Hardcore Superstar with support on The Cemetery Tour Is Coming Your Way! – Swedish leg 2015 – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 15th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

hardcore_superstar_poster_2_dec_2015Hardcore Superstar – Headline
The Cemetery Tour Is Coming Your Way! – Swedish leg 2015 –
Grand Theft Culture – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo Sweden
19/12 – 2015

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Jack the Ripper first album uncovered

January 12th, 2016
by EvilG

After a three year manhunt for the members of the JACK THE RIPPER band the search has finally come to an end. Along with finding 3/5 of the group, other discoveries have been uncovered and soon Heaven and Hell Records will be bringing some of those findings to light.

Formed in 1980 in Columbia, South Carolina Jack the Ripper would stand alone has one of, if not the only heavy metal band in their area. This would prove to be both an advantage and disadvantage as local promoters and radio stations would focus on the band, yet audiences weren’t quite ready for the brand of metallic delivery JTR had to offer.

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Black Star Riders with support on European Tour 2015 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 12th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Black Star Riders
European Tour 2015
Bonafide – special guest
The Weyers – support act

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Mustasch with support act Santa Cruz on Testosterone Tour 2015 – Swedish tour Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 12th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall


Testosterone Tour 2015 – Swedish tour
Santa Cruz – support act

Malmo, Sweden
28/11 – 2015

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Jack Daniels and Coke officially renamed to “The Lemmy” by Food & Beverage Magazine

January 12th, 2016
by EvilG
"The Lemmy"

“The Lemmy”

Following a petition by fans, Food & Beverage Magazine has officially re-named the industry standard call-out drink of Jack Daniels and Coke to “The Lemmy” in honor of the late Motörhead frontman.

As all Motorhead fans know, a JD and Coke was Lemmy’s favorite drink, which he could often be seen enjoying on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow Bar and Grill.

Food & Beverage Magazine publisher Michael Politz states:

“We are honored to represent the industry and bring the moniker The Lemmy to every bar in the world! Owning a rock club with Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell gave me the chance to meet Lemmy and experience his legend myself.”

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Black Winter Fest VIII: Nokturnal Mortum @ Circolo Colony, Brescia

January 11th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Black Winter Fest VIII: Nokturnal Mortum

@ Circolo Colony, Brescia

5th December 2015

Review, Nokturnal Mortum photos & videos by Oliver M.

Abhor, Acherontas & Ad Hominem photos by Dawid Krosnia


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THUNDERSTONE – New Album April 1 2016!

January 11th, 2016
by EvilG

Dear THUNDERSTONErs! This is the day you—and we!—have been waiting for:



We are extremely proud to announce that our sixth album, APOCALYPSE AGAIN, will be released 1 April 2016 through Sakara Records/Sony Music (Finland), Marquee (Japan, S Korea, Taiwan), and AFM records (ROW). The first official single, THE PATH, will be released 10 February 2016. Once again Nino Laurenne produced the album and which was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios. It was mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Volbeat, Amorphis, Sonata Arctica…) at Chartmakers.We are heading to the filming studio tomorrow to shoot a video for the song with our dear friend and video wizard Owe Lingwall, whose credentials include luminaries such as Meshuggah, The Rasmus, Stratovarius, and Amorphis.
Says Nino: ”This is in many ways a return to form—not just in a nostalgic sense, but going back to what we started with and creating something new at the same time. We really wanted to honour all the fans and friends who have stuck with us from the beginning, and I think everyone who picked up our first album all those years ago will be massively happy with APOCALYPSE AGAIN. We sure as hell are! Expect melody overkill, sing-along choruses, fast lead runs and overall arse-kickery! We’re back!”


THUNDERSTONE signs with AFM Records!
Finnish melodic power metal masters THUNDERSTONE, who were rejoined by original vocalist Pasi Rantanen in 2013, have signed a worldwide deal (excl. Finland and Japan) with AFM Records! The band’s upcoming new album “Apocalypse Again” will be released on April 1st!

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WE ARE TWISTED F***ING SISTER! In Theater’s February 19th

January 11th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


The setting is mid-1970s New York City: five rockers decked in platform boots and dramatic make-up embarked on a heavy metal journey. Little did they know the impact they would make, and that, forty years later, they would still be renowned for their songs, one-of-a-kind live shows, and take-no-prisoners attitude.

