Lord K – The Project Hate , Torture Division, ex – God Among Insects

February 10th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall  


Thanks to Vic Records for the promo pictures of the band taken by: Peter Herneheim, Cissi Snell, Sandra Alexandersson, Martina Elmanovits, Cecilia Kri

 

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The Project Hate, led by the infamous death metal genius Lord K, is back with a brand new album titled THE LUSTRATRE PROCESS as well as a the long awaited release of their debut album recorded back in 1998. Things have happened in the Hate camp since I last talked to Lord K so I was eager to hear from him.  We talked about the new album and what Lord K had been up to since our last get-together. Buckle up and follow me on a wild ride with the demon wizard Lord K.

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Matt Hobart and Ben Rosputni of FRACTURE POINT

February 9th, 2010
by Hanntu

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FRACTURE POINT

Ben Rosputni and Matt Hobart

Interview by Erich Heintzelman

Back before Christmas I was able to interview Matt Hobart and Ben Rosputni from the Phoenix, Arizona band Fracture Point.  Fracture Point is a Death/Thrash metal band that is making some noise in the underground with the album INHERIT THE DOWNFALL, which was released on an independent label.  The music is technical and bludgeoning and the guys gave me some insight behind the making of the album, their favorite tracks, and what the future holds for Fracture Point. If you have not heard them yet, check ‘em out!

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The 69 Eyes on Back For Blood European Tour 2010 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

February 9th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

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The 69 Eyes

Back For Blood European Tour 2010

Mandragora Scream  – special guest

Nightlight – support act

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

16/1 – 2010

 

Reviewed and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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ANVIL

February 4th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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 Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Thirteen albums into their career; Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil have finally been on the receiving end of some much deserved attention, brought on in part by the hugely successful documentary "Anvil: The Story of Anvil". With the re-release of 2007′s "This Is Thirteen" album this past September through VH1-Classic Records, the band finds themselves back out on the road for Anvil’s first headlining tour in more than a decade. From the second they hit the stage the band’s mission plan seems transparent, to bridge the barriers between the band and their fans. Anvil vocalist and guitarist Steve Lips Kudlow announces from the stage that following tonight’s show he is going to come out later and shake everyone’s hand in the club. The packed audience seems to hang on every word of Lips’ in between song banter tonight. It is clear that many in attendance have seen the recent documentary and can relate in some way to the band’s struggle to attaining success. All three members of Anvil took the time prior to taking the stage to talk metal with metal-rules.com; detailing their current cross country trek, the upcoming "Juggernaut of Justice" album, what it meant to work with famed producer Chris Tsangarides once again and more…

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Sunn O))) – Tavastia Helsinki Finland

February 1st, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

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The 19th of January 2010

Tavastia Helsinki, Finland

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From Hell’s Heart – Comedy in Metal (Jan 2010)

January 31st, 2010
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

COMEDY METAL

Jan. 2010

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An extremely rare, but high profile sub-set of Metal releases are comedy albums. A few rare bands decide to release and record albums of metal that are strictly based on humor. Are these parody acts loving tributes or a tongue in cheek, kick at a genre that at times takes itself very seriously? Are these bands worthy of the definition of metal for bringing a new face to the genre, or to be shunned for crude and mean-spirited attempts to make fun of something they don’t understand? Metal comedy. Worthwhile or worthless?

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MÖTLEY CRÜE / Joe Perry / Airbourne Live In Calgary – January 26, 2010

January 26th, 2010
by Lord of the Wasteland

MÖTLEY CRÜE / JOE PERRY / AIRBOURNE

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pengrowth Saddledome

Calgary, Alberta  Canada

***Live Review  By Lord of The Wasteland


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J. ALONSO – DAWN OF TEARS

January 25th, 2010
by EvilG

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INTERVIEW WITH J. ALONSO FROM “DAWN OF TEARS” Interviewed by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

Dawn of Tears is a relatively new Spanish melodic death metal band that is deserving, yet long overdue for some real publicity in the metal world. Comparing their sound to other bands doesn’t serve them properly; their distinguishing mark is their ability to write a killer song, while seamlessly blending musical influences from all over the metal spectrum without breaking a sweat. Here’s my interview with vocalist J. Alonso.

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Jimmy DeGrasso – Alice Cooper, Hail!, F5, ex- Megadeth, Y&T, Suicidal Tendencies

January 20th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala
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JIMMY DeGRASSO

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES  BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRIPTION BY PETTERI LIMNELL, EVILG AND RICK 

American born drummer Jimmy DeGrasso is probably best known for his work with Megadeth, but he’s also been involved with many other interesting bands and projects during his long career.  In mid 80′s, after moving from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Jimmy first did studio sessions with the “Prince of Darkness” himself, Ozzy Osbourne, before getting his first permanent job from Californian rockers Y & T in 1986. After many successful years with them, Jimmy decided to leave Y & T in 1990 and in the subsequent years he toured with such names as Lita Ford and Alice in Chains before joining the thrash/punk/hardcore crossover  group Suicidal Tendencies in 2004. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon later and next Jimmy joined Alice Cooper’s touring band. He’s been working with Alice on and off since then. In 1998 he joined Megadeth and stayed with them until the band (temporarily) disbanded in 2002. Today Jimmy is a highly sought after session and touring drummer.  He’s also a full time member of all-star band “HAIL!” along with his former Megadeth bandmate David Ellefsson, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, and vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. Jimmy has also another band with Ellefsson called F5 and they released the album THE RECKONING in 2008.  In  December (2009) Jimmy came to Finland with Alice Cooper and then I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his past, present and near future plans. READ ON!

