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6 David Gilmour By Marianna Kofinaki Burst www. and has also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. We’re talking about one of the best musicians of all time for that matter and a multitalented individual in many aspects. it was voted as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time in several other polls by listeners and critics. Waters took more control over the band. No exaggeration here. Along with the band’s huge musical heritage to “rock ’n’ roll” (as the band members themselves describe their music) . receiving the ultimate honor to become an honorary knight) for his Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett and bassist and vocalist Roger Waters. Pink Floyd. this was about to change for good. Gilmour’s solo style is often influenced by the blues. who have been attending Cambridge High School for Boys. resulting in further deterioration in the relationship between Gilmour and Waters. In autumn 2008. in 2003. He filled in for Syd Barrett’s guitar parts when the frontman was unable to take a consistent part in Floyd’s live performances. since they have sold over 250 million records worldwide. which reached its peak during the filming of the homonymous film and during the release of the 1983 Pink Floyd album “The Final Cut”. David Jon Gilmour. Except for playing the guitar. he bought his first single. which Gilmour left in 1967. by having been actively involved with countless charities over the course of his career. As for Gilmour’s famous solo on “Comfortably Numb”. some of which you may find amusing. but also in their overall contribution to society by means of developing several aspects of their interests and their personality and by trying to achieve an in-depth perspective of things. a Tatay. since they weren’t very successful…oh wait. writing much of “Animals” and “The Wall” by himself.burstzine. Consequently. Fortunately. Guitar World readers voted Gilmour’s solos. In January 2007. Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of artists. while on 11 November 2009. e. On 22 May 2008. harmonica. by his neighbor. lap steel. they started playing in the band Jokers Wild. Gilmour had to take over the mic. Gilmour is mostly known for his lead guitar work. “Comfortably Numb” (4th). UK. Gilmour is also a proficient multi-instrumentalist. but first things first. he was fired during “The Wall” sessions. Gilmour has also demonstrated significant social responsibility. mandolin.com Modesty and knowing yourself are definitely traits of a mind of an actual genius. synthesizer. All of the above might remind us of multi-talented people from the Renaissance Era. Although David often stated in interviews that he doesn’t believe in the afterlife and that he’s an atheist. He also plays the bass (which is evident in many Pink Floyd tracks). his contribution on a humanitarian level is also remarkable. Gilmour won the 2008 Ivor Novello Lifetime Contribution Award.5 million units sold in the United States. he was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to music by the Q Awards. and Gilmour by default assumed the role of the band’s lead guitarist. “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley. Gilmour and Barrett spent their lunchtime in Cambridge Technical College they both attended in 1962 practicing guitar together. Further to Barrett’s leaving the band. In 2011. In late December 1967. with bassist Roger Waters and keyboard player Richard Wright also occasionally singing in Barrett’s stead. He dedicated his award to his bandmate Richard Wright. From an early age. after recording “Animals”. banjo. a freethinking. About that time. David Gilmour and his brother Peter have been encouraged to pursue their musical abilities by their parents and they both took up guitar. You’re going to find out the reasons soon if you’re still not convinced. However. who asked if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd. polymath individual excelling not only in art. the saxophone.g. is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist. which he did in January 1968. also located in Hills Road. including 74. Gilmour was rated the 14th greatest guitarist by Rolling Stone. while at the age of 13 he was given his first guitar. lead singer and songwriter of one of the best and most influential groups of all time.g. Gilmour attended The Perse School on Hills Road. Gilmour received an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University. Syd Barrett left the group due to his erratic behavior—it’s a common secret that it has been caused by excessive use of LSD—when the band chose not to pick Barrett up one night for a gig. he was appointed CBE (e. In 1954. such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo and their ideal of the “universal man”. or even surprising. which he “didn’t enjoy. it should be noted that the group has also enjoyed huge commercial success. after the back-to-back successes of “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here”. who passed away in September 2008. Ultimately. he met future Undoubtedly. drums (as heard on the Syd Barrett’s solo track “Dominoes” and other songs where he opted to play all the instruments) and lately. Although they weren’t bandmates yet. Order of the British Empire. Cambridge. charity work and was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. making Pink Floyd briefly a five-piece band. “Time” (21th) and “Money” (62th) into the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. born 6 March 1946 in Cambridge. Gilmour was approached by drummer Nick Mason. that’s an understatement: Gilmour stated in an interview with Nicky Holme on BBC that he ended up being treated for malnutrition in a hospital. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd. expressive note bends and sustain. who was the guitarist. Gilmour thought . As for Wright. keyboards.
before Roger left. After the Live 8 concert. The performance resulted in a temporary 1343% sales increase of Pink Floyd’s album “Echoes-The Best of Pink Floyd” Gilmour donated all of his resulting profits to charities that reflect the goals of Live 8 saying: “Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders. Gilmour released a tribute to Syd Barrett. the music became a mere vehicle for lyrics. That is why we wanted to perform and to leave the trash behind. but the band turned down the offer. and channeled his ideas into his selftitled solo album (1978). Gilmour commented again on Pink Floyd’s future when he Photo by Polly Samson Wall” album and subsequent film. because the specific meanings of those words were so important. Waters declared that Pink Floyd were “a spent force creatively in 1985”.com . The single entered the UK Top 75 charts at number nineteen Burst www.” In December 2006. he said: “There was more than one reason. I might have regretted it if I declined. On 3 February 2006. The negative atmosphere surrounding the creation of “The the band and they intended to continue without him. stating. Pink Floyd were offered £150 million to tour the United States. I don’t have the will to work as much anymore. He has since admitted that he also used the album to distance himself from Pink Floyd. I am 60 years old. in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. was incorporated into another song by Roger Waters. the single featured versions of the song performed by Pink Floyd’s keyboard player (and Gilmour’s band member) Richard Wright and special guest artist David Bowie. This is money that should be used to save lives”. For me it’s was interviewed by Billboard. which showcases his signature guitar style. I have had a wonderful time.” As for his agreement to play at Live 8. David announced that Pink Floyd would most likely never tour or write material together again. which was a manner of personal expression of his feelings about various issues. as well as underscoring his songwriting skills. more focus on the music. He said: “I think enough is enough. but it’s over. “Who knows? I have no plans at all to do that. which became “Comfortably Numb” “on “The Wall”. Recorded live at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Shortly after. Pink Floyd was an important part in my life. Gilmour played with Pink Floyd—informances to donate the extra revenue to Live 8 fund-raising. restore the balance. Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here were so successful not just because of Roger’s contributions.” On 2 July 2005. That’s what I’m trying to do with A Momentary Lapse of Reason. led Gilmour to produce his second solo album About Face in 1984. In 1986. A song written during the finishing stages of this album. I will not profit from the concert. Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason issued a press release stating that Waters had quit very wordy and that. Gilmour assumed full control of the group and produced “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” in 1987 with some contributions from Mason and Richard Wright. Wright officially rejoined the band after the release of the album for a lengthy world tour and helped create 1994’s “The Division Bell”. firstly to support the cause. but too late to be used. he called upon all artists experiencing a surge in sales from Live 8 permuch less complicated to work alone. compounded by “The Final Cut’s” virtually being a Roger Waters solo album. who had died on 7 July of that year. and not a very inspiring one. I thought the songs were cluding Roger Waters— at Live 8.7 that his musical talents were being underused. The second one is the energy consuming an uncomfortable relationship between Roger and me that I was carrying along in my heart.burstzine. Gilmour explained: “I had a number of problems with the direction of the band in our recent past.” On 20 February 2006. but also because there was a better balance between the music and the lyrics than there has been in more recent albums. com. My plans are to do my concerts and put my solo record out. in the form of his own version of Pink Floyd’s first single “Arnold Layne”. Thirdly. from the murder of John Lennon to his relationship with Waters.
I could have probably gone for doing some more stuff. Supertramp. and produced. on 11 July 2010. I’ve developed the parts of my technique that are useful to me. “My technique is laughable at times. but I loved him and will miss him enormously.B. In regards to the latter. Teenage Cancer Trust and PETA. Berlin. but he’s not interested. Paul McCartney. Aviation enthusiast: Gilmour is also an experienced pilot and aviation enthusiast.” In May 2010 Roger Waters confirmed the impossibility of another reunion too. a UK-based national Music for Video Games: In charity campaigning against 1994. Gilmour’s huge contribution not only to music but to society in general is quite remarkable in many aspects: Solo Albums: Four solo albums. Mark King (Level 42) and Gary Moore. Aviation was a way for me to make my hobby pay for itself a little bit. London. all four of which charted in the US Top 40 (2006’s “On an Island” peaked at No. Grace Jones. “About Face” peaked at No. Sir Gilmour also participated in the tenth studio album released by ambient techno group The Orb in October 2010 along with Killing Joke bassist Youth. Production-Sound Engineering: Gilmour also took up various roles as a producer. Bob Dylan. He later decided to sell the company. so it is what it is. Especially after the passing of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in September 2008. I’ll never be a very fast guitar player. I just have a nice old biplane that I pop up. Gilmour co-wrote every track and their subseRowland Rivron and fellow British musicians Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). which was part of the ‘Hidden Gigs’ campaign against hidden homelessness. Gilmour was a member of Bran Ferrry’s band. – David Gilmour magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound. 26. 2008’s “Live in Gdansk” peaked at No. it should be noted that Gilmour and Waters were seen laughing and joking together along with their respective partners and seemed to be the best of friends. Gilmour has repeatedly said that there will be no Pink Floyd reunion. Elton John. Jools Holland.000 to the Save The Rhino foundation in exchange for writer’s Douglas Adams’’ name suggestion for the album that became The Division Bell.6 million to Comedy: David Gilmour also the organization in question participated in a comedy skit to help fund a housing protitled “The Easy Guitar Book ject for the homeless and he Sketch” along with comedian has been named Crisis’ vice . He played on Ferry’s album “Boys and Girls”. peaking at number 12. King. During that event. Seal. Amnesty International.8 and remained steady for three weeks. That actually reminds me of the verses of the beautiful Pink Floyd song. there’s more: Waters subsequently confirmed via his Facebook page that Gilmour would play “Comfortably Numb” with him during one of his shows on his upcoming The Wall Live Tour and so it happened: Gilmour performed the famous guitar solo on 12 May 2011 at the O2 Arena. “Childhood’s End”. 29 in 1978 and 1984’s Burst www. Gilmour said of Wright: “In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd.” Social Sensitivity/Activism: On 25 May 2009. Gilmour along with Scott Page. that goes like this: Who are you and who am I To say we know the reason why Some are born some men die Beneath one infinite sky There’ll be war there’ll be peace But everything one day will cease All the iron turned to rust All the proud men turned to dust And so all things time will mend So this song will end.burstzine. Through his company. 32 in 1984). he had amassed a collection of historical aircraft. Pete Townshend. sideman and even concert sound engineer for many artists. Robbie Robertson. another reunion of the core group members became impossible. Spencer and donated the proceeds worth £3. I don’t have Intrepid Aviation any more. Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten. Since their Live 8 appearance in 2005. Kate Bush. Suddenly I found instead of it being a hobby and me enjoying myself. Other album collaborations: In 1985. Lemmy (Motorhead). England. which he had started as a hobby. 6 in 2006. but gradually over a few years Intrepid Aviation became a business because you have to be businesslike about it. it was a business and so I sold it. I don’t find it easy to express my feelings in words. along with Nick Mason. B. the European Union Mental Health and Illness Association. at all: In May 2003. which creeps around [. The Lung Foundation. such as former bandmate Syd Barrett. There’s always a melodic intent in there”.had already sold his house in ditional saxophonist for Pink Little Venice to the Ninth Earl Floyd. he stated: “Intrepid president ever since. I have never played with anyone quite like him. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.” So let’s head back to the characterization of Gilmour as a “universal man”.. Intrepid Aviation. Eric Clapton. He was gentle. Alan Parsons and various charity groups among others. by telling the Associated Press that Gilmour “is completely disinterested in anything like [another reunion]. London and. Other charities to which Gilmour has lent support include Oxfam.. I suppose. played with the rest of the band playing “Outside the Wall” at the end of the show. Sam Brown. he participated in a concert at the Union Chapel in Islington. played guitar and sang. Gilmour played guitar homelessness.] I don’t have to have too much technique for it. The album spent 3 weeks on the UK charts. I have developed a style of my own. Surprised? Not for the video game Tuneland. the ad. organized by Crisis. his 1978 self-titled solo debut peaked at No. In a BBC interview.com quent parts. He even donated £25. Tom Jones. Gilmour gave a performance for the charity Hoping Foundation with Roger Waters in Oxfordshire. Plus. feeling that it was becoming too commercial for him to handle. Like Rick. The Who. After Live 8. unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital. This hopefully means that the rivalries of the past between the two musicians are finally over. Except for his active involvement in to Pink Floyd. I don’t really know what to say about my style. as well as the song “Is Your Love Strong Enough” for the US release of the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. wander around the skies in sometimes. Greenpeace. Levon Helm.
however the song “Hot and Bothered” was included in the soundtrack of Wayne’s World movie. In 1997 Mercury Records released” Once upon a.” which was a best of album.90’s swift in music style. From this point the band made some efforts to have a deal with other companies but eventually didn’t achieve a stable deal in order to release another album. Their debut proved to be surprisingly successful and made it to number 3 in Billboard charts in 1987. differing them from other glam-rock bands of the day. On top of all this Mercury records broke their record contract and the band took a couple years off. snow falling in Long Cold Winter song ). Monsters of rock and Rocklahoma Festival.burstzine. Somehow. harmonica) and Eric Brittingham (bass guitar)decided to create another hard rock band. The band was at once embraced by the audience and so “Night Songs” finally got triple platinum.This acquaintance got them in touch with the Mercury /Polygram record company that signed them in 1985. high vocals) but it turned out a lot more interesting! Guitarist Michael Smerick and drummer Tony Destra would complete the original line up and so the band started playing in various clubs around Pennsylvania creating little by little their first fan base. With their fun base growing more and more popularity and successes coming.”Gypsy Road” and “Don’t Know what you got till it’s gone” could be heard in every radio station. Cinderella were formed in 1983 when multi-talented musician Tom Keifer (lead vocals. touring worldwide in big and smaller venues like Sweden Rock Festival. including some of 80s favorites power ballads. guitar. “Shake me” and “Nobody’s Fool” were MTV favorites.Their tour lasted for more than year and one major moment was their performance in Moscow Music Peace Festival where monster names of the rock scene stared. After all Cinderella managed to lead their own story and it’s impressive that with only 4 albums they managed to make 15-million-albums sale worldwide and leave a mark in the scene in their own way. with Kenny Aronoff on drums.com . The MTV promotion and support started reducing little by little.g. like this an american band named Cinderella was formed but their fate would last after midnight! Their music exceeded the music barriers of the genre with the addition of blues sounds and the characteristic voice of their frontman who was also a charismatic musician. Something common back then (you know. The band also started touring as headliners this time with more money invested in their shows making them bigger and more impressive(e. Their hit videos “Somebody save me “. Soon enough they released their next album under the name “Long Cold Winter” that signaled a blues-ier perspective in their music style. After three years they managed to release their fourth album “Still Climbing”. they reached number 10 in charts resulting in “Long Cold Winter” getting doubleplatinum.A performance in Empire Rock Club was meant to change their fate as they got spotted by Jon Bon Jovi (who also made an appearance in their “somebody save me” video).It signaled another change in lineup with Fred Coury joining the crew just in time to participate in the album cover photo shoot and start touring in order to promote their work. big hair. MTV support ceased. Despite that fact they were very active in the live area.album soon dropped from charts and it seemed that big venues era was over. Bad news began coming with Keifer facing problems with his vocal cords in 1991 that put their next album on hold for some time.. glam clothing. with grunge bands being the new favorite took a toll in glam-rock bands including Cinderella. With a big number of ear-catching songs. We see the usage of acoustic instruments. Not bad for a starting artist in the scene. dobro. Their third album Heartbreak Station came out in 1990 getting more and more into the blues spirit. more slide guitar and saxophone and a few songs are performed by a full orchestra. saxophone.9 cinderella By Sobieski Sisters The 80’s was the decade that glam-metal scene popped out with hundreds of bands of this style coming and going. Right after releasing their album they start appearing in big venues as an opening act for Loudness or Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” tour.The guitar and drums places were taken by Jeff LaBar and Jim Drnec and they were ready to begin the recordings of their debut album! Their first album Night Songs was released in 1986. It’s impressive that although since end of 90’s they have no new material they still have faithful fans that keep attending their concerts in order to enjoy their all time favorite hits. they managed to succeed. In 1987 they croseds the US boarders and toured in Europe and Japan. mandolin. Burst www. keyboards-piano.
Russian to Japanese and so on. as there are so many incredible bands in each and every country. music has no limits and knows no boundaries and.is the universal language. proving once again that music – along with mathematics . Their first album “Megalomania” – a true masterpiece – sounded very professional and it looked like nothing performed in USSR before. Someone might say that it could be annoying not to understand what a song is about. there are a lot of great bands who prefer singing in their native language. while the term music is “an art form whose medium is sound and silence”. bands and artBurst www. a song which Till Linderman and Richard Kruspe of Rammstein themselves have also covered. the mother-tongue-stage and the English-tongue-stage. Most of Aria’s lyrics have been written by the professional poets Margarita Pushkina and Alexander Yelin. since their NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) sound does remind us of the legendary British band indeed. who choose a less pop path and prefer to sing in their own language? From Spanish to German. It is how the music sounds after all. When the music meets the language… As far as music and language are concerned. the metal genre manages to knock down the linguistic barriers and have an international audience all around the world. is a significant ingredient in the recipe of joyful moments in life. In fact. But what happens to the rest of the artists or bands. We use both these terms in our everyday lives.com ists have more possibilities to become POP (aka popular) worldwide when they choose the latter. Music lovers usually stress on the fact that music is the only language that unites us all… The word ‘music’ derives from the Greek one “μουσική” (“art of the Muses”) and played an integral part of social and cultural life in Ancient Greece.burstzine. it is enough to listen to Баллада о древнерусском воине (The Ballad of the Ancient Russian Warrior) or Бои без правил (Ultimate Fighting) and Кто ты? (Who are you?) in order to love these guys. This article is an attempt of presenting just a few of a whole load of great metal bands out there so. One of their most known songs is Штиль (Calm). and a language is any specific example of such a system”. . If you are into fast riffs and signature vocals of the heavy metal genre. therefore. So here we are… First stop. let’s start our mini-trip around the world to find out some of them… We have to admit that the selection process was extremely difficult. but for the majority of metalheads the language doesn’t really matter. The band formed in 1985.10 global by Dialekti Angeli and Sissy Fanouraki The terms… The dictionary refers to the term language as “the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication. The media call them “The Russian Iron Maiden”. each country has two “stages”. While the majority of the world speaks and/or understands English. Nowadays. Russia! We present to you a heavy metal band which comes from Moscow and is called Ария (Aria). no surprise there.
at the beginning of 2007. Formerly known as Shaman (1996-2003) or Shamaani Duo (1993-1996) Korpiklaani is a folk metal band. let’s introduce you Hurd. Their first studio album was released in 2004 by the name “Fergeteg” (which means “January” in ancient Hungarian). so he thought the sound of this language would suit better to the band’s “trollish” outfit. is extravagant. Finntroll is another folk metal band from Helsinki. because their sound is simply extraordinary.11 metal We now move to France. Janos Arany. with the exception of the “Arany” album. The band manages to incorporate the incredible rich heritage of the Hungarian folk music without missing out death and gothic elements. The band won the nomination (38. “Exir” (2005) and “Virtual Existence” (2009) as well as a DVD. the name was simplified and it’s now known as Dalriada. Echo of Dalriada is a Hungarian epic folk metal band which formed in 1998 but later. Going from the one corner of the planet to the other. Next stop. yet another country with great music industry. The lyrics are mostly in Swedish: the band’s first vocalist Katla used Swedish was part of a Swedishspeaking minority in Finland. Iran! Kahtmayan is an Iranian Heavy metal band formed in 2003 in Tehran. each one of which bearing the name of a month in ancient Hungarian. and two full length albums: “La Chasse Sauvage” (The Wild Hunt) in 2001 and “Formors” in 2005. Along with the revolution in Mongolia. “Live in Studio: The Last Station” in 2006. we meet so many heavy metal artists and bands… Teräsbetoni is a great example. The lyrics are mostly sung in Hungarian and are entirely written by the band itself. with the exception of those taken from folk songs. combining black metal elements and folk metal. a Mongolian heavy metal band which was formed back in 1993 by the drummer Dambyn Ganbayar. shamanic drumming and yoik singing! Korpiklaani is best known for the party-attitude in live gigs and in albums alike.com . In Finland. since they are a living proof that the music has no boundaries and. which started with folk music before becoming a metal one: acoustic guitar.burstzine. The band has released one demo “Chroniques du Crépuscule” (Chronicles of Twilight) in 1997. however we considered it necessary to mention these guys here. which was named after the famous Hungarian poet from the 19th century. which formed in 1994 and still performs to the day. The band has released one live album in 2004. Six more albums followed. where Aes Dana (“People of Arts” in Old Irish) is a French Celtic black metal band. The result which derives from the mix of growling vocals and Irish flute or Bombard. Their songs are exclusively instrumental and there is a complete lack of lyrics. two full length albums. Hurd is considered to be Burst www. last but not least. they became “pop” when they competed in the Finnish National Pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.9% of the final votes cast) and represented Finland with the song “Missä miehet ratsastaa”.
while the second had French. Italian and Swedish! After several releases the band mostly uses German or Swedish lyrics. In 1992 the band was among the finalists in the Villa de Madrid contest and in 1995 was declared as “Revolution Rock Band”. Spanish. Mezarkabul is a pioneer Turkish heavy metal band that amalgamated many elements of rock music and easily gained popularity in Turkey.com/in2music . Japan has always been a measurable metal music industry with too many heavy. Facebook facebook. Avalanch combines heavy metal with elements of hard rock. Blues Rock and of course Rock ‘n’ Roll. pop and folk and along with Mägo de Oz have been described as the “leading” Spanish-language heavy metal bands. As long as they listen to music. With 11 studio albums.both the differences and similarities of their fellow metalheads on the other side of the globe. In Extremo is also a great example of the “extreme” metal music genre. Norwegian. Former guitarist Demir Demirkan wrote the lyrics and produced the 1st Turkish song ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. It doesn’t matter where they live in or what language they speak. there is also another language which is spoken by the other half of the world: Spanish. music portal www.com/in2music. progressive metal. and various types of drums and percussion… Their first album had lyrics written in German. amongst 100. we chose three. It’s neither heavy nor gothic. Metal united… No one can deny the indisputable role of the metal genre in getting people to drop their prejudices and actually get to communicate with each other. by lowering their cultural barriers. clubs and pubs! Apart from Rammstein. it combines various elements and traditional sounds such as hurdy-gurdy. Mägo de Oz is one of the most respected Spanish metal bands. Mägo de Oz is a metal band of diverse influences from power. who are already known worldwide. although there are some choruses in English as well. Another country with excellent music scene is Germany… Countless amazing bands.12 the first band to introduce the heavy metal music into the Mongolian music scene. If only politics had been like that. cittern. Uilleann Pipes.gr Twitter twitter. bagpipes. shawm. Celtic and Hard Rock.gr Burst www.in2music. There are so many Spanish-singing rock/metal bands that we would need an extra 1800 words just to name them! In any case. power and progressive bands.com Greek. the world would have been such a better place to live. just to give you a clue. Apart from English. Al-Namrood stands for “the non-believer” and comes from a Saudi Arabia’s ancient historical autocratic character that cruelly ruled the world and declared “I am the God of all creation”. Galneryus is only one example of excellent progressive power metal with lyrics written mostly in Japanese. harp.burstzine. klangbaum. as well as by finding pleasure and common ground interests-wise. “Every way That I Can” performed by Sertab Erener. they can connect and come closer to understanding – and respecting . Al-Namrood sound similar to Melechesh (from Israel) with a black metal–ish sound.
diamonds. this is one of several live albums that Fitzgerald recorded in the late 1950s. Released to coincide with the 90th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s birth. unforgettable experience. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. This cd reissue includes a previously unissued number from the Newport concert. 3 Ella Fitzerald 1958 Live at Mister Kelly’s Burst www. And of course listening to our favorite artists performing live Burst Magazine is proud to present all those live musical is a priceless. were also released on the 1987 Atlantic compilation... a concert which revitalized Ellington’s flagging career. Live. traveling you from the end of the ‘50’s till now.. life would be a mistake. Ella Fitzgerald Live at Mister Kelly’s is a live album of a 1958 Ella Fitzgerald performance at Mister Kelly’s.. and released in 2007. All tracks from this album. Jazz promoter George Wein describes the 1956 concert as “the greatest performance of [Ellington’s] career. devoid of “labels”.” Friedrich Nietzsche Who could imagine life without music? Music is but a single They’re all works of art. along with all tracks from his 1959 Herndon Stadium performance in Atlanta. Are you ready for the trip? Brace yourselves and let us begin! Have you ever wondered how many beautiful live albums are out there? There’s no need to prioritize them by preference. Special Thanks to George Kofinakis # 1 cover band Duke Ellington released 1958 album Ellington at Newport info Ellington at Newport is a 1956 live jazz album by Duke Ellington and his band of their 1956 concert at the Newport Jazz Festival. entity. It stood for everything that jazz had been and could be. Swanee River Rock.burstzine. Ray Charles. regardless of musical genre or era.”. which ranks it “one of the most famous. in jazz history” 2 Ray Charles 1958 At Newport Ray Charles at Newport is a 1958 live album of Ray Charles’ July 5. 1958 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.com .13 200 live Albums you must hear without labeling music by marianna kofinaki “Without music. destined to speak to our very souls.
