David Ellefson’s ELLEFSON COFFEE COMPANY Opens Brick And Mortar Coffee/Merchandise Shop in David’s Hometown!

January 3rd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique Coffee brand of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson will open its first brick and mortar ELLEFSON COFFEE CO shop next week in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN. In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co brands, including ROAST IN PEACE, SHE WOLF, KENYA THRASH, and URBAN LEGEND, ECC will also be a retail outlet for Ellefson Coffee products and memorabilia, as well as a satellite retail outlet for titles and merchandise from Ellefson’s EMP LABEL GROUP.

The store will also serve as a “Museum of Deth” featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection , as well as memorabilia from other artists. After teaming up with local Jackson Coffee shop COFFEE CHOICES (one of Ellefson’s personal Jackson haunts) and owner Susan Reiter for their URBAN LEGEND blend, David’s ECC (and EMP) partner Thom Hazaert suggested taking the partnership farther.

“One day Susan and I had a conversation about the idea of sort of re-branding Coffee Choices into something more aligned with the ECC brand, and us coming in as partners.” Says Hazaert. “I pitched the idea to David, we had already discussed the idea of opening a brick and mortar outlet maybe in Phoenix, and we all loved the idea, being David’s hometown, and Susan’s amazing history in Jackson, and her experience running Coffee Choices.”

Adds Ellefson, “I’ve been blessed to travel the world year after year as a musician but my roots have always stayed in Jackson, MN. So, it’s a true honor for our coffee brand to have a retail shop on the main street USA I grew up on, and to serve the very community I was born and raised in. Aside from some great coffee and a fun Rock N’ Roll atmosphere, our store is a go-to destination for coffee that also tells my story of heavy metal and global music history. I look forward to seeing you there!”

And any Megadeth fan already knows Jackson well, even if they don’t know it, as the connections to this small Midwest town run deep in Megadeth lore. Loon Lake Cemetery, that spawned the legend of Mary Jane, immortalized on So Far, So Good, So What is a few miles down the street, while the Ellefson family farm that inspired Megadeth hit “Foreclosure of a Dream” is also a stone’s throw from where ECC is setting up shop.

Hazaert adds, “Not only will Ellefson Coffee Co. now have a permanent face in David’s hometown, but being able to tie in EMP, and everything else we do, and with the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing fan (and Coffee) experience, that we are sure will not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the World.”

The first day of business officially as Ellefson Coffee Co. will be Monday, January 10th, with a grand opening coming later in the Spring. You can pay ECC a visit at 404 Second St, Jackson, MN, 56143.

More information at:
ELLEFSON COFFEE COMPANY: https://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

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Remembering The Forgotten in 2016.

January 2nd, 2017
by J P

Remembering The Forgotten in 2016. 

by JP

I’ve often commented that music industry folks rush to get their ‘year-end lists’ generated and on-line much to the detriment of the bands.   In their zeal, many albums, especially from the first half of the year get missed because the albums are not ‘top of mind’ in November in the stampede to be the first. Conversely some late year albums got missed as many people generate their albums prematurely, before the year is even over.  Every year quality albums are coming out until Dec 31 but these late releases always get the shaft by the mainstream media (who claim to support Metal)  by clinging to some arbitrary deadline and because those inconvenient releases do not fit into their neat little boxes, driven largely by commerce.   Shame.

I believe some sober reflection would help provide a broader representation of what really happened in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in 2017. I’ve enjoyed a few quiet days looking back at various releases from 2016 and I’ve cobbled together a little list of albums, EP’s, reissues, covers albums etc, that I felt deserved more attention than they got.  Admittedly, many of these are not ‘brand new, full-length studio albums of all new material’, so they get left in the dust.

My friend and colleague Adrian Begrand has so eloquently pointed out, ‘Metal fans love their lists!’.   I’m no different so here is one of my lists. I tried to think outside the Metallica / Voi-vod / Anciients / Meshuggah / Darkthrone group-think box. A fun little exercise of no consequence other than maybe someone might check out one of these releases. Enjoy!

JP’s Top 25 list of  releases that coulda, shoulda, woulda got more attention in 2016.

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ALMANAC-Tsar (Nuclear Blast) Released: March 18th

The return of guitar god Victor Smolski after 16 years in Rage. Exploring his heritage, his new project (his debut) is a conceptual piece about Russian history.

BLAZE BAYLEY- Infinite Entanglement (Indie) Released: March 18th

Blazes four solo album sees him staying in Sci-fi territory with his first full concept album about time travel. His heaviest and fastest album ever, with tons of guests playing the various characters.

CAULDRON-In Ruin (The End) Released: January 8th

I believe Jason Decay (Goat Horn etc) singlehanded spearheaded the Canadian retro scene spawning/inspiring Skullfist, Midnight Malice, Diemonds, Vicious and so many more. It’s a shame that people passed over Cauldron’s excellent fourth album.

CRADLE OF FILTH-Dusk And Her Embrace-The Original Sin (Cacophonous) Released: July 8th

The long-lost unreleased album from 1996 finally sees the light of day after the 20-year legal dispute with the label ends. Deluxe re-packaging treatment, new lyrics, superb for die-hard fans who have waited years to hear this first version.

DREAM THEATER-The Astonishing (Roadrunner) Released: January 29th.

The bands tour-de-force, their own 2112, got missed by many. The same people who will willingly sit and watch The Hobbit trilogy for nine hours, or binge-watch an entire season of Game Of Thrones in one weekend said the album, at over two hours, was too long!

EMBALMER-Emanations From The Crypt (Hell’s Headbangers) Released: April 1st

One of the original early 90’s Death-Gore bands come back with only their second album in 25 years, after a 10-year gap since the last one.   Brutal, guttural, unrelenting and sick. Very old school Death from this early Relapse band.

ENUFF Z’ NUFF-Clowns Lounge (Frontiers) Released: December 2nd

Album #14 from these perennial Beatle worshiping stoners is a compilation of old demos and rarities, a real groovy treat for the true fan.

GRIM REAPER-Walking In The Shadows (Dissonance) Released: Sept 23rd

29 years between albums and it was worth the weight. Carrying on where Rock You To Hell left off. Not many know that this line-up also recorded the little known Steve Grimmett solo album back in 2007. Grimmett’s voice is bullet proof.

HOBB’S ANGEL OF DEATH-Heaven Bled (Hell’s Headbangers) Released: October 14th

Didn’t see this one coming! Australia’s answer to Canada’s Gord Kirchin (Piledriver) or America’s Bill Lindsay (Impaler), puts out his third album in 30 years. No one noticed, no one cared although Down Under he is still a bit of an eccentric hero. Popoff would call this pig-iron, rust-belt Metal.

