From Hell’s Heart – Space Metal!

August 12th, 2015
by Metal Rules

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart:
SPACE METAL!

For our purposes, “Space Metal” is defined as songs about sci-fi stuff….not Apollo 13 “space”. We mean aliens, exploring alien worlds, alternate futures, cool shit like that etc. Here’s what the staff came up with for their top 5 space metal songs!

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Victorian Whore Dogs @ Bloodstock, Catton Park

August 12th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Victorian Whore Dogs

Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Park

9th August, 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley


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After perversely closing the New Blood Stage down for Saturday night with their 30 minute set of nasty noise, we spoke to Victorian Whore Dogs vocalist Danny Page about playing Bloodstock Open Air, British humour and being a workaholic.

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Ethereal (Iyaan and Naut) @ Bloodstock, Catton Park

August 12th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Iyaan and Naut of Ethereal

Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Park

9th August 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

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After thrilling a large crowd at the Sophie Lancaster stage on Saturday, we spoke to vocalist Naut and band founder Iyaan from the “Beasts of UK darkness”, Ethereal at Bloodstock Open Air.
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Ne Obliviscaris + Xerath + Brutai @ Boston Music Room, London

August 12th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Ne Obliviscaris + Xerath + Brutai

@Boston Music Room

5th August 2015

Review by Öna Genutyte,
Photography by Carina Martins

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In a city tormented by a Tube strike – no London Underground trains for nearly two days – anyone headed towards Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, London, depending on the distance they had to travel, experienced their fair share of travel chaos to and from the venue. With that in mind, the turnout was decent, metalheads gradually filled up the room, no doubt it would have been packed if not for the strike.
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Cattle Decapitation – Interview with Travis Ryan

August 12th, 2015
by Peter Atkinson

logoInterview with frontman Travis Ryan

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from Earsplit PR and www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation

To say San Diego’s Cattle Decapitation take a dim view on mankind is an understatement and then some. 2004’s Humanure took Slipknot’s “People = Shit” sentiment to a literal extreme, and had nature exacting payback on us for all the destruction we had wrought by chewing us up and crapping us out. 2006’s Karma.Bloody.Karma and 2009’s The Harvest Floor expanded on that theme, with man becoming part of the food chain to be raised and slaughtered to fill the gaping maw of our teaming masses after we’d consumed everything else.

2012’s masterful Monolith of Inhumanity looked further into the future, and saw man devolving into a species of ape-like troglodytes – living, breathing pieces of defecating meat doomed to wallow in our own crapulence on a planet of garbage. Which leads us to the band’s seventh and latest album, The Anthropocene Extinction, where it all ends – at least as far as man is concerned – as our mutual assured destruction is complete and the planet we’ve killed has killed us in return. Good times.

After barking – and grunting and squealing and shrieking – up largely the same tree for nearly 20 years, frontman Travis Ryan admits to a certain frustration in that nothing really has changed during that time, except for the worse. But his righteous anger carries him on – even though he’s not sure where it will head next, given humanity has been wiped out on Extinction.

But he’ll worry about that later, because for now, Cattle Decapitation – rounded out by longtime guitarist Josh Elmore, bassist Derek Engemann and drummer David McGraw – will see if the death-grind quartet can build on the momentum of Monolith, with Extinction. Extinction takes the churning groove of Monolith and sends it on a white-knuckle ride of progressive complexity and concussive brutality – all the while boasting some surprising melody in Ryan’s occasional fatalistic croon.

On the phone from a Summer Slaughter tour stop just before Extinction was released, Ryan offered the following about the new album, the tour and what’s come ahead, the commercial potential of a band as extreme as Cattle Decapitation and his “Storage Wars” brushes with greatness.

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Kill Ritual New Video and Single “Rise” Now available!

August 10th, 2015
by EvilG

Kill Ritual has released a video for the song off their upcoming release Karma Machine that will be made available on 9/18/15 through Scarlet Records. The video was shot at Soundwave Studios in Oakland CA. with Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head, Lynard Skynard) directing and features the bands new revamped line-up and sound.

Kill Ritual:

David Read Watson-Vocals

Steven D. Rice –Guitars

Koryun Bobikyan-Drums

Bobby HQ Storm-Bass

Kill Ritual-Karma Machine

1. Just A Cut

2. Rise

3. The Enemy Inside

4. The Key

5. Karma Machine

6. My Green Room

7. Kundalini

8. Land Of The Dead

9. The Camera’s Eye

The CD was produced and engineered by Steven D. Rice and mixed /mastered by Andy LaRocque.

