Matt Hobart and Ben Rosputni of FRACTURE POINT

February 9th, 2010
by Hanntu

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Ben Rosputni and Matt Hobart

Interview by Erich Heintzelman

Back before Christmas I was able to interview Matt Hobart and Ben Rosputni from the Phoenix, Arizona band Fracture Point.  Fracture Point is a Death/Thrash metal band that is making some noise in the underground with the album INHERIT THE DOWNFALL, which was released on an independent label.  The music is technical and bludgeoning and the guys gave me some insight behind the making of the album, their favorite tracks, and what the future holds for Fracture Point. If you have not heard them yet, check ‘em out!

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The 69 Eyes on Back For Blood European Tour 2010 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

February 9th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall




The 69 Eyes

Back For Blood European Tour 2010

Mandragora Scream  – special guest

Nightlight – support act

The Rock



16/1 – 2010


Reviewed and pictures by: Anders Sandvall





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February 4th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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 Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Thirteen albums into their career; Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil have finally been on the receiving end of some much deserved attention, brought on in part by the hugely successful documentary "Anvil: The Story of Anvil". With the re-release of 2007’s "This Is Thirteen" album this past September through VH1-Classic Records, the band finds themselves back out on the road for Anvil’s first headlining tour in more than a decade. From the second they hit the stage the band’s mission plan seems transparent, to bridge the barriers between the band and their fans. Anvil vocalist and guitarist Steve Lips Kudlow announces from the stage that following tonight’s show he is going to come out later and shake everyone’s hand in the club. The packed audience seems to hang on every word of Lips’ in between song banter tonight. It is clear that many in attendance have seen the recent documentary and can relate in some way to the band’s struggle to attaining success. All three members of Anvil took the time prior to taking the stage to talk metal with; detailing their current cross country trek, the upcoming "Juggernaut of Justice" album, what it meant to work with famed producer Chris Tsangarides once again and more…

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Sunn O))) – Tavastia Helsinki Finland

February 1st, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen


The 19th of January 2010

Tavastia Helsinki, Finland

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From Hell’s Heart – Comedy in Metal (Jan 2010)

January 31st, 2010
by Aaron Yurkiewicz


Jan. 2010


An extremely rare, but high profile sub-set of Metal releases are comedy albums. A few rare bands decide to release and record albums of metal that are strictly based on humor. Are these parody acts loving tributes or a tongue in cheek, kick at a genre that at times takes itself very seriously? Are these bands worthy of the definition of metal for bringing a new face to the genre, or to be shunned for crude and mean-spirited attempts to make fun of something they don’t understand? Metal comedy. Worthwhile or worthless?

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MÖTLEY CRÜE / Joe Perry / Airbourne Live In Calgary – January 26, 2010

January 26th, 2010
by Lord of the Wasteland


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pengrowth Saddledome

Calgary, Alberta  Canada

***Live Review  By Lord of The Wasteland

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January 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Dawn of Tears

INTERVIEW WITH J. ALONSO FROM “DAWN OF TEARS” Interviewed by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

Dawn of Tears is a relatively new Spanish melodic death metal band that is deserving, yet long overdue for some real publicity in the metal world. Comparing their sound to other bands doesn’t serve them properly; their distinguishing mark is their ability to write a killer song, while seamlessly blending musical influences from all over the metal spectrum without breaking a sweat. Here’s my interview with vocalist J. Alonso.

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Jimmy DeGrasso – Alice Cooper, Hail!, F5, ex- Megadeth, Y&T, Suicidal Tendencies

