SANCTUARY – Jim Sheppard (Bass Guitar) @ Bloodstock 2012

September 7th, 2012
by UK Team

Sanctuary Interview

with Jim Sheppard (Bass Guitar) @ Bloodstock 2012

Interview by Joffie Lovett


During my time at Bloodstock 2012 I had the absolute joy and pleasure to meet one of my all-time musical icons, Jim Sheppard.

Being a fan of Nevermore for many many years and then discovering Sanctuary off the back of that it was great to finally meet one of the guys that helped create some of the most influential heavy metal music of the modern era.

Here’s what Jim and I chatted about in the sunny heat of Bloodstock…

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ICED EARTH – Brent Smedley @ Bloodstock 2012

September 7th, 2012
by UK Team

Iced Earth – Interview with Brent Smedley

@ Bloodstock 2012

Interview by Joffie Lovett

Bloodstock Friday, it’s nearly 7pm and I’m here with Brent Smedley drummer from Iced Earth, who just recently done their set today on the Main Stage with new singer Stu Block playing a good mixture of material old and new!  
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Chuck Billy of Testament

September 6th, 2012
by EvilG

Chuck Billy of Testament

Interviewed by EvilG

Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, hit #9 on the world sales chart with a total of approximately 58,500 copies sold world-wide of their new album Dark Roots of Earth in its first week of sales. This is a huge accomplishment for a metal band, debuting on a chart that typically dominated by bubblegum pop. With the original line-up together and drummer Gene Hoglan back on the drum throne, we all knew this album was going to be something special. However, they’ve exceeded fans, and my own, high expectations and have managed to top their 2008 release with an album that is  arguably their finest. I got to speak with Chuck about the new album, the line-up, some of the songs, and a few other things. Read on…

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ANAAL NATHRAKH Prepare For Release Of Vanitas

September 6th, 2012
by EvilG

Candlelight Records today confirms November 6 as the North American release date for Vanitas, the new album from England’s ANAAL NATHRAKH. Produced by Mick Kenney (Bleeding Through, Ingested), the album carries the band’s signature and regarded union of black metal and grindcore.

There is no other band that creates music as frightening as the Birmingham-based metallers. With both screaming banshee and traditional vocals set against a backdrop of the utmost sonic foundation, MetalSucks calls them “a master class in extreme metal.” Vanitas, their seventh album, “sounds like someone showing you what the end of the world is like via the medium of a thousand hammers soaked in acid,” says vocalist Dave Hunt. Digging into the record particulars he notes, “It’s more articulate and focused than any album before it in way of composition and recording technique. We worked hard and we’re convinced it has paid off.”

Since being founded in 1999, ANAAL NATHRAKH has gained a reputation for embodying the audio essence of pure evil. Various collaborations with the likes of Sethlans Teitan (Watain), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), and others, have placed the band high on media as well metal fans “must seek out” list. This alongside countless placements in “Best Album Of The Month/Year’” awards, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. Decibel Magazine says, “these dudes split ‘terrifyingly heavy and fierce’ and ‘giant dork’ straight down the middle and sew it up again like Dr. Frankenstein working on the monster.” MetalSucks adds, “ANAAL NATHRAKH are one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror.”

ANAAL NATHRAKH will tour Canada for the first time just as Vanitas is released. Beginning in Montreal on November 7, the tour will end in Sherbrooke on November 18. Full tour dates are available on the band and Candlelight’s official Facebook pages.


Vanitas Track List:

1. The Blood-Dimmed Tide

2. Forging Towards the Sunset

3. To Spite the Face

4. Todos Somos Humanos

5. In Coelo Quies, Tout Finis Ici Bas

6. You Can’t Save Me, So Stop F*cking Trying

7. Make Glorious The Embrace of Saturn

8. Feeding the Beast

9. Of Fire, And F*cking Pigs

10. A Metaphor for the Dead

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WORLD UNDER BLOOD: “Into The Arms Of Cruelty” Video Online!

September 6th, 2012
by EvilG

WORLD UNDER BLOOD, the melodic tech-death band of CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller, has released the music video for the track “Into The Arms Of Cruelty” at the following location. The song comes off their debut album Tactical, which was released on July 26, 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The clip was directed by Shan Dan Horan (WINDS OF PLAGUE).

“Violence towards children is an appalling, disgusting and unfortunately a rampant occurrence amongst millions of households.” states Deron Miller. “WORLD UNDER BLOOD will always campaign to bring harsh reality straight to your senses, no matter how ugly and offensive, to bring awareness to its existence. Any misunderstanding that we condone any kind of despicable behavior like the variety found in this music video is false and idiotic.”

Artwork for Tactical was brought to life by the twisted mind of Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS, ABYSMAL DAWN).

The WORLD UNDER BLOOD recording line-up for Tactical  was as follows:
Deron Miller guitar, vocals (CKY)


Risha Eryavac – bass (ex-DECPREPIT BIRTH)

Luke Jaeger – guitar (SLEEP TERROR)

Guitarist-turned-producer James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT), who worked on Tactical, previously stated about the project, “WORLD UNDER BLOOD bridge a gap between genres that has never been bridged…a few have tried with mixed results, but this is the first real resounding success off using brutal, blasting death metal with a melodic American rock vibe and it opens a door that will turn into a floodgate.”

