Interview with Grant Netzorg of In The company Of Serpents.

March 2nd, 2015
by J P

Recently, In the Company of Serpents from Denver have exploded onto the doom scene, and they seem to be seeing more success at every turn. From the release of a crushing new album on tape and rare vinyl only to a West Coast tour, exposure in multiple online and print publications, and a mention in Decibel due to their inclusion on the Decibel Magazine Tour, they seem to be riding a wave that will ultimately crest in their being solidified as one of the defining bands for 2015. Recently, Metal-Rules was lucky enough to catch up with Grant Netzorg, vocalist and guitarist of the group, to talk about success, heavy music, and the amplification process.


Tell me about the process for creating the new record. How long did it take to write, and did you do most of the writing by jamming or coming together and sharing ideas? Read the rest of this entry »

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JAGGED SURGE: ‘SOS’ Video released

March 2nd, 2015
by J P
 JAGGED SURGE: ‘SOS’ Video released
Heavy Metal band JAGGED SURGE, have released the video for an independent song titled SOS(SAVING OUR SOLDIERS)
The official video can be viewed at (below)
According to the band,”SOS(Saving Our Soldiers) is an anthemic song, which pays tribute to soldiers and highlights the need for a country towards addressing the apathy of soldiers, once they are discharged from the battle lines.”
JAGGED SURGE hails from Bangalore, India and have been prominently performing in their country’s festival circuit .They describe their sound as armed with a unique stealth, infused by genres of Classic Hard Rock, Old School Metal and Modern Metal strains.
The band has stated that they are currently working on an EP, to be released later in the year.

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February 28th, 2015
by EvilG

VADER2We are incredibly pleased to announce the upcoming Eastern tour of leading representatives of Polish metal scene – VADER!

This will be another trek that promotes the latest release of the band “Tibi Et Igni”, which was released worldwide by NUCLEAR BLAST – 5/30/15. The tour will take place in the second half of June 2015 and will cover mainly Russia and Belarus.

The last VADER’s invasion of these lands took place in 2012. Expect the songs from the new album in the set list, but you can be sure that band’s classics won’t be missed also!

Soon we will announce a detailed schedule with dates and cities that VADER is going to attack right before the festival season.

More information coming soon!

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Interview with publisher and artist, Mark Rudolph

February 28th, 2015
by J P

Interview with Mark Rudolph

by JP


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CONFRONTO – Felipe Chehuan

February 28th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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Brazil is home to many amazing bands, whether you are into death or thrash or punk or hardcore or power metal, a fan will always find something interesting coming from Brazil. One great example from this influential scene, is the band Confronto from Rio de Janeiro. Taking influences from different genres of heavy metal and adding hardcore to their sound, the band has been gathering fans worldwide for the past 15 years. Their latest album, ”Imortal”, was released in South America a bit over 1 year ago, and had legendaries guests like João Gordo [Ratos de Porão], Carlos Lopes [Dorsal Atlântica] and many others, and now in March the album is getting its’ European release, where the band will be coming in September for a tour to promote this terrific album. I sat down with the very friendly lead singer Felipe Chehuan to talk about the band’s history, the Brazilian scene, tours, their plans and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

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ACT OF DEFIANCE (feat. Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover) post teaser

February 27th, 2015
by EvilG


Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums). The duo are now excited to announce their worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for their new group ACT OF DEFIANCE, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass. They are currently recording their debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this summer. However, in the meantime, click of the link below for a sneak peek into a rough demo snippet of the track “Throwback.”

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Wolf interview with Simon Johansson

February 26th, 2015
by UK Team

Wolf interview with Guitarist Simon Johansson

@ The Underworld, Camden

February 2015 London
Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photos by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Wolf interview with Simon Johansson

Wolf – Simon Johansson by Jo Blackened

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Helloween – New album “My God-Given Right”

February 26th, 2015
by EvilG
Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

Hi to all the Pumpkinheads!!!

We proudly announce that 30 years after our first self-titled EP, our 15th studio album »My God-Given Right« will be released on May 29th!

Here you can pre-order it exclusively via Nuclear Blast:

»My God-Given Right« was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.

