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Saxon – headline act
Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014
Dirty Passion – support act
9/3 – 2014
Live reviews and photos by: Anders Sandvall
As everyone probably knows Motorhead and Saxon were supposedly heading out on the road together at the end of last year. Sadly Motorhead was forced to cancel because of Lemmy’s health condition and the tour was put on ice. The tour was re-scheduled to take place this year but was once again was canceled. Saxon was scheduled to do a few solo shows during the tour and the show in Malmoe actually took place, not originally last year but in March this year. The Saxon “tour” contain 7 shows in both Britain and Europe and the band hasn’t released a new album but is out supporting their latest studio album SACRIFICE that came 2013. The latest release from Saxon is a compilation disc featuring classical Saxon tunes done acoustical and orchestral called UNPLUGGED AND STRUNG UP. Saxon fans can look forward to the soon to be released live album ST. GEORGES DAY SACRIFICE LIVE 2014 recorded during the SACRIFICE WORLD TOUR at The Ritz in Manchester England.
Kulturbolaget was the venue that hosted the Saxon show this night and the club sure is one of the best venues in Sweden for hosting intimate club gigs. Support act was Dirty Passion which is a Swedish local sleaze/hardrock act that have opened for Saxon before. The club holds about 850 visitors and the show was almost sold out. Because of other commitments I arrived to the show a bit late and came to the club in time for Saxon to enter the stage. I headed quickly to the photo pit and arrived just in time to get into the pit and so was it time for the legendary NWOBHM heroes to enter the stage in Malmoe.
The crowds middleage was pretty high and many of the fans in the club had probably followed the band since the start. That didn’t stop everyone from screaming their lungs out when Saxon showed up on stage and kicked off the show with “Sacrifice”. Byford showed up after the intro had been played and the already ecstatic crowd went even crazier when they saw Byford. Saxon is:
Biff Byford – lead vocals
Paul Quinn – guitar
Nigel Glockler – drums
Nibbs Carter – bass
Doug Scarrett – guitar
Byford immediately let the crowd take over the chorus and all of the fans sang their lungs out. Byford thanked the crowd for the support and fired off “Power And The Glory” and once again was Byford’s vocals almost overpowered by the blessed fanbase. Byford seemed to be really happy on stage and the crowd followed his every move and he sure had the audience in the palm of his hand right from the very start. Byford once again thanked the fans and said that it was nice to be back in the land of the vikings. He said it was time to travel back in time and fill our heads with “Heavy Metal Thunder”.
Both old classical tunes as well as more current songs were played this night and as always stood Byford in the middle of the stage looking cool with Quinn at the left and Scarrett to the right of him. Carter ran around on stage and was everywhere at the same time. Byford were also active on stage and his voice sounded as magical as ever. There were no sign of tiredness at all, he is one of the best singers in history and have managed to maintain his voice in perfect shape and condition. The next song up was taken from the album THE INNER SANCTUM and it was “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)” and at this point had the temperature begun to rise inside the club. At the middle of the song turned Byford down the tempo and only bass and drums were playing. Byford told everyone in the club to jump up and down with him and so everyone did. He also sang the chorus together with the crowd only accompanied by bass and drums.
Byford then told us that the next song was written 44 years ago and it was a song that he thought was as current now as back then. “Stallions Of The Highway” continued the show and that song doesn’t belong in the set that the band normally plays live. The song is excellent and it was really nice to hear it live. As anticipated the band was really tight and everyone complimented each other extremely well. It was fun to see such experienced and skilled musicians perform live and it was good to relax and enjoy the show. Byford said that he really appreciated the intimacy of the club and that it was so nice to be playing in a club and not only on festivals. He asked if the fans had any requests for songs and the fans began to shout out which song they wanted to hear. Byford went out on the edge of the stage and asked a fan how young he were, 14? asked Byford and then asked what the guy wanted the band to play. The young fan said “Hammer Of the Gods” and Byford said O, luckily for you we know that song and laughed and fired off the song. I saw the set list on the stage and it said simply “request” so whatever the fans wanted the band to play they were going to play it.
“Solid Ball Of Rock” followed and now had the temperature gone tropical. The fans at the front of the stage were soaking in sweat and so was the band. The place got hotter and hotter for each song. In the middle of the song took the fans over and cheered, sang and clapped their hands. However Byford wasn’t satisfied and said that the crowd sounded like the Norwegian fans which made the fans scream even louder. Byford wanted them to sing even louder and said “C’mon aren’t we in the land of the vikings?”. Finally he looked satisfied and continued the song. He wanted us to say Hi to Glockler behind the drums and kicked off “Dallas 1 pm” which is one of my personal favorite songs.
