D.A.D 30 Years Tour 2014 – Danish tour at Grå Hallen Copenhagen, Denmark

April 16th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall



30 Years Tour 2014 – Danish tour

Grå Hallen



8/3 – 2014

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall






The Danish rockers in D.A.D are celebrating 30 years as a band this year and the band is out on a celebration tour across Denmark. During all these years have the band only gone through one member change and that was when drummer Peter Jensen left the band in 1999. He was replaced by the extremely talented Laust Sonne but besides that has the bands line up stayed intact for 30 years. The bands latest studio album came 2011 called DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK and in January 2014 came the compilation album DISN30LAND AF30R D30K. The bands debut album was released back in 1986 and is titled CALL OF THE WILD. The band kicked off the tour in Denmark and later this year is the band heading out in Scandinavia and Europe to do festival shows amongst others. The Danish leg of the tour ended with the show at Grå Hallen in Copenhagen. The venue is situated in Christiania which is known for being a city in the city founded by hippies and where pushers sell lighter drugs openly. More info about Christiania can bee found here www.christiania.org.

Grå Hallen is the bigger venue of two in Christiania and it inhabits 1040 visitors. The club was sold out since the tour was announced. It was a bit hard to find Grå Hallen because there wasn’t a single sign inside Christiania, it’s hard to describe what it looks like there, it has to be experienced. The doors was scheduled to open at 9 and the band was going on stage at 10 and there were no support act. A line outside started to form around 8 and the line grew as the time went by. There were no problems getting in and I could see the stage at the other side of the club. The stage was pretty big and high up and behind the drums hung a backdrop portraying the original logo of the band with the cow skull. On the skull was lines carved marking 30 years of the band.

Parts of the PA system was put on the stage and parts hung in the air so it was a great deal of space for the band to use on stage. The venue was jammed with people and shortly before 10 was I let into the photopit and it was time for the show to begin.

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The club turned pitch black and the crowd began to cheer and scream. The members came out, faced the drums and kicked off the night with the instrumental “Rin Tin Tin” as an intro. The three frontmen stood with their back towards the crowd while playing and faced the crowd when they kicked off one of their mega hits in “Riskin It All”. Of course sang all of the fans along in almost every song this night and “Riskin It All” marked the beginning of the sing along. Jesper took of his guitar and asked if Christiania was psyched to see the show tonight. “Ride My Train” followed.

The band consists of:

Jesper Binzer – lead vocals, guitar

Jacob Binzer – guitar

Stig Pedersen – bass

Laust Sonne – drums

A guitar solo in the middle by Jacob extended the song and Jesper wanted to hear everyone one in the hall shout “Come on Laust we know you got it” several times before it was time to kick off another amazing song in “Overmuch”. Pedersen has got numerous of custom made bass guitars in different shades and forms and he began the show with playing the see-through one. Jesper thanked the crowd so much and said the fans was wild. Pedersen took over the mic and said it was his turn to sing. He usually sing “Riding With Sue” but he surprised us and kicked off “Jackie O”. It was a really nice surprise to hear Pedersen sing that song for once. Both Jesper and Pedersen climbed the amps to get closer to the crowd and the fans lifted their hands to salute their heroes. Then followed “Cloudy Hours” taken from the 1997 album SIMPATICO which was followed immediately by “Ninteenhundredandyesterday”.

Jesper spoke in Danish in between the songs so it was a bit hard sometimes to hear what he was saying. Jesper said that it was no secret that the band had been touring for a long time and for many years and now was it time for Jacob to show the audience that he still got it said Jesper and looked at his brother when he kicked off “Call Of the Wild”. The fans exploded when they heard the intro and the sing a long became even louder than before. The crowd was so ecstatic they even began to crowdsurf during the song. The song transformed at the end to “Jonnie” with Pedersen on vocals again. Once again it was really nice to hear Pedersen sing, I think he’s a great singer and thinks he should sing more both live as well as on album. It was really nice to hear him sing something other than “Riding With Sue”. “Trucker” and the more current “Monster Philosophy” which was made as a mash-up. It sounded excellent! When Jesper sang Yippie-ah-yeah which is a few lines of the chorus, the rest of the band sang ‘You’ve got a monster philosophy’. It was a perfect mash-up. Binzer said he wanted everyone in the hall to song the chorus to “Trucker” which everyone did. Then was it time for all the women to sing chorus and the men sang the chorus to “Monster Philosophy”. At the end sang everyone their part together and it was a fun way to invite the crowd to take part of the show. Jacob contributed with another long solo in “Lawrence Of Suburbia” before it was time to play “Money Always Takes The Place Of Life” which started out in a country version.


I couldn’t but be amazed how tight and solid the band is. They sure are skilled musicians that knows exactly what to do on stage and how to get a crowd going. The many years of touring have made the band one of the best live acts around. I have seen the band many many times since the beginning and in many places and countries and have to say that no one takes D.A.D on a live stage at home in Copenhagen, Denmark. Something extraordinary happens with the guys when they play in Denmark. “Empty Heads”  and “Little Addict” followed which was made extra long with solo by Jacob. Jesper shouted Hey Hey Hey and Pedersen changed his bass guitar to the rocketbass before it was time to play, in my opinion, the weakest song in the set list “Reconstrucdead”. The song is taken from the 1995 year album HELPYOURSELFISH which is my least favorite one with the band. While the band played was the stage filled with smoke and Jesper wanted the crowd to sing a long with him. Jesper continued with saying that it has taken Laust 15 years to play metal but now it’s time and the song turned into a thrash metal song with Sonne banging fretless on the drums. Jesper wanted the fans to give a hand for and say hello to Sonne who kicked off “Everything Glows”. Again there was some crowd surfing and there was no doubt that this song was one of the particular favourites amongst the fans. Pedersen changed to his Chevrolet-bass and the final song for the ordinary set “I Want What She’s Got” followed. Pedersen always use to be dressed up as something when they play live but not this time. Sonne did a shorter drum solo and Jesper said he wanted everyone should scream Come on Laust we know you got it, repeatedly. While Sonne did his solo both Jesper and Pederson faced him with their backs against the crowd. Then Jesper jumped down on the stage wanting the fans to say,  ’Come on Laust we love you!’.  Since it was International Womens Day Jesper wanted all of the women in the crowd to shout,  ’Come on Laust! We know you got it!’,  which they did. That all made the song really long to say the least. That ended the show and Jesper thanked the fans and said that they had been fantastic.


90 minutes flew by but that was not all the band had in store for the fans. They shortly returned on stage to kick off “Counting The Cattle” done in a hip-hop beat. It was so hot that Jesper only had a t-shirt on and the entire band smiled and seemed to be having a great time on stage. At first didn’t the fans hear what song they played but when they heard the lyrics they clapped their hands and screamed of joy. The fans sang the chorus on their own and it was a simply brilliant version of the song. “Ill Will” followed and it was turned to a metal song at the end. Straight after that followed “Simpatico” and once again let Jesper the fans sing the chorus. The amazing “Evil Twin” followed and that song made the fans go even more crazy. That song ended the first rounds of encores and the band once again went off stage. Jesper said thanks so much Christiania you have been amazing tonight goodnight and the band went of stage.



But the fans wanted to hear even more from their idols and D.A.D made their second entrance on the stage for the night. The classical “I Won’t Cut My Hair” came as first in line and it was made extra long by a solo from Jacob. Jesper said it had been an amazing night and that the band was so thankful for all the support they got through the years from their fans. The band left the stage but soon came Pedersen out again because it was one song that was missing, a song they can’t leave without having sung and it was of course their monumental hit “It’s After Dark”. As soon as Pedersen opened his mouth and started to sing took the fans over. The fans sung the entire song together with Pedersen and almost overpowered him. That song marked the absolute end of the show and the band once again thanked the devoted fans.


Over 2 hours of excellent music was played this evening and I didn’t want the show to end. D.A.D sure proved why they are one of the most popular bands from Denmark and why they have lasted for 30 years. This was an amazing show and I’m really glad I could attend it. It was an amazing set list and the mash-up between “Trucker/Monster Philosophy” was brilliantly executed. It didn’t matter at all that the band left out a few classical songs, the set list was jammed with other gems. The set list was so great that I didn’t mind the extended versions of few of the songs. Another highlight was the odd version of “Counting The Cattle”. I’d never thought I was going to hear it in a heavy hip-hop beat. Besides the smoke there were no special effects like pyro or moving drums or stuff like that. It was only the band and their music and that was enough. It was amazing to be able to see them in Denmark and the show was the best one I’ve seen in a long while. If you have a chance to see the bands anniversary tour then don’t miss it! I congratulate the band for 30 years in the business.


