The Misfits – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

May 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Misfits

The 28th of April

Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

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Melechesh – Melechesh Ashmedi

May 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcripted by Blake Wolfe

Melechesh, fronted by Ashmedi and Moloch, have travelled a long way to conquer European soil with their unique sound. Each album by Melechesh have had incredible moments of journeys into ancient oriental culture. Melechesh embarked on their European tour with Immolation and did a triumphinant gig in Finland. Therefore, it was more than a good opportunity to have a chat with the band’s frontman Ashmedi.

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Keep It True X – Germany

May 15th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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KEEP IT TRUE X: 04. – 05.04.2008

Lauda-Königshofen, Germany

Review and Pics by Herr Nabel

If one festival is now known as THE festival of classic heavy metal, it must be Keep It True. The tenth version of KIT was sold out in a few weeks. That should come as no surprise once you see the lineup. Everybody who has been there knows the deal, you never manage  to catch all the bands, to buy all the vinyl, to drink all the beer, and to meet all your friends. But we tried, oh yes we tried I can tell  you…

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KISS – Paul Stanley

May 13th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala
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PAUL STANLEY

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRIPTION BY JARNO HUOVILA

After a long last Gene "Demon" Simmons and Paul "StarChild" Stanley, the two remaining pillars of the institution that KISS has become, have finally been lured away from their extra-curricular activities (ranging from "reality" television to art galleries and musicals). Along with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, stand-ins for the legendary "Space" Ace Frehley and "Catman" Peter Criss respectively, they’re now ready to rock the nations once more. With the first leg of the KISS ALIVE 35 -tour in the South Pacific  now behind them, next in turn will be the old world, Europe. Paul Stanley was kind enough to shine some light on matters still laying ahead for Kiss and some that, for many, should perhaps remain buried in the past. Even with 35 years worth of history, when it comes to kicking ass live, KISS still have their sights set on the future. Rock on.

 

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ANTHONY ESPOSITO – part II – Ace Frehley band, ex-Lynch Mob

May 13th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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ANTHONY ESPOSITO

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

In the first part of this candid interview, current ACE FREHLEY bass player, Anthony Esposito, spoke about working, touring and recording with Ace during the past 2½ years. This second part concentrates on his career prior to hooking up with the Space Ace.

Anthony Esposito first got to taste success in 1990 when he joined up with George Lynch and Mick Brown of Dokken fame and singer Oni Logan in Lynch Mob and put out the splendid WICKED SENSATION record. The follow up album, a classic rock album featuring new singer Robert Mason was released in 1992 during the zenith of the grunge phenomenon and suffered from the changing musical climate. Other internal factors within the band were also starting to disrupt the momentum. For the past decade Anthony focused primarily on running his own studio in New York City where he produced and engineered such bands as Misfts, New York Dolls and The Ramones. In this second part of the interview Anthony recounts some of his experiences with these great bands and more.

 

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ANTHONY ESPOSITO – part I – Ace Frehley band, ex-Lynch Mob

May 13th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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ANTHONY ESPOSITO

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ


The legendary Space Ace Frehley, of KISS fame, finally returned to Europe, after almost a decade, and unleashed his first solo shows in the UK in twenty years. At his shows in Sheffield and London, Ace rocked in front of sold out crowds of fans from all over Britain and Europe. Present were all the hallmarks fans could have possibly have wished for, from the career spanning spectacular set list to the smoking guitar. Along with his new band, comprising of Anthony Esposito [ex-Lynch Mob], Scot Coogan [ex-BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION] and Derrek Hawkins, Ace practically brought the house down and proved to any doubters, that he’s back! The day after the band’s spectacular performance at London’s Astoria, we hooked up with Anthony Esposito, Ace’s bass player, to catch up on the latest happenings in Ace World. Read On, Rock Soldiers!

 

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Screaming For Vendera: An Interview With Vocal Coach Jaime Vendera

May 11th, 2008
by EvilG

Screaming For Vendera:

An Interview With Vocal Coach Jaime Vendera

Interviewed by EvilG

Questions by EvilG, HannTu, and Rick

Jaime Vendera

I’m sure many of you have seen the Mythbuster episode where the metal vocalist shatters a wine glass with his voice? Well that dude is none other than Jaime Vendera. He’s been making a name for himself not only for his glass shattering vocal ability, but for his renowed vocal training and coaching. In this interview we talk about what brought Jaime into the vocal coaching world and of course all about vocals.


 

 

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KRYPTOS – Vocalist & guitarist Nolan Lewis

May 11th, 2008
by Luxi Lahtinen

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KRYPTOS vocalist & guitarist Nolan Lewis



Interview by Luxi Lahtinen


India obviously isn´t one of those countries that one expects great metal to com from. This of course has pretty much to do with people´s sheer ignorance and prejudices that way too many of us have about India, about 80% out of all population living there, being Hindus.

Kryptos, one of the most leading metal forces coming out from that country, got a lot of good response internationally for their debut album SPIRAL ASCENT that came out in 2004. The band´s 2nd album, THE ARK OF GEMINI, which is schedeled to be released worldwide through Old School Metal Records on June 13th, 2008, will hopefully bring Kryptos on another level of success that they would truly deserve.

The band´s frontman Nolan Lewis explains further about the making of the THE ART OF GEMINI, also giving a very insightful view into the the current state of heavy metal in India, as well as cutting down some of those strange prejudices that at least one poor, somewhat misleaded reporter obviously had about a relationship between the government of India and heavy metal in general, prior to this conversation (poor me – an ignorant fuck).  

