Matt Sotelo – Guitarist of Decrepit Birth

January 24th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Matt Sotelo of Decrepit Birth

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They are not pioneers of Death Metal but no one has or will create death metal like Decrepit Birth. And this is a statement. This is the band that challenges a metal world now rife both imitators and innovators. Metal Rules got the chance to speak with Matt Sotelo about Decrepit Birth’s influences, the new up-coming album, today’s music industry opinion, Michael Jackson and many more…


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Motörhead cancel spring European tour

January 24th, 2014
by EvilG

An official statement reads as follows:



“Many concerted, diligent and focused efforts were made by founding member, and international icon, Lemmy Kilmister to deal with a range of health issues relating to diabetes. While there has been undoubted progress, Lemmy and the band were advised by doctors that it was still too soon to resume full touring activities, and so for the good of the future, the band and Lemmy reluctantly agreed to cancel.

“No-one is hurting more over this than Lemmy, and he feels the aggravation and inconvenience of every ticket, and every method of transportation, already paid for by loyal fans in anticipation of the tour. Being a road warrior of over 50 dedicated, non-stop years, it is equally distressing for him to be unable to occupy the top lounge of the trusty tour bus (his spiritual home) but Lemmy recognises that his long-term health must win.

“It goes without saying that Lemmy profusely apologises for inconveniences caused, but he does want everyone to know that he is continuing on the road to a full recovery, and that the prognosis long-term is very good.

“Fans have shown tremendous support for Lemmy, and it has meant so much to him. As he told Rolling Stone: ‘Oh, man, the fans were unbelievable when I got sick. No bitching. It was all, take your time, get better, don’t worry, we’ll wait for you, get well.’

“Rome was not built in a day… like Lemmy’s health. But there is some strong light at the end of the tunnel here. We thank you so very much for your continued love, support and understanding.”



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PANTERA’s Far Beyond Driven Celebrates 20th Anniversary

January 23rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Two-Disc Anniversary Edition of Pantera’s Metal Milestone
Includes Newly Remastered Version Of Original Album,
Plus A Live Performance From The 1994 Monsters of Rock Festival
Available From Rhino On March 25


Pantera reached a major milestone in 1994 when the legendary metal band’s seventh studio album, Far Beyond Driven, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, becoming the fastest-selling album of the group’s career and its second consecutive platinum release. Not only a commercial success, the album also earned positive reviews around the world for the beautiful brutality of its all-out sonic assault.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of that landmark album and Rhino is celebrating with a special two-disc version that includes a newly remastered version of the album, along with a live performance from the 1994 Monsters of Rock Festival. FAR BEYOND DRIVEN: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on March 25.  A digital version will also be available.

Following the breakthrough success of 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power – which has since been certified double platinum – singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist Dimebag Darrell, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul returned in March 1994 with Far Beyond Driven. Following its #1 debut, FAR BEYOND DRIVEN remained on the Billboard album chart for seven more months and many still regard it as the heaviest album to ever top the chart.

Its 12 tracks represented a continuation of the previous album’s relentless musical onslaught with hard-hitting tracks like the first single “I’m Broken” as well as the mosh-pit classics “5 Minutes Alone” and “Slaughtered.” Another standout track was the group’s swirling acoustic cover of Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan,” which became a live favorite when Pantera hit the road to support the album later that year.

Fans already familiar with FAR BEYOND DRIVEN are in for a treat with the second disc of the 20th Anniversary Edition. Dubbed FAR BEYOND BOOTLEG – LIVE FROM DONINGTON ’94, the disc contains Pantera full live set recorded at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington, England on June 4, 1994. The 40-minute show comprises nine tracks taken from the band’s three most recent albums including: “Use My Third Arm” and “Strength Beyond Strength” from Far Beyond Driven, “Walk,” “Mouth For War,” and “This Love” off of Vulgar Display of Power, plus the title track from Cowboys from Hell as well as the live staple melding “Domination” and “Hollow.”

