SAXON to release deluxe Anthology DECADE OF THE EAGLE

November 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

BMG are proud to announce the release of SAXON – DECADE OF THE EAGLE – a deluxe anthology featuring 34 tracks, that looks back at the years that built the Saxon legend.
Additionally, 1 CD and 1 LP versions will be made available for North America, tracklist is below.  
BMG in North America will release the 1 CD, 1 LP versions and and then a limited number of the 4 LP editions on Friday, December 1st, 2017.
Decade Of The Eagle is a retrospective that spans the band’s first nine albums and represents the very best of the first decade of their astonishing career during which time they notched up five Top 40 albums and four Top 20 singles.  These 4LP and 2CD deluxe editions feature new liner notes by frontman Biff Byford that document the decade and which are accompanied by rarely seen and classic photos from the era.
Biff says: “These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans around the world, when British rock was once again at the forefront.   Great times – never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day.”
Saxon played a significant part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, perhaps the greatest metal genre of them all and have become one of the all-time masters of heavy metal.  In doing so, Saxon have ensured they are now representative of the heart and soul from the NWOBHM time.  Always remaining true to the values which established them in the first place they are driven by a desire to continuously set the highest standards and meet them head on, Saxon’s work on those nine studio albums still resonates resoundingly – this is timeless stuff.
Saxon’s music that will continue to inspire Metalheads for generations to come, as it has influenced so many until now. In those immortal words, fill your heads with… HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
1 Stallions Of The Highway
2  Big Teaser
3  Backs To The Wall
4  Militia Guard
5  Wheels Of Steel
6  747 (Strangers In The Night)
7  Suzie Hold On
8  Motorcycle Man (live)
9  Strong Arm Of The Law
10  Heavy Metal Thunder
11  20,000ft (live)
12  Dallas 1PM
13  And The Bands Played On
14  Never Surrender
15  Denim And Leather
16  Fire In the Sky (live)
17  Princess Of The Night
18  Power & The Glory
19  This Town Rocks
20  The Eagle Has Landed
21  Midas Touch
22  Sailing To America
23  Crusader
24  Devil Rides Out
25  Back On The Streets
26  Rockin’ Again
27  Rock N’ Roll Gypsy
28  Broken Heroes
29  Waiting For The Night
30  Rock The Nations
31  Northern Lady
32  Battle Cry
33  Ride Like The Wind
34 Red Alert
1LP & 1CD Tracklist:
1 Backs To The Wall
2 Wheels Of Steel
3 747 (Strangers In The Night)
4 Strong Arm Of The Law
5 Denim And Leather
6 Power And The Glory
7 Sailing To America
8 Rock N’Roll Gypsy
9 Waiting For The Night
10 Ride Like The Wind
To pre-order your copy of Decade of The Eagle please visit:
From being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time, Saxon have always transcended definitions, trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to ‘Destiny’ in ’88, the band enjoyed considerable success both in the UK and further afield.  It’s no wonder their influence has spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today. The decade from ’79’s debut record was vital, not only in establishing Saxon’s talent and reputation, but also in laying the foundations for what has followed.
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Twitter: @Saxonofficial

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The Iron Maidens @ O2 Academy Islington, London

November 13th, 2017
by UK Team

The Iron Maidens

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

October 29, 2017

Review by Gabor Csete

Photography by Miguel de Melo

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Eluveitie + Amaranthe + The Charm The Fury @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 13th, 2017
by UK Team

Eluveitie + Amaranthe + The Charm The Fury

@ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 3, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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November 13th, 2017
by EvilG

On December 15-16th, the fourth year of Black Christmass Festival should have taken place In Norrköping, Sweden. But due to poor ticket sales it is now cancelled.

It feels heavy to have to kill a project that you have lived with on a daily basis for over four years and what we are going through now is a promoters nightmare. I know how many of you have been planning and looking forward to this, booked trips etc. and especially to you, I just want to express my regret at all the discomfort that this may cause.

