Floor Jansen Discusses ReVamp’s North American Tour Debut + More

By Andrew Bansal

Known for her work as lead vocalist in the Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever and now the new frontwoman of Nightwish, Floor Jansen formed her own band ReVamp in early 2010, following the split of After Forever, and through the two studio albums ReVamp has released so far, she has explored different facets of her singing and musicianship that weren’t evident in anything she did previously. ReVamp’s sophomore effort ‘Wild Card’ was released in late 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records, and now the band is ready to embark upon their first ever North American tour as opening act to Iced Earth and Sabaton through April and May. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to Floor about this tour and lots more. Check out the conversation below. Continue reading

In-depth Interview With White Wizzard Mainman Jon Leon

By Andrew Bansal

After delivering a fantastic album called ‘The Devils Cut’ and showing much promise and potential, White Wizzard’s 2013 lineup sadly fell apart when it all got ugly during a European tour mid-summer. But as always, founder, principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Leon has picked himself up and carried on creating new music under the White Wizzard name, this time taking the helm as the lead vocalist as well. A new track called ‘Marathon Of Dreams’ has been released, giving us a taste of the new incarnation of the band. A few days ago, I did a comprehensive interview with him to address all things White Wizzard. Check out conversation along with the new track below.  Continue reading

In-depth Interview With Sabaton Singer Joakim Brodén

By Andrew Bansal

Swedish power metal band Sabaton have been in successful existence for the past 15 years but have really captured the imagination of American audiences over the past three years, making a strong impression on their first ever tour in these parts in 2011, and never looking back since. Now, they are ready to embark on yet another North American tour as main support to American metal stalwarts Iced Earth, and are also gearing up to release their seventh studio album ‘Heroes’ via Nuclear Blast Records on May 27th. A couple of weeks ago, I had a detailed conversation with singer Joakim Brodén about the new album, upcoming tours, the band’s rise in America, and just about all other things Sabaton. Enjoy the interview below. Continue reading

Robin Staps Of The Ocean Discusses Playing ‘Pelagial’ Album On Current North American Tour

By Andrew Bansal

German progressive metal band The Ocean released their latest concept masterpiece ‘Pelagial’ via Metal Blade Records last year, and after a touring run across the world they’re back in North America finally able to do what they aimed to with this new album right from the get go, to play it live in its entirety. Currently on a tour here with co-headliners Scale The Summit and support acts The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes, The Ocean have been blowing minds and satiating fans one city at a time. On their off-day in Florida on March 20th, I spoke to guitarist and mastermind Robin Staps over the phone to discuss the tour and lots more. Enjoy the conversation from the always insightful Staps below. Continue reading

Cynic Frontman Paul Masvidal Discusses New Album, Musical Tastes & More

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles-based progressive rock band Cynic recently released their long-awaited third studio album ‘Kindly Bent To Free Us’ via Season Of Mist, their first full-length effort since the 2008 release ‘Traced In Air’, and as has been the case with every Cynic release so far, this one also sees the band push musical boundaries and successfully carry on their exploratory creative path. A couple of weeks ago, I did a 2-part interview with frontman Paul Masvidal. The first part below discusses the making of the album, Cynic’s fan base, and Paul’s current musical tastes. And check out Part 2 on Guitar World using the link at the bottom. Continue reading

Opeth Mainman Mikael Akerfeldt Discusses New Album, Artwork & More

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By Andrew Bansal

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth have never been one to shy away from making bold moves creatively, and their latest album ‘Heritage’ was a classic example of just that, receiving mixed reactions from their fan base but an album that vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Mikael Akerfeldt and his band mates enjoyed making. Now, Opeth are putting the finishing touches to their eleventh, as yet untitled studio album, and once again, it’s something fans are looking forward to with great curiosity. A few days ago, I spoke to Mikael Akerfeldt for a 2-part interview to discuss this new album in detail. Check out part 1 below, and part 2 on Guitar World using the link at the bottom. Continue reading