Overkill and Kreator, The Legends of Thrash Tour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, October 31, 2013

November 21st, 2013
by Infamous Butcher

Overkill / Kreator

The Legends of Thrash Tour

The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
October 31, 2013

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Katatonia Interview with Daniel Liljekvist and Niklas Sandin

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Katatonia Interview

with Daniel Liljekvist and Niklas Sandin

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds UK

2nd November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Photography by Michelle Murphy

The King may be Dethroned and Uncrowned, but Swedish metal legends KATATONIA still seem to be standing tall among the masses. Fresh of the success of their latest acoustic album, we catch the boys taking a brief break before hitting the stage at Damnation Festival.

Sitting down with bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist so they can tell us about tales of Eagles, poorly fitting t-shirt and the joys of Emmerdale.

This is certainly no ordinary interview!

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Cult of Luna Interview with Johannes Persson

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Cult of Luna Interview

with Johannes Persson

http://www.cultofluna.com/

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds UK

2nd November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Interview Photos by Michelle Murphy

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There are a few ways to tell that an interview is going to be interesting, and having to literally coax the interviewee away from reading up on an Ice Hockey match is definitely one of them.

Already running 5 minutes late for the interview, CULT OF LUNA member Johannes Persson; (Vocals and Guitars) breezes up with a grin the biggest grin on his face before launching into a long complaint about the back ground music.

Dragging him back on track and into his music, It’s not hard to see why these guys are one of the hottest post-metal bands around right now. Not only did Vertikal set the new standards in bleak music but EP Vertikal II released just months after is the same devastating standard.

Taking a quick break from the madness of Damnation Festival, we chat with Persson about the new EP and how they turned such abstract ideas into musical reality.

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God Seed Interview with King ov Hell

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

God Seed Interview

with King ov Hell

http://www.godseedband.com

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds UK

2nd November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

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The old giants of black metal still stand tall. They may not be as young or as angry as they were back in the beginning but one thing we can say for certain they held onto was their talent. With cries that black metal is dead, and that all remaining bands are simply copies of older work, but some still remain to prove to doubters and elitists alike that there are still doors that have been left closed, pathways that remain untrodden. We catch up with King Ov Hell to chat about the life as bassist in his new band, GOD SEED.

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Moss Interview with Ollie Pearson, Dom Finbow and Chris Chantler

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Moss Interview

with Ollie Pearson (vocals), Dom Finbow (Guitar) and Chris Chantler (Drums)

2nd November 2013

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Interview Photos by Michelle Murphy

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It’s been 13 years of nightmares and torment from doom metal trio MOSS and they’re not letting up just yet. With the release of Horrible Night only six months before and appearances at two upcoming UK festivals, these guys are back, bring spreading their message of doom, misery and madness to anyone willing to listen. Appearing at Damnation Festival, Metal Rules took the opportunity to decode their message of misery, horror and health and safety.

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RED DRAGON CARTEL To Release Debut VIA Frotiers Records In December

November 20th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, are set to release their debut album via Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America.

Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

From the opening riff of “Deceived” to final sustained piano chord of “Exquisite Tenderness,” it is clear Red Dragon Cartel has created an album that stands amongst some of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Infectious songs such as “Shout It Out,” “Wasted” and “Slave” showcase the band’s ability to write memorable hooks and vocal melodies. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick lends his voice to the track “Feeder” and a lyric video for the song can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/FeederLyricVideo. Maria Brink of In This Moment lends her unique vocals to the track “Big Mouth.” Paul Di’Anno and Sass Jordan also lend their talents to the band’s debut. Jake E. Lee’s trademark playing style instantly shines through and picks up right where he left off. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1aYjMng or digitally on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel that comes with an instant download of “Deceived.”

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The track listing for Red Dragon Cartel is:

1.   Deceived
2.   Shout It Out
3.   Feeder with Robin Zander
4.   Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
5.   Wasted with Paul Di’Anno
6.   Slave
7.   Big Mouth with Maria Brink
8.   War Machine
9.   Redeem Me with Sass Jordan
10. Exquisite Tenderness

The band will be bringing these new powerhouse songs on the road playing a handful of dates in the US before embarking on a full tour in 2014. Tickets are currently on-sale and all information can be found on the band’s website.

December 12th – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
December 14th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (Support of Queensryche)
December 15th – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
December 20th – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d

Weblinks:

Red Dragon Cartel – Official Website: http://reddragoncartel.com
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/reddragoncartel
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/reddragoncartel

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Children Of Bodom Halo Of Blood Tour Over Europe 2013 leg 1 w support at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark

November 19th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

 Children Of Bodom

Halo Of Blood Tour Over Europe 2013 leg 1
Insomnium – special guest
Medeia – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark, 28/9 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Interview with Norselaw

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Norselaw   

By JP

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Interview with NicholasLeptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path) (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path)

by Ilias

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Nicholas, how are you?

I am very well thank you!

