Therion @ The Islington Academy

January 2nd, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Therion

@ The O2 Islington Academy

20th December 2013

Review & Photography by Graham Hilling

The Concrete Shell

Therion

Therion

It’s been a while since Swedens Therion played in the UK so I was expecting a good turnout for this evenings gig!
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Best of 2013 – Peter Atkinson

January 1st, 2014
by Peter Atkinson

Best of 2013 – Peter Atkinson

 1. Carcass – Surgical Steel

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Carcass – SURGICAL STEEL

Following a 17-year recording hiatus, Surgical Steel was the perfect comeback album for England’s resuscitated Carcass. The band produced a death metal masterpiece that not only sounded fresh, new and vital, it raised the bar for contemporary metal, much as they had done already with the gore-grind of their first two albums and the melodic death metal benchmark Heartwork – 20-some years ago. That they continue to amaze is, in and of itself, amazing.

2. Ulcerate – Vermis

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Ulcerate – Vermis

The fourth album from this New Zealand trio, Vermis was an avalanche of swirling, elliptical riffing and chaotic drum salvos and stilted tempos that offered the technical dexterity and brutality of Morbid Angel in their prime, the eccentricities of Gorguts and the turbulent rhythmic dynamics of Neurosis – all while managing to sound very little like any of them in particular. That just three guys were making all this glorious noise was nothing short of astonishing.

3. Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth

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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth

Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse put the emphasis on the “symphonic” in the symphonic black/death metal of their wildly ambitious third full-length. Fleshgod took everything to a whole other level of extreme here, creating an staggering the wall of sound with cascading guitars, grandiose keyboards and  orchestration and some of the fastest drumming imaginable, and lathering on the layer upon layer of vocals, including some genuine female operatic warbling. Fittingly, to go along with labrynthian  arrangements, album is built around a concept based on the Labyrinth of Knososs – the maze from  Greek mythology that held the Minotaur.

4. Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light

Rivers of Nihil - The Conscious Seed of Light

Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light

These Reading, Pa., upstarts did just about everything right on their remarkable debut full-length.  Ass-ripping, challenging tunes with a unique spin on progressive death metal, heady lyrics, cool Dan Seagrave cover art and crackling production from Hate Eternal mainman Erik Rutan combined here to make The Conscious Seed of Light the year’s top death metal debut.

5. Shining – One One One

Once an acoustic jazz outfit, Norwegian avant-gardists Shining created their own metallic sub-genre  with 2010’s phenomenal Blackjazz, which fused the disparate elements of wailing jazz, industrial clangor, hard rock hookiness and thrash metal energy. The follow-up One One One could almost be called “blackfunk” thanks to its bouncy, swinging bottom end and loads of groove that go along with churning guitar salvos and frontman Jørgen Munkeby’s shit-fit vocals and John Zorn-like saxophone freakouts. Nobody sounds like these guys, which these days is really saying something.

6. Exhumed – Necrocracy

With their second album since re-animating in 2010, California’s Exhumed offer death metal the wayit should be, but hardly is anymore: complex but still compact, well-played without being wanky, brutal  without going to ridiculous extremes, and listenable, if not inviting, in spite of its inherent ghastliness.

7. Gloria Morti – Lateral Constraint

With a definite flair for the dramatic, and a taste for the blasphemous, Finland’s Gloria Morti turned in a masterful symphonic blackened death metal mashup with their fourth album. The band made liberal  use of keyboards/synths as a background element, employing them to add depth and bigness to their sound, while being careful to not seem overblown or needlessly theatrical. The effect was brutality with  a sense of grace or elegance, especially with the rich, crystalline production. Brilliant stuff.

8. Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam

The fourth album since their comeback, and first since 1995 without departed drummer Mike Smith,  Pinnacle of Bedlam showed a tauter, tidier, thrashier side to death metal legends Suffocation, with their technical tendencies taking a backseat to big riffs and vicious delivery. A different kind of  brutality, but brutal nonetheless.

