Helstar – Robert Trevino

July 21st, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by David Groves

When Helstar formed in Texas in 1982, no-one knew in advance what kind of adventure this five piece would travel through up to 2009. Helstar have undergone a few line-up changes and even broke-up in the middle of the 90’s. The band released several highly appreciated metal albums in the 80’s which are now hailed as great masterpieces. The Texas metal group has an entire era and great opportunities of playing and touring in Europe. The band’s guitarist Robert Trevino talks about the most recent album THE KING OF HELL, their best of album SINS OF THE PAST, and of course recalls the 80’s heyday as well.

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Forbidden – Guitarist Craig Locicero and vocalist Russ Andersson

July 19th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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Guitarist Craig Locicero and vocalist Russ Andersson

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Duke

The legendary Forbidden from the SF Bay Area did a European tour consisting of several metal festivals including Sweden Rock 2009. I had the great opportunity of speaking to both guitarist Craig Locicero and vocalist Russ Andersson. Forbidden had undergone some line-up changes as Steve Smyth has stepped in to replace Glen Alvelais. However, both Locicero and Andersson recalled a little bit about the heyday of Forbidden over 20 years ago and of course talked about their future plans.

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SWEDENROCK 2009

July 16th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen


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SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL

Solvesborg 4-7.07 2008



REPORT AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN

ADDITIONAL REVIEWS BY JARNO HUOVILA

 

Sjutton också… The summer has arrived, hasn’t it?! Sunny, rainy, and even ice cold weather all together at Sweden Rock



However, it is time for the annual march to Sweden Rock.  This is the ninth time in a row that Metal-Rules.com has made a vist to the mighty Sweden Rock festival! All in all over 70 bands had been booked for the Sweden Rock festival that turned out to be nothing but an utter blast from the beginning to the end! The bill of Sweden Rock 2009 covered everything from extreme metal ala Immortal to classic rock ala Journey and of course everything between. Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended. As a tradition the whole festival was once again sold out when approximately 35,200 people and all the bands and crews etc at the area every day. As mentioned in the first sentence, this is the ninth time in a row when Sweden Rock has been featured on the site Metal-Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give a real in-depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock. We are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die !!!
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RIOT – Mark Reale

July 7th, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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MARK REALE

Although the New York based band RIOT was formed in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale, they reached their biggest success in the early ‘80s with the classic release FIRE DOWN UNDER. The band then went on to release a number of albums before releasing the landmark disc THUNDERSTEEL . The now reunited, classic THUNDERSTEEL lineup consists of, in addition to founder Mark Reale, Tony Moore on vocals, Don Van Stavern on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, with Mike Flyntz on second guitar. We caught up with Mark backstage at the Sweden Rock Festival to discuss some of the happenings in the past, present and future of RIOT, as well as his side venture, WESTWORLD.

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA
LIVE AND INTERVIEW PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Susperia – Bassist Memnock

July 4th, 2009
by EvilG

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Susperia – Bassist Memnock

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson

Just three months ago Susperia were riding high, preparing to release their new album ATTITUDE, and anticipating UK tour dates. Then the unthinkable happened. Their singer Athera (Pål Mathisen) fell victim to a massive heart attack and had to undergo a triple bypass surgery. In Def Leppardesque fashion, Susperia have waited on their mate and are set to tour Europe and play festivals, hoping beyond hope to hit North American shores.

ATTITUDE is a killer Thrash Metal attack with a few guest appearances, including the legendary Chuck Billy from Testament. Further cementing themselves among the elite in the Thrash Metal game, armed with a new label and a new outlook on life, Susperia are in position to win over a mass of new fans. Bassist Memnock recently took a few moments to speak to us via the phone from his Norwegian home.

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LEATHERWOLF – Michael Olivieri and Carey Howe

July 2nd, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Michael Olivieri and Carey Howe

Conducted by Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy of Sandra Torres

Since the early eighties vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri, guitarist Carey Howe and drummer Dean Roberts have been cranking out a triple axe attack of melodic metal under the banner of Leatherwolf. Currently rounded out by bassist Patrick Guyton and guitarist Greg Erba the band is enjoying some stateside success performing as part of "Heavy Metal Day" at this summer’s Rocklahoma festival where they will join other classic metal favorites such as Saxon, Anthrax, Overkill and Metal Church. Also of note is that Leatherwolf fans should be pleased to find out that the band is in production of their first ever full length DVD release, while no release date is currently set for the DVD, anyone who has seen and heard the metal veterans live can certainly attest that it will be well worth the wait.

