ALTER BRIDGE Release New Lyric Video

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Heroes push us to excel. Their will, courage, and sacrifice can bring out the best in the world around them. Fittingly, on their fifth full-length album, The Last Hero, hard rock juggernaut Alter Bridge pursue a level of excellence inspired by timeless heroism. That mantra is showcased in the track “My Champion” and the band unveiled a lyric video via worldwide premiere that can be seen here: https://youtu.be/WTTkNlvrYeQ.

“The lyric was actually inspired by thinking back to my situation as a kid,” Myles Kennedy recalls. “I was this really small, underdeveloped kid who had to work extremely hard to keep up with all of my peers. It was very frustrating. I would hear a lot of words of encouragement from parents, coaches, or teachers though. A lot of those things were stored away, and they manifested themselves in this song. I’ve been able to apply some of those concepts in my life a thousand times over since then.”
“My Champion” is the second track released from Alter Bridge’s upcoming fifth studio album, The Last Hero. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 7th by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The album is now available for pre-order via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_iTunes), Amazon  (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_Amz) and Google Play (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_GP). Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of “My Champion” and the debut single “Show Me A Leader.” The album is also available in various fan bundles at www.Alterbridge.com/store. The Last Hero was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti, Trivium, etc) and mastered by GRAMMY®award winner Ted Jensen.

Alter Bridge is heading out on select U.S. headline dates in support of The Last Hero this coming September and select ticket purchases will come with a digital album. The headline run kicks off September 22nd in Destin, FL. The tour will make stops in San Antonio, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln, NE; Charlotte, NC; and Nashville, TN. The band will also perform at a few festival dates this Fall including the inaugural Houston Open Air Festival, Sonic Boom, Louder Than Life and the Tulsa State Fair. Tickets for their U.S headline dates are on-sale now via ticketmaster.com.

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical plateau with Fortress. It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! as well as acclaim from Billboard, The Guardian, Loudwire, Ultimate Guitar, and many more. In between sold out tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock Magazine who labeled Fortress, “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.

Alter Bridge is Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums.

Website: www.alterbridge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alterbridge
Twitter: @alterbridge

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VENOM INC Featuring on New Episode of Bus Invaders

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

UK Metal Masters Tony “The Demolition Man”, Mantas and Abaddon of VENOM INC are featuring on the new episode of DTB’s Bus Invaders, taking fans inside the touring bus, while on VENOM Inc’s recent North American tour.

VENOM Inc. will be soon on the road again, kicking off their 18-shows European tour, Pt.1, on October 13th in Prague (CZE). The bands to join the tour are VITAL REMAIN, MORTUARY DRAPE, NERVOCHAOS and DESECRATOR. Check out the tour itinerary and details below.

13 October – Prague (CZE) at Storm Club
14 October – Erfurt (GER) at Club From Hell
15 October – Lodz (POL) at LDK
16 October – Gdansk (POL) at B90
17 October – Krakow (POL) at Rotunda
18 October – Ostrava (CZE) at Barrack Club
19 October – Vienna (AUT) at Viper Room
20 October – Ljubljana (SLO) at Orto Bar
21 October – Bologna (ITA) at Locomotic Club
22 October – Roma (ITA) at Init
23 October – Milan (ITA) at Lo Fi Club
24 October – Strasskirchen (GER) at Plutonium
25 October – Weinheim (GER) at Cafè Central
26 October – Essen (GER) at Turock
27 October – Tilburg (NL) at Dudok
28 October – Drachten (NL) at Iduna
29 October – Metz (FRA) at Le Gueulard
30 October – Leiden (NL) at Gebr De Nobel

VENOM Inc’s upcoming Festivals:

October 01 – Mammothfest – Brighton (UK)
December 2-3 – The Xmas Rocka Fest – Sheffield (UK)

More information at

http://www.facebook.com/VenomIncOfficial

http://www.venom-inc.com

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GRAHAM BONNET BAND’s “The Book” Coming On November 4th

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of GRAHAM BONNET BAND’s new album “The Book” on November 4th!

GRAHAM BONNET is a rock legend. With a pedigree that includes Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri, he is one of the finest vocalists of his generation.  His is a recognizable and unique voice on a number of classic hard rock albums, including Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’ (1979), Michael Schenker Group’s ‘Assault Attack’ (1982), Alcatrazz’s ‘No Parole For Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (1983) and ‘Disturbing The Peace’ (1985), and Impellitteri’s ‘Stand In Line’ (1988).

The recently formed Graham Bonnet Band, features Graham Bonnet on, of course, lead vocals, Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, ex-Alcatrazz man Jimmy Waldo on keys, and Mark Zonder (known for his acclaimed work with Warlord and Fates Warning) on drums.

The new album, “The Book” offers 11 new songs where Bonnet lays down his legendary vocals over a selection of hard rock tunes that are chock full of great hooks and melodies. “The songs on the album are very similar to what I have done in the past with Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG,” says Graham. “I think this is what people want to hear from me and won’t be disappointed”.

