Eluveitie + Amaranthe + The Charm The Fury @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 13th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Eluveitie + Amaranthe + The Charm The Fury

@ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 3, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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November 13th, 2017
by EvilG

On December 15-16th, the fourth year of Black Christmass Festival should have taken place In Norrköping, Sweden. But due to poor ticket sales it is now cancelled.

It feels heavy to have to kill a project that you have lived with on a daily basis for over four years and what we are going through now is a promoters nightmare. I know how many of you have been planning and looking forward to this, booked trips etc. and especially to you, I just want to express my regret at all the discomfort that this may cause.

I have had the privilege of working with the world’s best audience in three years and it has been wonderful to see you. Also thank you United Vision that ensured that the event proceeded so smoothly. I would also like to thank all the bands, exhibitors and people who stood through thick and thin. You are all wonderful and I hope we will be able to work together again in the near future.
One can always speculate about reasons, but evident is that this year we were unable to obtain a setlist that appeals to a bigger audience.

It it is with a heavy heart I send out my last release as an organizer for Black Christmass.

Metal greetings,

Olof Wikström

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The Haunted with Witchery on Strength In Numbers Scandinavian Tour 2017 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

November 12th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

The Haunted:
Strength In Numbers Scandinavian Tour 2017

Witchery – special guest

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
23/9 – 2017

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall

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Heavy Metal Cauldron 2017 – Helsinki

November 11th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Heavy Metal Cauldron is a new two day indoor metal extravaganza. The interest toward the event received more interest and enthusiasm from old school metal maniacs when the line-up was announced. Venom Inc and Exciter shared the stage on Finnish soil for the first time ever which got hundreds of metal fans pounding for metal. The two day event was well arranged and planned. The venue was an obscure underground place with a bit of a smaller stage, but without any massive security fence. This first edition of Heavy Metal Cauldron succeeded more than well, so there will be another one in 2018! 

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Akercocke + Hecate Enthroned + Kill For Company @ The Underworld, London

November 11th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Akercocke + Hecate Enthroned + Kill For Company

@ The Underworld, London

October 28, 2017

Review and photography by Thomas

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Steve Tucker – MORBID ANGEL

November 7th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen


Morbid Angel recently went through the biggest line-up change in the band’s history. The founder and guitarist and the mastermind of Morbid Angel, Trey Azagthoth, recruited the former singer Steve Tucker back to the fold of the outfit along with new second guitarist Dan Vadim Von and the new drummer Scott Fuller. The long waited ninth Morbid Angel album entitled KINGDOMS DISDAINED has eleven songsand shall most certainly crush. Metal-Rules.Com had the pleasure to talk with Steve Tucker about the state of the world as seen from his, and Morbid Angel’s,  perspective. 

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Trixter’s Mark Gus Scott Salutes America’s Veterans

November 7th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
Trixter’s Mark Gus Scott Salutes America’s Veterans

For a guy who has visited and performed on every major military base in the US, Mark Gus Scott shows no signs of loosing support for America’s Military Heroes.  The rock star met with several military officials on his recent tour of Washington DC and filming of his latest video hit, “Ave Maria”. The video shows Mark performing amongst numerous iconic DC landmarks, most notably the World War II Memorial. Ave Maria is the first single from Mark’s forthcoming holiday album entitled “Christmas Miracle” due out on Thanksgiving. Mark also makes it a habit to perform Taps at numerous cemeteries in the New York City and Phoenix Arizona area to honor fallen heroes during Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays.

As the wild and charismatic drummer for the internationally renowned rock band “Trixter”, Mark “Gus” Scott has sold well over 3 million albums worldwide, he has accumulated an extremely large press book, but most importantly… He has played in front of millions of people around the world.  Other major accomplishments include Three #1 Videos on MTV (15 weeks at #1), Four “Top 20” AOR Radio Hits as well as a “Top 40” Album on the Billboard Charts (#26).

Trixter toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan in support of their major label releases. They have performed live in arenas with crowds up to 30,000 people, in addition to appearing live on television and radio. The tours have included such rock superstars as: Kiss, The Scorpions, Poison, Warrant, Slaughter, Great White, Firehouse as well as many MTV and movie personalities. Mark attained much notoriety, largely in part to network television appearances, three #1 videos on MTV and hundreds of worldwide publications and periodicals.

As a member of the Hollywood/NY All-Stars, Mark participated in countless charity events, as well as making personal appearances with President Donald Trump, Treat Williams, Jack Scalia, Jason Gedrick, Gregory Harrison and Regis Philbin.

While just a sophomore in high school, Mark received the NAJE Special Citation for Musical Excellence and was granted admission to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. He attended three summers studying piano, drums, trumpet and a curriculum that included jazz, classical, chamber music, rock, music theory and composition. Mark also put his knowledge to use not only as a musician/songwriter, but also touring high schools and colleges throughout the country as a guest lecturer, teaching and promoting his drum instructional video and teaching method, “Rock Solid”.

