Sigh – Mirai Kawashima

May 19th, 2007
by EvilG

Sigh – Mirai Kawashima
Interviewed By Hanntu

Japanese metal band (I can’t tell you what category they fit in, because honestly, there’s no genre name that’s wide enough for them.) Sigh are set to release their 7th full length studio album, HANGMAN’S HYMN, which should be released this summer. I caught up with Sigh’s frontman, keyboardist and founding member, Mirai Kawashima, who gave his eloquent and deep thoughts on the new album, crappy record labels, religion and tomato sauce.

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SUICIDAL ANGELS – Basist Sotiris

May 18th, 2007
by Metal Rules

Greek World Thrash Domination

 

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
 
 
Greece has seriously started to become a so-called ´hot bed´ in today´s metal scene – and not only for their breath-taking and enviable culture, wonderful weather and darn hot-looking women, but also for some blood-curdlingly killer Thrash Metal that also this band named Suicidal Angels from Athens, strongly represents for. 
 
Suicidal Angels have already made themselves known on the European continent for some years by playing around together with a bunch of international metal acts like Onslaught, Napalm Death, Tankard, Rotting Christ, etc. – and now they are preparing to play more shows with Master (US), Celtic Frist, Kreator and the infamous Polish bible bashers Behemoth. Also, Suicidal Angels signed to the Californian-based Old School Metal Records for not that long time ago – and the band´s debut full-lenght album, titled ETERNAL DOMINATION, should be out in June 2007. So prepare yourself for an aggressive old school Thrash Metal attack from these new kings of Thrash Metal that do what they can do best: Thrash like true maniacs like there´s no tomorrow. The band´s basist Sotiris reveals us kindly more about Suicidal Angel´s world domination…
 

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KEEP IT TRUE : The 13th & 14th of April Lauda-Köningshofen Germany

May 9th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

 

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DEATH SS – Steve Sylvester

May 7th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

The Italian horror rock metal outfit Death SS (Death Of Steve Sylvester) have had a long road since the late 70’s till now. The most recent output titled THE 7TH SEAL is for obvious reasons their seventh release in their long history. Even though the newer material sounds more modern oriented, there remains the recognizable Death SS magical spirit on each album. The band’s frontman Steve Sylvester gives his own viewpoint on the new album and tells more about their famous styles in the following interview.


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Leaves’ Eyes at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark

May 7th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Leaves’ Eyes
Vinland Saga European Tour
The Rock
Copenhagen
Denmark
30/4 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

 

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In Flames Swedish Tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

May 7th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

In Flames


Swedish Tour 2007
Mejeriet
Lund
Sweden
30/3 – 2007

Reviewed and Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Middian, Asunder, The Lord Weird Slough Feg, Oakhelm – Live in Portland, USA

May 6th, 2007
by EvilG

Middian, Asunder, Slough Feg, Oakhelm – Live in Portland, USA
Friday, April 13th

Live Review & Pics by Aryn


 

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DEKAPITATOR – Dan “Bulldoze” Shows The Meaning Of Thrash

May 3rd, 2007
by Metal Rules

DEKAPITATOR:
Bringers Of The Storm Before The Calm

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

For the devoted community of Thrash Metal, California-based Dekapitator surely offers some thrills in this on-going year. The band is about to start playing gigs again, and what´s even more pleasing for fans is the 2nd album. Obviously very fittingly titled THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM, it will be released during this summer via Relapse Records. As we should already know, a frighteningly heavy & ripping old school Thrash Metal is Dekapitator´s own playing area, and undoubtedly many of us want to share the same box with them when the new album is out.

The 4-string torturer, Dan Bulldoze from Dekapitator reveals many interesting details about their forthcoming Thrash-tornado THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM. He also gives his personal views about both the past,  and current, state of the metal scene – not to mention how much he rightfully lov… (er…!), loathes some of those certain hyped bands that MTV wants to consider saviors of today´s metal scene.

Now let´s unleash our beloved beast and hear what Dan has to say about the common things surrounding us in this cruel world. We´d better fall silent and listen to him carefully as words of wisdom have hardly sounded any more convincing and stronger than those spit from Dan´s mouth…


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Chris Reifert – Ex-DEATH, ex-AUTOPSY & ABSCESS

May 3rd, 2007
by Metal Rules

  

Chris Reifert – Ex-DEATH, ex-AUTOPSY & ABSCESS

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Chris Reifert played drums on Death´s legendary debut album, SCREAM BLOODY GORE. Since he parted ways with Chuck Schuldiner in 1987 (when Chuck decided to move from San Francisco to Florida) Chris formed Autopsy together with Eric Cutler and Eric Eigard. Autopsy´s 1st two albums, SEVERED SURVIVAL (released on Peaceville in 1989) and MENTAL FUNERAL (Peaceville, 1991) are nowadays considered some of the most classic and finest Death Metal albums of the whole genre – and every devoted Death Metal fan surely subscribes that somewhat easily.