 Metal-Rules.com: I have seen you twice in Cyprus live with Arrayan Path. Now you are the new singer of legendary Warlord. Many great singers such as Joacim Cans (Hammerfall) have been Warlord’s vocalists. What’s your thought regarding to the previous ones?

I really like all the previous singers. Each and every one of them seemed to be appropriate for the kind of songs they were singing. It’s going to be a challenge for me to sing as well as they did!

 Metal-Rules.com: How has W. Tsiamis chosen you as the new singer? What did he tell you?

Well, we have been in contact for a few months now so when they started looking for a new singer, he contacted me and asked me whether I would like to be the new singer in Warlord. He said my voice is what he was looking for and that it would fit perfectly with the new direction in Warlord’s music. So I did a few demos of older songs to make sure I could sing their stuff and that was it I guess!!

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last album named ‘IV Stigmata’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Surely, it’s more progressive and epic than your previous albums. Could you please give us some of those differences?

In this album we gave more emphasis to the melody. We wanted the refrains to be catchier, and at the same time we tried to give a darker feel to the whole sound. I think we have succeeded in both. I can’t agree with you that it’s more epic, I think in this record our power metal side surfaced even more.

Metal-Rules.com: Nicholas, let’s talk about Arrayan Path. You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Arrayan Path’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Destined! You know, after our first album, we kind of put the band on ice. Our cooperation with VagelisMaranis and the album ‘Terra incognita’ gave us the incentive and the thirst to make the band more active. Finally, we had found a producer who could realize our ideas into songs without destroying them with bad production.

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 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Arrayan Path’ name mean for you and what is going to happen? Can you be the singer of two bands in the same time?

Arrayan path is my baby. I have become a workaholic for this band haha! Yes, I can be a singer for both bands. It’s not a problem as neither of the two bands has heavy touring schedules.

 Metal-Rules.com: Tell us, please, some things about the production of the album, the meaning and the choice of the cover and if there is any concept among the lyrics.

The album was produced by Vagelis Maranis at Maranis studios in Germany. Some recordings were done here in Cyprus as well. The whole album has a religious theme. It does not stand against religion necessarily but it shows respect to all opinions and all views regarding religion. Sometimes it’s just stories from the bible as seen through my point of view. The cover was designed by Katerina Philaniotou-Leptou (at Fallen fairy designs), a new artist with a lot of potential and imagination! Check her out!

Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

I’m not really sure. I guess I picked up the microphone because I couldn’t play any other instrument haha!

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

I like spending time with my family and kids. I also watch a lot of movies and of course I can’t stop writing new music. So I am always in some room working on melodies.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I respect all kinds of music and I listen to a lot of stuff that are non-metal. But usually I only buy metal music.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of the two band for the future and how can you deal with both bands’ schedules at the same time?

The plans are new albums with both bands and of course live shows! As I said, it will not be too hard to be in both bands as neither has heavy touring schedule.

 Metal-Rules.com: Give us a small taste of the feedback for your new album ‘IV Stigmata’.

I think we have had great feedback for this album, probably better than any other album. It will be a hard album to surpass!

 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) and Lou Reed. Are these the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

No, I think there will be more and more deaths of our favourite musicians in the following years as well. I know it sounds a bit morbid but I guess it makes sense. Our heroes and favourite bands are getting older. Some of them are over 70. I’m afraid there will be more bad news in the following years.

 Metal-Rules.com: You have toured supporting and co-headlining with numerous bands. Which of those bands did you have more fun?

One of our best shows was with Stratovarius and Rage. We also had a great time at Up the hammers festival in Athens and our headline show in Thessaloniki!

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

You know, there are so many bands out there that it is hard to absorb everything and become a fan of some band. But musically, there are some great new bands in all kinds of music although metal music remains ‘romantic’ to a greater extend than other kinds of music. For now.

 Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I am really bad with technology! But I am working on changing that!

 Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

They say that music makes circles. Who knows? Maybe it will be the return of glam! Personally I see the music moving to a more ‘electronic’ direction. Kind of a more advanced Rammstein. But I think it will co-exist what we hear nowadays. Metal musicians ate stubborn haha! If they insist on playing power metal, it will always be power metal etc etc…

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

A necessary evil. It helps bands become more well-known but at the same time they don’t get any income. They can only make money from touring. So if they can manage to make a good name for themselves and then tour then I guess it works out for everybody.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Bruce Dickinson! Those who know me also know why!

 Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Warlord’ and ‘Arrayan Path’ all the best!!!

Thanks for this great interview!

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Interview with Carsten Hille of Javelin (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Carsten Hille of Javelin

by Ilias

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Carsten, how are you?

Carsten Hille: Very good ! Thank you! Although we’re a bit excited, because the album will be released in a few days! And there are already great reviews online, what makes us very happy so far.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Javelin’ sound?

