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INTERVIEW: ALLEGAEON (US)


by Carina Lawrence/ Dark Art Conspiracy

Modern melodic death metallers Allegaeon from Colorado, US quickly established themselves in the metal scene, less than a year after their formation and releasing their self-titled EP they signed with Metal Blade Records in 2009 and they have been going strong ever since. They are currently working on their fifth anticipated album and touring with Ne Obliviscaris in Europe so I caught up with guitarist Greg Burgess to discuss this and more…

So you guys formed a decade ago now back in 2008, can you tell us about how the band came to be?

I moved to Colorado in 2007, to get my masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance, at Lamont School of Music. While I was prepping for school I spent my days practising and looking for a band to join. Every band I contacted wasn’t really interested until Allegiance sent me a message on MySpace.  At that point, it was a whole different group of guys. The lineup shifted until right before we tracked our self-titled EP and we changed our name to Allegaeon.

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Paradise Lost ‘Host’ Remastered is out now Plus band reveals third interview trailer


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British cult metallers PARADISE LOST have released a freshly remastered version of their legendary seventh studio album, ‘Host’, which was originally recorded in 1999 and saw the band’s sound take a more melancholic electropop direction. The tracks have never before been released on vinyl, but they are available in a remastered version on LP, digipack or in digital form. Get your copy here:

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Interview and Photo Report: Hallatar


Interview – Juha Raivio (Hallatar/Swallow the Sun/Trees of Eternity)
Photos – The Nightingale plays Aleah and Hallatar- 23.2.2018 – Turku, Finland
Interview and Photos by Serena Solomon


I had the amazing opportunity to meet with Juha Raivio in the cold, quiet, graffiti covered back stage loft of Gong in Turku, Finland, and discuss the present and future of Hallatar, the meaning behind the music and future plans for Juha and the music Aleah left behind for us.

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INTERVIEW: Insomnium (Finland)


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by Carina Lawrence/ Dark Art Conspiracy

I caught up with guitarist Ville Friman of popular melodic death metal band Insomnium from Finland to discuss the band’s origins, their latest album ‘Winter’s Gate’ and if we can expect a new album soon and about their future plans and upcoming tour in March amongst other things…

Firstly can you tell us about how you arrived at the name
Insomnium?
Just by coincidence really. We had a list of cool sounding words Niilo
had collected and Insomnium was something that popped out from that list.

How did you come to form Insomnium which first began back in 1997?
Well, we grew up in quite small city where you didn’t have that much to do. So basically, out of boredom. Then again, the early nineties were a great time for metal music. Lots of great albums were released and new substyles were forged. We were heavily inspired what happened in the USA and Scandinavia and wanted to be part of this scene.

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INTERVIEW: Takida (Sweden)


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by Carina Lawrence/ Dark Art Conspiracy

Takida are one of Sweden’s most popular rock bands going and having just recently finished their ‘A Perfect World’ UK and Europe tour in support of their latest album I caught up with guitarist Tomas Wallin to discuss this, their origins and what lies ahead in the future for the band and much more…

Can you tell us about your formation back in 1999?

Robert gave me (Tomas) a phone call and asked me if I wanted to join his band. We were a three-piece back then. We wrote our own songs from day one and we worked really hard to get our demos out. There have been a few members in the band but me and Rob are the only original ones left.

What made you decide on the name Takida and is true that this is taken from a character in a Japanese anime series called Nagareboshi Gin (It’s called Silver fang in Sweden)?

Yes, that’s true. Robert was, and still is, a very devoted Silver Fang fan. When we had to have a name for the band to put on the cover of our first demo (old), he suggested Gohei Takida. We shortened it down to Takida and that was it.

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INTERVIEW: KULTIKA (RO)


Kultika Interview by Andruta Ilie/ Dark Art Conspiracy

Hi, guys! How’s it going? When was Kultika born and how did it all start? I’d like you to go back in time and describe that particular moment when you decided to start the band and how it all went from there.

Fulmineos: Hello, nice to meet you! Well, these days we are preparing the second full-length, it’s a process that takes time, but we like to be involved in the creative process and to exchange musical and lyrical ideas to fulfil our goal to release another great album.

It all started in 2008, we were more black sludge experimental than nowadays, but the credo remained the same: no boundaries, no limitations, express only what you feel! The rest is like every other band, but despite numerous lineup changes we went forward driven by our will to release good and credible music.

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