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METAL ALL STARS – Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

April 17th, 2014
Metal All Stars

6′th of April 2014

Hartwall Arena, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN

The Metal All Stars touring circus landed at Finland in April. The whole tour had been advertised to have all the legendary heavy metal stars altogether such as Rob Halford, Vince Neil, Cronos, Tom Araya, Phil Anselmo and the former Megadeth guys Nick Menza and Martin Friedman. However the tour turned out to be one hell of a bluff when these legends vanished from the poster or announced no taking part in the Metal All Stars thing at all. Obviously the organization behind the curtains hasn’t pleased the bands and musicians that much either. When Metal All Star finally arrived after wild rumours and gossips, the 12000 seat Hartwall Arena was literally empty when only 2000 had crawled to witness the Metal All Stars. Well the Metal-Rules.Com was at present, witnessing this eccentric spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.D.O.: “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” to be released on May 23rd

March 28th, 2014

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia – and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a LIVE DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first LIVE release of U.D.O.’s new line-up (with Russian band member) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.

The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, incl. many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from the recent success album “Steelhammer”. U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” will be available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-Vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor).


Disc 1:
1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael

Disc 2:
1 No Limits
2 Mean Machine
3 Burning Heat
4 Metal Machine
5 Devil’s Bite
6 Go Back to Hell
7 Timebomb
8 Holy
9 Metal Heart

DVD / BLU-RAY

1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael
13 No Limits
14 Mean Machine
15 Burning Heat
16 Metal Machine
17 Devil’s Bite
18 Go Back to Hell
19 Timebomb
20 Holy
21 Metal Heart

Bonus Content:
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride in Russia

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U.D.O. signs long-term contract with AFM Records

March 1st, 2014

German Metal Icon Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.) signs a long-term contract with AFM Records. The new deal includes the release of 3 albums plus 3 dvds.

“We feel very comfortable with AFM Records and we appreciate the good vibes” says Udo Dirkschneider. “The mutual understanding is perfect and our individual wishes and ideas are respected and converted. This is obviously hard to find in the music business nowadays”.

Jochen Richert is very proud that U.D.O. remains part of the AFM family. “We wanted such an extensive deal with U.D.O. because  the cooperation has proved fertile in the past. U.D.O. is one of our biggest acts, sales figures have grown constantly; this proves that – together – we are successful!”

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U.D.O. Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki

November 10th, 2013
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U.D.O.

CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

October 5′TH 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

German metal band U.D.O., led by former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, have been regular visitors in Finland during the past years. The band released its 14th studio album STEELHAMMER on last May and it also introduced U.D.O.’s renewed line-up including Udo, longtime members: bassist Fitty and drummer Francisco Jovino, and new guitarist duo Kasper Heikkinen and Andrey Smirnow. It seems that U.D.O. is still enjoying such a strong success in Finland as they now played in front of a practically sold out Club Nosturi in Helsinki.

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Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O.

May 24th, 2013

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Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O.

Interviewed by Celtic Bob

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U.D.O.: Live In Sofia DVD released / Anniversary Editions of classic albums coming soon!

November 15th, 2012

U.D.O. “Live In Sofia” is now available in Europe and the USA. It includes a concert of the band in Bulgaria’s capitol, wrapped into DVD/2-CD and BluRay/2-CD packages. A second teaser can be found here.
And there’s another reason for all U.D.O. fans to celebrate:
finally the band’s extensive back catalogue will be made available again – in special “anniversary editions”. This series will start with „Solid“, „Man And Machine“, No Limits“ and „Holy“ (all albums incl. bonus tracks) on December 7th. In early 2013 more U.D.O. classics will follow.

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AFM June 19th North American Releases: U.D.O, AT VANCE, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET

May 23rd, 2012

AFM Records will unveil a variety of new releases on North American soil this June 19th, including a massive 2xCD collection of rare tracks from the almighty German metal force U.D.O., the mammoth ninth studio full-length from German neoclassical metallers AT VANCE, and the sophomore album from Swedish Goth-metal outfit THE MURDER OF MY SWEET.

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U.D.O.

Celebrator: Rare Tracks

 

After 25 years in existence, having toured across the planet and an incredibly vast release catalog including a massive thirteen full-length studio albums, the time has come to unleash a collection of some of the finest and rarest tracks in the storied lineage of German heavy metal heroes U.D.O.!

 

Set for North American release on June 19th, the massive 2xCD Celebrator: Rare Tracks collection bears 25 U.D.O. anthems, accumulating an array of bonus tracks, alternate versions of classic songs, previously unreleased material, guest appearances, cover tracks and much more. The cover artwork was created by Dirk Hüttner (CappOVision) and the album’s layout features tons of rare, private and never before seen pictures of the band with personal foreword from ex-Accept frontman and U.D.O. mastermind Udo Dirkschneider himself.