9. The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack

A new rhythm section helped get The Black Dahlia Murder back on track after a couple workman-like releases. Loosier, livelier, grittier and more ferocious than they’ve been in a few years, Everblack showed with jarring authority that the band still meant business.

10. Holy Grail – Ride The Void

Their second album Oakland re-thrashers Holy Grail harnessed some of the sheer abandon of their 2010 debut, Crisis In Utopia, tightened up the songwriting and performances and blended power with clever melodies. Delivering booming, moshable hooks and infectious sing-songy choruses by the truckload, not to mention loads of glorious guitar harmonies and shreddy, yet not too indulgent,  soloing, Ride The Void was darn near a perfect thrash album.

11. Motörhead – Aftershock

12. Broken Hope – Omen Of Disease

13. Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood

14. Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

15. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer

16. Aborym – Dirty

17. Fates Warning – Darkness In A Different Light

18. Immolation – Kingdom of Conspiracy

19. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen

20. TesseracT – Altered State

 

Best Live Album

Testament – Dark Roots of Thrash

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Runners up:
Kreator – Dying Alive
Anathema – Universal

Best Metal Book

Slayer 66 & 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years, A Metal Band Biography …

Slayer 66 & 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years, A Metal Band Biography

Slayer 66 & 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years, A Metal Band Biography

 

Best DVD

Testament – Dark Roots of Thrash

Testament – Dark Roots of Thrash

Testament – Dark Roots of Thrash

Best Concert

1. Carcass at the Maryland Deathfest
2. Cattle Decapitation’s 25-minute set during the Summer Slaughter Tour show in Silver Spring, Md.

 Best New Band

Rivers of Nihil

Best Discovery

Gloria Morti

 Major Events in the Metal World

1. Carcass’ stunning comeback album
2. Jeff Hanneman’s death
3. Randy Blythe’s legal drama in the Czech Republic

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Watain @ Electric Ballroom Camden

December 30th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Watain

@ Electric Ballroom Camden

8th December 2013

Review by Ben Spencer

Photography by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography

So having a second dose of Black Metal in 24 hours may sound too good to be true, but after catching Hecate Enthroned the night before, it was time to return to Camden for a second dose of brutality from one of the most dedicated and highly acclaimed Black Metal line up’s to be recognized during these modern times.

Watain @ The Electric Ballroom

Watain @ The Electric Ballroom

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Symphonic Black Metal band THE FURIOUS HORDE from UK/Norway have released their latest track and music video “For the Horde”, their first music video in 5 years

December 29th, 2013
by EvilG

“For the Horde” is a celebration of the bands 10th anniversary, the friendships surrounding the band and a taster of new material to come in 2014.

“It’s a positive, optimistic song despite our dark sound and imagery,” iterates Mortiroth, guitarist. “The metal scene is like a big family. We wanted to use that concept as our inspiration for this track.” Read the rest of this entry »

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DORO – Winter Tour 2013 Video Diary Posted

December 28th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

German metal queen DORO has posted a video diary from her Winter Tour 2013, shot in Saarbrücken and Nuremberg, filmed and edited by Ronald Matthes:

On May 2nd and 3rd, 2014, Doro will celebrate her 30 Years – Strong & Proud Anniversary with two special shows in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany.

Says Doro: “The first night will be classic with an orchestra – as the fans got to know and love it 10 years ago through the Classic Diamonds Tour. The second night will be a full power rock show with all highlights from 30 years of Doreo and several special guests, who accompanied me in the course of my career.”

