MÖTLEY CRÜE / JOE PERRY / AIRBOURNE
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Calgary, Alberta Canada
***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland
January 26th, 2010
MÖTLEY CRÜE / JOE PERRY / AIRBOURNE
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Calgary, Alberta Canada
***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland
January 25th, 2010
INTERVIEW WITH J. ALONSO FROM “DAWN OF TEARS” Interviewed by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)
Dawn of Tears is a relatively new Spanish melodic death metal band that is deserving, yet long overdue for some real publicity in the metal world. Comparing their sound to other bands doesn’t serve them properly; their distinguishing mark is their ability to write a killer song, while seamlessly blending musical influences from all over the metal spectrum without breaking a sweat. Here’s my interview with vocalist J. Alonso.
January 20th, 2010
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
American born drummer Jimmy DeGrasso is probably best known for his work with Megadeth, but he’s also been involved with many other interesting bands and projects during his long career. In mid 80’s, after moving from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Jimmy first did studio sessions with the “Prince of Darkness” himself, Ozzy Osbourne, before getting his first permanent job from Californian rockers Y & T in 1986. After many successful years with them, Jimmy decided to leave Y & T in 1990 and in the subsequent years he toured with such names as Lita Ford and Alice in Chains before joining the thrash/punk/hardcore crossover group Suicidal Tendencies in 2004. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon later and next Jimmy joined Alice Cooper’s touring band. He’s been working with Alice on and off since then. In 1998 he joined Megadeth and stayed with them until the band (temporarily) disbanded in 2002. Today Jimmy is a highly sought after session and touring drummer. He’s also a full time member of all-star band “HAIL!” along with his former Megadeth bandmate David Ellefsson, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, and vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. Jimmy has also another band with Ellefsson called F5 and they released the album THE RECKONING in 2008. In December (2009) Jimmy came to Finland with Alice Cooper and then I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his past, present and near future plans. READ ON!
January 18th, 2010
The 26th of November
Nosturi Helsinki Finland
The success of Toxic Holocaust fronted by Joel Grind has increased massively during the recent years. Especially the younger generation of thrash metal have found Toxic Holocaust nothing but a killer thrashing combo as a plenty of young looking kids with old school t-shirts and pants attended the gig at Nosturi. Seeing the young generation thrashing and moshing is definitely a good sign for the whole metal genre. Before Toxic Holocaust unleashed a metallic maelstrom the domestic thrashers Axegressor hit the stage to command the kids to go berserk.
January 18th, 2010
1. Heaven & Hell – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
|An album seventeen years in the making, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW kick-started the working relationship between Messrs. Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice that many thought would never have recovered. Not only did it recover but it gave all involved a chance to revisit the ultra-heavy sounds that made Black Sabbath Mk. II a viable recording entity on HEAVEN AND HELL, MOB RULES and DEHUMANIZER. With age comes wisdom, as past differences have been settled—or at least set aside—paving the way for Tony Iommi’s bone-jarring riffs and the god-like vocals of Ronnie James Dio to form the unholy collaboration an entire generation has waited for on tracks like “Bible Black” and “Eating The Cannibals”.|
2. Candlemass – DEATH MAGIC DOOM
The masters of doom metal bring down the hammer with another crushing slab of bottom-heavy tunes. KING OF THE GREY ISLANDS confirmed Robert Lowe was the right man to replace Messiah Marcolin but DEATH MAGIC DOOM was written for Lowe’s powerful voice and the result finds Candlemass rightfully keeping its spot atop the throne.
3. Megadeth – ENDGAME
Megadave and co. still have the fire and easily manage to capture the attention of the metal world. With ENDGAME the band explodes back with arguably their best album since RUST IN PEACE. Although not a full-on thrash metal album, there is slightly more thrash than there’s been in a while (This Day We Fight!) and of course the lead playing of both Dave and new guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-Jag Panzer) take things to a level of playing that is so awesome and tight that it could be called arrogant! The sound of the album is also fantastic, unlike the other of the big 4 who cracked into our top 10! Megadave has mentioned retirement in some recent news items, let’s hope it’s still many years away if this is the level of intensity and song-writing we can expect from Megadeth.
4. Slayer – WORLD PAINTED BLOOD
|Even though this is one of Slayer’s worst sounding albums (the main problem being the ridiculous guitar sound) , the sub-par sound cannot detract from the awesomeness of the songs! A big part of the album’s strength is the diversity of the album’s material which is akin to such classics as SOUTH OF HEAVEN or SEASONS IN THE ABYSS. Since Araya has been questioning how long they can maintain this level of intensity, we hope that they still have the energy and anger to continue for a while longer!|
5. Dream Theater – BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS
Stretching the limits of their own progressive metal style, Dream Theater jams and noodles its way through six songs in 75 minutes on BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS. Darker than previous efforts, the record comes off a high-and-low period—the success of the band’s Progressive Nation tour and the death of drummer Mike Portnoy’s father—allowing Dream Theater a unique creative palette through which to weave its lyrical and musical tapestries.
6. Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)
|Primal Fear continue on a path of creating some of the finest, purest heavy metal out there. While people seem to spend more time online talking about the band’s obvious Judas Priest influence, what they many won’t acknowledge is that this band who are now in their prime, are releasing an album better than anything that their mentors have done in 20 years! The diversity on 16.6 is again a big part of the reason why it’s such a great album. With nods to their speedy near thrash-like NUCLEAR FIRE material to the more experimental and melodic moments of SEVEN SEALS, 16.6 is something fans of unabashed heavy metal will love.|
7. Steel Panther – FEEL THE STEEL
For those who never listened to popular metal in the 80’s (or went back to listen to much of it) you may not get all the in-jokes in the actual SOUND of this glam-METAL masterpiece. Most riffs play homage to bands like Van Halen, Extreme, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Poison, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, etc. The other side of the band, their vulgar sense of humor, speaks to a much wider audience. So even if you haven’t listened to metal in 20 years, or only had a passing interest in glam/hair metal of the 80’s, the levels of raunchiness you might recall from the excesses of the 80’s glamsters is amplified one hundred fold by the Steel Panther comedians making this a win in both humor and in the music departments.
8. Alice In Chains – BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE
An album that many thought would never see the light of day following the death of singer Layne Staley. BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE proved the naysayers wrong by combining the vocal harmonies of Jerry Cantrell with new vocalist William DuVall and crafting a truly modern-sounding Alice In Chains record fourteen years after the band’s last studio effort.
9. Amorphis – SKYFORGER
|Tomi Joutsen is now three albums into his stint fronting the Finnish veterans but since joining the band, Amorphis has delivered some of its best material to date. On SKYFORGER, the trend continues with lush melodies, vibrant riffs and Joutsen’s versatile death and clean vocal dynamic helping to convey the traditional folk tale-based lyrics the band is famous for.
10. Stratovarius – POLARIS
In 2009, Stratovarius returned with a new album, new logo, and a new line-up…without band leader Timo Tolkki. In the past few years, Stratovarius primarily became fodder for the popular metal tabloids with former band mastermind and guitarist Timo Tolkki’s public mental breakdown. The big question mark left was not so much if Tolkki would continue to write good music, but what would happen to Stratovarius without his driving influence? With the launch of POLARIS, and it’s placement in our top 10 list, any doubts are laid to rest.
Number 11 to 20
11. Cain’s Offering – Gather the Faithful
|12. W.A.S.P. – Babylon|
|13. Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos|
|14. Dark Moor – Autumnal|
|15. KISS – Sonic Boom|
|16. Asphyx – Death…The Brutal Way|
|17. Lamb of God – Wrath|
|18. Týr – By The Light of the Northern Star|
|19. Sacrifice – The Ones I Condemn
|20. Absu – ST|
Individual Staff Lists For 2009
Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of 2009, greatest hopes for 2010, and disappointments of 2009.
1. Black Country Communion – BLACK COUNTRY
There’s a reason why Glenn Hughes was one of Ronnie James Dio’s favorite singers – the guy is amazing. I knew from the first spin of this album that 2010 wasn’t going to get any better. Heavy, bluesy, emotive, and original, I’ll still be listening to BLACK COUNTRY well into 2011.
2. Cough – RITUAL ABUSE
There were some great doom albums in 2010, but RITUAL ABUSE was above and beyond the best. Gut wrenchingly heavy, Cough accomplished more in five tracks than some bands do their entire careers.
3. Ghost – OPUS EPONYMOUS
4. Intronaut – VALLEY OF SMOKE
5. High on Fire – SNAKES FOR THE DIVINE
6. Triptykon –EPARISTERA DAIMONES
7. Misery Index – HEIRS TO THIEVERY
8. Broughton’s Rules – BOUNTY HUNTER 1853
9. Kingcrow – PHLEGETHON
10. Sigh – SCENES FROM HELL
11. Danzig – DETH RED SABAOTH
12. Electric Wizard – BLACK MASSES
13. Mortiis – PERFECTLY DEFECT
14. Kylesa – SPIRAL SHADOW
15. Flotsam & Jetsam – THE COLD
16. Monster Magnet – MASTERMIND
17. Zoroaster – MATADOR
18. Cathedral – THE GUESSING GAME
19. Annihilator – ANNIHILATOR
20. Armored Saint – LA RAZA
Best New Band: Ghost
Ghost reminds me of why I fell in love with metal in the first place. These spooky Swedes get it; I hope the rest of the world catches on.
Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray:
Fuck the Facts – DISGORGE MEXICO – The DVD
The live portion of the DVD puts other concert films to shame, and the art house film attached to it disturbs you in the way that extreme music is supposed to. Fuck the Facts are the definition of DIY; you need to know this band.
Discovery of 2010:
That the underground is indeed alive and well. A lot of the bigger releases of this year left me feeling rather “meh,” but the sheer volume of indie/self released material that I heard in 2010 more than made up for it. Some of it was certainly better than others, but you can’t ignore the kind of passion and motivation that only metal inspires. Proof positive that metal does indeed rule.
Best Concert Attended: CYNIC
Getting to see Cynic perform FOCUS in its entirety easily makes this my favorite show of 2010. Getting to see them perform the majority of TRACED IN AIR at the end of the FOCUS set easily makes this one of my top 5 shows of all time. Getting to see Paul Masvidal reprimand a douchebag frat boy in an Affliction t-shirt in front of the entire audience? Priceless.
Biggest Album Disappointments:
Atheist – JUPITER
I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this album. Is it terrible, no, but if the name on the cover wasn’t associated with albums like PIECE OF TIME or UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE, would anyone care? Sometimes it’s better to leave the past in the past…
Greatest Hopes for 2011:
1) The return of CROWBAR!!!! February 2nd can’t happen fast enough.
2) New albums from Obscura, Pestilence, and Origin will get the taste of JUPITER out of my mouth.
3) The possibility of a new Saint Vitus album. Please guys, make this happen.
1. Cain’s Offering – Gather The Faithful
Cain’s Offering delivers an astonishing performance as they push and push you through their album filled with power metal! Spearheaded by Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, who sounds incredibly fantastic, they manage to give you pleasure in every aspect of “Gather The Faithful”.
2. Sirenia – The 13th Floor
One of the best quality albums of this year 2009. Sirenia has proved capable of creating yet another diverse and impressive musical album where allure is a key word along with its more darker elements and melodious composition.
3. Skyfire – Esoteric
4. Luna Mortis – The Absence
5. Epica – Design Your Universe
6. Delain – April Rain
7. This Ending – Dead Harvest
8. Deathstars – Night Electric Night
9. Crimfall – As The Path Unfolds
10. Iron Fire – To The Grave
11. Tyr – By The Light of the Northern Star
12. Månegarm – Nattväsen
13. Lunatica – New Shores
14. Eluveitie – Evocation 1 – The Arcane Dominion
15. Dark Moor – Autumnal
16. Grave Digger – Ballads Of A Hangman
17. Stratovarius – Polaris
18. Alestorm – Black Sails At Midnight
19. Katatonia – Night Is The New Day
20. Candlemass – Death Magic Doom
Best New Band
Disappointments of 2009
Sonata Arctica – The Days of Grays
I am still in love with all of Sonata Arctica’s albums up until Unia which did not reach the same overall level of musical enjoyment as its predecessors. It was not a bad album, not at all but it was not great either. I had high hopes for The Days of Grays that disappeared as soon as I put my ears on the line for it. Featuring even more advanced compositions than Unia and cool creativeness it is not catchy and ultimately fails at thrilling me.
Top 20 Albums of 2009
1. KISS: Sonic Boom
After eleven years of waiting we finally got new KISS album. SONIC BOOM is a great combination of 70’s and 80’s KISS and will please fans of both era’s. The whole band, especially Gene Simmons is,
are really good mood here and this album beats out PSYCHCO CIRCUS any day. The best tracks include Simmons’ "Nobodys’s Perferct", Stanley’s "Modern Day Delilah", "Stand" where Paul and Gene
share vocals and Eric Singer’s "All For the Glory"-
2. WASP: Babylon
3. Ace Frehley : Anomaly
4. Heaven and Hell: The Devil You Know
5. Saxon: Into The Labyrinth
6. Alice In Chains: Black Gives Way To The Blue
7. Slayer: World Painted Blood
8. Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings
9- Megadeth: Endgame
10. Stratovarius: Polaris
11. Hardcore Superstore: Beg For It
12. UDO: Dominator
13. Paradise Lost: Faith Divideds Us, Death Unites Us
14. Amorphis: Skyforger
15. Europe: Last Look At Eden
16. Lynch Mob: Smoke and Mirrors
17. JORN: Spirit Black
18. Impellitteri: Wicked Maiden
19. Stryper: Murder By Pride
20. UFO: The Visitor
Overall, in new releases wise, this year was a way weaker than some previous years. It was actually hard to even remember twenty albums from year 2009…
DVD of the Year
HANOI ROCKS: Buried Alive
Best New Band
Disappointments of the Year
New albums of Tim Owens, UFO and Queensryche:
Queensryche, it’s been fifteen years since thier last decent release (PROMISED LAND). Maybe I should give up for them, finally? With UFO it’s almost the same thing. The last truly great album WALK ON WATER was released 1995 but there’s still always have been some good material on each album since then. Tim Owens’s album is also a huge disappoinment. He’s one my favorite metal singers but after hearing this lazy and boring album I no longer wonder why he wasn’t allowed to do too much writing with his past bands … Too much expectations here ?
