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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 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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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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Mob Rules Streaming New Song Online

Mob Rules are currently streaming a new song online titled "Trial By Fire," which is off their upcoming album "Radical Peace." The song can be heard at the band's official MySpace page. "Radical Peace" is currently set for a November 13th release date.

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Mob Rules To Support Dio

Germany's Mob Rules have announced they will be supporting Ronnie James Dio on the following three tour dates in December:

12/16/2009 Bremen, Germany Aladin
12/18/2009 Nürnberg, Germany Lowenssal
12/19/2009 Reichenbach, Germany H20

The complete list of upcoming Mob Rules tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mob Rules Posts "Astral Hand" Music Video

German metallers Mob Rules have posted a music video online for the song "Astral Hand." The video clip can be viewed below. "Astral Hand" is taken from the new album "Radical Peace," which will be released on November 13th. More...

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Mob Rules Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

German metallers Mob Rules have revealed the cover artwork of their new album "Radical Peace," which can be viewed at this location. "Radical Peace" will be released on November 13th.

The track list for the album will be as follows:

1. Children Of The Flames
2. Trial By Fire
3. Warchild
4. Astral Hand
The Oswald File (Ethnolution II: A Matter Of Unnecessary Doubt)
5. Chapter I (Prologue)
6. Chapter II (Desperate Son)
7. Chapter III (11.30 a.m.)
8. Chapter IV (Unnecessary Doubt?)
9. Chapter V (A Dead Man..s Face)
10. Chapter VI (Did You Reach The Sun?)
11. Waiting For The Sun
12. The Glance Of Fame

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Mob Rules Announces Internet Radio Appearance

Germany's Mob Rules have announced that they will be making an appearance on Radio Jade on Thursday, October 8th. The interview will be streaming at this location. Vocalist Klaus Dirks and bassist Markus Brinkmann will be discussing the band's upcoming album "Radical Peace," which is currently set for a November 13th release date.

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Mob Rules Streaming New Song Online

Mob Rules has issued the following update about streaming the title track from their upcoming EP "Astral Hand" on their MySpace page:

"Hello all,

"The first new song is online now! We will release the EP 'Astral Hand' on October 9th, followed by the new album, 'radical Peace', on November 13th. Stay tuned for further news!"

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Mob Rules To Appear On "All For Metal II" Set

Mob Rules has issued the following statement about their video clip for the song "Astral Hand" appearing on an upcoming compilation CD/DVD set:

"Our brand new video clip 'Astral Hand' will be featured on the 'ALL FOR METAL II' compilation, to be released on October 9th (also the release date of our 'Astral Hand' EP). 'All For Metal II' is a DVD+CD compilation which will be sold for a special low price (suggested retail price is 9,99 euro)."

The track listing for "All For Metal II" will be as follows: More...

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Mob Rules Reveals New EP Cover Artwork

Mob Rules has revealed the cover artwork for their new EP "Astral Hand," which can be viewed here. Mob Rules also issued the following statement about the EP:

"We are happy to present you cover and tracklist of our new EP 'Astral Hand' (release on October 9th):

Astral Hand
Astral Hand (Radio Edit) *
Astral Hand (Instrumental) *
Man On The Run *
Hold On 2009 (Unplugged Version) *

"* this songs are exclusive bonus tracks which will not appear on our new album 'Radical Peace' (out on November 13th). 'Man On The Run' is an unreleased track from the 'Among The Gods' session."

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Mob Rules Announces New Album Release Date

Germany's Mob Rules have announced that they have signed to AFM records for the release of their new album "Radical Peace." The album is currently set for a November 13th release date.

Mob Rules will be hosting an album release party for "Radical Peace" on November 27th at the Pumpwerk club in Wilhelmshaven.

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Mob Rules Announces 15th Anniversary Show

Germany's Mob Rules has issued the following announcement about a 15th anniversary show:

"Right in time for their 15th anniversary Mob Rules will release their 6th studio album 'Radical Peace'. There are at least 2 good reasons to celebrate with the Wilhelmshaven-based band on their 15th anniversary show November 27th 2009, at Wilhelmshaven..s 'Pumpwerk' club”).

"The band around siger Klaus Dirks is not only the most successful Melodic Metal band of Germany..s North/West area, but after tours and concerts in USA, England, Spain, France, Sweden, Holland and Belgium they are recognized to be one of Europe..s best live bands.

"The new album 'Radical Peace' will prove that even after one and a half decades the band..s creative evolution hasn..t come to an end yet. Mob Rules display dynamic and power here like never before. Therefore the show at 'Pumpwerk' will be a very special event for all fans of the band. Expect a lot of surprises (rumors that former and current members of Mob Rules will share the stage this evening came up some weeks ago), a good mix of brand new material, their most important and popular songs but also songs that the band had not played for many years... More...

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