Mark’s Solo EP “Christmas Miracle” is scheduled for release on Thanksgiving 2017! ALL PROCEEDS from the first single, “Ave Maria”, will be donated to Hope 4 Kids International.

“Ave Maria” single release – November 2017.

For additional information please visit www.MarkGusScott.com


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Noise announce more Tankard reissues!

November 7th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Tankard the beer obsessed thrash metalllers from Frankfurt, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard are often considered one of the “Big Teutonic 4” of German thrash metal. They released their first record in 1986 and continue to write and record in the same vein: fast thrash metal songs about beer and alcohol. Formed by three classmates, bassist Andreas “Gerre” Geremia, guitarist Axel Katzmann and vocalist Frank Thorwarth. Thorwarth and Gerre soon switched roles; at the same time the trio added drummer Oliver Werner and second guitarist Berhard Rapprich. They chose their name from a dictionary upon seeing its definition as “beer mug”. Their earliest written song was called “Ray Death”, a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As drinking alcohol in the school was banned, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him “hanging around with a bunch of drunks” and he was replaced by Andy Bulgaropoulos. With the line-up now stabilised, the band released their first demo, titled Heavy Metal Vanguard, in 1984. After this, the band toured with fellow German thrashers Sodom. In 1985 they released a second demo, Alcoholic Metal, which cemented their thrash metal style and lyrical themes. Both of these demos were very popular in the underground, and on the strength of this demo they signed with Noise Records with whom they released seven studio albums between 1986 and 1995. Tankard still play to huge crowds globally and released their 17th studio album in 2017.


As the decade turned, 1990 saw Tankard unleash their fourth studio album ‘The Meaning Of Life’. With the new decade came a slightly different approach. It was still their trademark thrash but also interjected some melody and strayed lyrically from their beer soaked themes, but not too much so as to alienate their fanbase. This album was chock full of catchy choruses and buzzing riffs, thus cementing their fanbase further amongst the thrash fraternity.

1.Open All Night
2.We Are Us
3.Dancing On Our Grave
4.Mechanical Man
6.The Meaning Of Life
7.Space Beer
8.Always Them
9.Wheel Of Rebirth
11.Wonderful Life


Tankard’s sixth studio album emerged in 1993 and while their counterparts were experimenting with industrial and nu metal sonics in the 90’s the band stood firm and true to their thrash roots. Probably the most socio-political of Tankard’s output, Two-Faced (complete with satirical cover) is an angry beast that sets aside their early humour in favour of a caustic sound with attacks on a sliding society. This album was yet another jewel in Tankard’s crown.

1.Death Penalty
4.nation Over Nation
5.Days Of The Gun
6.Cities In Flames
7.Up From Zero
9.Ich Brauch Meinen Suff
12.Jimmy B. Bad

As the thrash metal gave way to grunge in the 90’s Tankard stuck to their guns and released another fine slab of Tuetonic thrash in the ironically titled ‘Stone Cold Sober’ in 1992.  This was classic Tankard, raw, insanely fast but this time slightly more serious in the lyrical department – aside from a frantic cover of J Geils Band’s ‘Centrefold’. Thrash metal may have not been in vogue but the faithful Tankard fans stayed true to the band and revered this as one of their finest releases.

2.Broken Image
4.Ugly Beauty
6.Behind The Back
7.Stone Cold Sober
8.Blood, Guts And Rock N’Roll
9.Lost And Found (Tantrum Part 2)
10.Sleeping With The Past


The final album released on Noise by Tankard was 1995’s self-titled, ‘The Tankard’.  Perpetuating the more serious side shown on its predecessor ‘Two-Faced’, its sound was a melting pot of their signature thrash with elements of speed, power, hardcore and a dash of melody entwined with some of their catchiest choruses to date.  The same year they redressed the humorous balance with their Tankwart side project of German language covers done in a punk/metal style, much to their fans amusement.

1.Grave New World
2.Minds On The Moon
3.The Story Of Mr. Cruel
4.Close Encounter
5.Poshor Golovar
6.Mess In The West
7.Atomic Twlight
8.Fuck Christmas
10.Hope ?
12.Pogo In Togo
13.Hurra, Hurra, Die Schule Brennt
14.Herr D.
16.Konig Von Deutschland
18.Skandal Im Sperrbezirk
19.Billiger Slogan

