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Ex-Cradle Of Filth guitarist Paul Allender has returned to focus full time on White Empress, a symphonic band featuring ex- Coal Chamber and Luna Mortis members (to name drop just two more past bands of members). This, however, is a new beginning. Already creating a storm of fan excitement, the visually striking and musically arresting fury of the group is spreading like a blizzard to blanket the Earth.

We checked in with Paul to find out how he writes those kick ass riffs that made Cradle fans go crazy for so many years, the band’s Pledge music campaign and what goes on in the new frontiers charted by White Empress. Click HERE to read more!

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Interview: Tarja – Classical and Rock, Beauty and The Beat

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM (PST)


It was very demanding, really demanding for me as a vocalist. But it’s finally an opportunity for me to show that this is what I am…For me, I’ve never had the barrier in my soul, even being in very different genres of music like rock and classical. – Tarja Turunen

Operatic metal songbird Tarja Turunen has paired with respected drummer Mike Terrana to create an unforgettable listening experience in Beauty & The Beat.  Originally intended as a novel, one-time event in 2011, the show garnered critical adoration from fans and media alike. In the Spring of 2013,former Nightwish songstress, Turunen, and drummer Terrana, brought these eclectic sounds to the stage again, touring throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico, all captured on the 2XCD set, Beauty & The Beat.

The compositions comprising Beauty & The Beat include classic pieces by Bach, Strauss, Mozart and Rossini, without neglecting pure rock numbers from Led Zep, Queen and Tarja’s own work. It’s all combined with an orchestra and choir with more than one-hundred musicians on stage, an enormous sound, spirited drum work and her  angelic voice. Turunen and Terrana complement each other musically. Whereas Terrana bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and majestic stage presence all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.

Turunen elaborates: “The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. TERRANA on drums was originally mine. Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept. Ibelieve this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique. I have been making collaborations withorchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome. Our main goal with these kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans.”

It is more evidence that Tarja is doing just fine without Nightwish, who have done well with other singers but as much as I respect those other ladies, none of them come near Tarja’s level of chameleon-like range, vocal strength of such resonant beauty and glass shattering range.”You Take My Breath Away” is less just the opening cut of cd 2 for Beauty & The Beat, but also serves as a statement from fans awestruck at Tarja’s range, composure and beauty. Tarja singing “Kashmir” fully backed by strings is intense. Lot of power there and a must hear experience. I also want to make a side note here and say much respect to Turunen for taking great bands who are younger like Sepiroth or Intérprete out on her rock tours and giving them a big break.

But back to this amazing new collection with Terrana. “Swanheart” from Nightwish is stunning here. The arrangement is mellow, pastoral, sweeping, haunting, and more. Full of golden sorrows, tenderness and longing. If it catches you in the right moment, you will be melted and deeply moved. There are also many great moments of drumming from Mike Terrana, who for the most part manages to really command a lively interraction between his kit drums and the great many string and choir players he at times must help steer or playfully showboat with from behind the kit. A version of the well known “Barber Of Seville” is particularly spirited and fun, a successful merger of worlds. Dave from Megadeth should take some lessons from Tarja and Mike on how to actually play with classical musicians.

It was a pleasure to roll out of bed, make coffee and then talk to Tarja on the phone the other morning. She is just in a league all her own.

Click HERE for the interview.

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Symphonic metal top sellers  Within Temptation have released a new video from their Hydra release, a very sci-fi enhanced production for the song “And We Run”, which features rapper Xzibit. Startlingly, the sort of baritone barrage rap style of Xzibit sounds pretty cool over the crazy string arrangements and vocal chants of “I can do this epic shit in my sleep” mega talented chanteuse Sharon den Adel.

Hydra features some of the band’s catchiest and most realized material and is one of the most exciting releases in the genre in recent memory (along with tourmate’s Delain’s The Human Contradiction).

The band unleashed the following statement:

The song is about the fact we sometimes get caught up in a situation where we can’t be ourselves; breaking loose and moving on can be difficult but it’s necessary to stay true to who you are. The video is about escaping darkness, solving your issues and moving into a brighter future. Check it out now!

Click HERE to watch the very over the top video. I mean, Xzibit punches down a wall! It’s awesome.

