SPV signs worldwide deal with Swedish metal outfit FULLFORCE – debut album “One” out in June 2011

April 18th, 2011
by EvilG

FULLFORCE was formed in 2009 and now consists of members Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Vocals), Stefan Elmgren (ex Hammerfall, Guitars), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Drums), CJ Grimmark (ex Narnia, Guitars) and Tommy Larsson (ex Heed, Bass). The Swedish five-piece started to write songs in order to complete their debut album and they describe their music to be a genuine blend of traditional, catchy heavy metal to more updated melodic metal with some ethnic touches which will make them a standout to within the genre. The band truly believes in their music and in late 2010 they completed the recording of 12 songs to be included on “One”.

Please note: FULLFORCE is not intended to be a project! The band is aiming to do lots of live gigs and touring…it is a real band with the ambition to record more albums over the coming years!

“After being in contact with a few interested labels during these last months, we are happy to announce the decision of becoming a part of the SPV family! SPV is a label with great Metal tradition and it’s an honor for FULLFORCE to join forces with them for the release of our debut album. In SPV we see a good vision and a great future for FULLFORCE – this is the best thing that could have happened to us!”
–  (Mike Andersson, FULLFORCE vocalist)

“There are always reservations regarding bands with ex-members of well known bands but with FULLFORCE it´s different. I think that a lot of people will be very surprised when their hear the songs. It´s great to have the band on our roster and I´m sure that there is a bright future for the band.”
– (Olly Hahn, A&R SPV Steamhammer)



FULLFORCE – “One” Tracklisting:


1 Mythomaniac (4:02)


2 None Of Your Concern (3:35)


3 Heart And Soul (3:31)


4 Oblivion (4:53)


5 Open Your Eyes (4:25)


6 Rain (4:33)


7 Suffering In Silence (3:06)


8 Walls Of Secrets (4:33)


9 Father spirit (4:51)


10 Bleed (5:07)


11 Into The Cradle (5:01)


iTunes Bonus Track:


Best Of Times (3:49)


The album “One” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on June 20th in Germany, June 23rd in Europa and on June 28th in USA/Canada.





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Vancouver Power/Death Titans ‘Unleash The Archers’ Previewing 2 Tracks

April 18th, 2011
by EvilG
Unleash The Archers Previewing 2 More Tracks

Vancouver metal heavyweights Unleash the Archers are streaming two more pre-production tracks from their upcoming release, Demons of the AstroWaste, due out this May.

The album is a concept piece telling the tale of an all-powerful sword that is created to protect mankind, but ultimately corrupts whoever wields it to evil.

General Of The Dark Army – (album track 4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI9PWxb9MkU
“With the sword firmly in hand, our protagonist journeys to a distant system to meet the General about a job,” explains vocalist Brittney Hayes, “but any work he may offer will only lead our mercenary further down the path of darkness…”

Daughters of Winterstone – (album track 5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QTal4YLek0
“This song tells of the plight of a planet called Ental, whose people have been forced to mine fuel from a mineral called Winterstone,” says Hayes. “They are enslaved by the corporation that sells the fuel, and now the General has set his sights on this precious resource.”

Kicking off with Demons of the AstroWaste release shows in Nanaimo (May 19th), Victoria (May 20-21st) and Vancouver (May 22nd), Unleash the Archers will be embarking on a massive cross-Canada tour in promotion of the album. Stay tuned for info and check them out in your town!

The band’s 2009 release, ‘Behold the Devastation’, is out on CDN Records and available at these locations:

Digital: http://unleashthearchers.bandcamp.com/

Physical: http://www.cdnrecords.com/store/product-details.php?productID=2751
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ARCH ENEMY Post ‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’ Video

April 18th, 2011
by EvilG

Extreme metal titans ARCH ENEMY present their brand new video, for the song ‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’ (directed by Patric Ullaeus / Revolver.se). Head over to KhaosLegions.com and click on the red marked countries on the world map to find out where you can watch this stunning video, which perfectly fits to the concept of the upcoming album, Khaos Legions.

