THE ANSWER Announce US Dates

April 28th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Following the successful international release of their highly acclaimed new album RAISE A LITTLE HELL, THE ANSWER are pleased to announce their full summer schedule of 23 USA dates that includes 12 USA support shows with WHITESNAKE, 7 headline USA club shows, 4 USA festivals and major European festivals including NOVA ROCK, HELLFEST, GREENFIELD and WACKEN.

“The Answer have come up trumps here. Theirs is still a euphoric sound that kicks classic rock’s tired arse out of bed like it’s hungover and late for a bus call” Kerrang! (KKKK March 2015)

“The Answer have Cormac Neeson’s Coverdale-esque tonsils, which sound better than ever” (CLASSIC ROCK March 2015)

Having just completed a successful 20 date UK headline club tour, the band are presently finishing a further 20 date European run and are looking forward to their first USA dates for several years. Lead singer and front man Cormac Neeson commented “We have been waiting for over five years to get back to the USA to play our brand of hard rock ‘n’ roll. We hope that fans who remember us from the AC/DC tour will come out to hear just how great our new album and live show is. We really can’t wait to get back!”

Raise a Little Hell, released in CD jewel, Digi Pak, special tour edition and 3 colour vinyls, is available at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

Featuring larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable melodies and a return to their raw bluesy roots, Raise A Little Hell presents a collection of hard hitting anthems that have received international critical acclaim.

THE ANSWER SUMMER 2015
6/12:  Greenfield Festival, CH
6/13:  Nova Rock Festival, AT
6/20:  Hell Fest Festival, FR
6/22: Dallas TX @ Verizon Theater (w/ Whitesnake)
6/23: San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater (w/ Whitesnake)
6/25: Socorro, TX @ Socorro Event Center (w/ Whitesnake)
6/27: Greeley, CO @ Greeley Independence Stampede Festival
6/28: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Headline show
6/30: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest Festival
7/01: Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry Headline show
7/03:  Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill AMP (w/ Whitesnake)
7/05:  Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock (w/ Whitesnake)
7/07:  Huber Heights, OH @ Music Center (w/ Whitesnake)
7/08:  Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center (w/ Whitesnake)
7/09:  St. Louis, MO @ ORH Headline show
7/10: Kansas City MO @ Daveys Headline show
7/11: St. Paul, MN @ Myth show (w/ Whitesnake)
7/12: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Headline show
7/14: Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom (w/ Whitesnake)
7/16: OshKosh, WI @ Rock USA Festival
7/17: Geneva, IL @ Geneva Music Park (w/ Whitesnake)
7/18: Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza (w/ Whitesnake)
7/20: Greensburg, PN @ Palace Theater (w/ Whitesnake)
7/21: Washington DC @ DC9 Headline show
7/22: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory Headline show
7/24: Green Bay, WI @ Burning Cow Festival
7/30: Wacken Festival DE

For More Info Visit:
www.theanswer.ie
www.facebook.com/theanswerrock
www.napalmrecords.com

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Vredehammer interview @ London Scala 08/04/2015

April 28th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Vredehammer Interview with Per Valla

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Vredehammer is comprised of Per Valla and Kristoffer Hansen [later joined as the solo project expanded] have three impressive EP-releases.

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Vredehammer

Vredehammer has begun to turn more heads with their combination of aggressive guitars and Norse melodies as well as delivering newest offering Vinteroffer. Metal Rules managed to catch up with the creative force and frontman of the band before their support slot at London’s Scala.

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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA Announces National Final Line Up – June 6th – Toronto @ Opera House

April 27th, 2015
by EvilG

Full Listing of Battle Rounds By City: http://wp.me/PciNW-5lQ

Free Download: Wacken Metal Battle Canada Compilation Vol. 3 (Over 80 Tracks)

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce the line up for this year’s national final on June 6th in Toronto, ON at Opera House with special guest headliner Goat Horn. The final represents Canada’s top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada. One winner from the final will be crowned Canada’s best metal band for the 2015 edition of Wacken Metal Battle Canada and move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle (participating countries can be found here) at the world’s largest metal festivalWacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.

“The final billing is complete and what an impressive lineup of our finest from across the country. It will be a true showcase of the diversity and excellence of Canadian metal. I feel this will be one to remember. Let us rally together and give the chosen ones a proper send off to the holy fields of Wacken!” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

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KAMELOT – Guitarist Thomas Youngblood

April 27th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

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KAMELOT
Guitarist THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA

Kamelot is a progressive power metal band from Tampa, Florida. The band was formed by Thomas Youngblood and original drummer Richard Warner in 1991. Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined on the third album SIEGE PELIROUS, and he remained in the band until 2011. SILVERTHORNE was released in 2012 and it featured the bands’ new vocalist, Swede, Tommy Karevik. So far, Kamelot has released ten studio albums, and their eleventh album HAVEN, is coming out in early May.  Youngblood visited Finland this April to promote the upcoming album, and here’s what he had to talk about it. It’s time for Haven!