It was recorded live on the nights of September 27 and 28.burstzine.com Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert is a two-disc live album by Bob Dylan. 1963 at the New Era Club in Nashville. 8 Frank Sinatra 1966 Sinatra at the Sands Sinatra at the Sands is a 1966 live album by Frank Sinatra. accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra. . 9 Bob Dylan 1966 The Royal Albert Hall Concert Burst www. the same month as the single release of “Fingertips” (catalog #54080). released in 1998 and recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan’s world tour in 1966. Tennessee and released in 1964. and contains many definitive readings of the songs that are most readily associated with Sinatra. The concept was to catch James in a raw and fiery performance outside the recording studio. and their third alone in the same year. becomingthe artist’s first recorded live album under Argo Records. Extensively bootlegged for decades. It is their seventh album in all. conducted and arranged by Quincy Jones. The album is among her finest live recordings. recorded live at the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 5 Etta James 1964 Rocks The House! 6 The Yardbirds 1964 Five Live Yardbirds 7 The Beach Boys 1964 Concert Beach Boys Concert is a live album by The Beach Boys.14 # cover 4 band Stevie Wonder released 1963 album Little Stevie Wonder-The 12 Year Old Genius info Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius is the first live album by Stevie Wonder. remaining at the top for four weeks during a sixty-two week chart stay and becoming another gold seller. “Fingertips” topped both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the R&B Singles chart. released in 1964. 1963. The album has been re-released and remastered by numerous record companies ever since. hence the quotation marks around the misinformation attribution to the Royal Albert Hall. released in the United Kingdom in December 1964 by Columbia Records. The album was released on the Tamla record label (catalog #240) on May 31. Five Live Yardbirds is the live debut album by English blues rock band The Yardbirds.and Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius topped the Billboard 200.It was Sinatra’s first live album to be commercially released. Etta James Rocks the House is the first live album by American R&B singer Etta James and her fifth album overall. What is perhaps most notable about the album is that it provided The Beach Boys with their first #1 album in the US. it is an important document in the development of popular music during the 1960s.
recorded live at the small jazz club. recorded over a series of live concerts in early 1969 and released later in the year on November 10. 1967. March 21. and released on album by Gordy (Motown) Records in 1967. Paris. Undead is the second album by Ten Years After. the album features David Ruffin. Since his 1955 song “Folsom Prison Blues”. released via Elektra Records. Their eponymous first album was bluesy. The album was recorded during the Stax/Volt tour of Europe and Redding is backed by Booker T. & the MG’s. 1968. released on Columbia Records in May 1968. 1966 in the Upper Deck of the Roostertail club in Detroit. Eddie Kendricks. Backed with June Carter. it’s considered an important forerunner to punk rock music. The result was a combination of blues. Cash had been interested in performing at a prison. september 2013. Devil’s Night and Halloween 1968. Michigan. and so the band decided to record the album live. whom he married later that year. Klooks Kleek. Melvin Franklin. Keep bursting! . 1967. A live album and 27th overall album by Johnny Cash.” 15 The Grateful Dead 1969 Live Dead Burst www. was recorded live at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom over two nights. Temptations Live! was the first live album to be released by The Temptations. It was Redding’s first live album as well as the only live album released during his lifetime.15 # 10 cover band Otis Redding released 1967 album Live In Europe info Live in Europe is a live album from soul singer Otis Redding. but less emotional and passionate. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Man in Black performed two shows at Folsom State Prison. Recorded on October 3. CA on January 13. and in 2003 was ranked number 294 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” . Upon its release. and Otis Williams performing their regular live repertoire for a highly receptive crowd mostly consisting of young women. May 1968. Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three.burstzine. 11 The Temptations 1967 Live 12 Johnny Cash 1968 At Folsom Prison 13 Ten Years After 1968 Undead 14 The MC5 1969 Kick Out The Jams The debut album by American protopunk band MC5. boogie and jazz playing that merged more traditional rock and roll with 1950’s-style jump blues. Although the album received an unfavorable review in Rolling Stone magazine upon its release. It peaked at No. The first official live album released by the San Francisco-based band Grateful Dead. Paul Williams.com To be continued on issue 9. Recorded at the Olympia Theatre. in London. issued exactly five months before his passing on December 10. Robert Christgau wrote that side two of the double album “contains the finest rock improvisation ever recorded.
TOP 20 ROCK & METAL ENTRANCE THEMES
by Alexandros Nalbanis
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WWE and rock music have a long and impassioned relationship. The first rock and metal wave hit the then-named WWF during the New Generation Era (1993-1996) and set it’s very basis during the legendary Attitude Era which lasted from 1997 to 2001. Until the present day, WWE and metal music are tied with strong bonds, and many metal songs of all genres have been used as the show’s title themes, PPV themes or wrestlers’ entrance themes. The latter will be the ones to concern
us here, as I made an effort to pick the The final ranking is totally based on Top 20 of those from a very long list personal taste and it took WAY too of quality songs. much discussion and thought. There was a big effort to put away any To be able to rate such music using the favor about the wrestlers connected most objective criteria I could, I set with the songs, thus ranking them as the following rules for participation: music pieces and nothing else. no instrumental themes and no preWWE released songs. Well, hang on ‘cause... “it’s clobbering time”!!! The Top 20 consists only of songs composed for the WWE. As for the pre-released ones that were used later by the WWE, there is a specific honorable list.
S. *Kid Rock’s song lasted eight months.burstzine. as The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) used the all-time sports favorite “We Are The Champions” during their World Tag Team championship reign. At Wrestlemania X-Seven in 2001 Limp Bizkit played the song live during the Deadman’s entrance. don’t you think? *WCW was bought by WWE in 2001. 1984-1986 to be exact.17 HONORABLE MENTIONS – THE PRECEDED SONGS *Back in mid-80’s the Junkyard Dog was one of the first to enter the arena under a famous rock bass line. thennicknamed “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan was a part of the nWo and used another classic piece. Hulk Hogan capitalized the fame of his Thunderlips character from Rocky III and used “Eye Of The Tiger” as his WWF theme. *Around the same period. That’s still his theme whenever he sparingly appears on the WWE. *This one wasn’t the only Queen song to be used by WWF. *The third time The Undertaker used a pre-WWE song was in 2011. leading him to his first Wrestlemania match-up against Triple H. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”. when he entered the arena on his super cool motorcycle under “American Bad Ass” by Kid Rock.com .S. the opening line of “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen. and there was no better way to express that than the AC/ DC anthem “Back In Black”. The “Cerebral Assassin” made a really special entrance under the notes of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica. That 1988 top hit was used by CM Punk during his independent circuit days and he chose to reuse it in WWE starting from 2011. driving crazy the capacity crowd. one of the most prospective and populous stables ever (13 members overall). The song’s title eventually named the gimmick. *On April 3rd 2011 Wrestlemania XXVIII was held. this time being “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix Experience. That was when he embraced an earthly gimmick.”. The late Johnny Cash was singing “Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down)” with the Deadman walking terrifyingly down the ramp. between 2000 and 2003. Burst www. The first time Taker used a song not written specifically for him was in 2000. *The most recent use of a classic rock song in WWE is that of Living Color’s “Cult Of Personality”. He was back. with that metal classic serving as an prelude for his signature theme “The Game”. but during the ECW One Night Stand in 2005 (under WWE production) the “Hardcore Icon” Sandman entered the arena with his most successful ECW theme. and a year later ex-WCW president Eric Bishoff reintroduced himself to the wrestling world as the new general manager of WWE RAW. Express (Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham) were as patriots as rockers. *The Undertaker is arguably the most “metal” wrestler all around. thus making the Survivor classic even more iconic. *During his return to WWE in 2002. before ‘Taker changing it to Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)”. used “We Are One” by 12 Stones between 2010 and 2011. *ECW defunct back in 2001. with the song being released only a few months earlier. but he used actual rock/metal themes only for a three years period. during the “Wrestlemania month” (March 7 to April 6). *In November 2004 Edge adopted “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge as his theme. which worked perfectly when they battled anti-american tag teams like Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. as he retired from wrestling in 2011 due to a serious neck problem. *The Nexus.A. they used Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U. and the night’s biggest match was Triple H vs The Undertaker. *The U. Absolutely matching lyrics. ten years after their first Wrestlemania collision. CM Punk’s current entrance theme. so Undertaker was nicknamed American Bad Ass at the time. after five years with “This Fire Burns” by Killswitch Engage.
and this time the vocals are slightly better for my taste. To be honest I think the female vocals are average. and find me waiting there you’ll see if you just close your eyes. as Morrison used it for approximately four years before he left WWE in 2011. “Just Close Your Eyes” . so we wait and see! Regarding the song. your life. a naked truth revealed. Too much wastin’ time.Waterproof Blonde/Story Of The Year Here we have a song with two different versions. “Born To Win” . so watcha keep talkin’ for?” John Morrison 19. Mutiny Within are known for playing mainly metalcore and power metal music. I should point out that the song is not composed by Stone Free Experience. the crowd popped out of their seats listening to a new version of Just Close Your Eyes. telling the story of a super fast punisher that becomes the nightmare of his enemies. so this should give you an idea of how Born To Win sounds. and has one of the most recognizable beginnings of all wrestling themes (that nasty horn).burstzine. more than four years later. In the darkness life will take you to the other side. perfectly matching the restless and fearless high flyer that Evan Bourne is. all that you fear. Upon his surprise return in February 2009. That second version is Christian’s theme song to the present day. Unfortunately Evan Bourne’s career isn’t equal to his abilities so far. Christian used that one for a year before he left WWE for TNA in 2005. Regarding the “not-so-greatas-Hendrix” comment I made before. a nearly four years overall that we also noticed on the previous two songs of that list. There is always a possibility to turn things around though. including a video with Bourne’s new-themed live entrance. make you believe what you don’t want to see. They only remixed and re-recorded the song to make their much-betterthan-the-original version. You got nothing to say. To the present day. but I guess that’s why Stone Free Experience are a Jimi Hendrix cover band. “Ain’t No Make Believe” . That post-hardcore version made quite an impact. Ain’t No Make Believe is a good old school psychedelic rock song. as this one lasts from 2009 ‘till now. you are! Jim Johnston did the composing again. ‘Cause you know the best in the business. as many think it works better as a wrestling entrance theme due to it’s more aggressive touch. babe. Good work Mutiny Within! Key lyrics: “I move as fast as the speed of light. All jokes aside. ain’t gonna waste no more. The night that “Air Bourne” used this song for the first time Mutiny Within made a special announcement on MySpace. this one lacks the greatness of the original Jimi Hendrix stuff. Hey! You should’a never showed up to play.” Christian 18. It’s faster and heavier than the original. it seems that WWE has a good sense of when a theme really works. but the melody is catchy and the mid-tempo heavy guitar work is worthwhile. Key lyrics: “If you close your eyes. for the rest of your life you will answer to me! Some are born to fight. this time by Story Of The Year. dreams you never lived and scars never healed. some are born to sin. I’m takin’ your heart today. Some are born to fight.Stone Free Experience Well. I’ll take you into the darkest night. making a surprise return that will be much debated! Key lyrics: “Watch me.com .. The lyrics are well written too. but from the long-time WWE chief composer Jim Johnston.Mutiny Within That’s a pretty fast and powerful song. and in 2004 Waterproof Blond recorded their version for Christian’s “Captain Charisma” gimmick. mostly due to some bad choices he made. That entrance theme found great success. John Morrison used the original instrumental for a couple of months in 2007.18 the countdown 20. ‘Cause I collect on the mistakes that you made. before changing to the complete version we ‘re subjecting here. I was born to win! ” Evan Bourne Burst www. and I’m not gonna pick a favorite. many fans hope that during the annual Royal Rumble match the horn will sound once more and that great athlete will appear under the titantron.. I was born to light the fire.
. This theme was used by SCSA for 1. and pretty good entrance themes! Remember. I think it’s an idea with a huge potential. turn away from yesterday. you know it’s only the beginning.. that guy is charismatic. all of them being remixes and rearrangements of the same original tune! Key lyrics: “Step up! Cause you’re the next one in line for the kill. then the chorus comes and then you ‘re like Stone Cold Steve Austin’s catchphrase: What? Well. nevermore to be cast aside. this is gonna be your judgment day. but for unknown reasons the idea was abandoned and the song was used for the first time as WWE Judgment Day’s theme on May 2006. I suggest that you listen to this song with his entrance video playing! Key lyrics: “This is the proving ground.Killswitch Engage . you’ve gone and made a big mistake. The guy is probably the only wrestler to be that much popular for so long time since the beginning of the Cena mania (duh. Three months later CM Punk debuted on WWE and from then on This Fire Burns first notes meant “The Voice of the Voiceless” was coming out looking for trouble. Disturbed took one of the best (the greatest?) Jim Johnston instrumental theme. this day is mine. a real classic! Ah. the iconic “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me”. that for some sad reason was never reached. “Glass Shatters” .. Even through the darkest days this fire burns always. and it’s replacement was mostly due to the WWF’s agony for innovation: Austin changed his theme six times (!!!) during 2001. the master himself sings this one! The Undertaker evolved from a creepy demon to a macho biker in 2000.” 16. the lyrics are about The Undertaker punishing his coward opponents with his badass methods.). “This Fire Burns” . there’s no forgiveness this time. he dropped that one only for “Cult of Personality” by Living Color. And I can’t allow you to think you can just walk away. thus making it more believable and matching to the whole idea. and that takes a lot of skill and charisma.. you don’t believe me but I’m betting that you will. tomorrow’s in my eyes. and Drainman’s trademark rap vocals are pure sickness! All these make you think you ‘re listening to the best metal wrestling theme of all times. Key lyrics: “You’ve done it now. misery begins to rise. you’re gonna pay. from 2006 to 2011. “You ‘re Gonna Pay” . as they are about an impassioned person who’s destiny is to succeed. The highlights of the song are the bell sound and “Dead man walking” trademark phrase in the beginning and the masterful guitar work. and. making them pay for their mistakes.” The Undertaker 15. The music is based on Taker’s previous instrumental theme “Dead Man”. starting to use various rock songs as his themes. but they are only four phrases sang over and over again. Mr JJ wrote and performed this one with a voice effect that sounds like he is a tough guy himself. As you can tell from the title. Overall. the groove is perfect.19 CM Punk The Chicago Made Punk used to enter the ring with that Massachusetts made metalcore song for five years. You’re gonna pay.” Burst www. “You ‘re Gonna Pay” was his last one before changing back to his undead persona.Disturbed If the chorus wasn’t so flat and monotonous that one would have been much higher on my list.. a mid tempo heavy rock piece. ‘Cause the end is now.. In other worlds? CM Punk. The lyrics are absolutely prophetic. with a pretty catchy solo at the top of it. Nevermore to be held down by the weight beneath me.burstzine.com Stone Cold Steve Austin the countdown 17. “Oh Yeah!” This Fire Burns was meant to be Randy Orton’s new entrance theme at the time.Jim Johnston Yes. Step up! I’ll let you live a little bit with the pain that I bring. maybe it’s just me and maybe you’re throwing rotten vegetables at me right now. a song which makes you smell gas and leather. Another thing that troubles me is the lyrics: they are aggressive and in-your-face as they should.5 year during the early 00’s. So turn around and face the piper you’re gonna pay. Disturbed it! The guitars hit your neck like hammers. Does this mean it’s a good song? As the late Randy Savage would say.
Drew McIntyre uses this one since 2010. When I live for the moment. The guitar work is the best thing in my opinion. Hamler sounds like Hetfield. with a noteworthy solo near the middle. Some will find it too soft (particularly the chorus) for an entrance theme.” Chris Jericho 13. rolling ever faster to this nightmare you have sown. it was also the theme of The Hardy Boyz at some occasions. The song is written and recorded by Magnet themselves. meaning he was the World Heavyweight Champion and the WWF Champion simultaneously! His reign lasted for three months. now at last the end has come. speaking about a guy that feels like he can achieve anything and living only for the moment. But like a lot. I am the pastor to your sheep. He certainly has the potential though (his nickname says so too). “The Chosen One’s” WWE career is been pretty average so far. I know there is an issue about this song. that’s how they sound! Concentrating on the song individually and leaving comparison aside.” Drew McIntyre 12. Out of time. him again) who composed the song and less Shaman’s Harvest.Shaman’s Harvest OK.burstzine. If you need to blame someone for this I guess that would be more Jim Johnston (yes. Serving as Matt’s entrance theme from 2002 to his departure from WWE in 2010. well it’s what I wanna hear. but I think it’s perfect for the superiority and kingliness in Jericho’s attitude. you slip and fall just like a stone. that prepares you to sing the chorus as impassioned as you can! The lyrics are hyper-optimistic.” Matt Hardy. All in all Live For The Moment was the soundtrack of an illustrious career for Matt. well. It was December 9th 2001 when he beat both Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night to become the first Undisputed Champion in history. The Hardy Boyz Burst www. “King Of My World” . there’s not so far away. you are all alone. both as a single competitor and as a tag team with his brother Jeff. Key lyrics: “Well the man tells me my future. and since he’s only 27 he will probably have some chances to turn things around. as they only recorded the song and. there ain’t no in me. The song begins ideally. I am the king of all I see. expressing the majesty of Jericho. one of the heavy sound’s privileged few. I can dry up a sea. with lyrics that we rarely encounter on wrestling themes. Key lyrics: “Almost to the mountaintop. I make them for you. I make them come true. And get ready for tomorrow. with an erratic guitar riff and an “OH YEEEEEEAH!!!” scream by Wyndorf that makes you wanna scream along every single time! The verse is mild mannered in a genius way. Despite the song having quality. Eight years! That’s Monster Magnet ladies and gents. temporarily changing it while part of a tag team or stable.Saliva Full of symbolism.com . “Live For The Moment” . that period more than ever.20 the countdown 14. Oh yeah! I can slap a tornado. Just like a diamond bullet where it’s crystal clear. and during that period he was truly the king of the wrestling world. I’ll break down the walls around you down. even the performance is very similar to Metallica. You had it all right in your grasp. I would say it’s a deep and emotional one. but in a breath your minute passed. as it shows him beating his opponents and then celebrating with both belts on his arms. I’m the king of my world. I’ll open your eyes and make you see. My inner luck knows better. this song is bonded with the most bright period in Y2J’s illustrious career. I gotta waste my whole today. now is mine. And I dream broken dreams. If that’s not royal then what is? Key lyrics: “My mind alone is filled with rage for you. I am the master of my destiny. The song is a typical Saliva heavy rock mid-tempo with absolutely arrogant lyrics. “Broken Dreams” . The arrangement is almost identical. as opposed to most of WWE songs (this list included) that are Jim Johnston’s creations.Monster Magnet Those pillars of stoner metal created a theme that was used for no less than eight straight years. what is yours. The entrance video that WWF made for him as an Undisputed Champion is absolutely fitting too. It’s like Turn The Page by Metallica. so say goodbye.
and also for some of his promos. Key lyrics: “Are you ready? You think you can tell us what to do? You think you can tell us what to wear? You think that you’re better? Well you better get ready. Burst www. I am the pack that flock ya like sheep. Continue reading and you ‘ll find out yourself.burstzine. as Triple H used very rarely. like it needs more power. Need I say more? Motorhead wrote wrestling history once more with this one. as they defined Triple H’s “King of Kings” persona and nickname. worth watching it if you haven’t already. The DX Band was based on one person. “Break The Walls Down” . BTWD accompanies Y2J for ten years and still counting. Undergoing many minor remixes that made it only better with the years. only to create one of the oldest and most successful entrance themes still used today. each one a bit more thuggish than the previous. Jericho debuted WWF in 1999 with this song. as they also did two times in the past. The song is another Jim Johnston brainchild. It was April 2. one of the most famous submission holds in the wrestling world.. and was created specifically for the needs of Break It Down and other related songs. It seems that Mr Johnston agrees with me. The title and lyrics are very significant. with King Of Kings playing from the speakers. Even at his current status as a semi-retired wrestler and Executive Vice President of the WWE. or more intense drums could help. is the production. “King Of Kings” . always with the same trademarks: the crotch chop. The music is simple but addictive. and the lyrics are about Jericho’s greatness. a regular entrance theme when he entered the ring more than once in the same night.Adam Morenoff . the green pyrotechnics. one that he’s called after ‘till the present day. meaning “Call to the Kingdom”.Motorhead This one is not a typical entrance theme. your heart beat is the only sound. as he remixed it two times over the years. he enters the arena with the entrance screens saying “Vocare ad Regnum”. you were stopped and dropped by the Walls of Jericho. Step into the town and break the wall down. “Break It Down” . 2006 when he appeared at Wrestlemania 22 sitting on a throne and dressed as Conan the Barbarian. I am the master of your whole heap. but without the proper production nothing works. you’re living in the agony of defeat. Step into the light and then you’ll know. The only thing that’s not perfect about Break It Down and the main reason it lies on number 10 on this list. this will probably be Jericho’s theme until he retires. more guts. DX lasted originally from 1997 to 2000 and reunited sporadically over the next years. none able to tell. as it’s the familiar Motorhead sound with the heavy and brisk guitar work we all know. what an era! D-Generation X (or simply DX) was the most successful stable of the WWF Attitude Era (to say the least).. you’re all weak. as he still uses it today only with brief breaks. and he sent them to Hell. what a stable. with it’s original members being Shawn Michaels and Triple H with Rick Rude and Chyna as enforcers. Jim Johnston did his magic again and Adam Morenoff gave his powerful rapping.The DX Band What a song.21 Chris Jericho If you don’t move with the rhythm while listening to this rap metal wrestling classic. in what was probably the most memorable debut in modern history of wrestling. The song is a typical WWE Motorhead job: they take a Jim Johnston creation. The king took their heads. then my friend there is something wrong with you. Key lyrics: “King left none living.” 10. the “Suck It!” slogan and of course Break It Down. It sounds too quiet.com Triple H the countdown 11. It’s worth to note that the lyrics even mention Chris’ signature move Walls Of Jericho. Overall. That would arguably be one of his best and most memorable entrances ever. There is no much to tell about the music. Key lyrics: “I wake up from a deep sleep. they execute it their own way and the result is a masterpiece. One more guitar maybe. so perfectly executed and well suited to the DX provocative attitude that it still seems sublime. rap metal singer Chris Warren.” D-Generation X 9. It served as a prelude for his main theme “The Game”.
