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JEFF PLATE – Metal Church, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage

August 19th, 2014

Metal Church

   JEFF PLATE

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN

LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

New York native Jeff Plate is a professional drummer who’s best known for his drumming for legendary metal band Savatage which went to hiatus in 2002. Plate appeared on four Savatage albums including the classic DEAD WINTER DEAD (1995) and WAKE OF MAGELLAN (1997). Plate’s currently plays with Trans-Siberian Orchestra which was formed in 1993. The band is highly successful and they’re annually playing sold out Xmas tours mainly across the USA. The band mostly consists of current and former members of Savatage including the bands co-founder and main composer Jon Oliva. Plate is also a member classic metal band Metal Church. He first joined that band in 2006 and stayed until they disbanded in 2009. Only three years later the band was back and in 2013 they released GENERATION NOTHING, which was their first studio album in five years. Metal Church made their first ever performance in Finland in June 2014 when they arrived to the Tuska Festival in Helsinki. There we had the chance to sit down with Jeff and discuss Metal Church, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and of course, Savatage.

EDIT: After this interview was arranged, Savatage officially announced that they will do their long-awaited re-union show next year at the Wacken Open Air Festival. See ya there!

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Ronny Munroe (Metal Church)

June 18th, 2014

Ronny Munroe

Interview by EvilG, JP and Celtic Bob

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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE “ELECTRIC WAKE” THE NEW SOLO CD FROM METAL CHURCH SINGER RONNY MUNROE; NEW VIDEO AVAILABLE NOW

June 5th, 2014

Ronny Munroe of Metal Church has unveiled the official video for “United” from the forthcoming CD “Electric Wake”.  Thanks to www.RatPakRecords.com/RonnyMunroe for this exclusive! You can order the album now from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBDIDIM


Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake is by far his best work to date! Produced by Bruce Bouillet and mixed by Jon Wyman, this 3rd offering from the Metal Church front man truly captures all the magic of the classic metal genre! “I wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time allow all my influences to shine through” states Ronny on the recording of the CD. “I put two years into the writing process of this album, but when it came time to start recording, I threw everything out the window and just went with my gut and it worked out better than I could have imagined” Ronny further states. Electric Wake also features collaborations with guitar legend George Lynch, Tesla guitarist Dave Rude, Pamela Moore (Queensryche’s “Sister Mary”), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolfe), David Donigian, Sean Baker and Tony Rossi. Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake delivers a healthy dose of fist-pumping, guitar-driven, well-conceived classic style heavy metal music and is a must-have for all fans of the genre! Three videos have been shot for this release, “United”, “Pray” and “The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal)” which features a duet with Pamela Moore, and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar which will debut in the coming weeks. Official release date is set for Tuesday June 24, 2014.

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METAL CHURCH Signs With Rat Pak Records

July 26th, 2013

Rat Pak Records have officially welcome legendary US west coast head bangers METAL CHURCH to the fold! Rat Pak Records, in conjunction with Body Of Work Recordings will be releasing the bands tenth studio album, Generation Nothing, worldwide in early fall. This full length release marks the “return to the band’s classic metal sound,” says founding member/guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. “It has elements of the first album and the The Dark, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past,” he adds.

Rounding out Metal Church 2013 are singer Ronny Munroe (singer), Steve Unger (bass), Jeff Plate (drums) and Rick Van Zandt (guitar). Read the rest of this entry »

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METAL CHURCH Start Mixing “Best Record Of The MK3 Era”

June 16th, 2013

Metal Church 2 - 15-2METAL CHURCH released the following update:

“Ok, the new album has been recorded and now the mixing process begins!! This could be the best MC record of the Metal Church MK3 era!! Woohooo!!”

Metal Church are working on their 10th studio album and fourth with singer Ronny Munroe. The band had formally announced in 2009 that they were calling it quits but reunited last fall for the aforementioned cruise 70000 Tons Of Metal. Metal Church’s last album was 2008’s This Present Wasteland.

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METAL CHURCH Reunion On Board 70000TONS OF METAL

October 6th, 2012

Did you think the ship went off course, lost faith and started to pray? Oh yes you will pray! But you will pray on board. You will pray in the METAL CHURCH!

METAL CHURCH with Ronny Munroe on vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds on guitars, Steve Unger on bass, and Jeff Plate on drums, will celebrate their official reunion on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise.

