TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN’S THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG
Tuomas Holopainen

Tuomas Holopainen

“Whenever I read those stories, I hear music,” shares NIGHTWISH composer & keyboardist on the initial idea to write the soundtrack to Don Rosa’s graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck. “I hear different melodies and instruments really, really strongly, because the book in itself is rather cinematic. I thought it would be a cool idea to let all that music come out and see what happens. I also fancied the idea of maybe being the first one to ever write a soundtrack to a graphic novel. I don’t think it’s been done before.”

Holopainen reveals the details of his decision to “paint the story with music,” elucidates on the presence of Disney comics & films in his life, and states what this endeavor has in common with The Lord of the Rings in this video interview available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:http://youtu.be/qUoJ8zWy2bk.

The Life And Times Of ScroogeHolopainen’s first solo record & soundtrack to his “desert island book,” has been fourteen years in the making from concept to reality and will be released in North America on April 15th.

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MESHUGGAH ANNOUNCE 25th ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG
Meshuggah

Meshuggah

Witness history with thine own eyes. The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, Sweden’s technically intoxicating extreme metal quintet MESHUGGAH, are returning to North America this summer to celebrate their 25thyear of musical deviance with festival appearances, Canadian dates, and clubs that will fill to capacity.  Opening for them (on all but the two festival dates) will be North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me.

MESHUGGAH aim to play a very special 25th Anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography & possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear viaMESHUGGAH’s online song poll: www.facebook.com/meshuggah/app_151503908244383 Voting ends April 2nd!

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LITA FORD AWARDED “CERTIFIED LEGEND AWARD”; 2nd ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT MAJOR SUCCESS

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG
Lita Ford

Lita Ford

Iconic guitarist of The Runaways and Shred Queen Lita Ford was awarded by Guitar Player Magazine the Certified Legend Award as the first female shredder March 26th at the Rock Against MS Benefit concert. Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda and staff recognized Lita Ford as a ground breaking inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through guitar. “It has been many hurdles I’ve had to jump over in a 40 year span to get this award” explains Lita Ford. “Breaking ground as the first woman of ROCK, I waited a life time for this recognition – Thank You Guitar Player and Mike Molenda.” This award was Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player”—and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night—this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. Now Lita Ford is a name added to the big league of Legends.

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EPICA ANNOUNCE LIVE FAN CHAT FOR APRIL 8th

April 1st, 2014
by EvilG

epicaMark your calendars! Lead vocalist Simone Simons & guitarist Isaac Delahaye of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will be conducting a YouTube live fan chat from New York City next Tuesday, April 8th at 12:15 p.m. PACIFIC / 3:15 p.m. EASTERN / 9:15 CEST.

Fans can submit their questions in advance via Twitter using #AskEpica or via the EPICA Facebook page:www.facebook.com/notes/epica/epica-live-qa-with-simone-isaac/10152108902842763

Due out in North America on May 6thEPICA’s sixth studio album The Quantum Enigma can be pre-ordered from theNuclear Blast USA Webshop in the following formats:

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The Answer – Interview With Paul Mahon & Michael Waters

April 1st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The Answer Interview

With Paul Mahon & Michael Waters

At Sub 89 Reading

9th March 2014

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

The Answer have kindly spared some time to talk to us today, in tonight’s gig venue Sub 89 in Reading as part of their massive UK club tour. Which was been a vast and what sounds like an enjoyable journey for the band. We managed to catch up with very lively pair from the band;  bassist Michael Waters and guitarist Paul Mahon.

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Toxic Holocaust – Interview with Joel Grind

April 1st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Toxic Holocaust Interview

with Joel Grind

at The Underworld, London

25th February 2014

Interview by Lily Randall

Photos by Ashlinn Nash

As soon as Joel Grind and Matt Harvey walk into the bar to an influx of journalists awaiting their arrival, it’s apparent just how great these two bands get on. After already spending an entire US tour together, Toxic Holocaust and Exhumed are starting their trail of chaos in London. We were lucky enough to pry Joel away from Matt while he’s still fresh faced to discuss touring, their latest album and side projects.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

It’s been a while since you were over here touring in the UK. Would you agree that the UK is the home of heavy metal and therefore do you love coming over here to play?

