Steel Panther

April 9th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres  

Disclaimer: The following video contains some explicit language and may not be suitable for some viewers. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of metal-rules.com and the metal-rules.com staff.

In other words…please be advised there is some mudslinging and / or foul language.

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AMON AMARTH – guitarist Olavi Mikkonen

April 9th, 2009
by Hanntu

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Interview with guitarist Olavi Mikkonen

Interview conducted and transcribed by HannTu

Amon Amarth finally return to the UK on a headlining tour, on the back of an unbelievably good seventh studio album, TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GODS, and I was eager to get some of the guys’ thoughts. I got to speak to Olavi Mikkonen, one of their two guitarists. His English wasn’t amazing, but he was friendly and very good-natured, great to speak to.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE – Mr. Hammer Smashed Bass ALEX WEBSTER

April 8th, 2009
by Hanntu

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Interview conducted and transcribed by HannTu

Alex Webster is one of the most well-known and respected musicians in the metal genre, and despite being the founding member and principal songwriter of one of the most influential and popular bands in death metal, he’s supremely down to earth and friendly. We had a great long chat about Cannibal Corpse’s new album EVISCERATION PLAGUE (already shaping up to be one of the better death metal releases of 2009) and about his personal approach to his music and his passion, Cannibal Corpse.

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Blaze Bayley – The Tour That Will Not Die at The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark

April 8th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

Blaze Bayley

The Tour That Will Not Die

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

19/3 – 2009


 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Metallica / Machine Head / The Sword – O2 Arena, London

April 8th, 2009
by Hanntu

METALLICA

with MACHINE HEAD and THE SWORD

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O2 Arena, London

28th March 2009

Live review by HannTu

Live pics courtesy of Enda Madden


Metallica return to the O2 Arena in London for the third time in a matter of months, their last visit a mere three weeks ago. The DEATH MAGNETIC tour has taken them around the world, but London must be pretty special to get two dates to itself.

The O2 itself is a magnificent arena, and the concept of having the stage in the centre surrounded by the fans is brilliant, allowing the band to wander all around and for the fans to get a good look at everyone.

First time seeing Metallica. Excited? You bet!!!

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Rob Thorne of Sacred Oath

April 7th, 2009
by EvilG

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Rob Thorne of Sacred Oath

Interviewed by EvilG

Interview questions by EvilG and Waspman

Sacred Oath are one of those bands that you wish you wouldn’t of missed the boat on back in the mid-80’s. Growing up in that period here in Canada, it was hard to hear new stuff outside of what your friends and you found, what was on the "Power Hour" and of course the main print zines of that time. So better late than never to discover what this band did 20+ years ago and to now discover the new and improved version of the band which are back with a vengeance to more than recapture old glory, but to take the band to the next level. I recently spoke to guitarist and vocalist Rob Thorne about the band’s reformation, rejuvenation and rebirth!

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TOBY KNAPP

April 7th, 2009
by Robert Williams

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Toby Knapp

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

From his early beginnings at Shrapnel Records with his debut offering "Guitar Distortion", through his impressive run as a Century Media recording artist with his power metal outfit Onward; Toby Knapp remains a force to be reckoned wit in the underground metal community. Fresh off an ill fated tour as a session guitarist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork, Toby is as busy as ever working on music for Godless Rising, continuing his solo legacy and as you will soon learn has become a staunch defender of "American Metal" sure to leave some Swedish counterparts – ahem – pissed off…

Originally planning to meet in San Antonio on his birthday during the Soilwork tour, I received word from Toby himself that he would have to cancel as he left the road after the Canadian dates. Toby did however make time in his hectic schedule for the following chat…

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Amon Amarth / Obituary / Legion of the Damned / Keep of Kalessin – The Forum, London

April 5th, 2009
by Hanntu

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9th March 2009

The Forum, London

All pics and live review by HannTu


The Swedish Viking gods made their biannual assault on English shores bringing with them some all-star supporting acts and touring behind the ferociously epic TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GODS, an album hailed as their best melodic effort since VERSUS THE WORLD. It’s no wonder The Forum was packed to the brim eager to see how the new songs translated live.

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ARMOROS – Jed Simon wraps up the history of these Canadian thrash legends

April 5th, 2009
by Metal Rules

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Interview ex-Armoros guitarist Jed Simon

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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Canada has always been known for its strong metal scene, in the last few decades at least. As for the 80s Canadian speed and thrash metal scene, who among us wouldn´t be familiar with Voi-Vod, Sacrifice, Slaughter, Infernäl Mäjesty, Razor, Exciter, DBC, Annihilator and so many other names that paved the way during the 80s for many other younger Canadian metal bands to come. Then there were also some speed/thrash metal bands that possessed an incredible amount of potential in them to make it happen for themselves some day, but unfortunately ´Mr. Fortune´ doesn´t treat everyone in an equal way.

From Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, came a young and hopeful speed/thrash metal act in the mid 80s that managed to get their name on many of the lips of the people who had just gotten involved with the tape trading scene a little bit back in those days. That particular band was called Armoros, that recorded two highly popular demos, RESURRECDEAD in 1987 and REMEMBER MICHELLE in 1988 in particular that both got Armoros´ name stamped firmly on the international ground of metal. Soon the band´s potential was noticed around the world and a deal with Ever Rat Records was signed. PIECES, which was supposed to be the title of Armoros´ debut album (and undoubtedly would have become one of the landmark releases of Canadian thrash metal), was never released back then because the label went bankrupt and unfortunately meant a death blow for the band as well.

