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!
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.
The Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, will release Under The Red Cloudworldwide 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:
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.
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 »
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.
Flemming Rasmussen at the wall in the studio , where there hangs a series of platinum and gold records with Metallica, which he has received . Photo: Bo Svane
Producer Flemming Rasmussen is best known in metal circles as the producer for Metallica’s classic Ride The Lightning (’84), Master Of Puppets (’86) and … And Justice For All (’88) albums. He recently spoke with Ultimate-Guitar.com about working with Metallica and addressed the controvery surrounding the “missing” bass tracks on …And Justice For All. An excerpt is available below.
“I never understood why the bass was never louder on the album. But you’ll have to talk to Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) about that. Jason (Newsted) was technically a better bass player than Cliff (Burton). He was much tighter and faster and all this.
Musically I don’t know. Did he ever co-write any of the songs? He probably did on the later albums but they never really gave the poor guy a chance. Did they?
I’m one of the few persons who heard the bass tracks on …And Justice for All and as far as I’m concerned they’re absolutely killer. He did a really good job on that.
I’d love to remix that album. I’m pretty sure the guys who did it (Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero), I know they would love to mix it again. Because they set it up and made it sound good and then Lars and James came in and fucked it all up, hahaha.”