Zimmer’s Hole with Fuqoured, Untimely Demise & Kyoktys (May 20th, 2016)

July 1st, 2016
by J P

Zimmer’s Hole with Fuqoured, Untimely Demise & Kyoktys  

Dickens Pub  on May 20th, 2016

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli

I wasn’t actually planning to review Zimmer’s Hole as I already had four reviews on my plate to finish but concerts by the legendary Zimmer’s Hole are few and far between, so I thought I better make some notes. Luckily two great photographers (Monika D and Jeff B) were at the gig so I could poach some photos from them.

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Thunderstone with Scythia & Viathyn (May 4th, 2016)

July 1st, 2016
by J P

Thunderstone with Scythia & Viathyn  

Dickens Pub  on May 4th, 2016

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli

Scythia is a well-known and well-regarded Calgary Metal band. To record their fourth album LINEAGE (watch for a review shortly!) they went to Finland to record at Sonic Pump, the recording studio owned and operated by none other than Nino Laurenne of Thunderstone. Over time a relationship was established and it was decided that Thunderstone would come to western Canada for a few gigs.   May 4th ,2016 was the first time that Thunderstone had ever played in Canada and it was a great night!

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Spellcaster with Hazzerd & Riot City (Calgary, Alberta May 1st. )

July 1st, 2016
by J P

Spellcaster with Hazzerd & Riot City  

Dickens Pub   Calgary, Alberta  May 1st. 

by JP

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli 

The month of May started with a huge bang. I have six or seven gigs with a total of 40+ bands to see in May and it all started on May 1st with Spellcaster!

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InnerWish – drummer Fragiskos Samoilis

July 1st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall


Drummer Fragiskos Samoilis – InnerWish

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the additional promo pictures of the band.


For some strange reason the music of InnerWish totally past me by, the band have been active for about 20 years and after a really long break the band released the album INNERWISH. The previous album came 6 years ago and I was interested in knowing more about what the band had been up to in between releases, so I got in touch with drummer Fragiskos Samoilis to know more about the status of the band. Members have come and gone, especially singers, and the new album is, like the previous one, mixed in Sweden by the legendary producer Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd. We talked about what the future has in store for the band and if you’re interested in learning more about traditional melodic metal sprinkled with great vocals make sure to read and listen to InnerWish.

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One of the first extreme metal bands from the Netherlands USURPER is back

July 1st, 2016
by EvilG

From forming in 1985 to disbanding in 1990 the band released a couple of demo’s that became legendary in the underground and one album: “Divine Spiritual and Intellectual Development”.

This album became a collectors item in the underground and last year Marquee records Brazil re-released this album after 25 years on their Metal Classics label. In August the crypt records u.s.a will release a vinyl version, a double album in coloured vinyl with the album and all the demo’s, 2 un-released re-recordings and one brand new song.

For the re-recording USURPER frontman Patrick Harreman teamed up with Martijn Horsten on guitar, Larry Kranenburg on drums and René Simons on guitar. The re-recording sounded so good that the guys decided to write a new track. This spiraled into madness and to cut a long story short……………..the band is recording a new album as we speak.

Patrick Harreman: Lemmy said it before: “you always go back to the first love in music”. To me that was  extreme thrash metal. But it is a suprise, even to me hahahaha the re-recodings went so well and was so much fun that we decided to continue. I cant wait to play the old stuff the way we do now

The band is playing some try out gigs in their hometown Vlaadingen / Rotterdam in the first week of september. after that the band will headline DOCFEST in the Netherlands and more shows will be annouched. Check USURPER facebook for the latest news

Release schedule

July 2016 :       USURPER- demo-ns       CD/DVD     Marquee records     brazil

August 2016 : USURPER divine spiritual and intellectual development
double lp   The Crypt/ dark symphonies USA

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

June 30th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2016

@ Hammersmith Apollo, London

13th June, 2016

Review and photography by Sabrina Selkis

 With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30  years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been!
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Aussie Rockers Airbourne Hit Europe This Summer!

June 30th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Aussie maniacs Airbourne are hitting Europe this summer prior to the release of their 4th studio Album “Breaking’ Outta Hell” with dates in July and August.
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GLENN HUGHES – solo artist, Black Country Communion, ex -Deep Purple and more..