Michael Amott comments: “Here’s the visual companion to our new song ‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’. As you will see – we had a riot making it! The new album is to my ears our most diverse and musical creation to date. I’m looking forward to unleashing the Khaos worldwide in a few weeks from now!”

Arch Enemy will release Khaos Legions on May 30th in Europe and June 7th in North America via Century Media Records.

Arch Enemy "Khaos Legions"

Arch Enemy "Khaos Legions"

Khaos Legions tracklisting:

‘Khaos Overture’ (instrumental)
‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’
‘Bloodstained Cross’
‘Under Black Flags We March’
‘No Gods, No Masters’
‘City Of The Dead’
‘Through The Eyes Of A Raven’
‘Cruelty Without Beauty’
‘We Are A Godless Entity’ (instrumental)
‘Cult Of Chaos’
‘Thorns In My Flesh’
‘Turn To Dust’ (instrumental)
‘Vengeance Is Mine’
‘The Zoo’
‘Snow Bound’ (acoustic)

Download the song ‘Yesterday Is Dead And Gone’ at this location.

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EPICA, ReVamp @ Scala, London

April 18th, 2011
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

EPICA with support: Revamp

@ Scala, London

15th March 2011

Review: Danny Draper

While traveling to the Scala, I was contemplating a couple of things; I hope that the sound is good and also that the singers have brought their good voice today.

I do like a female vocalist, soaring vocals over heavy guitars, gets my juices flowing as they say! But it has to be good, especially in this style of music as a poor sound or vocal performance, can turn the most beautiful of song in to the worst thing in the world.

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ANATHEMA, North Atlantic Oscillation @ Scala, London

April 18th, 2011
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


North Atlantic Oscillation @ Scala, London

17th March 2011

Review: Danny Draper

It was another bitter night for those traveling to the lofty heights of The Scala this evening. Massive queues were forming and the touts were out in force for this sold out event. Anathema with support from North Atlantic Oscillation!


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Mark “M.E.” Edwards Demos New VST AMP RACK plugin for Cubase 6

April 17th, 2011
by EvilG

Mark “M.E.” Edwards – April 17, 2011 NEWS:

Video is now available of M.E. demoing the new VST AMP RACK plugin for Cubase 6. Filmed during the NYC Club Cubase event at GUITAR CENTER on 14th street in Manhattan, M.E. is performing his instrumental ballad LOVERS. The demo features a rare public appearance of his 1968 Gibson ES-335. Thanks to Sal Pelaez of Steinberg and Club Cubase for creating the new “epic” arrangement of the backing tracks specifically for the event, as well as creating and posting the video.

Watch the video at M.E.’s YOUTUBE page or below:

Catch M.E. live at Dingbatz for the makeup of the snowed-out show with the Iron Maiden tribute band Sanctuary. The show will occur Saturday. April 23rd, 2011. M.E. and Bobby ‘Leather Lungs’ Lucas (the singer for both Overlorde and Sanctuary) will be performing some songs together. This will mark the first time they have ever performed together outside of Overlorde, and the first time they have performed together since Overlorde’s show in Chicago in May 2005. This will also be one of Bobby’s final shows with Sanctuary. So don’t miss it!

See more information at www.meflyingv.com.

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BRUCE KULICK – Solo artist, Grand Funk Railroad, Union, ex-KISS

