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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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