Backyard Babies live at Sommar Rocken in Svedala Sweden 2005

July 25th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Backyard Babies
Sommarrock Festivalen
Svedala
Sweden
16/7 ? 2005

By: Anders Sandvall

Live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Giants of Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2005

July 25th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Giants of Rock
Gentofte Stadion
Copenhagen
Denmark
10/7 ? 2005

By: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Ronnie James Dio

July 20th, 2005
by Metal Rules

 
Interview with Ronnie James Dio

Interview and live pictures by Luxi ?Holy? Lahtinen
Interview session pictures by Niko ?Diver? Karppinen

 

Sauna Open Air festival (see -> http://www.sauna-open-air.fi/news.htm) was held in Tampere, Finland for the 2nd time in the beginning of this June, and this year the organizers had expanded the festival from last year?s one day festival to 3-day festival by gathering together three big names for the festival (Slayer, Dio and Megadeth) that made to move our lazy asses to Tampere for three days, making it overall the kind of festival to any metal dude or dudette who wanted to enjoy some quality acts playing there this year. 

Our main plan was to interview Slayer at the Sauna Open Air ?festival (both of us being huge Slayer ?fans), but since their management had told that there?s no point for the Slayer -guys to get interviewed this time by any press people  – having no new album out yet or anything, we changed our plans just at the very last minutes and asked a possibility to interview Mr. none-other-but Ronnie James Dio instead.

We got something better than what we originally ordered. Namely the whole band arrived to the backstage area to do the press thing, sat down on the other side of the table, getting ready for an interview and looking amazingly relaxed and comfortable. We put the tape recorder rollin? and started bombing with our questions mainly directed to Ronnie… and here?s the result. Enjoy folks.  

 

 

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Hate Eternal / Krisiun / Into Eternity: Live In Vancouver July 7, 2005

July 18th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

HATE ETERNAL/KRISIUN/INTO ETERNITY
Thursday, July 7th, 2005
The Red Room
Vancouver, BC  Canada

***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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Billy Idol: Live In Vancouver July 12, 2005

July 17th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

BILLY IDOL
Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Vancouver, BC  Canada

***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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King Diamond

July 17th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription by Duke

***Pics courtesy of Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records, King’s official site & Metal Rules staff.

One of the great things about this job is getting to speak with the legends of heavy metal.  Despite being online for ten years, Metal Rules has never spoken to King Diamond himself (a conversation with guitarists Mike Wead and Andy LaRocque was done in 2001 and may be read here), so when the opportunity came up, I was on it like flies on stink. 

Calling from his home in Texas, King is a dream interview subject as he loves to talk and is also one of the nicest guys in metal today.  I could have spent hours and hours talking to him but during the course of our 50-minute conversation, King discusses his latest offering, DEADLY LULLABYES LIVE, new stuff from Mercyful Fate in 2005, the possibility of turning to movies, and loads of other things, so sit back and enjoy this interview with the one, the only?KING DIAMOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Manntis Vocalist Jake Sirokman

July 9th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview with Manntis Vocalist Jake Sirokman

***Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

 ***Photos coutesy of Century Media Records and Manntis.com

The latest golden boys of Century Media Records are Riverside, California?s Manntis and deservedly so.  Packing a lethal dose of aggression behind a guitar tandem that isn?t afraid to lay down some serious solos and riffs, Manntis? debut album, SLEEP IN YOUR GRAVE, was just released on June 28th, 2005 and is sure to be a staple of many year-end favorite lists.  The band first struck a chord during the summer of 2004 as they participated in MTV?s THE BATTLE FOR OZZFEST program with the winner landing a coveted spot on Ozzfest 2005.  Although Manntis came in third (out of thousands of bands), the track they recorded for the competition??The End?s Where It Begins??is an integral piece of SLEEP IN YOUR GRAVE, showing the band?s diversity and dynamic nature.

