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MetalCamp 2009 – Tolmin, Slovenia, 02/07/2009 – 08/07/2009

September 17th, 2009

Metal Camp 2009

Tolmin, Slovenia

2 July – 8 July 2009

All live pics by HannTu and Arto Lehtinen

Other pics by HannTu, Arto Lehtinen and Trease

Reviews by HannTu, Trease, Arto Lehtinen and Terry Douglas

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For the first time ever, Metal-Rules brings you coverage of the one and only true metal holiday in the world: Metal Camp in Slovenia. Be warned, there’s pages and pages of reviews, press conferences and especially tons of high quality pictures ahead; but what can you expect from a week long festival of sheer awesomeness? Read on, if you dare…



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WACKEN 2008

October 14th, 2008

Wacken Open Air 2008

Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.

Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.

Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)

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Nightwish – Interview With Marco Hietala

October 4th, 2008

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Nighwish Bassist/Co-Vocalist Marco Hietala

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

 

 

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Tarja Turunen: “Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008″ at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

May 29th, 2008

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Tarja Turunen

Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008
Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, Sweden
27/5 – 2008

Review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Nightwish / Pain – The Astoria, London

March 29th, 2008

Nightwish

and Pain

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The Astoria, London

26th March 2008

Live pics by Asif Salam and HannTu

Review by HannTu


It’s a pretty weird pairing – the immensely popular, symphonic goth rockers Nightwish on the same tour with oddball industrial techno metal band Pain. The man behind Pain is of course the multi-talented Peter Tagtgren; founder of Swedish melodic death band Hypocrisy, former vocalist of Bloodbath, one time drummer for Malevolent Creation, studio owner and producer extraordinaire, and a whole slew of other side projects. I was pretty damn excited to interview him, but I wasn’t going to attend the show originally, until a last minute photo pass turned up.

The commercial appeal of Nightwish is impossible to overstate. Three consecutive nights in London is extremely rare – Iron Maiden play two nights regularly, but the Unholy Alliance 2006 (Slayer, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Lamb of God) and this year’s Black Crusade Tour (Machine Head, Dragonforce, Arch Enemy) are the only two that I can think of offhand. Trivium and Annihilator might have done three London nights last year. Some people I spoke to turned up to all three nights, which is pretty impressive. The signing session in Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastores) earlier in the day was packed with people eager to get stuff signed and close-up shots of the band. One girl even brought her guitar to be signed!

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Nightwish, Enmore Theatre, Sydney Australia

March 3rd, 2008

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 Review and photos by  Brat

with special comments from Aussie Metalchild (bassist of LORD)

"I love you Anette!" rang out from a young female fan in the first few rows of Sydney’s Nightwish show.

"I love you too," came the wide-smiled and warm reply from Nightwish’s new singer, Anette Olzon, as she made the stage her own and left us with no doubt her place was with this band.

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Nightwish : Helsinki Finland

January 10th, 2008

                                   

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The 1st of January 2008

The Old Ice Hall

Helsinki Finland

Pics by Marko Syrjälä and Arto Lehtinen

Article by Arto Lehtinen

Nightwish definitely creates emotional  feelings amongst fans all around the world. The band’s pompous and symphonic hymns create a unique musical experience and journey into the world of souls of Tuomas Holopainen. Above all Mr. Holopainen’s extremely talents and skills to compose capturing and dramatic songs have utterly spelled thousands and thousands of hearts.  

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Nightwish live at KB-hallen in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

December 10th, 2007

 

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Fennoscandian Passion Play Tour
KB- Hallen
Copenhagen
Denmark
28/11 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Nightwish – Tuomas Holopainen

November 6th, 2007

Nightwish - Tuomas Holopainen

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcription by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes

One of Metal’s biggest headlines was the “open letter” served to Tarja Turunen by Nightwish band leader Tuomas Holopainen. It not only bought an end to one of the genre’s greatest pairings, it also would cause a great deal of concern amongst Nightwish fans as many felt the band would never be able to find a worthy successor. After going through some 2000 applicants a replacement was found and everyone should now be aware of Anette Olzon – a 36 year old Swede who managed to impress the band the most. While opinions regarding Anette are still divided, the release of DARK PASSION PLAY seems to have reinvigorated the band and the interview I had with Tuomas highlights the fact. I trust you will enjoy our discussion and appreciate Tuomas’ honesty and dedication to his band.

