Roadburn has reached the status of an underground cult event amongst metal fans, arranged in a small idyllic town, Tilburg in Holland every year. This year’s Roadburn was nothing but an utter success as all the tickets were sold out within 45 minutes. Selling the tickets in such a short time was definitely a record. All in all 2500 people, when all bands and crews are added up, conquered the whole small town and its small bars and restaurants. The Roadburn festival offered a great deal of different kind of underground stuff covering from hard rock, space rock, stoner rock to industrial. All the mainstream metal styles don’t fit too well with the concept of Roadburn. However Metal-Rules made its debut visit to Roadburn to feel the atmosphere of obscure stoner spacy rock and sniff the smell of the weed.
Italian death metal squad Hour Of Penance’s latest album, THE VILE CONCEPTION, is a piece of utter death metal from beginning to end. The four-piece has already started working on the follow-up. The band’s leader Guilio Moschini goes back in time recalling how Hour Of Penance started out, why the band had to go through some line-up changes and finally sheds some light on working on the fourth album. THE VILE CONCEPTION is definitely a must-have for every die-hard death metal freak.
"THRASH OR DIE is the motto Lazarus A.D. have lived by since day one and their no holds barred attitude is equaled only by their will to become a leading force in modern metal. Their supreme level of creativity, musicianship and professionalism makes them an electrifying and engaging live act. "
Time again to talk to the Swedish legend and one of the most important figures in the extreme metal genre Lord K. This time it is an up close and personal interview about a new band that Lord K has together with other well known metal figures from Sweden. Jörgen Sandström and Tobben Gustafsson are the names of the other members and they are known from acts like Entombed and Vomitory. Today this trio is working together in Torture Divison which is the most evil and deadly death metal act at the moment. When I and Lord K met up we talked about the band, live shows, the past and the future and why this band does things a bit different than other bands.
Interviewed by Anders Sandvall
Promo and live pictures of the band by Peter Herneheim
Promo pictures of the band provided by Torture Divisions website
Live pictures taken from the archive of Anders Sandvall
Votum is polish progressive metal act that, at least, I hadn’t heard until I got their amazing debut album TIME MUST HAVE A STOP was sent to me. I hooked up with keyboard player Zbigniew Szatkowski to hear what he had to say about the band and the new album and what he thought is the essence of Votum’s music.
Earlier this year the Danish band Evil Masquerade released their fourth album called FADE TO BLACK. I got together with bandleader and guitar player Henrik Flyman and a lot has happened in the band since we last talked. This interview is about the new album, the new line up, label and much much more. Here you get all the things you possibly would like to know about the band Evil Masquerade.
Elvenking are an Italian folk/power metal band that emerged in the late 90’s and shook the underground with the release of the now cult classic HEATHENREEL in 2001. I spoke to the band’s guitarist, Aydan, about that monumental album, the bands changes since then and about their latest acoustic album TWO TRAGEDY POETS (…and a Caravan of Weird Figures).
Embarking on a 36 date jaunt through the United States and Canada in support of "Hordes of Chaos" the 12th studio album released by German thrash metal legends Kreator; frontman Mille Petrozza took some time out of his hectic schedule to talk about the new album, touring with his old friends Exodus, the band’s involvement with PETA, his memories of fallen comrade Chris Witchunter and more…
I had the opportunity to hear INVITATION TO FOREVER from Takara and it turned out to be a really good melodic metal album. Therefore I had to talk to the man behind the band, guitar player and band leader Neal Grusky. He was kind enough to let me do this interview with him. He answered questions about the band, the new lineup, label and much more.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Promo pictures are taken from Takaras website and MySpace
PURE is the name of the brand new solo album by well known multi-instrumentalist/producer/guitarist Chris Laney. On PURE Laney delivers straight up American glam/sleaze 80’s hardrock. Laney is a very busy man and I was really glad when he decided to take the time to talk to me.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Helena Larsson at Rock N’ Roll Agency Management for setting up this interview
Thanks to Sound Pollution for the help
Thanks to Metal Heaven for provide the promo pictures of Chris Laney
Promo pictures taken by: Matte Blom
Live pictures on Chris Laney is taken from the archives of Anders Sandvall
Wessamuni Fonseka and Naga Yakka of Funeral in Heaven
Interviewed by Marko Guevara
Honestly, I must say that I’m really surprised to find a black metal band from Sri Lanka. There are so many things to ask and say about this Funeral in Heaven – can you imagine an extreme metal band in such an extreme environment and the whole cultural history behind them? Funeral in Heaven speaks to us by way of front man Wessamuni Fonseka and Guitarrist Naga Yakka.