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
by Metal Rules

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Pegazus – Sydney Australia, January 2003

January 26th, 2003
by EvilG

Pegazus Concert Review
Sydney Australia, January 2003

Review and live pics by Brat

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MANOWAR- vocalist Eric Adams

January 21st, 2003
by Marko Syrjala
Eric Adams

MANOWAR

Eric Adams

Interview and live pictures By Marko Syrjala

Well finally I was able to have an interview with of one of my all-time vocal heroes – Eric Adams from Manowar. Unfortunately my computer crashed just one day before this interview so I had to try to remember all the questions just from my memory! Eric turned out to be really nice guy with a good sense of humor. We discussed about bands current activities, Eric’s personal life, the past etc interesting topics. I was even able to ask some KISS related questions so.. Read on!!!

EDIT: As can be seen this interview was arranged back in 2002. Because Manowar did not do any interviews and denied shooting shows during current LORD OF STEEL -tour we decided to re-release this oldie then…  Hope you like it!

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Interviews Done In 2002

December 19th, 2002
by Metal Rules

Interviews Done In 2002

DECEMBER 2002

Reptilian’s drummer – Joel Linder
Marble Arch
Forever Underground Records
Tenebre
Marcus Siepen of Blind Guardian
Mottrhead’s Mikkey Dee
Micheal Romeo of Symphony

NOVEMBER 2002

PATTON – Bob Watson and Jason Felger
ICED EARTH – Matt Barlow
RECLUSION – Marek Dobrowolski
MESSIAH – Br?ggi
VIRGIN STEELE – David DeFeis
Yngwie J. Malmsteen
STRATOVARIUS – Timo Kotipelto
LUNARIS –
Azarak
AVANTASIA – Tobias Sammet
ENTOMBED – L.G. from Entombed
HAMMERFALL – Joacim Cans
OPETH – Peter Lindgren
BLIND GUARDIAN – Marcus Siepen
I.N.R.I. – Henri Veltink
NIGHTWISH – Tuomas Holopainen
REQUIEM – Arto R?is?l?
INTO ETERNITY – Tim Roth

OCTOBER 2002

Kaminari – Bernd Wick & Roland ‘Bob’ Seidel
METAL FOR LIFE – An Interview With Hartmuth of Barbarian Wrath
& Cheryl of Witches Brew / MetalGospel
Thy Majestie – Maurizio Malta
UNEARTH – John Slo Maggard
PEGAZUS – Johnny Stoj
HELIX – Brian Vollmer
Nightmare Records – Lance King
Doro Pesch – Metal Goddess
Knight Records – Paul Woolnough
FIREWIND: (2 interviews) Gus G. (guitars) & Stephen Fredrick (vocals)
Corbin King – axe Slinger
EXODUS – Gary Holt
NAIL WITHIN – Studio Report
JOE SATRIANI – Strange Beautiful Music


SEPTEMBER 2002

AGALLOCH – Messrs. Anderson and Haughm
JAMES BYRD
– Unsung Guitar Hero?

AUGUST 2002

HANOI ROCKS – Andy Mccoy and Mike Monroe
Quietus – Chris Waters
Industry Profile
– Producer Kevin Beamish
TOMMY LEE
Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Outlaw Entertainment – Tommy Floyd
Sadistic intent – Rick Cortez
THUNDERSTONE – Nino Laurenne
IMMOLATION – Bob Vigna

JULY 2002

INFERNAL MAJESTY – Kenny Hallman
NOCTURNAL RITES – Nils Eriksson
NonExist – Johan Liiva
VIO-LENCE – Phil Demmel
Dark Tranquillity – Niklas Sundin
Danger Danger – Steve West
Geoff Tate
Faster Pussycat – Brent Muscat
NAILED WITHIN – Yishai Sweartz
DAVID T. CHASTAIN
SCHOLOMANCE – Jimmy Pitts
CANDLEMASS – Messiah Marcolin
David Lauser – Sammy Hagar’s Red Rockin’ Drummer
LAST TRIBE – Magnus Karlsson