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THE SWORD ANNOUNCE U.S TOUR IN SUPPORT OF APOCRYPHON; Gypsyhawk, Eagle Claw, and American Sharks To Support

September 6th, 2012
by EvilG

Celebrating the October 22nd release of their fourth album Apocryphon, The Sword today announce a 37 date U.S. tour commencing October 29th in Corpus Christi, Texas and running through December 18th. Gypsyhawk will be support on the entire tour while Eagle Claw will appear through November 24th and American Sharks will appear December 2nd through December 18th.

Apocryphon was produced by J. Robbins and recorded in Baltimore, Maryland. The band plans extensive worldwide touring throughout 2013 in support of the album. The dates for the U.S tour are below.


The Sword Tour Dates

Mon/Oct-29 – Corpus Christi TX – House Of Rock

Wed/Oct-31 – Oklahoma City OK – Acm

Thu/Nov-01 – Little Rock AR – Downtown Music Hall

Fri/Nov-02 – Shreveport LA – The Riverside Warehouse

Sat/Nov-03 – Austin TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival

Mon/Nov-05 – Lincoln NE – Bourbon Theater

Tue/Nov-06 – Minneapolis MN – First Ave

Wed/Nov-07 – Chicago IL – Double Door

Thu/Nov-08 – Indianapolis IN – The Vogue

Fri/Nov-09 – Cleveland OH – Grog Shop

Sat/Nov-10 – Covington KY – The Thompson House

Sun/Nov-11 – Detroit MI – St Andrews Hall

Tue/Nov-13 – Philadelphia Pa – Union Transfer

Wed/Nov-14 – New York NY – Webster Hall

Thu/Nov-15 – Pawtucket RI – The Met

Fri/Nov-16 – Cambridge MA – Middle East Downstairs

Sat/Nov-17 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

Mon/Nov-19 – Birmingham AL – Workplay

Tue/Nov-20 – Orlando FL – Beacham

Wed/Nov-21 – Atlanta GA – Masquerade

Thu/Nov-22 – Nashville TN – Exit / In

Fri/Nov-23 – Memphis TN – Hi Tone

Sat/Nov-24 – Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon

Sun/Dec-02 – Tulsa OK – Eclipse

Mon/Dec-03 – Kansas City MO – Record Bar

Tue/Dec-04 – Denver CO – Bluebird

Wed/Dec-05 – Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge

Thu/Dec-06 – Boise ID – Neurolux

Fri/Dec-07 – Portland OR – Hawthorne

Sat/Dec-08 – Seattle WA – Neumos

Mon/Dec-10 – Sacramento CA – Harlows

Tue/Dec-11 – San Francisco CA – Independent

Wed/Dec-12 – Los Angeles CA – El Rey

Thu/Dec-13 – San Diego CA – Brick By Brick

Fri/Dec-14 – Phoenix AZ – Club Red

Sat/Dec-15 – Tucson AZ – Congress

Tue/Dec-18 – Houston TX – Fitzgeralds


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Vanity Blvd signs booking deal with Dreamtidse Music

September 6th, 2012
by EvilG

Dreamtide Music Management & Agency have signed a world wide booking deal with VANITY BLVD, a female fronted sleaze/80’s metal/hard rock band from Sweden.

“We are very happy to add VANITY BLVD to the Dreamtide Music roster. The bands professional and high voltage 80’s-style hard rock is a truly anticipated addition to our agency’s expanding musical range. A warm welcome aboard!”
– Martin Schulman, president, Dreamtide Music

“VANITY BLVD are proud to announce that we have teamed up with Dreamtide Music for world wide bookings. This is a great opportunity for us to grow as a band and together with Dreamtide we are gonna rock the world!”.
– Anna Savage, vocals, Vanity Blvd

VANITY BLVD (pronounced: boulevard) was formed in the city of Avesta in 2005 and quickly made a name within the Swedish rock scene with two self-produced powerful EP’s of raw 80’s inspired metal featuring amazing vocals from the energetic and charismatic front woman Anna Savage.

The bands Chris Laney (Europe, Candlemass, Crashdiet) produced debut full-length “Rock ‘n’ Roll Overdose” was released through Gain Music Entertainment/Sony BMG in 2007 and the single “Share My Pain” received heavy rotation at several Swedish radio stations.

VANITY BLVD will soon start the recordings of their second, yet untitled, full-length. The album will be produced by Jonas Kjellgren (Sonic Syndicate, Scar Symmetry) and scheduled for an early 2013 release.



