Interview with NicholasLeptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path) (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path)

by Ilias

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Nicholas, how are you?

I am very well thank you!

 Metal-Rules.com: I have seen you twice in Cyprus live with Arrayan Path. Now you are the new singer of legendary Warlord. Many great singers such as Joacim Cans (Hammerfall) have been Warlord’s vocalists. What’s your thought regarding to the previous ones?

I really like all the previous singers. Each and every one of them seemed to be appropriate for the kind of songs they were singing. It’s going to be a challenge for me to sing as well as they did!

 Metal-Rules.com: How has W. Tsiamis chosen you as the new singer? What did he tell you?

Well, we have been in contact for a few months now so when they started looking for a new singer, he contacted me and asked me whether I would like to be the new singer in Warlord. He said my voice is what he was looking for and that it would fit perfectly with the new direction in Warlord’s music. So I did a few demos of older songs to make sure I could sing their stuff and that was it I guess!!

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last album named ‘IV Stigmata’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Surely, it’s more progressive and epic than your previous albums. Could you please give us some of those differences?

In this album we gave more emphasis to the melody. We wanted the refrains to be catchier, and at the same time we tried to give a darker feel to the whole sound. I think we have succeeded in both. I can’t agree with you that it’s more epic, I think in this record our power metal side surfaced even more.

Metal-Rules.com: Nicholas, let’s talk about Arrayan Path. You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Arrayan Path’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Destined! You know, after our first album, we kind of put the band on ice. Our cooperation with VagelisMaranis and the album ‘Terra incognita’ gave us the incentive and the thirst to make the band more active. Finally, we had found a producer who could realize our ideas into songs without destroying them with bad production.

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 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Arrayan Path’ name mean for you and what is going to happen? Can you be the singer of two bands in the same time?

Arrayan path is my baby. I have become a workaholic for this band haha! Yes, I can be a singer for both bands. It’s not a problem as neither of the two bands has heavy touring schedules.

 Metal-Rules.com: Tell us, please, some things about the production of the album, the meaning and the choice of the cover and if there is any concept among the lyrics.

The album was produced by Vagelis Maranis at Maranis studios in Germany. Some recordings were done here in Cyprus as well. The whole album has a religious theme. It does not stand against religion necessarily but it shows respect to all opinions and all views regarding religion. Sometimes it’s just stories from the bible as seen through my point of view. The cover was designed by Katerina Philaniotou-Leptou (at Fallen fairy designs), a new artist with a lot of potential and imagination! Check her out!

Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

I’m not really sure. I guess I picked up the microphone because I couldn’t play any other instrument haha!

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

I like spending time with my family and kids. I also watch a lot of movies and of course I can’t stop writing new music. So I am always in some room working on melodies.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I respect all kinds of music and I listen to a lot of stuff that are non-metal. But usually I only buy metal music.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of the two band for the future and how can you deal with both bands’ schedules at the same time?

The plans are new albums with both bands and of course live shows! As I said, it will not be too hard to be in both bands as neither has heavy touring schedule.

 Metal-Rules.com: Give us a small taste of the feedback for your new album ‘IV Stigmata’.

I think we have had great feedback for this album, probably better than any other album. It will be a hard album to surpass!

 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) and Lou Reed. Are these the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

No, I think there will be more and more deaths of our favourite musicians in the following years as well. I know it sounds a bit morbid but I guess it makes sense. Our heroes and favourite bands are getting older. Some of them are over 70. I’m afraid there will be more bad news in the following years.

 Metal-Rules.com: You have toured supporting and co-headlining with numerous bands. Which of those bands did you have more fun?

One of our best shows was with Stratovarius and Rage. We also had a great time at Up the hammers festival in Athens and our headline show in Thessaloniki!

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

You know, there are so many bands out there that it is hard to absorb everything and become a fan of some band. But musically, there are some great new bands in all kinds of music although metal music remains ‘romantic’ to a greater extend than other kinds of music. For now.

 Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I am really bad with technology! But I am working on changing that!

 Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

They say that music makes circles. Who knows? Maybe it will be the return of glam! Personally I see the music moving to a more ‘electronic’ direction. Kind of a more advanced Rammstein. But I think it will co-exist what we hear nowadays. Metal musicians ate stubborn haha! If they insist on playing power metal, it will always be power metal etc etc…

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

A necessary evil. It helps bands become more well-known but at the same time they don’t get any income. They can only make money from touring. So if they can manage to make a good name for themselves and then tour then I guess it works out for everybody.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Bruce Dickinson! Those who know me also know why!

 Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Warlord’ and ‘Arrayan Path’ all the best!!!

Thanks for this great interview!

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Interview with Carsten Hille of Javelin (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Carsten Hille of Javelin

by Ilias

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Carsten, how are you?

Carsten Hille: Very good ! Thank you! Although we’re a bit excited, because the album will be released in a few days! And there are already great reviews online, what makes us very happy so far.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Javelin’ sound?

Carsten Hille: Well, I think it’s the late 80’s and early 90’s sound. As I became a Javelin member in 1991 we loved to play stuff of Megadeth, Metallica ,Annihilator or Overkill.

But we also loved the stuff from Judas Priest, Helloween, Vicious Rumors! The mix of Power metal riffing and melody, that’s our influences!

 Metal-Rules.com: You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Javelin’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Carsten Hille: Adamant ! Over all these years, no “band-time out”, line-up change or setback gave Javelin the “deathblow”, you know? The main core of Javelin always moved on, no matter how long or what it may take!

 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Javelin’ name mean for you?

Carsten Hille: Durability, friendship and fun over so many years! And as the javelin itself, soaring metal that hits every target!

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 Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

Carsten Hille: I started as a13 years old metal guitar player. At this time I listened to “Kreator”, “Sodom” and “ Running Wild”. I played in a few Rock/Metal bands until I joined Javelin.

