Anthrax – Frank Bello

January 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH FRANK BELLO OF ANTHRAX

Anthrax has been interviewed by this site several time during the past several years. The legendary NY thrash metal veterans’ 11th opus titled FOR ALL KINGS shows that the band still kicks strong and creates memorable riffs and songs. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Frank Bello, to talk about various topics, and above all, what the new album means to him and the whole Anthrax combo. 

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DIAMOND HEAD Announce New Vocalist And New Album

January 6th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Influential and iconic heavy metal band Diamond Head have announced their first album of new material in eight years. Entitled “DIAMOND HEAD,” the album features an exciting new talent in singer Rasmus Bom Andersen.

In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Head bangers Open Air in Germany.

The spark of creativity led the band to start working on the new album in January 2015. Brian Tatler, founder of Diamond Head, said: “When we began talking with Ras about making a new record he said we should write the songs as a band just like Diamond Head did at the beginning of our career. There’s no substitute for writing together in the same room, we spark each other off and create something far bigger than we could have done individually”.

Brian continued, “Ras has certainly renewed the energy within the band. I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the European tour that all suddenly changed. I wanted to make a record with him. He’s a confident singer and he’s not trying to fill anyone’s shoes”.

Brian Tatler joined members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax at the UK’s Sonisphere Festival in 2011, performing Diamond Head’s classic song, ‘AM I EVIL?’ Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the crowd, saying: “If it wasn’t for Brian Tatler there’s a pretty good fucking chance none of us would be here tonight. Would you give it up for Brian Tatler one more time?”

Speaking about this event, Brian said: “It was great. A nod towards Diamond Head to say, ‘Respect. You’re an important band. You might not have sold millions of records, but you’re an influential band.’ And it’s nice to be influential”. Brian continued, “But equally if it wasn’t for Metallica, then Diamond Head would not have had this second wind”

Speaking about the new album, Brian said: “This new album has an echo of the early albums but I always try to push our music forward somewhere new if possible” Ras adds: “All in all this album was made with the band’s first fans foremost in mind from start to finish. We wanted to write songs that would have ties to the best parts of the all the previous albums. We feel we have achieved what we set out to do and we hope everyone will hear and feel the Diamond Head spirit through this new eponymous record.”

In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren’t so heavy on the heart.

Diamond Head are a hugely influential Heavy Metal band. They have toured with Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC & Europe and have opened for Metallica on many occasions.

DIAMOND HEAD (Track List)

1 BONES
2 SHOUT AT THE DEVIL
3 SET MY SOUL ON FIRE
4 SEE YOU RISE
5 ALL THE REASONS YOU LIVE 6 WIZARDS SLEEVE
7 OUR TIME IS NOW
8 SPEED
9 BLOOD ON MY HANDS
10 DIAMONDS
11 SILENCE

BAND:
BRIAN TATLER – LEAD + RHYTHM GUITAR
RASMUS BOM ANDERSEN – VOCALS KARL WILCOX – DRUMS
EDDIE MOOHAN – BASS
ANDY ABBERLEY – RHYTHM + LEAD GUITAR

Physical copies of the album on CD and Vinyl will be available direct from www.diamond-head.net

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Belphegor @ The Dome, London

January 5th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Belphegor

@ The Dome, London UK

10th December, 2015

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Michelle Murphy

Belphegor

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Best of 2015 – Anders Sandvall

January 5th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Top 20 Albums

  1. Iron Maiden “The Book of Souls”

    Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

    Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls


    Maiden is the best band in the world nothing can take that away from them. The new album is great and Iron Maiden is one of the old bands that continues to make great albums today.

     

  2. Backyard Babies “Four By Four” – The new album rules in every possible way and I’m so glad they are back.
  3. Michael Monroe “Blackout States” – Monroe have done it again with this album. The legendary singer is not capable of releasing anything remotly bad.
  4. Close Quarters “Always Alot, Never Little” – this second album from the Swedish glam/sleaze act is amazing. The guys are the next big thing from Sweden.
  5. Nonexist “Throne of Scars”
  6. Grenouer “Unwanted Today”
  7. Nightwish “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”
  8. Slayer “Repentless”
  9. Hardcore Superstar “HCSS”
  10. Black Star Riders “The Killer Instinct”
  11. Saxon “Battering Ram”
  12. Jørn Lande & Trond Holter “Dracula – Swing of Death”
  13. The Resistance “Torture Tactics”
  14. Civil War “Gods and Generals”
  15. Mustasch “Testosterone”
  16. Ammunition “Shanghaied”
  17. Dark Sarah – Behind The Black Veil”
  18. Kiske/Somerville “City of Heroes”
  19. Nightrage “The Puritan”
  20. Paradise Lost “The Plague Within”