Finger Eleven Here we have another successful theme song based on an iconic instrumental. After all this unbelievable story.. as Our Lady Peace used to play it live quite often. which doesn’t sound right superficially. Key lyrics: “There’s no holding me back. That’s when we first listened to Written In My Face.Our Lady Peace Chris Benoit is the most controversial pro wrestling person in history. You wear your sin like it’s some kind of prize. “Slow Chemical” . lost their head. These words are true. and a year later the most dramatic fact of his career took place: he removed his mask. I’m just climbing up slowly. and no flame returns. Benoit acting such gruesome ruined (among so many others) a great concert highlight. I’m just driven by anger. He changed Slow Chemical in 2008 and put on his mask again in 2011. Key lyrics: “It’s a shame for they. revealing his macabre face. serving as the soundtrack of epic battles and championship wins. You fight for air and struggle just to breathe. an Irish singer best known for. If you listen more closely though. I’m not driven by fear. symbolizing Sheamus’ energy and burst.burstzine. all of them based on the same original. Kane began it’s use on 2002. you remember him for a lifetime. As the hole becomes apart I strike to burn. much like the Steve Austin and Disturbed case. All the wonder that I want I’ve found in her. Many would say that the subject is more Undertaker than Sheamus. He is a red haired and pale skinned Irish of impressive statue. singing this one. too many lies. Give me what I could never ask for. All those were overshadowed by the horrific last incidents of his life that you can read extensively in Wikipedia. A careless man who could wind up dead. That tells the whole story of greatness regarding that song! Key lyrics: “The wonder of the world is gone.” Chris Benoit 6. connect me and you could be my chemical. The lyrics are about a sick and needy love. I’m the one and only. on the article entitled “Chris Benoit double murder and suicide”. Kane has changed five themes since his 1997 debut on WWF. It’s a heavy metal song with symphonic elements. so this song is considered his main “unmasked period” theme. telling the story of an apocalyptic punisher that when the Judgment Day comes he will send the unworthy straight to Hell. The whole composition sounds very good for Kane. “Whatever” . you have to agree with me. aggressive guy that walks down the ramp beating his won chest and shouting “FELLAAAAAA!!!” than this one. He was a deeply respected performer throughout the wrestling world. He was also a friend and compatriot of Our Lady Peace.. The Canadian Crippler used it as his theme from 2002 to the very end in 2007. Not anymore. And you’re under attack. the music renovates his wellknown theme refreshing it significantly and also adding new ideas that fit pretty well.22 the countdown 8. WWE and Our Lady Peace swore off Benoit and Whatever respectively. but the Undertaker does not send people to Hell. I know for sure. with a kind look in his face that opposes his brutality on the ring mat. a troubled mind.. Too many lies. always receiving an enthusiastic reaction from their fans (check on YouTube). Speaking about the song.” Kane 7. a song composed by you-know-who and performed by Sean Jenness. Well. it’s based on Benoit’s previous instrumental theme “Shooter” and the first thing you notice is the improved killer riff. that’s all Kane! They call him The Devil’s Favorite Demon for a reason after all! To sum up.com . “Written In My Face” . one of the most innovative wrestlers in history and probably the best technician ever to set foot in a WWE ring. Kane’s original instrumental theme “Burned” (by Johnston again) loaned it’s main riff to Finger Eleven. I can’t think of a better entrance theme for a huge. a decision that is still (and always will be) a matter of discussion among the fans. most importantly the World Heavyweight Championship in 2004 Wrestlemania XX. it’s much more intense and perky than the Undertaker’s dark and doom persona. and they created the Big Red Machine’s most used theme to date. He joined WWE’s developmental territory in 2006 along with Drew McIntyre.” Sheamus Burst www. and by 2009 he was a member of the main roster.. and flames. WIMF epitomizes The Celtic Warrior. and I’ll make you believe. it talks about defeatism. a lost wonder.Sean Jenness If you see Sheamus wrestling once. he brings Hell to them! As for the music.
from 2001 to 2003. Brand New Sin added some verses of their won. here I come dropping down on you.23 Raven Stereomud lasted only too years. come to set things right. louder or quiet. That southern hard rock seduction could easily be a perfect striptease soundtrack. Kris Wiechmann and Kenny Dunham. crank it up. Well it’s the Big Show. with memorable rhythm and social-related lyrics that we seldom find in WWE songs. how will they all feel when I bring them to the ground?” Batista 3. End Of Everything is one of Johnston’s most complete creations. they deserve every credit for their traditional. Despite all that.Brand New Sin Absolutely loveable. To the present day the fans discuss a potential return for him. Based on his previous Jim Johnston theme “Animal”. Big Show uses this one since 2006. be afraid. I know we’re killing for the raven so here we go. I don’t think the lyrics take anything out of the song’s quality after all. lyrics aside. you realize that Batista isn’t just walking away from his wrestling past. Raven’s WWE stint was only a year longer. The fact that the Hardcore title was retired in 2002 says it all. destroying everything on his path.Stereomud . faster or slower. thanks to all coefficients. 11 on this list) mixed together.burstzine. A superb song for an influential and underrated wrestler. he’s gonna burn this house tonight. making it more of a “real song”. a serious threat for every opponent. That masterpiece never left The Animal ‘till his retirement in 2010. WWE even tried to find a replacement in the face of Mason Ryan. As for the two guitarists. “I Walk Alone” . caw!!! Key lyrics: “This will be the end of everything that you know. It’s a really intelligent piece of heavy metal music. evolving from an average muscular guy to The Animal that won the major WWE title six times. It’s the Big Show. and I ‘ll be glad if he never changes it. Anyway. Key lyrics: “Well it’s the Big Show. watch me. jerky guitar riffing and perfectly balanced vocals by Stereomud. Don’t want and try to run. making it even more dark and atmospheric. but he just could match Batista’s impact in any way. 2000-2003. that if ever happens will probably be the showstopper of the year in pro wrestling. It makes my eyes bleed every time I turn around. a song by Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster that Big Show used when he was teaming with Chris Jericho. with a strong bass line. I suggest that you check also “Crank The Walls Down”. and consists by Crank It Up and Break The Walls Down (no. creating the best mid-tempo rocker in WWE’s history. Have you ever been afraid of someone? I’ve never been afraid of no one. as they where written back in 1999 for a 7 feet high giant that levels everyone and everything. Brand New Sin took Big Show’s classic theme “Big” by Mr JJ and revised it magnificently.” Burst www. “Crank It Up” . Raven made quiet an impact to the old school fans due to his unorthodox and gory style. It was February 2005 when the end came for that iconic stable. and of course his entrance theme. thus fated to be a mid-carder holding only the disdained Hardcore Championship. bulky riffs and tasteful solos. Caw. It’s a big bad show tonight. and when I’m finished with you watch me. Saliva created a flawless song to symbolize Batista’s independence. be afraid. The lyrics describe Raven’s fearless and frightening existence. Joe Altier sounds wonderful behind the microphone. but makes a personal revolution as a citizen of the western civilization. old school vocals. Don’t even try to hold me down. Listening to it. this counter culture of both wicked lives and death. Yeah it’s the Big Show. a retirement that was never fully accepted by the fans that really loved him. This is the way that it is. I do not fear. and since Batista “walked alone”.Saliva Batista was the powerhouse of Evolution (more on the subject coming further) for two and a half years. The lyrics are somewhat shallow. “End Of Everything” .com Big Show the countdown 5. They know why they are aggressive or calm. traveling us to the US south with with his deep. Will that guitar riff tremble a WWE arena ever again? Key lyrics: “This television has a poison on its breath.” 4. and the era was not ideal for him: he came right at the end of the Attitude Era as an ECW legend. An important detail that gives a different vibration to the song is the creepy raven caws that sound here and there. turn on them lights. Get ready.
and how you play it. How much more greatness can there be? The Chairman himself. and if you can pay it. Ric Frair. the secondary 7 times. I see the line in the sand. Two of the most iconic wrestlers ever. Key lyrics: “Evolution is a mystery. no way you can change me. The lyrics are wonderful. Motorhead did the same they did with The Game in 2001 and King Of Kings in 2006: took a Johnston creation (Evolve) and turned it into a Burst www. that guy is a 23 times champion. but his whole wrestling existence. I am have heavy debts. carrying a belt for more than 1500 days overall! Motorhead did with The Game what they usually do in WWE. the rhythm and the guitar solo are exceptional. That’s the whole Triple H story too.. as Triple H is a complete WWE dominance: starting form 1996. It’s all about pain. Yesterday’s so long ago.Motorhead “It’s all about the Game and how you play it” say the opening lyrics. That song is a complete metal dominance. Irini. So. the clock ticking in the background is so symbolic and brilliant. even for a one night stand.” Triple H 1.24 the countdown 2. No matter how you call them. Motorhead took that original and. full of change that no one sees. no way you can pay me. Yes. I am the pain. Looking back to see where I stand. the four guys that formed Evolution have held the astronomic overall of 30 major titles in the WWE as single competitors. “Line In The Sand” . A few months later. creating an instant classic. this IS evolution. Time to find out who I am. “The Game” . Yes. Lemmy’s singing is flawless. and the tag team 3 times. . The original song (written by Johnston of course) was performed by The DX Band and used only once as Triple H’s theme. took from the hand Batista and Randy Orton and walked them to the top of the wrestling world.. The Game.. they were the best stable in modern history of pro wrestling. and the song that became not only his nickname. All about your debt. That’s the whole Motorhead story. The whole puzzle of Evolution majesty completes when you realize one thing: by 2013.. I am control. you don’t wanna play me.. The certain thing is that if they ever join again. My opinion is only a bit different. I am the game. and if you can take it. a sad but inevitable fact. the production is huge and deep. don’t agree with what I know. The Animal. This IS what “passing the torch” is all about. It’s a piece of art my friends! Evolution’s disband in 2005 meant that we’d listen to this greatness no more in wrestling arenas. and who’s gonna make it..” Special thanks to Aristea. it will be heaven on earth for the fans. Evolution’s wonderful trip started in early 2003 and their theme was a Jim Johnston instrumental theme entitled Evolve. but still.Motorhead Evolution Triple H. Randy Orton. Ric Flair and Triple H. themselves! Key lyrics: “It’s all about the game. His Game is wrestling and he is it.burstzine. clock makes a fool of history. tomorrow becomes a place to be. Batista. he held the major titles no less than 13 times. Mr Vince McMahon said it all: “Anything can happen in the WWF”. Their Game is heavy metal and they are it. Many WWE fans suggest this one as the best theme in history. Nikos and Kosmas for their valuable opinion and advice. Motorheadised it. and I know you can’t take me. All about control. The Nature Boy. The Legend Killer. Evolution. the only ones who can be better than Motorhead are.com world class metal anthem. The Game is Triple H’s entrance theme for twelve long years and counting (since 2001).
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Rising from the ashes of heroin brought him to another level and. plus their power of grooving in such small places seemed magical and extraordinary for Frusciante. who sought for a more metallic sound. e. Flea’s bass seems to be always looking for his friend. The ones left behind. His bonding and the magic they shared are truly one of rock’s miracles. That was the time when problems started once again. leaving the band and entering a period full of drugs. Everything took its course on the way of writing history. so he was out of the band. Dave was not interested on grooving. he was focusing on his own projects and his solo career. meditation and healthier eating. The album “Mother’s milk” became a reality. Kiedis had been looking for a way of keeping the Peppers alive. those two managed to meet just before Hillel’s passing. Five years of addiction later. he still remains one of the most fitting members of Peppers. But first things first. What he always admired and found peaceful about Red hot’s live shows was the fact that the band was one with the audience. Flea made the suggestion and Frusciante was simply running around his house screaming full of joy.g.and started following a more ascetic lifestyle. “By the way” (2002) and “Stadium arcadium” (2005) were dominated by John’s guitar. Two years later and with a different producer (1991) John had started smoking marijuana and the “Blood sugar sex magik” was very successful. Flea. In 2008. they will meet on stage and set peppers afire!!! Frusciante was -and always will be. At the same time. the band’s exact ability to be famous without looking that way.a pepper to avoid its destiny… but till when? . Peppers had no guitarist. Peppers. remembering and hoping that one day. That resulted in a contradiction between him and the album’s producer.burstzine. Born in New York in 1970. in a state of clarity.com band.26 A Pepper or Not? by Christina Alossi official artist photo A guitarist so special with a unique selftaught technique. released “One hot minute”. somewhere. John was out of drugs. John Frusciante made us look him up in every Red hot’s album and to had us disappointed each and every time he decided to leave the group. all lights looked as if someone was interrogating him and the Pepper’s magic was gone. Soon he met Flea and they realized a connection between bass and guitar such as they had never seen before. featuring Dave Navaro on guitar. so the reunion was inevitable. heroin. he had become famous. an album that moved them from the funk world and changed their style. cocaine. where his stepfather encouraged him to take up guitar. Frusciante manages to get detoxified from all those substances -marijuana. he didn’t want the publicity. In 1988. experienced guitarist. his solos in Californication are unrivaled. John opted out of a tour. He admired Red Hot from the age of 15. rumors were spreading again and Frusciante officially stated that he was going to leave the group for good in order to evolve and follow his musical quests. with John trying to follow Slovak’s style. further to Slovak being found dead due to an overdose and their drummer quitting the Burst www. all of a sudden. carving their marks through time and making the Red Hot Chili Peppers one of the most famous mainstream bands. “Californication” gave them a push and brought him back to the No1 of the mainstream charts. the pressure. John saw his parents divorcing and moved to Los Angeles with his mother. Although Frusciante left behind a very good. Red hot had been dealing with a crisis. at the same time. Josh Klinghoffer in Red Hot. John realized that. including yoga. In 1992. plus he did the vocals in most of the songs. as well as the technique of the guitarist Hillel Slovak.
No matter what we get out of this. Smoke on the water and fire in the sky... We didn’t have much time.com and The Verdict is.. Burned the place to the ground. 1971. When it all was over.. Don’t know though. I read somewhere that this song was written as a filler to complete the album.. The song is decribing an event that occured on December 4th. Smoke on the water.the Rolling truck Stones thing. We ended up at the Grand Hotel. and ‘cause by the time they were writing this they were at Switzerland). With a few red lights. Smoke on the water. This column is a lyrics’ analysis of songs we listen to. We made a place to sweat. They burned down the gambling house.fitted better than any other song. Making our music there. They were doing the record outside a Zappa and Mothers of Invention concert. . It died with an awful sound. where it seemed like the lake was on fire. fire in the sky” thing..” / “.. someone fired a flare gun. Were at the best place around..burstzine. this new column HAD to begin with a legendary rock song -and “Smoke on the Water” -imo. I don’t know if it is overrated -I am not here to judge this-.Deep Purple We all came out to Montereax. A rock anthem. at a rented Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (“. I know I know we’ll never forget. Anyway. But Swiss time was running out. But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside. and helped some people to escape the fire). It seemed that we would lose the race.to make records with a mobile.. while DP was recording their album.27 Stathia’s Track by Stathia Pedioti Smoke On The Water . The curtains caught fire and the Montreux Casino was burnt down (“Funky” Claude -Claude Nobs.”). To make records with a mobile. is about DP watching the Montreux Casino burning down to ashes. Smoke on the water and fire in the sky. But Frank Zappa and the Mothers.. (Uh) Funky Claude was running in and out. that we respect and which definitely mean “something” to any of us. Smoke on the water and fire in the sky. The whole “smoke on the water.. One of the most well-known songs in the history of Rock music. by the shoreline of Lake Geneva. a few old beds. but it sure has one of the most recognisable riffs in the world -no matter the music preferances anyone might have... “Swiss time was running out”! This probably is a referration about their album that had to finish and they had no time -the object “swiss” is ‘cause swiss watches are famous about their precision. We had to find another place. Burst www... It was empty cold and bare. Pulling kids out the ground.was the founder of the casino. But some stupid with a flare gun.. if this is true. some say. Then.. On the Lake Geneva shoreline. out of the blue. Smoke on the water.
By Raphael Aretakis | photos by Andy Buchanan one of the things i like in this business is the chance i have to talk to people i admire and respect. for some, that’s not a big deal, but for me, talking to guys I’ve only seen in videos, or heard on a cd, is definitely making this worth. without further ado, I would like to present to you the legendary anthrax guitarist, scott ian, in a discussion between an artist and a fan! enjoy!
Special thanks to Hakos Pervanidis for the arrangements
and then it just gave a new album. so I don’t know. we don’t put much thought into it. Rush. I’d like to think we won’t ever be changing members again. Exactly! Heavy metal: Is it a man’s world or women can do it as well? Would you ever have a female member in your band? I can’t say. Would you release a full length album featuring covers? I don’t know! There’s no plan. It’s just cover songs. We just write songs. if anything evolved. That’s when we make a record. it’s been a really good run on this music album. I think more women should play heavy metal (laughs). how are you? Good. When should we expect something new? Maybe next year. getting there is the hard part. I mean. we make a record when we have songs. I think that’s the best part. We know what we wanna hear when we’re writing and that doesn’t mean it’s got easier over the years.. Glad to hear. should only be releasing albums when they have something to say and not simply to mass-produce them in order to gather portfolio? I don’t know about other bands.burstzine. to be on the same page with the rest of the guys. And we recorded those songs over the last. But I have no problem with women playing heavy metal. when we’re sound checking. do whatever you want with it”. I got nothing to complain about. It’s been two years since your latest full length album. cause we get pretty bored at sound checks. In your last EP. During all these years you basically kept your musical style pretty much intact. We just write songs. people seem to be excited about it. this is Raphael from Burst magazine. We can’t wait! Do you believe that major bands like Anthrax. Basically we said “we like the way this came out and go ahead. I can’t say for sure. how are you? Fine man. but that’s what we’re hoping for. Yeah. maybe we’ll have some new ideas. it’s usually when we start messing around with other songs. but that’s a hard question to answer. But. What’s the feedback you received so far? People seem to really like it. Tell us a bit more about it. not just in a band. then we’ll make an album. Is there any other song that you would like to cover? I can’t think of any right now. on the same page. Burst www. Once we get back out again. we’ve been out for 2 years. you know. I have no idea . Awesome! And how’s the tour going so far? You’ ve played at a lot of festivals. I think we just know what we want to hear. When we’re actually in a room writing songs together. Anthems. it’s just that. we just did it because cover songs are just fun for us to do. That’s about as much as I ever think of it. in the same attitude and knowing what we want Anthrax to sound like. but in any team. I just think. Thin Lizzy etc. no. The shows since September 2011 have been awesome. . I have no idea. We write songs. once we start touring again and we get back out on the road.29 Hi Scott.but. We leave for Europe in like 3 weeks or something. which have been out there since forever. you know.. when we feel we have something that is strong enough to put out. but I. Well. we’re all very much in the same place. We just know what we’re doing. put it out. It’s never been easy to write songs. we’re actually home right now and then we start again soon. couple of years -maybe over 2 years. It’s just cover songs for us. What are you up to these days? I know you’re in the middle of your summer tour. Hey. on this album and everything’s been great so far. good. and if we love the songs that we have. you know. plus you have festivals coming up. On which aspects do you believe that you have evolved as a band? I don’t know. But. You know. You know.com you were featuring covers from bands like AC/ DC. It’s doing really well and. you tell me (laughs)! I don’t focus on that stuff. So we don’t really think about it too much.
