Iced Earth – Interview with Jon Schaffer

June 22nd, 2017
by UK Team

Iced Earth

Interview with Jon Schaffer

5th May 2017 @ My Bloomsbury Hotel, London

Interviewed by Oliver M.

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MIGHTY MUSIC’s Very Own Rock Bar ZEPPELIN in Copenhagen celebrates first 3 years

June 21st, 2017
by Celtic Bob


Copenhagen’s finest rockbar – Zeppelin Rock Bar – recently celebrated the first 3 years in business and opened up the doors to a new, redesigned place – a mecca for hard rockers and metal heads worldwide!

Check out the Mercyful Fate – “Don’t Break The Oath” ceiling, the Type O Negative doors, the underground metal demo/7″ ep collection with rarities from bands like In Flames, Dismember, Impaled Nazarene and Invocator, and of course our big selection in the bar of booze and cold beer from Carlsberg and various micro breweries. And not to forget, we have 10-15 live shows each month. Mike Tramp, Electric Guitars, Junkyard Drive, Tim Christensen (Dizzy Mizz Lizzy) Lucer, SEA and many other artists have visited our stage.

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A Heavy Metal Conference Review. Boundaries and Ties-A fan’s perspective.

June 20th, 2017
by J P

A Heavy Metal Conference Review.

 Boundaries and Ties- A fan’s perspective. 

by JP

Photos courtesy of freelancer Don Maguire and additional editing by Anna Chilewska


I have always had an interest in the academic side of Heavy Metal.   Metal is not just only a music genre that entertained me for decades, it is more than that.  Metal is also a constant source of personal interest; the history, the politics, the region, the sound , the community and more.    I’ve always wanted to go to one of the Many Metal conferences that are regularly held around the world, and finally the circumstances were such that I was able to attend as a fan the Boundaries And Ties Metal Conference.   Living in Western Canada, this was the first such conference that was manageable for me to attend based on the omnipresent conflict in distribution of my time and resources and location.  (ie. I could afford it and it was close!)  I decided to attend because as part of my function of managing our Library Of Loudness section of, where I do our book reviews,  I had read some of the various books and essays written by the speakers that would be attending.    It was time to go!

B&T was held  in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on June 9-11, 2017 on the beautiful University of Victoria campus.  It was organized by the UVic Metal studies and the Heavy Metal Uvic club, and sponsored/endorsed by the International Society of Metal Music Studies (ISMMS).



The conference was also made possible with funding and other support by the University of Victoria’s :

Religious Studies program
Office of the Dean of Humanities
English Department
Alumni Association
Student Society
Humanities Computing and Media Centre

I attended as a fan as most of these events are open to the public, although a high percentage of attendees are affiliated with some sort of academic organization.  However, there were a few curious fans such as myself.   The fee to attend was extremely reasonable (less than $40.00 for the three day event) and I opted to stay in the spartan but clean and nice accommodations of a dorm right on campus.

The Conference which held the subtitle of “The Place Of Metal Music In Communities”  started in a mid-sized auditorium at lunch time on Friday.  There were some opening remarks and introductions. There was a warm and sincere welcome from the Dean Of Humanities who was not just an older ‘suit’ but a younger guy clad in sunglasses and a leather jacket, and he mentioned that is was the anniversary of the birth of Les Paul, quite a fitting date for a Metal conference. It was nice to see some enthusiastic endorsement of the conference.

Dr. Chris Goto-Jones

The modest crowd of about 66.6 people gathered and were introduced to the three main organizers;  Professors, Anna Chilewska,  (U of A), Gabby Riches (U of A) and Shamma Boyarin (UVic).  There was some history about UVic Metal Studies and the Metal Club and how in conjunction with ISMMS this was the first conference in Canada.  There were about 30 speakers from 11 countries  who attended and there were keynote speakers, a concert by Unleash The Archers, a move screening, a number of informal social events as well.  It was shaping up to be a busy weekend!  Each attendee checked in, got a very nice package with lots of information, the schedules , a free DVD (THE METAL ISLANDS) Courtesy of Dr. Nelson Veras-Diaz and a cool, sampler cassette featuring local black Metal.  ( My January 2017 review of THE METAL ISLANDS from back in is available in our review section).

