Rotting Christ – Klubi Tampere Finland, November 21, 2013

November 24th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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Rotting Christ + Supports

Klubi Tampere Finland
The 21st of November 2013

The mighty Greek band, Rotting Christ, have constantly visited Finland since their debut visit in 1997. Back then, they sharing the stage with Samael and Moonspell. Since ’97 Rotting Christ have done a couple of club gigs and one outdoor festival date. The on-going tour in Finland consisted of four dates, crisscrossing South Finland. Therefore witness Rotting Christ in action in Tampere was an obvious choice. Even though gigs arranged for a weekday is always a risky choice for the booking agent, fortunately app. 150 maniacs crawled to witness the Greek cult metallers. Before Rotting Christ unleashed the Satanas Tedeium, a couple of domestic bands kicked the night off.

Morbid Vomit had got rather an unpleasant task being the opening band. Despite the vomiting name, the four piece offered extreme high quality death metal with a true old school grip. Songs after the song sounded brutal and vicious with hooks and neck-breaking riffs. Pity that only handful of people had arrived at the club to see Morbid Vomit.

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Another opener was Rebelhead being a more straightforward rocking combo. Frankly, Rebelhead’s choice to open for Rotting Christ was kind of odd. The band’s style and music is far way from the brutal and grotesque black/dark/death metal approach. Instead, Rebelhead would be more of an idealistic opener for Red Fang. Despite this, Rebelhead offered an explosive performance. The frontman especially appeared to be reckless  having 230 volts going up his ass.  Killer live band, but wrong place.

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Finally is was time for the Greek cult metallers Rotting Christ. An eerie opening intro welcomed the four piece on the stage. The whole band was in extreme vital and strike from the beginning to the end. The set consisted of the newer material from the latest Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού up to even from the first full length album THY MIGHTY CONTRACT. Even though Rotting Christ’s newer material never seems to appeal to the old school worshippers, frankly the most recent RC albums present and stand for more roots of all evilness and Satanism with more of an occult grip than ever before. Rotting Christ have succeeded in creating the recognizable sounds of their own having. The sounds of Sakis Tolis’s grim voice carry well to the sounds in the live environment. The whole band appeared to be in extremely great shape. Heads were in  turbulence, spinning throughout the whole gig. Of course, the sounds were as sharp as razor blades. It was kind of a disappointment that Rotting Christ only played a one hour show as more songs and a longer playing time would be more than awesome and welcomed.

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CROWDBURN release the ‘ALLIGATOR’

November 21st, 2013
by EvilG
Swedish metallers, CROWDBURN, have released their new bizarre video for ALLIGATOR. The video sees a gang of alligators descend on the White House and take over the world in the process. Sounds silly right?! Watch the video on Youtube by clicking below:

Crowdburn – Alligator (music video)

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BEHEMOTH – Third album teaser featuring snippets from the new video revealed

November 21st, 2013
by EvilG

Polish Black/Death Metal legends BEHEMOTH recently announced that they will be releasing their new album The Satanist in February 2014 and the first taster of the new album comes in form of an official video for the song ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’. The Grupa 13 produced video will be released on December 4th but a series of teaser clips for the video can be seen now on YouTube:

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE NEW FanPOD CONTENT AVAILABLE ON iTUNES & GOOGLE PLAY

November 21st, 2013
by EvilG
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Nightwish – Showtime, Storytime

Finnish symphonic storytellers NIGHTWISH have updated their FanPOD app for tablet computers with new content, including three unreleased live recordings, a video blog by the band’s new vocalist Floor Jansen, band member profiles, new photos, and other updates. NIGHTWISH FanPOD is available for download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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Ides of Winter debut new song via Metal-Rules.com

November 21st, 2013
by EvilG
Ides of Winter - Minus Ten°

Ides of Winter – Minus Ten°

Ides of Winter of Edmonton, Canada, will release their new album ‘Minus Tenº’ (degrees) at their album release show at The Starlight Room (10030 102 St NW). The night begins at 9:00 pm with locals The Order of Chaos and Wroth (featuring member from Death Toll Rising). This line-up is to perform Saturday, November 23, 2013 .

In the meantime, check out a preview from their new album below with the song “Disintegrate”.

Ides of Winter, the arctic-inspired, costumed, concept, character super group (Cradle of Filth meets Gwar in winter), prepare to release their debut full length ‘Minus Tenº’ in full costume and high spirits. The band consists of past members of Edmonton legends Dead Jesus and bring their past stage antics to a new height in Ides of Winter. They are known for a very European style of metal that draws you into the music and the feeling that you are in the middle of a bitter winter.

“We have been traversing the harsh Canadian winter to draw on that which inspires us year after year to build this album. What better of a time than November to release our album on the frost legion (fans/audience) while we await to be in the Ides of Winter.” – Lyacon Vollmod (Guitarist) Read the rest of this entry »

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Persuader: “The Fiction Maze” details revealed!

