BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Sorcerers To Release Debut Via Metal Blade Records; Preview Track Posted

June 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Retro rock/doom metal sorcerers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, will unleash the psychedelic rumblings of their self-titled new full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.

Formed in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN churns a cogent blend of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of hard rock icons such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock craftings of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own. Read the rest of this entry »

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ONWARD – Missing Album “New Fathoms Down” Released!

June 27th, 2014
by EvilG
ONWARD – New Fathoms Down

ONWARD – New Fathoms Down

Shredguy Records has officially released Onward’s “missing” album fourth album New Fathoms Down.

“This album is for the Onward audience and dedicated to the late Michael Grant. As promised, we are happy to bring you Onward’s “New Fathoms Down”! It’s complete.” states guitarist Toby Knapp who has spent the last few weeks restoring the album. The vocals and music were originally recorded in raw demo form in 2002 and Knapp re-tracked instruments this year.

Order the CD here: http://shredguyrecords.bigcartel.com/product/onward-new-fathoms-down-cd

 

 

New Fathoms Down tracklist:

“New Fathoms Down”
“Front Line Away”
“The End Of Loneliness”
“I Will Be Waiting”
“Sleeper’s Island”
“The Ghosts Of Might Be Madness”
“The Day That Nothing Died”
“Runaway Day”
“Enemy 9”

 

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Interview with Greg Mackintosh of Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre

June 27th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Greg Mackintosh of Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre 

by Helias

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In a time of just about any style being called “death metal” if someone shrieks or growls during the recording, Vallenfyre stay true to the older ideal of powerful, melancholic, evil and naturalistic music. We were fortunate to catch a few words with founder GREG MANCKINTOSH of the well-known pessimistic dark metallers Paradise Lost about his second band’s album, Splinters, Jay Z (?), Celtic Frost and of course about the new stuff by Paradise Lost.

Metal-Rules.com: Hello Greg! Its Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com. 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?

Hey Hellias. I’m good. I’m at home in the UK at the moment. Simultaneously writing new Paradise Lost material and making a Vallenfyre promo video.

Metal-Rules.com: Oh! Great news! Lets kick off with the new upcoming Vallenfyre album. Please give us some words about it: the songwriting sessions, the production, the artwork, everything!  

The songwriting for this album was primarily done by me again, but the difference this time is everyone was involved from the first note. I needed the other guys’ wealth of knowledge to help develop Vallenfyre further. This carried on through the recording which was produced by Kurt Ballou in Godcity studios, Salem, MA. All the guys in the band lived together in a house near the studio for 3 weeks. Even though the songs were written before the studio, I wanted a decent amount of improvisation to happen to bring the album to life, and living together, discussing it every day made this much easier to do.

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The artwork was done by Brian D’Agosta, who came to my attention through Scoot, our bass player. Brian had worked with one of Scoot’s other bands, Extinction of Mankind, before. I loved his style and the diversity of his work. He was a pleasure to work with, and after I gave him some lyrics, demo tracks, the title and some outline ideas, he came up with the whole concept, which suits the music and photography perfectly in my opinion.

Metal-Rules.com: Whats new on this album compared to Vallenfyres debut, A Fragile King?

The new album is more extreme than the first. ‘A Fragile King’ is a straight up homage to the glory days of death doom. With ‘Splinters’ we wanted to keep that core but diversify the influences. So we have things like rudimentary grind core, classic crust punk, funeral doom, and even black metal moments happening within this record.

Metal-Rules.com: Did you have an idea of what you wanted to achieve with Splintersfrom the get-go, or did that develop as you were writing it?

We had an outline idea that we wanted to push the boundaries more, whilst kind of developing our own sound somewhat. We also wanted to really mix up the styles so that a 7 minute epic doom track would blend straight into a 1 and a half minute grind core punk song. The album plays out very much in the same way I listen to music, in that I wouldn’t listen to grind core for 70 minutes straight. I might listen to a couple of tracks and then put on some doom metal or punk.

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Metal-Rules.com: What does the future hold for Vallenfyre? Will there be a tour?

