Amon Amarth with support act Carcass and Hell on Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

January 17th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Amon Amarth

Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg
Carcass (Special guest)
Hell (Support act)

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
6/12 – 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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STEEL PANTHER Album ‘All You Can Eat’ Slated For April 1st Release

January 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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The Sunset Strip’s hottest export, Steel Panther, is back and ready to unleash their third full-length album, All You Can Eat, on the world. The 12-track masterpiece is slated to hit stands April 1st in the United States on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services (KLS). The album will be available for pre-order on January 14th at http://www.steelpantherrocks.com. From the opening acoustic riff of album opener “Pussywhipped” to final chord hit in the album closer “She’s On The Rag,” it is clear Steel Panther is back and better than ever.  Songs like “Gloryhole,” “Gangbang At The Old Folks Home” and “BVS” all showcase Steel Panther’s incredible musicianship and ability to write memorable and sometimes educational songs. The band, comprised of Michael Starr on vocals, Satchel on guitar, Lexxi Foxx on bass and Stix Zadinia on drums, have made a name for themselves as one of the most entertaining acts out today. The debut single “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World,” was released in November with a star-studded video directed by Rob Riggle that has been viewed over 660,000 times. The explicit video for the song can be seen at http://smarturl.it/sppartyvd. Longtime Steel Panther producer Jay Ruston produced All You Can Eat.

The track listing for All You Can Eat is:

1.   Pussywhipped
2.   Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
3.   Gloryhole
4.   Bukkake Tears
5.   Gangbang At The Old Folks Home
6.   Ten Strikes You’re Out
7.   The Burden Of Being Wonderful
8.   F@#king My Heart In The Ass
9.   BVS
10. You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk
11. If I Was The King
12. She’s On The Rag

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THAT METAL SHOW Returns For It’s 13th Season

January 14th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” is returning for its 13h season this week.  The acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, kicks off its latest season January 18th at 11:00PM ET/PT. The guests for the debut episode are Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows and Black Label Society vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde. Filling in as the guest musician for the episode is Five Finger Death Punch guitarist, Jason Hook. The episode will also feature the fan favorite segments “Take It Or Leave It,” “TMS Top 5,” “Rank” and of course, “Stump The Trunk.”

Each week “That Metal Show” will continue to bring their audience the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. A slew of guests have already been confirmed for the upcoming episodes including Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler of Lamb of God, Corey Glover and Vernon Reid of Living Colour and The Winery Dogs. Also confirmed to appear during Season 13 are Mick Mars, Ted Nugent, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Joe Satriani, Al Jourgensen, Morgan Rose, Frank Bello and David Ellefson. Other guests are still being confirmed at this time with more to be named at a later date.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 13 will continue the trend with the likes of Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra, surf guitar maestro Gary Hoey and metal master Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. Other blazing musical performances by Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy and female guitar legend Lita Ford are also confirmed to make the new season the most musically diverse collection of shows in “That Metal Show” history.

This season will mark some monumental changes for the show as it returns to New York City for Season 13. Previously, the show was taped over several days of one week out at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. The new season will be shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Season 13 will also consist of 12 new episodes making it the longest season in the show’s history. Fans can also catch the complete season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and in the new VH1 app.  New episodes of season 13 will launch on the web and in the app every Sunday morning following the show’s on-air premiere.

“That Metal Show” premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since then has become the only place for all things hard rock/heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in music including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Pantera, Anthrax, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche and Heart to name just a few.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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BLACK SABBATH The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978; Now Available Exclusively On iTunes

January 14th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath in 1969, they created a signature sound that set the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of disciples for years to come. For the first time, the full catalog from the original Black Sabbath lineup is now available digitally in the U.S. and has been mastered specifically for iTunes, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended.  Available exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide (www.iTunes.com/BlackSabbath), fans now have the ability to download all albums in one newly created bundle (THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978), eight legendary studio albums, two classic compilations, or simply purchase each song individually.

“It’s about f**king time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S.,” said Ozzy Osbourne.

“Great news, been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn’t available,” Tony Iommi commented.

“It’s going to be great to finally have the catalogue accessible on iTunes,” Geezer Butler notes.

