Prior to their co-headlining set in Belfast’s Limelight with Wolf, we sat down with Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand to chat about the band’s history and his hopes for the future, as well as their ten year anniversary celebrations and who he feels has influenced the band. Read the rest of this entry »
Interview with guitarist Simon Johansson and drummer Richard Holmgren
18th October 2015
@ Limelight, Belfast
Just ahead of their co-headlining gig with fellow Swedes Enforcer in Belfast, we got the opportunity to chat with gregarious Wolf guitarist Simon Johansson and drummer Richard Holmgren, who revealed what it’s like being on the road for much of their twenty year history, why they love Bloodstock and what was behind the decision to use the ‘Wolf’ name to sell absinthe, ale and their special hot sauce. Read the rest of this entry »
Much as the water in Ireland produces the best Guinness, there is evidently something in the air in Sweden that infuses their musicians and produces some phenomenal rocks and metal bands. Case in point: the Wolf/Enforcer co-headlining tour currently making its way around the world, with support from Dynamite. Three bands, all Swedish, all of whom rocked the Limelight’s collective balls off in Belfast on October 10th.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT
The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The 2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
Having been a fan of Wolf since I first saw them at Bloodstock in 2009 I was more than ready for their return to the UK and one of my favourite London venues; The Underworld, Camden. With it’s dark, intensely close atmosphere it’s a terrific venue for high energy and engaging bands such as the ones on the bill that evening.
Do you miss the feeling you had when you first heard “Number Of The Beast” or “British Steel”? The moment when you jumped on your bed and shredded your air guitar like a maniac? When you took your pen out of your school bag and drew your favourite band’s logo on your jeans jacket? When you stood in front of the mirror and banged your head until you tumbled down?
Well, a bunch of Swedish guys sure did, and not finding anything exciting with modern metal, decided to do something about it. WOLF began playing what some had been calling retro-metal and in doing so, proved everybody wrong about the term. Real Metal is not retro because it has always been there, sometimes deep in the underground, other times overhyped in the press. WOLF, like other bands, have kept the spirit of the early 80s alive, still sounding fresh today, mainly because it fucking kicks ass.
The day couldn’t have been any more miserable, freezing cold and raining, not to mention that it’s a Sunday night and transport was non-existent! But that was not going to dampen my mood, as I was on my way to a gig I had been waiting for, for a long time! I finally get to see Evile live!
EVILE have confirmed that Swedish heavy metallers WOLF will be joining the band as special guests for their recently-confirmed UK tour, which kicks off on October 18th in Glasgow.
EVILE will also be returning to Ireland and Northern Ireland on the trek, following two shows there with MACHINE HEAD earlier this week. Two shows have been added to the tour – Belfast on October 20th, and Dublin on October 21st.
EVILE guitarist OL DRAKE comments:
“We’re very pleased to announce the first band on our tour of the UK & IRE in October 2012 is the awesome WOLF. Evile and Wolf’s paths have crossed many times and it’s going to be great to follow the same path for these shows. They’re such a great band and they’re going to add so much energy and enjoyment to the gigs. They were kind enough to donate Wolf gear to the Mike Alexander raffle which we ran back in 2009 too. I can’t wait to get back out on the road for our UK & IRE fans and bring along the heavy metal thunder in the name of WOLF!
“We’ve just added a date in Belfast and a date in Dublin, so check the flyer and get your tickets early! I don’t want to hear about more kids in Evile shirts being turned away at the door from having no tickets! *Metal sad face*”
Don’t miss EVILE on tour at the following shows:
Jun. 03 – Exeter, UK – Real Devon Rocks at Exeter Phoenix
Jun. 06 – Reading, UK – Sub89
Jun. 08 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
Jul. 20 – Luarca, Spain – Luarca Metal Fest
Aug. 12 – Walton-On-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Aug. 24 – Wörrstadt, Germany – Neuborn Open Air Festival
EVILE w/ WOLF
Oct. 18 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC 2
Oct. 19 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Oct. 20 – Belfast, UK – The Limelight
Oct. 21 – Dublin, Ireland – The Pint
Oct. 23 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Oct. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Oct. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 3
Oct. 26 – Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2
Oct. 27 – Norwich, UK – Open
Oct. 28 – London, UK – Garage
Nov. 03 – Holmfirth, UK – Picturedrome
EVILE recently filmed a new music video for the track, “In Memoriam”, which is taken from the band’s new album, FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH. The video is due to premiere online on Wednesday, June 6th, and the track will also be released on iTunes as a single, including an acoustic version, a radio edit, and the music video.
