Jonas Karlgren of Nation Beyond

May 5th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Nation Beyond is a brand new project put together by Debase guitarist Jonas Karlgren and Facedown bass player Joakim Hedestedt. I met up with mastermind Karlgren one cold evening in the Debase rehearsing space and studio in Malmoe. Here is a long interview that I hope can make you interested in Nation Beyond. At the end of the interview the drummer Johan Helgesson came to join us and tagged along for the interview. The album was released last year in Europe and now the album will be released in the USA, Canada and Australia. Enjoy…..

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Pictures of Jonas and Johan by: Anders Sandvall

Live pictures on Jonas and Johan from the archives of: Anders Sandvall

Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson

Thanks to Nation Beyond for the promo pictures of the band.

All promo pictures are taken by: Malin Benemark

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Rat Skates (ex-OVERKILL)

May 3rd, 2008
by Metal Rules

Interview with Rat Skates

By David Leslie

Pics courtesy of Rat Skates

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W.A.S.P. LIVE – THE CRIMSON IDOL FALLS

May 1st, 2008
by Brat

W.A.S.P. LIVE – THE CRIMSON IDOL FALLS

Metro Theatre, Sydney Australia

8 April 2008

Review by Brat

Photos by guest contributor CEEG

I don’t normally waste my time writing less than positive reviews, but after the initial disappointment of the night, anger has set in.

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ACE FREHLEY -Live at Sheffield, U.K

April 27th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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ACE FREHLEY

10.04.2008

The Corporation, Sheffield, UK

After leaving KISS in the aftermath of THE ELDER, the ill-conceived and, at the time at least, ill-received concept album, and doing a Euro promo tour for CREATURES OF THE NIGHT -album in 1982 Ace took his time before taking the world by storm with the brilliant first FREHLEY’S COMET record. After a second studio effort by Frehley’s Comet, Ace put out another disc under his own name, titled TROUBLE WALKIN. Many things have changed for Ace since the golden years of the ’80s. After some darker times in the early ’90s Ace finally buried the axe with his old KISS band mates long enough to participate in the enormously successful reunion tour in 1996 after which, in 1998, KISS released their new PSYCHO CIRCUS album. Unfortunately this reunion of the four original members survived only long enough to record one album but they still managed to unleash one last "farewell" tour in 2001. KISS of course is still touring every now and then, sans Ace and Peter Criss, with stand-in players now filling their shoes.

 

 Review by Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovila.

Pictures by Marko Syrjälä

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Babylon Bombs live at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2008

April 25th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Babylon Bombs

Hell N’ Diesel



Rock The Night

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

5/4 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

 

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Rage: Carved In The Road European Tour at The Rock Copenhagen Denmak 2008

April 23rd, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Rage

Carved In The Road European Tour

Edenbridge – Special Guest

Aspect – Support Act

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

27/3 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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This Godless Endeavor: Staying Metal In The Warzone (#5)

April 21st, 2008
by EvilG

This Godless Endeavor: Staying Metal In The Warzone

This Godless Endeavor: Staying Metal In The Warzone (#5)

By Larry

 

Here’s a long overdue update to the column. We’d like to introduce you to Larry, a metalhead serving with the U.S. forces in Iraq

If you have any questions on the column or for Larry, send them here and we will make sure they are passed along.




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Hardcore Superstar Live at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe 2008

April 21st, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Hardcore Superstar

Mentally Damaged Scandinavia Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden 23/3 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Immolation Melechesh Goatwhore Sickening Horror – Helsinki Finland

April 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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Immolation

Melechesh

Goatwhore

Sickening Horror

Nosturi Club

The 3rd of April 2008

Helsinki, Finland

Seeing more and more death metal bands do gigs in Finland is more than welcomed. Even though the glorious years of Death metal goes back to the early 90’s, but it is still overwhelming to see some bands don’t give up any inch. Above all Massive Music and its Finnish booking agents have done an utter cult task when arranging this type of tour in Finland.

