UNLEASHED Enter Studio to Record New Album

January 14th, 2015
by EvilG

Legendary Swedish Viking Death Metal outfit UNLEASHED are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed Odalheim album. The new album is being recorded by producer and guitar player Fredrik Folkare in his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The title of the record is still a secret but expect it to be released tentatively in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Read the rest of this entry »

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SANTA CRUZ to Release Self-Titled Album on March 10

January 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


SANTA CRUZ will release their second studio album, Santa Cruz, on March 10 via Spinefarm Records. The self-titled album follows 2013’s Screaming for Adrenaline.

The riff-driven new album features the singles “We Are the Ones to Fall” and “Wasted & Wounded.” The record is powered not only by sweat and booze, but by mind-boggling guitar skills manifested by these supremely talented young turks from Finland.

SANTA CRUZ are: Archie – vocals, guitar; Johnny – guitar, backing vocals; Middy – bass, backing vocals; Taz – drums, backing vocals. Get to know their names and faces now.

2015 will prove to be the year of SANTA CRUZ. Get ready to Cruz ‘n’ roll.

Santa Cruz Track Listing:
1       “Bonafide Heroes”
2       “Velvet Rope”
3       “My Remedy”
4       “6(66) Feet Under”
5       “Bye Bye Babylon”
6       “We Are the Ones to Fall”
7       “Wasted & Wounded”
8       “Let Them Burn”
9       “Vagabonds (Sing With Me)”
10      “Can You Feel the Rain “

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MICHAEL SCHENKER To Release New Album Featuring Former SCORPIONS And Rainbow Members

January 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled “Spirit On A Mission” Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band – ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

The new album features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.

Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album – “A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.’”

Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.

Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios, Muenster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s Bridge The Gap album was recorded. The album was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.

“After the Bridge The Gap Japan Tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the Spirit On A Mission album,” says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November.”

During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?

“Yes we got robbed (some guitars and some music) and got very upset about it,” recalls Schenker. “Fortunately it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger.”

For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for Spirit On A Mission was very different from the 2012’s Bridge The Gap album.

Says Schenker – “I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take Spirit On A Mission to the next level by adding more 7-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days.”

“Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing,” adds Schenker. “Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.”

“I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his 7 string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience.”

The writing process and overall concept for Spirit On A Mission proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.

Says Schenker – “I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept.” The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the 7 string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions.”

Michael’s Temple of Rock shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.

“All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, “recalls Schenker. “Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding there amazing Rock You Like A Hurricane rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.

The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player, Wayne Findlay, takes on a bigger role.

“Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999,” says Schenker. “In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a 7 string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing.”

“I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the 7 string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s 7 string guitar on Bridge The Gap as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called Neptune Rising on the Bridge The Gap album and now on Spirit On A Mission Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of Temple Of Rock.”

“Coincidentally,” says Schenker, “former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock’n’roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s Bridge The Gap album, we had not played together since the Scorpions’ Lovedrive album (1979). Sprit On A Mission is the second Temple of Rock album to feature the former Scorpions rhythm section.

Former Rainbow singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an ‘extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops.’  “How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?”, says Schenker.  “He’s a real trooper.”

What are Schenker’s favourite songs from Spirit On A Mission, and why?

Says Michael – “I love Live and Let Live because it has everything. I love Vigilante Man because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. Something Of The Night turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. Saviour Machine is an epic. Rock City, Bullet Proof, Restless Heart – I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other 7 string songs with a touch of ’70s rock.”

What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album?  Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?

“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker. “Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote “Spirit On A Mission”. I want to make Temple Of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as ‘Temple Of Rock’.



Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition:
Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)

All songs produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss
Engineer: Michal Voss

All songs are written by:
Music – Michael Schenker
Lyrics – Doogie White
Except* Music and Lyrics by
Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay

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Heidevolk reveal new album details

January 14th, 2015
by EvilG
Heidevolk - Velua

Heidevolk – Velua

Heidevolk reveal new album details! Check out the “Velua” cover, tracklist, release dates and formats beneath!

“With Velua we have created a unique storybook that tells you the tales of the most beautiful part of nature in the Netherlands and namesake of this album, the Veluwe. It brings you the wondrous, gruesome and weird tales about murderous brigands, deceiving wraiths, cursed souls and evil-minded goblins that roam the woods at night. Along with this dark folklore it sings the praises of the undying beauty of nature and the embers of early pagan traditions.”

