Exhumed – Matt Harvey

May 14th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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Exhumed came back to Helsinki, Finland, mid March to promote “Necrocracy” which has been praised by fans and critics alike, and once again I sat down with Exhumed’s vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey to talk about the recent album, touring, some possible future plans for the band and a bit also about one of Matt’s side project, Dekapitator.  

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DRASTIC SOLUTION release video for “Thrashers”

May 14th, 2014
by EvilG

DRASTIC SOLUTION, an Italian Thrash Metal/HC band, announce the release of their first full length album. It will be released by Wine Blood Records with worldwide distribution. The band has published the Official Video of the title track “Thrashers”, watch it below.

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Frosttide release new video

May 14th, 2014
by EvilG

Finnish Epic/ Dark/ Folk metal band Frosttide released tour music video of the song called Ruins of Defeat from the album Awakening!

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Katatonia interview with Anders Nyström (guitar)

May 13th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Katatonia interview
with Anders Nyström (guitar)

Interview by Anna Dumpe

Just few days before Swedish metallers Katatonia roll into the city of London to play their acoustic show at The Union Chapel as a part of their Unplugged & Reworked tour, Metal-Rules.com UK team had a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Anders Nyström (guitar) and talk through their latest and critically acclaimed release Dethroned and Uncrowned and the acoustic tour itself.

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Joe Stump

May 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Joe Stump

By JP

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Triptykon post tribute to H.R. Giger, February 5, 1940 – May 12, 2014

May 13th, 2014
by EvilG

celtic frost4“I fight the impending lure of belated sleep

For fear of waking up and you are gone”

Triptykon, My Pain, 2010

 

For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.

 

H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.

 

A little more than a year later, his exceptionally stunning art made what might be one of Celtic Frost’s most important albums, To Mega Therion, even more significant. Other links to Giger’s universe also manifested themselves, almost as if it was predestined.

 

Eventually, after many more years, the mentorship became a friendship. It was a friendship and a personal connection I valued infinitely, and it also included his wonderful wife, Carmen, and many other remarkable people that were part of his universe.

When Celtic Frost came to an end so acrimoniously in 2008, H.R. Giger and his wife were among those who witnessed my uncontained despair and stood by me. That Giger subsequently agreed to collaborate with my new group, Triptykon, and thus enabled us to release our first album, Eparistera Daimones, with one of his most dramatic paintings on the cover meant the world to me.

 

It apparently pleased Giger, too. He told me so on several occasions, and he completely stunned me in October 2011 by proposing that we continue the collaboration between him and Triptykon. I would have never asked for such a thing, because I never would have wanted to appear insatiable. He brushed such reservations aside, and it was his mentorship, friendship, and art that enabled us, once again, to release a second album on which music and cover art formed a seamless symbiosis. Only a few weeks ago, he held the result in his hands and loved it.

 

Regardless of anything I may write about H.R. Giger, however, none of these words will ever be able to truly, accurately describe him as a person and as a friend. It is utterly inconceivable to imagine a world without his wit, his perception, his genius, his horizon, his determination, his humour, his friendship, and his immeasurable kindness. And yet, we are now left in exactly such a world.

 

Tom Gabriel Warrior for Triptykon, May 13, 2014

 

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Arch Enemy – Interview with Michael Amott and Alissa White-Gluz

May 13th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Arch Enemy Interview
with Michael Amott and Alissa White-Gluz

Interview by Öna Helveti

Photos by Ashlinn Nash

We join Alissa White-Gluz and Micheal Amott in the Century Media Records offices in Camden Town, right by the Camden Lock in London, UK, and just a bridge away from arguably the most frequented metal bar in the area. The setting is pleasantly metal on a tranquil spring afternoon.

Arch Enemy has received a lot of publicity lately, following the announcement in March that Angela Gossow will be stepping down as a vocalist. Plus their new album, War Eternal (2014), is on its way out. We are curious to find out more.

