Eartheria Interview

The Finnish death metal band Eartheria has released its second EP “Awaken the sun” some weeks ago, now they are ready to play the new songs live as much as possible.
We had the opportunity to meet the band just before the release party and talk about the new EP, their hopes for the future and much more.

 

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Viper Arms interview

Viper Arms is able to shut up all those people who think women don’t belong to rock and metal scene.
The Finnish band has released its first album “Black Aura” last year and they are always up to create new music.
We had the opportunity to meet Niina and Soffe, before their gig in Pori, and talk about the band, the album and much more.

 

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Fear of Domination interview

Ph. Susanna Raitamaa

All of us know well how many great bands come from Finland, some of them are mad, mad as Fear of Domination.
After some line-up changes FoD is back more energetic than never, ready to show how to entertain the audience with their crazy performances and with new music.
We had the opportunity to have a chat with the new entry Sara and talk about their last single, the upcoming album, the tour with Pain and much more.

-Hey Sara, how are you doing?
I am doing fabulous! We are just on a tour with PAIN and last night at Klubi in Tampere was extremely good. Now we are heading to Kerubi in Joensuu.

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-For whom don’t know Fear of Domination, would you mind introduce the band and give us some biographical hints?
Nowadays Fear of Domination aka “FoD” is a eight-piece alternative heavy metal act from Finland. We are proud of our energetic group which succees in impressive visual performances.
FoD is “all in” in every show and this has been the philosophy since 2006 when FoD was founded.
More details of FoD’s history you can find from our homepage.

-Your music is defined as shock metal, how so? Does it to do with your live shows?
This merit of being a “shock metal band” comes from the audience and media. It seems that we have made quite an impression with each album and every live show.
As said before, we are a very energetic band with good band c
hemistry and therefore a lot of unexpected things happen during the shows!

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-Your new single “The Last Call” has just been released and it rocks! What can you tell about it? And can we expect a new album soon?
For me “The Last Call” is a very personal song. First time I heard the demo composition of our guitarist Johannes Niemi I was totally blown away by the song; The lyrics and melodies came out very fast and I made the demo vocals in my living room.
Of course we made some arrangements to fit Saku’s vocals into the song.
I am really happy that the guys gave me so much freedom in doing the song.
About rest of the album, I don’t have this much vocal parts and we’ve tried to share the vocals with Saku in a more balanced way.
About the upcoming album, it’s on its way, but the release date is still unknown. Nevertheless, it is coming and going to rock your socks off!

-Last year you have release your version of the famous hit from the Bloodhound Gang “The bad touch”, how did you come up with the idea to do a cover of this popular song from the late 90s?
Before I was in the band, the guys were pondering about that should they play a cover song or something. They don’t remember who came up with the idea of playing “The Bad Touch” but I got to say it is a perfect song for FoD!
Very sexually loaded piece that creates the right vibe for the band and the outcome of the cover was amazing.
It has been a pleasure to play it live! The crowd usually goes totally nuts when they hear it live.

-Now you’re touring with Pain around Finland and in May you will enjoy Amaranthe at their Baltic tour, how is going this tour? And what do you expect from the Baltic tour?
The tour with PAIN is going great! We have a nice chemistry on the tour with everybody. Hopefully we get to go on a tour with PAIN in Europe too.
About the tour with Amaranthe in the Baltics, we are very hyped! We get to meet a group of great artists and share the stage with them.
Besides we haven’t been touring in the Baltic countries that much, so hopefully we’ll reach new fans. And of course we’ll have a crazy good time while doing what we love the most!

-In 2015 you took part in the TV show “The Voice of Finland”, you were part of the team Michael Monroe, what do you remember from this experience? And how was to work with Michael?
It was a nice experience that taught me how the TV-shows are made in Finland.
Michael is a very nice man with a good attitude! All the best for him!

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-What’s on plan for FoD in the future?
Music is the greatest motivator for everything we do. We have a very insane and creative band that is ready for everything!
We want to do music and live show, so that’s why we will never stop the madness!

-We have done with this interview, thank you so much for your time! Would you like to say something to our readers?
We are so grateful for your support! We wish to see you guys on the gigs and hopefully you will enjoy our upcoming album!

