Wacken being sold out is a kind of mystery, for sure. The event is somehow sold out every year, but this year’s sell out wasn’t a surprise as Savatage with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Judas Priest were headliners. Thousands and thousands of metal fans from every corner of the world arrived at Wacken to have fun and enjoy metal. Instead the weather gods didn’t show much support towards the festival and all its visitors. The hard rains literally ruined the ground and soil of the festival area. The whole Wacken village and large area of fields became the ultimate mud war field. The weekend at Wacken was one hell of a surviving camp.
Despite the tremendous problems and brutal field of mud, the people still gathered to witness the return and resurrection of Savatage and the massive show from Trans Siberian Orchestra.
British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have announced a dozen or so North American dates that are scheduled to begin October 16 in Paso Pobles, California and wraps in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Support on most of the shows will come from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON.
Newly announced JUDAS PRIEST tour dates:
Oct. 16 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Ampitheater
Oct. 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Oct. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theater
Oct. 21 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
Oct. 27 – Vancouver, B.C., Canada @ Hard Rock
Oct. 28 – Vancouver, B.C., Canada @ Hard Rock
Oct. 31 – Regina, SK, Canada @ Brandt Center
Nov. 01 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ MTS Center
Nov. 03 – Peoria, IL @ Civc Center
Nov. 06 – Huntington, N.Y. @ Paramount Theater
Nov. 07 – Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
Nov. 10 – Halifax, NS, Canada @ Scotiabank Center
Nov. 12 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Air Canada Center
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT
The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The 2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
From Hell’s Heart:
What are the top 6 songs about METAL?
This week we reflect upon songs that are about the very thing we all love – heavy metal. Typically, these songs have the word “metal” somewhere in their title. Some may not, but for our purposes, we’ve excluded any songs where the title/topic is “rock”. As much as “Long Live Rock n’ Roll” is an awesome song, or as much as there are other killer songs using the more generic term “rock”, it is not considered here. So here’s what we came up with…
Some album intros are totally annoying and you always skip them when you put on the album. However, some are excellent, set the mood for the listening experience, and are totally memorable. Those are the ones we focus on for this week.
For our selections, we limit the choices to ALBUM intros, not just any ole song intro. It can be a spoken intro, sound effects, or a shorter musical piece…but is not a “song” or a part of a song, it is a stand alone track on the album. We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below….
The “ultimate hesher” blend has been produced by Chicago-based Dark Matter Coffee to mark the 35th anniversary of Judas Priest’s British Steel album and goes on sale April 14 via Dark Matter’s website and its three Chicago coffee shops.
“Instantly recognizable for their peerless attack, the fuel for this inexorable juggernaut must be both ebullient and unremitting. The brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin. Death to False Coffee,” gushes the press release.”
“The coffee and cassette combo will be unleashed via this web page, and our three Chicago retail locations. Each bag of British Steel coffee will come with an old school cassette, featuring “Grinder” and “Snakebite”. (While supplies last.) Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the release date.”
The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May’s new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.
MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD
Rob Halford is a heavy metal icon and his influence on the genre is immeasurable. Bands such as Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer and Metallica have cited Rob Halford and Judas Priest as a major inspiration on their own music. This book isn’t about Judas Priest as such, though it inevitably touches on the subject, but rather Halford’s varied solo music.
Made Of Metal explores the solo music of one of the greatest singers of all time. From Halford’s first post-Judas Priest project Fight through to his controversial collaboration with Trent Reznor with the album Voyeurs right up to his metal rebirth with his self-titled band, Halford, this handy guide celebrates Halford’s creativity and love of all things heavy metal.
From the author of the acclaimed The Story Of Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith, Rock Landmarks – Judas Priest’s British Steel and Dawn Of The Metal Gods – My Life In Judas Priest And Heavy Metal (with Al Atkins), Made Of Metal is the first book to exclusively explore the solo music of the Metal God himself, Mr. Rob Halford. Made Of Metal celebrates Halford’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and music writers. There are also many previously unpublished live photographs of the heavy metal icon. Read the rest of this entry »
JUDAS PRIEST’s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Comparatively, JUDAS PRIEST’s 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”, sold more in it’s first week of release in the USA with 42,000 copies but didn’t crack the top 10 with a debut at No. 11. This marked the band’s highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after selling nearly 4,000 units.
JUDAS PRIEST’s 2005 CD, “Angel of Retribution”, premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.
LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2014 – Rock and Heavy Metal radio and TV personality Eddie Trunkpremiered the Eddie Trunk Podcast today on PodcastOne.com, the leader in audio on-demand programing and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group. Trunk’s weekly podcast debuted with English Heavy Metal band, Judas Priest. Eddie Trunk, the most well known name in hard rock and metal music, brings his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!
“I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms. Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me. Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet,” says Trunk.