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Fields of the Nephilim @ Islington Academy, London

January 5th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Fields of the Nephilim

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

17th December 2015

Review by Graham Hilling

Photography by Jo Blackened
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Fields of the Nephilim @ O2 Islington Academy

Fields of the Nephilim @ O2 Islington Academy

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Everyone can attend LEMMY’s Memorial Service via Webcast On Saturday, January 9th

January 5th, 2016
by EvilG

Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, MOTÖRHEAD is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed of the service via the Internet on MOTÖRHEAD‘s official YouTube channel.

Motorhead4From Motorhead:

We want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.

So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.  Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.

Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.

NOTE: For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at
Flowers by Michael
(310) 276-1003

www.flowersbymichael.com
kbrando@flowersbymichael.com

If you’d like to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name, please go to:

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund: http://www.diocancerfund.org/

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Nightwish @ Wembley Arena, London

January 4th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Nightwish + Arch Enemy + Amorphis

@ Wembley Arena

19th December 2015

Review by Jacob Ovington

Photography by Graham Hilling

Nightwish

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Best Metal Albums of 2015

January 4th, 2016
by Metal Rules

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2015. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2016, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

1. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

It should come as no surprise that this comes in at #1. After all, this is a double album that just about everyone into metal and hard rock has now checked out, with most liking it quite a bit. THE BOOK OF SOULS is easily the freshest Iron Maiden album in 15 long years – since BRAVE NEW WORLD. The band are still in full stride, mature, confident, with nothing left to prove, yet they can still bring some fire to the table!

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2. Slayer – Repentless

Slayer - Repentless

Slayer – Repentless

Overcoming near insurmountable odds, Slayer returned with an unrelenting and brutal album in 2015 with REPENTLESS.  While many thought this was not going to live up to the past glories, Slayer shocked many and kicked everyone’s ass with the best thrash/speed metal album of the year.

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3. Helloween – My God Given Right

Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

MY GOD GIVEN-RIGHT is Helloween’s 15th studio album after more than thirty years together. Helloween invented European power metal as we know it, so their legacy is intact. They have taken their own path, much as they did 30 years ago, and in doing so prove that they still have much to offer.

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4. Stratovarius – Eternal

Stratovarius - Eternal

Stratovarius – Eternal

ETERNAL sees the veteran Finnish Power Metal act firing on all cylinders and more. The band comes back with another one word album title, another 10 song album that runs just under an hour. Everything you need, want and expect is in full force, Kotipelto’s soaring range, fiery solos, pounding double-kick drums and keyboard washes. The production is superb on this largely fast album of the standard 4-5 minute long songs. The choruses are huge and catchy and very easily memorable. As the band celebrates their 30th anniversary, we are delighted they still produce superb albums, 15 albums deep.

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5. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Paradise Lost returns with their 14th album in THE PLAGUE WITHIN, an album that on first listen brings the band full circle. It is tempting to call this album a return to the roots, and in many ways it is, THE PLAGUE WITHIN encompassing elements of all the band’s many phases.

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6. Queensryche – Condition Human

QUEENSRŸCHE - Condition Hüman

QUEENSRŸCHE – Condition Hüman

Queensryche returned in 2015 with their 14th album, CONDITION HUMAN. It fully put the band back on the CURRENT map of  prog/melodic metal. This was a spot that they once owned, up until the EMPIRE album, before their fall from the metal realms. Overall, this album sounds like a perfect follow up to EMPIRE  in terms of style and tone.  If you liked Queensryche from 1983-1991, grab this album immediately.

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7. Motorhead – Bad Magic

Motorhead - Bad Magic

Motorhead – Bad Magic

This is Motorhead’s 22nd, and sadly, final, studio album. While it’s not their best album, it’s hardly a clunker. There are plenty of ass-kicking tracks and even (in retrospect) poignant moments on here.  Despite being the band’s final studio album, it still had plenty of fire and metal. They did what they do best – right until the end. RIP LEMMY!

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8. Saxon – Battering Ram

Saxon - Battering Ram

Saxon – Battering Ram

Another year, another Saxon album. As of 2015, Saxon is in a rarified class of band, having existed for nearly 40 years and now, with the offering of BATTERING RAM, have released 21 full-length studio albums. That’s an astonishing pace of music production. Unbelievably, the band has remained stable with the newest member joining 20 years ago. In that same 20 years, the band has been on an incredible run, releasing nine albums prior to this one and each one has been high quality and worth owning!

