Oh mighty Twilight Force. What an impression you made on the power metal world with your new album ‘Heroes of Mighty Magic‘. We dive into the mysterious Twilight Kingdoms to sit down with resident wizard Blackwald and his Elven counterpart Lynd to give us a tour of the realms we’ve only touched the surface on…
The wanderer, a proverbial term perhaps for someone who is lost, seeking a meaning in whatever it may be that they are searching for. Perhaps a wanderer could be seen as a free spirit independent of residence. Mainstayers in the Metalcore arena, Germany’s Heaven Shall Burn are very much steadfast in their musical creativity. Releasing their brand new album Wanderer this year the band take yet another step into the Metalcore march. Speaking to us courtesy of Century Media we asked guitarist Maik Weichert a couple of questions surrounding the new album, to see what he thought of the term wanderer.
In our first ‘Metal Moments’ segment, we ask Rene of Equilibrium to define the best of the bands songs to listen to in certain times of your average day.
We caught up with Soilwork at the end of summer just to see how everything was going!
As the evenings come quicker and darkness comes thicker so we move into the time of winter. Returning after some time away from the Black Metal realm, Dark Funeral return once more into the fray of frost and fire. Currently on their European tour with Krisiun, we were able to catch up with both Lord Ahriman and Heljamadr on their London appearance. Sat ironclad and without the usual corpse paint get up its clear to see that both Ahriman and Heljamadr, when not on stage donning their imposing gear are simply fans of Black Metal. Revealing to us the process in which Where Shadows Forever Reign was brought to light and some of the inner turmoil members experienced and its cathartic release. We welcome you, once again, into the realm of shadows.
You simply cannot be a fan of European metal without having heard of Blind Guardian. The band are such a staple in the continent’s heavy diet, that now you could find German elders in the street knowing a couple of songs from the band at least. Blind Guardian are massive, and their current tour has justified that nothing is stopping them from getting bigger. And we had to travel to the USA to find a moment of their time.
No pressure. Two words that when applied cause the absolute opposite of their desired effect. Holing themselves away to write the follow up to 2012’s Dark Roots Of Earth, Testament began crafting their next chapter in the band’s history. Appearing sporadically for tour opportunities the band were somewhat biding their time. Knowing that their new record would be entitled The Brotherhood Of The Snake there was some form of narrative the band could follow. Speaking with the booming and entirely delightful, Chuck Billy we found out that, to quote the band there was more than meets the eye with their new release. Scheduling in studio time without being entirely prepared, something the band had never done before, their backs were firmly up against the wall. Nevertheless like the proverbial snake, when cornered the animal can become fierce, enraged and most importantly incredibly dangerous. With that in mind we’re let into the world of Testament and how with their strongest line up in years they came to write one of their most vicious records yet. No pressure.
Performing their second ever show at Bloodstock’s Jagermeister Stage there is certainly something to take note of with The Heretic Order. Returning back to this year’s Bloodstock with ever more ambitious plans the band performed on the infamous Sophie Lancaster stage. Prior to their performance however we were able to catch up with guitarist and fellow Blues enthusiast (though you wouldn’t know it from his stage name) Count Marcel La Vey on all things The Heretic Order and the bands plans for the future, including a brand new record!
Studious in the idea of speed Dragonforce are renown for being one of the quickest bands out there. Following on from the release of their brand new Best Of Killer Elite, the band are touring the world over. Making a pit stop at Bloodstock Open Air this year we were able to catch up with guitarist and musical virtuoso Herman Li. Speaking about the man’s influences behind the guitar, how the band came up with “Fury Of The Storm” and most importantly the recording of a brand new album set for a release next year. We delve into the world where dragons do indeed dwell.
As the old adage goes, expect the unexpected. That seems to be sentiment that Diamond Head are running with. Setting into the studio with their brand new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen the band wanted to go in the typical British style, low kee, record an album and that perhaps be the end of it. What happened was something the band hadn’t quite envisioned. Leading to a headline appearance at Bloodstock and many other plans in the pipeline we were ablet to speak to the drum power house and allround lovely bloke Karl Wilcox about the surprise that has been Diamond Head’s brand new album.
Omnipresent in its perception, death an idea prevalent in the world of Metal, whose ideology has been widely explored particularly within the subtly named genre of Death Metal. Veterans in the art of Old School Death Metal, Asphyx are weather worn experts in its field. Bringing together a sense of organic jamming contrasted with infintely calculated makes for utterly chaotic material. Having been five years since their previous release Deathhammer, Incoming Death represents a new statement to the idea of death itself. A new study in the art of dying and who better than to speak to the artist and true gentleman Martin Van Drunen the bands singer and spokesperson to deliver an in depth look into a life of Incoming Death.
It’s that time where Epica begin a new cycle of symphonic dominance with the unleashing of a brand new album. It was their previous effort of ‘The Quantum Enigma‘ that solidified the bands status as one of the best in their genre, but the band want bigger, and they want better. ‘The Holographic Principle‘ might just be the opus to that statement, and we ask some questions about the driving force behind it.
Fortune favours the bold as the saying goes. Daring to do something different Insomnium bring an idea not previously tackled in their career. Returning to the studio after Shadows Of A Dying Sun the band were somewhat non plus send as to how they might tread their next steps. After thorough consideration the band opted for the decision to record a one track album. Encompassing all of the band’s strengths the track moves in waves. Moving back to the likes of Prog Rock classics the Finnish Metallers wanted to echo the ideas presented by the greats of our time. Birthing a living breathing map of music brought together in their patented sound. Based on the novel created by the band’s own Niilo Sevanen of the same title Winter’s Gate sees a band take on the elements and win. Triumphing over the endless pitfalls that come with undertaking a task as daunting as a one track album, the band surpass these boundaries to give one of their most engaging listens yet.
One of the many beauties that is found within music is its bountiful, ever expanding canvas of genre. Despite performing at what is one of the biggest Metal festivals in England, Zoax are not quite the classic definition of heavy. Owing to their various members ever changing taste in music gives the band a rich palette of differentiation within music. Allowing for not only musical creativity to be rife within the band but the art of expression within music to be one that is unique. Making waves throughout the London scene, Zoax have slowly but surely been crafting their own niche. With premiere’s over at Radio One courtesy of Mr Dan Carter and the like the band return for their third appearance at Download Festival this year climbing ever higher on the bill. Speaking to the delightly Joe Copcutt we were able to get an idea into what life was like in the cycle of Zoax or is it ZO-AX or Zoox? Ask Joe…
Sound has always been a fickle mistress in the realm of Metal. At once praised for its clean tonalities the more modern production styles are often slightly too clean, too devoid of grit. Understanding the ways of the Old School bands are slowly but surely moving back to the likes of analogue where things were a lot simpler. Not having room for retracting and layering the analogue truly separates the men from the boys. Headlining the Sophie Lancaster Stage this year at Bloodstock 2016 we were lucky enough to speak to Sammy Duet the man behind the wall of chainsaws that is Goatwhore’s sound. Speaking in depth ant the new album, when it can be expected and where it will be recorded we got the full low down all things Goatwhore.
The idea of Rock ‘n’ Roll has been around long before my time. The classics we all know and love formed in the foundations of what was the beginnings of a movement that would continue on far into the future. As a result of its fierce staying power Rock ‘n’ Roll has had somewhat of a revival of late. One particular band flying the flag for the genre are the Texan madmen Scorpion Child. Releasing their brand new album Acid Roulette this year the band unveil the idea of the concept album revolving around prison and a favourite past time of the rockers of old, acid. Speaking to drumer Jon Rice we were able to get behind the story of the brand new album along with the bands appearance at Download Festival.