Interview with Edward Banchs, author of Heavy Metal Africa

February 18th, 2017
by J P

Interview with Edward Banchs, author of Heavy Metal Africa

by JP

Edward Banchs, author of Heavy Metal Africa

Edward Banchs, author of Heavy Metal Africa

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Former SABATON Guitarist THOBBE ENGLUND To Release ‘Sold My Soul’ Solo Album

February 18th, 2017
by EvilG

On March 10, Swedish multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Thobbe Englund (ex-SABATON, WINTERLONG) will release his new solo album, titled “Sold My Soul”, via Metalville Records.

THOBBE ENGLUND 'Sold My Soul'

THOBBE ENGLUND ‘Sold My Soul’

Sabaton

Sabaton

Many albums, live DVDs and almost five hundred SABATON shows later all over the world, headlining the biggest festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock Festival, Thobbe is now going back to the roots of heavy metal with all-new material.

For the most part, the album was recorded in Englund’s own studio — Big Cat in Falun, Sweden. Some additional recordings have been made in Hungary by Gabor Nagy (WISDOM) at the AXL Studio and in Borlänge in Nils Patrik Johansson’s (ASTRAL DOORS, CIVIL WAR) studio. Mastering was done by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, RAUBTIER).

Englund says: “This album was recorded without the in these days so commonly used ‘studio cheating’ methods. What you hear is what you get, and the album is loaded with one-takes. A brutally honest approach, and pure heavy metal.”

“Sold My Soul” track listing:

01. Sold My Soul
02. Annihilation
03. I Am
04. The Glow
05. It Burns
06. Steel & Thunder
07. Trägen Vinner
08. The Flame
09. Break The Chains
10. Wounded Knee
11. Farewell
12. The Ashes

As a teenager, Englund watched Yngwie Malmsteen shred his socks off in an instructional video, and from that moment, he knew what to do. Eight hours per day of burning passion and dedication well into his twenties led him to gain a hundred control of the instrument, a Stratocaster — and this is where the journey starts.

In 2001, Englund got a record deal. The debut album with his band at the time, WINTERLONG, sold splendidly in Japan. He was hungry for something new and in 2008 joined the Swedish band RAUBTIER. As things evolved, he didn’t feel bass, which he played in RAUBTIER, was expressive enough so in 2012 when SABATON called, it was a no-brainer to join in.

Englund chose to leave SABATON in 2016, stating: “I have in recent years become more aware of what would make me feel real happiness and content, and that is to expand my own creativeness in combination with a somewhat stiller life, where I will not tour all year round at the speed of light.”

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Kreator + Sepultura, Soilwork @ The Circus, Helsinki

February 15th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

THE CIRCUS, HELSINKI

10.02 2017

It’s been a long time since Finland has been treated with such a great package tour as this. Therefore, it is a bit strange that although this show was originally supposed to be in the Old Ice Hall of Helsinki, at the last minute, it was moved to a smaller venue. However, the night with four bands and Kreator as headliner was a successful event. The Circus has a capacity of 1200 people and the show was totally sold out. Metal-Rules.com attended the gig to witness Soilwork, Sepultura and the mighty Kreator in action.

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THE BLACKEST GREY RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM

February 14th, 2017
by EvilG

The Blackest Grey have released their self-published album ‘Banners for the Blind’ on October 1st 2016. The album is mostly an in-house production, but produced together with Aborted guitar virtuoso Mendel bij de Leij. The Dutch progressive metal band includes members of Nightwish singer Floor Jansen’s ReVamp and Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR, but has chosen to play mercilessly heavy music in contrast to the before-mentioned musical projects. This to match their uncompromising disappointment in, and disdain for modern social trends, religion and socioeconomic issues. Though there are beautiful melodies, impressive guitar solos and progressive parts, paired with stanzas filled with hope, the aggression of their music prevails. The band touches on powerful social and philosophical themes such as isolation, escapism, truth and reality, political polarization, and so on.

On January 27th, they opted to release a track on various social media platforms weekly. They will continue to do so every Thursday, until the full album has been shared online. The band is currently working on their first music video, which will be released this spring. Their music can be found via the following link; https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBlackestGrey

The band can be found via www.facebook.com/TheBlackestGrey

For fans of
– The Black Dahlia Murder
– Between the Buried and Me
– Mastodon

Individual songs:




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LORDI with SPIRAL CELL @ The Bluebird Theater, Denver CO

February 14th, 2017
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

LORDI with SPIRAL CELL @ The Bluebird Theater, Denver CO

Feb. 11, 2017
Review and photos by by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

Finland’s LORDI suddenly found themselves a heap of fame when they won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. This event is something quite unfamiliar to us Yankees, but nonetheless word of them started to spread. My initial reaction upon seeing their publicity photos was “they’re a GWAR knockoff.” Sonically, LORDI and GWAR sound nothing alike, yet their imagery has much in common. LORDI draws a lot of influence from KISS, whereas GWAR derived much of their sound and themes from punk rock. Whatever similarities that may or may not exist, I was cautiously optimistic about seeing their live show. This marks their first-ever North American tour, a sign of their spreading notoriety.

