Blind Guardian – Interview with Marcus Siepen

April 23rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Blind Guardian

Interview with guitarist Marcus Siepen

12th of April @ The Forum, London

Interviewed by Oliver Manso

Photos by Nikki Ryan

 

Marcus Siepen - Blind Guardian

Marcus Siepen – Blind Guardian

Five years after the commercially successful “At the Edge of Time”, Blind Guardian is back in 2015 with the new symphonic power metal jewel “Beyond the Red Mirror”. They’re currently on tour throughout Europe and we have taken the opportunity to meet one of the bards before the beginning of their nearly sold out gig in London (the only date in the UK!). We were planning to meet Hansi Kürsch but he had to cancel all his interviews in order to preserve his voice for the show. In the end, we interviewed guitarist Marcus Siepen who didn’t hesitate to express his passion for touring.

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GOTHOOM OPEN AIR FEST | DETAILS

April 22nd, 2015
by EvilG

The biggest Slovak metal festival Gothoom is ready for its 6th edition. This time, it will inhabit a new place, in lovely area of Ostrý Grúň (Kollárová). With the new location come of course new environment and a breath of fresh air for the fest. The aim at quality metal, support of local scene and a unique atmosphere of friendship will be maintained. One of the traditions of Gothoom is a monothematic Warm-Up day. This year’s opening party will be held on 29.7. and it will be devoted to concerts of pagan and viking metal bands. The list of bands includes WELICORUSS, KHORS, DORDEDUH and more.

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CRADLE OF FILTH unveil cover artwork for forthcoming album ‘Hammer Of The Witches’

April 22nd, 2015
by EvilG
CRADLE OF FILTH unveil cover artwork for forthcoming album ‘Hammer Of The Witches’

CRADLE OF FILTH – ‘Hammer Of The Witches’

Cradle Of Filth the UK’s visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork;

“The artwork for ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty… and horror.”

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Ex-EVILE guitarist OL DRAKE releases first single featuring Gary Holt, James Murphy & more; tabs entire album

April 22nd, 2015
by EvilG

Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, ‘Old Rake’, which features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic.  The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.

The first track, “Guitarists Playing Guitars” – which made its debut last night on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter– showcases the six-string shredder’s phenomenal fretwork and features special guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt(EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS).  Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.

Listen to “Guitarists Playing Guitars” now on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1Gat3W9

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Interview with Oslo Faenskap, April 8, 2015

April 21st, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Oslo Faenskap Interview

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Oslo Faenskap are a band which might not be a well known band in the UK yet, but they are on the rise from being a young budding band in their home country of Norway.

Oslo Faenskap

Oslo Faenskap

The troupe of musicians managed to get themselves involved in most recent tour with Black Metal veterans Satyricon. We caught up with the whole band at their London performance in Kings cross’ own Scala.

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Charlie Benante of ANTHRAX Launches Coffee Line

April 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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It’s been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing “Benante’s Blend.”  The coffee will come in two different varieties: the ‘Be All End All’ blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the ‘Forever Metal’ blend, a milder coffee.  “Benante’s Blend” will be available beginning today through Benante’s website,  http://www.charliebenante.com/Store/

“I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home,” said Benante.  “As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle.  For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee.”

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SLAYER Nearing Completion Of New Album

April 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood.  The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).

Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer-only concerts.  The confirmed itinerary is below.

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Satyricon Interview With Frost @ The Scala, April 8, 2015, London

April 21st, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Satyricon Interview With Frost

By Ashlinn Nash

To say a band like Satyricon are rich in history is a very big understatement. The band themselves have become pioneers of the black metal scene, inspired hundreds of other bands – peers and alike to really step their game up.

Satyricon

Satyricon

From forming in Oslo in 1990, they have gone on to create the well known albums; Dark Medieval Times, Nemesis Divina,Now, Diabolical,The Age of Nero and most recent self titled release, among others. Gaining over time a reputation of being a sterling band, with both on and off stage dynamics of creativity and excitement. We had the chance to catch-up with long standing drummer Frost for a quick chat before their London show at the Scala.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Tour Starts This Week

April 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Black Star Riders, comprised of an all-star line-up of seasoned professionals including guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS), vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY), guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER/BROTHER CANE), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH), and bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB), will embark on five U.S. tour dates later this week.

The dates are “can’t miss” and about as exclusive as it gets, since the band rarely tours the U.S.

Black Star Riders are touring in support of The Killer Instinct, which was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) and is a perfectly crafted collection of organic and musical short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time

Long-time guitar hero Scott Gorham shares, “THIN LIZZY is a known situation, but with BLACK STAR RIDERS we’re moving into uncharted territory and that’s pretty damned exciting. I’m having more fun playing right now than I have in years.”

