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Escape The Fate

Drummer and last original member, Robert Ortiz, talks about adversity and success with HMA Despite a series of sudden lineup changes and controversy, American post-hardcore legends, Escape the Fate have managed to put out four studio albums, tour the world and scale high on the charts. It sounds inspiring to the ear but more often…

Lacuna Coil

A pre-show chat with Italian Gothmother, Cristina Scabbia Lacuna Coil is one of the most famous gothic metal and alternative bands in the world. During their career they have recorded seven studio albums and sold over 2 million records worldwide. Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of the band’s sound is the dual male…

Medieval Philosophy

1. Introduction There are various means of deciding what is true. Not all give the same answer. Therefore, a society must put more faith in one approach than another. The order in which various approaches are accepted determines the pattern of thought of the society. Shifts in the order provide us with the basic paradigm…

The 15 Best Albums of 2014

1 Behemoth – The Satanist Cover artist: Denis ForkasFrom the amazing album artwork to sinister and anthemic songwriting this record will become a black metal classic to future generations. In my humble opinion ‘The Satanist’ will be remembered as a milestone of black metal and it stands side by side with Venom’s ‘Black Metal’. I…

Magic and Wyrd

Wyrd is the underlying fabric in the Northern/Germanic cosmology. The laws of Wyrd supercede the will of the Gods, of men and all creatures. Wyrd provides the basic structure for the Nine Worlds, and manifests itself in Yggdrasil and the Well of Urdr. One can compare Wyrd to a song, there are many differnt ways…

Entombed

Entombed A.D.: Back in motion Entombed is a band that needs no introduction at all, they definitely shaped metal music especially death metal and have been since the very first amazing album “Left Hand Path” in 1990. It is now been 7 years between their late “Serpent Saints-The ten Amendments” in 2007 and their new…

Revocation

Revocation: Art & Music are Deathless Since they formed back in 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts, Revocation have released five impressing records including the last one “Deathless”. Revocation’s music is not in any way predictable or common, it is in fact very diverse, intense and fascinating. It is death metal at the core but it is…

Aeon

Pro-Show chat with Aeon’s guitarist Zeb Nillson Aeon has formed in Sweden and been together since 1999. They are becoming progressively bigger and a respected name in death metal. Alex Webster from Cannibal Corpse said about the band: “Aeon musicianship is among the best in death metal, but their songwriting is what truly sets them…

Grand Magus

Triumph and Power, the Scandinavian way Since their debut self-titled album in 2001, Grand Magus have continued to deliver new records every couple of years and making their name known more and more in the metal community. Inspired by Icelandic folklore and legends and influenced by bands such as Manowar this trio of musicians have…

Blake Armstrong

Blake Armstrong: Space Boy Charm I grew up in very a small town in Southern Illinois called Metropolis. I always loved to draw and paint in school – I wasn’t any good at sports so this was the only way to really get people’s attention. In High school I had my first real art teacher…

Ryan Begley

Ryan Begley: Creativity made of soil, sun and water Born 1979 in Tisbury Massachusetts. The son of a Carpenter and a Nurse, owner and art director for two companies; Shirts & Destroy Inc. which produces limited edition T-shirts and merchandise for tattoo artists, Hardcore / Metal bands and Illustrators and his most recent endeavor ‘TrueBlack’…

Karma To Burn

Desert heat over London Instrumental Desert-Rock band, Karma to Burn is still going strong after twenty years. With the sixth studio album – Arch Stanton – cutting a trail through Europe, founding member William Mecum sat down for a cold beer with HMA to discuss stolen music, missed opportunities, and being a hobo… HMA: How’s…

Die Krupps

Metal industrial machine Formed in Duesseldorf, Germany in 1980 by Juergen Engler and Ralf Dörper. Over the years they have produced krautrock-tinged metal-bashing industrial, old-school EBM, industrial electro and, most recently, industrial metal/Neue Deutsche härte. The band’s name comes from the Krupp dynasty – one of pre-war Germany´s main industrial families. This name was apparently…

Felipe Machado Franco

Felipe Machado Franco: Fire & Fantasy Felipe Machado Franco has been the singer of Colombian bands like Thunderblast and Vorpal Nomad. However, the world of Metal music mainly knows him as the man behind striking cover artworks for Blind Guardian, Rage, Iced Earth, among many others. Through his digital brush he has created unique fantasy-based scenarios that have…