Melechesh

Gateways to Mesopotamian mythology Self-proclaimed “Sumerian Thrashing Black Metal, Mesopotamian Metal” Melechesh formed 20 years ago in Jerusalem. Their sound is very distinctive, filled and merged with Middle Eastern influences which are also reflected in the lyrics. “Enki” released in March 2015, is the band’s sixth studio album. We talked with frontman and singer during…

Blind Guardian

At the edge of the imagination With a musical career that started nearly 30 years ago, Blind Guardian is a cult to an incredible number of faithful fans. The year 2015 saw the release of their tenth studio album ‘Beyond the Red Mirror’ which delivers a flawless fusion of orchestral elements into heavy metal. A…

Voivod

We are now connected Without a doubt, Voivod is a band that has always pushed musical boundaries and they have gained huge respect in the years becoming one of the most cult and influential bands in the genre. Voivod formed in 1982 in Canada and in three decades they have seen numerous lineup changes including…

Therapy?

You love the fuckin’ riffs? Northern Ireland rock band Therapy? recently performed at the Concorde2 in Brighton, UK. Before hitting the stage, HMA had the chance to speak with Michael McKeegan and Neil Cooper (respectively the bass player and the drummer of the band) about the cover album of their 14th studio album “Disquiet”, the…

Shining: BlackJazz Rebels

Breaking down musical barriers The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist & songwriter Jørgen Munkeby, Norwegian collective Shining have been breaking down musical barriers for the past 15 years, mixing progressive, technical metal, jazz, avant-garde and experimental sounds. Along the way, Munkeby (skilled saxophonist and guitarist, a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music) has released a…

Extol

Extol: God is not representing freedom Extol came into existence in the early 90´s parallel to the emerging Norwegian underground black metal scene. Extol insisted to pursue the dream of bringing death metal back to the alternative musical landscape. Extol knew the genre was in desperate need for change. The oppressive correctness, a lack of…

Black Star Riders

Drummer Jimmy gives HMA latest on the new album, Thin Lizzy and Europe tour As I sit in the dressing room waiting for my interview with Black Star Riders drummer, Jimmy DeGrasso to begin, I’m confronted by an interesting question. Can you ever step out from the shadow of your own success? For those of…

Europe

Legends Europe continue the legacy of rock with bold rediscovery album Everyone in Europe calls it “that song”. So I’m going to call it “that song”. Let’s not talk about “that song”, shall we? As great and classic as it may be…. It appears that years of accumulated wisdom and experience seem to have come…

Corrosion Of Conformity

All Hail… Pepper’s Return Since they formed in 1982 in North Carolina, Corrosion of Conformity has been creating their own distinct sound and merging, in a perfect way, metal, punk, blues and even some elements funk. There have been line-up changes with Pepper and Reed but now the line-up is the same as ‘Deliverance’. The…

Apocalyptica

The maestros of metal create a forlorn and beautiful musical landscape with their latest album Classical instruments have had their prominent place in metal and rock music for decades. Some of the more the more remarkable examples of this have come out Finland such as Nightwish and of course…. Apocalyptica. Thanks to Apocalyptica’s prolific career…

Dødheimsgard

Dødheimsgard: Immersed in melancholic mystery One of the top bands and boundary-pushing visionaries of the mid-90’s Norwegian Black Metal evolution, DHG are widely regarded as masters of dark & psychotic psychedelia-tinged extremity. The first fruits of DHG’s re-animated labour manifest in the shape of new studio album, ‘A Umbra Omega’, with original co-founding member Aldrahn…

Marduk

Marduk: Back to the Frontschwein Marduk was formed in Sweden by guitarist Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson in 1990 and released their first studio album, “Dark Endless” in 1992. Since then, despite many line-up changes they have been spreading evil and recruiting new legions of loyal followers to the black metal scene. The brand new release…

Deathstars

That’s no moon…. It’s Deathstars! New album and the amazing story of the exploding bus tour. Deathstars are not a band to be easily categorized. This company of Swedes is well known for it’s dark, pessimistic and often misanthropic lyrics. In their trademark face paint and uniforms, they appear to be ageless, almost like living…

Protest the Hero

Bird-Sex, Scurrilous’ Scurrying Spiders, Robots, and the Enterprise vs. the Millennium Falcon. Protest the Hero are no one-hit-wonder band. This intelligent, funny, prog-rock/metalcore band from Canada are dynamically musical as much as they are thought-provoking and witty. Seasoned veterans, disillusioned with record labels in general, they were one of the first bands ever to reach…

36 Crazyfists

‘I’m a Soppy Romantic’ They’re back! With a five year ‘hiatus’ 36 Crazyfists are rested and as excited as a puppy with a squeaky toy. The new album is a scorcher. But for a while, it looked like there might not be another album, with the departure of two band members and three family deaths…

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…

Seether

New label, new album, Halo and laser beams on dinosaurs Carrying the unique honour of being the first South African alternative rock band to be signed by an international label against all odds, Seether holds a special place in the hearts of many of their rock-loving countrymen. Now with the sixth album “Isolate and Medicate”…

Volbeat

Shady gentlemen’s shake the dust So sayeth Jon Larson; Whilst Rob Caggiano relates them to sponges… with a personal penchant for the paranormal and a ‘Lex Luther’ desire for Mind Control super-powers… HMA: Are you having a good time so far? Everything going well? Rob Caggiano: Yeah. Tour’s been going great. HMA: You’ve been on…

Hatebreed

Apebreed turns 20 Positivity from scary bald tattooed Hatebreed guitarist Frank Novinec on their 20th Anniversary; Crock-pots on tour; Kiss Army tattoos, and Sticky Fingers! HMA: Let’s start with the latest album, ‘The Divinity of Purpose’. Where did the inspiration for the title come from? Frank Novinec: I don’t know. That’s a question for Jamie…