Madame Mayhem – Following her Musical Passion!

March 26th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Madame Mayhem – Following her Musical Passion!

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Madame Mayhem

Madame Mayhem

Madame Mayhem, is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life. Armed with a new CD, Now You Know, written by Corey Lowery and herself, she is an extreme artist on the rise to stardom.

Now You Know features a powerhouse team of rock’s most talented musicians including; Billy Sheehan [Mr. Big, Winery Dogs] – who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier [KoRn] Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal [Guns N’ Roses], Russ Parrish [Satchel from Steel Panther], and Corey Lowery [Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo]. With friends and musicianship like that backing you, how can this not be a stellar CD!

I caught up with Madame Mayhem to talk about her diverse musical upbringing, the new CD, and working with Billy Sheehan.

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Dawn of Disease – Signs To Napalm Records & Unveils First Details Of New Album

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG
It’s no secret that DAWN OF DISEASE have been highly influenced by old school Swedish death metal: a healthy dose of Scandinavian rawness that worms its way into every tune, but now over the past couple of years these German death metallers have started to conquer new shores and they have now announced their worldwide signing with Napalm Records.

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Megadeth / Suidical Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center, March 19, 2016

March 25th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok

Sands Bethlehem Events Center|
Bethlehem, PA

March 19, 2016
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok Sands Bethlehem Events Center Bethlehem, PA March 19, 2016

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok
Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Bethlehem, PA
March 19, 2016

Few bands have had a rougher go of it than Megadeth the last few years. In 2014, band leader Dave Mustaine had to undergo neck surgery a second time, cancelling their participation in the inaugural Motorboat cruise. Then longtime band members Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums) left Megadeth, citing creative differences. The band didn’t tour for a long time, but I just knew wily ol’ Dave had something good up his sleeve. Never, ever, count Megadeth out! Dave’s response to these challenges was to recruit Lamb of God’s drumming powerhouse Chris Adler and Brazilian shredder Kiko Loureiro from Angra and then record the band’s best album in years, DYSTOPIA! Only a killer bill would be fitting for the tour, so we get crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies (with fucking Dave Lombardo on drums!), melodic death metallers Children of Bodom, and young in age but old in style thrashers Havok! Are you metalheads salivating yet or what? Tonight we are in Bethlehem PA, a former steel town that generated most of the steel used for the US ships during WWII. Let’s get Bethlehem cranking out some metal again! SET THE WORLD AFIRE! BRING IT!

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Dimlight: New Videoclip for “Invoking The Hunter” from new album “The Lost Chapters”

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG

Dimlight recently released their new album, ‘The Lost Chapters,’ via Sliptrick Records. The band’s music can be characterized as Symphonic Death Metal blended with dark symphonic elements, aggressive guitars, sharp female vocals but also deep and eerie brutal shouts. Dimlight enjoys live performances and their dynamic and energetic stage presence engages the audience.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada News: Vancouver Round 3 Winner; Vancouver Finals Details

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Wacken Metal Battle Canada


ROUND 3 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 @ Red Room Ultra Bar (Vancouver) (398 Richards St.)
Event Link:
The Mountain Man – WINNER
Saints of Death
Occasionally Dropped

Stuart McKillop – Rain City Recorders
Myk Shaflik – The Red Room and Allstar Show Industries
JJ – SCRAPE records
Mayo – The Invisible Orange
VANCOUVER FINAL – SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)
Event Link:
The Mountain Man

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Amon Amarth @ The Underworld Camden, London

March 24th, 2016
by UK Team

Amon Amarth

@ The Underworld Camden, London

22nd March 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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Michael Monroe with support Thomas Silver on Scandinavian Tour 2016 at High Voltage Copenhagen,Denmark

March 23rd, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

M_monroe_logo_1_copenhagen_2016Michael Monroe
Scandinavian Tour 2016
Thomas Silver – support act

High Voltage, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/3 – 2016

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson


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Avantasia @ The Forum, London

March 22nd, 2016
by UK Team


@ The Forum, London

8th March 2016

Review by Oliver M.
Photography by Graham Hilling

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LACUNA COIL Delirium Out May 27th

March 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob


There is an old sanatorium up in the hills of Northern Italy. An old, abandoned, and decayed fortress whose corridors are filled with the ghosts of a thousand tortured minds and souls. A place where every wall still bares the scars of countless damaged lives…

Welcome to the LACUNA COIL Sanatorium!