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Doro

 

A special two day ticket (including limited Doro Anniversary shirt) is now available via Metaltix.com here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amon Amarth, Carcass, Hell – Dec. 9 2013 at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

December 27th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory)
The 9th of December 2013

Helsinki, Finland

Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Pictures by Arto Lehtinen

Gigs on a Monday evening are never an ideal time for concert goers, as getting up the next morning can be nothing but an exhausting deadly experience. In this case, when three are awesome bands sharing the bill: Hell, Carcass and Amon Amarth, the exception can be accepted and getting up late for the work or school can be approved. The Cable Factory was totally packed as over a thousand metal bangers had arrived to share the metal feeling despite the blowing ice cold winter wind.

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Former Anthrax Axman Dan Spitz: Merry Christmas, You’re Under Arrest

December 27th, 2013
by EvilG

Well it appears that former Anthrax guitarist, Dan Spitz got himself into some trouble during Xmas. Gossip Extra reported the following:

According to court records, Spitz and his wife of seven years drank heavily on Christmas eve and a verbal fight eventually became physical inside their condo in the Laguna community.

At one point Spitz, who’s a watchmaker when he isn’t touring, allegedly wrapped his hands around former groupie Candi’s neck and tried to choke her. Deputies saw bruises around her neck.

Spitz told the deputies that the wife drew first blood, and assaulted him.

He did sustain scratches on his chest, neck and arms, the deputies noted in their report.

Spitz was arrested after Candi’s mother described him as “very aggressive” toward Candi.

While she didn’t see the fight in the couple’s bedroom, Candi’s mom told deputies she heard her daughter scream: “I can’t breathe.”

The story was updated later today with “No matter what’s in the police report,” Candi said, “he never hit me or tried to harm me. He did shove me, and unfortunately I bruised my shoulder.” More here: http://gossipextra.com/2013/12/27/dan-spitz-anthrax-guitarist-domestic-violence-3261/

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Andy Sneap – Hell

December 26th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH ANDY SNEAP OF HELL

The British band Hell, recently visited Finland. They were here to open for Carcass and Amon Amarth. Before the Britsh five piece metallers went one stage, we had a good opportunity to talk with Andy Sneap about the most recent Hell album CURSE AND CHAPTER and of course about his views on producing albums and his feeling on old school sounds. Here is the brief interview with Mr. Sneap.

Interview by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

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SLAYER’S AMERICAN RECORDINGS DISCOGRAPHY EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN LIMITED EDITION CLEAR VINYL FROM NUCLEAR BLAST USA’S WEBSHOP

December 24th, 2013
by EvilG

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Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop will be the exclusive online distributor of the 10 seminal albums from SLAYER’s American Recordings catalog on clear, Collector’s Edition vinyl.  Each album will be  sold individually, is strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and can be shipped internationally. Full audio has been re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality,180-gram audiophile vinyl to satisfy the most discerning turntables & SLAYER collectors.

Featuring original album artwork (including exact reproductions of the original 12×12 vinyl sleeves), the nine studio releases comprising the American Recordings discography include: Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss(1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009).  Also included is SLAYER’s live double-album Decade of Aggression: Live (1991).

Every lucky customer who purchases any of these 10 items will receive a FREE, 2014 SLAYER poster calendar – while supplies last.

Pre-orders are highly encouraged because once these epic re-releases are gone, they’re gone!  Get your copies here: http://goo.gl/TT17w2

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Marduk Interview with Morgan

December 24th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Marduk Interview

with Morgan (Guitar)

5th November, 2013

@ The Underworld, London UK

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Pictures by Jo Blackened
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Marduk Interview

Marduk Interview

It’s been almost 15 years since the immortal album Panzer Division Marduk rolled onto the black metal scene, but it’s a ruthlessly aggressive today as it was all those years ago. Having played Serpents Sermon on tour earlier in the year, Marduk have returned to London to give us a taste of the old school, playing both Panzer Division Marduk and Those of the Unlight in full that evening. Sitting down with the only remaining founding member, guitarist Morgan, we chat about the album tour and Morgan’s love for the ultimate metal machine, tanks.