Set list

Rin Tin Tin (intro)

Riskin It All

Ride My Train


Jackie O

Cloudy Hours


Call Of the Wild/Jonnie medley

Monster Philosophy/Trucker mash-up

Lawrence Of Suburbia

Money Always Takes The Place of Life

Empty Heads

Little Addict


Everything Glows

I Want What She’s Got

Encores I

Counting The Cattle

Ill Will Simpatico

Evil Twin

Encore II

I Won’t Cut My Hair

Encore III

It’s After Dark


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Thanks to Pyg Grunderup at Beatbox Booking And Concerts, Denmark for help with press/photo pass. And thanks for all the help during all the years.

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Signus Regis – bandleader/bass player Ronnie König

April 16th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall




Bandleader/bass player Ronnie König – Signus Regis

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the additional live pictures of the band taken by: Daniele Fuligno, Michael Bolli and Nate Summer-Cook



Signus Regis – the Slovakian heavy metal band unleashed their third album EXODUS last year. The album is a theme album with guests vocalists like Göran Edman, Daisa Munhoz, Michael Vescera and Lance King. Since I thought the album was great I thought I should hook up with bandleader/bass player Ronnie König in order to get to know a little bite more about the band and their history. We handled issues like EXODUS, the matter of guest vocalists, the line-up and labels. Another topic that was handled was also the status of heavy metal/hardrock in Slovakia. Enjoy.



Hi Ronnie thanks for taking the time making this interview today. I thought we could begin to talk about the brand new Signum Regis album called EXODUS.

Yes I’m ready let’s go.  

How long did it take to write and record the album?

Some songs that made it to the album were quite old, some were written in the last minute, so you cannot say exactly. Maybe, if you summed all the time, it could be 2-3 months.

The band’s previous album THE EYES OF THE POWER came out in 2010. What had the band been up to in between the release of that album and EXODUS?

In 2010, as we released the second album, we wanted to start playing live, but Göran was not so interested in traveling and doing all the things, that are related to playing live so I started looking for a new singer. We found a guy called Josef Vlaschinsky, who is a great singer but he sings only in Czech language. This is the reason, why we did a project called TRIGGER with him. It is quite different from the SIGNUM REGIS sound but also metal. There are some great songs on that album. We also played few shows with our old band VINDEX.

That album was a theme album right? And EXODUS is also a theme album. How come you wanted to make another album in the same shape but more grand?

Yes. This was not the original intention. In the beginning there were 3 songs that made one unit. Those were Let Us Go!, Wrath Of Pharaoh and Exodus. I thought that they could make an EP or a little trilogy on an album. When I presented this to Emil of Ulterium Records he came up with the idea to extend it and do a whole concept album.


What is EXODUS about? Could you tell us the story behind it?

Exodus is the second book of the Bible and our album is about it. We cover all the most important chapters of the story of Exodus: the enslavement of Israelites, Moses on Mount Sinai, Moses talking to the Pharaoh, The Ten Plagues, Exodus and the victory.

The album’s teaser was featured on Youtube before it was released. What did the fans think of the teaser?

From what I read I can tell that the feedback was very positive.

EXODUS is not only a theme album, but an opera like Avantasia. There are a lot of guest appearances on the disc. When was the idea to make a metal opera born?

We don’t use the term opera because we don’t have different roles for each singer. As mentioned we had a hard time finding a new singer. After a longer time of not being able to find anyone, there came this idea to do it all with guests.

What separates this album from the likes of Avantasia or Genius – the metal opera?

In my opinion we are more guitar oriented more metal and less theatrical.

Was it hard to decide which singers you wanted to have on the album?

No. The tricky part was to choose the right song for each singer. Eventually we did it very well because most of the reviewer thought that each song was tailor made for each singer. The truth is that it was the other way round.

Michael Vescera, Lance King, Göran Edman and Daisa Munhoz are few of the many, that contributed to the album. Was it hard to convince them to join forces with you?

No, it was more about scheduling and availability if they could do it for the release date.

How was it to work with the legendary Göran Edman this time?

Actually, we didn’t work together this time. The Helloween cover “Sole Survivor” was recorded few years ago. I have great memories of working together with him. It was always exiting to listen to how he would approach the songs and come up with his own ideas.

Is the band happy with the cover artwork?

Absolutely. Both front cover and booklet artwork are very well done.


When the band began working on the album, were you under pressure to achieve something “better” than THE EYES OF POWER?

No. I don’t feel this kind of a pressure. I am the kind of a person, who always tries to be better than before and I always believe that this time I am working on the best record so far.

Do you think that the band has developed musicwise since the release of THE EYES OF POWER? If so, in what way?

We’ve been making continual progress in 3 ways. We are a better live band, we are more tight and technically better. Second one is the album production. From album to album, we have always managed to have a better production. The third one is in the songwriting. With years of experience I think we have a better sense for a good song. It is the ability to spot a dynamical flaw in a song and basically getting the best out of every musical idea.


Do you think that your older fans are going to like EXODUS?

We already have a lot of feedback so I know that they like it :)

How would you like to describe what kind of music Signum Regis plays?

I am not very much into the labeling business but I think that power metal or heavy metal as a label for our music is fine.

Besides guest singers EXODUS also featured a row of guest musicians like Ivo Hofmann and Libor Krivak to mention a few. Was it hard to get them to join you?

No, because they are my friends from another band where I play – Symphonity. Both of them did an outstanding job.

According to the bio are also the old member Ado Kalaber and Adrian Ciel playing on the disc is that correct?

Correct. With Adrian it was the same situation as with Göran. He played drums on Sole Survivor, which was recorded some time ago. Ado has moved to another country, so that is the reason why he is not playing with us anymore but he is our good friend so it was nice to have him at least as a guest.

The bonus track “Mountain Of God” is featured on my promo version of the album. Is the song also featured on the regular version?

That track is not featured on the digital release it is a (physical) CD bonus track.

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Are you happy with the final outcome of EXODUS or do you feel that you should have done anything in a different way?

There are always things, that could have been done differently but none of it is a big deal. We are happy about the final outcome.

The album also features a cover of the Helloween song “Sole Survivor” are you guys fans of Helloween or how come you chose to make a cover of that song?

Yes, we like Helloween but the idea to do it is related to a Helloween tribute album that was supposed to be released some time ago. At the end of the day we decided to have it rather on our own album. I think we did a pretty good job with that song.

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Studio and production

Where was the album recorded and where did the guests record their parts? I guess that not everyone came to join you in the studio :)

You are right. The instruments were recorded in our own studio and the rest was recorded in the local studios of each guest.

The band is listed as producers, how involved were you in the production process?

We mean production in terms of being in charge of choosing the right songs of being our own main critics in doing the main decisions about the whole process of album creation.

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Was it hard to mix/produce all the various singing parts together?

I some cases we had to improve or EQ the tracks so that they would match all the other tracks. Sometimes it was a bit harder but none of that was a huge problem. With today’s technology with my new Cubase software these things fall into the category of “business as usual”.

What’s the hardest thing with producing your own album? Isn’t it hard to stay objective?

Yes, it is but in a band you have few heads that listen to where the album is going they all have their opinions so the subjectivity is reduced a little bit. We also had the role of executive producer – Emil Westerdahl who had the final word to the outcome so there is always a helping hand around you just need to grab it. We have never worked with a professional producer so I can’t really compare it but I would guess that it is easier to follow your own gut feeling than doing it all according to someone else’s opinion.

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You and guitarist Filip Kolus made the mixing, how was that?

That has been our way of working for a long time. I do the first phase of the mixing on my own and present the rough mix to Filip and the rest of the guys. Filip does a deeper analysis and writes a summary with remarks. Then I implement it and improve the mix. We might do it few times like that. Eventually we come to a final version.


Tommy Hansen made the mastering in his Jailhouse Studio in Denmark. Was any of the members part of that process?

No, we communicated with Tommy via email.

Have you been in Denmark if so did you like it there?

Not yet but I would love to go there one day.

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You have worked with Hansen before, how was it to work with him again?

Yes, we have. He mastered our debut album. He did a great job, so we wanted to have him doing it again.

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Label and management

Was it hard for the band to land a record deal?

It depends on what’s your perspective. I read really weird story about musical legends. Even Beatles were rejected by some labels. There are famous musicians, who still have their applications as a reminder of how hard it was to get where they are today. From this point of view, it was relatively easy for us to get a deal. On the other hand I can tell you too that I sent dozens and dozens of promo packages to various labels and most of the time there was no response at all.

The debut album was released by Locomotive Records but they just disappeared, what happened?

I have no idea but I think I would not be far from truth if I said that their sales were sinking and they simply went bankrupt.


Who owns the legal rights to the first album? Do you have any thoughts of re-releasing the first album?

We do and we already shared the rights with Ulterium Records. The debut album was re-released digitally via Ulterium Records with a bonus track called The Endless Road.

In 2010 you signed a deal with the Swedish label Inner Wound Recordings, how come you inked a deal with them?

