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MAYHEM

The moment I was informed by the people from Season Of Mist that the tour for the promotion of "Ordo Ad Chao" would take place in the absence of a tour manager, I envisioned my chances of doing an interview with Mayhem's axeman Blasphemer slowly fading away.

With a stroke of luck only to be found in the movies, I managed to find myself in the backstage area of the Islington Academy where, on the evening of the 21st of February 2008, I conducted what can be described one of my most pleasurable interviews to date.

With disarming honesty, the main composer of Mayhem described the experience that led to the creation of Mayhem's last opus, his unique musical relationship with vocalist/legend Attila Csihar and explained why none of you should be really surprised if you were to see...Bugs Bunny on stage during a Mayhem show!


PRIMORDIAL

Doing an interview with Primordial's frontman Alan 'Nemtheanga' Avarill was something that I had been looking forward to for quite a while now.

Following the release of the band's sixth studio album "To The Nameless Dead" and their live appearance at the London Underworld, I managed to catch up once again with the Irish bard, and though the interview was interrupted by several colourful interruptions by various people availing themselves of the venue's backstage area,

I believe that I have managed to get Alan to share some important thoughts with regards to the band's latest effort, their general aims and also to share with him a few observations of my own.


Agent Steel

AGENT STEEL

Those of you who know how the music industry works are quite aware that things never go according to plan when interviews are concerned - still, I have to admit that the six month period that I spent anxiously waiting for an interview with Agent Steel will be almost certainly considered for the ultimate delay prize.

Well, even though some of my questions may now sound somewhat out of date to you, this interview is still important in the sense that it provides a clear insight into the lives of one of the most cult Thrash/Speed Metal outfits of the 80s and also enables you to learn more about the band's latest effort "Alienigma".


To-Mera

TO-MERA

If you like Progressive Metal and you live in London, chances are that you have seen the Oxfordshire-based outfit To-Mera at least once in a live environment. Well, these young looking but much experienced talented musicians are currently celebrating the release of their second full-length album "Delusions" and axeman Tom MacLean was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding this new release, the band's general approach and attitude towards music and their plans for the future.


Gamma Ray

GAMMA RAY

When you realise that you have been assigned to interview a musician whose contribution to Heavy Metal is simply impossible to describe in plain words, and the given time to complete this difficult 'mission' is more or less ten minutes, it is almost certain that you will find yourself in a complete state of panic and confusion.


Helloween

HELLOWEEN There were a few people that I spoke to in the past who claimed that Michael Weikath, guitarist and founding member of the legendary German Power/Heavy Metal outfit Helloween, can be a very moody person when interviewed, yet the person I ended up speaking with for more than twenty minutes was one ofthe most pleasant and wittiest musicians that I've ever met.


Deadsoul Tribe

DEADSOUL TRIBE

Interviewing Devon Graves, frontman and leader of the unique atmospheric outfit Deadsoul Tribe, is one of the most intimidating experiences that any music journalist can ever expect to undertake.

That's not because he is a difficult person to talk to - on the very contrary: Devon has so many interesting things to talk about, indulging in topics such as Music, Religion and life in general that it's easy to loose track of what is being said and of any sense of control over where you want the interview to end up!

For the benefit of our readers, seeing as this is a unique opportunity to understand a few things about this great artist, my colleague Emily Dgebuadze and I decided to provide you with the full script of the interview that took place at the Backstage area of Colos Saal (Aschaffenburg/Germany) on the evening of the 6th of December 2007. Enjoy!

 


Marduk

MARDUK

It is very easy to feel intimidated when you stand in front of the gigantic-looking Morgan Hakansson, guitarist and founding member of the Swedish Black Metal outfit Marduk, but one thing that you are soon to discover is that he is one of the friendliest and most outspoken artists you can ever expect to meet these days.

With a behaviour both warm and disarming, Morgan spoke about his band's latest effort 5:12, explained the process based on which Marduk's music is created nowadays and gave an insight into his band's heavy touring schedule that's to come in the next few months.

 


Novembre

NOVEMBRE

I really enjoy interviewing musicians who are passionate about their music and that is the exact impression I got while talking to Carmelo Orlando - frontman and guitarist of the Rome-based Progressive/Doom Metal quartet Novembre. With a justifiably growing confidence that's attributed to the release of his band's latest breathtaking effort 'The Blue', Carmelo was eager to give an explanation of the process based on which this album came to life, Novembre's common musical roots with other atmospheric outfits such as Anathema and Katatonia and finally provide an explanation behind naming one of the best compositions of the album 'Triesteitaliana'.

 


Fates Warning

FATES WARNING

Attending a Fates Warning gig has been anything but an easy task in the recent past, with getting there involving taking a train or a plane. With a that in mind, you understand how happy I was when I realised that, this time round, it would only take a twenty minute drive to reach the London Underworld - the venue where the US Progressive Metal Wizards were to give their first gig on English soil in years. Prior to attending that amazing show, I managed to get the band's frontman Ray Alder to tell me a few things about the latest re-issue of "No Exit", the band's plans for the future and express his frustration for the maltreatment of his personal project Engine.

 


Amon Amarth

AMON AMARTH

Amon Amarth are definitely amongst the hardest working bands in the metal scene.

It was less than six months ago that I last saw them live in the UK supporting Fintroll and today they will once again open for another band, namely Dimmu Borgir. In the relatively comfortable surroundings of the band's tour bus, located in the parking area of the London Forum, and with the sounds of Olavi Mikkonen's guitar filling the air, I spoke with the band's gentle giant and frontman Johan Hegg about their upcoming US tour, the unprecedented success of their triple DVD "Wrath Of The Norsemen" and their plans for the future.

 


Destruction

DESTRUCTION

When I wrote my review for the last Destruction release Thrash Anthems I knew that I should soon expect some reaction from the band and when the opportunity to do an interview with the band's frontman Schmier appeared, the tall German took complete advantage of it, as you will read below. Anyway, everybody is entitled to their opinion I guess, so what you should really be bothered with is to check out what the latest news are from the Destruction camp and also what you should expect to hear from Schmier's cult project Headhunter in the near future.

 


Symphony X

SYMPHONY X

Things do not always go according to plan when interviews with bands are involved, so I had to wait until eleven o'clock on the night of the 13th of October in order to conduct this interview with Russell Allen - frontman of the US Prog Metallers Symphony X.

Having enjoyed the approval of a predominantly Dream Theater audience a few hours ago, Russell was more than happy to talk about the band's latest studio release "Paradise Lost", its' connection with John Milton's epic poem and its relevance to some of the singer's personal experiences, as well as his willingness to invest a large amount of money in the band's stage performances, providing that someone would be willing to invest, in turn, in the band.

 


Sodom

SODOM

I was looking forward to attending the second Metal Cruise festival for many good reasons. Apart from meeting up with some really good friends from Germany and a few litres of good quality beer, as well as some amazingly tasty food, I would finally be given the opportunity to interview one of my childhood musical heroes - Sodom's frontman Tom Angelripper. In the noisy backstage' area of the now legendary M/S Drachenfels, I spoke with the friendly frontman about the band's latest release 'The Final Sign Of Evil', the band's current plans and the possibility of seeing the explosive Thrash Metal package that is Sodom, Kreator and Destruction on British shores.

 


Sacred Reich

SACRED REICH

The only one time that I managed to see Sacred Reich live in Athens was back in 1991, during the promotional tour for the 'American Way' album, and seeing as that specific gig was not performed under the best of circumstances, I always felt that I deserved another opportunity to see the Arizona-based quartet again.

That opportunity was presented to me on the 29th of July 2007, when I was one of the lucky few to see the band performing some of their most classic songs at the London Scala. Hours prior to the show, I met up with the band’s frontman Phil Reid who gave me a sound reason as to why this four-date tour is not going to see Sacred Reich re-entering the music scene.

