SWEET & LYNCH Premiere New Video For “The Wish”

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Sweet & Lynch are releasing the first official video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the album opener “The Wish” and premiered on Ultimate Classic Rock (http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sweet-lynch-the-wish/). The video shows Michael Sweet and George Lynch performing the song together amongst imagery that corresponds with the song’s lyrics. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly to name a few. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/jmmolV-B7xE.

“After almost a year of talking about the Sweet & Lynch album we’re extremely proud to premiere the first music video, ‘The Wish,’ states Michael Sweet. “The song takes you back to a time when guitar heroes ruled the airwaves and melodies soared. The thought was to bring back the late 70’s/early 80’s with a modern twist and remind people of one of the best eras in hard rock/metal.”

Only To Rise is scheduled for release in the United States on January 27th, 2015 via Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch. The album is also available via Amazon at: http://geni.us/SweetLynchAMZ.

“George and I are proud of how this album turned out and we’re counting the days for the release,” adds Sweet. “We’re equally as proud of the fan base out there. So many people have been there through thick and thin and this album is a testimony to the perseverance of working hard and working even harder.  George, Brian, James and myself gave 110% to every note played and sung and we hope that it shows.”

From the opening notes of “The Wish” to the drum solo finish on the album-closer “Only To Rise,” it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs “Dying Rose,” “Me Without You” and “Strength In Numbers” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track “September” which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/i5G5uzrYWXw. An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: http://youtu.be/BPYIoe0fTqI. Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.

Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.


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U.D.O. “Decadent” cover artwork and new tourdates!

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob


U.D.O. reveal cover artwork of their new album “Decadent” (which will be released on January 23rd in Europe and February 3rd  2015  in the US) and announce the first dates of their European tour 2015. More dates will follow soon.

U.D.O. Decadent Tour:

Mar 06, 2015 D-Würzburg – Posthalle
Mar 07, 2015 D-München – Backstage
Mar 11, 2015 D-Hamburg – Markthalle
Mar 13, 2015 D-Kiel – Pumpe 6
Mar 14, 2015 DK-Kolding – Godset
Mar 18, 2015 D-Bochum – Zeche
Mar 19, 2015 D-Losheim/Saarland – Eisenbahnhalle
Mar 20, 2015 D-Andernach – JUZ
Mar 21, 2015 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
Mar 22, 2015 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
Mar 25, 2015 D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
Mar 26, 2015 D-Berlin – C Club
Mar 27, 2015 D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
Mar 28, 2015 D-Regensburg – Airport
Mar 31, 2015 GB-London – The Garage
Apr 03, 2015 GB-Nuneaton – Queens Hall
Apr 09, 2015 E-Madrid – Sala Caracol
Apr 10, 2015 E-Valladolid – Polideportivo
Apr 11, 2015 E-Zaragoza – CC Delicias
Apr 12, 2015 E-Barcelona – Sala Salamandra
Apr 14, 2015 E-Ibiza Wacken Cruise – tba
Apr 16, 2015 E-Valencia – Sala Rock City
Apr 23, 2015 S-Stockholm – Klubben
Apr 24, 2015 S-Borlänge – Liljan
Apr 25, 2015 S-Gothenborg – Trädgårn
Apr 26, 2015 S-Malmö – KB
Apr 30, 2015 N-Oslo – Vulkan Arena
May 01, 2015 N-Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
May 02, 2015 N-Trondheim – Byscenen

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LUDICHRIST To Release ‘1985 Demos’ and ‘CBGB off the Board’ Next Week

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Digital collection out December 9

Legendary N.Y. hardcore punk act, Ludichrist, will release a commemorative digital collection of demo and live recordings from the early part of the band’s celebrated decade-plus career. The albums, 1985 Demos and CBGB off the Board, will release December 9 through Dead City Records.

Dead City is also selling exclusive Ludichrist merchandise through its web-store at: www.deadcitymerch.com to celebrate the releases.