Please note:  Due to the volume of presentations and the nature of the conference it was impossible to attend every presentation.  These comments are based on my own observations and own choices, based strictly on personal interest in the topic at hand.   There were several agonizing choices to make in the conflicting schedule so I apologize in advance to all the scholars and speakers that are not represented in this overview.  I was told by and large every presentation was top-notch. I wish I could have seen them all.  As it stands I was about to see 28 of the over 50 scheduled events.  In the interest of brevity, I am unable to truly encapsulate each and every unique and interest point that was presented and debated, so my overview will be a moderately random stream of consciousness style approach. One last escape clause. Any errors or photos that are incorrectly identified are solely the fault of the author.

The honour of the opening keynote address few upon Dr. Keith Khan-Harris of London, UK.   He presented a  talk called “Beyond Transgression: Breaking Metal’s Boundaries”.  Viewed by many as one of the world’s pre-eminent Metal scholars I was pleasantly surprised when he started his talk opening with pictures and remarks about Steel Panther!  I did not see that coming!  I was especially tickled because I had just bought the new Steel Panther album  LOWER THE BAR (the limited edition with the 3-D cover and 2 bonus tracks of course!) that very morning in a cool, and long-running,  indie record store in downtown Victoria called Lyles.    His talk gave a number of example on how Metal can still be transgressive (aka break all the rules) while retaining its role in the community.   Obviously his presentation was far more, intellectual, cerebral and interesting than my summary, but I am unable to do it justice in the confines of this review.

Dr. K. Harris-Kahn


The conference was well-organized and moderated.  Presentation ran on time, with time for questions and comments.  The two main rooms were adjacent so people could jump back and forth between presentations  and in the 30 minute coffee breaks, the hallways would quickly fill up with people exchanging ideas, information and offering help.  I was struck how often I heard comments like, ‘Have you read the book or paper written by Dr. X from University of Y?  I think it would be great for your topic you are researching.”   It reinforced a friendly, mutual sense of Metal and community.  It was a big community as well was many people had attended many of the other Metal conferences around the world in Finland,  Norway, Ohio California and more.  It was a bit of a home-coming for some and in fact the ISMMS had their annual general meeting as well!   I felt welcome as people were open to ideas and comments from strangers.


The following is a short collection of photos of fans and speakers with a few random comments and observations.


Dr. Bryan Bardine of the University in Dayton Ohio presents his talk, “What Ties us Together: Examining the Dayton Metal Scene and the Community at Large.

Kevin Ebert (pictured in rear) shortly after his impassioned defence of Glam Metal in his panel:“Back to the Culture: 80s Heavy Metal as a Community of Creativity, Resistance and Difference”



As a fan out Japanese Metal, especially Loudness and Anthem in the 80’s, I loved this presentation.

Timothy Strikwerda presents: “Hard and Heavy Exports: Japanese Heavy Metal and the West in the 1980’s”


Andy Brown-“Back to the Culture: 80s Heavy Metal as a Community of Creativity, Resistance and Difference”




Casey Lazar, Founder of the Heavy Metal Uvic Club presents “Metal Shows in Victoria”  Casey gave a low key but very interesting analysis of some of the unique financial, logistic and geographical challenges faced by bands and fans in Victoria BC.



Stephen Hudson of Northwestern U raises the fist of the Metal Child as he presents “We Take Everything to an Extreme: Genre, Performativity, and ‘Fade to Black’”



Brittney Slayes “Reaching the Apex: Reflections on the Successes and Hardships of Being a Female Metal Musician”.  Fresh from a triumphant sold-out concert the night before, at Lucky’s Bar And Grill,  Brittney presents the second of two keynote speeches with a wonderful and engaging talk about her rise to Metal glory with Unleash the Archers.

Toni-Matti Karjalainen of Alto U (Finland) presents  “Songs from the North: Deciphering the Metallic Country Brand of Finland”


Edward Banchs (Boston) author of Heavy Metal Africa presents “Screams of the New, Whispers of the Past: Heritage and Heavy Metal in Madagascar” Fast talking , casual and fun, Edward had one of the more dynamic styles at the conference with tons of great stories about his travels in Africa.


