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From Hell’s Heart: Best Album Intros

April 23rd, 2015

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart: Best Album Intros

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….

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Metal Icons W.A.S.P. Sign to Napalm Records New Album Set For Release This August!

March 24th, 2015

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Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria’s Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.

“W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records.  We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career.  We’re looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album Golgotha”, states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless. Read the rest of this entry »

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CHRIS HOLMES – Solo artist, ex-W.A.S.P. – Part 2

January 31st, 2015

Chris Holmes

CHRIS HOLMES

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

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Chris Holmes, born 1958 in Glendale, California, is a heavy metal guitarist who started his musical career in the Pasadena, California area in the late 1970s. Holmes is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of heavy-metal band W.A.S.P. Holmes was a member of W.A.S.P. first from 1982 to 1990 and during that period the band released their most successful albums: W.A.S.P, THE LAST COMMAND. INSIDE THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS and HEADLESS CHILDREN.  Holmes left the band in 1990 but was asked to rejoin in 1996. The band released its cult classic album KILL FUCK DIE, followed by a live album and HELLDORADO (1999). Holmes and W.A.S.P disbanded again in 2001 and that Holmes has been a part of many different projects including his former bandmate Randy Piper’s Animal and Where Angels Suffer. On 2012, Holmes released his first album solo NOTHIN TO LOSE which is produced, managed and distributed by himself along with his wife Sarah. At the beginning of 2014, Holmes left behind his life in California and moved to Europe with Sarah. Currently he’s living in France and he’s putting the final touches on his upcoming sophomore album titled SHITTING BRICKS. I met “the Mean Man” on last May in Finland and then we went through Holmes’s life, career and his opinions about a variety of topics such as his former band mates. Read on! Read the rest of this entry »

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CHRIS HOLMES – Solo artist, ex-W.A.S.P. – Part 1

January 31st, 2015

Chris Holmes

CHRIS HOLMES

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Chris Holmes, born 1958 in Glendale, California, is a heavy metal guitarist who started his musical career in the Pasadena, California area in the late 1970s. Holmes is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of heavy-metal band W.A.S.P. Holmes was a member of W.A.S.P. from 1982 to 1990 and during that period the band released their most successful albums: W.A.S.P, THE LAST COMMAND, INSIDE THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS and HEADLESS CHILDREN.  Holmes left the band in 1990 but was asked to rejoin in 1996. The band released its cult classic album KILL FUCK DIE, followed by a live album and HELLDORADO (1999). Holmes and W.A.S.P. disbanded again in 2001 and since then Holmes has been a part of many different projects including his former bandmate Randy Piper’s Animal and Where Angels Suffer. In 2012, Holmes released his first solo  album NOTHIN TO LOSE which is produced, managed and distributed by Chris along with his wife Sarah. At the beginning of 2014, Holmes left behind his life in California and moved to Europe with Sarah. Currently they are living in France and he’s putting the final touches on his upcoming sophomore album titled SHITTING BRICKS. I met “the Mean Man” in May in Finland and then we went through Holmes’s life, career and his opinions about a variety of topics such as his former band mates. Read on! Read the rest of this entry »

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SLAYER HAS COPIED W.A.S.P. FOR THEIR ENTIRE CAREER

July 25th, 2014

SLAYER HAS COPIED W.A.S.P. FOR THEIR ENTIRE CAREER.  

THE TOP TEN.

Over the years I have spent (wasted?) lots of time looking at album covers and comparing bands that I enjoy.   I noticed a distinct pattern of W.A.S.P doing something and then later Slayer doing something extremely similar. Coincidence or rip-off? Let’s examine the evidence. Enjoy this feature.  PS. Please read my disclaimer below…

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SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014

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Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement

Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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Interview with Doug Blair of W.A.S.P. (by Helias)

February 27th, 2014

Interview with Doug Blair of W.A.S.P.  

by Helias

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Graspop Festival update: W.A.S.P. and Overkill out, Iced Earth and Steak Number Eight in

June 3rd, 2013
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Much to our regret both W.A.S.P. and Overkill have been forced to cancel their Graspop show for Saturday 29 June.

