TOXIK – Brian V Bonini and Josh Christian

April 20th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

How many of you still remembers Toxik which put out two albums in the end of the 80′s when thrash/speed metal was raging all around the world ?! As usual several thrash/speed bands having out put a couple of albums in the end of the decade usually vanished from the scene without leaving any trace just like Toxik. Now this melodic thrash speed combo has returned to the limelight. Both WORLD CIRCUS and THINK THIS have been out of print for years, but Displeased will be re-issueing both the album with bonus material within the year. Toxik will be seen on the European soil in the upcoming KEEP IT TRUE festival. It was about time to ask both Brian Bonini and Josh Christian about the past and the present of Toxik. 


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SONATA ARCTICA – Interview With Vocalist Tony Kakko

April 17th, 2007
by EvilG


SONATA ARCTICA
Interview With Vocalist Tony Kakko

Interviewed by EvilG
Transcription by Tony Wilson

All Live photos by Brat
Taken at Rock To The River Festival
Imatra, Finland / 12 & 13 August 2006


 

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This Godless Endeavor: Staying Metal In The War Zone (#3)

April 17th, 2007
by EvilG

After the posting of 2 columns from Alex, we received a response from another metalhead in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Iraq, Mustafa. The difference this time is that he’s not a soldier but a citizen living in Iraq! We asked Mustafa if we could post his message and asked if he’d like to add anything else…below are his words. We think it’s very cool to know that there are ‘brothers of metal’ even in Iraq so we’d like to give our readers the opportunity to hear what it is like to be a metalhead in this kind of a situation. It should put into perspective little things like being unable to find a certain CD or the release that costs a couple of bucks too much. Thank the metal gods we don’t all have to struggle though a situation like Mustafa finds himself in.

If you have any questions on the column, send them here.


 

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CELTIC FROST – Tom G. Warrior

April 17th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Interview with Tom G. Warrior

Interview & live/off-stage  pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Celtic Frost stopped by  Helsinki on 4th of April 2007, as a part of their co-headlining “Monotheist” tour with the German pioneer thrashers Kreator. Tour openers also included the Swedish blacksters Watain whose most primary task was, I guess, to warm up the night before the headliners jumped on the stage. The Tavastia Club show was completely sold-out, just like many of their other shows have been on this European tour thus far.

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I met briefly the legendary Celtic Frost frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) at one cozy-looking, 5-star hotel in the downtown of Helsinki about 5 hours prior to showtime. Tom seemed to be in a good and friendly mood for the interview. A friendly handsake, some chit-chat talking for starters - and both of us were relaxed enough, ready for discussing more.

 

We naturally discussed their ongoing tour, curfews, Giger, the band´s latest album MONOTHEIST, DVD plans and so on.

 


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PARADISE LOST Nick Holmes & Greg MacIntosh

April 16th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

Nick Holmes and Greg MacIntosh

Interview by Marko Syrjala

The British doom metal band Paradise Lost is one the most succesfull and best known bands from its genre. The band was originally formed in 1988 in Halifax and their debut album "Lost Paradise" was released in early 1990. During the following years they released such classic metal albums as "Icon", "Draconian Times" and "One Second". After a a couple of more "experimental" albums, like "Host" in 1999, the band returned back to their metal roots with "Symbol of Life" which continued from where they left off with "One Second" in 1997. Years have gone by and now we are living in 2007. Paradise Lost are just about to release their brand new album "In Requiem" in May and the first single release "The Enemy" is already out in most European countries. Readers who are willing to find details about the new album would be disappointed because this interview was done some months ago while the band was still in the midst of their recording process for that upcoming album. The band visited Finland last year and here are the results of my lenghty conversation with Nick and Greg backstage at Club Tavastia in Helsinki. CHEERS !!

 

Transcription by Andy Osborn

Pictures by Marko Syrj�l� and www.paradiselost.co.uk

   

 

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Vince Neil in Libertyville, Illinois

April 14th, 2007
by Rick

Vince Neil
The Fuel Room at Austin’s Saloon and Eatery
Libertyville, Illinois
March 22, 2007

Review and Pics by J.M.

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Kreator Celtic Frost Watain : The 4th Of April, Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

April 13th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Kreator / Celtic Frost
Watain

Tavastia Club
The 4th of April 2007
Helsinki, Finland

Both Kreator and Celtic Frost have had, and still have, a major impact on how several different types of metal genres have started and been moulded. Therefore two metal icons or legends on the same bill was as mesmerizing an experience as seeing three Teutonic thrash metal veterans on the same bill back in 2002.  Even though Metal-Rules.com’s British writer had recently attended the show in London, the whole tour is such a historical event in the extreme metal genre that it can’t be ignored. It would be an utter blasphemy to ignore these two extreme metal icons who had released outstanding and remarkable outputs.

The Dutch thrashers Legion Of The Damned had been one of the opening acts on the Central European leg of the tour but unfortunately were never able to arrive at Northernmost territories. However the Dutch thrashers will be witnessed at next summer’s Tuska in Helsinki. However the Swedish black metal outfit Watain was on the bill, for those the Helsinki show was apparently the last one on the tour.


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StraightHate – Vocalist Panos Agoros

April 13th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Elanna Safarika

The Greek metal scene has always revolved around the black metal genre since the late 80′s. However during this decade the red hot country in the abyss of Europe has started turning out more and more different kinds of metal bands. For example StraightHate, who stand for extreme brutal grinding death metallic sonictorture. This five piece draws influences from grind core/death metal and other genres to their music. The band’s vocalist Panos Agoros tells a little bit more about StraightHate’s world such as their new albums and influences.


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No Mercy Festival – Moonspell / Napalm Death / Behemoth / Dew-Scented / Root / Hades Lab

April 12th, 2007
by EvilG

No Mercy Festival
KOKO Camden, London
10th April 2007

Moonspell / Napalm Death / Behemoth / Dew-Scented / Root / Hades Lab

Review and pics by HannTu

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Marty Friedman

April 12th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Marty Friedman
April, 2007

 

 

 

 

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Virgin Black – Rowan London

April 11th, 2007
by EvilG


Virgin Black
Interview with Rowan London: Vocals, piano & keyboard; songwriter

Interview by Chaosankh
Tuesday April 3, 2007
Thanks to Adrian Bromley at The End Records for Coordinating

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G3 2007: Joe Satriani / John Petrucci / Paul Gilbert

April 10th, 2007
by Rick

G3 2007: Joe Satriani / John Petrucci / Paul Gilbert
Friday, April 6, 2007
Orpheum Theatre
Boston, MA USA

Review By Mortuai

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Marty Friedman with Area 54

April 10th, 2007
by EvilG

Area 54 / Marty Friedman
The Underworld, Camden, London, England

2nd April 2007

Review and pics by HannTu

 

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Killswitch Engage / DragonForce / Chimaira Live In Vancouver: March 28, 2007

April 9th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Killswitch Engage / DragonForce / Chimaira
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
PNE Forum
Vancouver, BC  Canada

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


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Cannibal Corpse : The 16 of March, Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

April 7th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Cannibal Corpse
Disavowed
The 16th of March 2007
Helsinki Finland
Nosturi Club

By Arto Lehtinen

Cannibal Corpse have managed to create a lethal, but loyal fanbase in Finland which has increased tremendously since the five piece’s first visit back in 1998. The gore death metallers have become regular visitors to Finland as most of their long tours have reached the northern territories. The show at Nosturi proved a tremendous success of Cannibal Corpse in Finland as the show was totally sold out in advance


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