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Italy’s premiere Goth Rock export Lacuna Coil have released a new video from Broken Crown Halo‘s latest batch of songs. Perhaps the most well known Century Media act, Lacuna Coil once again create a visual world that is both moody and somewhat mysterious. Plus as usual it has a great big hooky chorus.

Click HERE to watch the new clip for “I Forgive You (But I Wont Forget Your Name).

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Album Review: Die So Fluid – The Opposites Of Light

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM (PST)


The Opposites of Light by Die So Fluid is a 16 song journey composed of two complimentary halves.The 2x album is positively overflowing with creativity and unique choices. Even the cover art calls to mind the haunting, more adult film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are.

There are two distinct sections on the album named ‘Shakura’ and ‘Pah’, the Solar and Lunar deities of the matriarchal Pawnee Native Americans. As you might expect, the “solar” and “lunar” or day and night qualities are reflected in the music which varies from irresistably catchy yet dirty hard rock to lush and gorgeous ballads that almost recall Siouxie & The Banshees. Lead off vampires in exile track “Black Blizzard” blew my mind when I firt heard it. One of the most hypnotic string intros of all time sets the mood before you are dropped into a marching groove and meet the impressive hook lacedyet not cloying vocals of Bassist/songstress Grog Rox. Then the massive chorus riff and soaring screams arrive and you get a rush the likes of which not felt since the ‘yeaaaah’ famous chorus of Nirvana’s “Lithium”. It’s all big chords, boomin rhythm section and passion. The dynamic range is killer, from the opening dreamy guitar of “Anubis” that evolves into a heavy pocket mid tempo rock groove like a more romantic and female led STP meets Duran Duran.

Just way smarter guitar choices than most average rock and songs you can invite into your life, as if you had any other choice to hold these babies back!

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Katatonia drummer quits

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM (PST)

katatonia logoSwedish metal band Katatonia’s drummer, Daniel Liljekvist, has announced his departure from the band. Liljekvist has been with the band since 1999 and has left on good terms to “to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.”

Daniel Liljekvist stated the following:  “I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that i have to leave the band. It’s got nothing to do with ‘difference in views´or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia. Times for musicians are rough and i’ve decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.

 I’ve had some of the best moments in my life the past 14 odd years together with my favorite people in the world. I’ve been all over the planet with this lot…my second family. Thank you! I’m gonna miss playing with you and I’m gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so much. And I’m gonna miss meeting all the great Katatonia fans all over the world. You know who you are. You are truly amazing! I’m not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we’ve come across during all the years. You probably don’t know who you are. And I will not miss bad catering, shit beer and banana juice…

This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!”

Katatonia said the following: “We are sad and hollow to see Daniel leave our ranks, but yet his decision has our sincere understanding. Nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end sooner or later. Yet it makes it so much more frustrating when it happens for the wrong reasons or before reaching our terminus. Particularly, we can’t pretend the current climate has nothing to do with it, in fact this is undeniably yet another outcome of musicians struggling at the crossroads of today’s ‘scene/industry’. Tragically, this situation forces a member, brother – and our fans favourite long-time drummer – to resign from a band he sacrificed a decade and a half to build. While encouraging this topic to inevitable debate and re-evaluation, we will always be grateful for the years we shared together and we wish Daniel the best of luck in the future. It goes without saying, we part as band members, but certainly remain as friends.
On a further positive note, this will not affect any of the upcoming tour dates. The ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked’ tour next month will proceed accordingly and see JP Asplund taking on percussion duties – he was the one who actually played all original percussion on Dead End Kings/Dethroned & Uncrowned albums. Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (Ex-Engel) will perform on the upcoming summer festivals. Let’s welcome our helping hands, have a goodbye toast for Daniel (note that would be 11 sips for him) and keep our eyes on the horizon: new tours coming up in South America and Australia as well as the long awaited 20th anniversary ‘Last Fair Day Gone Night – Live at Koko’ DVD coming out this fall and much more…”

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Timo Somers posts sweet Aristedes 070 guitar video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM (PST)
For everyone asking me what guitar I am using this tour: the Aristides 070! Check me shredding it here! – Timo Somers via Facebook

Delain‘s awesome axe man Timo is a fan favorite known for melding skill and great melodic sense into the backbone of the Delain sound. The band are currently on an enviable tour with fellow sympho-maniacs Within Temptation and are killing it. I would love to follow that tour around with grilled cheese sandwiches like a hippie on Grateful Dead tour! I’d see every stop!

