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RECKLESS LOVE – Vocalist Olli Herman

January 27th, 2011

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Vocalist Olli Herman

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Transcription, translation and on/offstage pics by Terhi Pihlaja

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The year 2010 was a very successful year for these relatively sensational and hard rockin´ Finnish glamsters named Reckless Love. The band got their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album out on Universal Music (Finland), toured hard around the globe (this including for example a memorable one-off show at Loud Park in Tokyo, Japan on October 17th) – and were basically getting their name around for all the hard work the guys had put into the band over the years.

Before the year 2010 had come to its end, Reckless Love had a couple of shows to be done; one at Dante´s Highlight in Helsinki on December 17th – and culminating the band´s very well going year at Borderline Club in Pisa, Italy on 31st of December. caught up with Reckless Love´s vocalist Olli Herman briefly at the backstage of the venue before the show at Dante´s in Helsinki, inquiring sort of a roundup about the ongoing year from the smiling and polite band´s frontman, about his short stint in the Swedish sleaze/glam rock act Crashdïet – and about plans the Reckless Love camp have in their pockets for 2011, especially when it comes down to their follow-up album that they are going to record during the summer 2011.

To start things with, let´s place Olli straight against the corner by asking one serious question from him:   

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ARMOROS – Jed Simon wraps up the history of these Canadian thrash legends

April 5th, 2009

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Interview ex-Armoros guitarist Jed Simon

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

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Canada has always been known for its strong metal scene, in the last few decades at least. As for the 80s Canadian speed and thrash metal scene, who among us wouldn´t be familiar with Voi-Vod, Sacrifice, Slaughter, Infernäl Mäjesty, Razor, Exciter, DBC, Annihilator and so many other names that paved the way during the 80s for many other younger Canadian metal bands to come. Then there were also some speed/thrash metal bands that possessed an incredible amount of potential in them to make it happen for themselves some day, but unfortunately ´Mr. Fortune´ doesn´t treat everyone in an equal way.

From Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, came a young and hopeful speed/thrash metal act in the mid 80s that managed to get their name on many of the lips of the people who had just gotten involved with the tape trading scene a little bit back in those days. That particular band was called Armoros, that recorded two highly popular demos, RESURRECDEAD in 1987 and REMEMBER MICHELLE in 1988 in particular that both got Armoros´ name stamped firmly on the international ground of metal. Soon the band´s potential was noticed around the world and a deal with Ever Rat Records was signed. PIECES, which was supposed to be the title of Armoros´ debut album (and undoubtedly would have become one of the landmark releases of Canadian thrash metal), was never released back then because the label went bankrupt and unfortunately meant a death blow for the band as well.

Now however, after 20 years of impatient waiting, PIECES has finally been released as a part of 3-CD box set that contains all the essential recordings from Armoros. Thanks to the Brazilian Marquee Records for understanding the importance of this band, and getting this absolutely fine gem of Canadian thrash metal released in 2008.

After ordering a copy of PIECE BY PIECE from Marquee Records directly, I got this idea to contact Jed Simon (on guitar in Armoros, but also plays/has played in such bands as SYL, Zimmers Hole, Tenet, etc.), and ask whether he would be keen on telling about those times with his first band Armoros, some 20 years ago. Told him also that we used to be penpals during the 80s, writing letters to each other and stuff. Quite funny yet strange he still somehow remembered me… Someone´s got an elephant´s memory, I guess. ;o)

But read yourself what he had to say about those days when he was still thrashing the grounds together with Armoros.       

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EVINCE – New Brutal Force In Thrash

November 13th, 2008

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Vocalist Mario Frasca

Guitarist Jani Hentila

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen


This Myspace thing is actually pretty cool. You can form bands there just like that. Well, that´s almost exactly how this 1/4 American and 3/4 Finnish, brutal thrash act was kicked off – and more than a year later, Evince has recorded their yet-unreleased debut full-length album, titled ABANDON BELIEF.

Mario Frasca (ex-/SpeedKill/Hate, ex-Anger on Anger, ex-G/Z/R) and Jani Hentila (Fierce) were keen enough to shed more light on their new incarnation in brutal thrash, Evince, which undoubtedly is ready and armed to conquer its way through to every thrasher´s heart. ABANDON BELIEF, with its 11 songs on it, doesn´t leave any open questions whether they can crush hearts or not.

Evince doesn´t make any compromises either. First they ruthlessly kill you – and then they ask all the necessary questions from you. Got it?

However, this time both Mario and Jani just abided by answering to my polite and sensitive questions… Lucky me!

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