In brief, "Wicked Wonderland" is a horrible, childish and dull album. In addition to that, her performance at Swedenrock was something indescribably weak, one of the worst shows I’ve ever witnessed there. She should have stayed on her Tropic Island with Jim and boys instead of trying still to play "Metal Queen" … because she’s FAR from it nowadays…
Breakup of Hanoi Rocks: and new adventures of Andy McCoy.
I’m still very disappointed that Hanoi Rocks did break up. Fortunately I was lucky enough to see their last show ever in May. What’s even more disappointing is Andy McCoy and his new (already disbanded) band REAL MCCOY. his band managed to do only three shows before the second guitarist Chris Shiflett (FOO FIGHTERS) decided to jump off the sinking boat and as a result the whole band broke up. Andy seemed to be in really bad shape both physically and musically… Hope he finds way to get himself on shape soon, otherwise his career is completely done.
It’s both sad and confusing to notice low sales figures of many top albums in 2009. New KISS album selling only something like 300 000 in U.S? Heaven and Hell sold only tens of thousands albums while their older albums sold platinium in 80’s.. What’s wrong with buyers today or is it just about Internet downloading? I don’t know…
Biggest hopes for 2010
New studio albums from Anthrax, Ratt, Krokus, Y&T and Alice Cooper.
I was really waiting for WORSHIP MUSIC with Dan’s vocals but with John it will be even better for sure! New RATT album is something unbelievable, something that was never going to happen and the same goes with Y&T. Krokus has never released bad albums and this one with classic line-up will not disappoint, I hope… Alice Cooper is another artist who never let’s you down. His current THEATRE OF DEATH -tour proved that the man is still in top form, can’t wait another album from him.
KISS "Sonic Boom over Europe" tour.
Something to wait for…. The stageshow looks fantastic, hopefully they will do some changes in setlist though.. Still haven’t decided how many shows I will check out this time …
Michael Monroe band.
Since Hanoi Rocks demise Michale has been writing new material with Ginger and other well known musicians. His new band will include Sam Yaffa (ex- Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls) the rest of the members will be announced in late spring. This is going to be a really interesting band and for sure way better than the McCoy fiasko.
Swedenrock 2010 and Sonisphere festivals.
Both festivals will have AMAZING line ups this year. Swedenrock gives us chance to see interesting smaller bands like: Raven, Danzig, Y&T and Anvil whereas Sonispere has all the biggest names like: Iron Maiden, Mötley Crue, Heaven and Hell, Alice Cooper, Slayer, the Cult, Anthrax etc…. Haven’t seen such a strong line-up anywhere since the glory years of Donington festival in late 80’s.
Best events/concerts of 2009
Ace Frehley: ANOMALY -European -tour
Alice Cooper: THEATRE OF DEATH -tour
Swedenrock Festival 2009
Hanoi Rocks: FAREWELL shows in club Tavastia
Michael Schenker Group: European tour 2009
Interview with Drummer Henrik Ohlsson
by Alan Gilkeson
In September of 2008, Scar Symmetry released a statement announcing they had parted ways with their vocalist due to creative and touring conflicts. Losing a singer is probably the toughest challenge for any band. Often the group’s image is wrapped up in the personality of it’s front man. However, Scar Symmetry rightly believed that no one person was bigger than their band… so they found two new singers, allowing them to do live what their former vocalist could not handle, all of the vocal parts without losing his voice. With Lars Palmqvist and Roberth Karlsson sharing front man duties, Scar Symmetry appear poised to take their brand of melodic Death Metal to the masses. Their latest opus, DARK MATTER DIMENSIONS has already spawned two popular videos and sees the band touring the globe. Drummer Henrik Ohlsson was kind enough to answer some questions for us at Metal Rules.