From Hell’s Heart: The Top 5 Transition Albums

July 13th, 2015
by Metal Rules

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart:
The Top 5 Transition Albums

Some bands (Motorhead, Obituary, Deicide) never change, but most do evolve. There is often a turning point from one album to the next where this transition takes place. It is to that change that we look this week.

For our purposes, a transition is defined as one that involves a change in style/sound. It does not necessarily have to involve any member changes. Also it should be a transition you like.

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Quebec Death Metal supergroup AKURION (Featuring past and present members of Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, Phobocosm, Augury, Vengeful) release teaser trailer and release date of new music.

July 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Akurion is finally here! The long awaited extreme metal project from one of Montreal’s finest collectives has decided to show its face to the public.

AKURION marks the long awaited return of Whisper Supremacy/..And Then You’ll Beg era Cryptopsy vocalist Mike DiSalvo alongside Rob Milley (Neuraxis/Phobocosm), Oli Pinard (Cryptopsy/Neuraxis/Vengeful) and Tommy McKinnon (ex-Neuraxis/ex-Augury)

Teaser/introduction:

 

Mike DiSalvo comments on the project. “We have been hard at work writing the album and we are excited to release the first wave of Akurion video spots. We all feel that this project has something strong to say”
The first single “Yet Ye See Them Not” will premiere Monday July 20th courtesy of Metalsucks.net
Formed in 2012, fresh off the last Neuraxis tour, Rob had approached Mike to see if he would be interested in working on some ideas that he had for several new songs. The chemistry was immediate and plans were laid out for lyrical content and general structure and arrangement of the riffs. A year was spent working through the songs and when the time was paramount to propel the project forward, Tommy and Oli were sought out due to their one in the same abilities and prowess. Thus Akurion came to fruition.

No weak minds and hearts need apply their ears here.
Akurion is :
Mike DiSalvo – Vocals
Rob Milley – Guitar
Olivier Pinard – Bass
Tommy Mckinnon – Drums

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Debut album of death/grind veterans PARRICIDE re-released

July 12th, 2015
by EvilG

“Crude” – unavailable Parricide’s debut album from 1997 – issued originally by the Japanese Jackhammer Music in 1999 – was re-released through the Defense Records, Mythrone Promotion and Rotten Music in 2015. “Crude” not conferred Parricide many fans and indeed has been missed out or even ignored by metal maniacs and critics in 90s. A real pearl cast before swine. However, in the consistent opinion of all publishers, “Crude” is a piece of pure, solid death metal at the world level, still interesting, mighty and fresh, completely different from Parricide current grinding playing style.

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Steelfest – Hyvinkaa Finland

July 11th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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Steelfest strikes with an extremely strong line-up by offering killer bands from the front lines of the death/black metal genre. Even though the festival is kind of small, it has an intimate feel. Metal bangers are passionate for extreme metal as the fest was completely sold out. Nearly 3500 maniacs visited the fest during the weekend, enjoying the metal at its best. Hail! The Metal-Rules.com team spent the whole weekend at Steelfest, witnessing killer bands…

Article by Timo Hanhirova & Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Arto Lehtinen

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Swedenrock 2015 – Sölvesborg Sweden

July 11th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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Sweden Rock 2015

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT

The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The  2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The  weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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Exodus + English Dogs + The Heretic Order @ The Underworld, London

July 10th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Exodus + English Dogs + The Heretic Order

@ The Underworld, London

24th June 2015

Review, video & photos by Oliver M.

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DEATH ANGEL release 2nd official live track from “The Bay Calls for Blood”

July 10th, 2015
by EvilG

San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have released a live rendition of the song “Execution / Don’t Save Me” at this location:

The track comes from their upcoming The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco album, which will also be included with the release of their a thrashumentary DVD.

The a thrashumentary DVD release was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios will be released July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The release will include a bonus full live album entitled The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco.

