Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal talks touring with Metal Allegiance for East Coast Trek

March 29th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal talks touring with Metal Allegiance for East Coast Trek

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Metal Allegiance are proud to announce their Destination (Almost) East Coast Tour! The seven day trek that’s kicks off March 31st in Providence and ends April 7th at the Gramercy in New York! With their critically acclaimed self-titled album under their belt, they are bringing their all-star team and epic live experience to the East Coast! The touring band consists of some great metal musicians like Mike Portnoy [The Winery Dogs], Alex Skolnick [Testament], Chuck Billy [Testament], Mark Menghi, Chris Jericho [Jericho], Mark Oseguesda [Death Angel] and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of [Guns & Roses].

They will be performing their songs along with a ton of other hard rock and heavy metal song with plenty of surprises, making it a night not to be missed. Check out their tour dates and tickets info here

I was able to catch up with Bumblefoot to talk about his role with Metal Allegiance, the second Art of Anarchy CD due out in June, and risking it all to bring metal music to foreign counties!

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New bands booked to Brutal Assault 2016

March 28th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen


The world was infested with Czech grind by the turn of the century but if there was one act more bizarre, extreme, catchy but yet smarter than any of your generic gore bands, it was AHUMADO GRANUJO. And guess who just quit their hiatus to perfrom their chemical tekkno infused goregrind at BA 21? Yeah, you got it. Another atypical grind band on our roster comes from Poland and calls itself ANTIGAMA. Seems like we proud ourselves in being an atypical metal fest, right? You bet, that’s why we’ve asked American singer/songwriter CHELSEA WOLFE to perform for you. We have some death metal classics on the list, so to spice things up a bit we are welcoming whale death metal at it’s finest aka GOJIRA to the bill. From the hardcore ranks we’ll have upcoming stars DEFEATER and proved veterans H2O. The rumours from the last year went true when we’ve confirmed the returning Norwegian avantgarde pioneers IN THE WOODS… to play BA 21 alongside another Norwegian icon, IHSAHN, who shall return to our fest. For the fans of musical alternative we bring modern guitar wizardry of INTERVALS and pure jamming madness of LIGHTNING BOLT, who won’t even perform on a stage… so be ready to experiment! Finally we can confirm that after cancelling all of their live plans last summer, MASTODON will appear at Brutal Assault! And we don’t think that there’s no need to introduce these rock giants from Atlanta. Closing this major update is French monolith of drone doom MONARCH, Australia-based progressive rock guitarist/vituoso PLINI and YEAR OF NO LIGHT of Bordeaux caves, who combine rock elements with sludge and doom. And don’t forget, the early bird edition of tickets on sale is available only ’till the end of April!

The latest update in video:

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Brutal Assault 2017

March 28th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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Twenty-second edition of the Brutal Assault Festival is slowly gaining more concrete outlines. The festival, whose fans come from all over the world, once again attracted great artists of all metal genres. A truly unique experience will be exclusive shows of legendary Master’s Hammer and Emperor. Brutal Assault traditionally takes place at baroque fortress of Josefov.

This year’s Brutal Assault festival promises a very strong lineup. Apart from Master’s Hammer and Emperor there are confirmed bands like Opeth, Morbid Angel, Nile, but also KMFDM or Electric Wizard. Norwegian Mayhem will come again to play entire iconic album of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.


However, the festival is not about several major stars, but about well-balanced program so that everyone can choose their favorites. “We do not have just one big name, but we put our attention to the whole lineup,” says Tomas Fiala. “We build program so that every visitor could enjoy the greatest amount of their favorites,” he adds.


Brutal Assault 2017 Festival will be held between 9th and 12th of August 2017 in the OldArmy Fortress Josefov in the Czech Republic. The combination of eclectic lineup aspresented by selected worldwide acts and the historical area of the Old Army Fortress is what makes this festival unique. It’s an integral part of the festival’s image and provides festival-goers with unusual experience. For more information coming soon please check





86,00 EUR pre-sale price for 4-day festival pass. This edition of tickets is available until August 07th, 2017 in our e-shop.



The ticket(s) has to be ordered on this link. The tickets can be paid via online card payment (preferred!) or via PayPal (please note 6% transaction fee will apply for PayPal payments).
We will email you a confirmation email no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one ordered and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the ticket check-in at the main festival entrance. Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The tickets check-in will be open from Tuesday August 08th, 2017 from 03:00 PM onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Troubleshooting: always check your spambox and please provide an order ID when contacting us. The confirmation e-mail contains order ID and also a order status link, where the .PDF tickets can be downloaded.

