Metal Rules recently spoke to Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg about his first acting role in the movie ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’, what’s coming up for the band, and a fascinating new project he’s recently become involved with, ‘Grimfrost’, a website selling authentic quality Viking reproductions.
After a triumphant birth in 2014, Incineration festival returns for its second year bigger and better than ever. Scattered across Camden, the event will take place on Saturday 9th May across the areas most imfamous venues: The Black Heart, The Underworld and The Electric Ballroom closing the night off with an afterparty at Devonshire Arms.
Kicking Off September 30th in Los Angeles, CA – On Sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00am Local Time
Swedish melodic metal group SOILWORK and Texas breakout band SHATTERED SUN are pleased to announce that they will join Brazilian/Arizona-local metal icons SOULFLY on an internationally-inspired North American headlining tour starting September 30th in Los Angeles, CA! The tour will also feature support from Polish technical death metal bandDECAPITATED. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00 am local time. Meet and greet packages will be made available as well. For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com.
Warriors!!! Hear the sound of the battle cry! With their new albumDawn Of The Nine,legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED have forged a modern death metal weapon from the blood and spirit of their Viking ancestors.
With their blend of melody and brutality, the warriors of UNLEASHED are credited as the founding fathers of the Viking death metal movement from their inception back in 1989. Twenty-six years later, they have managed to unite the spirit of the Viking tradition with their merciless riffs and epic choruses – melting uncompromising brutality with hymns to Odin.
The SXSW festival merges music, film, art and interactive showcases from around the world and is held every year around the second week of March in Austin, Texas. For one week there are thousands of bands performing at any number of venues in downtown Austin. The streets are jam packed with thrill seekers, industry folks, journalists, tourists and pedicabs. In year’s past we have witnessed monolithic mega-star acts like Metallica, Motorhead and Voivod; not to mention up and coming acts like 1349, Sabaton, Steel Panther, Bison B.C. and Crashdiet who would all go on to establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with. The past two or three years have been sparse in terms of metal. By that I mean legitimate “metal” and not some new-age, dreadlocked, crustified gutter rock or faux-pas hipster rock. We were able to check out some showcases from Bremen, Germany’s crushing two-piece Mantar, the seventies inspired psychedelia of Philadelphia’s Ruby & The Hatchet, Belgium’s hard rockin’ speed freaks Speedozer, South Korea’s glam metal bad boys Victim Mentality and Austin, Texas’ own power metal juggernauts Immortal Guardian. Until next year enjoy the live clips and feature interview with Victim Mentality!Read the rest of this entry »
The prestigious Roadburn Festival is an extra pumped adventure into the sonic catacombs of the underground of stoner/doom metal from both known and truly unknown acts. The 2015 line-up once again offered a wide range of metal/rock and other torturing sonic pleasures. As usual, there is always a curator picking bands to play at Roadburn. The two curators being Ivar Bjornson from Enslaved and Einar Selvik from Wardruna had been recruited to create the event for their own tastes under the moniker “House Of The Holistic”. Even though these Norwegians navigated the curator roles in the finest possible way, the fourth day has been named “Afterburner” being one kind of After Party type of day. Anathema had been booked to headline that day. Well, some people may cite it as a boring act and way to conclude the four-day event, but wait, the big surprise is on the way in the article. Approximately 2500 people had arrived to enjoy the art and the music at Roadburn in various forms.
Former Megadeth drummer, Nick Menza, has posted the following message via social media, pointed at Megadeth leader, Dave Mustaine:
“To: Dave Mustaine in regards to my publishing royalties. I find it very unprofessional that you conduct business like a child, quit playing games! Be a man and stop taking food from my kids mouths. It’s my earned money, not yours. Quit ripping me off. WTF?”
Caleb Smith of the Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sick Room podcast in New Zealand recently conducted an interview with former Megadeth members Nick Menza and Chris Poland, you can you now listen to the two part interview below.