January 20th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala
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American born drummer Jimmy DeGrasso is probably best known for his work with Megadeth, but he’s also been involved with many other interesting bands and projects during his long career.  In mid 80’s, after moving from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Jimmy first did studio sessions with the “Prince of Darkness” himself, Ozzy Osbourne, before getting his first permanent job from Californian rockers Y & T in 1986. After many successful years with them, Jimmy decided to leave Y & T in 1990 and in the subsequent years he toured with such names as Lita Ford and Alice in Chains before joining the thrash/punk/hardcore crossover  group Suicidal Tendencies in 2004. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon later and next Jimmy joined Alice Cooper’s touring band. He’s been working with Alice on and off since then. In 1998 he joined Megadeth and stayed with them until the band (temporarily) disbanded in 2002. Today Jimmy is a highly sought after session and touring drummer.  He’s also a full time member of all-star band “HAIL!” along with his former Megadeth bandmate David Ellefsson, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, and vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. Jimmy has also another band with Ellefsson called F5 and they released the album THE RECKONING in 2008.  In  December (2009) Jimmy came to Finland with Alice Cooper and then I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his past, present and near future plans. READ ON!

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Toxic Holocaust / Axegressor : Nosturi Helsinki

January 18th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen



The 26th of November

Nosturi Helsinki Finland

The success of Toxic Holocaust fronted by Joel Grind has increased massively during the recent  years. Especially the younger generation of thrash metal have found Toxic Holocaust nothing but a killer thrashing combo as a plenty of young looking kids with old school t-shirts and pants attended the gig at Nosturi. Seeing the young generation thrashing and moshing is definitely a good sign for the whole metal genre. Before Toxic Holocaust unleashed a metallic maelstrom the domestic thrashers Axegressor hit the stage to command the kids to go berserk.

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Rob Bolger – A Film Maker of “Behind the Suit and Tie” documentary

January 18th, 2010
by Metal Rules



Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

"About BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE documentary: A documentary that takes you into the hearts and souls of the real people who rule today’s heavy metal recording industry, put together by Robert Bolger Jr.

Unlike most music documentaries BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE will spend more time with the people behind the labels rather than the more musician-focused approach of most music documentaries. BEHIND THE SUIT AND TIE will also showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of hard CD sales and how established, new and up and coming artists must learn to adjust to these changing times with today’s major transition".

Rob Bolger talks more about this ambitious project of his in this interview, so be sure to read everything he has to say about making this documentary to understand a little bit better about the hard times that the record industry is facing these days when downloading music from the internet for free has become a true pain in the ass for the whole music business.

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VoiVod – Live In Montreal, Canada – December 12, 2009 Club Soda

January 16th, 2010
by EvilG

VoiVod – Live In Montreal, Canada

December 12, 2009 Club Soda

Live Review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

VoiVod live in Montreal

10 years! That’s what it took to Voïvod to play a headlining concert again in their adoptive hometown of Montreal! That’s quite long but it’s not that unusual in this case, the new momentum achieved by the return of long-departed singer “Snake” to the fold at the beginning of this decade was stopped by the premature death of founding member and riff-master “Piggy” in 2005.

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Bruce Kulick

January 12th, 2010
by Robert Williams


Interview with Bruce Kulick

Conducted by Robert Williams

Long considered by his peers to be one of today’s most in demand axemen, former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is set to offer up his third solo outing in the form of the upcoming "BK3" album. An all star cast of contributing musicians make guest appearances on BK3 and help to make this record Bruce’s most eclectic work to date. Speaking with Bruce recently; the talented guitarist took the time to talk BK3 and reflect on his long running career; from playing lead guitar in Meatloaf on the "Bat Out of Hell" tour, to recording and touring the world with KISS, and everything in between that will lead you as a listener to his latest work.

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Best of 2009 – Robert

January 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Top 20

1. Candlemass – Death Magic Doom


Wow. Did Candlemass ever throw down the gauntlet on this disc. "The Bleeding Baroness" being worth the price of admission alone, every song on here is a masterpiece. Robert Lowe proving once more to be the perfect match for Candlemass after the departure of Messiah Marcolin. Tracks like "Hammer of Doom" and "My Funeral Dreams" only further establish Candlemass’ reign as the current kings of doom metal.

2. Kreator – Hordes of Chaos


Mille and company continue to forge ahead releasing kick ass, no nonsense thrash epics one after another starting with 2001’s "Violent Revolution" staying the course for 2005’s "Enemy of God" and most recently with "Hordes of Chaos" a record that features a back to basics approach in the production department with only guitar solo’s and vocals getting the overdub treatment. Musically "Hordes of Chaos" combines the best elements of it’s two predecessors from the last decade culminating in just the right amounts of aggression and melody that make a great Kreator record.

