Brutal Assault : Updated about VIP camp and parking

July 9th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

WE DECLARE WAR ON QUEUES

Our new FULFILLMENT service we have informed You about recently is a part of our strategy to elimite waiting queues to enter the festival area. We still have in mind the events of last year’s festival Wednesday and so we are implementing strategy to get rid of the queues. Apart from the fulfillment service that will check-in lots of people at home, we are doubling our capacity for swapping with one extra tent with the same overall capacity we had available last year. On top of that we’re gonna learn from problematic issues we encountered the last time so the queues won’t happen again.

TENTS IN E-SHOP, VIP CAMP AND PARKNIG CAPACITY INFO

We’re now approaching selling out of our VIP CAMP, so VIP CAMP 2 is being added to the e-shop as of now. Based on numerous inquiries we also added party tent option to our VIP camp but since these are taking a lot of space and we don’t generally want them, the price will be corresponding to a large 6 person tent. Next thing we need to adress based on frequent queries is the parking, we are completely sold out and have no extra capacity at our disposal. Last notice is a good news for travellers from far who don’t want to carry their own tent, we have now added a service to our eshop where you can order a tent be picked up at VIP camping reception.

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SWEDENROCK 2017

July 9th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

SWEDENROCK 2017

Once again, the Finnish Metal-Rules.com two-man-team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock.  The 2017 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock as usual. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four-day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past twenty years, always being sold out as it was again this year. However, it took a bit longer until all the tickets were gone this year. It has become quite logical for us to give an in-depth report on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. It was an enormous pleasure to testify Scorpions, Venom, Ratt, Warlock, Running Wild, and a whole lot more.  Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully, you will have a pleasant reading experience… Stay hard, True As Steel.

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Graveland + Nokturnal Mortum @ Kolovorot Nove Kolo, Kiev

July 8th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kolovorot Nove Kolo: Graveland + Nokturnal Mortum + Burshtyn

@ MonteRay Live Stage, Kiev

24th June 2017

Review & photos by Oliver M.

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Pro-Pain’s Gary Meskil stabbed in Brussels

July 6th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a Robbery and Attempted Murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals. The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects. Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss. Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary. We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled. We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary’s progress.

Thanks for your support at this difficult time.

Pro-Pain

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There’s just 37 days to go and counting! Bloodstock 2017!

July 5th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Are you counting down the days yet to BLOODSTOCK 2017?  There’s just 37 days to go – that’s a mere 5 weekends!! Maybe you’re making plans which campsite you’re going to stay in? Perhaps the brand new Ragnarök campsite, named by you, the fans? Or maybe you’ve just picked up your day ticket?

Did you know that BLOODSTOCK’s online ‘click & collect’ service allows you to pre-order your 2017 merch for on site collection?  Festival attendees can snap up their faves now without fear of their size/design being already sold out on the day.  Just pre-order anything with a click & collect logo at https://bmerch.com/store/ bloodstock/ and collect at the merch stall in the arena at any point over the weekend, knowing your item is guaranteed and paid for! You can pre-order until Monday 7th August.
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The Dead Daisies release “We’re An American Band” video

July 5th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

The band is proud to announce the release of an American Classic “We’re An American Band” in celebration of Independence Day and all it stands for.

 

Singer John Corabi:

“We first did “American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad for our troops in South Korea. We wanted to bring a little bit of something “American” to our men and women in uniform, and give them a taste of home. So, what better way than a classic American tune by a legendary American band. The song went over so well we decided to keep playing it and subsequently recorded it for our “Live and Louder” album. Enjoy the Daisies version, the video, and your FREEDOM the troops are fighting for on this celebration of our independence as a young, sovereign nation!!!”

Fresh from their European Tour playing at some of the biggest Rock Festivals and Sold-Out headline shows, culminating in beyond capacity headline performances in Salzburg, Budapest, Prague & Japan, the band are making their way to the USA. Don’t miss them on their first-ever North American Headline Tour entitled “The Dirty Dozen” marching across the USA in August. Get tickets here: www.thedeaddaisies.com/thedirtydozen

The Dead Daisies’ latest live outing “Live & Louder” continues to garner explosive reviews around the world and is quickly becoming a fan favorite being viewed by them as “best sounding Live Album of all time”.

Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!

LINE-UP:

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – guitars, John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – vocals ,David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – guitars, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – bass Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – drums

About The Dead Daisies:

Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible – equal parts of Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans worldwide are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll!

The band features in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet, among them one of the premier lead guitarists of this day and age, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio). He completes a powerhouse line-up consisting of charismatic singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), bassist extraordinaire Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), drummer to the stars Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and bringing the thunder from down under, Australian rhythm guitarist and founder David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

About Grand Funk Railroad:

Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American rock band popular during the 1970s, when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine once said, “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” Known for their crowd-pleasing arena rock style, the band was well-regarded by audiences despite a relative lack of critical acclaim. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a line that ran through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/00nE64NDwNPBIlKs1Y2dKB

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/american-band-live-live-version/id1219352423?i=1219352642&mt=1&app=music

Official website : http://thedeaddaisies.com

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Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN singer 1994-1999) Coming to USA and Canada, August-September 2017

July 5th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Blaze has enjoyed many highs in a career spanning over 30 years from the excitement around his first band WOLFSBANE to his elevation to global fame fronting the most influential British metal band ever ~ IRON MAIDEN, after which he has pursued a solo career which has seen the release of 9 studio albums from the classic ‘Silicon Messiah’ in 2000 to the current resurgence via the ‘Infinite Entanglement’ trilogy.

The 2017 World Tour began in February in Malta and Northern Ireland, moving on to shows in Scotland, England, Wales, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Greece. In July there is also a trip to Serbia and Bosnia.

Music Video ‘Escape Velocity’ filmed at Bruce Dickinson’s facility at Cardiff Airport & taken from the stunning ‘Endure and Survive’ album released March 2017
As well as the success with his solo releases, Blaze has recently been sought after by other contemporary artists ~ in 2016 at the UK’s premier music festival DOWNLOAD Blaze was guest singer with DISTURBED and a year earlier was even hunted down by SABATON who invaded the stage at Blaze’s show in Warsaw, Poland for an impromptu version of Iron Maiden’s ‘Man on the Edge’. In 2017 he was invited to play the inaugural Heavy Scotland festival headlined by ARCH ENEMY and BEHEMOTH.

Guest performance with DISTURBED at Download Festival in 2016. Fellow guests Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM and Ben Burnley of BREAKING BENJAMIN.
Blaze appears at 2 mins 22 seconds.
In August – September, Blaze is bringing his 2017 World Tour to USA and Canada, backed by his regular recording and touring musicians taken from British heavy metal band ABSOLVA….
Chris Appleton ~ lead guitar and backing vocals
Martin McNee ~ drums
Karl Schramm ~ bass and backing vocals

The guys from Absolva are no strangers to a heavy schedule, having toured previously in their own right with the likes of ICED EARTH, SAXON, MICHAEL SCHENKER and Y&T, as well as their own headline shows.

The full schedule for USA and Canada is as follows….

8/9 Sellersville, PA Sellersville, Theater
8/10 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
8/11 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
8/12 Rockbridge Baths, VA (Private show)
8/13 Baltimore, MD Fish Head Cantina
8/15 Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s
8/16 Montreal Piranha Bar
8/17 Ottawa Brass Monkey
8/18 Quebec L’Anti
8/19 Toronto Rockpile
8/20 London East Side Bar and Grill
8/21 Detroit, MI Token Lounge
8/24 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
8/25 Janesville, WI Backbar
8/26 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgators
8/27 St. Louis, MO Fubar
8/30 Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
8/31 Austin, TX Come and Get it Live
9/1 Houston, TX Concert Pub North
9/2 San Antonio, TX Rockbox
9/4 Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go
9/7 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s
9/8 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
9/9 Seattle, WA El Corazon

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Interview with author Martin Popoff

July 2nd, 2017
by J P

Interview with Martin Popoff

by JP

 

After a recent surge in publishing from the prolific Martin Popoff we decided to get caught up! 

