From the gutters of south Sweden, Liv “Sin” Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile tours supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of the Revolver Magazine”Hottest Chicks in Metal” tour.Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.
When Sister Sin called it quits at the end of 2015, Liv knew that she had much more to give to her fans. From this, LIV SIN was born. Liv is currently working on a new music that shows the power, sexiness, and attitude that she is known for. Liv says ”for me it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss Sister Sin, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that’s who I am!” LIV SIN offers a modernized hard rock sound to take Liv into her next phase, a sound that is destined to please both new fans and her longtime fans of Sister Sin.
Slayer, with Special Guest Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down. The dates start in Cleveland on September 9 and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent. Confirmed dates are below. The Slayer Fan Club Presale starts at 10:00AM local time on Tuesday, May 10, and the general on-sale begins this Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM local time. For all ticket purchasing and VIP packages details, log onto http://slatanicwehrmacht.com/tour
Said Slayer’s Kerry King, “It’s always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax. Frank is one of my best friends in the biz!! Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year. See you there!”
Fans will hear their favorite Slayer songs from the band’s 30-year plus discography, as well as a few of the newer songs from Repentless, named “The Metal Album of the Year” by Guitar World. Slayer and Anthrax stormed through Europe together last fall, amassing a string of sensational live reviews, so North American fans, this will be a night of metal music that should not be missed.
“We are very excited to tour again with our fellow Kings Slayer on a thrash/metal extravaganza,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “Two of the Big Four – now that’s a night of metal for all the Kings and Queens!”
Added Mark Osegueda from Death Angel, “We are thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing North American touring package. Slayer/Anthrax/Death Angel – it just looks, sounds and feels right. This will be Death Angel’s first-ever tour with Slayer, something we’ve hungered for our entire career. And we will bring that hunger to the stage every night, so get there early because this will be a show not to be missed; from the first note of the night until the very last! Metal is alive, hungry, thriving, and coming for you!”
With more dates to be announced, here is the confirmed itinerary:
9 Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17/18 Rock Allegiance, Chester, PA*
20 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28 Fillmore, Miami, FL
30 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS
3 Norva, Norfolk, VA
5 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17 ENMAX Center, Lethbridge, AB
19 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
* Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel are all on this bill
ABOUT SLAYER: http://www.slayer.net
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.
In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for two high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s “Repentless” and then for “You Against You.”
The pot of gold just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Following the release last year of a deluxe box set containing 3 CDs of incredible live performances from 1979, Purple Pyramid Records is proud to announce another superb concert release by guitar god Ritchie Blackmore & Rainbow. Taking its name from the city and year in which it was recorded, Boston 1981 features crystal clear audio that captures the vibrant energy and emotion pouring through the band as they offer up scorching versions of “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Long Live Rock N’ Roll” and even the epic “Smoke On The Water,” a nod to Blackmore’s tenure with another legendary band of a certain Purplish hue. Packaged in a mini-LP wallet for the CD and a gorgeous gatefold double LP set featuring a stitched-in 20-page booklet and 3 different colored vinyl options (red, blue, and green), this exciting release will be available everywhere starting May 13!
1. Spotlight Kid
2. Love’s No Friend
3. I Surrender
4. Man On The Silver Mountain
5. Catch The Rainbow
6. Can’t Happen Here
7. Lost In Hollywood
8. Difficult To Cure
9. Long Live Rock N’ Roll
10. Smoke On The Water
Eric “A.K.” Knutson of Flotsam and Jetsam – Doing it from the Heart!
Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Flotsam and Jetsam is a band from Phoenix, Arizona with a legacy that goes back well over 30 years. It’s hard to believe that their debut album release, Doomsday for The Deceiver, came out in the summer of 1986. Fast-forward 30 years and several member changes the band is now back and re-energized with Eric “AK” Knutson, Mike Gilbert, Michael Spencer, Steve Conley and Jason Bittner, essentially a new band with a 30-year history.
After their 2015 European tour the band took this new found energy and focused on writing another new CD. What started as 18 rough ideas turned into an album’s worth of killer material. The end result is the self- titled Flotsam and Jetsam CD due out May 20th. It showcases five very distinct personalities and influences coming together for the common goal of creating another soon to be metal classic.
I caught up with vocalist, Eric “A.K.” Knutson, to talk about their latest release, the band’s legacy, and the sacrifices made along the way.
Krisiun is a death metal squad that never just rest on their laurels. The trio keeps pushing forward spreading their Brazilian death metal all over the world. The band’s latest offering FORGED IN FURY came out a year ago and offers true death metal sonic brutality. Metal-Rules.Com sat down with the Krisiun guitarist Moyses Kolesne before the band hit the stage.
Roadburn is definitely the leading indoor festival on the massive European festival map. All in all, 4,300 visitors per day from all different corners of the world attended the festival. The whole festival event was sold out. Roadburn is such an eccentric & fascinating festival because it offers a wide range of different kinds of sonic musical pleasure from the electro noise via a dramatic musical journey to the most extreme forms of metal. Metal-Rules.com was at present at Roadburn to witness the unique performances and gigs by many musicians and bands. This year the event was curated by the legendary Lee Dorrian who had invited, for example, Diamanda Galas, whose performance was extremely dominating and rousing. However here is the brief article on Roadburn 2016.
Bay Area thrash metal is an institution and provided a massive metal revolution in the very early 80’s. Exodus is the legend of the whole genre even though the band has faced several unexpected turns during its long career. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the only original Exodus member left, Tom Hunting, to talk about the latest 10th album and various other interesting topics that may interest die-hard Exodus fans.
Music For Nations, the legendary British heavy metal label responsible for discovering and releasing records by Metallica, Tool, and Opeth, amongst others, has teamed up with SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN) to become an active front-line label for the first time in more than a decade, and for the first time with a dedicated U.S. presence.
Headed by Julie Weir in the UK and in association with SIN in New York, the label will be signing and releasing new product by new artists while additionally, starting in June 2016 with Opeth and Paradise Lost albums, reissuing and repackaging classic catalog titles.
Ms. Weir’s career has included working with artists including Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Bullet for My Valentine; she has also partnered with Sony Music UK in the past on breaking new rock artists including Nothing But Thieves. She also recently played a key role in developing RCA’s Bring Me The Horizon who has achieved phenomenal international success.
SIN, a division of Sony Music International, was launched in 2009 by Adam Pollock and Vinny Rich to serve as a United States incubator for Sony’s international artists. Headquartered in New York City at RED Distribution, who offer distribution, sales and marketing support for the unit, SIN has released thousands of titles over the years including high-profile projects Kate Miller-Heidke, Karnivool, and Zaz, and has “up-streamed” to Sony’s major U.S. labels diverse artists such as Paloma Faith, Kodaline, MØ and, coincidentally although not in conjunction with Ms. Weir, Nothing But Thieves.
UK label manager Joel De’ath exclaims, “We see this as an incredible opportunity for MFN. RED works with some of the most reputable Metal Labels in the world and it’s an honor to be part of this legacy. Having SIN as our ‘men on the street’ in the U.S. ties it all together.” SIN’s Rich concurred, “We hope and expect that the union of MFN, RED, and SIN will breathe new life to this hell-raising music. We’re excited to be a part of a new chapter in MFN’s history.”
Initial MFN U.S. releases will be two classic reissues; Opeth’s triple LP live album, Lamentations, recorded live in 2003 soon after the release of the band’s classic Deliverance and Damnation albums, and Paradise Lost’s genre-defining classic, Shades of God, coming for the first time on picture disc.
As well as the forthcoming physical releases, the Music for Nations catalogue is available on digital and streaming services, including classics from Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Paradise Lost and Anathema.
THOR A ROCK ODYSSEY at the Highline Ballroom NYC, May
Tickets at Highlineballroom.comThor
A Rock Odyssey is not just a rock concert; it will break
open a new dimension in Rock Entertainment. Thor will not
only perform his debut album, Keep the Dogs Away in its
entirety, he will also perform thunderous fan favorites
including but not limited to Thunder on the Tundra, Warriors
of the Universe, and Ride of the Chariots with his mighty
band in a three part theatrical show about his musical
career and his conquests as a champion bodybuilder. A full
cast of characters, heroes, villains, strongmen, and rock
oddities from all walks come together to perform in this
larger than life rock drama, Thor A Rock
PM Live interview with Thor, and his band Thor’s
Warriors of the Universe; Chris Totaro, Scott Jackson, Paul
LaPlaca, Jack Frost, and Rick Fabio. Several guest musicians
are scheduled to perform: long time drummer Mike Favata and
bassist Keith Zazzi, guitar legend Frank Soda, James Whang
from Unchained, and Brian Kotzenek from the Epoxies. Meet
and greet will be available to prepaid ticket holders. Thor
will take fans through a museum tour of his trophies and
rare rock memorabilia. Museum closes at
– Watch Thor’s award winning documentary “I
Am THOR”. Autographed copies will be for sale at the
Keep the Dogs Away: Thor performs 1977 debut album
“Keep the Dogs Away” live for the first time in
honor of the Deadline/Cleopatra Records special packaging
reissue of the CD and Vinyl album release on May 13.