1985 Demos Track Listing*:

4. F.S.S.B.S.

*Tracks 1-12 June 1985 Demo.  Tracks 13-16 November 1985 Demo. Tracks 17-19 “Exposure” Tape Comp.


CBGB off the Board Track Listing:

8. F.S.S.B.S.

Ludichrist started in 1984 and was quickly embraced by the New York hardcore, punk, and thrash metal scenes. Rising from the underground, the popularity of Ludichrist exploded with the release of its first demo cassette recorded in June 1985. This demo was highly circulated among tape traders and officially put Ludichrist on the map, making the band one of the most popular from New York.

Ludichrist went back into the studio to record a second demo in November 1985 which featured two new songs and two re-recorded songs from the first demo. In early 1986, a tape compilation called “Exposure to Conviction” also featured three Ludichrist songs which were variations of existing demo songs.

In the mid-1980s, live performances recorded at the legendary CBGB club in New York City became a popular series of tape cassettes titled “CBGB off the Board.” Ludichrist recorded two shows at CB’s (in April and May 1986) and the official cassette release titled “Ludichrist, CBGB off the Board” featuring 15 songs was released soon after. A vinyl LP compilation of various bands featured from the “Off the Board” series featuring two Ludichrist songs was also released.

On the strength of their 1985 demos, Ludichrist went on to release its debut studio album in 1986 titled Immaculate Deception and a follow up LP in 1988 titled Powertrip. These releases cemented Ludichrist as a legendary act in the hardcore, punk and metal scenes.

Stay tuned for more information on Ludichrist and the 1985 Demos and CBGB off the Board digital collection, out next week on Dead City Records.


Ludichrist online…


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TANK Sign New Deal With Metal Mind Productions

December 3rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

We are very happy to announce the extension of the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, we have re-released the band’s back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for March 2015.


The band’s current line-up includes:

Cliff Evans – guitars
Mick Tucker – guitars
ZP Theart (Dragonforce) – vocals
Bobby Schottkowski (Sodom) – drums
Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) – bass guitar

Cliff Evans, TANK’s guitarist, comments:

“We are very pleased to announce that we will be continuing our successful relationship with Metal Mind Productions who will be releasing our new studio album planned for March 2015. Since originally signing with Metal Mind in 2009, they have released two of our best selling and most critically acclaimed albums ‘War Machine’ and ‘War Nation’ and were instrumental in the production of our very first official DVD ‘War Machine Live’. We enjoy working with an established metal label that understands what needs to be done to make a successful album release and we look forward to many more future collaborations.

After our recent successful tour of Brazil, we’re excited to be heading into the studio with our new band members to start creating and laying down some serious metal tracks.
Joining Mick Tucker and myself on the new album will be Vocalist ‘ZP Theart (Dragonforce), Drummer ‘Bobby Schottkowski’ (Sodom) and Bassist ‘Barend Courbois’ (Blind Guardian). These guys are the ‘Big Guns’ who will help to push the limits of Tank to a new level. Their pedigree speaks for itself. We’ll soon be announcing the album title along with studio updates and teasers.

We will also have the pleasure of playing songs from the new album for the very first time at our performance on the ‘70,000 Tons of Metal’ cruise in January 2015. European shows and festivals are now being scheduled for the new year and we will also be returning to South America later in 2015.

The Mighty TANK Rolls On!”

More details to be announced soon.

TANK – official website:

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Exlibris – new single featuring Evergrey’s Tom Englund now on YouTube

December 1st, 2014
by EvilG

To coincide with the European release of Exlibris’ new album “Aftereal”, another track has just been  revealed on Metal Mind Productions’  YouTube channel. The track “Closer”, featuring guest appearance by Evergrey’s guitarist and vocalist Tom Englund, is available at this location: http://youtu.be/EyZJ1da305g

Exlibris, the heavy metal sensation from Poland, return with their third studio album entitled “Aftereal”.  The band are sure to surprise their fans this time around, also because of the many outstanding guest musicians featured on the album, Evergrey’s Tom Englund being one of them!

