Feedback on new Canadian regulations for international touring bands: Is it as bad as we all feared?

September 7th, 2013
by Metal Rules

Introduction By Metal-Rules.com

Article compiled by EvilG and Celtic Bob

You may of heard of a petition called “Canadian Government: Don’t ruin live music with $425.00 charge per international artist per performance in Canada“. This means that any international band coming to Canada will have to pay these new fees depending on the type of venue they are performing in. We felt that we had to do our part to let people know about this and to hopefully clear up some of the confusion and fear mongering.

In compiling feedback, we contacted a number of promoters, booking companies, labels, and musicians. Some chose not to reply (if you would like to have your comments included contact us!), such as the petition’s founder, but the responses we did get are eye opening and show that it’s not a completely one sided issue. There are valid points being made on both sides of the argument.

As for the regulations, let’s take a quick minute to sum up what the new regulations mean. Read the rest of this entry »

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ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II out now

September 6th, 2013
by EvilG
ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II

ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II

ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
OUT NOW!

Rock Scribes On The Rock Press, Rock Music & Rock Stars…

“In this book, Neil Daniels turns the tables and asks us some searching questions for once. Not because we are failed rock stars, but because we are successful rock journalists. So is the pen actually mightier than the guitar? Possibly not.”
- Mick Wall from his foreword

Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners is the second chapter in a trilogy of books featuring insightful and highly entertaining interviews with some of the world’s most successful and respected rock and metal scribes. Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection of interviews, seasoned rock author Neil Daniels has interviewed 68 rock and metal journalists from around the world. With a foreword by the revered British author and journalist Mick Wall, Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners – Volume II is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference guide for the aspiring rock and metal writer. This hefty collection, which was previously published as the critically acclaimed All Pens Blazing – Volume II, makes essential reading for rock and metal heads the world over. Volume II features interviews with Phil Alexander, Mick Wall, Dave Thompson, Jaan Uhelszki and Bernard Doe et al. Volume I features interviews with Dave Ling, Malcolme Dome, Dave Reynolds, Derek Oliver, Mark Day, Geoff Barton and Dave Dickson et al. This book is 632 pages and available from Amazon. Volume II will be the final book in the series and feature previously unpublished interviews thus completing the trilogy with almost 200 interviews in total.

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CARCASS: Entire “Surgical Steel” Album Available for Streaming

September 6th, 2013
by EvilG
CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, have made their entire upcoming album Surgical Steel available for streaming via MSN.com. Click on the following link to listen to debatably the most anticipated metal release of the decade: http://on-msn.com/19mR6A5. Surgical Steel will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The long-awaited sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/SurgicalSteelCD.

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DREAM THEATER’s ‘Live At Luna Park’ ; Blu-ray, 2DVD, Digital Video, and Deluxe Editions Out Nov. 5th, 2013

September 5th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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On November 5, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Visual Digital Formats and a Deluxe Edition. The deluxe edition is an 11.5” square 60 page hardback photobook containing the Blu-ray, 2 DVDs and 3 CDs presenting all the key physical formats in one release; the CDs are only available in this Deluxe Edition. [Pre-book Order Date October 11, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $17.98 2DVD, $44.98 2DVD/3CD, $49.98 Blu-ray/3CD, $109.98 Blu-ray, 2DVD, 3CD].

These releases boast the 160 minute main show – accompanied by a wealth of bonus material – and feature many of the band’s classic tracks including: “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Silent Man,” “Pull Me Under,” “The Root Of All Evil,” “The Test That Stumped Them All,” “The Spirit Carries On,” and the recent “On The Backs Of Angels.”

Dream Theater began their mammoth “A Dramatic Tour Of Events” world trek in July 2011 with the final leg in South America taking place in August 2012. It was here at the Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that they decided to film the two nights that make up this DVD release.

The Live At Luna Park band line-up for this show is James LaBrie (vocals); John Petrucci (guitar); Jordan Rudess (keyboards); John Myung (bass); and Mike Mangini (drums) – this was Dream Theater’s first tour and album with their new drummer and all the tracks from that album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, are included in either the main show or the bonus performances.

The bonus features offer live versions of six great tracks: “These Walls”; “Build Me Up, Break Me Down”; “Caught In A Web”; “Wait For Sleep”; “Far From Heaven”; and “Pull Me Under”. Also on Live At Luna Park is a documentary, the trailer for the cinema release of the film, a “Behind The Scenes” feature and the cartoon intro that ran on big screens prior to the band taking to the stage in Buenos Aires.  The Blu-ray additionally features 6 multi angle options on “Outcry.”