Now however, after 20 years of impatient waiting, PIECES has finally been released as a part of 3-CD box set that contains all the essential recordings from Armoros. Thanks to the Brazilian Marquee Records for understanding the importance of this band, and getting this absolutely fine gem of Canadian thrash metal released in 2008.

After ordering a copy of PIECE BY PIECE from Marquee Records directly, I got this idea to contact Jed Simon (on guitar in Armoros, but also plays/has played in such bands as SYL, Zimmers Hole, Tenet, etc.), and ask whether he would be keen on telling about those times with his first band Armoros, some 20 years ago. Told him also that we used to be penpals during the 80s, writing letters to each other and stuff. Quite funny yet strange he still somehow remembered me… Someone´s got an elephant´s memory, I guess. ;o)

But read yourself what he had to say about those days when he was still thrashing the grounds together with Armoros.       


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From Hell’s Heart – Giving Up The Ghost (April 2009)

April 4th, 2009
by EvilG

From Hell’s Heart: April 2009

"Giving Up The Ghost"

From Hells Heart...

In most cases, no one likes to run down another’s hard work. Whether or not someone “likes” what a musician has laid down is entirely subjective and varies from person to person, but a critic’s job is to defragment and spout with some intelligence just why an artist’s bread and butter is, well, dried up and moldy.

Which brings us to the topic du jour: “Giving Up The Ghost.” Once a band has passed its’ “best before” date, like a carton of rancid milk or that take-out food that got pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten, it should be disposed of to avoid exposing innocents to its foul appearance and acrid reek. Sadly, most musicians’ devote their lives to their art and once the commercial well has dried up, they are left with no means of supporting themselves once the days of being mobbed by fans and dating strippers has passed. Others fail to realize—or admit—their own popularity decline and carry on as if the glory days still exist.

Such is the subject of the resurrected “From Hell’s Heart” column here at Metal-Rules.com.


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Unleashed – Hammer Battalion North Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

April 4th, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

Unleashed

Hammer Battalion North Tour

Belphegor 

Devian

Guillotine

 

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

12/3 – 2009

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Volbeat at Guitar Gangster 2009 Cadillac Blood Scandinavian Tour in Lund, Sweden 2009

April 2nd, 2009
by Anders Sandvall

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Volbeat

Guitar Gangster 2009 Cadillac Blood Scandinavian Tour

Fars and Frosta Sparbank Arena

Lund

Sweden

7/3 – 2009

 

Reviewed and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Finnish Metal Expo – Cable Factory Helsinki Finland

March 29th, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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FME – Finnish Metal Expo / Helsinki Metal Meeting

Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

The 12 –13 th of February 2009

FME – Finnish Metal Expo has become a serious metal event and a gathering place for the metal community. The purpose of the whole event is to gather all the important and influential persons, labels and managers involved in the rock/metal business to meet each other and above all have a relaxed feeling and enjoy the atmosphere with colleagues, beer, and tasteful food. Several famous faces could be witnessed from the music business and of course a lot of metal fans having a chance to take pics with their idols. Several instrument clinics played an important role at the Expo when  for example George Kollias from Nile demonstrated his drumming talent.

Even though the previous events have been completely sold out and were an utter success, the fifth expo wasn’t sold out even though 6000 people visited during two days. However, here is a brief article covering a few bands and in general the feeling of the Expo. It is truly impossible to check out each band in action because of the normal schmoozing with personal contacts and other  important persons.

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Bruce Kulick ex-KISS, UNION, ESP,solo artist

March 23rd, 2009
by Marko Syrjala

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BRUCE KULICK

 Bruce Kulick will always be best known for his long career as lead guitarist for rock icons KISS. Bruce replaced his short lived predecessor Mark. St John in 1984 and during the next twelve years he did several tours with them and recorded six studio albums including: ASYLUM, CRAZY NIGHTS, HOT IN THE SHADE, REVENGE and CARNIVAL OF SOULS.  When KISS surprisingly decided to re-unite the original line up in 1996 it meant that Bruce’s (and Eric Singer’s) days were then over with KISS. Bruce then formed a brand new band called UNION with former Mötley Crue/Scream vocalist John Corabi. The band released two highly acclaimed studio albums UNION in 1998 and then BLUE ROOM in 2000 before they slowly disbanded. Bruce created another project in 1999 with John, bassist Karl Kochran and his former KISS colleague Eric Singer. The project was simply called ESP (Eric Singer Project) and that line up released the covers only album called LOST AND SPACED later the same year.  In 2001 Bruce decided to join legendary American band Grand Funk Railroad and has been touring with them since then.  Bruce’s first solo album AUDIODOG was also released in 2001 and it included Brent Fitz (UNION) playing drums on the whole album. The second solo album TRANSFORMER was released in 2003 and it included again Brent Fitz and John Corabi doing some vocals.  At the moment Bruce is working hard on his third solo album which will be titled BK3. He’s also involved with a new project called Monster Circus. Grand Funk Railroad is doing another tour in the summer and in addition to all that Bruce is appearing at a great number of KISS EXPO’s and guitar clinics all around the world.  Bruce was kind enough to give some time to us after returning home from the highly successful ESP European tour.

 

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

 

 

 

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Soulfly – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

March 22nd, 2009
by Arto Lehtinen

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