The track listing of “Delirium” reads as follows:
1. The House Of Shame
2. Broken Things
3. Delirium
4. Blood, Tears, Dust
5. Downfall
6. Take Me Home
7. You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
8. Ghost In The Mist
9. My Demons
10. Claustrophobia
11. Ultima Ratio

After being heavily involved with previous productions Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. 2016 shows LACUNA COIL including US drummer Ryan Blake Folden as a tight unit that realized their collective vision for “Delirium” at BRX Studio in their native Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. Yet again they were working with Marco Barusso (engineer, mix) who had not only worked with LACUNA COIL in the past on several albums such as “Dark Adrenaline” and “Karmacode”, but also on Italian high profile artists like Eros Ramazzotti or Laura Pausini Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati also created the artwork for “Delirium” which is based on an atmospheric session captured by italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.

20.04.16 (PHL) Quezon City – Amaranth Stadium (Pulp Summer Slam Festival)
14.05.16 (USA) Cherokee NC – Cherokee Event Center (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
15.05.16 (USA) Richmond VA – The National (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
17.05.16 (USA) Davenport IA – Adler Theater (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
More dates will be announced shortly!


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Necronomicon – Interview With Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

March 21st, 2016
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist/vocalist
Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

By Peter Atkinson

With their symphonic black/death metal bluster and ashen, war-painted/leather-cloaked appearance, it’s easy to see how Montreal’s Necronomicon draw comparisons to Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir – at least from a musical and aesthetic standpoint. But from a philosophical perspective – not to mention their panda-face makeup and three-person lineup – Necronomion have much more in common with Immortal.

Yet where Immortal long have reveled in tales of battles and demons in their mythical frozen kingdom on Blashyrkh, Necronomicon embarked on a more mystical, transcendent journey through the cosmos – and man’s place within the greater whole of the universe – with their 1999 full-length debut Pharoah of Gods. That voyage continues with their fifth and latest effort Advent of the Human God, due out March 25 on Season Of Mist.

During an interview via Skype from Montreal – and later via e-mail – founder/frontman/guitarist/songwriter/producer Rob “The Witch” Tremblay spoke, among other things, about Necronomicon’s unique, often otherworldly, take on death/black metal and how the band’s origins in the wilds of Northeast Canada play into that, the challenges of trying to pull of such ambitious music as a three-piece – the band is rounded out by long-time drummer Rick and newish bassist Mars – and the uncomfortable run-in with the German thrash band they have shared the Necronomicon moniker with for more than 20 years.

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Exodus + Lost Society @ The Underworld, London

March 20th, 2016
by UK Team

Exodus+ Lost Society +Striker

@ The Underworld, London

March 5th, 2016

Review by Ann Sulaiman

Photos by Inty Malcolm

31 years since the release of debut album “Bonded by Blood” and Bay Area legends Exodus hit the road with a European and UK tour to mark the occasion.



Carrying Lost Society and Striker in tow, they paid a visit to The Underworld in London (admittedly one of their favourite spots to play, according to frontman Steve “Zetro”) for what was to be a consistently crazy night of crowdsurfing and moshing for all to enjoy.

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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain: Calgary AB Mar 5, 2016

March 19th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

w/ Sonata Arctica & Delain

March 5, 2016

Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

I have not seen the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall sold out for a Metal show in a long, long time. Not even for bands that also pull in the more mainstream crowds like Blind Guardian and Gwar. But Nightwish did it!  At their second concert in Calgary in over 20 years, the place was packed for an extra-ordinary bill of Euro-Metal. Delain and Sonata Arctica have also been through Calgary before and the crowds were out in force to see the triple stacked show. I’m not surprised Nightwish is riding a career high with a triumphant North American tour with their new signer as they just recently won the award for Best Metal album in their homeland of Finland.

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Vinyl Funding Platform QRATES Launches Direct-To-Store Service

March 18th, 2016
by EvilG

Store Delivery Enables Bands to Direct Distribute Vinyl from Pressing Plant to Record Stores Worldwide

In a twist on the crowdfunding model, vinyl pressing and presale platform QRATES has launched Store Delivery, a new service shaking up vinyl distribution by enabling record stores worldwide to directly buy, and even help fund, artist and label vinyl projects.

