Helloween / Gamma Ray / Axxis – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

January 13th, 2008
by Hanntu

 Helloween

Gamma Ray

feat. Axxis

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Shepherds Bush Empire, London

8th January 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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Sinoath – Salvatore Fichera

January 13th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Back in the early 90’s when the underground death metal scene was strong and vital. Several obscure death metal bands were formed all around the world and demotapes were spread thru tape trading. One of these obscure death metal bands was Sinoath from Italy. The band’s first demo FORGED IN BLOOD, released 1991, was quite Nocturnus influenced death metal. The demo was praised and was spread thru tape traders like wildfire. Due to several line-up changes and finally the eccentric full-length finally led to the demise of Sinoath. A few years ago the original surviving member Salvatore Fichera resurrected the old band from the ashes. After hearing new songs on their Myspace page, it was more than obvious I had to get in touch with Salvator to find out about the rebirth of Sinoath.

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Magnus Rising

January 12th, 2008
by EvilG

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Magnus Rising

COUNTING THE NUMBERS CD Release Show

Live at Junctions, December 29th, 2007

St. John’s, Canada

 

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Live Review by EvilG

Photos by By Ashley Hiscock

 

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Nightwish : Helsinki Finland

January 10th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

                                   

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The 1st of January 2008

The Old Ice Hall

Helsinki Finland

Pics by Marko Syrjälä and Arto Lehtinen

Article by Arto Lehtinen

Nightwish definitely creates emotional  feelings amongst fans all around the world. The band’s pompous and symphonic hymns create a unique musical experience and journey into the world of souls of Tuomas Holopainen. Above all Mr. Holopainen’s extremely talents and skills to compose capturing and dramatic songs have utterly spelled thousands and thousands of hearts.  

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Rob Halford

January 9th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

ROB HALFORD

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Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription By Claudia

***Priest Live in Finland 2006 Pics by Luxi


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Tomas Andersson from Freevil, ex- Denata

January 9th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Freevil is possibly a new name for you but you might recognize the name Tomas Andersson from Denata. Andersson and Co are now releasing new material with their brand new act Freevil and do I say that they will not make any fans of thrash/death/heavy metal with a satanic twist un-happy. Andersson has been interviewed earlier in metal-rules.com when the Freevil teaser was unleashed this summer but here comes a more in-depth and personal interview.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

All pictures are from the bands home page

 

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MARILYN MANSON – Live in Helsinki

January 7th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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MARILYN MANSON

20. 12 2007

Ice Hall, Helsinki

FINLAND

It’s been more than five years since Marilyn Manson last visited Helsinki. Now he’s returned with an all new line up supporting his latest album EAT ME, DRINK which was released in June 2007. This show was the very last concert on the European leg of “The Rape of the World” tour. Although his new album hasn’t been as successful as some of its predecessors, Manson still has a lot of demand here, as the concert was completely sold out.

 

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

 

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HIM / Bleeding Through Live In Vancouver: Nov. 9, 2007

January 7th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

HIM / Bleeding Through
Friday, November 9, 2007
The Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

***Live Review & All Photos by Lord of The Wasteland


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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Live In Vancouver: Nov. 30, 2007

January 3rd, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland


Friday, November 30, 2007
General Motors Place
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland

(***NOTE: Photo approval was not granted for this show)

 


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ERIC SINGER -KISS, Alice Cooper

January 1st, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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ERIC SINGER

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Additional questions and transcription by Jani “Ozzy” Salo

Legendary drummer Eric Singer first rose to fame playing drums on Lita Ford’s DANCIN’ ON THE EDGE tour back in 1984. Subsequently he joined up with Tony Iommi and played on two classic Black Sabbath albums, SEVENTH STAR in 1986 and THE ETERNAL IDOL the following year. Thereupon he toured the world with Gary Moore before reuniting with his old Black Sabbath colleague Ray Gillen in Badlands. In quick succession he hooked up with Alice Cooper for some touring before stepping in to replace the ailing Eric Carr in KISS and proceeding to record the classic REVENGE album in 1992 and the follow up CARNIVAL OF SOULS in 1997 as well as the live albums ALIVE III in 1993 and MTV UNPLUGGED in 1996. More recently he has, in addition to touring with both KISS and Alice Cooper, appeared on Alice’s BRUTAL PLANET album in 2000 and THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER album in 2003. He has also toured and put out albums with ESP (Eric Singer Project) and worked with Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, Gilby Clarke and that’s not all… read all about it in this forthright interview.

