Author: Samantha Chilli

Breathing New Life: Vio-Lence and Zombie Apocalypse in Brooklyn (Show Coverage and Interview with ZA’s Eric Dellon)

New York City’s boundless options for metal shows on any given evening can be helpful and frustrating in equal parts. For example, if you have to miss a performance by your favorite band, barring anything catastrophic, they’ll be back in town. Other nights, you’re faced with impossible choices, such as selecting from Slayer and Primus,

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Vorna’s Season: Autumn and the Release of “Sateet palata saavat”

It’s Vorna’s season now; with the September 27th release of Sateet palata saavat, translated in English as “the rains will return”, they gift Finnish metal with insight into the climate and imagery of autumn and beyond. The band, comprised of Vesa Salovaara (vocals), Niilo Könönen (bass), Arttu Järvisalo (lead guitar), Saku Myyryläinen (keyboards), Henri Lammintausta

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New and Noteworthy: Interview with Helsinki’s Voidfallen

Giving birth to a band is no small amount of work, and Helsinki’s Voidfallen have chosen an interesting time to join the Finnish metal landscape. In an environment brimming with tenured bands and their decades-long fan bases, kicking off a new act can be, in some ways, courageous. The melodic death metal five-piece, comprised of

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Wanderers Toward Rebirth: Eluveitie & Korpiklaani Conclude Tour in NYC

“New York Fucking City” is typically a special stop on a metal band’s tour, for many reasons. Besides its obvious esteem and a population of fans much larger than elsewhere along a typical North American tour route, it often makes financial sense as the starting of ending point, connecting bands back to their far-flung home

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“Judgement (& Punishment)”: Jinjer Delivers Memorable Performance at the Gramercy Theatre

Ukrainian progressive- and death-influenced four-piece Jinjer barreled through New York City on October 2, the 18th stop of a 42-date run across North America. It was their first headlining show in the city, and to nobody’s surprise, the Gramercy Theatre was completely sold out. Fans of varying ages and musical tastes flocked to the venue

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Interview with Noumena: Chinese Tour, Upcoming Album, and 21 Years Together

Longtime Finnish melodic death metallers Noumena have returned from the shadows, with announcements of a new album in the works, as well as a headlining Chinese tour in early November. The band’s most recent opus was 2017’s Myrrys (Haunted Zoo Productions), a full-length sung entirely in Finnish. Although all seven members, including Hannu Savolainen (bass),

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“The Space Between Worlds”: Album Feature and Interview with Nashville’s Howling Giant

“Don’t take us too seriously, or take us incredibly seriously. Whatever you do, don’t fall into the middle ground,” said Zach Wheeler, drummer of Nashville-based Howling Giant. This year has been the Nashville trio’s most prolific. The self-described “progressive, heavy rock” outfit have expanded their ecosystem, crisscrossing the U.S. several times on tour, and releasing

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Interview with Bloodred Hourglass: “Godsend” Momentum and Their Banner Year

Bloodred Hourglass are hours away from their final festival performance of the summer season at Bloodstock Open Air in the U.K., marking another milestone in the middle of a prolific year. The melodic death metal (and sometimes thrash-inspired) outfit, comprised of Jarkko Koukonen (lead vocals), Lauri Silvonen (guitar), Antti Nenonen (guitar), Jarkko Hyvönen (drums), and

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