Deserted Fear – Interview with Fabian Hildebrant and Simon Mengs

December 29th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Deserted Fear

Interview with Fabian Hildebrant and Simon Mengs

December 12, 2017 – The Forum, London

Interview by Gabor Csete

Deserted Fear

Deserted Fear

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Insomnium – Interview with Markus Vanhala and Ville Friman

December 29th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Insomnium

Interview with Markus Vanhala and Ville Friman

December 12, 2017 – The Forum, London

Interview by Gabor Csete
Photography by Graham Hilling

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BRUCE KULICK – solo artist, Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS

December 28th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

BRUCE KULICK

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Bruce Kulick has had a long and successful career in the music world. He is still, and probably will always be, best known for his twelve-year-long KISS career. Kulick joined the band in 1984, but before that he had been working for many years with artists such as Michael Bolton, Billy Squier, Blackjack and Meat Loaf. When KISS decided to put the makeup back and reunite with the original members in 1996, Kulick founded a  group of his own named Union. Later on, he has released three solo albums and worked as a session artist on numerous projects, including the very successful Avantasia albums. In 1999, he was asked to join the legendary Grand Funk Railroad. And now, 17 years later, he is still with the group. Kulick arrived at Helsinki last November. He was a special guest at KISS Army Finland’s annual KISS Expo. He did not only perform with local KISS Army members and other guests, such as Mr.Lordi and drummer Bobby Rock, but he also did a long Q & A session, meet and greet with fans, and much more. The next day I had the opportunity to sit down with Bruce. We discussed about his recent KISS Kruise performance, Helsinki Expo, a possible new Kulick album and how the future overall looks like for him. 

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REMINDER – Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018 Band Submission Deadline Dec 31st

December 28th, 2017
by EvilG

Wacken Metal Battle USA Promo Video.

Wacken Metal Battle

Wacken Metal Battle

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the second year, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in select cities across the nation. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd – 4th in Wacken, Germany.

American bands interested in participating in the 2018 edition of Metal Battle USA, please apply at the following link: https://metalbattleusa.com/apply/ 
(Submissions end Dec 31st, 2017 – 11:59pm EST)

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Saille Live @ The Black Heart, London, December 16th 2017

December 27th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Saille

@ The Black Heart

16th December 2017

Review & Photography by
Thomas James Henry Saunders

SAILLE POSTER

A good number of people are already scattered across the small space of the Black Heart as I enter for tonight’s Black metal activities.  Anticipation feels high as Belgium Black Metal headliners Saille play their only UK appearance of the year, touring on the back of their newest full-length album Gnosis.

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GWAR, with GHOUL and special guests, feat. interview with Pustulus Maximus

December 27th, 2017
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Summit Music Hall– Denver, CO

November 25th, 2017

This evening marks my fourth GWAR show, and I am pleased to report that they are still excellent performers. I also had the distinct pleasure of interviewing (and subsequently being murdered by) GWAR guitarist Pustulus Maximus.

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Waylon Reavis of A Killer’s Confession – I Want to Sing Songs That Have Meaning!

December 26th, 2017
by Metal Rules
A Killer's Confession

A Killer’s Confession

Interviewed by Robert Cavuoto

A Killer’s Confession is a new band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis. This past April he’s released a high octane, adrenaline-fueled, gut-wrenching album called Unbroken via Megadeth bassist’s David Ellefson label, EMP Label Group. The band has recently released two new powerfully haunting songs not on the CD; “Angel on the Outside” and “I Wish.” A Killer’s Confession consists of Waylon Reavis [vocals], Jon Dale [drums], JP Cross [bass], and Matt Trumpy [guitar].

I caught up with Waylon to talk about the two new songs and the impact leaving Mushroomhead has had on his musical creativity.

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Five Finger Death Punch/In Flames – co headline act with support act on Winter Tour Europe 2017 at Royal Arena Copenhagen,Denmark

December 25th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Five Finger Death Punch/In Flames – co headline
Of Mice And Men – support act

Winter Tour Europe 2017
Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
20/11 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Hammerfall with support act Astral Doors on Built To Tour Sweden 2017 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

December 24th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

 HammerFall

Built To Tour Sweden 2017
Astral Doors – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
11/11 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Max & Iggor Cavalera + Overkill + Insomnium + Deserted Fear @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

December 24th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Max & Iggor Cavalera + Overkill + Insomnium + Deserted Fear

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

December 12, 2017

Review by Gabor Csete
Photography by Graham Hilling

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Reminder – Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2018 – Band Submission Deadline Dec 29th

December 24th, 2017
by EvilG

Free Download – Vol 4. Compilation featuring over 90 bands and 7 Hours of Canadian Metal – here.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

Crowning one Canadian champion from 2013 to 2016 to play Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest metal festival in Wacken, Germany, WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA returns for its fifth edition after a one year hiatus in 2017. This year’s 2018 edition will be hosted in multiple cities across the country from Vancouver to Montreal and host over a hundred bands to see only one play the prestigious festival and join previous winners Hamilton’s Profaner (2016), Oshawa’s Vesperia (2015), Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners) and Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013) whom have had the honour of playing in front of thousands.

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EVIL DRIVE – sign with Reaper Entertainment and announces new album

December 23rd, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

EVIL DRIVE  SIGN WITH REAPER ENTERTAINMENT AND ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

REAPER ENTERTAINMENT proudly announces the signing of the Finnish female-fronted metal band Evil Drive. The group was formed in January 2013 and the debut album THE LAND OF THE DEAD was released in 2016.

The band states:
“After lengthy negotiations, Evil Drive is today proud to announce the signing of a record deal with German Reaper Entertainment Europe -label. Reaper Entertainment was chosen because of the best deal and shared interests considering the longevity of the co-operation and the best possible future for the band. We believe that with the help of the Reaper people, Evil Drive will reach a whole new level as a band and the future looks very bright for us. However, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over five years already. We are also eager to meet new Evil Drive fans and supporters all around the world.
We hope to see you all soon!”

