HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR 2007 – Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany

September 1st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

 

by Herr Nabel

HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR 2007

12.7. – 14.7.2007,

Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany

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Amoral – Ben Varon

August 22nd, 2007
by Greg Shackles

 

 

Interview by Shaq

 

Finland is without a doubt one of the top breeding grounds in the world for metal acts, and Amoral is no exception as they continue to rise the ranks.  With the release of their newest album REPTILE RIDE impending, I was able to discuss with guitarist and songwriter Ben Varon everything from their demo days right up to the current release.


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RANDY PIPER of Animal, ex-W.A.S.P.

August 21st, 2007
by Marko Syrjala
Randy Piper

RANDY PIPER’S ANIMAL

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY NEIL BATTY

Guitarist Randy Piper is an American musician who made his name in W.A.S.P in the early 80′s. The band’s debut single, entitled “Animal (Fuck like a Beast)”, was released in 1983 and it was an instant success. A self titled debut album came out one year later and it included such classics as “I Wanna Be Somebody”, “L.O.V.E Machine” and “Sleeping in the Fire”. THE LAST COMMAND was released in 1985 and it another successful album with the help of such gems as “Wild Child” and “Blind in Texas“.  After the Last Command -tour Randy quit the band and then he briefly worked with Alice Cooper before he started his own band Animal. Although Animal has been around more than twenty years it wasn’t until 2002 that band released its first studio album titled 900lbs STEAM. There have been numerous line -up changes in the bands history, at one point former W.A.S.P colleagues Chris Holmes and Tony Richards were members, but Randy and singer Rich Lewis are still remaining from the very first Animal line up. The band’s second album VIOLENT NEW BREED was released in 2006.  The album was produced by Swedish guitarist/producer Chris Laney who was also joined in the bands ranks. Today there are actually three Swedish guys in  Animal; Chris on guitar, Grizzy on bass and J.Koleberg on drums. The new line up of animal did a brief tour in Europe last May/June and I was honored to talk with the guys after their brilliant show in the backstage of the Swedenrock festival. Here they are: Randy, Rich and Chris from ANIMAL!!!

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DEMIGOD – Legendary Finnish Metallers

August 20th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Interview and live pics by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Let´s make a bold statement for starters: The legendary Finnish metallers, Demigod, have returned back to us – with a storm that has been named somewhat fittingly to LET CHAOS PREVAIL. It´s been 5 years since Demigod´s 2nd album, SHADOW MECHANICS, so obviously many of us have a good enough reason to sincerely believe Demigod had called its quits, but luckily those suspicious doubts don´t hold any water.

Since the days of SHADOW MECHANICS, lots of murky water has been flowing under the bridge, and many things have been happened in the Demigod -camp, too. Line-up changes aren´t the only changes Demigod has gone through over these past years, but the band has also traveled a long way from those Death Metal paths they used to have in the past, especially on their highly acclaimed debut album, SLUMBER OF SULLEN EYES. Nonetheless, Demigod´s new album LET CHAOS PREVAIL introduces the band in a new light that can hardly be considered any worse compared to their past, glorious old days. The musical steps they have taken on LET CHAOS PREVAIL, are somewhat drastic, but not for any worse direction if that was one of our biggest fears.

LET CHAOS PREVAIL has now been released – and the members of Demigod are eager to reveal more about it as well as some of their other plans regarding the coming months. Now let´s enter Demigod…  


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Thunderstone – Nino Laurenne

August 19th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview and live pics by Arto Lehtinen

Thunderstone have carved its mark on the Finnish metal map with strong albums and tight gigs. The band’s latest effort EVOLUTION 4.0 is strong evidence of the band’s ability to create melodic but tightly played metal. The five piece spent the whole spring in the limelight as they were semifinalists in the Eurovision song contents here in Finland. So, it was about time to get a hold of the band’s mastermind Nino Laurenne to discuss the latest album and of course other interesting topics such as working with the Finnish idol winner, a new guitar album project and recalling the time when he used to play in Antidote and toured with Accuser and HeadHunter all around in Europe.

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Day Of Darkness – Pedigree Corner, Ballylinan, Co Laois, Ireland

August 17th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

DAY OF DARKNESS 2007

July 6th and 7th 2007,

Pedigree Corner, Ballylinan, Co Laois, Ireland.

By Herr Nabel

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Joe Lynn Turner

August 17th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Lisa Walker for setting up the interview
Thanks to Stefen at Zink Music for the help to get this done
Thanks to Frontiers Records for providing the promo pictures of Joe Lynn Turner

The legendary Joe Lynn Turner had the kindness of letting me interview him again and we talked about his new album and what plans he has for 2007. So here is an update on what the icon has been up to since we last spoke.

