Evil Masquerade – band leader/guitarist Henrik Flyman

May 15th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

evil_masqurade_logo_2015_1Evil Masquerade band leader/guitarist Henrik Flyman

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Trine at Dark Minstrel Music for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Dark Minstrel Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Trane


Last year, the Danish/Swedish heavy metal act Evil Masquerade celebrated 10 years as a band. As a part of the celebration, the band released a compilation album called 10 YEARS IN THE DARK where fans chose the songs. In order to make the interview a little but different, myself and Henrik Flyman, spoke a bit about the ten years that has passed, past members, and all the keyboard players that’s been featured on the albums through the years. If you want to read more about Evil Masquerade check out the Metal-Rules archives.

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May 15th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Negura Bunget

@ Voodoo Belfast
May 10th, 2015

Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photographs by The Dark Queen


Belfast has a thriving and vibrant metal scene…unless it’s a Sunday night, when, presumably, most metalheads’ minds turn to work or school in the morning, and very few venture out of their pits for gigs.

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May 15th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Cancer Bats: Interview with Liam Cormier, vocals

Interview by Melanie Brehaut


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May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth recently announced the completion, release and cover artwork for their opus nocturne and 11th studio album entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’. Having been three years since the release of their previous album – this has been the longest gap in the band’s murky history…and the wait is nearing completion! Fans can get the first taste of the new album in the form of the official video for new track‘Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych’, which has premiered online.

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Alaric Cabiling releases Insanity By Increments book

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

CvltNation.com and EchoesAndDust.com staff writer Alaric “Al Necro” Cabiling isn’t just a metal scribe and book reviewer, he’s also a freelance writer. His 2015 début collection of literary short fiction entitled Insanity By Increments, is now available for download on Kindle through amazon.com, Nook through BarnesAndNoble.com, and all Mac platforms through iTunes Bookstore. Please visit the aforementioned online retailers for reviews and more information about the author.

If you’ve been a fan of Alaric “Al Necro” Cabiling’s work for Cvlt Nation, Echoes and Dust, and formerly for Summoning Spirits at SummoningSpirits.net and for Metal Rules at MetalRules.com, Insanity By Increments will reveal a different side of his love for writing. Insanity By Increments is a contemporary rendition of the Gothic fiction template popularized by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Insanity By Increments will feature contemporary themes, plotlines and dialogue used by the aforementioned greats of the sub-genre, to exciting results.

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May 13th, 2015
by EvilG
Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, “SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA, onFriday 24th July, making him one of the first to utilise the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.


The album will be released on CD, download and 2 LP vinyl.  Satriani’s World Tour begins 17th September in Europe (US Tour planned early 2016).  The UK leg of the European tour starts November 1st at the O2 Apollo Manchester with special guest Dan Patlansky.

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ARMORED SAINT Partner With The LA Weekly To Debut New Track; Kick Off Saxon Tour

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album, Win Hands Down, is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT.

The group have partnered with the LA Weekly to debut the new track, “An Exercise In Debauchery,” which can be accessed at the link below.


ARMORED SAINT are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country starting in NYC tonight, May 12th, through May 30th. The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the US this year and it’s in Las Vegas at Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don’t miss out if you are in the area. Either see below or head over to facebook.com/thearmoredsaint for all tour dates and additional information.

ARMORED SAINT is frontman John Bush and bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval and his brother, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and guitarist Jeff Duncan – five masters of metal that combine to forge one of the genre’s most criminally-unsung forces.

Tour with Saxon
05/12    New York, NY               BB Kings
05/13    Worcester, MA              The Palladium
05/23    San Antonio, TX            210 Kapone’s Live
05/24    Dallas, TX                    Gas Monkey Live
05/29    San Jose, CA                Rockbar
05/30    Los Angeles, CA            House of Blues

06/19    Clisson, FR                    Hellfest

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DANKO JONES – Fire Music out in the US

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

Danko Jones’ new album Fire Music is now out in the US. Get the CD/LP from our new North American shop here. It’s also available where you usually Stream or buy downloads like Spotify and iTunes.

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SABATON ON AIR – Band launches their own radio station

May 13th, 2015
by EvilG

sabaton001Sabaton says:

Today we launch our very own radio station in cooperation with Radio Bandit Sweden. Its something we worked on for quite a while, and we feel really proud of it.

It is a digital radio station which mainly will play Sabaton songs, but also bands who have played or will play at our festival Sabaton Open Air – Rockstad: Falun can be heard there, which ensures that the mix will be just great.

Here you can hear your favourite Sabaton songs 24/7, and also hear us talk about the songs in a way you never heard before. Both historical and fun facts combined with unknown stories from our tours.

We talk Swedish, but you can listen from anywhere in the world.

Tune in and rock!


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ZEIT Interview with Fur (Guitar, Vocals)

May 13th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

ZEIT Interview with Fur (Guitar, Vocals)

Interview by Edward Blackthorn


Fur – Guitar, Vocals
Win – Drums
Flakmann – BassZEIT.3

The three structures that breed life to ‘Zeit'; natives from Germany, are Görlitz/Chemnitz/Leipzig. Releasing their third creation (EP) entitled as “Trümmer”, meaning ‘Debris’ in English, in April. They now bring one more curious musical piece and explain to us their views and thoughts upon it. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.D.O. with support Sister Sin and Garagedays on Decadent European Tour 2015 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

May 13th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall



Decadent European Tour 2015
Sister Sin – special guest
Garagedays – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
26/4 – 2015

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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VALBORG Interview with Christian Kolf – Guitars, vocals.

