December 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

revolution saints

Three icons of rock music are combining their talents for the creation of one of the most anticipated new projects of 2015. Revolution Saints is the newest power trio to arrive on the scene and features guitar skills by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). The band has just released the video for the song “Turn Back Time” from their self-titled debut that is being released in North America on February 24th via Frontiers Music SRL. The video was directed by Devin DeHaven known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly. The video can be seen here:

From the opening notes of “Back On My Trail” to the piano outro on the album-closer “In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song),” it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs “Locked Out Of Paradise,” “Dream On” and “Here Forever” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen’s band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on “Way To The Sun” and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on “You’re Not Alone.” The album’s 80’s vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, butwith a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes at will receive an automatic download of “Turn Back Time.”

“It’s a fun record. It’s not safe. It is a musician’s record,” states Castronovo.

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here:
Alessandro Del Vecchio produced the album.

The track listing for Revolution Saints is:
1.      Back On My Trail
2.      Turn Back Time
3.      You’re Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4.      Locked Out Of Paradise
5.      Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6.      Dream On
7.      Don’t Walk Away
8.      Here Forever
9.      Strangers To This Life
10.   Better World
11.   How To Mend A Broken Heart
12.   In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song)

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UFO Reveal Track Listing to new Album A Conspiracy of Stars

December 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Of course you don’t need to attach more importance to this piece of news than it necessarily has, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned: for the first time in more than 20 years, one of the most British rock bands in music history has recorded a studio album in their native country. Their latest offering is entitled A Conspiracy Of Stars, was cut by rock legend UFO and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start. The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) may be considered another successful element in a thoroughly consistent release. To cut a long story short: their 22nd studio recording to date sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in a homogeneous whole.

A Conspiracy Of Starspresents UFO’s current line-up for the first time: along with the original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, American bassist Rob De Luca joining the fold in 2012. De Luca is not only a brilliant instrumentalist but has also contributed two of the album tracks as a songwriter. The majority of the new material was composed by Vinnie Moore, the album also featuring a song by Paul Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. The lyrics were penned by frontman Phil Mogg.

Track Listing Digipak:
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
04. Sugar Cane
05. Devils In The Detail
06. Precious Cargo
07. The Real Deal
08. One And Only
09. Messiah Of Love
10. Rolling Rolling
11. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)

Track Listing Jewel Case:
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
04. Sugar Cane
05. Devils In The Detail
06. Precious Cargo
07. The Real Deal
08. One And Only
09. Messiah Of Love
10. Rolling Rolling

Track Listing LP:
Side 1
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
Side 2
01. Sugar Cane
02. Devils In The Detail
03. Precious Cargo
Side 3
01. The Real Deal
02. One And Only
03. Messiah Of Love
Side 4
01. Rolling Rolling
02. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)

23 February 2015 will see the European release (Scandinavia: 18 February 2015 / Germany: 20 February 2015 / US: 3 March 2015) as Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl colored double LP and download.

Fri 20 Germany, Barby – Rautenkranz
Sat 21 Germany, Berlin – K17
Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück – Saal Stock
Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club
Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
Thu 26 Germany, Bochum – Zeche
Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg – Kubana
Sat 28 Germany, Affalter – Zur Linde
Mon 02 Germany, Rostock – Mau Club
Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola
Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  – Forum Palace
Fri 06 Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat
Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  – Riffelhof
Tue 10 Germany, Osterode – Dorster Festhalle
Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg – Jazzhaus
Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug – Choller Halle
Thu 16 England, Norwich – Waterfront
Fri 17 England, Cambridge – Junction
Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19 England, Manchester – Ritz
Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin – The Academy
Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast – The Limelight
Fri 24 England, Glasgow – O2 ABC
Sat 25 England, Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sun 26 England, Leeds – O2 Academy
Tue 28 England, Nottingham – Rock City
Thu 30 England, Bristol – O2 Academy
Fri 01 England, Falmouth – Pavilion
Sat 02 England, Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 03 England, Salisbury – City Hall
Tue 05 England, Brighton – Concorde 2
Wed 06 England, Oxford – O2 Academy
Thu 07 England, London – HMV Forum

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EXODUS to Perform at Monster Energy “Welcome To Rockville”

December 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob
Exodus circa 2014

Exodus circa 2014

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Jacksonville, Florida’s Metropolitan Park on April 25 & 26! Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS are along for the ride this year, joining a stacked rock line-up including Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, the triumphant return of Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men and many more (see below for full current band listing).

The exact date that EXODUS will perform will be announced next year.