 


Darkthrone

DARKTHRONE

Being a devoted Darkthrone fan was not the only reason why I was looking forward to conducting this interview with the band’s skinsman Fenriz. Two months prior to the release of the band’s latest album, a four track EP entitled “New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal” has manage to create such a stir that some important questions needed to be asked.

In between listening to some of his favorite tracks and angrily expressing his contempt towards the representatives of today’s modern music scene, the founding member of Darkthrone found the opportunity to explain how “F.O.A.D” came to life and also to promote some of his favorite bands.

 


UDO

UDO

When the legendary German outfit Accept decided to split up back in 1987, many people, myself included, felt that a great chapter in the history of Teutonic Metal was finally closed.

Well, it looks like vocalist UDO Dirkschneider had other plans in stall for us, having since created a number of successful albums under his moniker, the latest of which is a modern-sounding heavy metal release that goes by the name 'Mastercutor'. After a very pleasant chat which included subjects such as beer, schnitzel and the current borders of Germany, the friendly frontman revealed to us the secret recipe behind 'Mastercutor', his plans for the future and the prospect of witnessing another Accept reunion.

 


ScornGrain

Hearing ScornGrain's latest release "0.05%" was my first experience of the band and it is an album that, for me, is more memorable than many others because it is slightly outlandish. Anything out of the ordinary sparks my curiosity so I demanded some answers to my burning questions from vocalist B.B.Enema.

 


Grave Digger

Grave Digger

Some of the most enjoyable experiences in my life have happened by accident. On the early afternoon of the 21st of January I headed towards the London Mean Fiddler knowing that I would be interviewing a member of Therion, but when I saw Chris Boltendahl (vocals) enjoying a drink in the foyer of the venue, I realised that this would be one of the few opportunities for me to Interview Grave Digger's frontman on English soil.

Friendly and in good spirit, Chris talked about the band's latest release 'Liberty Or Death', their experiences touring with Therion and their plans for the future.

 


Deicide

Deicide

When it comes to Death Metal legends Deicide, problems are always part of the general equation. This band has survived bomb threats from Christian Organisations, police arrests and changes in their original line up, and as drummer Steve Asheim told me in the dining area of the London ULU, not even the absence of frontman Glenn Benton is capable of stopping the Deicide machine from spewing its lethal melodies to the unsuspected listener. Well, I was indeed really looking forward to talk to Glenn that evening, but Steve's friendly manner and general attitude made it all worth while.

 


Therion

Therion

When I realised that my original telephone interview with Johan Niemann, Therion's bass player was inaudible, I was totally devastated! I knew that I had to find another way to ensure that "Gothic Kabbalah", the band's latest effort, was presented through our website, and the opportunity occurred on the 21st of January.

On the ridiculously small backstage area of the London Mean Fiddler, I met with the band's mainman Christofer Johnsson, who proved once again not only to be a very friendly and down to earth artist, but also a man with a clear musical vision.

 


Cruachan

Cruachan

It is not really difficult for me to explain the reasons that led me to conduct this interview with Keith Fay, axeman and vocalist of the Irish Folk Metal outfit Cruachan. Apart from being one of the friendliest and most down to earth musicians that I have ever met, Keith is also the main composer behind The Morrigan's Call” – one of the band's best efforts to date. If you are interested to find out the extent of the problems that some bands have to go through in order to simply release their work, then read this interview.

 


Shade Empire

I had a few questions for melodic dark/black metallers Shade Empire about their latest release Intoxicate O.S. and about their band experiences in general, and their plans for the future.

 


Deathbound

Deathbound recently re-released their excellent debut album "To Cure The Sane With Insanity", so vocalist Kai Jaakkola had some questions to answer regarding the re-release, as well as the new album due out soon and their plans to tour.

 


Reverend Bizarre

Saddening though it is to hear that a favourite band is splitting up, I've always thought it better that a band split than continue to the detriment of their creativity and - in some cases - sanity.

So yes I was disappointed to hear that Reverend Bizarre's career would shortly be coming to an end, but there are already the stirrings of a baby phoenix or two in the embers (not quite ashes, not quite yet) as the band members are beginning to work on new projects. I contacted guitarist Peter Vicar to find out more...

 


Isole

Isole

I will always remember Doom Shall Rise 2005 with fondness, and among the many great bands I discovered that weekend were Isole (formerly named Forlorn) whose career I’ve been following ever since, so I was delighted to get the chance to review this year’s release, 'Throne Of Void' and I wanted to ask the band a few questions about how they enjoyed making the album and what the future holds for Isole.

 


Twelve Tribes

To paraphrase Robert Burns in his poem "To A Mouse", "the best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry". So I pitched up outside the Astoria ready to interview Twelve Tribes but it was not to be that night - troubles with their tour bus had delayed them on their journey into London. The band did, fortunately, manage to make it in time not to disappoint their fans. I managed to contact guitarist Andrew Corpus at a later date to give me some answers to my questions.

 


Wastefall

Wastefall

Wastefall released their third album 'Self Exile' earlier this year. I asked guitarist and vocalist Alex Katsiyannis lots of questions in order to find out a bit more about his background, what the music scene is like in Greece, and how he keeps positive when things go wrong, how they come up with their ideas and what Wastefall have planned for the future.

 


Zero Hour

Zero Hour

Guitarist Jasun Tipton is a man of many talents, featuring in Zero Hour, Death Machine and also his self-titled side project - as well as making instructional DVDs - so he had plenty to tell me when I asked him about Zero Hour's latest release, "Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond", as well as his other projects.

 


Amon Amarth

My friend and Get Ready To Rock! colleague Emily D last got the opportunity to speak to Amon Amarth drummer Fredrik Andersson shortly after the release of 'Fate Of Norns', and they're one of my favourite bands so I found it was especially interesting to do a follow-up interview with guitarist Olavi Mikkonen about the slightly new direction the band is going in with their stonkingly-good latest release, 'With Oden On Our Side', and their recent touring experiences.

 


White Skull

Having first recorded a demo tape in 1991 which got both public and press buzzing, 15 years later the Italian power metallers White Skull are back with their seventh studio album, 'The Ring Of The Ancients'. I spoke with Tony 'Mad' Fontò, guitarist and one of the founding members of the band, about why he is so pleased with this latest effort and their plans for touring.

 


Vicious Rumors

Long-standing metal warriors Vicious Rumors have just released their first album since 'Sadistic Symphony' in 2001. I was delighted to get the chance to speak with Geoff Thorpe not only about the past, but what brought the band to where they are at present and their future plans, including recording the latest album 'Warball', the worldwide tours and further plans for touring in 2007.

 


Circle II Circle

Circle II Circle

Interview with Zak Stevens.

 


Jon Oliva

Jon Oliva has never been someone that shies away from the issues of the day so I was honoured to get the chance to interrogate him about the fascinating subjects raised in 'Maniacal Renderings', the new album from Jon Oliva's Pain, as well as discussing his experiences with Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 


Abandoned

Having heard "Thrash Notes" earlier this year, I wanted to ask Abandoned a few questions about where life is taking them. Kalli took some time out to give me some answers and tell me a few things about their past, present and future, including their plans to release a new album in spring 2007.

 


Battlewitch

Battlewitch

It's always good to meet fellow music enthusiasts, especially when those people go beyond the call of duty to boost the underground music scene, as well as being in a damn fine band.

I caught up with rising stars Mazz (vocals) and Kev (drums) of the mighty Battlewitch to mull a few things over.

 


Hammerfall

Hammerfall

I managed to spend a few moments on the telephone with Oscar (lead guitar) when he recently did a promotional tour of Hammerfall's new album, 'Threshold'. Other than discussing the making of the album, I gave him the chance to defend Hammerfall against the nay-sayers, as well as asking him about his experiences as a long-standing musician.

 


Mothertrucker

Mothertrucker

After having heard Mothertrucker's excellent mini-album, "Electric Blacksmith", I wanted to find out a bit more about the band, so I managed to track down James from Mothertrucker to answer my interrogation.

