HELLYEAH + RavenEye + Sanguine @ O2 Academy Islington, London

April 25th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

HELLYEAH + RavenEye + Sanguine

@ O2 Academy Islington, London

April 13, 2017

Review by The Hun
Photography by Miguel de Melo

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Sadistic Intent – Bay Cortez, Rick Cortez, Ernesto Bueno and Arthur Mendiola

April 23rd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

INTERVIEW WITH SADISTIC INTENT

Bay Cortez, Rick Cortez, Ernesto Bueno and Arthur Mendiola

Sadistic Intent is one of the most respected bands in the underground death metal scene. The four-piece guided by the Cortez brothers has doggedly been carving out their path in death metal since 1987. The band has had ups and downs during these years, but gained monumental status in the death metal scene. Sadistic Intent is a brutal war machine as far as their material is concerned and above all the four piece’s gigs are a pure triumph of true and brutal death metal. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the whole band and had a long conversation about various topics. 

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METAL CHURCH recruits drummer Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.)

April 21st, 2017
by EvilG
Stet Howland

Stet Howland

METAL CHURCH has recruited Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) to play drums for the band on all its summer shows. He joins the group as the replacement for Jeff Plate, who announced his departure from METAL CHURCH last month.

Howland commented: “I was contacted by my good friend METAL CHURCH bass player Steve Unger recently after their drummer Jeff Plate stepped down after 12 years of dedicated service. The band has a bunch of summer festival dates as well as other touring for the year.

“When Steve called, the first thing he said was, ‘How busy are you right now?’ I laughed and asked him to get to the point, ’cause anyone who knows me knows that I’m constantly busy. Steve confided that Jeff had given his notice and that they needed a drummer immediately. He said that their new CD is going through the roof and that they have a ton of summer dates. I was very excited, to say the least.

“I became a hardcore fan of METAL CHURCH when they toured with W.A.S.P. on our 2005 ‘Metal Blast’ tour. Our then-guitar player Darrell Roberts and I would stand in the wings watching every show; they kicked ass every single night! Their drummer at the time was Kirk Arrington, a great drummer and guy. We became friends immediately. And as it happens, I’m also old friends with Jeff Plate, METAL CHURCH’s most recent drummer of 12 years. Jeff is a monster drummer and one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. It will be an honor and a privilege to step into his gig.

“I flew to Seattle and jammed with the band last week. We clicked immediately — nothing but big smiles from the first song to the last. It was great!

“It’s a great band, great guys, and they have an excellent aggressive record label behind them. They are still making fresh and relevant music. This is an honor indeed.”

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Epica with support act on The Nordic Principle Tour 2017 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 18th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Epica

The Nordic Principle Tour 2017
Skálmöld – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
5/3-2017

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall

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THE INFAMOUS VOICE OF TROUBLE, ERIC WAGNER, SIGNS WITH M-THEORY AUDIO; NEW BLACKFINGER ALBUM DUE THIS SUMMER

April 18th, 2017
by EvilG

Eric Wagner is a unique and legendary voice in our scene, and M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce we’ll be releasing his next Blackfinger album, When Colors Fade Away, this summer.

Renowned and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago’s Trouble for over two decades, in recent years Wagner has been focusing on a couple other promising new bands in a similar vein and one of those is Blackfinger. Now relocated to Pittsburgh, Eric has a new full band lineup and is joined in Blackfinger for their sophomore album by another respected name in doom metal circles, guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death/Penance.

I’m extremely excited to announce that Blackfinger has signed with M-Theory Audio,” cites Eric Wagner. “It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Marco Barbieri again after all these years.

“Eric, the pleasure is all mine,” responds M-Theory Audio’s Marco Barbieri. “Eric Wagner is a true artist, talent and storyteller. I’ve spent the last 34 years listening to classic tales weaved by this man; and he is truly one of my favorite vocalists. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eric and Trouble while at Century Media during their Plastic Green Head album cycle and even had his other band, The Skull, headline one of the Doom in June Festivals. Now our co-operation and friendship continues and I am fortunate to release the new and phenomenal Blackfinger album.”

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, the former president of Century Media Records, whose previous experience includes Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade. Joining Marco in this adventure are colleagues whose past experience includes work for labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph. The label’s roster includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas prog/power metal band Sicocis, Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, Southern California’s Pagan Death Metallers Helsott, Nomadic Folk Metal band Tengger Cavalry, Female-fronted symphonic metal band Graveshadow and Nor Cal’s death/metalcore band Apothesary.

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RICHIE KOTZEN: “My Rock” video from “Salting Earth” (out now!)