1. Winter woede
2. Herboren in vlammen
3. Urth
4. De hallen van mijn vaderen
5. De vervloekte jacht
6. Het dwalende licht
7. Drankgelag
8. Velua
9. Een met de storm
10. Richting de wievenbelter
11. In het diepst der nacht
12. Vinland

Limited edition bonus tracks:
13. Immigrant song – Bonus Track (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch mountains – Bonus Track (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel yell – Bonus Track (Billy Idol Cover)

Release Dates:
20.03.2015 BENELUX / GAS
27.03.2015 Europe / AUS
30.03.2015 UK / NO / FR /DK / IT
01.04.2015 SE / ESP
07.04.2015 USA / CAN

VELUA will be available in the following editions:
– LTD First Edition 6 Page Digipack & 3 Bonus Tracks
– LTD Deluxe Box (LTD Digipack & Heidevolk Logo Pendant & Vinland Flag)

Pre-orders will go live next week!

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AGAINST THE PLAGUES official video of the song “Terrorform” from the “Extermination Event” EP (2015)

January 12th, 2015
by EvilG

The clip was directed and filmed by Brad Scott of Bradley M Scott Cinematography and produced by Kake Multimedia. It was shot at the abandoned Methodist church located in downtown Gary, Indiana.

“Extermination Event” EP was recorded at Belle City Sound with engineer/producer Chris Wisco (Lazarus AD, Novembers Doom, Origin, Jungle Rot) and mastered by Trevor Sadler MasterM.I.N.D. Productions (Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Triumph). The cover art was made by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Immortal).

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Best of 2014

January 11th, 2015
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2014. They also have to be new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for next year, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

The Top 30 Heavy Metal Albums of 2014

1. Accept – Blind Rage

Accept - Blind Rage

Accept – Blind Rage




It’s no secret, Metal-Rules.com loves Accept. In 2010 we voted Accept’s comeback album, BLOOD OF THE NATIONS as the #1 album of the year. Then in 2012, the album STALINGRAD was voted to #3. Now in 2014, the third album since their comeback, BLIND RAGE, is voted to #1.

Accept’s Wolf Hoffmann commented on their placement: “This is fantastic news!  2014 has been an amazing year for Accept and this now comes as a nice surprise at the beginning of 2015! 🙂  We could not be happier with the reception for ‘Blind Rage’ – it’s a huge honor to be voted Number One.  Thanks to Metal-Rules.com and of course a very special thanks to our fan community worldwide!!  I hope to see you again soon…

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January 10th, 2015
by EvilG

2009 Metallica at The O2_0182 copy.jpgFear FestEvil curator, host, and lifelong horror enthusiast Kirk Von Hammett knows not the meaning of mediocrity.

For the second installment of his annual Fear FestEvil horror convention, he’s dug deeper into his crypt for the makings of another spectacular three-day event.

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Sock Hop ‘O Doom 2015 – Calgary AB

January 9th, 2015
by Monika Deviat

Sock Hop ‘O Doom 2015

Black Label Society

w/ Hatebreed and Butcher Babies

December 31, 2014

Review & Photos by Monika Deviat

Black Label Society © Monika Deviat

Black Label Society © Monika Deviat

To end off 2014 Black Label Society took Hatebreed and the Butcher Babies on tour across Canada with a trek through the US to finish off January 2015. The New Year’s Eve gig, titled the “Sock Hop O’ Doom 2015” happened to be in Calgary, Alta., at Flames Central. Doors weren’t opening until 8:30pm and the VIP meet and greet ran a bit late so the show didn’t start until 9:30pm. This gave people lots of time to enjoy some beverages (although it seems many had already been drinking since earlier in the evening) and purchase some Black Label Society knitted Christmas style sweaters. 

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At The Gates w supports act’s on At War With Reality 2014 Scandinavian leg at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 9th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

at_the_gates_logo_kb_malmoe_2014_1At The Gates
At War With Reality

2014 Scandinavian leg
Grave – special guest
Morbus Chron – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
29/11 – 2014

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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January 8th, 2015
by EvilG


We are so excited for today’s announcement since its definitely something special. For a long time we have had the plans for doing a special and totally unique show in Germany and now that has become a reality.