Menza was recently offered a “very unfair deal to rejoin Megadeth”. In this new exclusive interview he explains in depth the logistics of what went on in Dave Mustaine’s San Diego based studio.
Third album “Miskatonic Graffiti” out this summer on Despotz Records
SWEDEN – Swedish retro rock act, Casablanca, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a lyric video for the new single, “My Shadow out of Time” at:http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=73437. The track comes from the band’s third studio album, Miskatonic Graffiti, out this summer on Despotz Records.
Mustasch are back with a brand new single from the upcoming album “Testosterone” that will be released September 18th. The new single “Be Like A Man” is a raw and powerful song about men and their behaviour and the music video to the song is directed by Patric Ullaeus at Revolver Film AB.
The riff machine that is ASIWYFA hits Glasgow for the 1st date in the massive UK and Europe trek. They are playing the iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in it’s 25th year. Many, many bands have graced these boards and are inked into its history on the steps leading up to the venue but how have ASIWYFA rated amongst the giants of rock and metal?
Metal’s finest author, Martin Popoff, has a new book out that examines the age old question “Who invented heavy metal?” Martin says:
“Folks, this was a monster undertaking, comprising quotes from 126 different speakers (mostly the metal-makers themselves), many of them interviewed multiple times, blasted at you with much of my own contextualizing over 120,000 words of oral history, strict and detailed timeline, obsessive philosophizing, punctuated by more than 250 graphics. This book arose from years of debating this question with people, as well as talks I’ve given on the topic at university conferences (the below text is derived from the Finland program). I’ve endeavored to include everything related to the story, the result being a massive arrangement of all the salient arguments, in a weighty tome that ends in 1971!”
It’s one of the great debates in headbanged musicology and the answer is as complicated as it is hotly contested. Martin Popoff’s Who Invented Heavy Metal? provides the most detailed, well argued, reasonable, ridiculously complete, and most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet, arming the argumentative headbanger with all the facts and figures one needs on hand to win those bar room bets around this provocative question.
Ultimately, Who Invented Heavy Metal? aims to be a book that doesn’t limit itself to fans of heavy metal, given the genre’s unarguable cultural value and pervasiveness, as well as the wide umbrella of topics discussed within the volume. Put another way, it is the author’s wish that the book provides wide instructional scope of teachable moments through unfolding, subconscious, telling by osmosis of the very history of heavy metal’s origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own kerranging reverberations.
BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: MAY 1, 2015
ONCE A ROCKER, ALWAYS A ROCKER – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF AEROSMITH’S JOE PERRY
Undoubtedly the most important and successful band to come out of the U.S. of A., Aerosmith remain intact after more than four decades of down ‘n dirty rock ’n’ roll. They’ve been called ‘The Bad Boys From Boston’ and ‘America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band’ for a reason. Aerosmith are one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time, having sold over a hundred million albums worldwide. The Boston bad boys have been together for over forty years and like their English heroes, the Rolling Stones, they are still making music and touring well into the 2010s; albeit at a much slower pace than the old days.
However, outside of the band Joe Perry has enjoyed a solo career that has attained cult status. Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker explores the original Joe Perry Project, notably the superlative first two albums: Let The Music Do The Talking and I’ve Got The Rock ’N’ Rolls Again as well as 1983’s less well-received Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. Perry restarted his solo career in the noughties with 2005’s self-titled album and 2009’s Have Guitar, Will Travel and more recently, the 2014 EP, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. But it’s those first two albums that really made an impression.
Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth only 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.
Cradle Of Filth have revealed today that ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ will be released via Jewelcase CD, Limited Edition Digipak, Mail Order Edition and 2LP vinyl formats. This highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, indarkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios.
The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory. It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches’ hands. It’s payback time.
‘Hammer Of The Witches’ is due for global release on 10th July via Nuclear Blast. It is the first Nuclear Blast album to have a Global Release Date.