PRIMAL FEAR – New song “Bullets & Tears” available

December 14th, 2015
by EvilG

SURPRISE ATTACK: Here is a new Primal Fear song for your headbanging pleasure, “Bullets & Tears”!!! \m/

Pre-order the band’s new album, RULEBREAKER from Apple Music and “Bullets & Tears”, “In Metal We Trust” and “The End Is Near” will all download instantly: http://radi.al/RulebreakeriTunes

Primal Fear "Rulebreaker"

Primal Fear “Rulebreaker”

The song comes from the upcoming album RULEBREAKER.
Release date: January 29, 2016
Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l

“Rulebreaker” track listing:

01. Angels Of Mercy
02. The End Is Near
03. Bullets & Tears
04. Rulebreaker
05. In Metal We Trust
06. We Walk Without Fear
07. At War With The World
08. The Devil In Me
09. Constant Heart
10. The Sky Is Burning
11. Raving Mad
12. Final Call (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
11. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (bonus track; deluxe edition only)

DVD (deluxe edition only):

* The End Is Near (video clip)
* Angels Of Mercy (video clip)
* Making Of “Rulebreaker”

PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers stated about “Bullets & Tears”: “‘Bullets & Tears’ is a powerful melodic track with a catchy guitar riff and an extraordinary melodic guitar intro, which is backed up by a choir chant later in the song. The story of the track is about a guy and how he went through all ups and downs in his life. He is growing stronger through every task and each disappointment he went through. The time for him has come to take his personal little revenge upon those people who gave him hell… You’ll always meet twice in life!”

 

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December 12th: Benefit For Tony MacAlpine @ the Wiltern Theater, LA

December 14th, 2015
by EvilG
ROCK ROYALTY JOIN FORCES FOR A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACALPINE

ROCK ROYALTY JOIN FORCES FOR A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACALPINE

December 12th: Benefit For Tony MacAlpine @ the Wiltern Theater, LA

Included in the show were:

  • John 5 & The Creatures
  • Zakk Wylde
  • Mike Portnoy
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Derek Sherinian
  • Steve Vai and band
  • Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt
  • Paul Gilbert

The evening finale was an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests.

Videos from the benefit show can be viewed below:

MacAlpine’s update on his health:

“Hello my friends,

I would like to say hello to you all and wish you the best during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you are near or far, this is the time of the year that brings friends and family together.

It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.

Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture, which is recovery.

More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight – this battle on a weekly schedule – you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.

Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!

I will touch base and give you further updates soon.”

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The Duskfall releases a new song “World Of Lies”

December 12th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen
Swedish melodic death metallers THE DUSKFALL have released a new song “World Of Lies” with lyric video. It gives a taste of what’s coming in 2016 and presents also the new sound of finnish vocalist Aki Häkkinen that band recently attached in the line-up. This furious five is also giving out info that year 2016 will be highly active time for their live performances as they aim to storm stages as many places as possible.

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STEELFEST Open Air 2016

December 12th, 2015
by EvilG

Metal-Rules.com will be attending and covering the upcoming Steelfest Open Air 2016 ( 20-21.05 2016).

You can purchase tickets here (first 500 on lower price):
http://www.tiketti.fi/Steelfest-Open-Air-2016-Villatehdas-Hyvinkaa-lippuja/34471

Steelfest 2016

CONFIRMED ARTISTS

GGorgoroth (US)
1349 (Nor)
Blasphemy (Can)
Graveland (Pol
Batushka (Pol)
Ragnarok (Nor)
Bölzer (Swi)
Denial Of God (Den)
Sadistic Intent (US)
Skyforger (Lat)
Demonical (Swe)
Kroda (Ukr)
Impaled Nazarene
Horna
Azaghal
Inferno (Cze)
Necrowretch (Fra)
Sacrilegious Impalement
Sarkom (Nor)
Diabolical (Swe)
Sawhill Sacrifice
Lathspell
Mörbid Vomit
Necromancer

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MEGADETH – Music video premiere of “The Threat Is Real”

December 12th, 2015
by EvilG

Megadeth have unveiled a hyper-violent animated video for new single “The Threat Is Real.” The track is the second to be released from the band’s upcoming “Dystopia” album.

Reflecting the album title, the video depicts a futuristic dystopian society that is parts “Fallout,” “Mad Max” and “1984” in equal measure.

Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

Megadeth – DYSTOPIA

Track listing for the album, due for release on January 22 2016:

01.  The Threat Is Real
02.  Dystopia
03.  Fatal Illusion
04.  Death From Within
05.  Bullet to the Brain
06.  Post American World
07.  Poisonous Shadows
08.  Look Who’s Talking (iTunes bonus track)
09.  Conquer or Die
10.  Lying In State
11.  The Emperor
12.  Last Dying Wish (iTunes bonus track)
13.  Foreign Policy (Fear cover)

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Electric Boys with very special guests FM on Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 25th anniversary tour 2015 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

December 11th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

Electric Boys
Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 25th anniversary tour 2015
FM – very special guests

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
11/11 – 2015

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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DORO @ The Garage, London November 22nd 2015

December 10th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Doro Pesch @ The Garage

Highbury & Islington, London

November 22nd, 2015

Words: Ann Sulaiman

Photos: Inty Malcolm

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Doro

A week after Europe and the UK were shaken by previous news of terror in France at the Bataclan concert hall, venues in London chose to carry on with hosting live music shows. It was thus fitting that one of these would be Heavy Metal Queen Doro Pesch at The Garage in Highbury & Islington, for the London leg of her European tour. Having styled herself as a champion for freedom and love through the genre, it can be said that Doro was a symbol of hope for this reporter, while also being a symbol of the 80’s for her better known Warlock days.

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King Diamond and Exodus, Abigail Tour, The Fillmore Philadelphia, November 25, 2015

December 10th, 2015
by Infamous Butcher

King Diamond / Exodus:
Abigail Tour

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

November 25, 2015

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by She Wolf

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King Diamond is a fucking legend. As part of Mercyful Fate, or as a solo artist, his high pitched falsetto vocals, evil imagery, and excellent musicians have been his trademark for 35 years. No matter what your metal preference, all metalheads love the King! A few years back, after a heart attack, the King had triple bypass surgery and we thought we might have heard the last of him. Then in 2013 his health returned and he started touring again. A short US tour last year was followed by an appearance at the Mayhem Festival. The glowing reviews of these tours set up the US Abigail Tour, 23 dates covering the US where the band would play their 1987 classic ABIGAIL in its entirety! Want more? How about Bay Area thrash masters Exodus opening the shows?!? I love this kind of shit, two metal legends, and a full album performance! Onward to Fishtown! BRING IT!

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Slayer / Anthrax / At The Gates / Lost Society

December 10th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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Slayer   Anthrax

At the Gates & Lost Society

Hartwall Arena

Helsinki Finland  The 7th of December 2015


Slayer and Anthrax in the same bill with At The Gates and Lost Society added as supporters, wow… this line-up sounds absolutely fabulous for sure. All in all 4000 metal bangers crawled to testify these four bands in action in the Hartwall hockey arena in Helsinki.

The domestic thrash metal patrol Lost Society kicked the night off by offering the hyper active and blasting thrashing assault. The young three piece is known for being a real uncontrolled act on the stage with the relentless performance. The gig was no exception in this case as the outfit put the full force ahead by encounraging and demanding the audience beserk. Lost Society mostly rely on the brutal speed in songs, but instead the newer material such as I Am The Antidote presenting the more groove based songs.

The Finnish-Swedish battle continues when the long time Swedish metal veterans At The Gates next. The Gothenburg metallers did an equal set consisting of the material of both Slaughter Of Souls and At War With Reality. Without the essential speech and other mandatory obligations At The Gates pushed the 45 minute set thru with the pro and attitude.

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When the Swedish-Finnish metal battle has got completed, the stage was prepared for Anthrax. Anthrax is about to unleash the new album All For Kings in February, therefore seeing them now was a bit early, but the NY thrash veterans will embark for the European festival run for sure. The set was kicked by the legendary stuff Caught In A Mosh, followed by Got The Time, Madhouse. The most recent material was the part of the set for obvious reasons. Evil Twins released as a single in the net was an expected one and Fight’Em and In The End from the Worship Music album. The funny part was the riffing of the mighty S.O.D song of the same titled song. That sounded killer. All in all Anthrax was in the fire thru the whole set. The band kept moving and even raging with the intensive devoted thrashing passion. Despite the short set, it gave a positive vibe and willing to expect more from their upcoming European tours within the next year. Even though John Dette is a real machine behind the drums, but hopefully Charlie Benante will be able join the band for the upcoming European stints.

Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Madhouse
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Evil Twin
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
Indians
March of S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death cover)
In the End
Among the Living

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When the last riff of Among The Living was finished and Anthrax had thanked the audience, it is time and turn for Slayer to hit stage. The Repentless was kickstarter, followed by Post Slayer_Repentless_900Mortem. The setlist had been created to cover the obligatory classic ones such Post Mortem, Chemical Warfare, Mandatory Suicide, but however the material off from the Repentless album played a strong role in the set such as Take Control, Vices and When The Silentless came. Before War Ensemble caused the havoc and mayhem in the audience, Tom Araya kept the missionary speech by asking if the people are prepared as the north Europe has became a part of a game in the wargame. Whathever it meant as it depends on anyone willing to understand in every possible way. However the audience was a bit stunned and surprised. However the reaction and the pit was time to time brutal and merciless. Even though Slayer is on the overtime nowadays, but it doesn’t prevent them from unleashing the total warfarelike battlefield with the ultimate sonic divine intervention on the stage. Gary Holt having gained the Hanneman spot is truly a thrash riff master for sure, but his instant playing in Slayer has brought the tightness and precision. Bostaph is a real monster behind the drum kit, beating the kit with the clockstrict playing. Slayer is a well oiled thrash war machine rolling over bringing the utter pleasant mind control and catatonic state of mind. Welcome back.

Delusions of Saviour
Repentless
Postmortem
Hate Worldwide
Disciple
God Send Death
War Ensemble
When the Stillness Comes
Take Control
Mandatory Suicide
Chemical Warfare
Die by the Sword
Black Magic
Vices
Seasons in the Abyss
Hell Awaits
Dead Skin Mask
World Painted Blood
South of Heaven
Raining Blood
Angel of Death

 

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Blind Guardian and Grave Digger: Calgary AB Nov 13, 2015

December 10th, 2015
by Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian & Grave Digger

November 13, 2015

Review by JP Wood

Photos by Monika Deviat

 

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

There is an interesting trend emerging with promoters announcing show many months in advance, even well over a year in some cases.   I think it they want to maximize time for ticket buyers.  So, it was with much anticipation I waited about eight months since it was announced that Grave Digger and Blind Guardian were coming to Calgary.  After all that time, Friday the 13th finally arrived, a Friday night Power Metal fest, it could not be better.

Arriving early I was very pleased to learn the show had been moved from the 900 capacity Ballroom to downstairs into the 2500 capacity room.  A good omen!  I had seen Blind Guardian on four previous occasions but I had never had the pleasure of seeing Grave Digger.  I have been a fan for 30 years since I bought their debut cassette back in about 1985 and have since bought all of their catalogue.  This was by far my most anticipated show of 2015.

With Germanic precision the band started right on time and took charge for about an hour.   The place was very full as the gathered faithful realized this was perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the legendary Power Metal band in North America.  It was their first time in Western Canada ever. 

With Germanic precision the band started right on time and took charge for about an hour.   Every classic Metal move was present with Grave Digger.  They played a superb mix of new and old, songs from their latest RETURN OF THE REAPER and several classics from the 90’s.  Alex ‘Ironfinger’ Ritt headbanged up a storm striking metallic poses while Chris prowled the stage with confidence on one who has been fighting for Metal for three decades.  The band did a big sing-along for likely their most famous song ‘ Rebellion’ from TUNES OF WAR and finished with a rousing extended version of ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’.   It was a dream come true to see these Heavy Metal Heroes.

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

Grave Digger © Monika Deviat

After a relatively short break it was time for Blind Guardian.   It had been about five years since they had played the same venue and it seemed to be a little more full.  The band hit the stage and ripped through a couple of songs old and new before catching a breather.  Hansi announced that they were recording the show for a live album and that they would be playing an extended set of almost two and half hours! 

I’ve seen the band a number of times; you never forget the first time you see an iconic band.  I also had the pleasure of seeing them in a unique setting on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise but I feel this was the best set.  The band is not as energetic as some bands but they music certainly was as song after song after song came pouring form the crystal clear speakers.  They played many of the old favourites like ‘Valhalla’ , ‘The Last Candle’, ‘Tanelorn’  and ‘Majesty’ and a generous amount of tunes from the newer era.  I think the only album that got no song representation was NIGHT AT THE OPERA.  Of course they played ‘The Bard’s Song’ with the obligatory, extended sing-along session. 