Jesse Valstar, (the evil twin brother of Jeff Waters of Annihilator) practices a quiet hippie-moment on campus before presenting his overview of the Armstrong Metal Festival, “Festival Life: Taking a Small Idea and Making It Grow”



Asya Draganova (Birmingham City U)  “Home of Metal, Homes of Metal: Popular Music Heritage and the International Diaspora of Heavy Metal”  Asya is from Bulgaria and is doing some interesting work on the Home Of Metal project in Birmingham, England


Eric Smialek of MgGill in Montreal, plots some points during his talk, “Unending Eruptions: White-Collar Metal Appropriations of Classical Complexity, Experimentation, Elitism, and Cultural Legitimization”


Peter Pichler gives the audience a fine example of ‘the metal claw’ during his talk, “‘Metal on the Hill’, Graz (Austria): A Historico-Anthropological Case Study of a Newly Established Extreme Metal Festival as an Example of Boundaries and Ties in a Local Metal Music Community”


Dr. Niall William Richard Scott from ISMMS and the University of Central Lancashire (UK) presents “Metal Care: A Dark Exterior, but Soft on the Inside”  Dr. Scott gave a very interesting talk on a couple of philanthropic Metal community based charity projects, one that works, and one that did not.

Gemma Antonelli U of New South Wales (Australia) presents  perhaps the goriest of all the presentations,  “Revelations Carved In Flesh: Sacrifice, Self: Mutilation and the Sacred Community in Scandinavian Black Metal Performance”



Brittney Slayes and organizer Shamma Boyarin



Organizer Anna Chilewska and a new friend!


There were several other great talks (the presenters preferred not to be depicted)  but these topics included Metal at the Juno Awards (Canada’s National Metal Award program),  Metal and Belly-dancing,  Death Metal in Indonesia , The Satanic Panic and the PMRC,  the ethics of Heavy Metal and many more.  There was something for every level and interest.

The whole conference ended on Sunday afternoon with a special screening of the film BLEKK METAL.  On hand were presenters and Producers, Jason Wallin and Vivek Venkatesh  (See my full review of this tim in our July, 2017 reviews)  who fielded questions about this unique and fascinating film.

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By the end of the weekend, I concluded it would have taken an army of journalists to adequate cover all the amazing people and events that occurred during the conference.  I feel my little piece  does not do the event justice.  If you ever get a chance to attend one of these events, do not hesitate!  These conferences are far from being strictly academic, but if that is one of your preferences, there was no shortage of intellectual discussion!  Boundaries And Ties was certainly one of the highlights of my year.  Friendships were forged, glasses were raised, perceptions challenged, research moved ahead and the Metal community grew stronger.   I’d like to extend my personal thanks to all the organizers, fans and presenters who made this event such a complete success!

JP looking smug after his new purchase.


On a final note: The absolute highlight of the weekend had to be when I was shopping at independent record stores before the conference.  All that talk, all weekend about Metal was great but this is serious.   I finally, after 25 years of searching, found a copy of the film THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II: THE METAL YEARS on DVD.  Best. Weekend. Ever.




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Power Metallists PHEAR Return With New EP

June 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

If you long for the sounds of vintage power and thrash metal with a prog twist, then there is a fast-rising band that perfectly fits this description – Phear. Comprised of Patrick Mulock – Lead Vocals, Graham Stirrett – Guitar / Backing Vocals, Tyson Emanuel – Guitar / Backing Vocals, Chris Boshis – Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals, Chris Lewis – Drums / Percussion / Backing Vocals, the band is gearing up to issue a five-track EP, ‘The Curse Lives On’ (release date Friday, June 30th, 2017), which follows their debut full-length, ‘Insanitarium.’

“Phear was formed in Toronto in 2015,” explains Patrick. “I played in Metal Blade recording artists EIDOLON with Glen and Shawn Drover – formerly of Megadeth – from 2001-2004. Prior to that I was in a local outfit called Rampage that had some success in the Toronto area, and for some strange reason, Australia. After a semi-retirement from music (2004- 2014), I had the Rampage boys over to discuss doing it again. Unfortunately, all couldn’t commit due to other bands, jobs etc. So, with 2 new members and 3 original rampage members, we formed PHEAR.”

The forthcoming EP does not disappoint with its ferocity, as it contains both studio and live cuts, including a killer Iron Maiden cover. “Doing our first cover ever, ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner,’ I think I’ll never forget the first power chord I heard on the guitar. I knew that the 7 string guitars would beef it up a little but BOOM….I just remember smiling and saying, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ ‘Dirty Work’ was a little departure for us….We had an Alice in Chains feel with the harmonies and I really like how it came out. Live songs….’Don’t Scream / Heaven / Regan’s Dream,’ I remember being very nervous for that show. I literally got home from 10 days in Europe and had to perform in 3 days. But the show went well and after 5 minutes, we got into our flow.”

