Theatre of Tragedy / Where Angels Fall / To-Mera / Pythia / The Mariana Hollow – Underworld, London

April 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY

with WHERE ANGELS FALL

and To-Mera, Pythia and The Mariana Hollow

The Underworld, Camden, UK

14th March 2010

Words by Ben Spencer

Live pictures by James G @ Altercarnated Photography 

Theatre Of
Tragedy was a band that reminded me of my long haired, gothic trench
coat wearing youth. Between the ages of 17-18, I was gradually treading
through the gothic genre of music that was originally sparked by
symphonic metal band Nightwish and their CENTURY’S CHILD album. This
album unlocked a genre of music at the time that I was ignorant of and
yet longed to pursue. My journey began with Lacuna Coil, Tristania and  Flowing Tears. One day I came across an album cover where a white
rose lay across a red one with the italic font ‘Theatre of Tragedy’. This
band intrigued me and so I very quickly obtained this album along with
the more cohesive and better produced AEGIS album. My interest in this
particular genre of music desensitised over the course of the next year
and without sight or sound of these guys on music channels, I merely
assumed that their flames had extinguished with the changing of times.
To discover that the band was still around and that their show at Camden
Underworld would in fact be their last was an opportunity I did not
want to miss out on. 

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Iron Fire – Interview with vocalist Martin Steene

March 31st, 2010
by EvilG

Iron Fire – Vocalist Martin Steene

Interview by Theis Rytoft

All promo photos courtesy of www.ironfire.dk


The Danish band Iron Fire has been around for many years and experienced a lot of changes in their line-up. Being the founder of the band, Martin Steene knows all about the upturns and downturns as well as other key aspects. With a new album in the works and optimism for the future maybe the time of Iron Fire will come in the 2010s.
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On the Road With Sonata Arctica – Tour Dates

March 31st, 2010
by EvilG

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Sonata Arctica tour blog (April/May 2010 North American Tour). Coming SOON!! In the meantime, here’s the tour dates…….

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04/02/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

04/03/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

04/05/10  The Blender Theater @ Gramercy – New York, NY

04/06/10  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

04/07/10  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

04/09/10  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

04/10/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

04/11/10  House of Blues – Chicago, IL

04/12/10  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

04/13/10  The West End Cultural Center – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

04/15/10  The Republik Nighclub – Calgary, AB – CANADA

04/16/10  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

04/18/10  The Venue – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

04/19/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

04/20/10  Satyricon – Portland, OR

04/23/10  The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

04/24/10  House of Blues – Hollywood, CA

04/25/10  U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

04/27/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

04/28/10  Meridian – Houston, TX

04/29/10  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

04/30/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

05/01/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

05/02/10  Jaxx Nightclub – W. Springfield, VA


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CHTHONIC bassist Doris Yeh

March 31st, 2010
by Hanntu

CHTHONIC

Bassist Doris Yeh

 

Interview and words by HannTu

Promotional pictures courtesy of Spinefarm Records 

Chthonic are in the unique position of being one of the most easily recognisable bands in the world of metal, in spite of (or possible by virtue of) being from the metal wastelands of Taiwan. Backed by a major label (Spinefarm Records), the band has taken their fascinating brand of Far Eastern black metal, their image and their country of origin on tour with them, bulldozing stages the world over with aplomb. However, in their own country, they are extremely outspoken and active on the subject of politics, especially where their country’s fraught relationship with the People’s Republic of China is concerned. Here, I speak to bassist Doris Yeh by email, who was recently in London to do some publicity work for the band’s latest album, MIRROR OF RETRIBUTION (incidentally, the lovely Doris was on the cover of the January edition of GQ Taiwan).

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Philip Anselmo of Housceore Records, Down, Pantera, etc.

March 31st, 2010
by EvilG

Philip Anselmo of Housceore Records, Down, Pantera, etc.



Interview by Shawn Jam Hill


It was with great trepidation that I picked up the phone at 5:30 PM EST on Wednesday, March 10 2010 because I knew the (supposedly) mercurial Mr. Philip Anselmo himself was on the other end of the line. After spending years fronting one of metal’s greatest bands of all time (Pantera), starting up the lumbering behemoth know as Down, feuding with his Pantera bandmates, losing his best friend Dimebag Darrell to a crazed gun-toting nut in 2004 and subsequently being denied access to the funeral while generally leading a rock and roll lifestyle that famously nearly killed the man, maybe Philip wasn’t too keen on jawing with some nobody journalist way up in Canaduh.

I was wrong.

Speaking thoughtfully (some would say quite slowly) and seemingly choosing his words very carefully, Philip Anselmo spoke as would a true Southern gentleman. He told stories, rambled on a little here and there and even had a laugh or two during our 35 minutes on the horn that was (theoretically) set up to promote upcoming releases on his own Housecore Records imprint. In reality, it was a good old fashioned chin-wag.
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From Hell’s Heart – Record Labels? (Feb/March 2010)

March 31st, 2010
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart Feb/March 2010: Record Labels?