MYRATH-Legacy (Verycords) Released: February 19th

These exotic guys had such huge buzz and did not capitalize. Perhaps the uninspired album art and album title had pundits pass this one over. Perhaps being on small French labels doesn’t help either. Their 4th album is good or better than anything they have ever done. Don’t let the publicists fool ya, they are from France, not Tunisa. Sadly, most folks missed this early year release. Fun fact: Myrath means ‘Legacy’ hence the title.

NARNIA-Narnia (Indie) Released: September 16th

Arguably, after Styper, the worlds biggest and best White Metal band sees a comeback after seven years and the return of original vocalist CJ Grimmark. A flawless example from the surprisingly quite large but very underground Swedish Christian Speed Metal scene.

NECRONOMICON-Advent Of The Human God (Season Of Mist) Released: March 18th

The next Dimmu / Cradle band. These French Canadian journeymen had a re-think between 2003 and 2010 and reinvented themselves as Canada’s best epic, symphonic, progressive blah, blah, blah Metal band. Third album in the second phase of their career is stellar. The swarthy Italians in Fleshgod Apocalypse get the girls but Necronomicon is the real dirty deal.

OCTOBER 31-Metal Massacre 31 (Hell’s Headbangers) Released: November 25th

An album made entirely of cover tunes that appeared on Metal Blade’s Metal Massacre compilation series. Probably the coolest, least trendy, album of the year… for those in the know. King Fowley is more Metal than I will ever live to be.

PAIN-Coming Home (Nuclear Blast) Released: Sept 9th

Peter Tagtgren, (Europe’s Devin Townsend?) puts out album number 9, the first in five years.   Quirky industrial, electronic, death with humorous weirdness goes over the heads of most. Flawless in production, execution and design, but perhaps not cool enough for many peoples lists.

POLTERGEIST-Back To Haunt (Pure Steel Records) Released: October 21st

Nice comeback 24 years in the making from these veteran German thrashers. Two solid early 90’s album on Century Media mean a few of us old dogs remember the band but after a quarter of a century, this album didn’t even make a dent in the awareness of thrash fans who were too busy lapping up the 2016 albums by Assassin, Artillery, Sodom and Destruction, despite Poltergeist being from the same alma mater.

Q5-New World Order (Frontiers) Released: July 8th

I have a soft spot for old 80’s Metal bands that reform just for the love of making music because every knows deep down, that no one remembers them from the first time around and no one will care anymore. But I care…and more and more often kids who are digging up their Dad’s obscure cassettes are paying to go to ‘retro’ festivals to see Q5, Fist and Jaguar etc for the first time. This Seattle band took 30 years off between albums and never missed a beat. They should tour with Saxon.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS-Sunrise To Sundown (Insideout) Released: March 18th

One of the earlier European Stoner rock bands released their ninth album featuring a line-up that boasts membership (past or present) in the following bands; Arch Enemy, Candlemass, Carcass, Dismember, Firewind, Grand Magus, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Opeth, Witchery and more. Ridiculously talented and spot-on, how did no one notice this album?

STEVE VAI-Modern Primitive (Epic) Released: June 24th

The 9th solo album from Vai is a blast from the past. He wrote and recorded an entire album between 1984 and 1990 when he was busy being a rock god and touring the world with the two David’s (Roth and Coverdale). It sat in the vaults for decades and finally gets dusted off and this holy grail for Vai fans meets expectations; the cross of quirkiness and shred. Bonus, backed with the 25th Anniversary reissue of Passion and Warfare with bonus tracks!

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES-World Gone Mad (Indie) Released: Sept 30th.

Despite being the only band that sounds like this or does this anymore, and despite a high profile tour with Megadeth, and despite the fact that they have ‘DAVE FREAKING LOMBARDO’ drumming on the album, most folks forgot that ST put out their 11th full-length album this year. Old man Muir hasn’t lost any of the fire.

THUNDERSTONE-Apocalyspe Now (AFM) Released: April 1st

First album in seven years sees the return of original vocalist Pasi Rantanen and a return to their original sound. A small North America tour sees one of the early Finnish Power Metal bands finally making headway into the North American market with a strong album of classic Metal.

TRICK OR TREAT-Rabbit’s Hill Part II (Frontiers) Released: July 8th

This former Italian Helloween tribute band (!), now on album #4, jump to the big leagues, bigger label, and they finish their two-part conceptual re-telling of Watership Down.   More Helloween than Hellowen themselves, loaded with Power Metal elite guest stars, this album is all the more poignant since Richard Adams died this year.

WATCHTOWER-Concepts Of Math: Book One (Prosthetic) Released: October 7th

The band that everyone says they like, but nobody really likes, released their first new material in 27 years, an EP named after your high school math textbook. The original Math Metal band deserves more respect but they are probably a bit long in the tooth now for the kids who like the current crop of tech-death-thrash.

WICKED MARAYA-Lifetime In Hell (Massacre) Released: March 18th

An album that sat in the vaults for over a quarter of a century finally sees the light of day. Crunchy, early 90’s Power Metal from the US, a fine example of the form.

WOLF HOFFMANN-Headbangers Symphony (Nuclear Blast)  Released: July 1st

The Accept main-man releases his second (!) solo album of classical music re-interpretations. Mixing Classic and Metal is nothing new but he does is with flair and style. Elegant.  If you wanted a cool covers album you could have easily substitute JORN’S Heavy Rock Radio here.

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN-World On Fire (King Records) Released: June 1st

The man everyone loves to hate, but begrudgingly admits (at least secretly) is the best guitarist in the world, puts out album #20 in Japan only. The production problems that some critics say marred the past few albums are gone.

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Belphegor + Possessed @ Islington Academy, London

January 2nd, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Belphegor + Possessed

@ Islington Academy, London

13th December, 2016

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Graham Hilling

With two legends of extreme metal on a co-headlining tour over Europe, what could be heavier?

Belphegor

Belphegor

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Moonspell @ The Underworld Camden, London

January 2nd, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Moonspell + Der Weg einer Freiheit + Volker

@ The Underworld Camden, London

13th December 2016

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photos by Oliver M.

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Moonspell – Interview with Fernando Ribeiro

January 2nd, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Moonspell

Interview with vocalist Fernando Ribeiro

13th December 2016 @ The Underworld Camden

Interviewed by Demitri Levantis

Concert photos by Oliver M.

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Interview with Nader Sadek

January 1st, 2017
by J P

Interview with Nader Sadek

by JP

 

When did you first move to America from Egypt?

It was 2000, I moved to Minneapolis to attend college. After I graduated I moved to NYC, I stayed there for about 10 years.

Where do you live now and is it possible for you to make a full-time living creating your art?  If not, would you share what your other career is?

I live in Cairo again, I wouldn’t be able to make a living off my art had I continued to live in NYC, when I was there I had some side jobs, doing graphic design and Prop fabrication for everything from movies to store-front props. So always art-related work. Now that I’m Cairo, and the currency is so much weaker here, I’m far more comfortable, mostly focusing on my artwork and selling it abroad.

Tell us about your work as tireless champion and promoter of Metal around the world! 

