King Diamond – GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE

June 18th, 2007
by EvilG

Interviewed by EvilG

All live photos by Arto Lehtinen
Transcribed by HannTu

Interviewing King Diamond was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done for Metal-Rules.com. It will certainly be one of the more memorable moments for me as I’ve been a fan of King’s for close on 20 years. Getting the opportunity to speak with this metal legend was nothing short of amazing. King came across as being very enthusiastic and passionate. The only regret is that we only had 30mins. With King giving very detailed and long answers, there was so much more I would of loved to hear about. For me, the best part of the interview was the end where he talks about the storyline for the new album GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE. It was like having a personal reading….just wow! So without further ado, gals and ghouls……..KING DIAMOND!

 

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Megadeth – The Astoria, London

June 18th, 2007
by Hanntu

Megadeth
The Astoria, London, UK
16th June 2007

All live pics and review by HannTu

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Venom The 7 Scandinavien dates of Hell Tour 2007 at KB in Malmö Sweden

June 18th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Venom

The 7 Scandinavian dates of Hell Tour 2007
Kulturbolaget
Malmoe, Sweden
31/5 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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AGENT STEEL talk about ALIENIGMA

June 15th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

AGENT STEEL guitarist Juan Garcia & and vocalist Bruce Hall talk about the new album, ALIENIGMA

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Agent Steel have just finished the mixing process of the band´s 5 full-lenght album, ALIENENIGMA, with Bill Metoyer in charge to lead the ship. ALIENIGMA will also be released via Agent Steel´s new label Mascot Records. The band´s deal with their previous label, Italian Scarlet Records, came to an end with the 4-song EP titled EARTH UNDER LUCIFER. A multi-deal contract with the Holland-based label Mascot Records was signed in the beginning of 2007. Agent Steel also have a European tour coming up (starting from Frankfurt, Germany on September 5th 2007), but before jumping that far into the distant future, let´s hear what Agent Steel has to say about their new album ALIENIGMA. Let the band´s guitarist Juan Garcia and vocalist Bruce Hall tell you everything about that – amongst other interesting things as well…


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Roy Khan of Kamelot

June 11th, 2007
by Rick

Roy Khan of Kamelot

Interviewed by Chaosankh
Thanks to Nina Chiminec at SPV

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Within Temptation Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

June 8th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

(***Transcription by Claudia with extra questions from Mortuai; Wacken Open Air 2005 live pics by Brat)


It’s taken the band ten years but Holland’s Within Temptation is finally getting some long-overdue exposure here in North America.  Their fifth album, THE HEART OF EVERYTHING, is being released domestically in July on Roadrunner Records and the band also just landed a string of dates supporting Lacuna Coil through May and June.

Speaking with vocalist Sharon Den Adel prior Within Temptation’s show in Montreal on May 13th, I got her thoughts on the band’s first trip to our shores, “The Hottest Chicks In Metal” tour, comparisons to Evanescence and the influence of Celtic music on her band.

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FREEVIL – Tomas Andersson, Roger Blomberg and Mique Flesh

June 8th, 2007
by Hanntu


Interviewed by HannTu

Thanks to Tomas Andersson for setting the interview up and generally getting the whole thing going.

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POISON – Bret Michaels

June 8th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

 
Bret Michaels
of
POISON

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POISON – Bobby Dall

June 8th, 2007
by Celtic Bob


Bobby Dall
of
POISON

 

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Paul Gilbert – The Mean Fiddler, London

June 6th, 2007
by Hanntu

Paul Gilbert
The Mean Fiddler, London, UK
3rd June 2007

Live Pics and Review by HannTu

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MASS PSYCHOSIS – Doug Grandon & Tom May

June 5th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen


Guitarist Doug Grandon & Vocalist Tom May 

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

The ´Psychotic Death Metal tornado´ Mass Psychosis has been re-animated back from the dead! The band is already heading towards you to mangle and crush you. Scared to death already? Good…

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Mass Psychosis started under the Psychosis moniker as long ago as 1987. So when you are counting carefully, the band has reached its 20-year birthday this year, being in a sort of ´on/off´ -mode within their respectable long existence for the last few years. During two decades Mass Psychosis have managed to record one demo, a 7” EP and a couple of albums – and according to the words of one of founding members of the band, Doug Grandon, they have new material ready for at least 5-6 albums.