Carsten Hille: Well, I think it’s the late 80’s and early 90’s sound. As I became a Javelin member in 1991 we loved to play stuff of Megadeth, Metallica ,Annihilator or Overkill.

But we also loved the stuff from Judas Priest, Helloween, Vicious Rumors! The mix of Power metal riffing and melody, that’s our influences!

 Metal-Rules.com: You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Javelin’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Carsten Hille: Adamant ! Over all these years, no “band-time out”, line-up change or setback gave Javelin the “deathblow”, you know? The main core of Javelin always moved on, no matter how long or what it may take!

 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Javelin’ name mean for you?

Carsten Hille: Durability, friendship and fun over so many years! And as the javelin itself, soaring metal that hits every target!

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 Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

Carsten Hille: I started as a13 years old metal guitar player. At this time I listened to “Kreator”, “Sodom” and “ Running Wild”. I played in a few Rock/Metal bands until I joined Javelin.

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

Carsten Hille: I’m working on new lyrics, keep our social networks updated, look around for live- gigs/contacts or similar.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Carsten Hille: Besides metal, I love classical music, but some Top 40 stuff is interesting although! Some songs from “Adele” for example (I am a James Bond maniac) or “Anastacia”, real great voices!!

Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of ‘Javelin’ for the future?

Carsten Hille: We hope to play live as much as possible in 2014!!! Besides that, we’re working on new material, to come up with a new album in 2015.

Metal-Rules.com: You are about to come to Greece? Do you know any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?

Carsten Hille: We hope to make it to Greece! I know the bands “Firewind” and “Mystic Prophecy”( with R.D.Liapakis on vocals)! I played a gig in Germany as support for Mystic Prophecy with my former band “Fallen Angels” in the “Matrix-Bochum” in 2005. We would love to get on tour with these guys again sometime!!!

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you are about to release your second full-length work called ‘Fragments of the Inner Shadows’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Could you please give us some of those differences?

Carsten Hille: Well, it’s our first official album with a label. It’s amazing that “Puresteel-Records” is working with us, worldwide! That’s what we ever dreamt of. Finally we made a wish come true, to deliver a full concept album that tells a story! I don’t wanted to write about dragons , dungeons or political stuff. It developed an thrilling, mysterious story. An exciting “novel to hear”! The main differences to the other two outputs may be the years! 1997. Seasons of grey, was playful and without a main direction. We had these few songs and recorded them. 2009, Dark broken land, compact and powerful sound, elaborated songwriting, another step in the right direction! 2013, ‘Fragments of the inner shadow’ : Progression!!On this album, we have brought together the best of the last two EP’s. Further we worked with real professionals for Promo-Pics and Cover-artwork, this time! Tom Row Jäschke took amazing pictures and Christophe Dessaigne gave us a wonderful cover-art!! They were truly the best for us.

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 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) . Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

Carsten Hille: Yes, it was really frightening… In such a short period of time, these great icons passed away. They leave a big gap! But it happened in a very short time,over a longer period many great artists of the metal left. Cliff Burton, Bon Scott or Randy Rhoads….

 Metal-Rules.com: Five months have already passed after Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) passing away. What would you like to say about that?

Carsten Hille: That was really tragic. The most of us grew up with his music! Slayer will never be the same without Jeff, but this band is strong! They will have to learn to make music without their long-time friend… Nobody can simply replace such this man. But there will be a new musician and maybe friend… He would have wanted them to go on! R.I.P Jeff.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Carsten Hille: It became incredibly difficult to get into it as a musician/band. So many new releases per month…the sales changed completely. Digital album, downloads etc. Sometimes, it’s confusing! So few get real rich, and so many have to fight for every cent/song.

 Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Carsten Hille: It’s absolutely part of my life. I need my smartphone, my PC, the big Flat screen TV!!! But, I also love to turn the smartphone off and listen to old vinyl or watching oldschool movies ( Hitchcock in b/w or similar). I think I found a good way in the middle. Being modern romantic.

Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Carsten Hille: I think that the classic heavy / power metal will gradually reassert itself. Look at Steel Panther, Attic or similar band! The 80’s/90’s will be BACK!

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Carsten Hille: I prefer to go to a record shop! If I want to buy an album, I prefer to hold it in my own two hands. But if the great mass of people chooses to download, OK! We are right here, in the next web-shop.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Carsten Hille: The vocalist Russel Allen of Symphony X!!! His vocal range, power and sense for great melodies are outstanding!

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Javelin’ all the best!!!

Carsten Hille: I thank you on behalf of my band for your interest!!! I hope, we meet again at a Javelin gig in greece!

Cheers,Welcome to the show…Javelheads, GO !!!

www.javelin-metal.com

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Interview with Paul Speckmann of Master (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

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Master is one of the most influential underground death metal bands ever, reveling in the inspiration of death metal’s earliest creators, have managed to transcend the banality of “old-school” with a musical spirit that carries the mystic weight of the occult. Also, they are one of the bands that captured both the abundant spirit of death and its metallic counterpoint. Metal-Rules.com got the chance to contact Master’s deathleader Paul Speckmann.

