Metaltown Festival Frihamnen at Gothenburg, Sweden 2009

August 10th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Metaltown Festival

Frihamnen

Gothenburg

Sweden

26-27/6 – 2009

 

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave European Tour 2009 at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark

August 10th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Napalm Death

Time Waits For No Slave European Tour 2009

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

25/6 – 2009

 

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 09

August 6th, 2009
by Celtic Bob

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ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2009, Denmark

Written by Theis Rytoft Nielsen

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Roskilde Festival is the biggest festival in the Nordic countries and is well-known for its ecological and environmental profile. The programme consists of eight days of beer, booze, sweat, fun, crazy experiences, you name it! It is during the last four days that the actual music starts. Before that, up-coming bands get the chance to prove their worth at the Pavilion-scene which is the second smallest of all seven scenes. That is the so called “warm-up programme.”  I grabbed my gear and hit the festival in the afternoon on the first day of the music programme!

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Judas Priest and Whitesnake In San Antonio, Texas – June 25th, 2009

August 3rd, 2009
by Robert Williams
Judas Priest and Whitesnake

San Antonio, Texas – June 25th, 2009

By Robert Williams

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The much heralded return of British metal legends Judas Priest with the band’s "US 2009 Summer Tour" was met with remarkable success at the massive AT&T Center on Saturday July 25th in San Antonio, Texas. The weeks leading up to the concert saw local radio station KLBJ FM ask their listener’s "Some pretty big shows are coming up. Who are you most excited to see?" in the form of a poll on the popular classic rock formatted radio station’s website. Judas Priest claimed victory peaking with ninety five percent of the vote beating out the likes of Metallica, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Journey and the Black Crowes. It was more than clear that Texans were ready for some Priest!

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Enrique Chavez – Ex-vocalist of SADISTIC INTENT

August 3rd, 2009
by Metal Rules

Enrique Chavez – Ex-vocalist of SADISTIC INTENT

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Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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Sometimes, mostly on rare occasions, things just tend to happen spontaneously. Like for example yesterday evening, I saw Enrique Chavez on line when I was doing mail via Myspace site – knowing he´s friends with the guys of Sadistic Intent. I just dropped him a note, asking politely whether he could send out my greetings to my friends in Sadistic Intent, but also remembering that both me and Enrique used to be in touch many years ago – and also knowing the fact he also sang in Sadistic Intent in the past (IMPENDING DOOM… is a fuckin´ brilliant release from this band – check it out!).

Then we started discussing about things, and especially the past times including the tape trading scene, how the scene was back in those ´golden times of 80´s´, Enrique´s involvement with Sadistic Intent, some worth mentioning new bands of today´s metal scene, etc. etc. What basically happened, we were simply chatting and one topic led to another, and our whole conversation turned out to be so interesting and exciting that I suggested Enrique eventually that would he mind if I published our conversation in Metal-Rules.com. In fact, he felt honored about my idea, so here is the whole conversation we went through on line on Monday evening, 20th of July 2009. Something worth reading for the old school metal heads, and especially the Sadistic Intent fans, so enjoy… ;o)


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Sauna Open Air Metal Festival, Tampere, Finland 5th-7th of June 2009

August 3rd, 2009
by Metal Rules

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Review and live pictures


by Luxi "Chick Magnet" Lahtinen and Niko "Jerk Magnet" Karppinen


Unlike a couple of other metal festivals that are annually arranged in Finland, Tuska and Jalometalli festivals in particular, Sauna Open Air Metal festival´s main focus has been on more traditional sounding hard rock and heavy metal bands for the last couple of years. Last year the organizers of S.O.A. managed to book such acts as Sebastian Bach, Airbourne, the Scorpions, Graham Bonnet & Joe Lynn Turner and Whitesnake to the festival, to name a few. 

This year, some of the most talked and hottest bands of today on people´s lips, shared the 2 stages at the S.O.A. festival (Amorphis, Apocalyptica, Bullet, Stratovarius, Nightwish, etc.), but on the top of them all, were the bad boys all the way from Los Angeles, USA – the one and only Mötley Crüe, whose "Crüe Fest" had also arrived to the beautiful city called Tampere, for the very first time.