Calendar Girls. that’s basically all people need to know. You don’t try to stick to a classic recipe or something that people love. We don’t think about it. People. we just get together and we play. Maiden always put together a great show for the fans. Burst www. because that’s actually our last show of the tour so it’s just such a great way to finish this whole touring cycle with such an amazing gig. it was on that episode in Married With Children. it was really fun. But we don’t think about it. It’s really simple. We’re also excited about it. You see bands like Iron Maiden. There are no laws. Anthrax. No one can really understand unless they become Anthrax. then that’s it. that kicked off by playing thrash metal and were transformed into something completely different now. We just have a way that we work. So.30 Cool! There are bands like Metallica for example. Jon is in the band. As I mentioned before. we don’t try and do anything. How did all those things come up? Your manager gets a phone call and asks if the band wants to be involved and you say yes or no. Metalocalypse. Married With Children etc. sometimes you say no. because we’re friends with all those bands. Of course it is. no. Do whatever you want. I was a really big fan of that TV show. The very first time I saw you. all of which under THE BATTLE OF SAN BERNARDINO. There will be 25. just get phone calls. Rob Caggiano left the band and Jonathan Donais has been with you as a session member since February. they certainly mean a lot to us. because there is no band that was more inspiring to me -or to Anthrax. to evolve? I don’t care! Every band should do whatever it wants to do. maybe a special moment within the shooting? (Laughs) I don’t know. Could you share a few memories from back then. Do you think that bands should find their identity and then stick with it. We’re really excited about it. like.burstzine. We just write songs. Sometime you say yes. I don’t know. we just write songs. If in our next album we wrote songs that sounded completely different than everything we ever did. Awesome! Back in January. I don’t know. Point taken. and put together such an amazing package for the fans here. It’s gonna be a great day. Yeah. You didn’t pursue something like that yourself? No. You have appeared on various episodes in TV series or movies. What the hell is gonna happen on that stage? I mean. Recently in the Kerrang Awards you had the chance to present and pass the Inspiration Award to Iron Maiden. And that’s just basically getting into a room and writing songs. So. I just love that Iron Maiden will do that. it’s a really great line up. We don’t talk about it.com . Megadeth. Testament. we don’t think about it. I really don’t understand why people need so much information. there are no rules. It’s music. and people ask you to do things. or is it good to transform. but I was basically asking about you: If you would ever consider changing the music style of your band. and for me. Have you found any permanent replacement? What’s the difference? Jonathan is in the band. it makes sense to be able to give them that award.than Iron Maiden. Let’s go to something different.000 people there going crazy for us. How did you feel about it? What is Iron Maiden to you? It was an honor for me because it was the Inspiration Award. Well.
(laughs) I really liked it. It’s something that I really enjoy doing and I’m just glad that after all these years. it’s still so exciting for me. So that was my first time ever playing on stage in front of people. It’s something I never really thought about. yeah. But. Married With Children was a great experience. 1984 was the year I was born… When we’re actually in a room writing songs together. you know. Just playing the guitar is fun. was able to think that he would still be doing it. actually my Did you ever think back then that you were gonna end up being the man you are now? The musician you are now? No. on the same page. I have no time (laughs). I can’t tell you that in the 80s I ever thought that would be something that I’d be doing for over 30 years. I never looked that far ahead. Just picking up a guitar and playing. Maybe Gene Simmons. maybe 9 or 10 years old? I played in a talent show. the fact that I get to be in a band and I get to make albums and I get to play shows is just gravy on first time ever on stage was just by myself. People have priorities. It was just really exciting that they wanted us to be a part of what they did. but nobody ever really asked us to be on more TV shows. But it’s still really exciting to do all of those things. If such a proposition comes up. How did that go? It went well. It’s still fun for me. would you consider taking a more active part. because you go on tour and you hope people can come to your shows. that’s just. the fact that my first album Fistful of Metal came out in January 1984.com . in the same attitude and knowing what we want Anthrax to sound like. That’s really great Scott. It was really great. We have a global economic crisis. But we understand that there is a global economic crisis. Oh my. they have their Burst www.burstzine. It’s great to be in Anthrax. just a really fun thing. If that wasn’t fun to do. being able to look back on it now and think that I’ve been to Anthrax for so long. different than anything we had ever been a part of. because it was just impossible to look that far ahead. That’s why I love being in a band. my first show ever was actually before Anthrax. It’s just icing on the cake. 40 years later. to get to hang out with Edd O’Neill and everyone else in the cast for the whole week and get to be a part of their world was really exciting for us. when he started Kiss. in other bands. Do you remember the first time you set your foot on stage? Yeah. to think what I’m going to be doing in 20 or 30 years. just me with an acoustic guitar and I was singing as well. Yeah. I don’t think so. I wish we could have done more things like that. Well. no. I wouldn’t do it anymore. when I was probably. you have sold thousands of records and you’ve done a whole lot of things. and I love playing in shows. Obviously it went well cause I wanted to do more (laughs). you know. as an actor on a TV show? No. So. is the thing I’m most proud. so there you go. So. we’re all very much in the same place. Really. what does that mean to you? Has that affected you? It definitely affects the bands. but. cause it was so you found happiness? And what is happiness to you? I just love playing guitar and I love writing songs. You have played in front of thousands of people. so it just makes it harder for us and for anybody to do anything. and I played three songs. that. Have top. it’s been a long time. and that’s still fun to do.31 So. My career is what I’m proud of. but I don’t. because we had never done anything like that before.
it’s an escape for them. right? Yes. We understand that things are very hard for people all around the world and. we’re just really excited to be coming back and playing in Athens again and it’s always been a great pleasure for us. But outside of that. if you want to send a message to the readers of Burst. We entertain them for 2 hours and make them forget about their problems. I mean obviously. We’re just really excited to come back to Greece again.com . Burst www. if anything. at Sonisphere. people that come to see us. you need to have clothes on your back. Because we understand how hard people work for their money. I don’t have any other questions. that at the time that we have our show. and the fact that there’s probably a lot of other things they should be spending their money on. and we have to give them the best show that we can.burstzine. People are gonna take 20 dollars and go and see an Anthrax show. you know what I mean? To be able to pay your rent. and it’s the last time we played there. there’s just not much more that we can do. You need to be able to eat.. you know.32 responsibilities to their families and whatever. when we’re planning headline shows we try to keep the ticket prices. these are priorities for people and buying albums or going to concerts are some things that obviously wouldn’t be the first thing on your mind. so. you know. It’s been a couple of years actually since we did the Big 4 I think. you know. go ahead. That’s really great what you said man. but they came to see Anthrax. we just do whatever we can. as low as possible. We understand that and we hope that. The fans are fucking crazy! We’re really looking forward to it. Let’s give these people 2 hours of fun to take their mind of their everyday problems.. they have the responsibility of themselves. Yeah. about their troubles and they just come and have fun and that’s really what we hope for every night we play a show.
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he is young. She is beautiful. She is multi-talented. Her name is Elize Ryd and it seems that she is the next best thing in the metal scene right now. For the past years I have been following up Amaranthe and their really outgoing frontwoman Elize Ryd. I would not call myself as a diehard fan of Amaranthe but I would only be a liar if I say that I don’t enjoy their music. And-let’s face it- fans all over the world are going crazy when they see Elize and her boys performing on stage. Amaranthe is a much more different music act, love them or hate them. Yet, no matter how hard you try, you will not find any other band similar to them: they are one of a kind. And I guess this is the most important goal they managed to reach through the years.
Elize is a really sweet and talkative person. She took off some of her really precious time and she answered to all of our questions. The interview you are going to read below is more In less than 3 years, Amaranthe have created a small wonder like a fairytale. In fact, she draws a parallel between her perand managed to receive all spotlight! Their videos have mil- sonal story of her life and that of Cinderella’s fairytale. One lions of views, their albums sell like crazy and Elize has been thing is for sure, it’s a wonderful story. Enjoy! invited to participate in numerous and various projects. By Korina P. | photos by Ville Juurikkala
you have created your very own label for Amaranthe’s music! That’s cool (laughs)! While listening to your new album The Nexus. And I really want to thank you for your words! I do feel honored and proud that I am where I am and I have achieved so many things. the majority of the fans don’t care about the label of our music. You wrote that the album is an absolute monster and you are totally happy and proud with the final result. As I already said. However. Actually. I was afraid that the audience would not like me and my voice. But the guys in Spinefarm Records believed in our music and they have been very supportive towards us from the very first moment. Amaranthe’s music seems that does not have any boundaries and limits. however we are living in a globalized world. do you feel a little bit scared? I mean all these artists you have collaborated with are huge names in the music industry. all these collaborations required courage and nerve from your side. this is the feeling I’ve got while listening to the album. female vocals. Passionate and Positive music. I consider you as one of the luckiest bands ever: You got a contract with a very good label (Spinefarm Records) from your early days. First of all. Sometimes. And apart from being lucky. that Amaranthe’s music style is more like a mixture of different music genres and as a result it is very hard to put just one label on our music. some fans maybe are not that openminded. Do you feel lucky? Yes. I have heard metalheads saying “What is this? Metal riffs combined with pop music and lyrics? No way!”. Congrats! However. Elize. but I must admit that I was proven wrong back then because I have never met so many nice people and felt so much love ever before in my life. In my opinion. if you ask me. music is globalized nowadays and I consider this as some kind of evolution in music.burstzine. I mean. Amaranthe want to give people the chance to get and experience a little bit of everything. you have been kind of the “talk of the town” during the last 2-3 years. as I said. your music seems to have a little bit of everything. This is what matters the most to me. We have the same kind of experiences and the same point of view about life. so I still have a long way to go in order to reach my goals. People see you as one of “the next rising stars” in music industry but I guess back then. I have been working as hard as possible to be able to become an artist. Personally.35 Hello sweet Elize! First of all. plus many fans would say that your music has no certain identity. but that’s also a part of the journey. I have been wondering if the guys in Amaranthe have ever felt afraid of losing you? Is Amaranthe your no1 and absolute priority? Or maybe you also have some other plans in stock in the future? You are also a professional dancer. We create music that all members in the band like. Is that true? I guess with your second album you wanted to continue what you started with your debut album in a way. Hey people. things were not that easy for you. but it is important to remember that they also divide people. Plus. To be honest. when I think about what I have done until now. you participated in Timo Tolkki’s new album/project! Of course you should be proud of yourself. This makes sense. I would like to thank you for this interview and for your time. right? Music should follow this evolution! Plus. you also seem to be very popular lately. You are kind of “the talk of the town”: you collaborated and toured with Kamelot and Nightwish. It was a huge challenge for me. The very special fact about you guys is that there is not any other band like you! I think you are one of a kind! So. clean vocals. They like our music and it makes them feel good. just don’t ever give up your dreams and hopes! The road can be very hard sometimes. It’s really hard to get a great record deal in our days. when we get together and create music. the first thought that crossed my mind was that your new studio album is kind of a sequel to your first album. Luckily. your music is really diverse! You have harsh vocals. a few months ago. each of us comes from a different musical background and each of us listens to different kind of music in his/her personal life. Do you get a little bit scared of this? Has it ever occurred to you to read or hear not so positive comments about your band? And how did you feel? I think that labels are more like a twoedged sword: labels do connect people in a way. by what I have heard on both Amaranthe studio albums I would call you “a band that contains a little something of everything”. crazy solos here and there. do you like labels? I mean. yes we tried to focus on the style we introduced to our fans. Of course people like labels. I will be totally honest! I was a little bit scared before going on my first tour with Kamelot. when you started. someone else would do it. right? At least. as you just mentioned.com . I think most of our fans are open minded people like us. If it weren’t us. plus if you have to put one label on Amaranthe’s music which would be? I would say. we feel very lucky (laughs). So. sharp guitars. I think it has been long time since something really new and avant-garde/innovative came up in metal music scene and. I have been going through a lot in my life. Energetic. So let’s begin! The second Amaranthe studio album is out. I grew up in a family in which everybody was listening to different kinds of music like death metal/rock/classical/jazz music. it’s a killer one! You describe your style as “power/ melodic/death metal”. I guess. Plus. were they? What did it take to get all this recognition and fame? How was your way in the very beginning. I guess your way was not always so easy in your life. And by the way. especially when you were younger. how would you describe your musical style? What do you think are Amaranthe’s specific characteristics. I would say that the sound of this album is rather “futuristic and ultra-modern”. yes. a lot of things that apparently have made me stronger. I have to admit that both albums feature some very strong choruses that get stuck in someone’s head for months! This is very impressive and quite hard to achieve nowadays. I finally felt like I belonged there. you know. Have you ever thought of that? Does it scare you? In my opinion. I wish to be able to continue working in the music business for the rest of my life. thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! In fact. By the way. It’s hard to understand how all these things *did* happen you know. as I said. I have been fighting for all these things for a long time and I have never let go of my goals and dreams. I hope for every person out there to feel that there is always hope and chance to fulfill every dream of his/hers. we are getting connected to each other in a way. congrats on the new album. All those things sound great to me! Really great! Well. I prefer to call our music PEPP-music: Powerful. before getting all this fame and recognition? Well. I believe the most important thing is to keep on evolving and giving to people something new. You are so young and you have achieved so many things already. Are there any plans regarding this? My bandmates know that I really want to Burst www. I consider this as a huge success for a new band. So. You also kept this style in your second album. I still find it pretty hard to realize what happened to me.
As for my future in the music scene. I couldn’t imagine doing this. powerful and colorful. This one is quite different but the shapes are here again (this triangle which appeared in your first album too if I remember well). I used to work as a dancer.com had some really great moments together with many of them. So. is there any special meaning behind it? The triangle symbolizes the A in our band name (Amaranthe). Indeed. We chose to work with him again since he was already familiar with our sound. As always. so right now and in the near future I don’t think I will have enough time to practice and continue. whose name is Gustavo Sazes. but right now my focus lays 100% on Amaranthe. work and share every experience with my friends (because I consider them as good friends of mine). you totally nailed it guys! How was it being on the road with Stratovarius? Do you have any impressions or memories to share with us? It was a great tour! I got very well along with the guys. or going this far. I think they feel that I need them as much as they need me. Is there any special story or meaning behind this name (Amaranthe)? How did you guys come up with that name? The name of the band was firstly Avalanche but we weren’t allowed to use that name because we found out that it was already trademarked. what I remember and miss the most is all the great personalities I have met.36 be a part of this band. but I have been so busy with the singing and touring and I didn’t have any free time to practice my dancing skills lately. weren’t you? Are there any certain reasons that made you decide to work with him again? Yes. It takes a lot of energy to continue as a professional dancer. For example. Elize. Let’s go back to your new album again: You decided to work with Jacob Hansen again. Jacob was a great choice for us. was there anything that happened to you. Amaranthine is a flower er. So. so Olof came up with . as you correctly said futuristic. you embarked on a legendary tour alongside Evergrey and Kamelot. The concept is. Gustavo together with Olof creates our “image”. so everything else can wait for now. He owns a great studio in Denmark as well. is there something very special that happened to you while being on the road? I mean. that was the scariest experience I have ever had on the road and I will certainly remember it for the rest of my life. It got so infected that I had to call an ambulance and go to the hospital. There are a couple of different meanings and associations behind it. Can you give us some details about the artwork of The Nexus? It seemed to me a little futuristic let’s say! In your first album you chose to feature a picture of the band on the cov- designer. And during 2013. Is there any special concept or idea behind this artwork? Since the very beginning of the band. I keep each and every gift I have received during the tours in my home. I have been always wondering about the name of the band. many great things happened during that tour. they were super nice and super funny. so that makes me always remember and think of them. you can associate the three A’s in AmArAnthe with the fact that the band features 3 singers. the first letter of our band name. Generally speaking. you also did a European co-headline tour with Stratovarius! As I read over the internet. I value meeting fans a lot and I have Burst www. a great company to spend time with and hang out! I hope we can make another tour together in the future. 4 singles have been released from your debut album: I consider this as another success for Amaranthe! Furthermore. I think about it every time I see the scar on my foot. Is this bright triangle some kind of the band’s trademark? And if so. It seems that you were very satisfied with his work on your first album. If I would have waited another day just with the medication the doctor said it would have probably needed to amputate my foot.burstzine. without them. the letter A. I have a big vision of making a side/solo project. I am very careful now and also extremely grateful that I still have two feet. is our logo. Besides that unfortunate event. we have been working with an amazing art (and also a song of yours!). which you are going to remember in your whole life? Maybe a very special reaction from a fan or a very special gift or meeting? Or maybe something not so positive? Something you still think about before going to bed? One of the worst things that have ever happened to me on the road was when I got an infection in a scar on my foot. It has been great to create. Ohhh that’s pretty damn brilliant! I knew there was a story behind this triangle (laughs)! Plus. so we just didn’t have any serious reason to choose someone else over him.
so the script was written by him alone. Jake actually wrote the story. Your video for the song The Nexus reached 1. Were al and the video is certainly not an “action-movie-like” one (laughs).).37 the brilliant idea to call the band Amaranthe instead. It was the first song we wrote for the second album and. In everything we do we act and think like it’s our last mission. I was way too young and because of my lack of experience. thought that it turned out to be great so that’s the main reason we chose it to be the first single of our new album. Burn with me is a ballad track and it was written many years ago by Jake. Plus. Patric Ullaeus once again! Cool news Elize! Can you give us some details on this single? The song is rather emotion- so I guess people liked it (laughs)! Lately we have read in the press that you were one of the singers who participated in Nightwish auditions. We gave totally free hands to Patric Ullaeus in order to do whatever he wanted.500. It is also connected to the old Greek word “Amaranthos”. which feature sci-fi and futuristic lyrics (Stardust and Future on Hold for example) which is another special fact that makes you a band “one of a kind”. Olof picked it back from the trashcan and transformed it into a modern super hit with his amazing arrangement. the new album includes some songs. they are great at this.com . It is actually the name of a beautiful flower which is filled with life and colors. you know. It looked good. Both videos for Hunger and The Nexus are like short action movies and you all seem to play some kind of role (like acting etc.burstzine. each one of us had different material thoughts in mind. Johan (the bass player) and I have all taken up acting lessons! If you ask me. You stated about this: Yes. In addition.000 views! That’s awesome guys! Congrats! I guess you feel honright! We all love acting. Olof promised me that he would start a new band and that I could be the lead singer and that made me really happy of course (laughing). We always think “if you had just one chance. we love action generally speaking and yes in this way we want to send out an interesting and powerful message. The first single of your new album is the title track (The Nexus). So. they did choose Anette Olzon instead.000. Take it all the way there any specific reasons that made you choose this song as your first single? We chose this song to become the first single of our new album because we thought that it represents the new album in a perfect way. Why so? Why this “action movie” feeling? Is there any special message you want to pass? This is just us.000 views in less than a month! And now it has reached the amazing number of 2. Burn With Me will be the second single out of The Nexus. there will be also a video directed by Mr. we and the guys from Spinefarm Records. which means “Never Fading”.000 views on Youtube ored and thrilled! You also worked with Patric Ullaeus once again. so we decided to use it in the making/creation of our videos. It was Jake and Olof who did send in the application on behalf of me. I had no idea who Nightwish were when I wasn’t a part of the industry (laughing). Both. I will share a small secret with you: Jake. we didn’t want to waste this special talent of ours. it went pretty well for me during that tryout. in which the video for Hunger has been based on and he also worked hand in hand with Patric Ullaeus on the video for The Nexus. almost like Avalanche and it also sounded good to us. Olof kept his promise to you in the end in a way (laughs)! How do you feel about that now. while we were writing it. what would you do?”. And you are totally right! This video is much more different from our previous ones. The video has already got 500. after this tremendous success Burst www.
Do you have any idols from music industry? Do you have any people that actually have a special meaning for you? Or any artists that really influenced you? Oh yes. Later on. before joining Amaranthe as a professional singer? Yes. you took part in the auditions in order to become the new Nightwish vocalist when Tarja Turunen left the band. you were not chosen back then but you finally made it in the music scene. We recorded two songs and I clearly remember that after listening to Andy’s. they all said that “this could be a band instead of an all-star project”. I was listening a lot to Hole and Evanescence later. So. How did you find the guys and how did you all stick together? Could you tell us the whole story of your meeting? Sure I can! I met Jake in a night club back in 2004. have you been listening to any “femme metal” band when you were younger? I mean. Burst www. With Amaranthe I got the opportunity to be a part of the creation of something totally new from the very beginning and to personally develop together with the success. Finally. just like me. This is what I am mostly proud and happy about today. I started talking with him and I found out that he was a singer. How did you guys meet and end up together? You used to be a performer in a theatre or something like that if I am not mistaken.com . he asked me if I was interested on it and I answered “yes” of course (laughs)! That song was released in 2005 and it was called Fade Away (performed by Dreamland). As I said in the previous question. when I was listening to their wailing voices my mother was always closing the door of my room (laughs)! There was something special about their voices that really blew me away and made me want to practice my voice. but it could also have turned into a nightmare.38 with Amaranthe? OK. Then Jake became friends with Olof. Speaking of your relationship with Nightwish. still standing favorite singer is Freddie Mercury. And so it became and here we are now. I was very young. Olof contacted me and asked me if I was interested in recording some guest vocals and harmonies for his album with Dragonland. Was it some kind of dream come true to get on the stage with them even for just one night? Can you describe to us how exactly did you feel that day? One thing is for sure. after this concert Annete left the band and she seemed to be quite annoyed by the band’s decision to put two other female singers (you and Alissa White-Gluz) singing the Nightwish songs during a show that was supposed to be cancelled. And so I participated in that album and in the end we became really good friends. so I would say it was like stepping into a dream of mine for a couple of hours. I can’t really imagine how it would have been to start a career like that and becoming super famous in just one night and also always being compared to someone else. Whitney Houston. you stepped in for Annete Olzon in a Nightwish concert. Since that day. I have and they are many: Abba. He had just written a duet and he needed a female singer to cooperate with. it could have been great. one day Jake and Olof decided to start an all-star project together. sharing the stage with Nightwish was an amazing experience! I love Nightwish’s music and all their songs really “speak” to me. And speaking of idols. I would describe myself more like Cinderella when she got a spell. Queen. as they shared the same rehearsal room. So. Let me tell you that I am super grateful for everything I have succeeded until now but I still have a long and hard way ahead of me to go. immature and inexperienced at that point in my life. They both inspired me a lot. But my one and only. Celine Dion. Beyonce and Mariah Carey. we used to meet often and share our common interest in music. Jake’s and my own vocals being combined together with the music. Jesus. you finally made it in a way and managed to play with Nightwish even for just one show. If I would have been chosen as the new frontwoman of Nightwish back then.burstzine.
but I don’t know whether it will happen. you are also a classically trained singer if I am not mistaken. you always pick some very nice and classy clothes. when my boyfriend was playing in the Las Vegas Ice hockey team back in 2009. Do you feel happy with your life in general? Do you feel fulfilled? I guess that your dreams are coming true. I have another rather personal question for you (laughs). I have not gotten any rest lately! I’d better to consider it more seriously (laughs)! My motto has always been “I’ll rest when I’m dead” (laughs). Elize do ever you take any rest (laughs)? Now that you mentioned it and I think about it you are right.burstzine. Do you believe that image plays an Burst www. I also really love Sharon Den Adel and singing a duet with her was like… Do you see? I can’t even find the words to describe it! I can only say this: Thank you. you have confirmed a headlining North American tour along with Kobra And The Lotus! This is actually your first USA headlining tour. Have you ever thought of participating in a real opera? Yes. You seem to take a good care of yourself: you always pay attention on your image on stage. you have already confirmed some huge summer festival dates and I should not forget to mention the tour along with Kobra And The Lotus in USA! And you are still in your second studio album! Things are going very well for you! Do you think that there is still a long way for you to go? I feel happy. I used to live there for a while. In every video you participate. But I will of course end up there earlier if I don’t take it easier sometimes. I guess the hardest thing that we have to achieve in order to make this tour happen is the fact that we will have to find a period of time that all the artists who participate in this project would be available and free to tour. Maybe I will consider about this more seriously in the future when I will not be able to jump around in various metal stages all over the world anymore (laughs). I actually have! It would be super cool to participate in an audition for a real opera but I don’t really think that I have so much time in order to make this happen right now.com . stay healthy and continue to deliver great music to the fans. I love touring in the USA. I have beautiful memories from LA. Timo Tolkki for making this album! And speaking of rock operas. I love his voice. in the Kamelot shows. I want to continue and do this job for at least another 40 years (laughs)! Speaking of your upcoming plans. especially after listening to what you just said (laughs)! As I mentioned in the beginning of this interview. But let’s cross our fingers and hope it will happen! Elize. I would love to do that if you ask me. there are other many well-known and reputable singers. One of your latest works is your participation in Timo Tolkki’s new project. it has been another awesome experience for me! I have met Russell Allen a couple of times before when we’ve played with Symphony X and he is the definition of a true talent. Apart from you. How did working with Timo and all these guys feel like? It was great. It would have been great to go on tour with this project. Avalon. Going back there with Amaranthe is just another big dream coming true! We are extremely excited about this tour! I’m also happy about the fact that we are going to visit and play in Las Vegas during this tour. The Kamelot/Nightwish tour in the USA was just fantastic! It was great. however you seem to have the main “role” in the entire album (I use the word role since it is a metal opera). so it was a big honor for me to participate in the same album with him. this is a quite personal question but kindly allow me to ask it. it seemed to me that you paid attention in every tiny detail and you even gave a more theatrical feeling to the whole show. Are there any plans on touring with Avalon as far as you know? Not really. apart from the summer festivals. Especially. you have toured in Japan with Amaranthe. I feel more like I am in the beginning of something that will last for a quite long time if we keep up the good work. How do you feel about that? You have recently visited the States with Kamelot and now you are going back with Amaranthe! How cool is that? It seems that you will not take any rest! When you are not on the road with Amaranthe you do shows with Kamelot! Seriously. You know. my sister always insisted that I should become a full-time soprano opera singer.39 Elize. as far as I know. You have been touring for some years with Kamelot .