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Metallica Announce 2017 North American Tour

February 13th, 2017
by EvilG

Metallica - Hardwired...to self-destructMetallica have just announced a massive North American tour with support from Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira! The string of dates will run from May to August with support slots shifting throughout.

Metallica revealed these dates earlier today (Feb. 13) as a part of their WorldWired 2017 tour plans. Pre-sale tickets will be available to Legacy Fan Club members on Feb. 14 at 9AM local time. Tickets for Metallica fan club members will go on sale Feb. 14 at 11AM local time. Tickets will become available for the general public beginning Feb. 17 at 10AM local time. Each ticket purchased with come with a free copy of Metallica’s newest album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, either as a physical CD or digital download. The album must be claimed within 14 business days of ticket purchase.

Metallica has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer four options of special enhanced experiences on this tour, including early access to the venue, a visit to the ‘Memory Remains’ exhibit of memorabilia and meet and greets. For full package details, go here.

See the full list of dates below!

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MOONSPELL Films Lisbon Concert For 20th-Anniversary Video Release

February 13th, 2017
by EvilG

Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL filmed their February 4 concert at the Campo Pequeno arena in Lisbon, Portugal for their upcoming 20th-anniversary DVD. The show, which was witnessed by four thousand metalheads, saw the band performing three of its records live on stage: “Wolfheart”, “Irreligious” and “Extinct”.

Says MOONSPELL: “The show was filmed for a DVD release via Napalm Records and we believe these will make the Portuguese wolves’ fans very, very proud.

“MOONSPELL broke their ticket sale recording for a headline show in Portugal, and four thousand rabid fans have attended this show, making impossible history happen for a Portuguese metal band.”

MOONSPELL recently revealed it was working on a Portuguese-language EP about the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, which occurred in the Kingdom of Portugal. In combination with subsequent fires and a tsunami, the earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas.

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Ross Dolan – Immolation

February 12th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

INTERVIEW WITH ROSS DOLAN OF IMMOLATION 

The legendary Immolation keeps pounding the deadly metal year after year, not slowing down any inch. The band’s 10 opus called ATONEMENT shows Immolation’s death metal is not getting soft. ATONEMENT is another piece of brilliant death metal masterpiece in the Immolation saga. Metal-Rules.Com talked to the frontman of Immolation, Ross Dolan, about the new album and the line-up change. Every death metal maniac has to obtain the new album…

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Interview with Russ Bergquist of Touch The Sun

February 12th, 2017
by J P

Interview with Russ Bergquist of Vancouver’s Touch The Sun

by JP


Alex Roque – Vox/Guitars   Rob Wade – Drums   Russ Bergquist – Bass

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Powerwolf – Interview with Roel van Helden

February 9th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Powerwolf

Interview with Roel van Helden

February 3, 2017 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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KING KOBRA’S CLASSIC FIRST TWO RELEASES, ‘READY TO STRIKE’ AND ‘THRILL OF A LIFETIME’ SET FOR REISSUE

February 9th, 2017
by EvilG

DURING THE 1980s the music scene was exploding with an abundance of great rock bands – including multi-platinum sellers such as Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot and RATT – but there was always room for talented new contenders. For KING KOBRA this was an invitation from heaven, launching onto a landscape that was primed for killer hard rock, enormous sales, and unlimited airplay.

It comes as no surprise then, that respected re-issue label ROCK CANDY RECORDS has turned a spotlight on their first two classic albums, ‘Ready To Strike’ and ‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’. Both titles are set to be reissued on February 10th having been fully remastered with enhanced 16-page booklets featuring rare photos, new interviews, and a 4,000 word essay penned by Malcolm Dome.

 

Formed in California in 1984, by seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice, Ozzy Osbourne) and featuring vocalist Mark Free (Unruly Child), guitarists John Michael Philips & Mick Sweda (Bulletboys) and bassist Johnny Rod (WASP), the band won instant attention for their unique look – four blondes and one brunette. Produced by Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, WASP, Cheap Trick) and signed to Capitol Records, the band’s debut album, originally issued in 1985, won them the attention of fans and critics alike by delivering one of the year’s best records. Tracks such as ‘Hunger’, ‘Tough Guys’, ‘Piece Of The Rock’ and the title track itself are pivotal examples of some of the best mid 80’s hard rock.

 

‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’, their sophomore album, originally issued in 1986, saw the band shift gear, modernising their sound and focussing on more accessible songs, perhaps modelled on the chart success of artists like Bon Jovi and Cinderella. The material was spearheaded by the hugely infectious ‘Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)’, a track that was included on the hit movie ‘Iron Eagle’. Elsewhere there’s ‘Feel The Heat’, ‘Raise Your Hands To Rock’ and ‘Dream On’ for further proof of their hard rocking credentials.

