From Minnesota’s Aesma Daeva, to Austia's Visions of Atlantis, Melissa Ferlaak is one of the most prominent singers in the symphonic metal genre due to her beautiful classical voice and extensive career. In 2012, after leaving Echoterra, Melissa formed a new band with other members of local metal scene in her hometown of Minnesota, called Plague of Stars.
I know a good majority of fans that miss the classic sounds of gothic metal with female vocals or “beauty and the beast type” like Theatre of Tragedy and The Sins of thy Beloved, but bands that came from the genre have started to slip away from the genre, going more for a heavier or mainstream.
After reviewing ‘’Beast Reality’’ from City Of Thieves, our promoter from PIAS asked if we were interested in doing an interview with vocalist Jamie Lailey. Of course I had to say yes, since I loved the album (yes, the CD has moved into my favourites)! We’ve talked about the new album, touring and musicians being diva’s, keep on reading to find out his answers!
Listening to the new album ‘’Ride To Nowhere’’, I had some questions regarding the songwriting and touring. Luckily, vocalist Nathan James wanted to answer them! Continue reading for his answers!
Being reached out by their social media manager for the Portuguese metal band, Dallian, I was gladly to take the request for an English interview with one of masterminds of the band, Carlos Amado. Being unfamiliar with band, they are described with many genre, symphonic, death, progressive, and world music. Their debut album ‘Automata' displays their complexity with an essence of steampunk.
Evergrey are preparing to release their new album “The Atlantic” on January 25th, and go on tour with Kamelot and Visions of Atlantis. So our writer Andrea got in touch with Johan Niemann (bass) to talk a bit more about the new music, the upcoming tour, and the importance of music in people’s lives.
Started her musical career as the singer for Norwegian gothic metal band Trail of Tears, then onto Sahara Dust who are well-known as Epica nowadays, and currently the singer of her own band Imperia and solo project Angel. Helena Iren Michaelsen is one of the most interesting singers I’ve heard when first getting in to the metal genre, from her amazing vocal techniques in songs...
To promote the new Bitter Heart album called ‘’Rotten’’ we did an interview with guitarist and vocalist Melik Melek Khelifa! He is also known for his guitar skills in Tunisian metal band Persona. Curious to read his answers? Continue reading below!
A new week, a new interview! Today we got one for you with Esther Brouns from Two Of A Kind. Two Of A Kind is a melodic rock band from the Netherlands, whose self-titled debut album was released by Frontiers in 2007. Fred Hendrix, better known as main songwriter and singer for the Melodic Rock masters TERRA NOVA...
Only less that two weeks left to the anticipated release of Amaranthes new record ‘’Helix’’, I got to do this very awesome interview with guitarist and songwriter Olof Mörck! We talked about a lot of things, of course including the new album, the process of writing, changing singers and management!
Sirenia was one of my starting bands during my younger years when I first discovered symphonic and gothic metal, my first album listening to Sirenia was “Nine Destinies and a Downfall", only to know that Monika Pedersen had long already left the band. I then listened to “The 13th Floor” which was already out, I soon quickly fell in love with the voice of then new singer Ailyn.
Prior to the release of Seventh Wonder’s most anticipated album to date, “Tiara”, Lyrical Spell Magazine writer Andrea caught up with Stefan Norgren (drums) to discuss the concept behind this new effort, connections, touring, ProgPower USA and the “Welcome to Atlanta” live DVD, plus other interesting details.
Many metalheads from the early to mid 90s may recognized the name The 3rd and the Mortal, one of the first pioneering bands of the doom metal that implemented female vocals, along with Theatre of Tragedy. The band became a main influence to many other popular bands like The Gathering, Nightwish, Flowing Tears, and Trees of Eternity.
We got to do an interview with Italian symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance, regarding their new album “Alba” (link to review), collaborating and touring with Serenity, influences, the Italian metal scene, and many other detail we thought would be interesting.
When news broke of a Conception reunion with iconic metal singer Roy Khan, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to do an interview and talk about the new music the four talented Norwegians are creating. Roy Khan kindly obliged us with the answers!
We got to do a small e-mail interview with Dutch heavy metal legends MARTYR! The interview was done by Tamar with Rick (Guitars and main songwriter).
Everyone who likes European symphonic metal, knows Amanda Somerville. Having worked with Avantasia, Kamelot, HDK and MaYan, and with her own projects Kiske/Somerville, Aina, Exit Eden and of course Trillium, Amanda is easily one of the most well known vocalists and songwriters. In this interview we talk about ‘’Tectonic’’, but we kind of drifted away and also got to some more personal questions.
Subscribed to Marcela’s newsletter, I received an email that she has announced her next album “Through Your Eyes” which is set to be released on the fall. Excited to hear more melancholic chamber music from Marcela, I sent her a message to her contact email asking if she wanted to be interviewed by us. Marcela got back to me sooner than I expected and accepted the offer...
Heidi Parviainen’s Dark Sarah are on their way to releasing their third cinematic album “The Golden Moth” on 20th September, 2018. “The Golden Moth” is said to be the final chapter of the Dark Sarah trilogy, but don’t worry, this is not the end for the band, but a new beginning as Heidi plans to continue Sarah's story with more releases and a new trilogy.
In 2017, the folk metallers of Midnattsol have returned after a 7 year hiatus with some surprising news with lineup changes and their upcoming album. With the band now back, I wanted to take the opportunity to request an interview with Norway's well-recognized sister singers, Carmen Elise and Liv Kristine Espenæs!
Hydra || Jack Driessen || Kobra Paige || Exit Eden || Anette Olzon || Purest Of Pain || Elina Siirala || Dream Ocean || Nicoletta Rosellini || Sean Tibbetts || Aline Happ || Eric Pariche || Antti Kokko || Emerald Shine || Angelwings || Midnattsol || Heidi Parviainen || Marcela Bovio || Amanda Somerville || Martyr || Roy Khan || Sleeping Romance || Ann-Mari Alexis || Stefan Norgren || Ailyn Gimenez || Olof Mörck || Two Of A Kind || Dream Child || Melik Melek Khelifa || Helena Michaelsen || Johan Niemann || Nathan James || Carlos Amado