Two years ago Swedish Heavy Metal Templars HAMMERFALL announced a creative break after celebrating their 15th anniversary of their legendary debut ‘Glory To The Brave’. At the time Oscar Dronjak commented: “We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us” Singer Joacim Cans added: “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014″ HAMMERFALL’s anniversary show in Dalhalla was recorded and released afterwards on DVD, followed by the final show at the Wacken Open Air. The German festival was the first show HAMMERFALL ever did outside of Sweden, and marked the beginning of the long and passionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. After the story started and the first chapter ended, there will also be the return: HAMMERFALL are proud to announce their performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. This show won’t be a standard one! Oscar Dronjak explains: “It’s very fitting that, when Wacken celebrates its 25th anniversary, they will get a proper “Glory To The Brave” anniversary show. This will be a throwback show to the European gig that launched it all for us: Wacken Open Air 1997. The set list will consist of all the songs from the first album and we’ll of course add some newer songs at the end. We will do this very unique show at Wacken and nowhere else, so if you miss it, you missed it.”
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Bandleader/guitar player Victor Olsson – Saffire
November 6th, 2013
CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band that was formed in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters. The band has sold over two million albums worldwide. Their debut album, ALICE IN HELL, is considered to be one of true classics of the thrash metal genre and Waters’ “extraordinary guitar playing skills” are widely recognized. Since formation, Annihilator has released thirteen studio albums and gone through many line-up changes. The band now consists of two official members, with Waters and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden, who joined band ranks in 2003. The line-up is now completed with touring bassist Alberto Campuzano and drummer Mike Harshaw who also performed on the band’s latest album FEAST. Annihilator has enjoyed a strong upswing in Europe during the last few years. FEAST is their best-selling album since the late 80’s glory days and Annihilator concerts have been mainly sold out. Tonight’s show in Helsinki made no exception when over 600 metalheads find their way to witness Canadian’s finest performing in Club Nosturi. Welcome to the show!
Annihilator with support The Generals on Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg Pumpehuset Copenhagen,Denmark
Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg
The Generals – support act
Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 1, 2013
Reviewed and live picture by: Anders Sandvall
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Audio Fidelity set to release Classic albums from the Scorpions and Alice Cooper in January on Hybrid SACD.
TWO HYBRID SACDS THAT WILL ROCK AND SHAKE THE NEW YEAR!
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Today, Australian black metal stronghold SEANCE RECORDS announces January 20th, 2014 as the international release date for GRAVEBORNE’s Through the Window of the Night. The Finnish horde’s second album, Through the Window of the Night displays GRAVEBORNE as a black metal Leviathan rising from the darkness to reduce divinity to ashes and unleash pure evil in the form of nine deadly psalms to Satan: ferocious and uncompromising black metal in pure ’90s style that will shake the heavenly spheres, joining destructive melody with unrelenting heaviness. Beware this ungodly wrath in the vein of early Immortal, Marduk, Dark Funeral, and Dawn, which features a collaboration with K-2T4-S of ..And Oceans. Read the rest of this entry »
Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with ALICE COOPER sticksman Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, PAUL GILBERT). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, JANE’S ADDICTION), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location http://www.metal-rules.com/
Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 “Raise The Dead” tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars SIN CITY SINNERS at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including “20th Century Boy” by T-REX and “Sedated” by THE RAMONES, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The video for the track “In Hypnosis” is taken from the latest “Hypnotic Inferno” album, released by Massacre Records this year.
It was filmed in an abandoned infant hospital, you will surely feel the atmosphere of that scary place while watching!
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY are pleased to announce their new single and video ‘SAMARAH NEVER SLEEPS’ from their new album ‘SECONDS OUT’. The single is now on general release from all popular download sites including iTunes and Amazon.
The new album promises more huge melodies and anthem-like choruses coupled with high levels of musicianship, and will be the first album to feature the bands new keyboard player – David Billingham, and the return of the bands original drummer – Chris Miller.
This release is the first since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘CROSS YOUR HEART’ hit the shelves exactly two years ago and launched the band into the public eye with supports slots to rock legends URIAH HEEP and progressive rock giants IT-BITES….cumulating with a legendary performance on the main stage at the inaugural HRH/AOR festival alongside TESLA and FM. The single and video ‘CROSSING THE GREAT DIVIDE’ was subsequently released with the accompanying video documenting the bands HRH/AOR performance. The release went on to beat new songs from Queensryche, FM and Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) in a Classic Rock Magazine readers poll earlier this year.
Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samara
Metal-Queen DORO is celebrating her 30th Anniversary throughout 2013/2014 with a series of special performances worldwide. Following the enormous success of this year’s European tour DORO will bring her “30 Years Strong & Proud” show to the Islington Academy London on Monday 19th May 2014. Special guests will be announced soon.
Tickets will go on sale Friday 6th December: http://www.
With pride in our hearts, and trembling on our legs as well, we announce the release date for the new Sammath album “Godless Arrogance” on CD, vinyl and download on February 3rd 2014!
We heard it now, we survived and we can only say this total annihilation straight from the heart, a merciless assault that stand on its own, like a blitzkrieg assault that leaves no survivors…
On the heels of the November 19 release of their second top two album within four months in 2013, rock heavyweights FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have soared to #1 at Active Rock Radio with “Battle Born,” the first single off THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2, which has just entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #2. The video for “Battle Born” was premiered on USAToday.com (10/1) and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ.
The multi-million selling FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are shining a new light on rock in 2013 with the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2, released via Prospect Park in North America and on Eleven Seven in all other territories. It follows the massive global success this past July of VOLUME 1–which also debuted at #2 in the U.S. on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, #6 in Canada overall and #1 on the Rock & Metal chart, #19 on Germany’s mainstream charts, #29 in Australia and #44 in the U.K. overall and #1 (U.K.) on the official Rock & Metal chart.
5FDP–known for their uncompromising musical intensity and razor-sharp lyrics–are currently on an extensive European arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold through early December and have just announced they’ll be performing at the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden on March 8, 2014 to kick off their own headlining European tour next Spring. For all tour dates and tickets, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour.
Dark Tranquillity, Tristania and Sworn Against
@ The Underworld, London
7th November 2013
Review by Rowena Lamb
Photography by Sabrina Dersel
Camden. Underworld. Sold out. All very good words and very good reasons to get excited about tonight’s show. There was a queue from early on which is not surprising, especially given the size of the venue and the locality of the stage, it can be a bit of a bottle neck trying to get some floor space. Being sold out you knew it was going to be absolutely rammed which I can tell you, it certainly was.
INTERVIEW WITH HORNET
TOLLEF RIKJE-PEARSON (GUITAIRST) AND MAX THOMPSON (BASSIST)
‘Skies Are Falling’, the debut album from London metal band HORNET has garnered some great reviews. The seamless blend of punk, metal and rock makes it the ideal record to blast out of your windows and is well worth checking out as it’s packed with roof raising anthems. Our reviewer Becky Brown gave ‘Skies Are Falling’ 3/5 and said “Hornet have stormed into the metal scene with a whole new style, showing us a mix of punk, metal and rock that works perfectly together.”
Metal-Rules.com recently sat down with Hornet’s guitarist Tollef Rikje-Pearson and bassist Max Thompson to discuss their new single, their debut album, the band’s creative influences and more. Read on for the full interview…
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