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Interview with The Drowning

The Drowning is coming back with Senescent Signs! The drummer Steve Hart answers Metalship’s questions about this new release.
Added on July 28, 2016

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Interview with Sonic Syndicate

Allright, Sonic Syndicate is back! Nathan J. Biggs talks about the band, the new album and Prince! Ready?
Added on June 28, 2014

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Interview with Aborted

Get ready, the beast called Aborted is coming back with The Necrotic Manifesto! Metalship caught up with JB Van der Wall (bass) to talk about this new release...
Added on April 22, 2014

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Interview with Insomnium

Allright dudes, Insomnium is coming back with a new album, Shadows of the Dying Sun! Let's talk about this release with Markus Vanhala (also guitar player for Omnium Gatherum)!
Added on April 14, 2014

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Interview with Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies is coming!! Get ready for massive and heavy Metal! Let's talk about the band with Heidi and Carla (vocals)!
Added on April 7, 2014

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Interview with Miasmal

Miasmal is not well-known here in France, but it seems that the band is going to be more famous with its second album Cursed Redeemer... So let's talk about Swedish Death Metal with Pontus (vocals, guitar)!
Added on March 20, 2014

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Interview with Caliban

With 16+ years under their belts, Germany’s Caliban are by no means rookies to the metal circuit. Still they have maintained a fresh approach to every new album and will take some people by surprise with their upcoming album named Ghost Empire. Andreas Dörner (vocals) talks about his carreer and the story behind Ghost Empire...
Added on January 2, 2014

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Interview with Tragodia

Tragodia is an italian Metal band, who just released a good album "Mythmaker". Riccardo Tonoli, guitarist of the band, has taken a few minutes to answer our questions...
Added on December 24, 2013

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Interview with Seas of Years

Seas of Years is a new Post-Rock band that comes from Sweden, and has released a great EP called Ocean Rift. Vilhelm Andersson (bass, guitar) and Calle Sjöström (drums) talk about their influences, feelings and other things.
Added on September 12, 2013

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  Interview with Kampfar

At the occasion of the Hellfest 2013, Metalship meets with Kampfar leader and singer, Dolk, who generously gives us some of his time (despite us being late from a previous interview) to meet us only a few hours after their show on the Hellfest's Temple stage. Dolk talks about their last release, Mare, their musical evolution, future plans and side project "Mock", which is said to remain an "underground project from the heart". Dolk also announces some great plans to come for 2014, celebrating their 20th anniversary, particularly with a video, and a DVD featuring special documents. Questions : Camulus Video, editing : Nanoroux
Added on August 20, 2013

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  Interview with Morbid Angel

The day following Morbid Angel appearance on the stage of Hellfest 2013, Metalship meets David Vincent, singer and bassist of Morbid Angel. Vincent talks about Morbid Angel musical evolution and their future plans, the Hellfest and his vocation as a member of Morbid Angel. He also gets back on his relation with Karl Sanders who he helped in his very beginning (remember Karl Sanders interview here). Questions : Camulus Video, editing : Nanoroux
Added on August 20, 2013

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  Interview with Rotting Christ

Only one hour after the end of Rotting Christ show on the "Temple" scene of Hellfest 2013, Metalship reporters meet with Sakis Tolis, leader, guitarist and singer, and freshly entered George Emmanuel, guitarist. George is poised, even shy, contrasting with the energetic and stormy Sakis, which has many errands to run at the same time. Both kindly sit down for a dozen of minutes to discuss about their last album, the recent changes in line-up, Rotting Christ evolution throughout those 25 years, and Sakis side project, Thou Art Lord.
Added on August 20, 2013

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  Interview with Cult of Luna

At the occasion of the Hellfest 2013, Metalship meets Johannes Persson, singer and guitarist of Cult of Luna for a profound and thoughtful interview. Johannes talks about Vertikal, their sound evolution, spiritual confession, their inspiration, and the forged story behind Eternal Kingdom. Questions : Prométhée Video, editing : Nanoroux
Added on August 20, 2013

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Interview with Rain Without End Records, Naturmacht Production

I caught up with James (Rain Without End Records) and Robert (Naturmacht Productions) to talk about their labels... Thanx to them for their precious time!
Added on July 8, 2013

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Interview with Red Eleven

I caught up with Tony Kaikkonnen (Sons of Aeon, Code for Silence, Dark Days Ahead...) to talk about his new band Red Eleven and its debut album Idiot Factory...
Added on June 14, 2013

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Interview with Enshine

When the Jari Lindholm (ex-Slumber, ex-AtomA, Seas of Years) meets Sébastien Pierre (Fractal Gates, Inborn Suffering, Cold Insight), they play Melodic Doom-Death with Enshine. This year, the band releases its debut album called Origin, so Metalship takes the opportunity to talk about Enshine with Jari Lindholm!
Added on June 7, 2013

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  Interview with Turisas

At the occasion of the Finland Fest 2013 (Loud & Metal Attack) gathering each year in Tokyo the best Finnish Metal bands, featuring Nightwish, Turisas, Omnium Gatherum, Mokoma and others for this 9th edition (view the live report and photos of the show), we meet with Mathias and Jussi, singer and guitarist of Turisas for a long interview, rich in valuable information. Both leaders talk about the release of their new album announced as imminent, the highlights in their career, Rasputin cover, the characters of each member and their animal equivalent, the vikings, Chinese and Japanese ! View more : View the photos and live report of Turisas live
Added on May 27, 2013

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Interview with Saturnus

Late November 2012, Saturnus made ​​their comeback with an excellent album called Saturn in Ascension, six years after their previous album. A rather long time that explains Rune Stiassny (guitars, keyboards), in an interview which reveals the secrets of one of the best bands of European Doom ...
Added on May 8, 2013

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  Interview with System Divide

On Valentine Day, the organizer Chaotic Tapestry offered us among others a great duo in Tokyo with Aborted and System Divide, and the couple at their heart : Sven and Miri (view the photos and report here). After the first crazy interview with Aborted (with Sven and Ken), Miri Milman joins us to present System Divide, their career, their next (and eagerly awaited) album (revealing in exclusivity its name !), and their link with Aborted, the management of the band as a couple between personal and professional lives, and across two bands whose fan bases and genres diverge. Must watch : * Aborted Interview with Sven and Ken * The photos and the report of the live with Aborted
Added on March 2, 2013

