KROKUS – Bassist Chris von Rohr

July 11th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Chris von Rohr

Chris von Rohr of KROKUS

Krokus logo

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Switzerland’s most successful hard rock band of all time, Krokus, are back with their new album DIRTY DYNAMITE. The new album presents Krokus at their best. It’s all about bluesy hook-filled hard rock performed by the classic line up of the band: vocalist Marc Storace, guitarists Mark Kohler, Fernando von Arb and Mandy Mayer and bassist Chris von Rohr. The band enjoyed large international success in the early 80’s. During that period the band released such classic albums as ONE VICE AT TIME, METAL-RENDEZ VOUS and HEADHUNTER but later on the band went through several personnel changes and slowly their popularity started to vanish. The classic line up announced re-union in 2008 and the band released album HOODOO in 2010. It’s been five years since the reunion and as said earlier the band is now back with DIRTY DYNAMITE. Krokus performed at Sweden Rock festival in early June and there I was able to sit down and discuss various topics with bands founding member Chris von Rohr. Read on!

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KISS – Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, Jul 4th, 2013

July 10th, 2013
by EvilG

KISS

Press conference, 40th anniversary tour
Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

by Metal Rules guest contributor, Darrin Pope
Pics by Fawn Downey

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

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Can you hear the Thunder?

July 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Thunderstone - live10.jpgRumours abound of the reactivation of the Finnish group Thunderstone.  As of today, the band’s Facebook page carries the rather cryptic message “very soon”… leading to speculation that big news is just around the corner.

Thunderstone has not released an album since 2009’s DIRT METAL which saw the introduction of new vocalist Rick Altzi who replaced longtime Thunderstone voice Pasi Rantanen.

Metal-Rules.com will monitor the situation and will post updates as they unfold.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/THUNDERSTONE-OFFICIAL/142811818326

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KISS: Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

July 9th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Simmons & Stanley

KISS

3’rd of June 2013

Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA BY COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. rockers KISS opened up their European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden on 1’st of June. The show was the World Premier of bands new spectacular stage titled “Spider”.  Now, two days later, the KISS circus arrived in Helsinki. The band has been a regular visitor to Finland during past few years but there’s still a lot of demand for the band since they sold over 15,000 tickets in Hartwall Arena. It’s KISSin’ time again!

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CARCASS: Trailer Previewing “Surgical Steel” Release Posted Online

July 9th, 2013
by EvilG

Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, have released a trailer http://youtu.be/hjvHn1IlK5c previewing music from their upcoming sixth full-length release, Surgical Steel. The eagerly-anticipated album will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America).

Surgical Steel, the band’s first studio release since their 1996 LP Swansong, was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWERGOREFESTCANNIBAL CORPSESINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). Expect some guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen as well, when Surgical Steel is finally released this Fall world-wide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Less Than A Week Left To Help Out The SIN CITY SINNERS

July 8th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

SCS
Time is running out… Only a week remains in The Sin City Sinners quest to produce two new CD’s. Vegas’ favorite band has taken to the popular Kickstarter route, but has a lot of catching up to do. The Kickstarter site has become a great tool in helping independent artists fund their projects, but it’s not without it’s risks… Kickstarter is all or nothing, if you don’t reach your goal, all the money raised is returned.

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LORD Announce Asia Tour For September

July 8th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

LORD ANNOUNCES ASIA TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER
Appearing for the first time in Singapore and Malaysia.
Making their long awaited return to Japan.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF SUMMER

July 7th, 2013
by EvilG

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As the summer heat has really kicked in for many of us, it got us thinking about the albums we reach for on a hot summer’s day. The type of album best played while having a few cold ones, having a BBQ, sitting at a pool, going swimming, or just melting in our own hell!

We took in about 150 nominations from staff which we then narrowed down to the list that you see below. We applied some guidelines to the nominations: it had to be albums (not demos, no EP’s) and it goes without saying, the nominations had to be metal. Nominated albums were both new and old, and covered everything from glam to death metal. However, when scoring, the main point kept in mind was that the album had to remind us of summer, or we had to feel it was suited to summer listening. That means that what someone had as a #1 selection was not necessarily their favorite album from the nomination list, it was just the one they thought was best suited.

So load up your CD player, iPod, or whatever medium you prefer, crack a cold one and enjoy listening to some of the greatest summer metal albums available.

-EvilG, July 2013.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off in San Bernardino, California – June 29, 2013

July 6th, 2013
by Metalette

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013

San Bernardino, California
June 29, 2013

Review and band photos by Metalette
Crowd photos courtesy of Adrenaline PR

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013

The San Manuel Amphitheatre is situated in a classic California desert-mountain valley. It was in this harsh, desolate, and port-a-potty-covered wasteland that the first day of Mayhem Festival 2013 took place. There was literally nothing else around the festival; just tall, brown, shrub-covered mountains and lots and lots of dust. The day itself was so hellishly hot – peaking at a scorching 107 F – it was almost as if Satan himself had a hand with the weather (maybe he was even at the festival; he’s kind of into the metal scene, isn’t he?). I’m sure the Mayhem people made a fortune on the ice cold $3 waters and $6 lemonades they were peddling all day long, and I witnessed at least one girl pass out from the heat. But with a name like Mayhem, what else would you expect?

