Anthrax: From The Road

August 28th, 2005
by Rick

From the Road: Anthrax

Here is a submitted review of an Anthrax concert that took place in England at the Wolverhampton civic hall sometime in the winter of 1996.

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Lars L?fven of Defleshed

August 27th, 2005
by EvilG

Defleshed

Interview with Lars L?fven of Defleshed

Interviewed in March 2000 by EvilG

Defleshed - band photo

Defleshed are one of the few newer EXTREME metal bands that I’ve gotten into recently. Their two CD’s that I’ve had the pleasure to hear -  “Under the Blade” and the newest, “Fast Forward” combine thrash and blackened death metal. This is quite the potent mixture and is not for those searching for “happy” music or “melodic” metal. This is pure brutality played tightly and with riffs that would make even Slayer jealous.

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Jon Schaffer – Iced Earth, Demons and Wizards

August 27th, 2005
by EvilG

Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth / Demons & Wizards

Interviewed in March 2000 by EvilG

To me, Iced Earth are like the saviors of American METAL. They, and a small but growing handful of bands from the US, are playing what I consider to be REAL METAL. The latest piece of excitement for all Iced Earth and Blind Guardian fans is the much hyped (and deservedly so) collaboration of Jon Schaffer and Hansi Kursch called Demons & Wizards. I was given the opportunity to talk to Jon about this band and about what’s in store for us with regards to Iced Earth.

 

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Marco Nicosia of Hexenhaus, Fifth Reason, Hemisfear, Seventh Key

August 27th, 2005
by EvilG

Marco Nicosia of Hexenhaus / Fifth Reason / Hemisfear / Seventh Key

Interviewed in Feb. 2000 By Noel

’90 – Hexenhaus – The Edge Of Eternity
’91 – Hexenhaus – Awakening
’97 – Hexenhaus -  Dejavoodoo
?97 – Fifth Reason – Psychotic
’99 – Fifth Reason – Within or Without 

Hexenhaus is a Swedish technical thrash group formed from the ashes of a group called Manninya Blade. Hexenhaus is musically complex technical metal with great vocals, riffing, and drumming. The band has folded and reformed a couple of times, but is currently disbanded. Mike Wead and Marco Nicosia have since formed a new band called Hemisfear, who have signed to Heathendoom Records. Wead is also the current lead guitarist for Mercyful Fate. Will now talk to Marco who was and is involved with Fifth Reason, Hemisfear, Seventh Key, Memento Mori as well as Hexenhaus. 

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OVERKILL : Bobby ?Blitz? Ellsworth

August 26th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

 

Interview By Arto Lehtinen / Transcription by Blake Wolfe

Overkill is definitely and without any doubt one of the longest running and the most hard working touring thrash bands around today. The legendary New York thrash metal squad haven?t slowed down any inch. They just keeping on thrashing year after year. Even though our Canadian collegue Lord Of The WasteLand did a real massive in-depth interview with the frontman of Overkill Bobby Ellsworth, but I couldn?t turn down an opportunity of doing another interview with Ellsworth who politely answered a few questions.


 

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Esko Salow of PATHOS

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Esko Salow of PATHOS
Interviewed in Feb. 2000 by Noel

Pathos are a creative band from Sweden. As the name indicates this band describes emotions in their music with heavy breaks and beautiful harmonies. A lot of people are trying to put PATHOS in various genres of metal, everything from doom to death metal. But the members of the band has decided to call it Open Mind Metal. Consisting of  Stefan Carlsson – vocals, Daniel Antonsson – rhythm   lead and bass guitar, Lennart Specht – rhythm guitars and Esko Salow – drums. Pathos have released the following albums:

PATHOS – ‘UNI VERSUS UNIVERSE’ (1998)
PATHOS – ‘HOVERFACE’ (1997).

 

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Bj?rn Eilen of Warhead

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Benjamin Zur Heide - bass guitar & vocals, Peter Breitenbach - drums, Bj?rn Eilen - vocals & guitarsBj?rn Eilen of WARHEAD

Interviewed on February 22, 2000 by EvilG 

Warhead are a fairly new band from Germany. Unlike many of the better known German bands, Warhead do not play power metal but just straight-up aggressive METAL. They have elements of thrash metal and traditional metal in their sound. I had the opportunity to speak with Warhead’s vocalist/guitarist, Bj?rn Eilen, just one day after the European release of their new concept CD “Beyond Recall.”

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Kelly Shaefer of ATHEIST

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Kelly Shaefer of ATHEIST
Interviewed in Feb. 2000 by EvilG
Thanks to Nathan Robinson for helping out with the questions! 

Atheist are one of the more influential yet under-rated technical death metal bands of the early 90′s. Unfortunately, the band dissolved in 1994 and now ten years after the band’s first release people are just starting to get it now. In the coming months Atheist’s three CD’s – Piece of Time (1989), Unquestionable Presence (1991) and Elements (1993) will be re-released. The vocalist for Atheist, Kelly Shaefer, recently spoke with with us at length concerning Atheist and to a lesser degree about his new band Neurotica which was formed in 1994 as a (then) side-project.

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Ron Jarzombek – Spastic Ink / WatchTower

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink / WatchTower
Interviewed in February 2000 by Noel

Spastic Ink is a solo project of former Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek. Watchtower dissolved due to physical aliments and certain members other commitments. Ink Complete specializes in super-complex instrumental fusion metal. Jarzombek’s distinctive style is in top form here. There are few other bands that possess such technical and musical prowess. Completely brilliant in it’s complexity and unique original thought. Currently the line-up seems to be Sean Malone (ex-Cynic), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), and and none other than former Watchtower vocalist Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and drummer Richard Christy (Death/Control Denied) but that is yet too be determined. So be prepared too dive into a glimpse within the Watchtower Past and Spastic Ink Future.

