LAMB OF GOD @ The Limelight, Belfast

August 22nd, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

LAMB OF GOD

@ The Limelight, Belfast

12th August 2013

Review by Melanie Brehaut

Photography by Paul Verner

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

For those of us who didn’t make it Bloodstock this year and knowing the next round of ‘UK tour’ announcements will almost inevitably leave out Northern Ireland (argh!), tonight’s Lamb of God gig in the Limelight gives up something to be whimperingly grateful for. In fairness, LOG has returned to both the north and south of Ireland several times (take note, other bands!)
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NOISEM To Slay North America Supporting Skeletonwitch And The Black Dahlia Murder

August 22nd, 2013
by EvilG

Baltimore thrashers NOISEM will embark on their most widespread and extreme tour to date this fall, the quartet having been confirmed as support for a massive chunk of the upcoming North American trek with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder! Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the NOISEM crew will hit twenty-four cities across the US and Canada with the massive tour from October 24th through November 19th, the band promising to remove faces every night. Get there early and watch these young assassins lay down a wall of divebomb-strewn high-octane thrash intensity.

Preceding the tour, NOISEM will tear it down at several other regional gigs including three dates with A389 labelmates Full Of Hell in September. Read the rest of this entry »

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GENE HOGLAN Announces NEW DVD Details – Choose from SEVEN Pre-Order Packages

August 22nd, 2013
by EvilG
Gene Hoglan

Gene Hoglan

GENE HOGLAN Announces NEW DVD Details – Choose from SEVEN Pre-Order Packages NOW at www.HoglanIndustries.com

 YOU Decide What Happens on Next “The Atomic Clock” DVD!

The time has come! Earlier this month, GENE HOGLAN announced that there would be another “The Atomic Clock” DVD coming out, along with the announcement of his upcoming clinic tour, “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”. Now, Gene can unleash these details! The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale NOW, with several awesome package options (see below), at http://www.hoglanindustries.com/Fan_Packages.html. If that isn’t enough, although Gene has footage chosen for his next “The Atomic Clock” DVD, he’s leaving it up to his biggest fans to really decide what they would like to see!

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TÝR releases “Valkyrja” studio video

August 21st, 2013
by EvilG
Tyr - Valkyrja

Tyr – Valkyrja

Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives, TÝR, will be released on September 17th in North America, and September 13th/16th in Europe/UK. Fans can now view a small glimpse of the creative process behind Valkyrja while at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. The video features some of George Kollias’s drum tracking, as well as vocal tracking, and can be viewed now at metalblade.com/tyr.

The opening track to the album, “Blood of Heroes,” is streaming now at metalblade.com/tyr, where Valkyrja is also available for pre-order. Limited edition pre-order bundles are available that include Týr rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl LP, and the CD.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Tune In To The Exclusive New Webisode Live Now On Guitarworld.com and Revolvermag.com

August 21st, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Zoltan Bathory [Guitar], Jeremy Spencer [Drums]

In the midst of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s massive worldwide success–with their newly released album THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL Volume 1–the rock group are premiering a brand new track-by-track webisode today (August 21)–encompassing all the songs on the new album—on GuitarWorld.com and Revolvermag.com. Check out the webisode here: http://tinyurl.com/mdz7ont (GuitarWorld.com) & http://tinyurl.com/mhqr2jn (Revolvermag.com)

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DEEP PURPLE Box Set Coming Soon From Audio Fidelity

August 21st, 2013
by Celtic Bob

We are scheduling our first Audio Fidelity box set.  The Audio Fidelity Collection featuring Deep Purple in 24K is scheduled just in time for the Holidays.

The DEEP PURPLE 24K GOLD FOUR CD BOX SET.
Street Date: December 3, 2013

DEEP PURPLE
“The Audio Fidelity Collection”
AFZB019                    SRP $130.00

 

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SHIPROCKED 2014: LACUNA COIL, SCORPION CHILD And More Added To Lineup Already Featuring Headliners FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

August 21st, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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The ShipRocked 2014 band lineup has expanded with the addition of Lacuna Coil,Love & Death (featuring Brian “Head” Welch), Art of Dying, Butcher Babies, Scorpion Child, and Wilson. The 5-day cruise will also feature a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque (www.hellsbellesburlesque.com) is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise.

The ultimate rock music cruise vacation onboard the Norwegian Pearl will depart from the Port Of Miami and will visit Great Stirrup Cay–a private island in the Bahamas–during the January 26-30, 2014 excursion.

