Feb 2nd, 2007
February 24th, 2007
February 22nd, 2007
Neil Turbin was the original singer of Anthrax on their debut album FISTFUL OF METAL. In addition to co-writing the FISTFUL OF METAL album, he also contributed such thrash anthems as "Armed and Dangerous", "Raise Hell" and "Gung-Ho" for both the EP ï¿½ARMED AND DANGEROUS and SPREADING THE DISEASE. More recently Neil has released a solo album called THREATCON DELTA and is currently working on an album titled A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH with his new band called Deathriders with lead guitarists Steve McKnight and Kurt James, bassist Sandy Vasquez and drummer Chris Moore.
Stay Metal Thrashing Mad!
February 15th, 2007
Blessed Death guitarists Nick Fiorentino and Jeff Anderson
Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
Talking about an underrated Thrash Metal band, New Jersey thrashers Blessed Death might well be one of those bands that recorded a couple of albums (KILL OR BE KILLED on Megaforce in 1985 and DESTINED FOR EXTINCTION on Roadrunner in 1987) in the ´80s -and almost vanished away from the metal scene without leaving any traces behind. It´s fair to say that Blessed Death managed to built up a solid fanbase in all those years they were spreading their unique Thrash-havoc everywhere on the globe.
The year 2006 had almost come to an end and surprisingly, like a bolt from a crystal-clear sky, a ´new´ Blessed Death album, titled HOUR OF PAIN, hit the markets. HOUR OF PAIN (which was originally supposed to titled BORN TO DIE) is actually that Blessed Death´s 3rd unreleased album that many knew they recorded, but it was never released… until now. What happened then? What killed the band eventually?
I got in touch with the original Blessed Death guitarists Nick Fiorentino and Jeff Andersen through the official Blessed Death forum, and an opportunity to interview the guys popped up. As the interest was already there for the interview, both Nick and Jeff agreed to do it for Metal-Rules.com. Read all about why Blessed Death split up in the beginning of ´90s, why it took 16 years to get their 3rd full-lenght album released, what are the chances for a Blessed Death reunion, what both Nick and Jeff think of today´s metal scene - and many other topics as well.
Ok, now let´s get started with…
February 9th, 2007
Bassist James Rinker
Interviewed by EvilG
Shadow Demon are one of the more exciting new REAL metal bands to emerge from the US in a long time. The blend of thrash, melody, and power metal is presented seamlessly and will please fans of such bands as Persuader, Iced Earth and Testament. If this were the late 80’s, many might call this power metal, but today that term often refers to something else. Shadow Demon are more of an old school thrash band with vocals that are gruff yet melodic. When you dig beneath the surface of their brand of thrash, there is aggressive power metal and traditional metal to be found.
February 7th, 2007
Black Stone Cherry & Econoline Crush
***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland
February 3rd, 2007
Rusty Cooley, man of few words, but of many notes! If you are a fan of shred guitar and prog/power metal, you should already be well aware of who Rusty is and of his great band Outworld. I spoke to Rusty about playing, teaching, endorsements, the new singer situation, and goals of the band.
February 3rd, 2007
By Arto Lehtinen
The legendary British grind core mongers, Napalm Death, haven’t visited Finland for years. The last time Napalm Death did a show, their guitarist, now late, Jesse Pintado was still in the ranks sharing the guitar duties on the stage. For some weird reason, only a little bit over 100 maniacs had crawled out to testify the show back then. Years passed by till January 2007 when the grind core legends from Birgiham returned to the soil of Finland to cause an ultimate grinding rampage for the four date tour cross Finland. Of course, it was extremely thrilling to witness app. 600 true fans of grind core out to see Napalm Death in the middle of the week.
As usual a couple of Finnish bands had been booked to open and support on the tour. Frankly both the bands fit the bill more than perfectly.
February 3rd, 2007
Interview with Peso and Flegias
by Arto Lehtinen
It was about time to talk to the Italian blackthrashers, Necrodeath’s drummer Peso and vocalist Flegias, about the most recent output called 100% HELL. The Italian four piece has undergone some line-up changes as long time and founding member Claudio pulled out, whose interviews can be found here (2001) and here (2004).
