TESTAMENT Parts Ways with Bassist and Announce Replacement

January 13th, 2014
by EvilG
Steve DiGiorgio - Death To All

Steve DiGiorgio – Death To All

Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have released the following statement:

“It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to TESTAMENT. Steve previously was a member of TESTAMENT on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining TESTAMENT on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new TESTAMENT album.  We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.”

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Interview with Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia, Expedition Delta) and Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Eden’s Curse)

January 13th, 2014
by J P

An interview with Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia, Expedition Delta) 

and Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Eden’s Curse)

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Interview with Ralf of Odium by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Ralf of Odium

by Helias

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Interview with Stu Block of Iced Earth by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Stu Block of Iced Earth

By Helias

“Daylight breaks hard on sacred ground, For centuries we’ve questioned them of His birth, But in this hour, on this day, The Elder knew, Years of madness must now subdue,Order must be enforced to hide the truth,Cause on this day, in this hour it’s coming true”. Set Abominae, the Setian Messiah, shakes the ground of Babylon and he unleashes the plagues! Metal-Rules.com got in touch with vocalist Stu Block, by the way of the release of their eleventh album, the latest new DVD, the downloading issue and many more…

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Interview with Thomas of Backwater by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Thomas of Backwater

by Helias

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Interview with Savvas Betinis of Acid Death by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Savvas Betinis of Acid Death

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Interview with Peter Hansen of Hatesphere by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Peter Hansen of Hatesphere

By Helias

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Interview with Panagiotis of Exarsis by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Panagiotis of Exarsis

by Helias

Exarsis is one of those Greek thrash metal bombs that blew up on the Greek thrash metal ground especially after the releasing of their last album ‘The Brutal State’. Metal-Rules got the chance to speak up with the guitarist Panagiotis Tsitsis about their new album, his induction to the metal world,  his thoughts on people of heavy metal that passed away and much more… Read the rest of this entry »

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METAL ALLIANCE Announce 2014 Tour Line-Up

January 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Behemoth to Headline The 4th Annual Metal Alliance Tour

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The Metal Alliance Tour presented by Indie Merch is back for their 4th ferocious year of wrecking heads. Festival organizers Dan Rozenblum and Steve Seabury of High River Entertainment are proud to welcome to American soil the mighty BEHEMOTH as their 2014 headliner. This will be the first time in over a decade that BEHEMOTH will tour North America in support of their new record The Satanist released on April 2nd through Metal Blade Records. The tour will be rounded out by New Orleans natives GOATWHORE, 1349, INQUISITION and the buzz worthy unsigned act BLACK CROWN INITIATE.

“This tour is no exception for our love of all things heavy.” states Rozenblum. “This tour is for metal fans by metal fans.” adds Seabury. “this bill explores our appreciation for the dark and black side of metal. Behemoth have been a favorite of ours and we are stoked to have them headline the fourth edition of the Metal Alliance Tour!” continues Rozenblum.

The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across United States and Canada starting in April and running through the start of May. “We are immensely proud to be headlining the Metal Alliance Tour. It’s a privilege and we’re going to make sure that this tour and “The Satanist” that Behemoth is making an ultimate statement! It has been a long trek from when we landed in US for the first time in 2003. It took us a decade to get to this place we are now. We are coming back, more determined and hungrier than ever, ready to reclaim the throne!” comments Nergal’s about the bands involvement of one of the most anticipated metal tours in years
50 VIP tickets in each market are available at 10 AM EST at this link: http://ma.soundrink.com. Each ticket holder will get a 30 minute meet & greet with all of the bands, a bottle of High River Sauces, a limited edition 11×17 poster, Metal Alliance 4 beer koozie and a VIP Laminate. General Admission tickets will be available at a later date.

Tour Dates:
Date                      Venue                                    City/State
4/4                         Tempe, AZ                          Club Red
4/5                         Los Angeles, CA                House Of Blues
4/6                         San Francisco, CA             Regency Ballroom
4/8                         Denver, CO                         Gothic Theater
4/10                       Oklahoma City, OK          1H Chameleon Room
4/11                       Dallas, TX                             House Of Blues
4/12                       Austin, TX                            Emo’s East (Texas Independence Fest)
4/13                       Houston, TX                       House Of Blues
4/15                       Orlando, FL                         Beacham Theater
4/16                       Charlotte, NC                     Tremont Music Hall
4/17                       Philadelphia, PA               4H Theater Of The Living Arts
4/18                       Worcester, MA                 Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
4/19                       New York, NY                    Irving Plaza
4/22                       Montreal, QC                     Club Soda
4/23                       Toronto, ON                       Opera House
4/24                       Cleveland, OH                   Agora Theater
4/25                       Chicago, IL                           House Of Blues
4/26                       Minneapolis, MN             Skyway Theater
4/27                       Winnipeg, MB                   Garrick Center
4/29                       Calgary, AB                         Mac Hall
4/30                       Edmonton, AB                   Union Hall
5/2                         Vancouver, BC                  Rickshaw Theater
5/3                         Seattle, WA                        Studio 7

For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website: www.MetalAllainceTour.com

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GAMMA RAY: Power Metal Icons To Release Empire Of The Undead This Spring Via earMUSIC/Armoury Records; Studio Burns Down – Band Marches On

January 11th, 2014
by EvilG

Gamma Ray 2012

Gamma Ray 2012

Finally, the eleventh studio album from power metal icons, GAMMA RAY, is nearing completion! Titled Empire Of The Undead, it is the record that almost wasn’t.

Penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever-precious work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter, the band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from their nearly-finished new studio album.

Back on their home turf, GAMMA RAY evaluated their losses only to do what they do best – move on. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid-January we should be done with the work on this album.”

The title track, “Empire Of The Undead,” a high-paced number in the traditionally epic GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands globally, has appeared on the single/EP Master Of Confusion which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.

Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen at THIS LOCATION.

 

http://www.gammaray.org

http://www.facebook.com/gammarayofficial

http://www.ear-music.net

http://www.eaglerockent.com
http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

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SONATA ARCTICA announce their first FULL North American Tour since 2010!

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Sonata Arctica will return to the USA and Canada for their first FULL North American Tour since 2010 .   The Pariah’s Child World Tour will also have support from Dutch band  DELAIN and 1st of 3 will come from Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will offer for the 1st time , VIP tickets before each show these tickets will get you    Pre show meet/greet with the band , prior to doors—- early entry in which you can stay in the venue—- you also will recieve a customized poster for the event.

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Sept
3               Mexicali Live   Teaneck , NJ
4               Stage 48                NYC, NY
5               Trocadero               Philadelphia , PA
6               The Palladium   Worcester, MA
8               Club    Soda            Montreal , QC
9               Imperial                Quebec City,QC
10      Mavericks               Ottawa, ON
11      MOD Club                Toronto , ON
13      Soundstage              Baltimore , MD
14      Altar Bar               Pitt,PA
16        Agora Ballroom        Cleveland , OH
17      Mojoes          Joliet , IL
19      Park Theater    Winnipeg , MB
20      The Exchange    Regina , SK
21       Starlite                       Edmonton , AB
22      Republik                Calgary,AB
24        the Venue     Vancouver , BC
25      El Corazon              Seattle, WA
26      Hawthorne Theater  Portland , OR
28      Regency Center  SF,CA
29      House of Blues  West Hollywood , CA
30      The Grove               Anaheim,CA

Oct
1               Club Red                Tempe , AZ
4               Bluebird Theater        Denver,CO
5               Granada Theater Lawrence , KS
7               Tricky Falls            El Paso  , TX
8               Backstage Live  San Antonio  , TX
9               Trees                   Dallas , TX
10      Scout Bar               Houston , TX
12       Diamonds       Louisville , KY
13       Masquerade      Atlanta , GA
14      House of Blues  Lake Buena Vista , FL
15      Orpheum         Tampa , FL

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GWAR’s Really Important News!

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Today the mighty GWAR announced they would be bringing the most insane spectacle in Rock ‘n Roll all the way from Antarctica to the Land of the Rising Sun. After 28 years of relentless touring, recording and general mayhem, GWAR is finally playing Japan!

“A lot of people think we have played there already because of our album, Live at Mt. Fuji,” said lead front-thing Oderus Urungus. “But that was in fact recorded in the future!” Read the rest of this entry »

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SHADOWS LEGACY: Debut album with participation of Blaze Bayley is available

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Brazilian SHADOWS LEGACY, has already available for sale their debut album ‘You’re Going Straight To Hell’, which features a band betting on a Traditional Heavy Metal with influences of NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden and Saxon.

Speaking of Iron Maiden, the former singer Blaze Bayley participates of this record singing on track ‘Hate Within’. Blaze Bayley also took part of the album release concert this weekend.

Both the EP, ‘Rage and Hate’ (available for free download), as the album ‘You’re Going Straight To Hell’ were recorded in the studio Anubis with producer Aldo Carmine.

To download the EP for free, visit the link:
www.metalmedia.com.br/shadowslegacy/downloads/shadowslegacy_rageandhate.rar

Watch the music video for “Sky is Falling Down”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rWoBMooONg

To buy the album: shadowslegacyband@gmail.com

Related Websites:
www.metalmedia.com.br/shadowslegacy
www.facebook.com/shadowslegacy
www.myspace.com/shadows-legacy

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THUNDERSTONE – Line-up Decision Forthcoming

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Thunderstoners! We’re one step closer to solving the mystery of the THUNDERSTONE line-up!

But first: We want to thank everyone who submitted their auditions to us. We can honestly say that it would have been an honour to work with any of you. Keep up the good work and stay metal!

Second: We do apologise for taking much longer than we anticipated. If you listened to all the submissions carefully—like we did, dozens of times—you’ll know how difficult the choice was.

Yet, a choice has been made. We are proud to announce that we have asked three people to come and jam with us live so that we can make the final decision. We want to find a person who is not only a great drummer but also a filthy drunk bastard—erm, nice person—like the rest of us. The three people are, in alphabetical order: TONI PAANANEN, ATTE PALOKANGAS, and TUOMAS VUORIO.

Congrats to the three and thank you all for your patience. The live auditions will be held at the end of the month and we hope to have a decision some time in the beginning of February. STAY TUNED AND SPREAD THE WORD!

Nino, Pasi, Titus & Jukka

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ARCTURUS @ O2 Islington Academy

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

Arcturus

Fen + From the Bogs of Aughiska

at 02 Islington Academy

13th December 2013

Review by Harold Black

Photography by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography

Arcturus

Arcturus

It was a cold night in December that felt ready to embrace some inspiring live music in one of London’s best venues – the Islington Academy.
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