Wacken Metal Battle – Toronto Round 3 Winners

March 21st, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Toronto Round 3 Winners from March 20th: Winners Phantom and Droid

The Rivoli –https://www.facebook.com/events/323635467827412/


Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik,, Famous Underground)

Darrell Shelley (Scene Magazine)

Shawn Davidson (Wacken Anthem Composer)

Competing Bands:
Draft  www.drafttheband.com
Eternal Rising  www.eternalrising.ca
Droid  www.facebook.com/DroidDroidDroid
AMMO www.facebook.com/AmmoToronto
Phantom  www.facebook.com/X6X.PHANT0M.X6X

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RAVEN Post Lyric Video For New Track “Destroy All Monsters”

March 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

Today RAVEN presents the first lyric video from their upcoming album ExtermiNation.  The lyric video is for the song “Destroy All Monsters”.  Check out the video HERE (and below):

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SOFA KING VINYL Teams Up With MADROST For Record Release Project

March 21st, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Madrost – Frozen Beneath The Snow – Lyric Video – http://youtu.be/o6cWC3l8ZxU

Sofa King Vinyl are excited to announce that they have teamed up with Southern California’s Madrost (pronounced “muh-drawst”) for their first vinyl release project as part of the label’s launch. What this means is Sofa King Vinyl will be launching a pre-order campaign with exclusive bundles via Kickstarter. If the goal is met, Sofa King Vinyl will press 500 copies of Madrost’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Into The Aquatic Sector’ on 140 gram audiophile quality vinyl. If Sofa King Vinyl doesn’t hit the goal then nobody pays a dime and the records don’t get pressed while they basically kick rocks. Sofa King Vinyl are a brand new label with no investors, and they’d like to keep it that way as they want complete creative control. A Kickstarter campaign just makes the most sense in order to kick this label into gear.

PRE-ORDER Now via Kickstarter here – Exclusive Bundles Available!

Release details:

140g black audiophile quality vinyl
Mastered for vinyl from original 24-bit hi-res mixes
Poly-lined inner sleeve
Projected release date if Kickstarter goal is reached – August 24th, 2015
For more info, please visit http://www.sofakingvinyl.com

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March 20th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

EDMONTON ROUND #3 WINNER: BLËED –www.bleedband.com

Event Link March 19 at Pawn Shop https://www.facebook.com/events/876592109050020/

Mark Rodgers – CJSR FM 88.5 – Soul of The City
Lacey Paige – Absolute Underground TV / Mag
Ross Ferguson – Metal Nation Radio – Sedation Saturdays
Anthony Farratto – Sony

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STEVE’N’SEAGULLS Go From Viral Sensation To Signed Act

March 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


What became a genuine international viral phenomenon, actually started out on a farm in central Finland; in a barn, to be precise…

There, a bunch of like-minded countrymen-with the emphasis on “country”-played a customized version of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” using homespun instrumentation, everything from banjo picking to anvil bangin’ to achieve their original take on a classic. They filmed the event, posted the results on YouTube, and within a couple of weeks, the clip had accumulated over five million views. It’s now topped out at 10 million.

Pretty impressive, right?

For STEVE’N’SEAGULLS, this was a bolt from the blue, but then, as history shows us, the greatest stories ever told tend to start in a stable… Yes, a stable.

Now, the band is gearing up to release Farm Machine on Spinefarm on May 12. “Finally it’s complete!” exclaims the band. “And the fruits of our labour please us. We are now preparing to take on the world!”

The band has just revealed the video for its version on another AC/DC stalwart -“You Shook Me All Night Long.” Video features hilarious moments in the barn, as well as awkward moments at the ice hockey rink.
Shakin’ Steves all night long!


If you need a refresher on who, exactly, STEVE’N’SEAGULLS are, then settle in and get schooled.

Sporting possibly the greatest band name in history, S’N’S, comprised of an acoustic guitarist/vocalist; a banjo player; a double-bassist; a big dude wearing overalls and a beaver hat playing mandolin/keyboards/accordion/whatever-he-gets-his-hands-on; and a cajon-straddlin’ percussionist, have delivered a 13-track album featuring rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with “hillbillified” versions of immortal heavy metal standards-the track listing is below.

It’s a body of work best enjoyed with a bathtub of moonshine close at hand, but really, as foot-stompingly enjoyable as S’N’S are on record, you ain’t seen nothin’ ’til you’ve experienced The ‘Gulls live.

The redneck show tours nonstop, rocking the honky-tonks overseas… for now.

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS will skedaddle off to Swedish and Norwegian soil, before raisin’ hell at European festivals.

In September, they are planning to head over to the U.S. and Canada before returning to Europe for further merriment and mayhem.