3. Slayer – World Painted Blood

4. Saxon – Into The Labyrinth

5. Ace Frehley – Anomaly

6. Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

7. Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know

8. Marduk – Wormwood

9. Ancient Cross – Ancient Cross

10. Evile – Infected Nations

11. Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague

12. Anvil – This Is Thirteen

13. The Gates of Slumber – Hymns of Blood and Thunder

14. Sacred Steel – Carnage Victory

15. KISS – Sonic Boom

16. Cauldron – Chained To The Night

17. Gama Bomb – Tales From The Grave In Space

18. Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory

19. Megadeth – Endgame

20. Steel Panther – Feel The Steel


White Wizzard / Vektor / Rituals Of The Oak – It’s great to hear some young bands keeping the classic sound of metal alive well into the new millenium. In an age where it’s become fashionable to jump on the Viking or Folk bandwagons or add some variety of core influence to an already pre-existing modern sounding metal platform, it’s both refreshing and satisfying to know that there are still some bands who aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel but are simply trying to make the best sounding wheel possible.


Manowar – Hell On Earth V

You can always count on the Kings of Metal to give you the most bang for your buck; and they did just that when they issued the fifth installment of their Hell On Earth DVD series, bringing us up to speed on the band’s conquests for the past four years. With live footage taken from various concerts in at least five or six different countries, festival appearances like Gloves of Metal, Thunder In The Sky and of course the Magic Circle Fest; this DVD is as epic as you are likely to find from 2009 or anytime soon.


Alice Cooper (NAMM Private Party) – Anaheim, California – January 2009

Steel Panther – SXSW Showcase – Austin, Texas – March 2009

Destruction – San Antonio, Texas – May 2009

Uli Jon Roth w/ Mark Boals – Santa Ana, California – June 2009

Judas Priest – San Antonio, Texas – July 2009


The prospect of new studio albums from some of my all time favorite heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and the reformed Angel Witch. It should be another twelve months of anticipation and sonic devastation. I wish you all a heavy new year!


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Best of 2009 – Rick

January 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Top 20

1. Bloodbound – Tabula Rasa  


With the return of Urban Breed, Bloodbound have finally moved up into the heavyweight category. Fresh from his departure from Tad Morose, Urban Breed and Bloodbound released NOSFERATU in 2005. It was a bit of a letdown and Urban left the band for the follow-up BOOK OF THE DEAD. Now with him firmly back in the fold Bloodbound have created one of the strongest releases of the year. Urban Breed is at his best and his vocal melodies take what is an excellent disc and make it amazing!



2. Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) 

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Primal Fear has been one of my favourite bands since its inception. The band’s music is powerful and Ralf Scheepers is arguably one of the best vocalists in all of metal. That being said I have drifted away from the band for the last few CDs. There have been a few amazing moments on those discs but they seemed to me to a be a bit of the “same old same old”. Nothing wrong with that but they just did not do it for me.  Not so with 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead). From the first listen, I felt that the band had recaptured the magic. Here was Primal Fear at their best and back on top of the metal heap!


3. Steel Panther – Feel the Steel

4. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle – Voodoo Circle

5. Megadeth – Endgame

6. Brainstorm – Memorial Roots

7. Lamb of God – Wrath

8. Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue

9. Stratovarius – Polaris

10. Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know

11. Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings

12. Lions Share – Darkest Hours

13. Redemption – Snowfall on Judgment Day

14. Evile – Infected Nations

15. Sirenia – The 13th Floor

16. Slayer –World Painted Blood

17. W.A.S.P. – Babylon

18. Shadows Fall – Retribution

19. Manimal – The Darkest Room

20. Tyr – By the Light of the Northern Star 



Best New Band

Steel Panther

All hail the panther. I know that these guys are a comedy act but their CD FEEL THE STEEL hasn’t left rotation in my player in months. The tunes are infectious and funny as hell but they have staying power. The band has been around in many incarnations but this is the first release under the Steel Panther moniker. It remains to be seen whether they can follow-up on their current success but FEEL THE STEEL might just be the surprise disc of the year. 

