Red Fang @ Electric Ballroom, London

April 5th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Red Fang

@ Electric Ballroom, London, UK

21st March 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Inty Malcolm

Red Fang

Red Fang

Seems Red Fang are hot property. They haven’t just packed this place out, they’ve done it as an upgrade having originally been down to knock the O2 Academy Islington into shape. Instead it’s the Electric Ballroom doing the honours. Looks like no-one’s brought their dancing shoes though – but elbows are sharpened and necks primed. We all know which way this is going to go down – only the finest pits for Portland’s finest.
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Freedom Call, w. A New Tomorrow & Neverworld @ Camden Barfly, London

April 5th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Freedom Call, A New Tomorrow, Neverworld

Camden Barfly

22 March 2014

Review by Rowena Lamb

Photography by Nikki Ryan

One of the things about this evening that I find most bizarre is that somehow despite living in London for the amount of time I have, I’ve never been to a gig at the Barfly in Camden. How this has occurred I have no idea, but there’s a first time for everything and as first times go, this was a definite classic.

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Steel Panther with The Cringe @ Brixton Academy

April 5th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Steel Panther

@ Brixton Academy

24th May 2014

Review by Ellen Norvang

Photography by Michelle Murphy

The air smells like hair spray and there are more wigs and thighs wrapped in tight lycra than you will ever find in Cher’s wardrobe. In the air flows blow up penises and dolls. Is this a bad dream? No, this is normality in the world of California rockers, Steel Panther.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther

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Category VI Unleash Debut Music Video

April 4th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Category VI are proud to present our very first music video!! It’s for the song “Reborn” from our debut album FIREBORN.

“Reborn” was filmed along the cliffs and shoreline of Flatrock, Newfoundland on March 29th 2014. The video was done by Ritchie Perez and Mike Hynes.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada – EYE OF HORUS Named Winner Of Edmonton Round Three

April 3rd, 2014
by EvilG

Wacken Metal Battle Canada has announced EYE OF HORUS as winner of Edmonton Round Three. The band will join QUIETUS and SAMANDRIEL at the city semi-final on Wednesday, May 7th at Pawn Shop Live (10551 82 Ave NW.) where two bands will move on to compete at the provincial final for Alberta taking place in Calgary on Friday, May 23rd at Dicken’s Pub, (1000 9 Ave SW.). One band from the battle for Alberta will move on to compete at the national final in Toronto, ON on June 7th at Opera House (735 Queen St. E.) where one independent Canadian metal band will be selected to perform at Wacken Open Air 2014 for the international Wacken Metal Battle.

Over 100 independent Canadian metal bands have been selected to participate in this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada line up in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, six semifinals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House.

One band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.

-One finalist from Vancouver, BC
-One finalist from Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
-Two finalists from Toronto, ON
-One finalist from Montreal, QC


CALGARY – ARPIL 5 – ROUND THREE – WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA


This is the THIRD preliminary bout on the road to Wacken METAL Battle Canada featuring:

Osyron——————9:30-9:55

The Cadavor Dog——10:10-10:35

Morbidly Depraved—–10:50-11:15

Vile Insignia————11:30-11:55

Hell Hounds————12:10-12:35

$10

18+

http://metalbattle.ca/

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LOST SOCIETY: “Terror Hungry” Video Premiere & Streaming

April 3rd, 2014
by EvilG
LOST SOCIETY: "Terror Hungry" Video Premiere & Streaming

LOST SOCIETY: “Terror Hungry” Video Premiere & Streaming

LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, have posted a the music video for the title-track of their upcoming new album Terror Hungryhere. You can also stream the entire record at this location.

LOST SOCIETY will release their sophomore effort Terror Hungry this coming April. LOST SOCIETY is back, and we’re angrier than ever,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “The new album Terror Hungry is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements that make up LOST SOCIETY and we’ve put in even more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding, and some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done on it! Look out, this one’s gonna be faster, louder and we’re more pissed off than ever!”

Terror Hungry was produced by Nino Laurenne (AMORPHISENSIFERUMLORDI) at the renowned Sonic Pump studios (FINNTROLL, SONATA ARCTICAOMNIUM GATHERUM). The artwork was created by Jan Meininghaus (BOLT THROWER, SICK OF IT ALL, UDO). Expect to see the release of Terror Hungry in both digital and physical formats on April 1st (North America) and April 4th (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Pre-order your copy of Terror Hungry at http://smarturl.it/LOSTSOCIETY-Hungry.

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MOTÖRHEAD Reveals Limited Special Edition ‘Aftershock’ Picture Disc Vinyl for Record Store Day 2014

April 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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When MOTÖRHEAD does anything, they do it big. So naturally, 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.

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).

Last week, MOTÖRHEAD teamed up with Rolling Stone to premiere their brand new lyric video for the track ‘Crying Shame’. Check out the impressive and engaging video here, only via RollingStone.com.

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 have confirmed select performances this spring, including two stops at Coachella on April 13th and April 20th. Other stops include Los Angeles, CA, Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA. See below for a full listing of dates.

MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates:
4/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
4/13 Indio, CA @ Coachella
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

Make sure to also pick up your copy of the Ronnie James Dio tribute compilation This Is Your Life, which features the track ‘Starstruck’ covered by MOTÖRHEAD with Biff Byford of Saxon. The compilation hits stores on April 1, 2014 via Rhino, but you can reserve your digital copy now via iTunes here, or physical via Amazon here.