April 18th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN has just released the video for “My Rock” from his 21st solo album, SALTING EARTH, which dropped last Friday, April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.

The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” KOTZEN admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”

KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”

RICHIE KOTZEN will launch his “Salting Earth Tour” this Friday, April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. He and his band are planning to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. A complete list of international tour dates will be posted on KOTZEN’s official website and social media pages. Here are the U.S. tour dates:

DATE               CITY                                         VENUE

Fri 4/21             Agoura Hills, CA                        Canyon Club
Sat 4/22            Pasadena, CA                           The Rose
Sun 4/23           San Juan Capistrano, CA           Coach House
Wed 4/26          San Diego, CA                          Brick By Brick
Fri 4/28             Las Vegas, NV                          Vamp’d
Sat 4/29            Scottsdale, AZ                          BLK Live
Mon 5/1            Denver, CO                               Oriental Theatre
Wed 5/3            Moline, IA                                 Rascal’s Live
Thu 5/4             St. Charles, IL                           Arcada Theatre
Fri 5/5               Westland, MI                             The Token Lounge
Sun 5/7             Whitesburg, KY                         Appalshop Theater
Tue 5/9             Pittsburgh, PA                          Altar Bar
Wed 5/10          Lancaster, PA                           Tellus360
Thu 5/11            New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sat 5/13            Annapolis, MD                          Rams Head On Stage
Sun 5/14           New Hope, PA                          Havana New Hope
Wed 5/17          Bethlehem, PA                          Musikfest Café
Thu 5/18            Hopewell, VA                            Beacon Theater
Sun 5/21           Atlanta, GA                               City Winery
Mon 5/22          Nashville, TN                             City Winery
Wed 5/24          Dallas, TX                                 Gas Monkey
Thu 5/25            Houston, TX                              Dosey Doe

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TERRY ILOUS, lead singer of Great White & founder of XYZ to release new solo album

April 18th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

Terry Ilous, lead singer for the band Great White, and founder of 80’s metal band XYZ is premiering his third solo venture, Gypsy Dreams, on Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Terry Ilous relocated to Hollywood, California from Lyon, France in 1986 forming the metal band XYZ along with friend and bassist Pat Fontaine. Ilous quickly became a favorite on Sunset Strip scene in the late 80’s before getting signed to Enigma / Capitol Records. After selling over 1.5 million records worldwide and touring with artists such as Foreigner and Alice Cooper; Ilous has continued to release albums well into the 2000’s along with film, song-writing, and television work.

In 2009 Terry was contacted to play a handful of dates with multi-platinum recording artists Great White; who are one of the few bands of that era to still be consistently touring to sold out shows. In 2011 the line-up was made official and Great White immediately headed out on an extensive year long tour followed by a new album in 2012 that was highly praised by the media & fans alike. With the song ‘Hard To say Goodbye’ reaching #8 in the Billboard Radio Chart.

Currently Ilous has been finalizing his latest project, Gypsy Dreams, a cover album of classic rock and hard rock favorites with a Latin and flamenco edge.
The album features an amazing cast of L.A. based artists including,  Luis Villegas  [Grammy nominated artist ] on Guitar, Jose Garcia [vocalist, renowned flamenco guitarist] on Guitar,  Chris Trujillo [former percussionist for Toto, Black Crows] Drums / Percussion,  Al Velasquez [Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Michael McDonald, Albert Lee] on Drums / Percussion, Mike Paganini – [renowned session player, Bassist] on Bass, Ben Woods – [renowned flamenco guitarist w/ Benise, Heavy Mellow] on Guitar, Mike Bennett [Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Ritchie Kotzen] on Drums / Percussion, Jesse Stern [George Clinton, Chad Smith] on Bass & Natalie Gelman [singer / songwriter] on Background Vocals.

Terry States: “This album is just the start in a series of different projects I have in mind for the future. I decided to start with covers of familiar & rock favorites to introduce the Latin / Flamenco Rock sound to my audience, and I plan to start up a series of intimate club shows reminiscent of close-knit Latin & Gypsy gatherings.”

Terry on recording “Long Train Running” – “In the late 80’s I would warm up with Long Train Running while on the road with XYZ; and for years I wanted to record the song with more of a Latin edge.”

Terry Ilous on recording “Heaven & Hell” – “Dio was arguably one of the biggest inspirations in music. And this is one of the songs that really influenced my decision in making this album.”

He adds: ” This has been a long road, but the final tracks sound truly amazing, and are definitely worth the wait. I thank all my fans & band for being a part of this journey and for all your support along the way, I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.”

Gypsy Dreams Track listing.