I hope so. With everyone in Vallenfyre’s hectic schedules, it makes it difficult, but I am determined to do a small European tour, a small US tour and some decent flyer shows within the next year. We are looking into it at the moment. I am kind of waiting to see what the demand is once the record is out.

Metal-Rules.com: You have been playing for the past 25 years. Im sure you had many difficulties throughout this timeWhat makes you always keep pushing forward?

Music is my passion. It always has been, and creating it gives me a great buzz. Sure it has ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change it.

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Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

The music industry in general is fucked. Downloading has pretty much destroyed 90% percent of world sales. Simon Cowell is seen as a deity of the music industry, when really he is just a cunt. Jay Z is seen as a genius when all he does is talk over a shit drumbeat. It really is a joke, so I tend not to even take any notice of it. In the metal scene, things were getting pretty bad too with every band having the same production with over-edited, soulless songs. Fortunately in the last 2 or 3 years, there have been quite a few metal bands turning away from this and doing it on their own terms again, which really restores my faith in extreme music.

Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with that you have not collaborated with to-date, who would that be and why?

Tom G Warrior because he has written some great stuff over the years and I think it could be interesting.

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Metal-Rules.com: Tom G Fischer and Celtic Frost is a very big influence on Vallenfyre, right?

Of course! I don’t know what I would have done without them!

Metal-Rules.com: Clearly. You saidbefore something about the new Paradise Lost album. When it will be released?

GREG MACKINTOSH

 

This is a really interesting question, because we had to enter the studio to record the new stuff in the end of the summer. However, the date was moved around a little later in the fall / spring. I would like to be released until the end of the year. Approximately the half record is finished.

Greg, thank you very much for your time and the chance to have a closer look into the Vallenfyre camp. Wish you all the best!!!

 

Youre welcome.

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Katatonia @ The Union Chapel, London

June 27th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Katatonia + Messenger

The Union Chapel, London, UK
16th of May, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Jo Moolenschot

On a rather warm afternoon in London, Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to head nowhere else but to The Union Chapel, which happens to be nothing else but a church. Why, you would ask?
Well, the answer is nothing but… As Katatonia roll into town with their “Unplugged & Reworked” tour, they’ve picked one of the most iconic venues with, undeniably, best acoustics in London, and, so what, that it also happens to be a church!? Church or not, but none of us had any idea what we’re about to experience and just how simply magical this experience is going to be, as Katatonia put on a remarkable show that’s going be a tough one to forget. So, read on, folks… Read the rest of this entry »

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Blood Label – singer Kenneth Klitte Jensen and drummer Bastian Thusgaard

June 26th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Kenneth Klitte Jensen and drummer Bastian Thusgaard  – Blood Label

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jacob Hansen at Target Promotion for setting up the interview.

Thanks to Target Promotion for the promo pictures of the band.
Additional promo pictures taken by: Band photo by Toke Hage,
Bastian photo by Joakim M. Johansen, Kenneth photo by Jan Vestergren Laursen

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SKELETONS is the name of the smoking hot debut album from Blood Label. Blood Label is a Danish death/thrash metal act that includes members from Hatesphere, Dawn Of Demise and The Burning. I had a sit down with singer Kenneth Klitte Jensen and drummer Bastian Thusgaard and together we handled subjects like the work with SKELETONS, the bands past present and future and how it was to work with legendary producer Tue Madsen. If you’re curious how the metal scene in Denmark is doing, check out the interview below.

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Grenouer – vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor

June 26th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor – Grenouer

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Mausoleum Records for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to the band for the additional promo pictures

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From St Petersburg, Russia comes the legendary alternative metal act Grenouer. It has taken the band six years to follow up the previous album LIFELONG DAYS. Last year came the new opus BLOOD ON THE FACE and I had the pleasure to talk to vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor. Amongst many things we handled the return of Grenouer, the work behind BLOOD ON THE FACE and the trouble the band have experienced with record labels. We also spoke about how it was to work with the new producers Dualized & Eddy Cavazza and how is metal really doing in Russia today? Read more below.

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Thyrien – lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto

June 26th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

 Lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto – Thyrien

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for getting this interview done.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics

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Thyrien origins from the land of the thousand lakes -Finland and is a brand new battle/folk metal act that currently released their debut album titled HYMNS OF THE MORTALS – SONGS FROM THE NORTH. Me and lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto hooked up and had a talk about the bands history, the debut album and the guests appearances on it and what the band is up to next. If you’re into folk metal with death metal influences then check out the music of Thyrien.

