U.D.O. signs long-term contract with AFM Records

March 1st, 2014
by EvilG

German Metal Icon Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.) signs a long-term contract with AFM Records. The new deal includes the release of 3 albums plus 3 dvds.

“We feel very comfortable with AFM Records and we appreciate the good vibes” says Udo Dirkschneider. “The mutual understanding is perfect and our individual wishes and ideas are respected and converted. This is obviously hard to find in the music business nowadays”.

Jochen Richert is very proud that U.D.O. remains part of the AFM family. “We wanted such an extensive deal with U.D.O. because  the cooperation has proved fertile in the past. U.D.O. is one of our biggest acts, sales figures have grown constantly; this proves that – together – we are successful!”

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KILL RITUAL ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’ Title Track Available For Streaming

March 1st, 2014
by EvilG

SF Bay Area Metallers KILL RITUAL featuring former members of Imagika and Dark Angel, are streaming the title track of their upcoming album, The Eyes Of Medusa, due out April 4th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Listen to ‘The Eyes Of Medusa‘ below.

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 Reveals Cruise Itinerary

March 1st, 2014
by EvilG

Next year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal has unveiled the itinerary for next year’s cruise! Round 5 of the World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will leave Ft. Lauderdale on January 22nd and head to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and venture back to Ft. Lauderdale on January 26th.

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2015

“What do you get if you take 60 Metal Bands and have them play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans on one Cruise Ship going to Jamaica?

70000tons OF METAL 2015!
THE ORIGINAL!

Round 5 Of The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

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DREAM THEATER: Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

February 28th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

Dream Theater

ICE HALL, HELSINKI

24’th of February 2014

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Progressive metal maestros Dream Theater have always been diligent Finnish visitors. The band made its live debut in Finland  in 1995. This show on Feb.24th, 2014 was their tenth show here. The band released its 12’th studio album DREAM THEATER in September 2103 and it’s been a worldwide success on the charts. The album has received critical acclaim and the first single “The Enemy Inside” was nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Award. Understandably, the recovery process took its time but it stands to reason that the band is doing very well without its founding member/drummer Mike Portnoy who left the band under difficult circumstances in 2011. It’s time of another “Evening with Dream Theater”! 

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Darkane – Singer Lawrence Mackrory

February 27th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Singer Lawrence Mackrory – Darkane

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for getting this interview done.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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Here comes an update on what’s going on in the Darkane camp. The band recently released the album THE SINISTER SUPREMACY which took five years to get out to the masses. A lot has happened in the band during these years and the original singer Lawrence Mackrory (F.K.U.) has joined forces with the band again. I had the opportunity to have a really nice chat with Mackrory. The band is considered as one of the leading acts within the Swedish thrash metal scene.

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Interview with Shred lord Maxxxwell Carlisle

February 27th, 2014
by J P

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Interview with Shred lord Maxxxwell Carlisle

By JP

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Interview with Doug Blair of W.A.S.P. (by Helias)

February 27th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Interview with Doug Blair of W.A.S.P.  

by Helias

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Black String of Vampire

February 27th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Interview with Black String of Vampire

by Helias

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Marcus Jidell of Avatarium

February 27th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Interview with Marcus Jidell of Avatarium

by Helias

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Interview with Alan Costa of AC Angry

February 27th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Interview with AC Angry

by Helias

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Welcome to the latest ‘angry’ installment where we delve into the head of Alan Costa and their new elaboration, BLACK DENIM. We touched on many issues like their influences on the new album, some deplorable events, Michael Jackson, and many more…

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Steve DiGiorgio – Testament; Death To All; Sadus etc

February 27th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH STEVE DI GIORGIO

Steve DiGiorgio is known his excellent bass playing on several metal albums. He recently made a return to Testament, replacing long time bassist Greg Christian. Steve has also been extremely busy with the Death To All tribute. Metal-Rules.com had the  enormous pleasure to talk with the bass legend after a Death-To-All set.