Discovery of 2009


How did I miss these guys. Having released their first CD ENTER THE GRAVE in 2007, the band somehow flew under my radar until a friend who was spinning their newest CD INFECTED NATIONS non-stop turned me onto them. I fell in love with the band’s retro thrash and reeled with the metal world when their bass player Mike Alexander died in October while on tour in Sweden. I just hope that the band survives this episode and comes back stronger than ever in 2010.

Biggest Disappointments

Queensryche – American Soldier

Where to start? I was hoping that OPERATION MINDCRIME 2 had marked a turning point for the band. I guess I was wrong. Queensryche had been lost in the wilderness for years churning out bland mediocre albums that were relegating the band to the Spinal Tap “Where Are They Now” file. OPERATION MINDCRIME 2 showed some small signs that the band could still step up to the plate and make some good music. I guess I was wrong. AMERICAN SOLDIER has a good premise but Queensryche are long past having any relevance to anyone and tugging at the heartstrings will not save them now. 


Yet again, I am disappointed with no Savatage CD. Time to get over it I guess. 

Biggest Hopes for 2010


The classic Thundersteel lineup has reunited and is supposedly working on new material for a mid 2010 release. Riot is one of my favourite bands and I am looking forward to seeing what that groundbreaking lineup can do 20 years later.

Iron Maiden

Maiden is supposed to have a new disc ready at some point in 2010. I am looking forward to hearing what the band has up its sleeve. Their focus has changed and the songwriting has been spotty as of late but I still have hopes that they have some great songs left in them. There will never be another POWERSLAVE or NUMBER OF THE BEAST but I do not think the creative pot has run dry yet. 

Best DVD

Iron Maiden – Flight 666

It is Maiden. They put out some of the best metal DVDs period. What else needs to be said? 


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BEST OF 2009

January 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Best of 2009

As always, some restrictions are placed on our lists. The top albums are for releases from 2009 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2009, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. For best new band, the restriction is that the band’s debut full-length album (not including demos or EP’s) has to be a 2008 release. Below the list are links to each staff members personal best of lists which besides the top album contains such things as best new band, best DVD, disappointments of 2009, greatest hopes for 2010, and a new section for discovery of 2009.

The Top 20  Heavy Metal Albums of 2009

(click the album cover to read our review)

1. Heaven & Hell – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

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An album seventeen years in the making, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW kick-started the working relationship between Messrs. Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice that many thought would never have recovered.  Not only did it recover but it gave all involved a chance to revisit the ultra-heavy sounds that made Black Sabbath Mk. II a viable recording entity on HEAVEN AND HELL, MOB RULES and DEHUMANIZER.  With age comes wisdom, as past differences have been settled—or at least set aside—paving the way for Tony Iommi’s bone-jarring riffs and the god-like vocals of Ronnie James Dio to form the unholy collaboration an entire generation has waited for on tracks like “Bible Black” and “Eating The Cannibals”.

2. Candlemass – DEATH MAGIC DOOM  


The masters of doom metal bring down the hammer with another crushing slab of bottom-heavy tunes.  KING OF THE GREY ISLANDS confirmed Robert Lowe was the right man to replace Messiah Marcolin but DEATH MAGIC DOOM was written for Lowe’s powerful voice and the result finds Candlemass rightfully keeping its spot atop the throne.

3. Megadeth – ENDGAME 

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Megadave and co. still have the fire and easily manage to capture the attention of the metal world. With ENDGAME the band explodes back with arguably their best album since RUST IN PEACE. Although not a full-on thrash metal album, there is slightly more thrash than there’s been in a while (This Day We Fight!) and of course the lead playing of both Dave and new guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-Jag Panzer) take things to a level of playing that is so awesome and tight that it could be called arrogant! The sound of the album is also fantastic, unlike the other of the big 4 who cracked into our top 10! Megadave has mentioned retirement in some recent news items, let’s hope it’s still many years away if this is the level of intensity and song-writing we can expect from Megadeth.