Dream Theater has carved a legacy as rock’s supreme virtuosos, having gained awards and worldwide fame for their epic anthems and musical dexterity. Here in concert, they bring all the power and drama of their music to life with breathtaking performances of classic tracks from across their career.

Furthermore, DREAM THEATER – the first self-titled collection in the GRAMMY®-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives at last on September 24th.  The album is now available for pre-order in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Fans who pre-order the album via the iTunes Store will receive an instant free MP3 download of the Dream Theater’s new single, “The Enemy Inside.” Preorders are also available at Dream Theater’s Webstore as well as at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

TRACK LISTING
1) Bridges In The Sky
2) 6:00
3) The Dark Eternal Night
4) This Is The Life
5) The Root Of All Evil
6) Lost Not Forgotten
7) Drum Solo
8) A Fortune In Lies
9) The Silent Man
10) Beneath The Surface
11) Outcry
12) Piano Solo
13) Surrounded
14) On The Backs Of Angels
15) War Inside My Head
16) The Test That Stumped Them All
17) Guitar Solo
18) The Spirit Carries On
19) Breaking All Illusions
20) Metropolis Pt. 1

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Festival organizer Jason McMaster comments on Iron Fist Fest

September 5th, 2013
by EvilG
Iron Fist Fest

Iron Fist Fest

The inaugural installment of Iron Fist Fest will take place September 28th at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, Texas (505 E 6th St)

Featuring a colossal, studded iron fistful of true underground American heavy metal in a one night only, all-star billing; Iron Fist Fest will showcase scorching performances by Austin’s own heavy-hitting traditional metal supergroup Ignitor, the blackened, grimy gutter thrash of The Blood Royale, the “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” Witches Mark, the long awaited return of San Antonio 80′s metal veterans Wicked Angel, the misanthropic, hate-fueled black metal of NW demons Panzergod and the earth shaking rumblings of up and coming, fantasy/epic metal titans Eternal Champion.

Ignitor vocalist and festival organizer Jason McMaster elaborates:

“Bringing metal bands together for shows has been a passion for me personally since my earliest days in Austin. I can remember there only being a few metal bands at all to do shows with, as early as 1982, and dating myself that far back is not an embarrassment, it is an honor. Nowadays, Austin has more metal than ever and more metal map to the rest if the world. The bands we hav playing Iron Fist Fest are either on tour, or are celebrating metal glory in Austin.”

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/562186527181011/

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ARIA – Legendary Russian metal band

September 5th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Toni Salminen / Metalscope.net

How many bands from Russia have been interviewed in Metal-Rules.com? Not so many. Well, Aria is one of the most known and respected heavy metal bands coming from Russia. The band has been around since the mid 80′s and have gone through several periods in their long career. The Russian metallers have put out a lot of outstanding albums during these years. Aria has gained an ultimate cult reputation amongst die hard metalheads. Aria finally made to Finland for the first time ever, therefore Metal-Rules.com was at present to find out what’s up with Aria. Read the rest of this entry »

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METAL ON ICE – Canada’s Hard Rock & Metal Heroes To Record Together

September 4th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Inspired by the soon-to-be-released book by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly – Metal on Ice: Tales from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes (publication date: Sept. 14/2013, Dundurn Press), the Metal on Ice: Tunes from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes companion EP features legendary artists singing new versions of their chart-topping heavy metal hits from the 1980s.  Slated for release in October 2013, the album will include new recordings of original hit songs by celebrated Canadian artists Brian Vollmer (Helix), Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch), Darby Mills (Headpins), Lee Aaron, Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) and Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs).

On September 22, Kelly and these six vocalists will enter the Coalition Music Studios in Toronto to record the EP, which includes “Metal on Ice”, a brand new original song featuring all the artists that will be released exclusively as a digital download.  An extensive PledgeMusic campaign in support of the project offers fans the ultimate in-studio experience: an opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes access to the entire recording process that day!  Pledging fans get to bring a friend along to the studio for an inside look at the making of the Metal on Ice EP as the singers are recording, and they will be the very first people to hear some of the new music and even jump in on some gang vocals for the “Metal on Ice” track.  In addition, they will get their name in the liner notes of the album, experience an exclusive Q&A session with the Metal on Ice artists conducted by Christopher Ward (former MuchMusic VJ), have lunch with the artists and receive an autographed free copy of the Metal on Ice book and EP.  Check out Sean Kelly and Carl Dixon talking about the September 22 in-studio experience here: http://youtu.be/4VER26elwio

Pledging fans also have access to many other experiences and memorabilia at all price points, including: advance copies of the EP, guest list to the live show, Skype guitar lessons with Sean Kelly, access to a pre-show cocktail reception, a signed Kramer guitar and autographed Sennheiser microphones.