June 29th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala




Glenn “The Voice Of Rock” Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known from his work with Deep Purple, Tony Iommi and funk rock pioneers Trapeze. Hughes also maintains a notable solo career including 12 studio albums and he’s been an active session musician and a member in various projects. Between 2009 and 2014 he fronted the supergroup Black Country Communion which also featured guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonhan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. On April 2016, Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. Currently Hughes is working his first solo album in 8 years. He’s also working Black Country Communion re-union which is going to happen next year. I met a good humoured Hughes in Swedenrock in early June and here is a summary of our discussion which includes a new album, Black Country reunion and many other interesting topics. Read on!

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Tampere Metal Meeting 2016 – Tampere Finland

June 28th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen


What would the summer be without metal festivals? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Finland is the real promised land of metal with festivals arranged all around Finland from the north to the south, from the east to the west. A new comer to the Finnish metal festival map is called Tampere Metal Meeting arranged for the first time. The debut year of the festival looked tremendous temptating and fabulous as far as the line-up is monitored ; Finntroll, Moonsorrow, Destroyer 666, Nocturnus AD, Tiamat etc. Metal-Rules.Com made the visit to Tampere Metal Meeting…

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WITCHES MARK – Debut new single “Road Razor”

June 26th, 2016
by EvilG

WITCHES MARK have uploaded their new song “Road Razor” to Soundcloud.

Taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, “Road Razor” marks the first new studio material from WITCHES MARK since 2013’s“Witching Metal Ritual” full length.

Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams elaborates “After we finished playing out in support of the last record we got a little busy playing in some other bands. I joined IGNITOR on guitar in January of 2015 and Robb Bockman (Guitar/Vocals) recently joined the black metal band UADA on bass and has been touring with them. Both band’s have been doing really well for themselves and we’ve stayed consistently busy but wherever we’d go people kept asking us about WITCHES MARK and we’ve always known that band was something really special so we got together over the holidays and wrote all of the material for the next album. We’re gonna try and have it released by the end of the year.”

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Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake – “David Coverdale is Incredibly Supportive of all his Players!”

June 25th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Interview and photos by Robert Cavuoto

Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake

Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake


On June 1st Whitesnake embarked on a Greatest Hits Tour that will take them across much of the US before heading over to Europe for July and August. For the last 36+ years Whitesnake has remained a no-nonsense band and have one of the most charismatic frontmen; David Coverdale at the helm. Since the band’s inception, David has always surrounded himself with amazing musicians. For this tour as well as the band’s 2015 Purple Tour, he’s enlisted a tremendously talented guitarist; Joel Hoekstra. Together he and Reb Beach have an undeniable chemistry that dazzles the packed venues with their pyrotechnical style of guitar playing and acrobatics.

Joel is most notably known for his years’ with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Night Ranger not to mention he recently put out a solo CD called; Joel Hoekstra’s 13 Dying to Live, it’s a melodic hard rock CD with killer riffs and memorable melodies.

I was fortunate to catch up with Joel before Whitesnake played in New Jersey to discuss their Greatest Hits Tour as well as what the future may hold for the band. If that wasn’t enough,  he gave me a personal tour of his custom made arsenal of Whitesnake touring guitars!

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Wolf Hoffmann of Accept discusses his addiction to classical music on new CD – Headbangers Symphony

June 25th, 2016
by Metal Rules
Wolf Hoffmann - Headbangers Symphony

Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has dedicated his life to heavy metal which is well documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades. But beyond heavy metal, many people might not know that he has an incessant craving for classical music! In 1997 he released his first classical CD and now almost 20 years later he is releasing his newest solo CD, Headbangers Symphony due out July 1st on Nuclear Blast Records. Eleven “metaled up” songs by classical composers like Ludwig v. Beethoven, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to name a few.

I caught up with Wolf to talk about this monster endeavor that took almost a decade to create as well as the work that went into it.

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A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Boxed Set Available for Pre-Orders Now

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Ronnie James Dio’s sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. In 1983, the singer formed his own band, launching a successful solo career that led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Rhino would release a new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, that brings together Dio’s first six studio albums – each one featuring newly remastered sound. It includes: Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993).

Pre-orders have begun for CD and vinyl versions of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. Pre-order your copy now via Amazon: CD | vinyl.Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band’s iconic covers. The CD set will hit stores on July 22, 2016 for a list price of $34.98.

The vinyl incarnation of the set will be available on October 4, 2016 for $99.98, and comes with a bonus 7″ single. On the first side is the 1983 version of “Evil Eyes,” which was originally released as the b-side on the “Holy Diver” single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album The Last In Line. The flip side features “Time To Burn,” which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).

After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group’s platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic “Rainbow In The Dark.”

The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band’s second platinum seller and included the single “Mystery,” as well as “We Rock,” a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children.” Dio’s fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles “All The Fools Sailed Away” and “I Could Have Been A Dreamer.”