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MHELA interview

Ph. Melissa Ghezzo

Mhela is a band from Tuscany, their firs EP “ES” has just been release, with their music they take us to a ride in the human subconscious that wants to become the “Superego”.
We had the opportunity to talk with them about their first EP, the metal scene in Italy, the plans for the future and much more.

Hey guys, how are you doing?
Fine thanks, hope you are fine too.

-Would you mind to introduce the band and give us some biographical hints?
We are MHELA and we are an Italian surrealist/alternative metal band from Tuscany born in January 2013.
The current lineup features vocalist Erick “Steve Low”, drummer Michele “Splash” Sestito, bassist Mattia “Il Clone” Giannini and guitarist Andrea Zucchini. The band originally included a fifth member, keyboardist Federico Carraro, who quit in November 2016.
Erick, Michele and Andrea met in high school and and started the project with others, Mattia and Federico came on later.
In 2015 we released our first demo and later our first music video “Vampires Don’t Sleep”.
Thanks our commitment in playing on every possible occasion in the Versilia area, the band was able to play in various events alongside bands like Under The Bed, Athena (now called Moderntears), Atlantic Tides and more.

-Your first EP “ES” has been released at the beginning of 2018, what can you tell about its genesis and lyrics?
Well, music and lyrics in Es came from our deepest problems and darkest fears. Giving a face to our most negative thoughts helped us a lot in making the musical parts; for the lyrics instead we tried to sort them out. It was something strange and painful, but we made it. Playing the songs it’s something that helps us fight back those things and we hope that it could helps anyone who has those negative thoughts.
The Es of Sigmund Freud is the human subconscious; our is the human subconscious that wants to become the “Superego”.

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-From the EP has also been released a video-clip of “Night With Spirits”, did you enjoy the making of this video?
Do you want tell us some details of the making-off and behind the scene?
It was an amazing experience! We were in this surreal place, all covered in dust, cold as hell while it was raining.
It took one day to set up the place because it was full of objects, chairs, tables, robot arms… Then we filled it with speakers (gave us by the owner of that place, that we would like to thank) and the next day we did our best to kick some ass.
It was fantastic, a really beautiful experience and we want to thank Donatello Viti and his girlfriend for the amazing shots and the patience showed with us.

-Your music is define surreal metal but where does Mhela root its influences?
Well, many people define us in different ways. There’s the one who says we are Nu Metal, the one who says Pop, the one who says Symphonic… Honestly? Maybe we don’t really know what we are, but we like it.
Influences, again, are various. Everyone of us gives what he really likes into our music but mainly we are inspired by bands like Korn, Nightwish, Slipknot, A Perfect Circle, Eeen Reggae and Dubstep are on our list.
If we would tell every artist who inspired us, we would be here till dawn!

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-You have on program some shows in Italy, what’s about the future? Any plans for gigs outside Italy?
We really want to go outside of Italy, but right now we are just waiting the right moment to do that.
We want to enjoy our journeys in front of us hoping that people likes our artist choices.

-If you have the chance to choose a band to share the stage with, which would be?
Definitely Korn. It would be a dream comes true.


-Nowadays Italy has a bunch of good bands even if they’re still not so popular, how hard is to rise up in the metal scene in a country like Italy? And what’s your favorite Italian metal act?
Italy has always been place for great artists but right now people don’t pay much attention to them, much less for the musicians.
There are many artists who succeed abroad but in Italy is very difficult. People doesn’t like live music, especially metal bands, but that’s because of the media imposition against this genre.
In Italy metal is treated with inferiority and for that it’s difficult to emerge. So there is only one thing, work hard and hope that our music reaches as much people as possible.
I think Lacuna Coil is very important for live performances and it’s strange that they had such an outcome abroad but in Italy are not so famous. By the way, we think that they have a great metal act that you must see.

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-We are at the end of this interview, thank you so much for your time! 
 Would you like to say something to our readers?
Yes, we would like to thank the people who supported us and assisted to our progresses. For us it’s a very important project and see people that support us is very satisfying.
Not only our parents and friends but we would like to thank Tana Del Lupo Records for the recording sessions, Tiziana Podda for the graphics of ES, Russian Metal Radio, Metal Hammer, Metal Force, Metal In Italy and you for the interview.
Thank you so much.

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