Posts Tagged ‘Firewind’
Firewind + Manimal + Scar of the Sun
@ The Underworld Camden, London
February 19, 2017
Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
Photography by Oliver M.
Tags: Camden, concert, Firewind, gig, Gus G., HEavy metal, immortals, London, manimal, Metal, Modern Metal, Power metal, Review, scar of the sun, speed metal, The Underworld, tour, UK
Posted in 2017, Concert Reviews | Comments (0)
Guitarist Gus Drax- Sunburst
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Sunburst is a brand new band from Greece that released their debut album FRAGMENTS OF CREATION in February this year. I had the pleasure to talk to aspiring guitar hero Gus Drax about the debut and about when and why the band was formed. Sunburst singer Vasilis Georgiou is also involved with Drax in the band Black Fate, so if you’re into well produced and executed progressive metal make sure to check out the music of Sunburst.
Tags: Biomechanical, Black Fate, Bob Katsionis, Firewind, Fragments Of Creation, Greece, Gus Drax, Inner Wound Recordings, Kostas Milonas, Paradox, Serious Black, SUICIDAL ANGELS, Sunburst, Vasilis Georgiou
Posted in 2016, Interviews | Comments (0)
Spiritual Beggars with support act Saffire on Sunrise To Sundown European Tour 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
Sunrise To Sundown European Tour 2016
Saffire – support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
15/4 – 2016
Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: Apollo Papathanasio, Arch Enemy, Evil Masquerade, Firewind, For The Greater Good, Inside Out Music, KB, Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, Metal Heaven Records, Michael Amott, Per Wiberg, Sharlee D’Angelo, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, Sunrise To Sundown, Tobias Jansson
Posted in 2016, Concert Reviews | Comments (0)
First North American Shows In Support of His Latest Solo Album Brand New Revolution
World renowned, Greek guitar phenomenon, GUS G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), will embark on a mini North American headlining tour from April 15th to April 24th. Be sure to either see below or head over to http://www.gusgofficial.com for all tour dates and any additional information and daily updates. (see attached ad-mat)
GUS G states: “I’m very excited to play my first US and Canada shows in support of my new album Brand New Revolution! I purposely decided to do select, VERY exclusive and intimate shows for my die-hard followers. I know it’s been long overdue and I hope to see you all there for some loud, hot and sweaty rocking nights.
“I will be playing mainly material from my two solo albums, but there will be some classic Firewind, Ozzy and Black Sabbath songs sprinkled into the set as well. These shows are not to be missed.”
Brand New Revolution was recorded with Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther, etc.) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, etc.). Just as on “I Am The Fire”, the core of GUS G.’s recording group consisted of Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O’ Brien (Lita Ford band) on bass.
The album’s ripping, all-instrumental lead-off track, “The Quest,” can also now be streamed exclusively at the link below.
“What Lies Below” Official Music Video Featuring Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) On Vocals
GUS G North American Headlining Tour
April 15th – Rock Island, IL – Ribco
April 16th – Westland, MI – Token Lounge
April 17th – Bradley, IL – The Looney Bin
April 19th – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
April 20th – Ottawa, Canada – Brass Monkey
April 21st – Toronto, Canada – The Rockpile
April 22nd – Long Branch, NJ – The Brighton Bar
April 24th – Elmhurst, NY – Blackthorne 51
In promotion of his current sophomore album release “Brand New Revolution”, Ozzy Osbourne / FIREWIND guitarist GUS G. has just wrapped up a massive touring run, both supporting Kamelot and then successfully hosting guitar clinics all over Europe.
GUS G. is launching a new promotional clip for the album track “What Lies Below”, which features Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) on vocals. The stunning video-clip was once again shot by longtime visual design partner / director Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Within Temptation, etc.) and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/kS-PLcAvuhk
In addition to further solo shows throughout the end of this year, GUS G. has now also revealed that his long-running melodic Metal band FIREWIND is finally returning to the spotlight with a new singer and selected live-activity in 2016. Henning Basse (Metalium / Sons Of Seasons), who had already toured with FIREWIND on various continents in 2007 as well as most recently with GUS G.’s solo-band, has been announced as new permanent singer for FIREWIND and will therefore be appearing on the band’s upcoming performances at the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise as well as Graspop Metal Meeting next year.