A discounted ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is available from Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 AM ET through Friday, December 12 at 9:59 AM ET. A password for access to the ticket pre-sale can be obtained via, local Florida, Georgia and Alabama rock radio stations, and select rock media outlets.

Also visit the site above for VIP ticket info, pricing, hotel packages, and more. Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy now and save.

The current band lineup for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is as follows: Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queensrÿche, Live, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Motionless In White, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Periphery, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Exodus, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm, Upon A Burning Body, Beartooth, Islander, ’68, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, World Gone, with more to be announced.

EXODUS just wrapped up their very successful tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. EXODUS is currently finishing up a run of headline shows to cap off the tour. See below for all remaining tour dates.

Remaining EXODUS Headline Dates:
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
12/13 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA
12/14 – Strummers – Fresno, CA

On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week, which concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date. Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.

EXODUS sites:

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Unheralded Metal god BOB DAISLEY (Bassist / Lyricist / Songwriter) comments on Classic Rock ‘Roll Of Honour Awards’

December 9th, 2014
by EvilG
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Bbob Daisley and Ozzy

Legendary bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Black Sabbath) has posted the following message on Facebook:

“In this year’s recent Classic Rock ‘Roll Of Honour Awards’, Ozzy Osbourne was presented with the Classic Album Award for our Blizzard Of Ozz album. After the ceremony, Randy Rhoads’ brother and sister, Kelle and Kathy, were taken aside and secretly handed a paper bag containing an award for Randy for his contribution to the album. I find this insulting and disrespectful to the Rhoads family and, in particular, to Randy.

I’d like to know why Randy’s award wasn’t presented publicly to the Rhoads family members, and why drummer Lee Kerslake and I weren’t even mentioned. That album was not a solo Ozzy Osbourne record, as many have been wrongly led to believe. It was a work of art made by four people, the band called The Blizzard Of Ozz. I co-wrote the music with Randy, I wrote more than 90% of the lyrics, and the four band members played on and co-produced the album together, so why did Classic Rock choose to acknowledge only one member of the band?

I do not begrudge Ozzy receiving his award, but I’d like to know why Randy wasn’t acknowledged ceremoniously and why Lee and I weren’t even mentioned, let alone given an award for our significant contributions to that album. Classic Rock should know better, and they should be ashamed!”

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1349 Interview with Ravn

December 9th, 2014
by UK Team

1349 Interview with Ravn

The Underworld, Camden

19th November, 2014

Interview by Caitlin Smith



While 1349 may not have been around when black metal exploded at the beginning of the 90s, but 17 years on they have still managed to carve themselves as a stable in any black metal fan’s repertoire. Heading out to once again spread their darkness across Europe on the back of their latest album release, Massive Cauldron of Chaos, Metal-rules catches up with vocalist Ravn in the Underworld, Camden for a chat about all things black metal.

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1349 @ The Underworld, Camden

December 8th, 2014
by UK Team


@ The Underworld, Camden

19th November, 2014

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Oliver M.


It may have been 3 years since infamous black metal band 1349 spread their plague ridden offerings across UK soil, but they have certainly not been forgotten. Despite being a school night for most, the underworld seemed rife with a scourge of black metal fans packing into Underworld for a night of Norwegian darkness.
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STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS Sign to Spinefarm

December 8th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Five nutcases. A whole bunch of instruments. The Finnish countryside. All that adds up to STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS. This ragtag crew has been active since 2011, but they hit like a hammer in the summer of 2014, thanks to the popularity of their YouTube videos, which found them offering up S’N’S’ed versions of metal classics like Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck“.

The videos have earned praise and coverage from the elite of the metal world, with Guitar World, Revolver, Loudwire, Blabbermouth and Metal Sucks picking up on and writing about their efforts. ‘Nuff said.

Now you have the chance to see and hear STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS for yourself, as the band has signed to Spinefarm.

Banjo keeps a rollin’ and accordion keeps on burnin’. Your quality of life will probably be greatly improved once you mindmeld with this musical experience. Hold on to your hats and skirts, kids!

STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS are: Pukki Kaalinen on double bass and vocals; Wild Till Hiltunen on accordion, mandolin and Casio; Herman de German on banjo, guitar and vocals; Remmel on vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin; and Puikkonen on drums, percussions and vocals.

One thing STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS want you to know? They are not a joke act or a novelty.

“It took us about three years to get the sound we were aiming at,” the band said of its origins and history. “We wanted to give a new life to songs we grew up with, not just do basic covers, and our agency provided the opportunity. Our agency needed a ‘concept band’ for theme events in restaurants. Now, we had been doing those kind of gigs before and knew the places to be probably half-empty. Still, it sounded like a fun project, so we took the job. After the first 20-gig tour, we wanted to keep on doing it and they kept on booking us gigs in nightclubs, pubs, cruise boats and such. After replacing our singer, we posted ‘The Trooper’ video on YouTube simply because we hadn’t published anything with the new lineup. Then it just took off somehow. But we aren’t complaining!”