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  Interview with Aborted

Valentine Day brings us sweetness and comfort in Tokyo, on this February 14th. But instead of Belgian chocolates, we got what we deserved : a wonderfully suppurating Aborted offering us a memorable live in the small and tight venue of the Wild Side. It's the occasion for Metalship to both do a photo report and an interview, with Sven (vocals) and Ken (drums) holding the mic to answer our questions ... or did they even try ?? At least they showed their true, wild and crazy nature, and dared to give one or two real answers, about their lives and last album, Global Flatline. A must watch ! And don't miss the following interview with Sven again, accompanying his wife, Miri Milman, for the interview of System Divide ! View also the photos of the show and the live report here.
Added on March 2, 2013

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  Interview with Nile

Nile, indispensable band of the US brutal death scene, gets by Japan for a tour of 3 dates to defend their last album At the Gate of Sethu. As Nile celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, Metalship meets Karl Sanders, vocalist guitar hero, and soul of the band, to discuss about their career and milestones, the Egyptian influence, as well as their album, and recent and upcoming lives. We also discuss about the democratization of music on Internet 2.0, leading to its devaluation and disposability. Read more : View the photos and report of Nile live in Tokyo
Added on March 2, 2013

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  Interview with Omnium Gatherum

At the occasion of the first coming of Omnium Gatherum to Japan, Metalship meets the Finnish band in Tokyo for their last date of a long and tiring tour of 11 dates throughout the archipelago. With a great sense of humor, and a communicative sympathy, Jukka (vocals) and Markus (guitar) talk about the debut of Omnium Gatherum, their influences, their milestones and evolution throughout their rising, their last album Beyond, and their relation to Japan. View more : Read the live report and photos of Omnium Gatherum's live
Added on March 2, 2013

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Interview with Obsidian Kingdom

Obsidian Kingdom is a really good and underrated band. Let’s go for a very interesting interview. And don't forget to listen to "Mantiis".
Added on January 22, 2013

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Interview with Incantation

Incantation, legendary Death Metal Masters, explains a lot of things about his new album "Vanquish in Vengence".
Added on December 3, 2012

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  Interview with Bloodshot Dawn

Bloodshot Dawn and Deals Death, two promising European bands are ending their very first Japanese tour on this Sunday evening, before taking off back home on the following day, and after a grueling week playing all over the country (view the live report and the photos of all the bands). It's the first time in the land of the Rising Sun for our two bands and first time in front of the camera as well as they both answered a couple of questions for Metalship in their first video interview (view also Deals Death interview here). Interview Bloodshot Dawn part 1 : Interview Bloodshot Dawn part 2 : View Bloodshot Dawn interview and View the live report and the photos of all the bands
Added on November 29, 2012

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  Interview with Deals Death

Bloodshot Dawn and Deals Death, two promising European bands are ending their very first Japanese tour on this Sunday evening, before taking off back home on the following day, and after a grueling week playing all over the country (view the live report and the photos of all the bands). It's the first time in the land of the Rising Sun for our two bands and first time in front of the camera as well as they both answered a couple of questions for Metalship in their first video interview (view also Bloodshot Dawn interview here). Interview Deals Death part 1 : Interview Deals Death part 2 : View Bloodshot Dawn interview and View the live report and the photos of all the bands
Added on November 29, 2012

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  Interview with Between The Buried And Me

Two of the top american technical progressive death metal scene, namely Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders, do us the honor of coming to Japan among their tour in the pacific area (view the live report and photos of their show here), followed by a few dates in New Zealand and then Australia. Taking this occasion, Metalship meets Paul and Dusty, the two restless and talented guitarists of Between the Buried and Me, just before the live begins, for an interview where the two mates, very chatty, talk about their music and concept, their last album in two parts, and of course, their near future. Interview Between the Buried and Me, part 1 : Interview Between the Buried and Me, part 2 :
Added on November 18, 2012

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Interview with Rainshadow

Rainshadow is one of the surprises coming from Australia. With a mix of Gothic Doom and Dark Rock, the band just releases a new EP called Cold Years. For those who haven't yet had the chance to discover Rainshadow, here is a good follow-up session along with Ben Williamson (vocals)!
Added on November 1, 2012

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  Interview with Napalm Death

Taking advantage of Napalm Death arrival in Japan for the "Extreme the Dojo vol. 30" with Pig Destroyer and Nasum (that will play their last gig ever in Japan) (view the live report and photos of the show), I am honored to meet Barney, vocalist from Napalm Death. I was supposed to meet Shane, their bassist, but due to a non serious health problem, he got stuck in the UK and couldn't join the Asian tour. Barney willingly answers to all my questions ... and we end up discussing for an hour about politics and Japan. The memory of the camera fortunately passed out long before, and here are Barney's interesting answers. Part 1 : 1. The changes in your music, since the beginning of Napalm ? (00:30) 2. Barney's start in Metal (01:49) 3. How did you enter Napalm ? (03:23) 4. When did you quit your job to fully focus on Napalm ? (05:03) 5. How is to be fully dedicated to Napalm Death ? Is it sometimes exhausting ? (06:29) 6. Is it difficult to combine it with your personal life and family ? (07:07) 7. Do you live close to each other ? (08:03) 8. How did you come up with this new genre you created ? (08:42) 9. Is the creation of this new genre related to the context (of being in Birmingham ...) ? (09:43) Part 2 : 1. Do you have side projects ? (00:08) 2. What is the concept in Utilitarian (00:33) 3. Musically, what did change in Utilitarian, compared to the previous records ? (03:46) 4. Split with Converge (04:51) 5. Name a band you're ashamed of listening to (05:10) 6. Your most fantastic memory of being a member of Napalm Death (05:39) 7. Your favorite Napalm Death song ? 8. What would you have done if not in Napalm Death ? (07:51) 9. What are you reading recently ? (08:55) Part 3 : 1. Talking about his vision of politics, what we should do, and also about politics in Asia ... 2. About Japan, his numerous visits to the country, his commitment to help after the tsunami disaster, ... 3. What he likes ... and dislikes in Japan, from food to the unequality between the rich and the poor 4. About whaling in Japan Read more : view the photos and the live report of Napalm Death, Nasum and Pig Destroyer show
Added on October 1, 2012

