Kreator and supporters : Tavastia, Helsinki Finland

March 18th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen
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KREATOR

Emergency Gates, Eluveitie, Caliban

The 23rd of February 2009

Tavastia Club Helsinki Finland

Pics and article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä


Attending to gigs on a Monday is kind of a painful task for metal bangers after the heavy alcohol consumed and filled-up weekend. As witnessed before at the Destruction gig, a little bit over 100 old school thrash metal worshipers crawled in to check out one of the German thrash legends, which was quite embarrasing. When another one of the three German thrash legends conquered the soil of Finland with three support acts, presumably 450 people entered to witness these enemies of god in the “horde of chaos” at the Tavastia club. Well it wasn’t that horrible of a turn-out, but it could have been better. As to these opening bands, each of them represented a different metal genre as there was metalcore to folk/forest whatever metal? The combination was quite weird as well as interesting, but several old school metal maniacs arrived at the venue before Kreator arranged the real run amok run in the pit.

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Nashville Pussy – From Hell To Texas European Tour at KB Malmoe Sweden 2009

March 14th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Nashville Pussy

From Hell To Texas Europe Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

19/2 – 2009

 

Reviewed by and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Backyard Babies: Live In Scandinavia at KB in Malmoe Sweden 2009

March 11th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Backyard Babies – headline

Live In Scandinavia Tour

Bullet – support act

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

11/2 – 2009

 

Reviewed by and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Supercharger Singer Mikkel Neperus

March 6th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Be sure to remember the name Supercharger because these 5 guys are the next big musical export from Denmark. When the band stopped by Malmoe in support of Mustasch I took the opportunity to get an interview with lead singer Mikkel Neperus. Here is an in-depth and close-up personal interview with Supercharger.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson

Live pictures from the archives of: Anders Sandvall

Band promo pictures by: Agnete

 

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EDGUY – Guitarists Dirk Sauer and Jens Ludwig

March 3rd, 2009
by Hanntu

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Interview and Live Pics by HannTu

10th January 2009

The lovable scamps in Edguy are like kids in a junkyard when they go up onstage, and I had the opportunity to speak face to face to not one, but two of these rogues. They certainly blow the myth of the German sense of humour right out of the water! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the freak show…Jens ‘No-Nonsense’ Ludwig and Dirk ‘Whiskey’ Sauer!

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SACRIFICE – Rob Urbinati from Canadian thrash legends

March 2nd, 2009
by Luxi Lahtinen

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Canadian thrash legends´ return

An interview with vocalist & guitarist Rob Urbinati

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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The Canadian (thrash) metal scene used to be one of the most interesting and strongest back in the day, especially during the ´80s. Many of us could name at least a half dozen of metal bands out from that country that made a great impression on us in the ´80s (Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Voivod, Infernäl Mäjesty, Dead Brain Cells, etc. – actually it´s this easy) by churning out many great albums to their roster that are considered as the true classics of the genre these days.

Then, the new millenium 2000 brought us many comebacks of once defunct thrash acts – some of their comebacks being somewhat well-grounded while some others not that much. If there´s one particular thrash band that could be said to be worth coming back, it´s definitely the legendary Canadian thrash warriors called Sacrifice who released such fine tour-de-forces of thrash, like the TORMENT IN FIRE and FORWARD TO TERMINATION albums during that golden decade of thrash metal.

Sacrifice have currently been working hard on their 5th studio album, titled THE ONES I CONDEMN, at Rouge Valley Studio here in Toronto, together with engineer Darius Szczepaniak – and if Rob´s own words about the album are anything to go by, expect no less than Sacrifice´s return to the basics of thrash. As Rob himself has promised, the album´s gonna be fast, heavy and devastating – and it´s gonna sound like it´s been done by a real band instead of some computer-program-fixed band.

I contacted Rob recently and and asked him to reveal some more details about the new Sacrifice album – amongst other things, via this email conversation that Rob was kind enough to do with me for Metal-Rules.com. What is certain, THE ONES I CONDEMN won´t let leave thrash fans cold – just believe me! ;o)


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Cannibal Corpse / Diablo – The Forum, London

March 2nd, 2009
by Hanntu

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The Forum, London

19th February 2009

All live photos and review by HannTu

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Rockin’ Field 2008, Milan Italy – Avantasia, Epica, Vision Divine and more

March 1st, 2009
by Brat

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And so my presence at obscure little European metal festivals continues…This time it was little RockinField—the draw card, seeing Michele Luppi singing live in VISION DIVINE and with the later announcement of AVANTASIA headlining the festival, I couldn’t ask for anything more. It all started out so perfect.

Originally planned for a small down outside of Brescia called Adro—difficult to get to using public transport, but I imagined we’d be rewarded with a smallish crowd as out of the way festivals go.

Later the Avantasia/Edguy forum a query had been posted about the festival moving to Milan, to the Fila Football Stadium, Milan, no less. On one hand I drew a sigh of relief as our journey from Rome would be effortless. On the other hand I felt selfish that I’d have to share the acts with a much bigger crowd and given my altercations with Italian metal fans (see previous Wacken reports) we probably wouldn’t be playing nice.

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ICED EARTH – Jon Schaffer

March 1st, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

JON SCHAFFER OF ICED EARTH

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Some eighteen years, and another eight albums, since the release of ICED EARTH’s eponymous debut album, it’s still band leader and guitarist Jon Schaffer’s unique vision and rule by iron hand that define every aspect of the band. After two albums, THE GLORIOUS BURDEN in 2004 and FRAMING ARMAGEDDON in 2007, with Tim "Ripper" Owens of JUDAS PRIEST fame, Jon has again, on the latest album, CRUCIBLE OF MAN in 2008, been rejoined by returning Matt Barlow on vocals. Matt originally appeared on some of the bands most classic albums such as BURNT OFFERINGS in 1995, THE DARG SAGA in 1996, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES in 1998 and HORROR SHOW in 2001.

In addition to his work with ICED EARTH, Jon and his good friend Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, released two albums under the name of DEMONS & WIZARDS. ICED EARTH has currently just finished a co-headlining tour of Europe with SAXON. We had to opportunity to sit down with Jon to catch up about some of the recent developments in his band and learn some interesting things concerning his plans for the future.

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Napalm Death, Misery Index, Final Harvest : Nosturi Helsinki Finland

March 1st, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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with Misery Index and Final Harvest

The 16th of February 2008

Nosturi Helsinki Finland

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GOD FORBID – Press Conference and Interview With Dallas Coyle

February 23rd, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres

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Cradle of Filth / Satyricon / Septicflesh Live In Orlando – Feb. 21, 2009

February 23rd, 2009
by Lord of the Wasteland

Cradle of Filth / Satyricon / Septicflesh

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Club Firestone

Orlando, FL

 Live Review & All Photos By Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus


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NEIL TURBIN – DEATH RIDERS

February 18th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres

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SURVIVORS ZERO – Pre-listening session of CMXCIX

February 18th, 2009
by Luxi Lahtinen

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SURVIVORS ZERO – Pre-listening session of CMXCIX at Seawolf Studios,

Helsinki, Finland, on Feb 12th 2009 

Report and studio pictures by Luxi Lahtinen


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Omer R. Cordell – Inside The Machine

February 17th, 2009
by Lord of the Wasteland

INSIDE THE MACHINE

An Insider’s Look at Life On The Road with Fear Factory

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Omer R. Cordell

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

All Photos By Omer R. Cordell


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