I remember that once you stated that Amaranthe as a band want to bring new energy in people’s lives and make your fans think positive and become fighters. this is my last question for you. I think the clothing part is super important in order to create the right image and mood on stage. Elize! See you on the road! *A special thanks to Thomas and Roaddust Management Group. I always wanted to visit your country. Regarding what you said about the Kamelot shows. Most of the clothes and costumes have been picked by Mr. Ok. Stay strong and brave. When I look at our audience the only thing I can see is real fighters! So. Burst www. they had already a clearly theatrical concept being featured in their shows before I joined them on stage. Do you think that you have achieved this target? I hope so and it really seems like we have achieved this goal.40 important role? Is it an important part of the whole performance? Oh yes. And please do me a favor and don’t stop believing in the future. that’s true! I am also very interested in fashion but the most important thing for me is to wear something that helps me get in the right mood on stage. Thank you for this very creative and happy interview! Lots of love to everyone! Thank you.com . Elize. Thomas Youngblood. I promise you that we will come to Greece as soon as we get the chance. who actually used to work in the fashion industry before he started Kamelot.burstzine. It is a rather typical one but I always ask it (laughs)! Do you have any message to your fans? Do you have any promises? I am from Greece and I must assure you that you have MANY Greek fans (laughs). that sounded very exciting in the beginning (laughs).
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TWO STEPS FROM HELL
an interview by Kalliope Tsouroupidou
What happens when a challenge-hungry Trondheimnative, clearly “born-in-the-wrong-country”, starts arguing on a online music forum over samples, with a London-born, “unfriendly-classmate-&-stray-dogfighter”? Years later, love at first sight consummated on Valentine’s Day and Two Steps From Hell were created. Music composers Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix joined forces, forming a pioneering music production company that has taken the trailermusic industry by storm. Like the two sides of one coin, with a pretty lengthy bio in the music industry and respectable solo careers till that point, their collaborative work managed to eject the trailer music production into a genre podium of its own and introduce it to the mainstream audiences. Despite minimal PR, their work has gone from strength to strength, steadily gaining grounds amongst the hardest to convince sets of ears. And for good reason! Most OST fans out there were blown away at their first encounter. Go down the YouTube rabbit hole and
you will soon find their tunes over-populating your “Favorites” list. Dig deeper and you will find their music is somewhat familiar, causing a stir of alternating emotions. It’s been featured in motion pictures, movie trailers, TV and radio advertisements you have been exposed to. The music composition is powerful, carefully orchestrated, loudly instrumental, with a distinct identity of its own. Deciding to swim against the current, Two Steps From Hell have formed their music based on the traditional pop music format, rather than the typical 2-minute (or less) single-tension build-up & release format, religiously followed by the trailer music industry. The result of the experiment has been a rather unique stand-alone product that has easily held its audience captive, as opposed to a product, which plays a supporting role in other items of art such as motion pictures, art installations, dance performances, tv spots, trailers, video games, opening ceremonies, etc. Burst had the opportunity to talk with both halves of Two Steps From Hell about… a little bit of everything. Enjoy!
Do you ever revisit or rework what goes to the *trash bin* or do you tend to recycle work that was left abandoned for one reason or another? NP: No I leave the trash in the ability to recognize potential in seemingly simple things. I believe it was Hans Zimmer who said “any 5 year old can accidentally land upon those notes on the piano. we just thought it sounded cool. Your track record of featured work lists a huge number of blockbusters. but we discuss direction and themes. The name was kind of tongue in cheek to catch attention from the right people. We also write other material that is used on TV programs and ads. TB: Nothing ever goes in the trash bin! Can’t you tell?! **Burst laughs** Seriously. I did fix up a few cues for our recent release “Classics” though. even if like a sore thumb. Thomas then came to the states to help with some sample based orchestral software I was developing. Like Beethoven did with his four famous notes “dadadadaaaaa”. but it was never my primary focus. Thomas and thought it would be interesting and see if we really focused on epic trailer music. I got the idea for the name from a nightclub I once saw in Norway that had a similar theme going on. under a particular contract? trash. Trailers seemed to suit me well. The old adage “all PR is good PR” sprung to mind. writing music for some decidedly uninspiring commercials and felt like there was never enough room for me and my inclination toward the big and epic. Thomas Bergersen: When we launched our company in 2006 we wanted something that stood out. So. We do most of our work separately. a lot of which are action films. as well as decide on art direction together. and why? NP: For me it’s all enjoyable and difficult at the same time. “let he without sin throw the first stone…”. The difference between someone who can compose and someone who can’t. Having two very different backgrounds in so many ways. tv shows…it sounds like you’ve done it all. Stay tuned!!! That sounds intriguing! We look forward to see what the future brings from TSHF. Nick Phoenix: Thomas will answer. Annie Lennox and David Gilmore. Out of the numerous works you have produced in your common path as ‘Two Steps From Hell’. Releasing Invincible on iTunes and seeing what happened was a thrill. is the ticular living artist/musician/composer you would like to work with? NP: Yoyo Ma. at which point did you two decide to form this partnership? What were the main reasons for your reaching that decision? NP: I had been scoring film trailers since 1997. is there one item of work that you have particularly enjoyed the working process of. where does your name come from? It’s not your box-standard brand name. rather you compose your pieces separately and then see how they come together. Everyone’s been Two Steps From Hell in one way or another… I mean. Is it really the whole nine yards though? Is there an area you haven’t yet explored but would like to be challenged to do so? NP: We have many ideas. TB: I was living in Norway. Well. Our catalogue is quite diverse. These were finished cues that needed more orchestration and mixing.com . Do you tend to write for a specific film genre and pitch for it. TB: There are simply too many incredible musicians to mention! Any deceased ones you wish you could raise from the dead to collaborate with? Burst www. We’ve heard your work featured in video games. We also master and name our tracks together.burstzine. how did your paths cross? NP: We were arguing about samples on a sample forum around the year 2000 and we discovered that we shared many of the same passions about music.43 “Two Steps From Hell”: So. or is it the other way round: being headhunted to write for particular film. In which ways do you feel that your skill set and approaches complement each other bringing in a balance? NP: We both are self-sufficient and are interested in many musical genres. but it takes a visionary and a composer to realize their potential”. Is there a par- tions without any formula or rules. nothing out of religion then? TB: We have no religious intentions in the name. we’re glad you took the leap! You have mentioned in the past that you do not work together per se. what we could achieve. commercials. Do you ever clash? NP: Our tracks are always very different from one another because we both just follow our instincts and random inspiraNP: No we just try and write exciting music. and then turn them into something worthwhile. So. This was a very popular orchestra software called EWQLSO. no idea is so bad you can’t somehow hide it with proper orchestration technique and deliberation. trailers. I am never really happy and always look forward to the next project.
I find it incredibly inspiring to think that the holy grail of melodies is literally right in front of us at the piano. where do you draw your inspiration from? NP: Pain. a fullon. I instantly became a Two Steps From Hell junkie! But YouTube really is also great tool to track and evaluate a certain track’s expected success. But we somehow pulled it off and I’m incredibly thankful to Nick for convincing me to go through with it when I was ready to blow the whole thing off (it was getting scary expensive and stressful).44 NP: Jerry Garcia. All of our fans. into gold. one chilly evening. but I have some that I’m more proud of than others. How did this come along? NP: It was a long and difficult process. It was a lo- to have flown in from the opposite side of the planet especially for this concert? NP: It felt great to connect . I could write a book! TB: Preparing for the 2 hour or so long performance was practically a full-time job for 3 months if not more. NP: But concerts will be easier now that we have the first one done. stepping out to the wilderness of a live show. I admit “Archangel” was the first of your tracks that I ever come across while looking for powerful and moving music on YouTube. And you will always be loved for that! **laughs** gistical nightmare and administrative proverbial step from hell.burstzine. but only for selfish reasons. you recently (June) had your first live gig. I suffered an immediate death. “Femme Fatale” from my album “Illusions” and some of the music I’m writing right now. literally two notes. There was something unique about it. and if time permits.. what would you consider your own top-3 masBurst www. “Moving Mountains” etc. TB: It was an incredible experience. Unfortunately upon discovering it. one that I will never forget and one that I will forever cherish. “Archangel”. **Laughs** So. dead and alive musicians from your wish list aside. NP: The staff at Disney were really excited about it and said it was unlike anything they had seen there. failure. at a theater near you! So. The audience was great. Do you account a large portion of your own success amongst the mainstream fan-base to YouTube? How do you think things would have Stepping away from YouTube though. how do *you* feel it went? Any last minute near-disasters you could have done without? NP: The concert was absolutely amazing. kind of like the Yeti… I had a dream the other day where I found the ultimate melody. some of which is reported again because I forgot to ask him how the %$#! he did it all. We decided not to try and block our music from being shared on YouTube.. philharmonic concert in LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. I am very proud of the incredible amount of attention I have gotten for tracks such as “Heart of Courage”. 3 hours later.. I want him to finish his last symphony. though. Being your first concert. Predominantly composing away from concert settings and tour distractions. From Two Steps From Hell. Am I Not Human and 1000 Ships Of The Underworld. It felt like a big collective musical group hug. TB: I don’t have any favorites. Then I’ll raise him terpieces and why? What would you put on your Hollywood Hall of Fame. but I guess I also like some of my simple but effective epic cues like Master evolved without it? NP: Yes YouTube has facilitated the spread of our music. always elusive. out of your own work? NP: I like some of my more offbeat stuff. perhaps write some more. However. friends and family were there. Maybe a plot for a Hollywood movie? (Laughs**) Coming soon.. “To Glory”. Beethoven and Bernard Hermann TB: I would raise Gustav Mahler from the dead.com Of Shadows. the desire for beauty and testosterone. from the artist’s side. how was your experience of direct interaction with your audience. you are primarily studio-bound. It must be a wild experience for a strictly-based studio duo. from our perspective. You don’t generally perform your music live in front of an audience. TB: Whenever I’m stuck I just think of Beethoven who somehow managed to turn. Our tendency to overthink (can’t see the forest for the trees -type mentality) has ruined many great pieces of music. “Protectors of the Earth”.
It’s not what Most Two Steps Fans are looking for but it’s a fun. Any thoughts of revisiting this idea in the future? NP: No. Reach TSFH www. Amsterdam and Venice. NP: We are working on a new epic public release. If I’m not mistaken. I am guessing no.com/twostepsfromhell www. No matter how often I tell myself I need a break I always end up doing something. Organizing a concert of such magnitude is draining. In the meantime I released an epic electronica SCI-FI album on iTunes called “Speed Of Sound”.com/user/TwoStepsFromTheMusic Burst www. I hope to release it soon.youtube.. I’ve been working on a follow-up to “Illusions”. Vienna.45 with people..twostepsfromhell. TB: We are always composing. Moscow and maybe other cities. right down to the nights before the concert in my case. Oslo. What should we expect to see from you in the near future? TB: We have some exciting projects that we will share with everyone when the time is right. But we would like to find out which cities in Europe are possible venues. London. but it could be a while as we are trying to push the envelope a bit more on this one. as live performance with an audience is a very satisfying. should we hope to see you in other US location or across the Atlantic at some point too? NP: We are thinking about Berlin. Many thanks to Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen for taking their time to talk to Burst. but it will probably be a while.com . called “Sun” for about 2 years now. fast moving album.facebook. the LA concert was originally planned to be crowd-funded and to be taking place in Germany but the project was abandoned.burstzine. I just can’t help myself.com www. It makes me rethink how I will compose in the future. TB: Paris. Paris. Still. but we need to find out if they are really viable for us at this time. human experience. Prague. We would like to play in London.
What do you listen to when you are happy, when you are in high spirits? I listen to Enter Shikari and it seems that many other people apart from me have been listening to their music since they are one of the most popular acts in UK and Europe! Enter Shikari perfectly combine heavy metal subgenres (such as metalcore and alternative metal) with elements from electronic music (dubstep, trance, industrial etc). Burst magazine had the chance to have an interesting chat with Rou, who is the band’s frontman. Are you ready to swing?
by korina p. | photos by Joe Dilworth
It kind of fit in with the band’s sound and everything. I am not afraid of that. we are quite lucky. all the 4 bandmates contributing in the vocal parts? Yeah. We just make the music we love to make and if people like it that’s great.47 Hello Rou and thank you for this interview! There are certain labels in music industry nowadays. did you have in mind that thing. And I think people in England are going crazy for you guys (laughs)! I took a look in the charts and comments and stuff like that and I got the impression that people from your country (UK) really love you. And now I will go on by asking you a rather predictable question (laughs): You mix many and different music styles. There are musicians who can’t really play specific parts of their music in their country or they have to get their music checked and approved by their government and before playing it they have to get a permit. popularity? I mean the fact of mixing some very popular elements would help you to achieve your goal easier and become more well-known and liked in much less time. how did that happen? I mean. You also have some dubstep elements and some drum and bass elements featured in your music. It’s always exciting and sure we are looking forward to it. We have been influenced by. however it eventually debuted on the chart at 4. I don’t really think about it. motown to classical and so on. as we already said. to keep creating music that people enjoy. That’s pretty interesting. So. You just announced some shows over Europe. we went to the same primary school so we knew each other for years. We have had a huge support coming from our country. post-hardcore and alternative metal music combined with electronica and dubstep music. A Flash Flood of Colour was positioned at the top of the UK Album Chart for almost its entire week of release. Great! There is a very interesting story behind the name of the band. Yeah. Japan and USA. in Download and many other festivals during this summer. Your label is quite interesting. We are always keen on exploring. November is coming fast. Those two music genres are very popular nowadays. I would welcome that comment (laughs)! I think that we would get really bored if we would play the same kind of music for too long when there is so much beauty and there are so many possibilities within music. So. Was there any special reason for this to happen? Actually. This is video is clearly about the importance of freedom of expression. that’s true! We have so many harmonies and things it’s quite important to get involved with the vocals. It’s really paid off in a way. You just released a new video for the song Radiate. We actually knew each other from school. We don’t really apprehend or plan much.com . Could you share with us the story behind the band’s name? Sure! I was first introduced to these words by my uncle who owned a boat named shikari. for instance. I guess you all have great voices (laughs)! Seriously. why don’t you just guys listen to it and make up your own mind for yourselves? Boundaries are really something that we take no note of (laughs). so I wonder if you feel ready for your next tour? We have toured in Europe so many times (laughs)! It’s nice to go back and see some friends and some well-known faces and maybe also some new faces. we have not really been that type of band who looks into the future a lot. our producer had a friend who knew the people who owned it and they wanted to get some new bands over their new studio. In fact. It is like eating one type of food or something like that. for me. I guess your music features elements taken from hardcore metal music and post rock and also from electronica? How can this happen? You mix many and different elements that’s for sure. So. So. It is really confusing us. we took a look at the place and it Burst www. yeah. You have been to Europe. So. Also. We are lucky enough to have a big fanbase. I can’t say that we had that in mind. How did you guys meet up and conceived this whole idea? I think everything started in 2003 if I am not mistaken. Did you bear that in mind? No. I loved how this word sounded. It is a pretty interesting one: the faces and the eyes of the bandmates are not displayed. I remember when my uncle introduced me to Prodigy’s music when I was about twelve years old. Actually. I noticed that you travelled in Bangkok in order to record your third studio album. It means “the hunter” in various languages like Indian and many others. Yeah! (laughs) You played in Glastonbury. It doesn’t make sense you know. it’s a small purpose if you are trying to explain what type of music somebody is. Could you tell us whether there was any concept or any special idea behind this video? It’s a video about freedom of expression and how that can be taken away… We learned a lot about the musicians in different countries. yes our music includes many elements and people call us a musical spectrum (laughs)! These all are very interesting facts but only one question crosses my mind right now: Have you ever been afraid of people calling you a band without a certain musical identity? No. One of our biggest influences is The Beatles! That’s pretty typical for a band coming from the UK (laughs). So you don’t really have too high hopes or something like that. right? We have grown up in a quite thriving musical scene. your third studio album. It was quite obvious for us to get together and make a band. Chris (bass) and I have been known each other since we were 10 and 12 years old. it’s the first time to see a European band going to Thailand in order to record their album! There was a brand new studio there. So. I noticed that all the 4 bandmates are singing lead or backing vocals. We just wanted to make music simply because we enjoyed it. I would say that your music is kind of a volcano! Do you feel like breaking the boundaries of music in a way? Music has been always a kind of service for us. Maybe the main reason for this is the fact that we spent a lot of time touring up and down in UK. I have seen that you have been touring a lot through the years. you know. we had the chance to get influenced by punk music. When you began back then. we have always been quite confused by people saying like “maybe they call themselves a metalhead or a raver” and define their whole selves by just one type of music. that’s true. hardcore music and many other subgenres. Awesome things happen to you guys! Do you feel that this is only the beginning of a very bright career full of success? Do you feel more like there is much more to come? Who knows? I hope so (laughs)! You know.burstzine.
Rou thank you very much for your time. Also. Can you recall any memory of a really crazy action by a fan. Yeah. Well. I mean you don’t play depressive black metal or something like that (laughs)! Do you have any special purpose? Do you want to pass any specific message to the world? We are trying to balance things out because we believe that so much music in this world is made to continue the division between people. So. Usually our audience is really energetic and fun. we had years and years of continuous touring in a shitty little van that used to break down and we had to do everything on our own. I am asking this question to every single musician: How was your progress so far? Has it been easy? Not so easy? Entertaining? Tough? I would say a bit of everything you just said. I guess you are getting yourselves prepared for a new studio album.com . we won’t be going back to the studio until late this year. Burst www. Could you tell us anything about your upcoming studio album? All we did in February was recording 3 tracks. definitely. Obviously. your plans for 2013 are maybe a new album and a European tour. We try to promote positive things and we try to direct fans in a more positive manner. it’s hard to tell anything about how the new album will sound like. anything that really impressed you in particular? Hmmmm that’s a hard question (laughs)! People always impress me during our gigs. especially in mainstream music. definitely! We never really dreamed of getting this far. later this year.burstzine. on 20 January 2013 you announced that you are writing music for the band’s recording session in February. Do you feel satisfied with the things you have done as a musician until now? Yeah.48 looked absolutely amazing. Radiate is one of them. it was more like a hobby. For us. though! But when you see people passionately singing your lyrics and stuff like that it makes everything ok. I can recall awesome things like human pyramids or swinging for us or getting in the pits. So. playing music with some friends. Do you have any promises for your fans for the future? We will continue making music and stay fearless in terms of musical and lyrical content. It was fun. We continue what punk bands promote like unity and things like that. thank you too for having me on the magazine. The writing process for the new album will start in a few months. So. There is certain negativity. the weather there was awesome (laughs)! And speaking of recording sessions. Some certain music is made in order to glorify violence and greed. we just have to finish with the festivals and gigs firstly. I wish you all the best and I hope to see you on the road! Awesome. in the beginning. We are very happy with the results! I noticed that you play rather happy music. Stuff like that. But there are some certain plans about a new studio album.
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who attends live concerts and does some headbanging. we all wanted to do something. he listens from poser to anything you can imagine! I see. B. We started during the autumn of 2008. Vassilis. Alexis and Nikos had been playing in a heavy doom band. B. who is the eldest. on the guitar as well. The years were passing by and each one of us was playing in different bands. Nikos asked me to join the band. You somehow answered to the question I was going to ask you next. Truth Burst www.more like heavy hard rock. As a “remake band” we had performed live several times. southern rock doesn’t have such a big audience. so we started writing our own material and we were in the studio in less than a year. AC/ DC. as well as their future plans. At some point. In Greece. who have made their breakthrough last summer with their opening act for the Lynyrd Skynyrd World Tour 2012. the band’s two guitar players.burstzine. George Mpountalis.com is we knew each other long before we started playing together. Led Zeppelin etc. they talked about their experience so far. Soundtruck is a southern hard rock band. ZZ Top. Dimitris Lykakis the bassist. The bass player is the weirdest case. It was George’s idea. You know what? The best thing about it is that we all have different influences. We had an idea about remaking songs. For some reasons they had to quit. How come you ended up playing southern and not another genre? . we have played over 30 live shows all over Greece. consisting of 5 members: Nikos Melas is the singer. As for Alex. He combines rockabilly and country. We all like Lynyrd Skynyrd. about your influences. G. Imagine that Nikos is the classic metalhead. but the timing was wrong. But when the time is right. and had a chat for Burst Magazine. Alex Papalexiou is behind the drum kit and the two of us.50 SoundtrucK Soundtruck is a 5-membered southern hard rock band from Athens. B. I am kind of modern. Billy Panagopoulos on the guitar and me. We met with Billy and George. everything goes well. Having good chemistry among the band mates is a hard thing to achieve. George is more of a classic rock guy. we got bored of playing the same old songs. The wheels of rock ‘n roll have been set in motion! BY DIALEKTI ANGELI Tell us a few things about the members of the band and the music genre you play. Now here in Athens. passionate and talented people. Deep down. G.
