BLACKWELDER, the brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in power prog metal today, streaming the brand new song ‘The Night Of New Moon‘. The band is currently recording and mixing its as-yet-untitled album for a late 2014 release via GoldenCore/ZYX Music. The CD will be mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY). The song can be streamed below.
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Exhumed came back to Helsinki, Finland, mid March to promote “Necrocracy” which has been praised by fans and critics alike, and once again I sat down with Exhumed’s vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey to talk about the recent album, touring, some possible future plans for the band and a bit also about one of Matt’s side project, Dekapitator.
Interview by Petri Da Costa / Pics by Arto Lehtinen Read the rest of this entry »
DRASTIC SOLUTION, an Italian Thrash Metal/HC band, announce the release of their first full length album. It will be released by Wine Blood Records with worldwide distribution. The band has published the Official Video of the title track “Thrashers”, watch it below.
Finnish Epic/ Dark/ Folk metal band Frosttide released tour music video of the song called Ruins of Defeat from the album Awakening!
with Anders Nyström (guitar)
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Just few days before Swedish metallers Katatonia roll into the city of London to play their acoustic show at The Union Chapel as a part of their Unplugged & Reworked tour, Metal-Rules.com UK team had a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Anders Nyström (guitar) and talk through their latest and critically acclaimed release Dethroned and Uncrowned and the acoustic tour itself.
Interview with Joe Stump
For fear of waking up and you are gone”
Triptykon, My Pain, 2010
For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.
H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.
A little more than a year later, his exceptionally stunning art made what might be one of Celtic Frost’s most important albums, To Mega Therion, even more significant. Other links to Giger’s universe also manifested themselves, almost as if it was predestined.
Eventually, after many more years, the mentorship became a friendship. It was a friendship and a personal connection I valued infinitely, and it also included his wonderful wife, Carmen, and many other remarkable people that were part of his universe.
When Celtic Frost came to an end so acrimoniously in 2008, H.R. Giger and his wife were among those who witnessed my uncontained despair and stood by me. That Giger subsequently agreed to collaborate with my new group, Triptykon, and thus enabled us to release our first album, Eparistera Daimones, with one of his most dramatic paintings on the cover meant the world to me.
It apparently pleased Giger, too. He told me so on several occasions, and he completely stunned me in October 2011 by proposing that we continue the collaboration between him and Triptykon. I would have never asked for such a thing, because I never would have wanted to appear insatiable. He brushed such reservations aside, and it was his mentorship, friendship, and art that enabled us, once again, to release a second album on which music and cover art formed a seamless symbiosis. Only a few weeks ago, he held the result in his hands and loved it.
Regardless of anything I may write about H.R. Giger, however, none of these words will ever be able to truly, accurately describe him as a person and as a friend. It is utterly inconceivable to imagine a world without his wit, his perception, his genius, his horizon, his determination, his humour, his friendship, and his immeasurable kindness. And yet, we are now left in exactly such a world.
Tom Gabriel Warrior for Triptykon, May 13, 2014
Arch Enemy Interview
with Michael Amott and Alissa White-Gluz
Interview by Öna Helveti
Photos by Ashlinn Nash
We join Alissa White-Gluz and Micheal Amott in the Century Media Records offices in Camden Town, right by the Camden Lock in London, UK, and just a bridge away from arguably the most frequented metal bar in the area. The setting is pleasantly metal on a tranquil spring afternoon.
Arch Enemy has received a lot of publicity lately, following the announcement in March that Angela Gossow will be stepping down as a vocalist. Plus their new album, War Eternal (2014), is on its way out. We are curious to find out more.
The first single “The Four Elements” will feature vocalist André Ferrari. Currently, Ferrari is vocalist for Mr.Ego and former member from Eyes of Shiva, in which he recorded two albums, released internationally and great repercussion in Heavy Metal scene. In addition, he participated in major projects with renowned musicians, such as Andre Matos, Kiko Loureiro, Fabio Laguna, Edguy, Exodus and Viper.
The guitars for “The Four Elements” was composed and recorded by Vinicius Almeida – multi instrumentalist and producer, participating in the Metal scene for 15 years. The cover art was created by the advertising company Diferencie Comunicação Integrada.
More information will be released soon.
INTERVIEW WITH MILTOS OF IN UTERO CANNIBAALISM
A founding member of Greek brutal metallers, In Utero Cannibalism, Miltos has providing guidance for many fundamental bands in the scene and now hangs his hat with IUC, a band with a mortal guttural obsessionand he gave us a piece of their collective and individual minds.
Primal Fear with opening bands
Answer with Metal and Sovereign Council
Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 3, 2014
Review by EvilG
Nine Inch Nails
Hartwall Arena Helsinki Finland
The 8th of May 2014
Text by Arto Lehtinen
The editor-in-chief of Metal-Rules.Com may get fist fucked because of the Nine Inch Nails gig review, but hey Nine Inch Nails were one of those industrial pioneers opening doors for this type of sonic tormenting assault. Obviously the legendary Woodstock show back in 1994 definitely catapulted the band led by Trent Reznor into another dimension of the success. Of course Downward Spiral is definitely the epitome of all industrial albums in ages and the whole genre as well. Even though NIN have visited Finland a couple of times before, but for some reason the timeline ended mostly around the time of the Downward album for me. Therefore going to witness NIN was definitely more than a welcomed idea.
