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Satyricon – 20 Years of Rebellion

…. I have to imagine what another person is trying to achieve. In 1349, I rely mostly on my own instincts. Whenever I make drumming solutions and perform, it’s about feeling those instincts and being led by intuition. Just letting that spirit fill me completely. There’s nothing held back, and I can make use of my most energetic and aggressive sides as a drummer. I like that a lot, and I think it defines part of my style as well. I’m very happy that…

Eternal Storm – Ebb and Flow

…lay music we enjoy. Of course we could work a bit harder and we are certainly trying to be a bit more focused now, with the new album and having some extra pressure on us 🙂 Dead Rhetoric: What has been something that has been a challenge, and something that has been a pleasure in making music with Eternal Storm? Jaime: Well, since I live in Scotland and the rest of the guys live in Spain, that distance is definitely the biggest challenge, not bein…

Wilderun – Beyond the Veil

…mething different – trying to work with people that we didn’t know personally. It’s a little bit of a risk, as you are reaching out to someone you have never met, and you don’t know how they are going to react to your sound and what exactly they are going to do. There’s a little bit of letting go of that control by sending a record halfway around the world and not being in the studio while it is being mixed. But it was totally worth it. It was exc…

Netherbird – Freedom in Darkness

…ill do so for at least a year. It won’t change much, but we will take it a bit slowly with live gigs in the autumn. But we will try to do way more gigs next year. In the meantime, we will write the next album. I think we will do that in November/December. We tend to write an album pretty quickly, but it takes more time to record it and get it out. I think maybe 2021 we will have a new one. So we try to stay creative in that sense, then next year w…

Unleash the Archers – Time for Exploration

…song that we saw ourselves being able to fit in the setlist. This is probably the only chance I’ll ever get to probably perform this song in front of our fans. I got up there… I could have done much better. To be honest I was nervous, the place was packed. It was young people, and this was obviously the spot to be at that time. I had a really good time, I don’t know if you could tell or not, I really enjoyed it. As someone who watches karaoke, you…

Sascha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony – Another Added Dimension

…don’t like to prepare myself. I’ve recorded for so many years I don’t really- basically make up everything I’m doing and as an instrumentalist as I’m recording in the studio. This makes it more spontaneous so it’s not necessarily bad to not be prepared so much. You have to know what you are doing and what you want to achieve, but it’s good sometimes to not be stuck on a super specific thing. It depends on the individual. Dead Rhetoric: Has it bee…

Ardours – Reflections from the Last Place on Earth

…wanted to be ourselves. I think that really transpires in the songs. I really gave the lyrics an interpretations that is out of respect for who I am now, not something from when I was in my 20s. The way I feel right now, after being a mother and working my ass off my whole life and following music forever, means that I’m a different person. I see things in a different way. Perhaps a bit more grown-up, and that’s what I wanted my vocals to sound li…

Thy Art is Murder – Hitting the Target

…a sexual assault. It’s a pretty interesting take that I hadn’t done before lyrically – trying to play a character that is not me. Most Thy Art is Murder songs are written from my own perspective, so that one is super interesting. “Welcome Oblivion” is about cancer, and was inspired by my favorite author, Christopher Hitchens, who died of esophageal cancer. In his book, Mortality, he says it’s funny that humans have this desire to ascribe a persona…

Diamond Head – Ride the Coffin Train

…and piano, he’s a producer, he can mix – he’s a very talented guy. I found bit by bit about all of that. It’s lovely to have that kind of range available for the band. He’s very good at his warmups, he knows how to look after his voice. We’ve done thirteen nights in a row sometimes and his voice seems to be able to hold up. He’s got a very strong voice. I can fire any kind of riff at him and he doesn’t bat an eye about it. He’ll be able to sing ov…

Eternity’s End – Hotter Than Fire

…zner: Yes, this is definitely our big goal. It’s going to be challenging a bit, especially logistically. We want to make this statement that this is a real band and not an online project. Once we’ve played a few gigs, then people will realize we are real band. We want to make something in Japan, Canada, and my manager is trying to find some European tours that may work as select gigs to appear on. I am working on the solo record, we have a couple…