Sweden’s sons of steel WOLF have launched a brand-new track from their upcoming new album “Legions Of Bastards” online, the band states:
“Metal heads worldwide – enjoy the opening track of “Legions of Bastards”! The perfect track for beer drinking and head banging, although maybe not at the same time. On April 29 we also have a release party in Dortmund (Germany) where we will play some tunes at the renowned metal pub Die Burg, so come out, drink tons of beer with us and behave like legions of bastards !
We would also like to thank the awesome guys at Rock Hard Magazine for making “Legions of Bastards” album of the month! // WOLF”
“Legions Of Bastards” will be out on the following dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY: Friday, April 22, 2011.
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, April 25, 2011.
NORTH AMERICA / SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, April 29, 2011.
“Legions Of Bastards” was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden. The cover artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm (the man who was responsible for the legendary Mercyful Fate “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” covers).
FIREWIND - Announce 'Defiance Over Europe' European tour dates 2011
Freshly following up the release of their latest single “Embrace The Sun” as Digital Download and Videoclip, Greece’s Metal shooting stars FIREWIND, can now proudly announce the dates for their much anticipated European tour for the “Days Of Defiance” album. The “Defiance Over Europe” tour will run throughout September of this year and feature FIREWIND’s Swedish label mates WOLF, who are about to release their newest album “Legions Of Bastards” on April 25 th, 2011 via Century Media Records, as the main support act. Here are all the exact dates for you to mark your metal calendars:
FIREWIND + WOLF
“Defiance Over Europe” Tour 2011 Presented by: Blackstar Amplification, Rock Hard (Germany), Rock Tribune (Benelux) and Lords Of Metal (Benelux)
FR 09.09. Southampton, UK – Talking Head
SA 10.09. Manchester, UK – Moho
SU 11.09. Glasgow, Scotland – Apollo 23
MO 12.09. Reading, UK – Sub 89
WE 14.09. Zoetermeer, NL – Boerderij
TH 15.09. Den Bosch, NL – W2
FR 16.09. Kerkrade, NL – Rock Temple
SA 17.09. Vosselaar, BEL – Biebob
SU 18.09. Cologne, GER – Underground
MO 19.09. Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos Saal
TU 20.09. Hamburg, GER – Knust
TH 22.09. Vienna, AUT – Szene
FR 23.09. Brunico, IT – UFO
SA 24.09. Pisa, IT – Borderline
MO 26.09. Paris, FRA – Le Nouveau Casino Tickets for the tour go on sale starting March 29th, 2011!
FIREWIND’s Gus G checked in to comment as follows: “While we’ve done one off shows, mini tours and played open air summer festivals in Europe, we haven’t been on a proper tour across Europe in 3 years. FIREWIND has returned and we’re looking forward to this one more than anything! We can’t wait to play a full set again for our crazy fans all over the continent and play songs from “Days Of Defiance” as well as older fan favorites! Get ready for an ass-kicking night full of Fire and Fury!
And he added the following regarding the recent confirmation of WOLF as touring partners: “We’re also pleased to have our buddies from WOLF on board for this tour. We’ve known them for years and we did a one-off show together in the UK back in 2007. They’re a killer band and great bunch of guys who just like us, live for Metal! See you out there!“
Swedish Metal Maniacs WOLF on the other hand had the following to say about the upcoming tour:“We are very happy to announce that we’re touring Europe together with our friends in FIREWIND. Not only do we get to play countries we haven’t done for ages, but we can also rock out every night before and after the gig! With “Legions Of Bastards” as part of our set list, this will be a WOLF tour to remember, cubs! See ya in the front row!”