Overall it was a superb night enjoying great music with many friends, a few drinks and two of my favourite bands.  It doesn’t get any better than this making this very likely my best concert of 2015.

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

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Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

Blind Guardian © Monika Deviat

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Moonspell + Dagoba + Jaded Star @ Der Hirsch, Nuremberg

December 9th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Moonspell + Dagoba + Jaded Star

@ Der Hirsch, Nuremberg

16th November 2015

Review, photos & video by Oliver M.

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SABATON “HEROES ON TOUR” – LIVE DVD / Blu-ray / CD RELEASE

December 9th, 2015
by EvilG
Sabaton - Heroes On Tour

Sabaton – Heroes On Tour

After the release of Sabaton’s latest studio record Heroes, the band hit the charts in various countries on high positions:  Sweden (#1), Finland (#2), Germany (#3). The concerts in Wacken and at their hometown festival in Falun were big highlights of the Heroes tour so far.

The band therefore decided to record these shows for an upcoming live DVD/CD package called Heroes On Tour.

Today Sabaton proudly reveals the first details about this upcoming release:

It will be out on March 4th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast, containing two DVDs and a CD. The second DVD will feature two switchable viewing angles, live and studio.

“We have always aimed to be a band people love to see live, for the simple reason we love to play live. With this DVD/Bluray release we hope to share some of that feeling with you. We recorded two shows in case one is not enough for you!”
/Pär Sundström

For more detailed information about the annual hometown festival in Falun, Sabaton Open Air, please click here!

DVD/Blu-ray 1
01. Final Countdown
02. The March To War
03. Ghost Division
04. To Hell And Back
05. Carolus Rex
06. No Bullets Fly
07. Resist And Bite
08. Far From The Fame
09. Panzerkampf
10. Gott Mit Uns
11. The Art Of War
12. Soldier Of 3 Armies
13. Swedish Pagans
14. Screaming Eagles
15. Night Witches
16. Primo Victoria
17. Metal Crüe

BONUS MATERIAL
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SABATON With Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague
01. The Art Of War
02. The Final Solution

DVD/Blu-ray 2
01. Final Countdown
02. The March To War
03. Ghost Division
04. To Hell And Back
05. Carolus Rex
06. Panzer Battalion
07. Wolfpack
08. Attero Dominatus
09. 7734
10. Union
11. The Art Of War
12. Saboteurs
13. Coat Of Arms
14. En Livstid I Krig
15. Resist And Bite
16. Swedish Pagans
17. Night Witches
18. Primo Victoria
19. Metal Crüe

CD
01. The March To War
02. Ghost Division
03. To Hell And Back
04. Carolus Rex
05. No Bullets Fly
06. Resist And Bite
07. Far From The Fame
08. Panzerkampf
09. Gott Mit Uns
10. The Art Of War
11. Soldier Of 3 Armies
12. Swedish Pagans
13. Screaming Eagles
14. Night Witches
15. Primo Victoria
16. Metal Crüe

NB Mailorder-exclusive formats can be pre-ordered now:
http://nblast.de/SABATONHeroesTourNB

From: http://www.sabaton.net/heroes-tour-live-dvd-blu-ray-cd-release/

 

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Anti- Flag : Pat Thetic

December 8th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

 

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Interview with Pat Thetic

 About 5 years ago, vocalist/guitaris Justin Sane from Anti Flag was playing a few solo gigs in Finland and I had the chance to interview him. Unfortunately, the recorder wasn’t on during the 60min talk I had with him, so that great interview got lost and this has haunted me over these 5 years. Cut back to November of 2015, Anti Flag comes to play in Helsinki, and I knew that this time I couldn’t fail. However, this time Justin Sane was unavailable to do an interview, but I was lucky enough to talk with drummer Pat Thetic, who alongside Justin Sane, formed Anti Flag in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the late 80’s. It was a conversation that touched upon a variety of topics, from music to politics to nostalgia to the band’s future, and luckily this time there weren’t any technical problems.

Interview by Petri da Costa


Let’s start talking about the latest record, “American Spring”, which was released early this year. The first thing I noticed was that this was a longer record than the previous one, “The General Strike”, which had a more ’direct approach’ and had less songs. So what was the band’s approach when making this new record?

