BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – Live at The Circus, Helsinki

August 23rd, 2016
by Marko Syrjala



American rock legend and “cult band” Blue Öyster Cult finally returned Finland 25 years after their previous visit. Back in 2001, the band released its last studio album CURSE OF THE HIDDEN MIRROR. Since the music industry has changed, the band has avoided the recording studio to focus on touring. Blue Öyster Cult has never enjoyed mainstream success here in Finland, with the exception of the radio hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the size of the crowd tonight. Although ticket pricing was really high (over 50 euros) and the show was on Sunday, there were about 600 people in Club Circus who wanted to see the bands’ (possible) last gig in Finland.

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Anthrax with support on For All Kings European Summer Tour 2016 – leg 2 – at Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark

August 23rd, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

For All Kings European Summer Tour 2016 – Leg 2 –
Impalers – support act

11/7 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Lemmy Tribute hosted by Travis Moore

August 21st, 2016
by EvilG

On August 25th, 2016, Travis Moore will be hosting the Pop-Up Art Event at Art On Scene on 8521 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA at 7PM. This opening reception will feature a red carpet, catering, quality entertainment and live art, and will be run out of a pop-up space located in close proximity to The Rainbow Bar & Grill. The VIP invite-only event will be comprised of invited guests, celebrities, patrons, as well as friends and family of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, Motörhead and the artist Travis Moore, many of which will also be attendance at The Kilmister Unveiling and Dedication party.

The event will consist of over fifty pieces of original art produced by Sharpie Artist and Kilmister Statue creator Travis Moore, which will focus on music and its role and history in Los Angeles’ iconic imagery. In addition, there will be a “Mini-Lemmy” Museum that will feature Lemmy’s personal items,a s well as all the pictures drawing and work done to complete the Lemmy Kilmister Statue. Featured will be exclusively signed posters, prints, shirts, and event miniature reproductions of the statue.

Travis Moore, a local LA artist has been selected to create the life-size bronze sculpture of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, former bassist and frontman of Motörhead. Travis is a native of Texas, holds a BA in Fine Art as well as a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been creating art from the age of two, even having a short 3 panel comic strip in his local paper at age five. His talent was fostered by his mother, who herself has an Art degree from SFASU; her friends and artists Grace and Loyd Carey; and his junior high and high school art teacher, J.D. Beltran. Travis was mentored by Gary Frields while at SFASU, a tremendously dedicated instructor and amazing artist. It was there at SFASU that Travis first began to experiment with his own individual drawing process, which he refers to as “Sharpism”. Travis came to the Los Angeles area in 2005 and has since been part of a number of shows in the area, including two Sharpie sponsored shows at Crewest Gallery and hosted Art Jam: a live art and music event held at The Whisky a Go Go.
Los Angeles artist, Travis Moore, has made headlines for spearheading the new artist movement involving Sharpies, creating completely unique and complex artwork, creating the movement of “Sharpism”.

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D.A.D with support on Summersixteen – 2 classic albums live 2016 at Sundsparlan Helsingborg, Sweden

August 21st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

D.A.D – Summersixteen – 2 classic albums live 2016
Danko Jones
Hardcore Superstar

Open Air Festival
Sweden 1/7 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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PORISPERE – feat. Twisted Sister and Metal Church

August 20th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala



Porispere festival, now held for the sixth time, has gradually grown into one of the most significant festivals in Finland. Although Porispere is still unable to compete financially against the bigger festivals, they have managed to capture a couple of very interesting artists every year. This year, those were the two US metal bands – Metal Church and Twisted Sister. Porispere’s main idea has always been try to please everyone. And because of that, the festival’s supply was at the very least, peculiar. There were artists from all genres; starting from Finland’s leading pop stars, schlager and rap artists, children’s bands to metal bands. Although there were a couple of other interesting names on the festival too, like Children of Bodom, I only reviewed the legends.

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Hellraiser Fest! An interview with founder Byron Stroud.

August 19th, 2016
by J P

Hellraiser Fest!  

An interview with founder Byron Stroud.

by JP

There is a killer new Metal fest happening in Kelowna, BC,  on September 2nd and 3rd, 2016 called Hellraiser.