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello Paul, how are you?

Paul: All is fine, just writing a new record once again. Busy with some shows ahead and many tours up and coming in the spring. ‘Master’ is still rocking.

Metal-Rules.com: Give us a line on the band’s days & works from its day one up to today.

Paul: ‘Master’ has released ten albums since 1989, although the band began actual recordings for Combat in 1985. This question would take days to answer, my friend. If someone is really interested in the history of the band, they can go to the website at master-speckmetal.com

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Master’ sound?

Paul: The band was originally influenced by the sounds of ‘GBH’, ‘Motorhead’, ‘Discharge’ and ‘The Exploited’ but those days are long gone. The world around us has and always will be the biggest influence on the sound as well as the songwriting of the band Master.

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Metal-Rules.com: What does ‘Master’ mean?

Paul: Master your own destiny and be your own Master. This clearly describes the concept behind the band.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Paul: I like many styles of music including Rock, Metal and even some country like Willy Nelson and Johnny Cash.

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, could you tell me what your opinion on the Greek metal scene is?

Paul: The only band I really know in the scene there is Suicidal Angels and they are a great Thrash Metal band for sure. I had the pleasure of working for these gents a few years ago, and they were really cool motherfuckers for sure.

 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2010 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT). Is the year of 2010 the most depressing year of heavy metal?

Paul: Ronnie James Dio for sure will be surely missed. I am really a big fan of Rainbow and Sabbath and his vocals were always top notch. Certainly Peter put out some great music with Carnivore and few cool songs with Type O Negative. As for the third man I know nothing about him. I never heard a song from Slipknot in my life. I am not a listener of trendy music. I am into Metal my friend.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Paul: It sucks!

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Paul: The greatest so-called technological advances are for killing and mutilating others. As for the great advances today, how come the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was such a problem?

Metal-Rules.com: Right, I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal reigned over in 80’s, Death, black and power metal in 90’s and metalcore and nu metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Paul: More copy-cats of the original bands as always. Originality is a thing of the past. The airwaves are filled with cheap imitators across the globe.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Paul: This is and always will be a problem for underground bands such as Master. We try to survive from the music but with this illegal shit, it can be difficult. Back in the eighties and nineties people supported Metal, today it is easily downloaded for free and this should be stopped.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Paul: Ian Gillan back in the seventies because his vocals are legendary on every CD I ever heard him sing on.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Master’ all the best.

Paul: Thanks for the interesting questions my friend as well.

 www.master-speckmetal.net

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Interview with Alex Alexiou of Phase Reverse by Ilias

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Alex Alexiou of Phase Reverse

by Ilias

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Phase Reverse is a heavy rock band from Greece and has all the guts to be the next big thing all over the music world. Metal-Rules.com got in touch with the Phase drummer, Alex Alexiou by the way of the release of their debut album, the upcoming new DVD, the download issue and much more…

Metal Rules.com: Alex, good evening how are you?

ALEX: First, we are in Athens and in the middle of the removal of the recording studio… We leave behind the place that we did the rehearsals and right now this move to our PHASE REVERSE STUDIOS where we can do much more easily the rehearsals and the other sound recordings of PHASE REVERSE.

Metal Rules.com: Congratulations for your first full-length album! A few months have passed since the release of your (excellent) debut album. Another one point has been added in the rock metal map of the world!

ALEX: Thanks a lot for your good words, but I have the sense that there are a lot of those kinds of points in Greek and we have to detect it.

Metal Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the Phase sound?

ALEX: The influences of PHASE REVERSE is anything that is similar to blues and its ramifications, rock’n’roll, hard rock, metal , without it leaving out our roots and the sound that someone can dig out in Greece and it is so near all the above music genres.

Metal Rules.com: Now, tell us something about the music style that you represent and its feedback in Greece.

ALEX: Well, we play rock’n’roll, as I said before. Basically, all of us listen to rock’n’roll and it’s so natural to play rock’n’roll, don’t you think? Now, people put Phase Reverse to different music categories, heavy metal, stoner, southern rock etc. We believe that the most right characterization for our music style is heavy rock. Generally speaking, the Greek audience is very fanatic and die-hard and, as we believe, extensively supports the bands. It’s not so accidental that Greek fans have been characterized by the apical bands as the most hot and devout public.

Metal Rules.com: What’s the creation part of a Phase album? How did/do you work on that?

ALEX: Ok, the meaning of a band is the collective work and creation. Habitually, we start rehearsals and conclude to one riff that we like and try to develop it into song. Indeed, there are a lot of times that one of us has an idea on mind and gives it forth, and then the rest of us starts work on this idea gradually to run into song. We do the preproduction to gain a supervisory point of view of the songs. Herewith, we decide on which of the songs would be in the album and through we do our best in the part of songs’ production. (The specifics make the difference)

Metal Rules.com: Which are your favourite songs of the album and why?

