We had the opportunity to share a beer, some laughs, and important information with the extremely personable and iconic Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity. During our chat we discussed the current state of the band after the departure of Daniel Antonsson (bass) and them touring with pre-recorded bass tracks for their live shows. We chatted about their unique tour stop in Puerto Rico and how the experience felt playing for all these Boricua metalheads in that beautiful island. We then talked about many aspects of the Construct album including a period of ‘writer’s block’ and its influence on the themes for this album. Mikael expanded on the band’s songwriting dynamics for this album as well. We then traveled back in time to the perennial topic of the Gothenburg sound that will forever be attached to this band. We explored Mikael’s thoughts on the state of this metal wave including past, present, and future notions. We also take another trip down memory lane and review the many metal hats Mikael has worn while inquiring into future collaborations. For last, we briefly discussed future plans for the band.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Charlotte Wessels of Delain during their stop in Denver with Kamelot. She was nice enough to discuss a variety of topics ranging from their latest release “Interlude” on Napalm Records to how the band transformed from a musical project into a full-fledged touring band. She was also nice enough to talk to us about the guest vocalists Delain uses, like Marco Hietala from Nightwish and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell. Additionally, we were able to ask Charlotte about the bands upcoming My Masquerade show on November 8th as this will be a unique experience for any fan of Delain. Finally, Charlotte was kind enough to let us in on the process for making the video for “We Are the Others” and she also gave us some insight on how she channeled her feelings that were aroused by the senseless assault and murder of Sophie Lancaster into the song. Links: Delain on the Web ~ The Sophie Lancaster Foundation
We sat down with legendary manager, producer, entertainment lawyer, Chuck Schuldiner/Death manager Eric Greif to discuss Chuck’s relationship with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, healthcare options for ailing musicians, the issues surrounding the financial controversy of the first Death To All tour in 2012, the birth of the Death To All concept and initial experiences, upcoming 2013 and 2014 Death To All shows, tour, and lineups, plus his thoughts on Chuck Schuldiner being in the Grammy Museum and Death purists.
Please do not forget to visit http://sweetrelief.org to donate and/or get involved. Thank you!
We caught up with Paul Masvidal (Death, Cynic, Death to All) to discuss the concept behind the Death To All tour, his current stage and band experience with the original Human-era lineup, choosing a guest vocalist, the meaning of this tribute tour to Death’s music and Chuck Schuldiner’s memory, as well as old/new fans. He also discusses Cynic, his other projects, musical duties, and composing opportunities within the television and movie industry.
Death to All “Pull the Plug” Live in Denver on Apr. 15th, 2013
Death to All “Zombie Ritual” Live in Denver on Apr. 15th, 2013
Death to All “Living Monstrosity” Live in Denver on Apr. 15th, 2013
Max Phelps – vocals, guitar
Paul Masvidal – guitar
Steve DiGiorgio – bass guitar
Sean Reinert – drums
Doro – Live at Moe’s in Denver on Feb. 17th, 2013
Out of Control (Warlock)