 


Necrophobic

Necrophobic

It always seems much easier doing research on a band whose music you enjoy, so I was pleased to be asked to come up with some questions for Necrophobic to answer after I'd had the pleasure of reviewing their latest album, "Hrimthursum".

After some digging I found some interesting background details and views, and asked Sebastian (lead guitar) to explain a few things in more detail.

 


Raising Fear

Raising Fear have just released their excellent new album 'Avalon', a complex concept piece, and the band's Yorick opens up about the set.

 


Crypt Magazine

Crypt Magazine

For those unfamiliar with Crypt Magazine, it is (as the name suggests) an underground magazine which is not available in high street newsagents. Since Crypt was never intended as a weekly or monthly, it encompasses more in-depth interviews than the average periodical.

Terrorizer is a UK-based monthly magazine about extreme music. I turned the tables on it's creator, Dayal Patterson, and asked him for an 'insider view' on music in general and how his experiences within the music industry as a freelance photographer and journalist, and writing for Crypt and Terrorizer have shaped his opinions. See below for details of Dayal's distribution and his photographic portfolio.

 


Arnocorps

Arnocorps

After the release of their debut album 'The Greatest Band Of All Time' earlier in the year, and a gruelling tour in the Unites States of America, Arnocorps flew over to this side of the pond to begin touring the UK.

I was curious to find out more about this madcap band, so I hot-footed it down to the Dublin Castle in London where they kindly gave me a few moments to chat with them before their gig.

 


Armored Saint

Armored Saint

I was really taken by surprise when I found out that Armored Saint were to give a performance at the London Underworld.

Having not released an album for the last five years, this gig raised not only hopes for a most-desired comeback, but also my curiosity. An hour after the show was over, I found myself doing an interview with the band’s bassist Joey Vera, who had quite a few interesting things to say!

 


Ram

RAM

RAM have been around since 1999 and have been impressing the crowds at venues throughout Europe, particularly at the metal festivals Keep It True and Headbangers Open Air. After the initial splash caused by their EP, “Sudden Impact” in 2003, RAM are back with a blistering debut album, “Forced Entry”.

RAM are all about uncompromising Heavy Metal and I caught up with vocalist Oscar Carlquist to find out the whys and wherefores of RAM's philosophy towards music and their plans for the future.

 


Neaera

Neaera

Passionate, hard-working, lucky - it looks like all three adjectives are more than fitting in order to describe the German outfit Neaera, according to the band's axeman Stefan Keller.

Even though his band had only just returned from their most recent European tour, supporting Caliban, the friendly guitarist did manage to find enough time to answer my questions regarding the band's second album "Let The Tempest Come", their tendency to stay away from trends and their plans for the future.

 


Apiary

Apiary

Although the mysteriously-named Apiary have just released their debut album, 'Lost In Focus', they were actually formed in early 2005 and the bandmates have been working together for years.

Having just come off an intensive 29-date tour in the United States of America, Peter Layman (guitarist) took some time out of his hectic schedule to explain a few things about the band’s outlook and his own, including how it feels to be releasing their debut album, the practical side of being in a band, playing live, and what comes next for Apiary.

 


Cataract

Cataract

Are the words high energy, groove, heaviness and brutality important in terms of defining the music that you like? If that is the case, you should perhaps consider checking out 'Kingdom', the second full-length release from Swiss metalcore outfit Cataract.

Guitarist Simon Fuellemann sounded quite happy and confident about his band’s new album, and spoke about their time at Antfarm Studios, their experience of working with Tue Madsen, and gave us a few insights as to what can happen to a band while on tour!

 


Kingsize Blues

Kingsize Blues

I believe that it was Ian 'Lemmy' Kilminster who once said that Rock n'Roll demands sacrifices, and one band who really lives and breathes according to this rule is the London-based outfit Kingsize Blues.

Having only recently released their four track E.P 'Live Fast and Die' via Anticulture Records, these five Londoners seem ready to take on the world, and Tori Lucion (drums) and Tom Hannessy (vocals) were happy enough to confirm my suspicion.

 


Blood Island Raiders

Blood Island Raiders

It is unlikely that Heavy Metal fans living in London haven't at least heard of Blood Island Raiders. With an impressive list of live gigs under their belt, supporting such bands as Cathedral, Electric Wizard and Mastodon most of the London crowd will have seen them play their energetic live set. BIR are all about the metal, and I caught up with the surprisingly modest (considering his achievements to date!) Reverend Al (guitarist) to find out what exactly is going on in Raiderland. It turns out that they are recording an album as we speak to follow up on their previous work, with the possibility of a tour in the offing for you lucky, lucky people!

 


Koroded

Koroded

With the German five-piece’s latest album, 'To Have And To Unhold' due to be released in late March/early April followed by a 31-date European tour, it seemed wise to ask Koroded’s vocalist Jan Röder a few questions whilst he still has a moment to himself. He took the time to tell me about his good and bad experiences of being in a band, his musical and lyrical influences and his love of music generally.

 


Ektomorf

Ektomorf

One word that definitely describes Farkas Zoltan (Guitars / vocals), frontman of the Hungarian metal outfit Ektomorf is passionate. A few minutes after having finished their set, opening for Children Of Bodom, I met the friendly musician at the backstage rooms of the London Astoria.

With the excitement of an eighteen year old, he explained how Ektomorf managed to overcome all the difficulties in the beginning of their career, his satisfaction with the success of the band's latest release 'Live and Raw', and a few tips about the band's upcoming studio release “Outcast”.

 


Bal Sagoth

Bal Sagoth

I still hadn't quite managed to recover from the shock of listening to an album of the unique nature of "The Chthonic Chronicles", when I realised that I was given the opportunity to interview Byron, Bal Sagoth’s frontman. Now, I was quite convinced that a person who had the ability to create his own fantasy world through his lyrics, would have many interesting things to say, and this interview proves how right I was. Welcome to another dimension!

 


Bal Sagoth

Rage

Twenty years in the music business may seem like a lifetime to most of us 'mortals', but it seems that for Peter 'Peavey' Wagner, frontman of the Teutonic metal outfit Rage, it is only the beginning. Days before the release of his band's latest studio effort 'Speak Of The Dead', the German Scull Hunter spent thirty minutes of his precious time answering my questions about the musical direction of this new album, the band's touring plans, as well as sharing some of his band members unusual experiences and hobbies.

 


Darkthrone

Darkthrone

I must admit that I was originally a little bit worried about how this interview with Fenriz would finally go, seeing as he was often described to me by fellow journalists as a difficult character.

Now as I sit back, reading through this text, I realise that the skinsman of Darkthrone is not a difficult character at all, but simply a man who is not willing to compromise his artistic integrity.

 


Undertow

Undertow

I must admit that I was originally a little bit worried about how this interview with Fenriz would finally go, seeing as he was often described to me by fellow journalists as a difficult character.

Now as I sit back, reading through this text, I realise that the skinsman of Darkthrone is not a difficult character at all, but simply a man who is not willing to compromise his artistic integrity.

 


Hellfueled

Hellfueled

Swedish rockers, Hellfueled, recently released their second album, 'Born II Rock'. Despite the cliched title, it is one of the year's most surprising good releases. I recently had a chance to catch up with Hellfueled's six string slingers, Jocke, who was more than happy to let us in on one of Sweden's best kept secrets, until now!

 


Hurtlocker

Hurtlocker

Hurtlocker have been around for quite a few years now. Finally they have laid down a brutal, ferocious slab of traditional death metal, with some modern leanings.

I recently caught up with vocalist, Grant Belcher and guitarist, Tim Moe, to get the low-down from Chicago's finest death metallers.

 


Bolt Thrower

Bolt Thrower

When you have a band like Bolt Thrower releasing an album such as "Those Once Loyal", the least you can do is to commit yourself to do an interview. Well, after plenty of effort and a huge delay that was due to the fact that British Deathsters started the first leg of their European tour earlier than anyone had expected, I managed to get Barry 'Baz' Thomson (Rhythm/Lead guitar) to answer some of my questions. Well, it looks that, for a music journalist, I was treated with leniency after all!