I have had the privilege of working with the world’s best audience in three years and it has been wonderful to see you. Also thank you United Vision that ensured that the event proceeded so smoothly. I would also like to thank all the bands, exhibitors and people who stood through thick and thin. You are all wonderful and I hope we will be able to work together again in the near future.
One can always speculate about reasons, but evident is that this year we were unable to obtain a setlist that appeals to a bigger audience.

It it is with a heavy heart I send out my last release as an organizer for Black Christmass.

Metal greetings,

Olof Wikström

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The Haunted with Witchery on Strength In Numbers Scandinavian Tour 2017 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

November 12th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

The Haunted:
Strength In Numbers Scandinavian Tour 2017

Witchery – special guest

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
23/9 – 2017

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall

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Heavy Metal Cauldron 2017 – Helsinki

November 11th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Heavy Metal Cauldron is a new two day indoor metal extravaganza. The interest toward the event received more interest and enthusiasm from old school metal maniacs when the line-up was announced. Venom Inc and Exciter shared the stage on Finnish soil for the first time ever which got hundreds of metal fans pounding for metal. The two day event was well arranged and planned. The venue was an obscure underground place with a bit of a smaller stage, but without any massive security fence. This first edition of Heavy Metal Cauldron succeeded more than well, so there will be another one in 2018! 

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Akercocke + Hecate Enthroned + Kill For Company @ The Underworld, London

November 11th, 2017
by UK Team

Akercocke + Hecate Enthroned + Kill For Company

@ The Underworld, London

October 28, 2017

Review and photography by Thomas

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Steve Tucker – MORBID ANGEL

November 7th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen


Morbid Angel recently went through the biggest line-up change in the band’s history. The founder and guitarist and the mastermind of Morbid Angel, Trey Azagthoth, recruited the former singer Steve Tucker back to the fold of the outfit along with new second guitarist Dan Vadim Von and the new drummer Scott Fuller. The long waited ninth Morbid Angel album entitled KINGDOMS DISDAINED has eleven songsand shall most certainly crush. Metal-Rules.Com had the pleasure to talk with Steve Tucker about the state of the world as seen from his, and Morbid Angel’s,  perspective. 

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Trixter’s Mark Gus Scott Salutes America’s Veterans

November 7th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
Trixter’s Mark Gus Scott Salutes America’s Veterans

For a guy who has visited and performed on every major military base in the US, Mark Gus Scott shows no signs of loosing support for America’s Military Heroes.  The rock star met with several military officials on his recent tour of Washington DC and filming of his latest video hit, “Ave Maria”. The video shows Mark performing amongst numerous iconic DC landmarks, most notably the World War II Memorial. Ave Maria is the first single from Mark’s forthcoming holiday album entitled “Christmas Miracle” due out on Thanksgiving. Mark also makes it a habit to perform Taps at numerous cemeteries in the New York City and Phoenix Arizona area to honor fallen heroes during Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays.

As the wild and charismatic drummer for the internationally renowned rock band “Trixter”, Mark “Gus” Scott has sold well over 3 million albums worldwide, he has accumulated an extremely large press book, but most importantly… He has played in front of millions of people around the world.  Other major accomplishments include Three #1 Videos on MTV (15 weeks at #1), Four “Top 20” AOR Radio Hits as well as a “Top 40” Album on the Billboard Charts (#26).

Trixter toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan in support of their major label releases. They have performed live in arenas with crowds up to 30,000 people, in addition to appearing live on television and radio. The tours have included such rock superstars as: Kiss, The Scorpions, Poison, Warrant, Slaughter, Great White, Firehouse as well as many MTV and movie personalities. Mark attained much notoriety, largely in part to network television appearances, three #1 videos on MTV and hundreds of worldwide publications and periodicals.

As a member of the Hollywood/NY All-Stars, Mark participated in countless charity events, as well as making personal appearances with President Donald Trump, Treat Williams, Jack Scalia, Jason Gedrick, Gregory Harrison and Regis Philbin.

While just a sophomore in high school, Mark received the NAJE Special Citation for Musical Excellence and was granted admission to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. He attended three summers studying piano, drums, trumpet and a curriculum that included jazz, classical, chamber music, rock, music theory and composition. Mark also put his knowledge to use not only as a musician/songwriter, but also touring high schools and colleges throughout the country as a guest lecturer, teaching and promoting his drum instructional video and teaching method, “Rock Solid”.

