Angus and Malcolm Young’s brother George Young dies

October 23rd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young, George Young, has passed away at the age of 70. AC/DC issued a statement in the official AC/DC Facebook site

 

 “It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.

As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man.

As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.”

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Michael Kiske’s health problems

October 22nd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Helloween issued a statement regarding Michael Kiske’s health problems :

“With regret we have to announce that Michael Kiske has voice problems, caused by our tiring travel schedule.
He gave his best during the first two shows in Mexico, but after consulting a doctor he was told his voice needs to rest.

We thought about cancelling tomorrow´s show in San Jose, Costa Rica, but HELLOWEEN and especially Michael don´t want to let the fans down. We know that many of you have anticipated this for a long time and made many sacrifices to attend our show!
Having this in mind, we decided to strip down the setlist so we can continue the tour.
Michael is eager to perform for the fans in San Jose, but unfortunately his participation will depend on tomorrows medical advice.

Thank you for your understanding!”

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Vinny Appice Discusses the Creation of Monstrous New CD, Sinister, with his brother Carmine and All-Star Musicians!

October 22nd, 2017
by Metal Rules

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Vinny Appice

Vinny Appice

For more than forty years, the two brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice have been among the most sought-after and renowned rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world’s greatest acts. Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with Vanilla Fudge, then Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Vinny has been an on an equally spectacular career, having worked with Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio, and Last in Line.

In 2014 the brothers put together a live CD featuring hits from Sabbath, Dio, Rod Stewart, and Ozzy called Drum Wars – Live! Now they have their first studio CD, Sinister, due out October 27th via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The CD also brings together some All-Star musicians who Carmine and Vinny collaborated with on this monstrous release.

I caught up with Vinny Appice to discuss Sinister, the work that went into creating it, and the status of the next Last in Line CD.

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CELTIC FROST: Former Bassist Martin E. Ain Dies Of Heart Attack Aged 50

October 22nd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Martin E. Ain, former bassist of Swiss extreme metal groups Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, died from a heart attack on October 21st, 2017 at the age of 50.

Frontman Tom G. Warrior (Thomas Gabriel Fischer) issued the following statement: “I am deeply affected by his passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982.”

Martin E. Ain was born Martin Eric Strickler on July 18th, 1967.

 

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Kataklysm + Graveworm @ O2 Academy Islington, London

October 22nd, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kataklysm + Graveworm

@ O2 Academy Islington

October 10, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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The cult metal band OZ releases a new album and video

October 21st, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The Finnish / Swedish metal cult band OZ has released a new album called “Transition State” via AFM and a new video called “Bone Crusher”. Check out below

“Transition State” is available as CD (3 bonus tracks) and as limited Vinyl editions (250 units in red, 250 in black).
https://shop.afm-records.de/oz/

 

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SONS OF APOLLO release video for LOST IN OBLIVION from PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY Album OUT TODAY

October 21st, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

SONS OF APOLLO–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—has just released the Vicente Cordero-directed video for “Lost In Oblivion” from their highly anticipated debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY. Watch now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG7hYazcfOw

Released today via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

“Psychotic Symphony” track listing:

01. God Of The Sun
02. Coming Home
03. Signs Of The Time
04. Labyrinth
05. Alive
06. Lost In Oblivion
07. Figaro/S Whore
08. Divine Addiction
09. Opus Maximus

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sons-of-apollo-feat-portnoy-sheehan-bumblefoot-soto-sherinian-lost-in-oblivion-video.html#53o48ohDP9Swgfyp.99

As Portnoy exclaims, “I can’t believe it’s finally here!!! The SONS OF APOLLO debut album is finally OUT TODAY! This album has a little bit of something for everybody…Classic Rock, Metal, Prog…it’s a musical feast for the ears! To prime everybody for the release, we’re excited to debut the video for ‘Lost In Oblivion.’ This song is full-on energy, excitement and shred! From that crazy double bass drum pattern that took me forever to perfect, to the insane bass and guitar unisons throughout the song, to Jeff’s always-hooky chorus…this song is another great example of what this band is about.”

“We can’t wait for everybody to finally have the full album this week and we look forward to hitting the road in 2018,” says Mike Portnoy, “playing all around the world all year long!”

