April 15th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Undoubtedly, one of the most intriguing tours of recent times for fans of classic rock and hard rock was when legendary guitarist Michael Schenker reunited with his former Scorpions bandmates, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell, for a worldwide jaunt. And on May 6th, one of the standout performances of the entire tour will serve as the basis of a new CD and DVD release, ‘On a Mission: Live in Madrid.’

Recorded and filmed at the Joy Eslava in Madrid on November 19, 2015 (and also featuring singer Doogie White and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay), all phases of Schenker’s long and winding career are touched upon, including UFO (“Lights Out”), the Scorpions (“Coast to Coast”), MSG (“Victim of Illusion”), and Temple of Rock (“Live and Let Die”), including several special surprises, such as a reading of the Scorpions’ biggest hit, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”

A trailer of the DVD can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJkMqUCuS14

And in addition to being available for purchase via the following formats – double-CD, Blu-ray, and DVD, there will be a limited edition “collector’s box” (limited to only 5000 copies worldwide), which will include the double CD and 2 Blu-rays, including extensive bonus material: rehearsal; the tour starts; outside the theater; soundcheck; Michael and his guitars. Also included will be a booklet including unique and exclusive biographies, written by the musicians themselves.

Pre-orders are now being taken at the MVD Shop (http://bit.ly/237SsOT) and on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1Swz0jH) for the CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and Limited Deluxe Edition (2 CD + 2 Blu-ray) versions.

Relive one of Schenker’s best-ever tours with the arrival of ‘On a Mission: Live in Madrid’!

CD Track Listing:

Disc: 1
1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro
2. Doctor Doctor
3. Live And Let Live
4. Lights Out
5. Where The Wild Winds Blow
6. Natural Thing
7. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
8. Victim Of Illusion
9. Lovedrive
10. Coast To Coast
11. Vigilante Man
12. Rock My Nights Away

Disc: 2
1. Saviour Machine
2. Too Hot To Handle
3. Only You Can Rock Me
4. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
5. Rock You Like A Hurricane
6. Rock Bottom
7. Horizons
8. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
9. Communion
10. Blackout

DVD Track Listing:

Ocean Odyssey – Intro
Doctor Doctor
Live And Let Live
Lights Out
Where the Wild Winds Blow
Natural Thing
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Victim Of Illusion
Coast To Coast
Vigilante Man
Rock My Nights AwaySaviour Machine
Too Hot To Handle
Only You Can Rock Me
Lord of the Lost and Lonely
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock Bottom
Attack Of The Mad Axeman
Searching For Freedom – Outro

Bonus Materials:

Outside the theatre
Soundcheck sketches

Additional Bonus Materials Limited Deluxe Collector’s Edition:

The tour starts
Michael and his guitars
Individual Interviews With Band Members


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April 15th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Empire State melodic metalcore quintet, Hollow Bones, will self-release its debut album, Lionheart, on May 27. Over a year in the making, Lionheart was mixed, mastered and engineered by Randy Pasquarella at Pasquarella Recordings and self-produced by Hollow Bones with Pasquarella’s assistance.

Hollow Bones comments: “We are incredibly proud to present our debut album ‘Lionheart.’ It took us over a year to get everything we wanted, and although it was a long wait, we couldn’t be happier with the final product. We hope that the passion we put into making this album rings true with people who are looking to find solace in music. We hope that people hear the words we are saying and are inspired to take action, or are relieved in knowing they are not alone and that others have felt the way they do and that there is reprieve. Our mission from the beginning has always been, and will always be, to find people who are as passionate about music as we are about creating it. Promote what you love, and use music to heal.”

Last year Hollow Bones launched a music video for the first Lionheart single, “DRYTOOTH.” Stream the “DRYTOOTH” music video on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUBlx9tTa-k.

Vocalist Patrick Anthony previously told MetalUnderground.com: “Thematically [‘DRYTOOTH’] is very dark. I lost my brother in 2007, and the song is really about not being able to move past it. Carrying around the weight of not knowing whether it was an intentional death or not. It is about the hole in your life that someone can leave, regardless of how or why you have lost them. It is about watching someone you love suffer through tremendous depression, and being powerless to do anything.

“The song ends with my admission that I would have preferred to have taken his place. The song is about hopelessness, anger, frustration, guilt, and longing, and we hope that we have clearly conveyed those feelings, because I think everyone has, or will, lose someone dear to them. I think it is a very relatable subject.”

An additional Lionheart track, “The November Diaries,” is also streaming on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mULSSk8Qzxw.

1. Wandering Sparrow
2. The November Diaries
3. Lionheart: Execution
4. The Altruistic Lung
6. I Watched the Snow Fall, and Bury Your Bones
7. Lionheart: Sonder
8. Wolfcrone
9. A Murder of Crows

Hollow Bones derives its name from the bones of birds. And while this may seem strange at first, it is those hollow bones that enable birds to fly. This idea – that something can be delicate and beautiful, but also have function and purpose – is personified in the music that Hollow Bones creates. With aggressive melody, raw emotion, sweeping clean vocals and crushing breakdowns, Hollow Bones has shared the stage with bands such as Emmure, Periphery, Whitechapel, Sworn In, Thy Art Is Murder, Texas in July, Chasing Safety, Born of Osiris, Fit For an Autopsy, Stray From the Path,  After the Burial, I Declare War, Reflections, and many more.

