REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN
The Gamma Ray / Rhapsody of Fire package tour was certainly one of the most anticipated power metal gigs in the spring in Finland. Gamma Ray just released their album EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD which is their strongest album in ages and Rhapsody of Fire now finally played in Helsinki for the first time since 2001, so it wasn’t surprising that the show in club Tavastia sold out a long time ago. It left in the air the question of whether the bands should have played more than one gig in Finland this time.
The legendary BODY COUNT (featuring Ice-T on vocals) triumphantly returns with their much anticipated, new full-length album, Manslaughter, which is set for a June 10th release.
BODY COUNT will be performing a special, one-off record release headlining show at The Gramercy in NYC on June 12th with Madball as direct support (admat attached) If you want to attend the show please let me know asap
BLACKWELDER, the brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in power prog metal today, streaming the brand new song ‘The Night Of New Moon‘. The band is currently recording and mixing its as-yet-untitled album for a late 2014 release via GoldenCore/ZYX Music. The CD will be mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY). The song can be streamed below.
Exhumed came back to Helsinki, Finland, mid March to promote “Necrocracy” which has been praised by fans and critics alike, and once again I sat down with Exhumed’s vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey to talk about the recent album, touring, some possible future plans for the band and a bit also about one of Matt’s side project, Dekapitator.
DRASTIC SOLUTION, an Italian Thrash Metal/HC band, announce the release of their first full length album. It will be released by Wine Blood Records with worldwide distribution. The band has published the Official Video of the title track “Thrashers”, watch it below.
Just few days before Swedish metallers Katatonia roll into the city of London to play their acoustic show at The Union Chapel as a part of their Unplugged & Reworked tour, Metal-Rules.com UK team had a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Anders Nyström (guitar) and talk through their latest and critically acclaimed release Dethroned and Uncrowned and the acoustic tour itself.
For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.
H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.
A little more than a year later, his exceptionally stunning art made what might be one of Celtic Frost’s most important albums, To Mega Therion, even more significant. Other links to Giger’s universe also manifested themselves, almost as if it was predestined.
Eventually, after many more years, the mentorship became a friendship. It was a friendship and a personal connection I valued infinitely, and it also included his wonderful wife, Carmen, and many other remarkable people that were part of his universe.
When Celtic Frost came to an end so acrimoniously in 2008, H.R. Giger and his wife were among those who witnessed my uncontained despair and stood by me. That Giger subsequently agreed to collaborate with my new group, Triptykon, and thus enabled us to release our first album, Eparistera Daimones, with one of his most dramatic paintings on the cover meant the world to me.
It apparently pleased Giger, too. He told me so on several occasions, and he completely stunned me in October 2011 by proposing that we continue the collaboration between him and Triptykon. I would have never asked for such a thing, because I never would have wanted to appear insatiable. He brushed such reservations aside, and it was his mentorship, friendship, and art that enabled us, once again, to release a second album on which music and cover art formed a seamless symbiosis. Only a few weeks ago, he held the result in his hands and loved it.
Regardless of anything I may write about H.R. Giger, however, none of these words will ever be able to truly, accurately describe him as a person and as a friend. It is utterly inconceivable to imagine a world without his wit, his perception, his genius, his horizon, his determination, his humour, his friendship, and his immeasurable kindness. And yet, we are now left in exactly such a world.
We join Alissa White-Gluz and Micheal Amott in the Century Media Records offices in Camden Town, right by the Camden Lock in London, UK, and just a bridge away from arguably the most frequented metal bar in the area. The setting is pleasantly metal on a tranquil spring afternoon.
Arch Enemy has received a lot of publicity lately, following the announcement in March that Angela Gossow will be stepping down as a vocalist. Plus their new album, War Eternal (2014), is on its way out. We are curious to find out more.
Waterghost, the new Brazilian Metal Opera project, is coming! It’ll also be composed by a lot of musicians who will be announced soon.