 


Edguy

Edguy

It sounds quite extraordinary, but it looks like even a successful band such as the German outfit Edguy feel the need to experiment with their music. Their latest release “Rocket Ride” is soon to be released, and the band's friendly and quite amusing frontman Tobias Sammet is here to explain the band's latest approach to music, his plans for the future, as well as how a rejection from the opposite sex can become an artistic inspiration.

 


Angel Blake

Angel Blake

It's been two years since the Swedish Death Metal outfit The Crown decided to call it a day, but some wounds have still not properly healed in the souls of their devoted fans. One of the few people who is capable of speeding up this process is guitarist Marko Tervonen, who continues serving the world of metal under the moniker of Angel Blake. How similar are Angel Blake to The Crown, and what is the friendly Swede's musical intentions? Well, read this interview and you will find the answers you are looking for.

 


Pain of Salvation

Pain of Salvation

Speaking to a the mastermind behind a band that produces excellent music, such as Pain of Salvation, is always a pleasure, but it is always so much more rewarding when the person you meet is also interesting, sociable and has a good sense of humour. The following is the result of a very enjoyable interview with Daniel Gildenlow, Pain of Salvation's charismatic front man.

 


Machinemade God

Machinemade God

It seems that it has become a common practice between music journalists to label as metalcore every outfit that tends to bring to their music elements from both the hardcore and metal music genres.

Now, this may satisfy the promotional needs of some bands, but it certainly doesn't seem to please Flow Velten, the frontman of the German outfit Machinemade God.

In the interview that follows, the friendly vocalist presents us with his beliefs regarding the name of the band, religion in general, and his band's wish to perform the material of their latest album ““The Infinity Complex”, at the four corners of the earth.

 


Torture Killer

Torture Killer

Having recently added in their ranks the legendary frontman Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under / ex-Cannibal Corpse) and with their mind really focused on creating some skull crushing US-sounding Death Metal, the Finnish mid-tempo wizards Torture Killer are about to release their menace on the world through their second full-length album “Swarm”.

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Jari Laine, during which, the friendly guitarist explained how it feels to play in the same band with a living legend, and why we should never give up on our dreams!

 


Amorphis

Amorphis

When you have to cope with the departure of your long-term frontman (Pasi Koskinen), and witness the almost nonexistent promotion of your previous album release ('Far From The Sun'), then you are left with two options – either to call it a day, or release one of the best albums of your entire career.

I am really happy to say that the Finnish atmospheric sextet Amorphis have chosen the second option, which lead to the birth of the amazing ''Eclipse''. In a short but quite meaningful manner, founding member Tomi Koivusaari talks about all those great things that are happening for the band nowadays, and explains how Amorphis managed to bring together the 'old' with the 'new'.

 


3

3

When I first got introduced to Wake Pig, I came to the conclusion that this very unusual but quite challenging album was a product of a group of people that are well aware of both their capabilities and intentions.

Well, this interview with Joey Eppard, the band's frontman, was indeed all the proof that I needed in order to support such arguments. If you appreciate bands that are not afraid to sacrifice any chance of temporary success in the altar of artistic expression, then continue to read these lines.

 


Centvrion

Centvrion

German metallers Centvrion have recently released their 4th album; ‘Invulnerable'.

A modern fresh slab of Teutonic melodic power metal, which should see the band step up to the next level. We recently got a chance to find out some more about the band and what's happening inside their world. I had the pleasure of chatting with guitarist, Luciano Monti, who offered some insights into recent Centvrion happenings.

 


Callenish Circle

Callenish Circle

Up until a year ago, my relationship with Patrick Savelkoul, vocalist and founding member of Callenish Circle, was strictly professional. The release of the band's 5th studio album "Pitch Black Effects", though, allowed me to become better acquainted with the frontman's artistic side, and brought this relationship to a whole new level. Patrick was very generous in answering my questions, and more than eager to prove that there are some Dutch extreme metal bands that are not afraid to experiment with their music.

 


Bronx Casket Co

The Bronx Casket Co

You are probably familiar with the image of him waving his long ponytail and releasing his vengeful bass guitar tunes on unsuspecting audiences throughout the world.

When he is not touring with Speed/Thrash Metal legends Overkill, though, Carlo (also known as DD) Verni spends his limited free time working on the Goth Metal project The Bronx Casket Co, who have only just released their 3rd studio effort "Hellectric". We all have a dark side that we need to explore!

 


Criminal

Criminal

Some people say that “Fortune favours the daring”. I have to admit that I was always supportive of this idea, and today I am presenting you with the perfect example: that of Anton Reisenegger – frontman of the Chilean-formed outfit Criminal. After a few ups and downs, that only strengthened the band's will and determination, Criminal have released their latest opus “Sicario”. If you like traditional Thrash/Death with a slightly modern “touch”, then this is an interview for you.

 


Paths Of Possession

Paths Of Possession

When it comes to explaining the purpose and musical vision of Paths of Possession, founding member Randy Butman (bass) is more than capable of providing the right answers - ones that will make us understand why this US outfit deserves our full attention.

If the question is whether this quintet, with the well-known frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) in their ranks, is capable of producing enough noise to satisfy the fans of extreme metal, the answer lies in the twelve compositions that compose their second full-length album "Promises in Blood".

 


Construcdead

Construcdead

If any past attempt to invest in the music of Construcdead left you with the impression that they are just another Soilwork-influenced outfit, then you probably haven't yet listened to their latest full-length release “The Grand Machinery”. Pure Metal offered it's hospitality to guitarist Rickard Dahlberg, who explained how the recent changes in the band's outfit helped them release one of their heaviest albums to date.

 


Desaster

Desaster

For most Metal bands, the Underground scene is the first step towards higher recognition and better CD sales. For the German extreme metal outfit Desaster, though, it seems that it is more like their natural environment. Taking advantage of the wonders of modern technology (e-mail), I managed to get the band's drummer Tormentor to talk about the band's latest “lesson in violence” that's entitled “Angelwhore”, his impressions from the “Days of Darkness” festival, as well as his thoughts for the future.

 


Napalm Death

Napalm Death

It is almost impossible for any interview not to turn into a political conversation when the main speaker is Mark “Barney” Greenway – frontman of the legendary outfit Napalm Death. Apart from analysing the current political situation, we also managed to say a few things about the band's latest release “The Code is Red…Long Live the Code”, remembered a not so pleasant incident with the Russian band Korroziya Mettala and to talk about his active role in a musicians union.

 


Shadow Gallery

Shadow Gallery

How is it possible for a musician of Mark Zonder's (drums, ex-Fates Warning) status to participate in the recordings of an album without even knowing about it? Well, that was the least interesting thing that Gary Wehrkamp and I discussed a few days ago. Rushing back from work, and having avoided a couple of road accidents on my way home, I managed to be back in time in order to hear Gary talk about the recording process of Shadow Gallery's latest release “Room V”, their current plans, as well as his pending fatherhood!

 


Leaves Eyes

Leaves Eyes

I don't think that many fellow-journalists believed that Liv Kristine would continue to have a successful career after her departure from Theatre of Tragedy, but both her solo efforts as well as her work with Leave's Eyes has proved beyond any doubt that the charming Norwegian vocalist is doing equally well on her own. Following the birth of her son Leon Alexander, Liv has also another good reason to be happy, and that is the release of the second Leave's 'yes album "Vinland Saga". If you can appreciate some traditional Viking stories, accompanied by flutes, oboes and Liv's beautiful voice, then I think that you really have to read this interview.

 


Gorerotted

Gorerotted

It is true that quite a lot people, and most importantly Metal fans, are not that open to receiving new ideas. That's why Wilson, the bassist of the UK-based outfit Gorerotted, decided to put things straight about the band's direction and future plans music-wise in this interview.