Why not enjoy some tried ‘n’ true rock ‘n’ roll crafted by Gorham and co. by seeing the band on the upcoming tour dates? Get in touch for tickets + interviews!

TOUR DATES:

04/24/15  Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)
04/25/15 Rascals Live – Moline, IL
04/26/15 Granada—Lawrence, KS
04/28/15  House of Blues – Chicago, IL  (with EUROPE)
04/30/15  Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE)

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Impellitteri’s New Video for “Empire Of Lies” available

April 20th, 2015
by EvilG

Impellitteri - VENOM

Impellitteri – VENOM

Frontiers Music srl is pleased to present the music video for Impellitteri’s “Empire Of Lies”! The song is taken from their upcoming album, VENOM which is out now in Europe and the UK and will be released tomorrow in the U.S.!!!

Get your copy of VENOM here: http://radi.al/ImpellitterriVenom

Impellitteri is a heavy metal band formed and led by guitarist Chris Impelliteri. The band has released numerous albums, which are notable for Chris’ virtuoso style of playing. VENOM is the band’s 10th studio album and first original album since 2009 and includes two bonus tracks. This album also sees the return of vocalist, Rob Rock – The Voice of Melodic Metal!

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Doom Over London @ The Dome and Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park

April 19th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Doom Over London

@ The Dome and Boston Music Room; Tufnell Park, London

April 4th 2015

Words by Ann Sulaiman

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Five years down the line, Doom Over London has already become an established festival in the capital. Despite competition overseas from the likes of Inferno and Roadburn, a great deal of the London scene turned up at The Dome and Boston Music Room for an all day treat of doom metal. From traditional doom to its extreme off-shoots, which even saw death metal heavyweights Asphyx onboard as headliners; this was the most varied line up in the festival’s history to date. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moonspell – Interview with Pedro Paixão

April 18th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Interview with keyboardist Pedro Paixão

31st of March 2015 on Moonspell tour bus in Paris, France
Interviewed by Oliver Manso

Moonspell keyboardist Pedro Paixão

Moonspell keyboardist Pedro Paixão

The Road to Extinction European tour was a great success for Moonspell, with many sold out gigs in France, Portugal and the UK. They also sold a good number of VIP tickets for their most loyal wolves, which was something they have never done before. Their brand new album “Extinct” has been praised by the international critics and has also been a commercial success so far. It entered the charts of several European countries and was even number 1 in Portugal.

Before the beginning of their concert in Paris, I interviewed keyboardist Pedro Paixão with the presence of their tour manager Bruno Fernandes (previously known in Portugal for singing in several extreme metal acts such as The Firstborn and Nephtys). After interviewing vocalist Fernando Ribeiro two months ago, it was interesting to get a new point of view from the current kings of gothic metal in their luxurious tour bus.

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Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch and Mortals at Soundcontrol Manchester

April 18th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

GOATWHORE, SKELETONWITCH AND MORTALS

Sound Control, Manchester, England
11th April 2015

Review by Toria Morgan. Photography by Jas Stephenson.

It was an overcast and windy Saturday (for a change) in Manchester city centre and in good old English fashion, a lengthy queue formed outside Sound Control that stretched down the street a fair way. People clad in Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch and Mortals merchandise waited to be let in to the ‘Hell Has Arrived Over Europe Tour 2015.’ I overheard people had come from as far as Liverpool and St. Annes to see this gig. This alone should have given me an idea of what to expect once I got inside, seemingly it was quite a big deal.

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VENOM’s New Album Being Released Tomorrow On Vinyl For Record Store Day

April 17th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

While every day should be Record Store Day, the music biz, labels, and indie retailers have set aside a day where special, exclusive, highly covetable pieces are sold only at mom ‘n’ pop shops.

Spinefarm Records and VENOM, are participating in the RSD festivities this year.

This title is a “must own” for metal fans, so head over to your fave indie record retailer tomorrow and stock up! There are a lot of collectible treats to go around.

 

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From the Very Depths, a masterwork that landed in January of this year, has been pressed in double red gatefold vinyl.

That’s instantly drool-inducing for collectors and is the album’s first time on wax.

Watch the lyric video for “Smoke

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HELLOWEEN: First Single “Battle’s Won” Out Now + Lyric-Video Available

April 17th, 2015
by EvilG
HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.

 

Today HELLOWEEN release their first single Battle’s Won” digitally, which you can order here:
AMZ MP3            http://geni.us/HelloweenBattleAMZMP3

Google Play        http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-BattleGP

NB MP3                http://smarturl.it/HelloweenBattleNBMP3

 

Enjoy the brand-new lyric video of “Battle’s Won” here:

On April 24th the 7 inch will follow. Pre-order it exclusively at the Nuclear Blast Webshop here: http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB

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