Anyway, Delain’s new album The Human Contradiction is awesome and I loved the way it explores human intentions. Here is my review. I’d only wished foor a bit more soloing on it, but here is Timo playing his ass off in a video demonstrating his chops on the guitar he is using on this kick ass tour.

Click HERE to get your faces peeled off!
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Album Review: Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM (PST)

Italy’s biggest hard rock export Lacuna Coil are one of the more polarizing bands in metal, which in their case is a good thing. Unlike 5FdonkeyPunch who polarize because they are genuinely terrible, Lacuna Coil tend to split opinion in the metal scene because they are really good at incorporating pop hooks and
at one point were a bit heavier. Maybe this is cause for complaint in some circles, but  let’s take a closer look here. Broken Crown Halo is just as good as, and actually better, then generally well regarded Karmacode, if maybe not breakout seller Comalies.

“We’ve come to far to give up who we are” sings Christina Scabbia on “Nothing Stands In Our Way”. The song also features some of the heaviest growled vocals from Andrea Ferro in some time. Lacuna Coil know who they are and if you don’t like it, your loss. Scabbia continues to have impressive pipes and the ability to pull of gothic pop mixed with darker nu metal and generally mid tempo hard rock, plus a congenial personality that fans love. Broken Crown Halo finds the group really synthesizing the poppier side they introduced on the excellent Don Gimlore produced Shallow Life (my personal favorite from the band because they stretched their sound and had more uplifting lyrics, though I am in the minority) with their earlier, heavier sound. Dark Adrenaline started this melding but Black Crown Halo perfects the process.

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Xandria premiere lyric video for “Dreamkeeper”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM (PST)


German symphonic metallers Xandria have premiered the lyric video for their song “Dreamkeeper” off of their forthcoming album Sacrificium.

Sacrificium will be released on May 5 in Europe and on May 6 in North America.

Check out the video for “Dreamkeeper” here.

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Album Review: Anette Olzon – Shine

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM (PST)

I tend to really root for singers as soon as they exit Nightwish. Without wading too far into the bog of eternal stench that is the ongoing debate over ex-Nightwish and current Nightwish vocals, I will say that I believe Anette Olzon (like Tarja), probably got a bit of a raw deal. Nightwish are known for screwing over their singers and treating them as disposable. People always debate different eras of the band. No one sounds like the operatic Tarja (who in my experience has always been humble and very cool/down to earth), while new singer Floor Jansen is top notch and a real rocker who I wish was just in ReVamp cuz I am just plain biased against Nightwish and dont trust their press statements regarding singer’s “exits”. Second Nightwish singer and Tarja replacement Anette Olzon had her work cut out for her. A little more frumpy, not as big a range but a lot of heart and talent in her own right, Olzon tried valiantly to fill the biggest shoes in symphonic metal.

Some people worship early Nightwish so much that they don’t care if the band were dicks to Tarja and now seem willing to overlook Olzon claiming she was fired for a 3rd pregnancy (makes sense since the band never liked that she had a kid when she first wanted to join), while others say she was a diva without great fashion sense or was too poppy, blah blah. Every time I have seen a picture of her she is smiling or looking like she really enjoys the music she gets to make and she has also spoken well of Tarja or other “rivals”. She just doesn’t strike me as a careerist, uber bitch! People should give Anette a chance on her own merits re: Shine. Stand out track “Lies” promises real potential for growth and the feeling of freedom to the track makes this whole effort worth it. You can’t hear that intro and not feel your heart soar a little bit.

Click HERE for the full review.

Delain premiere new video for “Stardust”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM (PST)


Symphonic alternative metal band Delain have released a magical new video for their song “Stardust”, one of the best tracks from new album The Human Contradiction (out any day now on Napalm Records ). The clip features gorgeous vocals, cosmic energy, taxidermy and the solid heavy rock Delain are known for.  There is a sense of adventure to it that reminds me, actually, of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, where through a small breach in a wall a whole new universe could be awaiting you.

