September 8th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Tengger Cavalry

Interview with frontman Nature Ganganbaigal

Interview by Melanie Brehaut

Tengger Cavalry

Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry have undergone a major change recently, with the band permanently relocating to America and vocalist Nature Ganganbaigal recruiting new members for this most international of bands. Melanie Brehaut spoke to Ganganbaigal about the recent changes, and what it means for the band’s future.

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Interview with Vesperia Part 2

September 6th, 2015
by J P

Interview with Vesperia Part 2

by JP


Vesperia beat hundreds of bands worldwide to take the title. A Canadian band has won the WMB two out of the last three years!

See their winning performance below.

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Vagos Open Air (Portugal)

September 6th, 2015
by J P

Vagos Open Air

by special guest writer and photographer Keith Devereux


It’s the second weekend of August so it must be Vagos Open Air (VoA), when the peace of the little town of Vagos is shattered by the roar of guitars, the pounding of drums and the delighted screams of a thousand metal fans. In its several years of existence VoA has gone from a small two day festival featuring local bands to a three day international festival that plays host to metal bands from all over Europe and beyond. That Vagos can attract international bands like Within Temptation, Overkill and Black Label Society, who were also playing at Bloodstock in the UK the same weekend, speaks volumes for the hard work of the promoters, Prime Artists, in creating a great festival with a good reputation.

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THRESHOLD – announce London show at O2 Islington Academy – January 24th 2016

September 6th, 2015
by EvilG

British progressive metal heroes THRESHOLD have just announced a special headline date at London’s Islington Academy for January 24th as part of a European Tour titled ‘The Journey Continues’. Threshold will perform their latest studio album, the acclaimed ‘For The Journey’ in its entirety plus a selection of classics and old favourites.

O2 Pre-Sale tickets are available now and go on General Sale 10am Saturday morning, available from the following link: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/YDH2401Y 

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Sacred Oath launches brand new website and announces “Ravensong” CD / iTunes pre-order with instant-gratification track “Taken”

September 6th, 2015
by EvilG

US power metal quartet Sacred Oath launched a brand new “Ravensong” website in anticipation of their worldwide album release with Angel Thorne Music/ILS/Caroline/Universal coming September 18thwww.sacredoath.net features art, photography, and music from the new album and the recent string of live performances in the New York metro area.

Pre-order for the “Mastered for iTunes” album began September 4th, at Apple Music and includes an instant-gratification track and a 12-page digital booklet.  The album clocks in at over 52 minutes in length and contains 10 new songs.

Sacred Oath is also offering signed “Ravensong” CDs directly on their website www.sacredoath.net.  Purchases will ship immediately – a full 2 weeks ahead of the actual street date.  Pre-orders on the physical CD include a collectible poster and sticker.

“Ravensong” is the band’s 7th studio album and first worldwide release with Caroline/Universal.



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From Hell’s Heart – Top 5 Metal Movie Soundtracks

September 5th, 2015
by Metal Rules

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart:
Top 5 Metal Movie Soundtracks

To be considered for the list, entries should be for MOSTLY metal soundtracks for movies. Preference is given to “metal movies” but if the movie is just, for example, a horror movie and it has a metal soundtrack, then no problem! One metal song on a soundtrack filled with pop, or whatever, is not included.

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Michael Wilton – Queensryche

September 5th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen



CONDITION HUMAN, being the 13th full length album by Queensryche, proves the legendary metal squad is back on track. With the current frontman Todd LaTorre, Queensryche has risen from the ashes to show the band is alive and doing more than well. Therefore Metal-Rules.com talked to the band’s guitarist Michael Wilton about the upcoming album and the summer festival tour through Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Steve Grimmett & Nick Bowcott – Grim Reaper

September 4th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen



by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Grim Reaper gained a cult following and had their greatest success in the 80’s by touring and releasing three albums SEE YOU IN HELL, FEAR NO EVIL and ROCK YOU TO HELL. When legal matters occurred, the band was forced to call it quits and  frontman Steve Grimmett joined the British thrash metal force, Onslaught. However, Grimmett has continued playing Grim Reaper material as Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper. The legendary British metal band hplayed at Swede Rock in June 2015 with the original guitarist Nick Bowcott returning to their ranks. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant task to sit down to talk with these two British gentlemen about Grim Reaper and several other topics.

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Interview with Michael Gilbert & Jason Bittner from Flotsam & Jetsam in Glasgow

September 3rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Michael Gilbert & Jason Bittner

Flotsam & Jetsam in Glasgow

Interview by Gavin Lowrey

Members: Eric ‘AK’ Knutson – vocals, Steve Conley – guitar, Michael Gilbert – guitar, Jason Bittner – drums ,Michael Spencer – bass


Flotsam & Jetsam

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JOEY VERA – Armored Saint, Fates Warning and more

September 3rd, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen




Joey Vera is one of the more recognizable names in the metal scene. He has carved his name into metal history as a member of Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant opportunity to talk with Joey Vera at Wacken Open Air. The 20min conversation covered the making of the new album WIND HANDS DOWN and a bit of discussion about Anthrax and Fates Warning.

