REMINDER – ONE MONTH AWAY – May 6-8 – ShrEdmonton 2016 Fest & Conference w/ Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Thunderstone, The Acacia Strain, Black Crown Initiate and more

April 13th, 2016
by EvilG

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce its full line up for the official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival SHREDMONTON Metal Festival and Conference taking place from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, May 8th.

Featuring over 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center. The full line up consists of an ultra heavy hitting bill that includes headliners Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate,  Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone along with some of Western Canada’s best including Disciples of Power, Planet Eater, Scythia, Tylor Dory Trio, Every Hour Kills among many more! Plus clinics by Tylor Dory (Tylor Dory Trio), Tim Waterson and panels at the Shaw Conference Center on recording, photography, video production, publicity, media relations, journalism, and concert promotion / talent buying for festivals / venues with music industry professionals from across Canada (full conference schedule and list of industry reps here).


SHREDPASS (Limited quantity) – $100.00

Access to all FIVE shows, PLUS the conference. Includes a special memento, ability to reserve a festival shirt, and a discount voucher to Farmageddon Open Air 2017.

***$100 Early Bird SHREDPASS pricing in effect until the announcement of the Sunday event…approximately Feb 15/16. SHREDPASS Ticket price will increase to $120.00 after Sunday lineup announcement. Any remaining SHREDPASS tickets will again increase to $140.00 starting May 7 2016.***


Single Event Tickets:

Shredmonton Conference @ The Shaw Conference Center (Salon 4) – $30.00 (details below)

Seminars, discussions, and Q+A sessions with over 20+ industry professionals.

ShrEdmonton Conference and Line Up 2016:

Venue: Brixx and Starlite Room (same building) (10030 102 St. NW.) 

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill – $20.00

5:30pm – Guitar Clinic (Tylor Dory)

6:30pm – Drum Clinic (Tim Waterson)

8pm – Spruce Moose

9pm – Armifera

10pm – The Dead Cold

11pm – Every Hour Kills

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Starlite Room – $30.00

8:15pm – Tylor Dory Trio

9:15pm – Trollband

10:15pm – With Malice

11:15pm – Quietus

12:15am – Disciples Of Power

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill – $20.00

7pm – Juliet Ruin

8pm – Mongol

9pm – Shocker

10pm – Noire

11pm – Planet Eater

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ The Starlite Room – $35.00

7:15pm – WMD

8:15pm – Mortillery

9:15pm – Sleeping In Traffic

10:15pm – Scythia

11:15pm – Thunderstone

12:30am – Goatwhore

Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ The Starlite Room – $35.00 


5:00 pm – Exit Strategy

6:00 pm – Nylithia

7:00 pm – Black Crown Initiate

8:00 pm – Jungle Rot

9:00 pm – The Acacia Strain

10:00 pm – Dying Fetus


Conference Schedule: 

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ Shaw Conference Center – Salon 4 (9797 Jasper Ave NW.)

Panelists and seminars will cover a wide range of skills, markets, and issues in the music industry and topics/agendas will be geared towards further educating the Canadian heavy metal scene about its inner workings. The main panel will feature an eye opening discussion on how the Alberta metal community can break down barriers, grow relationships, and become an internationally known destination where heavy metal thrives.

10:30 AM Introduction

Tyson Travnik (President) and Robert Kreed (Vice President) of Prairie Fire Events, will be greeting you with a warm welcome to the conference and a summary of what is to be expected during the conference. You will also be introduced to the Master of Ceremonies for the conference, the one and only, Cory Bosse.

11:00 AM  Recording and Live Production

Want to learn how to save money to record your next album? Still on that hunt for the “perfect” guitar tone? Want to get into recording or doing live sound professionally, but don’t know where to start? Here’s a chance to hear from professionals from around the globe, who will address these questions, and many more!

12:00 PM  –  Photography and Videography

What makes a promo shoot, a GOOD promo shoot? What do you need to look for when shopping around for a photographer or cinematographer? What is the importance of the music video in today’s industry, and what does it REALLY entail? Recognizable Alberta based professionals are here to help you find out.

1:00 PM – Publicity/Media/Journalism  

What does it take to get “big and famous”? How do you grow your fan base? Is it really worth it to spend money on good publicity? These are key points (and more) which will be covered in this seminar.

2:00 PM –  – Promotion/Talent Buying/Festivals/Venues

The “big granddaddy” of seminars that you won’t want to miss. Addressing the current state of the western Canadian metal scene, and brainstorming what needs to be done as a community to improve it. Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about promoting events, metal festivals, promoters, or venues will be talked about. This segment will prove to be a huge eye opener for many, and will prove to inspire!

Instrumental Clinics

Brixx Bar and Grill (Included with Conference ticket and Shredpass)

5:30 PM – Guitar Clinic with Tylor Dory and Guests

Learn some of the wizardry behind some of Alberta’s most iconic metal guitarists, and how to incorporate it into your own playing. Entertainment and education guaranteed!

6:30 PM – Drum Clinic with Tim Waterson

As one of the fastest double bass drum players in the world, watching Tim Waterson play is something that cannot be described, but has to be witnessed to be appreciated. Noting key points from his instructional DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”, Tim will demonstrate how to improve a skill that has proven to be a notable backbone of heavy metal music.

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Conference Guests:

Cory Bosse (Recording Engineer @ Sonoluminescent Sound/Live Sound Technician)
Cory is an active live sound engineer throughout the city, predominantly working in the metal/rock club scene. He works as a recording engineer in tandem with Ryan Berehulke out of his own studio, as well as a freelancer. A few of Cory’s past live sound engineering highlights include the Farmageddon Open Air festival and a guitar clinic with Steve Vai. He has also captured the attention of many, with his impressive array of multi-instrumental skill-sets, notably in his band Sleeping In Traffic.