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

Carsten Hille: I’m working on new lyrics, keep our social networks updated, look around for live- gigs/contacts or similar.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Carsten Hille: Besides metal, I love classical music, but some Top 40 stuff is interesting although! Some songs from “Adele” for example (I am a James Bond maniac) or “Anastacia”, real great voices!!

Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of ‘Javelin’ for the future?

Carsten Hille: We hope to play live as much as possible in 2014!!! Besides that, we’re working on new material, to come up with a new album in 2015.

Metal-Rules.com: You are about to come to Greece? Do you know any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?

Carsten Hille: We hope to make it to Greece! I know the bands “Firewind” and “Mystic Prophecy”( with R.D.Liapakis on vocals)! I played a gig in Germany as support for Mystic Prophecy with my former band “Fallen Angels” in the “Matrix-Bochum” in 2005. We would love to get on tour with these guys again sometime!!!

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you are about to release your second full-length work called ‘Fragments of the Inner Shadows’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Could you please give us some of those differences?

Carsten Hille: Well, it’s our first official album with a label. It’s amazing that “Puresteel-Records” is working with us, worldwide! That’s what we ever dreamt of. Finally we made a wish come true, to deliver a full concept album that tells a story! I don’t wanted to write about dragons , dungeons or political stuff. It developed an thrilling, mysterious story. An exciting “novel to hear”! The main differences to the other two outputs may be the years! 1997. Seasons of grey, was playful and without a main direction. We had these few songs and recorded them. 2009, Dark broken land, compact and powerful sound, elaborated songwriting, another step in the right direction! 2013, ‘Fragments of the inner shadow’ : Progression!!On this album, we have brought together the best of the last two EP’s. Further we worked with real professionals for Promo-Pics and Cover-artwork, this time! Tom Row Jäschke took amazing pictures and Christophe Dessaigne gave us a wonderful cover-art!! They were truly the best for us.

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 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) . Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

Carsten Hille: Yes, it was really frightening… In such a short period of time, these great icons passed away. They leave a big gap! But it happened in a very short time,over a longer period many great artists of the metal left. Cliff Burton, Bon Scott or Randy Rhoads….

 Metal-Rules.com: Five months have already passed after Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) passing away. What would you like to say about that?

Carsten Hille: That was really tragic. The most of us grew up with his music! Slayer will never be the same without Jeff, but this band is strong! They will have to learn to make music without their long-time friend… Nobody can simply replace such this man. But there will be a new musician and maybe friend… He would have wanted them to go on! R.I.P Jeff.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Carsten Hille: It became incredibly difficult to get into it as a musician/band. So many new releases per month…the sales changed completely. Digital album, downloads etc. Sometimes, it’s confusing! So few get real rich, and so many have to fight for every cent/song.

 Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Carsten Hille: It’s absolutely part of my life. I need my smartphone, my PC, the big Flat screen TV!!! But, I also love to turn the smartphone off and listen to old vinyl or watching oldschool movies ( Hitchcock in b/w or similar). I think I found a good way in the middle. Being modern romantic.

Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Carsten Hille: I think that the classic heavy / power metal will gradually reassert itself. Look at Steel Panther, Attic or similar band! The 80’s/90’s will be BACK!

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Carsten Hille: I prefer to go to a record shop! If I want to buy an album, I prefer to hold it in my own two hands. But if the great mass of people chooses to download, OK! We are right here, in the next web-shop.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Carsten Hille: The vocalist Russel Allen of Symphony X!!! His vocal range, power and sense for great melodies are outstanding!

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Javelin’ all the best!!!

Carsten Hille: I thank you on behalf of my band for your interest!!! I hope, we meet again at a Javelin gig in greece!

Cheers,Welcome to the show…Javelheads, GO !!!

www.javelin-metal.com

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Interview with Paul Speckmann of Master (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

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by Ilias

Master is one of the most influential underground death metal bands ever, reveling in the inspiration of death metal’s earliest creators, have managed to transcend the banality of “old-school” with a musical spirit that carries the mystic weight of the occult. Also, they are one of the bands that captured both the abundant spirit of death and its metallic counterpoint. Metal-Rules.com got the chance to contact Master’s deathleader Paul Speckmann.

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello Paul, how are you?

Paul: All is fine, just writing a new record once again. Busy with some shows ahead and many tours up and coming in the spring. ‘Master’ is still rocking.

Metal-Rules.com: Give us a line on the band’s days & works from its day one up to today.

Paul: ‘Master’ has released ten albums since 1989, although the band began actual recordings for Combat in 1985. This question would take days to answer, my friend. If someone is really interested in the history of the band, they can go to the website at master-speckmetal.com

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Master’ sound?

Paul: The band was originally influenced by the sounds of ‘GBH’, ‘Motorhead’, ‘Discharge’ and ‘The Exploited’ but those days are long gone. The world around us has and always will be the biggest influence on the sound as well as the songwriting of the band Master.

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Metal-Rules.com: What does ‘Master’ mean?

Paul: Master your own destiny and be your own Master. This clearly describes the concept behind the band.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Paul: I like many styles of music including Rock, Metal and even some country like Willy Nelson and Johnny Cash.

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, could you tell me what your opinion on the Greek metal scene is?

Paul: The only band I really know in the scene there is Suicidal Angels and they are a great Thrash Metal band for sure. I had the pleasure of working for these gents a few years ago, and they were really cool motherfuckers for sure.

 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2010 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT). Is the year of 2010 the most depressing year of heavy metal?

Paul: Ronnie James Dio for sure will be surely missed. I am really a big fan of Rainbow and Sabbath and his vocals were always top notch. Certainly Peter put out some great music with Carnivore and few cool songs with Type O Negative. As for the third man I know nothing about him. I never heard a song from Slipknot in my life. I am not a listener of trendy music. I am into Metal my friend.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Paul: It sucks!

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Paul: The greatest so-called technological advances are for killing and mutilating others. As for the great advances today, how come the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was such a problem?

