James Christian

November 2nd, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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James Christian

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Joakim Stabel at Triada Communication for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Triada Communication for the promotional pictures of James Christian
Promo pictures taken by: Richard Jones

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Legendary James Christian (House Of Lords) has finally released a solo album. It took him nine years to finish LAY IT ALL ON ME and is long waited for by the fans and myself. Since I think Mr Christian is an amazing artist I got in touch with him in order to get to know a little about the new album and the story behind it. Read and enjoy what the master of AOR music has to say.

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Magnus Rising – The Drill Music Video Released

November 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Magnus Rising recently teamed up with music video powerhouse and scene favorite, Gene Greenwood to record the video for “The Drill”, the first single from their new album Whatever It Takes. Right from the beginning, this video was destined to be everything that is rock and roll. The vibe, the sound and of course the girls. The setting was rustic, grungey, hell it was borderline filthy. But it was perfect. Watch it out now!

Just wanted to send out a warm welcome to our new friends who downloaded ‘Whatever It Takes’ from the Talking Metal Podcast. Stay connected and spread the word. Like our Page on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

In case you missed it, the new album is now available for streaming. Listen to the complete album.
Whatever It Takes is also available on iTunesRdioSpotifyAmazon and CDbaby.

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Blood & Iron – Ashish Shetty (Guitars, Bass)

November 1st, 2013
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

Blood & Iron – Ashish Shetty (Guitars, Bass)

Interviewed by Aaron Yurkiewicz

Ashish Shetty - Guitars, Bass

Ashish Shetty – Guitars, Bass

When presented with a moniker like Blood & Iron, there’s a certain degree of implied comfort that comes along with it – you know you’re probably gonna get some epic metal. And some epic metal ye will receive on Blood & Iron’s recently released VOICES OF ETERNITY. Some quick history for the uninformed – based out of Bangalore, India, Blood & Iron trace their origins back to 2005 and started releasing music independently shortly thereafter. Bred on a steady diet of classic metal, VOICES OF ETERNITY is actually the band’s third album, took 2 years to make, and features 7 contributing artists spread across 3 countries. That, dear readers, is what you called commitment to your craft. Summoning the inspiration in the most traditional of veins, Blood & Iron straddle the line between classic Maiden/Priest sensibilities, with the complexity and nuance of early Savatage/Queensryche, but strictly the pre-90’s material from said bands. It’s not always a perfect execution, but it’s pretty friggin’ respectable effort.

We pick up the story with guitarist/bassist Ashish Shetty.

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MOTÖRHEAD Lands Biggest Selling First Week and Highest US Chart Numbers to Date with ‘Aftershock’!

October 30th, 2013
by Celtic Bob
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MOTÖRHEAD – Aftershock

MOTÖRHEAD is tremendously honored to announce that their most recent release, Aftershock, has garnered their biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date! Aftershock, the band’s 21st album, landed at #22 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this week, as well as #3 on the Hard Music chart, #8 on the Rock chart, and more! See below for all US Billboard and international chart numbers. MOTÖRHEAD would like to thank their fans around the world for their undying support and dedication.

US Billboard Numbers:
# 22 Billboard Top 200
#3 Hard Music
#8 Rock
#16 Physical
#59 Digital

Top Chart Debuts Internationally:
Germany #5
Finland #5
Austria #7
Holland #64
Belgium #61

CMJ:
#18 to #2 bullet gain on CMJ Loud Rock

Mediabase:
#26 Mediabase Mainstream Rock Airplay

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Release Webisode #4 And New Single “Wrecking Ball”

October 30th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH continue the countdown to the release of the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 2 out November 19 via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories. VOLUME 2 can be pre-ordered now.

Today (10/30) marks the premiere of an exclusive new VOLUME 2 track-by-track webisode on HITFIX.COM for new 5FDP track “Wrecking Ball.” Frontman IVAN MOODY, drummer JEREMY SPENCER and both guitarists–ZOLTAN BATHORY and JASON HOOK–discuss the challenges of recording the track while on tour. Watch the new webisode & hear a preview of the song here: http://tinyurl.com/mlqq2r8. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children of Bodom @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

October 30th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Children of Bodom

With Napalm Death, Insomnium and Medeia

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

15 October 2013

Review by  Rowena Lamb

Photography by Michelle Murphy

Bringing their Halo of Blood over Europe 2013 tour to the UK was casing a bit of a stir and so what better way to investigate than to wander over to Shepherd’s bush Empire for a night of metal.

Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom

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Motörhead postpone forthcoming European tour due to Lemmy’s health

October 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Motorhead - Hki17.JPGMotörhead have cancelled their upcoming Euro tour. Here’s an update from Lemmy explaining the situation…

“I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.

We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don’t worry – I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.

It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn’t quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would’ve disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated…and know that I’m getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.