1. Whole Lotta Love – (Led Zeppelin)
2. Boys Of Summer – (Don Henley)
3. In Your Eyes – (Peter Gabriel)
4. Long Train Running – (The Doobie Brothers)
5. Wicked Game – (Chris Isaak)
6. Heaven And Hell – (Black Sabbath)
7. Ride Like The Wind – (Christopher Cross)
8. Love Bites – (Def Leppard)
9. Kill The King – (Rainbow)

Album Features:

Terry Ilous – Vocals
Luis Villegas– Guitar
Jose Garcia– Guitar
Mike Paganini – Bass
Mike Bennett – Bass
Ben Woods – Guitar
Jesse Stern – Drums / Percussion
Chris Trujillo – Drums / Percussion
Al Velasquez – Drums / Percussion
Natalie Gelman – Background Vocals

Gypsy Dreams is slated to be released Friday, April 28th, 2017 via digital format on iTunes.

The physical copy will be arriving in May 2017 on Terry Ilous private label, Fyco Records and can be pre-ordered here: http://terryilous.com/new-release/

Connect with Terry Ilous:

www.terryilous.com
www.facebook.com/TerryIlous
www.twitter.com/Terryilous
www.instagram.com/terryilous
www.youtube.com/TerryIlousTV

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO

April 18th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

JEFF SCOTT SOTO

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Jeff Scott Soto is an American rock singer who’s best known for being the lead singer for Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell, the Swedish band Talisman, and Journey. During his long career, Jeff has been a part of several groups. He’s done a lot of session work and released 6 six solo albums from 1994-2012. Currently, Soto is fronting the band S.O.T.O. which has released two studio albums; INSIDE THE VERTIGO (2015) and DIVAK (2016). In March 20917, the band did two shows in Finland, which is when I had a pleasure to sit down with Jeff in Helsinki and discuss his current and past activities. Read on!  

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DragonForce – Interview with Herman Li and Marc Hudson

April 16th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

DragonForce

Interview with Herman Li and Marc Hudson

April 10, 2017 – London, UK

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Prislla Pattuzzo Macao

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Hero’s Last Rite – Wasted Prayer Pre-Order Available

April 16th, 2017
by EvilG

Canadian metal masters Hero’s Last Rite have announced that their latest album, Wasted Prayer, is now available for pre-order.

Fans can expect the ‘in your face metal blast’ that they know and love from Hero’s Last Rite but with a more dynamic and mature growth in the song writing.

Wasted Prayer is the follow up to the award winning 2014 release of The Mirror’s Face. The official release date for Wasted Prayer is May 5, 2017. All pre-orders get an immediate download of the track Nothing Left.

Pre-Orders available at https://heroslastrite.bandcamp.com

Track Listing

Wasted Prayer
Engage The Weak
Devilfinger
Nothing Left
The Unforgiving Disease
Trapped On Your Side
Or The One
Human

Hero’s Last Rite:

Tim Gorman – Guitar
Mike Davidson – Guitar
Eric Godin – Bass
Steve McDonald – Vocals
Dan Rogers – Drums

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RAVAGE POSTS LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE

April 16th, 2017
by EvilG

Ravage - "Return Of The Spectral Rider"

Ravage – “Return Of The Spectral Rider”

RAVAGE, the traditional heavy metal act with thrash influences from Boston MA has posted a new lyric video for the song “Turn The Screw” (link below). The track is the first single from the band’s forthcoming “Return Of The Spectral Rider” album which will be released by the band’s own imprint, Society For World Wide Ravage Recordings on May 26th. The offering is a complete re-recording of the band’s album “Spectral Rider” which was given a limited release by Germany’ Karthago Records in 2005. The band made the album available for digital pre-order last Friday and the track “Turn The Screw” is available now for download and streaming. The album will be offered on limited edition CD and Vinyl formats in addition to digital.

Singer Al Ravage commented, “We really appreciate the support we’ve received so far on this project. We’ve wanted to have a better presentation of these songs for many years and so it’s great to finally be getting this out there, but this is also the first time we have tried releasing a full-length album ourselves without any label support – so we sort of need all the help we can get in order to be heard. We recorded everything ourselves in our own studio so we got a very raw, live sound, but it is also sounding the way we alway wanted it to sound with crazy amounts of guitars and extended solos relentless kick drums and just everything over the top.”

The album features artwork by TIM JACOBUS (known for artwork on the R.L. STINE’S GOOSEBUMPS and FEAR STREET series of horror novels) and guest appearances from former Ravage members and local band friends. The recording was mastered by PETER RUTCHO (VOMITRON, REVOCATION) who had produced the band’s last album “The End Of Tomorrow” which was released by Metalblade Records in 2009.

