Underground legends NOKTURNEL: Tom Stevens speaks out!

June 18th, 2008
by Metal Rules

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Tom Stevens of NOKTURNEL

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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Tom Stevens, originally from East Rutherford, New Jersey, is a true warrior for oldschool thrash/death metal. He formed his first band Savage Death in 1985, did two kinda cult-ish underground demos (MASS GENOCIDE in 1985 and CRUCIFIED IN HELL in 1986) before the band called it quits. After that, it was the time for his second band, Nokturnel, which he formed together with Erik Young and Martin O´Connor in 1989. Two demos (YOU DON´T HAVE A CHANCE in 1990 and WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY in 1991) , one album (NOTHING BUT HATRED in 1993) and one 7-inch EP (ANTI GRUNGE in 1994) later, the band went on hiatus. Steve, however, kept moving on, and was recruited to Incantation for almost 2 years, plus also had some other temporary band activities going on for quite some time (live session slots in both Ripping Corpse and Morpheus Descends – not to forget Brimstone/Exile either, which he recorded BLACKENED REWARDS OF BLASPHEMY demo in 1997 with).

Tom decided to pull Nokturnel out from its icy grave in 1999, having Tophetarath from Fog/Hordes of the Lunar Eclipse handling the drums and Lee Ribera (Death of Millions ) n bass. The band´s second album, titled FURY UNLEASHED, was released through Tom´s own label, Nocturnal Eclipse in 2001, and was relatively well received amongst the fans of true underground thrash/death metal.

Tom and Chad Walls (on drums) are currently working with new material for Nokturnal – and this is where I leave further talking to Tom about the whole history from Savage Death up to the current activities of Nokturnel.

Be sure to read the interview as Tom´s skills as a real storyteller are unquestionable after you have read this lenghty and in-depth interview about him, and about all his bands he has been involved with for in the past years.          

 

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Agnostic Front – Tavastia Helsinki Finland

June 15th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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 AGNOSTIC FRONT

Live at TAVASTIA May 4th, 2008

HELSINKI FINLAND

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Dream Evil / Conquest of Steel – The Underworld, London

June 12th, 2008
by Hanntu

DREAM EVIL

and CONQUEST OF STEEL

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Live at The Underworld, London

29th May 2008

Live pics and review by HannTu

Summer has apparently begun in the UK, but I guess someone forgot to tell Mr Rain that. The only thing that could cheer anyone up on that drizzly, cold and windy Thursday evening was a good dose of pure, uncomplicated and cheesy heavy metal. Would the Swedes deliver, or would they fall as flat as the weather did? Read on…


 

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Hate Eternal – The Underworld, London, UK

June 11th, 2008
by Hanntu

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The Underworld, London, UK

6th June 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu



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IMMOLATION´s Ross Dolan

June 9th, 2008
by Metal Rules

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 IMMOLATION´s Ross Dolan

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Live pictures by Marko Autio

Transcription by David Groves

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The true veterans of US death metal, Immolation, landed their troops on European territory during March-April 2008 on the "Shadows of the Emissaries Curse" tour – also bringing along fellow country mates Goatwhore, Israeli infamous black/deathsters Melechesh and Greek´s Sickening Horror, whose technical and tricky death metal seemed to make a huge impression on many fans who wanted to witness some quality death metal on that particular night of April 3rd 2008 in Helsinki.

Immolation´s 7th album, SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT, has given the Immolation camp more and more death metal muscle, making Immolation one of the last true torch bearers for the old school death metal. If you are yet to hear the album, do yourself a favor and get your hands on it immediately, ok?

I met a smiling and polite Immolation frontman Ross Dolan at Nosturi, Helsinki right after the band had just finished their soundcheck. We sat down, and I let my tape recorder roll during this nice conversation with Ross about the tour, Immolation albums, the friggin´ good old times and so on… ;o)   

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As I Lay Dying – Tim Lambesis

June 5th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

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Vocalist Tim Lambesis

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***Interview and All Live Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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Hardcore Superstar with Pretty Wild: Live at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2008

June 4th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Hardcore Superstar – headline act

Mentally Damaged European Tour Second Leg

Pretty Wild – support act

Rock The Night Club

The Rock

Copenhagen, Denmark

24/5 – 2008

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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In Flames – Jesper Stromblad

June 3rd, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

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Jesper Stromblad

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***Interview & All Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland


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Tarja Turunen: “Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008″ at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

May 29th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Tarja Turunen

Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008
Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, Sweden
27/5 – 2008

Review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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The Haunted with Slow Death Factory at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark 2008

May 29th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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The Haunted

Slow Death Factory, The Rock

Copenhagen, Denmark

22/5 – 08

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Opprobrium – Francis and Moyses Howard

May 28th, 2008
by EvilG

Opprobrium (formerly known as Incubus)

Interview with Francis and Moyses Howard

Interviewed by David Leslie

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Incubus – demo days photo

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Mark Van Erp – Ex-Monstrosity, Ex-Cynic, and Ex-Malevolent Creation

May 21st, 2008
by Metal Rules

Mark Van Erp

Interviewed by David Leslie

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Mark Van Erp was the bassist in the early days of some notable death metal bands such as Monstrosity, Cynic, and Malevolent Creation. We recently caught up with him to talk about his death metal days.

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Apocalyptica Live In Vancouver – April 19, 2008

May 21st, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver, BC  Canada

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***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland


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The Misfits – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

May 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Misfits

The 28th of April

Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

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Melechesh – Melechesh Ashmedi

May 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcripted by Blake Wolfe

Melechesh, fronted by Ashmedi and Moloch, have travelled a long way to conquer European soil with their unique sound. Each album by Melechesh have had incredible moments of journeys into ancient oriental culture. Melechesh embarked on their European tour with Immolation and did a triumphinant gig in Finland. Therefore, it was more than a good opportunity to have a chat with the band’s frontman Ashmedi.

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