Lacuna Coil with support on Delirium World Tour 2016 -European leg – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

December 18th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Lacuna Coil

Delirium World Tour 2016 – European leg
Forever Still – special guest
Genus Ordinis Dei – support act

Kulturbolaget
Malmo, Sweden
29/10 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – vocalist Ricky Warwick

December 17th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

RICKY WARWICK

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Black Star Riders is a hard rock band that formed in 2012 when members of the most recent line-up of Thin Lizzy decided to record new material and not release it under the Thin Lizzy name. Black Star Riders’s debut album ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE was released on 2013 followed by THE KILLER INSTINCT in 2015. Although Thin Lizzy still continues on an occasional basis, Black Star Riders is now a full-time, hard working band band. The band, which currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, bassist Robbie Crane and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, are releasing their third album HEAVY FIRE in early 2017. Ricky visited Finland a couple of weeks ago, and we discussed all matters related to the new album and also the future of Thin Lizzy and some other things in life.

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Delain with support Evergrey and Kobra And The Lotus on Moonbathers EU Tour 2016 at Pumpehuset Copenhagen,Denmark

December 16th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Delain – headline act
Moonbathers EU Tour 2016
Evergrey – special guest
Kobra and the Lotus – support act

Pumpehuset
Copenhagen, Denmark
17/10 – 2016

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Sonata Arctica, with Leave’s Eyes @ The Gothic Theater, Denver CO

December 14th, 2016
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus
The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
December 8th, 2016

For those wondering how to best save on heating bills, a great way to warm up on a bitterly cold winter night is to attend a Scandinavian power metal show. Performing tonight were two groups that I had scant knowledge of; LEAVE’S EYES was only familiar to me via ex-frontwoman Liv Kristine’s former band THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, and I was only familiar with SONATA ARCTICA’s first album “ECLIPTICA.”

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ANTHRAX AND KILLSWITCH ENGAGE TO CO-HEADLINE SPRING 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

December 14th, 2016
by EvilG

ANTHRAX, L-R:  Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
Photo Credit:  Ignacio Galvez

Thrash legends Anthrax and Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this Spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM.  The bands’ itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.  With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7.  The intense and dynamic The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.  Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, 12/16 at 10AM local time.  Log on to www.anthrax.com – http://www.killswitchengage.com or www.tdwpband.com for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales.

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SANCTUARY – announce “Inception” album details and launch trailer!

December 14th, 2016
by EvilG

 

Century Media Records and legendary US metal act SANCTUARY have set February 24th, 2017 as the release date of Inception, the official prequel to 1988’s classic debut “Refuge Denied”.

Inception contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and which were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed). You can watch the first video trailer here.

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KIRK HAMMETT Debuts His New Pick

December 13th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

 

 

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Iced Earth + Ensiferum + Kataklysm + Unearth @ Electric Brixton, London

December 10th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Iced Earth + Ensiferum + Kataklysm + Unearth

@ Electric Brixton, London

December 6, 2016

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

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MIKE TRAMP To Release ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ On February 24th

December 9th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Two years after part three in the trilogy that marked the albums “Cobblestone Street”, “Museum” and “Nomad”, Mike Tramp Official is back with a brand new album entitled “Maybe Tomorrow”. The album is without doubt one of the Danish singer/songwriter’s finest albums so far, and the nature of the music is deeply personal and rooted in himself.

Mike Tramp:
“When people ask me, why I have made a new album and what it’s about, I find myself dumbfounded or even lost for words. To me, what I do is who I am. It might have taken me quite a while to reach this place where I feel so at home, and also where I belong. A place where my music is simply an extension of who I am. It might not sound that interesting or mysterious! But in what other way can I express that my songwriting and music is the truthful life of Mike Tramp”.

“I don’t want to be anything else or try anything new. I am a torchbearer of my heroes and an offspring of my inspirations. I have not only moved away from the past, but I have grown and I have made my stand. When I listen to “Maybe Tomorrow”, I don’t just see myself, I now also see my faithful audience that have grown with me, and that is the best feeling of them all.”

Mike Tramp has recently finished another one of his massive US tours, and will be touring Europe extensively to support “Maybe Tomorrow” – he is without doubt still one of the most hard-working men in the rock’n’roll industry!

“Maybe Tomorrow” was recorded at Medley Studios, Copenhagen. Once again with his trusted partner Soren Andersen behind the knobs and on guitar.

This is now the 6th studio album in a row together with Soren Andersen.
Also similar to the “Nomad” album, the same band was used: Morten Hellborn – drums, Jesper Haugaard – bass. Morten Buchholtz – Hammond & piano.
No other people took part in creating and recording this album.

‘Maybe Tomorrow’ will be released worldwide on Mighty Music / Target Group on limited edition blue colour LP (500 copies), black LP, CD and Digital on February 24th 2017.