The clip for FIREWIND’s new single “Embrace The Sun”, out now all over the world digitally, was directed by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Arch Enemy, etc.) and can now be viewed here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlstARCNT2c
A special, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” video and the previously released first clip “World On Fire” alongside interviews with the band members can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaQ_LRmrAgU
FIREWIND have additionally confirmed to be appearing at a “2310 Festival” in their Greek hometown Thessaloniki on July 6thalongside Judas Priest and Whitesnake. Here are all upcoming festival dates announced so far:
FIREWIND @ European festivals 2011: 19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France / www.hellfest.fr
25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium / www.graspop.be
01.07.2011 Basinfire Festival, Spálené Poříčí, Czech Republic / http://www.basinfirefest.cz
06.07.2011 2310 Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece with Judas Priest & Whitesnake
08.–10.07.2011 Sonisphere Festival – Knebworth, UK / http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com
More dates will be announced soon…
Check out the furious opening track “The Ark Of Lies” from FIREWIND’s current masterpiece album “Days Of Defiance” completely free after you tweet or Facebook about the song. Go here for more details: www.centurymedia.com/specials/firewind/
Legions Of Bastards, Swedish metallers WOLF’s 6th album, and thhe follow-up to 2009’s Swedish Grammy nominated album Ravenous, was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden.
Legions Of Bastards‘s artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm, the man who did MERCYFUL FATE’s legendary Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath covers.
Check out the artwork below:
WOLF - Legions Of Bastards
Says Wolf: “Legions Of Bastards is the fruit of lots of hard work, sweat and blood. Our music has always come from the heart, but this one seems to us even more honest and straight forward than any other album we’ve made. We’re not afraid to say that this is a GREAT album. If you love it, like we do, raise the horns and bang your head! If you don’t – we don’t care. We’d still be banging our heads!”
Legions Of Bastards will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Norway – Friday, April 22nd
UK/Benelux/France/Greece/Denmark/Portugal/Rest of Europe – Monday, April 25th
North America/Spain/Italy – Tuesday, April 26th
Sweden/Finland/Hungary – Wednesday, April 27th
Australia/New Zealand – Friday, April 29th
Legions Of Bastards tracklist:
‘Full Moon Possession’
‘Jekyll & Hyde’
‘Tales From The Crypt’
‘Road To Hell’
‘Hope To Die’
The Ltd. Edition Digipak includes ‘6 Steps’ (Japan bonus track from the Ravenous album) and ‘Method To Your Madness’ (METAL CHURCH cover). The album will also come out on vinyl.
Swedish metallers WOLF have issued the following update:
“This coming weekend will be the end of the recording session of the new WOLF album ‘Legions Of Bastards’. The final lead vocals will be immortalized by Niklas ‘Razorthroat’ Viper and that means we’re done recording.
“We’re VERY excited and fired up to unleash this new album upon the metal community. Preparations for the upcoming [European] tour with ACCEPT and rehearsals are next on the roster so all of us is pulling their weight and we can’t wait to hit the road.”
“Legions Of Bastards” is scheduled for release in April via Century Media Records. The CD was previously described in a press release as “heavy” and “metal.” Nothing more, nothing less. Producer Pelle Saether of Studio Underground in Sweden has given the album a heavy and raw sound that these excellent new tracks deserve. Fans of WOLF’s previous efforts such as “Evil Star”, “The Black Flame” and “Ravenous” will not be disappointed, as the band kept true to its vision of what good ol’ in-your-face heavy metal is about. Official site: www.wolf.nu
After delivering a masterly lesson in heavy metal with 2009’s Ravenous, Sweden’s synonym for “heavy fucking metal”, WOLF, are now diligently working on the much anticipated follow-up.
The band comments: “Hi all! We’d like to announce that Wolf will be entering Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden in November to record our follow up to the success of our Grammi nominated 2009 album, Ravenous. We will be working alongside producer Pelle Saether. We have been hard at work writing new songs and some songtitles are: ‘Fullmoon Possession’, ‘Skullcrusher’, ‘False Preacher’ and ‘Adrenaline Overdrive’. We feel fired up and ready to deliver a kick ass heavy metal album to you all in spring 2011. Tour plans for next year are also taking form and we know that we’re gonna hit more places than ever before. Festival season is also gonna be a blast as usual!
A fun note for our fans are also that Wolf is featured in the new book Mera Hårdrock with the album Ravenous as well as an interview regarding horror and music with guitarist Johannes Axeman. This book is written by tv/radio personalities Matthias Lindblad and Melker Becker and it’s their second book featuring heavy metal.
We’d also like to tell you about our performance at the Dean guitars UK meeting where we had the great honour to perform with SAXON guitarist Doug Scarret as guest. We played two Saxon songs and they can be viewed as fan filmed material.