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Axemaster: Overture for more to come
One of those bands with a long history: Axemaster was formed in 1985, rocking the scene with classic releases like ”Slave to the Blade”, ”Blessing in the Skies”, ”The Vision” or ”Death Before Dishonor”. After the only remaining original member Joe Sims their musical direction and changed the name to The Awakening for one CD, it took until 2010 that Sims permanently re-launched Axemaster. And it took until March of this year to release their new album ”Overture to Madness” via Pure Steel records, offering a combination of the dark riffs and feel of doom metal and the energy and aggression of non-speed thrash metal. Guitarist and mastermind Joe Sims tells us a bit more: >> more/mehr

Midway: Naked in the studio
Midway hailing from Sweden just released their debut album “Kickstart Riot”. They are the new top act coming from the northern country and will rock your socks off. Singer Leaf is going to tell you a bit more about the band and also recommends to visit their very own studio in Sigtuna, during your next trip to Stockholm. And no worries, visitors can keep their clothes on. >> more/mehr

Apocalyptica (part 2) : „We have to do the things that feel right“
After our first talk in Philadelphia, Apocalyptica´s Perttu Kivilaakso and I managed to squeeze in a second “session” shortly before Perttu had to rush off to prepare for the last show of the tour with Sixx.A.M. in Silver Spring, as we had forgotten to keep an eye on the clock. >> more/mehr

Apocalyptica (part 1): Curiosity is the key
At the end of their support tour for the US band Sixx:A.M. in the States, cellist Perttu Kivilaakso and I decided to sit down together and have an intensive chat about their latest album “Shadowmaker”, even though the band´s schedule was busy and the idea for this interview had come out of the blue and was fully spontaneous.
We met up in Philadelphia ahead of their show and managed to lock ourselves up in the Sixx:A.M. massage room to have the first part of our extensive chat on their latest album. Therefore, stay tuned for part 2, coming soon! >> more/mehr

Raven: No cheats - just a rock & roll band!
One of those bands that truly deserves the definition “legendary” - emerging in the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) era, inspiring the Speed / Power Metal scene with albums like ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP, WIPED OUT and ALL FOR ONE, touring the US with Metallica and Anthrax, surviving the Grunge era … Only an accident and a lengthy recuperation forced this power trio John Gallagher, guitar, brother Mark Gallagher, bass, and drummer Joe Hasselvander into a hiatus period, but 2010 they came back with the brilliant “Walk Through Fire” album, and also their brand new release “ExtermiNation” has already received rave reviews! STALKER.cd checked with John Gallagher what´s happening now… >> more/mehr


Axemaster: Overture for more to come
One of those bands with a long history: Axemaster was formed in 1985, rocking the scene with classic >> more/mehr
Fresh Act July / August
When living in Finland, it is difficult to ignore the simple fact that this country is the world´s number >> more/mehr
Tuska Open Air 2015
Just when it seemed certain that the summer of 2015 was a hopeless case, along came Tuska and brought the good weather with ... more/mehr 2015-07-07
CD: Powerwolf
Two years after their no 1 hit album “Preachers of the Night” (at least in Germany), Powerwolf release their new album “Blessed ... more/mehr 2015-08-03
CD: Big Wreck
The band has been around since 1990 and the album, which was released in the US and Canada already in 2014, now makes its ... more/mehr 2015-07-13
CD: Biters
These guys, hailing from Atlanta, release, with „Electric Blood“, their debut album, full of finest Punk´n´Roll. Even though ... more/mehr 2015-07-10
CD: Wilson
Just this spring, I saw WILSON live, for the first time, when they were on the road, supporting Halestorm. I really enjoyed ... more/mehr 2015-07-01
CD: Donald Cumming
„Out Calls Only“ is the debut album of Donald Cumming, ex-The Virgins singer, at least regarding his solo career. On his ... more/mehr 2015-07-01
CONCERT: Faith No More
The comeback of the legendary crossover band Faith No More was one of the remarkable recent news on music heaven. ... more/mehr 2015-06-24
CONCERT: Apocalyptica
When my trip upstate started, all I knew was that it was going to be a long day. By the time I made it to the place, I walked ... more/mehr 2015-05-22
CONCERT: Dirge / Crib45
An unusually early start for this gig, too, yet for everybody handling a regular day job this is quite convenient. Not least ... more/mehr 2015-05-10
CONCERT: The Poodles / Pretty Wild
This evening is dedicated to Sweden – the „Devil in the Details“ Tour 2015 under blue and yellow flag also stops in Pratteln, ... more/mehr 2015-05-02
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