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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New from Metal Blade and Cyclone Empire: Down Among the Dead Men and Bodyfarm

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Metal Blade continues its partnership with Cyclone Empire in 2014 with two new releases. Both Down Among the Dead Men’s self-title album and Bodyfarm’s The Coming Scourge” will be released in North America on February 18. Both albums were released at the end of 2013 in Europe, and are finally ready for an official release in North America. Keep up with more upcoming releases for 2014 at cyclone-empire.com and metalblade.com/downamongthedeadmen.

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DEATH ANGEL confirmed for the TOTAL METAL FESTIVAL!

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

The bill of the best Metal Festival in Southern Italy still grows up, from the Bay Area here comes a legendary band!

 Along with ANNIHILATOR and MOONSPELL, also the American thrashers DEATH ANGEL will give some more prestige to the line-up of the TOTAL METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL that will be held on 19 and 20 July 2014 in the town of Bitonto in Italy. The Apulian Festival has already passed on all its records, but the organizers still promise: “That’s not yet allRead the rest of this entry »

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SLOUGH FEG launch title track and pre-orders for ‘Digital Resistance’!

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Slough Feg have launched the title track from their brand new album, “Digital Resistance.” The record was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band’s first new studio album since 2010′s “The Animal Spirits.” When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained that “Digital Resistance” is a concept album in the sense that The Beatles Sgt. Pepper is a concept album. “It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song— it is not a concept album in the sense that our “Traveller” album is.” Listen now and pre-order your copy at metalblade.com/sloughfeg. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dregen with support acts Märvel and Mary’s Kids on Scandinavian Tour 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 9th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Dregen

Scandinavian Tour 2013

Märvel – special guest

Mary’s Kids – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
21/11 – 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Full Tongeren Metal Fest lineup revealed

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

With much pride and without further ado we would like to announce the final bands for Tongeren Metal Fest, Belgium’s newest metalfestival set to take place Saturday 12th of April 2014 at de VELINX in Tongeren.

Newly announced classic heavy metal act ANGEL WITCH will surely set Tongeren aflame during this exclusive performance. The energetic thrashers PREMATORY and local deathmetal squad PREDATORIA will open this unholy night!

The full line-up is as follows:
ASPHYX
ANGEL WITCH
HERDER
SAILLE
PREMATORY
PREDATORIA
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BEHEMOTH unveils new video: the making of “The Satanist” part 1 of 4

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

“The Satanist” to be released February 4th in North America

BEHEMOTH has posted a brand new behind the scenes video for “The Satanist.” This video is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as “simply the best Behemoth record ever.” Watch the making of video now at metalblade.com/behemoth, where pre-order bundles for “The Satanist” are also available.

BEHEMOTH front man, Nergal, simply offers the following statement: “The Satanist is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic.”

The Satanist” pre-order bundles are available now and include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE HAUNTED to release ‘Eye Of The Storm’ single; set to appear on 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

the_haunted_logo_1.jpgSwedish metal pioneers THE HAUNTED will soon debut new music by releasing a 3-track single, entitled Eye Of The Storm. Due out January 20th in Europe and January 21st in North America via Century Media Records, Eye Of The Storm will be available as a limited edition 7″ and as a digital single, featuring the new songs “Eye Of The Storm”, “Infiltrator” and “My Enemy”. Fans can pre-order the 7″ on black vinyl (limited to 500 copies worldwide) or white vinyl (USA exclusive; limited to 200 copies) now at CM Distro: http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/the_haunted_eye_of_the_storm

Eye Of The Storm marks THE HAUNTED’s recording debut of the band’s revamped line-up, which includes founding members Jensen (Guitars) and Jonas Björler (Bass), returning members Marco Aro (Vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums), as well as new member Ola Englund (Guitars).

