Destruction / Onslaught / Amenti at The Underworld, Camden

November 20th, 2007
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 

Destruction/Onslaught – 17th November 2007

The Underworld, Camden

All live pics and review by HannTu

A night of old school thrash, with the re-formed veterans from Bristol, Onslaught touring in support of their recent album KILLING PEACE, and the German legends of thrash, Destruction – what more could you ask for? A night with glamour model Jordan and a lifetime supply of beer, but I digress…

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Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour Live In Vancouver – Sept. 20, 2007

November 18th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour feat.
Cannibal Corpse / The Black Dahlia Murder / The Red Chord / Goatwhore / The Absence
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

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


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Mayhem : Nosturi Helsinki Finland

November 17th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

  

MAYHEM
Gloria Morti & Sear
The 11 of November
Nosturi

Helsinki Finland

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3 Inches of Blood – Guitarist Shane Clark

November 16th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Guitarist Shane Clark

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

***Transcription By Duke


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TWISTED SISTER- Jay Jay French and Mark (the Animal) Mendoza

November 15th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

Legendary glam/hard rock band Twisted Sister was originally formed in 1972 by guitarist Jay Jay French. In the beginning the band went through numerous line up changes. Eddie Ojeda joined their ranks in 1975 and one year later the band found its true leader Dee Snider who soon became the band’s dominant songwriter. Former Dictators bassist Mark (the Animal) Mendoza joined in 1978 and the band changed their style from glam rock to a more metallic hard rock. The band released their first single ‘I�ll Never Grow Up Now!’ via their own label TRS in 1981 but it wasn�t until 1982 that they finally got their first deal from independent record company, Secret Records. At this point drummer A.J Pero completed the classic line-up. Later in the same year the band finally, after ten years, released their first studio album UNDER THE BLADE. The album became a surprise underground success and the band was soon signed by major company Atlantic Records. YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK N ROLL came out in 1983. With that album the the band got its first chart-flirting single but it wasn�t until 1984 and STAY HUNGRY that the band hit the BIG time! With the help of such monster hits as "We’re Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" the album soon exceeded multi-platinum sales. Twisted Sister was at the top of their game. Unfortunately, the good times didn�t last too long. The bands 1985 release COME OUT AND PLAY quickly slid off the charts and the band started to lose their media interest. A.J Pero left after the tour and he was replaced by veteran drummer Joe Franco. The band did its final attempt to return with another album LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS in 1987 but after very disappointing sales Twisted Sister wound up disintegrating shortly thereafter.

The classic line-up of Twisted Sister: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark (the Animal) Mendoza and A.J Pero reformed in 2003 after a sixteen year non existence. Since then the band has since toured sporadically across the globe and though the band has not released any new original songs they have released a bunch of material including the heavy metal Christmas album TWISTED CHRISTMAS which came out in 2006. I had a chance to talk briefly with Jay Jay and Mark before the band’s show in Helsinki on the 12th of November and here are the results of that conversation.

 

INTERVIEW, REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJ�L�


 

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Lamb of God / Hatebreed / Behemoth / 3 Inches of Blood Live In Vancouver – July 13, 2007

November 14th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Lamb of God/Hatebreed/Behemoth/3 Inches of Blood
Friday, July 13, 2007
Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

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


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Markus Vanhala: Lead Guitar for Manitou and Omnium Gatherum

November 12th, 2007
by Rick

Markus Vanhala

Lead Guitar for Manitou and Omnium Gatherum

Interviewed by Chaosankh

I recently had the opportunity to send some questions over to the very busy Markus Vanhala to discuss his involvement with the recent releases by Manitou and Omnium Gatherum. As lead guitar player for both bands, it was interesting to see how he balances two bands at opposite ends of the metal spectrum: on the one hand, there is the more traditional, highly melodic metal of Manitou and on the other there is the melodic death metal of Omnium Gatherum. Among other things, we got the chance to discuss the influences that contribute to both outfits, the difficulties in navigating the business end of things, and what the writing process is like in each camp.

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Infernaeon – Vocalist Brian Werner and Bassist Kevin Gibbons

November 12th, 2007
by EvilG


Interviewed by Robert Williams

I recently had the chance to catch Infernaeon live in support of the new album “A Symphony Of Suffering” to say the band was having a shitty tour would be an understatement. I looked on as the band played every single song off the cd to about 25-30 metalheads, the bar staff, and the other bands on tour….on a very crowded stage.

I hold a lot of respect for bands still willing to pay their collective dues in establishing themselves. Infernaeon from Ft. Lauderdale is no exception. They played to the small crowd with as much intensity and conviction as you would expect for a crowd of a thousand.
 
