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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Oskar from Helltrain

November 17th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Oskar from Helltrain

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

This is an interview with Oskar, drummer and guitarist from Helltrain. This band is pretty new and have currently released their debut album “Route 666″ on the German label Nuclear Blast. I asked them questions about the band, about their music, and about themselves.

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Shadows Fall Vocalist Brian Fair

November 17th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview & Live Pics by Lord of the Wasteland
Promo Pics courtesy of Century Media

Massachusetts-based thrashcore titans, Shadows Fall, have clawed their way up through the metal ranks by touring endlessly and releasing three strong albums in a row.  Their Century Media debut, 2000?s OF ONE BLOOD, got the buzz going but it was 2002?s THE ART OF BALANCE that really got the band?s name out there.  The strength of that record landed them a second stage spot on Ozzfest 2003 and they became the name that everyone was talking about.  Sharing a stage with bands as diverse as Cradle of Filth, King Diamond, In Flames, The Misfits, Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Kittie hasn?t hurt their exposure either.   The band, along with Century Media, wisely capitalized on that momentum and just released THE WAR WITHIN, a ten song slice of aggression, melody, solos and more riffs than you can shake a stick at.  Having seen Shadows Fall live twice myself, I can attest to their energy and obvious dedication to reigniting the metal fire in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />North America.  Three weeks after the release of THE WAR WITHIN and just three days before the band kicked off the ?Devastation Across The Nation Tour? with Damageplan and The Haunted, I was treated to a half hour chat with Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair.  We met briefly when the band passed through Vancouver on the Headbanger?s Ball tour last year and Fair is truly one of the nicer interviewees I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with.  He is sharp, articulate, funny and just a downright nice guy.  Read below to learn more about the band?s new album, how touring takes its toll on your body and the up-and-coming pirate-core scene in western Massachusetts.

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Dream Evil live in Copenhagen Denmark

November 10th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Dream Evil
Support to Saxon
Pumpehuset, Copenhagen Denmark
October 17th, 2004

Review & Pictures by Anders Sandvall

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R.D. Liapakis from Mystic Prophecy

November 9th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

R. D. Liapakis of Mystic Prophecy

Mystic Prophecy has recently released their third album “NEVER ENDING”. I?ve got in touch with lead singer R. D. Liapakis to ask some questions about the new album, about the band in general and a little about their plans for the future.

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Kate French of Chastain

November 8th, 2004
by Rick


Interview with Chastain Vocalist
Kate French

Chastain are back with a Vengeance! IN AN OUTRAGE is the first release for the band in 7 years and marks a return to the classic form that many fans have been waiting for. I recently had the opportunity to pose these questions to the beautiful leather lunged vocalist for Chastain, Kate French.

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Dream Evil drummer Snowy Shaw

November 8th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Dream Evil Drummer Snowy Shaw

When Dream Evil came to Copenhagen on their Scandinavian support tour together with Saxon I had the opportunity to interview the legendary drummer Snowy Shaw in Dream Evil, in both Copenhagen and in Malm?. Right now they are out supporting their new album “THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL” and of course I asked Snowy some questions about the album but also some question about himself.

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Kick Axe IV CD Release Party

November 7th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

KICK AXE–CD RELEASE PARTY

Thursday November 4th, 2004
Mesa Luna / Vancouver, BC  Canada

Review and All Live Pictures by Lord of The Wasteland

In 2002, one of Canada?s most successful hard rock bands from the 80s, Kick Axe, announced they were working on their first album since 1986?s ROCK THE WORLD.  When the simply-titled IV was finally released in September of this year, I couldn?t wait to hear it.

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Ancient – band founder/singer Aphazel

November 1st, 2004
by EvilG

Ancient – Interview with band founder/singer Aphazel

Ancient is not a metal band that is a household name in the metal community. Yet they have developed a loyal and growing following in the black metal underground scene with the release of a few well-respected metal offerings. The band continues on with their latest release ?Night Visit? via Metal Blade Records. I had the opportunity to speak with band founder/singer Aphazel who gave me some insight on his band and what the future holds for them. You can check out their website at www.ancientband.com or www.metalblade.com for more information.

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Dragonfly Clothing?s Edward Dada

November 1st, 2004
by EvilG

Dragonfly Clothing?s Edward Dada

Dragonfly Clothing has made great progress in the ultra-competitive clothing market in just a few years. Started by Edward Dada, the company offers a large assortment of rock ?n? roll based clothes, from KISS to The Who and Slayer. But they offer more than just musical related shirts and pants, as seen with their licensing deal with Jack Daniels. I had the opportunity to speak with Edward who gave the lowdown on his company and exactly what they can offer the consumer. You can check out their website at www.dragonflyclothing.com to get a look at what they got.

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Dan Swan? from Bloodbath

October 31st, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Dan Swan? of Bloodbath

I had the pleasure to interview the legendary Dan Swan? from the band/project Bloodbath about their upcoming album NIGHTMARES MADE FLESH and about the band in general. I?ve also asked Dan about what they are up to right know, about the line-up changes, and if he was content with how the new album has turned out, read on to get his thoughts on these and other topics.

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