Death and Hammerfall
Invade North America!!!
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Death and Hammerfall
Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlachter
Interviewers: Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Place: Tuska Metal Festival Helsinki Finland
Kai Hansen already gained the reputation in the Helloween rank in the 80’s and until he went on by carrying his metal mission with Gamma Ray. Here is the extensive dinner conversation with Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlachter.
Piet Sielck of Iron Savior
Interviewed by EvilG in Feb. 2001
I was very excited to be given the opportunity to interview the true brain behind Germany’s sci-fi power metallers, IRON SAVIOR – Piet Sielck. Piet became a known name in the metal arena as a producer and engineer, working with bands like Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Saxon and Grave Digger. After a few years in this role the desire grew to form a band of his own…and thus began the saga of the Iron Savior. Since their first self titled release in 1997 the band have recorded three CD Singles / EP’s and two other full-length albums. Their most recent, and arguably their strongest work to date is the magnificent album DARK ASSAULT. Released in Jan 2001, this CD continues the tale of the Iron Savior and has proven to me that this band is no mere side project but an entity that stands on it’s own as one of the finest true metal bands on the scene today.
GIANLUCA MOLE of Glacial Fear
Interviewed By Waspman in Feb 2001
Necrodeath’s Guitarist, Claudio
Interviewed in Feb 2001 by Arto Lehtinen
The legendary Italian cult deathrashers Necrodeath have returned back from the beyond after being on hiatus since the first split up 1989 and of course their new and third output “Mater of all evil” was unleashed in the beginning of this year and it definitely shows this band truly rules and every old school deathrash manic should get that album immediately. Here is the interview with the guitarist Claudio. www.necrodeath.com
Matt Harvey of Dekapitator
Interviewed in Jan 2001 By Luxi Lahtinen
“…We wanted to show those Europeans that the Bay Area has always been the ultimate breeding ground for Thrash Metal and that we could whip ass on all the Swedish poser bands…”
Jezuz!! When you’re playing with Matt Harvey of DEKAPITATOR, you’re playing with fire. At the age of 13, he got to hear bands like POSSESSED, KREATOR, CELTIC FROST, etc. for the very first time. I guess somehow he obviously knew that the world couldn’t be the same for him from that day on. The second coming of the Bay Area Thrash Metal may well be in the tight grip of DEKAPITATOR but now however, let’s just unleash the beast himself. That beast’s leading us right behind the darkest corners of the well-kept secrets of the band. Ladies and gentlemen, may I proudly present… DEKAPITATOR from the Bay Area, San Francisco…
Renegade Records Rhodes Mason
Former Nuclear Blast Records Head Opens A New Label
Interviewed by Keith McDonald
By now most of you know that Nuclear Blast America has closed it’s doors and licensed out their bands and masters to Century Media. This was a huge surprise and blow to the metal community (ed. note: This is Keith’s opinion and not necessarily that of everyone at Metal-Rules.com….time will tell if it’s good or bad). Bands like In Flames and Hammerfall that had strived at NBA were left to wonder their future. Former NBA boss Rhodes Mason has now reappeared and started his own label called Renegade Records and will be releasing a new album by the legendary Mayhem in the near future. I had the chance to speak with Rhodes who filled me in on what’s been going on.
Morbid Angel – Trey Azagthoth
Interviewed By Luxi Lahtinen
Around 8.30PM, 5th of August
Wacken 2000, Germany
To have possibly a nice?n?lil? chat w/ any of the guys from MORBID ANGEL
To talk about MORBID ANGEL?s forth-coming album titled “Gateways to Annihilation” among with some other interesting topics as well
Steve Tucker (b+voc), Trey Azagthoth (g), Erik Rutan (g) and Pete Sandoval (d)…
THE CHOSEN ONE:
A PLACE WHERE TO PUT IT THROUGH:
Some quiet, less “noisy” place
TO USE WHERE:
Metal-Rules.com webmagazine, Jan 2001 issue
Read by yourself and let me know, will ya?!
Mille Petrozza – Kreator
Interviewed in Jan 2001 by EvilG
This interview was scheduled to be done via phone, but due to time constraints was done via e-mail. Mille was pressed for time so the replies are not the longest. However it does give some insight on what we can expect for the next Kreator CD. Hopefully when that comes out we will get the chance for a proper telephone interview so we can pick Millie’s brain a little better!
Pantera’a Vinnie Paul
Interviewed by Keith McDonald in Jan 2001
Pantera – Reinventing Metal
Pantera has become the band that never goes away, the party that just doesn’t end. Despite almost no radio, MTV or other vital musical outlet support, Pantera have to their credit four Platinum albums, three Gold home videos and have grabbed two Grammy nominations in their ten year history. Their rise to the top is nothing short than miraculous. Non-stop touring and incredible live shows have allowed Pantera to accumulate a large loyal following of metal-heads all across the globe. They have recently released Reinventing The Steel, possibly their hardest offering to date and are getting ready to continue their world tour following the freak injury to singer Phil Anselmo. I had the opportunity to speak to Vinnie Paul who filled me in on what’s been going on in the Pantera camp.
Olaf Hayer Interview
Interviewed in Jan 2001 by Rick
Olaf Hayer is one of the best and busiest young vocalists on the metal scene today. In addition to being the voice behind Luca Turilli’s solo work he also has released CDs with Treasure Seeker and Lord Byron. Olaf is also the lead vocalist for the great new band Dionysus. Joining Olaf in Dionysus is Ronny Mialianowicz ex-Sinergy, who was recently interviewed by me for Metal-Rules.com. Olaf answers questions regarding all of his projects past, present and future.
George Call of ASKA
Interviewed by EvilG in Dec. 2000
Every now and then a CD pops up the grabs your attention both musically and lyrically. Aska’s AVENGER is one such CD. Not only is the album’s music and storyline interesting, but so is ASKA’s lead guitarist / vocalist – George Call. His answers to my questions make for some very interesting reading. I think we’ll be hearing much more from this band in the next couple of years.
Claudio Diprima, Drummer For Thy Majestie
Interviewed by EvilG in Dec. 2000
Robin Engstr?m of LEFAY!
Interviewed, Dec. 6th, 2000 by EvilG
Below is an interview done with Lefay’s drummer, Robin Engstr?m. What precipitated this interview was the rumors I had heard about Lefay being dropped from Noise Records. I wanted to find out what happened and hopefully lay to rest any fears I had about the dissolution of one of my favorite bands!!!
Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist)
Interviewed By EvilG
Back in 1998 when I learned that Mark Boals would be returning to Yngwie’s “Rising Force” band for the CD Alchemy, I was very excited. He had after all sang on what is perhaps the best Malmsteen CD, Trilogy! So out came Alchemy and to no surprise – I loved it…the best Yngwie CD to come along since Trilogy. Mark did the Alchemy tour and then began work on his own solo album. Partway through the recording, he was called in to do vocals on the new Yngwie CD, War To End All Wars. A slightly less exciting CD than Alchemy, but nonetheless godly (despite the strange sounding production)!! Right before the new tour was to begin I read a press release about Mark no longer being in the band…WTF?? Very shortly after this I was contacted by Mark with news of his new solo CD Ring of Fire. I quickly jumped on the chance to pick his brain about what happened and to get more information on his solo album. Below is the result of our Q-n-A session.