Interview With Overkill Vocalist Bobby Blitz

September 11th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Overkill

Interview with Bobby Blitz

8th September 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

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With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.

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Interview with Ahab

September 11th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Ahab

Interview with Daniel Droste

9th September 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

Shortly after the release of Ahab’s fourth album, The Boats Of Glenn Carigg, we spoke to frontman Daniel about the record’s concept, recording process and extremely vibrant artwork.

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SLAYER Release New Album And Video

September 11th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans.  Launching with glowing early reviews – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “Slayer continues to reign” (Kerrang!), “as unrelenting as all of their 11 previous” (SPIN), “the sound of Slayer telling you that it still recognizes its essence” (New York Times), and “a potent release that is undeniably Slayer” (Loudwire), the band is showing they are, as the British daily The Guardian put it, “still the masters of this stuff.”

The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today

The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means:
to feel no regret or remorse.  Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered.  Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made:  Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”),  Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”).

This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video.  He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.”  For the “Repentless” video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”

Repentless was produced and mixed by Terry Date and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles.  The album is Slayer’s first release since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and features band members Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt.

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TENGGER CAVALRY – INTERVIEW WITH VOCALIST NATURE GANGANBAIGAL

September 8th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Tengger Cavalry

Interview with frontman Nature Ganganbaigal

Interview by Melanie Brehaut

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Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry have undergone a major change recently, with the band permanently relocating to America and vocalist Nature Ganganbaigal recruiting new members for this most international of bands. Melanie Brehaut spoke to Ganganbaigal about the recent changes, and what it means for the band’s future.

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Interview with Vesperia Part 2

September 6th, 2015
by J P

Interview with Vesperia Part 2

by JP

CONGRATULATIONS TO VESPERIA, WINNERS OF THE WORLD WACKEN METAL BATTLE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2015!!

Vesperia beat hundreds of bands worldwide to take the title. A Canadian band has won the WMB two out of the last three years!

See their winning performance below.

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Vagos Open Air (Portugal)

September 6th, 2015
by J P

Vagos Open Air

by special guest writer and photographer Keith Devereux

 

It’s the second weekend of August so it must be Vagos Open Air (VoA), when the peace of the little town of Vagos is shattered by the roar of guitars, the pounding of drums and the delighted screams of a thousand metal fans. In its several years of existence VoA has gone from a small two day festival featuring local bands to a three day international festival that plays host to metal bands from all over Europe and beyond. That Vagos can attract international bands like Within Temptation, Overkill and Black Label Society, who were also playing at Bloodstock in the UK the same weekend, speaks volumes for the hard work of the promoters, Prime Artists, in creating a great festival with a good reputation.

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THRESHOLD – announce London show at O2 Islington Academy – January 24th 2016

September 6th, 2015
by EvilG

British progressive metal heroes THRESHOLD have just announced a special headline date at London’s Islington Academy for January 24th as part of a European Tour titled ‘The Journey Continues’. Threshold will perform their latest studio album, the acclaimed ‘For The Journey’ in its entirety plus a selection of classics and old favourites.

O2 Pre-Sale tickets are available now and go on General Sale 10am Saturday morning, available from the following link: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/YDH2401Y 

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Sacred Oath launches brand new website and announces “Ravensong” CD / iTunes pre-order with instant-gratification track “Taken”

September 6th, 2015
by EvilG

US power metal quartet Sacred Oath launched a brand new “Ravensong” website in anticipation of their worldwide album release with Angel Thorne Music/ILS/Caroline/Universal coming September 18thwww.sacredoath.net features art, photography, and music from the new album and the recent string of live performances in the New York metro area.

Pre-order for the “Mastered for iTunes” album began September 4th, at Apple Music and includes an instant-gratification track and a 12-page digital booklet.  The album clocks in at over 52 minutes in length and contains 10 new songs.

Sacred Oath is also offering signed “Ravensong” CDs directly on their website www.sacredoath.net.  Purchases will ship immediately – a full 2 weeks ahead of the actual street date.  Pre-orders on the physical CD include a collectible poster and sticker.

“Ravensong” is the band’s 7th studio album and first worldwide release with Caroline/Universal.

www.sacredoath.net

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ravensong/id1034026707

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From Hell’s Heart – Top 5 Metal Movie Soundtracks

September 5th, 2015
by Metal Rules

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From Hell’s Heart:
Top 5 Metal Movie Soundtracks

To be considered for the list, entries should be for MOSTLY metal soundtracks for movies. Preference is given to “metal movies” but if the movie is just, for example, a horror movie and it has a metal soundtrack, then no problem! One metal song on a soundtrack filled with pop, or whatever, is not included.

