Forming in the early 90s, vocalist Tobias Sammet and guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer were all just 14-years-old when they decided to materialise their love for music by initialising Edguy. As far as German power metal goes, Edguy are up there battling amongst the heavyweights of the genre. But let’s face it, in recent times their ascent (or descent) to hard rock sounds has shown them in a different light.
A few months ago Russia’s Arkona outed the Stenka Na Stenku EP in anticipation of this first full-length since the success of 2009′s Goi, Rode, Goi!. We were left marginally dissapointed but nevertheless curious as to what the six-piece would do next.
Lavishly over the top and steeped in history, medieval metal is one of the strangest off-shoots of folk metal to emerge in the last 15-years. Predominantly originating from Germany, bands like In Extremo and Schandmaul have helped pioneer this beyond-quirky, utterly audacious form of music and Saltatio Mortis are not excluded for their contributions to the sub-genre.
Arcite position themselves on regional borderlines with this debut EP release and we don’t mean geographically.
Without giving too much away about the story that ensues throughout this rock opera – it focuses on Yossarian, a struggling Wall Street investment banker disillusioned by capitalist greed, surmounting financial debts and his progressively out-of-control life.
Formerly of the now-defunct Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli started his side-project Twilight Singers more than 10 years ago now in a move to emphasise his more personalised depths.
They’ve just got themselves a new drummer and things are looking up. I had a chat with Newcastle metallers Convolution about influences, the metal scene, what the future holds and much more.