Tyson Tavnik (Festival Manager, Promoter, Freelance Recording Engineer, Live Sound Technician, Prairie Fire Events Ltd.)
With over a decade of experience in both the live and studio realms, Tyson Travnik is best known for his work with bands stemming from heavier genres. Also the festival manager and creator of the highly regarded Farmageddon Open Air heavy metal festival, and Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference, Tyson has at some point been behind a behind the scenes for many metal bands in western Canda. Having played in various bands throughout his musical career, his most recent playing is noted with speed metal band, Ironstorm.

James Seabrook (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Two Bodies of Water Productions)
After over 15 years as a musician, vocalist, songwriter and engineer, James Seabrook has toured with the likes of Trooper, World Champion Elvis tribute Robin Kelly, & Wide Mouth Mason. In the studio he’s worked with over 100 artists including international gospel recording artist Nancy Unsworth, Canadian touring artist Laura Bachynski, and international best selling author Troy Payne and band Aside From Sorrow. James is also a published and award winning Lyricist (2008 – Gunslinger’s Lament), and songwriter, currently co-writing with singer Jessica Lana McLean.

Nate Reno (Festival Manager, Recording Engineer @ Big Nate Productions, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)
With over a decade of live and recording engineering experience, Nate ventured into producing albums in 2010, and has over 40+ titles to his credit. Having been involved in the production of the Noctis festival in Calgary, Nate carried the torch, and created the Calgary Metal Festival, of which is in it’s 5th year. Nate is also currently the Prairie Representative for Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Topping it off with 15 years of playing experience in active touring and recording bands, Nate has proven to be a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas.

Jon Asher (Owner/Operator @ Asher Media Relations, Publicist)
Known for being a regular fixture on the Montreal music scene, Jon founded ASHER MEDIA RELATIONS in September 2007. A musician himself, and a McGill University graduate in public relations, Jon had his epiphany – to help out the struggling artists and help them gain the attention they need to support their music. Asher Media Relations boasts an impressive clientele list featuring Gene Hoglan, Quo Vadis, Striker, Hibria, Ninjaspy, Mutank, Wacken Metal Battle Canada, Farmageddon Open Air, Armstrong Metal Fest, Obscene Extreme America Fest and many more. He has also guest lectured at many other conferences and seminars and is considered by some to be the go-to publicity solution for Canadian heavy music artists.

Glenn Fricker (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Spectre Sound Recording Studios, Successful YouTube Channel/Vlog Operator)
Since it’s creation in 2010, Glenn Friker’s YouTube channel has taken become one of the most recognizable in the realm of recording heavy metal. Taking the internet by storm with his instructional videos, reviews, and comedic rants, Glenn has proven that his approach to a largly saturated world of video blogs has proven to be successful. Known for his work with bands such as Woods of Ypres, Queensryche, and Protocult, Glenn is has shown that his the quality of his work is well sought out in eastern Canada.

Lacey Paige (Freelance Writer and Communications Professional)
With over 10 years of experience of professional writing experience, Lacey contributed to such esteemed horror publications as Fangoria, GoreZone, and Diabolique magazines. She has also been a regular contributing columnist with Absolute Underground since 2008, frequently finding herself at the helm of the ShrEdmonton and Absolute Horror columns, and Lacey also volunteers as a communications and programming assistant with DEDfest Genre Film Society and the Annual Calgary Horror Con. She holds a diploma in journalism studies from MacEwan University, and is currently pursuing a bachelor of communication studies degree with a major is professional communication.

Joshua Wood (Radio Personality/Webzine Editor)
Joshua is a life-long metal fan with decades of experience in the Metal industry including radio, web, management, promotion and more. He is current co-host of Megawatt Mayhem one of the world’s longest running Metal radio shows, as well as Managing Editor of, one of the world’s largest and longest running Metal webzines. He currently is Co-Chair of the Heavy Metal Committee for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Cara Ashbey
Cara Ashbey is an Alberta-based aggressive music publicist who has been performing, booking, and promoting concerts since she was 16. After attending the Arts and Cultural Management Program offered at Grant MacEwan University, she joined forces at Asher Media Relations in 2013, geared on supporting the development and promotion of independent aggressive music. She plays drums in a grindcore band called Preschool Shooting and has been an active publicist specializing in various types of aggressive music (Metal, Punk, Rock,etc.).

Jesse Valstar (Armstrong Metal Festival/Promoter)
After spending much of his youth in various bands, along with gathering inspiration from Wacken in 2008, Jesse founded the not for profit society West Metal Entertainment Society. He is a recognizable icon in the western Canadian metal scene through the booking and promoting of events for touring and local bands. Jesse has had success working with the AMF team planning and executing each year of Armstrong Metalfest (established 2009). Jesse currently actively plays in the group Odinfist.

Tylor Dory (Guitar Clinician)
Tylor Dory is best known as the guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist/lyricist/producer for the Tylor Dory Trio, guitarist for Death Toll Rising, Wroth, and the former guitarist for Villainizer. Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Page, Mikael Akerfeldt, Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan, and St. Vincent; Tylor tries to keep a fresh approach to the guitar by breaking both the tropes of his own playing and those of modern rock and metal.

Nino Laurenne (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Sonic Pump Studios (FIN), Thunderstone, Hevisaurus)
Nino is a Finnish songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and one of Finland’s most sought after metal/hard rock producers. Nino is the owner and founder of Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki: a state-of-the-art professional recording studio founded back in 2000. His work is credited on countless records, many of which have certificated gold and platinum. He has worked with artists such as Wintersun, Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi, Lost Society, Firewind and Sonata Arctica just to name a few. He rose to fame as the guitarist for his own power metal band Thunderstone, and later as the producer and songwriter for the wildly successful children’s heavy metal act Hevisaurus. Hevisaurus is a Grammy award winning-act in Finland and Argentina for ”Best Children’s Music Album”.

