Dark Empire – Guitarist Matt Moliti

April 25th, 2006
by EvilG

Dark Empire: Guitarist Matt Moliti

Interview by EvilG & Lord of the Wasteland

Matt Moliti’s Dark Empire offers a mix of power, prog, and thrash elements with a lot of shred and powerful vocals on their debut album DISTANT TIDES. Most of you will not recognize Matt’s name…yet. With the amount of talent he possesses he could very well have a bright future in metal. Matt, who’s been playing guitar since he was 13, attended the Berklee College of Music where his guitar teacher was none other than Joe Stump. The name from Dark Empire that many will recognize is vocalist Jens Carlsson of Persuader and Savage Circus. Rounding out the line-up is bassist Noah Martin (Lilitu) and Teemu Tahkanen (DIG). In the following interview we talk to Matt about how the band works, his guitar playing, and his future plans for Dark Empire.


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Bolt Thrower, Amoral, HellBox : Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland

April 25th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

 

The 18th of April 2005
Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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Anthrax, Beyond Fear : 21th April, Helsinki Nosturi Finland

April 24th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

ANTHRAX
with Beyond Fear (feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens)
The 21th of April 2006
Nosturi, Helsinki
Finland

Review by Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Tero Honkasalo

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Arch Enemy, Chimaira, God Forbid, Hate Eternal Live In Vancouver: April 13, 2006

April 23rd, 2006
by Lord of the Wasteland

Arch Enemy / Chimaira / God Forbid / Hate Eternal
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The Croatian Cultural Centre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

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


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SE CONQUER ALL FESTIVAL – Gaelic Theatre, Sydney 14 January 2006

April 21st, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

SE CONQUER ALL FESTIVAL
BEHEMOTH with HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH, The Amenta, The Furor, Psychroptic, Ebolie, Flesh Mechanic, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace
Gaelic Theatre, Sydney 14 January 2006

by Brat and Turner, photos by Brat

There is something to be said about the music we listen to representing the state of our mind. Those of you who have met me on the forum, at a gig or festival, or have read other reviews I have written will know that I’m the flower metal chick, so it’s understanding that I received so many questions and shocked reactions when I voiced my intentions of seeing BEHEMOTH. Plus HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH were playing and I wanted to see them again.
Since Christmas, when I was forced to deal with some extreme emotions, I haven’t been able, and have even been afraid, to listen to power metal or any music where the lyrics have been understandable. It was time to load some aggressive music onto my iPod which wouldn’t take me on an emotional rollercoaster ride and the waiting promo copies of the new Exodus, Hypocrisy and Old Man’s Child were just what I needed. In need of more mind-numbing escapism, I then went in search of the latest BEHEMOTH CD, “Demigod”, but obviously I wasn’t the only person in Sydney who wanted to hear the latest offering before seeing them live so all I was left with was “Grom”. OK, so I’ll get a history lesson instead before I see them in the flesh. While I was at it, I picked up the HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH CD “Hobbs Satan Crusade” which seems to be a local 2003 best of release.

 

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Gamma Ray

April 17th, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN   

PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

(Thanks to Lana Morganella for helping with the transcription)

Gamma Ray has become one of the leading names in the flourishing power metal genre. When it is widely known that most of Gamma Ray’s albums are well written and catchy power metal. Kai Hansen’s Gamma Ray visited Helsinki early this year by playing a one-off gig in Tavastia Club. Unfortunately the whole interview schedule went totally upside down due to Henjo’s accident on the ferry the night before. Therefore our private interview session became a normal general press event where several people asked all kinds of things.

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Damon Johnson of Slave To The System / Alice Cooper

April 15th, 2006
by Celtic Bob

Slave To the System’s
Damon Johnson

March 27th, 2006

Damon Johnson of Slave To the System and Alice Cooper Band recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Metal Rules about the current STTS tour, recording the CD, the upcoming Alice Cooper tour and much more.
 

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Herman Li of DragonForce

April 12th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Herman Li is one of the guitarists from extreme power metal group DragonForce, and recently took the time to answer some of my questions.

* Interview by Shaq

* Pictures provided by Chipster Entertainment

 


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Dream Theater – Live In New York City: April 1, 2006

April 11th, 2006
by Greg Shackles

Dream Theater
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Radio City Music Hall
New York City

 

*** Live Review By Shaq ***


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Fear Factory / Misery Index / M.A.N : Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland

April 7th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

 

 

 

FEAR FACTORY
Misery Index & M.A.N
April 1st, 2006
Nosturi Club
Helsinki, Finland

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Korzus Bassist Dick Siebert

April 6th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

Dick Siebert, The Bassist of The Brazilian Thrashers KORZUS

(Additional questions answered by guitarist Silvio Golfetti)

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

An interview series of The Brazilian metal bands continues again. Korzus being one of the longest running thrash metal bands from Brazil was definitely a logical choice for Metal-Rules.Com. Korzus has struggled year after year by putting out killer releases for example their latest output TIES OF BLOOD was a great slab of brutal and grove influenced thrashing metal. Even though Korzus isn’t widely known, the five piece Brazilian metal squad constantly keeps gigging all around Brazil and other South American countries. Therefore it was a great opportunity to interview Korzus’s founding member and bassist Dick Siebert to find out more about this legendary Brazilian thrash metal combo.