We contacted a bunch of labels, but Emil knew us a little bit from the Elements Of Rock festival. I am not sure if he saw us playing there or if someone gave us a good recommendation. The truth of the matter is that we started communicating together and soon there was a mutual interest in working together.

Whats the biggest difference between working with Locomotive Records and Inner Wound Recordings?

It looks to me that when we signed the deal with Locomotive Records we boarded on a ship that was already half way under water. As far as I can remember we were one of their last releases. Of course at that time I didn’t know about it but soon I started getting farewell emails from the employees that they are moving on and so on. Due to this fact our working together with Locomotive Records was very short but I liked the guys that were communicating with me. I hope they are all doing well now. With Inner Wound Recordings / Ulterium Records, it is a whole new level of cooperation. There is a very honest and pleasant communication between us. I see it not only as a business deal. I consider Emil Westerdahl a dear friend of mine.

EXODUS is released by Ulterium Records which is a sisterlabel to Inner Wound why isn’t it released by Inner Wound?

It’s about fine matching to the catalog. With the third album we fit better to Ulterium Records.

Do you see any problems in the fact that the label is based in Sweden and the band in Slovakia?

Not at all. I see it as an advantage. The net of contacts is simply larger when we operate on an international level.

Ulterium Records is working together with the promotion agency Connecting Music, do you think the co-operation works fine?

I believe it does but I am not familiar with the details. It’s not in my scope.

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Are you happy with the work the label have put into the band and the album so far?

Absolutely. It has been good since the very beginning and it’s getting even better.

UR is releasing the album in Europe but what about the rest of the world, who releases it there?

Meanwhile it was released in US as well.

Are you currently working with any management?

No I’m not.


Did you and guitarist Kalaber and Kolus knew each other before you formed the band back in 2007? Have you been a part of any other bands before you formed Signum Regis?

Yes, we played together in a heavy metal band called VINDEX.

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Where does the band name come from and what does it mean?

My brother who writes the lyrics for us came up with this name. It means “royal signature”. It sounds good its original, there is no other band with this name and it fits our music well.

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Is Signum Regis a band or a project?

It started as a project and it developed to a real live band.

Was it hard to find band members? I’ve read that you had problems with finding a singer?

Totally. Finding the right people is the hardest thing. Once you have the line-up, you take it for granted and it becomes all natural, but if you don’t it’s very hard. There are so many things that are important. You need to find someone who is from your area and not from the other side of the world it has to be a kind of a person that can get along with you and all the other guys in the band. He has to have similar motivation to play and similar goals he wants to achieve he has to have the same or similar taste for the music he has to be good enough for the band. With that said you do the odds of finding someone like that. Even big bands often have hard time finding a replacement.

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You got Göran Edman to sing in the band, how was it to get such a legend into the band?

I think that I had a lucky hand, when I was sending him the first bunch of songs. He liked them and that was the most important thing for the cooperation to start.

What did the media and critics think of the bands self titled debut that came 2008?

We got some pretty positive reviews. Some people really loved it. There were also some negative but that’s something you can never avoid.

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The album was also released in Japan, what did the Asian fans think of your music?

Honestly I don’t know much about how it went there. We got some nice messages but that’s all I can tell. We need to go there for a tour and then we will see, haha :)

The drummer Ludek Struhar left the band in 2009. Was it an expected departure?

Yes he saw himself more like a guest than a regular band member.

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He was replaced by Adrian Ciel but he also left the band the same year, how was that? Did the member changes make any mark in the rest of the band?

Adrian likes our music but he is not from our area. There was no problem for him to come to the studio a couple of times and record the album but when we wanted to start playing live and rehearse regularly the distance the travelling soon became a problem for him so decided not to be a part of the live band. He was the one who suggested to contact his friend Jaro Jancula our current drummer.

Are all the current band members from Slovakia?

Yes they are.

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How’s the metal scene doing in Slovakia? Are there many clubs and venues for harder acts to play in?

Over the years I’ve been getting this question and always answering it quite negatively. Fortunately recently there has been a lot of positive development here. There are a lot of great concerts around world-class musicians are coming to play here and most importantly, there is a bunch of great bands from Slovakia. I would recommend to check out bands One Second, Hotel Persona Grata, Castaway, guitarist Peter Luha to name a few.

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Does the band members have any bands or artists in common that you look up to or are inspired of?

No I don’t think that anyone of us has a concrete musical idol. On there other hand, there are dozens or hundreds of musicians that we like respect and learn from.

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Where in the world do you have your biggest fanbase?

Wild guess: Slovakia, Switzerland, Brazil.

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Past, present and future

Have you done any touring outside Slovakia so far?

Two weeks ago we played in Switzerland next month we will be playing in Germany and Netherlands.

Would you like to come out an tour and perform more than you have done in the past?


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Who’s been taking care of the vocals on the shows you’ve done?

Mayo Petranin.

On the promo pictures I’ve seen there are only three members in the band, is the band still consisting of three guys?

No that was just the Exodus studio line-up but there are 5 of us now.

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I’ve read that the band had a warm up gig at the end of February how was that and who did you warm up for?

That’s true. We were rehearsing for the show at Elements Of Rock in Switzerland that I mentioned. I think it went well and the show at the festival went even better. There are also 2 videos of that show on our youtube channel.

How would you like to describe a live show with Signum Regis like?

I think that we are that kind of a band that can reproduce what is on the CD with a good deal of precision. In addition to that, people often appreciate the energy and the spark that we create on stage. We don’t use any pre-recorded samples we play it all live.

Are there any plans on heading out on a proper European tour/shows soon?

No not yet but we are open to any proposals.

Do you have any festival shows booked for the summer so far?

There is a big festival in Slovakia called Lumen. We just received an email that we will be there. Soon it should also appear on their website.

The band got a really nice website, who runs it? Do you think it’s important to be active on the social forums that’s around nowadays?

Thank you very much. I run it myself. I think it is essential to be out there virtually. Especially for new bands.

What’s the most common question the bands get from fans?

Fans usually ask about the next gig in their area.

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Last year did Kalaber leave the band did that interrupt the work with the album?

Not really. He has always been more into playing live and less into playing locked up in the studio.

Who takes care of the vocals in the band today?

Same guy since Autumn 2013 – Mayo Petranin.

Are you going to take in another guitarist or are you going to focus on having one guitar player in the future?

We are just fine with Filip being the only guitar player in the band and we have no plans to hire a second guitar player at the moment.

Are you happy with what Signum Regis has achieved so far?

Yes we are very happy but we believe there is more to be achieved in the future. We are nowhere close to having our dreams come true :)

Are there any interest for the band in Asia and America?

Yes, we are still young :) and willing to travel and see the world.

What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t discovered the music of Signum Regis yet?

I would tell it like it is: we are metal heads who take our music and our band seriously. We are already experienced musicians with good technical and songwriting skills. I would recommend our website and youtube channel so that they can make their own opinion. Now there are some metal fans who are not interested in any new bands and all they need is a new Metallica record every 8 years but for those who are still passionate about the scene and who are eager to discover something new. I believe Signum Regis is one of the bands that they might want to check out.

Could you give three reasons why the readers should buy EXODUS?

Great songs great singers and cool lyrics.

Well, that was all for now. Do you have any words of wisdom to share with the fans and readers?

Thank you Anders for taking your time and preparing this well-researched set of questions. It was a pleasure to answer them. Big thanks to the visitors of metal-rules.com for reading this interview and for visiting signum-regis.com!

Thanks a lot for taking the time to make the interview. I wish you and the band all the best in the future!

Thanks so much.



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Iced Earth w support at Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014 – European leg at Lilla Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

April 16th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall



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Iced Earth – headline act

Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014 – European leg

Warbringer – special guest

Elm Street – support act

Lilla Vega



16/2 – 2014

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall





The American heavy metal act Iced Earth is out on a European tour supporting their latest album PLAGUES OF BABYLON. Unfortunately the band leader Jon Schaffer didn’t manage to keep the line up from the last album DYSTOPIA intact and new members in the band are Luke Appleton on bass and drummer Jon Dette. The show in Copenhagen was one of the last ones on the tour then the band heads down to Australia and South America before the tour continues to America. The support act Elm Street comes from Australia and as special guests we find the labels mates in Warbringer.  I was really impressed by PLAGUES OF BABYLON and I was really looking forward to see Iced Earth this night. The club where the bands was going to play is called Lilla Vega and is located in downtown Copenhagen. The club inhabits about 500 visitors and I was quite surprised when I saw the choice of venue. I thought that Iced Earth would play at larger venues than Lilla Vega. Strangely were there also tickets left to the show. The doors opened at 8:00 and Elm Street was scheduled to begin the night at 8.30. Not many people was waiting in line outside the club when I showed up but the ones that was there seemed happy and was looking forward to see Iced Earth. A few hardcore fans had bought tickets to the meet and greet and they were already inside the club when the rest of us was let in at 8. The Danish crowd usually turns up when it’s time for the headline act to play and this night was no exception to that rule. Therefore there weren’t many people to see the first act.