How do you do it?  You have released (and are about to release) another four to six books in the last eight months!  (Rush, two books about Thrash, Motorhead, Metal Collecting, Ted Nugent)   That is more books than most people write in a lifetime. How do you maintain such a pace of creativity of productivity?

Well Josh, it’s a combination of the following. First of all, I’m a fast writer. The Ted Nugent you mentioned, is just an update from the earlier version, and a little bit of that is going to be happening in the future, so I supposed to some people, it looks like I’m having a new book happening when these happen. Also, some of these aren’t completely from scratch. They are using stuff not used from my 1700 interview archive. That goes for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal trilogy, the thrash trilogy, of which the third one is finally now in layout. But then again, some things are hugely and completely from scratch, like this Album by Album series for which I’ve done a Rush book, and I’ve got the AC/DC coming out in the fall. Actually, come to think of it, excruciatingly from scratch is my Led Zeppelin book, also out, I think, in the fall, where I basically had to write 400 words on every single Led Zeppelin song. That was tough, heavy writing, but it’s gratifying, good writing as well. Okay, last thing, this is my full-time job! Almost nobody who does these books has this as their full-time job. And even more, even when full-time job, say, 15 years ago meant “heavy metal journalist,” and that meant our magazine, writing bios, writing for other magazines and websites, all of that has fallen away, some of it by choice, some of it by no choice, and what I’m left with, essentially, is working 80% of my time, at least, on these books. I also have done, and continue to do, although less lately, quite a bit of work for Banger Films. So yeah, come to think of it, there were a few years there where I was full-time over there, and you can see the production drop off a little bit when that happens. But yes, dammit, I’m fast. And, oh yes, one other thing, I’ve realized a limitation as I get older, and that’s that I’d better do the heavy writing between about seven in the morning and may be 10:30, 11, because after that, my IQ drops 10 points an hour.

How is the carpal tunnel syndrome?

I don’t think I have it! Yes, you’re right, I had those scarce throughout the years, and still every once in a while when I type a lot, I feel some kind of strain, but it’s just a vaguely sore hand, and probably not carpal tunnel. So knock wood, I can still do a bunch of this for a bit, although I’m really trying to divest and deliberately cut way back when I hit 55, which I’m classing as a sort of retirement age, in honour of my dad retiring at that age, and mom I think even a little earlier, although as a nurse, she had some shoulder and back problems as well. But it was great to see how much busy living they’ve gotten in since officially being done work at 55. Both of them are workaholics anyways, so they’ve done a million things since then, but the regular 9 to 5 job was gone.

On a similar vein, what is your writing routine?    Have you never just stalled out and sat staring at the blank page, thinking’  ‘Now what’?   Do you feel a lifetime of collecting and archiving has finally paid dividends in that you have mountains of rare, raw material that needs to be synthesized into books?

Yes, to answer that second part first, what helps motivate me to get a book done is the fact that I have all this great footage that I haven’t used yet. And having said that, I finally embarked upon another thing I’ve been meaning to do for years, just taking my raw interviews and putting them into books by genre, called the Popoff Archive series. I’ve done four of them so far. And I want to do more. But I’m also being very careful that what goes into those is mostly, conceivably, not footage that I’m planning to use in another type of book. To answer the first part of your question, as I mentioned above, I have to really make sure that I’m doing any heavy lifting, super brain-shaking writing, at eight, nine, 10 in the morning. It’s actually gotten bad that I’ve talked myself into disqualifying that I can do it at any other time. As the afternoon wears on, I do easy stuff, like pack up books. Actually, a big part of my job isn’t writing, it’s actually signing and packing up and mailing books, because a good pile of my books are available only through my website. And those self-published books are actually printed in very low quantities, and weirdly, it works out to the same sort of unremarkable blue-collar pay, but pay nonetheless, doing it that way. Best cure for writer’s block? Again, write in that period, where you tell yourself this is when I have to get it done. Deadlines also help. Also just knuckling down and starting. Plus remember that old adage, writing is rewriting. So just blast it down onto the page, do a second pass, and all of a sudden it starts to look like something. I also tried doing what I’m doing exactly right now, which is speaking this into voice recognition software. Sometimes I write that way for that first pass, and then of course it needs major cleanup, but it’s a great way to get thoughts down quickly.