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Toxic Holocaust / Axegressor : Nosturi Helsinki

January 18th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

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The 26th of November

Nosturi Helsinki Finland

The success of Toxic Holocaust fronted by Joel Grind has increased massively during the recent  years. Especially the younger generation of thrash metal have found Toxic Holocaust nothing but a killer thrashing combo as a plenty of young looking kids with old school t-shirts and pants attended the gig at Nosturi. Seeing the young generation thrashing and moshing is definitely a good sign for the whole metal genre. Before Toxic Holocaust unleashed a metallic maelstrom the domestic thrashers Axegressor hit the stage to command the kids to go berserk.

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Rob Bolger – A Film Maker of “Behind the Suit and Tie” documentary

January 18th, 2010
by Luxi Lahtinen
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ROB BOLGER:

DOCUMENTARY MAKER OF "BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE"

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen


"About BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE documentary: A documentary that takes you into the hearts and souls of the real people who rule today’s heavy metal recording industry, put together by Robert Bolger Jr.

Unlike most music documentaries BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE will spend more time with the people behind the labels rather than the more musician-focused approach of most music documentaries. BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE will also showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of hard CD sales and how established, new and up and coming artists must learn to adjust to these changing times with today’s major transition".

Rob Bolger talks more about this ambitious project of his in this interview, so be sure to read everything he has to say about making this documentary to understand a little bit better about the hard times that the record industry is facing these days when downloading music from the internet for free has become a true pain in the ass for the whole music business.


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VoiVod – Live In Montreal, Canada – December 12, 2009 Club Soda

January 16th, 2010
by EvilG

VoiVod – Live In Montreal, Canada

December 12, 2009 Club Soda

Live Review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

VoiVod live in Montreal

10 years! That’s what it took to Voïvod to play a headlining concert again in their adoptive hometown of Montreal! That’s quite long but it’s not that unusual in this case, the new momentum achieved by the return of long-departed singer “Snake” to the fold at the beginning of this decade was stopped by the premature death of founding member and riff-master “Piggy” in 2005.

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Bruce Kulick

January 12th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Bruce Kulick

Conducted by Robert Williams

Long considered by his peers to be one of today’s most in demand axemen, former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is set to offer up his third solo outing in the form of the upcoming "BK3" album. An all star cast of contributing musicians make guest appearances on BK3 and help to make this record Bruce’s most eclectic work to date. Speaking with Bruce recently; the talented guitarist took the time to talk BK3 and reflect on his long running career; from playing lead guitar in Meatloaf on the "Bat Out of Hell" tour, to recording and touring the world with KISS, and everything in between that will lead you as a listener to his latest work.


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Best of 2009 – Robert

January 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Top 20

1. Candlemass – Death Magic Doom

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Wow. Did Candlemass ever throw down the gauntlet on this disc. "The Bleeding Baroness" being worth the price of admission alone, every song on here is a masterpiece. Robert Lowe proving once more to be the perfect match for Candlemass after the departure of Messiah Marcolin. Tracks like "Hammer of Doom" and "My Funeral Dreams" only further establish Candlemass’ reign as the current kings of doom metal.

2. Kreator – Hordes of Chaos

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Mille and company continue to forge ahead releasing kick ass, no nonsense thrash epics one after another starting with 2001′s "Violent Revolution" staying the course for 2005′s "Enemy of God" and most recently with "Hordes of Chaos" a record that features a back to basics approach in the production department with only guitar solo’s and vocals getting the overdub treatment. Musically "Hordes of Chaos" combines the best elements of it’s two predecessors from the last decade culminating in just the right amounts of aggression and melody that make a great Kreator record.

3. Slayer – World Painted Blood

4. Saxon – Into The Labyrinth

5. Ace Frehley – Anomaly

6. Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

7. Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know

8. Marduk – Wormwood

9. Ancient Cross – Ancient Cross

10. Evile – Infected Nations

11. Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague

12. Anvil – This Is Thirteen

13. The Gates of Slumber – Hymns of Blood and Thunder

14. Sacred Steel – Carnage Victory

15. KISS – Sonic Boom

16. Cauldron – Chained To The Night

17. Gama Bomb – Tales From The Grave In Space

18. Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory

19. Megadeth – Endgame

20. Steel Panther – Feel The Steel

BEST NEW BAND

White Wizzard / Vektor / Rituals Of The Oak – It’s great to hear some young bands keeping the classic sound of metal alive well into the new millenium. In an age where it’s become fashionable to jump on the Viking or Folk bandwagons or add some variety of core influence to an already pre-existing modern sounding metal platform, it’s both refreshing and satisfying to know that there are still some bands who aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel but are simply trying to make the best sounding wheel possible.

