Best of 2014 – Robert Williams

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Robert Williams

1. Evil United – “Honored By Fire”

Evil United - "Honored By Fire"

Evil United – “Honored By Fire”

I’m proud to say that Metal-Rules.com was one of the first online outlets to cover Evil United being provided with an advance copy of their debut self titled full-length prior to it’s release in mid September of 2011 by vocalist Jason McMaster himself. So I thought I knew pretty much what to expect when Jason handed me a copy of their new album “Honored By Fire” but I’ll have to admit that I was really and truly blown away by the latest Evil United material. Melody, Speed and Brutality duke it out in an epic battle for supreme metal dominance as the technical speed metal merchants fire off hit after hit with “Dead Can See” “Caesar” “Ripping Flesh” “Tombspawn” and “Viking Funeral” and that’s all before side two!

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Best of 2014 – Waspman

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Waspman

1. Primal Fear – Delivering the Black

Primal Fear - DELIVERING THE BLACK

Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK

Over the years Primal Fear has just kept on doing their Judas Priest-inspired power metal thing, for better or worse. 17 years and 10 studio albums into their career, they’ve released what I consider their best album ever. DELIVERING THE BLACK is a crushing power metal tour de force that proves that Primal Fear are still at the top of their game and quite possibly, better than ever.

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Best of 2014 – Jarod Lawley

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules
  1. Behemoth – The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

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Best of 2014 – Jo Blackened

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules
  1. Behemoth- The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

    Behemoth – The Satanist

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Best of 2014 – Brat

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Brat

1. Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

A perfect example of how to do female-fronted symphonic power metal. Strength, melody, speed and colour. A must have album for every lover of this genre.

Second year in a row my top pick is a female-front band. 2014 has been a good year for women in metal. It has been a year of metal feasting with so many of the ‘big’ names releasing albums, but I seem to have enjoyed listening to the newer bands this year.

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Best of 2014 – Hellias Papadopoulos

December 29th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014- Hellias Papadopoulos

1. Black Label Society – Catacombs of The Black Vatican

Black Label Society- Catacombs of The Black Vatican

Black Label Society- Catacombs of The Black Vatican

This last BLS album continues the very remarkable comeback for Black Label Society. Probably among their best albums; but is compact, mature, energetic and looks perfectly focused. Along with its character, retains the element of freshness, implemented through small changes in their music. This is a perfect example of how to variate your music after almost 25 years.

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ACCEPT Parts Ways With Guitarist HERMAN FRANK AND Drummer STEFAN SCHWARZMANN

December 29th, 2014
by EvilG
Accept

Accept

ACCEPT have parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann.

Says ACCEPT in a statement: “ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last four-plus years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off!

“We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control.

“Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band PANZER, a Nuclear Blast record deal under their belts and a new album!

“We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success!

“We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 — another year of heavy touring!

“We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014!

“The ‘Blind Rage’ world tour continues in 2015.”

Accept

Accept

Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band’s “Restless And Wild” album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983’s “Balls To The Wall” LP.

When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.

Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT’s comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010’s “Blood of the Nations”, 2012’s “Stalingrad” and 2014’s “Blind Rage”.

Frank and Schwarzmann are currently involved in a new project called PANZER, also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION.

PANZER’s debut album, “Send Them All To Hell”, was released on November 28 via Nuclear Blast.

For more on Panzer, visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheGermanPanzer

Panzer

Panzer

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Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour – Calgary AB – Dec 14

December 28th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour 2014

Down and Orange Goblin

w/ King Parrot

December 14, 2014

Review & Photos by Monika Deviat

Down Photo © Monika Deviat

Down Photo © Monika Deviat

The “Punk Rock But Kinda Not” tour featuring headliners Down stopped in Calgary Alta., to play at Flames Central on December 14, 2014. Main support for the tour was Orange Goblin from England. Bl’st was not able to make it so Australia’s King Parrot were the only other band on the bill this evening.  The upper levels of the venue were closed off for a private function, but this tour probably could have sold a lot more tickets to pack the upper tiers. The party upstairs did come out to watch Orange Goblin and Down it didn’t look completely empty in the upper levels.