 


Nevermore

Nevermore

Well, it finally became true. After years listening to the music of Sanctuary and having been a fan of Nevermore from the very beginning, I managed to meet both Jeff Loomis (guitars) and Warrel Dane (vocals) on the Century Media offices in central London. There, sitting on a very comfortable couch, we talked about the band's sixth full-length release “This Godless Endeavor”, their participation in the Gigantour with Megadeth in the States, Jim Sheppard's near death experience as well as the current situation in the States regarding drugs-related TV ads.

 


Norther

Norther

If you are one of those people who has given up hope ever since one of the founding fathers of extreme Metal passed away, there is a new wave of bands out there that are picking up the gauntlet and carrying on the tradition with a true northern sound. Hailing from Finland, Norther are one of those bands…

 


James Labrie

James Labrie

After having a “one on one” with Jordan Rudess earlier this year, I found myself interviewing another member of the Dream Theater family – vocalist James LaBrie. A couple of hours before he was to storm the stage of the London Mean Fiddler, I had a friendly talk with James about his new solo album “Elements of Persuasion”, his upcoming tour with Dream Theater as well as why he is supporting the idea of banning smoking in public places!

 


Meshuggah

Meshuggah

Music journalists of the world, beware! Swedish noisemakers Meshuggah are back with a vengeance, and a forty seven-minute musical piece entitled “Catch Thirty Three”.

In a central London hotel, guitarist Marten Hagstrom looked very relaxed and more than willing to explain the idea behind the band's new album, why the members of his band look like idiots when they go on stage, as well as his constant struggle to understand what the term “Math Metal” is supposed to mean!

 


Falconer

Falconer

Having experienced a live performance from Falconer a few years ago, and being totally aware of the true nature of their music, I would expect that an interview with the band's guitarist Stefan Weinerhall would have been quite light-hearted and relaxed. It seems, though, that all the recent changes in the band's line up, as well as the anticipation of the release of the band's latest full-length album "Grime Vs.Grandeur" are too important to him in order to be taken lightly. Being very precise in his responses, Stefan explained what we should expect from this new album and what the band's plans for the future are.

 


Jacobs Dream

Jacobs Dream

The last four years have been quite difficult for the American Power Metal outfit Jacobs Dream, but it seems that their need of satisfying their artistic calling and their quite numerous fans was stronger than any wish to give up. Two years after its original release date, 'Drama of the Ages' is ready to go on sale and James Evans (bass guitar) is here to explain the reason for this delay and explain a few things about the band's third full-length release.

 


Brainstorm

Brainstorm

Brainstorm is one of those bands that will definitely stick in your memory, especially if you're given the opportunity to see them live. Having really enjoyed their live performance at last year's Wacken festival, and with their new album 'Liquid Monster' ready to be released, I arranged a telephone interview with the band's guitarist Torsten 'Todde' Ihlenfeld. Torsten spoke to me about the band's future plans, their autumn UK mini tour with Saxon as well as his opinion about the new Judas Priest album.

 


Born From Pain

Born From Pain

Fancy learning about a band that has recently unleashed its latest release on the hardcore metal scene? Well, if that catches your eye and appeals to your ear, let me tell you that Born From Pain hail from the land where tulips grow in abundance. Yes, they also have a red light district!.. I interviewed Ché, their frontman, whose enthusiastic answers should put this band's positive attitude in context for you.

 


Candlemass

Candlemass

It is really amazing how some people simply refuse to grow old. I was a fifteen year old boy when I first met Messiah Marcolin, the singer of the Epic/Doom Metal act Candlemass, moments after a phenomenal gig at the Athenian Rodon club. Fifteen years later, the Swedish frontman was still as approachable and pleasant, and also exactly as I remembered him to be, but also willing to have a long conversation regarding the release of the new Candlemass album, his days in Memento Mori as well as his appreciation for the Greek Metal crowd and my country's tasty food.

 


Communic

Communic

It may not be that often that you get to see a Power Metal band from Norway, but when it happens, it's normally something really worth waiting for. Having been around for the last two years, Communic has been described by quite a few people as Norway's answer to Nevermore. That sounds like a compliment to me, but let's see what one of the founding members of the band, guitarist/vocalist Oddleif Stensland, has to say about that.

 


Powerwolf

Powerwolf

If you are ever given the opportunity to talk to Matthew Greywolf, guitarist and founding member of the German Heavy Metal outfit Greywolf, you will probably realise what it was the that 'scouts' of Metal Blade saw in the band when they decided to offer them a contract. Powerwolf have only just about released their debut album 'Return in Bloodred', and I was more than happy to spend thirty minutes, trying to ask their axeman all the right questions.

 


My Dying Bride

My Dying Bride

The lengthy conversation that I had with Aaron Stainthorpe, singer of the British Metal outfit My Dying Bride was a once in a lifetime experience. I had a whole hour at my disposal, enough to ask Aaron about the band's latest release 'Songs of Darkness, Worlds of Light', the significant number of upcoming new releases as well as to get some useful insight into how the music industry really works.

 


Fates Warning

Fates Warning

Have you heard of the old saying 'If Muhammad won't go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Muhammad'? That saying is quite relevant in this case since both I and my fellow journalist Emily had to travel to the Netherlands in order to see Fates Warning headlining the second day of the Headway Festival.

Even though he looked completely exhausted from the preparations for this gig and having just finished with the band's sound check, Ray Alder was quite happy to answer the questions I had to ask in the few minutes he could spare...

Bleed The Sky

Bleed The Sky

Most new bands out there have difficulty determining what they want out of their music or the music industry. However, this was not the impression I received from Bleed the Sky, when I asked Noah, the band's vocalist, to tell me about the release of their debut album, ‘Paradigm in Entropy'. He showed me the face of a self-aware and down-to-earth collective, which knows what it wants to achieve and how it intends to accomplish this.

 


Crionics

Crionics

By taking the decision to name themselves after a classic Slayer composition, Polish Black Metalers Crionics have managed to confuse a few people out there, but also to generate a lot of interest for their band. With the new release of Armageddon's Evolution, the band's second studio album, I have managed to arrange an interview with the band's leading member Waran. The friendly Pole was quite generous in his responses to my questions and proved once and for all that extreme Metal musicians have many really interesting things to say.

 


Maze Of Torment

Do you really need to be a thirteen-year-old band and have five studio albums in your suitcase in order to start getting recognised by the music industry? Unfortunately, this was the case for the Swedish Thrash Metal outfit Maze of Torment who have quite recently released their latest opus "Hammers of Mayhem". This interview with the band's vocalist Eric Sahlstrom made me once again realise that there are a few bands out there that take so much pride in their work, that they deserve all the respect they can get!

 


Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey

When we're talking about Space Odyssey, we're actually referring to the musical vision of one man - Richard Andersson. Taking full advantage of the fact that we're only a few off from witnessing the release of his band's second full-length album "Astral Episode", I managed to arrange an interview with this multi-talented artist.

 


Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front

I have been preparing myself for an interview with Roger Miret ever since I listened to the new Agnostic Front album called 'Another Voice'. My wish came true on the 3rd of March at the backstage of the London Underworld, three hours before I witnessed first hand the real meaning of a live concert. Even though I spent forty minutes talking to the singer of the most legendary hardcore band, I feel that I could have been talking to him for hours after this interview was finished. If you want to know how music, politics and Yoga can be part of the same picture, all you have to do is read this interview.

 


Raising Fear

Raising Fear

I recently had the great pleasure of submitting a few questions to the guitarist of one of Italy's real Power Metal bands, Raising Fear. Yorick honoured me with some interesting responses and reflections on the band's new album, Mythos, which you should check out if you still appreciate that epic feeling...

 


Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

If there is one place in the world that knows the real meaning to the words Metal and Hardcore, that's definitely the United States of America. From land that gave birth to some of the most important bands of this genre, came the relatively new outfit Winter Solstice. Having just released their debut album with Metal Blade "The Fall of Rome" the band's drummer and founding member Duke Cuneo was available for an interview.

What we talked about was his opinion about the Hardcore scene, religion and the current political situation that exists in his own country.

