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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Liv Kristine of Leaves’ Eyes

December 4th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

 

Interview and live photos by Shaq

Interview questions by Shaq and Lord of the Wasteland


 

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Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian

November 26th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

 

Interview by Curufin


 

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ULI JON ROTH

November 26th, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

ULI JON ROTH

The legendary guitar virtuoso Uli Jon Roth played on the Scorpions’ albums “Fly to the Rainbow” (1974), “In Trance” (1975), “Virgin Killer” (1976), “Taken by Force” (1977) and finally on the classic live album “Tokyo Tapes”. Now he’s once again back on the touring circuit with his new band and also preparing to record a new studio album. Joining Uli on tour and in the studio is another ex-Scorpions member Francis Buchholz on bass with the rest of the band comprising of singer Olaf Senkbeil, Ferdy Doernberg (Alex Rudi Pell, Rough Silk) on keyboards and drummer Michael Ehré.

Although extreme wheather conditions had caused unexpected delays and cancellations in the plane and train department, with the situation on the roads not being much better, all is well that ends well. After much difficulty we finally arrived safely at the Rockland club in time enough to have a word with Uli Jon Roth, who had many interesting things to tell about his past with the Scorpions as well as his plans for the future and all the things in between (such as past and future collaborations with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple…)

Interview and questions by Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovinen

Live and offstage pictures by Marko Syrjälä

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Paul Stanley – Irving Plaza, New York City

November 25th, 2006
by EvilG

Paul Stanley
Irving Plaza New York City
October 28, 2006

Review by Kieth McDonald
Live photos by Rob Grundas

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Marcel Jacob of Talisman

November 25th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

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

 

The very well known Swedish melodic hard rock act Talisman has currently released the brilliant new album 7. I got in touch with the bandleader and bass player Marcel Jacob to finally get my long awaited interview. Talisman has been around a really long time but has unfortunately not been too occupied with releasing albums, all that and a lot more did we talk about so read and enjoy…

 


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Joe Lynn Turner of Sunstorm

November 25th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewer Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Stefan at Zink Music for setting up the interview
Thanks to Frontiers records for the promo pictures of Joe Lynn Turner

 

The time has now come for me to interview the legendary Joe Lynn Turner about his appearance in the project Sunstorm. Besides the project Sunstorm he’s also participated in another project called the Richie Zito Project. Joe Lynn Turner is certainly a busy man and I was happily surprised when he took the time to talk to me and answering my questions.

 


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Evile – Lead Guitarist Ol Drake

November 24th, 2006
by Metal Rules

Lead guitarist Ol Drake from Evile

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

The British thrashers Evile signed to a legendary metal label Earache Records just in the mid of October´06. In a way it could be said they deserved to get signed by them even if there has been a lot of talking about Evile as another Exodus rip off band. On the other hand, one needs to ask ‘do you like old school Thrash?'; I mean, the way it was churned out in the ´80s ála Slayer, Death Angel, Heathen and of course Exodus? If that´s something that makes your heart pound, body sweat, and blood run faster, then be all hailed and welcomed Evile! The band surely knows how to thrash – how to thrash the way through every thrasher´s heart by all that sheer strong potential they share inside the band, to become even the next big thing from England that might well take the whole world by a firestorm. 

Ol, the lead guitarist of Evile talked to Metal-Rules.com about the band, signing to Earache, as well as of course their forthcoming debut album – not forgetting completely to throw a handful of praising words toward his main influences either who have influenced him as a guitarist. Read on…


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