Best of 2014

January 11th, 2015
by Metal Rules

Best of 2014

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2014. They also have to be new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for next year, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

The Top 30 Heavy Metal Albums of 2014

1. Accept – Blind Rage

Accept - Blind Rage

Accept – Blind Rage

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Accept

Accept

It’s no secret, Metal-Rules.com loves Accept. In 2010 we voted Accept’s comeback album, BLOOD OF THE NATIONS as the #1 album of the year. Then in 2012, the album STALINGRAD was voted to #3. Now in 2014, the third album since their comeback, BLIND RAGE, is voted to #1.

Accept’s Wolf Hoffmann commented on their placement: “This is fantastic news!  2014 has been an amazing year for Accept and this now comes as a nice surprise at the beginning of 2015! :-)  We could not be happier with the reception for ‘Blind Rage’ – it’s a huge honor to be voted Number One.  Thanks to Metal-Rules.com and of course a very special thanks to our fan community worldwide!!  I hope to see you again soon…

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The Great Old Ones are set to play London on March 21st!

March 3rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Londoners, be prepared to be crushed and drowned in a sea of mythological sounds at The Black Heart, as The Great Old Ones are crossing over to England’s haunted shores for a very special date in Londinium on Saturday, March 21st.

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Dust Bolt – Interview with Lenny Breuss

March 3rd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Dust Bolt – Interview with Lenny Breuss

Dust Bolt are a promising young band, who bring the spirit of thrash metal back into the scene. It’s not every day that one gets to say this about a bunch of newcomers, and it’s not every day that this seems to come true. Thrash has seen the arrival of bands who are not only overhyped but unimpressive both on CD and live.

In the case of Dust Bolt, however, this is mercifully not true. Watching them live was one of the many pleasures of the Obituary show in London this year, and sitting down to interview frontman Lenny Breuss (and friend Bene) beforehand was a good insight into the minds of these young’uns. Come see what the conversation was like, only here on Metal-Rules.com!

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Interview with Eastern Front

March 2nd, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Eastern Front

14th February, 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley

Eastern Front Photography by Iberian Black Arts

Eastern Front Photography by Iberian Black Arts

They tore up the Garage a couple of hours later, but before the carnage unfolded, we sat down with a more melancholic Eastern Front for a catch up.

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Interview with Mattias Lindeblad, author of Restaurant 2112

March 2nd, 2015
by J P

Interview with Mattias Lindeblad, author of Restaurant 2112

(Note all photos courtesy of Jonas Eklof) 

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Interview with Jeff Wagner author of Soul On Fire

March 2nd, 2015
by J P

COLOR - 13 - Peter with Skull2A - PHOTO CREDIT John Wadsworth-1Interview with Jeff Wagner
author of Soul On Fire: The Life And Music Of Peter Steele

by JP

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Interview with Grant Netzorg of In The company Of Serpents.

March 2nd, 2015
by J P

Recently, In the Company of Serpents from Denver have exploded onto the doom scene, and they seem to be seeing more success at every turn. From the release of a crushing new album on tape and rare vinyl only to a West Coast tour, exposure in multiple online and print publications, and a mention in Decibel due to their inclusion on the Decibel Magazine Tour, they seem to be riding a wave that will ultimately crest in their being solidified as one of the defining bands for 2015. Recently, Metal-Rules was lucky enough to catch up with Grant Netzorg, vocalist and guitarist of the group, to talk about success, heavy music, and the amplification process.

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JAGGED SURGE: ‘SOS’ Video released

March 2nd, 2015
by J P
 JAGGED SURGE: ‘SOS’ Video released
Heavy Metal band JAGGED SURGE, have released the video for an independent song titled SOS(SAVING OUR SOLDIERS)
The official video can be viewed at (below) http://youtu.be/YD0fvjo5BSo
According to the band,”SOS(Saving Our Soldiers) is an anthemic song, which pays tribute to soldiers and highlights the need for a country towards addressing the apathy of soldiers, once they are discharged from the battle lines.”
JAGGED SURGE hails from Bangalore, India and have been prominently performing in their country’s festival circuit .They describe their sound as armed with a unique stealth, infused by genres of Classic Hard Rock, Old School Metal and Modern Metal strains.
The band has stated that they are currently working on an EP, to be released later in the year.
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TRANSSIBERIAN BLITZ TOUR 2015 for VADER

February 28th, 2015
by EvilG

VADER2We are incredibly pleased to announce the upcoming Eastern tour of leading representatives of Polish metal scene – VADER!

