Calgary Metal Fest Lineup announced!

July 9th, 2016
by J P

NEWS: Calgary Metalfest Announce Full 2016 Line Up w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice, Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More!

 

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Calgary Metalfest Announce Full 2016 Line Up
w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice,
Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More!

Tickets On Sale Now!

Download Calgary MetalFest Posters here.

On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music Proudly Present: A Historic Night of Canadian Metal! International touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment. A real collection of thrash metal pioneers, this bill has never happened anywhere in the world!

Friday, September 16th, 2016 at Dickens Pub, Portland-based TOXIC HOLOCAUST will headline their first Calgary appearance since 2011. Support by DISCIPLES OF POWER, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, FORNICATION, BLACK PESTILENCE and CONCRETE FUNERAL.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at Distortion sees THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER in their first ever Western Canadian performance with support from CRYSTAL MESS, SAVAGE STREETS, PROFITS OF CRIME and ACCOSTAL.

Wednesday, September 14th Kick-off Party at The Ship and Anchor lineup TBA.

New this year, VIP packages will be offered and include sound check viewings, band meet and greets, and autograph sessions. Check out http://calgarymetalfest.com and http://bignateproductions.com for more info!

Tickets and VIP Passes on sale through https://www.myshowpass.com/s/events/all/calgary-metalfest/ and https://calgarymetalfest.com/ and at Sloth Records in Calgary.

Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year! Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more.

Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, started in 2012 by Nathan “Nate Reno” Renaud after his experiences working at Monsters of Rock in 2008 and as Stage and Production Manager of Noctis Metalfest from 2008 to 2013. Nate also founded and plays bass in KYOKTYS and is a live and studio audio engineer with over forty titles and hundreds of shows to his credit. Check him out at http://bignateproductions.com

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Loud As Hell V Line-up announced

July 9th, 2016
by J P

NEWS: Alberta’s LOUD AS HELL 2016 Line-Up w/ Unleash The Archers, Striker, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy and more!

 

Semchuk Productions, Jurassic Ink Custom Tattoo, Metal Nation Radio, Prairie Fire Events, and Asher Media Relations are proud to announce the return of this year’s 2016 Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival V in Drumheller, Alberta at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds.

Moving into its fifth consecutive year Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year with three full days of face melting metal from July 29th – August 1st in the heart of the Alberta badlands to showcase some of the country’s most talented bands with this year’s lineup that includes Unleash The Archers, Striker, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Divinity, West of Hell, Disciples of Power and more! (full list below).

Being one of the biggest metal shows in Western Canada with onsite camping, vendors, tattoo artists, suspension demos, guitar and drum clinics, models and everything else that the big guy probably doesn’t approve of… Yes it’s Loud As Hell! So bring your earplugs and get ready for over 30 bands playing over 3 days. The festival has hosted artists such as Kill Devil Hill, Three Inches of Blood, Protest the Hero, Kenmode. Organizers are excited to bring even more Canadian Metal to Western Canada!

 

Loud As Hell Fest info:

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, August 1.

Tickets on sale via www.loudashell.com

Tickets on sale now – Weekend Pass $100.000
**All ages event – Licensed event**

 

For more info, please visit these links:

https://www.facebook.com/LoudAsHellFestival

http://www.loudashell.com
@Loudashellfest #LAHV

Video Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SlimBzTV

Line Up and Set Times:

Friday, July 29

West of Hell – 11:30pm
Divinity – 10pm
The Order Of Chaos – 9pm
Leave The Living – 8pm
Dahlmers Realm – 7pm

Saturday, July 30

Into Eternity – 11pm
Striker – 9:30pm
All Else Fails – 8:30pm
VX36 – 7:30pm
Xul – 6:30pm
Revenger – 5:30pm
Quietus – 4:30pm
Stab.Twist.Pull – 3:30pm
Odinfist – 2:30pm
Sentient – 1:30pm
Thrashadactyl – 12:30pm
False Flag – 11:30am
Black Friday – 10:30am

Sun July 31

Unleash The Archers – 11pm
Ninjaspy – 9:30pm
Disciples Of Power – 8:30pm
Without Mercy – 7:30pm
Planet Eater – 6:30pm
Third Ion – 5:30pm
Expain – 4:30pm
Display Of Decay – 3:30pm
The Avulsion – 2:30pm
W.M.D. – 1:30pm
Slaughterhauser – 12:30pm
Junkies Rush – 11:30am
Maimed Wolf – 10:30am

Festival Bio:

Loud As Hell Metal Festival in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada is celebrating year 5 in 2016!. As always the festival takes place over August long weekend from July 29-Aug 1. We’ve got our best lineup yet, ready to melt your face and kick off our biggest festival to date. Featuring over 30 of the top Canadian metal bands you won’t want to miss any of it. We can’t forget about our freak shows, burlesque dancers, clinics, vendors and dinosaurs! Stay tuned to this site for all the details to come!

