As part of our Tribute To Ritchie Blackmore week, we have invited well known names in the world of rock and metal to share their thoughts about Ritchie.The next in the series is Swedish composer, vocalist and guitarist and the frontman of the WOLF band, Niklas Stalvind. WOLF has finished working on their seventh studio album and they will reveal more details about the release soon. Metal Shock Finland’s Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi had a chat with Nik and asked him about his thoughts on Ritchie.
Stalvind shares his thoughts and opinion about Ritchie and his career:
“He’s one of the original guitarists, you just hear two notes and you instantly know that’s Ritchie Blackmore playing and not many guitarists can do that. Every note has something to say and it’s kinda magical. That’s why I consider him one of the best guitarists who ever lived.“
When asked if he had learned anything from Ritchie, Nik revealed -
“One thing I’ve learned, Adrian Smith is one of my favourite guitarists and when I worked with Roy Z, he had worked with many of my favourite guitarists. I asked Roy a lot of questions and asked him what Adrian’s approach is to guitar soloing. He said that Adrian is trying to do what Ritchie Blackmore did – every note in a solo never stops exactly on the bar in the rhythm, it’s always slightly floating above the rhythm. That made me feel very good because I do that – I thought I was doing it wrong! It made me realise I did the right thing and we’re not supposed to sound like robots, it makes the music boring. So, when I found out Adrian got that from Ritchie Blackmore, i felt good about my own guitar playing.“
You can listen to the whole of this interview on the sound player below:
As previously posted, Oliver Withöft, co-owner of independent record label Century Media, passed away on Monday after falling ill several months ago. He was 49.
Swedish heavy metallers WOLF who are members of Century Media artists, have sent the following condolence message via a message to Metal Shock Finland:
WOLF: “That’s very sad news. I didn’t know Oliver and have never met him, but the Wolves are sorry to hear that the Century Media family has lost a co-owner. Our thoughts go to his family and the staff at Century Media. R.I.P. Oliver.“
BROKEN HOPE, DIAMOND PLATE and VATTENT VISKAR have also posted the following condolence messages: BROKEN HOPE: “BROKEN HOPE sends our condolences to the family & friends of Oliver Withöft, co-owner of @CenturyMedia (BH’s epic metal home). Thank you, Oliver…much respect & love.”
DIAMOND PLATE: “R.I.P. Oliver – cheers for over two decades of some of our favorite heavy albums from Nevermore, BEHEMOTH!, Opeth, Sentenced, Demolition Hammer…the list goes on!“
VATTENT VISKAR: “Just got word that Oliver Withöft, co founder of Century Media Records has passed away. RIP Oli. Thank you for such great opportunities.” They also tweeted: “Rest in Power Oliver Withöft. without @centurymedia, we would still be auto mechanics and bartenders. #RIP Oli“
Blackdiamond has just posted on her official weblog that she is going to present a special Halloween Metal Party show on Bloodstockradio.com on October 29th at 10 AM (GMT). She also announced that metallers Paul Allender (CRADLE OF FILTH), Niklas Stålvind (WOLF) and Brian Thomas (HALLOWEEN) are to appear on this show too.
“Of course all the music will purely be based around Halloween” Blackdiamond said.
Absinthes.com have revealed the perfect absinthes for Halloween and of course one of them is by Swedish metallers WOLF. As previously published, the band unleashed their own brand of WOLF Absinthe on the world earlier this year, on 1st June, to coincide with vocalist Niklas Stålvind’s 40th birthday.
If you would like to concoct the The Devil’s Favourite for Halloween, follow the instructions below:
We have two particular absinthes in mind that match the theme of Halloween better than no other. But at first, we’d like to make a suggestion for a more than suitable cocktail recipe.
On the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle the morello cherries, lime juice and almond sirup. Add WOLF Absinthe together with ice, shake until well chilled. Strain the mix into a long, chilled cocktail glass (for example a champagne flute) and top with Champagne. You can use some nutmeg to garnish.
In other WOLF news, the band have completed writing songs for their seventh album and are ready to start recording soon. Stay tuned for more news!
Swedish metallers WOLF will be appearing at ProgPower USA 2013, which is taking place next weekend, the 6th and 7th September in Atlanta. There are 13 bands featured from countries outside the USA this year, including DAMNATION ANGELS (UK), MYRATH (Tunisia)and fellow Swedish band SABATON. For more information check out the ProgPower USA website at this location.
Simon and Andy from WOLF have posted an update on their official facebook page, check it out below:
WOLF are currently working on their new album, the follow up to 2011′s “Legions Of Bastards,” stay tuned for more news!
Metal Shock Finland’s UTILIFEST partners at DEVILSTONE OPEN AIR 2013 have added Estonian up and coming thrash metal band CANTILENA to the bill. The festival organisers state:
“This fairly young band with boiling old-school thrash in their hearts is already acknowledged by the classics in the genre: CANTILENA was chosen as a supporting band by such veterans like SEPULTURA and OVERKILL. The music answers why: aggressive but at the same time melodic, CANTILENA’s thrash metal satisfies even the standards of spoilt westerners. The band’s debut “Violent Peace”, released in 2012, displays that three years are enough for maturity and finding a unique path.
DEVILSTONE provides an opportunity to appreciate what this aspiring Estonian ensemble has to offer. CANTILENA’s members state that their gigs are aggressive, but with honesty and respect, and the audience responds in the same way.“
Swedish metallers WOLF are also appearing at the festival, alongside other previously announce bands such as ENSLAVED, KADAVAR, AVULSED, VOMITORY and ORANGE GOBLIN. Also just announced are INDYGO, STIFFER, LOS TURBOS and THE PERFECT PILL.
For more information about the festival check out the previous announcement at this location.
Check out CANTILENA below:
For more details see the official DEVILSTONE website at this location
Swedish shark teeth metallers WOLF have recently posted a new video of their trip to Sankta Annas Distillery, the company who make the band’s new brand of Absinthe. The video was filmed on April 2013 and it was directed by Patrik Hellström. The video can be seen at this location.
As previously posted, WOLF have released their brand new video for the song “Absinthe” from their 2011 album release “Legions Of Bastards.” The video was directed by Owe Lingvall at Dream Day Media and in the words of the band: “Join us in the amazing Absinthe world, here nothing will ever be the same again!! Enjoy!”