Stay tuned for more information on Hollow Bones and Lionheart, due to be released this May.

Hollow Bones is:

Patrick Anthony – Vocals
Sharon Malfesi – Guitar/Vocals
Andrew Formale – Guitar
Kyle Cullen – Bass
Connor Warren – Drums

Hollow Bones online:


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Frontiers Music Srl to Release New JORN Album

April 15th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce JORN’s new album, Heavy Rock Radio, due for release on June 3rd!

One of the greatest rock singers of our time, JORN LANDE returns with a unique album of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him, and helped forge this talented man’s own unique style.

Through JORNs extensive career, which include more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy’s “Are You Ready”, UFO’s “On and On”, Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers”, and many more. JORN also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and “Jorn-ized” accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of “I Walk Alone”, first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).

Heavy Rock Radio is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured – among others – are great versions of the Eagles’ “Hotel California” and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”, they all get the JORN style treatment and become powerful and epic, without losing their commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham’s “You’re The Voice”, Queen’s “Killer Queen”, and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Foreigner’s “Rev On The Red Line”.

The original concept of the album was to create a jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the tracklisting with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as “The Final Frontier” by Iron Maiden (“probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden,” says JORN), “Live to Win” by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series South Park), and a few hard rock classics show up as well such as Deep Purple (“Stormbringer”), Dio (“Rainbow In The Dark”) and Black Sabbath (“Die Young”) to complete the mix.

JORN says: “The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect for the original versions, my goal was always that the original artist would be honoured and find my version relevant. At the same time my intention was never to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy. At the same time it is a well-deserved homage to these artists and bands, who influenced me strongly.
I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time, but was always too busy writing and recording my own music to make it happen. Originally I had a list of 40-50 songs I wanted to do, but I had to strip it down to about 15 songs before deciding on the final track list. This means that there are some unfinished business musically, and I will most likely record more of these songs in the future.”

Since releasing the critically acclaimed Dracula “Swing of Death” album last year, JORN has also been working on an album of brand new songs, which will be the successor to the 2013 JORN album “Traveller”, to be released in early 2017. JORN’s catalogue is getting too long to include in brief press statements, and his innovative and creative skills have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide, and being a frequent entry on the major sales charts around the world including Billboard. Worth a mention is his years with German based MasterPlan, whom he recorded three albums with. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export, since the pop band A-ha, JORN continues his rock crusade, and there are no signs of him slowing down yet.

The title Heavy Rock Radio came quite naturally, as the sound of this album feels like it’s tailor made for any rock radio station. This record is a special treat for all the fans, while waiting for the new original album, which is being worked on at the moment. Enjoy!

Enjoy an album trailer clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/ZHK2JXL4HqU

Heavy Rock Radio Track Listing includes:

1. I Know There’s Something Going On
2. Running Up That Hill
3. Rev On The Red Line
4. You’re The Voice
5. Live To Win
6. Don’t Stop Believin’
7. Killer Queen
8. Hotel California
9. Rainbow In The Dark
10. The Final Frontier
11. Stormbringer
12. Die Young

Jorn Lande: Vocals
Trond Holter: Guitars
Francesco Iovino: Drums
Thomas Bekkevold: Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards

Except as follows:
“Rainbow in the Dark”
Jimmy Iversen and Tore Moren – guitars
Nic Angileri – bass
Willy Bendiksen – drums
Jorn Viggo Lofstad – guitars
Sid Ringsby – bass
Willy Bendiksen – drums

Web Links:

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8 BBC Radio Docs That Will Change the Way You Listen to Music – Features The Great Kat

April 15th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


“1. Shredding isn’t just showing off. In Fast and Furioso, conductor Rainer Hersch meets virtuoso musicians from all walks of musical life to ask whether there’s a corollary between the ability to play extremely complicated pieces at high speed – Beethoven’s 5th by The Great Kat condensed into 74 seconds.”
See the article at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/929919fb-6341-43ed-8ece-9b846371aa76 & Full BBC Radio interview at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zkr4w Produced by Richard Bannerman

WATCH Beethoven’s 5th with The Great Kat’s famous Guitar/Violin shredding: https://youtu.be/KtRuZeQWXyM
The Great Kat + Beethoven = KATHOVEN:
BBC: http://www.greatkat.com/59/articles/bbcradio4-11-16.jpg

WARNER MUSIC GROUP has released The Great Kat’s legendary albums “WORSHIP ME OR DIE” and “BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal and more.
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship-me-or-die!/id1086423634
“Beethoven On Speed”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-on-speed/id1089012301

The Great Kat Links:
The Great Kat Website: http://www.greatkat.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greatkatguitarshredder
Twitter : http://twitter.com/greatkatguitar
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KthomasPR
Instagram: http://instagram.com/greatkatguitar
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship-me-or-die!/id1086423634
“Beethoven On Speed”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-on-speed/id1089012301
“Beethoven Shreds”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-shreds/id453271734

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REMINDER – ONE MONTH AWAY – May 6-8 – ShrEdmonton 2016 Fest & Conference w/ Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Thunderstone, The Acacia Strain, Black Crown Initiate and more

April 13th, 2016
by EvilG

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce its full line up for the official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival SHREDMONTON Metal Festival and Conference taking place from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, May 8th.