The current band lineup for ShipRocked 2014–fueled by Monster Energy–includes: headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Device (featuring David Draiman), Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, Lacuna Coil, The Halo Method, Nonpoint, Love & Death (with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies,Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.

Onboard, bands will perform on the large outdoor Monster Energy Deck Stage, in the beautiful Stardust Theater, the Crystal Atrium stage, and the Spinnaker Lounge. While in port at Great Stirrup Cay, guests will enjoy unforgettable performances on the Beach Stage.

Here’s what headliners Five Finger Death Punch and some of the other bands are saying about ShipRocked:

Ivan Moody, Five Finger Death Punch:
“We had a blast playing ShipRocked last year, and what better way to start off 2014 than cruising to the Caribbean? It was such a cool experience getting to hang with our fans and we look forward to coming back and bringing our two new albums with us this time.”

In This Moment:
“We are excited beyond words to be back on ShipRocked for the third consecutive year. It’s such an honor to be asked again and we plan on bringing the best show of our career to the ship this year, all guns blazing! We can’t wait to meet the fans, drink piña coladas and rock the fuck out! See you on the boat!”

Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil:
“ShipRocked is going to be fantastic! It is already kind of superfluous to say that a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas–full of metal kids, great bands and outstanding food–will be an experience I am incredibly excited to make, but can I also mention that I pretty much know all of the bands on board? That means this will be a cruise with friends…and I just can’t wait to make new ones! Get onboard with us, you know you guys will regret it if you’ll miss it. Rock on!”

Andrea Ferro, Lacuna Coil:
“What turns me on about being part of ShipRocked is that you close the gap between dreaming and doing. A great ship sailing from Miami to the Bahamas with a lot of great bands, friends and crazy rockers–yes please, it’s gonna be awesome!”

Butcher Babies:
“We are beyond excited to join some of our favorite bands and fans on the fifth ShipRocked cruise! We’ve heard rumors about the debauchery that ensues when you mix metal with paradise…we’ve already got our bikinis and swim trunks packed!”

Monster Energy returns for a third year as a primary ShipRocked sponsor with many of the band performances taking place on the Monster Energy deck stage, and Monster beverages being poured at bars throughout the ship.  The Monster Energy acts on this year’s ShipRocked include Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Sevendust and Young Guns.

Hoffman Family Cellars’ Headbanger brand has joined ShipRocked as theofficial wine sponsor. Headbanger will be poured throughout the cruise, and several bands will perform in the Headbanger Lounge (Spinnaker). Hoffman Family Cellars owns and makes four wine brands (Headbanger, 401K, Curveball, Atmosphere). ShipRocked creator/producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment stated, “The Headbanger Brand and the people behind the wine match our passion for music and having a great time.” For more info on Headbanger wines, visit: www.exclusivefinewines.com.

Meliti Acoustics, makers of custom drums, will give cruise guests the chance to showcase their chops in a rockin’ drum battle. Meliti invites ShipRocked guests to “impress the audience and show the judges your inner Bonham.” In addition to their new line of drums, Meliti Acoustics offers the best in premium sound reproduction with their stereo loudspeakers and complete home theaters. Every product is made by hand in their Connecticut shop. For more details on Meliti Acoustics, visit: www.melitiacoustics.com.

A limited number of staterooms for the ShipRocked 2014 experience are still available at www.ShipRocked.com.

Each ShipRocked is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides guests with the opportunity to vacation with their favorite bands, meet new friends, and reunite with old friends year after year. On any given day, guests might find themselves dining, drinking, rocking out, swimming, working out, or gambling alongside their favorite rock stars. The full-ship charter provides a one-of-a-kind experience for guests to have the time of their life with thousands of like-minded friends.

For the first time in 2014, ShipRocked will wash ashore on its own private island. Guests will spend two full days enjoying concerts and activities on a private beach on Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas (http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/great-stirrup-cay). The island features a large performance area on the beach with full production for rock shows and offers various island excursions such as parasailing, snorkeling, canoeing and more.

2014 also marks a vessel change for ShipRocked. The January 26-30, 2014 ShipRocked voyage will be held onboard the Norwegian Pearl, which Frommer’s calls one of the “most original mainstream megaships.” The Pearl features luxurious accommodations, along with 16 delicious dining options, 13 bars and lounges, casino, spa, fitness center, a chic bowling alley, rock climbing wall, sports court, two pools, waterslides, hot tubs, and much more.

As in the past, ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages throughout the ship, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more.