Lysithea – Shadows in the Void

…friend had a massive impact on me and a lot of the atmosphere of those early Lysithea releases were kind of written as my escape from how much that stuff was affecting me at the time (and still does, that stuff never really goes away). Dead Rhetoric: Finally, what’s on deck for both Lysithea throughout 2019? Mike W.: The process of writing and recording Star-Crossed was quite drawn out so I’m really looking forward to starting again for the next…

Herman Frank – Flying Through Fear

…um we did. Herman Frank, I write half of the melodies and maybe 70% of the lyrics. Normally I have the chance to do some input, but if you are doing one song on say Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – he sends me exactly how he wants it, lyrics and melody – and I record it like this with minor changes that could be for the better of the song. With Herman, Masterplan, and when I recorded with At Vance a long time ago, those offer some kind of freedom to…

Impellitteri – Return of the Beast

…back and it was really evolving. I knew that some people would either really hate it or really love it. That was it- when we finished recording it, I smiled and knew we had to put it on the record. “Symptom of the Universe”- that song. Most people throw me in the category of your screeching/shred guitar players, but people don’t realize that Tony Iommi is one of my biggest influences. I think he writes the greatest riffs ever. It was one of the s…

Stevie McLaughlin – Tasteful Empires

…– especially considering your workload as a musician? McLaughlin: Absolutely. Obviously when I was younger before I became a musician, I used to listen to the music that was around me- AC/DC, Iron Maiden. Nowadays I worry that I only listen to music that is relevant to me and the type of music I want to make- contemporaries to me in this sort of progressive, heavy metal scene. When I become consciously aware of that, I decide that I need to branc…

Shadowkeep – In the Blood

…any of the previous albums we’ve done, I would have been preferred if the lyrics were a bit more metal fare if you like. Rouge was more progressive-oriented. Robson: It was Andreas from Pure Steel who started talking to us about artwork, and we had a few people interested. He said he knew a guy that does a lot of covers for Pure Steel, and why don’t you give him a try. Timo Wuerz is his name, and they have the cover that we have now. Allen: We ga…

Kino – Back in the Prog Business

…tainly stayed busy, with vocalist/guitarist John Mitchell involved with It Bites, Lonely Robot, Arena, and Frost* where bassist Pete Trewavas is also playing in Marillion, Transatlantic, and Edison’s Children. But eventually, all good things are worth revisiting. Here in 2018, Kino have finally returned with a second album in the form of Radio Voltaire. A collection of prog tunes that have a bit of experimentation in them, as well as some enjoyabl…

Phantom Elite – Enter the Wasteland

…ng image or sound. We aren’t interested in that. van der Meer: There’s really only one choir part in the whole album [“Every Man for Himself’], right? Did you think about anything when you were writing that? La Torraca: No, Sander and I came up with that – we thought it would be really evil if we had a choir right there. We thought of it as being a bit Satanic and funny, so we put it in [laughs]. van der Meer: It’s true though – the first 4-5 song…

The Crown – A Cobra Strike

…g, it may be detrimental to the enjoyment for the listener? Tervonen: Exactly. As I said we are a bit too close to decide something like that. I felt a bit relaxed though, because the bonus material today isn’t the same as it was say ten years ago. Ten years ago the bonus was crappy stuff that you wanted to get ahold of from Japan, but today – I realize that all the songs will be available anyway through iTunes, Spotify, etc. That’s where I truste…

Vexes – New Beginnings

…away from touring helped to give you a bit of perspective? Graves: Definitely – not only am I appreciative that I was able to do what I did, which can turn into a blur…I can’t tell you how much stuff I’m reminded of from tour that I have no idea about. Some of it due to partying, but when you do it for so long – at least 100-200 shows a year – things start to turn into the same thing over and over. But it’s great to not only have the experience fr…

Ne Obliviscaris – The Virtue of Patience

…nterested in something that’s a bit more long-winded like we are. We probably require a bit more patience to get through it. Our albums can’t really be absorbed in one listen. You need to sit down and digest them, and then go through it again and again. Eventually it makes sense, and people come to understand each part. It’s complex, but it does require patience. Dead Rhetoric: So you are looking for more open-minded people to start, in terms of f…