Thanks for your kind words. I don’t see myself as that, but I feel that as a passionate artist, it is not just my right but also my duty to spread all arts. Metals characteristics embody this rebellious and powerful message, especially in the more underground sub genre of this style.  There is no limit in what can be done with the music. Which is why I felt that it was appropriate to start this project.  It’s not a band; it’s more like an art-producing organism, constantly morphing, changing, but always producing. For this reason its very important that I bring talented musicians form all over the world, people from different backgrounds and cultures to converge and collaborate. This has many benefits, what I believe is one of the biggest benefits is that you get a highly “potent” and cultured metal output. You bring a black metal guitarist form Norway to collaborate with a tech-death bassist from Montreal and an American drummer from one of the heaviest bands around, and you can already imagine that it can be something amazing. However, there is an art in that too, because it can quickly become a nightmare if they don’t respect/agree with each other, and I have to kind of find the balancing point, to make it happen. Luckily it’s never come to that musically. Personally though I wish I could say the same. You deal with characters as well, some with tempers, some with money management issues and so on. So its not as glamorous as it seems, there is alot going on behind the scenes that most people wouldn’t dare imagine. The project started with Alex Skolnick from Testament, who at the time was deep into his Jazz trio, Steve Tucker was out of Morbid Angel at the time, and I was able to get Trym from Emperor and Ralph Santolla, then Deicide guitarist into the fold. In the meantime I had been introduced to Attila form Mayhem, who quickly commissioned me to make him some masks. It was a very exciting time for me. I’m proud to say that since then, I’ve been working with some of my favorite musicians whom I grew up listening to.

It’s important giving the opportunity to more unknown artists such the amazing genius Jim Ross, of Bandwhore and Richie Brown who was in an early incarnation of Trivium, but has an amazing band called Mindscar.

Additionally, I organize shows, direct music videos and make masks/costumes. The thing about all this though, is that I don’t see it, as a single process. For me its all art, and that is what I like to occupy my time with.

You are very well known on the international Metal scene.  How have you gathered so much talent for your projects? 

I’m always surprised to hear that, thanks again. Most artists I’ve approached are quite intrigued by the project, It actually started out in an art gallery, it was not a metal band, it was a project about perception of the peripheral, and eventually a museum in New York picked up on it and funded me, and asked me to make a performance- I think many people and the artists I chose sense the rigor of it, and that’s its a fresh idea and as a curator, combining different artists together they’re offered a window into making a mark in something special and unique. This is not to take away from their own projects, which are all great, and is the reason

I chose them to begin with. But this is different, in that it’s not a typical ‘band’; in fact it’s not a band at all. One of the good things is that there are “no members” nobody is in or out. Each show, tour, festival appearance record or even sometimes a song on the same album will have a different line up.

Tell us about your connections with Mayhem.  Will you be touring North America with them for their 2017 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas tour? 

Attila and I have been friends since we partied together sometime in 2006 I believe, I told him I could make a mold of his face, something I had been doing for years, which is making a mold, and then making face cast out of it.  He loved the idea and told me that he’s wanted to wear masks, so we decided ill make him a mask. I made it, and sent it to him.

When he received it he sent me an email telling me to make him 10 more. He used the masks with Sunn O))) first, then Mayhem. Eventually, he got me to do full stage design for Mayhems 2009 US tour, the first US tour they made with him, and it was a mind blowing honor of course. My very first tour, and I get to stay in a really nice tour bus with my favorite black metal band.

I made a lot of new friends, but honestly if they asked me to do it now, I’d have to think about it. It’s safe to say that really weird things happen around them, like some kind of curse. Everyday there was some kind of issue; their next US tour was cancelled a few weeks before it was scheduled, and the tour after that, I was told had even bigger problems then the one I was on. They’ve tour the US twice since then; I don’t know how well they went, but I’d think twice, because, man, it was insane to see the kind of BS they had to deal with on a daily basis and despite having a ton of fun, and the overall experience was amazing. I think it’s the kind of thing you only want to do once to keep the memories nice and clean.

I understand you are still a leader in the Egyptian Metal scene.  I understand it is very complicated politically, and socially but could you give us a brief over-view of the type of scene and climate for Metal in Egypt? 

Thank you, that’s quite flattering to be given that moniker. Its safe to say that I’ve networked and made connections with the industry more than anyone else probably in all of the middle east and Africa, I’m proud to have done things that others have tried and failed at. If it wasn’t for the jealousy of others Egyptians would be an established “market” and bands would be coming to Egypt on a monthly basis. I’m sorry to all Egyptians who will never be able to leave the country, that due to insecurity and infantile behavior of others, it wont be possible.

I personally don’t blame the government, I know for a fact that problems where instigated by a few simpleminded cowards in the metal scene. And all it takes is one asshole to ruin everything. I’ve been lucky enough to survive the idiocy of several of those assholes.

The scene is unfortunately quite polarized; you have people from all walks of life attending the shows. I’d say metal shows is probably the only place where there’s a true amalgamation of all social classes but they’re in a problem is presented. The fans don’t like each other. I get requests to do shows at nicer venues than this one venue whose owner is a Muslim Brotherhood member (a terrorist sympathizing organization). When I had done these two first shows, I had no idea about the owner, but when I found out, I immediately donated all my income from the show to an orphanage, it was my way of finding a balance. I also looked elsewhere to do the shows, a bar that allows alcohol and smoking cigarettes, and where people of opposite sex can hold hands, none of these things are Illegal, but somehow combine that with metal, and people will think your making an evil ritual. Go figure.

But the scene is also again a reflection of the society, conditioned, confused and self-destructive. Education is scarce and people’s insecurity gets the better of them. No one thinks about the greater whole, just thinking small scale, selfish and what would benefit him or her. So if they see someone rise, they don’t understand that they will rise too, they don’t have that kind of foresight.

I believe the current regime in Egypt is not tolerant of Heavy Metal.  Do you ever fear for your life or safety, or for those of your friends?

Oh its tolerant, the problem is not the government (other than that  its run by ignorant people) but in general they don’t actually care, here are definitely huge issues the government needs to fix, the problem is the previously mentioned infantile “competition” I have here. Another issue is ignorance, which runs rampant, So one of those musicians called the musicians Syndicate , who is another corrupt figure in Egypt, went and turned the whole thing political. And let me Quote home land security here form what they’ve said: “Metal is not the problem its the extreme Muslim media that’s the problem, and they put pressure on us.” This massive backward pop star and head of musicians syndicate, Said that he cancelled my show, which was attended by devil worshippers wearing the Star of David (?), that there was a DJ from Qatar present ( lol ) and that rituals were performed. He wanted to make this political, using keywords, like Qatar and Star of David; those are things, which Egyptians have political issues with. Of course the tabloid and non intellectual media had their day with it, but surprisingly the intellectual media defended the show, and the pressure was so high on that pop star/head of syndicate guy, that he announced that he would “submit his resignation”.  Of course it was just he doing that so he can get all his buddies to protest his resignation. Like I said everything is a scam and everything is corrupted.