 

June 2002

DREAM EVIL – Fredrik Nordstr?m
WARRANT – Jerry Dixon
Callenish Circle – Ronny Tyssen
W.A.S.P. - Blackie Lawless
Distort Entertainment’s Mitch Joel
Now or Never Records
Peaceville Records – Hammy
The Licensing Partnership’s Rick Daniels
Incision Records’ Jay Branch

May 2002
PRIMAL FEAR – Ralf Scheepers
Krisiun – Max Kolesne
Manowar – Eric Adams
Soulmotor – Brian Wheat
SODOM – Tom Angelripper
Silver Seraph – Pete Sandberg
Kivel RecordS – John Kivel
Chavis Records – Bill Chavis
SENTENCED – Ville Laihiala & Vesa Ranta
PAIN – Peter Tagtgren
Dimension Zero – Jocke G?thberg

April 2002
WINDS – Keyboardist Andy Winter
WOLVERINE – Stefan Zell
ONWARD – Guitarist Toby Knapp
RAM-ZET – Zet at Finnvox Studios
WHITE SKULL – Guitarist Tony Mad Fonto
MusicLoversAuction: Dan Shapiro
Kayos Productions – Carole Kaye
IMAGIKA – Drummer Henry Moreno
KREATOR – Millie at Club Nosturi
Shawn Drover of Eidolon
Andreas Katsambas: The End Records
Denis Gulbey of Sentinel Steel


March 2002
DAN LILKER – Nuclear Assault, Brutal Truth, S.O.D.
ARCH ENEMY – Michael Amott
DEMIGOD – Seppo Taatila
MAYHEM – Blasphemer
IMPALER – Bill Lindsey and Tom Croxton
FASTLANE RECORDS
CHIPSTER ENTERTAINMENT – VP
Eclipse Records - Label CEO
BLIND GUARDIAN
– Hansi K?rsch
SLAYER- Kerry King


February 2002
EDDIE TRUNK – WNEW’s DJ
SPITFIRE RECORDS – Label VP Dennis Clapp
WARMEN – Janne Warman
SAXON – Biff Byford!! (Feb 2002)


January 2002
STORMLORD – Francesco Bucci
THE HAUNTED – Marco Aro
Solitude Aeturnus – John Perez
MINOTAUR
VIRGIN STEELE – David DeFeis
Century Media’s Marco Barbieri
THUNDERSTONE
SAXON
BIOHAZARD – Billy Graziadei

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Johnny Stoj of Pegazus

October 4th, 2002
by EvilG

Pegazus
Interview With Johnny Stoj of Pegazus

Interview By EvilG, Transcription By Joel
The Headless Horseman - Out now!!!
- The Headless Horseman -

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From Hell’s Heart – WOMEN IN METAL

June 21st, 2002
by Metal Rules

June 2002: Women In Metal

 

A Rant by JP
Since 1970 the number of female performers in metal bands has been less than one-tenth of a percent. Since 1995 there has been a huge increase in the number of women in the genre. Even though their representation is still less than 1% overall, why the sudden increase in numbers, skill and popularity of female metallions?

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year I did a special on my radio show and I was thinking to myself, “There are so many female performers lately?, automatically thinking of Nightwish, The Gathering, Edenbridge, Dark Moor, Arch Enemy etc’ In preparation for the show I made a list and was surprised that I could only come up with a hundred or so bands that have a female performer. It got me thinking, that there has been a massive increase but they (women) still represent only a tiny fraction of the total. And of those 100+ bands a large percentage are newer bands formed in 1995 or later. Why?

