Sonata Arctica – Interview with Tony Kakko

May 16th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Sonata Arctica

Interview with vocalist Tony Kakko

1st May 2015 @ O2 Academy Islington, London

Interviewed by Oliver M.

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2014 was a very busy year for Sonata Arctica. First of all, they released their eighth album “Pariah’s Child” which marked the return to their old melodic speed metal roots. Then, they re-recorded the whole “Ecliptica” album to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this first opus. The Finnish wolves are currently on tour throughout Europe to promote this new re-recorded version. Before the beginning of their concert in London (the only UK show), I had the opportunity to meet their charismatic vocalist and founding member Tony Kakko. I asked him some questions about “Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition” and their early years as well.

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Bruce Dickinson – officially given the all-clear by specialists!

May 16th, 2015
by EvilG
Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden announced that following his recent MRI Scan, singer Bruce Dickinson was today officially given the all-clear by his specialists. Just before Christmas, Iron Maiden vocalist Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue.

Dickinson says: “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”

Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood adds: “We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road. For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks. The release however will definitely be this year. Meanwhile, I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans. You have been incredibly patient, putting Bruce’s health and well-being first during this difficult time and the band and I appreciate all your positive support.”

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RALF SCHEEPERS (Primal Fear) AND VERONICA FREEMAN (Benedictum) TO CO-STAR IN DEVIL’S FIVE

May 15th, 2015
by EvilG
Devil's Five

Devil’s Five

Primal Fear’s powerhouse vocalist Ralf Scheepers will starring in his first leading role as an actor in the supernatural horror film Devil’s Five.  Benedictum’s vocalist Veronica Freeman will bring her deadly good looks to the production as well.  Symphony X Guitarist Michael Romeo is scoring the movie, so heavy metal fans have good reason to support the film by going to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/devil-s-five/x/7516571.

https://www.facebook.com/devils5movie?fref=ts

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

May 15th, 2015
by EvilG
NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 26-date headlining tour of North America for 2016, launching in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd.  Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

 

Checking in from the first leg of the North American Tour, NIGHTWISH shared the following about the second leg of the tour in 2016: “The first one was so brilliant that we just gotta come back!”

 

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com.

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From Hell’s Heart: The top 5 songs about Ancient Egypt

May 15th, 2015
by Metal Rules

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart:
What are the top 5 songs about Ancient Egypt?

This will be the first in a series about history. We won’t do a history one every week, just now and then. The idea is, loads of metal bands derive lyrical inspiration from history. Some bands even build their whole “shtick” around a specific historical era. For this week, that historical era is Ancient Egypt….you know, the time of the pharaohs, the ancient Egyptian gods etc… Below is what out staff picked as the best songs about this topic.

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Evil Masquerade – band leader/guitarist Henrik Flyman

May 15th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

evil_masqurade_logo_2015_1Evil Masquerade band leader/guitarist Henrik Flyman

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Trine at Dark Minstrel Music for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Dark Minstrel Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Trane

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Last year, the Danish/Swedish heavy metal act Evil Masquerade celebrated 10 years as a band. As a part of the celebration, the band released a compilation album called 10 YEARS IN THE DARK where fans chose the songs. In order to make the interview a little but different, myself and Henrik Flyman, spoke a bit about the ten years that has passed, past members, and all the keyboard players that’s been featured on the albums through the years. If you want to read more about Evil Masquerade check out the Metal-Rules archives.

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NEGURA BUNGET, AGAMENDON AND GRIMEGOD @ VOODOO BELFAST May 10th, 2015

May 15th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Negura Bunget

@ Voodoo Belfast
May 10th, 2015

Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photographs by The Dark Queen

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Belfast has a thriving and vibrant metal scene…unless it’s a Sunday night, when, presumably, most metalheads’ minds turn to work or school in the morning, and very few venture out of their pits for gigs.

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CANCER BATS: INTERVIEW WITH LIAM CORMIER (VOCALS)

May 15th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Cancer Bats: Interview with Liam Cormier, vocals

Interview by Melanie Brehaut

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CRADLE OF FILTH PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘RIGHT OF THE GARDEN TRIPTYCH’

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth recently announced the completion, release and cover artwork for their opus nocturne and 11th studio album entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’. Having been three years since the release of their previous album – this has been the longest gap in the band’s murky history…and the wait is nearing completion! Fans can get the first taste of the new album in the form of the official video for new track‘Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych’, which has premiered online.