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KAMELOT’s Thomas Youngblood

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Interview With Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood – January 29th, 2000

Interviewed Jan.29, 2000 by EvilG

GODLY!! That was my reaction upon hearing Kamelot’s latest offering “The Fourth Legacy.” This CD has everything – the fast aggressive double kickers, excellent lead guitars, great vocals, the melodic, the gentle, the thoughtful. Upon first listen it’s understandable to assume this is a European band. However, the band are based out of TAMPA, Florida, USA! They are getting excellent push from their label, Noise Records, for this, their second CD to be released in North America. So some of us have some catching up to do. Fans of power / melodic bands should do themselves a favor and check this band out today!

I was given the honor to talk with Kamelot’s guitarist  – Thom Youngblood.

 

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Steamroller

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Steamroller
Interviewed in Jan. 2000 By Rick

“I WANNA ROCK is the battle cry of STEAMROLLER, CRUSHING FRAGILE ROCK is our credo. What does “Crushing Fragile Rock” mean? Let me spell it out for you; there is only one true ROCK. That which stands it’s ground undeniable, a force unchallenged for its integrity. Be it in music, politics, social ideals, industry or patriotism. It’s TRUTH unwavering. Stand for what you believe in; stand up knowing who you are. If you don’t know who you are then sit down before the “ROCK” until you do. Do not meander about amongst the grains of sand spilling out onto our land as a giant mound in an attempt to mirror the fortitude and magnitude of the “ROCK”, for yours will indeed be fragile and the STEAMROLLER will crush you.”

That is a part of the Steamroller Creed. Coming from the once mighty metal breeding ground of California, Steamroller are intent on bringing their sound to the masses. 

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Sebastian Bach

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Interview With Sebastian Bach
Interviewed December 1999 by EvilG

With 22 million albums sold world wide, Sebastian Bach is not the most humble of metal gods. However, he was a very funny guy to talk with and the rumors are true – this guy is always on eleven!  for anyone who thinks that a singer like Sebastian Bach has no place in a metal webzine like “Metal Rules!!” then I feel sorry for you because Sebastian has one of the best voices in metal. Put a song like “Slave To The Grind” up against any glam band it it totally obliterates it. This style of music is continued on Bach’s new CD “Bring ‘Em Bach Alive” which features 5 new tracks (one written with and recorded with Wolf Hoffman of Accept fame) and 11 live tracks of some of Skid Row’s best material. I got the honor of chatting with Baz on a Sunday afternoon in early December. What follows is a discussion about his new band and CD, his departure from Skid Row along with a loads of other stuff. Bach is BACK – read on and enjoy! 

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Breaker – Mark (drums) & Jim (vocals)

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Mark Klein (drums) & Jim Hamar (vocals) of
Breaker

Interviewed December, 15, 1999 by Waspman

As we hurtle towards the Millennium, it seems that an ever-increasing number of bands are looking backwards to the 80′s for inspiration. One need only look at the current Hammerfall craze for a perfect example of this. At the same time, it seems that many bands from the 80′s are trying to capitalize on this resurgence of “true” metal and reforming to show these new whipper-snappers a thing or two.

There were a number of metal hotbeds in the 80′s (Los Angeles and the Bay Area immediately come to mind), but one that was generally overlooked was Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland. Bands such as Shok Paris, Purgatory, and Destructor all made waves in the halcyon days of “true” metal. However there was one band that stood out, even then. Taking their name from both a classic Accept song and album, this band broke out quick and fast and then seemingly disappeared just as quickly. That band was, and is, Breaker. Having recently reformed because of the constant demands from their loyal European fanbase, Breaker are back to kick your teeth in and blow your eardrums. What’re you gonna do about it?

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Lars Ratz of Metalium

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Metal Rules!! Interview With Lars Ratz of Metalium

By EvilG, December 1999

Metalium are getting a lot of press on this side of the pond thanks to the fact that Chris Caffery from Savatage is one of the members in the band. However, the main-brain behind Metalium is bassist and founder Lars Ratz. The band are currently writing the second part of the story that began with “Millennium Metal Chapter One.” Lars seems to be a nice enough guy despite his critical comments about my less than thorough knowledge of Accept…oh well at least we were forgiven… :-)

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Thomas G. Warrior – Celtic Frost/Apollyon Sun

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Metal Rules!! Interview with Tom G. of Celtic Frost (this picture is totally classic!)

Interview With Thomas Fisher (aka Thomas Gabriel Warrior) of Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun

Interview By EvilG, November 1999

Ask any fan of extreme metal what bands pioneered the scene and you’ll get a mixture of responses…Venom, Possessed, Kreator, Bathory etc., etc.. Many (myself included) look to Celtic Frost. They were the first band I heard who were so extreme. They were also the first band I had heard who who combined this extremity with female vocals and orchestrational elements. Thus emerged a unique blend of metal, doom, and what can only be called Celtic Frost. At the beginning you couldn’t compare this band to anyone, that’s how original and different they were! Yes it was grounded in metal but it wasn’t what I personally was used to. Seeing them for the first time in the “Circle of The Tyrants” video was what really got me into the band.

Unfortunately, as the band made it’s way into the 90′s something went awry. By April 1993 the band had packed it in. Now with the proper re-release of Celtic Frost’s back catalog (minus Cold Lake) we have the opportunity to reflect back on what Celtic Frost was and what their contribution to the metal community has been. Rumors about a possible reunion and a new album have been circulating…and guess what? – There is truth behind these rumors! Read on and find out about Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun (Tom’s new band). 

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