“Night Of The Wolf” followed and then Byford said they were going to do something special and play two songs in one. It was “Sailing To America/Rock N Roll Gypsy” that followed. “747 (Strangers In the Night)” followed and the entire band seemed to be enjoying their time on stage and the huge support from the crazy fans on the floor. Again the band surprised me with “Sailing To America” and “Rock N Roll Gypsy” which are songs they usually doesn’t play live. It was nice to hear the more unexpected choice of songs as well this night. Byford said that the band wasn’t going to play at Sweden Rock Festival this year but at Wacken Open Air in Germany and that show was going to be very special and Byford wanted everyone to come and see the band in Wacken. He also told us that the band had written some new songs to the next album and the album is going to be released at the end of this year. And then it’s time for the band to head out on a proper European tour. Byford said that we weren’t getting rid of the band so easy. The tour is going to take place during October/November 2014. At the middle of “Wheels Of Steel” said Byford that it was time for everyone in the audience to sing and divided the audience into two groups and ordered the right wing to sing on his command and then the left wing. The show ended with the two classical tunes “Strong Arm Of the Law and “Wheels Of Steel” before the band thanked and went of the stage.
However they returned shortly and fired off “Crusader” as the first encore and totally blew down the place and the fans went totally ballistic when they heard Quinn play the intro on his guitar. It felt like that was the song that the fans really had waited for to hear. Byford introduced Paul Quinn in the middle of the song and he did the guitar solo. The amazing “Denim And Leather” followed and the encores finished off with “Princess Of The Night”. When the song ended Byford once again thanked the fans and the band went of stage and the lights came on and 20 minutes of brilliant encores was over. All together lasted the show for about 1 hour and 45 minutes and it felt like I could have listened to the band for at least one more hour.
The band was at the top of their game and the crazy crowd made the evening even more memorable. The lights and sound worked great and the set list was jammed with classical song as well as more unusual choices. It was the perfect set list. It was nice to hear “Sailing To America” and “Rock N Roll Gypsy” and there was no doubt that the fans loved the show as much as I did. It was only to bow for the masters of NWOBHM!
If you want to see Saxon live they’re doing a few festival shows in Europe this summer. Otherwise be sure to check them out when they return on a proper tour later this year.
Power And the Glory
Heavy Metal Thunder
Battalions Of Steel
I’ve Got To Rock (To stay alive)
Stallions Of the Highway
Hammer Of The Gods
Solid Ball Of Rock
Dallas 1 pm
Night Of The Wolf
Sailing To America/Rock N Roll Gypsy
747 (Strangers In The Night)
Strong Arm Of the Law
Wheels Of Steel
Denim And Leather
Princess Of The Night
Thanks to Emma Svensson head of press at Kulturbolaget for help with media pass.
Thanks to the security/staff for a nice treatment.
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Interview with Dave Garcia of Hellscream and Cage.
Tell us about your new project, Hellscream!
Hellscream is a musician band that is comprised of the meeting of the minds of myself and Norman Skinner. The music is primarily a heavy edged power metal project.
How did you meet up with Norman Skinner?
This was a meeting by chance that happened at the 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim California. We started talking about what we had going on and at that time I was looking for a great vocalist to do a new project. He instantly said he was very interested and we exchanged our contact info and soon after began writing songs.
Because Hellscream is so new to the Metal scene there does not seem to be much info yet. Who else is in the band and will you be touring soon?
The CD was written entirely be Norman and myself. Norman created all lyrical content, helped with arrangements and sang like an animal! All of the instrumentation was performed by myself in my studio. We have had a great response to the debut album and are looking forward to another CD with a tour follow up! Due to our other band obligations we are currently involved with scheduling will be critical. I have a great selection of potential players lined up for the next cd already.
This is perhaps a tougher but fair question. Cage and Hellscream are quite similar stylistically being both US Power Metal. What made you want to branch out and work on another project?
This was really a fun project! I had about a nine month period where the Cage camp was distracted so it made sense for me to keep busy! Norman and I worked exclusively by e-mail only! We were transferring files back and forth using Protools software. I am really sure we only spoke to each other at most three times the entire year while we were writing the cd. All else was only by e-mail!