 


Abgott

If you are living round the London area and you like extreme Metal music, then you have definitely seen Abgott before. Lately, they have been opening the gigs for bands like Enslaved and Behemoth, and while doing that, they have gained quite a few fans. Now that their latest album "Fizala" has finally been released in Europe, I took the opportunity to make an interview with the band's frontman Agamoth. Beware of the beast!

 


The Monolith Deathcult

Historically speaking, The Netherlands has always been providing the Death Metal scene with original and quite interesting bands. The latest band that continues this very important tradition is the quartet "The Monolith Deathcult", who are just about to release their second studio effort "The White Crematorium". Guitarist Martijn Moes and Guitarist/vocalist Michiel Dekker are here to confirm why they cannot be labeled as an average Death Metal band, and also to share some historical facts with the subscribers of Get Ready to ROCK!

 


Niklas,Peter (Dream Evil)

If there is one band with which you are guaranteed to have a good time, that is definitely the Heavy Metal phenomenon that is Dream Evil. Both on and off-stage, the guys will make you have fun, and however much you try to resist, they will win you over in the end. Not that I needed much convincing, when I had the opportunity to interview Niklas Isfeldt and Peter Stålfors prior to their London Underworld gig in November 04, which was definitely a success, judging from the crowd's reaction!

 


Gus G (Firewind)

I knew that sooner or later I would be given the opportunity to interview the Greek guitar legend Gus.G. Why? Simply because he is involved in so many different projects that it would be simply impossible not to do so. On the evening of the 2nd of February, I received a call from the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, the place where Gus grew up. The vibe was good, Gus was more than friendly, and this is exactly what was discussed about Firewind's latest studio release 'Forged By Fire'.

 


Joacim Cans (Hammerfall)

I was quite convinced that if I was ever given the opportunity to do an interview with Joacim Cans, frontman of the most promoted Metal outfit in the recent years called Hammerfall, I would need plenty of free time, and my prediction was correct. Sitting in the bar of a very posh central London hotel, I asked him questions regarding his band's latest studio release 'Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken', his time spent with Warlord, as well as to the whereabouts of one of the best drummers ever - Mr. Marc Zonder.

 


Speed (Soilwork)

If it is one thing that you cannot accuse Soilwork of, that is being lazy. Less than a year after my last encounter with the members of the Swedish outfit, I met vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid once again in the foyer of a central London hotel. There, whilst I warmed myself with a cup of tea, we spoke about the band's latest release "Stabbing the Drama", his contribution to many different side projects such as Terror 2000 and Disharmonia Mundi, as well as how he avoided getting burned while filming the band's brand new video.

 


Mike (All Shall Perish)

For some people, all that's important in a band is the quality of the music. Well, that's fair enough, but one of the main things that gave Metal music its rebellious identity was the lyrics. The band that is going to make sure that we all remember our real heritage comes from the other side of the Atlantic and listens to the name All Shall Perish. Mike, the band's bass player, has decided to share with Get Ready to Rock his ideas about the global political situation, his love of music, and his future plans with his Californian-based outfit.

 


Nornagest (Enthroned)

Even though it was released late last year, 'Xes Haereticum', Enthroned's 6th studio album, is still one of my first choices when I have some time to listen to anything rather than the several promos that I receive daily from the record labels. I was trying to find a way to arrange an interview with the band, when Karl Demata told me that Nornagest was available for that exact purpose.

This is exactly what was discussed between the two of us. Well, it seems that regardless as to what some people think, there is good quality Black Metal music outside Scandinavia after all...

 


Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum)

It is really quite an embarrassing moment when, during an interview, you realise that the information that you have for a band is partly incorrect. I was not willing to allow that to spoil my chance to ask guitarist Markus Vanhala, of the Finish Metal band Omnium Gatherum, as many questions as I possibly could regarding the band's latest studio release "Years in Waste". It is not every day that a band from Finland manages to make their neighbouring Swedes dead envious of their music.

 


Mircea,Michael (Mnemic)

If you think that 'Mechanical Spin Phenomena' was the best thing that you should expect to get from Mnemic, then you're sadly mistaken. Not even a year after my first Interview with the Danish quintet, I was given the chance to talk to them again - not only with the band's guitarist Mircea, but also with their charismatic frontman Michael.

While Fear Factory were having their sound check, I talked with them about the band's second studio album 'The Audio Injected Soul', their impressions of touring with Fear Factory and the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell.

 


Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquility)

It is not quite often that you are given the chance to interview a member of the Swedish outfit Dark Tranquillity, and the fact that their latest studio album 'Character' is on its way, made my friendly chat with guitarist Niklas Sundin far more interesting.

On the top floor of the Century Media headquarters which are located in Camden Town (London), it was explained to me why 'Character' was the best possible choice for the title for the new album, and also what I am to expect of Dark Tranquillity when they hit the road, opening the gigs of the legendary Thrash Metal outfit Kreator.

 


Twan van Geel(Flesh Made Sin)

It seems that Thrash Metal is far more influential than what people back in the 80's thought it would ever be. There are numerous young bands nowadays that are trying to recreate both the sound and the spirit of legendary outfits such as Slayer, Dark Angel and Possessed - most of which have achieved to become nothing more than mere cover bands. It seems though that the Dutch outfit Flesh Made Sin is willing to prove that quality and honesty still exist as values in many new Metal bands, and this interview with Twan van Geel (guitar/vocals) will help you reach your own conclusion.

 


Matti Karki(Dismember)

It was almost inconceivable for an 80's Death Metal fan, not to show his appreciation for a legendary and cult outfit such as Dismember. We are talking about one of the bands that has defined the Swedish Death Metal sound, and that has also been a great source of inspiration for many Modern Death Metal bands such as In Flames and The Haunted. A small table at the entrance of the London Underground was enough to host my mini disc recorder and the band's frontman Matti Karki. Hopefully, by the end of this interview I will have found the location 'Were Ironcrosses Grow'.

 


Carsten Schultz(Evidence One)

The name Evidence One meant nothing to me before I saw them opening for the Heavy Metal legends Saxon over a year ago, but their great performance along with the release of their second Hard Rock/Heavy Metal dynamite "Tattooed Heart" will make me regret not having heard of their name before. You understand of course that it was more than important for Get Ready to Rock to get in touch with the band's frontman Carsten Schultz, and to get from his as much information as possible.

 

 


Christofer Jonsson (Therion)

My first attempt at interviewing Therion's mastermind Christofer Jonsson was almost half a year ago, but due to 'technical reasons', we had to postpone this friendly chat for the 16th of November. This interview took place in the band's tour bus, which was stationed in the back alley of the London Garage ... definitely not the best venue to host the four friendly Swedes and their numerous choir. This didn't seem to bother Christofer at all, and less than an hour before he was due on stage, he shared his thoughts about the past, present and future with Get Ready to ROCK!

 


Jim A.D.Selalmazidis(Sarissa)

One of the 'oldest' and most experienced Greek Heavy Metal bands is back. After ten years of absence, Sarissa are back with their new studio album "Masters of Sins", and Jim A.D.Selalmazidis is here to answer my questions regarding the past, present and future of the band. The Greek Macedonian army is marching with full power, and their long spears (Sarissa) are well sharpened and ready for battle!

 


Centurions Ghost

'Centurions Ghost' is one of the bands that I discovered completely by accident. It is not a secret that I really admire the London based outfit The River, and it just so happened that they once had to open for an outfit called “Centurions Ghost”. Even though the time was running late, I decided to stay and see the band with the quite Epic name, and up until today I am really glad I did. Well, Get Ready to Rock is always willing to promote good new bands to its subscribers, so I decided to contact James, the band's vocalist, and ask him a couple of questions.

 


Labyrinth

It looks like the 13th of November was a really exciting day, not only for me, but also for all the members of the Italian Progressive/Power Metal outfit Labyrinth. I was happy to be given the opportunity to "interrogate" Andrea Cantarelli (Guitars), Cristiano Bertocci (bass) and the band's recent member Pier Gonella (guitars) about their impressive latest effort "Labyrinth", and they were happy to be doing their first ever gig in the United Kingdom.

