Apocalyptica / Swallow The Sun – The Astoria, London

December 31st, 2008
by Hanntu

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The Astoria, London

12th December 2008

Live pics by HannTu

Live review by HannTu and Jess

Apocalyptica really love touring in the UK, considering this is their third visit in the space of 12 months. And with the long black-shirted line snaking around the back of the venue, it appears that London at least loves Apocalyptica too. This time, there is more metal cred than ever, with the highly rated Swallow the Sun supporting, more metalheads turned up to the Astoria than they had done at the Forum in March.

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VADER – Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek

December 31st, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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 Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek of VADER

Interview and live pics by Arto Lehtinen and Luxi Lahtinen

Transcription by David Groves (thanks mate!)


Vader, the legendary death metal force from Poland, have made quite a career for themselves with many successful albums and tours. Vader has also underwent some radical line-up changes over the years. Despite these line-up changes, the band’s mastermind Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek has managed to remain loyal to the original roots of Vader, navigating the band successfully from the stormy waters to calmer and flavorable harbors since the mid 80’s.

We met Peter about 2 hours before the showtime and had this great opportunity to make a long and in-depth interview with Peter regarding the recent comp. album XXV, talk about these line-up changes of the band – amongst many other things as well. The interview was conducted on October 21st 2008 when Vader were terrorizering the Finnish territories together with Grave and Zonaria.


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Moțrhead РHelsinki Ice Hall, Finland on December 16th 2008

December 31st, 2008
by Luxi Lahtinen

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Motörhead – Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland, on December 16th, 2008

Review and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen


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Virus / Infestation / Affluenza – Rock Attic, London

December 31st, 2008
by Hanntu

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The Rock Attic, Streatham, London

20th December 2008

Live pics by HannTu

Live review by Stu Occupier

Virus were one of the first thrash bands to come out of the UK back in the early 80s, progressing from their punk/oi roots to lead the budding thrash movement in the UK. Unfortunately, despite touring with major names like Megadeth, Voivod, Kreator and Celtic Frost, they never struck it big. Metalworks Records kept faith in them and three albums were released, PRAY FOR WAR (1987), FORCE RECON (1988) and LUNACY (1989), but internal problems as well as the band’s apparent disregard for seniority within the metal press world (Coke punching a Kerrang editor in a London club being only one example) meant that the band split up. Now Coke McFinlay (guitars and vocals) and Virus are back and kicking arse, with a brand new line-up – consisting of Matt Cooper (bass, ex-Cellbound), Dave Sherwood (drums, ex-Doreterna, ex-Tiberium) and Sam Brandon (guitars, Matron) – and an upcoming EP.

–HannTu


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Volbeat at Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood Scandinavian Tour KB Malmoe Sweden 2008

December 30th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Volbeat

Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood Scandinavian Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

9/12 – 2008

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Biohazard at 20 Years of Chaos! European Tour Kulturbolaget in Malmoe Sweden 2008

December 26th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

Biohazard

20 Years of Chaos! European Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

4/12 – 2008

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Dave Martone – Canadian Guitarwizard

December 25th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Martone is one of Canada’s most respected guitarists. His latest album CLEAN has recently been released so I decided to take a closer look at this new shredder. As you can see it became a long interview and I hope you are gonna have as much fun reading it as I had interviewing him. 

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Barbara Lysiak publicist at Magna Carta Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Barbara Lysiak and Magna Carta for the promo pics of Dave Martone.

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GWAR

December 23rd, 2008
by Robert Williams

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Gwar’s Oderus Urungus and Sleazy P. Martini

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 wherein 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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BENEDICTION – Frank Healy

December 23rd, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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The long time British death metal squad Benediction have travelled a long road since the early days of the catacombs of the underground and enjoyed success in the heyday of death metal in the early 90’s. Surviving through some rough years and member changes, Benediction have been able to stay loyal to the roots of what Benediction is known for. The latest output KILLING MUSIC once again presents the true classic Benediction style with skullbreaking death metal riffs. It was about time to have an interview with bassist Frank Healy telling more about the new album and touring life as well.


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Destruction and supports : Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland 2008

December 23rd, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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DESTRUCTION

DEBAUCHERY  & SCARED TO DEATH

Tavastia Helsinki Finland 

04.12.2008


The legendary German thrash metal patrol Destruction have been a more or less regular visitor up in the northernmost territories of Finland. Therefore, it could have been expected the trio would have expanded and gained the fanatical and loyal mad butcher fanbase. But the cold reality literally hit the face in the most brutal way on thursday when the german thrash butchers stroke back on their own headlining tour with a couple of the countrymates.

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Cloudscape Vocalist Mike Andersson

December 22nd, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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GLOBAL DRAMA is the title of the brilliant new Cloudscape album. This is the bands third album so far and it is their best. If you are into Cloudscape then here comes an update on what has happened since myself and lead singer Mike Andersson last talked.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Live pics by: Anders Sandvall

Promo pics provided by Cloudscapes website

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Gemini Five live at Rock The Night, Night Club at Stengade 30 in Copenhagen Denmark 2008

December 22nd, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Rock The Night, Night Club

Stengade 30

Copenhagen

Denmark

29/11 – 2008 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Damnation Festival 2008 – Leeds University, UK

December 18th, 2008
by Hanntu

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DAMNATION FESTIVAL

22nd November 2008

Leeds University, UK

All live pics and review by HannTu


The Damnation Festival has a proud history of serving up quality metal to metalheads in the British Isles for quite a few years now. It has come from humble beginnings to currently span three indoor stages, and attracting big names in metal as well as breaking newer independent bands is its aim. Mille Petrozza of Kreator called it right, he said that “this isn’t a festival for scenes and trends”. Indeed, and with this year’s varied line-up, ranging from Carcass to My Dying Bride to Berserker to Sigh, there was something in it for everyone.

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Cattle Decapitation Vocalist Travis Ryan

December 17th, 2008
by EvilG

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Cattle Decapitation Vocalist Travis Ryan



Interviewed by Marko Guevara

All pics taken from CattleDecapitation.com and the band’s Myspace page

Cattle Decapitation Vocalist Travis Ryan

"Goddamn humans and their stupid ideas

Moronic morality for the weak and full of hope

We’re supposed to think we’re created to serve – when

domination is in our nature?

What kind of god is this?
"

- from the Cattle Decapitation song "Unintelligent Design"

I have seen this band live in Mexico City at Chas Metal Attack. On that night we also saw Monstrosity, Marduk and Setherial. We are used to expecting the best from the bands that we already know like Monstrosity, but this Death/Grindcore band really impacted on the face of many… since that day these following questions came to me… keep reading!!!

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Cynic – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

December 17th, 2008
by Hanntu

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CYNIC

Shepherds Bush Empire, London

20th November 2008

All live photos by HannTu

Review by Trease



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