Author: Samantha Chilli

Interview with Sebastian Rosenlindt: I Revolt to Deliver Debut Album and High Energy in 2021

Kerava, Finland-based metallers I Revolt know how to pack a punch at their live shows, and until those resume, the band is channeling their energy into a debut album. The five-piece have changed their songwriting process and also welcomed the talents of drummer Andreas Krysl in August 2020. For those just discovering I Revolt, start

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Metal Album Cover Artists Interview: Behind the Scenes with Niko Anttila, Petri Lampela, and Heino Brand

In something of a long-distance digital roundtable, Metal Solstice caught up with three artists whose creations help to bring metal to life in the form of album covers, stage equipment, and merch designs. Niko Anttila has a unique perspective, his creative pursuits including traditional physical media, digital art, and drumming for death/thrash outfit Nemecic. The

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Interview with Kevin Storm: Fleetburner’s Origins and Looking Ahead

Fleetburner may be a new band in town, but they’ve wasted no time putting their best foot forward with their namesake debut album, Fleetburner, released in September 2020 on Butler Records. In order to best tell the album’s story, Dutch guitarist Kevin Storm hand-picked the other international talents, including American vocalist Ken Simerly, Finnish keyboardist

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Interview with Sara Strömmer: Shereign’s “Losing Sight” and Plans for 2021

Finnish rockers Shereign made a splash in their first year, assembling their ranks in early 2020 then garnering an impressive number of streams on their self-released debut single “Losing Sight”, released in November. The band, comprised of vocalist Sara Strömmer (Fear of Domination), drummer Miikki Kunttu (Fear of Domination), guitarist Joonas Pulkkinen (Black Light Discipline),

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Pahan Ikoni Release Single “Ikonoklasti”, Announce 2021 Full-Length

Finnish thrash/death up-and-comers Pahan Ikoni wasted no time releasing news in recent weeks: a new single entitled “Ikonoklasti”, an accompanying music video, and the promise of a debut full-length in 2021. According to bassist Petri Sara, “The story of ‘Ikonoklasti’ is told through the eyes of an iconoclast, a destroyer of sacred icons. It’s about

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Interview with Niklas Sandin: Lik’s “Misanthropic Breed”

Lik’s Misanthropic Breed is a respectful nod to SweDeath tradition, harnessing the talents of vocalist/guitarist Tomas Åkvik (Nale), guitarist Niklas “Nille” Sandin (Katatonia), drummer Chris Barkensjö (Witchery), and bassist Joakim “Myre” Antman (Diatonic, Overtorture, The Ugly). The album, released September 25th, 2020 via Metal Blade, begins with an overture of primal screams followed by Åkvik’s

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Interview with Master Blacksmith Kirsi Vahtera: Metal, Mythology, and Powerful Women

If you have attended Helsinki’s Tuska Festival in the past few years, or perhaps admired photos from afar, you’ve likely seen the work of master blacksmith Kirsi Vahtera. The Lahti, Finland-based artist and Routa Design business owner recently earned the title of 2020’s Artist of the Year, a national honor awarded by the Artist Blacksmiths

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