Review by Jarod Lawley
Photos by Talie Rose Eigland
King Diamond – O2 Forum 2016
The King’s return to the UK after a seven year long absence at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 must have impressed a lot of metalheads, because now the band haunt London again for the first time in ten years, they are playing to a crowd that is over twice the size to the that back out the Electric Ballroom in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
Covering a Metal fest is hard work and until we have significant advances in technology that allows us to be in two places at once, there will always have to be compromise and choices at the reporters discretion as to what get covered and what doesn’t. Fortunately at the first annual Shredmonton Metal Fest two of the three venues were situated in the same building so jumping back and forth was not too arduous. I did my best to cover as much as I could and this will be a quick overview of a most triumphant weekend!
Zimmer’s Hole with Fuqoured, Untimely Demise & Kyoktys
Dickens Pub on May 20th, 2016
Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli
I wasn’t actually planning to review Zimmer’s Hole as I already had four reviews on my plate to finish but concerts by the legendary Zimmer’s Hole are few and far between, so I thought I better make some notes. Luckily two great photographers (Monika D and Jeff B) were at the gig so I could poach some photos from them.
Scythia is a well-known and well-regarded Calgary Metal band. To record their fourth album LINEAGE (watch for a review shortly!) they went to Finland to record at Sonic Pump, the recording studio owned and operated by none other than Nino Laurenne of Thunderstone. Over time a relationship was established and it was decided that Thunderstone would come to western Canada for a few gigs. May 4th ,2016 was the first time that Thunderstone had ever played in Canada and it was a great night!
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band. Thanks to Ulterium Records for the additional promo pictures of the band.
For some strange reason the music of InnerWish totally past me by, the band have been active for about 20 years and after a really long break the band released the album INNERWISH. The previous album came 6 years ago and I was interested in knowing more about what the band had been up to in between releases, so I got in touch with drummer Fragiskos Samoilis to know more about the status of the band. Members have come and gone, especially singers, and the new album is, like the previous one, mixed in Sweden by the legendary producer Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd. We talked about what the future has in store for the band and if you’re interested in learning more about traditional melodic metal sprinkled with great vocals make sure to read and listen to InnerWish.
From forming in 1985 to disbanding in 1990 the band released a couple of demo’s that became legendary in the underground and one album: “Divine Spiritual and Intellectual Development”.
This album became a collectors item in the underground and last year Marquee records Brazil re-released this album after 25 years on their Metal Classics label. In August the crypt records u.s.a will release a vinyl version, a double album in coloured vinyl with the album and all the demo’s, 2 un-released re-recordings and one brand new song.
For the re-recording USURPER frontman Patrick Harreman teamed up with Martijn Horsten on guitar, Larry Kranenburg on drums and René Simons on guitar. The re-recording sounded so good that the guys decided to write a new track. This spiraled into madness and to cut a long story short……………..the band is recording a new album as we speak.
Patrick Harreman: Lemmy said it before: “you always go back to the first love in music”. To me that was extreme thrash metal. But it is a suprise, even to me hahahaha the re-recodings went so well and was so much fun that we decided to continue. I cant wait to play the old stuff the way we do now
With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30 years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been! Read the rest of this entry »
Glenn “The Voice Of Rock” Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known from his work with Deep Purple, Tony Iommi and funk rock pioneers Trapeze. Hughes also maintains a notable solo career including 12 studio albums and he’s been an active session musician and a member in various projects. Between 2009 and 2014 he fronted the supergroup Black Country Communion which also featured guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonhan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. On April 2016, Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. Currently Hughes is working his first solo album in 8 years. He’s also working Black Country Communion re-union which is going to happen next year. I met a good humoured Hughes in Swedenrock in early June and here is a summary of our discussion which includes a new album, Black Country reunion and many other interesting topics. Read on!
What would the summer be without metal festivals? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Finland is the real promised land of metal with festivals arranged all around Finland from the north to the south, from the east to the west. A new comer to the Finnish metal festival map is called Tampere Metal Meeting arranged for the first time. The debut year of the festival looked tremendous temptating and fabulous as far as the line-up is monitored ; Finntroll, Moonsorrow, Destroyer 666, Nocturnus AD, Tiamat etc. Metal-Rules.Com made the visit to Tampere Metal Meeting…
WITCHES MARK have uploaded their new song “Road Razor” to Soundcloud.
Taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, “Road Razor” marks the first new studio material from WITCHES MARK since 2013’s“Witching Metal Ritual” full length.
Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams elaborates “After we finished playing out in support of the last record we got a little busy playing in some other bands. I joined IGNITOR on guitar in January of 2015 and Robb Bockman (Guitar/Vocals) recently joined the black metal band UADA on bass and has been touring with them. Both band’s have been doing really well for themselves and we’ve stayed consistently busy but wherever we’d go people kept asking us about WITCHES MARK and we’ve always known that band was something really special so we got together over the holidays and wrote all of the material for the next album. We’re gonna try and have it released by the end of the year.”
On June 1st Whitesnake embarked on a Greatest Hits Tour that will take them across much of the US before heading over to Europe for July and August. For the last 36+ years Whitesnake has remained a no-nonsense band and have one of the most charismatic frontmen; David Coverdale at the helm. Since the band’s inception, David has always surrounded himself with amazing musicians. For this tour as well as the band’s 2015 Purple Tour, he’s enlisted a tremendously talented guitarist; Joel Hoekstra. Together he and Reb Beach have an undeniable chemistry that dazzles the packed venues with their pyrotechnical style of guitar playing and acrobatics.
Joel is most notably known for his years’ with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Night Ranger not to mention he recently put out a solo CD called; Joel Hoekstra’s 13 Dying to Live, it’s a melodic hard rock CD with killer riffs and memorable melodies.
I was fortunate to catch up with Joel before Whitesnake played in New Jersey to discuss their Greatest Hits Tour as well as what the future may hold for the band. If that wasn’t enough, he gave me a personal tour of his custom made arsenal of Whitesnake touring guitars!
Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has dedicated his life to heavy metal which is well documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades. But beyond heavy metal, many people might not know that he has an incessant craving for classical music! In 1997 he released his first classical CD and now almost 20 years later he is releasing his newest solo CD, Headbangers Symphony due out July 1st on Nuclear Blast Records. Eleven “metaled up” songs by classical composers like Ludwig v. Beethoven, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to name a few.
I caught up with Wolf to talk about this monster endeavor that took almost a decade to create as well as the work that went into it.
Ronnie James Dio’s sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. In 1983, the singer formed his own band, launching a successful solo career that led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Rhino would release a new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, that brings together Dio’s first six studio albums – each one featuring newly remastered sound. It includes: Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993).
Pre-orders have begun for CD and vinyl versions of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. Pre-order your copy now via Amazon: CD | vinyl.Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band’s iconic covers. The CD set will hit stores on July 22, 2016 for a list price of $34.98.
The vinyl incarnation of the set will be available on October 4, 2016 for $99.98, and comes with a bonus 7″ single. On the first side is the 1983 version of “Evil Eyes,” which was originally released as the b-side on the “Holy Diver” single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album The Last In Line. The flip side features “Time To Burn,” which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).
After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group’s platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic “Rainbow In The Dark.”
The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band’s second platinum seller and included the single “Mystery,” as well as “We Rock,” a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children.” Dio’s fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles “All The Fools Sailed Away” and “I Could Have Been A Dreamer.”
In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single “Hey Angel” and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like “Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost,” “Evilution,” and the title track.
Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Album Listing:
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)