Cage – Hell Destroyer Record Release w/ Agent Steel

June 4th, 2007
by Rick

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Hell Destroyer Record Release
 w/ Agent Steel 

 

Friday May 25, 2007

The Jumping Turtle

 

Review and pics for ThrashKreator

 

 

Cage and Agent Steel on the same stage; quite the bill for a small club on the outskirts of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />San Diego. They are two bands that need little introduction to those who are fans of the old school. The occasion for this show is the return of Cage with the release of “Hell Destroyer”, the bands first album since 2003’s “Darker Than Black”, which held high critical acclaim and topped several “Best of” lists for that year (my own included)

 

 

 

 

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NIGHTWISH´s Tuomas Holopainen & Anette Olzon

June 4th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

NIGHTWISH´s new vocalist Anette Olzon & Tuomas Holopainen 

Interview and pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
(except promotional pictures by Nightwish.com)

 

Nightwish´s whole history so far as a successful band, is like a fairytale story only a few of us could ever dream of. The band has sold over 2,5 millions albums worldwide, done several successful tours and overall become one of the most followed bands in the world.

However, almost every fairytale tends to gather some dark clouds above the horizon at some point, I guess that´s what happened to Nightwish as well when they fired their previous frontwoman Tarja Turunen in the end of 2005. After this news reached the public´s ears, the band went through a merciless crossfire that really tested the grounds of the band somewhat heavily. With all the strenght and faith they had in the band, they struggled forward, found Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden to unite the Nightwish´s troops, making it a stronger and tighter package than ever before. Nightwish is ready to conquer to the whole world again.

I met a good-humored, always friendly and ruminative Tuomas Holopainen and the new, lovely frontwoman of Nightwish, Anette Olzon at Hotel President in Helsinki on May 30th 2007 – and we talked mainly about ´the hot topic of the day´ Anette herself, the band´s forthcoming 6th yet-untitled studio album, and their upcoming world tour that quite surprisingly, starts off in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 6th 2007. 


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Annihilator, Trivium, Sanctity – May 8 2007 – Helsinki Finland

June 1st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

The 8th of May 2007
House Of Culture
Helsinki Finland

Review & Pics by Arto Lehtinen

The metal gig series sponsored by The Headbanger’s Ball of The Finnish MTV continued when the hotter than hell name Trivium arrived at Finland with the legendary Annihilator and the newbie group Sanctity.  The gig was originally supposed to take a place in the prestigious Nosturi club, but due to excessive ticket sales and the massive success of trendy Trivium the whole package had to be taken to a bigger venue in Helsinki. The Nosturi club is a real idealistic asskicking place for all kinds of metal gigs, but The House Of Culture ain’t the most suitable venue for these kinds of events as the construction of the concert hall creates a terrible echo tormenting the ears and causing pretty distorted sound making the concert and listening experience more than unpleasant. 


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ASPHYX & SOULBURN : Bob Bagchus and Wannes Gubbels

May 31st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen (with additional questions by Jani Koskela)

Death Metal used to rule the earth in the late 80′s and the early 90′s when several brutal bands emerged from the abyss to spread their own lethal stuff. Although bigger names were rolling all over the metal map, the underground scene was  huge and vital. Demos were traded and underground magazines published articles and interviews of several brutal death metal bands. One of the underground pioneers of the death metal genre was definitely Asphyx hailing from The Netherlands. The band’s raw, brutal and above all nihilistic music appealed to a number of death metal freaks. The band got more attention when the former Pestilence growler Martin Van Drunen joined for a couple of albums. But the inflamed chemistry and disagreements led to the premature demise of Asphyx. However the core members of Asphyx didn’t give up and went on to form Soulburn by recruiting Wannes Gubbels from the mighty Pentacle. After all the name was chosen to Asphyx. After the last Asphyx disc, ON THE WINGS OF INFERNO, Asphyx was laid to rest. In 2007 Asphyx has returned to crush the cenotaph again. Therefore it was an excellent opportunity to have a chat with both Wannes Gubbels and Bob Bacghus about the reunion and other topics…


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AVENGER OF BLOOD – Annihilation continues…

May 29th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Drummer Shannon Frye

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Avenger of Blood from Las Vegas, provide more proof of the resurrection of old school Thrash Metal that many new bands wave the flag for these days. COMPLETE ANNIHILATION, Avenger of Blood´s debut album, was released on a the small JCM Records in 2005. It was relatively well-received by old school Thrash Metal maniacs all over the world – and now the band´s follow-up album, titled DEATH BRIGADE, is already lurking behind the corner.

The band´s drummer Shannon Drye, who also made a short visit to the legendary Vengeance Rising during 2000-2001 behind the drumkit, talks about Avenger of Blood´s forthcoming 2nd album, how they got signed to Heavy Artillery Records – and overall enlightening us a bit more about all the plans they have for the future of the band  - plus, I couldn´t avoid inquiring Shannon´s involvement in Roger Martinez´s Vengeance Rising either… ;o)


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Marios of Nightrage

May 28th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Arne at Lifeforce Records for setting up this interview
Thanks to Lifeforce Records for the promo pictures of the new line-up of the band
Thanks to Ulrika Henriksson for the transcription

 

I hooked up with bandleader and master maniac Marios of the Swedish-Greek act Nightrage who just released their third album. The band has gone through a few member changes as well as label changes and on the new album it’s once again a new line-up.   