The Hartwall area with the 12000 seats was half packed by different sorts of people, from metal fans to the alternative crowd and of course mainstream music lovers having attended the NIN gig. On the other hand that amount people in such a huge hall looked truly pathetic. The smaller venue with the same amount fans would have made the gig more intimate as well as a way more brutal by creating the more suitable atmosphere for one hell of a memorable NIN show.
The gig started with the Pinion intro and was followed by “Copy A”, “100.000.00”. However the setlist had been created to cover a lot of the material from the era of 1989 – 1994. Especially the songs, f:ex “March Of The Pigs”,”Piggy”, “Closer” etc, off from DOWNWARD SPIRAL played the dominating role on the set. Whereas “Head Like A Hole” out of three songs off the debut album PRETTY HATE MACHINE caused the ballistic reaction amongst the audience. In the mid of the gig the venue turned to an ambient sonic catacomb, when beats of songs such as “The Great Destroyer”, “Me, I’m Not” definitely went straight to the heart and head.
The whole show was nothing, but an utter tremendous triumph of lights and visual aspects. Getting the epilepsy stroke resulted by the flashing light was quite near. All the visual aspects created real massive and unique show fitting to the sonic pleasure of NIN from the softer to the head ripping. The separate massive huge gate looking construction showed up between the drums and the rest of the band. As for the band, Ilan Rubin proved to be the real multi-instrumentalist by doing the drums and handling the guitars as well, the guitarist Robin Finck mauled the guitar while taking care of the vocals. To sum up, the whole NIN sounded extremely killer, vicious and above all razor sharp.
The whole visualized show was concluded by the obvious choice “Hurt” of which Johnny Cash made an immortal cover version before passing away. That brought the tranquiled harmonic atmosphere to concluded the gig.
Nine Inch Nails offered a real in your face show with the massive light show and a real deal of the most asskicking songs from the long career. Trent Reznor with the back-up forces were on the strike thru the whole 90 minute set. Even though Reznor is reaching the magical 50 year sooner or later, he still lives up with the passion to the music and the performance. Well maybe he ain’t that wild as 20 years ago at the legendary Woodstock show.
Pinion / The Eater of Dreams
Copy of A
March of the Pigs
Me, I’m Not
Came Back Haunted
The Great Destroyer
Hand Covers Bruise
Beside You in Time
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Evil Masquerade – Release party for the new album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX . 1994-2014, 10 year anniversary show at High Voltage Copenhagen Denmark
Evil Masquerade – Releasparty for the new album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX – 10 year anniversary show
20/4 – 2014
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Metal Warriors THOR Return To Hollywood For An Exclusive Show,
Celebrate The Deluxe Re-Issue Of ONLY THE STRONG!
Muscle-bound superheroes THOR are set to fly to heavy metal’s very own Valhalla, Hollywood CA, on Saturday, May 24th, for an explosive performance at the Loaded club on Hollywood Blvd. This Vancouver outfit originated in the early ‘70s with body building champion and former Mr. USA Jon Mikl Thor, and quickly gained a devout following thanks in part to the band’s elaborate and supremely entertaining live shows, which frequently featured Jon performing not just outstanding anthems of metal but also astounding feats of strength – bending steel bars with his teeth and exploding water bottles with his lungs!Jon would go on to appear on the Merv Griffin Show in 1976, which led to a licensing deal with RCA and the release of THOR’s debut album Keep The Dogs Away the following year.
But it wasn’t until the group’s 1985 album, Only The Strong, that Jon Mikl & Co. really began to flex their muscles. Recorded in the UK, the album produced two British chart-topping classics, “Let The Blood Run Red” and “Thunder On The Tundra,” and earned the band a truly international following. Now, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of its release, Deadline Music will offer a special deluxe CD/DVD edition of this metal masterpiece! Billed as the COMPLETE THOR experience, this set includes the entire Only The Strong album along with several rare and unreleased bonus tracks PLUS an incredible 60 minute concert DVD capturing the band in live performances during their early ‘80s heyday, performing stunts and ripping through their best songs – all packaged in a gorgeous 8 panel digipak with a full color 16-page booklet!
Jon Mikl Thor enthuses, “I am ready to take the THOR visual and sound experience to the entertainment capital of the world! What better place to launch the Only The Strong CD/DVD deluxe edition! As the Superhero Thundergod of Rock N’ Roll, I promise a night of startling metal and entertainment for all!”
For venue information, visit: http://www.LoadedHollywood.com
6377 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
For the latest information on Thor, visit: http://www.thorcentral.com/
The release of OPETH’s hotly anticipated eleventh studio album, ‘Pale Communion’ has been rescheduled for 25th August. The opus was previously set for a mid-June release via Roadrunner Records.
Opeth mainman and visionary, Mikael Åkerfeldt explains; “Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the release of ‘Pale Communion’ has indeed been pushed back to late August. Several circumstances prevented us from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly, and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June.” Read the rest of this entry »