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9. Cain’s Offering – Stormcrow

CAIN’S OFFERING - STORMCROW

CAIN’S OFFERING – STORMCROW

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly 6 full years since power metal “super group” Cain’s Offering released their highly acclaimed debut album, GATHER THE FAITHFUL. The band was initially formed by ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen when he joined forces with Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto. STORMCROW is a very rewarding and entertaining album to listen to. Timo Kotipelto sounds as great as he ever has, and Liimatainen’s writing and playing is at the top of his game. One of the best power metal albums of 2015.

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10. Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror

Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

Blind Guardian – Beyond The Red Mirror

Blind Guardian proved to be still very much alive in 2015, despite a 5 year gap between albums, with BEYOND THE RED MIRROR. For their power/symphonic metal style, Blind Guardian is nearly without equal. The band assembled three different choirs (from Prague, Budapest and Boston) and a ninety-piece orchestra for the creation of “Beyond the Red Mirror”, and the presentation of the album is downright Broadway caliber. This is some busy and rewarding music to delve into that does not get boring with repeated spins.

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11. Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

12. Kamelot – Haven

Kamelot - Haven

Kamelot – Haven

13. Stryper – Fallen

Stryper - Fallen

Stryper – Fallen

14. Eclipse – Armageddonize

Eclipse – Armageddonize

Eclipse – Armageddonize

15. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

16. Angra – Secret Garden

Angra - Secret Garden

Angra – Secret Garden

17. Mgla – Exercises in Futility

Mgla - Exercises in Futility

Mgla – Exercises in Futility

18. Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

19. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead

Orden Ogan - Ravenhead

Orden Ogan – Ravenhead

20. Moonspell – Extinct

Moonspell - Extinct

Moonspell – Extinct

21. Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud

AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September 2015

AMORPHIS “Under The Red Cloud”

22. Royal Hunt – Devil’s Dozen

Royal Hunt - Devil's Dozen

Royal Hunt – Devil’s Dozen

23. Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Napalm Death - Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

24. Serious Black – As Daylight Breaks

Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks

Serious Black – As Daylight Breaks

25. Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk - Frontschwein

Marduk – Frontschwein

26. Gruesome – Savage Land

Gruesome - Savage Land

Gruesome – Savage Land

27. Powerwolf – Blessed & Possessed

Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed

Powerwolf – Blessed & Possessed

28. Armored Saint – Win Hands Down

Armored Saint - Win Hands Down

Armored Saint – Win Hands Down

29. Europe – War of Kings

Europe - War of Kings

Europe – War of Kings

30. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Prometheus (Symphonia Ignis Divinus)

Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY - PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

 


 

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Best of 2015 – JP

January 4th, 2016
by J P

Top 20 Albums

1. Helloween – My God Given Right (Nuclear Blast)

Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

2015 was a  superb 30th anniversary for one of my all-time favourite bands.  The start of a world tour, a massive (550+ page) 30th anniversary coffee-table book AND their best album in several years.  MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT has it all… speed, power, melody, humour  making me realize that it is my god given obligation to rank this as my #1 album!

2. Stratovarius-Eternal (EarMusic)
3. Stryper-Fallen (Frontiers)
4. Gloryhammer-Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards (Napalm)
5. Royal Hunt-The Devil’s Dozen (Frontiers)
6. Saxon-Battering Ram (UDR)
7. Serious Black-As Daylight Breaks (AFM)
8. Kamelot-Haven (Napalm)
9. Cain’s Offering-Stormcrow (Frontiers)
10. Eclipse-Armageddonize (Frontiers)
11. Angra-Secret Garden (Ear music)
12. Blind Guardian-Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast)
13. W.A.S.P.-Golgotha (Napalm)
14. Armoured Saint-Win Hands Down (Metal Blade)
15. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody-Prometheus (Nuclear Blast)
16. Nightwish-Endless Froms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast)
17. Blackwelder-Survival Of The Fittest (Golden Core)
18. Melechesh-Enki (Nuclear Blast)
19. Powerwolf-Blessed And Possessed (Napalm)
20. Europe-War Of Kings (Frontiers)

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Fear Factory @ Kentish Town Forum, London

January 3rd, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Fear Factory Demanufacture 20th Anniversary

Kentish Town Forum, London

13th December 2015

Reviewer: Steve Allen
Photographer: Michelle Murphy

When it was announced that one of the most celebrated yet also underrated bands formed in the 90’s would be performing their most successful albums in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it’s fair to say that anticipation was high. Only something of this magnitude could get the atmosphere around Kentish Town’s Forum was buzzing with excitement on a cold, grey and wet Sunday night in London.

