British traditional metallers PRIMITAI have been busy since the release of their last album, 2010′s “The Line Of Fire.” They have toured the UK with the likes of metal heavyweights SAXON, GRAND MAGUS and EVILE as well as appearing at estivals such as Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell and High Voltage.
PRIMITAI are now preparing for the release of their new studio album “Rise Again,” which is scheduled for release on October 14th. The band have just announced (since this interview!) that JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ritchie Faulkner has appeared as special guest on the album and the single featuring Ritchie, entitled “Scream When You See Us” will be released on Monday 9th September. Fore more details check out the bands official website at this location.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with Chris and Jamie at this years Bloodstock Festival for a chat which you can listen to on the audio player below:
Check out the lyric video for the first track released from the album “Fortune Favours The Brave”:
English metal band CYPHER 16 started their life in 2007 and have had a very busy last few years. As well as recording EP’s, they have toured extensively, supporting DARK TRANQUILLITY and LACUNA COIL and also played in India five times, the last one being at a Metal Hammer sponsored event in 2012.
CYPHER 16 played their show on the Sophie Lancaster stage at this years Bloodstock and Blackdiamond caught up with the band for a chat, which you can listen to on the audio player below:
British theatrical rockers STATES OF PANIC have been covering the festival circuit with earnest this summer, entertaining the crowds of Download, Les-Fest, Headbangers Balls and also Bloodstock where they played the Sophie Lancaster stage. STATES OF PANIC will also be appearing at Trash Fest in Helsinki which takes place on 4th and 5th October.
The band are currently completing work on their album and have released a single “One Of Us,” which is available as a free download on the STATES OF PANIC official website at this location.
Blackdiamond caught up with the whole band for a chat after their performance at Bloodstock, which you can listen to on the audio player below:
One of Finland’s finest metal masters, progressive metallers AMORPHIS (derived from the word ‘amorphous’) have been around since 1990 and have since evolved and changed both musically and with their band members. They continue working hard to keep creating their unique sound loved by their fans and released their eleventh studio album “Circle” earlier this year.
AMORPHIS are currently on their “Circle” world tour, playing several festivals along the way. Prior to their recent performance at Bloodstock 2013, Blackdiamond caught up with bass player Niclas Etelävuori and chatted about all things music! Check out some excerpts from the conversation and listen to the audio interview below:
Discussing the “Circle” world tour and upcoming plans for the band, Niclas said:
“After next weekend, we have a couple of weeks off, then we have ten shows in Russia and we go to Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Then we have a European tour and who knows what else! [laughs] We’re booking already for next year, then we’ll start to work on new stuff again, that’s how we roll [laughs].
The record came out, there was six months with nothing, so we already have a little bit of stuff going on. So we’re excited to go and try that, if we can remember it after finishing this touring! We have some demos but we haven’t rehearsed them together.“
Chatting about music and his love of AC/DC, Niclas revealed:
“Looking forward to the new album whenever it comes; I like Brian Johnson, but I think Bon Scott was the best rock singer ever.“
English stoner metal band ONE FOR SORROW have been making their mark on the metal scene over recent months. They launched their debut EP “Backs To The Wall” earlier this year, which was produced by Matt Hyde. For more information check out their official facebook page at this location.
ONE FOR SORROW won the Bloodstock “Metal 2 The Masses” competition back in June, which earned them a place on the New Blood stage at this years Bloodstock. Blackdiamond caught up with the band after their show, check out the conversation on the audio player below:
Swedish hard rock singer Mia Klose came from a musical family background and started creating her own music from an early age. Mia has played many well received live shows both in Sweden and England and the whole band sound has been compared to BON JOVI, SKID ROW, MOTLEY CRUE and the like. The band’s debut album “London” was released a year ago and they most recently played Sweden Rock Festival prior to their performance on the Jagermeister stage at this years Bloodstock. For more information check out Mia‘s official facebook page at this location.
Blackdiamond caught up with Mia later in the weekend to discuss how the band’s show went amongst many other topics, check out the conversation on the audio player below:
Greek metallers FIREWIND, created by guitar virtuoso Gus G were formed back in 1998 but really hit the headlines with their fourth album release “Allegiance.” The band have had a very busy few years touring and recording and also Gus also plays guitar in Ozzy Osbourne‘s band.
FIREWIND released their latest album “Apotheosis – Live 2012, recently as a celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. It also marked a new beginning with the departure of vocalist Apollo Papathanasio and the entrance of temporary (or maybe not?) vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter.
