W.A.S.P. @ O2 Academy, Glasgow

September 23rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


O2 Academy, Glasgow, United Kingdom

September 18, 2015

Review by Andrew Watson and pics by Ritchie Birnie


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TONECVLT Series speakers – specifically for metal players

September 21st, 2015
by EvilG
Ted Weber Speakers

Ted Weber

Kokomo, IN (September 14, 2015) — The TONECVLT Series speakers were designed by Neal Cunningham specifically for metal players who seek a high-power, high-volume assault while still achieving maximum tone. Spawning from the still-new Weber Gray Wolf speaker, these new designs take the aggressive sonic palate to its extreme logical conclusion. We offer five different models for varying tonal options, but the one thing they have in common is a gigantic sound that will surely appease the gods.
Dire Wolf (100w, 2” VC) – the biggest and baddest version of the Gray Wolf, the best all-purpose speaker in the series with tons of midrange bite and low end that is huge without being boomy. Also available in 12 ohm

Gray Wolf (100w, 1.75” VC)– the originator of the series, originally designed to take the Weber Blue Dog’s clear tonality to a more aggressive place.

Silver Wolf (100w, 1.75” VC) – the logical expansion of the Weber Silver Bell, this speaker focuses more on the low end and precious lower mids making it the perfect companion to the Gray Wolf.

Bloodhound (100w, 2” VC) – designed specifically with down-tuned and baritone guitars in mind, this speaker uses the 55Hz cone for deep and powerful lows, with a particularly looser feel that sounds great with heavy fuzz. Also available in 12 ohm

Black Shuck (200w, 2” VC)– the mightiest of the canines, this speaker handles the heaviest low end and fuzz, and can even be used on bass guitar (in conjunction with our Bass12’s for maximum tone)

Note about impedance: we offer these speakers in 12- and 24-ohm as an option, specifically for 6×12 cabinets, which avoids the common problem of some speakers receiving more power than others, but rather balances it out so each speaker can be as full as possible. (24-ohm all parallel = 4 ohm cab. 12-ohm series-parallel = 8 ohm cab)
$114 street
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September 20th, 2015
by EvilG

San Diego-based metallists Cage are set to return on October 30th, with the release of their latest metallic tour de force, ‘Ancient Evil,’ which has been prefaced by a lyric video for the killer composition, “The Procedure”.

“We really love how creepy the video came out, it’s like a mini movie almost,” explains singer Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck. “This song will give people a good idea of what they are in for on this massive, heavy metal, horror story thrill ride!” Rounding out the band are Dave “Conan” Garcia (guitars), Casey “The Sentinel” Trask (guitars), Alex Pickard (bass guitar), and Sean “The Thrash Machine” Elg (drums).

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From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 metal versions of non metal songs

September 19th, 2015
by Metal Rules

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart:
Top 5 metal versions of non metal songs

The idea for these lists is simple; when a metal band takes a song that isn’t metal, and turns it into a metal song! We asked our staff what cover songs were the coolest and this is the result.

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QUEENSRŸCHE Debut New Track “Hellfire”

September 19th, 2015
by EvilG

QUEENSRŸCHE has debuted the blistering new track “Hellfire,” which comes off the group’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, set for a release via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd. “HellFire” is also the iTunes instant grat track available immediately upon pre-order purchase.

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SLAYER’s Kerry King Talks Longevity – “To Be Part Of That Small Brotherhood Of Bands That Have 30+ Years, I Feel Extremely Lucky”

September 18th, 2015
by EvilG

In the second episode of MetalXS’ new interview series with Slayer’s Kerry King, the guitar player talks about the band’s over 30 year career. Watch below:

In the first episode of the series, King talks about the recording of Repentless and working without Jeff Hanneman:

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Bolt Thrower drummer dies at 38

September 17th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

The long time Bolt Thrower drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns has passed away. Bolt Thrower has issued the following statement

“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew”

Sadly for us this means cancelling the upcoming Australian tour given these tragic and unforeseen circumstances.

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the tour in some way, words cannot describe how disappointed we feel for all of you who were so excited to finally see Bolt Thrower perform again on Australian soil.

We’ll be contacting ticket holders for all shows over the next few days about their options for obtaining a refund.

Black Conjuration Fest in Adelaide will go still ahead on the scheduled dates but we appreciate your understanding and support as we figure out how to move forward during this most difficult time.

RIP Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns
07.03.77 – 14.09.15″

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“The History of Metal and Horror” – Crowdfunding Campaign Underway

September 16th, 2015
by EvilG
“The History of Metal and Horror”

“The History of Metal and Horror”

“The History of Metal and Horror” A documentary which explores the history of heavy metal music, horror films, and how the two genres have merged over time.