Mark’s Solo EP “Christmas Miracle” is scheduled for release on Thanksgiving 2017! ALL PROCEEDS from the first single, “Ave Maria”, will be donated to Hope 4 Kids International.

“Ave Maria” single release – November 2017.

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Noise announce more Tankard reissues!

November 7th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Tankard the beer obsessed thrash metalllers from Frankfurt, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard are often considered one of the “Big Teutonic 4” of German thrash metal. They released their first record in 1986 and continue to write and record in the same vein: fast thrash metal songs about beer and alcohol. Formed by three classmates, bassist Andreas “Gerre” Geremia, guitarist Axel Katzmann and vocalist Frank Thorwarth. Thorwarth and Gerre soon switched roles; at the same time the trio added drummer Oliver Werner and second guitarist Berhard Rapprich. They chose their name from a dictionary upon seeing its definition as “beer mug”. Their earliest written song was called “Ray Death”, a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As drinking alcohol in the school was banned, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him “hanging around with a bunch of drunks” and he was replaced by Andy Bulgaropoulos. With the line-up now stabilised, the band released their first demo, titled Heavy Metal Vanguard, in 1984. After this, the band toured with fellow German thrashers Sodom. In 1985 they released a second demo, Alcoholic Metal, which cemented their thrash metal style and lyrical themes. Both of these demos were very popular in the underground, and on the strength of this demo they signed with Noise Records with whom they released seven studio albums between 1986 and 1995. Tankard still play to huge crowds globally and released their 17th studio album in 2017.


As the decade turned, 1990 saw Tankard unleash their fourth studio album ‘The Meaning Of Life’. With the new decade came a slightly different approach. It was still their trademark thrash but also interjected some melody and strayed lyrically from their beer soaked themes, but not too much so as to alienate their fanbase. This album was chock full of catchy choruses and buzzing riffs, thus cementing their fanbase further amongst the thrash fraternity.

1.Open All Night
2.We Are Us
3.Dancing On Our Grave
4.Mechanical Man
6.The Meaning Of Life
7.Space Beer
8.Always Them
9.Wheel Of Rebirth
11.Wonderful Life


Tankard’s sixth studio album emerged in 1993 and while their counterparts were experimenting with industrial and nu metal sonics in the 90’s the band stood firm and true to their thrash roots. Probably the most socio-political of Tankard’s output, Two-Faced (complete with satirical cover) is an angry beast that sets aside their early humour in favour of a caustic sound with attacks on a sliding society. This album was yet another jewel in Tankard’s crown.

1.Death Penalty
4.nation Over Nation
5.Days Of The Gun
6.Cities In Flames
7.Up From Zero
9.Ich Brauch Meinen Suff
12.Jimmy B. Bad

As the thrash metal gave way to grunge in the 90’s Tankard stuck to their guns and released another fine slab of Tuetonic thrash in the ironically titled ‘Stone Cold Sober’ in 1992.  This was classic Tankard, raw, insanely fast but this time slightly more serious in the lyrical department – aside from a frantic cover of J Geils Band’s ‘Centrefold’. Thrash metal may have not been in vogue but the faithful Tankard fans stayed true to the band and revered this as one of their finest releases.

2.Broken Image
4.Ugly Beauty
6.Behind The Back
7.Stone Cold Sober
8.Blood, Guts And Rock N’Roll
9.Lost And Found (Tantrum Part 2)
10.Sleeping With The Past


The final album released on Noise by Tankard was 1995’s self-titled, ‘The Tankard’.  Perpetuating the more serious side shown on its predecessor ‘Two-Faced’, its sound was a melting pot of their signature thrash with elements of speed, power, hardcore and a dash of melody entwined with some of their catchiest choruses to date.  The same year they redressed the humorous balance with their Tankwart side project of German language covers done in a punk/metal style, much to their fans amusement.

