Dimmu Borgir – Silenoz

November 5th, 2008
by Robert Williams

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Silenoz of Dimmu Borgir

Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

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This fall the Blackest of the Black tour is bringing an eclectic mixture of metal to a town near you. Boasting a lineup that features the often Goth-Rock sounds of Moonspell, the melodic black/thrash attack of Skeletonwitch, a career spanning setlist from festival organizer Danzig, and of course… the melodic black metal machine that is Norway’s Dimmu Borgir. Having already ventured Stateside twice before in support of "In Sorte Diaboli" the band is back for a third trek, this time on behalf of a 3 disc DVD set entitled "The Invaluable Darkness" Special thanks to Loana dP Valencia at Nuclear Blast for arranging an interview with Dimmu Borgir guitarist and co-founder Silenoz.

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Christian Olde Wolbers of Fear Factory

November 5th, 2008
by Robert Williams

Christian Olde Wolbers

Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Randall Amplification Promo Photos ©2008 Jon O’Gara Photography

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I recently was presented with the opportunity to chat over the phone with Christian Olde Wolbers, who rose to fame as the bassist turned axe slinger for Fear Factory. Christian, ever the multi-faceted musician was kind enough to talk shop well over a half hour with me, covering everything from Fear Factory’s current hiatus, to his new band Arkaea, the COW Archetype Randall Half Stack, his studio work and much more. In fact he even recalls his early days in the thrash metal scene in his native Antwerp, Belgium and the time he spent playing for both Asphyxia and touring with Cyclone. Special thanks to Andy Caffaro at Forty Three PR for coordinating this special interview.

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Skeletonwitch

November 5th, 2008
by Robert Williams

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Skeletonwitch’s Scott "Scunty" Hedrick and Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau

Interview Conducted by Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy of Sandra Torres

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The Hellacopters – The Tour Before The Fall at Mejeriet Lund Sweden

November 3rd, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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The Hellacopters

The Tour Before The Fall

Mejeriet

Lund

Sweden

October 14, 2008

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures By: Anders Sandvall

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Gemini Five – Bassist Hot Rod

October 31st, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Hot Rod from Gemini Five is a very busy bass player but he took the time to make this interview possible. The band has recently released their stunning third album titled SEX DRUGS ANARCHY. I had to talk to one of the responsible people behind one of the years best sleaze discs. Gemini Five has struggled for many years and hopefully SEX DRUGS ANARCHY will be their big break through.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Calle Von Schewen at Sound Pollution for setting up this interview

Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson

Promo pictures taken by: Michael Johansson, Hot Production, Cammy Wikner, Ola Johansson

Big thanks to Wildkingdom for the promo pictuers of the band

Live pictures taken from the live archives of Anders Sandvall

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Amon Amarth РJohan Șderberg

October 27th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

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Guitarist Johan Söderberg

***Interview By The Crimson King; Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland


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Dan Lilker – Nuclear Assault / Brutal Truth

October 23rd, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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It would be more than unexpected if some serious metalhead asked “who is Dan Lilker”, cos the man has been involved in the metal scene and in the catacombs of underground metal for several decades. Above all, Nuclear Assault are still remembered as pioneers of the NY thrash metal scene, with several killer albums from the 80’s. Dan has also carved a reputation as the long time bass player and founder of the extreme grind core act Brutal Truth which terrorized the underground extreme metal genre in the 90’s until they went on a long hiatus. After being on a hold for years Brutal Truth has returned to bring their extreme music to extreme people again. The band visited Helsinki some time ago and we got the great opportunity to chat with Dan about his various bands, but above all about Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault and even going back to the very early days of Anthrax.

