Interviews
Gnaw Their Tongues

Roadburn Festival lineups are full of pleasant surprises, but perhaps the biggest shocker for me this year was the announcement that Maurice de Jong ("Mories"), that twisted multi-instrumentalist behind various black, drone, and Avantgarde metal projects, would be performing under his Gnaw Their Tongues moniker on the Afterburner. I saw an opportunity and jumped at it. After contacting him and agreeing to set an interview up for the Roadburn Saturday after Botanist's set, sure enough we met up in the Dudok restaurant at the festival grounds afterwards. He kindly bought me a beer, and with his wife (girlfriend?) in quiet attendance, he sat down with me for a pleasant and interesting conversation. I really must say that this guy is virtually the complete antithesis of his music. If you were to judge him purely on the basis of his projects, you'd probably think he's some sort of lunatic with violent sexual fetishes. But on the contrary, he is one of the most friendly, generous, and easy going musicians I have ever met through the metal scene, and I cannot thank him enough for taking the time out to chat with me.

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Posted: 16.04.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (14)

Interviews
Tengger Cavalry

This past weekend I caught up with Nature Ganganbaigal, Tengger Cavalry's founder, composer, vocalist, and guitarist, among still other roles. The Chinese band plays a refreshing style of folk metal with traditional Mongolian instruments and folk music as well as Mongolian throat singing added into the metal mix. Things have been going well for them lately: in 2013 Tengger Cavalry won the Best Songwriting Award at the Wacken Metal Battle Competition in China; later that year they opened for Turisas in Beijing. Their 2014 release Ancient Call earned a Metal Storm Award nomination, and now Nature tells us the band is wrapping up their most ambitious record yet.

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Posted: 11.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (9)

Interviews
Leah

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Leah has captured the hearts of many here at Metal Storm. She was very kind to open up about her music, lyrics, and inspirations.

Enjoy the splendid "Arcadia," which opens her latest record Kings & Queens.

Susan: How was the writing process different for Kings & Queens versus Of Earth & Angels?

Leah: The way I wrote the songs for K&Q wasn't much different than all the other albums. I wrote the core of the songs, had all the chord progressions, lyrics and melodies pretty well figured out. After Timo came into the picture, the songs really took more shape at that point.

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by Susan | Comments (6)