What special significance does the title MADE IMMORTAL have for you?
I thought that the song was so freaking awesome and with the way the entire project evolved it was a perfect title for the CD!
How are the song-writing duties in Hellscream divided up? Does one guy bring the main riff or is a collaborative effort born out of jamming?
I was the one that would write the riffs and do some examples of arrangement. I then would send Norman the the mp3 for him to review. Norman would then send back to me an arrangement with lyrics.
Who handles the lyrics?
Switching over to Cage, last time I chatted with Sean he said the latest record is going to be a horror-themed concept album. Can you tell us more about it?
Yes! The new CD is basically two thirds of the way completed. it is a horror theme concept album based on a 45,000 word mini novel that Sean Peck wrote! The title of the cd is “Ancient Evil”and takes place in England around 1819. There will be also special guests on the CD and so far it is really sounding amazing!
There has been a pretty seismic lineup change with three-fifths of the bands changing over. I know Cage has always been you and Sean but can you tell us a bit about what precipitated the membership evolution?
The current line up is by far the best we have had the pleasure to work with! The reality is that Cage has been cranking out music for 22 years! There have been some great relationships with previous members and will always have great memories of all the awesome shows and touring together!
Are you going to shop the new Cage album to labels or continue to maintain your independence?
It has worked well for us to remain independent! We have a fantastic fan base world wide and appreciate their loyal support!
Since your nickname is Conan, are you looking forward to the new Conan movie, THE LEGEND OF CONAN with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger?
I am! He was a big influence on my earlier years as a competitive bodybuilder!
What do you to keep in shape, both physically and in terms of playing?
I still work out every other day at the gym! I still watch the type of food I consume however not as severe as I used to be when I was active in competitive bodybuilding. Because of the stress on the hands I do play as much guitar as possible to minimize the effects from weight training.
Have you ever thought about doing a solo album?
I have some fantastic projects coming up that sound really exciting! Anything is possible! I am working with Benjamin from Online Metal Promo to help further opportunities moving forward!
Do you keep in touch with the Voz guys?
Morrie is my bro! i have had some fun tours and experiences with him for sure! We are also in touch through Facebook!
What does 2014 hold for both Hellscream and Cage?
Look forward to the new CD “Ancient Evil” and we are touring in Europe In July 2014′. There also is a midwest tour being scheduled in November! The live shows are extremely fun for The Cage boys and we deliver pounding in your face true metal power every time!
Mr. Y of Fatal Smile released a statement to the press.
At some point in your life you’ll have to ‘kill your darlings’…and it’s with a heavy heart I have to inform you that I’m laying my dear band FATAL SMILE to rest…
I sure know it’s a really bad timing with a new album to be released & we just kicked off our first show of the tour last nite…But at a certain point in life you’ll have to make decisions if things are really worth doing it…??
I have come to that point when the answer is no, it’s no longer worth sacrificing everything in my life, my heart & soul just to keep the ‘FS-train’ rolling…It’s been an epic journey since I started the band back in 1995 & I had a blast ‘living the dream’… A million thank’s to all of you for your endless support & love during those ‘Fatal years’ & thank’s to all the band members during this time.
I will sure keep writing & playing music, that’s for sure!!!
Take care & be well.
Peace & Love,
Yüksel Unutmaz aka ‘MR. Y’
Photo by Dave – Access Rock
SKID ROW–Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums)—will be a long way from home throughout the summer. First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts May 8 in Tucson, AZ at the Rialto Theatre. Once that concludes on May 16, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S., including a stop at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 and an appearance at this year’s Rocklahoma festival on May 23 in Pryor, OK. They’ll then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, SKID ROW will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31.
All of this touring is getting their loyal fans ready for the highly anticipated new seven-song EP, UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2, set for release August 5 via Megaforce Records.
After a hiatus that started in 1996, SKID ROW returned to the big stage—literally–opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves.
“When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce SKID ROW as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.”
2003’s THICKSKIN and 2006’s REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2 is SKID ROW coming out swinging. Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again–and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the SKID ROW torch without fail.”
New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”
That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. “The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.”
Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. “The third time in the studio as the voice of SKID ROW was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2 is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band. It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.”
That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but SKID ROW never really grew up. UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2 is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.