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  Interview with MyGrain

I meet MyGrain, the rising Finnish melodic death metal band, during the break between two bands, on the last date of their Japanese tour, in Tokyo, and just before they reluctantly get on the plane back to Europe (view their photos and the live report of the show here). Tommy (vocals) and Resistor (guitar) answer my questions about the origin of MyGrain and their first band New Science Band, their influences, their relation to music, the cohesion of the band and their friendly relations. We also discuss about their last album, their upcoming plans for the following years, and their live experience and relation to Japan. I discover two extremely "nice guys" who know how to appreciate the bright side of life and don't take themselves seriously, and also whose kindness, charm and humility appeared gradually as the interview went on, and particularly during the karaoke after party (view the photos in the report). Part 1 : Part 2 : (Note : sorry for the poor audio quality, as the Club Asia only has one noisy backstage room where several bands took refuge).
Added on October 1, 2012

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  Interview with Fear Factory

As Fear Factory comes to Japan for a unique date in Tokyo with Decapited (see the live report and photos of the show), I meet Dino Cazares, the guitarist of the famous group of industrial metal, for a 15 minutes interview in the backstage of the venue. Dino gets back to their debut, and talks about the origin of Fear Factory, the unfortunate events that happened a few years ago and led to the split of the band, the evolution of his relation with his team-mate Burton Bell, and of course their last album The Industrialist. He also lists their future plans for the following years and the next album, and answers to some more private questions... More : Read the live report of Fear Factory and Decapitated in Tokyo
Added on September 28, 2012

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Interview with Katatonia

Katatonia is a band which take the time to improve his music and create a world of its own. A few weeks after the Dead End Kings release, Metalship talk with Anders 'Blakkeim' Nyström, the main compositor and lead guitarist! Enjoy it!
Added on September 19, 2012

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Interview with The Chant

The Chant... This band truly deserves that we focus on it. With a music at the crossroads of Anathema, Katatonia and A Perfect Circle, the Finnish band has just join Lifeforce Records. Now, this is the time for Metalship to meet Jussi (guitar), just speaking about the A Healing Place release. Ready for a long interview Jussi?
Added on July 29, 2012

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  Interview with Lamb Of God

At the occasion of the tour on Resolution, their last album released in January, Lamb of God went by Tokyo, and John Campbell nicely agreed to do an interview with Metalship. Amid lots of laughs and good will, here is the video of the replies by John. The following topics were discussed : LAMB OF GOD - history of the band - origin of the name - the band & Richmond - changes with the success - genre and specifities RESOLUTION - Changes with previous releases - Feedback, mistakes - specific message PERSONAL LIFE - conciliate with personal life - fantastic memories in Lamb of God - dream - charting John's progress, pleasure, difficulties - agenda - Lamb of God in 10 years TOUR - connection with CHTHONIC - tour story JAPAN - likes in Japan - specificity of Japan crowd and at last a few words in Japanese ;-) Enjoy !
Added on February 28, 2012

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  Interview with Fear From The Hate

After their live in Shinjuku starting a whole Japan tour (and reviewed by Metalship there), we meet Fear From The Hate in a room of the small alternative venue "Antiknock" in Tokyo, on August 20th. Lidy (vocals) and Yutaro (guitars) reply to our questions concerning the release of their first album Birthday of 12 questions, their texts, their musical evolution, the emo / metalcore scene in Japan, their oncoming lives and their contribution to the disaster relief of Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March.
Added on October 20, 2011

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  Interview with Unearth

Just after the "Extreme the DOJO vol.29" in Shibuya on Oct. 11th with Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain and Her Name In Blood (see the live report of the show here), we meet the band for an interview with Trevor (vocals), Slo (bass) and Nick (new drummer). It's the opportunity for us to talk about their recent release Darkness In The Light, their evolution in 13 years, their ongoing tour in America, Europe and Japan, and of course about their stay in Japan ! ... but also about what they think about all the usual disregard towards the numerous young "core" bands.
Added on October 19, 2011

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Interview with Evile

On a recent trip to London, the only true British Trad/Thrash metal band, the mighty Evile decided to talk to Metal Ship about their upcoming killer album entitled Five Serpents Teeth. Ol Drake (Guitarist) and Ben Carter (Drummer) also take the time to talk about when they started playing instruments, what is so different between Five Serpents Teeth and previous other Evile releases, and where they would like to play where they haven't played before.
Added on September 1, 2011

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Interview with Debauchery

Unfortunately the UK doesn't get Debauchery, and it is a shame really as Thomas Gurrath and co are the grinding force behind Germany's best death metal band. They may cause complaints and moans over their bloody onstage alliases and wierd song titles, but these guys are killer! Thomas their singer took the time to talk to me about: Their new album 'Germanys Next Death Metal'. Why the UK don't look fondly upon Debauchery. And Why AC/DC inspires him so much.
Added on August 19, 2011

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Interview with Sabaton

When I was told I could interview the mighty Sabaton I jumped for joy knowing that I would be speaking to my favourite band. Pär the bass player from Sabaton took the time to speak to 'the bands biggest fan' about their newest album Coat of Arms and their upcoming live 3CD Boxset entitled Battle of the Baltic Sea. As well as chatting about these releases we also have a little chat about: Bass guitars, Sabaton's live show and Sabaton's latest award for Breakthrough Artist!
Added on August 19, 2011

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  Interview with Children of Bodom

Heavy MTL was on at Parc Jean Drapeau and Metalship got the opportunity to have a quick chat with Henkka, bass player from Children of Bodom.
Added on August 10, 2011

