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- The Most Metal Xmas Present You Can Give - Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore (Nov 22, 2015)
- Undersmile - Interview with the band @ Damnation Festival (Nov 23, 2015)
- The Wounded Kings - Interview with Steve Mills @ Damnation Festival (Nov 23, 2015)
- Lost Society - BrainDead- listening party at Sonic Studios Helsinki (Nov 21, 2015)
- GENTLEMANS PISTOLS – Interview With James Atkinson (Nov 19, 2015)
- Jonne Järvelä - Korpiklaani (Nov 18, 2015)
- Leaves' Eyes @ Islington Academy, London (Nov 25, 2015)
- Act Of Defiance on 'Friday the 13th' of November, 2015 in Brooklyn NYC. (Nov 24, 2015)
- Damnation Festival 2015 @ Leeds University Student's Union (Nov 23, 2015)
- Sepultura - Helsinki Finland (Nov 19, 2015)
- Endstille @ The Barfly, Camden (Nov 19, 2015)
Recently, In the Company of Serpents from Denver have exploded onto the doom scene, and they seem to be seeing more success at every turn. From the release of a crushing new album on tape and rare vinyl only to a West Coast tour, exposure in multiple online and print publications, and a mention in Decibel due to their inclusion on the Decibel Magazine Tour, they seem to be riding a wave that will ultimately crest in their being solidified as one of the defining bands for 2015. Recently, Metal-Rules was lucky enough to catch up with Grant Netzorg, vocalist and guitarist of the group, to talk about success, heavy music, and the amplification process.
Tell me about the process for creating the new record. How long did it take to write, and did you do most of the writing by jamming or coming together and sharing ideas? Read the rest of this entry »
This will be another trek that promotes the latest release of the band “Tibi Et Igni”, which was released worldwide by NUCLEAR BLAST – 5/30/15. The tour will take place in the second half of June 2015 and will cover mainly Russia and Belarus.
The last VADER’s invasion of these lands took place in 2012. Expect the songs from the new album in the set list, but you can be sure that band’s classics won’t be missed also!
Soon we will announce a detailed schedule with dates and cities that VADER is going to attack right before the festival season.
More information coming soon!
Interview with Mark Rudolph
Brazil is home to many amazing bands, whether you are into death or thrash or punk or hardcore or power metal, a fan will always find something interesting coming from Brazil. One great example from this influential scene, is the band Confronto from Rio de Janeiro. Taking influences from different genres of heavy metal and adding hardcore to their sound, the band has been gathering fans worldwide for the past 15 years. Their latest album, ”Imortal”, was released in South America a bit over 1 year ago, and had legendaries guests like João Gordo [Ratos de Porão], Carlos Lopes [Dorsal Atlântica] and many others, and now in March the album is getting its’ European release, where the band will be coming in September for a tour to promote this terrific album. I sat down with the very friendly lead singer Felipe Chehuan to talk about the band’s history, the Brazilian scene, tours, their plans and much more. Read the rest of this entry »
Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums). The duo are now excited to announce their worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for their new group ACT OF DEFIANCE, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass. They are currently recording their debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this summer. However, in the meantime, click of the link below for a sneak peek into a rough demo snippet of the track “Throwback.”
Wolf interview with Guitarist Simon Johansson
@ The Underworld, Camden
February 2015 London
Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photos by Jo Blackened
Hi to all the Pumpkinheads!!!
We proudly announce that 30 years after our first self-titled EP, our 15th studio album »My God-Given Right« will be released on May 29th!
Here you can pre-order it exclusively via Nuclear Blast:http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB
»My God-Given Right« was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.
Once more we feel graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) did an exceptional job, the artwork will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.
Martin Häusler comments his recent creation:
“We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the ”classical HELLOWEEN“ elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title »My God-Given Right« and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster “Day After Tomorrow” and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11″ Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done ‘in one piece’, using a 3D program…we did not want one of those ‘cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version’, but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”
”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major ass!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible.
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”
”… this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi, I’m very happy about the new album.”
Our most recent studio effort, »Straight Out Of Hell« entered the official German album charts on a sensational #4.
Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 rankings as well as the US Billboard Top 100, »Straight Out Of Hell« is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.
Thanks for your support, we hope you´ll like the new record as much as we do!!!
Obituary, M-Pire of Evil, Dust Bolt
@ The Electric Ballroom, Camden
February 1st 2015
Review by Ann Sulaiman
Photography by Graham Hilling
After a date in Paris, Florida’s death metal legends Obituary made a stop at Camden, London for the UK date of their European tour. Seeing as how the show was switched over from The Underworld to the more spacious Electric Ballroom due to ticket sales, excitement was already in the air for the immense night of metal to come. Read the rest of this entry »
Tsjuder, Eastern Front, Necro-Ritual, Premature Birth
@ The Garage, Highbury, London
February 14th 2015
Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Graham Hilling
Videos by Jo Blackened
A highly awaited presence like Tsjunder comes rarely to the UK nowadays, so to see The Highbury Garage packed out by the black t-shirted mob is no surprise.
Review & photography Ritchie Birnie
After the recent European tour and before the upcoming shows in Finland this March, Battle Beast is about to undergo a crew change. Due to insurmountable disagreements and on the initiative of other members, the founding member of the band, author of all the songs and lead guitarist Anton Kabanen is forced to leave the band.
A substitute guitarist has been engaged for the upcoming shows. Anton Kabanen is going to continue making music and working on new projects.
Exquisite Ending Interview
With Cardinal Andra-Inanyus
2nd February 2015
Interview by Jarod Lawley
Conducted before the trio’s appearance as the opening act to Stahlsarg at the London venue, The Unicorn, we caught Exquisite Ending frontman Danny for a quick, spontaneous interview outside.
Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has released his 10th CD entitled “Little Brother Is Watching” today. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.
Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, performing at international festivals, headlining solo tours, won many album of the month/year awards and has appeared on the covers of numerous music magazines as a solo artist. As lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, Bumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000 people. Bumblefoot’s unique ‘fretless guitar’ can be heard throughout GNR’s 2008 Chinese Democracy album.
Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and Scott Weiland in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy. His music is often heard in TV, film and video games including the theme song to VH1’s “That Metal Show”. Bumblefoot also works with U.S. Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs, has his own line of award-winning hot sauces, and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children’s hospitals with guitar in hand.
“Little Brother Is Watching” track listing:
02. Little Brother Is Watching
04. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
05. Livin’ The Dream
08. Women Rule The World
11. Never Again
For more information, check out Bumblefoot’s web properties: