ATHEIST – Kelly Shaefer & Steve Flynn

September 17th, 2009
by Metal Rules

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Interview with ATHEIST´s Kelly Shaefer and Steve Flynn

Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Thanks to Andy Osborn for the transcription


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The Floridian jazz-tinged tech-deathsters Atheist, disbanded in 1994, but 12 years later, decided to resurrect the band back from the dead. Since then lots of things have happened for the band. Atheist signed to the French Season of Mist label (as well as Gnostic, featuring three members from the Atheist camp). Then they hired a young, but very talented rookie named Jonathan Thompson to play the second guitar in the band, and have done quite a lot of an intensive touring for the last couple of years – playing at as many festivals as possible, added with some well selected clubs gigs as well.

On August 15th 2009, Atheist finally hit the Finnish soil for the very first time during their whole history, performing an exclusive show at Jalometalli festival in Oulu, which many consider a true mecca for the Finnish metal. Just 2 hours before the show, I managed to hook up with both Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer and skin basher Steve Flynn, who both shedded some light on what´s going on in the Atheist camp at the moment – telling when people can expect a new album from them and so on.

So guys, to get started…


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MetalCamp 2009 – Tolmin, Slovenia, 02/07/2009 – 08/07/2009

September 17th, 2009
by Hanntu

Metal Camp 2009

Tolmin, Slovenia

2 July – 8 July 2009

All live pics by HannTu and Arto Lehtinen

Other pics by HannTu, Arto Lehtinen and Trease

Reviews by HannTu, Trease, Arto Lehtinen and Terry Douglas

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For the first time ever, Metal-Rules brings you coverage of the one and only true metal holiday in the world: Metal Camp in Slovenia. Be warned, there’s pages and pages of reviews, press conferences and especially tons of high quality pictures ahead; but what can you expect from a week long festival of sheer awesomeness? Read on, if you dare…



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Shane Clark of 3 Inches of Blood

September 16th, 2009
by Rick

 

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It’s probably fair to say that 3 Inches of Blood are one of the most original Metal acts of the past six or seven years. Though they borrow a little bit from here and there, they still manage to have their own transcendent sound. With deadly anthems and a powerful sonic onslaught, they are the purveyors of pure North American Metal. Recently Shane Clark, guitarist extraordinaire, spoke to Metal Rules about their latest opus.

 

Interview By Alan Gilkeson

 

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Sekond Skyn – George Pond

September 14th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview with George Pond

Conducted By Robert Williams

New Jersey hard rocker’s Sekond Skyn are currently hitting the road with veteran rockers Living Colour in support of the new album "Addicted To Chaos" Having previously cemented themselves in the live front opening up for national acts like Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax and Machione Head among many others; the band is now poised to tap into the international market with an appearance on an upcoming European hard rock compilation. Bassist George Pond fills us in on how an unsigned band was able to ink a deal with Viacom and have their music featured on popular television programs, adding some beef to a Men At Work classic, working with Danny Schuler of Biohazard, and all things related to the new album "Addicted To Chaos"

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Hail at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark 2009

September 14th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Hail

Swolk

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

7/9 – 2009

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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POISONBLACK guitarist Janne Markus and bassist Antti Remes

September 13th, 2009
by Metal Rules

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Interview with POISONBLACK guitarist Janne Markus and bassist Antti Remes

Interview by Niko Karppinen

Live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen


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Sometimes things happen in fast and unexpected ways. I wasn’t ready for an interview with Poisonblack at all, but suddenly in the middle of their touring, I had a chance to talk with guitarist Janne Markus and bassist Antti Remes. We had a somewhat hectic interview session, so we talked… talked about… Just wait! I need to take my pills in the right order. DONE! So yeah, just go on and read some more about this  relentless and rockin´ Finnish bunch so that you know what’s going on in the Poisonblack-camp these days.

 

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TESTAMENT – Guitarist Eric Peterson

September 13th, 2009
by Metal Rules

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Interview with TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson

Interview + pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

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Testament have been touring their ass off ever since their excellent comeback album, THE FORMATION OF DAMNATION, was released in 2008. They have done many headlining tours of their own during 2008-2009, this including playing as a part of “Priest East” together with the mighty Judas Priest and Megadeth on their UK tour in February 2009 – and overall just working really hard touring-wise to keep the band´s name on people lips the best they can.

Testament also played at Ankkarock festival in Finland on August 2nd and were very well received there by the fans. After their gig I met a tired Eric Peterson briefly in Testament´s dressing room, and he was kind enough to tell what´s still in store for Testament for the remaining months of this ongoing year…


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The Devil’s Blood – Selim Lemouchi

September 10th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

THE DEVIL’S BLOOD

 Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

The Dutch occult combo The Devil’s Blood have gained both interest and attention with mysterious classic sounding hard rock elements. The band is heavily influenced by 60/70’s psychedelic hard rock and has doomy metallic elements involved as well. The most recent output called THE TIME OF NO TIME EVERMORE has seen the light of day or the dark of night. Therefore it was a good moment to interview a mysterious member Selim Lemouchi who tells more about  the world of The Devil’s Blood.

