Soilwork Guitarist Peter Wichers

February 12th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

**Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland; all others courtesy Soilwork.org


Helsingborg, Sweden?s Soilwork are among the most prolific and popular bands of the last few years.  In their relatively short seven year existence, the band has released six albums under critical praise and made a name for themselves on North American shores with 2002?s NATURAL BORN CHAOS.  Extensive touring and label support has exposed the band to many different audiences and the push is on for the latest Soilwork platter, STABBING THE DRAMA, to infiltrate the metal masses when it is released on March 8th.

A recent U.S. transplant, Soilwork guitarist/founder, Peter Wichers, called me to discuss the new CD, the band?s drummer problems and his thoughts on headlining their first American tour.


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Angtoria: Symphonies of Slickness

February 11th, 2005
by Rick

?Symphonies of Slickness?
An Interview with Angtoria by MetalGeorge 
 
Pictures Courtesy of Angtoria.com

Whilst it does seem that symphonic, female-fronted metal IS all the rage these days, what with the surprising explosion of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, and Evanescence here in the States and all.  However, in Europe the genre is exploding with more and more new bands popping up everywhere.  Standing head and shoulders above them all (including most of their upper eschalon contemporaries), however, are Swedish-British powerhouse Angtoria. Featuring Abyssos? Chris Renn and Cradle of Filth?s own Sarah Jezebel Deva, Angtoria provide all of the bombastic metal goodness with a emotional depth and melancholy missing from many happy-go-lucky Euro-metal bands currently peddling their wares.  It?s only a matter of time before Angtoria sweep fans of this style of their feet, so I figured it was time to dig up some information on this stellar rising talent! Watch this space!  Angtoria are gonna be huge!!

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Pegazus, Dark Order, Vengeance Live In Australia

February 11th, 2005
by EvilG

Pegazus, Dark Order, Vengeance
Annandale Hotel, January 22, 2005

Live review and all photos by Brat

Has it really been two years since PEGAZUS played in Sydney? Did I miss a gig during one of my European adventures? Doesn?t time fly. After getting through what felt like a cerebral haemorrhage only two hours earlier, I picked up my little digital camera (I avoided my SLR as I still have 30 rolls of film to develop) and managed to drag myself to the gig. Ah, the wonders of modern drugs.

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Mortal Sin : Interview with vocalist Mat Maurer and bassist Andy Eftichiou

February 9th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Mortal Sin is one of the first thrash metal bands emerging from Down Under in the mid 80’s and unleashed a furious debut album MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION. The album has reached a real cult status amongst the die old school thrash metal freaks. In 1989 the second output FACE OF DESPAIR saw the light of day and the Australian thrashers embarked on an European tour by opening for Testament, Faith No More and toured in The States. The internal feuds within the band caused the departure of the vocalist and finally a real split up. Bassist Andy Eftichiou carried on by hiring a new line-up and put out REBELLIUS YOUTH, but Mortal Sin vanished to the Australian large desert. Despite the band unleashed REVOLUTION OF THE MIND, but it led nowhere. Until 2002/2003 Mat Maurer, Andy Efthichou and Wayne Campbell resurrected the old band by recruiting new guitarists to the rank. It was about time to approach the vocalist of Mortal Sin Mat Maurer and bassist Andy Efthichou to ask more about the history as well as other interesting subjects……
 

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Daniel Corchado of The Chasm

February 9th, 2005
by Rick

?Retribution Unleashed?
An Interview with Daniel Corchado of The Chasm

Interviewed by MetalGeorge

In the days where pre-processed, American-ized Death Metal is the latest flavour, Mexico?s The Chasm stand as a royally raised middle finger of old school metal pride.  With a sound that both hearkens back to such deathrash classics as ?Seven Churches? as much as it does modern dark metal savagery, The Chasm and their latest and greatest longplayer, ?The Spell of Retribution? are taking no prisoners and turning more than a few heads.  The band?s also gigging right now alongside Incantation, Arsis, and more, so  read on and acquaint yourself with one of the underground?s most underrated acts.

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Calmsite drummer Jukka Penttinen

February 8th, 2005
by EvilG


?It A?int Noise Pollution?
Interview with Calmsite drummer Jukka Penttinen

Interviewed by MetalGeorge
Thanks to www.calmsite.com for promo pics!