“The Metal on Ice project is a chance for fans to hear the stories behind the songs while reconnecting with the songs that helped shape the Canadian music landscape,” said Kelly. “It also presents an opportunity for lovers of Canadian hard rock and heavy metal to come together in support of the genre and recognize the importance of celebrating its successes. We wanted to give true fans access to incredible experiences and believe we have done just that with the exclusive opportunities available through our PledgeMusic campaign.”

The official Metal on Ice CD release party will take place on Saturday, October 26 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.  The live show will feature all the album’s participating artists along with host Christopher Ward and the author/musical director of the night, Sean Kelly. Tickets are on sale now for $19.85 at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/334341-metal-on-ice-live-canadas-toronto/.

With the support of the book, EP and live show, there is no question that the Metal on Ice project will bring the stories of Canadian hard rock and heavy metal to life.  Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for updates as the project unfolds via www.metalonice.com and Facebook.

About Metal on Ice: Tunes from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes and the Metal on Ice Project
To be published on September 14, 2013 by Dundurn Press and written by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly, Metal on Ice draws on interviews with original artists such as Helix, Anvil, Coney Hatch, Killer Dwarfs, Harem Scarem and Honeymoon Suite, as well as prominent journalists, VJs and industry insiders. Reliving the lives of those striving to land the coveted record deal, Metal on Ice presents a new perspective on the dreams of musicians shooting for an American ideal of success and discovering a uniquely Canadian voice in the process. Supporting the book, the Metal on Ice Project sees author Sean Kelly partnering with Coalition Music to provide fans of Canadian hard rock and heavy metal an insider’s look into the creation of an album and the celebration of its release through the excitement of a live show.

About Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly is a Billboard-charting guitarist of his own band, Crash Kelly. He has released several classical guitar albums and tours as lead guitarist for Grammy Award-winning superstar Nelly Furtado. Kelly has also performed with Helix, Carl Dixon, Gilby Clarke and Carole Pope, among many others. He lives in Toronto.

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ENTOMBED announces worldwide deal with Century Media Records; new album due out October 2013

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

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Together with MORBID, TREBLINKA/TIAMAT, GRAVE and DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED belongs to the earliest group of bands that forged the trademark Swedish death metal sound. Formed under the name NIHILIST in 1987, ENTOMBED was influenced by such diverse acts as AUTOPSY, MOTORHEAD, DISCHARGE, KISS and others, resulting in the band’s unique “death ‘n’ roll” style. After inspiring thousands of artists with their signature brand of metal over the years, the legends have now returned with their 10th studio album, Back To The Front, which promises to be a new ENTOMBED classic! Read the rest of this entry »

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VARGA release new song for FREE download from their upcoming ENTER THE METAL CD

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
VARGA - Enter The Metal

VARGA – Enter The Metal

Hamilton Ontario - based Progressive Metal Masters, VARGA, who reunited in 2011, have been hard at work in the studio with long time friend and Producer/ Engineer: Julius “Juice” Butty (Alexisonfire, Protest the Hero) completing their long awaited Enter the Metal & Return of the Metal CD’s. “In both collections of music, you’ll hear a return to our metal and progressive roots with songs laden with heavy licks, crazy time changes and insane vocals” says Joe Varga.

Enter The Metal, is slated for release October 30th 2013 and will be available on the bands web site as well as through Amazon.com and iTunes.

