Hal Patino’s response to King Diamond’s comments

July 20th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen
King Diamond

King Diamond

I’m NOT a drug addict ! I’m actually getting pretty tired of this already, but I feel like I have to tell the story from my point of view (without responding to every little detail in King’s statement, cause that would turn this into a novel). After this, it’s up to every individual to think/believe whatever they want to..

WHAT THE FUCK!!? – King has done it again !
I got 3 kids who are using Facebook and reading the news on a daily basis.
Your lieing about stuff – like accusing me of doing drugs and calling me a liar is about as low and disgusting as it gets – but it really doesn’t come as a surprise to me, because it has always been like this.

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Markus Vanhala and Jukka Pelkonen of Omnium Gatherum

July 20th, 2014
by Metalette

Interview with Markus Vanhala and Jukka Pelkonen of Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum

6.28.2014 at Virgin Oil Co. in Helsinki, Finland

Interviewed by Metalette

Before Omnium Gatherum played a packed gig at Virgin Oil Co. in Helsinki as part of Tuska Day 2, I had the chance to interview guitarist Markus and vocalist Jukka!

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KING DIAMOND – “THE TRUTH”; King responds to Hal Patino’s comments

July 20th, 2014
by EvilG
King Diamond

King Diamond

As posted by King Diamond:

When someone puts out extreme lies about you and your character, there comes a time when you put a stop to it.

This is that time.

In the following, I will prove everything I say and I challenge Hal Patino to do the same with what he said.

HAL’S STATEMENT: „I will not go into every detail, but the salary I was offered to headline Wacken Open Air, and the 4 other shows this summer was totally ridiculous.

Two days before the first rehearsal day, I wrote an e-mail explaining my view on that topic along with a proposal for a fair and realistic salary for these shows, For this, they accused me of’ “blackmailing” !!!

I found it disrespectful, and told them that if that is how I get treated after 19 years, we part immediately !!

So I already left the band on Thursday the 17th of July, by my own choice.”

First of all, I have no problem disclosing the band salary for the European shows. For these 5 shows, it is €1000 per festival show. This salary does not include per diems for days not played on (which is on top of the salary), plus all shipping, travel, maintenance, strings, drum sticks, insurance, hotel; in short, the company bears all expenses.

We do not headline Wacken Open Air. In reality, we don’t even headline the Black Stage. Sometimes the headliner is not the last band playing on a specific stage. As far as I know, Motorhead playing right before us are the headliner for Friday August 1st on the Black Stage.

After them, Slayer plays on the Main Stage and they are the Wacken headliner for Friday. Then we cool everything down on the Black Stage from midnight.

I don’t remember who cools down the Main Stage after us.

I’m not gonna get into details on how our registered company in Denmark is run, but it’s a full company with year round expenses, and if it wasn’t for Wacken this year, I could guarantee that there wouldn’t be a US tour in the autumn.

The two indoor shows in Berlin and Tilburg are straight losses, even if sold out.

On top of this comes EVERYTHING involved in a tour and our company is unfortunately not at the level of Megadeth, Slayer, etc, and can only offer what’s possible.

We can’t go and get loans in the bank to pay Hal’s salary, however minor it may seem.

If Hal didn’t find that satisfactory, no one kept him from leaving. I just wish he hadn’t brought this up on the very day/evening I arrived in Denmark (17th of July). He’s had an entire year to think about this, and he brings it up now.

An important fact with regard to the salaries is that the entire crew and band from last year’s European tour is identical to both the European shows we’re about to do now and the US shows later this year, except for Hal.

It seems everybody is satisfied with what the company can offer at this point, except for Hal.

It doesn’t interest me one way or another whether Hal quit the band or he was asked to leave. It’s exactly the same result.

It is interesting though that Hal shipped his gear at the company’s expense to the rehearsal facilities on the very date (17th of July) when he claims that he quit the band. We have the receipt for that with stamped date. You can also see in his official statement that he says that he was willing to try to fly in for some of the early rehearsals from Norway. We’re talking after the 17th of July, which again, doesn’t make sense. Why would he want to try to arrange to fly in for rehearsals from Norway after he already quit the band?

HAL’S STATEMENT: „It’s typical King to say that I’m fired – he did the same to me back in 1990 when he told the press that I was kicked out of the band due to lack of enthusiasm and drug problems.

That was NOT the reason … It was just Too much touring, King got dropped by Roadrunner Records, and I wanted to go in another direction.

He did the same to my best friends Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk.”

These are extremely insulting and pathetic lies.

First of all, would Hal EVER have come back to play for King Diamond if I had lied to the press about him being fired in 1990 due to drug problems?

Hal was taken back into the band, sometime after he had asked us in 2000 (I believe it was) at one of our rehearsals, which he was attending with his son, if he could ever get another chance. He swore he was totally clean and that he didn’t even drink anymore.

This, back then, made him a true hero to me, but this has of course changed now. I just don’t trust him enough anymore to rely on his contributions.

Next, can anybody explain to me what it means when Hal says that the reason he was fired was instead „too much touring”? What does this mean? When did anyone ever get fired for too much touring??

I would like Hal to present the letter from Roadrunner saying they were dropping us from the label, if he can. This is another outright lie.

Most of you already know that we bought our way out of Roadrunner by delivering to them „King Diamond Abigail LIVE 1987”, plus „Mercyful Fate – Return of the Vampire”. I also have the contract to prove this, and will gladly scan it in for all to see when I return to Dallas.

The whole problem with trust culminated while we were in the studio recording The Eye, at which time Ole Bang, Andy LaRocque and myself can vouch to the fact that Hal Patino was not to be found anywhere when he was supposed to lay down bass tracks. No one could find him, no matter how many phone calls we placed.

We ended up spending seven days watching the walls of expensive Sweet Silence studios in Denmark with absolutely nothing to do but sit and hope that Hal Patino would show up at some point.

This is actually part of the reason why we had to buy our way out from the Roadrunner contract. We were so under recouped that the label, with good reason I guess, wanted to take the over expenditure off our next recording budget.

This was simply not an option if we were to continue as a band at the time.

Seriously Hal, how dare you accuse me of having fired Mikkey Dee?! You might have forgotten, but both Andy and I remember very well Mikkey coming by Sweet Silence studios during The Eye recordings to play us the new Dokken album, which he had just recorded with them.

I have never uttered a bad word about Mikkey, whom I’ve always had the highest respect for, both as a drummer and as a person. And he knows that.

Pete Blakk had some problems like you during the recording of The Eye and the US tour prior to that, which at the time made him unreliable. A situation I think everybody knows he took care of in a very noble way.

HAL’S STATEMENT: „I am in Norway at the moment and will play two live shows with my other band, I told the KD camp that I would be able to fly back and forth so I did not miss the two first rehearsals – and the next thing I read is a statement from King where it says that I’m fired.”

Again, how is it possible to fire someone who has already quit???

LAST…

I would like to address Hal, if he reads this.

Personally, I don’t care if it says you quit, was let go, or whatever with regards to what has happened, but we will obviously never be working together again. There is no trust left.

We can stop it at that, or you can continue if you want, just don’t forget that I know so many of the people you associate with just as well as you, and I know what’s going on in your life.

Your real problem is really not what we’ve been talking about these past couple of days, right?

You know, in the end, I’m really trying to be nice about this.

King

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Summer Breeze : Running Order published, and tickets selling quickly

July 20th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

Summer Breeze has published the official running order and is available :

http://www.summer-breeze.de/en/running-order/index.html

 

As for the tickets, the time is running out to order the ticket direct from the headquarters of Summer Breeze, therefore here are the instruction to get them and remember the event is nearly sold-out

http://www.summer-breeze.de/en/news/details/109668.reminder-ticket-deliveries-to-other-countries.html

 

Summer Breeze will be arranged in Dinkelsbuhl in the Southern Germany on the 14th – 16th of August. The line-up is amazing with over 100 bands playing. More info available

http://www.summer-breeze.de/en/index.html

 

 

 

 

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The rumour mill about new bassist for King Diamond

July 20th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

The rumor mill has started regarding a new bassist for King Diamond.  It is rumored Pontus Egberg will be replacing Hal Patino as a bassist in King Diamond. Pontus Egberg has been playing the bass in the Swedish group called The Poodles. According to his personal facebook, he has recently updated by posting ” By an unexpected turn of events I’m suddenly heading down to Denmark for rehearsals. It’s all good!

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Ex-King Diamond Bassist Releases Statement About His Departure From The Band

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG
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King Diamond

It was announced earlier today that Hal Patino, bassist for King Diamond, had been fired from the band. No full explanation was given from the KD camp except that Hal was “relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.”

Hal posted the below statement to his official Facebook page today:

“After 19 years in King Diamond – bassist Hal Patino has decided to leave the group.

It’s sad that it had to end this way after – 19 years. I have always been 100% loyal to everyone in the band, and have always given my everything -onstage and offstage.

Since day one I have always had King Diamond as my nr. 1 priority. I’ve never ever missed any shows or rehearsals – my performances have always been well prepared (and I’ve always been ahead of the game). I have been a faithful friend to King, and kept my spirits up even in the toughest times.

I will not go into every detail, but the salary I was offered to headline Wacken Open Air, and the 4 other shows this summer was totally ridiculous.

Two days before the first rehearsal day, I wrote an e-mail explaining my view on that topic along with a proposal for a fair and realistic salary for these shows, For this, they accused me of’ “blackmailing” !!!
I found it disrespectful, and told them that if that is how I get treated after 19 years, we part immediately !!

So I already left the band on Thursday the 17th of July, by my own choice.

Of course it’s not the only reason why I have decided to leave. Problems already occurred during the last European tour. Suddenly there were rules for my stage clothes and my way of performing, and there were bad vibes because I promoted and helped my son’s band.

It’s typical King to say that I’m fired – he did the same to me back in 1990 when he told the press that I was kicked out of the band due to lack of enthusiasm and drug problems.

That was NOT the reason … It was just Too much touring, King got dropped by Roadrunner Records, and I wanted to go in another direction. He did the same to my best friends Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk.

I am in Norway at the moment and will play two live shows with my other band, I told the KD camp that I would be able to fly back and forth so I did not miss the two first rehearsals – and the next thing I read is a statement from King where it says that I’m fired.

I feel absolutely nothing for King Diamond and the band. I am proud to have been part of the classic albums, and the glory days in the 80’s. And that’s all!!

I really appreciate all the messages I have received from so many people, and I just want you to know that I’m busy with my new band Nordic Beast, with Mikkey Dee, John Norum & Co.

I got my other projects Ammunition, and the Rock’ N Roll adventure, and I’m playing and writing with my son Maryann Cotton who’s working with Dick Wagner and Alice Cooper on his new album.

I’m a permanent member of the band, and I’ve written 30% of the album together with Maryann. It’s going to be a full concept album in the spirit of Alice Cooper’s Welcome To my Nightmare.

I’m also planning a solo project for the future.

I hope that many of the “die hard fans” that I’ve met over the years, understand my decision to leave the band. – Thank you all.
See you on tour with my other projects and bands. Rock ‘N Roll !

Hal Patino”

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Former MEGADETH Members NICK MENZA, JAMES LOMENZO METALLICA Motorbreath Free MP3 Download

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Famed MEGADETH alumni drummer Nick Menza and bassist James LoMenzo former MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is offering a free MP3 download of their version of the METALLICA classic Motorbreath with guitarist / vocalist Davor Garasic from Croatian thrash metal band Sufosia.

(the download is available at link location below)

http://nickmenzamusic.bandcamp.com/releases

JAMES LOMENZO in 2005

JAMES LOMENZO in 2005

According to a press release, Menza and LoMenzo recnetley announced a working musical relationship that will lead into a full working, writing, recording and touring band at some point.

Their first encounter / jam session took place on June 25th at Menza’s Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, CA where they cracked through some of the old Megadeth catalog along with some of their favorite Metallica and Zeppelin songs.

Nick Menza exclusively told BWBK: James is a top-notch player with a killer sound and I’m totally pumped and looking forward to creating some heavy original material with him once we officially solidified the rest of the line up. he ads, things are still in the developing stages soon as James fulfills his touring obligations with John Fogerty we will sink our teeth into this project. right now we are having some fun and collaborating with other players from around the world via the internet to see what’s out there, nothing is set in stone…

James LoMenzo: I’ve been a fan of Nick’s drumming for a long time. Nick is a great guy and he’s one of Metal’s stand out drummers. It’s an honor and a privilege to be making music with him and I look forward to what we’ll create.

Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1990 recording “Rust In Peace” and for the next ten years became associated with the band’s “classic” and most profitable era. Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.

LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006, toured and performed on two of the groups studio albums, 2007 “United Abominations”, 2009 “Endgame” it was then announced in 2010 that original MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson would replace LoMenzo.

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Brimstone Coven: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Alchemists Premiere New Hymn

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Retro rock/doom metal alchemists, BRIMSTONE COVEN, are pleased to unveil “Behold, The Anunnaki,” the second movement off their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.

Now playing at cosmic riff portal, The Obelisk, “Behold, The Anunnaki” earns its name from an assembly of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures (The Anunnaki), and oozes a cathartically magnetic, psychedelic swagger that’s difficult not to fall prey to.

