Against the Plagues are excited to announce upcoming EP release : “EXTERMINATION EVENT”. Full release will be available on top Digital Music Retailers including ITUNES on January 6th, 2015. EP will include two new tracks and full production videos released by Varyen Entertainment in partnership with Kake Multimedia.
“Extermination Event” was recorded at Belle City Sound with engineer/producer Chris Wisco (Lazarus AD, Novembers Doom, Origin, Jungle Rot) and mastered by Trevor Sadler MasterM.I.N.D. Productions(Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Triumph).
Cover art is made by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Immortal).
Black Star Riders is a rock band formed in late 2012 from the ashes of the latest line-up of Thin Lizzy . The band released its first album, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE, in May of 2013 and the sophomore album, THE KILLER INSTINCT, is scheduled for release in early 2015. The band’s singer / guitarist Ricky Warwick (The Almighty) and guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) arrived in rainy Helsinki in early December to promote the upcoming album and here is what they had to say. Read on!
3 years after the commercially successful “Serpent Sermon” and a long world tour, the Marduk horde is headed back to war with a new disturbing artillery called “Frontschwein”. Released by Century Media, this 13th destructive offering contains most of all the elements that made the success of the cult classic “Panzer Division Marduk” (World War II concept & imagery, brutal compositions, high-speed-drumming) but also shows a rawer sound and a few mid-tempo tracks.
We have asked some questions to Morgan Håkansson the eternal commander of this cult Swedish legion in order to know his thoughts about these new belligerent songs and if he’s nostalgic about their early years, after almost 25 years devoted to pure evil black metal art. Read the rest of this entry »
CHASTAIN has announced that they will be releasing a new album in 2015. The title of the new album will be “We Bleed Metal.” The group lineup will be the same as on the 2013/2014 albums “Surrender To No One” and “Surrender To No One: Uncut.”
Leather Leone- Vocals
David T. Chastain- Guitars
Mike Skimmerhorn- Bass
Stian Kristoffersen- Drums
Leather says: “Coming back at you…. Running on a higher vibration …….Metal rules us. New material, new excitement and another chance to bleed Metal in your face. The return of an old disease……We Bleed Metal!”
The band will finish the recording later this month in Atlanta, GA.
The year 2014 proved to be a difficult one, which included many personal tragedies. Thankfully there was an abundance of great albums to dig into, and while I might have missed a few of the better ones, the following 20 albums were the best of what I actually heard this year.
1. Iced Earth – Plagues Of Babylon
Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon
Since Stu Block joined the band, Schaeffer seems to have hit a true creative spurt. PLAGUES OF BABYLON contains the bands signature mechanistic riffs, melodic intros and the inspired god-like vocals of Block. It was a great album to kick off 2014, released way back in January and one that holds its own among the best of the band’s catalog.
The German power metal squad Blind Guardian is going to unleash their 10th album called BEYOND THE RED MIRROR. The band’s vocalist Hansi Kürsch and the guitarist André Olbrich visited Finland on the long promotional trip and sat down to talk about the forthcoming album as well as the upcoming massive orchestral album. Of course we talked about their progression over these years.
The third of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza’s first ever instructional DVD, “Intense Mega Drumming”, an exclusive sneak preview of rare and never before seen video footage from the “Menza Mega Vault”, “A Decade Of Deth” with clips featuring Dime Bag Darrell, Phil Anselmo Pantera, Scott Weiland and Eric Kretz, Stone Temple Pilots, can be viewed below.According to a press release, the “Intense Mega Drumming” DVD will be “educational, entertaining and will feature Menza’s years of playing drums in MEGADETH with tons of tips and tricks from his arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player. In addition to the DVD will include a bonus disc of exclusive out of control backstage footage, plus rare live concert footage of Pantera, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, just to name a few.
This was an amazing year for me and for all the TNT fans who were lucky enough to be at the concerts. Many of the shows were the best TNT shows ever in my opinion. Sadly it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…it’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul. I had really high hopes that it would last this time and that we would continue for years to come but it is a very volatile little machine. It’s a really great band with a wonderful catalog of music and I’m proud of all the work we’ve done and all we’ve accomplished over the years. I love our crew and appreciate all their hard work and dedication. I wish the other guys in the band well in life and in all their future endeavors. To the wonderful TNT fans…I know you feel deep disappointment right now and truly, so do I…more than you could ever know. My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys. To all those who’s cities we didn’t reach, I apologize. It wasn’t for lack of desire on my part to get to you this time.
British heavy metal legends SAXON have recruited Sven Dirkschneider, the son of legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, to sit behind the kit for their upcoming UK tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early February.
SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital last month after suffering a brain aneurysm (a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain). He has since undergone two surgeries, but “will not be 100% fit” by the start of SAXON’s UK tour. However, he “will be at the shows to meet and great the VIP ticket holders,” according to a posting on the SAXON Facebook page.
Later today (Jan 2, 2015) check https://www.facebook.com/saxon for a video statement from Nigel who is supposed to be released from hospital tomorrow!
Motley Crue’s highly anticipated FINAL TOUR arrived in New York on late October. The tour was announced in January and it also feature a very special guest Alice Cooper. The tour has been a great success and so far all the dates have been sold out including this one in the legendary Madison Square Garden.
Mike Tramp is a Danish singer and songwriter, best known for his work on a very successful 80’s hard rock band White Lion. Later Tramp founded the band Freak of Nature, which released three albums before breaking up in the late 90s. Since then, Tramp has been a solo artist and he has released eight albums, including the newest MUSEM, which was came out earlier this year. People change over the years, and Mike Tramp is not exception here. Hard rocker days are long gone and his last two albums have been totally acoustic, a grown man albums that draw their inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s, where it all began. Tramp made his solo debut in Finland last October. Before the show I sat down with Mike and we discussed a variety of topics such as Mike Tramp’s new musical direction, changes in life, the craziness of the 80’s and the future of Mike Tramp. Read on!
Drummer Dave Sundberg and singer Liv Jagrell – Sister Sin
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Rachel Rosenberg at Victory Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Victory Records for the promo pictures of the band
Here’s a new interview with the Swedish metal band Sister Sin. They’ve just released a new album BLACK LOTUS earlier this year and its the bands 5th album. The band have raged on tour all over Europe but they did found time to do a interview with me and Metal-Rules.com. I spoke with the bands drummer Dave Sundberg and singer Liv Jagrell and here follows what they had to say about the new album, labels, future and the past. If you like metal with punk attitude, you have to check out this band right now.