A video trailer for Rime of the Ancient Mariner has been posted here :

And prepare to be blown away by Phear’s live show – including Canadian dates in the fall/winter (with the possibility of dates in Europe, Japan, and the US, as well). “Phear treats our live show as an event. I go see a lot of live bands in Toronto. We try to support live music as much as possible. Good or bad, most bands go up on stage, play their songs than leave the stage. Well that’s not good enough for us. Phear owns its own production! We use lighting effects, strobes, lasers, blinders, smoke machines, geysers. We are all in costumes, not our street clothes. If we could use pyro….trust me, we would and hope to be in the near future. We have our own light guy, sound guy because we want it to be a great sounding and great looking show for everybody to enjoy. We are getting more and more theatrical every show we do. The ‘Rime’ video is a good representation of what you are going to see.”

Lastly, expect much from Phear in the future. “The immediate future is exciting. We will begin rehearsal for the fall and winter 2017 Canadian Shows. Also, we have begun the writing of our next full length album, for release early 2018. We are very excited about bringing our music to the world. With that said, All the fans and Industry that have been so very, very kind to us, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon.”

Pre-order ‘THE CURSE LIVES ON’ EP here: and here :


‘THE CURSE LIVES ON’ EP Tracklisting:

1. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
2. Dirty Work
3. Don’t Scream LIVE
4. Heaven LIVE
5. Regan’s Dream LIVE


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SAVAGE MASTER To Unleash “Creature Of The Flames”

June 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

The Kentucky based occult Heavy Metal act, SAVAGE MASTER, announced the release of a brand new mini LP, entitled “Creature Of The Flames”. Its CD version version will be released by Skol Records, while the 12″ vinyl version will be available on High Roller Records. The mini album, which will hit the streets on Friday 13, October 2017, will include four brand new SAVAGE MASTER songs, and a cover song. Like in case of previous SAVAGE MASTER releases, cover artwork of “Creature Of The Flames” was painted by Chris Moyen.

SAVAGE MASTER’s current studio album, “With Whips And Chains”, was released in April 2016, and was promoted on both European and US tours.

SAVAGE MASTER plays pure old school Heavy Metal, which follows the tradition of acts such as CIRITH UNGOL, BITCH, early JUDAS PRIEST and MERCYFUL FATE, while their stage image is a tribute to classic horror movies such as “Black Sunday” (aka “The Mask Of Satan”), and the legendary Hammer Films productions. All SAVAGE MASTER recordings are being made the traditional way: recorded in an all analogue studio, and mixed and mastered without digital editing and digital tools.

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HELIX Release New Song Digitally On July 1st With 7″ Coming In August

June 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
For the past couple of months I’ve been throwing around ideas with the guys in regards to a video for the new Helix song THE DEVIL IS HAVING A PARTY TONIGHT. In the end I decided to spend the money instead on putting together a bitch looking vinyl record. It’s going to be album size with only two songs: The Devil Is Having a Party Tonight on Side One and The Tequilla Song (written by Gord Prior/Steve Georgakopoulos/myself) on Side Two. Yesterday I talked with Gerry McGee (former singer of Brighton Rock who owns Isotope Records in Burlington) about the project and what I wanted-red vinyl with a cardboard sleeve and an inside paper sleeve. I also emailed him a list of questions-what was the minimum run, how much extra $ for red vinyl, does the song have to be re-mastered (it does, the mastering is different from CDs), if they supply the bar code, if I need an IRSC code, and what specs my artist needs to work to when doing the album cover design. Oh yah, almost forgot-the “turn around time”. This, I found, is 8 weeks from the time you submit the song and album design, which puts us at the end of August for a release.

However, the song(The Devil Is Having A Party Tonight) will be available for digital download on July 1st. No offence to the country in regards to the timing of the release (Canada’s 150th birthday) -I don’t expect devils to be running around celebrating that night (although things MIGHT get a little crazy)-it just seemed like a good day to do it,seeing as we’re playing St. John’s, Nfld that very day for Canada Day Celebrations. We’ll also be taking advance orders on the vinyl album-we’re only going to press 200-so make sure to order yours while they last. I’ll be putting up the album for sale as soon as the artwork is completed. A REAL COLLECTORS ITEM.