Interview and Pics by Arto Lehtinen / Marko Syrjälä

Transcripted by W Mallon

 

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Brent Fitz – Econoline Crush, Union, ex-Vince Neil

October 19th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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BRENT FITZ

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Drummer Brent Fitz, currently with ECONOLINE CRUSH, is probably best known to many for his great work alongside Bruce Kulick [ex-KISS], John Corabi [ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE] and James Hunting in UNION. Together they recorded and put out three classic albums, the self-titled in 1998 and THE BLUE ROOM in 2000 as well as a live record. He has thereupon, among other things, toured with VINCE NEIL [of MÖTLEY CRÜE] and can be heard on the 2003 live album LIVE AT THE WHISKY. Earlier this year, while his friend Eric Singer was away touring with KISS, Brent helped out in ALICE COOPER  when band was doing a string of shows in Australia. This is when we managed to catch up with him for some cool insights on his career.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2008

October 17th, 2008
by Hanntu
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For an introduction to what Bloodstock Open Air is all about, check out my preview of it here. Suffice it to say that BOA is the only proper UK outdoor metal festival that is devoted to true metal of all genres. This would be the first time I was making the trip up to the Midlands to cover this amazing festival.

Reaching there late Thursday night, we set up camp and went off to explore. BOA has one of the most random things I’d expect at a metal festival: a shisha tent! Armed with a 1.5 litre bottle of JD and two bongs of shisha, we spent the night there meeting weird and crazy people (Frida from Sweden, if you’re reading this, get in touch!). After a disgusting fry-up at the All-Day Breakfast bar, I went off to bed to catch some shut-eye before Friday’s bands. Good start to BOA!

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Jalometalli Festival – Oulu, Finland – August 15th & 16th 2008

October 17th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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The 15th -16th of August 2008

Oulu Teatria Finland

Review and pictures by Arto Lehtinen, Niko Karppinen and Luxi Lahtinen


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Finland is definitely one hell of a paradise for metalheads as there are five to six metal festivals arranged all around Finland during the summer time. One of those metal festivals which has started becoming more and more known is Jalometalli up in the north of Finland. The whole festival started as a small event, mostly consisting of local bands. Jalometalli has since grown, attracting plenty of killer and catchy names such as Onslaught, Testament, and Rotting Christ.  This year’s event was no exception with several first time visitors such as Overkill, Trouble and Mortal Sin. It is obvious most of these bands have been all time favs of the Jalometalli organization. The festival is not a big massive gathering of tens of thousands of people. Instead, the event is a small, true, intense metal event with visitors having travelled from far away. This is the very first time ever when Jalometalli festival is covered by Metal-Rules.com. And if you live somewhere in the northern part of Sweden, Norway or Russia, start seriously considering having a roadtrip to the next Jalometalli event as the line-up of 2009 will surely be full of pleasant surprises…
Enjoy the article and some video clips in it, too! 

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1349 – RAVN

October 14th, 2008
by Robert Williams

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Interview with RAVN conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

 

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WACKEN 2008

October 14th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

Wacken Open Air 2008

Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.

Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.

Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)

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TWISTED SISTER- Live at Ideapark, Lempäälä FINLAND

October 13th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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IDEAPARK, LEMPÄÄLÄ

FINLAND

Back in the heyday of heavy metal and hard rock in the 80’s, Twisted Sister was considered public enemy #1 amongst parents and above all the legendary PMRC led by Tipper Gore. They constantly attacked Dee Snider and his Twisted Sister clan. To think back then that one day the same public guys would play in some tremendous shopping centre somewhere in the middle of nothing would be beyond belief. Strangly enough, the sisters had indeed been booked to perform in a shopping centre up here in Finland, whose typical daily visitors are mostly Finnish families. Of course the Sisters didn’t play in the middle of the day so not many shopping families got to take a glance at them while shopping.

REVIEW AND INTRO BY ARTO LEHTINEN

PICTURES AND ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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The Haunted – North To Nothing Tour at KB Malmoe Sweden

October 10th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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The Haunted

North To Nothing Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

1/10 – 2008

 

 

Review by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Blade – Vocalist for Fatal Smile

October 10th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Mead

Live pictures are taken from the archives of Anders Sandvall

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Fatal Smile has recently been out supporting Doro and WASP in the U.S. I was lucky to have a moment with Blade before they headed off to England to support Bullet Boys, Britny Fox and Pretty Boy Floyd. Fatal Smile will also be the support act to Vince Neil when he heads out on the road this December in Europe.

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