Hanoi Rocks Street Poetry Europe Tour KB Malmö Sweden 2008

March 10th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Hanoi Rocks

Street Poetry European Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

16/2 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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GREAT WHITE -Mark Kendall and Audie Desbrow

March 5th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

 

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GREAT WHITE

Great White was formed in the early ’80s by vocalist Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall.  Unlike many others, more glam influenced, bands from L.A scene Great White were playing more Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith- and AC/DC-influenced metal and they soon got their own rapidly growing base. The bands first release, an independent album called OUT OF THE NIGHT, sold more than 20,000 copies in 1982 and soon they were signed to major label EMI. Unfortunately that relationship didn’t last too long and band found themselves doing another independent album after just one release with. EMI. Another independent release SHOT IN THE DARK was released in 1983 at it did help the band to get a new deal with another major label Capitol Records. The album was released by Capitol in 1987 and later on the same year they released their breakthrough album ONCE BITTEN which went platinum. The smash hit single "Rock Me" became a true hard rock anthem. Things went even better with bands next release TWICE SHY which included the band’s biggest hit to date; a cover of an old Mott The Hoople classic "Once Bitten .. Twice Shy". The single had massive success and it helped Great White to get slots ongreat tours in late 80’s. The band toured with other multiplatinum bands like Ratt and Tesla and they played at some of the biggest European festivals like the  Monsters of Rock -tour along with such bands as Iron Maiden, David Lee Roth and KISS. 

In the early 90’s the band’s record sales started to go down and like many other bands from their era they finally got dropped from Capitol in 1993 after the disappointing sales of  PSYCHO CITY. The band soon found a new home from Zoo and they released SAIL AWAY via that label in 1994. LET IT ROCK came out in 1996 and it was released by another new label Imago. Although the band wasn’t in headlines much anymore they still kept constantly touring, mostly in clubs, across the U.S and in 1999 they got another deal from John Kalodner’s label Portrait. Although the next album CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE did pretty well and sold about 80 000 copies in the U.S alone, the band slowly disbanded after band member after member left and finally it was only Jack Russell left from the classic line up. Officially band called it quits after the farewell show, including almost complete classic line up, in the end of 2002 and later on that show was released as a live album called THANK YOU GOODNIGHT.



Jack Russell continued his career as a solo artist and soon he started to call his backing band Great White. Although Jack Russell’s Great White, also known as a "fake white", were soon joined by Mark Kendall on guitar they were totally forgotten by the mainstream. That was until  pyrotechnics used by the band sparked a fire in a Rhode Island nightclub on February 20, 2003, killing 100 people, including the band’s second guitarist at that time, Ty Longley. Since then the band kept on touring and doing benefit concerts for victims of the fire. In early 2007 the band decided to regroup its classic lineup: Russell, Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie and bassist, since 1996, Sean McNabb and celebrate their 25’Th anniversary with some shows on the West Coast. Later in the same year the band released their first album of original material in eight years called BACK TO THE RHYTHM. The band arrived to do their first European tour in years last January and I was able to sit down with Mark and Audie prior to the bands sold out concert in Copenhagen. Here we go, the past, present and future of Great White !

 

 INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRPTION BY NEIL BATTY

 

 

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Nightwish, Enmore Theatre, Sydney Australia

March 3rd, 2008
by Brat

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 Review and photos by  Brat

with special comments from Aussie Metalchild (bassist of LORD)

"I love you Anette!" rang out from a young female fan in the first few rows of Sydney’s Nightwish show.

"I love you too," came the wide-smiled and warm reply from Nightwish’s new singer, Anette Olzon, as she made the stage her own and left us with no doubt her place was with this band.

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LEGION OF THE DAMNED – Vocalist Maurice Swinkels

March 3rd, 2008
by Metal Rules

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 LEGION OF THE DAMNED – Vocalist Maurice Swinkels

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Questions by Luxi L. & Arto L.

Live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Transcription by David Groves

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The relentless Dutch thrashers, Legion of the Damned, invaded to Finland in the beginning of February 2008, doing a 4-show mini-tour under the "Suomi Invasion 2008" – and showing no mercy towards their crazy and drunken Finnish fans when the band hit the stages in 4 different cities.

Legion of the Damned´s last show out of these 4 shows, was booked to a relatively small, but very cozy-looking metal bar named Nightlife Rock in Helsinki where the band had the opportunity to play with 3 Finnish thrash troops: Hateform, Axegressor and The Scourger (whom all – by the way – did a great job, opening up for L.o.t.D.).