ALEX: Hm, I would say “EYE TO EYE “, due to the fact that it was the first Phase song that was written.

Metal Rules.com: I think that ‘Road fever’ has an AC/DC taste, isn’t it?

ALEX: Yes, it is. It is something which came out unconsciously and I think that it confirms what we said even before, the fact that we grew up with rock’n’roll and we ‘natural’ play rock’n’roll.

Metal Rules.com: Have you any plans right now about the next album?

ALEX: The truth is that we are in pre-production stage of the next album, after the seminal stage of the creation of our first DVD from the ‘’PHASE ONE TOUR’’. We play and write songs at every turn and our brand new and upcoming stuff has a lot of surprises within.

Metal Rules.com: Do you thing it’s right for bands/musicians to be categorized by their musical style?

ALEX: Music categories exist only for the royal communication between us. We don’t believe to this type of categories of music, which limit the music, cultures and social coveys as well. We do respect to all kinds of music, all of them have a reason to live, you know, we adopt things form music and we express those ones through music. If only rock wasn’t the ‘bad’ music and pop would be like this, if you know what I mean.

Metal Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

We believe that we are in front of huge changes as far as the worldwide music industry concern, and this has to do with the audience and especially with the previous and the actual thought and believe of a person that listens to music. Nowadays, people have measure and don’t be manipulated. Fans are able to think and adjudge what is good or bad and what they prefer to listen. Indeed, this happens, because past years there are fewer bands and record labels. Now, they have thousands bands to choose to listen and hundred of record labels all over the world and probably of the same music genre! In addition, the standards are not the same as in the past, as one band cannot bank on its music and live appearance, its ok, but I wish not for the opposite! Anyway, all these affect the way record labels to promote their rosters’ bands, as long as the cost of production of an album raises on and on, but due to different reasons and cases the cd sales descend! On the other hand, we can see the development of the independent labels and companies, which try to survive within this battle! We’ll see what’s going to happen in the end!

Metal Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

ALEX: Back to the vinyl!!! It’s a sign of our time! If you saw a bag with fresh oranges in the middle of the road, will you get it? Take another fruit, if you don’t like the oranges! (laughs!!!) You would do that, because you feel inside that you haven’t done any damage to anyone, regardless of you don’t like them afterwards. You can see and interpret the downloading issue like this: ‘’it’s free, I’ll get it then’’. Thereupon, you say that which is the relation between the songs and the oranges? Both of them are products for consumption. Nothing but, in the instance of a song there are more middlemen as the song arrives in the fans’ ear. The whole matter of illegality as far as the downloading concern is created mainly by the intellectual property labels, which feel that they loose a lot of money without be able to do their job (pimp business!) Respectively, the bands loose something. The intellectual property, by them, has not to be tradeable, because it has not to have a price. If you have music on your mind and you want to share it, you share it because it’s impulse to do it. If not, stay at home and play your song for your personal entertainment. If you fear the copying of your riffs and music, consolidate them. I f you want to be the hooker, employ a pimp. If your pimp takes the half of the money which you earn, change the pimp. To conclude, people have changed their way of thinking and anyone that relates to music has to become aware of it. When you earn your living from a job that declares to people and it is up to them, you have to eavesdrop them. We don’t think that downloading is illegal. We strongly believe that is incorrect, as you love listening to music and you have the money to buy a cd or vinyl, just do it. It’s much better by the quality issue speaking, because you listen besides with bigger constancy the thing that they offer to you. They just try to live their passion for music. They want only an ethic satisfaction for the work that they have done. Now, if anyone has not the money to buy the cd or vinyl and goes in for listening to the brand new album of his favourite band, he can listen to music through internet whenever he want. If he wants to have the music with him, he can download it from the electronic market with much less money than buying it in a cd form. Thus, if he cannot, let’s download it for free having on his mind to buy once an album from this band. Indeed, cd or vinyl is not a need for your life, but it’s a small sacrifice for your favourite band to live. Beside the point, the point that I have never understood is that how many people go to the doggeries and spend on them about thousand Euros, but they don’t have 10€ to buy an album of the artist that they have seen live before! Can those people look themselves in the mirror and say: ‘’Why am I listening to music? ‘’ We have so many things to say about those issues and there will be for sure a lot of people that they’ll get angry with us. At any rate, we are not hookers and have our mind clean in front of fans.

Metal Rules.com: What’s your wildest dream, musically speaking?

ALEX: Phase Reverse have lots of dreams to fulfill and we don’t think that these ones are so crazy. We always try and do our best. For the present, we work as a band and create songs for people. It’s so magic thing the communication with other people via music. Wherever is a man and listens to music, our souls communicate then. Is any dream crazier?

Metal Rules.com: Could you share with us the funniest/weirdest thing that ever happened on a ‘Phase Reverse’ live show?