Metal-Rules.com: Right, I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal reigned over in 80’s, Death, black and power metal in 90’s and metalcore and nu metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Paul: More copy-cats of the original bands as always. Originality is a thing of the past. The airwaves are filled with cheap imitators across the globe.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Paul: This is and always will be a problem for underground bands such as Master. We try to survive from the music but with this illegal shit, it can be difficult. Back in the eighties and nineties people supported Metal, today it is easily downloaded for free and this should be stopped.

 Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Paul: Ian Gillan back in the seventies because his vocals are legendary on every CD I ever heard him sing on.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Master’ all the best.

Paul: Thanks for the interesting questions my friend as well.

 www.master-speckmetal.net

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Interview with Alex Alexiou of Phase Reverse by Ilias

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Alex Alexiou of Phase Reverse

by Ilias

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Phase Reverse is a heavy rock band from Greece and has all the guts to be the next big thing all over the music world. Metal-Rules.com got in touch with the Phase drummer, Alex Alexiou by the way of the release of their debut album, the upcoming new DVD, the download issue and much more…

Metal Rules.com: Alex, good evening how are you?

ALEX: First, we are in Athens and in the middle of the removal of the recording studio… We leave behind the place that we did the rehearsals and right now this move to our PHASE REVERSE STUDIOS where we can do much more easily the rehearsals and the other sound recordings of PHASE REVERSE.

Metal Rules.com: Congratulations for your first full-length album! A few months have passed since the release of your (excellent) debut album. Another one point has been added in the rock metal map of the world!

ALEX: Thanks a lot for your good words, but I have the sense that there are a lot of those kinds of points in Greek and we have to detect it.

Metal Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the Phase sound?

ALEX: The influences of PHASE REVERSE is anything that is similar to blues and its ramifications, rock’n’roll, hard rock, metal , without it leaving out our roots and the sound that someone can dig out in Greece and it is so near all the above music genres.

Metal Rules.com: Now, tell us something about the music style that you represent and its feedback in Greece.

ALEX: Well, we play rock’n’roll, as I said before. Basically, all of us listen to rock’n’roll and it’s so natural to play rock’n’roll, don’t you think? Now, people put Phase Reverse to different music categories, heavy metal, stoner, southern rock etc. We believe that the most right characterization for our music style is heavy rock. Generally speaking, the Greek audience is very fanatic and die-hard and, as we believe, extensively supports the bands. It’s not so accidental that Greek fans have been characterized by the apical bands as the most hot and devout public.

Metal Rules.com: What’s the creation part of a Phase album? How did/do you work on that?

ALEX: Ok, the meaning of a band is the collective work and creation. Habitually, we start rehearsals and conclude to one riff that we like and try to develop it into song. Indeed, there are a lot of times that one of us has an idea on mind and gives it forth, and then the rest of us starts work on this idea gradually to run into song. We do the preproduction to gain a supervisory point of view of the songs. Herewith, we decide on which of the songs would be in the album and through we do our best in the part of songs’ production. (The specifics make the difference)

Metal Rules.com: Which are your favourite songs of the album and why?

ALEX: Hm, I would say “EYE TO EYE “, due to the fact that it was the first Phase song that was written.

Metal Rules.com: I think that ‘Road fever’ has an AC/DC taste, isn’t it?

ALEX: Yes, it is. It is something which came out unconsciously and I think that it confirms what we said even before, the fact that we grew up with rock’n’roll and we ‘natural’ play rock’n’roll.

Metal Rules.com: Have you any plans right now about the next album?

ALEX: The truth is that we are in pre-production stage of the next album, after the seminal stage of the creation of our first DVD from the ‘’PHASE ONE TOUR’’. We play and write songs at every turn and our brand new and upcoming stuff has a lot of surprises within.

Metal Rules.com: Do you thing it’s right for bands/musicians to be categorized by their musical style?

ALEX: Music categories exist only for the royal communication between us. We don’t believe to this type of categories of music, which limit the music, cultures and social coveys as well. We do respect to all kinds of music, all of them have a reason to live, you know, we adopt things form music and we express those ones through music. If only rock wasn’t the ‘bad’ music and pop would be like this, if you know what I mean.

Metal Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

We believe that we are in front of huge changes as far as the worldwide music industry concern, and this has to do with the audience and especially with the previous and the actual thought and believe of a person that listens to music. Nowadays, people have measure and don’t be manipulated. Fans are able to think and adjudge what is good or bad and what they prefer to listen. Indeed, this happens, because past years there are fewer bands and record labels. Now, they have thousands bands to choose to listen and hundred of record labels all over the world and probably of the same music genre! In addition, the standards are not the same as in the past, as one band cannot bank on its music and live appearance, its ok, but I wish not for the opposite! Anyway, all these affect the way record labels to promote their rosters’ bands, as long as the cost of production of an album raises on and on, but due to different reasons and cases the cd sales descend! On the other hand, we can see the development of the independent labels and companies, which try to survive within this battle! We’ll see what’s going to happen in the end!

