The longest serving Megadeth drummer, Shawn Drover shares with our readers some of his thoughts on creativity, motivation, Dave Mustaine’s non public side.Shawn seems to be a man that is not afraid to speak his mind, and his long and diverse presence in the music business definitely gave us a lot of interesting things to ask about.
Reactivated Seattle metal legends SANCTUARY have wrapped-up the recording of their new album, The Year The Sun Died! Due to be released on Sept. 29th in Europe and on Sept. 30th in North America, The Year The Sun Died was recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Studios with Zeuss (WHITECHAPEL, HATEBREED) and features 11 tracks, plus a bonus cover of THE DOORS’ classic, “Waiting For The Sun”.
Front-man Warrel Dane comments: “Now that hell has officially frozen over and the pigs have flown, I can proudly say ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is finished. The record that nobody thought would ever get here has come in kicking…and yes, there is screaming!
Working with Zeuss (aka the commander) was great. He really pushed us all to be better. This is a very modern sounding record with roots still firmly planted in old school, six-string metal, and I gotta give him creds for that.”
SANCTUARY was formed in Seattle in 1985 and released two studio albums on Epic Records, Refuge Denied in 1987 and Into the Mirror Black in 1989. They toured the world with the likes of MEGADETH, WARLOCK, FATES WARNING, DEATH ANGEL and many more. In 1992, the band officially disbanded with singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard forming the critically acclaimed group, NEVERMORE. SANCTUARY announced in 2010 that they would be reuniting and played metal festivals in both Europe and the USA with the original line-up, save for guitarist Sean Blosi. Former FORCED ENTRY guitarist Brad Hull has stepped in to fill his shoes as a permanent touring and recording member.
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Brad Hull – Guitars
Lenny Rutledge – Guitar
Dave Budbill – Drums
Rob Zombie’s first concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, released May 19 by Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Music DVD chart and has retained the chart’s top spot for its second week of release. Zombie also recently teased out his next feature film project called ‘31.’ To celebrate, Zombie has teamed with ZUUS Media (“ZUUS”) and CraveOnline for a horror filmmaking contest. Fans of Rob Zombie’s music and films are invited to create three-minute short horror films for the chance to have their entry selected to premiere across ZUUS, CraveOnline and RobZombie.com. For more information about the contest, visit http://zombiehorrorpictureshow.com/.
Available on Blu-ray, DVD and longform digital video, The Zombie Horror Picture Show puts the viewer at the center of the hot and nasty action for a blistering set of 16 Rob Zombie classics, including “Dragula,” “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” “Living Dead Girl,” “More Human Than Human,” and the crushing cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” from the seven-time Grammy® nominee’s Top 10 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Recorded live over two sizzling nights in Texas, the film captures Zombie’s elaborate, multi-media production of mind-blowing SFX, animatronic robots, pyrotechnics, oversized LED screens and state-of-the-art light show combined with his powerhouse band featuring John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.
Since 1997, Rob Zombie has achieved great solo artist success with several multi-platinum and gold albums including Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge and Educated Horses. As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of his music and films. Zombie has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million. Zombie’s Halloween, released in 2007, earned the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend.
Jarno Anttila suddenly ran out of bullets after serving 18 years in the ranks of the Impaled Nazarene -army. He started to dream of totally different kind of band. The year was 2010 Anno Domini and the first victims of his were drummer Janne Mannonen (also familiar from YUP) and Niko Karppinen (former hired session musician in Finnish band called Sentenced), who should be able to handle bass duties in the steering wheel of this Rolls Royce of instruments.
Obscure connections also provided obscure results in the search of the guitarist. Tommi Kanerva who had gained fame in numerous punk and hardcore-acts like Kostajat, Murheenlaakso and Vaasankatu SS. Mikko “Mojo” Ojala’s remarkable ability to generate growls beyond the grave combined with powerful clean vocals convinced the others that he was the right guy to take a spot as a frontman of the band. This gave birth to Rämlord, the band where old guys play old-school metal with modern additions.
If you happen to wander in the middle of the night at the graveyard hearing voices from the darkest pits of hell and hear groans of the lost souls… Oh yes! It’s Rämlord which with the certainty of over 2000 played gigs is ready to devastate your comprehension of everything safe and familiar or….normal.
Check out Rämlord playing live nearby you! Band will be performing in official Tuska –club at Virgin Oil on Saturday 28.6.2014 with Omnium Gatherum and Medeia! After the gig band promises to follow up their motto adapted from Venom: “We drink the booze of the dying alcoholics!”
Single contains the following songs:
1) Evolve to Monster
2) Mark of Cain
Guitarist Emil Norberg and drummer Efraim Juntunen – Persuader
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to the Persuader for the additional promo pictures.
From the northern parts of Sweden comes the power metal kings, Persuader. The band is back to attack after a long break. Their previous album WHEN EDEN BURNS came out in 2006 and they are now back with a vengeance with the brand new opus THE FICTION MAZE. I was blown away by THE FICTION MAZE and urge everyone who is a fan of well played, edgy power metal to check out the album. Persuader makes me glad to be Swedish! I had the luck to have a chat with guitarist Emil Norberg and drummer Efraim Juntunen where we talked about the brand new album, what the band has been up to in between releases, as well as what the guys think the future has in store for Persuader. Enjoy!