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Gamma Ray + Serious Black + Neonfly @ O2 Academy Islington, London

January 3rd, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Gamma Ray + Serious Black + Neonfly

@ O2 Academy Islington, London

8th December 2015

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Inty Malcolm

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Best of 2015 – EvilG

January 3rd, 2016
by EvilG

Top 20

  1. Helloween – My God Given Right

    Helloween - My God-Given Right

    Helloween – My God-Given Right

    Not only was this this best power metal album this year, for me it was easily the best album of 2015. The masters and originators of the power metal genre prove they are as relevant in 2015 as they were in the 80’s. As with many long running bands, a lot of comments will be “their best album since <<insert classic album title>>”. With Helloween, this line of thought has become less and less relevant as they continue to deliver what fans want: catchy power metal, with enough humor and balls to keep fans happy.


    I have to admit, I kinda like the campy cover art (and other associated album artwork – see above) reminiscent of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” – and yes, even the pumpkin stormtroopers! :)

 

  1. Moonspell – Extinct

    Moonspell - Extinct

    Moonspell – Extinct

This one came as a surprise to me. I’ve been a fan of Moonspell since I first heard the IRRELIGIOUS album in 1996. I’ve always most enjoyed their albums that are most like IRRELIGIOUS – ones that blend the black metal and goth metal elements. When they lean too far in either direction, I’ve not been as interested. EXTINCT is a little more goth metal leaning, but it’s so catchy and extremely well written and recorded, that over the months, I found myself listening to this over and over – moreso than any recent Moonspell release. For that reason, I had to have this one very high on my list.

 

  1. Queensryche – Condition Human

    QUEENSRŸCHE - Condition Hüman

    QUEENSRŸCHE – Condition Hüman

The second album with Todd on vocals really turned things around. I like his first album with the band, but this one is much better thanks to the album containing more metal and driving songs. I’d go so far to say that it’s the best since Operation Mindcrime or at least since Empire.

 

  1. Slayer – Repentless

    Slayer - Repentless

    Slayer – Repentless

Didn’t expect to like this as much as I do. Without Lombardo or Hannemann, I was not expecting this to be so awesome! Tom still sounds great and they still have the fire. Lets hope it burns brightly for a few more years.

 

  1. Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

    Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

    Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Yes, this is super cheesy, but it’s funny and killer. They manage to out-Rhapsody Rhapsody with bombastic epic choruses. Not only is the music memorable, the lyrics…just wow…total over the top hilarity! I love it!

  1. Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror
  2. Stratovarius – Eternal
  3. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead
  4. Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  5. Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls
  6. Scanner – The Judgement
  7. Ambush – Desecrator
  8. Cain’s Offering – Stormcrow
  9. Kiske/Somerville – City of Heroes
  10. Kamelot – Haven
  11. Saxon – Battering Ram
  12. Motorhead – Bad Magic
  13. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus
  14. Death Dealer – Hallowed Ground
  15. Stryper – Fallen

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Best of 2015 – Aaron

January 3rd, 2016
by Metal Rules
  1. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

    Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

    Paradise Lost – The Plague Within


    Almost 30 years into their career, Paradise Lost released what’s arguably the strongest album in their canon.  Gems like “No Hope in Sight”, “Terminal” and “Beneath Broken Earth” are just as powerful as classics like “Eternal”, “Gothic”, or “As I Die”.  Often imitated but never duplicated, Paradise Lost makes balancing delicate melodic gloom with crushing deathly aggression sound so easy.

  2. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

    Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

    Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction


    Cattle Decap did the impossible in 2015 and released an album that bested MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY.  Pushing the limits of acceptability within death metal, THE ANTHROPOCENE EXTINCTION was a more self-confident and mature release that leveled the competition with blinding speed, technical mastery and some stark predictions for the end of the human race.

     

  3. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

    Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

    Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls


    Does Iron Maiden really need an explanation?  I love classic Maiden, but it’d been ages since I really cared about anything new from them.  That all changed with THE BOOK OF SOULS; I don’t think I’ve been able to play this album without listening to the entire thing.  THE BOOK OF SOULS is a reminder for those of us who may have fallen off the wagon as to why we fell in love with Iron Maiden in the first place.

