Marduk Interview with Morgan

December 24th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Marduk Interview

with Morgan (Guitar)

5th November, 2013

@ The Underworld, London UK

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Pictures by Jo Blackened
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Marduk Interview

Marduk Interview

It’s been almost 15 years since the immortal album Panzer Division Marduk rolled onto the black metal scene, but it’s a ruthlessly aggressive today as it was all those years ago. Having played Serpents Sermon on tour earlier in the year, Marduk have returned to London to give us a taste of the old school, playing both Panzer Division Marduk and Those of the Unlight in full that evening. Sitting down with the only remaining founding member, guitarist Morgan, we chat about the album tour and Morgan’s love for the ultimate metal machine, tanks.

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Grave Interview with Ola Lindgren

December 24th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Grave Interview

with Ola Lindgren (Guitars, Vocals)

5th November 2013

@ The Underworld, London UK

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Jo Blackened
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Grave Interview

Grave Interview

No matter how big Grave become they’re always going to be underground. Their subject matter may be gruesome, but this band are far from ruthless, bloodthirsty killers or demonic tyrants. On stage these guys are gods but offstage they’re down to earth guys just out there to play brutal music.

Having been playing for over 20 years now, they’ve been around almost as long as death metal itself. Joining Marduk on their tour of the Panzer Division album, we caught up with the only remaining founding member Ola Lindgren at the Underworld for a catch-up on the future of Grave.

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Death Wolf Interview with Maelstrom

December 24th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Death Wolf Interview

with Maelstrom (Vocals)

5th November, 2013

@ The Underworld, London UK

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Death Wolf Interview

Death Wolf Interview

Death Wolf live and breathe Glen Danzig. Beginning life as a Samhain/Misfits cover band, even when they departed from the covers and embarked into writing original music their music still drips with the influence of Danzig. The release of their 2nd studio album II : Black Armored Death  this year has seen the band go from strength to strength, and vocalist Maelstrom reveals to Metal Rules that there’s no stopping them there.

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IVORY KNIGHT ANNOUNCES OTTAWA DATE

December 23rd, 2013
by EvilG
Ivory Knight

Ivory Knight

Recently reformed Canadian classic metal band Ivory Knight is pleased to announce its return to the stage on February 7, 2014, at Café Dekcuf in Ottawa, Canada.

The venue, then called the Whipping Post, was the location of the first performances of the current and recording line‑up of the band, which features guitarist Rob Gravelle, bassist Steve Mercer, drummer George Nesrallah, and singer John Perinbam. Also scheduled to appear are EYEDOLLZ and 1993.

Ivory Knight released its last CD, titled Unconscience, in 2005. The album was mixed and mastered by legendary guitarist Jeff Waters of the great Canadian metal act Annihilator. The album was very well received by fans and critics alike, and was a worthy successor to the critically-acclaimed 2001 album ‘Up From The Ashes’. The band’s first recording was its 1988 demo called “Voices In Your Nightmare” which received excellent reviews from all over the world, despite having been recorded in the bands rehearsal space on a lowly 4-track tape machine.

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at the Cable Factory, Helsinki

December 23rd, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe

MICHAEL MONROE

December 7th

the Cable Factory, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

 2013 has been yet another busy year for Michael Monroe. The band completed its long awaited successor to the previous SENSORY OVERDRIVE album and the man has been working on several TV-projects and not forgetting, of course, touring, which has continued steadily through the year. HORNS AND HALOS was released in August, and it presented a more punky and straightforward Monroe.The “Horn and Halos” tour reached rainy Helsinki on December 7′th and the band, which now consists of Monroe, bassist Sam Yaffa, drummer Karl Rockfist and guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, offered a great two hour set of energetic rock without any needless gimmicks. It’s time to “Rock like F**k!”

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MOTÖRHEAD To Make Triumphant Return At Wacken Open Air 2014

December 23rd, 2013
by EvilG

LEMMYFollowing latest year’s worrying and abrupt appearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air, MOTÖRHEAD will return for the 25th anniversary in Wacken, Germany from July 31st – August 2nd.

