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Dr Ville-Petri Friman is researcher in life sciences at a university in England. He is a passionate researcher and teacher. And his publication record is impressive. ‘Hm … And haven’t I read this name before?’ you might wonder now. ‘Oh yes, you have!’ Ville is the main composer, guitarist and clean vocalist of the Finnish Melo Death Metal veterans: Insomnium! Quite successful, either. As my day job is closely related to such as Ville’s I know by heart: a career in research requires all your heart, passion, ambition and energy. And even more in many cases it is a profession…

Some interviewees you can’t meet too often. One of these to me is Jukka Pelkonen from Omnium Gatherum. This time I intended to focus on him as a lyricist and soon I found us discussing rather philosophical approaches of his linguistic style, the aggression in metal music on the background of the peaceful metal community and some even more difficult questions as the responsibility of lyricists for their messages and limits of comprehension if you’re stuck in immortality. We met actually already sometime back when Omnium Gatherum just set off for the first part of the Arctic Circle Alliance tour.…

19. 1. 2018, Club Garáž, Ostrava-Martinov,The Czech Republic Interviewer: Do you still prefer playing in clubs than in bigger areas? Fernando:  Yes, I think it´s a perfect atmosphere for us but of course there´s nothing wrong to perform at festivals too. It´s a different experience to play in front of larger crowds. Sometimes we even play at the daylight (laugh) if it´s optimal, that´s the way it goes but in clubs ,you know, the proximity of audience is better, the sound…. Interviewer: When did you last play at the daylight? Where was it? Fernando: Some festivals in Spain…it´s usually about…

Interview with Michael Setzer/Sad Sir and Matthias Siffermann/Lusiffer from End of Green I am not sure what I expected from meeting the dark rock veterans of End Of Green. What I got is a deep insight into their band dynamics that after 25 years of band history is still based on what it was in the very beginning: Friendship and the urge to do music together – for it has always been this way. They exceed the comparison with the term ‘family’ as at times, I was more reminded of an elderly, yet happily married couple. The atmosphere is easy…

Behind-the-scences interview with Anton Kabanen from Beast in Black Anton pops up out of thin air in the door to the venue’s office right behind me. He seems a not as relaxed as on our first meeting but then we meet on tour and not at home. And as the Beast in Black’s sensational kick off also bore a backdraft some tension is understandable. It is day number two of the tour. Anton suggests changing the location so we end up in a Moroccan bar next door. He takes a cappuccino while I go for a traditional Moroccan tea. Speaking…

Hello Dom! Many metal fans know you as guitarist of Equilibrium, but it´s not so obvious for them to know that you have also other band. Could you tell them something about Nothgard? Hey there! Yep of course. The style of Nothgard can be best described as Epic Melodic Death Metal. This means Melo Death influences mixed with orchestral elements. To dig even deeper: technical guitars & a lot of melodies. Until now we have released 3 albums. The last one in September 2016, called „The Sinner’s Sake“. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqUZEifXX2g How old were you guys, when you were establishing Nothgard?…

I don’t write reviews yet I write about music and what music causes me to feel, what I relate with what I hear, and why I like what I hear, perhaps at which point I would wish something different. So let me introduce you to the Lone Gunmen and their EP „Dawn“! I listened to their songs a couple of times before I met Hendrik Noack (vocals) and Robin Görss (guitar), two out of four of the Lone Gunmen from Siegen (Germany). Simple, straightforward, raw and authentic songs the four men aimed to come up with when they founded the…

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans, it is said. And that is what happened to and during my interview with Antti „Hyrde“ Hyyrynen. My actual idea was to make it a very funny one with lots of odd questions and humor. But then I met a very considerate and thoughtful interviewee being aware of many very cool facts and full of impressive opinions. Far too value not to go for them. Then in the end I noticed the recording had stopped at a very early stage of the interview. Antti was kind enough to reply to my…

The hard facts and plans of Raskasta Joulua It is particularly rare to get some hard facts on the finances of such project or any tour. These things are usually not spoken of. But already before the actual interview when I kind of had a social cup of coffee with Erkka he was very much straightforward, neither hiding his opinion nor facts. I very much appreciate this and all the more my big, big thank you, Erkka! „Yeah“, I confirm. There is one more thing I’d like to know. Back at the end of the Turku show I had attended,…

Winter is coming. Frosty air bites your face, even the tiniest drop of humidity is stinging like a needle in your skin yet growing beautiful white crusts at your beards and eyelashes and breathing burns harshly in your throat. You walk on a lonely plane in the bitter cold of an Arctic night. Below the frozen snow is crushing under your feet and above you Northern lights seem to set the sky on fire. … while Hyrde (Antti Hyyrynen) and Pexi (Pekka Olkonen) are shredding the riffs of ‚Viisi Laukausta‘ deep into your guts. Into your guts? You open your…

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