Careening down the metal highway, Finland?s booze-addled rock ?n rollers Calmsite have release their debut full length, ?The Erector? via the American Oak Knoll Productions.  With a high energy sound that rides the line between Melodic Death and down home Hard Rock (think Gandalf?s ?Rock Hell? meets Sweden?s Demons of Dirt), ?The Erector? is a surprisingly fresh and exciting listen.  With the band?s up-tempo riffing and driving backbeat (complete with cowbell!), Calmsite are poised to make a mark.  With a new album on the way via Finland?s up and coming Firebox Records (licensed in the States via Oak Knoll), thing?s only look better for these Finnish bastards.  Though this is merely a short update on the band?s affairs, the fact that Calmsite is still an as-of-yet unknown band on these shores should make this little chat a worthwhile peek into a band that is beginning to make a name for themselves. 

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Doro Pesch

February 7th, 2005
by Marko Syrjala



Interview and photos by Marko Syrjala

Former model Doro Pecsh formed a band Warlock in the early eighties and together they reached a great success worldwide until they called it quits by 1988, as Pesch launched a solo career. She has just released her new album called ?Classic Diamonds? and now after seventeen years she finally returned to play in Finland. This interview was done right before their show in Helsinki last November.

 

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Niklas Sundin from Dark Tranquillity

February 5th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Dark Tranquillity Guitarist, Niklas Sundin

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for help with the interview.
Thanks to Century Media for promo pictures of the band.

Here is an interview with Niklas Sundin, guitarist for Gothenburg Sweden-based Dark Tranquillity. DT have recently released their new album CHARACTER and I had the opportunity to interview Niklas about DT (who celebrates 16 years in the business) and about the new album. At the moment, CHARACTER is at the third place on the list of most selling albums in Sweden right now…it also lies at the top position on the hard rock chart of most sold metal albums in Sweden.


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Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Unearth: Live In Vancouver Jan. 16/05

February 5th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Slipknot/Killswitch Engage/Unearth
Sunday, January 16th, 2005
PNE Forum
Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

**Live Review & All Photography By Lord of the Wasteland


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Gorgoroth, Behexen, Horna, SoulGrind : January 7th 2005, Tavastia Club, Helsinki Finland

February 1st, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Gorgoroth
Horna, Behexen, Soulgrind
January 7th 2005
Tavastia Club Helsinki Finland
Review and Pics by Arto Lehtinen

The Sirkkeli Rock MetalWeekend was arranged to present a number of domestic metal bands as well as a few foreign names booked to be headliners of the event during the whole weekend. The whole idea around the MetalWeekend was based on a though of awarding domestic metal bands voted by readers of Finnish Metal Magazines. The whole Metalweekend already faced unexpected problems in the early stage of  the planning as Virgin Steel booked in the first place announced about being unable to arrive due to the recording commitments of a new album Therefore the former original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Dianno was announced as a replacement. Then another cancelletion was caused by the Norwegian black metal combo Carpathian Forest whose booking agent just announced the Finnish date has been cancelled a few days before the gig date for a reason or another. Well instead another Norwegian black metal attackers Gorgoroth were booked to replace Carpathian Forest just on time. Of course everything didn’t turn out  with the  arragements as planned in the first place because all kinds of things happened during that night. Before Gorgos unleashed real hellish forces of satan storm, a legion of Finnish black and not- so-black metal bands conquered the stage by spreading their own blasphemies all around in the Tavastia club.

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Sun Descends vocalist Mem von Stein

February 1st, 2005
by Luxi Lahtinen

 Interview with Mem von Stein (ex-Exumer, ex-Phobic Instinct, ex-Humongous Fungus, ex-Of Rytes, Sun Descends) 

Interview and Wacken 2001 live pictures
by Luxi Lahtinen

 

 


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Dismember : The 20th Of January 2005, Hyvinkaa, Finland

January 26th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Dismember
the 20th of January 2005
Klubi, Hyvinkaa, Finland
Pics and article by Arto Lehtinen

The legendary Swedish death metal squad Dismember emerged for the four gig tour in Finland for the first time ever, even though the band has made a visit to Finland a couple of times before. For example last summer when the death pentad literally dismembered the devoted death metal freaks at the prestigious annual Tuska Open Air Metal festival in Helsinki.

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Devil in the Kitchen : Somerville, MA, January 20, 2005

January 24th, 2005
by Los Muertos

Devil in the Kitchen

SkyBar, Sommerville, MA
January 20, 2005
Review and Photos by Michael De Los Muertos

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Confessor Vocalist Scott Jeffreys

January 20th, 2005
by EvilG


Confessor Interview with Vocalist Scott Jeffreys
Interview by EvilG and Arto Lehtinen

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Threat Signal Vocalist Jon Howard

January 16th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Threat Signal Vocalist Jon Howard

**Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

**All images courtesy of Threat Signal


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