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has suffered a broken leg in a car crash. As a result, W.A.S.P. have been forced to cancel their 2013 European summer festival dates, including their GMM show. On the upside, we are pleased to report we have found a suitable replacement in ICED MOTHERFUCKING EARTH! Indeed, the American power metal kings are returning to the Dessel plains. Their epic and emotional performance at GMM2011 was their last Belgian show with vocalist Matt Barlow. This year they’re back with new frontman Stu Block, whose vocal skills are every bit as impressive as those of his predecessor. For the last eighteen months they’ve been touring the globe practically non-stop in support of the Dystopia album. On 29 June this well-oiled metal machine will unleash its ferocious power on the GMM crowd so warm up those neck muscles and prepare to weather the storm!

Official statement: “Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being.”

Overkill is being replaced with Steak Number Eight. Ever since they became the youngest ever winners of Humo’s Rockrally in 2008, their career kicked into high gear with three full-length releases, extensive touring across Europe and support slots for Deftones, Torche and Pelican. Their latest album, ‘The Hutch’, garnered rave reviews both in Belgium and abroad. In spite of their youth, Steak Number Eight can already be considered a top act on the European sludge metal scene.

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WASP: Live at the Circus, Helsinki

October 26th, 2012

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THE CIRCUS, HELSINKI

17’TH OCTOBER 2012

REVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

American heavy metal band, W.A.S.P., has been annual visitors in Finland during the last decade and this year was no exception. Since there’s no new album to promote, this tour was built upon the bands 30’TH Anniversary. The ads said that this tour is going to be the biggest spectacle W.A.S.P. has ever created and the message was well received since all four shows in Finland were practically sold out a long time ago. About 1500 eager people arrived to The Circus and they were ready witness the spectacle.

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Darren P. Upton: Author, W.A.S.P. Sting in the Tale

February 6th, 2012

Darren P. Upton: Author of

"W.A.S.P. Sting in the Tale"

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L.A. GUNS – drummer Steve Riley (ex- W.A.S.P, Keel)

November 24th, 2011

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STEVE RILEY

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

L.A. Guns are best known as being one of the veterans of the Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene. The band formed in 1983 by guitarist Tracii Guns and after several line-up changes they found the right members and the classic line-up then consisted of Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, bassist Kelly Nickels and guitarist Mick Cripps. Their late 80’s/early 90’s albums COCKED AND LOADED and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES were highly successful. The 90’s proved to be a difficult time for L.A. Guns, as it was for many metal and hard rock bands. A great number of line-up changes and unsuccessful albums followed but the band finally got back on track with the 2001 album MAN ON THE MOON which once again included Guns, Riley, Cripps and Lewis back together. The next album WAKING THE DEAD followed in 2002 but although that album had many great reviews, and the band had some good tour offers, Tracii Guns decided to quit and concentrate on his brand new project Brides of Destruction which also included Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crue. The band lost their record deal and already booked tour but decided to carry on with a new guitar player. Stacey Blades (ex-Roxx Gang) stepped in and the album TALES FROM THE STRIP was released in 2005 and since then the band has been actively touring across the globe. The current version of L.A Guns includes: Lewis, Riley, Blades and the latest addition bassist Scotty Griffin.  The band arrived to Stockholm on late October and then we had an honor to sit down with Mr. Riley and hear the latest news and other interesting stuff as well… Read on!

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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

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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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W.A.S.P with support Chris Laney on Return To Babylon European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe Sweden

November 26th, 2010

 

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W.A.S.P

Return To Babylon European Tour 2010

Chris Laney – support act

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

17/10 – 2010

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Former W.A.S.P./METAL CHURCH Members Join Forces In W.A.S.

October 16th, 2010
W.A.S. (Where Angels Suffer)

W.A.S. (Where Angels Suffer)

Chris Holmes (guitar; ex-W.A.S.P.), Randy Piper (guitar; ANIMAL, ex-W.A.S.P.), Steve Unger (bass; ex-METAL CHURCH), Rich Lewis (vocals; ANIMAL) and Stet Howland (drums; ex-W.A.S.P.) have teamed up in new band called WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.). The group’s debut album, Purgatory, is scheduled for release on October 31st via Digital Nations.

Purgatory tracklisting:

‘Cardiac Arrest’

‘Can’t Stop’

‘Don’t Wanna Die’

‘Crying Eagle’

‘Unnatural High’

‘Judgment Day’

‘Zombie’ (CRANBERRIES cover)

‘Lust’

‘Violent New Breed’

‘Morning After’

‘Eye of the Storm’

‘Boom’

Audio samples are available at this location.

