BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJÄLÄ FLOOR AND REVAMP PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Floor Jansen is a well known name amongst Nightwish fans as the Dutch vocalist took over vocal duties on the Nightwish US tour and has been fronting them since then, and is now an official fulltime official member. Floor Jansen’s own band ReVamp recently made the visit to Finland, supporting Kamelot on the European tour. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasure to talk to Floor Jansen about the recent ReVamp album WILD CARD and of course Nightwish and her other musical adventures. Read on !
The infamous black friday came early in Helsinki this year in the form of the fourth Black Flames OF Blasphemy festival. And in the black friday you must spend your money. (Un)fortunately there was not that many sellers around, just one distro and the table with band merchandise, so the real soul of the underground metal scene, the hoarding of vinyl records and the other merchandise was not omnipresent like in some other festivals. We came to hear and see the latest goodies from the black/death scene and we did just that. Here is the brief article of the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival.
The mighty Greek band, Rotting Christ, have constantly visited Finland since their debut visit in 1997. Back then, they sharing the stage with Samael and Moonspell. Since ’97 Rotting Christ have done a couple of club gigs and one outdoor festival date. The on-going tour in Finland consisted of four dates, crisscrossing South Finland. Therefore witness Rotting Christ in action in Tampere was an obvious choice. Even though gigs arranged for a weekday is always a risky choice for the booking agent, fortunately app. 150 maniacs crawled to witness the Greek cult metallers. Before Rotting Christ unleashed the Satanas Tedeium, a couple of domestic bands kicked the night off.
Morbid Vomit had got rather an unpleasant task being the opening band. Despite the vomiting name, the four piece offered extreme high quality death metal with a true old school grip. Songs after the song sounded brutal and vicious with hooks and neck-breaking riffs. Pity that only handful of people had arrived at the club to see Morbid Vomit.
Another opener was Rebelhead being a more straightforward rocking combo. Frankly, Rebelhead’s choice to open for Rotting Christ was kind of odd. The band’s style and music is far way from the brutal and grotesque black/dark/death metal approach. Instead, Rebelhead would be more of an idealistic opener for Red Fang. Despite this, Rebelhead offered an explosive performance. The frontman especially appeared to be reckless having 230 volts going up his ass. Killer live band, but wrong place.
Finally is was time for the Greek cult metallers Rotting Christ. An eerie opening intro welcomed the four piece on the stage. The whole band was in extreme vital and strike from the beginning to the end. The set consisted of the newer material from the latest Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού up to even from the first full length album THY MIGHTY CONTRACT. Even though Rotting Christ’s newer material never seems to appeal to the old school worshippers, frankly the most recent RC albums present and stand for more roots of all evilness and Satanism with more of an occult grip than ever before. Rotting Christ have succeeded in creating the recognizable sounds of their own having. The sounds of Sakis Tolis’s grim voice carry well to the sounds in the live environment. The whole band appeared to be in extremely great shape. Heads were in turbulence, spinning throughout the whole gig. Of course, the sounds were as sharp as razor blades. It was kind of a disappointment that Rotting Christ only played a one hour show as more songs and a longer playing time would be more than awesome and welcomed.
Swedish metallers, CROWDBURN, have released their new bizarre video for ALLIGATOR. The video sees a gang of alligators descend on the White House and take over the world in the process. Sounds silly right?! Watch the video on Youtube by clicking below:
Polish Black/Death Metal legends BEHEMOTH recently announced that they will be releasing their new album The Satanist in February 2014 and the first taster of the new album comes in form of an official video for the song ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’. The Grupa 13 produced video will be released on December 4th but a series of teaser clips for the video can be seen now on YouTube:
Finnish symphonic storytellers NIGHTWISH have updated their FanPOD app for tablet computers with new content, including three unreleased live recordings, a video blog by the band’s new vocalist Floor Jansen, band member profiles, new photos, and other updates. NIGHTWISH FanPOD is available for download in theiTunes App Store and Google Play.
