Wacken remark: “After serious health problems and many cancelled shows, Lemmy played at the Black Stage at Wacken last year. But after some songs he had to quit the stage, it was just too much for him. The crowd was worried but also thankful and the ‘Lemmy! Lemmy’ shouts got everyone goose pimples. And Lemmy wants to return! And this means we can now announce: Motörhead. The band is true iconic for the heavy metal scene and especially band leader Lemmy was always regarded as indestructible. The strong new album Aftershock was released a few weeks before and it is already the 22nd Album of the band. And 2014 they will rock Wacken for the 8th time!” Read the rest of this entry »
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@ The Underworld, Camden UK
5th December 2013
Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Jo Blackened
To call the Underworld grimy would be an injustice to a venue that has put on some of the best underground gigs over the years. It is however dark and dank, and the countless sweating bodies are only making it worse. Far from being off putting though, there really is no other real way to really experience black metal in all its putrid, vile form. With London being the only show in the UK and rumours that the show had sold out for the night, the venue is packed out with people from all corners of the UK, eager to catch Marduk going old school.
HARTWALL ARENA, HELSINKI
11’th of November 2013
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
German bands Scorpions and Accept made history by appearing together for the first time in their decades-long careers. Having these two legendary bands performing at the same event sounds like a brilliant idea and the audience seems to agree, as the Helsinki gig sold comfortably over 9000 tickets. Accept have been enjoying great success since their latest re-union, or “the rebirth”, which took place in 2009. The renewed line-up consists of founding members guitarist Wolf Hoffman and bassist Peter Baltes, drummer Stefan Schwarfmann who’s been on/off member of Accept since the 90’s, rhythm guitarist Herman Frank (Victory) who played in Accept during BALLS TO THE WALL era in the 80’s and vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-T.T Quick) who has replaced the original singer Udo Dirkschneider. Their latest two releases BLOOD OF THE NATIONS (2010) and STALINGRAD (2012) both present a hungry band which wants to go strongly ahead and not live in the past. Accept is one of the most successful German metal bands ever but the Scorpions is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The band was formed in in 1965 by Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker and to this day the band has released 17 studio, 6 live and several collection albums which altogether have reached sales of 75 over million copies worldwide. In January of 2010, the band announced their intentions for STING IN THE TAIL to be their last album, with the tour supporting it being their final tour. But during the tour Scorpions changed their minds and here we are, more than three years later, witnessing the first Scorpions show in Helsinki since 2004. But before that it’s time to check out of the mighty Accept…
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Band leader and drummer JK,lead singer Matti Alfonzetti and bass player Mats Vassfjord – Impera
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Khalil Turk at Escape Music to get this done. Thanks to Escape Music for the promo pictures of the band. Studio photo of the band taken by: Michael Johansson Promo single pictures and group photo of the band taken by: Tallee Savage Live photos of the band taken by: Ulf Magnusson
Here comes a brand new interview with the Swedish hard rock act Impera. It’s the second time around the band is featured with an interview in metal-rules.com. This time around I not only hooked up with band leader and drummer JK but with lead singer and legend Matti Alfonzetti and bass player Mats Vassfjord. The trio told me everything about the new album, the future of the band and I also got a chance to get up close and personal with one of my favorite vocalists of all time Mr Alfonzetti. The brand new album by Impera is called PIECES OF EDEN be sure to check it out. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
Singer Daisa Munhoz – Vandroya
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band
Vandroya is the name of a new progressive metal act from Brazil. ONE is the title of the debut album and I hooked up with singer Daisa Munhoz in order to learn a little bit more about the band, the members, the past, present, and future for the band. We also talked about what the climate is like for harder music in Brazil. Munhoz is also involved in the metal opera Soulspell led by Heleno Vale so naturally we also spoke about that. If you like bands like Symphony X, Angra, and Sonata Arctica, make sure to check out Vandroya. Read the rest of this entry »
US tour scheduled to begin in January – ticket giveaway now live!