Justin Shadows (Owner/Operator @ Shadows Productions, Promoter) (got pic)
Between putting on shows for his company and being involved with various bands around Alberta, Justin possesses over a decade of experience in the music industry. Being a go-to for many touring bands and festivals alike, he has proven his value in the central Alberta area.

Kaje Annihalatrix (Owner/Operator @ Annihalatrix Productions Promoter)
Kaje is well known in the Canadian metal scene as a combat ready lady that wears many hats. She has operated Annihilatrix Productions for the past 7 years, promoting local punk and metal bands as well as devoting energy to bring acts in from all over the country to share their talent with Calgary. An avid supporter of bolstering the growing metal and punk scene, she not only helps lay the foundation for bands to showcase their talent yet she also works as a journalist for Extreme Metal Television, offering a fresh perspective and network for musicians to connect with their fans.

Barrett Klesko (Owner/Operator @ Fadeback Studios United, Cinematographer)
Working with independent Canadian artists since 2011, Barrett has garnered himself numerous industry awards and nominations for his work both in front and behind the camera. In his non-existent free time, Barrett is the vocalist/guitarist/programmer in All Else Fails, vocalist in The Misfires, and bassist in The Order of Chaos.

Craig Martell (Promoter/Venue Manager) (have pic)
Craig Martell is a show promoter whom used to own and book the well respected Wunderbar. Craig is currently known for managing Double Lunch Productions, and as the talent buyer at both Bohemia and The Almanac. He hates the music industry but exists within it.

Ryan Semchuck (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Recording Engineer, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)
Ryan is known well throughout the Drumheller area for his participation in many events, retail endeavors and mixing duties. Out of high school, he played in a few local classic rock cover bands, and taught guitar lessons at the local music store. In 2009 Ryan joined the FM radio station in Drumheller, earning an assortment of titles from radio personality to station manager. This allowed him the time during weekends to run his own production company. Ryan is Geoff Bourrie’s counterpart in the established “Loud As Hell” heavy metal festival, which is now going on its 5th year. As a member of the WCMFA, the “Loud As Hell” festival team are proud supporters of Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference.

Geoff Bourrie (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Promoter, Tattoo Artist)
A lifetime metalhead and a musician. Geoff has a high passion for the metal scene and that passion is demonstrated by the hosting of Drumheller’s Loud As Hell Metal Festival. In addition to this, Geoff is an active member of the (WCMFA) Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance.

Rod “Rod Rookers” Gillis (Owner/Operator @ Dv8)
A founding member of the Kroovy Rookers in Red Deer in 2004, by 2006 I was setting up and promoting shows in the Red Deer area. Having moved to Edmonton in 2009, Rod start promoting shows exclusively at DV8 Tavern on 99th Street. In 2013, DV8 moved to a new location on Gateway Blvd and Whyte Avenue. The venue is still in operation, and is popular with bands and crowds representing underground music genres, ranging from Punk Rock, Metal, Hip Hop and Rockabilly.

Tim Waterson (Drum Clinician)
Tim Waterson is a Canadian drummer who holds the world record for the fastest number of double strokes on a bass drum, with a record of 1,407 in one minute (January 22nd, 2002).His Record for Single stroke is 1057. Tim is one of the most dedicated drummers when it comes to advancing and pushing the boundaries of our feet. It is mindboggling to imagine even some of the creative possibilities of drumset application from learning the foot techniques presented in his video. In a very friendly and personable demeanor, World’s Fastest Feet Champ Tim Waterson shares an abundant amount of foot and bass drum techniques in his new DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”.
George Kollias of Nile quotes, “Drummers use to Complain about Tim Waterson using doubles to achieve super speed. NOW they are using his techniques to play faster.”

Dana Zuk (Photographer)
Music enthusiast and photo-fanatic! Snapping compelling musician portraits from smokey pubs to sold out stadiums, capturing the life of rock ‘n roll is second nature to Dana. Photographing out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, she specializes in portraits of live band performances, and promotional images for local and international touring musicians of all kinds. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Edmonton Journal, Revolver Magazine, and Guitar World. Dana was recently selected as 2015’s concert and press photographer of the Year in YEG Music Magazine, and am is currently a contributing photographer to Exclaim!, BeatRoute and Vandala Magazine.

Cameron “C C Getty” Dalgetty (Radio Personality/DJ)
Cameron Dalgetty aka CC Getty has been involved in music on many different levels for close to 35 years. He’s done everything from guitars, vocals and bass in original and cover bands to terrestrial radio all across Canada and currently internet radio that reaches a global audience with Metal Nation Radio and his Metalheads United show and podcast. Most recently he has begun using his experience to organize, book and promote live shows in Calgary as well consult with festivals and other related events in Western Canada. Working heavily in the Western Canadian music scene CC is a great resource for anyone looking to promote their band, brand, show or festival, and is never shy to be blunt with his feedback. True to his ethos that he would rather see all of the “Metalheads United” rather than divided by all the convoluted subgenres and classifications invented by marketers, CC lives by the words UNITED WE ROCK!

Penny VanderHeyden (Photographer, Praire Fire Events Ltd.)
Penny is as an active photographer in the Alberta music scene, known for shooting live bands and specializing in editorial portraiture. Penny has been involved with Farmageddon Open Air since its conception, and is Praire Fire Events’ resident photographer.


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Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio


Crown of Viserys

Gig City

Metal Master Kingdom



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Wacken Metal Battle News: Montreal Round 4 Winner, Ottawa Winner, Edmonton Round 4 Winner

April 13th, 2016
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Wacken Metal Battle Canada


ROUND 4 – FRIDAY, APRIL 8 @ Piranha Bar (680 Rue Ste-Catherine O.)

