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Mob Rules

Formed: 1994
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active


Founded by Klaus Dirks (vocals), Matthias Mineur (guitar), Thorsten Plorin (bass) and Arved Mannott (drums) in 1994, German power metallers Mob Rules produced their first demo in 1996, following a number of successful gigs with new addition Oliver Fuhlhage (guitar), and were immediately offered a recording contract. March 1999 saw the arrival of their debut album, "Savage Land," before the band, accompanied by keyboarder Sascha Onnen, embarked on their first tour with label mates Ivory Tower. In summer 2000, they gave their fans a preview of their second album release, "Temple Of Two Suns," out in autumn of that year. After a number of individual gigs (with Symphony X and Doro, among others), the group toured Europe with Company Of Snakes in spring 2001 and were subsequently invited to headline the NTS festival in Paris. Following the single release "Lord Of Madness," which had been put out for their tour with Savatage, "Hollowed Be Thy Name" arrived at the stores in autumn 2002. Then came appearances at the Wacken Open Air 2002, the Europe-wide Wacken Road Show (with Lordi, Amon Amarth & Onkel Tom) in spring 2003 and a German tour alongside Helloween and Rage.

Latest Mob Rules News

Below is our complete Mob Rules news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Mob Rules Releases "Timekeeper" Trailer Clip

German melodic metal act Mob Rules celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the upcoming new release "Timekeeper" on October 10th (Germany), October 13th (EU) and October 28th (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer Records. As a precursor, the band issued a trailer clip for the boxset, which consists of two CDs, a single and a live DVD.

The full track list is:


1. Temple Fanfare
2. Pilot of Earth
3. Black Rain
4. Cannibal Nation
5. Astral Hand
6. Close My Eyes
7. Dead Man's Face
8. Among The Gods
9. In The Land Of Wind And Rain
10. Hollowed Be Thy Name
11. Last Farewell
12. Ice And Fire
13. Lord Of Madness (Live)
14. With Sparrows Rain Song (Live) More...

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Mob Rules Posts "Celebration Day" Snippet

While Mob Rules is currently taking a deep breath before preparing for anniversary shows, the work on the 20th anniversary boxed set "Timekeeper" (due out October 28th in North America) was completed a few days ago.

Now the musicians are revealing bit by bit exciting details about the box. "Following an elaborate production, which was done in real team work, the result makes us both happy and proud," comments keyboardist Jan Christian Halfbrodt. "Over the last twenty years, Mob Rules have accumulated lots of material and of course lots of ideas which we wanted to integrate into this boxed anniversary set, so at the end of the day it has turned into a 4-disc package including DVD. As a fan item, we feel it's an absolute must!"

The band has already given away that a number of renowned guests have contributed to "Timekeeper," among them Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.), Amanda Somerville & Sascha Paeth (both Avantasia), Peavy Wagner (Rage), Michael Ehré (Gamma Ray), Herman Frank (Accept) and Bernhard Weiß. The result of the band's successful cooperation with the Axxis frontman can now be heard on a pre-release snippet, available below.

"With his musical biography, Bernhard is one of our role models, and we're really excited about his vocal contribution on 'Celebration Day,'" Halfbrodt explains. More...

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Mob Rules Details "Timekeeper" Anniversary Boxset

While Northern German melodic metal band Mob Rules is currently applying the finishing touches to the boxed anniversary set "Timekeeper" - set for release on October 10th (Germany), October 13th (EU) and October 28th (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer Records - the musicians have revealed initial details about this special package which consists of two CDs, a single and a live DVD.

CD 1 has Mob Rules presenting the 15 most important songs from the previous eight releases, among them classics such as 'Black Rain', 'Hollowed Be Thy Name', 'Astral Hand', 'Rain Song' (Live) and 'Cannibal Nation'.