Metal Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

ALEX: Back to the vinyl!!! It’s a sign of our time! If you saw a bag with fresh oranges in the middle of the road, will you get it? Take another fruit, if you don’t like the oranges! (laughs!!!) You would do that, because you feel inside that you haven’t done any damage to anyone, regardless of you don’t like them afterwards. You can see and interpret the downloading issue like this: ‘’it’s free, I’ll get it then’’. Thereupon, you say that which is the relation between the songs and the oranges? Both of them are products for consumption. Nothing but, in the instance of a song there are more middlemen as the song arrives in the fans’ ear. The whole matter of illegality as far as the downloading concern is created mainly by the intellectual property labels, which feel that they loose a lot of money without be able to do their job (pimp business!) Respectively, the bands loose something. The intellectual property, by them, has not to be tradeable, because it has not to have a price. If you have music on your mind and you want to share it, you share it because it’s impulse to do it. If not, stay at home and play your song for your personal entertainment. If you fear the copying of your riffs and music, consolidate them. I f you want to be the hooker, employ a pimp. If your pimp takes the half of the money which you earn, change the pimp. To conclude, people have changed their way of thinking and anyone that relates to music has to become aware of it. When you earn your living from a job that declares to people and it is up to them, you have to eavesdrop them. We don’t think that downloading is illegal. We strongly believe that is incorrect, as you love listening to music and you have the money to buy a cd or vinyl, just do it. It’s much better by the quality issue speaking, because you listen besides with bigger constancy the thing that they offer to you. They just try to live their passion for music. They want only an ethic satisfaction for the work that they have done. Now, if anyone has not the money to buy the cd or vinyl and goes in for listening to the brand new album of his favourite band, he can listen to music through internet whenever he want. If he wants to have the music with him, he can download it from the electronic market with much less money than buying it in a cd form. Thus, if he cannot, let’s download it for free having on his mind to buy once an album from this band. Indeed, cd or vinyl is not a need for your life, but it’s a small sacrifice for your favourite band to live. Beside the point, the point that I have never understood is that how many people go to the doggeries and spend on them about thousand Euros, but they don’t have 10€ to buy an album of the artist that they have seen live before! Can those people look themselves in the mirror and say: ‘’Why am I listening to music? ‘’ We have so many things to say about those issues and there will be for sure a lot of people that they’ll get angry with us. At any rate, we are not hookers and have our mind clean in front of fans.

Metal Rules.com: What’s your wildest dream, musically speaking?

ALEX: Phase Reverse have lots of dreams to fulfill and we don’t think that these ones are so crazy. We always try and do our best. For the present, we work as a band and create songs for people. It’s so magic thing the communication with other people via music. Wherever is a man and listens to music, our souls communicate then. Is any dream crazier?

Metal Rules.com: Could you share with us the funniest/weirdest thing that ever happened on a ‘Phase Reverse’ live show?

ALEX: A lot of crazy things happen in our live performances, but the most times there are some slight things that we catch and understand. Specifically, there are a lot of laughs and cries when damages and misses happen to us and in our instruments in every live performance (laughs!!!). Something funny and historical is the immediate response ‘’Where we drink, there we play!’’.

Metal Rules.com: Have you any live shows to give hereafter and where?

ALEX: We are about to organize the this year’s winter tour ‘’PHASE TWO TOUR’’ including shows in Greece and some in Europe and America. Definitely, we have the release of DVD ‘’PHASE ONE’’ till Christmas and the creation of the second Phase studio album, which is going to release the summer of 2011.

Metal Rules.com: Alex, thank you for this interview, I wish the best for you and the rest of the Phase! Keep on rockin!

ALEX: Thank you, Elias, and we wish to you and Rockrace all the best! May the Phase be with you all brothers and sisters!!!

 www.phasereverse.com

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Interview with Thomas Gurrath of Debauchery (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview with Thomas Gurrath of Debauchery (by Ilias)

A Blood God rises up from Germany named Debauchery. This blood beast plays its mid paced death metal more than ten years. This beast springs its wings all over Europe supporting Six Feet Under and teaches how to kill! These bloodstained guys give a lesson in violence and the ‘apostle of war’ Thomas Gurrath, the frontman talks about the new album ‘King of Carnage’, the hit charts and many more…

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, how are you?

Hey, everything’s ok! Debauchery hit the German album charts and I`m in the studio again to work on the new BLOOD GOD record.

 Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Debauchery’ sound? As far as I can listen Six Feet Under and AC/DC are two of them.

Metallica, Slayer, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Manowar – stuff like that. Halford is very important. Resurrection and Crucible are awesome. And Judas Priest of course, Jugulator was a big influence for me.

 Metal-Rules.com: You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Debauchery’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Blood. Blood is my trademark. Songs about the World of Blood Gods, artificial Blood on stage, Blood Babe strip show, Blood God Hard Rock…

 Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Debauchery’ name mean for you?

Nothing, at the time I found no better name, so today I have to live with it.

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 Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

I love Hard Rock and Metal. It started with 11 or 12 with Guns`n`Roses’s ‘Appetite for Destruction’, . With 15 I began to play guitar. Angus Young was my favourite guitar player.

 Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

I have to organise all the stuff. Something like a booker, manager, artist, graphic designer and promotion agent. Otherwise I love all the nerd stuff like tabletop wargames, horror movies and I read a lot of Warhammer novels. But most of the time I`m working on my own stuff and the World of Blood Gods.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

I only listen to metal and rock mostly. But there are great artists in every genre.

Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of ‘Debauchery’ for the future?

We will be on tour with Eisregen in November and December, right now I make a new album for BLOOD GOD. Afterwards I don`t know.

 Metal-Rules.com: You are about to come to Greece? Do you know any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?

Would be cool to come to Greece, but so far nothing is booked. Actually I only know Rotting Christ from Greece. Once I have met them in Switzerland.

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 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last work ‘King of Carnage’.Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Could you please give us some of those differences?

It`s better than the others, but I think every musician think his new album is the best one. So I don`t know. I always try to make a cool metal album. Hope this one is cool.

Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finally Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER). Are the last four years the most  depressing years of heavy metal?

I was born in 1980 so I missed a lot anyway. I was told that the 80’s were great for Heavy Metal, but I was in Kindergarden at that time. I have never seen Bon Scott live and never seen Guns`n`Roses. So, for me it was bad from the beginning, haha. But some bands and people pass away and new one step in. Or I hope so.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

The Internet fucks everything, also the music industry.

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I`m on facebook, have a smart phone, 2 laptops and make recordings that most people play on computers. So yes, technology is a big part of my life. But if I would have a choice I would first shut the internet down and kick all mobile phones in the trash.

 Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Haha, I hope people go back to the roots again. Heavy Metal is the best, I don`t need that other stuff.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Do you mean illegal downloading?

Metal-Rules.com: I mean both illegal and legal one.

It`s killing the industry, the labels will have less money. And because of that they will spent not so much in bands. There are already very few in metal who can live from their music.

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Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Halford. Best voice of all, very creative, much diversity in his records. Just awesome.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Debauchery’ all the best!!!

