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

STARBLIND: Heavy fucking metal to the world


Of course it makes sense for the independent metal labels to release more than one album at a time. Stormspell is putting out a lot of releases at the moment, and as usual we’re talking about some old stuff being rereleased, but also a few debut albums by up and coming acts. Starblind from Stockholm in Sweden, belongs to the latter category, and the band members all gathered to answer my questions. Continue reading

BLADE KILLER: No reason to dwell

Blade killerIt certainly doesn’t seem that it will end soon, the stream of new US bands heavily influenced by the NWOBHM. In many cases we are talking about musicians with a background from other genres of metal who now wants to try their luck at replicating or creating something similar to the wave that washed through Great Britain more than thirty years ago. Continue reading


Night1As stated countless times already, one of the intentions behind this webzine, is to bring you some interviews with up and coming acts. NIGHT from Linköping in Sweden has only released a single so far, containing two songs that I found promising, but not groundbreaking by any means. However, as Rome wasn’t built in a day, new bands deserve a couple of more opportunities before we slam the metal axe down on them. Continue reading



WITCHGRAVE’s first release was ”The Devil’s Night” back in 2010. I hooked up with Joakim Norberg to hear if it came as some sort of surprise when a high profile underground label like High Roller came knocking and wanted to put out what was basically a demo on vinyl? Continue reading


Alloy 20 by Rudy ChildsSince the band decided it was apropiate to include more or less all members, this edition of Short As Hell turned out to be a little longer than usual. Jeff (vocals), Billy (drums), both metal veterans with experience from cult acts like Omega Point and Tension, team up with guitarists Michael and Sean as well as bass player John to answer my questions.  First of all, when was ALLOY 20 formed? Have you had the same lineup all the way, or have you changed members? Continue reading


I hooked up with RULER-singer Daniele to get the essential details about the band and their impressive debut “Evil Nightmares”. First, it seems like nearly all Italian bands that play metal inspired by eighties are signed by My Graveyard Records. How important is this label for the Italian scene? Continue reading

SHORT AS HELL III: Ethereal Architect

What a surprise! I kind of enjoyed “Dissension” the debut from US progressive metal band ETHEREAL ARCHITECT, but I honestly  didn’t expect the band to go on and release something as good as “Monolith”. So far album of the year for me, and the only album I have awarded a perfect 6/6 in Scream Magazine this year. Continue reading