Graham Bonnet is in fine form and the album is easily his best in decades: 11 new tracks that will blow hard rock fans away! The album also includes a bonus disc featuring re-recorded versions of some of the most well known classics he has sung in his solo career and with Rainbow, Alcatrazz, MSG and Impellitteri.

THE GRAHAM BONNET BAND has spent the last 12 months touring solidly around the world, with performances at several major European festivals including an acclaimed set at Sweden Rock 2016. “The Book” will be supported with several shows in the UK and Spain in 2016, with more dates to be added.

“The Book” track listing:

CD 2 (new songs)
1. Into The Night
2. Welcome To My Home
3. Earth’s Child (I Am Your Son)
4. Rider
5. Dead Man Walking
6. Strangest Day
7. The Dance
8. Where Were You?
9. The Book
10. Everybody Wants To Go There
11. California Air

CD 2 (Re-recorded classics)
1. Eyes Of The World
2. All Night Long
3. Lost In Hollywood
4. Since You Been Gone
5. Night Games
6. S.O.S.
7. Assault Attack
8. Dancer
9. Desert Song
10. Island In The Sun
11. Hiroshima Mon Amour
12. God Blessed Video
13. Will You Be Home Tonight
14. Witchwood
15. Stand In Line
16. Here Comes The Night (Down Without A Fight)

GRAHAM BONNET BAND
Graham Bonnet – lead vocals
Conrado Pesinato – guitars
Jimmy Waldo – keyboards
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – bass
Mark Zonder – drums

Angelo Vafeiadis – keyboards on CD2 (bonus disc)

TOUR DATES
3 November Sala Chango, Madrid, Spain
4 November Sala Totem, Pamplona, Spain
5 November Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
8 November Boston Music Room, London, UK
9 November Stourbridge, River Rooms, UK
10 November Warehouse 23, Wakefield, UK
11 November Pwllheli, Hard Rock Hell, UK
12 November Manchester, Club Academy, UK
13 November Edinburgh, Bannermans, UK
15 November Doncaster, Diamonds, UK
16 November Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
18 November Derry-Londonderry, Nerve Centre, UK
19 November Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
20 November Monroes, Galway, Eire
21 November Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
22 November Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, UK

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – announce new tour for 2017

September 10th, 2016
by EvilG

Full ImageBLACK STAR RIDERS are hitting the road next year with a comprehensive UK tour in support of their new album »Heavy Fire«, set for release in early 2017.

After a full year off the road, BLACK STAR RIDERS (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane & Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers GUN and THE AMORETTES and then Sweden&#8217s own BACKYARD BABIES with GUN on the remaining 11 shows.

Ricky Warwick says: “It seems like ages since we did the LEPPARD / WHITESNAKE tour so we are all really looking forward to be back out on the road with BSR. Our third album will be out just prior to the dates so it’s going to be great to play tracks from that along with favorites from the first two records also. Having my old friends from BACKYARD BABIES, GUN and THE AMORETTES out with us too is just icing on the cake to make a great tour!”

»Heavy Fire Tour 2017«

w/ GUN, THE AMORETTES

02.03.  UK       Cardiff – Tramshed
03.03.  UK       Wrexham – William Aston Hall
04.03.  IRL       Dublin – Academy
05.03.  UK       Belfast – Limelight
07.03.  UK       Inverness – Ironworks

w/ BACKYARD BABIES, GUN
08.03.  UK       Glasgow – o2 ABC (Co-Headline Show with GUN)
09.03.  UK       Glasgow – o2 ABC (Co-Headline Show with GUN)
10.03.  UK       Newcastle – o2 Academy
11.03.  UK       Leeds – o2 Academy
12.03.  UK       Manchester – o2 Ritz
14.03.  UK       Nottingham – Rock City
15.03.  UK       Norwich – UEA
16.03.  UK       Bristol – o2 Academy
17.03.  UK       London – o2 Kentish Town Forum
18.03.  UK       Birmingham – o2 Institute
19.03.  UK       Bournemouth – o2 Academy

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NEW LEMMY TRIBUTE RECORD FEATURES MEMBERS OF WOLF, DENATA AND SEANCE

September 10th, 2016
by EvilG

Swedish paleontology professor and heavy metal aficionado Mats E. Eriksson named a fossil worm, Kalloprion Kilmisteri, in honor of Lemmy Kilmister in 2006. Now — ten years later — the fossil has come to brutal sonic life with assistance from prolific Swedish metal musicians, notably members of WOLF, DENATA and SEANCE, deciphering the “paleo metal” music “Silurian Overkill”.

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The Exalted Piledriver (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 15th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal!

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

AWEsome! Finally a solid invite to play out West! Can’t wait! We’re really looking forward to tearing faces off out there! It’s almost happened a few times now over the years.. but finally, it’s now a reality!

When was the last time you played in Calgary?

If you don’t count when I was a kid playing with a toy jet in a hotel window in 1969 during a stopover when my family was moving up to Inuvik… NEVER!!! This is why I’m SO looking forward to this! I’ve wanted to get west of Ontario with this band forever, hahaha!

