“The History of Metal and Horror” – Crowdfunding Campaign Underway

September 16th, 2015
by EvilG
“The History of Metal and Horror”

“The History of Metal and Horror”

“The History of Metal and Horror” A documentary which explores the history of heavy metal music, horror films, and how the two genres have merged over time.

In this documentary, various metal artists share their greatest fears, favorite horror films, their influences, and much more.

Horror film icons also discuss how their films have influenced the horror genre, their connections to metal artists, and why metal and horror work together.

The documentary will also include a wraparound film which will tie the segments together. Various celebrity horror and metal icons will be sought after for acting roles.

Though many interviews have already been conducted, several more are still planned. The website for the project is currently live, at metalhorror.com

A promotional campaign is currently underway with a crowdfunding operation through Indiegogo. $50,000 is being sought in order to pay for ongoing expenses and completion costs. Through the campaign, various distribution options will be explored.

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DEE SNIDER And The 30th Anniversary Of The PMRC Hearings

September 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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September 19, 1985 was a historic day for all of us who work in the music business.  That was the day that three musicians–Frank Zappa, John Denver and Twisted Sister singer DEE SNIDER–were called to testify at a Senate hearing instigated by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), who wanted to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing “offensive material.” The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g. O for occult themes, S for sex, D for drugs, V for violence, etc.), which resulted in the “Parental Advisory” sticker now found on new album releases with “questionable content.”

You can watch DEE’s entire testimony on YouTube:

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ANNIHILATOR Offer Exclusive Track from their upcoming release: FREE download!!!

September 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Epiphone, UDR Records & Annihilator are proud to offer you an exclusive free MP3 download of “My Revenge”, from Annihilator’s new album, Suicide Society, out September 18, 2015. Suicide Society is the band’s 15th studio album and guitarist, songwriter, and longtime Epiphone Signature Artist Jeff Waters wants to let Epiphone fans to be the first to hear some Epi-made metal riffs and shredding! Just click the download button and feast your ears on this exclusive, full-song track: “My Revenge”–new from Annihilator. And stay tuned to Epiphone.com for more news from Jeff Waters and Epiphone soon!

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Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork

September 15th, 2015
by EvilG
Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork

Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork

American power metal band Reverence, fronted by Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest), Pete Rossi (Overland, Sanxtion), Michael Massie (Overloaded, Inner Recipe), Steve ‘Doc Killdrums’ Wacholz (founding member of Savatage, Crimson Glory), is thrilled to announce that their new album ‘Gods Of War’ Cover Artwork (cover artwork below, done by Jobert Mello). ‘Gods Of War” will be let loose to cause havoc on Asia/Japan on October 21, 2015 through Marquee/Avalon Records and will be unleashed to conquer the rest of the world through Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The impending power metal assault is coming you way, take cover!

Official Reverence Website: www.reverencemetal.com
Official Reverence FB: www.facebook.com/reverencemetal
Official Cover Artwork- www.facebook.com/jobertmello

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

September 13th, 2015
by Robert Williams

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of William Prewitt
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

British heavy metal legends Saxon recently toured the U.S. for the second time this year, on a monster billing recalling the now-classic “Bombers & Eagles Tour” of ’92, alongside the monolithic road-dog punters in Motörhead and the up-and-coming hard rockers in Crobot. I was lucky enough to catch up with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford prior to the band’s performance in Austin, Texas for a pre-show interview, Biff went into depth on the band’s new album “Battering Ram” as well as Saxon’s lengthy history with Lemmy & Motörhead. September 1st marked my third interview with the NWOBHM legend for Metal-Rules.com and later that night Saxon delivered in full once-more to a capacity crowd of “Denim & Leather” clad metal warriors who all stood up to be counted! Saxon is a timeless band more than capable of putting on an unforgettable night of heavy metal classics, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of fellow fathers of the craft like Accept, Priest, Maiden or Manowar. Their dedication to heavy metal is nothing short of inspiring and their lineage and discography grows stronger year-by-year as they continue to push the envelope, metallicly speaking. Here’s to many more years of “Heavy Metal Thunder” from Saxon! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Treatment added to W.A.S.P. “The Bloody Road To Golgotha” UK Tour

September 13th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Venom INC / Divine Chaos European Tour Poster Competition Announcement

September 12th, 2015
by EvilG

Evil EyE Industries are excited to announce in conjunction with the impending Venom INC / Vader / Divine Chaos European Tour, a fan art competition where one lucky winner will receive a plethora of awesome prizes. We invite fans to interpret, ideate, sketch and submit their artwork of what ‘evil is lurking behind the mask’ from the first official tour poster feastured below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview With Overkill Vocalist Bobby Blitz

September 11th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Interview with Bobby Blitz

8th September 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

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With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.

