Lacuna Coil – Shallow Life European Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

March 6th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Lacuna Coil

Shallow Life European Tour

Dommin

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

18/2 – 2010

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Dream Evil – In The Night Tour 2010 at Mejeriet in Lund, Sweden

March 6th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Dream Evil – special guest to Stratovarius

In The Night Tour 2010

Mejeriet

Lund

Sweden

6/2 – 2010

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Blackguard – Vocalist Paul Ablaze & Drummer Justine “Juice” Éthier

March 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Blackguard

 Interview with Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze and drummer Justine "Juice" Éthier

Interviewed by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Before a recent gig in the Big Apple, I had a chance to catch up with Blackguard who were about to start the 3rd date on their North American tour with Epica. I’d had the pleasure of seeing Blackguard about 6 weeks prior on their tour with Finland’s Ensiferum, and their show impressed me so much that I just had to grab an interview with frontman Paul Ablaze and drummer Justine "Juice" Éthier. 

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Epica – Bassist Yves Huts & Guitarist Isaac Delahaye

March 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

Epica

Bassist Yves Huts & Guitarist Isaac Delahaye

Interviewed by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

 

Before a recent gig in the Big Apple, I had a chance to catch up with acclaimed metal band Epica who were about to start the 3rd date on their North American tour. Epica’s bassist Yves Huts and new guitarist Isaac Delahaye were kind enough to speak with me for ~15 minutes as the local opening bands went on.

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Mr. Death – Drummer Jonas Ohlsson

March 1st, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

MR. DEATH

Interview by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Agonia Records for providing the promo pictures

Promo pictures taken by: Lasse Jango

Live promo pics taken by: Solle Siirtola

Jonas Ohlsson is the  the drummer of the Stockholm based, death metal act Mr. Death. The band has just released their debut album DETACHED FROM LIFE. Ohlsson was kind enough to take the time to make this interview possible. If you are a fan of old school Swedish death metal will love the music of Mr. Death.

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Ron Keel of KEEL

February 28th, 2010
by EvilG



Ron Keel of Keel

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson

In the mid-80’s Keel made an immediate impact when their Gene Simmons produced album THE RIGHT TO ROCK hit the streets, primarily because of their now timeless anthem of the same name. Still, despite promising record sales and critical accolades, Keel never crossed that invisible line into super stardom the likes of some of their contemporaries. One thing that can not be argued against however is that Keel were one of the most talented acts of their era with a wholly unique sound featuring a powerful front man whose voice remains as easily recognizable today as it did back in the 80’s. Ron Keel has journeyed from Metal pioneer with acts such as Steeler and Keel, to country music, to Southern Rock, to various projects of different styles, to once again reforming Keel, just in time for the 25th anniversary of THE RIGHT TO ROCK. Their latest opus, THE STREETS OF ROCK & ROLL, continues the bands tradition of potent Rock and Metal. Ron Keel recently took the time to answer some questions for Metal Rules.

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MICHAEL SCHENKER

February 25th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

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MICHAEL SCHENKER

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

German born guitarist Michael Schenker is one most inspirational and respected guitar players from the 1970’s. Michael started his career in early 1970’s being one of the founding members of The Scorpions. With the Scorpions he recorded their debut LONESOME CROW in 1972. In 1974 Michael was asked and joined the U.K. band UFO. The classic UFO line-up of: Phil Mogg, Pete Way, Andy Parker and Michael Schenker released a string of highly successful albums like: PHENOMENON, FORCE IT, NO HEAVY PETTING and LIGHT’S OUT before Michael decided to leave band in 1978. Michael was next offered gigs with such bands as Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne, but excluding a brief reunion with THE SCORPIONS, he decided that he wanted to play his own music and not be a hired gun in another group. MSG (Michael Schenker Group) was thus formed in 1979. The band’s self titled debut was released 1980 and it became an instant success. The history of the Michael Schenker Group has been strewn with personality conflicts and “incidents” between band members. In 1982, original vocalist Gary Barden was fired in favor of Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz) who lasted for one album (ASSAULT ATTACK). Gary Barden was enticed back to the band for M.S.G. for the recording of a new studio album BUILT TO DESTROY and a live album ROCK WILL NEVER DIE. After the second departure of vocalist Gary Barden, Michael reorganized the band around himself and vocalist Robin McAuley under the name McAuley Schenker Group. After three albums Michael and Robin parted their company in 1992.The classic UFO line–up resurrected in 1995 and WALK ON WATER was released later on that year. Although the band managed to release two more albums in the following years, Schenker finally quit the band in 2002. Since then, Michael has released a bunch albums with different versions of M.S.G and toured around the U.S., Europe and Japan. 2005 was the 25’Th Anniversary of Michael Schenker Group and album TALES OF ROCK’N ROLL. Singers from each incarnation of the group were enlisted to sing on a track or two. That album did lead Gary Barden and Michael to rejoin their forces and as a result MSG released its finest work in decades called THE MIDST OF BEAUTY in 2008. In December of 2009 band finally arrived to Helsinki to play their first show ever in Finland. In Helsinki, we had a chance to sit down with Michael….and here are the results of that interesting chat. Read on!!!

