Thorium, Vicious Art and Spectral Mortuary live at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2008

March 3rd, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

 

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Thorium – Release Party

Vicious Art – special guest

Spectral Mortuary – support act

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

15/2 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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GAMMA RAY – Kai Hansen

March 2nd, 2008
by EvilG

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Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen

Interviewed by EvilG

Transcription by Alxs / Live Pics By Arto Lehtinen & Hanntu

Kai Hansen is easily one of the best frontmen in heavy metal today. I recently caught up with my idol (ha) to talk about the band’s latest masterpiece LAND OF THE FTEE II and other things going on in the land of Gamma Ray. Since our conversation it was announced that Gamma Ray and Helloween would be making a stop at this year’s ProgPower USA festival. Plans for this to be more than a one city stop haven’t been announced yet but even when I spoke to him he said they were working on it…so lets hope it works out! Anyway, enough from me, onto the interview…… Prepare for glory!

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Finnish Metal Expo 2008

March 1st, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen
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FINNISH METAL EXPO

CABLE FACTORY: Helsinki, Finland

15th – 16th 2008

Article and Pics by Arto Lehtinen

The Finnish Metal Expo was arranged for the fourth time. The previous events have been an utter success with sold out nights and awesome band line-ups. The expo is held every year,  where several more or less important and not so important musicians and above all metal leaders usually gather to hang out and of course check out the latest on the metal map. Due to overwhelming interest and success, the organization of the Expo has expanded the expo capacity by arranging more space for different kinds of studio and other guitar and band clinics. Two notable band clinics were held by Children of Bodom and Stratovarius members. Of course, record labels, several magazines, and festival representatives werein attendance at the event and all in all everything related to a wide range of metal and hard rock was at the expo. The metal expo wouldn’t be any real expo event without live music and above all metal bands playing there. During these two days plenty of known as well as unknown bands got the great opportunity to play in front of thousands. As a matter of fact, 5000 metal maniacs visited the event during the weekend!

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Megadeth / Job For A Cowboy / Evile – Brixton Academy, London

February 28th, 2008
by Hanntu

MEGADETH

Gigantour UK 2008

with Job For A Cowboy and Evile

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Brixton Academy

24th February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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#6 – Behind The Scenes I

February 26th, 2008
by EvilG

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THE ORDHER – Fabiano Penna

February 20th, 2008
by Arto Lehtinen

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The Ordher could be classied as new, but old band hailing from Brazil. The band’s line-up consists of the recognizable Brazilian extreme metal veterans from other, now defunct, bands such as Rebaellium and Nephasth. The Ordher basically follows the paved path of the extreme death metal with the utter brutal vocals and lethal guitarworks by Fabiano Penna. The three piece’s debuted on the WEAPONIZE album which recently came out by Unique Leader Records. The guitarist Fabiano Penna unveils more about the debut album and why his previous band ceased to exist.

by Arto Lehtinen

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Borknagar – Øystein G. Brun

February 19th, 2008
by Rick

Borknagar – Øystein G. Brun

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Written by Andreas Aubert

 

The Norwegian band Borknagar can easily be labelled Avantgarde. Whether speaking of the music, the lyrics or the artwork, it can be said that it is not exactly the usual cup of tea. Through it all shines a philosophical approach to life, an existential wonder. I caught up with guitarist and main songwriter/lyricist Øystein G. Brun via email, to discuss philosophy, spirituality, lyrics and the creative process. He was more than willing to explain his approach to life as a travel, and to share about its many facets.

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#5 – Reader Response

February 19th, 2008
by EvilG

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Winter NAMM 2008

February 16th, 2008
by EvilG

Winter NAMM 2008

ANAHEIM, California, USA

January 17-20, 2008

Article & Pictures by Robert Williams 

Winter NAMM 2008

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GORGOROTH’s Satanic Agenda

February 15th, 2008
by EvilG



Gaahl and King by NAMTARU CREATIONS

Gaahl and King photo by NAMTARU CREATIONS

 

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Alpha Galates – Matthew Wagner

February 15th, 2008
by EvilG
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Alpha Galates – Matthew Wagner (Vocals/Drums)

Interview by Celtic Bob

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Alpha Galates is a new-old band from Toronto, Ont. They were formally known as The Hollow but after some additions and changes they became Alpha Galates. Their blend of Metal is refreshing and has caught the attention of many…and the debut is not yet out, I recently had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with drummer/vocalist Matthew. Here is what he had to say…

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Lord K from The Project Hate and God Amongst Insects

February 12th, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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It is time to once again talk to musician and producer Lord K for an update on what has happened with The Project Hate who have recently released a new CD called “In Hora Mortis Nostra”. So here are some questions about the new CD, the new label, and also some questions about Lord K’s other band, God Amongst Insects.


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Lord K for providing the promo pictures

All pictures are taken from the bands home page

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#4 – The Awards Show

February 11th, 2008
by EvilG

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Municipal Waste / Toxic Holocaust / Mutant / Seregon – Islington Academy, London

February 11th, 2008
by Hanntu

Municipal Waste

with Toxic Holocaust

and supported by Mutant and Seregon


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Carling Academy, Islington, London

6th February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

The thrash revival has been praised and criticised in equal parts from the metal mainstream, and the arguments usually run down the usual lines taken by metalheads. On the one hand, we’re getting the spirit of the early 80s back, with wild headbanging, insane partying, breakneck thrashing, brutal riffs, the lot. No one needs reminding of the Bay Area/California pioneers, but let’s not forget the crazy maniacs in Finland and the Kraut krazies in Germany as well. Naysayers claim it’s the trendy thing now to be into thrash; labels are seizing on to them, mags are hailing them as the second Metallica/Slayer/Testament/Exodus etc, and basically the scene’s expiry is long overdue.

Personally I’m happy for this so-called thrash revival. I didn’t grow up with the Bay Area scene, I’ve only listened to the bands ad hoc and retrospectively. From what I hear though, the spirit of the 80s is well alive. Sure, there isn’t the social commentary that Metallica, Sacred Reich or Megadeth brought to the table. But there are a lot of parallels with the wild, hedonistic, devil-may-care attitude of the bands of the 80s; paradoxically coupled with a heavy workaholic touring schedule and heavier partying regime. The music? Listen for yourself. Copycat? Slightly. Well, very heavily influenced, shall we say. It’s all there, the speed, filth, rawness and violence. Wednesday night at the Carling Academy Islington showcased two up-and-coming English thrash bands, together with Floridian band Toxic Holocaust, and the headliners Municipal Waste.


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Dark Tranquillity / Omnium Gatherum – Barfly Camden, London

February 10th, 2008
by Hanntu

Dark Tranquillity

supported by Omnium Gatherum

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Barfly Camden, London

9th February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

The end of a great if tiring week for metal in London, with Primordial, Obituary, Municipal Waste and Behemoth already having paid a visit to the Big Smoke, it’s now Dark Tranquillity’s turn. The very last date of the Great British Fiction Tour, the Swedes were supposed to have been supported by English thrashers Evile and Finnish melodic death band Omnium Gatherum, but Evile cancelled. There’s no mention even of the cancellation itself on the band’s website, let alone the reason, and people either found out from Omnium Gatherum’s website, or at the gig itself. Highly discourteous. Perhaps Evile were too over the moon to be touring with Megadeth later this month.


 

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