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Cede Dupont of Symphorce and Downspirit

September 9th, 2009
by EvilG

Cede Dupont of Symphorce and Downspirit

Interview by EvilG

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Cede Dupont will be most known to fans of Symphorce, and of course Freedom Call (a band he was a part of from 2001-2005). Cede is also launching a brand new band called Downspirit in which he explores his hard rock and blues roots a little deeper. In this interview we discuss his new band and get the latest from him on what’s happening with Symphorce.

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Solitude Aeturnus / Candlemass – Robert Lowe

September 8th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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THE VOICE OF DOOM METAL – ROBERT LOWE

The singer of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Antaura Zed

Robert Lowe has fronted the mighty Texas doom metal legends Solitude Aeturnus since the early 90’s and gained a respectable status as one of the greatest metal vocalists. Back in 2007 when the Swedish doom metal giant Candlemass were struggling with a vocalist problem again, looking for a suitable vocalist – an unexpected rescue came from the other side of the world. When Robert Lowe teamed up with Candlemass, he had a big task to convince old Candlemass fans. The second album with Robert Lowe as a frontman of Candlemass entitled “Death Magic Doom” is an perfect masterpiece in the doom metal genre. Before Candlemass took to the stage, I had the great opportunity of talking about Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass.  (The interview was conducted during the Tuska festival time).

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HIRAX – Katon W. De Pena & Glenn Rogers

September 7th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Katon W. De Pena and Glenn Rogers

Conducted by Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy of Sandra Torres

 

Longtime thrash metal assassins Hirax recently embarked on a mini tour of the Lonestar State; performing for die hard thrashers in Houston, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas before taking the metal to the masses outside the US where the band will play to large crowds of rabid thrash metal maniacs in Chile, Argentina and Puerto Rico.

On the immediate horizon for the band looms the upcoming "El Rostro De La Muerte" release. An album that you will learn pushed the band to their very limits to produce. I recently had the chance to talk metal with vocalist Katon W. De Pena and guitarist Glenn Rogers about the new album, adventures when touring abroad, and much more. It would be a difficult task to find two more friendly and genuine headbangers than Katon and Glenn. You really get the sense that they are as eager to talk metal with you and learn about your local metal scene as vice-versa. Later that same evening I witnessed firsthand the intensity and breakneck speed of Hirax in concert. If you are lucky enough to have Hirax come to your area; take my word for it and catch them live. You will not be disappointed…You may have to schedule a visit to your chiropractor afterwards from all of the headbanging however…

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VoiVod – Michel “Away” Langevin

August 29th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova

Pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcripted by Antaura Zed

 

The legendary Canadian Voivod have been crisscorssed Europe during the summer of 2009 doing a number of festival dates. The four piece made their first and highly anticipated visit to Finland at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu. It was therefore time to talk to the band’s soul and visonary Michel Langevin (aka Away) about the band’s most recent album INFINI. They albed just recently saw the light of day and has received positive reactions. Away sheds more light on the future of Voivod, talks about the new album, and takes a glance at the past.


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Tuska Open Air 2009

August 29th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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TUSKA 2009

by Arto Lehtinen

As everyone who was there still recalls, last year’s Tuska was an outstanding and brilliant event in several ways. Several great headliners literally crowned the event last year when Morbid Angel and Slayer unleashed and utter maelstrom resulting in a ballistic reaction amongst the audience. Besides the younger generation was absolutely thrilled about having an opportunity to witness Killswitch Engage. Topping the previous year is always a complex task for any organization of any festival. Obviously the Tuska organization may have faced a problem to top the previous events as the 2009 line-up didn’t look that tempting and convicting on paper. However, there were true highlights and and long awaited names in the line-up. It felt somehow that  these bands didn’t bring the metallic pleasure enough for the crowd. As with much recent news items, the global economic depression is a factor that impacts these large metal festivals and secondly it has to be pointed out that several mainstream rock festivals have been eager to book metal bands to the line-up, at least here in Finland. It is kind of weird to see, for example, Testament playing at a mainstream rock festival, whereas Tuska is supposed to be a metal festival even a few Japanese hara-kiri j-rock pokemon rock combos were there and of course Volbeat.


The audience have obviously realized the low offering of the Tuska festival because of any single day was not sold out. According to sources, some 9000 metalheads visited the area every day. Apparently that number is a little bit exaggerated. This year’s Tuska article is a little bit different compared to other years. There are a few clear points as some of bands didn’t present a metal approach that much, especially the Japanese ones, and one Danish band. Here is the shorter review of the fest to see and feel what Tuska offered this year.

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Hearse – Max Thornell

August 27th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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It is time again to talk to one of the members in the Swedish Death  and Roll band Hearse. This time I had the pleasure to talk with drummer Max Thornell about the band. We talked about all things you need to know like the band, live shows, the new album, label and much, much more.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks so much to The Boss of Vic Records Roel van Reijmersdal for help with the interview

Thanks to Vic Records for the promo pictures of the band

 

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Saidian singer – Markus “Engel” Engelfried

August 26th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

 

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When I had the opportunity to hear the new third album EVERCIRCLE by Saidian I was amazed and felt like I simply had to have a chat with the singer Markus “Engel” Engelfried. If you like German melodic power metal this definitely a band for you.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Lars Chriss at Blistering Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Blistering Records for the promo pictures of the band

 

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