Featuring over 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center. The full line up consists of an ultra heavy hitting bill that includes headliners Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate,  Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone along with some of Western Canada’s best including Disciples of Power, Planet Eater, Scythia, Tylor Dory Trio, Every Hour Kills among many more! Plus clinics by Tylor Dory (Tylor Dory Trio), Tim Waterson and panels at the Shaw Conference Center on recording, photography, video production, publicity, media relations, journalism, and concert promotion / talent buying for festivals / venues with music industry professionals from across Canada (full conference schedule and list of industry reps here).

TICKETS: http://shredmonton.com/tickets/ 

SHREDPASS (Limited quantity) – $100.00

Access to all FIVE shows, PLUS the conference. Includes a special memento, ability to reserve a festival shirt, and a discount voucher to Farmageddon Open Air 2017.

***$100 Early Bird SHREDPASS pricing in effect until the announcement of the Sunday event…approximately Feb 15/16. SHREDPASS Ticket price will increase to $120.00 after Sunday lineup announcement. Any remaining SHREDPASS tickets will again increase to $140.00 starting May 7 2016.***


Single Event Tickets:

Shredmonton Conference @ The Shaw Conference Center (Salon 4) – $30.00 (details below)

Seminars, discussions, and Q+A sessions with over 20+ industry professionals.

ShrEdmonton Conference and Line Up 2016: http://shredmonton.com/bands/

Venue: Brixx and Starlite Room (same building) (10030 102 St. NW.) 

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill – $20.00

5:30pm – Guitar Clinic (Tylor Dory)

6:30pm – Drum Clinic (Tim Waterson)

8pm – Spruce Moose

9pm – Armifera

10pm – The Dead Cold

11pm – Every Hour Kills

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Starlite Room – $30.00

8:15pm – Tylor Dory Trio

9:15pm – Trollband

10:15pm – With Malice

11:15pm – Quietus

12:15am – Disciples Of Power

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill – $20.00

7pm – Juliet Ruin

8pm – Mongol

9pm – Shocker

10pm – Noire

11pm – Planet Eater

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ The Starlite Room – $35.00

7:15pm – WMD

8:15pm – Mortillery

9:15pm – Sleeping In Traffic

10:15pm – Scythia

11:15pm – Thunderstone

12:30am – Goatwhore

Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ The Starlite Room – $35.00 


5:00 pm – Exit Strategy

6:00 pm – Nylithia

7:00 pm – Black Crown Initiate

8:00 pm – Jungle Rot

9:00 pm – The Acacia Strain

10:00 pm – Dying Fetus


Conference Schedule: http://shredmonton.com/conference/ 

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ Shaw Conference Center – Salon 4 (9797 Jasper Ave NW.)

Panelists and seminars will cover a wide range of skills, markets, and issues in the music industry and topics/agendas will be geared towards further educating the Canadian heavy metal scene about its inner workings. The main panel will feature an eye opening discussion on how the Alberta metal community can break down barriers, grow relationships, and become an internationally known destination where heavy metal thrives.

10:30 AM Introduction

Tyson Travnik (President) and Robert Kreed (Vice President) of Prairie Fire Events, will be greeting you with a warm welcome to the conference and a summary of what is to be expected during the conference. You will also be introduced to the Master of Ceremonies for the conference, the one and only, Cory Bosse.

11:00 AM  Recording and Live Production

Want to learn how to save money to record your next album? Still on that hunt for the “perfect” guitar tone? Want to get into recording or doing live sound professionally, but don’t know where to start? Here’s a chance to hear from professionals from around the globe, who will address these questions, and many more!

12:00 PM  –  Photography and Videography

What makes a promo shoot, a GOOD promo shoot? What do you need to look for when shopping around for a photographer or cinematographer? What is the importance of the music video in today’s industry, and what does it REALLY entail? Recognizable Alberta based professionals are here to help you find out.

1:00 PM – Publicity/Media/Journalism  

What does it take to get “big and famous”? How do you grow your fan base? Is it really worth it to spend money on good publicity? These are key points (and more) which will be covered in this seminar.

2:00 PM –  – Promotion/Talent Buying/Festivals/Venues

The “big granddaddy” of seminars that you won’t want to miss. Addressing the current state of the western Canadian metal scene, and brainstorming what needs to be done as a community to improve it. Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about promoting events, metal festivals, promoters, or venues will be talked about. This segment will prove to be a huge eye opener for many, and will prove to inspire!