A very brief overview perhaps is in order. In the first decade or so female performers were virtually non-existent. You could probably count them on one hand, Girlschool, the Runaways etc’ Around 1983 as Metal had it’s commercial explosion a few pioneers emerged, usually singers. These women often used their sexuality and sexual imagery to their advantage to get noticed. These women include Wendy O’ Williams, Lee Aaron, Lita Ford, Betsy Bitch and a few others.

As time progressed women entertainers realized that they did not always have to use the sexual imagery to succeed, that talent alone could carry a band. Bands like Meanstreak, Phantom Blue, Femme Fatale proved they could rock with relying on imagery but these acts were few and far between and unfortunately regarded by some industry types and as ignorant fans as novelties. For almost 10 years there were not many advances in metal until the sudden and massive increase in women performers, especially in Europe.

So’why now? How did this happen?

As Death metal evolved bands started to bring in new and diverse elements. One very common musical technique in metal is the juxtaposition of two sounds, one soft, one heavy, each accenting the other. Many death bands started adding female background vocals, the sweet clean style acting as a foil to the male growls. It worked, the formula was rapidly embraced as new an innovative, even though Celtic Frost had dabbled with the concept and sound years earlier. Suddenly, Therion, Tristania and others were doing brisk sales.

Suddenly dozens of bands in Europe had guest female vocalists and even full time members. The move spread into other genres, power metal especially where range, power and emotion are the standard and who better than a classically trained vocalist to front an act to make you stand out from the crowd.

By the late 90′s the trend was in full swing and inevitably there came a few negative consequences of this trend. Once the barriers were broken down a number of derivative acts appeared. Big labels started signing acts and heavily emphasizing the fact that the members were female. One such instance is Lullacry with a cheesacake, cleavage shot on the cover of their CD. Sex does indeed sell especially to metal’s predominantly male audience and the labels, managers and even band members are acutely aware of the historical connection between sex and rock’n’roll! Bands like Lullacry can have fun with the convention but there is a darker more disturbing side to the story.

A worst case scenario is the band Kittie. A slick and commercial unit deftly marketed as the next big thing, these four young attractive women were thrown into the gears of “the machine.” Despite being highly derivative and lacking in originality they were “female” and sex sells. The label got heavily involved and suddenly a lame, mallcore, clone with no future are the next big “metal” act. Ozzfest, videos, lame cover tunes, and the use of sexual imagery and lyrics put Kittie on the top of the mallcore heap but not without consequences. As the rigors of the industry took it’s toll and two members have since quit the band.

However the sheer numbers of talented female performers (not to mention industry people, mangers, labels reps, PR people, journalists etc’) seem to ensure that the current increase in numbers is not just a novelty trend but a legitimate acceptance of women into the metal community. No longer to be seen as merely sex-objects many women artists are extremely innovative, technically proficient in their chosen craft. In genre like Metal where talent is embraced and rewarded I predict that we will see many more excellent performers that will one day ultimately be recognized for their talent and not their gender.

Note: The author would like to congratulate himself on not making any jokes or rude comments about women in this editorial.

 

 

‘No, I’m not here to meet men, I actually like the music.’
By Ice Maiden

Being the only female staff member, I’ll probably have a slightly different slant to my essay. The topic for this essay was ‘Women in Metal,’ which, of course, can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. I’ll break it down in three ways: (i) my personal experiences in the metal scene; (ii) types of women I’ve seen involved in metal as fans; and (to a lesser extent) (iii) observations regarding reactions to female metal artists.