Check out SKID ROW at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
With Black Star Riders:
Thu 5/8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Fri 5/9 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Sat 5/10 Corona, CA M15
Mon 5/12 Sacramento, CA Harlows
Tue 5/13 San Francisco, CA DNA
Thu 5/15 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 5/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sat 5/17 Los Angeles, CA The Whisky
Sun 5/18 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Tue 5/20 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Wed 5/21 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule
Fri 5/23 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 5/24 Dallas, TX Trees
Sun 5/25 Lubbock, TX Big Purple Festival
Wed 7/9 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
Thu 7/10 Cleveland, OH Agora
Fri 7/11 Newport, KY Thompson House
Sat 7/12 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar
Sun 7/13 Watseka, IL Watseka Theater
Thu 7/17 Peoria. IL Illinois State Fair
Fri 7/18 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino
Sat 7/19 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA
Sun 7/20 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Fri 7/25 Duncannon, PA Tubby’s
Undisputed rock n’ roll legends MOTÖRHEAD kicked off their first live performances since August 2013 with an electrifying bang this past weekend – performing to completely packed, sold out crowds on Friday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and on Sunday at Coachella.
MOTÖRHEAD performed 15 songs on Friday, including top tracks ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Overkill’, with Slash joining in (see below for some fantastic photos from the set). The exciting set included tracks encompassing the band’s career; including a track from the band’s new album Aftershock.
As mentioned above, not only did MOTÖRHEAD bring down the house at Club Nokia, but then turned right around to rock the sold out crowd at Coachella on Sunday! “Legendary London heavy metal band MOTÖRHEAD, with special guest Slash, got the devil horns approval of fans on Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” states Wes Woods of the Los Angeles Daily News. In a Twitter post, Billboard adds, “MOTÖRHEAD, who have already pummeled the crowd with the heaviest riffs heard all weekend, welcome Guns N’ Roses guitar god Slash to the stage for a balls to the walls rendition of “Ace of Spades.” Any marbles Coachella had left are instantly lost.”
Apparently MOTÖRHEAD out-rocked other bands, even way across the festival grounds! According to Yahoo Music, “The roaring riffs of Slash and MOTÖRHEAD axeman Phil Campbell could be heard all the way across Coachella’s vast polo field, practically bleeding over into Arcade Fire’s Main Stage revue.”
MOTÖRHEAD will continue to perform throughout April, including another Coachella performance on April 20th. Other stops include Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA.
MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates:
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella
MOTÖRHEAD is taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.
Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon. Tickets for MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat, as well as full details and cabin pricing, are on sale now at www.MotorheadCruise.com.
MOTÖRHEAD’s Aftershock did not only act as another stellar addition to the band’s legendary catalog, but is widely regarded as one of the best musical releases of 2013. Aftershock marked MOTÖRHEAD’s biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date. You can order Aftershock now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP).
Learn more about MOTÖRHEAD at these websites:
Official Lemmy Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialLemmy
Official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Twitter: @MyMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Instagram: @OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Website: www.imotorhead.com
Interview with Michael and Dean from Leatherwolf
Who did the artwork for the new album? It is fantastic!
Thanks for the compliment! A Canadian guy named Martin Deschaumbault who is a conceptual designer and mostly known for ‘the Assasin’s Creed’ video game did the front cover artwork; and Marc Sasso, who’s done artwork for the likes of Dio, Manowar and Rob Rock did the piece we used in the tray.
You have only had one studio album (and the remake) since the last Live album, WIDE OPEN back in 1999 to commemorate your reunion. Why a live album and why now?
Well, ‘Wide Open’ has been out-of-print for years and it seemed like a sensible idea to do another one to introduce the new line-up with Rob Math and Greg Erba on guitars. ‘Unchained Live’ is a nice retrospective of some of our most popular songs and a few band faves, like ‘Kill and Kill Again.’ Hopefully, ‘Unchained Live’ will also catch the attention of some younger fans that may not have heard of us before.
This is a tough but fair question, why does it take Leatherwolf so long between albums?
Pretty much because the band has been in stop-n-go motion since we first got back together in 1999, exacerbated by line-up changes. It took several years to find a replacement for Mike before we finally settled on Wade (Black) for ‘World Asylum.’ Once Mike was back in the fold, the guitar players began to change so there wasn’t the stability you need as a band to write and record. Also, priorities change in life – we are no longer a bunch of 20-year old guys whose sole focus is music (and partying). We have families, responsibilities, jobs, etc. all of which take away from 24-7 Leatherwolf.