How is the international market for your books?  Do you have many translated editions?

Yes, I suppose I have about, I don’t know, a dozen or 15 different books out in six or seven or eight languages. I really doubt they sell all that good, because all of these languages have a way smaller readership base than English, of course. Heck, I’ve got books in Czech, Polish, even Bulgarian. Finnish. But I also sell a lot of my self-published books, which of course are all in English, to mainland Europe. But man, I’m not sure I’ve sold a single book to Africa, other than South Africa. I don’t think I’ve ever sold a book to India. Nor to China. Maybe one or two to South Korea, I’ve got a couple customers in Hong Kong, a few to Japan, but not that many, considering that I’ve written four Deep Purple books, a Rainbow book, a Dio book, and books on all sorts of other bands that supposedly were pretty big over there. But yes, lots of English books all over mainland Europe. Plus a fair bit to Brazil, the Ukraine, Russia, the odd book to Mexico.

A tough but fair question….I noticed the your new Motorhead book BEER DRINKERS AND HELL RAISERS has the exact same title as Neil Daniels 2014 book about ZZ Top.  Was that a bit of a screw-up by the publisher?

That was me picking that title, and I love that title, because I love mixing bands together like that. Of course, Motorhead covered that ZZ Top song, and ZZ Top are one of my favourite bands. But that would’ve been me, forgetting that, or not noticing that. But now that you mention it, I don’t even care. That kind of thing might’ve bugged me 20 years ago, but I don’t care anymore. Also, up until recently, I used to think there was no way I could write books on bands that there are already books on. Heck, if I had that attitude now, I’d never have any projects.

As a collector, what do you feel about this recent trend of product branding (especially alcohol and hot sauce) from Metal guys?

I think it’s a great idea, but they should come up with some more innovative and cool in different products, rather than hot sauce and booze all the time. But I love it. A brand is a brand and it should be used is much as possible. These are playful things. This is not whether Harley Davidson should have a cologne or, I don’t know, a car company should make vacuum cleaners. This is just fun stuff. Nobody really cares about synergy between product lines or whether it’s the stamp of quality. It’s just another cool thing to collect with Megadeth stamped on it.

In your recent book about Metal collecting (METAL COLLECTOR)  I noticed a contributor suggested that collecting Metal stuff will be dead within 25 years.   I know through private conversations between us that you have also scaled back your desire to accumulate ‘stuff’, hard copies etc.   So..is collecting Metal soon be a dead art and we will all just have digital services?    On a related point, what are you going to do with all your stuff?    I understand you have donated parts of your collection to a university?

No, collecting will never be dead, and I predict CDs will come back the same way vinyl has, which is essentially as a physical thing to collect with that band’s name on it. The collecting gene is so strong. And collecting music stuff has almost always mostly not been about having the music itself. If you are a guy with 22 different pressings of Number of the Beast, the desire to do something like that doesn’t matter if we’re in a streaming culture or an eight-track tape culture.

You went back to the well again with your third book about Rush.  What is it about these guys that makes it so easy and so fun to write about?  Have they seen and/or endorsed the book at all?

Basically, when I was approach with that idea, the first thing I said was there was no way in hell I could ever write another book on Rush. But the beauty of that concept is I was to gather up a bunch of experts, and just have a cool ol’ roundtable bunch of interviews and get their views. So all I was really writing in that book is those introductions, which of course was a chore, because yes, I’ve written that sort of stuff already across a couple of Rush books. But, indeed, that was the only Rush book I could write. So there’s nothing in particular about those guys that makes it easy to write about. In fact, they’re very hard to write about, because you’d better take what they do pretty seriously.

How is the Thrash series coming?  Have you had a lot of positive reception about the symmetry of design/layout, book spines etc, for this and the NWOBHM series?