The song is the first I’ve written with the actual Helix band members. Over the past couple Helix CDs I’ve worked primarily with Sean Kelly, but this year especially the two of us have been focusing our efforts on my solo CD GET YER HANDS DIRTY. On the Helix material I’ve returned to writing with Gord Prior and Steve Georgakopoulos. As well, the band has been jamming and coming up with stuff at Chris’s place in Cambridge. “Devil” is a real team effort and I’m very proud of my guys and how the song turned out. Daryl produced the song, along with the help of Aaron Murray, and everyone in the band had a hand at writing it.

Here’s the lyrics:

The Devil Is Having a Party Tonight
Written by Helix

I’ve been drinking whiskey
Demons dancin’ in my head
A liquid invitation
Leads me to an early bed
I’m going to the address
Six six six
Down below
Dante’s inferno
That’s where I’m gonna go

The Devil is having a party tonight
And everyone’s having a hellva time
We’re gonna drink whiskey until we go blind
The Devil is having a party tonight

So come in and get your freak on
And party like a demon in hell
‘Cos no one ever leaves here
And no one ever lives to tell
The price of admission
Is gonna cost you your soul
And you know it’s wrong but it’d be a sin
If you didn’t go—-

The Devil is having a party tonight
And everyone’s having a hellva time
Dancing with strippers
And chopping up lines
The Devil is having a party tonight

When will you ever learn?
May when you’re past the point of no return

NOTE: I was going to take out the cocaine and strippers line, but Randy said that was the best one! LOL

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The Dead Daisies Release Woodstock Poland and “With You And I” video

June 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

High Octane, rip-roaring hard rockers THE DEAD DAISIES are proud to announce a monumental return to WOODSTOCK POLAND featuring in a gripping headline performance at a special “CONCERT FOR FREEDOM” with The Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3rd, 2017.

Founder & President of Woodstock Poland, Jurek Owsiak has the following thoughts on The Dead Daisies and their return to his Festival:

“Woodstock 1969 became an incredible spark which inspired all freedom thinkers of the world to face their biggest challenge yet – striving to achieve freedom, independence, truth, and try to build a true fraternity of people across the globe. For people in Poland, it became an inspiration to take a very important step on the road to regaining freedom and true independence. It was thanks to music, thanks to artists, who gave voice to our dreams which, 25 years ago, resulted in the creation of Polish solidarity and our Polish independence. We are so proud to say that it has been 23 years since we began to send the message of peace. It is especially important in such turbulent times as now.

We are very grateful that thanks to artists like you, and amazing initiatives like The Dead Daisies and their songs about freedom, we are able to nurture and develop these everlasting ideals. The spirit of freedom permeates the globe, unstoppable like the wind, and it reminds us that despite the different skin colors or creeds we are all united by the ideals of Love, Friendship, and Music.”

In the middle of a World Tour supporting the release of their new Live Album – Live & Louder, Doug Aldrich said the following:

“We are very, very, excited to be involved in the Woodstock Festival again this year. We will be performing with a sixty-piece orchestra!! It has been a big dream to do that!
The Dead Daisies set list is going to be a one off special in the name of Peace & Freedom just for this show. Can’t wait!!”

Alongside the announcement, THE DEAD DAISIES are releasing a new video today for “With You And I”, which was fittingly filmed at the band’s inaugural performance at the Woodstock Festival last summer. It features imagery in line with values that the world seems to have sadly forgotten.

Singer John Corabi:

“I think the lyrics to “With You And I” are especially relevant at the moment, you can’t turn the TV on and NOT see some sort of human decay anymore. We’re battling each other in so many ways, it’s disturbing. Be it political party differences, the struggle of black vs. white, religious differences, terrorism, famine, disease, pollution, climate change, etc. — nobody is working TOGETHER in any way to find answers to these issues, and communicate as adults!”

Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!


Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – guitars
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – vocals David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – guitars Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – bass Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – drums

About The Dead Daisies:

Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible – equal parts of Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans worldwide are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll!

