Anaal Nathrakh @ The Black Heart, London 20th May, 2015
Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Jo Moolenschot
Camden has long been known for the place to find some of the most exciting metal music in London, hidden down the back alley is one of the areas up and coming venues, The Black Heart. It’s not the first time this venue has seen bands bigger than its boots play their stage, with Red Fang hosting an exclusive intimate gig at the venue. Pulling in another mega-band for a special Monday night performance, Anaal Nathrakh take to the stage for an exclusive intimate show.
Triumphantly returning to North American shores in support of their Billboard-charting new albumBeyond The Red Mirror, Germany’s favorite sons BLIND GUARDIAN are pleased to announce the western hemisphere’s portion of the 2015 World Tour, commencing on October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland and concluding November 28th in Orlando, Florida with special guests Grave Digger. Tickets for all of the shows go on sale on Friday, May 8th at 10AM at http://bit.ly/blind-guardian-on-tour.
BLIND GUARDIAN’s lead vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch commented about the upcoming tour:
“Finally, the wait is over! It is almost impossible to tell you how thrilled we are about the announcement of this upcoming North American Tour. Don‘t miss your chance to meet Blind Guardian at our best shape ever. We are coming to blow your minds away. Let the games begin!!!”
Guitarist/bandleader Chris Gutjahr and singer Ada Flechtner – Voices Of Destiny
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Masscare Records for the promo pictures of the band. Promo pictures of the band taken by: Michael Colella at www.michaelcolella.de
When it was time to interview the German goth/metal act Voices Of Destiny, I turned to guitarist/bandleader Chris Gutjahr and the new singer Ada Flechtner to hear what they had to say about their latest album CRISIS CULT. The album is a theme album, so obviously we talked about the story behind the album and how it was for Ada to join the band. The band once again worked with German producer Andy Horn in his Redd Room Studio. So naturally I had to ask them about that co-operation. I also took the opportunity to ask Ada what’s it like to be the only female in the band as well as a bit about her past. If you want to read more about Voices Of Destiny, check out the metal-rules.com archives.
Metal Rules recently spoke to Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg about his first acting role in the movie ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’, what’s coming up for the band, and a fascinating new project he’s recently become involved with, ‘Grimfrost’, a website selling authentic quality Viking reproductions.
After a triumphant birth in 2014, Incineration festival returns for its second year bigger and better than ever. Scattered across Camden, the event will take place on Saturday 9th May across the areas most imfamous venues: The Black Heart, The Underworld and The Electric Ballroom closing the night off with an afterparty at Devonshire Arms.
Kicking Off September 30th in Los Angeles, CA – On Sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00am Local Time
Swedish melodic metal group SOILWORK and Texas breakout band SHATTERED SUN are pleased to announce that they will join Brazilian/Arizona-local metal icons SOULFLY on an internationally-inspired North American headlining tour starting September 30th in Los Angeles, CA! The tour will also feature support from Polish technical death metal bandDECAPITATED. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00 am local time. Meet and greet packages will be made available as well. For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com.
Warriors!!! Hear the sound of the battle cry! With their new albumDawn Of The Nine,legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED have forged a modern death metal weapon from the blood and spirit of their Viking ancestors.
With their blend of melody and brutality, the warriors of UNLEASHED are credited as the founding fathers of the Viking death metal movement from their inception back in 1989. Twenty-six years later, they have managed to unite the spirit of the Viking tradition with their merciless riffs and epic choruses – melting uncompromising brutality with hymns to Odin.
The SXSW festival merges music, film, art and interactive showcases from around the world and is held every year around the second week of March in Austin, Texas. For one week there are thousands of bands performing at any number of venues in downtown Austin. The streets are jam packed with thrill seekers, industry folks, journalists, tourists and pedicabs. In year’s past we have witnessed monolithic mega-star acts like Metallica, Motorhead and Voivod; not to mention up and coming acts like 1349, Sabaton, Steel Panther, Bison B.C. and Crashdiet who would all go on to establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with. The past two or three years have been sparse in terms of metal. By that I mean legitimate “metal” and not some new-age, dreadlocked, crustified gutter rock or faux-pas hipster rock. We were able to check out some showcases from Bremen, Germany’s crushing two-piece Mantar, the seventies inspired psychedelia of Philadelphia’s Ruby & The Hatchet, Belgium’s hard rockin’ speed freaks Speedozer, South Korea’s glam metal bad boys Victim Mentality and Austin, Texas’ own power metal juggernauts Immortal Guardian. Until next year enjoy the live clips and feature interview with Victim Mentality!Read the rest of this entry »
The prestigious Roadburn Festival is an extra pumped adventure into the sonic catacombs of the underground of stoner/doom metal from both known and truly unknown acts. The 2015 line-up once again offered a wide range of metal/rock and other torturing sonic pleasures. As usual, there is always a curator picking bands to play at Roadburn. The two curators being Ivar Bjornson from Enslaved and Einar Selvik from Wardruna had been recruited to create the event for their own tastes under the moniker “House Of The Holistic”. Even though these Norwegians navigated the curator roles in the finest possible way, the fourth day has been named “Afterburner” being one kind of After Party type of day. Anathema had been booked to headline that day. Well, some people may cite it as a boring act and way to conclude the four-day event, but wait, the big surprise is on the way in the article. Approximately 2500 people had arrived to enjoy the art and the music at Roadburn in various forms.
Former Megadeth drummer, Nick Menza, has posted the following message via social media, pointed at Megadeth leader, Dave Mustaine:
“To: Dave Mustaine in regards to my publishing royalties. I find it very unprofessional that you conduct business like a child, quit playing games! Be a man and stop taking food from my kids mouths. It’s my earned money, not yours. Quit ripping me off. WTF?”
Caleb Smith of the Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sick Room podcast in New Zealand recently conducted an interview with former Megadeth members Nick Menza and Chris Poland, you can you now listen to the two part interview below.
Menza was recently offered a “very unfair deal to rejoin Megadeth”. In this new exclusive interview he explains in depth the logistics of what went on in Dave Mustaine’s San Diego based studio.
Third album “Miskatonic Graffiti” out this summer on Despotz Records
SWEDEN – Swedish retro rock act, Casablanca, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a lyric video for the new single, “My Shadow out of Time” at:http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=73437. The track comes from the band’s third studio album, Miskatonic Graffiti, out this summer on Despotz Records.
Mustasch are back with a brand new single from the upcoming album “Testosterone” that will be released September 18th. The new single “Be Like A Man” is a raw and powerful song about men and their behaviour and the music video to the song is directed by Patric Ullaeus at Revolver Film AB.
The riff machine that is ASIWYFA hits Glasgow for the 1st date in the massive UK and Europe trek. They are playing the iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in it’s 25th year. Many, many bands have graced these boards and are inked into its history on the steps leading up to the venue but how have ASIWYFA rated amongst the giants of rock and metal?