Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.
Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!
This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.
Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.
FOR some, Steve Vai is just simply a fantastically fast and talented guitar player – but there is sometimes among the few who have not witnessed him live are those who doubt that he can deliver a coherent live rock show.
Until this Mandella Hall date I was one of those – of course I admire his recorded output, but could I really put up with two and a half hours of widdly, widdly guitar worship?
Thankfully I could. Read the rest of this entry »
Jersey Metal legends, OVERKILL are entering the studio on Monday to begin tracking their next record due out sometime next year. The new material will be tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also mixed “The Electric Age.”
OVERKILL will be appearing on “THE BATTLE OF SAN BERNARDINO” on September 13th supporting IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH, TESTEMENT & ANTTRHAX. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.
CHILDREN OF BODOM come back on a massive European tour all over the continent. This goes along with a massive competition. The first place wins two passes for the whole tour. See every show you want, for free.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band
The Brazilian heavy metal act Pastore, led by singer Mario Pastore (Soulspell), released their second album last year called THE END OF OUR FLAMES. The music ought to appeal to fans of Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Iron Maiden and since I’m a fan of those acts I decided to hook up with Pastore in order to talk about the new album (which is brilliant) the bands past present and future. Since this interview was made, Pastore has changed the line-up totally! Read about what Mario Pastore had to say below.Read the rest of this entry »
Evile guitarist Ol Drake has just announced his departure from Evile- here is his official statement
“It’s been half my life (15 years) since I started jamming in a room with three other guys, in a group in which I didn’t know would grow to be EVILE, go through what EVILE has gone through and achieve what EVILE has so far achieved.”Since 1999, I’ve put 100% of my time and life into the band we formed, while us all had/have to sacrifice a lot financially and personally along the way.
“I’ve had some of the best times of my life in the past 15 years and met some amazing and fascinating people. I’ve had the huge honour to play a part in so many things I’d never have dreamed of: paying tribute to Dimebag [PANTERA] by covering ‘Cemetery Gates’ in Metal Hammer; supporting MEGADETH, EXODUS and many bands I grew up listening to; playing and recording with DESTRUCTION; touring/seeing places in the world I’d never have got to see otherwise and many more.
“Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring/band lifestyle.
“In my opinion, the music business for a band of our genre and ‘level’ determines a very unrealistic way of life to me, and I personally find it difficult to make a living and have a ‘normal’ life.
“This is not a plea for sympathy, I’m simply being honest.
“I’ve reached a point where I want a family/kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band’s income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.
“There is no animosity between the rest of the band and I. This is purely a personal and financial decision I’ve been mulling over for a while and I wish them all the best for the future.
“I am not unappreciative of the position EVILE has in the music world; I know a lot of people would love to be where EVILE are.
“I want to thank each and every person who supports the band, and I want to extend a special thanks to Digby and the Earache Records crew.
“Huge apologies to anyone this disappoints, but I have to do what makes sense to me.
“I am not quitting writing or playing; I do plan on continuing to record and write my own music (solo project, general composing/recording etc), I just won’t be touring etc.
“I’ll still be playing the two upcoming festival shows EVILE have.
“You can keep up to date with what I’ll be doing on my Twitter or on Facebook.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW BY CHRISTER USENIUS
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.
Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Niko Karppinen Pics by Arto Lehtinen
Here we are again… The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes back with a killer line-up to maintain its lofty status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on and old school metal approach offering traditional metal to extreme metal. The dream came true for the primusmotor of the Jalometalli Festival by having Slayer to play in the backyard of the Teatria club. The place was completely packed when the thrash kings unleashed angel of death. Besides Slayer there were a plenty of killer bands on the bill. On the other hand it is sad to see the Jalometalli Festival was the last time in the environment of the Teatria club. Both the club and the festival are both forced to look for a new place as the old one will be torn down. Before that, the Metal Rules team hit the ground of Oulu to witness several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli as a festival is so unique and one of a kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival.
Here is a brief article on the fest. So the time had come all of us to leave bitter sweet farewells to the old venue where we have enjoyed great music and great company throughout the year..
Al Jourgensen, six-time Grammy nominated godfather of industrial metal, will release his band Ministry’s 13th studio album, From Beer To Eternity, on September 10 (AFM/13th Planet Records). Pre-order info is available here. As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, “I had no choice.” Read the rest of this entry »
Guitarist Christopher Amott, who previously played in ARCH ENEMY, has issued the following “little update.”
“I’ve decided to step away from the GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS project. So, I am no longer involved with that. Best of luck to the rest of the guys.
I’m focusing entirely on a new ARMAGEDDON album. We are in rehearsals at the moment. There’s a lot of news to be announced, new members and so forth. We have almost completed writing the album.
That’s it for now.”
Formed in the Summer of 2012, Ghost Ship Octavius features guitarist Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, ex-HIMSA), drummer Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES), and vocalist Adon Fanion. The band describe their sound as “melodic progressive heavy metal.”
In an interview with Billboard, metal God Rob Halford spoke about the bands upcoming album:
“The writing process is complete,” he reports. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”
Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that “there’s always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we’re doing.”
Halford describes the project’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”
Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album, “Rocka Rolla,” which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.
“We’ll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I’m sure of that,” he says. “That just makes the (fantasy camp) another tremendous moment for Priest, to be in Vegas kicking of the 40th anniversary year, meeting our fans, making this special metal moment happen together.”