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Sabaton @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

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

Sabaton

@The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

December 9th 2014

Review by Andy Edwards/Nikki Ryan

Pics by Nikki Ryan

Sabaton

Sabaton

When ‘Heroes’ was released to critical acclaim earlier this year, it was obvious that Sabaton’s inevitable UK tour would be a mighty success. With arguably their best material since 2005’s ‘Primo Victoria’, it came as no surprise that Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms sold out months before Sabaton’s return to our shores.
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Best of 2014 – Arto Lehtinen

December 27th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 Arto Lehtinen

1. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Once again Thomas G. Fischer made and created amazing heavy and depressive riffs on the second album titled Melana Chasmata. The utter heavy and slow songs literally rip the heart apart and turn the mind insane. Amazing album in every aspect.

2. At The Gates – At War With Reality

At The Gates – At War With Reality

At The Gates – At War With Reality

When At The Gates started working on their new album, it was kind of hard to expect the material to top the early stuff. But with this album, At The Gates proved themselves by being one hell of band with killer catchy and vicious riffs.

3. Accept – Blind Rage

Blind Rage

Accept – Blind Rage

Holy crap, the third album with Mark Tornillo is bloody awesome old school heavy metal release.

4. Behemoth – The Satanist
5. Exodus – Blood In Blood Out
6. Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
7. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
8. Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
9. Primordial – Bloodstone & Diamonds
10. Bodycount – Manslaughter
11. Electric Wizard – Time to Die
12. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
13. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died
14. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
15. Vallynfyre – Splinters
16. Taake – Stridens hus
17. Hirax – Immortal Legacy
18. Obituary – Inked in Blood
19. The Skull – For Those Which Are Asleep
20. Master’s hammer – Vagus Vetus

 

Best Ep 2014

Bölzer – Soma (Ep)

Bölzer - Soma (Ep)

Bölzer – Soma (Ep)

The Swiss two piece band has caused the relentless fuss in the extreme metal scene. The Some Ep is a real sonic pleasure of a mix death/black. Bölzer needs to be checked out by all these ones looking for the brutal and barbaric death/black metal.

Best new band

Blue Pills
I had no clue of this band nor heard in advance. I happened to end up to the tent stage at the Summer Breeze festival and discovered this band fronted by the beautiful sounding lady. I had to follow the show as whole. This new retro-rock band will be on the next hype level for a while.

Best Book

Isten Fanzine – Don’t Break The Ghost

Isten Fanzine - Don’t Break The Ghost

Isten Fanzine – Don’t Break The Ghost

That magnificent package of the old school metal fanzine published in the last 30 years as one massive book is impressive as hell. Every goddamn metalhead must obtain this massive reading experience to learn how the underground was based on the DIY attitude.

King Diamond

King Diamond

Best concert of 2014

  1. Dark Angel – Swedenrock 2014 and Jalometalli 2014:They made and came back and conquered all the way!!!!!
  2. King Diamond – Jalometalli 2014: Fucking freaking awesome show.
  3. Carcass – 70000tons of Metal 2014: Seeing Carcass under the Caribbean sky in the middle of the sea was magical.
  4. Biohazard – Summer Breeze Festival 2014: Pits and crowd surfing and ultimate tight playing.

Album disappointments of 2014

Loudness – The Sung Will Rise Again: Well I’d rather listen to their 80’s stuff for sure.

Greatest hopes for 2015

  1. That the new Slayer wont suck that much
  2. Seeing more killer bands live

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New Split Heaven Line – Up

December 26th, 2014
by EvilG
SPLIT HEAVEN 2015 LINEUP NAMED

SPLIT HEAVEN 2015 LINEUP NAMED

We’re delighted to announce Jason Conde-Houston as our new singer and front man!!

As soon as Jason told us he was interested on being part of Split Heaven, we knew it was him. Of course, we have heard him with his band Skelator before, but when he sent the audition an we listened what he did with “Danger Zone”, immediately stopped hearing other vocalists.

We want to thank all singers who sent their demos, we got auditions from México, Spain and U.S.A and now, finally, we decided to have Jason as a part of the Split Heaven dynasty.

