Category Interviews

An Exclusive Interview with Esben Willems from MONOLORD!

The brilliant Swedish doom metal trio Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fan base in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band’s third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord’s enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it’s a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that’s more total environment than a collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems, and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member.

Monolord has returned wi...

Read More

An Exclusive Interview With Swedish Heavy Metal Warriors RAM!

RAM is a heavy metal band formed in 1999 by guitarist Harry Granroth, who created a band destined to reassert the true power of heavy metal and bring it, kicking and screaming, to the music-loving masses. The band’s latest album, ‘Rod’, takes no different approach than its predecessors, by being true to the roots of the 1980’s heavy metal aura. ‘Rod’ is the first RAM album to feature a concept story consisting of 6 songs that account for the entire B side of the LP.  Leather-clad and gloriously passionate about all things metal RAM are a band that any red-blooded metal fan should be rushing to check out. Today we’d like to bring to your attention this interview with these heavy metal warriors! The following interview is taken exclusively for Rock Arena. Enjoy it!



Read More

An Exclusive Interview With Swedish Metallers The Unguided!

The Unguided is a five-piece melodic metal band, formed by Richard Sjunnesson, after his departure from Sonic Syndicate. Later, he was joined by (also former Sonic Syndicate singer) Roland Johansson, and guitarist Roger Sjunnesson and current Cipher System bassist Henric Carlsson.

Brotherhood is their latest EP, and not only does this kick off a new trilogy of future albums, but it also marks a lineup change, with the band debuting their new singer Jonathan Thorpenberg.

The Unguided have been able to touch the hearts of many Metalheads with their diverse type of Melodic Groove Metal, partly on the extreme but also connected to the modern Metal rage. With a sense of overwhelming hooks and sweet sentiments, their creamy guitars celebrate themselves!

Those Swedes incubate a heavyweight of Mel...

Read More

Interview With The New Mediterranean Symphonic Metal Sensation: SLEEPING ROMANCE!

The Italian quintet SLEEPING ROMANCE displays true mastery, as they fuse bloodcurdling classical sounds with monstrous Melodic Death Metal-riffing. The music is full of force yet sustained by noble, theatrical flamboyance and provides a symphony for the broken hearted who somehow manage to love again.

Their new album “Alba” leads a journey of orchestral opera arrangements and siren songs; touching, sometimes frightening, but always as personal, as can be. Songstress Federica Lanna means every word she sings and as always, Federico Truzzi flatters her lovely voice with delicate guitars.

Let the curtain rise on the new Mediterranean Symphonic Metal sensation: SLEEPING ROMANCE! The following interview is taken exclusively for Rock Arena. Enjoy it!


 – Hello, Guys and welc...

Read More

Face-To-Face With TESTAMENT’s STEVE DI GIORGIO, Talking About Tours, Gear, Music, Ice Hockey, Life And More!

STEVE DI GIORGIO doesn’t need any longer introductions, as he is widely renowned as a pioneer on the fretless bass in heavy metal music, being the bassist of TESTAMENT, DEATH, and SADUS, among others.

Within his genre, STEVE DI GIORGIO is respected for his playing skills, versatility, and incredible technique. He has more than 40 studio album recordings and over 20 years of touring the world.

On December 1st, Tarja Virmakari of Metal Shock Finland & Alpha Omega Management met Steve Di Giorgio at Live Music Club in Milan, where TESTAMENT gave a killer show on their “Brotherhood of The Snake” tour. T

Tarja and Steve spent a nice afternoon together, having a long and pleasant chat, talking about the tour, of course, but also about life, music, gear, upcoming tours with Vader and Annihil...

Read More