  4. Napalm Death – Apex Predator-Easy Meat
  5. My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery
  6. Mgla – Exercises in Futility
  7. Moonspell – Extinct
  8. Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy
  9. Tribulation – Children of the Night
  10. Swallow the Sun – Tales from the North I, II, & III
  11. Gruesome – Savage Land
  12. Motorhead – Bad Magic
  13. Soilwork – The Ride Majestic
  14. Goatsnake – Black Age Blues
  15. Brothers of the Sonic Cloth – S/T
  16. Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
  17. Vhöl – Deeper Than Sky
  18. Jungle Rot – Order Shall Prevail
  19. Plaugewielder – Chambers of Death
  20. Skepticism – Ordeal

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Best of 2015 – Helias

January 2nd, 2016
by Metal Rules

Top 20

1. Slayer – Repentless

Slayer - Repentless

Slayer – Repentless

2. Iron Maiden – The book of Souls
3. Angra – Secret Garden
4. Motorhead – Bad Magic
5. Pentagram – Curious Volume
6. Saxon – Battering Ram
7. Powerwolf – Bessed and Possessed
8. Amorphis – Uner the Red Cloud
9. Ghost – Meliora
10. Paradise Lost – The plague within
11. Enslaved – In times
12. Symphony X – Underworld
13. Apocalyptica – Shadowmaker
14. High on fire – Luminiferous
15. Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches
16. Statovarious – Eternal
17. Operation: Mindcrime – The key
18. Kamelot – Haven
19. Kylesa – Exhausting Fire
20. Periphery – Juggernat: Alpha and Omega

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Best of 2015 – Infamous Butcher

January 2nd, 2016
by Metal Rules

Top Albums of 2015

  1. Malevolent Creation – Dead Man’s Path

    Malevolent Creation - Dead Man’s Path

    Malevolent Creation – Dead Man’s Path

    The album is a full out assault! Brett Hoffman is at the top of his game here, sounding as furious as he did back in 1992 on RETRIBUTION, still able to elongate a growl like nobody else can, see “Fragmental Sanity” for the best example of this. The chugging riffing is fantastic, reminiscent of TEN COMMANDMENTS, catchy and a touch thrashy . Drumming is intense and sick; Justin DiPinto is doing a great job following in the footsteps of prior Malevolent drummers like Alex Marquez and Dave Culross. There are no filler tracks here; everything is killer and exactly what a death metal fan wants, unrelenting flowing brutality with hooky riffs and breakdowns.

     

  2. Grave – Out of Respect For the Dead

    Grave - Out of Respect For the Dead

    Grave – Out of Respect For the Dead


    Old school death metal fans love consistency and Sweden’s Grave is one of the most dependably brutal bands out there. 24 years after their genre defining debut INTO THE GRAVE, Grave is still putting out quality punishing, dark themed death metal. The aptly titled OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE DEAD is another exercise in lead heavy riffs, thunderous drumming, ominous moods, and guttural vocals.

  3. Motorhead – Bad Magic

    Motorhead - Bad Magic

    Motorhead – Bad Magic


    Sounds exactly like you think it would – loud, raunchy and fun! 40 years into their career, Lemmy and the boys can still put out a great album. Consistency is their middle name. BAD MAGIC immediately kicks you in the ass with “Victory or Die”; a fast Motorhead barnstormer that starts with Lemmy yelling a split second before the ginga ginga bass and guitar kick in with Mikkey’s insane drumming! I immediately smiled and started banging my head!

  4. Gruesome – Savage Land

    Gruesome - Savage Land

    Gruesome – Savage Land


    Death Metal supergroup does early Death worship! If you love LEPROSY, SPIRITUAL HEALING, and HUMAN, then you’ll love this! Nothing original here but that is the idea! Great catchy riffs, killer drums and bass, Chuck-esque vocals from Mr. Harvey.

  5. Slayer – Repentless

    Slayer - Repentless

    Slayer – Repentless


    Many fans have turned their backs on Slayer, saying they shouldn’t continue without Jeff and Dave. Indeed, how could Slayer continue without their main songwriter Jeff? Would a new album be watered down crap or what? Well, now we know that Slayer can still bring it in their 50s without Jeff and Dave, even if REPENTLESS can’t compare to their classic 80s / early 90s material.

  6. Entrails – Obliteration
  7. Darkapathy – Condemned in Black
  8. Iron Maiden – Book of Souls
  9. Horrendous – Anareta
  10. Rooms of Ruin – Into The Black
  11. Wombbath – Downfall Rising
  12. Napalm Death – Apex Predator Easy Meat
  13. Unleashed – Dawn of the Nine
  14. Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
  15. Krisiun – Forged in Fury
  16. Hate Eternal – Infernus
  17. Pentagram – Curious Volume
  18. Saxon – Battering Ram
  19. Jungle Rot – Order Shall Prevail
  20. Fear Factory – Genexus

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