Do you shows? plan any live G. In fact. everyone who listens from rock music. in January 18 2013. The future is always latent.. the sales were something unprecedented.. Southern rock is exactly the case. And that’s the best of all. There were our friends as well as some fellow musicians. that of the live show with the Lynyrd Skynyrd. that’s for sure! *laughs* B. Was there any collaboration afterwards? B. would be there. As for when will it be ready for release. I wish we have 3-4 albums. There was much collaboration in many levels. to blues or any other similar genre is very familiar with the sound of southern rock. Therefore. I also wish. keep in mind that we’re a new Greek band. in our case the album was a great success in an audience which is not purely metal. The first songs we played as a remake band was southern rock and that is how the style was bound somehow. A lot of people got interested in us. G. but in the terms of what we enjoy playing the most. Even though it started differently. There is nothing confirmed yet. Of course.com . We mostly work on the second album now. it ended up being commercial – in a good way. It went very well. like some live shows in some music scenes. What was the reaction of the Greek audience and how is this depicted in terms of sales? B. B. It was great! Foreign lyrics: That is to say that you address your music to a specific audience. I reckon we will be in the studio by the end of the summer. B. we have some good songs in our record. or that it’s an attempt to approach an audience outside the Greek borders? B. We’ve already written two songs.. send us an email at info@burstzine. …. We address our music to everyone. but when we learnt about the concert with the Skynyrd we thought “now or never”. Thank you and we wish you guys all the best! Want to be part of the burst crew??? We are looking for photojournalists from around the world. Nevertheless. This is like when a big band performs live and everybody pays a ticket to see them. it does have a huge audience though. 2 kids… more weight… *laughs* It’s something I’ve been thinking for quite some time now. We didn’t have the time for more talking. was the ultimate reward. both in Greece and outside Greece. it may not have that many bands. for the current Greek standards. We performed live many times. G. however I don’t think about it all the time. that’s the main objective of a band after all: not to rest.. Southern rock belongs to the broader field of classic rock.51 B. I will have less hair. The music industry doesn’t favor the Greek lyrics and if you mind my personal opinion. and that’s the point where you have to prove if you worth it or not. G. When do you think will it be ready for release? B. in listening to our CD. B. I try not to forget about the future. How was it afterwards? B. G. The whole idea was that the CD had to be released on a specific date.burstzine. I live every single day and try not to lose my focus. are acoustic remixes from the first album. on June 18 2012. We didn’t think about it in terms of audience size. The opening act for the Skynyrd gave our band the necessary boost. right? G. the audience in which Soundtruck addresses to. G. We sold so many CDs! We received positive feedback and everything was awesome! We wanted to do it on that specific date for one reason only: because on that day. I wish us to still be productive and not to have hung our guitars and drums on the wall. That is to say that the Soundtruck began after the live show with the Skynyrd. We’ve already started the pre-production. able to take quality photos. a bigger audience. Therefore. and our work to be likeable and recognizable. During that time we had been in the talks with a record company. As for what you said about southern rock not having a big audience. We had to have it ready till the concert. everyone is welcome. We headed towards the opposite direction. …and that worked out both positively and negatively at the same time. so the album will probably be released in January 2014. Look. it went very well in general. G. G. the Greek lyrics rarely fit in the rock music. You work on your second album now. There were so many people and we had such a good time. write live reports and conduct face2face interviews with artists. which basically. We will simply keep on creating good music and trying to do our best. How do you see the band and yourselves in 10 years from now? G. Look. Yes. we didn’t have a label… B. I believe that nothing will change. There were many interviews in the radio. We even had some collaboration that we didn’t expect. I personally believe that the live in “KYTTARO”. Thank you very much. For example. This genre had crafted all the genres that followed afterwards. We all got the southern sound inside of us. B. we didn’t stop in this live.com be creative about yourselves and give us a top10 of your best live photos! Burst www. some festivals. We tried to proliferate from it ‘cause we wanted to further promote our work. Actually. Most importantly. That is to say “a live with the Skynyrd and the Soundtruck are dead”. Your first album with the homonymous title “SOUNDTRUCK” was released in June 2012. I wish we manage to go abroad and manage to make a living from what we do from some point on.
Roberto Zenteno Jimenez Can you tell us about your visit in Latin America and especially for your first time in Mexico??? We are thrilled to play in a land so close and brotherly country like Mexico! We hope that a lot of people enjoy our show and will work hard to make this happen. the whole new album or a musical repertoire of its greatest hits??? We will do a concert based mostly on the last album.com plex background??? We just take a little more time between CD and CD . What will be the surprise that we. it took quite a while to happen. let’s go to the interview! Also we had a little chat with our friend Anna Fiori! by J.burstzine. What will be the theme of the new album? Is it a continuous story or each song is separated in the album??? Each track is independent from the others.52 dark moor Greetings to all our friends! This time. We are very pleased with the new job and hope that will please all of our fans. it is right in the middle. and that’s what we do in every tour. I was producing another band at the time and one day as I was coming from the supermarket. which is of these is more in the album. It is our philosophy as a band. but considering it is the first time we played in Mexico we have prepared some special hits from the previous CDs so they can enjoy them live. What does the name ArsMúsica mean?? It’s Latin. The song is about self-improvement and is a breath of hope for the people who are having a hard time. for to not give up and keep on the road.. but in this new work we have also some more personal and interior as the own single “theroadagain” for example. as well as the collaboration with Alfred Romero and the debut album of Anna Fiori of Mexico. walking on the road and then the melody of the chorus came to head. I think. companies got chance to take some more time and prefer to do so. In this way we could clear our minds well when creating the new album. not only in Darkmoor and the truth is that we understand each other to perfection. As for the musical analysis.. for us the group has always played its music as an art in its purest form. We’ve been working together a long time. are going to have. guitar. My brain had to archive all that somewhere and now is coming out all as a torrent! Hahaha! It’s great. piano. really. it means Musical Art. lyrics or does it have a more comBurst www... there are themes and issues metal rockers. This song is right in the middle of styles that can be found on the CD. went very smooth this time. our friend Enrik Garcia of Darkmoor said a few words to us about his new album. so. his tour in Mexico and what will come after that. Once I got to the apartment I wrote it and I knew it would be a candidate to be the new single as it has been. right??? Was it the composition. As in the previous album are several songs dedicated to the culture and history of our land and our roots. Tell us a little about the single Road Again. bass. I assure you will not get bored! As for the new album. in Mexico. How did it came up and what is it saying??? Is it different in terms of style? The single’s chorus came to me in Italy. So for this record we feel that there are more of us who never wanted to put this title. Luckily I had a very good musical training as a child because I grew up next to an audiophile and was listening to all kinds of music. In September we started to write new songs and in three months we had everything ready. Who contributed to its creation. or a combination??? . both lyrics and composition??? Does it have much folk music??? The main musical composer and lyrics were by my good friend and poet Francisco José García.
minor.com .53 Depends on each song or each phrase. while others use more Arabic scales . In August we will have a family trip to Argentina. Does that mean the cover of Disco??? What does that reveal about you and your music? It means a lot. In this I relied to compose the music .. not dishonest. I still play with Metal Tribute to Tolkien Rob Zendys as a guest guitarist... However it is not so . I think one of the dates will agree with ours. A hug to all readers and thank you for your support . as always it is a pleasure to work with you. It’s an album that has more complex executions. You can expect that this album has worked. and all were done with the best possible quality. Spanish. I learned that you can get out of the negative and start a positive life. Do you really expect people to listen to this album? First. will do well in life. full of romance and art. who also all. to give it a little dynamic. The cover is how we feel and we see ourselves in the world and the music industry. A greeting to all Mexican fans! See you at the concert! We’ll be doing our best! Anna Fiori About the collaboration of the debut album. is played with “complex emotions”. so you can hear all the details. but sometimes it has more symphonic. who are quite dedicated and professional artists. We see Darkmoor like that child locked in his attic. Thank you for this interview. everything has a part of something. but the ones who care about others and their environment rather than attack it). and sometimes it’s hard to hear bands that convey things up with the instruments .. proudly Mexican) Give us the main idea of the album. full of talent. Tell us Anna. Hopefully in the future we will have another video of one of the other singles. each element is important in Darkmoor and none is a more important character than another... prejudiced. but the album’s lyrical purpose is very positive. we let our director. sometimes it is darker . but is that as you highlight a singer as well! It leaves the guy! Can you tell us about the clip Road Again??? A small preview! Well I think it will be a pleasant surprise for all our fans. Does it have a traditional sound or does it add something new into the national metal? It is important to note that it is very common in Mexico that when you are a female singer. so tell us a bit about your experience and working together on this album? Alfred has been delighted to be working with Anna Fiori. which. which are the singing lessons. what should we expect in this debut album? The album has many nuances. which makes things right. with Alfred Romero. to the more difficult challenges that life has to propose. This video corresponds to our single “The Day of Rage”. which is what stands by far. has much “feeling”. Will you have a video clip? Yes. I’m emotionally involved in all this disc. It’s an album filled with lots proud Mexico and falls short of many international records. you participated in the recording with Anna Fiori too. recorded and mixed. while outside you can see the modern world. It’s a song that has many details and intentions from start to finish. Each of the album’s songs represent something for me. Metal Top Mexican! Burst www. it’s like listening in a better way .. so it will be great to meet her in person and certainly new ideas to work together in the future.. On this trip to Europe. The lyrics do reflect and get emotions we have stuck inside. Martin Oscar Eye Mechanic. There is a message that is very clear... It represents this stage of my life. And the goal of this album is to convey that everyone can have a better life and achieve what they want. dark? It’s very fluid. of course.. It was recorded a choir of 15 people (including me).... for the masterful voice of Alfred. In which.. is a renowned Argentine musician. It is the first album Symphonic Power Metal made entirely by a Mexican woman. All the visual image is very dark. you get cataloged in gothic metal. we cannot comment much yet . where real gray and raining non-stop as a sign of their hardness.. Emiliano Obregón (guitarist Argentina Lorien) and in a guttural. I hope that you hear it two or three times. Thank you very much for your words my friends! The latter are of you to our readers! Thank you for your support. thanks to his career and legendary Power Metal band “Azeroth”. Tell us a bit about your new projects you have in mind? My husband/bassist and I have an international project to door. as had to throw my cover on my network. good people (not hypocritical. melodic. there around a bit but amalgamated to my style. And I hope to relive the experience by recording a second album for this project. completely free to do what he wanted. but there if you take the opportunity to assist with some means to publish this material. Some have pinned riffs and more times. Except. more symphonic. was to assemble the album? Promotion or to give more structure in music? The trip to Europe was the occasion of my marriage with my band bassist. As I confessed I was very happy with her work. Also I’m giving all my work. About Alfred Romero. major. from experience. Let us discuss emotions about your new music? The disk always has a purpose. I’m working with great musicians of international stature and committed and talented Mexican musicians. sometimes tinged power.burstzine. special guests participating Alfred Romero (Spanish frontman of Darkmoor) in a guitar solo. besides someone being solo: And one of the few who use our beautiful language. We are really happy with the end result.. the making of the video was provided by CUBE ALTERNATIVE. Robert Munguia (throaty singer and keyboardist of Winter Haven.. tell us that’s what happened. because of the record. We gave the music and lyrics and he came up with an absolutely great idea and it fits perfectly with what the song conveys. some more motivated .
Maybe it’s because this kind is closer to our roots. Pearl Jam. it’s raw and it’s rock! Three good reasons for people who want to see some good live shows and have fun and enjoy the music. So the best solution is the self. we don’t share. You can’t hate the blues.release or the release through a small. Tool. mixing. we. What’s the story behind the band’s name? The band’s name is actually a true story. So… Hidden in the Basement. Radiohead . Any tour plans? Not for now because we are working on some new material but we are planning our next tour in the winter of 2014. Kostas Tsiavalias. so watch out. we don’t care..burstzine. Why’s that? It’s groovy. we try to look better but not be better individuals. Clutch. thanks for being there for music. That’s all.. Rotting Christ and Nightstalker. Karma to Burn. Stoner/southern/sludge/ heavy rock or name it as you like music attracts more and more fans over the last years. The things that the most labels ask are too many for the things they offer.. Listen to music. Few months ago you released your first full length album under the name Ego. Till now we have played a lot of live shows in Greece and Turkey.. Thanks a lot for giving us the opportunity to express our ideas. which blew my mind a long time ago. but trustworthy label. but also fans. The artwork was conceived and created by Tolis Smaropoulos. We can’t open ourselves to others. we. “Reckless” video is available on youtube. mastering. So we thought as fans. we think that our own problems are bigger. I wrote an article about them on It’s Not Greek to Me column and this time BURST asked for them and they answered back. Burst www. The title refers to someone special or is it ironic? The title refers to EVERYBODY. Korn. You have given many live shows through the years. You have the full control of cost. We started the band in the drummer’s basement studio. Deftones. Hidden in the basement is a heavy rock / metal band. Production. Muse and many many more. Orange Goblin. The album was recorded and mixed in Fabric Studios in Larisa.. be yourselves! . Alice in Chains. Ego is available for free download through Bandcamp. Why did you choose to do that? Not only are we musicians. The band started in late 2007 with Filippos Zoukas. Tell us more about it. Guns and Roses. Greece and the mastering was done by Jeff Mortimer in England. the roots of electric music and guitar. The last words are yours.. We have been also buying or downloading music all these years. Any favorite groups and influences of Hidden in the Basement’s? All four of us come from different “music families”… so the influences involve a quite wide range of music. Burst. Some of them are: Pantera. quality and quantity. Down. the blues. We all have quite a strong EGO and in our days we unleash it much more easily to the others. Is self-release the only option for an underground rock/metal band nowadays? It’s not the only one. Thanos Dimkos and Thanos Vovouras. We released a demo in late 2010 (Hope for a new day. Self released). Rage Against the Machine . people paid attention to our music and we really gave them one of our best shows. the result of always trying to be able to find new ways even through the old ones. and the best solution was to have our music available for free downloading till we sign to a label. It was awesome. Our first official video clip will be out very soon. but we think our favorite one was at festival in Ioannina playing in a festival of the local university. Foo Fighters. we don’t live. music style: Please talk to us on everything about this release. self-released). Which is the one you will never forget? Every show is special for some reasons and we had a lot of unforgettable shows so far.54 Hidden in the Basement Hidden in the Basement is an ass-kicking heavy rock band from Larisa/Greece. Machine Head. Ego features 9 tracks and it is a full-range groovy metal album. participating in some major Greek festivals in different cities and have opened for bands like Sepultura. Parkway Drive. Thanks to every reader who loves and supports music. The studio’s door was hidden behind a stack of chairs. and a full length in 2012 (Ego. one voice and one camera. What? Go down and read that loud! by spiros smyrnis Please give us a brief bio of Hidden in the Basement. We were playing some riffs while chillin’ and we tried some acoustic styles to our tracks and that one was quite beautiful… So one guitar. search for music. The acoustic version of Reckless is just the result of being able to jam with your band.com Rolling Stones. but surely it’s the safest.
the music we listen apart from death metal and progressive has always some space for melody in our stereos. 18 of the most active Greek metal bands. After 3 demos and some line-up changes in 2003 we changed our name to Tardive Dyskinesia. a disorder resulting in involuntary. Above us The Waves. We were not afraid of playing with melody and this time we write the songs without any inhibitions.com . 4 years later we decided to upload this “ghost song” on our bandcamp account. Mousika Kymata Fest is more than a tradition and you are the man behind that fest. Do you have any interesting stories to share on that aspect? This video was shot. Crawling in the Mud is some kind of release. our cooperation is great. while the 95% of them are self-financed. camping for the audience. our third album “Static Apathy in Fast Forward” is available in stores. Which is the story behind the band’s name? Tardive Dyskinesia is a difficult-to-treat form of dyskinesia. Veil. The official release has only 9 nine tracks. which was among the best stuff I listened to the last 2-3 years. Did this come naturally or you did that on purpose? Even from our first album we had some melodic parts. Anything you have on schedule this time? Thank you very much! There are many interesting artworks on the road about Still Falling. we’ve never felt that way. More and more releases in the underground music scene are self released. this time we decided to work with some “buddie” We think that CTS Productions is one the very few Greek labels that work professionally and they try to roll the things the best way they can. Petros Koublis (the beardy actor) also helped him. Any tour plans for Tardive Dyskinesia? You are going to play on Euroblast festival this October. that’s for sure. comparing to what was happened with labels and contracts. repetitive body movements. So the result came naturally.g. your latest album is easier for the listener.aside is a about a man. we played at Rockwave Festival and then we have Euroblast. A friend of ours baptized us Tardive Dyskinesia when we had been looking for the band’s name. The fact that we will go in Germany this October to play with our favorite bands is the living proof. the involuntary movements are tardive. titled “Distorting Point of View”. please! In 2008 we had recorded 10 tracks for “The Sea of See Through Skins”. whose time has stopped and he tries to put his life back to order by repairing this old broken clock he finds. In this form of dyskinesia. The fest changed its name this year to NEW LONG FEST. Besides. In addition. e. Have you ever felt that Greece limits your choices to communicate your music to the rest of the world? No. This year was the 10-year anniversary. We just finished a headline tour across Greece. Read that loud! by spiros smyrnis Please give us a brief bio of the band. Which is your opinion? I think that this happens because the labels are dead and gone. How is your collaboration with Cts Productions so far? Having the experience to work with the Italian Coroner records. we walked in more progressive lands and finally in 2006 we managed to release our debut album. The helps too so it is fucking cool. Thank you very much for this interview and good luck to Burst Magazine! Burst www. The bands finance their works. Congratulations! Thank u very much. On our shows we observed that the audience due to the rhythm complexity could not “headbang” the classical way. It was 1997 when we formed a band named Override at Nea Makri just to play the music we were in.burstzine. Burst met Manthos at his house with his sweet lovely daughter and discussed with him about everything. release their merch and tour around the world. From the starting years of Tardive Dyskinesia we believed that our music was addressed towards the whole world and in the internet era this is a thin line. What is the feedback you received so far? So far the feedback is excellent. which dived us in the Greek underground scene. This neurological disorder frequently appears after long-term or high-dose use of antipsychotic drugs. Few months ago they released Static Apathy in Fast Forward. I can understand this feedback because this album is easier for the listener comparing it with our previous works so far. meaning they have a slow or belated onset. They don’t need anybody. we released from”The Sea of See Through Skins” via Coroner Records. Heretic Cult Redeemer and some T-Shirt designs for Speedblow and Serenity Broken as well as many more to come. Fotis Tsakos. they are very cool people and by the time of speaking. It will be a great time. which was released by Coroner Records. a great achievement indeed. then people from all over the world will listen to it. At the time of speaking. souvlaki. followed by a European tour with Pro Pain and two supporting acts on Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah’ s shows at Gagarin. So we kept “Crawling In The Mud” to probably use it as a track in a split 7’inch. less complicated than the previous ones. tons of beer. In 2009. The short story behind this video leaving us –the handsome sexy idols. We have to mention also that the band knows exactly what money gain or expend by their releases. You shot an official video for Time Turn Planets song. Static Apathy in Fast Forward is the third official album of Tardive Dyskinesia. while at the same time we were the opening acts for important bands. I think that this was the biggest celebration in Greece dedicated to the heavy metal sound. We have been given great reviews and many people characterized it as our best album. As you can understand. More info. We also discuss the possibility of a European tour as well and I think that we’re gonna have some exciting news soon enough. directed and edited by the former Tardive Dyskinesia guitarist. In my opinion. we are very happy about it. 2 euros entrance. If your music is interesting.55 Tardive Dyskinesia is probably one of the best Greek bands out there. via Venerate Industries. Manster Designs are responsible for many interesting artworks over the last years. because the riffs change very fast so it seems like they do some spastic movements.
strange structures I don’t find in the music I listen to. you know. not only about music.. where I really see myself very focused in what A2aThoT is now. Also. like a nickname in a chat. a little bit “cybergeneration” version of that name: A2aThoT. Then. It was psychedelic music. mixing the old-fashion love for Lovecraft (like many others in metal and similar musical genres). and it’s something everyone should do when talking about musical instruments”. focusing on what I really liked doing in music. as if it’s possible to elect “the absolutely perfect guitar/pedal/instrument”.. I think it’s more direct but with a lot of occult references about . metal. Could you shed some more light on the record? What would listeners expect? The songs. what I really felt was “*my* music”.. very random! I tried to order everything in my first album. experimental music.. who like many musical genres and different bands. It’s about madness and I think the music represents very well what the lyrics mean. I mean. but I have to say it was very confusing apart from a couple of songs.. now it’s something I extend to everything. coming from many different musical genres. using these musical genres together to create “my sound”. “A2aThoT”... I think it represents the Burst www. some metal sounds. things like that. many overdubs on vocals. I really like the originality of bands like Pink Floyd. What’s the story behind A2aThoT? How did you decide to create this musical project? I was in a musical hiatus after some years with my previous band. their needs and that’s something to be respected. How did you come up with the name? Azathoth is a character from Lovecraft’s works... just repeating the same songs someone else has done. and I try to mix everything I like from them with my influences. sometimes with vocals. I use very low tunings on guitars. I think. what I wanted my music to be was psychedelic. I see many bands around. You stay away from typical musical labels by characterizing your music “experimental”. It is now available via Bandcamp in digital form and via ReverbNation in physical format. or a lot of psychedelic drone but no metal. I know that no one can be “the original one” because it’s something very naïve to say. If I like a band. to do my music. some drone sounds. So I always thought “Why should I care if this guitar has a brand on it? Maybe that’s your favorite brand of guitars. and I like to think that people who like A2aThoT are open minded ones.. doom. I don’t care about other people saying it’s shit.. which I mix in many layers and I try to do everything only once. Is the name of the EP “Trust Your Ear” some kind of message you wanted to pass on to music fans on that aspect? Yes. Jane’s Addiction and Tool. I decided to do some recording. “So Pure. are very different to one another. metal.. “So Pure. but with this modern way of writing it. otherwise I will be boring.” is a catchy metal song. I wanted to start making music again after a couple of years. who are using psychedelic music into metal..” is very dark and noisy. I used a misspelled. “Trust Your Ear”. for me first! Your music is difficult to be “labeled” indeed and you mention a diverse range of influences. I use a lot of sampled drums. Burst magazine is happy to have a chat with their mastermind in order an interview by marianna kofinaki to shed some light in their music..burstzine. sometimes I don’t use any bass in a song.. but not so much drone. “Delirium.com duality of modern/old taste in my music. Black Sabbath.. I think there are many influences by Neurosis and Tool.. a post-rock Italian band named Idromele. System Of A Down. I think everyone has their tastes. drone. Sunn O))).. ranging from Pink Floyd to Sunn O))). As a rule of thumb. other bands I like. I take it that you’re a fan of good music in general and that you generally keep a truly open mind towards it. an interesting project from Italy featuring diverse influences.. experimental. That’s where I put no limit at all.. so I started with some electronic sounds. but not mine... Radiohead. but also about the sounds I create: “Trust your ear” was something I kept saying to other people when I was very into chat rooms and forums about music effects. and so on. where I use a guitar like a bass. We have always been arguing about a guitar or a pedal. I just trust my ear. So I wanted to start again in a different version. for my ear! So. Your 3-track EP “Trust Your Ear” features 3 songs: “Delirium of the Sane (part I). music in primis. when I did absolutely nothing but reordering my ideas on music and my role as musician. I think it’s one of my favorite songs from my recordings. or they are not very experimental.. and experimenting with weird sounds. Sometimes I experiment with instruments.. drone. so that I will not repeat myself.56 Are you open-minded towards music? Do you like experimentation regardless of labels? Ladies and gentlemen. How do you define musical experimentation? Are there any limits? As I said before. I listen to so many different things. but I try to do something I can’t find in other bands’ music! That’s where I try to be original. Everything leaves life” and “Andromeda’s Misunderstanding”. doom.. meet a2athot. I tried to mix everything into my first EP.. so I need what it’s good for me.
