Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament

August 18th, 2013
by J P

Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament

by JP

Alex live at Copenhell 2013

Alex live at Copenhell 2013

As part of my interviews with authors series, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Skolnick about his new memoir GEEK TO GUITAR HERO.  Feel free to check out my review of his book here  as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s My Life: A (Fictional) Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace

August 18th, 2013
by EvilG
It's My Life: A (Fictional) Rock 'N' Roll Memoir By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace

It’s My Life: A (Fictional) Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace

Out Now! This fictional rock ‘n’ roll memoir by acclaimed rock writer Neil Daniels tells the story of Johnny Cannon; an Alice Cooper tribute singer who used to front a band called The Druids, one of the most exciting and distinctive bands of the ‘80s hair metal era. They released two albums (‘The Flight Of The Druids’ and ‘Kingdome Come’) and toured the UK, Europe, America and Japan before calling it a day.

Vividly recalled and entertainingly written, this mock rock memoir is filled with hilarious anecdotes, candid diary entries and tales of unrelenting honesty. It is also a moving tribute to a bygone era.

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Eyehategod – Kuudes Linja Helsinki Finland

August 17th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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EYEHATEGOD

The7th of August 2013

Kuudes Linja Helsinki Finland

The southern sludge mongers have become regular visitors to Finland during the last few years. Their previous gig in  Helsinki has been described as one of the most extreme violent, brutal and even chaotic musical events witnessed in Helsinki for years. Therefore, expecting the sludge maelstrom and chaotic and relentless audience was nothing, but obvious. The Kuudes Linja club is extremely small to create and have the utter chaos and real intensive atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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SABATON – Did the Nazis win the battle of Stalingrad?

August 16th, 2013
by EvilG

From Sabaton:

sabaton_live_copenhell_2013_8We have been reached by the news that some organizations and political representatives who claims to have studied us has come to the conclusion that Sabaton are a nazi band, and because of that our scheduled appearance at the 70:th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad should be cancelled.

This show is to take place in a few weeks in Volgograd.

Further, these people believe that we will desecrate the Russian flag during our concert (which we have never done and of course have no intention of doing) and they are now trying their best to ban Sabaton from all of Russia!!!

We know that the people of Russia is far more intelligent than this and thus we hope that reason will allow us to play this concert in honour of this historical event and the Sovjet soldiers who fought for their freedom.

Sabaton is and has always been a NON-POLITICAL and NON-RELIGIOUS band and holds a lot of respect to the veterans of war and the heroic and non-selfish acts that was performed in a time of need.

Ps. It should be noted that Sabaton has been awarded honorary membership of the “Scions of the 17:th Airborne Division”, an organization that consists of veterans from the very same airborne division who fought against the nazis in “The battle of the Bulge” and “Operation Varsity”.

 

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GENE HOGLAN and DON DOTY Address DARK ANGEL Reunion Rumors

August 16th, 2013
by EvilG
Gene Hoglan

Gene Hoglan

Recently, some rumors have been spreading across the web about an upcoming Dark Angel reunion. Drummer GENE HOGLAN and vocalist Don Doty have taken the time to make a statement addressing these rumors, which will hopefully put any confusion to rest.

Gene states, “Howdy everybody. Now that I’m off the road for a few minutes, I’d like to address these Dark Angel rumors that are flying around. Yes, we have been talking about doing something next year, and although it looks like possibly some festivals could be in the works, right now it’s just speculation. Don Doty and myself have been in contact for the first time in many many years, and it’s been great to re-connect with my old friend. Fortunately, I’ve remained great buddies with all the DFA guys after all these years, and we do try to stay in contact with each other and see each other when we can, especially since we are all spread out over the Western US. We are indeed discussing the possibility of a reunion, and yes, the DFA guys are well aware of all of my other commitments, such as Testament, Dethklok and the like. So again, we are moving forward s-l-o-w-l-y, with hopes to getting Dark Angel‘s wings off the ground for festival season in 2014.”

Dark Angel vocalist Don Doty adds, “Members of Dark Angel are currently sitting down for talks for a reunion. This will be for the year 2014. All are excited. I was talking on a radio show recently and had said that all members would be attending, this statement may have been misunderstood. Myself, Gene, Mike, Eric and Jim are talking and when talks are complete a statement will be given. We will know more in the months to come. We will let you know as it unravels.”

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Top Metal Albums: 1990-2000

August 16th, 2013
by EvilG

It’s unarguable that heavy metal was very much out of the public eye, especially in North America in the 1990′s, and even moreso in the mid 90′s. Despite some bands giving it up or going on hiatus, many amazing and groundbreaking albums came from this maligned decade that makes us realize that while things might not have been at their commercial heights, the genre was exploding creatively with an outpouring of new bands, albums, and styles that stand the test of time very well.

