TROUBLE – Guitarist Rick Wartell

July 12th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Duke

TROUBLE has been, and still is, one of the most important and influential doom metal bands. They have had a huge impact on various metal styles from extreme death metal to above all majestical doom metal. The legendary five piece doomsters from Chicago made a visit to the prestigious SwedenRock festival where I managed to catch the band’s guitarist Rick Wartell to have a conversation about the new seventh output SIMPLE MIND CONDITION and of course the past, the present and the future.


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JALOMETALLI Open Air Metal Festival In Finland – Marco Järvenpää

July 11th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Europe has tons of great metal festivals arranged almost in every country during the summer time. Of course bigger festivals such Graspop, SwedenRock, Wacken, FullForce, Gods Of Metal, Hellfest, MetalCamp and tons of others definitely draw bigger names and more attention. However there are a lot of smaller metal festival arranged as well. These smaller more underground oriented festivals are arranged with the passion and devotion toward the metal music despite the budgets of these festivals ain’t tremendous huge.

Jalometalli is a relative new, but damn activate and vital metal festival arranged up in the north in Oulu. The festival has grown piece by piece every year and booked more and more wellknown bands. Jalometalli definitely hit the jackpot by managing to book the legendary Bay Area thrashers Testament and of course another, but European thrash legends Kreator. However Jalometalli offers more legends such Unleashed, Candlemass and the mighty Holy Moses. What the one can wish from one metal small festival, doom metal, thrash metal, death metal. Of course Finnish metal bands play an important role giving the last shape to the line-up of the festival.

As for the tickets, well they can be ordered from the Finnish Ticket Service, Check out this link

The primusmotor and chief of the Jalometalli festival Marco Järvenpää is more thrilled about the line up of the  Jalometalli festival 2007. Therefore it would be about time and to give an opportunity to the chief to enlighten more about the festival. 

 

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Fast Eddie Clarke – Fastway, ex-Motörhead

July 10th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

FAST EDDIE CLARKE

Even to this day Fast Eddie Clarke is probably best known to the heavy metal masses as the guitar hero of the pioneering lineup of MOTÖRHEAD from 1977-1982, which also featured Philthy Animal Taylor on drums. Together, with their fearless leader Lemmy Kilmister leading the way, these three rock legends recorded and released such praised albums as “Motorhead” in 1977, “Overkill” and “Bomber” in 1979, “Ace of Spades” in 1980, “Iron Fist” in 1982 and of course the classic live album “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith” in 1981. In the early eighties Fast Eddie was either fired from Motörhead or depending on who’s telling the story, left of his own volition. Either way he was headed towards even greater commercial success with his new band FASTWAY, which he’d set up with Pete Way, at the time, of UFO. From there started a rock n’ roll roller coaster ride which by the early nineties had brought Eddie to the verge of death and forced him out of the public eye. Now, after two decades, Eddie has finally chosen to return to the stage with his newly assembled lineup of FASTWAY. We’re very proud to be able to present to you this interview with the great man himself where, with admirable candor, Fast Eddie recounts some of the various chapters of his colourful career. Rock on!

 

Interview by Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovila
 

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Michael Romeo of Symphony X

July 9th, 2007
by Greg Shackles

 

Interview by Shaq

Transcription by Claudia


 

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NILE – Karl Sanders

July 9th, 2007
by EvilG

NILE  -  Karl Sanders

Interviewed by Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Murphy

Nile has been turning heads for years now and is one of a few bands who have taken Death Metal into uncharted waters. Their latest effort ITHYPHALLIC will soon see a worldwide release in July and is sure to be another crushing affair – if the two new tracks aired during their last tour of Australia in May are anything to go by. The following interview was conducted with the ever accommodating Karl Sanders, one of the scenes most unassuming and talented musicians.  

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Michelle Meldrum – Band leader of the band Meldrum

July 9th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for setting up this interview
Thanks to Frontiers for the promo pictures of the band

Michelle Meldrum is the bandleader and founder of Meldrum who have recently released their second album. This is the first time Meldrum has been interviewed in metal-rules.com so here comes a shorter interview surrounding their new album and what the band are up to.

 

 


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Johan Liiva of Hearse

July 9th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Promo pictures are taken from the band´s homepage
Thanks to Max for letting me to use the pictures in this interview

The Swedish death’n’roll trio Hearse has recently released their long-awaited fourth album. I hooked up with the lead singer, legendary Johan Liiva in order to know more about the new album, the band and some other things in general.

 

  


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Obituary, Onslaught, Dam, Dead Beyond Buried – The Underworld, Camden, London

July 9th, 2007
by Hanntu

Obituary and Onslaught

feat. Dam and Dead Beyond Buried

The Underworld, Camden, London, UK
5th July 2007

All live pics and review by HannTu

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SWEDENROCK 6-9 June 2007

July 8th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

(Addiotional comments by J. Huovila – Thanks)

Wow! This is the seventh time that the Finnish Metal-Rules squad made an invasion to the mighty Swedenrock festival. Almost 70 bands descended upon the southern area of Sweden for a festival that turned out to be an utter blast from the beginning to the end! The bill of Swedenrock festival 2007 covers a wide range of metal styles and even classic rock stuff such as Kreator to Black Oak Arkansas and everything between. Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended the festival. As usual, the whole festival was once again sold out with around 30,000 people at the area every day. The Swedenrock festival has always had tremendous luck with the weather every year. Once again the gods of weather had given their blessing for this rocking metallic heaven on the earth with an extreme hot and sunny weekend that burned red the skin of several festival goers.