Necrodeath’s music should appeal to all extreme metal fans as the band’s tight and aggressive black-thrash assault is like a brutal slap to the face. The most recent album is another excellent masterpiece from these Italian extreme metal mongers. Enjoy the interview…
February 2nd, 2007
It is time, once again, to talk with legendary singer Zinny Zan about his act Zan Clan’s new live album “Kickz The Livin Shit ….Outta Stockholm City” recorded early last year. We also talked about Zan’s old band Easy Action that recently reunited for a few gigs here in Sweden.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Chris Laney for providing me with promo pics of the new Zan Clan line-up
Promo pictures taken by: Uffe Magnusson
February 2nd, 2007
Sharlee D’Angelo of Arch Enemy
Interviewed and pics by Anders Sandvall
I met up with bass player Sharlee D’Angelo of Arch Enemy as he, and the band, were about to kick off the Scandinavian part of the “Close Up Made Us Do It” tour in Malmö Sweden. Unfortunately, the interview was brief, but here is what Sharlee and I talked about.
January 31st, 2007
POSSESSED´s Jeff Becerra & SADISTIC INTENT´s Rick Cortez
Interviews + Sadistic Intent live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
What happened to Sadistic Intent, some of you may wonder silently in your minds. The band was working with their THE SECOND COMING OF DARKNESS debut full-lenght album in 2002, but when things really start to go badly wrong, they do – and nothing can stop them going wrong. That was Sadistic Intent´s unfortunate faith with their 1st attempts to get the album recorded back in the day; everything ended up for a real mess.
However, as long as there´s some hope left, almost anything can be expected, even the second coming of Sadistic Intent. And talking about these so-called ´2nd comings´, Possessed´s sort of ´second coming´ has been going on for a while already. Namely the band members of Sadistic Intent have been currently been doing one-off shows with Jeff Benjamin Becerra, playing classic Possessed songs in Europe, in the States, and in Mexico with a huge enthusiasm. It all started with a special reunion show of Possessed that took place at Wacken festival in August 2007. At the same time, Sadistic Intent played one-off gig in Hamburg, Germany - actually the day after the Wacken weekend, together with the Dutch old school Death Metal masters Pentacle.
Since Possessed´s special Wacken performance and Sadistic Intent´s show at Ballroom in Hamburg last year, lots of things have happened. Read all about these things – amongst other very interesting plans both Sadistic Intent and Possessed have in their sleeves about a number of things. Both Jeff Becerra of Possessed and Rick Cortez of Sadistic Intent, opened slightly their private boxes of secrets for Metal-Rules.com… ENJOY! ;o)
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January 30th, 2007
By: Anders Sandvall
January 27th, 2007
Monterrey Metal Fest III
Pics by German “Gallo” Garcia
Tags: BLIND GUARDIAN, BLUDGEON, Cathedral, DEICIDE, Edguy, Herenwen, Joe Stump, LEAVES EYES, MALIGNO, Monterrey Metal Fest, OBITUARY, Sadus, SOULS OF FIRE, U.D.O., VAINGLORY
January 25th, 2007
Paul Bostaph is a true professional and one of the best drummers on today’s metal music scene. Paul’s career started in the late eighties as a member of U.S thrashers Forbidden and over the years he has played with such bands as Testament, Systematic and Slayer for which he recorded four albums between 1993- 2003. In 2005 Paul joined legendary Bay Area band Exodus and later in the same year he made his recording debut with the band on SHOVEL HEADED KILL MACHINE. Exodus has now been on tour for over a year and last December the band returned to Helsinki. I met Paul on their tour bus prior to their show at Club Tavastia and here are the results of our interesting discussion.
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
TRANSCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN
January 24th, 2007
DAVID COVERDALE & DOUG ALDRICH
David & Doug came over to Europe on last November to do a promotional tour supporting band’s recently released "Live.. In The Shadow Of The Blues" live album. What made this promo tour extremely cool was the fact that in addition of doing tons of interviews Doug and David spoiled their fans with playing selected acoustic gigs and Swedenrock Rock kick off party in Stockholm was luckily one of those places. There are lot’s of activity in Whitesnake camp and which is the most important thing is the news that band is currently working on brand new studio album, bands first in ten years, which should be released on next summer.
INTERVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA
TRANSCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN