Lordi @ Reading Sub 89, April 1, 2015

April 15th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Sub 89, Reading, England
1st April 2015

Review and Photos by Ashlinn Nash


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Apocalyptica – Barts Pathology Museum, 31st March 2015

April 15th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Barts Pathology Museum

31st March 2015

Review by Victoria Fenbane

Photography by Graham Hilling



Not content with being one of the world’s more unique bands, metal cello masters Apocalyptica  feel the need to push the boat out when promoting a new album.  Before setting off on their US tour, the band went on a small promotional tour for new release ‘Shadowmaker’, which included an intimate acoustic performance to an invited audience within the specimen laden shelves of Barts Pathology Museum in the heart of the City of London.

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FAITH NO MORE Share ‘Super Hero’ Remix (Really!) And Add Additional Dates.

April 13th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Dustin Rabin Photography, Faith No More, FNM, Dustin Rabin

On the eve of their sold out North American tour, Faith No More is sharing a remix of the single “Superhero,” crafted by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke (https://soundcloud.com/ipecacrecordings/faith-no-more-superhero-1).

The music arrives as the band announces two additional UK dates: June 14 at O2 Academy (Glasgow) and June 17 at The Roundhouse (London).  Faith No More plays the Download Festival on June 13.

Sol Invictus physical pre-order bundles, including limited edition vinyl, are available now via http://solinvictus.kungfustore.com in North America and http://faithnomore.firebrandstores.com in Europe.  Digital pre-orders, featuring instant downloads of “Motherf***er” and “Superhero” available here: http://geni.us/2L7x.

Faith No More tour dates:
April 15     Vancouver, BC     PNE Forum #
April 16     Seattle, WA     Paramount Theater #
April 17     Portland, OR     Keller Auditorium #
April 19     San Francisco, CA     Warfield ##
April 20     San Francisco, CA     Warfield ###
April 22     Los Angeles, CA     The Wiltern *
April 23     Los Angeles, CA     The Wiltern **
April 24     Los Angeles, CA     The Wiltern * * *
April 25     Santa Ana, CA     The Observatory

May 7     Chicago, IL     Concord Music Hall +
May 8    Detroit, MI     The Fillmore +
May 9     Toronto, ON     Sony Centre for the Performing Arts +
May 11     Boston, MA     Orpheum Theatre +
May 13     New York, NY     Webster Hall +
May 14     New York, NY     Webster Hall +
May 15     Philadelphia, PA     Electric Factory +
May 29     Gelsenkirchen, Germany     Rock Im Revier
May 31     Munich, Germany     Rockavaria Festival

June 2     Milan, Italy     Sonisphere
June 4     Vienna, Austria     Vienna Rocks Festival
June 5     Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic     Rock For People Festival
June 6     Berlin, Germany     Zitadelle Spandau
June 8     Krakow, Poland     Tauron Arena
June 10     Bratislava, Slovakia     Aegon Arena
June 12     Landgraaf, Netherlands     Pinkpop Festival
June 13     Donington, UK     Download Festival
June 14     Glasgow, UK     O2 Academy
June 17     London, UK     The Roundhouse
June 20     Clisson, France     Hellfest
June 21     Dessel, Belgium     Graspop Festival
June 23     Hamburg, Germany     Sporthalle Hamburg
June 26    Norrkoping, Sweden     Bravalla Festival
June 27     Seinajoki, Finland     Provinssi
June 28     Odense, Denmark     Tinderbox

July 26     Austin, TX     Austin Music Hall
July 27     Dallas, TX     South Side Ballroom

July 28     Houston, TX     Bayou Music Center
July 30     Atlanta, GA     Masquerade Music Park ++
July 31     Raleigh, NC     Red Hat Amphitheater ++
August 1     Philadelphia, PA     Mann Center for the Performing Arts ++
August 2     Columbia, MD     Merriweather Post Pavilion ++
August 4     Boston, MA     Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ++
August 5     New York, NY     Madison Square Garden ++
August 7     Toronto, ON     Ricoh Coliseum ++
August 7 – 9    Montreal, QC     Heavy Montreal

Sept. 25     Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     Rock in Rio

North American support:
# – Christeene
## – La Plebe
### – Frightwig
* HO99O9
** – The Urinals
*** – Flatbush
+ – Le Butcherettes
++ – Refused



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First Ever RIOT Tribute Album To Be Released This Month

April 13th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

“Thunder And Steel Down Under” – first ever Riot tribute album, will be released on April 24, 2015, via Skol Records. Compilation has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel, Crystal Viper, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), and will include Riot classics peformed by bands and artists such as: Axel Rudi Pell, Crystal Viper, Attacker, Alpha Tiger, October 31, Savage Master, Night Demon, Dexter Ward and others. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies worldwide. Income from the album will be given to Sir Tony Reale – father of the late Riot guitarist and founding member, Mark Reale.

As it was mentioned on VH1’s “That Metal Show”, RIOT are one of the innovators of Metal music in America and beyond. Their albums such as “Fire Down Under”, “Rock City”, “Narita”, “Restless Breed” or “Born In America” are the classics of Heavy Metal, and their ’88 LP “Thundersteel” helped to shape a genre which we know as Power Metal. Band’s history has been marked by bunch of tragic events: Rhett Forrester who fronted Riot between 1981 and 1986 was killed in 1994, the original vocalist Guy Speranza (in Riot between 1975 and 1981) lost his battle with cancer in 2003, and band’s founding member and leader Mark Reale (who was also the only one constant Riot member since the beginning of the band) left us in 2012, after suffering Crohn’s disease.

The band left 14 studio albums, and after Mark’s Reale death, remaining Riot members decided to continue his legacy and after changing the name to Riot V, returned with phenomenal album titled “Unleash The Fire”. “Thunder And Steel Down Under” is not a usual compilation with bunch of cover songs. It’s a celebration of the Riot and Mark Reale legacy, and a homage paid by both American and European bands and musicians, who were influenced by this premier act.

More information: www.facebook.com/skolrecords

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SLAYER To Headline 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH And Others

April 13th, 2015
by EvilG
SLAYER To Headline 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH And Others

SLAYER To Headline 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH And Others

The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock lineup, featuring 13 bands performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage and the Victory Records Stage.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

Kerry King, guitarist of Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States – NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.”

Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, “This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage – it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I’m not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around “Dreams of Horror”. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You’re all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!”

“It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year’s lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and Hellyeah will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada’s first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it,” state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival producers.

Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival go on sale beginning April 17th at 10 AM local time. Please note – Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10 AM local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).

The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.


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Steel Panther with support act The Lounge Kittens on All You Can Eat Tour 2015, European leg Store Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

April 12th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

steel_panther_logo_2_vega_2015Steel Panther All You Can Eat Tour 2015

European leg with support from The Lounge Kittens

Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
March 20, 2015

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Karnivool Interview @Camden Roundhouse, London 28/03/15

April 12th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Karnivool Interview with Guitarist Andrew “Drew” Goddard

London 28th March 2015

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Karnivool have been touring like mad over the last few months and it seems like they will be some more after this tour. The busy band aren’t afraid to celebrate their achievements such as ten years of their first album “Themata”. We caught up with forming member and guitarist Andrew “Drew” Goddard, for a quick chat about the new album and touring at their London show in Camden’s very own Roundhouse.

Karnivool guitarists Mark Hosking and Drew Goddard

Karnivool guitarists Mark Hosking and Drew Goddard picture credit Jo Moolenschot

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April 12th, 2015
by EvilG
Accept 2015

Accept 2015

ACCEPT… Wolf Hoffmann… Peter Baltes… Mark Tornillo… Uwe Lulis… Christopher Williams… proudly announce their upcoming BLIND RAGE TOUR 2015 Part II! See you in MEXICO, BRAZIL, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, FRANCE, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, DENMARK, SWEDEN, BELGIUM and MORE to come!