 


Stephan (Thanatos)

Even though they "emerged" from the Netherlands in 1984, Thanatos have only managed to released four full-length albums. The title of their latest effort is "Undead.Unholy.Divine", and the band's founder Stephan Gebedi is here to explain not only about the real meaning behind it, but also on his vision for Thanatos and about the rest of todays Death Metal scene.

 


Rogga (Satureye)

It is quite reassuring to know that it's not every new Swedish Metal band's ambition to either sound like The Haunted or In Flames. 'Where Flesh And Divinity Collide', the bands debut album is their answer to all the Gothenburg-based Melodic Death Metal outfits, and a statement on what Swedish Extreme Metal music is all about.

 


Frederik (Amon Amarth)

Amon Amarth have recently released their new album, Fate of Norns, and a quality one it is at that. Having recently become a fan and on the way to owning their complete back-catalogue, I was very pleased when I was offered the opportunity to ask the band a few questions, which were graciously answered by the band's drummer, Fredrik Andersson. (Emily Dgebuadze)

 


Devon (Dead Soul Tribe)

Ever since I was first introduced to Devon's music, I have been really intrigued by him and, to be honest, I have sometimes thought that the person behind the music was quite disturbed on an emotional level. I thought that meeting and speaking to him would clear things up for me and at least let me decide why the music continues to haunt me once I have finished listening to it and makes me wonder what is really going in this person's mind. Actually, speaking to him has actually made things worse, it has put even more questions in my mind.

Let me explain: When going to meet Devon Graves, leader of the Dead Soul Tribe, I expected to see him sitting in some dark reclusive corner, with his head in his hands like Rodin's Le Penseur (we were in Paris, after all!). (Emily Dgebuadze)

 


Alessandro (Adimiron)

I always find great pleasure in interviewing bands, which are now making their first steps in the music industry. I believe it's because they have not yet been either corrupted or disappointed by the way this industry works and the vibe that you get when talking to most of them is unique. Well, the Italian Thrash/Death Metal outfit Adimiron have just released their debut album "Burning Souls", and Alessandro (the band's guitarist) has agreed to answer the questions that I have prepared for him.

 


Nergal (Behemoth)

Every music journalist gets pressure from the record labels so as to arrange interviews with the bands that currently have their new albums out in the market. Well, this time things happened the exact opposite way. I was the one to put pressure on my friend Karl (Demata, Regain Records) in order to arrange an interview for me. The Band: Behemoth. The reason: their amazing new release 'Demigod'. I found Nergal (guitars/vocals) waiting for me in 'The World's End', where the interview took place, and I must say that I enjoyed doing this interview as much as I enjoyed listening to the band's new album.

 


Sakis (Rotting Christ)

I admit that interviewing Sakis (guitars/vocals) from Rotting Christ is one of the things I always wanted to do. I have been a fan of this great band since the days of the "Dawn of the Iconoclast" 7", and have seen them live more times that I can possibly remember. If I was told fifteen years ago that I would one day be interviewing Sakis while living in England, I would probably laugh at that person's face!

Well, life is really an amazing thing after all…the band has just released their ninth studio album "Sanctus Diavolos" , and I was lucky enough to spend more than forty minutes talking to one of the most important Greek Metal musicians. This is exactly what was said after the telephone started ringing on the evening of the 26th of September 2004.

 


Peter Dolving (The Haunted)

How does it make you feel knowing that even though you had a whole hour to ‘interrogate' Peter Dolving, the frontman of The Haunted, all your efforts had gone to waste? I though that the awful recording of my telephone interview with this unique frontman would be the only chance I had to talk about the band's recent release 'Revolver', and that I had blown it! Well, it seems that there are some musicians that still manage to have their feet on the ground after all. Peter was kind enough to e-mail me the answers to the questions that I had originally prepared for him, and even though the result is not exactly the same, this is what the crazy Swede had to confess.

 


Maik Weichert (Heaven Shall Burn)

I can assure you that I feel much happier knowing that everything is well-organised before every review that I have to make. Unfortunately (or fortunately in this case), I only managed to receive the promo of Heaven Shall Burn's latest album "Antigone" hours before arriving at the London Barfly (Camden Town). There, I had the unique pleasure of interviewing the band's guitarist and main man Maik Weichert, and also of realising how influential the Mythology of my country still is to artists all over the world.

I really can't remember when was the last time that I was so ill prepared for an interview, so I think that it will be wiser if I was to let you do most of the talking here. First of all I would like you to present your band, by giving me a short bio.

 


Vorph (Samael)

Switzerland is not only famous for its delicious chocolate and the quite sophisticated railway system. From the misty mountain hops of this central European country came a band whose aim is to extend every boundary that was set by their predecessors, and to pave the way for new ideas and forms of expression in what can only be described as extreme Metal music. Samael have just released their new album 'Reign of Light', and Vorph (guitars/vocals) is here to give us an idea of what the crazy Swiss have been up to lately.

 


Oskar Karlsson (Helltrain)

Prior to the recent release of Helltrain's new album, Route 666, I was able to pick the brains of the band's guitarist/drummer, Oskar Karlsson, about the band's beginnings, the members' backgrounds and interests, as well as getting Oskar to introduce the album to the outside world!

 


Martin Albrecht(Mystic Prophecy)

Having just released their third studio album "Never Ending", the members of Mystic Prophecy are ready to divide and conquer the known world. I got in touch with the bands friendly and very talkative bassist Martin Albrecht who gave me a complete idea about what both the band and the story of the new album are all about. If you are in doubt as to whether there are still real artists out there, it is very important that you read this interview!

 


Thorbjorn (Glittertind)

I remember that when I was seventeen years old, my main objectives were to visit every Athenian Metal Club with my friends, buy the latest Thrash Metal release and grow my hair long. Well, Torbjorn from Glittertind has managed to find something more constructive to do at that age (not that I regret my choices of course). The young Norwegian is celebrating the release of his first official album "Evige Astaro" and I took the opportunity to experience how young Metalheads think nowadays. Quite impressive!

 


Jari Maenpaa (Wintersun)

I always find great pleasure when interviewing people like Jari Maenpaa. The multi-instrumentalist, who has just released his first studio album with his band Wintersun, explains where he drew his inspiration for the release of "Wintersun" album from, his activities with other projects like ArthemesiA, and his plans for the future.

 


Tim Gutierrez (Project: Failing Flesh)

I am always in favour of the face to face interviews, but unfortunately that's not always possible. I couldn't afford to pass the opportunity to interview Tim Gutierrez from Project: Failing Flesh though, so I prepared a "couple"of questions which were kindly answered by this multi-instrumentalist. It seems like I'm not the only one who's obsessed with Voivod after all!

 


Celine de Kerliviou (Ad Vitam Aeternam)

It may be that most of us know France because of it's excellent wine and good food, but one more reason should be because of the many impressive bands that have put their mark on what we call Modern Metal.

The latest representative of the City of Lights, is a Goth/Dark Metal outfit called Ad Vitam Aeternam. Celine de Kerliviou (vocals) took some time to answer a few of my questions regarding the band's debut album "Abstract Senses" and their future plans.

 


Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone)

There were many good reasons why I wanted to attend this year's Wacken festival. One of the main ones was because I wanted to see Satyricon sharing the same stage and performing some classic Darkthrone songs with Ted Skjellum, better known as Nocturno Culto - guitar player and co-leader of the amazing Darkthrone. Having just released a new album called 'Sardonic Wrath', N.Culto was very keen to explain why the Norwegian outfit is so much against live performances and what Black Metal fans should expect from them in the near future.

 


Gabriel (Finnugor)

Black Metal is quite a controversial style of music, but there are many representatives of this extreme branch that are more than capable of producing impressive albums. One of these really interesting personalities is Gabriel Wolf, the leader of the Finnish/Hungarian outfit Finnugor who quite recently released their latest album "Darkness Needs Us". Many musicians have to sacrifice a lot in order to release an album, but let's see what makes Gabriel so passionate about his band's latest musical proposition.