CD 2 is the fulfillment of the band members' longstanding dream: "We've always wanted to invite guests to the studio who have been important to us and our development and who have become friends," explains drummer Nikolas Fritz, referring to a long list of renowned musicians who have contributed to Timekeeper, among them Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.), Bernhard Weiß & Marco Wriedt (both Axxis), Amanda Somerville & Sascha Paeth (both Avantasia), Peavy Wagner (Rage), Michael Ehré (Gamma Ray), Herman Frank (Accept), Corvin Bahn (Uli Jon Roth, Saxon), Herbie Langhans (Sinbreed, Seventh Avenue), Stefan Lill (Vanden Plas) Chitral Somapala (ex-Firewind, Red Circuit) and Peter Knorn (Victory). These artists can be heard on newly recorded Mob Rules classics, the cover versions 'Lights Out' (UFO) and 'Run With The Wolf' (Rainbow) as well as two brand-new songs which Mob Rules composed exclusively for Timekeeper. "This boxed set reflects the band's past, present and future," comments Nikolas Fritz.

Timekeeper is rounded off by a DVD featuring recordings from the 2011 Mob Rules performance at the Prog Power US festival in Atlanta/USA plus extensive bonus material. Nikolas Fritz: "Our fans kept asking about those film recordings, that's why we have now had the material cut and its sound mixed. A great souvenir, also for ourselves." More...

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Mob Rules Returns To Steamhammer/SPV

Northern Germany's Mob Rules is back with Steamhammer/SPV - as the band celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the group signed a new deal and is returning to the record company which already released and distributed five of it's previous studio albums.

"For us it's a great pleasure to have signed with Steamhammer," comments the band. "We're looking forward to the collaboration with Olly Hahn and his team, who supported us in both word and deed in the years between 1999 and 2008 and whose expertise we greatly value."

Steamhammer's product manager Hahn is happy to return this compliment: "Mob Rules have been among the most significant and impressive German melodic metal acts. We're proud to have them back on our roster."

Mob Rules is set to launch the first result of this renewed worldwide cooperation, the 20th anniversary boxed set "Timekeeper," on October 13th, 2014 (Germany: October 10th, US/Canada: October 28th). More...

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Mob Rules Posts New Lyric Video

Mob Rules has a new lyric video out now for "Scream For The Sun," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"Get ready for 2014, the year of Mob Rules 20th anniversary! We start the year with a new clip about reaching your dreams!

"It is the song 'Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)' taken from the album 'Cannibal Nation,' and tells the story of Sir Edmund Hillary and his journey to become the first man on Mount Everest! Enjoy the clip and enjoy the new year!" More...

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Mob Rules Posts "Cannibal Nation" Tour Teaser

Mob Rules will be heading out on the "Cannibal Nation Headliner Tour 2013" at the end of the month. A teaser trailer can be found below, and dates are as follows:

24.04.13 Pratteln (Galery)
25.04.13 Mannheim (7er Club)
26.04.13 Nürnberg (Rockfabrik)
27.04.13 Bochum (Matrix)
17.05.13 Oldenburg (Cadillac)
18.05.13 Hamburg (Bambi Galore)
19.05.13 Berlin (K17) More...

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Mob Rules Posts New Music Video For "Lost"

German melodic metal act Mob Rules posted a new music video for the new track "Lost." The song appears on the band's new album "Cannibal Nation," available now from AFM Records. The band also recently released a new music video for the track "Fire & Ice," which can be seen over at this location.

Check out "Lost" here:

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Mob Rules Streaming New Track "Close My Eyes"

German melodic metal act Mob Rules is streaming the first track "Close My Eyes" from the new album "Cannibal Nation" over at Metal Hammer Germany at this location. The band will stream one track per day through Metal Hammer Germany until the release date on October 19, 2012 through AFM Records.

The band also recently released a new music video for the track "Fire & Ice," which can be seen over at this location.