ALEX: A lot of crazy things happen in our live performances, but the most times there are some slight things that we catch and understand. Specifically, there are a lot of laughs and cries when damages and misses happen to us and in our instruments in every live performance (laughs!!!). Something funny and historical is the immediate response ‘’Where we drink, there we play!’’.

Metal Rules.com: Have you any live shows to give hereafter and where?

ALEX: We are about to organize the this year’s winter tour ‘’PHASE TWO TOUR’’ including shows in Greece and some in Europe and America. Definitely, we have the release of DVD ‘’PHASE ONE’’ till Christmas and the creation of the second Phase studio album, which is going to release the summer of 2011.

Metal Rules.com: Alex, thank you for this interview, I wish the best for you and the rest of the Phase! Keep on rockin!

ALEX: Thank you, Elias, and we wish to you and Rockrace all the best! May the Phase be with you all brothers and sisters!!!

 www.phasereverse.com

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Interview with Thomas Gurrath of Debauchery (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Thomas Gurrath of Debauchery (by Ilias)

A Blood God rises up from Germany named Debauchery. This blood beast plays its mid paced death metal more than ten years. This beast springs its wings all over Europe supporting Six Feet Under and teaches how to kill! These bloodstained guys give a lesson in violence and the ‘apostle of war’ Thomas Gurrath, the frontman talks about the new album ‘King of Carnage’, the hit charts and many more…

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, how are you?

Hey, everything’s ok! Debauchery hit the German album charts and I`m in the studio again to work on the new BLOOD GOD record.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Debauchery’ sound? As far as I can listen Six Feet Under and AC/DC are two of them.

Metallica, Slayer, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Manowar – stuff like that. Halford is very important. Resurrection and Crucible are awesome. And Judas Priest of course, Jugulator was a big influence for me.

 Metal-Rules.com: You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Debauchery’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Blood. Blood is my trademark. Songs about the World of Blood Gods, artificial Blood on stage, Blood Babe strip show, Blood God Hard Rock…

 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Debauchery’ name mean for you?

Nothing, at the time I found no better name, so today I have to live with it.

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 Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

I love Hard Rock and Metal. It started with 11 or 12 with Guns`n`Roses’s ‘Appetite for Destruction’, . With 15 I began to play guitar. Angus Young was my favourite guitar player.

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

I have to organise all the stuff. Something like a booker, manager, artist, graphic designer and promotion agent. Otherwise I love all the nerd stuff like tabletop wargames, horror movies and I read a lot of Warhammer novels. But most of the time I`m working on my own stuff and the World of Blood Gods.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I only listen to metal and rock mostly. But there are great artists in every genre.

Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of ‘Debauchery’ for the future?

We will be on tour with Eisregen in November and December, right now I make a new album for BLOOD GOD. Afterwards I don`t know.

 Metal-Rules.com: You are about to come to Greece? Do you know any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?

Would be cool to come to Greece, but so far nothing is booked. Actually I only know Rotting Christ from Greece. Once I have met them in Switzerland.

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 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last work ‘King of Carnage’.Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Could you please give us some of those differences?

It`s better than the others, but I think every musician think his new album is the best one. So I don`t know. I always try to make a cool metal album. Hope this one is cool.

Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finally Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER). Are the last four years the most  depressing years of heavy metal?

I was born in 1980 so I missed a lot anyway. I was told that the 80’s were great for Heavy Metal, but I was in Kindergarden at that time. I have never seen Bon Scott live and never seen Guns`n`Roses. So, for me it was bad from the beginning, haha. But some bands and people pass away and new one step in. Or I hope so.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

The Internet fucks everything, also the music industry.

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I`m on facebook, have a smart phone, 2 laptops and make recordings that most people play on computers. So yes, technology is a big part of my life. But if I would have a choice I would first shut the internet down and kick all mobile phones in the trash.

 Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Haha, I hope people go back to the roots again. Heavy Metal is the best, I don`t need that other stuff.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Do you mean illegal downloading?

Metal-Rules.com: I mean both illegal and legal one.

It`s killing the industry, the labels will have less money. And because of that they will spent not so much in bands. There are already very few in metal who can live from their music.

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Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Halford. Best voice of all, very creative, much diversity in his records. Just awesome.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Debauchery’ all the best!!!

Thanks and cheers.

www.debauchery.de 

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Interview With Chaostar (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview With Chaostar (by Ilias)

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Chaostar isn’t a new band. They are one of the few Greek orchestras/bands with a strong following inside and outside their home country due to being on an outside label. But this following doesn’t exist without good reason. Chaostar are unique both musically and individually; Their latest elaboration, Anomima, at first didn’t click with me. But eventually I realised that there was indeed something interesting about how Septicflesh interweave orchestral majesty with metallic brutality. So I jumped at the chance to interview guitarist Chris Antoniou. Metal-Rules.com got the chance to contact Greek Chaostar’s mainman, Chris Antoniou, to speak of the new band’s offering, about the special guests (David Vincent, Fernando Ribeiro) and Septicflesh and many more…

Metal-Rules.com: Hello Chris how is you and where are you checking in from today?

