Saturday, March 18th at Whiskey Tango along with other competing bands In The Presence of WolvesFatal AggressionAssayerMalphasRemaining qualifying rounds listed below.

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Please watch the following video trailer to see all the metal fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xjt8Qp3TE

Boston, MA

Round 2 – Tuesday, March 21 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841549376120623/
Pathogenic – http://pathogenic.bandcamp.com/
Carnivora – http://carnivora.bandcamp.com/
Ravage – http://www.RavageTheEarth.com/
Goblet – http://goblet2.bandcamp.com/

Round 3 – Wednesday, March 29 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365881590142958/
Upheaval – http://upheavalboston.bandcamp.com/
Leather Lung – http://leatherlungcult.bandcamp.com/
Birnam Wood – http://birnamwood.bandcamp.com/
Concilium – https://www.facebook.com/conciliumdoom/

Final – Wednesday, April 19 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/364745117238312/
Round 1 Winner – Coffin Birth – https://coffinbirth.bandcamp.com/
TBA
TBA

Philadelphia, PA

Round 1 – Saturday, March 18 @ Whiskey Tango (14000 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/618215298370947/
In The Presence Of Wolves – http://inthepresenceofwolves.com/
POWER THEORY – http://sentinelmusic75.wixsite.com/powertheory – WINNER

Corpse Hoarder – https://corpsehoarder.bandcamp.com/ – WINNER
Fatal Aggression – https://youtu.be/GW-oxme5duM
Assayer – http://assayermetal.com/
Malphas – https://malphas94.bandcamp.com/New York City
(dates coming soon)

 

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STRANGE KARMA To Issue New Vinyl LP ‘COLD BLOODED’

March 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

With many rock artists trying to figure out the best way to service their music to their fans, melodic rockers Strange Karma are returning back-to-basics – by issuing their latest album, ‘Cold Blooded,’ as a vinyl-only release. The ten-track album includes the lead-off single, “Devil from the Moon,” and is available for purchase via PayPal through the band’s site (in the US, it is priced at $24.95 + $7.80 shipping and handling): strangekarma.net/music/

Strange Karma has also issued a video for the song ‘Devil from the Moon’ that you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJq9_EbKaMc&feature=youtu.be

Comprised of members Martin Strange (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Paul Strange (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jason McDonald (drums), the group’s singer/leader is especially proud of the release.

“We all think this record is a great snapshot of what Strange Karma is all about – it showcases the versatility of the music we like to create and play.” ‘Cold Blooded’ was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Dylanava Studios by Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum engineer and producer David Ivory (Silvertide, Halestorm, The Roots) and co-produced by Joe Lam.
Thus far, the group (which has over 100K followers on Facebook) has received outstanding reviews concerning their style and approach, including Classic Rock Magazine describing them as “Wild, flamboyant and larger than life” and the WVOX Metal Mayhem stating “Strange Karma is one of the most refreshing and highly innovative bands I have ever had the pleasure of spinning on air.” And finally, Classic Rock Revisited hold Strange Karma in extremely high regard – “The band has been compared to Led Zep in many reviews, but I think that is unfair. A lot of bands copy Led Zep, but not Strange Karma…one finds a very unique and hard rockin’ band. Strange Karma is a true hard rock band that mixes old school tricks with a modern twist. In short, they rock!”

And with the new vinyl edition of ‘Cold Blooded,’ rock fans will get another chance to hear what all the accolades are about.

TRACK LISTING FOR ‘COLD BLOODED’ VINYL RELEASE:

Side A:

1) Freedom
2) Devil from the Moon
3) Crying for Your Love
4) Realize
5) I Believe (London Town)
Side B:
1) Heartbeat
2) Should’ve Seen It Coming
3) Cold Blooded
4) Hey Man
5) Dreams

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

Vinyl landing page – strangekarma.net/music
Website – strangekarma.net

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Ragnard Rock Fest – Interview with Andrea & Franco Giannelli

March 19th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Ragnard Rock Fest

Interview with Andrea & Franco Giannelli

By Oliver M.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: “Legendary Years” to be released on May 26!

March 18th, 2017
by EvilG
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: "Legendary Years" to be released on May 26!

RHAPSODY OF FIRE: “Legendary Years” to be released on May 26!

A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic power metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the “Rhapsody” years (1997 – 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result. Mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan). „Legendary Years“– out May 26, available as Digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-Vinyl!

Tracklist:

01. Dawn Of Victory
02. Knightrider Of Doom
03. Flames Of Revenge
04. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
05. Land Of Immortals
06. Emerald Sword
07. Legendary Tales
08. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
09. When Demons Awake
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames

 

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Glasgow’s Titan Breed Premiere Debut Video and Announce E.P. Release Date

March 17th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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SEPULTURA – guitarist Andreas Kisser

March 16th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

INTERVIEW WITH

ANDREAS KISSER OF SEPULTURA

Sepultura, as we all know, is the famous Brazilian metal export who gained a loyal fanbase all around, including Finland. The Brazilian metallers recently released their latest album MACHINE MESSIAH. The album is definitely one of the greatest and strongest releases of the Derrick Green era. Therefore it was a good time to sit down with Andears Kisser to talk about the new album, the old school Brazilian metal scene, and his old band before Sepultura. 

