Interview: HEX A.D.

Posteado en Inicio el 12 d-03:00 January d-03:00 2020 por RISE!

From Eternal Terror Webzine (https://www.eternal-terror.com):

Saturday, 7th of December, we were invited for a listening session at Kniven bar in Oslo where we got the chance to sit down and listen to the upcoming release by the Norwegian riff monster act HEX A.D., named “Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden” and out in the beginning of 2020.

Today, December 13th, is also the day when the band releases the first single from the album, “Astro Tongue”. Hopefully this first insight into the upcoming release will transpose you in the same kind of landscape that we were taken to for the whole duration of the listening session: a very pleasant and joyful, yet heavy and intense journey back to the good old days of hammond organ and upbeat riff bonanza, while still anchoring you in the present times of a more daring attempt at combining elements and rhythms.

Of course, the one time listening through the album is not enough to fully label it into one of my two categories: music I like vs. music I don’t like. So all I know is that it was really intense and pleasant and I’m looking forward to get my hands on it and digest it thoroughly. It felt like a nicely balanced overall composition, less doomy that the expectations built based on the previous material heard from the band. And luckily, after the audition, we (Jorge from http://risemetal.com and me) had the chance to sit down with vocalist and main composer Henrik Kaupang AKA Rick Hagan and get a lot of cool info about the album itself, the guests and the band’s history. A transcription of the chat is available underneath the video of the new single.



Me: Thank you for having this event organized for us.

Henrik Kaupang: It was our manager’s idea. We thought it would be really nice to have an occasion to play the album and show it to people we thought might be interested in it.

Me: Are you proud about the album. How do you feel about it?

H.K.: The album is a huge departure for us because this band started as a solo project. I was playing in a band back then and we got a deal with Chris Tsangarides in England (Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy) and he said ‘I want you guys to come England and make an album with me’. It sounded excellent. It turns out the two guys I was playing with at the time didn’t want to join me, saying we don’t have any songs. I said we’d write the songs, so I ended up going to England alone, recording an album in ten days, on my own, all the instruments. That is the first Hex A.D. album, Chris Tsangarides mixing and producing and I’m playing everything. It turned out cool, maybe a bit naive and a bit raw, no keys, no nothing, just guitar, bass, drums. I really liked it, it got great reviews when it was released in 2014. Around that time I went to the audition for Joe Lynn Turner, as I am a session drummer, and that’s where I met Magnus who now plays the keyboards and organ with us. Neither of us got the gig, but we met and we bonded. When I decided to make the second Hex A.D. album I invited Magnus to join me, and so we went to England. He played the organ, a big old Hammond organ that hadn’t been used in fifteen years, we had to start it five times and only parts of the keys were working. Good times.
Anyway, Hex A.D. turned into Magnus and me in the studio and then we used my brother as a session drummer and a bass player with whom I’ve been playing for twenty years, and now we actually had a band. We got in touch with Sverre, our manager, who also runs the record label and we talked about making a new album. So last year we released “Netherworld Triumphant”, but that’s just me and Magnus and in a way it felt like we needed to start involving the other guys more. So on this new album, everyone contributes.
My brother is now the permanent drummer in the band, but our styles are very different. I think I am more progressive, he is more raw. We have chosen which songs each of us played. And as Chris passed away, he didn’t produce this album, I did it instead. And I was kinda calling the shots, deciding which songs is more typical of each of us and split the drum jobs. Are plays all the bass parts, I didn’t play any. So this is a band efoort to which everyone has contributed. I’ve still written all the songs, as from the start it was my idea, my vision on what Hex A.D. it’s gonna be. But the great thing about working with such fantastic musicians is that you can write something and they will take it to another level. That’s so exciting. So I am very proud of this album and the way it turned out with everyone contributing. So this is really the long answer.
But I also have to say that this is definitely less doomy than the other three releases.
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RISE! on Inferno Festival Magazine 2020

Posteado en Inicio el 1 d-03:00 January d-03:00 2020 por RISE!

Jorge Patacas, editor-in-chief and writer of RISE! has recently been involved in the Inferno Festival Magazine 2020 doing an interview with the Norwegian band VREID who will be playing at the festival this year.
The other interviews were conducted by Gunnar Sauermann (Metal Hammer) and Roy Kristensen (Imhotep / Scream Magazine).
Check out the online version below!


Best 150 metal songs of the 2010’s!

Posteado en Inicio el 22 d-03:00 December d-03:00 2019 por RISE!

The 2010’s decade is coming to an end and we selected 150 metal songs from the last ten years. Check out the playlist below!




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Best of Metal 2019!

Posteado en Inicio el 21 d-03:00 December d-03:00 2019 por RISE!

These are our picks for the Best 20 Metal Songs of 2019!

Turn up the volume and enjoy some CANDLEMASS, DARKTHRONE, TOOL, INSOMNIUM, JINJER, MAYHEM and many more!!




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Concert Reviews: MOONSPELL / ROTTING CHRIST at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

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MOONSPELL / ROTTING CHRIST at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

Special Guests: SILVER DUST

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

by Jorge Patacas


The Portuguese dark titans Moonspell visited Oslo as part of “The Fall of Darkness” European tour which also includes the Greek masters Rotting Christ and the four-piece Silver Dust as special guests. Due to personal reasons, I couldn’t arrived on time to see the performance of the steampunk goth outfit from Switzerland, but I’ve heard only good comments from the attendees at the sold out venue.
It’s always a pleasure to see Rotting Christ live. The Athens-based band has always delivered great albums and they always give 100% on their live show and this was no exception. Earlier this year, they released their latest album, “The Heretics”, which also got positive reviews from fans and media worldwide. Unfortunately, they could play just two songs from this album (“Fire, God and Fear” and “Dies Irae”) since they only had a one-hour set, but nobody would complain about this when they open their performance with “666” and its hypnotic beats. That wasn’t the only song we got to hear from “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy”, the album they released in 2013. They also played the title track as well as “In Yumen-Xibalba” and “Grandis Spiritus Diavolos” which was one of the highlights having the audience singing those three words out loud.

They concluded their intense performance with the classic “Non Serviam”, which is also the name of the book they published last year, in which they tell the official story of the band.
Under the same publishing company (Cult Never Dies), Moonspell just released a book as well. It’s called “Wolves Who Were Men”, they tell in detail every period of the band from the very beginning with their previous name Morbid God to this day. Two large crosses were lying on the stage, one on each side, when the vocalist Fernando Ribeiro appeared carrying a big lantern in his hand while they started to play the first song of the evening, the dramatic sounding “Em Nome Do Medo”, from their latest conceptual album “1755” (2017). This album is based on the Lisbon earthquake of that year and it’s written entirely in portuguese, their native language. The theatrics were there too, he even wore a plague mask for the title track and there were going to be more surprises on that sense. After playing “In Tremor Dei”, it was time for “Opium”, a Gothic Metal classic track taken from their “Irreligious” album from 1996.
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