GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of Dave Brockie Foundation

April 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Gwar6GWAR 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 .

A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed in this post by Gwar.

” 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-brockie-foundation

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Interview with Vader

April 10th, 2014
by J P

Interview With Peter of Vader

by Hellias

Piotr 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.

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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? ;)

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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.

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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 ;)

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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/

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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?

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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

Greece: Human

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/

 

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DevilDriver – Interview with Jeff Kendrick

April 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

DevilDriver

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.

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Freedom Call Interview

April 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Freedom Call Interview

@ Camden Barfly, London

22nd March 2014

Interview by Rowena Lamb

Photographs by Nikki Ryan

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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).

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DevilDriver @ Electric Ballroom, London

April 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

DevilDriver

@ Electric Ballroom

April 4, 2014

Review by Lee Carter

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Devildriver

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 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Bleed From Within

Interview with Craig “Goonzi” Gowans

April 4, 2014

Interview by Lee Carter

Photography by  Graham Hilling

Craig "Goonzi" Gowans from Bleed from Within

Craig “Goonzi” Gowans from Bleed from Within

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

April 9th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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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.

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Conan – Interview With Jon Davis

April 9th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Conan Interview

with Jon Davis at Sanctuary, Basingstoke

22nd March 2014

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Conan; a three piece from the North West of England, they are a pioneering member of the growing in popularity doom scene of the UK. With their infectious dark tones, blistering beats, harsh vocals and thundering bass lines; that are rich in reverb heavy feedback that could melt iron from a statue.

The band have been consistently touring, writing and recording albums, with hard work and determination, it’s no wonder they are sought after. As part of their UK tour with Bast, we caught up front man for a chat Jon Davis in the bands van, parked outside for tonight’s gig in Basingstoke’s intimate venue; Sanctuary.

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SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators To Join AEROSMITH On Their ‘Let Rock Rule’ Tour

April 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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SLASH joined Aerosmith for a roof-raising set in front of a packed crowd at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in celebration of their forthcoming headlining North American tour this summer. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the LET ROCK RULE tour kicks off on Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see full itinerary below).  SLASH and Aerosmith–longtime friends who’ve performed together throughout the years–will also take over Los Angeles, Cali. (The Forum), San Francisco, Cali. (Sleep Train Pavilion) and Boston, Mass. (Xfinity Center), among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). Expect SLASH and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators to announce additional solo dates in between the arena shows.

“Aerosmith is one of my all time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time,” says SLASH. “It’s an honor for me to go out & tour with them and  keep the rock & roll banner flying high.”

The SLASH pre-sale begins on Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 AM local time on: http://slashonline.com/tour. The ticket package includes: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the NEW SLASH album (due in Sept 2014) and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store. For all packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m.  Citi® cardmembers will also have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m.  through Citi’s Private Pass® Program.  For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.  This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale to the general public starting on Monday, April 14 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.  The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly.

SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators—MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (guitar)–will return this September with their third studio album, title TBA and second album with this line-up. The group is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which is being helmed by producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus). The group is recording a total of 17 songs–including one instrumental.  “It’s very rock. It’s more up-tempo than the last record was,” states vocalist KENNEDY. “Slash has got some really great riffs on this record. Killer stuff…” “The material on this album is more serious and more fun at the same time, which is a tough balance,” adds bassist TODD KERNS. “The songs are sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. We’re all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.”

SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others. SLASH explains, “We’ve worked really well together from the start. I never thought about how it’s progressed. It’s real natural and like any sort of close relationship, we established it early on and now we’re just sort of doing our thing, it’s just a really cool kind of synergy that we’ve got.” Apocalyptic Love earned SLASH two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” The album’s third single, “Anastasia,” cracked the Top 10 at Modern and Active Rock and Top Five at Mainstream Rock.

Watch SLASH’s “Real To Reel” webisodes happening now in the studio at: www.slashonline.com. The innovative online series is documenting the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last, the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record the new album from start to finish.

Following the summer run with Aerosmith, the group will return to the U.K. and Europe. Expect more shows to be announced shortly.