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SATAN – Brian Ross & Steve Ramsey

November 30th, 2014
by Robert Williams


Interview Conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of Andy Gonzalez – Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

NWOBHM legends Satan toured the U.S. (albeit briefly) for the first time in their career this past April performing six dates on the East Coast before returning for a more comprehensive tour of America this past October. Satan has kept busy since reforming for Germany’s “Keep It True” festival in 2011 releasing “Life Sentence” their third full-length offering in 2013 and “Trail of Fire: Live In North America” earlier this month. We caught up with vocalist Brian Ross and Steve Ramsey prior to their performance in Austin, Texas at the Beerland venue and they brought us up to speed on all the excitement surrounding their current U.S. tour, the new studio album, even newer live album and much more… Read the rest of this entry »

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VENOM to perform entire NEW ALBUM on board 70000TONS OF METAL!

November 30th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Legendary Metal band VENOM have confirmed that they will join
70000TONS OF METAL on it’s voyage from Florida to Jamaica in January

VENOM will play two sets on board, one will focus on greatest hits and
one will be an Exclusive Live World Premier of their forthcoming new
album which will be released later in 2015.

Originally formed in 1978 and hailing from the English town Newcastle
Upon Tyne, this will be VENOM’s 14th studio album.

VENOM will join the 60 band roster of 70000TONS OF METAL 2015,
including Alestorm, Amorphis, Annihilator, Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy,
Artillery, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Crucified
Barbara, D.A.D., Einherjer, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, God Dethroned,
Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Kataklysm, Korpiklaani, Lake Of
Tears, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock, Municipal Waste, Napalm
Death, Origin, Primal Fear, Tank, Therion, Threshold, Triosphere and

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

There are very few tickets remaining, prices start at US$666 plus
US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board
entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals
in the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room

Check out www.70000tons.com for more information.

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KILLERS’ Albums Coming On Vinyl In December

November 30th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Metal Mind Productions is proud to present exclusive vinyl release of three albums by the heavy metal band Killers, led by Iron Maiden’s ex-vocalist – Paul Di’Anno. Coming together in 1991, Killers was one of the first metal super groups to exist. Featuring members of Iron Maiden, Tank, Raven, and Battlezone, they were hailed by the press as the “Natural successor to Judas Priest”.

Killers’ vinyl  will be available in the colours of the British flag: blue (“Murder One”), white (“Menace To Society”) and red (“South American Assault”).

Killers on vinyl

Cliff Evans, guitarist comments: “We’re really excited about the upcoming vinyl releases of the three Killers albums we made back in the early 90’s. They were all recorded on 24 track analog tape machines so it will be great to hear those records again on the original format they were designed for. There’s no doubt that vinyl does have a superior sound quality over the digital CD, especially when listening to rock and metal. ‘Murder One’ was recorded at the legendary Power Station studios in New York and was produced by Rob Fraboni who had previously worked with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton among others. He captured one of Paul Dianno’s best vocal performances and the power of the band can really be best heard coming out of the grooves of a vinyl analog record. There’s also the satisfaction of holding the album in your hands and studying the liner notes and artwork. It’s not surprising that the vinyl album is making a comeback.
Can’t wait to get my hands on them.”