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One of the founders and organizers Byron Stroud (City Of Fire, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Tenent,  Zimmer’s Hole etc)  took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions.

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Evergrey – Interview with Tom Englund

August 19th, 2016
by UK Team


Interview with Tom Englund

30th July 2016 @ Imperial Hotel, London

Interviewed by Oliver M.

EG_TSW_P01_1_Patric Ullaeus

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Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

August 19th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.

Nate and Nancy auctioning off the CMF Poster. Photo © Monika Deviat

Nate and Nancy auctioning off the CMF Poster. Photo © Monika Deviat

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The Duskfall to record the sixth album

August 16th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Swedish melodic death metallers THE DUSKFALL is preparing to record their sixth album “The Everlasting Shadows” from which they have already released a couple of teasers in their youtube channel. While waiting for more the band just released a 46 minute documentary movie from their first ever trip to Japan containing action from both on and off stage. Also a bonus was included when they play a tribute to legendary Gates of Ishtar. Here’s the link to the movie:

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Alex Julius – Scanner

August 14th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen




The German power metal outfit Scanner has soldiered on since the late 80’s navigated by the guitarist Axel Julius. Despite long breaks and line-up changes, Scanner have always been active by releasing albums. Their latest output called JUDGEMENT presents razor sharp power metal to the bone. Metal-Rules.Com contacted the band’s mastermind Axel Julius to talk about the new album and something about the past. 

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Victory Records Issues Statement On Court Case With ‘A Day To Remember’

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Victory Records has issued a detailed response to a recent article in Kerrang! Magazine referencing the litigation filed against it by the band A Day To Remember. Victory Records is compelled to provide the following information to the public, specifically in response to untrue statements made by band leader Jeremy McKinnon.  Victory did not file this lawsuit, A Day To Remember did so in order to avoid their remaining recording commitments to Victory. In fact, Victory was blindsided by the lawsuit that the band began to surreptitiously prepare as early as 2010.

The core issue in the lawsuit is how many “Albums” A Day To Remember delivered under its agreement with Victory Records. Not once before filing the lawsuit did ADTR claim to Victory or to the public that they had satisfied their 5-Album recording commitment. They never asserted that Victory’s efforts concerning the marketing, promotion and distribution of the albums was anything less than stellar. During the years ADTR considered itself a Victory artist, they never complained about royalties.

Including the recent article in Kerrang!, virtually every press outlet that has covered ADTR’s album releases since 2006 have reported the number of full length studio albums ADTR released in total – this includes the three albums released by Victory (2007’s For Those Who Have Heart, 2009’s Homesick, 2010’s What Separates Me From You), Old Record (a 2008 re-release of a previous ADTR album on Indianola Records as part of a separate agreement), 2013’s Common Courtesy (the “Fifth” album), and now Bad Vibrations (the “Sixth” Album). ADTR’s inherently absurd claim that they delivered 13 “Albums” in the first two years of their agreement with Victory defies common sense, logic and reality.

Victory continued to pay A Day To Remember royalties even after the band filed this lawsuit. Victory ceased paying royalties when ADTR interfered with Victory’s merchandise sales to Hot Topic which was well into the lawsuit. Victory asserted a “Set-off” counterclaim in the lawsuit, which in this situation permits the withholding of payments that may be otherwise due based on ADTR’s material breaches of their agreement – which includes selling merchandise and music via, to other retailers, and refusing to deliver two commitment albums to Victory. As a result of these breaches, Victory sustained damages in the millions of dollars.

In August 2011 (two months after ADTR filed the lawsuit) Victory made its first of many settlement offers to resolve this dispute. They were all rejected by the band. ADTR rejected Victory’s settlement proposals again in 2013 and instead self-released Common Courtesy. This was a very obvious indicator that they never had any intention of settling their lawsuit.