Three years of touring in Finland brought the band some local attention. But it was those videos posted on YouTube that have already brought the band further acclaim than it ever imagined. “All of this started out as a much more small-scale operation, but hey, we’ll take all we can get!,” they said.

The band is working its first album at Studio Bad Mama, which is located at the outskirts of its hometown. The concept is a mixture of S’N’S’s love for music and a celebration of childhood idols.

Despite the fun nature of the band, it’s not a novelty act, with STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS saying, “Even though we like to have fun with music we also truly take it seriously. That’s why we feel that Spinefarm is just the label for us. We’ve been basically working on songs that we find interesting and what makes us feel good and laugh. It looks like accidentally other people found them interesting too. We’re absolutely stunned to be working on our first album with Spinefarm. It’s important to us that label is also all about music.”

Want another taste of STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS? Have it HERE, as the band offers up its take on Metallica’s epic power ballad “Nothing Else Matters.”

Also, check out their take on Dio’s classic “Holy Diver”.

Are you blown away yet?

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Slayer / Suicidal Tendencies / Exodus, The Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA, November 26, 2014

December 8th, 2014
by Infamous Butcher

Slayer / Suicidal Tendencies / Exodus

The Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Bethlehem, PA

November 26, 2014

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf


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NIGHTWISH – ‘Élan’ single details; out on February 13, 2015

December 8th, 2014
by EvilG
NIGHTWISH 'Élan', out on February 13, 2015

NIGHTWISH ‘Élan’ single, out on February 13, 2015

EXCITING NEWS! We are proud to announce the release of our first single called ‘Élan’, which will be out on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast!

“Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave
To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”

– Walt Whitman

Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing ‘Élan’. The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It´s important to surrender yourself to the occasional ‘free fall’ and not to fear the path less travelled by. ‘Élan’ is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual Journey of Grandeur to come…”

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Swamp Leper Swamp Tour 2014 – Calgary

December 7th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Swamp Leper Stomp Tour 2014

Death To All Tours

with Obituary, Massacre & Rivers of Nihil

November 21, 2014

Review & Photos by Monika Deviat

DTA Photo © Monika Deviat

DTA Photo © Monika Deviat

Swamp Leper Stomp ’14, is the latest edition of the Death To All (DTA) tours to cross North America. DTA features former members of Death, celebrating the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner. Joining DTA for the North American trek were a couple of Florida death metal legends; Obituary and Massacre, as well as new comers from Pennsylvania, Rivers of Nihil.

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Adrian Erlandsson – At The Gates, The Haunted, Paradise Lost

December 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen




 Adrian Erlandsson is known for his work with several bands, but especially The Haunted, Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth and of course At The Gates. The last mentioned returned with the ultimate comeback album called WAR WITH THE REALITY proving the band still kicks and is able to create lethal riffs and above all, one hell of an album. At The Gates recently made the first club tour crisscrossing Finland and Metal-Rules.Com had a great privilege to talk briefly before the five piece hit the stage.

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HERFST to work with DAN SWANÖ again for upcoming release

December 7th, 2014
by EvilG

Belgian necromantic metallers Herfst are entering the studio to record the successor to their self-released ‘The Deathcult Pt. I: An Oath in Darkness’. For the second time in a row, the band will join forces with UNISOUND Studios where none other than renowned producer DAN SWANÖ will be responsible for mixing and mastering.

The band aim for an early 2015 release and have already released a snippet from an early preproduction, which can be listened via the link

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HELL OVER EUROPE: Aborted Origin Exhumed Miasmal Oslo Norway

December 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen



Pokalen Pub, Oslo, Norway, 25.11.2014

Review and pictures by Petri da Costa


Late November started the Hell Over Europe tour featuring an amazing line up of death/grind bands such as Miasmal, Exhumed, Origin and Aborted. This was one of those tour packages that fans of the genre couldn’t miss, and although the Pokalen Pub wasn’t packed as I had imagined beforehand, there was a good turn out of fans, especially considering that the gig happened on a Tuesday.

Even though it was advertised in some internet pages that the gig would start at 8pm, the first band, Miasmal from Sweden, had already started to play around 7.30 pm. Unfortunately I arrived a bit before 20 and was unable to see the whole Miasmal gig, and at that point there weren’t even many fans presented at the Pokalen. Nevertheless the Swedes delivered the goods and they are one of those the bands to be on the look out.

