Masters of Metal is another addition to the map of the Finnish metal festivals. Originally the event was planned to be carried out in a bigger venue. However, because of the unexpected low ticket sales the whole MOM event was switched to a smaller venue and a couple of bands got dropped from the bill. However the line-up looked pretty solid which should have drawn more people to the event. After all approximately 300 people crawled out to the MOM event. Although the line-up looked all in all solid, but as for the general arrangements of the event, the roadie and break time between each bands was occasionally quite insanely long. That definitely bugged some people off even though the beer was cold and metal ruled. But even though the festival is a small indoor one, if the people of the fest believes in the future of the fest, then we can expect to have another MOM event in the next year.
German melodic death metallers DARK AGE are launching a special video contest and need your help.
The band’s idea: “We are planning to do a video for the song ’10 Steps To Nausea’ from our current album Acedia (out now on AFM Records). We want to something different from the normal (and usually boring) performance clips you see all the time; we want our fans to be a part of the clip.
Just switch on your webcam (or a digi cam) and film yourself going crazy to ’10 Steps To Nausea.’ Use your imagination, You can do a crazy performance alone or with your friends … indoors, outdoors, whatever comes to your mind is welcome.
After filming the stuff, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of your video. We will get back to you with further instructions. Please DO NOT send anything without notification!
After receiving your filmed material, we want to compile everything and present something very unique which will include YOU!
So, tell your friends, switch on your cam and let the madness begin! We are really looking forward to your ideas! Thanks and greetings from Germany!” —
PAIN, the band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, will finally make their latest release Cynic Paradise available to North America on June 8th. This version will also feature an alternate cover and a bonus live CD recorded on March 23-24, 2009 at the Zenith in Paris, France during the band’s European tour with NIGHTWISH.
“Hi Pain-heads! We’re finally releasing the PAIN album in North America and we’re really happy about that,” commented Tägtgren. “It gives us a bigger chance to hit the road there now, so stay tuned for tour dates on our home pages. We decided to give the US fans something special since the release has been long over due there. That’s why we recorded the show in Paris and to offer that as an exclusive bonus CD for the North American fans. So check it out if you haven’t already!”
1. I’m Going In
2. Monkey Business
3. Follow Me
4. Have A Drink On Me
5. Don’t Care
6. Reach Out (And Regret)
7. Generation X
8. No One Knows
9. Live Fast / Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us
Disc 2 (Live In Paris)
1. Intro / I’m Going In
2. End Of The Line
3. Zombie Slam
4. Just Hate Me
5. Same Old Song
6. Monkey Business
7. On And On
8. Shut Your Mouth
Accept, the legendary heavy metal band out of Germany, conquered the metal world back in the 80’s with thunderous classic catchy songs such as RESTLESS AND WILD, BALLS TO THE WALL, BREAKER, METAL HEART, and the list continues. The legendary five piece made a triumphant return to the limelight in 2005, crisscrossing European metal and rock festivals and received excited reception from metal fans. However, things within the band didn’t work out and the band went on hiatus. Finally Accept got back together, but without vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. The former TT Quick frontman Mark Tornillo stepped in to take over on vocals. Original members Wolf Hoffman and Peter Baltes had plenty of new strong sounding Accept material written and the new album BLOOD OF THE NATIONS was recorded during last year at the helm of Andy Sneap who had a strong input on new songs and album. The whole band was on a promotion trip and doing some shows here and there. Metal-Rules.Com got an excellent opportunity hear the new album and then hav a chat with Wolf Hoffman and the new singer Mark Tornillo.
Rarely, if ever, has one festival organization gone through so many difficulties as Stockholm Rockout faced out during this spring. First, there were many cancellations for whatever reasons, even some headliners got canceled, and finally the volcano eruption in Iceland and its ash clouds meant that most of the U.S. bands not reaching Sweden in time. The organizers of Rockout didn’t give up and they decided to organize a small-scale one day event with bands which were now available. The actual Rockout -festival will then be re-arranged for later next September. Read the rest of this entry »
After thirty years of wrecking necks live, East Coast thrash metal legends Overkill are still in their prime, as evidenced by this year’s excellent onslaught of an offering dubbed "Ironbound". Hitting the road in support of the new record, the green and black attack headlined the aptly-named KILLFEST tour atop a bill that also featured God Dethroned, Vader, Evile, Warbringer and Woe of Tyrants. Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth is in good spirits this night in Austin, Texas as he cracks jokes and fills us in on life out on the road. The subject of the evening is primarily focused on the pummeling new Overkill record and the band’s immediate tour plans. Rather than placing too much emphasis on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the band’s debut album "Feel the Fire", Blitz seems very content with the band’s present achievement and looks to the future of the band with excitement and anticipation. Tonight’s concert is further proof why now is as good a time as any, to be an Overkill fan.