Once more we feel graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) did an exceptional job, the artwork will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

Martin Häusler comments his recent creation:
“We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the ”classical HELLOWEEN“ elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title »My God-Given Right« and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster “Day After Tomorrow” and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11″ Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done ‘in one piece’, using a 3D program…we did not want one of those ‘cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version’, but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”

Andi states:
”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major ass!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible.
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”

Adds Michael:
”… this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi, I’m very happy about the new album.”

Our most recent studio effort, »Straight Out Of Hell« entered the official German album charts on a sensational #4.
Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 rankings as well as the US Billboard Top 100, »Straight Out Of Hell« is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.

Thanks for your support, we hope you´ll like the new record as much as we do!!!

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Obituary @ The Electric Ballroom, “Inked In Blood” tour; February 01, 2015

February 26th, 2015
by UK Team

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@ The Electric Ballroom, Camden

February 1st 2015

Review by Ann Sulaiman
Photography by Graham Hilling



After a date in Paris, Florida’s death metal legends Obituary made a stop at Camden, London for the UK date of their European tour. Seeing as how the show was switched over from The Underworld to the more spacious Electric Ballroom due to ticket sales, excitement was already in the air for the immense night of metal to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tsjuder @ The Garage, London

February 26th, 2015
by UK Team

Tsjuder, Eastern Front, Necro-Ritual, Premature Birth

@ The Garage, Highbury, London

February 14th 2015

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Graham Hilling
Videos by Jo Blackened



A highly awaited presence like Tsjunder comes rarely to the UK nowadays, so to see The Highbury Garage packed out by the black t-shirted mob is no surprise.

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February 26th, 2015
by UK Team



Review & photography Ritchie Birnie

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February 26th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

After the recent European tour and before the upcoming shows in Finland this March, Battle Beast is about to undergo a crew change. Due to insurmountable disagreements and on the initiative of other members, the founding member of the band, author of all the songs and lead guitarist Anton Kabanen is forced to leave the band.

A substitute guitarist has been engaged for the upcoming shows. Anton Kabanen is going to continue making music and working on new projects.

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Interview with Danny Page of Exquisite Ending

February 25th, 2015
by UK Team

Exquisite Ending Interview

With Cardinal Andra-Inanyus

2nd February 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

Exquisite Ending

Conducted before the trio’s appearance as the opening act to Stahlsarg at the London venue, The Unicorn, we caught Exquisite Ending frontman Danny for a quick, spontaneous interview outside.

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February 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Bumblefoot - Little Brother Is Watching

Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has released his 10th CD entitled “Little Brother Is Watching” today. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, performing at international festivals, headlining solo tours, won many album of the month/year awards and has appeared on the covers of numerous music magazines as a solo artist. As lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, Bumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000 people. Bumblefoot’s unique ‘fretless guitar’ can be heard throughout GNR’s 2008 Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and Scott Weiland in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy.  His music is often heard in TV, film and video games including the theme song to VH1’s “That Metal Show”. Bumblefoot also works with U.S. Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs, has his own line of award-winning hot sauces, and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children’s hospitals with guitar in hand.

“Little Brother Is Watching” track listing:

01. Clots
02. Little Brother Is Watching
03. Argentina
04. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
05. Livin’ The Dream
06. Cuterebra
07. Higher
08. Women Rule The World
09. Sleepwalking
10. Eternity
11. Never Again

For more information, check out Bumblefoot’s web properties:


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VH1 Streams Two New EUROPE Tracks – “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya”

February 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.

To celebrate the upcoming release of War of Kings, VH1 is teaming up with EUROPE to exclusively reveal two new tracks from the album. “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya” are streaming now via at this link: EUROPE.VH1.COM

Make sure to listen now, the tracks are only available for streaming until the morning of Friday, February 27th!

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. PRE-ORDER HERE via Amazon

Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n’ Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

EUROPE recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 93,000 views. Watch it here:–DyVI

Catch EUROPE on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more. Visit for pricing and more information.

Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:

EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/18 – 4/22 – Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
4/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
4/25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza – w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 – Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den – w/ Black Star Riders
5/2 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – M3 Rock Festival
5/3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, and Good luck!


EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.

Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals

For more information on EUROPE, please visit, and

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