I would completely agree. I think it’s essential for me because there are so many bands from America but here it’s such a smaller place and there’s such a large variety of music. There are so many legendary bands and I think about it and I’m like ‘How do all these awesome NWOBHM bands come from one place?!’ All the punk stuff too.

You have released your latest album ‘Chemistry of Consciousness’ since the last time you were over here. How do you feel that album differs from your previous stuff?

I would say this new record went a little more in the punk direction.  I wanted to do something a lot more to the point, right off the tap. I wanted to do something that was straight up. It was definitely a chosen way to go in that direction.

Was the process any different? How do you usually go about writing and recording?

It was kind of the same. I can’t really write when I’m on tour because you never have enough time. There are either long drives or tight schedules, or talking or partying so it’s hard to just sit down with a guitar and write music. So I just wait until we’re off tour to start writing and with this album the only real difference was that I knew I wanted it to be really short songs. I wanted something that you could play over and over again rather than waiting for the fucking thing to be over you know? That’s the thing with a lot of music; it’s whether you actually listen to it again after the first time.

The album artwork for this album is totally different to previous ones. Was there a reason for that?

Yeah it’s really psychedelic right? We wanted it to coincide with the lyrics. The lyrics are a little more…trippy; there are a lot of subjects about how the mind works with substances and mind altering things too.  I sound like a drug advocate but I’m really not! I’m interested in the whole history and use of psychedelics and things to explore your mind rather than frazzling it.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

 

No chance of a stoner metal album then?

No no!

It’s been out quite a while now, have you been happy with the responses so far?

Yeah actually, it’s probably been the best received record we’ve had. I didn’t expect that at all, I actually thought that there would be a big back lash because we tried to really simplify and I thought people wouldn’t like that but in a way it actually worked in our favour which was cool. The main part of being in a band is being able to please yourself and others and it’s always the case that I don’t want to let our fans down but I don’t want to put out records that aren’t me.

Totally. Especially with thrash albums released last year, it felt as though they were really running out of ideas, even the likes of Sodom.

There were no huge curveballs with us and we brought something a little different to the table at least. Even lyrically, there’s not many thrash bands singing about this stuff.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

How much of this album are you playing on the tour?

Right now we’re playing three songs. Yes, we’re promoting a new record but I know being a fan of bands, when a band only plays stuff off their new record it really bums me out and I don’t want to be one of those bands. I mean I get it, you don’t want to play the same old songs but it’s a big reason people are coming out to see you, because you have a catalogue of cool tunes and you’ve got to respect the old fans.

Toxic Holocaust are now working with Relapse Records. Obviously this is a large label but I know you guys try and stick with the whole DIY attitude. How has it been balancing the two?

When we first signed with Relapse there was a bit of a back lash from a lot of our diehard fans, like super underground people that didn’t like that but those people go away after a while.  They clearly aren’t your true fans if they’re more interested in bands being obscure instead of what they’re actually putting out. So I’m kind of happy that happened but to be honest it’s just as DIY as ever working with Relapse. They have been really good to us because they give us a lot of freedom; they never have said ‘you can’t do this or that’. It’s definitely like a partnership and we give each other ideas of things to do that we really like. It doesn’t feel like a business relationships which is cool.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

You also bought out your debut solo album last year. How do you compare Yellow Goat to Toxic Holocaust?

I did it more as a little bit of a throwback to when I first started Toxic Holocaust. The thing with getting more known as a band is there is a lot more responsibility and I wanted to do something where I didn’t have to think about any of that. I just booked a rehearsal room for two days and recorded the whole album. I played all the instruments, everything. It was just a pure labour of love and so fun to do. I was really on the fence about releasing it but I showed it to a couple of friends and they were like ‘You have to get this out!’, so I did and people really loved it. I released it myself too. I like that it came out at the same time as ‘Chemistry of Consciousness’ because it really shows our progression over the years from the demos and stuff.

Are you planning to do a follow up?

I definitely want to do another one! It was so fun to do and when I finished writing the first one, I was thinking of all this other stuff I could’ve done so I still have a lot more ideas!

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

You’re currently on this tour with label mates Exhumed. We’ve already seen your bromance with Matt (Harvey, frontman) so this is a bit of a silly question but how is it going with those guys?

