Dave Silver of Savage Messiah

July 4th, 2008
by Jason Petrochko

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INTERVIEW WITH DAVE SILVER

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JUDAS PRIEST: Swedenrock press conference

July 3rd, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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Every metalhead around the world is aware of the achievements of Judas Priest having forged their true British steel in the metal world since the early 70′s. The mighty Judas Priest headlined the second day of the Swedenrock festival at the beginning of June. Before the metal gods rose on the stage under dark black skies to unleash prophecies of Nostradamus in front of 30.000 lawbreakers, they sat down in front of enthusiastic heavy metal press maniacs who expressed questions in a rapid fire sequence. Because this was a press conference where press staff from various countries attended, the questions dealt with many issues. Here we go freewheel burning… enjoy ! 

By Arto "Jawbreaker" Lehtinen and Marko "Turbo Lover" Syrjälä

Transcription by David Groves  


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Judas Priest – Icehall, Helsinki on June 3rd 2008

July 3rd, 2008
by Luxi Lahtinen

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JUDAS PRIEST – Icehall, Helsinki, Finland June 3rd 2008

Concert review and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen


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Luke James of Fatal

June 30th, 2008
by Jason Petrochko

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INTERVIEW WITH LUKE JAMES

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 From Fatal’s MySpace:

"Thrashing, Shredding, Air Guitar, Nattys, Head Banging, Bong Rips, BBQ’s, Skateboarding, and Womanizing. If any of this sounds appealing to you, come kick some ass with us." Read on for a Q-n-A with vocalist/guitarist Luke James.

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Napalm Death,Warbringer and Suffocation at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark 2008

June 30th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Napalm Death – Headline

Campaign For Musical Destruction

European Tour 2008

Warbringer – Special Guest

Suffocation – Support Act

The Rock

Copenhagen 5/6 – 2008

Denmark

 

Reviewed and Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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SWEDENROCK 2008

June 28th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL

Solvesborg 4-7.07 2008

 

Once again it is time for the annual march to Swedenrock.  This is the eighth time in a row that the beavis and butthead duo of the Finnish Metal-Rules team made an invasion on the mighty Swedenrock festival. All in all over 70 bands had been booked for the Swedenrock festival that turned out to be nothing but an utter blast from the beginning to the end! The bill of Swedenrock festival 2008 covered extreme metal to classic rock with stuff such as Carcass to Triumph and of course everything between. Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended the festival. As a tradition the whole festival was once again sold out when approximately 37,000 people arrived at the area every day. The Swedenrock festival has always had tremendous luck with the weather every year. Once again the gods and goddesses of the weather had given their blessing for this rocking metallic heaven on the earth with an extreme hot and sunny weekend that burned red the skin of several festival visitors. As mentioned in the first sentence, this is the eighth time in a row when the Swedenrock festival 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 Swedenrock. However we are not able to cover every goddamn bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading exprience… Enjoy !!!

REPORT AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN

Additonal reporting by Jarno Huovila


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Erez Yohanan of Amaseffer

June 25th, 2008
by Jason Petrochko

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INTERVIEW WITH EREZ YOHANAN

THANKS TO JON FREEMAN @ SPV USA / Insideout USA

 

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Helloween in Australia

June 25th, 2008
by Brat

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Twenty three years after the release of their first album power metal’s forefathers finally grace the shores of the land DownUnder. 

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Dio and Fatal Smile in Malmoe Sweden 2008

June 25th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Dio – Headline

Holy Diver Europe Tour 2008

Fatal Smile – Support

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

2/6 – 2008

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Dave Gorsuch of Insanity

June 24th, 2008
by Jason Petrochko

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DAVE GORUSH OF INSANITY

Interview by David Leslie

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Insanity was formed in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area and unleashed some of the most intensely brutal death metal of that time.

Insanity drummer, Bud Mills, was one of the first drummers to use the 1-1 drum beat that was faster than any thrash beat used at the time. The vocalist/guitarist Joe DeZuniga roared out some of the most powerful and brutal death metal vocals to be heard since. He was also one of the main songwriter’s and the artist that created the logo with the decapitated heads. The other guitarist/songwriter Dave Gorsuch seemed to push the style of guitar riffs to a more technical edge while mixing in stomping heavy parts with catchy tempo changes. With Joe’s style progressing in that direction as well, it proved to be a great partnership and the two would go on to collaborate on most of the early material. The last element to send the music over the edge was a ripping bass player and Keith Ellison played like a death metal version of Steve Harris.