Cancellation fees: if you decide for any reason to cancel your already paid tickets, we will make a refund of 40,00 EUR per one ticket paid within 10 days of your cancellation. Please note: only cancellations made before July 31st, 2017 will be accepted. No money refunds after July 31st, 2017 will be possible.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make your payment before July 31st, 2017!

To place your order, please follow this link.



The festival takes place inside the Old Army Fortress in Josefov (approx. 130 km from Prague). Both of the main stages are on the main festival square and the festival services are placed in the surrounding space. The festival-goers will discover dozens of refreshment kiosks with selection of worldwide cuisine. The fest is ready for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans and will also offer 4 big “beer tents” offering thousands of sitting places and 5 types of draught beer from the world famous czech Budweisser Budvar brewery! Wide selection of of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be prepared as well.
The fest also has it’s own “chill out” zone on the place called “Greenfield” just 4 minutes of walk from the main stages! Greenfield is a place for your pleasure and relaxation when you want to escape from the loudness terror. It is a place for recharging your energy. Among other attractions you can find enormous “Metal Market” in there. The market is home to more than 60 shops and sits just next to the festival “Horror Cinema Grindhousewith it’s all day projection of cheesy horror flicks and other forms of bizzare cinematography.


Visit also our “Natural grandstand”, a place for those who want to see the festival rush from above. Located directly opposite the main stages, the hillside “natural grandstand” is a place where you can stay standing or sitting and enjoy the bands from above. This year again with separate sound coverage!

Festival services include meet and greet point, non-stop bars, art gallery and many more attractions!


The camping site is located approx. 300m from the festival ground on a grass field. The general camping is free for all, but the camping site also includes “VIP Camp” which offers extra services like camping in the fenced area, toilets, washbasin and depository for use of the VIP camp inhabitants exclusively, a free 3-day pass for the natural stand and shower situated in the main camping site. VIP camp is guarded 24 hours a day from Wednesday August 05th till Sunday August 9th. You can purchase the VIP camp alongside the tickets in our e-shop here:
There are no parking capacities at the camping site. 24 hours “Guarded parking” is situated approx. 500m from the camping site by the river. Parking is also possible in the near roads and streets of Josefov.


As the festival is every year enjoying more and more attention, it is highly recommended to buy your tickets in advance. The capacity of the Fortress is approx. 20.000 persons.

Visit the official website for more information about tickets, ticket booking, bands, camping (incl. VIP Camp), accommodation and other important topics.
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Life of Agony @ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 28th, 2016
by UK Team

Life of Agony

@ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 17th 2016

Reyiew by Ellen Norvang

Photos by Michelle Murphy

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Exodus & Lost Society : Nosturi Helsinki Finland

March 26th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen


The 19th of March 2016


Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

When the legendary Bay Area thrash metal veterans visited Helsinki with their own headlining gig fronted by Rob Dukes and Paul Bostaph some years ago, there were hardly 300 or even less thrash metal maniacs having attended the show. Well some years have passed since then until when Exodus hit the Finnish shore with another headlining gig with the domestic thrash wonderkids Lost Society supporting them. The expectations of the number of the attendance were guessed in advance before the show, but having over 500 tickets sold in the pre-sale was beyond the expectation for sure. That was definitely awesome. However the Finnish young thrash patrol Lost Society gave another lesson of violence.


When arriving at the Nosturi club there was a huge line of the thrash metal maniacs waiting into the club. Lost Society had already kicked the maelstrom of intensive headbanging and a pure riffstorm. The band has relied on all kinds of lame of humor aspects in the past shows, but supporting slot for Exodus proved Lost Society is definitely a vicious and intensive and murderous live act. When abandoning all the worthless and needless hassling, just focusing on creating the total of riff thrash storm with the incredible headbanging at the stage, that gave the entire new meaning of the brutal performance for Lost Society. The four piece just proved to be one hell of a thrash metal war machine by sacrificing themselves at the stage and gave a lesson of the master guided riff playing. The set list consisted of the material off from the new album such as “I Am The Antidote” and of course the mandatory “Terror Hungry” is the essential one for the hyperfast thrash hymn.

KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)
Hollow Eyes
Terror Hungry
I Am the Antidote
Only (My) Death Is Certain

Lost Society

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When Lost Society’s intensive gig was over and the audience was still gasping for the air, the stage was prepared for Exodus’ tempo of thrash. The latest Exodus offering BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT is still amazingly intensive refreshing brilliant thrash piece of slab. Therefore it was expected to hear quite a few songs picked up from that 10th full length album. Yes indeed those new songs sounded damn catchy as well as brutal as “Body Harvest”, “Salt The Wounds”, and “Blood In Blood Out” were the part of the setlist. Not that surprising the classic debut album BONDED BY BLOOD played the biggest role in the night’s setlist. All in all six songs off from the classic debut album encouraged the crowd go utter insane and bezerk in the pit. The pit turned out to be a merciless and savage and time to time the whole floor was on fire when the insane thrashers crushed their sweating bodies against each other. It surely did help when Steve “Zetro” Souza’s commanded the pit go brutal as hell. But to be honest, Exodus sounded really tight and brutal. Tom Hunting’s clock tight drumming creates the essential part of the Exodus sound. His incredible way of blasting the drums along Jack Gibson’s crushing bass lines and the double guitar work by Kragen Lum and Lee Altus created the total crushing sounds of thrash by Exodus.  The five-piece is definitely in the vital strike and they can still deliver the tempo of the old school thrash metal at its best. “Toxic Waltz” has become one kind of hymn for pit rioters, when the opening riff cut the air, the pit turned an incredible huge, bodies were flying all over and when the final song “Strike Of The Beast” concluded the set with another chaotic pit storm.  Indeed Exodus stroke now back with the vengeance. Even though Gary Holt was now missing, he was busy with his duties with Slayer, Exodus still lives strong and the band still breathes metal more than well in 2016. It was definitely overwhelming and pleasure to see the packed venue on Saturday night in Helsinki. Above all the domestic young thrash guns Lost Society showed their skills  skills and they proved that they’re now ready to conquer the metal world. All in all it would be fabulous to see more often as many metal fans as today to attend upcoming metal shows in the future.

Black 13
Blood In, Blood Out
And Then There Were None
Children of a Worthless God
Salt the Wound
Body Harvest
Metal Command
A Lesson in Violence
War Is My Shepherd

Bonded by Blood
The Toxic Waltz
Strike of the Beast







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Madame Mayhem – Following her Musical Passion!

March 26th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Madame Mayhem – Following her Musical Passion!

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Madame Mayhem

Madame Mayhem

Madame Mayhem, is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life. Armed with a new CD, Now You Know, written by Corey Lowery and herself, she is an extreme artist on the rise to stardom.

Now You Know features a powerhouse team of rock’s most talented musicians including; Billy Sheehan [Mr. Big, Winery Dogs] – who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier [KoRn] Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal [Guns N’ Roses], Russ Parrish [Satchel from Steel Panther], and Corey Lowery [Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo]. With friends and musicianship like that backing you, how can this not be a stellar CD!

I caught up with Madame Mayhem to talk about her diverse musical upbringing, the new CD, and working with Billy Sheehan.

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Dawn of Disease – Signs To Napalm Records & Unveils First Details Of New Album

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG
It’s no secret that DAWN OF DISEASE have been highly influenced by old school Swedish death metal: a healthy dose of Scandinavian rawness that worms its way into every tune, but now over the past couple of years these German death metallers have started to conquer new shores and they have now announced their worldwide signing with Napalm Records.

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Megadeth / Suidical Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center, March 19, 2016

March 25th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok

Sands Bethlehem Events Center|
Bethlehem, PA

March 19, 2016
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok
Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Bethlehem, PA
March 19, 2016

Few bands have had a rougher go of it than Megadeth the last few years. In 2014, band leader Dave Mustaine had to undergo neck surgery a second time, cancelling their participation in the inaugural Motorboat cruise. Then longtime band members Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums) left Megadeth, citing creative differences. The band didn’t tour for a long time, but I just knew wily ol’ Dave had something good up his sleeve. Never, ever, count Megadeth out! Dave’s response to these challenges was to recruit Lamb of God’s drumming powerhouse Chris Adler and Brazilian shredder Kiko Loureiro from Angra and then record the band’s best album in years, DYSTOPIA! Only a killer bill would be fitting for the tour, so we get crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies (with fucking Dave Lombardo on drums!), melodic death metallers Children of Bodom, and young in age but old in style thrashers Havok! Are you metalheads salivating yet or what? Tonight we are in Bethlehem PA, a former steel town that generated most of the steel used for the US ships during WWII. Let’s get Bethlehem cranking out some metal again! SET THE WORLD AFIRE! BRING IT!

