“We wanted to show the female voice can be as strong and commanding a presence as any male singer in heavy metal” – introducing: Empress

Empress is a symphonic metal band from the United States, centered around classically-trained singer Barbara Blackthorne and main songwriting mastermind and guitarist Vlad Khavin, are well on their way to conquering the big stages and setting people’s minds ablaze with kaleidoscopic arrangements – and with their latest single, “Into the Grey”, they are surely one step closer to symphonic metal sovereignty. Here’s our interview with the band’s bassist, Nick Bonsanto.

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“I was sure I wanted to pursue a career in music by the time I was in high school” – introducing: Juan S. Garcés

Juan S. Garcés is a musician, guitarist, and producer from Quito, Ecuador. Raised in a home where music was an essential part of the day-to-day, he started learning guitar at a young age. He nourished his musical knowledge and skills with both academic and autodidactic studies throughout the years. He has performed with some of the most renowned bands in the Ecuadorian rock/metal scene (Colapso, Descomunal, Madbrain, Viuda Negra), as well as with various artists in other genres. Currently working as an independent artist, Juan has devoted the last few years to developing his personal projects. Here’s our interview with him!

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“The band name is a reference to our mascot” – introducing: Thirteen Goats

“Servants of the Outer Dark” is the debut record by Vancouver’s death metal monsters Thirteen Goats. They invite you to join them on a sonic trip down the most twisted sections of extreme metal’s memory lane on a journey to wicked new horizons. According to the band, the album is a love letter to old-school Florida death metal and classic 80s thrash, with nods to everything from modern melodeath and tech death to groove metal and grindcore peppered in along the way. It’s also an attempt to take the best ideas from those genres and combine them in ways people haven’t heard before. Here’s our interview with the band’s frontman, Graham K. Miles.

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“Humans never have it easy in life, art is how we cope with these experiences” – Introducing: KÄLAD

KÄLAD is a symphonic metal band from Mexico, formed and debuted in 2020. The quartet released “Sail Away”, their first single on the eve of the pandemic, followed by “Kalad” single which reached the rankings for the Top 100 Mexican Metal favorites. These two, previously mentioned tracks set a classic symphonic metal style accompanied by a dense atmosphere – here’s our interview with the lead singer (who’s actually not just very talented, but also a super nice person), Julieta Ruiseco.

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Persian Prog Metal – Introducing: Hyper Planet

“Please, be our voice!” – we received this e-mail at the end of June. Amin Saffar sent this e-mail, who is the guitarist for Hyper Planet, which is a progressive metal band from Iran. After watching their video message and knowing more about their, and the situation overall in Teheran, there was no question that we will feature them on our blog.

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