The first show was played on Oct. 19th 1985 with Death and Sacrilege and the band maintained a frenzied pit the whole set, which was admittedly short because the band only had five songs at the time. Insanity then went on to play with many of the other great bands that played Ruthies Inn including the likes of Possessed.

Meanwhile a live rehearsal tape that was recorded with a stereo microphone was being circulated and an underground following was growing in countries around the world. About 1986 the underground scene was really growing and a number of fanzines were coming out with Insanity always getting one of the best reviews and urging readers to send for the 85 rehearsal demo as the first recording came to be known. After that everything seemed to be on the right track.

But this did not last long, after having problems with equipment and finding a rehearsal studio, Bud had to serve about 10 month’s of jail time. During this time the only productive thing the band could do was to write new material. So while we were preparing to record in a studio upon Bud’s release so we could finally get signed, Joe became ill with a heart disease. The band recorded one last rehearsal tape with Joe after a temporary release from the hospital but it was evident that some of his vocal power was gone due to the illness. Several months later after a long up and down battle Joe DeZuniga died on May 16th 1987.

After a long break the rest of us tried to keep the band going, but we couldn’t find a singer with Joe’s vocal strength and more problems we’re yet to come including a number of line up changes for a number of different reason’s that kept the band from doing anything significant for a while. Driven by the ´never-say-die´ attitude of the band and the support of the most devoted fans, the band was reformed in 1989. After a few years of struggling with a couple of line-up changes, Insanity signed a one-year deal with a German independent record label and released the debut DEATH AFTER DEATH. Unfortunately the band was not complete when labels such as Nuclear Blast offered to sign the band. Although there wasn’t that much difference between Nuclear Blast and M.B.R. at that time. It would have signicantly changed the band’s career if things happened differently.

Insanity played live numerous times in 1993-94 with the most notable show being at the Omni with the reformed Possessed (Mike Torrao has been a good friend of Insanity since 1985) & Machine Head. After the drummer Prakash Sharma’s back problems became a problem as well as the local scene sucking the band took a break in late ’94.

In 1997, the band reformed and Insanity began working on new material resulting in a 3-song CD SACREFIXION. Unfortunately differences in expectations strained relations between band members and this line up broke up in late 2001.

After setting up a professional recording system powerful enough of to finish the long awaited 2nd album, In 2004 Dave was contacted by Matt Harvey from Exhumed about releasing a compilation of old school Insanity recordings done from 1985 to 1994 on his new label Parasitic Twin Productions. Since distribution was being set up with Relapse along with the Exhumed CD of covers, the decision was made to delay the release of the 2nd full length to work on the compilation CD for Parasitic Twin. This was released in November of 2005 with the title FROM THE GRAVE. It features 3 remastered songs off the ’85 demo, the DEATH AFTER DEATH release, and new mixes of updated songs originally tracked on the bands 8-track in 1993-94.

From August 25th-28th 2005 Insanity completed a mini-tour of California with Exhumed, Abscess & Skarp re-sparking interest in the band in the Bay Area and Southern California. After playing more local shows and regenerating a local following, In 2007 the band welcomed original drummer Bud Mills back as Insanity played a ripping set at the Los Angeles Murderfest where the band shared the main stage with the likes of Repulsion, Atheist and Obituary.

In the summer of 2007 as the band was preparing to record and preparing for shows in Northern and Southern California, Bud was diagnosed with blood clots. After more tests cancer was discovered and it turned out to be Esophageal cancer stage 4. After receiving a few rounds of chemotherapy and fighting a very tough battle for months, we lost Bud on November 14th 2007. The pre-production tracks Bud recorded are being mixed and will be released in the near future on the VISIONS OF APOCALYPSE album. The band will also be putting out a DVD featuring Bud’s last show (the L.A. Murderfest @ the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA) among some bootleg live footage and a few videos including FIRE DEATH FATE ’85 featuring Joe DeZuniga.