In July we will organize Sabaton Open Air / Noch Ein Bier Fest, a headline concert where people for sure will get a unique show.

For this concert we have chosen the stunning (and famous from Rock Hard Festival) Amphiteatre in Gelsenkirchen and as support on this show we will bring some bands we know that you fans have requested. Our touring colleagues in Powerwolf & Korpiklaani as well as our old bandmates in Civil War.

So, there is the Sabaton Open Air / Rockstad:Falun festival in our hometown Falun, there is the Sabaton Cruise on the Baltic Sea and now there is also Sabaton Open Air / Noch Ein Bier Fest in Germany!

Tickets will be out Monday 12:th of January. www.sabatonopenair.net

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Against the Plagues are excited to announce upcoming EP release : “EXTERMINATION EVENT”

January 6th, 2015
by EvilG
Against the Plagues: "EXTERMINATION EVENT"

Against the Plagues: “EXTERMINATION EVENT”

Against the Plagues are excited to announce upcoming EP release : “EXTERMINATION EVENT”. Full release will be available on top Digital Music Retailers including ITUNES on January 6th, 2015. EP will include two new tracks and full production videos released by Varyen Entertainment in partnership with Kake Multimedia.

“Extermination Event” was recorded at Belle City Sound with engineer/producer Chris Wisco (Lazarus AD, Novembers Doom, Origin, Jungle Rot) and mastered by Trevor Sadler MasterM.I.N.D. Productions(Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Triumph).

Cover art is made by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Immortal).

Visit www.againsttheplaguesmetal.com for more information!


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BLACK STAR RIDERS – Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson

January 6th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala



Black Star Riders is a rock band formed in late 2012 from the ashes of the latest line-up of Thin Lizzy . The band released its first album, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE, in May of 2013 and the sophomore album, THE KILLER INSTINCT, is scheduled for release in early 2015. The band’s singer / guitarist Ricky Warwick (The Almighty) and guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) arrived in rainy Helsinki in early December to promote the upcoming album and here is what they had to say. Read on!

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Marduk Interview with Guitarist Morgan

January 6th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Marduk Interview

Interview by Oliver M.
1st December 2014 via phone


Marduk Logo

3 years after the commercially successful “Serpent Sermon” and a long world tour, the Marduk horde is headed back to war with a new disturbing artillery called “Frontschwein”. Released by Century Media, this 13th destructive offering contains most of all the elements that made the success of the cult classic “Panzer Division Marduk” (World War II concept & imagery, brutal compositions, high-speed-drumming) but also shows a rawer sound and a few mid-tempo tracks.

We have asked some questions to Morgan Håkansson the eternal commander of this cult Swedish legion in order to know his thoughts about these new belligerent songs and if he’s nostalgic about their early years, after almost 25 years devoted to pure evil black metal art.
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New CHASTAIN album in 2015!

January 5th, 2015
by EvilG

ChastainBandCHASTAIN has announced that they will be releasing a new album in 2015. The title of the new album will be “We Bleed Metal.” The group lineup will be the same as on the 2013/2014 albums “Surrender To No One” and “Surrender To No One: Uncut.”

Leather Leone- Vocals
David T. Chastain- Guitars
Mike Skimmerhorn- Bass
Stian Kristoffersen- Drums

Leather says: “Coming back at you…. Running on a higher vibration …….Metal rules us. New material, new excitement and another chance to bleed Metal in your face. The return of an old disease……We Bleed Metal!”
The band will finish the recording later this month in Atlanta, GA.

To keep updated on the latest concerning “We Bleed Metal” go to: www.webleedmetal.com

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Best of 2014 – Erich Heintzelman

January 5th, 2015
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014 – Erich Heintzelman

The year 2014 proved to be a difficult one, which included many personal tragedies. Thankfully there was an abundance of great albums to dig into, and while I might have missed a few of the better ones, the following 20 albums were the best of what I actually heard this year.

1. Iced Earth – Plagues Of Babylon

Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon

Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon

Since Stu Block joined the band, Schaeffer seems to have hit a true creative spurt. PLAGUES OF BABYLON contains the bands signature mechanistic riffs, melodic intros and the inspired god-like vocals of Block. It was a great album to kick off 2014, released way back in January and one that holds its own among the best of the band’s catalog.

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