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Waterghost announces their first single

May 13th, 2014
by EvilG

Capa_Waterghost_singleWaterghost, the new Brazilian Metal Opera project, is coming! It’ll also be composed by a lot of musicians who will be announced soon.

The first single “The Four Elements” will feature vocalist André Ferrari. Currently, Ferrari is vocalist for Mr.Ego and former member from Eyes of Shiva, in which he recorded two albums, released internationally and great repercussion in Heavy Metal scene. In addition, he participated in major projects with renowned musicians, such as Andre Matos, Kiko Loureiro, Fabio Laguna, Edguy, Exodus and Viper.

The guitars for “The Four Elements” was composed and recorded by Vinicius Almeida – multi instrumentalist and producer, participating in the Metal scene for 15 years. The cover art was created by the advertising company Diferencie Comunicação Integrada.

More information will be released soon.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/waterghostproject

Twitter: www.twitter.com/project_wg

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Miltos of In Utero Cannibalism

May 12th, 2014
by J P

INTERVIEW WITH MILTOS OF IN UTERO CANNIBAALISM

BY HELIAS

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A founding member of Greek brutal metallers, In Utero Cannibalism, Miltos has providing guidance for many fundamental bands in the scene and now hangs his hat with IUC, a band with a mortal guttural obsessionand he gave us a piece of their collective and individual minds.

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Primal Fear – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 3, 2014

May 11th, 2014
by EvilG

Primal Fear

Primal Fear - Toronto May 3 2014

Primal Fear with opening bands
Answer with Metal and Sovereign Council

Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 3, 2014

Review by EvilG

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Nine Inch Nails – Hartwall Helsinki Finland

May 10th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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Nine Inch Nails

Hartwall Arena Helsinki Finland

The 8th of May 2014

Text by Arto Lehtinen


The editor-in-chief of Metal-Rules.Com may get fist fucked because of the Nine Inch Nails gig review, but hey Nine Inch Nails were one of those industrial pioneers opening doors for this type of sonic tormenting assault. Obviously the legendary Woodstock show back in 1994 definitely catapulted the band led by Trent Reznor into another dimension of the success. Of course Downward Spiral is definitely the epitome of all industrial albums in ages and the whole genre as well. Even though NIN have visited Finland a couple of times before, but for some reason the timeline ended mostly around the time of the Downward album for me. Therefore going to witness NIN was definitely more than a welcomed idea.

The Hartwall area with the 12000 seats was half packed by different sorts of people, from metal fans to the alternative crowd and of course mainstream music lovers having attended the NIN gig. On the other hand that amount people in such a huge hall looked truly pathetic. The smaller venue with the same amount fans would have made the gig more intimate as well as a way more brutal by creating the more suitable atmosphere for one hell of a memorable NIN show.

The gig started with the Pinion intro and was followed by “Copy A”, “100.000.00”. However the setlist had been created to cover a lot of the material from the era of 1989 – 1994. Especially the songs, f:ex “March Of The Pigs”,”Piggy”, “Closer” etc, off from DOWNWARD SPIRAL played the dominating role on the set. Whereas “Head Like A Hole” out of three songs off the debut album PRETTY HATE MACHINE caused the ballistic reaction amongst the audience. In the mid of the gig the venue turned to an ambient sonic catacomb, when beats of songs such as “The Great Destroyer”, “Me, I’m Not” definitely went straight to the heart and head.

The whole show was nothing, but an utter tremendous triumph of lights and visual aspects. Getting the epilepsy stroke resulted by the flashing light was quite near. All the visual aspects created real massive and unique show fitting to the sonic pleasure of NIN from the softer to the head ripping. The separate massive huge gate looking construction showed up between the drums and the rest of the band. As for the band, Ilan Rubin proved to be the real multi-instrumentalist by doing the drums and handling the guitars as well, the guitarist Robin Finck mauled the guitar while taking care of the vocals. To sum up, the whole NIN sounded extremely killer, vicious and above all razor sharp.

The whole visualized show was concluded by the obvious choice “Hurt” of which Johnny Cash made an immortal cover version before passing away. That brought the tranquiled harmonic atmosphere to concluded the gig.

Nine Inch Nails offered a real in your face show with the massive light show and a real deal of the most asskicking songs from the long career. Trent Reznor with the back-up forces were on the strike thru the whole 90 minute set. Even though Reznor is reaching the magical 50 year sooner or later, he still lives up with the passion to the music and the performance. Well maybe he ain’t that wild as 20 years ago at the legendary Woodstock show.

Pinion / The Eater of Dreams
Copy of A
1,000,000
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Reptile
The Becoming
Gave Up
Closer
Sanctified
Me, I’m Not
Came Back Haunted
The Great Destroyer
Hand Covers Bruise

Beside You in Time
Somewhat Damaged
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

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Evil Masquerade – Release party for the new album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX . 1994-2014, 10 year anniversary show at High Voltage Copenhagen Denmark

May 10th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Evil Masquerade – Releasparty for the new album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX – 10 year anniversary show

High Voltage
Copenhagen
Denmark
20/4 – 2014

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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THOR Returns To Hollywood To Celebrate ONLY THE STRONG Deluxe Re-Issue

May 10th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Metal Warriors THOR Return To Hollywood For An Exclusive Show,
Celebrate The Deluxe Re-Issue Of ONLY THE STRONG!

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Muscle-bound superheroes THOR are set to fly to heavy metal’s very own Valhalla, Hollywood CA, on Saturday, May 24th, for an explosive performance at the Loaded club on Hollywood Blvd. This Vancouver outfit originated in the early ‘70s with body building champion and former Mr. USA Jon Mikl Thor, and quickly gained a devout following thanks in part to the band’s elaborate and supremely entertaining live shows, which frequently featured Jon performing not just outstanding anthems of metal but also astounding feats of strength – bending steel bars with his teeth and exploding water bottles with his lungs!Jon would go on to appear on the Merv Griffin Show in 1976, which led to a licensing deal with RCA and the release of THOR’s debut album Keep The Dogs Away the following year.

But it wasn’t until the group’s 1985 album, Only The Strong, that Jon Mikl & Co. really began to flex their muscles. Recorded in the UK, the album produced two British chart-topping classics, “Let The Blood Run Red” and “Thunder On The Tundra,” and earned the band a truly international following. Now, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of its release, Deadline Music will offer a special deluxe CD/DVD edition of this metal masterpiece! Billed as the COMPLETE THOR experience, this set includes the entire Only The Strong album along with several rare and unreleased bonus tracks PLUS an incredible 60 minute concert DVD capturing the band in live performances during their early ‘80s heyday, performing stunts and ripping through their best songs – all packaged in a gorgeous 8 panel digipak with a full color 16-page booklet!

Jon Mikl Thor enthuses, “I am ready to take the THOR visual and sound experience to the entertainment capital of the world! What better place to launch the Only The Strong CD/DVD deluxe edition! As the Superhero Thundergod of Rock N’ Roll, I promise a night of startling metal and entertainment for all!”

For venue information, visit: http://www.LoadedHollywood.com
LOADED Hollywood
6377 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA  90028

For the latest information on Thor, visit: http://www.thorcentral.com/

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OPETH delay ‘Pale Communion’ album release

May 10th, 2014
by EvilG

The release of OPETH’s hotly anticipated eleventh studio album, ‘Pale Communion’ has been rescheduled for 25th August. The opus was previously set for a mid-June release via Roadrunner Records.