Elm Street

The show kicked off as soon as the members showed up on stage. The band consisted of four guys from Australia that play heavy metal. Two songs were played after which the singer thanked the audience for the applauds and said that the band was really exited to be in Copenhagen. Band members are:

Ben Batres – lead vocals, guitar

Aaron Adie – guitar

Tomislav Perkovic – drums

Brandon Farrugia – bass

The band thanked both Iced Earth and Warbringer for an amazing tour and Batres said that they wanted to see a circlepit in the next song which was “Heavy Metal Power”. Before that had songs like “Heatracer” and “Barbed Wire Metal” had been played and even though the crowd was small the ones that was there made their best to support Elm Street. I thought the band did a good job and time flew by quickly. Suddenly announced Batres their last song and asked if we were ready for Warbringer. “Face The Reaper” ended the 30 minute show and Elm Street’s time in the limelight at Lilla Vega was over.


The clock was now 9 and as soon as Elm Street went off stage began the crew the work to prepare the stage for Warbringer. Warbringer used the same drums as Elm Street and the change of gear went pretty fast. There were no photo pit in front of the stage and now had people began to show up. I understood pretty soon that it was going to be a bit hard to take pictures because the Iced Earth fans always use to be a bit wild. Already at ten past nine was it so time for Warbringer to take on Copenhagen. The lights went out and suddenly stood the band there.


All of the members but the singer began the show and as soon as he showed up the band kicked off the show with “Scars Remain”. It was full speed ahead from the very start and the fans seemed to love it. “Iron City” followed and singer Kevill thanked the fans so much for their support before it was time to kick off “Severed Reality”. Warbringer are:

John Kevill – lead vocals

Carlos Cruz – drummer

John Laux – guitar

Adam Carroll – guitar

Ben Mottsman – bass

Kevill ran around like a maniac on stage during the show and took over the small space that was on stage. Warbringer’s music can best be described as thrash metal with hints of grindcore. Kevill said it was nice to be in Copenhagen and asked if the fans wanted to hear more. He also wanted to see a circlepit in front of the stage during the next song which was “Living Weapon”. A few brave fans tried to create a circlepit but it didn’t go so well. Most of the fans stood still and watched the band quite calmly. Kevill seemed to be frustrated of the lack of circle pit and said that the fans the next time could come and see the show with their parents and that they maybe could teach the fans to do a proper mosh pit! The show continued with “The Turning Of The Gears”, “Total War” and “Living In A Whirwind”.


Kevill said that only Sweden remained on the tour before the band was done with the European leg of the tour and that the tour had been a blast. “Demonic Ecstasy” and “Hunter-Seeker” ended the show and Kevill thanked Iced Earth so much for letting Warbringer be a part of the tour. As soon as the last song had ended took the band off their instruments, thanked the crowd and walked off the stage. Another 40 minutes was gone and soon was it time for the headline act. Warbringer did a great job warming up the crowd and had a great set list that included both older songs as well as more current ones. The only negative thing with the show, and the same goes for Warbringer, was the poor lights. The sound system worked great but it was worse with the lights.

Set list

Scars Remain

Iron City

Severed Reality

Living Weapon

The Turning Of the Gears

Total War

Living In A Whirlwind

Demonic Ecstasy


A huge drum kit at the back of the stage was revealed by the crew and soon we could see a huge back drop with the cover of the new Iced Earth album on it. On each side of the drums hung smaller backdrops with parts of the new album cover on them and it was pretty crowded on stage from all the gear the crew put out. More people had arrived to the club and with them also more excitement. The temperature began to rise and a positive vibe could be sensed. And after 30 minutes of waiting was it then time for Iced Earth to conquer Lilla Vega and Copenhagen.



Iced Earth

While the intro played the band entered the stage and the first song out for the night was the title track to the new album “Plagues Of Babylon”. Singer Block rushed on to stage during the intro to the song and the fans gave he and the rest of the band a really warm welcome to Copenhagen. “Democide” followed and especially the fans at the front of the stage went totally crazy. Block moved from side to side of the stage connecting with the fans and it seemed like he really appreciated the support the band got from the fans. The line up of Iced Earth is:

Jon Schaffer – guitar

Stu Block – lead vocals

Troy Steele – lead guitar

Luke Appleton – bass

Jon Dette – drums

Block thanked the fans and asked if they’re doing fine. It was time to play a song taken from the previous album and the song was “V”. Block said that the next song had Schaffer written to his grandfather and it was the beautiful song “If I Could See You” taken from the latest album. Contrary to the two previous bands was the lights working in favor of Iced Earth and the crowd followed the bands moves and sang a long in almost every song. “The Hunter” made all of the fans scream like crazy and the band seemed to be having a great time together on stage. They felt solid and tight and everyone knew exactly what to do on stage. Block have grown like a front man since the last time I saw them live and I think the did a great job fronting the band. The constant touring did the band good. Block asked if we had energy left and pointed to the fans up on the balcony that they had to scream more because the fans down on the floor were beating their ass. It was now time to head back in time and to the album SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and the song “Burning Times”. Block wanted everyone in the club to sing a long with him in the middle of the song.


The next song “Red Baron/Blue Max” was taken from the album THE GLORIOUS BURDEN and I couldn’t but be impressed by how great Block sang the older songs. Even though he have some similarities with both the old singers Matt Barlow and Tim Owens he managed to the songs to his own and totally blew my mind. Block went off the stage in the middle of the song and it was time for bandleader Schaffer to do a lead guitar show off. “Blessed Are You”, “Vengeance Is Mine” and “Cthulhu” continued the night and it felt like the audience had listened to the new songs because they sang along in them as loud as they did in the older songs. Schaffer looked as always really cool and he and Appleton backed up Block on vocals and again, it felt like the band had a great time. “My Own Savior” followed and it felt like the band had a bit of time pressure on them. Block didn’t do much talking in between the songs instead they kicked off every song pretty fast after each other. Block had the fans to scream and cheer  and the crowd seemed to love every minute of the show.


Block once again disappeared from the stage and instead Appleton and Schaffer took the center position and fired off “The End?”. After the song handed Block out the mic towards the crowd and wanted them to scream for him. He said it was time to go back to the album THE DARK SAGA and the beautiful song “A Question Of Heaven”. Block let the fans sing the first chorus and Block sang the rest of the song with great passion and feeling. That great song ended the ordinary set of the show and the band went of stage. One hour and fifteen minutes had gone since the band kicked off the show but that was not enough for the crazy fans, they wanted to hear more from Iced Earth.


Iced Earth shortly returned to the stage and Block wanted to see some hands in the air while they fired off “Dystopia” as the first encore. From the album SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES came the next encore in “Watching Over Me” which Schaffer wrote about his friend who got killed in a motorcycle accident. Block said that song was very special to the band and that the song is one of his personal favorite songs to sing. He wanted everyone to sing a long in the song with him. And this was also one of the fans favorite songs and everyone sang along throughout the song. Block urged the crowd to give a warm applaud for both Elm Street and Warbringer for opening for Iced Earth and then was it time for the last song for the night. Block counted 1-2-3 and the fans scream ICED FUCKING EARTH! but Block wasn’t happy and encouraged everyone to scream louder and after the third attempt he was happy. Of course followed “Iced Earth” which always is the ultimate ending of an Iced Earth show.


The show ended after 1.40 at 11.55 and both the fans as well as the band seemed to be really happy and satisfied with the show. I have nothing negative to say about the show, everything was great!! It was an amazing set list and even though I lacked a few of my personal favorite songs the set list was great. The crowd was dedicated and brought out the best of the band. It was nice to see that Block had grown and matured as front man and he is a brilliant singer. The only thing that could be better next time is if the club can fix a photo pit, it was really hard to take pictures amongst all the waving hands and banging heads. This was an amazing evening in every possible way and I really hope that Schaffer can continue to keep this line-up solid.




Set list

Plagues Of Babylon/Apocalypse (segue)



If I Could See You

The Hunter

Burning Times

Red Baron/Blue Max

Blessed Are You

Vengeance Is Mine


My Own Savior

The End?

A Question of Heaven



Watching Over Me

Iced Earth

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Saxon on Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014 Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

April 16th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


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Saxon – headline act

Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014

Dirty Passion – support act




9/3 – 2014

Live reviews and photos by: Anders Sandvall



As everyone probably knows Motorhead and Saxon were supposedly heading out on the road together at the end of last year. Sadly Motorhead was forced to cancel because of Lemmy’s health condition and the tour was put on ice. The tour was re-scheduled to take place this year but was once again was canceled. Saxon was scheduled to do a few solo shows during the tour and the show in Malmoe actually took place, not originally last year but in March this year. The Saxon “tour” contain 7 shows in both Britain and Europe and the band hasn’t released a new album but is out supporting their latest studio album SACRIFICE that came 2013. The latest release from Saxon is a compilation disc featuring classical Saxon tunes done acoustical and orchestral called UNPLUGGED AND STRUNG UP. Saxon fans can look forward to the soon to be released live album ST. GEORGES DAY SACRIFICE LIVE 2014 recorded during the SACRIFICE WORLD TOUR at The Ritz in Manchester England.

