Kampfar

Heavy Music Artwork speak to Odin’s sons Kampfar Norwegian black metal band Kampfar – an ancient Norse name for Odin – have been going strong for 20 years, producing a unique black metal sound which has been described as raw, dark and crushing. Singing in their native Norwegian, with some English lyrics thrown in along…

Amon Amarth

Pre-show chat with Johan Söderberg of Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is currently one of the most famous bands in the world, adored by thousands for their distinctive brand of melodic death metal, characterised by “epic-sounding brutality”, compelling melodies, primal vocals and Viking-inspired song lyrics. The band’s name is the Elvish moniker for Mount Doom in…

Leaves Eyes

In conversation with Liv Kristine of Leave’s Eyes Comprised of members from Norway and Germany, female-fronted symphonic rock/metal sextet Leaves’’ Eyes have always displayed as much depth and diversity in their music as they encompass different nationalities. A union between former Theatre of Tragedy singer Liv Kristine and death metal quintet Atrocity, featuring Kristine’s husband,…

Hirax

US thrash veterans speak to Heavy Music Artwork “On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record,” says Katon W. De Pena the vocalist of the American thrash metal act HIRAX.  He is referring to Immortal Legacy, the latest release by his…

Carpathian Forest

Interview with black metal legends Carpathian Forest Carpathian Forest was formed early nineties and are one my favourite black metal band. They are one of the few legends that are still around and which have stuck to the basics of the genre. In 1998 the band released their first full-length album, “Black Shining Leather” which it…

Buckcherry

Heavy Music Artwork one-on-one with Buckcherry’s frontman! Hailing from California, Buckcherry belong to a dying breed of rockers: those whose creative drive comes from something deep and personal. Remember the days of Jim Morrison? When rock music was a reflection of culture, a commentary on what was transpiring around us and how the artist fit…

Hardcore Superstar

HMA chats to the mighty Jocke Berg of Swedish rock legends Hardcore Superstar! Hardcore Superstar is one of my favorite bands. Period. When I was sixteen the Swedish glam and sleaze rock scene was just taking off with bands like Crashdïet and Hardcore Superstar standing at the forefront of the whole resurgence. They were inspired…

Sister

Swedish sleaze/punk metal outfit SISTER, loud and in your face! SISTER was formed in early 2006. Glam/sleaze enthusiasts like me will probably remember them as a colourful gang of glammed-out teens who popped up almost out of nowhere. These guys were truly underground back then and everyone dug them thoroughly. There was a lot of…

Eths

In conversation with France got talent Eths In their native France ETHS are superstars. The quintet from Marseilles has graced about every music magazine cover in their home country. Their success story began with the release of two EPs, which spread like wildfire and gained the young band cult status. “Autopsie” came out in the…

Glorior Belli

Blackened Southern Blues Glorior Belli Glorior Belli crept out from the temperamental suburbs of Paris in December 2002. What started as a notorious duo soon became a remarkable Beast, acting as a beacon for everyone looking to free themselves of the influence of the Demiurge. A symbolic demo Evil Archaic Order was released in June…

Tad Morose

Tad Morose reveals art direction for “Revenant” After a long recording hiatus, Swedish power metallers, Tad Morose, have returned with their brand new recording, “Revenant”. The album’s cover artwork, features a furious zombie-like creature emerging from a swamp. Somehow, this image seems to work as a metaphor for a band that came back from the…

Damn Dice

Heavy Music Artwork’s Andy Starz rolls the dice with Damn Dice Damn Dice are one of London’s many slick rock’n’roll offspring. One of the best things about them, I’d say, is that they’re a motley group of young French, Italian and English musicians which warms my heart, dear reader, because I’m a big fan of…

Reckless Love

Heavy Music Artwork uncovers the Spirit of Reckless Love! What’s up all you bizarre decadents and lovers of high-energy rock’n’roll? If you’re into hair metal then you probably know Reckless Love by now. They are one of Finland’s many fine contributions to rock music. Their first two albums Reckless Love (2010) and Animal Attraction (2011)…

Wardruna

Heavy Music Artwork joins Rune master Wardruna Wardruna is a Norwegian music group founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. In 2009 Wardruna enchanted their listeners with their mesmerizing debut album ‘gap var Ginnunga’, which also was the first part of a planned trilogy. In the ensuing years the group have spent a lot of time on…

Phobia

Interview with Orange County Grind legends Phobia Socio-political crustcore grind veterans Phobia have been tearing up the scene for going on 23 years now. Their smash up noise-fest rhythm section and four chord riffs are carried atop a slew of Shane Maclachlan’s guttural growls and searing screams, and whilst the lyrics and the band’s image…

Quireboys

One-on-one with guitar master of the Quireboys, Guy Griffin The Quireboys are part of a long tradition of English rock’n’roll excellence. Formed way back in 1984 when rock music ruled the world and the demand for hairspray was making Aquanet’s owners filthy rich, the Quireboys have since enjoyed international fame. Their latest album ‘Beautiful Curse’…

Tyr

Interview with TYR frontman Heri Joensen Valkyrja, the 7 full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives TÝR, is a concept album with a story line based loosely around an nameless Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla,…

Cattle Decapitation

Animal supremacist Cattle Decapitation speaks to HMA Originally founded in 1996, Cattle Decapitation’s songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals as well as the abuse of the environment. Lyrics may also focus on subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based on putting humans in the…

In Solitude

Heavy Music Artwork speaks to Pelle Ahman “It’s time to release our third album, and things have never felt this clear and pervasive before. This is a feeling that has permeated our whole lives during the latest year of writing and recording this album, as well as digesting and dealing with its consequences. And it…

Tristania

Interview with Tristania Anders Høyvik Hidle The Norwegian Gothic Metal pioneers revolving around charismatic front lady Mariangela Demurtars have the gift to combine heavy tunes with emotional finesse. This combination was brought to perfection on “Darkest White”, which was produced by Christer André Cederberg (e.g. Anathema). He has certainly given the album a new level…