Cloudscape Vocalist Mike Andersson

September 3rd, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Live pictures and of Mike Andersson by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Metal Heaven for the promo pictuers of the band

I’m proud to present the first ever interview with Cloudscape singer and band leader Mike Andersson. We sat down for a chat before they were about to head on stage at Club Powerhouse in Malmo Sweden. Cloudscape is one of the hottest up and coming acts from Sweden. Enjoy!

 


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Steel Attack and Cloudscape live at The Watt in Malmö Sweden 2007

September 3rd, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Steel Attack


Cloudscape – special guest


The Watt/Club Powerhouse
Malmoe
Sweden
3/8 – 2007

Reviewed by Anders Sandvall
Pictures by Anders Sandvall

 


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Party San Metal Open Air – Bad Berka Germany

September 1st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Party San Metal Open Air
09-11-08 2007 Bad Berka Germany

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

After big and massive festivals it is more than a welcome choice to pick up the map and travel to other festivals to check out what they have to offer. As all of our readers are supposed to know, Germany is one hell of a paradise for metal maniacs to spend every weekend in metal festivals somewhere in the country. For example Party San located in the middle of the heart of Germany is another good example of what a smaller festival can offer. Party San is such an interesting event as none of bands from the flourishing power metal genre were booked since all the bands on the bill were nothing but extreme ones. Especially, the return of the Dutch death metal legends Asphyx with Martin Van Drunen on the mic was a damn tempting reason to go to Party San.

Unfortunately the gods of weather weren’t thrilled about the blasphemic nihilistic death/black bands. The whole weekend was utterly wet and rainy and of course the camping field became a real battlefield with several muddy and wet tents. However these minor weather conditions didn’t prevent 10000 extreme metal maniacs from enjoying the utter blasting brutality.

In this article I am not going to that deeply analyze each band at the festival. Instead the article’s purpose is to give an impression of this extreme metal festival in case some of our readers want an idea of the feel and taste of a brutal offering a week after Wacken.

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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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