The Finnish Speed – and Thrash Metal Special – Part 2

March 21st, 2005
by Luxi Lahtinen

?Thrash Metal Knows No Boundaries…?
The Finnish Speed / Thrash Metal special
(Pt 2.)

 

 

Featuring interviews with Bloodride, Burning Empire, HateFrame, Murdread, Nailgunner, Py?veli, Sightless, Solitaire, The Scourger and Witheria

 

All interviews by Luxi Lahtinen

Bloodride live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
The Scourger live pictures by Toni Salminen

 

 

Last year, in January 2004 to be exact, I got an idea to introduce a bunch of up?n?coming Finnish Speed – and Thrash Metal bands to a wider audience via Metal-Rules.com (view that feature here) simply because to me it seemed many of these new – yet even quite damn talented I must say, Speed?n?Thrash Metal bands deserved more attention that they have managed to receive for themselves at that time.

A year later, having been following what?s been going on in the Finnish underground Metal scene for many years already – sometimes more actively, sometimes a bit less actively – I thought I would be the right enough time again to bring 10 new Finnish Speed ? and Thrash Metal bands to attention that had made a positive impact on me one way or the other during these last 12-14 months or so. Almost every band of the 10 interviewed bands in this 2nd part of ?The Finnish Speed ? and Thrash Metal Special? is still unsigned (with the exceptions of both HateFrame and Solitaire) and is looking for a suitable label to sign with, so if you happen to own a record label and your main interest has been focused around this particular genre mostly, then don?t hesitate to check out the bands for this special feature.

Without prolonging your burning curiosity about the featured bands any longer, now let?s get started with the 2nd invasion of Finnish speed merchants & thrash bangers? read on! 

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ANJ : Interview with Anatoly Zhuravlev

March 18th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Heavy Metal has always been very popular in Russia so it isn’t any surprise that several big bands and names are willing and eager to tour the country. However, Russian bands have remained more on the underground level internationally even though they enjoy tremendous success at home. The Russian metal lanscape is definitely huge, vital and has plenty of new and excellent bands ready to conquer the scene. ANJ is one of the new rising metal names from Russia and was chosen for a crossfire of questions from Metal-Rules.Com. The band?s leader and vocalist Anatoly Zhuravlev shed some light on ANJ.

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

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Interview with Marios from Nightrage

March 12th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Here is an interview that I?ve done with Marios from the band Nightrage. Nightrage have recently released their second album on Century Media and I asked him, of course, about the new album, about the member changes, about tour plans and what?s going to happen to Nightrage in the future.   

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for help with the interview
 
Thanks to Century Media for Promo pictures of the band

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Megadeth live in Stockholm 2005

March 9th, 2005
by Marko Syrjala

Megadeth in Stockholm, Sweden

Feb 15th, 2005 

Review by Marko Syrjala and Jarno Huovila

Pictures by Marko Syrjala

In 2004, just as the sparkle of hope glowed dim, Dave Mustaine struck back with the excellent new album ‘The System Has Failed’, which especially after the less than stellar ‘The World Needs A Hero’ release, was a most welcome return to the high standard of song writing that we’ve come to expect from Dave. After the album release Mustaine surprisingly announced that the forth coming tour will be definitely be their last ever. Now they are now midst of their farewell tour called "Blackmail The Universe" and we were lucky to witness bands brilliant performance in Stockholm. 

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Mercenary Vocalist/Bassist Henrik “Kral” Andersen

March 8th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Vocalist/Bassist Henrik “Kral” Andersen

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

**All images courtesy of Century Media and Mercenary.dk


The Internet and print magazines have been abuzz over one album recently?Mercenary?s 11 DREAMS.  The Danish band unleashed this sonic behemoth in Europe last summer but February 8th sees the release of 11 DREAMS in North America.  Following the lead of almost universal critical approval from the Europeans, 11 DREAMS appears to be headed down the same path as the rave reviews and accolades continue to pour in (don?t miss the reviews of 11 DREAMS here at Metal Rules) setting the album up with a surefire place among writers? year-end lists.

On the morning of 11 DREAMS North American release date (Febraury 8th), I chatted with vocalist/bassist Henrik ?Kral? Andersen about the new album, how the band is handling all the critical praise, the new lineup, the ready-to-explode Danish metal scene and just where exactly he got the nickname ?Kral??


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Peter T?gtgren’s Pain

March 6th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Peter T?gtgren of PAIN
Interview & Live Pictures by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Annele Hencz at Stockholm Records for help with the interview.
Promo pictures provided by Stockholm Records, shot by Jonas Lund.

Peter T?gtgren had the kindness to answer my questions regarding his new album with Pain called DANCING WITH THE DEAD. He’s currently out on the road and a few weeks later I took the opportunity to ask him about the new album, about himself, and about things in general in this short interview.

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#1 – Blood Bound: A True Story

February 27th, 2005
by EvilG



Here is our first test of an online comic. The first issue is dedicated to HAMMERFALL and their new video of the song "Blood Bound". The comic strip shows you the truth behind the scene. 