Is it true that you were in some ways involved with the aborted Sepultura concert in Cairo this June?  The press release blamed you but I would like to hear your side of the story!   As Metalheads we can suspect that formal statements that come from the government may not be complete true.  Is it true you were arrested and interrogated? 

The show was my idea, my connections with Andreas of Sepultura (he plays solos on my record Malefic Chapter 3) was how I was able to get them, they were impressed with the fact that I had brought bands like Aborted etc to Egypt. The guy who wrote this press release is a government lackey as you suspected.  They said I had no permits, which is a massive lie. For starters, the permits were made and paid for, mostly by me. A few weeks before the show, I officially handed over the organization of the show to an event-organizing agency. When the police showed up, the organizers had not even made it to the show yet, because it was earlier in the day. Which is actually illegal of them, even if we had no permits they can only cancel the show if it’s in progress. The problem was that pathetic pop star I mentioned, was upset because, like I said, the intellectual media made sure that his name was dragged through the mud. And he had a worse reputation than he had already. We are talking about the head of the musicians syndicate here, even he has mental and confidence issues, which again describes the state the country is in. If you’re that rich and famous and have been given a prestigious title and are still insecure, well that’s just as sad as it is pathetic.

Anyway I was taken and put in a cell for three nights, one policeman burned a cigarette on my foot.  I would have been ok with it to a certain degree had the show continued on. But it was cancelled, and it became a global issue. It made Egypt look really bad, and it deserves it.

If you had one piece of advice for the metal community in Egypt, what would it be? 

I can’t find any advice to give. Like I said the populace is highly confused. They don’t know a good thing when they get it. Of course there are a few exceptions, but as a whole I find it hopeless.

On happier topics, it’s been a couple of years since your last EP, The Malefic.  What are you currently working on?  Will you have any special guests assisting you? 

Yes! I love collaborating with people, not just in music too, to me it’s the perfect balance, of unleashing creativity then refining. I just got done with recording Malefic 2,its actually mixed now, but I’ve already started working on malefic 1, there are huge talents contributing to the record such as Derek Roddy from hate eternal and Nile fame, his own solo stuff is Called Serpent Rise and is quite amazing.  Others include Christian Muenzner former guitarist of Necrophagist and Obscura, Jonas Renkse of Katatonia and Bloodbath and many more. I’ve also started working on about 8 other songs for future records, theres a ton of anger in them. I cant wait to get  recording!

What is your next plan for global domination? 

Making more art, in all its media. For me its never been something I’m interested to focus on one thing, I love to design things, I love to draw, I love to get on stage and perform, make sculptures etc. 2017 is looking great as I’m confirmed to play several fests, and of course making more drawings. One of the things I’m really excited about is a story I wrote for Malefic. Eventually it will become a graphic novel, going along  with the record. I’m  working with a very talented artist, and things have been coming out great!

Thank you!

For more information go to…. 

https://www.facebook.com/naderflesh/

 

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Saxon with support on Battering Ram World Tour – European leg 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo,Sweden

December 31st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Saxon

Battering Ram World Tour – European leg 2016
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
27/11 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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MAX CAVALERA – Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, ex-Sepultura

December 31st, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

MAX CAVALERA

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Max Cavalera is the Brazilian vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays with Cavalera Conspiracy and Soulfly. He co-founded the acclaimed heavy metal band Sepultura with his brother Iggor Cavalera back in 1984. The band released the album ROOTS back in 1996, which is Sepultura’s most commercially successful album to date. After the following tour, Max left the band and formed Soulfly. Iggor left Sepultura 10 years later and formed Cavalera Conspiracy with Max in 2007. So far, the band has released 3 albums including the latest PANDENOMIUM (2013). 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of ROOTS and to celebrate that, Cavalera Conspiracy announced a series of highly successful shows where the band performed the classic album in its entirely. The sold-out tour reached Finland in early December 2016. I was able to meet Max on the tour bus prior the bands performance. We discussed the ROOTS album, the “Return to Roots” tour, the state of Soulfly, and many other topics including Max’s favorite Lemmy memories.

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ENBOUND: Bass player Swede, guitarist Marvin Flowberg and drummer/bandleader Mike Cameron Force

December 31st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Bass player Swede, guitarist Marvin Flowberg and drummer/bandleader Mike Cameron Force – Enbound

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview and for the promo pictures of the band. Promo photos taken by: Robert Elmengård

Enbound is the name of a Swedish melodic metal act that released their second album titled THE BLACKENED HEART in November 2016. The bands debut album AND SHE SAYS GOLD came in 2011 and I was curious to know why it has taken the guys so long to unleash the follow up. If you read the interview you’ll learn more about the work with the album, about the guest appearances, who the new singer Lee Hunter (Work Of Art) is, how it was to work with legendary producer Jacob Hansen, and what the future has in store for the band. If you’re interested of hear something new, fresh, and different in melodic metal, Enbound has something for you.

Here are what bass player Swede, guitarist Marvin Flowberg and drummer/bandleader Mike Cameron Force had to say….

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Frontback – singer/guitarist Anlo Front

December 24th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Singer/guitarist Anlo Front – Frontback

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to: Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica Promotion & Management for help with setting up the interview and GerMusica Promotion & Management for the promo pictures of the band.

Additonal live pictures taken form the archives of Anders Sandvall
and additional promo pictures taken from www.frontback.se

From Sweden comes the energetic hard rock n roll act Frontback, who are about to release their second hard hitting album HEART OF A LION early next year. Here’s a short interview with singer/guitarist Anlo Front to introduce you to the band and the upcoming album. If you’re a cool rock n roller Frontback is absolutely something to check out.

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LACUNA COIL Release “Naughty Christmas”

December 24th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

 

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THE DEAD DAISIES Record LENNON’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

December 24th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

This one’s for you… The Daisies have been overwhelmed by the great fan reactions throughout the year and especially on this last tour. So when they found themselves in a Christmas spirit in Vienna the other day, they recorded a special treat in Doug’s hotel room. This is a gift for you, the best fans in the world. Happy XMas & Happy Holidays from The Dead Daisies!

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Metalmania 2017 – headliner revealed!

December 23rd, 2016
by EvilG

After a 9-year hiatus, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe – Metalmania, comes back to life! The 23rd edition of this iconic festival will be held on April, 22nd 2017 in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland). Tickets are on sale now!

Moonspell, Sodom, Arcturus, Tygers of Pan Tang, Furia, Coroner, Obscure Sphinx, Impaled Nazarene, Entombed A.D., ThermiT, Ceti and Animations have been announced so far. Today, we can reveal names of two bands added to the line-up of Metalmania 2017: Sinister and Samael, who as a headliner of the festival will perform a very special show! More info to be revealed soon!