Track Listing

Disc One – Original Album Remastered
1.      “Strength Beyond Strength”
2.      “Becoming”
3.      “5 Minutes Alone”
4.      “I’m Broken”
5.      “Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills”
6.      “Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks”
7.      “Slaughtered”
8.      “25 Years”
9.      “Shedding Skin”
10.  “Use My Third Arm”
11.  “Throes Of Rejection”
12.  “Planet Caravan”

Disc Two – Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ‘94
1.      “Use My Third Arm”
2.      “Walk”
3.      “Strength Beyond Strength”
4.      “Domination/Hollow”
5.      “Slaughtered”
6.      “Fucking Hostile”
7.      “This Love”
8.      “Mouth For War”
9.      “Cowboys From Hell”


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CLOUDSCAPE to support ROYAL HUNT on European tour

January 22nd, 2014
by EvilG
CLOUDSCAPE to support ROYAL HUNT on European tour

CLOUDSCAPE to support ROYAL HUNT on European tour

Swedish Progressive Power Metallers CLOUDSCAPE announce a 15 show tour across Europe between February 22 and March 13, together with legendary ROYAL HUNT!

Following on from the fantastic reception of their latest album &#8220New Era&#8221, released on Dead End Exit Records (A division of RoastingHouse), CLOUDSCAPE hits the road to promote themselves and their forthcoming fifth studio album.

Since the formation, CLOUDSCAPE have gone on to play at renowned festivals such as ProgPower Europe, Sweden Rock Festival , ProgPower UK, and Bloodstock Open Air.

The release of CLOUDSCAPE´S forthcoming album is planned to may/june 2014, and during the tour, the fans will also be able to lay their hands on a limited tour album!



22.02. Sweden, Helsingborg, The Tivoli

23.02. Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio

25.02. Belgium, Verviers, Spirit of 66

27.02. Spain, Barcelona, Sala Bikini

28.02. Spain, Madrid, Sala Lemon

01.03. Spain, San Sebastian, C.C. Intxaurrondo

02.03. Spain, Zaragoza, Sala Lopez

04.03. Germany, Bremen, Meisenfrei Blues Club

05.03. UK, London, The Underworld

06.03. UK, Sheffield, Corporation

07.03. Netherlands, Uden, De Pule

08.03. Germany, Burgrieden, Riffelhof

09.03. Switzerland, Uster, Star Club

11.03. Italy, Brescia, Circolo Colony

12.03. Slovakia, Bratislava, Club Randal

13.03. Hungary, Budapest, A38


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Schwarzer Engel – band leader Dave Jason

January 22nd, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


Bandleader Dave Jason – Schwarzer Engel

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pics


From Germany comes the once piece  goth metal act Schwarzer Engel which is led by Dave Jason. In May last year came an EP titled SCHWARZE SONNE which is a preview to the studio album IN BRENNENDEN HIMMELN, with all lyrics sung in German, that came in July. Below you can read about what Dave had to say about his band, the new album, the guest performances on it as well as what the future has in store for Schwarzer Engel. Read the rest of this entry »


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SCOTT IAN: Legendary ANTHRAX Guitarist, Officially Announces “Speaking Words” Tour

January 22nd, 2014
by Celtic Bob



At this point, it’s no surprise to anyone that legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN has a lot to say. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences— SCOTT IAN certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

Following the resounding success of the UK leg of his “Speaking Words” tour, Scott is picking up the mic again for a 15-city North American leg, kicking off in Chicago, IL on February 20th.

An official “Speaking Words” tour teaser, featuring professional footage from his upcoming “Speaking Words: Live in Glasgow” DVD (pre-order coming soon), has been exclusively released via VICE Noisey today. Watch it here.

Don’t mistake this for your run-of-the-mill spoken word tour. In SCOTT IAN’s own words, “it ain’t no poetry reading” either. “Speaking Words” is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. During each show, Scott will take part in a special Q&A session with the audience.

SCOTT IAN adds, “England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Germany; I’ve been “Speaking Words” all over the world. My friends in the U.S. and Canada, you asked for it and now I finally get to bring it home! I’m looking forward to talking with ya, talking at ya and telling you some amazing tales of drunken debauchery and ridiculousness. No punches pulled, no swear word left unturned, and no question avoided in the Q&A. Let’s do this!”

