After reading some (unnamed to protect the guilty…ha!) year end lists of what some thought the biggest news stories of 2009 were, here is another view on the biggest stories in METAL for 2009. Agree or disagree? Comments welcome!
In the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of artists who are going back and re-recording previously released material. From melodic metal artists like Kiss and Victory, to the speedy Dragonforce, to thrashers like Exodus and Sodom, to the heavier end of the spectrum with acts like Dimmu Borgir, this trend is present in every genre. This month we ask why? Is it necessary, mandatory, a cash grab plain ol’ fun… or somewhere in between? Enjoy!
The Israeli progressive metal combo Orphaned Land will be releasing a brand new opus called "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR". The long waited fourth album gives a massive journey into the Middle Eastern metal with obviously folk music approach involved. The album is based on an interesting concept. Even though it is already some years having passed by since Mabool, the Israeli metallers have returned with a strong and brilliant album. Therefore, it is about time to have an interview with Orphaned Land in Metal-Rules.com and chat with the guitarist Yossi Saaron Sassi about the new album.
For nearly twenty years Sweden’s black metal assault Marduk has been delivering the most blasphemous, venomous and often perverse assault on Christianity with their brand of blastbeat heavy black metal. From the "Fuck Me Jesus" EP to songtitles like "Fistfucking God’s Planet" Jesus Christ Sodomized" and "Christraping Black Metal" long has Marduk been an adversary of the Holy.
Guitarist and founder Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson has been the only constant member of the band’s lineup since it’s inception. The "Plague Angel" album marked the start of the most recent lineup with former bassist Magnus "Devo" Andersson returning to the fold alongside new vocalist Mortuus. Since that time the band has been rounded out by drummer Lars Broddesson and continue to stay as active as ever with a whopping eleven studio albums, six EP’s, three live albums, a boxset and three DVD releases to date.
Most recently the band has released Wormwood. A ten song album recorded at bass player Devo’s Endarker studios; and finally returned to the United States for the first comprehensive tour of the States since 2001’s "Black Metal Assault" tour. Originally slated to take part in last summer’s "Blackendfest" as a co-headliner alongside Norway’s Mayhem; some visa delays put the band’s plans on ice.
Finally…Marduk is now back on U.S. soil and prepared to take their unholy funeral march to a town near you. Backed by French black metaller’s Merrimack, the thrash attack of Mantic Ritual and dark psychedelic metal of Nachtmystium; this tour is not to be missed.
From one of America’s greatest cess pools, the hellish Motor City of Detroit, comes a band so violent and full of rage that the world should be mortified… and the Metal world should be ecstatic. Nocturnal Fear’s fourth album, METAL OF HONOR, influenced by the legendary and super heavy Thrash bands of Germany, is a text book of Heavy Metal at it’s best, rude, nasty, and unforgiving. In this interview founding member and guitarist, the Rev. Chris Slavehunter Ph. D. explains the bands philosophy on Metal, War, why he’s the reverend, and even President Obama.
The mighty Italian thrashers Bulldozer have returned to the living daylights after a long hiatus with a brand new album UNEXPECTED FATE. The band gained a reputation back in the 80’s when thrash metal was raging around the world. Their four albums still represent brutal thrash metal to the bone, which are still worshiped by extreme thrash metallers. Bulldozer’s return has been hailed by several old school metal fans as a welcome addition to the current wave of thrash revival. Therefore it was a good opportunity to ask the fron-tman of Bulldozer, AC Wild, about their return and the new album.
Dan Swano is one of the living legends in the extreme metal genre and he has always been a hero for me and many more. I got in touch with Swano and asked him if he was willing to do an interview with metal-rules.com which he was. So here come the final result, it’s a long interview with Swano that includes all you need to know about Swano’s career which includes numerous releases with Nightingale, Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath and Total Terror to mention a few. Swano is also a highly acclaimed producer and mixer which we also talked about. Swano has also released the debut album with crust punk band Total Terror this year which is an album that he originally recorded back in the late 90’s. Here is the first official interview with the amazing Dan Swano in metal-rules.com.
Interview by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks so much to Dan Swano for doing this interview with me, and for providing me with the promo pictures of himself.
Thanks to Vic Records for providing me with the promo pictures of Total Terror.
Legendary U.S band W.A.S.P. would stir up quite a bit of controversy in their mid 80’s heyday thanks to their explicit lyrics and over-the-top stage show, which many deemed violent and sexist. That controversy would fade in time as the band tamed a bit and many more controversial acts came long, but not before putting the band on the map of the rock world and creating a ton of free publicity. The band released its self titled classic debut in 1984, and wouldn’t stop or even slow down despite some highly disruptive lineup changes and slowly fading album sales. The band has been relentless in their album releases, almost never letting up or even taking a bit of a breather. Their latest effort, 14’th studio album, BABYLON, arrived stores just a couple of months ago. Although this band has faced many ups and downs in its long career they now seem to do extremely well especially here in Scandinavia. In Finland alone, band now sold out four shows and performed altogether in a front of over 6000 WASP maniacs, that’s not so bad on these days isn’t it? In Helsinki we had a chance to sit down with the bands founder and mastermind Blackie Lawless and discuss many current topics including: the new album BABYLON, The Crimson Idol Anniversary –tour, the past, the future, the current global situation, politics and Blackies’ thoughts about retiring… Read on and learn!!
Band promo pictures are taken from the bands website taken by: Thomas Erlandsson
Additional promo pictures also taken from the bands MySpace page and provided by: Vanessa Decampos
The dark/progressive metal act Andromeda has just released their fourth album THE IMMUNITY ZONE. The band is led by guitarist Johan Reinholdz and I had the pleasure of talking to him. This interview takes a deep look into the vaults of the music of Andromeda and the mind of guitar wizard Johan Reinholdz.
Brian Posehn is a lifelong heavy metal fan in addition to being a popular actor, comedian and comic book writer. It would only make sense then; for Brian to team up with metal musician pals like Scott Ian (Anthrax) Satchel (Steel Panther) Joey Vera (Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, ex-Testament) to record two songs for the 2006 Relapse Records release "Brian Posehn – Live In: Nerd Rage" album. A disc that showcases the stand up routine of heavy metal’s resident funnyman alongside his first musical output. The result is hilarious to say the least, with the single "Metal By Numbers" gawking at "Nu-Metal" and "Emo" posers. The single even spawned a very silly music video.
Now riding a generous wave of notoriety from his work on the hit Comedy Central program "The Sarah Silverman Show" Brian is gearing up to record a follow up record. I caught up with Brian recently on a particularly drizzly afternoon at the second day of this years "Fun Fun Fun Fest" in Austin, Texas where he was performing his stand up routine on an eclectic bill that also featured headliner Danzig and crossover legends D.R.I. amongst indie rock, alternative and hip hop acts.Brian filled me in on how he originally got into metal music, his plan’s for his metal band "Posehn" the upcoming season of "The Sarah Silverman Show" and his recently released zombie comic "The Last Christmas" You can expect quite a bit from Brian next year including a new album, touring and more laughs. Be sure to catch him live when he comes to town!