BURZUM/VARG VIKERNES

February 24th, 2010
by EvilG



BURZUM / VARG VIKERNES


Interviewed by EvilG, Lord of the Wastelend, Luxi, and Arto

In his very first interview with Metal-Rules.com, Varg Vikernes speaks to us about his new Burzum album BELUS. As well, since Varg has always been outspoken with his political and societal views, we ask him about the changes he’s seen in the world over the years he’s been incarcerated. Whether you are a fan or not, his place in Black Metal history is undeniable as his role in the formation of the genre cannot be overstated. So without further adieu, we present Varg Vikernes.

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Common Dead

February 20th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Andrew Laurenson, Common Dead

Interview with Andrew Laurenson

Conducted by Robert Williams

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Barn Burner – Kevin Keegan

February 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Barn Burner – Kevin Keegan

Interviewed by EvilG

All photos courtesy of Barn Burner

 

Hailing from Canada’s heavy metal capital, Montreal,  Barn Burner are a new band to Metal Blade Records that provides a refreshing change of pace. While their bio claims they are a “3 headed love child of Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Fu Manchu” there is just as much Black Sabbath and Priestess (another great Montreal band) in their style. The band’s album BANGERS was originally released on New Romance for Kids Records but with their signing to Metal Blade, BANGERS is now being released under their banner. I got to speak with the band vocalist/guitarist, Kevin Keegan.

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Machine Head, Hatebreed, Bleeding Through – Old Icehall, Helsinki, Finland

February 17th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

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Machine Head with Hatebreed and Bleeding Through

February 1, 2010

Old Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

Review and Live pics by Arto Lehtinen

Machine Head has constantly visited us here in Finland since the legendary BURN MY EYES saw the light of day 1994. Due to constant gigging a fanatical, strong, and growing fanbase has increased the success of Machine Head in Finland. Even though Machine Head have visited Finland a couple of times supporting the highly awarded 2007 album THE BLACKENING, it was about time for them to have a  headline tour of their own with more playing time. Machine Head did visit Finland as a part of the Sonisphere touring package, but the playing time was short because of the guitarist’s collapse on stage.

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Guns N Roses with Sebastian Bach, Quebec city, Canada

February 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Guns N Roses with Sebastian Bach

Live at the Colisée, Quebec City, Feb. 1, 2010

Guns n Roses with Sebastian Bach

Review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

 

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Icarus Witch

February 13th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Icarus Witch; the traditional heavy metal band hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have plenty to be excited about. Their third full length release "Draw Down The Moon" has just hit record store shelves this past week; as the band finds themselves on a current U.S. tour in support of Paul Di’Anno. Icarus Witch are also playing double duty; opening shows with a set of Icarus Witch material and then joining Paul Di’Anno on-stage later in the evening as his backing band. Anyone familiar with Icarus Witch can certainly attest that for such a young band, they already accomplished a great deal, putting themselves on the map in 2005 with the Magick Records released "Roses On White Lace" EP and later collaborating with such notable artists as George Lynch, Joe Lynn Turner and Frank Aresti. They were even honored with an opening slot for Heaven and Hell on the last night of Icarus Witch’s ambitious "Lost In America" tour. Make no mistake; this is a band to keep a watchful eye on.

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Mama Kin Vocalist and Guitar Player Ward

February 13th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

MAMA KIN

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Henrik Karlsson at Sound Pollution. Thanks to Leon Music for the promo pictures of the band taken by: Henrik Hedlund from Chaos Media and Helena Backman

 

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Mama Kin is a hot new act from Sweden that recently released their debut album IN THE CITY. Ward, the lead singer and guitarist, took the time off from his jammed schedule to make this interview possible. Mama Kin is definitely worth checking out if you are into sleaze/hardrock music. These guys are a force to be reckoned with. 

 

 

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Slovyansky Rok (Slavic Rock) 2010

February 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Slovyansky Rok (Slavic Rock) 3 Part 2

Kyiv, Ukraine

January 24 th 2010



Review and pics by Orchidee Stachelig

This winter in Ukraine turns out to be extremely cold, but it doesn’t scare bands and their fans – quite a lot arrived to the second part of the third “Slovyansky Rok” (Slavic Rock) festival. The event is a part of a project with the same name which includes not only the fest itself, but releasing of the “Slovyansky Rok” collection of music and publishing of a magazine with the same title.

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Paul Di’Anno

February 12th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Filmed by Carlos Llanas / Edited by Sandra Torres

 

After seventeen long years; "The Beast" finally has returned to the United States to perform live in concert once more. After last year’s headlining tour was cancelled before it even began; anticipation and confirmation of the first scheduled gig for this current "30th Anniversary Tour" held many longtime Paul Di’Anno fans in a state of suspense. Upon word that the legendary vocalist of the first two Iron Maiden albums had in fact made it onto American soil; due in no small part to Dallas based music-immigration attorney Matt Gallagher, it looked as though this time it was finally going to happen, and I’m really happy to report that it did.

Backing up Paul on this current tour is the American traditional heavy metal band Icarus Witch; who are also doing double duty, playing a short set of original material before joining Paul on-stage for a best-of setlist comprised of the first two Iron Maiden albums and various high spots from Paul’s illustrious back catalog.

Speaking to Metal-Rules.com; Paul took the time to chat about future touring plans, a follow up record to "The Living Dead" what it was like to work with the German thrash metal band Destruction on the track "Alliance of Hellhoundz" and his memories of the early days…

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ACE FREHLEY

February 11th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

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ACE FREHLEY

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Ace Frehley is best known as an original member and lead guitarist for KISS. In the early days of KISS, Ace created his Spaceman persona including the famous Spaceman makeup. Ace also designed the original KISS logo and later on he created his unique stage theatrics like the smoking guitar and another guitar with a rocket launcher that shoots rockets. Ace started his musical  career in the late 60’s and played with such bands as Four Roses,  The Exterminators and Milemo before joining KISS in 1973. Kiss became one of the most successful bands in the 70’s. Albums like: ALIVE! , DESTROYER. ROCK AND ROLL OVER and LOVE GUN sold millions of copies worldwide and became instant classics.

Ace departed with KISS in 1982 and soon after he formed his new band called Frehley’s Comet. This band released its self titled debut in 1987 followed by LIVE + 1 EP and SECOND SIGHTNING in 1988. Ace decided to drop the Frehley’s Comet moniker and issued 1989′s TROUBLE WALKIN’ under his own name. The KISS reunion took place in 1996. The original lineup:  Ace, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss announced The Alive/Worldwide tour which became one of the most successful tours ever in rock history. The reunited KISS issued its new studio album PSYCHO CIRCUS in 1998 followed by another world tour. In year 2000 band announced its “Farewell” tour and Ace did his last KISS performance in the closing ceremony of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.  Ace returned to the limelight with his new solo band in 2007. The new band: Ace, Anthony Esposito (ex–Lynch Mob), Scott Googan (Ex-Brides of Destruction) and Derrek Hawkins started touring in late 2007. The new Ace Frehley album ANOMALY was released in September of 2009 and Ace announced another world tour to support his latest release. Ace and his band arrived in Finland in early December 2009 to play a sold out show in Helsinki and then I had a chance to sit down with the Spaceman himself and discuss ANOMALY and various other subjects. Hope you like it!

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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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