April 17th, 2011
by Marko Syrjala

Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick



Current solo artist and Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known about his stunt with U.S. music icons KISS. However, there’s plenty more that he’s been involved with during his long career which originally started in the mid-70’s. Bruce did his first major tour in 1978 with Meat Loaf, together with his older brother Bob, and later on he worked with such famous names as Michael Bolton, Billy Squier and Good Rats before he was asked to join KISS and replace Mark St. John in 1984. During the next eleven years Bruce recorded altogether five studio albums with KISS including ASYLUM, CRAZY NIGHTS and REVENGE before band decided to make a reunion with the original Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss lineup in 1996. After KISS, Bruce started a brand new band called Union together with onetime Motley Crue singer John Corabi, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Jamie Hunting. Band released two highly acclaimed albums UNION (1998) and BLUE ROOM (2000) before they slowly disbanded out from the picture. In 2001 Kulick released his first solo album AUDIODOG and he also joined classic U.S rock band Grand Funk Railroad with whom he’s been playing since then. Now, ten years later, Bruce is as busy man as ever. The third solo album BK3 got released in 2010 and he’s been a part of numerous different projects including guest appearances on albums of such artists as Lordi, Shameless, Sebastian Gava, Tim Owens and his former KISS colleagues Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons solo releases. What did bring Bruce in Finland in year 2011 is another project called ESP (Eric Singer Project). The band, which consist of current KISS drummer and Bruce’s former colleague Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garrick (Alice Cooper) and another Bruce’s old mate John Corabi is a kind of “just for fun” type of band which keeps on doing small tours around the world every then and now when its members have free from their other commitments. ESP was originally formed in 1998 and they have released all covers album in late 90’s plus some live releases including DVD called LIVE AT THE MARQUEE (2005). ESP visited first time in Finland back in 2008 and they now returned to play again in the front of fanatic KISS ARMY FINLAND in Nosturi in Helsinki. Bruce was kind enough to give some time for us and tell all the latest news but also lot of interesting stories from the past including his early career, the state of Union and, of course, lots of interesting KISS stories and much more. Read on!

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EVILE, Elimination, Mutant @ Camden Underworld

April 17th, 2011
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

EVILE, Elimination & Mutant

@ Camden Underworld

13th February 2011

Review by Alex Agamoth

Sunday gigs are a blessing in disguise really, especially if you are having a hell of a bad weekend and everything concrete is collapsing under your feet! So what’s better than going to hell with a perfect soundtrack?  Here it is a night to remember for quite sometime!

Evile with Elimination & Mutant; pure British Thrash Metal non stop!

A unique fist in the face that makes an old metalhead like me feel as Bay Area Thrash is just happening in front of my very eyes.   

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NILE, Melechesh @ O2 Islington Academy, London

April 17th, 2011
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

NILE, Melechesh

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

13 February 2011

Review by Danny Draper

Trying to find to the O2 Academy was a bit of fun; I have never been before and didn’t realise that it’s pretty much inside a shopping centre!

Once I had arrived on this cold wet night, I was shocked to find out that three of the bands were not performing, due to a travel mishap on the way to the venue.  But, in my opinion, two of the best bands had made it!


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Sanchez – “Run The Streets” Release Date

April 16th, 2011
by EvilG

7Hard & Sanchez (Sweden) are very glad to anounce the release of their 3rd album “Run the Streets“at the 27 of May 2011 in Europe. Later this year comes the album with one bonus track in Japan and Brazil.


Sanchez Statement

“With the signing to 7hard label (Germany), this will be a killer one for die diehards of Firehouse, Dokken and Mötley Crue. This time we will get released in Japan and Brazil later this year. So get out let`s go crazy and Run The Streets! Yours, Marc, Matt, Kieven and Jose.”


SANCHEZ – One of Sweden’s finest melodic hard rock bands are back with a new melodic rock & rock n roll package. “Run The Streets” is about to take your speakers by storm, so Write down May 27 in your calendar! For all the die-hard fans of classic AOR/Glam/Hard Rock music. SANCHEZ are ready to rock the crowd and to seriously kick some butts. So check out SANCHEZ you won’t regret it.



Jose Sanchez – Vocals (ex Empire Saint), Kieven Klevmyr – Guitars, Marc White – Bass, Mr. Drumhead – Drums



1.  Stand up (For your rights)

2.  We got your love

3.  Run the streets

4.  Friends

5.  Rock & roll stars

6.  Bullet in your heart

7.  Girls

8.  Empty words

9.  Dont wanna get around

10. The gambler



Has been around in the music business Since late 80s. These guys have each one of  them a history of playing live. Some of them have played as an opening act for band such as Dee snider, Paul di Anno, White Lion, The Poodles, Easy Action. Just to name a few and with major Swedish metal acts, even been on tour in South America.


