Mike Tramp is a Danish singer and songwriter, best known for his work on a very successful 80’s hard rock band White Lion. Later Tramp founded the band Freak of Nature, which released three albums before breaking up in the late 90s. Since then, Tramp has been a solo artist and he has released eight albums, including the newest MUSEM, which was came out earlier this year. People change over the years, and Mike Tramp is not exception here. Hard rocker days are long gone and his last two albums have been totally acoustic, a grown man albums that draw their inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s, where it all began. Tramp made his solo debut in Finland last October. Before the show I sat down with Mike and we discussed a variety of topics such as Mike Tramp’s new musical direction, changes in life, the craziness of the 80’s and the future of Mike Tramp. Read on!
Drummer Dave Sundberg and singer Liv Jagrell – Sister Sin
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Rachel Rosenberg at Victory Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Victory Records for the promo pictures of the band
Here’s a new interview with the Swedish metal band Sister Sin. They’ve just released a new album BLACK LOTUS earlier this year and its the bands 5th album. The band have raged on tour all over Europe but they did found time to do a interview with me and Metal-Rules.com. I spoke with the bands drummer Dave Sundberg and singer Liv Jagrell and here follows what they had to say about the new album, labels, future and the past. If you like metal with punk attitude, you have to check out this band right now.
Guitarist Mats Karlsson and Thomas Drevin – 220 Volt
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica Promotion & Management for help with setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.
220 Volt is a legendary metal band from Sweden that began their journey in the metal industry back in 1979. The band made its comeback in 2014 with the album WALKING IN STARLIGHT. I had the pleasure to talk to the two remaining original members in the band today – guitarist Mats Karlsson and Thomas Drevin. Besides talking about the brand new album and the comeback we also spoke about the turmoil in the past with members coming and going. If you like music in the veins of 80’s old school hard rock / metal, you surely will like 220 Volt and WALKING IN STARLIGHT.
A raging return to form after the (mildly) disappointing TO THE METAL This one has it all; epics, fast songs, catchy songs, stellar performances and a faster, darker heavier direction than the past several years. The new drummer adds new fire to the band as well. Superb!
2014 was filled with a lot of great music. Reflecting back on it for this list it became blatantly obvious that the majority of the music I enjoyed this past year was released by older artists. Be it my Rock or Metal list it was ruled by musicians that have been around for awhile and have established careers in the industry. The album title may be different but this could easily have been my list back in senor year of high school. Let us hope 1989 never ends.
1. Helix – Bastard Of The Blues
Helix has been a longtime favorite band of mine. This year they released their 13th studio album BASTARD OF THE BLUES. The band is now 3/5’s the classic 80’s line-up (Brian, Daryl and Fritz). This new album is the best release they’ve done since WILD IN THE STREETS and my most listened to disc of the year.
As expected, Accept continues on directly where they left off with their previous STALINGRAD album. The third album with Mark Tornillo is another masterpiece from these German legends and it’s full of catchy riffs and melodies. Songs like like “200 Years” and “Dark Side of My Heart” are already live favourites and future Accept classics. In my opinion Accept is the best heavy metal band at the moment.
I’m proud to say that Metal-Rules.com was one of the first online outlets to cover Evil United being provided with an advance copy of their debut self titled full-length prior to it’s release in mid September of 2011 by vocalist Jason McMaster himself. So I thought I knew pretty much what to expect when Jason handed me a copy of their new album “Honored By Fire” but I’ll have to admit that I was really and truly blown away by the latest Evil United material. Melody, Speed and Brutality duke it out in an epic battle for supreme metal dominance as the technical speed metal merchants fire off hit after hit with “Dead Can See” “Caesar” “Ripping Flesh” “Tombspawn” and “Viking Funeral” and that’s all before side two!
Over the years Primal Fear has just kept on doing their Judas Priest-inspired power metal thing, for better or worse. 17 years and 10 studio albums into their career, they’ve released what I consider their best album ever. DELIVERING THE BLACK is a crushing power metal tour de force that proves that Primal Fear are still at the top of their game and quite possibly, better than ever.
A perfect example of how to do female-fronted symphonic power metal. Strength, melody, speed and colour. A must have album for every lover of this genre.
Second year in a row my top pick is a female-front band. 2014 has been a good year for women in metal. It has been a year of metal feasting with so many of the ‘big’ names releasing albums, but I seem to have enjoyed listening to the newer bands this year.
1. Black Label Society – Catacombs of The Black Vatican
Black Label Society- Catacombs of The Black Vatican
This last BLS album continues the very remarkable comeback for Black Label Society. Probably among their best albums; but is compact, mature, energetic and looks perfectly focused. Along with its character, retains the element of freshness, implemented through small changes in their music. This is a perfect example of how to variate your music after almost 25 years.
ACCEPT have parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann.
Says ACCEPT in a statement: “ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last four-plus years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off!
“We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control.
“Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band PANZER, a Nuclear Blast record deal under their belts and a new album!
“We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success!
“We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 — another year of heavy touring!
“We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014!
“The ‘Blind Rage’ world tour continues in 2015.”
Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band’s “Restless And Wild” album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983’s “Balls To The Wall” LP.
When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.
Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT’s comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010’s “Blood of the Nations”, 2012’s “Stalingrad” and 2014’s “Blind Rage”.
Frank and Schwarzmann are currently involved in a new project called PANZER, also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION.
PANZER’s debut album, “Send Them All To Hell”, was released on November 28 via Nuclear Blast.
The “Punk Rock But Kinda Not” tour featuring headliners Down stopped in Calgary Alta., to play at Flames Central on December 14, 2014. Main support for the tour was Orange Goblin from England. Bl’st was not able to make it so Australia’s King Parrot were the only other band on the bill this evening. The upper levels of the venue were closed off for a private function, but this tour probably could have sold a lot more tickets to pack the upper tiers. The party upstairs did come out to watch Orange Goblin and Down it didn’t look completely empty in the upper levels.