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ANGRA cover The Police: New video for “Synchronicity II” available

July 8th, 2016
by EvilG

Check out the new ANGRA music video for “Synchronicity II” – The Police cover!

The song is also on the band’s 2014 album Secret Garden as a bonus track. “Synchronicity II” comes from the The Police’s #1 album Sychronicity, which was released back in 1983.

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BLOODSTOCK Release Day Tickets; Launch YouTube Competition

July 7th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Just six short weeks ‘til the gates are opened at Catton Park and the metal hoards flood onto the hallowed turf for BLOODSTOCK 2016!  To celebrate, day tickets are now on sale!  Ticket prices have been frozen for the FOURTH year running at £60 each (+ booking fee) and are available here.

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RAVAGE RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK “CURSE OF HEAVEN”

July 6th, 2016
by EvilG

Ravage, the traditional heavy metal/ thrash act from Boston, MA, which formed in the mid 90’s and whose last full length album “The End Of Tomorrow” was issued through Metal Blade Records in 2009, have released a lyric video for “Curse Of Heaven”, a track from the band’s forthcoming full-length album “Return Of The Spectral Rider”.

The album is a complete re-recording of their underground cult album “Spectral Rider” which was recorded in 2003 and given a limited release through Germany’s Karthago Records in 2005. Singer Al Ravage explains, “‘Return Of The Spectral Rider’ is a complete re-recording of our old ‘Spectral Rider’ album. It is a collection of songs that we loved and have always felt were very strong songs but we never got a proper studio production of them due to lack of budget, producer issues etc. The original recording was done during a very tumultuous time in the band’s history and at the time I thought it might be the epitaph for the band. Eleven years later, we are still around and still playing a lot of these songs, so it was fun to revisit them. There is a raw energy to the thing because there are some songs that we wrote the music for when we were thirteen years old… there’s lyrics on there that I wrote when I was fifteen. We recorded them in our own studio so we were able to experiment a bit on the production end and tweak the sound to what we originally wanted which is to have a very “real” sounding recording. The drums aren’t triggered, they don’t sound like a drum machine playing the drums. We didn’t use a metronome, and the biggest difference is that we actually tuned up! The whole thing is in standard tuning. This is the way metal was meant to sound.”

The album was recorded in Malden, MA at Hellbent For Acoustics Studios and features guest appearances by former members of RAVAGE, members of IRON WILL, ROZAMOV, BLACK MASS, POWER GLOVE, and SEAX. Cover art has been completed by Tim Jacobus, best known for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS and FEAR STREET series of horror novels. It has yet to be revealed.

The recording is currently in the mastering stage and RAVAGE is seeking interest from record labels.

The lyric video for “Curse Of Heaven” can be viewed below and at this location https://www.facebook.com/alec.firicano/videos/10154321233223679/

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Countdown to Bloodstock- Five Non Headliner Bands to check out this year!

July 4th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The line up for Bloodstock Open Air 2016 looks as marvellous as ever – many a keen Slayer and Behemoth fan will be congregating near the Ronnie James Dio stage in anticipation. But for those of you determined to enjoy as many bands as possible over the weekend, here are Metal-Rules UK’s top five non-headline bands we think you should check out.

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SWEDENROCK 2016

July 3rd, 2016
by Marko Syrjala


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REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

Once again here we are again as the Finnish Metal-Rules.com two-man-team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock.  The  2016 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock as usual. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out like this year. However, it took a bit longer until all the tickets were gone this year. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. It was sad to see the final show by Twisted Sister, but of course fabulous to see a whole bunch of other bands. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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King Diamond @ The Forum, London

July 2nd, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

King Diamond + Angel Witch

@ The Forum, London

21st June, 2016

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photos by Talie Rose Eigland

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King Diamond – O2 Forum 2016

The King’s return to the UK after a seven year long absence at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 must have impressed a lot of metalheads, because now the band haunt London again for the first time in ten years, they are playing to a crowd that is over twice the size to the that back out the Electric Ballroom in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shredmonton Metal Fest (May 6-8, 2016) (Edmonton Alberta)

July 1st, 2016
by J P

SHREDMONTON

Various venues in Edmonton, Alberta  May 6-8, 2016

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Batrelli

Covering a Metal fest is hard work and until we have significant advances in technology that allows us to be in two places at once, there will always have to be compromise and choices at the reporters discretion as to what get covered and what doesn’t.   Fortunately at the first annual Shredmonton Metal Fest two of the three venues were situated in the same building so jumping back and forth was not too arduous.   I did my best to cover as much as I could and this will be a quick overview of a most triumphant weekend!