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators tour dates are as follows:
DATE   CITY   VENUE

Thu

7/10

Wantagh, NY

Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre

Sun

7/13

Kitchener, ON, Canada

McLennan Park

Wed

7/16

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

Sat

7/19

Cadott, WI

Rock Fest

Tue

7/22

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

**Fri

7/25

Tinley Park, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

**Wed

7/30

Inglewood, CA

The Forum

Sat

8/2

Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Fri

8/8

Stateline, NV

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys

Wed

8/13

Concord, CA

Sleep Train Pavilion

Sat

8/16

George, WA

The Gorge Amphitheatre

Tue

8/19

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Fri

8/22

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Mon

8/25

The Woodlands, TX

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Thu

8/28

Atlanta, GA

Phillips Arena

Sun

8/31

Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall

Wed

9/3

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

Sat

9/6

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Tue

9/9

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Fri

9/12

Sydney, NS, Canada

Open Hearth Park

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Gorgoroth & Vital Remains @ The Garage, London

April 8th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Gorgoroth & Vital Remains

@ The Garage, London

6th April 2014

Review and Photos by Ashlinn Nash

The Garage queue is a lively one, with patch jackets, studs, spikes and of course the traditional array of faces adorning white face paint with variants of Carpathian forest to Watain inspired styles, all in all nothing short of a Peter Beste Picture book. Excitement and attention has been brought to The garage, let’s just hope it’s ready for it.

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MACHINE HEAD Announce “Killers & Kings Tour”!

April 8th, 2014
by EvilG

MACHINE HEAD are proud to announce their first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America. The 11 date “Killers & Kings Tour” will serve as an album primer for more dates in the U.S., but more importantly will hit numerous cities that MACHINE HEAD  hasn’t headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never headlined, or even played, at all.

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Interview with Suicidal Angels

April 8th, 2014
by J P

INTERVIEW WITH SUICIDAL ANGELS 

by Hellias

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello Nick! It’s Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com. I am very happy for this interview! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

Hello Hellias, nice talking to you, I’m pretty fine, I hope the same for you as well my friend. I would like to thank you very much for this interview, and send out thrashing hello to you and all your readers. Right now, I’m checking in from home, since we have returned from the “Conquering Europe “ Tour 2014, a totally crazy month…!!!

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Metal-Rules.com: Congratulations for your latest effort, Divide and Conquer! It’s really fantastic and different to the other Suicidal Angel releases as its duration is too long for an regular thrash metal album. You slow down your speed in parts being mid-tempo and too rhythmic. It’s kinda progressive (not with the close meaning of the musical term). What’s your opinion about DIVIDE AND CONQUER album’s otherness?

As you also said, “Divide and Conquer” is a totally different album, compared to the previous Suicidal Angels’ albums. Personally i believe that it is the best SA album so far, i know that it may sound as a cliche, because everybody says this, when they have a new album out, but for me it isn’t, since “Divide and Conquer” has many different elements. I will start from the songs themselves. As you mentioned there are a lot of different songs in this album, slower parts, faster parts, more atmospheric parts, you know, there is variety. I don’t know if it is progressive or not, we totally like it. Concerning the production, this time we have worked for the album in 4 different studios. First we did the pre-production and part of the guitars in Athens at the Zero Gravity Studios and then we flew over to Germany to the Music Factory and Prophecy studios to complete the recordings. We had some special treatment at the drums in another studio in Germany, Soundlodge Studios and finally we flew over to Sweden for the mix and master, at the Fredman Studios. This time we chose to work with Fredrik Nordstrom, a really experienced sound engineer, with his own personal and unique sound, absolutely characteristic. We didn’t know what to expect, since he hasn’t done thrash metal for quite a long time, but since we had a different album for us, we wanted to have somebody special to mix it, so that in the end, we have, what we wanted, personality in each song. Fredrik, totally made it, managed to create a killer up to date production with a strong old school feeling, exactly as we wanted.

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Metal-Rules.com: This album made Suicidal Angels making one step further. What does future holds for the band?

Who can actually predict the future, so he can also tell me…haha. We just came back from a really successful European tour, we have already confirmed shows in Japan for September, summer festivals and some other single shows, around Europe. TO be honest, we have already started working on some new ideas for a future album, but nothing ready or planned yet. For the time being, we are making all the necessary discussions for possible shows all over the world. Stay tuned and more news will be coming soon.

