Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian

May 11th, 2006
by EvilG



Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian

Interviewed by EvilG

Transcription by Christy and EvilG

Here’s an interview with Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kursch that was conducted in late April. We spoke about the band’s latest single FLY and the forthcoming album for which the band feels they’ve reached a point where they may just take things to the next level. Also discussed is the band’s new drummer and Hansi’s comments on Savage Circus (which features BG’s former drummer), and the band’s orchestration project.  Enjoy! 

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Patrick Ranieri from the legendary Hellwitch

May 10th, 2006
by Luxi Lahtinen

Patrick Ranieri from the Floridian underground metal legends HELLWITCH

Intro and interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Granted, the Floridian Death Metal scene has always been one of the most influential and known scenes globally. Bands like Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Atheist, etc. are some of the biggest names from that particular area. However, it´s kind of a shame that some bands with a more extreme edge, that also came from the same particular area at that time, never got the same kind of chance to ´hit it big´ unlike some others did – even if they deserved more recognition and attention then they actually managed to gain for themselves over the years. One of those bands undoubtedly is Hellwitch who were resurrected from the verge of break-up in 2005. The band had recorded a couple of highly popular demos in the late ´80s (TRANSGRESSIVE SENTIENCE in 1986 and MORDIRIVIAL DISEMANATION in 1987) that were massively circulated around the underground tape trading scene for many years; one full-length album SYZYGIAL MISCREANCY for Wild Rags! Records (rip-off!) in December of 1990, one mini-CD titled TERRAASYMMETRY which was released on a small Austrian label Lethal Records (another rip-off!!) in 1992, a compilation titled FINAL APPROACH, containing sort of a lifespan of 14 years of Hellwitch´s music which was also supposed to be the last Hellwitch release ever to kind of sum up the band´s long career (I´m glad it wasn´t - Luxi) – and last, but not least the 5-song demo ANTHROPOPHAGI in 1994. After that year, the band remained more or less in an ´on/off´ state for years until sometime around in February 2004 Pat Ranieri and Joe “Witch” wanted to re-establish their contact again and began to practice the old songs just for fun. When things started to become more serious, Craig rejoined on bass in April 2004. The band played their first show in 6 years on July 24th, 2004 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. with Malevolent Creation and Divine Empire. Around September 2004, J.P. Brown rejoined to Hellwitch as 2nd guitarist. That month the band also played again with Deicide.

In June 2005, the band locked themselves into the studio environment to record 4 Hellwitch songs with producer Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation / Kult Ov Azazel) – and that 4-track promotional effort was baptized by the title THE EPITOME OF DISGRACE. Talk about a nearly perfect timing, but I thought it was somewhat an ideal time to contact the true mastermind of Hellwitch, Patrick Ranieri, and to ask him about the regrouping of Hellwitch, and of course about both the past as well as naturally the future of the band…


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Scar Symmetry Guitarist Per Nilsson

May 9th, 2006
by Rick

Scar Symmetry

Guitarist Per Nilsson

 Interview by Madman

In many cases a quick follow-up is usually a band just begging for a quick death. For many it’s a case of too much too soon and the tank is already on empty. Such may not be the case for Sweden’s Scar Symmetry, a super group of sorts having members from bands like Centinex, Unmoored, Incapacity, Carnal Forge etc. SYMMETRIC IN DESIGN was a catchy and instant crowd pleaser for a debut and now, not much more than a year since its original European release, the band are releasing their sophomore effort, PITCH BLACK PROGRESS. Guitarist Per Nilsson (Altered Aeon) was kind enough to elaborate on the new album as well as some of the inner workings of Scar Symmetry.

 

 

 

 

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Dan Spitz of ANTHRAX

May 4th, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST DAN SPITZ

INTERVIEW, QUESTIONS, AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY JARNO HUOVILA

It’s been over a decade since Dan Spitz last visited Finland with Anthrax. The band had just released their highly praised album SOUND OF WHITE NOISE and they were doing their first tour with new singer John Bush. Less than two years later, Dan decided to quit, not only Anthrax, but the whole music business. He started to study new occupation in Switzerland. After years of of hard work he became a master clockmaker and he started his own successful business in the USA. In the spring of 2005, the classic line-up of Anthrax (Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Dan) announced that they will be doing a reunion and since then the band have been constantly touring across the globe.

Anthrax did two sold out shows in Finland last April and right before the Tampere show Dan sat down with us and we talked about the reunion, religion, early days, departures, watch making, and other interesting things. Read no further unless you’re prepared for the truth as told to us by Anthrax’s lead guitarist Dan Spitz. The purpose of this interview is to set the record straight, to answer questions that many fans, ourselves included, have been wondering about. By no means is anything in this interview to be taken out of context or used to stir up bullshit.

If on the other hand you would, for once, like to read some straight and honest answers, or just learn some interesting and fun facts about the history of the legendary thrash pioneers that are Anthrax, then read on. You can’t make up stuff like this. As a live band, Anthrax, as it exists right now, is a force to be reckoned with. The camaraderie inside the band seems genuine. Our hats are off for the whole band also for their exemplary treatment of their fans.