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

We’ve never played with any of the bands on the bill of our night, and can’t wait to hear what wickedness they serve up, but I have done numerous shows with Razor in the past.. mostly long past tho, hahaha! We’ve been to each other’s shows several times since, but haven’t terrorized together in many years! I think the last time was in 2009 at Headbanger’s Open Air in Germany. We played with Exciter some months ago in Montreal, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing them again seeing as I too am an Ottawa boy, haha! We’ll be playing in Toronto the week before CMF5 with Annihilator, the first time we’ve torn it up together, and once again they’re Ottawa boys, so, definitely looking forward to it in an Old-Home-Week kinda way, haha! Oddly, I don’t remember if we’ve ever shared a stage with Sacrifice, but we are buds just the same from way back when we were label-brothers at Fringe when I had Dogs With Jobs going. Seeing as we all know and love each other, me and the guys will be hanging around thru til Saturday so we can all hang and party and have some wicked laughs with our TorontHole and OughtaWah buds!

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

I guess that it’s significant in that it took Western promoters so fucking long to get us out there, haha! Maybe it won’t be 32 years before we get asked to come out again? Who knows! Maybe even Vancouver!! hahahaha. Other than that, I think it’s AWEsome that it’s not all flavour of the week American bands with a few Canucks to point at, it’s MAPLE-METAL wall to wall!!! THAT is significant. I know people in other countries are salivating about CMF5’s lineup and wish it would tour, haha! Nyaaaah nyaaaaah!! This is for hose-heads ONLY, hahahaha! If they wish to come on over and join us, that’s their prerogative, but they have to fill up on Canadian Club, back-bacon, Alberta beef and some greasy poutine while they’re here or we’re kickin’ them out with a “Sorry, eh!” haha!

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

No harder than for any other gig, really. It all came down to work schedules, and other commitments. This is why we are on Thursday night, because of our schedules. Nontheless.. we are going to tear it up and fuck it hard in a room full of metal-addled freaks, and will be around to celebrate throughout the whole fest… only our drummer will have to depart early and miss out on the ‘big’ night. Sucks to be him, hahahaha!

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

We will do exactly what we always do.. serve up the songs the fans love from Metal Inquisition and Stay Ugly, and dish out a few tasty morsels from Metal Manifesto, and maybe a new song.. maybe two. I’m not delusional, I fully realize that people need their fix of the early stuff and am only happy as a leather bound pig in vomit and shit to serve ’em up for ’em! We don’t have a label forcing us to ‘sell’ the latest album, and as such don’t really give a shit about such things.. as long as we get people hot, sweaty, singin’ along and fist-pumpin’ to the tunes they dig, we’ll be happier than them, haha! There’s nothing like looking out at a venue filled with freaks screaming the songs back at me.. plus, at my age I need all the help I can get to remember the lyrics, hahahahaha! Cue me for the chorus, please! hahahaha!

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

There are indeed the ‘mandatories’: Sex With Satan, Metal Inquisition, WItch Hunt, The Executioner, Lord Of Abominations, Metal Manifesto, UnSuck My Cock.. we will definitely be crankin’ those out! We’ll try to dig out some oddball stuff to surprise with, too.. maybe a DWJ song that was originally a Piledriver song, or a new one or two. We’ll see what we can squeeze in for ya’s!

Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?

Possibly.. I don’t really do that merch-whoring thing very much.. I kinda like being a sought after rarity as opposed to a product shilling whore. I like to know that when someone has a Piledriver shirt on it’s because they’re the biggest Pile-freak in their town and they jumped through flaming hoops made of razor blades to get it, not just a metal-dude that already has 2 of everything by everyone, hahaha! But.. yeah.. we’ll bring out a few tshirts for the diehards to fight over, yeah, sure! hahaha! And, no. The old M.I. baseball shirt reissue is only available EXCLUSIVELY from http://hotmetal.bigcartel.com/product/piledriver-vintage-style-baseball-shirt. This plays into the whole ‘rarity of a sought after gem’, you see. I never made a penny from the records due to being a stupid kid when I signed the contracts.. I’ve barely ever broken even doing shows ever since. Why would I start gouging and whoring now? I’m happy just to see the faces of our devoted fans when I can, and meet them and sign autographs for them and get ugly in their selfies with ’em! Their love and devotion for us feeds my soul more than money ever could.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

Well.. kind of the opposite.. they can be quite draining due to the travelling being 30 times longer than the show. On tour you can hit a rythym, hit your stride and ride it high. A one-off is fly/drive forever, play for the freaks for an hour, see the inside of a hotel for a few hours, and drive/fly forever again, haha. But all is forgotten for that frenzied hour onstage, of course! Besides, every show is seen by us as the greatest show we’ll ever do.. who knows if this will be the night my bradycardial heart gives up the ghost! Hahaha.. maybe we should start a pool? I’ve been to the precipice a few times now.. someone could make some sweet green on that bet, hahahaha!

When can we expect some new material from the band?