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  Interview with Chthonic

The day following their live in Tokyo, Chthonic organizes an autograph session, which allows us to interview the whole band (Freddy, Doris, Jesse, Dani and CJ), despite their tight schedule in Japan. It is the opportunity to talk about their brand new album, Takasago Army, their history and lyrical inspiration, but also their link to Japan and China, and the nuclear fear that floats around Japan.
Added on August 9, 2011

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Interview with Firebox Records

Metalship is used to give a voice to the bands. But what about the behind of the scene? For the occasion, we asked Rami, the Firebox Records label-manager, who has worked with Swallow the Sun, Saturnus, Colosseum and many others... Interview with a passionate man, who certainly participated in changing our music over the years.
Added on August 1, 2011

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Interview with Axenstar

One of the best melodic power metal bands out there, the amazing Axenstar took the time to talk to Metal Ship about their latest killer release Aftermath. Bassist Magnus talks about how Aftermath compares to previous Axenstar albums, what is the most important thing when writing a song for Aftermath and why he would love to appear onstage with the band Kamelot if he had the chance!
Added on July 18, 2011

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Interview with Onslaught

Onslaught are the UK's leading Thrash metal band. They have released 5 killer albums and are known all over the world for their, fast, violent appraoch to the music genre. Guitarist Nige talks about how the band started, why they are looking forward to their upcmoing UK tour, the new album and why he loves Chelsea Football club!
Added on July 7, 2011

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Interview with Pathfinder

Arkadiusz E. Ruth is the talented bass player from the worlds best epic power metal band, the all amazing Pathfinder. He takes time from dueling dragons and saving damsels in distress to talk to us about their magical debut album, the awesome 'Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time' as well as growing up with heavy metal in a communist country, why they would love to tour the UK, and how is Grandma got him into Metallica!
Added on June 26, 2011

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Interview with Enthrope

If I say that Finland is one of the best place for talented bands, who would dare contradict me? So just to confirm this, here's a nice little interview with Mikko Mustonen, which is simply the Enthrope's drummer. It was a good opportunity to return with him on the release of the Tomorrow's Dead Days album, a real bomb-Melodic Death Dark. Dear Metalshippers, I predict a bright future for this band!
Added on June 24, 2011

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Interview with Alestorm

Captain Chris of the mighty pirate metal bastards Alestorm gave up his afternoon sailing the seven seas to jump aboard out metal ship and talk to us about Alestorm's amazing new album entitled Back Through Time. Like all Alestorm albums, Chris tells us about just why the music is so barmy, and when we can be expecting a UK headlining tour.
Added on June 15, 2011

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Interview with Blessed by a Broken Heart

My hero, the guitar god Sean Maier from the Hair/Glam Hardcore band Blessed By a Broken Heart took his afternoon to answer these email questions, talking to Metal Ship about: The new Blessed By a Broken Heart album, his upbringing and his favourite guitar players. This interview is shredding good! Hail to the 666 fingered guitar maniac!
Added on June 1, 2011

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Interview with The rotted

Ben from The Rotted took the time to talk to me about his experience in The Rotted.... His past, the present and the future of the band, what he loves about this years BOA festival and what we can expect from the new album! Apparently it's going to be fuckign huge. I can't wait!
Added on June 1, 2011

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Interview with Triosphère

This interview with Ida from prog metal band Triosphere has been one of my favourite I have done. In this interview you can see that Ida is very open with answers about initial insipiration of Triosphere, what she thought of recent UK tours and why wou should all go pick a copy of their superb new album The Road Less Travelled!
Added on May 31, 2011

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Interview with Leaves' Eyes

The beautiful Liv from Leaves Eyes took the time to talk to Metal Ship about their new album the all amazing Meredead. Leaves Eyes are seen as the beauty and beast of metal, and Liv talks to us about the making of the new album, what we can expect on their October UK tour and the romantic story behind where the bands name came from!
Added on May 25, 2011

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Interview with Elvenking

Elvenking are poetry in motion. Their music has so much and depth of meaning without lacking the good old metal spirit and power! Their insane guitarist Aydan took the afternoon to answer my questions on their new album 'Red Silent Tides' and when we can be expecting these killer songs to hit stages all across the UK!
Added on April 29, 2011

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Interview with The Last Alliance

The Last Alliance are a small Thrash and Power Metal band from the USA. Their latest album 'Out of the Ashes'. If you are a fan of bands like: Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Edguy and Manowar, then listen to this John Ryan(Guitarist and Vocalist in the band) on why this amazing new album is for you!
Added on April 28, 2011

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Interview with Power Quest

Power Quest are just about to embark on their headlining UK tour and Steve Williams the founding keyboard player took his afternoon to chat to me about the new Power Quest line up, album and what we can be expecting from the UK tour. One thing for sure is that it is gonna be freaking awesome!
Added on April 26, 2011

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Interview with Nightmare

Yves Campion, the bass player from one of my favourite power metal bands Nightmare, took time to talk to me about the long 30 years these metal pioneers have been going and talks to me about the process of their new live album 'One Night of Live Insurrection'. Which is killer!
Added on April 26, 2011

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Interview with A New Tomorrow

Alessio Garavello takes the time to talk to me about his new project entitled A New Tomorrow which he joined after leaving Power Quest in 2008. We chat about why he left Power Quest, his time in Arthemis, if there will be A new Tomorrow album in 2011 and his childhood instrumental secret!
Added on April 17, 2011

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Interview with Bleeding Oath

Today Metal Ship speaks with frontman of blackened prog metal band Bleeding Oath who may be know as 'The Evile opening band in London'. I chat with Robin Haigh about: If we can be expecting a Bleeding Oath album, How their experience opening for Evile was, Who inspired him to play guitar - as well as delving deeper into the dark minds of one of London's best kept secrets.
Added on April 14, 2011

