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Rockharz 2015 Review
Written by Angela Infernale   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Rockharz 2015
Where: Ballenstedt, Germany
When: July 9th-11th
Who: See complete band list at end of the article


Rockharz 2015

 

Once a year a field in a remote area of North-Eastern Germany turns into a little city of its own. Within a few days tents and stages go up, and in the end the place is teeming with black-clad creatures, more accurately named metal heads. Once arrived, one delves right into this bubble filled with like-minded people and treasured music. Rockharz Open Air has become a regular here on Sonic Cathedral, as I in particular am always drawn back there. This year, the stellar line-up and intimate atmosphere again lead to the festival selling out of all approximately 12,000 tickets well ahead of time. Presales for 2016 have started, and we can only recommend getting your tickets early.

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Anaria Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Anaria Interview
May 28, 2015 (via Skype)


Anaria

The Boston melodic symphonic metal band Anaria is bringing some welcome sizzle to the summer with their new EP, Seasons of the Mind - Volume One: Inception. Sonic Cathedral’s Robin Stryker circled up with Jessica Mercy (vocals) and Chad Niles (guitars) for a free-wheeling chat full of randomness. Dive in for all the details on Anaria’s new album, cosplay and nerdly delights, rocking the Con, and much more!

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Mercy Isle at the Madtown Underground Throwdown
Written by Doctor T.   
Friday, 17 July 2015

A Femme Metal Band is Born
Mercy Isle, Madtown Underground Throwdown
VFW, Madison, Wisconsin - 5/27/2015


Mercy Isle

 

Well, to be sure, there were more bands than just Mercy Isle at the Madtown Underground Throwdown, but I was there primarily to see Kassandra and the boys for their first ever live performance. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day in southern Wisconsin for the event. That and the fact that they had cheap beer and brats at the VFW meant you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop. My companion, Linda and I got there early, got to look at the fighter planes and troop transports before coming in to focus on the music.

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Face-Off Challenge: Cradle of Filth & Unleash The Archers
Written by Robin Stryker   
Sunday, 21 June 2015

Cradle of Filth / Unleash the Archers
(via Skype)

Well, this is a first for Sonic Cathedral. Instead, of Robin Stryker relentlessly tormenting bands with interview questions, we invited two very special guests -- Lindsay Schoolcraft (female vocalist and keyboardist of the British metal band, Cradle of Filth) and Brittney Slayes (vocalist for the Vancouver-based metal band, Unleash The Archers) -- to torment each other. Because Lindsay and Brittney hail from a country famous for having the world’s most polite citizens, they cheerfully agreed to be our guinea pigs, but opted for a love-fest rather than a blood-fest.


Face-Off Challenge: Cradle of Filth & Unleash The Archers

 

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Sirenia Interview 2015
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Sirenia Interview 2015
April 27, 2015 (via Skype)


Sirenia

 

Sonic Cathedral’s Robin Stryker had the opportunity for a long Skype chat with Sirenia’s founder/composer/lead guitarist, Morten Veland, shortly before the release of The Seventh Life Path. Dive in for all the details on the album, the challenge of writing ballads, what Morten enjoys most (other than music), and much more!

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Epica + Xandria Live
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Epica + Xandria
@ Oosterpoort Groningen (Netherlands)
April 2015


Epica

 

The only Enigma Europe club show of Epica in the Netherlands was in Groningen. As Epica originates from Limburg (in the South) the location Oosterpoort in the North is according to Dutch “standards” a long trip. I don’t know if it was the reason it was a long time ago Epica played there. For sure the VIP service provided by my sister-in-law in Groningen (she brought me to the venue and picked me up there to) made me go. And I’m happy I made the decision to go to Groningen.

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Devilskin Live at the Whisky
Written by John Thornburgh   
Monday, 25 May 2015

Devilskin Live at the Whisky
May 5, 2015


Devilskin

 

I got hooked on New Zealand’s Devilskin last year as soon as Sonic Cathedral’s Robin Stryker introduced them to me. All of their elements – vocals, guitars, bass, and drums – stand out from the crowd to create a fresh and exciting sound. Jennie Skulander has a powerful clean voice but can switch to a fierce growl in a heartbeat. Guitarist Nail delivers high intensity leads and virtuoso solos, and I especially like his use of a metal slide on “Never See the Light.” Meanwhile, bassist Paul Martin and his son Nic play a variety of compelling rhythms, from the funky “Little Pills” to the death metal double bass of “Elvis Presley Circle Pit.”

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Worhol Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Friday, 15 May 2015

Worhol Interview
March 2015 (via Skype)


WORHOL

 

The father-daughter band, Worhol, first came to Sonic Cathedral’s attention through our roving Jim Wilkinson, who caught one of their local Texas shows. He was swept up by their music and stage presence, so when their The Awakening debut hit the streets, we didn’t waste any time in chatting with Ashley Worhol (vocals) and Larry Worhol (guitars) to find out more. Dive in for a behind the scenes look at The Awakening, Worhol’s upcoming video, bouncing back when the inevitable tour disaster strikes, and much more!

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