ORANGE SKY – Nigel Rojas

April 30th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview Conducted by Robert Williams

Orange Sky is a self described "Roots Rock" band hailing from  the Caribbean island of Trinidad. While Trinidad may be well known for introducing the rest of the world to the Limbo dance and Calypso music, it is certainly not known for being a Heavy Metal hotspot. Orange Sky is looking to change that. Orange Sky’s unique sound blends together elements of hard rock, heavy metal, and reggae. Yes, you read that correctly… reggae. Now before you go and ask me "Where do you find these bands?" I’d like to point out that sometimes these bands find you, such is the case with Trinidad’s loudest export who first caught my attention playing a smouldering set opening up for Yngwie Malmsteen on his "Unleash The Fury" tour.

"Dat Iz Voodoo" the second album from Orange Sky is now being supported by a Stateside jaunt with King’s X. Nigel Rojas, the upbeat guitarist and vocalist of the band dropped me a line from the road to fill us in one how everything is going.


 

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Mithras – Lean Macey and Sam Bean

April 30th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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Mithras out of England have been around since 1998 and have unleashed three full length albums. The band has never really captured the limelight that much despite having great and extremely technical and high skilled death metal. Therefore it is about time to find out what’s up in the Mithras camp as the previous release BEHIND THE SHADOWS LIE MADNESS came out a few years back. Both Lean Macey and Sean Bean shed some light on what’s up at the moment and other issues.

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ANVIL – Live in Chicago, April 22, 2009

April 29th, 2009
by EvilG

 

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Metro, Chicago

April 22, 2009

Review and Photos by Tim Shockley

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OPERATIKA – Bill Visser

April 29th, 2009
by EvilG

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Bill Visser of OPERATIKA

Interviewed by EvilG

Interview questions by EvilG and Lord of the Wasteland

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If you count yourself amongst the legion of fans who follow female-fronted bands such as Nightwish, Epica, and After Forver (RIP), then Operatika is another band you likely (or should) have in your collection. Bill Visser is the lead guitarist of the band and unlike the other bands just mentioned, his playing is much more shred/speed orientated. I spoke to Bill about Operatika and the challenges the band faces as a US band playing a style of metal much more popular in other countries.

 

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From Hell’s Heart – The Perfect Supergroup (May 2009)

April 25th, 2009
by EvilG
From Hell’s Heart: May 2009

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The topic for May is "The Perfect Supergroup." We each played god and imagined what would make a perfect supergroup. Looking at the wide range of metal styles, time periods, and skill levels, the choices and line-up possibilities are endless. To keep things consistent, here’s the guardrails we used for our selection process: 

1) Musician can be either alive or living.

1) One musician per instrument, except for guitar (you can choose up to two).

2) For the musicians in your supergroup, you can choose from a particular era if you like. 

Who would be in your ‘super group’?


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Nasty Idols – Bassist Dick Qwarfort

April 22nd, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Glam/Sleazy hardrockers Nasty Idols, from Malmoe, Sweden, are now back with a brand new album. I had the opportunity to talk to bass player Dick Qwarfort. We talked about the new album, the past and the future of the band and about Qwarfort himself.


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Sound Pollution for the promo pictures of the band

Pictures taken by: Erland Andersson and Patrik Shannong

 

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Lunatica guitarist Marc Torretti

April 22nd, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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This Swiss symphonic melodic metal act has recently released their brand new album “NEW SHORES”. We talked about the new CD but because Toretti is new in Lunatica we also got to talk a lot about him and his role as new guitarist.


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Napalm Records for the promo pictures of the band

 

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HammerFall – Drummer Anders Johansson & bassist Fredrik Larsson

April 18th, 2009
by EvilG

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HammerFall drummer Anders Johansson & bassist Fredrik Larsson

Interviewed by EvilG

Interview questions by EvilG, Lord of the Wasteland, & Waspman

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In this two part interview we get to speak to both Anders and Fredrik about the new HammerFall album, NO SACRIFICE, NO VICTORY as well as the revamped line-up which see’s Fredrik return after being away from the band since 1997!

 

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Lamb of God / Children of Bodom / As I Lay Dying / God Forbid / Municipal Waste – Live In Vancouver

April 16th, 2009
by Lord of the Wasteland

No Fear Tour feat. Lamb of God / Children of Bodom / As I Lay Dying / God Forbid / Municipal Waste

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

UBC Thunderbird Arena

Vancouver, BC  Canada

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


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DESTRUCTION – Schmier

April 13th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer

Interview Conducted by Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy of Sandra Torres

 

Schmier of German thrash metal legends Destruction took some time out of his busy schedule recently to sit down on the Destruction tour bus before a San Antonio, Texas concert and talk metal. Among the topics covered include his unique perspective on touring the United States post Dimebag, the upcoming Chris Witchunter tribute concert, his recollection of the controversy regarding the band’s cover of the Exploited song "Fuck The USA" as well as meeting guitarist Mike Sifringer and the early days of Destruction.

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Soulfly – European Tour 2009 KB in Malmoe, Sweden

April 13th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Soulfly – headline act

European Tour Spring 2009

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

26/3 – 2009

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Cris Frederiksen from Svartsot

April 10th, 2009
by EvilG

Cris Frederiksen from Svartsot

Interview by Theis Rytoft Nielsen

Picture provided by Svartsot’s gallery

Chris from Svartsot

Svartsot is a Danish metal band that plays folk metal merged with death and black elements and is signed by Napalm Records. Their first album was highly praised around Europe earning the description “The new wave of folk metal” along with Swiss Eluveitie. Their whole style is based on the Viking Age as they dress up in clothes related to that period. Along with that, the texts are about Nordic tales and mythology.

Cris Frederiksen is currently the only active original Svartsot member left in the band. Four members decided to part with the band in December 2008.

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Steel Panther

April 9th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres  

Disclaimer: The following video contains some explicit language and may not be suitable for some viewers. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of metal-rules.com and the metal-rules.com staff.

In other words…please be advised there is some mudslinging and / or foul language.

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AMON AMARTH – guitarist Olavi Mikkonen

April 9th, 2009
by Hanntu

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Interview with guitarist Olavi Mikkonen

Interview conducted and transcribed by HannTu

Amon Amarth finally return to the UK on a headlining tour, on the back of an unbelievably good seventh studio album, TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GODS, and I was eager to get some of the guys’ thoughts. I got to speak to Olavi Mikkonen, one of their two guitarists. His English wasn’t amazing, but he was friendly and very good-natured, great to speak to.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE – Mr. Hammer Smashed Bass ALEX WEBSTER

April 8th, 2009
by Hanntu

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Interview conducted and transcribed by HannTu

Alex Webster is one of the most well-known and respected musicians in the metal genre, and despite being the founding member and principal songwriter of one of the most influential and popular bands in death metal, he’s supremely down to earth and friendly. We had a great long chat about Cannibal Corpse’s new album EVISCERATION PLAGUE (already shaping up to be one of the better death metal releases of 2009) and about his personal approach to his music and his passion, Cannibal Corpse.

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