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  Interview with Hate

Hate returns with another album of blackened Polish death metal titled “Erebos.” This recording signifies a continuation of style first formulated in their 2005 album “Anaclasis: A Haunting Gospel of Malice & Hatred.” This style parallels the consistency of the group’s latest lineup. The group has experienced a remarkable last five years, but life was not always peachy for these corpse painted death dealers. Adam The First Sinner (ATFS) formed Hate in 1990. A revolting door of musicians marred ATFS’ musical visions and live aspirations during the band’s first decade. During this time, Hate stuck to the Polish underground. They were, however, part of a blossoming death metal scene in their country that included Vader, Decapitated and Behemoth. Hate took much longer to find international success than Behemoth, but the last few years have shown the group following their friends’ example. Hate front man/guitarist ATFS spoke to Metal Ship before entertaining Austin, Texas for the first time. Read onward and learn a little of Hate’s history, their new album, their live show and their place in the Polish DM scene.
Added on April 13, 2011

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Interview with Fair Warning

In this interview I chat with Fair Warning's guitar player Helge Engelke. Fair Warning are a German hard rock/power metal band whose influence and name spread all across the globe increasing their fan base by the year. In this interview Helge chats to me about why their music is so popular in Japan, his hobbies and interests, the history of the band and much more.
Added on March 31, 2011

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  Interview with Havok

Over the past few years, thrash has roared back into the metal world’s collective conscious with a force not felt since the glorious 1980s. Many aspects of the culture—from sewn jean jacket patches and aviator sunglasses to speed picking, solos and circle pits—have risen from the grave seemingly dug by grunge, nu metal and metalcore. Denver, Colorado’s Havok hasn’t produced as many albums or toured to the extent as as peers Evile and Municipal Waste, but the group is turning heads, nonetheless. Havok’s 2009 Candlelight Records debut “Burn” is a blizzard of speed picking, double bass and eagle screams. It paints a target upon its listener's head and fires away with heavy metal artillery. It is the bridge between now and 1985. On March 29, 2011, Havok will release its second full-length recording “Time is Up.” Although not as raw as its predecessor, “Time is Up” is considerably faster, meaner and more technical. After twice witnessing the live debut of this material, I can honestly say their fans agree. Having finished a U.S. tour with Florida death metal legends, Malevolent Creation, the group landed in Austin, Texas again to showcase the material to the city’s annual South By Southwest festival (SXSW). Singer/guitarist David Sanchez spoke with Metal Ship about these shows and their upcoming album. Bombs away!
Added on March 25, 2011

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  Interview with Apocalyptica

Montreal, March 24th 2011. Snow is melting, but the Metropolis is sold-out. Apocalyptica is coming to town. Take a look at our interview with Paavo Lötjönen!
Added on March 25, 2011

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Interview with Darkest Era

Irish Celtic/folk metal band Darkest Era recently released "The Last Caress of Light" on Metal Blade Records. Guitarist Ade, spoke with Metal Ship about the music behind this album and his social life.
Added on March 16, 2011

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Interview with Hail Of Bullets

In this interview I chat with Ed Warby, drummer of Hail of Bullets from the Dutch death metal group, Hail Of Bullets. Ed talks to me about his childhood, his favourite bands, the writing process of the new album 'Upon Divine Winds', Who he would be in a super group with if he had a choice and much more. Prepare for, as Ed describes it, FULL SCALE WAR!
Added on March 16, 2011

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Interview with Odd Dimension

In the tradition of legendary prog metal acts Dream Theater and Symphony X, Odd Dimension has arrived with its first full-length recording, "Symmetrical." Having self-financed the "A New Dimension" EP in 2006, "Symmetrical" also marks Odd Dimension’s first recording released on a record label. The Alessandria, Italy group did not have to venture off into America, England or Germany—the major hot spots for music labels, to find a home for their creativity. Nope, last year they signed to Scarlet Records out of their native Italy. On March 22, 2011 "Symmetrical" will provide yet another source to quench the musical needs of prog addicts everywhere. "Symmetrical" will take its listeners through a musical Odyssey filled with passionate vocals, heartfelt melody, blistering guitar notes, strange Science Fiction dimensional keyboards, complex timing and even a hint of death metal. Bass player Gigi Andreone spoke to Metal Ship about the band about the making of "Symmetrical" and the profound-yet-universal concept contained within the album.
Added on March 3, 2011

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  Interview with Onslaught

While never having played in the U.S. or pushing the units of German and San Francisco Bay thrash bands, England’s Onslaught has garnered a cult following. The next time you see bangers representing their love of old school metal through various patches sewn to their jean jackets, look closely and next to the Destruction “Mad Butcher” patch, you might find an Onslaught “Power From Hell” or “The Force” patch. Those first two Onslaught recordings have found special places in the hearts of early-to-mid eighties thrash and speed metal enthusiasts. Like Kreator’s “Endless Pain” and Possessed’s “Seven Churches,” early Onslaught was raw, satanic and surely helped provide the impetus for the coming hordes of death and black metal bands. Those records were further into the underground than Kreator and Possessed, making a much bigger impact on European listeners than Americans, but along with Sabbat, Onslaught put England on the map for thrash. Onslaught was and is definitely a special breed of metal band, so much to the extent that they found their selves hooked up with a major label. As many bands have found, though, getting major label backing does not always lead to a golden future. The promise of a house on a hill with white picket fences meant selling out, which combined with other factors led to Onslaught’s demise in 1991. The group returned during a glorious reformation of thrash—the middle part of the 2000s, released a couple of singles and a full length, which brought great acclaim. “Sounds of Violence” (released January 18), the band’s second full-length release since reforming recaptures the balls-to-the-wall thrash of their early years, but updates their sound to the tune of the 21st Century. Guitarist, founder and song writer, Nige Rockett gave Metal Ship a career perspective, and filled us in on upcoming happenings live Onslaughts.
Added on February 9, 2011