PodcastOne’s current lineup is downloaded over 120 million times per month and includes many of the industries most listened to podcasts, Adam Carolla, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Nerdist, Dan Patrick, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Jim Ross, Jay Mohr, Roddy Piper, Dr. Drew, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dennis Miller, Jillian Michaels, NPR New York and Los Angeles, just to mention a few.
Judas Priest have added two Canadian dates to the itinerary for their upcoming Redeemer Of Souls Tour 2014. Dates have been announced for Montreal on October 6th, and Toronto (Orillia) on October 7th.
Redeemer Of Souls Tour 2014 Dates:
1 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
3 – Hammond, IN – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
6 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
7 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
9 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays
10 – Atlantic City, NJ – Harrah’s
11 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
14 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center at UMass
15 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
17 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
19 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
24 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
28 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center
30 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena
6 – Allen, TX – Allen Event Center
7 – Austin, TX – FunFunFun Fest
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
12 – Phoenix, AZ – Jobing Arena
13 – Highland, CA – San Manuel Casino
14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
16 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Check out the above interview where we get to hear about Richie and how he almost missed the email about joining the band! They talk about the new album, metal fans, and music. The new Judas Priest album,
JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls
Tickets and VIP Bundles go on sale soon for our US Redeemer of Souls tour with Steel Panther! Check http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ for details! Redeemer of Souls will be released one week from today on July 8th but you can stream the album at iTunes right now at this link: http://smarturl.it/ROfS!
The single Redeemer of Souls now available on Amazon and iTunes:
JUDAS PRIEST OFFER ANOTHER SNEAK PEAK INTO ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’ ALBUM, ANNOUNCE ‘ROCKLINE’ AND ‘TOWN HALL’ APPEARANCES
The tracks that Judas Priest has been offering the public as a prelude to the official July 8, 2014 release date of their 17th album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ are stirring up quite a buzz within the heavy metal community. On June 17th, eager fans will be able to sample another winning metallic rocker from the legendary band, when “Dragonaut” is made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital retailers.
In the mean time, you can listen to “Dragonaut” via the Rolling Stone site, which has premiered the track:
Also, the band has confirmed that the night before the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, and Richie Faulkner will appear on the Rockline radio program. Joining host Bob Coburn on Monday July 7, 2014 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET, fans are encouraged to speak with Judas Priest at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.
And on the day of the album’s release, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner will appear on Sirius XM’s ‘Town Hall’ program. Fans are being asked to submit questions that winners will be able to ask the band in person:
Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.
The countdown to the release of Priest’s latest studio triumph has officially begun, and “Dragonaut” provides further proof that ‘Redeemer of Souls’ will be a prime slice of Judas Priest metal.
by EVILG (Founder, Owner, President, CEO and King Ov Hell of Metal-Rules.com)
It’s absolutely wild to think that Metal Rules has been around for 19 years and that next year is our 20th anniversary! When this all started, I had no idea that it would be around nearly two decades later and that at 19 years in, we’d be celebrating our 10,000th review! It has gotten to this point not just because of my single-mindedness of purpose, but because of the hard work of our dedicated staff, both current and past, and because of people like you who continue to pop by to check out our reviews, interviews, live reviews, etc. For the many years you’ve supported us, and for the countless hours our staff has put in to bring you new content, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you!!!
I had to be nudged to commemorate and acknowledge this 10,000 review thing, as I am not one who feels comfortable boasting , I’d rather just keep things rolling and work towards the next 10,000 reviews. On that front, I chose the album for the 10,000th review based on some simple criteria. It had to be for something that I felt represents the site and REAL heavy metal perfectly. As such, it also had to be something that meant something to me personally. That album is SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE by the Metal Gods, Judas Priest! After the comparatively lackluster POINT OF ENTRY, the band came back with the album that really broke them into the North American market and clearly left an impact upon me for life.
Check HEREto read the review for this timeless classic.
Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance
Note from JP, Managing Editor
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I had the evil delight of joining the MR Staff back in 1999 or so. I’ve watched our site grow and grow like an evil Metal virus, spreading the disease across the globe. By reaching the milestone of 10,000 reviews we have been preaching the cause of Metal by supporting one album, one DVD, one book at a time as brick by brick we built our empire. Not only have we written 10,000 lessons in violence, we have written over 1000 interviews and almost 900 concert reviews. Over our almost two decades of aggression we are now of the worlds largest and longest running Heavy Metal webzines. We could not have done this without the ruthless and relentless enslavement of an army of talented writers, photographers, web-designers, transcribers, and editors. These dark minions have spread across the globe like a black plague sweeping the land and entrenching themselves into the glorious nations of Canada, America, England, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Greece, India, and Australia reporting back to EvilG about the war on false music that rages everyday. These metal warriors bring you the information from the trenches and front lines every day, concerts, interviews, and of course reviews.
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