Kulturbolaget was the venue that hosted the Saxon show this night and the club sure is one of the best venues in Sweden for hosting intimate club gigs. Support act was Dirty Passion which is a Swedish local sleaze/hardrock act that have opened for Saxon before. The club holds about 850 visitors and the show was almost sold out. Because of other commitments I arrived to the show a bit late and came to the club in time for Saxon to enter the stage. I headed quickly to the photo pit and arrived just in time to get into the pit and so was it time for the legendary NWOBHM heroes to enter the stage in Malmoe.

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The crowds middleage was pretty high and many of the fans in the club had probably followed the band since the start. That didn’t stop everyone from screaming their lungs out when Saxon showed up on stage and kicked off the show with “Sacrifice”. Byford showed up after the intro had been played and the already ecstatic crowd went even crazier when they saw Byford. Saxon is:

Biff Byford – lead vocals

Paul Quinn – guitar

Nigel Glockler – drums

Nibbs Carter – bass

Doug Scarrett – guitar

Byford immediately let the crowd take over the chorus and all of the fans sang their lungs out. Byford thanked the crowd for the support and fired off “Power And The Glory” and once again was Byford’s vocals almost overpowered by the blessed fanbase. Byford seemed to be really happy on stage and the crowd followed his every move and he sure had the audience in the palm of his hand right from the very start. Byford once again thanked the fans and said that it was nice to be back in the land of the vikings. He said it was time to travel back in time and fill our heads with “Heavy Metal Thunder”.


Both old classical tunes as well as more current songs were played this night and as always stood Byford in the middle of the stage looking cool with Quinn at the left and Scarrett to the right of him. Carter ran around on stage and was everywhere at the same time. Byford were also active on stage and his voice sounded as magical as ever. There were no sign of tiredness at all, he is one of the best singers in history and have managed to maintain his voice in perfect shape and condition. The next song up was taken from the album THE INNER SANCTUM and it was “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)” and at this point had the temperature begun to rise inside the club. At the middle of the song turned Byford down the tempo and only bass and drums were playing. Byford told everyone in the club to jump up and down with him and so everyone did. He also sang the chorus together with the crowd only accompanied by bass and drums.

Byford then told us that the next song was written 44 years ago and it was a song that he thought was as current now as back then. “Stallions Of The Highway” continued the show and that song doesn’t belong in the set that the band normally plays live. The song is excellent and it was really nice to hear it live. As anticipated the band was really tight and everyone complimented each other extremely well. It was fun to see such experienced and skilled musicians perform live and it was good to relax and enjoy the show. Byford said that he really appreciated the intimacy of the club and that it was so nice to be playing in a club and not only on festivals. He asked if the fans had any requests for songs and the fans began to shout out which song they wanted to hear. Byford went out on the edge of the stage and asked a fan how young he were, 14? asked Byford and then asked what the guy wanted the band to play. The young fan said “Hammer Of the Gods” and Byford said O, luckily for you we know that song and laughed  and fired off the song. I saw the set list on the stage and it said simply “request” so whatever the fans wanted the band to play they were going to play it.


“Solid Ball Of Rock” followed and now had the temperature gone tropical. The fans at the front of the stage were soaking in sweat and so was the band. The place got hotter and hotter for each song. In the middle of the song took the fans over and cheered, sang and clapped their hands. However Byford wasn’t satisfied and said that the crowd sounded like the Norwegian fans which made the fans scream even louder. Byford wanted them to sing even louder and said “C’mon aren’t we in the land of the vikings?”. Finally he looked satisfied and continued the song. He wanted us to say Hi to Glockler behind the drums and kicked off “Dallas 1 pm” which is one of my personal favorite songs.

“Night Of The Wolf”  followed and then Byford said they were going to do something special and play two songs in one. It was “Sailing To America/Rock N Roll Gypsy” that followed. “747 (Strangers In the Night)” followed and the entire band seemed to be enjoying their time on stage and the huge support from the crazy fans on the floor. Again the band surprised me with “Sailing To America” and “Rock N Roll Gypsy” which are songs they usually doesn’t play live. It was nice to hear the more unexpected choice of songs as well this night. Byford said that the band wasn’t going to play at Sweden Rock Festival this year but at Wacken Open Air in Germany and that show was going to be very special and Byford wanted everyone to come and see the band in Wacken. He also told us that the band had written some new songs to the next album and the album is going to be released at the end of this year. And then it’s time for the band to head out on a proper European tour. Byford said that we weren’t getting rid of the band so easy. The tour is going to take place during October/November 2014. At the middle of “Wheels Of Steel” said Byford that it was time for everyone in the audience to sing and divided the audience into two groups and ordered the right wing to sing on his command and then the left wing.  The show ended with the two classical tunes  “Strong Arm Of the Law and “Wheels Of Steel” before the band thanked and went of the stage.


However they returned shortly and fired off “Crusader” as the first encore and totally blew down the place and the fans went totally ballistic when they heard Quinn play the intro on his guitar. It felt like that was the song that the fans really had waited for to hear. Byford introduced Paul Quinn in the middle of the song and he did the guitar solo. The amazing  “Denim And Leather” followed and the encores finished off with “Princess Of The Night”. When the song ended Byford once again thanked the fans and the band went of stage and the lights came on and 20 minutes of brilliant encores was over. All together lasted the show for about 1 hour and 45 minutes and it felt like I could have listened to the band for at least one more hour.

The band was at the top of their game and the crazy crowd made the evening even more memorable. The lights and sound worked great and the set list was jammed with classical song as well as more unusual choices. It was the perfect set list. It was nice to hear “Sailing To America” and “Rock N Roll Gypsy” and there was no doubt that the fans loved the show as much as I did. It was only to bow for the masters of NWOBHM!


If you want to see Saxon live they’re doing a few festival shows in Europe this summer. Otherwise be sure to check them out when they return on a proper tour later this year.

Set list



Power And the Glory

Heavy Metal Thunder

Battalions Of Steel

I’ve Got To Rock (To stay alive)

Stallions Of the Highway

Hammer Of The Gods

Solid Ball Of Rock

Dallas 1 pm

Night Of The Wolf

Sailing To America/Rock N Roll Gypsy

747 (Strangers In The Night)

Strong Arm Of the Law

Wheels Of Steel



Denim And Leather

Princess Of The Night


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Interview with Dave Garcia (Cage, Hellscream)

April 16th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Dave Garcia of Hellscream and Cage.

by JP

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Tell us about your new project, Hellscream!

Hellscream is a musician band that is comprised of the meeting of the minds of myself and Norman Skinner. The music is primarily a heavy edged power metal project.

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How did you meet up with Norman Skinner?

This was a meeting by chance that happened at the 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim California. We started talking about what we had going on and at that time I was looking for a great vocalist to do a new project. He instantly said he was very interested and we exchanged our contact info and soon after began writing songs.

Because Hellscream is so new to the Metal scene there does not seem to be much info yet. Who else is in the band and will you be touring soon?

The CD was written entirely be Norman and myself. Norman created all lyrical content, helped with arrangements and sang like an animal! All of the instrumentation was performed by myself in my studio. We have had a great response to the debut album and are looking forward to another CD with a tour follow up! Due to our other band obligations we are currently involved with scheduling will be critical. I have a great selection of potential players lined up for the next cd already.

This is perhaps a tougher but fair question. Cage and Hellscream are quite similar stylistically being both US Power Metal. What made you want to branch out and work on another project?

This was really a fun project! I had about a nine month period where the Cage camp was distracted so it made sense for me to keep busy! Norman and I worked exclusively by e-mail only! We were transferring files back and forth using Protools software. I am really sure we only spoke to each other at most three times the entire year while we were writing the cd. All else was only by e-mail!

What special significance does the title MADE IMMORTAL have for you?

I thought that the song was so freaking awesome and with the way the entire project evolved it was a perfect title for the CD!


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How are the song-writing duties in Hellscream divided up? Does one guy bring the main riff or is a collaborative effort born out of jamming?

I was the one that would write the riffs and do some examples of arrangement. I then would send Norman the the mp3 for him to review. Norman would then send back to me an arrangement with lyrics.

Who handles the lyrics?

Norman Exclusively!

Switching over to Cage, last time I chatted with Sean he said the latest record is going to be a horror-themed concept album. Can you tell us more about it?