There have been some pretty big line-up changes since the last album. Tell us how those changes and how they evolved.
Without getting into too much detail, we had to part ways with Geoff Gayer several years ago because it became impossible to work together. Really not something we ever wanted to do because Geoff was always a huge part of the writing and a great player. Greg Erba, who is with us now, took over for Geoff. Eventually, Greg, who is pretty much a full-time musician, had a touring situation which didn’t allow him to make himself available as much as we need him at the time so we brought in Rob Math in his place. Then in early 2013, Carey Howe decided to quit and since we had a show coming up we did not want to cancel we asked Greg if he could step in. He’s been back ever since. Confused yet?
UNCHAINED LIVE sounds incredible. How did you secure the Metal production ‘Dream-Team’ of Roy Z. Tom Baker and Michael Kramer? I understand you worked with Kramer back in the day.
Right, other than Tom Baker, who is one of thr most respected mastering engineers in L.A., we worked with people we already knew. Roy Z is actually a fan of Leatherwolf from back in the day. He used to come see us play; he also helped produce the 3-song demo we did with Jeff Martin from Racer X prior to hooking up with Wade Black for ‘World Asylum.’ So Roy was the perfect choice to mix the album because he’s into the band and knows our sound very well. He’s also a cool dude to work with so that always helps.
Michael, you have been singing for years and I noticed you can still hit some of those notes! Do you do any vocal training exercises before a gig? Do you have a vocal coach or conversely do you teach young singers?
To be honest with you, I am not a very schooled singer. I learned a few tricks that help me along the way. But, I think mostly I figured it out myself by knowing what not to do. Not saying I have all the answers because I don’t – I don’t consider myself a great singer with a great range. That’s something I would like to better myself in. As far as warming up before a show, I use a throat rattling technique. It vibrates the vocal chords gets ‘em loose. It works for me. Plus humming through the transition between chest and head voice keeping it relaxed and not forced. For me singing is very physical. Being well rested is more than half the battle.
Dean, for our gearheads out there, tell us a bit about your kit. Do you teach or do clinics?
No, I don’t teach and I don’t do clinics. As for gear, I still play my trusty 7-piece Yamaha Recording Custom series kit with two 28″ bass drums build by OC Drums. I’ve had it since the 80′s and used it in the studio for both ‘Street Ready’ and ‘World Asylum.’ I also use a leather snare drum custom built by OC Drums and Zildjian cymbals. For hardware I’m using DW.
The most obvious question for the true fans is, when are we going to get a new, full-length studio album?
We really don’t know yet. Now that this line-up is dialed in we’re gonna try to get a new album in gear this year.
Do you have much stuff in the vaults? Cover tunes, rarities etc? Will those ever see the light of day? In a related question, do you have the rights to your major label albums, LEATHERWOLF and STREET READY and if yes, any chance of some reissues?
No, there is not much we have in the vaults aside from a few demos and alternate versions of known songs. Maybe some of it, like the 3-song demo we did with Jeff Martin from Racer X, will be released one day but there are no definite plans at this point. Island Records own ‘Leatherwolf’ (’87) and ‘Street Ready’
I don’t want to dwell on the past, but I always felt you were a heavier band than what the major label made you guys out to be. Was there any pressure or interference from the label to alter, or even outright change the sound of the band? In my mind the label deal was a double-edged sword. It got you lots more exposure but perhaps didn’t truly represent you as a raging Metal band. Would you agree?
Yes, that’s right. We were most definitely a heavier band than the label wanted us to be. Our main influences have always European metal bands such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, which comes across loud and clear on our debut. When we got signed by Island they of course wanted a band that could be played on the radio so they put us in the studio with Kevin Beamish whose heaviest project before us was probably producing Y&T. But, he was mostly a pop/rock guy who’d done REO Speedwagon, Jefferson Starship and stuff like that. He definitely took some of the heavy edge off our music and we let it happen to a degree. But, what are you gonna do – hindsight is always 20/20. Not that we don’t like those 2 records for Island but we’d definitely do a few things different if we could go back.
Considering this, would you work with a label again or would you prefer to remain independent and have that creative control?
We are definitely open to working with a label again if the right deal comes along. Unfortunately, record advances tend to be rather low these days and most bands will never ever see a dime on the back end so being a do-it-yourself entity does have its advantages although it’s a lot of work. But, even if we did go back to working with a label, we certainly would not relinquish creative control. We know best what makes Leatherwolf Leatherwolf so we don’t need anybody telling us what to do.