Event Link:



Starlight Ritual

Smirking Revenge



Jason Greenberg – Bucketlist Music Reviews

Alain Labonte – Québec-Métal

Andrew Wieler – CJLO – 1690AM

Simon – McKay – The Agonist



(winner will move on to semi-final in Toronto on April 22)
ROUND 1 – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ House of Targ (1077 Bank St.)
Ominous Eclipse
Scarecrowz fanpage
Signs of Chaos – Winner
A Scar For The Wicked
Chariots of the Gods
Nick Guerin – Dungeon Works Productions
Chris Bubinas – Exclaim!
Alain Labonte – Québec-Métal
Matty Grant – Metal Nation Radio



ROUND 4 – SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ Mercury Room Yeg (10575 114 St.)
Event Link:
Within The Ashes
Vehement Dissent
Cara McCutchen – Mortillery
Jonathan Schieman – With Malice
Tall Brian – Heavy Metal Lunch Box – CJSR FM 88.5
Tyson Travnik – Shredmonton Metal Festival And Conference
Rob Kreed – BLËED (2015 Alberta WMBC Winner)


EDMONTON FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 15 @ The Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)

(winner will move on to Prairie Final in Calgary on April 16 @ Distortion (3828 MacLeod Trail S.)

Tales of The Tomb





SEMI-FINAL – FRIDAY, APRIL 22 @ Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.)

(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)

Event Link:

Python (Toronto Winner)

Pyramid Theorem (Toronto Winner)

Odium (Toronto Winner)

Signs of Chaos (Ottawa Winner)

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Waken Eyes – Band leader / Guitarist Tom Frelek

April 13th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall


Band leader/guitarist Tom Frelek -Waken Eyes

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band


EXODUS is the name of the brand new Waken Eyes album. The Canadian band is led by guitarist Tom Frelek, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. In the following chat we spoke about the new album, the line up of the band, which includes Mike LePond (Symphony X etc.), Henrik Bath (Darkwater) and Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani). EXODUS is an album that speaks to you if you’re into progressive metal music, however the main focus is not on longer instrumenal solos but on vocals which makes the album a bit different to other progressive metal albums.

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Overkill- Interview with Bobby Blitz @ Classic Grand, Glasgow

April 12th, 2016
by UK Team


@ Classic Grand, Glasgow

8th April, 2016

Interview by Pete Mutant


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Vader- Interview with James Stewart @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

April 12th, 2016
by UK Team


@ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

 8th April, 2016

Interview by Pete Mutant


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Sweden Rock 2016 – June 8-11

April 11th, 2016
by Metal Rules
Sweden Rock Festival 2015

Sweden Rock Festival 2015

June 8-9-10-11 2016, Sölvesborg

Tickets here:

More details here:


Latest additions Michael Schenker Fest (With Gary Barden, Robin Mcauley Och Graham Bonnet), Symphony X, Steve Vai, Gamma Ray, Hawkwind, Vanilla Fudge, Mayhem, The Winery Dogs, Entombed Ad, The Temperance Movement, Slough Feg, Monster Truck And Rockklassiker All-Stars.

Queen with Adam Lambert, The Hellacopters, Twisted Sister, Sabaton, Megadeth, Foreigner, Therapy?, Slayer, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Hooters, Soilwork, Grand Slam, King Kobra, Mike Tramp, Eric Sardinas And Big Motor, The Struts, Sixx Am, Death DTA, Graveyard, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, LA Guns, The Kristet Utseende, Graham Bonnet, Neon Rose, Skitarg, Diamond Head, King Diamond, Avantasia, Blind Guardian, Anthrax, Dirkschneider, Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes, Raised Fist, Imperial State Electric, The Kentucky Headhunters, Epica, 220 Volt, The Eric Bell Trio, Banditos, Niterain, Saffire, Warner Drive, Skallbank, Friday Night Specials, Serpent, Eleine, Painted Sky, The Presolar Sands, King Albatross, Satyricon, Lordi, Loudness, Amaranthe, My Dying Bride, Dan Reed Network, Finntroll, Legion of the Damned, Gun, Robin George & Dangerous Music, Eclipse, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, Bonafide, Tribulation, Pedalens Pagar, Twilight Force, and King Witch, with more yet to be announced.


Check out previous years’ coverage here:  2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005….

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Amorphis @ Islington Academy, London

April 10th, 2016
by UK Team


Islington Academy, London

23 March 2016

Review by Demitri Levantis
Photography by Carina Martins



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The Ultimate Revenge Of Heavy Metal – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

April 10th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen


The Ultimate Revenge Of Heavy Metal is an entire new two day indoor festival based on the more underground and a bit obscurish metal onslaught. All in all four domestic metal outfits and nine foreing bands hit the stage to deliver the real old school metal offering. However the generation between old and new bands are balanced perfectly for example Ranger’s speed metal along with Oz’s old school flashback from the 80’s suited together more than perfectly. Metal-Rule.Com was at present during these two days, enjoying the fabulous metal assault.

When entering the venue, a couple of dozen metalheads had arrived on time to witness the previous unknown Russian band Blazing Rust. The five-piece outfit out of St. Petersburg. The combo heavily relied on the old school heavy metal elements by having the certain influences from Iron Maiden and above all Mercyful Fate. Even though the band has got a demo release out,  but a bit more rehearsing needed in the rehearsal basement to metallize the old school heavy metal sounds.


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Ranger’s ultimate and intensive hyper blasting speed metal sounded merciless and extremely tightplayed. Ranger has become more and more clockworking outfit on the stage. The four-piece’s hysterical and merciless and uncompromising brutal speed metal is just like a flashback to the heyday of speed/thrash blitzkrieg of the mid 80’s. The intensive playing with the severe headbanging and banging the drums are the catalyst for Ranger’s speedy metallic assault.