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Interview with Toxaemia

Swedish death mongers Toxaemia formed in the late 1980s, a period that defined Swedish DM and death metal in general. Swedish DM legends Nihilist and the bands they spawned— Entombed, Unleashed— plus their cohorts from Stockholm, Grave Dismember all emerged in the late ‘80s. The scene was small back then and Toxaemia shared the stage with likes of Entombed and an early, death metal version of Therion. Toxaemia’s sound reflected the raw, sanguinary qualities heard on albums such as Carcass’ "Reek of Putrifaction" or Deicide’s self-titled debut. Skin-peeling guitar licks that find balance between speedy chugs and crunchy ring outs, gore-strewn, cavernous vocals and a punishing rhythm section defined the the group’s three recordings. Just like the briefness of these three recordings—an EP and two demos—the group only lasted three years. If not for Dark Descent Records releasing a two-disc CD best of album—"Buried to Rise: 1990-1991 Discography"—which contains all these recordings, in various forms, this Swedish DM gem would have remained a memory to only the few who experienced them doing that short, glorious time. The first CD offers cleaned up versions of the original recordings, courtesy of legendary death metal producer and musician Dan Swano. The second includes all their songs in their original, raw form. Bassist Pontus Cervin, one of the band’s original cast, spoke to Metal Ship via email about the resurrection of Toxaemia.
Added on January 25, 2011

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Interview with Chaos Injected

They're seven-piece group from Finland and that practices damn good melodic death metal. Chaos Injected, whose third demo is available for free via Myspace, kindly submit to the right mood for an examination by Metalship. Worthy spokesmen, Juho (guitar) and Mika (plain chant) spoke with us.
Added on January 8, 2011

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  Interview with Watain

Blood. Fire. Death. No, I am not talking about the classic Bathory album, although Watain claims them as a major influence. I am describing the cosmology of Watain’s stage. Candles, torches, animal skulls, occult symbols emblazoned on tapestries and the lingering, nauseating stench of putrid blood not only visualizes the malevolence found in the Swedes’ black metal music, but confronts the viewer with an ugly reality we normally sweep under the rug. If the visual and olfactory elements do not set in with those close to the stage, the sprinkling of blood in an inverse of the Catholic priest’s holy water ritual or bluntly being showered by bloody spit should allow this macabre reality to fully set in. There is an element of danger in a Watain show that appeals to the masochistic side of the black metal fan. Watain has become infamous for their stage set up to the detriment of front man Erik Danielsson. In the following interview, Danielsson strongly expresses that Watain’s live show is not a vehicle for shock and awe, as many people have to come view it. It represents something much more profound. Danielsson often plucked a torch or candle from the head of a carcass and pointed it toward each cardinal direction while saying words that have some obvious magical orientation, but the distance on the stage and volume of the group’s music eclipsed any deciphering of those words. Not only does Watain’s stage set up represent something deeper beyond dancing candle light and morbidity, the music goes much further than lyrics and instruments. Watain is a spiritual concept aimed at tapping into the hell bound heart that each member possesses, and paying homage to their lord and master, Satan. While on tour in America supporting the group’s latest recording "The Lawless Darkness," Erik Danielsson clarified the occult-driven motives that drive Watain.
Added on November 30, 2010

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Interview with Sole Remedy

Sole Remedy, a newcomer to the Finnish Metal scene, is a band that must be reckoned with. If his first album The Wounded Ones has done little noise outside Finland, it's quite another thing with Apoptosis, which raises the number of critical acclaim since its release in late September. For those who havn't yet had the chance to discover Sole Remedy, here is a good follow-up session along with Jukka Salovaara (vocals, guitar) in person!
Added on November 23, 2010

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Interview with Logical Terror

Logical Terror ... Behind this name hides a young Italian band, whose debut album, "Almost Human," has just been released. Their music, a mix of modern metal, samples and catchy riffs, has convinced Metalship to find out more about the band
Added on November 6, 2010

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Interview with Virgin Steele

Long before the rise of pagan/folk metal and the term “epic” became common usage, Virgin Steele created metallic odes to the gods of old. Starting in 1981, these New Yorkers combined a love of mythology, heavy metal and classical music. Staying true to the themes of Greek Mythology that the group often crafts stories from, Virgin Steele albums convey a wide range of emotions, from quiet, tear-jerking piano notes of tragedy to double bass drum and guitar attacks that follow the thunderous rumble of a gladiatorial chariot. David DeFeis is the primary architect of the Virgin Steele phenomenon. He handles all orchestrations, keyboards, vocals and pens the band’s lyrics. He possesses a vocal range that stays true to the mood of the music, singing softly and morosely or letting forth hawkish shrieks of such high notes the gods of Olympus could take notice. Being the only original member, he has kept Virgin Steel’s war drums pounding. On October 27th, 2010, Virgin Steele releases “The Black Light Bacchanalia” via Steamhammer/SPV Records. Although not a concept album such as the two parts of “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” and “The House of Atreus,” ideas connect conceptually through the recording. DeFeis even revisists ideas and stories from past recordings. DeFeis spoke to Metal Ship via email about some of these stories that comprise “The Black Light Bacchanalia,” as well as detailing the recording of the album.
Added on October 23, 2010

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  Interview with Nevermore

Seattle-based artist Nevermore is one of the most consistent and diverse act on Century Media’s large and storied roster. Nevermore is one of the few remaining artists from CM’s early days. Their roots lie even deeper than the self-title debut on Century Media. Jim Sheppard and Warrel Dane caught the metal world’s attention in 1987 when none other than Dave Mustaine produced Sanctuary’s debut recording “Refuge Denied,” which became a power metal classic. After the demise of Sanctuary in 1992, Dane and Sheppard created Nevermore. The band’s music related to a far greater section of fans. Fans of prog, power metal, thrash, guitar-shred and modern metal hail Nevermore as genius. Jeff Loomis displays mind-blowing fretwork. His trade-off lead men have gone on to play with world-renown names as Cannibal Corpse and Megadeth. Bassist Jim Sheppard and drummer Van Williams provide a massive backdrop and stick tight to the complex rhythms of Loomis and his counter part (Attila Vörös from Warrel Dane’s solo project currently provides that role). Warrel Dane shows multiple vocal ranges. From the Stratosphere-reaching highs of Rob Halford and King Diamond to a middle range that seesaws between aggression and melody, Dane knows how to work his listener’s heartstrings. In the following interview, Dane states Nevermore is a group that either you love or hate, which he attributes most often to his vocals. Whether you’re on this or that side of the fence, you can’t deny each musician’s high level of skill and the band’s diversity of sound. “The Obsidian Conspiracy,” Nevermore’s latest offering is arguably the group’s most melodic, chorus-driven effort. The album possesses traits seen throughout the band’s career, but most resembles their 2000 recording “Dead Heart in a Dead World.” Guitar nerds and fans of their heavier moments have lamented the album, but as Dane notes, as a musician you can only please yourself. Dane felt he and his mates stayed true to themselves and conveyed what their souls told them—a reoccurring theme seen in the following interview.
Added on October 22, 2010