The first single “The Four Elements” will feature vocalist André Ferrari. Currently, Ferrari is vocalist for Mr.Ego and former member from Eyes of Shiva, in which he recorded two albums, released internationally and great repercussion in Heavy Metal scene. In addition, he participated in major projects with renowned musicians, such as Andre Matos, Kiko Loureiro, Fabio Laguna, Edguy, Exodus and Viper.
The guitars for “The Four Elements” was composed and recorded by Vinicius Almeida – multi instrumentalist and producer, participating in the Metal scene for 15 years. The cover art was created by the advertising company Diferencie Comunicação Integrada.
A founding member of Greek brutal metallers, In Utero Cannibalism, Miltos has providing guidance for many fundamental bands in the scene and now hangs his hat with IUC, a band with a mortal guttural obsessionand he gave us a piece of their collective and individual minds.
The editor-in-chief of Metal-Rules.Com may get fist fucked because of the Nine Inch Nails gig review, but hey Nine Inch Nails were one of those industrial pioneers opening doors for this type of sonic tormenting assault. Obviously the legendary Woodstock show back in 1994 definitely catapulted the band led by Trent Reznor into another dimension of the success. Of course Downward Spiral is definitely the epitome of all industrial albums in ages and the whole genre as well. Even though NIN have visited Finland a couple of times before, but for some reason the timeline ended mostly around the time of the Downward album for me. Therefore going to witness NIN was definitely more than a welcomed idea.
The Hartwall area with the 12000 seats was half packed by different sorts of people, from metal fans to the alternative crowd and of course mainstream music lovers having attended the NIN gig. On the other hand that amount people in such a huge hall looked truly pathetic. The smaller venue with the same amount fans would have made the gig more intimate as well as a way more brutal by creating the more suitable atmosphere for one hell of a memorable NIN show.
The gig started with the Pinion intro and was followed by “Copy A”, “100.000.00”. However the setlist had been created to cover a lot of the material from the era of 1989 – 1994. Especially the songs, f:ex “March Of The Pigs”,”Piggy”, “Closer” etc, off from DOWNWARD SPIRAL played the dominating role on the set. Whereas “Head Like A Hole” out of three songs off the debut album PRETTY HATE MACHINE caused the ballistic reaction amongst the audience. In the mid of the gig the venue turned to an ambient sonic catacomb, when beats of songs such as “The Great Destroyer”, “Me, I’m Not” definitely went straight to the heart and head.
The whole show was nothing, but an utter tremendous triumph of lights and visual aspects. Getting the epilepsy stroke resulted by the flashing light was quite near. All the visual aspects created real massive and unique show fitting to the sonic pleasure of NIN from the softer to the head ripping. The separate massive huge gate looking construction showed up between the drums and the rest of the band. As for the band, Ilan Rubin proved to be the real multi-instrumentalist by doing the drums and handling the guitars as well, the guitarist Robin Finck mauled the guitar while taking care of the vocals. To sum up, the whole NIN sounded extremely killer, vicious and above all razor sharp.
The whole visualized show was concluded by the obvious choice “Hurt” of which Johnny Cash made an immortal cover version before passing away. That brought the tranquiled harmonic atmosphere to concluded the gig.
Nine Inch Nails offered a real in your face show with the massive light show and a real deal of the most asskicking songs from the long career. Trent Reznor with the back-up forces were on the strike thru the whole 90 minute set. Even though Reznor is reaching the magical 50 year sooner or later, he still lives up with the passion to the music and the performance. Well maybe he ain’t that wild as 20 years ago at the legendary Woodstock show.
Pinion / The Eater of Dreams Copy of A 1,000,000 Terrible Lie March of the Pigs Piggy Reptile The Becoming Gave Up Closer Sanctified Me, I’m Not Came Back Haunted The Great Destroyer Hand Covers Bruise
Beside You in Time Somewhat Damaged Wish The Hand That Feeds Head Like a Hole