BLACK SABBATH: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978 features the band’s collected studio works for Warner Bros. Records from the 1970’s, including their iconic eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970), the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), and the gold-certified Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die! (1978). Also available is their classic 1976 compilation We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll as well as 2006’s Greatest Hits 1970-1978, which was released in connection with their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Following wildly successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, Black Sabbath will kick off another North American tour with dates starting March 31 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The trek will hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before wrapping April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.  These dates will be part of the band’s final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour in support of their first studio album in 35 years, 13, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).  Another run of European festivals and headlining shows will follow this summer.

First formed in Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath’s doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of heavy metal, but Sabbath were capable of surprising their fans with songs that showed other facets of their skills besides darkness and monstrous decibels. Thirty years after their initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony Iommi’s jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler’s swooping bass lines, and Bill Ward’s thunderous drums. And, of course, in Ozzy Osbourne the band had one of the most magnetic and unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a maniacal voice like few others before or since.

BLACK SABBATH Titles now available at iTunes: www.itunes.com/BlackSabbath

Black Sabbath (1970)

Paranoid (1970)

Master Of Reality (1971)

Vol. 4 (1972)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

Sabotage (1975)

Technical Ecstasy (1976)

We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll (1976)

Never Say Die! (1978)

Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)

The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 (2014)

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TESTAMENT Parts Ways with Bassist and Announce Replacement

January 13th, 2014
by EvilG
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Steve DiGiorgio – Death To All

Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have released the following statement:

“It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to TESTAMENT. Steve previously was a member of TESTAMENT on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining TESTAMENT on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new TESTAMENT album.  We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.”

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Interview with Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia, Expedition Delta) and Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Eden’s Curse)

January 13th, 2014
by J P

An interview with Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia, Expedition Delta) 

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Interview with Ralf of Odium by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Ralf of Odium

by Helias

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Interview with Stu Block of Iced Earth by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Stu Block of Iced Earth

By Helias

“Daylight breaks hard on sacred ground, For centuries we’ve questioned them of His birth, But in this hour, on this day, The Elder knew, Years of madness must now subdue,Order must be enforced to hide the truth,Cause on this day, in this hour it’s coming true”. Set Abominae, the Setian Messiah, shakes the ground of Babylon and he unleashes the plagues! Metal-Rules.com got in touch with vocalist Stu Block, by the way of the release of their eleventh album, the latest new DVD, the downloading issue and many more…

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Interview with Thomas of Backwater by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Thomas of Backwater

by Helias

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Interview with Savvas Betinis of Acid Death by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Savvas Betinis of Acid Death

by Helias

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Interview with Peter Hansen of Hatesphere by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Peter Hansen of Hatesphere

By Helias

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Interview with Panagiotis of Exarsis by Helias

January 13th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Panagiotis of Exarsis

by Helias

Exarsis is one of those Greek thrash metal bombs that blew up on the Greek thrash metal ground especially after the releasing of their last album ‘The Brutal State’. Metal-Rules got the chance to speak up with the guitarist Panagiotis Tsitsis about their new album, his induction to the metal world,  his thoughts on people of heavy metal that passed away and much more… Read the rest of this entry »

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METAL ALLIANCE Announce 2014 Tour Line-Up

January 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Behemoth to Headline The 4th Annual Metal Alliance Tour

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The Metal Alliance Tour presented by Indie Merch is back for their 4th ferocious year of wrecking heads. Festival organizers Dan Rozenblum and Steve Seabury of High River Entertainment are proud to welcome to American soil the mighty BEHEMOTH as their 2014 headliner. This will be the first time in over a decade that BEHEMOTH will tour North America in support of their new record The Satanist released on April 2nd through Metal Blade Records. The tour will be rounded out by New Orleans natives GOATWHORE, 1349, INQUISITION and the buzz worthy unsigned act BLACK CROWN INITIATE.

“This tour is no exception for our love of all things heavy.” states Rozenblum. “This tour is for metal fans by metal fans.” adds Seabury. “this bill explores our appreciation for the dark and black side of metal. Behemoth have been a favorite of ours and we are stoked to have them headline the fourth edition of the Metal Alliance Tour!” continues Rozenblum.

The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across United States and Canada starting in April and running through the start of May. “We are immensely proud to be headlining the Metal Alliance Tour. It’s a privilege and we’re going to make sure that this tour and “The Satanist” that Behemoth is making an ultimate statement! It has been a long trek from when we landed in US for the first time in 2003. It took us a decade to get to this place we are now. We are coming back, more determined and hungrier than ever, ready to reclaim the throne!” comments Nergal’s about the bands involvement of one of the most anticipated metal tours in years
50 VIP tickets in each market are available at 10 AM EST at this link: http://ma.soundrink.com. Each ticket holder will get a 30 minute meet & greet with all of the bands, a bottle of High River Sauces, a limited edition 11×17 poster, Metal Alliance 4 beer koozie and a VIP Laminate. General Admission tickets will be available at a later date.