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Within Temptation Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

June 8th, 2007

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

(***Transcription by Claudia with extra questions from Mortuai; Wacken Open Air 2005 live pics by Brat)


It’s taken the band ten years but Holland’s Within Temptation is finally getting some long-overdue exposure here in North America.  Their fifth album, THE HEART OF EVERYTHING, is being released domestically in July on Roadrunner Records and the band also just landed a string of dates supporting Lacuna Coil through May and June.

Speaking with vocalist Sharon Den Adel prior Within Temptation’s show in Montreal on May 13th, I got her thoughts on the band’s first trip to our shores, “The Hottest Chicks In Metal” tour, comparisons to Evanescence and the influence of Celtic music on her band.

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NIGHTWISH´s Tuomas Holopainen & Anette Olzon

June 4th, 2007

NIGHTWISH´s new vocalist Anette Olzon & Tuomas Holopainen 

Interview and pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
(except promotional pictures by Nightwish.com)

 

Nightwish´s whole history so far as a successful band, is like a fairytale story only a few of us could ever dream of. The band has sold over 2,5 millions albums worldwide, done several successful tours and overall become one of the most followed bands in the world.

However, almost every fairytale tends to gather some dark clouds above the horizon at some point, I guess that´s what happened to Nightwish as well when they fired their previous frontwoman Tarja Turunen in the end of 2005. After this news reached the public´s ears, the band went through a merciless crossfire that really tested the grounds of the band somewhat heavily. With all the strenght and faith they had in the band, they struggled forward, found Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden to unite the Nightwish´s troops, making it a stronger and tighter package than ever before. Nightwish is ready to conquer to the whole world again.

I met a good-humored, always friendly and ruminative Tuomas Holopainen and the new, lovely frontwoman of Nightwish, Anette Olzon at Hotel President in Helsinki on May 30th 2007 – and we talked mainly about ´the hot topic of the day´ Anette herself, the band´s forthcoming 6th yet-untitled studio album, and their upcoming world tour that quite surprisingly, starts off in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 6th 2007. 


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Nightwish: Once World Tour Copenhagen Denmark 2005

December 1st, 2005

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Once World Tour
KB-Hallen
Copenhagen
Denmark
23/9 – 2005

By: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Wacken Open Air 2005

October 22nd, 2005

Wacken Open Air 2005
Review By Brat
Good photos by Metaltix (www.metaltix.com)
Not so good ones by Brat
Other photos acknowledged as they appear

What a line-up this year! W:O:A 2005 was to be my biggest and best Wacken festival since my virgin outing in 2002, when I was forced to watch so many half sets because a lot of the bands I wanted to see clashed. Over the years the organisers have improved scheduling immensely from a power/melodic metal perspective with very few power/melodic metal bands clashing by firstly, swapping the positions of the True and Black stages putting the Black stage further from the Party stage; secondly, running the Black stage and Party stage almost simultaneously; and thirdly, running a band competition (Metal Battle) and low profile or relatively new acts on the Wet stage.

For those not familiar with the festival set up of Wacken Open Air, the True and Black stages are the two main stages set side by side and run bands alternately. The True stage usually features melodic, power and old-school bands, while the Black stage usually features the more extreme styles of metal. The Party stage is a smaller outdoor stage set to the far left of the festival area, and in past years, has been dominated with melodic metal. The aptly named Wet stage is in a large tent and in hot conditions resembles a sauna making it somewhat uncomfortable. Ironically, this was the only dry stage this year.

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Angels & Demons Descend DownUnder

June 23rd, 2005

Angels & Demons Descend
DownUnder During Holy Week 2005

Nightwish and Angra Tours

Review and photos by Brat

Angels and devils was the musical theme of holy week in Australia with the arrival of NIGHTWISH and ANGRA from their combined tour in Japan to separate tours here.

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Nighwish live in Malm? Sweden

October 30th, 2004

Nightwish: Fennoscandian Tour 2004
Baltiska Hallen / Malm?, Sweden
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Review & Photos by: Anders Sandvall

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