BEST DVD

Manowar – Hell On Earth V

You can always count on the Kings of Metal to give you the most bang for your buck; and they did just that when they issued the fifth installment of their Hell On Earth DVD series, bringing us up to speed on the band’s conquests for the past four years. With live footage taken from various concerts in at least five or six different countries, festival appearances like Gloves of Metal, Thunder In The Sky and of course the Magic Circle Fest; this DVD is as epic as you are likely to find from 2009 or anytime soon.

TOP FIVE CONCERTS OF 2009

Alice Cooper (NAMM Private Party) – Anaheim, California – January 2009

Steel Panther – SXSW Showcase – Austin, Texas – March 2009

Destruction – San Antonio, Texas – May 2009

Uli Jon Roth w/ Mark Boals – Santa Ana, California – June 2009

Judas Priest – San Antonio, Texas – July 2009

GREATEST HOPES FOR 2010

The prospect of new studio albums from some of my all time favorite heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and the reformed Angel Witch. It should be another twelve months of anticipation and sonic devastation. I wish you all a heavy new year!

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Best of 2009 – Rick

January 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Top 20

1. Bloodbound – Tabula Rasa  

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With the return of Urban Breed, Bloodbound have finally moved up into the heavyweight category. Fresh from his departure from Tad Morose, Urban Breed and Bloodbound released NOSFERATU in 2005. It was a bit of a letdown and Urban left the band for the follow-up BOOK OF THE DEAD. Now with him firmly back in the fold Bloodbound have created one of the strongest releases of the year. Urban Breed is at his best and his vocal melodies take what is an excellent disc and make it amazing!

 

 

2. Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) 

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Primal Fear has been one of my favourite bands since its inception. The band’s music is powerful and Ralf Scheepers is arguably one of the best vocalists in all of metal. That being said I have drifted away from the band for the last few CDs. There have been a few amazing moments on those discs but they seemed to me to a be a bit of the “same old same old”. Nothing wrong with that but they just did not do it for me.  Not so with 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead). From the first listen, I felt that the band had recaptured the magic. Here was Primal Fear at their best and back on top of the metal heap!

 

3. Steel Panther – Feel the Steel



4. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle – Voodoo Circle



5. Megadeth – Endgame



6. Brainstorm – Memorial Roots



7. Lamb of God – Wrath



8. Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue



9. Stratovarius – Polaris



10. Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know



11. Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings



12. Lions Share – Darkest Hours



13. Redemption – Snowfall on Judgment Day



14. Evile – Infected Nations



15. Sirenia – The 13th Floor



16. Slayer –World Painted Blood



17. W.A.S.P. – Babylon



18. Shadows Fall – Retribution



19. Manimal – The Darkest Room



20. Tyr – By the Light of the Northern Star 

 

 

Best New Band

Steel Panther

All hail the panther. I know that these guys are a comedy act but their CD FEEL THE STEEL hasn’t left rotation in my player in months. The tunes are infectious and funny as hell but they have staying power. The band has been around in many incarnations but this is the first release under the Steel Panther moniker. It remains to be seen whether they can follow-up on their current success but FEEL THE STEEL might just be the surprise disc of the year. 

Discovery of 2009

Evile

How did I miss these guys. Having released their first CD ENTER THE GRAVE in 2007, the band somehow flew under my radar until a friend who was spinning their newest CD INFECTED NATIONS non-stop turned me onto them. I fell in love with the band’s retro thrash and reeled with the metal world when their bass player Mike Alexander died in October while on tour in Sweden. I just hope that the band survives this episode and comes back stronger than ever in 2010.

Biggest Disappointments

Queensryche – American Soldier

Where to start? I was hoping that OPERATION MINDCRIME 2 had marked a turning point for the band. I guess I was wrong. Queensryche had been lost in the wilderness for years churning out bland mediocre albums that were relegating the band to the Spinal Tap “Where Are They Now” file. OPERATION MINDCRIME 2 showed some small signs that the band could still step up to the plate and make some good music. I guess I was wrong. AMERICAN SOLDIER has a good premise but Queensryche are long past having any relevance to anyone and tugging at the heartstrings will not save them now. 

Savatage

Yet again, I am disappointed with no Savatage CD. Time to get over it I guess. 

Biggest Hopes for 2010

Riot

The classic Thundersteel lineup has reunited and is supposedly working on new material for a mid 2010 release. Riot is one of my favourite bands and I am looking forward to seeing what that groundbreaking lineup can do 20 years later.

Iron Maiden

Maiden is supposed to have a new disc ready at some point in 2010. I am looking forward to hearing what the band has up its sleeve. Their focus has changed and the songwriting has been spotty as of late but I still have hopes that they have some great songs left in them. There will never be another POWERSLAVE or NUMBER OF THE BEAST but I do not think the creative pot has run dry yet. 

Best DVD

Iron Maiden – Flight 666

It is Maiden. They put out some of the best metal DVDs period. What else needs to be said? 

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