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.
UK metal band KARYBDIS started out in the world of metal several years ago and released their album “From The Depths” last year, produced by Russ Russell. They are already working on a new album and have been playing some new songs during their recent live shows. KARYBDIS have just released a new video for their track “Minotaur.” For more information check out the band at this location.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with vocalist Rich prior to their show on Bloodstock’s New Blood stage. You can listen to the conversation on the audio player below:
Legendary English metallers HELL began their career in 1982 and never quite achieved the recognition they so deserved back then.
But luckily the band resurrected themselves from the flames back onto the metal scene with the release of their album “Human Remains” in 2011. The album features new recordings of HELL classics from the 1980′s. Since the album’s release, HELL have gained a massive following and have played many shows throughout Europe.
The band last played at Bloodstock two years ago and made a dramatic comeback on their home soil, giving the fans one of the most memorable performances of the weekend.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with drummer Tim Bowler and guitarist Andy Sneap after their spectacular show on the Ronnie James Dio stage. You can read a few excerpts from the conversation and check out the interview either on the audio player or video below (the video has a little missing from the beginning):
When asked about the new HELL album being recorded, Andy stated:
“We’ve got seven songs recorded so far. I start on Monday with Dave doing vocals on those. There’s a couple of songs we’ve still got to sort out arrangements. There are four or five older songs that we’ve revamped from the ’80′s and the rest is all new stuff.”
“There’s some really good new stuff, it’s really exciting. It’s a darker album than we’ve done before. It’s more interesting, I think it’s just moved on.“
Andy went on to talk about the album release:
“The label are working towards November 4th. I think the album will be with them by the end of August, beginning of September. The tour [Defenders Of The Faith] starts November 6th, so the whole point is to try and get it out for that tour.”
Discussing his role as a producer, Andy said the following:
“I’ll be in the studio till 2am! I’ve always been really picky with things – back when I was playing with SABBAT I was always sat at the producers shoulder, telling him what to do and I didn’t even know what I was doing then! I think I’m a bit of a control freak to be honest.”
British thrash metallers XENTRIX have had a long career starting in the 1980′s when they were one of the pioneers of the UK thrash metal movement. More recently, earlier this year, the band played some UK dates with KREATOR and EVILE and are starting work on some new material.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with Paul ‘Macca’ MacKenzie and Dennis Gasser before their Bloodstock performance on the Sophie Lancaster stage. You can listen to the chat on the audio player below:
Modern metal/hardcore five piece band ELITHIA, hailing from the South West Of England became known after winning Plymouth Battle Of the Bands contest in 2010. The band released their debut EP “No Time For Mercy” a couple of years ago and have just been working on their brand new EP which is due for release later this year.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with the band after their show on Saturday at Bloodstock. The interview can be heard on the audio player below and check out more information about the band on their official facebook page.
Legendary German metallers ACCEPT have had an extremely busy last few years, since their explosive comeback to the worldwide metal scene with their highly successful “Blood Of The Nations” album in 2010. Then came the release of another great heavy album in the shape of “Stalingrad” last year, which the band have done extensive touring with and most recently at many summer festivals.
ACCEPT‘s penultimate festival appearance this summer was at Bloodstock Open Air 2013, where Metal Shock Finland‘s Ali Blackdiamond caught up with one of the most friendly metal musicians, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann.
The interview took place before ACCEPT‘s show on the Friday evening, a review of which can be read at this location. You can read some excerpts below and watch the full interview on the video or listen to the audio player below:
Discussing festivals, Wolf expressed his thoughts about them:
“I love them because it’s almost like a party atmosphere. When you do your own headlining shows it’s all on you – you bring your own production and you worry about how the day goes down, but here you get told what to do. (smiles) You show up, do your thing and the rest is just having a good time, not very stressful!“
When asked about the next ACCEPT album, Wolf said:
“Our upcoming album is hopefully going to be out next year. We’ve started working on writing some songs, we haven’t recorded anything yet. But over the winter and maybe early next year we’ll start recording it and try to make it every bit as good as the last one, maybe even better if we succeed, we’ll see. It’s going to be as heavy as the rest!“
On his next solo classical album, Wolf revealed:
“There’s a lot of it done already, but still a lot to do. Whenever I have some free time when I’m not working for ACCEPT, that’s what I work on. I spent the last few days with Andy Sneap working on new material – we’re getting ready to get the first glimpse of these new tracks. It’s gonna be next year before it’s released, I’ll not start recording till January or February.“
Manchester four piece progressive metallers BETRAEUS released their debut EP “Towards The Sun,” in 2011 which reached number 3 position on the Scuzz TV chart. The band have been playing many shows around the UK and Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with Eddie and Paddy at Bloodstock after their performance on the Sophie Lancaster stage.