As I’ve mentioned, the third and final book in the thrash series is now with my layout guy, Eduardo. It’s called Tornado of Souls: Thrash’s Titanic Clash, and it covers late 1986 to 1991, the end of 1991, I believe, which brings in the Black Album, the American leg of Clash of the Titans and the rise of Nirvana. Yes, I’ve had some of that fun slingshot effect by designing these to all look similar, and in fact similar to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal trilogy, which also has a tie-in to these because they all use the timeline with quotes and lots of memorabilia shots, method. But no, they haven’t sold that great. I had no choice to move into the ‘80s, because I’ve kind of written about everything in the ‘70s already, if I was going to continue doing this. But in fact, my Megadeth book didn’t do that great either, and here I am doing this thrash thing, and it’s not doing that great. Even the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, has done about double the numbers. Not sure why that is, but I get such a kick out of just having this stuff out in the world, that it’s probably going to be full steam ahead, even when I don’t think it’s going to be financially worth it.

What is your best selling book of all time?

That would probably be the first Rush book, Contents Under Pressure, which was an authorized biography of the band. It’s strange, it’s now something like a dozen years old, maybe even older, and the publisher, ECW has not thought to ask me to update it. And I’ve already even updated the Rush illustrated history book that I did for Voyageur Press. That one has done quite well also. And it’s funny, those damn Collector’s Guide series of reviews books have done pretty darn good over the years. In terms of the self-published, band bios, the two that began as Metal Blade books, well, there were actually four in total, but two of those have done pretty good over the years, and that’s the Blue Oyster Cult and the UFO. I want to update the UFO some day, and the Blue Oyster Cult has gone through a couple of updates already. But I don’t know, I don’t feel like I sell that many books. I feel thankful for the sales I get, because when me and my buddies get in doom and gloom conversations, I almost start feeling like nobody remembers any of these bands. I mean, God, recently, I’ve done books on Max Webster, Montrose and Riot. Pretty crazy. And actually, come to think of it, the Max Webster and the Riot have done quite well. The Montrose, not so well, but slow and steady.

What is on the horizon for new titles?

Well, I want to do the power metal book of the Popoff Archive series, and possibly a black metal one for that. I mean, I got about 10 more those that I can do, it’s just prioritizing, figuring what is cool enough to make a proper book out of, and of course, trying not to overlap with something I want to do a different kind of book on, in terms of using up that footage. Actually, I finished another book for Voyageur Press exactly like the Led Zeppelin, where I analyse, review, break down, stuff all the trivia in that is ever known, on every Clash song. I also still want to get a book done on the invention of punk, sort of what happened in detail from about 1972 to 1975. And then I have three books that I’m working on for publishers that I can’t mention, because nobody knows about those yet.

Lastly how can all out readers get copies of your books?

Well, they can go to www.martinpopoff.com, where there’s a page of description or picture of the book cover, some time some pictures of the inside pages, plus PayPal Buy Now buttons for American orders, Canadian orders and international orders. Anything that I have PayPal buttons for there, which is almost every one of my books that is in print, I will be signing to you or whoever you want, and then shipping from here. Like I say, well, if I was to work it out, I would say that more than half of my meagre income every year is from being a mail order guy for my own books. It’s not royalties, advances, working for Banger, odd little writing jobs the come along, it’s producing my own books or buying my own books from the publisher, signing them, and mailing them. And yes, people need to realize that most of the books that I self publish and produce myself are printed in the low hundreds. And sometimes they get reprinted and sometimes once they’re gone, they’re gone.

 

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Rainbow + Mostly Autumn @ The Hydro, Glasgow

July 2nd, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Rainbow + Mostly Autumn

@ The Hydro, Glasgow

June 25, 2017

Review by Pete Mutant

Photography by Gavin Lowrey

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VENOM INC. Discuss the Writing Process Behind “Avé” in Second Episode of Video Interview

July 1st, 2017
by EvilG

VENOM INC. Discuss the Writing Process Behind “Avé” in Second Episode of Video Interview Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv6AQ_wLvWY
 
New Album, Avé, out August 11, 2017 via Nuclear Blast | Pre-Order Here
 
“Blood Stained Earth” Headline Tour with Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence Begins September 1 – Meet & Greet Packages Available!
 