Sometime in the future if at all. Again.. since I’ve lost all respect for labels, since not one of them did right by me in 30+ years, and none of them gives a shit about us now because we’re not a ‘big’ band that will fill their coffers, I don’t plan to ever do a ‘proper’ ‘album’ again. I’m finally twigging to the digital age where people post torrents and ‘blog reviews’ of an album the day it’s released and everyone ends up getting it free and the musicians eat the cost of producing it. Tired of working my ass off and spending my very hard earned money to never make it back because of downloads. So.. from now on, I won’t spend big bucks in a studio recording a high-fidelity album only to never make back it’s costs. .nope.. decent enough home demos will be what you get from this point on, I think, via Youtube or Facebook or whatever. I’m so tired of chasing dollars that refuse to exist for me, hahaha! Nope, as an old dog in a new age, this will be my new trick.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

And we in turn look forward to seeing all of you maniacs sweatin’ and moshin’ and losin’ yer shit!!! hahahahaha! The best view in the house is mine, forever entertaining! hahahaha! Can’t wait!

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Dave Carlo of Razor (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 17th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal!

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

answer: We are always greatly looking forward to any opportunity to play for great Canadian metal fans. And this show is especially awesome with the line up of so much classic Canadian metal. Razor has to be there!

When was the last time you played in Calgary?

Last time was 1990 I believe. Been awhile.

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

Actually fairly recently for each of them. Last time with Sacrifice was in April 2015 in Winnipeg, Annihilator in June 2016 in Kitchener/Waterloo and Exciter in July 2016 in Chicago. Haven’t played with The Exhalted One since 2005 though. Looking forward to seeing all of those guys!

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

Well I think this is a nice group to be part of. So in a word, I guess it’s swell.

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

No. We have been performing more in the last 2 years than at any time since the early 1990’s. We are ready!

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

This set will consist of a decent cross section from our historical releases. No new tracks for this show, but a new studio album coming out in 2017 (and a live album coming out imminently!)

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

Always! Razor fans know which ones they are! We do not like to disappoint anyone.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

Well at this stage of our lives, the one offs are likely going to be continuing. We may do very brief (eg. maximum 10 day) tours at some point, but the one off’s are very suitable for us. We like being part of a larger festival line up. The experience is usually just a bit more awesome (although all shows are great).

When can we expect some new material from the band?

New album: Cycle of Contempt, expected late summer 2017. Live album: Osaka Saikou, LP Release fall 2016, CD Version (Japan) late 2016, Rest of World early 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Thank you. See you there.

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John Ricci of Exciter (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 17th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal.

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

We were thrilled to be part of it, we don`t play Canada that much so a Canadian gig is a good thing !

When was the last time you played Calgary ?

The last time we played Calgary was in 2013 at the NOCTIS VI fest which went great even with the `other` line-up of Exciter, this time should even be better with the original line-up.

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

We just recently played Metal Threat fest in Chicago with Razor on the bill. It was an awesome show, the moshing didn`t stop all night ! The other bands we`ve never played together with.

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

The fans will get to see the different sides of metal, each of the 4 bands have a distinctive signature sound that made them what they are today. I`m sure this event will be a rare opportunity to see these bands on the same stage on the same night.

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

Actually we`ve been together almost 2 years, we reunited in 2014 and started playing shows right away in South America, Europe etc. The response to our re-uniting was incredible ! When we announced the original line-up had re-united my emails didn`t stop for about 48 hours. I had agents, managers and fans commenting how happy they were that the original Exciter was back !

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

Our live set feature songs from the first 3 albums. Those are considered the classic albums, so we decided to play what the fans want to hear. We are working on new material but they are in the early stages , it will be a while before you see a new Exciter record.

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

The `must play ` songs of course are Pounding Metal, Heavy Metal Maniac, Violence and Force and Long Live The Loud. These songs are all anthem songs so we always include them in the set.

Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?

Yes, we will have shirts and patches.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

This time around we only play one-off shows, we`re not into touring that much. The whole economic situation is different now we`d rather play one-off shows that are feasible instead of grinding it out on the road. Our energy level is the same as the 80`s maybe even more so !

When can we expect some new material from the band?

I hope by late 2017 we should have something out, we are still signed with Massacre Records in Germany so a new record has to happen. We have about 5 new song ideas but they are not developed yet but I can say the new songs sound like classic Exciter. We are aiming for 10 new songs for the album.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Should be a metal good time !! See you then !

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Rob Urbinati of Sacrifice (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 17th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal.

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

Rob: We all felt like it is a show we need to play, this might be the best lineup of Canadian metal bands ever. It’s always great to play with Razor, who we have a lot of history with.

When was the last time you played in Calgary?

Rob: The very last Noctis fest, I believe in 2013.

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

Rob: The only band on the bill we have played with is Razor, the last time was in Winnipeg, 2015 at the Manitoba Metalfest…and a million times before that.

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

Rob: All the bands are some of the biggest names in Canadian metal history, so that is pretty significant. It feels like one of those shows that people will be talking about for years, definitely feels culturally historic. The venue looks incredible.

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

Rob: Yes, we had a few obstacles to clear, but we found a way. As I said, this is an event I am sure all the bands involved are looking forward to being part of. Seeing the original Exciter perform is something all of Sacrifice is looking forward to as much as anyone else. Last time I saw them, I was about 16 years old, right at the front of the stage in Toronto.

