ARIA – Legendary Russian metal band

September 5th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Toni Salminen / Metalscope.net

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

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

September 4th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

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

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

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

VARGA – Enter The Metal

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

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

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

STREAM THE NEW SONG HERE

DOWNLOAD THE NEW SONG FOR FREE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013

September 3rd, 2013
by Metal Rules

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BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013: INFERNO JOSEFOV

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

by Ryan Bartek

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013 program guide

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2013 program guide

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

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

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
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Slayer

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

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

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Interview with LITA FORD

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

LITA FORD

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

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

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D-A-D Live at Club Tavastia, Helsinki

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

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Club Tavastia, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

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

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SPEEDWOLF to embark upon European tour

September 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

From the depths of Denver666 hell comes HELLS HEADBANGERS recording demons SPEEDWOLF on their first European conquest. Motor-charged, thrashed to death, and held together by an overdose of speed, this Fall of 2013, don’t miss your chance at seeing these purveyors of classic metal as they burn across the European wasteland! Full list of confirmed dates and venues are as follows…

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KISS – St. John’s, NL Saturday August 3rd, 2013

September 2nd, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Mile One Center
St. John’s, NL

Review & Photo’s by Celtic Bob

 

This was Kiss’ second ever only show in this great Province (The first was 2011 in mine and EvilG’s hometown) and the first of 2 back to back nights at Mile One. The venue holds about 6-7,000 people so you get a decent view even if you are in the nosebleed seats.

I was in attendance at the 2011 outdoor show (REVIEW HERE) in the midst of a torrential rainstorm (and 25k + Fans) that began just moments before the band hit the stage. This time it was indoors so it would be a much more enjoyable evening.

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DEATHSTORM RECORDS sign Italian black metallers KURGAALL

September 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

DEATHSTORM RECORDS proudly announce the signing of Italian black metallers KURGAALL that will release their new, studio album entitled VOLUNTAS LUCIFERI on October 31, 2013; entirely produced by Algol from FORGOTTEN TOMB & HIEMS and recorded in ELFO STUDIO. Read the rest of this entry »

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BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2013

September 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Bloodstock Open Air 2013

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

8th – 11th August 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe & Ben Spencer

Photography by Michelle Murphy


Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.

Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!

This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.

Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.

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Jettblack Interview

September 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Jettblack Interview

Interview by Rowena Lamb

Photo by Jo Moolenschot

Video by Vlad Borlea

http://www.jettblackuk.com

Jettblack Interview

Jettblack Interview

Straight after their ‘invite only’ London roof top gig to promote the release of their latest album ‘Black Gold’, we managed to have a quick chat with the guys…
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STEVE VAI @ Mandella Hall, Belfast

August 31st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Steve Vai

@ Mandella Hall, Belfast

August 29th, 2013

Review by Jonathan Traynor

Photography by Paul Verner

Steve Vai @ Mandela Hall, Belfast

Steve Vai @ Mandela Hall, Belfast

FOR some, Steve Vai is just simply a fantastically fast and talented guitar player – but there is sometimes among the few who have not witnessed him live are those who doubt that he can deliver a coherent live rock show.

Until this Mandella Hall date I was one of those – of course I admire his recorded output, but could I really put up with two and a half hours of widdly, widdly guitar worship?
Thankfully I could.
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