The track list for "Cannibal Nation" is as follows:

1. Close My Eyes
2. Lost
3. Tele Box Fool
4. Ice & Fire
5. Soldiers of Fortune
6. The Sirens
7. Scream for the Sun (May 29th 1953)
8. Cannibal Nation
9. Sunrise

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Mob Rules Premieres New Music Video

German power/progressive act Mob Rules premiered its new music video for the song "Fire & Ice" over at noisecreep.com at this location (also can be viewed below). The song will appear on the band's forthcoming seventh studio effort entitled "Cannibal Nation," which is due for release on October 19, 2012 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "Cannibal Nation" is as follows:

1. Close My Eyes
2. Lost
3. Tele Box Fool
4. Ice & Fire
5. Soldiers of Fortune
6. The Sirens
7. Scream for the Sun (May 29th 1953)
8. Cannibal Nation
9. Sunrise

Check out "Ice & Fire" here: More...

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Mob Rules Films New Video

German melodic metallers Mob Rules are preparing for the release of their new single and video clip "Ice & Fire," to preceed the upcoming seventh studio album, "Cannibal Nation." The band comments:

"The clip was filmed with Ronald Matthes (Roax Film), who also did numerous Metal DVD and clip productions, like Avantasia, Pretty Maids, Iced Earth a.m.m. We decided to use 'Ice & Fire,' an atmospheric track, for the video and the clip will very much reflect a special mood. That's why we were filming outside, on a huge green field. But this bucolic ambience will not really be in the focus in the end. You will see soon..."

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Close My Eyes
02. Lost
03. Tele Box Fool
04. Ice And Fire
05. Soldiers Of Fortune
06. The Sirens
07. Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)
08. Cannibal Nation
09. Sunrise More...

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Mob Rules Reveals "Cannibal Nation" Artwork

On October 19th "Cannibal Nation," the seventh studio album of German melodic metallers Mob Rules, will be released. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is:

01. Close My Eyes
02. Lost
03. Tele Box Fool
04. Ice And Fire
05. Soldiers Of Fortune
06. The Sirens
07. Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)
08. Cannibal Nation
09. Sunrise

The following press release was also issued about the album: "Cannibal Nation is a varied, hook-oriented and energetic record. By building their own studio, a whole lot of new possibilities opened to the band. So the ´Dwelling Mound` studio of guitarist Sven Lüdke became the place for MOB RULES to compose their new material. The result: every song on Cannibal Nation appears sophisticated and right on point.

"From the prog metal-influenced opening track´Close My Eyes` to the following´Lost` with its strong hookline, the first single´Ice & Fire` (inspired by the story of the abducted Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt), which features atmospheric orchestral parts by Michael´Miro` Rodenberg (a.o. Avantasia), to´Scream For The Sun` (lyrically dealing with the first ascent of Mount Everest) and the album's final song´Sunrise`, every tracks was arranged with passion and reason. With´Tele Box Fool` also a song whose lyrics critisize today's dull TV/media culture, can be found on the album." More...

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Mob Rules Reveals New Album Title

The German melodic metallers Mob Rules will release their new and seventh studio album later this fall. Now, with the band close to finishihng the mixing and mastering, the album title has been officially unveiled as "Cannibal Nation."

According to a press release the album will feature a title track lyrically dealing with the Central African Republic's Jean-Bédel Bokassa. Further details on the upcoming release, and follow-up to "Radical Peace" (reviewed here), will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Mob Rules Enters Studio To Record Seventh LP

German power/progressive band Mob Rules has entered the studio to record the band's seventh LP and follow up to the 2009 release "Radical Peace."

In a post on Facebook, the band stated:

A great place to make a new CD! Good news: Last weekend the drumsession started and the first tunes of our new album are recorded! Right now Nikolas is sitting in this place again and recording the next Mob Rules songs!

The band recently announced the final show dates for the "Radical Peace" tour, dubbed "The Last Peaceful Days" as follows:

May 16, 2012 - Bremen, DE - Meisenfrei (w/Sons Of Seasons)
May 18, 2012 - Weiher, DE - Live Music Hall (w/Red Circuit & Liquid Horizon)
May 19, 2012 - Bochem, DE - Matrix (w/Layment)
June 6, 2012 - DE - Break the Ground Festival
July 7, 2012 - DE - Monster Metal Festival
July 20, 2012 - DE - Metal Splash Festival More...