To keep things on a fast pace so the whole evening wouldn’t end late, Exhumed got on stage a bit after 20 and once again demonstrated why they are on a roll. With no new material to promote, however with new bassist/vocalist Matt Ferri among them, Exhumed played a mix of their latest album, like “Necrocracy”, “Coins Upon The Eyes”, “Dysmorphic” and their classic stuff like “Forged in Fire”, “Necromaniac”, “Limb from Limb” and others. It was great to see that their “mascot”, the maniac surgeon, made also an apperance couple of times, “killing” guitarrist Bud Burke, waving the saw and also taking an bloody head from the microwave and pooring blood among the first row fans. They closed their short but powerfull set with “All Guts, No Glory” and “As Hammer to Anvil”.

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Now with more fans inside Pokalen, some who didn’t even know that Miasmal and Exhumed had already played, Origin hit the stage in a phenomenal and brutal way. The band has been promoting “Omnipresent” and their energy on stage was non stop. From “Expulsion of Fury” to“Redistribution of Filth” to “Saligia”, Origin gig had some stage dives and a wall of death during their technical and heavy set. Without a doubt their gig was a madhouse.

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 Finally it was time for the mighty Aborted to keep the crowd going and end the night. The band has been on the road promoting their killer new album, “The Necrotic Manifesto” and was also on top form. Drummer Ken Bedene seemed to play in such an efortless way, altough playing fast and brutal, it was something to watch and admire. Obviously with the new album out, they played songs like “The Extirpation Agenda”, “Necrotic Manifesto”, “Cenobites” and Matt Harvey from Exhumed joined Aborted to sing with Sven during “Coffin Upon Coffin”, which was one of the highlights of the night.

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And just like, fast & brutal, the Hell Over Europe ended in Oslo. This tour package was one of the best of the year and hopefully tour packages like this, featuring great death/grind bands, will continue to come to Europe and also everywhere else, since it’s something that the fans wouldn’t miss it.

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 Interview with Chen Balbus, of Orphaned Land

December 7th, 2014
by UK Team

7th November 2014

Interview by Victoria Fenbane

Metal Rules UK Team member Victoria Fenbane, grabbed an interview with Chen Balbus, guitarist for Israeli oriental metal act Orphaned Land , before they took the stage at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London.  They discussed the band’s musical influences from home, the inevitable politics questions and how the band ended up becoming associated with the metal fusion belly dance phenomenon.

Orphaned Land 2013 Promo Photo

Orphaned Land

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Aborted – Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé

December 7th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen



Interview by Petri Da Costa Seppänen

Aborted has had a terrfic year so far. The new album, “The Necrotic Manifesto”, came out earlier this year and has gathered many positive reviews from the press and fans. Not only that, the band is close to celebrate 20 years of existence and this year they played many gigs bringing their gory death/grind to the masses. I caught up with lead vocalist and founder of Aborted, Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé, while on the Hell Over Europe tour in Oslo to talk a bit about the band history, their future plans and much more.

Let’s start off talking about the the beginning of Aborted, which was almost 20 years ago. How were the early days for the band and what were the musical influences that made you form IMG_8652Aborted?

 Well, it was very different from now, that’s for sure. When we started, death metal wasn’t at its peak, it was actually on its way down because during the early 90’s death metal was doing well, but then black metal became really popular. So there wasn’t that much death metal going around. Our influences must have been mainly Carcass, Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Slayer.

You mentioned that death metal was back then on decline [in the mid 90s], so was it difficult to get the band going and people interested forming the band with you?

 It was difficult to get the right people.

Besides the musical influences you mentioned, what kind of horror or gore movies made you pursue lyrically this gore theme?

 Well, obviously the Hellraiser series was very important, also Re Animator, Evil Dead, that kind of stuff. The old 80’s slasher crap. (laughs)

Looking back now not only to the death metal scene, but the whole metal scene in Belgium, how was that?

 Well, there were more people going to shows and all that. There were way less shows too. I mean, you gotta watch everything in perspective, there’s less people at shows now but there are a lot more shows. The metal scene wasn’t doing bad, black metal and the whole Gothenburg scene was starting to explode. So back then that stuff was more popular than what we were doing.

Do you think that nowadays is a lot more easier or more difficult to get people interested in the band?

 Well, it’s easier coz the band is bigger since we worked for such a long time. On the other hand, let’s say that if the position where are now was 20 years ago, we’d be a much bigger band coz there was less going on.

Through these almost 20 years of band, you are the only remaining original member, how difficult was to keep the band going with all these line up changes and like you said, getting the right people?

