Steve DiGiorgio – Testament; Death To All; Sadus etc

February 27th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH STEVE DI GIORGIO

Steve DiGiorgio is known his excellent bass playing on several metal albums. He recently made a return to Testament, replacing long time bassist Greg Christian. Steve has also been extremely busy with the Death To All tribute. Metal-Rules.com had the  enormous pleasure to talk with the bass legend after a Death-To-All set.

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RICKY WARWICK OF BLACK STAR RIDERS GUESTS ON NEW FUSE SERIES “METALHEAD TO HEAD”

February 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Fuse TV has proudly unveiled their latest digital series, “Metalhead to Head,” a bi-weekly online show that locks two metal masters in one room then records what happens.

The inaugural episode of “Metalhead to Head” features BLACK STAR RIDERS singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick with MEGADETH singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine and will premiere tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26th at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN on www.FUSE.tv.

For a preview of Nuclear Blast artists appearing on the new show, check out the two-minute “Metalhead to Head” trailer, which includes snippets of Warwick with Mustaine, BLACK STAR RIDERS bassist Marco Mendoza with bassist Billy Sheehan, and TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick with STRYPER’s Michael Sweet: http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/02/metalhead-to-head-introduction

New “Metalhead to Head” episodes will debut every other Wednesday, always at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN, and always on www.FUSE.tv.

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John Ricci leaves Exciter

February 25th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

It is with a heavy heart that Exciter announces the departure of guitarist John Ricci.

After 30 ass-kicking years in the music business, John has decided to retire, leaving long time members Rik Charron (drums), Clammy (Bass), and Kenny Winter (vocals) to carry on the EXCITER legacy.

As one of the founding members of the band, John was a driving force behind EXCITER’s genre-defining albums including the ground breaking Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence and Force (1984), and Long Live the Loud (1985). As part of the modern era of EXCITER, his unique, manic, style propelled EXCITER’s come-back album: The Dark Command (1996) along with Blood of Tyrants (2000), Thrash Speed Burn (2008) and Death Machine (2010).

EXCITER wishes John the very best in his future endeavors and invites all you Metal Maniacs to continue Pounding Metal with us in 2014 and beyond!

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SABATON REVEAL NEW ALBUM TRACKLISTING

February 24th, 2014
by EvilG
SABATON - “HEROES”

SABATON – “HEROES”

Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have unveiled the track listing to their upcoming eighth studio album, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014.

 

01. Night Witches

02. No Bullets Fly

03. Smoking Snakes

04. Inmate 4859

05. To Hell And Back

06. The Ballad Of Bull

07. Resist And Bite

08. Soldier Of 3 Armies

09. Far From The Fame

10. Hearts Of Iron

 

Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai.  The drum installment of the SABATON Studio Diaries 2014 is currently up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/THSspXD-dv8

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Scott Ian

February 23rd, 2014
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with Scott Ian

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from https://www.facebook.com/scottian, http://scott-ian.com/ and http://anthrax.com/

As founding guitarist for one of thrash metal’s Big 4 bands as well as cult legends Stormtroopers of Death, television personality, occasional zombie, aspiring card sharp and son-in-law of rock legend Meatloaf, among many other things, Anthrax founder Scott Ian has seen and done enough during his long career in show business to fill a book, which, as it turns out, he is now writing. Ian signed on with De Capo Press last November for said memoir, called “I’m The Man” and written with the assistance of music scribe Jon Weiderhorn, in order to, as he says, “share all these killer stories” of everything he’s experienced over the past 30-plus years.

Ian’s actually been doing a lot story telling over the past couple years as it is. After being invited by a U.K. promoter to take part in a spoken-word series called “Rock Stars Say the Funniest Things” in London in 2012, Ian did several additional shows in Australia with wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho last year before launching his own “Speaking Words” tour in Europe. He kicked off a U.S. leg of the tour on Feb. 20 that will run through March 8. Just before heading out on the tour, Ian announced a crowd-funding campaign through Pledge Music to raise money for the release of a DVD of a “Speaking Words” performance in Glasgow, Scotland.

On the phone from his home in Los Angeles, Ian offered the following on his new sideline as spoken word performer, his appearance on “The Walking Dead,” late-Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and what the future may or may not hold for additional Big 4 shows.

