IMMORTAL – Demonaz

July 7th, 2007
by Metal Rules

IMMORTAL´s Demonaz talks about the band´s new coming…

Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Warriors from the icy kingdom of Blashyrkh, Immortal, have returned! They are stronger than ever before. The band decided to have a 4-year break starting in 2003 simply because the band felt they were loosing that important yet vital spark that kept Immortal´s heart pumping smoothly – and what´s most important, in a creative way.

With Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon in the Immortal line-up in 2007, the band is full of enthusiasm and passion and are once again ready to deliver their goods like when they started 17 years ago. The spirit of Immortal has been re-found and new material is in the works. This is something for every Immortal fan to look forward to for sure.

Immortal has a ´reunion´ tour going on called “Seven Dates of Blashyrkh” and the band stopped by the Finnish Tuska festival on June 29th for the very first time (that was also the very first time for Immortal to play in Finland). I managed to find one of the Immortal´s main song writers, Demonaz, from one cozy-looking hotel in the downdown of Helsinki a day before the show – and Demonaz was very eager and passionate to tell for the readers of Metal-Rules.com about all the recent updates from the Immortal camp as well as about his own solo project Perfect Visions that he´s working for with Abbath, Ice Dale and Armagedda – plus just much more.

So, Demonaz – as the fact is…

 


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Evergrey – Tom S. Englund

July 4th, 2007
by EvilG

Evergrey – Tom S. Englund

Interviewed By: Siomn Lukic
Transcribed by: Claudia
All pics from www.evergrey.net

It goes without saying that Evergrey are a unique band. Having formed in Sweden in 1996, the band has fascinated listeners with exceptional studio albums and an equally captivating stage show. The band is currently readying themselves for the release of their new album which should be in the hands of fans before Christmas. I had the opportunity to speak to vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund and he filled me in on a few things about the band’s songwriting process as well as eagerly awaited new album. 

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SAUNA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL, TAMPERE, FINLAND 7. – 9.6.2007

July 4th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Report and pics by Luxi Lahtinen & Niko Karppinen

Sauna Open Air Metal Festival 2007 entertained approximately 22,000 metal warriors within 3 hot and sunny days. Almost 10,000 people appeared on Saturday, 8th of June, which was undoubtedly the biggest day of the festival thanks to both Dimmu Borgir´s and Type O Negative´s attendance. The Sauna Open Air Metal Festival opened its gates for metalheads for the 4th time in the whole history of this well-organized festival. The settings were probably the best so far for a great, all-aged, metallic event. At least the four main headlining acts that were booked to Sauna 2007 – Megadeth, Dimmu Borgir, Type O Negative and Heaven & Hell – placed four unbeatable aces on the table. It seemed that the impossible had a splendid chance to become possible… and that´s – what I believe, happened eventually.

Two curiosities – and let’s even say, somewhat relatively experienced reporters from Metal-Rules.com – crept through the gates of Sauna Open Air Metal Festival, and the following honest observations were made on the happenings during this metallic feast…


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This Godless Endeavor: Staying Metal In The Warzone (#4)

July 3rd, 2007
by EvilG

Here’s another update from Mustafa, a metalhead in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Iraq. He’s not a soldier, but a citizen living in Iraq! We think it’s very cool to know that there are ‘brothers of metal’ even in Iraq so we’d like to give our readers the opportunity to hear more on what it is like to be a metalhead in this kind of a situation.

If you have any questions on the column, send them here.


 

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SCORPIONS Vocalist Klaus Meine

July 2nd, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

 

KLAUS MEINE

Legendary German rockers Scorpions are back in the limelight with their new album “Humanity -Hour 1″ which is the bands 21’st studio release. The album proves that although the band has already reached their respectable 35 year landmark they still have a lot to give to the fans of melodic hard rock and metal. The new album is produced by Desmond Child who is one of the most respected and successful producers in today’s music business. I had an opportunity to sit down with the band’s vocalist and founding member Klaus Meine just prior to the band’s triumphant performance in this years edition of the legendary Swedenrock. Here is what Klaus had to say about the new album and some other current topics in the Scorpions world… 

 

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjälä

Transcription by Andy Osborne

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ICED EARTH / BEYOND FEAR – Tim Owens

June 30th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

 

 

TIM “RIPPER” OWENS

 

 

Iced Earth is making a return to the limelight and has been booked to a few European festivals and will heading to tour as a supporter for Heaven and Hell. At the Swedenrock festival we got the great opportunity of having a small chat with the front man of Iced Earth as well as Beyond Fear, Tim Ripper Owens. Iced Earth will be unleashing their new album called “Framing Armageddon” via SPV. The album’s story continues of the saga of the trilogy from SOMETHING WICKED. Owens tells us more about the concept of the album and plans to get on the road again.  
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INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY
MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN

Transcription by HannTu


 

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Dark Tranquillity – Mikael Stanne

June 27th, 2007
by EvilG


Dark Tranquillity – Mikael Stanne

By: Simon Lukic
Transcribed by: Claudia
Live photos by Lord of the Wasteland

With a career that spans 18 years and 8 studio albums, Dark Tranquillity are veterans in their field. Far from retired this legendary act has continued to push their own boundaries without ever straying from their original sound. Their latest album FICTION is it another fine release and an album that you should add to your collection – that is, if haven’t already done so. I had the opportunity to catch up with vocalist Mikael Stanne and together we discussed, amongst other things, the creative process behind the new album as well as what it’s like to be a musician in Dark Tranquillity.