Wacken remark: “After serious health problems and many cancelled shows, Lemmy played at the Black Stage at Wacken last year. But after some songs he had to quit the stage, it was just too much for him. The crowd was worried but also thankful and the ‘Lemmy! Lemmy’ shouts got everyone goose pimples. And Lemmy wants to return! And this means we can now announce: Motörhead. The band is true iconic for the heavy metal scene and especially band leader Lemmy was always regarded as indestructible. The strong new album Aftershock was released a few weeks before and it is already the 22nd Album of the band. And 2014 they will rock Wacken for the 8th time!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Marduk @ The Underworld, London

December 23rd, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Marduk

@ The Underworld, Camden UK

 5th December 2013

Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography

Marduk @ The Underworld

Marduk @ The Underworld

To call the Underworld grimy would be an injustice to a venue that has put on some of the best underground gigs over the years. It is however dark and dank, and the countless sweating bodies are only making it worse. Far from being off putting though, there really is no other real way to really experience black metal in all its putrid, vile form. With London being the only show in the UK and rumours that the show had sold out for the night, the venue is packed out with people from all corners of the UK, eager to catch Marduk going old school.

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SCORPIONS with very special guests ACCEPT: Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

December 22nd, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
Accept & Scorpions

HARTWALL ARENA, HELSINKI

11′th of November 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

German bands Scorpions and Accept made history by appearing together for the first time in their decades-long careers. Having these two legendary bands performing at the same event sounds like a brilliant idea and the audience seems to agree, as the Helsinki gig sold comfortably over 9000 tickets. Accept have been enjoying great success since their latest re-union, or “the rebirth”, which took place in 2009. The renewed line-up consists of founding members guitarist Wolf Hoffman and bassist Peter Baltes, drummer Stefan Schwarfmann who’s been on/off member of Accept since the 90’s, rhythm guitarist Herman Frank (Victory) who played in Accept during BALLS TO THE WALL era in the 80’s and vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-T.T Quick) who has replaced the original singer Udo Dirkschneider. Their latest two releases BLOOD OF THE NATIONS (2010) and STALINGRAD (2012) both present a hungry band which wants to go strongly ahead and not live in the past. Accept is one of the most successful German metal bands ever but the Scorpions is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The band was formed in in 1965 by Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker and to this day the band has released 17 studio, 6 live and several collection albums which altogether have reached sales of 75 over million copies worldwide. In January of 2010, the band announced their intentions for STING IN THE TAIL to be their last album, with the tour supporting it being their final tour. But during the tour Scorpions changed their minds and here we are, more than three years later, witnessing the first Scorpions show in Helsinki since 2004. But before that it’s time to check out of the mighty Accept…

RELEASED WITH COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE (WWW.THISISROCK.NET)

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Impera – band leader and drummer JK, lead singer Matti Alfonzetti and bass player Mats Vassfjord

December 21st, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

Band leader and drummer JK,lead singer Matti Alfonzetti and bass player Mats Vassfjord – Impera

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Khalil Turk at Escape Music to get this done. Thanks to Escape Music for the promo pictures of the band. Studio photo of the band taken by: Michael Johansson Promo single pictures and group photo of the band taken by: Tallee Savage Live photos of the band taken by: Ulf MagnussonImpera_promo_1_2013

 Here comes a brand new interview with the Swedish hard rock act Impera. It’s the second time around the band is featured with an interview in metal-rules.com. This time around I not only hooked up with band leader and drummer JK but with lead singer and legend Matti Alfonzetti and bass player Mats Vassfjord. The trio told me everything about the new album, the future of the band and I also got a chance to get up close and personal with one of my favorite vocalists of all time Mr Alfonzetti. The brand new album by Impera is called PIECES OF EDEN be sure to check it out. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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Vandroya – singer Daisa Munhoz

December 21st, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

Singer Daisa Munhoz – Vandroya

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band

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Vandroya is the name of a new progressive metal act from Brazil. ONE is the title of the debut album and I hooked up with singer Daisa Munhoz in order to learn a little bit more about the band, the members, the past, present, and future for the band. We also talked about what the climate is like for harder music in Brazil. Munhoz is also involved in the metal opera Soulspell led by Heleno Vale so naturally we also spoke about that. If you like bands like Symphony X, Angra, and Sonata Arctica, make sure to check out Vandroya. Read the rest of this entry »

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AMON AMARTH premiere epic production video for “Father Of The Wolf” at Las Vegas show

December 21st, 2013
by EvilG

US tour scheduled to begin in January – ticket giveaway now live!

