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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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Walls of Jericho Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Monday, 25 April 2016

Walls of Jericho Interview
March 2016 (Via Phone)


Walls of Jericho Interview

After an eight-year hiatus from the studio, the Detroit-based hardcore veterans, Walls of Jericho, are ready to splatter some marrow with No One Can Save You from Yourself. On the surface, the album is packed with throat-shredding screams, fist-pumping choruses, dual guitars that slash and blaze, and a rhythm section that will get your adrenaline racing. But beneath the almost visceral brutality, are lyrics fueled by loss, pain, outrage, and a shimmering kernel of optimism. No matter how bleak things may seem, it’s a call to arms -- to be “Relentless” and continue to “Fight The Good Fight”.

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Delain Interview 2016
Written by Robin Stryker   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Delain Interview 2016
March 6, 2016 (live)

 

Delain Interview 2016  

Delain have roared into 2016 with a frenzy of activity -- a special Suckerpunch show in the Netherlands to introduce their Lunar Prelude EP, a repeat appearance on the 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise, the release of the “Suckerpunch” video, and a fourth North American tour. All that, and we’re barely two months into the new year! Folks catching Delain’s current tour with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica might notice a couple of changes. Otto Schimmelpenninck is sitting out this tour to be home for the birth of his child. But there also is a new face on stage, that of guitarist Merel Bechtold. The on-stage guitar-dueling between her and Timo Somers adds to the exuberance of Delain’s live shows.

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70,000 Tons of Metal
Written by Doctor T.   
Saturday, 19 March 2016

70,000 Tons of Metal
Femme Metal goes to Sea
Caribbean Cruise, Feb. 4 - 8, 2016

 

70,000 Tons of Metal

 

In the world of metal music, there are certain events that stand out each year. Wacken, in Germany is certainly one, there are other biggies. But, 70,000 Tons of Metal is certainly one of top venues on the planet. I mean, here’s what we get: a 5 day cruise on a super cruise liner, leaving Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and heading south around Cuba from the east to Jamaica. Put into port for a few hours, then head back around the western part of Cuba back to Ft. Lauderdale. On the cruise are 60 of the top metal bands on earth, along with some 3,000 well healed metal heads from about 50 countries. You gotta love it. The music goes from about 10 in the morning until about 5 AM and, trust me, the bars are open and serving. If you love metal, this is pretty much Nirvana, complete with sun burn.

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