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Interviews   

Randy Blythe : Lamb Of God lives the moment


For the release of Lamb Of God’s new album next January, we had a discussion with Randy Blythe, the frontman of the band. An interview that shows an unaffected, spontaneous character definitely rooted in the present. The message in these records is obvious, and an album is nothing but a picture of the current time. So according to him, it’s too early to claim that the shy evolutions heard on the very efficient Resolution, introduced by a sludge track and closed by a song with an orchestra (we talked about this experience for a while, then moved on to his opinion on classical music), are the start of a more defined change. We doubt it, though. The orchestra’s only here thanks to a suggestion from the producer, and this really good sludge intro seems to be the result of an of-the-moment impulse that’ll stay without any follow-up.

The interview has been made the day after the official announcement of Gojira’s signature with Roadrunner Records; Randy being quite close to the band, we also asked him about these news.

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Interviews   

Sepultura: Andreas Kisser respects the past, lives in the present and turns towards the future


If there’s something worth remembering in the following interview, it’s that Andreas Kisser, Sepultura’s leader and guitar player, is firmly anchored in the present, while being resolutely turned towards the future. He underlines that philosophy several times: “The most important thing is the present”, and “We’re working on Sepultura’s future, not on the past”, even if “we respect our past”. There are many people who would like to impose his past and that of his band on his shoulders: fans, journalists, and of course, Max Cavalera, his former bandmate, who made a myriad statements last year regarding a more that hypothetical reformation of the band in its original line-up.

As a result, Sepultura assert their position, not only with press statements and a video, but also with an album, Kairos. As Kisser confirms himself, the concept – a concept revolving around time, which is relative and littered with events that build the future, ours as well as the band’s – is directly influenced by the 25 years he spent in the Brazilian band. The music itself is efficient and full of good riffs. It’s no surprise the coach refuses to modify the team. He has every reason to be proud of said team, which has decided to remain in the field and go always forward.

True, Sepultura did reach a remarkable artistic summit once. But this is no reason to be blinded by the past and to refuse to see what good things the band can still offer nowadays.

But Andres Kisser will explain that better.

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Interviews   

ULI JON ROTH : « I NEVER REALLY LISTENED TO MUSIC »


This sentence is just right to introduce to you a character such as Uli Jon Roth. As he himself admits: « I guess that I am a bit strange (laughs) ». However, we suggest that you read this interview before you start calling the guy a heretic. The guitarist has a very unusual approach to music which is actually quite interesting. When Uli Jon Roth listens to music, he lets his mind take over. Just like any virtuoso, he always places music on the front line, and this is the type of state of mind which he is trying to pass on through his teaching at the Sky Academy: “I don’t teach guitar, I teach music”.

It is always facsinating having a discussion with someone whose logic and ideas are completely unconventional and yet make a lot of sense. Furthermore, real name Ulrich Roth’s claims about food will probably make our unique Heavy Metal Cook leap out of his skin. Or any other normally constituted human for that matter. Yet once again, it does make sense!

We were also able to mention his opinions on worrying the future, Uli’s work in the studio, his outlook on the end of the Scorpions and his relationship with… airports, which according to him constitute the symptoms of failing society.

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News From The Front   

News from Epica


We spoke to Mark Jansen (Epica, Mayan) on the phone yesterday. In the twenty minute interview, we mainly spoke about his new project Mayan. However, we also seized the chance to ask about any Epica news at the end of the interview. Mark confirmed that the album following Design Your Universe (2009) will be recorded this summer and most probably releasedin March 2012. 14 of the tracks have already been written: « I think they are on the line of Desing The Universe because we were really happy with the style of that album. Also many fans asked us to keep this style because they also enjoyed a lot that album. But we always do whatever feels good. I think it won’t be a big step in a different direction but we always try to add some new elements« .

In 2012, it will be the band’s tenth anniversary. In order celebrate this event, Epica are considering a few options: « For sure, we want to record a DVD for that event. We’re looking to the possibility to get the orchestra from Hungary and do a big show. Also, we would like to release the DVD the fans asked for but never got from The Classical Conspiracy. Then we are going to do a new show with some new classical songs as well. And hopefully this time we can make a DVD out of it. It’s all plans, we still have to discuss and work it out. Basically that’s the rough idea. ».

They are also planning several tours, including one in Europe, one in the United States and one in South America, as well as taking part in the summer festivals. He concluded: « 2012 will be a busy year for Epica ! ».

The full interview will be available on the Radio Metal website in a just a few weeks.



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