Record Labels – Are they relevant in 2010? Do they still serve a useful purpose and provide artists value, or are they the dying remnants of an obsolete model for the distribution of recorded music?

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Finnish Metal Expo 2010

March 30th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

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Helsinki Metal Meeting 2010

The annual Helsinki Metal meeting was hold in February on the eve of the cold winter storm coming from the sea. The wind was blowing the area of the Cable Factory when hundreds of people were heading to enjoy the metal offering on the stage and in the exhibition area. Last year the event suffered from the decreased number of visitors. However bigger names pulled the whole cable factory full. Here is the brief article with tons of pics from the HellSinKi metal meeting.

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Illdisposed Guitarist Jakob Batten

March 30th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

Illdisposed

Guitarist Jakob Batten


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.

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Jakob Batten is the guitarist in the legendary Danish death metal band Illdisposed that recently released a new studio album called TO THOSE WHO WALK BEHIND US. Illdisposed is also currently with the re-release of two earlier album called 1-800 VINDICATION and BURN ME WICKED. Jacob talks about the new album, the new re-released albums, their new label, touring and much, much more.

 

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Elysion – Vocalist Christianna

March 30th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

Elysion

 

Vocalist Christianna


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview
Promo pictuers taken by: Irene Kolovou

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.

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Here is an interview with singer Christianna of the Greek goth metal act Elysion. The band has recently delivered a stunning debut album called SILENT SCREAM which I think that all fans of goth metal music are gonna love. I hooked up for a chat with the very nice and friendly Christianna and here is what she had to say about  the band, the debut album and the past, present and future of Elysion.

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Do The Devil’s Work For Him

March 29th, 2010
by Robin

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Interview with Amy Sciarretto

Conducted by Robert Williams

"Do The Devil’s Work For Him" is a new book co-authored by metal journalist/publicist/industry experts Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino. Gathering together their valuable knowledge, earned through years of hard work blazing their respective trails in the world of heavy metal journalism "Do The Devil’s Work For Him" also features insight and tips from heavy metal artists themselves, proving to be as enjoyable a read, as one that offers first hand knowledge for those entertaining the idea of breaking into the field. Amy Sciarretto recently took some time to fill in Metal-Rules.com about her new book as well as personal highlights in her storied career and some future goals.


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Airbourne / Joe Perry / Motley Crue: Quebec City, Feb 2, 2010

March 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Airbourne / Joe Perry / Motley Crue



Feb 02, 2010

Quebec City, Canada

Review and pics by Geneviève Hamel


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Panzergod – Interview with Lord Andross

March 27th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Lord Andross

Conducted by Robert Williams

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Panzergod has been Portland, Oregon’s long standing institution for all things concerning debauchery and black metal. With four previous releases under their bullet-belts and a fifth release on the way, Panzergod have established themselves at the helm of underground American black metal. Guitarist, vocalist and Panzergod co-founder Lord Andross recently took the time to speak with metal-rules.com and fill us in on some of the band’s history as well as more current and future battle plans…

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AIRBOURNE: Live at Nosturi, Helsinki 2010

March 24th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

AIRBOURNE

Live at Nosturi, Helsinki

March 17th, 2010

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Australian rock sensation Airbourne released their brilliant debut album RUNNIN WILD two years ago to raving reviews around the globe. Airbourne also won many newcomers of the year awards but the thing they’re best known for are their triumphant and super energetic live performances. In 2008, Airbourne played their debut show in Finland at the SAUNA OPEN AIR festival. Here the band managed to win over loads of new Finnish fans who were now eager to see their new heroes again. The band has just released their second album NO GUTS. NO GLORY and now they’ve returned to play two sold out shows, this one in Helsinki and then another one tomorrow in Tampere.

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STRYPER- Live in Helsinki January 30, 2010

March 24th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

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January 30, 2010

CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Christian hard rockers Stryper returned to Finland after three year break. Although Christian metal bands are not too much headlines in Finland, Stryper seems to enjoy great success here. This Saturday evening show was completely sold out months ago. This was their last show on their 25’th Anniversary tour here in Europe and was their first time here with the original Stryper lineup: Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox and returning bassist Tim Gaines.

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SHADOWS FALL – Live in Ottawa, March 7, 2010

March 20th, 2010
by EvilG

Shadows Fall Annihilate Ottawa







March 7, 2010


Review and pics by Shawn Jam Hill

Ottawa is a government town, a staid politico polis where the sidewalks are rolled up at precisely 6 P.M. every night of the week. Fortunately for the legions of metal fans lurking in the background of our (Canada’s) national capital’s lengthy shadow (not to mention all the serious metalheads from just across the river in La Belle Provence!), there is a vibrant scene kicking in the walls of mediocrity.
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