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Roadburn’s 2017 line up; day ticket on sale date confirmed

December 22nd, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen
Dear Roadburners,

We’re thrilled to bring you another twenty-four artists who will be playing Roadburn 2017 – including four more heavy hitters for John Dyer Baizley’s curation.
We are also pleased to confirm that day tickets will go on sale on January 12 – we know that some of you have been eagerly anticipating getting your hands on day tickets, so put that date in your diary. Day tickets for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be priced at 59 Euro each.

As this will be our last announcement of 2016, we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you once again for the incredible support you’ve given Roadburn Festival throughout the year.  Onwards into 2017 when we will announce the remainder of our line up – with a few tasty treats still in store.

Happy holidays!

-Walter, Becky & all at the 013 venue


JOHN DYER BAIZLEY

John Dyer Baizley has confirmed four more bands for his curated event, with the line up now almost complete. In addition, he will also take part in a live interview at Roadburn 2017 as part of the festival’s side programme.

Few others, if any, hardcore bands carry so much weight and impose so much respect outside their own scene as INTEGRITY do, perhaps because they have always transcended their “root” genre, both stylistically and conceptually.  Baizley comments: “I hope to see you all there, while Integrity proves to all present that the ferocity has neither dulled nor become disingenuous throughout their career. Reality is bleak, but through darkness we are able to find connectivity and community.”

DISFEAR have been one of the leading lights of the Swedish d-beat scene in the almost three decades they have existed. They might not record of perform often, but when they do, you know it’s going to be something extraordinary, as John says: “I don’t know exactly what to expect from this re-emergence, but I’m sure it won’t be a gentle one. This should be a no-hold-barred, fists-in-the-air, mandatory-circle-pit set, and you better believe I’m not missing a minute of it.”

OATHBREAKER have wowed audiences around the world with the release of their latest album, Rheia. John counts himself among the devoted, commenting of the album: “Therein exists a healthy reverence and understanding of the genres it references; yet it’s a record that is beholden to no style, genre or convention. There are layers upon layers of sound that recall black metal, pop, indie, hardcore, shoe-gaze, you-name-it; yet as I listen, I am aware of none of this – it has been presented so artfully and with such earnest and unpretentious conviction.”

If you trace the history of post-rock, you’ll go all the way down the family tree to find Nathan Means, Philip Manley and Sebastian Thomson, the three members of TRANS AM, at the very root of it all. “I have always been a massive Trans Am fan, and I think their performance at Roadburn will be an incredible moment during next year’s festival,” John says, “I’m sure Sebastian will have his work cut out for him, playing two very intense and completely different sets, with both Baroness and Trans Am (Friday and Saturday, respectively). Do not miss this show, it will be a truly incomparable experience during Roadburn 2017.”

John Dyer Baizley will also be participating in Roadburn’s popular side programme, having confirmed that he will take part in a live interview hosted by Ula Gehret. John will talk through his personal and professional highs and lows before taking questions from the audience.

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Integrity
Disfear
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Trans Am

BONGZILLA

In an unparalleled stoner celebration, reformed Wisconsin riffmasters BONGZILLA have been confirmed to perform their classic album Gateway in its entirety at Roadburn Festival 2017. Next year marks 15 years since BONGZILLA originally released Gateway in 2002. Their third album, it indeed was for many listeners a doorway into a new world – a dimension of crust-laden sludge that, in the years since, has gone on to put an entire generation of bands under its influence. Unmatched in its dankness, coated in purple and green tonal wash, Gateway’s weedian righteousness is no less potent today than a decade and a half ago.

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BIG BUSINESS
The last time this dynamic duo set foot at Roadburn was way back in 2007, in the company of their Melvins bros, but now, fully grown up and with a bunch more records, experience and exactly the same amount of boundless creativity, they will return on their own, as the singular, unique musical force they are.

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WHORES.
Their live shows have a reputation for being way beyond the norm in terms on intensity, so we are super stoked to bring this power trio, WHORES. to Roadburn for the first time. We have the feeling it just might be one of those shows that everyone will talk about for years afterwards, so make sure you don’t miss WHORES. when they play Roadburn 2017 – they have a curious knack for melody that’ll ensure these tunes stay with you long after the bruises have healed up.

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ALSO CONFIRMED:

Alaric will deliver a hybrid of post-punk’s tense, angular structures with the size and spread of extreme metal’s most dynamic sonic components.
Author & Punisher heralds the rise of the machines with a unique take on industrial doom.
Cobalt offer atypical excursions through black metal via apocalyptic tribalism, old Americana, and a doom-laden, ritualistic atmosphere.
Fórn bring both soul-crushing lows and groovy assaults at higher moments.
Gnaw Their Tongues have promised “something special” for their Roadburn set. Prepare for aural torture.
Harsh Toke will perform a set comprised entirely of Roky Ericsson covers.
Hedvig Mollestad Trio touch on genre-blurring hardrock and metal riffery as well as the noisier realms of jazz improvisation.
Joy are a San Diego heavy psych power trio, inviting you to ride along with them at Roadburn.
King Woman heavy, dark, emotional, beguiling, confrontational.
Lycus – monolithic, mournful, and massive sounding doom.
Pinkish Black will be making waves and breaking hearts with their chilling synthesiser dirges.
Pontiak are primal and fiery and often fuzzy and psyched out; ready to give a lesson in rock.
Radar Men From The Moon will team up with Roadburn 2017 artist in residence GNOD for a collaborative performance known as Temple Ov BBV, as well as playing their own show.
Ruby The Hatchet invite you to follow them on their kosmiche trip.
Serpent Venom – they’re trippy, they’re heavy, they are long overdue a Roadburn appearance.
The Devil & The Almighty Blues are heavily inspired by Delta blues, and standing at the crossroads of both American and British blues-based rock.
True Widow return with more sultry yet syrupy fuzzed out trips.


Artists already announced for Roadburn 2017 include Coven, Warning (playing Watching from a Distance in full),  Artists in Residence – GNOD, My Dying Bride (performing Turn Loose The Swans
in its entirety), Ulver and Hypnopazūzu (David Tibet & Youth) and Zeal & Ardor, Mysticum, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, and our 2017 curator, John Baizley who will perform with Baroness, plus many more. Roadburn Festival will take place 20-23 April, 2017 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Tickets (and campsite tickets) are on sale for Roadburn 2017 and can be purchased from this link.4 day – 195 Euro
3 day (ThuFriSat) – 172 Euro
Single day ticketSunday only – 54 Euro

ThursdayFriday and Saturday single day tickets will be on sale on January 12 priced at 59 Euro.

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KREATOR – Mille Petrozza and Sami Yli-Sirniö

December 21st, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

 

INTERVIEW WITH MILLE PETROZZA AND SAMI YLI-SIRNIÖ OF KREATOR

The legendary German thrash metal patrol Kreator will be releasing the 14th album called GODS OF VIOLENCE in the beginning of January.  The album presents the pure Kreator sound and shows no slowing down. The four-piece is in the high speed energy and offers a huge amount of memorable songs with the catchy hooks and riffs on GODS OF VIOLENCE. Metal-Rules.Com sat down with the band’s frontman Mille Petrozza and the long time guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö to discuss about the forthcoming album and of course a bit of the 90’s albums.

