Posts Tagged ‘Luxi Lahtinen’

RECKLESS LOVE – Vocalist Olli Herman

December 17th, 2011

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Vocalist Olli Herman

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen 

Transcription, translation and on/offstage pics by Terhi Pihlaja

Finland’s Glam Metal/Hard Rock sensation Reckless Love haven’t had much time to start resting on their laurels since their highly successful self-titled debut album was released on Universal Music (Finland) last year. During 2010-2011, Reckless Love have been in constant motion either doing gigs here and there around the globe, plus of course writing new songs for the band’s follow-up album, “Animal Attraction”, that has now finally been released.

“Animal Attraction” basically continues from the same musical footprints left from their debut album, only this time introducing a bit more mature refinement while clearly maintaining the same vibe and spirit that was wrapped around their debut record: It’s the party time again boyz and girlz – with big and catchy choruses, strong 80’s-tinged Sunset Strip-spirited songs keeping us a good and wild company the best possible way they can.

This is what this interview with the luminary Reckless Love vocalist Olli Herman is also mostly all about: The new record “Animal attraction”, plus about their plans to continue Reckless Love’s world enslavment.

Meeting Olli backstage just prior to the band’s show at DOM, Helsinki on November 4th, turned out to be a really interesting yet pleasing conversation, so without prolonging your curiosity any further, let Olli continue… 

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Underground legends NOKTURNEL: Tom Stevens speaks out!

June 18th, 2008


Tom Stevens of NOKTURNEL

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen


Tom Stevens, originally from East Rutherford, New Jersey, is a true warrior for oldschool thrash/death metal. He formed his first band Savage Death in 1985, did two kinda cult-ish underground demos (MASS GENOCIDE in 1985 and CRUCIFIED IN HELL in 1986) before the band called it quits. After that, it was the time for his second band, Nokturnel, which he formed together with Erik Young and Martin O´Connor in 1989. Two demos (YOU DON´T HAVE A CHANCE in 1990 and WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY in 1991) , one album (NOTHING BUT HATRED in 1993) and one 7-inch EP (ANTI GRUNGE in 1994) later, the band went on hiatus. Steve, however, kept moving on, and was recruited to Incantation for almost 2 years, plus also had some other temporary band activities going on for quite some time (live session slots in both Ripping Corpse and Morpheus Descends – not to forget Brimstone/Exile either, which he recorded BLACKENED REWARDS OF BLASPHEMY demo in 1997 with).

Tom decided to pull Nokturnel out from its icy grave in 1999, having Tophetarath from Fog/Hordes of the Lunar Eclipse handling the drums and Lee Ribera (Death of Millions ) n bass. The band´s second album, titled FURY UNLEASHED, was released through Tom´s own label, Nocturnal Eclipse in 2001, and was relatively well received amongst the fans of true underground thrash/death metal.

Tom and Chad Walls (on drums) are currently working with new material for Nokturnal – and this is where I leave further talking to Tom about the whole history from Savage Death up to the current activities of Nokturnel.

Be sure to read the interview as Tom´s skills as a real storyteller are unquestionable after you have read this lenghty and in-depth interview about him, and about all his bands he has been involved with for in the past years.          


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Atheist – Kelly Shaefer

July 1st, 2006



Atheist – Vocalist Kelly Shaefer

Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen


When talking about a highly technical and innovative Death Metal,  Atheist, – along with Death and Cynic, are one of those bands that broke a bunch of musical boundaries on their way towards the success they gained during the late eighties, and the first half of the ´90s. The band´s catalogue consisted of only three albums, but they all were very unique yet groundbreaking in their own way. They set certain standards for the concept of ´technical Death Metal´. There is no wonder why many consider Atheist´s second album, UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE, as one of the finest Death Metal releases of all time It certainly was that very album where Atheist´s sound was sharply culminated, being a real masterpiece of very ambitiously played, highly dynamic technical Death Metal, with its occasional and cleverly done jazz-tinged parts.

Atheist regrouped in the beginning of 2006 in order to do an exclusive run of both festival and club appearances in Europe this summer. Many people who never got to see Atheist playing live, now have a chance to see them one last time even if a couple of original Atheist members cannot participate on the tour for some obvious reasons (2006 also means 15th Anniversary of Roger’s death), but you can read all about them (and more) from the interview that I recently conducted with the frontman Kelly Shaefer of this mighty Floridian tech-Death Metal group. 

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