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In Solitude Interview

February 23rd, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

In solitude Interview

at Kentish Town Forum

10th February 2014

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Photos by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

In Solitude Interview

In Solitude Interview

With the excitement of tonight’s gig flourishing around back stage the commotion is apparent with constant band members running up and down the stairs with crew on hand too clad in spiked gauntlets, ash tinted corpse paint and contrasting jeans and a T-shirt alike, tonight is set to be a rich display of industry greats with a bit of every metal sub-genre on hand.
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Harald Oimoen – Bassist for D.R.I – Co-Author of Murder In The Front Row

February 23rd, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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 INTERVIEW WITH HARALD OIMOEN

Harald Oimoen is the photographer, bass player, and a real walking metal encyclopedia of the Bay Area metal scene. Since 1999 he has been the part of the legendary crossover giant D.R.I. and been gigging all around, even though the band has been on hiatus because of the health issues within the band. Besides that, Oimoen has been the main architect creating the amazing book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW which has a lot of never-seen-before pics from the early days of Bay Area thrash metal. Metal-Rules.com had the great pleasure to sit down with Oimoen and talk about D.R.I., the book, and above all, metal in general.

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SONATA ARCTICA RELEASE FIFTH ALBUM TRAILER

February 20th, 2014
by EvilG

The fifth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s video trailer series featuring lead singer, songwriter, and lyricist Tony Kakko is now up on YouTube:

With 2014 declared as “a year of a wolf” by Kakko, SONATA’s eighth studio offering Pariah’s Child will be released in North America on April 1st.  The album was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland.  The mix was done by the band’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen. Read the rest of this entry »

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EDGUY: TRACK LISTING FOR NEW ALBUM REVEALED

February 20th, 2014
by EvilG
EDGUY - Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown

EDGUY – Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown

German superhero heavy metal quintet EDGUY have revealed the track listing for their eleventh studio release, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, due out in North America this spring.

 

The album includes a cover – sung in German – of “Rock Me Amadeus,” the 1985 hit by Austrian pop musician Falco.  “That’s weird,” concedes EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet.  “My condolences.”

 

The track listing for Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown is:

01. Sabre & Torch
02. Space Police
03. Defenders Of The Crown
04. Love Tyger
05. The Realms Of Baba Yaga
06. Rock Me Amadeus (Falco cover)
07. Do Me Like A Cavemen
08. Shadow Eaters
09. Alone In Myself
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Carnifex – Interview With Scott Lewis

February 19th, 2014
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with vocalist Scott Lewis

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from https://www.facebook.com/CarnifexMetal

San Diego deathcore brutes Carnifex found themselves at a crossroads in late 2012. After seven years of toil, but not much to hang their hats on save for a solid underground following, the time had come to figure out whether it would make more sense to take a break, or simply break up. They opted for a hiatus. It turned out to be a fortuitous move – and a surprisingly short one to boot.

Less than a year later, Carnifex were back in action, freshly signed to a better deal with Nuclear Blast after three releases with Victory, and with a renewed energy and purpose that manifested itself in their fifth and latest album, Die Without Hope, which will be issued March 4. The album brings a decidedly more extreme metal approach, with splashes of black metal in its keyboard forays and overall grandiosity and a crushing, uncompromising heaviness throughout capped by frontman Scott Lewis’ grim, nihilistic lyrics and imposing vocals.

In an e-mail interview a couple weeks before Carnifex launched a headline tour of the states to promote Die, Lewis offered the following about the band’s much-needed break, their quick return and what he hopes is a bright future ahead – even if his personal view of things past, present and future is far less optimistic.

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Tarja Turunen @ The Islington Academy, London

February 18th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Tarja Turunen

@ Islington Academy, London, UK

11th February 2014

Review by Photography by Graham Hilling

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Tarja

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Dream Theater @ Wembley Arena, London

February 17th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Dream Theater

@ Wembley Arena, London, UK

14th February 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Nikki Ryan

For just under 30 years Dream Theater have basically been the hallmark of knowing how to play your instrument properly. And piss all over everyone else whilst you’re doing it. Doubtless without the insane talents of the founding three – imagine-if-he-was-born-with-an-extra-finger guitarist John Petrucci, bring-it bassist John Myung, and rhythm reservoir Mike Portnoy – they may not have been the creators of so much now-imitated prog, but leaning on a single individual won’t get you through three decades.

