From the depths of Denver666 hell comes HELLS HEADBANGERS recording demons SPEEDWOLF on their first European conquest. Motor-charged, thrashed to death, and held together by an overdose of speed, this Fall of 2013, don’t miss your chance at seeing these purveyors of classic metal as they burn across the European wasteland! Full list of confirmed dates and venues are as follows…
- MOTÖRHEAD’S MOTÖRBOAT FEATURING MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, ZAKK WYLDE & MORE (Mar 11, 2014)
- TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album "Angels of the Apocalypse" with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers (Mar 11, 2014)
- The Legendary ALICE COOPER Welcomes YOU To His Nightmare! (Mar 11, 2014)
- WAMI Reveal The First Single From Debut Album (Mar 11, 2014)
- MOTÖRHEAD's Motörboat, The Loudest Boat In The World Sets Sail Sept 22nd (Mar 11, 2014)
- Interview with Roope Latvala of Children of Bodom – 3.1.2014 at the House of Blues in Hollywood (Mar 9, 2014)
- NAMM 2014 – Gear of Metal (Mar 9, 2014)
- Interview with Terji Skibenæs and Gunnar H. Thomsen of Týr 3.1.2014 at the House of Blues in Hollywood (Mar 9, 2014)
- Interview with Evertale (Mar 8, 2014)
- Interview with Lords Of The Trident (Mar 5, 2014)
- Children of Bodom with Tyr and Death Angel at the House of Blues Hollywood March 1, 2014 Halo of Blood over North America tour 2014 (Mar 9, 2014)
- Dark Tranquillity at the House of Blues Hollywood North America Construct Tour 2014 Feb. 22, 2014 (Mar 5, 2014)
- Amon Amarth at The Wiltern Los Angeles Feb. 15, 2014 (Mar 4, 2014)
- Children Of Bodom w. Death Angel & Tyr @ Mac Hall Ballroom, Calgary, Alberta (Mar 4, 2014)
- Behemoth + Cradle Of Filth @ The Forum, London (Mar 2, 2014)
Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Mile One Center
St. John’s, NL
Review & Photo’s by Celtic Bob
This was Kiss’ second ever only show in this great Province (The first was 2011 in mine and EvilG’s hometown) and the first of 2 back to back nights at Mile One. The venue holds about 6-7,000 people so you get a decent view even if you are in the nosebleed seats.
I was in attendance at the 2011 outdoor show (REVIEW HERE) in the midst of a torrential rainstorm (and 25k + Fans) that began just moments before the band hit the stage. This time it was indoors so it would be a much more enjoyable evening.
DEATHSTORM RECORDS proudly announce the signing of Italian black metallers KURGAALL that will release their new, studio album entitled VOLUNTAS LUCIFERI on October 31, 2013; entirely produced by Algol from FORGOTTEN TOMB & HIEMS and recorded in ELFO STUDIO. Read the rest of this entry »
Bloodstock Open Air 2013
@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK
8th – 11th August 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe & Ben Spencer
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.
Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!
This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.
Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.
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Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photo by Jo Moolenschot
Video by Vlad Borlea
Straight after their ‘invite only’ London roof top gig to promote the release of their latest album ‘Black Gold’, we managed to have a quick chat with the guys…
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@ Mandella Hall, Belfast
August 29th, 2013
Review by Jonathan Traynor
Photography by Paul Verner
FOR some, Steve Vai is just simply a fantastically fast and talented guitar player – but there is sometimes among the few who have not witnessed him live are those who doubt that he can deliver a coherent live rock show.
Until this Mandella Hall date I was one of those – of course I admire his recorded output, but could I really put up with two and a half hours of widdly, widdly guitar worship?
Thankfully I could.
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‘Black Gold’ Album Launch
17th August 2013
@ Denmark Street, London
Review by Rowena Lamb
Photography by Jo Moolenschot
There are many ways to spend a Saturday night in London and our destination was, well….up. Yes that’s right, up onto the rooftops of Denmark Street for the launch of ‘Black Gold’ by Jettblack.