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GWAR Pimps Products Available at GWAR B-Q ’16

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Listen up, Bohabs! The Scumdogs and their partners have graciously bestowed quite a selection for you to choose from in their ever expanding line of unique and praiseworthy brand creations designed for your consumption or collection! You decide that part but, meanwhile, feast your eyes on all your Lords and Masters will have on hand at GWAR B-Q ’16 for you to peruse and choose from…

We’ll be introducing the world to the greatest elixir ever invented, ARCTIC SNOW GWAR VODKA! You can make vodka out of a bunch of different things, but we went with a potato vodka because you can shoot a potato from an air cannon. It also tastes better. It was made in Richmond, Virginia, home of the GWARbar, by JAMES RIVER DISTILLERY. They’re small and mainly make craft gins. After we swung some battleaxes and severed some limbs they saw through the mist of blood and viscera, plugged their sucking chest wounds, and made our awe inducing Arctic Snow. It’s smooth. It’s delicious. Chicks dig it.

Re-read that last thing. Learn it. Love it. Live it. It’s important!

To accompany Arctic Snow, we have some diabolical GWAR concoctions cooked up for your drinking pleasure. There will be smoothies and, er, “punches” to delight you! And extremely liberal doses of TEXAS BEACH BLOODY MARYS, brought to you by the man Imbibe Magazine named “Bartender of the Year 2015”, the LEGENDARY BARTENDER (don’t call him a mixologist!) DEREK BROWN. Derek is a driving force in the DC cocktail scene and his restaurants, Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and the Columbia Room have been serving some of the finest drinks to be found on the planet! What boozy creation has come out  of this unholy union? THE CROTCH PUNCH, that’s what!. The deadly spirit will be available at the GWAR-B-Q AND at the MORNING AFTER CHILL at the GWARbar.

If that doesn’t make your blood boil, try some BOHABANERO HOT SAUCE! Wimps can’t handle this gravy but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor for heat’s sake. Affectionately named after YOU, Bohabs, our hot sauce blends the smack of habanero peppers and the subtle sweetness of carrots in a distinctive combination! If you crave equal parts pleasure and pain, Bohabanero Sauce is what you’ve been seeking and you can try it for the first time at the GWAR B-Q!

In fact, pour it on BALSAC THE JAWS OF DEATH FAMOUS PORK SHOULDER SANDWICH if you wanna! Sure. It’s pork. Tastes like pork. Looks like pork. Could be pork. Could be Nigerian email scammers, but probably pork and Balsac perfected this dish at the GWARbar, and it’s become a favorite among Bohabs everywhere!

Smoked, braised, grilled to perfection, then slathered with equal parts GWAR-B-Q Sauce and the blood of innocent victims.

But mostly GWAR-B-Q SAUCE which is always at the fest to delight your greedy tastebuds! The metal monsters’ original signature sauce has jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, L’il Lucy’s Hot Pepper Ale, and some other exotic ingredients. Here’s a potion with the power to transform the lowliest cut of meat from a scrap unfit for a dog into the height of gastronomic perfection! Whether you slather it on ribs, chicken, seafood or road kill, it makes all dead things taste better! The perfect blending of sweet, smoke, spice and heat. GWAR-B-Q sauce is the ultimate weapon for any grill master!

And by now you know to wash it all down with ODERUS ALE!

CIGAR CITY BREWING is coming back to GWAR B-Q with their tribute to our Lord and Master with Oderus Ale – a most worthy sacrifice to the heaviest demigod to ever slay the universe, the one, the only, Oderus Urungus!

Need a smoke afterwards, Earth Dust? Then straight from MOUNT BAKER VAPOR comes the the newest flavors in our specialty line of GWAR FLUIDS: There’s “KEYSLYME PIE” where you can inhale the loathsome fruit of Slymenstra’s labor! Keyslyme Pie is a sadistic twist on a classic key lime pie recipe so delight in the sweet taste of destruction! Or try “ANTARCTIC ICE.”Throw your taste buds into the deep-freeze with a relentless hodgepodge of dragonfruit and citrus, frozen solid by savage gales of menthol. Then there’s “IMMORTAL CORRUPTOR.” This delectable e-juice drowns pineapple, marshmallow, and whipped cream in an infernal sea of pistachio pudding. Are you worthy of this sweet, sweet corruption?

And, if you want the real thing, because you start fires and grip cylindrical objects all day anyway, why not spark up a CiGWAR?TATUAJE CIGARS, the world famous cigar experts helmed by Pete Johnson, bring their expertise and Nicaraguan tobacco to make these hand-rolled luxury items designed exclusively for GWAR. JiZMak da Gusha was blown away by the CiGWAR, saying “It’s the second best thing I’ve ever had in my mouth!”

