Oskar from Helltrain

November 17th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Oskar from Helltrain

Interview By Anders Sandvall
Pictures provided by Sound Pollution
Thanks to Niklas “Hobbe” Andersson at Sound Pollution for help with the interview.

This is an interview with Oskar, drummer and guitarist from Helltrain. This band is pretty new and have currently released their debut album “Route 666″ on the German label Nuclear Blast. I asked them questions about the band, about their music, and about themselves.

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Shadows Fall Vocalist Brian Fair

November 17th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

Interview & Live Pics by Lord of the Wasteland
Promo Pics courtesy of Century Media

Massachusetts-based thrashcore titans, Shadows Fall, have clawed their way up through the metal ranks by touring endlessly and releasing three strong albums in a row.  Their Century Media debut, 2000?s OF ONE BLOOD, got the buzz going but it was 2002?s THE ART OF BALANCE that really got the band?s name out there.  The strength of that record landed them a second stage spot on Ozzfest 2003 and they became the name that everyone was talking about.  Sharing a stage with bands as diverse as Cradle of Filth, King Diamond, In Flames, The Misfits, Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Kittie hasn?t hurt their exposure either.   The band, along with Century Media, wisely capitalized on that momentum and just released THE WAR WITHIN, a ten song slice of aggression, melody, solos and more riffs than you can shake a stick at.  Having seen Shadows Fall live twice myself, I can attest to their energy and obvious dedication to reigniting the metal fire in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />North America.  Three weeks after the release of THE WAR WITHIN and just three days before the band kicked off the ?Devastation Across The Nation Tour? with Damageplan and The Haunted, I was treated to a half hour chat with Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair.  We met briefly when the band passed through Vancouver on the Headbanger?s Ball tour last year and Fair is truly one of the nicer interviewees I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with.  He is sharp, articulate, funny and just a downright nice guy.  Read below to learn more about the band?s new album, how touring takes its toll on your body and the up-and-coming pirate-core scene in western Massachusetts.

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Dream Evil live in Copenhagen Denmark

November 10th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Dream Evil
Support to Saxon
Pumpehuset, Copenhagen Denmark
October 17th, 2004

Review & Pictures by Anders Sandvall

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R.D. Liapakis from Mystic Prophecy

November 9th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

R. D. Liapakis of Mystic Prophecy

Mystic Prophecy has recently released their third album “NEVER ENDING”. I?ve got in touch with lead singer R. D. Liapakis to ask some questions about the new album, about the band in general and a little about their plans for the future.

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Kate French of Chastain

November 8th, 2004
by Rick


Interview with Chastain Vocalist
Kate French

Chastain are back with a Vengeance! IN AN OUTRAGE is the first release for the band in 7 years and marks a return to the classic form that many fans have been waiting for. I recently had the opportunity to pose these questions to the beautiful leather lunged vocalist for Chastain, Kate French.

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Dream Evil drummer Snowy Shaw

November 8th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Dream Evil Drummer Snowy Shaw

When Dream Evil came to Copenhagen on their Scandinavian support tour together with Saxon I had the opportunity to interview the legendary drummer Snowy Shaw in Dream Evil, in both Copenhagen and in Malm?. Right now they are out supporting their new album “THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL” and of course I asked Snowy some questions about the album but also some question about himself.

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Kick Axe IV CD Release Party

November 7th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

KICK AXE–CD RELEASE PARTY

Thursday November 4th, 2004
Mesa Luna / Vancouver, BC  Canada

Review and All Live Pictures by Lord of The Wasteland

In 2002, one of Canada?s most successful hard rock bands from the 80s, Kick Axe, announced they were working on their first album since 1986?s ROCK THE WORLD.  When the simply-titled IV was finally released in September of this year, I couldn?t wait to hear it.