Check out what Eddie and Paddy had to say on the audio player below and find the official BETRAEUS facebook page at this location.
Manchester based melodic death metallers INCASSUM released their debut album “Rites Of Passage” late in 2012 and have since been touring the UK. The band played on the Jager stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2013.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with John, Joe and Chris from the band prior to their performance and discussed all the news and upcoming events for INCASSUM as well as their Bloodstock favourites.
Check out the conversation on the audio player below and for more information about INCASSUM see the official facebook page at this location.
Composer and vocalist with both EDGUY and AVANTASIA, Tobias Sammet is one of Germany’s biggest artists in recent music history. Just prior to leaving for the next leg of the tour to South America with his all-star rock opera, AVANTASIA, Metal Shock Finland‘s Senior Manager Ali Blackdiamond caught up with Tobias for an interesting and amusing chat about his latest offering “The Mystery Of Time,” Bloodstock Festival and more.
Listen to the full interview on the audio player below and also here are a few excerpts from the conversation:
Discussing the whole AVANTASIA project and touring arrangements, Tobias stated (and joked!):
“It’s not as complicated as it looks. I probably shouldn’t say that because I would probably encourage people to do the same thing and that would make me furious! (laughs) If someone said ‘yeah only the best can do that’ it’s gonna wreck your nerves and don’t try this at home. If there’s any musicians out there listening to this show, considering or thinking about doing it themselves, don’t do it! You will have a heart attack in no time!“
Tobias talked of his reasons for having British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews design “The Mystery Of Time” album artwork:
” It’s been a dream of mine to work with him, I’m a huge fan. I have books of him, I have pictures framed on the walls of our house that were painted by him. In fact, I’m so crazy about his art I just received a book that I ordered, it just came today and when I opened the package, I found I already had it. it’s called ‘In Search Of Forever,’ I bought it twice now!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Magnum and Magnum’s artwork and this album “The Mystery Of Time” is so rich in detail and I wanted to create a true piece of art, musically. I also wanted to stress that by choosing the right artwork I wanted to have something handcrafted, I wanted to have something timeless, something that is not up to date, something that is not trendy, something that you would not expect on an Avantasia album that is being released in 2013. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to say Rodney’s art is old fashioned, I just want to say it’s timeless, a piece of art. That’s what I really love about it, I had to have Rodney’s artwork on my album.“
We talked of the upcoming Bloodstock Festival and Tobias had an unforgettable memory from his last appearance there with EDGUY:
“You don’t remind people of a defeat in football and you don’t mention the war in England if you are German. I went onstage and thought people were a bit reserved and thought I should tickle them. So I said ‘we may have lost the war, but we made it to the quarter finals!’ and luckily everyone started to laugh! In England you have to work hard to make people laugh about your jokes, but when you do, people reward it. That’s when Bloodstock and I became real friends!
I’m looking forward to playing Bloodstock because it’s in the mother country of heavy metal and it’s the country where this was all invented and that’s where we’ll bring Avantasia. It’s the first time for Avantasia on a stage in England.
There’s going to be everybody – Eric Martin, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Amanda (Somerville), Michael Kiske. The only thing is that we’re not gonna do the full show, because that would be 3 hours, and there’s other bands who want to go on after us! It will be a smooth ‘best of’ set.“
Discussing what’s happening with EDGUY at the moment, Tobias said:
” We won’t disband, we will go on. We are about to start working on a new album this fall. We will take all the time we need until we come up with something that makes sense. I don’t expect a new album to come out until spring or summer 2014.“