Are there any plans to do a DVD and maybe include your videos?
There is definitely a DVD in the future – we actually filmed a show for a live DVD a few years ago but then the line-up changed and it didn’t seem to make sense anymore to release something that featured an out-of-date line-up. We don’t own the rights to the videos we did for Island Records, “The Calling” and “Hideaway”, so it’s unlikely those would be included on a future DVDs. But we could include the ones we did for ‘World Asylum’ and ‘New World Asylum.’
Leatherwolf has a decent reputation as veterans and you have had a number of appearances at international Metal festivals. Is it possible in this day and age to still make a career, tour, record albums and remain competitive in todays Metal market?
It would be great to do Leatherwolf full-time and make a living at it but it’s not possible in this day and age. Obviously, album sales have declined heavily and going on the road isn’t cheap and there’s a shitload of bands competiting for a piece of the concert pie, a pie that isn’t getting any bigger mind you. Some of us do make a living playing music and/or work in the music industry in different capacities; a couple of us have their own business away from music.
What is the next step in Leatherwolfs ultimate plan for world domination?
Ha ha, good question. Go on tour with Metallica or Maiden, get signed to a huge record deal, and get Martin Birch out of retirement to produce our next album.
For more information visit www.leatherwolfmetal.com
Five Finger Death Punch
w. Upon A Burning Body and Pop Evil
@ The Forum, London
31st March 2014
Review by Rowena Lamb
Photographs by Graham Hilling
Recently all I seem to be doing is going to review bands I’ve never seen before and for the most part this is one of the best aspects of being a reviewer. Most of the time I end up having a great time and discover new styles to add to my play list. However, sometimes, just sometimes, I go to review a band for the first time and I’m left frustrated…..that I do not know the words to the songs already and so I can’t shout and sing along with everyone else! Read the rest of this entry »
GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie. Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world. With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation .
” The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”
Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation at http://www.gwar.net/dave-
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Interview With Peter of Vader
Vader is one of the pioneers of death metal and one of the most eminent death metal acts in Poland, Europe and the world; they are the archetype that three generations of death metal bands follow as law. Vader completed 30 years of ‘death-y’ life and they go on to prevail and succeed the throne of Morbid Reich in the capital of death metal, Necropolis! Metal-Rules catches up with Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek to talk about the upcoming release of their new effort TIBI ET IGNI, Rob Halford, Lemmy, Metalcore and Nu Metal and finally life and death…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Peter! I am very happy for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
Thanx for greetings my Friend! I am at home right now. Pretty much rare event in my life, to be honest Usually I tour or travel somewhere, you know. This is but only few days I may spend with my Family. In Friday I come back to the studio in Bialystok to continue my work on the new album. The whole December and now January are the two months I was very busy and Vader guys as well. Even now, in this very moment I work with new lyrics and leads. Can’t wait to hear the ultimate result.
Metal-Rules.com: And we even more!hehe! So, I would like to ask you a question that will make you travel many years ago. When you started Vader, could you have possibly imagined that 20 years later you’d still be together? I know that many line-up changes Vader have been put through and you are the only constant member of Vader. In other words, you are Vader.
I could only hope, that we may stay together. Y’know – line-up changes were following us since very beginning, so all what was happening in all those years did not shock me as much. One exception – Doc (w.n.: He means Krzysztof “Docent” Raczkowski who has passed away). We were together for really long time and those moments were very fundamental for Vader and our style. The days, when I had to say goodbye to Doc were definitely of the hardest ones. That was however one of those decisions, which give you any chance to continue in the future all, what you love to do.
Metal-Rules.com: How did you come up with the band name? It just was because you are fan of Star wars or?
Yes. I am „Star Wars” enthusiast. I really like the idea and the whole story created by Lucas. However I’m not that „crazy” kinda fan. I know such people and I totally support this passion. The name came up many years ago, at the beginning of 80’s, when we were looking for a proper name for an extreme Metal band. There were some nice names, from which I remember only „Terror” at the moment We all in the band were pretty much under „Star Wars” influence. There was 6th episode premiere in those days and VADER came up pretty natural as great name for such kinda band like us. Long time ago…. far away behind the iron curtain…the whole story began.
Metal-Rules.com: A lot of bands are more respected in other countries than their homeland. How is Vader received in Poland?