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! – a new 134-minute documentary film by Andrew Horn capturing that expedition from bar band to international stardom – will be presented in theaters via Music Box Films in February 2016. The first ever documentary of the band that defined an early MTV with their no-holds-barred music videos opens in New York and Los Angeles on February 19 with a one-night-only event at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on February 22. On February 23, the film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and digital formats, with an included 2 hours of bonus material and director commentary.

Charging out of the gate with a lethal combination of grit and glitter, Twisted Sister (Jay Jay French, Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, and the late A.J. Pero) established themselves as one of the staple acts of Glam Rock and Heavy Metal with anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” However, “the band that killed disco” was no overnight success.

Director Andrew Horn, who is known for his films East Side Story (named one of the 10 best films of the year by Time Magazine), The Nomi Song, Doomed Love, and The Big Blue, said of the film:

“I realized as I was working on the film, that it was really very much a story of how a band becomes a band. They are truly unique in that their overnight success actually took 10 years, so you really get to experience everything Twisted Sister went through to do it. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced any group of musicians as ferocious…or as funny.”

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! puts the fan in the trenches with the band from their early, hungry days in New York City onward through their legendary career. Recounted directly from the band themselves, their managers, and biggest fans, We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! is the mesmerizing, never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band’s break out success.

Are you ready to really get to know Twisted F***ing Sister?

For more information on theatrical screenings, please visit: www.musicboxfilms.com/twistedsister (check on “Theaters”)

Official trailer:


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GEOFF TATE – Operation Mindcrime, ex- Queensryche

January 10th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala




Geoff Tate is a German-born American vocalist and musician who rose to fame in the late 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche. The band released several hit albums including EMPIRE, RAGE FOR ORDER and OPERATION MINDCRIME which is still their most successful album to date. The 90’s were a difficult time, not only for Queensryche, but for the whole metal genre. The band went through some line-up changes and released more albums including OPERATION MINDCRIME II (2006). In June 20, 2012, it was announced that Queensrÿche had fired Tate, replacing him with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre. Tate and his wife Susan filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, saying that he was wrongfully terminated from the group. They also filed a preliminary injunction in an attempt to prevent either side to use the band’s name but as a result both parties could use the name. In 2015 Tate’s version of the band released the album FREGUENCY UNKNOWN. April of 2014 it was announced that that the remaining original band members Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were given the exclusive rights to the Queensrÿche trademark and that Tate received the rights to Operation: Mindcrime. Tate renamed his band to Operation: Mindcrime and in 2015 Kelly Gray, Randy Kane, Simon Wright, John Moyer, Brian Tichy, and Scott Moughton became full time members. The band released their debut album THE KEY in September. The renewed band started their first European tour on last November and then Operation Mindcrime also stopped in Helsinki where they played a show in famous Club Nosturi.  I met a good humored Tate on backstage of Nosturi and then we discussed about various topics including the new album, the band’s line-up and of course about the past… Read on!

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Stonehenge Indoor Festival 2016

January 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Metal-Rules.com will be attending and covering the upcoming Stonehenge Indoor festival 2016 ( the 17th of April 2016).

You can purchase tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/155403



Morgoth Official
Incantation (Official fan page)
Prostitute Disfigurement Official
CLITEATER (Official)
& more to follow

For over twenty years the Stonehenge festival became an established name in the north of the country. Operating from Steenwijk has the longest running metal festival in the Netherlands in its existence. As all the big names ever visited the festival. For instance  Devin Townsend closed the festival last July. Unfortunately, the organization was then forced to make the choice to insert the festival off associated with the storm.

Therefore, the organization has decided to do something in return  for the Stonehenge fans to:  The first indoor edition of the festival in Poppodium Iduna will take place on Sunday, April 17th.  Stonehenge presents bands such as  Gorguts, Morgoth, Psycroptic Incantation and young dogs as Saille and Korpse, but also old hands Prostitute Disfigurement and the Frisian My Minds Mine in the metal Drachtster concert hall. we will announce the complete program of sixteen bands in the coming weeks . The ticket price is  only € 17.50


Official festival event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/188012501543817/


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Anthrax – Frank Bello

January 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen




Anthrax has been interviewed by this site several time during the past several years. The legendary NY thrash metal veterans’ 11th opus titled FOR ALL KINGS shows that the band still kicks strong and creates memorable riffs and songs. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Frank Bello, to talk about various topics, and above all, what the new album means to him and the whole Anthrax combo. 

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DIAMOND HEAD Announce New Vocalist And New Album

January 6th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Influential and iconic heavy metal band Diamond Head have announced their first album of new material in eight years. Entitled “DIAMOND HEAD,” the album features an exciting new talent in singer Rasmus Bom Andersen.

In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Head bangers Open Air in Germany.

The spark of creativity led the band to start working on the new album in January 2015. Brian Tatler, founder of Diamond Head, said: “When we began talking with Ras about making a new record he said we should write the songs as a band just like Diamond Head did at the beginning of our career. There’s no substitute for writing together in the same room, we spark each other off and create something far bigger than we could have done individually”.

Brian continued, “Ras has certainly renewed the energy within the band. I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the European tour that all suddenly changed. I wanted to make a record with him. He’s a confident singer and he’s not trying to fill anyone’s shoes”.

Brian Tatler joined members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax at the UK’s Sonisphere Festival in 2011, performing Diamond Head’s classic song, ‘AM I EVIL?’ Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the crowd, saying: “If it wasn’t for Brian Tatler there’s a pretty good fucking chance none of us would be here tonight. Would you give it up for Brian Tatler one more time?”

Speaking about this event, Brian said: “It was great. A nod towards Diamond Head to say, ‘Respect. You’re an important band. You might not have sold millions of records, but you’re an influential band.’ And it’s nice to be influential”. Brian continued, “But equally if it wasn’t for Metallica, then Diamond Head would not have had this second wind”

Speaking about the new album, Brian said: “This new album has an echo of the early albums but I always try to push our music forward somewhere new if possible” Ras adds: “All in all this album was made with the band’s first fans foremost in mind from start to finish. We wanted to write songs that would have ties to the best parts of the all the previous albums. We feel we have achieved what we set out to do and we hope everyone will hear and feel the Diamond Head spirit through this new eponymous record.”

In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren’t so heavy on the heart.

Diamond Head are a hugely influential Heavy Metal band. They have toured with Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC & Europe and have opened for Metallica on many occasions.




Physical copies of the album on CD and Vinyl will be available direct from www.diamond-head.net

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Belphegor @ The Dome, London

January 5th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ The Dome, London UK

10th December, 2015

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Michelle Murphy


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Best of 2015 – Anders Sandvall

January 5th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Top 20 Albums

  1. Iron Maiden “The Book of Souls”

    Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

    Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

    Maiden is the best band in the world nothing can take that away from them. The new album is great and Iron Maiden is one of the old bands that continues to make great albums today.


  2. Backyard Babies “Four By Four” – The new album rules in every possible way and I’m so glad they are back.
  3. Michael Monroe “Blackout States” – Monroe have done it again with this album. The legendary singer is not capable of releasing anything remotly bad.
  4. Close Quarters “Always Alot, Never Little” – this second album from the Swedish glam/sleaze act is amazing. The guys are the next big thing from Sweden.
  5. Nonexist “Throne of Scars”
  6. Grenouer “Unwanted Today”
  7. Nightwish “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”
  8. Slayer “Repentless”
  9. Hardcore Superstar “HCSS”
  10. Black Star Riders “The Killer Instinct”
  11. Saxon “Battering Ram”
  12. Jørn Lande & Trond Holter “Dracula – Swing of Death”
  13. The Resistance “Torture Tactics”
  14. Civil War “Gods and Generals”
  15. Mustasch “Testosterone”
  16. Ammunition “Shanghaied”
  17. Dark Sarah – Behind The Black Veil”
  18. Kiske/Somerville “City of Heroes”
  19. Nightrage “The Puritan”
  20. Paradise Lost “The Plague Within”

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Fields of the Nephilim @ Islington Academy, London

January 5th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Fields of the Nephilim

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

17th December 2015

Review by Graham Hilling

Photography by Jo Blackened

Fields of the Nephilim @ O2 Islington Academy

Fields of the Nephilim @ O2 Islington Academy

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