Instrumental Clinics

Brixx Bar and Grill (Included with Conference ticket and Shredpass)

5:30 PM – Guitar Clinic with Tylor Dory and Guests

Learn some of the wizardry behind some of Alberta’s most iconic metal guitarists, and how to incorporate it into your own playing. Entertainment and education guaranteed!

6:30 PM – Drum Clinic with Tim Waterson

As one of the fastest double bass drum players in the world, watching Tim Waterson play is something that cannot be described, but has to be witnessed to be appreciated. Noting key points from his instructional DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”, Tim will demonstrate how to improve a skill that has proven to be a notable backbone of heavy metal music.

For more info, visit www.ShrEdmonton.com.
Conference Guests:

Cory Bosse (Recording Engineer @ Sonoluminescent Sound/Live Sound Technician)
Cory is an active live sound engineer throughout the city, predominantly working in the metal/rock club scene. He works as a recording engineer in tandem with Ryan Berehulke out of his own studio, as well as a freelancer. A few of Cory’s past live sound engineering highlights include the Farmageddon Open Air festival and a guitar clinic with Steve Vai. He has also captured the attention of many, with his impressive array of multi-instrumental skill-sets, notably in his band Sleeping In Traffic.

Tyson Tavnik (Festival Manager, Promoter, Freelance Recording Engineer, Live Sound Technician, Prairie Fire Events Ltd.)
With over a decade of experience in both the live and studio realms, Tyson Travnik is best known for his work with bands stemming from heavier genres. Also the festival manager and creator of the highly regarded Farmageddon Open Air heavy metal festival, and Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference, Tyson has at some point been behind a behind the scenes for many metal bands in western Canda. Having played in various bands throughout his musical career, his most recent playing is noted with speed metal band, Ironstorm.

James Seabrook (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Two Bodies of Water Productions)
After over 15 years as a musician, vocalist, songwriter and engineer, James Seabrook has toured with the likes of Trooper, World Champion Elvis tribute Robin Kelly, & Wide Mouth Mason. In the studio he’s worked with over 100 artists including international gospel recording artist Nancy Unsworth, Canadian touring artist Laura Bachynski, and international best selling author Troy Payne and band Aside From Sorrow. James is also a published and award winning Lyricist (2008 – Gunslinger’s Lament), and songwriter, currently co-writing with singer Jessica Lana McLean.

Nate Reno (Festival Manager, Recording Engineer @ Big Nate Productions, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)
With over a decade of live and recording engineering experience, Nate ventured into producing albums in 2010, and has over 40+ titles to his credit. Having been involved in the production of the Noctis festival in Calgary, Nate carried the torch, and created the Calgary Metal Festival, of which is in it’s 5th year. Nate is also currently the Prairie Representative for Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Topping it off with 15 years of playing experience in active touring and recording bands, Nate has proven to be a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas.

Jon Asher (Owner/Operator @ Asher Media Relations, Publicist)
Known for being a regular fixture on the Montreal music scene, Jon founded ASHER MEDIA RELATIONS in September 2007. A musician himself, and a McGill University graduate in public relations, Jon had his epiphany – to help out the struggling artists and help them gain the attention they need to support their music. Asher Media Relations boasts an impressive clientele list featuring Gene Hoglan, Quo Vadis, Striker, Hibria, Ninjaspy, Mutank, Wacken Metal Battle Canada, Farmageddon Open Air, Armstrong Metal Fest, Obscene Extreme America Fest and many more. He has also guest lectured at many other conferences and seminars and is considered by some to be the go-to publicity solution for Canadian heavy music artists.

Glenn Fricker (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Spectre Sound Recording Studios, Successful YouTube Channel/Vlog Operator)
Since it’s creation in 2010, Glenn Friker’s YouTube channel has taken become one of the most recognizable in the realm of recording heavy metal. Taking the internet by storm with his instructional videos, reviews, and comedic rants, Glenn has proven that his approach to a largly saturated world of video blogs has proven to be successful. Known for his work with bands such as Woods of Ypres, Queensryche, and Protocult, Glenn is has shown that his the quality of his work is well sought out in eastern Canada.

Lacey Paige (Freelance Writer and Communications Professional)
With over 10 years of experience of professional writing experience, Lacey contributed to such esteemed horror publications as Fangoria, GoreZone, and Diabolique magazines. She has also been a regular contributing columnist with Absolute Underground since 2008, frequently finding herself at the helm of the ShrEdmonton and Absolute Horror columns, and Cinesploitation.com. Lacey also volunteers as a communications and programming assistant with DEDfest Genre Film Society and the Annual Calgary Horror Con. She holds a diploma in journalism studies from MacEwan University, and is currently pursuing a bachelor of communication studies degree with a major is professional communication.