Yes! The new CD is basically two thirds of the way completed. it is a horror theme concept album based on a 45,000 word mini novel that Sean Peck wrote! The title of the cd is “Ancient Evil”and takes place in England around 1819. There will be also special guests on the CD and so far it is really sounding amazing!

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There has been a pretty seismic lineup change with three-fifths of the bands changing over. I know Cage has always been you and Sean but can you tell us a bit about what precipitated the membership evolution?

The current line up is by far the best we have had the pleasure to work with! The reality is that Cage has been cranking out music for 22 years! There have been some great relationships with previous members and will always have great memories of all the awesome shows and touring together!

Are you going to shop the new Cage album to labels or continue to maintain your independence?

It has worked well for us to remain independent! We have a fantastic fan base world wide and appreciate their loyal support!

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Since your nickname is Conan, are you looking forward to the new Conan movie, THE LEGEND OF CONAN with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger?

I am! He was a big influence on my earlier years as a competitive bodybuilder!

What do you to keep in shape, both physically and in terms of playing?

I still work out every other day at the gym! I still watch the type of food I consume however not as severe as I used to be when I was active in competitive bodybuilding. Because of the stress on the hands I do play as much guitar as possible to minimize the effects from weight training.

Have you ever thought about doing a solo album?

I have some fantastic projects coming up that sound really exciting! Anything is possible! I am working with Benjamin from Online Metal Promo to help further opportunities moving forward!

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Do you keep in touch with the Voz guys?

Morrie is my bro! i have had some fun tours and experiences with him for sure! We are also in touch through Facebook!

What does 2014 hold for both Hellscream and Cage?

Look forward to the new CD “Ancient Evil” and we are touring in Europe In July 2014′. There also is a midwest tour being scheduled in November! The live shows are extremely fun for The Cage boys and we deliver pounding in your face true metal power every time!

Thank you!


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Fatal Smile announce retirement

April 15th, 2014
by J P

Mr. Y of Fatal Smile released a statement to the press.


At some point in your life you’ll have to ‘kill your darlings’…and it’s with a heavy heart I have to inform you that I’m laying my dear band FATAL SMILE to rest…

I sure know it’s a really bad timing with a new album to be released & we just kicked off our first show of the tour last nite…But at a certain point in life you’ll have to make decisions if things are really worth doing it…??

I have come to that point when the answer is no, it’s no longer worth sacrificing everything in my life, my heart & soul just to keep the ‘FS-train’ rolling…It’s been an epic journey since I started the band back in 1995 & I had a blast ‘living the dream’… A million thank’s to all of you for your endless support & love during those ‘Fatal years’ & thank’s to all the band members during this time.

I will sure keep writing & playing music, that’s for sure!!!

Take care & be well.

Peace & Love,

Yüksel Unutmaz aka ‘MR. Y’


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SKID ROW Tour With BLACK STAR RIDERS Kicks Off May 8, New EP On Aug. 5th

April 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


SKID ROW–Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums)—will be a long way from home throughout the summer.  First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts May 8 in Tucson, AZ at the Rialto Theatre. Once that concludes on May 16, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S., including a stop at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 and an appearance at this year’s Rocklahoma festival on May 23 in Pryor, OK.  They’ll then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14.  Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, SKID ROW will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31.

All of this touring is getting their loyal fans ready for the highly anticipated new seven-song EP, UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2, set for release August 5 via Megaforce Records.

After a hiatus that started in 1996, SKID ROW returned to the big stage—literally–opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves.

“When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce SKID ROW as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road.  We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.”

2003’s THICKSKIN and 2006’s REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones.  UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2 is SKID ROW coming out swinging.  Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band.  Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge.  “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity.  It’s us against the world again–and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the SKID ROW torch without fail.”

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs.  “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”

That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake.  “The pressure seemed to be lifted.  That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.”

Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability.  “The third time in the studio as the voice of SKID ROW was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks.  UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2 is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band.  It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.”

That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but SKID ROW never really grew up. UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2 is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.

Check out SKID ROW at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                                         VENUE

With Black Star Riders:

Thu 5/8             Tucson, AZ                               Rialto Theatre
Fri 5/9               Tempe, AZ                                The Marquee
Sat 5/10            Corona, CA                               M15
Mon 5/12          Sacramento, CA                        Harlows
Tue 5/13            San Francisco, CA                    DNA
Thu 5/15            Agoura Hills, CA                        Canyon Club
Fri 5/16             San Juan Capistrano, CA           Coach House


Sat 5/17            Los Angeles, CA                       The Whisky
Sun 5/18           Hermosa Beach, CA                  Saint Rocke
Tue 5/20            Houston, TX                              Scout Bar
Wed 5/21          Abilene, TX                               Lucky Mule
Fri 5/23             Pryor, OK                                 Rocklahoma
Sat 5/24            Dallas, TX                                 Trees
Sun 5/25           Lubbock, TX                             Big Purple Festival
Wed 7/9            Rochester, NY                           Montage Music Hall
Thu 7/10            Cleveland, OH                           Agora
Fri 7/11             Newport, KY                             Thompson House
Sat 7/12            Arlington Heights, IL                  Home Bar
Sun 7/13           Watseka, IL                               Watseka Theater
Thu 7/17            Peoria. IL                                  Illinois State Fair
Fri 7/18             Turtle Lake, WI                          St. Croix Casino
Sat 7/19            Oshkosh, WI                             Rock USA
Sun 7/20           Battle Creek, MI                         Planet Rock
Fri 7/25             Duncannon, PA                         Tubby’s



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MOTÖRHEAD is BACK – First Performances Since August 2013 Kick Off to an Electrifying Start!

April 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Undisputed rock n’ roll legends MOTÖRHEAD kicked off their first live performances since August 2013 with an electrifying bang this past weekend – performing to completely packed, sold out crowds on Friday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and on Sunday at Coachella.
MOTÖRHEAD performed 15 songs on Friday, including top tracks ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Overkill’, with Slash joining in (see below for some fantastic photos from the set). The exciting set included tracks encompassing the band’s career; including a track from the band’s new album Aftershock.

As mentioned above, not only did MOTÖRHEAD bring down the house at Club Nokia, but then turned right around to rock the sold out crowd at Coachella on Sunday! “Legendary London heavy metal band MOTÖRHEAD, with special guest Slash, got the devil horns approval of fans on Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” states Wes Woods of the Los Angeles Daily News. In a Twitter post, Billboard adds, “MOTÖRHEAD, who have already pummeled the crowd with the heaviest riffs heard all weekend, welcome Guns N’ Roses guitar god Slash to the stage for a balls to the walls rendition of “Ace of Spades.” Any marbles Coachella had left are instantly lost.”

Apparently MOTÖRHEAD out-rocked other bands, even way across the festival grounds! According to Yahoo Music, “The roaring riffs of Slash and MOTÖRHEAD axeman Phil Campbell could be heard all the way across Coachella’s vast polo field, practically bleeding over into Arcade Fire’s Main Stage revue.”

MOTÖRHEAD will continue to perform throughout April, including another Coachella performance on April 20th. Other stops include Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA.

MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates:
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella

MOTÖRHEAD is taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.

Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon. Tickets for MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat, as well as full details and cabin pricing, are on sale now at www.MotorheadCruise.com.

MOTÖRHEAD’s Aftershock did not only act as another stellar addition to the band’s legendary catalog, but is widely regarded as one of the best musical releases of 2013. Aftershock marked MOTÖRHEAD’s biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date. You can order Aftershock now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP).

Learn more about MOTÖRHEAD at these websites:

Official Lemmy Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialLemmy
Official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Twitter: @MyMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Instagram: @OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Website: www.imotorhead.com


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Interview with Michael and Dean of Leatherwolf

April 14th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Michael and Dean from Leatherwolf

by JP

Who did the artwork for the new album? It is fantastic! 

Thanks for the compliment! A Canadian guy named Martin Deschaumbault who is a conceptual designer and mostly known for ‘the Assasin’s Creed’ video game did the front cover artwork; and Marc Sasso, who’s done artwork for the likes of Dio, Manowar and Rob Rock did the piece we used in the tray.


You have only had one studio album (and the remake) since the last Live album, WIDE OPEN back in 1999 to commemorate your reunion. Why a live album and why now?

Well, ‘Wide Open’ has been out-of-print for years and it seemed like a sensible idea to do another one to introduce the new line-up with Rob Math and Greg Erba on guitars. ‘Unchained Live’ is a nice retrospective of some of our most popular songs and a few band faves, like ‘Kill and Kill Again.’ Hopefully, ‘Unchained Live’ will also catch the attention of some younger fans that may not have heard of us before.

This is a tough but fair question, why does it take Leatherwolf so long between albums?

