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Defending The Crown: An Interview With Tobias Sammet

For nearly twenty years, Tobias Sammet has been the reigning mad genius of modern heavy metal. Between his main band Edguy, and the epic concept albums he's made with his Avantasia project, no one can match the quality and output he has mustered. From helping redefine modern power metal with “Theater Of Salvation”, to reigniting the concept album as a force in metal, to showing that hard rock and heavy metal can coexist within the same band, Tobi has done it all. Every decade has had important figures who have helped define what metal was in their day, and Tobi has been that for the past decade. As Edguy unveils their new album, “Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown”, Tobi took the time to answer a few questions on the nature of being a songwriter, his band's past and future, and a mutual musical hero.
I've heard the new album, and it's another really good Edguy album. What do you think sets "Space Police" apart from other Edguy albums?

Music Ignites the Savages in Soulfly - A Conversation With Max Cavalera

Over the course of his career, Max Cavalera has become a name just shy of metal royalty. Beginning with Sepultura, Max has been producing fan-adored metal for over twenty years, and now it's become a family affair. As Soulfly releases "Savages" upon the world, Max is joined in the band by his son Zyon on drums. Filled with notable guest appearances and overflowing with power, "Savages" is just the latest added chapter in Max's storied career. The man himself, the one and only Max Calavera, sat down with me to talk about this new album, the head space he's in, having his son in the band and naturally, Brazilian soccer.
M.DREW: If you could describe where Soulfly is as a band, what would you say?

Interviews: Dee Wallace talks "Hansel & Gretel"

In the event you didn’t already know, Dee Wallace is a delight. Attaining popularity through performances in a number of now classic horror films, The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling just for starters, Dee has become one of the totemic genre stars. Her personae is tender, dynamic, and entirely specific to her personality; complete with a comedic sense of self-deprecation and a natural confidence that permeates her roles and extending toward her work as acting coach. Dee was generous enough to give us some time to discuss her career, her latest role in the Asylum mock-buster Hansel and Gretel, and what she hopes to see herself doing in the future.

Andy_BGH: You’ve maintained an incredibly prolific career, consistently working in television and film for roughly 35 years. And while there are certain similarities between the two mediums they also hold their own unique set of challenges. As an actress, how have you seen these challenges change over the course of your career? Has the transition between the two been something that came naturally to you?

Leading and Legacy: Talking to Geoff Tate

Few voices in the history of rock and metal have been both legendarily lauded and applauded. Geoff Tate is one the these. As the frontman for Queensryche, Tate sold millions of records, and earned millions of fans with his piercing vocals. With a unique tone and an almost limitless range, Tate helped define what a metal singer could be. Now, with that band's status in turmoil, Tate readies the release of his second solo album, “Kings & Thieves”. The record is a modern take on the rock music that made him a star, as well as another left turn for an artist always willing to surprise. Geoff recently took the time to answer some of our questions.

Deeper Than The Average Band: Talking To Monsterworks

Monsterworks is the kind of band you want to root for, a group of underdogs bursting with creativity. Their music blends countless sounds and influences into music that is utterly unique. No one else sounds like Monsterworks, which is a statement fewer bands can make with each passing year. Their latest work, the EP "Man: Instincts", contains three masterful tracks culled from their upcoming "Album Of Man". Singer/Guitarist Jon took time recently to talk about the band, their music, and how it all comes together.
Can you start off by telling people who may not have heard of Monsterworks a bit about the band?
Monsterworks is a London based heavy metal band. It started off in New Zealand in the late 90s but relocated to the UK about 2002. So....as an entity it has been going quite some time now.

Folk Metal Heroes: Talking To Korpiklaani

Korpiklaani has been leading the growing charge of folk metal bands for a decade, establishing themselves as one of the most important bands blending diverse influences into the world of metal. Their new album, “Manala”, continues to see the band honing their sound, culminating in an album that may turn out to be their defining moment. Fresh off the release, frontman Jonne Järvelä took the time to answer a few questions.
Labels are often forced upon bands by the press. How would you describe Korpiklaani to someone who isn't familiar with your music?
Korpiklaani is folk metal band and we are proud of the fact, that this is pure folk metal. We are using authentic folk instruments, like fiddle, accordion hurdy gurdy and flutes. Not trying to do it easy way using synthesizer. Our lyrics are about Finnish mythology, nature, drinking, women and other things, which are close to our hearts.

Talking To Trioscapes' Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs is used to pushing the envelope. His main band, Between The Buried And Me, is full of twists and turns that throw convention to the wind. Naturally, his side project would not be an exercise in restraint. Trioscapes is as progressive as anything he has ever done, eschewing normal instrumentation and structure to put together an album that needs to be heard to be understood. He was kind enough to answer some questions on the nature of his music, how he approaches creativity, and what the future holds.

Uniting Two Musical Worlds - Words with Cameron Argon

You got EDM in my heavy metal! You got heavy metal in my EDM! Such is the life and times of Cameron Argon, musician and producer at large known commonly by the names Big Chocolate and Disfiguring the Goddess. Combining the heretofore unblended elements of dubstep and death metal, Argon is one of the few who can walk in both worlds. With Disfiguring the Goddess' new release on the horizon, we sat down to talk about his music, his inspirations, the debate on drum triggering and more
M. DREW: Your career arc is an interesting one...you began in heavy metal, but have now split your portfolio into two parts, heavy metal and EDM/dubstep. How did that happen?
CAMERON ARGON: Yes! I don't know! Was asked to remix a few metal bands... Started looking into drum and bass and dubstep for inspiration for these metal remixes.... and then POOF! Now I have a split career. [laughs]

The Voice of a Firefight - Interview with Blackguard's Paul "Ablaze" Zinay

As a band, Blackguard is a lot of things to a lot of people. Symphonic metal. Power metal. Folk metal. Death metal. A band that knows how to raise the rafters, bring down the house and entertain the multitudes. A band that puts on the same show, gives every effort, for forty or four thousand. The public face of this non-stop touring train is Paul "Ablaze" Zinay, lyricist, vocalist, frontman extraordinaire, who beneath all the intense metal carousing is a man with a gregarious personality and an easy smile. He and I sat down just a couple hours before he and Blackguard would take the stage to talk music, his native Canada, the nature of subgenres, where the band has come from and where they're going next.
M. DREW: Begin at the beginning – You’ve had an awful long road to get where you are. The band toiled for a number of years and then you had your first-release in 2007, your first big release in ’08 and now your current release. What’s it been like?

Comin' Straight Outta Maldives! Some Words with Nothnegal

It's not every day that you get the chance to sit down and candidly talk about music, movies and culture with a man literally halfway around the world. Fresh off the release of "Decadence," vocalist/guitarist Fufu of Nothnegal took some time out to talk with me about all of those things.
M DREW: How high are your expectations for “Decadence?” What do you hope or expect this does for your career?
FUFU: Since it's our first full length album ever, we don't expect all that much. What we're looking for is a good criticism to base the foundation for our new material for the future. We hope that people listen to the album and recognize our music.

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