Desecration

Gore is just the beginning Desecration is a brutal death metal band from Wales. The band have been causing controversy since 1995 when their “Gore & Perversion” album was infamously seized and incinerated by the police due to its offensive content. The band was told to “tone right down”, but the band continued. Now, with…

Andrew W.K.

The Art of Partying Everybody likes a party. There are all kinds of them and they’re happening all the time. Some parties are formed of thousands of people in a field on drugs, some are based around food and intelligent conversation; what you might call a ‘dinner party’. Other parties aren’t quite so fun, for…

H.E.A.T

Swedish rockers raise temperature to a million degrees at this year’s Download Festival! In a blaze of golden light, stage smoke and to the music of one of rock’n’roll’s truly legendary bands, KISS, yet another Download Festival has come to a thunderous and epic conclusion. I can only presume that this year will leave a…

Insomnium

Shadows of Rebellion ‘Shadow of the Dying Sun’ is the sixth studio release from Finland’s melodic death metal scene Insomnium. They have come a long way in their musical progress since their Demo release in 1999. Insomnium creations are filled with obscure sounds and haunting melodies encompassed by very dark lyrics about pain, life, nature and…

Godsmack

Smacked by Sully Erna at Download! Godsmack is one of the heavy-hitters of metal music. Sporting three consecutive number-one albums and a worldwide fan-base, Godsmack have more than earned the respect of even the most high-brow rock/metal critic. It’s no surprise that so many of the people who attended the last day of Download were…

Arcturus

Guided by the supernatural Norwegian avant-garde metal Arcturus is finally back after a decade with the awaited new album “Arcturian”. Formed in 1987, the first full-length was released in 1996. Current cosmic crew consist of former Dimmu Borgir member ICS Vortex and Mayhem drumming master Hellhammer alongside ex-Ulver and ex-Mortem members. HMA catch up with…

Lordi

Dazed and Confused One evening in April five Finnish monsters came to invade Brighton, UK. Nothing to worry about, they were just here to play us some spectacular heavy metal. The band made history in 2006 by becoming the first, and still today the only hard rock act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Since…

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…

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…