Pretty much because the band has been in stop-n-go motion since we first got back together in 1999, exacerbated by line-up changes. It took several years to find a replacement for Mike before we finally settled on Wade (Black) for ‘World Asylum.’ Once Mike was back in the fold, the guitar players began to change so there wasn’t the stability you need as a band to write and record. Also, priorities change in life – we are no longer a bunch of 20-year old guys whose sole focus is music (and partying). We have families, responsibilities, jobs, etc. all of which take away from 24-7 Leatherwolf.

There have been some pretty big line-up changes since the last album. Tell us how those changes and how they evolved.

Without getting into too much detail, we had to part ways with Geoff Gayer several years ago because it became impossible to work together. Really not something we ever wanted to do because Geoff was always a huge part of the writing and a great player. Greg Erba, who is with us now, took over for Geoff. Eventually, Greg, who is pretty much a full-time musician, had a touring situation which didn’t allow him to make himself available as much as we need him at the time so we brought in Rob Math in his place. Then in early 2013, Carey Howe decided to quit and since we had a show coming up we did not want to cancel we asked Greg if he could step in. He’s been back ever since. Confused yet?

UNCHAINED LIVE sounds incredible. How did you secure the Metal production ‘Dream-Team’ of Roy Z. Tom Baker and Michael Kramer? I understand you worked with Kramer back in the day.

Right, other than Tom Baker, who is one of thr most respected mastering engineers in L.A., we worked with people we already knew. Roy Z is actually a fan of Leatherwolf from back in the day. He used to come see us play; he also helped produce the 3-song demo we did with Jeff Martin from Racer X prior to hooking up with Wade Black for ‘World Asylum.’ So Roy was the perfect choice to mix the album because he’s into the band and knows our sound very well. He’s also a cool dude to work with so that always helps.

Michael, you have been singing for years and I noticed you can still hit some of those notes! Do you do any vocal training exercises before a gig? Do you have a vocal coach or conversely do you teach young singers?

To be honest with you, I am not a very schooled singer. I learned a few tricks that help me along the way. But, I think mostly I figured it out myself by knowing what not to do. Not saying I have all the answers because I don’t – I don’t consider myself a great singer with a great range. That’s something I would like to better myself in. As far as warming up before a show, I use a throat rattling technique. It vibrates the vocal chords gets ‘em loose. It works for me. Plus humming through the transition between chest and head voice keeping it relaxed and not forced. For me singing is very physical. Being well rested is more than half the battle.

Dean, for our gearheads out there, tell us a bit about your kit. Do you teach or do clinics?

No, I don’t teach and I don’t do clinics. As for gear, I still play my trusty 7-piece Yamaha Recording Custom series kit with two 28″ bass drums build by OC Drums. I’ve had it since the 80′s and used it in the studio for both ‘Street Ready’ and ‘World Asylum.’ I also use a leather snare drum custom built by OC Drums and Zildjian cymbals. For hardware I’m using DW.

The most obvious question for the true fans is, when are we going to get a new, full-length studio album?

We really don’t know yet. Now that this line-up is dialed in we’re gonna try to get a new album in gear this year.

Do you have much stuff in the vaults? Cover tunes, rarities etc? Will those ever see the light of day? In a related question, do you have the rights to your major label albums, LEATHERWOLF and STREET READY and if yes, any chance of some reissues?

No, there is not much we have in the vaults aside from a few demos and alternate versions of known songs. Maybe some of it, like the 3-song demo we did with Jeff Martin from Racer X, will be released one day but there are no definite plans at this point. Island Records own ‘Leatherwolf’ (’87) and ‘Street Ready’

I don’t want to dwell on the past, but I always felt you were a heavier band than what the major label made you guys out to be. Was there any pressure or interference from the label to alter, or even outright change the sound of the band? In my mind the label deal was a double-edged sword. It got you lots more exposure but perhaps didn’t truly represent you as a raging Metal band. Would you agree?

Yes, that’s right. We were most definitely a heavier band than the label wanted us to be. Our main influences have always European metal bands such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, which comes across loud and clear on our debut. When we got signed by Island they of course wanted a band that could be played on the radio so they put us in the studio with Kevin Beamish whose heaviest project before us was probably producing Y&T. But, he was mostly a pop/rock guy who’d done REO Speedwagon, Jefferson Starship and stuff like that. He definitely took some of the heavy edge off our music and we let it happen to a degree. But, what are you gonna do – hindsight is always 20/20. Not that we don’t like those 2 records for Island but we’d definitely do a few things different if we could go back.

Considering this, would you work with a label again or would you prefer to remain independent and have that creative control?

We are definitely open to working with a label again if the right deal comes along. Unfortunately, record advances tend to be rather low these days and most bands will never ever see a dime on the back end so being a do-it-yourself entity does have its advantages although it’s a lot of work. But, even if we did go back to working with a label, we certainly would not relinquish creative control. We know best what makes Leatherwolf Leatherwolf so we don’t need anybody telling us what to do.

Are there any plans to do a DVD and maybe include your videos?

There is definitely a DVD in the future – we actually filmed a show for a live DVD a few years ago but then the line-up changed and it didn’t seem to make sense anymore to release something that featured an out-of-date line-up. We don’t own the rights to the videos we did for Island Records, “The Calling” and “Hideaway”, so it’s unlikely those would be included on a future DVDs. But we could include the ones we did for ‘World Asylum’ and ‘New World Asylum.’

Leatherwolf has a decent reputation as veterans and you have had a number of appearances at international Metal festivals. Is it possible in this day and age to still make a career, tour, record albums and remain competitive in todays Metal market?

It would be great to do Leatherwolf full-time and make a living at it but it’s not possible in this day and age. Obviously, album sales have declined heavily and going on the road isn’t cheap and there’s a shitload of bands competiting for a piece of the concert pie, a pie that isn’t getting any bigger mind you. Some of us do make a living playing music and/or work in the music industry in different capacities; a couple of us have their own business away from music.

What is the next step in Leatherwolfs ultimate plan for world domination?

Ha ha, good question. Go on tour with Metallica or Maiden, get signed to a huge record deal, and get Martin Birch out of retirement to produce our next album. ;-)

 For more information visit www.leatherwolfmetal.com


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Five Finger Death Punch,Upon A Burning Body & Pop Evil @The Forum, London

April 11th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Five Finger Death Punch

w. Upon A Burning Body and Pop Evil

@ The Forum, London

31st March 2014

Review by Rowena Lamb

Photographs by Graham Hilling

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Recently all I seem to be doing is going to review bands I’ve never seen before and for the most part this is one of the best aspects of being a reviewer. Most of the time I end up having a great time and discover new styles to add to my play list. However, sometimes, just sometimes, I go to review a band for the first time and I’m left frustrated…..that I do not know the words to the songs already and so I can’t shout and sing along with everyone else! Read the rest of this entry »


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GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of Dave Brockie Foundation

April 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Gwar6GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie. Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world. With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation .

A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed in this post by Gwar.

” The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”

Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation at http://www.gwar.net/dave-brockie-foundation

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Interview with Vader

April 10th, 2014
by J P

Interview With Peter of Vader

by Hellias

Piotr Vader

Vader is one of the pioneers of death metal and one of the most eminent death metal acts in Poland, Europe and the world; they are the archetype that three generations of death metal bands follow as law. Vader completed 30 years of ‘death-y’ life and they go on to prevail and succeed the throne of Morbid Reich in the capital of death metal, Necropolis! Metal-Rules catches up with Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek to talk about the upcoming release of their new effort TIBI ET IGNI, Rob Halford, Lemmy, Metalcore and Nu Metal and finally life and death…

Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Peter! I am very happy for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

Thanx for greetings my Friend! I am at home right now. Pretty much rare event in my life, to be honest ;) Usually I tour or travel somewhere, you know. This is but only few days I may spend with my Family. In Friday I come back to the studio in Bialystok to continue my work on the new album. The whole December and now January are the two months I was very busy and Vader guys as well. Even now, in this very moment I work with new lyrics and leads. Can’t wait to hear the ultimate result.

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Metal-Rules.com: And we even more!hehe! So, I would like to ask you a question that will make you travel many years ago. When you started Vader, could you have possibly imagined that 20 years later you’d still be together? I know that many line-up changes Vader have been put through and you are the only constant member of Vader. In other words, you are Vader.

I could only hope, that we may stay together. Y’know – line-up changes were following us since very beginning, so all what was happening in all those years did not shock me as much. One exception – Doc (w.n.: He means Krzysztof “Docent” Raczkowski who has passed away). We were together for really long time and those moments were very fundamental for Vader and our style. The days, when I had to say goodbye to Doc were definitely of the hardest ones. That was however one of those decisions, which give you any chance to continue in the future all, what you love to do.

Metal-Rules.com: How did you come up with the band name? It just was because you are fan of Star wars or?

