WRETCHED SOUL – VERONICA; DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED 9th SEPTEMBER 2013 / UK TOUR IN NOVEMBER

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG
WRETCHED SOUL - Veronica

WRETCHED SOUL – Veronica

Wretched Soul is a modern sounding Death/Thrash Metal outfit formed in late 2008 in the historic city of Canterbury, Kent. Following periods of relentless gigging around the UK, the band has honed an exciting and unique sound all its own, with their potent melding of Death, Thrash and Traditional Heavy Metal offering brutality and melody in equal measure. Described by ZT magazine as “refreshingly difficult to categorise,” they were also hailed in the June 2013 issue of Terrorizer magazine as “one of the UK’s most promising underground Thrash bands.”

Having made a massive impact on crowd and critics alike at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in 2012, Wretched Soul are fast-gaining a national reputation for their intense and genuinely engaging live shows. Having recently shared stages with Orange Goblin, Savage Messiah, Vreid, Eastern Front and Flayed Disciple among others, a number of shows are currently being lined up for the summer and autumn of 2013, while the band have already been confirmed to perform at Norway’s Hostile Terrortory Festival in January 2014 and the UK’s Alt-Fest 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lux Occulta – New Single And Album Details Revealed

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Polish avant-garde metal masters Lux Occulta break the silence after 12 years and have released a new single called Dymy. Check it out right now on Bandcamp (http://luxocculta.bandcamp.com/). Surely you didn’t expect something like that… or did you? This is only a foretaste of their new 5th album called Kołysanki (which means “lullabies” in Polish) that will come out in the fall. You can also enjoy the cover art made by Elżbieta Biryło and tracklist below.

This song contains pieces of an old Lemko song Tam za hory kamianoji where Vogg plays guitar and accordion. Read the rest of this entry »

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NIGHTWISH – Wacken Open Air Metal Festival to be filmed for DVD/Blu-ray release

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG
Nightwish photo (by Ville Lipiäinen)

Nightwish photo (by Ville Lipiäinen)

The time has come soon to wrap up the magical & memorable one-and-a-half year `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2012-2013! We still have three shows left, one of them being at the legendary Wacken Open Air Metal Festival on the 3rd of August. This show will be something extra special, since it will be released later this year on DvD/Blu-ray, together with a massive `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2012-2013 documentary. Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!

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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: “Minotaur” Lyric Video Posted / Album Pre-Order Now Online

August 1st, 2013
by EvilG

Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, have posted a lyric video for the track “Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon)” here: http://youtu.be/oZiA2TrWtpo. The track comes from their upcoming album Labyrinth which was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio. Labyrinth hones in on the band’s unique traits, giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Colin Marks (ORIGIN, KATAKLYSM) also created the cover artwork, as well as several pieces for a massive inlay. Labyrinth will be released August 16, 2013 in Europe and August 20, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Read the rest of this entry »

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CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

August 1st, 2013
by EvilG
CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

Disinterred British extreme metal legends, CARCASS, will embark on a select amount of intimate headlining North American shows this September in support of their upcoming sixth full-length release, Surgical Steel. “Well we thought we’d play a few small key shows, kinda like the vibe we had in London earlier this year,” commented bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker. “Maybe we’re being a bit optimistic thinking we can fill these venues? Well to make sure we do we’re bringing along some old friends & bands who will probably blow us away. We’re too much of a bunch of tight wads to throw a record release party so this is the closest you’ll get – come on down, and bring your receipt with the new album purchase and demand a refund!”

Confirmed dates are below…

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WINTERSUN @ The Garage

August 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Wintersun

@ The Relentless Garage, Islington

16th July 2013

Review by Victoria Fenbane

Photography by Michelle Murphy

Wintersun brought their Finnish melodic death metal to the UK/Ireland for a seven city tour, kicking off in London, in the middle of a heat wave.  A 30 minute delay to the headline set, provides a welcome opportunity to cool down in the air-conditioned side bar, escaping the sold out venue itself, which is without even a hint of air-con and thus unbearable when at its 650 capacity.

Wintersun

Wintersun

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THE WINERY DOGS’ Self-Titled Debut Album Debuts At #5 On Billboards “Top Rock Albums” Chart And #27 On Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” Chart

August 1st, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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THE WINERY DOGS (@TheWineryDogs) is sending a huge thank you to their loyal fans in North America for giving their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album a strong debut on the Billboard charts.  Not only did it explode onto the “Top Rock Chart” at #5, it also opens on the “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.

The power trio–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)—self-produced THE WINERY DOGS, which was released July 23 on Loud & Proud Records.  The album has been hailed as “…one of the most intriguing releases of the year” by Loudwire.com, and in a recent reader’s poll on Revolver magazine’s website, fans called it their “Album of the Week.”

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SABATON – SWEDISH EMPIRE LIVE DVD – DETAILS!

July 31st, 2013
by EvilG
SABATON - SWEDISH EMPIRE LIVE DVD

SABATON – SWEDISH EMPIRE LIVE DVD

Finally we can reveal more details about the upcoming release of our DVD!

Totally there were 4 shows recorded for this DVD / Blu ray and the main feature will be from last years show in Poland where more than half a million fans had gathered @ Woodstock.

There will be several versions of the release and you can read all about them in Nuclear Blast’s official news below.

Official Nuclear Blast news:

SABATON – reveal »Swedish Empire Live« cover art, tracklist and formats!
Swedish heavy metal superstars SABATON have revealed the cover artwork for the band’s first ever live DVD/Blu Ray »Swedish Empire Live« as well as its tracklist and available formats.
»Swedish Empire Live« features the band’s stunning live performance at the renowned Polish Woodstock Festival in 2012 where over half a million fans had gathered to watch SABATON deliver as they are known for doing.
Besides this overwhelming main feature, the first ever SABATON live offering also features even more live footage of the band’s performances in Gothenburg, London and Oberhausen on their extensive “Swedish Empire Tour”.