As a teenager I had a book by Henry Rollins called “Get In The Van” it pretty much sums up the tough life of traveling city to city in a stink box, beat up van. Making some sacrifices, occasionally getting shit on, but forging forward in something you believe in…
 
I spoke with Infernaeon vocalist Brian Werner and then bassist Kevin Gibbons and talking with them and hearing some of they’re many touring stories I was reminded of that book, and proud that some people out there care enough for the metal to hand deliver right to your city even if it means taking a loss…

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Sven Gali – Aug 11th, Thorold, ON, Canada

November 11th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Sven Gali

w/Sittin’ Pritty et.al

Aug 11th, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Thorold, Ont.

 

 All Photo’s by Celtic Bob 2007

 

The Moose and Goose in Thorold was the setting for the Uncle Sam’s benefit which was a bar that many bands played over the years. Uncle Sam’s must have been special and hold extremely meaningful to those bands. One such band was Sven Gali who reunited for this one show after too many years apart. A couple of members flew in just for this special show which made it all the more meaningful.

 

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Ozzy Osbourne / Rob Zombie / In This Moment Live In Vancouver – Oct. 20, 2007

November 7th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Ozzy Osbourne / Rob Zombie / In This Moment
Saturday, October 20, 2007
General Motors Place
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland

(***Photo approval was not granted for this show.)


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Nightwish – Tuomas Holopainen

November 6th, 2007
by EvilG

Nightwish – Tuomas Holopainen

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcription by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes

One of Metal’s biggest headlines was the “open letter” served to Tarja Turunen by Nightwish band leader Tuomas Holopainen. It not only bought an end to one of the genre’s greatest pairings, it also would cause a great deal of concern amongst Nightwish fans as many felt the band would never be able to find a worthy successor. After going through some 2000 applicants a replacement was found and everyone should now be aware of Anette Olzon – a 36 year old Swede who managed to impress the band the most. While opinions regarding Anette are still divided, the release of DARK PASSION PLAY seems to have reinvigorated the band and the interview I had with Tuomas highlights the fact. I trust you will enjoy our discussion and appreciate Tuomas’ honesty and dedication to his band.

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Vinny Appice from Heaven and Hell

November 6th, 2007
by EvilG

Vinny Appice from Heaven and Hell

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes
All Live Pics By Lord of the Wasteland

What more can one say about the reunion of Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Vinnie Appice that hasn’t already been said? How about magical, awe inspiring and exceptional? Whatever the adjective, it’s safe to say that it has been a welcomed return – one that is worthy of much praise. I was fortunate enough to speak to drum legend Vinny Appice during their Australian tour this year and here is the conversation.

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Graham Bonnet – solo artist, Alcatrazz, ex-Rainbow, MSG and more…

November 6th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet

GRAHAM BONNET

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Transcription by Andy Osborn

Graham Bonnet was originally born in 1947 in England and he got his first touch of success in the music business in the late 60’s with his band Marbles. Graham released his first, self titled, solo album in 1977 which did quite well especially in Australia. After several solo albums, which included mostly cover songs, Graham was surprisingly chosen to replace Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow in 1980. The album DOWN TO EARTH was released later on the same year and it included massive hits “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “All Night Long”. Unfortunately Graham’s career in Rainbow didn’t last too long and he was soon replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. Graham released another solo album LINE UP in 1981 and it included another hit ‘Night Games’ which went into number 6# in UK charts. Graham replaced Gary Barden in MSG in 1982 and the band released the album ASSAULT ATTACK later in the same year. The album did pretty well but once again Graham’s career didn’t last too in this band either. He was fired after his disastrous performance in Sheffield in November 1982. Next Graham decided to form his own band which was called Alcatrazz. The original version of Alcatrazz included Graham, Jimmy Waldo, Gary Shea, Jan Avena and a young rising guitar hero named Yngwie Malmsteen. After two albums Yngwie was fired and he was then replaced by another future star Steve Vai who soon after decided to join David Lee Roth’s solo band. Alcatrazz was slowly disbanded in 1986 after four albums. Since then Graham has worked with such bands and names as; Blackthorne, Impellitteri, Forcefield, Anthem, Taz Taylor and Electric Zoo among others but he has also released a couple of solo albums, the latest being THE DAY I WENT MAD came out in 2001. Over the past few years Graham has done a lot of session work, worked with some of the bands mentioned above and been on tour both as a solo artist and as a band member. Graham did a brief co -headline tour in Finland with his old Rainbow colleague Joe Lynn Turner last August. It was then that I had a chance to sit down with Graham and get the latest news as well as some facts from the past from the man himself. Enjoy!

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DeathBreath : Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

November 6th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

 

 

 DeathBreath
The 31rd of October 2007
Nosturi
Helsinki Finland
 

by Arto Lehtinen

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Dokken and Kingdom Come on the Defenders of Rock European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark

November 6th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Dokken
Kingdom Come
Defenders of Rock European Tour
The Rock
Copenhagen
Denmark
20/10 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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