Cleopatra Records released ?Hollywood Rocks? book a short time ago that was promoted by the Hollywood Rocks tour featuring LA Guns. The label has followed this release with a 4-CD box set featuring songs from arguably the greatest hard rock era of its time. In the compilation you will find demos, b-sides, live and rare tracks from the bands that made Sunset Strip what it was – Dokken, Ratt, Jetboy and many, many others. With so many bands on this project, I decided to interview the man behind the release ? Cleopatra Record?s Tim Yasui who gave the lowdown on this new release. You can check out their website at www.cleorecs.com to get more information.
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Interview with Disbelief Bassist Jochen ?Joe? Trunk
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson.
Pictures provided by Sound Pollution
Thanks to Niklas ?Hobbe? Andersson at Sound Pollution for help with the interview.
I was lucky to get an opportunity to interview Disbelief’s bass player, Jochen ?Joe? Trunk. Disbelief have recently released their sixth album 66SICK and are now heading out on the road to crush Europe. This is what he had to say about the new album and about the band.
The new Thunder album THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH has just been released and here comes and interview with member Luke Morley ? main songwriter and guitarist of the band. Thunder are also booked for several shows throughout Europe and I was curious as to what the guys have been up to the last few years.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Frontiers Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Thanks to Stefan at Atenzia records for the help with the interview
It?s been some time since Jetboy graced any stage with their brand of guitar-driven hard rock. But that will come to an end very soon as the band reunites for the first time in some 14 years to play at the Key Club to help promote the release ?Hollywood Rocks? boxed set that the band provides a track towards. The band never did acquire the fame and status of the Poisons and Warrants of their era, but they did develop a loyal fanbase during their years. I had the opportunity to speak with Billy Rowe who gave me some insight on their reunion gig and their future plans. You can check out www.jetboyrocks.com to get more information.
Grave, Sotajumala, Delirium?s Order
The 6th of May 2005
Club Underground, Kouvola Finland
The Swedish old school death metallers Grave emerged thru Finland in May by doing a small tour along with a couple of Finnish outfits as opening acts. The tour stopped by to a small club named Club Underground in a small town called Kouvola, the club itself was a normal looking bar, but the gig had been set out in the damn tight and sweaty basement of the bar where app over 100 people had crawled to feel the brutality of death metal. The stage was also quite small and narrow leaving not that much for musicians to move there. But the atmosphere in the small basement was definitely metal as there were a couple of distributors selling their own and the dj played mainly the brutal death/black metal during the whole evening ala Bestial Mockery?.
Sunday, May 1st, 2005
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC Canada
**Live Review & Pics By Lord of The Wasteland
Intro and interview by Luxi Lahtinen
“Lovecraftian Death Metal…” – sounds like a fascinating title, doesn?t it? The German foursome, Alex, Mike, Christoph and Tobias call Philosopher a ?Lovecraftian Death Metal? band due to band?s strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft?s creations as far as the band?s lyrical approach is concerned. Musically, the Philosopher camp has a certain attraction to old school ?90s Death Metal in which people can associate them with bands like Death, Morgoth or even Morbid Angel. Plain copycatting has, however, luckily been avoided in Philosopher?s heavy and slowly creeping Death Metal approach and the band has already proved to stand out in its own, especially on the band?s debut album THOUGHTS which really shows what this talented German bunch is all about.
I talked to Alex ?Snakes?, the band?s guitarist, just recently and tried to gather together sort of an info kit what Philosopher is really all about as far as the band?s musical journey through the current Death Metal territory goes; basically finding out how they have been received by extreme Metal diggers and wanting to know a bit more what kinds of thoughts Alex has about Philosopher?s position amongst a countless amount of extreme Metal bands these days.
Uh, enough said for an introduction, now let?s get to the point finally?
I decided to scrap my plans to go to Wacken this year to witness the final metal show at the historic Effenaar Club in Eindhoven Holland and the Dynamo Open Air in Hellendoorn and boy am I glad I did. The Effenaar was destroyed the week after the show to make room for a new building.
Here is our new comic. This time the topic is about what pisses off guitarist Chris Caffery. Read on to the end to link to Chris’s "Pisses Me Off" Contest!!!
Enjoy the comic,
MetalRules.com & Jan Oidium
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Vancouver, BC Canada
**Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland
Vomit Remnants/Godless Truth
London Archway pub.
The 19th of May 2005
Archway pub, London, England
By: Mikael Da Costa
The SEVEN SEALS Early Listening Party
Report & Photos By Lord of The Wasteland & Tanay Ulgen
**Other pics from PrimalFear.de
Vocalist/Guitarist Ola Lindgren
Interview By Lord of The Wasteland
**Many thanks to Jodi for the transcription.
The Swedish old-school death metal scene is popularized mainly by three bands: Grave, Unleashed and Entombed. All three bands have certainly had their ups and downs whether it be changes in the musical climate, personnel changes or releases that just, truth be told, didn?t measure up to the rest of the band?s catalogue. Grave, in particular, took a five year hiatus from recording in the late 90s after the EXTREMELY ROTTEN LIVE album was almost universally scorned by fans and critics alike. Fast forward to 2002 and Grave returned with the punishing BACK FROM THE GRAVE to show fans that they still had some life left in them but it was on 2004?s FIENDISH REGRESSION that the band really found their groove again.
I spoke with Grave?s vocalist/founder Ola Lindgren at the ungodly hour of 6:00AM about his choice of working with Peter (Hypocrisy) and Tommy Tagtgren on the new CD, the new lineup, melodic death metal and what exactly the band did during their extended break from the studio.
Vocalist/Founder Alex Erian
Interview By Lord of The Wasteland
To say I was knocked for a loop by THE HEALING PROCESS, the new CD from Quebec, Canada? s Despised Icon, is an understatement. The band?s sound is described as ?deathcore? in the promo materials and that certainly wouldn?t be far off. THE HEALING PROCESS combines technical death, grind and a few breakdowns to concoct an album so brutally heavy, so musically complex and so perfectly played that it is sure to top my list of 2005?s best releases.
I managed to catch the band live here in Vancouver (read review here) during their three-week Canadian tour that lead up to the release date of the new CD and despite only playing for a half hour, the band smoked. After the band returned home again in late April, I spoke with Despised Icon vocalist/founder Alex Erian about the new CD, the burgeoning talent of the Quebec metal scene and many other things.
TWISTED SISTER Live in Club Teatria, Oulu FINLAND 07.05 2005
It?s been nineteen years since Twisted Sister last time played in Finland during their "heydays" in 1986. Then about a year later the Sisters broke up after very the unsuccessful "Love Is For Suckers" album and that was it ? Fortunately vocalist Dee Snider visited Finland in 1999 playing for sold out crown in Tavastia Club as a solo artist with his S.M.F band. When Twisted Sister "surprisingly" announced news about their re-union in 2002 rumors started to fly about their possible return to Finland which now finally came true when hockey player Janne Niinimaa asked them to play in the opening party for his new rock club Teatria in Oulu.
Review and pictures by Marko Syrjala