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Michael Wilton – Queensryche

September 5th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WILTON OF QUEENSRYCHE

CONDITION HUMAN, being the 13th full length album by Queensryche, proves the legendary metal squad is back on track. With the current frontman Todd LaTorre, Queensryche has risen from the ashes to show the band is alive and doing more than well. Therefore Metal-Rules.com talked to the band’s guitarist Michael Wilton about the upcoming album and the summer festival tour through Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Steve Grimmett & Nick Bowcott – Grim Reaper

September 4th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH STEVE GRIMMETT AND NICK BOWCOTT

by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Grim Reaper gained a cult following and had their greatest success in the 80’s by touring and releasing three albums SEE YOU IN HELL, FEAR NO EVIL and ROCK YOU TO HELL. When legal matters occurred, the band was forced to call it quits and  frontman Steve Grimmett joined the British thrash metal force, Onslaught. However, Grimmett has continued playing Grim Reaper material as Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper. The legendary British metal band hplayed at Swede Rock in June 2015 with the original guitarist Nick Bowcott returning to their ranks. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant task to sit down to talk with these two British gentlemen about Grim Reaper and several other topics.

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Interview with Michael Gilbert & Jason Bittner from Flotsam & Jetsam in Glasgow

September 3rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Michael Gilbert & Jason Bittner

Flotsam & Jetsam in Glasgow

Interview by Gavin Lowrey

Members: Eric ‘AK’ Knutson – vocals, Steve Conley – guitar, Michael Gilbert – guitar, Jason Bittner – drums ,Michael Spencer – bass

http://www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com/

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JOEY VERA – Armored Saint, Fates Warning and more

September 3rd, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH JOEY VERA OF ARMORED SAINT

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

Joey Vera is one of the more recognizable names in the metal scene. He has carved his name into metal history as a member of Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant opportunity to talk with Joey Vera at Wacken Open Air. The 20min conversation covered the making of the new album WIND HANDS DOWN and a bit of discussion about Anthrax and Fates Warning.

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DAVE LOMBARDO THE REPERCUSSION OF DAVE LOMBARDO LIVE IN AUSTRALIA OCTOBER 2015

September 1st, 2015
by EvilG

Punishing 16th-note kicks at rapid-fire tempos, unbelievable runs across his rack toms, insanely twisted patterns, and awe-inspiring phrases:
Dave Lombardo is deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time.

Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness has continued to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal throughout his formidable career.
His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as: Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria and John Bonham.

Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labelled.
Dave’s style has been called “astonishingly innovative,” “strikingly fast,” and “unmistakably powerful.” He has earned the title “The Godfather of Double Bass.” Lombardo’s unmatched combination of technical flair and outright speed has made him the yardstick against which all subsequent metal drummers are fated to be measured.

As an original and founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their ground-breaking 1986 release Reign in Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Dave’s musical career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc, Testament, John Zorn and PHILM, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo’s most recent endeavours have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparableTyler Bates, to lending his talent to the soundtrack of Insideous: Chapter 3 at the side of captivating yet sinister composer Joseph Bishara, to performing amidst a 75-piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young, to writing a score for a soon to be released Disney pilot.

Lombardo is out to shatter all preconceptions of what it is that he has to offer the world.

Join Dave as he discusses his incomparable musical career and Rhythm Mysterium Art Collection.
Watch never before seen footage, hear his new Paiste REIGN Ride, participate in a candid Q&A forum and meet the legend.  
Witness why Dave Lombardo is one of the most provocative and breathtaking drummers alive today!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY! 
LIMITED TO 150 TICKETS PER STATE

TOUR DATES
Tuesday, October 20: Melbourne – Allans Billy Hyde – 152 Bourke St – BOOK NOW! 
Wednesday, October 21: Adelaide – Allans Billy Hyde – 58 Gawler Place – BOOK NOW!
Thursday, October 22: Brisbane – Allans Billy Hyde – 201 Lutwyche Rd – BOOK NOW!
Friday, October 23: Sydney – Allans Billy Hyde – 228 Pitt St – BOOK NOW!

Tickets are just $35 and are available from
www.allansbillyhyde.com.au/lombardo
 
On sale Tuesday, September 1 @ 9.00am

www.facebook.com/AllansBillyHyde

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Summer Rock Festival 2015 with Corrored, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar and Sator at Friluftsbadet Svedala Sweden

September 1st, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

Summer Rock Festival

Friluftsbadet, Svedala, Sweden
9-10-11/7 2015

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

With band’s like Corrored, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar and Sator

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