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Dying Fetus, Skinless, Cattle Decapitation, War From A Harlot’s Mouth – The Underworld, London

May 27th, 2007
by Hanntu

Dying Fetus, Skinless & Cattle Decapitation
with War From a Harlot’s Mouth

The Underworld, Camden, London, England
21st May 2007
Review and Live pics by HannTu

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Dimmu Borgir in NYC

May 21st, 2007
by Greg Shackles

Dimmu Borgir

Thursday April 26, 2007
Nokia Theater
New York City, NY

 

* Live review and photos by Shaq

 


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BLAZE BAYLEY – Blaze, ex-Iron Maiden, Wolfsbane

May 21st, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

BLAZE BAYLEY

BLAZE BAYLEY is best known as the man who, at their darkest hour, infused IRON MAIDEN with new passion and enthusiasm and bestowed his voice and songwriting talent to THE X FACTOR and VIRTUAL XI albums in 1995 and 1998 respectively, as well as the track "Virus" on the "Best of the Beast" compilation in 1996. Blaze’s career did, not begin nor end with IRON MAIDEN. The debut album, called LIVE FAST DIE FAST, of his first professional band, WOLFSBANE, was released in 1989. A second album, DOWN FALL THE GOOD GUYS, followed in 1991 and finally, after a live album called MASSIVE NOISE INJECTION in 1993, the band put out their final, selftitled, album in 1994. After diverging from the ranks of IRON MAIDEN, Blaze forged on with a new band simply called BLAZE and released, against great adversity, three studio albums, SILICON MESSIAH in 2000, TENTH DIMENSION in 2002 and BLOOD AND BELIEF in 2004, as well as a live album called AS LIVE AS IT GETS in 2003. By the year 2007, BLAZE has been transformed into BLAZE BAYLEY with the summer seeing the release of the very first DVD from the band. Hopefully later in the year a new studio album, as well as an extensive world tour, will also be forthcoming. Read on to learn what Blaze Bayley has to say about his ordeals and endeavours, past, present and future.

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND JARNO HUOVILA

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

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Masterplan and Hellfueled live at KB in Malmö Sweden

May 21st, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Masterplan
Special Guest to Saxon
Hellfueled
Support act


Kulturbolaget
Malmoe
Sweden
11/5 – 2007

Reviewed and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Daniele Liverani: A talk with the Genius Mastermind about his rock opera trilogy

May 20th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall


Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for setting up this interview
Thanks to Frontiers Records for the promo pictures

Daniele Liverani has finished off his rock opera trilogy with the third part of his Genius album. For those of you who are not familiar with the Italian musician and songwriter here is an interview that mostly focuses on his latest Genius opus. 

 


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Vindex – Ronnie König

May 19th, 2007
by EvilG

Vindex – Ronnie König
Interview by EvilG
All pics courtesy www.vindex.sk

One of the great things about being a reviewer for Metal-Rules.com is exposure to new bands that would otherwise slip under the radar. Thus we have an obligation to bring the same to our readers with new bands that are not on a big label, not getting big push from some PR company etc. Such is the case with this nice surprise from Slovakia in the form of Vindex. The band has been around for almost 7 years now and NO MIDDLE GROUND is their first for the Slovakian label Street Production. Their previous release, POWER FORGE, was from 2005. The style of metal found on NO MIDDLE GROUND is something fans of Grave Digger and Accept will love right away, especially for the vocal style. In this interview we speak to band leader / bassist Ronnie König about the band, what it’s like playing metal and trying to break out of Slovakia, and lots of other interesting stuff.

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Sigh – Mirai Kawashima

May 19th, 2007
by EvilG

Sigh – Mirai Kawashima
Interviewed By Hanntu

Japanese metal band (I can’t tell you what category they fit in, because honestly, there’s no genre name that’s wide enough for them.) Sigh are set to release their 7th full length studio album, HANGMAN’S HYMN, which should be released this summer. I caught up with Sigh’s frontman, keyboardist and founding member, Mirai Kawashima, who gave his eloquent and deep thoughts on the new album, crappy record labels, religion and tomato sauce.

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SUICIDAL ANGELS – Basist Sotiris

May 18th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Greek World Thrash Domination

 

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
 
 
Greece has seriously started to become a so-called ´hot bed´ in today´s metal scene – and not only for their breath-taking and enviable culture, wonderful weather and darn hot-looking women, but also for some blood-curdlingly killer Thrash Metal that also this band named Suicidal Angels from Athens, strongly represents for. 
 
Suicidal Angels have already made themselves known on the European continent for some years by playing around together with a bunch of international metal acts like Onslaught, Napalm Death, Tankard, Rotting Christ, etc. – and now they are preparing to play more shows with Master (US), Celtic Frist, Kreator and the infamous Polish bible bashers Behemoth. Also, Suicidal Angels signed to the Californian-based Old School Metal Records for not that long time ago – and the band´s debut full-lenght album, titled ETERNAL DOMINATION, should be out in June 2007. So prepare yourself for an aggressive old school Thrash Metal attack from these new kings of Thrash Metal that do what they can do best: Thrash like true maniacs like there´s no tomorrow. The band´s basist Sotiris reveals us kindly more about Suicidal Angel´s world domination…
 

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KEEP IT TRUE : The 13th & 14th of April Lauda-Köningshofen Germany

May 9th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

 

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