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Dimlight: New Videoclip for “Invoking The Hunter” from new album “The Lost Chapters”

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG

Dimlight recently released their new album, ‘The Lost Chapters,’ via Sliptrick Records. The band’s music can be characterized as Symphonic Death Metal blended with dark symphonic elements, aggressive guitars, sharp female vocals but also deep and eerie brutal shouts. Dimlight enjoys live performances and their dynamic and energetic stage presence engages the audience.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada News: Vancouver Round 3 Winner; Vancouver Finals Details

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Wacken Metal Battle Canada


ROUND 3 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 @ Red Room Ultra Bar (Vancouver) (398 Richards St.)
Event Link:
The Mountain Man – WINNER
Saints of Death
Occasionally Dropped

Stuart McKillop – Rain City Recorders
Myk Shaflik – The Red Room and Allstar Show Industries
JJ – SCRAPE records
Mayo – The Invisible Orange
VANCOUVER FINAL – SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)
Event Link:
The Mountain Man

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Amon Amarth @ The Underworld Camden, London

March 24th, 2016
by UK Team

Amon Amarth

@ The Underworld Camden, London

22nd March 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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Michael Monroe with support Thomas Silver on Scandinavian Tour 2016 at High Voltage Copenhagen,Denmark

March 23rd, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Scandinavian Tour 2016
Thomas Silver – support act

High Voltage, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/3 – 2016

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson


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Avantasia @ The Forum, London

March 22nd, 2016
by UK Team


@ The Forum, London

8th March 2016

Review by Oliver M.
Photography by Graham Hilling

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LACUNA COIL Delirium Out May 27th

March 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob


There is an old sanatorium up in the hills of Northern Italy. An old, abandoned, and decayed fortress whose corridors are filled with the ghosts of a thousand tortured minds and souls. A place where every wall still bares the scars of countless damaged lives…

Welcome to the LACUNA COIL Sanatorium!

The track listing of “Delirium” reads as follows:
1. The House Of Shame
2. Broken Things
3. Delirium
4. Blood, Tears, Dust
5. Downfall
6. Take Me Home
7. You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
8. Ghost In The Mist
9. My Demons
10. Claustrophobia
11. Ultima Ratio

After being heavily involved with previous productions Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. 2016 shows LACUNA COIL including US drummer Ryan Blake Folden as a tight unit that realized their collective vision for “Delirium” at BRX Studio in their native Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. Yet again they were working with Marco Barusso (engineer, mix) who had not only worked with LACUNA COIL in the past on several albums such as “Dark Adrenaline” and “Karmacode”, but also on Italian high profile artists like Eros Ramazzotti or Laura Pausini Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati also created the artwork for “Delirium” which is based on an atmospheric session captured by italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.

20.04.16 (PHL) Quezon City – Amaranth Stadium (Pulp Summer Slam Festival)
14.05.16 (USA) Cherokee NC – Cherokee Event Center (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
15.05.16 (USA) Richmond VA – The National (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
17.05.16 (USA) Davenport IA – Adler Theater (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
More dates will be announced shortly!


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Necronomicon – Interview With Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

March 21st, 2016
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist/vocalist
Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

By Peter Atkinson

With their symphonic black/death metal bluster and ashen, war-painted/leather-cloaked appearance, it’s easy to see how Montreal’s Necronomicon draw comparisons to Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir – at least from a musical and aesthetic standpoint. But from a philosophical perspective – not to mention their panda-face makeup and three-person lineup – Necronomion have much more in common with Immortal.

Yet where Immortal long have reveled in tales of battles and demons in their mythical frozen kingdom on Blashyrkh, Necronomicon embarked on a more mystical, transcendent journey through the cosmos – and man’s place within the greater whole of the universe – with their 1999 full-length debut Pharoah of Gods. That voyage continues with their fifth and latest effort Advent of the Human God, due out March 25 on Season Of Mist.

During an interview via Skype from Montreal – and later via e-mail – founder/frontman/guitarist/songwriter/producer Rob “The Witch” Tremblay spoke, among other things, about Necronomicon’s unique, often otherworldly, take on death/black metal and how the band’s origins in the wilds of Northeast Canada play into that, the challenges of trying to pull of such ambitious music as a three-piece – the band is rounded out by long-time drummer Rick and newish bassist Mars – and the uncomfortable run-in with the German thrash band they have shared the Necronomicon moniker with for more than 20 years.

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