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Trial from Sweden definitely turned out to be one hell of an unexpected surprise. Trial’s occult sounding trad metal with the obvious Mercyful Fate influences sounded so spellbounding. The singer’s eccentric personal voice crowned the heavy Mercyful Fate influenced soundworld . Trial definitely came out of blue for sure. Obviously most of the crowd didn’t realize the brilliance of Trial at all cos most of the audience fled to smoke or order the beer.


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The Danish Witchcross hit the stage next  to give a lesson of the traditional metal of the heyday of the 80’s. The band seems to enjoy the cult following in the catacomb of the underground worshipped by the true old school trad metallers. The singer Kevin Moore has been involved in Son Of A Bitch formed by the former Saxon guys. However Witch Cross gave another spin of the old school heavy metal blitzkrieg. Witch Cross did what the crowd were expecting from them. The current frontman Kevin Moore was resemble to Jimmy Bain because of his habitus and look.  Witch Cross’ metal still has the flavor of sounds of both old and of course timeless aspects. The set consisted of both the old old material and the newer cuts from the latest offering  Axe To Grind. The Danish metallers brought the  positive feeling with the performance.



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The legendary Finnish OZ had the honor to conclude the opening night. The band had gone thru some changes in the line-up and the main duet of OZ, drummer and singer, had recruited the new guitarists Aas well as bassist. However OZ offered the real flashback return to the heyday of the 80’s by doing a plenty of highly worshipped songs from that era. The frontman Ape De Martini sounds as strong as back in the day. In general OZ breathes and eats the true old school metal by turning the cross upsidedown. The golden gems are still and without any doubts timeless and immortal ones.


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The second day was kicked off by a new young metal band named Satan’s Fall. Judging by the name the obvious Mercyful Fate connotations may rise up. After all It didn’t go that far from the Mercyful Fate thoughts.  Satans Fall as well relies on the old metallic gimmick. The outfit sounded pretty good, even better and more organic than on the EP release.

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Evil-Lyn had undergone the radical vocalist. The female vocalist had dismissed and was replaced by a male vocalist. The female fronted band was more interesting as the high energy filled lade kept whipping the audience on each gig. The current singer definitely sounds more professional and even a bit better in terms of the technical use of the voice. However Evil-Lyn relies on the trad metal approach with the strong pure metallic attitude, but something is missing from the flaming spirit of the performance of Evil-Lyn…

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Lord Fist relies on the old school metal approach as expected. The band sounded pretty mellow, but also vicious and tight.


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Evil Invaders literally blew the audience away and the ceiling off by giving a real lesson of the ultra brutal thrash metal. Frankly the four piece Belgian thrashers turned out to be an extreme relentless and merciless and savage at the stage. The frontman’s insane rioting playing and performance give the impression of the man would have got the brutal shock thru his skinny body. Evil Invaders hammered the Finnish crowd down and left the audience with the jaws wide open.


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Savage from the glorious years of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal had those glorious years over 30 years.  Even though the band has been on the second run since 1995 and unleashed a bunch of albums like the latest one called 7 a year ago, but they have never surrendered. The four piece offered a lesson of the true old British metal with the tight grip. Unfortunately the major audience may recognize them due to Metallica’s cover version “Let It Loose” on the demo releases. However Savage is more it is metal and old school.

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The first ever arranged the Ultimate Revenge Of Heavy Metal indoor festival was concluded by the long time German power metal veterans Scanner. As a matter of fact Scanner is quite odd band on the German power metal map as Scanner has been soldiering on since 1986, but having released only six albums. Well the only original surviving member guitarist Axel Julius hasn’t been that active with Scanner and besides the line-up seems to be altering more or less quite often. However Scanner could be as big as for example Primal Fear, if the cards had been dealt with the luck. Anyway. Axel Julius offered a highclass power metal for the Finnish metal bands by covering nearly every album that Scanner had got. The current singer, who has been Scanner for about 12 years, Efthimios Ioannidis sounded excellent and did the justified job for the older material. It has to be admitted the HYPERTRACE album sounds timeless and powerful even though the album saw the light of day back in 1988.  Scanner sounded damn good indeed and hopefully metal festivals would realize to book them.


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The festival offered a wide range of metal from the old school British metal via brutal thrash to the old German power speed metal, therefore the whole event was great and interesting. Unfortunately the major and mainstream audience who claim to be metal fans didn’t find the festival for a reason or another. Hopefully the might metal forces who were involved in the organization will be able to arrange this kind of event in the future.

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From Hell’s Heart-Top 5 album covers

April 10th, 2016
by Metal Rules

From Hell’s Heart-Top 5 album covers

Art and Metal have been inextricably linked.  From the early (and maybe current again?) days when Metal fans would make vinyl purchase decisions on artwork alone, to the modern multi-media presentations on youtube promoting albums, artwork has been critical to the success of many bands.   There have been iconic mascots, instantly recognizable logos and fonts and a host of artists who have become households names, at least among Metal households!  There are at least a dozen books dedicated to album cover art or collations of works by artists who create those amazing covers we love to look at.   In a seemingly impossible task some of our staff have picked some (but not all!) of our favourite album covers.  Enjoy! 

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Tuska 2016 – July 1-3

April 10th, 2016
by Metal Rules

This summer, yet again, will be attending and covering the mighty Tuska open air festival in Helsinki, Finland!