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Interview with Converge

Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou tells Metalship about touring; if he is not making records then he is trying to plan his busy life out. Kurt has released several great records with Converge and it's not going to stop anytime soon. This vegan brings everything he has to offer to Converge and has proven that if you give him something, he will conquer it.
Added on October 2, 2010

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Interview with Michael Stancombe

Guitarist Michael Stancombe is hard at work putting in time with his new project, Floridian black metal group Kult ov Azazel and his other project Tenebrous. Michael is putting a lot of effort to make Kult of Azazel’s and Tenebrous upcoming releases as well respected as the previous material. Kult ov Azazel’s “Destroying the Sacred” is the most recent album to date and has done excellent as well as Tenebrous' 2009 full length “Opus Magnum.”
Added on August 26, 2010

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Interview with The Other

Germany’s The Other wears the tag “Europe’s most popular horror punk band.” This tag seems valid considering the group’s solid mix of gothic-metal-punk rock. Their tales of grave robbers, werewolves, vampires and other chilling subjects relate a fun, comic book sensibility that is always a pleasure to sing. Formerly known as the Misfits tribute band Ghouls, The Other has climbed its way out of the underground. Now, thanks to Steamhammer/SPV Records the group has descended upon Europe like a horde of walking undead approaching a well-barricaded house. The Other’s latest recording "New Blood," their fourth full-length, has gotten a lot of folks talking, and the group has taken its horror show to some of Europe’s largest metal festivals such as Wacken. Now with the ball rolling…or eh, the severed head, the Other looks to smear some blood and guts across the globe. Possessing a voice that is one-part Danzig and one-part Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), the Edgar Allan Poe dubbed Rod Usher seeks to gain more fiends into his club through presenting Metal Ship with tales of the Other.
Added on August 22, 2010

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  Interview with Enthroned

During a time when Scandinavia produced the world’s best black metal albums, Enthroned put Belgium on the map. Forming in 1993, Enthroned has made its impact upon the worldwide legions of black metal heathens, especially inspiring a thriving French scene. The group has accomplished this feat by creating music with both feet planted firmly in hell. Their inferno blasts of guitar licks, blazing drumbeats and wicked shrieks invoke the proper sounds to summon the unnameable abominations from the Necronomicon. Just like legendary BM acts Gorgoroth and Mayhem, Enthroned has lost a member to suicide (drummer/founder Cernunnos in 1997). Enthroned vocalist and studio guitarist Nornagest explained to Metal Ship how if one doesn’t have a center point, the dark arts will lead to one becoming lost. Possibly this is what happened to Cernunnos (or he had major depression). Whatever the case, Enthroned has soldiered on for Satan with several other drummers, arriving with Garghuf, who currently plays with the group. Narnagest is not an original member, but has played guitar with the band since 1995, and came into the group shortly after their debut full length Prophecies of Pagan Fire. Narnagest became the group’s vocalist in 2006, replacing the original voice of Enthroned, Lord Sabathan. A man of large stature, Narnagest is the epitome of black metal. It runs in his blood; he is first cousins with Venom’s Cronos. Metal Ship met up with the nefarious Narnagest on Enthroned’s tour bus. Enthroned was sharing a bus with tour mates, the devils of the Outback—Destroyer 666. Narnagest offered us a clear picture of the occult-driven universe that is Enthroned!
Added on August 15, 2010

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Interview with Municipal Waste

Dave Witte, drummer for Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis, Black Army Jacket, Birds of Prey and Burnt By The Sun has done his fair share of drumming in his life. Municipal Waste, with four albums, has become popular in the thrash genre. Black Army Jacket, in the grindcore genre, has enough demos, splits and EPs. They split in 1999 but are leaning towards a reunion show in 2010. This will be their first set within twelve years. Also, one of the metal cores’ favorites, Burnt by the Sun has their fair share of full lengths, a couple EPs and splits. Discordance Axis is no disappointment within the grindcore genre. Filled with tons of EPs, a couple of full lengths, and compilation albums to top it off, Dave Witte is sure looking good as a drummer. From thrash to grindcore, Dave knows what works with him between the two different genres.
Added on August 9, 2010

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Interview with Helevorn

You there, who read these lines ... Don't turn around, I'm talking to you! Tell me, are you able to give me a Doom spanish band? No? It's high time to correct this shameful gap ... Here is Helevorn, a spanish band that practices a very well built Gothic Doom. Metalship likes to give voice to actors from the underground, so Josep (vocals) in person will tell you about Forthcoming Displeasures his new baby!
Added on August 9, 2010

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Interview with Grey Waters

Grey Waters met members of Woods of Desolation and Austere. However, Grey Waters is far from being Black Metal, since it is a Melancholic Rock issued by the Australian duo. To mark the release of the band's debut EP, Below the Setting Sun Ever, Metalship put its hand on Tim (vocals) to learn more about this new group ...
Added on August 1, 2010

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  Interview with Cardiac Arrest

Old school death inspired act, Cardiac Arrest chose the perfect tag for their music, “heart-stopping death metal.” Not only does it sound cool, as the band relates in the following interview, it can serve as a good description of the band’s style. One could think of a heart drowning in cholesterol and eventually losing its power to beat. From fast-paced grind parts that are akin to a heart beating out of control to the ewwey-gooey sludge and doom movements, if a heart took on the beats of Cardiac Arrest, it will simply cease. After slugging it out in one of America’s hot beds for death metal, Chicago, Illinois, and releasing albums through various respected underground outlets, Cardiac Arrest seemingly has found a home on John McEntee’s Ibex Moon Records. The Incantation member boasts a solid roster of veteran acts that includes his own band, Asphyx, Goreaphobia and Acheron. Containing a classic death metal identity, Cardiac Arrest’s "Haven for the Insane" is a great fit with the rest of the bands on said label. In order to promote this new album, Cardiac Arrest recently took to the road with label mates Hod and Gravehill. Members Jim Deabenderfer (drums), bassist Dave "Amsterdam" Holland and guitarist/vocalist Adam Scott spoke to Metal Ship on various topics concerning this death metal band of “heart-stopping” power. Read onward to learn more about this increasingly popular death metal band.
Added on July 24, 2010