Maurice Swinkels, who rips his lungs out in Legion of the Damned, was in a cheerful and talkative mood, and was kind enough to reveal the band´s both current – as well as future plans for Metal-Rules.com, plus was kinda excited to tell a couple of interesting things about his past bands from Bestial Summoning to Occult, as well.   

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Thorium, Vicious Art and Spectral Mortuary live at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2008

March 3rd, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Thorium – Release Party

Vicious Art – special guest

Spectral Mortuary – support act

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

15/2 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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GAMMA RAY – Kai Hansen

March 2nd, 2008
by EvilG

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Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen

Interviewed by EvilG

Transcription by Alxs / Live Pics By Arto Lehtinen & Hanntu

Kai Hansen is easily one of the best frontmen in heavy metal today. I recently caught up with my idol (ha) to talk about the band’s latest masterpiece LAND OF THE FTEE II and other things going on in the land of Gamma Ray. Since our conversation it was announced that Gamma Ray and Helloween would be making a stop at this year’s ProgPower USA festival. Plans for this to be more than a one city stop haven’t been announced yet but even when I spoke to him he said they were working on it…so lets hope it works out! Anyway, enough from me, onto the interview…… Prepare for glory!

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Finnish Metal Expo 2008

March 1st, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen
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FINNISH METAL EXPO

CABLE FACTORY: Helsinki, Finland

15th – 16th 2008

Article and Pics by Arto Lehtinen

The Finnish Metal Expo was arranged for the fourth time. The previous events have been an utter success with sold out nights and awesome band line-ups. The expo is held every year,  where several more or less important and not so important musicians and above all metal leaders usually gather to hang out and of course check out the latest on the metal map. Due to overwhelming interest and success, the organization of the Expo has expanded the expo capacity by arranging more space for different kinds of studio and other guitar and band clinics. Two notable band clinics were held by Children of Bodom and Stratovarius members. Of course, record labels, several magazines, and festival representatives werein attendance at the event and all in all everything related to a wide range of metal and hard rock was at the expo. The metal expo wouldn’t be any real expo event without live music and above all metal bands playing there. During these two days plenty of known as well as unknown bands got the great opportunity to play in front of thousands. As a matter of fact, 5000 metal maniacs visited the event during the weekend!

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Megadeth / Job For A Cowboy / Evile – Brixton Academy, London

February 28th, 2008
by Hanntu

MEGADETH

Gigantour UK 2008

with Job For A Cowboy and Evile

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Brixton Academy

24th February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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#6 – Behind The Scenes I

February 26th, 2008
by EvilG

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THE ORDHER – Fabiano Penna

February 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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The Ordher could be classied as new, but old band hailing from Brazil. The band’s line-up consists of the recognizable Brazilian extreme metal veterans from other, now defunct, bands such as Rebaellium and Nephasth. The Ordher basically follows the paved path of the extreme death metal with the utter brutal vocals and lethal guitarworks by Fabiano Penna. The three piece’s debuted on the WEAPONIZE album which recently came out by Unique Leader Records. The guitarist Fabiano Penna unveils more about the debut album and why his previous band ceased to exist.

by Arto Lehtinen

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Borknagar – Øystein G. Brun

February 19th, 2008
by Rick

Borknagar – Øystein G. Brun

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Written by Andreas Aubert

 

The Norwegian band Borknagar can easily be labelled Avantgarde. Whether speaking of the music, the lyrics or the artwork, it can be said that it is not exactly the usual cup of tea. Through it all shines a philosophical approach to life, an existential wonder. I caught up with guitarist and main songwriter/lyricist Øystein G. Brun via email, to discuss philosophy, spirituality, lyrics and the creative process. He was more than willing to explain his approach to life as a travel, and to share about its many facets.

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#5 – Reader Response

February 19th, 2008
by EvilG

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Winter NAMM 2008

February 16th, 2008
by EvilG

Winter NAMM 2008

ANAHEIM, California, USA

January 17-20, 2008

Article & Pictures by Robert Williams 

Winter NAMM 2008

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GORGOROTH’s Satanic Agenda

February 15th, 2008
by EvilG



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Alpha Galates – Matthew Wagner

February 15th, 2008
by EvilG
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Alpha Galates – Matthew Wagner (Vocals/Drums)

Interview by Celtic Bob

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Alpha Galates is a new-old band from Toronto, Ont. They were formally known as The Hollow but after some additions and changes they became Alpha Galates. Their blend of Metal is refreshing and has caught the attention of many…and the debut is not yet out, I recently had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with drummer/vocalist Matthew. Here is what he had to say…

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