1.Grave New World
2.Minds On The Moon
3.The Story Of Mr. Cruel
4.Close Encounter
5.Poshor Golovar
6.Mess In The West
7.Atomic Twlight
8.Fuck Christmas
10.Hope ?
12.Pogo In Togo
13.Hurra, Hurra, Die Schule Brennt
14.Herr D.
16.Konig Von Deutschland
18.Skandal Im Sperrbezirk
19.Billiger Slogan

01/12 – Nurnberg D, K4 Festaal
02/12 – Berlin D, Binuu
16/12 – Eindhoven NL, EMM
29/12 – Frankfurt D, Tankard Fest
30/12 – Ingolstadt D, Eventhalle Westpark
26/01 – Thessaloniki GR, 8Ball
27/01 – Athens GR, Kyttaro
12/2 – Osaka JP, True Thrash Fest
2/3 – Goslar D, Lindenhof
3/3 – Bremen D, Tower
16/3 – Colmar F, Le Grillen
17/3 – Dornbirn A, Conrad Sohm
28/4 – Erica NL, Pitfest
20/7 – Fritzlar D, Rocak Am Stuck
21/7 – Weil D, Baden In Blut
27/7 – Essen D, Nord-Open-Air
11/8 – Schlottheim D, Party San Open Air
22/9 – Magedburg D, Factory
19/10 – Leipzig D, Hellraiser
20/10 – Brunn CZ, Melodka
21/10 – Prague CZ, Rock Cafe
2/11 – Karlsruhe D, Substage
3/11 – Andernach D, Juz Live
30/11 – Hannover D, Musikzentrum
1/12 – Dresden D, Skullcrushers


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SAXON Announce New Album “Thunderbolt”

November 7th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
SAXON Announce New Album “Thunderbolt”
Set for Release on February 2, 2018 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music)
Thunderbolt Tour Part 1 UK & European Dates Announced

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of Battering Ram in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2, 2018 via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music). The new album Thunderbolt will feature original artwork by long time SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt.  It’s a storming, smashing, thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with producer Andy Sneap, and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford.
Three weeks later, the band will embark on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour. SAXON will be joined by fellow English rockers Diamond Head and metal trio Rock Goddess will perform on the scheduled UK dates, with very special guests Magnum on the UK Hull date only. However, SAXON doesn’t stop there – dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced in early 2018.
“This is part one of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour. We’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s going to be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals – loud and proud – it’s going to be aSAXON tour, unique in every way!” adds Biff Byford.
Since the 1970s, SAXON have proven their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON have made it their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of work – a staple of their career.
Thunderbolt Track Listing
  1. Olympus Rising
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. The Secret of Flight
  4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
  5. They Played Rock and Roll
  6. Predator
  7. Sons of Odin
  8. Sniper
  9. A Wizard’s Tale
  10. Speed Merchants
  11. Roadie’s Song
  12.  Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl


Thunderbolt will be available to pre-order on December 1 in the following formats:
  • CD Album in Digipack
  • 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
  • A Special Edition Boxset
  • Tape Cassette
  • Digital Download
Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1
Fri February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
Sat February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
Tue February 27- Holland, Tilburg 013
Wed February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thu March 1 – Germany,  Hannover Capitol
Fri March 2 – Germany,  Frankfurt Batschkapp
Sat March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof     
Presale for all shows is on Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00am with general on sale Friday, November 10 at 10:00am.
For more information on SAXON, visit: 

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Delain + Serenity + Cellar Darling @ Koko, London

November 6th, 2017
by UK Team

Delain + Serenity + Cellar Darling

@ Koko, London

November 1, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Eluveitie – Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann

November 6th, 2017
by UK Team


Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann

November 3, 2017 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Delain – Interview with Martijn Westerholt

November 6th, 2017
by UK Team


Interview with Martijn Westerholt

November 1, 2017 – Koko, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Metallica + Kvelertak @ SSE Hydro, Glasgow

November 6th, 2017
by UK Team

Metallica + Kvelertak

@ SSE Hydro, Glasgow

October 26, 2017

Review by Pete Mutant

Photography by Gavin Lowrey

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