The ShipRocked charity auction will benefit Cancer Sucks (www.cancersucks.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. The auction will feature one-of-a-kind rock memorabilia from current and past ShipRocked bands and more. ShipRocked guests have a history of generosity, with previous onboard auctions raising over $150,000 for various charities.

Check out recap videos from ShipRocked’s 2012 cruise here:

ShipRocked 2012 Webisode “The Fans”:  http://vimeo.com/59584971
ShipRocked 2012 Flashbacks (1-4):  http://vimeo.com/album/2187683

www.ShipRocked.com
www.facebook.com/GetShipRocked
www.twitter.com/ShipRocked
www.campshiprocked.com

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About ShipRocked
The ultimate rock music cruise vacation is produced by Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment and celebrates its fifth year in 2014. The 2012 cruise featured a full ship of nearly 2,500 guests. The 2012 Cancer Sucks ShipRocked onboard charity auction raised over $70,000 towards funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. Previous ShipRocked performers include: Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Buckcherry, Geoff Tate, Queensrÿche, Fuel, Vince Neil, Helmet, Hinder, P.O.D., Hellyeah, Sevendust, Skid Row, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, 10 Years, Filter, Pop Evil, Lit, Black Stone Cherry, Another Animal, In This Moment, and many more.
www.ShipRocked.com

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Former MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA Unveils Book Title

August 19th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Reclusive former Megadeth star Nick Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years but now, he’s opening the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, “Nick Menza: Megalife” by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig. The cover art is expected to be released some time next week.

“Megadeth was a big part of my story,” Menza says, “but it was just one part. Jeff (Craig) has got me to talk about IT ALL!”

The book, which was written over the past 18 months, is in negotiations for release in late 2013. It features rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he’s ever been in, including, of course, the mega-selling Megadeth. “It’s a memoir of music,” writer Craig says, “But a lot more. It’s a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as not surprise to Nick’s fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path.

His first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later he was stepping out on stage in front of hundreds of thousands of screaming fans every night.

Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when Megadeth started a world tour in support of its album “Cryptic Writings” but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his band mates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently. What does Nick have to say about it all now?

“Buy the book it’s all in there!”

“Nick Menza: Megalife,” by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions in late 2013.

J. Marshall Craig is best known for his critically acclaimed work as writer for Eric Burdon’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell’s “Between Rock and a Home Place,” West Coast hip-hop history “Guilty By

Association” (Damizza and J. Marshall Craig). Author of more than a dozen books, his work has been translated and published all over the world.

Johnny Thrash of the “The Oath” metal radio show, which airs on the KBZS-FM / 106.3 The Buzz station in Wichita Falls, Texas, recently conducted an interview with Menza. You can now listen to the two part chat at this location
For more information visit the new official Nick Menza site, www.menzajamz.com

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AEROSMITH Forced To Withdraw From Festival Apearances In Shanghai And Taipei

August 19th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

It is with sincere regret that AEROSMITH has announced that it must cancel two previously scheduled festival gigs Wednesday, August 21 in Shanghai and Saturday, August 24 in Taipei.  AEROSMITH shares the disappointment of their supportive fans in Shanghai and Taipei and they hope to see them soon.

“We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans,” says Steven Tyler. “They have welcomed us into their country and due to uncontrollable circumstances we will not be able to perform.  We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.”

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Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament

August 18th, 2013
by J P

Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament

by JP

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Alex live at Copenhell 2013

As part of my interviews with authors series, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Skolnick about his new memoir GEEK TO GUITAR HERO.  Feel free to check out my review of his book here  as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s My Life: A (Fictional) Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace

August 18th, 2013
by EvilG
It's My Life: A (Fictional) Rock 'N' Roll Memoir By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace

It’s My Life: A (Fictional) Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace

Out Now! This fictional rock ‘n’ roll memoir by acclaimed rock writer Neil Daniels tells the story of Johnny Cannon; an Alice Cooper tribute singer who used to front a band called The Druids, one of the most exciting and distinctive bands of the ‘80s hair metal era. They released two albums (‘The Flight Of The Druids’ and ‘Kingdome Come’) and toured the UK, Europe, America and Japan before calling it a day.

Vividly recalled and entertainingly written, this mock rock memoir is filled with hilarious anecdotes, candid diary entries and tales of unrelenting honesty. It is also a moving tribute to a bygone era.

