Black Prince. Or in Finnish – Musta Prinssi. That is how guitarist Esa Pulliainen described Ville Valo when the collaborative tour across Finland between Ville and iconic Finnish rock band Agents was announced in October 2018. And considering not only his clothing choices along the years, but also the music he created with love metal band HIM, and his inherent elegance and style, this description fits Ville Valo perfectly.
Polish heavy metal outfit Crystal Viper, founded and led by guitarist and composer Marta Gabriel, are preparing to release their new album “Tales of Fire and Ice” on November 22, via AFM Records. Regular touring and festival appearances in more than 15 countries, 7 studio albums, and a bunch of singles and EP releases the band did since 2007, established their position, and made them known as one of the most hard working and most determined bands of their generation.
This year symphonic metal icon Epica have celebrated 10 years since the release of their seminal record “Design your Universe” with the release of a remixed and remastered version of the album (by none other than Joost van den Broek) under the moniker “Design your Universe (Gold Edition)”, as well as the bonus EP “The Acoustic Universe” containing newly-recorded acoustic versions of selected tracks. To cap it all off in style the band also went on a special tour, playing songs from this record.
With the release of Edge of Paradise’s new album “Universe”, Lyrical Spell Magazine writer Andrea caught up with Margarita Monet to discuss the themes and ideas that led to the creation of this record, the band’s upcoming tour with Sonata Arctica, stage clothes and other interesting details.
Eleine is a Swedish symphonic metal band that is releasing their EP “All shall burn” on November 22, via Black Lodge Records. Their blend of heavy riffs, harsh growls, enticing vocals and beautiful symphonic arrangements has captivated audiences all over the world. Since their debut in April 2015 with their self-titled album “Eleine”, they have toured with Moonspell and Arch Enemy, released the well-received second album “Until the End”, played at Japan’s Loud n’ Metal Festival, and in 2020...
Booyah! Say what you will, but it felt like 2019 was Jinjer’s year. This power-house Ukrainian extreme groove metal band started the year in full force with the release of the EP “Micro” in January, and continued with heavy touring and appearances at top festivals across Europe, and now they are back with their fourth full length album, “Macro”. This decade the four-piece known as Jinjer, fronted by versatile vocalist Tatiana Shmailyuk, have carved their own niche on the metal scene...
Vikram is a metal band from Brazil with influences that range from progressive metal to folk and ethnic, and as such their music being described as oriental progressive metal. The project is idealized by guitarist Tiago Della Vega, who created the trilogy their debut album “Behind the Mask I” is based on. This album takes the reader on a journey through time and space, based on the Eastern culture (Egypt, Turkey, Arabia, Spain and India).
Formed by singer / pianist Margarita Monet and guitarist Dave Bates in 2011, Los Angeles based Edge of Paradise has made a name for itself on the metal scene with the release of well-received independent albums and heavy touring, both nationally and internationally. The band’s new album “Universe”brings together a symphonic and classic metal approach with more contemporary sounds like industrial and electronic influences. The album is out on Frontiers on November 8.
The Finnish metal scene has many facets and aspects to it, being quite varied and fresh. And what Insomnium does, definitely adds to this variety and freshness. With their eighth studio album, “Heart like a Grave”, which was released on October 4, via Century Media, the band proves once again that their brand of melodic death metal, with deep touches of melancholy and wistfulness, is still a staple of the genre.
There is no denying the fact that Italian folk metal band Elvenking have an impressive history, being one of the most important and arguably unique bands of the scene. Founded in 1997, the band soon established itself among the leading acts of Europe when it comes to powerful metal music with folk and pagan influences. On August 30, Elvenking released their tenth masterpiece: “Reader of the Runes – Divination”, via long-term label AFM Records.