Metal-Rules.com: Suicidal Angels member have been half-replaced. Why is that?

You know, it is really hard to find people to work with. To be ready to sacrifice everything in their life, in order to dedicate themselves in the band. It is always like that, even after records, people realise that are tired of touring, or tired being away from their girlfriends or family, tired of the whole thing. As you possibly understand, these people automatically become a problem, and are not functional anymore. Most of the times they decide to leave on their own, but sometimes you have to kick them out as well. It is how it is, we have to accept reality. The fact, and this is the only thing that actually matters, is that we have found two new members, Chris on guitar and Angel on bass, who totally fit in the band, in the way of the band is working, and ready to sacrifice everything to be on the road. They are the perfect match since they are as crazy as i am, hahaha!!!

Metal-Rules.com: Please speak some words about the album production. I know that RD Liapakis put his own hand on it! How is working with him in the studio?

RD Lia, above all he is a friend. We didn’t know each other, before we work together in “Sanctify the Darkness”, but we worked really well, and we also enjoyed each others company and friendship, so through the years we have become friends as well. It is really cool working with Lia, since we are talking the same language, it is way easier to communicate and make everything quicker. Moreover, he is a fan of the 80’s music and he totally understands our feeling about music. Great guy, easy going co-operation, i don’t need more, absolutely perfect!

Metal-Rules.com: How did you record DIVIDE AND CONQUER? Please speak some words about the recording process and album production.

We haven’t done anything weird, haha. Guitars as i said before were recorded some of them parts in Athens and some in Germany. We have used ENGL Savage 120 for one guitar, and Peavey 5150 II for the other, both of them on ENGL cabinets. Bass was recorded with Mesa Boogie amplifiers and all recordings, mix and master were done on Pro Tools. We spent quite a lot of time, especially on the drums and the guitars. The drum tracks have been especially treated in another studio in Germany, at Soundloge Studios, and we also spent a lot of time with the guitars, since we wanted to catch the live aggressive feeling of playing. You know, it’s a but hard to explain, since, what we wanted to create in this record, is the feeling that you have the band in front of you playing. Mr Nordstrom helped a lot in this.

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Chris and Nick in their new studio

 

Metal-Rules.com: You recently moved to Germany. Is that a necessary move to make your dream true or?

No it wasn’t necessary to move, to make any dream come true. The dream had become true since the first time that we hit the road on 2007, from that period and then, was totally in our hand to keep it and maintain it. We just moved to Germany, because every time of touring or festival time, we had to fly back and forth a lot of time, spending a lot of time and money with no reason, we couldn’t even bring our equipment on the tour, because we had to pay a shitload of money on cargo expenses. Now everything is on driving distance, or at least is way closer than before. It’s also easier to book some single shows, since the travel expenses aren’t that big anymore. It was just one more step, one more decision that was needed to be taken, in order to make our life easier.

Metal-Rules.com: Suicidal Angels are around for the almost 10 years. In one word, how do you describe this route to date?

Dedication and sacrifice. It’s 2 words, but that’s the truth.

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

I think that music industry now, is not as it used to be. The sales are going down, because of the downloading, and there are also thousands of bands out there nowadays, totally different compared to the past. I believe that most of all have been affected the people working there and the labels themselves, because they were used to another situation. I don’t personally know how was it in the past, I’m just transferring what i have heard. I think that because of the huge variety of styles and bands that exist nowadays, it is really hard to stand out, and if you do so, definitely it needs way bigger effort than before to maintain your music in good level as well as the live performance. Different situation that we all need to comply somehow in.

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Metal-Rules.com: Is technology (e.g.: pro-tools) part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

There is no balance in the whole thing, there is no need to search for a balance. Technology is there, exists, you just decide the percentage you want to use it, in your music. We are somehow, more traditional, more romantic as you say, we like to have as mush as possible, warm sound in our production, not too much industrialised. Of course, in the end of the day, this is just a matter of taste. Everybody chooses whatever believes is more suitable for his music. There is no magic recipe or filter to use. The best thing to do is to record as tight and clean as you can, so in the end, everything becomes really really easy.

Metal-Rules.com: What was the last album kicked your arse?

I was really impressed by the latest Behemoth album, “The Satanist”. Great atmosphere and really evil.