01/12 – Nurnberg D, K4 Festaal
02/12 – Berlin D, Binuu
16/12 – Eindhoven NL, EMM
29/12 – Frankfurt D, Tankard Fest
30/12 – Ingolstadt D, Eventhalle Westpark
26/01 – Thessaloniki GR, 8Ball
27/01 – Athens GR, Kyttaro
12/2 – Osaka JP, True Thrash Fest
2/3 – Goslar D, Lindenhof
3/3 – Bremen D, Tower
16/3 – Colmar F, Le Grillen
17/3 – Dornbirn A, Conrad Sohm
28/4 – Erica NL, Pitfest
20/7 – Fritzlar D, Rocak Am Stuck
21/7 – Weil D, Baden In Blut
27/7 – Essen D, Nord-Open-Air
11/8 – Schlottheim D, Party San Open Air
22/9 – Magedburg D, Factory
19/10 – Leipzig D, Hellraiser
20/10 – Brunn CZ, Melodka
21/10 – Prague CZ, Rock Cafe
2/11 – Karlsruhe D, Substage
3/11 – Andernach D, Juz Live
30/11 – Hannover D, Musikzentrum
1/12 – Dresden D, Skullcrushers



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SAXON Announce New Album “Thunderbolt”

November 7th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
SAXON Announce New Album “Thunderbolt”
Set for Release on February 2, 2018 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music)
Thunderbolt Tour Part 1 UK & European Dates Announced

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of Battering Ram in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2, 2018 via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music). The new album Thunderbolt will feature original artwork by long time SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt.  It’s a storming, smashing, thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with producer Andy Sneap, and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford.
Three weeks later, the band will embark on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour. SAXON will be joined by fellow English rockers Diamond Head and metal trio Rock Goddess will perform on the scheduled UK dates, with very special guests Magnum on the UK Hull date only. However, SAXON doesn’t stop there – dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced in early 2018.
“This is part one of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour. We’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s going to be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals – loud and proud – it’s going to be aSAXON tour, unique in every way!” adds Biff Byford.
Since the 1970s, SAXON have proven their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON have made it their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of work – a staple of their career.
Thunderbolt Track Listing
  1. Olympus Rising
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. The Secret of Flight
  4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
  5. They Played Rock and Roll
  6. Predator
  7. Sons of Odin
  8. Sniper
  9. A Wizard’s Tale
  10. Speed Merchants
  11. Roadie’s Song
  12.  Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl


Thunderbolt will be available to pre-order on December 1 in the following formats:
  • CD Album in Digipack
  • 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
  • A Special Edition Boxset
  • Tape Cassette
  • Digital Download
Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1
Fri February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
Sat February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
Tue February 27- Holland, Tilburg 013
Wed February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thu March 1 – Germany,  Hannover Capitol
Fri March 2 – Germany,  Frankfurt Batschkapp
Sat March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof     
Presale for all shows is on Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00am with general on sale Friday, November 10 at 10:00am.
For more information on SAXON, visit: http://www.saxon747.com/ 

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Delain + Serenity + Cellar Darling @ Koko, London

November 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Delain + Serenity + Cellar Darling

@ Koko, London

November 1, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Eluveitie – Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann

November 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann

November 3, 2017 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Delain – Interview with Martijn Westerholt

November 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Interview with Martijn Westerholt

November 1, 2017 – Koko, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Metallica + Kvelertak @ SSE Hydro, Glasgow

November 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Metallica + Kvelertak

@ SSE Hydro, Glasgow

October 26, 2017

Review by Pete Mutant

Photography by Gavin Lowrey

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November 6th, 2017
by EvilG



Ozzy Osbourne

Five decades. 18,262 days. More than 2,500 shows.

On his upcoming farewell world tour, OZZY OSBOURNE–Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® winning singer and songwriter–will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take OZZY around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” OZZY says. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

The tour will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for OZZY solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to launch Friday, June 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.

For these dates, OZZY will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).


Sat 5/5 MexicoTBA
Tue 5/8 Santiago, Chile TBA
Fri 5/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina TBA
Sun 5/13 São Paulo, Brazil TBA
Wed 5/16 Curitiba, Brazil TBA
Fri 5/18 Belo Horizonte, Brazil TBA
Sun  5/20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil TBA

Fri 6/1  Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky
Sun 6/3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed 6/6 Finland – TBA
Fri 6/8 Solvesborg, Sweden* – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 6/10 Donington, UK* Download Festival
Wed 6/13 Prague, Czech Republic* – Airport Letnany
Fri 6/15 – Paris, France* – Download Festival
Sun 6/17 – Italy* – TBA
Wed 6/20 -Halden, Norway* – Tons of Rock Festival
Fri  6/22 Copenhagen, Denmark* – Copenhell Festival
Sun – 6/24 Dessel, Belgium* – Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 6/26  Krakow, Poland* – Impact Festival
Thu 6/28  Oberhausen, Germany* – König-Pilsnet Arena
Fri 6/30 Madrid, Spain* – Download Festival
Mon 7/2 Lisbon, Portugal – Meo Arena

*Produced by Live Nation

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Cellar Darling – Interview with Merlin Sutter

November 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Cellar Darling

Interview with Merlin Sutter

November 1, 2017 – Koko, London, UK

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

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