For one of their two shows on board, they will play their debut album Metal Church in it’s entirety. The other show will be a Greatest Hits set. And guess what? You will be able to vote the songs for the Greatest Hits setlist. More details on how to vote will be announced… SOON!

So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship “Majesty of the Seas” for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at www.70000tons.com and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

And we also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don’t forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70000TONS OF METAL Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don’t close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

The following 19 out of 40 bands have already been announced:

ANACRUSIS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
GOTTHARD
HELLOWEEN
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
KREATOR
LACUNA COIL
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
NILE
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TURISAS

70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information.

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WHERE ANGLES SUFFER – Drummer Stet Howland and vocalist Rich Lewis

October 18th, 2011

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WHERE ANGELS SUFFER

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Transcription assistance by EvilG

Where Angels Suffer (WAS) is a new band featuring former W.A.S.P. members drummer Stet Howland and guitarist Chris Holmes. The band is completed by vocalist Rich Lewis (Animal), and bassist Steve Unger (Metal Church). The original line-up also included another former W.A.S.P. member Randy Piper but he split with the group earlier this year and he’s now been replaced by Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, Metal Church) The band was formed in 2010 and they released the debut album PURGATORY in the spring of 2011. Where Angels Suffer did their first ever European tour on last August and in Sweden we had the pleasure to sit down with Howland and Lewis and learn more about the band and its future plans as well as some old stuff… Read on!

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Machines Of Grace – Guitarist Matt Leff

December 22nd, 2010

 

Machines Of Grace – Guitarist Matt Leff

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall


Thanks to Jan Rosenberg at CMM Marketing for the help to get this interview done.

Thanks to CMM Marketing for the promo pictures of the band.

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Here is an interview I did with guitarist Matt Leff in the new band Machines Of Grace. The well known Zak Stevens (ex- Savatage, Circle2Circle) and Jeff Plate (Trans Sibiran Orchestra, ex- Savatage, Metal Church) are two of the members of this new group. Leff  and I talked about the band and their debut album amongst other things including the impact that Ronnie James Dio had on Matt Leff and the band. Machines Of Grace plays hardrock and even though their album has been out for about a year now I thought it was time for the band to be featured in metal-rules.com.

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Metal Church Vocalist Ronny Munroe

September 29th, 2008

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Vocalist Ronny Munroe

 

***Interview By Lord of The Wasteland (Transcription By "Kill" Kamerman)


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Swedenrock 2006

August 5th, 2006

SWEDENROCK

The 8th – 10th of June 2006

Solvesborg Sweden

by Arto Lehtinen and Marko  Syrjala

Wow! This is the sixth time that the Finnish Metal-Rules squad makes an invasion to the mighty Swedenrock festival. Over 60 bands descended on the the southern area of Sweden for a festival that turned out to be nothing but an utter blast! The bill of Swedenrock festival 2006 covers a wide range of metal styles and even classic rock stuff (Journey and Molly Hatchet). Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended the festival. As usual, the whole festival was once again sold out when around 20,000 people arrived at the area every day. The Swedenrock festival has always had tremendous luck with the weather as once again the gods of weather blessed this rocking metallic heaven on the earth with an extreme hot and sunny weekend that burned red the skin of several festival goers.

As stated in the first sentence, this is the sixth time that the Swedenrock festival has been featured in the site of Metal-Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give a real in-depth article of several bands performing at Swedenrock. Enjoy !!!


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Metal Church – Kurdt Vanderhoof

July 14th, 2006

The legendary Metal Church had been booked to the almighty Swedenrock festival 2006 for the first time ever. Of course it was more than obvious the man behind Metal Church Kurdt Vanderhoof needed to be interviewed for Metal-Rules.Com. The Seattle five piece has struggled thru the years since the early 80’s and now returned back to the limelight with a renewed line-up and a new album “THE LIGHT IN THE DARK”

Interview and pics by Arto  Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Transcription by Blake Wolfe


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KURDT VANDERHOOF OF METAL CHURCH

August 21st, 2005

KURDT VANDERHOOF OF METAL CHURCH
Interviewed on Saturday, August 8, 1998 By EvilG

For those not with it, or perhaps born on a distant planet in a galaxy far, far away, Metal Church have been and thankfully still are one of the great purveyors of “true” heavy metal. We’re not talking punk, hardcore, noise, techno-industrial shit here…this is the real deal. Metal Church have always stood for METAL. Hell, their name says it all.

The interview was done with guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. There’s a lot of cool stuff below so I hope you read on. If you have any comments on the interview let me know.


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