Best of 2014 – Arto Lehtinen

December 27th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 Arto Lehtinen

1. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Once again Thomas G. Fischer made and created amazing heavy and depressive riffs on the second album titled Melana Chasmata. The utter heavy and slow songs literally rip the heart apart and turn the mind insane. Amazing album in every aspect.

2. At The Gates – At War With Reality

At The Gates – At War With Reality

At The Gates – At War With Reality

When At The Gates started working on their new album, it was kind of hard to expect the material to top the early stuff. But with this album, At The Gates proved themselves by being one hell of band with killer catchy and vicious riffs.

3. Accept – Blind Rage

Blind Rage

Accept – Blind Rage

Holy crap, the third album with Mark Tornillo is bloody awesome old school heavy metal release.

4. Behemoth – The Satanist
5. Exodus – Blood In Blood Out
6. Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
7. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
8. Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
9. Primordial – Bloodstone & Diamonds
10. Bodycount – Manslaughter
11. Electric Wizard – Time to Die
12. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
13. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died
14. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
15. Vallynfyre – Splinters
16. Taake – Stridens hus
17. Hirax – Immortal Legacy
18. Obituary – Inked in Blood
19. The Skull – For Those Which Are Asleep
20. Master’s hammer – Vagus Vetus

 

Best Ep 2014

Bölzer – Soma (Ep)

Bölzer - Soma (Ep)

Bölzer – Soma (Ep)

The Swiss two piece band has caused the relentless fuss in the extreme metal scene. The Some Ep is a real sonic pleasure of a mix death/black. Bölzer needs to be checked out by all these ones looking for the brutal and barbaric death/black metal.

Best new band

Blue Pills
I had no clue of this band nor heard in advance. I happened to end up to the tent stage at the Summer Breeze festival and discovered this band fronted by the beautiful sounding lady. I had to follow the show as whole. This new retro-rock band will be on the next hype level for a while.

Best Book

Isten Fanzine – Don’t Break The Ghost

Isten Fanzine - Don’t Break The Ghost

Isten Fanzine – Don’t Break The Ghost

That magnificent package of the old school metal fanzine published in the last 30 years as one massive book is impressive as hell. Every goddamn metalhead must obtain this massive reading experience to learn how the underground was based on the DIY attitude.

King Diamond

King Diamond

Best concert of 2014

  1. Dark Angel – Swedenrock 2014 and Jalometalli 2014:They made and came back and conquered all the way!!!!!
  2. King Diamond – Jalometalli 2014: Fucking freaking awesome show.
  3. Carcass – 70000tons of Metal 2014: Seeing Carcass under the Caribbean sky in the middle of the sea was magical.
  4. Biohazard – Summer Breeze Festival 2014: Pits and crowd surfing and ultimate tight playing.

Album disappointments of 2014

Loudness – The Sung Will Rise Again: Well I’d rather listen to their 80’s stuff for sure.

Greatest hopes for 2015

  1. That the new Slayer wont suck that much
  2. Seeing more killer bands live

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New Split Heaven Line – Up

December 26th, 2014
by EvilG
SPLIT HEAVEN 2015 LINEUP NAMED

SPLIT HEAVEN 2015 LINEUP NAMED

We’re delighted to announce Jason Conde-Houston as our new singer and front man!!

As soon as Jason told us he was interested on being part of Split Heaven, we knew it was him. Of course, we have heard him with his band Skelator before, but when he sent the audition an we listened what he did with “Danger Zone”, immediately stopped hearing other vocalists.

We want to thank all singers who sent their demos, we got auditions from México, Spain and U.S.A and now, finally, we decided to have Jason as a part of the Split Heaven dynasty.

Jason says: “It is an honor to announce that I am joining Split Heaven as their new singer. I have been a fan since 2010 when I heard their first album “Psycho Samurai”. This does not mean the end of Skelator, I think this will make me a better musician and give both bands more connections around the globe.”

Wait for the new album, its gonna be KILLER!! www.splitheaven.net

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sincerely,

Jason, Carlo, Armand & Tomás

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MANDRAGORA (Peru) signed to INFERNÖ Records

December 26th, 2014
by EvilG
MANDRAGORA

MANDRAGORA

MANDRAGORA – the new sensation in Old-School Heavy-Metal from South-America & France based old-school Metal Label INFERNÖ Records are particularly happy to announce that both parts found an agreement which will result in a record deal.

Although no release-date has been yet defined, you can expect the first full-length album by MANDRAGORA somewhere in 2015 – more infos will come later on time as soon as new details have to be revealed. The Debut Album will be recorded at the Quarter Note Studios in Lima-Peru with Paul Pinto as Music Producer. It is also agreed that a limited cassette edition of the band including their demo, songs from the EP and two new songs could be shortly released early 2015 – you’re warned, stay tuned.