25th – 27th April, 2014
Camden Town, London
The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, The Black Heart
Review by Anna Dumpe, Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Ashlinn Nash, Graham Hilling
On the first weekend of May, London’s Camden Town saw dozens of Stoner Rock and Doom Metal bands pass through to perform at the already legendary festival known as Desertfest. Happening in London and Berlin, pretty much at the same time, Desertfest brought together multiple bands of different sizes and popularity levels to throw one hell of a party that shall be remembered for the next year or so.
Metal-Rules.com team were privileged enough to join in and take part in Desertfest shenanigans in Camden Town’s three venues – The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld and The Black Heart where we saw hundreds of fans pass through, headband, down pints and have a bloody good old time.
EXODUS – the originators of the thrash metal genre – return to their roots. As announced yesterday via Loudwire, EXODUS proudly welcomes the return of frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza in the wake of former vocalist Rob Dukes’ amicable departure. Souza originally fronted EXODUS from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-2004, donning the mic on classic records like Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster, Impact is Imminent, Good Friendly Violent Fun, and Force of Habit. Souza also appeared on 2004’s Tempo of the Damned.
In a statement, guitarist Gary Holt says, “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!”
Returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”
In a statement posted to Facebook, Rob Dukes said: “I’m no longer the singer of Exodus. I’m grateful for the last 9 years. I’ve had the experience of touring the world playing music. I was just a regular guy, a fan, and I got the chance to front a legendary band while having no prior experience of being a singer. I had no idea what I was doing and made it up as I was going along. It was a great chapter of my life, Im bummed it ended with them, but I have another band Generation Kill. So I will concentrate on that right now and continue to build hotrods and build a car to race in the Baja 1000. I will be riding my motorcycle all over this beautiful country every chance I get, That’s the next chapter of my life.”
EXODUS are currently working on their eleventh studio album in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap, set to release later this year with Nuclear Blast. Things are moving along smoothly… stay tuned for more details coming soon.
On August 10th, EXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with Slayer, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more. The band will also appear on select international dates in Germany, Belgium and Columbia this summer, and will pick back up in South America in October. See below for a full listing of current dates.
EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:
7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
8/10 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
8/16 – Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque
10/1 – Belem, Brazil @ Botequim
10/3 – Manaus, Brazil @ Arena Aparecida
10/4 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
10/5 – Porto Alegre @ Opiniao
10/7 – Asuncion, Paraguay @ Kop Town
10/9 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
10/11 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Kmasu Premier
10/12 – Antofagasta, Chile @ TBC
10/14 – Lima, Peru @ Centrica
10/16 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Pepper’s
10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador
Tomas Roitman from long-running Mexico metal band Split Heaven was kind enough to give us a few moments of his thoughts on being caught up in heavy metal genre, how the band is received in their homeland. His answers may surprise many.Read the rest of this entry »
Summer Breeze has confirmed three new bands on the bill. The long time Swedish death metallers Unleashed will unleash the horns at Summer Breeze. The Greek metallers Septic Flesh will bring the apocalyptic sounds from the beyond in Summer Breeze and finally Of Mice And Men out of England will be gaining more fans. As it is widely known Death Angel cancelled the Summer festival run including Summer Breeze. Summer Breeze will be on the 14th – 26th of August in Dinkelsbuhl in Germany. All in all 112 bands will be playing at the festival.
Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake is by far his best work to date! Produced by Bruce Bouillet and mixed by Jon Wyman, this 3rd offering from the Metal Church front man truly captures all the magic of the classic metal genre! “I wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time allow all my influences to shine through” states Ronny on the recording of the CD. “I put two years into the writing process of this album, but when it came time to start recording, I threw everything out the window and just went with my gut and it worked out better than I could have imagined” Ronny further states. Electric Wake also features collaborations with guitar legend George Lynch, Tesla guitarist Dave Rude, Pamela Moore (Queensryche’s “Sister Mary”), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolfe), David Donigian, Sean Baker and Tony Rossi. Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake delivers a healthy dose of fist-pumping, guitar-driven, well-conceived classic style heavy metal music and is a must-have for all fans of the genre! Three videos have been shot for this release, “United”, “Pray” and “The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal)” which features a duet with Pamela Moore, and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar which will debut in the coming weeks. Official release date is set for Tuesday June 24, 2014.
The Brazilian heavy metal band THE BLACK ROOK announces the release of their self-titled debut album. Ten tracks of heaviness, attitude & feeling!
In order to promote it, the band announces that the first single, “Checkmate“, is available for FREE download at THE BLACK ROOK´s SoundCloud site.
The entire self-titled album on sale online, in AMAZON, CD BABY and in THE BLACK ROOK BANDCAMP site. The album is also streamed at the band´s profiles at iTUNES, SOUNDCLOUD, BANDCAMP and GROOVESHARK. Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian blackened death metal band, Vile Insignia, have signed a production deal with Calgary based extreme metal label Xnihilo Records. They will begin production on their first full length album “Bestial Invocation” in late August after the conclusion of their summer festival dates. Sessions are scheduled to take place at Electric Park Studios in Calgary with engineer Nate Renaud. The album is scheduled for a fall release. “Bestial Invocation” will be the band’s second effort, following up their highly acclaimed self- titled, self-released demo EP from 2012. Vile’s demo can be found at http://vileinsignia.bandcamp.com/ and their single “Beneath the Frozen Soil” is available for free download at http://wackenmetalbattlecanada.bandcamp.com/track/vile-insignia-beneath-the-frozen-soil. Expect the tracks on the new album to be even tighter, faster and more brutal! Visit www.xnihilorecords.com for more details about the new album, tour dates, and album release dates as they become available.