Check out an introduction message-video by Henning Basse in regards to his new slot with FIREWIND here: https://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial/videos/vb.126569660729133/1017235334995890/
After having recently announced his upcoming sophomore solo album release Brand New Revolution via Century Media Records in Europe, Australia and South America, Dismanic / eOne in North America and King Records in Japan, Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist GUS G. is now ready to launch a few more details about it.
Brand New Revolution will be released in the US on July 24th, 2015 and comes with artwork once again created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net, who already worked with GUS G. on his debut release, I Am The Fire, but also took care of artwork duties by bands such as Arch Enemy, Kamelot and also Firewind in the past years.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Trine at Dark Minstrel Music for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Dark Minstrel Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Trane
Last year, the Danish/Swedish heavy metal act Evil Masquerade celebrated 10 years as a band. As a part of the celebration, the band released a compilation album called 10 YEARS IN THE DARK where fans chose the songs. In order to make the interview a little but different, myself and Henrik Flyman, spoke a bit about the ten years that has passed, past members, and all the keyboard players that’s been featured on the albums through the years. If you want to read more about Evil Masquerade check out the Metal-Rules archives.
Tags: 10 YEARS IN THE DARK, ANDRE ANDERSEN, Apollo Papathanasio, Dark Minstrel Music, David Rosenthal, Dennis Buhl, Evil Masquerade, Firewind, Henrik Flyman, Richard Andersson, Saffire, THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX, Thor Jeppesen, Tobias Jansson, Tony Carey
Posted in 2015, Interviews | Comments (0)
Gus G We Are The Fire Sweden Tour 2015 – European leg w/ guest vocalists Tara Teresa, Jeff Scott Soto w/ support at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
Gus G. – We Are The Fire Sweden Tour 2015
European leg with guest vocalists Tara Teresa, Jeff Scott Soto
Eclipse – Special guest
Reach – Support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
5/3 – 2015
Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: DREAM EVIL, Eclipse, Firewind, Gus G., Henning Basse, I AM THE FIRE, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, John Nunez, KB, Kulturbolaget, Ozzy Osbourne, Reach, Tara Teresa, We Are The Fire Sweden Tour 2015
Posted in 2015, Concert Reviews | Comments (0)
INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
Marty Friedman is an American guitarist, best known for his career as the lead/rhythm guitarist for Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. During that period, the band reached its commercial peak and released several classic albums including RUST IN PEACE, COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION and YOUTHANASIA. Marty’s last album with the band was RISK (1999) and after the following tour he quit the band. Later on, Friedman relocated in Tokyo where he’s been living since 2003. Friedman has been visibly active in Japan. He’s hosted several TV and radio shows and works with various Japanese musicians. Friedman has released several solo albums, first of those were released prior his Megadeth tenure, and he just put out INFERNO which is his 12th solo release to date. This spring, Friedman finally returned to Finland, for the first time since the Risk tour. The current tour, titled GUITAR UNIVERSE 2, also features Friedman’s long-time friend Gus G. and it started in Helsinki on May 2nd. Before the show we had the pleasure to sit down with Marty and discuss about his current tour, INFERNO, living in Japan, the Metal All Stars tour, KISS, and various other topics.
Debut Solo Album Set For March 18 Release; NAMM Signings And Performance Announced
Lead Single “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)” To Be Released Digitally February 25
‘I AM THE FIRE’ TRACK LISTING:
- My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
- Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
- I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
- Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
- Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
- Just Can’t Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
- Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
- Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
- Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
- Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
- Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
- End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén) Read the rest of this entry »
GUS G. Signs Worldwide Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS; Debut Solo Album ‘I AM THE FIRE’ Set For Spring 2014 Release
Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, GUS G. will make his solo debut with the release of ‘I AM THE FIRE’ in spring 2014.