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Kreator + Sepultura + Soilwork + Aborted @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

March 16th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kreator + Sepultura + Soilwork + Aborted

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

March 2, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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Children of Bodom – Interview with Janne Wirman

March 15th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Children of Bodom

Interview with Janne Wirman

March 12, 2017 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

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Canadian Metal Legends ANNIHILATOR Announce First Canadian Tour In Over 20 Years!

March 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Ripping Through Canada Summer 2017 Tour‘ (more dates coming)

June 13 – Victoria, BC – Distrikt Nightclub
June 16 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub
June 17 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
June 18 – Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Event Center
June 19 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
June 23 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwells
June 24 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
June 26 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
June 28 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
June 29 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus
June 30 – Cornwall, ON – The House
July 1 – Cornwall, ON – The House

Canada’s ANNIHILATOR is the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters. Founded in 1984, the band took the metal scene by storm with their debut 1989 release “Alice In Hell”, upped the ante with 1990’s “Never, Neverland” and has continued a non-stop career-pattern of releasing records and touring with many of the biggest bands in the metal genre (mostly all outside North America), ever since; cementing ANNIHILATOR as the biggest-selling metal act in Canada’s history.

After 18 months of touring for the band’s latest album “Suicide Society” (nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the Metal / Hard Rock Album of The Year category), the band is currently finishing up their 16th studio release and is getting ready to headline not only the mighty WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany (Aug 3), but hit the road for their first Canadian tour since 1993.

The tour will see the band kick off their first date in Victoria, BC on June 13th and travel east wrapping up the tour in Cornwall, ON July 1st during Canada day weekend festivities. This is very big news for Canadian metal fans, both young and “older” whom have been waiting for an ANNIHILATOR tour to return to Canadian soil for over 20 years!

Support on this tour comes from Australia’s MASON whom was ANNIHILATOR’s support in Europe last year & from Montreal, QC thrashers MUTANK who won the acclaimed Wacken Metal Battle Canada contest in 2014 and have also performed at Wacken Open Air.

The band’s founder, Jeff Waters (and guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, mix engineer, mastering engineer, manager, etc.) was asked how it feels to be “back” touring his home country:

“I have always enjoyed flying the flag for one of the nicest countries and people in the world, despite having very little support from the industry here to play and releasing CDs in Canada. It sure is an honor to be nominated for a Juno, after all these years, and to have the opportunity to tour this great and metal land! It will be some of our best-ever shows this summer. We look forward to meeting the metal fans and to show them what the rest of the world has seen us do every year for decades. It’s about time, eh?!”

ANNIHILATOR has given the metal world a sound that is one of the clearest, most-tasteful mixtures of huge, metal riffs with the idea of the perfect song and some legendary solo shredding as the icing on the cake. Jeff Waters and ANNIHILATOR have been a major influence on countless well-known metal acts and musicians around the world. In fact, countless, successful non-metal acts & musicians cite Waters and Co. as an influence in their careers.

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ACCEPT – Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

March 14th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

ICE HALL, HELSINKI

24.02 2017

REVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

The German metal veterans Accept returned to Finland once again, this time as “a special guest” for Sabaton. The concert was held at the Old Ice Hall of Helsinki, and the venue was completely sold out with approximately 7000 people in the crowd. The band doesn’t have a new studio album to promote, but they just released their first live album, RESTLESS AND LIVE, in January 2017. Maybe this tour is more or less an escape from the studio tour since the band is currently working on its next record which is coming out sometime in the fall. But on the other hand, touring with bands like Sabaton surely helps older groups reach a lot of potential new fans who are not familiar with the legends.

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EDGUY To Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary With Monuments!

March 14th, 2017
by EvilG
Edguy - Monuments

Edguy – Monuments

In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe!

Today, 25 years later, founding members Tobias Sammet (AVANTASIA) and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias “Eggi” Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and top 10 chart entries from all over the world.

To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, the new release will not be just a ‘Greatest Hits’ album one would expect to accompany such a tour: The 2-CD/DVD-package Monuments (release:July 14th) will include brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before! In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from their “Hellfire Club” tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of their video clips.

Frontman Tobias Sammet states: “Whilst collecting all of this picture material together we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any line-up changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we’re not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and all of a sudden we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn’t think about what happened while things were happening…

But if you look back now, you will realize how lucky we were! It’s now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We’ll celebrate our quarter century with the release of Monuments and LIVE in some selected cities! We’ll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! The first quarter century is over and we want to honor these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!”

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Kreator – Interview with Sami Yli-Sirniö

March 11th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kreator

Interview with Sami Yli-Sirniö

March 2, 2017 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Inty Malcolm

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