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Scream Maker – new track from “Livin’ in the Past” posted

June 26th, 2014
by EvilG

Scream Maker has just released another song from their new album “Livin’ in the Past” (Perris Records) on YouTube.com! This time it’s a heavy metal anthem titled “Metalheads”. Check it out and share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZpCMBK4bzI&feature=em-upload_owner

Scream Maker is a heavy metal band from Poland in fashion of old school crews like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest or RATT. Established in 2010 managed to play around 150 shows in Poland and abroad including a big tour in China. Their newly released album “Livin’ in the Past” features 11 great tracks and Intro played and composed for them by Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

Cheers!

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BELPHEGOR RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “GAS MASK TERROR”

June 26th, 2014
by EvilG
BELPHEGOR: "Conjuring the Dead"

BELPHEGOR: “Conjuring the Dead”

Austrian Death / Black Metal commandos BELPHEGOR have released a lyric video for “Gas Mask Terror,” a track off the band’s upcoming tenth studio album Conjuring The Dead, due out in North America on August 5th, in Europe on August 8th, and in the U.K. & France on August 11th.

Conjuring The Dead was recorded at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida with Eric Rutan (CANNABAL CORPSE, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MALEVOLENT CREATION).  Artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton, who is also responsible for the album art on 2006’s Pestapokalypse IV.

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VARGA Continue Their Prog-Metal Tour De Force With ‘Return Of The Metal’

June 26th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Hamilton, Ontario-based progressive metal band, VARGA, on Tuesday, July 22nd will release their their 4th full-length studio recording follow up to last Octobers, Enter The Metal with the sequel, Return Of The Metal, via the band’s own Vargantuan Music label. Digital downloads and CD’s are available through iTunes and Amazon.com as well as the bands own vargahq.com web site where several formats of hi-resolution downloads can be purchased as well as CD’s and CD packages.

Comprised of members Joe Varga (bass & vocals), Adam Alex (guitar), Sean Williamson (guitar), and Dan Fila (drums), the veteran band (originally formed in 1989) has built a large and loyal following of heavy metal fans, particular in their home country, on the strength of such popular releases as 1994’s ‘Prototype (Zoo records),’ which spawned the hits “Freeze Don’t Move” and “Greed” earning the band a thumbs up on the then popular Beavis and Butthead MTV program. After over a decade apart, Varga reunited in 2011, and issued their awesome reunion effort, ‘Enter the Metal’ (their first new studio album in 17 years).

The album was produced by long time friend and producer/engineer, Julius “Juice” Butty (Alexisonfire, Protest the Hero), and recorded at both Six Nations’ Jukasa Studio, and Butty’s own Silo Studios.

As heard throughout ‘Enter The Metal and Return Of The Metal,’ the long delay between releases has not dulled Varga’s penchant for penning inspired and challenging heavy metal in the slightest.

Tracks:

1) Three Section Staff                   (8:18)

2 Afterlife Comes                           (5:54)

3) Disfigured Gargoyle                   (5:36)

4) Evil Drifter                                 (6:34)

5) Money Talks                             (7:10)

6) Far East Super Slaughter        (6:27)

VARGA is:

Adam Alex – Guitar

Dan Fila – Drums

Joe Varga – Bass & Vocals

Sean Williamson – Guitar

Discography:

Multiple Wargasms – 1991 (Independent)

Prototype – 1994 (Zoo/BMG)

Oxygen – 1996 (Zoo/BMG)

Enter The Metal – 2013 (Vargantuan Music)

Return Of The Metal – 2014 (Vargantuan Music)

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Interview with Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse

June 25th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse

by Helias

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Some people exist as unsung pillars of the established death metal that got out of the underground and became a global extreme phenomenon. Cannibal Corpse made it.The man behind those death metal killers, Alex Webster takes us on a mental journey through the land of the disturbed and his new band Conquering Dystopia…

Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Alex! This is Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com, First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

AW: I’m at home in Florida, all’s well here, just preparing to leave for the Conquering Dystopia U.S. tour with Animals As Leaders.

