“I took jobs in kindergartens for a few years before I decided to pursue a career in film music” – exclusive interview with Roy Westad, alias “ILLT”

Get ready for some raw and mind-blowing extreme metal illustrating the ugliness of this world in the masterpiece “Urhat” (due 2021), made by the talented Roy Westad. ILLT is the alter ego of Norwegian composer and guitarist Roy Westad. It’s an uncompromising sandbox and a culmination of decades of passion and love for extreme metal as an art form. His debut album “Urhat” features session musicians from Megadeth, Soilwork, Chrome Division, and Nile. The album was mixed by Kurt Ballou @ Godcity and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Alan Douches.

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“I got into music literally by accident” – Exclusive interview with Shakey Sue of The Hellfreaks

Their return to this world began in February 2009 when Shakey Sue and her guitarist decided to amp up the sophistication of the music they were playing as members of an established surf-psycho band. Sue abandoned her drumsticks and the guitarist grabbed his Gretsch and after teaming up with two other friends who were rocking the punk world The Hellfreaks were born. Rather than trying to hide their horns any longer, they combined their musical roots in punk rock, psychobilly, and metal and the result was an original hard-hitting sound. In 2020 the band released their 4th album God On The Run, an unbridled stomp which unapologetically puts all before in the shade. We had a pleasured opportunity to do a full-depth interview with the one and only Shakey Sue!

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“We always try to bring something new and fresh to the table with every Sirenia album” – Exclusive interview with Sirenia

I was really excited when I heard that Sirenia will drop out a new album. It’s not a secret, that I’m a huge fan of the band, and I took every opportunity to see and hear them live. However, it seems that I won’t have this chance anytime soon, but the new album definitely compensates me. Riddles, Ruins & Revelations dropped out exactly one week ago, and prior to its official release, we had a chance to chit-chat with the band about the new album, and Morten even answered some questions sent by our Instagram followers as well. Get ready and dive into the magical world of Sirenia!

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“We steal the fanciest clothes we can find in the clothes-recycling-bin” – interview with Gatto Panceri 666 of Nanowar of Steel

It’s our time to make you smile and Nanowar of Steel is exactly what we all need at the end of this chaotic year! If you haven’t heard about them, here’s a brief summary of the band: they are the kings of masterful heavy metal parodies! On December 4th they released their album Stairway To Valhalla on vinyl for the first time – we had an extremely fun chat with the band’s bassist, Gatto Panceri 666, and not just about the new vinyl. An old joke still deserves a song, so have fun!

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“It’s important to document the sound of your time” – Exclusive interview with Snow Owl

Back in October, an interview request came from the press office of the world’s best bassist, Snow Owl. I was in shock, but of course, I was in it! Juan Garcia-Herreros was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, he is currently working with Hans Zimmer, and is now off to pastures new. During our 20-minute conversation, we tried to touch upon every topic, yet it wasn’t a forced conversation, which was due to the bassist’s kind and friendly nature.

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“We didn’t want to disappear right after our first release” – interview with Adrian Thessenvitz of Ad Infinitum about ‘Chapter I Revisited’

Ad Infinitum conjured a new spell, transforming their debut album, Chapter I: Monarchy into an enchanting acoustic reimagination. The quartet brought to life back in 2018 rapidly made its way straight into the hearts of the symphonic metal community and even beyond! Chapter I Revisited is a really special version of their first full-length, looks back on this successful path, and opens the gates for everything which is about to come. These ten acoustic songs carrying the listener on gentle wings into a dream-world of soothing acoustic soundscapes – we had the pleasured opportunity to talk about it with the guitarist, Adrian.

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“At some point, you want the real thing” – exclusive interview with Clémentine Delauney about ‘A Symphonic Journey To Remember’

It’s not an easy year, but despite this Visions Of Atlantis continue their everlasting symphonic journey! The band released their first-ever live DVD & Blu-ray, “A Symphonic Journey To Remember”, which was recorded live at the last year’s Bang Your Head!!! Open Air Festival with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague. Before the DVD’s official release (October 30th, 2020) we had the opportunity to talk with Clémentine Delauney – she shared some behind the scenes secrets and also talked about the fate of her other project, Exit Eden.

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“I was finally ready to do it” – exclusive interview with Samer Elnahhal (Ex-Lordi)

Samer Elnahhal delivers his new funky industrial space metal melodies in his brand new album “Supernova Kill Road”. After departing from Lordi in 2019, where he played bass as “OX” for almost 14 years, he has been recording his album of funky industrial space metal, while he is also busy tapping that bass for Down South Junkies. We had an opportunity to do an exclusive interview with Samer – scroll down, to get to know him!

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“I really took a listen to all that stuff and saw the potential” – exclusive interview with Tony Campos of Static-X

The story of Static-X has begun back in 1994, when Wayne Static, Ken Jay, and Tony Campos got together (however the full story is more complex). When Wayne Static had died in 2014 it seemed that this is the end for Static-X. But everything changed when Tony Campos’ producer friend called and told him about the long-lost demos. After the launch of Project Regeneration Vol. 1 we had an opportunity to do an exclusive interview with the band’s original bassist, Tony Campos.

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“I don’t go looking for inspiration” – exclusive interview with Marko Hietala

Marko Hietala. Writing the perfect lead – this is definitely the most challenging part of this article. Marko Hietala is the Gandalf of Metal, a living legend, and he has a special place in many metalheads’ heart. He joined Nightwish back in 2001, and Century Child was his very first album with the Finnish band. Last year he released his first solo album, Mustan sydämen rovio, the English version, Pyre of the Black Heart came out this January under the flag of Nuclear Blast. Prior to his show in Budapest, we had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with him.

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