John Chavez – Guitarist for Vehemence

October 5th, 2004
by EvilG

John Chavez – Guitarist for Vehemence

VEHEMENCE have been called more sick than Six Feet Under, more vile than Vomitory, and more violent than Vader.  Recently we got to pose a bunch of questions to John about the band, lyrics, touring, etc. If you like true melodic death metal, we hope you’ve already taken notice of Vehemence!

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Kevin DuBrow ? Alive & Well

October 5th, 2004
by EvilG

Interview with Kevin DuBrow
By Keith McDonald

Hard rock and metal fans are well aware of what Kevin DuBrow has accomplished in his career as the lead singer of Quiet Riot. Most know all the turbulent times that Kevin and his bandmates endured over their successful career. Through all the good and bad, Kevin has carried on. After another break up of the QR boys, Kevin has returned with a new album of covers via Shrapnel Records. I had the chance to speak with Kevin who gave me a look into his new solo career and the trying times of being in Quiet Riot. You can check out his website at www.kevindubrow.com.

 

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Danny Vaughn (ex-Tyketto singer)

October 3rd, 2004
by EvilG

Danny Vaughn, ex-Tyketto singer

Here comes an interview with Danny Vaughn, ex-Tyketto singer, who has currently released an album with the project ?From The Inside?. I asked Danny some questions about the project, himself, and his current label Frontiers.

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Ozzfest 2004

October 3rd, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

Ozzfest 2004
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
White River Amphitheatre
Auburn, WA

Review and pics by Lord of the Wasteland

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2004

October 2nd, 2004
by EvilG

TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2004
The 16th ? 18th of June
The Kaisaniemi Park, Helsinki
Finland

All text and pictures by Metal-Rules.com team Finland

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Jari from Wintersun

October 2nd, 2004
by EvilG


Here is an interview I did with Jari, the mastermind and leader of the Finnish band/project Wintersun.  The band has just now released their debut album. I asked Jari some questions about the new album and about Wintersun, but I?ve also posed some questions about himself and what he’s been doing until now.
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Michael of DEBASE

October 2nd, 2004
by EvilG

Here comes the interview I did with the singer Michael just before the show. I asked him some questions about what has happened since I’ve interviewed him and the bass player Micko earlier this year. I’ve also asked him what they’ve been up to this summer.

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Johnny Hedlund of Unleashed

October 2nd, 2004
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview with Johnny Hedlund of Unleashed

Questions by Arto Lehtinen and MetalGeorge

Swedish death metal pioneers Unleashed unleashed one hell of a brutal delivery of the utter death metal on the Black Stage at Wacken 2004.  Even though the band had been booked in the last minute to the bill,  they came and they conquored.

Anyway it was about time to have a chat with the band?s leader and frontman Johnny Hedlund to talk about their brand new ass kicking album SWORN ALLEGIANCE  as well as other issues dealing with the five year break in the band?s career?. It is time for the DEATH METAL victory!!

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Carl and Roger of Insision

September 30th, 2004
by Rick

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Carl and Roger of Swedish Band Insision

 

Promo pictures provided by Sound Pollution

Thanks to Hobbe at Sound Pollution

 

Here is an interview with Carl, the singer and Roger on guitar in the Swedish metal band Insision who recently released their second album ?REVEALED AND WORSHIPPED”.

 
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Debase – Malmo festival Sweden

September 26th, 2004
by EvilG

Debase August 16, 2004 Bastionen 
Malm?festivalen Malm? Sweden
 

Reviewed by Anders Sandvall 
Photos by Anders Sandvall

While supporting their new release Debase have played a number of shows and festivals throughout Sweden. The album they are supporting is their third one called UNLEASHED that was released in February this year.

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Brian Vollmer of Helix

September 24th, 2004
by EvilG

Interviewed By EvilG
Transcription by Nick / Live Photos By Celtic Bob

In early August I had the pleasure of interviewing the legendary Canadian metal icon, Brian Volmmer. Of all places for the interview, it took place in Gander, Newfoundland. We had driven in to Gander from St. John’s, a four hour drive, to see them live and to get an int person interview with Brian. Although he had a busy day in front of him, he managed to set aside about 30mins for me to ask him all about Helix, their new line-up, the recent 30th Anniversary show, his upcoming bio, etc. Enjoy……

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Rudra

September 24th, 2004
by EvilG


Interview with Kathir from RUDRA

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Udo Dirkschneider

January 6th, 2004
by Marko Syrjala



Interview with Udo Dirkschneider

Interview by Marko Syrjala & Luxi Lahtinen,

pics by Marko Syrjala

 

Udo Dirkschneider is a living legend. He?s one of the founding members of Accept which is one of the most important bands in heavy metal history. Together they released series of classic albums like Balls To The WallRestless And Wild and Metal Heart which sold millions of copies worldwide. After he left Accept in the late eighties, Udo started a new band which was simply called U.D.O. They released four very successful albums before Udo decided to reunite with Accept but just a few years later Accept break up again and it was time to regroup U.D.O in 1997.  Now the voice of Accept has once again returned with his brand new album called Thunderball and I was lucky enough to talk with master himself before their show in Finland in October 2004.