 

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CHAOSWEAVER´s Max Power & Thab Picard

May 9th, 2008
by Luxi Lahtinen

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Chaosweaver. Puppetmaster of pandemonium. Controller of disorder.

Max Power and Thab Picard

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

These 7 Finnish modern messiahs of everything sinister and majestic, have existed since 2004. Within those 4 years they have managed to turn many people´s attention toward them by their atmospheric and ominous sounding dark metal which has been finely culminated on the band´s debut album, titled PUPPETMASTER OF PANDEMONIUM; a bombastic collection of a greater musical art that shouldn´t question the fact of how ambitious and insane the troops of Chaosweaver are.

PUPPETMASTER OF PANDEMONIUM is just the beginning for more madness to come, and the band´s bassist Max Power and keyboardist Thab Picard were keen on diving deeper into their dark and unexplored waters and telling more what kind of plans they have for a world domination…

 

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MEGADETH – James Lomenzo

May 8th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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JAMES LOMENZO

Brooklyn born James Lomenzo started his musician career in the late 70′s. His first bands included such names as Empty Sky, Clockwork and Rondinelli but it wasn’t until 1984 before he found big success after joining hard rock band White Lion. PRIDE was released in 1987 and with the help of hit singles “Wait” and “When Children Cry” it sold over two million copies in U.S alone. That band did huge tours opening for names like Aerosmith, Ozzy and AC/DC and they were on the top of their game. Ironically named BIG GAME came out two years later but although it failed to reach its predecessor sales, it still went to gold. The last White Lion album MAIN ATTRACTION was released in 1991 but its sales figures stayed proportionally low. James and drummer Greg D’Angelo left the soon to be disbanded group in 1991. James’s following years included touring with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and forming a brand new band called Pride and Glory together with Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Brian Tichy. Unfortunately, that band didn’t last too long and they split up after just one album which was released in 1994. James and Brian Tichy continued working together and joined Slash’s Snakepit -touring in 1995. Few years later James joined David Lee Roth’s band and recorded the album DIAMOND DAVE with him. In 2004 Zakk Wylde asked James to join his Black Label Society and James agreed. HANGOVER MUSIC VOL 4 came out soon and although James briefly split again with Zakk, he soon returned and another album MAFIA came out in 2005. Later, on the same year, James decided to leave Black Label Society for the last time and try to find some new challenges.  It wasn’t too long before it was announced that James was chosen as new bassist for legendary thrash metal band Megadeth. James played his first show with the band in March 2006 in Dubai. UNITED ABOMINATIONS was released in May of 2007 and since its release band has been more or a less constantly on tour across the world. Band started their European leg of the tour on last February from Helsinki and then we were able to sit down with James and talk about various topics including the current state of Megadeth, James’s work with some of his former bands as well as about many other interesting things…

    

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND LUXI LAHTINEN

LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRIPTION BY NICLAS LINDSTRAD

 

 

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9TH PLAGUE – TONY RICHTER

May 6th, 2008
by Leslie

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9th Plague

Interview with Tony Richter

Interviewed by David Leslie

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Jonas Karlgren of Nation Beyond

May 5th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Nation Beyond is a brand new project put together by Debase guitarist Jonas Karlgren and Facedown bass player Joakim Hedestedt. I met up with mastermind Karlgren one cold evening in the Debase rehearsing space and studio in Malmoe. Here is a long interview that I hope can make you interested in Nation Beyond. At the end of the interview the drummer Johan Helgesson came to join us and tagged along for the interview. The album was released last year in Europe and now the album will be released in the USA, Canada and Australia. Enjoy…..

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Pictures of Jonas and Johan by: Anders Sandvall

Live pictures on Jonas and Johan from the archives of: Anders Sandvall

Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson

Thanks to Nation Beyond for the promo pictures of the band.

All promo pictures are taken by: Malin Benemark

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Rat Skates (ex-OVERKILL)

May 3rd, 2008
by Leslie

Interview with Rat Skates

By David Leslie

Pics courtesy of Rat Skates

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W.A.S.P. LIVE – THE CRIMSON IDOL FALLS

May 1st, 2008
by Brat

W.A.S.P. LIVE – THE CRIMSON IDOL FALLS

Metro Theatre, Sydney Australia

8 April 2008

Review by Brat

Photos by guest contributor CEEG

I don’t normally waste my time writing less than positive reviews, but after the initial disappointment of the night, anger has set in.

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ACE FREHLEY -Live at Sheffield, U.K

April 27th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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ACE FREHLEY

10.04.2008

The Corporation, Sheffield, UK

After leaving KISS in the aftermath of THE ELDER, the ill-conceived and, at the time at least, ill-received concept album, and doing a Euro promo tour for CREATURES OF THE NIGHT -album in 1982 Ace took his time before taking the world by storm with the brilliant first FREHLEY’S COMET record. After a second studio effort by Frehley’s Comet, Ace put out another disc under his own name, titled TROUBLE WALKIN. Many things have changed for Ace since the golden years of the ’80s. After some darker times in the early ’90s Ace finally buried the axe with his old KISS band mates long enough to participate in the enormously successful reunion tour in 1996 after which, in 1998, KISS released their new PSYCHO CIRCUS album. Unfortunately this reunion of the four original members survived only long enough to record one album but they still managed to unleash one last "farewell" tour in 2001. KISS of course is still touring every now and then, sans Ace and Peter Criss, with stand-in players now filling their shoes.

 

 Review by Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovila.

Pictures by Marko Syrjälä

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