We are same respected in the whole world. Vader never was really pushed by media or special promotion. We have but die hard fans around the world still following the band. Some of them know us since very beginning…. Poland and local media in our country does not give Vader real attention but this is general problem for the whole Metal scene. We live parallel to all this „business” so nothing really hurt us. We still are able to do couple tours in Poland every two years so we have many Fans. Should I expect more?
Metal-Rules.com: Vader has been playing for the past 30 years. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time… What makes you always keep pushing forward?
Passion for Metal Music! The only reason, why and how I get through all those problems in past three decades is because I love Metal. The only difference between first and last 15 years of Vader existence is professionalism and responsibility. This is not „just playing what I like” since so many people are involved in each next project and since Vader became my main and only job. Me and all those chosen to be part of the Band the recent years still strongly believe in potential of Vader and this keeps us away from routine. The world around us keeps changing but does not touch the core of Vader. We evolve but we stay Vader tho. And we love it…
Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics that you usually write. What’s the thing that inspires you?
Life and Death… I don’t care how cliché it sounds but this is true! I could even define all in a word „life” because it does include everything. I describe my feelings in my lyrics. They are not of course just plain stories taken from my private diary… All emotions are put between the lines, set in stories more or less coded.
Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?
Lyrics were never priority in Metal to me. However they are so they should be at least significant. Vocal was more an instrument to me. I put an attention more on expression then on meaning. More on rhythm then on words themselves. Atmosphere were always created by some pictures. That’s why english is so much better to create, what I want. In last years but I changed a bit the whole way and lyrics became more then just next instrument. I also started to „sing” in less grindcore style-if You know what I mean. It makes sense now. I have way more to say, even if still use the same set of words. It’s called „experience” Stories written by me are more personal today. Interpretation is but still kinda free to listeners. This was always very important to me. Imagination is a key to understand Vader…if You really wanna get deeper into our dark Art.
Metal-Rules.com: You are about to release your next album, TIBI ET IGNI instead of the previously announced name STRAIGHT TO HELL. Why did you decide to change the album’s name?
That was only „working” title. Since I have a name – I feel like I started something already. Next chapter… It never happened I think, that first name was the ultimate title for a new album. „Straight to Hell” was a „compass” to me. I knew the main concept for new stuff and that name gave me some creative motivation. After I get deeper into the process I found „Tibi et Igni” better title for new Vader tho. Fire is not maybe as conceptional like „blood” was on „Impressions…”. It is however a main theme.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s new does Vader bring by this upcoming release regarding the previous album? What’s the new thing on it?
I is not me, who’s gonna judge it. There are some „different” songs on „Tibi..” like „The end”, „Hexenkessel” or „Worms of Eden”. It is not but any revolutionary moves in Vader’s creation. we are not a band who needs to change direction every few years to feel good and more progressive. I measure „progress” with different factors. We do evolve with every next year and with each new member joining us. We don’t realy need to play different and add new „philosophy” to it. Some bands like to do it… Vader is Vader.
Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?
Natural need I guess. I live with music around since very beginning. It was a matter of time, since I start to play and create in my own. I started with what was available in Poland in late 70’s and beginning of 80’s. Abba or Bee Gees or some local pop. Then came Hard Rock when I was 14-15 years old. Black Sabbath was my first step into something serious I think. Then came Judas, Motorhead, Accept and all that New Wave of Heavy Metal. I started to play bass, then guitar in Vader – just after we started to play together. Then You know… Slayer came out and all has changed
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
Who cares? Of course I do listen to other styles of music. I can’t call myself as the one who like everything, however I have my favorites same in classical music and pop. All depends on mood… I am not as hard core orthodox as I was in 90’s, though 70% of all music I listen to is still Metal. I love soundtracks as well or some sort of music from 30’s or 40’s. Really hard to name all what I have in vinyls, CDs or mp3
Metal-Rules.com: Is there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?
We did share stage with Greek bands plenty of times. Bands like Rotting Christ or Septic Flesh are specially close to me. I know also Inactive Messiah and Suicidal Angels. Good people and great Metal \m/
Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2014 and recently three big metal persons have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?
What can I say? The time has come… It was way too early of course, but…we live to die. All those personalities You just mentioned will still live in Their works. They were very influencing men also for me. Respect Them…or die!
