KISS: Live at Liverpool, U.K 2010

May 14th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

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KISS

May 5th 2010

Echo Arena, Liverpool, U.K

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

It’s been two years since KISS finished their highly successful Alive 35 -tour in Europe. Last year the band released a brand new studio album SONIC BOOM, their first in eleven years, and now the band brings their rock’n roll circus back here under the banner SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE : FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE BOOM.  The new tour started just under a week ago from Sheffield and now it was time to check out how the”Hottest Band In The World” rocked in Liverpool.

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HAMMERFALL – Joacim Cans

May 11th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Gothenburg, Sweden’s five-piece of heavy metal crusaders, Hammerfall, recently returned to the United States for their first headlining tour of North America in support of last year’s  incredibly successful "No Sacrifice, No Victory" album, their seventh full-length record for Nuclear Blast Records. Hammerfall are no strangers themselves to touring in the U.S. having previously warmed up the stage on previous outings for veteran acts like Death and Dio and most recently performing alongside Edguy several years ago, but this time Hammerfall are at the top of the bill, and who can argue after the band has spent the last thirteen years proving themselves with their distinctive brand of classic and often melodic heavy metal. Hammerfall vocalist Joacim Cans recently took the time to talk metal with Metal-Rules.com and filled us in on the bands current activities and life on the road.

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Voices Of Destiny – guitarist and band leader Chris Gutjahr

May 9th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

Voices Of Destiny

guitarist and band leader Chris Gutjahr

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.

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Here is a brand new interview with Chris Gutjahr the guitarist and band leader in the German act Voices Of Destiny. Their debut album FROM THE ASHES was recently released and is quite amazing. Gutjahr and I hooked up in order to talk about the band, their music and the future for Voices Of Destiny. This is a treat for all dark goth metal fans, read and enjoy.

 

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Danny Rexon – Crazy Lixx

May 8th, 2010
by EvilG

 

Danny Rexon – Crazy Lixx

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson


Over the past few years I’ve read about what some call the "New Wave of Swedish Sleaze" and for the most part I’ve blown it off. For some reason the re-emergence of other styles of metal, the likes of thrash and speed, seemed more legitimate. As the years pass I’ve fallen victim to the cliche that hair/glam/sleaze metal was not good music, that it was Hollywood make-up and hair, without substance. Then a few weeks ago, tasked with a review of another Swedish glam act, my mind opened up a bit as I listened to a really nice record from a band called Lippstixx ‘n’ Bulletz. A week later I interviewed Ron Keel, remembering that 80s L.A. metal had some excellent acts. Then when presented with NEW RELIGION from Crazy Lixx, being more then ready to check out this new glam scene, I was pleasantly surprised!!! If you have an open mind about glam metal, then this is a new band that you would do well to check out. We caught up with vocalist Danny Rexon to discuss the band’s 2010 release ‘New Religion’…enjoy.

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On The Road With Sonata Arctica – May 4th Helsinki / Kemi Flying Home

May 8th, 2010
by EvilG

 

May 4th 2010 12:20pm  Helsinki / Kemi  Flying Home

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Jordan Mancino & As I Lay Dying Do It For The Fans

May 8th, 2010
by EvilG


Jordan Mancino & As I Lay Dying Do It For The Fans

Interview by Shawn Jam Hill

Promo pics courtesy of Metal Blade Records

 

Being a drummer can be a somewhat thankless task compounded by the plethora of groaners cool guys (like guitarists and singers) have come up with over the years. Did you hear about the bass player that locked the keys in the van? It took the band 2 hours to get the drummer out.

Jordan Mancino, famed skinsman for San Diego metalcore heroes As I Lay Dying, has probably heard it all before. An engaging dude with a laid back, West Coast attitude, Mr. Mancino recently called me up here in Ottawa, Canada to discuss his obsession with drumming, AILD’s formative years and the pinnacle on which they preside in the world of metal. With a fresh record, The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade), hitting the streets May 11 and a tour cycle that will see the band melting faces all over the world for the next 2 years, Mr. Mancino will be one busy drummer. He better just watch out for that gong (more on that later…).
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Keith Barnes and Dave Winter from SCHIZO REJECT ASYLUM

May 7th, 2010
by Hanntu


Schizo Reject Asylum

Interview and words by

Jo of Altercarnated Photography


12 April 2010


Schizo Reject Asylum are a new metal band formed in late 2009 from South East London.

Band Members are:

Vocals: Rob J Lawrence

Drums: Keith Barnes

Guitar: Rob Ivie

Guitar: Dave Winter

Bass: Adam Evans

Record label: Digital Revolution Records LTD



Keith & Dave were in good spirits today, excited & enthusiastic about their new EP & looking forward to their first upcoming gig, they were also eager to start the interview so they could hit the pub!

