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


Big Top Luna Park, Sydney 2007

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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Primordial / Grand Magus / Mael Mordha – The Underworld, London

February 7th, 2008
by Hanntu

Primordial

with Grand Magus

and Mael Mordha

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The Underworld, Camden, London

2nd February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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JEFF PILSON – Foreigner, War & Peace, ex- Dokken, DIO

February 7th, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

 

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JEFF PILSON

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ


Jeff Pilson, having replaced Juan Croucier in the ranks of DOKKEN after the recording of their debut album BREAKING THE CHAINS in 1983, will always be best remembered as an irreplaceable part of the band’s classic lineup, together with Don Dokken, George Lynch and Mick Brown. Infused with his songwriting talent and stage presence DOKKEN began their ascent towards the top of the rock world. Over the next couple of years they released a string of platinum selling albums, TOOTH AND NAIL in 1984, UNDER LOCK AND KEY the following year and finally BACK FOR THE ATTACK in 1987. At the height of their success, however, the band split up due to internal struggles, while still putting out the live album BEAST FROM THE EAST in 1988. A reunion of the classic lineup finally took place in 1994 and resulted in two albums, DYSFUNCTIONAL and SHADOWLIFE. After George Lynch’s final exit, Jeff stuck around for one more album, ERASE THE SLATE, before opting to follow suit. In addition to DOKKEN, Jeff has toured and recorded three studio albums with DIO: STRANGE HIGHWAYS in 1993, ANGRY MACHINES in 1996 and most recently MASTER OF THE MOON in 2004. He has also cut albums together with THE MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP, LYNCH/PILSON, WAR & PEACE and FOREIGNER to mention a few. In 2001 he appeared and recorded as a member of the fictional heavy metal band STEEL DRAGON in the movie ROCKSTAR. In this interview Jeff Pilson shares the ups and downs of his career with these groups and more…

 

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#3 – The Family Ghost II

February 3rd, 2008
by EvilG

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Helloween and Gamma Ray at Mejeriet in Lund Sweden 2007

February 1st, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Helloween

Gamma Ray

Axxis

Hellish Rock Tour 2007/08

Mejeriet

Lund

Sweden

7/12 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Pretty Maids 25 and Alive Show at Amager Bio Copenhagen Denmark 2007

January 31st, 2008
by Anders Sandvall

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Pretty Maids

25 and Alive Show

Amager Bio

Copenhagen

Denmark

6/12 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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Bonus Comic #1

January 30th, 2008
by EvilG

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Job For A Cowboy – Ravi Bhadriraju

January 29th, 2008
by Lord of the Wasteland

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Guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland and Hanntu

Some Live Photos By Hanntu


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Alchemist – Vocalist/guitarist Adam Agius

January 28th, 2008
by EvilG

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Alchemist –
Vocalist/guitarist Adam Agius

Written by Simon Lukic

Transcribed by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes

Long regarded as one Of Australia’s most respect bands, Alchemist return to the scene with their new opus TRIPSIS. Combining a mix of Thrash and Progressive Metal with strong Psychedelic influences TRIPSIS continues to challenge and defy categorization. Vocalist/guitarist Adam Agius answered my questions. 

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GOTTHARD

January 28th, 2008
by EvilG

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Gotthard is a name still new to many despite the fact that they have had 11 number one albums in their homeland of Switzerland. Add 1 Diamond Award for 1 million albums sold in Switzerland, 1 Triple, 5 Double platinum and 5 Platinum to the list and it’s safe to say the band are a phenomenon. The last few years has seen the band set up a working relationship with Nuclear Blast Records – the latest effort being the very strong DOMINO EFFECT which should be blasting on radio’s all over the world right now. The fact that it isn’t is a crime and a good reason to hook up with guitarist Leo Leoni for an interview. Read on…

Written by Simon Lukic

Transcription by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes 

 

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#2 – The Family Ghost I

January 28th, 2008
by EvilG

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Annihilator – Jeff Waters

January 23rd, 2008
by EvilG

ANNIHILATOR – JEFF WATERS

Written by Simon Lukic

Transcription by Claudia

Live pics by Marko Syrjala

I’ve been an Annhilator fan since 1989, the day I purchased ALICE IN HELL. Throughout the many changes in both personal and style Jeff Waters has remained a constant source of inspiration and is to this day my favorite guitar player. With that said, I’ve been waiting a very long time to interview Jeff and my opportunity finally arrived with the release of Annihilator’s latest effort METAL. My expectations were high and they were easily met and then some with Jeff answering my questions with a lot of enthusiasm and honesty. I had a blast and I hope that you enjoy this interview as much as I do. 

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#1 – In The News…

January 22nd, 2008
by EvilG
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Welcome to the first installment of our new comic series, Diamond In The Rough. A new comic will be posted every week or there abouts….so remember to check back often!

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STRYPER – Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox and Tracy Ferrie

January 21st, 2008
by Marko Syrjala

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STRYPER

Stryper is a Christian metal/hard rock band from California, USA. The band was formed in around 1983 when bassist Timothy Gaines and guitarist Oz Fox joined their forced with for Roxx Regime members Robert and Michael Sweet. Stryper became the pioneers in the mainstream popularization of Christian rock/metal music. Stryper enjoyed great success during the mid/late 80’s. Their most successful album was TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL which went platinum in 1986. The band also got two gold record for their albums SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND and IN GOD WE TRUST. Unfortunately the band started to lose its popularity in the early 90’s. The band’s final release was AGAINST THE LAW which was released in 1990. At that point the band tried to drastically change their image and lyrical message. The sound was heavier and gone was their trademark, the yellow and black clothing and big hair. The band really tried to get rid of their old glam image but although critics liked the band’s new style their old fan base claimed that they were not being true to their roots and the album sold poorly. Michael Sweet left the group in 1992 and decided to concentrate on his solo career. The rest of the guys decided to carry on without him but it wasn’t long until the band split up.

During the following years Tim and Oz formed the band Sin Dizzy, Michael released several solo albums and Robert played in many bands including Blissed who released album in 2002. In 1999 Michael joined Sin Dizzy on stage in Puerto Rico and they performed a number of old Stryper classics. It was his first performance with Oz and Tim since his departure in 1992. The next year, the first Stryper Expo was held in New Jersey and there, for the first time in eight years, the whole original Stryper performed together on stage. The band did some more gigs every now and then and in 2003 they were asked by Hollywood Records to write some new music for the upcoming 7: THE BEST OF STRYPER compilation. A full tour followed and on next year band released its first live album 7 WEEKS: LIVE IN AMERICA.

Timothy Gaines departed in late 2004 and he was soon replaced by Tracy Ferrie who had earlier played in Michael’s solo band. The band started to record a new album and as a result they released REBORN in August of 2005. The CD was the groups heaviest to date and it received a positive response both from fans and critics. In 2006, after two years of production, the band finally released its first DVD: GREATEST HITS LIVE which was filmed in 2004 in Puerto Rico. The group started to work on the follow up for REBORN in 2006 and since then the album’s release has been delayed for many reasons but it should finally see the light of day in the summer of 2008. Last November I managed to sit down with the whole band in Turku before their sold out show in Turkuhalli and here is the latest from the Stryper camp, enjoy!

 

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRPTION BY ANDY OSBORN

 

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