Interview by Tarja Virmakari
Since their humble beginnings in Karlstad, Sweden, back in 2011, EYES WIDE OPEN have more than just made themselves a name: In less than two years in existence as a band, they have gathered a huge following and 15 fan clubs worldwide. With the spring of 2012 marking the release of their debut EP; “Revelations”, this is a career seldomly seen. In this short period of time they have played two of Sweden’s largest rock/metal -festivals, toured throughout Sweden, Denmark and Norway, had a lot of airtime on alternative radio channels all over the planet, achieved no less than 62.000 followers on Facebook and much, much more. Their latest effort, the debut full-length “Aftermath” came out at the end of 2013, including 11 brand new tracks and a much more diverse sound. With this album, EYES WIDE OPEN further cement their position as a one of the frontrunners in Swedish metal today, with strong melodies, big riffs and their trademarked use of megaphones.
A couple of weeks ago Tarja Virmakari had a nice Skype chat with EYES WIDE OPEN guitarist Kristofer Strandberg, drummer Karl Adamsson and bassist Jesper Lindgren. The discussed topics were, of course, the band’s latest album “Aftermath”, recent European tour and the upcoming support shows with HATEBREED, on March 30th (at Re:Public in Minsk, Belarus) and 31th (at SENTRUM in Kiev, Ukraine). To find out more about what Tarja discussed with Kristofer, Karl and Jesper, join the chat below.
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Gus G., well known in the Metal and Rock universe as guitar virtuoso for his work as leader of his own group FIREWIND and also as member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, continues to promote his solo album debut “I Am The Fire”, which was released last month via Century Media Records and entered the official sales chart in Greece on position # 27 as well as #32 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at in the USA upon release.
A new video clip produced by Patric Ullaeus / revolver.se (Within Temptation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Europe, etc.) for the song “Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén)” has being debuted today via the website of UK’s Metal Hammer magazine. Check the clip out here.
After some successful first solo-dates in Greece last month, Gus G. is soon to also kick off European live-action to support the release of “I Am The Fire” in Europe soon together with Marty Friedman as part of the “Guitar Universe 2” co-headlining tour. Here is a promotional trailer for the tour:
And here is a list of all upcoming dates for the tour as well as a few of the newly confirmed first festival appearances for Gus G. in 2014:
Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:
01.05.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi 02.05.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi 03.05.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Stockholm Rocks Festival 05.05.2014 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Trädgårn
07.05.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB 09.05.2014 Krakow (Poland) – Lizard King 10.05.2014 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja 12.05.2014 Munich (Germany) – Backstage 14.05.2014 Hannover (Germany) – Musikzentrum 15.05.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock 16.05.2014 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij 17.05.2014 Hasselt (Belgium) – MuziekoDroom 18.05.2014 Uden (The Netherlands) – De Pul 20.05.2014 Savigny Le Temple (France) – L’ Impreinte
21.05.2014 London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy 22.05.2014 Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall
Gus G. @ Festivals 2014:
07.06.2014 Via Verdi (Italy) – Pegorock Festival / http://www.pegorock.it
01.08.2014 Szekesfehervar (Hungary) – Fezen Festival / http://www.fezen.hu
More dates to follow soon…
In other news, Gus G. has just launched a competition (which runs up to the end of April) to win one of his signature ESP guitars. Here are more details for the contest run via Instagram: “Show us your best ‘air guitar’ pose on Instagram and win a Gus G. signature guitar! Post a photo of you on Instagram playing ‘air guitar’ and hashtag #iamthefire. Give us your best pose! The winner gets a LTD Gus-200 BLK signature guitar and will be handpicked by Gus!”
“Eyes Wide Open”, the new video from Massachusetts rockers STAIND, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s self-titled seventh album, which sold 47,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No, 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Illusion Of Progress”, opened with 92,000 units to debut at No. 3. Source: Blabbermouth.net