I recently conducted an interview with Manntis vocalist Jake Sirokman (AKA ?Jake Daniel?s?) and he tells his side of being reality show stars, landing a major indie label deal and specific instructions on how to play ?beer pong.?


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709 Metal Fest II (Misery Index, Entropy, Cyprian)

July 9th, 2005
by EvilG

709 Metal Fest II

Misery Index with Entropy and Cyprian.
Bar Show @ Junctions / May 10th, 2005

Live Review by EvilG / Pictures by Rick

It?s not often that a metal band from away travels to the most eastern point in North America, St. John?s. The last metal bands that made the trek here were Helix, and thrash legends Infernal Majesty. This May at the ?709 Metal Fest? (709 is the telephone area code for the province) we were treated to a death metal assault all the way from Maryland, USA ? MISERY INDEX

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Hellfueled Guitarist Jocke Lundgren

July 9th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Jocke from Hellfueled

Interviewed & Pictues by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Ulrika Henriksson for help with the transcription of this interview.
Thanks to Sound Pollution for providing promopics for the interview.
Finally, a big thanks to Hobbe at Sound Pollution for setting up the interview.

I met up with Jocke from Hellfueled when they were support act to Mustasch in Malm? a few weeks ago. Hellfueled released their debut album VOLUME ONE last year and have also released an EP called MIDNIGHT LADY. I had a chat with Jocke and asked him about the band (who are a pretty new act to the public here in Sweden), about the album, the tour, etc. A longer interview with the band will be coming later this year when they release their new album. 

 

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Zinny Zan of Zan Clan

July 7th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Zinny Zan of the Swedish band Zan Clan
Interviewed by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to the band for supplying me with promo pics.
Thanks to Robert at GMR Music Group for setting up the interview.

Zinny Zan is one of the inventors and founders of the Swedish glam/sleaze genre. He has recently released a new album with his friends in Zan Clan so its the perfect time to ask this legend some questions about his long career in acts like Easy Action, Shotgun Messiah, and of course his new album and the band Zan Clan.

 

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Keep It True IV

July 4th, 2005
by EvilG

Keep It True IV
Review and Pics by Blackgoat & Skyklad

Friday April 1st
Warm Up “Fist Held High”
Dittigheim “Sporthalle”

For the fourth time in not even 2 years Skyklad and I went on this pilgrimage of Metal. Our trip from Regensburg to Tauberbischofsheim (a 2 hour drive) went surprisingly uneventful thanks to a quick trip to the FIAT dealer the day before where I had the loose muffler of my car welded. It would’ve been a disaster losing that on the motorway and most definetly more expensive than the 3 EUR I had to pay there. Saved us a lot of money for the impending Metal Market.

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Gemini 5

June 27th, 2005
by Metal Rules

There still seems to be a market for hard rock bands that produce radio friendly songs. These newer bands may not sell a few million copies but they are out there plugging along. That seems to be the case with Swedish imports Gemini 5. With the release of their new album ?Black Anthem? due to hit stores, the band is preparing themselves for the long road ahead. I had the opportunity to speak with singer Tin Star. You can check out their website at www.gemini5.net for more information.

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Six Feet Under Vocalist Chris Barnes

June 26th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview with Vocalist Chris Barnes

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland (with help from Arto Lehtinen)

(**Thanks to Adam & Jodi for the transcription)

**Photos courtesy of Metal Blade Records and Six Feet Under


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Deicide / Immolation / Skinless / Despised Icon / With Passion: Live In Vancouver June 13, 2005

June 24th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Deicide / Immolation / Skinless /
Despised Icon / With Passion
Monday, June 13, 2005
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC  Canada

**Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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Angels & Demons Descend DownUnder

June 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Angels & Demons Descend
DownUnder During Holy Week 2005

Nightwish and Angra Tours

Review and photos by Brat

Angels and devils was the musical theme of holy week in Australia with the arrival of NIGHTWISH and ANGRA from their combined tour in Japan to separate tours here.

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