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Copenhell Festival 2013 Refshaleoen Copenhagen,Denmark

July 31st, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

 Copenhell Festival 2013

Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
14-15/6 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had  outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Legendary EXODUS Announces European Tour Dates – New Album Coming in 2014

July 31st, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Veteran thrashers EXODUS have some big news— the band is set to release a brand new album in 2014! They are currently immersed in the writing process and will issue more updates as they near the recording process.

EXODUS will head across the pond this week for a tour of 17 European cities, with stops in Barcelona, Dublin, London and more. Although Slayer is currently tapping the talents of guitarist Gary Holt for their European tour, Holt is confirmed to perform at select EXODUS dates. When Holt is not performing with EXODUS, Heathen guitarist Kragen Lum will fill in on guitar.

EXODUS Tour Dates
8/2 – Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Resurrection Festival
8/3 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 3
8/4 – Luynes, FR @ Le Korigan
8/5 – Pisa, IT @ The Jungle
8/6 – Graz, AT @ Explosiv
8/7 – Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville
8/8 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
8/9 – Gävle, SE @ Getaway Rock Festival
8/10 – Deinze, BE @ Alcatraz Festival
8/11 – Derby, UK @ Bloodstock Festival
8/12 – Dublin, IR @ Button Factory
8/13 – London, UK @ Underworld
8/14 – Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summerbreeze Festival
8/15 – Kufstein, AT @ Kulturfabrik
8/16 – Colmar, FR @ Grillen
8/17 – Geneva, CH @ Biubstock Festival
8/18 – Theix, FR @ Motocultor Festival

EXODUS recently revealed two brand new, exclusive t-shirt designs, available now only via their official merch store at www.jsrdirect.com/merch/exodus. The new designs, “Only Death Decides” and “Horned Skull”, come with a free sticker (with mail order only).

For more information on EXODUS, please visit:

www.exodusattack.com
www.facebook.com/exodusattack
www.twitter.com/_exodus
www.myspace.com/exodus

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METALLICA ‘Through The Never’ (Music From The Motion Picture) To Be Released Sept. 24th

July 31st, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Metallica today revealed the details of Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture), the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming groundbreaking 3D feature film, Metallica Through The Never. The two disc CD set will be released on the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings on September 24th and highlights last year’s career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film.  The soundtrack is available for digital pre-order at iTunes and both the CD and digital album will be available 9/24 at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall.   See below for a complete track listing.

“Let’s hear it for the old school soundtrack!” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way fuckin’ cool.”

Metallica Through the Never stars Metallica, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs — created exclusively for film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.  The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. Picturehouse will release Metallica Through the Never in North America on September 27, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX® 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4, 2013.

Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)

Disc 1
1.    THE ECSTASY OF GOLD
2.    CREEPING DEATH
3.    FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
4.    FUEL
5.    RIDE THE LIGHTNING
6.    ONE
7.    THE MEMORY REMAINS
8.    WHEREVER I MAY ROAM
9.    CYANIDE
10.  …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
Disc 2
1.    MASTER OF PUPPETS
2.    BATTERY
3.    NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
4.    ENTER SANDMAN
5.    HIT THE LIGHTS
6.    ORION

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http://www.metallica.com/

http://www.throughthenevermovie.com/

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Ghost Gathering Festival 2013

July 31st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Ghost Gathering Festival 2013

@ Heratrau Park, Bucharest

12th – 13th July 2013

Review & phots by Caitlin Smith

Once again calling on the souls and spirits of musical persuasion, Ghost Gathering returns for its second year for another round of annihilation. Romania may not be the most obvious place you think of when metal comes into question. Overshadowed by Slovenia’s Metal Camp, Germany’s Wacken, Belgium’s Graspop, Hellfest in France and Obscene Extreme in Czech Republic for metal festival greats, it should not be completely overlooked. Perhaps the bands playing aren’t the major draws that get signed for the big festivals but this doesn’t mean that it should in any way be overlooked.
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Interview With Brian Giffin author of the Encyclopedia of Australian Heavy Metal

July 31st, 2013
by J P

Brian Giffin author of the
Encyclopedia of Australian Heavy Metal

Interview by JP

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AUTHOR, BRIAN GIFFIN

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GENE HOGLAN

July 30th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen
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GENE HOGLAN

Pictures and interview by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan needs no introduction as every metalhead has to have at least an album or two that he has played on. The man is currently sitting behind the drum kit for Testament who recently visited the Tuska Open Air festival in Helsinki. We managed to meet the legend before the show and then we sat and listened when Gene Hoglan spoke.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Finnish melodic folk/black metal band Vorna to release debut album “Ajastaika”

July 29th, 2013
by EvilG
Vorna - Ajastaika

Vorna – Ajastaika

“Vorna is a melodic black/folk metal band from Tampere, Finland. The band’s music have various influences from black metal to folk and rock. Lyrics are written in Finnish and often deal with themes like nature, myths and struggles of mind or emotions.”

The band was formed in the autumn 2008 and quite soon afterwards it was named after a Finnish folklore character; Vorna. Full line-up was reached in 2009 and it has remained the same ever since.

During these five years Vorna has mostly stayed out of the spotlight and has persistently built its own style and sound. Now, after a few gigs and demos, Vorna introduces itself with the debut album Ajastaika which combines their points of interest which have been leading their journey so far: stories characterized by myths and strong emotions that are accompanied with melodic yet aggressive metal music through the four seasons of northern nature.”

Ajastaika will be released August 16th in Finland and September 20th worldwide by Inverse Records.

A New song “Kaivatun uni” can be heard from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In4UIs0ubi0
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