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OBITUARY’s John Tardy Confirms Longtime Bassist Frank Watkins Is Out Of The Band

September 17th, 2010

Norman McCann from Tomb Of The Opinionated spoke to OBITUARY singer John Tardy this week about the rumours long-time bassist of 21 years Frank Watkins has left the band.

”Frank is no longer in the band and Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER) will be doing all the shows that he can with us. Right now we are happy with that and if Terry’s schedule does not allow him to play with us we can always lean on Stever DiGiorgio (SADUS) or Kenny Andrews.”

As for an update on their new album Tardy added: “We have been doing so much traveling that is has been hard to get much done but, we have managed to get some songs started. We now have some time set aside to get some writing done so we will know more in the next couple of months. We are in no hurry and are going to take our time and enjoy the writing and recording process!”

The follow-up to 2009’s Darkest Day will be the first Obituary album not to be recorded with longtime bassist Frank Watkins since their 1989 debut Slowly We Rot.

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TUSKA OPEN AIR 2010 Festival

September 6th, 2010
 

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TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

Kaisaniemi Park

Helsinki, FINLAND  

REVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN
As everyone who was there still recalls, last year’s Tuska wasn’t a highlight experience when it comes to bands. This was surprising as there were some killer names on the bill such as Suicidal Tendencies, Pestilence, My Dying Bride. Obviously, last year was some kind of intermission for booking bands to pull more people. Thankfully, this year’s Tuska event was completely different. The line-up definitely looked more than awesome. The legendary Megadeth headlined Sunday, Nevermore on Saturday and above all the Canadian guitarist, wizard, and music genius, Devin Townsend. Japanese j-rock groups were not seen at Tuska. Instead the death metal bands ruled such as Obituary, Nile and of course domestic bands such as Sotajumala ja Torture Killer. The festival was an utter success. The whole weekend was totally packed….and above all Megadeth crowned the whole three day metal inferno.

Sad but true, Tuska will not be held in the heart of Helsinki in the upcoming years. The park of Kaisaniemi will be a construction zone as the whole area will be improved to be better and more enjoyable. However, it is going to be interesting to see how the new area will work for metal bands. At least the upcoming area has proven itself to be a good festival area as there have been a couple of festivals and gigs arranged there so far. This is a farewell to the Kaisaniemi park and the current Tuska formation.

Enjoy the review and above all enjoy our pics.

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Legendary Bassist Steve DiGiorgio

August 4th, 2010

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 STEVE DIGIORGIO – The man behind the bass

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Martin Heaps aka Psychophobe

Steve DiGiorgio is known for his work with Sadus, Death, Testament, and of course been involved in a plenty of other great outputs. The man has gained the respected status in the metal world amongst musicians. His skill and passion to play various types of music from metal to jazz is nothing short of  phenomenal. When Florida’s death metal squad Obituary conquered the European festivals including the Tuska Open Air Steve DiGiorgio had been recruited to handle the bass. Therefore, it was a great opportunity to have a chat with Mr. DiGiorgio.  

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OBITUARY – Drummer Donald Tardy

June 22nd, 2009

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Drummer Donald Tardy

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson

obituary drummer Donald Tardy

One of the genre’s great originators, Floridian Death Metal band Obituary still just keep it simple with groovy rhythms and catchy riffs. Their latest album DARKEST DAY does what it’s predecessors did, make you bang you head in metal fury. Very humble and down to earth, they don’t wear the legend label well, but with a simplistic approach to song writing, reverence of other legends, and a strong work ethic, they continue to bring their unique brand of metal to a wanting fan base. Here’s our interview with drummer Donald Tardy.

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Amon Amarth / Obituary / Legion of the Damned / Keep of Kalessin – The Forum, London

April 5th, 2009

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9th March 2009

The Forum, London

All pics and live review by HannTu


The Swedish Viking gods made their biannual assault on English shores bringing with them some all-star supporting acts and touring behind the ferociously epic TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GODS, an album hailed as their best melodic effort since VERSUS THE WORLD. It’s no wonder The Forum was packed to the brim eager to see how the new songs translated live.

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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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Obituary, Onslaught, Dam, Dead Beyond Buried – The Underworld, Camden, London

July 9th, 2007

Obituary and Onslaught

feat. Dam and Dead Beyond Buried

The Underworld, Camden, London, UK
5th July 2007

All live pics and review by HannTu

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Monterrey Metal Fest III – Monterrey Mexico 2006

January 27th, 2007

Monterrey Metal Fest III
November 17-18, 2006. Monterrey, México.
By Chico Migraña and Jacobo

Pics by German “Gallo” Garcia 

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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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Obituary Guitarist Trevor Peres

June 29th, 2006

 Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen
Transcription by Gemma Ellis

Obituary, the long time death metal squad from Florida, have carved the unforgettable  marks to the metal scene by unleashing nothing but killer death metal albums. This legendary five piece was a headliner of the third stage of the Swedenrock Festival and frankly the heaviest and the best act of all of the other ones for sure. I managed to have a short chat with the Obituary guitarist, Trevor Peres, before the Floridian death metal outfit hit the stage. The interview situation was rather bizarre as doing the interview on the backstage when some other band was terrorizing on the stage was quite weird. But however here is something to offer and enjoy….

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