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Abgott @ The Boston Music Room, London

December 26th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Abgott

@ Boston Music Room, London

December 5th 2014

Review by Ann Sulaiman
Pics by Graham Hilling

Abgott

Abgott

Four years since their last LP release “Godfather In Black”, Italian/British black metallers Abgott had finally returned to London as part of their European 2014 tour. Though not even half of the London scene were able to turn up, due to Winter being the most competitive season for big name gigs, it was ultimately their loss for missing not only the return of one of their own (due to frontman Agamoth’s part in the scene for more than a decade) but a show that wore the spirit of black metal on its sleeve.
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COBURN PHARR to join ANNIHILATOR on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015!

December 25th, 2014
by EvilG
Annihilator

Annihilator

70000TONS OF METAL is proud to announce that ANNIHILATOR mastermind Jeff Waters has invited ex-vocalist COBURN PHARR to feature in their performances when The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sails to Jamaica in January 2015. Pharr was lead vocalist on ANNIHILATOR‘s critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release “Never, Neverland” which includes classics such as “Road To Ruin”, “I Am In Command”, “Reduced To Ash” and “Phantasmagoria”.

Waters comments: “Seeing as how it is the 25th Anniversary of my favorite ANNIHILATOR album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to invite Coburn with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of. I haven’t seen him since 1992 so I think the fans are going to spot us having lots of conversations about the old days (and my 80’s hair style)! Current ANNIHILATOR vocalist Dave Padden is very much looking forward to this as he is a huge fan of that album and Coburn, but also because he won’t have to play and sing those songs hahaha…!”

Jeff Waters will also be hosting JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS All-Star Jam which will feature members from the 60 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015,  which includes ARCH ENEMY, APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK, NAPALM DEATH, THERION, VENOM and many more!

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 on board the Royal Caribbean “Liberty Of The Seas” from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015

Ticket prices start at USD 666 Per Person (plus Taxes & Fees), which includes all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

Check out www.70000tons.com and book your ticket now!

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PRIMAL FEAR – New Drummer Aquiles Priester Makes Live Debut Art Knock Out Festival 2015; Fan-Filmed Video Posted

December 24th, 2014
by EvilG
Primal Fear

Primal Fear

In September, Primal Fear announced former Angra drummer Aquiles Priester as the replacement for Randy Black, who recently left the band due to personal differences.

The band stated simply: “We’re proud that such an amazing artist is joining our band.

Priester made his live debut with Primal Fear on December 20th in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Knock Out Festival. Fan-filmed video from the band’s set is available below:

Knock Out Festival and the last show of Primal Fear in 2014 done. Aquiles killed it – thanks to the crew and everybody involved in the festival! After a very busy year and our highest entry ever on Pos. 13 in the German charts with Delivering The Black we will thank our friends and fans for busy & fantastic year! We have a lot of plans for 2015 incl. recording a new album, coming back to South America and first of all the 70.000 tons of metal cruise! CU soon!

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Hackneyed “The Flaw Of Flesh” Video Premiere

December 24th, 2014
by EvilG

Metal-Rules.com is pleased to reveal the new video from Hackneyed!

The song “The Flaw Of Flesh” is taken from the band’s upcoming album. The video shoot took place in early December in Abtsgmünd (Germany) under the direction of Philipp Uhlmann from Uhlmann.tv

Hackneyed

Hackneyed

www.hackneyed.de | https://de-de.facebook.com/hackneyed | http://thoughtcrime-promotion.de/

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Kill Ritual – Unreleased Track “Drop Dead Gorgeous” Available for Free Download

December 23rd, 2014
by EvilG
KILL RITUAL - ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’

KILL RITUAL – ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’

Kill Ritual have made the unreleased track “Drop Dead Gorgeous” available for free download and streaming  on Sound Cloud and Reverb Nation  The song comes off their 20 14 release “The Eyes Of Medusa”  as a thank you to all the fans that have support us the last few years. The track was recorded at Fossil Sound and engineered /produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steve Rice.

Mr. Rice comments on the tune, “This track reflects a little different style for the band in some ways as it starts off very deceivingly with a ballad type intro , but gets to the Metal fairly quickly after that. It’s a nice tongue in cheek tale of the kind of girl you’d like to take home, but wish you hadn’t!”

In other Kill Ritual news the band will complete the mixing and mastering in March 2015 with Andy LaRocque handling the job at his Sonic Train Studios once again. The band expects a Summer 2015 release of the yet untitled CD.

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Ex-MEGADETH Members recruit Ex-SCAR THE MARTYR Vocalist

December 23rd, 2014
by EvilG
Henry Derek Bonner

Henry Derek Bonner

BLABBERMOUTH.NET  revealed the news that former SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner has joined the as-yet-unnamed new band formed by ex-MEGADETH members Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums).

Broderick stated about how his new group came together: “Through talking with Shawn Drover, we’ve talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we put the stuff out? Why don’t we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?’ So we formed a band, we’re working with a killer singer — he’s awesome — and we’ve got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we’re really excited about where that’s gonna go.