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

Rob: No, just an ultra truculent and belligerent set of Canadian thrash metal.

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

Rob: Absolutely. I’m pretty sure we might get arrested if we didn’t play Reanimation, we all have songs we like to perform, but we like to mix the set up occasionally as well.

Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?

Rob: Right now, all I can guarantee is t-shirts, but we may dig up some other stuff.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

Rob: Sacrifice almost exclusively do one-off shows, and yes, there is definitely more excitement and energy. We play only a handful of shows during a year so the anticipation builds for us. It’s kind of nice to have this kind of focus for one show.

When can we expect some new material from the band?

Rob: We have some material, but no plans to record at the moment. We won’t enter the studio unless we know it is completely face melting. Sacrifice don’t tour, so there is no pressure to release an average album with one good song.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Rob: We do as well! See you then.

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GLENN HUGHES’ New Studio Album, Resonate, Scheduled for Release November 4th

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the highly-anticipated, twelfth original GLENN HUGHES album Resonate – scheduled for release worldwide on November 4th . A true vocal and musical icon of our times,
Glenn is back with his heaviest solo album to date. Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording: “this album is the first complete Glenn Hughes album”.  Resonate will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. Resonate was produced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.

2016 was the busiest year yet for Glenn Hughes. Glenn was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Deep Purple in April, recently wrapped up his successful sold-out US headline tour, and now finally Glenn’s first solo album in over 8 years will see the light of day! Resonate is truly a triumphant return to form for “The Voice of Rock”! No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card and the new album, Resonate will shine as a true Glenn Hughes landmark release.

From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, the new release promises to be a contender for numerous ‘Album of the Year’ lists. It features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers. An EPK talking about Resonate can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JCz34DX40l8

Make no mistake. The “Voice of Rock” never left the building!

ALBUM TRACKLISTING

1.       HEAVY
2.       MY TOWN
3.       FlOW
4.       LET IT SHINE
5.       STEADY
6.       GOD OF MONEY
7.       HOW LONG
8.       LANDMINES
9.       WHEN I FALL
10.   STUMBLE & GO
11.   LONG TIME GONE

Glenn Hughes – Biography

Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was TRAPEZE. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups’, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and CALIFORNIA BREED, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham.

Glenn Hughes was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste The Band. Hughes and other members of Deep Purple were in attendance to receive the honour. This achievment was a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn leave his indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands.

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MICHAEL SWEET’s ‘One Sided War’ Enters Billboard Chart

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Stryper frontman Michael Sweet continues to grow musically. His latest release One Sided War, released via Rat Pak Records, made a massive impact on the charts this week. The latest solo album from Sweet landed at #77 on the Billboard 200 with over 8300 units sold and was also #1 on the Hard Rock Albums and Top Christian Albums charts. One Sided War was also the #4 on Top Rock Albums, #6 on Independent Albums and #21 on Top Current Albums charts. The album was also #1 on the Amazon Hard Rock chart for 3 weeks. The album is available via physical retail and all digital providers including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Physical bundles can also be purchased via Rat Pak at: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelsweet.

“I’m not only humbled by the amazing numbers on the release of One Sided War, but I’m also blessed by the fact that it placed at #77 on the Billboard Top 200! We (Stryper) have always used the number 7 (Gods number) and it’s a reminder to me that God is still in it. I’ve been doing this my entire life and although it’s been a tough road at times, I’ve never lost my faith or my passion for music,” explains Michael Sweet about his solo chart debut.

Michael Sweet has released two music videos from One Sided War. One is for the fast and furious album opener “Bizarre” that can be seen here: https://youtu.be/I31Sw_654rg. The other is for the song “Radio” and is look at growing trend of rock stars making a switch to country music. That video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JdR_P-UZDSQ. Michael’s solo band is comprised of Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh. One Sided War was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers Stryper, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to Stryper, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007-2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as “a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side.” Sweet continues to record and tour with Stryper, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist.

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“Terror” New Music Video About 9/11 From THE GREAT KAT Coming Soon

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The song “TERROR” was written by The Great Kat immediately after 9/11 in New York City! Video Filmed September 2016 to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary!

The Great Kat completed filming “TERROR” Music Video in 4K Video, featuring The Great Kat Shredding Guitar with her All-Male Army Band & J.S. BACH’S famous “TOCCATA AND FUGUE” INTRO!

“Terror” Music Video Available Soon with Free Streaming on Amazon Prime & Apple Music & on Upcoming New Great Kat DVD!
Listen to “TERROR” NOW!:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5QSjtvkjl8lA90oxchtvYT ,
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/terror/id384716310?i=384716409,
Napster: http://us.napster.com/artist/the-great-kat/album/wagners-war/track/terror

http://www.greatkat.com

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Frank Bello of Anthrax – “We are hungrier now as a band than I can remember!”

