Clusterhead Drummer Ruediger Tonn

September 25th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Ruediger Tonn, the drummer in Clusterhead was available for an interview. I took the opportunity to learn and ask more about the band that has, in my opinion, released a brilliant debut album called TIMES OF NO TRUST. The band comes from Germany so for all you Clusterhead fans out there, read and enjoy.

 

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Oliver Häusler at Artistworkxx for setting up the interview

Thanks to Artistworkxx for the promo pictures of the band

 

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Scaar – Mats and Alf

September 24th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Swedish melodic thrashers Scaar are back on the attack with their third album NEXT LEVEL OF TORTURE. I thought it was time to do an update on what is going on in the Scaar camp. Alf Johansson and bass player Mats Vassfjord agreed to answer some questions. Scaar is a band that has a great future ahead of them.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to the band for the promo pictures

Promo and live pictures by: Patrik Hellström

 

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Midnite Club Singer Carsten “Lizard” Schulz

September 24th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Midnite Club is a band that has been around for a while. CIRCUS OF LIFE is the bands second album and it follows up their debut disc from 2003. Lead singer Carsten “Lizard” Schulz sat down to talk about the brand new album and the past, present and future of the band.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Oliver Häusler at Artistworkxx for setting up the interview

Thanks to Artistworkxx for the promo pictures of the band

 

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Poison with Dokken and Sebastian Bach

September 22nd, 2008
by Rick

 

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LIVE RAW and UNCUT

with special guests

Dokken

and

Sebastian Bach

Bank of America Pavilion, August 7, 2008

 

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Live Review and Pics By: Debby Rao

 

 

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Astral Doors: “New Revelation Scandinavia Tour” at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark 2008

September 21st, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Astral Doors

New Revelation Scandinavia Tour

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

5/9 – 2008

 Reviews and pictures by Anders Sandvall

Guest Contributor Ulrika Henriksson

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Vile Vindiction – Guitarist Jim Nickles (original founding member of Malevolent Creation)

September 21st, 2008
by Metal Rules

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VILE VINDICTION – guitarist Jim Nickles (original founding member of Malevolent Creation)

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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Jim Nickles is one of the original founding members of Malevolent Creation. After parting ways with Malevolent Creation due to some personal reasons, he joined Hellwitch for a tour during 1990-91. Jim was struggling in his life due to having a drug problem, but however eventually learned his lessons by reaching many setbacks in his life by a continuous use of drugs.
Vile Vindiction is Jim´s new incarnation of a brutal and heavy blend of both thrash- and death metal which best could be described as a sort of early Malevolent-Creation-meets-Slayer type of musical mixture. The band will have their debut 5-song E.P. out soon – and while we are all waiting to get to hear it, please read what Jim had to tell about Vile Vindiction – as well as f.ex. his involvements with both Malevolent Creation (formerly Resthaven) and Hellwitch as well.


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Fashion Bomb

September 17th, 2008
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Fashion Bomb frontman Val

Fashion Bomb is poised to explode on the Industrial Metal circuit with the re-release of their debut offering "Angels To Some, Devils To Others" courtesy of Full Effect Records. I recently had the opportunity to visit with Fashion Bomb vocalist/frontman/mastermind Val, a classically trained opera singer with a penchant for aggressive music and a disdain for organized religion, about signing with Full Effect, what it means to be a Drone and his unique take on the music industry at large. Expect a new full length album to follow the debut’s reissue in the immediate future, and definitely try and catch these guys live when they come to your town if Industrial Metal is your cup of tea!

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At The Gates at the “Suicidal Final Tour Europe 2008″ in Malmoe Sweden

September 13th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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At The Gates

"Suicidal Final Tour Europe 2008"

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

3/9 – 2008 

Review and pictures by Anders Sandvall 


 

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TUSKA 2008

September 12th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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TUSKA 2008

Review by the Finnish team of Metal-Rules.com

"No Pain No Gain" as Scorpions used to sing, but the last weekend of June in the central park of Helsinki was nothing but pure pain from the beginning to the end in a good way. The Tuska Open Air metal festival has been taken place ten years in a row. The first festival took place at the Tavastia club back in 1998. As the years passed by, the festival has grown bigger and carved out its prestigious and now legendary reputation all around the world.

Traditional metal had a minor role on the roster of Tuska 2008. Extreme metal, in different forms, attracted and had drawn many extreme metal hearts. As well, metalcore bands KillSwitch Engage landed at Tuska for the first time with a massive impact. The younger audience appeared to be delighted about that. Power metal had the strongest presence as it had a dominating role last year. But booking Slayer, Carcass, and Morbid Angel were extreme brilliant achievements. 

Even though the festival was sold out several months ago, the most  surprising thing from the Tuska organization was to let people of the age of 70+ go in for free! All in all a few hundred metal grandpa and grandma’s were witnessed headbanging for several bands!!!

As usual, the whole three piece Finnish Metal-Rules.Com squad attended Tuska again to sense a reek of putrefaction, feel raining blood and obtain the pleasure to kill. Enjoy!!


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Headbangers Open Air 2008

September 9th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Headbangers Open Air 2008

Brande-Hörnenkirchen Germany

The self proclaimed biggest garden party in the world was once again the gathering place for classic heavy metal fans, hellrats and rivetheads of the world. The first night (thursday 24th of July) was a warm up night with only a few bands performing. There was also a warm up for all this in Itzehoe day before but our group decided to stay in Hamburg to have a good ”sightseeing” around that wonderful town. And here’s what happened during our three day stay at the grassy fields of Brande-Hörnenkirchen.

The traffic culture and roads are too much different in Germany so sadly I was a bit late to start the party at it’s earliest. It was the first time when I arrived by car to Germany in to see festivals and there certainly were problems but we made it with my loyal driver, my little brother with icy nerves. So, after one year off I was again in HOA with high expectations. Great bands, atmosphere with dedicated legions of fans all around the globe not forgetting the delicious food. Sadly we missed Messenger and Roxxcalibur and arrived somewhere after and just heard Deadly Blessing and Benedictum who were a great soundtrack while putting together our old oversized tent. Luckily our german neighbors finally helped us so thanks to them who ever they were. So my festival starts from…

By Herr Nabel and MetalSaku

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JOHN SYKES -Thin Lizzy, ex-Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Tygers of Pan Tang

September 7th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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JOHN SYKES

The now legendary guitarist, John Sykes, first rose to public consciousness after joining the New Wave of British Heavy Metal band, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, for two albums; SPELLBOUND and CRAZY NIGHTS. He was then recruited into THIN LIZZY by the mastermind Phil Lynott himself. After one more album, the classic THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, as well as a double live LP entitled LIFE in 1983, THIN LIZZY was disbanded. Soon after John found himself working alongside Jon Lord, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray and David Coverdale in WHITESNAKE, in time to make an appearance on the 1984 SLIDE IT IN record. The biggest success was yet to come and took shape in the 1987 self-titled album, which went on to sell millions. Having been fired from WHITESNAKE (along with everybody else), John started his own band, BLUE MURDER, releasing two albums, the self-titled in 1989 and NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE in 1993. In 1994 John, Scott Gorham and Brian Downey decided to resurrect THIN LIZZY for some select shows, in honor of their departed leader. Since then, in between doing solo albums and tours, Sykes has, along with Scott Gorham, kept their version of THIN LIZZY going to the present day with the lineup presently being completed by drummer Tommy Aldridge and bass player Francesco DiCosmo. In this interview John Sykes shares some insights on the various stages of his illustrious career.

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Cloudscape GLOBAL DRAMA CD Release Party at Tivoli in Helsingborg Sweden 2008

September 7th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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GLOBAL DRAMA

CD Release Party

Tivoli

Helsingborg

Sweden

30/8 – 2008

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Survivors Zero – New Reign In Finnish Death Metal

September 4th, 2008
by Metal Rules

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Tommi, Sami and Tapio tell a story about Survivors Zero

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Finland´s rising death metal "super group", Survivors Zero, is slowly building a reputation for themselves as one of the most noteworthy new Finnish death metal acts. They have made an overwhelming first impression on metalheads from all around the world. Survivors Zero´s debut 2-song demo, EXTINCTION (which was mixed by Jonas Kjellgren, the owner of Black Lounge Studio in Sweden and of Scar Symmetry fame), has gained lots of very good responses for the band for their downright heavy, ruthless and lethal death metal on that output.

Survivors Zero are preparing to record their debut full-length album sometimes around the beginning of 2009, while writing hectically new songs all the time for it – carrying out their own musical vision for death metal, with all the ambition and determination they have within the band.

Tommi, Sami and Tapio from Survivors Zero tell us all about Survivors Zero, their plans regarding their forthcoming debut album, how they feel about the current state of the Finnish metal scene – and many other things as well.     

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Summer Slaughter Tour Live in Vancouver – August 25, 2008

September 4th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

Summer Slaughter Canada

(feat. Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Into Eternity, Beneath The Massacre, Neuraxis, Whitechapel & Veil of Maya)

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver, BC  Canada

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


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Judas Priest

September 2nd, 2008
by Robert Williams

JUDAS PRIEST – Interview with Rob Halford,

K.K. Downing, and Glenn Tipton

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Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres

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