Rage & Freedom Call
The 24th of March 2006
March 26th, 2006
Rage & Freedom Call
March 22nd, 2006
Interview by Arto Lehtinen
Icarus Witch from Pittsburgh definitely came out of blue with the brilliant debut Ep release ROSES ON WHITE LANCE. The four piece has continued their traditional heavy metal crusade on the first full-length album titled CAPTURE THE MAGIC. Therefore it was about time to get a hold of the founding member and the bassist of Icarus Witch, Jason Myers, to find out more about the band. Icarus Witch definitely stands for the good old traditional heavy metal by swearing into names of several classic metal legends, which can be without any doubts heard in their music. Both of the outputs of Icarus Witch just prove the band’s ability to create memorable songs.
March 15th, 2006
Brian Vollmer of HELIX check’s in with Metal-Rules to give us an update on current projects and what’s going on inside Planet Helix.
March 13th, 2006
Review and Live Pics by Celtic Bob
March 10th, 2006
Moyses Kolesne – The guitarist of Brazilian Death Metal commandos Krisiun
Interview & live pictures by Arto Lehtinen & Luxi Lahtinen
The relentless Brazilian Death Metal trio, Krisiun, finally made it to Finland. Frankly, it was about the time. Unfortunately it needs to be said Krisiun’s name hasn’t been carved to the Finnish Death Metal heads’ that much yet (or so it seems to be), which was proved by a relatively lame attendance at both of the gigs in Finland. However, regardless of this somewhat low attendance to both of their gigs, the band’s guitarist Moyses Kolesne turned out to be a real humble person and extremely excited about having a chance to play in Finland for the first time in Krisiun´s history. So keeping this in our minds, the timing was pretty ideal for us to talk with him about the band, about all those things that have gotten them this far – and especially about Krisiun´s latest output ASSASSINATION which is another piece of evidence of these three Brazilian brothers´ skills to write catchy and ear-nailing Death Metal.
Now let´s give Moyses a chance to tell more about this murderous, all-devastating Brazilian war machine called Krisiun…
March 9th, 2006
“The Sentinel” KILLgast from the horror-oozing metallers DOMINATION BLACK
Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
Domination Black, this horror-oozing thrashy Heavy Metal band, which comes from a small town named Karhula, located in 60:30:05N (60.5014) Lon: 26:56:58E (26.9495), was one of the most promising and interesting newcomers in the world of metal last year. They managed to impress me hugely both with their 4 song “Fear ReloaDEAD” demo and especially with the band´s debut album titled “Fearbringer”. Domination Black´s most distinctive trademark is undoubtedly Mr. “The Sentinel” KILLgast who fronts Domination Black against his will (well, sort of), and who has already been compared to such greats in Heavy Metal as Rob Halford, Tim “The Ripper” Owens and even King Diamond. Luckily all of his other band mates also seem to match together so well that they all create a killer musical incarnation. “Fearbringer” speaks for all the great things that may be ahead for them, but let´s not predict the future any further for Domination Black as it´s a bit unneccessary at this point in the beginning of their road.
Metal-Rules.com inquired from the band´s vocalist “The Sentinel” KILLgast how the band got started, their plans for the future amongst a host of other things – and “The Sentinel” KILLgast took the opportunity to open some sealed and secret doors into Domination Black´s realms of madness and chaos…
March 4th, 2006
Including Dark Funeral, Naglfar and Amoral to the same touring package would have been believed to be a strong concept to sell a lot of tickets. But when entering the club before the domestic Amoral kicked the set off, it was quite odd to see only a handful of people having arrived on time before the Finnish metal virtuoses got on the stage. Obviously setting a metal gig on Tuesday ain’t the most idealistic date to lure people to see bands in action. After all, according to the rough estimate, about over 300 black metal freaks had crawled to testify these bands on the stage. Frankly the whole touring band package was rather an interesting mix of different metal genres. As Amoral stands more for the technical death metal oriented approach whereas Naglfar’s style is a lethal mix of the vicious death/black metal combination, whereas Dark Funeral is nothing but a total “punch direct to the face” black metal assault without any mercy.
March 4th, 2006
Karl and Konstantin from the Swedish old school Death Metal squad KAAMOS
Kaamos, this old school Death Metal foursome from Sweden, is undoubtedly highly respected and appreciated amongst so-called true Death Metal crowd these days who are being able to capture all those musical elements tightly together one by one that are essential and vital for this kind of Death Metal. When the band hails such Death Metal pioneers as Possessed, Autopsy, Grotesque, Dismember and the likes as their main influences, it?s pretty obvious which school Kaamos comes from.
The band?s latest album, apptly titled LUCIFER RISING on Candlelight Records, is a great effort to prove what makes old school Death Metal so old school sounding that it manages to throw you through a time gate back in time; back to those times where bands like Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Incubus, Grotesque and such wicked and grotesque sounding old school Death Metal leagues reigned supreme. Kaamos has found that precious heritage of the old school Death Metal legends, and they are doing amazingly good with it.
I hooked up with both band?s vocalist and bassist Karl and guitarist Konstantin before their show in Helsinki 4th of February 2006, and we talked about one of our favorite common topics ?old school Death Metal? what it is all about – amongst other things, and lots of Kaamos -related issues were naturally touched upon as well.