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Alaric Cabiling releases Insanity By Increments book

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

CvltNation.com and EchoesAndDust.com staff writer Alaric “Al Necro” Cabiling isn’t just a metal scribe and book reviewer, he’s also a freelance writer. His 2015 début collection of literary short fiction entitled Insanity By Increments, is now available for download on Kindle through amazon.com, Nook through BarnesAndNoble.com, and all Mac platforms through iTunes Bookstore. Please visit the aforementioned online retailers for reviews and more information about the author.

If you’ve been a fan of Alaric “Al Necro” Cabiling’s work for Cvlt Nation, Echoes and Dust, and formerly for Summoning Spirits at SummoningSpirits.net and for Metal Rules at MetalRules.com, Insanity By Increments will reveal a different side of his love for writing. Insanity By Increments is a contemporary rendition of the Gothic fiction template popularized by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Insanity By Increments will feature contemporary themes, plotlines and dialogue used by the aforementioned greats of the sub-genre, to exciting results.

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JOE SATRIANI TO RELEASE 15th STUDIO ALBUM “SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA” ON FRIDAY 24TH JULY RELEASED ON CD, DOWNLOAD AND 2 LP VINYL

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG
Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, “SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA, onFriday 24th July, making him one of the first to utilise the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.

 

The album will be released on CD, download and 2 LP vinyl.  Satriani’s World Tour begins 17th September in Europe (US Tour planned early 2016).  The UK leg of the European tour starts November 1st at the O2 Apollo Manchester with special guest Dan Patlansky.

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ARMORED SAINT Partner With The LA Weekly To Debut New Track; Kick Off Saxon Tour

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album, Win Hands Down, is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT.

The group have partnered with the LA Weekly to debut the new track, “An Exercise In Debauchery,” which can be accessed at the link below.
http://www.laweekly.com/music/hear-a-track-from-armored-saints-new-album-win-hands-down-premiere-5556089

 

ARMORED SAINT are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country starting in NYC tonight, May 12th, through May 30th. The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the US this year and it’s in Las Vegas at Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don’t miss out if you are in the area. Either see below or head over to facebook.com/thearmoredsaint for all tour dates and additional information.

ARMORED SAINT is frontman John Bush and bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval and his brother, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and guitarist Jeff Duncan – five masters of metal that combine to forge one of the genre’s most criminally-unsung forces.

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Tour with Saxon
05/12    New York, NY               BB Kings
05/13    Worcester, MA              The Palladium
05/23    San Antonio, TX            210 Kapone’s Live
05/24    Dallas, TX                    Gas Monkey Live
05/29    San Jose, CA                Rockbar
05/30    Los Angeles, CA            House of Blues

06/19    Clisson, FR                    Hellfest

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DANKO JONES – Fire Music out in the US

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Danko Jones’ new album Fire Music is now out in the US. Get the CD/LP from our new North American shop here. It’s also available where you usually Stream or buy downloads like Spotify and iTunes.

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SABATON ON AIR – Band launches their own radio station

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

sabaton001Sabaton says:

Today we launch our very own radio station in cooperation with Radio Bandit Sweden. Its something we worked on for quite a while, and we feel really proud of it.

It is a digital radio station which mainly will play Sabaton songs, but also bands who have played or will play at our festival Sabaton Open Air – Rockstad: Falun can be heard there, which ensures that the mix will be just great.

Here you can hear your favourite Sabaton songs 24/7, and also hear us talk about the songs in a way you never heard before. Both historical and fun facts combined with unknown stories from our tours.

We talk Swedish, but you can listen from anywhere in the world.

Tune in and rock!

http://ilikeradio.se/

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ZEIT Interview with Fur (Guitar, Vocals)

May 13th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

ZEIT Interview with Fur (Guitar, Vocals)

Interview by Edward Blackthorn

https://www.facebook.com/RumsDieZeit/

Fur – Guitar, Vocals
Win – Drums
Flakmann – BassZEIT.3

The three structures that breed life to ‘Zeit’; natives from Germany, are Görlitz/Chemnitz/Leipzig. Releasing their third creation (EP) entitled as “Trümmer”, meaning ‘Debris’ in English, in April. They now bring one more curious musical piece and explain to us their views and thoughts upon it. Read the rest of this entry »

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