Let the hillbillification commence…

Track Listing:

“Grand Opening”
“Black Dog”
“The Trooper”
“Ich Will”
“Paradise City”
“Nothing Else Matters”
“Over the Hills and Far Away”
“Seek and Destroy”
“Holy Diver”
“Run to The Hills”
“You Shook Me All Night Long”
“Cemetery Gates”

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A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister

March 20th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala



Interview and pictures by  Marko Syrjala in 2003 Transcription by JP

I managed to catch legendary drummer A.J. Pero from Twisted Sister during their visit in Swedenrock festival 2003. Here is the interview which was done at about 4.30 AM! It was also just a day before their world premier show with full makeup and costumes, which is reviewed here. ENJOY!!! Read the rest of this entry »

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TWISTED SISTER – Drummer AJ Pero passes away

March 20th, 2015
by EvilG
AJ Pero

AJ Pero

“The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero”

“The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”

He band mates in Adrenaline Mob posted today saying:

We write this with tears in our eyes & our hearts broken to pieces.. our beloved brother AJ Pero peacefully passed away in his sleep this morning on the bus. We are in complete shock & our hearts & prayers go out to his family. It has been nothing short of an honor to have shared the stage with such a beautiful soul & legend! We love you AJ, rest in peace.”

Anthony Jude (AJ) Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.

AJ Pero Page was the drummer for Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob & TRED w/Rudy Sarzo, Mike Orlando, Tim Ripper Owens.

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Acherontas + Crest of Darkness + Mord’A’Stigmata + Towers of Flesh @ The Black Heart, London

March 19th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ The Black Heart, London

7th February 2015

Review & Videos by Oliver M.

Photography by Jo Blackened

Acherontas @ The Black Heart, Camden

Acherontas @ The Black Heart, Camden

After a successful short tour in France and Switzerland in January 2015, Acherontas offered a dark ceremony in London on Saturday 7th March for the first time ever in the UK. It was a very special event for the Coven (as they nicknamed themselves) as it marked the launch of their new album “Ma-IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)” released by the excellent German black metal label WTC Productions. This fifth opus has received outstanding reviews from the whole international press so far and is already considered as a masterpiece. Thus, it’s not surprising to see that they are doing more and more shows throughout the European continent.

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Steel Panther Live @ 02 Newcastle

March 19th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Steel Panther, Skindred & The Lounge Kittens @ 02 Academy Newcastle

10th March 2015

Review and Photos by: Karla Trainer

Steel panther @ o2 Newcalte

Steel Panther @ o2 Newcastle

The hairspray filled time machine coming straight from the 80s landed in Newcastle and I could sense while standing in queue the excitement and enthusiasm. Yes, Steel Panther were in town and the “All You Can Eat” tour is surely, something you cannot miss, whether you are an 80s rock fan or not.

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Almah launches its first best-of compilation with exclusive bonus section

March 18th, 2015
by EvilG


Brazilian metallers ALMAh presents its first best-of compilation ever “WITHIN THE LAST ELEVEN LINES” that represents highlights of the band’s history established almost ten years ago by ex-Angra singer Edu Falaschi.

It’s a digital release available worldwide online and the songs were selected basing on Almah fans preferences around the globe and give an opportunity to review the most representative stuff from four albums released by the band worldwide in the period of 2006-2013.

The compilation is available via iTunes, CD Baby and other digital stores worldwide. Besides albums’ tracks it includes extended bonus section with such covers as Moonlight Serenade and Pegasus Fantasy for the first time available worldwide.

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Cannibal Corspe / Behemoth / Aeon: Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, March 1, 2015

March 18th, 2015
by Infamous Butcher

Cannibal Corpse / Behemoth / Aeon

Theater of the Living Arts

Philadelphia, PA

March 1, 2015

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

CC and Behemoth

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Megadeth Recruitment Rumors

March 16th, 2015
by EvilG

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Death To All @ The Underworld

March 16th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Death To All @ The Underworld

The Underworld, London, 2-3-15

Death DTA

Death DTA

Review by Demitri Levantis

Pictures by Graham Hilling

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UK rockers FURYON release their second album, ‘Lost Salvation,’

March 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

UK rockers FURYON release their second album, ‘Lost Salvation,’ via Dream Records in UK/EUROPE.

What is to be expected is more explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form, plus expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to.
A possibly darker album, but still with progressive elements and a grungy edge.

US/CANADA/JAPAN release dates to follow.

‘Lost Salvation’ was recorded in Atlanta, US, and Brighton, UK, and mixed and produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) & Ken ëGLí Lanyon.
The album artwork was designed by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art & Design (Textures, Pentagram, Bloodbath, etc.).