Interview and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala


GODS OF VIOLENCE

Good day sir and wilkommen zu Finland

Mille and Sami: Danke Schon

When I paid attention to the title of the album, GODS OF VIOLENCE, I started thinking about the song titles. “Gods and Violence”, “Awakening of the Gods”, “Men Without God”, “Enemy of God”….

Mille : “Violent Revolution”, “Riot of Violence”. It’s like a little bit of a patchwork, almost a typical Kreator title. That you have to admit, yeah. But I think it is definitely…

Sami : Familiar vocabulary.

Mille : Yeah, absolutely. Which is a good thing and a bad thing. We also had like different titles floating around, like at one point we wanted to call the album…

Sami : Apocalyptical, which is a nice word. Because I think you invented the word.

Mille : Yeah, yeah. But then it’s also not… Yeah. It could have been one title, someone wanted World War Now and so on. But I think GODS OF VIOLENCE is more catchy, even though people are going. Yeah, it sounds like…

Are you somehow obsessed or fascinated by using the word God?

Mille : (laughter) I think it’s graphic, it’s very like powerful. To me it doesn’t mean nothing. But the word is big. It’s an epic word and it’s an epic… If you think about the title and just forget about “Awakening of the Gods” and all these stuff. It’s a huge title. It’s a very strong title. But I don’t know….

Sami : I know why it is, because a couple of years ago Mille was named at the Metal Hammer Awards party as the God of riffs. That’s why. (laughter)

Mille : Exactly. (laughter)

Who came up with guitar riffs for this album –  I mean, how do you share the writing nowadays?

Sami : Mille is the main song writer. He comes up with the entire songs. I sometimes come up with parts…

Mille : But he wants to be like intro parts and then I make them sometimes into… We turn them into middle parts or even choruses on this one song.

Sami, you’re more like a learned musician, but Mille is more like self-taught.

Mille : Yes, you can say so I guess.

Sami : I used to study in the conservatory in Helsinki. When I was a teenager , but I never graduated.

Mille : Okay. I thought you did ?!?

Sami : I didn’t, because there was too many shows to do “Laughs”

Mille : I told everyone that you did.

Sami : It’s okay. (laughter)

You have bagpipes and a little bit more melodic things on the album, which might not be compared to previous ones like HORDES OF CHAOS, which is really straight forward album. Was it more decision that this album has to be more melodic and add more different instruments and elements?

Mille : Bagpipes, he wanted to play the bagpipes. I told him, no. (laughter) Seriously, the bagpipes just came about. It was a suggestion from Jens. All over sudden he was like, I did the new song, the song “Hail to the Hordes “ song with a bit little Scottish vibe. He was imagining bagpipes and I said to him “If we use bagpipes, it has to be the guys from In Extremo because we like the band a lot and they’re friends”.

Sami : It’s more I think to spice it up really. In fact when I heard the mix, I could barely hear them.

Mille : Barely hear them. I would have liked them to be louder too.

Sami : But it was nice to spice it up towards the end. It’s not that… It could also be without it.

Mille : Also the melodies, it was a conscious decision. We didn’t put a dogma on the song writing, in order to make the songs more melodic.

Sami : No. Definitely no.

I already mentioned term symphonic but in my ear there’s also much more melodic stuff on this album compared to the last two albums…I can even hear some ENDORAMA style on this album and it’s not a bad thing at all.

Mille: Absolutely. Songs are just developed in a very natural way, and there was never a moment where we would go, “Are the songs too much like this or too much like that, too much like this band or too much like that band?” We don’t obviously rip off other songs, that either we or other bands have written. So, whatever happened with ENDORAMA… Even to me there was even almost some COMA OF SOULS type of stuff in there.

I was surprised to hear Symphonic elements. It was the first time, I think.

Mille: In this? Yeah.

Sami: We had some on ENDORAMA too.

Mille: Yeah, absolutely. But only on the last couple of albums, we only have used just bits and pieces.

Those elements helped the album to sound much wider and bigger.

Sami: That’s what it should do.

Mille: That was the whole idea of it. We wanted the album to have more variety and whatever it takes. We didn’t want to limit ourselves saying we’re a thrash metal band, we can’t do this. This was not the case, because we didn’t limit. There were no boundaries. When we had like an idea for something. We just did it, we just went for it.

Sami: We had some help from an Italian band called Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Mille: Great band. We got into them when we were doing the album, and Jens suggested them. I heard the name before, but I wasn’t aware of what they were doing. A good band.

Does it mean that you’re going to use backing tracks in the future?

Mille: No, no. All these little parts can be played without it. The compromise would be playing to a clique and have like a tape. But that’s not awesome thing to do.

Sami: Playing 95% to a clique, where there is nothing coming out.

 

THE RECORDING SESSION

I’m asking this because you recorded this album at the Fascination Street studio in Sweden again like the previous album. What made you record the album there once again?

Mille : You can look at the previous history of the band, just recently with the band. There has been some producers that we worked with twice. Especially Andy Sneap and now Jens. There is no reason for us, not to work with Jens because he’s great.

Sami : No. In fact there was a new studio in Stockholm…

Mille : Yeah, yeah. It’s called Fascination. It’s still called Fascination Street, but it’s a different location. So there wasn’t any reason for us not to work with Jens again, because we worked great in the last time and we kind of got something more out of this time I would say.

Sami : Yeah, yeah. Absolutely. He’s a creative guy and he puts a lot of input in the songs, and he’s very, very… He feels like very strongly about his responsibility also. So do we, but if we have one more person who feels that. It helps.

Mille : It helps a lot, it helps a lot. A producer is very important, but if you listen to the demo tapes. They are almost there. But the last 10% or 15% or whatever. The difference is essential. It makes the song a lot stronger. So it is definitely to me, I would not want to work without a producer. A lot of bands think they can do it and some even can, I guess. But for us maybe it’s not… I never saw it as a good idea, because when you get somebody there like Jens. Who is very like strict and sometimes has an opinion. It might not reflect or be the same opinion as… He makes us think, makes you over think. Not over think, but revisit idea again and maybe question it in a good way.

So, he kind kicked you in the ass to work harder?

Mille : I guess so. Right?

Sami : For sure, for sure.

Mille : Actually performance wise, yes. Songwriting, he would never come in and write a part or write a song or write whatever.

Sami: But he would edit some parts.

How he is different to work with compared to Andy Sneap?

Mille: I don’t know. They are both great, they are both amazing producers. But I think Andy was more focused on different things or maybe… He has a hand in all.

Sami: Andy is more a guitarist and so is Jens?

