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INTERVIEW: Ensiferum


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Finnish folk metal trailblazers Ensiferum are releasing their eighth album ‘Thalassic’ on July 10th 2020 via Metal Blade Records which is their first themed album and first to feature new member, keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin, both of which pave the way to this being their most ambitious and exciting release yet.

We had a chat with guitarist and vocalist Petri Lindroos to find out more about the upcoming release, what it is like to release a new album during the Covid 19 crisis and the uncertain times and future of live shows and music…

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JOSEFOFF event info (BRUTAL ASSAULT)


Due a recent CONVID-19 situation it is not a big surprise that 25th anniversary Brutal Assault in Czech is also delayed with current line up of bands to 2021.

On a little brigther side the makers of the festival, prepared some smaller event in the place of military fortress on 7th and 8th August. During this event, we are going to see thrashers TANKARD, darker BELPHEGOR or HATE and from the home scene, Czech legend ROOT and provocative HENTAI CORPORATION. Other bands shall be announced in half of the July.

Also, during those two days, visitor have option to check background of BRUTAL ASSAULT festival and the fortress.

REVIEW: Ensiferum – ‘Thalassic’


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REVIEW: Ensiferum – ‘Thalassic’ by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Ensiferum are pioneers in melodic folk metal and their new eighth album ‘Thalassic’ which is released July 10th 2020 via Metal Blade Records asserts this yet again. The album’s title translates from ancient Greek as “of or relating to seas” and this theme is strong throughout and the mythology touched upon in the album helps take the bands sound to another level being their most forceful offering yet.

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Black HOP from MOSCOW?


Black Hop from Moscow? Black Metal + HipHop? Weird.. Right? Band called URATSAKIDOGI FEAT. ЛУ (LOUNA) presents us a song called VALHALLALA which will stick to your head with its chorus. Joke or not..it’s definitely worth of listen… VALHALLALA !!VALHALLALA!!

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INTERVIEW: NAMTAR (ex-Carach Angren Drummer)


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Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Ivo “Namtar” Wijers is best known as the former drummer in symphonic black metal/horror Metal act Carach Angren from the Netherlands. Namtar was with the band since their formation in back in 2003 but after releasing a statement back in February 2020 this year has since left the band due to issues with the metal music industry.

See Namtar’s original statement about his departure here:

We wanted to find out more about his decision to part ways with the band following this as well as what lies ahead for the future (however uncertain things may be during the pandemic)…

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INTERVIEW: Havok


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Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Havok are an American thrash metal band that formed back in 2004 and on May 1st 2020 they are releasing their fifth and new album titled ‘V’ via Century Media Records which is their most experimental release yet.

We caught up with founder, lead vocalist and guitarist David Sanchez to talk about the upcoming release, the band’s history and of course the strange and troubling times we are in now with Covid-19.

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