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MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons Announce Second Leg Of Purgatorium Europæ Tour This Fall; De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Earns #40 Spot On Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time

July 1st, 2017
by EvilG



“…a purposely gloomy and aggressive beast, and one that makes no concessions to outsiders, instead following its own willful and destructive path without any apology. Give it the time it deserves… and it will be with you forever.” — Team Rock on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

 

Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM will embark on the second leg of their European live takeover this fall. The Purgatorium Europæ – Pars Duorum tour will commence September 29th in Berlin, Germany and ravage its way through twelve countries and nineteen cities, drawing to a close on October 27th in Gothenburg, Sweden.

MAYHEM is commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide tour performing the monumental record in its entirety. The cornerstone record recently earned the #40 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time, the prestigious publication noting, “…Mysteriis… remains a singularly potent document, its expressions of alienation and nihilism lent an icy severity by Aarseth’s lacerating guitar buzz, session vocalist Attila Csihar’s arcane croak and presentation of Dead’s lyrical gothic terror and the pummeling drums of Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg).” See the full list at THIS LOCATION.

MAYHEM Purgatorium Europæ – Pars Duorum:
9/29/2017 Colombia Theater – Berlin, DE [tickets]
9/30/2017 Reithalle – Dresden, DE
10/02/2017 Wizeman – Stuttgart, DE [tickets]
10/03/2017 Orpheum – Graz, AT [tickets]
10/04/2017 Le Gueulard – Nilvange, FR [tickets]
10/05/2017 Essigfabrik – Cologne, DE [tickets]
10/06/2017 Hardrock Fest – Avelgem, BE [tickets]
10/07/2017 Soulcrusher – Nijmegen, NL [tickets]
10/08/2017 MS Connection – Mannheim, DE
10/09/2017 Le Grillen – Colmar, FR [tickets]
10/15/2017 Jas Rod – Marseille, FR [tickets]
10/17/2017 Orion Live Club – Rome, IT [tickets]
10/18/2017 Stuk – Maribor, SL
10/19/2017 Randal – Bratislava, SK [tickets]
10/20/2017 Mega Club – Katowice, PL [tickets]
10/21/2017 Progesja – Warschau, PL [tickets]
10/22/2017 Melna Piektdiena – Riga, LT
10/23/2017 Tapper – Tallinn, EE
10/27/2017 Brewhouse – Gothenburg, SE [tickets]

MAYHEM recently self-released De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive. Captured live in Norrköping, Sweden in 2015 during the band’s headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival, the show marked MAYHEM‘s first time ever playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by vocalist Attila Csihar and guitarist Teloch with light production by Anne Weckstrom, stage design and production by Jonas Svensson, video recording by Thornfields Production, and video editing by Tamàs Tarczi. The offering is available now on CD, LP, and DVD, as well as digitally. A second pressing of the vinyl edition will be released June 30th on various limited versions.

For CD orders, go to THIS LOCATION. For LP orders, visit THIS LOCATION. In Europe go HERE. For digital orders go HERE where you can also stream the record. The record is also available digitally via Amazon, Spotify, Apple, Deezer, and Tidal. For the full concert, video on demand, and download, visit MAYHEM on Vimeo at THIS LOCATION.

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Road To Jerusalem – New band featuring members of The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Konkhra etc.

July 1st, 2017
by EvilG

Check out the new band Road To Jerusalem. The band is an international act formed late 2016 in Copenhagen featuring members of US, Denmark and Sweden.

The band is:

Per Møller Jensen – Drums (The Haunted, Invocater, Konkhra etc)
Andreas Holma – Bas (Hypocrisy, Scar Symmetry, Soilwork etc)
Michael Skovbakke – Guitars (Konkhra etc)
Josh Tyree – Vocals.