September 7th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

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After 35 years, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello is still humbled and appreciative of fans paying him a compliment. The band’s career has never been easy as they have weathered the storm despite member changes, the introduction of grunge, and the downturn of the record industry. With dedication and hard work, the band has prevailed; overcoming all the challenges that have been hurdled at them. After speaking with Frank about the band’s career he seems to take things in stride, chalking his resilience up to being a New Yorker who loves the pressure – in fact he thrives on it.

Since the band Big 4 Tour in 2010 with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth; Anthrax has found its stride, gained momentum, and feels rejuvenated. To prove it, they release a monster CD Worship Music in 2011 which was met with critical acclaim and sales. In 2016 they released, For All Kings which could possibly be the band’s best work to date. I’ve interviewed countless musicians and rock star and found Frank to be a regular guy; grounded quite possibly by his modest Italian upbringing. A guy that knows what is important and they follows it through. With his partners Scott Ian [guitar], Charlie Benante [drums], Joey Belladonna [vocals] and newest member Jon Donais [lead guitar], the band is playing better, writing better, and working harder than ever before. He sums up his career in Anthrax in one statement – “We’ve rolled with the punches and we never went down!”

I caught up with Frank prior to leaving on a 7 week tour of the US with Slayer and Death Angel to talk about the band’s career and the legacy they have forged!

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Calgary Metalfest To Host Live Charity Auction (Sept 14-17) For Make-A-Wish Foundation

September 6th, 2016
by J P

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Calgary Metalfest To Host Live Charity Auction (Sept 14-17) For Make-A-Wish Foundation

2016 Line Up w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice,
Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More!

Tickets & VIP Passes On Sale here

Download Calgary MetalFest Posters here

 

Since 2013, Calgary Metalfest has raised $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta! This year they plan to shatter that record and raise $10,000 to sponsor an ENTIRE wish for a child.

This auction is a live one that will occur between band sets during the fest at all venues. You must be there to be part of the auction.

The following items will be available for auction with more to come!

The list so far:
– Jeff Waters of Annihilator will be donating one of his guitars!!!

– Tony Iommi signature model Epiphone SG donated by Ross Ingall of Too Metal For Church on Metal Nation Radio

– An amazing nightscape print on metal donated by the impeccableMonika Deviat of Deviant Optiks Photography

– Each night’s respective 4’X6′ poster will be signed by all the bands and auctioned off. Donated by Creative Factor and Big Nate Productions

– A signed Tenacious D photograph donated by Daryl Buchanan of superstarphotos.ca

– A signed photo of you and your favourite band, taken, printed and signed that night. Donated by superstarphotos.ca

-Tickets to other festivals through the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance. Donated by Armstrong MetalFest – AMFLoud As Hell Festivaland others.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WOULD LIKE TO DONATE ITEMS TO THE AUCTION, SEND AN EMAIL TO calgarymetalfest [at] gmail dot com ATTN Charity Auction 2016

Schedule and more items to come! For more info, follow here.

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On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions Proudly Present: A Historic Night of Canadian Metal! International touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment. A real collection of thrash metal pioneers, this bill has never happened anywhere in the world! Info here.

Tickets and VIP Passes on sale through https://calgarymetalfest.com and at Sloth Records in Calgary.

New this year, VIP packages will be offered and include sound check viewings, band meet and greets, and autograph sessions. Check out http://calgarymetalfest.com and http://bignateproductions.com for more info!

Friday, September 16th at Dickens Pub, Portland-based TOXIC HOLOCAUST will headline their first Calgary appearance since 2011. Support by DISCIPLES OF POWER, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, FORNICATION, BLACK PESTILENCE and CONCRETE FUNERAL. Info here.

Thursday, September 15th at Distortion sees THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER in their first ever Western Canadian performance with support from CRYSTAL MESS, SAVAGE STREETS, PROFITS OF CRIME and ACCOSTAL. Info here.

Wednesday, September 14th Kick-off Party at The Ship and Anchor, FREE SHOW with THE CADAVOR DOG, W.M.D., IN/VERTIGO, BLACKBIRD ELECTRIC, OUTLETS BAND. Info here.

About:

Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, started in 2012 by Nathan “Nate Reno” Renaud after his experiences working at Monsters of Rock in 2008 and as Stage and Production Manager of Noctis Metalfest from 2008 to 2013. Nate also founded and plays bass in KYOKTYS and is a live and studio audio engineer with over forty titles and hundreds of shows to his credit. Check him out at http://bignateproductions.com.

Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year! Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more.

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Vagos MetalFest-Day Two by Keith Devereux

September 6th, 2016
by J P

Vagos MetalFest 2016, Day Two

Quinta do Ega, Vagos, Portugal

Review and photos by Keith Devereux

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Following an excellent first day, expectations were high for the second and sadly final day of the new Vagos MetalFest. On Saturday, the quality of bands had been exceptional and the whole venue, from the ‘village’ of shops and tents outside the stage area to the people waiting for the first band of the afternoon, Godvlad, were relaxed and waiting for the show to start.