Communic – The Deepest of Minds

…musican to actually make it right or good enough. At that time I had probably only played guitar for a year or two. Still looking for people to play with, that could make me sound better. I still today have many ideas from that time period that I never put to use as I always write loads of stuff that just ends up in an archive waiting or as I joke around with that it is till incubating to be born at the right time. Kinda funny, I never practiced p…

Angel Vivaldi – Synaptic Connections

…I approach the guitar, and using the whammy bar to try and emote a little bit differently and do really nice soaring melodies that are memorable and hummable…I think that’s the biggest thing – captivating people from that melodic approach. Dead Rhetoric: Is there a challenge in writing an instrumental track then, to provide those hooks? Instead of having to rely on a vocal to do it. Vivaldi: The way that I look at it is this – it’s kind of like a…

Throne of Heresy – Unleashing the Plague

…material to draw upon. I’ve always been a fan of Iron Maiden’s historical lyrics so I really enjoyed converting my research into the lyrical form, frustrating as it was at times. Dead Rhetoric: How much research was done on the topic? Did you learn anything particularly interesting about the times? Clifford: I probably spent way too much time researching it, at least if you see the ten tracks and the lyrics produced. But there are so many details…

Arch Enemy – Powered Up

…release. D’Angelo: Yeah – you have that in the back of your mind a little bit, of course. You can’t really let that seep in and hurt the creative process. All you can do is write for a crowd of four…the other band members. Those are the only people you need to please, along with yourself. I think that something that we have proven over a long period of time, is that if we like it, there are some other people that will like it too. They share our…

The Unguided – Emerging Victorious from Battle

…nded like a power metal singer – he was more of a rock singer with his really manly voice. This is a bit lighter and higher in the register. That was our impression – taking The Unguided sound and adding this singer, it sounds a bit more towards power metal than in previous releases. I have a hard time thinking about what a new album with Roland would sound like. I would be afraid that it would feel like the same thing as the previous three, just…

Framework – Ascending the Divide

…in a Catholic school, and I didn’t really have many friends. I was relatively lonely, and I made a connection with the music teacher at my school. He happened to have a practice space/recording studio a minute walk from the school. He invited me over because he wanted to show me something- and that something was a black Yahama drum set. He showed me a couple of rudiments, and a couple of really basic rock songs (from) The Doors, The Band, and a ba…

Space Vacation – Emotional Reengagement

…re (laughs). It’s warmer out here, the weather is nicer, people are generally friendly out here. Back east, people are a little bit more brash. There’s a reason why they called us Massholes for a reason. I don’t think I would choose to live back east again, starting with the weather. But there are a lot of things I miss about that part of the country as well. I feel like the metal scene is a little bit bigger there, probably a little more acceptin…

Angel Nation – Aeons to Come

…on when you first formed it? Elina Siirala: To be honest, there wasn’t really a goal. It wasn’t really a decision like, “Let me start a band, and do this and that.” I was going through a pretty difficult time in my life back then – it was actually my former teacher that really encouraged me to start writing again. I used to write music all the time. I wrote a few songs and it felt really good. I wanted to do something a bit heavier, but I thought…

Narcotic Wasteland – Faces of Death

…le are looking for that escape and some people welcome this kind of thing. Lyrically, for me, it’s almost a punk rock approach. Just say what you have to say. It doesn’t have to be fancy – let the music do the rest of the talking. Dead Rhetoric: What are the goals for Narcotic Wasteland at this point – either in the short or long-term end? Toler-Wade: Basically, the way that I have looked at any band is to push it as far as it will go. Try to get…

The Black Dahlia Murder – Villain Music

…Then there’s bands that are the tightest, cleanest, fastest, most physically Olympic thing going – to play a billion miles an hour. It’s always going in so many directions and I just love it. Whether or not it’s popular on a global scale or [just] in high schools, it’s always happening. It’ll never die, it’ll never go away. Dead Rhetoric: You’ll be starting up a North American tour once the album comes out, and it’s yet another completely stacked…