Jersey Metal legends, OVERKILL are entering the studio on Monday to begin tracking their next record due out sometime next year. The new material will be tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also mixed “The Electric Age.”
Each member of Dark Angel has come forward to express thoughts about future touring rumors spreading wildly across the web.
CHILDREN OF BODOM come back on a massive European tour all over the continent. This goes along with a massive competition. The first place wins two passes for the whole tour. See every show you want, for free.
Click on: https://www.sweepstake-app.
LIKE and WIN free entry for all or one of the following shows, shirts and flags
Here you can find the European tour trailer:
Pastore – bandleader/singer Mario Pastore
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band
The Brazilian heavy metal act Pastore, led by singer Mario Pastore (Soulspell), released their second album last year called THE END OF OUR FLAMES. The music ought to appeal to fans of Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Iron Maiden and since I’m a fan of those acts I decided to hook up with Pastore in order to talk about the new album (which is brilliant) the bands past present and future. Since this interview was made, Pastore has changed the line-up totally! Read about what Mario Pastore had to say below. Read the rest of this entry »
Evile guitarist Ol Drake has just announced his departure from Evile- here is his official statement
“It’s been half my life (15 years) since I started jamming in a room with three other guys, in a group in which I didn’t know would grow to be EVILE, go through what EVILE has gone through and achieve what EVILE has so far achieved.”Since 1999, I’ve put 100% of my time and life into the band we formed, while us all had/have to sacrifice a lot financially and personally along the way.
“I’ve had some of the best times of my life in the past 15 years and met some amazing and fascinating people. I’ve had the huge honour to play a part in so many things I’d never have dreamed of: paying tribute to Dimebag [PANTERA] by covering ‘Cemetery Gates’ in Metal Hammer; supporting MEGADETH, EXODUS and many bands I grew up listening to; playing and recording with DESTRUCTION; touring/seeing places in the world I’d never have got to see otherwise and many more.
“Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring/band lifestyle.
“In my opinion, the music business for a band of our genre and ‘level’ determines a very unrealistic way of life to me, and I personally find it difficult to make a living and have a ‘normal’ life.
“This is not a plea for sympathy, I’m simply being honest.
“I’ve reached a point where I want a family/kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band’s income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.
“There is no animosity between the rest of the band and I. This is purely a personal and financial decision I’ve been mulling over for a while and I wish them all the best for the future.
“I am not unappreciative of the position EVILE has in the music world; I know a lot of people would love to be where EVILE are.
“I want to thank each and every person who supports the band, and I want to extend a special thanks to Digby and the Earache Records crew.
“Huge apologies to anyone this disappoints, but I have to do what makes sense to me.
“I am not quitting writing or playing; I do plan on continuing to record and write my own music (solo project, general composing/recording etc), I just won’t be touring etc.
“I’ll still be playing the two upcoming festival shows EVILE have.
“You can keep up to date with what I’ll be doing on my Twitter or on Facebook.
“A big thank you to everyone!
TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2013
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW BY CHRISTER USENIUS
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.
Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.
Lita Ford with support on Living Like A Runaway Scandinavia Mini Tour 2013 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
Living Like A Runaway Scandinavia Mini Tour 2013
Diamond Dawn – support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
25/7 – 2013
Review & live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
August 9-10, 2013
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Niko Karppinen
Pics by Arto Lehtinen
Here we are again… The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes back with a killer line-up to maintain its lofty status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on and old school metal approach offering traditional metal to extreme metal. The dream came true for the primusmotor of the Jalometalli Festival by having Slayer to play in the backyard of the Teatria club. The place was completely packed when the thrash kings unleashed angel of death. Besides Slayer there were a plenty of killer bands on the bill. On the other hand it is sad to see the Jalometalli Festival was the last time in the environment of the Teatria club. Both the club and the festival are both forced to look for a new place as the old one will be torn down. Before that, the Metal Rules team hit the ground of Oulu to witness several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli as a festival is so unique and one of a kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival.
Here is a brief article on the fest. So the time had come all of us to leave bitter sweet farewells to the old venue where we have enjoyed great music and great company throughout the year..