 

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Top 50 Glam Metal Albums

December 24th, 2003
by EvilG

Top 50 Glam Metal Albums

Album Notes #1-5 by Wisco
Album Notes #6-10 by Lord of the Wasteland

Below are what we, the staff of Metal-Rules.com, have collectively decided are the best and/or most influential glam metal albums of all time. Before someone screams to us that glam METAL, is not a part of heavy metal, please take your head out of your holier than thou ass and read up on why this style of metal music does fall underneath the banner of heavy metal.

Based on the successes of our  “Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums“, and our “Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums” we decided to devote a top list to the maligned style of glam metal.  For this top 50 list, we pretty much agreed that glam metal albums had to be albums on which the band also maintained, to some degree, a glam metal image. That is why you’ll see the Crue’s THEATER OF PAIN album listed but not the darker (musically and image-wise) SHOUT AT THE DEVIL ranked here. It is also why you’ll see some more controversial additions below from bands that are never really always considered glam metal, but who we included here because for the album in question the band did have more of a glam metal image and style. We also omitted anything that is glam ROCK such as the influential New York Dolls or early David Bowie.

We scored a list of approximately 200 albums to determine this top 50. There is absolutely nothing scientific about the ranking that appears below; it is simply the collective opinion of a group of true metalheads. Not everyone will agree with the list or all the items in it, and that’s fine. This is not meant to be the only definitive list in existence, but it does reflect the common interests of nearly everyone who writes for this webzine as of DECEMBER 2003.

The Top 10

#1. Skid Row – Skid Row

With their very first release from 1989, Skid Row turned heads. From out of the blue, this Jersey quintet took on the Sunset Strip juggernauts (Crue, Poison, GNR, etc.) and held their own. Armed with such hits as “Youth Gone Wild,” “18 and Life” and “I Remember You,” Skid Row soon commanded the airwaves and ruled over the wild, headbanging youth of the free world. Certainly, circa 1989, you couldn’t scan the magazine section of your local grocery store without seeing a few pictures of Sebastian Bach reflecting off the covers of Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Edge or RIP magazine. Skid Row at number one? Well, the collective view of the Metal Rules staff seemed to think so. It cannot be argued, however, that Skid Row, supported by some great riffs and an amazing voice, released one of the best albums of the late 80′s!

 

#2. Cinderella – Night Songs

Like Skid Row, Cinderella did not emerge from out of the Hollywood sleaze factory. Philly’s finest glam export first shook the genre in 1986 with, you guessed it, “Shake Me.” Despite the fact that this song sounded like a slightly updated version of KISS’s “Take Me,” we all knew that this band was something special. Sure enough, NIGHT SONGS was loaded with metallic rockers (e.g. “Somebody Save Me”). Also, this album contained one eerie, moody ballad called “Nobody’s Fool.” No other ballad from this era was quite this empowering. Sure, the song was melancholy, but it assured the listener that they weren’t weakened by love lost; they were STRENGTHENED!!! And, above all, they were NOBODY’S FOOL!!! Suffice to say, Cinderella helped to mend a few broken hearts back in the 80′s. If you’ve never had A SHOT OF GASOLINE, run out and grab this classic Cinderella album.

 

3. Ratt – Out of the Cellar

Behold, the unbeatable OUT OF THE CELLAR!!! The greatest glam metal album of all time! Hell, it’s one of the greatest, straight-up metal albums of all time! What’s that you say? It’s number three on the list? Blasphemy! With the exception of Motley Crue (sadly, the Crue didn’t make the top ten), nobody came close to matching ‘em. We defy you to find an album that contains this many hooks per second. Every single song is perfection; the solos, the vocals, the whole freakin’ package is flawless. If you don’t own it, buy it. If you own it, throw it on the ol’ turntable. They just don’t make albums like this 1984 classic anymore.

 

4. Poison – Look What the Cat Dragged In

While Skid Row’s occupation of the top spot may be debatable, Poison at the top o’ the heap is not. With the release of their 1986 debut, LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN, Poison seemed to symbolize the entire glam metal genre. To be sure, the songs, the riffs and the entire glam soaked image fused into one cohesive package of perfection. Many people slam these guys without ever having heard the first album. That’s a shame, cuz the first one contains enough pure rockin’ energy to launch 1000 glam bands.