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Eyehategod – Kuudes Linja Helsinki Finland

August 17th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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The7th of August 2013

Kuudes Linja Helsinki Finland

The southern sludge mongers have become regular visitors to Finland during the last few years. Their previous gig in  Helsinki has been described as one of the most extreme violent, brutal and even chaotic musical events witnessed in Helsinki for years. Therefore, expecting the sludge maelstrom and chaotic and relentless audience was nothing, but obvious. The Kuudes Linja club is extremely small to create and have the utter chaos and real intensive atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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SABATON – Did the Nazis win the battle of Stalingrad?

August 16th, 2013
by EvilG

From Sabaton:

sabaton_live_copenhell_2013_8We have been reached by the news that some organizations and political representatives who claims to have studied us has come to the conclusion that Sabaton are a nazi band, and because of that our scheduled appearance at the 70:th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad should be cancelled.

This show is to take place in a few weeks in Volgograd.

Further, these people believe that we will desecrate the Russian flag during our concert (which we have never done and of course have no intention of doing) and they are now trying their best to ban Sabaton from all of Russia!!!

We know that the people of Russia is far more intelligent than this and thus we hope that reason will allow us to play this concert in honour of this historical event and the Sovjet soldiers who fought for their freedom.

Sabaton is and has always been a NON-POLITICAL and NON-RELIGIOUS band and holds a lot of respect to the veterans of war and the heroic and non-selfish acts that was performed in a time of need.

Ps. It should be noted that Sabaton has been awarded honorary membership of the “Scions of the 17:th Airborne Division”, an organization that consists of veterans from the very same airborne division who fought against the nazis in “The battle of the Bulge” and “Operation Varsity”.

 

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GENE HOGLAN and DON DOTY Address DARK ANGEL Reunion Rumors

August 16th, 2013
by EvilG
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Gene Hoglan

Recently, some rumors have been spreading across the web about an upcoming Dark Angel reunion. Drummer GENE HOGLAN and vocalist Don Doty have taken the time to make a statement addressing these rumors, which will hopefully put any confusion to rest.

Gene states, “Howdy everybody. Now that I’m off the road for a few minutes, I’d like to address these Dark Angel rumors that are flying around. Yes, we have been talking about doing something next year, and although it looks like possibly some festivals could be in the works, right now it’s just speculation. Don Doty and myself have been in contact for the first time in many many years, and it’s been great to re-connect with my old friend. Fortunately, I’ve remained great buddies with all the DFA guys after all these years, and we do try to stay in contact with each other and see each other when we can, especially since we are all spread out over the Western US. We are indeed discussing the possibility of a reunion, and yes, the DFA guys are well aware of all of my other commitments, such as Testament, Dethklok and the like. So again, we are moving forward s-l-o-w-l-y, with hopes to getting Dark Angel‘s wings off the ground for festival season in 2014.”

Dark Angel vocalist Don Doty adds, “Members of Dark Angel are currently sitting down for talks for a reunion. This will be for the year 2014. All are excited. I was talking on a radio show recently and had said that all members would be attending, this statement may have been misunderstood. Myself, Gene, Mike, Eric and Jim are talking and when talks are complete a statement will be given. We will know more in the months to come. We will let you know as it unravels.”

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Top Metal Albums: 1990-2000

August 16th, 2013
by EvilG

It’s unarguable that heavy metal was very much out of the public eye, especially in North America in the 1990′s, and even moreso in the mid 90′s. Despite some bands giving it up or going on hiatus, many amazing and groundbreaking albums came from this maligned decade that makes us realize that while things might not have been at their commercial heights, the genre was exploding creatively with an outpouring of new bands, albums, and styles that stand the test of time very well.

Before compiling our overall list, I had a suspicion that the bulk of the albums would be from the very early 90′s (1990-1992: before the dip in popularity) and the later 90′s (1998-2000: after the rebound). The top 10 alone followed this with eight of the releases being from 1990-1992 and the remaining two being released between 1998-2000. In fact, only 8 of the top 30 came from the mid 90′s (1993-1997). Regardless, there were many great albums all throughout the decade and our list is but 30 of them. There are plenty more, and many highly ranked albums from individual staff lists didn’t even make the top 30 at all. This top 30 is however an overall consensus and contains a load of great albums, almost all of which are in my own personal collection (how many of them are in your collection?)!!

Our guidelines: As with most of our album polls, the restrictions limit the releases to full-length studio albums. The top 30 comes from a list of nominations over 600 albums long! Since picking the best albums for a decade is a big undertaking, we asked contributors to sum up the decade and their top selections. Each contributors’ comments can be found below the top list.

Intro and album notes below by EvilG, Aug. 2013
Comments represent his opinion alone and are not meant to represent the opinions of everyone at Metal-Rules.com.

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