Says GUS G. of the signing: “Loyalty is a very important thing in the music business, and for me it just felt natural to trust my first solo effort to the hands of the record company that has been loyal, supportive, and has helped build my career for more than 11 years now – a label that I truly feel as a family. Thank you Robert Kampf, Leif Jensen, Antje Lange, Don Robertson, Steve Joh, Jens Prueter, Nasrin Vahdani, Paul Gargano and the rest of the Century family! I truly feel blessed to be a part of CM history and look forward to exploring new territories with this new album!”
Century Media founder and owner Robert Kampf adds: “‘I AM THE FIRE’ is going to be another display of the amazing talent GUS G. possesses. We at Century Media are proud to work with a player and songwriter of his class and status, as well as the fantastic new album that Gus has crafted. Horns up!”
‘I AM THE FIRE’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing. Guest musicians and vocalists will be revealed in the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
Bloodstock Open Air 2013
@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK
8th – 11th August 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe & Ben Spencer
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.
Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!
This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.
Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.
Tags: 2013, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, Accept, AMORPHIS, Amulet, Anthrax, AVANTASIA, Beholder, BELPHEGOR, Bloodstock Open Air, Bloodstock Radio, BOA, Breed 77, DARK FUNERAL, Daz & Emma B, Death Angel, DEVILDRIVER, Dying Fetus, Earthtone9, Evil Scarecrow, EX DEO, Exodus, Firewind, Fozzy, GAMA BOMB, gojira, Gormathon, Hell, Karybdis, Kataklysm, KING DIAMOND, Kremated, LAMB OF GOD, Mael Mordha, Mia Klose, Mitchell Emms, MUNICIPAL WASTE, neonfly, OAF, One For Sorrow, Power Quest, Ravenage, RSJ, Sabaton, Sacred Mother Tongue, SCAR SYMMETRY, Scarab, SLAYER, Tragedy, VoiVod, WHITECHAPEL, Wolfsbane
Posted in 2013 | Comments (0)
INTERVIEW WITH GUS G.
BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Gus G. has become a highly respected guitarist during the past ten years. Gus first gained his name in the Swedish band Dream Evil and has been navigating a band of his own, Firewind, for years before jumping to fill up the shoes of Zakk Wylde in the Ozzy Osbourne band. Metal-Rules.com sat down with Gus G. to talk about the future of Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne, his solo career, and of course his several guest appearances including Finnish “children metal band” Hevisaurus.
THE STATE OF CAREER AND UPCOMING SOLO ALBUM
Following your career during these past 10 years has been pleasant since seeing you for the first time in Dream Evil and then step by step by becoming what are you now – It has been really exciting 10 years for you.
Yeah, it has been. A lot of stuff happens, crazy changes in my life. It’s been a hell of a ride, I’ve really enjoyed it. I worked hard for what I do and stuff and I’ve dedicated myself completely to all these. So, I’m really enjoying it.
What is the state of career at the moment?
I’m obviously playing with Firewind. I’m taking a break from Ozzy’s band, he’s doing Black Sabbath right now. I’m also working on my first solo album. So, I’m keeping busy.
Tell us about more about that upcoming solo album?
It’s supposed to be recorded now, sometime in July and later. At the end of the summer we are going do recording. I haven’t signed it with a label yet, I’m still finishing up the writing. I’m going to have some guests on it. It’s going to have some instrumental songs, vocal songs. And I’m planning to release it next year some time. I don’t know when. It’s very different, the music is different from what Firewind is doing.
I can guess that the album is going to be something like more traditional metal?
It’s going to be more like classic rock or maybe a bit modern rock. So, it’s not going to be so heavy metal. I have two songs that are very heavy and very instrumental, more thrashing and stuff. There is stuff that is bluesy in there and there are some that are more of, kind of like Zeppelin vibe. It’s a different thing. A bit more groovy, kind of like mid temple and stuff. A lot of love songs.
Songs for the heartbroken from my life experience. “Laughs”
Are you going to sing by yourself?
No. I wish I could. I have a choice to work with many great singers, why should I bother singing. If I can get great singers to sing on my album – Why try to pretend I am singer? I’m a good guitar player, so I should be working with good singers.