Anna Savage – vocals

Traci Trexx – guitars & backing vocals

Pete Ash – bass & backing vocals

Gebb – drums




“Share My Pain” official video:

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Apollo Papathanasio – Firewind, Evil Masquerade and Spiritual Beggars

September 6th, 2012
by Anders Sandvall

Apollo Papathanasio

Firewind, Evil Masquerade and Spiritual Beggars

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Trine at DARK MINSTREL MUSIC for the promo pictures of Evil Masquerade taken by: Thomas Trane

Thanks to Laura Thulke at Century Media for the promo pictures of Firewind taken by: Hatzakis Photography

Additional live pictures are from the archives of: Anders Sandvall


One of the hottest singers is the Greek/Swedish Apollo Papathanasio who sings with Firewind, Evil Masquerade, and Spiritual Beggars. Many of you may not know what Apollo was up to before he joined these bands, so I decided to get in touch with him focus more on his earlier work. Be sure to check out the new Evil Masquerade album PENTAGRAM and the new Firewind album FEW AGAINST MANY where Papathansio gets to air his lungs. I have really longed for making this interview and now it’s here…

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SommarRock Festival 2012 with Bonafide,Hammerfall and Thin Lizzy at Friluftsbadet Svedala Sweden

September 6th, 2012
by Anders Sandvall

 SommarRock Festival 2012


Svedala, Sweden

12-14/7 – 2012

With Bonafide, Hammerfall and Thin Lizzy

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson


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EVILE – Ben Carter [Drums] and Ol Drake [Lead Guitar] at Bloodstock 2012

September 6th, 2012
by UK Team


With Ben Carter [Drums] and Ol Drake [Lead Guitar] at Bloodstock 2012

Interview by Joffie Lovett

Recently at Bloodstock 2012 I had the pleasure of seeing Evile live on stage for the 2nd time and before Evile were due to take to the main stage I had the even greater pleasure and honour of speaking to both Ben (drums) and Ol Drake (lead guitar) from the band. Here’s what we got chatting about…

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IN THIS MOMENT – Lead Guitarist Chris Howarth

September 6th, 2012
by UK Team

Interview In This Moment

with Lead Guitarist Chris Howarth

Interview by Katherine Tullett

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WARBRINGER @ Camden Barfly

September 6th, 2012
by UK Team

Warbringer  @ Camden Barfly

17 th July 2012

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Sabrina Dersel

Tonight it set to be a treat with a cacophony of thrash in a intimate showcase of the best bands involved in the current rise of NMOTHM (New wave of thrash metal). With tonight’s bands spanning  cross-continents with no trepidation and plenty of adrenaline fuelling their power punch musical engines, from Brazil to Australia and back again via California with a quick stop off in Southampton. 
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King Diamond Guitarist ANDY LAROCQUE

September 6th, 2012
by Arto Lehtinen



King Diamond returned to the limelight after a long break. The whole band had been put on hold when the legendary Danish metal icon experienced several health issues. However, the man returned from the world beyond to show that King Diamond still reigns supreme in the metal world.  I had the great pleasure to talk to the guitarist of King Diamond Andy LaRocque about the return to the stage, the song writing process and of course his producer role for several bands. Enjoy!

Interview and live pictures by Arto Lehtinen

Studio picture by the courtesy of Andy LaRocque

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ELUVEITIE/WINTERSUN North American Tour Announced!

September 5th, 2012
by EvilG


Swiss new wave of folk metal pioneers ELUVEITIE and Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN, will co-headline a North American tour this Winter! The trek will commemorate ELUVEITIE’s 10th anniversary as well as serve as WINTERSUN’s introduction to North American shores. This momentous event will also include the German pagan metal band VARG.

“We are very excited to tour US and Canada for the first time in November/December, ” commented WINTERSUN mstermind Jari  Mäenpää. “We´ve had lots of requests from the fans before, but finally we are able to come there and kick some ass with new material from the Time I album and of course play the old stuff too! Hope to see you guys there. Let´s make it special!”




11/28/12  910 Live – Tempe, AZ

11/29/12  The Roxy Theater – Hollywood, CA

11/30/12  Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA

12/01/12  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

12/02/12  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

12/03/12  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

12/05/12  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

12/06/12  Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA

12/07/12  Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA

12/08/12  West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

12/09/12  Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

12/11/12  Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

12/12/12  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

12/13/12  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/14/12  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA

12/15/12  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

12/16/12  Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

12/18/12  Water Street Music Hall (at The Club) – Rochester, NY

12/19/12  Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA

12/20/12  Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

12/21/12  Royale Boston – Boston, MA

ELUVEITIE will release The Early Years, a collection of re-rerecorded and re-mastered early material, via Nuclear Blast Records on August 17th (Europe) and September 25th (North America).

ELUVEITIE scanned 4,242 copies of their latest album Helvetios in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. Helvetios came in at #143 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart and #3 on the Heatseekers chart, making it their highest charting record yet! ELUVEITIE also cracked the Canadian Top 200 coming in at #73! Helvetios was released on February 28 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

WINTERSUN’s long awaited new album Time I will be released October 12 (Europe) and October 22, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

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ELVENKING: “Track-by-Track” Video for new Album online

September 5th, 2012
by EvilG

Italy’s leading folk power metal band, ELVENKING, returns with their new studio album “Era” on September 14th.
In an extensive “Track-by-Track” (Part 1 and Part 2) vocalist Damna and guitarist Aydan tell you everything you need to know about the new songs. “Era” will be available as CD and limited edition digipak (2 bonus tracks).

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