Since the Autopsy´s coffin was sealed by the band´s last official studio album, titled SHITFUN (on Peaceville, 1995), Chris has worked with several side projects and bands; from Doomed to The Ravenous to Murder Squad, etc. – and finally with Abscess, in which he has continued spreading his filthy and sick messages for the whole world. The band´s latest work, HORRORHAMMER, was just released through Tyrant Syndicate Productions (owned by Fenriz of Darkthrone), and the album is about all that the title kindly wants already to suggest.

I got in touch with Chris some time ago and he agreed to do this interview about his entire career from the days of his first band Burnt Offering (he was just 15yrs old back in the day when he played in that band) to the current times of Abscess. So without prolonging your curiosity regarding our conversation done via email, let Chris tell more about his long career for the readers of Metal-Rules.com. So, go ahead Chris…


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JON OLIVA – Jon Oliva’s Pain,Savatage, TSO

May 1st, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Legendary singer, keybordist, guitarist, songwriter etc Jon Oliva has made a long and successful career in music world. Although he had already played in several bands in the seventies it wasn’t until the mid eighties that he found  real success with Savatage which was originally formed by Jon and his brother Criss Oliva. The band released many highly praised masterpieces like “Gutter Ballet”, “Hall Of The Mountain King” and the rock opera “Streets”. 1993 was a tragic year for Jon and Savatage when Criss Oliva died in a car accident. Despite the huge loss, Savatage decided to continue without Criss. The band released three more high quality studio albums: “Handful of Rain”, “The Wake of Magellan” and “Poets and Madmen” before band slowly went on hiatus in 2004. Although it’s been very quiet in Savatage camp since then there has been a lot of going on in the world of Jon Oliva. He’s been extremely busy with the rock orchestra band TSO (Trans Siberian Orchestra) and his new band Jon Oliva’s Pain. The latter just released their second studio album “Maniacal Renderings”. I had the honor to meet up with the legend while Jon Oliva’s Pain visited in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Copenhagen last April and here is the latest info concerning Jon’s latest activities and future plans …

Transcription by Andy Osborn

Pictures by Marko Syrjälä and archives

 

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Sami Lopakka (ex-Sentenced, Northern Tribe)

April 28th, 2007
by EvilG

Sami Lopakka (ex-Sentenced, Northern Tribe)
Interview By EvilG
All Live Photos By Arto Lehtinen

Former Sentenced guitarist and current “Chief Of Creation & Inter-Tribal Relations” with his company Northern Tribe, Sami Lopakka, spoke to us about his recent activities. Also discussed was the final Sentenced show which was recently released on DVD, what his former Sentenced bandmates have been up to, and of course the details on his own business and musical pursuits.

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Firewind with Grand Magus & Crowning Glory – London, England

April 27th, 2007
by EvilG

Firewind
with Grand Magus & Crowning Glory
The Underworld, Camden
London, England
24th April 2007

Review & Pics by Hanntu

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Chaosfear – The Drummer Danilo de Freitas

April 27th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

ChaosFear hailing from Brazil delivers highly skilled and aggressive thrash metal to the bone. Even though the whole band is pretty new on the metal map, the whole trio has gained experience by playing in other local Brazilian bands. The demo debut already proved the trio’s skills to create asskicking and whipping thrash.

The Brazilians’ debut album ONE STEP BEHIND ANGER will be re-released with extra bonus material added. The band’s drummer Danilo de Freitas explains a little bit more about the upcoming album and some historical aspects of ChaosFear.  

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ASTARTE – Vocalist Tristessa

April 25th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Astarte, fronted by the former Voprhalack bassist, recently unleashed their fifth opus DEMONIZED featuring 13 hymns. The CD covers everything from extreme aggressive death/black to the melodic stuff. The guests on the album are pretty interesting and impressive people such as Attila from Mayhem and others. Astarte’s frontlady Tristessa found some time for the interview and was extremely pölite to answer the questions of Metal-Rules.Com. She tells a little bit more about how these guests were asked to appear on the CD and how the album was recorded and produced at the famous Tico-Tico studio in Finland.


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Type O Negative and Celtic Frost – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN, USA

April 22nd, 2007
by EvilG

Type O Negative and Celtic Frost

Tuesday, April 11, 2007
First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN, USA

Review & Live Pics By J. Campbell

 

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