Blackdiamond caught up with keyboard player and guitarist Bob Katsionis following FIREWIND‘s storming show on Friday afternoon at Bloodstock 2013.
Read several excerpts from the conversation here and listen to the audio or watch the interview in full below (and see Bob recording a jingle for Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem!):
Discussing vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter, Bob expressed:
“He has good points and these become more and more and more, because he becomes one with the band, with the attitude we have, with the mentality. You know, it takes time.
Apollo, actually he was never into it, he was always losing it rather than adding to his performance. Maybe people couldn’t see it, but we try to evolve as a band. We want to make every gig have one more thing and Apollo was not doing this. It’s good that we see Kelly feeling comfortable in the band; his voice is there, he doesn’t lose the tone, he knows the lyrics. That’s what we need, he’s a cool guy.“
On latest release “Apotheosis – Live 2012″ Bob said the following:
“First of all, it closes an era, this era with Apollo and the first ten years of the band. I think in the end it’s a very sincere and honest live album because we didn’t fool around with it in the studio. There are a lot of mistakes inside you know, but it is what it is. WE picked the best songs and made one CD as a present to our fans, it’s a very good ‘get to know the band’ CD, like a compilation. It’s definitely not a business move, just a cool thing to give back to our fans.“
Talking about upcoming plans for the band and also Bob’s own projects, he revealed:
“I know Gus is making his solo album but I cannot speak about it because he knows better. But we’re gonna be still around doing what we have to do and at some point we’re gonna start writing a new album, because there are some new ideas. But there is no rush this time, we take things easy.
OUTLOUD are making a new album. Actually at this moment George Kollias from NILE, he’s a good friend of mine, he’s recording the drums. Chandler in America, he’s recording the vocals, I go back and do some guitars. And there are big plans about this album, I’m very happy about it. I also started doing my fifth solo album – that’s going to be different; more piano and more new age stuff.”
English metal band INTERNAL CONFLICT started their life in 2004, but were reborn with new members in 2012. The band have evolved to create a new sound and have released a single “Another Day” which can be downloaded at this location.
INTERNAL CONFLICT are working on material for a new album and played the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock 2013. For more information about the band, check their official facebook page. Blackdiamond caught up with the band before their performance, you can listen to the interview on the audio player below:
Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have been a major force in the metal music world for the last fourteen years, delivering their historical war themed brand of music to the fans.
Major changes were made in the SABATON camp in 2012, when four longstanding members left the band, leaving just vocalist Joakim Brodén and bass player Pär Sundström to reform with new musicians. The new line-up was announced a couple of months later and SABATON released their now platinum selling album “Carolus Rex.”
SABATON made their first appearance at this years Bloodstock Open Air Festival and prior to their show Blackdiamond caught up with both new guitarists, Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund.
You can read some excerpts from the conversation and listen to the audio player below. (The video is just there to support the audio, the sound is not good)
Discussing “Carolus Rex” achieving platinum status, Chris and Thobbe said:
“Nobody sells CD’s any more, especially Sweden. So, being a Swedish band selling platinum, it’s wow, mind blowing! We didn’t expect that, it went gold, then platinum. It’s kind of bizarre in a way, you can’t take it in really!“
On upcoming plans for SABATON and a new album, the guys explained:
“We have some stuff, Joakim is working on that. Later this fall all five of us will sit down and contribute some ideas. If it sounds SABATON, it’s gonna be on the album, if it doesn’t sound SABATON, it’s not gonna be on the album.
It should be released in the spring or summer next year.”
British power/melodic metallers POWER QUEST have a great musical history to look back on, spanning twelve years and five albums. Sadly, the band started by keyboardist Steve Williams has now come to end and they played their final show, an epic 75 minute set at this years Bloodstock Festival.
To find out more about this decision and how the final show went, Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond had a chat with bass player Paul Finnie and drummer Rich Smith on a sunny Bloodstock Saturday evening. An excerpt can be read here and you can listen to the conversation on the audio player below:
About the decision to end the band, Paul stated:
“It’s an economical decision, it’s hard these days for bands to make it. But people will be doing stuff, keep watching everyone that’s in the band.
Today I almost wept in the middle of a song, I realised every person in the tent was singing our song to us. That is the moment I’ve always wanted, it was amazing.“
For more information about POWER QUEST, check out the official website at this location.