As far as playing live, the band is just starting to play with drummers and guitarists and hopes to announce a new complete line up soon!


(NOTE! The introductional part was taken from the official Insanity Myspace site!*) 

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Candlemass – Leif Edling

June 21st, 2008
by Robert Williams

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Interview and photography by Robert Williams

 

Candlemass recently embarked upon their first tour of the U.S. in seventeen years playing 16 dates stateside in support of the “King of The Grey Islands” album. The last time the band had toured the United States in 1991 they were accompanied with Texas Doom Metal icons Solitude Aeturnus. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

How fitting it is, that after the bitter split from longtime vocalist Messiah Marcolin, Candlemass returned to the Lone Star state with Solitude Aeturnus vocalist Robert Lowe as the new singer for Candlemass.

 

The band played a 90 minute set draped in fog and lights that featured a broad repertoire consisting of the vast treasure chest that is the Candlemass back catalogue, and momentarily dipped into last years “King of The Grey Islands” album. There was a small crowd of ecstatic fans and well wishers gathered to see the band in an intimate club setting.

 

After the concert I had the opportunity to catch up with Candlemass bassist and figurehead Leif Edling and talk metal with him for the better part of twenty minutes. Leif was in an incredibly optimistic mood, given that his past vocalist troubles are behind him, and confident that upon the next visit overseas Candlemass will be playing to a packed house. After the awe-inspiring set from the Doom Metal legends, I would definitely have to agree…

 

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Cris McCarthy of Silent Scream

June 20th, 2008
by Jason Petrochko

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST CRIS McCARTHY

Interviewed by David Leslie

 

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Underground legends NOKTURNEL: Tom Stevens speaks out!

June 18th, 2008
by Luxi Lahtinen

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Tom Stevens of NOKTURNEL

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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Tom Stevens, originally from East Rutherford, New Jersey, is a true warrior for oldschool thrash/death metal. He formed his first band Savage Death in 1985, did two kinda cult-ish underground demos (MASS GENOCIDE in 1985 and CRUCIFIED IN HELL in 1986) before the band called it quits. After that, it was the time for his second band, Nokturnel, which he formed together with Erik Young and Martin O´Connor in 1989. Two demos (YOU DON´T HAVE A CHANCE in 1990 and WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY in 1991) , one album (NOTHING BUT HATRED in 1993) and one 7-inch EP (ANTI GRUNGE in 1994) later, the band went on hiatus. Steve, however, kept moving on, and was recruited to Incantation for almost 2 years, plus also had some other temporary band activities going on for quite some time (live session slots in both Ripping Corpse and Morpheus Descends – not to forget Brimstone/Exile either, which he recorded BLACKENED REWARDS OF BLASPHEMY demo in 1997 with).

Tom decided to pull Nokturnel out from its icy grave in 1999, having Tophetarath from Fog/Hordes of the Lunar Eclipse handling the drums and Lee Ribera (Death of Millions ) n bass. The band´s second album, titled FURY UNLEASHED, was released through Tom´s own label, Nocturnal Eclipse in 2001, and was relatively well received amongst the fans of true underground thrash/death metal.

Tom and Chad Walls (on drums) are currently working with new material for Nokturnal – and this is where I leave further talking to Tom about the whole history from Savage Death up to the current activities of Nokturnel.

Be sure to read the interview as Tom´s skills as a real storyteller are unquestionable after you have read this lenghty and in-depth interview about him, and about all his bands he has been involved with for in the past years.          

 

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Agnostic Front – Tavastia Helsinki Finland

June 15th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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 AGNOSTIC FRONT

Live at TAVASTIA May 4th, 2008

HELSINKI FINLAND

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Dream Evil / Conquest of Steel – The Underworld, London

June 12th, 2008
by Hanntu

DREAM EVIL

and CONQUEST OF STEEL

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Live at The Underworld, London

29th May 2008

Live pics and review by HannTu

Summer has apparently begun in the UK, but I guess someone forgot to tell Mr Rain that. The only thing that could cheer anyone up on that drizzly, cold and windy Thursday evening was a good dose of pure, uncomplicated and cheesy heavy metal. Would the Swedes deliver, or would they fall as flat as the weather did? Read on…


 

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