The band has also recently launched a new official website at: vargahq.com

STREAM THE NEW SONG HERE

DOWNLOAD THE NEW SONG FOR FREE HERE

VARGA is:
Adam Alex – Guitar
Dan Fila – Drums
Joe Varga – Bass & Vocals
Sean Williamson – Guitar

Discography:
Multiple Wargasms – 1991 (Independent)
Prototype – 1994 (Zoo/BMG)
Oxygen – 1996 (Zoo/BMG)

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Twitter
YouTube
iTunes
Soundcloud

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Women In Metal – Free Seminar @ Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Women In Metal - Free Seminar @ Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference

Women In Metal – Free Seminar @ Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference

Noctis VI – Lucifer Rex Metal Festival Sept 19-21, 2013

On, Thursday Sept 19th, 2012  Scarab Productions is hosting a free seminar entitled: Women In Metal.  Run in conjunction with the 7th annual Noctis Valkyries Metal  Festival and Conference, this public speaking engagement will feature a presentation by Sarah Kitteringham (Metal Journalist/Photographer) and Laina Dawes (Author of ‘What Are You Doing Here?’).  In attendance will be special guest Dr. Deena Weinstein from DePaul University in Chicago and author of ‘Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology’.  The entire event will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen of San Francisco State University.

The event is being held at 7:00PM at The Ramada Hotel at 780-8th Ave SW and admission is free.
For more information please visit www.noctisvalkyries.com  or view the attached poster for the event.

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BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013

September 3rd, 2013
by Metal Rules

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BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013: INFERNO JOSEFOV

Wednesday – Saturday August 07-10, 2013
JAROMEŘ – Old Army Fortress JOSEFOV / Czech Republic (130km east of Prague)

by Ryan Bartek

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013 program guide

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013 program guide

Brutal Assault is one of those festivals that the random American or Canadian may have glimpsed in the advertisements of Terrorizer or Metal Hammer. From afar it always looks epic, but the reality of it is beyond words. Of course I’d never met anyone that had attended it from our side of the Atlantic. Indeed, when I was there this summer, I met maybe four Canadian guys and two Americans who were only there because they worked in Germany. Otherwise, I was nearly the lone dweller of North America, minus the bands themselves. It is a shame too, because apart from Obscene Extreme (which also takes place in Czech Republic), I found Brutal Assault 2013 to be one of the greatest metal fests I’d ever attended.

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SLAYER EXPANDS L.A. AND N.Y. CONCERTS TO FIVE-WEEK NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Slayer

Slayer

Following a summer of storming through Europe, South America and Mexico while topping the bills at solo shows and major festivals, Slayer will headline its first North American tour in two years. The five-week-plus trek will kick off on October 22 in Anchorage, Alaska, oddly enough marking the first time the band has played there since October 23, 1996. The tour will include the band’s previously announced return to New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn’t performed at in 25 years.

Fan Club pre-sale opens today from 2PM local and ends this Thursday at 10PM local.

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Interview with LITA FORD

September 2nd, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
Lita Ford: Living Like a Runaway

LITA FORD

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Lita Ford is a British-born, American rock musician and singer who was the lead guitarist for highly successful, but short lived, all-girl band The Runaways in the late 70’s. Ford achieved popularity for her solo career during the 1980’s. Her 1988 album LITA went platinum in the USA and it featured four commercial hits, including “Kiss Me Deadly”, “Back to the Cave”, “Falling In And Out Of Love” and “Close My Eyes Forever” which was a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. The 90’s wasn’t an easy time for hard rock bands/artists. Following the release of BLACK in 1995 Ford retired from the music business and focused on family life. Lita returned to the stage in 2008 and one year later she released WICKED WONDERLAND, which was her first album in almost fifteen years. Since then she has gone through many changes including a difficult divorce from Jim Gillette but she has also released her strongest album in decades titled LIVING LIKE A RUNAWAY (2012). Lita Ford and her renewed band arrived to a mini-tour in Scandinavia in July. I was fortunate to meet her at backstage in Skogsrojet festival in Sweden and here are the results of that interesting discussing session. Read on! Read the rest of this entry »

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D-A-D Live at Club Tavastia, Helsinki

September 2nd, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
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D-A-D

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Club Tavastia, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Danish D-A-D, originally called Disneyland After Dark, was formed in Copenhagen in 1984. The first album CALL OF THE WILD followed two years later. D-A-D had it’s heyday in late 80’s when they released album NO FUEL FOR THE PILGRIM (1989) which became their biggest success to date. Although the album included a highly successful single “Sleeping My Day Away” the final global breakthrough never happened. Despite the failure of the band taking over the world, D-A-D has actively continued its career and nowadays they have an excellent reputation as a live band. And it shows in Finland too. Just last year, the band played at the sold-out Club Circus, and now it was a return this time to Club Tavastia, which was also, of course, sold out.

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SPEEDWOLF to embark upon European tour

September 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

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…

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