Kill Ritual Release New Video "Rise"

Kill Ritual Release New Video “Rise”

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Mustasch – Jejo seeks a new path

August 9th, 2015
by EvilG

“We are sorry to announce that Jejo Perkovic has decided to leave Mustasch to seek new challenges. The decision was made after long consideration, and we will miss him dearly and wish him all the best! Mustasch will of course carry on, and we have already made the necessary arrangements for the upcoming shows. ”

From
www.mustasch.net

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KISS – Guitarist Tommy Thayer

August 5th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

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TOMMY THAYER

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

WITH THE COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK -MAGAZINE

The legendary KISS arrived in Europe in June after a two year break. The bands tour, The 40’th Anniversary tour, did not come to Scandinavia at all, so I traveled to the Netherlands, where the band played a sold-out gig in the Ziggo Dome arena in Amsterdam. Before the show I had the opportunity to sit down with the band’s long-term guitarist, Tommy Thayer. The good-humored man told not only all the latest KISS news, but also about what it is like to have been in the band for more than 12 years, and what the future might hold for the band. Read on!

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STRYPER Return With ‘Fallen’

August 3rd, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Stryper are back to reclaim their throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album, Fallen. The title track “Fallen” can be heard via YouTube:

The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening choral refrains of  “Yahweh” to the signature vocal scream at the end of “King Of Kings,” it is apparent that Stryper is back with their heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL. Fallen is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at http://radi.al/StryperFalleniTunes and via AmazonMP3 at http://radi.al/StryperFallenAmazon  It is also available in various physical configurations at www.stryper.com/fallen Fallen was produced by Michael Sweet.

“Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It’s the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over,” describes Michael Sweet. “The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being.”

The latest song comes on the heels of the album teaser track, “Yahweh,” that was released last month and has been listened to over 135K times since it went live. “Yahweh” was a musical writing collaboration between Michael Sweet and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery. Tracks like “Pride,” “Big Screen Lies” and “Til I Get What I Need” show that Stryper is back and better than ever. Stryper offer their unique interpretation of the Black Sabbath classic “After Forever.” The band flexes their softer side on the instantly memorable “All Over Again” which continues the journey Stryper fans began almost 30 years ago when “Honestly” was released to mainstream success.

The track listing for Fallen is:

1)     Yahweh
2)     Fallen
3)     Pride
4)     Big Screen Lies
5)     Heaven
6)     Love You Like I Do
7)    All Over Again
8)     After Forever
9)     Till I Get What I Need
10)   Let There Be Light
11)   The Calling
12)   King Of Kings

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such ’80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust.  In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide. Their last studio album No More Hell To Pay debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Top 200 landing at #35.

www.stryper.com

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FAITH NO MORE Debut Live “Superhero” Video

July 31st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Faith No More have posted a live video for the single, “Superhero”

The clip was filmed at The Fillmore in Detroit on May 8.

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HELLOWEEN announce select North American dates in 2016!

July 30th, 2015
by EvilG
HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN, the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal, will return to North America to play select dates in 2016! The band will be supporting the release of their 15th studio album, My God-Given Right, which has cemented the pumpkin heads as one of the most influential and successful acts of the global metal scene. Confirmed dates are as follows:
HELLOWEEN

  • 02/28/16              Corona Theatre – Montreal, QUE
  • 02/29/16              Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QUE
  • 03/01/16              Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
  • 03/03/16              Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
  • 03/04/16              Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
  • 03/06/16              Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
  • 03/07/16              The Avalon – Hollywood, CA

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DEVIL CITY ANGELS Stream “All I Need”

July 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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DEVIL CITY ANGELS, made up of Rikki Rockett, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, and Brandon Gibbs, are streaming the track “All I Need” from their self-titled album today at Revolvermag.com. Listen here: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/devil-city-angels-premiere-new-song-all-i-need.html

The entire album will be available for preorder tomorrow at iTunes. Those preordering the album will receive “All I Need” and “Boneyard” as instant grat tracks.

The album, scheduled for release September 18th via Century Media, remains available for physical preorder at http://www.indiemerch.com/cmrecords/brand/devil-city-angels and at Amazon.com.