In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single “Hey Angel” and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like “Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost,” “Evilution,” and the title track.

Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on.  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Album Listing:
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)

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ANATA “The Infernal Depths of Hatred” vinyl reissue details revealed

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

KAOTOXIN is proud to announce the second release by KAOSKVLT, its new sub-label dedicated to old-school Metal gems: ANATA‘s 1998 debut full-length, “The Infernal Depths of Hatred”, which will be unleashed on October 21st worldwide, for the first time ever on vinyl!

Released in 1998 through then recently launched French label Season of Mist, “The Infernal Depths of Hatred” took the unsuspecting Death Metal scene by storm combining a sped up version of the trademark melodic, catchy and uptempo Gothenburg “New Wave of Swedish Death Metal” sound (At The Gates, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity…) with faster, relentless, heavy parts influenced by the rawer, darker and heavier typical US Death Metal of that time (Morbid Angel, Suffocatio, Cannibal Corpse…).

Specially remastered for analog physical supports at the Conkrere studio (Loudblast remasters, Gorod, OTARGOS…) and coming with a bonus Morbid Angel cover version (“Day of Suffering”) taken from ANATA’s 1999 “War, vol.II” split with Bethsaida, the brand new 2016 version of the album’s collector first press will be limited to 300 hand-numbered copies and come as a yellow and black marbled 12″ vinyl LP.

Track listing
Released When You Are Dead
Let the Heavens Hate
Under Azure Skies
Vast Lands / Infernal Gates
Slain Upon His Altar
Those Who Lick the Wounds of Christ
Dethrone the Hypocrites
Aim Not at the Kingdom High
Day of Suffering [Morbid Angel cover]
Total running time: 43:48
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Los Angeles Rockers BUDDERSIDE to Release New Self-Titled Album via Motörhead Music/UDR

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Doused in the (street) waters of Los Angeles, California, gritty hard rockers BUDDERSIDE are fronted by Patrick Stone, who was with the likes of Quiet Riot, Velvet Revolver and Adler’s Appetite before realizing the ultimate dream of his own band and singing his own songs to the world. Enter Michael “The Stoneman” Stone on bass, Rich Sacco on drums and Johnny Santoro, (Still Standing, Rock Sugar) on guitar to form a rock-solid band of brothers with instantly unbreakable bonds.

BUDDERSIDE manager Todd Singerman of Singerman Entertainment (Motörhead) ensured the band went into Rosewood Strat Studio with producer Paul Inder Kilmister (son of Lemmy Kilmister). And the result is a searing-hot, self-titled debut album Budderside,which is due for release on July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music/UDR. Pre-orders will be available soon, which will come in digipack, digital download and streaming formats.

Take a look at the video for BUDDERSIDE’s first single “Pain” now via YouTube: https://youtu.be/V48Li8Rqi9A

In the video, we see a gym janitor making eyes at a female boxer, who of course knocks him out. A daydream of unlikely grandeur ensues – chock full of scantily-clad vixens boxing one another and a full on BUDDERSIDE concert in the ring! But is this really a daydream? Watch the video to find out!

BUDDERSIDE vocalist Patrick Stone’s drive and verve come from a need to make sense of all life’s challenges – politics, sex, philosophy, rage, love, light, sound, senses – and express them all with one unifying current racing through it all – electricity, and Stone is far from encumbered by any perceived ‘limitations’ of a rock band more than he is empowered by the freedom to explore.

That seeker-spirit sees BUDDERSIDE go from the thick, thumping, leather-clad rock riffery of “The Envelope” to the ska-tinted mobility of “Ska-Bra” which also features Motörhead’s Phil Campbell on guitar. There’s the bendy, grungy intoxication of “X-Girlfriend”, the big-stage orchestral grandiosity of “Can’t Wrap My Head Around You” and the thicker, space-fuzzy buzz-riff of “Open Relationship”… which all serve to say that whatever sonic broadsword BUDDERSIDE want to swing, they swing with freedom and verve.

Infectious, gritty, contagious and altogether dangerous, BUDDERSIDE demand your fullest focus and most engaged attention. Stay tuned for more coming from BUDDERSIDE soon.

Budderside Track Listing:
Ska Bra (feat. Motörhead’s Phil Campbell)
Clear Blue Sky
Open Relationship
My Religion
The Enevelope
Let This One Breathe
Can’t Wrap My Head Around You

Patrick Stone – vocals
Michael Stone – Bass
Johnny Santoro – guitar
Rich Sacco – drums


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