March 3rd, 2006
Kenny Hallman & Brian Langley of INFERNÄL MÄJESTY
Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
Pics taken from www.infernalmajesty.com
If you have been wondering what´s been happening in the camp of Canadian legendary thrashers Infernäl Mäjesty for these last 3-4 months, I guess it doesn´t come as too big a surprise to anyone that the band has been working slowly, but determinedly with their 4th full-lenght album titled SYSTEMATICAL EXTERMINATION in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This will also mark the debut of band’s new vocalist Brian Langley. Infernäl Mäjesty´s longtime vocalist Chris Bailey left the band, to say at least under very strange circumstances in late 2004, and apparently Chris continues his life in Toronto even if no one seems to be completely certain about his presice location nowadays. Hope he´s doing alright tho…
Brian (also a singer in his other band Mecha Messiah), however, is a relatively young guy full of vital energy and potential whose slot in Infernäl Mäjesty as a new frontman also came as a huge surprise for him, too. But nonetheless, he has done his job in the band more than well as a real pro thus far as far as all the positive feedback from the fans´ direction is concerned, so the whole band is undoubtedly standing firmly and strongly for sure. And as each of us should already know, the fans cannot be wrong, so don´t go questioning that tiny fact… ever! ;=)
I contacted both Kenny Hallman and Brian Langley just a short while ago and wanted to get all the latest, updated news about the recordings for SYSTEMATICAL EXTERMINATION, the band´s touring plans for this year, all the reasons why Chris actually left – amongst other ´hot topics´. Both Kenny and Brian were more than eager to give their best shots about the latest happenings of Infernäl Mäjesty, so let´s just read what they had to say about probably the hottest potato in their mouths at the very moment, the band´s eagerly-waited new record SYSTEMATICAL EXTERMINATION…
February 28th, 2006
Before the show in Lund Sweden I met up with mastermind and bandleader Mat Sinner from Primal Fear and we talked about Primal Fear among other things. We did the interview in the tourbus and I must say that Mat are one of the kindest stars I met so far and he kindly answered the questions I had during the limited time that I got.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pics on Mat by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Hobbe at Sound Pollution for arranging this interview and providing me with promo pics.
Thanks to tour manager Achim Köhler for all the help at the show.
February 25th, 2006
The Devin Townsend Band
***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland
February 21st, 2006
Interview by Arto Lehtinen
Live pics by Swissman
Steve Gaines, having carved his name in such legendary 80’s speed/thrash metal bands such as Abattoir, Bloodlust, strikes back with his current Anger As Art combo. AAA combibes the raging thrash metal with the old school attitude by creating neck breaking and head banging, thrashing metal maelstorm. Anger As Art will or has already released the self titled album consisting of eight pure thrash hymns and some extra stuff as well. Therefore Steve Gaines was more than willing to shed some light on Anger As Art as well as what’s up with both Abattoir and of course Bloodlust.
February 20th, 2006
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
There is no doubt that Deep Purple are living legends. I know that many people think that the present-day Deep Purple isn’t the original band. Some might think that it’s a latter-day revival outfit, put together by Ian Paice, who is the sole survivor and only remaining member from the very first line-up which existed between 1968 and 1969. This band has survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true legend of the current hard rock community and everyone should respect that fact. Band’s 18’th studio album “Rapture Of Deep” was released on last November and band started their current world tour 17’th of January from London.
February 15th, 2006
Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
February 6th, 2006
Nigel Glockler is probably best known of his long career as a drummer for legendary NWOBHM band Saxon. Nigel did his first tour with the band in 1981 as a temporary member when original drummer Pete Gill damaged his hand just days before starting a huge tour. Nigel soon became a permanent member and in the early 1982 Saxon released their highly acclaimed live album “THE EAGLE HAS LANDED” , which is still one of the best live albums ever released. At that point Saxon was on the top of their game. The line up which consisted of vocalist Biff Byford, guitarists Paul Quinn and Graham Olivier, bassist Steve Dawson and Nigel, released three classic albums: “POWER AND GLORY”, “CRUSADER” and “INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE” before problems started. In 1986 Dawson left the band and only one year later Nigel decided to leave himself and join the shortlived”supergroup” GTR. After various projects and recordings with such artists as Fastway, Nigel decided to re join Saxon in 1989 and together they did several albums and tours before health problems forced him to again leave the band in 1997. Since leaving Nigel hasn’t been able to play drums in many years but after a long rehabilitation and much training he got back working again and in 2004 he got up on stage and did a few songs as a special quest for Saxon at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. That show was going to be the last show for Fritz Rainbow, who had replaced Nigel 1997, and at that point Jorg Michael (Stratovarius, ex- Running Wild) became the new drummer for Saxon. The band released the album “LIONHEART” in 2004 but in the middle of the tour Jorg announced that he was going to leave after the tour and re -join his old band Stratovarius. At this point the band decided to contact Nigel and ask him to rejoin band permanently. After some thinking and training Nigel decided to accept an invitation and give it a try.
I met Nigel last December in Stockholm right before Saxon show in Swedenrock festival annual kickoff event and here are the results of our discussion…
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