Mille: Yeah, yeah. Just different personalities. I think that’s…

Sami : A little bit different ways of working also and Jens wants to achieve the performance of the… Live performance feeling much more good and Jens doesn’t copy paste “Laughs”

Mille: No, no. I doesn’t think he does it either. No. It’s just two different personalities, but both like equally good producers.

Who was the guy who produced the HORDES OF CHAOS album, because it sounds very brutal?

Sami: He definitely doesn’t copy paste “Laughs”

Mille: Yeah, we had to work more. It was Moses Schneider, the guy that did HORDES OF CHAOS. To me it was a good production, it was a great production. But there were some things that because of the way we produced HORDES OF CHAOS, they got lost along the way. For example, guitar tone. Because when you have a guitar tone that’s recorded at the same time as drums, you would never get the same tone. You get a good guitar tone maybe, but you don’t get the same precise…

Sami : Crashing, demon (laughter)

Mille : Yeah, yeah. Absolutely, absolutely. So it was a different… It was more like a recording in the old, almost like Beatles record. You know what I mean? Like very old school.

Sami : Yeah, yeah. We had to rewind. It took a long time. “Wait a second, we got to rewind”.

Kreator live at Finland 2008

Kreator live at Finland 2008

 

NEW VIDEO AND SATAN TALK

Speaking about brutality. I just checked out the latest video “Gods of Violence”, and that’s brutal stuff

Mille : It is brutal, isn’t it?

Yeah and there is a very cool looking Kreator demon appearing on the video “Laughs”

Sami : There are also Satan sex slaves.

Mille : Oh yeah. I think that the video for first time, I mean I like Phantom Antichrist video. I like the “Civilization Collapse”, but this one I really, really like. I think this is finally something that I would go, “Yeah, this is for my taste.” Because I’m a big fan of horror movies.

Sami : It’s important to know that the story continues in two other videos that are going to be.

Have you filmed the other videos already?

Mille : Yeah, yeah.

Is it the same kind of thing like what Slayer recently did?

Mille : No, better. It is better. (laughter). I think Slayer was good, but the story was… Yeah, it was good. It was there, untouchable. But I think ours is more…We will see, maybe it’s not better. (laughter)

I remember from the old day that when you did a video for “Terror Zone”, you had a horror movie producer who worked for that video.

Mille: Yeah. It was supposed to be done by Jörg Buttgereit. Who’s the “Nekromantik” movie. I’ve wanted to do these things forever. I think back in the day when there was still MTV, we had to make a lot of compromises. Because the first original idea for the “Terror Zone” and the “People of Lie”, was supposed to be done by Jörg Buttgereit. Who did the “Nekromantik” and it was like very bizarre movie. But then we heard already that MTV is not going to play it, and then Jörg said, “I won’t do it, if I can’t do it my way”. Nowadays these things are not relevant anymore. Because if you look at, you can go on… You put the stuff on Vimeo and it’s on sensor. YouTube still sensors, but they sensor nudity. Which I think haven’t changed. If you look at our new video clip on YouTube. You can see the killing of the girl, but you cannot see the breast.

What actually was the main inspiration for the “Gods of Violence” video?

Mille: It was more inspired by… I think what it is, the song is “Gods of Violence”. So, to me it’s like a kick off, it’s the first impression what the album is all about. We wanted to really keep people in the face, with this video and the music. Just to give you like an impression of what to come. Because I don’t think that… There was a big discussion, which should have been the first song that we put out and there could have been like many songs. Like on the record there was many songs that we could have put out as the first single. But we decided on this song, because it kind of like. It gets you in the mood for the record, but it doesn’t really give you the full treatment. Because mostly like it’s one of the songs that’s on the record and it’s a title track. But there is also songs that have a different dimension, just brutal. Or some said I have a different vibe. So there is a lot more on the records. But I think to kick off the campaign for the album and to give our fans an impression of what’s to come. Let the fans hear first song.

This is not deadly serious question but is Satan real? “Laughs”

Mille: He’s real.

Sami: Well I have to say. Last week when I woke up, I had to wake up to be somewhere at 7:00 O’clock in the morning. I had to wake up at 6:00 O’clock and it was minus 10, it was really windy. I live next to the ocean and when I opened the door, yeah. I had to start walking. I felt that Satan is real. (laughter)

Mille : He’s real. The thing is we had a lot of discussions about this title, especially like… Sami liked this title right away. But Jens for example, he’s like, “You have to over think the title.” I’m like, no. Because we think that… The song doesn’t talk about Satan being real. So it talks about the relevance of religion in the year 2016, where it shouldn’t be so relevant nowadays. The fact that there are still so many people obeying and following icons, that should have been obsolete by now. But the title is not to be taken too serious. I take just…

Sami : I think the title reflects exactly that what you just said. So that’s why I think it’s a good title.

Mille : Yeah, of course.

Sami : When you just see the words, might sound naive. But when you think what it’s about, it’s…

Mille : Yeah, yeah. And also I think this is like naivety that we’ve never tried to lose. I would put a song called “Satan is Real” on the first record on ENDLESS PAIN. Of course, when you grow up and you get into your like 30s and later on, 40s even. You start questioning like. Can I still say that? And you’re like… Then on the other hand you are like, you shouldn’t say anything stupid and you shouldn’t just write okay lyrics or childish lyrics. But I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t use those. We could have also like written tittles like, “My Inner” something, intellectual journey or something. Then people would have been maybe, now they’re matured. Wow! But it would have been boring, because Satan is Real would have never existed.

The song“World War Now” – Does it refer to the current state of world?

Mille : Yeah. It was actually about Bataclan, it was inspired by that. Tied to the lyrics. I think musically this was a good song, it’s a very brutal song. It has a lot of like nice ups and downs.

Sami : In February we’re going to play it Bataclan. It must be the safest club in the world right now.

Mille: Absolutely.

Mille screams !!

Mille screams !!

SOME OLD STUFF

If you don’t mind we would like to ask something about the 90’s and early 2000 period of Kreator?

Mille: Of course.!

Let’s start with rude but straight question, what went wrong with the OUTCAST album?

Sami : Nothing. That’s one of the best songs that we still play live on every set, “Phobia”. So, there is nothing wrong with that.

I like the “Leave This World Behind”, it’s a really good song.

Sami : We play that live too, it’s even on the live CD. LIVE KREATION.

Mille : Yeah. I think that what went wrong with OUTCAST, was the fact that we were not like… There was nothing wrong with the album, but at the time Tommy Vetterli just got into the band and he didn’t find his place.

Sami : I was always surprised, now what I think of that. One thing pops into mind. I was also wondering why there is so few solos with such a guitarist.

Mille : I told him not to play solos, because I had this vision of an album. That’s more basic without solos. That’s why nowadays I would never write like this. But at the time I thought, let’s put a dogma on everything. This album there will be no solos, ENDORAMA will be the most melodic ever. But not fast. So this is like, I guess it was a learning process. Exploring new styles and new ways of expressing myself, and instead of like making a part of what’s already there. Like just going all the way.