Asked whether the new band has a name, Chris said: “Here’s the funny thing: we have many names. But the problem today is that there are so many bands out there that the first thing we’ve gotta do is run them by trademark and make sure that we can get… We don’t wanna run into the ‘GHOST’ and the ‘GHOST B.C.’ issue, right?! So we’re looking into trademarks on the names, and I would love to tell you, but we wanna save some of it for our official press release, and we’ll talk about the singer then, and we’ll have the record label on board by then.

Regarding whether the musical ideas that are being used in the new band are things that were originally presented to MEGADETH and were turned down or if they are brand new compositions, Chris said: “Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I’d be, like, ‘Oh, this isn’t appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.’ I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I’ve gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it’s not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back.

For anyone wondering what he sounds like…..

 

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SATAN’S HOST “Pre-dating god” part 1 / part 2 – new DOUBLE album out on January 19, 2015

December 23rd, 2014
by EvilG
SATAN'S HOST

SATAN’S HOST

Gabriel Management proudly presents: SATAN’S HOST “Pre-dating god” part 1 / part 2 – new DOUBLE album out on January 19, 2015!

Pre-order and listen here.

At long last, the wait is over: SATAN’S HOST deliver their masterwork with “Pre-dating God” Parts 1 & 2! Both albums will be released simultaneously by Moribund Records on January 19th, 2015 in Europe/UK and January 20th, 2015 in North America. Striking while the iron’s hot after 2013’s critically acclaimed “Virgin Sails”, the two-disc “Pre-dating God” sees Satan’s Host going from strength to strength, creating epic ‘n’ dynamic HEAVY METAL anthems that immediately stick in the brain. With a storied history that spans five decades, Patrick Evil’s devilish warriors here bring together their two distinct periods – the traditional/true metal of their early work, and the blasting black metal of their middle period – and tastefully modernize it into a sound that is totally all their own. With Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (JAG PANZER, TITAN FORCE) delivering his best vocal performance ever, right now, no one’s able to touch SATAN’S HOST for sheer mastery and uniqueness: “Pre-dating god” Parts 1 & 2 will soon be a metal classic for time eternal! Recorded between July and September this year at Flatline Audio and produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero, both parts of SATAN’S HOST “Pre-dating God” feature artwork by the legendary Joe Petagno.

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NIGHTWISH – Cover art for “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”

December 22nd, 2014
by EvilG
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Presenting: Endless Forms Most Beautiful- March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US)

The detailed cover-artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful features eleven new songs.

  • Standard CD
  • Digibook (incl. instrumental CD)
  • 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colours
  • Earbook (incl. instrumental and orchestral CD)
  • Earbook (deluxe version incl. bonus vinyl)
  • Download

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Behemoth @ The Forum London, December 09, 2014

December 21st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Behemoth

@ The Forum London

9th December 2014

Review by Ben Spencer
Photography by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Behemoth @ The Forum

Behemoth @ The Forum

After battling against the London rush hour and being squashed up against the window of the Northern Line Tube it was time to head return the London Forum to get an early week fix of metal in the form of Behemoth.

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Machine Head @ Glasgow 02 Academy

December 21st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Machine Head

Glasgow 02 Academy

December 13th 2014

Review by Ritchie Birnie

Pics by Gavin Lowrey

ABC

Machine Head

 

Can you believe Machine Head have been on the go for 23 years? No matter what genre of rock/metal you follow you know who they are. Even the haters recognise the input to metal these guys have made. They have trodden a lot of boards since Burn my eyes hit the scene during the grunge era. This is one of the bands that shook up the establishment and got us away from that whiny, sad MTV period and for that I thank them from the bottom of my Heart.

It may have meant less rock/metal on TV but I get a bit uncomfortable when our music gets too popular. A bit like a good thief. its best kept with a low profile. Who cares if its not on radio or TV? Definitely not Machine Head. They have burned their path regardless and built a following and a reputation without any of that crap and in return they are tattooed down the spine of metal forever.
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Interview with At the Gates

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with At the Gates

By Chris Brown
Photography by Michelle Murphy

Having come back from the ashes to reform back in 2007, At the Gates had previously stated that there would be no further material being recorded to succeed the 1995 release of ‘Slaughter of the Soul’. However, 2014 sees the release of highly anticipated and widely acclaimed ‘At War With Reality’. To promote this, ATG are embarking on a European Tour with Swiss black metal giants Triptykon and fellow Swedes Morbus Chron. We caught up with vocalist Tomas Lindberg ahead of the opening night at London’s HMV Forum.

At the Gates

At the Gates

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Interview with Triptykon

December 20th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Triptykon

By Chris Brown

Having just played their first show back home in their native Switzerland in over 2 years, Triptykon have since embarked on a European Tour with At The Gates to promote their latest release ‘Melena Chasmata’. We caught up with legendary front man; Thomas Gabriel Warrior ahead of the German leg of the tour.

Triptykon

Triptykon

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