Tuska Open Air 2007 – Helsinki, Finland

August 13th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

The 29th of June ? The 1st of July 2007

The Central Park of Kaisaniemi

Helsinki Finland

Review and pics by Luxi Lahtinen and Arto Lehtinen

(additional comments by Mika Hankaniemi)


Once again the prestigious Tuska open air metal festival is here. Thousands of metalheads have travelled from all around Finland and other countries to the central park of Kaisaniemi in order to celebrate the real metal inferno in the middle of Helsinki. This year the Tuska metal festival celebrates its tenth anniversary and of course the offering of the line-up of bands is as colorful as in the previous events.

Getting the mighty Norwegian black metal legends like Emperor and Immortal have been the most awaited ones amongst the audience for sure. However although these so-called big black metal legends definitely attract more of the extreme metal fans, the festival is not limited to one certain metal category. Everyone has something to feel and see and taste during these three days. Above all, power metal had a strong line up – for example Blind Guardian and Stratovarius, being the most known names in Tuska?s bill in 2007.

The festival has become a real guaranteed pure metal festival and has had massive popularity amongst all kinds of metalheads of all ages. The majority of the tickets were already sold out quickly in the advance sales a long time ago. However there were some leftovers if someone was willing to buy, and taste a feeling of metal after all.

Metal-Rules.com was again at Tuska to give an exact review and article on bands. Therefore sit down and enjoy your reading. 

 


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Sadistic Intent & Pentacle – Live at Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany 5th of August 2007

August 9th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Sadistic Intent & Pentacle – Live at Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany 5th of August 2007

Review and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen  


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Summer NAMM 2007

August 8th, 2007
by EvilG

Summer NAMM 2007
Austin, Texas, USA
Austin Convention Center, July 27-29, 2007

http://summernamm.com/

Review and pics by Robert Williams

The NAMM show is an industry only conference for music retailers, one of the biggest music related conventions in the world, 2nd only to the Frankfurt Musikmesse, so I’m told. Music retailers come from all around the world to make connections and network with their peers, showcase their new products, and attend NAMM classes that teach industry secrets on how to improve business for music retailers.

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Magna Carta Records – Peter Morticelli

August 8th, 2007
by EvilG

Magna Carta Records – Peter Morticelli

By Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Murphy

When it comes to the world of Progressive Rock/Metal Peter Morticelli is a name that many of you should know. Not only is he the President/Co founder of Magna Carta Records his history as a manager (from The Rods to Vinnie Moore), booking agent and recording artist should be enough to warrant respect. If you’re still not sure of his credentials then feel free to pick up something released by Shrapnel Records during the eighties for a little proof – you’re sure to find Peter’s name associated with it in some way. The following interview focuses on Peter’s foray into the music industry and the creation of one of the most unique labels currently in operation – Magna Carta Records. Sit back and enjoy the read…it’s quite a story.


 

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Rockhimlen Rock & Metal Festival in Helsingborg Sweden 2007

August 8th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Rockhimlen Rock Metal Festival

Hedens IP
Helsingborg
Sweden
12-14/7  -2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

After coming home from the muddy banks of the Roskilde Festival it was time to head to Helsingborg, a town situated a few miles north of Malmoe, Sweden to enjoy the newly started Rockhimlen Festival. During the festival’s 2 days 23 acts performed. That was about 12 acts per day and the festivals main focus was set to lift up glam/sleaze acts in the light. The bands were mostly local but there were also a few more well known acts from other parts of Sweden as well as from Great Britain.

 

 

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MERCILESS DEATH – EVIL IN THE NIGHT

August 8th, 2007
by Metal Rules

“Evil in MERCILESS DEATH”

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Merciless Death, this relentless 3-piece old school Speed/Thrash Metal act, hails from Canyon Country, California. The band´s full-length debut, EVIL IN THE NIGHT, was unleashed a short while ago via Heavy Artillery Records. Merciless Death have made themselves known mainly around the LA area by their furious shows that they have been playing with many other rising local forces. There, they have been successfully introducing their ever-growing and strong thrashing muscles for wild crowds, and overall getting their name stamped on people´s foreheads.

Merciless Death´s guitarizt Dan Holder talks more about their world thrash domination to Metal-Rules.com when it got started and where it has led to them thus far. Now let´s enter Dan…

 


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Aerosmith: Live in Helsinki, FINLAND

August 3rd, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

AEROSMITH

07.07 2007

Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

The Boston based Aerosmith was one of the biggest rock bands of the ’70s. Even then the band had a unique ability to pull off both ballads and rockers which brought them a string of gold and platinum albums. “Toys in the Attic”, “Rocks” and “Draw the Line” amongst others are undeniable classics. After a while though, things started to change. In the early ’80s, the group lost their original lineup and soon after their audiences started to dissipate while some of the members suffered from serious intoxicant problems. As a result they were nearly destroyed, but somehow managed to pull their act together and in the late ’80s accomplish one of the most successful comebacks in history. Returning to the top of the charts with a series of albums like “Pump” and “Get a Grip”, with the help of MTV, they even managed to top the sales of their ’70s albums. To this day Aerosmith remains one of the biggest live acts in the rock world.

 

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Metaltown Festival at Gothenburg Sweden 2007

July 29th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Metaltown Festival
Frihamnen
Gothenburg
Sweden
30/6 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

I spent the last day of June hanging out at the Metaltown Festival which took place on a sun burnt day/evening in Gothenburg Sweden. The festival was arranged by EMA Telstar, PK Music in Gothenburg and KB in Malmoe and for the first time in the metal-rules.com history here comes a review of the festival .