 

See the cover art, an official trailer for the 2xCD set and more HERE.

 

Celebrator: Rare Tracks Track Listing:

Disc 1

1. Stormbreaker (Rev-Raptor Japan Bonus)

2. Tallyman (Taken from the Rev-Raptor recording session)

3. Run! (Remix)

4. Free Or Rebellion (Bonus Leatherhead Single)

5. Bleeding Heart (Dominator Japan Bonus)

6. The Silencer (Taken from the Dominator recording session)

7. Bodyworld (Bonus Infected Single)

8. Systematic Madness (Bonus Infected Single)

9. Head Over Heels (Hammerall feat. Udo Dirkschneider)

10. Balls To The Wall (Piano Version)

11. Artificialized (Taken from the Mastercutor recording session)

12. They Only Come Out At Night (Lordi feat. Udo Dirkschneider)

13. Streets Of Sin (Bonus Wrong Side Of Midnight Single)

Disc 2

1. Tears Of A Clown (Classical Version)

2. Man A King Ruler (Mastercutor Japan Bonus)

3. Hardcore Lover (Remix from 24/7 – Single)

4. Scream Killers (Bonus 24/7 Single)

5. Platchet Soldat (Remix featuring Faktor2)

6. Borderline (Thunderball Japan Bonus)

7. Dancing With An Angel (Remix featuring Doro)

8. X-T-C (Remix from A Tribute To ACCEPT Vol. 2)

9. Azrael (Remix from No Limits)

10. The Key (Remix from No Limits Japan Bonus)

11. Metal Gods (from “A Tribute To Judas Priest”)

12. Born to be Wild (Raven featuring Udo Dirkschneider)

 

 

AT VANCE

Facing Your Enemy

 

It’s clear that AT VANCE, the band led by master guitar magician and composer Olaf Lenk and fronted by the charismatic singer Rick Altzi, has once again gone beyond its calling and produced an extremely strong masterstroke with their new record, Facing Your Enemy.

 

Set for North American release on June 19th, the ninth studio full-length from Germany’s neoclassical power metal masters AT VANCE, Facing Your Enemy boasts fifty minutes of some of the band’s finest material to date, soaring with epic songs and an professional recording fans have come to expect, all recorded and produced in the band’s own studio. The recording lineup for the album includes Casey Grill of Kamelot on drums, and is visually captured with cover art from Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Edguy, etc.).

 

See the cover art, an official video for the album’s title track and more HERE.

 

Facing Your Enemy Track Listing:

1. Heaven Is Calling

2. Facing Your Enemy

3. Eyes Of A Stranger

4. Fear No Evil

5. Live & Learn

6. Don’t Dream

7. See Me Crying

8. Saviour

9. Tokyo

10. March Of The Dwarf

11. Fame And Fortune

12. Things I Never Needed

 

 

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET

Bye Bye Lullaby

 

Since the release of their debut album Divanity in January 2010, and the single that pre-ceded it in 2009 (“Bleed Me Dry” – which reached No. 14 in the Swedish National Singles Charts), female-fronted rock/metal band THE MURDER OF MY SWEET have become amongst the biggest hopes on the European scene. Their individual, easily recognizable and high value sound, has touched the lives of many fans and with its mix of modern, groovy, hard rock, beautiful melodies, and progressive, cinematic flair. The band, led by singer Angelica Rylin, has secured a remarkable fanbase already, far from the shores of Stockholm, where the band was formed in 2007; the name inspired by the 1944 ‘film-noir’ “Murder, My Sweet”.

 

The sophomore album from THE MURDER OF MY SWEET was produced in their own Sound vs. Science Studio and mastered at the Cutting Room (Gorgoroth, Candlemass, Glenn Hughes), and features guest appearances by Jesper Strömblad (In Flames), Peter Wichers (Soilwork) & Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth). The cover art was created by Felipe Machado (Rhapsody Of Fire, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior etc.), and one track from the album was featured on the soundtrack of the movie “The Ice Dragon”, which was featured at the Berlin Film Festival.

 

Check out a lyric video for the band’s track “Black September” and more HERE.

 

Bye Bye Lullaby Track Listing:

1. Armageddon

2. Fallen

3. Unbreakable

4. I Dare You

5. Violently Peaceful

6. Meant To Last Forever

7. Idolize

8. Kind Of Lousy

9. The One

10. Resurrection

11. Waiting For The 27th (Booh Prologue)

12. Black September

13. Phantom Pain

 

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U.D.O.: exklusive „Celebrator“ pre-listening!