May 13th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Valborg Interview

With with Christian Kolf – Guitars, vocals

 Interview by Jo Blackened


Jan Buckard – Bass, vocals
Christian Kolf – Guitars, vocals
Florian Toyka – Drums


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Blackrat, Visigoth and Gatekrashor; Broken City Calgary, Alberta, May 6th, 2015

May 13th, 2015
by J P

Blackrat, Visigoth and Gatekrashor; Broken City,  Calgary, Alberta,  May 6th, 2015


Normally I don’t review too many concerts, let alone local bar shows but this is a bit of an exception.  Calgary Metal fan, journalist and local scene supporter Sarah K. recently entered the promotions game and this was her first gig and I wanted to show my support.   In addition, I believe, it was the first ever Canadian gig for Metal Blade Recording Artist Visigoth, a historic occasion so I headed down to the bar to check it out and do a quick review.   Photos and additional write-up/review  courtesy of Jeff B.

Broken City is a small pub in downtown Calgary mostly populated by hipsters, the university crowd and the bar hosts games nights, punk rock bingo and other stuff but on occasion they do host a decent Metal gig.  It’s a small venue but fortunately for a Wednesday the place was pretty full.  The regulars who showed up play the card game ‘Magic’ ™ looked on with amusement at the small legion of old-school denim and leather crowd who congregated to worship at the altar of steel.


Local favourites hit the stage early, on purpose to let the people who have to work a chance to come out.  I wish more promoters/bars did this as going to work at 5:00am (for me) after a late bar show that starts at 11:00pm or later is tough on the system!  Local Metal maniac and man-about-town Dan Neild lead his boys ripped through about a 30 minute set of classic, tradtional, old-school (whoever yo want to label it)  Metal.    Attitude, energy, the band has it all.  These guys were born 20 years too late but they embody the spirit of Metal like few others.





As good as they are I had seen both the local bands several times each, for me the real treat was Visigoth from Salt Lake City.  These guys have some big buzz and based on some hard work and some very solid demo material they got snapped up by Metal Blade for their full-length debut, THE REVENANT KING, which came out earlier this year.  As I said earlier I think this was their first time in Canada and certainly the first time in Calgary.  The band played a good chunk of their debut album.   Vocalist mentioned he had a cold and actually his speaking voice sounded really rough and scratchy as he chatted between songs but he brought his ‘A’ game and his suffering did not show as he belted out the tunes with power and force.  I was pleasantly surprised how many people were singing loan in the audience considering the album has only been out for a few months.  The band played (for me) an album highlight ‘Dungeon Master’ which he dedicated to the kids sitting at tables playing ‘Magic’ and they ended off with the one-two punch of the title track and ‘Iron Brotherhood’.  The only negative thing I can say was that they sold out of their CD before I could get a copy!  They came and conquered and seemed to have a good impression of the hospitality of the local Metal heads.






After a long hiatus of eight or nine months, they returned to the local stage to deliver their Motorhead styled, gritty, blackened metal.   They also brought the stage show including a giant upside down cross complete with skull of cow and candles, followed by minimal light and lots of smoke. Great atmosphere and great energy.   The crew that was there enjoyed their set a lot there was much head banging.  A great way to end the night!






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While She Sleeps/Cancer Bats @ The Forum, London

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

While She Sleeps/Cancer Bats
@ The Forum, London

30th April 2015

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Michelle Murphy


Co-headline tours always feel like a way for venues/promoters/labels (delete as needed) to hedge their bets – getting two bands that they don’t quite believe have the solo power to shift enough tickets for everyone to afford a sandwich at the end, to team up and hopefully collectively pull in the people.

That description doesn’t seem to ring so true though in the case of Cancer Bats and While She Sleeps. Sheffield metalcore five-aside team While She Sleeps are only on their second full-length album, but seem to have mopped up plenty of support, hype and accolades. Meanwhile Canada’s Cancer Bats have been in this game for ten years and five records, and have proved themselves many times more. Co-headlining just got more interesting…

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

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May 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


The BULLETBOYS are back and ready to tear the house down with their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9th 2015. This long awaited album shows that the BULLETBOYS are unstoppable with their grinding hard rock. Singer Marq Torien’s vocals hit every note with the power that is his trademark. “Can’t wait for our fans to hear this album. I put my heart and soul into this music,” exclaims lead singer Marq Torien. “This album has sick peaks and valleys … it is NOT a linear album. A straight out labor of love that I’ve dedicated to my amazing father, all of our Families and our unfaltering BULLETBOYS fans and friends.”

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80’s, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he’s the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80’s record you are completely wrong!”


1. Rollover
2. Tsunami
3. Symphony
4. The Villain
5. Kin Folk
6. Saving You From Me
7. As Dumb As
8. Superhuman Girl
9. Drop Your Weapon
10. Bitch Is Back
11. Elefanté

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

The BULLETBOYS will be embarking as the headlining act on a 3 month summer tour which is soon to be announced. “Feel like I’m gonna jump out my Skin .. Can’t wait to take this on the Road with the Fellas!! All year!!! He’ll Yeah!!! Let’s do This!” Marq Torien.

For more information and updates click on: www.bulletboysofficial.com,
www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242 or https://twitter.com/TheBulletBoys

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