Joshua Wood (Radio Personality/Webzine Editor)
Joshua is a life-long metal fan with decades of experience in the Metal industry including radio, web, management, promotion and more. He is current co-host of Megawatt Mayhem one of the world’s longest running Metal radio shows, as well as Managing Editor of Metal-Rules.com, one of the world’s largest and longest running Metal webzines. He currently is Co-Chair of the Heavy Metal Committee for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Cara Ashbey
Cara Ashbey is an Alberta-based aggressive music publicist who has been performing, booking, and promoting concerts since she was 16. After attending the Arts and Cultural Management Program offered at Grant MacEwan University, she joined forces at Asher Media Relations in 2013, geared on supporting the development and promotion of independent aggressive music. She plays drums in a grindcore band called Preschool Shooting and has been an active publicist specializing in various types of aggressive music (Metal, Punk, Rock,etc.).

Jesse Valstar (Armstrong Metal Festival/Promoter)
After spending much of his youth in various bands, along with gathering inspiration from Wacken in 2008, Jesse founded the not for profit society West Metal Entertainment Society. He is a recognizable icon in the western Canadian metal scene through the booking and promoting of events for touring and local bands. Jesse has had success working with the AMF team planning and executing each year of Armstrong Metalfest (established 2009). Jesse currently actively plays in the group Odinfist.

Tylor Dory (Guitar Clinician)
Tylor Dory is best known as the guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist/lyricist/producer for the Tylor Dory Trio, guitarist for Death Toll Rising, Wroth, and the former guitarist for Villainizer. Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Page, Mikael Akerfeldt, Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan, and St. Vincent; Tylor tries to keep a fresh approach to the guitar by breaking both the tropes of his own playing and those of modern rock and metal.

Nino Laurenne (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Sonic Pump Studios (FIN), Thunderstone, Hevisaurus)
Nino is a Finnish songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and one of Finland’s most sought after metal/hard rock producers. Nino is the owner and founder of Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki: a state-of-the-art professional recording studio founded back in 2000. His work is credited on countless records, many of which have certificated gold and platinum. He has worked with artists such as Wintersun, Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi, Lost Society, Firewind and Sonata Arctica just to name a few. He rose to fame as the guitarist for his own power metal band Thunderstone, and later as the producer and songwriter for the wildly successful children’s heavy metal act Hevisaurus. Hevisaurus is a Grammy award winning-act in Finland and Argentina for ”Best Children’s Music Album”.

Justin Shadows (Owner/Operator @ Shadows Productions, Promoter) (got pic)
Between putting on shows for his company and being involved with various bands around Alberta, Justin possesses over a decade of experience in the music industry. Being a go-to for many touring bands and festivals alike, he has proven his value in the central Alberta area.

Kaje Annihalatrix (Owner/Operator @ Annihalatrix Productions Promoter)
Kaje is well known in the Canadian metal scene as a combat ready lady that wears many hats. She has operated Annihilatrix Productions for the past 7 years, promoting local punk and metal bands as well as devoting energy to bring acts in from all over the country to share their talent with Calgary. An avid supporter of bolstering the growing metal and punk scene, she not only helps lay the foundation for bands to showcase their talent yet she also works as a journalist for Extreme Metal Television, offering a fresh perspective and network for musicians to connect with their fans.

Barrett Klesko (Owner/Operator @ Fadeback Studios United, Cinematographer)
Working with independent Canadian artists since 2011, Barrett has garnered himself numerous industry awards and nominations for his work both in front and behind the camera. In his non-existent free time, Barrett is the vocalist/guitarist/programmer in All Else Fails, vocalist in The Misfires, and bassist in The Order of Chaos.

Craig Martell (Promoter/Venue Manager) (have pic)
Craig Martell is a show promoter whom used to own and book the well respected Wunderbar. Craig is currently known for managing Double Lunch Productions, and as the talent buyer at both Bohemia and The Almanac. He hates the music industry but exists within it.

Ryan Semchuck (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Recording Engineer, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)
Ryan is known well throughout the Drumheller area for his participation in many events, retail endeavors and mixing duties. Out of high school, he played in a few local classic rock cover bands, and taught guitar lessons at the local music store. In 2009 Ryan joined the FM radio station in Drumheller, earning an assortment of titles from radio personality to station manager. This allowed him the time during weekends to run his own production company. Ryan is Geoff Bourrie’s counterpart in the established “Loud As Hell” heavy metal festival, which is now going on its 5th year. As a member of the WCMFA, the “Loud As Hell” festival team are proud supporters of Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference.

Geoff Bourrie (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Promoter, Tattoo Artist)
A lifetime metalhead and a musician. Geoff has a high passion for the metal scene and that passion is demonstrated by the hosting of Drumheller’s Loud As Hell Metal Festival. In addition to this, Geoff is an active member of the (WCMFA) Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance.

Rod “Rod Rookers” Gillis (Owner/Operator @ Dv8)
A founding member of the Kroovy Rookers in Red Deer in 2004, by 2006 I was setting up and promoting shows in the Red Deer area. Having moved to Edmonton in 2009, Rod start promoting shows exclusively at DV8 Tavern on 99th Street. In 2013, DV8 moved to a new location on Gateway Blvd and Whyte Avenue. The venue is still in operation, and is popular with bands and crowds representing underground music genres, ranging from Punk Rock, Metal, Hip Hop and Rockabilly.