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Metal-Rules.com: To start off, let’s take a look at the new upcoming debut, album by your new band, Conquering Dystopia. I think it is released today! How did this come up?

AW: Well, my involvement with the band began at the January 2013 NAMM show. I met Keith there and he asked me if I’d be interested in playing bass on an album he was doing with Jeff Loomis. I was already a big fan of Jeff’s playing, and although I knew less about Keith at that time, he seemed like a really cool guy and a very serious musician. So I said “yes” immediately, I didn’t even ask to hear the stuff first. I was confident they’d write material I’d enjoy working on.

Metal-Rules.com: Is Conquering Dystopia a side-project or a full time band?

AW: That’s really a question for Keith and Jeff. I’m not sure what they have planned for the future.

Conquering Dystopia is a whole different venture, focused on instrumental music, with elements of prog and an amalgam of different influences. So, Conquering Dystopia is not in the veins of 10,000MPH death blasting of Cannibal Corpse. What are the purposes of your new band?

AW: Well, the first thing people should know is that Keith and Jeff put the band together and are responsible for the songwriting and creative direction. So, I can really only answer this question from a bassist’s point of view, since that’s my role in the group. For me, the band is an amazing opportunity to play bass in a different scenario. Keith, Jeff, and Alex are such awesome musicians, it’s just so great to play with them. Also, the music they wrote for the band inspired me to do some things on the bass I probably wouldn’t do in Cannibal. So I guess for me the purpose of being in the band is to jam with killer musicians and have fun doing something a bit different from what I normally do.

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Metal-Rules.com: What does the band name mean for you? Who is responsible for the name?

AW: I think Keith came up with the name, or Jeff. Two of my favorite books are Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, those both deal with dystopias so I immediately liked the name. I’m not sure exactly what those guys intended it to mean, but for me it conjures up thoughts of breaking out of a depressing, oppressive world or society.

Metal-Rules.com: Why Conquering Dystopia did choose to have no vocals? It was a matter that you had in mind from the beginning or no one wanted to join you? (hehe)

AW: Again, this is a question for Jeff and Keith. I have to say that personally I love to play instrumental music. If a vocalist isn’t a good fit for their band they can ruin an otherwise killer album. No worries about that here, haha!

Metal-Rules.com: What are the main influences on your title debut album?

AW: Another one for Keith and Jeff as they are the song writers. Bass-wise, I was trying to write parts that worked well with the music they’d written. Sometimes this meant playing in unison with the guitar, which is pretty normal for extreme metal, but there were other times, mainly in the more melodic sections, where I was able to work more closely with Alex Rudinger’s drum parts. This is a more traditional rhythm section approach that I don’t get to do too much in Cannibal. So it was cool to be able to play in both familiar and different ways on this album. My influences bass-wise for the heavier stuff would be guys like Roger Patterson and Steve Harris, and for the more melodic stuff guys like Sean Malone and Geddy Lee.

Metal-Rules.com: What does future holds for Conquering Dystopia?

AW: In the immediate future we’ll be touring with Animals As Leaders and Chon in the USA starting on May 17th. After that we don’t have any shows booked, but I’m hopeful more will get set up as the year progresses.

 

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Metal-Rules.com: I really really liked TORTURE album! It blew me up! I have to say that I enjoy the most the slow-tempo ‘Cannibal’ songs like ‘Decency Defied’ or ‘Scourge of Iron’. Are you shooting for a 2014 release for your next album? Is it in works?

AW: Yes, we’re currently working with Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford Florida on our follow up to Torture. The album should be released sometime in the fall.

Metal-Rules.com: Did you enjoy NAMM 2014? What did you like the most?

AW: I had a great time! I definitely enjoyed performing with Conquering the most, no question. But it was a good time all around. Lots of friends to hang out with and great musicians to watch.

Metal-Rules.com: Cannibal Corpse’s music has a very specific sound. After twenty-five years, do you find it challenging to innovate within that rather strict definition of what your music is? Are you ever going to run out of riffs?