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Ancient – band founder/singer Aphazel

November 1st, 2004
by EvilG

Ancient – Interview with band founder/singer Aphazel

Ancient is not a metal band that is a household name in the metal community. Yet they have developed a loyal and growing following in the black metal underground scene with the release of a few well-respected metal offerings. The band continues on with their latest release ?Night Visit? via Metal Blade Records. I had the opportunity to speak with band founder/singer Aphazel who gave me some insight on his band and what the future holds for them. You can check out their website at www.ancientband.com or www.metalblade.com for more information.

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Dragonfly Clothing?s Edward Dada

November 1st, 2004
by EvilG

Dragonfly Clothing?s Edward Dada

Dragonfly Clothing has made great progress in the ultra-competitive clothing market in just a few years. Started by Edward Dada, the company offers a large assortment of rock ?n? roll based clothes, from KISS to The Who and Slayer. But they offer more than just musical related shirts and pants, as seen with their licensing deal with Jack Daniels. I had the opportunity to speak with Edward who gave the lowdown on his company and exactly what they can offer the consumer. You can check out their website at www.dragonflyclothing.com to get a look at what they got.

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Dan Swan? from Bloodbath

October 31st, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Dan Swan? of Bloodbath

I had the pleasure to interview the legendary Dan Swan? from the band/project Bloodbath about their upcoming album NIGHTMARES MADE FLESH and about the band in general. I?ve also asked Dan about what they are up to right know, about the line-up changes, and if he was content with how the new album has turned out, read on to get his thoughts on these and other topics.

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Nighwish live in Malm? Sweden

October 30th, 2004
by Anders Sandvall

Nightwish: Fennoscandian Tour 2004
Baltiska Hallen / Malm?, Sweden
2/10 ? 04

Review & Photos by: Anders Sandvall

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Kerry King of SLAYER

October 29th, 2004
by Luxi Lahtinen

Interview with Kerry King of SLAYER

Interview & live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
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Slayer last visited Finland in 2002 on their ”Tattoo the Planet” tour. That tour suffered from the cancellations of both Pantera and Static-X due to the WTC/Pentagon tragedy. Luckily the Slayer guys stated that they didn´t allow terrorists to disrupt their lives, and they tour was eventually made with Cradle of Filth, Amorphis, and In Flames filling Pantera´s and Static-X´s empty spots for the dates in both Sweden and Finland.

 

On “The Unholy Alliance” tour, Slayer brought Mastodon and Slipknot with them to Helsinki Icehall on 17th of October ´04 and Slayer proved to be in a very good live shape just like they have always been (hey, we are talking about Slayer here, so what more you can really expect from them!).

 

A few hours before Slayer hit the stage, I met Kerry King at Helsinki´s most expensive hotel, Hotel Kämp, and went through an interesting conversation about the on-going tour naturally, the band´s forth-coming album, Slayer –fans, Kerry´s own K.F.K. Industries (I guess it´s not hard to guess what the letters K.F.K. stands for, heh!), Kerry´s favorite hard drinks, the state of Metal scene nowadays, etc. – amongst many other cool things were talked through between me and him as well.

 

Now just keep on reading what Kerry had to say about all these things more accurately…  

    

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Touring Across This Planet Hell – Nightwish in Seattle

October 28th, 2004
by Aryn


Nightwish
Sunday, September 5th 2004
Graceland, Seattle, WA

Review & Live Pics by Aryn

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Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom

October 28th, 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom

Tuesday October 26, 2004
The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC  Canada

Review and All Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland

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Scorpions – Live In Finland

October 28th, 2004
by Marko Syrjala
Scorpions

SCORPIONS

5.9 2004 Ice Hall, Helsinki FINLAND

Review and photos by Marko Syrjala

In the 80′s, the Scorpions were definitely one of the biggest bands in the hard rock world. They were playing for sold out audiences everywhere in the world and they also sold millions of records. However, during the nineties things started to go wrong for Scorpions. After a few experimental and commercially unsuccessful albums they now finally returned back to their musical roots with new brilliant UNBREAKABLE album.

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