2 more or less distinguished journalists from the Canadian Metal-Rules.com webmagazine were also there, trying to document some of the most worth mentioned acts from that event – and here´s a little write-up that we managed to squeeze out from S.O.A. 2009. Now keep on reading, dear folks…

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GREG SMITH – Over the Rainbow, Ted Nugent, ex- Alice Cooper, Rainbow

August 3rd, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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GREG SMITH

Current OVER THE RAINBOW/TED NUGENT bassist Greg Smith started his successful career in the early eighties when he first joined WENDY O’WILLIAMS’s recording and touring band. Later on he worked with such names as VINNIE MOORE, ALICE COOPER and JOE LYNN TURNER before he was asked to join to the very last incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW in 1994. Greg recorded RAINBOW’s last studio album STRANGER IN US ALL in 1995 with Ritchie, vocalist Doogie White, drummer John O’Reilly and keyboardist Paul Morris but after a couple of years the band disbanded. Later on Greg worked with BLUE OYSTER CULT, re-joined ALICE COOPER’s band before he decided to do something different, a Broadway musical called “Movin’ Out”. Next it was TED NUGENT who asked Greg to join his band and in addition to that Greg has lately been doing shows with DOKKEN, JOE LYNN TURNER and now with OVER THE RAINBOW.  OVER THE RAINBOW is a brand new band, formed by a group of former RAINBOW members:  Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli, Greg and Richie Blackmore’s son Jurgen Blackmore on guitar.  OVER THE RAINBOW was playing at Swedenrock last June and then Greg was kind enough to give us the latest news as well as some other interesting stories about his past and future. Read on !! 

 INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

 

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RAM – Vocalist Oscar Carlquist

July 28th, 2009
by EvilG

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RAM – Vocalist Oscar Carlquist

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson

Formed because they were sick of the misinterpretation of Metal, Ram stand tall against the tide, ‘wolves in a world of sheep.’ Influenced by all the classic Metal bands, writhing with power and muscle, screeching vocals and classy old school Metal riffing, these fellows harken towards a better time, yet keep it fresh all at once. Vocalist Oscar Carlquist, whose voice goes from King Diamondesque to Halford styled in the drop of a hat, sat down and answered some questions for us, introducing Ram to the world.

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Behemoth – Nergal

July 28th, 2009
by EvilG

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Behemoth – Nergal

Interview by Alan Gilkeson

Soon to be released on Metal Blade records in North America, Behemoth’s EVANGELION attempts to further ensconce them in the Western Hemisphere’s Extreme Metal scene. One of only a handful of Polish band’s to ever make a name for themselves outside their country’s boundaries, Behemoth continue to defy all obstacles, becoming quite possibly the biggest band ever to come from their homeland. Known for debilitating live shows and massive riffs, sit back and enjoy the band’s founder, Nergal, as he explains what Behemoth is all about and how their new album is different from the rest.


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From Hell’s Heart – THE WORST ALBUMS FROM MY FAVORITE BANDS (July 2009)

July 24th, 2009
by EvilG

From Hell’s Heart: July 2009

"THE WORST ALBUMS FROM MY FAVORITE BANDS" 

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We’ve all got our favorite bands that we’ll defend to the ends, and usually no matter how great those bands are – there’s usually at least one stinker in the catalog. The ones that are just so bad, you’d prefer to forget that the CDs are sitting in plain sight on your shelf.

For every "Painkiller" there’s a "Turbo," for every "Number of the Beast" there’s a "Virtual XI." With that in mind, July’s From Hell’s Heart topic is "THE WORST ALBUMS FROM MY FAVORITE BANDS!" What are the albums that are so bad they almost make us want to disown a band?


 



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TWISTED TOWER DIRE – Scott Waldrop

July 23rd, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview with guitarist Scott Waldrop of Twisted Tower Dire

Conducted by Robert Williams

There are very few American metal acts that play the style of traditional heavy metal that Twisted Tower Dire have so long embraced. It could be argued that the band’s influences lean more towards classic British metal than anything. Formed in 1995 in West Virginia; Twisted Tower Dire has survived lineup changes, seen record labels come and go and beared witness to an ever shifting musical climate and has still managed to steadily release quality classic metal albums throughout the years. First with "The Curse Of Twisted Tower" in 1999 followed shortly there after with 2001’s "The Isla Of Hydra" Piet Sielck of Iron Savior fame lent his producer skills to "Crest of The Martyr’s" in 2005, while the 2007 release "Netherworlds" marked the swansong of longtime vocalist Tony Taylor.

Now relocated to North Carolina, the band is enjoying playing as a reinvigorated unit; given their second wind so to speak, with the addition of new vocalist Johnny Aune. Founding member and lead guitarist Scott Waldrop recently took the time to fill me in on all things Twisted Tower Dire.

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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

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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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