JOSE SANCHEZ who have been singing since the early 80s. He has been around in a lot of bands such as: Fierce Conviction, Lies and Empire Saint. But hes heart has always been in the glam/hardrock and AOR music. This is for sure the kick ass live band you must see! Haven’t been slapped in your face today? Then you definitely need your dose of SANCHEZ right now! For all the die-hard fans of classic AOR/Glam/Hard Rock music. SANCHEZ are ready to rock the crowd and to seriously kick some butts. They have already proved it with countless shows, that they are an energetic and devoted live act.



2011 Sanchez – Run The Streets (7Hard)

2009 Sanchez – Nightride (Blue Topaz Records)

2007 Sanchez – S/T (Artist Service)






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ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel announces DrumChannel lesson

April 16th, 2011
by EvilG

April 16, 2011 – Drummer Glen Sobel (SIXX: A.M., IMPELLITTERI, VIVIAN CAMPBELL) will conduct a worldwide live streaming lesson on the DrumChannel website this coming Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 PM PST. Glen will discuss a wide variety of topics including linear drumming, double bass patterns, playing with a click track, and the many responsibilities a drummer has on tour and in the studio. Viewers will be able to submit their questions live via the Live Chat toolbar.  The event will stream at this location: http://www.drumchannel.com/categories/DC_Live. The 1-hour lesson will wrap up with a jam between Glen and drum legend/DrumChannel host, Terry Bozzio (FRANK ZAPPA, STEVE VAI, MISSING PERSONS).

Glen Sobel was recently announced as part of the new line-up for the ALICE COOPER band. Next month they embark on the “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour which will take them to several locations around the world, including South America, Europe, Canada and the U.S.. Confirmed dates are posted at http://alicecooper.com/tour-terror .



Sobel highlights from Drum Daze 2010 in Columbus, Ohio with Glen performing along with Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL), Chris Coleman (PRINCE), Teddy Campbell (“American Idol”), and Johnny Rabb can be viewed at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX5OQWXX8i8

Glen Sobel online:

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SAXON Plan To Record With Polish Philharmonic Orchestra

April 16th, 2011
by EvilG
Saxon - Call To Arms

Saxon - Call To Arms

Eric MacKinnon at RockAAA.com recently caught up with SAXON frontman Biff Byford, who revealed some of the band’s future plans. An excerpt from the interview is available below:


Saxon frontman Biff Byford has revealed the band’s next project will see them join forces with Polish Philharmonic Orchestra to give some of their most famous songs an orchestral overhaul. The veteran rockers are thrashing out the details which will see them head for Poland for a special performance of unplugged and orchestral versions of their songs which will then be filmed for a DVD – as will the build up as part of a ‘Making of’ documentary.


In a RockAAA exclusive Byford revealed:


“We’re going to do a show with an orchestra next year in Warsaw. The guy who runs the Philharmonic Orchestra asked us to do and we fancied it as we have a quite few songs which are scored to orchestra like ‘Call To Arms’ on the new album and we’ve just done ‘Crusader’ with an orchestra which sounds fantastic, so it will be a bit unplugged and a bit orchestra and a bit of heavy metal too.


It will be filmed and we’ll do a making of, too. We don’t know exactly when that will be but we’re trying to work it out now as it is a nightmare logistically.”


Click here for more.


Saxon will release their brand new studio album, Call To Arms, via Militia Guard Music, UDR and EMI on May 23rd.


Call To Arms tracklisting is as follows:


‘Hammer Of The Gods’

‘Back In 79’

‘Surviving Against The Odds’

‘Mists Of Avalon’

‘Call To Arms’

‘Chasing The Bullet’


‘When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)’

‘No Rest For The Wicked’

‘Ballad Of The Working Man’

‘Call To Arms’ (Orchestral version)


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April 15th, 2011
by EvilG


Tom Hess, the guitar virtuoso well known worldwide for his unique guitar skills and for being the creator of the famous online guitar courses, is now officially a new member of Rhapsody Of Fire!