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Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior – Basist of Sepultura

May 3rd, 2006
by Luxi Lahtinen

 Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior of SEPULTURA

Interview, live & backstage pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

 

In March 15th 2006, the highly popular Swedish melo-metallers, In Flames and Brazilian metallers Sepultura, arrived in Helsinki under the moniker "Tuska Winter War" - bringing over 1000 fans of both bands to the House of Culture, Helsinki. A bit of an odd thing was, at least in my opinion, that it wasn�t In Flames supporting Sepultura, but Sepultura supporting In Flames this time around. So strange is the world sometimes…

I got an opportunity to meet Paulo, the bass player of Sepultura approx. 5 hours before the band�s showtime – and we not only concentrated talking about the band�s current European tour, Sepultura�s new album DANTE XXI, etc. but also got kinda excited over talking about the past times; one special bass guitar, how the times have changed in general, and how some (poor) people have gained some weight and grown old over the years – and became just looking a bit different. A simple and straight bullshitting is such jolly good fun from time to time, whatever excuse you may have to do so.

News or not, but Sepultura is still going strong these days – just no matter what people may think of them. If you think otherwise, well, let�s give Paulo a chance to prove you completely wrong and straighten out a few facts via this interview…   


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Piet Sielck – Savage Circus & Iron Savior

April 29th, 2006
by EvilG

Piet Sielck of Savage Circus & Iron Savior


Interviewed by EvilG
Transcription by Duke
Pics from
www.savage-circus.com & www.iron-savior.com

Piet is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the brilliant German band Iron Savior. He’s also guitarist in another new band called Savage Circus which features ex-Blind Guardian drummer, Thomen Stauch, along with 2 member’s of Sweden’s thrash/speed/power-metal gods, Persuader.  I got to speak to Piet about both of his bands and the plans for each in the coming months.


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Dark Empire – Guitarist Matt Moliti

April 25th, 2006
by EvilG

Dark Empire: Guitarist Matt Moliti

Interview by EvilG & Lord of the Wasteland

Matt Moliti’s Dark Empire offers a mix of power, prog, and thrash elements with a lot of shred and powerful vocals on their debut album DISTANT TIDES. Most of you will not recognize Matt’s name…yet. With the amount of talent he possesses he could very well have a bright future in metal. Matt, who’s been playing guitar since he was 13, attended the Berklee College of Music where his guitar teacher was none other than Joe Stump. The name from Dark Empire that many will recognize is vocalist Jens Carlsson of Persuader and Savage Circus. Rounding out the line-up is bassist Noah Martin (Lilitu) and Teemu Tahkanen (DIG). In the following interview we talk to Matt about how the band works, his guitar playing, and his future plans for Dark Empire.


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Bolt Thrower, Amoral, HellBox : Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland

April 25th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

 

The 18th of April 2005
Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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Anthrax, Beyond Fear : 21th April, Helsinki Nosturi Finland

April 24th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

ANTHRAX
with Beyond Fear (feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens)
The 21th of April 2006
Nosturi, Helsinki
Finland

Review by Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Tero Honkasalo

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Arch Enemy, Chimaira, God Forbid, Hate Eternal Live In Vancouver: April 13, 2006

April 23rd, 2006
by Lord of the Wasteland

Arch Enemy / Chimaira / God Forbid / Hate Eternal
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

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


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SE CONQUER ALL FESTIVAL – Gaelic Theatre, Sydney 14 January 2006

April 21st, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

SE CONQUER ALL FESTIVAL
BEHEMOTH with HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH, The Amenta, The Furor, Psychroptic, Ebolie, Flesh Mechanic, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace
Gaelic Theatre, Sydney 14 January 2006

by Brat and Turner, photos by Brat

There is something to be said about the music we listen to representing the state of our mind. Those of you who have met me on the forum, at a gig or festival, or have read other reviews I have written will know that I’m the flower metal chick, so it’s understanding that I received so many questions and shocked reactions when I voiced my intentions of seeing BEHEMOTH. Plus HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH were playing and I wanted to see them again.
Since Christmas, when I was forced to deal with some extreme emotions, I haven’t been able, and have even been afraid, to listen to power metal or any music where the lyrics have been understandable. It was time to load some aggressive music onto my iPod which wouldn’t take me on an emotional rollercoaster ride and the waiting promo copies of the new Exodus, Hypocrisy and Old Man’s Child were just what I needed. In need of more mind-numbing escapism, I then went in search of the latest BEHEMOTH CD, “Demigod”, but obviously I wasn’t the only person in Sydney who wanted to hear the latest offering before seeing them live so all I was left with was “Grom”. OK, so I’ll get a history lesson instead before I see them in the flesh. While I was at it, I picked up the HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH CD “Hobbs Satan Crusade” which seems to be a local 2003 best of release.

 

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Gamma Ray

April 17th, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN   

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

(Thanks to Lana Morganella for helping with the transcription)

Gamma Ray has become one of the leading names in the flourishing power metal genre. When it is widely known that most of Gamma Ray’s albums are well written and catchy power metal. Kai Hansen’s Gamma Ray visited Helsinki early this year by playing a one-off gig in Tavastia Club. Unfortunately the whole interview schedule went totally upside down due to Henjo’s accident on the ferry the night before. Therefore our private interview session became a normal general press event where several people asked all kinds of things.

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Damon Johnson of Slave To The System / Alice Cooper

April 15th, 2006
by Celtic Bob

Slave To the System’s
Damon Johnson

March 27th, 2006

Damon Johnson of Slave To the System and Alice Cooper Band recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Metal Rules about the current STTS tour, recording the CD, the upcoming Alice Cooper tour and much more.
 

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Herman Li of DragonForce

April 12th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Herman Li is one of the guitarists from extreme power metal group DragonForce, and recently took the time to answer some of my questions.

* Interview by Shaq

* Pictures provided by Chipster Entertainment

 


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Dream Theater – Live In New York City: April 1, 2006

April 11th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Dream Theater
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Radio City Music Hall
New York City

 

*** Live Review By Shaq ***


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