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  Interview with Nominon

According to band founder and guitarist Juha Sulasalmi, Nominon (Nom-ah-non) takes its name from a demon or host of demons. Juha chose this name during the band’s two-piece, formative years. Their naming from a hellish entity seems fitting for a band that produces death metal of such an ill-spirited, evil nature. Although participating in the first wave of Swedish death metal, Nominon did not form until 1994 when a second wave of bands spilled their sticky guts all over the scene. After releasing a series of demos in the mid-to-late nineties, Nominon put out its first full-length, "Diabolical Bloodshed" during the final year of the decade. Said album features a particular “dis-heartening” album cover by none other than Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Marduk artist), which found re-release through the band’s current label, Deathgasm Records. Following this reissue, the group released two full lengths ("Recremation" and "Terra Necrosis") along with another mass (murder) of short format albums such as EPs. Most recently, Nominon issued what may come to be their top recording "Monumentomb." To support this “monumental” release, these occult-inclined Scandinavians traveled across the open seas to America and embarked upon a tour with label mates Quinta Essentia and Infinitum Obscure. Metal Ship sat down, on the curb in front of Zombies in San Antonio, with guitarist Juha Sulasalmi, drummer Perra Karlsson and newest throat shredder Henke Skoog to find out more about this grossly underrated and under recognized death metal act.
Added on July 21, 2010

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  Interview with Evile

English thrashers Evile first burst into the scene in 2007 with their Earache debut record “Enter the Grave.” Said album came during an explosion of new, young artists seeking to emulate the sounds of thrash’s legendary bands. The group even participated in its label’s retro thrash compilation “Thrashing Like a Maniac.” The fierce speed metal attacks and bone-crunching rhythms displayed on “Enter the Grave” elevated Evile to the top of the new school thrash pantheon. The Flemming-Rasmussen-produced album ("Ride the Lightning," "Master of Puppets") received both praise and criticism for sounding so close to its mid-eighties forefathers. Evile took both the positive and negative aspects of their first recording, and stepped away from the retro tag on their sophomore record “Infected Nations.” This time the group diversified their style, tempering speed with dynamics and rough voices with smooth singing. In three short years, Evile has made a name for itself in the metal underground. Subsequent tours and festival appearances in Europe, their largest being in support of Megadeth, have pushed them onto the older generation of thrash fans. Metalship caught up with axe-dueling brothers Matt (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Ol (lead guitars) Drake on the second leg of their first North America tour. Assuming the support position for classic thrashers Overkill in Austin, Texas, the two discussed an event filled last year including the passing of bassist Mike Alexander, their first visit to America, a pleasant surprise for Texas shows and their foray into new material.
Added on May 17, 2010

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Interview with The Vision Bleak

The amazing band The Vision Bleak has just served us his new album, Set Sail To Mystery ! Another pure work of art ! Markus, the leader of this band was available for some questions...
Added on April 15, 2010

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Interview with Eloa Vadaath

There are so many bands currently, in the broad musical sphere that became Metal, that we always are facing the risk of missing some number which, in a almost total anonymity, are talented and innovative. This is the case of the Italian band Eloa Vadaath which just released his first album, A Reminiscence Of Infected Bare Wonderlands, delivering an avant-garde Metal, with a thousand influences and a baffling complexity. Marco Paltanin, guitarist and vocalist of Eloa Vadaath, has kindly let us know more about this particular universe in the following interview...
Added on April 12, 2010

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Interview with Imperium Dekadenz

Imperium Dekadenz has just released its third album with "Procella Vadens", which develops a high fly atmospheric and melancholic black metal, leading us in a cold, nostalgic and haunting universe. A world of forests, solitude and mystery that reveals Horaz, singer and guitarist of the German band.
Added on February 3, 2010

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Interview with Swallow the Sun

At the occasion of the release of Swallow the Sun's album, Metalship wants to learn about New Moon. Interview with the main compositor and lead guitarist, Juha Raivio.
Added on January 15, 2010

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Interview with Noctem

"Divinity", the first Noctem's album, was born in April 2009. But the Spanish guys are already active since 2001 with many concerts throughout Europe in their carreer. This first LP is offering a black / death metal with brutality, melody and technicity. Christos Antoniou from the Greek band Septic Flesh was the "guest-star" on this CD. Anyway, Noctem is a quite promising band you should discover as soon as possible! Interview with Exo (guitar) and Beleth (vocals) for further explanations ...
Added on December 7, 2009

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Interview with Gorgoroth

At the occasion of the release of the new Gorgoroth album, a few questions had to be asked. Interview with Tormentor, the guitarist.
Added on October 23, 2009

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Interview with Ghost Brigade

Ghost Brigade's new album "Isolation Songs" was released August 3 rd, 2009 and it was very well received by critics and the band's fans. Moreover, the Finnish combo, signed on Season Of Mist, is preparing to tour with Samael and Paradise Lost in November. Well, Ghost Brigade are certainly quite busy, but this didn't prevent GB's guitarist Wille Naukkarinen to be particularly nice and available by taking some time to answer my questions about the last album, the band's news, but also its origins and identity. Thank you to Will!
Added on September 25, 2009

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Interview with Secrets of the Moon

At the occasion of the release of the new Secrets Of The Moon album, Metalship was bound to do an interview to learn more about this amazing disc !
Added on September 21, 2009

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  Interview with In Flames

Once arrived at the CEPSUM, my first and main mission is to find the right person to be able to get backstage to meet Peter Iwers, In Flames bass player for a pretty cool interview. Peter, huge guy gives me a strong handshake, breaks my hand, and is probably one of the coolest guy! Check this out!
Added on September 21, 2009