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Universal Mind Project – bandleader/guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera

September 19th, 2016

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Band leader/guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera
Universal Mind Project

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.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the additional promo pictures of the band.

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Universal Mind Project is a new act that released their debut album earlier in 2016. The band is led by guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera and they’ve gathered some well known people to feature on the album, titled THE JAGUAR PRIEST. Guests on the album are singer Nils K.Rue (Pagan’s Mind), Mark Jensen (Epica), Diego Valdez (Helker), Charlie Dominici (ex-Dream Theater) and Alessandro Bissa (Vision Divine) to name a few. I had the pleasure to talk to vocalist Elina and growler/guitarist Michael about working on the album, production, guests, a new label, and what the plans are in the future for the band. If you like the music of Avantasia, the Genius trilogy, or Soulspell, you have to check Universal Mind Project out. Enjoy.

 

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Ravenia – Singer Armi Päivinen

July 25th, 2016

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Singer Armi Päivinen – Ravenia

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.

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From Finland comes Ravenia, a symphonic/film-score metal (according to them) act that released their debut album BEYOND THE WALLS OF DEATH at the end of April 2016. When I listened to the album I thought it sounded like the soundtrack to a fantasy movie and was nothing like I’d ever heard before. That woke up my curiosity and I decided to get to know more about the band by contacting singer Armi Päivinen to ask if she’d like to conduct an interview. Besides the usual instrumental line up, the band also contains a string section which feels really unusual for a metal act. Armi and I talked about the album, the future for the band as well as their label, Inner Wound Records. If you want to have a somewhat unexpected musical experience then check out Ravenia. The review of BEYOND THE WALLS OF DEATH is also available on Metal-Rules.com.

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Midnight Eternal – singer Raine Hilai

July 21st, 2016

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Singer Raine Hilai – Midnight Eternal

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.

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Midnight Eternal is the name of a new band from New York and is the brainchild of Operatika members Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks. The band’s self-titled debut album was unleashed in April and ought to appeal to fans of symphonic metal. Singer Raine Hilai and I hooked up and we had a talk about the album, which has taken the band 2 years to finish, the fact the band has become high profiled in the NY area with only their demo and their support shows to Doro, The Agonist and Quiet Riot amongst others. The album was mixed by the famous Tommy Hansen with art work by Jan Yrlund and is jammed with epic songs perfect for fans of Delain, Nightwish and Kamelot.

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Sunburst – Guitarist Gus Drax

May 15th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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Legendary producer & musician, Jacob Hansen of Pyramaze

January 28th, 2016

Jacob Hansen – Pyramaze

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.

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The Danish progressive/power metal act Pyramaze released their fifth album last year. I hooked up with legendary producer, musician and member Jacob Hansen in order to know a little bit more about the band and the album. The new vocalist in the band is Terje Haroy who fills the shoes of such singers as Lance King, Matt Barlow and Urban Breed. Me and Mr. Hansen also talked about the future of the band as well as the fact that the band is performing at the Prog Power USA this year, read more about Pyramaze below.

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Dark Sarah – singer Heidi Parviainen

June 22nd, 2015

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Singer Heidi Parviainen –  Dark Sarah

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to: Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview and to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo and additional promo pictures of the band

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Finnish vocalist Heidi Parviainen (ex- Amberian Dawn) recently released an album with her new band Dark Sarah. The album is called BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL and it ought to appeal to fans of symphonic goth/metal. The album came to life thanks to crowd funding on Indie a Go Go and was recorded in three separate parts which later became the album. We talked about the album, the guest appearances, and the on going process with releasing the album. The first video from the disc came two years ago so I guess Heidi was glad to finally unleash her work to the fans and the world. Read more about her journey below.

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Leah

May 25th, 2015

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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.

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From British Columbia Canada comes Leah, a singer that released her second album KINGS AND QUEENS early this year. Her music is best described as symphonic metal influenced by world, Celtic, and middle eastern music. A few of the topics we handled include: the new album, her new label, the guest musicians (Tim Somers, Sander Zoer and Barend Courbois), her background, and why she hasn’t toured. Leah has gained a big fanbase with huge internet support from fans and I’m sure that the fans wants to see her live. Leah’s label has also re-released her debut album OF EARTH AND ANGELS. Enjoy.

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Neonfly – Guitarist Frederick Thunder

May 10th, 2015

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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.
Additional promotional pictures taken by: Kristian Heat Renter, Kenny Swan, Kamil Janowski

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From London, England comes the melodic heavy metal act Neonfly. When it was time to do an interview with the band, I had the pleasure to talk to Frederick Thunder who is one of the guitarists. STRANGERS IN PARADISE is the name of the bands’ second album, which was released at the end of last year. I was curious to know more about the band, and if you read on, you’ll see what Thunder had to say. One of the things we spoke about was why the band headed over to Frankfurt, Germany to record the album with the famous producer/musician Dennis Ward. Neonfly has gained some massive success in Great Britain during the last couple of years and I wondered how the band handles that. Read more below… Read the rest of this entry »

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Axenstar – singer/bass player Magnus Wilterwild

March 25th, 2015

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 Axenstar: Singer/bass player Magnus Wilterwild

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.

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Axenstar is a power/metal act from Sweden that is back with their 6yh album WHERE DREAMS ARE FORGOTTEN. It follows up the album AFTERMATH which was released in 2011. I had the pleasure to talk to singer/bass player Magnus Wilterwild to see what he had to say about the new album, working with legend producer Pelle Saether, and the past, present and future. Read the rest of this entry »

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MindMaze – Guitarist Jeff Teets and Singer Sarah Teets

December 13th, 2014

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Guitarist Jeff Teets and singer Sarah Teets – MindMaze

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for get this interview done. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band. Promo pictures taken by Jatzi Nieto. Live promo pictures taken by Charlie Gibb at Charlie Gibb Photos

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The Pennsylvania based heavy/progressive metal act MindMaze recently released their second album BACK FROM THE EDGE and I hooked up with the siblings Jeff and Sarah Teets, who run the band, in order to get to know the band a little bit better. We talked about the new album, the well known bass player Mike LePond who plays session bass on the album. I also got to know more about the bands past and what they’re up to in the near future.

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Mario Pastore – Band leader/singer Mario Pastore

August 30th, 2013

Pastore – bandleader/singer Mario Pastore

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

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The Brazilian heavy metal act Pastore, led by singer Mario Pastore (Soulspell), released their second album last year called THE END OF OUR FLAMES. The music ought to appeal to fans of Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Iron Maiden and since I’m a fan of those acts I decided to hook up with Pastore in order to talk about the new album (which is brilliant) the bands past present and future. Since this interview was made, Pastore has changed the line-up totally!  Read about what Mario Pastore had to say below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soulspell – bandleader/mastermind/drummer Heleno Vale

July 13th, 2013

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Bandleader/mastermind/drummer Heleno Vale – Soulspell

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band

I had the opportunity to talk with bandleader/mastermind/drummer Heleno Vale from the Brazilian heavy metal project Soulspell. Soulspell released their third album last year called HOLLOW’S GATHERING that ought to appeal to fans of heavy & power metal music. Featured guests on the album are Tim Owens, Blaze Bayley, Michael Vescera and Amanda Sommerville. Read more about the essence of Soulspell below. Read the rest of this entry »

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