Thank you all,

Lemmy”

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SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TOUR CANCELLATION

October 29th, 2013
by EvilG
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Sepultura

Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA have issued the following statement:

“Due to the delay in obtaining a visa for the band to enter the United States, we regret to inform all fans that the previously announced North American tour is being cancelled.  We apologize to the fans, promoters, and the bands who were going to be part of the ‘Tsunami Of Metal’ tour – UNEARTH, KATAKLYSM, SCAR THE MARTYR, ANCIIENTS, and DARK SERMON.”

Fans who purchased advanced tickets will be entitled to a full refund.

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Stream the Entire “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Original Score Soundtrack TODAY via Yahoo Music

October 29th, 2013
by EvilG

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERAOriginal Score, Featuring 50-Piece Orchestra, Released as Full-Length Album TODAY via iTunes
#1 Soundtrack on TuneCore Today!

Still Time to Enter – Win a DETHKLOK Dunlop Prize Pack via Premier Guitar Magazine
The official original score soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA has been unleashed to the world today via iTunes, but pay attention DETHKLOK fans—you have the chance to preview the album before buying, only via Yahoo Music! Yahoo is streaming the entire soundtrack in full now at this location. Listen now and then head to iTunes to buy your digital copy today!

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Queensrÿche mini movie Ad Lucem coming soon; Behind the scenes documentary premieres

October 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Legendary Seattle rockers, Queensrÿche are almost done with their ‘mini movie’ including tracks from their current self titled album.  The tracks, “Spore” “Midnight Lullaby” “A World Without” and “X2″ provide the score to a 10 minute story, dubbed Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem expected to be released later this month.

Check out the behind the scenes documentary…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdaCtwYdTYs&feature=youtu.be

The film was created by Veva Entertainment Co. with director Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby and producer Marco De Molina and was filmed last month on location at Central City Stages in Los Angeles.

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SLAYER WILL PERFORM “OLD SCHOOL SLAYER NIGHT” SET ON ALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

October 29th, 2013
by EvilG

“We’re having such a great time rehearsing this ‘Old School’ set, we’ve decided to play it on every one of our upcoming tour dates,” announced Slayer’s Kerry King.

Holed up in Las Vegas rehearsing for their five-week North American tour that kicks off at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino tomorrow, Slayer – vocalist/bassist Araya, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt, still filling in for fallen founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman – have been rehearsing many of the band’s most classic and fan-favorite songs, all of which were originally written and released between the band’s inception and the 1990 Gold disc Seasons In The Abyss.

Slayer’s “Old School Slayer Night” set will include tracks from 1983′s Show No Mercy, 1985′s Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988′s South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.

“The final set list is still coming together,” added Araya, “but we’re going to give the fans what amounts to ‘decades of aggression.’  It’s going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone.”

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Confirmed dates for Slayer’s 2013 Fall North American tour are as follows:

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TÝR announce North American tour with Children of Bodom

October 29th, 2013
by EvilG

TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their “Halo of Blood over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14th in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at SHOWstubs.com. General tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 8th at 10:00am local time.

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Airbourne with Black Spiders @ Limelight Belfast

October 29th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Airbourne with Black Spiders

@ Limelight, Belfast

21st October 2013

Review by Melanie Brehaut

Photography by Paul Verner

Airbourne

Airbourne

If you look in the dictionary under the term ‘rock n roll’ there’s a pretty good chance that there will be a picture of either of tonight’s acts. Sheffield’s Black Spiders and Melbourne, Australia’s Airbourne have both recently released new albums (‘This Savage Land’ from BS in September of this year, while Airbourne revealed ‘Black Dog Barking’ in May), so pairing up to tour again was a bit of a no-brainer, particularly as their previous tour was so successful.

Black Spiders

Black Spiders

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Hybris ‘Heavy Machinery’ release show at The Black Heart, London

October 29th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Hybris

at The Black Heart, London

10th October 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe

Photography by Sabrina Dersel

On the 10th of October 2013, a London based technical thrash metal band Hybris threw a party to celebrate the release of their debut album Heavy Machinery that’s out now via Candlelight Records.

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HYBRIS-Heavy Machinery

Hybris are five determined and talented musicians who’ve previously taken part in such bands as Centurions Ghost, Son of Science, Abgott, Uncaused Creation, Reverse Split, Scar Divine, Hannibal and Iron Knights, but now have put their heads together to record an album that’s heavy, ambitious and technically challenging.
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Onslaught @ The Garage

October 29th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Onslaught

at The Garage

October 12th 2013

Review by Becky Brown

Photography by Graham Hilling

Onslaught

Onslaught

I didn’t know what to expect walking into The Garage; it is a small but very nice venue, and from my experiences, the smaller the venue the better it is for a band to interact with the crowd, and each band that performed tonight did just that.

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