Well, the interesting thing about Anti Flag’s records and the number of songs is that we usually record 20 to 22 songs, or we at least write them. Then, depending on how many we AF The Terror Statelike in the end are the ones which make it to record. So there are more songs that were written that never made it to both of these records, but we just felt that the previous record was more of a aggressive and direct to the point. In this new record we were taking more a ‘bigger look at things’ and we brought in different people, so it changed the flavor of the record a little bit.

So it wasn’t a planned thing to be a longer record?

No, it wasn’t planned. It was just the songs were a little slower, which makes them a bit longer, less beats per minute. There’s a little bit more…not necessarily ‘creativity’ but more space for different things on this record than on the previous one.

I noticed as well that there’s a more melodic sound overall. Were there different influences on making this record?

 What there was is that we worked with a man called Kenny Carkeet, who is an band called Awolnation, and his producing partner Jim Kaufman. They are both very talented, very melodic people. They are both well versed in Anti Flag punk rock, but they bring a different flavor to what we do. That’s why there’s more melody. The last two records before “American Spring”, we recorded in our practice room ourselves, so we weren’t looking for anybody else’s input, we were just looking to get something out. Not in the sense of just get out, but in the sense to release what was inside of us, that we needed to express this stuff. In this new one were like ‘Okay, let’s experiment a bit more, let’s be open to a little more than the last two records’.

The other change was the label. You guys signed with Spinefarm Records, which is more known for signing metal bands. So how did this partnership with A-F11Spinefarm came up?

 Well, we have no loyalties to record companies. I’m not a big fan of record companies, I own a record company, and they are not what’s important to me. Some people are like ‘Oh, we wanna be on this record label because it represents something’. We’ve never been like that. We have a vision, the record company just comes along with us to express our vision. So we were just looking for someone new to help us and get the record out. Spinefarm came into the equation and had some really interesting ideas on how they wanted to release the record and spoke to a different group of people that we traditionally speak to, so we said ‘Yes, let’s give it a shot’.

Talking a bit about the lyrics, nowadays there’s this overload of information coming from all sides and different sources, everything happens quickly. A person can know what’s going on in their country or around the globe instantly, so how all this impact the band’s lyrics? Do you try to stay current when writing lyrics or do you write based on something that has influenced you guys personally or how do you approach the lyrics?

Well, being human beings we are current on what’s happening in the world just because it’s what interest us. I was just in the back reading about the Turks shooting down the Russian plane, and all that stuff is interesting to us. So we are being exposed to these ideas all the time, whether they’ll boil down to an idea that then becomes a song you never know. As most people are, we are consumers of information, political information, and it doesn’t matter whether is coming to us second by second or over time. It takes a little bit of time for those ideas to ultimately solidify into something that we wanna express through a song.

The other thing you guys have been doing for a long time now is putting the topics about the lyrics, information about what the lyrics are about, which I think it’s a great idea. So how important is that? Is this as important as the songs themselves? I mean, you guys put a lot of effort into this.

 Yeah, we put a lot of effort in this. It’s all important to us. Nobody cares about the band unless they like the songs. Anti Flag has always being about creating art that talks about things AF The General Strikefrom a perspective that is not necessarily a given. So that information that we put in the liner notes is very important to us because we think that there are other ideas out there that a lot of people don’t have access to, and this is a way giving people access to other ideas. When we were young, every record we got out had that type of stuff that said ‘Hey, you might wanna check these things’. But we got away from it because of the 2000’s internet revolution, we felt that people didn’t need us to tell them where to find this information. What we have learned over the last couple of years is that just because you have access to information, doesn’t mean you know where to find it. What we were trying to do is say ‘Hey, if you feel this way, these are places you might be interested in checking out and this is where you can find more information about these topics’. So yeah, it’s very important to us because we think that people are being lied to every day and we wanna give them places to find information that might be more truthful.

Let’s talk about the current tour. How’s this European tour been so far?

It’s been great. We were just actually talking about this song that we have, “Brandenburg Gate”, which talks about the Brandenburg Gate in Germany which was in sort of no man’s land between East and West Germany. So that idea of this monument that was in Berlin and then go to Moscow and play this song and have kids singing about it…you know, because that was when US and Russian were enemies, and then to sing a song about that in Moscow and have kids singing along was great. This song is about freedom and understanding beyond the national bullshit of Putin and Obama or Khrushchev and Kennedy. So to be able to break down these barriers and to play a song like that in Moscow was pretty intense for us, and very important to me. So, the question was how’s the tour going. It’s going very well. [laughs]

You also played couple of gigs in France a few days after the attacks. A lot of bands were at that time cancelling their European tours or gigs in France A-Fbecause they were concerned about security. Did this thought of cancelling gigs came to your mind?