My biggest goal for this year was to release “Trust Your Ear” and do a good record. Burst www. or a backing vocal... but I have to say that every time I listen to it I always find new parts that I could improve. like playing instruments I don’t play. it’s more of a dark rock song.. I think I did it. and they would feel the haunting.. In the studio.57 Wicca. it constantly mixes genres and tries new things. My music is not to feel better.. special effects.” is some kind of a love song... but also Pink Floyd. now you have to write a hit-single! Please do it before lunch and it has to be 4. not just any live show. please refer to my official website www. screen projections..a2athot.. but I think I have a vision of what my music should be. it should make you go mad! Are you satisfied with the outcome? I’m very satisfied with what I’ve done.burstzine. Keep it metal. I could have played a different solo there. and I’m very happy about it. more than ten years ago! I hope listeners will enter this dark world where madness rules. even the title is a notso-hidden reference to occult (laughs). I would like to do a live show. com Thank you very much! \m/ Feeling Numb? Coming soon.com . dancers would be as important as the music itself. but it’s very hard. but sometimes I like to add other people to a track. like the violin! Do you think that selfproduction and the entire DIY philosophy was something chosen deliberately? Would you treat your music in a different manner if you signed with a label or you prefer to set your own standards..30” long!”. I really like to use other people’s ability in things I can’t do. Do you prefer working alone with the aid of a few close collaborators whenever needed or do you intend to add more full-time members to your musical project? I would like to add some fulltime member to my project. “Andromeda. Metal is the only genre in modern music that keeps experimenting and evolving.. completely freely? I like to do the music part with no pressure. promotion. like a guitar solo. For any other info. and no one could understand it better than me! What are your plans for the future? Maybe another full-length album after your self-titled one released last year? I hope to make a new record in next year but I really like to promote the EP as much as I can for now. Also. but I need to do it very carefully because I want – as I told you before – to do something very good. I always think “mmm I could have sung that part better. where lights. but not very much as musician. production..” and so on! But I think that’s normal. are a real pain in the ass! I really like to do everything by myself. I would like to prepare a live show. So I need to have my freedom in the studio. let’s record it!”. hope to receive some feedback on my music. I wrote the lyrics when I was in high school. so I like to feel the freedom of DIY philosophy in studio. The last words are yours.. who would think of Funeral Black Metal in 1985? :) Anyway. in writing and in composing the tracks. like in a haunted forest or something similar.. mixing. Of course. I mean. the oppression I tried to put in the record. maybe I could be a little bit difficult to work with. I like to work alone. But I have to say.. mastering.. so I would really like to have someone to do that for me (laughs). I really like people to listen to a song of mine and say “I would like to do a part here” and I go “ok. more of technics! I mean. I like to make a kind of music that can’t be limited to something like “ok. with many influences by Radiohead.
From Savatage. Now. It is definitely one of those records that should be played loud only. unfinished music.. an amalgam of Savatage and Jon Oliva’s Pain carefully mixed with 70’s and today’s progressive rock and lots of theatrical attitude. and all that together are going to leave a huge impact. man! The second El Camino album is heavy: Slow. I would note down doom rock with heavy elements if I had to write the press kit from the start: A fine mix of Orchid.ALBUM REVIEWS 58 El Camino . by spreading his legacy. Even from the starting notes of “The Gold of the Great Deceiver”. In conclusion the album sounds fucking heavy and I recommend it to heavy/doom rock fans out there. “Soldier” and “Can’t Get Away”. I could characterize it as extravagant musical soundtrack! Jon Oliva is. for me. “The One of Evil” and “The Wizard” based on Sabbathic riffs praise the Great Great Tony Iommi. crawling in muddy waters with the hammer of doom airing up from his head. somehow it is innovative at the same time. they manage to get you deep to the rhythm and make anyone to realize what electro-pop means. a time that music was turned upside down and may have gave birth to the best records ever. “I Know”. The production was made in London. It contains a collaboration with Bruce Springsteen in The last to die. After giving a listen twice of El Camino’s second full length. to the refreshing Inside a Dream.Electric Electric. the doomy riffs made my head bang in their rhythm: A passionate rhythm section with stable drumming and sharp guitar themes. just magnificent! According to Jon Oliva himself. like in Love is a Bourgeois Construct. It is truly one of the greatest flash backs of an era that one could expect and the technology of today has made it so much easier to achieve. Even the cover artwork (the guitar on the left) is a direct reference to Savatage covers and the late Chris Oliva. Up-tempo song shows a very interesting approach on the so-called heavy rock term by El Camino. Jon Oliva has always been the signature voice behind the microphone.burstzine. The band worships Venom and this is loud and clear in the “Gold of the Great Deceive” as the satanic. the material in this album is actually his brother’s. “This Land of Mine” is my favorite track with its ultra melodic guitar lines and the cutthroat vocals. until their next one! From their very first track. Doctor Butcher to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and of course Jon Oliva’s Pain. which bears the same title.com . The grandfathers of electro music. He definitely raised the expectations… A mixture of symphonic and Broadway-style sounds with lots of experimental and Jazzy influences are put together on a rock/metal path. Although it contains classic elements of the band. Jon Oliva’s artifact that illustrates within 56 minutes what’s going on in this head. What it all comes down to is a record that has been created in the way only PSB can create. his first solo album “Raise the Curtain” isn’t as metal as you might expect… It’s mostly progressive rock with various metal elements. Spiros Smyrnis Pet Shop Boys . it’s a surprisingly well structured album conveying tender emotions to nasty ones and then back to relaxing vocals and sounds to groans and heavier vocals and rhythms. “Torn” reminds me the High on Fire early days.Gold of the Great Deceiver Every time I heard of the el Camino word musically speaking I remember the last Black Keys album. his creativity and philosophy! “Raise the Curtain” will certainly be one of the best non-metal albums of this year just because he succeeded in constantly shifting between various moods and vibes without being tiring or boring. so as a heavy rock fan I was convinced to listen to Gold of The Great Deceiver album. this is the name of the new album of the Pet Shop Boys. Heavy. Axis. Chris Oliva’s (1963-1993). Berlin and Los Angeles by Stuart Price. a title totally justified! It’s an album that travels us back to the 80’s at its best moments. Its mood ranges from erotic.. Vocal is the strongest outcome of this album. I didn’t know that there was also a Swedish band named El Camino. Foremost. as well as the bonus track “The Truth” . The press kit informed me on a heavy rock band with doom elements. treated us with a heavy dose of music that will stick to our minds for a long period. such as in the track “Ten Years”. having sold a great number of albums during their career. so I prepare myself to listen to something cool and nice. with eyes closed and just dance! We suggest that you listen to it and tell us your opinion too! Well Done Sirs! Jo Gogou Oliva – Raise the Curtain Jon Oliva is one of the most distinctive musicians worldwide. are the so-called ballads of the album. something that is not easy to happen. the mad scientist of rock/metal music… This album is in fact an artifact. Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats with the occult lyrical and image style of Year of The Goat and Blood Ceremony.unholy spirit runs through the whole album. Conclusion: It’s an unquestionably great album! Go get it! Sissy Fanouraki Burst www. an unlimited combination of complex and pop!!! Not to mention the excellent production and overall sound engineering of this album.
featuring Pelle Saether (Grand Design). However. Panagiotis Voulgaris (keys) and Giannis Giouras. The band was formed in 2003 and “Preachers of the Night” is their 5th studio album. The track “Shape Shifter” speaks of betrayal and the balance between light and dark through the life of Loki. featuring the Australian Darren Grant (Eruption. with Romanian werewolfthemed lyrics.A. since the band got stuck to a successful formula and that’s it! Nevertheless. first in line to reach Valhalla’s mighty gates!”. It sounds simple with repetitive choruses. classic Amon Amarth rhythm guitars and drum blasts. “Borther to Brother”. lyrics and choirs in Latin. gazillions of bands try to stand out with such a power-ish (heavy) metal combo… It’s pure power metal alongside church-choirs and theatrical attitude. “Nochnoi Dozor” and “Extatum Et Orate” are the tracks I didn’t like that much. Once more. technical guitar riffs. it is an album with excellent production. No one expects the band to suddenly enrich its aggressive Viking style with electronic elements or hard rock riffs. Dimmu Borgir. Farini collaborated with 6 different singers. choirs. Yes.com . The cover design was created by George (Snaki) and Sofi (Heaven) from BeRock Radio. In addition. Farini has proven to be a very talented and promising guitarist. Hailing from Thessaloniki. as each one of them gave their own mark in the final result.Lil’ Angel Anastasio Farini’s debut album. featuring Dean Mess of the promising band “W.. The album was mixed and mastered by Ghayath Samman (Risa).D”. the wolf!! However.59 Anastasio Farini . What is more. this time produced by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy. entitled “Under the Influence” with the following covers: Judas Priest’s “Burning Anvil of Steel”.] “We! March again.burstzine.Preachers of the Night POWERWOLF is a German Power Metal band. Even though someone could say that this type of songwriting has nothing new to offer to the genre. Generally. titled “Lil’ Angel” is out now via De Fox Label.Christos Gougoumas (Keys). if one is more focused on the details.E. The collaboration with Messiah Marcolin for the track “Hel” is one of the album’s highlights while “Warriors of the North” summarizes in approximately 8 minutes the entire concept and attitude of both the album and the band “We were the warriors of the North. providing a pleasant diversity. AC/DC’s “Snake Eyes“ and Motorhead’s “Stand Up to Go Down“. we feared not the grave” [. Kreator. Malmsteen and Norum. which features 9 songs. ranging from hard rock and glam to poser and hair metal sounds with prominent neoclassical solos. “I will be loving you Forever” and “Like my Way of Love”. Daz of Oz). “Anytime All the Time”. Amon Amarth have a solid. “Deceiver of the Gods” is a good death-ish metal album featuring some awesome riffs. Fans of the band will definitely not be disappointed. featuring Reuben Archer and the Duran Duran cover “Wild Boyz”. operatic.Deceiver of the Gods The Vikings are here! Amon Amarth are back with a new album. I’m a great fan of Amon Amarth and of course I’m convinced that this is another headbanging-kickin-ass release. save the girl or. it’s lyrically focused on Norse mythology. the perfect songs for live concerts! I don’t know whether being easy-heard without too philosophical lyrics is good or bad… some melodies got stuck in my head immediately but I would definitely ‘skip’ some other tracks. this particular could be described as flat. Ten great songs (but sadly only 10!) composed by a superior metal band that has proved its worthiness throughout the years. It’s certainly power metal and not rocket-science. its vocal diversity and overall solid sound. The song “Lil’ Angels” is probably the highlight of them all. theatrical with heavy riffs and catchy chorus. this time on the battle be- tween the mighty Thor and ferocious Loki (also referred as Loke) to be precise. Petros Xatzistilianos Powerwolf . Sissy Fanouraki Burst www. “Amen & Attack” the opening track (and video) is the highlight of this album. If you thought that “Blood of the Saints” was Powerwolf’s sound-twist you should really listen to “Preachers of the Night” as well! Sissy Fanoyraki Amon Amarth . he has created his personal style that finally led to the present release.. epic choruses and pompous riff are some of the main characteristics of this album that make it so damn different from the other power-ish metal albums out there.T. church organ and dominant Attila Dorn’s unique operatic vocals alongside a unique ‘gothic’ (if I may say) grey-wolf image. The album includes even more collaborations. slay the dragon. in that case. such as “Sweet Lovin’ Girl”. the heavy metal attitude enriched with giant church organs. Powerwolf quickly managed to stand out! They smartly combined catchy riffs. The other musicians who collaborated with Anastasio Farini in the album are Kostas Domenikiotis (Bass) . featuring the great melodic singer Rob Mancini. Black Sabbath’s “Satan Rising“. For many decades now. genuine ‘wrath’ and remain loyal to it. Megadeth. featuring George Gakis. Its bombast. a fact that has also been widely recognized by the press. I have to say that I was very pleased with its amazing guitar riffs. “Sacred & Wild” is more hard rock while “Cardinal Sin” is the speedy power metal version of Powerwolf. notorious and brave we’d never lost a fight in war. and it is certainly a very interesting release. Overall. Influenced by guitar heroes such as Vai. There you can see the other-side of the band. which are easy to remember. stood out for me with their solid sound and amazing. Accept ect).Giannis Katis (Drums). the deluxe edition includes a rather interesting EP.N. By the way. catchy rhythm and riffs.
Marzi Montazeri (guitar) Bennett Bartley (bass) and Jose Manuel Gonzales (drums). Head Cleaner –just to name a few. So many of you probably think “wtf rap/ metal in 2013?” well. they keyword here is “improvisation”: Typical example of such is the homonymous song “Walk Through exits only”. Maria Brink) and “Diary of a Deadman” have the most profound lyrics. I cannot really tell whether this effect was spontaneous or it took the band some time. 1 “Lift me Up” was the first single of the upcoming album of Five Finger Death Punch. “Burn MF”. It combines both aggressive and harsh vocals as well as heavy riffs and drum blasts with more melodic parts and clean vocals. right or wrong. seem to work pretty well together after being held captive in Phil’s studio “Nosferatu’s Lair” for several years and that definitely shows from the record’s very beginning. Let the band speak for themselves. Progress of Inhumanity. As for the production. self-titled release. In Utero Cannibalism. Key tracks: “Lift Me Up”. But first things first: Phil’s partners in crime. I would say that the disc kind of reminds me of Pantera’s “The Great Southern Trendkill”. I must say that it is really fitting to the album’s musical direction. or to people who’re desperately looking for one specific “label” in order to characterize music. “You”.” Let’s focus on the music side of Pester the Pure: Brutal Death Metal motherfuckers! Simple as that! If you’re looking for complicated post-something stuff you’re probably have to look somewhere else. Vol. Sin”. I reckon that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass over norms or labels created by the music business.M. anger and in-your-face brutality. Death fucking Metal bitches! If anyone is interested. obscenity and an inhuman perspective towards everything living. quoting a memo on their Bandcamp account.M. If quoting a reference is absolutely necessary whatsoever. Sin”. there are also collaborations with Max Cavalera for “I. it’s not that bad. If you can’t stand the above. Pester The Pure is not. ready to break every limit that society throws in their way. No. the highly-anticipated new album was more or less as expected. Delete the Mass. Pester the Pure is another band which is gonna bring death metal to you all by their first. Marianna Kofinaki Burst www. molded by its sheer tendency for the total negation and eventually dissolution of the human factor. As for Phil himself. this music is not for sensitive ears. So we can proudly announce that we have already made a scene here in Greece. a nightmare to others”. There is also a surprising guest appearance of rapper Tech N9ne for a LL Cool J’s cover of “Mama Said Knock You Out”. but first thing first: “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell” (Volume I) is another overall great effort of Five Finger Death Punch.Pester the Pure There’s something sick going on with the Greek Death/grindcore scene. Flaming riffs and never-ending blastbeats full of anger and hatred to the human nature. I’d say it was quite enjoyable. “Pester The Pure is an anti-fractal entity. I cannot say that the record is “good” or “bad”. which is brilliantly executed. with a ranting and raving Anselmo at the helm. Personally I didn’t care about the rest and I don’t care if you do too.Walk Through Exits Only Love him or hate him.com . plus their collaboration with Rob Halford raised fans’ expectations… The song is 100% Five Finger Death Punch and I guess all fans loved it! Five Finger Death Punch has rightfully risen to the top of hard rock/heavy metal scene around the world and it’s not pure luck that this year they’re co-headlining the ‘Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival’! Having a great previous album. mates: Mortal Torment. The title track “Wrong Side of Heaven”. You are free to contact them via Facebook or Bandcamp in order to get your own. Prepare yourselves for ultra-heavy guitars. spitting venomous lyrics of hatred towards the music media (“Music Media Is My Whore”) and whoever else judges him and/or gets in his way.ALBUM REVIEWS 60 Five Finger Death Punch . explosive drums. you can’t deny Phil Anselmo. no fucking way! This album is about men with cannibalistic tendencies. you’d better “walk through the exit” now. The rest of the tracks have the same aggressive attitude (and lyrics) against the system. by being inspired by life choices.burstzine. there’s an amount of 100 hand-numbered physical copies of “Pester the Pure” available by the band. Same applies to those fans who had actually anticipated for a Pantera/DOWN/ Superjoint Ritual clone. He just does as he pleases. “I. featuring eight tracks full of rage. Anselmo doesn’t seem to care on whether he gets chaos into order or creating chaos. Brutality goes on and on even from the starting notes of “We are the Order”. it’s a 5-star album despite the rap-metal singing. so as to match the general atmosphere. Anthropophagic instincts. Is created in order to bring disorder anxiety. Bears no signs of remorsefulness or pity over anything natural or unnatural. Sissy Fanouraki Pester the Pure . Apart from legendary Rob Halford. monstrous images titles like “Regurgitation’s Eulogy” and misanthropic lyrics fill the blanks. “American Capitalist”. being some kind of amalgam between 90s extreme metal and a bit of death metal. Spiros Smyrnis Phil Anselmo and the Illegals . “Anywhere but Here” (feat. Speaking of musical direction. Walk Through Exits Only is Phil’s first solo album. but mostly about ‘false’ beliefs and emotions.The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.have released some exxxtremely insane albums over the last years. a mini album. “Dot Your Eyes”. lacking any subtlety and/or southern swing. For me. who is “a dream to some. at least to my ears. Jamey Jasta “Dot Your Eyes” and Maria Brink for “Anywhere But Here”.
They WANT. I can really say that I miss my childhood. we could run to the living room and grab our little packs. teach them simplicity and give them things that really will make them happy (who can say no to an orange? hahah !).. They want new video games.)) with his sweet gifts.. Full of hope. Don’t give them the gifts that the media tells you to . let’s eat the chocolate ! Burst www. They EXPECT. dolls or anything fancy or expensive.. computers etc.. all of us went to bed.. oranges. Not many kids would be happy by getting just chocolate.. candies. When I look now on what children receive. apples etc.. i-phones. I am feeling sad because all the passion is almost gone. the choice is yours . just the feeling that someone comes once a year to bring us piece of simple happiness. So when the sun woke up. created big amount of smiles. especially when we all were waiting for Santa to come ( yep! we all believed in him once .61 Karolina Pacan Santa Claus from 80’s When I think back. and sometimes we had books with tales for kids.com . But if you want your children to be good and sensitive one day. Nobody ever wanted a bike. Do you want your children to be simple? Well.) Media just wants to sell. It was soooo simple but soooo beautiful.burstzine. it was always chocolates. Can you even guess what we received? Well.) Now.
both artists seem to bear other similarities. Whenever I look at it. It is so loaded with meaning.62 r e n r o Pop C By Jo G ogou Lana Del Rey vs Adele . As she commented in the German newspaper Der Spiegel: “Death and paradise for me are linked. another lady wasn’t so happy about it. I love the meaning of the words.com Except for tattoos.. suggesting that it is not anything innovative but just a copy of the design and word. I even tattooed it on my hand. Whitman and Nabokov.” Burst www. Stay tuned!! . something that is very calm and relaxed. Although it may sound as a common word. This can already be described as paradise.for a little bit of ink What’s the connection between Adele and Lana Del Rey? Now. We will definitely keep an eye on these two young talents because the future seems bright and long for both of them. Both of them have adopted that style in the best way possible. such us the decade which inspires their style and make up.. I just like the word ‘paradise’. It comes from her album Paradise. The comment wrote: “The lovely Adele came in to get tattooed today.” We thought it was just a new way of expressing art. where she and the artist showed the tattoo. however someone else had a different opinion. I have tattooed on my arm the names of my favourite authors.burstzine. tattooed her hand with the word ‘Paradise’. I remember that life can be great. Young Lana possesses her own paradise at the same spot. The picture of Adele was posted in Facebook. especially an ink-related one. I expect after my death. there’s something you couldn’t imagine the two artists quarreling over: Miss “Someone Like You” Adele.
so he was moved to a hospital on the very same day of the concert. All this has cleared the path to other musical production to go down the same road by forbidding photo coverage or by having to approve the photos already published (3-5 photos only). who will work for her and he will be kept under her control. the tour will continue when the artist recovers. cancelled tour due to health issues Burst www. signifying that the end for that kind of technology has come in her shows as well. he had to be taken to the hospital due to abdominal pain. In February 2013. He had recently been submitted to medical examinations and although he had been informed of the abnormality. in the middle of the Unflattering tour. ELTON JOHN Sir Elton John had to deal with health problems during the concert in Hyde Park.and photo reporters For quite a while now. For you who may not know about it yet. A few moments before getting on stage. was the final blow. London. Eventually his body had a mind of its own. Saying: “put that damn camera down”. he decided to continue his tour. “Elton is incredibly sorry for postponing these tour dates.burstzine. many pictures from this concert were released showing Beyonce making faces and more.com . I’m right in your face baby. We cannot decide on whether that was the most shocking part or the fact that her managers managed to withdraw all the pictures from Google (!) and to forbid any future photo coverage. you can’t even sing because you’re too busy taping. In a recent show in Atlanta she scolded a fan who was taping her with their mobile.” Sir Elton sent a message via his website.. The surgery will probably take place within this week. His spokesman stated that although the concerts (with Ray Davies and Elvis Costello) may have been postponed. and. The next step was to ban fan videos as well. Knowing that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands regardless of his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. expressing his gratitude towards God and his fans that everything is going well and he is still alive. the artist has hired a photographer of her own. He was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and it was successfully treated with antibiotics. baby. an important musical event will change the history on photography as we know today. to be more precise. you gotta seize this moment. You better put that damn camera down!” Get ready for more of these coming and keep in mind that soon all we will have from concerts will be memories.. She continued: “See.63 Beyonce . Plus. Beyonce seems to have issues with photo reporters.
