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Music Review: Primal Fear CD: Rulebreaker

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BY: TJ FOWLER

Available: January 22nd, 2016

Label:  Frontiers Music srl

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial

 

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I never have purchased, collected or followed Primal Fear.  I would hear songs and think…man these guys rock or hear Ralf Scheepers sings and think, ‘MAN! This dude has got some massive vocals!’  But…for some strange reason, I never went out and picked up any Primal Fear.  I know, I know, I should be stripped of my man card and turned into the president of the Justin Bieber fan club for such an offense against metal.  I have to say after listening to ‘Rulebreaker’ I should totally be sentenced to 25 to life and community service for my neglect.  I think ‘Rulebreaker’ will rehabilitate me. Continue reading Music Review: Primal Fear CD: Rulebreaker

PHOTOS: Helloween 2013; At Kuopio Rock Cock

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GAMMA RAY To Enter Studio Tomorrow

VIA: Bravewords.com

Legendary German power metallers GAMMA RAY have issued the following update:

“After a successful tour across Europe and Asia it is time now to finish what had been started with Master Of Confusion EP beginning of this year: the band will enter their studio tomorrow looking through and carrying together new material for the new album Empire Of The Undead which is supposed to be completed right before the band heads out for the south-american leg of the Hellish Rock II-Tour.” Continue reading GAMMA RAY To Enter Studio Tomorrow

HELLOWEEN Guitarist Michael Weikath – “The New Lineup Has It’s Advantages And The Old Classic One Had It’s Disadvantages”

Metal-Rules.com’s Marko Syrjala has posted a new interview conducted with HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath. The following is an excerpt from the interview:

Q: In your opinion, what is the classic lineup of Helloween?

A: “The classic lineup—that’s the one with Michael Kiske and Ingo (Schwichtenberg, drums) and (Kai) Hansen. That’s a time… that’s something that time passed by. Now we’re in the present and that’s what we do to make a good living and whatever. You know, the new lineup has its advantages and the old classic one had its disadvantages. Actually, it wasn’t an easy life. I mean, you hear the complaints about me and what kind of asshole and dictator I was or whatever… and the people who say that, they know themselves that it’s not true if they really reflect. They know what was going on back then and it’s actually just easy to put the blame just on me.”

Q: Yeah, but everybody has their own side of the story.

A: “It could have all been so cool if not for the fucking bikers around and it could have been so cool if I wouldn’t have been around because then I wouldn’t have had to have that entire struggle that was going on. For me what counts is that you have a great act that works and functions and is looked upon by the people as something important or great or something and that is indispensable. Because you can do so many bands which are not really necessary. Then you can go and say hmm or whatever.”

Q: Would I dare to ask that how is your relationship with Roland Grapow on these days?

A: “None.”

Read the full interview at this location.

Helloween recently announced a 10-date North American tour this fall. Tickets are on sale now at this location.

Confirmed dates include:

September
24 – New York, NY – Stage 48
25 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
26 – Quebec City, QC – Theater Imperial
28 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
29 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
30 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes

October
2 – Engelwood, CO – Gothic Theater
3 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
5 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
7 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove

Remaining Hellish Rock Part II dates include:

April
9 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage
10 – Langen, Germany – Neue Stadthalle
12 – Kaufbeuren, Germany – Allgäu Event Center
13 – Bochum, Germany – Ruhrcongress
14 – Mons, Belgium – PPM-Fest
16 – London, UK – HMV Forum
18 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
19 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
20 – Balingen, Germany – Volksbankmesse
21 – Schwandorf, Germany – Oberpfalzhalle

The Hellish Rock Part II tour hit the Fuzz Club in Athens, Greece on March 9th with GAMMA RAY in tow. Check out video footage of both bands jamming the Helloween classic ‘I Want Out’ below:

Legendary IRON MAIDEN Illustrator DEREK RIGGS Interviewed (Video)

The Rockin’ Rag‘s Rock’n Rolivia conducted an interview with legendary IRON MAIDEN illustrator Derek Riggs on March 16 at the grand opening of Rock Your Loxx hair salon in Oceanside, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Riggs is behind one of the most recognizable characters in all of heavy metal, IRON MAIDEN‘s mascot Eddie. He has created some of the most complex album covers of all time with precision and a painterly flair.

Riggs‘ art book “Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs”, was presented as a 180-page, full-color, large-format, top-quality art book, sporting approximately 200 graphics, some previously unpublished, some unfinished, many pristine originals from the IRON MAIDEN vaults, thanks to the full cooperation of MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood and his charges. In addition, Riggs painted a stunning new Eddie to grace the cover.

In a 2012 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Riggs was asked where the inspiration for IRON MAIDEN‘s “The Number Of The Beast” artwork came from.

“The manager phoned me up and said they wanted a picture for a single cover that was about the devil and witchcraft and was called ‘Purgatory’,” he said. “There was a Doctor Strange comic which had some big villian with Doctor Strange dangling on some strings like a puppet; it was something I read as a child back in the 1960s, I think. The picture came to mind right away. I thought I could do a very effective heaven-and-hell thing using Eddie. Most of those hell backgrounds were taken from my knowledge of medieval European Christian art which was full of such scenes.

“They phoned me up on the Friday night and they wanted the picture by Monday morning, so I only had two days to get the whole thing finished. So I had to work for two days and nights without any sleep to get it done on time. Because of the tight deadline, I had to use a kind of shorthand for all the figures. I had to get them in but I didn’t have time to paint them. So I drew layers of black silhouettes with a pen and separated them with layers of airbrushed mist to try to give the picture some depth. It was quite a fast way to do it so I managed to get quite a few in there. I even got an H.R. Giger Alien in there as well.”