Jason says: “It is an honor to announce that I am joining Split Heaven as their new singer. I have been a fan since 2010 when I heard their first album “Psycho Samurai”. This does not mean the end of Skelator, I think this will make me a better musician and give both bands more connections around the globe.”

Wait for the new album, its gonna be KILLER!! www.splitheaven.net

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sincerely,

Jason, Carlo, Armand & Tomás

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MANDRAGORA (Peru) signed to INFERNÖ Records

December 26th, 2014
by EvilG
MANDRAGORA

MANDRAGORA

MANDRAGORA – the new sensation in Old-School Heavy-Metal from South-America & France based old-school Metal Label INFERNÖ Records are particularly happy to announce that both parts found an agreement which will result in a record deal.

Although no release-date has been yet defined, you can expect the first full-length album by MANDRAGORA somewhere in 2015 – more infos will come later on time as soon as new details have to be revealed. The Debut Album will be recorded at the Quarter Note Studios in Lima-Peru with Paul Pinto as Music Producer. It is also agreed that a limited cassette edition of the band including their demo, songs from the EP and two new songs could be shortly released early 2015 – you’re warned, stay tuned.

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Abgott @ The Boston Music Room, London

December 26th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Abgott

@ Boston Music Room, London

December 5th 2014

Review by Ann Sulaiman
Pics by Graham Hilling

Abgott

Abgott

Four years since their last LP release “Godfather In Black”, Italian/British black metallers Abgott had finally returned to London as part of their European 2014 tour. Though not even half of the London scene were able to turn up, due to Winter being the most competitive season for big name gigs, it was ultimately their loss for missing not only the return of one of their own (due to frontman Agamoth’s part in the scene for more than a decade) but a show that wore the spirit of black metal on its sleeve.
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COBURN PHARR to join ANNIHILATOR on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015!

December 25th, 2014
by EvilG
Annihilator

Annihilator

70000TONS OF METAL is proud to announce that ANNIHILATOR mastermind Jeff Waters has invited ex-vocalist COBURN PHARR to feature in their performances when The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sails to Jamaica in January 2015. Pharr was lead vocalist on ANNIHILATOR‘s critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release “Never, Neverland” which includes classics such as “Road To Ruin”, “I Am In Command”, “Reduced To Ash” and “Phantasmagoria”.

Waters comments: “Seeing as how it is the 25th Anniversary of my favorite ANNIHILATOR album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to invite Coburn with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of. I haven’t seen him since 1992 so I think the fans are going to spot us having lots of conversations about the old days (and my 80’s hair style)! Current ANNIHILATOR vocalist Dave Padden is very much looking forward to this as he is a huge fan of that album and Coburn, but also because he won’t have to play and sing those songs hahaha…!”

Jeff Waters will also be hosting JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS All-Star Jam which will feature members from the 60 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015,  which includes ARCH ENEMY, APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK, NAPALM DEATH, THERION, VENOM and many more!

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 on board the Royal Caribbean “Liberty Of The Seas” from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015

Ticket prices start at USD 666 Per Person (plus Taxes & Fees), which includes all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

Check out www.70000tons.com and book your ticket now!

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PRIMAL FEAR – New Drummer Aquiles Priester Makes Live Debut Art Knock Out Festival 2015; Fan-Filmed Video Posted

December 24th, 2014
by EvilG
Primal Fear

Primal Fear

In September, Primal Fear announced former Angra drummer Aquiles Priester as the replacement for Randy Black, who recently left the band due to personal differences.

The band stated simply: “We’re proud that such an amazing artist is joining our band.

Priester made his live debut with Primal Fear on December 20th in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Knock Out Festival. Fan-filmed video from the band’s set is available below:

Knock Out Festival and the last show of Primal Fear in 2014 done. Aquiles killed it – thanks to the crew and everybody involved in the festival! After a very busy year and our highest entry ever on Pos. 13 in the German charts with Delivering The Black we will thank our friends and fans for busy & fantastic year! We have a lot of plans for 2015 incl. recording a new album, coming back to South America and first of all the 70.000 tons of metal cruise! CU soon!

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