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Chris Bailey, ex-vocalist of Infernäl Mäjesty

April 5th, 2006
by Metal Rules

Chris Bailey, ex-vocalist of

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

The legendary Canadian thrashers Infernäl Mäjesty´s new interview was published through Metal-Rules.com in March 2006 in which both the band´s longtime guitarist Kenny Hallman and new, young frontman and throat torturer, Brian Langley, shed some light on Infernäl Mäjesty´s current situation. They especially spoke enthusiastically about the new Infernäl Mäjesty album in the works, titled SYSTEMATICAL EXTERMINATION.

The band changed vocalists with Brian Langley replacing Chris Bailey who was in the band on and off for 17 years. Naturally it was inquired as to what happened with him and what his primary reasons were for leaving the band.

Shortly after the interview was published in Metal-Rules.com, Chris Bailey, the ex-vocalist for Infernäl Mäjesty, contacted me via email, telling me if I wanted to know the real reason why he was not with them any longer, I could reach him at his email address for more info. I did because I felt like it´s always justified to hear from both of the parties impartially, giving both a fair chance to  to explain how things were seen from their own points of view. 

I need to remind all of you Metal-Rules.com does not take any responsibility for either Kenny´s or Chris´s sayings how truthful they are or are not; who´s telling the truth and who´s lying about what. This all will be left up to you, dear reader, to decide; you draw your own conclusions out of these two fellows´ stories.

Chris Bailey opens up for Metal-Rules.com exclusively and tells his own story about his leaving from Infernäl Mäjesty, so let´s hear him out…


 

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Nasty Idols Singer Andy

April 5th, 2006
by Anders Sandvall

This interview is dedicated to the Nasty Idols front man and founder Andy Pierce from Malmö, Sweden. The band has recently released a compilation with material taken from 3 of their 4 studio albums recorded between the years 1989-1995. I had a chat with Andy where we discussed the bands past, present and future and we also talked about Andy’s projects besides Nasty Idols.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Promo Pictures provided by Nasty Idols website
Pictures on Andy Pierce taken by Anders Sandvall

 

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Marc Storace of KROKUS

March 29th, 2006
by Marko Syrjala

MARC STORACE

Singer Marc Storace was originally born on the Island of Malta in 1951. At the age of 19 he moved to London while he was trying to start his musical career but only one year later, in 1971, he ended up in a Swiss band called TEA. Together they released three studio albums and toured a lot, mostly in Switzerland but also in U.K and other European countries. In 1976, Marc moved back to London and formed another band called Eaze Money but they never make it big time. A few years later in 1979 Marc was invited to join another Swiss band KROKUS and things really started to change. The band sold millions of records during their “heydays” in the early eighties and up to this date they are still the most successfull Swiss band of all time. Albums like HEADHUNTER, ONE VICE AT TIME and HARDWARE are highly praised hard rock classics. Unfortunately things started to go bad at the very end of the eighties and after several line up changes and some less than successfull albums the band broke up in1989. After the breakup in the early nineties, Marc did several projects and albums with such names and artists as China, Glenn Hughes and Amen. Althought the band did a brief reunion and one studio album in 1995 things really started to roll again in 2003 when KROKUS released their highly acclaimed ROCK THE BLOCK album which went directly to number one in Switzerland and did quite well in the rest of the world. Then, after two very succesfull years of touring and the release of another live albun FIRE AND GASOLINE, lead guitarist and only remaining founder member, Fernando von Arb surprisingly decided to leave KROKUS. Against many expectations the band decided to carry on and they hired old friend Mandy Mayer ( ex -ASIA, Katmandu,Gotthard) , who used to play in KROKUS in 1981, to be their new lead guitar player. At the moment, in the sping of 2006, KROKUS are once again in the studio putting the final touches on the upcoming studio album which should be out in the upcoming months. I met Marc in Stockholm last December and here are the results of our long and interesting discussion about the past,present and future of Marc Storace and KROKUS.

 

INTERVIEW, LIVE AND OFFSTAGE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ    

  TRANSCRIPITON BY DUKE 

 

 

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Under Raven Skies – Manning Bar, Sydney Australia

March 27th, 2006
by Arto Lehtinen

Manning Bar, Sydney University, Australia
29 October 2005

Pics and review by Brat

UNDER RAVEN SKIES was a festival organized by people from Wagga Wagga—half way between Sydney and Melbourne—in the name of the MS Society. What better way to increase the street cred of metal in this hell on Earth than by demonstrating a social conscience.


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