Metal-Rules.com: Vinyl junkie or ipod flunky?

To be honest i am a cd collector. I am of this generation, haha. I love vinyls especially for the great artwork, you know its bigger in size and there is space to have all the details of the artwork, clearer. On the other hand, there is no chance to have a vinyl player with you in a trip…so the iPod solution is unavoidable. We had walkman and portable cd players in the past, the modern way is the iPod. Cant easily escape! I’m not against the iPod thing or mp3s, but i strongly believe that, if you like an album, it is good to buy it as well, in order to support the band, it’s the best way! Of course you can’t buy everything, because you need a lot of money, but those that you like deserve the support!!

Metal-Rules.com: I would like to hear from your own lips the story behind the ‘Suicidal’success? The ‘incident’ with the Rock The Nation Contest and your win. (We all are proud of that!)

We are going to 2009, when we have start the recordings of our second album, “Sanctify the Darkness”. It was almost done, we needed to sort out artworks and these kind of stuff, when we hear about this Rock the Nation contest. It was an internet contest, where from the 1st of August till the 15th, everybody could subscribe his band. From the 15th till the end of August ( if i remember correctly the dates ) the whole thing was open to everybody, to vote which band wanted to win. They were over 1200 bands subscribed…One more morning, i wake up, i check the mails as usually, and i see a mail saying congratulations you won the Rock the Nation Contest. You can easily imagine that i thought it was spam in the beginning, or some kind of joke…but it wasn’t!!! The rest is history.

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Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music? What do Suicidal Angels try to say with the new album to the people? Is there any political message?

I believe that lyrics are really important in a song. They can take the song in to another level, or just destroy it. More or less, i prefer spending some time on writing the lyrics, instead of writing of funny meaningless stories, booze or parties. There are a lot of different themes and subjects to write about. I prefer writing about personal experiences or some stuff that concern me and my band. You know, there have been many times that i have thrown away the lyrics of a song because i didn’t like it anymore. It has to be something in the lyrics, for the ones who are interested in reading lyrics, because i don’t know how many people nowadays are paying attention to them. This album is also different lyric wise compared to the previous. This time, there are songs in there like “Marching over Blood”, “Divide and Conquer” and “Pit of Snakes” which represent the contemporary situation that we all are living in, songs like “Control the twisted Mind” describing a really weird state of mind and last but not least, there is a song in there, the last one “White Wizard” which is a real story. It is about drugs, and the true story of close friend of mine who managed to get away from drugs alone, without any medical help because he couldn’t afford it. So he decided to come back to life alone, suffered for 2 weeks until his body was detoxicated…It was a really strong story.

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?

I have seen since the late 00’s that there is a huge come back of the thrash metal scene. It seems that this decade belongs to the thrash metal movement again. The 80’s bands are being reunited, new, young, fresh bands are coming up from every single corner of the planet, there is a thrash party going on everywhere!!

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?

ZZ Top or Michael Jackson!!! I love the groovy music and ZZ Top are one of my favourites. I would also say AC/Dc!!! Rock n Roll rules!!

Metal-Rules.com: I’d like to say a name and then your thoughts about it: Rotting Christ

The only word that comes to my mind when I hear the name Rotting Christ, is RESPECT!! They are the biggest metal band Greece ever had. They are on the road since late 80’s one of the first bands of black metal wave. There no words to say but RESPECT!

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

Thrash metal: Life

Greece: Democracy

Politics: Disaster

Favorite TV series: Prison Break

Black Sabbath: Evil

Strip Show: Pleasure

Thank you very very much for your time spent with me and my questions. I wish you and the rest Suicidal Angels guys all the best!!!!

Thank you very much for this interview, as well. I wish you all the best for you and your readers. Keep the horns rising and thrash till death!

 

 

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Interview with Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity

April 8th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity

by Hellias

 

Dark Tranquillity has become one of those bands who reliably put out amazing music and it would be rather fruitless to try and decide whether the new album, CONSTRUCT, is ‘better’ or ‘not better’ than SKYDANCER or FICTION. They are one of the founder of melodic death metal and one of those who made the Gothenburg metal scene what it is. It’s a Dark Tranquillity album, and all metal is better off for its existence. Metal-Rules got the chance to catch up with Niklas Sundin and talk about the new album CONSTRUCT, the difficulties the band was put through, romantization and many more…

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, 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?

