And now, an interview with Darkest Era.

If you were here in this site’s earlier days, you’ll remember that one of my earliest interviews was with then newly signed youngsters, Darkest Era. Having released a debut album through Metal Blade, it was exciting to get the chance to speak to them about the start of their career as a band. 

Fast forward to now, and the kids from Eire have learned a bit more about the music industry, not to mention how to survive in the face of change. So take a seat, put on second album ‘Severance’ and read what happened when I met up with the band in person!

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From left to right: frontman Krum, drummer Cameron Åhslund-Glass and guitarist Ade Mulgrew

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Entombed A.D. at The Underworld, Camden; November 14th, 2014

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Following the split of Sweden’s Entombed, LG Petrov decided to continue the esteemed death ‘n’ roll band in a second incarnation of Entombed AD, which he then took on tour in late 2014 throughout Europe. Accompanying them were to be British sludge/metalcore acts Hang The Bastard and Corrupt Moral Altar, yet right before the London show at The Underworld venue, both of the aforementioned names had to drop out at least a day before. The reason was that members found themselves having to be hospitalised, for serious spinal injuries. Mercifully, new support bands were found in the form of locals Diesel King and Swedish retro doom set The Graviators.

Yet while these two offered an interesting contrast between musical aggression and groovy melodies, it was Entombed AD who left a mixed reception by the end of the night.

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Hooded Menace/Dragged Into Sunlight, the Dome, London; November 8th, 2014

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Hallowe’en may have come and gone, but November 8th was fright night at The Dome, for an evening of horror-themed death and doom metal was ready to begin. Co-headlined by Finns Hooded Menace and Brits Dragged Into Sunlight, the show was an ode to sinister forces and Hammer Horror films; a shared interest of both genres of music, with the likes of Uncoffined, Decrepid, The Wounded Kings and Resurgency coming along for support.

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“Indian fans are more into moshing” – Ann talks to Sahil Makhija, of Demonic Resurrection!

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Well, that’s not the whole truth – Sahil is also involved with Reptilian Death, and the mastermind behind the heavy metal/cooking show, Headbanger’s Kitchen. In addition to showcasing his culinary passions, it also provides a good look at part of the local Indian metal scene, when he invites musicians over for an interview and dinner (well… I guess we can count that dessert episode as dinner, right? The best part of dinner.)

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Sturmtiger – ‘World At War 1914 – 1918’, Black Plague Records; 2014

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Seven years following the first EP (and a few others since), Danish Londoners Sturmtiger have finally released a debut album. Continue reading

Eastern Front album release party – The Black Heart, Camden, London; July 26th, 2014

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Saturday saw the sun continue with its irregular, summer heat wave, which reached all the way into The Black Heart in Camden. Though the lack of proper ventilation and air conditioning made the place too uncomfortably warm for many, it was mercifully not so much that people couldn’t enjoy themselves for the half-day long album release party of Ipswich-based black metal band Eastern Front.

They were joined by the likes of death/black metal hybrid Sidious, Primitive Graven Image and even a special, rare (last minute) appearance from the Danish/London trio Sturmtiger, amongst others in the British black metal scene. While no one was spared from the sweltering conditions of the upstairs venue, everyone played a decent show.

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RIP Astarte

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Following on a previously ongoing struggle with leukemia, it was reported that Maria “Tristessa” Kolokouri, founder and frontwoman of the Hellenic black metal band Astarte, had passed away on Saturday 9th, 2014.

 

Credited by friends and loved ones for her courage in pursuing black metal, at a time when the Greek metal scene was considered to have been mostly unreceptive to extreme music let alone female metal heads; Maria went on to help create the band Astarte, with former Lloth bandmate Kinthia on vocals for debut album ‘Doomed Dark Years’. The record, though musically closer to the  second wave Norwegian sound with its frosty atmosphere and shrill, high pitched notes, showed its roots in Greek paganism and mythology, which became a strong, recurring theme for Maria’s lyrics.

 

Despite Astarte’s lack of recognition outside of Greece, Maria eventually formed collaborations from other musicians in the international metal scene for later releases. Aside from from her peers in the Greek extreme metal scene, guest musicians had also included Angela Gossow (formerly of Arch Enemy), Attila Csihar (present Mayhem) and most famously, Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir fame.

 

Maria was 37 years old at her time of death, leaving behind her husband, Nicholas Sic Maiis (of the band Insected) and their small son, Antonios.

 

Me(n)tal-Meltdown wish to offer deep condolences to Maria’s family and friends for their loss, as well as the loss of Astarte.

 

 

 

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