RAVAGE – www.RavageTheEarth.com

www.Facebook.com/RavageTheEarth

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HESPERIA: OUT NOW! CAESAR [Roma vol. I]

April 16th, 2017
by EvilG

Out now the 6th album of Hesperia, a rock metal opera about Julius Caesar. Label: Sleaszy Rider Records (Motorhead, Whitesnake, Rotting Christ, Ancient, ecc…)

Available in: Digipack CD (the first 100 copies come with an A5 hand-numbered mini poster with the UNCENSORED cover)

BOX CD Edition Limited to 100 copies (with gifts and the mini BOARD GAME).

ORDER NOW!:
https://hesperiaofficial.bigcartel.com
or www.sleaszyrider.com

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ShrEdmonton Fest & Conference Announce 2017 Line Up w/ Unleash The Archers, Psychotic Gardening, Bleed and more!

April 16th, 2017
by EvilG

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce their 2017 line-up for Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference, SHREDMONTON.  Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s festival will be headlined by Vancouver power titans UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, Winnipeg’s doom funeral PSYCHOTIC GARDENING and Edmonton gore masters BLËED from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room (full band list below). This year’s festival also features an ALL AGES event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

“We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past. ”

Tickets for ShrEdmonton 2017 are available on www.Shredmonton.com and at the following Edmonton locations Mercury Room, Blackbyrd, Rendezvous Pub, The Forge plus available in Red Deer, AB at Sound House and from Annihilatrix Productions in Calgary, AB.

Ticket Prices:
Shredpass: $50
Friday, May 12: $20
Saturday, May 13 – Conference – Free with Shredpass, $5 at door
Saturday, May 13: $25
Sunday, May 14: $17

Shredmonton 2017 – Line Up

All events at Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Follow festival details on Facebook event here.

Friday, May 12

Show (18+)
Doors 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 – Days I Die (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – Osryon (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Sleeping in Traffic (Edmonton, AB)
11:00 – 11:45 – Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB)
12:15 – 1:00 – Psychotic Gardening (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, May 13 Seminars (ALL AGES)

Publicity/Promotion Clinic – 1:00-1:30 pm
Vocal clinic 1:30-2:00 Guitar Clinic – 2:00-2:30 pm
Stage Moves with Jesse Valstar – 2:30-3:00 pm
Festival Seminar – 3:00-3:30 pm
Recording/Live Sound Clinic – 3:30-4:00 pm

Show (18+)
Doors 6:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 – Valyria (Edmonton, AB)
8:00 – 8:45 – Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – W.M.D. (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 – 11:45 – Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
12:15 – FIN – Unleash The Archers (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, May 14

Show (All Ages)
Doors 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 – Disturb The Dead (Devon, AB)
4:00 – 4:45 – Scarlet Serenity (Edmonton, AB)
5:00 – 5:45 – Krepitus (Calgary, AB)
6:00 – 6:45 – Voltang (Hamilton, ON)
7:00 – 8:00 – Bleed (Edmonton, AB)

For more info, please visit: www.Shredmonton.com.

Last year’s first ever ShrEdmonton featured over 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center. The full line up consisted of an ultra heavy hitting bill that included headliners Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate, Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone along with some of Western Canada’s best such as Disciples of Power, Planet Eater, Scythia, Tylor Dory Trio, Every Hour Kills among many more! Conference panels were held the Shaw Conference Center on recording, photography, video production, publicity, media relations, journalism, and concert promotion / talent buying for festivals / venues with music industry professionals from across Canada.

WCMFA:

Armstrong MetalFest – http://www.armstrongmetalfest.ca
Calgary Metalfest – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com
Days of The Dead – https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfTheDeadRD
Farmageddon Open Air – http://www.farmageddon.ca
Loud As Hell – http://www.loudashell.com
Metalocalypstick – http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks
Metallion – http://www.facebook.com/metallionfestival

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Netherlands Deathfest – 013 Tilburg Holland

April 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The second edition of the Netherlands DeathFest was arranged at the prestigious 013 club in Tilburg. The line-up is definitely incredible again, presenting a wide range of extreme metal, including crust punk, and extreme black metal. Metal-Rules.com visited the 013 club to witness a number of bands performing at various stages. The Netherlands Death Fest is an excellent testimony to how death metal lives both on the mainstream level and in the catacombs of the underground. The schedule was extremely hectic and some bands played at the same time. However, here is the brief article of the Netherlands Death Fest.

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The new ACCEPT album is coming

April 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The new record is entitled »The Rise Of Chaos« and will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«, »Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, we will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic set, packed with new and old hits. Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: This will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

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