Roy Khan of Kamelot

June 11th, 2007
by Rick

Roy Khan of Kamelot

Interviewed by Chaosankh
Thanks to Nina Chiminec at SPV

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Within Temptation Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

June 8th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

(***Transcription by Claudia with extra questions from Mortuai; Wacken Open Air 2005 live pics by Brat)


It’s taken the band ten years but Holland’s Within Temptation is finally getting some long-overdue exposure here in North America.  Their fifth album, THE HEART OF EVERYTHING, is being released domestically in July on Roadrunner Records and the band also just landed a string of dates supporting Lacuna Coil through May and June.

Speaking with vocalist Sharon Den Adel prior Within Temptation’s show in Montreal on May 13th, I got her thoughts on the band’s first trip to our shores, “The Hottest Chicks In Metal” tour, comparisons to Evanescence and the influence of Celtic music on her band.

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FREEVIL – Tomas Andersson, Roger Blomberg and Mique Flesh

June 8th, 2007
by Hanntu


Interviewed by HannTu

Thanks to Tomas Andersson for setting the interview up and generally getting the whole thing going.

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POISON – Bret Michaels

June 8th, 2007
by Celtic Bob

 
Bret Michaels
of
POISON

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POISON – Bobby Dall

June 8th, 2007
by Celtic Bob


Bobby Dall
of
POISON

 

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Paul Gilbert – The Mean Fiddler, London

June 6th, 2007
by Hanntu

Paul Gilbert
The Mean Fiddler, London, UK
3rd June 2007

Live Pics and Review by HannTu

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MASS PSYCHOSIS – Doug Grandon & Tom May

June 5th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen


Guitarist Doug Grandon & Vocalist Tom May 

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

The ´Psychotic Death Metal tornado´ Mass Psychosis has been re-animated back from the dead! The band is already heading towards you to mangle and crush you. Scared to death already? Good…

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Mass Psychosis started under the Psychosis moniker as long ago as 1987. So when you are counting carefully, the band has reached its 20-year birthday this year, being in a sort of ´on/off´ -mode within their respectable long existence for the last few years. During two decades Mass Psychosis have managed to record one demo, a 7” EP and a couple of albums – and according to the words of one of founding members of the band, Doug Grandon, they have new material ready for at least 5-6 albums.

 

Find more about Mass Psychosis´ current situation (amongst other things naturally, too) via this interview that I recently conducted with both the band´s guitarist Doug Grandon and vocalist Tom May.


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Cage – Hell Destroyer Record Release w/ Agent Steel

June 4th, 2007
by Rick

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Hell Destroyer Record Release
 w/ Agent Steel 

 

Friday May 25, 2007

The Jumping Turtle

 

Review and pics for ThrashKreator

 

 

Cage and Agent Steel on the same stage; quite the bill for a small club on the outskirts of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />San Diego. They are two bands that need little introduction to those who are fans of the old school. The occasion for this show is the return of Cage with the release of “Hell Destroyer”, the bands first album since 2003’s “Darker Than Black”, which held high critical acclaim and topped several “Best of” lists for that year (my own included)

 

 

 

 

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NIGHTWISH´s Tuomas Holopainen & Anette Olzon

June 4th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

NIGHTWISH´s new vocalist Anette Olzon & Tuomas Holopainen 

Interview and pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
(except promotional pictures by Nightwish.com)

 

Nightwish´s whole history so far as a successful band, is like a fairytale story only a few of us could ever dream of. The band has sold over 2,5 millions albums worldwide, done several successful tours and overall become one of the most followed bands in the world.

However, almost every fairytale tends to gather some dark clouds above the horizon at some point, I guess that´s what happened to Nightwish as well when they fired their previous frontwoman Tarja Turunen in the end of 2005. After this news reached the public´s ears, the band went through a merciless crossfire that really tested the grounds of the band somewhat heavily. With all the strenght and faith they had in the band, they struggled forward, found Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden to unite the Nightwish´s troops, making it a stronger and tighter package than ever before. Nightwish is ready to conquer to the whole world again.

I met a good-humored, always friendly and ruminative Tuomas Holopainen and the new, lovely frontwoman of Nightwish, Anette Olzon at Hotel President in Helsinki on May 30th 2007 – and we talked mainly about ´the hot topic of the day´ Anette herself, the band´s forthcoming 6th yet-untitled studio album, and their upcoming world tour that quite surprisingly, starts off in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 6th 2007. 