Click HERE to watch the clip!

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Show Review: H.I.M. U.S. Tour in Anaheim, CA

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM (PST)

HIM I can honestly say that I’ve waited a long time to see H.I.M.

There was this super anxious feeling deep inside me that I couldn’t explain. I was eager to hear what they sounded like live, what their stage presence would bring, and what their stage set up would look like.

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Album Review: Delain – The Human Contradiction

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM (PST)


2014 is already a great year for symphonic metal. Top tier bands in the genre are not only surpassing some of their best established works but really in an organic fashion while not losing sight of what already makes them great. Within Temptation’s Hydra is fucking fantastic (especially the Howard Jones guest vocal hyper-duet “Dangerous”).Pending effort Argia from Diabulus In Musica is thrilling. The mid paced melodically soaring song
“Eternal Breeze” is a dramatic, pop tinged victory for the Pamplona 5 piece, as is the hard charged forthcoming whirlwind “Mechanical Ethos”. Guess something is in the air. The first song I heard off of Dutch alternative/gothic/sympho-metal rockers Delain‘s latest The Human Contradiction was called “Tell Me, Mechanist”. Ok, so that is a pretty nerdy mouthful, but if you are 5 tracks deep into Delain’s latest album, chances are you don’t mind metal that is pretentious in the best way.

Charlotte Wessels isn’t the most over the top front woman and Timo Somers surely isnt the flashiest guitarist, but both are self-aware enough to build on their strengths and chart a solid course for the group. The only reason I am not giving it a higher rating is that these songs beg for some really innovative guitar solos to really push them over the top. After Stratovarius made my top 5 albums of 2013 with Nemesis, I am spoiled on that shit.

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Lacuna Coil premiere ‘Nothing Stands In Our Way’ lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM (PST)


Italian metallers Lacuna Coil have premiered the lyric video for their song ‘Nothing Stands In Our Way’ off of their forthcoming album Broken Crown Halo which will be unleashed on April 1.

Coinciding with the release of that album Lacuna Coil kicked off the Revolver Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour last night.

Check out Lacuna Coil tour dates and the ‘Nothing Stands In Our Way’ video here.

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Interview: Chaostar – Les Réminiscences Extatiques

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM (PST)


“Compromising with things already done is not something that attracts our interest.” -Androniki (vocals)

Greece’s Chaostar began as a classical influenced offshoot of the always cutting-edge and generally well-revered Septicflesh. When the death metal act flirted with more and more classical influences on their crucial, evolutionary album (and recently reissued) A Fallen Temple, Christos Antoniou of Septicflesh decided to cast the dice and start another project to further explore that direction parallel to the metal thrust of  his “main” band. Within the span of several albums (and a short hiatus), Chaostar made their own mark via a masterful synthesis of heavy music’s pedigree with true opera (not just symphonic metal’s often great but select borrowing of high soprano vocals). Lush strings, mournful brass, percussion and world instruments eloping in a post-modern blender under a cloud of Gothic splendor? Most bands might make a hot mess of such varied combinations and source material, but Chaostar’s recent Anomima is breathtaking in scope, a real odyssey. In my opinion, the current Chaostar line-up is their strongest yet.

Kurt Vonnegut asked in his “self-portrait” Palm Sunday ,” Are many novelists schizophrenic – at least marginally so? Do they hallucinate, seeing and hearing things that healthy people cannot sense? Do they turn disordered perceptions into gold in the literary marketplace…or if writer’s themselves aren’t crazy, perhaps a lot of their ancestors were?”

This would certainly also apply to those rare musicians in it for the right reasons, panning for gold in an industry cluttered with acts who make lifeless, flaccid and watered down imitations of once great genres. Not so with trailblazers like Chaostar. This is a group who restlessly work to create alchemy that will permanently mark and alter your consciousness. Jung would have had a field day with this band!

Most recent Chaostar vocalist Androniki Skoula is frighteningly talented, a gorgeous chameleon with a voice from Olympus. It was an honor to interview her about Chaostar’s Anomina as well as other matters.

Click HERE to read the interview!

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