Before compiling our overall list, I had a suspicion that the bulk of the albums would be from the very early 90′s (1990-1992: before the dip in popularity) and the later 90′s (1998-2000: after the rebound). The top 10 alone followed this with eight of the releases being from 1990-1992 and the remaining two being released between 1998-2000. In fact, only 8 of the top 30 came from the mid 90′s (1993-1997). Regardless, there were many great albums all throughout the decade and our list is but 30 of them. There are plenty more, and many highly ranked albums from individual staff lists didn’t even make the top 30 at all. This top 30 is however an overall consensus and contains a load of great albums, almost all of which are in my own personal collection (how many of them are in your collection?)!!

Our guidelines: As with most of our album polls, the restrictions limit the releases to full-length studio albums. The top 30 comes from a list of nominations over 600 albums long! Since picking the best albums for a decade is a big undertaking, we asked contributors to sum up the decade and their top selections. Each contributors’ comments can be found below the top list.

Intro and album notes below by EvilG, Aug. 2013
Comments represent his opinion alone and are not meant to represent the opinions of everyone at Metal-Rules.com.

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MINISTRY’S “PERMAWAR” Music Video: A Psychedelic Statement On America’s Litany Of War

August 16th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

“PermaWar,” the first music video from Ministry’s upcoming studio album From Beer To Eternity, is making its premiere today on Loudwire and Noisecreep simultaneously.  The digital single is currently available exclusively in the iTunes store.

The “PermaWar” video is a amalgamation of provocative news images culled from World War Two, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and a bad acid trip.  Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen is featured in the video portraying three different personalities, representing three different points of view on America’s repetition and persistence of war:  the corrupt political leader, the predatory business man, and possibly most dangerous of all, the passive observer.

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TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD Details Released

August 15th, 2013
by EvilG
TESTAMENT: "Dark Roots of Thrash" DVD/CD

TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show!

Commented guitarist Eric Peterson: “Metal heads! In case you’ve missed us on our Dark Roots campaign tour here’s a day in the life and good representation of our show! Check it out, and put on your list of metal to get!”

Vocalist Chuck Billy added: “For all you die hard metal heads out there Dark Roots Of Thrash is a must have for your collection. This live DVD and CD is something you can put in you player and crank up for the feeling of a live TESTAMENT performance! You will get 18 songs from the early days of thrash metal to where we are today. Heavy metal forever!”

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Saltatio Mortis – Interview with Alea der Bescheidene

August 15th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Saltatio Mortis – Interview with Alea der Bescheidene

Interview by Victoria Fenbane

http://www.saltatio-mortis.com/

Saltatio Mortis

Saltatio Mortis

Victoria Fenbane quizzed Alea der Bescheidene from German medieval folk act Saltatio Mortis via email. Alea revealed the story of how he came to front a premier medieval folk act, the band’s origins in the German medieval re-enactment scene and the meaning behind their latest single ‘Wachstum über alles’. Their new album ‘Das Schwarze Einmaleins’ is released on 16th August via Napalm Records.

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JON DONAIS of SHADOWS FALL Joins ANTHRAX

August 15th, 2013
by EvilG

SHADOWS FALL guitarist Jon Donais, who has been touring with ANTHRAX since Rob Caggiano’s departure in January, will continue to play with ANTHRAX for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio (hear audio below), ANTHRAX’s founding rhythm guitarist Scott Ian stated about the band’s current second-guitarist situation: “Jon’s been with us since February, and I think I can safely say he’s passed the audition… [laughs]. I know we haven’t said anything official yet, but in my mind, he’s the guy. I’m sure some type of official announcement… because in this world, people apparently need that kind of information so they can sleep well at night. But as far as I’m concerned, Jon is the guitar player in ANTHRAX.”

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BOBBY ROCK – Drummer for Lita Ford band, Nelson, ex-Vinnie Vincent Invasion

August 14th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
Bobby Rock

BOBBY ROCK

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Bobby Rock is a Los Angeles based rock/metal drummer. The man first came into awareness with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion which featured, as its name suggests, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, bassist Dana Strum and vocalist Robert Fleischman who was soon replaced by Mark Slaughter. The band released two albums before disbanding in 1988. Later on, Rock worked on several projects including The Skull, Nitro, and Hardline. He’s also been working many years with the band Nelson and released solo albums, including OUT OF BODY (1996), several instructional DVD’s, books, and has become a recognized health and fitness specialist, with certifications in exercise, nutrition, and meditation. In recent years Rock has also played with the metal band Carnival of Souls, Gary Hoey and Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz. In addition to all this, Bobby joined the legendary Lita Ford band last January. The band did a mini-tour in Sweden in late July 2013. At Skogsrojet festival, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to sit down with Bobby and discuss the current Lita Ford thing, his past with Vinnie Vincent and other interesting topics. Read on!