Thanks to Tania Baggo at Target Distribution for the help to get this done.
Thanks to Target Records for providing the promo pictures of the band.
Live pictures taken from the archives of Anders Sandvall
I hooked up with band-members Thomas – lead vocals, Morten – guitar and Jacob – drums in the Danish 70’s hard rock/kick ass rockn’ roll act Karma Cowboys with the intent to talk about their brand new album SHAKE IT. We talked about the new album but we also talked about the bands history, labels, touring and what the future has in store for the band. This is the first interview with Karma Cowboys in metal-rules.com and if you’re into retro hard rock/rockn’ roll with a lot of feeling and attitude then be sure to check out the next big act from Denmark.
Australian rock sensation Airbourne has just released its sophomore album titled NO GUTS.NO GLORY. The new world tour started in January and this time it included three shows in Finland which were instantly sold out. In Helsinki I had a change to sit down with the band’s drummer and co ‘founder Tommy O’Keefe. We talked about the new album, the early years and Airbourne’s future plans. Enjoy
The Roadburn festival has gained a real monumental status amongst metal and rock fans around the planet. The festival has become such an ultimate popular event during the past few years that tickets for the festival have been sold out within less than one hour. What makes the Roadburn festival such popular ? Well firstly bands of course, as the festival offers such a diverse line-upl covering a wide range of music from the underground psychedelic and rock, avant-garde stuff, doom or any other variation of metal stuff pleasing the fans of the music and above all the general atmosphere. Metal-Rules got an excellent privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the second time in a row to see a plenty of killer bands, smell the taste of the weed and enjoy Triptykon. However as it is widely know the volcanic outburst in Iceland caused nothing but a tremendous headache for the organization of the Roadburn festival. As all the flights were canceled and airports were closed cos ashes of clouds were rolling over Europe resulting several bands were unable to arrive at the Roadburn festival. For example the Swedish doom legends Candlemass was forced to cancel, and Jesu, Evoken and so on. The Norwegians had troubles in getting at Roadburn, but however made it. As several bands didn’t have any other choices, but cancels the appearance that resulted the whole schedule had to be remade and re-arranged. Despite big cancellations, there were after all tons of magic and unique bands on the stage and magic music.
It’s been two years since KISS finished their highly successful Alive 35 -tour in Europe. Last year the band released a brand new studio album SONIC BOOM, their first in eleven years, and now the band brings their rock’n roll circus back here under the banner SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE : FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE BOOM. The new tour started just under a week ago from Sheffield and now it was time to check out how the”Hottest Band In The World” rocked in Liverpool.
Gothenburg, Sweden’s five-piece of heavy metal crusaders, Hammerfall, recently returned to the United States for their first headlining tour of North America in support of last year’s incredibly successful "No Sacrifice, No Victory" album, their seventh full-length record for Nuclear Blast Records. Hammerfall are no strangers themselves to touring in the U.S. having previously warmed up the stage on previous outings for veteran acts like Death and Dio and most recently performing alongside Edguy several years ago, but this time Hammerfall are at the top of the bill, and who can argue after the band has spent the last thirteen years proving themselves with their distinctive brand of classic and often melodic heavy metal. Hammerfall vocalist Joacim Cans recently took the time to talk metal with Metal-Rules.com and filled us in on the bands current activities and life on the road.
Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview
Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Here is a brand new interview with Chris Gutjahr the guitarist and band leader in the German act Voices Of Destiny. Their debut album FROM THE ASHES was recently released and is quite amazing. Gutjahr and I hooked up in order to talk about the band, their music and the future for Voices Of Destiny. This is a treat for all dark goth metal fans, read and enjoy.
Over the past few years I’ve read about what some call the "New Wave of Swedish Sleaze" and for the most part I’ve blown it off. For some reason the re-emergence of other styles of metal, the likes of thrash and speed, seemed more legitimate. As the years pass I’ve fallen victim to the cliche that hair/glam/sleaze metal was not good music, that it was Hollywood make-up and hair, without substance. Then a few weeks ago, tasked with a review of another Swedish glam act, my mind opened up a bit as I listened to a really nice record from a band called Lippstixx ‘n’ Bulletz. A week later I interviewed Ron Keel, remembering that 80s L.A. metal had some excellent acts. Then when presented with NEW RELIGION from Crazy Lixx, being more then ready to check out this new glam scene, I was pleasantly surprised!!! If you have an open mind about glam metal, then this is a new band that you would do well to check out. We caught up with vocalist Danny Rexon to discuss the band’s 2010 release ‘New Religion’…enjoy.