Opeth mainman and visionary, Mikael Åkerfeldt explains; “Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the release of ‘Pale Communion’ has indeed been pushed back to late August. Several circumstances prevented us from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly, and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview with Steve Souza of Hatriot

May 9th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Steve Souza of Hatriot

by Helias

stevezssouza HATRIOT

Metal-Rules.com caught up with Hatriot, ex-Legacy (aka Testament), Dublin Death Patrol, ex-Exodus Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza and talk about the new Hatriot album, the social media, the possibility of his return to Exodus, the most electric band of the world: AC/DCand many more…

Metal-Rules.com: Hello! It’s Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

I’m doing great, and have been busy doing interviews in support of the new album, “Dawn Of The New Centurion.”  Checking in from the birthplace of thrash metal – the Bay Area here in Northern California.

Metal-Rules.com: Congratulations for the new album DAWN OF THE NEW CENTURION. What’s the new thing on this record in compare with your debut album HEROES OF ORIGIN?

I think “Dawn Of The New Centurion” is a step up in all areas.  The songwriting is more mature, the band is tighter, and I think the record is heavier than “Heroes Of Origin.”  We have been a band for another year, and the guys have grown as players.  There is more experience under our belt now, and that reflects in the music.  These new songs have more dynamics and more complex arrangements.  It’s just a stronger record in all areas.

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Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell us some words about the production of the album, and who is involved and responsible for the sound and mixing?

That would be Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios.  He did engineering and production on both Hatriot records, and has worked with a lot of big bands like Machine Head, Testament, and Exodus as well.  Juan is the Bay Area’s secret weapon.  He’s fucking killer!

Metal-Rules.com: How did you come up with the band name?

We chose the name Hatriot because it connects this band to my days in Exodus.  The word is in the lyrics of the Exodus song “Scar Spangled Banner,” and it sounded angry and aggressive, so we went for it.

MetalRules.com: As I have heard you new album, it sounds as a primal thrash metal album, a mix of Exodus and Testament sound. Do you agree on that?

It is definitely an old school thrash metal record, but there are hints of moderns sounds in there.  An thrash riff with my vocals over it is going to have a remote similarity to Exodus, just because of my signature vocal snarl, but in my opinion this record has a lot more early Testament influence in there, especially in the melodies and song structures.  If you took the Exodus album “Tempo Of The Damned” and crossed it with the first Testament album you would get a sound similar to what Hatriot is doing these days.  It will definitely make the old school thrashers proud.

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 Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics, did anything particular inspire you?

 

I’m inspired by this fucked up world we all live in.  The more violent the world becomes, the more violent and aggressive the music becomes.  It all goes hand in hand.  I write about dark subjects, and no topic is off limits for me.  This record has songs about cabin in the woods killers, pedophile Catholic priests, corrupt world leaders, the end of the world, and a whole lot more.

 

Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

The same way any kid does really.  I grew up around heavy rock and all my buddies were aspiring musicians.  My brother played bass and had a few bands.  The defining moment was when I saw AC/DC play a festival show in 1979, and right then I knew I wanted to be a singer.  The first band I formed was called Metal Warrior, with Phil Demmel, who went on to be in Machine Head and Vio-lence.  After that Legacy was formed, and the rest is history…

STEVE SOUZA- THE DAYS OF LEGACY BAND 

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I like most anything that is in the rock genre.  It can be hard rock, classic rock, or whatever – as long as it rocks!  I hate rap music and despise country music.  I can recognize a good song, and there are good songs in other genres of music, but I’m a fucking rocker.  I like my music hard and heavy!

 

Metal-Rules.com:  Is there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage? Suicidal Angels, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Firewind and Gus G. to name a few.

That is really a question for my guitar player, Kosta Varvatakis.  He is full blooded Greek!  As for these bands, I am definitely familiar with Firewind and Rotting Christ.  Maybe not their music, but I have seen their names in magazines and that kind of thing.  I would love to share a stage with any of them!

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Metal-Rules.com: What are the plans for you in the near future?

We have a full plate this year.  Right now we are doing a lot of press promoting “Dawn Of The New Centurion,” and writing new songs as well.  In July we are going to Europe for a tour with Artillery and Onslaught.  We come home in August and do a local show with DRI (w.n.: they are gods!!!) that is being filmed for a Hatriot DVD.  After that we head to South America for some dates, and then get back into the studio for record number three!  This band is working hard and we are kicking ass!

Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?

I think it’s very important.  The riff and the groove of the music is generally what catches people’s attention in the beginning, but after that there needs to be a real meaning to the words.  That’s my opinion anyway, but I view myself as having something to say lyrically.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

I think it is in the shitter.  I think the internet has made music less important to people.  Gone are the days of really getting into a band, and listening to a record over and over, while reading the lyrics and really absorbing it.  Now people just quickly browse the internet, and maybe stream a song and see if they like it, and then they are on to the next thing.  It’s just quick and disposable.  There are too many bands out now, because it’s so easy to record and distribute a record.  All we can do is roll with the changes and try to adapt the best that we can.

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Technology is definitely a part of my life, but not to the degree of some people.  My sons run my social media pages.  I don’t live on a computer like a lot of people do.  I check email from my phone, and that’s about the extent of it really.

Steve-Zetro-Souza

Metal-Rules.com: Will be released something new with Dublin Death Patrol?

I think Dublin Death Patrol is over, at least for now.  There’s just not enough time to devote to that thing.  Chuck is busier than ever with Testament, and I want to focus all my energy on Hatriot.  DDP was never meant to be a real full time band.  It’s a fun project that we do with our friends.  We don’t tour or try to make it a big band.  That defeats the purpose.  We created DDP as a fun thing to get away from the bullshit that comes with being in our ‘real’ bands.  Right now there’s just not enough time to mess with it.

Metal-Rules.com: If Rob Dukes will announce that he will leave from Exodus, would you be consider yourself as a perfect candidate for the vocal post as you know it very well?

Definitely not!  That chapter in my life has been closed, and I have put way too much into building Hatriot at this point.  I would be letting the rest of my band down, and it just wouldn’t make sense.  If I went back to Exodus we would just be a retro act.  I am building Hatriot at a nice pace, and we are putting out an album every year to a year and a half.  It’s been four years since the last Exodus disc.  I can’t work like that.  I’m very happy where I’m at right now with Hatriot.

STEVE SOUZA OF HIS EXODUS ERA

Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

I think the only way it can go is heavier and more extreme.  Like I said earlier, as the world gets more violent, the music will get more violent as well.  I believe extreme music is the future.

Metal-Rules.com: One of the last trends in music business is iTunes. More and more metal bands sell albums through this way. What’s your opinion on that?

Personally, I like a physical product.  It can be CD, vinyl, or even cassette.  I just like a tangible product.  I like opening the shrink wrap, holding the cover, and reading the liner notes.  However, iTunes is the new medium that everyone is going to.  We just have to roll with the changes.  It’s not my thing really, but I have accepted it.  It’s not going away, so you might as well accept it and find a way to make it work.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Living or dead?

Metal-Rules.com: Pick one being still alive and one from the dead.

If he is alive I’d say Jimmy Page.  Why?  Because he’s Jimmy fucking Page, that’s why!  If we are talking dead musicians I’d have to say Bon Scott.  Why?  He’s my ultimate hero and the reason I sing.

Metal-Rules.com:Which big metal loss affected you the most?

It would definitely be losing Ronnie James Dio.  That was devastating to me.  Exodus toured with Black Sabbath in 1992, and I became good friends with Ronnie.  We stayed in touch in the years following that tour, and I’m honored to be able to call him a friend.  He will forever be an icon in heavy metal, and will forever be missed.

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Metal-Rules.com:  Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

Thrash metal: My love and my craft.  It’s what I was put here on Earth to do.

Greece: Fucking insane metal fans!

Politics: Hate it, but I get good heavy metal lyrics from politics.

Favorite TV series: Dexter

Black Sabbath: The gods!  The creators of metal!  They are The Beatles of heavy metal.

Strip show: Don’t waste your money on strippers.  They are all hoes!

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of Hatriot all the best!!!

Thank you for the opportunity.  I hope to see all of you on tour very soon!

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