Tim Waterson (Drum Clinician)
Tim Waterson is a Canadian drummer who holds the world record for the fastest number of double strokes on a bass drum, with a record of 1,407 in one minute (January 22nd, 2002).His Record for Single stroke is 1057. Tim is one of the most dedicated drummers when it comes to advancing and pushing the boundaries of our feet. It is mindboggling to imagine even some of the creative possibilities of drumset application from learning the foot techniques presented in his video. In a very friendly and personable demeanor, World’s Fastest Feet Champ Tim Waterson shares an abundant amount of foot and bass drum techniques in his new DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”.
George Kollias of Nile quotes, “Drummers use to Complain about Tim Waterson using doubles to achieve super speed. NOW they are using his techniques to play faster.”

Dana Zuk (Photographer)
Music enthusiast and photo-fanatic! Snapping compelling musician portraits from smokey pubs to sold out stadiums, capturing the life of rock ‘n roll is second nature to Dana. Photographing out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, she specializes in portraits of live band performances, and promotional images for local and international touring musicians of all kinds. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Edmonton Journal, Revolver Magazine, and Guitar World. Dana was recently selected as 2015’s concert and press photographer of the Year in YEG Music Magazine, and am is currently a contributing photographer to Exclaim!, BeatRoute and Vandala Magazine.

Cameron “C C Getty” Dalgetty (Radio Personality/DJ)
Cameron Dalgetty aka CC Getty has been involved in music on many different levels for close to 35 years. He’s done everything from guitars, vocals and bass in original and cover bands to terrestrial radio all across Canada and currently internet radio that reaches a global audience with Metal Nation Radio and his Metalheads United show and podcast. Most recently he has begun using his experience to organize, book and promote live shows in Calgary as well consult with festivals and other related events in Western Canada. Working heavily in the Western Canadian music scene CC is a great resource for anyone looking to promote their band, brand, show or festival, and is never shy to be blunt with his feedback. True to his ethos that he would rather see all of the “Metalheads United” rather than divided by all the convoluted subgenres and classifications invented by marketers, CC lives by the words UNITED WE ROCK!

Penny VanderHeyden (Photographer, Praire Fire Events Ltd.)
Penny is as an active photographer in the Alberta music scene, known for shooting live bands and specializing in editorial portraiture. Penny has been involved with Farmageddon Open Air since its conception, and is Praire Fire Events’ resident photographer.


Absolute Underground Magazine

Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio


Crown of Viserys

Gig City

Metal Master Kingdom



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Wacken Metal Battle News: Montreal Round 4 Winner, Ottawa Winner, Edmonton Round 4 Winner

April 13th, 2016
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Wacken Metal Battle Canada

CONGRATS TO Wacken Metal Battle Canada MONTREAL ROUND 4 WINNER – [EVERTRAPPED] – https://www.facebook.com/evertrapped/

ROUND 4 – FRIDAY, APRIL 8 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683767418548839/



Starlight Ritual

Smirking Revenge



Jason Greenberg – Bucketlist Music Reviews

Alain Labonte – Québec-Métal

Andrew Wieler – CJLO – 1690AM

Simon – McKay – The Agonist


CONGRATS TO OTTAWA ROUND WINNER – Signs Of Chaos –https://www.facebook.com/signsofchaosmetal/

(winner will move on to semi-final in Toronto on April 22)
ROUND 1 – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ House of Targ (1077 Bank St.)
Ominous Eclipse
Scarecrowz fanpage
Signs of Chaos – Winner
A Scar For The Wicked
Chariots of the Gods
Nick Guerin – Dungeon Works Productions
Chris Bubinas – Exclaim!
Alain Labonte – Québec-Métal
Matty Grant – Metal Nation Radio


CONGRATS TO EDMONTON ROUND 4 WINNER – Tymo –https://www.facebook.com/tymoband/

ROUND 4 – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ Mercury Room Yeg (10575 114 St.)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/491739954344583/
Within The Ashes
Vehement Dissent
Cara McCutchen – Mortillery
Jonathan Schieman – With Malice
Tall Brian – Heavy Metal Lunch Box – CJSR FM 88.5
Tyson Travnik – Shredmonton Metal Festival And Conference
Rob Kreed – BLËED (2015 Alberta WMBC Winner)


EDMONTON FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 15 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)

(winner will move on to Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)

Tales of The Tomb





SEMI-FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 22 @ Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.)

(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/457673247762353/

Python (Toronto Winner)

Pyramid Theorem (Toronto Winner)

Odium (Toronto Winner)

Signs of Chaos (Ottawa Winner)

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Waken Eyes – Band leader / Guitarist Tom Frelek

April 13th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall


Band leader/guitarist Tom Frelek -Waken Eyes

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band


EXODUS is the name of the brand new Waken Eyes album. The Canadian band is led by guitarist Tom Frelek, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. In the following chat we spoke about the new album, the line up of the band, which includes Mike LePond (Symphony X etc.), Henrik Bath (Darkwater) and Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani). EXODUS is an album that speaks to you if you’re into progressive metal music, however the main focus is not on longer instrumenal solos but on vocals which makes the album a bit different to other progressive metal albums.