Thank you very much! I’m doing fine. We’re currently in Lawrence, KS on our North American tour with Omnium, Gatherum and Exmortus. About half of the shows are done, and everything is going well.

Metal-Rules.com: Well to start off, when you started Dark Tranquillity, could you have possibly imagined that 20 years later you’d still be together and touring/writing albums?

Ha ha, not at all. When we formed the band in 1989 we had very modest goals; to record at least one demo tape and maybe get to play some local shows. Even releasing a real album didn’t seem realistic at all.

Metal-Rules.com: How did you come up with the band name?

It’s taken from one of our first songs, “Void of tranquillity”. It represented what we wanted at the time, but it retrospect it’s not the best band name. Even native English speakers can have a problem with it, and the word “tranquillity” is spelled differently in British and American English, so it’s a constant source of confusion.

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Metal-Rules.com: A lot of bands are more respected in other countries than their homeland. How is Dark Tranquillity received in Sweden? I’m just asking as many artists did not receive the feedback they deserve except for Scandinavian bands.

It’s always hard to compare. For a long time we (and most other bands from here) had a pretty low profile in Sweden. We could play shows for a lot of people throughout most of Europe, but even the hometown gigs in Gothenburg wouldn’t attract a very large audience. This has actually changed for the better during the past couple of years, and I actually think that Sweden is one of the best countries for us these days.

Metal-Rules.com: Dark Tranquillity has been playing almost for the past 25 years. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time… What makes you always keep pushing forward?

It depends what you mean with difficulties. As any other band with a long history, we’ve had our share of misfortunes, but nothing truly devastating. We’ve had equipment stolen, been ripped off lots of times and have made mistakes by trusting the wrong people, but nothing out of the ordinary. We’ve still had the good fortune of mostly working with professional and honest labels and compared to the horror stories told by many other bands, we really can’t complain. Everyone knows that the music world is chaotic, and nobody forms a metal band expecting stability and comfort.

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Metal-Rules.com: Let’s focus on your last elaboration named CONSTRUCT. It has surpassed my expectations if you consider that most bands create their best albums only in the first 5-6 years of existence. It’s a great album. You have released you latest album, Construct, in 2013. Why did you decide to give that album title?

Thanks! We like our one-word album titles, probably because they have such good potential for symbolism and ambiguity. CONSTRUCT can be both a noun and a verb, and it can relate to both the creative process itself as well as the result of it. On a more introspective level, the title comes from a song called “A memory construct”, which was written for the album but wasn’t included. It actually just got released as a 7″ vinyl EP that we’re selling on the tour. I’m not the right person to elaborate on the lyrics since I don’t write them, but in my view that song is about how limited one’s perception is and how the brain is hardwired to see patters when there are none.

Metal-Rules.com: I am surely sure that you have a great feedback on the release of Construct. Please tell us some words about its production.

Yes, the response has been very good indeed. I personally think that it was time for us to do something slightly different music-wise, and judging by the reviews, other people felt so too. As for the production, we recorded the album in Rogue Music, a studio owned by our keyboard player. Jens Bogren (known for his work with Kreator, Katatonia, Opeth etc) took care of the mixing duties and did a great job with getting us a new sound that still sounds like D.T.

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Metal-Rules.com: What’s new does Dark Tranquillity bring by Construct release regarding the previous album? What’s the new thing on it?

I think that the whole vibe and atmosphere is different from the previous 3-4 albums. More focus on feeling, less focus on technical playing.

Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics that you usually write. What’s the thing that inspires you?

I can’t really comment on this since I haven’t written any D.T. lyrics for a long time – sorry!

Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?

It used to be very important to me when we started out, but I don’t have that mindset anymore. If people find something that they can relate to in the lyrics and are able to delve beneath the surface, it’s of course great, but it’s perfectly fine to just enjoy the music by itself as well.