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
Once we kept saying that „business kills the Art”… Nothing changed in this matter. Today Metal business helps to become a star to many. Sometimes this way to the top is not really natural – like it was in the past. Selling spots on festivals, buying cover pages on bigger magazines, pushing „new talents” … this is pretty common today. Metal scene was always proud and ambitious and such kind of politic was alien in this music. Much changed in last 30 years tho and there is just bunch majors (I’m talking just about „big business” now of course) left in Europe, which are at least trying to keep the spirit.
Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?
Can’t these both factors exist together? I am „romantic” and that was (and is) the reason WHY I love and create Metal for so many years. In my work however I use pen and paper even today. I took years until I started to use my Mac and Cubase to create riffs. A „vintage” kinda guy , Y’know I love but all gadgets like my iPhone (sometimes I think, that I am addicted ) or notebook. My life is dominated by traveling and those toys make it way easier to me.
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
Metal is Metal – good or cheap. This ”style domination” is run by record companies and magazines brainwashing fans since several years. In 80’s many different Metal waves could exist parallel and have their enthusiasts . Selling is but better if You push and promote particular one style to take then profit in a season. I’ve got a filling, that all those „Metal sorts” counted by You above are still important for those who follows. Popularity on first pages in color magazines do not matter to them. Metal Core or Nu Metal? What the fuck is that? I think that some US labels keep trying to „discover America once again”. Y’know: with putting several great dishes to one pot You can’t create a top delicious masterpiece but damned shit…like exactly happens in our stomach. I have no filling about this „creature”. I just do not get it. What’s gonna happen in the near future? We’ll see Dude It looks and sounds like some „old Metal touch” is coming back again. Emotions and riffs became more important then technical circus…again. And this is good in my opinion.Technical abilities are not a problem – of course – but can’t be an Art itself. If I go to Metal show I don’t give a fuck about how many arpeggios a guitarist is ready to play or which is BP the drummer is able to hit his snare…C’mon! The other problem is „a show” itself. I always thought that Metal is much more then just music. I love Rob Halford for leather jackets and spikes or Lemmy for His bullet belt BUT first of all for great music and performances! Some bands today think more about the image then riffs they create. Metal is still a Music tho! Y’know what I mean, right?
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?
I like to work with different type of men. However loyalty was -and still is – so important factor to me, as you work in team. The whole Vader story was builded on loyalty, passion and hard work. So not a name is important to me but character of a person.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Thrash metal: Glorious Past
Politics: pride and filth
Prison Break (TV series): killing time
Black Sabbath: the Beginning
Metal-Rules.com: Peter, thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of ‘Vader’ all the best!!!
I thank you very much for the nice chat dude!!! Hope to see You in HELLada!!! soon Horns up \m/
Interview with Jeff Kendrick
April 4, 2014
Interview by Lee Carter
Ahead of their return to London as part of the European leg of the “Winter Kills” tour, I sat down with guitarist Jeff Kendrick to discuss the tour, label changes and music at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.
Freedom Call Interview
@ Camden Barfly, London
22nd March 2014
Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photographs by Nikki Ryan
I’d heard a lot about the entertainment value of Freedom Call before their show and they certainly didn’t disappoint; it was a great gig with a great party atmosphere. One of the most entertaining gigs for me so far this year. But just before their headlining show at the Camden Barfly, Metal Rules managed to grab a few minutes with Freedom Call to ask them a couple of questions (and they’re just as entertaining off stage).
@ Electric Ballroom
April 4, 2014
Review by Lee Carter
Photography by Graham Hilling
Camden, by and large, is always alive and bustling with people but it’s testament to a gig’s lineup when a stranger has to ask what the vast, winding queue delivering hundreds more people to the North London town is for! Well sir, DevilDriver have rolled into town alongside Bleed From Within and Sylosis on their “Winter Kills” tour, so we’re about to enjoy an evening of metal.
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Bleed From Within
Interview with Craig “Goonzi” Gowans
April 4, 2014
Interview by Lee Carter
Photography by Graham Hilling
Whilst on the London stop of their support tour with DevilDriver, I caught up with Bleed From Within’s guitarist Craig “Goonzi” Gowans to chat about the tour, their label change and their music.
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TOXIC HOLOCAUST (USA), EXHUMED (USA), BLOODRIDE, CANTILENA (EST)
Nosturi, Helsinki 19.3.2014
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen
This four band package for a Wednesday evening is definitely temptation when two of them enjoy a cult following among fans. The turnout for the gig is kind of expected when app. 200 people had crawled to witness all the bands in action.