Enjoy the comic,

MetalRules.com & Jan Oidium

 

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Morbid Angel: Live In San Francisco Feb. 13, 2005

February 25th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

MORBID ANGEL
+ Soulfly
Sunday, February 13th, 2005
The Fillmore
San Francisco, California

**Live Review and all pictures by Lord of The Wasteland


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Robbie Crane from Adler’s Appetite

February 24th, 2005
by Marko Syrjala
Adler's Appetite

ROBBIE CRANE

 17th of February 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjala

Robbie Crane, like everyone else in Adler’s Appetite, is one of the coolest guys you’d ever hope to meet, especially in the world of rock music. We sat with the bass player for the better part of an hour and discussed his newest band Adler’s Appetite, his ongoing involvement with Ratt, as well as his times with Vince Neil. Read on for tales of friends and foes and everything in between…

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Pain Dancing with the dead tour KB Malmo Sweden

February 21st, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Pain: Dancing with the dead tour
With support act Crucified Barbara

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
Jan. 27. 2005

Review & Live Pics by Anders Sandvall

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Firewind guitarist Gus G.

February 21st, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Firewind Guitarist Gus G.

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for help with the interview
Thanks to Century Media for Promo pictures of the band

Gus G., guitar player and leader of Firewind, who recently released their third album FORGED BY FIRE had the kindness to answer my questions about Firewind, their new album, his appearances in Nightrage, and his previous band Dream Evil. Nightrage is about to release their follow up to their brilliant debut “SWEET VENGEANCE”.

 

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Soilwork Guitarist Peter Wichers

February 12th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

**Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland; all others courtesy Soilwork.org


Helsingborg, Sweden?s Soilwork are among the most prolific and popular bands of the last few years.  In their relatively short seven year existence, the band has released six albums under critical praise and made a name for themselves on North American shores with 2002?s NATURAL BORN CHAOS.  Extensive touring and label support has exposed the band to many different audiences and the push is on for the latest Soilwork platter, STABBING THE DRAMA, to infiltrate the metal masses when it is released on March 8th.

A recent U.S. transplant, Soilwork guitarist/founder, Peter Wichers, called me to discuss the new CD, the band?s drummer problems and his thoughts on headlining their first American tour.


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Angtoria: Symphonies of Slickness

February 11th, 2005
by Rick

?Symphonies of Slickness?
An Interview with Angtoria by MetalGeorge 
 
Pictures Courtesy of Angtoria.com

Whilst it does seem that symphonic, female-fronted metal IS all the rage these days, what with the surprising explosion of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, and Evanescence here in the States and all.  However, in Europe the genre is exploding with more and more new bands popping up everywhere.  Standing head and shoulders above them all (including most of their upper eschalon contemporaries), however, are Swedish-British powerhouse Angtoria. Featuring Abyssos? Chris Renn and Cradle of Filth?s own Sarah Jezebel Deva, Angtoria provide all of the bombastic metal goodness with a emotional depth and melancholy missing from many happy-go-lucky Euro-metal bands currently peddling their wares.  It?s only a matter of time before Angtoria sweep fans of this style of their feet, so I figured it was time to dig up some information on this stellar rising talent! Watch this space!  Angtoria are gonna be huge!!

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Pegazus, Dark Order, Vengeance Live In Australia

February 11th, 2005
by EvilG

Pegazus, Dark Order, Vengeance
Annandale Hotel, January 22, 2005

Live review and all photos by Brat

Has it really been two years since PEGAZUS played in Sydney? Did I miss a gig during one of my European adventures? Doesn?t time fly. After getting through what felt like a cerebral haemorrhage only two hours earlier, I picked up my little digital camera (I avoided my SLR as I still have 30 rolls of film to develop) and managed to drag myself to the gig. Ah, the wonders of modern drugs.

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Mortal Sin : Interview with vocalist Mat Maurer and bassist Andy Eftichiou

February 9th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Mortal Sin is one of the first thrash metal bands emerging from Down Under in the mid 80’s and unleashed a furious debut album MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION. The album has reached a real cult status amongst the die old school thrash metal freaks. In 1989 the second output FACE OF DESPAIR saw the light of day and the Australian thrashers embarked on an European tour by opening for Testament, Faith No More and toured in The States. The internal feuds within the band caused the departure of the vocalist and finally a real split up. Bassist Andy Eftichiou carried on by hiring a new line-up and put out REBELLIUS YOUTH, but Mortal Sin vanished to the Australian large desert. Despite the band unleashed REVOLUTION OF THE MIND, but it led nowhere. Until 2002/2003 Mat Maurer, Andy Efthichou and Wayne Campbell resurrected the old band by recruiting new guitarists to the rank. It was about time to approach the vocalist of Mortal Sin Mat Maurer and bassist Andy Efthichou to ask more about the history as well as other interesting subjects……
 

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