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BURZUM/VARG VIKERNES

February 24th, 2010
by EvilG



BURZUM / VARG VIKERNES


Interviewed by EvilG, Lord of the Wastelend, Luxi, and Arto

In his very first interview with Metal-Rules.com, Varg Vikernes speaks to us about his new Burzum album BELUS. As well, since Varg has always been outspoken with his political and societal views, we ask him about the changes he’s seen in the world over the years he’s been incarcerated. Whether you are a fan or not, his place in Black Metal history is undeniable as his role in the formation of the genre cannot be overstated. So without further adieu, we present Varg Vikernes.

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Common Dead

February 20th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Andrew Laurenson, Common Dead

Andrew Laurenson, Common Dead

Interview with Andrew Laurenson

Conducted by Robert Williams

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Barn Burner – Kevin Keegan

February 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Barn Burner – Kevin Keegan

Interviewed by EvilG

All photos courtesy of Barn Burner

 

Hailing from Canada’s heavy metal capital, Montreal,  Barn Burner are a new band to Metal Blade Records that provides a refreshing change of pace. While their bio claims they are a “3 headed love child of Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Fu Manchu” there is just as much Black Sabbath and Priestess (another great Montreal band) in their style. The band’s album BANGERS was originally released on New Romance for Kids Records but with their signing to Metal Blade, BANGERS is now being released under their banner. I got to speak with the band vocalist/guitarist, Kevin Keegan.

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Machine Head, Hatebreed, Bleeding Through – Old Icehall, Helsinki, Finland

February 17th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

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Machine Head with Hatebreed and Bleeding Through

February 1, 2010

Old Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

Review and Live pics by Arto Lehtinen

Machine Head has constantly visited us here in Finland since the legendary BURN MY EYES saw the light of day 1994. Due to constant gigging a fanatical, strong, and growing fanbase has increased the success of Machine Head in Finland. Even though Machine Head have visited Finland a couple of times supporting the highly awarded 2007 album THE BLACKENING, it was about time for them to have a  headline tour of their own with more playing time. Machine Head did visit Finland as a part of the Sonisphere touring package, but the playing time was short because of the guitarist’s collapse on stage.

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Guns N Roses with Sebastian Bach, Quebec city, Canada

February 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Guns N Roses with Sebastian Bach

Live at the Colisée, Quebec City, Feb. 1, 2010

Guns n Roses with Sebastian Bach

Review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

 

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Icarus Witch

February 13th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Icarus Witch; the traditional heavy metal band hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have plenty to be excited about. Their third full length release "Draw Down The Moon" has just hit record store shelves this past week; as the band finds themselves on a current U.S. tour in support of Paul Di’Anno. Icarus Witch are also playing double duty; opening shows with a set of Icarus Witch material and then joining Paul Di’Anno on-stage later in the evening as his backing band. Anyone familiar with Icarus Witch can certainly attest that for such a young band, they already accomplished a great deal, putting themselves on the map in 2005 with the Magick Records released "Roses On White Lace" EP and later collaborating with such notable artists as George Lynch, Joe Lynn Turner and Frank Aresti. They were even honored with an opening slot for Heaven and Hell on the last night of Icarus Witch’s ambitious "Lost In America" tour. Make no mistake; this is a band to keep a watchful eye on.

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Mama Kin Vocalist and Guitar Player Ward

February 13th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

MAMA KIN

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Henrik Karlsson at Sound Pollution. Thanks to Leon Music for the promo pictures of the band taken by: Henrik Hedlund from Chaos Media and Helena Backman

 

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Mama Kin is a hot new act from Sweden that recently released their debut album IN THE CITY. Ward, the lead singer and guitarist, took the time off from his jammed schedule to make this interview possible. Mama Kin is definitely worth checking out if you are into sleaze/hardrock music. These guys are a force to be reckoned with. 

 

 

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Slovyansky Rok (Slavic Rock) 2010

February 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Slovyansky Rok (Slavic Rock) 3 Part 2

Kyiv, Ukraine

January 24 th 2010



Review and pics by Orchidee Stachelig

This winter in Ukraine turns out to be extremely cold, but it doesn’t scare bands and their fans – quite a lot arrived to the second part of the third “Slovyansky Rok” (Slavic Rock) festival. The event is a part of a project with the same name which includes not only the fest itself, but releasing of the “Slovyansky Rok” collection of music and publishing of a magazine with the same title.

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