Monthly Archives: October 2010

BLIND GUARDIAN (Frederik Ehmke) INTERVIEW

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BLIND GUARDIAN (Frederik Ehmke) INTERVIEW There was a time when, to find a Blind Guardian CD on the shelves of even the most central record stores in London was “mission impossible”, but now things have certainly changed. Following a string … Continue reading

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HELSTAR (James Rivera) INTERVIEW

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HELSTAR (James Rivera) INTERVIEW Doing interviews is something that I really enjoy as I feel that I am given the chance to help artists promote their music. When my interviewees are as outspoken, positive thinking and outwardly enjoyable as the … Continue reading

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DIMMU BORGIR (Silenoz) INTERVIEW

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DIMMU BORGIR (Silenoz) INTERVIEW The times we live in are an economic challenge to all, even more so to bands and musicians around the world. With illegal downloading in its prime, many musicians are struggling to make ends meet and … Continue reading

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ONSLAUGHT (Nige Rockett & Andy Rosser-Davies) INTERVIEW

ONSLAUGHT (Nige Rockett & Andy Rosser-Davies) INTERVIEW Spending a Saturday evening in a music instrument fair is not really my idea of fun, however I have to admit that what took place at Walthamstow’s The Royal Standard on the night … Continue reading

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DEATH ANGEL – “RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION”

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DEATH ANGEL – “RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION” NUCLEAR BLAST (2010) Death Angel is a band I have been supporting from the bottom of my heart for the last twenty five years, as a) their music was always very intelligent and highly enjoyable … Continue reading

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NIGHTFALL – “ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS”

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NIGHTFALL – “ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS” METAL BLADE (2010) When it comes to Greek extreme metal, the main ambassadors of the scene are and have always been Rotting Christ, however it was not long after Sakis Tolis and … Continue reading

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HAIL OF BULLETS – “ON DIVINE WINDS”

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HAIL OF BULLETS – “ON DIVINE WINDS” METAL BLADE (2010) Death Metal is a genre that, in the last twenty five years, has graced us with quite a few talented people, with only a handful as important and influential as … Continue reading

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THERION – “SITRA AHRA”

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THERION – “SITRA AHRA” NUCLEAR BLAST (2010) Therion is a band that first came to my attention back in 1993 through the release of their epic third full-length “Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas” – an album that saw the … Continue reading

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HELSTAR – “GLORY OF CHAOS”

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HELSTAR – “GLORY OF CHAOS” AFM RECORDS (2010)   The story of the Texan Speed Metal quintet Helstar started back in 1981 when vocalist extraordinaire James Rivera met up for the first time with guitarist Larry Barragan. What happened after … Continue reading

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AMORPHIS – “MAGIC & MAYHEM – TALES FROM THE EARLY YEARS”

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AMORPHIS – “MAGIC & MAYHEM – TALES FROM THE EARLY YEARS” NUCLEAR BLAST (2010) Twenty years as an active band, Finnish Folk Metal outfit Amorphis have achieved many impressive things, but for the average metal fan their absolute highlight has … Continue reading

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AUTOPSY – “THE TOMB WITHIN E.P”

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AUTOPSY – “THE TOMB WITHIN E.P” PEACEVILLE (2010) When asked whether there would ever be an Autopsy reunion back in May 2004, guitarist and founding member Danny Coralles provided a fairly negative response. Among the reasons for not re-activating the … Continue reading

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MALEVOLENT CREATION – “INVIDIOUS DOMINION”

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MALEVOLENT CREATION – “INVIDIOUS DOMINION” MASSACRE RECORDS (2010) Death Metal is a genre that enjoyed some relative commercial success during the early 90s; fell into obscurity and come back stronger than ever these last few years. Throughout this long and … Continue reading

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