Autographed CDs and vinyl will be available in limited
quantity at the show.8:40
– Battle For New York: “Heal” sung by Chris
Totaro, “New York Energy City” sung by Lauren
Fabio, and “Mushroom World” sung by Thor. TITANO
Strongman will perform strength feats and sword swallowing,
followed by a gladiator battle to save New York
City. 9:00 –
THOR POWER SET. Thor will bring down the house with his
For tickets go to: http://highlineballroom.com/show/2016/05/14/thor/
Cannibal Corpse has managed to maintain such a loyal and renewing fan base during these years. When the gore death metallers made the first visit to Finland back in 1998 with Dark Funeral and Infernal Majesty, I dare to claim the audience was totally different and none of those who attended that show, hardly arrived at Nosturi to witness Cannibal Corpse along with the Brazilian death metal trio Krisiun. However, it was overwhelming to note as between 400-500 deathbangers crawled to Nosturi on Thursday to share the pit of zombies and get devoured by vermin.
Black Friday announcement with ABBATH, MOONSORROW and GRAVE!
This time we’re about to bring more orthodox stuff to the table, starting with Norwegian giant gone solo ABBATH! The aptly named DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT will perform their blood soaked ritual at this BA. We are also welcoming the pagan veterans MOONSORROW. Germans DUST BOLT bring thrash metal as well as their partners in crime LOST SOCIETY from Finland. Blasphemous Polish death metal act EMBRIONAL will be part of the line-up as well as Swedish melodic doom/death act OCTOBER TIDE and lycanthro punk originators WOLFBRIGADE. Fans of modern forms of metal would appreciate young Australian metalcore with mathcore elements JACK THE STRIPPER. American songwriter KING DUDE will perform his dark neo folk. Unfortunate news in the end, NILE had to pull out the fest, however we managed to get two other great death metal acts on the bill to compensate this loss. Namely the godfathers of Swedish death metal GRAVE and the returning turn-of-the-millenium Brazilian prospects REBAELLIUN!
NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR TO BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY, MAY 2ND
MAGMA ARRIVES JUNE 17TH
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR GOJIRA’S NEW TRACK “STRANDED”
Roadrunner Records group Gojira have announced details of their anticipated new LP MAGMA. The follow up album to 2012’s widely acclaimed L’ENFANT SAUVAGE, MAGMA is heralded by the new single “Stranded,” which is streaming now accompanied by an official music video directed by Vincent Caldoni at www.Gojira-Music.com. Pre-orders for MAGMA are available today at www.Gojira-Music.com, with all orders receiving an instant grat download of “Stranded” (album art below). Exclusive bundles are also available, which include a limited edition 52 page hardcover book with exclusive photos, sketches and artwork from the creation of MAGMA. Additionally, all bundles also include a DVD and HD digital download of Gojira’s 2015 Rock In Rio performance featuring newly mixed audio done by the band themselves. MAGMA arrives everywhere June 17th.
Thanks to Mighty Music for the promo pictures of the band Additional live pictures taken from the show in Malmö by: Anders Sandvall
Here comes an update on what’s going on in the Nonexist camp. The band recently released their brand new album THRONE OF SCARS. If you’re interested in knowing more about the band and band leader Johan Reinholdz, make sure to check the previous interviews available in the Metal-Rules.com archives. When we last spoke, Reinholdz was in the process of mixing THRONE OF SCARS so this time I was interested in knowing more about how the work had proceeded. Former singer Johan Liiva has since left the band and Reinholdz has now taken over as lead singer. The band has also inked a deal with the Danish record label Mighty Music. Read more about what Reinholdz had to say down below.