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RICKY WARWICK OF BLACK STAR RIDERS GUESTS ON NEW FUSE SERIES “METALHEAD TO HEAD”

February 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Fuse TV has proudly unveiled their latest digital series, “Metalhead to Head,” a bi-weekly online show that locks two metal masters in one room then records what happens.

The inaugural episode of “Metalhead to Head” features BLACK STAR RIDERS singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick with MEGADETH singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine and will premiere tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26th at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN on www.FUSE.tv.

For a preview of Nuclear Blast artists appearing on the new show, check out the two-minute “Metalhead to Head” trailer, which includes snippets of Warwick with Mustaine, BLACK STAR RIDERS bassist Marco Mendoza with bassist Billy Sheehan, and TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick with STRYPER’s Michael Sweet: http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/02/metalhead-to-head-introduction

New “Metalhead to Head” episodes will debut every other Wednesday, always at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN, and always on www.FUSE.tv.

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John Ricci leaves Exciter

February 25th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

It is with a heavy heart that Exciter announces the departure of guitarist John Ricci.

After 30 ass-kicking years in the music business, John has decided to retire, leaving long time members Rik Charron (drums), Clammy (Bass), and Kenny Winter (vocals) to carry on the EXCITER legacy.

As one of the founding members of the band, John was a driving force behind EXCITER’s genre-defining albums including the ground breaking Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence and Force (1984), and Long Live the Loud (1985). As part of the modern era of EXCITER, his unique, manic, style propelled EXCITER’s come-back album: The Dark Command (1996) along with Blood of Tyrants (2000), Thrash Speed Burn (2008) and Death Machine (2010).

EXCITER wishes John the very best in his future endeavors and invites all you Metal Maniacs to continue Pounding Metal with us in 2014 and beyond!

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SABATON REVEAL NEW ALBUM TRACKLISTING

February 24th, 2014
by EvilG
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SABATON – “HEROES”

Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have unveiled the track listing to their upcoming eighth studio album, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014.

 

01. Night Witches

02. No Bullets Fly

03. Smoking Snakes

04. Inmate 4859

05. To Hell And Back

06. The Ballad Of Bull

07. Resist And Bite

08. Soldier Of 3 Armies

09. Far From The Fame

10. Hearts Of Iron

 

Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai.  The drum installment of the SABATON Studio Diaries 2014 is currently up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/THSspXD-dv8

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Scott Ian

February 23rd, 2014
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with Scott Ian

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from https://www.facebook.com/scottian, http://scott-ian.com/ and http://anthrax.com/

As founding guitarist for one of thrash metal’s Big 4 bands as well as cult legends Stormtroopers of Death, television personality, occasional zombie, aspiring card sharp and son-in-law of rock legend Meatloaf, among many other things, Anthrax founder Scott Ian has seen and done enough during his long career in show business to fill a book, which, as it turns out, he is now writing. Ian signed on with De Capo Press last November for said memoir, called “I’m The Man” and written with the assistance of music scribe Jon Weiderhorn, in order to, as he says, “share all these killer stories” of everything he’s experienced over the past 30-plus years.

Ian’s actually been doing a lot story telling over the past couple years as it is. After being invited by a U.K. promoter to take part in a spoken-word series called “Rock Stars Say the Funniest Things” in London in 2012, Ian did several additional shows in Australia with wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho last year before launching his own “Speaking Words” tour in Europe. He kicked off a U.S. leg of the tour on Feb. 20 that will run through March 8. Just before heading out on the tour, Ian announced a crowd-funding campaign through Pledge Music to raise money for the release of a DVD of a “Speaking Words” performance in Glasgow, Scotland.

On the phone from his home in Los Angeles, Ian offered the following on his new sideline as spoken word performer, his appearance on “The Walking Dead,” late-Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and what the future may or may not hold for additional Big 4 shows.

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