Francis Buchholz ex-Scorpions

January 14th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

FRANCIS BUCHHOLZ

Francis Buchholz played with the Scorpions for almost twenty years, appearing on the "Fly to the Rainbow" (1974), "In Trance" (1975), "Virgin Killer" (1976), "Taken by Force" (1977), "Tokyo Tapes" (1978), "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love at First Sting (1984), "World Wide Live" (1985), "Savage Amusement" (1988) and "Crazy World" (1990) albums. By the early ’90s Francis felt it was time to take a step away from the constant touring and the music business as a whole. Now he has finally returned to the stage together with his old friend and fellow ex-Scorpions member Uli Jon Roth. We managed to sit down with Francis as he, among other things, recounted the confusing happenings surrounding the very successful "Love at First Sting" (1984) album as well as his activies for the past fifteen years away from the public eye and much more.

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND JARNO HUOVILA

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARCHIVES

 

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Vader, NightRage, BloodThorn – Helsinki, Finland November 2006

January 8th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Vader
BloodThorn & Nightrage
The 24th of November 2006
NightLife Rock, Helsinki, Finland

The coverage of obscure underground death metal gigs continues in Metal-Rules.com. Previous reviews have covered gigs of both Grave and Dismember when these bands played in obscure places in front of small, but enthusiastic audiences on their small tour thru Finland.

Vader had toured in Finland a couple of years ago gaining a solid and strong reputation as being a tight and merciless live act on stage. The band had guaranteed to deliver a lesson in the purest death metal mayhem for several extreme metal maniacs on their last tour. Therefore Vader’s return to the soil of Finland was definitely welcomed.

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Reb Beach of WINGER and WHITESNAKE

January 5th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Reb Beach

of

WINGER & WHITESNAKE

 

 

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Scotti Hill of SKID ROW

January 4th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

Scotti Hill of

 

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Andy LaRocque & Mike Wead of KING DIAMOND

December 31st, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

Many things have happened in the King Diamond camp since their last visit to Finland. The band has released two studio albums ABIGAIL II and THE PUPPET MASTER and and also a live album called "Deadly Lullabies" which came out in 2004. Although it’s already been three years since the release of "Puppet Master" King Diamond hasn’t been able to do any touring outside U.S for a while and actually this tour was his first in Europe in five years. So it was about time to get an update on what’s going on in the world of King Diamond. I managed to reach bands guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead before the band’s first sold out night in Helsinki and they were nice enough to have this brief conversation.. Hope you like it!

 

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY ANDY OSBORN

 

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Derek Sherinian of Planet X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol

December 22nd, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

DEREK SHERINIAN

Derek Sherinian, a keyboard virtuoso, having appeared on such records as Alice Cooper’s "The Last Temptation" (1994) and Dream Theater’s "Change of Season" (1995), "Falling Into Infinity" (1997) and "Once in A Livetime" (1998) and touring with Kiss, now shares his time between solo albums and Planet X as well as touring and recording with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Billy Idol among various other ventures. Read on for some insights on Derek’s eventful career.

 

Interview by Marko Syrj�l� and Jarno Huovila.

Live pics by Marko Syrj�l�

 

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Children of Bodom / Amon Amarth in NYC

December 21st, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Children of Bodom

and Amon Amarth

Sunday December 17, 2006

Nokia Theater

New York City, NY

 

* Live review and photos by Shaq

 


 

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Astral Doors Vocalist Patrik Johansson

December 20th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Sound Pollution for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to the Astral Doors manager for lending me more promo pictures of the band

 

I had a chat with singer Nils-Patrik Johansson from Astral Doors about their new album ASTRALISM which was released earlier this year. Mr. Johansson is a busy man and he is also involved in the band Wuthering Height’s that also have released an album that’s going to come up in Metal-Rules.com in the near future. 