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Zimmer’s Hole with Fuqoured, Untimely Demise & Kyoktys (May 20th, 2016)

July 1st, 2016
by J P

Zimmer’s Hole with Fuqoured, Untimely Demise & Kyoktys  

Dickens Pub  on May 20th, 2016

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli

I wasn’t actually planning to review Zimmer’s Hole as I already had four reviews on my plate to finish but concerts by the legendary Zimmer’s Hole are few and far between, so I thought I better make some notes. Luckily two great photographers (Monika D and Jeff B) were at the gig so I could poach some photos from them.

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Thunderstone with Scythia & Viathyn (May 4th, 2016)

July 1st, 2016
by J P

Thunderstone with Scythia & Viathyn  

Dickens Pub  on May 4th, 2016

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli

Scythia is a well-known and well-regarded Calgary Metal band. To record their fourth album LINEAGE (watch for a review shortly!) they went to Finland to record at Sonic Pump, the recording studio owned and operated by none other than Nino Laurenne of Thunderstone. Over time a relationship was established and it was decided that Thunderstone would come to western Canada for a few gigs.   May 4th ,2016 was the first time that Thunderstone had ever played in Canada and it was a great night!

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Spellcaster with Hazzerd & Riot City (Calgary, Alberta May 1st. )

July 1st, 2016
by J P

Spellcaster with Hazzerd & Riot City  

Dickens Pub   Calgary, Alberta  May 1st. 

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli 

The month of May started with a huge bang. I have six or seven gigs with a total of 40+ bands to see in May and it all started on May 1st with Spellcaster!

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InnerWish – drummer Fragiskos Samoilis

July 1st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Drummer Fragiskos Samoilis – InnerWish

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the additional promo pictures of the band.

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For some strange reason the music of InnerWish totally past me by, the band have been active for about 20 years and after a really long break the band released the album INNERWISH. The previous album came 6 years ago and I was interested in knowing more about what the band had been up to in between releases, so I got in touch with drummer Fragiskos Samoilis to know more about the status of the band. Members have come and gone, especially singers, and the new album is, like the previous one, mixed in Sweden by the legendary producer Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd. We talked about what the future has in store for the band and if you’re interested in learning more about traditional melodic metal sprinkled with great vocals make sure to read and listen to InnerWish.

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One of the first extreme metal bands from the Netherlands USURPER is back

July 1st, 2016
by EvilG

From forming in 1985 to disbanding in 1990 the band released a couple of demo’s that became legendary in the underground and one album: “Divine Spiritual and Intellectual Development”.

This album became a collectors item in the underground and last year Marquee records Brazil re-released this album after 25 years on their Metal Classics label. In August the crypt records u.s.a will release a vinyl version, a double album in coloured vinyl with the album and all the demo’s, 2 un-released re-recordings and one brand new song.

For the re-recording USURPER frontman Patrick Harreman teamed up with Martijn Horsten on guitar, Larry Kranenburg on drums and René Simons on guitar. The re-recording sounded so good that the guys decided to write a new track. This spiraled into madness and to cut a long story short……………..the band is recording a new album as we speak.

Patrick Harreman: Lemmy said it before: “you always go back to the first love in music”. To me that was  extreme thrash metal. But it is a suprise, even to me hahahaha the re-recodings went so well and was so much fun that we decided to continue. I cant wait to play the old stuff the way we do now

The band is playing some try out gigs in their hometown Vlaadingen / Rotterdam in the first week of september. after that the band will headline DOCFEST in the Netherlands and more shows will be annouched. Check USURPER facebook for the latest news
https://www.facebook.com/954605854629414/videos/1026820100741322/

Release schedule

July 2016 :       USURPER- demo-ns       CD/DVD     Marquee records     brazil

August 2016 : USURPER divine spiritual and intellectual development
double lp   The Crypt/ dark symphonies USA

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

June 30th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2016

@ Hammersmith Apollo, London

13th June, 2016

Review and photography by Sabrina Selkis

 With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30  years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been!
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