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Greetings to everyone,

"In a society that I hate deeply and scars my soul daily, the foundations and rules of which I deny, being likeable would mean that I am starting to look like it..."

This is the quote that I live by the last few years but come to think of it, I could as well be living by that particular quote all my life, without even knowing it.

The purpose of this blog is to gather all my thoughts in one place, nothing fancy, just a piece of me. The articles that I write are a blend of my experiences and thoughts.

I hope some of you enjoy what you read here and Ι welcome you all to walk down that road together.


RAGE - André Hilgers Interview.

RAGE - André Hilgers Interview.

It's only a couple of days since the new RAGE album is out and  André shares a few words with us!

Elias: RAGE have been active for almost 30 years now and they're considered by many a "classic" German metal band. How is the metal scene in Germany and Europe right now for older bands?

André: Better than before, we are touring a lot and have still out fans outside.

Elias: You've always experimented as a band, adding new elements to your style, even during the 80s. Do you believe that not sticking in a certain "style" has helped the band and you as musicians?

André: We always do what we want, no compromises. Maybe that is our certain style. ;-)

Elias: I know that you plan to release your next album during the next months. Is it a concept album? Should we expect harder songs or more orchestral stuff?

André: No concept album, this album is without orchester or keyboards. Its very hard, direct and powerfull.

Elias: What are the main influences for the unique style of RAGE? Is there something in particular that has influanced you a lot in the new record?

André: We always try something new. Every album has new styles, some new ideas and so on. I think that is what Rage stands for.

Elias: Not many bands dare to experiment in their music unless they have at least 4 or 5 members. Has RAGE ever considered recruiting permanently another guitar or keyboard player? 

André: No.

Elias: The addition of Victor Smolski, an excellent musician, has been vital for the band and most of his guitarwork is a "music-signature" for RAGE. What should the fans expect to hear in the new record?

André: The same, Victor always work on new things, sounds, guitar licks, solos, he worked very very hard for his unique style.

Elias: Although The 90s was a bad era for metal bands, RAGE had released some of their best and most commercial works. For example "XIII" and "Ghosts" had many new elements that added up to the music of RAGE. Have you got a special project for the future, or something else in mind that you would like to try as a band?

André: We split our orchester songs now tot he Lingua Mortis Band, now we have 2 bands in one. We will record the album later this year!

Elias: We're living in the era of internet and social media. How much has internet has helped the band?

André: I think there are 2 sides oft he story. It can help the newer bands and it can damage you.

Elias: Lately we've been hearing of a "crisis in the music industry". Are things still prominent for newer as well as older bands?

André: I think we have no problem with that. But for the newer bands it is still existing.

Elias: Last year you visited Greece with Grave Digger. What are your memories from that show and what do you think of the Greek fans?

André: We love the Greek fans, very powerfull in the music. It was amazing to play for the fans there. Hope we can come back later.

Elias: You have also planned a tour with TYR and COMMUNIC. In which countries are you going to play? Do you plan to visit Greece as well?

André: No Greece is not on the list. We play all around Europe and Japan. We work on an south America and Russia tour as well.

Elias: Where do you see RAGE ten years from now?

André: I hope at the same place with a lot more albums.

André Hilgers, February 2012


ARCTURUS LIVE @ Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece, 04-02-2012

ARCTURUS LIVE @ Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece, 04-02-2012

Another Saturday night and I started heading once more to one of the most classic places to see a gig in Athens, Gagarin 205. There are usually a million things to do and a million places to go on a Saturday night, but a metal concert is always the first priority in my book.
            Balancing between black metal, gothic, prog-rock and folk, Arcturus is definitely not your everyday kind of band. This was their first gig after their reunion which took place during 2011 and most people didn’t exactly know what to expect. There was a certain tension between the band members in the past but their shows were always something really unique, even for someone who has being to numerous concerts. Their whole folk-ish black attitude, combined with certain videos and theatricals that the band does, is way more than the average fan can expect.
            The show started on time and the band came on stage full of energy, while most of the crowd were already shouting the bands name out loud. The first song was “Evacuation Code Deciphered” and generally, there was a feeling of numbness from the crowd, which carried on for one more song. I can’t say that the crowd lost it’s energy because after the third song they were going wild again, most likely they were stunned from the bands performance. Arcturus knows their game very well and that is more than obvious when they are on stage. A fine blend of some of the best elements of black metal and art-rock, combined with the unique capabilities of the singing monster known as I.C.S. Vortex (God!) and presented through a whole theatrical scheme from the band, leads to extremely awesome results!
            After another 2 songs came the time for “Chaos Path”, another song which uses a lot of different musical elements as well. The crowd was participating during the whole song, as well as the next two, “Demon Painter” and “Painting My Horror”. The band uses a video projector which adds a lot to their show. Even when the song is slower, you can combine the music with the images and travel into your own dimension for a while (with a little help from mr Vortex of course…)
            Near the ending, where the band played some older, heavier stuff, the crowd was yelling more than ever and the band was really glad to receive that kind of appreciation, nearly after 5 years off stage. They already had a meet and greet before the show, but they also gave another meet and greet after the show as well. I had the chance to talk with them a little and they’re all very friendly and certainly not “divas” like a lot of people might think.
            Generally it was a very good show, maybe not their best ever, but the sound was very good as well as the bands performance and interaction with the crowd. Certainly the attendance could have been a little better, but it was sufficient for the band to feel warmly welcomed. They’re already planning to release another full-length album during the year and we can only hope for the best!

Current Lineup:

Steinar Sverd Johnsen – keyboards
Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg – drums
Knut Magne Valle – guitar
Hugh “Skoll” Mingay – bass
Tore Moren – guitar
ICS Vortex – vocals

Setlist :

1. Evacuation Code Deciphere
2. Ad Absurdum
3. Nightmare Heaven
4. Deception Genesis
5. Alone
6. Chaos Path
7. Demon Painter
8. Painting My Horror
9. Hufsa
10. Master Of Disguise
11. Shipwrecked
12. To Thou Who Dwellest In The Night
13. Raudt Og Svart
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