November 21st, 2013
by EvilG
Persuader: "The Fiction Maze"

Persuader: “The Fiction Maze”

The fourth PERSUADER album “The Fiction Maze” will be released in Europe on January 17th and in North America on January 21st through Inner Wound Recordings. Avalon/Marquee will release the album in Japan on December 25th.

”The Fiction Maze” is another step forward for PERSUADER as they constantly continue to develop their sound, song-writing skills and performance. Persuader describes the sound: “A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we’ve done so far. We’ve expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping true to the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals.”

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Overkill and Kreator, The Legends of Thrash Tour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, October 31, 2013

November 21st, 2013
by Infamous Butcher

Overkill / Kreator

The Legends of Thrash Tour

The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
October 31, 2013

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Katatonia Interview with Daniel Liljekvist and Niklas Sandin

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Katatonia Interview

with Daniel Liljekvist and Niklas Sandin

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds UK

2nd November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Photography by Michelle Murphy

The King may be Dethroned and Uncrowned, but Swedish metal legends KATATONIA still seem to be standing tall among the masses. Fresh of the success of their latest acoustic album, we catch the boys taking a brief break before hitting the stage at Damnation Festival.

Sitting down with bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist so they can tell us about tales of Eagles, poorly fitting t-shirt and the joys of Emmerdale.

This is certainly no ordinary interview!

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Cult of Luna Interview with Johannes Persson

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Cult of Luna Interview

with Johannes Persson

http://www.cultofluna.com/

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds UK

2nd November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Interview Photos by Michelle Murphy

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There are a few ways to tell that an interview is going to be interesting, and having to literally coax the interviewee away from reading up on an Ice Hockey match is definitely one of them.

Already running 5 minutes late for the interview, CULT OF LUNA member Johannes Persson; (Vocals and Guitars) breezes up with a grin the biggest grin on his face before launching into a long complaint about the back ground music.

Dragging him back on track and into his music, It’s not hard to see why these guys are one of the hottest post-metal bands around right now. Not only did Vertikal set the new standards in bleak music but EP Vertikal II released just months after is the same devastating standard.

Taking a quick break from the madness of Damnation Festival, we chat with Persson about the new EP and how they turned such abstract ideas into musical reality.

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God Seed Interview with King ov Hell

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

God Seed Interview

with King ov Hell

http://www.godseedband.com

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds UK

2nd November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

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The old giants of black metal still stand tall. They may not be as young or as angry as they were back in the beginning but one thing we can say for certain they held onto was their talent. With cries that black metal is dead, and that all remaining bands are simply copies of older work, but some still remain to prove to doubters and elitists alike that there are still doors that have been left closed, pathways that remain untrodden. We catch up with King Ov Hell to chat about the life as bassist in his new band, GOD SEED.

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Moss Interview with Ollie Pearson, Dom Finbow and Chris Chantler

November 20th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Moss Interview

with Ollie Pearson (vocals), Dom Finbow (Guitar) and Chris Chantler (Drums)

2nd November 2013

@ Damnation Festival, Leeds

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Interview Photos by Michelle Murphy

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It’s been 13 years of nightmares and torment from doom metal trio MOSS and they’re not letting up just yet. With the release of Horrible Night only six months before and appearances at two upcoming UK festivals, these guys are back, bring spreading their message of doom, misery and madness to anyone willing to listen. Appearing at Damnation Festival, Metal Rules took the opportunity to decode their message of misery, horror and health and safety.

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RED DRAGON CARTEL To Release Debut VIA Frotiers Records In December

November 20th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, are set to release their debut album via Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America.

Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

From the opening riff of “Deceived” to final sustained piano chord of “Exquisite Tenderness,” it is clear Red Dragon Cartel has created an album that stands amongst some of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Infectious songs such as “Shout It Out,” “Wasted” and “Slave” showcase the band’s ability to write memorable hooks and vocal melodies. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick lends his voice to the track “Feeder” and a lyric video for the song can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/FeederLyricVideo. Maria Brink of In This Moment lends her unique vocals to the track “Big Mouth.” Paul Di’Anno and Sass Jordan also lend their talents to the band’s debut. Jake E. Lee’s trademark playing style instantly shines through and picks up right where he left off. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1aYjMng or digitally on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel that comes with an instant download of “Deceived.”

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The track listing for Red Dragon Cartel is:

1.   Deceived
2.   Shout It Out
3.   Feeder with Robin Zander
4.   Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
5.   Wasted with Paul Di’Anno
6.   Slave
7.   Big Mouth with Maria Brink
8.   War Machine
9.   Redeem Me with Sass Jordan
10. Exquisite Tenderness

The band will be bringing these new powerhouse songs on the road playing a handful of dates in the US before embarking on a full tour in 2014. Tickets are currently on-sale and all information can be found on the band’s website.