 

 

 

 

 

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Dark Empire – Live in New York: July 12, 2007

July 26th, 2007
by Greg Shackles

Dark Empire

Meltdown

Ethereality

July 12, 2007

The Hook

Brooklyn, NY

 

 

* Live Review by Shaq

* Live photos by Liquid Sky Photography


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Kita – Drummer for Lordi

July 24th, 2007
by Greg Shackles

 

Interview by Shaq

Transcription by Claudia

 

Lordi is a band that was largely unknown outside the borders of Finland until their victory in last year’s Eurovision song contest boosted them into instant stardom.  Despite their elaborate monster costumes, characters and stage shows, Lordi surprised many with their melodic hard rock with super catchy choruses.  I was able to have a chat with the drummer for Lordi, who goes under the name Kita, right before they kicked into their quest to bring the balls back to the Ozzfest mainstage.


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Sven Gali

July 21st, 2007
by Celtic Bob

 

Sven Gali: 1987-1994


Report by Celtic Bob, December 2005

Sven Gali was formed in 1987 around Hamilton, Ontario. Canada. Starting out as a cover band they quickly earned a reputation for their amazing and energetic live shows. By the turn of the decade they were snatched up by BMG Music and started to record their self titled debut album. In 1992 the disc hits the streets and is received with open arms. In a time where Grunge is just starting to make its way into the mainstream this was a welcomed treat to the Hard Rock/ Metal world. Despite a stellar debut and a solid follow-up in 1994 the scene changed and the band parted ways and quickly became one for the “Where Are They Now” files!

Dave Wanless (vocals)
Dee Cerniles (guitar)
Andy Frank (guitar)
Shawn ‘TT’ Mahar (bass)
Gregg Gerson (drums)

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SKID ROW – Scotti Hill

July 20th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

SCOTTI HILL

Skid Row was one of the last hard rock bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early ’90s. The band’s self titled debut album was released in 1989 and it included such classic chart topping songs as songs as “18 and Life”, “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild”. Skid Row then consisted of; vocalist Sebastian Bach, guitarists Scotti Hill and Dave “Snake” Sabo, bassist Rachel Bolan and drummer Rob Affuso – released their second album; SLAVE TO THE GRIND in 1991 and things were going even better then. They did their own headline tours across the world and album was selling even better than the first album, it went into number one in Billboard 200 list. But things started to change soon. There was a lot of bad blood between band members prior the release of third album SUBHUMAN RACE and as a result band broke up in late 1995. There was nothing happening in the world of Skid Row until the year 2000 when the band announced their plans to re-unite and go on tour as a support act for KISS. As a surprise for many, Sebastian Bach wasn’t in the line up anymore. The new incarnation of Skid Row included Texas native vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Phil Varone (ex -Saigon Kick) among originals; Snake, Scotti and Rachel. That lineup released album THICKSKIN in 2003. Two years later Phil Varone was out and in 2006 band released their latest album REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE with new drummer Dave Gara on their ranks. Skid Row has gone through both good and difficult times but what’s most important, they’re here now and the show goes on. In June I met band guitarist Scotti Hill at the Swedenrock festival just prior bands show. Here are the results of our rather long discussion about the past and present of Skid Row, grunge, Rocklahoma, the state of hard rock in the U.S.A., among many other topics… read on!!!

Interview by Marko Syrjala

Transcription by Neil Batty

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SATAN´S HOST – A Greater Black Magick

July 18th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Guitarist Patrick “Evil” of SATAN´S HOST
Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
 

 

Even if this demonic and notorious incarnation called Satan´s Host – from the majestic mile-high mountains of Colorado, have been around for over 20 years, spreading their satanic message for metal brothers and sisters around the world, only a minority of people have found them. METAL FROM HELL (released on vinyl only in 1986 by now defunct Web Records), being the band´s debut as well as most known album that featured Leviathan Thisires (aka Harry Conklin) from Jag Panzer, was the very album that dragged the band´s name out from the dark catacombs into the daylight for a mass of people. Harry Conklin also sang on the band´s 2nd abum MIDNIGHT WIND, which was unfortunately never released because Web Records went bankrupt. Hence it was no wonder why the album was also bootlegged back in the day. 

The following years, actually the period of 1988-94, Satan´s Host was in a sort of state of self-seclusion where the whole Satan´s Host Grotto was manifesting its magick, having also a new vocalist in the ranks, Eli Elixir replacing Harry Conklin who left the band after the MIDNIGHT WIND (still unreleased) album. The band had already started incorporating from the traditional pre-Power Metal sound they had in the very beginning – toward a much heavier and darker direction at that time, evolving into a Black/Death Metal act that they are nowadays, with very strong satanic themes.

It´s 2007, and I got a chance to talk to Patrick “Evil” (the guitarist in Satan´s Host) nearly about everything between heaven and hell – and especially the band´s latest work, SATANIC GRIMOIRE: A GREATER BLACK MAGICK.


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The Hottest Chicks In Metal Tour – Live In Vancouver: May 28, 2007

July 16th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

The Hottest Chicks In Metal Tour
feat. Lacuna Coil and The Gathering
May 28, 2007
The Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

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


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TROUBLE – Guitarist Rick Wartell

July 12th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Duke

TROUBLE has been, and still is, one of the most important and influential doom metal bands. They have had a huge impact on various metal styles from extreme death metal to above all majestical doom metal. The legendary five piece doomsters from Chicago made a visit to the prestigious SwedenRock festival where I managed to catch the band’s guitarist Rick Wartell to have a conversation about the new seventh output SIMPLE MIND CONDITION and of course the past, the present and the future.


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