As on the first day, the festival started promptly at 17:00 and there was a good sized crowd waiting to welcome the local gothic metal band from Aveiro, Godvlad. Fronted by the charismatic and beautiful Vanessa Cabral, the band also featured Sérgio Carrinho on bass and vocals, Hugo Ribeiro on drums, Pedro Miranda and Nuno Fontes on guitars and Paulo Martins on keyboards. For a band that has been around since 2006, Godvlad only have three discs behind them; the self-titled Godvlad (2011), the EP Bipolar (2014) and their 2016 album Dark Streets of Heaven, but they handled opening the second day of the festival with dash and vigour. Dancing around the stage with boundless energy, Vanessa’s angelic voice echoed around the venue, contrasted with the guttural growling of Sérgio. The guitar work of Pedro and Nuno was just excellent, backed up by powerful drumming by Hugo Riveiro. Being a local band, they seemed to have brought a vocal fan club with them, but their excellent rendition of songs from Bipolar and Dark Streets of Heaven surely made them many more.

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Setlist: Keep on moving, Urban Tribes, Satisdiction, Bipolar, Praise Your Queen, Game Of Shades, Broken.

Aside from the day’s headline act, Helloween, the most anticipated band of the day for me was the next on stage, the dark/gothic metal band Heavenwood – although Godvlad had done such a good job that I still wanted to hear more from them. Also a local Portuguese band, from Vila Nova de Gaia near Porto, Heavenwood have had a difficult history, having formed in 1992, broken up in 2001 then reformed in 2003, they have released five studio albums including their most recent album, The Tarot of The Bohemians.

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The appearance by Heavenwood was greeted rapturously by the crowd, and their powerful start with ‘The Arcadia Order’ from their 2011 release Abyss Masterpiece got them off to a great start. Growling out two songs from The Tarot of The Bohemians, Ernesto Guerra’s strong vocals then gave us ‘Rain of July’ from their second album Swallow (1998) much to the delight of the crowd who cheered and sang along to the chorus. Unsure how they would top that, Ernesto then introduced Sandra Oliveira, from the Portuguese band Blame Zeus, as ‘The High Priestess’ who performed an excellent version of the song of the same name from The Tarot of The Bohemians.

The disappointing thing about these festivals is that the sets are often far too short – especially for the bands on early in the day – and although the band were visibly pleased with the affection shown by the crowd, delivering an enthusiastic and energetic performance, their set had to come to an end. After delivering a robust and energetic performance of ‘Emotional Wound’ from their first album, Diva, they finished their show with ‘Suicidal Letters’ from Swallow. All too soon, this rare performance from one of Portugal’s great metal bands was over.

Setlist: The Arcadia Order, The Empress, The Juggler, Rain Of July, The High Priestess (with Sandra Oliveira), Emotional Wound, Suicidal Letters.

From gothic metal to death metal, as the Swedish band Tribulation took to the stage. Right from the start, when during the sound check large sticks of incense appeared on each side of the stage, we knew that we were in for something special. When Tribulation finally appeared, pale made-up faces and androgynous theatricality from guitarist Jonathan Hultén, they were a breath of fresh air – certainly not to detract from the previous bands, but Tribulation were setting us up for an excellent evening of metal.

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Concentrating on songs from their most recent album, The Children of the Night, Tribulation – with Johannes Andersson on bass and vocals, Adam Zaars and Jonathan Hultén on guitars and Jakob Ljungberg on drums – delivered a blistering performance. Theatricality aside, the band was filled with excellent musicians which had the crowd reacting as Tribulation encouraged them to dance and cheer along with the music.

Setlist: Strange Gateways Beckon, Melancholia, Rånda, Ultra Silvam, The Motherhood of God, When the Sky is Black With Devils.

Next on stage was Discharge. A musical revelation for Vagos since these guys are more punk than metal. Discharge have been around since the heady days of punk, formed in the UK in 1977 by ‘Rainy (Royston Wainwright), ‘Bones’ (Anthony Roberts) and ‘Tezz’ (Terence Roberts), they have been through many changes and now feature, as well as the three founding members, ‘Proper’ (David Caution) on drums and ‘J.J.’ (Jeff Janiak) on vocals. Discharge were awesome. They never stood still and pounded out rapid anarchic songs one after the other, ‘Proper’s’ rapid and incessant drumming barely paused as they leapt and bounced around the stage, and the guitars literally ground out their sound across the venue. All the while J.J., hardly pausing for breath, shouted out his lyrics with undisguised glee. The Vagos crowd loved their aggressive breakneck music, jostling one another in circle pits, nearly overwhelming security with crowd surfing and cheering along to songs that anyone could barely understand. As if suddenly remembering the crowd they were here for, guitarist ‘Tezz’ dedicated a song to the late great Lemmy and when J.J. screamed at the crowd: “are we metal enough for you?” I think he should have been asking, “are you punk enough for us, Vagos?” From the reaction and mayhem in the crowd, the answer could only have been … ‘yes’.