Describes The Obelisk: “In whatever context one might want to view it, Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There’s an early ’70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D’Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist ‘Big John’ Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose ’70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like ‘Behold, The Anunnaki,’ ‘The Black Door’ and ‘The Séance’ a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It’s a careful balance and BRIMSTONE COVEN execute it well.

Check out “Behold, the Anunnaki,” now casting spells and taking names at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

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KING OF ASGARD launch video clip for ‘The Runes Of Hel’

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

New album “Karg” out this week Friday!

Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act KING OF ASGARD are set to release their third album “Karg” July 18th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit HERE to watch the video clip for “The Runes Of Hel“.

The video was once again directed by Rickard Moneus. Comments the band: “‘The Runes of Hel’ was shot at the location of Vadstena Castle, inside one out of four circular cannon turrets. Vadstena Castle is a former Royal Castle and fortress built by King Gustav I of Sweden (Gustav Vasa) in 1545. Vadstena being the city where both Karl and Jonas were born and forged. Somewhat the perfect place for a video to be shot. Thus, one night in May, the key to the city of Vadstena was lent to King of Asgard. A long and late evening, in authentic setting with history’s rugged wing beats embracing. Breathing the past and standing on undisturbed soil among ghouls and phantoms. A location harsh, barren and cold as carved for the finalization of “The Runes of Hel”! As in customary and traditional arrangement Rickard Monéus (1897.se), our true companion in arms, handled the photography and the completion of this piece. Assisted by our fellow thrall Petter Fredriksson. Lean back and soak yourselves, as we present to thee; ‘The Runes of Hel’!

Feel free to stream the 2nd single “Remnant of the Past” HERE!

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GENE HOGLAN BRINGS ”THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” TO POLAND IN OCTOBER

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan “The Atomic Clock” will bring “The Gene Hoglan Experience” to Poland for 3 appearances in October for Drum Fest 2014. The dates are as follows: Gliwice 18/10/2014, Opole 18/10/2014 and Wroclaw 19/10/2014.

More info can be found @ http://www.drumfest.pl or www.facebook.com/pages/Drum-Fest/167115556701213
“The Gene Hoglan Experience” is “an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30-year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers.”

Hoglan came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

 

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SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement

Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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KING DIAMOND: Bass Player Hal Patino “Relieved Of His Duties”

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG
King Diamond

King Diamond

KING DIAMOND has announced the following via their official Facebook page:

“Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.

This will have NO negative impact on our upcoming shows whatsoever.
On the contrary.

King”

KING DIAMOND are due to start a North American tour in October, check the dates below:

KING DIAMOND
North American Tour 2014
10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage – http://goo.gl/C4E7p8
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore – http://goo.gl/H0lVSU
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre – http://goo.gl/EfiFfu
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium – http://goo.gl/8XuLsh
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia – http://goo.gl/2AJPmp
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy – http://goo.gl/eSKKn1
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – http://goo.gl/7qhTp6
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre – http://goo.gl/3yVQmj
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant – http://goo.gl/RH1n4X
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre – http://goo.gl/2Sxf3a
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex – http://goo.gl/B5umz7
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre – http://goo.gl/jbkX5e
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield – http://goo.gl/mfhqOn
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern – http://goo.gl/Dn3DSC
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues – http://goo.gl/S8vBO5
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre – http://goo.gl/rhirDc
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues – http://goo.gl/ZcIm8K
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues – http://goo.gl/WjzuTW
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores – http://goo.gl/lOeIXc

 

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

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DORO TO BRING “30 YEARS – STRONG & PROUD” ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO NORTH AMERICA

July 18th, 2014
by EvilG
Doro

Doro

Having celebrated the 30  year anniversary of the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and in Latin America, multi-decade recording artist & legendary metal maven DORO PESCH will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this fall.

“The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to,” shares vocalist & songwriter Doro.  “I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again.  See you soon… Raise Your Fist!”

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via Doro’s official Facebook page.

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Copenhell Festival 2014 – Denmark

July 18th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Copenhell 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 11th – 13th 2014

Review and photography by Ellen Norvang

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This year’s fifth version of the metal showdown and largest metal festival, in Denmark in the heart of the Danish capital, delivered a line up dominated by black metal and nostalgia.

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HAMMERFALL RELEASE SECOND NEW ALBUM TRAILER

July 18th, 2014
by EvilG

The second trailer for (r)Evolution, the ninth studio album by Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

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