He recorded most of the rhythmic parts of the new upcoming album “From Chaos To Eternity” and also two guitar solos! Alex says: “I saw Tom Hess playing on stage several times and always got impressed by his great stage presence and his way of playing. When I have heard the rhythmic and the solo guitars he recorded for Rhapsody Of Fire I was blown away, I could feel that strong presence in between every single note”. Luca adds: “I know Tom since many years. He is a great person, a good friend of mine and I am not surprised of the success he’s having teaching his guitar techniques all around the world. I am really proud to have built a strong partnership with him and I will always thank him for the support he gave me when I decided to create my Neoclassical Revelation Guitar Course. Therefore I am really honored to present Tom to all the fans of Rhapsody Of Fire as I am sure he will be the one who, through his artistic talent and unique skills, will make the difference in this band for the years to come!”

And now a true gift from Rhapsody Of Fire to all their fans around the world.

From the new album “From Chaos To Eternity” you can download for free the most brutal song composed by Luca and Alex and entitled “Aeons Of Raging Darkness”. “Such song is dedicated to all the innocent people victims of the war, of the abuses, of those acts of violence that on a daily basis rape the soul of our wonderful planet” says Luca.


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April 15th, 2011
by EvilG

The next installment of Craig Locicero of FORBIDDEN’s Ωmega Wave podcast will take place this Sunday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. PACIFIC/9:30 p.m. EASTERN.   It will then be made available for streaming on demand.


Tune in to the Ωmega Wave Show here.


Locicero and his co-host “Barbwire” Bill Shields (former host for “In the Dark” Radio, professional wrestler, and current Ordained Minister of the Collective Conscious) take questions and speak off-the-cuff on whatever news-related and controversial subject may come up. The goals of the Ωmega Wave Podcast are two-fold:


1) To speak to different compelling and controversial lyricists in Metal and Hard Rock weekly.  They will be asked about their motivation, their craft, and what exactly inspires them in these challenging times to do what they do.  Their thoughts & opinions on the most current affairs and intensely debated issues will also be discussed.


2) Have listeners sit in on a real conversation between good friends without censorship watering those thoughts down.  Hosts Bill and Craig will take questions & topic suggestions live and do not filter their reactions to them. These conversations can get very heated at times, depending on the topic.


Previous guests include: Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth, Sons of Liberty), Henrik Ohlsson (Scar Symmetry), Barney Greenway of Napalm Death, Neil Fallon (Clutch, the Company Band), and C.J. “The Metal Motivator” Ortiz.


Future guests will include Michael Amott & Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, Dave Brockie of Gwar, Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm, Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn and many more.


Listen to the tracks “Forsaken At The Gates” and “Dragging My Casket” from FORBIDDEN’s 2010 reunion album, Omega Wave, here.


Purchase Omega Wave (digi-pak or vinyl version) at the Nuclear Blast USA webstore.


Visit FORBIDDEN online at www.facebook.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL, twitter.com/ForbiddenMetal, and www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL.

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April 15th, 2011
by EvilG


DVD release due out April 25th on Peaceville Records

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Swedish death metal supergroup, Bloodbath, has released a short video trailer in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming live DVD release, Bloodbath Over Bloodstock.

The deluxe mediabook-packaged release will feature Bloodbath’s August 2010 set from the famed Bloodstock Festival – one of the UK’s leading metal events – consisting of songs from the critically-acclaimed tornado of blasphemy, The Fathomless Mastery (2008), as well as other classics and fan favorites.

Bloodbath Over Bloodstock

Bloodbath Over Bloodstock

The full package will also include a 16-page booklet and a wealth of extras, featuring bonus footage taken from PartySan festival in 2008, as well as extensive band member interviews.

Bloodbath Over Bloodstock will hit stores on April 25th on Peaceville Records.

Stay tuned for more information on Bloodbath and Bloodbath Over Bloodstock.



Bloodbath is…

Mikael Åkerfeldt – lead vocals

Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström – lead guitars

Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson – guitars

Jonas Renkse – bass

Martin “Axe” Axenrot – drums, percussion

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