Tuska 2016

Tuska 2016

Below are the bands for each day. This is of course subject to change, and exact running times will be posted to the official Tuska page here:

Fri 1.7.
Avantasia, Testament, Behemoth, Kvelertak, Swallow The Sun, Cain’s Offering, Lordi, Delain, Cattle Decapitation, Mantar, Beast In Black, Bendover, Whorion, Blaakyum

Sat. 2.7.
Ghost, Anthrax, Stam1na, Turmion Kätilöt, Primordial, With The Dead, Havok, Tsjuder, Circle, Lord Vicar, Omnium Gatherum, Brymir, Crimson Sun, Mørket, Fuck-Ushima, Swallow The Sun

Sun 3.7.
Children Of Bodom, Katatonia, Hatebreed, Gojira, Diablo, Myrkur, Mörbid Vomit, Swallow The Sun

More Artists to be announced on the festival’s page!

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Moonspell + SoulLine @ Audio, Glasgow

April 10th, 2016
by UK Team

Moonspell + SoulLine

@ Audio, Glasgow

28th March 2016

Review & photos by Oliver M.

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Moonspell – Interview with Aires Pereira @ Audio, Glasgow

April 10th, 2016
by UK Team


Interview with bassist Aires Pereira @ Audio, Glasgow

28th March 2016

Interviewed by Oliver M.

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The last time we interviewed Moonspell was in Nuremberg in November 2015 during the second part of their Road to Extinction Tour. We had a very interesting conversation with charismatic vocalist Fernando Ribeiro. Since then, the Lusitanian werewolves supported Epica for their North American tour in the beginning of this year.

They’re currently touring throughout Europe to promote their last gothic monument “Extinct” for the third time. At their fantastic concert in Glasgow we had the opportunity to chat with the excellent bassist Aires Pereira. I personally would like to thank him deeply for his time and great enthusiasm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mantar – Hanno

April 9th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen



Mantar being a-two-man-outfit hailing from Germany has gained the ultimate following during the past few years. Mantar’s debut album Death By Burning got the excellent feedback and responds. The band’s newest opus Ode To The Flame is another piece of great slap from Mantar catapulting them into another dimension of the success. Metal-Rules.Com talked with the band’s vocalist/guitarist Hanno about the second album ODE TO THE FLAME and of course a little bit how everything started out in the first place.

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Guten abend – Hows it going there in the Mantar camp ?

Alright so far. Enjoying my last days in my new home in Florida before I go back to Europe and start the festival season 2016. Excited!

Before going any further, as Mantar is relatively a new band coming from Germany to most of readers, therefore it would be awesome to start an interview by asking how Mantar came about ?559031

We know each other for more than 18 years. Met in Bremen in the late 90s when i was playing with my kid-punk band in a local squat. We remained friends and always wanted to play in a band together but for several reasons that just happened a couple of years ago when we started playing as a two piece band called MANTAR. In 2012/2013. We both lived in Hamburg at that time. We just wanted to record a demo and put out a tape for friends and maybe play some small local shows. Well, It came different than we thought. It´s pretty much the first band we both are in that gets the chance to do all these things. Pretty funny how long it actually took us to even form a band considering how fast it went to get attention once we had our shit together. Maybe it was the right time to do so.

Did you have other older bands in the past before founding Mantar ?

Yeah, but mostly unknown local bands. Nothing you would have had heard about.

Mantar as a name has an interesting meaning behind, as a matter of fact you could shed more light the meaning of the name and how and where you got it ?

Due to the fact Erinc has Turkish roots we were thinking about the idea of choosing a Turkish name. I liked that idea. He came up with MANTAR, which as far as I know means something like mushroom or something like that. But names don´t mean shit. It just sound cool, hard and aggressive. Fits quite good for a IMG_1571band with the same characteristics.

When you started Mantar, did you have a clear vision of how Mantar is supposed to sound and look in the first place, or has the sound evolved into the entire new direction and approach ?

Well, we just got together and started jamming along. 2 hours later we knew we have a solid new band. Probably the best stuff we´ve ever did in our lives. But no, we didn’t have a masterplan and still don´t have any. We just always try to play as hard and intense as possible. We like to groove. I think that´s something we both could agree on. I love Erinc´s simple drumming. Fuck all those gimmicks.

Which bands and artists influenced you as musicians in the first place ? How have these influences effected on how Mantar sounds ?

I grew up on punk. The whole attitude, you know, this whole DIY thing was very important for me. When I was you, pretty much at the same time, I got into thrash Metal as well, as it had kinda the same vibe to me. Fast and aggressive. But my love with heavy/rock music starts well earlier than that, back in the late 80’s, when I was a kid, my dad gave me two AC/DC tapes (Highway To Hell & If You Want Blood…) that changed my life. Till this day nothing even comes close. This band is GOD to me. The whole beat, the simple riffs… This band had more influence on me than all other bands together is used to listen to. Black Metal for example came much much later into my life. Even though I really enjoy this dark atmosphere a lot. Erinc was a Kid in the heayday of Grunge music. He grew up on The Melvins, Nirvana, Mudhoney and stuff. Our roots ain´t necessarily in “Metal” music…

I don´t think we chose any kind of influence on purpose, as said, we just try to play as heavy and intense as wen can. The result is what you hear. You know, it´s always hard to describe your on music or try to analyse it. Maybe we just should´t. But more important than certain styles of music or other bands, it´s more a certain feeling that´s important for us. It´s gotta be simple and most of all, it has to groove. I think a lot of bands in any kind of extreme music genre forget about the basic and primitive needs of men. They have so many gimmicks, but don´t not how to groove and roll. We do.

Mantar is a two-man outfit consisting the singer/guitarist and the drummer, but it is interesting you have no bass player involved in the line-up, not on albums, not at the stage either. Was it a determinated and mutual decision to operate as a two piece ?IMG_1553

No. When we started simply no one else wanted to join. Easy as that. We figured out pretty quick though that we are able to raise some serious hell anyhow even without further members. It´s not about the quantity of the members. It´s about the energy and rage between the musicians.