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Overkill- Interview with Bobby Blitz @ Classic Grand, Glasgow

April 12th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ Classic Grand, Glasgow

8th April, 2016

Interview by Pete Mutant


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Vader- Interview with James Stewart @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

April 12th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

 8th April, 2016

Interview by Pete Mutant


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Sweden Rock 2016 – June 8-11

April 11th, 2016
by Metal Rules
Sweden Rock Festival 2015

Sweden Rock Festival 2015

June 8-9-10-11 2016, Sölvesborg

Tickets here: http://www.swedenrock.com/en/festival/tickets

More details here: http://www.swedenrock.com/en/


Latest additions Michael Schenker Fest (With Gary Barden, Robin Mcauley Och Graham Bonnet), Symphony X, Steve Vai, Gamma Ray, Hawkwind, Vanilla Fudge, Mayhem, The Winery Dogs, Entombed Ad, The Temperance Movement, Slough Feg, Monster Truck And Rockklassiker All-Stars.

Queen with Adam Lambert, The Hellacopters, Twisted Sister, Sabaton, Megadeth, Foreigner, Therapy?, Slayer, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Hooters, Soilwork, Grand Slam, King Kobra, Mike Tramp, Eric Sardinas And Big Motor, The Struts, Sixx Am, Death DTA, Graveyard, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, LA Guns, The Kristet Utseende, Graham Bonnet, Neon Rose, Skitarg, Diamond Head, King Diamond, Avantasia, Blind Guardian, Anthrax, Dirkschneider, Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes, Raised Fist, Imperial State Electric, The Kentucky Headhunters, Epica, 220 Volt, The Eric Bell Trio, Banditos, Niterain, Saffire, Warner Drive, Skallbank, Friday Night Specials, Serpent, Eleine, Painted Sky, The Presolar Sands, King Albatross, Satyricon, Lordi, Loudness, Amaranthe, My Dying Bride, Dan Reed Network, Finntroll, Legion of the Damned, Gun, Robin George & Dangerous Music, Eclipse, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, Bonafide, Tribulation, Pedalens Pagar, Twilight Force, and King Witch, with more yet to be announced.


Check out previous years’ coverage here:  2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005….

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Amorphis @ Islington Academy, London

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


Islington Academy, London

23 March 2016

Review by Demitri Levantis
Photography by Carina Martins



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The Ultimate Revenge Of Heavy Metal – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

April 10th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen


The Ultimate Revenge Of Heavy Metal is an entire new two day indoor festival based on the more underground and a bit obscurish metal onslaught. All in all four domestic metal outfits and nine foreing bands hit the stage to deliver the real old school metal offering. However the generation between old and new bands are balanced perfectly for example Ranger’s speed metal along with Oz’s old school flashback from the 80’s suited together more than perfectly. Metal-Rule.Com was at present during these two days, enjoying the fabulous metal assault.

When entering the venue, a couple of dozen metalheads had arrived on time to witness the previous unknown Russian band Blazing Rust. The five-piece outfit out of St. Petersburg. The combo heavily relied on the old school heavy metal elements by having the certain influences from Iron Maiden and above all Mercyful Fate. Even though the band has got a demo release out,  but a bit more rehearsing needed in the rehearsal basement to metallize the old school heavy metal sounds.


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Ranger’s ultimate and intensive hyper blasting speed metal sounded merciless and extremely tightplayed. Ranger has become more and more clockworking outfit on the stage. The four-piece’s hysterical and merciless and uncompromising brutal speed metal is just like a flashback to the heyday of speed/thrash blitzkrieg of the mid 80’s. The intensive playing with the severe headbanging and banging the drums are the catalyst for Ranger’s speedy metallic assault.


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Trial from Sweden definitely turned out to be one hell of an unexpected surprise. Trial’s occult sounding trad metal with the obvious Mercyful Fate influences sounded so spellbounding. The singer’s eccentric personal voice crowned the heavy Mercyful Fate influenced soundworld . Trial definitely came out of blue for sure. Obviously most of the crowd didn’t realize the brilliance of Trial at all cos most of the audience fled to smoke or order the beer.


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The Danish Witchcross hit the stage next  to give a lesson of the traditional metal of the heyday of the 80’s. The band seems to enjoy the cult following in the catacomb of the underground worshipped by the true old school trad metallers. The singer Kevin Moore has been involved in Son Of A Bitch formed by the former Saxon guys. However Witch Cross gave another spin of the old school heavy metal blitzkrieg. Witch Cross did what the crowd were expecting from them. The current frontman Kevin Moore was resemble to Jimmy Bain because of his habitus and look.  Witch Cross’ metal still has the flavor of sounds of both old and of course timeless aspects. The set consisted of both the old old material and the newer cuts from the latest offering  Axe To Grind. The Danish metallers brought the  positive feeling with the performance.



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The legendary Finnish OZ had the honor to conclude the opening night. The band had gone thru some changes in the line-up and the main duet of OZ, drummer and singer, had recruited the new guitarists Aas well as bassist. However OZ offered the real flashback return to the heyday of the 80’s by doing a plenty of highly worshipped songs from that era. The frontman Ape De Martini sounds as strong as back in the day. In general OZ breathes and eats the true old school metal by turning the cross upsidedown. The golden gems are still and without any doubts timeless and immortal ones.