 


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SLAYER – Jeff Hanneman

December 18th, 2006
by Metal Rules

Jeff Hanneman – S L A Y E R

Interview, off – and onstage pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Thanks to Carlos A, Jason B, Craig K, Arto L, Owen M and Zach T for the help with the questions.  

Thanks to Duke for the transciption

 

 

“The Unholy Alliance” tour stormed Finnish shores on November 12th and 13th 2006. It featured 5 popular metal acts in the same package: Thine Eyes Bleed, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, In Flames – and of course the headliners of the whole tour, no less than the true Thrash kings from Los Angeles… Slayer. Last time the same tour hit European soil in 2004, having such highly popular American metal bands as Mastadon and Slipknot booked on the tour line-up.

With such a variation of metal bands both from today and yesterday, it was the kind of tour that appeals to many generations of metal fans. For the younger metal loving generation, bands like Children of Bodom and In Flames surely gave a good run for their money – and for the old fucks (ha!) like me, Slayer was basically the only good reason that dragged my lazy ass to witness this happening that took place at the Ice Hall in Helsinki on a snow storming Sunday evening, on the 12th of November´06.

Before the show got started at the Icehall of Helsinki, I managed to meet and talk briefly to Jeff Hanneman from Slayer in their tour bus for about 20-minutes about the band´s ongoing tour, the band´s warmly welcomed new album CHRIST ILLUSION, Jeff´s collection of Nazi-medals, censorship problems of the new Slayer album in India, and naturally we couldn´t avoid talking a bit about the past times either.

It was actually very nice to meet Jeff as normally it´s been both Kerry and Tom who have worked as spokeman for Slayer in the interviews. Jeff turned out to be a really nice, mellow and funny guy, as this interview with him proves this fact so well… 

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Lacuna Coil Guitarist Cristiano Migliore

December 13th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

LACUNA COIL

Interview by Anders Sandvall

Questions by Anders Sandvall and Lord of the Wasteland 

Pictures of Cristiano Migliore by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for setting up this interview
Thanks to Century Media for the promo pictures of the band

 

When the Italian act Lacuna Coil was in Malmö Sweden on their European tour I met up with one of the bands guitarists, Cristiano Migliore, for a brief interview. We talked about the band’s latest album KARMACODE and what the band will be up to next.

 

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Arch Enemy Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour at KB in Malmö Sweden 2006

December 8th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

Arch Enemy
Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour
Kulturbolaget
Malmö
Sweden
16th of November – 2006

By: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall


  

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Dream Evil Bassist Peter Stålfors

December 7th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Gerrit Mohr at Century Media Europe for making the interview possible
Thanks to Century Media for the promo pics

 

It’s time for an update with Dream Evil bass player Peter Stålfors. UNITED is the title of the band’s new album. This is more of an update on what is going on in the Dream Evil camp since the last time I spoke to the guys.
 

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Death Breath – Nicke Andersson

December 6th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Malin Gustavsson at Sound Pollution for making this interview possible
Thanks to Sound Pollution for the promo pics of Death Breath

 

Death Breath is the new band formed by the famous Nicke Andersson known from Entombed, The Hellacopters, The Solution and much more. The band plays classical good old Death Metal and have recently released their debut album STINKING UP THE NIGHT. Even though I have followed Andersson career closely for the last 15 years I have never interviewed him… until now. 


 

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Pretty Maids Singer Ronnie Atkins

December 6th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for setting up the interview

Thanks to Frontiers Records for providing the promo pictures of the band
 

 

For some reason Pretty Maids have never been interviewed in metal-rules.com so when I heard that Ronnie Atkins was available for interviews I took the chance. Pretty Maids have been in the business for ages and they really deserve to be recognized outside Europe. Listen to their new brilliant album and you will understand what I mean. 


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Blind Guardian / Leaves’ Eyes in NYC

December 4th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Blind Guardian

and Leaves’ Eyes

Thursday, November 30, 2006

BB King’s Bar and Grill

New York City, NY

 

* Live review and photos by Shaq

 


 

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