Do you think you could add the bassist to the rank for example in the live situation or do you rather remain as a two piece at the stage as well ?

I think further members, no matter how talented, would just weaken this energy between Erinc and me. We know each other so good as friends as well as musicians we THINK and ACT like a machine when we play. No one could keep up with that.

As far as the sounds and the music of Mantar is concerned, how would you like to describe your style ? I find it a hybrid mix of sludge, doom and a bit of black and death metal…. do you share my opinion ?

As said. Names don’t mean shit. Labels and genres don´t mean a lot to us. You would have no idea how uneducated we are when it comes to all these subgenres. I do like a lot of bands that are labeled the way you described us, but to be honest I don´t know what we do or don´t. We just play and enjoy the beauty of destruction. Primal rage. Even if we would understand all these genres and what you gotta do to fit in our possibilities as musicians are very limited. What you hear on the record is what we can do best. We concentrate on that and skip the rest. Call it whatever you want. No offense. I guess labels are important for young people or a so called “scene” to justify their taste in music or their licking for a certain band. I am too old for this. We always stayed away from any certain “scene”. Never regretted that.

The second Mantar album named ODE TO THE FLAME came out on Nuclear Blast whereas the previous album DEATH BY BURNING was released on Svart. Did Nuclear Blast come into the picture and what made you ink the deal with them after all ?IMG_1559

The step toward NB was mostly a step toward a way better infrastructure. You have no idea how many people wrote us and asked why they cant get the record in their store next door or why the record is 20 bucks shipping. As the band grows we wanted to make sure to get the chance to push the record to the people. You know, we are not a super wannabe important underground elite bullshit band. We just wanna play and everyone who enjoys it is invited. And surprisingly that´s a whole lot of people so we wanted to make sure have a good partner that works well all over the world. When we decided to do another record we thought either to go even more underground or thinking big. All in between wasnt an option.  So we went for the label with the most fair deal regarding our artist freedom and the best distribution to make sure everyone have access to the record. For me most important was that no matter which label pretty much just leaves us and our music alone.

Was the deal with Svart for one album or did you have an option for the second one ?

One album. They only do that. Good label.

I can’t help asking if you were pleased with the way how Svart worked ?

They did great products and did everything we asked for when it comes to packaging and so on. Of course they know though that their possibilities are limited when it comes to promotion and all that stuff. But they don´t bother. They work with very simple and fair deals for (mostly) smaller bands. Surprisingly a lot of people got interested in MANTAR and we wanted to move on a little bit. I guess they understand and I am very glad we worked with Svart. Great Bands, great way of making “business”.

Now being on Nuclear Blast, what is the biggest difference between the small label Svart and a huge multinational label Nuclear Blast ?

Well, first of all there is not a big difference for us at all. That´s why we signed with them. We have a very strong DIY background and like to do things exactly how we want them to be. All bands should work like that. That´s what makes a band unique. Nuclear Blast just helps us pushing our shit to the people. But they pretty much leave us alone. They understand our vision.

How was the recording process of the second album ? Who was involved in the producing stage of the album ?IMG_1565

The recording was pretty much the same. Again, no prodcuer, just a friend who recorded us where we usually rehearse. Pretty simple, no gimmicks. Hard and raw. A lot of the songs weren´t even finished when we hit the studio. That´s a good way to keep thing exciting. To much comfort makes your record weak. (your band too)

Did you record the album in Hamburg from the beginning to the end or did you use other studio to expand the soundworld of Mantar ?

We recorded the drums in our hometown Bremen in a friend´s studio. We work a lot with natural room sounds to make it sound big. That why we were looking for a bigger drum room. I love how the drums sound. Good choice.

As for  the lyrical content, what kind of topics do you deal with them in the lyrics and where do you ladle all the inspirations and ideas for lyrics ?

To be honest I don´t really know. I don´t write with a certain topic or plan. I just take a piece of paper and a pen and let it flow. It sounds cheesy but my lyrics write themselves pretty much alone. I just start putting words together and the outcome almost everytime is the same kind of theme I explained above. I have no Idea where all this dark extreme and drastic content comes from. Maybe there is a side of me that comes to live as soon MANTAR starts to play. Don´t get me wrong, I am no poser and not even a misanthropic person. For me all this dark stuff is no gimmick or image and my lyrics ain´t just “occult” either. I leave that to retro rock bands and bands who need stereotypes. I wouldn’t call my lyrics “negative” either, it´s just drastic. I always try to put it in a poetic context though. I leave the preaching to other bands. We have no other message than destruction.

In general are you pleased with ODE TO THE FLAME and how it turned and sounds or do you find some things which should have been carried in other way ?

If it would not be 100% what we wanted and had in mind it would not come out. We inked the Deal with the record label AFTER we finished the record to keep the freedom of not releasing a second album at all. We were not interested in making a step backwards with a worse album than the first one.

In which way does the second album and its material differ from the debut album from your point of view ?401105

I am very confident that all people who liked the first record gonna enjoy the new one too. We didnt try to change the band at all. We know what we like. But of course we may have figured out what we are especially good in. I guess we improved the things we liked and are good in and skipped the rest. The new record is a status quo of MANTAR 2016. The best we can do. If you like it, great, if not, nothing we could do about it. I do think though we totally still have the grooving, rocking vibe as that´s definitely one of our best skills. But it´s true that this record probably turned out to be catchier but also even darker and sinister than DBB. I think we were just looking for new extremes and limits. But we really did not put to much brain in it, trust me. We are a very simple band. With simple goals. One of ´em is to be as violent as possible. Maybe we just learned in the last two years what we are especially good in and made that strength even better. As said before, next to that you wanna try some new things as you don´t wanna play exactly the same stuff all the time. And obviously I like the dark, black metal, melodic stuff a lot… so I might have improved my way of guitar playing a little bit. Overall it´s still important though not to lose your identity as a band. We like what we do. We don´t have to reinvent the wheel. People like that, I guess… But if you wanna listen to real experimental  melodic and “interesting” music we still are the wrong band for you. We want to create stress not art.