According to a press release, Where Angels Suffer will embrace their metal history while simultaneously astounding their fans with groundbreaking original songs that could only be created by the exceptional chemistry and passion these professional musicians discovered when they came together again.

Piper, an original member of W.A.S.P. along with Chris Holmes and Blackie Lawless, helped create the sound that took the band’s first two records to gold status. “I play from the heart!” Randy says.

Randy’s credit to heavy metal can not be summed up very easily as he is continually embarking on creative pursuits and is still very much a part of the metal scene. “You can’t go back, but you can definitely move ahead,” he says.

Holmes has etched out a stellar career which can be traced back to the early days of the metal scene that infiltrated L.A. and the Sunset Strip. A California native himself, Holmes is also well known for his role in The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and other projects, both in film and music, having played with the “A” list of metal musicians.

Piper and Holmes, who were an essential part of W.A.S.P., have stayed in close contact and feel now is the perfect time to launch the much-anticipated project fans have been waiting for.

Longtime drummer of W.A.S.P., Howland was featured on ten albums (studio and live) and has toured with all the top metal acts, including BLACK SABBATH, a personal highlight during his W.A.S.P. years. Aside from W.A.S.P., the ever-active Howland’s resume includes TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, RUN 21, KILLING MACHINE, BELLADONNA, BLACKFOOT and LITA FORD, just to name a few. Howland resides in Florida, where he has a recording studio to keep him busy on a variety of projects, including his newest one, a reality show that will be filmed at his home and studio.

“We’re going out and were rocking,” says Howland, who sees Where Angels Suffer as an opportunity to bring some great musicians together and make some “real music.”

Steve Unger, who played with Metal Church, is a talented bassist in his own right: his contribution to Where Angels Suffer completes the dynamic of the band. Grateful for the opportunity to play on the project, he and the other band members have a mutual respect for one another because of the unbelievable talent of each artist involved.

Unger, who comes from Seattle, Washington, has had a long career with Metal Church and has been a key contributor to their success over the years. He believes this album will be one of the best culminations of talent the metal scene has seen in a long time. Unger commented that the music is so relevant today because it is “a high-bred cross-breed between old and new.”

Lewis, a longtime friend and fellow musician of Piper and Holmes, was a natural choice for Where Angels Suffer frontman and has become a key component to this venture. He has played alongside many greats artists, including his current bandmates, some of whom where in ANIMAL. He has been compared to greats like Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson and Lawless, but his signature style has blended with the dynamic sound of his bandmates that sets this album apart from the rest.

Where Angels Suffer is a unification of style, brought together by each band member’s tenacious effort and dedication to bring the fans the music they love. Whether it was the alignment of the planets or simply the right timing, the production of the album and the formation of the band came together seamlessly.

An Amazon pre-order is also available.

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Twisted Sister, Tuff, W.A.S.P. Members Cover Nugent for Fat Chick Tribute Album

August 17th, 2010
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

Three additional musicians have been confirmed for the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and drummer Stet Howland (Lita Ford, W.A.S.P.) have collaborated on a new recording of the Ted Nugent cult favorite “Thunder Thighs,” a track from his 1986 “Penetrator” album. As Ted himself reveals in its liner notes, “‘Thunder Thighs’ is a career highpoint, as far as I and many others are concerned.” The story of a lusty young lady with a healthy appetite (and healthy curves to match), the new version is delivered with equal gusto and enthusiasm by the talented trio above. The track was arranged and produced by Paul LaPlaca (Chris Caffrey, The Great Kat, Zandelle), who also contributes bass and rhythm guitar. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.

http://www.myspace.com/WholeLottaLoveTribute

“I am the voice of this lost Nugent nugget,” says Stevie Rachelle, “and it sure was a fun one to sing! Uncle Ted does indeed rock. Always has, always will.”

“I recorded my guitar parts fresh out of seeing ‘Avatar’ by James Cameron,” comments Jay Jay French. “So even though I was laying down tracks for a song about some girl with meaty legs, all I kept picturing were those elongated blue aliens with their 3% body fat!”

“Ironically, I found myself working on ‘Thunder Thighs’ during a thunderstorm,” reveals Stet Howland, “and a lightning strike fried my system! To say that the files got corrupted would be an understatement! Long story short, after buying a new computer, reloading and upgrading my Pro Tools and shouting a lot of random curse words, my drum tracks were done!”
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