Interview with Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Auri was born in 2011 when Nightwish’s keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley teamed up with Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. They first unleashed their magical charms in the form of their debut self-titled album in 2018, which displayed their otherworldly sound that is hard to define in a tremendous sense. Now, fortunately, they are back to stun us again with their sophomore album, ‘Those We Don’t Speak Of’, which is out on the 3rd of September via Nuclear Blast. In a world full of chaos due to Covid-19, Auri is the perfect escape from the madness. We caught up with the creative trio to find out all about the new album.
Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
For the first time, the Norwegian music project Minneriket presents a full line-up of session musicians. Continuing the collaboration with Misstiq, Margarita Chernova and Norlene Olmedo introduced on the first new single, ‘Hjemlengsel’, which was released back in February 2021. The new single ‘Sorg og savn’, which was recently released on 25th June 2021, also features renowned musicians Māra Lisenko, Christina Rotondo, Elvann, Niklas Kveldulfsson, Ingrid.mariea and Maria Kosma. The latest single, ‘Sorg og savn‘ is the first glimpse of this new roster as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Stein Akslen, the man behind Minneriket, expands his vision to bring forth a unique Romantic Black metal musical experience which is a sublime concoction of black metal, goth and classical music. We caught up with Stein to discuss this change in direction for him, the new singles and what the future holds, amongst other things. Find out all about it in this fascinating and insightful interview.
1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
I’m Herman Riera and play drums for Ancient Settlers
2.Who made you want to play drums and why?
I Grow up in a family of music lovers, they used to join in weekends to sing with some friends who were musicians. I have listening live music since was I kid. They always tell me that I have always tried to grab the instruments, specially the “tambor” while they were playing. I was really annoying! Laughs!
On the occasion of the fifth full-length album ‘Le Tyran et l’esthète’ (LT&LE), we caught up with Jerry, the vocalist and lead guitarist of LES CHANTS DE NIHIL (LCDN), and we discussed the new album, amongst other things.
1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you. My name is guitarist Chris Steberl from Columbus Ohio and my band is Project Alcazar. I played guitar and bass on the new CD. Caleb Hutslar handled all of the keyboard parts and ex Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder took care of all the drum duties for us. The music is very melodic and uses different dynamics to appeal to prog music lovers who necessarily aren’t musicians but just love this style of music
Interview with Johannes Andersson by Carina Lawrence
The Swedish Grammy Award-winning metal quartet Tribulation are back with their highly anticipated fifth album ‘Where The Gloom Becomes Sound’ which is released January 29th 2021 via Century Media Records. We talked to vocalist and bassist Johannes Andersson about the new album, the band’s origins, recent line-up changes and the future, however uncertain it is due to covid-19. ‘Where The Gloom Becomes Sound’ is their more diverse and atmospheric release yet drawing inspiration yet again form all things dark and mythical…