Hello, I am fine thanks! Right now I am very busy doing the orchestrations for the new album of Septicflesh. We have entered the studio for the drums.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you introduce Chaostar to American fans? Could you tell us some words about your new elaboration?

Chaostar is the band where I introduce to the audience my deep love for classical and experimental music. To be honest Chaostar is the music for the listener who really wants to listen to something fresh and new that cannot be categorized or labeled. Eastern melodies meet with extreme sounds while simple rhythms give their place to seductive operatic vocals or even lamentations of traditional instruments. I studied composition of Classical music for about 7 years in England and Chaostar is the band where I can give an “excess” of more sophisticated and pretentious sounds. In the last album “Anomima” we give a real example of who liberty can invade music composition. In “Anomima” you will find various rhythmic styles, a vivid use of different instruments ranging from the eastern Yalil-Tambur to the up-to-date dubstep, everything under the veil of mesmerizing operatic sounds that can turn into frenzy screams and weeping’s of a mad woman. I am always very careful with the selection of the musicians who take part in my works, thus Chaostar boasts a variety of talented and dedicated people. The encrownement of all this effort behind Chaostar is the use of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague that contributed with its specialists to our musical project. What I believe that our friends in America will love to chaostar is that on the latest album “Anomima” there is a concept behind. The idea on which the album is based has been the power of the “one against all” story. The one and -only person that walks alone the harsh path of its beliefs and ethics, against the prevailing ideas of its times. Frequent example that I use is the story of Galileo Galilei, the man who faced Inquisition standing for his beliefs. It is where the prevailing illusions of superstition religions, faced a courageous man that defended the scientific truth (that earth moves around its axis) jeopardizing his life.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you explain the reason that you named your new release under this strange name, because I am sure that there is an interesting story behind it.

Indeed there is a quite interesting story for “Anomima”. The closest interpretation to the Greek word “Anomima” is Sin. Sin is a word that rarely can be found in ancient Greek philosophy and start to become more and more apparent after the Roman Empire and the medieval times. Jordano Bruno was sentenced to death by fire by Inquisition, because he was a sinner towards religion, a “heretic”, a threat to establishment, by saying the clearest thing. That Universe consists of numerous other galaxies. To who did he sinned? I would say towards certainty of those times.

So sin has several different interpretations .Is it the sin that goes opposite to our morals, or is it the sin that goes opposite to the preconceived ideas society has nourished us with? Can we tell the difference between them? Can we choose? Can we choose to be sinners for humanity but ok with ourselves? Are we ready to pay the price? “Sorrow descending” talks about Antigone’s sorrow descend to her tomb of death were she will be enclosed .She disobeyed the King, but she obeyed her heart. Her sin takes her beyond the limits of human creation and crowned her as the Queen of love and courage. I wish we could have more sinners like that in this world, those rebels that no real protestation demands firstly for the price to be paid. Even in music, can you recall the reactions of a society watching speechless the “provocative” Diamanda Galas before 25 years? Her contribution is beyond compare to anything. So, in the root of every evolution there is always the piercing action that shakes and burns the established theories. In this album we bow with respect towards those personalities who dare to sin and those situations that seem to be revolutionary for their times.

The word “sin” is something that refers to the non-accepted or provocative action. Our concern as a band is to underline the defining power a “sin” may infuse this world.

In other words, the central pole around which the album is circulated is the personal strength and power one can have in order to fight for an idea or to protect his beliefs. We are excited by personalities of Antiquity, even from nowadays simple heroes that stand up to the established ideas and make the difference. A small idea that can grow inside us and becomes the wall to protect us against the arrows of the enemy. That has been the root of my inspiration.

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Metal-Rules.com: Chris, how are the things in your main band, Septicflesh?

We are in the recording process. We have already started the drums recs. We will be in the studio for the next 2-3 months for the recordings, mix and mastering.

Metal-Rules.com: How did recording “Anomima” go?

The recordings went very well. It has been a really hard work to do, but the result recompense us. Too many different instruments, too many different vocal techniques, a lot of difficulties in arrangement, made “Anomima” a really hard work. However, we always felt that we could do better and better, thus we spent a lot of time correcting and re-recording things aiming the perfection.

Metal-Rules.com: Well, could you tell me what your opinion on the Greek metal scene is?

Is going better but need more efforts and I would say more originality. We need also more bands to establish their entity. It takes time, patience and a lot of work in order to “compete” with traditional scenes of metal like Scandinavian as ex.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you impart any technical details on “Anonima”?

It took us many months to record and finalize the album. My busy schedule also played role on that as I had tours with Septicflesh for the promotion of The Great Mass.

