Sven Gali

July 21st, 2007
by Celtic Bob

 

Sven Gali: 1987-1994


Report by Celtic Bob, December 2005

Sven Gali was formed in 1987 around Hamilton, Ontario. Canada. Starting out as a cover band they quickly earned a reputation for their amazing and energetic live shows. By the turn of the decade they were snatched up by BMG Music and started to record their self titled debut album. In 1992 the disc hits the streets and is received with open arms. In a time where Grunge is just starting to make its way into the mainstream this was a welcomed treat to the Hard Rock/ Metal world. Despite a stellar debut and a solid follow-up in 1994 the scene changed and the band parted ways and quickly became one for the “Where Are They Now” files!

Dave Wanless (vocals)
Dee Cerniles (guitar)
Andy Frank (guitar)
Shawn ‘TT’ Mahar (bass)
Gregg Gerson (drums)

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SKID ROW – Scotti Hill

July 20th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

SCOTTI HILL

Skid Row was one of the last hard rock bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early ’90s. The band’s self titled debut album was released in 1989 and it included such classic chart topping songs as songs as “18 and Life”, “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild”. Skid Row then consisted of; vocalist Sebastian Bach, guitarists Scotti Hill and Dave “Snake” Sabo, bassist Rachel Bolan and drummer Rob Affuso – released their second album; SLAVE TO THE GRIND in 1991 and things were going even better then. They did their own headline tours across the world and album was selling even better than the first album, it went into number one in Billboard 200 list. But things started to change soon. There was a lot of bad blood between band members prior the release of third album SUBHUMAN RACE and as a result band broke up in late 1995. There was nothing happening in the world of Skid Row until the year 2000 when the band announced their plans to re-unite and go on tour as a support act for KISS. As a surprise for many, Sebastian Bach wasn’t in the line up anymore. The new incarnation of Skid Row included Texas native vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Phil Varone (ex -Saigon Kick) among originals; Snake, Scotti and Rachel. That lineup released album THICKSKIN in 2003. Two years later Phil Varone was out and in 2006 band released their latest album REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE with new drummer Dave Gara on their ranks. Skid Row has gone through both good and difficult times but what’s most important, they’re here now and the show goes on. In June I met band guitarist Scotti Hill at the Swedenrock festival just prior bands show. Here are the results of our rather long discussion about the past and present of Skid Row, grunge, Rocklahoma, the state of hard rock in the U.S.A., among many other topics… read on!!!

Interview by Marko Syrjala

Transcription by Neil Batty

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SATAN´S HOST – A Greater Black Magick

July 18th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Guitarist Patrick “Evil” of SATAN´S HOST
Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
 

 

Even if this demonic and notorious incarnation called Satan´s Host – from the majestic mile-high mountains of Colorado, have been around for over 20 years, spreading their satanic message for metal brothers and sisters around the world, only a minority of people have found them. METAL FROM HELL (released on vinyl only in 1986 by now defunct Web Records), being the band´s debut as well as most known album that featured Leviathan Thisires (aka Harry Conklin) from Jag Panzer, was the very album that dragged the band´s name out from the dark catacombs into the daylight for a mass of people. Harry Conklin also sang on the band´s 2nd abum MIDNIGHT WIND, which was unfortunately never released because Web Records went bankrupt. Hence it was no wonder why the album was also bootlegged back in the day. 

The following years, actually the period of 1988-94, Satan´s Host was in a sort of state of self-seclusion where the whole Satan´s Host Grotto was manifesting its magick, having also a new vocalist in the ranks, Eli Elixir replacing Harry Conklin who left the band after the MIDNIGHT WIND (still unreleased) album. The band had already started incorporating from the traditional pre-Power Metal sound they had in the very beginning – toward a much heavier and darker direction at that time, evolving into a Black/Death Metal act that they are nowadays, with very strong satanic themes.

It´s 2007, and I got a chance to talk to Patrick “Evil” (the guitarist in Satan´s Host) nearly about everything between heaven and hell – and especially the band´s latest work, SATANIC GRIMOIRE: A GREATER BLACK MAGICK.