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Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

It’s the usual story; we were kids that spent most of our spare time listening to metal, and from there the step is pretty small to start trying to play an instrument and form your own band. None of us had any music experience when we formed D.T., so we learned on the job, so to speak.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Other than metal? All good with me. I’m a pretty selective listener and 95% of metal does absolutely nothing for me. I can appreciate anything with quality, be it grindcore, electronica, industrial, indie, jazz, 80’s pop or whatever.

Metal-Rules.com: Do you know any Greek metal bands? Is there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage? Maybe, you know Firewind and Gus G, Nightrage, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh or Suicidal Angels to name a few. And of course Helena Paparizou? Hehe!!!

Ha ha, maybe not ms. Paparizou, but I’m a big fan of the old Greek bands such as Varathron, Necromantia, Rotting christ, Zemial and Thou art Lord. There really was something unique and special about the sound and playing of those bands back in the early ’90’s. Septicflesh are impressive too (particularly their latest albums), and Gus is a phenomenal guitarist and a generally great guy.

Metal-Rules.com: Awesome! You are of the fewest people I interviewed who know more than one Greek metal acts! And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the beginning of 2014 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finally Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER). Are the last 4 years the saddest years of heavy metal?

I haven’t thought of this, but maybe you’re right. Everyone is getting older, and no-one is immortal. Even us in D.T. are pushing the age where it’s not completely unheard of to get some fatal illness. Needless to say, the musician’s lifestyle isn’t always the healthiest either.

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

Hard to say…Of course I have my opinions like everyone else, but the issue is just too complex to discuss in depth in interviews, and a lot of things get misinterpreted since the average fan lacks the knowledge to relate to these things. Also, my own viewpoint tend to change quite often. I guess that my best reply would be that no-one knows what the situation will look like in 2-3 years, and that we’re happy just focusing on the music and leave the music industry headache to the management and record label.

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

It’s not a black and white issue, but I’m generally pro-tech. I believe the romantization of the natural and the historical past can lead to a lot of suffering and tragedy, but at the same time there are of course hazards with most kinds of technological development.

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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?

Hard to say – I never really cared too much about these things. At any given time, there will always be an “overground” movement that’s largely uninteresting and in part based on what the underground pioneered a bit earlier. It’s easy to complain about how nothing new or interesting is happening within the metal scene, but there’s usually a lot of good stuff to be found underneath the surface. And for every movement there will be a counter movement.

Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

I can’t really think of anyone. The musicians that I truly like are rarely interested in cooperations, and part of the reason why I like them has to do with the fact that they’re making something that I couldn’t create myself. For example, I think that Nick Cave, Jarboe or David Tibet are fascinating musicians, but I can’t see what on Earth I could contribute to a mutual project with them.

Metal-Rules.com: You never know, but think positive! Hehehe! Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

Death Metal: I still get puzzled when people call D.T. a death metal band.

Greece: Great country that I hope will see brighter times soon.

Politics: A necessary evil when it comes to organizing a society

Breaking Bad (TV series): Only saw the first 2 seasons so far, but a very good show for sure!

Black Sabbath: Classic band, though I never listened much to them.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview and for taking your time and accepting our request. I wish to you and the rest guys of Dark Tranquillity all the best!!!

Thanks! Looking forward to playing in Greece later this spring!

 

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MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy Kilmister Makes the Official Coin Toss at Last Weekend’s LA KISS Game

April 8th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Legendary MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister was busy last weekend making a very unique local appearance at the home opener for the LA KISS AFL football team at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA – taking part in the official coin toss! There were over 14,000 fans in attendance to see the LA KISS take on the Portland Thunder. Steel Panther played the halftime show with Nita Strauss of the Iron Maidens as the guest guitarist! See above for a shot of Lemmy as he prepared for the coin toss with a referee and several AFL players.

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.

**This just in – the one and only Slash will jam on a few tracks with MOTÖRHEAD at their Los Angeles date this Friday, as well as both Coachella 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

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 Website: www.imotorhead.com

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Interview with Jens Ludwig of Edguy – March 30, 2014

April 7th, 2014
by Metalette

Interview with Jens Ludwig of Edguy

Interviewed on March 30, 2014 by Metalette

Jens Ludwig of Edguy

Jens Ludwig of Edguy

I got to speak with guitarist Jens Ludwig of Edguy about the band’s upcoming album, Space Police – Defenders of the Crown – out via Nuclear Blast records on April 18!

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