April 12th, 2012

On May 4th, U.D.O. will release a collection of unreleased and rare tracks, entitled „Celebrator“. The 2-CD (digipak ) will include 25 songs, a perfect fit with the band’s 25th anniversary!

On the website of Metal Hammer Germany you find 6 songs snippets for pre-listening.

 

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U.D.O. - Celebrator

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U.D.O. release 25th anniversary compilation „Celebrator“ on May 4th

April 6th, 2012
U.D.O. - Celebrator

U.D.O. - Celebrator

2012 is a special year for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.: at first they will release  „Celebrator“ on may 4th, a compilation that includes 25 unreleased and rare tracks – right in time for the band’s 25th anniversary!

Later in the year, a  Live DVD/CD from the successful “Rev-Raptor” tour will be released too. And on top of that, Udo Dirkschneider is celebrating this 60th birthday TODAY (April 6th)! Happy birthday & all the best to you, Udo!
Tracklist „Celebrator“:
CD 1:
01. Stormbreaker (Remix)
02. Tallyman
03. Run! (Remix)
04. Free Or Rebellion (Remix)
05. Bleeding Heart (Remix)
06. The Silencer
07. Bodyworld (Remix)
08. Systematic Madness (Remix)
09. HAMMERFALL feat. Udo Dirkschneider – Head Over Heels
10. Balls To The Wall (Piano Version)
11. Artificialized
12. LORDI feat. Udo Dirkschneider - They Only Come Out At Night
13. Streets Of Sin (Remix)
CD 2:
01. Tears Of A Clown (Orchestral Version)
02. Man A King Ruler (Remix)
03. Hardcore Lover (Remix)
04. Scream Killers (Remix)
05. U.D.O. feat. Faktor 2 – Platchet Soldat (Remix)
06. Borderline
07. U.D.O. feat. Doro – Dacing With An Angel (Remix)
08. X-T-C (Remix)
09. Azrael (Remix)
10. The Key (Remix)
11. Metal Gods

12. RAVEN feat. Udo Dirkschneider – Born To Be Wild

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U.D.O. Rev-Raptor European Tour 2011 with support at Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

December 15th, 2011

 U.D.O. – Rev-Raptor European Tour 2011

Sister Sin – special guest
Sevenfield – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, Sweden
5/10 – 2011

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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AFM’s North American May Releases: SHAKRA, SUIDAKRA, VOODOO CIRCLE, U.D.O.

April 19th, 2011
German metal powerhouse AFM Records has an array of brand new titles slated for North American release in the weeks ahead!

Scheduled to hit the streets on May 3, 2011 are new albums from SHAKRA, SUIDAKRA and VOODOO CIRCLE.

SHAKRA

Back On Track

The rise of SHAKRA continues! It seems like nothing can stop the successful Switzerland-based hard rock force, as their previous album Everest fought its way all the way to #4 on the Swiss album charts in 2009. Since Everest, the band have recruited new vocalist John Prakesh, and showcase their newly refined lineup on their latest piece of work, Back On Track. Recorded and produced at the renowned Power Ride Studios with the band’s own guitarist Thom Blunier, the new album is quite varied from previous releases, as SHAKRA´s catchy rock moves in some slightly new directions. Prakesh´s voice allows the unit to combine the classic SHAKRA sound with the most passionate, soulful and energetic vocals the band ever offered. [http://www.shakra.ch]

SUIDAKRA
Book of Dowth
German Celtic metal warriors SUIDAKRA have trampled audiences at major festival appearances and tours all over Europe, Asia, Russia and North America since their inception in 1994. Having toured with everyone from Children of Bodom, Tristania, Soilwork and more, and are currently embarked on a European tour with labelmates Onslaught, continuing to reap worldwide mass appeal and expanding their diehard fanbase as they have with each release to date. Now in 2011, SUIDAKRA proudly deliver their mammoth tenth full-length Book of Dowth to the masses! Recorded in Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Elvenking) and produced by Martin Buchwalter, Book of Dowth provides fans with some of the most epic tunes and tales to date over its glorious ten tracks. [http://www.suidakra.com/]
 

VOODOO CIRCLE

Broken Heart Syndrome
The second album from supergroup VOODOO CIRCLE has arrived. Comprised of several musicians who hail from the classic hard rock elite including David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear) and Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force), the new album, Broken Heart Syndrome, pays full homage to bands like Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen, all major lifelong inspirations to every member of the outfit. Mixed by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Krokus, Allen/Lande) and produced by Alex Beyrodt, the twelve, bold anthems on Broken Heart Syndrome undoubtedly solidify why the musicians that form VOODOO CIRCLE are heralded as being at the top of their game, and makes this album a must-hear for all fans of the “classic” eras of metal and hard rock. [http://www.voodoocircle.de/]
And scheduled for release on May 31, 2011 in North America, is the new release from German metal gods U.D.O.:

U.D.O.
Rev-Raptor
Longevity, integrity and constancy; these are the hallmarks of German metal kings U.D.O. Formed by two former members of Accept — Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar) — U.D.O. have been flying their triumphant flag since their 1987 formation, but their 2009-released Dominator was a true triumph for the band, as the endless praise from fans and metal critics alike will attest. Since Dominator‘s release, fans have been venomously awaiting the follow-up, and the wait is now over, as their thirteenth studio album, entitled Rev-Raptor, is confirmed for stateside release on May 31! On the thirteen-track album, U.D.O. provide the logical successor to Dominator; its concise rhythms and machine-like grooves are a perfect complement to the traditional and as usual outstanding songwriting of the band, and Dirkschneider’s incisive voice as always triumphantly at the forefront of the action.

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ACCEPT – Peter Baltes

March 17th, 2011

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PETER BALTES

INTERVIEW BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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The legendary German metallers Accept returned with the outstanding BLOOD OF NATIONS album. The album presented a new vocalist Mark Tornillo the formerly TT Quick frontman. The album received a massive response amongst metal fans around the world. The album offers pure classic heavy metal from beginning to end. Accept visited Finland last spring playing in the entire packed club Virgin Oil in Helsinki and now the band returned here again to play at the Finnish Metal Expo. Therefore Metal-Rules.Com had a great opportunity of talking to the bassist Peter Baltes.

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER’s ‘Jingle Balls’

December 16th, 2010
UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER's 'Jingle Balls'

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER's 'Jingle Balls'

Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider recently recorded a Christmas song for the biggest European music and merchandise mailorder company EMP. Laid down at DocMaKlang studio in Osnabrück, Germany, the track “Jingle Balls” was written by various staff members of EMP and is a new interpretation of the Christmas song “Jingle Bells” and the ACCEPT anthem “Balls To The Wall”.

“Jingle Balls” has now been released under the band name EVIL DISPOSITION and is available from Musicload and Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals).

U.D.O. will partner with EMP for a special promotion surrounding the release of the band’s next album, “Rev-Raptor”, which is tentatively due in May 2011. This special collaboration will consist of a countdown on EMP’s web site an entire week before the CD’s release, including a message from Udo and advance snippets of each of the songs from the new album.

The release date of “Rev-Raptor” was pushed back by a few months as a result of back problems experienced by guitarist Stefan Kaufmann, the same issue that forced him to quit playing drums for ACCEPT back in the day. Stefan recently received medical treatment for this condition and had recovered enough to have played with the band on November 6 at the Rock Antenne festival at Schwabenhalle in Augsburg.

As previously reported, 17 new songs were written for “Rev-Raptor”, with 11 of them set to appear on the final product.

U.D.O.’s last album, “Dominator”, entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 27. This marked the highest German chart entry in U.D.O.’s history.

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STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT -Part II Great White, Keel, Lizzy Borden, U.D.O, Pretty Boy Floyd etc..

September 28th, 2010

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STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT -part II

Stockholm Rock Out is a new rock festival in Sweden which is now in its second year. When the first edition of the festival took place on May 1st it was almost disastrous because the giant volcano clouds forced most of the headliners to cancel their appearances but this time all measures worked well without any unexpected problems or last minute changes. By European standards, the band line up in Stockholm Rock Out was somewhat extravagant. The list included many great bands which haven’t been here in ages, like Keel and Tuff, and there were also some unique one off performances like the one with Great White w/ Paul Shortino on vocals and the farewell show of Zinny J. Zan. Like the organizers advertised, this festival is indeed organized for music lovers by music lovers.     

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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SWEDENROCK 2010

June 17th, 2010

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SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2010

 

MARKO SYRJÄLÄ, ARTO LEHTINEN, PATRICK CLEMENT

Jävlä Swedenrock, här kommer vi igen. The annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal‑Rules.Com  team is already the tenth time in a row.  The  2010 line‑up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Therefore, over 70 bands offered nothing but an utter blast and a helluv an experience for the attendees to enjoy metal and rock. Swedenrock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economomic situation worldwide. As mentioned in the first sentence, this is the tenth time in a row when Sweden Rock has been featured on Metal‑Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give a real in‑depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock. The  weather wasn’t ideal compared to previous years. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party. We are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die !!!

 

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