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September 1st, 2015
by EvilG

Punishing 16th-note kicks at rapid-fire tempos, unbelievable runs across his rack toms, insanely twisted patterns, and awe-inspiring phrases:
Dave Lombardo is deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time.

Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness has continued to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal throughout his formidable career.
His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as: Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria and John Bonham.

Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labelled.
Dave’s style has been called “astonishingly innovative,” “strikingly fast,” and “unmistakably powerful.” He has earned the title “The Godfather of Double Bass.” Lombardo’s unmatched combination of technical flair and outright speed has made him the yardstick against which all subsequent metal drummers are fated to be measured.

As an original and founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their ground-breaking 1986 release Reign in Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Dave’s musical career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc, Testament, John Zorn and PHILM, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo’s most recent endeavours have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparableTyler Bates, to lending his talent to the soundtrack of Insideous: Chapter 3 at the side of captivating yet sinister composer Joseph Bishara, to performing amidst a 75-piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young, to writing a score for a soon to be released Disney pilot.

Lombardo is out to shatter all preconceptions of what it is that he has to offer the world.

Join Dave as he discusses his incomparable musical career and Rhythm Mysterium Art Collection.
Watch never before seen footage, hear his new Paiste REIGN Ride, participate in a candid Q&A forum and meet the legend.  
Witness why Dave Lombardo is one of the most provocative and breathtaking drummers alive today!


Tuesday, October 20: Melbourne – Allans Billy Hyde – 152 Bourke St – BOOK NOW! 
Wednesday, October 21: Adelaide – Allans Billy Hyde – 58 Gawler Place – BOOK NOW!
Thursday, October 22: Brisbane – Allans Billy Hyde – 201 Lutwyche Rd – BOOK NOW!
Friday, October 23: Sydney – Allans Billy Hyde – 228 Pitt St – BOOK NOW!

Tickets are just $35 and are available from
On sale Tuesday, September 1 @ 9.00am


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Summer Rock Festival 2015 with Corrored, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar and Sator at Friluftsbadet Svedala Sweden

September 1st, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

Summer Rock Festival

Friluftsbadet, Svedala, Sweden
9-10-11/7 2015

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

With band’s like Corrored, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar and Sator


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Halestorm @ Koko, London

August 31st, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ Koko, London

18th August 2015

Review by Rowena Lamb

Photography by Taya Uddin

The first thing that you couldn’t fail to notice that evening was the sheer size of the bloody queue wrapped several times around Koko and the surrounding pavements.  By far the longest queue I’ve seen in a long time; it seems everyone had arrived well before doors opening to try and ensure their view.


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Norwegian hard rockers Malice In Wonderland have decided to end the band

August 29th, 2015
by EvilG

After being in Malice In Wonderland half my life I have decided to put Malice In Wonderland to rest” says singer and founder Chris Wicked in a statement. “Earlier this summer Tracy (guitarist) informed me that he wanted a break from the music industry to focus on other stuff. I don’t want to bring in a new guitarist in the band at this point and therefor feel it is time to end this incredibly journey. It’s been 10 years since we released our debut CD, it’s been a hell of a ride and we all agree it’s a good time to close the book. Two farewell shows (Helsinki & Bergen) will be held before we take the final bow.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and stood by us over the years. Friends and family, business partners and bands we’ve toured and played with. But most of all we would like to thank our dedicated and beautiful fans around the world, you know who you are and we love you.

Here’s to all of us. Cheers!

Stay Malice and all the best

Chris Wicked – On behalf of Malice In Wonderland

Malice In Wonderland released two ep’s in the nineties before Chris Wicked went from keyboard player to frontman. Since then they have released 2 albums and several EP’s and singles. Their latest album “The Royal Brigade” was released December 2013. Malice In Wonderland will play two farewell shows before it’s over, MeriRock in Finland, September 12 and a final hometown show at Garage, October 9. 


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AEROSMITH Premiere “Walk This Way” Film Exerpt

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

AEROSMITH’s new concert film AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014–a 20-song collection capturing the legendary rock band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014–is set for release next Friday (9/4) via Eagle Rock Entertainment. To advance the release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ have partnered with ROLLINGSTONE.com today (8/28) to premiere a film excerpt of the band performing “Walk This Way.” Click here to watch the clip.

The critically acclaimed film–which premiered earlier this year with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run–is available to pre-order on the film’s micro-site in multiple formats: DVD/CD, Blu-Ray/CD, DVD/LP, DVD/CD Deluxe Package, Blu-Ray/CD Deluxe Package, DVD/LP Deluxe Package and digital video. Click here to view the film’s trailer.

AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014 featuresthe band’s all original members–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford–headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, unleashing supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more. For more information, click here to view the press release announcing the concert film release.

The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:

1) Train Kept A-Rollin’
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
4) Cryin’
5) Jaded
6) Livin’ On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie’s Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin

Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 “Let Rock Rule” tour, AEROSMITH–Rock’s greatest live act–just wrapped up their summer “Blue Army Tour 2015,” which wrapped up in Canton, OH (8/7) when they performed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends.

AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

About Eagle Rock Entertainment:
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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