Monterrey Metal Fest III – Monterrey Mexico 2006

January 27th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Monterrey Metal Fest III
November 17-18, 2006. Monterrey, México.
By Chico Migraña and Jacobo

Pics by German “Gallo” Garcia 

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PAUL BOSTAPH of Exodus, ex-Slayer

January 25th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

PAUL BOSTAPH

Paul Bostaph is a true professional and one of the best drummers on today’s metal music scene. Paul’s career started in the late eighties as a member of U.S thrashers Forbidden and over the years he has played with such bands as Testament, Systematic and Slayer for which he recorded four albums between 1993- 2003. In 2005 Paul joined legendary Bay Area band Exodus and later in the same year he made his recording debut with the band on SHOVEL HEADED KILL MACHINE. Exodus has now been on tour for over a year and last December the band returned to Helsinki. I met Paul on their tour bus prior to their show at Club Tavastia and here are the results of our interesting discussion.

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN

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WHITESNAKE -David Coverdale & Doug Aldrich

January 24th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

DAVID COVERDALE & DOUG ALDRICH

David & Doug came over to Europe on last November to do a promotional tour supporting band’s recently released "Live.. In The Shadow Of The Blues" live album. What made this promo tour extremely cool was the fact that in addition of doing tons of interviews Doug and David spoiled their fans with playing selected acoustic gigs and Swedenrock Rock kick off party in Stockholm was luckily one of those places. There are lot’s of activity in Whitesnake camp and which is the most important thing is the news that band is currently working on brand new studio album, bands first in ten years, which should be released on next summer. 

 

INTERVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN


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Gamma Ray and LORD, Sydney Australia

January 22nd, 2007
by Brat

GAMMA RAY
LORD
Gaelic Theatre, Sydney Australia
10 December 2006

Review by suncross and Brat, photos by Brat

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Yngwie Malmsteen

January 18th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN

Legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen doesn’t need much of an introducion here. He is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the ’80s and he has been an important influence and source of inspiration for many of today’s top players and bands. So far Yngwie has released thirteen studio albums and now he has been on tour almost 16 months supporting his latest release "Unleash the Fury".  Last December Yngwie and his band did a brief tour of Finland, which was the very last leg of this endless spectacle. The day before the Helsinki show he kindly agreed to do this press conference for the Finnish press. In contrast to his difficult personal reputation we were treated to  this long, fun and hilarious conversation. Here are the results, ENJOY !!!

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND FINNISH PRESS

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY NEIL BATTY

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Francis Buchholz ex-Scorpions

January 14th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

FRANCIS BUCHHOLZ

Francis Buchholz played with the Scorpions for almost twenty years, appearing on the "Fly to the Rainbow" (1974), "In Trance" (1975), "Virgin Killer" (1976), "Taken by Force" (1977), "Tokyo Tapes" (1978), "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love at First Sting (1984), "World Wide Live" (1985), "Savage Amusement" (1988) and "Crazy World" (1990) albums. By the early ’90s Francis felt it was time to take a step away from the constant touring and the music business as a whole. Now he has finally returned to the stage together with his old friend and fellow ex-Scorpions member Uli Jon Roth. We managed to sit down with Francis as he, among other things, recounted the confusing happenings surrounding the very successful "Love at First Sting" (1984) album as well as his activies for the past fifteen years away from the public eye and much more.

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND JARNO HUOVILA

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARCHIVES

 

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Vader, NightRage, BloodThorn – Helsinki, Finland November 2006

January 8th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Vader
BloodThorn & Nightrage
The 24th of November 2006
NightLife Rock, Helsinki, Finland

The coverage of obscure underground death metal gigs continues in Metal-Rules.com. Previous reviews have covered gigs of both Grave and Dismember when these bands played in obscure places in front of small, but enthusiastic audiences on their small tour thru Finland.

Vader had toured in Finland a couple of years ago gaining a solid and strong reputation as being a tight and merciless live act on stage. The band had guaranteed to deliver a lesson in the purest death metal mayhem for several extreme metal maniacs on their last tour. Therefore Vader’s return to the soil of Finland was definitely welcomed.