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Annihilator, Trivium, Sanctity – May 8 2007 – Helsinki Finland

June 1st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

The 8th of May 2007
House Of Culture
Helsinki Finland

Review & Pics by Arto Lehtinen

The metal gig series sponsored by The Headbanger’s Ball of The Finnish MTV continued when the hotter than hell name Trivium arrived at Finland with the legendary Annihilator and the newbie group Sanctity.  The gig was originally supposed to take a place in the prestigious Nosturi club, but due to excessive ticket sales and the massive success of trendy Trivium the whole package had to be taken to a bigger venue in Helsinki. The Nosturi club is a real idealistic asskicking place for all kinds of metal gigs, but The House Of Culture ain’t the most suitable venue for these kinds of events as the construction of the concert hall creates a terrible echo tormenting the ears and causing pretty distorted sound making the concert and listening experience more than unpleasant. 


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ASPHYX & SOULBURN : Bob Bagchus and Wannes Gubbels

May 31st, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Interview by Arto Lehtinen (with additional questions by Jani Koskela)

Death Metal used to rule the earth in the late 80′s and the early 90′s when several brutal bands emerged from the abyss to spread their own lethal stuff. Although bigger names were rolling all over the metal map, the underground scene was  huge and vital. Demos were traded and underground magazines published articles and interviews of several brutal death metal bands. One of the underground pioneers of the death metal genre was definitely Asphyx hailing from The Netherlands. The band’s raw, brutal and above all nihilistic music appealed to a number of death metal freaks. The band got more attention when the former Pestilence growler Martin Van Drunen joined for a couple of albums. But the inflamed chemistry and disagreements led to the premature demise of Asphyx. However the core members of Asphyx didn’t give up and went on to form Soulburn by recruiting Wannes Gubbels from the mighty Pentacle. After all the name was chosen to Asphyx. After the last Asphyx disc, ON THE WINGS OF INFERNO, Asphyx was laid to rest. In 2007 Asphyx has returned to crush the cenotaph again. Therefore it was an excellent opportunity to have a chat with both Wannes Gubbels and Bob Bacghus about the reunion and other topics…


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AVENGER OF BLOOD – Annihilation continues…

May 29th, 2007
by Luxi Lahtinen

Drummer Shannon Frye

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Avenger of Blood from Las Vegas, provide more proof of the resurrection of old school Thrash Metal that many new bands wave the flag for these days. COMPLETE ANNIHILATION, Avenger of Blood´s debut album, was released on a the small JCM Records in 2005. It was relatively well-received by old school Thrash Metal maniacs all over the world – and now the band´s follow-up album, titled DEATH BRIGADE, is already lurking behind the corner.

The band´s drummer Shannon Drye, who also made a short visit to the legendary Vengeance Rising during 2000-2001 behind the drumkit, talks about Avenger of Blood´s forthcoming 2nd album, how they got signed to Heavy Artillery Records – and overall enlightening us a bit more about all the plans they have for the future of the band  - plus, I couldn´t avoid inquiring Shannon´s involvement in Roger Martinez´s Vengeance Rising either… ;o)


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Marios of Nightrage

May 28th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Arne at Lifeforce Records for setting up this interview
Thanks to Lifeforce Records for the promo pictures of the new line-up of the band
Thanks to Ulrika Henriksson for the transcription

 

I hooked up with bandleader and master maniac Marios of the Swedish-Greek act Nightrage who just released their third album. The band has gone through a few member changes as well as label changes and on the new album it’s once again a new line-up.   


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Dying Fetus, Skinless, Cattle Decapitation, War From A Harlot’s Mouth – The Underworld, London

May 27th, 2007
by Hanntu

Dying Fetus, Skinless & Cattle Decapitation
with War From a Harlot’s Mouth

The Underworld, Camden, London, England
21st May 2007
Review and Live pics by HannTu

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Dimmu Borgir in NYC

May 21st, 2007
by Greg Shackles

Dimmu Borgir

Thursday April 26, 2007
Nokia Theater
New York City, NY

 

* Live review and photos by Shaq

 


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