Archive for 04/30/2012

Mathias Nygård of Turisas checked in with The Age Of Metal

Last week I had the chance to see live the Finnish battle metal band Turisas in full swing, last time they came to town supporting Cradle Of Filth (Feb.2011) I missed half of their set as I got late to the venue that night. This time around it was different as Turisas was headlining the 3rd edition of Paganfest America, a tour that mimic the european version of the tour, but with a different roster every time. Paganfest America in these edition counted with the participation of Huntress (USA), Alestorm (Scotland), Arkona (Russia) and Turisas (Finland) as a headliner. The show in Tempe, AZ was the last of the tour and unfortunately Alestorm and Huntress were not on the bill.
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Kai Hansen of Unisonic talks with The Age Of Metal

Unisonic was form by Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) and Dennis Ward (ex-Pink Cream 69) back in 2009. But it was until destiny decided to united the paths of Kiske and Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex Helloween) during their collaboration on Tobias Sammet‘s Avantasia world tour in 2010. Both Kiske & Hansen realized the musical chemistry between them was still there more than 20 years after they left Helloween for different reasons, then they decided create music together once more. Unisonic is not a super metal project, is an established band that takes elements of hard rock and metal and put them into action with lyrics about real situations, and everyday’s life events.
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Anathema – Weather Systems (2012)

In the early nineties three bands came out from England who personified the Death/Doom sub-genre: My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Anathema. Out of all of them Anathema has been the one who went the furthest away from their roots later in their career. In 1996 they released their album Eternity which saw Anathema going in the direction of progressive and alternative rock. Now in 2012 Anathema has released their newest album Weather Systems and by now they have completely forgone their Death/Doom roots and have come into their own sound.
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Neige from Alcest talks to The Age of Metal.

   Alcest has been one of those bands that that for a few years now have been refining their sound going away from their more black metal roots. On the 16th of April at the Rouge Bar in Scottsdale I had the chance to see Alcest for their first headlining tour here in the US. Seeing Alcest live is like going into a trance and as they came on with their  single on Les Voyages de l’Ame called Autre Temps, great amount of smoke began to fill up the small bar. After the first song they began to dig right in their catalog raging from their newest album to their album Escailles de Lune and Souvenirs d’une Autre Monde.

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7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes of Absolution (2012)

  7 Horns 7 Eyes are a relatively new band from Seattle, Washington. In 2012 they have released their debut album Throes of Absolution with major label Century Media. What 7 Horns 7 Eyes plays is a blend of Melodic Death Metal mixed in with Doom metal and some Progressive elements. With this debut they have created a monstrous sound.

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Michael Keene from The Faceless Talks to The Age of Metal

Michael Keene

Ah, The Faceless. What isn’t there to say about them? Since their release of Planetary Duality in 2008, they’ve become one of the most recognized bands in metal. They’ve gone from a relatively unknown tech metal band to one of the strongest forces in extreme American metal, playing direct support to Devildriver during the Metal Alliance Tour this year.
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Aaron Smith of 7 Horns 7 Eyes talks with The Age of Metal

    7 Horns 7 Eyes is a Melodic Death Metal/Progressive band from Seattle, Washington. Formed back in 2006 they released their first self-titled EP in 2007. In 2011 they released their first single Convalescence. On April 16th they will have released their debut album Throes of Absolution under the label Century Media.
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Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol (2012)

Back in the early 90′s was this band that during their first albums started the path of what today we know as Doom/Death Metal, then they shift to something totally new and exciting, that later would be known as Gothic Metal. Well, you can thank or blame British metallers Paradise Lost for both. during their long career the band has experimented with different sound combinations, some were hit and miss (yes, the time they sounded like Depeche Mode) and others great musical pieces (Icon, Draconian Times.)
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Scott Hedrick from Skeletonwitch Talks to The Age of Metal


Skeletonwitch is fucking brutal. Their brand of blackened thrash has been resounding with crowds both mainstream and underground. They also tour all the time, which certainly helps. Due to their constant touring schedule, their live show has been refined to a science: go batshit insane on stage and the rest of the crowd follows. That proved itself to be quite true at their stop in Mesa, Arizona: the crowd was berserk. Frontman Chance Garnette has proven himself the be quite the dynamic frontman, not taking a pause for pretty much the entire show.
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Moonspell – Alpha Noir (2012)

Pioneer’s of Gothic Metal Moonspell is back with their latest album Alpha Noir (Napalm Records).  Fans have been waiting in anticipation for the newest album after their last release Night Eternal (2008) was such a great success.  Alpha Noir is the bands newest masterpiece which show cases their talent, amazing writing skills, their development as a band over the years and goes to show they still got it.  Moonspell has been around since the 90′s and has stayed strong in the scene ever since.  After line up changes throughout the years and other obstacles the band has remained solid over time.  They have come a long way since their early days and have a large fan base.  Everyone can recognize them as a heavy major important band in the gothic metal scene.  This amazing band is fronted by Fernando, Mike, Pedro & Ricardo.
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