In some ways, being a female metalhead is like being a female involved in any male-dominated hobby or profession. You are either: (i) examined more closely by your male counterparts because of being female; (ii) you are treated the same way as a male; (iii) or you are dismissed offhand. Typical examples of how I am treated in some of these ways:

  • I’m guessing I’m the only staff member who gets the ‘you are so hot’ emails from 12 year olds. And it isn’t because the guys on staff aren’t hot (for, indeed, they are the hottest!), and it isn’t because I actually am hot (please-I’m the ICE Maiden-how could I be hot?). By virtue of being female and involved in the metal scene, however, some men assume that you are out to seek male attention. I don’t think anyone assumes that a male metalhead is reviewing cds and shows because he is trying to meet women, but this assumption frequently happens with us gals.
  • Most men at shows probably aren’t automatically assumed to be at shows just because their girlfriends like metal. However, it is a repeat assumption that I must be at a show because of my significant other-even if I’m at a show alone.
  • From many metalhead women I’ve talked to, and I’ve certainly experienced this, there is a common phenomenon of having to ‘prove your metalness.’ This typically happens at a show where you meet new people. I will be asked what bands I like, or, even more commonly, ‘Why do you like this music?’ Sure, this happens to a lesser extent with men who initially meet each other and are trying to learn more about shared tastes, but while men seem to tend to assume that another man has heard of most bands, they tend to give us women a look of surprise when we show any breadth of metal knowledge. And when would a metalhead guy at a show that he really likes ask another guy ‘Why do you like this?’ I mean, it’s a silly question, isn’t it? If you are at the show, you probably like it for the same reasons everyone else there likes it. Yet it is a question that is frequently asked of women who are at shows.
  • The most annoying type of metalhead is, of course, the guy who assumes that since you are female you simply can’t REALLY be interested in the music, so they don’t even bother talking to you at all.

Of course, some of the treatment of female metalheads is because female metalheads, in general, seem to fit into some standard categories. (Of course, inherent in all categories of people, there are exceptions-I’m talking generalities here.)

1. The Gothic Vampiress: Tends to dress in various forms of tight, black plastic garb, often with some form of netting and corsetry involved. Paleness and extremely dark eye and lip make-up are mandatory. Some of these gals are true Goths who have a genuine interest in a music style/lifestyle. Some find that their Dani Filth fetishes pass at their 14th birthday. Along with the ’80s Slut, these gals will most often be the ones dressed in very skimpy attire and ogling various band members.

2. The ’80s Slut: Tends to dress in clothing that is a flashback to the ’80s-tight short skirts, high heels, some form of midriff-baring top. The hair generally involves some form of blond bleaching process, normally with the dark roots showing. These gals loved the scene in the ’80s when metal was more of a societal norm. Some (not all) of these gals might be better advised to get a style update and just go to a ‘normal’ club-because what they really DO want is to meet men. Men with big hair that matches theirs.

3. The ‘I’m More Guy Than Most Guys’ Gal: These are the gals who talk, walk and act butch. Generally, they appear androgynous, or even more male than most men. You’ll often see these gals in the middle of the mosh, throwing elbows.

4. The Handbag and Borrowed Black T-Shirt Wearers: These are the gals who typically really aren’t into the music, and really ARE there because of their boyfriend. The boyfriend wanted to go to a show, so they will go along just to hang out. It’s cool that they will support a scene that they really arent interested in, so these gals get special kudos.

5. The Straightforward Concert Goer. These are the gals in the jeans wearing the concert T-shirts. They probably aren’t wearing much make-up (if any), and their hair is probably long.

6. The True Metalhead Female. The problem is that the true metalhead female might LOOK like any of the above. Or something different altogether. Which is why you shouldn’t assume that any woman you see in the metal scene is anything other than a person interested in the music, until proven otherwise.

Women as artists in the metal community face many of the same issues as women as fans, plus some additional ones. First, appearance is often the first thing mentioned about a female artist, whereas it is an issue rarely raised with respect to men. I mean, who ever hears people say, ‘Oh, that Luca Turilli, he looked HOT last night. He was wearing’.’ I’ve intentionally tried to comment on the appearance of guys in some reviews, just to make the point of how ridiculous it is. Second, female artists in metal often have to overcome the ‘novelty’ call-’Did you hear her? She totally sounds like a guy but is really pretty!’ Again, you rarely hear those kinds of comments made about men.

