Warrel Dane – Nevermore Vocalist

September 27th, 2006
by Metal Rules

Warrel Dane of Nevermore

Interview, live + interview pictures by Luxi Lahtinen & Kapa Kilgast

Transcription by Wyatt Marshall

 

Nevermore?s latest studio album, THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR, has been gaining rave reviews from critics all around the world so it shouldn?t come as a surprise to anyone that they are considered  one of the biggest and most important bands for their own label, Century Media Records nowadays. The band?s journey through the years has been victorious for them since the day Nevermore was started from the remains of another short-lived, but successful group, Sanctuary.

Nevermore?s journey continued victoriously to Finland where the band played a special headline show at the Tavastia Club, Helsinki on 8th of September 2006, right before their tour with Disturbed and the DVD recording show in Bochum, Germany (which was unfortunately cancelled due to an infection of the band?s vocalist, Darrel Wane).

We met Warrel at the Restaurant Ilves in the downtown of Helsinki just a few hours before their first ever show in Finland, and had 20 minutes on our hands to inquire briefly from Warrel about the ongoing tour in general, the Sanctuary years, his solo project together with Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) – amongst other things, too…

 


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Saxon’s Nibbs Carter and Paul Quinn

September 26th, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

 

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL QUINN AND NIBBS CARTER

The legendary Saxon doesn’t need too much introduction here but I will do it briefly anyway. Saxon, who originally called themselves Son of a Bitch, was formed in1977 by vocalist Biff Byford, guitarists Graham Olivier and Paul Quinn, bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill. Their early albums “Denim and Leather”, “Wheels of Steel” and “Strong Arm Of The Law” are heralded as some of the most important NWOBHM classics. A ground breaking live album “The Eagle Has Landed” was released in 1983 and still today, along with such classic as Motorheads “No Sleep At All”, it’s often mentioned as one of the most important live releases from that period. Since those days the band has gone through many ups and downs. There has been a great number of line -up changes, problems with record companies, problems with former band members and low record sales but on the other hand over the last few years they have succeeded to reach a new, strong and loyal fanbase who have helped them to re-create their glory days. Their recent albums “Lionheart”, Killing Ground” and “Metalhead” are modern heavy metal classics and are also living proof that Saxon is alive and well. Recently the band released a brand new live album “The Eagle Has Landed III” which continues the saga which originally started in 1983. I managed to catch Paul Quinn and Nibbs Carter after their great show in Ruisrock and here is the transcription of our lengthy causerie, hope you like it?

 

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjälä
Interview pictures by Taru Saarinen
Transcription by Cindy Zhang

 

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Tuska Open Air 2006

September 24th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

 

TUSKA OPEN AIR 2006 

Central Park Kaisaniemi
Helsinki Finland
30.6-2.7.2006

Pics and article by the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team respectively
(Luxi “The Keeper of Moshpit” Lahtinen, Arto “The mighty servant of metallic death” Lehtinen & Marko “KISS my ass” Syrjälä)

 

Once again thousands and thousands of metal fans arrived to conquer the capital of Finland, Helsinki. This was of course for the annual and prestigious Tuska Open Air Festival. The festival is arranged in the heart of the town, namely the central park Kaisaniemi. Nearly 33,000 freaks of all ages, possessed by metal, gathered to enjoy the metallic feast to the central park. Unlike the previous events of Tuska having been totally sold-out, instead a few days of the event this year weren’t sold out for some strange reason. Obviously the line-up didn’t manage to convince everyone to check out for example Sisters Of Mercy, Opeth, Celtic Frost. 

Frankly, from our point of view, the bill for 2006 didn’t definitely offer any groundshaking names. Celtic Frost and Venom stand for the more nostalgic trip back to the 80’s in the eyes of several old school thrash metal maniacs, but in the positive way. Picking up Sisters Of Mercy to conclude the first opening day went beyond the sense of humour of several people. To be honest, none of these bands would have been the right ones to be a headliner for each day. But all in all the bill was based on covering a variety of different metal genres ranging from hyper-blasting metal to a more melancholic Finnish mainstream rock stuff ala Timo Rautiainen. Especially odd and strange sounding names booked to the festival had room to perform stuff of their own. Having a large range of metal and other types of rock proves Tuska is not limited to one certain metal category as everyone had something to feel, taste and see during these three long days.

Now it is definitely true that The Gods made and created Metal as the weather was extremely warm and hot during the whole weekend as there was no single rain cloud floating above the festival area. In general the atmosphere was peaceful and bigger problems managed to be avoided, thanks to the common metal spirit of the Finnish die hard metal freaks.

As usual, it has turned out to be an annual mandatory tradition for compiling this article of the Tuska festival in Metal-Rules.com with both pleasure and pain. Therefore the Finnish Metal-Rules.com pain squad spent the whole weekend testifying several acts in action and tried to feel and taste the spirit of Heavy Metal and soccer during three insane long days in the beautiful central park of Kaisaniemi with several friends as well as everlasting enemies as usual. Enjoy…


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Evil Masquerade Guitarist Henrik Flyman

September 23rd, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

Here is an interview I recently did with band leader and mastermind Henrik Flyman of the Danish act Evil Masquerade. Evil Masquerade has pretty recently released their third album simply called THIRD ACT.  The band has also gone through some line-up changes. We spoke about all that and much more regarding Evil Masquerade.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Escape Music for providing the promo pictures of the band

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for lending me more pictures of the band as well

 

 

