For the past 20+ years, Tarja Turunen has been one of the most emblematic voices to hail from Finland. Whether it be with one of the biggest symphonic metal bands out there (you know the one), or joined by her solo band, this Nordic queen of operatic vocals has more than left her mark on the world of music. But what has Tarja done since her last studio album, 2019’s 'In The Raw'? We caught up with the soprano a short while ago to talk about her upcoming release under the Outlanders moniker, as well as her new book, 'Singing In My Blood'.
We were strolling through Glasgow when we spotted a poster in a club venue advertising an acoustic set by Art Alexakis. We had no idea Art, who is the frontman of Everclear, was touring a brand new solo record. Naturally we sourced tickets and we were all over this show like a doberman on fresh meat. After all, Everclear were one of the gateway bands which took our hand and led us skipping merrily through rock, punk and into metal. Whilst at the show we took the opportunity to catch up with the man himself, to reminisce, discuss his solo venture and more.
Since forming at the start of the millennium, Silverstein have been at the forefront of the emo scene. However, the band have slowly started to shift to more of a post-hardcore sound on their recent albums, most apparent on their tenth offering 'A Beautiful Place to Drown'. We caught up with lead singer Shane Told to discuss their new record, the band's 20th anniversary, his Lead Singer Syndrome podcast and more.
Biff Byford and his band Saxon were one of the first bands to spearhead the 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' movement towards the end of the ‘70s. So what do you do when you’ve been the vocalist of one of the finest heavy metal bands, for over 40 years? You make a solo record, of course! We recently caught up with Biff to talk all about his debut solo album, 'School of Hard Knocks'.