I guess that the bottom line is that women in metal are just a subset of women in general. Some are there because they are interested, some are there for other reasons. Some have talent, some don’t. As in society at large, women in metal should be evaluated for the substance they bring, and not on the basis of their gender. Crikey-I almost sound like a feminist! ;)

Women in Heavy Metal
By Michael De Los Muertos

Women in metal…that’s a big subject! I’m not sure exactly where to go with the topic (or where to go that others haven’t already covered more adequately than I could).

While I don’t think anyone has ever analyzed metalheads as a demographic group, it seems safe to say that it’s an overwhelmingly male-dominated subculture. That being said, women probably play an even more significant role in metal than they would if their numbers were proportional with the percentage of women in society as a whole.

I think women in the metal subculture probably face a lot of extra difficulties simply because of their gender. When introduced to a group of male metalheads, a woman may have to “prove” to them that she’s really a metalhead, and really into it for the music. This would be especially true if she’s dating a metalhead, because it would be very easy to make the assumption, “There are so few women into metal, that the chances are good when we see a woman who appears to be into metal dating a guy who’s into metal, she’s just along because of her boyfriend.” Unfortunately this assumption is made all the easier to jump to because it IS common to see women at metal shows who are NOT real metalheads, and who ARE there merely because of their boyfriends. (I took a non-metalhead girlfriend to a Megadeth show one time, and even gave her a metal shirt to wear so she wouldn’t look out of place). While I suppose it’s happened, how many times have you seen a female metalhead dragging her non-metal boyfriend with her to a concert?

On the other hand I would think gender stereotypes could also work in a female metalhead’s favor on occasion. Scenario for the guys reading this: say you’re starting a death metal band. You need a guitarist and place an ad for one. Out of 5 auditions, one of them is an attractive woman who’s obviously as much into death metal as any of the other guys. Admit it–if she can play death metal guitar on a comparable level with the other four auditioners, aren’t you inclined to give the gig to her? It would certainly be easy for fans to remember your band as “that death metal band with the chick guitarist.”

I can’t speak a lot about the relationship of these two scenarios to reality because of course I’m a male metalhead, not a female one. I can tell you what I think. Is it important to have women in the scene? Yes. Is it important to emphasize the differences between a woman’s approach to metal and a man’s? I don’t think so, because I don’t think there is much of a difference. I seriously doubt a woman’s reaction to Iron Maiden is going to be different than a man’s simply because of her gender. Does the presence of women in a particular band make me more or less interested in purchasing their album or going to a concert? Not in the slightest. I like Nightwish, Edenbridge and Bolt Thrower, but the presence of women in those bands is only relevant to the extent their gender makes a difference in how the music sounds and how good it is. (In Bolt Thrower, for instance, where the woman is not the vocalist, it makes no difference at all). Was Tarja nice to look at on stage when Nightwish played Wacken two years in a row? Of course. But I imagine a lot of the female metalheads in the Wacken crowd had bands they particularly enjoyed seeing because they thought a man in a certain band was cute!

Women certainly belong in metal, and it would be nice to see greater numbers of them. I’m hopeful that the “sisterhood of metal” will increase in the future.

 

 

Women in Metal
By EvilG

This long overdue topic of women in metal is one that can be approached from several angles. The idea that more women are involved in heavy metal BANDS is what I’ll be ranting about.

In the 80′s most “women in metal” basically meant women in metal videos. Not many women were actually playing/singing metal. Many of those that were, were in fact window dressing. For example watch a Lita Ford video or Lee Aaron’s “Metal Queen” video’it’s all about SEX! Of course, as a perverted teenager I loved it. But looking at it form the shoulders up it’s not really about their musical ability. You can argue that most of them had talent, but the real “talent” that got them exposure was not their playing. There were some females in heavy metal back then who were not just about looks and who were serious performers. For example there was Doro Pesch from Warlock. She is still putting out hard rock/metal albums under the name “Doro” today. There is also the much lesser known Ann Boleyn from Hellion and vocalist Sabina Classen who joined Holy Moses in ’84 (until they broke up in 1992). There have always been women in metal; it’s just that they were not all equally known. Back in the 80′s you would see much more revealing pics of Lita Ford in the metal rags then other musicians who didn’t flaunt it so much.