This will be another trek that promotes the latest release of the band “Tibi Et Igni”, which was released worldwide by NUCLEAR BLAST – 5/30/15. The tour will take place in the second half of June 2015 and will cover mainly Russia and Belarus.

The last VADER’s invasion of these lands took place in 2012. Expect the songs from the new album in the set list, but you can be sure that band’s classics won’t be missed also!

Soon we will announce a detailed schedule with dates and cities that VADER is going to attack right before the festival season.

More information coming soon!

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Interview with publisher and artist, Mark Rudolph

February 28th, 2015
by J P

Interview with Mark Rudolph

by JP

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CONFRONTO – Felipe Chehuan

February 28th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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Brazil is home to many amazing bands, whether you are into death or thrash or punk or hardcore or power metal, a fan will always find something interesting coming from Brazil. One great example from this influential scene, is the band Confronto from Rio de Janeiro. Taking influences from different genres of heavy metal and adding hardcore to their sound, the band has been gathering fans worldwide for the past 15 years. Their latest album, ”Imortal”, was released in South America a bit over 1 year ago, and had legendaries guests like João Gordo [Ratos de Porão], Carlos Lopes [Dorsal Atlântica] and many others, and now in March the album is getting its’ European release, where the band will be coming in September for a tour to promote this terrific album. I sat down with the very friendly lead singer Felipe Chehuan to talk about the band’s history, the Brazilian scene, tours, their plans and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

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ACT OF DEFIANCE (feat. Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover) post teaser

February 27th, 2015
by EvilG
ACT OF DEFIANCE

ACT OF DEFIANCE

Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums). The duo are now excited to announce their worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for their new group ACT OF DEFIANCE, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass. They are currently recording their debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this summer. However, in the meantime, click of the link below for a sneak peek into a rough demo snippet of the track “Throwback.”

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Wolf interview with Simon Johansson

February 26th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Wolf interview with Guitarist Simon Johansson

@ The Underworld, Camden

February 2015 London
Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photos by Jo Blackened
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Wolf interview with Simon Johansson

Wolf – Simon Johansson by Jo Blackened

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Helloween – New album “My God-Given Right”

February 26th, 2015
by EvilG
Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

Hi to all the Pumpkinheads!!!

We proudly announce that 30 years after our first self-titled EP, our 15th studio album »My God-Given Right« will be released on May 29th!

Here you can pre-order it exclusively via Nuclear Blast:http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB

»My God-Given Right« was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.

Once more we feel graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) did an exceptional job, the artwork will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

Martin Häusler comments his recent creation:
“We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the ”classical HELLOWEEN“ elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title »My God-Given Right« and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster “Day After Tomorrow” and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11″ Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done ‘in one piece’, using a 3D program…we did not want one of those ‘cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version’, but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”

Andi states:
”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major ass!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible.
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”

Adds Michael:
”… this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi, I’m very happy about the new album.”

Our most recent studio effort, »Straight Out Of Hell« entered the official German album charts on a sensational #4.
Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 rankings as well as the US Billboard Top 100, »Straight Out Of Hell« is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.

Thanks for your support, we hope you´ll like the new record as much as we do!!!

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Obituary @ The Electric Ballroom, “Inked In Blood” tour; February 01, 2015

February 26th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Obituary, M-Pire of Evil, Dust Bolt

@ The Electric Ballroom, Camden

February 1st 2015

Review by Ann Sulaiman
Photography by Graham Hilling

Obituary

Obituary

After a date in Paris, Florida’s death metal legends Obituary made a stop at Camden, London for the UK date of their European tour. Seeing as how the show was switched over from The Underworld to the more spacious Electric Ballroom due to ticket sales, excitement was already in the air for the immense night of metal to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tsjuder @ The Garage, London

February 26th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Tsjuder, Eastern Front, Necro-Ritual, Premature Birth

@ The Garage, Highbury, London

February 14th 2015

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Graham Hilling
Videos by Jo Blackened

Tsjuder

Tsjuder

A highly awaited presence like Tsjunder comes rarely to the UK nowadays, so to see The Highbury Garage packed out by the black t-shirted mob is no surprise.

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