 

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PRIMAL FEAR – Ralf Scheepers

December 31st, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

Ralf Scheepers is known for his fantastic voice and its marvelous capacity and above all being the charismatic frontman of Primal Fear. Even though Ralf has gained a lot of attention and respect via Primal Fear, the man has a legacy from the heyday of the 80’s metal. As widely known Scheepers became well known as the frontman for Gamma Ray in the early 90’s. Before teaming up with Kai Hansen to pursue Gamma Ray, Scheepers used to front an obscure trad metal outfit called Tyran’ Pace and released three albums between 1984 and 1986. After quitting the band, he started collaborating more and more with Kai Hansen and working on his new band project after Hansen’s successful Helloween era. The beginning wasn’t that easy for a new band. Through those rough years of Heavy and trad metal, Gamma Ray with Ralf struggled and released three albums having turned out milestones of the whole of of power metal. However INSANITY AND GENIUS was the last album featuring Ralf Scheepers on the mic. New challenges were waiting as Judas Priest showed their interest toward Scheepers. Ralf had sung in a Priest cover band for years. Even though Tim “Ripper” Owens was chosen for the job with Judas Priest, Scheepers teamed up with Matt Sinner to pursue their common interest in Primal Fear. After ten years and seven albums, Primal Fear entered Helsinki as a co-headliner with U.D.O and Ralf sat down with us to talk about several issues. Above all Primal Fear’s new album and new record label were the priority issues of the interview. Of course it was obvious to take a glance at Ralf’s past and ask Randy Black a few questions about Annihilator.  Enjoy… Metal Is Forever !!!!!

 

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN

Transcription by Duke

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HELLISH ROCK – Helloween, Gamma Ray and Axxis in Finland

December 29th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Helloween & Gamma Ray
special guest: Axxis

The 10th of December 2007 Tullikamari, Tampere
The 11th of December 2007 The Cable Factory, Helsinki FINLAND

Review and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

Both Helloween and Gamma Ray are without any doubts the leading names of the Power Metal genre in Europe and even worldwide. Helloween can be easily labelled as forefathers of modern melodic power metal as it has evolved within three decades. The band’s classic opuses KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS Pt I and Pt II have left immortal marks on the history of Heavy Metal, having influenced several musicians to create melodic powerful hymns of their own. Kai Hansen was one of the originators in Helloween and behind the creation process of these two albums. But Hansen’s own band, Gamma Ray, has as well conquered the heavy metal universe on their own mission. Thousands of metal fans arrived at the Cable Factory and Tullikamari shows in order to witness a special gig by these German metal veterans. Even though the event was historical in many ways, neither of the shows were completely sold out and that was little surprising.

 

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The Black Crusade: Old Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

December 28th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

THE BLACK CRUSADE
Machine Head -Trivium – DragonForce – Arch Enemy – Shadows Fall

The 14 of December 2007
The Old Ice Hall
Helsinki Finland

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Motorhead – Phil Campbell

December 22nd, 2007
by EvilG


Motorhead – Phil Campbell

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcription by Mike “fucking hostile” Holmes
Live pics Arto Lehtinen

What can one say about Motorhead that hasn’t already been said? Not much really. Either way it’s always a pleasure to chat to the band and this time I had the opportunity to talk to guitarist Phil Campbell a few months ago. I was allocated a limited amount of time – 10 minutes to be exact, so I did my up most to cram in as many questions as I could. I hope you enjoy the chat and learn something new.

 

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Mortal Sin – Mat Maurer

December 22nd, 2007
by EvilG


Mortal Sin – Mat Maurer

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Alxs

Mortal Sin is Australia’s premier Thash Metal bands. After a number of false starts and a 16 year wait the band has returned to the scene with a new album titled AN ABSENCE OF FAITH. I spoke to vocalist Mat Maurer after the albums release and here is what we discussed.

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