Thanks and cheers.

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Interview With Chaostar (by Ilias)

November 19th, 2013
by J P

Interview With Chaostar (by Ilias)

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Chaostar isn’t a new band. They are one of the few Greek orchestras/bands with a strong following inside and outside their home country due to being on an outside label. But this following doesn’t exist without good reason. Chaostar are unique both musically and individually; Their latest elaboration, Anomima, at first didn’t click with me. But eventually I realised that there was indeed something interesting about how Septicflesh interweave orchestral majesty with metallic brutality. So I jumped at the chance to interview guitarist Chris Antoniou. Metal-Rules.com got the chance to contact Greek Chaostar’s mainman, Chris Antoniou, to speak of the new band’s offering, about the special guests (David Vincent, Fernando Ribeiro) and Septicflesh and many more…

Metal-Rules.com: Hello Chris how is you and where are you checking in from today?

Hello, I am fine thanks! Right now I am very busy doing the orchestrations for the new album of Septicflesh. We have entered the studio for the drums.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you introduce Chaostar to American fans? Could you tell us some words about your new elaboration?

Chaostar is the band where I introduce to the audience my deep love for classical and experimental music. To be honest Chaostar is the music for the listener who really wants to listen to something fresh and new that cannot be categorized or labeled. Eastern melodies meet with extreme sounds while simple rhythms give their place to seductive operatic vocals or even lamentations of traditional instruments. I studied composition of Classical music for about 7 years in England and Chaostar is the band where I can give an “excess” of more sophisticated and pretentious sounds. In the last album “Anomima” we give a real example of who liberty can invade music composition. In “Anomima” you will find various rhythmic styles, a vivid use of different instruments ranging from the eastern Yalil-Tambur to the up-to-date dubstep, everything under the veil of mesmerizing operatic sounds that can turn into frenzy screams and weeping’s of a mad woman. I am always very careful with the selection of the musicians who take part in my works, thus Chaostar boasts a variety of talented and dedicated people. The encrownement of all this effort behind Chaostar is the use of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague that contributed with its specialists to our musical project. What I believe that our friends in America will love to chaostar is that on the latest album “Anomima” there is a concept behind. The idea on which the album is based has been the power of the “one against all” story. The one and -only person that walks alone the harsh path of its beliefs and ethics, against the prevailing ideas of its times. Frequent example that I use is the story of Galileo Galilei, the man who faced Inquisition standing for his beliefs. It is where the prevailing illusions of superstition religions, faced a courageous man that defended the scientific truth (that earth moves around its axis) jeopardizing his life.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you explain the reason that you named your new release under this strange name, because I am sure that there is an interesting story behind it.

Indeed there is a quite interesting story for “Anomima”. The closest interpretation to the Greek word “Anomima” is Sin. Sin is a word that rarely can be found in ancient Greek philosophy and start to become more and more apparent after the Roman Empire and the medieval times. Jordano Bruno was sentenced to death by fire by Inquisition, because he was a sinner towards religion, a “heretic”, a threat to establishment, by saying the clearest thing. That Universe consists of numerous other galaxies. To who did he sinned? I would say towards certainty of those times.

So sin has several different interpretations .Is it the sin that goes opposite to our morals, or is it the sin that goes opposite to the preconceived ideas society has nourished us with? Can we tell the difference between them? Can we choose? Can we choose to be sinners for humanity but ok with ourselves? Are we ready to pay the price? “Sorrow descending” talks about Antigone’s sorrow descend to her tomb of death were she will be enclosed .She disobeyed the King, but she obeyed her heart. Her sin takes her beyond the limits of human creation and crowned her as the Queen of love and courage. I wish we could have more sinners like that in this world, those rebels that no real protestation demands firstly for the price to be paid. Even in music, can you recall the reactions of a society watching speechless the “provocative” Diamanda Galas before 25 years? Her contribution is beyond compare to anything. So, in the root of every evolution there is always the piercing action that shakes and burns the established theories. In this album we bow with respect towards those personalities who dare to sin and those situations that seem to be revolutionary for their times.

The word “sin” is something that refers to the non-accepted or provocative action. Our concern as a band is to underline the defining power a “sin” may infuse this world.

In other words, the central pole around which the album is circulated is the personal strength and power one can have in order to fight for an idea or to protect his beliefs. We are excited by personalities of Antiquity, even from nowadays simple heroes that stand up to the established ideas and make the difference. A small idea that can grow inside us and becomes the wall to protect us against the arrows of the enemy. That has been the root of my inspiration.

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Metal-Rules.com: Chris, how are the things in your main band, Septicflesh?

We are in the recording process. We have already started the drums recs. We will be in the studio for the next 2-3 months for the recordings, mix and mastering.

Metal-Rules.com: How did recording “Anomima” go?

The recordings went very well. It has been a really hard work to do, but the result recompense us. Too many different instruments, too many different vocal techniques, a lot of difficulties in arrangement, made “Anomima” a really hard work. However, we always felt that we could do better and better, thus we spent a lot of time correcting and re-recording things aiming the perfection.

Metal-Rules.com: Well, could you tell me what your opinion on the Greek metal scene is?

Is going better but need more efforts and I would say more originality. We need also more bands to establish their entity. It takes time, patience and a lot of work in order to “compete” with traditional scenes of metal like Scandinavian as ex.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you impart any technical details on “Anonima”?

It took us many months to record and finalize the album. My busy schedule also played role on that as I had tours with Septicflesh for the promotion of The Great Mass.

We record the majority of the material in Devasoundz studio our professional studio in Athens.I record also some parts again with the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir from Prague. Lambros Sfyris made the mix of the album. Lambros used to be our “producer” in our early days with Septicflesh. He mixed albums like “The Ophidian Wheel” and “The fallen Temple”. As we have many traditional instruments played by George Diamantopoulos we wanted a person that his familiar with the difficulties of these instruments. We didn’t want a metal producer for the album. I am really pleased with result. Was a tough work to mix “Anomima” but everything went really well.