 

 

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DECAPITATED MEMBERS OFFICIALLY CHARGED IN SPOKANE COUNTY WITH RAPE AND KIDNAPPING; BONDS SET AT $100,000

October 21st, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The Spokesman-Review recently reported that all four members of Polish death metal band Decapitated were formally charged recently with rape in Spokane County. The four had already been charged with kidnapping in the first degree. The rape charges vary between the four, from second degree for Rafal Piotrowski and Waclaw Kieltika, to third degree for Mikola LLysejko and Hubert Wiecek.

In a follow-up report, The Spokesman-Review report that, with the aid of a Polish translator, Judge John Cooney communicated the charges of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape to Piotrowski and first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape to Wiecek. Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko, the band’s bassist and drummer, had their first court appearance in Spokane on Oct. 13. Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.

All four men had their bonds set at $100,000. They also aren’t allowed to talk to each other while incarcerated and were forced to surrender their passports to their attorneys.

Attorney Jeffry Finer, who represents Piotrowski, said the men will be pursuing bail, but are waiting on documents from Poland to “impress the court,” which could take over a week.

“Among this group, there are a number of advanced degrees and zero criminal history,” Finer said.

The whole story and some pics 

NewsSource / Bravewords 

 

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Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2018 – FINAL PUBLIC SALE BEGINS; UPDATED LINEUP ANNOUNCED

October 21st, 2017
by EvilG
Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2018

Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2018

8TH EDITION (THE OCHO) OF THE HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL VOYAGE SAILS OUT OF MIAMI, FL FEBRUARY 11-16, 2018
SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE

LINE-UP FEATURES 35-PLUS PERFORMING ARTISTS INCLUDING:
TESLA, QUEENSRŸCHE, THUNDER, LITA FORD, WINGER,
BRITISH LION featuring STEVE HARRIS OF IRON MAIDEN,
LA GUNS, KIX, Y&T, LYNCH MOB, GREAT WHITE, BEASTO BLANCO,
DORO, PRETTY MAIDS, VIXEN AND MANY MORE
Plus SPECIAL GUEST, RICK ALLEN OF DEF LEPPARD

LIMITED CABINS AVAILABLE

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Satyricon releases new video

October 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

SATYRICON have released the official music video for the track “To Your Brethren In The Dark“. The song is taken from the band’s latest opus, “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”, released on September 22 via Napalm Records.

Satyr released the following statement regarding the video in the official Satyricon facebook

“I wanted ‘To your brethren in the dark’ to be a director’s interpretation of the song, rather than a band performance type of thing. Seeing what we do through the eyes of another artist is always interesting to me and just like the song, the video has become a little bit of a journey on it’s own. ‘To your brethren in the dark’ is definitely one of the flagship songs on the record. It is about emotion, our nature, the spirits, the autumn, the somber and rainy days, those who we lost and the ones who we have not met yet. You could say it is a tribute to the sorrow in man and to the drama of the nature we surround ourselves with. A song for the dark towers of the past and those who will rise in the future. Pass the torch to your brethren in the dark.

Satyr, 19/10/2017″

 

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ARCH ENEMY Live at the Circus, Helsinki

October 19th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

ARCH ENEMY

THE CIRCUS, HELSINKI

1.10 2017

REVIEV AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Arch Enemy has been a regular visitor in Finland during the last few years. The band has gone through several line-up changes but it seems that the group has done something right because Arch Enemy’s popularity has risen has steadily year after year. The band released its tenth studio album WILL TO POWER in September, and it reached respectable number 2 place on the official Finnish album list. So, it wasn’t surprising that the Circus show sold out a long time ago.

 

The opening act was a band called Jinjer, they come from Ukraine and have a female vocalist in the band. That’s about everything what I know about the band, and unfortunately, I missed their show completely because of my late arrival to the venue. At 10:30 PM, the AC/DC classic ‘Thunderstruck’ rang loud and clear over the PA, as the five members of Arch Enemy stepped onto the stage amidst huge cheers in the completely packed Circus. The band opened up with the first single off WILL TO POWER album, entitled “The World Is Yours”. The speedy, up-tempo song was a perfect opener, and it was followed by classic “Ravenous,” which incited a massive mosh pit in the audience.

Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz took over the crowd’s attention and made her presence felt. The mini-sized, striking hair colored and continuously headbanging frontwoman bounded and jumped across the stage like a hurricane. She was looking very comfortable and confident in her significant role within the band. She’s an excellent frontwoman and performer in every aspect, and she’s very entertaining to follow on stage.

The band’s set revolved heavily around the latest two albums without forgetting the classics from the Angela Gossow era. The newer songs such as “The World Is Yours,” ‘War Eternal,’ ‘As the Pages Burn’ “The Eagle Flies Alone” and ‘You Will Know My Name’ sounded modern melodic death metal at its best. But the older Gossow era songs ‘Ravenous’, ‘We Will Rise,’ ‘No Gods, No Masters’ and ‘Nemesis’ proved, that despite Arch Enemy has gone through numerous line-up changes, the band has always been able to create great metal anthems through their whole career.

Arch Enemy’s set closed with the band’s Johan Liiva era classic “Fields of Desolation.” The song was the only track performed from that period, and it was a good reminder how the band sounded in the beginning and how their style has changed over the years. Personally, I’m more a fan of the current direction, but I’m sure that there are a lot of Arch Enemy fans who prefer the early stuff. However, the important thing is that Alissa sounded just amazing, no matter which era songs she was doing. She’s now more than filling the boots of her predecessor.

The whole band sounded flawless, a well-oiled touring machine. The trade-off guitar solos between Michael Amott and the latest addition, former Nevermore guitarist, Jeff Loomis were outstanding, precise and non-stop, enhanced by a slick light show and lots of hair-whipping. The longstanding rhythm section of bassist Sharlee De’ Angelo and drummer Daniel Erlandsson played perfectly together, and they kept the machine rolling through the entire performance. The song material is overall really strong and also the stage setup looked visually great. There are no weak links in this band. There is no denying how good and tight live band Arch Enemy are. They’re probably one of the best metal bands out there now, if not the best if you ask me.

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THANKS FOR ARNE JAMELLE FROM CENTURY MEDIA FOR THE PHOTOPASS !!!

THE SET LIST

The World Is Yours
Ravenous
Stolen Life
War Eternal
My Apocalypse
Blood in the Water
You Will Know My Name
The Race
The Eagle Flies Alone
As the Pages Burn
Burning Angel
No Gods, No Masters
Dead Bury Their Dead
We Will Rise
Avalanche
Snow Bound
Nemesis
Fields of Desolation

 

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PESTILENCE to release new album

October 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

In March 2018 Dutch Death Metal legends Pestilence

In March 2018 Dutch Death Metal legends Pestilence (official) will release their new album “Hadeon”. Futuristic cover artwork presented to the Metal community!

Following up the re-issues of the classic Roadrunner albums on deluxe 2-CD and high quality LP, Pestilence is preparing for worldwide domination in 2018.

Aside from intensive touring around the globe the main focus will be on the 8th studio-album since they started in 1986. “Hadeon” is an all out Death Metal attack, in 13 tracks, combining Pestilence’s old school roots, their progressive trade-mark and a killer production, which will appeal to both old and new fans.

The fitting album artwork is created by Santiago Francisco Jaramillo from Triple Seis Design (Lock Up, Dying Fetus, Inquisition). The concept is based on a multi-layered reality, alien presence and negative frequencies.

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MORBID ANGEL – EUROPEAN TOUR CANCELLED

October 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

World Management and Morbid Angel have announced the cancellation of the band’s November / December dates in Europe due to continued problems with the US State Department and passport issues.

Says the band: “We apologize to our promoters and fans and hope to be able to solve this in 2018.”

 

Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained

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Eddie Van Halen Launches New Online Store; Apparel, Guitar Accessories and More

October 19th, 2017
by EvilG

After many years Eddie Van Halen has an entirely new merchandise store via Killer Merch. This new partnership not only includes new merchandise items, but for the first time EVH’s guitar accessories, as well as licensed products. The site will continue to grow with additional apparel, art, accessories and everything EVH, making it a true home for Eddie Van Halen fans and guitar aficionados.

The aforementioned store is now live at www.eddievanhalenstore.com

EVH store

EVH store

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DragonForce + Power Quest @ Electric Ballroom, London

October 19th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

DragonForce + Power Quest

@ Electric Ballroom, London

October 13, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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