64 Burst www.com Nicoletta Ceccoli Written by B|S|Orestis .burstzine.
leaving you with a sensation of happiness and relief through the image. I saw a cover of the famous story of Pinocchio online. Their gift is magnificent. who was born in San Marino and studied at the Institute of Art In Urbino. when it comes to painters. The colors are very vivid and emerge from scenes full of life. integrated with the rest of the environment.facebook. It was a late-fall landscape of trees with yellow leaves. Red Riding hood and many many more. as if he was sleeping under a worm blanket! It was then that I discovered Nicoletta Ceccoli. like the imaginary has a will “I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. right?).C. The expression of gothic surrealism to the common people (kids) is so effective that even folk not used to non-realistic art embraces and applauds it.65 I have found myself many times jealous of the ability of the very few to live in a world far from the ordinary. which can be depicted through the mysterious film studio of our minds. an amazing 200-page art book (Publisher: Venusdea Label. to make him pause and to think. and requires special skill… to speak with the 1000 words. Soleil.com/NicolettaCeccoliPainter Burst www.nicolettaceccoli.” --N. Her themes come from children’s tales. Everything from ratios and proportions to the constructiveness of fantasy beings is exaggerated and a bit twisted as if through the eyes of a kid. walking toys.com www. and the vision takes act to center the viewer’s attention to the protagonist. and that is also the case for Nicoletta. with one of those being a boy’s nose. and the dreamy sensation gives them notion of the story even if they cannot read! All figures look like porcelain with amazing detail and distinctive expressions. “The girls of my paintings express a delicate nostalgia and at the same time are vain and fragile. kind of melancholic and grim (like all children stories. in such balance like an airplane left at the bottom of the ocean for years… Hope you Bursters get a chance to see one of her exhibitions. Looking out for those gifted people. Ceccoli’s other works include famous fables like Cinderella. he would grow up to be an eggplant. I believe Nicoletta is one of the best book illustrators out there. If you truly eradicated it in a child. insects and other unimaginable beings! The landscapes and background always seem restrained and confound but also reveal a concealed vastness. Italy has always been giving birth to artists. sexuality with childhood. but. beautiful and cruel. She had stated that it was that museum-like city that gave her the urge to draw and illustrate. or your inner child itself… www. however viewed by a totally different perspective. sometimes actors(!). exactly as it would be in the mind of a youngling. it almost becomes an envy. She manages to combine violence with innocence. You should definitely seek out the “Beautiful Nightmares”. They’re mainly authors and writers. mermaids. which also involves her painting techniques. She is creating a reality out of imagination. and if not at least go buy her illustrated books for your child. not just for children. Her main characters are mostly little girls and strange animals.” Ursula K Le Guin of its own.burstzine.com . 2010France). The magical thing about her drawings is that if you talk to a child about them (which I tried myself with my little one) you will find out that everything looks normal to their eyes.
is grieving for his losses and this time he has to face his vulnerability. It would be a shame not using Hiroyuki Sanada’s battling attributes (remember the disappointing final battle between him and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 3?). Svetlana Khodchenkova’s Viper is the most unneeded villain (watch out guys. Spock is the protagonist as he tries to balance his human-Vulcan personality and-guess what?.Under these developments the team is re-united and the hunt for Khan starts. so you comprise with this and enjoy the movie. there’s a sequence in them and they are there to deliver their purpose. Abrams creates a complete sequel. In this new installment. But remakes are being made and I’m a blockbuster addict. Brother: “Do you have any new sci-fi movie to watch?” Me: “Which one do you want?” Brother: “The Wrath of Khan! I don’t remember it at all!” It takes me two to three hours to find it and when I do. through this vulnerability he accepts his actions up till now. But ultimately his past summons him to the present. Every surprise is welcomed though. J. I liked the last one and I enjoyed very much STID. for me it gains one point more. On the other hand. . my brother is a scifi addict. the music of this movie transcends it to another level. As a result. you will realize that you are watching a familiar story. this role was made for him-fact. especially Yukio’s character portrayed by the Japanese fashion model Rila Fukushima. or a fan of the TV series. What I appreciated the most is the moderate use of destruction scenes. Spock is being transferred to another ship and Kirk replaces him as a commander now. re-living Jean’s (Phoenix) death. so it is inevitable for me not to watch the Star Trek films.66 Written by Aggeliki Rouska The Wolverine is another of this summer’s blockbusters. Kirk is there to question it. Although he has become I have never been either a Trekkie. So. light and enjoyable. bombed Nagasaki. So there goes my big opportunity to enter the original Star Trek universe. like Star Trek Into Darkness. The possibilities of following a different pattern are trivial. it succeeds. One thing is for sure. serious. we follow Logan/Wolverine who has been secluded from the world and lives like a lone ranger in a mountain. Walk the Line. An old “friend” is calling him to Japan for a final goodbye as he is seriously ill. is a blockbuster. Responsible for this is -guess who?. Logan is haunted by his past. the “emo” action guy finds the meaning of life in the arms of a pure girl and must rescue her. No-one is what appears to be and Logan is caught amidst a game of fabrications and traps. Unlikely Man of Steel. Master and commander come in juxtaposition once more during an expedition.J. an admirer of this land will enjoy the background and all the references that follow the main story. grandiose and powerful: A man with a plan of revenge and domination. he doesn’t want to watch it anymore. a terrorist attack takes place in the heart of London and specifically to the supposed library of the Starfleet. accompanied by an amazing soundtrack. feeling unbearable guilt and remorse and cursing his mutation. there is Khan. Copland) has fully taken advantage of that. Maybe this time too. one of my favorite heroes in the universe of X-Men. Yashida remained eternally grateful and now he asks Logan for another rescue from the death. Certainly.He is more human than all the humans in the movie. Logan saved a soldier named Yashida. so keep in mind that this a total non fan based review. But let’s not forget that The Wolverine is a passage to the X-Men new installment The Days of Our Future Past (after end-credits scene proves it). STID has a solid plot and focuses on the relationship between the two men. The movie is rich in Japanese history and culture. On top of this the villain is so uninteresting. Believe me. Only this time this salvation will mean Wolverine’s end. The Wolverine. Russian Svetlana looks like a rising star in Hollywood).com more “square” and looks like The Rock. Each night he faces his past demons. who unfortunately has not been developed to the fullest. so two or three times in a year the following conversation takes place between us. cannot seem to fail. there is no time for a nemesis. simple.S. If I am familiar with one thing about Star Trek. On the contrary. Therefore. powerful with feelings. Hugh Jackman is good at this. While Spock tries to overcome his human part.burstzine. However. Director. where Kirk reveals the existence of the Enterprise in order to save Spock. But first things first: Captain Kirk is always there to break the law and Spock to follow it. During the 1945 when U. portrayed by the charismatic Benedict Cumberbatch. Written by Aggeliki Rouska While they try to adopt these new changes. and although Hal Yamanouchi is doing his work just fine. it lacks in originality. James Mangold (Girl Interrupted. His filmmaking is giving a breathtaking note on the action scenes and the battle choreographies are at least fulfilling. You see. but Mangold has made every Japanese character an expertise on martial arts. STID is not flooded with useless extravagant battle and action scenes. which attempts to focus on its main character’s development and for what it is. While this flick looks satisfactory. that you will never get bored during this movie. that is the Wrath of Khan. Burst www. under the supervision of Captain Pike. Of course Zachary Quinto’s and Chris Pine’s acting as well as their superb chemistry makes it a pure fun to watch them on screen.
who. John Reid. but sure it’s a pleasant and enjoyable to watch. The truth is that before seeing the movie I was negatively preoccupied. a very popular 1930’s radio show in America.cl . jazz! Our heroes. One of the positive facts of the 2013 movie is that it narrates the story from the beginning. sometimes together Written by Danae Christopoulou and sometimes with the company of friends. the grandeur of nature changing through the seasons. I’ll start with one of my favorite quotes from the book. during the exhibition. “The Lone Ranger” is an American western film. a severe criminal who was captured by John’s brother Dan. his alter ego. drugs and. an elderly Comanche Native American. This time we have “Lone Ranger”. And -except from a few tedious scenes. embodied by Garett Hedlund) who will instantly become brotherly friends with Sal. He would take the part of Sal. the ones who are mad to live. “The Pirates of the Carribean” etc. John wears a mask in order to remain hidden from his enemies and decides to bring justice by punishing his brother’s murderer. who didn’t know “The Lone Ranger” legend.. The film was released on July 3 in th U. exploding like spiders across the stars”. John is thought to be dead but he is saved by Tonto who has escaped. Indians. The “Social Network” actor Armie Hammer stars in the homonymous role. as he believes he is a “wendigo”. they will cross the country. writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley): “The only people for me are the mad ones. as the absolute representatives of the Beatnik generation. without leaving any blanks to the viewer. Cavendish’s gang hijacks the train and saves Butch. arrests him and puts him in Texas jail. a law-abiding lawyer returns to his hometown Texas by train. The nostalgic-colored picture transports you in late 40’s America through vintage cars and underground clubs. since the film didn’t receive the best reviews. where the first railway station is under construction by railroad tycoon Latham Cole. In this case I tried to “distance” myself from the book and watch the movie as something different. the emblematic novel by Jack Kerouac that marked the Beat Generation. Not only will Dean provoke Sal’s admiration. We’re back in America of 1947.67 When I heard that “On the Road”. the man who became the Lone Ranger. It’s a typical western with cowboys. mad to be saved. For those like me. John disapproves. At that point. On the Road movie can’t `really trigger what the landmark book does. This is the exact description of the charming.burstzine. a Texas Ranger. burn like fabulous yellow roman candles. opposite to the young back then. Written by Eleni Lampraki Burst www. Tonto’s “an eye for an eye method”... but an honest one. Lust for life and the youthful desire to hit the road will lead the two young men into the ultimate road trip. which concluded to an equally popular television show from 1949 to 1957. the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing. with whom they shared many miles in the highways of America. looking for Butch and his gang through the desert. this is not a problem. “The Pirates of the Carribean”). During a fight. receiving negative feedback from the critics and a box office below expectations. Comanche Tonto. produced by both Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer films (“CSI series”. are experimenting with drugs. who recalls the days when he first met John Reid. my first thought was ‘at last’! And I say at last because this was the desire of the writer himself. Butch kills Dan and eats his heart. Marlon Brando as Dean. A strong part of the film is the atmosphere it creates. but also he will become his inspiration and the catalyst for his travels. after the death of his father. But it was never realized until today. explosions and guns. Eric Gautier’s cinematography captures the freedom. admiring the endless highways. would become a movie. desirous of everything at the same time. The action sets in Texas in 1869. while Johnny Depp plays his counterpart. gives you the sense that you’re also a passenger in one of these old cars. And Johnny Depp is once again funny in his own serious way. who is also hidden on the train. John leaves with his brother and his fellows. burn. Meanwhile John meets Tonto.com Written by Spiros Smyrnis Photos from www. but burn.I enjoyed it! It is really difficult (and perhaps impossible?) to transfer the splendor of Kerouac’s marvelous prose into a movie. when the Brazilian Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries) undertook the direction of the writer’s autobiographical odyssey. The movie starts back in 1933 at a San Francisco circus.mainly because it doesn’t conjure the energy of the book. just because movies have their own magic. at the end I found myself being amused. drug-fueled conversations and all these followed by the phrenitis of jazz music. in a journey (both real and inner) which will fill Sal’s notebook pages with experiences that would later become the milestone book. and sent back to be hanged. Sometimes alone. It’s not the first time that we have a movie based on a previous novel/comic/movie etc. (it’s more than 30 years that he hasn’t appeared in a feature film). a basic triptych of the film is sex. Ok don’t go to the cinema. At the same time. where. rent the DVD. Although at first I found the movie boring and slow. an evil spirit. mad to talk. has lost his appetite for writing and has run out of ideas. free-spirited and thrill-seeking Dean Moriarty (real life Neal Cassady. a little boy meets Tonto.) and directed by Gore Verbinsky (“The Ring”. family members or hitchhikers. the breathtaking landscapes. comic books and movies. On the same train Butch Cavendish is held captive. that we also hear in the movie through the narrator.tiempodebalas. but this was a considerable and respectful attempt! Besides wanderlust and the strong bond between the two men. But how many novel-to-movie adaptations are completely convincing? The magic a book has cannot be attributed in a movie. a kind of Jack Sparrow but with Indian costume.S. in order to kill Butch himself. having liberalized sexual experiences.
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Jean Pierre Jeunet 69 “Quand le doigt montre le ciel. only a fool looks at the finger” Burst www. l’imbécile regarde le doigt” “When a finger is pointing up to the sky.burstzine.com .
a tale about a scientist’s plan to steal children’s dreams. a sci-fi film about some soldiers hiding in a bunker and waiting for an unknown enemy. is more easily manageable? Well. oriented in surrealism. multifaceted talent and their passion to express their abilities to the fullest.70 Born in 1953 in Roanne. For Jeunet. where you have to “convince” a lot of people to make movies and to get the grants you need. which was. whose landlord operates the butcher shop downstairs. The same balance led to their second film. In 1991. he was really keen on animation. the set and the aesthetic lines in general. but adjusts perfectly to the mood of the characters. special effects are just a tool of improving some ideas and extend some of his visions. Marc Caro was in charge of the artistic direction.burstzine. Another example is the Paris he created to place Amelie. Sometimes the viewer thinks that effects are fake in his movies (like for example.com . “Le fabuleux Destin d` Amelie Poulain “ is an optimistic. living in a dark. directors whom Jeunet admires because of their recognizable style). Cannibalism is astonishingly overshadowed by awesome black humor surrounding the tenants’ idiosyncrasies. the time had come to release his first movie. show the same hesitation for the use of special effects as they had been showing to the sound when it first appeared back in the 30s. along with Marc Caro. (that old red vintage stereoscope which contains pairs of color photographs on film) and by recording random sound effects and dialogues. misty and hostile environment. I am so free. costumes and make up. where people. “L’ evasion” and “Le Manege” were their first short animations. a huge step towards direction. are starving and where money buys neither happiness nor food. was the outcome. building a small theater. especially Europeans. but also environments. (something between the darkness of Tim Burton and the exuberance of Emir Kusturica I would say. Burst www. France. of course. an affair that doesn’t allow the butcher to use him for his cunning deed: to sell his meat to the rest of the tenants. Jeunet is a self-taught director with a genuine visual sense and aesthetics.” Many directors. a dramatic tone was given to this boring sequence of images. Jeunet was really glad that Hollywood embraced him. as aesthetically. a director has to be a tyrant to keep the quality. or in fairytale worlds. That was when he realized that it is easier to work in France. mainly because of its story. His films are set either in future. “Delicatessen” is set in an undefined. Sometimes. “Alien” is his weakest moment. For me. creating a miniature set and using lights from his parents’ house (lights which he apparently destroyed). I have more freedom than most American directors could dare to even imagine. Jeunet managed to bring together daily life and magic. But Jeunet was not meant to follow this style. When he was offered to direct “Alien: Resurrection” he said “Why me? You have so many great directors!”. which kinda resembles to the characters’ presentation in “Amelie”. In the States. After that Jeunet kept busy producing commercials and video clips as well as a solo short film “Foutaises” (“Things I Like. contradicting the old fashioned but nostalgic atmosphere. The story centers around the new tenant’s love story with the butcher’s daughter. with Jeunet being in charge of the direction and the narrative aspect of the film. He uses them. The action takes place within an apartment complex. He also remembers that “Clockwork Orange” made him realize the importance of visual artistry and that he remained speechless while watching “Once upon a time in the West” directed by the mighty Sergio Leone. not only to change people and situations. in “The city of lost children”) but. Things I Don’t Like”). In their first effort. a Paris so vivid and colorful which doesn’t correspond to reality. Time is defined as it is set around the death of Princess Diana. “Amelie” became an all-time classic and definitely a must-see. cheerful and sweet movie. became interested in cinematography at a very young age. and even those that are not based in alternative realities are deeply surrealistic. They followed the same lines as in “Delicatessen”. in 1995. obviously.” Does this mean that if a film doesn’t fall under the auteur theory. “In France. the eccentric characters and the ingenious (and highly metaphoric) script highlight the directors’ rare. For Jeunet. they both reach the level of perfection. I learned to fight for every idea. At that time. He befriended Marc Caro. which turns this nightmarish script into a romantic comedy. He recollects the times of being 8 years old. above all. He declares that he is a sworn enemy of realism and that drifting away into fantasies and stupid little jokes comes naturally for him. the viewer should take into account the connotation of the imaginary that he wants to underline. He was 17 when he bought his first camera and started making short movies. Humor occupies a special place in his work and modern French cinema finds it refreshing (and cute). “Writing a script is an emotional investment and being objective with your story is really hard. as he learned how to work on a film whose story does not belong to him. Then they decided to snuggle into live action films and “Le bunker de la dernière rafale” (“The Bunker of the last gunshots”). At the age of 12 he had a device called View-Master. postapocalyptic era. “Le cité des enfants perdus” (“The city of lost children”). the bug that turns people against each other. Nominated for 5 Oscars and a multiple award winner. “Delicatessen” is obviously superior to “The city of lost children”. he didn’t accomplish the main directorial purpose: to put a personal stamp on the film. unlike America. a comic book artist with whom he shares the same aesthetic lines and together they worked with puppets. The brilliant and grotesque direction. animation is a great chance to learn how to coordinate each and every aspect of the film production.
whose father died in a minefield and he lives with a bullet lodged in his head after accidentally being shot in a gunfight. He had been preparing “Amelie” for a long time. everybody should take the risk.” A homeless man. “Micmacs à tirelarigot” he said: “I mixed three different feelings. weird people like the Seven Dwarves and Snow White. Burst www. for himself. Overall. nobody else can be pleased. Making an overall assessment. sets and representation of time are giving one the best films of the director.burstzine. stating that “Amelie” is his first personal one. The directorial approach composes visually wonderful images. his ingenious style wins in all cases. in his opinion. “Un long dimanche de fiançailles” (“A very long engagement”) was made after Amelie’s wide commercial acceptance. It is a film about the diachronic love story taking place in the trenches of World War 1. When asked about the story of his last film. as “it was definitely not his cup of tea”. The first one is subdued to the spectacle and the second one is motivated by his soul. two arms dealers. And his third final period showcasing his mature work. For Jeunet. leaving you with a sense of nostalgia Jeunet always creates. His second solo period is dedicated on his opening to Hollywood and on satisfying his personal longing. An artist has to create. In this film. One of them was a preoccupation about weapon sellers because I had a fascination for these strange people who are able to invent things to give suffering. having a box in which he was continuously putting ideas until he (luckily for us) ended up being obsessed with the whole project. And not only the French. costumes. because if he is not happy with his work. he says. in directorial terms. transferring it into cinema and making a huge commercial success out of it. even before “Alien”. the ultimate delight means writing a personal story. His last film combines excellent visual characteristics with a very interesting subject. decides to take revenge from those responsible for all these. Making a personal movie is the most important thing for him.71 combining the naivety of fairytales and the technical features of a surreal film.com . I wanted a story of revenge…I love a story of revenge. Jean-Pierre Jeunet went through three periods: the first one including the cooperation with Caro is literally his darkest (“The city of lost children” is really difficult to be watched even if a small amount of light exists in the room). In this film he didn’t collaborate with Caro. Jeunet’s obsession about all the details is evident. The winning recipe for the French director is honesty and. “Alien” and “Amelie” are two diametrically opposed examples. Jeunet is really proud of this film. but frankly it cannot reach the levels of excellence of “Delicatessen” or “Amelie”. but the whole world adores the positivity and the nostalgia “Amelie” brings out. is not missing the element is insouciance. which emphasize the romantic aspect of love. Also. combined with the exquisite art direction. above all. And the third thing was to make something with a band of original.
C logo has changed to as well as the music direction of the band. such as “Diastric Alchemy”. The band that was cofounded by Tolis Brothers: Sakis a. where “Shadows Follow” you. The fact that they have played more than 1000 shows all over the world in front of die-hard Rotting Christ fans speaks for itself. After the violent riff-machine of “The opposite Bank” we reached “The First field of the Battle”. As Mutilator wrote “all my dreams take me backwards”. on the other hand. “Archon” and “The First Field of The Battle” (unfortunately the younger fans didn’t listen to this one many times over the last years) and I was more than happy when Sakis told me during our last interview that Triarchy … is a very special album for him as well. while Non Serviam and A Dead Poem are the top-choices for many fans.k. The original line up of Rotting Christ split up as Mutilator (bass) left the band and Andreas (also a Nightstalker member) replaced him.a Necromayhem on vocals and guitars and Themis a.com Contract is the most popular answer I guess. Triarchy opens with the ultimate Rotting Christ hymn: “King of A Stellar War”: Melody and Brutality united under the sign of Lucifer through atmospheric guitar themes. while Themis’ passionate drumming in addition to the characteristic Mutilator’s basslines bring us melancholic music anthems never forgotten.72 Written by Spiros Smyrnis Just give yourself a moment. So the most common question among the Rotting Christ fans is the following : Which is your favorite Christ album? Thy Mighty Burst www. “Archon” thy name. Maniac riffs and abysmal melodies from the depths of Hell thy fucking game. Sakis’ accent marks the cult-ometer. the album that made me a sworn fan of Sakis Tolis and his crew. The R. You can call “Triarchy of The Lost Lovers” a nightmarish soundtrack. Non Serviam! .k. Imagine your biggest achievement in them and multiply by 1000. unholy Hellenic black metal. swallow you and two eyes get lost in the forest. The unforgettable solo in the middle of the song haunts the souls of those who fight on this unholy ground. He conquered our souls by establishing a “Dynasty from the Ice”. Since then it’s snow- ing still. The battle is about to begin.burstzine. banging my head at the same time like a fifteen-year old boy. Mine. while fallen angels guide them. All of us call ourselves servants and praise the lord. Maybe then you can realize what Rotting Christ managed to do with their hobby: playing music. is Triarchy of The Lost Lovers. Correction number 1: playing addictive. take me back to this moment when I first came in touch with Rotting Christ. Many things have changed after this album. Just go back to your personal hobbies. The guitar whistles signaling the beginning. As I was writing these lines “Snowing Still” started streaming out of my speakers so I left instinctively my keyboard away and started automatically some air-guitar. This divine war commenced and the King rises again from the dead.a Necrosauron on drums is the biggest and most distinctive band in the history of Greek Metal. Correction number 2: playing metal because a listener can spot main differences among “Thy Mighty Contract” “A Dead Poem” and “KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY”. Triarchy marked an end of an era. The drumming like horses stampeding prepared us all. Rotting Christ sealed the Hellenic Black Metal period with their third official album and started the Dark metal period with their fourth under the name of “A Dead Poem”. Ancient warriors ride them. This album has many Rotting Christ concert hits like “King of A Stellar War”.
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