Since then, what has changed? I think attitudes have partially changed. Until the end of time, guys will always ogle over metal chicks and that’s just being human, but it’s also clear that there are more and more women who are not just in a band for window dressing. Some of that still exists of course. For example, check out Angela Gossow, lead vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Arch Enemy. Her promo pics are the type that makes most red-blooded males go wild’.but beneath the cheap gimmick of “flesh for press” is a brutal death growl that stands shoulder to shoulder with most male death metalers. On the flipside is Kimberly Goss who happens to be one of my favorite female vocalists. She is a co-founder/writer, vocalist and lyricist for Sinergy. Her appearances prior to Sinergy mainly come from the “black” metal scene with bands like Avernus and Dimmu Borgir. She is one example of a strong willed and highly talented female who leads a heavy metal band and she is making it because of her great voice. Another example is Elisa C. Martin from the lesser known Spanish power metal band Dark Moor. They currently are on their third album and her vocal style is in the German power metal style (Helloween, etc). It is true that most females in metal today are doing vocals, and sometimes bassists. There are not as many lead guitarists or drummers out there but of course there are always exceptions!!

There are women in metal who do not actually sound metal or who are not actually “metal” in and of themselves. A perfect example of this is Tarja Turunen from the Finnish melodic metal band Nightwish. She does not sing like a metal singer at all, yet she is in a melodic metal band. Her voice is powerful, but it’s not aggressive like say Kimberly Goss. Tarja’s vocals are opera influenced and are what sets Nightwish apart from other similar bands. One gimmick which I have come to dislike is that of mixing together the male death metal vocals with the “angelic” pop sounding female vocalists. That is the one style of female singing found in some metal bands that I am not a fan of at all and you can find examples of this in death/black metal and even moreso in the questionable gothic “metal” style.

I know I haven’t mentioned EVERY female vocalist in metal here, and that isn’t the point of my rant. What I have done is focus on some that I happen to be a fan of. More women are involved in metal bands now than before but they still are the minority. Heavy metal is still a “man’s world” despite what spin you try to put on it. Attitudes have been changing in that you don’t always hear people questioning the talent of a woman just because she’s in a band. People are open to the idea thanks to the pioneers from the 80′s and will listen before they judge. Perhaps the reason why there are fewer females in metal bands is as simple as the fact that most metal fans are not female. Go to any metal gig and look at the crowd’eliminate the women that are there with their boyfriends or are the wives/girlfriends of the bands. How many are there? Not a lot. Perhaps it’s a throw back to the traditional roles of men being more brutish, savage and ogre-like then the fragile refined woman?!? I dunno…what do you think? Let us know!  :-)

There are and always will be differences between the sexes (thank you Satan) but it’s always nice to see a women kicking ass as hard as any “dude” in a metal band. That’s my 2 cents anyway!

Links for women in metal / hard rock who deserve recognition:

Doro Pesch – www.doropesch.com
Kimberly Goss – www.sinergy.net
Dark Moor – www.darkmoor.es.org
Arch Enemy – www.archenemy.net
Karyn Crisis – www.krisis.nu
Ann Boleyn – officialhellionsite.freeyellow.com
Kathie Jarra – www.lionmusic.com/jarra
Phantom Blue – www.phantomblue.com
Lizza Hayson – www.mahavatar.net

 

etc…

As an addition to my above rant I had some correspondence with Angela Gossow herself!!

Some of what she had to say was “I know, I did an excellent album with Arch Enemy, I know, I am a good front person and we are touring our asses off at the moment. I don’t wear feminine clothes to get coverage, I do it cause this is MY STYLE.”