THE HAUNTED’s Jensen comments: There aren’t superlatives enough to describe how much the band has longed for these three songs to be released. We are sure fans have been anxious to know what the band sounds like today after all the turmoil and old members leaving and new members joining. We feel that these three songs represent the band perfectly. We are currently working on the new album, an album that will be filled to the brim with what we know to be ‘THE HAUNTED’. We’ll start doing gigs this spring and we’ll do festivals all over the place this summer. Get in touch with the festivals you visit (and behave like an animal at) and tell them to get us on the bill! THE HAUNTED is back. Play it loud. No. Louder.” Read the rest of this entry »

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SABATON – NEW ALBUM “HEROES” TO BE RELEASED IN MAY 2014!

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Sabaton check in with an update about their new album!

“As you probably know already we are in the Abyss studios along with Peter Tägtgren – Official & recording our new album “HEROES” that will be released in May 2014.”

“Here you can see our new artwork, please visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think about it: http://www.facebook.com/sabaton”

SABATON - “HEROES”

SABATON – “HEROES”

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SONATA ARCTICA album “Pariah’s Child” will be released On March, 28th; Cover Art Revealed

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

On March, 28th the new SONATA ARCTICA album “Pariah’s Child” will be released. It is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow up to their successful “Stones Grow Her Name”.

Today the beautiful cover artwork for “Pariah’s Child” will be released. Vocalist Tony Kakko explains he thoughts behind the album title and the artwork like this:
“As always it’s pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our 8th album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it’s been done so many times. Then I started to think how we’d in ways abandoned our “totem animal”, the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the “old” Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah’s child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back.”

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Submissions Now Open! Wacken Metal Battle Canada Returns! ‘One Band To Rule Them All’

January 8th, 2014
by EvilG

Submissions Now Open! Wacken Metal Battle Canada Returns! ‘One Band To Rule Them All’

Last year’s first ever Wacken Metal Battle Canada was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final in Wacken, Germany where they performed in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound of metal. (Video of that champion set can be viewed here.)

With that great success and triumph for Canadian metal, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be expanding across the country in 2014.

“We’re very pleased to announce that Metal Battle has been expanded to include Western Canada. Battles will happen in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver and we expect some quality submissions from those major cities to join Toronto and Montreal. Given the interest we received last year from the West, this expansion was inevitable. We’ve been working hard to overcome the geographical challenges – the result will be a bigger and better competition.” comments Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia.

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LIVE AT WACKEN 2012 – The World’s Biggest Metal Party on 3 DVD/2 CD!

January 8th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Wacken

There‘s only one WACKEN Open Air. Nothing heats up the summer quite like the world-renowned festival in the north of Germany. 2012’s edition saw heavy hitters like Volbeat, Edguy and Testament tearing up the stages, with 75,000 moshing metalheads in attendance. The atmosphere was unique as always, the party legendary – and now you can be there, too! Relive the planet‘s biggest heavy metal festival in all its glory on DVD and CD, hitting stores on February 18, 2014 in the US and Canada.

LIVE AT WACKEN 2012 features the best performances, filmed and recorded right there at the Holy Wacken Ground, culminating in a mindblowing headliner set by rock‘s brightest phenomenon – and regular Wacken guests – Volbeat.

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See them welcome Mille Petrozza (Kreator) and Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) on stage for ‘7 Shots’ and inviting Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) to growl in ‘Evelyn’, before they launch their classic ‘Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza’. Watch Hammerfall setting ‘Hearts On Fire’, Testament going ‘Over The Wall’ and The Boss Hoss ‘Riding High, Singing Low’, while Saxon swing the ‘Hammer Of The Gods’, Overkill are ‘Rotten To The Core’ and Cradle Of Filth go ‘From The Cradle To Enslave’

In addition, bands like Edguy, Suffocated, Decapitated, Leaves‘ Eyes, Schandmaul, Circle II Circle, Red Fang, Nasum, Unearth, Graveyard, Moonspell, Djerv, Riotgod, Cop UK, Warrior Soul and Hammercult bring the metal. Filmed in widescreen 16:9 and in full-on Dolby Digital 5.1, this puts you right there in the moshpit!

The 3-DVD-set features 60 tracks from 25 bands as well as a 20 page booklet – that‘s four and a half hours of music! The double-CD gives you 32 songs by 13 groups, ranging from Hammerfall, Cradle Of Filth and Suffocated to The Boss Hoss, Schandmaul and Volbeat.

