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Band Interviews

Band Interviews

Trail of Tears Interview 2013

  • Category: Band Interviews
  • Published: July 08 2013
  • By Robin Stryker
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Trail of Tears Interview 2013
June 16, 2013 (via Skype)

The passing of one of gothic metal’s most revered bands warrants an epic Viking send-off. And, oh my, does Trail of Tear’s final album, Oscillation, deliver! The flames of wrath shoot skyward, while the dueling voices of Ronny Thorsen (harsh vocals) and Cathrine Paulsen (soprano vocals) beat at each other mercilessly. You can almost feel the heat of the flaming longship roaring through your speakers. Oscillation is a fitting final war cry for Trail of Tears.

Trail of Tears


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Amberian Dawn Interview 2013

  • Category: Band Interviews
  • Published: June 20 2013
  • By Robin Stryker
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Amberian Dawn Interview 2013
June 2, 2013 (via Skype)

You could have knocked me down with a medium-sized feather when Amberian Dawn announced that they were parting ways with their longtime vocalist, Heidi Parviainen, shortly after their electrifying performance at Metal Female Voices Fest X. And well, you could have knocked me down with a tiny feather when the band announced that they would release an album of re-recorded songs, taken from Amberian Dawn’s previous four albums, with their new vocalist Capri. Despite some initial trepidation, Re-Evolution is an album that stands on its own merits, rather than feeling like an imitation. Yes the songs are familiar, butCapri punches up the songs with her rock style, while the music continues to have the wondrous precision that Amberian Dawn fans adore.
Amberian Dawn

I was so pleased to have another opportunity to talk with Tuomas Seppälä, Amberian Dawn’s founder and composer, and to meet the band’s new Finnish vocalist, Capri. Dive in to get all the behind-the-scenes details on Re-Evolution, the arduous search for a new vocalist, and what is coming down the road for Amberian Dawn!

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Huntress Interview

  • Category: Band Interviews
  • Published: July 05 2013
  • By Ton Dekkers
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Live Interview with Jill Janus of Huntress 
June 8, 2013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands

When Huntress was announced to play in Poppodium 013 in Tiburg, close to my hometown, I requested a photo pass to do a concert review (in a separate article in SC) . When that was accepted, the idea came up to do a live interview with Jill Janus too. I was hesitating a little bit. Although quite happy with English, I could have done my first interview with a front woman from a Dutch band. On the other hand, now I didn't need to translate the interview into English. When the interview was granted, Napalm Records provided a promo of the new album as background information. You will find a CD review later in SC too. With that I had the full package (concert, interview and CD review).


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Needle Sharp Interview

  • Category: Band Interviews
  • Published: June 18 2013
  • By John Thornburgh
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Interview with Needle Sharp
May 18, 2013 in Paris

Introduction: Needle Sharp is a new Paris metal band that combines crunchy riffs, strong melodies, and funky rhythms with aggressive and passionate female vocals. They also put on a killer live show. I discovered them early in my year here, and have now seen them four times (and hope to see them once more before I leave). They have not yet released an album, but for now you can listen to them on ReverbNation or see fan videos on YouTube. Standout tracks include “Pieces Don’t Fit,” “Nonsense,” and “Keep the Faith in Love.” Also fun is “Ode to Beer,” especially when the band gets the audience chanting “hey hey hey” during the chorus.

Needle Sharp

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