3 INCHES OF BLOOD Interview with Shane Clark (Lead Guitar)

October 30th, 2012
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

3 Inches Of Blood

Interview with Shane Clark (Lead Guitar)

@ O2 Islington Academy

Interview by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Michelle Murphy



Before seeing the awesome thrash metal legends Overkill live at London’s 02 Islington Academy tonight, we had the pleasure of speaking to the direct support act of the night ‘3 Inches Of Blood’ and sat down for a brief moment with Shane Clarke, to talk all things Metal from the Old School to the now and even a little bit about Hellraiser too, whilst a long line of other enthusiastic interviewers queued behind us. 

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CIVIL WAR – Debut EP Audio Samples Streaming

October 29th, 2012
by EvilG

CIVIL WAR – featuring ex-SABATON members Rikard Sundén (guitar), Daniel Mullback (drums), Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) and Oskar Montelius (guitar), as well as vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION’S SHARE) and bassist Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (VOLTURYON) – are streaming audio samples for all tracks featured on their upcoming debut EP, out November 13th via Despotz Records. Check out the YouTube clip below to hear the samples:

EP tracklisting:

‘Rome Is Falling’
‘Civil War’
‘ Forevermore’
‘Custers Last Stand’
Bonus Song

Civil War have launched a pre-order for the EP. Pre-order at this location. The band recently released their first single, entitled ‘Rome Is Falling’.

Cival War

Civil War

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WHITE WIZZARD Reveal New Album Title; Update Issued

October 29th, 2012
by EvilG

Los Angeles-based traditional metallers WHITE WIZZARD check in with the following update on their forthcoming new album, expected in early-2013.

Says the band: “The new WW album is written and will be called The Devils Cut. It is 8 songs to tear your heads off. Jon (Leon) is perfecting lyrics and vocal melodies now after having written the best WW yet and Jake (Dreyer) and Will (Wallner) are writing masterful leads that are gonna blow your heads off.

We hope to record early 2013 and have out by spring… stay tuned.”

Updates to follow. More on White Wizzard at this location.

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KISS Kruise II To Be Delayed Due To Hurricane Sandy?

October 29th, 2012
by EvilG
Kiss Kruise

Kiss Kruise

The second KISS Kruise is setting sail October 31st to November 4th, 2012 from Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Pearl, but Hurricane Sandy may affect its departure.

An update reads: “We are aware that Hurricane Sandy is affecting many of your travel plans getting to Miami this week. We’re working with Norwegian Cruise Line to delay our departure time from Miami on Wednesday as well as an alternate destination port to allow guests to meet the Kruise on Friday should they miss their Miami embarkation.

We hope to have more information to you by tomorrow afternoon, but please know we’re putting all efforts into making sure this long-awaited vacation is everything it should be. Please note, there are no plans for a change of departure from Miami on Wednesday, only a potential delay of a few hours to accommodate guests arriving late. Thanks for your patience while we explore our best options. If you need to contact Sixthman while you’re traveling, please call us at 877-379-9183.

The weather forecast for the Bahamas and Caribbean looks beautiful for our vacation so do your best to get here safely and know we’ll be looking forward to seeing you.”

The line-up features KISS, SKID ROW, ADLER, YACHT ROCK REVUE, BIG ROCK SHOW, VINTAGE TROUBLE , A THOUSAND HORSES, LEDFOOT MESSIAH and RADIOLUCENT RADIOLUCENT.

Check out a new promo video for the kruise below:

Cruise itinerary:
– Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Depart Miami, FL (approx. 4:00 pm ET)
– Thursday, November 1 – Day at Sea
– Friday, November 2 – Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (8:00am – 5:00pm)
– Saturday, November 3 – Day at Sea
– Sunday, November 4 – Arrive Miami, FL (approx. 8:00 am ET)

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SAXON TO RELEASE “HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE” ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2012

October 29th, 2012
by EvilG

SAXON TO RELEASE “HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE”

The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide!

After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, Saxon’s wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echalons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December. The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George’s Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford’s teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and Son Of A Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. “Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”

It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another Rock n’ Roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band. “We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.” These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey on a Rock n’ Roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.

Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity.

“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”

Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That’s a truth as honest as the film itself…

FORMATS

• DVD Digipack (2 Discs)

• Blu-ray

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SAXON TO SWEDEN ROCK WITH A GIGANTIC STAGE SHOW!

October 29th, 2012
by EvilG

MANILLA ROAD, FIREWIND, VADER and MARTIN PRAHL’S SKELTER WHEEL are also confirmed!

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Other bands confirmed so far out of a total of around 70:

 

Kiss (US)
Rush
(Can)

Status Quo (UK)
Saxon (UK)
Krokus (CH)

Ufo (UK)

Amon Amarth (S)
Demon (UK)
Leningrad Cowboys (Fin)
Threshold (UK)
Firewind (GR)
Manilla Road (US)
Vader (PL)
Ihsahn (NO)
Amaranthe (S)
Bullet (S)
Axxis (D)
Morgana Lefay (S)
Witchcraft (S)
Huntress (US)
Leprous 
(NO)
The Scams
(S)
Martin Prahl’s Skelter Wheel (S)

Tickets and more information: www.swedenrock.com

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Joe Satriani announces June 2013 UK tour and confirms new studio album

October 29th, 2012
by EvilG

Joe Satriani, one of rock music’s most respected and celebrated electric guitar players, will undertake a 10-date 2013 UK tour starting Saturday 8th June at the Manchester Apollo. This will be Satriani’s first UK tour since 2010’s Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards tour . Very special guest is blues guitarist Matt Schofield.

