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



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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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Behemoth / Suicide Silence – London ULU

February 10th, 2008
by Hanntu

Behemoth

supported by Suicide Silence

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London ULU

7th February 2008

All pics and live review by HannTu

Once in a rare while, there comes a week where everything happens. In the period of 7 days between 2nd February and 9th February there were 5 high profile gigs happening in London: Primordial, Obituary, Municipal Waste, Behemoth and Dark Tranquillity. Sometimes I almost think we have a choice. Sadly I missed the Obituary gig, but never fear, the others are well covered.

Primordial’s TO THE NAMELESS DEAD was my number 2 of 2007, and guess who was number 1…

…Yes, Behemoth’s THE APOSTASY was my numero uno of 2007. Number 2 and Number 1, in London, within the space of 3 or 4 days. There MIGHT actually be a god…Canadian veterans Kataklysm were supposed to be the opener for Behemoth throughout the UK and Iberia tour, but they took time out from touring to rest, relax and finish writing their new album. Best of luck to them, although it would’ve been ace to see them open for Behemoth. In their place were Polish black/death band Devilish Impressions and deathcore band Suicide Silence.


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Against the Plagues – Varyen, Adrian, and Wojtek

February 9th, 2008
by EvilG

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Against the Plagues

Interview with Varyen, Adrian, and Wojtek

Interview by EvilG and Luxi Lahtinen

Against the Plagues has representatives from such diverse bands as LOST HORIZON, LUCIFERION, FOREST OF IMPALED, and DAMNATION. This varied experience has made Against the Plagues stand above many other newcomers to the extreme metal scene. We posed several questions to the band and received detailed feedback from three members. ENJOY!!!

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Lacuna Coil – Cristina Scabbia at Gigantour

February 7th, 2008
by Brat

Lacuna Coil – Cristina Scabbia at Gigantour

Article By Brat


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You have to wonder about the inner workings of promoters who put on a 5 band festival for an 18+ audience and start it at 5.30 pm on a weekday…the second night of Gigantour in Sydney had no age restrictions and that was the night when I left work 2 pm to get to Luna Park Big Top, situated under the north side of Sydney Harbour Bridge, in time for LACUNA COIL playing second.

$100 for a 30 minute set is pretty rich but after a 6-year wait to see them live at Wacken this year, I wanted to see them again and on a smaller stage and was rewarded with a performance that didn’t diminish in anything for the smaller everything.

Opening with To The Edge LACUNA COIL’s was big from the start. The Italian passion coursed through the band’s veins with big sounds, big voices and big movements.

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