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Hail Sagan Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Thursday, 15 September 2016

Hail Sagan Interview\
August 22, 2016 (via Skype)


Hail Sagan 

 

Los Angeles-based hard rockers, Hail Sagan have all the hallmarks of a band to keep a very close eye on. Megadeth’s co-founder, bassist and producer David Ellefson obviously agrees, since he snapped them up for his label, EMP Label Group. Hail Sagan’s line-up is partially shrouded in mystery -- you’ve got Sagan Amery on vocals, with Nick Quijano (Powerman 5000) and Andrew Weissberg on guitars; however, the rhythm section and keyboardist are masked musicians, collectively known as “The Nothing”. Hail Sagan have released their first single, “Dark Cloud”, and are busily preparing for the release of their self-titled EP in October 2016 and a tour to convert the masses to the Supreme Order of Saganism.

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High Fighter Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 23 August 2016

High Fighter Interview
June 2016 (via Skype)


High Fighter

With a band name like High Fighter, one might expect Scars & Crosses to be a stoner soundtrack for a mellow night of bong rips. Hah, guess again! Scars & Crosses is a full-throttle, raucous album that refuses to tidily fit within the stoner, sludge, doom, or desert rock genres, although all of those elements certainly are present. Here is a band that brings the same simmering energy to their studio album, as they do to their live shows. Go forth, and head-bang!

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Shadowrise Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Shadowrise Interview
July 2016 (Via Skype)



Shadowrise

As part of Sonic Cathedral’s partnership with Female Metal Event - FemME, we are introducing readers to the winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands, in which the top two contenders landed a slot on this year’s festival line-up. Please welcome Laura Guldemond, lead vocalist for the Dutch power metal band, Shadowrise!

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Celestial Ruin Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Celestial Ruin Interview
(via Skype)


Celestial Ruin 

Tie your bib, grab your fork, and get ready to tuck into a tasty musical offering, dished up by the Vancouver-based symphonic hard rock band, Celestial Ruin. Although the Pandora EP is five-tracks, it manages to be both diverse and satisfying, thanks to its artful combination of New World rock sensibilities and Old World symphonic elements. Bluesy belting, pulse-racing instrumentation, and lush orchestral passages are a recipe for metal goodness! Add to that some fine keyboard contributions by Ruben Wijga (The Theater Equation, ex-ReVamp) and Joost van den Broek producing the EP, and you have an album that will stand the test of time.

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Nightwish & Delain Tour
Written by C. & John Thornburgh   
Monday, 06 June 2016

Nightwish/Delain Tour Review
2016 USA Tour

 

Nightwish & Delain Tour
Delain soundcheck (Photo by C.)

Part One: Anaheim, CA (March 12th, 2016)

John: I was lucky enough to attend the tour twice: first in Anaheim, California (near Disneyland). The bands were excited that the 1700-capacity venue, the Grove, was sold out. And the crowd was clearly excited, lining up early, jumping, screaming, waving, and singing along with the bands. Of course, there were lots of Nightwish shirts, but also lots of Delain shirts, which is great for an opening band and bodes well for their plans to headline soon.

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Otep - Generation Doom Tour
Written by Doctor T.   
Sunday, 05 June 2016

Otep - Generation Doom Tour
Q & Z Expo Center
Ringle, Wisconsin
April 23, 2016


Otep - Generation Doom Tour

It’s not often that you get a really solid metal tour hitting Wisconsin. Especially one that features a number of Femme Metal Acts. When I first heard about it, I have to admit,I didn’t know much, if anything, about Otep; my focus is generally on other geographic parts of the globe. And when I saw that it was being held in Ringle, Wisconsin, I had serious concerns about how solid a show this would be. You see, I’d never heard of Ringle, Wisconsin, and neither had anyone else I know in Wisconsin. Which is understandable; Ringle is outside Wausau in the northern part of the state. It’s essentially a cow pasture. But, there was once a school there, out in a cow pasture, which has, for some unknown reason, become a concert venue of sorts, complete with black boards and a cafeteria (now serving beer). But, we did some planning and agreed that Deb Freytag would shoot the show the previous evening in Minnesota. . . she’s a much better photographer than I am. . . and I would cover it the next night and write the article.

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Evig Natt Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Monday, 13 June 2016

Evig Natt Interview
May 14, 2016 (via Skype)

Evig Natt

2016 is shaping up to be a year in which long-dormant bands emerge from hibernation to introduce themselves to a new generation of metal fans. The Norwegian gothic doom band, Evig Natt (Norwegian for “eternal night”) returns from a six-year hiatus with their third studio album, Evig Natt. The album is something of a study in contradictions -- Kirsten Jørgensen’s clean vocals playing off against Stein Roger Sund’s growls, lush orchestral passages on some tracks with pared-down instrumental work on other tracks, hauntingly melancholy songs, and some might catchy choruses. Yet, despite the diversity of its tracks, the album hangs together as a cohesive whole, and reveals more of itself with repeated listens.

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OTEP Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Monday, 02 May 2016

OTEP Interview
March 2016 (via Skype)

Early 2013 looked like it was going to be the end of the line for the California artcore band, Otep. Disillusioned by the music industry, Otep Shamaya announced that Hydra would be the band’s final album. But after a three-year hiatus, Otep are back with a new album, Generation Doom, which is their first release through Napalm Records.

OTEP Interview

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