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Interview with Ahab

September 11th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Interview with Daniel Droste

9th September 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

Shortly after the release of Ahab’s fourth album, The Boats Of Glenn Carigg, we spoke to frontman Daniel about the record’s concept, recording process and extremely vibrant artwork.

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SLAYER Release New Album And Video

September 11th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans.  Launching with glowing early reviews – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “Slayer continues to reign” (Kerrang!), “as unrelenting as all of their 11 previous” (SPIN), “the sound of Slayer telling you that it still recognizes its essence” (New York Times), and “a potent release that is undeniably Slayer” (Loudwire), the band is showing they are, as the British daily The Guardian put it, “still the masters of this stuff.”

The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today

The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means:
to feel no regret or remorse.  Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered.  Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made:  Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”),  Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”).

This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video.  He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.”  For the “Repentless” video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”

Repentless was produced and mixed by Terry Date and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles.  The album is Slayer’s first release since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and features band members Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt.

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TENGGER CAVALRY – INTERVIEW WITH VOCALIST NATURE GANGANBAIGAL

September 8th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Interview with frontman Nature Ganganbaigal

Interview by Melanie Brehaut

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Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry have undergone a major change recently, with the band permanently relocating to America and vocalist Nature Ganganbaigal recruiting new members for this most international of bands. Melanie Brehaut spoke to Ganganbaigal about the recent changes, and what it means for the band’s future.

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Interview with Vesperia Part 2

September 6th, 2015
by J P

Interview with Vesperia Part 2

by JP

CONGRATULATIONS TO VESPERIA, WINNERS OF THE WORLD WACKEN METAL BATTLE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2015!!

Vesperia beat hundreds of bands worldwide to take the title. A Canadian band has won the WMB two out of the last three years!

See their winning performance below.

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Vagos Open Air (Portugal)

September 6th, 2015
by J P

Vagos Open Air

by special guest writer and photographer Keith Devereux

 

It’s the second weekend of August so it must be Vagos Open Air (VoA), when the peace of the little town of Vagos is shattered by the roar of guitars, the pounding of drums and the delighted screams of a thousand metal fans. In its several years of existence VoA has gone from a small two day festival featuring local bands to a three day international festival that plays host to metal bands from all over Europe and beyond. That Vagos can attract international bands like Within Temptation, Overkill and Black Label Society, who were also playing at Bloodstock in the UK the same weekend, speaks volumes for the hard work of the promoters, Prime Artists, in creating a great festival with a good reputation.

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THRESHOLD – announce London show at O2 Islington Academy – January 24th 2016

September 6th, 2015
by EvilG

British progressive metal heroes THRESHOLD have just announced a special headline date at London’s Islington Academy for January 24th as part of a European Tour titled ‘The Journey Continues’. Threshold will perform their latest studio album, the acclaimed ‘For The Journey’ in its entirety plus a selection of classics and old favourites.

O2 Pre-Sale tickets are available now and go on General Sale 10am Saturday morning, available from the following link: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/YDH2401Y 

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Sacred Oath launches brand new website and announces “Ravensong” CD / iTunes pre-order with instant-gratification track “Taken”

September 6th, 2015
by EvilG

US power metal quartet Sacred Oath launched a brand new “Ravensong” website in anticipation of their worldwide album release with Angel Thorne Music/ILS/Caroline/Universal coming September 18thwww.sacredoath.net features art, photography, and music from the new album and the recent string of live performances in the New York metro area.

Pre-order for the “Mastered for iTunes” album began September 4th, at Apple Music and includes an instant-gratification track and a 12-page digital booklet.  The album clocks in at over 52 minutes in length and contains 10 new songs.

Sacred Oath is also offering signed “Ravensong” CDs directly on their website www.sacredoath.net.  Purchases will ship immediately – a full 2 weeks ahead of the actual street date.  Pre-orders on the physical CD include a collectible poster and sticker.

“Ravensong” is the band’s 7th studio album and first worldwide release with Caroline/Universal.

www.sacredoath.net

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ravensong/id1034026707

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