Freedom Call live at Kulturbolaget Malmö Sweden 2007

September 26th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Freedom Call
Nocturnal Dimension Tour
Kulturbolaget
Malmoe
Sweden
6/9 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Mike Browning – After Death, ex-Incubus, ex-Morbid Angel, etc.

September 23rd, 2007
by Metal Rules

Mike Browning

After Death, ex-Acheron, ex-Nocturnus, ex-Incubus, ex-Morbid Angel, etc.

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen & Arto Lehtinen
Intro by Luxi Lahtinen

MEGA-thanks to Andy Osborn for the transcription 

 

First off, please do note everybody this IS NOT any of the recent interviews made with Mike Browning (After Death, ex-Nocturnus, ex-Morbid Angel, etc.), but an interview that was conducted with him in 2003 already, 4 long yet tormenting years ago.

So, why was this interview with him published 4 years later may some of you rightfully ask? To make a long answer to short one: Due to a number of unexpected reasons; mainly because of some unfortunate circustances what happened to the interview discs right after they were sent to the transcription for the first time – and what happened after that (the dics getting lost, etc.). It would be very easy to make scapegoats for this enormous delay of getting this huge interview of Mike Browning out, but it wouldn´t serve anyone´s interest, or purpose anyway.

However, even if some of the information is obviously badly outdated in this interview (especially for After Death), we thought to publish it here in Metal-Rules.com without shortening it a bit, but put it out in its entirety the way it was meant to be published originally, back in 2003. Mike Browning provided a lot of in-depth information for this very interview that just never gets outdated – telling many very informative things about the past times with his other bands prior to After Death. Also, since Mike put so huge amounts of effort and time into answering the interview questions, we sincerely thought the only right thing to do, was to get this interview released some day, no matter what.

Now let Mike quide all of us through the early days of Morbid Angel to Incubus to Nocturnus, etc. In fact, this is more like a story about Mike Browning, and we can quarantee you it´s absolute a great read! Now enjoy this long ride under Mike´s very expert guidance…!


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Katatonia / Scar Symmetry / Insomnium / Swallow the Sun – Live in NYC: 09/06/07

September 22nd, 2007
by Greg Shackles

September 6, 2007

BB King’s

New York, NY

 

* Live Review and Photos by Shaq

 

With easily one of the best tour packages I can remember in support, it was time for Katatonia to launch their first ever headlining tour of North America.  It wasn’t too long ago that they were supporting Moonspell in what was another well built tour package.  Along for the ride this time were Swallow the Sun and Insomnium, both hailing from Finland, as well as their fellow Swedes in Scar Symmetry.  I guess sometimes Finns and Swedes can get along!  To say I was excited for this lineup would be the understatement of the year.  Without a single bad or local band on the bill, it was certain to be a good night for metal.


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POISON w/ RATT

September 22nd, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Poison
w/ Ratt  and special guests Vains of Jenna


Live Review and Photos by Celtic Bob

After a lengthily journey to the states to see one of my all-time favorite bands Poison: I arrived mid afternoon to an somewhat empty parking lot. I was psyched to see them again and I was equally excited to see Ratt for the first time ever. This was going to be a great event.

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Velvet Revolver / Alice In Chains – Live In Vancouver: September 7, 2007

September 19th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Velvet Revolver/Alice In Chains
Friday, September 7, 2007
Pacific Coliseum
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

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


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Napalm Death – Guitarist Mitch Harris

September 18th, 2007
by EvilG


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Transcribed by Narg

 

Synonymous with the word extreme, Napalm Death has been grinding away since 1982 and is showing no signs of slowing down if the release of 13th album Smear Campaign is any indication. I had the opportunity to talk with guitarist Mitch Harris and was able to cover a few things such as the current tour, the new album and their progression as a band.


 

 

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Kathie Jarra of STYGMATA

September 18th, 2007
by EvilG

Kathie Jarra of STYGMATA
Interview by EvilG & Mortuai

Platinum-haired metal goddess, Kathie Jarra, has gone solo with the release of BLEED under the band name Stygmata. Although this is her first solo album, some of you will recognize her name from the defunct band Jarra. In a nutshell, the style of metal on BLEED is straight up heavy metal. Some elements of power and thrash metal creep in at times, but overall this is classic heavy metal. We recently spoke to Kathie about her new album, the band, religion, blood, metal, etc!


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Chuck Billy of TESTAMENT

September 13th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Chuck Billy of Testament

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen & Niko Karppinen

Live- and backstage photos by Luxi Lahtinen

Transcription by Niclas Lindstrand

 

Jalometalli festival, which is arranged at the metal heart of northern Finland, Oulu, seems to get better and better each year as far as the line-up of bands is concerned. The festival has been organized since 2002, and for the last 3 years the festival has also become one of the most noteworthy metal festivals in Finland along with Tuska and Sauna Open Air festivals.

