On the back of their very recently released new alum, Frontschwein, Swedish black metal masters Marduk close the UK leg of their extensive tour with a sold out show in London. Read the rest of this entry »
Brand new video clip from Anthrax, shot during the recording of their upcoming album due out later this year. Anthrax – Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais – have been working in Los Angeles with producer Jay Ruston. Check it out:
Marduk guitarist Morgan is renowned for his fast riffs, but who knew he spoke at such a pace too! We were delighted to have the chance to chat to him before he went on stage and demolished The Underworld in London, UK.
The Electric ballroom is a house of musical delight within Camden’s entertainment hub. That not complete without beer stains, pretty good prices for London and a good bubbly atmosphere the night is set for a good time Read the rest of this entry »
South England thrashers Divine Chaos were fortunate to be the only support band chosen to play before Sodom at The Underworld, and about an hour before they took to the stage to find out more about their songwriting, lyrical themes and views on short albums!
Primordial @ O2 Academy Islington
February 7th, 2015
By Ann Sulaiman (reviewer) and Ashlinn Nash (photography)
Almost four years since their last visit, “dark metal” band Primordial returned to the O2 Islington for the London part of their UK mini-tour. While Winterfylleth were again on tow, a couple of newer faces came along this time around, namely Swedish traditional metallers Portrait and fellow Irishmen Malthusian. Though an early curfew (venue rules and restrictions on Saturday night) meant that everything would have be over by 10pm, word about an afterparty at The Dev meant that more fun would be waiting around the corner.
The evening began around 5 o’clock, with newcomers Malthusian. Despite having only a demo release under their belt, the band’s limit of three songs was more than enough, since everything filled up their half hour set time. Considering the nature of their brand of extreme music – that vein of black metal which needs you to sit down and listen (or at least stand there, squeezing invisible oranges) – this was pretty much expected.
This being my first ever trip North of the border to Scotland, I was all out of sorts (and lost) but thankfully a very cheerful hooded Richie Cavalera from INCITE, found me in the drizzly carpark and holding the door open, like a true gentleman, he guided me towards the Venue in the Attic up many, many stairs!
The night got off to a cracking start with me having the opportunity to Interview Richie and speak to him in depth about INCITE, touring and what it is like being a Cavalera, so stay tuned to Metal-Rules.com for the interview (once i have fixed the sound file on the video!)
Portrait: Interview with guitarist Christian Lindell
Questions – Ann Sulaiman
Sweden has turned out more than a few interesting names into the current heavy metal scene, such as RAM, In Solitude and, of course, Portrait.
While on the one hand, this could be taken as accessibility (since Scandinavia has churned out some iconic names – don’t deny it), on the other, it says something about the spirit of heavy metal being alive and well today.
Metal Rules caught up with Portrait, on the afternoon of their London show with Irish heavyweights Primordial, to talk spirituality, tour clashes and musical influences.
Londoners, be prepared to be crushed and drowned in a sea of mythological sounds at The Black Heart, as The Great Old Ones are crossing over to England’s haunted shores for a very special date in Londinium on Saturday, March 21st.
Dust Bolt are a promising young band, who bring the spirit of thrash metal back into the scene. It’s not every day that one gets to say this about a bunch of newcomers, and it’s not every day that this seems to come true. Thrash has seen the arrival of bands who are not only overhyped but unimpressive both on CD and live.
In the case of Dust Bolt, however, this is mercifully not true. Watching them live was one of the many pleasures of the Obituary show in London this year, and sitting down to interview frontman Lenny Breuss (and friend Bene) beforehand was a good insight into the minds of these young’uns. Come see what the conversation was like, only here on Metal-Rules.com!