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Women in Metal: Author LAINA DAWES and Metal Scholar SARAH KITTERINGHAM to speak in Calgary as part of the NOCTIS METAL MUSIC CONFERENCE – Sept 19, 2013

August 13th, 2013
by EvilG
Bazillion Points Books: "What Are YOU Doing Here?" New Book Delves Into Black Women in Metal and Punk

Bazillion Points Books: “What Are YOU Doing Here?” New Book Delves Into Black Women in Metal and Punk

Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970, it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?

Keeping in tune with this notion, Scarab Productions, organizers of the Noctis 666 Metal Festival, are pleased to announce presentations that suggest otherwise, from author Laina Dawes and metal scholar Sarah Kitteringham, on Thursday, September 19th,   from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  at the Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary (708 8th Ave S.W.).  Entrance is free and open to the public. Debate and dissent is welcomed!  The session is being presented in conjunction with the festival, which runs in Calgary from September 19 to September 21 and will present bands as diverse as Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Possessed, Blasphemy, Gorguts, Exciter, Pagan Altar, and others.

 

Dawes is best known as the race, gender and pop culture writer responsible for 2012’s WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Touching and shocking, Dawes book explores her experience in heavy metal, and black women’s contributions to the genre, while simultaneously discussing the intersections of race and racism within the metal scene. Dawes book has received praise from PopMatters, Vice, The Guardian, Revolver, and more.  Recently, Dawes presented as one of three keynote speakers at Bowling Green University’s “Heavy Metal and Popular Culture” Conference. Her book is available at http://www.bazillionpoints.com

 

Also presenting will be University of Calgary Graduate Student and Mount Royal University alumni Sarah Kitteringham, who is currently wrapping up her Masters thesis entitled “Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses: The Rise of Women in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, and Grindcore.” Writing from a uniquely Canadian perspective, her research entailed interviewing 15 musicians from the subgenres, and asking about their experiences, opinions, and the challenges of being a woman in extreme metal. At times hilarious, contradictory, and surprising, her research aims to explore the notion that extreme metal is the exclusive domain of males, and will also discuss the treatment of female performers in those subgenres. Kitteringham is also a freelance metal journalist and photographer, and drummer in a metal band. You can see her photography at https://www.facebook.com/SarahKitteringhamPhotography

 

Special guest at the session will be Dr. Deena Weinstein from DePaul University, who wrote the first academic book on heavy metal, “Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology”. Facilitating the session will be Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen from San Francisco State University who is currently conducting research on “Cultural Capital vs. Socioeconomic Realities for Touring Metal Bands.”

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NEW NEIL DANIELS BOOK: HARD ROCK REBELS – TALKING WITH ROCK STARS

August 13th, 2013
by EvilG
Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars

Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars

HARD ROCK REBELS – TALKING WITH ROCK STARS
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
OUT NOW!
Available to buy from all Amazon websites
Paperback and e-book

Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This 400+ page book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness, Scorpions, Queensrÿche and Mötley Crüe, Stone Gods, Sammy Hagar and lesser known AOR, prog, and metal bands, amongst others.

Hard Rock Rebels was previously published as Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volumes I & II (both out of print) and contains bonus material.

“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners…”

–Martin Popoff, Author

“Daniels really gets under the skin of the rock ’n’ roll industry…”

–Joel McIver, Author

“…this man obviously takes his rock ’n’ roll very seriously!”

– Greg Prato, Author

“Neil Daniels is a rock and roll warrior who writes from the heart. He is one of the few and mighty who are daring to keep music that matters in the limelight!”

–Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited

“[Daniels gives] an insight into the minds of some of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest characters…”

–Malcolm Dome, Total Rock Radio

“Neil Daniels is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading rock scribes around.”

–Mick Burgess, Metal Express Radio
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WARDRUNA Interview

August 13th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Wardruna Interview

With Einar Kvitrafn Selvik [Founder and Composer]

http://www.wardruna.com

http://www.twitter.com/wardruna

http://www.vimeo.com/wardruna

Kvitrafn (Einar Selvik):
Founder of Wardruna, who writes all music and lyrics, sings and plays most of the instruments

Lindy Fay Hella- Vocals

Gaahl – Vocals. Conceptual contributions

Erlend Gjerde – Drums and percussion

Interview by Joffie Lovett

Wardruna Interview

Wardruna Interview

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Panzer: Brazilian band’s new album in final stages of production

August 12th, 2013
by EvilG

The band PANZER, one of the most traditional Metal bands from Brazilian Scene, with 23 a year career,  is finishing recording sessions for their new album, which is already in the final stages of production.  With just one year since their return to activities, the band has released a single, a music video, an EP, and played at a festival, returning the name PANZER as one of the greatest exponents of Brazilian metal.

The new album is set to be released in the second half of 2013 and more news will be announced soon.

The single “Rising” and the EP “Brazilian Threat” are available for free download. go to:  http://panzermetal.com.br/

Check out the official music video of ‘Rising’ here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/CkeMdfh844s

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