Metal-Rules.com: What inspired you to choose “Anonima”? What is the concept or main theme of the album?

The answer is almost answered previously ,where I explained why I released the album under that strange name” Anomima”.Well the question remains ,what was the inspiration of choosing the theme of “sin”, “provocative actions”, the non-acceptable behavior” and the answer is because we ourselves feel closer to that concept. We consider ourselves as a group of musicians who strive for creating a genre of music that can be called as non-clearly -understandable. It is an honor to us when reading that some parts of our music are» inexplicably done, or irrationals». It is only then that we commit our personal disobey towards the sweeping power of the music industry. We are simple people .but that doesn’t mean that we cannot do remarkable choices in our lives.

Metal-Rules.com: The disc will feature David Vincent and Fernando Ribeiro? How did the idea originate?

I always want to introduce controversial elements to my works. Maybe someone can’t imagine David and Fernando participating in Chaostar, but this is the interesting part. Both managed to add their distinctive colors. First of all as far as David Vincent, I believe there wouldn’t be anything more precise and accurate than the use of his voice. He opens the song referring to “Medea” and actually he plays the role of the clairvoyant, who foresees the tragedy. His dark imposing voice is exactly what I always imagined in that part. Bear in mind that in Greek mythology and tragedies the clairvoyants were considered to be extremely respectable personalities. Their oracles defined endings or waging of wars .It gave me chills to sing after him on the song, an indescribable feeling for me. Indeed David Vincent’s voice has an imposing velvet tone that reminds us of a clairvoyant of other times. Words are not enough for a legend of its magnitude.

Fernando also exposed his talent for one more time in “Anomima”. In “Dilate the time” a song referring to the Einstein’s revolutionary theory about time dilation, that change drastically the idea that scientists used to have about galaxy and space ,Fernando used his voice so as to imitate the speed of light. The central idea of the song is that the speed of light can eventually turn light into mass…So the more we put forward our dreams the bigger they become. Can you see the connection between velocity and realization? It is a little bit imaginary but it can be done. So who else can give better the rhythm and the seduction on that song than Fernando Ribeiro?

Both David and Fernando did a wonderful work and we are honored to have them participated in “Anomima”.

Metal-Rules.com: Do you think there is a common area between Chaostar fans and Septicflesh? For some to like one band and then discover and grow onto the other?

Yes I truly believe that. People listening to Septicflesh will find many of Chaostar elements in Septicflesh’s albums .People who are fans of Septicflesh are able to see the great effort and the musical result that will remind them a lot the kind of music I write. I believe that even though there is a gap in the genre between Chaostar and Septicflesh, people who love symphonic metal will appreciate and embrace with joy the music of Chaostar which also reveals the mysterious and dark element, as Septicflesh always do.

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Metal-Rules.com: Right, I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, black and power metal in 90’s and metalcore and nu metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Art has been saturated. I can’t see any evolution in any genre, is really difficult nowadays to create a music idiom. But you never know.

Metal-Rules.com: Once you said that Horace is your favourite Roman personality. Please give us some more words about that.

Horace declared what should and must be the root of every positive change on this planet and that is our personal and only will to define our futures and the ways we lead ourlives. We are not born, we are made. So Greek culture is not a privilege of Greeks who were born in Greece, but it is a gift given to all those around the world who wants to be nourished with the Greek philosophy. Do not misunderstand me ,I don’t mean that the change on this world has Greek roots, but I mean that any change has its roots in the way we grow up and in the amount of courage we have in order to define a better world. We talk about Democracy but that must not be a privilege of people born in the evolved Western world, It has to be a worldwide strive to be imposed all over for the sake of all people. We talk about Human rights. Not only people in certain countries must be privileged with that, but every people around the world must convince itself that through struggle and fight it can be an inherit ant of its own rights.

Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. If you would like to tell to yours fans a message, please do so! I wish you all the best!

Thanks for the interview and thanks to all our fans all these years for supporting us. Metal rules!

 

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Damnation Festival 2013

November 18th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Damnation Festival

@ Leeds University, Leeds

2nd November 2013

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photography by Michelle Murphy

Calling all the sinners and heretics, the gathering of the damned with once again take place in the unholy city of, well, Leeds. Perhaps the settings may not be dark, dank pits of hell, but the bands certainly make up for this. Damnation festival has returned bigger and better than ever this year, with an additional forth stage and hallways chock full of denim cutoffs and weathered leather jackets on men and women alike. As some things change though, others stay the same. CARCASS made their Damnation debut in 2008, and judging by the packed halls, this was a more than welcome booking.

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Morbid Angel Covenant 20th Anniversary Tour, The Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2013

November 17th, 2013
by Infamous Butcher

Morbid Angel

Covenant 20th Anniversary Tour

The Theater of the Living Arts (TLA)
Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2013

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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BLACK SABBATH Extend World Tour Into 2014

November 15th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Following wildly successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and now Europe (which kicks off November 20 in Helsinki, Finland), BLACK SABBATH have announced additional shows in North America and Europe in 2014.  The 2014 North American dates launch March 31 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and will hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before wrapping April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.  Tickets for the North American dates go on sale beginning Friday, November 22 at www.livenation.com  Beginning today, fans can visit (http://bit.ly/RSVPBlackSabbath) to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Wednesday, November 20.

These dates will be part of the band’s final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour in support of their first studio album in 35 years, 13, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).

For more than three decades, rock fans have hoped for the return of BLACK SABBATH, but few could have predicted the forceful return-to-form of 13, which was produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin.  With epic songs like “God Is Dead?,” “End of the Beginning” and “Loner,” 13 is a testament to the enduring relevance of BLACK SABBATH’s long-running reign.  The original BLACK SABBATH has sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

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BLACK SABBATH–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)–launched their 2013 world tour on April 20.  The fall European tour launch coincides with the release of “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” DVD, Blu-Ray, combo pack and deluxe box.  Filmed April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” features the first-ever live performances of songs from the band’s 2013 critically acclaimed 13 album, along with BLACK SABBATH classics.