Tour Dates Spring 2017
February 24: DK – København, PH Cafeen
February 25: DK – København, PH Cafeen
March 5: DE – Hamburg, Ballroom
March 6: B – Verviers, Spirit
March 8: UK – London, Black Heart
March 9: UK – Evesham, Iron Road�
March 10: UK – Grimsby,Yardbirds�
March 11: UK – Hard Rock Hell�Festival
March 12: UK – Cardiff, FUEL�
March 14: UK – Sutton in Ashfield, Diamond�
March 15: UK – Newcastle, Cluny�
March 16: UK – Edinburgh, Bannermans�
March 17: UK – Glasgow, Audio�
March 18: UK – Ballymena, The Diamond
March 21: B – Oostend, Bada Bing
March 22: F – Cergy, Pacific Rock
March 23: DE – Bochum, Matrix
March 24: DE – Reichenbach, Die Halle
March 25: DE – Burgrieden, Riffelhof
March 27: DE – Frankfurt, Nachtleben
March 28: DE – Bremen, Bluesclub Meisenfrei
March 29: DE – Hannover, Bluesgarage

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Children of Bodom + Abbath, with ExMortus, Oni @ Summit Music Hall, Denver CO

December 8th, 2016
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus
Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
December 2nd, 2016

After a nearly four-year hiatus, I am very pleased to return to Metal-Rules.com as a concert reviewer! Having relocated to Denver, I am also pleased to see how many metal shows are coming to the Rockies. I was very excited about this lineup, as CHILDREN OF BODOM and ABBATH (or IMMORTAL?) have created some of my absolute favorite metal CD’s of all time.

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Masters Hammer return to the stage at Brutal Assault

December 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The impossible became reality and 25 years after their last show, the legendary MASTER’S HAMMER will do an exclusive summer festival show at Brutal Assault 2017! The band will do a set based on the early 90’s songs for the old fans and those, who were not even born at the time alike..

 

More info in the official Masters Hammer facebook

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Brutal Assault – more bands announced

December 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

A DEADLY CHRISTMAS BATCH OF BANDS IS HERE!

There‘s no better way to open this christmas pack than with the goatfathers of unholy rotten death metal INCANTATION! GORGUTS, long-running Canadian craftsmen of technical death metal and possibly the greatest innovators of the genre will return in 2017! Another band on the bill offers very modern view on metal submerged in dreamy soundscapes, their unmerciful drums barrage and inhuman vocals will convince you, that FALLUJAH belongs to the realm of death after all. Another debut on BA will be performed by a band from the opposite side of the US; Boston’s REVOCATION are drilling the thrash waters in a way so powerful that they transcend again to the realm of death metal here and there. And no band knows more about that than the band that originally crossed the thrash – death bridge, POSSESSED will play BA for the first time!

German PROTECTOR took it the other way around and ended up with Teutonic thrash only after they started with their signature death thrash mixture, even for them this will be their BA debut and the same applies for a band that saw the first rise of thrash.. METAL CHURCH are active since 1980!

New York’s LIFE OF AGONY will bring their crossover debut line-up and for the fans of grindcore we can offer both the fun side of the thing by local gore rollers GUTALAX but also the dark nihilistic sludgy side of grind as presented by Holland’s own TEETHGRINDER. Dark sludgy waters are also a home to German MANTAR.
It has been written: ‘The man shall live not by metal alone.‘ That is why French producer Gautier Serre will bring torture by mixing breakcore, death metal and baroque melodies under his pseudonym IGORRR. Also this is the reason for legendary Canadian electro-industrial group FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY to appear at BA 2017!

If you would fancy more black metal in the mix, we hope that an eastern orthodox ritual by BATUSHKA will do for you for now but make sure to come back on Thrusday, we will have quite an announcement out in this field..

All the bands announced so far: http://brutalassault.cz/en/
Tickets and limited bundle offers: http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/

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OVERKILL Release Second Trailer For The Grinding Wheel

December 8th, 2016
by EvilG

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album,, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Last week, the band have revealed the first video trailer in which they were talking about the album title and the cover artwork. Today, they publish the follow-up! In this second trailer, the band discuss about the lyrics of the new album. If you don’t want to miss this new video, watch it here via YouTube:

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Jim Gillette on Nitro’s Reunion – “We Didn’t Get it Right Until Now”

December 7th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Jim Gillette on Nitro’s Reunion:
“We Didn’t Get it Right Until Now”

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Nitro is reuniting with founding members; legendary guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, glass-shattering vocalist Jim Gillette and revered metal drummer Chris Adler from Lamb of God & ex-Megadeth.

They are currently working on a new CD due out this Spring with Grammy-winning producer Josh Wilbur who produced Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, KORN, Megadeth, Hatebreed and many more. 

I caught up with vocalist Jim Gillette to discuss the reunion and the planned CD.

Jim Gillette (photo by Stephen Jensen)

Jim Gillette (photo by Stephen Jensen)

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Ensiferum – Interview with Petri Lindroos

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

Ensiferum

Interview with Petri Lindroos

December 6, 2016 – Electric Brixton, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Ensiferum One Man Army promo

Petri Lindroos, frontman of Finnish folk metal pioneers Ensiferum was kind enough to sit down with Metal-Rules prior to their show in London this Tuesday. We talked about their recent acoustic tour, the upcoming album, and pros and cons of wearing a kilt on stage.

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