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Znowhite

August 15th, 2007
by Rick

Znowhite

 

There are quite literally thousands of bands out there toiling every day, fighting for their survival in the vast jungle we call the music business armed only with determination and armored only with blood, sweat, and beers, every one of them hoping for that one big break that will enable them to make a name for themselves and join the ranks of the elite groups we mention today with reverance.  Most never make it.  A very, very few rise to prominence and somehow remain there while never selling themselves out – usually because of a unique combination of exceptional talent and good luck.  Some “succeed” by selling their integrity to the rapacious, soulless machine that is the music industry of today, where style and hype dominates substance and skill.  Some become “one hit wonders,” the “next big thing” one day and fading away into obscurity the next…often times continuing on as shadows of their former selves, living on the remnants and memories of glory days gone by.  And some seem to just be on the edge of grabbing the brass ring but for one reason or another coming up short, yet they continue to soldier on in one way or another, adapting to survive as necessary.  This is a story of one of the latter bands, the decidedly non-fairy tale of a group called Znowhite.

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Nocturnal Rites

August 15th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Scandinavia setting up this interview
Promo pictures from Century Media of the band

Nocturnal Rites has just released their brand new 8th album called 8th SIN and it’s once again to talk with a member of the band. This time I had the pleasure to talk with guitarist Fredrik Mannberg. We talk about the new album and what is going to happened now with the band. Enjoy this new interview all fans of the band.

 


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Lars Chriss from Lions Share

August 15th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Lion’s Share has, after 6 years of silence, finally released their new album entitled EMOTIONAL COMA. I hooked up with mastermind/guitar player Lars Chriss and here comes answers to everything you could possibly want to know about Lion’s Share.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Lars Chriss for the promo pictures of the new lineup taken by: Mattias Nord

Thanks to AFM Records for the promo pictures of the band

 

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Torture Squad – Castor from the Brazilian deathrash band

August 14th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Live pics by Vera Diniz

As always I usually tend to praise the Brazilian extreme metal bands in every article published in Metal-Rules.Com.  Brazilian bands are simply great and present the rawness and brutality of what is expected from these kinds of black/death/thrash metal bands. Torture Squad have belonged to my personal fave list for a long time after getting a hold of ASYLUM OF SHADOWS and THE UNHOLY SPELL. The four piece torturers recently took a part of Wacken’s Metal Battle and of course dominated and kicked and won the whole competition. It would be about time for Torture Squad to spread their unholy brutal deathrash more and more in Europe. The band’s bassist Castor tells more about the next album and tours.

 


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Danny Vaughn -solo artist, Vaughn, Tyketto, ex-Waysted

August 13th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

 

DANNY VAUGHN

U.S born singer Danny Vaughn is best known for his work with his former bands Waysted and Tyketto. Today he is fronting a band which is simply called Danny Vaughn band. Danny released a new album called TRAVELLER last spring and lately he has done an acoustic tour as a support act for Journey in The U.K as well as some more touring with his band across the Europe. I managed to catch up with Danny last April when he was doing a "mini tour" in Finland together with Terry Brock. Here are the results of our  discussion about the current tour, the past and many other interesting topics…

 

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN



 

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Sacred Reich, Contradiction – Scala, London

August 13th, 2007
by Hanntu

Sacred Reich

feat. Contradiction

Scala, London
29th July 2007

All live pics and review by HannTu

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Tuska Open Air 2007 – Helsinki, Finland

August 13th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

The 29th of June ? The 1st of July 2007

The Central Park of Kaisaniemi

Helsinki Finland

Review and pics by Luxi Lahtinen and Arto Lehtinen

(additional comments by Mika Hankaniemi)


Once again the prestigious Tuska open air metal festival is here. Thousands of metalheads have travelled from all around Finland and other countries to the central park of Kaisaniemi in order to celebrate the real metal inferno in the middle of Helsinki. This year the Tuska metal festival celebrates its tenth anniversary and of course the offering of the line-up of bands is as colorful as in the previous events.

Getting the mighty Norwegian black metal legends like Emperor and Immortal have been the most awaited ones amongst the audience for sure. However although these so-called big black metal legends definitely attract more of the extreme metal fans, the festival is not limited to one certain metal category. Everyone has something to feel and see and taste during these three days. Above all, power metal had a strong line up - for example Blind Guardian and Stratovarius, being the most known names in Tuska?s bill in 2007.

The festival has become a real guaranteed pure metal festival and has had massive popularity amongst all kinds of metalheads of all ages. The majority of the tickets were already sold out quickly in the advance sales a long time ago. However there were some leftovers if someone was willing to buy, and taste a feeling of metal after all.

Metal-Rules.com was again at Tuska to give an exact review and article on bands. Therefore sit down and enjoy your reading. 

 


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Sadistic Intent & Pentacle – Live at Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany 5th of August 2007

August 9th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Sadistic Intent & Pentacle – Live at Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany 5th of August 2007

Review and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen  


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