ACCEPT – 2014 Was the Best Year in Their Career So Far!

  • BLIND RAGE #1 on the sales charts in GERMANY & FINLAND.
  • Various entries in international Charts.
  • Winner of ALBUM OF THE YEAR categories in several countries by the strongest Metal Bibles in Europe, METAL HAMMER, HARD ROCK, SWEDEN ROCK #1.
  • Chosen as best metal album of the year 2014 by Metal-Rules.com.
  • 45 shows in 20 countries.
  • SOLD OUT shows in 9 countries.
  • Headliner at most prestigious and talked about European Festivals including the Metal Paradise (with “special event show”) WACKEN OPEN AIR, WOODSTOCK and the amazing three quarter of a million fan strong 2014 a charity event for Children Hospitals in Poland.
  • Touring Europe, North America, Australia and Asia – 4 Continents in 2014 and not yet finished!

BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR Part 2 is on the move again, returning to South America with OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTORHEAD and many other GREATS! Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and MORE are already in their intense battle plan for 2015!

The PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE for ACCEPT was and still is beyond the band’s imagination, but not beyond their reach! We all know, they could not have come so far without their fans and the endless gifted people who are working so hard for ACCEPT! Thank you… to all of them from….. all of us with the promise, that we will come back – better and stronger and even more devoted than the last time!

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Wacken Metal Battle News: BC Final Winner: Medevil

April 11th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

BC FINAL – April 10, 2015 @ Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings
WINNER – MEDEVIL – https://www.facebook.com/medevilband

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601480966751177/

JJ Caithcart – Scrape Records
Chris Dyck – Nothing Is Heavy
Michael Johnston – Mikillink Digital Media
Myk Shaflik – All Star Pacific and Red Room
Abelardo Mayoral – The Invisible Orange
Jon Asher – Asher Media Relations

Bushwhacker – https://www.facebook.com/BushwhackerYukon
Unbeheld – https://www.facebook.com/Unbeheld
Resurgence – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Resurgence/34695844483
Medevil – https://www.facebook.com/medevilband
Torrefy – https://www.facebook.com/Torrefy

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April 10th, 2015
by EvilG

The creators of cinematic metal are finally back with their most outstanding record, Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus. The album is set to be released in North America this Summer by Nuclear Blast Records.

Enjoy the first album trailer below and on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/Mx9Jkd

Luca Turilli, who created every single note for each section of the orchestra by himself, commented on the album:



“The love for the cinema and the movie soundtracks is something clear and evident in each song of the album. The epic, cinematic impact of the music is something flowing in my blood and carved in my genetics.”

Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus was once again composed and produced by Luca Turilli, responsible for all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios by Sebastian Roeder (Bonfire) and mastered at MSM studios by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK).


Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mixing, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Dan Lucas (KARO) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) went into the new album. Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus showcases 70 minutes of epic music that will take the listener on an emotional and memorable journey between quantum gates, parallel dimensions, myths and legends hiding cosmic truths, ancestral secrets and spiritual revelations.


In an effort for RHAPSODY’s sound to match their look, the album cover artwork and the album booklet introduces the new cinematic graphic style of the band, realized by the well-known artist Stefan “Heile” Heilemann (EPICA, LINDEMANN).