Confirmed ‘Lost Salvation’ track listing:

01. All That I Have
02. Lost Salvation
03. These Four Walls (official video)
04. Scapegoat
05. Resurrect Me
06. Left It With The Gods
07. Good Sky
08. Dematerialize
09. What You Need
10. Wiseman

Singer Matt Mitchell also explained the stories behind several of the album’s standout tracks:

‘These Four Walls’ (first single)

“A view from ones mind. An almost trapped inside feeling. A view looking out from the room within where life long stories are written on the walls. ”

‘All That I Have’

“A tale of a person who has been living in a destructive relationship. Knowing they should leave but not wanting to. Eventually taking the plunge an leaving but sacrificing everything but a few personal items.”


“A song with a look at life beyond the life we know. Feeling there is more to life and the possibilities of afterlife. Having faith and or spiritual view. Also society’s blind faith.”

‘Lost Salvation’

“Relationship between a band and the music business and also the relationships between one another within the band of people, forging their way through these corridors.
Feeling they may have lost their hope and given their all, but still holding on with that glimmer of love.”

First reviews:

Furyon have come along way since ‘Gravitas,’ ‘Lost Salvation’ is not only remarkable, it’s herculean! I hope ‘Lost Salvation’ sees the band reach the zenith they so richly deserve! Score: 9.5/10 (The Metal Gods Meltdown)

Is all killer & no filler. This is already a contender for album of the year. If this record isn’t the making of FURYON then there is some sort of conspiracy theory in place. I heartily recommend seeing this band live. Ratings 9/10 (My Global Mind)

Verdict time now and I had a feeling that I would enjoy this new album from FURYON and my feeling was right as itís just as good as their amazing debut if not better! Highly recommended if you like Hard Rock and Melodic Heavy Metal music. Almost perfect: 9/10 (Metal Temple)

This new track is a monstrous modern melodic heavy rock stuff that features a massive riffing and Matt Mitchell’s superb vocal performances. For sure, this is a great appetizer of whatís to expect from FURYON’s brand new work. Well done. Rating : 8,5/10 (Heavy Paradise)


Matt Mitchell – Vocals
Alex ‘Nickel’ Bowen – Bass
Lee Farmery – Drums
Luca Faraone – Guitars
Tiago Rosado – Guitars

FURYON have confirmed dates for a UK headlining tour in March 2015, in support of their second album release ‘Lost Salvation‘.

The dates are as follows:

March 20 – The Square, Harlow, UK
March 22 – The Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
March 24 – The Audio, Glasgow, UK
March 29 – The Barfly, London, UK
March 30 – Bannerman’s Live, Edinburgh, UK

more dates t.b.a.

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Legendary SCORPIONS Drummer Herman Rarebell Releases New CD

March 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Herman Rarebell cover

Herman Rarebell returns with a project that will surprise not only longtime Scorpions fans.
The former Scorpions drummer’s long awaited new album ‘Herman’s Scorpions Songs’ features some of the world’s best rock singers (Bobby Kimball, Tony Martin, Don Dokken, Doogie White and many more), doing their own versions of 13 worldwide Scorpions hits.

All of them are all-time favorites that have been written or at least co-written by Herman. “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Dynamite”, “Make It Real” or “Animal Magnetism” – all in exciting new rock versions.

With the brand new single “Let It Shine” Rarebell has added a wonderful new radio ballad to the 13 Scorpions diamonds. The song is sung by Al Crespo, lead singer of the German newcomer band “Unbreakable”. Herman regarding his collaboration with the young band: “If we want to hear good music ten years from now, we have to start now to develop and support new promising talents. It is a fact that bands like the Scorpions, Motörhead or Deep Purple will then be gone. Therefore I am happy to be able to give all my knowledge and experience to Al and his band. These guys have everything to become the new Scorpions”.

Furthermore Herman sees the song “Let It Shine” as a legitimate follow-up single to “Wind Of Change”. 25 years ago, when the Berlin wall came down the world was set for peace and reconciliation; today things are going in the wrong direction again. We desperately need more light in this world, so “Let It Shine”!

Thirteen classic Scorpions songs, in a new interpretation by Herman Rarebell and his friends, plus one brand new song – this album belongs into the collection of every Scorpions fan!.


1. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Bobby Kimball (Toto)
2. Passion Rules The Game – John Parr
3. Loving You Sunday Morning – Michael Voss (Mad Max)
4. Is There Anybody There – Alex Ligertwood (Santana)
5. You Give Me All I Need – Don Dokken
6. Make It Real – Doogie White (Rainbow)
7. Dynamite – Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell)
8. Arizona – Thomas Perry
9. Love Is Blind – Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot)
10. Don´t Make No Promises – Jack Russell (Great White)
11. Falling In Love – Gary Barden (Michael Schenker Group)
12. Another Piece Of Meat – Tony Martin (Black Sabbath)
13. Animal Magnetism – Michael Nagy
14. Let It Shine – Al Crespo (Unbreakable)


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