Would you say any names, who will be in the album?
I can’t say right now, sorry.
But they, the lead singers, have already recorded their parts?
I still have not got all the guests in there, I’m still missing a couple I think. But I have three or four people in there already, there is going to be one main guy who is going to be doing a few songs. Then a few others do one song each. Some are known, some are not known. So, it doesn’t matter.
How about the rest of the guys, who else is playing on the album?
I’m going to be playing everything. Everything but drums of course.
Who is going to be the drummer then?
I don’t know yet. So, I’m working all that stuff right now.
Do you have plans to tour after the album is out?
I’d like to, if it’s received well I would love to have a full scale tour.
And the label will be?
I haven’t signed yet. I’m going to negotiate it with people. I have my own label as well in America, so if I don’t agree with somebody I will put it out of my own label.
What usually happens when you don’t have a label, one year later you are on Frontiers?
Frontiers? No, no. I don’t think I’m going to be signing with them. If I’m going to sign with a label it’s probably going to be Century Media, because I’ve worked with them for so long and they really understand what I do. So, it will be nice to kind of like keep it in a family or something. Otherwise, I have my own label. If we don’t come to terms, I will release it on my own.
How do you handle the business thing with your label, I mean, do you take care of everything or do you have people who do care of business, promotion etc?
I have a team of people, it’s me and my manager and I have a partner in America. I have a distribution deal with a big distributor. The same with what people do, PR and Section, Radio, Business people. I have marketing team and everything. So, it’s a lot more work. But it’s a lot more rewarding at the same time. We did it for FEW AGAINST MANY in America now, for the last Firewind album and it worked out fine.
I have learned on the news that Firewind’s future is some sort of question mark after this summer?
We just talked about trying to do some more gigs this fall, maybe go to Russia or Australia. That we were supposed to play there in April but we canceled it. So, hopefully we are going to put those tours back on. I would like to do some more tours with Firewind before the year ends, and then probably next year we are going to take a break. Because I’m going to go and do my solo thing. But it’s all up in the air, maybe my solo thing, there is no interest in that. So, if there is no interest, I’m not going to play. And then I’m probably going to work on another Firewind album or maybe, you never know what happens with Ozzy. So, I always keep my options open because you never know when the phone call is going to come in.
In the beginning, Firewind sounded more like traditional power metal stuff but album by album you have progressed more into the heavy metal, classical rock stuff.
Yeah, more classical rock stuff. Yeah. I think our style is a blend of things, like there are some hard metal moments. There is some traditional heavy metal you hear, like the Priest, Maiden influence. And then there is songs that are like influenced from bands like Thin Lizzy or rock bands, 70’s rock bands. So, it’s an interesting blend. It’s not just one thing. There is many colors, many sides to Firewind I think.
But when you were younger, I guess you were more obsessed by the power metal stuff than nowadays?
I was listening to a lot of Yngwie Malmsteen, when growing up, and I still do. The first album – I want to save a lot of guitar in there and a little shredding stuff and the fast double bass stuff. Yeah, later on I started to slow down a little bit to my songwriting, trying to write different kinds of songs. So, there is no point for me to make the same album two times. So, look at the first album, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL and look at ALLEGIANCE, its two different bands, two different things. But it’s still the same, somehow it still remains the same. Somehow we can pull it off. But I like that, I like to change it up. I don’t want to do copies of the old songs, do a bad copy of that. I want to go to the next song. It’s the same with the FEW AGAINST MANY record, it doesn’t sound like the stuff we did before.
MEMBERS COMING AND GOING
Speaking of the members of Firewind, sometimes I’m not sure who is in the band or who is out ?
Me too, I don’t know. Sometimes, I got to show up for a tour, I don’t know who’s going to sing.
I was about to ask about Apollo. When he left the band, did this come out as a surprise to you?