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Thorium Guitarist Allan Tvedebrink

April 17th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Danish old school death metal band Thorium is back with a vengeance. FERAL CREATION is their first album in six years and when I witnessed the release-party performance I knew that I simply had to have an interview with these Danes. The guitarist Allan Tvedebrink was kind enough to agree to an interview, so for all extreme metal lovers out there, here it comes, the first interview ever with Thorium in metal-rules.com

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Bianca Anhalt Jacobsen at Target Distribution for setting up this interview

Thanks to Target Distribution for the promo pictures of the band

Live pictures from the release-party taken by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Paganfest UK 2008 – KOKO Camden, London

April 13th, 2008
by Hanntu

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KOKO Camden, London

April 6, 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

Appropriately enough, it was clear and slightly snowy the evening of Paganfest, and with a 5pm start, there was ample time for all five bands to show their quality. It was a night for singing, dancing and some rocking heavy metal! As far as I was concerned, this was a perfect night: firstly, the lights were amazing, meaning I captured some great shots and secondly, the bouncers let us stay the entire show in the photo pit. The downside is that I rarely took any notes, so the report will be slightly short on words. But big on pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Enjoy, as I did.


 

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IRON MAIDEN – Somewhere Back In Time: The Powerslave Interviews

April 10th, 2008
by EvilG

IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere Back In Time: The Powerslave Interviews

Somewhere Back In Time: The Powerslave Interviews

By Gueneviere

The following are a series of interviews done with all the members of Iron Maiden just prior to the U.S. release of the watershed 5th album, Powerslave, circa Autumn of 1984. At the time, the band was also in the midst of touring Europe in support of the same album. (The tour had already taken them “Behind the Iron Curtain” into Poland, a first for a western heavy rock band at the time, and an event which also resulted in a public relations coup and a documentary later shown on MTV, etc.)

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Kamelot / Firewind / Forever Slave – Islington Academy, London

April 10th, 2008
by Hanntu

KAMELOT

with FIREWIND and FOREVER SLAVE

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Islington Academy, London

4th April 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

One of the front-runners of US Power Metal, Kamelot kicked off their second European tour in support of THE GHOST OPERA here in London. Billed as the Rule The World Tour 2008, this time they bring along guitar virtuoso Gus G and his band Firewind, who are perennial favourites here in London, and are always guaranteed a good reception. Opening for them are Forever Slave, a Spanish goth metal band, who stepped in to replace Visions of Atlantis at the last minute. Incidentally, the last time Kamelot were in London, Sean Tibbetts, standing in for regular bassist Glenn Barry, dislocated his knee. It gives a new meaning to the theatrical community’s phrase “Break a leg!”, so I’ll go for a simple “Good luck” tonight. And so, ladies and gentlemen and people at the front, welcome all to curtain call!

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Forever Slave

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Hmmm. Think uninspired gothic metal, with dominatrix overtones, the only novelty being the full-length leather thing the singer was wearing and the slight hint of techno in their music. The riffs were nothing, the singing wasn’t great either – she had a squeaky (bordering on screechy) voice from what I remember. The only attraction was Lady Angellyca herself – she had the foxy temptress moves down to the ground! Between the slinky hip waggling and seductive butt shaking, I am willing to bet that not many people noticed the music either. Thankfully (or regrettably? I was torn – bad music but sexy chick, answers on a postcard please) they only played four songs, a less than 20 minute set, although they were scheduled to play 7 songs.

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Printed Setlist

(don’t know which songs were played)

Dreams & Dust

Kristin A.I.D.S.

Say Goodbye

Our Story

Tristeza

Gothix Girls

Gasoline

 

Firewind

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This was my third time seeing them here in London, and the reception they get is always astounding. They always put on a balls-out and exciting show, and with the girls drooling over the dashing Greeks and the guys drooling over Gus G’s flashing fingers, it’s a good combo. With the number of Firewind shirts in the audience from the previous tour, I got the impression that the support act might have at least equalled the headliners in terms of fans.