 Absolutely. Our question was not about security because that’s less of our concern. Our concern was more about ‘Are we offending the French people?’. We didn’t want to be seen as not understanding that this was a horrible thing and that people might not want to hear a punk rock song. But we talked to all the promoters and talked to the kids at the shows and they said ‘Thank you for coming, because we can’t stop our lives because shitty people do shitty things’. So we were very happy to go to France. Yeah, there was more security than usually at a rock show. I don’t like security in general, I think it makes people feel afraid, but sometimes you have to do that, sometimes that happens. But I’m a firm believer that people can control themselves in most situations, expect when you have extreme shitheads who wanna take guns and blow people up.

How was the mood in these gigs? Was it tense or how did you see this whole situation?

I think people at first, at each show, were afraid. We played outside of Paris, about an hour outside of Paris and kids knew a lot of people who were at that show. We played in Toulouse, and a lot of kids go to Paris for shows, so they knew these people, they have been to that club. There was a bit of heaviness. I think that as the show went on, people relaxed and realized that for that hour they could enjoy the experience.

After this European tour, Anti Flag is going again on tour next February-March. Any other gigs planned besides that, maybe for summer?

Well, that stuff is coming together now. Yeah, we’ll be back at some point next year to play more shows and more festivals. I don’t know what they are yet, but we’ll be back.AF Die for the Government

Nowadays many bands are pretty much living on the road. They are concentrating more on touring instead of making records…

Yes, there’s no money making records right now.

So, has this somehow affected you guys or not? I know that you guys are constantly touring and making records too, but how do you see this situation?

 The sad realistic thing about Anti Flag is that we’ll be on tour whether is good for us or not, coz that’s what we do. [laughs] We are addicted to being in a room full of people who makes sense to us. When we go home, sometimes the people around us don’t make any sense. We are in a very lucky position that when we play shows, every night there’s hundreds to couple thousand people who have similar beliefs and believe that things can be different than what they are now. The homophobia, the bigotry is left at the door and people at the shows are there to celebrate the fact that we all found each other. All the fuck ups and weirdos have found each other here. So that’s an important thing for us, so we’ll be playing shows whether makes sense or not. Recording records is just a way for us to play live shows. [laughs]

But you rather be on the road or making new songs?A-F16

For me…I hate recording. Recording is not interesting to me, playing live is interesting to me. The other guys like the recording process much more than I do. If you actually talk to them, they’d be like ‘Yeah, I’d love to stay home and make records’. I’m like ‘Fuck that, I’m not staying home and making records’. [laughs] So yeah, it’s different. Anti Flag is at its best when we are playing live shows with people who, again, believe that homophobia and bigotry is an outdated and backwards vision of the world, and that they wanna a world where everybody is free to make choices that are in their best interest.

Talking about another current thing happening with a lot of bands nowadays is playing a certain record in its entirety. You have done that, playing the whole “The Terror State”, but is there any plans for next year when “Die for the Government” turns 20 years?

 Yeah, we’ve been talking about it. Not interesting to me, but the other guys are interested in doing. [laughs] So we’ll see, I’m sure we’ll do it at some point. There are a couple of songs on “Die for the Government” that I don’t wanna play just because they are hard to play or it’s a challenge. Yeah, it’ll probably happen at some point next year.

What do you think about this, because it seems that there’s a lot of nostalgia going among bands and in music?

 Yeah, absolutely…I do think that there’s a lot of bullshit nostalgia, but people wanna hear those records and it makes them happy. Again, you are asking the wrong guy in the band AF American Springabout it. [laughs] I’m not interested in that stuff as much as the others, I’m a bit of a dick. But if it gets the kid who 10 years ago or 20 years ago loved this record, who hasn’t been to a show in 10 years, but brings him to the show and reaffirms to him why he loved that music at that point, and reaffirms that there are people who, again, think that wars of aggression are a mess, as we are seeing it in the Middle East, and that maybe going to his job and just being a shitty person to everybody else around him is not the best way to live. So if he comes to a rock show to experience something that he hasn’t experienced for a long time, then I think it’s a good thing, I accept that. I mean, it doesn’t have to be an Anti Flag show, every band is doing something like that now. If that brings back those people back into a room full of other fuck ups and weirdos for an hour, and gives them a different perspective on where he is in life, then I think that’s a good thing. Having said that, fuck those people who do these gigs, including us. [laughs] Playing a record from top to bottom, yeah that’s not interesting to me. [laughs]

The other thing I wanted to ask, you guys had organized a couple of years your own festival. Is there a chance for that to happen again?  