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METAL-RULES.COM Does SXSW 2010

May 5th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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SXSW or (South by Southwest) is an interactive, music and film festival based out of Austin, Texas. Now in it’s twenty third year and being one of the largest festivals of it’s kind, SXSW welcomes over 2,000 performers annually at over 90 different venues over the course of four days in March. The last several years have welcomed some amazing performances from classic metal favorites like Metallica and Motorhead. There was a Scandinavian metal showcase several years ago that featured Enslaved and 1349. In 2008, the Swedish power metal commandoes known as Sabaton made their North American debut and most recently, in 2009 Steel Panther broke out of the Sunset Strip long enough to conquer the popular festival. At this year’s event, Motorhead returned to perform two seperate concerts and promote "Lemmy The Movie" the upcoming rockumentary focusing on the charismatic and iconic Motorhead frontman. Michael Monroe (ex-Hanoi Rocks) debuted his new touring lineup with several showcase appearances and legendary Canadian thrashers Voivod triumphantly headlined the Relapse Records showcase that also featured Tombs, Brian Posehn and Graves of Valor.



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Mathias “Vreth” LillmÃ¥ns, vocalist for the Finnish folk metal band FINNTROLL

May 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns, vocalist for the Finnish folk metal band Finntroll

Interview and live pics by Kyle Moore, The Metal Magnus


I had the opportunity to interview Vreth, vocalist of the acclaimed Finnish folk metal band FINNTROLL, before the show started.  Because there was a large crowd of people backstage, we had to conduct the interview on the staircase leading up to the stage, and after a time the interview was cut short by the opening band starting their set. Nonetheless, Vreth was a pleasure to speak with!
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OPETH – Interview with Fredrik Ã…kesson and Mikael Ã…kerfeldt

May 3rd, 2010
by EvilG


OPETH Interview with Fredrik Åkesson
and Mikael Åkerfeldt

Interview and live pics by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Frederik after Opeth’s 20th anniversary show in New York City. While I was told I’d only be seeing Frederik, Martin was also in the room hanging out, and a couple minutes in, Mikael walked in to answer some questions too!

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IMMORTAL – Live in Montreal, Canada

April 28th, 2010
by EvilG



Immortal


Live at Metropolis, Montreal, Canada

March 28, 2010

Live review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

 

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On The Road With Sonata Arctica – April 26th: El Paso

April 26th, 2010
by EvilG

 

April 26th 2010 8:08 p.m. El Paso

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Saxon and Dirty Passion on Battalions Of Steel 30th Anniversary Tour 2010 at Mejeriet in Lund,Sweden

April 22nd, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

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Saxon

Battalions Of Steel 30th Anniversary Tour 2010

Dirty Passion – support act

Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden

26/3 – 2010

 Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall

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Anvil – Steve “Lips” Kudlow & Robb Reiner

April 22nd, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview with Steve "Lips" Kudlow & Robb Reiner

Interviewed by Petri Da Costa

The band Anvil, formed in the late 70’s in Canada by vocalist/guitarist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner, had a glorious start releasing a string of three unforgettable classic metal albums: ”Hard ‘N’ Heavy”, ”Metal on Metal” and ”Forged in Fire”. With these three albums the band made a name for themselves and had even an influence in the early thrash scene, people like Tom Araya, Scott Ian and Lars Ulrich have already spoken about how impressed they were with Anvil. What happened next, from the mid 80’s until a few years ago, most people don’t know, the band somehow "fell under the radar" for many. The band never stopped, even with label or line up changes or problems with management. Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner never gave up on their dream, and all this perseverance and passion for the band that they formed was one of the many ingredients for the success of ”Anvil! The Story of Anvil” (released in 2009), one of the most talked about and well received documentaries ever made.  So I asked ‘Lips’ and Robb about the band’s current situation and plans for this year and the future.

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Winter’s Verge – Lead singer George Charalambous

April 21st, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

Winter’s Verge

Lead Singer George Charalambous

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.

Additional promo pictures is taken from the band MySpace page.

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Cyprus isn’t maybe that well known for its metal bands, however, here is an interview with the excellent act Winters Verge that come from Cyprus. I hooked up with the lead singer of Winter’s Verge George Charalambous to talk about their amazing second album TALES OF TRAGEDY, the past, the present, and the future of the band. The band has recently been out on tour with Stratovarius on the first leg of their European tour. This band is one of the new up and coming stars within the heavy metal scene. So remember where you read about Winters Verge first.  :)

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