The appeal of vinyl isn’t diminishing and for many artists having their vinyl sold at a record store is something particularly special. For smaller artists and labels though getting their music stocked in stores is still a challenge, especially when it comes to selling vinyl in foreign countries. Not to mention trying to secure space at the oversubscribed pressing plants, if they even know how to go about organising a pressing.

Enter QRATES, which since April 2015 has facilitated artists to sell or pre-fund, press and distribute their vinyl releases direct to fans. New addition Store Delivery opens this up to record stores enabling them to purchase vinyl at wholesale prices, as well as participate in funding projects. Once pressed the finished product is then automatically delivered direct to the store. Additional capability is planned for the future, such as the ability for artists to sell their back catalogue to stores as well.

Currently in Beta, but due for full launch imminently, Store Delivery incorporates a network of over 200 record shops and buyers. Partners include Juno Records, Europe’s largest online record store, and Jetset, HMV and Technique in Japan. QRATES intends to expand this to 1000 stores globally by 2018, starting with the US this spring.

In its first year of operation QRATES has already hosted over 1000 funding projects for artists across every genre, with many successfully reaching their targets. It’s not only artists and labels finding opportunities through QRATES though. In something of an evolution from the old CD covermount, music media are also seeing the potential in special funded vinyl projects, including music curation blog Noon Pacific, which completed a limited edition vinyl compilation project.

Greg Gouty, COO of QRATES explains: “Our business is built on the belief that every artist should be able to put out vinyl if they wish, regardless of whether they have access to the expertise and contacts of a big label or not. Store Delivery takes this a step further by opening up the door for anyone, artist or label, to offer their vinyl records to stores worldwide. What’s more full control and profits go directly into the artists and labels hands.

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BLACK SABBATH Wrap Up First Leg Of Tour

March 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass) wrapped the first dates of BLACK SABBATH’s massive 2016 THE END world tour last week (3/7) in Vancouver, BC to an overwhelming response, from fans and critics alike.  The first leg of sold-out North American shows will be followed by a run of summer performances including return visits to Los Angeles (at the iconic Hollywood Bowl), New York, Chicago and 14 additional cities.  Tickets for the summer shows are available at  See BLACK SABBATH’s world wide itinerary below.

Here’s some critical feedback from 2016’s THE END tour:

“From the pulverizing opening tritone of ‘Black Sabbath’…the show was more a celebration of the pioneering heavy-metal band’s legacy than an epitaph…each of the musicians was in stellar form in Chicago…now may be the beginning of the end for Black Sabbath, but, as they proved in Chicago and over the years, their music will echo through the ages.”
–Kory Grow, ROLLINGSTONE.COM, 1-23-16

“The beginning of The End happened Friday in Chicago at the United Center, where the band played a two-hour set of snarling hard rock songs, played according to the rules of strict minimalism but always with brawny execution…Black Sabbath remains a genre of its own, combining space jazz and prog-rock, gothic imagery and riff-heavy thunder.”
–Mark Guarino, THEGUARDIAN.COM, 1-23-16

“The iconic rockers were able to bid farewell in style…If this was truly the band’s last show in Washington, the quartet had left its fans with a night they’ll never forget.”
–Ernest Jasmin,TACOMA WEEKLY, 2-8-16

“Sabbath sounded so strong that, at times, it seemed like an absolutely ludicrous idea for these guys to even be thinking about hanging it up. Yet, if the goal is to go out on top–in peak fighting form–then Sabbath is right on track.”
–Jim Harrington, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2-10-16

“Osbourne was confidently strutting the length of the stage, imploring the audience to clap along…Osbourne led the band through classics like ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Children of the Grave,’ exuding bravado and, often, joy.  The night didn’t belong to Ozzy, though. While bassist Geezer Butler remains rock-solid…Iommi’s effortless leads and power-chord riffs laid the groundwork for generations of hard-rocking axe-slingers, yet his attack still sounds fresh and resonant, and his vibrato-laden shreds are as precise as they were four decades ago…”
–Jeff Miller,, 2-13-16

“Black Sabbath put on as perfect of a farewell show at the Pepsi Center [in Denver] as you could have hoped for. They played, sounded and yes, sung as well as they did in their prime…Instead of leaning on theatrics, they let tight riffs take the audience away…Their astonishing performance Monday night proved the band to be going out with remarkable live chops.”
–Mike Long, DENVER POST, 2-16-16