Check out this song from their upcoming release :

 

roadtojerusalem.weebly.com

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Bongripper + Primitive Man + Apey and the Pea @ The Underworld, Camden, London

June 30th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Bongripper + Primitive Man + Apey and the Pea

The Underworld, Camden, LONDON

Review by Nathan Slack
Photography by Adrienn Pucher

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RATT – Bassist Juan Croucier

June 30th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

JUAN CROUCIER

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

U.S. icons Ratt are back. The band has gone through many major changes in recent years. After many different steps, turns, lineup changes, and public drama, things are finally solved and the band is back to stay. The current line-up has three original members: vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren De Martini, and bassist Juan Croucier. The band is complemented by longtime guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who joined Ratt this spring. The band is currently on tour, and now it’s time to find out what they want to do in the future. There has been a talk of a possible new Ratt album and many other things. I met the bassist, Juan Croucier, in June in Sweden Rock. We discussed the band’s plans, the state of new album, Juan’s solo career, and also his early days with Dokken. Read on!

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MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE – 1995 Juno Award Winning Album “Suffersystem” Re-Released

June 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Toronto-based experimental metal band MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE will finally see their 1995 Juno Award Winning album Suffersystem re-released on June 30, 2017 via RCA. The album, which highlighted the band’s signature blend of heavy Black Sabbath-inspired guitar riffs, hardcore vocal intensity, and electronic sampling flourishes has been unavailable commercially for over 20 years. This will also mark the first time that the album featuring the singles “Bastard Is As Bastard Does” and “Inside The Walls (Salvaged And Recycled)” will be made available both digitally, and available worldwide.

Recorded in early 1994 at the legendary Chicago Trax Studios with producers Critter (Ministry, Guns N Roses, A Perfect Circle, Blink 182) and Howie Beno (Ministry, Depeche Mode, Tom Jones), Suffersystem features guest appearances from Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum (“Fetal Position”), the late Wesley Willis (“Defense Mechanism”), Ruby’s Leslie Rankine (“Fetal Position”), and cover artwork by legendary illustrator Pushead.

The album would go on to win the Canadian 1995 Juno Award for “Hard Rock Album Of The Year”.

“History was, ummm… not particularly kind to that band,” says vocalist Adam Sewell, laughing. “We worked very hard, and accomplished a lot musically with that record. And then… it just disappeared, as though it never existed. It was like having an important part of your young life erased. I want to thank everyone at RCA, and SONY Music Canada who have helped to have the album re-released. It really means a lot to us. And we’re very happy to finally have it made available world wide for the first time.”

Between 1994, and 1995 the band spent close to 18 months on the road in North America touring in support of the Suffersystem album, including tours with Marilyn Manson, Carcass, Life Of Agony, Fear Factory, SNFU, Pigface, Fight, Skrew, and Soulstorm.

“We spent a lot of years on the road promoting our releases,” adds guitarist Darren Quinn. “Everything was word of mouth, pre-Facebook, MySpace and all of the media services… so this is very exciting for us!”

Suffersystem track listing:
1. Threat By Example
2. Copper Theft
3. Bastard Is As Bastard Does
4. Motionless
5. Inside These Walls (Salvaged & Recycled)
6. Fetal Position
7. Adding Insult To Injury
8. Slowburn
9. Removal
10. Temple
11. Defense Mechanism
12. Sunspots

About MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE:
The heavy, genre defying experimental band formed in 1991 released several EPs: Burn (Epidemic Records, 1992), State Voodoo / State Control (RCA Records, 1994), Pirate Satellite (45 Revolutions Records, 1995), and two full-length albums Suffersystem (RCA Records, 1994), and Direct Reaction Now! (Mercury / Dr. Dream Records,1998).

The band’s Suffersystem album won the 1995 Canadian Juno Award for “Hard Rock Album Of The Year” and they would become the first Canadian band invited on to the massive hard rock touring juggernaut Ozzfest (1998).

After splitting in late 1998, the band reformed for a potential new album in 2007. However, a third album was never recorded, and they have since performed only a handful of times, mostly for charity, benefit, and memorial concerts.

MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE (Suffersystem line-up):
Adam Sewell – vocals / keyboards
Jason Cuddy – guitar
Terry Landry – bass
Darren Quinn – guitar
Dean Dallas Bentley – drums
Stacey Hoskin – keyboards

MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE online:
https://www.facebook.com/MVMHQ

 

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