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BRITNY FOX Has Reunited And Is Back In The Studio

April 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

BRITNY FOX has returned from a long hiatus fully charged and ready to rock! The band is currently writing for a new album, and plans to book and perform select dates only at this time.

In late 2014, Billy Childs reunited with former 2007 manager/tour manager, Wayne “Doobie” Dubay. Childs and Doobie reunited with vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Tommy Paris, and original Drummer, Johnny Dee. Due to commitments, original lead guitarist, Michael Kelly Smith has been replaced by lead guitarist, Chris Sanders. “How can I tell you how great it is to be back with these guys, and working on a new album? It is fantastic,” explains Billy Childs, bassist. “Johnny and I basically grew up in this business together and the tightness we have had over the years as a rhythm section is still there- Tommy Paris hasn’t lost a step, lyrically or vocally. Chris is a breath of fresh air for the band, and adds elements that were never there before, but very much in line with us as we prepare to bite down even harder this time around. Doobie is the guy that pulled us all together and said “get your heads out of your asses and make another Bite Down Hard”. He’s pretty big, so best just to agree with him! For other reasons as well though, we all agreed it was time.”

The band is currently in studio writing and recording a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album – This musical jewel is a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. BITE DOWN HARD is a much harder rock tone featuring Zakk Wylde and Rikki Rocket. Rikki performs a percussion solo with Johnny Dee on the “Midnight Moses” track and Zakk plays the lead guitar outro on “Six Guns Loaded”. “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again – Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock!  It’s a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together!  Can’t wait to get back out on stage!”

BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.

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EXORCISM Release Details Of Upcoming E.P.

April 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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EXORCISM will release their new EP, ‘World In Sin‘ on June 1, 2015, via Dream Records on CD and digital formats. The limited edition EP of 666 copies will be made exclusively available through the band’s website. The album artwork made by ‘Gragoth‘ can be viewed below.

The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Zvekan with the help of Dominus at Total Master Sound in Spain. All lyrics melodies and music by Csaba Zvekan for Corvus Publishing.

Track listing:

1. World in Sin
2. Black Day in Paradise
3. Virtual Freedom
4. Sahara
5. Black Star

‘World In Sin‘ can be pre-ordered here: www.exorcism13.com/exorcism-world-in-sin-limited-edition-ep

Exorcism is:

Csaba Zvekan – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Gear: VGS Guitars, Gibson Custom Guitars, Elixir Strings, EMS Pick Ups, Audio Technica, Warwick Bass, Dunlop Effects, Laney, Mesa Boogie, Randall.

Recording musicians:

Andy Drake – Rhythm Guitars (1, 2), Additional Guitars (5)
Joe Stump – Lead Guitars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Rhythm Guitars (3, 4, 5)
Biggie P. Phanrath – Lead Guitar
Logan Christopher – Bass (1, 2)
Mirkko DeMaio – Drums (1, 2)
Alex Wind – Keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Maestro Mistheria – Keytar Solo (4)
Lucio Manca – Bass (3, 4, 5)
Garry King – Drums (3, 4, 5)
Dominus – Spoken Word (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

EXORCISM continuing the path and legacy of bands like BLACK SABBATH, DIO while EXORCISM is taking a more modern approach. With a groovy rhythm and bass section added with spherical pads and the signature vertigo guitar riffs down we go the underworld. On top of it hovering is always CSABA ZVEKAN‘s phenomenal work on vocals that have been nominated numerous time with the debut album “I Am God” for “the best record” last year.

GET READY FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF EXORCISM MONSTER STORIES!

www.exorcism13.com
www.facebook.com/exorcismband

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RAVEN Premiere Video For “Battle Marks/Tanks Tread (The Blood Runs Red)”

April 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

The band will release their new album ExtermiNation will be released in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.  The album is available for pre-order HERE.

Today RAVEN premieres the video for the song “Battle Marks/Tanks Tread (The Blood Runs Red)”.  Check it out HERE

Track Listing Digipak:
1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland  (Bonus Track)

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RAVEN Streaming New Song

April 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

Today Invisible Oranges is streaming another new track from
Extermination.  The song “Fight” can be streamed HERE.

The lyric video is for the song “Destroy All Monsters” can be viewed HERE.

