Bulldozer – AC Wild

November 25th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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The mighty Italian thrashers Bulldozer have returned to the living daylights after a long hiatus with a brand new album UNEXPECTED FATE. The band gained a reputation back in the 80’s when thrash metal was raging around the world. Their four albums still represent brutal thrash metal to the bone, which are still worshiped by extreme thrash metallers. Bulldozer’s return has been hailed by several old school metal fans as a welcome addition to the current wave of thrash revival. Therefore it was a good opportunity to ask the fron-tman of Bulldozer, AC Wild, about their return and the new album.

  Interview by Arto Lehtinen


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Dan Swano – Nightingale, Total Terror, ex – Edge Of Sanity, ex- Bloodbath and producer and mixer

November 24th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Dan Swano is one of the living legends in the extreme metal genre and he has always been a hero for me and many more. I got in touch with Swano and asked him if he was willing to do an interview with metal-rules.com which he was. So here come the final result, it’s a long interview with Swano that includes all you need to know about Swano’s career which includes numerous releases with Nightingale, Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath and Total Terror to mention a few. Swano is also a highly acclaimed producer and mixer which we also talked about. Swano has also released the debut album with crust punk band Total Terror this year which is an album that he originally recorded back in the late 90’s. Here is the first official interview with the amazing Dan Swano in metal-rules.com.

 

Interview by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks so much to Dan Swano for doing this interview with me, and for providing me with the promo pictures of himself.

Thanks to Vic Records for providing me with the promo pictures of Total Terror.

 

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Primal Fear and Brainstorm on Viva La Swabia European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

November 23rd, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

Primal Fear

Viva La Swabia European Tour

Brainstorm – co-headline act

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

6/11 – 2009

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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W.A.S.P -Blackie Lawless

November 22nd, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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BLACKIE LAWLESS

Legendary U.S band W.A.S.P. would stir up quite a bit of controversy in their mid 80’s heyday thanks to their explicit lyrics and over-the-top stage show, which many deemed violent and sexist. That controversy would fade in time as the band tamed a bit and many more controversial acts came long, but not before putting the band on the map of the rock world and creating a ton of free publicity. The band released its self titled classic debut in 1984, and wouldn’t stop or even slow down despite some highly disruptive lineup changes and slowly fading album sales. The band has been relentless in their album releases, almost never letting up or even taking a bit of a breather. Their latest effort, 14’th studio album, BABYLON, arrived stores just a couple of months ago. Although this band has faced many ups and downs in its long career they now seem to do extremely well especially here in Scandinavia. In Finland alone, band now sold out four shows and performed altogether in a front of over 6000 WASP maniacs, that’s not so bad on these days isn’t it? In Helsinki we had a chance to sit down with the bands founder and mastermind Blackie Lawless and discuss many current topics including: the new album BABYLON, The Crimson Idol Anniversary –tour, the past, the future, the current global situation, politics and Blackies’ thoughts about retiring… Read on and learn!!

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND MATTI MARTIKAINEN

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Andromeda – Johan Reinholdz

November 17th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Band promo pictures are taken from the bands website taken by: Thomas Erlandsson

Additional promo pictures also taken from the bands MySpace page and provided by: Vanessa Decampos

 

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The dark/progressive metal act Andromeda has just released their fourth album THE IMMUNITY ZONE. The band is led by guitarist Johan Reinholdz and I had the pleasure of talking to him. This interview takes a deep look into the vaults of the music of Andromeda and the mind of guitar wizard Johan Reinholdz.  

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Brian Posehn

November 15th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Brian Posehn is a lifelong heavy metal fan in addition to being a popular actor, comedian and comic book writer. It would only make sense then; for Brian to team up with metal musician pals like Scott Ian (Anthrax) Satchel (Steel Panther) Joey Vera (Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, ex-Testament) to record two songs for the 2006 Relapse Records release "Brian Posehn – Live In: Nerd Rage" album. A disc that showcases the stand up routine of heavy metal’s resident funnyman alongside his first musical output. The result is hilarious to say the least, with the single "Metal By Numbers" gawking at "Nu-Metal" and "Emo" posers. The single even spawned a very silly music video.