No, not at all. He quit before as well. Back in 2007 he quit during the world tour of ALLEGIANCE.’ So, we hired Henning Basse from Metallion. And then two years ago, he also skipped the European tour for DAYS OF DEFIANCE, so we hired Mats Levén. So, it was no news to me at all. Apollo always did this as music was his hobby, he was never a 150% in this, like us.
Do you think he is now completely dedicated to spirits of Spiritual Beggars, because I saw him with spiritual in Holland a few months ago?
I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him in months. I don’t know what he’s doing.
You also got a new drummer when Mark Cross left the band after three years…
We got this guy Johan Nunez from Nightrage. He was suggested by Marios my friend. Marios plays in Nightrage and I needed a drummer for the upcoming tour, and Johan here is s session guy. But we really, he liked us and we liked him. But he brought the new energy to the band, he’s a younger guy. So, we asked him to stay and he’s been in the band since 2011.
When members come and leave, do you ever wonder that, “Why I’m doing this?”
Many times. There is always times I’m like, “Fuck this.” But then, you know what I think after awhile I’m like, “Fuck this, if some guys doesn’t see the interest in this. Fuck him.” There is people out there that love this band. And what’s going to be more sad, a member leaving or the band quitting? The band quitting – And I’m not a quitter. So, I always come back. I hit stronger. When somebody fucking leaves, I come back stronger. That’s always my motto, that’s always how I think. I know there are people that are really dedicated to the band, and I don’t want to let them down. We’ve been doing this for 10 years. And we make a living from this, and these people, we know we owe them our career. I’m not going to quit because somebody, maybe he didn’t make a million dollars like he expected, “Come on, fucking wake up.” If you want to be a millionaire go fucking be a banker, don’t be a rocker. Do this because you love music, if you make money cool or whatever reason.
As you mentioned Yngwie Malsteen, but he had the same problem that you have – The guys keep on coming and going all the time?
Yeah, yeah. I think he had more members than I had in my band.
But he is a little bit older so you have still plenty of time to beat him on that! “Laughs”
Yeah, exactly. Yeah. That thing is also with Yngwie. A lot of people had joined his band. They join for the wrong reasons.People join the band called Yngwie Malmsteen, he sells the tickets, people go to see him. You should know your place. And musicians, it’s weird that we are weird people. Because the egos get involved. I know my place, I know what I have to do in the band. It’s the same with Ozzy, I’m hired to play the guitar. I don’t go and tell him what to do, he’s the boss. I’m there to play the guitar, I play the best I can. My own band is a different story.
When you got job with Ozzy – Do you think that Firewind has got more people, more audience to gigs or is it a normal stable thing for all?
I didn’t know what was going to happen, all I know is that I wanted to continue with the band. I knew there was going to be a break for at least a year because with Ozzy. And I said, will see what happens. And when we went back and did some gigs, we have no new album out. We booked a tour in America and a tour in Europe, just to see what happens after all these. We had no marketing, our contract with Century media had expired, so we were on our own, “Okay, let’s book a tour, let’s see what happens.” We went out and toured out there. It was very successful. There were still a lot of interest in the band, a lot of fans came out. And I saw a lot more Ozzy T-Shirts in the audience, it was a good thing. I was happy, because obviously some people kind of like, “Who is the new kid?” And they check and they go, “I didn’t know your band is great.” I think it’s catching up, it’s growing, it’s something that’s on a long run. And I think is going to bring in a lot more people in hopefully.
GUESTING ALBUMS AND HEVISAURUS
As you have played with several musicians and bands, you are always asked to play some solos and riffs on their albums – How do you pick up bands and where you are going with it ?
A lot of that stuff happened when I lived in Sweden and I was working with Fredrik Nordstrom in his studio and a lot of bands were recording there. Usually somebody would say, “Do you have a guitar player who can do a solo here.” And then Fred would say, “Yeah, my new guitar player. He’s from Greece, he’s great.” So, I ended up doing a little session like that because of Fredrik in the studio connection. And then after that, I don’t know for some reason a lot of people were contacting me. They were like, “We would like you to play a solo.” Here and there and stuff.
Like Rotting Christ?