Yeah, we’d like to do that again. It’s just finding the right city and the right time when we can get not only us, but that bands that we’d love to put together. It’s a logistical challenge to put all that together, but yeah we’d love that. We wanna do a festival in Pittsburgh, where we grew up, at some point, but it’s just hard to do all that and to be on tour at the same time.

Anti Flag has been active for over 20 years, do you look back on old lyrics and think the situation is the same, for example, when the song Free Nation? was A-F2written? Do you feel that it still resonates with you?

Yes, absolutely. People say that song is a criticism…you know, one of our musical heroes is a man called Woody Guthrie, who’s a folk artist in US, and when I read his lyrics, he was talking about immigration issues, but the immigration issues he was talking about were between Oklahoma and California, not about US and Mexico, or Syria and Western Europe. So the ideas are the same and they need to be talked about it, the details are always going to be changing, they are gonna be slightly different here and there, but those ideas of freedom, justice and people being taken care of, are universal and they need to be heard. They just have to be in different packages, from different types of bands or artists, but these are themes should be talked about all the time because they are continuously going on. So those songs are still important.

Well, you also have in a lot of songs a message of hope. Since you have been travelling around the world with Anti Flag for so many years, visiting places and talking to different people, how do you see this change over these past years, do you see a change for better?

 I see in different places different things. We are very lucky because we interact with the best people in each city, people who are making things happens, who are trying to make a change, people who are trying to be different than their backward parents or the people around them. So we always feel optimistic because we go to Moscow and meet the greatest people there. We go to Thailand and meet the best people there. We are not meeting the people who are afraid of immigrants or the people that think they need whatever ridiculous backward beliefs that each of these cultures have. We are meeting the people who are striving for change and making things better, so we are always very hopeful. Actually our bus driver was telling us the other day, and he’s an older gentleman at this point, he said ‘There’s no way that any politician is every gonna get me to grab a riffle and go after any country coz I got friends in all the places that I’ve been’. That’s our experience as well. Now, politicians are very skilled at manipulating people into fighting, killing and dying for them, but we are amazingly lucky people to be able to travel around and meet great people in many different cities.

Talking about the band’s long history, you released between 2013 and 2014 a series of re-recorded songs from the band’s back catalogue. How was the AF A New Kind of Armyexperience revisiting some of these older songs and playing them again in the studio?

 It was funny because in some ways, what we were trying to do was to take a song that had something very important to us and make it able to be played live. Take out all the things that made it frustrating to us and make it into something that we could love. In some situations it worked and in some it didn’t, and there were some songs that we played acoustic. It was a weird experience to go back and play some of those songs, coz some of them are great songs with great ideas but we just didn’t like the outcome of it. We wanted to give to those songs a rebirth, not just to us but to other people who might get why these songs were important to us, but just didn’t quiet get where it needed to be.

How did you decide the songs? Did everybody had a vote or how was it?  

We talked about it. It wasn’t a formal vote, we just talked about these songs, like ‘I hate the way I did this and that, let’s change that. Oh, this song has a great idea, but we didn’t get it right, maybe if we did an acoust version of it would make more sense’. It was a weird situation. [laughs]

Were there more songs that you re-recorded but just haven’t been released yet?

 I don’t know about that. That was a couple of years ago, so I can’t remember that. We probably have more songs that may come into light someday.A-F

Any plans for maybe a DVD about the band, like a documentary to celebrate also these 20 years?

We actually just gave to some kids all of our video footage for them to put together a DVD. So we’ll see what comes out of that. We haven’t seen any cuts or anything. We had boxes and boxes of VHS tapes and DV tapes and stuff, all from us over these years. If they can make something cool out of it, then we’ll definitely release it. Hopefully it’ll be interesting, I don’t know, I’m sort of looking forward to see it because you film stuff and then you just put in a box somewhere and you never look at it. So these guys’ job is to look at it and find something interesting and put it together.

So no ideas of when that’s going to come out?