Killer’s vinyl are set for release on December, 2nd. All albums are also available in exclusive digipak CDs edition released by Metal Mind Productions in 2013.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, Texas

November 28th, 2014
by Robert Williams

FFF 2014-10

By Robert Williams

Photography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Fun Fun Fun Fest is an annual music, comedy and extreme sports destination festival held in Austin, Texas. A barrage of different music genres make Fun Fun Fun Fest a one of a kind experience, mixing punk, metal, acoustic, electronica, hip-hop and everything in between. This year’s roster boasted headlining performances from Judas Priest & King Diamond and was held at the outdoor Auditorium Shores venue the weekend of November 7-9th.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ethereal Interview with Vocalist Naut

November 28th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Naut of Ethereal

@ Camden Underworld

19th November 2014

Interview by Ben Spencer

Video by Jo Blackened


After travelling to the Camden Underworld and stumbling into a sound check by one of tonight’s band’s it was time to set up our recording equipment and get the latest from one of the UK’s most promising Black Metal band’s Ethereal.
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REASONS BEHIND Release Official Video for ‘With Your Light’

November 27th, 2014
by EvilG

Italian female-fronted symphonic power metal band, Reasons Behind have released an official video for the track ‘With Your Light’, taken from their debut full-length album ‘The Alpha Memory’.  The video was directed by Francesco Brusa, with locations provided by Hotel Touring Bologna, Italy.  Their new album ‘The Alpha Memory’ will be released worldwide on Dec. 1st, through Maple Metal Records.

View ‘With Your Light’ at this location: http://youtu.be/BdD11h8bMnQ

Also the album teaser video can be viewed at this location:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB6_j8q5ANM&index=2&list=PLOrBlbq5wIpqM86HlQnKoTvyVTfIQgAKY

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MACHINE HEAD Post Making of “Now We Die” Music Video

November 27th, 2014
by EvilG

Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD have posted a behind scenes look at the making of the video clip for the track “Now We Die”, here.The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (TESTAMENT, STAIND) and  comes from their recently released Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut,Bloodstone & Diamonds.

Bloodstone & Diamonds has been tearing up the sales charts all over the globe since it was released! In the U.S. alone, the band sold around 18,200 copies in its first week of release to debut at position #21 on The Billboard 200 chart. This makes it their biggest first week sales and chart position in history and their 4th album in-a-row with an upward trajectory. Comparatively, the band’s Unto The Locust (2011) opened with around 17,000 units to land at #22, The Blackening (2007) registered a first-week tally of just under 15,000 to enter the chart at #54, and Through The Ashes Of Empires (2004) premiered with less than 12,000 copies to debut at #88.

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Ahab Interview with Christian Hector

November 27th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Ahab Interview with Christian Hector

1st November 2014

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Nautical themed doom giants Ahab may be making a name for themselves on the doom scene, and have been enjoying unparalleled success since their latest full-length masterpiece ‘The Giant’ hit the shelves in 2012. Returning this year for Damnation Festival, it is only the 2nd time these doom titans have set foot on UK soil. Sitting down the bassist Christian Hector at Damnation, we chat about their recent venture into charity work, the new album and their love of good literature.



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A Forest of Stars Interview with Curse, TS Kettleburner and the Gentleman

November 27th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

A Forest of Stars Interview with Curse, TS

Kettleburner and the Gentleman

1st November 2014

Interview by Caitlin Smith

A Forests of Stars may have been simmering below the surface of the British black metal scene now with their unusual mix of black metal and progressive, all brought together by the downright strangest of minds, but it wasn’t till the release of their latest record A Shadowplay for Yesterdays back in 2012 that this band really made some serious headway out of the underground. Arriving suited and booted in their finery and bringing with them a healthy dose of dark humour, we sit down with Curse, The Gentleman and Mr TS Kettleburner to get to grips on what really makes this group of time travelling musicians tick.



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Grand Design – bandleader/singer/famous producer Pelle Saether

November 26th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


Bandleader/singer/famous producer Pelle Saether – Grand Design


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica Promotion & Management for help to get this interview done.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band


Grand Design is a Swedish hard rock band that released their third album THRILL OF THE NIGHT at the end of September. Since I became curious about the band when I heard the album, I thought it would be nice to have a chat with the bandleader, Pelle Saether. All said and done, we hooked up for a chat and this is what Saether had to say about the album, the members, and the future of the band. Read on!

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