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GAMMA RAY ‘Empire Of The Undead’ Tracklist and artwork

February 17th, 2014
by EvilG
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Gamma Ray – Empire of the Undead

Empire Of The Undead‘ will be released as CD, LP, Limited edition CD with extra visual content and a box that features the CD, a shirt and a poster. The new album follows the success of ‘To The Metal’ which brought GAMMA RAY back in the highest positions of the sales charts worldwide. ‘Empire Of The Undead‘ is set to release March 28th 2014.

Tracklistings: 

CD Jewelcase (Black cover)
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)

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CD/DVD Digipak (White cover)
CD
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)
12. Avalon (Live from the final studio sessions)
13. Master Of Confusion (Live from the final studio sessions)
14. The Spirit (Live from the final studio sessions)
DVD
4 Livesongs form the final studio sessions
Tour Of Hamburg with Gamma Ray
Generic Interview with Kai Hansen
To The Metal Video
2-3 Videos from Skeletons & Majesties LIVE

LP (inkl. Downloadcode) (Golden cover)
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)

Boxset contains:
CD/DVD Digipak
CD (tentative)
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)
12. Avalon (Live from the final studio sessions)
13. Master Of Confusion (Live from the final studio sessions)
14. The Spirit (Live from the final studio sessions)
DVD (tentative)
4 Livesongs form the final studio sessions
Tour Of Hamburg with Gamma Ray
Generic Interview with Kai Hansen
To The Metal Video
Videos from Skeletons & Majesties LIVE

T-Shirt
7-inch Single (tracklisting tentative)
A. Someday (unreleased track from the EOTU sessions)
B. Demonseed (Live from the final studio sessions)
Poster
6 Photos

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LORD Parts Way With Drummer, Release “Final Seconds” Video And Dungeon 25th Anniversary Details

February 17th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Aussie heavy metaller’s LORD have announced that they have mutually parted ways with drummer Damo Costas, released a video for ‘Final Seconds’ and announced plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dungeon.

Full blog press release can be found here – http://www.lord.net.au/blog/new-video-new-tour-new-releases-and-changes/

The band commented – “Damo has reached a point where as much as he loved being in the band, losing that job he worked so hard to get will put a lot of what he’s aiming for in the future at risk, and if it comes down to choosing between sleeping in a cheap hotel in Hamburg or making sure you’re doing the right thing by your family… well, it’s a no-brainer.

So we’d like to announce that Damo has taken an indefinite break away from LORD. Like all past LORD members, no doubt he’ll end up on a recording somewhere down the track (Mav and TY appeared on ‘Return Of The Tyrant’ and TY has probably done more work with LT since he left the band, in fact) but for all intents and purposes, Damo is no longer a touring or recording member of LORD.”

Final Seconds is the third video clip to be released from the 2013 album ‘Digital Lies’ and as commented by LT, is “our best-selling, most well-received album ever – and that includes all of the official Dungeon releases too”.

Commenting on the video itself, “In honour of his (Damo’s) time in the band, we’ve cut together a new clip featuring footage from the road, backstage, recording and behind-the-scenes stuff from the last four years. Some great footage and some great memories.”

Final Seconds (OFFICIAL VIDEO) –

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Dungeon and as LORD is a continuation of what began 25 years ago, there are plans to acknowledge and celebrate the occasion. The band has hinted of a large recording/restoration project that will tie both eras of the band together. To make the project a reality, LORD will be embarking on a run of shows to fund the venture. Dates still to be announced.

“This project will be one of the most expensive things we’ve ever done, however (getting an idea of the scale of it yet?) A lot of our friends and peers have turned to sites like Kickstarter or Indigogo to raise money for their projects, something we’ve considered in the past and we’ll likely take advantage of in the future, but we’ve decided to go old-school and literally Sing for our Supper by going out and raising money by performing.”

For more information on LORD, please visit the below websites;

http://www.lord.net.au

http://www.facebook.com/lordofficial

http://www.youtube.com/user/lordofficial

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Protest The Hero @ Electric Ballroom, London

February 16th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Protest The Hero

@ Electric Ballroom, London, UK

7th February 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Graham Hilling

Protest The Hero

Protest The Hero

Things are looking pretty technical tonight at the Electric Ballroom. No manuals required though – unless you need a guide to good music. In which case there are worse places to start than prog. And there are definitely worse places to start than Protest The Hero.

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