Ides of Winter of Edmonton, Canada, will release their new album ‘Minus Tenº’ (degrees) at their album release show at The Starlight Room (10030 102 St NW). The night begins at 9:00 pm with locals The Order of Chaos and Wroth (featuring member from Death Toll Rising). This line-up is to perform Saturday, November 23, 2013 .
In the meantime, check out a preview from their new album below with the song “Disintegrate”.
Ides of Winter, the arctic-inspired, costumed, concept, character super group (Cradle of Filth meets Gwar in winter), prepare to release their debut full length ‘Minus Tenº’ in full costume and high spirits. The band consists of past members of Edmonton legends Dead Jesus and bring their past stage antics to a new height in Ides of Winter. They are known for a very European style of metal that draws you into the music and the feeling that you are in the middle of a bitter winter.
“We have been traversing the harsh Canadian winter to draw on that which inspires us year after year to build this album. What better of a time than November to release our album on the frost legion (fans/audience) while we await to be in the Ides of Winter.” – Lyacon Vollmod (Guitarist) Read the rest of this entry »
The fourth PERSUADER album “The Fiction Maze” will be released in Europe on January 17th and in North America on January 21st through Inner Wound Recordings. Avalon/Marquee will release the album in Japan on December 25th.
”The Fiction Maze” is another step forward for PERSUADER as they constantly continue to develop their sound, song-writing skills and performance. Persuader describes the sound: “A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we’ve done so far. We’ve expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping true to the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals.”
The King may be Dethroned and Uncrowned, but Swedish metal legends KATATONIA still seem to be standing tall among the masses. Fresh of the success of their latest acoustic album, we catch the boys taking a brief break before hitting the stage at Damnation Festival.
Sitting down with bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist so they can tell us about tales of Eagles, poorly fitting t-shirt and the joys of Emmerdale.
There are a few ways to tell that an interview is going to be interesting, and having to literally coax the interviewee away from reading up on an Ice Hockey match is definitely one of them.
Already running 5 minutes late for the interview, CULT OF LUNA member Johannes Persson; (Vocals and Guitars) breezes up with a grin the biggest grin on his face before launching into a long complaint about the back ground music.
Dragging him back on track and into his music, It’s not hard to see why these guys are one of the hottest post-metal bands around right now. Not only did Vertikal set the new standards in bleak music but EP Vertikal II released just months after is the same devastating standard.
Taking a quick break from the madness of Damnation Festival, we chat with Persson about the new EP and how they turned such abstract ideas into musical reality.
The old giants of black metal still stand tall. They may not be as young or as angry as they were back in the beginning but one thing we can say for certain they held onto was their talent. With cries that black metal is dead, and that all remaining bands are simply copies of older work, but some still remain to prove to doubters and elitists alike that there are still doors that have been left closed, pathways that remain untrodden. We catch up with King Ov Hell to chat about the life as bassist in his new band, GOD SEED.
It’s been 13 years of nightmares and torment from doom metal trio MOSS and they’re not letting up just yet. With the release of Horrible Night only six months before and appearances at two upcoming UK festivals, these guys are back, bring spreading their message of doom, misery and madness to anyone willing to listen. Appearing at Damnation Festival, Metal Rules took the opportunity to decode their message of misery, horror and health and safety.
The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, are set to release their debut album via Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America.
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, 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).
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 http://tinyurl.com/FeederLyricVideo. 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. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1aYjMng or digitally on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel that comes with an instant download of “Deceived.”
The track listing for Red Dragon Cartel is:
2. Shout It Out
3. Feeder with Robin Zander
4. Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
5. Wasted with Paul Di’Anno
7. Big Mouth with Maria Brink
8. War Machine
9. Redeem Me with Sass Jordan
10. Exquisite Tenderness
The band will be bringing these new powerhouse songs on the road playing a handful of dates in the US before embarking on a full tour in 2014. Tickets are currently on-sale and all information can be found on the band’s website.
December 12th – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
December 14th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (Support of Queensryche)
December 15th – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
December 20th – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d