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Dark Tranquillity in Sydney, Australia

September 22nd, 2006
by Brat

DARK TRANQUILLITY

ALARUM, INFERNAL METHOD

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2006

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Sebastian Bach – Sydney Australia

September 19th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

SEBASTIAN BACH

I REMEMBER YOU. SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

14 September 2006, Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel

Written and pics Brat

SEBASTIAN BACH AND BAND tickets went on sale while I was in Europe covering a couple of the summer festivals and seeing the sights. I had given someone in Sydney the responsibility of buying my ticket as this was one show I had no intentions of missing and although Selina’s is a decent sized venue, it’s still sells out regularly. I was a little surprised at the announcement. I didn’t know of anything recently done by Sebastian Bach except Supergroup being shown on pay TV here, but surely that wasn’t the reason for the tour? His new album doesn’t come out until next year.


 

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Ronnie James Dio

September 14th, 2006
by EvilG

DIO

Interviewed By EvilG
If there was ever a person I would say “I’m not worthy” to, it would be this man. I’m talking about one the most influential and STILL one of the best vocalists to grace the heavy metal scene. Despite my lack of worthiness, I was lucky enough to talk with Ronnie James Dio for thirty minutes about Dio, Rainbow, metal and his future plans. So without any more of my rambling and drooling, here you go my interview with the voice of heavy metal…Ronnie James Dio!!!!

Listen in MP3: 30 mins, 6.9megs

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Lunatica singer Andrea Dätwyler

September 12th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Here is an update on what’s going on in the Swiss act Lunatica camp. The band have recently released their third album THE EDGE OF INFINITY and I hooked up with the lead singer Andrea Dätwyler with the mission to talk about the bands new album, their future and other stuff. So here you have all you need to now so enjoy this, if you want to read more look at the past interview with Andrea here in Metal-Rules.com

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Promo pictures provided by Frontiers Records

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for providing the photos of Lunatica


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Headbangers Open Air 2006

September 8th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

Headbangers Open Air Vol 9

14-15 th July 2006

Brande-Hörnerkirchen Germany

The worlds largest garden party (at least we were told so) was held for the ninth time in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The two day festival (there was also a warm up party and afterparty) was nothing like the big commercial festivals which have thousands of fans and camping grounds where you get lost. Here we had an audience of maybe one thousand drinking beer in a farm’s backyard. The lineup was metal, simple as that. A few disappointing cancellations happened (Candlemass, October 31, Hobb’s Angel Of Death and Goat Horn) but still we headed over the seas to Deutchland.

The audience consisted of the elder fans of our beloved music and now want to just relax without any pressure of bigger fests. There you can meet people who’ve seen Exodus with Baloff, Slayer circa -85 etc. Cool. the area was like a paradise on earth, at least for a Metalist. The atmosphere, people and alcohol got me so charmed that I unfortunately missed many bands but some of them were seen so here we go

(Ed Note  *=saku and -=Herr Nabel)


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D.A.D Summer Tour Amager Strandpark Copenhagen 2006

September 7th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

D.A.D
Summer Tour
Amager Strandpark
Copenhagen
Denmark
19/8 – 2006

By: Anders Sandvall
Pictuers by: Anders Sandvall

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Torben Enevoldsen of Fatal Force

August 31st, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

The leader of the Danish act Fatal Force Torben Enevoldsen is a reall busy man that I managed to get in touch with and interviewed. Here is everything you would like to know about Mr. Enevoldsen and his band/project Fatal Force.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to MTM Music for the promo pictures of the band

Thanks to Mr. Enevoldsen for providing me with more promo pictures

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POISON & CINDERELLA (w/ CRASH KELLY)

August 27th, 2006
by Celtic Bob

Poison & Cinderella (w/ Crash Kelly)
Aug 1st, Molson Amphitheatre  Toronto, ON

Live Review and Pics by Celtic Bob


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Tarot – Marco Hietala

August 26th, 2006
by Metal Rules

TAROT –  Marco Hietala

Interview & live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Legendary Finnish Heavy Metal dinosaurs Tarot are currently busy with the recordings of their new, and as yet untitled 7th studio album that should see its release date sometime by the end of the year. Since the band’s previous album SUFFER OUR PLEASURES, which was released on Spinefarm Records in 2003, two noteworthy things have happened in the Tarot -camp. First off, after the S.O.P. album the band left Spinefarm Records and signed to a smaller, independent Finnish label King Foo Entertainment. Secondly, in early 2006, Tarot made an official announcement that they have added a new guy to their line-up for the 2nd vocals. This ‘old-new’ member is Tommi ‘Tuple’ Salminen who has actually had a strong involvement with the band since 1995 with his roles being both as a roadie and as backing vocalist in the band for more than 10 years.

We met Tarot’s always friendly vocalist and bassist Marco Hietala on a sunny evening in Tampere 25th of May 2006, just a few hours before the band’s gig at the University House that same night. We talked about the previously mentioned matters and about much more.


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Firewind Mastermind – Gus G

August 24th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for setting up the interview and Century Media for the promo pictures

 

Now it’s time to once again talk to Gus G from Firewind and check out what he’s been up to since our last talk. Firewind has recently released their new studio album ALLEGIANCE. Well let’s hear what Gus G has to say…
 

 



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Blind Guardian – A TWIST IN THE MYTH Listening Party

August 22nd, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Blind Guardian – A Twist in the Myth Listening Party

New York City – August 21, 2006

* Review and pictures by Shaq


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