How about A CAUSE FOR CONFLICT then? That was a great album. I don’t remember having heard any songs played live, at least here in Finland?

Mille : We have played “Lost”. I have bad memories from that recording session and that era, it wasn’t the best for me. Not that I think it was a wrong album, but there is many things that when I listen to this album nowadays. It’s like a couple of things, that I know. You don’t, but when I listened to it. It was like, this could have been better. This could have been done differently. There is many things that I would have done different, if I could have. If I would have known what I know now. But you can’t change the past.

RENEWAL album was completely different after COMA OF SOULS. I remember that the album dropped jaws of several fans, when you had changed your vocal style that radically back then!

Mille : Yeah, yeah. That was due to many, many things. I didn’t want to please anyone’s expectation and my voice was fucked from smoking too much weed to be honest. Seriously. This time was very dark. Not whether we had like, it was not impressing dark or anything. It was almost like an early mid-life crisis or sort of thing. Yeah. But I still like the album. I think the idea was good. Like it was supposed to be our… Not that I want to compare the band to Pink Floyd. But I had like a vision of like writing a thrash metal album, almost like Pink Floyd’s THE WALL.

On RENEWAL there is a song called “Europe After the Rain”. And you have played that song several times on shows. You always said that it is against the right-wing people. It’s basically the same thing which happens nowadays. But I guess we have asked this before. But do you feel that you are some kind of Nostradamus, you can predict what happens to years ahead?

Mille : I wish I was man. But no one is, but sometimes art or music has maybe not a prophetic power. But it’s just quite obvious, if you think about things and you reflect on things. Things sometimes by accident, something that might seem in retrospective almost like a prophecy. But it wasn’t. I wish I could predict the future.

Sami, ENDORAMA album is popping up all the time. You weren’t in the band when the album came out or when OUTCAST came out, what do you think about those albums?

Sami: To be completely honest with you, I haven’t listened to them that much that I should tell you. But I mean if you can get ENDORAMA, it brings me too much into kind of Gothic. I think it’s better than 69 Eyes.

Mille: Thank you “Laughs”

Sami: But the Mission came to my mind

Mille: The mission, right. Yeah. But there was a couple of songs that they are very influenced by The Mission.

Sami: Yeah, that’s true. Of course, I know ENDORAMA actually better than I just told you, because we have played some songs quite also. We have played the “Golden Age” on tours.

Sami, how do you feel when you’re reading the old lyrics written by Mille, that you’re praying that fits the present day?

Sami : It gets to sour, over the wall I mean.

Mille : That was also obvious and I took that from a book. So it wasn’t really my idea, of course it’s easy to say that it was prophetic. But no, it’s too big of a word anyway. I think yeah, but thanks anyway.

UPCOMING TOUR AND SET LIST TALK

You have a tour starting soon together with Sepultura and Soilwork. It sounds like an interesting package.

Mille: Yeah, will see. I think to me this is like a great combination of bands, because Sepultura play kind of like the same style, but totally different now. Their own unique version of thrash metal. Sepultura and Kreator has same roots, but both bands we’re going into complete different directions over the years. So it’s a nice… It would be a good kind of metal I guess and also Soilwork is a good band too. They even have a song called “Helsinki”, Soilwork.

What would be the idealistic touring package for you?

Mille: This one “Laughs”

Sami: Yeah, of course. It feels great.

Mille: I know what you’re trying to go with the question. “Would it be like the big three? Why can’t you go on tour with Metallica or whatever?” Yeah. But we think like headlining, this is a good package. Yeah, ideal package.mWhatever comes up, we’ll see.

I remember that ten years ago you toured together with Celtic Frost and Watain. That was a great package I have to say.

Mille: That was good, that was good also.

A new tour means that there’s also going to be a new set list. It’s must be a tough and difficult process to pick up a set list for a new tour. So how are you going to have a balance with newer stuff and older material?

Mille: It will be fun. We will find a way. Let’s see, I haven’t even thought about that yet. But there will be a good set list.

How about doing some really radical changes and drop songs like “Pleasure to Kill” and replace those with something more exiting, like with “Ripping Corpse” for instance?

Mille: Why not? Maybe you are right, maybe you’re right.

We have seen Kreator so many times and you always…

Mille: And always we have played “Pleasure to Kill”

When Kreator fans come to see Kreator, they want to hear something different instead the same old ones, you know? Maybe you should be more brave when  creating new lists and “shake a tree” more than you usually do?

Mille: Yeah. Maybe we will think about it. But actually, I think we did play “Ripping Corpse” a couple of times.

Sami: We did, yeah.

Mille: And it’s also a song of that PLEASURE TO KILL record. So why not?

It could be interesting to see the reaction of the fans, if you drop some regular songs… But anyways, you will always hear the same old comments “Why don’t you play this and that song?” BUT for example, when KISS does their KISS Kruise thing they play lots of obscure songs what they don’t usually play and the fans are more than excited about it!

Mille: Actually, we have… I haven’t talked to Sami about this before but… There is this company in Germany who wants to make like a Kreator Kruise. Not a huge cruise, but it’s going to be like a sweet water Cruise. So to speak. But anyway, three days of… But then again… We have to do like summer fests first, it’s going to be hard.

Sami: We would need to play several different sets, we should be okay. To think about it, we’ve been playing live with Mille for over 17 years now. We have quite a few songs. To choose from.

Mille: But there are a couple of songs that we can’t do acoustically. But there would be a couple of songs that we could acoustically that we’ve never played. But the whole thing is just in the talks. But yeah. It’s hard, these things are hard to set up. But there was some interest by one company to do it with us. It’s not like we have to do it… No, no. Because there were so much going on man. We have so many shows coming up but we’ll see if that’s going to happen.

 

Kreator live at Finland 2013

Kreator live at Finland 2013

 

OPINION ABOUT NEW METALLICA ALBUM AND MORE

Well our time is up soon but there’s one mandatory question what we need to ask from you before we are done. What you think of the new Metallica album?

Mille : What do you think Sami?

Sami : I listened n to a few songs. It’s probably blues, it’s sometimes.

Mille : I haven’t heard the whole album. I heard only the singles and I like them.

The classic last question… Tell me your all-time favorite metal albums?

Mille: That’s a hard one. Probably BLACK METAL, probably Iron Maiden’s first one. BRITISH STEEL, MELISSA by Mercyful Fate… I don’t know. What else was there?

Sami : Deep Purple’s IN ROCK?

Mille : Deep Purple’s IN ROCK. Yeah.

Sami : POWERSLAVE.

Mille : Yeah. There are so many great albums, you know?

Sami : REIGN IN BLOOD

Mille : They are so many. Yeah, REIGN IN BLOOD and maybe HELL AWAITS?

All right, thank you guys.

Sami and Mille : Thank you.

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