As an actual doctor of time and space, Doctor Nick was the only logical choice for GWAR when it came to selecting premium male grooming products. This was, of course, largely due to the fact that he is the only known curator of such products who also possesses the ability and desire to transcend space and time through the past few millennia.

Doctor Nick’s beard oils and other grooming products are simply a dream for any carbon based life form who’s concerned with the appearance of its hair covered meat bag and these special oils are no exception. Straight from the bowels of Antarctica, through a 9-mile time chasm and right onto your face that only mother can barely love. Each of them is crafted from only the finest organic bullshit that’s 100% guaranteed to not contain anything the media says is bad for you and chock full of everything they say is. So pinkys up! You look good, and everyone should fuckin know it.



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SODOM Release Lyric Video for “Caligula” New Album Decision Day Scheduled For Release August 26th, 2016

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

German Thrash Metal legends SODOM release a lyric video for the new song “Caligula” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming studio album “Decision Day”, which will be released worldwide on August 26th.


“Decision Day” Tracklisting

1.In Retribution  06:14
2. Rolling Thunder  04:22
3. Decision Day 04:03
4. Caligula  04:01
5. Who Is God?  04:35
6. Strange Lost World  04:59
7. Vaginal Born Evil  05:15
8. Belligerence  04:00
9. Blood Lions  03:17
10. Sacred Warpath  05:34
11. Refused To Die  04:27
12. Predatory Instinct  04:44 (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)


=> DigiPak incl. doublesided poster

=> Double gatefold LP with printed innersleevs, 180 g, red Vinyl, CD in cardboard sleeve and bonus track

=> Boxset limited to 1.500 units:Digi, 2LP,poster, hand signed photo card, sticker, button, patch and a flag

=> iTunes exclusive version incl. bonus track

=> Download version

SODOM live 2016

13.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air
20.08.SK-Zvolenska Slatina – More Than Fest
27.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival
10.09.I-Milan – Live Club
16.09.D-Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards
04.11.RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
05.11.RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta
26.12.D-Munich – Backstage

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SLAYER Talks About Fall Tour

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

SLAYER has just released a brand new video clip with Tom Araya and Kerry King talking about the band’s upcoming Fall tour of North America.  Fellow Big Four members Anthrax will Special Guest, and Death Angel will support.
Tour dates:

9   Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10   Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12   Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13   Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17   Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18   Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24   Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25   Knotfest, Devore, CA
27   Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28   Fillmore, Miami, FL
30   Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

1   Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3   Norva, Norfolk, VA
5   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
7   Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8   ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10   Fillmore, Denver, CO
11   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17   ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19   S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20   Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
22   Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
23   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27   El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**

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ETERNAL CHAMPION To Release “The Armor Of Ire” In September

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

The US Epic Heavy Metallers ETERNAL CHAMPION will release their long awaited debut album titled “The Armor Of Ire”, on September 27, 2016, on No Remorse Records. The album will be available as CD and limited edition LP.

“I Am The Hammer” lyric video:

ETERNAL CHAMPION was formed in 2012 and features members of GRAVEN RITE, IRON AGE and SUMERLANDS. Their barbaric Heavy Metal, inspired by the epic fantasy tales of Michael Moorcock, and savage, pre-Christian war sagas, has been presented on their well received demo “The Last King Of Pictdom” (2013) and the split single with GATEKEPPER, which has been released in 2015.

“The Armor Of Ire” track listing:
1. I Am The Hammer
2. The Armor Of Ire
3. The Last King Of Pictdom
4. Blood Ice
5. The Cold Sword
6. Invoker
7. Sing A Last Song Of Valdese
8. Shade Gate

In other news, ETERNAL CHAMPION has been confirmed for the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL XX, which will take place on April 28 and 29, 2017, in Lauda-Konigshofen in Germany, and when the band will share the stage with cult heroes such as MANILLA ROAD, OMEN, Q5 or MEDIEVAL STEEL, as well as other young Metal acts such as NIGHT DEMON or VISIGOTH.

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