December 12th – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
December 14th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (Support of Queensryche)
December 15th – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
December 20th – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d

Weblinks:

Red Dragon Cartel – Official Website: http://reddragoncartel.com
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/reddragoncartel
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/reddragoncartel

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Children Of Bodom Halo Of Blood Tour Over Europe 2013 leg 1 w support at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark

November 19th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

 Children Of Bodom

Halo Of Blood Tour Over Europe 2013 leg 1
Insomnium – special guest
Medeia – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark, 28/9 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Interview with Norselaw

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Norselaw   

By JP

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Interview with NicholasLeptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path) (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path)

by Ilias

 ARRAYAN PATH

Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Nicholas, how are you?

I am very well thank you!

 Metal-Rules.com: I have seen you twice in Cyprus live with Arrayan Path. Now you are the new singer of legendary Warlord. Many great singers such as Joacim Cans (Hammerfall) have been Warlord’s vocalists. What’s your thought regarding to the previous ones?

I really like all the previous singers. Each and every one of them seemed to be appropriate for the kind of songs they were singing. It’s going to be a challenge for me to sing as well as they did!

 Metal-Rules.com: How has W. Tsiamis chosen you as the new singer? What did he tell you?

Well, we have been in contact for a few months now so when they started looking for a new singer, he contacted me and asked me whether I would like to be the new singer in Warlord. He said my voice is what he was looking for and that it would fit perfectly with the new direction in Warlord’s music. So I did a few demos of older songs to make sure I could sing their stuff and that was it I guess!!

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last album named ‘IV Stigmata’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Surely, it’s more progressive and epic than your previous albums. Could you please give us some of those differences?

In this album we gave more emphasis to the melody. We wanted the refrains to be catchier, and at the same time we tried to give a darker feel to the whole sound. I think we have succeeded in both. I can’t agree with you that it’s more epic, I think in this record our power metal side surfaced even more.

Metal-Rules.com: Nicholas, let’s talk about Arrayan Path. You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Arrayan Path’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Destined! You know, after our first album, we kind of put the band on ice. Our cooperation with VagelisMaranis and the album ‘Terra incognita’ gave us the incentive and the thirst to make the band more active. Finally, we had found a producer who could realize our ideas into songs without destroying them with bad production.

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 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Arrayan Path’ name mean for you and what is going to happen? Can you be the singer of two bands in the same time?

Arrayan path is my baby. I have become a workaholic for this band haha! Yes, I can be a singer for both bands. It’s not a problem as neither of the two bands has heavy touring schedules.

 Metal-Rules.com: Tell us, please, some things about the production of the album, the meaning and the choice of the cover and if there is any concept among the lyrics.

The album was produced by Vagelis Maranis at Maranis studios in Germany. Some recordings were done here in Cyprus as well. The whole album has a religious theme. It does not stand against religion necessarily but it shows respect to all opinions and all views regarding religion. Sometimes it’s just stories from the bible as seen through my point of view. The cover was designed by Katerina Philaniotou-Leptou (at Fallen fairy designs), a new artist with a lot of potential and imagination! Check her out!

Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

I’m not really sure. I guess I picked up the microphone because I couldn’t play any other instrument haha!

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

I like spending time with my family and kids. I also watch a lot of movies and of course I can’t stop writing new music. So I am always in some room working on melodies.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I respect all kinds of music and I listen to a lot of stuff that are non-metal. But usually I only buy metal music.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of the two band for the future and how can you deal with both bands’ schedules at the same time?

The plans are new albums with both bands and of course live shows! As I said, it will not be too hard to be in both bands as neither has heavy touring schedule.

 Metal-Rules.com: Give us a small taste of the feedback for your new album ‘IV Stigmata’.

I think we have had great feedback for this album, probably better than any other album. It will be a hard album to surpass!

 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) and Lou Reed. Are these the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

No, I think there will be more and more deaths of our favourite musicians in the following years as well. I know it sounds a bit morbid but I guess it makes sense. Our heroes and favourite bands are getting older. Some of them are over 70. I’m afraid there will be more bad news in the following years.

 Metal-Rules.com: You have toured supporting and co-headlining with numerous bands. Which of those bands did you have more fun?

One of our best shows was with Stratovarius and Rage. We also had a great time at Up the hammers festival in Athens and our headline show in Thessaloniki!

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

You know, there are so many bands out there that it is hard to absorb everything and become a fan of some band. But musically, there are some great new bands in all kinds of music although metal music remains ‘romantic’ to a greater extend than other kinds of music. For now.

 Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I am really bad with technology! But I am working on changing that!

 Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

They say that music makes circles. Who knows? Maybe it will be the return of glam! Personally I see the music moving to a more ‘electronic’ direction. Kind of a more advanced Rammstein. But I think it will co-exist what we hear nowadays. Metal musicians ate stubborn haha! If they insist on playing power metal, it will always be power metal etc etc…

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

A necessary evil. It helps bands become more well-known but at the same time they don’t get any income. They can only make money from touring. So if they can manage to make a good name for themselves and then tour then I guess it works out for everybody.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Bruce Dickinson! Those who know me also know why!

 Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Warlord’ and ‘Arrayan Path’ all the best!!!

Thanks for this great interview!

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