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Reb Beach of WINGER and WHITESNAKE

January 5th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Reb Beach

of

WINGER & WHITESNAKE

 

 

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Scotti Hill of SKID ROW

January 4th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Scotti Hill of

 

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Andy LaRocque & Mike Wead of KING DIAMOND

December 31st, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

Many things have happened in the King Diamond camp since their last visit to Finland. The band has released two studio albums ABIGAIL II and THE PUPPET MASTER and and also a live album called "Deadly Lullabies" which came out in 2004. Although it’s already been three years since the release of "Puppet Master" King Diamond hasn’t been able to do any touring outside U.S for a while and actually this tour was his first in Europe in five years. So it was about time to get an update on what’s going on in the world of King Diamond. I managed to reach bands guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead before the band’s first sold out night in Helsinki and they were nice enough to have this brief conversation.. Hope you like it!

 

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN

 

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Derek Sherinian of Planet X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol

December 22nd, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

DEREK SHERINIAN

Derek Sherinian, a keyboard virtuoso, having appeared on such records as Alice Cooper’s "The Last Temptation" (1994) and Dream Theater’s "Change of Season" (1995), "Falling Into Infinity" (1997) and "Once in A Livetime" (1998) and touring with Kiss, now shares his time between solo albums and Planet X as well as touring and recording with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Billy Idol among various other ventures. Read on for some insights on Derek’s eventful career.

 

Interview by Marko Syrj�l� and Jarno Huovila.

Live pics by Marko Syrj�l�

 

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Children of Bodom / Amon Amarth in NYC

December 21st, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Children of Bodom

and Amon Amarth

Sunday December 17, 2006

Nokia Theater

New York City, NY

 

* Live review and photos by Shaq

 


 

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Astral Doors Vocalist Patrik Johansson

December 20th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Sound Pollution for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to the Astral Doors manager for lending me more promo pictures of the band

 

I had a chat with singer Nils-Patrik Johansson from Astral Doors about their new album ASTRALISM which was released earlier this year. Mr. Johansson is a busy man and he is also involved in the band Wuthering Height’s that also have released an album that’s going to come up in Metal-Rules.com in the near future. 

 


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SLAYER – Jeff Hanneman

December 18th, 2006
by Luxi Lahtinen

Jeff Hanneman – S L A Y E R

Interview, off – and onstage pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Thanks to Carlos A, Jason B, Craig K, Arto L, Owen M and Zach T for the help with the questions.  

Thanks to Duke for the transciption

 

 

“The Unholy Alliance” tour stormed Finnish shores on November 12th and 13th 2006. It featured 5 popular metal acts in the same package: Thine Eyes Bleed, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, In Flames - and of course the headliners of the whole tour, no less than the true Thrash kings from Los Angeles… Slayer. Last time the same tour hit European soil in 2004, having such highly popular American metal bands as Mastadon and Slipknot booked on the tour line-up.

With such a variation of metal bands both from today and yesterday, it was the kind of tour that appeals to many generations of metal fans. For the younger metal loving generation, bands like Children of Bodom and In Flames surely gave a good run for their money – and for the old fucks (ha!) like me, Slayer was basically the only good reason that dragged my lazy ass to witness this happening that took place at the Ice Hall in Helsinki on a snow storming Sunday evening, on the 12th of November´06.

Before the show got started at the Icehall of Helsinki, I managed to meet and talk briefly to Jeff Hanneman from Slayer in their tour bus for about 20-minutes about the band´s ongoing tour, the band´s warmly welcomed new album CHRIST ILLUSION, Jeff´s collection of Nazi-medals, censorship problems of the new Slayer album in India, and naturally we couldn´t avoid talking a bit about the past times either.

It was actually very nice to meet Jeff as normally it´s been both Kerry and Tom who have worked as spokeman for Slayer in the interviews. Jeff turned out to be a really nice, mellow and funny guy, as this interview with him proves this fact so well… 

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Lacuna Coil Guitarist Cristiano Migliore

December 13th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

LACUNA COIL

Interview by Anders Sandvall

Questions by Anders Sandvall and Lord of the Wasteland 

Pictures of Cristiano Migliore by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for setting up this interview
Thanks to Century Media for the promo pictures of the band

 

When the Italian act Lacuna Coil was in Malmö Sweden on their European tour I met up with one of the bands guitarists, Cristiano Migliore, for a brief interview. We talked about the band’s latest album KARMACODE and what the band will be up to next.

 

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