Here’s some of the praise of BLACK SABBATH’s 2013 North American dates:

“…Yesterday in Mexico we had before us a band…one of those mythological entities…that connects with millions…This was the most important metal concert in the history of Mexico.”

–SOPITAS.COM (#1 portal in Mexico), 10-28-13,

“…the vastness of Sabbath’s influence was on full display.”

–LOS ANGELES TIMES, 9-4-13

“This summer, the deities of rock-and-roll have come roaring through town, loud and reliable, like evening thunderstorms…”

–WASHINGTON POST, 8-2-13

“…what Black Sabbath conveyed within 15 epic songs was such a summarization of metal matters…”

–ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 8-29-13

“…beautifully loud, forceful and pounding wave of music is being made…our rock and roll saviors continue to assault the senses all these years on, and we thank them for it, beg for it, pleaded for more.”

–PHOENIX NEW TIMES, 8-31-13

“…a radiance could be felt on stage that could only be described as magical…”

–OCWEEKLY.COM, 8-30-13

“…a magical night…”

–TORONTO STAR, 8-15-13

“…Sabbath could do little wrong…”

–TORONTO SUN, 8-15-13

“Black Sabbath sounds pretty f***ing awesome…”

–SF WEEKLY, 8-24-13

“Listen up, junior metalheads. You could learn something here.”

–TAMPA BAY TIMES, 7-29-13

“…an immensely entertaining, first-rate rock show…”

–SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE, 7-30-13

“…two hours of high volume, bone-shaking rock.”

–SUN CHRONICLE (Boston), 8-13-13

“The fact that they’re still out there packing rooms the size of US Airways Center after four decades is a testament to Sabbath’s staying power and their legacy as metal’s undisputed masters.”

–THE REPUBLIC (AZ), 8-31-13

BLACK SABBATH’s 2014 North American tour dates are as follows:

DATE                   CITY                             VENUE

Mon   3/31            Brooklyn, NY                   Barclays Center

Thu    4/3             Halifax, NS                      Metro Centre

Sat     4/5            Quebec City, QC              Colisee Pepsi

Mon   4/7              Montreal, QC                  Bell Centre

Wed   4/9              London, ON                    Budweiser Gardens

Fri      4/11            Hamilton, ON                  Copps Coliseum

Sun    4/13            Ottawa, ON                    Canadian Tire Centre

Wed   4/16            Winnipeg, MB                  MTS Centre

Fri      4/18            Saskatoon, SK                Credit Union Centre

Sun    4/20            Calgary, AB                    Scotiabank Saddledome

Tue    4/22            Edmonton, AB                 Rexall Place

Sat     4/26            Los Angeles, CA              Hollywood Bowl

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Interview with John Kevill of Warbringer (by Ilias)

November 14th, 2013
by J P

Interview with John Kevill of Warbringer

by Illias

WARBRINGER is a take-no-prisoners live act having carved a reputation as your favourite new thrash metal titan onstage. Their pure thrash metal has transfixed anyone who’s crossed their spiritual path. There are thrash to every sense of the word, and their new output inspired a generation of headbanging flare-wearers. John Kevill talks to Metal-Rules.com about the new album, the musician he would like to play onstage with and many many more…

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Metal-Rules.com: Hello, how are you?

I’m doing good man! We just made it into El Paso for our first show on the tour, just a hop over the border in Juarez, Mexico.

Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Warbringer’ sound?

There are many. I think the core of our sound is based on the heavier end of ‘80s thrash and early death metal. For me vocally Slayer, Kreator and Demolition Hammer are key.

Metal-Rules.com: You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Warbringer’ career? Which word would that be? And why?

Destructive. We drive around everywhere and ruin shit live. That is basically what we have always done.

Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Warbringer’ name mean for you?

Ha, it’s not exactly a hidden meaning kind of name, now is it! It means in your face violence and destruction.

 

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 Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

From listening to music, I decided I wanted to start a band. I was originally trying to learn guitar (I wasn’t any good), until I met Viktor Mikhalsevich, who introduced me to John Laux. From there Laux and I started writing songs and practicing every week, and it’s been a linear progression from there. Warbringer is my first band.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?

Eh, odd jobs, hanging out, roaming the hills sometimes. I took some college classes last spring. Most of the time I’m just playing with the band though.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Well that depends which other kinds of music we are talking about! Music in general is cool I think, so long as it does what it is trying to do with artistry and craft. Me, I mostly listen actively to old hard rock, metal, and prog. But a good song is a good song. There’s total crap out there, but I don’t listen to it. Problem solved.

Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of ‘Warbringer’ for the future?

Hard to say, we have to finish this record cycle and see where the band is at before we can do that. In the meantime, we’re currently on tour with Kreator and Overkill. We’ll spend the holidays at home and then we’ll be in Europe supporting Iced Earth in January and February. There’s a lot of places we want to go or get back to including Australia, Asia, S. America so we’ll see what we can work out.

Metal-Rules.com: You are about to come to Greece? Do you know any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?

To be honest I don’t know a lot of Greek metal at all! Just a few. Suicidal Angels is cool, we have played with them before, and what I’ve heard of Rotting Christ’s music has been very cool. I’d also love to share the stage with Achilles, Herakles, and all the heroes of ancient lore.

 Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last album named ‘IV: Empires Collapse’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Could you please give us some of those differences?

The songwriting is more progressive, the differences between songs are greater, and I think we have just taken the band to a new level with this record. That is why we chose a very different style cover and title, to draw attention to “something is different about this record”. We are very proud of how it came out.

 Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finally Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) . Are the last 4 years the most donsie years of heavy metal?

Well, unfortunately human life is brief and fleeting, and great and talented people too shall pass. “Nine for the mortal men doomed to die.” Doesn’t mean heavy metal is done though, heavy metal is an idea that lives beyond any one person.

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 Metal-Rules.com: I am gonna tell you a name and I would like to tell us what this name may mean for you. Gary Holt.