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They kicked off with ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Head Up High’. Although the mix sounded okay from the photo pit, it sounded awful when I moved out back later. I couldn’t hear Bob’s guitar over Gus’ guitar, Petro’s bass and Mark’s drums. Apollo’s voice seemed way too far back, and weak. It was a pity because the band looked in fine form and really energetic. Gus’ guitar solos drew audible oohs and aahs from the audience, while Bob matched him on both keys and guitars. Apollo isn’t a great singer, but he’s pretty dynamic and he led the crowd in chanting, clapping, including a bit of the old “whoah” echo game. Mark Cross brought some great humour to the proceedings, including blowing an airhorn at the end of ‘The Silent Code’, and playing with LED tipped drum sticks, which I must say made his stick twirls look pretty damn impressive!

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For ‘Warrior’, Apollo had to rely on a printed lyric sheet taped to one of the monitors. Incidentally, while I was taking a photo of the setlist (can’t rely on memory these days), security tapped me on the shoulder and told me to stop it. I was surprised (and pissed off), but when I checked my camera later, I found that the lyrics to ‘Warrior’ had been taped next to the setlist. Come on Apollo, nothing to be ashamed of! You didn’t write the damn song, it was from the first album BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, you weren’t even in the band yet! I found it quite amusing, like I said, no shame in singing from a lyric sheet. Even Rob Halford does it from time to time.

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The intro to ‘Falling to Pieces’ got a great reception and the crowd started bouncing and singing, drawing grins from the band. Bob relinquished his guitar to focus on his keyboards for the closer, the intensely catchy ‘Mercenary Man’. Apollo toasted the crowd for making their first night on tour a special experience, which was rather nice. I always enjoy Firewind, they mix up good rocking fun with good rocking tunes, and it helps that the band are enthusiastic and personable. I saw Apollo come out to watch Kamelot during their set, I reckon he’s still a fan at heart. I have no doubts that were Firewind to headline at bigger venues that they would pull the crowds.

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Setlist

Into the Fire

Head Up High

I Am The Anger

The Silent Code

Warrior

Falling To Pieces

Mercenary Man

 

Kamelot

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Kamelot has always been regarded very highly by power metal fans seeking a bit more ‘epic’ and a bit less ‘happy’. I must admit to never having gotten too much into this band, as evidenced by my review of THE GHOST OPERA last year. However, looking back, my review was way too harsh when I was listening to the album again in preparation for the gig. It’s a very good album, just took a bit of time to sink in. Consider this review an atonement for my sins. THE FOURTH LEGACY and BLACK HALO remain my favourite Kamelot albums though.

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As the lights descended into total darkness, a tall beautiful female stepped out into the middle of the stage and proceeded to play the violin intro of ‘Solitaire’. She later turned out to be backing vocalist as well, but we weren’t told her name unfortunately. ‘Rule The World’ got a raucous reception with Roy Khan striding the stage with absolute confidence and belting out the lines. He’s a pretty awe-inspiring frontman, and he has the habit of standing on the monitors as if attempting to transcend the barrier between him and the crowd. In doing so, he towers majestically over us as we fall under the spell of his voice.

Two songs from THE BLACK HALO follow, and Roy claims that this is the first time they’ve played ‘Pendulous Fall’ live, a World Premiere, he calls it (and not the last of the night either). “Okay, we’re gonna slow it down now”, and ‘Abandoned’ begins with the piano intro, to which the crowd starts clapping in time. A few isolated lighters make an appearance, while Roy shows off the range and dynamicism of his voice. The girls in the crowd are melting…And it’s the boys’ turn when the female singer starts her turn. Vocals-wise this was the performance of the night, along with…okay I won’t spoil it for you, read on.

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It’s too bad the sound was pretty crap from where I was standing. Thomas Youngblood’s guitars were pretty weak sounding and could really only be heard when he was soloing. His riffs seemed to dissolve into the wall of bass and drums. Even Roy wasn’t easily heard over everything else. It’s such a shame, as his rich voice really deserves a good mix. A song like ‘Abandoned’ showed what he was truly capable of.