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AMORPHIS Reveal Second Making-Of Episode for “Under The Red Cloud”

July 10th, 2015
by EvilG

The Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, will release Under The Red Cloud worldwide on September  4th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band reveals a second making-of trailer; giving us insight into their work in the studio, especially the drum recording. Watch here:

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HIBRIA Streaming New Track ‘Tightrope’ From Upcoming Self-Tiled Album

July 10th, 2015
by EvilG

 Brazilian power metallers HIBRIA are streaming their new track ‘Tightrope’ from their fifth and upcoming self-titled full length that will be released on Test Your Metal Records for North America on August 7th, 2015. Album pre-order available here.

‘Tightrope’ can be heard at the following link: 

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Subject: DEAD LORD launch first song of new album ‘Heads Held High’

July 9th, 2015
by EvilG

Sweden’s DEAD LORD are launching a first track of their upcoming album Heads Held High. Check out the song Strained Fools here:

Heads Held High will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 21st in the following formats:

  1. Limited CD Digipak (matte cardboard, bonus track, logo patch)
  2. Standard CD
  3. Deluxe LP (180 g vinyl, inside-out print, inlay, double-sided poster)
  4. Digital download / stream

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Close Quarters – My Way Or The Highway; New single out & new studio album in August

July 9th, 2015
by EvilG

Close Quarters may call the tiny Swedish town of Vadstena home – so far only known for it’s monastery –but their classy and classic brand of rock will soon take them to all corners of the world. Last year, their video for the single Get Ready For The Good Times got nationwide attention in Sweden, as it featured legendary football star Glenn Hysén. The single entered the Swedish rock chart at number one, and stayed there. On the 18th of May, new single My Way Or The Highway will be released. This is the first taster of the band’s upcoming, second album – which will be out in August. A video for the single, directed by Fredrik Linder, was released on the 25th of May. Read the rest of this entry »

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KATAKLYSM – Interview with Jean-Francois (JF) Dagenais

July 9th, 2015
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist JF Dagenais

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from www.facebook.com/kataklysm

After nearly 25 years in the death metal trenches, the Canadian-born/now multinational-based quartet Kataklysm have established a pretty solid brand for themselves. And recently they’ve started working to expand their product line – literally.

With frontman Maurizio Iacono having dabbled in the restaurant business in Chicago, Kataklysm introduced a line of signature hot sauces early this year. They are following that up this summer with their own beer. Called St. Tabarnak, the somewhat blasphemous blonde ale is being specially brewed by Brouwerij Eutropius, a relative newcomer to the legendary Belgian beer scene based in Heule.

In the meantime, the band are still going about their usual business of making music. At the end of July, Kataklysm will issue their 12th studio full length, Of Ghosts And Gods, and spend the summer playing festivals around Europe. In the fall, they will play at Slipknot’s “Knotfest” in California and are planning North American tour dates with Belphegor around that time. They will launch a full European tour with Septicflesh and Aborted early in the new year.

After fetching a fresh cup of joe, founding guitarist Jean-Francois (JF) Dagenais spoke over Skype from his home outside of then-flood-ravaged Texas about the band’s crazy schedule, what’s “new” about the new album, the unique way it’s being promoted and Kataklysm’s other endeavors, which he feels will not only offer the chance for the band to have a little fun but also resonate more with fans in an industry where these days it’s every band for themselves.

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Download Festival 2015

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

Download Festival 2015

Donnington

Review by Ellen Norvang
Photography by Ritchie Birnie

They say it rains in England. They say it rains at Download festival. As Slipknot’s frontman, Corey Taylor, likes to put it: Welcome to Down-pour 2015.

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Liturgy at Electrowerkz: June 11, 2015, London, England

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

Liturgy at Electrowerkz

June 11, 2015
London, England

Written and photographed by Stephen Buss

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Ashtar- Interview with Marko and Witch N

July 6th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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Interview with Marko and Witch N

Interview by Jarod Lawley

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To mark the release of their debut LP, Ilmasaari, we chatted to Swiss doom duo Ashtar to discuss their origins, sound, and future.
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