A special opportunity to join a VIP meet & greet at each date is available now via SCOTT IAN’s webstore. This unique and limited event will allow you to spend time with Scott like never before. It’s a veritable post show hangout with a metal legend— one that’s sure to enrich your knowledge of not only all-things SCOTT IAN, but Anthrax and metal history in general. The VIP meet & greet also includes a special VIP laminate, banner, and other goodies. Learn more and get your passes here:

Currently Confirmed SCOTT IAN “Speaking Words” Dates:
2/20 – Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage
2/21 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
2/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
2/24 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
2/25 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo Club
2/26 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
2/27 – Ottowa, ON @ Ritual
3/01 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ramshead Live: Power Plant Live
3/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
3/04 – Boston, MA @ Hard Rock Cafe
3/05 – New York, NY @ BB Kings
3/06 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
3/07 – West Warwick, RI @ Manchester 65
3/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

With a career spanning three decades, Scott is heralded as metal elite. As the co-founding member of Anthrax, SCOTT IAN helped to create the thrash metal genre in the 1980’s. Anthrax have sold over 10 million records worldwide, have multiple Gold and Platinum awarded recordings, multiple Grammy nominations and have toured the world over on roughly 90+ tours since 1984. SCOTT IAN is recognized as a constant and unanimously recognizable figure in the worlds of music, poker, comics, movies and television. Currently, SCOTT IAN hosts Blood & Guts for the Nerdist Channel, and along with Anthrax, is writing songs for their presently untitled 11th studio album, due out in 2014.

For more information on SCOTT IAN, please visit these websites:
Official SCOTT IAN:
Official Anthrax:
Twitter: @Scott_Ian


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Carpathian Forest @ Camden Underworld, London

January 22nd, 2014
by UK Team

Carpathian Forest

@ Camden Underworld, London

14th December 2013

Review by Ben Spencer

Photography by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography

Carpathian Forest @ The Underworld, Camden

Carpathian Forest @ The Underworld, Camden

After arriving to Camden Underworld early to interview Carpathian Forest before hand, the bright lights of the venue were accompanied by Eastern Front’s sound check within a near empty room. This was without question soon to change. After the informative conversation and back story behind tonight’s head liners, the darkly dressed Black Metal disciples soon flooded into the venue like a mass black wave, eagerly anticipating the return of a band whose last sighting upon English shores was around 2005.
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KILL RITUAL – Unveil ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’ Cover Artwork

January 21st, 2014
by EvilG
KILL RITUAL - ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’

KILL RITUAL – ‘The Eyes Of Medusa’

SF Bay Area Metallers KILL RITUAL featuring former members of Imagika and Dark Angel will release their second album, “The Eyes Of Medusa“, on April 4 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix (SABATON, PRIMAL FEAR) and can be seen below.

Recordings were done at Fossil Sound; San Jose CA and Fang Studio; San Mateo CA. Production/engineering was again handled by KILL RITUAL guitarist Steven Rice. Mix and master completed by Steven Rice & Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND).


01. The Eyes Of Medusa
02. Hair Trigger
03. Never Get Me
04. Ride Into The Night
05. Weight Of The World
06. Writing On The Wall
07. Just Another Sin
08. My Little Sister
09. Unleashed
10. Agenda 21


Josh “Crimson” Gibson – Vocals
Steven Rice – Guitars (ex Imagika)
Danyael “Laughing” Bear – Bass (ex Dark Angel)
Gee Anzalone – Drums (Brain Damage)

Formed in late 2010 by former IMAGIKA lead guitarist Steven Rice. KILL RITUAL was completed by former DARK ANGEL bassist Danyael Williams, Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson and Italian drummer Gee Anzalone (BRAIN DAMAGE).


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Ex-Anthrax Guitarist Dan Spitz: Domestic Abuse Charge Dropped

January 21st, 2014
by EvilG

WEST PALM BEACH — Dan Spitz, lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Anthrax, will not be prosecuted for his Christmas morning arrest on a domestic violence charge at home in Lake Worth, Gossip Extra has learned.

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RED DRAGON CARTEL Release Video For “Deceived” From Upcoming Debut Album

January 21st, 2014
by Celtic Bob

RDC cover

Red Dragon Cartel have been making waves since the band announced the release of their upcoming debut last year. Now, the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley are unveiling their debut video for the song “Deceived.” The song comes from their soon-to-be-released Frontiers Records album Red Dragon Cartel out on January 28th. The video for the song can be seen at and fans that pre-order the album digitally on iTunes at receive the song as an instant download. The album is also available for pre-order on at

Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Sass Jordan, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

Red Dragon Cartel will be hitting the road in the road in March to showcase Jake E Lee’s return to the world. The tour kicks off March 5th in Tempe, AZ and runs all the way through April 6th, where it wraps up in Seneca, NY. The tour will make stops in Oklahoma City, Houston, Raleigh and Philadelphia to name a few. The band will also be heading over to Europe where they are confirmed to perform at this year’s Download Festival in Donnington, England and the famed Sweden Rock Festival. More dates are being added around the world as the band looks to bring the music of Red Dragon Cartel to every corner of the globe.