We record the majority of the material in Devasoundz studio our professional studio in Athens.I record also some parts again with the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir from Prague. Lambros Sfyris made the mix of the album. Lambros used to be our “producer” in our early days with Septicflesh. He mixed albums like “The Ophidian Wheel” and “The fallen Temple”. As we have many traditional instruments played by George Diamantopoulos we wanted a person that his familiar with the difficulties of these instruments. We didn’t want a metal producer for the album. I am really pleased with result. Was a tough work to mix “Anomima” but everything went really well.

Metal-Rules.com: What inspired you to choose “Anonima”? What is the concept or main theme of the album?

The answer is almost answered previously ,where I explained why I released the album under that strange name” Anomima”.Well the question remains ,what was the inspiration of choosing the theme of “sin”, “provocative actions”, the non-acceptable behavior” and the answer is because we ourselves feel closer to that concept. We consider ourselves as a group of musicians who strive for creating a genre of music that can be called as non-clearly -understandable. It is an honor to us when reading that some parts of our music are» inexplicably done, or irrationals». It is only then that we commit our personal disobey towards the sweeping power of the music industry. We are simple people .but that doesn’t mean that we cannot do remarkable choices in our lives.

Metal-Rules.com: The disc will feature David Vincent and Fernando Ribeiro? How did the idea originate?

I always want to introduce controversial elements to my works. Maybe someone can’t imagine David and Fernando participating in Chaostar, but this is the interesting part. Both managed to add their distinctive colors. First of all as far as David Vincent, I believe there wouldn’t be anything more precise and accurate than the use of his voice. He opens the song referring to “Medea” and actually he plays the role of the clairvoyant, who foresees the tragedy. His dark imposing voice is exactly what I always imagined in that part. Bear in mind that in Greek mythology and tragedies the clairvoyants were considered to be extremely respectable personalities. Their oracles defined endings or waging of wars .It gave me chills to sing after him on the song, an indescribable feeling for me. Indeed David Vincent’s voice has an imposing velvet tone that reminds us of a clairvoyant of other times. Words are not enough for a legend of its magnitude.

Fernando also exposed his talent for one more time in “Anomima”. In “Dilate the time” a song referring to the Einstein’s revolutionary theory about time dilation, that change drastically the idea that scientists used to have about galaxy and space ,Fernando used his voice so as to imitate the speed of light. The central idea of the song is that the speed of light can eventually turn light into mass…So the more we put forward our dreams the bigger they become. Can you see the connection between velocity and realization? It is a little bit imaginary but it can be done. So who else can give better the rhythm and the seduction on that song than Fernando Ribeiro?

Both David and Fernando did a wonderful work and we are honored to have them participated in “Anomima”.

Metal-Rules.com: Do you think there is a common area between Chaostar fans and Septicflesh? For some to like one band and then discover and grow onto the other?

Yes I truly believe that. People listening to Septicflesh will find many of Chaostar elements in Septicflesh’s albums .People who are fans of Septicflesh are able to see the great effort and the musical result that will remind them a lot the kind of music I write. I believe that even though there is a gap in the genre between Chaostar and Septicflesh, people who love symphonic metal will appreciate and embrace with joy the music of Chaostar which also reveals the mysterious and dark element, as Septicflesh always do.

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Metal-Rules.com: Right, I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, black and power metal in 90’s and metalcore and nu metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Art has been saturated. I can’t see any evolution in any genre, is really difficult nowadays to create a music idiom. But you never know.

Metal-Rules.com: Once you said that Horace is your favourite Roman personality. Please give us some more words about that.

Horace declared what should and must be the root of every positive change on this planet and that is our personal and only will to define our futures and the ways we lead ourlives. We are not born, we are made. So Greek culture is not a privilege of Greeks who were born in Greece, but it is a gift given to all those around the world who wants to be nourished with the Greek philosophy. Do not misunderstand me ,I don’t mean that the change on this world has Greek roots, but I mean that any change has its roots in the way we grow up and in the amount of courage we have in order to define a better world. We talk about Democracy but that must not be a privilege of people born in the evolved Western world, It has to be a worldwide strive to be imposed all over for the sake of all people. We talk about Human rights. Not only people in certain countries must be privileged with that, but every people around the world must convince itself that through struggle and fight it can be an inherit ant of its own rights.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. If you would like to tell to yours fans a message, please do so! I wish you all the best!

Thanks for the interview and thanks to all our fans all these years for supporting us. Metal rules!

 

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Damnation Festival 2013

November 18th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Damnation Festival

@ Leeds University, Leeds

2nd November 2013

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photography by Michelle Murphy

Calling all the sinners and heretics, the gathering of the damned with once again take place in the unholy city of, well, Leeds. Perhaps the settings may not be dark, dank pits of hell, but the bands certainly make up for this. Damnation festival has returned bigger and better than ever this year, with an additional forth stage and hallways chock full of denim cutoffs and weathered leather jackets on men and women alike. As some things change though, others stay the same. CARCASS made their Damnation debut in 2008, and judging by the packed halls, this was a more than welcome booking.

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