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METAL ON ICE – Tunes From Canada’s Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Heroes Companion Album And Live Shows

July 5th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

MetalOnIce

 

PledgeMusic campaign in support of project launched
www.pledgemusic.com/projects/metalonice

Inspired by the soon-to-be-published book by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly, the Metal on Ice – Tunes from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes companion album tells the tale of Canadian hard-rock through the rerecording of chart-topping heavy metal hits from the 1980s. Slated for release in October 2013, the album will include new recordings of original hit songs by celebrated Canadian artists Brian Vollmer (Helix), Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch), Darby Mills (Headpins), Lee Aaron, Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) and Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs). The project will be supported by an extensive PledgeMusic campaign, which launches today.

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WHITE WIZZARD ANNOUNCE FULL EUROPEAN HEADLINING TOUR DATES

July 4th, 2013
by EvilG
WHITE WIZZARD 'THE DEVILS CUT'

WHITE WIZZARD ‘THE DEVILS CUT’

WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed dates for a full European headlining tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Brighton, England.

The band will be hitting the road in support of their new studio album, THE DEVILS CUT, starting with a string of recently-announced UK shows, followed by stops in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON comments:

“We are very excited to get back over to Europe.  Giovanni and I have worked hard to get a solid line-up of guys that will actually tour and stick it out and to make White Wizzard a stable entity for the fans.  We appreciate all of our fans being so patient and supportive.  What we have now is a line-up that has been together over a year that is very dedicated and serious.  The fans will finally get to see the five guys that recorded the album and we promise we will not disappoint.

“This is only the beginning as we are already writing the next album and we are hungry to finally see the band through to its intended vision.  If you dig the album, just wait until you see this group of guys live.  We are on a mission in its first stages and we hope you come along for the ride.  It is going to be a blast!!!”
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Nahabat – Studio Bound & Album/Line-up news

July 4th, 2013
by EvilG
Nahabat

Nahabat

Italian Post-Black Avantgarde Metal band Nahabat is entering studio to record their debut full-length going by the name of Amor.Gnosis.Quantum (follow up to their 2012 Ep ‘Essence’). The Italian act’s line-up fronted by female vocalist Satya Lux Aeterna was recently renewed with the addition of Mike Crinella (already active with progsters Ashes of Chaos) on guitars, Adress on bass (involved in post-Black Metal band Deadly Carnage) and Marco Ceccarelli, an already established presence in Black Metal and DSBM scene (Deadly Carnage, Nostalgie, … DotDotDot, Dark Paranoia etc.) behind the drumkit. The album will include eight tracks (two of them being instrumentals) and its release is roughly scheduled for the end of 2013.

 

Tracklist is as follows:

01. Gnosis

02. Amor Fati

03. Sol Luna Maithuna

04. Ex Astris

05. Tempel

06. Quantum Threshold

07. Shemittoth

08. Outro

 

 

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FAMOUS UNDERGROUND Release ‘Dead Weight’ Video

July 4th, 2013
by EvilG

Canadian Hard Rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND have released a new video, for the track ‘Dead Weight‘, featured on their new self-titled debut album out now via Dust On The Tracks Records. The new single ‘Dead Weight‘ is a melodic romp that takes you on a trip with an anthemic message that pertains to everyone. Sonically this represents the light and shade that is F.U., the song is a wakeup call for people to realize that they have the power to help create a more positive world. Watch the video below: http://youtu.be/nI9I9ekK8v8

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REPTILIAN DEATH SIGNS TO DARZAMADICUS RECORDS

July 4th, 2013
by EvilG

Indian death metal band Reptilian Death have signed a deal with Darzamadicus Records to release their new album ‘The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence’. The release will be limited to 500 copies and released in Macedonia. The album released on Universal Music in India on May 19th. The album features artwork done by Michal ‘Xaay’ Loranc who has workedwith artists like Nile, Behemoth, Demonic Resurrection etc.

Commented Demonstealer, ‘We’re extremely stoked to sign up with Darzamadicus Records. I’ve known Dejan the label owner and he’s been extremely supportive of the band and the music and when he made us the offer to release the album in Macedonia we just couldn’t say no. We’re already in talks with some labels for a proper release for the rest of Europe, USA as well as the UK and hopefully you’ll hear some more about that in the coming weeks.’

The band also recently released the first single and lyric video for the song ‘O’. Watch the video here.

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WATCH KREATOR LIVE FROM DENMARK’S ROSKILDE FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY!

July 4th, 2013
by EvilG
Kreator

Kreator

The on-stage performance by German thrash overlords KREATOR at this year’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark will be streamed live this Friday, July 5th at 2 p.m. PACIFIC / 5 p.m. EASTERN.  Tune in to the live stream at www.roskilde-festival.dk.

KREATOR’s upcoming Dying Alive DVD will be released in North America on September 3rd and features the band’s sold-out, hometown, December 22nd, 2012 performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams.  View the DVD artwork on the band’s official Facebook page.

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