Those were friends of mine. A lot of those were people that I knew. Again there was people that I did know, I don’t know. It was Rob Rock, asked me to play a solo at some point and other bands, I don’t remember. I’ve done a lot of those and if I liked the music I check it out and I do it.
How about the Hevisaurus? I had to ask because my nephew is really obsessed about it.
That took some convincing, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be involved with that. But Nino from Thunderstone – So, he’s a good friend of mine for years and years – And our first European tour was with Thunderstone, we shared a bus with them. He was, “Dude, I’m doing this fucking thing. Project is taking off big times, you should check it out. It’s like really good metal stuff.” I’m like, “Alright. And you really asked me.” So, I’m like okay. I like the song and it was fun, it’s cool. We did it for the kids. It was the Hevisaurus song “Rayh” that I played.
I think it also helps, you doesn’t understand the lyrics?
Yeah, I know, but the music was cool.
Is it possible to see you on the stage with the Hevisaurus costume ?
I don’t think so. I gave to Riffy Raffy Refry one of my guitars zone, I think he plays my second guitar.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OZZY
Do you have any opinion about the new Black Sabbath album 13?
I just streamed the other day, because I was steaming on night times, and I fucking love it. It’s a very dark album, very doomy. Which I like, because they got back to what they do best. Yeah, and I love it. I really like, ‘God Is Dead’ song. I like, “Zeitgeist”, “Planet Caravan” type of vibe and everything. There is really brilliant moments in the south, you need to listen to the vibe more because some stuff is too fucking heavy, you can’t take it all in with a couple of listens. But I pre-ordered it on iTunes, so the day when it comes out it’s going to be downloaded already and what a beautiful song.
I think that it serves the 70’s sound and the feel and it really great with that album. There are long, over eight minute long songs there – really doom stuff indedd.
I’ve been listening it “Into the Void”. that what it was. Fucking eight minute doom roll, it’s like. It’s doom, yeah.
I think you have been asked for this many times, since you were asked to join the band, you played on the album SCREAM and all the songs were written written already?
Were you fully satisfied to material because it was quite different to what you had done before?
Yeah, it was a different situation. But I took it as a challenge. And I think I did my best considering the circumstances that I worked under. And Ozzy also understood that and he didn’t push me, he didn’t stress at me at all. Same for him and Sharon, they were like, “Go in the studio, do what you need to do.” This is what Ozzy want to add, go to stuff and they were very nice and very open minded. They gave me the chance to play in Ozzy band. He used to appreciate that.
If there is going to be another Ozzy album, and you said there are lots of writing that you have done already. So, is it going to be some different style this time?
The stuff that I write it’s different and only center, I’m trying to writing more on the classic Ozzy thing. The last time I spoke to Ozzy about it, he wanted to do an album like in the old days version f:ex BLIZZARD OF OZ. He got the band, doing the old jamming. Hopefully that will happen too, we have to see.
You are a big fan of Ozzy albums like THE ULTIMATE SIN and BARK AT THE MOON if I’ve understood, right?
Yeah. I’m not sure if we would make a ’80s kind of album, but we would try to make it a bit of an album that could be… I imagine the next Ozzy album to be an album that you can still play 20 years from now, and it doesn’t sound dated. Like BARK AT THE MOON stuff, there is a fantastic material there. But it’s from the ’80s there. But look at BLIZZARD OF OZ and DIARY OF A MADMAN, those albums. You can still listen today, the song currency. I would love to make an album that it can be current forever.
You were also the guy who did bring back the songs from THE ULTIMATE SIN to the set list. That must not have been easy to make Ozzy to do those songs again?
I don’t think I was not the guy, I just said to Ozzy, “Hey man, “Killer of Giants” is a great song.” And I said, “It’s one of my old time favorite song, one of the first song I learned how to play. I said, “You should think about that.” And then he listened to it, he came back, “What the hell, it’s a fucking great song.” And then we started playing it.
He didn’t play that stuff near to 30 years.
Sometimes you just need to remind a little.
Now when Ozzy is busy with Sabbath, how much you do communicate with him?
