“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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“It’s super important to stay positive” – exclusive interview with Jennifer Haben about Beyond the Black’s new album, Hørizøns

Beyond the Black’s modern blend of melodic rock and metal emerges from the cocoon and reaches the next level with the brand new album, Hørizøns, which was released via Napalm Records on June 19th. Led by vocalist Jennifer Haben, the band unbolts their unequaled, differentiated spectra of melodic rock spiced with sonorous melodious metal soundscapes in 13 manifold songs. Hørizøns‘ atmospherically dark harshness creates the stylistic bow over the distinctive melodic rock meets pop sound in symbiosis with fragile yet strong fragments. The charismatic outfit persuades with rousing, emotional clout, and strong, confident message off self-assertion!

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“We didn’t guide the music, but the music guided us” – exclusive interview with Fabienne Erni about Illumishade’s debut album, Eclyptic: Wake of Shadows

When I first heard of Illumishade… It was love at first listen without even realizing that this band has been created by  Fabienne Erni & Jonas Wolf (Eluveitie). And what exactly is Illumishade? Well, I don’t have a proper answer, but it’s something magical and mysterious. But we were given an opportunity to gain inside into the enigmatic world of Illumishade.

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“I’ve been through that extreme period in my life” – exclusive interview with Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Sabaton has worked its way up to the top in the past few years. The Swedish heavy metal band was formed back in 1999 and during those long years, they faced many difficulties and line-up changes. 2012 was probably the toughest year for the band, that was the year when two-thirds of Sabaton’s lineup left the band, and that time even Joakim himself confirmed the rumors, that the band would be going separate ways. Luckily this option didn’t become a real-life scenario, and the band is now more successful than ever! We had a pleasure to do an exclusive interview with the frontman of Sabaton, Joakim Brodén prior to their show in Budapest.

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“It’s a contradiction” – exclusive interview with Charlotte Wessels & Martijn Westerholt about Delain’s upcoming album, Apocalypse & Chill

The dance on the edge of the abyss and its soundtrack: Dutch chart-topping metal outfit Delain have spent the last several years increasingly taking the world by storm, one album at a time. Now, with five successful releases already under their belts, the heavy crossover icons reach new heights with their latest multi-faceted dystopian masterpiece, Apocalypse & Chill. On Apocalypse & Chill, Delain leaves all stereotypes and preconceived notions in the dust – exploring themes of impending doom and human indifference – making this their boldest, most daring and undeniable offering yet. On a cold and foggy Friday evening, we had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with Charlotte Wessels and Martijn Westerholt about their upcoming album.

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“Some people were concerned that Dynazty might be pushed aside” – exclusive interview with Nils Molin

Nils Molin became a permanent member of Amaranthe after Jake E had left the band. When the news broke in Dynazty fans started to worry that the new project may have ended the career the Swedish power metal band. Luckily this was not the case, Nils manages his time and tasks perfectly, so he can put his focus on both bands. During Dynazty’s latest European tour we had an opportunity to chat a few minutes with the Swedish vocalist.

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“I’ve never tried imagining my life in any other way than it is” – exclusive interview with Orion of Behemoth

It took a while to write this interview and the reason is simple: when I feel that I had such a great interview, I’m always afraid that I will not be able to “show” how great it was. Actually, that happened this time. We had such a great talk with Orion (alias Tomasz Wróblewski) in Helsinki, and I hope you will love reading this article as much as we enjoyed to do that.

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