 

Find more about Mass Psychosis´ current situation (amongst other things naturally, too) via this interview that I recently conducted with both the band´s guitarist Doug Grandon and vocalist Tom May.


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Cage – Hell Destroyer Record Release w/ Agent Steel

June 4th, 2007
by Rick

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Hell Destroyer Record Release
 w/ Agent Steel 

 

Friday May 25, 2007

The Jumping Turtle

 

Review and pics for ThrashKreator

 

 

Cage and Agent Steel on the same stage; quite the bill for a small club on the outskirts of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />San Diego. They are two bands that need little introduction to those who are fans of the old school. The occasion for this show is the return of Cage with the release of “Hell Destroyer”, the bands first album since 2003’s “Darker Than Black”, which held high critical acclaim and topped several “Best of” lists for that year (my own included)

 

 

 

 

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NIGHTWISH´s Tuomas Holopainen & Anette Olzon

June 4th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

NIGHTWISH´s new vocalist Anette Olzon & Tuomas Holopainen 

Interview and pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
(except promotional pictures by Nightwish.com)

 

Nightwish´s whole history so far as a successful band, is like a fairytale story only a few of us could ever dream of. The band has sold over 2,5 millions albums worldwide, done several successful tours and overall become one of the most followed bands in the world.

However, almost every fairytale tends to gather some dark clouds above the horizon at some point, I guess that´s what happened to Nightwish as well when they fired their previous frontwoman Tarja Turunen in the end of 2005. After this news reached the public´s ears, the band went through a merciless crossfire that really tested the grounds of the band somewhat heavily. With all the strenght and faith they had in the band, they struggled forward, found Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden to unite the Nightwish´s troops, making it a stronger and tighter package than ever before. Nightwish is ready to conquer to the whole world again.

I met a good-humored, always friendly and ruminative Tuomas Holopainen and the new, lovely frontwoman of Nightwish, Anette Olzon at Hotel President in Helsinki on May 30th 2007 – and we talked mainly about ´the hot topic of the day´ Anette herself, the band´s forthcoming 6th yet-untitled studio album, and their upcoming world tour that quite surprisingly, starts off in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 6th 2007. 


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Annihilator, Trivium, Sanctity – May 8 2007 – Helsinki Finland

June 1st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

The 8th of May 2007
House Of Culture
Helsinki Finland

Review & Pics by Arto Lehtinen

The metal gig series sponsored by The Headbanger’s Ball of The Finnish MTV continued when the hotter than hell name Trivium arrived at Finland with the legendary Annihilator and the newbie group Sanctity.  The gig was originally supposed to take a place in the prestigious Nosturi club, but due to excessive ticket sales and the massive success of trendy Trivium the whole package had to be taken to a bigger venue in Helsinki. The Nosturi club is a real idealistic asskicking place for all kinds of metal gigs, but The House Of Culture ain’t the most suitable venue for these kinds of events as the construction of the concert hall creates a terrible echo tormenting the ears and causing pretty distorted sound making the concert and listening experience more than unpleasant. 


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ASPHYX & SOULBURN : Bob Bagchus and Wannes Gubbels

May 31st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen (with additional questions by Jani Koskela)

Death Metal used to rule the earth in the late 80′s and the early 90′s when several brutal bands emerged from the abyss to spread their own lethal stuff. Although bigger names were rolling all over the metal map, the underground scene was  huge and vital. Demos were traded and underground magazines published articles and interviews of several brutal death metal bands. One of the underground pioneers of the death metal genre was definitely Asphyx hailing from The Netherlands. The band’s raw, brutal and above all nihilistic music appealed to a number of death metal freaks. The band got more attention when the former Pestilence growler Martin Van Drunen joined for a couple of albums. But the inflamed chemistry and disagreements led to the premature demise of Asphyx. However the core members of Asphyx didn’t give up and went on to form Soulburn by recruiting Wannes Gubbels from the mighty Pentacle. After all the name was chosen to Asphyx. After the last Asphyx disc, ON THE WINGS OF INFERNO, Asphyx was laid to rest. In 2007 Asphyx has returned to crush the cenotaph again. Therefore it was an excellent opportunity to have a chat with both Wannes Gubbels and Bob Bacghus about the reunion and other topics…


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