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 Website: www.imotorhead.com

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ACCEPT REVEAL TITLE & ARTWORK OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM

April 2nd, 2014
by EvilG
ACCEPT - Blind Rage

ACCEPT – Blind Rage

German heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced Blind Rage as the title to their third studio album since their 2010 comeback and fourteenth studio album of their career. Set for release this summer in North America,Blind Rage will be produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (EXODUS, MEGADETH, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY). 

“Something happened to us, something subliminal and impetuous,” states ACCEPT guitarist and main songwriter Wolf Hoffmann. “It is wild and scary and it’s called Blind Rage!  The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us – in blind rage – all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV, there is blind rage in the works – either natural catastrophes or man-made madness.”

Proudly representing the “Made in Germany” trademark, ACCEPT fashioned distinct musical blueprints that have influenced multiple generations of followers. They have kept their music and artistry relevant around the world and have overcome staggering odds to maintain international careers for over three decades.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Conan @ Sanctuary Basingstoke

April 2nd, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Conan and Guests

@ Sanctuary, Basingstoke

22 March 2014

Review and Photos by Ashlinn Nash

Today’s gig had been moved from Mousetrap [just down the road from Sanctuary] as well as a venue change, another gig has been added too – an upstairs hardcore/metal-core combination so by the end of the day – the small building was packed.

Conan

Conan

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VANHELGA premiere new video from forthcoming ART OF PROPAGANDA album

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG

Swedish black metallers VANHELGA  unveil a video for “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig.” The track hails from VANHELGA’s forthcoming third album, Längtan, set for international release on April 28th via ART OF PROPAGANDA. The video for “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig” tells the disturbing story of a man who wakes up in a confused state and with the dawning realization that he probably tortured and killed his best friend the day before. The video can be seen in its entirety on VANHELGA’s YouTube channel HERE

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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN’S THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG
Tuomas Holopainen

Tuomas Holopainen

“Whenever I read those stories, I hear music,” shares NIGHTWISH composer & keyboardist on the initial idea to write the soundtrack to Don Rosa’s graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck. “I hear different melodies and instruments really, really strongly, because the book in itself is rather cinematic. I thought it would be a cool idea to let all that music come out and see what happens. I also fancied the idea of maybe being the first one to ever write a soundtrack to a graphic novel. I don’t think it’s been done before.”

Holopainen reveals the details of his decision to “paint the story with music,” elucidates on the presence of Disney comics & films in his life, and states what this endeavor has in common with The Lord of the Rings in this video interview available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:http://youtu.be/qUoJ8zWy2bk.

The Life And Times Of ScroogeHolopainen’s first solo record & soundtrack to his “desert island book,” has been fourteen years in the making from concept to reality and will be released in North America on April 15th.

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MESHUGGAH ANNOUNCE 25th ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG
Meshuggah

Meshuggah

Witness history with thine own eyes. The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, Sweden’s technically intoxicating extreme metal quintet MESHUGGAH, are returning to North America this summer to celebrate their 25thyear of musical deviance with festival appearances, Canadian dates, and clubs that will fill to capacity.  Opening for them (on all but the two festival dates) will be North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me.

MESHUGGAH aim to play a very special 25th Anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography & possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear viaMESHUGGAH’s online song poll: www.facebook.com/meshuggah/app_151503908244383 Voting ends April 2nd!

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LITA FORD AWARDED “CERTIFIED LEGEND AWARD”; 2nd ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT MAJOR SUCCESS

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG
Lita Ford

Lita Ford

Iconic guitarist of The Runaways and Shred Queen Lita Ford was awarded by Guitar Player Magazine the Certified Legend Award as the first female shredder March 26th at the Rock Against MS Benefit concert. Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda and staff recognized Lita Ford as a ground breaking inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through guitar. “It has been many hurdles I’ve had to jump over in a 40 year span to get this award” explains Lita Ford. “Breaking ground as the first woman of ROCK, I waited a life time for this recognition – Thank You Guitar Player and Mike Molenda.” This award was Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player”—and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night—this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. Now Lita Ford is a name added to the big league of Legends.

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EPICA ANNOUNCE LIVE FAN CHAT FOR APRIL 8th

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG

epicaMark your calendars! Lead vocalist Simone Simons & guitarist Isaac Delahaye of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will be conducting a YouTube live fan chat from New York City next Tuesday, April 8th at 12:15 p.m. PACIFIC / 3:15 p.m. EASTERN / 9:15 CEST.

Fans can submit their questions in advance via Twitter using #AskEpica or via the EPICA Facebook page:www.facebook.com/notes/epica/epica-live-qa-with-simone-isaac/10152108902842763

Due out in North America on May 6thEPICA’s sixth studio album The Quantum Enigma can be pre-ordered from theNuclear Blast USA Webshop in the following formats:

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The Answer – Interview With Paul Mahon & Michael Waters

April 1st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The Answer Interview

With Paul Mahon & Michael Waters

At Sub 89 Reading

9th March 2014

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

The Answer have kindly spared some time to talk to us today, in tonight’s gig venue Sub 89 in Reading as part of their massive UK club tour. Which was been a vast and what sounds like an enjoyable journey for the band. We managed to catch up with very lively pair from the band;  bassist Michael Waters and guitarist Paul Mahon.

The answer

The answer

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