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DARKEST HOUR: The Lost Interview
Written by Gabriel C. Zolman   
August 07, 2005

DARKEST HOUR: The Lost Interview
By Gabriel C. Zolman

Essentially a black/death band cleverly disguised as metallic hardcore, Darkest Hour is American Melodic Death?s brightest hope?especially in approaching the same intensity that hardcore has long since forgotten, and death metal has long taken for granted.  

Last Updated ( August 07, 2005 )
Ruisrock Festival 2005 - Turku Finland
Written by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala   
August 04, 2005

8-10.7 2005

Reviews and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko "Spandex" Syrjala

Ruisrock is one of several festivals arranged on the soil of Finland every year by carrying the profile and image of the main stream rock with the proud and honor. Ruisrock is claimed to be one of the longest running rock festivals arranged in a row without big breaks in Europe. The main important purpose of the concept of the festival is to present the frontline names of the Finnish rock scene and have a few big names booked to filling up a headliner?s spot. Originally the much claimed Velvet Revolver was supposed to conclude the whole festival on Sunday, but for a reason or another Slash and the company packed up and was replaced by a long time British gothic mongers Paradise Lost. However the festival was damn success in every aspect as all in all 70.000 people visited the festival during the weekened in the beautiful national park in a town called Turku. However here is the brief article of the festival with a solid dissection of a few bands which played there.

Last Updated ( August 05, 2005 )
Demons & Wizards Guitarist Jon Schaffer
Written by EvilG   
July 31, 2005

Interviewed by EvilG / Transcription by Duke
Questions by EvilG & Lord of the Wasteland
Promo Demons & Wizards Pics courtesy of Earsplit PR
Live Pics of Jon Schaffer by Lord of the Wasteland

The collaboration of Iced Earth songwriter/guitarist Jon Schaffer and Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi K?rsch rocked the metal world in 2000 with the release of their self-titled debut. Now some five years later, they have found time to release another solid album entitled TOUCHED BY THE CRIMSON KING.  As usual, Jon is a great interview subject who gives lengthy answers without having to do any prodding. In fact, some of his detailed replies answered other questions I had for him! Since Jon was doing interviews in support of the new Demons & Wizards release, the bulk of this interview is about that band. However, I managed to squeeze in some Iced Earth stuff at the end.

Last Updated ( July 31, 2005 )
Sauna Open Air Metal Festival, Tampere, Finland, 9th-11th of June 2005
Contributed by Luxi Lahtinen   
July 30, 2005

Intro/outro by Luxi ?got-some-tan? Lahtinen

Relentless commentary, bullshitting, teeth-gnashing, headaches, photographing, documenting of all kinds, etc. by Luxi ?show-no-fucking-mercy? Lahtinen & Niko ?metal-up-yer-fucking-ass? Karppinen

Sauna Open Air Metal -festival was held for the 2nd time in its entire history ? and this year the organizers of the festival had succeeded to book 3 internationally big names for the festival to headline each of the 3 days; Slayer, Megadeth and Dio; not to forget the Swedish Pain either as the fourth international band for the festival. Last year was a real success for the festival organizers already, bringing approx. 6000 metal fans to the venue for one day to enjoy such bands as Lordi, Finntroll, Children of Bodom, Thunderstone, etc. ? and of course the festival?s biggest name Nightwish.

This year nearly 7000 Metal fans gathered together with each of the 3 days being nearly sold-out or completely sold-out. So from an attendance point of view there?s undoubtedly going to be a continuation of this festival for the next year at leas and that?s what all Metal fans hope for, that?s for sure.

Last Updated ( August 06, 2005 )
Minneapolis Mayhem II - 2005
Written by MetalGeorge   
July 29, 2005

Minneapolis Mayhem II - 2005
May 6th and 7th, 2005

Article by MetalGeorge

Roadtrips: you either love them or you hate them.  Sure, the idea of hitting the road for a couple of hours with some of your best buds sounds like a grand ol? time, but when the ride is a 25 hour plus journey, it can try even the most cordial of friendships.  In this case, it was my band, The Accursed, and I making our inaugural drive down to Jackson Heights, Minnesota (a suburb), for the second installment of the Minneapolis Mayhem festival.

Last Updated ( August 01, 2005 )
Overkill Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
Written by Lord of the Wasteland   
July 28, 2005

Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland/Transcription by Adam & Jodi

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Twenty years is a long time?longer than some of the readers about to pore over this interview will have even been on this Earth, yet thrash legends, Overkill, are celebrating that monumental anniversary with the release of their 14th studio album, entitled RELIXIV (pronounced ?Relics?).  A lot has happened in those twenty years and the band has seen many members come and go but with vocalist Bobby ?Blitz? Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni at the helm from day one, Overkill is ready to take on the world with a huge tour (finally including Canadian and U.S. west coast stops) and a celebration of sorts for having survived twenty years in the heavy metal trenches.

I spoke with Ellsworth in early-March and found him to be one of the funniest subjects I have ever interviewed.  After clearing the air with a discussion about the NHL players? strike, we got down to business with a 85-minute chat about the new album, big plans for the band?s 20th anniversary, the early days of Overkill, surviving the 90s, his health, why there are always ten songs on their albums, what?s it?s like being known as the ?working man?s metal band? and about a hundred other things!  Enjoy?

Last Updated ( August 04, 2005 )
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