From the opening riff of “Deceived” to final sustained piano chord of “Exquisite Tenderness,” it is clear Red Dragon Cartel has created an album that stands amongst some of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Infectious songs such as “Shout It Out,” “Wasted” and “Slave” showcase the band’s ability to write memorable hooks and vocal melodies. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick lends his voice to the track “Feeder” and a lyric video for the song can be seen at Maria Brink of In This Moment lends her unique vocals to the track “Big Mouth.” Paul Di’Anno and Sass Jordan also lend their talents to the band’s debut. Jake E. Lee’s trademark playing style instantly shines through and picks up right where he left off.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest – November 8-10, 2013

January 19th, 2014
by Robert Williams

Fun Fun Fun Fest – November 8-10, 2013

Reviewed by Robert Williams

The eighth installment of Transmission Entertainment’s Fun Fun Fun Fest featured a diverse and eclectic roster of performing artists including Snoop Lion, Jurassic 5 and Daniel Johnston but for those who chose to bang their heads to the beat of a different drum, there was also some exciting performances from thrash metal titans Slayer, the reformed Body Count, the power metal precision and virtuosity of Austin’s own Immortal Guardian, and hardcore punk legends like Subhumans, Cro-Mags and Flag (basically everyone from Black Flag except the main songwriter and figurehead, guitarist Greg Ginn). Canvassing the entirety of the outdoor Auditorium Shores venue, there was also extreme sports skateboarding and bicycling demonstrations, Anarchy Championship Wrestling and a taco cannon that fired rounds of edible ammunition into the audience.

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Original TROUBLE Drummer Launches Beer/Schedules Meet And Greets

January 18th, 2014
by EvilG

Leigh Olson Management and Media Relations

Original TROUBLE drummer JeffOlyOlson will launch a Belgium-style stout named RED HOWES with Allagash Brewing Company set for release on Saturday, January 25th. The limited bottles will be sold in 750 ml and will be distributed nationwide on draft.

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AMON AMARTH premiere epic production video for ‘Father of the Wolf’

January 18th, 2014
by EvilG

AMON AMARTH premiered their stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour-taking place last night in Las Vegas (Friday January 17). Fans who did not attend this show are now able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at

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Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) guest appearance on DESERT’s upcoming album

January 18th, 2014
by EvilG

From DESERT: “Horns up, Warriors! Now we can officially confirm, that one of the special guests on our upcoming album will be the one and only – Mr. Ralf Scheepers ! The legendary voice of Primal Fear, Gamma Ray and Tyran’ Pace. Ralf kindly agreed to contribute his voice to one of the songs on our new record. We are still excited, that one of the best Metal singers in the world, who’s voice built our musical taste something like for 20 years, had sang one of the most killing and powerful songs we ever wrote !!! We have no patience to show you the results of this collaboration!”

Stay tuned for more breaking news \m/


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Best of 2013: Top 30

January 18th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2013: Top 30

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2013 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal “best of” lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book of 2013, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2014, personal metal discovery of 2013, and various other related categories. Enjoy!

The Top 30 Heavy Metal Albums of 2013

1. Black Sabbath – 13 (Vertigo/Universal Records)

Black Sabbath - 13

Black Sabbath – 13

When it was announced that the original Black Sabbath would reunite to record a new album, their first new material in over three decades, fans were both ecstatic while some were skeptical. While the album wasn’t rated at #1 in all of our personal lists, it was highly placed in many of our staffs list, thereby slightly surpassing #2. Where 13 really succeeds is in providing some much needed closure to a heavy metal journey 40+ years strong. The fact that Ozzy, Tony, and Geezer felt like that they still had one more in them is reason enough to give 13 a fair listen. Decide for yourself. Credit the band for getting it together and putting this album out, perhaps the passing of Dio and other metal icons along with Iommi’s cancer providing the impetus needed and realization that there might be no tomorrow. Ultimately, 13 contains many of the trademarks of early Sabbath while coming across as more consistent than say the debut. Perhaps a bit too slow, and lacking any real experimental dash, 13 cannot deliver Sabbath back to the glory days, and really who could expect it, even though it is the first Sabbath album to ever reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts. However, there is no question that this comes very close to the sound of the early 70s with a different and modern production.

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