Even though this is one of Slayer’s worst sounding albums (the main problem being the ridiculous guitar sound) , the sub-par sound cannot detract from the awesomeness of the songs! A big part of the album’s strength is the diversity of the album’s material which is akin to such classics as SOUTH OF HEAVEN or SEASONS IN THE ABYSS.  Since Araya has been questioning how long they can maintain this level of intensity, we hope that they still have the energy and anger to continue for a while longer!



Stretching the limits of their own progressive metal style, Dream Theater jams and noodles its way through six songs in 75 minutes on BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS.  Darker than previous efforts, the record comes off a high-and-low period—the success of the band’s Progressive Nation tour and the death of drummer Mike Portnoy’s father—allowing Dream Theater a unique creative palette through which to weave its lyrical and musical tapestries.

6.  Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

PRIMAL FEAR - 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead)

Primal Fear continue on a path of creating some of the finest, purest heavy metal out there. While people seem to spend more time online talking about the band’s obvious Judas Priest influence, what they many won’t acknowledge is that this band who are now in their prime, are releasing an album better than anything that their mentors have done in 20 years! The diversity on 16.6 is again a big part of the reason why it’s such a great album. With nods to their speedy near thrash-like NUCLEAR FIRE material to the more experimental and melodic moments of SEVEN SEALS, 16.6 is something fans of unabashed heavy metal will love.

7. Steel Panther – FEEL THE STEEL  

Steel Panther - FEEL THE STEEL

For those who never listened to popular metal in the 80’s (or went back to listen to much of it) you may not get all the in-jokes in the actual SOUND of this glam-METAL masterpiece. Most riffs play homage to bands like Van Halen, Extreme, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Poison, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, etc. The other side of the band, their vulgar sense of humor, speaks to a much wider audience. So even if you haven’t listened to metal in 20 years, or only had a passing interest in glam/hair metal of the 80’s, the levels of raunchiness you might recall from the excesses of the 80’s glamsters is amplified one hundred fold by the Steel Panther comedians making this a win in both humor and in the music departments.

8.  Alice In Chains – BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE

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An album that many thought would never see the light of day following the death of singer Layne Staley.  BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE proved the naysayers wrong by combining the vocal harmonies of Jerry Cantrell with new vocalist William DuVall and crafting a truly modern-sounding Alice In Chains record fourteen years after the band’s last studio effort.

9. Amorphis – SKYFORGER


Tomi Joutsen is now three albums into his stint fronting the Finnish veterans but since joining the band, Amorphis has delivered some of its best material to date.  On SKYFORGER, the trend continues with lush melodies, vibrant riffs and Joutsen’s versatile death and clean vocal dynamic helping to convey the traditional folk tale-based lyrics the band is famous for.

10. Stratovarius – POLARIS


In 2009, Stratovarius returned with a new album, new logo, and a new line-up…without band leader Timo Tolkki. In the past few years, Stratovarius primarily became fodder for the popular metal tabloids with former band mastermind and guitarist Timo Tolkki’s public mental breakdown. The big question mark left was not so much if Tolkki would continue to write good music, but what would happen to Stratovarius without his driving influence? With the launch of POLARIS, and it’s placement in our top 10 list, any doubts are laid to rest.


Number 11 to 20

11. Cain’s Offering – Gather the Faithful

Cains Offering
12. W.A.S.P. – Babylon WASP
13. Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos Kreator
14. Dark Moor – Autumnal Dark Moor
 15. KISS – Sonic Boom KISS
16. Asphyx – Death…The Brutal Way Asphyx
17. Lamb of God – Wrath Lamb of God
18. Týr – By The Light of the Northern Star TYR
19. Sacrifice – The Ones I Condemn

20. Absu – ST absu

 Individual Staff Lists For 2009

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of 2009, greatest hopes for 2010, and disappointments of 2009.


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