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The second day was kicked off by a new young metal band named Satan’s Fall. Judging by the name the obvious Mercyful Fate connotations may rise up. After all It didn’t go that far from the Mercyful Fate thoughts.  Satans Fall as well relies on the old metallic gimmick. The outfit sounded pretty good, even better and more organic than on the EP release.

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Evil-Lyn had undergone the radical vocalist. The female vocalist had dismissed and was replaced by a male vocalist. The female fronted band was more interesting as the high energy filled lade kept whipping the audience on each gig. The current singer definitely sounds more professional and even a bit better in terms of the technical use of the voice. However Evil-Lyn relies on the trad metal approach with the strong pure metallic attitude, but something is missing from the flaming spirit of the performance of Evil-Lyn…

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Lord Fist relies on the old school metal approach as expected. The band sounded pretty mellow, but also vicious and tight.


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Evil Invaders literally blew the audience away and the ceiling off by giving a real lesson of the ultra brutal thrash metal. Frankly the four piece Belgian thrashers turned out to be an extreme relentless and merciless and savage at the stage. The frontman’s insane rioting playing and performance give the impression of the man would have got the brutal shock thru his skinny body. Evil Invaders hammered the Finnish crowd down and left the audience with the jaws wide open.


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Savage from the glorious years of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal had those glorious years over 30 years.  Even though the band has been on the second run since 1995 and unleashed a bunch of albums like the latest one called 7 a year ago, but they have never surrendered. The four piece offered a lesson of the true old British metal with the tight grip. Unfortunately the major audience may recognize them due to Metallica’s cover version “Let It Loose” on the demo releases. However Savage is more it is metal and old school.

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The first ever arranged the Ultimate Revenge Of Heavy Metal indoor festival was concluded by the long time German power metal veterans Scanner. As a matter of fact Scanner is quite odd band on the German power metal map as Scanner has been soldiering on since 1986, but having released only six albums. Well the only original surviving member guitarist Axel Julius hasn’t been that active with Scanner and besides the line-up seems to be altering more or less quite often. However Scanner could be as big as for example Primal Fear, if the cards had been dealt with the luck. Anyway. Axel Julius offered a highclass power metal for the Finnish metal bands by covering nearly every album that Scanner had got. The current singer, who has been Scanner for about 12 years, Efthimios Ioannidis sounded excellent and did the justified job for the older material. It has to be admitted the HYPERTRACE album sounds timeless and powerful even though the album saw the light of day back in 1988.  Scanner sounded damn good indeed and hopefully metal festivals would realize to book them.


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The festival offered a wide range of metal from the old school British metal via brutal thrash to the old German power speed metal, therefore the whole event was great and interesting. Unfortunately the major and mainstream audience who claim to be metal fans didn’t find the festival for a reason or another. Hopefully the might metal forces who were involved in the organization will be able to arrange this kind of event in the future.


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From Hell’s Heart-Top 5 album covers

April 10th, 2016
by Metal Rules

From Hell’s Heart-Top 5 album covers

Art and Metal have been inextricably linked.  From the early (and maybe current again?) days when Metal fans would make vinyl purchase decisions on artwork alone, to the modern multi-media presentations on youtube promoting albums, artwork has been critical to the success of many bands.   There have been iconic mascots, instantly recognizable logos and fonts and a host of artists who have become households names, at least among Metal households!  There are at least a dozen books dedicated to album cover art or collations of works by artists who create those amazing covers we love to look at.   In a seemingly impossible task some of our staff have picked some (but not all!) of our favourite album covers.  Enjoy! 

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Tuska 2016 – July 1-3

April 10th, 2016
by Metal Rules

This summer, yet again, Metal-Rules.com will be attending and covering the mighty Tuska open air festival in Helsinki, Finland!

Tuska 2016

Tuska 2016

Below are the bands for each day. This is of course subject to change, and exact running times will be posted to the official Tuska page here: www.tuska-festival.fi

Fri 1.7.
Avantasia, Testament, Behemoth, Kvelertak, Swallow The Sun, Cain’s Offering, Lordi, Delain, Cattle Decapitation, Mantar, Beast In Black, Bendover, Whorion, Blaakyum

Sat. 2.7.
Ghost, Anthrax, Stam1na, Turmion Kätilöt, Primordial, With The Dead, Havok, Tsjuder, Circle, Lord Vicar, Omnium Gatherum, Brymir, Crimson Sun, Mørket, Fuck-Ushima, Swallow The Sun

Sun 3.7.
Children Of Bodom, Katatonia, Hatebreed, Gojira, Diablo, Myrkur, Mörbid Vomit, Swallow The Sun

More Artists to be announced on the festival’s page!

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Moonspell + SoulLine @ Audio, Glasgow

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

Moonspell + SoulLine

@ Audio, Glasgow

28th March 2016

Review & photos by Oliver M.

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