What kind of process was to create, compose and write the Mantar songs for ODE TO THE FLAME ? And how do you start creating a platform for a song ? Which comes firstly : lyrics or music ?

Most stuff is created while jamming a long in the rehearsal room with the two of us. Sometimes I bring a riff. But if it works you won´t know before we both play and jam on it. So sometimes things don´t work out at all and other stuff were you didn’t have any expectations seem to work just fine. We try to write fast, simple and focused. We don´t write songs for 2 years, we want them to sound spontaneous and raw. That´s why we enter the studio by the time when they are only 80-90 % finished to benefit from the “magic of the moment”. I complete the lyrics on the day I record the vocals. Most lyrics are made out of oparts that I write down whenever I feel like it in a little notebook I have. When we record I put together the parts that seem to fit best together.

I took a glance at the video clips of your recording process and it looked it was very intensive, but when doing the vocals do you have IMG_1569to be under the certain mood to reach the right vibe for the vocals ?

I don´t drink or take any drugs during the weeks of recording to be as focused as possible. I sleep very little and usually very bad. I don´t like studio too much. But I need to come in this focus were I can´t think about anything else than the songs and the music. Doing vocals is just a part of the process. That´what takes the longest time. Because I am not a professional singer or even professional technical “death” metal singer. I just want it sound as fucked up and pissed as anyhow possible. So I lose my voice after every song we did for at least 48 hours. But the result is quite convincing, don´t you think?

As a two man band, what kind of technology advances do you use in order to create such a massive, to be honest, crushing the sounds of which Mantar is known for ?

Volume is like a third member for us. We try to play as loud as wen can. Play I play a whole lot of amplifiers and cabinets at the same time. Big bass cabs too to bring the low end. Next to the technical part much more important is how the band plays together. A stated before we know each other very well. We THINK the same when we play. We become one. A machine so to speak.

I came across the video footage of St. Pauli Sessions, could you tell a bit more about the session ? Did you ask people to jam into the studio ? Did you wanna test the music sounds in the studio environment ?

Well, we just wanted to prove that we totally can put the record sound on stage and that we are able to pull of the same wall of sound live. We used and still use the same equipment for recording as well as for playing live. We  thought it was  a cool idea to prove it. So we invited a few friends bought some beer and just played the songs for them.

How many songs were played in the St.Pauli Sessions ?

Only 8 as we just started the band and couldn’t play the other two back then, haha. We just played 3 or 4 shows at that time. We didn’t even start touring.

I have witnessed Mantar as far as I can remember four times : Roadburn, Jalometalli and Summer Breeze and Wacken I have paid to how the drumset had been placed on the (right) side of the stage and the micstand was in front of the drum set, I assume there is IMG_1552some obvious purpose for that ?

That´s just how we started to play in our rehearsal room when we started to practice. We did that most of all for practical reasons to see what the other onje is doing and to communicate with our eyes during the songs. When we started playing shows we just kept it that way as we still totally were a brand new band and needed that for orientation. Nowadays we just do it as we are used to it. Furthermore I like they idea not playing FOR the people but having the people watching us doing OUR thing.

In general have you been utterly surprised to see the amount of interest by metal fans and press toward Mantar, obviously you didn’t expect when working on the first release ?

Yes. It was very strange and surprising. WE are grateful and take none of it for granted. Plus we don´t tale ourselves too serious. We take our band serious but not ourselves as persons. So we don´t think we are the coolest dudes ever just because people like our little band.

What is the next coming up for Mantar ? Obviously gigs ?

First I am gonna hang some more time in Florida where I live nowadays when we don´t tour and slowly get my power back as the last two years have been very exhausting to be honest. After that we will play a whole bunch of festivals all over europe and North America and hope to see as many people as possible at the shows. Plus we´ll  do a few small club shows to try the new material. We will travel countries we never have been to before and spend pretty much all summer in planes i am afraid. After the summer we will eventually tour Europe and the US and finally have two albums to play live. That´s awesome. If you can, stop by and have some beers with us. Overall we are very happy to play countried we have never been before. Having this band is a great way to explore the world. All in all I just hope to have a good time. That´s all. If it stops to be any fun it´s over.

I for one thank you for your time for doing the interview,,, but the last words are yours ….

Thanks for your ongoing and steady interest in MANTAR and your support. Spread the word and enjoy the new record.

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Van Canto – Interview with Ross and Stefan @ Islington Academy, London

April 8th, 2016
by UK Team

Van Canto

Interview with Ross Thompson and Stefan Schmidt

24th March 2016

Interview by Jacob Ovington

Van Canto are the only acapella metal band in the entire world. We don’t know of any others, anyway. In the beginning people laughed at their idea, but they kept on going. Having recorded six albums in ten years while steadily building up a fan-base, they’ve proved that thinking outside the box can pay off and that metal acapella is possible. We caught up with Ross and Stefan of the band before their London show to get an insight into one of the world’s most unique metal outfits.

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Van Canto @ Islington Academy, London

April 7th, 2016
by UK Team

Van Canto + Grailknights + End of the Dream

@ Islington Academy, London

24th March, 2016

Review by Jacob Ovington

Photography by Graham Hilling

A metal band without guitars? Yes, that’s right. In fact Van Canto don’t use any instruments at all, they’re the world’s first and only acapella metal outfit. All of their sound is produced by their voices, except the drums. Tonight they were headlining Islington Academy. Producing acapella metal in a studio is one thing, but the stamina it takes to manage a full headline set is another. Let’s see how they fare.

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