Interviews
Fen

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time?

Frank Allain: The simple answer to this question is the Whitesnake album 1987. My father put this on in the car when I was about 12 or 13 years old and it simply blew my world apart. I'd heard NOTHING like it up until that point - the weight of the riffs, the mysteriousness of the keyboards and the power of the vocals. It's a testament to the strength of that record that here I am, nearly a quarter of a century later, yet that record still gets regular rotations on my turntable.

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Posted: 11.11.2016 by Bad English | Comments (13)

Interviews
Anciients - Voice Of The Void (SBS)

Susan: What was the band's initial vision with Voice Of The Void and how does that differ from what you created in the end?

Kenny: We basically just wanted to try and write a great record, we didn't have a concept for the album at the time the music was being written for Voice Of The Void, other than, wanting it to be somewhat of a continuation of the foundations we had built on Heart Of Oak. I think we definitely have included a lot of the aspects of our sound on this new record, but the songs focus more on the heavier parts of the last album as opposed to the more classic rock vibes that were present then.

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Posted: 31.10.2016 by Susan | Comments (1)

Interviews
Saor

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm.

Andy Marshall: Thanks!

BE: Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time?

AM: I grew up listening to a lot of different rock and metal bands in High School. I got my first guitar when I was about 12/13 I think. I started jamming with friends in a local studio, nothing serious, just playing covers and goofing around. I properly started writing and recording music in my late teens, when I was about 16 or 17. I played in a few shitty metal and post-rock projects during my late teens till early 20's but I didn't start writing and recording music seriously until I started Saor in 2012 when I was 23/24.

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Posted: 26.10.2016 by Bad English | Comments (24)

Interviews
Votum - :Ktonik: (SBS)

Back by popular demand is the Song-By-Song Interview! We're ringing in the new era with Zbigniew Szatkowski of Votum to learn more about their impassioned and eloquent :Ktonik:.

Susan: What was the band's initial vision with :Ktonik: and how does that differ from what you created in the end?

Zbigniew: The album is exactly what we wanted it to be and what we expected. When we picked the recording studios, the mixing and mastering studio and the people to record and work with our tracks, we had had the end game in our mind. Before we even set our foot in the studio we had recorded the album twice to work on the details with a lot of help of our new guitars Piotr Lniany and his previous studio engineering experience. It helped to tweak the materials to the semi-final form. Than we picked studios best suited to record the sound of each and every instrument to get the desired feel. We did the same with the graphics for this album. We worked with Kuba Sokólski in the past and he's proven to understand what we want and how we work. That made the cooperation very open, optimal and efficient. Previously he had created the artwork for our Time Must Have A Stop, Metafiction, and Harvest Moon.

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Posted: 19.10.2016 by Susan | Comments (11)

Interviews
Ereb Altor

Bad English: Hi. Thank you for doing this interview with us as Metal Storm!

Jonas Lindström: No problems!

BE: Can you tell us a bit about yourself, how you picked up the drumsticks and began listening to metal?

J: It all starts when I'm at the age of about 5-6 and my father, who plays the piano, are trying to make me a pianist. He taught me how to read notes, and at the age of 6 I had played through the easier note books. The thing was, I accidentally stumble upon a radio show playing all kinds of rock and metal, and I knew right away this was the thing for me! This was around 1984-85. For the Swedish readers that may be old enough, the show was called "Rock Box Rockradio", and the host was Per Fontander. Remember?

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Posted: 12.10.2016 by Bad English | Comments (5)