Watch the new music video for the single “Boneyard” here: https://youtu.be/UjrB0N6aBvY

For more information on DEVIL CITY ANGELS, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/DevilCityAngels

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EPICA/ELUVEITIE Official Tour Video Promo Launched; Special Messages For North American Fans

July 29th, 2015
by EvilG

This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA and Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s THE AGONIST supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tourdates and VIP ticketing information. Martina Edoff will also join the package as the opening band from Sept 18th to Oct 3rd.

 

The members of EPICA and ELUVEITIE also check in with a special message for North American fans via the tour video promo that can be viewed now at the link below. Get your tickets now, as these shows will sell out.

 

Official Tour Video Promo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyQfl14Uruo&feature=youtu.be

 

This will mark EPICA’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head late 2013 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of their highly acclaimed latest album, The Quantum Enigma, which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.This tour also marks ELUVEITIE’s second tour in support of their chart-topping album, Origins.

 

EPICA and ELUVEITIE will both be offering VIP ticketing including meet & greets, exclusive merchandise, a Revolver Magazine subscription and the EPICA VIP bundle also includes a live 7-inch

 

Ticketing and VIP links: www.epica.nl and www.eluveitie.ch

 

EPICA – “Victims of Contingency”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7IIYIFljZM

 

ELUVEITIE – “The Call of The Mountains”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w2m-TeLi6I

 

THE AGONIST – “Gates of Horn and Ivory”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urcLhku0I7Y

 

EPICA, ELUVEITIE and THE AGONIST

Tue Sep 08 + Soundstage + Baltimore, MD http://jamp.to/3771fe

Wed Sep 09 + Paradise Rock Club + Boston, MA http://jamp.to/5cf6b7

Fri Sep 11 + Corona Theatre + Montreal, QC http://jamp.to/98cd35

Sat Sep 12 + Imperial Theatre + Quebec City, QC http://jamp.to/3d9bfc

Sun Sep 13 + Phoenix Concert Theatre + Toronto, ON http://jamp.to/dafb90

Tue Sep 15 + House Of Blues + Chicago, IL http://jamp.to/01c54c

Wed Sep 16 + Mill City Nights + Minneapolis, MN http://jamp.to/c4d485

Fri Sep 18 + O’Brians Event Centre + Saskatoon, SK http://jamp.to/bbe83a

Sat Sep 19 + Union Hall + Edmonton, AB http://jamp.to/f90a90

Sun Sep 20 + MacEwan Ballroom + Calgary, AB http://jamp.to/cf4331

Tue Sep 22 + Vogue Theatre + Vancouver, BC http://jamp.to/207fb3

Wed Sep 23 + Neumos + Seattle, WA http://jamp.to/9fa01e

Fri Sep 25 + Regency Ballroom + San Francisco, CA http://jamp.to/7d5a30

Sat Sep 26 + Fonda Theatre + Los Angeles, CA http://jamp.to/9bed4e

Mon Sep 28 + Gothic Theatre + Denver, CO http://jamp.to/ad89c4

Tue Sep 29 + Sokol Auditorium + Omaha, NE http://jamp.to/90e8c2

Thurs Oct 01 + Mercury Ballroom + Louisville, KY http://jamp.to/06252f

Fri Oct 02 + Agora Ballroom + Cleveland, OH http://jamp.to/cc3172

Sat Oct 03 + Irving Plaza + New York, NY http://jamp.to/a5d7e9

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Grenouer – Singer Andrey Ind

July 28th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Andrey Ind – Grenouer

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Mausoleum Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Thanks to the band for additional promo pictures of the band

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Grenouer is maybe a well known band for all the Metal-Rules.com readers, if not, then make sure to catch up with what the band have been up to since the last time I spoke to leader Andrey Ind. The band’s brand new album UNWANTED TODAY was unleashed at the beginning of this year and I really liked what I heard. The album contains a bunch of alternative metal tunes and the band continued where they left off on the previous album BLOOD ON THE FACE. This Russian act deserves to be acknowledged and receive every inch of success they possibly can get! If you like alternative metal, and haven’t heard Grenouer – check out UNWANTED TODAY.

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NORDHEIM Stream Three Video Clips from Canadian Final of Wacken Metal Battle 2015

July 28th, 2015
by EvilG

Canadian epic folk metallers NORDHEIM are streaming three video clips from their set at Canadian Finals of Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2015, filmed at the Opera House in Toronto, on June 6th.

The video clips are streaming online at this location.
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