Tickets go on sale Friday 2nd November and can be booked online from www.ticketline.co.uk or call 0844 888 9991 or the venue direct.  The tour coincides with Satriani’s new solo album released by Sony worldwide in May 2013, followed by a career retrospective box set in the spring.

Earlier this year, Satriani performed a sold out concert with Chickenfoot at the London Brixton Academy in support of the band’s second album III.  He also embarked on multiple G3 tours in Australia, Europe and South America, had his music sampled in Nicki Minaj’ hit single Right Thru Me, and appeared as himself in Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated baseball film Moneyball.

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XIBALBA @ El Birimbao, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

October 29th, 2012
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

XIBALBA

@ El Birimbao, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Review by Dennis Rivera

Photography by Fran Jaume



Puerto Rico Metal scene is a strong one, so every time a band from the outside comes to the Island, it promises to be a great performance and Xibalba’s show at El Birimbao in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico wasn’t an exception!

Vengeance Music & Crew were the responsible to bring this Californian band to the Island for the first time. Xibalba headlined a night full of energy and adrenaline, among them the local bands: “Sentenced to Fight”, “Bajo Presión” and “Los Brothers” did their part to make this show one to remember.

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VOIVOD @ The Relentless Garage

October 29th, 2012
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Voivod @ The Relentless Garage

7th October 2012

Review by Ben Spencer

Photography by Oran Tarjan



Having not been to the newly refurbished Garage at Highbury and Islington, I was pleasantly surprised when entering the venue to find the dark and dingy venue that holds so many fond memories, transformed into a classy medium sized room with a slick looking interior!

No sooner than taking in the sights, the lights went down ready for tonight’s bands!
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Nightqueen – guitarist and bandleader Rex Zeco

October 29th, 2012
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Guitarist/bandleader Rex Zeco – Nightqueen

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Massacre Records for promotional pictures.  

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FOR QUEEN AND METAL is the debut album from the goth/fantasy act Nightqueen that comes from Belgium. I hooked up with guitarist and bandleader Rex Zeco in order to talk about the brand new album, about the band, the past present and future. If you’re into goth music with female vocals and fantasy influences be sure to check out Nightqueen.

 

 

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Split Heaven – Vocalist Leaves Band

October 28th, 2012
by EvilG

Dear Split Heaven fans, today ends a stage in our long journey.

One of our pillars left the band, from today, Eli Valenzuela is no longer a member of Split Heaven. It’s a cycle that closes to open new doors and explore unknown territories.

We want to thank Eli all shared moments and unforgettable experiences that we lived for more than six years, is a stage in which no longer we’ll work together, but it does not mean that our friendship will break.

For our part, we want to inform you that we will continue working on the composition of our third album, which will be released by Pure Steel Records in 2013.

Soon you will have more news.

Thanks a lot, long live to rock and roll! \m/

Split Heaven – www.splitheaven.net

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CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Spotlighted on RDIO.com; Label Releases Retrospective Playlist Containing Over 750 Songs

October 28th, 2012
by EvilG

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS has teamed up with RDIO to make their entire music catalogue available to listeners. The CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS label page can be seen here: http://www.rdio.com/label/Century_Media/

To celebrate, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS is currently spotlighted on RDIO and has launched a retrospective playlist of over 750 hand-picked songs that have been released since the label’s inception in 1988. Tracks include the early years, landmark albums first licensed in the US and new favorites. The playlist also includes tracks that were released through Century Black and Olympic. Listen here: http://www.rdio.com/people/CenturyMedia/playlists/1326019/Century_Media_Retrospective/

In addition, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS has collectively selected their top 10 albums, which can be seen below:

 

Eyehategod – Take As Needed for Pain

 

Suicide Silence – The Cleansing

 

Shadows Fall – The War Within

 

Lacuna Coil – Comalies

 

Strapping Young Lad – Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing

 

Stuck Mojo – Pigwalk

 

Tiamat – Wildhoney

 

Arch Enemy – Doomsday Machine

 

In This Moment – Blood

 

Moonspell – Irreligious

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Pentagram Auditioning Guitarists; European Tour Starts On Halloween In Bristol UK!

October 28th, 2012
by EvilG

Pentagram to tour the UK for the first time in over 40-year career

Agoura Hills, CA – October 25, 2012 – Legendary heavy metal pioneers and doom metal innovators PENTAGRAM are auditioning new guitar players. As previously announced, the revered guitarist Victor Griffin is performing his farewell shows during the Oct/Nov European Relentless Tour. He’ll be focusing on his solo career from this point on and the band and fans wish him all the best. Victor will forever be an important part of the “Ram Family.”