In this documentary, various metal artists share their greatest fears, favorite horror films, their influences, and much more.

Horror film icons also discuss how their films have influenced the horror genre, their connections to metal artists, and why metal and horror work together.

The documentary will also include a wraparound film which will tie the segments together. Various celebrity horror and metal icons will be sought after for acting roles.

Though many interviews have already been conducted, several more are still planned. The website for the project is currently live, at metalhorror.com

A promotional campaign is currently underway with a crowdfunding operation through Indiegogo. $50,000 is being sought in order to pay for ongoing expenses and completion costs. Through the campaign, various distribution options will be explored.

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DEE SNIDER And The 30th Anniversary Of The PMRC Hearings

September 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


September 19, 1985 was a historic day for all of us who work in the music business.  That was the day that three musicians–Frank Zappa, John Denver and Twisted Sister singer DEE SNIDER–were called to testify at a Senate hearing instigated by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), who wanted to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing “offensive material.” The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g. O for occult themes, S for sex, D for drugs, V for violence, etc.), which resulted in the “Parental Advisory” sticker now found on new album releases with “questionable content.”

You can watch DEE’s entire testimony on YouTube:

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ANNIHILATOR Offer Exclusive Track from their upcoming release: FREE download!!!

September 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Epiphone, UDR Records & Annihilator are proud to offer you an exclusive free MP3 download of “My Revenge”, from Annihilator’s new album, Suicide Society, out September 18, 2015. Suicide Society is the band’s 15th studio album and guitarist, songwriter, and longtime Epiphone Signature Artist Jeff Waters wants to let Epiphone fans to be the first to hear some Epi-made metal riffs and shredding! Just click the download button and feast your ears on this exclusive, full-song track: “My Revenge”–new from Annihilator. And stay tuned to Epiphone.com for more news from Jeff Waters and Epiphone soon!

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Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork

September 15th, 2015
by EvilG
Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork

Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork

American power metal band Reverence, fronted by Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest), Pete Rossi (Overland, Sanxtion), Michael Massie (Overloaded, Inner Recipe), Steve ‘Doc Killdrums’ Wacholz (founding member of Savatage, Crimson Glory), is thrilled to announce that their new album ‘Gods Of War’ Cover Artwork (cover artwork below, done by Jobert Mello). ‘Gods Of War” will be let loose to cause havoc on Asia/Japan on October 21, 2015 through Marquee/Avalon Records and will be unleashed to conquer the rest of the world through Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The impending power metal assault is coming you way, take cover!

Official Reverence Website: www.reverencemetal.com
Official Reverence FB: www.facebook.com/reverencemetal
Official Cover Artwork- www.facebook.com/jobertmello

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

September 13th, 2015
by Robert Williams


SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of William Prewitt
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

British heavy metal legends Saxon recently toured the U.S. for the second time this year, on a monster billing recalling the now-classic “Bombers & Eagles Tour” of ’92, alongside the monolithic road-dog punters in Motörhead and the up-and-coming hard rockers in Crobot. I was lucky enough to catch up with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford prior to the band’s performance in Austin, Texas for a pre-show interview, Biff went into depth on the band’s new album “Battering Ram” as well as Saxon’s lengthy history with Lemmy & Motörhead. September 1st marked my third interview with the NWOBHM legend for Metal-Rules.com and later that night Saxon delivered in full once-more to a capacity crowd of “Denim & Leather” clad metal warriors who all stood up to be counted! Saxon is a timeless band more than capable of putting on an unforgettable night of heavy metal classics, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of fellow fathers of the craft like Accept, Priest, Maiden or Manowar. Their dedication to heavy metal is nothing short of inspiring and their lineage and discography grows stronger year-by-year as they continue to push the envelope, metallicly speaking. Here’s to many more years of “Heavy Metal Thunder” from Saxon! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Treatment added to W.A.S.P. “The Bloody Road To Golgotha” UK Tour

September 13th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


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Venom INC / Divine Chaos European Tour Poster Competition Announcement

September 12th, 2015
by EvilG

Evil EyE Industries are excited to announce in conjunction with the impending Venom INC / Vader / Divine Chaos European Tour, a fan art competition where one lucky winner will receive a plethora of awesome prizes. We invite fans to interpret, ideate, sketch and submit their artwork of what ‘evil is lurking behind the mask’ from the first official tour poster feastured below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview With Overkill Vocalist Bobby Blitz

September 11th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Interview with Bobby Blitz

8th September 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley


With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.

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