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The Hottest Chicks In Metal Tour – Live In Vancouver: May 28, 2007

July 16th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

The Hottest Chicks In Metal Tour
feat. Lacuna Coil and The Gathering
May 28, 2007
The Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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TROUBLE – Guitarist Rick Wartell

July 12th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Duke

TROUBLE has been, and still is, one of the most important and influential doom metal bands. They have had a huge impact on various metal styles from extreme death metal to above all majestical doom metal. The legendary five piece doomsters from Chicago made a visit to the prestigious SwedenRock festival where I managed to catch the band’s guitarist Rick Wartell to have a conversation about the new seventh output SIMPLE MIND CONDITION and of course the past, the present and the future.


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JALOMETALLI Open Air Metal Festival In Finland – Marco Järvenpää

July 11th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Europe has tons of great metal festivals arranged almost in every country during the summer time. Of course bigger festivals such Graspop, SwedenRock, Wacken, FullForce, Gods Of Metal, Hellfest, MetalCamp and tons of others definitely draw bigger names and more attention. However there are a lot of smaller metal festival arranged as well. These smaller more underground oriented festivals are arranged with the passion and devotion toward the metal music despite the budgets of these festivals ain’t tremendous huge.

Jalometalli is a relative new, but damn activate and vital metal festival arranged up in the north in Oulu. The festival has grown piece by piece every year and booked more and more wellknown bands. Jalometalli definitely hit the jackpot by managing to book the legendary Bay Area thrashers Testament and of course another, but European thrash legends Kreator. However Jalometalli offers more legends such Unleashed, Candlemass and the mighty Holy Moses. What the one can wish from one metal small festival, doom metal, thrash metal, death metal. Of course Finnish metal bands play an important role giving the last shape to the line-up of the festival.

As for the tickets, well they can be ordered from the Finnish Ticket Service, Check out this link

The primusmotor and chief of the Jalometalli festival Marco Järvenpää is more thrilled about the line up of the  Jalometalli festival 2007. Therefore it would be about time and to give an opportunity to the chief to enlighten more about the festival. 

 

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Fast Eddie Clarke – Fastway, ex-Motörhead

July 10th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

FAST EDDIE CLARKE

Even to this day Fast Eddie Clarke is probably best known to the heavy metal masses as the guitar hero of the pioneering lineup of MOTÖRHEAD from 1977-1982, which also featured Philthy Animal Taylor on drums. Together, with their fearless leader Lemmy Kilmister leading the way, these three rock legends recorded and released such praised albums as “Motorhead” in 1977, “Overkill” and “Bomber” in 1979, “Ace of Spades” in 1980, “Iron Fist” in 1982 and of course the classic live album “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith” in 1981. In the early eighties Fast Eddie was either fired from Motörhead or depending on who’s telling the story, left of his own volition. Either way he was headed towards even greater commercial success with his new band FASTWAY, which he’d set up with Pete Way, at the time, of UFO. From there started a rock n’ roll roller coaster ride which by the early nineties had brought Eddie to the verge of death and forced him out of the public eye. Now, after two decades, Eddie has finally chosen to return to the stage with his newly assembled lineup of FASTWAY. We’re very proud to be able to present to you this interview with the great man himself where, with admirable candor, Fast Eddie recounts some of the various chapters of his colourful career. Rock on!

 

Interview by Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovila
 

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Michael Romeo of Symphony X

July 9th, 2007
by Greg Shackles

 

Interview by Shaq

Transcription by Claudia


 

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NILE – Karl Sanders

July 9th, 2007
by EvilG

NILE  –  Karl Sanders

Interviewed by Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Murphy

Nile has been turning heads for years now and is one of a few bands who have taken Death Metal into uncharted waters. Their latest effort ITHYPHALLIC will soon see a worldwide release in July and is sure to be another crushing affair – if the two new tracks aired during their last tour of Australia in May are anything to go by. The following interview was conducted with the ever accommodating Karl Sanders, one of the scenes most unassuming and talented musicians.  