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Grave Interview with Ola Lindgren

December 24th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Grave Interview

with Ola Lindgren (Guitars, Vocals)

5th November 2013

@ The Underworld, London UK

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Grave Interview

Grave Interview

No matter how big Grave become they’re always going to be underground. Their subject matter may be gruesome, but this band are far from ruthless, bloodthirsty killers or demonic tyrants. On stage these guys are gods but offstage they’re down to earth guys just out there to play brutal music.

Having been playing for over 20 years now, they’ve been around almost as long as death metal itself. Joining Marduk on their tour of the Panzer Division album, we caught up with the only remaining founding member Ola Lindgren at the Underworld for a catch-up on the future of Grave.

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Death Wolf Interview with Maelstrom

December 24th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Death Wolf Interview

with Maelstrom (Vocals)

5th November, 2013

@ The Underworld, London UK

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Death Wolf Interview

Death Wolf Interview

Death Wolf live and breathe Glen Danzig. Beginning life as a Samhain/Misfits cover band, even when they departed from the covers and embarked into writing original music their music still drips with the influence of Danzig. The release of their 2nd studio album II : Black Armored Death  this year has seen the band go from strength to strength, and vocalist Maelstrom reveals to Metal Rules that there’s no stopping them there.

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IVORY KNIGHT ANNOUNCES OTTAWA DATE

December 23rd, 2013
by EvilG
Ivory Knight

Ivory Knight

Recently reformed Canadian classic metal band Ivory Knight is pleased to announce its return to the stage on February 7, 2014, at Café Dekcuf in Ottawa, Canada.

The venue, then called the Whipping Post, was the location of the first performances of the current and recording line‑up of the band, which features guitarist Rob Gravelle, bassist Steve Mercer, drummer George Nesrallah, and singer John Perinbam. Also scheduled to appear are EYEDOLLZ and 1993.

Ivory Knight released its last CD, titled Unconscience, in 2005. The album was mixed and mastered by legendary guitarist Jeff Waters of the great Canadian metal act Annihilator. The album was very well received by fans and critics alike, and was a worthy successor to the critically-acclaimed 2001 album ‘Up From The Ashes’. The band’s first recording was its 1988 demo called “Voices In Your Nightmare” which received excellent reviews from all over the world, despite having been recorded in the bands rehearsal space on a lowly 4-track tape machine.

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at the Cable Factory, Helsinki

December 23rd, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe

MICHAEL MONROE

December 7th

the Cable Factory, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

 2013 has been yet another busy year for Michael Monroe. The band completed its long awaited successor to the previous SENSORY OVERDRIVE album and the man has been working on several TV-projects and not forgetting, of course, touring, which has continued steadily through the year. HORNS AND HALOS was released in August, and it presented a more punky and straightforward Monroe.The “Horn and Halos” tour reached rainy Helsinki on December 7′th and the band, which now consists of Monroe, bassist Sam Yaffa, drummer Karl Rockfist and guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, offered a great two hour set of energetic rock without any needless gimmicks. It’s time to “Rock like F**k!”

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MOTÖRHEAD To Make Triumphant Return At Wacken Open Air 2014

December 23rd, 2013
by EvilG

LEMMYFollowing latest year’s worrying and abrupt appearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air, MOTÖRHEAD will return for the 25th anniversary in Wacken, Germany from July 31st – August 2nd.

Wacken remark: “After serious health problems and many cancelled shows, Lemmy played at the Black Stage at Wacken last year. But after some songs he had to quit the stage, it was just too much for him. The crowd was worried but also thankful and the ‘Lemmy! Lemmy’ shouts got everyone goose pimples. And Lemmy wants to return! And this means we can now announce: Motörhead. The band is true iconic for the heavy metal scene and especially band leader Lemmy was always regarded as indestructible. The strong new album Aftershock was released a few weeks before and it is already the 22nd Album of the band. And 2014 they will rock Wacken for the 8th time!” Read the rest of this entry »

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