As written in the first sentence, this is already the seventh time that the Swedenrock festival has been featured in the site of Metal-Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give an in-depth article of several bands performing at Swedenrock. However we are not able to cover every band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading moment… Enjoy !!!


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IMMORTAL – Demonaz

July 7th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

IMMORTAL´s Demonaz talks about the band´s new coming…

Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Warriors from the icy kingdom of Blashyrkh, Immortal, have returned! They are stronger than ever before. The band decided to have a 4-year break starting in 2003 simply because the band felt they were loosing that important yet vital spark that kept Immortal´s heart pumping smoothly – and what´s most important, in a creative way.

With Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon in the Immortal line-up in 2007, the band is full of enthusiasm and passion and are once again ready to deliver their goods like when they started 17 years ago. The spirit of Immortal has been re-found and new material is in the works. This is something for every Immortal fan to look forward to for sure.

Immortal has a ´reunion´ tour going on called “Seven Dates of Blashyrkh” and the band stopped by the Finnish Tuska festival on June 29th for the very first time (that was also the very first time for Immortal to play in Finland). I managed to find one of the Immortal´s main song writers, Demonaz, from one cozy-looking hotel in the downdown of Helsinki a day before the show – and Demonaz was very eager and passionate to tell for the readers of Metal-Rules.com about all the recent updates from the Immortal camp as well as about his own solo project Perfect Visions that he´s working for with Abbath, Ice Dale and Armagedda - plus just much more.

So, Demonaz – as the fact is…

 


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Evergrey – Tom S. Englund

July 4th, 2007
by EvilG

Evergrey - Tom S. Englund

Interviewed By: Siomn Lukic
Transcribed by: Claudia
All pics from www.evergrey.net

It goes without saying that Evergrey are a unique band. Having formed in Sweden in 1996, the band has fascinated listeners with exceptional studio albums and an equally captivating stage show. The band is currently readying themselves for the release of their new album which should be in the hands of fans before Christmas. I had the opportunity to speak to vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund and he filled me in on a few things about the band’s songwriting process as well as eagerly awaited new album. 

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SAUNA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL, TAMPERE, FINLAND 7. – 9.6.2007

July 4th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Report and pics by Luxi Lahtinen & Niko Karppinen

Sauna Open Air Metal Festival 2007 entertained approximately 22,000 metal warriors within 3 hot and sunny days. Almost 10,000 people appeared on Saturday, 8th of June, which was undoubtedly the biggest day of the festival thanks to both Dimmu Borgir´s and Type O Negative´s attendance. The Sauna Open Air Metal Festival opened its gates for metalheads for the 4th time in the whole history of this well-organized festival. The settings were probably the best so far for a great, all-aged, metallic event. At least the four main headlining acts that were booked to Sauna 2007 – Megadeth, Dimmu Borgir, Type O Negative and Heaven & Hell – placed four unbeatable aces on the table. It seemed that the impossible had a splendid chance to become possible… and that´s – what I believe, happened eventually.

Two curiosities – and let’s even say, somewhat relatively experienced reporters from Metal-Rules.com – crept through the gates of Sauna Open Air Metal Festival, and the following honest observations were made on the happenings during this metallic feast…


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This Godless Endeavor: Staying Metal In The Warzone (#4)

July 3rd, 2007
by EvilG

Here’s another update from Mustafa, a metalhead in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Iraq. He’s not a soldier, but a citizen living in Iraq! We think it’s very cool to know that there are ‘brothers of metal’ even in Iraq so we’d like to give our readers the opportunity to hear more on what it is like to be a metalhead in this kind of a situation.

If you have any questions on the column, send them here.


 

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SCORPIONS Vocalist Klaus Meine

July 2nd, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

 

KLAUS MEINE

Legendary German rockers Scorpions are back in the limelight with their new album “Humanity -Hour 1″ which is the bands 21′st studio release. The album proves that although the band has already reached their respectable 35 year landmark they still have a lot to give to the fans of melodic hard rock and metal. The new album is produced by Desmond Child who is one of the most respected and successful producers in today’s music business. I had an opportunity to sit down with the band’s vocalist and founding member Klaus Meine just prior to the band’s triumphant performance in this years edition of the legendary Swedenrock. Here is what Klaus had to say about the new album and some other current topics in the Scorpions world… 

 

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjälä

Transcription by Andy Osborne

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ICED EARTH / BEYOND FEAR – Tim Owens

June 30th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

 

 

TIM “RIPPER” OWENS

 

 

Iced Earth is making a return to the limelight and has been booked to a few European festivals and will heading to tour as a supporter for Heaven and Hell. At the Swedenrock festival we got the great opportunity of having a small chat with the front man of Iced Earth as well as Beyond Fear, Tim Ripper Owens. Iced Earth will be unleashing their new album called “Framing Armageddon” via SPV. The album’s story continues of the saga of the trilogy from SOMETHING WICKED. Owens tells us more about the concept of the album and plans to get on the road again.  
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INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY
MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN

Transcription by HannTu


 

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