 


Daniel Landid (Scenteria)

Sometimes the music press can be very hard on young bands that are trying to establish themselves in the music industry.

One of these bands is Scenteria from Sweden, a young quartet that has quite recently their debut album "Art of Aggression". Daniel Landid, the band's drummer, answered some questions, which will help us all understand why Slayeric riffs and fast pounding drums are the band's main inspiration.

 


Sathonys (Agathodaimon)

If you're tired of listening to all those typically uninspired Black Metal bands, and you're looking for something that sounds fresh but keeps the basic values of this extreme Metal music, then Agathodaimon is probably the band that you're looking for.

 


Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Despite the fact that he was not willing to talk about SOD and his problems with Record Labels, Charlie Benante was quite talkative when interviewed about his band Anthrax, their latest release “Music of Mass Destruction”, and his appreciation for the masters of Progressive music, Rush.

 


JB (Grand Magus) It was not long ago that I had the chance to listen to the new Grand Magus album called 'Monument'. I instantly knew that I would seize any opportunity to talk to JB, the band's frontman, about this very interesting new release, and also his plans with Spiritual Beggars. Minutes before the band stormed the stage of the London Garage, the gentle bearded Swede answered some of my questions. Long live Heavy Metal!

 


Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)

The 10th of July 2004 is a day that will be carved in my memory for the rest of my life. Not only was this the first time that I attended a Queensryche gig, but I also had the unique pleasure of making an Interview with one of my childhood heroes, Scott Rockenfield. At the backstage of the London Astoria I had the opportunity to express my admiration for his band, and also to talk about their new album and DVD release 'The Art of Live'. Well, sometimes dreams do come true!

 


Jeff (Hell-Born)

There have been many cases where I had to walk that extra mile in order to make an interview with a band, but believe me when I say that I went through hell and high water in order to achieve this interview with Hell-Born's Bassist/Vocalist Jeff.

 


Keith Fay (Cruachan)

When I listened to Cruachan's latest effort "Pagan", I felt compelled to prepare a couple of questions, which were kindly answered by the band's percussionist Keith Fay. This is what the storyteller from the land of the bards had to say.

 


Andreas Solveström (Within Y)

Good news for all the fans of the Goteborg Metal scene: A new band which answers to the name Within Y is out there, and has quite recently released their debut album "Extended Mental Dimensions".

 


Leash Law

Even though I had arranged this telephone Interview with Wade Black a few weeks ago, I have to admit that the frontman of the all-star band Leash Law managed to surprise me with his spontaneousness and his excitement over the release of his band's debut album "Dogface".

I also talked with this charismatic artist about his previous employment with Crimson Glory, his short duty with Seven Witches and also about our mutual admiration for Heavy Metal's leading band, Judas Priest.

 


Orange Goblin

It somehow seems that the Underworld is the best place to make an Interview. This time I had the pleasure of 'interrogating' Martyn (Bass), and Ben, the gentle giant and frontman of Orange Goblin - reason being the release of their amazing new album 'Thieving From the House of God'. The couch on the backstage of the venue made them comfortable enough to explain how they almost got to the point of calling it a day, and why 'Thieving…' is considered to be the product of the band's rebirth!

 


Fireball Ministry

I was assigned to meet up with a band called Fireball Ministry, a band that I've never heard before. When I saw them on the stage of the London Asoria, the quite energetic quartet managed to blow me away with their dynamic performance. One hour after the end of the show I met up with Janice (bass) and John (drums), and this is exactly what was said.

 


Funerus

I grew up listening to classic Death Metal, so it was quite a pleasure to Interview John McEntee, the axeman of both Funerus and Incantation. I met John in the Underworld minutes before Incantation hit the stage and we spoke about Funerus' long awaited release "Festering Earth", as well as to all the reasons that made him stubborn enough to continue being a part of the unique movement that's called Death Metal.

 


Five Horse Johnson

When I was told that I was going to interview Eric from Five Horse Johnson, the only information I had was that the band's frontman is quite fond of alcohol. What Karl Demata didn't tell me is that Eric is one of the friendliest people on Earth. This helped to make this interview a quite enjoyable experience.

 


Kataklysm

On the 13 April, minutes before Kataklysm appeared on the stage of the Electric Ballroom, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Dagenais, the band's guitar player. We talked about Kataklysm's latest release "Serenity in Fire", the revival of Metal music and our common admiration for the musical phenomenon called Loreena McKennitt.

 


Destruction

Life is definitely full of surprises. The first time I spoke to Mike, Destruction's axeman, I was a fifteen year old kid attending my first Thrash Metal gig in the famous Rodon Club in Athens. Fifteen years later and based on the release of their first ever DVD "Live Discharge", I got the chance to continue a long overdue conversation with my childhood hero. The butcher strikes back!..

 


Chris Goss

Being a great musician and a well-known producer are two things which perfectly describe Chris Goss, the man behind the legendary US outfit Masters Of Reality. Chris made a short trip to the UK in order to promote his latest release "Bring Us Barabas" and to explain to me exactly what "total gass"really means.

 


Death Angel

Having to interview one of your earliest favourite bands is something many people would be ecstatic about, but managing to turn this into a friendly conversation is more than I had hoped for when setting out to interview Rob and Mark from Death Angel.

Our conversation touched upon the release of their latest album, The Art of Dying, their plans for the future and the wizard of the electric guitar, Kirk Hammet...

 


Tom Hunting/Gary Holt (Exodus)

Exodus, the founders of the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, are about to release their new studio album "Tempo of the Damned". After having two cups of coffee and plenty of breathing exercises to calm myself down, I met founding members Gary Holt and Tom Hunting in the Norfolk Plaza Hotel in Paddington. With the precious help of my laptop computer and the quite reliable "Optimus" tape recorder (cheers Paul), I made a thirty minute trip in the wonderful world of Thrash Metal, and found out why Gary feels like a kid in a candy store...

 


Anders Friden/Peter Iwers of In Flames

It took me a while to find Mandeville Hotel, regardless of the fact that it's located in the very centre of London.

While enjoying a cold pint of lager (cheers Karl), I met Anders Friden (Vocals) and Peter Iwers (Bass) from In Flames, for what proved to be a very interesting Interview...

 


Martin of Decapitated

I didn't need a better excuse in order to be in the Underworld on the 28th of February, rather than the fact that my countrymen Rotting Christ and the new Death Metal phenomenon called Decapitated were to share the same stage. Somewhere between the sound checks of the bands I managed to chat with Martin, the bassist of Decapitated.

 


Mnemic

If you think that being a member of a Metal band is all about having an attitude and pretending that you're evil, you need to meet Mircea, the guitarist and mastermind behind Mnemic, a very promising quintet from Denmark. This interview took place on the backstage of the London Underworld, half an hour before the band stormed the stage and blew our minds away...

 


Soilwork

The dressing room of the Underworld is not the best place to hang out, but it proved to be the ideal place to interview Soilwork, minutes before appearing in front of one of the most energetic British crowds I have ever seen in my life. Peter Wichers (Guitar), Speed (Vocals) and Ola Frenning (Guitars) talk about their album "Figure Number Five" and explain how you can compose music in your sleep!

 


Witchcraft

The last thing you want to eat after a long and tiring concert is prawn crackers, but unfortunately that was the only thing that the waitress of the ‘Singapore Sling' had to offer to Magnus, the Frontman and mastermind of the Swedish quartet Witchcraft. After a very successful show at the Barfly in Camden, I spoke with the young-looking musician about Witchcraft and his great appreciation for the Doom Metal legends Pentagram.

 


The 9ine

I really admire bands who have the strength to resist the trap of commercialism and release creative and unique albums. One of these bands is 9ine. On the 14th of March and only minutes before the band's final soundcheck, I met Nay (Guitars/Vocals) and Mead (Decks and Programming) and the friendly chat we had reminded me that a musician must be, above all, a free spirit.

 


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