Band Interview: Satyricon

Matt Albers, Nick Licata Few subcultures within heavy metal are regarded with as much reverence (or with as much controversy) as Norwegian black metal. After bands like Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost began the darkest, most extreme metal subgenre at the time (and arguably still to this day), bands from Norway like Mayhem, Darkthrone,…

Band Interview: Epica

Matt Albers One of Europe’s strongest contributing scenes to metal in the past two decades has been all of the female-fronted symphonic metal acts. Bands that formed in the mid 1990s like Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Lacuna Coil started a movement of strong, beautiful, operatic female vocals and neo-classical symphonic elements juxtaposed over driving heavy metal guitar…