AW: I don’t think we’ll have too much trouble coming up with fresh material mainly because we have several songwriters in the band. We each write a little differently, and we each try to innovate in every song we write, at least a little. I think we’d be in a much more difficult spot if we only had one songwriter. The fact that this band is a team of creative individuals is one of our main strengths, in my opinion.

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Metal-Rules.com: Cannibal Corpse have covered a Black Sabbath song, ‘Zero The Hero’. Are you a Black Sabbath fan like me? Why did you choose that song and not a classic BS one?

AW: Chris liked that song and we thought the riff would work well for our style, so we did it. And Born Again is a killer album anyway. I think it’s a classic, but I guess most people disagree. And yes, we all love Black Sabbath in this band, especially Pat. But what metal head doesn’t?

Metal-Rules.com: So, I would like to ask you a question that will make you travel many years ago. When you started Cannibal Corpse, could you have possibly imagined that 25 years later you’d still be together? I know that many line-up changes Vader have been put through and you and Paul are the only constant members of Cannibal Corpse. Do you feel the defenders of the (death) faith?

AW: We never could have imagined this kind of success. A career of 25 years didn’t exist for any metal band in 1988, let alone a death metal band. So, no, we never could have imagined this. We have been playing death metal consistently since we began, constantly touring and making albums. So I suppose we could be considered one of death metal’s “defenders of the faith”; it’s a title that we would be proud of if people want to give it to us.

Metal-Rules.com: I think that a death metal show demands for a good warm-up. What’s your own warm-up process.

AW: If I don’t have much time I just play scales and the most difficult riffs in the set for a few minutes. If I have more time, I’ll play along with songs backstage with headphones on, usually Iron Maiden tunes. Those are a serious bass workout, for sure!

Metal-Rules.com: If you have Christa Jenal in front of you, what would you tell her?

AW: I don’t know. Maybe “hello”. I don’t have any hard feelings towards her, or any other censors. I just disagree with them.

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Metal-Rules.com: I imagine a very special Cannibal Corpse show: Cannibal Corpse in front of 100.000 true die-hard fans and probably a guest by Jim Carrey! What do you think?

AW: I think you have a good imagination, haha!

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

AW: It’s constantly changing due to technology. I think it’s important for musicians to pay attention and keep up. Take a look at Keith from Conquering for example- not only is he an amazing guitarist and songwriter, but he’s managed to find a way to succeed that simply didn’t exist just a few years ago, through his awesome videos on his youtube channel. I hear a lot of people complaining about the negative effects of technology on the music scene, but I think it’s more productive to look for the positive things. There are new opportunities created by technology too, and that’s what a smart musician will focus on.

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

AW: Well, I’ve never been very romantic so technology isn’t going to change that much, haha. But I understand what you’re trying to say. I think that having an open mind on this subject is a good idea. I’m not going to hold onto an obsolete way of doing something if there is a new, better way. But the new way has to be genuinely better before I’ll change. It’s not easy to let go of old ideas if you have become attached to them, but when something new comes along that’s truly better I think it’s best to accept that.

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Metal-Rules.com: One of the last trends in music business is iTunes. More and more metal bands sell albums through this way. What’s your opinion on that?

AW: I think pretty much everybody has their music on iTunes at this point. I think it’s a good, convenient way to buy music.

Metal-Rules.com:  Do you know any Greek heavy metal acts? Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage with? Suicidal Angels, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Firewind and Gus G. to name a few.

AW: Those are all great bands you mentioned. I really like Inveracity, it would be fun to play with them sometime.

Metal-Rules.com: Oh, man! You know Inveracity? They’d be proud when they read this. This band along with Mass Infection are the best death metal bands in my country. What do you think of today’s music industry in general? Do you believe that illegal downloading harms album sales or you accept the fact that the real fans will go anyway to get the new CD or vinyl regardless of the ‘free’ illegal way?

AW: I can’t really say. I think the only way to tell would be to look at facts and figures regarding sales to determine the effects of illegal downloading on the music industry. I have heard it’s been bad and only getting worse for record labels, but I don’t know any exact numbers. What I have noticed is that metal fans generally still buy music. We still have lots of people asking us to sign CD covers after shows, so that means they probably bought the CD. Metal fans are true music fans, and seem to be more supportive of the bands they like than fans in most other genres. At least that’s how it seems to me.