ExtermiNation will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.  The album is available for pre-order

Track Listing Digipak:
1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland  (Bonus Track)

For More Info Visit:
www.ravenlunatics.com
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

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Steak Number Eight Interview with Brent Vanneste

April 24th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Steak Number Eight Interview

with Brent Vanneste

By Jo Blackened

23rd April 2015

http://www.steaknumbereight.com/

After arriving early at O2 Islington Academy, I was lucky enough to catch Steak Number Eight’s sound check and managed to have a quick chat with vocalist Brent before the guys opened up tonight’s Prong gig!

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Wacken Metal Battle News: Quebec Final Winner: Nordheim

April 24th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

QUEBEC FINAL (Montreal vs. Quebec City) – April 23, 2015 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

WINNER – NORDHEIM (Quebec City) – http://nordheimfolkmetal.wix.com/canada

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/316905555181858/

Judges:
Bart Frydrychowicz – Quo Vadis
Lex Ivian – Ondes Chocs
Andrew Wieler – CJLO1690AM – Metal Director
Jason Dascal – CKUT 90.3FM – Sounds of Steel

Bands:
SANGUINE GLACIALIS www.facebook.com/SanguineGlacialis
MAD PARISH www.facebook.com/madparishmetal
DECADAWN www.facebook.com/decadawn
NORDHEIM www.facebook.com/nordheim.folkmetal

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NATIONAL FINAL – June 6, 2015 @ Opera House, 735 Queen Street East
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614422178786496/
Endless Chaos (Winnipeg)
Medevil (Vancouver)
Midnight Malice (Toronto)
Bleed (Edmonton)
Nordheim (Quebec City)
OTHER NATIONAL FINALIST TBA

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY – Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross) – (OFFICIAL TRACK AND LYRIC VIDEO)

April 24th, 2015
by EvilG

FIRST SINGLE “ROSENKREUZ (THE ROSE AND THE CROSS)” AND LYRIC VIDEO OUT NOW!


The LYRIC VIDEO of the first single entitled “ROSENKREUZ (THE ROSE AND THE CROSS)” is a little appetizer from the upcoming full length album of 70 minutes: PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS (out on June 19, 2015).

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Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

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STRATOVARIUS – NEW ALBUM “ETERNAL” OUT AUGUST 14TH 2015

April 24th, 2015
by EvilG

STRATOVARIUS 2011 BY ALEX KUHRStratovarius have broken their year long silence to reveal they are in the studio completing a new record. Its release will be preceded by a performance at Wacken Open Air Festival and followed by a full tour soon after release.
“Eternal” is the fourth studio album by the Finnish symphonic metal originators for the earMUSIC label.
The trilogy of albums “Polaris”, “Elysium” and “Nemesis” were released close to each other as the consequence of the renewed creative energy the band gained following the arrival of new members to support the historical members Kotipelto, Johansson and Michael. The previous three albums by Stratovarius showcased the many talents of guitarist Mattias Kupianen (prolific songwriter and producer of all the albums, including “Eternal”), virtuoso bass player Lauri Porra and, on the third of the three, the young talent Rolf Pilve, one of the best drummer of his generation who had to replace Jörg Michael after the latter decided to move into a new role in Stratovarius management.

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Metsatöll to release EP Pummelung and surprise with a new track!

April 24th, 2015
by EvilG
Metsatöll - Pummelung (EP)

Metsatöll – Pummelung (EP)

On May 15 Metsatöll will release their new EP named Pummelung. Besides two unpublished tracks, the EP includes the cover of J.M.K.E’s Külmale Maale (To the Cold Land). Today the EP’s title song reached radio stations.

Pummelung is a self-ironic track about over-boiling debaucheries with copious amounts of alcohol. The shorter the mind, the greater the strength of will – further and on! Metsatöll does not preach, nor do they justify the “overboiled” debauchers: “Let’s take life as it is, without any enhancements, without putting our heads under pillows, with backs up straight. Just as the track lyrics say – the twilight will reveal which one of us is a true Estonian!”

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Heidevolk – TWO members leave band

April 24th, 2015
by EvilG
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Heidevolk – Velua

Ladies and gentlemen,

With a heavy heart Heidevolk says good bye to both Reamon (guitars) and Mark (vox). After 12 intense years with Heidevolk they have decided that it is time to move on. We thank them for the great times both on and of stage and we wish them both the very best for all their future endeavors. The album release show May 2nd @ LuxorLive (Arnhem, NL) will be their last live performance with Heidevolk.

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SIX FEET UNDER: Iconic Death Metal Giants Deafen The Masses With New Single From ‘Crypt Of The Devil’

April 24th, 2015
by EvilG

In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their “Crypt Of The Devil” full-length via Metal Blade Records. Composed by renowned growl king, Chris Barnes with Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten brutalic slabs of audio repugnance and, as a continuation from SIX FEET UNDER‘s previous works of deviltry, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest depths of the human condition, is chilling in both sound and concept.

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