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Crooked X’s Jesse Cooper

June 30th, 2009
by Celtic Bob

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Suicidal Tendencies / Inspector Cluzo / Virus – Electric Ballroom, London

June 27th, 2009
by Hanntu

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

with INSPECTOR CLUZO and VIRUS

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All live pics and review by HannTu


When you think of crossover thrash, you either think of Agnostic Front or Suicidal Tendencies. These guys were doing it way before the current crop of Municipal Waste or what-have-you, and they did it with an undeniable and unbridled sense of cool. Suicidal Tendencies have been around longer than most, but they haven’t lost the fireball energy at their live shows, and the thought of Mike Muir and co. grabbing London by the balls filled most thrashers with joy. On the very same night, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards were being held in the O2, but the Electric Ballroom in Camden was still packed to the brim for the arrival of the Cyco crew.

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Canadian Carnage (Megadeth / Slayer / Machine Head / Suicide Silence) – Vancouver – June 24th, 2009

June 25th, 2009
by Lord of the Wasteland

Canadian Carnage

feat. Megadeth / Slayer / Machine Head / Suicide Silence

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

General Motors Place

Vancouver, BC  Canada

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***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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FAITH NO MORE : Live at Kaisaniemi Park, Helsinki FINLAND – June.24 2009

June 25th, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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FAITH NO MORE

June 24, 2009

KAISANIEMI PARK, HELSINKI -FINLAND

REPORT BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Faith No More called it quits in 1998 after the ALBUM OF THE YEAR had seen the light of day and the tours were completed. Since then it has been speculated about the possible return or comeback for years and even the band members had ruled out the whole reunion thing several times. Singer Mike Patton was always asked in several interviews about a possible return, but he rather focused on his own bands Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, and Tomahawk etc. than teaming up with the old band members. However, some things should remain unchanged and untouched, but it is just amazing to see how some minds can change after all and Faith No More truly returned to the limelight.

 

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Testament / Unearth / Lazarus A.D. Live In Kansas City – June 6, 2009

June 23rd, 2009
by Lord of the Wasteland

TESTAMENT / UNEARTH / LAZARUS A.D.

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Beaumont Club

Kansas, City, MO  USA

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***Live Review & All Photos By Sara E. Robbins


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OBITUARY – Drummer Donald Tardy

June 22nd, 2009
by EvilG

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Drummer Donald Tardy

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson

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One of the genre’s great originators, Floridian Death Metal band Obituary still just keep it simple with groovy rhythms and catchy riffs. Their latest album DARKEST DAY does what it’s predecessors did, make you bang you head in metal fury. Very humble and down to earth, they don’t wear the legend label well, but with a simplistic approach to song writing, reverence of other legends, and a strong work ethic, they continue to bring their unique brand of metal to a wanting fan base. Here’s our interview with drummer Donald Tardy.

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HELLRAZOR – Charley Shackelford

June 22nd, 2009
by Robert Williams

 

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Interview with Charley Shackelford

Conducted by Robert Williams

Raleigh, North Carolina’s Hellrazor formed in 2005 is a thrashing "Break Neck Heavy Metal" band who feature within their ranks one Charley Shackelford who also plays guitar for Candlelight Records recording artists Daylight Dies. Charley is complemented by the very talented vocalist Alan Rueda, bassist Dave Sanchez and drummer Chuck Giardino. Since signing with Heaven and Hell Records and releasing the debut album "In The Wild" the band has mounted an impressive DIY campaign having their music featured on one of the last Metal Maniacs magazine sampler cd’s, performing at the Warriors of Metal festival in Ohio alongside Twisted Tower Dire and Aska and producing a music video for the song "The Pawn."

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Nightrage – Marios Iliopoulos, Anthony Hämäläinen, Jo Nunez

June 21st, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Arne Kupetz at Lifeforce Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Lifeforce Records for the promo pictures of the band

WEARING A MARTYR’S CROWN is the name of the amazing fourth album from Nightrage. I have interviewed bandleader Marios Iliopoulos before but when I heard that he and Nightrage were back I felt that it was time for an update. So for all you Nightrage fans out there here comes an update from the Nightrage camp by Marios, singer Anthony Hämäläinen and drummer Jo Nunez.

 

 

 

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Tim Owens Play My Game European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

June 21st, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Tim Owens

Play My Game European Tour

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

5/6 – 2009

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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