The band features in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet, among them one of the premier lead guitarists of this day and age, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio). He completes a powerhouse line-up consisting of charismatic singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), bassist extraordinaire Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), drummer to the stars Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and bringing the thunder from down under, Australian rhythm guitarist and founder David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

About Woodstock Poland:

Woodstock Festival Poland (Polish: Przystanek Woodstock; “Woodstock Station”; English- language materials often refer simply to the Woodstock Festival) is an annual ticket-free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival, that has taken place since 1995. In 2009 Woodstock Festival Poland gathered above 400,000 people, in 2011 the attendance was above 700,000, in 2012 attendance was about 550,000 people, in 2013 attendance was about 500,000[4] and in 2014 attendance was about 750,000 (record). The average attendance for the past four years is 625,000 people. Since the 11th festival Przystanek Woodstock has been recognized as “the biggest open-air festival in Europe”.


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Nargaroth + Absu + Hate + Nekrodelirium + Bloodrocuted @ The Boston Music Room, London

June 18th, 2017
by UK Team

Nargaroth + Absu + Hate + Nekrodelirium + Bloodrocuted

@ The Boston Music Room, London

1st June 2017

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photos by Oliver M.

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KOLOVOROT FEST release official Teaser!

June 17th, 2017
by UK Team

The official teaser of cult Ukrainian festival Kolovorot Nove Kolo is now available!

Facebook event:

Tickets are still available at Musical Hall => 20 € in pre-sale.
For any additional information and requests, please write to:

Be quick before they sell out!

As a reminder, the first edition of Kolovorot Nove Kolo (previously known as Kolovorot Fest) will take place in Kiev on June 24th at the MonteRay Live Stage, with a fantastic line-up:

  • Cult Polish act Graveland will headline the festival and it will be their first ever show in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian legends Nokturnal Mortum will promote their new long-awaited masterpiece “Verity”, performing both new songs and old classics.
  • Formed by some ex-Dub Buk members in 2015, Burshtyn will open the festival to perform some material from their debut album “Прах відчайдухів”.


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Brutal Assault ; some changes in the line-up

June 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

BANDS UPDATE! This time we bring you the best of CZ & SK scene! Sadly POWER TRIP had to withdraw from our lineup since they are unable to perform for personal reasons. On the other hand US hardcore veterans MADBALL are ready to rock our stage this year again!

Talking about CZ and SK bands we are excited to welcome Postcards from ARKHAM-post rock, narcotic post-rock that takes you to the melancholic and gloomy world of H.P. Lovecraft. We are also pleased to bring two genre-smashing acts, Six Degrees Of Separation who have developed their own progressive sound called metal-soul, and unique crossover outcasts INSANIA celebrating 30 blasphemous years on the stage.

If you want to hear some classic stuff, we would recommend you EXORCIZPHOBIA, straightforward crossover / thrash metal invoking bands like D.R.I., Nuclear Assault or Sacred Reich; Dysangelium with their orthodox death metal craft or Avenger with their black/death metal crushing since 1992.

Hardcore fans could appreciate two promising CZ names – Primary Resistance, dirty hardcore/metal of former members of Disfigured Corpse, and Skywalker, unrestrained hardcore/punk touring all over the world. Last two bands of this announcement are intense industrial metal War For War and melodic dark doom metal Doomas.

Also many of you have asked for lineup by days. So here is a small teaser:

Wednesday August 9th – The Dillinger Escape Plan, Wintersun, Master’s Hammer, Metal Church

Thursday Aug 10th – Emperor official, Opeth, Hatebreed, Suffocation

Friday Aug 11th – Electric Wizard, CLAWFINGER, Trivium, Morbid Angel

Saturday Aug 12th – ARCHITECTS, Eluveitie, Devin Townsend, The True Mayhem

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June 15th, 2017
by EvilG

Kimmo Kuusniemi, producer of  the Promised Land Of Heavy Metal TV documentary has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for his latest documentary project; Korpiklaani – Made In Russia, a life altering band tour through Russia; planes, trains and automobiles. Fifteen cities and 19000km in 18 days…

Kuusniemi: “Made In Russia is an epic rock documentary about folk metal superstars Korpiklaani and their 2016 Russian tour. The tour started in St Petersburg and took us through Siberia to Vladivostok on the coast of Sea of Japan and Back to Moscow. We played in 15 cities, traveled  19,000 km in planes, night trains and automobiles and all in just 18 days! Exotic Russia with big cities in Siberia, the tribes people of Khabarovsk, -30C temperatures, Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, plus the unique fans gave us an adventure of a lifetime.

