LUNAR SHADOW: “Heavy Metal bores me to death”


LunarShadow_1Metal Squadron was one of the very first medias to feature Lunar Shadow when the band put out the EP “Triumphator.  However, we never got around to do an interview  when «Far From Light» was released, so let’s start there. How do Max, guitarist and main man, view this album today, a couple of years after its release?

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RAVENSIRE: Beware of easter eggs


Ravensire_2Since we have covered almost everything there is to cover about the history of Ravensire before, let’s catch up with the happening after the release of “The Cycle Never Ends”. How would guitarist and main songwriter Nuno describe the reception this album got and how satisfied is he with the coverage the band got in the press and the opportunities to play live this album generated?

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SMOULDER: A mystical and arcane vibe


 

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As documented very well on the recent, excellent compilation, “Trapped Under Ice”, the Canadian scene is really vital at the moment. While they’re not represented on that particular release, Smoulder is one of the bands leading the charge, catching many people’s attention with their “The Sword Woman”-demo, released on tape and as a 7″ vinyl through Hoove Child Records  last year. With their first album out on  Cruz Del Sur, wonderfully titled “Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring”, pretty much the whole band gathered to answer  Our questions.

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ARCH/MATHEOS: Pushing boundaries


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The guys behind this constellation probably don’t need an introduction, after all we are speaking about a legendary vocalist whose voice graced three releases by Fates Warning during the eighties, as well as a guitarist who is still the brainchild of the same band. As I have had the opportunity to speak to John Arch before, and loved the last Fates Warning-album just as much as this new opus by Arch/Matheos, I said yes when the chance to chat with Jim Matheos appeared.

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ENFORCER: Nothing to lose


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While their new, and fifth studio album “Zenith”, are being received with what seems to be mixed emotions, I found myself enjoying the diversity of it a lot and got in contact with Olof Wikstrand for what I think is my fourth chat with the band. The last interview we did, can be read here, and looking at it, it’s already been four years since “From Beyond” came out. What does Olof think of the album when he looks back at it today?

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SABÏRE: A large beast


 

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Sometimes  it’s really fascinating how fast things are happening. Towards the end of  the last month of 2018, the digital version of Sabïre’s debut mini album was published on Bandcamp. Since then, the band has established contact with labels who will make sure the musis is also available on all physical formats. A slot at this year’s edition of the prestigous Keep It True-festival was secured just a matter of days after the music was out there, and only a couple of days after this interview was done, further gigs in both Sweden and the UK were announced.  Metal Squadron got in  contact with Scarlett Monastyrski to get more information on the band. Continue reading

WITHERFALL: Inspired by a tragedy


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I never used the opportunity to speak with Witherfall in the wake of their self released debut album, “Nocturnes And Requiems”, neither did I bite when Century Media re-released the same product a bit later, but when the  follow up, “A Prelude To Sorrow” was ready,  in November last year, I finally got a chance to speak to the band. Usually it’s just one guy you get at the other end, but this time, both guitarist Jake Dreyer as well as singer Joseph Michaels contributed to this interview. Continue reading

IRON GRIFFIN: Epic, dark and organic


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I did a huge feature on Mausoleum Gate a while ago, and now it’s time to get to know Iron Griffin a little better. Iron Griffin is the solo project from Oskari Räsänen, the drummer from Mausoleum Gate. The new album, “Curse Of The Sky” is soon to be released.

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SANHEDRIN: Outside the boundaries


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“The Poisoner” is here, the follow up to the highly acclaimed “A Funeral For The World”, and it’s pretty natural to get in contact with the New York-based trio for a chat about the past as well as the new offering.  All members of the band, Jeremy (guitar), Erica (vocals and bass) and Nathan (drums) that is, contributed to this feature.  Continue reading

METAL INQUISITOR: Five different opinions


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It’s still early days of course, but it will definitely be a good year for heavy metal if the new album from Germany’s Metal Inquistior doesn’t end up in my personal top ten list in December. “Panopticon” is the band’s best output since the modern day classic “Doomdsday For The Heretic”, packed with excellent songs delivered with real class. While Blumi (guitars) has always been the main songwriter in the band, and the natural guy to speak to, like we did here, the other guitarist T.P. has challenged Blumi as the main songwriter this time around. Continue reading

TRAVELER: The world needs another Riot


traveler_photoTraveler was featured here at Metal Squadron less than a year ago when their superb demo was released.  Things have happened really fast for Matt Ries and Jean-Pierre Abboud since they recorded the demo tunes.  A record deal is in  place, the lineup completed and the band is already confirmed for some prestigous underground fests. Have Matt simply followed along with all the stuff happening to the band, or has he had to put on the brakes somewhere in the process? Continue reading