We did a US tour together right before this one, seven days in between then we played a show in Mexico too without Exhumed. It’s been nonstop with those guys and it’s been so much fun, they’re great to tour with. I love all those guys. It’s one of those bands where we all click together and on this tour we’re all riding the same bus.

So if we were to sneak on said vehicle what would we expect to see going on?

The other day the Exhumed bass player Rob, he was really wasted the night before and  he was asleep but he was in like the kneel position in a chair and it looked like he was praying. And then we all tried to wake him up but no one could, so they carried him out, there was like three of us taking him down the stairs and this was when we had to leave, it was so funny. We’ve still got four weeks to go so who knows what will happen!

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

And finally, with festival season coming up, who are the top 3 headliners of a festival run by Toxic Holocaust?

Venom, Sodom and Hellhammer!

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Apocalyptica @ Arena Riga, Latvia

April 1st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Apocalyptica

@ Arena Riga, Latvia
22nd March, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Oskars Kupse

Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica

Smaller European countries like Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia don’t always seem to get as many exciting bands passing through to perform, but when they do, it’s sure not a thing to miss out on.

Back in 2013 Latvian rock fans were pleased to find out that Finnish rockers Apocalyptica will be packing up their cellos and stopping by to play a show in Riga. To make such news even more exciting Apocalyptica announced that they will be bringing along Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

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Interview with Nick Calpakdjian, creator of Metal Down Under

March 30th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Nick Calpakdjian
Creator of Metal Down Under

A documentary film about the Australian Metal scene

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Crystal Ball – original member/guitarist Scott Leach

March 30th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Original member/guitarist Scott Leach – Crystal Ball

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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The melodic metal act Crystal Ball comes from Switzerland and released their come back album DAWNBREAKER at the end of last year. The band was put to rest in 2007 but they are back for the attack with an amazing album. The band has a new singer, bass player and guitarist and I was curious to hear what they are up to now. I hooked up with original member/guitarist Scott Leach to hear about their plans for the future as well as what happened in the band camp the past years. We also dissected DAWNBREAKER which is produced and mixed/mastered by the well known Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept). Crystal Ball are now out on tour with Swedish melodic hard rock act The Poodles, and later this year are they going to hook up with the Swiss legends Krokus and head out on tour. Enjoy…. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sammath Interview

March 29th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Sammath Interview by Jarod Lawley

Members:

Jan Kruitwagen, all guitars, vocals
Ruud Nillesen, bas Koos Bos, drums

http://www.sammath.nl

www.facebook.com/sammath666

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Epica – Interview with Simone Simons and Mark Jansen

March 29th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Epica Interview

Interview by Victoria Fenbane

www.epica.nl

Simone Simons: vocals
Mark Jansen: guitars & vocals
Coen Janssen: synths & piano
Isaac Delahaye: Guitars
Arien van Weesenbeek: Drums
Rob von der Loo: Bass

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Victoria Fenbane caught up with Epica front woman Simone Simons and guitarist and mastermind Mark Jansen, in London to find out more about their upcoming sixth full length studio album ‘The Quantum Enigma’ (released on 2nd May 2014). They reveal how the new album came to get its modern yet still distinctly ‘Epica’ sound, Simone explained the effect being a new mother has on touring and recording and they also hint at which summer festivals they are most looking forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE WINERY DOGS, VINNIE PAUL And YNGWIE MALMSTEEN On This Week’s THAT METAL SHOW

March 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” returns this week with Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs. The band drops by to update hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine on how things have been going since the release of their debut album, released last July. The band also unveils a new deluxe edition of their debut that will be released in the near future. Unfortunately, the band leaves mid-show because they were performing that night in New York City. TMS Alum, Vinnie Paul, returns for a third time to the show and finishes the show alone. Vinnie fills the hosts in on the latest Hell Yeah record, recounts tales from the road, and once again definitively states that the rumors of the possible Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar are completely false. Vinnie eloquently states: “They call it a ‘reunion’ for a reason, it means that all original members will be returning.  Well, with Dime no longer being here, that’s not possible.  We had fourteen amazing years together, and in my humble opinion there’s no way to do that. I don’t want to tarnish the legacy of Pantera, and my brother.  This just needs to be left alone, as it is, and it’s time for us to move on, man.” Vinnie Paul also enlightens the hosts in the “Put It On The Table” segment as he answers the lightning fast Q&A portion of the show. Episode eleven of “That Metal Show” airs this Saturday, March 29th at 11:00PM ET/PT.

Guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen returns to TMS but this time as the guest musician. Yngwie wowed the hosts, guests, and crowd with his amazing fretwork and improvisational abilities. He even takes a full guitar solo in the final segment of the show that is not-to-be-missed.

Episode eleven also features a “Metal Modem” segment with Michael Poulson, of Volbeat, checking in from his home in Denmark. Michael fills in the hosts about what is going on with Volbeat’s upcoming tour, what it was like to tour with Metallica, and how great it was to be on the road with Hell Yeah and Vinnie Paul, hoping they can do it again soon. The “TMS Top 5” tackles the Top 5 Greatest Hard Rock Trios with all three hosts only agreeing on one band, Rush. This week’s “Stump The Trunk” finds Eddie regaining his dominance over the audience’s questions. When he gets one wrong it allows a lucky fan to win one of Billy Sheehan’s basses; autographed by the Winery Dogs, which of course brings out everyone’s favorite Miss Box Of Junk, Jennifer.

Since the January 18th premiere of Season 13, “That Metal Show” continues to bring their audience the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. The season 13 finale airs on April 5th at 11:00PM ET/PT with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, comedians Artie Lange and Jim Breuer, and Yngwie Malmsteen as guest guitarist, earning the distinction as being the only repeat performer in season 13.

This season marks some monumental changes for the show as it returns to New York City for Season 13. Previously the show was taped over several days, in a course of a week, at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. The new season is now shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights, for broadcast that Saturday. Season 13 also consists of 12 new episodes making it the longest season in the series history. Fans can also catch the complete season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app. New episodes of season 13 launch on the web and in the app every Sunday morning following the show’s on-air premiere.

“That Metal Show” premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Pantera, Anthrax, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche, and Heart.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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U.D.O.: “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” to be released on May 23rd

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia – and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a LIVE DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first LIVE release of U.D.O.’s new line-up (with Russian band member) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.

The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, incl. many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from the recent success album “Steelhammer”. U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” will be available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-Vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor).


Disc 1:
1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael

Disc 2:
1 No Limits
2 Mean Machine
3 Burning Heat
4 Metal Machine
5 Devil’s Bite
6 Go Back to Hell
7 Timebomb
8 Holy
9 Metal Heart

DVD / BLU-RAY

1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael
13 No Limits
14 Mean Machine
15 Burning Heat
16 Metal Machine
17 Devil’s Bite
18 Go Back to Hell
19 Timebomb
20 Holy
21 Metal Heart

Bonus Content:
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride in Russia

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EPICA ANNOUNCE ACOUSTIC SET & SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Epica_14Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey will be hosting vocalist Simone Simons & guitarist Isaac Delahaye of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA for an in-store acoustic performance & signing session on Monday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

The acoustic set will include selections from The Quantum Enigma, EPICA’s upcoming sixth studio album due out in North America on May 6th.  Fans who pre-order it from Vintage Vinyl in-person or online at VVinyl.com will receive a wristband for the event.  Read event details are here.

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SONATA ARCTICA EXCLUSIVE: NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Pariah’s Child, the new studio album by Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA, can be streamed in its entirety at this location: http://smarturl.it/PariahsChildStream  

 

Due out in North America on April 1st, Pariah’s Child is SONATA ARCTICA’s eighth studio release and is available for pre-order in CD and imported blue vinyl formats from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

 

 

Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland.  The mix was done by the band’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen.

 

Official SONATA ARCTICA videos include:

 

 

Watch the band’s track-by-track commentaries on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

 

 

The track listing for Pariah’s Child is:

 

01. The Wolves Die Young

02. Running Lights

03. Take One Breath

04. Cloud Factory

05. Blood

06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?

07. Half A Marathon Man

08. X Marks The Spot

09. Love

10. Larger Than Life

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info.

Like: www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA
Follow: Twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA
Watch: YouTube.com/SONATAARCTICA

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