What I was trying to say above was that for Arch Enemy it’s NOT a “gimmick” used to gain attention. The band on it’s own is killer and doesn’t need a gimmick. I was trying to point put to people who think that her presence in Arch Enemy is a gimmick that she is as good as any other extreme singer and that she has the “balls” to kick ass as hard as any other, even though she is not afraid to show her beauty. Perhaps I didn’t make that clear. I was trying to challenge some perceptions that some people have. I’m sorry if anyone took it the wrong way, that was not my intention.

From an interview with Angela from the Texas regional press here is some words that relate to this topic:

Question:
Forgive me for saying so, but you are an extraordinarily beautiful woman. In a largely male-dominated genre such as death metal, you probably put up with a lot of men hitting on you. But when they see or hear you perform, do they back off? I imagine your style is intimidating to some of them.

Answer:
There are some people out there, thinking sex appeal and death metal doesn’t match. I think, sex and aggression are strongly related to each other. The beast in the beauty. Some guys are shocked, when they hear me first time. But more in a positive way. I met Marco, the The Haunted vocalist recently after we performed live at Hulsfred festival, Sweden. He told me, I made him almost cry. He loves what I am doing. Needless to say, I am a big fan of his vocals. His reaction means a lot to me. I get the feeling, the stuff I am doing on stage, attracts men more than intimidating them. And it attracts women too, hehe. The best compliments I usually get from women. Female support means more to me than male, to be true. I really want to encourage women, to be feminine, sexy and kick serious ass at the same time. They don’t have to be cute and soft spoken. They can be as loud as they want to. They will still be the most beautiful thing that walks this earth. All women are beautiful.

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WARMEN – Children of Bodom keyboardist goes solo

April 1st, 2002
by EvilG

WARMEN
Children of Bodom keyboardist goes solo

Interviewed by EvilG

Warmen - BEYOND ABILITIESMany of you know the name Janne Warmen thanks to his work with the band CHILDREN OF BODOM. Just as many are probably unaware that Mr. Warmen is also a solo artist and the album BEYOND ABILITIES is his second. I spoke to Janne about everything from keyboards, his thoughts on other players to Britnay Spears?! An interesting and comical discussion was had indeed!! 

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Interviews Done In 2001

December 19th, 2001
by Metal Rules

Interviews Done In 2001

December 2001

- SINERGY – Kimberly Goss
- EDGUY – Jens Ludwig
- CARNAL FORGE – Jari Kuusisto
- SEVEN WITCHES – Jack Frost, Wade Black & Bill Mez
- Scar Culture
- EvergreyThomas Englund
- Andromeda’s Johan Reinholdz


November 2001

- Elvenking – Aydan
- Metal Blade – Brian Slagel
- Chris Boltendahl – GRAVE DIGGER
- Sharlee D’Angelo: Mercyful Fate, Witchery, etc.
- Dust To Dust


October 2001

- ICED EARTH – Jon Schaffer
- Mental Metal Meltdown: METAL Trivia Board Game
- Queensryche
- Martyr Music Group – Maria Abril
- Vinnie Moore
- Tesla – Tommy Skeoch
- Jari Koskela: Video director/producer
- Moonspell
- Christian Colli – Sacrosanct
- Black Market Publishing
-
BATHORY – Quorthon
- John Allan – Steel Attack
- Cut Throat – Darwin DeVitis
- Paul Di’Anno
- Hammerheart Records – Guido Heijnens
- Music Cartel – Eric LeMasters


September 2001

- Heavenly – Pierre-Emmanuel P?lisson
- Mille Petrozza – Kreator
- Persuader
- Jag Panzer – Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin
- Elitist Records Founder Lee Barrett
- 20 Ft. Wide
- Rhapsody
- How Metal God Became Rock Star


