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Melvins

There are very few metal bands in the alternative wave that don't get trace in some way or another to Melvins. It would be hard to find earlier incarnations of sludge or drone or grunge. But besides being a pretty influential band, they always felt like a band that just did what they wanted. Switching lineups between albums, an acoustic retrospective, an album with a dozen bass players, these are just a few of the things that Melvins have done lately. So we talked with King Buzzo about some of it, while also getting schooled about how great Led Zeppelin and The Who were.

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Posted: 11.12.2021 by RaduP | Comments (4)

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Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City is one of those bands sitting in between the noise rock and sludge metal worlds, being able to take from a more varied set of influences. They recently released a new album, Piecework, after a pretty long time after the previous one, so I wanted to know more about that, even if I ended up spending half the interview talking with Scott about listening habits instead.

Piecework was released on 8th October 2021 by Neurot Recordings.

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Posted: 05.12.2021 by RaduP | Comments (3)

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Lindy-Fay Hella

Lindy-Fay Hella is most well-known as the co-vocalist of Wardruna, but she started to branch out recently with a solo album, 2019's Seafarer, which included a bunch of collaborators. She followed that up by assembling Dei Farne and creating Hildring, continuing to develop that darkwave neofolk sound. I wanted to know a bit more about that, partly because I had no idea how to add the Lindy-Fay Hella profile (and that's still prone to changes), and partly due to loving Wardruna, but also sometimes you just wanna know what music do plants listen to.

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Posted: 05.12.2021 by RaduP | Comments (3)

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Rhapsody Of Fire

Back when I first started getting into metal, I got a batch of albums from my older cousin. One of them was Rhapsody's Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga. And thus began my love of dragon-slaying power metal, and when I say my love for it began, I mean that I had a brief phase, and then my relationship to euro power became more of a distant one. And before I knew it, there were three Rhapsodies at least. It's not really unusual for bands to splinter after more than two decades, so the current incarnation of Rhapsody Of Fire just released its second album with this lineup, Glory For Salvation. I sat down with Alex Staropoli to see how all these decades passed for the band itself.

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Posted: 05.12.2021 by RaduP | Comments (8)

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Confess

Confess as a band itself is probably a name that isn't familiar to most people. After all, most Iranian metal doesn't really get much of a traction. But I'm sure a lot of us are familiar with Confess' story, even if we don't recognize their name, as the band that were arrested for playing metal. Having fled to Norway and reactivated the band in order to keep making music, Nikan's story is a stark reminder of the rebellious and regime-defying nature of art. Me and Nikan talk about Iran's history, music under the state's permission, and being an artist in exile.

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Posted: 27.10.2021 by RaduP | Comments (5)

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E-an-na

E-an-na was a band that was all the rage five years ago when they released their debut EP, Jiana. For a country where half the bands are some sort of folk metal bands, their style was fairly unique, taking a more modern metal approach, even if that wasn't as obvious on that EP as on future releases. I knew Andrei and Ovidiu from their time in Prohod, and I rode their tour van once between shows. In the meantime they released an ambitious full length, and two EPs which are pretty big detours from their sound. A tango EP and an EP that brought them accusations of ruining the Romanian rock industry are not usual for a folk metal band. I managed to find a slot between Andrei's allocated time for his ten other music projects and I talked with him and Ovidiu about the band, their two recent EPs, what music implies, and how to get Lidl shoes.

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Posted: 23.10.2021 by RaduP | Comments (5)

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Sordide

Black metal has continued to remain an imposing force more than three decades after its inception, and that's partly because of how regional scenes evolved and how acts are still striving to push forward while still playing to the genre's strength. Sordide are a French band from Rouen, one that has quickly became among my favorite French black metal bands, specifically because of how much they encompass the ethos that I mentioned. They're not avant-garde per se, but if there's anything I can't accuse them of, it's stagnating. So I wanted to know a bit about their label changes and the context they come from.

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Posted: 19.10.2021 by RaduP | Comments (7)

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Kryptos

As fascinating as it is to interact with a band from India, a country that, despite its population, doesn't seem to have as big of a weight in the metal world, Kryptos' appeal lies more in reflecting the appeal of 80s heavy and thrash metal, with its balls-to-the-walls bravado of bands like Judas Priest, Accept, Mercyful Fate, or Kreator. We liked Afterburner so much that we reviewed it and nominated it for our awards. Now, Kryptos are to release its follow-up, Force Of Danger, so we decided to talk about it, and try not to mention too many times that they're the only Indian band we talked to. And for the first time in a long while, the interview will be available in video form, so you can glance at my face finally.

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Posted: 30.09.2021 by RaduP | Comments (8)