Just a brief update on things going on away from this page that involve me or just happen to be my fault (which is one and the same, I suppose). So, in other words and bunch of metal-related stories scattered about cyberspace for your amusement.
I caught up with KITTIE drummer Mercedes Lander a while back to discuss the band’s new album In The Black, which was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me… until Devin Townsend’s new one showed up in my mailbox (more on that later). All kinds of Metallica and Carcass influences on the record, which is something I never expected of a band that annoyed the shit out of me a decade ago with their debut, Spit. The ladies have indeed grown up for the better. Check it out here.
More recently I spoke with CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman about his new WARMEN album, Japanese Hispitality, and the new Bodom covers album, Skeletons In The Closet. He also reveals what he and bandmate Alexi Laiho are into when they get drunk. Read more.
On the BW&BK front I recently did a story on THEATRE OF TRAGEDY with drummer Hein Frode Hansen. The band has always been a guilty pleasure for me, which I don’t really understand since I really dislike the vast majority of goth acts out there. Their new album is a killer if you like that kinda thing, though. There’s an album review here, and the story can be found here.
Finally, I’ve got two more stories running at Metallus Maximus; an ARCH ENEMY story with the always cool Angela Gossow, and a piece on AYREON mastermind’s new and very Pink Floyd-meets-Queen oriented GUILT MACHINE. Click on the links above to check them out.
Beyond all that, some more industry-related blogs on the way, as well as reviews and a couple Retro Fit additions. An interview with Devin Townsend about his new album, Addicted, is on the way along with features on BRAINSTORM, Emilie Autumn, and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA violinist Anna Phoebe.
Stay tuned, and make sure to check out my blog page From There To Here…. At the very least you may get a laugh out of it.