Yes. I am „Star Wars” enthusiast. I really like the idea and the whole story created by Lucas. However I’m not that „crazy” kinda fan. I know such people and I totally support this passion. The name came up many years ago, at the beginning of 80’s, when we were looking for a proper name for an extreme Metal band. There were some nice names, from which I remember only „Terror” at the moment ;) We all in the band were pretty much under „Star Wars” influence. There was 6th episode premiere in those days and VADER came up pretty natural as great name for such kinda band like us. Long time ago…. far away behind the iron curtain…the whole story began.

Metal-Rules.com: A lot of bands are more respected in other countries than their homeland. How is Vader received in Poland?

We are same respected in the whole world. Vader never was really pushed by media or special promotion. We have but die hard fans around the world still following the band. Some of them know us since very beginning…. Poland and local media in our country does not give Vader real attention but this is general problem for the whole Metal scene. We live parallel to all this „business” so nothing really hurt us. We still are able to do couple tours in Poland every two years so we have many Fans. Should I expect more? ;)


Metal-Rules.com: Vader has been playing for the past 30 years. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time… What makes you always keep pushing forward?

Passion for Metal Music! The only reason, why and how I get through all those problems in past three decades is because I love Metal. The only difference between first and last 15 years of Vader existence is professionalism and responsibility. This is not „just playing what I like” since so many people are involved in each next project and since Vader became my main and only job. Me and all those chosen to be part of the Band the recent years still strongly believe in potential of Vader and this keeps us away from routine. The world around us keeps changing but does not touch the core of Vader. We evolve but we stay Vader tho. And we love it… ;)

Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics that you usually write. What’s the thing that inspires you?

Life and Death… I don’t care how cliché it sounds but this is true! I could even define all in a word „life” because it does include everything. I describe my feelings in my lyrics. They are not of course just plain stories taken from my private diary… All emotions are put between the lines, set in stories more or less coded.

Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?

Lyrics were never priority in Metal to me. However they are so they should be at least significant. Vocal was more an instrument to me. I put an attention more on expression then on meaning. More on rhythm then on words themselves. Atmosphere were always created by some pictures. That’s why english is so much better to create, what I want. In last years but I changed a bit the whole way and lyrics became more then just next instrument. I also started to „sing” in less grindcore style-if You know what I mean. It makes sense now. I have way more to say, even if still use the same set of words. It’s called „experience” ;) Stories written by me are more personal today. Interpretation is but still kinda free to listeners. This was always very important to me. Imagination is a key to understand Vader…if You really wanna get deeper into our dark Art.


Metal-Rules.com: You are about to release your next album, TIBI ET IGNI instead of the previously announced name STRAIGHT TO HELL. Why did you decide to change the album’s name?

That was only „working” title. Since I have a name – I feel like I started something already. Next chapter… It never happened I think, that first name was the ultimate title for a new album. „Straight to Hell” was a „compass” to me. I knew the main concept for new stuff and that name gave me some creative motivation. After I get deeper into the process I found „Tibi et Igni” better title for new Vader tho. Fire is not maybe as conceptional like „blood” was on „Impressions…”. It is however a main theme.

Metal-Rules.com: What’s new does Vader bring by this upcoming release regarding the previous album? What’s the new thing on it?

I is not me, who’s gonna judge it. There are some „different” songs on „Tibi..” like „The end”, „Hexenkessel” or „Worms of Eden”. It is not but any revolutionary moves in Vader’s creation. we are not a band who needs to change direction every few years to feel good and more progressive. I measure „progress” with different factors. We do evolve with every next year and with each new member joining us. We don’t realy need to play different and add new „philosophy” to it. Some bands like to do it… Vader is Vader.

Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?

Natural need I guess. I live with music around since very beginning. It was a matter of time, since I start to play and create in my own. I started with what was available in Poland in late 70’s and beginning of 80’s. Abba or Bee Gees or some local pop. Then came Hard Rock when I was 14-15 years old. Black Sabbath was my first step into something serious I think. Then came Judas, Motorhead, Accept and all that New Wave of Heavy Metal. I started to play bass, then guitar in Vader – just after we started to play together. Then You know… Slayer came out and all has changed ;)


Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

Who cares? ;) Of course I do listen to other styles of music. I can’t call myself as the one who like everything, however I have my favorites same in classical music and pop. All depends on mood… I am not as hard core orthodox as I was in 90’s, though 70% of all music I listen to is still Metal. I love soundtracks as well or some sort of music from 30’s or 40’s. Really hard to name all what I have in vinyls, CDs or mp3 ;)

Metal-Rules.com: Is there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?

We did share stage with Greek bands plenty of times. Bands like Rotting Christ or Septic Flesh are specially close to me. I know also Inactive Messiah and Suicidal Angels. Good people and great Metal \m/


Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2014 and recently three big metal persons have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

What can I say? The time has come… It was way too early of course, but…we live to die. All those personalities You just mentioned will still live in Their works. They were very influencing men also for me. Respect Them…or die!

Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Once we kept saying that „business kills the Art”… Nothing changed in this matter. Today Metal business helps to become a star to many. Sometimes this way to the top is not really natural – like it was in the past. Selling spots on festivals, buying cover pages on bigger magazines, pushing „new talents” … this is pretty common today. Metal scene was always proud and ambitious and such kind of politic was alien in this music. Much changed in last 30 years tho and there is just bunch majors (I’m talking just about „big business” now of course) left in Europe, which are at least trying to keep the spirit.

Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

Can’t these both factors exist together? I am „romantic” and that was (and is) the reason WHY I love and create Metal for so many years. In my work however I use pen and paper even today. I took years until I started to use my Mac and Cubase to create riffs. A „vintage” kinda guy , Y’know ;) I love but all gadgets like my iPhone (sometimes I think, that I am addicted ) or notebook. My life is dominated by traveling and those toys make it way easier to me.

Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?

Metal is Metal – good or cheap. This ”style domination” is run by record companies and magazines brainwashing fans since several years. In 80’s many different Metal waves could exist parallel and have their enthusiasts . Selling is but better if You push and promote particular one style to take then profit in a season. I’ve got a filling, that all those „Metal sorts” counted by You above are still important for those who follows. Popularity on first pages in color magazines do not matter to them. Metal Core or Nu Metal? What the fuck is that? I think that some US labels keep trying to „discover America once again”. Y’know: with putting several great dishes to one pot You can’t create a top delicious masterpiece but damned shit…like exactly happens in our stomach. I have no filling about this „creature”. I just do not get it. What’s gonna happen in the near future? We’ll see Dude ;) It looks and sounds like some „old Metal touch” is coming back again. Emotions and riffs became more important then technical circus…again. And this is good in my opinion.Technical abilities are not a problem – of course – but can’t be an Art itself. If I go to Metal show I don’t give a fuck about how many arpeggios a guitarist is ready to play or which is BP the drummer is able to hit his snare…C’mon! The other problem is „a show” itself. I always thought that Metal is much more then just music. I love Rob Halford for leather jackets and spikes or Lemmy for His bullet belt BUT first of all for great music and performances! Some bands today think more about the image then riffs they create. Metal is still a Music tho! Y’know what I mean, right?


Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

I like to work with different type of men. However loyalty was -and still is – so important factor to me, as you work in team. The whole Vader story was builded on loyalty, passion and hard work. So not a name is important to me but character of a person.

Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:

Thrash metal: Glorious Past

Greece: Human

Politics: pride and filth

Prison Break (TV series): killing time

Black Sabbath: the Beginning

Metal-Rules.com: Peter, thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of ‘Vader’ all the best!!!

I thank you very much for the nice chat dude!!! Hope to see You in HELLada!!! soon ;) Horns up \m/



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DevilDriver – Interview with Jeff Kendrick

April 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Interview with Jeff Kendrick

April 4, 2014

Interview by Lee Carter

Ahead of their return to London as part of the European leg of the “Winter Kills” tour, I sat down with guitarist Jeff Kendrick to discuss the tour, label changes and music at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

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Freedom Call Interview

April 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Freedom Call Interview

@ Camden Barfly, London

22nd March 2014

Interview by Rowena Lamb

Photographs by Nikki Ryan

Freedom Call Interview - 22nd March 2014 (6) copy

I’d heard a lot about the entertainment value of Freedom Call before their show and they certainly didn’t disappoint; it was a great gig with a great party atmosphere. One of the most entertaining gigs for me so far this year. But just before their headlining show at the Camden Barfly, Metal Rules managed to grab a few minutes with Freedom Call to ask them a couple of questions (and they’re just as entertaining off stage).

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DevilDriver @ Electric Ballroom, London

April 10th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ Electric Ballroom

April 4, 2014

Review by Lee Carter

Photography by Graham Hilling



Camden, by and large, is always alive and bustling with people but it’s testament to a gig’s lineup when a stranger has to ask what the vast, winding queue delivering hundreds more people to the North London town is for! Well sir, DevilDriver have rolled into town alongside Bleed From Within and Sylosis on their “Winter Kills” tour, so we’re about to enjoy an evening of metal.
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