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After Discharge, everyone was quite breathless as to what could come next, though we did not have long to wait as Fintroll took to the stage. This Finnish folk metal band, made up of ‘Vreth’ (Mathias Lillmåns) on vocals, ‘Skrymer’ (Samuli Ponsimaa) and ‘Routa’ (Mikael Karlbom) on guitars, ‘Tundra’ (Sami Uusitalo) on bass, ‘Virta’ (Aleksi Virta) on keyboards and ‘Mörkö’ (Heikki Saari) on drums, brought a little faerie whimsy to Vagos, with their long pointed ears, armour and painted faces. Truly the Finn-troll of legend.

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Following the raw energy of Discharge, the folk metal of Finntroll with their screaming guitars counterpointed with Vreth’s growling vocals behind his large custom microphone, almost obscuring his face, raised the spirits of an already excited crowd. In front of the stage circle pits formed, and even a huge wheel as the crowd danced and partied away. Finntroll presented nothing new, and the songs were mainly from their most recent album, Blodsvept (‘Shrouded in Blood’, 2013) but their music was mischievous, infectious and energetic and their closing performance of ‘Under bergets rot’ (‘Beneath the Mountains Root’) from their 2010 album Nifelvind (‘Underworld’s Winds’) was the culmination of an excellent performance. Probably by that time of the evening the best performance on an afternoon that was packed with excellence.

Setlist: Blodsvept, Mordminnen, Nattfödd, Solsagan, När Jättar Marschera, Svartberg, Skogsdotter, Häxbrygd, Jaktens tid, Trollhammaren, Under bergets rot.

And then it was Helloween. We knew we were in for something special during the sound check as the drum kit was raised above the level of the stage and a giant inflatable Halloween pumpkin Liberty was raised behind the platform. Sure enough, Helloween was a lesson and Vagos was well and truly schooled in the best classic metal from this German power metal band.

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Accompanied by ‘Walls of Jericho’ from their debut album of the same name – itself a variation of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ – vocalist Andi Deris, who has been with the band since 1994, was joined on stage by Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner on guitars, Markus Grosskopf on bass, and Daniel Löble on drums. With sixteen albums behind them since their formation in 1984, Helloween gave us the full range of their greatest songs, whether it was ‘My God-Given Right’ (My God-Given Right, 2015) with Deris encouraging the crowd to sing along to the chorus, to the 1990s ‘Where the Rain grows’ and ‘Power’ (from Master of the Rings [1994] and The Time of the Oath [1996], respectively).

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After several songs, each one more rapturously received than the previous, Dani Löble treated us to an excellent drum solo, and finally the show came to an end with a medley of ‘Halloween’/’Sole Survivor’/’I Can’/’Are You Metal?’/’Keeper of the Seven Keys’. But the crowd was not finished with Helloween and they returned for a short encore. First onstage was Sascha Gerstner with an excellent guitar solo and the rest of Helloween joined him for ‘Future World’ (Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I, 1987) and ‘I Want Out’ (Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II, 1988). As the stage faded to black the packed festival breathed a collective sigh of disappointment. Helloween, with their perfect sound and lighting were a lesson of how bands should be presented; their use of spotlights counterbalanced with an excellent light show and a perfectly blended use of recordings (‘Walls of Jericho’ and the closing ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’ as the band left the stage) and absolutely perfect sound.

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Setlist: Walls Of Jericho, Eagle Fly Free, Dr. Stein, My God-Given Right, Steel Tormentor, Waiting for the Thunder, Straight Out of Hell, Heroes, Drum Solo, Where the Rain Grows, Lost in America, Power, Halloween / Sole Survivor / I Can / Are You Metal? / Keeper of the Seven Keys. Encore: Guitar Solo, Future World, I Want Out.

As on the previous evening, the show wasn’t over, but again, with the final performance starting at well past midnight not everyone, including your intrepid reporter, was able to stay. So I missed the final show of the evening, from the Portuguese gothic metal band, Moonspell.

So the first Vagos MetalFest was over and the question that needed to be asked was: how was it? According to the organisers and the mayor of the Municipality, who came to announce that there would be another festival next year, over 10,000 metal-heads attended over the two days, although there were certainly more people there on the second day. Overall the atmosphere of the festival was great, certainly much more relaxed than previous years, and the programming from Amazing Events was excellent, with inspired choices of Vektor and Fleshblood Apocalypse on the first day and Discharge and Helloween on the second. It is also of credit to Amazing that they were able to put together such a quality festival in three or four months. The idea of having a little ‘village’ outside the main festival area was great, as it gave much more space in the festival area itself, though a few seats and tables would certainly have been welcomed. Security, on the whole, were great, although they were certainly unprepared at the start for crowd surfers arriving in the pit and this needs to be part of their training next year. One disappointment for many fans was the lack of an autograph booth, although there was a nice little hut that seemed to have been prepared just for that and I caught many of the band members wandering around, signing autographs and taking selfies with fans after their performances. During the press conference they did admit that not everything they wanted was achieved so hopefully next year the organisers will be ready for that, too.

On the whole, the first Vagos MetalFest was a great success and it’s time to raise a glass to Amazing Events and the Vagos Municipality for making 10,000 metal-heads welcome, and to the second MetalFest in August 2017. Hope to see you there.

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