AMON AMARTH is pleased to announce they will be premiering the stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour-taking place in Las Vegas on Friday January 17. For fans attending this show, make sure to follow Amon Amarth’s and Metal Blade Records’ Twitter and Facebook pages for info on what time the video will be played at the kickoff date of the tour. Fans not attending this show will be able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at metalblade.com/amonamarth on Saturday January 18. Read the rest of this entry »
FARMIKOS, the new L.A. band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE and DAVID LEE ROTH guitarist Joe Holmes and vocalist Robbie Locke (ex-LAIDLAW), have announced a tentative February 2014 release for their eponymous digital debut EP. New in-studio video teasers for the songs “Scapegoat” and “Spoon and Sun” have been posted on the band’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/
Recorded at the Mouse House in Pasadena, CA with engineer/mixer Rich Mouser (SPOCK’S BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, VAST), the EP also features guest contributions from Holmes‘ former Ozzy Osbourne bandmate, bassist Robert Trujillo, and drummer Brooks Wackerman. States Holmes: “We’ve got these 5 songs to kick things off and will be finishing another five when Robbie comes back to L.A. in January to lay down vocals for another EP we’re planning for summer 2014.”
‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of ‘Kings Of Metal’ and MANOWAR’s following world tour.
Already a significant force with international success since their debut album ‘Battle Hymn’s, the ‘Kings Of Metal’ release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted MANOWAR into a new sphere. Songs like “Heart of Steel,” “Kings Of Metal,” “Hail and Kill,” and “Blood of the Kings” became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world.
AFTERSHOK have officially released their new single, “Metal Xmas,” on Auburn Records available for download via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital outlets. The lyric video can be viewed below.
“As part of the Auburn Records family, Bill Peters (Auburn Records president) has consistently asked us to participate in his annual “Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive” concert,” said George Mihalovich, guitarist for AFTERSHOK. “Since circumstances aren’t favorable for the band to play live at this time, we created a ‘Metal Xmas’ anthem to show our support for this great event and the charities that it benefits.”
“Sincere thanks to Alex Yarborough for the killer artwork and to Jim Dofka (of DOFKA fame) for engineering, mixing and mastering services. We hope that everyone enjoys ‘Metal Xmas’ and Happy Holidays from AFTERSHOK!” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s more or less done, the wait is over. Finally, the 11th studio album from GAMMA RAY “Empire Of The Undead” is almost* done and ready to go.
“Empire Of The Undead” the fast metal song in the typical GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands around the world, has appeared on the single / EP “Master Of Confusion” an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world non-stop with “relatives” Helloween.
GAMMA RAY worked on the new album during various sessions in 2013, during and in between their perennial tour with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever precious work of bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.
It was just after landing in South America, that a unbelievable news reached Kai Hansen & co.: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany had been blown away by a terrifying fire-stroke, together with instruments, amps, tapes…
Back in their hometurf the band needed to get an overview about their losses only to do what they do best – move on! With that usual Kai Hansen smirk look…
Life is too good to stop and moan.
Nearly everything was destroyed, except the tapes of the almost finished new studio album.
“If this could not stop us… nothing ever will” – joked Kai Hansen – who also added. “
“We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look into the future and we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid January we should be done with the work on this album and it’s up to the record company to release it – sometime in March.
@ The Black Heart London
6th December 2013
Review by Ben Spencer
Videos by Jo Blackened
Stratovarius fans! Many of you were waiting for this and here we go: The official music video for “Unbreakable” from the current Stratovarius album “Nemesis”. Stay tuned for even more news!
NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TREK KICKS OFF ON MARCH 20TH IN TORONTO;
PROGRESSIVE METAL TITANS EARN SECOND GRAMMY NOMINATION,
“THE ENEMY INSIDE” UP FOR 2014 “BEST METAL PERFORMANCE”;
CRTICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM “DREAM THEATER” OUT NOW
Roadrunner Records group Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a North American headline trek billed as the “Along For The Ride” tour. The coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th in Toronto, ON following the band’s European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, MX (see attached itinerary). Presale tickets will be available starting at 10:00AM ET on Wednesday, December 18th with general onsale for select dates starting at 10:00AM ET on Friday, December 20th. For up-to-the-minute news and ticket information, please visit http://www.dreamtheater.net/
American Thrash Metallers BATTLECROSS have confirmed a first batch of three prestigious European festival appearances for the summer of 2014.
13/06/14 UK – Donington Park – Download Festival
15/06/14 AT – Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
27/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop Read the rest of this entry »
The new single from A RED NIGHTMARE, ‘Enemy’, is available for free download. The band, from the North of Brazil, practices a mix of Death, Thrash and Modern Metal.
The single also includes the track ‘Hedonist’ as a bonus. The work was recorded at the studios Na Figueredo and The Coven Home Studio (A RED NIGHTMARE’s own studio), produced by the band in partnership with Adair Daufembach and mixed and mastered by Adair Daufembach at the studio Daufembach in São Paulo. Read the rest of this entry »