Tour Dates:
Date                      Venue                                    City/State
4/4                         Tempe, AZ                          Club Red
4/5                         Los Angeles, CA                House Of Blues
4/6                         San Francisco, CA             Regency Ballroom
4/8                         Denver, CO                         Gothic Theater
4/10                       Oklahoma City, OK          1H Chameleon Room
4/11                       Dallas, TX                             House Of Blues
4/12                       Austin, TX                            Emo’s East (Texas Independence Fest)
4/13                       Houston, TX                       House Of Blues
4/15                       Orlando, FL                         Beacham Theater
4/16                       Charlotte, NC                     Tremont Music Hall
4/17                       Philadelphia, PA               4H Theater Of The Living Arts
4/18                       Worcester, MA                 Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
4/19                       New York, NY                    Irving Plaza
4/22                       Montreal, QC                     Club Soda
4/23                       Toronto, ON                       Opera House
4/24                       Cleveland, OH                   Agora Theater
4/25                       Chicago, IL                           House Of Blues
4/26                       Minneapolis, MN             Skyway Theater
4/27                       Winnipeg, MB                   Garrick Center
4/29                       Calgary, AB                         Mac Hall
4/30                       Edmonton, AB                   Union Hall
5/2                         Vancouver, BC                  Rickshaw Theater
5/3                         Seattle, WA                        Studio 7

For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website: www.MetalAllainceTour.com

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GAMMA RAY: Power Metal Icons To Release Empire Of The Undead This Spring Via earMUSIC/Armoury Records; Studio Burns Down – Band Marches On

January 11th, 2014
by EvilG

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Gamma Ray 2012

Finally, the eleventh studio album from power metal icons, GAMMA RAY, is nearing completion! Titled Empire Of The Undead, it is the record that almost wasn’t.

Penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever-precious work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter, the band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from their nearly-finished new studio album.

Back on their home turf, GAMMA RAY evaluated their losses only to do what they do best – move on. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, 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.”

The title track, “Empire Of The Undead,” a high-paced number in the traditionally epic GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands globally, has appeared on the single/EP Master Of Confusion which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.

Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen at THIS LOCATION.

 

http://www.gammaray.org

http://www.facebook.com/gammarayofficial

http://www.ear-music.net

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SONATA ARCTICA announce their first FULL North American Tour since 2010!

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG
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SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Sonata Arctica will return to the USA and Canada for their first FULL North American Tour since 2010 .   The Pariah’s Child World Tour will also have support from Dutch band  DELAIN and 1st of 3 will come from Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will offer for the 1st time , VIP tickets before each show these tickets will get you    Pre show meet/greet with the band , prior to doors—- early entry in which you can stay in the venue—- you also will recieve a customized poster for the event.

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Sept
3               Mexicali Live   Teaneck , NJ
4               Stage 48                NYC, NY
5               Trocadero               Philadelphia , PA
6               The Palladium   Worcester, MA
8               Club    Soda            Montreal , QC
9               Imperial                Quebec City,QC
10      Mavericks               Ottawa, ON
11      MOD Club                Toronto , ON
13      Soundstage              Baltimore , MD
14      Altar Bar               Pitt,PA
16        Agora Ballroom        Cleveland , OH
17      Mojoes          Joliet , IL
19      Park Theater    Winnipeg , MB
20      The Exchange    Regina , SK
21       Starlite                       Edmonton , AB
22      Republik                Calgary,AB
24        the Venue     Vancouver , BC
25      El Corazon              Seattle, WA
26      Hawthorne Theater  Portland , OR
28      Regency Center  SF,CA
29      House of Blues  West Hollywood , CA
30      The Grove               Anaheim,CA

Oct
1               Club Red                Tempe , AZ
4               Bluebird Theater        Denver,CO
5               Granada Theater Lawrence , KS
7               Tricky Falls            El Paso  , TX
8               Backstage Live  San Antonio  , TX
9               Trees                   Dallas , TX
10      Scout Bar               Houston , TX
12       Diamonds       Louisville , KY
13       Masquerade      Atlanta , GA
14      House of Blues  Lake Buena Vista , FL
15      Orpheum         Tampa , FL

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