There is also a D2C special bundle available via rocknshop. For more information, please visit http://www.udr-music.com/.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY announce new studio album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican”

January 7th, 2014
by EvilG

ZAKK.jpgZakk Wylde has today announced that a brand new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY studio album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” will be released in Europe on April 7th 2014 via Mascot Label Group.

Mascot Label Group are honoured to welcome the band to the label, having recently signed BLS exclusively for European territory. The band will join, amongst others, Joe Bonamassa, Volbeat, Gov’t Mule, Beth Hart, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, Black Country Communion and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the Rotterdam-based record company’s roster.

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is Black Label Society’s first new studio album since 2009’s “The Order of the Black”, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

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Best of 2013 – Caitlin Smith

January 5th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Best of 2013 – Caitlin Smith

 

1. Vatnett Viskar – Sky Swallower

Vatnett Viskar – Sky Swallower

Vatnett Viskar – Sky Swallower

2. Cult of Luna – Vertikal

3. Year of no Light – Tocsin

4. Officium Triste – Mors Viri

5. Windhand – Soma

6. Mourning Beloveth – Formless

7. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury

8. Gorguts – Colored Sands

9. Code – Augur Nox

10. Nightslug – Dismal Fucker

11. Fen – Dustwalker

12. Ereb Altor – Fire meets Ice

13. Moss – Horrible Night

14. Valkyrja – The Antagonist’s Fire

15. Eye of Solitude – Canto iii

16. Rosetta – The Anaesthete

17. Dark Buddha Rising – Dakhmandal

18. Deafhaven – Sunbather

19. Inter Arma – Sky Burial

20. Kylesa – Ultraviolet

 

Best EP

Black Magician – The Pursuivant

Psychedelic organ notes, repeating riff and aggressive vocals, this album is the return of the witch finders, the religious fanatics preaching their so-called wisdom to anyone that cares to listen. This is only the second release from the Liverpool 5-piece, following on from the album Nature is the Devil’s Church released last year and proof that this band have a lot more to offer.

Best Concert

Arcturus, Fen and From the Bogs of Aughiska @ the O2 Islington

The question of best raises a few issues… the choice between best sound, most energy and sheer entertainment really is a hard one to make. This gig had everything though, the awesome droning power of Bogs of Aughiska, Fen bring soaring doom in crystal clear precision and finally Arcturus. It’s hard to know what to make of this band.

The only way to describe it is drunken operatic ramblings, not entirely in tune at the beginning but always keeping us thoroughly entertained. ICS Vortex may not have been surrounded by his usual troupe of dancing creatures, but his perfected wiggle dance was enough to make up for the absence. This is performance at its very best.

Drunken, lively and completely insane.

Best local band

NeonHalo

Having moved back to the shire, I thought there’d be nothing here but old man pubs and folk bands. I could not have been more wrong. Supporting a wealth of local metal acts, Kent can boast some serious strong talent rising up in the metal scene. One of those acts is death metal 5-piece NeonHalo. Having reformed after a long break with their strongest lineup yet and winning a spot this year at Bloodstocks the Metal to the Masses, this band is taking the metal scene by storm. Why? because it’s pure gore to the fucking core.

Check them out here.

Best new band

Nightslug

They may have formed in 2011, but with their first release this year you can’t get too much more recent. Nightslug are a band on the edge of every genre, scraping the edges of sludge, doom, noise and punk. This band is a mix of all the dirtiest genres of the music out there, and the result is an album of pure and utter sonic filth.

Best Discovery

Liturgy

There’s one thing about arguing with people on the internet and that’s the wealth of bands you can discover from all corners of the earth. One of those for me this year was Liturgy, a post-rock/black metal band from America. While black metal is usually crushingly aggressive and depressing, Liturgy show that the genre really is so much more versatile.

Major events in the Metal world

  • The sad and sudden loss of Jeff Hanemann.
  • Avant-garde black metal band Altar of Plagues disbanding.

Predictions for 2014

Dave Mustaine will run for presidency before finally realizing no one cares about his political agenda.

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