 

5. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry

Twisted Sister went from actually participating in the 1970′s New York glam scene, to pushing a retooled metallic glam vision into the 1980′s with the unrelenting UNDER THE BLADE. The infectious choruses found on their third album, STAY HUNGRY (1984), catapulted the Sisters into the mainstream and provided them with a permanent place in pop culture. Go to any sports arena today and you’re almost certain to hear such anthems as “We’re Not Gonna Take It” or “I Wanna Rock.” Without a doubt, nobody has ever been as glamorously ugly as these Sick Mother Fuckers!

 

6. Poison – Open Up and Say�Ahh!

This is one of those “must-have” glam albums. The boys weren’t quite as overtly feminine on their second album, but they still had the mile-high hair, makeup and fluorescent clothes. “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” “Love On The Rocks,” and their cover of “Your Mama Don’t Dance” epitomized the 80′s glam movement. However, their mega hit ballad, “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” ironically, was yet another nail in the glam image coffin, seeing as how Brett and gang dressed down for the video. That said, this 1988 release is one of Poison’s best albums and it’s safe to say that any glam fan’s collection is incomplete without it.

 

7. Def Leppard – Pyromania

PYROMANIA really got the ball rolling for Def Leppard in 1983 and is still one of the best-selling albums OF ALL TIME! Mutt Lange (pre-Shania) brought his Midas touch to the album and there isn’t a filler song to be found. “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin’” have become heavy metal anthems. Def Leppard were among the most powerful and successful bands of the 1980′s, thanks in no small part to PYROMANIA. Glam? Again, it’s debatable. To be sure, Def Leppard weren’t as metallic as their NWOBHM counterparts and gradually drifted toward a more rockin’, glam-styled sound.

 

8. David Lee Roth – Eat ‘em and Smile

This is Diamond Dave’s first solo outing from 1986 after leaving the mighty Van Halen at their peak. With Steve Vai on guitar and Billy Sheehan on bass, this musically blessed band gave these songs some real flair. Dave’s conversation with Vai’s guitar at the beginning of “Yankee Rose” is still unique within the world of metal. Also, the videos from this era captured Dave’s always tongue-in-cheek approach to life and contain enough Aqua-net and spandex to make a Sunset Strip hooker feel underdressed!

 

9. Dokken – Tooth and Nail

Dokken is one of the most under-appreciated bands of the 80′s. Despite George Lynch’s technically marveled solos and Don Dokken’s voice, it’s a crime that this band never quite reached the top. TOOTH AND NAIL (1984) is THE Dokken album to own, with such hits as “Alone Again,” “Into The Fire,” “Just Got Lucky” and the rippin’ title track.

 

10. Ratt – Invasion of Your Privacy

Sneaking into the top 10 is INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY (1985), the second full-length release from Ratt. Building on the momentum of 1984′s OUT OF THE CELLAR, the band released yet another album sportin’ a big-haired, half naked model on the cover (a trend that would be copied by many bands throughout the 1980′s). Warren DeMartini’s impressive solos and Stephen Pearcy’s dripping-with-sex lyrics helped to further define the Ratt sound, while songs like “Lay It Down” and “You’re In Love” assured the band a presence on the radio and MTV. Not many guys can get away with wearing makeup, fishnet gloves and spandex without getting their asses kicked, but Ratt brought a certain “toughness” to the genre.


 

#11.

Dokken – Under Lock and Key

#12.

Dokken – Back for the Attack

#13.

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

#14.

Motley Crue – Theatre of Pain

#15.

Cinderella – Long Cold Winter

#16.

L.A. Guns – S/T

#17.

Whitesnake – S/T

#18.

Faster Pussycat – S/T

#19.

Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

#20.

Warrant – Cherry Pie

#21.

Warrant – Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich

#22.

Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin

#23.

White Lion – Pride

#24.

Twisted Sister – Under the Blade

#25.

Poison  – Flesh And Blood

#26.

W.A.S.P. – Inside The Electric Circus

#27.

Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll

#28.

Great White – Once Bitten

#29.

Ratt – Dancing Undercover

#30.

Def Leppard – Hysteria

#31.

Keel – The Right to Rock

#32.

Slaughter – Stick It To Ya

#33.

Great White – Twice Shy

#34.

Def Leppard – High N’ Dry

#35

Europe – The Final Countdown

#36.

Whitesnake – Slide it In

#37.

Love/Hate – Blackout In The Red Room

#38.

Whitesnake – Slip Of The Tongue

#39.

Judas Priest – Turbo

#40.

Pretty Boy Floyd – Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz

#41.

Helix – Walking The Razor’s Edge

#42.

L.A. Guns – Cocked and Loaded

#43.

Badlands – S/T

#44.

Britny Fox – S/T

#45.

White Lion – Big Game

#46.

Hanoi Rocks – Two Steps From The Move

#47.

David Lee Roth – Skyscraper

#48.

Hanoi Rocks – Bangkok Rocks Saigon Shakes

#49.

Helix – Long Way To Heaven

#50.

Kiss – Asylum

 

 

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Interviews Done In 2003

December 19th, 2003
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