Now riding a generous wave of notoriety from his work on the hit Comedy Central program "The Sarah Silverman Show" Brian is gearing up to record a follow up record. I caught up with Brian recently on a particularly drizzly afternoon at the second day of this years "Fun Fun Fun Fest" in Austin, Texas where he was performing his stand up routine on an eclectic  bill that also featured headliner Danzig and crossover legends D.R.I. amongst indie rock, alternative and hip hop acts. Brian filled me in on how he originally got into metal music, his plan’s for his metal band "Posehn" the upcoming season of "The Sarah Silverman Show" and his recently released zombie comic "The Last Christmas" You can expect quite a bit from Brian next year including a new album, touring and more laughs. Be sure to catch him live when he comes to town!

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W.A.S.P on Beast Of Babylon World Tour Europe at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden 2009

November 15th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

W.A.S.P

Beast Of Babylon World Tour Europe


Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

3/11- 2009

 

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Pretty Wild РIvve Hoglund, Kim Chev̩lle and Johnny Benson

November 15th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Here is all you like to know about the new up-rising Swedish sleaze/hard rock act called Pretty Wild. The band have made a name for themselves outside the Scandinavian borders and I thought it was time for the band to be featured in Metal-Rules.com . The interview was made during two sessions, I talked with lead singer Ivve Hoglund and then bassist Kim Chevélle and drummer Johnny Benson took over.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Promo picture of the bands new line-up is provided by Pretty Wild

Additional live pictures on the band taken from Anders Sandvall’s archives.

 

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MR.BIG – drummer Pat Torpey

November 11th, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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PAT TORPEY

Back in the days Mr. Big was one of the few "shredder" hard rock metal bands that prized song craft as highly as virtuosity. The seeds for the group’s formation were sown when bass player extraordinaire Billy Sheehan (ex-David Lee Roth band, Talas) began piecing together a new outfit with former Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert, drummer Pat Torpey (Ted Nugent, Impellitteri, Robert Plant), and singer Eric Martin, the latter of who had issued a couple of solo releases in the mid 80’s. By 1989 the band inked a recording contract with Atlantic, resulting in the release of a self-titled debut the same year. The album was a success, especially in Japan, and it included the MTV hit singles "Addicted to That Rush” and ”Wind Me Up”. Their sophomore album LEAN INTO IT was released in 1991 and it was a bigger worldwide success with the help of the mega hit ballad "To Be with You". Their third album BUMP A HEAD came out in 1993 and although it included another hit single "Wild World" (a cover of an old Cat Stevens classic), it failed to reach its predecessors sales figures. During next month’s years Mr. Big did a lot of touring including a tour with Aerosmith in Europe, they had three sold out headline shows in Tokyo’s classic Budokan arena, and played a show in Sao Paulo in front of 100 000 people. HEY MAN was released in 1996 but soon after everybody in the band started to concentrate more and more on other stuff than Mr.Big and as a result the band was on hold for nearly two years. In 1999 Mr. Big decided to reform but at that point Paul Gilbert refused to come back so Mr.Big decided to continue with a new guitarist Ritchie Kotzen (ex-Poison) and later on they released two more albums: GET OVER IT (2000) and ACTUAL SIZE (2001) before they called it quits after a farewell tour in 2002. In February of 2009 it was announced that the original line up of Mr. Big would do a reunion tour in the summer in Japan to celebrate its 20th anniversary of their debut album. As expected, that tour proved to be highly successful and they decided to continue the tour outside of Japan. A twenty-date European tour started on the 9th of September in Tallinn, Estonia. On the next day the band arrived in Helsinki and I had a chance to sit down and talk with Mr.Torpey about the past and possible future of Mr.Big amongst other interesting topics. Read and learn on!