 It was tough, but you do it because you like doing the music. Once we found Ken here [Ken Bedene – Aborted’s drummer], the last couple of years have been Strychnine_covereasier. We’ve been working for a bunch of years, J.B. [J.B. Van Der Wal – Aborted’s bassist ] too, he’s been on and off with us since 2008, Ken since 2010 and the other guys have been for two and half years. It’s been pretty solid the last couple of years.

But was there any point in your career when you thought that maybe you should quit facing so many difficulties?

 After the “Strychnine.213record I wanted to, but then I really didn’t want to end on a shit record, coz I hate that album, which is why we took a year break. In 2009 we didn’t do shit, then we came back 2010 with “Coronary Reconstruction” and things are getting better since then.

And through all these records, is there a specific one that you are the most proud of or one that you could say it was the turning point for the band?

 Well, the “Coronary Reconstruction” EP and the new album probably.

Let’s talk about the current tour, the Hell Over Europe. How has it been so far?

It’s been really good so far. We have done five shows now, it’s been really good. The only show that wasn’t so good was Cologne, but you know that city is known for not being so good for our style of music. But the vibe on the tour is good and everybody is nice, we all know each other for years, besides Miasmal, but yeah it’s been pretty easy.IMG_9853

You had Matt [Harvey] from Exhumed singing with you “Coffin Upon Coffin” in Hamburg, is that something that’s gonna…

He’s doing every night with us.

Oh every night? I thought it was just then that happened. That’s pretty cool. Are you joining them on stage as well or?

 Not tonight. (laughs) I don’t know, it’s up to them.

Are you guys going to extend the current album tour for next year or is this current the last one to promote “The Necrotic Manifesto”?

 I think we are still touring but it’s mainly going to be North America. As far as Europe goes, this current tour and maybe some festivals. We haven’t done US with this new album, so we wanna go once or twice next year. After that we’ll do a dvd of the 20 years of the band, with an extra cd that has all the audio from the dvd, plus maybe four new songs.

Ok, coz I was just gonna ask about the band’s 20th aniversary, so that’s the plan?

 Yes, it’s gonna be a mixture of a full live show, actually couple of live shows and a documentary but in a horror movie style. We are trying to come up with some original ideas.

You guys worked again with Jacob Hansen on the production of “The Necrotic Manifesto”, so are you guys going to work again with him since he also worked on “Global Flatline”?

We have actually done four albums with him. We were with him and we left for a few records to try out different people, but we just came back to him. I think it Aborted+-+Coronary+Reconstruction+EPfits the best for us.

Talking about the new record, you guys released a special edition on cd that came with a card game. Who came up with that idea and have you played it already?

Yeah, we played it, of course. We are all gamers, but basically Danny [Tunker – Aborted’s guitarrist] and I came up with the game and I made it in about two days. Two days of intense work.

Was this game based on something specific or a particular game that you like?

 Not really, I mean he [Danny] knew the zombie card game, so we very loosely based it on that, but basically we came up with that from start to finish.

You guys have frequently recorded a lot of covers, and recently Max Cavalera said that he liked a lot the “Arise” cover. Have you guys meet him or you found about his opion just from the press?  

 We haven’t met him, but we have seen in many interviews where he has spoken about it. We saw a picture of him with a [Aborted] t-shirt that he must have bought it somewhere, that actually was really cool to see. Last year we were on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, we were in Stockholm and we met L-G from Entombed and he was speaking very highly about our Entombed cover. It’s been really cool to get some feedback from the bands that were very influential to us back in the day.necrotic

You talked a little bit about your feelings regarding the death metal scene in Jason Netherton’s book [Extremity Retained: Notes from the Death Metal Underground], you said it was a bit more special then. I don’t know how you see this but nowadays there’s this nostalgia going on, whether is the bands releasing more vinyls and cassete tapes, plus the whole retro thrash scene, so do you think this a general feeling from most people? That back then was more special, that they want to bring back for example the 80’s feeling or how do you see this?

 I think it’s a mixture of hipsters and people who miss the old shit. I can’t imagine a 16 or a 17 year old kid missing tapes, you know what I mean? (laughs)

What about you: you like the vinyls better? Whats your take on the whole digital era?

 I listen to my music, sadly, mainly on my phone or my computer or in the car. I still have a huge cd collection, but I don’t even have a cd player here. I still buy them, but I also buy digitally, it’s just more convenient. I still love vinyls because of the artwork.

Well, thanks for the interview and hope the rest of the tour goes well!

 Thank you, right on man.

 The Official Aborted sites

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