Metal-Rules.com: Heavy metal changes throughout the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated the 80’s, there was Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s, and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s. 2010 was the beginning of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

AW: I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m excited to hear it! There are hundreds, maybe thousands of talented young musicians in metal that will come up with literally unpredictable variations on this music. I’m really looking forward to hearing what they do. I don’t know what it is, but it’s coming.

Metal-Rules.com:Which big metal loss affected you the most?

AW: Probably Cliff Burton’s passing, he was a huge influence on me. I still listen to the Metallica albums he played on all the time.

Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with that you did not collaborate with in the past, who would that be and why?

AW: I can’t really pick just one. I haven’t really worked in a band with a singer who sings pitches (as opposed to death metal growling) so it would be fun to work with a singer like Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson.

Metal-Rules.com: What elements make a good death metal song and album as well?

AW: Death metal should be dark and aggressive. Beyond that it’s kind of open to each musician. For example, for me, pure death metal should have tremolo picking rather than the tight gallops of thrash. The tempos are usually even faster than thrash, and obviously the vocals are guttural. But yeah, darkness and aggression are the two things I’d say are most important for death metal in general.

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Metal-Rules.com:  Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

Thrash metal: is fast

Greece: awesome food

Politics: religion

Favorite TV series: The Walking Dead (e.n.: I was so sure about it!)

Black Sabbath: rules

Strip show: scam 

Metal-Rules.com: Alex, thank you for this interview. I wish you and the rest guys of Cannibal Corpse and Conquering Dystopia all the best!!!

 

AW: Thanks for the interview, all the best to you too!!!

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KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

June 23rd, 2014
by EvilG
KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

King Diamond has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: the band will return to North America for a full tour this Fall! The tour will wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and begins on October 11 in Atlanta, GA. A limited edition King Diamond jacket will be available through the SHOWstubs.com fan club presale, which begins tomorrow, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.

King Diamond will be joined on stage, of course, by long time band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Weed, Hal Pacino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will be bearing witness to the band’s full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band’s entire history. A special guest supporting act for the tour will be announced at a later date.

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North American Tour 2014
10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 7-8 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores

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On tour in Europe this summer
25/07 Stockholm, SE Gröna Lund
28/07 Berlin, DE Huxleys Neue Welt
30/07 Tilburg, NL 013 Poppodium
01/08 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/08 Oulu, FI Jalometalli

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Omega Massif cancels Summer Breeze

June 22nd, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

Taken from the official Summer Breeze site

“From the OMEGA MASSIF camp we have received the sad news that the band have split up and will therefore not be available to perform at SUMMER BREEZE 2014. We tried hard to keep the band on the billing, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. We are currently working on a replacement. Here’s the original statement posted on the band’s Facebook page:”

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ONWARD – Missing Album “New Fathoms Down” Song Sample Online

June 21st, 2014
by EvilG

The missing Onward album, New Fathoms Down, will be released on July 1st through Shredguy Records. The late Michael Grant’s vocals were tracked in 2002 and the majority of the music has been re-recorded due to lack of a source tape. A teaser of the album is now streaming.

Toby Knapp, who completed the restoration of the album states: “All the original demos were recorded with cassettes, and no master could be located to isolate and remix, so I basically rebuilt all the music again over the one recording I had, and luckily Mike’s vocals were loud in the mix. Completion of the project happened fast because I was extremely inspired to do this- it was hard to quit once I started hearing the songs come to fruition. Mike always wanted his music accounted for and eventually released. So it’s my gift to him and his fans and the Onward audience.”

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JAKE E. LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL – Live at Virgin Oil Co, Helsinki

June 21st, 2014
by Marko Syrjala
Jake E Lee

Jake E Lee

JAKE E. LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL

03.06 2014

Virgin Oil Co, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Jake E. Lee’s return to the music scene was one of last year’s biggest news stories from the music world. The former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist has been nowhere to seen for the best part of the past 25 years but now he’s finally back with Red Dragon Cartel. The band released their debut album in January, and since then the band has been touring around the United States. European tour began in Italy in May and early June, the band finally arrived in Finland, where Jake has never previously appeared.

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