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRIPTION BY ANTAURA ZED

 

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BLACK FLAMES OF BLASPHEMY (Revenge, Blasphemy…) 24.10 Helsinki

November 11th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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Once again darkness descended over Helsinki when a two night black metal festival was arranged at the Dante’s club in Hellsinki. The line-up looked utterly brilliant for every true black metal maniac.  Above all, the headliner of the last night, Blasphemy, was truly beyond the wildest dreams of every raw black metal worshiper. Therefore it wasn’t any surprise that there were people who had traveled all the way from Russia and Italy to feel their true blasphemous attack.  

 Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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AEON AETHEREAL – “Halloween Bash”, Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia on October 30th 2009

November 10th, 2009
by Metal Rules

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AEON AETHEREAL – "Halloween Bash", Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia on October 30th 2009

Review and pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

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Lars Chriss – Lion’s Share guitarist

November 4th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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It is time to once again talk to band leader and guitarist Lars Chriss from the band Lion’s Share who have finally released the brilliant new album DARK HOURS. Lars has already done a shorter interview in metal-rules.com but here comes a longer one. We talked about the new album, new label, live shows and many other things.


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Lars Chriss for doing the interview with me.

Thanks to Blistering Records for the promo pictures of the band all pictuers taken by: Hanna Axelsson-Fresse

 

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OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON – Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson

November 3rd, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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GRAHAM OLIVER and STEVE DAWSON

In 1979 when the classic NWOBHM band SAXON was formed its ranks consisted of five members, singer Biff Byford, guitarist Paul Quinn, guitarist Graham Oliver, bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill. Now, thirty years later only Byford and Quinn remain under the SAXON banner. However, Oliver and Dawson have since joined together to carry on their part of the SAXON legacy. First, in 1996, under the name SON OF A BITCH, with Pete Gill on drums, and later, mainly to appease the promoters, as OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON. Read on to learn, straight from two founding members of SAXON, about the various stages in the history of one of the most celebrated metal bands to have emerged from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and the falling apart, piece by piece, of its classic lineup through the years.

 

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

 

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QStock Festival 2009, Oulu Finland

October 26th, 2009
by Brat

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24 & 25 July 2009

Regulars of my reports will remember me as a dedicated Wacken Open Air fan who loves the atmosphere, the metal friends I have made, the diversity of bands performing and the whole experience of ‘Metal Mecca’. Over the years I have been able to cope with the discomforts of survival style camping and weather extremes, but last year I broke off my love affair when Wacken reached record crowd numbers making it mostly impossible to see what was happening on stage clearly without the help of screens and time consuming to move from one stage to another. The introduction of an outdoor movie theatre outside the festival area to cope with the increased crowd was a joke.

The thought of spending another three expensive days carrying around six kilograms worth of camera equipment, writing notes and trying to take photos of bands I couldn’t see anyway had me vowing not to return to Wacken for the 20th anniversary.

Being an obsessive compulsive list writer, I started compiling a calendar of European metal festivals when I returned to Australia and as line-ups were announced this year I started sorting through the festivals with either my favourite bands or bands on my live wish list. As it turned out, this year was mostly about seeing bands on my live wish list and those bands were playing Finnish festivals–perfect. I was traveling alone this year so I was happy that I was going to a country where I feel 100% safe and at home even though the language is quite beyond this tri-lingual girl.

I was on the train to Oulu a couple of days after flying into Helsinki. The 5-hour trip was made enjoyable by picturesque Finland. There’s isn’t a part of this country that isn’t a shade of green and coming from Australia it was a nice change to the shades of browns and reds associated with our landscape. For most of the journey I had my face pressed hoping for my first glimpse of the local fauna on this trip–the roadkill squirrel outside my Helsinki hostel didn’t count.

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Amon Amarth with Entombed on the Twilight Of The Thunder God Scandinavian at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

October 25th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

Amon Amarth 

Twilight Of The Thunder God Scandinavian Tour

Entombed – support act

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

16/10 – 2009

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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