Concert Reviews Done in 2004

December 19th, 2004
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Metal Mike Chlasciak

December 19th, 2004
by EvilG

Metal Mike Chlasciak
Guitarist for PainmuseuM, Halford, Testament, etc.

Interview by EvilG and Lord of the Wasteland

Most people know the name Metal Mike Chlasciak as guitarist for the Halford band. If you?ve dug any deeper, you know that Metal Mike is, and has been, involved in varying capacities in many other bands. More recently Mike has been added to the Testament line-up, his own band PainmuseuM has released a killer album called METAL FOR LIFE, and it was announced that Mike will be on the next Halford album! We touched on many aspects of Mike?s metal life both current and past.

 

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Bart Frydrychowicz and Yanic Bercier of Quo Vadis

December 16th, 2004
by EvilG


Bart Frydrychowicz and Yanic Bercier of
Quo Vadis

Interviewed by EvilG
Transcription by Nick
All pictures taken by Louis-Charles Levasseur
and used by permission of
troisrivieresmetal.com.

Quo Vadis is the best prog/death metal band I’ve heard since Into Eternity. Both are Canadian bands, but Quo Vadis comes from the burgeoning Quebec metal scene where a long list of extreme metal bands has emerged. For many it all began with VoiVod in the 80′s to newer bands like Cryptopsy, Kataklysm, Gorguts, Martyr, Oblivion, etc…  After I heard the new Quo Vadis album DEFIANT IMAGINATION, I was instantly hooked. The album is miles ahead of everything they’ve done prior to this release. If you are into progressive death metal and bands like Death, you should already know who these guys are. I was given the opportunity to interview guitarist Bart Frydrychowicz and drumgod Yanic Bercier of Quo Vadis. The lengthy (50+min) interview covered things like the new album and why it took a long time coming, the guest appearance of bass legend Steve DiGiorgio on the album, and the band’s determination to get on the road and to make this album the one that really puts them on the international metal map.

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Whitesnake live 2004 in Tampere, FINLAND

December 16th, 2004
by Marko Syrjala

Whitesnake

16.11 2004

Tampere Ice Hall, FINLAND

Review and pictures by Marko Syrjala

The "Live: In the Still of the Night" tour landed Finland for the first time in September 2004 when band played in the front of a sold out crowd in Helsinki. A couple of weeks later they returned to play one show in the far North of Finland in Oulu and now they are here again playing a show in Tampere and still there is one more gig left in Turku tomorrow. So in total there are four Ice Hall gigs within three months in Finland by Whitesnake. So the question is, is this band popular or not?

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Markus from Omnium Gatherum

December 13th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Markus Vanhala of Omnium Gatherum
Interview By Anders Sandvall
Pictures provided by Sound Pollution
Thanks to Niklas “Hobbe” Andersson at Sound Pollution for help with the interview.

The Finnish act Omnium Gatherum have recently released their second album YEARS IN WASTE on Nuclear Blast. I took the opportunity to ask guitarist Markus Vanhala a few questions about the album and about the band.

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Cradle of Filth/Arch Enemy Live In Vancouver December 1st, 2004

December 9th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

Cradle of Filth/Arch Enemy/Bleeding Through/Himsa

Wednesday, December 1, 2004
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC  Canada

Live Review & All Photos by Lord of the Wasteland

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Megadeth / Exodus Live In Vancouver Friday, November 26, 2004

December 9th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

Megadeth/Exodus

Friday, November 26, 2004

The Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver, BC  Canada

Live Review & All Photos By Lord of the Wasteland

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Machine Head : 6th of November 2004, Tavastia, Helsinki Finland

December 7th, 2004
by Arto Lehtinen

Machine Head
God Forbid, Caliban

November 6th 2004
Tavastia Club Helsinki Finland
Review and Pics by Arto Lehtinen

It was definitely surprising to notice two gigs in a row had been booked for Machine Head in the same club. On the other hand, it isn’t an unexpected surprise to see the SOLD OUT labels nailed on the main entrance door on both nights. Machine Head has always enjoyed a loyal and even fanatical fan base up here in the northern territories. Previously packed gigs especially for the fifth album THROUGH THE ASHES OF EMPIRES was welcomed amongst the Finnish fans by picking up so many items from stores that the album got catapulted to the nation?s chart for weeks. Machine Head have got a whole bunch of new younger fans in recent years who were at least now able to witness their idols in action.

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Michael Schenker

December 4th, 2004
by Marko Syrjala

 

Interview with Michael Schenker

Interview and questions by Marko Syrjala

Pictures by Marko Syrjala and MSG archives

Transcription by Nick

Michael Schenker is definitely a legend. He?s one of the most respected guitar players of our time and he?s been a huge influence for many. In the 70?s, after a short period in the early version of Scorpions, the young German joined as a part of another legendary band U.F.O and together with that classic line-up they released a bunch of ?evergreen? albums like ?Light?s Out?, ?Force It? and ?Obsession? just to name a few. By 1980 he started his own band, MSG (Michael Schenker Group) which became another success story in Michael?s career. Since that, there has been many albums released by MSG, U.F.O re-union in the mid 90?s and a great number of different albums and projects that Michael has been a part of. I had a chance to meet him in his tour bus in Stockholm after their brilliant show in Klubben. Well here?s what was caught on the tape ?    