PENTAGRAM is now searching for the perfect player who can easily play the blazing, early blues-based, hard rock, proto-metal of the late Vincent McAllister as well as the doom metal mastery of the one and only Victor Griffin. Tone, chops, appearance, tour experience & availability (US and abroad so a passport is required), song writing skills, and sobriety are all important factors. The band will be writing/recording their follow up to the acclaimed Metal Blade release, Last Rites this coming December and January.

Someone who is close to the Washington, DC area is preferred but exceptions will be made for the perfect player.

For songs and video of the band, visit: www.reverbnation.com/pentagramofficial

Please submit a short bio, a photo, and audio or video of you playing. PENTAGRAM song covers are preferred and the following songs are suggested:

“Wolf’s Blood”
“All Your Sins”
“Treat Me Right”
“When the Screams Come”
“Forever My Queen”
“20 Buck Spin”

Please send submissions to: PentagramAuditions@gmail.com
In other news, PENTAGRAM is gearing up to tour Europe and the dates will commence with the band’s first ever UK tour. In a celebration of Victor Griffin’s time with the band, PENTAGRAM will be playing the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album, Relentless, in its entirety. After the doom pioneers first-ever UK show in London in 2011, Bobby Leibling and the boys return for four shows with Gentlemans Pistols as support, kicking off in Bristol at The Fleece.

PENTAGRAM
Tour w/ Gentlemans Pistols
10/31 Bristol, UK The Fleece
11/01 London, UK Garage
11/02 Manchester, UK Academy 3
11/04 Glasgow, UK Ivory Black
End Tour
11/06 Kopenhagen, DK Loppen
11/07 Gothenburg, SE Truckstop Alaska
11/08 Oslo, NO John Dee
11/09 Stockholm, SE Slakthuset
11/10 Würzburg, DE Hammer Of Doom Festival

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SINNER To Release Touch Of Sin 2 In August 2013; Details Revealed

October 28th, 2012
by EvilG

Mat Sinner, bassist for PRIMAL FEAR and frontman for SINNER, has issued the following announcement:

“Breaking News: ….. but where do we start? ….. maybe at the beginning 🙂

When we were younger and new to the music business, we were proud to be part of the Noise Records family and to get the chance to sign a contract with them. Reading this contract so many years later, you can’t but shake your head in disbelief and wonder what must have possessed us. The exclusive rights to the recordings have since been bought and sold numerous times with the effect that none of those who owned them has ever had any relation to either the production itself or to how it was created.
Today, the older Sinner songs still enjoy great popularity within the scene. We continue to play them live even though the CDs aren’t available any longer. It is Universal who owns the albums at the moment – but does not distribute the CDs. Therefore, they’re to be held responsible that CDs from this era can only be purchased at exorbitant prices. Unfortunately, the musicians and songwriters involved have no means of dealing with the matter – our hands are tied. When I offered to do a remix on several songs for a Best Of album, I was told that the original tapes have mysteriously disappeared and were probably burned in an ‘accidental’ fire. That much about the pearls of our past.

AFM Records and I – business partners for many years – came up with the idea to once again record the best songs from this era. The album was supposed to feature several guests and to come with a wicked fan package. Initially, I was sceptical, but recent shows have shown the amount of fun and energy the band would put into these songs. However, I will only put this plan into action under one condition: the whole band has to lock themselves into the studio and record the whole thing together. I’m fed up with the assumption that it works if everyone records their stuff at home or comes cheaper. That’s bullshit – this challenge meets us at exactly the right time and we’ll face it!

So we’re gonna get started asap! Project Mission Impossible: Sinner – Touch Of Sin 2! You better be prepared – Release date: August 30, 2013 on AFM Records!”

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RAVEN LORD Signs With MAUSOLEUM RECORDS

October 28th, 2012
by EvilG

Multinational metallers RAVEN LORD have signed a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s debut album, “Descent to the Underworld“, is scheduled for a release January 25, 2013 in Europe and February 12, 2013 in North America.

The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. The rebel, 02. Attila the Hun, 03. Let the show go on, 04. Seal of the cross, 05. Settle the score, 06. Promised Land, 07. Black Friar, 08. World out of steel, 09. Revelation, 10. Metal Knights, 11. Sun God

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL, OPETH) and mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANGRA, DOKKEN). The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was made by Caio Caldas “CadiesArt“, who has previously worked with DORO, PAUL D’IANNO, SEVEN KINGDOMS, DOMINANZ and VIOLET SUN, among others.

The brand new song “Black Friar“, can be streamed below:

http://soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/raven-lord-black-friar

RAVEN LORD are:

Csaba Zvekan (KILLING MACHINE, SARDONYX, EMERGENCY) – Vocals
Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) – Lead Guitar
George Karafotis (VERMILLION DAYS, OPERATION X) – Guitar
Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (BLAZE BALEY, STUKA SQUADRON) – Drums
[to be announced] – Keyboards

Details of live dates, including some high-profile shows for the Summer 2013, are expected to be announced soon.

www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic
www.raven-lord.com
www.myspace.com/raven-lord
www.youtube.com/user/ravenlordmusic/videos

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