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Mob Rules Posts "Inofficial" Video For New Year

German power metal band Mob Rules posted an "inofficial" video clip for the song "The Glance of Flame" as a Happy New Year gift to fans. The song appears on the band's latest LP "Radical Peace" which was released in 2009 through AFM Records.

In the accompanying year end message, the band promises an album in 2012, which they are currently writing. The full message reads:

"Mob Rules wishes a rocking 2012 and likes to say a big „thank you" to all of our friends and fans for the great support in 2011 and all the years before. The last year was a very special for us! We played a lot of gigs, including our show at the Prog Power USA XII in Atlanta, which was a very special experience for us! We also started the songwriting for our new album, which is going to be released in 2012! The recordings will begin soon, so prepare yourself for the next big thing coming during the year! To start the new year properly, we took a song from our last release "Radical Peace" and recorded a clip for you. This is not an official video, but should bring you into the right mood for a rocking 2012 with Mob Rules!"

Check out the video clip here:

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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ProgPower USA XII: Day One

Friday began early in the day for the ProgPower crowd when US-based Creation’s End took the stage at around 2:40. Italian Guitarist Marco Sfogli got the crowd warmed up with some serious movement on his fretboard. Rhythm guitarist Rudy Albert and bassist Joe Black pulled on their best game faces for the early crowd. Vocalist Mike DiMeo had a nice stage presence and belted it out there. The set was a bit short, but as an opener, it had to be. Nevertheless, the band opened the day well without a hitch.

After the band wrapped its set, the reunited US band Sanctuary, featuring Warrell Dane and Jim Sheppard from Nevermore, was immediately in the lobby for a signing. Unfortunately, the band schedule and the signing schedule (both published in the very cool ProgPower program book given to attendees) did not see eye to eye. The bands reached a half-hour to forty-five minutes behind schedule throughout the day, so the signing sessions often took place during a band’s set. This made for tough decisions like: “Do I stay through the end of Voyager’s set or do I go get Ihsahn’s autograph?”

Darkwater had taken the stage shortly after. The Swedish group was well-received and performed their variety of progressive melodic metal to a crowd that obviously appreciated, judging by their reaction to Evergrey the night before. The band had an aesthetic that begged to be watched closely as the purple lights fell on them for certain songs. Just after, I met with Red Circuit’s keyboardist, Marcus Teske, for an interview in the adjacent club, Vinyl. For the ProgPower show, Vinyl was converted into a merchandise room with everything a progressive fan could want. I was to go broke a few hours later because of this. More...

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Mob Rules Splits With Keyboadist

Mob Rules has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with keyboardist Sascha Onnen and lining up new shows for 2011:

"After we traveled a lot this year to present you our new album 'Radical Peace' at live shows, we turned back to our rehearsal room and start working on our next record. We had a great time on the road with you and thank all fans a lot for the outnumbered backup.

"Some concerts for 2011 are confirmed already; amongst others the ‘Prog Power’-Festival at Atlanta, USA, where we will play at September 2011. That means Mob Rules is after San Francisco 2007 for the second time back in America! Further shows will follow; planning runs on maximum.

"At the end of the year our longtime keyboarder Sascha Onnen left the band to have more time for his family life and his new born child. We wish Sascha and his young family all luck and thank him for the great years together. At the time we work with his replacement Jan Christian Halfbrodt to include him. He will be presently introduced to you. Till then: Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and we will see you on our concerts in 2011!"

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More Bands Announces For ProgPower 2011

Italy's Eldritch has announced an appearance at the 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta. The festival is set to take place from September 14th - 17th, 2011, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Dream Evil
Mob Rules
While Heaven Wept
Red Circuit
Creation's End

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Mob Rule To Perform At Winternachtstraum Festival

Germany's Mob Rules have announced they will be performing at the Winternachtstraum Festival on February 19th, 2010 in Arnsberg Oeventro. Other bands confirmed to appear at the festival include Unleashed, Tyr, Dark Age, Sacred Steel, Highland Glory, Thunderbolt, and Jack Slater. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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