‘The Human Stain’ capped the first half of the show. While Roy left the stage, the rest of the band kept warm by having a jam session, starting with a flash solo by Tom. Keyboards then drums took their turn. Roy comes back to kick off the second half, beginning with the fourth BLACK HALO song of the evening, ‘Serenade’, which is also the second World Premiere of the night! Wonderful. It’s an uptempo number showing off Roy’s upper registers, and he just about kicks ass.
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Next up was the ‘Elizabeth’ trilogy, all 11 minutes of it, prompting emotional singing from Roy and some enthusiastic air guitar from eager members of the audience. The band took a break, leaving keyboardist Oliver to entertain the crowd. Well, it sounded like piano lounge music anyway. ‘Forever’ was made memorable by the crowd singing the lead guitar intro line, and then singing their hearts out some more during the chorus. Would they have any voice left by the end of the night? At the end, Roy challenged the crowd to a bit of a singalong. “Are you ready for some singing? Are you ready to lift this building off the ground?” Impossible vocal range for the hoarse crowd, who sang gamely anyway.

The third World Premiere of the night, ‘Edenecho’ was accompanied by the lovely violin player. The band left the stage, but the stamping, catcalls, whistles and cheering brought them back out again, for “Ghost Opera” which got backing vocals from both the violinist and the deafening audience. ‘Karma’ was the penultimate song, and no Kamelot show is complete without ‘March of Mephisto’, with Shagrath’s vocals on a backing track. It was an overall great performance from the band, and though some of the crowd were unhappy with the no-camera policy, I doubt any of them left with anything other than satisfaction last night.

Setlist

Solitaire

Rule The World

When The Lights Are Down

Soul Society

Pendulous Fall

Descent of the Archangel

Abandoned

The Human Stain

Instrumental

Serenade

Elizabeth

Keyboard Solo

Forever

Edenecho

Ghost Opera

Karma

March of Mephisto


Thanks to Emma Busk at

The Publicity Connection for the photo pass!

Forever Slave: http://www.foreverslave.com/

Firewind: http://firewind.gr/2008/home.html

Kamelot: http://www.kamelot.com/

 

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Ace Frehley Live In Vancouver – March 19, 2008

April 9th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

Ace Frehley

March 19, 2008

The Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver, BC  Canada

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***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland.  Pics By "Lance Romance."


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South By Southwest (SXSW) 2008

April 8th, 2008
by EvilG

SXSW

By Robert Williams

South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music and film conference/festival held yearly in beautiful Austin, Texas. In the 21 years of its existence, SXSW has served as a launching pad for many unknown bands turned media darlings overnight. For one week in the month of March each year bands from all over the world gather in downtown Austin and showcase their music, their craft, for record executives, media big wigs, and most importantly in my opinion, music lovers!

This all sounds like a splendid and festive occasion with the exception of one detail. SXSW has almost exclusively all but overlooked metal and its many subgenres for its entire existence.

Now I won’t lie. In years past I have seen some cool showcases. Century Media and Relapse usually cart their bands into town, and scattered about my 12 year tenure in Austin I have seen some notable showcases featuring among others In Extremo, Sol Evil, Children Of Bodom, and Grey Skies Fallen. But when 1,400 bands come to town for one week in March each year, you would hope at least, I don’t know, 50-100 of them would be awesome heavy metal, right?

Well, this year Austin got a fair amount of killer metal. Kicking things off on Wednesday, the 12th I had the pleasure of witnessing my first Municipal Waste concert. A day later I got off of work early and headed downtown with some friends and caught a showcase featuring Enslaved, Mixhell, Napalm Death, High On Fire, and the mighty Motorhead.

Lastly, I witnessed the “It’s Grim Up North” showcase featuring Sabaton, 1349 and Enslaved. I partied like a true champion, saw some really, really good performances and got some really solid interviews. Read on metal faithful and I shall guide you through these conversations in steel conducted in my homeland of Austin….Let’s start at the beginning….

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