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Iron Maiden, Lauren Harris, Parikrama – Carling Academy, Brixton, London

June 27th, 2007
by Hanntu

Iron Maiden / Lauren Harris / Parikrama

Carling Academy, Brixton, London
24th June 2007

Live review and NO pics by HannTu

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MALICIOUS DEATH – Tormenting grip on the bass´ neck, Bilibaldus

June 25th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Tormenting grip on the bass´ neck:
Bilibaldus from Malicious Death says his piece

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
Live pictures by Toni “ElDiablo” Salminen (Metalscope.net)

 

Malicious Death from the capital of Finland, Helsinki, plays old school Thrash Metal that has much to do with the traditions and deepest values as far as a vintage sounding Speed – and Thrash Metal is concerned. The band has already recorded a couple of albums (DEVILIZATION on their own label, Rebellion Records in 2003; available as vinyl only – and WAR & POWER on Verikauha Records in 2005) – and is currently working on new songs for their next album that we can hopefully expect by the end of 2007.

Bilibaldus from Malicious Death was kind enough to tell us more about what the band has been up to lately, plus his own thoughts about the current state of the metal scene – what´s wrong with it and what are some of things in it in his opinion that spreads a´from-ear-to-another´ wide smile on his face.

However, be warned that some of you may find Bilibaldus´ comments and opinions insulting, and probably even somewhat disturbing – and Metal-Rules.com takes no responsibility for his any of his sayings, whatsoever.


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Vader, Belphegor, Requiem – The Purple Turtle, Camden, London

June 21st, 2007
by Hanntu

Vader / Belphegor / Requiem

The Purple Turtle, Camden, London, UK
19th June 2007

All Live Pics and Review by HannTu

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Dublin Death Patrol – The Underworld, Camden, London

June 21st, 2007
by Hanntu

Dublin Death Patrol

The Underworld, Camden, London
18th June 2007

All Pics and Review by HannTu

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DIMMU BORGIR´s Vocalist Shagrath

June 20th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Shagrath – Vocalist of DIMMU BORGIR

Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Dimmu Borgir was booked as one of the main headlining acts for Sauna Open Air Metal Festival this year. Other bands included Megadeth, Type o Negative and Heaven & Hell. Dimmu has been touring the globe extensively since April 23rd 2007 for their new album IN SORTE DIABOLI. The album has even climbed up to position 43 on the Billboard top 200 album list. That’s a pretty respectable achievement from an extreme metal band on a list that is mostly been dominated by all kinds of pop/dance music artists.

I met the band´s vocalist Shagrath at a very luxurious looking Hotel Ilves in Tampere 4 hours prior to their showcase at the main stage of the festival. Shagrath looked pretty tired after getting a minimal amount of sleep last night, so we decided to postpone the interview session with him for 1 hour so he could at least get a chance to eat something first – and get himself awakened a bit more before he got himself in the right mood and spirit to talk to Metal-Rules.com.

One hour later Shagrath arrives to the lobby of the hotel; a couple of friendly handshakes and he´s ready to answer to all the questions that this patient journalist wanted to inquire from him briefly. What kinds of amazing wonders can a good lunch really do for a person… ;o)


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Dark Tranquillity / The Haunted / Into Eternity / Scar Symmetry Live In Vancouver: April 9, 2007

June 20th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Dark Tranquillity / The Haunted / Into Eternity / Scar Symmetry
Monday, April 9, 2007
Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada


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


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ANNIHILATOR – Jeff Waters

June 20th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

JEFF WATERS

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRPTION BY NEIL BATTY

Canadian thrash band Annihilator is the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters, who founded the band in Vancouver in 1984. It took almost five years and numerous line up changes before band released their 1989 debut, ALICE IN HELL, which was an unqualified triumph and epitomized the state of the art in terms of thinking man’s thrash metal in every aspect. Album was a success but more changes followed. Original singer Randy Rampage decided to leave and he was then replaced by Coburn Pharr who recorded album NEVER NEVERLAND with the band. Album was again very successful and band did a lot of touring across the world with such names as Judas Priest. Third album SET THE WORLD ON FIRE was released in 1993 with Wayne Darley being the only remaining member alongside with Jeff Waters himself. That album was a way different compared to older albums, it was much more oriented into pop/rock but it still did quite well during the time when grunge invasion was about to come. In 1994 band lost their record contract and they broke up but it wasn’t too long when Annihilator resurfaced with another line up. Band released a series of albums: KING OF THE KILL, REFRESH THE DEMON and REMAINS where Jeff handled vocal duties by himself while but Annihilator never again enjoyed anything similar to their original success � despite Water’s’ retreat to thrashier terrain. In 1999 band did another attempt to re-find their glory days when they re-united with their original singer Randy Rampage. Band released album CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW but reunion didn’t last too long until Randy was out again because of his drug and alcohol problems. It was time of another singer and then Joe Comeau stepped in. Annihilator released two high quality albums CARNIVAL DIABLOS and WAKING THE FURY with Joe before he was surprisingly out after the release of live album DOUBLE LIVE ANNILIATION in 2003. Canadian native Dave Padden replaced Comeau and he�s been in the band since then. Annihilator has lived though many ups and downs in their career but what�s most important, band has always survived and now they�re once again back with their 12�Th studio release called �Metal�. Band visited in Finland, for the first time in sixteen years, on last April while they were on tour as a special guest for U.S band. I had an opportunity to sit down with Jeff Waters in Helsinki before their show in House of Culture and here are the results of our lengthy discussion� ENJOY! 

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Suicidal Tendencies : The 13th June Helsinki Finland

June 19th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

The 13th of June 2007
Tavastia Helsinki
Finland

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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