I have been making films for a long time around the world but this Russian tour was the most stunning and world view altering experience I’ve had so far Some days you really felt as you had been taken back in time.

Not many bands have toured this extensively throughout Russia and the fans really showed their appreciation, enthusiasm, openness and unrivalled energy at every gig. This lifted the already great live performances of Korpiklaani to new levels.

For a seasoned documentary film maker this trip had totally new challenges, as we were constantly on the move. Using state of the art technology enabled me to film even while carrying my bags to catch the most interesting moments as they unfolded. The experience of a band on the road in an exotic country with the highs and lows, from fatigue to exhilarating moments are all captured on video. I also filmed all 15 live gigs. The audio was recorded on multitrack for a proper music experience.

All in all I have over 80 hours of footage from gigs, backstages, hotels, planes, trains, automobiles, Siberian cities, Russian people/fans, places we visited and interviews with the band.

The film was shot in Russia between 26th November and 12th December, and is now in post production. Depending on the success of the crowdfunding, the duration of the film will be a minimum of 1 hour. The more money we raise, the more live songs and extras will be added for the crowdfunders. 

At the moment there are no plans to release the Live In Russia documentary and music videos to general public. So, ONLY the crowdfunders will be receiving the film, live music videos and other exclusive extras.”

Post-production is being overseen by Kimmo Kuusniemi and his partner in film Eugene O’Connor.

Eugene O’Connor: “I have made several band documentaries and DVDs but this one I wish I would have been there with Kimmo and the band. The footage is very unique and interesting. You can see Korpiklaani at their best in the live shows and Kimmo has captured the essence of this unique band in this exciting road movie. I’m very excited to be working on this film.”

Check out the Indiegogo Crowdfunding site here. For additional information and updates go to andFacebook.

Kimmo Kuusniemi is a professional film maker and musician based in UK. He has made numerous films from music videos to International TV Series.
With his partner in film, Eugene O’Connor, together and separately they have worked with such names as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Madonna, Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kimmo’s band Sarcofagus was formed in 1978 and was the first Finnish heavy metal band. He also made probably the first broadcast quality album length music video “Moottorilinnut” in 1980.

In 2008, Kuusniemi made an international TV documentary Promised Land Of Heavy Metal about the Finnish metal scene as a co-production with Finnish Broadcasting company YLE. As he is known as the “Godfather of Finnish Metal” he had unlimited access to the Finnish metal scene, which also even helped him to get an interview with Madame President of Finland. The same complete trust gave him full access again during the filming of this Korpiklaani tour film as the band were fully aware of his past and knew they could trust him.

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The Metal Alliance Tour Announces 2017 Line Up

June 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Fear The Riff Expo the nation’s premier gathering of boutique effects pedals and guitar gear in NYC proudly presents the 2017 Metal Alliance Tour. The tour is celebrating its 7th year as one of the most anticipated metal tours in the Metal Community. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. We are very proud to announce New Jersey thrash metal legends OVERKILL, the undisputed titans of thrash metal as this year’s headliner.

Sharing the stage each night and crushing skulls on the Metal Alliance Tour will be New Orleans native doom/sludge band CROWBAR, Colorado thrash metal stalwarts HAVOK, technical thrash metal band BLACK FAST and INVIDIA featuring former members of SKINLAB.

The Metal Alliance Tour offers the fans upgrade VIP tickets that include meet & greet with bands, bottle of High River Sauces, Poster and a VIP Laminate. Tickets are available exclusively through ticket platform Soundrink.

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The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across the United States starting on September 9th. We hope to see you in the pit.

Date Venue City/State
9/8 The Forge Joliet/IL
9/10 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac/MI
9/11 Diesel Pittsburgh/PA
9/12 The German House Theater Rochester/NY
9/13 Irving Plaza New York/NY
9/14 The Canal Club Richmond/VA
9/16 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale/FL
9/17 The State Theater St. Petersburg/FL
9/18 Southport Hall New Orleans/LA
9/19 Come And Take It Live Austin/TX
9/20 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas/TX
9/22 Club Red Mesa/AZ
9/23 The Glass House Pomona/CA
9/24 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas/NV
9/25 The Grand @ The Complex Salt Lake City/UT

OVERKILL’s latest album, “The Grinding Wheel”, was released on February 10 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by OVERKILL and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS,).