AMON AMARTH is pleased to announce they will be premiering the stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour-taking place in Las Vegas on Friday January 17. For fans attending this show, make sure to follow Amon Amarth’s and Metal Blade Records’ Twitter and Facebook pages for info on what time the video will be played at the kickoff date of the tour. Fans not attending this show will be able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at metalblade.com/amonamarth on Saturday January 18. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joe Holmes’ FARMIKOS announce debut EP release; in-studio video teasers posted

December 21st, 2013
by EvilG
FARMIKOS

FARMIKOS

FARMIKOS, the new L.A. band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE and DAVID LEE ROTH guitarist Joe Holmes and vocalist Robbie Locke (ex-LAIDLAW), have announced a tentative February 2014 release for their eponymous digital debut EP. New in-studio video teasers for the songs “Scapegoat” and “Spoon and Sun” have been posted on the band’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/FarmikosOfficial

Recorded at the Mouse House in Pasadena, CA with engineer/mixer Rich Mouser (SPOCK’S BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, VAST), the EP also features guest contributions from Holmes‘ former Ozzy Osbourne bandmate, bassist Robert Trujillo, and drummer Brooks Wackerman. States Holmes: “We’ve got these 5 songs to kick things off and will be finishing another five when Robbie comes back to L.A. in January to lay down vocals for another EP we’re planning for summer 2014.”

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MANOWAR’s ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ Album Will Be Released On February 28, 2014

December 21st, 2013
by EvilG
MANOWAR Kings Of Metal

MANOWAR Kings Of Metal

‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of ‘Kings Of Metal’ and MANOWAR’s following world tour.

Already a significant force with international success since their debut album ‘Battle Hymn’s, the ‘Kings Of Metal’ release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted MANOWAR into a new sphere. Songs like “Heart of Steel,” “Kings Of Metal,” “Hail and Kill,” and “Blood of the Kings” became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world.

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AFTERSHOK Returns With “Metal Xmas” Single, Announces New Singer

December 21st, 2013
by EvilG

AFTERSHOK have officially released their new single, “Metal Xmas,” on Auburn Records available for download via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital outlets. The lyric video can be viewed below.

“As part of the Auburn Records family, Bill Peters (Auburn Records president) has consistently asked us to participate in his annual “Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive” concert,” said George Mihalovich, guitarist for AFTERSHOK. “Since circumstances aren’t favorable for the band to play live at this time, we created a ‘Metal Xmas’ anthem to show our support for this great event and the charities that it benefits.”

“Sincere thanks to Alex Yarborough for the killer artwork and to Jim Dofka (of DOFKA fame) for engineering, mixing and mastering services. We hope that everyone enjoys ‘Metal Xmas’ and Happy Holidays from AFTERSHOK!” Read the rest of this entry »

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GAMMA RAY to release “Empire Of The Undead” in March 2014

December 20th, 2013
by EvilG
Gamma Ray

Gamma Ray – Kai Hansen

It’s more or less done, the wait is over. Finally, the 11th studio album from GAMMA RAY “Empire Of The Undead” is almost* done and ready to go.

“Empire Of The Undead” the fast metal song in the typical GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands around the world, has appeared on the single / EP “Master Of Confusion” an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world non-stop with “relatives” Helloween.

GAMMA RAY worked on the new album during various sessions in 2013, during and in between their perennial tour with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever precious work of bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.

It was just after landing in South America, that a unbelievable news reached Kai Hansen & co.: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany had been blown away by a terrifying fire-stroke, together with instruments, amps, tapes…

Back in their hometurf the band needed to get an overview about their losses only to do what they do best – move on! With that usual Kai Hansen smirk look…

Life is too good to stop and moan.

Nearly everything was destroyed, except the tapes of the almost finished new studio album.

“If this could not stop us… nothing ever will” – joked Kai Hansen – who also added. “

“We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look into the future and we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid January we should be done with the work on this album and it’s up to the record company to release it – sometime in March.

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