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Soundwaves in Retrospect: 15th anniversary of Nightwish’s Once
03 Mar. 2019

Soundwaves in Retrospect: 15th anniversary of Nightwish’s Once


So the year was 2004 and Nightwish released what it would become Tarja Turunen’s swansong, Once. Things had gone bad since 2000 when the band started their first South American tour. The producer of the tour was an argentinian guy called Marcelo Cabulli whom  Tarja met, get along and quickly they  became a couple. Marcelo not only became Tarja’s boyfriend but also he became her manager for things related Nightwish and for her rising solo career so this new management generated a conlifct between Tarja and the rest of the guys. Nightwish was now a two part band with Tarja and Marcelo on one side and Marco, Emppu, Jukka, and Tuomas on the other side. So in the middle of this conflicted situation the recordings of the fifth Nightwish album started. The band had  been in a clear state of ascension but so far the long awaited success on North American shores was still not a reality; maybe this album and one specific song would be the one that finally opened the door to a whole new market and fanbase. This would be  the second album of the new lineup , Marco had been added to the band 2 years back and this provoked a significant change in the sound of the band by adding a male vocalist. The chance to rise even more was there and so Tuomas gave almost everything in order to achieve this goal. It is clear that he is not one of the best keyboard players in the world but what he is is an awesome composer/writer and Once contained probably his best work up to date.

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The Infinity Chamber – The Lonely Gnome
02 Feb. 2018

The Infinity Chamber – The Lonely Gnome


The Infinity Chamber, the Istanbul-based band led by New Zealander Dylan Ware, is out with a new single!  Entitled “The Lonely Gnome,” the music video provides a visual story behind the song, along with the guitar work and vocals of Dylan.

The Infinity Chamber – The Lonely Gnome

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Semantic Saturation – New Album Crowdfunding Campaign
08 Aug. 2017

Semantic Saturation – New Album Crowdfunding Campaign


Years ago I reviewed a fantastic debut album by a band called Semantic Saturation and I became a fan immediately. It was an album so deeply meaningful, both lyrically and musically; and loaded with such a neatly executed and complex sound overall that it impressed me to my very core. A true display of talent and creativity as I’ve haven’t seen in a while. Shant Hagopian (guitarist, composer, and founder of the band), became soon one of my personal music heroes of all times. ss2

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Onur Andıç Interview
02 Feb. 2014

Onur Andıç Interview


Onur Andic (pronounced ‘anditch’) is visionary singer/songwriter for Istanbul’s most exciting new group, Saigon Traffic. Andic spoke to Sean Bw Parker about the Turkish independent music scene, protest music, ponchos, and more

Your trajectory has taken you through such Istanbul indie luminaries as Hard Elastic, Alpaca Approach and now Saigon Traffic. Why all the chopping and changing?

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Two Nights of Steven Wilson
05 May. 2013

Two Nights of Steven Wilson


20130508_185721I have a deep respect for the levels of fandom that lovers of music portray. There are bands we like, we’ll listen to them once in a while, maybe catch them live if life permits it. Then there are bands we love. We listen to them often and usually make a point to catch them when they come around. Then there are the bands we put in the fanboy/girl category. We own their complete discography, and know it word for word and note for note. We adjust all other life situations when they come to town no matter what, and if it was necessary, would probably take a bullet for them. Three days ago, Steven Wilson fell into the second category, but in the last two nights, he and the brilliant musicians playing with him on his Raven that Refused to Sing Tour made a firm argument for me putting them into the latter, never before has an artist stock gone up so high in my book in just two nights.

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The Ringo Jets – Live In Babylon
01 Jan. 2013

The Ringo Jets – Live In Babylon


I first heard about Istanbul punk-blues-rock band The Ringo Jets from reading Anthony H. Wolfstadt’s review of a little-known band at Peyote. His description of an eardrum-rupturing live experience of power and cool left me unprepared for the dynamism and sheer surprise of their show at Istanbul’s leading live music venue Babylon this evening.

Having recently completed a tour of Germany, and after releasing their debut EP, The Ringo Jets are an impressively unified stage experience, two guitars, drums, three vocals and no bass combining to form an utterly convincing channeling of 20th and 21st century popular music history into a magnetic hour-plus of rock and roll. The Dead Weather, The Black Keys, Beastie Boys (particularly in their matching boiler suits) and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion collide to produce a raw, unpretentious, super sexy sound unsurpassed in my eight years in this bejewelled city.

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Alpha Flood – Richard West (League of Lights) / I’m Alive
01 Jan. 2013

Alpha Flood – Richard West (League of Lights) / I’m Alive


I have been introducing you to the the members of Alpha Flood and today I am finishing up with the talented keyboardist Richard West. 

Any fans of Threshold are well aware the band produces some pretty aggressive guitar riffs and solos.  However, what is often over-looked is the contributions that keyboardist Richard West offers.  Threshold has never used keyboards in abundance, but when West does jump in front of the parade, it’s a welcome and refreshing change that enhances the song each and every time.

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6008 Days – The Bad Day
01 Jan. 2013

6008 Days – The Bad Day


Hey Folks!

The previous vocalist of Secret Sphere, Roberto Messina and I have been trying to set up an interview and hopefully we’ll do it this Thursday for your pleasure. I know you have loads of questions in mind as yours truly does. Well I can tell you this much: he is back with another band:  6008 Days

The band is Roberto Messina on vocals, Valerio Bulzoni on guitars, John Macca on bass guitars and Marco Lazzarini on drums. Since I am going to interview the man soon I thought I’d start you off with their release and this impressive clip!

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Alpha Flood – Simon Andersson (Darkwater) / A Fools Utopia
01 Jan. 2013

Alpha Flood – Simon Andersson (Darkwater) / A Fools Utopia


Part 4 of the introductions to the members of Alpha Flood brings us to the gee-tars, and Simon Andersson.  At 22 years old (and just, as of a month ago), this kid has a pretty impressive resume under his belt already.  He took over the bass duties for Pain of Salvation after Gildenlow’s departure, and performed on the live album/DVD The Second Death of Pain of Salvation.  However, it’s his playing on Darkwater’s Where Stories End that we want to focus on today.

Simon Andersson

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Alpha Flood- Affector (Collin Leijenaar)/Harmagedon
01 Jan. 2013

Alpha Flood- Affector (Collin Leijenaar)/Harmagedon


Alpha Flood is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013 – just a few short months away.  Last year (which was only a couple of weeks ago), we started with introductions to Dec Burke (guitars/vocals) and Kris Gildenlow (bass).  Continuing on with this 5-part overview to all the members, let’s complete the rhythm section with Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar.

Collin Leijenaar

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