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Ethereal Shroud

Ethereal Shroud went on a brief hiatus at the end of 2021, just before the release of the band's massive masterpiece Trisagion. After a few months of recovering from the effort, mastermind Joe Hawker announced the revival of Ethereal Shroud in May 2022 with the promise of an eventual follow-up to Trisagion. To have some fun by subjecting himself to ridiculous questions in the meantime, Hawker spent an hour chilling with us.

Posted: 24.06.2022 by RaduP | Comments (3)

Te Ruki

One of the biggest surprises from this year was getting this blown away by an album from such an expected area like French Polynesia. I wrote about Marako Te Ruki in my review, and I noted how the sound is unexpectedly great and how the band's origin adds a lot of flair to it, from the occasional extra instrumentation, to the band singing in their native Tuamotuan language in an effort to preserve it. Of course I wanted to know more, so I got in contact with Te Ruki's Aroma, who plays guitars and vocals in the band.

Posted: 15.06.2022 by RaduP | Comments (5)


After the inevitable cancellations and rescheduling due to COVID, Soen were finally back in Athens for the first time after their last show in 2019. The performance was part of their European tour to promote Imperial, which came out last year. I contacted the band the day before their show and asked if there was time for a quick face-to-face interview, and guitarist Cody Lee Ford agreed to meet with me at the venue on the day of the show (May 27th, 2022), just before the band’s soundcheck.

Posted: 28.05.2022 by nikarg | Comments (3)

Jo Quail

The story of this interview started a bit before Roadburn. Me and Netzach saw Jo Quail opening for Amenra in Budapest. I went to that concert specifically to see Jo Quail so I wouldn't feel bad about missing her set at Roadburn due to clashes. I did end up seeing her set anyway. But we were both taken aback by her performance, and after stumbling upon her at the merch table, we started talking, though we informed her that we're a bit too intoxicated for an actual interview, so we exchanged contact information, and set it up for Roadburn. Considering how much I've been seeing Jo pop up in the credits of albums and as an opening act, it felt only natural to wanna know more.

Posted: 08.05.2022 by RaduP | Comments (3)

Executioner's Mask

Back when I first interviewed Jay Gambit, Executioner's Mask had barely released their first demo EP a couple of day before, and it had more of a side-project vibe than anything. I mean, Crowhurst was just about to release III, their biggest album yet, have two sets at Roadburn Festival, and they just got an interview with me. In 2022, there's only been two Crowhurst records since, both of much lower impact, whereas Executioner's Mask became a full-fledged band, singed to Profound Lore, released Despair's Anthems to great acclaim, and now they have another upcoming one. I had a conversation with Jay about it.

Posted: 06.05.2022 by RaduP | Comments (0)

Helms Alee

Helms Alee! They have a new album out today! Go listen to it! Here's what we managed to talk about when I caught them at Roadburn.

Keep This Be The Way

Radu: We’re here in front of 013 with Helms Alee. Is that how you say it?

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis: Yes.

Radu: And we’re here with:

Hozoji: Hozoji.

Radu: Drums.

Hozoji: Drums.

Ben Verellen: Ben, guitars.

(some general laughter as each member takes a turn leaning into Radu’s phone )

Dana James: Dana, bass.

Radu: So what I found most fascinating doing research is that you’ve been around for quite a while, yet you were always the same three lineup.

Posted: 29.04.2022 by RaduP | Comments (2)


Far from the first time I interviewed Stefan Nordström of Soliloquium, and also of Desolator, Ending Quest, Ashes Of Life and others. First coming into contact with his music when Soliloquium's 2020 album Things We Leave Behind reached the #1 spot on our ever-changing highest-rated album of the then current year. Now Soliloquium have already released a follow-up, Soulsearching, which I already talked about. And now, I'm talking to him about, since he was already so open about wanting to be interviewed again.

Posted: 21.03.2022 by RaduP | Comments (3)