Close Quarters may call the tiny Swedish town of Vadstena home – so far only known for it’s monastery –but their classy and classic brand of rock will soon take them to all corners of the world. Last year, their video for the single Get Ready For The Good Times got nationwide attention in Sweden, as it featured legendary football star Glenn Hysén. The single entered the Swedish rock chart at number one, and stayed there. On the 18th of May, new single My Way Or The Highway will be released. This is the first taster of the band’s upcoming, second album – which will be out in August. A video for the single, directed by Fredrik Linder, was released on the 25th of May. Read the rest of this entry »
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Interview with guitarist JF Dagenais
By Peter Atkinson
Photos from www.facebook.com/kataklysm
After nearly 25 years in the death metal trenches, the Canadian-born/now multinational-based quartet Kataklysm have established a pretty solid brand for themselves. And recently they’ve started working to expand their product line – literally.
With frontman Maurizio Iacono having dabbled in the restaurant business in Chicago, Kataklysm introduced a line of signature hot sauces early this year. They are following that up this summer with their own beer. Called St. Tabarnak, the somewhat blasphemous blonde ale is being specially brewed by Brouwerij Eutropius, a relative newcomer to the legendary Belgian beer scene based in Heule.
In the meantime, the band are still going about their usual business of making music. At the end of July, Kataklysm will issue their 12th studio full length, Of Ghosts And Gods, and spend the summer playing festivals around Europe. In the fall, they will play at Slipknot’s “Knotfest” in California and are planning North American tour dates with Belphegor around that time. They will launch a full European tour with Septicflesh and Aborted early in the new year.
After fetching a fresh cup of joe, founding guitarist Jean-Francois (JF) Dagenais spoke over Skype from his home outside of then-flood-ravaged Texas about the band’s crazy schedule, what’s “new” about the new album, the unique way it’s being promoted and Kataklysm’s other endeavors, which he feels will not only offer the chance for the band to have a little fun but also resonate more with fans in an industry where these days it’s every band for themselves.
Download Festival 2015
Review by Ellen Norvang
Photography by Ritchie Birnie
They say it rains in England. They say it rains at Download festival. As Slipknot’s frontman, Corey Taylor, likes to put it: Welcome to Down-pour 2015.
Liturgy at Electrowerkz
June 11, 2015
Written and photographed by Stephen Buss
Interview with Marko and Witch N
Interview by Jarod Lawley
Mastodon + Bad Breeding
Ulster Hall, Belfast
June 28th, 2015
Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photos by Jamie Hunter
Interview with Matt of Borealis
British Thrash Metal group Reign of Fury have been confirmed as the first band for UK festival, Bloodstock.
Producer Flemming Rasmussen is best known in metal circles as the producer for Metallica’s classic Ride The Lightning (’84), Master Of Puppets (’86) and … And Justice For All (’88) albums. He recently spoke with Ultimate-Guitar.com about working with Metallica and addressed the controvery surrounding the “missing” bass tracks on …And Justice For All. An excerpt is available below.
“I never understood why the bass was never louder on the album. But you’ll have to talk to Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) about that. Jason (Newsted) was technically a better bass player than Cliff (Burton). He was much tighter and faster and all this.
Musically I don’t know. Did he ever co-write any of the songs? He probably did on the later albums but they never really gave the poor guy a chance. Did they?
I’m one of the few persons who heard the bass tracks on …And Justice for All and as far as I’m concerned they’re absolutely killer. He did a really good job on that.
I’d love to remix that album. I’m pretty sure the guys who did it (Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero), I know they would love to mix it again. Because they set it up and made it sound good and then Lars and James came in and fucked it all up, hahaha.”
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Interview with Tom Englund (vocals & guitars)
20th June 2015 @ The Underworld, London
Interviewed by Oliver M.
Photo by Ashlinn Nash
Evergrey + One Machine + Awake by Design
@ The Underworld, London
20th June 2015
Review & videos by Oliver M.
Photography by Carina Martins
Germany’s Oldschool-Thrash-Command DARKNESS from Essen released the EP „XXIX“ in May 2015. DARKNESS’ first album DEATH SQUAD from 1987 is regarded as thrash-classic and is known for this still today. The new line up is Lee (vox), Arnd und Meik (git), Dirk (ba) und Lacky (dr).
The EP includes „L.a.W.“ and „Hate bis my Engine“, two new songs and furthermore „Death Squad“ and „Burial at Sea“, two classics in a new musical shape, taken from the debut album. The EP is supposed to be a foretaste for the new album. The EP is available by mailorder at www.sektor12shop.de can be downloaded in all online shops worldwide.
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Nuclear Assault conquered the speed/thrash metal scene of the 80’s with a razor sharp sound with crossover elements. Nuclear Assault’s lyrics were based on the everyday reality that we are facing even nowadays. The band’s albums HANDLE WITH CARE, SURVIVE, and GAME OVER are the obvious thrash metal gems. Even though Nuclear Assault have been on hiatus from time to time, once again the four piece have returned with a new EP and a massive European festival tour. Metal-Rules.com sat down with John Connelly, Glenn Evans and Dan Lilker to talk about various and interesting topics.
From Hell’s Heart:
THE TOP 5 WORST METAL VOCAL REPLACEMENTS
We thought it would be cool to follow up last week‘s topic of the best replacements with a top 5 WORST metal vocal replacements. However, so we don’t all have the same list, we had to have some (dis)honorary members that we MOSTLY agree that didn’t fit as a replacement (maybe they don’t suck not on their own, but do for the role into which they were thrown).
The (dis)honorary top 3 worst metal vocal replacements:
1. Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden)
2. John Corabi (Motley Crue)
3. Gary Cherone (Van Halen)
Interview with Morgan Rider of Vesperia
Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2015 Champions – Part I
It was week after midnight in Toronto, Ontario on June 6th when it was finally announced, Vesperia had won the Wacken Metal Battle Canada. We decided to contact the band and do a two-part interview. In this first part we will meet the band and in Part II we will hear of their adventures in Germany this summer. Enjoy!