Below is the track listing for Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus:


  1. Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)
  2. Il Cigno Nero
  3. Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross)
  4. Anahata
  5. Il Tempo Degli Dei
  6. One Ring To Rule Them All
  7. Notturno
  8. Prometheus
  9. King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God
  10. Yggdrasil
  11. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis
  12. Codex Nemesis Alpha Omega
  13. Symphonia Ignis Divinus (The Quantum Gate Revealed)

III.  The Astral Convergence

  1. The Divine Fire Of The Archangel
  2. Of Psyche And Archetypes (System Overloaded)


North American Bonus Track:

  1. Thundersteel (cinematic cover version of RIOT featuring Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear)



Visit RHAPSODY online at www.ltrhapsody.com


Like – www.facebook.com/LTRHAPSODY

Follow – www. twitter.com/LTRHAPSODY

Watch – www.youtube.com/LTRHAPSODY

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Karnivool @ Camden Roundhouse March 28, 2015

April 9th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Roundhouse, Camden, London
March 28 2015

Review by Ashlinn Nash. Photos by Jo Moolenschot

Karnivool @ Camden Roundhouse March 28, 2015

Karnivool @ Camden Roundhouse March 28, 2015

The wind is howling outside, the rain is bashing the railway bridges of North London’s music capital, it’s safe to say that the spring weather isn’t exactly brilliant; yet the excitement for tonight’s sun dripped Australian heavy progsters Karnivool is certainly in favour.

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Desertfest is back in London 24th – 26th April 2015!

April 9th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Desertfest returns to the UK on the weekend of the 24th- 26th April for a doom/stoner filled weekend of heaviness. Headliners are Red Fang, EyeHateGod and Sleep with some amazing support from the likes of Orange Goblin, Ufomammut and Brant Bjork.

Desertfest 2015

Desertfest 2015

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Iron Savior reveal cover art for upcoming live DVD

April 9th, 2015
by EvilG


As posted by Piet on Fabebook:

“Today I have delivered the final audio mix down of our first live DVD ever!!! This is really exciting since we’ve never done this before smile emoticon. Again our friend Felipe Machado Franco did a killer artwork AND came up with the perfect title as well: LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER

I know, I know there’s a Maiden album “the final frontier”… BUT we are doing this Sci-fi thing for such a long time, so this title is a must! Looking at the artwork I couldn’t think of anything more fitting smile emoticon. Also the final cut of all the video material is ready and – wow – I am absolutely happy. We look pretty cool, haha!

Check out the artwork and stay tuned for more soon!

All the best,

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Nightwish – Rocking world wide charts with new album

April 9th, 2015
by EvilG
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Finland-based symphonic metalers, Nightwish, recently released their new studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which has now entered the charts worldwide on some incredible positions.

Once again, and for the sixth time in a row, Nightwish made it onto the pole position in their home country Finland – as well as in Czech Republic, where Endless Forms Most Beautiful received Gold status after just two days. Germany and Switzerland follow with a brilliant #2. Another amazing result is the #3 in Floor Jansen’s native country Netherlands.

More Top 10 entries took place in:

Austria (#4)
Sweden (#4)
Mexico (#6)
Greece (#9)
France (#10)
Poland (#10).

Other high charting spots include:

UK (#12)
Spain (#13)
Canada (#13)
Belgium (#14)
Australia (#16)
Ireland (#21)
New Zealand (#32)

As well, it came in at #34 at the American Billboard charts (#2 Independent Albums, #4 Top Hard Music Charts, #8 Top Current Rock Albums).

Nightwish commented saying “the world wide chart news that is just mind blowing! For the sixth time in a row we made it onto the pole position in our home country Finland – as well as in Czech Republic, where »Endless Forms Most Beautiful« received gold-status after just two days.  Germany and Switzerland follow with a brilliant #2.
Another amazing result is the #3 in Floor Jansen’s native country Netherland….We are grateful to all our fans for standing behind us. We can’t wait to meet you during this world tour we start today! Thank you!


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April 9th, 2015
by EvilG


SWEDEN – Despotz Records has announced its latest signing, Sweden’s raucous rock ‘n roll whirlwind, Thundermother, who will release its Despotz debut later this year. To celebrate, the band has teamed up with Revolver to stream the upcoming album’s first single, “It’s Just a Tease,” at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=72507.
The band commented: “Thundermother is in good hands. We have now officially signed with the awesome Despotz Records! We are super stoked! The future is upon us! Watch this space!”

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