“One of the strongest live rock shows in recent memory…Sabbath performed the music with such power and conviction that songs many of us have heard ad nauseam seemed fresh and new…The fluid rhythms, the interlocking, crushing dynamics between the rhythm section, and Iommi and Osbourne’s uncanny ability to switch in and out of the role of avatar of doom and avuncular hype man, rousing the crowd, made for a show that was much more than merely a great performance. It felt inclusive.”
–Tom Murphy, WESTWORD(Denver, CO), 2-16-16

“Black Sabbath turned its The End farewell tour into a celebration–albeit one steeped in a little bit of Satanic mechanics…the 100-minute, 14-song show was standard issue Sabbath–Spartan and leaden hard rock played with tight precision.”
–Gary Graff, THE OAKLAND PRESS (Detroit, MI), 2-20-16

“Black Sabbath, from Birmingham, England, was foundational for metal, but the music it played on Thursday–all of it recorded between 1969 and 1976–is full of scales related to the blues, which has its own long tradition of despair masking joy. That joy on Thursday was in sound and feeling. You could hear the band in giant, clear, present detail, unusual for the Garden…”
Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES, 2-26-16

“…he [Osbourne] was on fire last night, hitting all the notes exactly the way you remember them. All the stretched out vowels, all the ‘ohh yeahh!’s, everything. In even finer form was Tony Iommi, whose riffs were as crisp today as they are on the early records, and whose solos still screamed. No disrespect to Geezer Butler of course, who shined all night and especially on his bass solo in ‘N.I.B.’…There really wasn’t a moment where you weren’t hearing some of the best heavy metal ever written…The show was also a serious reminder of how even with legions of excellent doom bands popping up for decades, still nobody can do it like Sabbath.”
–Andrew Sacher, BROOKLYN VEGAN, 2-27-16

“If this in fact was the end for Black Sabbath, then it was one hell of a farewell.”
–Dean Pilling, CALGARY SUN, 3-5-16

“Black Sabbath were magnificent…what sets Black Sabbath’s music apart is how fresh it still sounds…a night free of stage effects or gimmicks, packed with a selection of brilliantly performed songs from the best heavy metal band there ever was and ever will be.”
Robert Collins, CTV NEWS VANCOUVER, 3-8-16

These dates mark the end of the epic journey that BLACK SABBATH began nearly five decades ago.  The massive 2016 THE END world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time will take the band to Australia and New Zealand in April, then Europe fora mix of summer headlining and festival performances, before returning to North America in August.

As previously announced, a special fans-only CD featuring original artwork by Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant is being sold at shows along the tour route.  The CD is comprised of eight previously unreleased tracks: four songs are outtakes from BLACK SABBATH’s worldwide #1, Grammy Award-winning album 13 and four live songs from the band’s critically acclaimed 13 World Tour.

When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…BLACK SABBATH.

Details on Tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at:

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SLAYER Release New Video

March 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

In Slayer’s song “You Against You,” vocalist Tom Araya screams “Your perfect world is ending this day, So what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.”  And so, from the very first frame of the band’s “You Against You” music video, the gore, the violence, the projectile-blood-spewing and the carnage begins and just never ends.

“You Against You” is the prequel to “Repentless,” Slayer’s brutal 2015 video filmed at an L.A. prison that has logged nearly 7.5 million YouTube views.  Like “Repentless,” “You Against You” was directed by BJ McDonnell, stars Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) as Wyatt, the eyepatched rebel inmate, and tells the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt’s erroneous arrest and imprisonment.

Slayer’s performance of “You Against You” was shot deep in the heart of California’s Mojave desert earlier this year in a graveyard of jets, airliners, and helicopters.

“After the ‘Repentless’ video,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya, “BJ delivers with ‘You Against You.’  Fu**ing awesome!!!!!”

Repentless, Slayer’s 12th studio album, was released on 9/11/15, making its career-highest debut on
Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, coming in at #4 and scanning 50,000 units.  The album also debuted in the Top 5 in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Czech, Greece and Sweden, and was the #2 best-selling album in the world on the United World Chart.  In addition, Repentless received spectacular press response – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “…prime fu**ing Slayer…” (Metal Hammer), “…thrash redefined, upgraded and reborn, a return to the essence of who Slayer is.” (Houston Press)

Slayer is currently in the final weeks of its winter 2016 North American tour with Testament and Carcass supporting.  Remaining dates are below.

17     Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
19     The Paramount, Seattle, WA
20     Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
22     Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
23     Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
25     Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
26     The Joint, Las Vegas, NV

For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire.  Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

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