Last year the organizers of Jalometalli managed to book such names as Onslaught, Helloween, U.D.O., Dismember, etc. for the festival. This year?s menu hardly paled in comparison to the previous years? settings; especially thanks to such known and popular international metal acts like Candlemass, Kreator, Holy Moses, Unleashed, Rotting Christ and Testament for ensuring such a strong setting for every self-respected metalhead.

Undoubtedly one of the Jalometalli?s most awaited bands in 2007, were the Frisco-thrash pioneers Testament who made their reunion in February 2005 with the original band members. Testament hit Europe for a bunch of gigs in August ?07, playing shows in such countries as England, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, etc. Also, the band has been preparing songs for next album that they are supposed to start recording in March 2008. That new album will also feature Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) on drums, so it?s gonna be interesting to see how his blast beats will fit into the new Testament songs.

2 experienced reporters from Metal-Rules.com found the Testament frontman Chuck Billy from the backstage after the show late at night, and Chuck was more than willing to reveal more details about the band?s future as well as giving his thoughts about several other topics that we wanted to inquire from him.

 

Thanks to the Testament tour manager Mike Stellone and Chris Delaney of Adrenaline PR for setting up the interview for us 


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Steel Attack Members Ronny Hemlin, Johan Lövgren, John Allen

September 10th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

  

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Pictures of Ronny, Johan, and live by Anders Sandvall

When Steel Attack paid a visit to Malmo for the first time, I hooked up with singer Ronny Hemlin and the new bass player Johan Löfgren. While we did the interview Guitarist John Allan showed up and it became a three part interview.

 


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Hammerfall At The Threshold Of … Festivals 2007

September 10th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Hammerfall
At The Threshold Of …Festivals
Malmö Festival
Stortorget
Malmö

Sweden
22/8 – 2007

Reviewed by Anders Sandvall
Pictures by Anders Sandvall



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Adam ‘Doom’ Sewell of Monster Voodoo Machine

September 10th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Adam “Doom” Sewell

of

MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE

 

I was recently supposed to sit down and talk to Adam face to face at his office but due to a personal issue on my part I couldn’t make it. Adam was kind enough to take the time and answer the questions via email.

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HELIX – CD Launch Party

September 9th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

 

Aug 19th, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />London, Ontario

CD Release Party For
THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL

 

Another milestone in Helix history; the launch of the latest album. This disc finds Brian and company back on E.M.I. here in Canada who released their 80’s output. What better way to release the new record than with a Sold Out show in their hometown of London, Ontario?

 

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Heaven and Hell: Live in Helsinki

September 6th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

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Ice Hall

HELSINKI,FINLAND

10.06 2006

 

 

There are always lots of speculations and rumors flying in the music world and sometimes those turn out to be true. After fifteen years, the classic line up of Black Sabbath: Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice, decided to put their pieces together and do a world tour under name Heaven and Hell. “The Dio years” collection was released prior the tour and it also included three brand new Black Sabb… I mean…Heaven and Hell tracks. Band kicked their world tour in U.S on last April and on early June they reached Finland and Helsinki.

 

 

Review and photos by Marko Syrjälä

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WARBRINGER – Guitarist John Laux

September 6th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Warbringer Guitarist John Laux

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

What was the hotbed for some of the most talented and successful Thrash Metal bands back in the ´80s? California, USA. What about these days? California, USA could be the right answer for that again if such new leagues of ferocious Thrash Metal acts as Merciless Death, Fueled by Fire, HeXeN, Dekapitator – amongst others, were anything to go by.

From California, USA, comes Warbringer, whose strong potential was also noticed by Century Media Records who recently signed the band. The band´s latest 5-song EP, titled ONE BY ONE THE WICKED FALL, is what everyone of us expects from old school Thrash Metal: Irresistibly powerful, catchier-than-your-grandma´s-ancient-sun-hat, menacing and aggressive in-yer-face Thrash Metal that is rooted deep in the ´80s era of Thrash Metal. What more could you possibly ask for? 

I was contacted by the band´s wild 6-string torturer John Laux about telling what´s going on in the Warbringer camp these days, and John was kind enough to reveal about their deal with Century Media to Metal-Rules.com how it happened indeed, local bands raising from their cellars into the fame (Merciless Death, Fueled by Fire, etc.) – and just about much more… 


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Cloudscape Vocalist Mike Andersson

September 3rd, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Live pictures and of Mike Andersson by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Metal Heaven for the promo pictuers of the band

I’m proud to present the first ever interview with Cloudscape singer and band leader Mike Andersson. We sat down for a chat before they were about to head on stage at Club Powerhouse in Malmo Sweden. Cloudscape is one of the hottest up and coming acts from Sweden. Enjoy!

 


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