 No idea. It might be complete crap and never come out, yeah that’s fucking boring, that’s not worth anybody’s time. [laughs]

Any confirmed plans for the band for 2016?

We’ll just play more shows and then probably late 2016 or early 2017, we’ll start thinking about what we wanna talk about and whether we wanna release another record, are we inspired enough to express something. At this point, Anti Flag doesn’t need to record more records, but if we feel passionate about some stuff that we A-F8wanna talk about, then we’ll release a record.

Has the thought of calling it a day come up among you guys or it never has?

If it’s just the four of us, we’ll do it forever. Obviously, if there’s family preasure for all of us to do other things…coz it’s very difficult when you are in relationships with people and you are away for 6 months of the year, so that makes people at home very unhappy. So that’s always the friction, but it’s very important to us to play music and to travel around and meet people. If we can keep our home lives able to tolerate that, then we’ll continue to do it. [laughs]

Well, thanks a lot for the interview!

Thank you too, hopefully this one doesn’t get lost. [laughs]

No, this time I recorded everything. [laughs]

Oh ok, so you have been checking. [laughs]

 

OFFICIAL ANTI-FLAG SITES :

http://www.anti-flag.com

https://www.facebook.com/anti.flag.official/

 

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Famed Canadian Author MARTIN POPOFF Releases Coffee Table Book On Mötley Crüe

December 7th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

 

Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day

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For them regulars amongst you, it’s in the same format as 2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day and Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day, namely timeline with quotes, blow-by-blow of all the mania that is Motley.

Note – I have copies I can sell and ship now, but it’s not at my website yet. This is the same info that will be there in about ten days…

I’ve interviewed all these guys repeatedly over the years, and so most of this is fresh material never seen, along with page after sumptuous page of top-shelf photography.

Here’s an adaptation of the original proposal:

Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day is a resounding addition to what has been a pronounced lack of books on Motley Crue since the band’s celebrated and best-selling autobiography The Dirt back in 2001.

Although there have been individual band member biographies since then, few have offered much in the way of substantive chronological information, tour trivia, a record of the band’s many accolades, or, indeed, much on the Crüe’s smash songs and albums themselves.

Essentially, bottom line, there’s been very little generated, other than thin volumes from long ago, written by anybody other than the band themselves. Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day aims to rectify that gap in the knowledge, with celebrated metal expert (and three-time Backbeat author) Martin Popoff plotting the chaotic 30+ year run of rock’s most notorious bad boys. The drugs, the booze, the rehabs, the serial wives, the deaths and near deaths, the feuds, and ultimately a level of redemption and establishment in the hallowed book of classic rock… it’s all here in explosive color and more explosive and shocking textual revelation.

Mötley Crüe, with six platinum and multi-platinum albums, as well as a handful of golds, is perhaps the biggest and last of the “under-booked” band in all of rock. And such a phenomenon calls for action, given the millions of Crue fans who grew up with such hits as “Shout at the Devil,” Looks That Kill,” Too Young to Fall in Love,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Same Ol’ Situation” and namesake of this high volume volume, “Kickstart My Heart.” The band’s tours are legendary for their bombast and excess, and Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee are each, to a man, pop culture icons whose lives have been loaded with headline-grabbing drama since the band hit the Strip running in 1980.

Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day aims to be a momentous addition to Mötley scholarship—and the first major book on the band in 15 years. Adding to the considerable textual substance of the tome (which leaves no Crüe-related scrap of trivia unearthed) is a running oral history of the band, making use of Popoff’s extensive interview material with the band as well as some available press, augmented by an explosion of garish imagery culled from Mötley’s record sleeves, live shows, passes, tickets, ads and memorabilia. Indeed, the Crüe’s apocalyptic fashion sense and pyro-charged live shows makes for some of the most shocking visuals in the heavy metal business, a happenstance that makes each page of this book explode with lurid sleaze rock color.

I know it’s a little pricey, but they cost a lot to buy from the publisher (exchange, shipping, customs) and I am mailing from Canada and they are big heavy books. And I’m signing ‘em, obviously, if that means anything to you!

Price including shipping:
US orders: $44.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $59.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $55.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US orders.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books.

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In Flames with support on 15 Scandinavian European Tour 2015 – Swedish leg – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

December 6th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

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In Flames

15 Scandinavian European Tour 2015 – Swedish leg –
Black Temple – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
23/10 – 2015

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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