Gary’s a badass! Good guy, excellent musician. Was great working with him on “Waking into Nightmares”.

Metal-Rules.com: Five months have already passed after Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) passing away. What would you like to say about that?

It’s a shame, I love Slayer so it’s quite tragic. I really have nothing to say on this except Rest In Peace.

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Difficult. Many, many bands, record sales are difficult to pull off, music is more accessible which diminishes the importance of individual records to people. That being said, people still love music and it’s still worth making and playing it to people.

 Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Ha, I have somewhat old/romantic views of life, but I am answering this interview on a laptop right now. I am a child of the modern age, so technology is inevitably a part of my life.

 Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

It seems like there is a market and a fanbase for every form of heavy metal that has previously existed. I don’t think an entirely new genre of metal that is still 100 percent heavy metal will emerge again, the style has been around for 40 years now and has been brought in many, many directions already. I think there will be a continuance of the many traditions and craft of metal, with many talented people taking up the torch to play the music they love the way that they want to.

 Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?

Inevitable. That is how most people get music nowadays. As much as it sucks for the actual musicians (making a career in music is hard as fuck nowadays), few people are going to pay for something that they could easily get for free. It’s as simple as that.

Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath was the first band I really, really got into, and he is still the Master of the Riff.

 Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Warbringer’ all the best!!!

 

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Paradise Lost + Lacuna Coil + Katatonia @ The Roundhouse, Camden

November 14th, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Paradise Lost + Lacuna Coil + Katatonia

@ The Roundhouse, Camden

November 3rd 2013

Review by Ellen Norvang

Photography by Nikki Ryan

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Paradise Lost does not need an introduction to fans of gothic metal. It has been 25 years of existence for the Yorkshire boys. It has been 25 years with consistent bands members if you do not count the numerous changes on the drum kit. That is a long time for a band to exist and a long time for a band to maintain their own image, develop their own genre and influence several bands. It deserves a celebration and the setting is the Roundhouse in Camden,  Sunday the 3rd of November 2013. What better season to celebrate and what better city to wrap up a UK tour that has been embracing the band’s quarter of a century journey.

Not only does Paradise Lost have a back catalogue and a fan base big enough to host an evening on their own, but the band have invited the finest support acts to join them on the anniversary tour.

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SIN CITY SINNERS Spread Holiday Cheer

November 14th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Releasing one CD in a month would be too easy for The Sin City Sinners, so hot off the heals of their “DIVEBAR Days Revisited” CD, The Sinners will unveil the brand new “A Sinners Christmas 2″
“A Sinners Christmas 2″ will be available on November 26th at thesincitysinners.com & ITunes and includes guest performances by Tiffany, Mark Kendall (Great White), Frank Dimino (Angel), Ron Keel & Paul Taylor (Winger)

This will be Sin City Sinners fifth CD release and it includes the brand new original single & future Holiday anthem “Christmas in Vegas” (available for download on iTunes & Amazon 11/18)

A portion of the sales from “A Sinners Christmas 2″ CD will be donated to the Toys for
Tots Las Vegas chapter, who help to make sure less fortunate children have toys for Christmas.

ABOUT SIN CITY SINNERS:
The Sinners are more than just a band, it’s an experience…
What began in 2007 led by Faster Pussycat’s Brent Muscat, as a weekly ‘just for fun’ jam at a local dive bar, quickly evolved into standing room only shows featuring appearances by some of rocks hottest musicians and celebrities. As the bands reputation grew so did the need for larger venues and the band quickly became one of Vegas’ top headliners.
Sin City Sinners have released four original CD’s, the critically acclaimed “Exile on Fremont Street”, the all acoustic  “Broken Record” the Holiday favorite “A Sinners Christmas” & a collection of some of their favorite covers “DIVEBAR Days Revisited’
The Sinners local charitable efforts have raised well over $150,000 for various causes in the community including The St Baldrick’s Foundation to fight Cancer & The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For more visit thesincitysinners.com or Facebook.com/sincitysinners

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MANOWAR Announce Next Headlining Performance For Summer Festival Season 2014

November 13th, 2013
by EvilG
Manowar

Manowar

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Kings Of Metal,” MANOWAR announce the next summer festival stop on their “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour:

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Metal Summer Festival at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tickets will go on sale soon.

This will be MANOWAR’s triumphant return to the Turkish festival scene after their celebrated performance in 2010.

MANOWAR will perform the full “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” album along with a “best of” set of other immortal metal hymns in a completely new stage production.

“The Turkish fans of MANOWAR went literally berserk last time! And we have no doubt that they will have even more fire and passion in their veins this time! This will be a show you don’t want to miss!” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

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Carmine Appice’s new label, Rocker Records, is set to launch

November 13th, 2013
by EvilG
Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice

Revered by legions of high-profile musicians, including Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, as one of the most innovative and powerful drummers that rock and roll has ever seen, the legendary Carmine Appice needs no introduction.

Now, the man whose soulful pounding powered the uniquely heavy psychedelia of Vanilla Fudge’s mesmerizing late-1960s remake of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” up the charts and later co-wrote Rod Stewart’s smash hits “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks” is launching an exciting new record label, Rocker Records.

The first four releases are due out Nov. 19 as digital offerings, and they include Bogert/Appice & Friends, TNA (featuring Appice and guitar master Pat Travers) Live in Europe, and two concert recordings from his highly influential post-Vanilla Fudge group Cactus, Live in Japan and Live in the USA. Expect a bonanza of Appice-related material to flow from this new pipeline.

Information regarding these and other upcoming releases can be found at www.rocker-records.com and www.facebook.com/carminerockerrecords.

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Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender; English edition out now!

November 13th, 2013
by EvilG
Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender

Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender

VIOLENT EVOLUTION tells the story of Kreator – the titans of teutonic thrash – from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band’s members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, Violent Evolution explores the band’s remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet.

This is their story, from the start to today; from Kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the Thrash Kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world.

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Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/3944154940

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