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Mob Rules

Formed: 1994
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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 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:

DVD
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

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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:

Therion
Sanctuary
Arcturus
Dream Evil
Labyrinth
Mob Rules
Eldritch
While Heaven Wept
Red Circuit
Voyager
Haken
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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Elvenking Announces Czech Shows

Italian power metal band Elvenking has issued the following update:

"2010 will be a great year for ELVENKING, with the new album on the way and a lot of live appearances on European (and maybe beyond stages). To start with, we announce two new live dates in Czech Republic with Vision Divine and Mob Rules:

March 12th, Prague - Music Hall Exit Chmelnice
March 13th, Brno - FAVAL music circus"

Drummer Zender comments, “We cannot wait to be back to Czech Republic! We love the fans over there and the promoters are wonderful guys!” More live dates to be announced soon.

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Mob Rules Issues Band Update

Mob Rules has issued the following recap of the year's activities and update about upcoming live shows:

"An eventful year 2009 is coming to an end now, but we won´t miss the opportunity to thank all our fans, friends, crew members and families for the outstanding support. The new album RADICAL PEACE is in stores since November 13th, accompanied by great reviews that we received. Magazines from all over Europe call it ‘a milestone of Melodic Metal’ and compare the 18-minute ‘The Oswald File’ to classics like Iron Maiden´s ‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’ and ‘Operation: Mindcriime’ (Queensr?che).

"Our next aim is to present the new songs on stage, as often as possible. The shows in Kerkrade, Wuppertal, Emden, Hamburg and the CD release show in Wilhelmshaven have been memorable evenings for us. Too bad that our planned tour with DIO did not hapen (Get well soon, Ronnie James!), but for January we can already announce that we will support Metal legend U.D.O. Other concerts are in planning status, but some already confirmed (see ‘tour dates’). Let´s see what 2010 also holds in store for us.

"Just a few weeks ago the legendary Bruce Dickinson (singer of Iron Maiden) played a song from RADICAL PEACE on his BBC radio show. Could it get any better? Well NO! Be sure that 2010 will bring some exciting events for Mob Rules. We are already working on it and will let you know details as sooon as they are confirmed (which might be around March). So far, so good we wish you a merry x-mas and a happy & healthy 2010! See you at the concerts!"

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Mob Rules Posts "The Oswald File" Video

Mob Rules has posted a music video online for the song "The Oswald File," which can be viewed below. The video is a special cut version of the song. The full 18 minute version of the track can be heard on Mob Rule's latest album "Radical Peace."

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Eternal Reign To Support Mob Rules

Germany's Eternal Reign have announced they will be supporting Mob Rules for their "Radical Peace" record release show. Samples of Eternal Reign's music can be found at their official MySpace page. The details of the show are as follows:

11/27 Pumpwerk, Wilhelmshaven - Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen

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