 

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Jon N?dtveidt of Dissection

December 4th, 2004
by Luxi Lahtinen

  Jon N?dtveidt of Dissection
Interview, live – and off-stage pictures by Luxi Lahtinen 

 

There has been a lot of fuss around Dissection, the Swedish masters of Satanic black-ish Death Metal, especially with Jon N?dtveidt, the band?s founding member, frontman and true mastermind, getting a completely new Dissection line-up together. The band is ready to step forward from the shadows with a ?big bang?.

The band started their ?The Rebirth of Dissection? European tour from a completely sold out gig in Stockholm, Sweden on the 30th of October. When they finally arrived in Helsinki, Finland on the 4th of November for the very first time in the entire history of the band, I decided to use the opportunity to find out more facts from Jon N?dtveidt about the band?s ?2nd coming? and about the things that eventually brought the band back again.

The whole band was present backstage and the new Dissection members Set and Brice wanted to give their own input for the interview as well. Also, I guess it should be mentioned that Dissection?s new single titled MAHA KALI was released just a short while ago and it has been sharing opinions amongst the Dissection fans quite drastically indeed due to its a bit different approach musically compared to the band?s past releases.

The rebirth of Dissection is here… and now I let Jon, Brice and Set to talk more accurately about it and to clear up some rumors about the band as well.

Dear Metal dudes and dudettes… Dissection speaks out.

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Europe live in Helsinki

November 24th, 2004
by Marko Syrjala

House of Culture
Helsinki, FINLAND
Review and pictures by Marko Syrj?l? 

It?s been 11 years since Europe last played in Finland. Actually, it was the same venue (House of Culture) but the size of the crowd was hardly more than 250 people. That happened in the early nineties when grunge ruled the music markets and most hard rock bands slowly but surely disappeared…as did Europe. Tonight shows that things are getting better and hard rock is doing fine again. Record sales have picked up, and what?s most important, people are coming to see the shows again.

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The Haunted Vocalist Peter Dolving

November 21st, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland


Interview with Peter Dolving

by Lord of The Wasteland

 

Pics courtesy of The-Haunted.com, Century Media, Earache Records and Union Musik and of course some taken by Metal-Rules.com staff.

 

Call them thrash, call them melodic death?whatever.  The Haunted is pure metal and their brilliant new CD, rEVOLVEr, was just released October 19th to glowing reviews.  As emphasized by the unique spelling of the title, rEVOLVEr is a progression for the band in more ways than one.  Not only did they leave long-time label, Earache Records, last October but they also lost vocalist Marco Aro.  Aro?s replacement was none other than the band?s original vocalist, Peter Dolving, whose superior range gave the band?s 1998 self-titled debut album as unique a sound as it has with rEVOLVEr.  New label, Century Media, is pushing rEVOLVEr very hard and this should be the album that gets The Haunted into the big time on North American shores.

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EvilG spoke with the band the day after it was announced that Dolving had rejoined the fold (http://www.metal-rules.com/interviews/TheHaunted-Oct2003.htm) so I was eager to speak with the singer a year later now that the album was complete and he had time to settle into familiar shoes once again.  During our forty-five minute interview, I found Dolving to be full of laughs but also very well-spoken and forthright in his opinions.  Besides the new CD, new label and big < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />U.S. tour with Shadows Fall and Damageplan, Dolving openly discusses his horrific youth, his side projects, media labels and the differences between The Haunted?s two screamers.


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Meliah Rage Guitarist Tony Nichols

November 19th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

 

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

All Pics courtesy of MeliahRage.com

 

Exodus, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Metal Church, Megadeth, Metallica?Meliah Rage?  Yep, the Boston-based power thrash band deserves to be part of this list not only for having toured with them but also for unleashing two of the most underrated albums of the ?80s?1988?s KILL TO SURVIVE and 1990?s SOLITARY SOLITUDE.  The band was swallowed up by the grunge movement and dropped off the scene for a few years but their comeback album, BARELY HUMAN, finds three-fifths of the classic line-up in place and they are back with a vengeance. 

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Being a long-time fan of Meliah Rage, it excited me to hear that the band was getting back together for a new album.  I hoped that, as is too often the case, the new CD would not tarnish the band?s legacy and find them clutching desperately at past glories.  Fortunately, BARELY HUMAN sees the band keeping every bit of the aggressive riffing and mixing it with melodies and a modern take on their classic sound. 

 

Guitarist and founding member, Tony Nichols, called me up one cool, October Sunday afternoon and for forty minutes, we discussed the new CD, the changes in metal over the last fifteen years and talked shop about Annihilator, Manowar and Godsmack, among other things. If you?re a fan of Bay Area thrash and aggressive metal, check out Meliah Rage, but first, read what Tony has to say?

 

 

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Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ

November 17th, 2004
by Arto Lehtinen

Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ

Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have soldiered on through the years since the early days of extreme grindcore until now with their new SANCTUS DIAVOLOS opus. The Greek leading metal name has undergone line-up changes that the band?s mastermind and frontman Sakis Tolis will be telling us a about and especially about the above mentioned new album. Into The Abyss we go?.

 

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Saxon & Dream Evil Live at KB in Malmo Sweden

November 17th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Saxon & Dream Evil

Lionheart world tour 2004/5

Kulturbolaget, Malm? Sweden

October 21, 2004

Review & Pictures by Anders Sandvall

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