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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.
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German melodic metallers MOB RULES shot a video for the song "The Last Farewell" late last month in Wilhemshaven, Germany with director Ronald Mattes of Berlin's Team ROAX. Check out the clip at the band's MySpace page (scroll down).
"The Last Farewell" comes off the group's new album, "Ethnolution A.D.", due in Europe on October 23 (October 20 in Germany). More...
German melodic metallers MOB RULES have announced the following European tour dates in support of their upcoming album, "Ethnolution A.D.", due on October 23 in Europe (October 20 in Germany):
Oct. 20 - Wilhelmshaven, GER @ Pumpwerk (release party)
Oct. 30 - Bonn, GER @ Klangstation
Nov. 01 - Stuttgart, GER @ LKA Longhorn
Nov. 02 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Nov. 03 - Aschaffenburg, GER @ Colos-Saal
Nov. 05 - Regensburg, GER @ Alte Mäalzerei
Nov. 11 - Nordenham, GER @ Jahnhalle
Nov. 25 - Spaden, GER @ Tribute To Rock Festival
Dec. 08 - Hamburg, GER @ Headbangers Ballroom
Dec. 09 - Essen, GER @ (TBA)
German melodic metallers MOB RULES have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Ethnolution A.D.", due on October 23 in Europe (October 20 in Germany). Produced once again by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, SPOCK'S BEARD, OASIS), the CD marks the recording debut with the group of guitarist Sven Lüdke (ex-MURDER ONE) and bassist Markus Brinkmann. According to a press release, "next to typical MOB RULES characteristics, such as creative intros, gritty guitar riffs and driving rhythms, the new album also holds a few surprises in store. Such as the recording's centrepiece, the monumental four-part opus, 'Ethnolution', which is is certain to go down well with MOB RULES' large following. The offering alternates between progressive approaches that touch on QUEENSRŸCHE in terms of atmospheric density, almost thrashy guitar riffs and a raging finale that deserves the term 'anthem.' Never before have MOB RULES combined their whole diversity as convincingly in one single song, the haunting number's lyrics dealing with the ethnological development of the human race."
"Ethnolution A.D." track listing:
01. Ethnolution A.D.
b. Unholy War
c. Ashes to Ashes
d. Fuel to the Fire
05. Veil of Death
06. The Last Farewell
07. Day and a Lifetime
08. River of Pain
09. Ain't the One
10. New Horizon
11. With Sparrows
12. Better Morning
Check out the cover artwork at HeavyLaw.com.
German bashers MOB RULES have posted the following update at their official website:
We´re close to finish the recordings for our new album. We expect to be busy with the final mixing process for the whole of July. The recordings went very well so far but took some more time than we first thought. But we have to be 100 % satisfied with the result and this is something you can´t plan exactly.
Our record company SPV released the DVD-sampler Rock´s Cool on June, 16th. Mob Rules is featured with the video clip of 'Black Rain'. This compilation will be available for a special low price. Further information here.
Then we´ve got some new merchandise for you: from now on you can get a Mob Rules ring in different sizes and a very nice necklace with our Band symbol. This items are high quality and exclusively available at www.metalmailorder.com."
German melodic power metallers Mob Rules have posted this year-end wrap-up on their official website:
This year is approaching its end - exciting, thrilling, busy and successful but straining and frustrating in some moments. This is to wish you a merry Christmas and to all of yours and you have already got the flowery phrases of a happy New Year from everyone around. So we'd like to feed you with a short outline of Past - Present - Future:
Talking about a knotty year would partly meet the matter.
It was in May 2004, when our fourth album has been launched - "Among The Gods" - and attracted great acceptance with press and all of you. The following up release - show at the Pumpwerk in Wilhelmshaven was goose bumping in some parts to all of us and a special great night - Thanks a lot for that!
Summer was that time, when Oliver quitted as our lead guitar player. He had a tough choice - we all know that - and he tore a hole in both ways: as a great musician and a real friend!
Luckily Sven Lüdge fills his part right now. For he was with Murder One before, we knew he would suit the band not by just being a terrific guitar player but having a tremendous person with us.More...