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Michelle Meldrum – Band leader of the band Meldrum

July 9th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for setting up this interview
Thanks to Frontiers for the promo pictures of the band

Michelle Meldrum is the bandleader and founder of Meldrum who have recently released their second album. This is the first time Meldrum has been interviewed in metal-rules.com so here comes a shorter interview surrounding their new album and what the band are up to.

 

 


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Johan Liiva of Hearse

July 9th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Promo pictures are taken from the band´s homepage
Thanks to Max for letting me to use the pictures in this interview

The Swedish death’n’roll trio Hearse has recently released their long-awaited fourth album. I hooked up with the lead singer, legendary Johan Liiva in order to know more about the new album, the band and some other things in general.

 

  


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Obituary, Onslaught, Dam, Dead Beyond Buried – The Underworld, Camden, London

July 9th, 2007
by Hanntu

Obituary and Onslaught

feat. Dam and Dead Beyond Buried

The Underworld, Camden, London, UK
5th July 2007

All live pics and review by HannTu

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SWEDENROCK 6-9 June 2007

July 8th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

(Addiotional comments by J. Huovila – Thanks)

Wow! This is the seventh time that the Finnish Metal-Rules squad made an invasion to the mighty Swedenrock festival. Almost 70 bands descended upon the southern area of Sweden for a festival that turned out to be an utter blast from the beginning to the end! The bill of Swedenrock festival 2007 covers a wide range of metal styles and even classic rock stuff such as Kreator to Black Oak Arkansas and everything between. Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended the festival. As usual, the whole festival was once again sold out with around 30,000 people at the area every day. The Swedenrock festival has always had tremendous luck with the weather every year. Once again the gods of weather had given their blessing for this rocking metallic heaven on the earth with an extreme hot and sunny weekend that burned red the skin of several festival goers.

As written in the first sentence, this is already the seventh time that the Swedenrock festival has been featured in the site of Metal-Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give an in-depth article of several bands performing at Swedenrock. However we are not able to cover every band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading moment… Enjoy !!!


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IMMORTAL – Demonaz

July 7th, 2007
by Metal Rules

IMMORTAL´s Demonaz talks about the band´s new coming…

Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Warriors from the icy kingdom of Blashyrkh, Immortal, have returned! They are stronger than ever before. The band decided to have a 4-year break starting in 2003 simply because the band felt they were loosing that important yet vital spark that kept Immortal´s heart pumping smoothly – and what´s most important, in a creative way.

With Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon in the Immortal line-up in 2007, the band is full of enthusiasm and passion and are once again ready to deliver their goods like when they started 17 years ago. The spirit of Immortal has been re-found and new material is in the works. This is something for every Immortal fan to look forward to for sure.

Immortal has a ´reunion´ tour going on called “Seven Dates of Blashyrkh” and the band stopped by the Finnish Tuska festival on June 29th for the very first time (that was also the very first time for Immortal to play in Finland). I managed to find one of the Immortal´s main song writers, Demonaz, from one cozy-looking hotel in the downdown of Helsinki a day before the show – and Demonaz was very eager and passionate to tell for the readers of Metal-Rules.com about all the recent updates from the Immortal camp as well as about his own solo project Perfect Visions that he´s working for with Abbath, Ice Dale and Armagedda – plus just much more.

So, Demonaz – as the fact is…

 


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Evergrey – Tom S. Englund

July 4th, 2007
by EvilG

Evergrey – Tom S. Englund

Interviewed By: Siomn Lukic
Transcribed by: Claudia
All pics from www.evergrey.net

It goes without saying that Evergrey are a unique band. Having formed in Sweden in 1996, the band has fascinated listeners with exceptional studio albums and an equally captivating stage show. The band is currently readying themselves for the release of their new album which should be in the hands of fans before Christmas. I had the opportunity to speak to vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund and he filled me in on a few things about the band’s songwriting process as well as eagerly awaited new album. 

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