Greg from REAPER adds:
“We are absolutely proud we get the chance to sign such a brilliant band as Evil Drive. It’s an honor to welcome them to our young and fast-growing REAPER-family. To get the chance to work with such talented and promising artists is always amazing. We are really looking forward to this new signing and Evil Drive’s upcoming release, so should you!”

The sold-out debut album THE LAND OF THE DEAD was released in January 2016. Later on, Evil Drive has become one of the most talked of bands in the underground. Their unique blend of melodic death metal with thrash metal elements and strong female vocals have quickly made them a favorite for fans and critics alike.

Check out the latest music videos:
Anti-Genocide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRCphNrVSkA
Land Of The Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTBCI5bKdx8
Bullet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmYVgy50tzs

The new album, titled RAGEMAKER, will be released in March of 2018. More info is coming soon – stay tuned!

EVIL DRIVE are:
Viktoria Viren – Vocals
Ville Wiren – Guitar
Juha Beck – Drums
Marko Syrjala- Bass
J-P Pusa -Guitar


EVIL DRIVE online:
www.facebook.com/evildriveofficial
https://twitter.com/EvilDriveBand
https://www.instagram.com/evildriveband/

Reaper Entertainment online:
http://reapermusic.de/
https://www.facebook.com/ReaperEntertainment 

#reaperentertanment #evildrive #evildriveband #viktoriaviren#villeviren #markosyrjala #juhabeck

#juhapekkapusa#newrecorddeal #ragemaker

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International Symphonic metal band TRAGUL – THE TREE OF LIFE (360° lyric video)

December 23rd, 2017
by EvilG

Formed in 2016 by keyboardist Adrian Benegas (Pergana), symphonic power metal act TRAGUL features a powerhouse of guest musicians that includes vocalist Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica), guitarist Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam), bassist Oliver Holzwarth (ex Blind Guardian, ex Rhapsody of Fire, ex Tarja) and drummer Alex Holzwarth (ex Rhapsody of Fire). Having unleashed three singles “Bennu”, “The Message” and “Into The Heart of The Sun” earlier this year, the band reveal their latest video for their fourth single “The Tree of Life” being premiered exclusively on Bravewords.com.

Band founder Adrian Benegas comments:

“Our latest single ‘The Tree of Life’ is about hope, we wanted to give the fans a song they can relate to when they have had hard times. From its flowing melodies, powerful choruses, and a nice blend of the instrumental parts. We like to introduce a pleasant listening experience: nice sounds and beautifully executed vocals.”

Watch and listen to “The Tree of Life” at the following link:

Release Date: December 12, 2017

Label: Self Release

Track Listing: The Tree of Life (single) (3:54)

Single Credits:

• Performed by: Tragul

• Written by: Adrian Benegas

• Produced by: Tragul

• Mixed by: Jacob Hansen

• Mastered by: Jacob Hansen

• 360° Lyric Video by: Scott Rudd

Available on (sales outlets you plan to have it on): Cdbaby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and all the major digital stores and streaming services.

Single Band Line Up:

Zuberoa Aznarez (Vocals)

Adrian Benegas (Keyboards, Composer)

Steve Conley (Guitars)

Oliver Holzwarth (Bass)

Alex Holzwarth (Drums)

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Khiral release single from upcoming album

December 23rd, 2017
by EvilG

Finnish death/thrash metallers Khiral have released a single ‘Stain’ from their upcoming 2018 album ‘Chained’.

The foundations of Khiral were built already in 2008, but this stew required some years of slow cooking and a few lineup changes until 2016 when Khiral released their first singles Orphanage and UltravioleNt, followed by several live shows. During that period their style has evolved from hardcore-inspired rock to a unique mixture of death, thrash and even some black metal elements, still leaning hard on catchy rhythms.

Year 2017 was a real step forward, as Khiral made their way to Emergenza band competition’s Finnish final, thus being able to introduce themselves to larger audiences, made their first appearance abroad in Germany, and on top of all, recorded their first album Chained. Chained represents the band’s evolution from almost the first songs to this day. Rock elements of the early days are long gone, but there are still hints of those hardcore-inspired breakdowns and rhytms that were the salt and the pepper right from the beginning.

Strict categorization of the music has been hard even to the members themselves, so let’s just call it metal with a twist that you don’t necessarily expect.

Full length album *Chained’ will be released on January 12th 2018.

Listen the single:
Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/track/0wuY9ksetkiJ9CTd5allPQ

Youtube:

 

 

Khiral is:
Joni Öhman – bass,
Matti Hämäläinen – guitars,
Tuomo Vänskä – vocals,
Jouni Tuovinen – guitars,
Markus Lehto – drums

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS NATAS SIGN WITH DUSKTONE

December 23rd, 2017
by EvilG

Dusktone proudly announces the signing of Norwegian Black Metal act Natas, who officially joins the label’s roster and whose upcoming album “Pa veg… til helvette” is set for a mid 2018 release.

Crawling form the darkest shores of Norwegian west coast, the NATAS horde is determined to lead humanity away from the ingrained and outdated social, cultural and religious norms, opening eyes to a new and free dimension.

Their obscure and occult sounding Black Metal reminds of bands such as Borknagar, early Keep Of Kalessin and Taake, and is strongly influenced by the destruction of our world and nature.

There is no end to the evil of men, the world must change, Natas will enlighten this dark path we all walk and reveal how to heal it, with fire …

More details about Natas new album will be revealed later, stay tuned !!!

 

Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialnatas/

https://www.facebook.com/dusktone

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