August 2001

- Rebaelliun
- Steve Kachinsky – STEEL PROPHET
- The Way Of The Warrior: HammerFall Comic Creator
- Mimic
- Soilwork – Bj?rn “Speed” Strid
- J. J. French – Twisted Sister


July 2001

- Sonata Arctica – Tony Kakko
- Sakis Tolis – Rotting Christ
- Thrash Metal Legend, JIM DURKIN
- Schmier – DESTRUCTION
- Tuomas Holopainen – NIGHTWISH
- John Bush – Armored Saint / Anthrax
- Ronnie James Dio and Alice Cooper
- Joe Stump
- The Haunted – Jensen and Marko


June 2001

- Matt Barlow: Iced Earth
- Stratovarius -Timo Kotipelto
- Ratt – Bobby Blotzer
- Lost Horizon - Christian Nyquist
- Producer Sascha Paeth
- ANGRA

May 2001

- Megadeth – Dave Mustaine and Al Pitrelli
- Thom Youngblood – Kamelot
- Blackie Lawless – W.A.S.P.

- Angra
-
Ernst Van EE
- Savatage – Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery
- Mike Wead and Andy la Rocque of King Diamond
- Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt
- Iron Fire – Martin Steene
- Nypon & Blylod


June 2001

- World War III Records – Juan Garcia
- Agent Steel – Juan Garcia and Bernie Versailles


April 2001

- Rob Johnson
- Ram-Zet
- Jairo Guedz – Eminence
-
FinnTroll
- Dammercide


March 2001

- Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy
- Rob Halford
- Opeth?s Mikael Akerfeldt
- Ronnie James Dio
- Blackie Lawless – W.A.S.P.


February 2001

- Alex Staropoli – Rhapsody
- Perry Grayson – Artisan
- Jeff Waters – Annihilator
- Gamma Ray – Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlachter
- Piet Sielck – Iron Savior
- Gianluca Mole – Glacial Fear
- NecroDeath


January 2001

- Matt Harvey – Dekapitator
- Rhodes Mason of Renegade Records
- Morbid Angel – Trey Azagthoth
- Mille Petrozza – Kreator
- Vinnie Paul – Pantera
- Olaf Hayer – Luca Turilli, Lord Byron, etc.

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Doro Pesch

September 10th, 2000
by EvilG

Doro Pesch 

Interviewed by EvilG

Some of you will remember Doro from her successful career with the German metal band Warlock. That band fell apart in the late 80′s but Doro’s musical career did not end there! After spending a good part of the past decade pursuing a solo career in Europe, Doro has once again obtained a record deal for the USA with Koch Records. Her new CD Calling The Wild is out now. I was given the opportunity to speak with Doro just prior to the release of her CD in September.


Thanks to Koch Records
and to Mark Morton for making
this interview a reality.


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WACKEN OPEN AIR 2000

September 1st, 2000
by Metal Rules

WACKEN OPEN AIR 2000

We are please to present you with our exclusive coverage of the Wacken Open Air 2000 Festival. For those of you who haven’t heard of this festival, Wacken is a Mecca for metalheads in Europe, and for those elsewhere who can afford to fly there :-)! Wacken is a small village in northern Germany, about 50km northwest of Hamburg.

Metal-Rules.com secured backstage and photo passes for the festival for our two newest staff members – Michael De Los Meurtos (author of the excellent book Fire, Metal, Blood and Money) and Ice Maiden.  Metal Cid also tagged along and has written up his review of this two-day festival.

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Sharlee D’Angelo – Witchery, Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy

January 1st, 2000
by EvilG

Interview With Sharlee D’Angelo
Interviewed in Jan. 2000 by EvilG

Bassist Sharlee D’Angelo is a name you cannot escape. This guy has contributed bass skills to several bands including technical melodic death metal gods Arch Enemy, super-group Sinergy, and the ill-fated Ill Will. Sharlee is currently an active and full-time member of both Witchery and Mercyful Fate. I spoke with Sharlee in early January on the eve of the European Witchery tour.

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