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ALICE COOPER Releases Debut Single From New LP

June 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Last Thursday evening on his radio program, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” ALICE COOPER debuted the first single, “Paranoiac Personality” off the forthcoming album Paranormal. As previously announced, Paranormal features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the Alice Cooper band and also has guest appearances by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of Deep Purple. The album is out July 28 on earMUSIC and can be pre-ordered via Amazon and iTunes today. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country.

The guitar-driven “Paranoiac Personality” is a perfect entry point to Alice’s searing rock record. An album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. Paranormal was produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original Alice Cooper band, fans will receive a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper’s 2016 shows in Columbus, OH.

Alice Cooper’s North American tour also kicked off this week. He’ll join up with Deep Purple beginning in August. Highlights include The Greek in Los Angeles on August 13 and Jones Beach on August 26. Alice Cooper is on a world tour throughout 2017. Full North American tour dates below.

1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound of A

New studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:
11. Genuine American Girl
12. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School’s Out

Jun 09 ­­— Vetter Stone Amphitheater ­­— Mankato, MN
Jun 12 ­­— Paramount Theatre ­­— Denver, CO
Jun 13 ­­— Kingsbury Hall ­­— Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16 ­­— Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater ­­— Lincoln, CA
Jun 17 ­­— Cuthbert Amphitheatre ­­— Eugene, OR
Jun 18 ­­— Pepsi Summer Outdoor Concert Series ­­— Airway Heights, WA
Jun 20 ­­— Rabobank Theater ­­— Bakersfield, CA
Jun 21 ­­— Pechanga Theater ­­— Temecula, CA
Jun 22 ­­— AVA Amphitheater ­­— Tucson, AZ
Jun 24 ­­— KLAQ Streetfest ­­— El Paso, TX

Aug 12 ­­— Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan ­­— Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13 ­­— The Greek ­­— Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 ­­— AK Chin Pavilion ­­— Phoenix, AZ
Aug 16 ­­— Isletta Amphitheatre ­­— Albuquerque, NM
Aug 18 ­­— Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ­­— Houston, TX
Aug 19 ­­— Gexa Energy Pavilion ­­— Dallas, TX
Aug 21 ­­— Chastain Park Amphitheatre ­­— Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 ­­— Jiffy Lube Live ­­— Bristow, VA
Aug 24 ­­— BB&T Pavilion ­­— Camden, NJ
Aug 26 ­­— Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre ­­— Wantagh, NY
Aug 27 ­­— Xfinity Center ­­— Boston, MA
Aug 28 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center ­­— Holmdel, NJ
Aug 30 ­­— Klipsch Amphitheater ­­— Indianapolis, IN
Sept 01 ­­— KeyBank Pavilion ­­— Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 02 ­­— Molson Canadian Amphitheatre ­­— Toronto, ON
Sept 03 ­­— DTE Energy Music Theatre ­­— Detroit, MI
Sept 06 ­­— Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ­­— Chicago, IL
Sept 08 ­­— Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ­­— St. Louis, MO
Sept 09 ­­— Blossom Music Center ­­— Cleveland, OH
Sept 10 ­­— Riverbend Music Center ­­— Cincinnati, OH

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KREATOR Unleash Video For “Pleasure To Kill” To Celebrate NOISE-Era Reissues

June 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


“This video is a tribute to eighties slasher movie culture. We have kept this very simple and the idea is, to take you back on a trip to the eighties to celebrate the re-release of our first four albums. Enjoy!” – Mille Petrozza

Kreator’s second album ‘Pleasure To Kill’ is still revered as a benchmark album in thrash metal circles. Often uttered in the same breath as such masterpieces as ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Reign In Blood’, it firmly put German thrash on the map and has rippled out its influence over the past four decades to many thrash and death metal contemporaries.

Released on November 1st 1986 on the, then fledgling Noise records it never had a promo video made for it so the band would have to wait a couple of years before their debut video was shot in form of the track ‘Betrayer’.

Now, some 31 years later Kreator are proud to premiere this video for the title track of this seminal album. Working with classic 80’s era footage of the band in both the studio and live environment, with an added narrative full of sadistic intent – think ‘Stranger Things’ meets Wes Craven in a machete fight with Jason Vorhees! This video goes for the throat and leaves you in a pool of blood. Pleasure to kill!

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Interview with Malkavian

June 14th, 2017
by UK Team


Email Interview

May 2017

Interview by Sabrina Selkis

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