He’s very busy with the stuff he does, and I don’t want to bother him. Sometimes we text each other and hey, how are you and stuff. But I don’t bust his balls. I’m sure he’s got a million things going on. And when he’s ready, I’ve been writing a lot of stuff. I’ve sent him a bunch of demos, he has them, when he’s ready he can call me and I’ll always be there, so.
“MANIAC” ON VOICES OF FINLAND
You have covered the “Maniac” song, which is from the ’80s – Can’t remember now who sung it originally?
Do you know a singer contest called Voice of Finland – Where they pick up the singer there. there was a Voice of Finland contest on the Finnish TV – And one of the guys went there and sung this “Maniac” and it was really powerful, and the credits were given to Firewind?
Really? That’s great. When was that ?
This is awesome.
I think you can find it from YouTube. You search the Voice of Finland and Maniac in one.
Okay, I’ll check it out.
And the guy won the whole thing.
Yes and he’s a rock/ metal singer. It’s funny, it’s the most favorite TV show. There are hundreds of competitions and the winner gets a record deal, and other things. And usually…
…The 15 minutes of fame?
Yeah, something like that. But usually the guys keep on singing like biggest hits and stuff like that f.ex Bon Jovi. But he was really brave and sung that song.
That’s nice, that’s cool. Maybe he sung it, was a backing track from us.
No. He had a live band. Alright, thank you for your time.
In a recent interview with Turisas violinist Olli Vänskä, Olli talked about the tour and the timing of the tour before the release of their new album:
What was the thinking behind doing the tour now, instead of waiting a couple months when the album release was closer?
We knew that we were going to release the album this spring and there was a gap where we knew we could do a U.S. tour. Earlier years we were really bad about scheduling things in a smart way. We’ve had like one year between tours in the U.S. and we know how important it is to be there. We thought that we’d do some groundwork for the actual album release tour and a little bit of testing the waters to be able to reap whatever we sowed last year on Paganfest, which was really good and I’m glad it went well. We thought that this was a good place to return.
We will be doing some shows here and there in Europe as well and going to Israel for the first time and doing a festival in Belgium or something like that and then have the album release in May and do the summer festivals and then probably come back to tour in the states next fall. So it’s all part of a master plan.
It’s definitely a good way to remind folks you’re still around, people’s attention spans being what they are these days.
Absolutely. That was kind of the main idea behind it. We wanted to step up the pace with the album, the last two coming three years after the one before it, and you know how the industry is these days. But even though it’s only been two years since Stand Up And Fight, we don’t see that we are rushing anything.
We are just trying to keep the heat that we’ve already built so we don’t have to start back at the level we began at when the last album came out. You want start where you finished off, so yeah, we want to get the name out there and get people excited about the new album before it comes out.
This bill is a bit different that what you’ve come over with before – last time with Paganfest, before that more of a black metal thing with Cradle of Filth and Nachtmystium. This one is a real mixed bag of styles.
Paganfest was great, but that folk/Viking/Pagan/whatever shit – not shit, that’s the wrong word, but you know what I mean, there’s just so many genres there – everything that comes from Finland people just brand as folk metal, so that’s established, even if it’s not entirely accurate. The idea for this was to broaden the scope of the whole horizon in a way that shows there’s something more to what we do and get away from the idea that if you’re a folk metal band you should only tour with folk metal bands or if you’re a death metal band you should only tour with death metal bands.
As long as there is some kind of touching point between the bands and people can feel that there is something interesting there, it should work. If we went out with some really technical math-metal band, it might be a bit weird, but Firewind is kind of traditional power metal that is very anthemic, which much of our music is. And Stolen Babies are bit avant garde, they have a folk side to them. So there is some common ground there.
I think the variety of the bill is not a weakness, it’s a good thing. There are these insane package shows that have like five death metal bands in a row, each one more brutal than the rest.
“Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013” feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES
Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar
Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs
Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre
Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs
Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques
Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club
Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder
Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue
Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret
Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse
Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*
Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*
Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*
Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*
Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*
Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*
Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*
Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*
*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only
A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows. For full details, please see http://turisas.myshopify.com/