Each album can be ordered via these links:

‘Ready to Strike’: http://tinyurl.com/j53bggh

‘Thrill of a Lifetime:’ http://tinyurl.com/z2lbfum

‘READY TO STRIKE’ TRACKLISTING:

1. READY TO STRIKE
2. HUNGER
3. SHADOW RIDER
4. SHAKE UP
5. ATTENTION
6. BREAKIN’ OUT
7. TOUGH GUYS
8. DANCING WITH DESIRE
9. SECOND THOUGHTS
10. PIECE OF THE ROCK

‘THRILL OF A LIFETIME’ TRACKLISTING:

1. SECOND TIME AROUND
2. DREAM ON
3. FEEL THE HEAT
4. THRILL OF A LIFETIME
5. ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE
6. IRON EAGLE (NEVER SAY DIE)
7. HOME STREET HOME
8. OVERNIGHT SENSATION
9. RAISE YOUR HANDS TO ROCK
10. PARTY ANIMAL
BONUS TRACK
11. HOME SWEET HOME (Street Mix)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

rockcandyrecords.com

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Ravage unveil artwork for new release, track listing and set release date

February 9th, 2017
by EvilG
Ravage - "Return Of The Spectral Rider"

Ravage – “Return Of The Spectral Rider”

RAVAGE, the traditional heavy metal and thrash act from Boston MA USA which formed in the mid 90’s and released the full-length album “The End Of Tomorrow” on Metal Blade Records in 2009 today unveiled the cover artwork and track listing for “Return Of The Spectral Rider” – a full length offering which will be slated for release on May 26th through the band’s own label Society For World Wide Ravage Recordings.

The cover art was completed by artist Tim Jacobus, known mostly for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS series of horror novels.

The album was recorded and mixed by Ravage at their own Hellbent For Accoustics Studios in Malden, MA and was mastered by Peter Rutcho, who had previously mixed and mastered the band’s “The End Of Tomorrow” album and is known for his work with such bands as REVOCATION, BURY YOUR DEAD, ARMORY, and VOMITRON.

“Return Of The Spectral Rider” is a complete re-recording of the band’s first album “Spectral Rider” which was given limited release on Germany’s Karthago Records in 2005.

Singer Al Ravage commented, “This is a collection of a lot of our favorite songs…they are the songs we end up playing most often live because they are just a lot of really fun songs that we have been playing forever. It is great to finally have a definitive recording of these tunes and we’re really greatful to the guest musicians who came in and gave the recordings a lot of new life. We got a really cool artwork from Tim Jacobus and we’re excited to finally be able to share this stuff with everyone after having had to endure the usual delays…”

The album will be available in physical form exclusively as an extremely limited collector’s edition numbered 12″ vinyl. A deluxe digital download format with bonus tracks will be available different platforms across the web.

More information on the coming pre-order will be available at the band’s website www.RavageTheEarth.com and the band’s Facebook www.facebook.com/RavageTheEarth

A preliminary mix of one of the tracks has been posted to Youtube.

The expected track listing is as follows

1. Dies Irae
2. Spectral Rider
3. Turn The Screw
4. The Wicked Way
5. Masque Of Black Death
6. Ravage Part 1: Damage
7. Whyvern
8. Wake The Dead
9. The Wasteland
10. Curse Of Heaven
11. Bring Down The Hellhammer
12. The King Forgotten
13. Father Of The Atom (Bonus Track)

Ravage has scheduled the following live shows to support the upcoming release…
MAR 21 Somerville MA at Once Ballroom
MAR 25 Providence RI at Firehouse 13 w/ Matthias Steele
APR 27 Worcester MA at Ralph’s Diner

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Ray Luzier of KXM – With Scatterbrain Most Bands Would Laugh at our Recording Schedule!

February 8th, 2017
by Metal Rules

Interview with Ray Luzier of KXM

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

KXM

KXM

Building upon the success of their 2014 self-titled debut, KXM returns with their sophomore CD Scatterbrain. The new album is scheduled for release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records.

KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier of Korn on drums and Scatterbrain features 13 new tracks.

From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Thematically this CD is darker record than their debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.

I spoke with legendary Korn and KXM drummer Ray Luzier about this ambitious project, how it different from KXM’s first CD and balancing Korn with his musical endeavors.

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Epica – Interview with Mark Jansen

February 8th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Epica

Interview with Mark Jansen

February 3, 2017 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Fan video posted of Sacred Oath performing in New York City

February 8th, 2017
by EvilG

Fan-filmed video footage of Sacred Oath performing “Ravensong” during their New York City show at Lucky 13 in Brooklyn on February 4th has been posted on YouTube.  The concert marked the band’s return to the stage after 18-months in the studio finishing a brand new album for 2017.

Sacred Oath is back on tour supporting their 2015 release “Ravensong.”  More concert dates are to be announced shortly.  Also to follow is an announcement of a spring release date for the brand new album.

The video can be viewed here:

 

 

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